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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE PRINTED WORD., Chappell, Warren.
1 Chappell, Warren. A SHORT HISTORY OF THE PRINTED WORD.
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1970 0394445341 / 9780394445342 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
244 pp + Index, 9 9/16" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(A) book that will inform the layman and give pleasure to the typophile. In it the aesthetic and technical considerations basic to the art and process of printing, from the earliest formulation of the letters of the alphabet to recent developments in twentieth-century graphic technology, are made clear through a lucid and lively narrative interspersed with more than 200 pertinent illustrations - calligraphy, typefaces, great books and their pages, presses and workshops - all carefully chosen and fitted into the text. Here is the evolution of the printing press - the ingenious and imaginative contributions of the great printers. And always the interaction between printing and the society and culture in which it grew is underlined." Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling/tiny tear at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
CHINA REVISITED, AFTER FORTY-TWO YEARS., Chiang Yee.  (The Silent Traveller.)
2 Chiang Yee. (The Silent Traveller.) CHINA REVISITED, AFTER FORTY-TWO YEARS.
New York W.W. Norton 1977 03930879143 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Chiang Yee. 
180 pp, 9 1/2" H. Illustrated throughout with the author's b&w drawings & calligraphy. "In 1933, Chiang Yee, then the governor of a district in China, was forced to leave his homeland after an argument with a warlord. The China he left was an unhealthy country: a weak central government unable to control the power of the warlords; a deteriorating economic condition; a reputation for corruption based on an ill-defined and unsatisfactory land-tax system; widespread illiteracy and famine. In 1975, after an absence of forty-two years, he returned to China. In this book he tells of his travels and records his impressions of the new China as compared to the China he left. In addition, his two grown daughters, who, along with their mother, remained in China, provide another perspective on China's progress. As Mr. Chiang travels through China, he tells of his visits to both well-known and less familiar landmarks; he describes the communes and factories of light industry which have been built in the last twenty-five years. He attends the May First celebration - the important festival of labor. But, above all, he contrasts the backwards country he left with the brand-new independent nation that has been emerging over the last twenty-five years. He points with pride to the accomplishments: 800 million Chinese living and working together in a united spirit; the feeling of peace and prosperity; no unemployment; sufficient food for all; great technical, scientific, and educational advances; increased literacy; universal medicare; and vast improvements in the status of women." Small faint scuff at top of fore-edge of text block, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, some light waviness on front panel, very light browning - mainly at edges, small light stain at top edge of spine, two line indentations across spine, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A CHRISTMAS CAROL., Dickens, Charles.
3 Dickens, Charles. A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
London B. Mitchell / Chancellor Press 1984 0907486681 / 9780907486688 Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Good+ Alan Tabor. 
Unpaginated, 10 1/4" H. Red cloth with gold lettering on spine. A beautifully produced facsimile of the 1916 edition, designed by Alan Tabor with black and red capitals, borders and calligraphy in double columns, plus b&w illustrations. Charles Dickens' "Ghost Story for Christmas" is a perennial favorite, in which a miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve in an attempt to revive his feelings for his fellow man. Light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, small bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some wear at top of spine and flap-folds - very light edge wear elsewhere, some soft edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TIAN WEN:  A CHINESE BOOK OF ORIGINS., Field, Stephen, translator.  Calligraphy by T.C. Ma.
4 Field, Stephen, translator. Calligraphy by T.C. Ma. TIAN WEN: A CHINESE BOOK OF ORIGINS.
New Directions, New York, 1986, first edition. 
123 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0811210103 "Relatively unknown in the West, (this book) is a fascinating, though often baffling, archaic collection of 186 'questions' about the origins of life and the meaning of a wide vari ety of happenings startling and mundane, earthly and celestial. Because the poem has no single narrative thread, the most informed speculation posits group authorship by a number of roving Taoist scholars, each contributing riddles about t h e h i s t o r y and legends of his own province as well as ironically posed inquiries into the nature of the universe. The enigmatic and sometimes Sphinxlike conundrums may have been originally intended for debate - to give the popular and promi ne nt di al ec ti ci an s of over 2,300 years ago a tool for honing their convoluted responses. But however the poem took on its present shape and content, it remains the single most comprehensive catalogue of ancient Chinese mythology and pre-Imp eri al l ege nd in exi ste nce . This translation....combines sound scholarship with an artful grace to produce the 186 questions in couplets that both tease and enchant. In addition to a historical introduction that clearly explains what is known and no t know n a bou t th e po em, Field provides extensive notes to help the English-speaking reader understand the basic Chinese myths alluded to in the questions." The poem is presented in Chinese 'li-shi' script opposite the English text. P revio us o wn er's chop (st amp p n hal f-ti tle page, tiny bump to top edge of both boards. Dust jacket is price clipped, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Hammond, Wayne G. and Scull, Christina. J.R.R. TOLKIEN: ARTIST & ILLUSTRATOR.
London HarperCollins 1995 0261103229 / 9780261103221 First Printing Soft Cover Very Good+ J.R.R. Tolkien. 
208 pp, 11" H. "J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) renowned author of 'The Hobbit', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion', was an artist in pictures as well as in words. Though he often remarked that he had no talent for drawing, his art has charmed his readers and has been exhibited to large and appreciative audiences the world over. In fact, his talent was far more than he admitted, and his sense of design was natural and keen. (This book) explores Tolkien's art at length, from his childhood paintings and drawings to his final sketches. At its heart are his illustrations for his books, especially his tales of Middle-earth. Also examined are the pictures Tolkien made for his children, his expressive calligraphy, his love of decoration, and his contributions to the typography and design of his books. With 200 reproductions, many in full colour, this lavishly-produced book offers a perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to discover a largely unexplored aspect of J.R.R. Tolkien's character." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor rubbing, tiny ink dot on bottom of text block. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
50 YEARS BAUHAUS:  GERMAN EXHIBITION.  Plus SUPPLEMENT., Herzogenrath, Wulf.  (Ludwig Grote, et al.)
6 Herzogenrath, Wulf. (Ludwig Grote, et al.) 50 YEARS BAUHAUS: GERMAN EXHIBITION. Plus SUPPLEMENT.
Toronto Art Gallery of Ontario 1969 Soft Cover Good Good 
365 pp + 27 pp supplement - 8 3/4" H. The catalogue of the exhibition. Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. Contents: forewords; ludwig grote, walter gropius and the bauhaus; walter gropius, my conception of the bauhaus ideal; ludwig grote, basic form and functional-ism; heinz winfried sabais, the spirit of the weimar republic; chronology; catalogue: dieter honisch, about the exhibition; preliminary course and teaching: otto stelzer, the preliminary course in weimar and dessau; workshops: hans eckstein, purpose and goal of workshops-education at the bauhaus; architecture and design: nikolaus pevsner, architecture and the bauhaus / jurgen joedicke, on the stuttgart "weissenhof-siedlung"; painting, sculpture, graphics: will grohmann, the painters at the bauhaus; life at the bauhaus: reginald isaacs, the bauhausier / alfred arndt, life at the bauhaus and its festivals / sigfried giedion, the bauhaus and the bauhaus week in weimar / hans h. stuckenschmidt, red circle and blue square / ilja ehrenburg, about the dessau bauhaus; continuation of the teaching: hans m. wingler, repercussion and further development of the bauhaus in america / jay doblin, institute of design-today; biographies, bibliographies; index. Interior - two creases at top corner and soft crease down preliminary map page, previous owner's name in ink on title page, very small crease/wrinkles at top corner of pages 35 to 50. Exterior - slight twist to spine, tiny bump at top/bottom of rear hinge, small partial tear at bottom of front hinge, very light browning to cover edges and on spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear and light to moderate rubbing to covers, two small edge tears, protected in a mylar sleeve. Supplement: Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear and light rubbing on covers, one small corner crease. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE NINETEEN ANCIENT POEMS., Ho, Kenneth P.H., translated, with introduction by.
7 Ho, Kenneth P.H., translated, with introduction by. THE NINETEEN ANCIENT POEMS.
Kelly & Walsh, Hong Kong, 1977. 
158 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), soft cover. Addenda and corrigenda tipped-in at rear. " 'The Nineteen Ancient Poems', a group of anonymous poems which first appears in the Wen-hsuan, holds an important place in the history of Chinese literature. They wer e written in the Western and Eastern Han periods (206 B.C.-220 A.D.). 'Their language is straight-forward yet not ungraceful. Delicate in objective description and tender in depicting deep emotions, they are the crown of the five-characte r - l i n e - p o etry.' (Wen-hsin tiao-lung). Dr. Kenneth P.H. Ho, after an introduction dealing with the background and the characteristics of 'The Nineteen Ancient Poems', gives a complete English translation of them. Appendices provide a sele ct io n of c ri ti ca l statements on these ancient poems and a table of textual variants. The author's calligraphy which, written not by traditional Chinese brush but by modern fountain pen, has a beauty of freshness and a new taste of Chinese ca lli gra ph y, is inc orp ora te d at the end. There is a selected bibliography." Interior - previous owner's bookplate on inside of front cover and chop (stamp) on first page with slight ink offset on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tig ht w ith no oth er owne rshi p ma rks . Exterior - small soft corner crease on rear cover, light fading to spine color, wrinkling on spine. Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LE JARDIN DE NUIT., Jabry.  (Jacques Brillant.)  Edited by Vincent Pouliot.
8 Jabry. (Jacques Brillant.) Edited by Vincent Pouliot. LE JARDIN DE NUIT.
Ottawa Societe Culturelle Ameuroasie 1960 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good Maitre Domoto Insho. 
45 pp, 11 5/8" H, in purple cloth with silver lettering on front board, colour floral images on front and rear boards. Number 100 in an edition limited to 1000 copies. Handmade Japanese paper with top edge untrimmed (as issued). Endpapers in shades of orange, green, blue and purple with floral designs. B&w illustrations. French text. With: 44 pp pamphlet (7 1/8" H) stapled in green patterned covers, containing the French poetry faced by translations in Japanese characters. Enclosed in three panel portfolio with orange/blue/white decoration on exterior, title in black on front panel, two white (bone?) fasteners, landscape illustration on interior in blue/black/white. "Ce livre 'le jardin de nuit' est un poeme de jabry / calligraphie de la main de 'auteur / illustre a l'encre de chine par maitre domo insho / edite par les soins de vincent pouliot / avec la collaboration technique du typographe sasaki / imprime au moyen de cliches en gelatine bichcromatee aux ateliers de collotypie chez benrido de kyoto / sur papier japon fabrique a la main avec la fibre du broussonetia papyfera par les artisans des papeteries iwano de fukui / tire a mille exemplaires seulement / quatre exemplaires etant mis hors commerce pour etre gracieusement presentes a la maison imperiale du japon." Tiny scuff to cloth on front board, minor color fading to top/bottom edge of spine and top edge of both boards. Pamphlet has light wear at top of spine, a few small line indentation on covers, tiny dent at fore-edge of rear cover and on fore-edge of text block, Portfolio has light edge wear, wear on fastener tabs, small areas of rubbing/color loss on spine where fasteners clip-in, minor toning at inside edges, light browning on spine and at edges, rub mark on spine. 
Price: 275.00 USD
 
 
RARE BOOKS:  FIFTEENTH TO NINETEENTH CENTURIES.  CATALOGUE 19.  MARTAYAN LAN., Martayan Lan.
9 Martayan Lan. RARE BOOKS: FIFTEENTH TO NINETEENTH CENTURIES. CATALOGUE 19. MARTAYAN LAN.
Martayan Lan, New York, n.d. 
184 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. B&w illustrations. Contents: Travel, Geography, Americana & Related Fields; History of Science: Astronomy & Mathematical Instruments - Physics, Mathematics, Mining & Technology - Medicine, Pharmacy, Natural History & Gardening; Arts & Humanities (Including Architecture, Art History, Music, Fete Books, and Calligraphy, etc.) Interior - small bump at top edge of pages - more towards rear of book, tiny bump to bottom corner of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - bump to top edge of rear cover, tiny crease at bottom corner of rear cover. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ABC CANADA: THE FIRST CANADIAN COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY CALLIGRAPHY., McDougall, Lindley.
10 McDougall, Lindley. ABC CANADA: THE FIRST CANADIAN COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY CALLIGRAPHY.
Calgary, Alberta Arbor Studio Press 1996 1896160018 / 9781896160016 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
168 pp, square large 8vo (9" H x 9" D). Promotional brochure laid in. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs and examples of calligraphy. "Ninety-five lettering artists from across Canada have contributed outstanding examples of the beautiful art of calligraphy to this exciting collection. (I)ncludes: Alphabet design; Logos, titles and commercial lettering; Quotations, poems and original writings; Sculptural lettering; Artists' books; A photo, biography and contact address for each contributor; A complete listing of Canadian calligraphic societies; Index, glossary and bibliography. Whether using traditional pens and classic styles of lettering or experimenting with innovative tools and expressive forms, these artists bring imagination and sensitivity to the interpretation of the written word. (This book) will serve as a reference and an inspiration to anyone interested in studying, practising or simply admiring the art of beautiful writing." Dust jacket has light wrinkling - mainly at top of spine, minor edge wrinkling elsewhere, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
IN MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE., Poortvliet, Rien.  Calligraphy by Diane Lynch.
11 Poortvliet, Rien. Calligraphy by Diane Lynch. IN MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE.
Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1988, first American edition. 
240 pp, oblong (10 1/4" H x 12 1/8" D) hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0810911264 Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout. "(T)he fascinating saga, told with pen and brush, of a rural family in old Holland - the Poortvliets - going back ten generations to Cornelis Adriaensz, who died in 1649. Characteristically evocative, Poortvliet's work is remarkable in its ability to touch us. With equal skill he conveys the coziness of a comfortable house set in a bleak and brooding snowy landsc ape and the light-hearted revelry of a winter carnival. (This book) does not conjure up a romantic vision of the past - the Dutch countryside was not all tulips and windmills. There was hardship and hard work, like that of the young cowherd se e n h ere - an eight-year-old boy whose long and lonely day began at four o'clock in the morning and only ended when he returned home at six o'clock in the evening. We learn of the many Dutch families in the early days who endured the deaths of fi ve , t en , or more babies, and of their joy in those that survived. We even learn of such nocturnal annoyances as the families of noisy mice that shared the straw mattresses of the country folk. (The author's) colorful heritage, traced back to th e 1 60 0s , w hile it does not include rich and famous people, does include characters and stories to rival those of a soap opera in their intricacy and human interest. Those accounts are based on ancient documents such as birth and death certifica tes and ch urch records, some of which are reproduced. Exploring his own roots, Poortvliet captures the beauty in the faces and in the lives of the country people of Holland as he illuminates their odyssey into modern times." Light edge wear wit h a few tiny dint s on edges of boards, previous owner's signed bookplate on freont free endpaper, minor rubbing on boards. Dust jacket has small faint stain on inside of spine, slight yellowing to edges, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spin e an d fl ap-fo lds, s light wear at bottom of spine, a few faint rub lines. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
HE WAS ONE OF US., Poortvliet, Rien.  Text by Hans Bouma.  Calligraphy by Ron Bell.
12 Poortvliet, Rien. Text by Hans Bouma. Calligraphy by Ron Bell. HE WAS ONE OF US.
Baker, Grand Rapids, MI, 1994, second printing. 
Unpaginated, 10 1/2" H x 9 11/16" D, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0801071356 Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout by the Dutch artist Poortvliet Rien, know for his works on Gnomes and life in Holland. Here he tells the story of Jesus f rom the annuciation to the ascension bringing it to life with his wonderfully evocative drawings. Light waviness at edges of text block. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
DAILY LIFE IN HOLLAND IN THE YEAR 1566 AND THE STORY OF MY ANCESTOR'S TREASURE CHEST., Poortvliet, Rien.  Translated from the Dutch by Karin H. Ford.  Calligraphy by Diane Lynch.
13 Poortvliet, Rien. Translated from the Dutch by Karin H. Ford. Calligraphy by Diane Lynch. DAILY LIFE IN HOLLAND IN THE YEAR 1566 AND THE STORY OF MY ANCESTOR'S TREASURE CHEST.
Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1992, first American edition. 
208 pp, oblong (10 1/4" H x 12 1/8" D) hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0810933098 Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout. "Characteristically evocative, the words and images in 'Daily Life in Holland' are rich in detail and delicate in colo ration, and perhaps the most beautiful of any of Poortvliet's works to date. In this fascinating saga, he recreates the lives of his forebears as they toiled and celebrated their way through daily existence. He does not conjure up a romantic v i s i o n of the past - the Dutch countryside was not all tulips and windmills! There were adversity and hard work, and we learn that 1566 was an extraordinary year in Holland, marked by famine and plague, great freezes, floods and droughts, comets a nd e ar thquakes, and an invasion by the Spanish as well. Poortvliet's colorful account unfolds before us to reveal how ordinary men, women, and children lived: what kinds of clothes they wore, what their houses were like, what they ate and how th ey coo ked . How did they celebrate Christmas? What did the people do for a livng and what kind of money did they have? What did a girl's engagement ring look like? How many different kinds of swords and firearms did they have? Exploring hi s ow n r oots , Po ortvliet captures the beauty of everyday life and livelihood in turbulent sixteenth-century Holland." Tiny stain on top of text block, a few tiny dints on bottom edges of boards, previous owner's signed bookplate on half-title pa ge. Dust jack et ha s very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny dints on front panel, very light rubbing, very small bump on edge of spine. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
JOURNEY TO THE ICE AGE: MAMMOTHS AND OTHER ANIMALS OF THE WILD., Poortvliet, Rien.  Translated from the Dutch by Karin H. Ford.  Calligraphy by Diane Lynch.
14 Poortvliet, Rien. Translated from the Dutch by Karin H. Ford. Calligraphy by Diane Lynch. JOURNEY TO THE ICE AGE: MAMMOTHS AND OTHER ANIMALS OF THE WILD.
Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1994. 
224 pp, oblong (10 1/4" H x 12" D) hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0810936488 Beautifully illustrated throughout in colour by the Dutch artist well known for his books on gnomes and Holland. "Starting in present-day Holland, Poortvliet observes a nd illustrates, the many animals who inhabit this earth, in great detail. He may catch a rabbit, lynx, or partridge sauntering by, or admire a doe with her young right beneath him. He takes notice of foxes, deer, and wolves, and portrays them r e a l istically and convincingly. (He) continues on his journey to the sixteenth century, a time when humans coexisted with such predators as bears, lynx, and wolves, and other wild animals. His journey ends with the people and animals of the Ic e Ag e, a nd he imagines the now-extinct mammoth and other creatures in their natural habitat - the giant deer, the wooly rhinoceros, the wild horse, the auroch, and the cave lion. Exploring the boundaries of time travel and studying the wild anim al s a t c los e range, (he) documents their daily habits and rituals. His colorful account unfolds before us to reveal the many interesting facts about the mammals: How much bigger is an elk than a deer or a doe? How do you subdue a rhinoceros? How man y po unds is a mammoth's daily food intake?" Previous owner's signed bookplate on front free endpaper, tiny dint on bottom edge of each board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one ve ry s mall edge tear - archivally taped, light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
15 Shakespeare, William. THE SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. TRANSCRIBED IN THE SWEET ROMAN HAND.
London Cassell 1988 0304321710 / 9780304321711 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Tom Gourdie. 
154 sonnets (one per page) + alphabetical listing of sonnets. Oblong (5 5/8" H x 8 5/8" D). "Shakespeare's sonnets, were they all that he had ever written, would have ensured him immortality. Read by every succeeding generation, they continue to challenge, stimulate, and sometimes mystify. The calligrapher Tom Gourdie, fascinated by the beauty of Shakespeare's language, has matched his own mastery of letterforms to the poet's mastery of words and has handscripted the 154 sonnets in a fluent, dramatic italic style, drawn with a beautiful craftsmanship. Each sonnet is begun with a unique decorative initial, in a rich, contrasting red. Calligraphers everywhere will welcome this rare example of their art, and will want to use it as inspiration for their own work. In Tom Gourdie's fine presentation of this book, truly a labour of love, Shakespeare's sonnets take on a new vitality and can be read afresh, a pleasure both to the eye and to the spirit." Very small soft bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SONG WITHOUT MUSIC: CHINESE TZ'U POETRY., Soong, Stephen C., editor.
16 Soong, Stephen C., editor. SONG WITHOUT MUSIC: CHINESE TZ'U POETRY.
Renditions / Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, (1980). 
282 pp, small 4to (10 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Chinese calligraphy, music examples, 2 color plates. "Tz'u originally was written to music to be sung; the word itself means 'song words' in Chinese. While the literary aspect of tz'u is derived from the five and seven-syllable lines of regulated verse or shih, its musical element can be traced back to the triumph, in the early T'ang dynasty, of popular foreign songs over native ones. Tz'u, in fact, is an overflow of shih. When T'ang poetry could no longer express adequately man's more refined and delicate feelings, and when the simple quatrains could not longer contain the spirit of song, it was natural for a new genre to emerge...The approach of the present volume of essays and translations of tz'u is an intimate rather than a pedantic one, for its purpose is to take the poetry-loving reader, as it were, by the hand, and welcome him into a new world. It is an attempt to present a comprehensive view of tz'u poetry, its intrinsic qualities as well as the achievements of individual writers. Through the nine interpretive essays and the eight translations of individual tz'u poets in the present anthology, the reader will gain a deeper in sight in to tz'u poetry and see its continuity in the history of Chinese literature." Previous owners chop (stamp) on free front endpaper, very light edge wear to boards. VG+/NF 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE ESSENCE OF AIKIDO: SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS OF MORIHEI UESHIBA., Stevens, John, compiler.  (Morihei Ueshiba).
17 Stevens, John, compiler. (Morihei Ueshiba). THE ESSENCE OF AIKIDO: SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS OF MORIHEI UESHIBA.
Kodansha, Tokyo, 1999, 2nd printing. 
200 pp, small 4to (10 1/8" H), soft cover in dust jacket. ISBN 477002357X "For the first time in English, (this book) presents the profound philosophy of Aikido in Morihei's own words, disclosing many of the arcane secrets of Aikido's aims and met hods. Considered by many to be the greatest martial artist and spiritual leader of the twentieth century, Morihei provides a wealth of clues to the often puzzling nature of the inseparable link between the physical and spiritual aspects of A i k i d o , revealing the heart of the peacful warrior's art....(T)he first half....presents the most comprehensive collection of the writings of Morihei Ueshiba ever published. Key concepts in Aikido philosophy, such as kototama (language of the sp ir it ) an d m isogi (purification of body and mind) are discussed at length, profusely illustrated with Morihei's mystical diagrams, spiritual poems, and fascinating calligraphy. For Morihei, techniques were the means to express the spiritual p rin cip les o f A ik id o, and in the second half, John Stevens focuses on Morihei's techniques. Over two hundred hitherto unpublished photos of Morihei in action from his earliest days as a teacher of the martial arts to his last years as a maste r of Aik ido com plet e t his detailed survey of the true nature of Aikido." Interior - previous owner's chop mark (stamp) on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - a few light finger marks on covers, so me lo ss of col or o n hin ges, one tiny corner crease, slight bump at top of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine and at top of front panel. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE LAYS OF BELERIAND.  THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH VOLUME 3., Tolkien, J.R.R. / Tolkien, Christopher.  Commentary by C.S. Lewis.
18 Tolkien, J.R.R. / Tolkien, Christopher. Commentary by C.S. Lewis. THE LAYS OF BELERIAND. THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH VOLUME 3.
London HarperCollins 1991 0261102052 / 9780261102057 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
393 pp, 9" H. The colour frontispiece reproduces a page of verse in Tolkien's calligraphy and there is an additional b&w example, plus a reproduction of two original manuscript pages in the text. A number of small genealogical tables are provided. Export edition dust jacket with no price on flap (designed so each receiving country could price the book according to their currency). "The first of the poems in this book is the unpublished 'Lay of the Children of Hurin', (Tolkien's) early but most sustained work in the ancient English metre, intended to narrate on a grand scale the tragedy of Turin Turambar. It was left incomplete when only the earlier part of the story had ben told, but not before the killing by Turin of Beleg his friend had been powerfully recounted and a unique description of the great redoubt of Nar-gothrond had been given. (This) was supplanted by the 'Lay of Leithian' 'Release from Bondage', in which another major legend of the Elder Days received poetic form, in this case in rhyme. The chief source of the short prose tale of Beren and Luthien in 'The Silmarillion', this too was left incomplete, but the whole Quest of the Silmaril is told, and the poem only breaks off after the encounter with Morgoth in his subterranean fortress. Many years later, when 'The Lord of the Rings' was finished, Tolkien returned to the 'Lay of Leithian' and started on a new version from the beginning; this is also given (here). Accompanying the poems are commentaries on the evolution of the history of the Elder Days, which was much developed during the years of the composition of the two Lays. Also included is the notable criticism in detail of the 'Lay of Leithian' by C.S. Lewis, who read the poem in 1929." There is a black remainder mark on bottom edge of the textblock, positioned against the spine, so not as noticeable as in many cases, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
ZEN SPEAKS:  SHOUTS OF NOTHINGNESS., Tsai Chih Chung, adapted and illustrated by.  Translated by Brian Bruya.  Introduction by William Powell.
19 Tsai Chih Chung, adapted and illustrated by. Translated by Brian Bruya. Introduction by William Powell. ZEN SPEAKS: SHOUTS OF NOTHINGNESS.
New York Anchor / Doubleday 1994 0385472579 / 9780385472579 4th Printing Soft Cover Very Good - Brent Carpenter, calligraphy. 
159 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w cartoons. English text within cartoons, Chinese characters at the sides. "(This) is an illustrated adaptation of selections from various early Zen Buddhist classics. Collected and popularized by the bestselling Chinese illustrator Tsai Chih Chung, the book includes over one hundred Zen tales (koan) for the reader of today, bringing to life the spirit and philosophy of Zen, its insights, its rich unfolding of spiritual beauty and peace, and its unveiling of the ineffable charm of simplicity and everyday life. Each story is told in a series of splendidly illustrated cartoon panels, with a text that is at once irreverently humorous and yet replete with wisdom. Never before has a book presented the teachings of Zen in such a straightforward and understand-able way." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - Very light edge and corner wear; rear cover has small dint, very light rubbing, small soft crease and small area of discolor-ation due to dampness. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ZEN SPEAKS:  SHOUTS OF NOTHINGNESS., Tsai Chih Chung, adapted and illustrated by.  Translated by Brian Bruya.  Introduction by William Powell.
20 Tsai Chih Chung, adapted and illustrated by. Translated by Brian Bruya. Introduction by William Powell. ZEN SPEAKS: SHOUTS OF NOTHINGNESS.
New York Anchor / Doubleday 1994 0385472579 / 9780385472579 10th Printing Soft Cover Very Good+ Brent Carpenter, calligraphy. 
159 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w cartoons. English text within cartoons, Chinese characters at the sides. "(This) is an illustrated adaptation of selections from various early Zen Buddhist classics. Collected and popularized by the bestselling Chinese illustrator Tsai Chih Chung, the book includes over one hundred Zen tales (koan) for the reader of today, bringing to life the spirit and philosophy of Zen, its insights, its rich unfolding of spiritual beauty and peace, and its unveiling of the ineffable charm of simplicity and everyday life. Each story is told in a series of splendidly illustrated cartoon panels, with a text that is at once irreverently humorous and yet replete with wisdom. Never before has a book presented the teachings of Zen in such a straightforward and understand-able way." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor wrinkling on rear cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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