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1940s-50s Menu Collection

ca. 1940s-50s. A fun collection of 27 menus collected by someone in the course of his/her travels during the 1940s and a the early 1950s. Most of the menus are from restaurants in Paris and New York, but Chicago, Florence, Tacoma WA, and California are also represented. Ten of the menus have several pages, including those from Jacques French Restaurant and the Boulevard Room (Chicago); Lawry's The Prime Rib (Beverly Hills); Quo Vadis; Schwartz's (New York); and Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel (Paris). The remainder are single sheets, printed on one or both sides, a few of which are a daily listing of dishes. Good to very good condition. EPHEM/012716. Very Good -.
[Book #28993]
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Official Programme of Maryland Home-Coming, October 13-19, 1907

Official Programme of Maryland Home-Coming, October 13-19, 1907

Baltimore: Day Printers, 1907. RARE. Paper Wrappers. RARE. Very good oblong octavo in white illustrated paper wrappers with red and gilt raised title stamp to front and rear covers. There is a 2 inch closed tear to bottom of front cover, and a 2 inch closed tear along the top and bottom of the front hinge. Panels have minor soiling and rubbing. Interior is very clean and bright on glossy paper with many black and white illustrations and advertisements. Includes the article "How Baltimore Grew" by Mrs. E.W. Litimer, facts about Baltimore, additional articles about Baltimore's greatness and places of interest, photographs of men on the various Home-Coming committees, program of events held throughout the week, a chronology of Maryland, population list by county from 1790 - 1900, list of mayors, and several additional articles. Contains pages of information, statistics and photos regarding the Baltimore fire of 1904. Not paginated. 200+ pages. A very scarce item. MD/122815. Very Good.
[Book #28867]
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The Book of Maryland: Men and Institutions. A Work for Press Reference

The Book of Maryland: Men and Institutions. A Work for Press Reference

Baltimore: Maryland Biographical Association, 1920. Hardcover. "Designed as a book of real utility to the newspaper, the artist, and those interested in Maryland affairs. The Book of Maryland has been prepared with a view to meet the demand of newspaper offices for a standard book of reference on representative men and institutions of Maryland" (foreword). Includes a portrait and brief biography of important men in Maryland. Very Good in pictorial green leatherette boards with gilt title to spine and with color and gilt accents to front cover. Bound scrapbook style with three holes punched through all pages and string interlaced. Wear to edges of boards, corners, and spine ends. Previous owner stamp to endpages. Clean interior overall with a few minor smudge marks, a few small spots of foxing, and several short closed tears / chips to margins. Some pages are loose but present. One page has a tape repair to bottom margin. Size: quarto. 350 pages. Maryland. MD/010616. Very Good.
[Book #28909]
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Domat, Pothier, and the Code Napoleon: Some Observations Concerning the Actual Sources of the French Civil Code

Rodolfo Batiza, 1973. Paperback. 4to. White paper wrappers with orange and white title to front wrapper. Minor browning and soiling to front wrapper. Interior is clean and bright. 104 pages. French History. FREHIS/103015. Very Good.
[Book #28784]
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5.
Design for the Spine of Le morte darthur by Sir Thomas Malory

Design for the Spine of Le morte darthur by Sir Thomas Malory

[1893]. An original drawing by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley (1872-1898) is the best known illustrator from the British 1890s. He lived a tragically short time, dying of tuberculosis at the age of 25. This lovely major work, the epitome of Beardsley’s style of art nouveau, is for the spine of the binding cases of Sir Thomas Malory, Le morte Darthur, published by J. M. Dent, 1893-94, Beardsley’s first important commission. The book's title (spelled incorrectly as “La Morte Darthur”), author, publisher, and date are included in the design, which is in fact drawn on four separate pieces of paper that have been adhered together. Malory's Le Morte Darthur, published by Dent has been described as incomparable. The same can be said of Aubrey Beardsley's beautiful and remarkable designs (a term he preferred to "illustrations"). Beardsley was only 20 years old when Dent commissioned him to do all of the designs for this work. It was a leap of faith by Dent in taking a chance on an unproven artist. The illustrations were done during 1892-1894 for the initial issue in parts, beginning in June 1893. The design is done in ink on paper with pencil under-drawing showing the change from the initial position of the leaves, on four separate pieces of paper, the title and top border inset above the ornamental panel ; 27 x 6.7 cm. Framed. In fine condition. Provenance: J. M. Dent. Exhibited: “Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites, and their Century,” Peter Nahum, London, 1989, 165 (listed in catalogue vol. I, p. 166-167, reproduced. vol. 2, pl. 124); “Beautiful Decadence,” Japan, 1998, 7 (reproduced in catalogue). Literature: Ian Fletcher, Aubrey Beardsley, 1987, p. 128-129; A. E. Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley: Catalogue and Bibliography, 1945, p. 33; Mark Samuels Lasner, A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley, 1995. ORIG/011116.
[Book #28890]
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Original caricature of opening night at the Duke of York's Theatre

Original caricature of opening night at the Duke of York's Theatre

[1897]. Original caricature done in ink on paper. The caricature celebrates the opening night of The Happy Life, a play by Louis N. Parker and Murray Carson, staged at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in 1897. It depicts Parker (standing atop the Duke of York’s column), Carson, and Max (top hat and wasp-waisted coat) himself drinking champagne. Both Parker and Carson were important dramatists at the turn of the century; Beerbohm would later collaborate wih Carson on a one-act “curtain-raiser” in 1914, The fly on the wheel. Inscribed “Best wishes in a great success. December 6 ’97” and signed “Max.” Unrecorded; not in Hart-Davis’s catalogue of Beerbohm’s caricatures. In near fine condition and nicely framed. 20 x 25.4 cm. ORIG/011216.
[Book #28895]
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Original caricature of Sydney Schiff

Original caricature of Sydney Schiff

[ca. 1922]. "The darkness and the flashing eye," [ca. 1922]. Pencil and watercolor on paper. Caricature of Sydney Schiff, 1868-1944, the novelist who published under the name “Stephen Hudson,” translator of Proust’s A la recherché des temps perdu, patron of writers and artists including T. S. Eliot and Wyndham Lewis, and best remembered perhaps for hosting the famous dinner in Paris on May 18, 1922 to mark the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet, Le renard, attended by Joyce, Picasso, Stravinsky and Proust. Schiff and his wife, Violet - the sister of Wilde's Sphinx, Ada Leverson - were close friends of Max and Florence Beerbohm, providing the Beerbohms a refuge in England at their country house in Abinger during W.W.II. Inscribed with title and “Dearest Sydney Very many thanks. I shall treasure the document – the intensely interesting prophecy, based on so much knowledge of things and said with such keen vision. May you be right! Reading you, I feel that you might be. And then dismal doubts creep in. ‘The mills of God,’ you say. They do certainly grind slowly. But I don’t think the History of the World shows them to be efficient in the long run. If they were, our world wouldn’t be what it is! Your ever affectionate Max.” Unrecorded in Hart-Davis’s catalogue of Beerbohm’s caricatures. 25.4 x 20.4 cm. Nicely framed. In fine condition. ORIG/011216.
[Book #28894]
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Original watercolor of Florence Beerbohm

Original watercolor of Florence Beerbohm

1913. Original drawing in pencil and watercolor on paper. Signed and dated "Max 1913" in pencil. An evocative and affectionate image of Max’s American wife, the actoress Florence Kahn, showing her Pre-Raphaelite-like red hair and dress blown by a breeze. Fewer than a dozen “straight” portraits of Florence by Max and known. Virtually all derive from the collection of the publisher, bookseller, and broadcaster Douglas Cleverdon, who sold it to the American bookseller Franklin Gilliam; it later belonged to Marcia McGhee Carter, the co-founder (with Larry McMurtry) of the Booked Up bookshop and then passed into the collection of the Beerbohm bibliographer and collector, Mark Samuels Lasner. In fine condition. 34 x 23 cm. ORIG/011216.
[Book #28892]
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9.
Poems

Poems

London: Chapman and Hall, 1850. Hardcover. Presentation Copy from the author: "Rev. Derwent Coleridge with the Authors Compliments." English scholar and author Derwent Coleridge (1800 - 1883) was the son of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is an early work by William Cox Bennett (1820 - 1895), who wrote songs as well as poetry. He is best known for "Baby May," a sweet poem about his baby daughter, which appears in this collection. Bound in original navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed design to boards. Chipping to head of spine. Interior rear hinge is cracked and spine is rolled. Ex-library with a few stamps to interior. Clean overall. 262 pages. POE/011916. Very Good.
[Book #28989]
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10.
The Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture of Baltimore

The Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture of Baltimore

Baltimore: Jno. R Bland Secty, Merchants and Manufacturers Society, 1885 and 1886. Paperback. SCARCE. In original illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Front wrapper is nearly detached. Pages remain bound, but spine panel is no longer present. Heavy chipping to covers with long closed tear to front cover, repaired with tape. A book created to promote commerce in Baltimore filled mostly with advertisements for Baltimore merchants with text about the history of Maryland, founding of Baltimore, railway transportaion, advantages of manufacturing in Baltimore, interspersed. Unpaginated. BALT/010616. Good.
[Book #28915]
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11.

Terre de France, Premieres Lectures

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1928. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth backed, orange paper covered boards with grey title to front board and gilt title to spine. Rubbing to edges and boards. Bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's signature to front free end paper and notes to rear end pages.. Minor foxing to margins and a few areas of underlining to text. Else is clean and bright. 257 pages. French Language. FRELANG/103015. Very Good.
[Book #28783]
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12.

Shirley, A Tale

New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, No date. Hardcover. SCARCE EDITION. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to brown title label on spine. Minor chipping and rubbing to title label and browning to spine. Minor discoloration to boards and bumping to edges. Crack to front interior hinge though binding remains tight. Finger smudge to verso of frontispiece, else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 509 pages. LIT/020216. Very Good.
[Book #28997]
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13.

The House of Magic, 1922-1991: 70 Years of Thrills and Excitement on 33rd Street

Baltimore: The Orioles, (1991). Paperback. 4to. Near fine in illustrated paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. 112 pages. BALT/011316. Near Fine.
[Book #28930]
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14.

Some Gardens and Mansions of Maryland: A Descriptive Guide Book

Baltimore: Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, 1930. Hardcover. 8vo. Dark green cloth backed light green paper covered boards with green title to front board. Minor browning to edges of board as well as minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor browning to interior margins. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 42 pages. MD/011416. Very Good.
[Book #28960]
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Maryland. Its Lands, Products, and Industries. The Ideal Home for The Immigrant

Maryland. Its Lands, Products, and Industries. The Ideal Home for The Immigrant

Baltimore: (Bureau of Immigration, State of Maryland), (1913). Hardcover. SCARCE. A souvenir folio of rural Maryland created to emphasize the agricultural advantages to living in Maryland. Mostly composed of black and white photographic illustrations with a page of text for each county listing population sizes, number of farms, value of properties, and farm products (quantities and values). Apparently, in 1913 the average value of a horse was $111 in Allegany County and $126 in Baltimore County. The population in Baltimore County was 122,349, there were 4,178 farms, and cattle were valued at appromately $32 a head. Very good in white paper covered illustrated boards with blue cloth spine. Wear to edges of boards and rubbing / spots of soiling to boards. Signed by previous owner in pen on front free endpage. Minor foxing to first and last few pages and slight toning to margins of pages, else clean. Size: Oblong octavo. Unpaginated. MD/010516. Very Good.
[Book #28901]
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Encyclopedie Illustree de la Lorraine. Les Temps Modernes 2. De la Paiz de Westphalie a la Fin de l'Ancien Regime

Nancy: Editions Serpenoise, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, (1991). Hardcover. 4to. Near fine in olive green cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Stamp to front free end page and to copyright page. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Red and white illustrated dust jacket with white and black title to front and spine panels. Minor edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Index, 231 pages. IN FRENCH. FREHIS/110215. Near Fine.
[Book #28786]
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17.
Albumen Photograph of Anne Thackeray

Albumen Photograph of Anne Thackeray

[1870]. Photograph of Anne Thackeray, albumen, on the original mount. Daughter of novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) was herself a noted novelist and memoirist. She was indirectly related to the photographer, as Julia Margaret Cameron was great-aunt of Virginia Woolf and Anne Thackeray was Virginia's step-aunt. This photograph is from the collection of William Derwett (1834-1900), described as an “engineer” who lived at Chalfont, near the Camerons’ former home at Freshwater. Derweet and his family apparently moved to the Isle of Wight in 1894 and became leaders in the small Quaker community there (Julian Cox and Colin Ford, "Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs," 2003, 500). Fading and wear to edges of the photograph. Size: 34.9 x 27.2 cm. Archivally matted. Very Good.
[Book #28897]
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18.
La Royaute en Grece Avant Alexandre. Etudes et Travaux VI [Royalty in Greece Before Alexander.]

La Royaute en Grece Avant Alexandre. Etudes et Travaux VI [Royalty in Greece Before Alexander.]

Strasbourg: AECR, 1984. Paperback. Published by Groupe de Recherche d'Histoire Romaine de l'Universite des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg. SCARCE. In tan paper wrappers with faded red title to spine and to front board. Browning to spine panel and to edges of covers. Short closed tear to top of front hinge. Bumping to top corner of cover and most pages. Wrinkling and rubbing to cover on spine. Light soiling to rear cover. Red pen marking to title page, else clean interior. Includes several illustrations. In French. Size: Quarto. 562 pages. FRE/102915. Very Good.
[Book #28778]
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19.

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of the William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer with the Original 87 Illustrations By Edward Burne Jones

Cleveland: The World Publishing Co, 1958. Hard Cover. Folio. Introduction by John T. Winterich with a glossary for the modern reader. Cream leatherette covered boards with gilt title to spine. Small black mark to front cover. Elaborate embossing to boards and spine. Pristine interior filled with lovely illustrations by Burne-Jones. Bump to head of spine of both book and jacket. Tight binding. Beige dust jacket with black and red title to spine and front panels. Minor browning to spine panel and edges of dust jacket and a few small spots of soiling / rubbing to jacket. Overall, a very nice copy. 554 pages. MOR/011816. Very Good / Very Good.
[Book #28977]
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20.

Photographic Views and Description of the Great Baltimore Fire. February 7, 8, 9, 1904. $175,000,000

Baltimore: 1904. Paperback. Disbound. Includes a one page essay, 12 full page photographic illustrations, and a map of Baltimore showing the effected areas. Original front grey paper wrapper is present but detached with light grey title to cover and chipping to edges. Rear wrapper is no longer present. Creasing, chipping, foxing, and/or smudge marks to many pages. Unpaginated. [14 pages.] BALT/010716. Good.
[Book #28925]
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Photographic Views and Description of the Great Baltimore Fire. February 7, 8, 9, 1904. $175,000,000

Baltimore: 1904. Paperback. Includes a one page essay, 12 full page photographic illustrations, and a map of Baltimore showing the effected areas. Side-stapled in grey paper wrappers with light grey title to front cover. Creasing, light chipping, and light soiling to wrappers. Creasing, chipping, foxing, soiling, closed tears, and/or smudge marks to many pages. The last page depicting a map of Baltimore has been torn and half of the map is no longer present; however, a print of the complete original page has been laid in. Unpaginated. [14 pages.] BALT/010716. Good.
[Book #28926]
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Baltimore: Its History and Its People. Biographical. 2 Volumes. Deluxe Edition.

Baltimore: Its History and Its People. Biographical. 2 Volumes. Deluxe Edition.

New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912. Hardcover. The standard edition of this set was issued in three volumes and included a volume on the history of Baltimore. This deluxe edition was issued with only the two biographical volumes. Includes "ample narratives of the life careers of many of the makers of the history of the city of Baltimore. Leaders in the various epochs of its wonderful growth here receive appropriate mention, which, it is believed, will not only be esteemed as a proper tribute to their characters and acheivements, but will afford an inspiration for the future" (introduction). A full page portrait and/or a coat of arms accompanies each biographical entry. The coats of arms are printed in full color. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt titles to spines. Rubbing to spine and boards and wear to edges of boards including chipping to paper along edges. The front hinge of volume one is starting. Small library sticker to the foot of the spines of both volumes. Small closed tears and folds to edges of some tissue guards, offsetting from some portraits, and slight toning to margins of come pages, but very clean and bright overall. 613 pages. Size: Large quartos. MD/010616 This set may require an additional shipping fee. Very Good.
[Book #28917]
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23.

The Official Scrabble Players Handbook

New York: Harmony Books, 1976. Paperback. Eigth printing. Very good in original paper wrappers with red spine panel and white title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to edges of covers and spine panel. Clean, bright interior. Illustrated with game boards and awesome pictures of Scrabble players from the 70s. 160 pages. Size: oblong small quarto. GAME/122115. Very Good.
[Book #28832]
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Duck Shooting Along the Atlantic Tidewater

New York: Bonanza Books. Hardcover. Reprint of 1947 edition. 4to. Near fine blue cloth backed red paper covered boards with black title to spine. Previous owner's name written on front free end page. Else is clean and bright and filled with illustrations. Near fine red illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Index, 308 pages. Hunting. HUNT/121015. Near Fine / Near Fine.
[Book #28827]
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25.
Tales of Unrest

Tales of Unrest

London: T. Unwin Fisher, 1898. Hardcover. First English edition of Conrad's first collection of short stories, published in both America and England in 1898. Author's presentation copy, inscribed “For J. B. Pinker, Joseph Conrad.” The book marks the first stage of Conrad learning to write for popular magazines: "in that book I come nearer to the popular notion of tale-telling than in any previous work of mine" (writing to Unwin, Collected Letters, II., p.48). Pinker was one of the first literary agents in London, and became one of the most important agents of the twentieth century, with such clients as H.G. Wells, Stephen Crane, Henry James, and Ford Madox Ford. Pinker was “superbly attuned to the changing economic climate of the 1890s publishing market and served the interests of several 'difficult' writers with a skillful blend of shrewdness, tact, generosity, and long-suffering” (Knowles and Moore). This could not have been better demonstrated than with his relationship with Conrad, in which the agent was required to play many roles: friend, banker, father-figure and general factotum. Pinker could see Conrad's potential, but in many ways the author was ill-placed to survive the cutthroat market of the time, committed as he was “to a form of experimental novel, the unpredictable gestation of which involved an enormous amount of energy, time, and living costs” (op.cit.) As Conrad later gratefully acknowledged, Pinker believed in him and backed him for the long term, bankrolling him through the lean years when he had yet to be a commercial success, in the hope of future payments and royalties. Conrad was forced to split himself between his long serious projects like Nostromo and Under Western Eyes and more commercial journalistic material. Tensions were high between author and agent in these years between 1904 and 1910, with Pinker being asked for larger and larger advances to fund medical costs, household bills and overseas trips. The agent's requests for itemization and justification were resented by Conrad, and he sometimes resisted his agent's attempts to link payments to fixed amounts of delivered copy. In December 1909 Pinker's patience finally snapped after the author had been working on Under Western Eyes for two years and then broke off, against his agent's wishes, to write for the English Review. Pinker threatened to cut off all funds; his author retaliated by threatening to throw the manuscript into the fire. After an explosive row the two did not speak for two years. After the dramatic upturn in Conrad's popularity and finances after 1914 the author could finally begin to settle his debts, and the two men resumed their relationship, meeting weekly, spending weekends at each other's homes, and even collaborating on a screenplay. Conrad later wrote: “those books which, people say, are an asset of English Literature owe their existence to Mr. Pinker as much as to me. For 15 years of my writing life he has seen me through periods of unproductiveness[,] through illnesses[,] through all sorts of troubles...” (Collected Letters, V, p.619). Conrad was deeply affected by his agent's sudden death in 1922. Bound in original green cloth and housed in a slipcase. With bookplate of book collector Stanley J. Seeger. Very good condition. LIT/011116. Very Good.
[Book #28898]
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