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1 Beatrice Warde (1900-1969). Words in Their Hands: A Series of Photographs by Walter Nurnberg, with a Commentary by Beatrice Warde, For Friends at Christmas.
Cambridge: Privately Printed at the University Printing House, 1964 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover Walter Nurnberg. 
LIMITED EDITION of 500, printed on Ambassador white art paper supplied by Alex Cowan and Sons, blocks engraved by John Swain and Sons, endpapers from a design by Clarke Hutton, privately printed and bound at the University Printing House, Cambridge. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. 22, [32] pp. 14 black-and-white photographs; text clean, unmarked. Textured black cloth gilt-stamped on spine, blind-stamped on front board, figurative end-papers designed by Clarke Hutton; binding square and tight, minor wear to cloth, else Fine. This book contains a series of photographs that show the human hand performing printing and binding operations in the production of a book in the mid-twentieth century. Reference: Crutchley, A Printer's Christmas Books, p. 31-32. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2 Brooke Crutchley (1907-2003). The University Printing Houses at Cambridge from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century.
Cambridge: Printed at the University Press, 1962 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. Oblong 4to. 7 1/8 x 11 inches. [ii], (16) pp. Half-title, introductory text printed within a red ruled border, title-page vignette in red, red initial, 8 illustrations, (3 color); text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped brick-red cloth, brown end-papers; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear. Comes with the original clip case covered in marbled paper; extremities rubbed. Very Good. Approximately every 150 years, Cambridge University Press moved to new buildings; this volume documents the various printing houses which have served the university since 1520. Reference: Crutchley, A Printer's Christmas Books, p. 31. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Mr. Whistler's Ten O'clock: Being a Talk Delivered by James McNeill Whistler in London, February 1885., James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).
3 James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Mr. Whistler's Ten O'clock: Being a Talk Delivered by James McNeill Whistler in London, February 1885.
San Francisco, CA: The Black Vine Press, 1940 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies printed at the Black Vine Press in San Francisco by Harold Seeger, Lawton Kennedy and Albert Sperisen. 8vo. 9 x 5 3/4 inches. [ii], 27, [3] pp. Title-page vignette in gilt, large gilt initial, with gilt section markers, woodcut printer's device on the colophon; text clean, un-marked. Bound in parchment over flexible boards, stamped in gilt on the front cover, slip case; binding square and tight, some toning to the extremities of the slip case as is typical. Fine in Very Good slip case. James Abbott McNeill Whistler was an American-born painter and graphic artist, active mainly in England. He is best-known for his painting, "Whistler's Mother." Whistler's Ten O'Clock Lecture announced his aesthetic theories. "The design on the cover illustrated what we believe to be the original mark of Whistler, the monogram JMW." From the colophon. The Black Vine Press was formed in 1939 between Harold Seeger, Albert Sperisen, and Lawton Kennedy; Kennedy withdrew in the early 1940s to form his own printing business. The aim of the Press was to print and publish books to the very best of its partners' combined a abilities. "The first book actually to bear the Black Vine Press imprint was Mr. Whistler's Ten O'Clock, designed by Seeger and Sperisen and printed by Lawton Kennedy with a gold stamped title and paragraph bugs throughout. It was selected as one of the Fifty Books of 1941 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts." Ward Ritchie, "The Black Vine Press," in California Librarian, Vol. 24, 1963, insert after page 40. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Italic Quartet: A Record of the Collaboration between Harry Kessler, Edward Johnston, Emery Walker and Edward Prince in Making the Cranach Press Italic., John Gustave Dreyfus (1918-2002).
4 John Gustave Dreyfus (1918-2002). Italic Quartet: A Record of the Collaboration between Harry Kessler, Edward Johnston, Emery Walker and Edward Prince in Making the Cranach Press Italic.
Cambridge: University Printing House, 1966 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover Martin Battersby. 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 10 x 6 3/8 inches. (viii), 50 pp. Half-title, title-page printed with ornamental borders designed by Martin Battersby that repeat in the text, 10 illustrations (2 double-page); text clean, unmarked. Patterned cloth over boards, spine blocked in brown, titled in gilt; binding square and tight, lightly rubbed, some light foxing to edges of text block. Comes in the original slip case. Very Good. In 1913, Harry Clement Ulrich Kessler (1868-1937), Anglo-German diplomat, writer, and patron of the arts, founded the Cranach Press in Weimar. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement's concern for quality in types, paper, ink, presswork and binding, Kessler sought out noted typographer Edward Johnston to design a type for his press. This book traces the efforts to create the Cranach Press Italic, based on the Cranach Press Archives, housed at the offices of Cambridge University Press. Reference: Crutchley, A Printer's Christmas Books, p. 33. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Aid & Comfort: The Artists Portfolio., Patricia Curtan and Will Powers (1946-2009).
5 Patricia Curtan and Will Powers (1946-2009). Aid & Comfort: The Artists Portfolio.
San Francisco, CA: Patricia Curtan and Will Powers, 1987 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Like New Paperback 
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this artist's portfolio which was conceived as an additional fundraising effort to supplement the benefit dinner-performance held June 8, 1987. Portfolio. 13 1/4 x 9 inches. 4 pages of preliminaries, 23 broadsides, 10 color reproductions of art work by contemporary artists; text clean, unmarked. Housed in stiff paper portfolio, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Fine. The initial effort was spearheaded by a group of San Francisco restauranteurs to raise money for people fighting AIDS. Ruth Reichl wrote about "Aid & Comfort, the San Francisco Restaurant Benefit for People Fighting AIDS" in the Los Angeles Times June 21, 1987 as "a rousing success on all fronts." "Writers, printers, artists and performers wanted to be part of the event. Before they were through, the mayor had proclaimed Aid & Comfort Day, and in addition to a nine-course sit-down dinner for more than 1,000 people, they had a full-scale concert on their hands." The Introduction to this portfolio states further "The Artists Portfolio was conceived as an additional fundraising effort that would draw upon the talents of artists, writers, and printers of our community. Fine artists selected current works to be reproduced. Restaurants contributed recipes, and authors who write about food contributed recipes and essays. Twenty-three printers gave those recipes and essays shape as broadsides. The printers were given the texts and the size of the printed sheet - the rest is of their own design. All of this work has been donated." A fine exemplar of this expression of the soft side of the Reagan revolution's emphasis on accumulation and luxury. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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The Zamorano Press and the Botica: California's First Medical Book., Robert John Moes (1905-1988).
6 Robert John Moes (1905-1988). The Zamorano Press and the Botica: California's First Medical Book.
Los Angeles: The Zamorano Club, 1988 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, designed and printed by Richard J. Hoffman and bound by Mel Kavin, was sponsored by the Zamorano Club and presented as a keepsake for the joint meeting of the Zamorano and Roxburghe Clubs October 1-2, 1988. 4to. 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. (26) pp. Half-title, double-page title page printed in red and black with a large red initial Z and self-portrait of Augustin Zamorano in red, facsimile of Zamorano's signature, illustration of the Ramage Press used by Zamorano in 1834, running heads, 1 large initial T; text clean, unmarked. Two-toned cloth, spine titled in gilt, illustration of the Ramage press by Herschel Logan stamped in brown on the front cover; binding square and tight. Pocket inside front cover contains a facsimile printing of the Botica, 28 pp., self-wraps, stitched. Fine. The full text of the Botica is reproduced in facsimile and is present in a pocket mounted inside the front cover. The text of the larger work reproduces extracts from the Botica printed by Don Agustin Vicente Zamorano (1798-1842) in 1838 in Sonoma. The original publication was small and its text was based on authorities such as the ancient physician, Galen (129-216 CE). At the time of publication, only 3 copies were known; the one used for this work at the Los Angeles County Medical Association Library, the Huntington Library, and the Boston Public Library. This volume honors the work not for its medical value but for its very early date for printing in California and its extreme rarity. "One of the final items printed by RJH in the last months of his life. A joyous book for the collector of fine printing to behold; the legacy of a master printer and a superb final exemplar of fine letterpress printing, Southern California Style. [Rounce & Coffin Club] Western Books Award 1989." Petko. REFERENCE: Petko, A Tribute to the Work of Richard John Hoffman, No. 415. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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