March is the month some of us emerge (relatively speaking) from hibernation after winter. The rare book experts of the ABAA have been spending their long, dark winter nights appraising private libraries, researching unusual items, and cataloging their latest acquisitions. The fruits of these winter labors can be seen at upcoming book fairs (such as the April's 56th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair) and found in the pages of these new catalogs...
Artisan Books & Bindery recently finished cataloging a large collection of volumes of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Their list for the Ephemera Society of American Conference and Fair, Ephemera 36 can also be viewed online.
Bay Leaf Used & Rare Books have had to split their latest acquisitions into two catalogs:
- Part I contains volumes on artists’ books, bibliography, bookbinding, book design and Illustration, booksellers, The Colophon, conservation, Dibdin, fine press, etc.,
- Part II contains volumes on libraries, literature, miniature books, paper, printing, prints and printmakers, publishers, reading, type and type founding, typography, etc.
Bolerium Books have a plethora of new catalogs on topical concerns:
- Abortion Controversy
- African-American History: From Slavery to Black Power
- International Women’s Day -- A short list of 20 items
- Chicano Movement Pins
Eclectibles energize our late-winter days with three lists:
Jeff Hirsch Books hit the send button on:
- E-List 80 (Highlights: Aaron Siskind Signed Assocation Copy; Signed 1st Edition of Shinoyama's Hareta Hi; and Grace: 30 Years of Fashion at Vogue)
- E-List 81 (Highlights: Edward Ruscha's Hard Light; great Association Copies from Danny Lyons, Arnold Newman, Karsh, Wynn Bullock, and Paul Caponigro; plus signed books by John Sikin)
Sign up for E-Lists from Jeff Hirsch Books here...
The Lawbook Echange, Ltd. has published the following new catalogs:
- Law Books with Illustrations
- Antiquarian and Scholarly Books on Criminal Law
- 30 Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions
- A List to Celebrate the 49th California Book Fair
- 30 Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions: February 2, 2016
- Continental, English, Scottish North American and Latin American Trials
Liber Antiquus, Early Books & Manuscripts announce several new lists:
- 16th and 17th C. Books by Italian and English Women Writers
- Science, Literature, Architecture, Incunabula, and More...
- 16th and 17th c. English Poetry and Drama...
J. & J. Lubrano Music Antiquarians have three new catalogs to delight both the eyes and the ears:
- The Paul J. Jackson Opera Collection Part IV: H-L: Autograph Letters, Signed Scores, Printed Music, Books, Programs, Drawings, Posters, Prints, Photographs & Related Ephemera
- Books about Music and Musicians
- Chamber Music Part I: A-G
E.M. Maurice Books offer Catalog 53, Winter 2016 -- featuring new arrivals such as Leo Lionni's first book, Little Blue and Little Yellow; Louis Wain's Great Big Midget Book, Anne Anderson's Sleepy Song Book, Florence Harrison's Rhyme of a Run, an uncommon ABC book, The Jaw-Breaker's Alphabet as well as Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal titles, classic picture books and favorite illustrators.
We invite you to peruse a quartet of new catalogs from Richard C. Ramer, Old & Rare Books:
- Special List 226: Recent Acquisitions, Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries -- Twenty-nine recent acquisitions, 17th-20th centuries, with color illustrations
- Special List 227: African Lusophone Authors, 1952-1975 -- Twenty-four works by African Lusophone authors, 1952-1975, with color illustrations.
- Special List 228: Bibliography & Reference -- Bibliography & reference: 252 items, with color illustrations, including book exhibition catalogues, public and private library catalogues, book auction catalogues, booksellers' catalogues, and books about books
- Special List 229: Recently Catalogued Items -- Thirty-four recently catalogued items, with full-color illustrations.
- Special List 230: Twenty-Five Recently Catalogued Items -- Twenty-five recently catalogued items, with full-color illustrations.
- Special List 231: Genealogy & Heraldry
Sanctuary Books focus on several distinct areas in their latest catalogs:
- Drawing -- Original drawings and instructive books on art, including more than 30 items, arranged in random order, and spanning decades. Highlights include some lovely ladies drawn by Pierre-Louis Henri Grevedon, costume and fashion illustration from ancient times to the 20th century, landscapes, cartoons, Japanese design, anatomical drawings, original pencil drawings by Phiz, and a weirdo (or two).
- Incunabula -- Incunabula is defined by John Carter and Nicholas Barker (“ABC for Book Collectors”) as the Latin description of early books as printed in cunabulis (in the swaddling clothes) of the new-born art of printing, or, books printed before 1501. Elegant, no? Highlights include the first complete Theocritus, the first collected edition of the sermons of St. Augustine, Lyonese incunables with similar Sisteron provenance (and in very curious bindings), collections of inuncable leaves, and more.
- Architecture -- Architecture More than 100 books and manuscripts on architecture, including more than 50 items offered at reduced prices. Spanning decades, highlights include strikingly designed issues of “Wendingen,” edited by Dutch architect Hendricus Wijdeveld; numerous works by Serlio, Vignola, Vitruvius; and original drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Ann Arbor's Garrett Scott, Bookseller keep things interesting with two exemplary new catalogs:
- Occasional List 30: [The Word] -- 45 interesting obscure items relating to American religion: Child preachers, Religion and Lust, Christocratic Progressive utopias, an Azusa-era Exclusive Brethren tract, etc.
- Occasional List 31: Where is Mabel? -- 30 interesting and unusual items relating to sex and exploitation and anxieties.
Second Life Books offer an eclectic list of new arrivals: Americana, Travel,: Africa, Asia, Witchcraft, Etc.
Finally, four new catalogs from Yesterday's Muse, Inc. seek to surprise and delight:
- Presidential Catalog -- Biographies of, books by, and works related to various Presidents of the United States.
- February 2016 Catalog -- Monthly miscellany featuring Sherlock Holmes material, leather bound Signed First Edition Society, books on books.
- March 2016 -- First editions of Thomas Hardy and Jack London, Americana, Books & Printing, Military, Etc.
- Medical Sale -- Discounted prices on nearly 350 titles on clinical & domestic medicine, medical history & biography, botany, homeopathy, quackery, etc.
Remember, you can always browse and download the latest catalogs published by ABAA members on ABAA.org by visiting the following link: https://www.abaa.org/catalog/... (You can also access this page by selecting 'Booksellers' from the top menu, scroll to the bottom of the page to 'Member Catalogs', and click on 'View All'.)