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Booksellers’ Boutique

A selection of rare and antiquarian books on offer for the holidays

The Art of Zero

Suzanne Moore’s Zero: Cypher of Infinity is an artist’s book that investigates the concepts and controversy around zero. With texts by Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wassily Kandinsky, Isaac Newton, and more, artist and calligrapher Suzanne Moore presents questions that explore the complex history and eternal mystery of the void taken from science, philosophy, and symbology all interpreted through art and text. This signed and dated artist’s book, one of 45 from a total issue of 50, is on Arches Text Wove and BFK papers with occasional Japanese interleaves, and was bound by the artist in custom-dyed black Cave paper, tooled in gold and silver gilt, and housed in a felt-lined clamshell box. Accomplished in a variety of mediums: original painting and drawing, as well as silkscreen prints, with text in wood and metal types and polymer plate letterpress printing, embossing, gold foil, and 23-karat gold leaf. $3,500

www.juvelisbooks.com

The Wealth of Nations

First Dublin edition of Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into The Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations (Dublin: Whitestone Chamberlaine, 1776), published in the same year as the first edition. Three volumes in full contemporary calf, rebacked with new spine and spine labels, all in very good condition. Use catalog #9-114-1222678 for full description online and to purchase. See the books on display at Second Story Books’ 2000 P St., NW store in Washington, D.C. $12,000

www.secondstorybooks.com

The Fairies’ Christmas

An exceptional first edition of The Fairies’ Christmas by Charles van Sandwyk with French flaps in very fine condition. Eight hand-sewn pages, four tipped-in illustrations in full color by the artist, signed “Charles Noel van Sandwyk” on the title page. Bound in green stiff paper wrappers with title in black and gilt. Typography by Robert R. Reid and letterpress printed by David Clifford at Black Stone Press, editorial assistance by Rollin Milroy. Issued by Heavenly Monkey as their Christmas 2001 book, it tells the story of a Christmas a boy spent with his grandfather and their encounter with a gathering of fairies. A scarce title, rarely seen signed. $900

www.BooksTellYouWhy.com

O Christmas Tree!

An artist’s book edition of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas by Jarmila Sobotova. Limited edition of thirteen copies, bound in green and/or red leather with laser cut, hand-painted illustrations, housed in a shaped slipcase. Opens completely to form a tree. $325

www.luxmentis.com

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