Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jun'r, . Hardcover. This scarce book on the history and development of Baltimore is an important and engrossing piece of Americana. It provides detailed information on the geography, topography, government, civic and religious institutions, and much more about Baltimore as it existed early in the 19th century. The detail extends even to providing the names of the current officers, proprietors, and holders of other positions. There are forty-two engraved plates of various buildings, structures, and monuments. The book also still has the very uncommon fold-out map in the rear. John H. B. Latrobe (1803–1891) was an American lawyer, writer, architect and inventor. Latrobe was also a member of the American Colonization Society, and succeeded Sen. Henry Clay as its president (1853-1890). He also helped found the American Bar Association and the Maryland Historical Society. Latrobe also achieved some distinction as a poet and painter, and was one of the 3-judge panel that awarded Edgar Allan Poe a prize for his “Manuscript in a Bottle”, which was published in Baltimore’s Sunday Visitor paper and helped launch the writer’s career. The publisher, Fielding Lucas Jr.,(1781–1854) was a cartographer, artist and a publisher of prominence during the early 19th century. He is known as the earliest successful commercial map-publisher in the city of Baltimore. The first of his atlases was published in 1815–17. His maps and atlases are still highly collectible today. Bound in contemporary quarter brown leather with brown marbled paper boards. Gilt title and ruling to the rebacked spine. Some scuffing bumping and soiling but still very good. Interior pages and plates have light foxing otherwise very good condition. The fragile map is intact. An exceptional copy of this book. 3.25 x 5.5 inches. 249 pages + plates. BALT/072618. Very Good.
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1885. Linden Lindenia Orchid, Jean Linden (1817-1898), was a famed orchid hunter, organizing many trips to hunt orchids in their native habitats all over the world, and importing over a thousand species back to Belgium. Along with Conrad Loddiges in England, they published the superb work, Iconographic des Orchidees, in two parts. This print is from the first series published from 1885-1894. The framed print measures 10 1/2 x 14 inches. #43393. Fine.
John Boydell and Hurst, Robinson & Co., 1777. Claude Lorrain was an artist of the Baroque era who was active in Italy, and is admired for his achievements in landscape painting. These Mezzotint engravings are after his original designs in the Collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire. Richard E. Arlom, a highly respected English mezzotint engraver, executed these prints in the manor and taste of the drawings. Print method is Mezzotint engraving on heavy stock paper, measuring 268 x 410 mm. or approximately 10.5 x 16.25 inches. Archivally matted. #49644. Fine.
John Boydell and Hurst, Robinson & Co., 1777. Claude Lorrain was an artist of the Baroque era who was active in Italy, and is admired for his achievements in landscape painting. These Mezzotint engravings are after his original designs in the Collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire. Richard E. Arlom, a highly respected English mezzotint engraver, executed these prints in the manor and taste of the drawings. Print method is Mezzotint engraving on heavy stock paper, measuring 268 x 410 mm. or approximately 10.5 x 16.25 inches. Archivally matted. #49693. Fine.
Edinburgh and London: T.N. Foulis, 1908. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. 1 of 500 copies. William Sharp (1855 - 1905) wrote numerous essays and biographies (including of Rossetti, Shelley, and Browning), although he is best known for the novels and plays that he wrote under the pseudonym "Fiona Macleod." This is a presentation copy, inscribed: "To Alice Egerton with friendly greetings from the author's wife Elizabeth, October 1919, 'It is loveliness I seek: not lovely things.' F.M'" Laid in is a program for the performance of the play at the Village Hall Chislehurst, Saturday June 29. Bound in original linen backed brown paper boards with spine label and title and author in gilt on front cover. Boards are bumped and slightly soiled but still very nice. Offsetting to endpapers otherwise in very good condition. 53 pages. DRA/061313. 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: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1853. Hardcover. “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville’s famed short story, was first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. It was reprinted with minor textual changes in Piazza Tales in 1856. The story has been called the unquestionable masterpiece of Melville’s short fiction and is among the most noted American short stories. Volume II included July - December 1853. The story appeared on pages 546-557 in November and pages 609-615 in December. Bound in the original green cloth with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine, short closed tear to top of front hinge, bumping to corners, and a few spots of soiling to spine. Several splits to binding; although, all pages remain bound. Occasional spots of foxing throughout (heaviest on endpapers) and very occasional notations in pencil. Very good condition. 690 pages. LIT/071118. Very Good.
New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1911. Hardcover. 4to. Monumental complilation of Civil War photographs. Second edition (as noted on last page of tenth volume). Blue cloth boards with bright gilt titles and gilt sword illustrations to spines. Exteriors of all volumes are clean overall, some with minor soiling and rubbing. Minor wear to edges, corners, and spine ends of all volumes. Blue and white decorative endpapers with cameos of Lee and Lincoln. Interiors are clean with occasional spots of foxing (espeically to early and late pages), soiling, and smudge marks. Minor splaying to bindings of some volumes. Each volume is filled with photographic illustrations. Tight bindings. An attractive set. Each volume is about 350 pages. This is a large set and may require an additional shipping fee. CIV/022219. Very 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.
Philadelphia: 1880. A leaf from Mitchell's New General Atlas, Containing Maps of the Various Counties of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc., Embraced in Ninety-three quarto maps. Hand colored. Relief shown by hachures. Shows settlements, railroads, rivers, etc. Prime meridians: Greenwich and Washington, DC. Map measures 38.1 x 55 cm. or approximately 15 x 21.65 inches. Archivally matted. #53554. Near Fine.
circa 1898. Monkhouse (1840 - 1901) was an English poet, author, and critic with a passion for fine art. In his later life he became an art critic and was a regular contributor to the “Academy,” “Saturday Review,” “Magazine of Art,” and other periodicals. He also published several volumes about art including The Italian Pre-Raphaelites, The Earlier English Water-Colour Painters, In the National Gallery, and more. This is a 24 page hand written draft for his biography of Turner which was published in the Dictionary of National Biography (1899). It is incomplete and ends at the point which corresponds to line 31, page 349 of the printed text. The pages measure 12.5 inches x 8 inches. Unpaginated. LIT/050108. Very Good.
London: Remington & Co., 1879. Hardcover. First Edition. This was Moore's second publication, and apart from a broadside of which only one copy is known, this is by far the rarest of his books. No copy has appeared at auction in the past decade. George Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. This play was done in collaboration with French dramatist Bernard Lopez, who had ignited Moore's interest in drama when they were fellow residents at the Hotel de Russie in Paris. Moore made the suggestion to collaborate after the failure of his first work, Flowers of Passion. The result was this, a five act verse tragedy that was never produced. It was considered at the time almost unreadable because of its poor verse and wooden characters. In later years Moore had very little regard for this early effort and never considered its reissue in any of the collected editions of his work. Bound in original blindstamped black cloth with gilt title and authors to front cover and title to spine. In Edwin Gilcher's bibliography of Moore he describes this as the "Theater (?) impression, slightly larger in size, repaged and without prefatory matter presumably...issued to send to theater managers in an effort to secure a production." Corners lightly bumped and small piece missing from top on spine. Interior pages are very nice. Ownership signature of Henry Knight on title page and bookplate of Rosita de Texada. In very good condition. Housed in a green silk folding case. 139 pages. DRA/080315. Very Good.
London: Alexander Moring Ltd, 1904. Hardcover. From the illustrious Waugh family, with the bookplate of Evelyn and Alec's father, Arthur. The name "Alec Waugh, Xmas 1916" is written in pencil on a free front end page, so it is unclear who owned the book when. Bound in red cloth with the title embossed. Spine has title and author in gilt. In very nice condition except for some light fraying to spine ends and barely bumped boards. Interior pages show some browning from age and darker spots on the fore-edge. Tear to top right margin to pages 201-204, pages 201-202 missing the piece torn. Text not affected. 255 pages. MOR/070710. Near Fine.
Paris: 1937. Paperback. Number 158 of 500 copies, the first 200 of which were reserved for the writers of the book. This remarkable deluxe collection of writings and art about Paris was commissioned by the city of Paris to celebrate their hosting the World’s Fair of 1937. The volume includes original prose, poetry, and illustrations by the leading writers and artists of France. There are thirty-one sections on various quarters, neighborhoods, gardens, avenues and boulevards, each with a short piece written by an eminent writer and engravings by two notable artists. For each section there is a full-page illustration by an artist associated with the area and a smaller one on the first page of the section by the other artist. Among the writers are Paul Valery, Raymond Escholier, Colette, Paul Claudel, Abel Bonnard, and Jules Romains. The participating artists are equally impressive, and include Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Jean Laboureur, and Andre Lhote. Each section is a separate folder with the full-page illustration of the following section as its last page. The folders are encased in a paper wrapper with the title and a color illustration on its cover. The entire production is housed in a chemise of dark blue paper covered boards with a red leather spine label which fits into a blue paper and linen slipcase. The slipcase is in very good condition with a few chips and bumps. The contents are also in very good condition; however, pages 286-288 are missing. They included the full-page illustration by Gabriel Belot and Renefer for “Les Musees.” Page 277, the first page of “Les Eglises de Paris” has a repaired tear. Still, a splendid collection of French art and prose commemorating Paris on the eve of the Second World War. 294 pages plus table of illustrations. ART/012412. Very Good.
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: 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: John Sartain & Co., 1849. Hardcover. Includes “A Valentine" on page 173 of Volume 4 and “The Bells” on page 304 of Volume 5. 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 dark green leather with brown and black marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine. There are four raised bands ruled in gilt to the spine. There is a three inch split to the head of the front joint and it appears that the binding has been repaired (amateurly) at some point. Both interior hinges are cracked; however, the boards and textblock remain firmly attached. Rubbing to boards with a few small open tears to the marbled paper on the rear cover. Wear to edges of the boards and corners. Spots of foxing and soiling to interior. Both volumes include numerous full page engravings, some colored. The indexes for both volumes appear at the end of the book. Attractive despite the noted wear. Volume 4 has 416 pages; Volume 5 has 389 pages. PER/011118. 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.
New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2006. Hardcover. Signed by the author on a bookplate. First Edition, later printing. Powers declines to sign his books but he will sign bookplates, one of which is laid in and dated October 15, 2007 from a reading series. A portion of a ticket to this event is also laid in. This was the National Book Award winner in 2006 and a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer (with National Book Award winner sticker on front of jacket). Near fine in grey cloth boards with silver title to spine. Slight bumping to corners and edge of rear board and very small spot on bottom of rear board, else fine. In a fine illustrated white dust jacket with red title to spine and front panels. 451 pages. LIT/052311. Near Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
London: William Rider & Son, 1899. Hard Cover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author "L. Gesner from J.C.P." on the front free endpaper. Bookplate of Herbert Mortimer and Louise Cheney Gesner to front pastedown. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was an eminent English novelist, poet, critic, and philosopher. This early work was his second published book. In original cream paper covered boards with an elaborate gilt design by Gleeson White. The spine is browned and worn. Minor wear and browning to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Interior pages have some aging to edges, an occasional pencil mark, and a pencil comment regarding one poem. 123 pages. Very good condition. POE/122018. 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.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1997. Paperback. Number 127 of 250 copies. Signed by the designer (Esther K Smith), printer (Dikko Faust), and paper marbler (Lauren Rowland). According to the designer, this project was inspired by 'those folded religious pamphlets.' Each of the five artists has created and signed his or her card or the box. Each card has a different theme ranging from sexual experience to a subway mosaic. All are housed in a marbled paper covered card stock box with silver title to front panel. PRI/010213. Fine.
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.
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.