Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 13 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. Fine.
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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.
London: Leonard Smithers, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes six illustrations engraved on wood by Charles Conder. Stonehill and others state that this is the rare primary binding; copies are more commonly found in blue cloth. Very good plus in original yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and bottom corners of boards. Slight darkening to spine. A few spots of foxing to early and late pages, otherwise the interior is clean. Housed in a half-morocco slipcase with purple cloth boards. The case is titled in gilt with gilt decoration and raised bands. Some discoloration, light soiling, and minor rubbing to case. The Artist and the Book 62; Nelson Smithers 1896. 12; Stonehill 51. 107 pages. LIT/052110. Very Good Plus.
London: George, Allen and Unwin, 1920. Hardcover. First edition, second state. HANDWRITTEN SIGNED POSTCARD FROM AUTHOR LAID IN. This is the author’s first novel, published in London before the US edition. Based on his experience in WWI, the novel sets the stage for Dos Passos’s Three Soldiers (which brought him international attention). The laid in postcard dated 6/15/59 reads “Shall be delighted to inscribe the book if you’ll send it to me here. Have you tried the Gotham Book Mart ... or one of the big London secondhand book stores - it was published there by Allen & Unwin in 1920 (?). The only copy I have is the Philosophical Library reprint ... Cordial Regards John Dos Passos.” The original envelope addressed to John S. Mayfield is also laid in. Very good in blue cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Fading to spine although the title remains bright. Offsetting to first and last couple of pages and remnants a sticker on the rear pastedown; otherwise the interior is very clean. In very good condition. 128 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1891. Hardcover. First Edition. Lanoe Falconer was the pseudonym of Mary Elizabeth Hawker (1848-1908), the English novelist and short story writer. This scarce book was a very popular supernatural novel in its day. In very good condition in original dark blue cloth boards. Light bumping to corners and chipping to spine. Interior pages clean with some splitting to signatures but text block is holding. 197 pages plus 44 page classified catalogue. LIT/031511. Very Good.
Boston and New York: C.T. Brainard Publishing Co., circa 1920. Hardcover. Volume I: The Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr. Abraham Adams, parts I & II; Volume II: Tom Jones, parts I & II; Volume III: Tom Jones, parts III & IV; Volume IV: Amelia, part I; Volume V: Amelia, part II and Jonathan Wild; Volume VI: Miscellaneous Writings, parts I & II. This set is attractively bound in three quarter tan leather backed marbled paper covered boards. Maroon leather title labels and tan leather volume labels to spines of all volumes. Chip to heads of spines of books III and IV. Corner of title label missing from volume II. Light wear to corners and edges of all volumes. Pristine interiors with marbled endpages. Each part begins with a frontis illustration and tissue guard (12 in all). An attractive set. LIT/100407 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very good plus.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1889. Hardcover. Hudson Edition. An attractive set bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, raised bands, and floral devices to spines. Minor rubbing and wear to edges of boards, bands, hinges, and corners. Minor bumping to some corners. Includes frontispieces and full page illustrations with tissue guards. Decorated initials begin each chapter. Clean and bright interiors with many unopened pages. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1891 on the front free endpapers of each volume. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719. Very Good.
London and New York: Bliss, Sands and Foster; Brentano's, 1894. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation Copy, inscribed on free front endpaper "To the 'Star Barker' of our house, whose sunny nature excuses a dozen faults, and whose tiny, rippling laugh makes serious work impossible - but whom we would not do without - With the fondest love of his mother - The Author," and further inscribed "To Karl Martin, Buffalo, June 20 1901." The recipient of this extravagant inscription was the author's son. Jones was an American writer and this is the uncommon English issue of this book. The stories are of a science fiction / fantasy nature. Bound in brown cloth with delicate cream and green design of cupids and title and author in gilt. Edges are worn and chipped. Interior pages have some browning along margins. There is some splitting of the signatures but the text block remains solid. In very good condition. 95 pages. LIT/010413. Very Good.
Essex, UK: . Three nice handwritten letters from Coulson Kernahan related to publishing matters. Kernahan (1858-1943) was a prolific writer and editor, reading and editing submissions for publisher Ward, Lock & Co. among other efforts. He was their copy editor for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two of the three letters are dated 1896 and the third undated one pertains to content in one of the previous letters. All were sent on printed letterhead “Thrums,” Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The first two-page letter is addressed to Mr. Tickell. In it Kernahan apologizes for taking so long in getting back to him and then turns down an invitation to write a story for a publication he refers to as “BW.” He also writes that one of his works, “A Literary Gent,” is a Ward Lock copyright but says they would probably agree to have it reprinted for “some small sum.” He goes on to talk about manuscripts submitted [does not say where] for a 200 pound prize. The second one-page letter is sent to “Dear Sirs.” Kernahan writes to say that he had expected three manuscripts to be read for his proposed honorarium of 9 pounds, or 3 pounds each. To his surprise he received seven manuscripts and states that the honorarium must be adjusted but instead of asking for 21 pounds, states he would be satisfied with 15 pounds. The third letter of 1.5 pages is a cover letter to a report that he is sending offering his opinions of the stories reviewed. He says that he reads manuscripts for possible publication with two considerations in mind. The first is the literary quality of the work, and the second is for the potential popularity of the piece - ”to put myself, so to speak in the place of the public which buys and enjoys books which the literary [part of word obscured] journals condemn.” The letters are quite legible despite soiling and darkening to paper. The letters appear to have been previously affixed to something, two with glue on the back and one by tape to the left margins, with some remnants still attached. Light creases where folded. 7 x 9 inches. AUTO/113016. Very Good -.
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.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1857. Hardcover. First Edition of author's second novel. RARE INSCRIBED COPY: "F. Maxse/ from his friend/ GM." George Meredith (1828-1909) was an important author and poet of the Victorian era. He was a friend to many major figures of his time including William and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Robert Louis Stevenson, and J.M. Barrie. This book is inscribed to Frederick Augustus Maxse, his dearest friend, who was a hero of the Crimean War. Meredith's book, Beauchamp's Career, was based on the political career of Maxse. In his bibliography of Victorian fiction, Michael Sadleir described Farina as scarce, saying "few Victorian fictions are more seldom seen than [this and three others]." Bound in the original apple-green cloth. It has been professionally recased. The binding is rubbed and soiled but still very nice (According to Sadleir, the binding was both unusual and easily soiled.) Interior pages are clean and bright. Includes July 1857 publisher's catalog. With bookplate of the noted book collector, H. Bradley Martin. Housed in a green cloth clamshell box with paper title and author label to spine. An exceptional association copy in the extremely scarce original cloth. 244 pages plus 16 page publisher catalog. LIT/120312. Very Good.
London: Leonard Smithers & Co, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition, second issue (issued by Grant Richards with his name at the foot of the spine) of this scarce title. Vincent O’Sullivan (1868-1940) was an American-born short story writer, poet, and critic. He was part of the Decadent group of the 1890s, and a friend of Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, and Leonard Smithers. He has been described as a writer of the macabre, such as seen in the story “Will” found in this volume. Bound in original brown cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Some chipping and bumping to spine ends and corners otherwise in very good condition. Typical offsetting to free endpapers, and one or two gatherings slightly pulled away, but still in very good condition. Undated ownership signature of [?] Baptiste O’Sullivan. 113 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good.
New York: William W. Snowden, 1842-1843. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of all three parts of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, "The Mystery of Marie Roget”, which is based on the actual murder of Mary Cecilia Rogers. (November 1842, pages 15-20; December 1842, pages 93-99; and February 1843, pages 162-167.) Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter brown leather boards with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Rubbing to covers, wear to edges of boards, and marking "WB" in orange to front cover. Spine is slightly rolled. With 36 of the 37 full page steel engravings including several fashion plates (lacks embroidery plate from Volume 18). Offsetting from several plates and spots of foxing throughout, but clean and bright overall. Volume 18 is 308 pages; Volume 19 is 307 pages. PER/010417. Very Good.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. Special Biographical Edition. An attractive set bound in three quarter turquoise morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, floral device, and raised bands to spines. Minor wear to edges of boards, hinges, bands, and corners. Slight darkening to spines. Clean interiors with illustrations. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1901 to front free endpapers of all volumes. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719 This set will require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1880. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Three volumes in the original cloth. This book was never reprinted in its original triple decker form (Sadleir). It is the last book of Trollope’s wonderful Palliser series. The six books of the series follow the lives of Plantagenet Palliser, later the Duke of Omnium, and his wife, Lady Glencora. She is one of Trollope’s most memorable characters, full of life and personality. The book is bound in dark blue-green cloth with block design on front cover, and spine with gilt title, author, and publisher. The bindings are in very good condition with some bumping to boards and spine edges. The interior pages are quite clean with the usual aging to the page margins. In Volume I the rear hinge is cracked, although the binding is otherwise tight. There is a diagonal tear across the top right of the first page of each volume, with a few words from the first four lines of the recto missing. Volumes II and III are tender but holding tight. Very nice except for the odd tears to the first page of each book. Volume I: 320 pages; Volume II: 327 pages; Volume III: 312 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. LIT/010913. Very Good.
New York: Sheldon and Company, 1871. Hardcover. Each month includes "Memoranda" by Twain on pages 133, 286, 424, 565, 726, and 876. The August issue includes Portrait of Twain. November includes "Mark Twain's Map of Paris," a fold out map. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Chipping to spine leather and a few chips to book cloth on both boards. Clean and bright overall with occasional foxing. 888 pages. PER/060519. Very Good.
New York: Harper's, 1917. Softcover. Rare in the original wrappers. Six issues between May and November 1917. The letters were also published by Harper as two volumes in 1917. The letters were arranged with comment by Albert Bigelow Paine. Paine was an important Twain scholar and in addition to the letters, he published several other books about him including a three volume biography. Each issue’s cover is printed in a different color paper, most with pictorial front cover and advertisements on rear. Covers are all in very good condition, some with small tears to spine and creases to covers, three issues with Oregon State Library stamp to cover. Interior pages near fine. Wonderful advertisements and illustrations throughout each. Each issue is about 150-175 pages. Continuous pagination for the year’s issues. Very Good. LIT/091318. Very Good.
London: J.O. for R. Wellington and Sam. Briscoe, 1697. Hardcover. A unique copy of a first edition Restoration comedy from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. The volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. John Philip Kemble (1757 - 1823) was an important English actor who also achieved fame as the manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters. He was also known for assembling a theatrical library that was unrivaled. After he retired in 1819 he sold his collection of 4000 plays and forty volumes of playbills to Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Devonshire collection is now part of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The remainder of Kemble's library was auctioned by Evans in Pall Mall over ten days beginning January 21, 1821 (from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was an untrained but accomplished architect who designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in conjunction with NIcholas Hawksmoor. He was a popular dramatist and some of his comedies such as The Relapse and The Provok'd wife are still performed today. The Pilgrim was originally written by Beaumont and Fletcher in 1647. Vanbrugh wrote the prose adaptation for the theater in 1700. For this copy each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. It has been beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf with gold tooling and lettering. The spines have five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments and there are two leather labels, one with the play's title and author, and the other stating "J.P. Kemble's Copy." With gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt, with a few splash marks on cover otherwise in near fine condition. The pages of the play are browned with occasional spots of foxing and soiling but text is completely legible. In very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 54 pages. DRAMA/012121. Near Fine.
Toronto: George A. Walker, 2014. Hardcover. Number 63 of 80 copies. Signed by Walker, Ravvin, and Smart. Master engraver George Walker has created this splendid work celebrating the 80th birthday (September 21, 2014) of Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen. The eighty wood engravings commemorate Cohen's artistic accomplishments and explore how images of Leonard Cohen have appeared in popular culture over his six decade career. The black and white engravings are arranged chronologically and depict scenes from Cohen's varied creative endeavors. The book also presents portraits of some of the many famous people in his life, including Allan Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Andy Warhol. In his images Walker strives to communicate the importance of Cohen's Zen Buddhist philosophy and plays with numerology and the symbolism behind the number 8. This beautiful book took over one year to make. The engravings were hand printed on Folio Rising Stonehenge archival rag paper. The text pages used Garamond type for the text body and Bernhard for the headings. Bound in black Japanese Asahi bookcloth and housed in a clamshell box covered in the same cloth. The book cover has an inset of an engraved portrait of Cohen and has a brown cloth spine label. A different portrait is inset on the clamshell box. 6 1/4 x 8 x 2 1/2 inches. Unpaginated (22 pages printed recto). PRI/041916. Fine.