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Richmond: Diocese of Richmond, 1956. Hardcover. Ex-library with removed sticker to spine, folder to rear, and markings to early pages. Tiipped-in article about the author to front free endpaper. Red cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and emblem to front cover. Fading to spine. Clean interior aside from libary markings and browning from news article. 249 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
New York: J. C. Derby, 1855. Hardcover. 1ST EDITION. Orange cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Embossed decoration to boards. Wear to exterior includes browning to spine, light rubbing to boards and minor bumping to corners and spine ends. Rolled spine. Light foxing to first and last few pages. Else is clean and bright. 359 pages. American History. AME/010612. Very Good.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. Hardcover. 8vo. Modern rebinding in black leatherette covered boards with gilt title to spine. Marbled edges to pages. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout including a frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Index, 713 pages. American History. AMEBIO/3043. Near Fine.
New York: Robert M'Dermut, 1806. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Early edition. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. "Master Betty" (1791 - 1874) was a famous English child actor, before leaving the stage at age 17 to attend college. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Heavy chipping to head of spine. Dampstaining to boards and interior. Tears to a few pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Includes three illustrations. Auction record number 230 written in pencil to front endpaper with note "Augustin Daly Collection;" however, record is not present. 140 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Number 4 of 20. At his height, Henry Irving (1838 - 1905) was the greatest actor in the world (and the first to be knighted). He was much more than an actor, he was an actor-producer, which in those days meant that he was responsible for everything, what we would call the artistic director, the director, the production manager, the production designer, and also the lead actor. And the scale of his productions at the Lyceum Theater in London were gorgeous and spectacular, using the latest technology in staging and special effects. Irving led the English theater for over thirty years, and died as he would no doubt have wished, still acting. I came upon his obituary in the Times, and it was a wonderful piece of writing, but also a very good valuation of his art and his place in theatrical history, which isn't so easy to do so near an actor's own time. The old joke used to run that he was an actor who would never play Faust when he could play Mephistopheles. He changed the status of the theater forever, bringing it from the shady demimonde of the 18th century to the height of a recognized and respected form of art. Everyone at the Lyceum called him the Guv'nor, a term of both affection and a well-founded wariness of his perfectionism. If in a former life I had worked as a costumer in his company, I would have been proud to do the same. This miniature book is bound in a gray paper with horizontal slubbed gold lines, and a black and gold marbled paper that wraps around the back to form a small pocket inside filled with theater memoribelia: programs, autographs, advertising posters, and other souvenirs. 2 7/8" x 2", 64 pages. Fine.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1949. Hardcover. 8vo. Very clean red cloth boards with silver title to spine. Minor edgewear. Very clean interior. Light grey dust jacket with dark purple title to front panel and faded title and to faded spine. Minor fading to edges of dust jacket Minimal edgewear to dust jacket. 206 pages. BOB/100204. Very Good+ / Very Good.
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1839. Hardcover. Very good in original purple cloth with paper title label on spine. Spine and edges of boards faded to brown. Some rubbing to label. Advertisements at front. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Light to moderate foxing. English History. ENG1/12050. Very Good.
New York: Valentine's Manual Inc., 1926. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo. Blue cloth boards with gilt title and device to front board. Gilt device is bright, but border is faded. Spine cloth and gilt are faded. Wear to spine ends and corners. Interior is clean with color frontis, tissue guard, and many B&W plates. 388 pp. New York. American State History. NY/31235. Very Good.
Philadelphia: A. Hart, Late Carey & Hart, 1850. Hardcover. Scarce American edition. French Benedictine monk Antoine Augustin Calmet (1672 - 1757), best known for his 23 volume Bible commentary, also studied the occult. He wrote about spirits, demons, magic, witchcraft, vampires, and more basd on accounts from the bible, mythology, legends, and historically documented cases from Eastern Europe in "Traité sur les apparitions des espirits et sur les vampires ou les revenans de Hongrie, de Moravie, &c" in 1746 and an expanded two volume version several years later. This is the first American edition of the English translation. Rebacked with original boards and original spine laid down. Original endpapers with minor chips and tears to inner edges due to repair work. Dampstaining to margins and edges of most pages; however, text remains mostly unaffected. Only first and last few pages and endpapers have larger dampstain markings. Chipping and short closed tears to edges of some pages. Brackets in pencil to margins of some pages. A fascinating book. 444 pages. OCC/060420. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1949. Book Club Edition. "And so this new biography is focused on Walt Whitman's inner life, on the mysterious, creative processes of poetry, and on the rambunctious America that was just then coming of age" (jacket). Faded red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Open tear to front free endpaper and spot of soiling. In red dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Fading to spine panel and several large chips to jacket. 381 pages. POE/050918.
Paris: Librairie Jose CORTI, 1940. Paperback. Includes contributions from Aragon, Marguerite Yourcenar, Kavafis, Rene Daumal, Audiberti, Bernard Groethuysen, Henri Michaux, Holderlin, Henri Pourrat, Han Yu, Henri Thomas, and Maurice Sceve. Very good plus in white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Browning to spine and light rubbing to covers. Small dampstain to rear cover. Browning to margins of pages, else clean. A few short closed tears to edges of pages. Many pages remain unopened. 176 pages. In French. Periodical. PER/3123. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Jose CORTI, 1939. Paperback. Includes contributions from Paul Claudel, Juljan Tuwim, Raymond Queneau, J.G. Hamann, Paul Eluard, John Cowper Powys, Kleber Haedens, Jean Tardieu, Hegel, Henri Michaux, Marcel Lecomte, Amiel. Very good in white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Pencil notation on front cover. Browning to spine and light rubbing to covers. Clean, bright interior. 160 pages. In French. Periodical. PER/3123. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Jose CORTI, 1939. Paperback. Includes contributions by Jules Supervielle, Alexei Remizov, Jean Vaudal, Franz Hellens, Paul Claudel, Raymond Lulle, Marc Bernard, Georges Blin, Jean de Sponde, and Philon le Juif. Very good in white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Browning to spine and light rubbing to covers. Clean, bright interior. Many pages remain unopened. 178 pages. In French. Periodical. PER/3123. Very Good.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858. Hardcover. From "The Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland During the Middle Ages" series. Ex-libris with library book plate to front paste down. Very good in maroon cloth black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Wear to exterior includes rubbing to boards, bumping to corners and spine ends and some rippling to the cloth on the spine. Light damp stain to front board. Presentation slip tipped in at front. Interior is clean and bright. Index, 186 pages. English Monarchy. ENGMON20/062699. Very Good.
New York: Sheldon & Company, 1873. Hardcover. With numerous articles and stories by various authors. Most notable are three articles by George Armstrong Custer about his early experiences when stationed in the Indian Territory at the end of the 1860s. This occupation ended in his battle of Washita in 1868 against the Cheyenne Indians. The articles appeared here three years before Custer's death at Little Big Horn in 1876. These and later articles were later issued in book form as My Life on the Plains. Also of particular interest is an article titled "Anti-Slavery Men of the South" by the Virginia journalist and Confederate sympathizer Edward A. Pollard. Pollard's pro-South views changed somewhat after the war and here he writes that there was significant if not conflicted opposition to slavery in the southern states before and during the war. There is also the first printing of "Roman Note-Book by Henry James. It was included with several other pieces by James on his travels in Italy in Italian Hours in 1909. Bound in three quarter brown leather with raised bands and title and volume labels to the spine. Leather has some rubbing and scraping. Blue and black marbled paper covers. Previous owner signature on ffep. Tender hinges. Interior pages clean and bright. In very good condition 868 pages. PER/061918. Very Good.
Ann Arbor: Plutarch Press, 1971. Hardcover. 8vo. With Notes, Biographical and Critical, by Arthur Machen, Introduction by Henry Savage. Facsimile of the original 1923 edition. Near fine in red cloth with title label on spine. Minor bumping to corners. Previous owner's name on front free end page. Else is clean and bright. 59 pages. Books on Books. BOB2/01191. Near Fine.