RMABA Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair

 
 
 
Featured items that Anthology Rare Books, Ltd plans to bring to RMBPF 2011.
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Anthology Rare Books, Ltd
Roger & Mary Ellen Gozdecki
420 S. Madison Ave. #215 Pasadena CA 91101
626-590-3042
anthologyrarebooks@yahoo.com
Literary First Editions, The West, Angling
Booth Number: 15

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Willis, Connie (b. 1945). THE DOOMSDAY BOOK. New York: Bantam Books, 1992. First edition. A tour de force of speculative fiction concerning an intrepid but rash young medieval historian who is part of a research team at Oxford University in the late 21st century that employs time travel to investigate critical periods in the past. Venturing farther back than anyone has previously attempted, she inadvertently becomes stranded in the year 1348, when the Black Plague has medieval Oxford and most of Europe in a death grip. Winner of all three major science fiction awards for best novel, the 1992 Nebula Award and the 1993 Hugo and Locus Awards. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. $500.00

Part of a large “fresh-to-market” collection of modern science fiction, including many signed books and award-winners that will be making its debut at the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair.

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Walton, Izaak (1593-1683) and Charles Cotton (1630-1687).  THE COMPLEAT ANGLER OR THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN'S RECREATION BEING A DISCOURSE OF RIVERS, FISH-PONDS, FISH, AND FISHING BEING WRITTEN BY IZAAK WALTON AND INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO ANGLE FOR A TROUT OR GRAYLING IN A CLEAR STREAM BY CHARLES COTTON. Edited and arranged by R. B. Marston. 2 volumes. 2 frontispiece photogravure portraits of Walton and Cotton, with 27 photogravure plates by Peter Henry Emerson, 25 photogravure plates by George Bankart, 3 maps and 103 woodcuts. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1888. The Lea and Dove Edition, being the 100th Edition of The Compleat Angler; Royal Quarto Edition Deluxe with illustrations printed on India paper and limited to 250 copies signed by Marston. Said to be the third most frequently reprinted book in the English language after the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, "The Compleat Angler" is as much about life as it is about angling.

Also included here is a bibliographical record of its various subsequent editions and imitations, by T. Westwood and T. Satchel. Naming this "100th edition" for the two rivers, the Lea and Dove, in which Walton fished, Robert Marston sought to produce a commemorative work that would embody the highest standards of the book arts. Bound in full green morocco with the Walton-Cotton cipher stamped in gilt on the front and rear boards, five raised bands, gilt top edges, and marbled endpapers. The leather has been professionally refurbished after becoming somewhat sunned on the spine and a bit scuffed on the corners; otherwise a very good set of this landmark edition. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase with a velvet lining. $5,000.00

Anthology Rare Books specializes in books on Angling, including both Fly Fishing and Deep Sea Angling. Among the other Angling Books we will be bringing to RMABF will be limited editions by Ray Bergman, Ernest Schwiebert  and a group of inscribed Zane Grey Fishing Books.

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(John Muir) ESKIMO CARVED IVORY HIDE CREASE FROM THE ALASKAN IVORY COLLECTION OF JOHN MUIR.  This elegant native Alaskan tool is one of several ivory objects that Muir acquired on his Alaskan travels. It measures 5½“ x ½” at it broadest with the working end coming to a smooth taper and the handle carved into the head of Harbor Seal with lapis-inset eyes. In “Cruise of the Corwin” (1917) Muir mentions five episodes of trading with Eskimos for ivory. Provenance: This piece passed to his grandson Walter Muir from his mother Helen, the younger of Muir’s two daughters (John Muir, of course did not have any immediate male heirs, however Helen and three of her four sons including Walter legally changed their surname back to Muir in 1940 after Helen divorced her husband Buel Funk.) Walter Muir subsequently sold it to Stan Hutchinson, a well known Muir aficionado and Yosemite historian. We recently obtained it from the individual who purchased it from Hutchinson in 1996. Accompanied by a digital scan of a photo of John Muir’s Ivory Collection in which the leather crease clearly appears, the photo is endorsed on the verso by Walter Muir who signed "John Muir Collection/Walter Muir." $3,000.00

John Muir is a specialty of Anthology Rare Books and we will be bringing other important Muir items to the RMABF, including books signed by Muir and a book from his own personal library.

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Emory, William H. (Hemsley, 1811-1887), J. W. Abert (James William, 1820-1897), et al. NOTES OF A MILITARY RECONNOISSANCE, FROM FORT LEAVENWORTH, IN MISSOURI, TO SAN DIEGO, IN CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING PART OF THE ARKANSAS, DEL NORTE, AND GILA RIVERS. Thirtieth Congress – First Session. Ex. Doc. No. 41. 64 lithographic plates and 5 maps, lacking the large folding "Military Reconnoissance" map that is seldom found with the House report (many incomplete copies were issued). Washington: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers, 1848. Emory commanded the fourteen-man detachment of topographical engineers that accompanied General Stephen Watts Kearny and the Army of the West on their march from Fort Leavenworth through the Southwest to Los Angeles during the Mexican War. His daily record documented not only the military actions of the U. S. Army as it pacified New Mexico and Southern California; it reported the findings of the soldier-scientist topographical engineers as they encountered the native inhabitants, and unique flora, fauna, and geology of the region. Rendered in a vivid and dramatic style, it is among the best written and earliest narratives of the Mexican War. Lt. Abert, who became ill in New Mexico, was left behind with orders to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the territory. His 131-page report includes the first published map of New Mexico, and the first published image of Santa Fe. His account of returning from New Mexico to Fort Leavenworth during the dead of winter, while trying to retain his scientific specimens and safeguard the men in his command is a dramatic saga in itself.  Modern half brown leather binding over marbled paper-covered sides with a red leather spine label and new endpapers. Margins trimmed.  Previous owner’s name to a preliminary leaf, with some moderate foxing to the contents; otherwise very good. $800.00
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Covarrubias, Miguel (1904-1957). MEXICO SOUTH, THE ISTHMUS OF TEHUANTEPEC. 8 color plates of relief halftone illustrations from paintings by Miguel Covarrubias including the folding map of Tehuantepec, with 92 line drawings, and 96 pp. of photographs by Rosa Covarrubias and others. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. First edition. After emigrating to the United States in 1923 from his native Mexico, and becoming a celebrated “Smart Set” artist, book illustrator, and caricaturist for Vanity Fair Magazine, Covarrubias’s interest increasingly turned to ethnography, which he pursued in North Africa, Bali, and throughout the Americas. This brilliant study of the life, art, and customs of the indigenous Zapotec people of Tehuantepec, the narrow neck of Mexico that separates the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico, coincided with some of the earliest archaeological findings of the ancient Olmec culture by American archaeologist Matthew Stirling (1890-1975). Inscribed by Covarrubias on the front flyleaf to ballerina and actress Tamara Geva and her husband actor John Emery “with fondest regards from Rosa and Miguel Covarrubias, Mexico, March 3, 1947.” Covarrubias has added marvelous caricatures of both himself and his wife Rosa to the inscription. Front hinge strengthened. Boards sunned and unevenly faded. Edges somewhat worn and showing at the corners. Jacket rubbed and shelf worn with some foxing to the rear panel; otherwise very good. $1,500.00

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