London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1897. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was a prolific novelist and short story writer who was very popular in the nineteenth century. She wrote both “women’s” novels and stories of the supernatural, the latter undoubtedly influenced by her uncle, Sheridan Le Fanu. Bound in original cloth with blind-stamped design to front and rear covers and gilt title and author to spine. In very good plus condition with slight bumping to corners. Interior is also in very good condition with a few small brown spots to fore-edge and light off setting to front free endpaper. 400 pages plus 31 pages of ads. LIT/041811. Very Good.
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Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 20 of 42 copies signed by the printer, illustrator, and the author of the introduction. The illustrator writes: "This edition in your hand is one of three interations of The Hunting of the Snark published by Cheshire Cat Press, all of them very different in concept while sharing the same aesthetic, inflecting the narrative in different ways without in the least altering Lewis Carroll's original text." 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. For this edition of Snark, Malcolm 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. He chose images that to him bring to life the imagined crew men on the hunt for the snark. They are ideal depictions for this fantastical nonsense poem by Carroll, written when he was forty-four years old. Bound in dark blue cloth with title in gilt to spine and on cover label. With "The Snark Map" inserted in a sleeve on the front pastedown. Handprinted in New Caledonia type on Velin Rives paper. Housed in a slipcase in the same blue cloth with gilt title on cover. In fine condition. 6.5 x 10 inches. 71 pages. PRI/111519. Fine.
New York: Viking, 2003. Hardcover. First American Edition. Signed by the author. Published in the same year Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for literature. This is an unusual book in many respects: Coetzee’s alter ego is a woman, and through the device of formal speeches, he gives himself a platform to reflect on the novel in Africa, race relations, wildlife, and environmental issues; and on evil in Amsterdam and the sexual impulses of the American poet Robert Duncan. He does this while recounting Costello’s life as a woman and mother. Fine in blue cloth backed paper covered boards with white title to spine. In fine blue illustrated dust jacket with orange title to spine. 233 pages. LIT/052511. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: The Blue Heron Press, 1953. Hardcover. Scarce. This is a special limited, numbered, and autographed edition of Du Bois's famous book - published on the fiftieth anniversary of its original issuance in 1903. It is signed by Du Bois on a yellow bookplate affixed to the free front endpaper. The number 156 is written at the bottom of the endpaper. This edition is referred to as the Jubilee Edition. It includes a new preface by Du Bois that is largely absent in current editions (Wikipedia). There are also comments added by Shirley Graham Du Bois, his second wife. W. E. Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) was a renowned sociologist and social reformer. He has been called the most important Black protest leader of the first half of the 20th century, and shared in the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. This book is a landmark of American literature. Bound in maroon patterned paper covers with a black cloth spine with silver titling. Mild bumping. The interior pages are near fine except for the scattered underlining and brief comments in ink affecting about 14 pages. They are unobtrusive and do not affect the text. Previous owner's signature on front pastedown. 264 pages. AFRI/112120. Very good.
Dublin: Printed by Bartholomew Corcoran, 1774. Hardcover. This very scarce edition was published a year after the English edition, in the year of Goldsmith's death. The only copy of the Irish edition we found is in the Natlional Library of Ireland. Goldsmith was born in Ireland but spent most of his adult life in England. This still produced play was hugely popular in both countries and enjoyed several productions in 1773-74. Bound in modern red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. This wa probably bound by a library as there is evidence that there was a library label on the rear free end page (also modern). Minor rubbing and bumping to the corners of the oards and ends of the spine. The interior is generally very good, with minor browning and foxing through out. Untrimmed edges to laid paper. Some chipping to page edges. The top page edges may have been slightly trimmed and there is a remnant of a torn away page at the hinge opposite the title page. 66 pages. DRA/052908. Very Good +.
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1929. Hardcover. First American edition (English sheets). Author’s second book. Considered to be a Modernist, Proletarian novel, this is a social satire about the lives of Birmingham factory workers during the 1920s. Bound in green cloth lettered in black on the spine. Wear to the head and tail of spine and corners. Ownership stamp on the front endpaper and back pastedown. Browning to margins, else clean interior. 269 pages. LIT/111116. Very Good.
London: Tower Publishing Co., 1895. Piffarrd, Harold. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's rare first book. Edgar Jepson (1863-1938) was a popular English writer of adventure and detective stories. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. The front cover is illustrated with a ship and the spine with a man hailing a ship from the shore. There is minor wear to the edges of the boards and there are a few dark markings to the boards and spine. Aside from a few light smudge marks, the interior is clean and bright with eight illustrations and cover design by Harold Piffard. Bookplate to front pastedown. 316 pages. LIT/062910. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. One of 500 paper copies (10 were printed on vellum). This beautiful early production from the Kelmscott Press was described by Sydney Cockerell in 1898 as "one of the rarest books issued from the Press" because of its popularity [William Peterson bibliography]. The Foreword states that the poems are printed witht he original spelling and that the fact of being able to study these poems in the language in which they were written ought we think, to add materially to the pleasure of the reader. Bound in the original limp vellum with Shakespeares Poems in gilt on spine. Vellum still very clean with some creasing and curling to the front cover. The fragile ribbon ties are missing. The interior pages are in near fine condition. Each poem has a lovely title page with ornamental borders and ten line initial letters designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Measures 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 216 pages. PRI/022420.
Oakland CA: Littoral Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 6 of 125 copies. This is one of the ten copies from the Deluxe Edition that are signed on the colophon by sixteen of the seventeen contributors to this poetry and prose anthology (alas, not Frida Kahlo). They include Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Claribel Cone, Martha Gies, Robert Hass. Steve Hellman, Marie Howe, Frida Kahlo, Vickie Karp, Stephen Kessler, Rachel Loden, Jane Miller, Janell Moon, Sharon Olds, LIsa Rappoport, Mark Salerno, Joseph Stroud, and Gary Young. Rappoport writes that this book "is dedicated to those we love with a blazing passion, to those we hope will burn in hell, and ideally, to the future separation of the two." She has been a book artist for almost twenty years and her books can be found in many institutional collections. This beautiful accordion book is bound in red and black Thai Unryl reversible paper with a black title label to front cover. Printed with handset Garamond type on Johannot paper with black and blood-red ink. Each volume has unique pastepaper endpapers. With title page drawing of a heart in flames by Bobbe Besold. The book is 11 x 7 folded and 18 feet long unfolded. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [25 pages] PRI/030915. Fine.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
New York: Ormsby & Hackett, 1846-47. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of "The Domain of Arnheim" by Poe on pages 123 - 129. Includes 10 issues from The Columbian and 1 issue from Godey's. All eleven issues are bound together in beautiful full black leather with elaborate gilt decoration to boards and spine. Gilt title to spine and gilt name of previous owner "Antoinette King" to front board. Front hinge is cracked, but remains firmly attached. Volume 6 lacks July issue and four of the eighteen engravings (3 of which should have been included with the July issue). Volume 7 lacks February issue and and three of the eighteen engravings (all of which should have been included with the February issue). Bound in at the end of both volumes is the November 1849 issue from Godey's Lady's Book. This issue has five plates including a color fashion plate, color crochet pattern, and lace pattern; multiple embellishments; and musical score for "A Temperance Song." All edges gilt. Volume 6 has 286 pages (excluding the July issue: pages 1 - 48), Volume 7 has 284 pages (excluding the February issue: pages 49 - 96), and the November issue of Godey's is numbered 303 - 370. PER/011018. 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.
Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1891. Hardcover. Kensington Limited Edition. Large paper. Grey cloth boards with beige title pastedowns to spines. Minor browning and soiling to spines of all volumes and minor wear to edges. Library stamp of A.D. Rathbone, Jr. to front pastedown of all volumes. Illustrated. Clean, bright interiors with illustrations. Each volume has approximately 400 pages. LIT/092707 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very good.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1892. Hardcover. First edition, second state of this collection of seven short works by Twain. It has the patterned endpapers of the first state but also the inserted frontispiece portrait of Twain called for in the second (BAL3435). Issued as part of the publisher’s projected series of works by American writers to be called the “Fiction, Fact, and Fancy Series.” Bound in grey-green cloth with titling in gilt to front cover and spine and stamped ornament to front surrounding Fiction Fact and Fancy Series. Light bumping. Front hinge tender, interior pages clean and bright. Bookplate on front pastedown of Jacob Bunn (1814 – 1897) an important Illinois industrialist, financier, and close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Light stamp to free front endpaper “J. Bunn Library Springfield Illinois.” A nice copy in very good condition. 210 pages plus seven pages of advertisements. LIT/091208. Very Good.
London: [various], 1697-1702. Hardcover. A unique set of ten first edition Restoration comedies from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. Each volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. In The Relapse, Kemble has also added a note to the cast list citing that a different actor took over one of the parts. 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). The ten plays in this set were by well known Restoration playwrights John Vanbrugh and George Farquhar. 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. George Farquhar (1677 - 1707) was an Irish playwright of real comic power who wrote for the English stage at the beginning of the 18th century. He stood out from his contemporaries for originality of dialogue and a stage sense that doubtless stemmed from his experience as an actor. His early plays were primarily spirited variations on a theme: young men have their fling for four acts and reform, unconvincingly, in the fifth. The plays have freshness, however, as well as wit and a lively human sympathy (Encyclopedia Britannica). For this collection of plays each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. The volumes have 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. All of the bindings are in near fine condition except for The Provok'd Wife, which has a sunned front cover and Twin Rivals, which has a short tear to the top of the front hinge. All volumes have minor wear to spine ends, edges, corners, and hinges. Most have light rubbing and spotting to boards. The pages of the plays are clean overall with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. A beautiful and historic set of late 17th-early 18th century Restoration plays. DRAMA/013119. Near Fine.
London: Methuen and Co., 1895. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. This is a collection of fifteen science fiction short stories, many of which originally appeared in periodicals, including the Pall Mall Gazette, Pall Mall Budget, and the St. James Gazette. This was the author’s first book of short stories. Stories include: The Stollen Bacillus, the Flowering of the Strange Orchid, the Triumphs of a Taxidermist, A Deal in Ostriches, the Flying Man, Aepyornis Island, A Moth - Genus Novo, the Treasure in the Forest, and more. Very good in original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Elaborate Art Nouveau style illustration to spine and front board. Light damp stain to front board, minor rubbing to edges of boards and spine ends, and crease to spine. The interior is clean overall with a few spots of foxing to first and last few pages. Small chip to front free endpage. 275 pages plus 32 pages of ads dated September 1895. LIT/092308. Very Good.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987. Hardcover. Signed by both Eudora Welty and Barry Moser on the title page. First edition thus of Welty's debut novel, published in 1942. Eudora Welty (1909-2001) is a famed author and photographer who wrote about the American south. This novel was inspired by a story by the brothers Grimm. Moser's evocative black and white illustrations capture the romantic nature of the story.Bound in cream paper covers with a tan linen spine with titling to both cover and spine. In a dark blue pictorial dust jacket with Moser illustrations on both covers. Book and jacket are in fine condition. Measures 6 x 9.5 inches. 134 pages. LIT/112120. Fine / Fine.