Philadelphia: M. Carey, Jan. 9, 1815. Hardcover. This edition was published just two months after the first. Carey describes it as amplified, methodised and improved over the first edition. The book appeared during a "convulsed period of history" as an effort to create unity between the two American parties against the British during the War of 1812. Bound in orginal paper boards, badly browned and faded, with spine missing. Front and rear boards loose but holding. Some signatures are cracked but the text block is holding firm. Pages are browned and foxed throughout but legible and readable. Dampstaining to rear end pages. A decent copy of this important historical work. 336 pages. AMHIST/033010. Very Good.
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San Francisco: American Trust Company, 1954. Paperback. First Edition. SIGNED BY ADAMS and dated May 25th 1980, Carmel on the dedication page. This book was commissioned by the American Trust Company on its one hundredth anniversary. Includes sixty photographs by Ansel Adams printed on high gloss paper. In soft covers bound with clear plastic spiral comb which has broken in several places but continues to hold the pages together. There are a few scuff marks to the covers and minor wear to the edges. This copy is ex-library from the Carmel Valley Manor with an unobtrusive stamp on the dedication page. This is the only library marking. Unpaginated. PHOTO/052611. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George Barrie and Son, Printed for Subscribers Only. Hardcover. Very Good. One volume of multivolume set. This title is John Law. Limited edition for subscribers only. First state of the large Japan edition. 11/250c. Vg in blue boards. Nine beautiful engravings after Remarque plus color frontis. Literature. LIT610171. Very Good.
Japan Tourist Bureau. Hardcover. 8vo. 3rd edition. Includes 3 woodcuts, many illustrations, and a large fold-out map. Green cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and faded gilt illustration to front board. Minor wear to edges and spine ends. Rubbing to boards. Interior is very clean with bright text. Stamp from previous owner to front pastedown and to first page of text; stamp does not effect text. There is also a small slip of paper pasted down to front pastedown. Book is side-stapled, then bound into boards. Crack to front hinge just after title page. Binding remains secure. Full color woodcuts are pasted down. In English. 149 pp. JAP/020205. Very Good.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1886. Hardcover. First edition of the first book of criticism by Archer (1856-1924), a prominent literary and drama critic of his day. Bound in original dark red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Some bumping and rubbing, slight chipping to spine corners otherwise in nice condition. Front and rear hinges are somewhat cracked and there are a few loose signatures. Light foxing throughout. Includes full page illustrations of some famous actors of the time such as Henry Irving, Edward Terry, Mary Anderson, and Sarah Bernhardt. 350 pages including index. DRA/071709. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition published posthumously. It includes a biographical sketch of Balestier written by Henry James. Wolcott Balestier was born in 1861 and died at the very young age of 30 in 1891 from Typhoid fever. Despite his brief career he became known in literary circles, in part because of his close association with Rudyard Kipling, who married Balestier's sister in 1892. Bound in the original light blue cloth with a feather design to front cover and spine. Spine is faded and there is light bumping and handling to covers, otherwise in nice condition. There is slight cracking to front hinge and cracking along some of the signatures, but the binding is tight. There is offsetting to the front and rear end pages and intermittent light foxing. The book plate of a previous owner, Chauncey Brewster Tinker has also caused a round offset to the facing end page. Tinker was a professer at Yale and a leading Boswell scholar. A previous owner or book dealer has a penciled note on the front pastedown that there were 2000 copies of this book printed, of which 620 were pulped. 188 pages plus 8 pages of ads. LIT/072109. Very Good.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., . Hardcover. Inscribed by the playwright. First edition of this well-received Broadway play, which ran in New York between November 1931 and February 1932. Berhman (1893-1973) was a prolific playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his “high comedies” which were so popular in the 1930s. This copy was inscribed to Dame Nellie Burton, Berhman’s landlady when he stayed in London. Miss Burton ran a famous lodging house on Half Moon Street, where lived, among other notables, Siegfried Sassoon and Robbie Ross, the latter being one of Oscar Wilde’s closest friends. The inscription reads “For Miss Burton, with love from her devoted Sam, London Apr. 1932.” Laid in is a typed letter to Berhman from the Stanley Rose bookstore, informing him that the copy of Brief Moment he had sent to Miss Burton at her address on Half Moon Street was returned to sender, “party gone away.” Bound in red cloth with title and author in black on front cover and spine. The interior is bright and clean with some light spotting to fore-edge. The jacket has small tears to top and bottom of spine. In near fine condition with very good jacket. An extremely nice copy with an interesting association. DRA/042011. Near Fine.
New York: Vanguard Press, 1947. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. The author’s second novel. Very good in black cloth boards with blue title to spine. Minor wear to corners and spine ends and very light evidence of a minor dampstain to the rear board. Signed by the previous owner on the front free endpaper, and browning to both gutters; otherwise, a clean copy. In a good light blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. There are several large chips to the top edges of the dust jacket and there are a few small chips to the bottom edge. Browning to the spine panel and dampstaining to rear panel. 294 pages. LIT.052511. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket / Chipped.
London: Elliott Stock, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author to his friend Margaret Muir (known as Meta). This was Birrell’s first book of essays and brought him success as a writer. Birrell was a politican who served for several years as Secretary of Ireland. There is an interesting hand written sentence on the first page of the last chapter titled “Falstaff.” It says “It ain’t mine/A.B.” In very good condition in the original green cloth with gilt title and small rectangle gilt design to front cover. Spine faded and some bumping to spine and corners. Interior pages are clean with slight pulling away of rear hinge. A nice copy of this relatively scarce book. 234 pages. LIT/032111. Very Good.
New York: American Illustration Inc. / Harry N. Abrams, 1986. Hardcover. First edition. The definitive collection of the best work by nearly 200 American artists, created this past year for books, posters, magazines, newspapers, advertising and animation. Fine in yellow cloth boards with maroon title to spine. Clean interior with 290 illustrations of which 268 are in full color. Fine illustrated dust jacket with green marbled pattern and black title to spine. 295 pages. CHILD/102609. Fine in fine jacket.
London: Privately Printed, 1895. Hardcover. Filed under Bridges. FIRST EDITION, Number 44 of 250 copies, privately printed. INSCRIBED by Bridges: "With the author's compliments. Ap. 95." Bound in original red buckram, top edge gilt; the spine and covers are faded and marked, otherwise a very good copy. Endpapers browned but interior clean and bright. With a correction on page 56. SCARCE, especially inscribed. 97 pages. LIT/8133. Very Good.
Mermod, 1929. Paperback. First edition. A scarce work by Swiss author and musician Charles-Albert Cingria (1883 - 1854). Number 90 of 300 copies on Velin pur fil du Marais. Near fine in brown paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Light wear to corners, else fine. Pristine interior. Includes photographic frontispiece of the author in his car. 26 pages. In French. FRE/121013. Near Fine.
Oxford: Francis Macpherson, 1848. Hardcover. First edition. Arthur Clough (1819 - 61), close friend of Matthew Arnold and Ruskin, hosted reading parties on his vacations to Scotland. This poem was composed in response one such vacation and supposedly both delighted and outraged his guests. Very good in original blue cloth flexible boards with gilt title to front cover. Minor wear to edges of covers. There are a few small chip to edges of several pages. The binding is split in a few places; however, all of the pages remain bound in. Features the bookplate of a notable collector, Mark Samuels Lasner. 55 pages plus 1 page of ads. POE/062510. Very Good.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Hardcover. 12mo. FIRST EDITION. Autonym Library Series. Beige cloth boards with blue title to spine and front board. Minor foxing to first and last few pages and writing in pencil to first free endpage, else interior is clean. 188 pages plus ads. LIT/032106. Very Good.
London: Skeffington and Son, 1896. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. British novelist, Marie Corelli (1855 - 1924), was a very popular author during her time, although she was often criticized, as many women authors then were, of being melodramatic. This book addresses the plight of a wealthy woman married to an abusive, arrogant aristocrat who takes great advantage of her kindness and finances. Appropriately, Corelli's introduction implores her readers to place greater value on women and their roles in marriage and society. Very good in original maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Slight roll to spine and minor wear to edges and spine ends. The end pages are browned with a small spot of soiling on the first two. Also, there are a few spots of foxing to the title page, there is an inscription from the previous owner on the half title page dated 1896, and there are occasional smudge marks throughout. A nice copy despite noted wear. 292 pages. LIT/012109. Very Good.
Glasgow: Frederick W. Wilson and Brother, 1888. Paperback. First Edition. 300 copies printed. SCARCE PRESENTATION COPY of Davidson’s fourth book, inscribed “To Mrs. John A. Cramb with kind regards from John Davidson.” John Davidson (1857-1909) was a Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist. His chief talent was as a poet, and his work influenced early Modernists such as T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. Due to personal and financial problems, Davidson ultimately committed suicide. The recipient and her husband, a student, were among Davidson’s closest friends when he attended Edinburgh University. They followed Davidson to London in the early 1890s hoping also for successful literary careers. In the end, John Cramb returned to academic life, becoming professor of Modern History at Queen’s College, London. Cramb had a crucial influence on Davidson’s later works (in particular The Testaments of John Davidson) through his book, The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain (1900). In the original parchment wrappers, which are browned and lightly soiled, but otherwise in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright, with very light rippling caused by tight signatures. Enclosed in red cloth folder, which is inserted into a red cloth slipcase with quarter leather spine. Gilt title, author, date, and “presentation copy” to spine. 82 pages including publishers catalogue. DRA/051111. Very Good in Wraps.
London: Leonard Smithers, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes six illustrations engraved on wood by Charles Conder. Stonehill and others state that this is the rare primary binding; copies are more commonly found in blue cloth. Very good plus in original yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and bottom corners of boards. Slight darkening to spine. A few spots of foxing to early and late pages, otherwise the interior is clean. Housed in a half-morocco slipcase with purple cloth boards. The case is titled in gilt with gilt decoration and raised bands. Some discoloration, light soiling, and minor rubbing to case. The Artist and the Book 62; Nelson Smithers 1896. 12; Stonehill 51. 107 pages. LIT/052110. Very Good Plus.
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897. Paperback. Bodley Booklets Number Two. First Edition. Rare. A send-off of Richard Le Gallienne's 'The Quest of the Golden Girl' written by David Hodge and George M. Matheson, two Glasgow journalists writing under the pseudonym of Richard de Lyrienne. Near fine in orange paper wrappers with brown title to spine and front panel. There is a short closed tear to the front end page; otherwise, in fine condition. Housed in a portfolio within a grey cloth slipcase with black and gilt leather title label to spine and bookplate of Mark Samuels Lasner on inside board of portfolio. 98 pages plus 4 pages of ads. LIT/052010. Near Fine in Fine slipcase.
London: George, Allen and Unwin, 1920. Hardcover. First edition, second state. HANDWRITTEN SIGNED POSTCARD FROM AUTHOR LAID IN. This is the author’s first novel, published in London before the US edition. Based on his experience in WWI, the novel sets the stage for Dos Passos’s Three Soldiers (which brought him international attention). The laid in postcard dated 6/15/59 reads “Shall be delighted to inscribe the book if you’ll send it to me here. Have you tried the Gotham Book Mart ... or one of the big London secondhand book stores - it was published there by Allen & Unwin in 1920 (?). The only copy I have is the Philosophical Library reprint ... Cordial Regards John Dos Passos.” The original envelope addressed to John S. Mayfield is also laid in. Very good in blue cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Fading to spine although the title remains bright. Offsetting to first and last couple of pages and remnants a sticker on the rear pastedown; otherwise the interior is very clean. In very good condition. 128 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good.
New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc, 1958. Hardcover. First US Edition, First Printing. SIGNED by the author on the title page. This is the second novel of the “Alexandria Quartet.” Very good in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In very good pink dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. Slight fading to spine panel of jacket, two short closed tears, and a few small chips to head of jacket spine. 250 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.