This week we present you with a list of 110 early science fiction titles that we obtained from Serendipity Books after the unfortunate passing of Peter B. Howard. These books belonged to the writer, publisher, and ardent collector, John Eric Ruyle (1934-2008). Yes, that is correct, to our great surprise, we unearthed several more boxes. Ruyle, the creator of Berkeley’s fine press, Pequod Press, was a vigorous collector of Sherlockiana and early science fiction, including books with only minute or unclear “occult” and “fantasy” elements. The impassioned spirit with which Ruyle approached his collection, is immediately discernible when one looks at the detailed pencil notations he has left on the endpapers of so many of the books that he collected. In his notes, Ruyle readily comments on such things as the sheets used during the publication process of the title, its printing history, and any specific references or themes in the book, which imbue it with its unique “fantastical” flavor, no matter how subtle.
This week's catalog features prints from the octavo edition of John James Audubon's Birds of America. This catalog is comprised of 119 prints, including many first editions. Among these sought-after first edition prints are "Great American White Egret," "Whooping Crane," and "Ferruginous Mocking Bird."
This week's catalog features some of our best Western Americana offered at a discounted rate. Highlights include signed Maynard Dixon, Powell in Scribners, some Colorado Beauties, and a salesman's dummy of Daughters of America. Thank you and enjoy!
This week's list of new arrivals features a copy of "Wind, Sand and Stars," signed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a book signed by Enos A. Mills, the visually stunning "Stereographic Library: Tour of the World," and, as is commonly the case, a beautiful "Alice."
This week we are pleased to offer four signed works by Robert Frost, along with signed works from several other American authors, including Edna Ferber, Willa Cather, and Rockwell Kent.
We're pleased to present 42 signed and numbered prints by Salt Lake City-based poster artist Leia Bell. Bell's vibrant artwork has appeared in Newsweek, Paste, Jane, Nylon, Punk Planet, and Thrasher Magazine, as well as being featured in the massive coffee table book, The Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion, by Paul Grushkin and Dennis King.
This week we are happy to present some price reduced Utah and Latter-day Saint items. Included is a complete set of Utah Centennial County Histories, a first edition Mormon Doctrine, an On Desert Trails with Everett Ruess, and many other items unique to this region and faith. Thank you!
This week's list from Ken Sanders Rare Books highlights Fine Press and Artist's Books from Tryst Press (Provo, Utah), wandering book artists Peter and Donna Thomas, and Utah artist Edward Bateman.