London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co., 1896. Laurence Housman. Hardcover. First Edition. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "To W.B. Blaikie with sincere regards from Laurence Housman Feb. 18th 1897." Blaikie was a master printer and the head of the Edinburgh firm of T. and A. Constable, which produced several of Housman's books. This was an early work by Housman (1865-1959), the renowned English writer, illustrator, and playwright. Each of these seven Christian fantasy tales for adults is preceded by a lovely engraving by Housman and followed the verse "inset." Housman also did the cover design, title-page, and initial letters. In original green publisher's cloth, with bumping, fading, and sunning to spine. Interior pages are very nice, with light browning to margins and deckled edges. In very good condition.138 pages plus five pages of review comments for two other Housman books. LIT/042414. Very Good.
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London: Chatto and Windus, 1930. Woodroffe, Paul. Hardcover. Fine in full red calf binding with green leather title label and black leather author label to spine, signed by Riviere and Son. Triple gilt fillet borders to both boards and inner dentelles. Six compartments to spine featuring gilt tooling and raised bands. Red marbled endpages and full edges in gilt. The interior is pristine with four full page illustrations, initials, head pieces, and tail pieces. The illustrations are from drawings by Paul Woodroffe which have been engraved on wood by Clemence Housman. An attractive edition of this classic tale. 106 pages. LIT/012508. Fine.
New York: Fellowship, 1941. Paperback. Scarce anti-war periodical. Includes articles "Military Necessity" by Housman, "Pacifism and absolutism" by Evan Thomas, "This is our story" by the Studzinkski Family, "Just Out of Danbury" by William Clark, and "A Meditation on Assurance" by A.J. Muste. Quarto. Brittle, yellowed pages with chipping to edges. A fragile item, but still readable. [16 pages.] WWII/031819. Good.