New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. Hardcover. Very good in green cloth covered boards withgilt title to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's writing to front free end page and rear end pages. Else is clean and bright. Includes illustrated frontis piece with intact tissue guard. Index, 1359 pages. POE/090116. Very Good.
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London: Smith, Elder,and Co, 1880. Hardcover. First Edition. AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “Mrs Proctor, with RB’s affectionate regards June 27 ‘80.” Anne Proctor’s husband, the barrister and poet Bryan W. Proctor (who wrote under the pseudonym Barry Cornwall), was the dedicatee of Browning’s poem “Columbe’s Birthday” (1844). The Proctors were among the Brownings’ closest friends. Proctor and John Forster anonymously edited the first selection from Browning’s works in the 1860s. Near fine in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to edges and corners. There is browning from a paper clip to the top edge of the first few pages, else the interior is very clean. 147 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements. POE/020309. Near Fine.
London: Reeves and Turner, 1888. Hardcover. The Shelley Society's Publications. Fourth Series. No. 8. Very good in turquoise paper covered boards with turquoise cloth spine. Titled in black on the front cover. Dampstaining to bottom edges of boards and pages. Chipping to spine, wear to edges, and soiling to boards. Offsetting to endpages. A good reading copy. 28 pages. LIT/121912. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder, and Co, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Forged presentation copy "To GF Watts from Robert Browning. Dec 1884." The inscription is not in Browning's hand. This book with a forged inscription is described by Philip Kelley and Betty Coley in The Browning Collections, 325 as reading "W G F Watts." Their transcription is almost certainly incorrect as the first word looks like an uncrossed "to" similar to the uncrossed "Watts." In very good original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and black decoration to front board. Rubbing to hinges, edges, and corners with short open tear to book cloth along front hinge. Foxing to first and last few pages with a few light pencil bracket marks to text and occasional folded corners. Blue end pages. 143 pages plus 8 pages of ads. From the collection of Stuart B. Schimmel. Schimmel was a well-known collector of literary forgers and forgeries. His collection was sold at auction in 2012. POE/022014. Very Good.
Chatto and Windus, 1909. Special edition, of which this is number 24 of 260 copies. Includes ten full color pasted down illustrations with captioned tissue guards. English artist Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (1872 - 1945) studied at the Royal Academy and painted in a style similiar to John William Waterhouse. She is best known for her illustrations of Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King.' Very good in full vellum boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt illustration of an angel on the front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and minor rubbing to boards and spine. Boards are slightly warped as is common with vellum. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Occasional spots of foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages, but clean overall. 246 pages. POE/010218.
London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., Ltd., n.d. Hardcover. A nice reprint of this charming edition of Browning's famous poem. There are color illustrations throughout by Greenaway that capture the spirit of the poetry. Bound in green pictorial paper boards with yellow titled linen spine label. A few small nicks to paper boards but very good. Small brown stain along top and bottom of front pastedown and rear free endpaper. Ink ownership signature on free front endpaper. Very good condition. 8 x 10 inches. 48 pages. CHlL/011518. Very Good.
London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, . Hardcover. Volume I of this set reproduces the landmark 1934 work by Carter and Pollard in which they outline the detailed and laborious process by which they determined that the illustrious bibliophile Thomas J. Wise had actually produced a large number of forgeries of the writings of many major Victorian writers. The sequel describes their continuing efforts over the next many years to expand their disclosure of Wise's forgeries. This examination revealed that another noted bookman, H. Buxton Forman, was also involved in producing the fraudulent works. Both volumes are fascinating and elegantly written. Volumes I and II are bound in full black morocco with gilt titles to spines. the 3rd volume is a portfolio that holds two pamphlets and is bound in quarter black morocco with grey paper boards and gilt title to spine. All volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. The two pamphlets are an original copy of "Two Poems" by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Chapman & Hall, 1854) and "A Note on Two Poems" by Nicolas Barker (Scolar Press, 1983). The "Note on Two Poems" is printed in an edition limited to 80 copies, of which this is number 64. "An Inquiry into the Nature..." is the second edition while the other volume is the first edition.Volume I: 400 pages plus 31 pages of corrections and notes: Volume II: 394 pages. "Two Poems" is 15 pages and "A Note on Two Poems is 27 pages. BOB/041906. Fine.
New York: The S.S. McClure Co., 1897. Hardcover. Volume 8 includes Chapters 1 - 10 of the first appearance of "Captain Courageous" by Rudyard Kipling; short story "Bread Upon the Waters" by Kipling on page 140; short story "The Bell-Buoy" by Kipling on page 364; first printing of a portrait of Mark Twain after a painting by Charles Noel Flagg on page 384; poem "Appearances" by Robert Browning on page 401; later printing of the article "Life on a Greenland Whaler" by Doyle about his voyage to the Arctic as a surgeon on page 460; Chapters I - IV of "St. Ives" by Robert Louis Stevenson (later completed by Arthur Quiller-Couch); and a later printing of poem "A Clear Midnight" from "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman on page 556; and much more. Ex-library from Allegheny College with bookplate to front endpaper and embossed stamp and ink stamp to first and last page of text. Bound in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Lacks title page and contents page. Clean aside from noted library markings and occasional smudge marks and light foxing. Illustrated. 556 pages. PER/061418. Very Good.