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1 Aesop The Medici Aesop
New York Abrams 1989 First Thus Hardcover Fine Fine Book 
From the Spencer Collection at the NY Public Library, with an introduction by Everett Fahy, using the Bernard McTigue translations from the Greek. 176 pages. Each page of the Medici Aesop reproduced in full color with the translation alongside. The production quality is good enough to convince you that YOU own this Aesop. Fine hardcover binding in Fine dust jacket. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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2 Charras, Charles (text) and Robert Blanchet (illustrations) Feuille a Feuille
Boulogne-sur-Seine, France 1969 Numbered Wraps in Sleeve Fine Fine Book Robert Blanchet 
Charles Charras (text) and Robert Blanchet (illustrations), feuille feuille (Boulogne-sur-Seine, 23 September 1969). One of 220 copies (of which this is no. 195) on beautiful hand-made paper. A little portfolio (6-3/8" x 6-7/8"), containing separate "leaves" (with text and drawings of leaves on them, to be sure). In folded, illustrated wraps. Spine a little toned; otherwise, in Fine condition, in a Fine rust-colored sleeve with very little wear. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Charriere, Gerard Gerard Charriere: Fine Art Bindings [Reliures d'Art]
New York Watson Library, Metropollitan Museum of Art 1982 First Edition Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
Wonderful catalogue for an exhibition held November 30 to December 31, 1982, illustrated with 19 black and white plates of the work and a photograph of the artist at work. Laid in are a price list and two color photographs, which show how astonishing his bindings really are. This copy withdrawn from an institutional library, with label to front cover and stamp to the reverse of the price list. Otherwise, Fine in wraps. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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4 Emboden, William A. (text) The Visual Art of Jean Cocteau
International Archive of Art 1989 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine Book 
220-page monograph includes 161 color plates and more than 30 additional in black and white, covering books and films associated with Cocteau. Thorough and essential. Fine hardcover binding in Fine dust jacket. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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5 Fitzgerald, Edward (Translator) The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Arden/Three Sirens Press Reprint Hardcover Good to Very Good Issued Without Jacket Book Edmund J. Sullivan 
Full-page drawings on every other page by Edmund J. Sullivan. These editions are always made with charming detail, although because they were inexpensive, they have not held up very well. On this copy, the hinge is a bit shaky, the original cream cloth has darkened (particularly at the spine), and the spine ends have begun to fray. Owner's name to free endpaper. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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6 Franck, Paul Paul Franck, VErsalien
Baden-Baden Kunsthalle Baden-Baden 1963 First Edition Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
24-page booklet of the initials designed by Franck in 1601, one to a page, so the full detail can be seen. Fine in wraps, with tiny notations to upper corner of front cover and first page. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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7 Heinrigs, Johann Der Kalligraph Johann Heinrigs
Koln Kolner Museums 1989 First Edition Wraps Near-Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
56-page catalogue for an exhibition held December 7, 1989-January 28, 1990, with text in German and 23 black and white plates of the work of this early 19th century engraver and type designer. Near-Fine in wraps with light wear to edges. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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8 Jaramillo, Carmen Maria [curator] A Tribute to the Book Arts: Works By Contemporary Colombian Artists
New York Colombian Center 1996 First Edition Textured Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
24-page brochure for an exhibition held March 7 to May 15, 1996, curated by Carmen Maria Jaramillo, and featuring the work of 29 artists or groups, each with at least one black and white photograph. Perhaps an important resource for Latin American contributions to the book arts. Fine in textured wraps. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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9 Katz, Leslie [essay] Message from the Interior: The Eakins Press Foundation, AN Exhibition of Books, portfolios and related Works of Art
New York Zabriskie Gallery 1992 First Edition Stiff Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
16-page catalogue for an exhibition held December 10, 1992 to January 30, 1993, with an essay about the Foundation by its founder, Leslie Katz, and illustrated with eight black and white photographic prints. A full exhibition catalogue. Fine in stiff wraps. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 Lewis, Golda Golda Lewis 1961-2001: Four Decades of an Artist's Explorations in Paper
Atlanta GA Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking 2003 First Edition Stiff Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
40-page catalogue for an exhibition held March 13-June 6, 2003, with text by the artist and 26 color plates of the extraordinary pieces Lewis made with paper over a long career, plus photographs of the artist at work and as she grew. Fine in stiff wraps. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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11 Malo-Renault, Jean L'Art Du Livre
Paris Librairie Garnier Freres 1931 First Edition Wraps Good Issued Without Jacket Book 
282-page handbook with text in French. Many annotated illustrations. Good condition in wraps as issued: covers detached, spine covering split. Still, a useful resource. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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12 Milanowski, Stephen [photography] and Bob Tarte [fiction] Duplicity: Photography [by] Stephen Milanowski, Stories [by] Bob Tarte, Design [bu] Deecy PorroSmith
Grand Rapids MI Grand Rapids Art Museum 1991 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Issued Without Jacket Book 
34-pages, exactly as the title suggests: stories illustrated by photographs, which are in color and look very vernacular. Very Good hardcover binding with shaky hinge. This copy withdrawn from an institutional exhibition department, with label inside front cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 Narkiss, Bezalel Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
Jerusalem Keter Publishing 1972 First Edition, 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Good Book 
176 pages with 60 gorgeous color plates tipped in, each one carefully annotated. Good index, which helps. Very Good+ hardcover binding with loose hinge at front endpaper, which is not torn; in Good dust jacket from which the clear laminate is peeling, so that removing it would greatly improve the appearance of the jacket. Warning: very heavy and oversized, so will require extra shipping charges. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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14 None A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court
Boston MA Merrymount Press 1922 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good to Near-Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
104 pages. Although not the first edition to catalogue Mrs. Gardner's books, this is nonetheless invaluable for its descriptions, and Updike was presumably better pleased with this one anyway, which is a fine example of his and Merrymount's skills. 102 pages (some of which are uncut). No visual data, but highly detailed verbal descriptions including measurements. Corners are bumped a bit, the edges are lightly worn, and there is slight fraying and splitting to the spine head, but the spine label is intact. In all, condition is Very Good to near-Fine. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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15 None A Remembrance of Bruce Rogers, A Gentle Man From Indiana
Unknown Unknown 1957 First Edition Folder with Enclosures Fine Ephemera 
Folder, with edge-to-edge almost-sepia photograph of Rogers at work in his library of October House in Fairfield, Connecticut inside, and a photograph of the Emerson quotation he designed for the south wall of Hunter College in New York City and carved under his supervision in 1941; laid in is a brief remembrance. Fine with light wear. Neat piece of ephemera. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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16 None Albert Mgnus En Zijn Tijd: Zestiende-en Zeventiende-Eeuwse Amsterdamse Boekbanden
Amsterdam Museum Willet Holthuysen 1961 First Edition Decorated Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
38-page catalogue for an exhibition held July 21 to September 21, 1961, with text in Dutch and 12 black and white photographs of Magnus bindings. Fine in decorated wraps. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 None Der Drucker Ernst Engel Und Die Offenbacher Schule
Offenbach am Main Klingspor-Museum 1967 First Edition Textured Wraps Near-Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
48-page catalogue with text in German and numerous illustrations of Engel's designs. This copy withdrawn from an institutional library, with remains of label to upper corner of front cover and stamp to page edges. Otherwise, near-Fine in textured wraps lightly sunned to top edge and spine folds. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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18 None Jerome/MCBA Book Arts Fellowship Exhibition
Minneapolis MN Minnesota Center for Book Arts 1987 First Edition Illustrated Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
12-page brochure prepared for the exhibition held September 12 to December 19, 1987, which featured the work of Mary Jo Pauly, Dave Rathman, Sandra Menefee Taylor, Gaylord Schanilec, and Stanley Shetka, each of whom contributed an artist's statement and is represented by two black and white images of their work. Fine in illustrated wraps. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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19 None Printing for Commerce 1952
New York The American Institute of Graphic Arts 1952 First Edition Wraps Near-Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
A report on the juried competition sponsored by the Institute also serving as a catalogue of an exhibition. Illustrated with 178 black and white images of the winners, each carefully annotated as to title, client, designer, quantity, process, paper, typefaces, composition, engravings, and presswork. Further each of those elements appears in alphabetical lists, making this a fine resource document for the study of mid-20th century printing history. Near-Fine in wraps with light wear to edges and corners. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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20 None Printing from the 16th to the 20th Century
New York New York Public Library 1940 First Edition Wraps Fine Issued Without Jacket Book 
28-page catalogue, an offprint from the Library Bulletin for February 1940, with a complete annotated catalogue of the books in the exhibition and two full-page typographic examples. Fine in wraps. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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