New York: Vanguard Press, 1947. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. The author’s second novel. Very good in black cloth boards with blue title to spine. Minor wear to corners and spine ends and very light evidence of a minor dampstain to the rear board. Signed by the previous owner on the front free endpaper, and browning to both gutters; otherwise, a clean copy. In a good light blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. There are several large chips to the top edges of the dust jacket and there are a few small chips to the bottom edge. Browning to the spine panel and dampstaining to rear panel. 294 pages. LIT.052511. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket / Chipped.
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London: Richard Bentley, 1852. Hardcover. 8vo. THE FIRST EDITION of Collins's scarce second novel. This is Collins's second full length novel and his first set in contemporary times. This novel of first love, intrigue, and betrayal was considered "sensational" by many, and it had mixed reviews, with some referring to it as "revolting." In his dedication he writes that he "has not hesitated to violate the conventionalities of sentimental fiction." In later editions, he did shorten the text and tone down the violence. "In Basil, he found his true métier as an expert in mystery, suspense, and crime" (Oxford Companion to English Literature). Three volumes bound in two. Bound in three quarter tan calf with marbled paper covered boards, with red leather labels with gilt titles to the spines of both volumes. There is some rubbing and scuffing to leather. Gilt tooling to compartments on spine, some of which has been rubbed. Full marbled edges and marbled end pages. These books remain quite attractive, though there is minor rubbing to the leather along the joints and minor bumping to the corners. There is minor foxing to the first and last few pages of both volumes but otherwise the interior is very bright and clean. LIT/092906. Very Good.
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: Methuen & Co., 1899. Hardcover. Quite scarce and a rare presentation copy. Inscribed "Hugh T. Chilcott d.d. Arthur Moore 2nd May '99." Dowson and Moore wrote two unsuccessful novels together, this and A Comedy of Masks. Dowson, one of the Decadents, remains the better known of the two and is remembered for his poetry. His lines, "the days of wine and roses" and "gone with the wind" have had lasting influence. He died of alcoholism in 1900 at the age of thirty-three. Bound in original blue cloth with gilt authors and title to spine and front cover. The spine and cover also have a lovely filigree gilt design. Slight bumping and very small strip of cloth missing along top of spine. Interior is bright and clean. 364 pages plus 39 page publisher's catalog dated February 1899. LIT/061312. 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: D. Appleton and Company, 1923. Hardcover. A relatively scarce book of seven short stories by Foote (1881-1950), a prolific novelist, short story writer and screewriter. Most notably, the title story from this anthology was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film, “Notorious.” Very good in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board, and a gilt dragon on the front board. There is minor rubbing to the boards. This book has been expertly restored with new endpapers. Interior is clean overall with occasional light foxing. 310 pages. LIT/061605. Very Good.
London: Arthur Barker, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. A masterpiece of historical fiction, ranked in some surveys as one of the best novels of the twentieth century. In very good condition in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Light spotting to boards and light wear to edges. Previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown and note in pencil to front free endpaper. There is offsetting from an article that is no longer present on the front endpaper and front flap of the jacket. Minor foxing to endpapers. There is a foldout family tree at the rear of the book. In blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. The jacket is in three pieces with small chips to the spine ends, edges, and hinges. Browning to spine of jacket. A nice copy despite noted wear. 494 pages. LIT/052511. Very good in a good dust jacket.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. Maurice Greiffenhagen. Hardcover. First Edition of this Aztec romance. Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Andrew from his affec brother H Rider Haggard 1894." Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was the author of a number of adventure novels set in exotic locales. His books, including She and King Solomon's Mines, are still popular today. Haggard traveled to Mexico in 1891 to do research for this book and sadly his young son died while he was away. The book describes the first interactions between the Spanish and South American natives, as well as murders, shipwrecks, and slavery. Colonel Andrew Haggard, who had a distinguished military career - he was one of he first British officers to command in the Egyptian army - was also a successful novelist, travel writer and poet. It is known that Andrew helped Rider with the writing of Dawn and he likely played an important role in helping his younger brother with the several bestsellers which revolved around Egypt and mummies. There are 25 black and white illustrations by the British painter and illustrator Maurice Greiffenhagen. He was Haggard's friend, which led him to illustrate several of his adventure books, starting with She in 1889. Bound in the original publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt author and title to front cover and spine. Light bumping, small chip to bottom of faded spine. Hinges a bit tender but text block is tight. Interior pages are clean. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner to front pastedown. Very good condition. 325 pages plus 24 page publisher's catalog. LIT/012016. Very Good.
[England]: [c. 1904-1906]. Hardcover. The complete original manuscript for Beatrice Harraden's novel, The Scholar's Daughter, published by Methuen in 1906. It has been bound for presentation to her literary agent, A.P. Watt, with an inscription on the front free endpaper: "For my most kind friend Mr. A.P. Watt from Beatrice Harraden. a little token of gratitude for all the regard and kindness received from himself & his sons for so many years. Jan 28th 1913. I chose the M.S. of this book specially because the story was always one of which my friend has [?] with & most welcome appreciation." Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936) was an English novelist who was active in women's rights causes, and an ardent feminist and suffragette. Aspects of her life were incorporated in her work, as with this novel. She was involved as a reader for the Oxford English Dictionary, and this novel is set among lexicographers. Contemporary reviews of the book were mixed. The review in The Bookman states that the work is a clever little domestic drama written with zest and skill. "The title, a suggestive one, would seem to imply that we may expect something unscholarly from the daughter of a scholar." This review also states that there was a dramatic version of the story. A later letter to the editor states that the novel was first written as a play. The manuscript has corrections and changes throughout, along with a few tipped in pages from a typescript, and provides a fascinating look at the creative process of this New Woman writer. Bound in grey cloth with gilt title and author to front board. A rarity in very good condition. Small quarto. About 178 pages. AUTO/073115. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company; The Riverside Press, 1900. Hardcover. 258 of 500 copies of the Autograph Edition, signed in the first volume by the author's daughter, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, who provided the introduction, and by the publisher. FRONTISPIECE OF EACH VOLUME IS SIGNED BY THAT VOLUME'S ILLUSTRATOR. This beautiful and important set is illustrated by some of the foremost illustrators from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They include several of the artists of the Brandywine School such as Howard Pyle, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Frank Schoonover and Anna Whelan Betts. Other illustrators include the famed American impressionist artist, Child Hassam. The volumes are signed as follows: Anna Whelan Betts (Volume I); Emlen McConnell (II); Sarah S. Stilwell (III); Jessie Wilcox Smith (IV); Mary Lewis Ayer (V); Eric Pape (VI); Maud Cowles (VII); B. West Clinedinst (VIII); Alice Barber Stephens (IX and X); E.C. Peixotto (XI); Frank T. Merrill (XII); Howard Pyle (XIII); A.I. Keller) (XIV); Frederick McCormick (XV); F.C. Yohn(XVI); Albert Herter (XVII); Harry Fenn (XVIII); Childe Hassam (XIX); Edmunc H. Garrett (XX); Jules Guerin (XXI); and Ross Turner (XXII). Beautifully bound in publisher's deluxe binding of three quarter blue morocco, marbled boards, and gilt decorated spine with titles and floral ornaments betweeen raised bands. Marbled end pages, t.e.g.. In fine condition. LIT/072310 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine.
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.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908. Hardcover. The Outward Bound Edition. Volumes 1 - 32; lacks volumes 11, 17, 20, and 33 - 36. This set was issued over many years, so it's no surprise that several are missing. An attractive set bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, floral devices, and raised bands to spines. Minor wear to edges, corners, spine ends, and bands to most volumes. One volume has a detached spine (along one edge). Another volume (18) is heavily cracked along the spine with some chipping. Minor sunning to spines of some volumes. Clean interiors overall with occasional spots of soiling to margins. Includes full page illustrations with captioned tissue guards. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719. 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.
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.
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: 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.
New York: George H. Doran, n.d. (1927). Hardcover. First American edition with illustrations by Edmund Dulac and in the scarce dustjacket. According to the book's front flap, Dulac's "magnificent interpretation" of this classic adventure story is unsurpassed. There are twelve full color tipped in plates and many text illustrations in black and white. Bound in bright green cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover and a blind illustration of a sailing ship on cover. Very light bumping. In the original dust jacket with chips, small tears, and soiling. Not price clipped. Decorative endpapers with Brentano's bookseller ticket affixed to rear pastedown. The interior of the book is in beautiful condition with clean and bright pages and plates. Very good. 287 pages. LIT/032619. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
San Francisco: Arion Press, 2000. Number 343 of 400 numbered copies. Signed by the artist. From the acclaimed Arion Press: "Cane is regarded as the highest literary achievement of the Harlem Renaissance and a masterpiece of African-American writing. To call it a novel is misleading, for the book is made up of many parts, by turn fiction, poetry, drama, set in rural Georgia, urban Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. To say it was first published in 1923 is misleading, too, for parts were published earlier in magazines. While it may seem at first a collection of writings, it is a highly experimental novel, novel in concept and form, and is a unified artistic whole. Cane was praised when issued but sold few copies. Toomer isolated himself after the book was published, and it was not rediscovered until the 1960s with the rise of academic interest in black history and culture. Jean Toomer (1897-1967) wrote several autobiographies, other fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, but published only one other book, Essentials, a collection of aphorisms, in 1931. Leon Litwack is an eminent historian of the black experience in America. In his essay on Cane, Litwack shows how the book addresses the racial situation in the early twentieth century. 'In coming to grips with the present, Jean Toomer insisted on confronting the past and exploring the heritage of slavery to its very roots, in ways that would avoid both condescension and romanticization. Looking about him, he sensed an agrarian folk culture deeply rooted in the slave experience. There was still time, he thought, to explore that culture, indeed the very soul and spirit of the black South, before urbanization and industrialization rendered it unrecognizable.' Martin Puryear is a leading American sculptor. He read Cane for the first time when he was teaching at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and living in the South for the first time. The book has been important to him ever since. His woodcuts for Cane are on two scales. The seven larger images are abstract portraits of women characters in the book; the three smaller blocks are reinterpretations of the enigmatic arcs that Toomer placed on pages dividing sections in the first edition." Bound in full tan linen over limp boards with brown ties. The text type is Times New Roman composed by Monotype and printed on Biblio mouldmade paper from Germany. The display type is Lucian Bold, composed by hand. The prints are on handmade Kitakata paper from Japan. Oblong measuring 111/2 by 13 7/8 inches. Includes prospectus and box in which mailed. In fine condition. PRIV/091818.
New York: Harper, 1916. Softcover. Rare in original wrappers, complete in seven parts published May-November 1916. The Mysterious Stranger is a novel attempted by the author Mark Twain. He worked on it intermittently from 1897 through 1908. Twain wrote multiple versions of the story; each involves a supernatural character called “Satan” or “No. 44”. All the versions remained unfinished. Harper’s Magazine serialized the work posthumously, basing it on the last version, called No. 44. It was the only one of his four versions of the book to have an actual ending. Despite this, it is considered debatable that it could be called finished. Each issue has a different pictorial cover, including a portrait of Twain on the May issue. Condition is generally very good, with chipping, bumping and creasing to various issues. Interiors clean and bright. “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library” stamp on front of three issues. LIT/091318. 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 pages of 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.