Our first list of March highlights books with artistic and design themes, as well as a few items of regional interest, including Dr John Dee's Spiritual Diary (1583-1608), and a boudoir photograph of Brigham Young by C. R. Savage. Also included in this week's list is a 1928 edition of Manly P. Hall's famous work, An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy.
This week's short list features items relating to several highly regarded contemporary street artists and/or groups - Anthony Lister, Shepard Fairey, and CYRCLE. All 3 offerings are published by the independent urban art magazine VNA. So if you are looking for a pair of brass knuckles, look no further!
Our final list of 2019 is short, however it highlights three oversized hand-colored lithographic prints by Edward Lear of the majestic eagle, as well as the biography of the pioneer James S. Brown, and a photograph of Edward Abbey and Robert Crumb.
This week's list features our new acquisitions, quite a few of them first editions and high spots in the world of book collecting, such as "Finnegan's Wake," "The Catcher in the Rye," and Florence Nightingale's "Notes on Nursing." There is even a little bit of Halloween that creeps in!
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.