There’s an Irish theme in honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. Erin Go Bragh!
Ireland Through the Stereoscope
by Johnston, Charles
Offered by: Certain Books, ABAA
Seller Inventory #: 21492
Book condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Underwood & Underwood
Place: New York
Date published: 1907
New York: Underwood & Underwood, 1907. 260 pages + (2) pages of useful index, followed by (8) pages of publishers announcements and 7 maps of Irish areas printed in colors, also at back; list of contents matches the 100 stereo views that Underwood had put together for this ‘tour’ of Ireland; the author gives some autobiographical notice in his Preface, and so, “…When I came to America eleven years ago, I had it in my heart to try to tell again the story of Ireland as I understood it, to her unnumbered children scattered throughout these western lands…the very places themselves, evoked by magic art, arise in the optic glass before the reader…”; the author providing a step-by-step journey with historical reminiscence and travel advice, throughout the book; bound in the original dark brown finely-ribbed cloth, gilt cover and spine titles; light edge, tips wear to boards; in very good condition. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good.
Offered by: William Reese Company – Literature ABAA-ILAB
Seller Inventory #: WRCLIT 63337
Publisher: New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935.
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935.. Quarto. Cloth, decorated in gilt and blind. Illustrated with six original etchings, accompanied by reproductions of the preliminary sketches. Trace of slight darkening along endsheet gutters, otherwise a fine, bright copy, without foxing to the etchings, in somewhat darkened slipcase with bruises at tips and cracks at joints of top panel. Modern half morocco and cloth folding clamshell case. First American printing of the corrected Odyssey Press text. From an edition of 1500 numbered copies, signed by Matisse, this is one of only 250 copies signed as well by Joyce. A textually significant edition, whatever the shortcomings of its design (by George Macy) and the inappropriateness of the illustrations (Matisse illustrated Homer rather than Joyce, a factor allegedly contributing to Joyce’s reluctance to sign the entire edition). “One of the very few American livres de peintres issued before World War II. According to George Macy, who undertook this only American publication of Matisse’s illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for five thousand dollars. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer’s Odyssey. The preparatory drawings reproduced with the soft-ground etchings (Matisse’s only use of this medium) record the evolution of the figures from vigorous sketches to closely knit, if less spontaneous, compositions” – Artist & The Book. SLOCUM & CAHOON A22. ARTIST & THE BOOK 197.
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