New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Hardcover. A worn but attractive set bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Red title and black author labels to the spines of all volumes. One volume (about Marie Antoinette) is cocked and the rear hinge has been repaired. Minor wear and rubbing to leather on spines, hinges, labels, and corners. Small chips to edges of some labels and pull to leather on some volumes. The interiors are bright and clean overall; however, one volume has damp staining to the first few pages and another has a very small, light dampstain to the top edges of a few pages. Each volume has a frontispiece portrait. Top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Each volume has an index. FRE/111319. Very Good.
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New York: The Century Co., 1885. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "An Adventure of Huckleberry Finn" on pages 268 - 278, "Jim's Investments and King Sollermun" on pages 456 - 458, and "Royalty on the Mississippi" on pages 544 - 567. Also includes chapters from Henry James's "The Bostonians." Bound in the original gold cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and years 1884 - 1885. Decoration to spine and boards. Slight browning to spine and chipping to cloth on hinges and spine ends. Minor wear and rubbing to corners, boards, and edges of boards. Occasional smudges and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Non-archival repaired tear to Portrait of Grant (page 162). Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
1598. A leaf of The Fifth Forestier of Flanders and his Squire with shield and falcon, from The Genealogies and Descendents of Ancient Forest and the Counts of Flanders, with a short description of their lives and actions. Print method is Wood Block with professional coloring. Print measures 295 x 195 mm or approximately 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #12999. Fine.
No Binding. A delightful ink drawing by English illustrator, Phil May (1864 - 1903), who made regular contributions to many periodicals, including the Sydney Bulletin, St. Stephens Review, Daily Graphics, and Punch. He also published his own annuals from 1892 - 1905 and supplemented these with additional larger albums. Examples of his work can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum. May, a short man of slight build, has drawn himself in a wonderfully comic manner, as is typical of his self-portraits. He depicts himself as being enormously fat and smoking a cigar following a meal. The drawing is inscribed by May and reads: “Menu. Savoy Omlette, Cold Beef (plat de jour), Spring Onions (off), Cabbage (pickled)” and is titled “What a Feed I’ve Had.” It is also signed by the artist, “Fill May.” The drawing has been mounted on a piece of archival board and matted. The bottom right corner of the paper is missing; to make this less evident; the board behind the drawing has been watercolored in light blue to match the color of the paper. There are a few light spots of foxing to the paper. Ink drawing measures 7 x 5 inches. The mat measures 19 x 12.5 inches. ART/050609. Very good.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Chicago binder, book, and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text. Karen Hanmer has created a beautiful and unique leather binding for this classic book about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition that was one of many to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became trapped in sea ice and were abandoned in 1848. None of the 129 man crew survived, and the ships were believed to be lost. The Voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Seas is an account of one of numerous expeditions to search for Franklin’s ships and crew. Karen began working on this binding in August of 2014, the same time another expedition to search for Franklin’s ships began. The well-preserved wreckage of HMS Erebus was found on September 7, 2014. The design for her binding was inspired by historic and contemporary photographs, paintings and illustrations of sea ice and Arctic exploration. The book was rebound in full teal goatskin, with white, blue, and green buffalo and calf vellum inlays to both outer and inner covers. The inlays are in various shapes to represent floating ice. There are public domain images of historic shipwrecks injket printed and then laminated behind the vellum inlays. With hand-sewn, French-style headbands and graphite to top edges. The book’s original cloth covers are bound in at front and rear. The book is housed in a green cloth clamshell box with leather title label to spine. The green suede interior of the box has narrow cutout spaces to accommodate the cover’s inlays. In fine condition. Size: 7.75 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches. PRI/061917.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1851. Hardcover. The “Town Ho’s Story” appeared on pages 659-665 in the October 1851 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. It was the first appearance of any part of the great novel Moby Dick and became chapter 54 in the book. A publisher’s note on page 659 says: “From The Whale, the title of a new work by Mr. Melville, now in the press of Harper and Brothers, and now publishing in London by Mr. Bentley.” The chapter concerns a potential mutiny and the appearance of Moby Dick that thwarted the uprising. It was a first report of the white whale while at sea. The volume is bound in contemporary quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and gilt titling to spine. Light bumping and wear with chipping to edges of paper, but very nice. Interior pages are clean and bright with occasional light foxing and browning. Very good condition. 864 pages. PER/071118. Very Good.
New York: Dix & Edwards, 1855. Hardcover. Very scarce. The first appearance of Melville’s novella, Benito Cereno, a fictionalized account of a revolt on a Spanish slave ship captained by Cereno. It was published anonymously in the magazine in three parts. A revised version of the story was included in his first and only short story collection, The Piazza Tales, published in the United States in May 1856 and in England that June. It was never reprinted during Melville’s lifetime. This novella has often been considered one of Melville’s finest achievements. It appears in the magazine on pages 353-367, 459-471, and 633-644. Bound in publisher’s original green cloth with embossed design and gilt titling to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards, chipping to cloth along spine ends, fading to spine and edges of boards, and a few discolored spots to spine and boards. Ex-library marking that has been covered over to foot of spine, library call number stamped to several internal page margins, and previous ownership stamp to both front and rear pastedowns. No other ex-library markings. There is a one inch split to the bottom of the front hinge. Interior pages are generally clean, with occasional foxing, smudge marks, small spots of soiling, and browning. Split after title page, but binding remains secure. Otherwise very good condition. 6 x 9.5 inches. 668 pages. LIT/071118. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, June-November 1854. Hardcover. This volume contains three early short stories by Herman Melville: "Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs" (pages 95-101), "The Happy Failure" (pages 196-199), and "The Fiddler" (pages 536-539). They were published anonymously. Includes articles about a lunatic asylum, "idiots", galvanoplasty, gambling houses in Germany, rights and wrongs of woman, wolf nurses in India, several chapters from Thackeray's "Newcomes", and much more. Bound in the original black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. A few chips to book cloth along spine ends, hinges, covers, edges, and corners. Bookplate of George J. Burns to front pastedown. Dark brown offsetting from glue used in binding to endpapers. Text pages are clean overall with scattered foxing and ocassional soiling throughout. Dampstaining to corners of several pages, mostly in June issue. Illustrated throughout. Includes all six fashion plates. 864 pages. LIT/051418. Very Good.
London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey, & Co., 1888. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy inscribed to his brother, "To Maurice Moore from George Moore." While Moore presentation copies are not hard to find, significant ones inscribed at the time of publication rarely appear on the market. Tipped in at back is an autograph letter from Moore to editor and writer C. Lewis Hind. George Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. His younger brother Maurice (1854-1938) was also an author as well as a soldier and politician. He was a founding member of the Irish Free State. Maurice was the dedicatee of Esther Waters in 1894. Despite this, relations between the two brothers were troubled through most of their lives. The one page autograph letter to Hinds, dated June 18, 1900 is in regard to the possible reprinting of Esther Waters. He thanks Hind for his kind mention of the book and says that he read two "excellent articles in your paper." Bound in original cloth with pictorial illustration of a young woman on the cover. Spine somewhat darkened as usual, corners of book and spine bumped but still nice. Hinges tender but otherwise in very good condition. Tipped in is an advertisement for Moore's Parnell and His Island. Housed in a grey cloth chemise and quarter leather slipcase in very good condition. 357 pages. LIT/080315. Very Good.
London: Watts & Co., [1898?]. Hardcover. Rare. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Joseph Fay from his old friend Arthur B Moss 25 June 98.” The Workman's Foe concerns a man who succeeds in becoming a manager in a large firm and then turns upon the workmen who helped him climb the ladder, making their lives unendurable. Paul the Rebel is the story of a would-be anarchist whose mission is to blow up a bank. He ends up being blown up by his own bomb. Bound in brown cloth with titles and author in gilt to cover and original wraps bound in. Water staining on pastedowns and free endpapers, partially affecting the inscription. Some pages are loose and the paper has browned. The cloth binding is slightly rubbed and worn, but an extraordinary survival story as radical plays by a working-class author were printed in extremely perishable form. According to press notices reprinted on the original paper wrappers, both plays were actually performed in local theaters in London. No original copies in WorldCat, one of two known copies - the other is in the James Ellis collection of Victorian drama. Very good condition given the fragility of the items. Workman's Foe: 16 pages; Paul the Rebel: 14 pages. DRA/013113. Very Good.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1893. Hardcover. First Edition. PRESENTATION COPY in author’s presentation binding. The inscription is written in light purple, “To My Dear Friends/Sir Philip and Lady Currie/Ouida”. Ouida (1839-1908) was a highly popular author in her day, writing more than 40 novels plus children’s books and essays. She was also greatly interested in influencing foreign policy. She moved to Italy in 1874 and lived there until her death. Sir Philip Currie (1834-1906) was a career diplomat and served as England’s Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and to Italy. Ouida was well known for having special bindings done for her friends. Bound in cream cloth with gilt ruling and design to front cover. Boards are smudged and show other signs of handling. There is a small red spot on front board that may be ink. The spine is browned and slightly chipped. The interior has light foxing to some pages and slight loosening of a few signatures, although text block is tight. All edges gilt. In very good condition. 254 pages. LIT/032111. Very Good.
London: John W. Parker, 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy inscribed "John Brett with the kind regards of Coventry Patmore Sept. 24/1856. Brett, an associate of the Pre-Raphaelites did at least two portraits of Emily Andrews Patmore and one of Coventry Patmore himself. Coventry Patmore (1823-1896) was an English poet now best known for The Angel of the House, his narrative poem about the ideal happy marriage. This was published as volume II to The Angel, and In this work he eulogizes his deceased first wife, who inspired The Angel. With the book labels of collector Lafayette Butler and J.O. Edwards. Bound in original brown cloth with some bumping and chips to spine and spine label. Interior pages show some aging but still quite clean and legible. Very good condition. 182 pages. POE/071516. Very Good.
Bisbee, AZ: Pequeno Press, 1997. Number 19 of 16 copies, signed by Pat Baldwin, the designer and publisher. This charming miniature book is designed as a folding box with an accordion style folded out sheet. When the box is opened it reveals a silver figure of Queen Mab riding in her polymer clay carriage with silk reins. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the character Mercutio jests with Romeo by musing that Mab, the bringer of dreams, has visited his lovesick friend. Mab first seems like a whimsical creation like the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it soon becomes clear that Mercutio's Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes "unchaste" ladies. Pat Baldwin established the Pequeno Press in 1984 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She moved the press to Bisbee Arizona in 1990. The press published 71 limited edition, hand bound miniature books, two of which won the Miniature Book Society's Distinguished Book award. Book measures 2 inches square inches in a box that measures 2.25 inches square. In fine condition. MINIAT/111319. Fine.
New York: Ormsby & Hackett, 1847. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of "The Domain of Arnheim" by Poe on pages 123 - 129. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter green leather with marbled paper boards and gilt title to spine. Five raised bands ruled in gilt to spine. Rubbing to boards and wear to edges and corners of boards. The table of contents for each volume is bound in at the end of the volume. The title page for Volume 8 is not present. All eighteen plates present in volume seven, including six fashion plates of which three are colored. Fourteen of eighteen plates are present in volume eight, including six fashion plates. Foxing and occasional spots of soiling to interior. 284 pages; 286 pages. PER/011018. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1844. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” on pages 177-181, “The Oblong Box,” on pages 132-136, and “Thou Art the Man!” on pages 219-224. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Wear to edges of boards and rubbing to cloth on boards. Purple marbled endpapers, probably modern. Spots of foxing and soiling throughout, mostly to margins and to plates. Lacks several plates, mostly fashion plates. Lower corner of page 55/56 torn. Volume XXVIII: 292 pages; Volume XXIX: 284 pages. PER/010918. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” on pages 257-259 and “Life in Death” on pages 200-201 (later renamed “The Oval Portrait”), as well as Poe’s “An Appendix of Autographs” on page 45 and “A Few Words About Brainard” on page 119-121. Also contains a reprint of Poe’s “To One Departed” on page 137 and considerable criticism and reviews. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter reddish-brown leather with brown textured cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Cracking to leather on spine, wear to hinges and corners, and red “WB” lettering to front board. Marbled endpapers. Repair to interior hinges. A few internal splits to binding. Foxing and light dampstaining to margins of some pages, but clean overall. Volume XXI lacks one plate (Playful Pets), but is extra illustrated with three fashion plates that weren’t called for on the table of contents page. Volume XX: 356 pages; Volume XXI: 344 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Includes “Our Amateur Poets. No. III. – William Ellery Channing" on pages 113-117 and “Our Contributors. No. VIII. – Fitz-Greene Halleck” on pages 160-163. Also contains first printings of Poe’s reviews of the books "Brief Account of the Discoveries and Results of the United States Exploring Expedition" on pages 164-165, J. F. Cooper’s "Wyandotte" on pages 261-264, and Robert Tyler’s "Death; or Medorus’ Dream" on pages 319-320 (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). Bound in three-quarter modern brownish grey leather with marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt to spine with five raised bands. Rubbing to leather and edges of boards. With 17+ plates including several fashion plates, some in color, all in very good condition with tissue guards. Foxing throughout, mostly to margins, but clean and bright overall. 320 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Many first printings of Poe's stories, poems, and criticism first appeared in the periodicals, newspapers, and annuals of the time. Volumes 22 and 23 of Graham's Magazine include several first printings of his works. Volume XXII includes the first printing of his poem “The Conqueror Worm" on page 32, as well as the first printing of the criticism “Our Amateur Poets. No. I. – Flaccus [pen name of Dr. Thomas Ward],” on pages 195-198. Volume XXIII includes “Our Amateur Poets. No. III. – William Ellery Channing,” on pages 113-117, and “Our Contributors. No. VIII. – Fitz-Greene Halleck,” on pages 160-163. This volume also contains first printings of Poe’s reviews of the books Brief Account of the Discoveries and Results of the United States Exploring Expedition on pages 164-165, J. F. Cooper’s Wyandotte on pages 261-264, and Robert Tyler’s Death; or Medorus’ Dream, on pages 319-320 (unsigned but attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). The volumes also include contributions from such major literary figures of the time as Longfellow, Cooper, Bryant, Lowell, and Dana. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with brown marbled paper covered boards. Leather is faded, bumped and scraped, and paper boards are scuffed and chipped. First and last signatures pulling away but text block is otherwise tight. Intermittent browning and foxing but pages generally clear and legible. Each volume has a number of engravings that were moved from the original locations when the magazines were bound together into one book. Binder's ticket "Leander Brigham" affixed to front pastedown. Very good minus condition. Volume 22 has 368 pages; Volume 23 has 320 pages. LIT/011018. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1925. Hardcover. First edition. Number 170 of 325 copies. Includes 15 black and white illustrations, 31 letters reproduced in facsimile with typed transcription and comments, and 3 facsimiles of bills from the Manor House School. Most of the letters are addressed to Poe's foster father, John Allan and date from 1826 to 1833. Black cloth spine over gilt and black patterned paper covered boards. Gilt title to spine. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Frontispiece portrait of Poe with tissue guard. Pages remain unopened. 327 pages. LIT/010417. Very Good.
England: n.p., 1918-1945. Hardcover. A charming and unique sketchbook with 35 pen and ink drawings by Dorothy De Bock Porter (1873-1956). Nineteen of the drawings are accompanied by original autograph poems by her husband, Hugh De Bock Porter (1870-1940). The Porters composed hymns together, with him writing the words and she the music. They notably wrote a hymn for the coronation of King George V in 1911. The poems and their drawings were done 1918-1920. The accomplished drawings for the poems are sweet and sometimes poignant as are the poems themselves. They are mainly about birds, cats, and rabbits, although there is a surprising poem about two black women written in dialect. Dorothy completed the sketchbook in 1945-46 with sixteen simpler humorous line drawings of cats and pigs. Laid in are two small line drawings. The 5.25 x 7 inch sketchbook is bound in blue cloth with the word "Sketches" in gilt on the front cover. The words H & D Verses Illustrated CATS &c. are handwritten in ink on the cover. Dorothy's signature and a date of 1918 are on the front pastedown along with "Verses by Hugh De Bock Porter" and "Illustrations by Dorothy De Bock Porter." A blue ribbon is attached to the back cover. A wonderful collection in near fine condition. Housed in a modern cream cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine and hand-marbled paper interior. Unpaginated [about 55 pages.] HAND062719. Near Fine.
London: William Rider and Son, Ltd, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. This is the author's uncommon second book. Very good in original white parchment covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. The elaborate gilt cover with floral and geometric design is by Gleeson White. Browning to spine and rubbing to spine and boards. Minor wear to joints. Signed by the previous owner in pen on the front pastedown; otherwise, the interior is clean. An attractive copy of a scarce book. 123 pages. POE/062910. Very Good.
Middletown, CT: Robin Price, Publisher, 2007. Hardcover. Number 49 of 86 copies. Robin Price has designed, printed, and published books for over twenty-five years. Her works can be found in university and public library collections throughout North America and Europe. This book is particularly personal, as well as complex and mysterious. Ms. Price says that “Text excerpts from 86 books significant to me - mostly other artist’s books - were gathered using formulas based on the number 43, which was my age at the genesis of the project.” In her announcement for this book, she says that simple formulas, using modular arithmetic with the number 43, were applied to categories such as page number, paragraph, sentence, line of poetry, etc. The text is grouped by subject matter into sixteen page spreads. Titles of spreads include “Water,” “Counting,” and “Flora.” Paper maps from locations along the 43rd parallels are bound in an accordion that structurally supports the main text, which is printed on graph paper and also hinged together as an accordion. A Legend Card and supplemental Annotated Bibliography are included. The unusual double-layer accordion is housed in an olive green cloth covered clamshell box with a river section printed in blue, and a map-paper spine label. The book was co-designed and co-produced with Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide Awake Garage. The typefaces are handset ATF Garamond and Kabel. Six colors are printed letterpress. All additional printing within the structure is also letterpress, except for the laser-printed text sheets of the 32-page bibliography. 11.75 x 8 x 1.5 inches, opens to 20 feet wide; 32 pages with supplemental 32 page booklet. ARTISTSBOOKS/012011. Fine.
1888. Leaf from Auguste Racinet's Le Costume Historique, the most comprehensive and detailed study of fashion ever published. These volues cover the history of dress and hair styles from antiquity to the 1880's. While Racinet's main focus is on European clothing and accoutrements, including armor, furniture and material culture, he does provide sections on Asia, America and Africa. Lithographs are in full color on heavy stock. Some minor foxing and toning of paper. Print measures 16.125 x 11 inches. Archivally matted. #52794. Very Good.
London: Faber and Gwyer Limited, . Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Scarce in jacket. Features over 90 illustrations by the most important artists, along with the lesser known artists of the period. Includes work by Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, George Du Maurier, Arthur Hughes, Frederic Leighton, Millais, Whistler, Rossetti, and many more. There is a full chapter which is over 60 pages in length on the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front board. Minor fading and spotting to spine. The interior is very clean and bright. In very good minus blue dust jacket with red title to spine and front panel. Fading and chipping to edges of jacket and fading to spine panel. A key reference. 295 pages. BOB/041808. Very Good Plus in Very Good Minus Jacket.