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THE OXFORD BESTIARIUM [BESTIARY ]
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511, Southern England, 12th Century
. Published in 1982. Complete colour facsimile edition of the 244 pp. (105 + 17 fol.) and of the inner end pages in original size 280 x 180 mm. The all leather binding is a faithful replica of a Romanic binding, presently in the possession of Austrian National Library in Vienna. All folios are cut according to the original. + volume containing the Transcription and translation of the text into German by F. Unterkircher, Vienna, Limited edition. with fantastic animal pictures on rich gold leaf. Bestiaries, illustrated books of animals, whose moralistic contents relate to selected biblical texts, were highly popular in the late 12th century. ther Oxford manuscript probably ranks among the finest examples of its kind. The magnificent codex, richly embellished with gold leaf, not only exceeds itself with its marvellous luminous opaque colour painting and clear depiction of animals, plants and human beings, but also in its predilection for serene symmetry, refined ornament and frequent use of carefully executed diaper-patterned backgrounds. The pictures are irregularly dispersed throughout the text. According to our modern conception, the animals often depict a surreal view of nature: a crocodile with a serpent's head and bird's feet, a horned panther with rather arbitrary colouring are but a few examples of an astonishing iconography which, far from naturalistic sketches, was based on the free interpretation of literary models. The book contains an overwhelming wealth of animal depictions: for example: A magnificent many-finned whale catches fish, while misguided sailors, thinking it to be an island, try to land on its back. All in all 130 miniatures within only 105 pages illustrate several chapters on nature and the qualities of animals; birds, snakes, worms, fish, trees, flintstones, as well as the nature of mankind. Of special interest is the illustration of Genesis in the beginning of the book, which is set amongst exceptionally enlarged and boldly narrative painted scenes. Former owners a.o. : William Wright, vicar of High Wycombe; William Mann; Sir Peter Mancroft; John Tradescant; Elias Ashmole; Oxford University.
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Book number: F2255KET
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Catalogue: Medieval
Keywords: Codex Facsimile Medieval Oxford Ketterer

 
CARR, J[AMES] L[OYD]
The First Saturday in May; an Echo of a Shropshire Lad
. The Tern Press, Shropshire, 1993. Hardcover. First book Edition, limited to 140 numbered copies printed on Lana paper and signed by the publishers, Nicholas and Mary Parry. Landscape small8vo. Unpaginated. Decorated boards. Illustrated with eight black and white wood engravings from drawings and photographs taken at various villages on the first Saturday in May, 1993,by Nicholas Parry. In fine state. No dust wrapper, as issued. A delightful account of the first village cricket match of the 1936 season and the train journey to and from the game. Carr's story was first printed in the cricketing anthology 'Fine Glances', issued three years previously. White and green pictorial paper over boards. Title in red on front cover and spine. outer edge untrimmed. Textured green end papers A charming book on cricket. delightful little story by J.L Carr recalling a match he played at Bridgenorth in Worcestershire in 1936. Strangely, this attractive item is not widely known. Byron Rogers wrote a highly acclaimed biography of JL Carr , but the First Saturday in May is not shown in the list of books written by Carr. It also escaped the attention of Stephen Gibbs in Post Padwick. J.L. Carr. 1912-1994, was one of the great polymaths of the twentieth century, putting his hand to teaching, travelling, novels, and social history, and even serving a stint as a photographer for the R.A.F. Famed for his eccentricity, he went through six publishers, one for each novel he wrote, until he formed his own Quince Tree Press. This is a beautiful and wistful account of a half-remembered pre-war cricket match: 'At least two of us would die in fixtures even then tentatively arranged for our generation." 1993 . Loosely inseted is a handwritten letter by Mary Parry dated 11-9-2004. also herewith: 2 signed etchings in sepia by Nicholas Parry measuring 100 x 150 mm for the actual etchings both mounted and protected by cellophane.
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Book number: 091849-13
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CLARK, WILLIAM LESLIE
Wine-Dark Seas
. Oxford, Mouette press, 1977, 56pp. printed wrappers [ poetry] One of a limited edition of 226 copies, this is number 2.
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Book number: F2802
GBP 3.50 [Appr.: EURO 4.25 US$ 4.29 | JP¥ 578]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Poetry Literature

 
LUCIE-SMITH EDWARD
Two Poems of Night
. Turret Books, 1972, Quarto, 4 pages handsewn in pictorial covers. The poems are printed by letterpress in two colours at the Trigram Press. This is one of only 100 copies signed both by Edward Lucie-Smith and Ralph Steadman. the total edition was 1000 copies.
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Book number: F0707
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Keywords: Bibliophile Signed Signaturebook Limited Poetry Signed

 
ESSLEMONT, D.,
Newcastle Upon Tyne: A Short Account of Its Foundation
Esslemont. Newcastle, David Esslemont, 1980 14pp. 32mo. A small pamphlet published by Esslemont upon the 900th anniversary of the founding of Newcastle: a short account of that history,With Woodcuts . In teh original envelope. (ISBN: 090701402X) .
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Book number: F1100
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Keywords: Bibliophile Private Press Bibliophile Printing Engraving Limited( Private Press ) 090701402x

 
FRISHMAN, MARCEL,
Drawings
. Oxford, Bruno Cassirer, 1957, twenty-five tipped-in black and white plates. folio, number 62 of a limited edition of 500 copies. In a wonderful contemporary full red crushed full morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and described as a special copy on the last page In a matching slip case, also quarter bound (spine and edges) in red morocco . All edges gilt. the spine of teh slip case very slightly sunned. Marcel Frishman was born in 1900 in Lodz and died in 1952. He studied at the Berlin Academy in the early 1920s under Hans Meid and in 1926 joined the staff of the political and satirical weekly 'Simplicissimus' as a cartoonist. When the magazine was taken over by the Nazis in 1933, he was compelled to leave Germany, working in Copenhagen and then, in 1937, Australia where he remained for 13 years, working in factories. In 1950 he returned to Europe with deteriorating health to continue his work.
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Book number: F3003
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GALLICO, PAUL
A Miracle in Wilderness. A Story for Christmas.
. Illustrated by Jane & Anne Grahame-Johnstone. Oxford, Mouette Press, 1975. Printed by the Whittington Press, in a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by Paul Gallico. This is one of the 50 copies which were numbered M1 - M50. Printed on an 1848 Columbian press, on mould made paper from St Cuthbert's Mill. embossed cloth binding in protective white plain d/j. gilt top edge. Fine copy.( private press ). (ISBN: 0904845001) .
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Book number: F3162-4
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Keywords: Bibliophile Private Press Weblists2 Wim Meeuws Sch1 Gallico English Literature Bibliophile Private Press Limited Editions Christmas Noel Kerstmis Weihnachten Natale Natali 0904845001

 
GARCIA LORCA, ISABEL
Handwritten Letter in Ink
. Dated and signed 4-7-1968, one A-5 sized sheet. with handwritten envelope addressed to an address in Oxford. Together with the copy of a letter from her correspondent in Oxford dated 28-3-1968 in which she is being asked for permission to print her brother's poem ESTE ES EL PROLOGO O LA CREACION DE LAS ROSAS. in a limited ediiton. Also a copy of this correspondent's earlier letter to Isabel and the publisher Aguilar 's letter of 25-1-1968 giving details of Isabel's address. Isabel Garcia Lorca, (1909 - 2002 ) spent much of her life guarding the legacy of her late brother Federico, one of Spain's greatest 20th century literary figures. She created and directed the government-approved foundation that preserves her brother's name and the family home, as well as an extensive archive of his manuscripts, letters, photographs and drawings.
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Book number: F3024
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Catalogue: Spanish
Keywords: Spain Spanish Literature Rare

 
GERITS, ANTON
Het Land Van Windegang
. Mouette Press, Oxford, 1977; tall format: 11 x 6.8in; in publ. paper wrappers; Edition limited to 226 copies( private press ) gesigneerd door de dichter.
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Book number: 030636
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Keywords: Bibliophile Private Press Poetry Private Press Dutch Poetry

 
GRASWINCKEL DIRCK INGELEID EN VERZORGD DOOR GEERTEN GOSSAERT INTRODUCED AND EDITED BY GEERTEN GOSSAERT
De Vierlingen Van Den Heer Van Pybrac. Uit Het Frans in Het Nederlands En in Het Latijn Vertaald Door Mr. Dirck Graswinckel. Ingeleid En Verzorgd Door Geerten Gossaert.
. Utrecht, Stichting de Roos, 1955. Hardcover without dust jacket as issued , top edge gilt, XLVIII + 136 [2] pp. all text pages clean and unmarked, but sl. darkened, end papers discoloured / . 140pp. Kop verguld. Typografie en band Aldert Witte. Gezet uit de Lutetia, de Romanée en de Open Kapitalen van J. van Krimpen, en gedrukt door Van Amerongen in rood en zwart op Eenhoorn Propatria antiek van Van Gelder Nummer 173 van een oplage van 175 genummerde exemplaren.
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Book number: F3227
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Keywords: Netherlands Dutch Bibliophile Rare Limited Private Press

 
HEIDENHEIM, HANNS H.,
Holzschnitte Zur Bibel. / Woodcuts of the Bible. 5 Volumes
. 5 volumes in folio. splendid edition, one of 300 numbered copies printed by hand from original woodblocks on hand-made Japanese paper. All prints signed by the artist/printer. Bound block-book type in oak-tanned cowhide, covers embossed from woodblock. Folder and slipcase covered in hand-made paper, main title and masthead of the volumes are also woodcuts. Düsseldorf, Ursus presse, 1965-1970. Splendid set.
¶ Volume 1: IJOB (Job) 23 woodcuts, separate introduction enclosed; Volume 2: Das Lieder der Lieder (Song of songs) 17 woodcuts, biblical text edited by Max Brod; introd. by J. Mager; Volume 3: Jesaja (Isaiah) 20 woodcuts. Volume 4: Am Anfang ( In the beginning) 21 woodcuts, 1998, In these woodcuts the artist tried to show the development of the Deus absconditus, the hidden God till His revelation in creation. Foundation of this work were the books of the Kabbalah. Volume Volume 5: Ursprung (Origin) 20 woodcuts, 2002, the 2nd announcement of the creation in the Bible. The illustrations cover old folk legends gathered over 3000 years going back to the Stone Age. Cave drawings from 7000 to 200,000 years ago form the basis of these woodcuts. A descriptive booklet in the German language is added. ADDED ALSO: Large poster-sized print , measuring 97 x 61 cm. PSALM 22: Eli, eli, lema sabachtani. Printed from the woodblock in 3 colours, one of an edition of 180 copies printed on Japanese paper signed and numbered . AND Numerous invitations to Heidenheim's gallery in Duesseldorf( private press ).
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Book number: F2085
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Keywords: Theology Wim Meeuws Bibliophile Limited Editions Private Press Bible

 
JENNINGS, ELIZABETH
An Oxford Cycle. Poems
. Oxford, Thornton's, 1987. 16pp. One of a limited edition of 538 copies. Fine copy in original covers, << Spell of Oxford - It is a scheme of spires / a haze of green / a range of clouds / A cluster of boys / And girls and the old.......>> one of the 38 specials, but not signed. the poet promised to sign all 38 , came to sign, but left after only signing 6 copies. note by the publisher.
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Book number: F2553-2
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KALASHNIKOV, ANATOLII( IVANOVICH, ( 1930-2007 )
Voi'na I Mir :
. Seriia Ksilografii Po Motivam Roman L?Va Tolstogo / R.I. Kalashnikova / War and Peace : A Suite of Wood Engravings Based on the Book By Leo Tolstoy By Anatolii I. Kalashnikov . Vvedenie W. E. Batlera / introduced by W. E. Butler. Society of Wood Engravers, 1991, 64pp. foliosized Signed limited edition of 300 copies printed by the Libanus Press. text set in Plantin, bound in red cloth by Smith Settle. Parallel English and Russian text. [ 0948021292 9780948021299 ] (ISBN: 0948021292) .
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Book number: F3225
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Keywords: Russian Art Rare Private Press Engravings

 
KARASIK, MIKHAIL AND PAVEL GERASIMENKO (EDS.)
Kharmsizdat Presents. Russian Dada, Oberiu Box, Literary Constructivism, the Leningrad Literary Underground.
. dada, Oberiu box, Literary constructivism, the Leningrad literary underground] St Petersburg: M.K. & Kharmsizdat, [2003]. 79p. ill. Exhibition and catalogue concept: Mikhail Karasik. At head of title: Gosudarstvennyi Russkii muzei, Muzei Liudviga v Russkom muzee. Published by the State Russian Museum in Russia in 2003. 30 cm. " Text in Russian and English. limited edition of 499 copies"--T.p. verso. Catalog of an exhibition held Dec. 25, 2003-Feb. 1, 2004 at the Gosudarstvennyi? russkii? muzei?. The catalogue is bound with red thread in the Japanese style. Colour illustrations on front and back foldout covers. " ISBN: 574520088X ; " OCLC Record Number: 54531022 Founded in 1928 by Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky, OBERIU became notorious for provocative performances which included circus-like stunts, readings of what was perceived as nonsensical verse, and theatrical presentations, such as Kharms's Elizabeth Bam, that foreshadowed the European Theatre of the Absurd. The presentations took place in venues ranging from theaters and university auditoriums to dormitories and prisons. The group's actions were derided as "literary hooliganism" in the ever-more conservative press of the late 1920s. It was chastised even more in the early 1930s, and many of its associates were arrested. The OBERIU has often been called "the last Soviet avant-garde.". (ISBN: 574520088X) .
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Book number: F3217
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O'BRIAN, PATRICK:
Caesar and Hussein. 2 Volumes in Slip-Case,
. 1999, The author's first two novels published in 1930 and 1938 respectively. Neither had been reprinted since. Caesar tells the poignant, autobiographical tale of a panda-leopard. Hussein is a picaresque tale of the adventures of a young Indian boy growing to manhood under the Raj. Patrick O'Brian's gift for storytelling and love of natural history are already well in evidence and both books are excellent entertainment for readers of all ages. With a new foreword by the author. One of the 250 signed copies of the limited edition bound in leather, tooled spines . Copy as new.
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Book number: 020349
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Keywords: Bibliophile Signed Weblists Signaturebook Signed Books Wim Meeuws Sch1 Bibliophile Limited Editions English Literature Patrick O'brian Leather

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