Twelve Wood-Block Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro ILLUSTRATING THE PROCESS OF SILK CULTURE
Book Club of California, introduction by Jack Hillier. One of 450 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, San Francisco, 1965. A fine oversized copy (15" X 10") in parchment and patterened boards with gilt spine lettering in a plain protective dust jacket. A collection of 12 collotype plates from the 1800 original edition by the great Japanese artist Utamaro. The modern prints were colored with blocks engraved by Irma Grabhorn. An accompanying essay by Jack Hillier explains the traditional steps in cultivation of the silkworm, with the prints showing Japanese women tending the newly hatched worms by them feeding mulberry leaves. Also included is the original prospectus for the book.
A Gentle Madness by Nicholas Basbanes
Henry Holt , New York, 1995. Hard cover. First Edition. Book Condition: Fine. Dust jacket: Near Fine. 638 pp. 9 3/4" x 7 3/4"
" The passion to possess books has never been more widespread than it is today, indeed, obsessive book collecting remains the only hobby to have a disease named after it. A Gentle Madness is an adventure among the afflicted. Richly anecdotal and fully documented, it combines the perspective of historical research with the immediacy of investigative journalism. Above all, it is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered, and preserved them over the centuries."
Standard Book of Etiquette Social Forms and Good Manners for All Occasions
Etiquette and how it used to be! This book from 1924 by Renée B. Stern, gives a social history lesson on the manners and deportment of another era. Perhaps there should be a revival.
The book measures 8" x 5 1/2" and is 256 pages. Overall condition is quite good, with slight discoloration on the page edges. The spine is tight with some fading.