A Watercolor that is Certainly Smug

The title of this watercolor is humorous to say the least. Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly’s ‘The Smug Dragon’ is a depiction of a wingless dragon slumped over a log with its limbs splayed out to the sides. Its smugness radiates throughout the watercolor especially while making eye contact with the viewer acting as if it […]

Little Seamaid

Does the warmer weather have you dreaming of days by the sea? This pen and ink on board drawing of sea maidens frolicking in the waves is a beautiful representation of the work of Louis John Rhead. Rhead illustrated editions of: Robin Hood, The Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, The Deerslayer, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and […]

Is Spring Far Away?

Due to expect another frosty night here in New York City, therefore it is time to hope for spring’s arrival. What better way to wish for sweet smelling blossoms and greenery than to enjoy these watercolors by Emma White? This album of 42 highly accomplished amateur watercolors of flowers — including the double oleander, tiger lilly, […]

Aesop's Fables

Featured Work: Stephen Gooden’s Aesop’s Fables. A suite of proofs of the 12 engravings by Stephen Gooden for this book, each signed by Gooden at the lower right corner. A rare and desirable suite of plates for what is widely considered Gooden’s magnum opus. http://bit.ly/1zboTeD

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

This first edition of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead once belonged to Lorine Pruette who was a reviewer for the New York Times. The Fountainhead was not well received during its release in 1943, however Pruette’s positive assessment of the novel uplifted Rand’s spirits tremendously. Pruette declared that “Miss Rand has taken her stand against collectivism…She […]

CA Book Fair 2015

From Friday, February 6th-Sunday, February 8th we will be at The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland, CA. We will be among 200 booksellers from 33 different countries around the world. We have posted a new e-catalogue for this occasion. We are featuring items such as a first edition of Samuel Beckett’s Molloy, Sir […]

Happy Birthday to Lewis Carroll

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son, the jaws that bite, the claws that catch!” Happy Birthday to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) who took many of us to Wonderland. Take a look at our second edition (first published English edition) of Alice, and the first edition of Through the Looking Glass. This 2 volume set has […]

Bibliography Week Showcase Catalogue

Today we are at the Bibliography Week Showcase at Christ Church (60th street and Park Avenue) from 10:30am-4pm. With this showcase comes a new catalogue. This catalogue features a Harper Bible in Deluxe American binding which is illuminated and contains both the Old and New Testaments. To quote Frank Weitenhampf “…this Harper publications was a […]

Arthur Rackham and an Anthropomorphic Tree

Arthur Rackham is widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators from the ‘Golden Age’ of British book illustration (1900-1914). Rackham’s works have become popular since his death, in Britain and in North America, and they have been primarily used for the greeting card industry, as well as his books continually being published. His illustrations […]