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List of Africa books from Lorna Marshall.

Recently Keene Auctions sold a large group of books relating to Africa and we purchased 8 lots. Evidence indicates the material came from self-trained anthropologist Lorna Marshall who died in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 2002 at the age of 103.

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These have also been uploaded to Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon and Biblio, and you may purchase there if preferred.

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Gerhard & Kathryn Gerlach collection

Painted sign

Painted sign

Gerhard Gerlach was born Germany, 1907, trained as bookbinder with Ignatz Wiemeler, State Academy of Graphic Arts, Leipzig, married fellow student, American Kathryn Edwards, emigrated to New York, 1934. They operated a binding workshop in New York City, then Chappaqua, New York, finally moving to Shaftsbury, Vermont in the 1960s. They bound limited editions for many fine presses; their work was included in many exhibitions of notable bindings. Their circle of friends included Frederic Goudy, Melbert Cary, Jr, Valenti Angelo, Fritz Kredel, Joseph Blumenthal, Rudolph Ruzicka, Harrison Elliott. Their daughter, Kathy Link wishes to sell the material gathered in Shaftsbury, including bindings, sketches, photographs, correspondence, many private press books & books about books.

Gerlach bindings include about 20 examples in leather, gold tooled, most in slipcase or clamshell box, some bound while in Germany, mock-ups of bindings, a few dozen ordinary books rebound in half-leather or cloth with leather spine labels, as well as a set of the 11th edition Encyclopedia Britannica in original wooden case.

Bindings for Dard Hunter titles:

Custom photo albums, house-guest book, blank album, a bookbinding kit:

Correspondence with Wallace Stevens regarding binding work for him includes 8 signed letters on Stevens’ business letterhead, letters from his daughter, copies of their replies.

The collection includes much archival material. There are several hundred pencil drawings of bindings, lettering, decorations, color studies of bindings. A leather-bound scrapbook & clamshell box contain professional photographs of bindings, workshop, Gerhard Gerlach at work, exhibitions of bindings. Four bankers boxes (over 5 linear feet) contain professional correspondence, business receipts, photographs, clippings, Christmas cards from presses & illustrators & other relevant ephemera.

Several hundred other books include Ruzicka, Studies in Type Design, 1968; Zapf, Feder & Stichel, 1950, 170/500; Kinder, Formulas for Bookbinders, Roycroft, 1905; extensive runs of Keepsakes & Chapbooks from the Typophiles & American Institute of Graphic Arts; 1939 New York World’s Fair tunnel peep-show & Westinghouse Time Capsule Book of Record, 1938; Arthur Miller, After the Fall, signed, limited; several dozen books written, printed or illustrated by Valenti Angelo, most with signed inscriptions, including: Persian Fairy Tales, 1939, Relation Alvar Nunez Cabeca de Vaca, Grabhorn, 1929, Jastrow, Gentle Cynic, Grabhorn, 1921, Blake, Cradle Song, 1949, Steinbeck, East of Eden, Chapter Thirty-four, 1952, Keats, Ode, 1952, Saroyan, Fiscal Hoboes, 1949; many Press of the Woolly Whale imprints: Kredel, Schnitzelbank (2 copies, 1 in plastic binding), 1938, Holmes, Prayer for Wedding, 1938, Cary, Estivation of Two Mao Tzu, 1935 & War Cards, 1937, Lippmann, Scholar in Troubled World, 1932; many from Frederick & Bertha Goudy & Village Press: Half-century of Type Design, 1946, Gaudeamus Goudy, Distaff Side, 1939, Specimen of Types since 1932, Types & Type Design, 1936, Bertha Goudy, First Lady of Printing, 1958, Beilson, Story of Frederic Goudy, 1939, AIGA Village Press Retrospective, 1933, Bookmaking on Distaff Side, 65/100; Herbert & Peter Fahey, Parchment & Vellum, 1940, 50 copies; John Donne, Prayer, Banyan, 1947, 63/120; Gillian Haven, Pandora, Wanderer & Flood, Isis Press, 1982, 1976, 1977; Tate, Fragment of a Meditation, Cummington Press, 1947; Lorca, Romance de la Guardia Civil Espanola, Janus, 1974, 19/300; Rogers, Portfolio of Fine Book Pages, Mergenthaler, 1928, 879/925; Japan Paper Company, Printing Papers & other promotional samples; other similar titles. Many of the books have signed inscriptions to the Gerlachs, programs, menus, presentation letters & other ephemera inserted.


The stone mill in Shaftsbury, Vermont is also available. Please inquire if interested.

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Embalmers’ Anatomical Aid.

We offer: EMBALMER’S ANATOMICAL AID: A Manikin of Superimposed Diagramatic Plates showing thoroughly the Anatomy of the System & paying Particular attention to Blood-Circulation. Designed to Assist in Embalming Operations, Reference & Demonstration. Constructed under the supervision of J. Suydam Knox, M.D., Rush Medical College, Chicago, D.W. Graham, M.D., Cook County Hospital & Presbyterian Hospital, J.E. Owens, M.D., Chicago Medical College & St. Luke’s Hospital. Published by Western Publishing House, Chicago & NY, copyrighted 1884, 1885, 1886 & 1888. Patented March 9, 1886, April 20, 1886 & January 15, 1889. Color plates with many printed flaps of Head, Eye & Ear, Upper & Lower Extremities, Skeleton, Circulation, Nerves, Body, Section of Female, Foetal Organization, Female Pelvic Organs, Male Sexual Organs. Measures 22″ x 15″, boards covered with green cloth, gold title on flap, metal clasp. Appears complete except for portion of metal clasp. Cover & plate margins damped, cover rubbed, plates overall VG.
Price: SOLD. Price includes US shipping. Not available for international shipping.

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