Harpers Woods, MI: The Adagio Press, 1969. Hardcover. INTERESTING ASSOCIATION COPY WITH RELATED MATERIAL LAID IN. This beautiful copy is inscribed by author John Dreyfus to noted Chicago book collector and philanthropist Samuel R. Rosenthal, "for Sam R Rosenthal after a splendid evening John Dreyfus 16 December 1978 Chicago." Rosenthal and his wife, Marie-Louise, had a pre-eminent book collection that concentrated on livres d'artistes, illustrated books, and private press. This is 39 of 75 folio copies issued with one vellum leaf and one handmade paper leaf laid in from books printed at the Doves Press. There were 329 copies originally printed of this Adagio Press edition (although fewer than 180 were offered for sale), each with two Doves Press leaves: 12 with both Doves Press leaves printed on vellum; 75 with one leaf on vellum and the second on handmade paper; and 242 with both leaves printed on handmade paper. This copy has an octavo vellum leaf from Goethe's "Faust," issued in 1906, and a folio double leaf on paper with Leviticus 16-22 from the famed Dove's Bible. The Adagio Press was founded in the late 1950s by Leonard Bahr, who signed the colophon. In Roderick Cave's The Private Press, second edition, he cites the Bible as the most substantial title printed by the press. In 1970, Strouse had sent two letters to Rosenthal, included with this copy, offering C-S The Master Craftsman. Strouse said that he would make Rosenthal's copy "a little special" by putting in a double leaf from the Bible. Two letters dated 1978 are laid in from Dreyfus to Rosenthal and his wife. These letters and the 1978 inscription indicate that he got to know Rosenthal around this time. In one letter, Dreyfus expresses his appreciation for their expressions of sympathy over the tragic death of his son. There are a few handwritten additions to the text of Dreyfus's essay in this copy, which may have added when he inscribed the book, but this is conjecture. The book is hand sewn and bound in quarter vellum with Cockerell marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. It is printed in red and black Palatino Roman and Pascal types on handmade Tovil paper. In addition to the Doves Press leaves, laid in are the prospectus, a mounted photograph of Cobden-Sanderson with Emery Walker developed from the original negative, a smaller copy of the photo, and a pamphlet issued in 1971 titled "A Letter from Stella." This pamphlet reprints the text of the last letter written by Cobden-Sanderson to his daughter, Stella, a few hours before he died, with an introduction by Strouse. [54 pages.] PRI/042309. Fine.
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London: Chiswick Press [Privately printed], 1888. Paperback. First Edition. Scarce. Presentation copy inscribed "To F. Coylestone with best wishes T. Ashe Feb. 1888." Thomas Ashe (1836-1889) was a minor English poet who was admired by some, including Michael Field, but his work was not popular with his generation. He has risen far enough to be included in many recent anthologies of mid-to late- Victorian verse. In original paper wrappers. Covers stained, creased on right corner, and chipped along edges. Hinges tender but text block is tight and clean. Very good condition. 84 pages. POE/102714. Very Good.
London: Henry Sotheran and Co., 1881. Hardcover. 4to. This is the second edition of an important work first published by Audsley and Bowes in 1875. George Audsley and his brother William were noted architects and decorative arts experts. Audsley was also an early British authority on Japanese art publishing. The second edition incorporates information from relevant reports published after the first edition. The first section is an introductory essay of 111 pages, followed by chapters discussing different Keramic manufactures and provinces. The text is accompanied by 32 beautiful black and white and chromolithographic plates. Bound in a lovely signed binding by Root and Son in full green morocco with five raised bands and six compartments with elaborate floral devices and title to the spine, and with gilt lines and decoration to boards along interior and exterior edges. There is browning to spine and to top edge of front board, though gilt remains bright. Marbled end pages and full gilt edges. The interior is very clean with some browning to margins of pages not affecting the text and illustrations. Includes a detailed index and a glossary of marks and monograms. 304 pages. ART/071907. Near Fine.
. An original drawing by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley (1872-1898) is the best known illustrator from the British 1890s. He lived a tragically short time, dying of tuberculosis at the age of 25. This lovely major work, the epitome of Beardsley’s style of art nouveau, is for the spine of the binding cases of Sir Thomas Malory, Le morte Darthur, published by J. M. Dent, 1893-94, Beardsley’s first important commission. The book's title (spelled incorrectly as “La Morte Darthur”), author, publisher, and date are included in the design, which is in fact drawn on four separate pieces of paper that have been adhered together. Malory's Le Morte Darthur, published by Dent has been described as incomparable. The same can be said of Aubrey Beardsley's beautiful and remarkable designs (a term he preferred to "illustrations"). Beardsley was only 20 years old when Dent commissioned him to do all of the designs for this work. It was a leap of faith by Dent in taking a chance on an unproven artist. The illustrations were done during 1892-1894 for the initial issue in parts, beginning in June 1893. The design is done in ink on paper with pencil under-drawing showing the change from the initial position of the leaves, on four separate pieces of paper, the title and top border inset above the ornamental panel ; 27 x 6.7 cm. Framed. In fine condition. Provenance: J. M. Dent. Exhibited: “Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites, and their Century,” Peter Nahum, London, 1989, 165 (listed in catalogue vol. I, p. 166-167, reproduced. vol. 2, pl. 124); “Beautiful Decadence,” Japan, 1998, 7 (reproduced in catalogue). Literature: Ian Fletcher, Aubrey Beardsley, 1987, p. 128-129; A. E. Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley: Catalogue and Bibliography, 1945, p. 33; Mark Samuels Lasner, A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley, 1995. ORIG/011116.
Newcastle, England: J.G. Foster, 1860. Hardcover. Scarce. Thomas Bell (1785-1860) was a prominent land valuer and surveyor who also served as a commissioner and arbitrator for lands in districts of northern England. He is best remembered, however, as an extraordinary book collector, "bringing together one of the largest and most valuable collections of books, papers, and engravings ever formed in the North of England particularly in matters of local interest"(from obituary reprinted in catalogue). The auction sale lasted fifteen days. On the front free endpaper, there is an interesting later handwritten transcript of notes originally written by John Gray Bell, son of Thomas, about his father's library. He described a good-sized library that was shelved round with filled bookcases buried by other bookcases, also filled and then buried as well. The door of the room would only open slightly ajar and one had to sidle in one at a time along a narrow round pathway. A woman wearing a crinoline could not enter at all. The catalog was published in paper wrappers. This copy has been rebound with covers in blue cloth with a black and gilt spine label. Original wrappers bound in. Some bumping and fading. Browning to wrapper cover and browning to to untrimmed edges and to some page margins, not affecting text. Very good condition. 276 pages. BOB/042415. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Small open edition with each copy having a unique binding. According to Pat Sweet: "Treasure bindings, or jeweled bindings, were a luxury of the Middle Ages, often commissioned by rich nobles, senior clergy, or royalty, usually as presentation copies. They were encrusted with mosaics, ivory, gems, and gold or silver inlays. In most cases the book was bound and the decoration was applied as a separate panel. Very few have survived, since the value of the gems and precious metals were irresistible when times were hard at the abbey or the book was looted as a prize of war." For this book, Sweet has "taken the form and reproduced it in miniature, although the materials [she has] used are not so costly as the originals. The book is bound in [light green faux-snakeskin] and the decorations are made of brass and glass beads. The interior text is the first two books of the Old Testament from the famous bible commissioned by Borso d'Este, first Duke of Fererra (begun in 1461) in his attempt to one-up the House of Medici" (Pat Sweet). The Size: 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. 94 pages. ARTB/012418.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1978. State Proof. One of only a few copies printed for Robinson's Masters Thesis Show in 1978. With title, state proof, and signature in pencil on the lower margin. This striking black and white print of Robinson in turtle armor and with an image of a turtle and its skeleton next to him anticipates his founding of the Cheloniidae Press the following year. Cheloniidae is the name given to a family of Sea Turtle species. Robinson is shown in profile up to his shoulders and his turtle armor on his head and body given him the air of a Renaissance man. The turtle images are meticulously and realistically depicted. Image is 17.5 x 23 inches on heavy paper measuring 21 x 27 inches. In fine condition. ORIGART/073117. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Number 7 of 42 copies signed by the printers and the author of the introduction. This is a delightful new edition of Lewis Carroll's famous poem, The Hunting of the Snark. It was produced by a writer, artist, and book designer and printers who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. In addition to writing a recent biography of him, Wakeling also created a comprehensive catalogue raisonne of over 1000 photographs taken by amateur photographer Carroll. Byron W. Sewell is a prolific illustrator, author and bibliographer of works associated with Lewis Carroll. For this edition of Snark, Sewell created new illustrations inspired by contemporary carte-de-visit photographs that were so popular in Victorian England. He has one for each character in the poem, adapting images from actual photographs. They are ideal depictions for this fantastic nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll, written when he was forty-four years old. Bound in maroon cloth with title in gilt to spine and on cover label. Handprinted in New Caledonia type on Bfk Rives Cream paper. The printing was completed by George Walker and Andy Malcolm, and the book design and layout were by Walker. An original print inscribed and signed by Sewell is inserted in a sleeve on the front pastedown. Housed in a slipcase in the same maroon cloth with gilt title on cover. In fine condition. 6.5 x 10 inches. 72 pages. PRI/010319.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 20 of 42 copies. Signed by the printers and the author of the introduction, who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Cat Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. From the prospectus: "Here finally is a book collecting all the Alice associated images into one volume. In this book is the work of the other PUNCH illustrators who were influenced by John Tenniel’s pictures for Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Oh yes we include Tenniel too! Through the many decades that Punch existed (1841-2002), references to the Alice books have been a common feature. Now you can have them all in one volume. The images are printed by hand directly from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press, except Alice Reigns Supreme (page 27) which is printed photo-mechanically. The plates were created from high resolution scans made directly from the original PUNCH publications. Printed on 115 gsm Rives Lightweight Buff 100% rag paper using a Vandercook Sp15 letterpress." Bound in green cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt ruling and Punch figure to front cover. Punch figure repetitive design to endpapers. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. In fine condition. 10 x 13 inches. 57 pages. PRI/010819.
Lucy Childs, 2016. Cloth. A unique embroidered artists’ book with a murder mystery theme. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her previous unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. Although this book is not precisely a memorial to Louisa, it does document her mysterious death. The book is held in a grey wool folded covering with Lucy’s name stitched on the first interior fold. Its front cover depicts an embroidered willow tree encircling Louisa’s name, and the interior folds are embroidered with a knife and a lake scene. The story is told mostly through images that are revealed as the book’s pages are unfolded. The first embroidered linen interior panel says “Whatever happened to Louisa?” Two knives are embroidered and lying under three purple flowering branches. The second panel has two intricately embroidered crosses, one surrounded by flowers and the other pierced by two knives on wings. The third panel also has two cross shapes: the first is a tatted insert and the second includes an embroidered floor plan of a home interior with ominous foot prints leading upstairs to a bedroom. The fourth inner panel is embroidered with a lake scene that has a mysterious object near one shore. Is it a boat or is it a coffin? The words “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” are stitched along the lake’s other bank. The book’s four outer panels are covered with light orange cloth with a small stitched cross on each and bordered by English machine crocheted cotton lace. The hand embroidery throughout uses cotton, silk, rayon, and polyester threads of various colors. The folded book measures 3.5 x 4.5 inches. it unfolds to 3.5 x 18.25 inches. The grey wool covering is 4 x 5 inches folded and 4.5 x 19 inches unfolded. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/022717. Fine.
London: Grant Richards, 1900. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy from Clodd, inscribed to the book's publisher Grant Richards, the nephew of Grant Allen. This memoir celebrates the life of Canadian science fiction author Charles Grant Blairfindle Allen (1848 - 1899). After teaching in grade school for several years, he became a professor of moral philosophy in Jamaica, where he developed his evolutionary system of philosophy. His literary career began with non-fiction essays on popular science, and he later went on to write nearly 30 fiction novels. He is considered to be a pioneer of the science fiction and detective fiction genres. Bound in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor sunning to spine, small chip to foot of spine, and a few spots to boards. Offsetting to endpapers, else clean. 222 pages. LIT/052115. Very Good.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1989. Dean, Loomis. Glossy Paper Cover. Inscribed By Photographer. 4to. INSCRIBED AND WITH 8 ORIGINAL SNAPSHOTS TAKEN BY DEAN. Loomis Dean was an acclaimed “Life Magazine” photographer who had 52 “Life” covers during his career. This book is the chronicle of the time he spent with Ernest Hemingway in 1960, which was only a year before the writer committed suicide. It is inscribed in black marker on the half title page, “To Phyllis + Bill Gaylor/ who chose Spain/ for their honeymoon!/ Best regards, Loomis Dean/ Venice ‘90” In full color illustrated glossy paper wrappers. The interior high gloss pages are clean and bright and filled with color photographs of Hemingway and bullfighting. The book also contains a typed and signed letter on Dean’s stationery dated “September 30, 1994.” The letter is accompanied by 8 original photographs (mentioned in the letter) taken by Dean when in Spain. Six of the photos are bullfighting scene and the other two are of flamenco dancers. 159 pages. PHO/091406. Very Good.
Wilmington, DE: by the author, 1908. Hardcover. Signed by the author on the front endpaper of volume one. Very good condition bound in green cloth with faded titles to spines. Browning to spines and wear and some discoloration to boards. Occasional small spots of foxing to all volumes. Some of the pages remain unopened and some have been opened poorly leaving closed tears along the edges. Includes many illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. 1179 pages. Very Good.
Baltimore: Horn-Shafer Company, 1941. Hardcover. Limited to 250 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author: "To F.C. Latrobe compliments of Bruce Cotten Sept 4th 1941." Born in Wilson, North Carolina, Bruce Cotten (1873 - 1954) was a serious collector of books, art, and ephemera relating to North Carolina. Much of his collection can now be found at the Louis Round Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina library. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Very subtle dampstain to front cover. Offsetting to endpages and a few small spots of foxing to interior, but overall clean and bright. Includes 100 facsimile impressions of titlepages. 66 pages plus 101 plates. BOB/022814. Very Good.
High Fall, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2010. Hardcover. Number 28 of 30 copies. Signed by the artist and writer. A powerful work on the famed Salem witch trials that is the result of a decade’s long collaboration between the book artist, Maureen Cummins, and poet Nicole Cooley, based on their research at the American Antiquarian Society while resident artists. The book pairs Cooley’s cycle of poems, written specifically for this book, with images from a penmanship book of stern biblical commandments kept by a Salem boy, Josiah Peele, in 1808-09. The book seeks “to trace the psychic reverberations of the witch trials on subsequent generations” (artist’s statement). Each of Cooley’s thirteen poems is written from the voice and perspective of one of the participants in the trials. They represent the accusers and accused, survivors and condemned, focusing primarily, as the trials did, on the women. They are presented chronologically, beginning with the slave Tituba, the first accused, and ending with the girl Susannah Martin, who refused to confess to being a witch. Printed on Johannot paper with the endpapers done on a handmade Belgique sheet. The poems are printed offset with the titles in letterpress. The images are silkscreen printed. She states that the covers are like vintage writing slates such as Josiah Peele might have used. The book’s binding allows for multiple structures - that of a codex or concertina, or as a “theater in the round” that presents the chorus of voices within. Housed in a black linen box decorated with the marks of the accused, who were unable to sign their names. Maureen’s work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Size: 7 x 8 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated (45 pages). ARTB/041317. Fine.
[United House of Prayer], 1968. Hardcover. First Edition of this scarce book on the founding and growth of the United House of Prayer for All People between January 1960 and August 1967. The church was founded by Bishop C. M. Grace, known to his followers as Sweet Daddy Grace. After a brief chapter on Sweet Daddy Grace, the book's primary focus is on The Most Honorable Bishop W. McCollough, his successor. McCollough became known as Sweet Daddy McCollough after his rise to leadership. His accomplishments and the spread of the church throughout the country are documented, and there are photos of him over time as well as pictures of the many churches founded in various cities. Bound in black cloth with title to spine and front board. Lettering slightly faded. Slight bumping and very small goudge to cloth on back cover, but in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright except for residue from paper clips on table of contents page and rear pastedown, and a few remnants from item glued to corner of page 94. 100 pages. REL/072412. Very Good.
London: Grant Richards, 1904. Hardcover. First Edition. Interesting presentation copy from the author to Lyster Ryle, the manager of the Imperial Theatre, where the play was first produced in 1901: “To Lyster Ryle with kind regards from John Davidson ‘Now, a truce to your reproaches.’” This line was said by the character Don Caesar in the first act. Bound in original red cloth with title and author in gilt on spine and front cover. Lightly bumped corners but in very good condition. Some scattered foxing and offsetting to endpapers but otherwise very nice. 111 pages plus 3 pages of ads. DRA/121911. Very Good.
Augsburg, Germany: Erhard Ratdolt, 1488. An Incunabula Leaf from the Hungarian Chronicle of Johannes de Thurocz, which was the most extensive Hungarian work of this kind dating from the 15th century. The Chronicle was probably made on the impulse of dignitaries who were working in the Royal court of King Matthias Corvinus. Johannes de Thurocz, a member of Turiec a yeoman family, produced it while working from 1475 as a general notary of a regional judge. Erhard Ratdolt in Ausgburg, Germany printed it on June 3, 1488 for Theobald Feger. There are 8 lines of gothic text in Latin printed single column on paper as well as a 130 x 111 mm woodblock print of the coronation of King Besya. The verso contains 38 lines of the same text with no woodblock print. Beautifully custom framed. #17511. Fine.
Paris: Bibliotheque Artistique; Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1884. Hardcover. Originally published in 1863, this sword play filled novel was later adapted into several films and theatrical versions. Very good in contemporary leather backed marbled paper covered boards with matching marbled end pages. Gilt titles and raised bands to spines. Light rubbing to bands and edges of leather on all volumes. Bumping to edges of front board of volume three. Original wrappers are bound in. Includes several etchings. Clean, tight interiors with occasional spots of foxing. 270 pages; 294 pages; 293 pages. FRE/041409. Very Good.
Paris: 1781. Hardcover. RARE. Very good in full leather with raised bands and gilt tooled panels on spine. Gilt tooling on inner and outer edges of boards. Pages edged in gilt; somewhat faded. Leather on spine is cracked and chipped in places, but gilt is still bright. Bumped corners. Minor bookworm damage to boards in several places. Rubbing/minor staining to boards. Marble endpapers which are faded/rubbed. Laid paper interior is very clean with several spots of foxing and some fading to endpages only. Very light soiling to title page and half-title. Green ribbon bookmark is sewn into binding. Translated from the Greek by Giacomelli. Classical Literature. CLA2/2250. Very Good.
Dublin: William Hallhead, 1777. Hardcover. Pirated Dublin edition. Volume one states that it is the Fourth Edition; it was printed in Dublin for Hallhead in 1777. Volumes 2 - 6 were also printed in Dublin for Hallhead and are dated 1781. Volumes 7 - 10 were printed in Dublin for Luke White in 1788. Lacks volumes 11 and 12. Volume 2 has folding map. Bookplate of Charles Chauncey to front pastedown of each volume. Bound in full leather with title and volume labels to spines; however, one volume lacks volume label. Volumes 1- 6 have matching full calf bindings and volumes 7 - 10 are bound in matching mottled calf bindings. This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 47 of 72 copies. An inventive work from Barcelona's Granja Grafica Press. The press was founded in 2008 by Elies Plana, a Catalan printer, and Gaby, an Argentinean graphic designer. Poe's poem, "The City in the Sea," first appeared in 1831 under the title "The Doomed City." In 1836 another version, "The City of Sin," was published in the Southern Literary Messenger." Not until 1845 was the poem published as "The City in the Sea." It has been called one of Poe's best poems. In this book the poem is printed both in English and Catalan. The translation is by Francesc Parcerisas, an important and prolific Catalan poet. The book is printed in an accordion structure that allows the pages to be turned conventionally or to be unfolded to show all of the pages with their striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Signed and numbered by Plana. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in grey paper covered boards with title and author in black to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Weiss, Italic and Helvetic type on Biblios, Guarro paper. Housed in black linen slipcase with grey ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/102518. Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Features text from a biblical verse. Taking inspiration from a 15th century manuscript, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created an unique book that has been lettered, decorated, gilded, and bound by hand. Using the same materials and techniques employed by scribes for centuries, Grebenstein carefully letters each word, uses raised 23K gold leaf, and hand paints each border decoration. The page proportions are kept to the traditional ratio, utilizing the centuries old ‘gold rule’ established during the Renaissance. Each page has a similar but not identical border design, following the design principal utilized in the prayer book. Written on Zerkall ingres paper. Beautifully bound by Samuel Feinstein in full blue Niger Oasis goatskin with gilt title to spine and front cover. The front cover features a rose onlay in red and green leather. A gilt stamp of the rose appears on the rear cover. Marbled endpapers by Cockerell Marblers. Signed by the artist and binder. Measures 9.5 inches x 13 inches. Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) founded The Abbey Studio, which offers professional calligraphy services and classes, and also Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Number 3 of 20 copies. One unique hand lettered copy was also issued. This is a small prayer book containing The Lord’s Prayer in Latin, Middle English (John Wycliffe version), and the Revised Standard Version. In this limited edition the black text is printed and the decorations are hand colored with the illuminations in gold or silver pen. Each book is hand bound and colored differently, so that the 20 copies all have a completely different look. This copy is bound in lavender leather with an inlaid cross to both covers and title in gold. Binding by Samuel Feinstein. 3 x 3 inches. Fine.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980. Hardcover. Deluxe Limited Edition. Number 429 of 500 copies. Signed by the Author. First American Edition. This is a short novel with a very complicated plot (described somewhere as savagely sarcastic). Near fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Slight fading to spine. Interior is pristine. In a near fine black cloth slipcase with minor edge wear. 156 pages. LIT/052411. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.