With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.



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In the Forest
61 In the Forest
Boston L. Prang & Co. 1865 First Leporello. Wraps Very Good 
Closed, 11 by 6.5 cm. Twelve panels, stretching out to about 60 cm, each panel with a color lithograph illustration and six lines of verse. Prang advertisement on rear cover. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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It's All in the Draw
62 It's All in the Draw
Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890s. Oblong, measuring 24 by 14 cm, 9.5 by 5.5 inches. 20 pp, including cover. Full of caricatures of four poker players and their various expressions and reactions to various hands. On facing pages are witty rhymed captions incorporating in the lettering paraphernalia associated with the game of poker. An unusual item that highlights the emotional of this most psychologically complex of card games. On the second to last page is an advertisement for the United States Cartridge Company, and facing it on the last lear is a reproduction of a print showing hunters around a campfire, with deer strapped to a branch. With no publisher given, it is probable that this was issued by said company. Minor wear to the wrappers, made of heavy card stock, as are all the leaves. A small chip to the surface in a corner of the front cover. Small surface abrasion by this corner, front cover. Bound with thin cord. The center of three holes has tear to the edge, and the cords, which can be adjusted, are virtually impossible to set just right. Either they make the book too tight or too loose. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Japanese Album of 24 Color Woodcuts
63 Japanese Album of 24 Color Woodcuts
Hardcover Very Good 
N.d., circa 1905. 35.5 by 27 cm, opening vertically. The woodcuts are generally about 30 by 24 cm, give or take (they are not all the same size). They are of varying topics, including then modern Japanese officials in Western-style uniform and regalia, sumarai and warriors, horsemen, religious ceremonies, performances, beautiful ladies, etc. In other words, a wide variety, not including views and scenery (as the primary subject matter, that is). We believe that the album might have been created as a salesman's sampler or the like, but we are not completely certain of that. Essentially, they are a lovely collection of assorted colorful Japanese plates. Sunning to part of cloth patterned binding (and darkened where a book must have sat for a long time). Ribbon ties. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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Japanese Album of Woodblocks Mostly of Abstract Designs, with Some Stylized Zoological and Human Subjects as well
64 Japanese Album of Woodblocks Mostly of Abstract Designs, with Some Stylized Zoological and Human Subjects as well
Wraps, string ties. Very Good 
Circa 1915. 24 by 16.5 cm. 25 leaves (50 pp.) doubled over, in the Japanese style, of which 37 pages are color plates, and nine pages are of calligraphy or text. Of the illustrations, three are two page spreads. Subject-wise, we count 21 of the illustration pages devoted to abstract designs, ten with animal studies, some of which are also abstract to some degree, whether in the stylization of the animal or in the background, three are predominantly of human subjects, and three are a hybrid. These categories are somewhat abitrary, admittedly. Generally the colors are bright and vivid, and many of the abstract designs, the dragons, and ornate birds are extraordinarily striking. The animal studies, besides dragons, include a monkey and fish. Many of the designs would have had a general applicability but would certainly have been possible kimono styles. Soiling on the wrap covers. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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65 Japanese Botanical Book
Wraps Very Good 
25.5 by 17 cm. 38 pp., 24 of which are very colorful botanical plates, and of these, a few of those facing one another can be viewed as a single larger illustration, but either side also holds its own. Peonies, poppies, of flowers like them, with big splashes of red, bright white, yellow, orange, purple, and stems of green. Text in Japanese, with a few flower names at the end rendered in Latin as well. Light soiling and wear. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Japanese Color Plate Propaganda Album
66 Japanese Color Plate Propaganda Album
1935 Cloth on boards. String tie. Good 
Bright, vivid and fantastical illustrations from Japanese folklore, Samurai legend, martial and equine traditions, and other patriotic-tinged stories. Showa 10, or 1935. Oblong, 18 by 38 cm. 60 color plates, with text captions generally in a narrow column on one side. The imagery jumps off the page, with not a few of the illustrations having the illusion of real dimensionality. The color adds to the electricity of the scenes depicted. A few of the plates have crayon scribbles or writing. The cloth on the boards is heavily soiled, and the string tie binding has some looseness, as might be expected from the extreme oblong shape. Fabric mostly perished on the spine. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Japanese Confectionary Manuscript
67 Japanese Confectionary Manuscript
Hardcover Very Good 
25 vivid large paintings of Japanese candy and candy packaging. Oblong 4to, 25 by 33 cm. Short calligraphic captions, in Kanji characters, next to each of the paintings. One page at end with printed text. We believe that this album was probably some sort of trade catalogue. Later binding, with morocco spine and a beautiful floral patterned Japanese paper attached to the boards. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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68 Japanese Kimono Pattern Book
Wraps Very Good 
25 by 16.5 cm. 52 pp., 44 of which are of colorful kimono patterns, one to four per page. Moderate wear to the soft card cover. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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69 Japanese Leporello Depicting Twelve Scenes of Violence, Punishment, Torture, Laughter
Leporello. Custom cloth box. Very Good 
17.5 by 12 cm. 24 panels, with each color woodblock illustration occupying two panels. It would appear the leporello is recounting an episodic story, but not one with a single central character. Whatever the case, portrayed is not a pretty picture of Japanese society. Light soiling to the leporello cover. A tiny pin sized hole piercing the upper corner of a number of the panels. A closed tear along the first fold. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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70 Japanese Leporello of 55 Original Watercolored Demonic Masks
Leporello. Fabric on boards. Very Good 
Fabulous collection of watercolors showing Japanese masks of demonic characters. The shapes of the heads are all essentially the same. Varying from one to the next is the colors used, the swirls and lines and other creepy attributes endowed onto the head-shape. N.d., circa 1900 (based on the paper and boards). Closed, 25 by 18 cm. 55 panels with one mounted watercolor on each. Light soiling to the fabric covering the boards. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Japanese Leporello on Hats
71 Japanese Leporello on Hats
Japan 1899 Leporello. Paper pastedown on cover. Very Good 
An 1899 Japanese reprint of an 1861 work on hats. 37 by 25 cm when closed. 19 panels (pages), 14 of which are devoted to color illustrations of various headgear (some of the hats are black and gray, and so the sense of color is not pervasive). The hats range from extravagant to austere. A lovely work. Light soiling of the cover. One fold repaired. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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Japanese Leporello with 24 Original Mounted Signed Watercolors, Circa Early 20th Century
72 Japanese Leporello with 24 Original Mounted Signed Watercolors, Circa Early 20th Century
Japan Leporello Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 183 by 151 mm, when closed. Mounted watercolors are of waterflow, a crane, other birds, flowers, fish, insects, landscapes, a fantastical depiction of men painting the foot and leg of a giant (or tiny men doing that of an ordinary man, or some other interpretation), a giant mask being lifted by children, other human studies. The watercolors are notable for their bright, vivid colors, their sharpness and precision of detail, their elegant spare composition. While each illustration can stand on its own, and the subject matter is by no means uniform, there is something quite alluring about the entire ensemble, as if they are meant to be of one piece. Based on the chop impressions, though, they appear to be by several artists. To appreciate their beauty, of course, one has to see images, or better yet, the pictures in person. Light to moderate wear of the fabric pastedown on the cover, with light soiling and some minor holes or spots of worn fabric. Entirely clean within, and all the watercolors are bright. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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73 Japanese Manuscript with Watercolors of Ikebana Flower Arrangements
NA Good 
N.d., but 19th century. 4to. 27 by 20 cm. With 98 pages, including cover, with a painting of a flower arrangement, and vases, tables, and other accessories, on each page. Colorful, and lovely. Slender yet long-ish wormholing affecting about half the pages to a degree, but generally not disconcerting as it doesn't affect the watercolor. (Occasionally touching on the calligraphy, though.) Some other wear and light soiling. Still a beautiful album. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Japanese Trade Catalogue or Salesman's Sampler with Color Painted Illustrations of Toys
74 Japanese Trade Catalogue or Salesman's Sampler with Color Painted Illustrations of Toys
Japan Leporello, with silk cloth boards, and outer cloth Very Good 
A trade catalogue of very colorful Japanese toys, all actually painted, not printed! Circa 1930. 32 by 29 cm. WIth 27 exceptionally bright painted color plates of tops, rattles, dolls, paddles, wheeled toys -- with dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, mice, children, ogres, geishas, other men and women, etc. as the figures incorporated into these various playthings. On the facing page are two tone illustrations with Japanese text overlaid. The leporello works in both directions. The color plates are done on heavy card and mounted, with thin elastic cord holding them down. A few of the cords are loose or vanished. A few breaks by the folds, and some starting by other folds, as should be expected given that the nature of the cardboard used. However, the plates are all present and charismatic as ever. 
Price: 2400.00 USD
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Jean Cussac Imprimeur-Editeur d'Art.  40 Rue de Reuilly, Paris Editions Artistiques En Noir & En Couleurs.  Publicite -- Annonces -- Dessins -- Magazines -- Revues Techniques.  Plaquettes et Catalogues De Luxe
75 Jean Cussac Imprimeur-Editeur d'Art. 40 Rue de Reuilly, Paris Editions Artistiques En Noir & En Couleurs. Publicite -- Annonces -- Dessins -- Magazines -- Revues Techniques. Plaquettes et Catalogues De Luxe
Wraps Very Good 
Stunning catalogue from printing company, replete with specimen plates, some in full color, others partially colored. N.d., circa 1914. (List of medals won at International Expositions up to Gand or Ghent 1913, and fashions within are of the teens.) Folio. 32 by 24.5 cm. Unpaginated, ten leaves. Issued in conjunction with the firm's name change from Imprimier Chaponet to "Jean Cussac", the catalogue displays specimens of various printing methods, including wood engraving, similigravure, chromotypography, (trichromie) chromolithography, with full page "ads" for pencils, shaving accessories, women's fashion, Art Nouveau lamps and a touring car. Other photos show a selection of the catalogue covers the company was responsible for, and a few of the company's operations in a newly opened plant. Throughout, the typography, the decorative devices and other ornamentation and the overall production exemplifies Gallic panache, and make this a catalogue that transcends its ephemeral origin and purpose. Scarce, with no copies found on OCLC. Decorated embossed wrappers with string tie. Small tear at bottom of one leaf. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Jinshiki Hokan
76 Jinshiki Hokan
Fair 
Fabulous color woodblocks of Foo Dogs, screens, boxes, tea sets, swords, bows and arrows and other weaponry, banners, furniture, mats, carriages and chaises, horses, etc., with black and white imagery mostly architectural. We believe this is a work relating primarily to the Shinto Religion, but as clear from the wide assortment of imagery, this takes in a very broad swath of Japanese material culture at the time. 19th Century. 24.5 by 16.5 cm. 130 pp., 96 of which have woodblock prints, 47 of which are in color (some of the images are double paged, which we have counted as two pages). Original cover and title slip. Untrimmed, full margins. However, heavy wear to cover, moderate to at times heavy soiling of leaves -- but not all leaves. This includes some dampstaining. The color is bright where it occurs, however, and still an appealing woodblock book of some rarity. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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77 Journal des Meres et Des Enfants Revue de L'Education Nouvelle. 12 Chants pour L'Enfance, en Musique. 12 Tableaux Encyclopediques, Colories. Deuxieme Serie
Paris Journal des Meres et Des Enfants 1850 First Edition Half Morocco Good 
Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. With the unusual format of essentially being two periodicals issued in conjunction with one another, one directed at the children, the other, at the parents. (Think teacher's manual and student's text as a rough corollary.) Although periodical, no other copy found of this or any other issue of this French publication directed at children. 4to. (30 by 20 cm.) The primary interest for most would be the hand-colored two paged plates. While the coloring is not of a high level, the results are most charming, with the showstopper being the plate, "Les Fleurs". Other plate subjects include railroads, ships, hemp production and its products, glassmaking, vegetables, the army (military costume), pig husbandry and its products, weights and measures, mules and their products, dogs. Besides articles that accompany these plates, there are also songs with musical notation interspersed. Large 4to, 12 by 8 inches, 31 by 20 cm. 192, 96, [4] pp. Moderate foxing throughout. The plates are less foxed but heavily toned. The joints have heavy rubbing, and the leather is scuffed. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Journal für Fabrik, Manufaktur, Handlung und Mode Zwei und zwanzigster Band.  Januar bis Juni 1802
78 Journal für Fabrik, Manufaktur, Handlung und Mode Zwei und zwanzigster Band. Januar bis Juni 1802
Leipzig Roch und Compagnie 1801 First Hardcover. Cartonnage. Very Good 
515, [1], 16 pp. With six plates each containing two fabric samples, with six hand-colored fashion plates, and six copper engraved plates on blue leaves, two of which are folding, depicting manufacturing equipment. Each monthly installment, in other words, has one of each type of plate. There are two additional fold-out tables with technical information. The fabric samples set apart this book, or magazine, from the more common fashion publication of the day. Condition: soiling, spots and lines with the surface color washed out, on the cover. Light scattered foxing of the leaves, but generally they are clean and well-preserved. All samples present. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Juan Graell.  Fabrica de Pinturas en Pasta y en Polvo
79 Juan Graell. Fabrica de Pinturas en Pasta y en Polvo
Barcelona Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920. Oblong, 21.5 by 28 cm. Unpaginated, 14 ff printed on rectos only. Two leaves of text, 12 leaves of color plates. Six plates show the exterior of a house each with a different color, and six, an interior, the parlor. Scarce, with no copies found on OCLC. Condition: light wear. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Jugendspiele zur Erholung und Erheiterung.  Knabenspiele. Mit zehn illuminirten Kupfern
80 Jugendspiele zur Erholung und Erheiterung. Knabenspiele. Mit zehn illuminirten Kupfern
Tilsit W. Sommerfeld First Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1846. 12mo. 15 by 10 cm. x, [2], 95, [1] pp. 10 hand-colored plates depicting boys' sports and games. These are incredibly charming, and include a precursor of baseball, it would appear. Uncommon in hard copy, original form. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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