Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1955. Hardcover. Reprint. "Much that happened in Mark Twain's life served as the basis of his work, and these real life episodes in fictional form are scattered through more than twenty-five of his books. Now Jerry Allen has drawn all these episodes together in actual sequence and added much new material from Twain's unpublished papers" (jacket). Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Previous owner signature in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to endpapers. In green dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Fading to spine of jacket and wear to edges including a few closed tears. 359 pages. LIT/032318. Very Good / Very Good.
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London: Thomas Burleigh, 1898. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this well received book. A total of 2500 copies were printed, all in 1898. Bell was a contemporary of the Rossettis and many of the Pre-Raphaelites. He was an author and poet in addition to producing this important work on Christina, published four years after her death. The detailed biography includes the text of many letters, both to and from her. Also reprinted are excerpts from her "reading diary," Time Flies. A thorough analysis of her prose and poetry follows the biography. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Some scuffing, bumping, and darkening. Except for browning to the front endpapers and light aging to the margins of the text, the interior is bright and clean. There are several illustrations including a frontispiece copy of a drawing of her by her brother Dante. 364 pages including index. PRERAPH/102207. Very Good.
New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1920. Hardcover. First Edition, second printing. "Brooks’s book 'The Ordeal of Mark Twain' was a psychological study attempting to show that Twain had crippled himself emotionally and curtailed his genius by repressing his natural artistic bent for the sake of his Calvinist upbringing" (Britannica). Very good in black cloth boards with faded grey title to spine and front cover. Chipping to book cloth and wear to spine ends, edges, and corners. Puncture mark to spine and to bottom margin of some page. Rear hinge is cracked. 267 pages. Literary Criticism. LIT/032318. 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.
London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1934. Hardcover. Inscribed by the Charles Wright and dated 1934. A memoir written in honor of Harold Wright (1883 - 1933) by his friends. Harold attended Cambridge University and then went on to look after the interests of fishermen, becoming the Governor of the Fisheries Organization Society in 1915. Illustrated. Bound in dark greyish blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Toning to margins, else clean. 187 pages. ENGBIO/042518. Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. Hardcover. Second printing before publication. Signed by Fonteyn on the title page with date 1980. A moving autobiography about both her illustrious ballet career as well as her private life. Bound in black cloth and in black and red pictorial dust jacket. In very good condition. With numerous b&w photos throughout. 266 pages plus index. Dance. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Stein and Day, (1967). Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good white and grey illustrated dustjacket with red title to front and spine panels. Fading to spine panel. Minor foxing to dust jacket and to end pages. Else is clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. 191 pages. FILM/7112. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1997. Paperback. First Edition, second printing. Blue illustrated paper wrappers with white title to front and spine panels. Price sticker remnants to both covers, else clean and bright. Remainder mark to bottom edge of textblock. Illustrated. 572 pages. LIT/032318. Fine / Fine.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Inc, (1944). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in very good price clipped illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and black title to spine. Minor edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Previous owner's name to front free end page. Else is clean and bright. 273 pages. Religion. REL/062718. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schluster, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition. Tan cloth boards with dark brown title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. In tan illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Includes color illustrations. 224 pages. LIT/051418. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schluster, 1966. Hardcover. First Edition, second printing. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Minor soiling to fore-edge of textblock, else clean. In cream dust jacket with blue and red title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Soiling to jacket. 424 pages. LIT/031918. Very Good / Very Good.
Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1907. Hardcover. Eight edition. 16mo. Very good in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and beautiful gilt decoration to both front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's name to front free end page dated 1910. Interior is clean and bright. 182 pages. Eastern European History. Polish History EEUR/041618. Very Good.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. A full length critical biography. Illustrated paper wrappers with white title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of wrappers. Price sticker to front cover, else clean and bright. Includes photographic illustrations. 568 pages. POE/050818. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Brentano's, 1911. Hardcover. Presentation copy signed by the author "To J.A. Wassermann with affection from his mothers dearest friend Bessie O'Connor. May 13th 1911." Elizabeth Paschal O'Connor (1850 - 1931) was the wife of Tay Pay O'Connor, Irish politician and journalist. She grew up in Texas and published several books including My Beloved South. Bookplate of Edward Wassermann to front pastedown. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fading to spine and chipping to spine edges. Foxing to endpapers and a few light smudges to text but overall clean and bright. Includes 14 illustrations. Index, 352 pages. USBIO/092013. Very Good.
London: Prospect Books, 2005. Hardcover. Includes a transcript of What Shall We Have For Dinner, by Lady Maria Clutterbuck, a pseudonym used by Catherine Dickens when publishing her menu books. This extensively researched book offers a culinary history of typical meals for various numbers of persons in the middle of the 19th century as well as the social and cultural factors involved. But much more, it sheds new light on the often maligned figure of Charles Dickens's wife Catherine, showing that she for many years played a vital role in her husband's life in managing his household and demanding social schedule. As is well known, their marriage ended badly when Dickens became infatuated with the young actress Ellen Ternan and separated from his wife. Bound in dark blue cloth with gilt title and author to spine. In light blue dust jacket with portrait of Mrs. Dickens on front cover. With eight pages of illustrations. In near fine condition. 376 pages including notes and index. COOK/042716. Near Fine / Near Fine.
1945. Hardcover. Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with bright gilt title to spine and front board. Blind stamp of a film strip to front board. Minor edge and corner wear. Interior is very clean with illustrated endpages. Pages 37-38 have been removed. Includes biographical descriptions with photographs. Index, 188 pages. FILM/031604. Very Good.
London: I. B. Tauris, 2018. Hardcover. "Providing a unique new perspective on one of the most phenomenally talented - but also one of the most phenomenally flawed - of British prime ministers, this book will be essential readign for anyone interested in modern British politics and history" (jacket). Navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In orange jacket with cream title to spine. Clean and bright. 263 pages. ENGBIO/050819. Fine / Fine.