New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1946. Hardcover. First Edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the front free end paper “To Larry and Muriel from Carson McCullers” [undated]. It is uncommon to find inscribed copies of this book. Very good minus in yellow cloth with black title to spine and front cover. Dampstaining to top corner of boards and spine. None of the interior pages are affected. Fraying to foot of spine and bottom edge of front board. There are also a few small smudge marks on the front cover. Previous owner signature on front pastedown and occasional light spots of foxing, else clean. In an orange and olive green dust jacket with black title to the spine and front panel. The jacket has a few chips along the edges, a few closed tears, a few creases, and light soiling to the spine panel. It is also dampstained along the edges of both flaps. The interiors of the flaps are a bit rubbed, possibly from glue that has since been removed. 195 pages. LIT/050911. Very good minus in very good minus dust jacket.
Refine search resultsSkip to search results
New York: G.P. Putnam and Co., 1855. Hardcover. First edition, first issue (with Chapter 14 misstated as Chapter 16). Rare in the original binding. This novel was loosely based on a real person. Israel Potter recounts the life of a young American who fights in the Revolution, is captured at sea by the British Navy. and has a series of adventures in England involving King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen. The work ends sadly, with Potter exiled in poverty in England for fifty years, finally returning to America shortly before his death. The book was a commercial failure in its time but garnered critical appreciation. The novel includes vivid portrayals of actual battles and events of the American Revolution such as the Battle of Bunker Hill, George Washington's rousing speeches, and spying missions for Benjamin Franklin. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both covers. Head and foot of spine have been expertly repaired with new material added. Darkening to spine. Spots of dampstaining to covers and to margins of most pages, else clean interior. 276 pages. LIT/091218. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1849. Hardcover. First American Edition. This was Melville's third book and his first purely fictional work. It was not a critical success when published but is now considered to have explored philosophical themes and showed his potential. Bound in modern brown leather boards with black title labels to spines. Marbled endpapers. Dampstaining throughout and intermittent foxing. Page repair to page 365 in volume I. Volume I: 365 pages; Volume II: 387 pages plus 8 pages of advertisements. Good+ condition. LIT/081218. Good +.
New York: Dix & Edwards, January - June 1856. Hardcover. This volume contains two of Herman Melville’s less well-known short stories, “I and My Chimney” (pages 269-283) and “The Apple Tree Table: or Original Spiritual Manifestation” (pages 465-475). The stories were not reprinted until 1922 when Princeton University published them in a collection of Melville stories in a limited edition. “The Apple Tree” was unusual for Melville as it is a topical satire of the Spiritualist movement of his time. “I and My Chimney” describes his beloved home Arrowood. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Wear to leather and to boards with bumped corners, rubbing, and scratches. Interior pages are generally very good with occasional foxing, soiling to page edges. Page 20 has a piece neatly cut out. Still a very good copy of a scarce volume. 668 pages. LIT/050918. Very Good.
[London]: The British Academy, . Ephemera. This program for the Milton tercenenary is one of the rarest Meredith items, appearing the year before he died. It is the first edition of a four-page leaflet, an offprint from the Proceedings of the British Academy, with title on first page and two page poem. In her detailed catalogue of the Altschul collection of Meredith (now at Yale), Bertha Coolidge states "Professor Gollancz had a dozen copies printed off on vellum for Meredith and his friends." Only three copies printed on vellum can be located (Columbia, Yale, the Mark Samuels Lasner collection), and this appears to be the only one printed on paper - possibly a proof, considering the poor state of preservation. Small tear, browned, folds, a good copy only. LIT/120712. Good.
Philadelphia: 1860. A leaf from Mitchell's New General Atlas, Containing Maps of the Various Counties of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc. Embraced in Forty-Seven Quarto Maps, Forming a Series of Sevety-Six Maps and Plans, Together with Valuable Statistical Tables. Full color by county. Map measures 38.1 x 31.75 cm. or approximately 15 x 12.5 inches. Archivally matted. #53611. Near Fine.
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.
Baltimore: Patapsco Land Company, 1874. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation inscription from William C. Pennington to the architect Benjamin H. Latrobe dated November 14, 1874. Pennington was the president of the Patapsco Land Company at the time of publication, and he was also one of four directors. This publication was intended to persuade the City of Baltimore to invest in developing the Curtis Bay area with an extension of the railroad, development of the harbor terminal, and development of local industry. It is broken up into eight sections outlining the present condition of Baltimore, the advantages of utilizing the Curtis Bay area, the present harbor conditions, reasons for investing in Curtis Bay terminal rather than attempting to expand the Baltimore terminal, and a plan created by Patapsco Land Company for developing their property. In brown cloth boards with gilt title to front cover. Minor wear and fraying to spine ends and corners and minor soiling to front cover. Smudge mark to margin of title page, offsetting to endpapers, and minor foxing to a few pages, but clean overall. Includes fold-out map in rear pocket showing greater Baltimore and the railroad connections with Curtis Bay and Pennington. Offsetting to one panel of the map from the pocket. Browning and few closed tears to some of the creases. 100 pages plus map. BALT/010516. 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.
Milano: Domus, circa 1960. Hardcover. First Italian Edition. An important survey of Penn's work with an introduction by Alexander Liberman. Penn (1917 - 2009) is best known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. He worked for Vogue Magazine for many years and took portraits of many important artists and authors such as Picasso, O'Keeffe, Auden, and Duchamp. Very good in white cloth boards with black title to spine. Light smudge mark to front board and previous owner signature to front endpage, else fine. In a white dust jacket with black title to spine. The spine of the jacket is browned and all but detached from the other panels. There is minor wear to the edges of the jacket and a few scuff markings to the rear panel. Housed in a very good paper covered slipcase with black title to spine. The slipcase is rubbed, worn along the edges, and lightly scuffed. Quarto. Text in Italian. 183 pages. PHOTO/052611. Near fine in Very Good Dust Jacket.
London: Charles Hirsch, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition of an uncommon work. A curious book, it was one of two legitimate novels published by Charles Hirsch, a London bookseller and publisher known for distributing clandestine works. William Platt was a peculiar 1890s writer whose works concerned the role of the sexes and often leaned toward the risque. In keeping with this, the cover has an illustration in gilt of a nude woman reading a book. In original green cloth, somewhat rubbed and bumped. Interior pages have browning to margins, offsetting to free endpapers with chip to rear free endpaper. Still a nice copy in very good condition. 222 pages plus ad for music by William Platt and 16 pages of reviews of Platt's Men, Women, and Chance. LIT/032513. Very Good.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. Hardcover. First Edition of this rare work. William Platt was a peculiar 1890s writer whose works concern the role of the sexes and inhabit an area between regular fiction and the risque. A very nice copy in original grey cloth with a gilt cover design attributed to Sidney H. Sime. In very good plus condition. With book plate of Mark Samuels Lasner. 88 pages. LIT/032513. Very Good+.
New York: George Colton, 1847. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “To --- --- ---. Ulalume: A Ballad” by Edgar Allan Poe on page 599. Bound in three-quarter dark green leather with marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine. Rubbing to boards with small loss to paper covering front board. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1863 to front free endpaper. Minor foxing to interior and browning to endpapers. Includes four engravings. Marbled endpapers. 659 pages. PER/011018. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe's “The Conqueror Worm” on page 32 and the criticism “Our Amateur Poets. No. I. – Flaccus [pen name of Dr. Thomas Ward]" on pages 195-198, “Our Amateur Poets. No. III. – William Ellery Channing” on pages 113-117. Also contains first printings of Poe’s reviews of 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). Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with grey cloth covered boards. Red leather label with “Isaiah Snyder” on the cover and gilt title to spine. Good only condition with water staining to boards and interior, foxing, chips to binding, pencil markings to front free endpaper, and wear to edges of boards. Frontispiece illustration (a fashion plate) has been partially removed. Tears to several pages. Missing at least one plate. Large loss to rear free endpaper. A good reading copy. PER/010418. Good.
Philadelphia: John Sartain & Co., 1849. Hardcover. Includes Poe’s “A Valentine” on page 173 of Volume IV and “The Bells” on page 304 of Volume V. Also contains a review of Rufus Griswold’s “Female Poets of America,” on page 415. This is the first printing of “The Bells”; however, “A Valentine” was originally printed in the Evening Mirror in 1846 under the title “To Her Whose Name is Written Below.” Both volumes are bound together in three quarter black leather with grey cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards and wear to edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling. Includes numerous engravings. Volume IV: 416 pages; Volume V: 389 pages. PER/011018. Very Good.
Glen Echo, MD: Popular Kinetics Press, 2014. Hardcover. Number 9 of 25 copies, signed by the artist. "Land Forms and Air Currents is my most ambitious work to date. This accordion book travels across time and space, through beautiful layered landscapes accompanied by spare, image-filled poems. Stretching over 250 inches in length when fully opened, it incorporates scanned images of my original watercolors with floating pop-up additions. This limited edition of twenty-five copies is the culmination of 3 years of work." (Carol Barton). This is a fanciful, sometimes poignant collection of poetry about volcanoes, hills, storms, caves, the earth, and more. "The coastline dances along the main highway, sometimes following the road's straight-line lead, then moving in and away in a jitterbug step, twice dipping under a stretch of bridge - a tango flourish. On a map the shore's edge is a fixed line. But in reality she's a ballerina, gliding, then rising on her toes with the tide" is illustrated with a somber watercolor of a road and a pop-up spiral representing the undulating coastline. Bound in tan cloth boards with colored paper pastedowns to front cover and spine. Bound in an accordion structure, the book can either be read as a traditional codex or expanded to its full length with all pages viewed at the same time. Archivally printed in full color after the original watercolor and gouache illustrations on acid-free Strathmore paper. Includes eleven pop ups. Carol Barton is a book artist, curator, and teacher who has published several editions and has organized both local and national shows. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been on the faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC. She has also had several international residencies. Her workbooks on paper engineering, "The Pocket Paper Engineer" series, have garnered numerous awards for their effective instruction on how to design and construct pop-up sculptural pages. Size: 8 x 12 x 1.5 inches closed. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/071018. Fine.
Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co, circa 1880. Folio. Includes 100 photogravures after famous paintings and numerous wood engravings. Includes work by: Hans Makart, Karl Anton Mucke, Ludwig Passini, Fritz Paulsen, Rubens, Gustave Wertheimer, Otto Weber, Alexander Wagner, and many more. Both volumes are bound in three quarter dark red leather over red pebbled cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and front covers. The covers of volume I are detached but present. Heavy wear to leather, corners, and edges of boards on both volumes. Clean interiors overall with minor foxing throughout (mostly to margins). Occasional smudge marks. Tears to multiple pages in bottom margins of second volume. Volume I is 98 pages plus plates. Volume II is 92 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized set and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/012019.
London: George Allen, 1898. Hardcover. 4to. 93 of 300 copies. Black and white illustrations on each page by Anna Richards, wife of the celebrated American landscape painter, William T. Richards. Their daughter Anna Richards Brewster was also a painter. Religious sonnets printed in calligraphic style on fine woven paper. This volume has been rebound in full dark grey leather with five raised bands to spine with no lettering to it or front board. The interior is lovely save for some light offsetting to many pages caused by facing illustrations. 57 pages plus 3 page index of first lines. PRI/031308. Near Fine.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1870. Hardcover. 8vo. The uncommon FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This was to be Rossetti’s last attempt at fiction. The title story, Commonplace, was a Jane Austen-like work of satirical social observation and commentary. It was the tale of three parentless sisters and their paths to marriage or another fate. It was published May 5, 1870, and was not well-received, unlike her earlier poetical works. Bound in original green publisher’s cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Very good plus except for wear to top and bottom of spine and bumping to board corners. Dark brown endpapers. There is light spotting to front endpapers, title page and contents page as well as to fore-edges, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. Some pages have very light creases to upper right margins. An extremely nice copy of Rossetti’s last fictional work. 329 pages plus 5 pages of ads. PRERAPH/102407. Very Good +.
[c.1881]. A very nice handwritten copy of this fine early poem by Rossetti. He wrote the sonnet on his trip to the continent with Holman Hunt in the autumn of 1849. This manuscript is undated, but it is possibly a draft of the final poem. It uses wording which was changed in the final version of the poem as published in Ballads and Sonnets in 1881 and the Collected Works in 1887. In the published collections, Rossetti writes in line twelve..."was blown abroad on gospel-tongues of flame." In this handwritten copy he writes "was blown abroad upon swift tongues of flame." It is known that Rossetti often wrote out slightly differing versions of his sonnets. Written on one side of a 4 3/4 x 7 1/8 piece of paper torn from a larger sheet, which has an embossed stamp at lower left edge that reads "best quality." Mounted on sheet of archival paper and protected by acetate. In very good condition. AUTO/102814. Very Good.
London: Stangeways and Walden, . First edition. A unique and most interesting offering - a scarce privately printed book accompanied by only recently published handwritten letters from Rossetti's brother, William Michael (the texts of the letters were published for the first time in "Notes and Queries," Oxford University Press, in January 17, 2011). This is a privately printed edition of a story that had first appeared in The Germ in 1850. Dante Gabriel Rossetti originally intended to include this prose story in his volume of verse, but decided not to following the recovery of his poetical manuscript notebook from the grave of his wife, Elizabeth Siddal. This short story offers a manifesto for the Aesthetic and Decadent movements. It tells the tale of a fictional Renaissance poet who realizes that the artist's only duty is to express what is in his soul. This pamphlet is an offprint from the typesetting found in proofs produced between October 30 and November 25 1869. William Rossetti notes when his brother excluded the story from his published verse he had various copies of Hand and Soul done up in drab wrappers, and that he gave some away but never sold them. Both Thomas Wise and Charles Fairfax Murray state, without citing any authority, that one hundred copies were printed. About thirty can now be accounted for. All but a handful are in institutional collections, most deriving from a cache discovered by William after Dante Gabriel's death in 1882. William Michael Rossetti sent this copy to an admirer of his family, Louisa Douglas Summerbell. She was an artist and illuminator much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. Rossetti has inscribed the book "To Miss L. Douglas Summerbell with the friendly regards of Wm. Rossetti June 1896." Written above this in William's hand is a six-line explanation of the pamphlet's publishing history. Bound in are five important signed autograph letters, seventeen pages in all, from William Rossetti to Miss Summerbell, written between 1896 and 1906, in which he discusses at length the writings of Dante Gabriel, Christina and himself. In original buff printed wrappers that Summerbell had neatly sewn into limp green cloth along with the letters and laid into a beautiful 19th-century handmade leather case showing some rubbing. On the preliminary leaf of the cloth bound book is a note that it had passed to her friend, Ruth Johnston. From the celebrated poetry collection of Gerald N. Wachs and included in an exhibition of his collection at the Grolier Club in 1995. Pamphlet in very good collection bound into near fine cloth book. Housed in a green cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near Fine.
London: Ellis & Elvey, 1904. Hardcover. 7 of 30 numbered copies with the plates on Japanese vellum. 25 copies were for subscribers and 5 for presentation. A lovely set bound in full vellum. teg. Slight soiling to gilt on fore-edge of Volume II.Beautifully printed, with 18 full page illustrations and frontispieces from Rossetti's paintings and drawings. Each is protected by a tissue guard giving the name of the work. It was noted by bibliographer Colbeck that the poem "After the French Liberation of Italy" was being published for the first time. Vellum binding is in very good condition with just the lightest signs of handling. Gilt title and author to spine, and Rossetti's own design of his initials on front cover. Interior is pristine. Bookplate of Frederick William Brown affixed to each front pastedown. Original blue ribbon placemarks present. Housed in modern green cloth slipcase. Volume I: 227 pages; Volume II: 245 pages. PRERAPH/070910 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine.
[London]: . Rare. This is a single leaf, with the poem dated "D.G.R. 1859" below the text. The sonnet was printed as part of the proof process for Rossetti's Poems, published in April 1870. Rossetti decided not to include the poem after all because of its erotic nature and reference to prostitution. Thus the poem was written in 1859 but not published until 1904, many years after Rossetti's death. William Michael Rossetti, in his Bibliography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1904) considers this as a separate item of importance. There are only four copies in Worldcat (Lilly, Princeton, Texas, and Huntington). Two tiny chips on right side of page else in very good condition. Although there is no evidence with this item of its provenance, it is supposedly from the collection of William E. Fredeman, the Pre-Raphaelite bibliographer and collector. PRERAPH/120114. Very Good.
London: Chaundy & Cox, 1922. Hardcover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Michael Sadleir (1888 - 1957) was the most noted scholar and bibliographer of Victorian literature of his time. In this work he calls the material included his “notes” rather than an exhaustive bibliography, and speaks of his great love for the Victorian novelists. Those included here are Anthony Trollope (his favorite), Benjamin Disraeli, Frederick Marryat, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, G.J. Whyte Melville, Mrs. Gaskell, and Herman Melville. There are several introductory pages on the writing of each author followed by the bibliographical notes. The book is inscribed “To James S. Bain and W. de Coverly for use in the shop if they care to Michael Sadleir May 1922.” Bound in very good black cloth boards with gilt title and author to spine. The interior is clean and bright except for browning to front and rear endpapers and slight aging to margins of pages. 240 pages including an index of titles. BOB/062008. Very Good.
Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1935. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. LIMITED EDITION #177 of 200 signed and numbered, and inscribed "To Dr. Norris" by Shapiro. Baltimore born Karl Shapiro (1913-200) was an important 20th century poet who achieved recognition early in his writing career. He won the Pulitzer Prize, was appointed the 5th Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1946, and was editor of Poetry magazine from 1948 to 1950. In burgundy cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Boards slightly soiled with some wear to spine. Minor chipping to foot of spine. Interior is clean and bright. In very good condition. 64 pages. POE/031004. Very Good.