Saturday, July 5, 2014




The Book Of Miracles
Hardcover in Slipcase

The Book of Miracles that first surfaced a few years ago and recently made its way into an American private collection is one of the most spectacular new discoveries in the field of Renaissance art. The nearly complete surviving illustrated manuscript, which was created in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg around 1550, is composed of 169 pages with large-format illustrations in gouache and watercolor depicting wondrous and often eerie celestial phenomena, constellations, conflagrations, and floods as well as other catastrophes and occurrences. It deals with events ranging from the creation of the world and incidents drawn from the Old Testament, ancient tradition, and medieval chronicles to those that took place in the immediate present of the book’s author and, with the illustrations of the visionary Book of Revelation, even includes the future end of the world.

The surprisingly modern-looking, sometimes hallucinatory illustrations and the cursory descriptions of the Book of Miracles strikingly convey a unique view of the concerns and anxieties of the 16th century, of apocalyptic thinking and eschatological expectation. The present facsimile volume reproduces the Book of Miracles in its entirety for the first time and thus makes one of the most important works of the German Renaissance finally available to art lovers and scholars. The introduction puts the codex in its cultural and historical context, and an extensive description of the manuscript and its miniatures, as well as a complete transcript of the text, accompany the facsimile in an appendix.













These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday 



Friday, July 4, 2014

Closed for the Fourth!






Brickbat will be closed today, July 4th. We will reopen tomorrow at 11am. Happy holiday!



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Featured: Five Children's Books




William Cole, Oh, What Nonsense!
Illustrated by Tomi Ungerer




Phyllis McGinley, Wonderful Time
Illustrated by John Alcorn




The Fireside Book Of Children's Songs
Illustrated by John Alcorn





Carol Kempner, Nicholas





Joey The Clown
Illustrated by Saburo Watanabe




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday






Friday, June 27, 2014

Featured: Three Books


Apologies for the absence. Quite a few new arrivals over the past month, contrary to the lack of posts...


Leonardo Sciascia, Equal Danger
Hardcover


 

Mircea Eliade, Myth And Reality
Paperback




Guy Davenport, Tatlin
Hardcover





Sunday, June 8, 2014

Closed Today!





Brickbat willed be closed
Today, Sunday
For a private event

We will reopen on Tuesday at 11am


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Event: General Idea #14: Paige Taggart, Rasheedah Phillips, and Natalie Lyalin. Hosted by Cindy King



Tuesday, May 27th at 7pm
at
Brickbat Books:

General Idea #14:

Paige Taggart
Rasheedah Phillips
Natalie Lyalin
Hosted by Cindy King 




Paige Taggart's first book Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press) is here (!) and Or Replica is forthcoming this year with Brooklyn Arts Press. Her chapbook of translations, I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux will be released with Greying Ghost Press. She makes jewelry :mactaggartjewelry.com



Rasheedah Philips writes science fiction stories and essays on Philosophy and Metaphysics. She has a piece in the anthology Growing Up Girl (edited by Michelle Sewell), inspirational essays published in Sister to Sister: Black Women Speak to Young Black Women (edited by Beth Johnson) and Professor May I Bring My Baby to Class (edited by Sherrill Mosee). She recently independently published her first science fiction novel, called Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales). In 2011, Rasheedah created The AfroFuturist Affair, an organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting Afrofuturistic culture, art, and literature through creative events and creative writing. She is a founding member of Metropolarity Speculative Fiction Collective. She is an attorney.
Natalie Lyalin is the author of Pink & Hot Pink Habitat (Coconut Books, 2009), and a chapbook, Try A Little Time Travel (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). She is a part of the Agnes Fox Press editing collective and the cofounder and editor of Natural History Press. She lives in Philadelphia.




Friday, May 16, 2014

Event: Song Of Myself Book Signing with Allen Crawford




 Saturday, May 17th at 7pm
at
Brickbat Books:

Whitman Illuminated:
Song Of Myself with Allen Crawford


Walt Whitman’s iconic collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it’s only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate—like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures—Whitman’s masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, “Song of Myself.” Crawford has turned the original sixty-page poem from Whitman’s 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that’s both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem—they’re exuberant, rough, and wild. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artifact in its own right, and a masterful tribute to the Good Gray Poet.

Illustrator Allen Crawford will share his voyage through Walt Whitman’s poem, "Song of Myself". Crawford will share the context to his approach illustrating the text, detail his relationship and struggle with Whitman’s work, and illuminate his own creative process.

Allen Crawford is an illustrator, designer, and writer. He and his wife Susan are proprietors of the design/illustration studio Plankton Art Co. Their most notable project to date is the collection of 400 species-identification illustrations that are on permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History’s Millstein Hall of Ocean Life. They also created the Rosenbach’s logo! Under the pseudonym Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy , he wrote, designed, and illustrated The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Sold! Andy Warhol's Index Book




Andy Warhol's Index Book
Paperback

Sold before the post went up, but here it is anyway...

Corny and depraved!
It's been awhile since we've had a complete edition of this come through the shop. All inserts and objects are present. Except for the deteriorated ballon and the accordion no longer  making its weezing noise, everything is fully functional. Overall, a very nice copy.

The contents include:

1.Castle pop-up is attached, complete and fully-functioning

2. Red accordion is attached, complete, does not squeak

3. Bi-plane pop-up is attached, complete and fully-functioning

4. "The Chelsea Girls" paper wheel mounted on a spring is attached

5. The 12-sided "sphere" is complete (rubber band inside). The "sphere" is attached to the black string, which is still attached to book

6. The Lou Reed Picture Disc Record is present and attached to binding

7. The double image of the rainbow nose with pink overlay is complete, functioning and attached, as are the fold-out pages

8. The "Hunts Tomato Paste" can pop-up is complete, functioning and attached

9. All eight of the rectangular tear-offs, from the "FOR A BIG SURPRISE!!!" page (four on left and four on right) are present including all four printed with "Andy Warhol"

10. The balloon is present but has deteriorated and is sticking the two pages together (this is common in virtually all copies of this book)


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Featured: Classic Penguin Editions!





Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis




Samuel Beckett, Malone Dies

 

\ Hilaire Belloc, But Soft: We Are Observed



Jean Cocteau, Les Enfants Terribles

 

Cyril Connolly, The Rock Pool

 

Alejo Carpentier, Explosion In A Cathedral

 

Baron Corvo, Hadrian The Seventh

 

Arthur Koestler, Hanged By The Neck

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Last Tycoon

 

Denton Welch, Maiden Voyage

 

Alberto Moravia, The Time Of Indifference




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday 

 

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Featured: Two By Lois Lenski





Lois Lenski, The Little Airplane
Hardcover, illustrated boards





Lois Lenski, The Little Auto
Hardcover, illustrated boards 
 
 
 
 

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open:
Tuesday: thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Monday