London: William Heinemann, 1911. Hardcover. IN THE RARE DUST JACKET. First Edition of Beerbohm’s famous novel. According to Mark Samuels Lasner, the Beerbohm scholar and bibliographer, there have only been five copies of this book identified as still having their dust jackets. Two are in institutions, two have been in private hands, and the location of the remaining copy is not currently known. The front cover of the plain brown dust jacket is cleanly detached, and there are small chips and tears along top edges, but otherwise in very good condition. Title, author, price, and publisher in brown to spine. Bound in original reddish brown cloth with light bumping and soiling. Some spotting to fore-edges and very occasional light foxing to text pages but in very good condition. 350 pages. LIT/110811. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
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London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1848. Hardcover. 8vo. This is the UNCOMMON FIRST EDITION of renowned writer Wilkie Collins’s first book, a biography of his father, published when he was only 24. The biography was completed the year after his father, the noted artist William Collins, died. According to Gasson’s Wilkie Collins: An Illustrated Guide, William Collins had always intended for his son to write his biography. To an extent, William’s journals, correspondence, and notes were written with this in mind. Wilkie also received assistance from his father’s friends. The book received generally good reviews, and was praised by writers such as Maria Edgeworth and Walter de la Mare. Wilkie's first novel, Antonina, was published in 1850. Very good in contemporary three-quarter brown leather that has some scuffing and rubbing, with marbled boards and end papers, gilt title, and rules on spine, and gilt to top edges. The interior pages are clean and solid. Includes an engraved portrait of William Collins, and the volumes are extra-illustrated by the insertion of 57 plates by many artists of the period. No publisher catalog. Volume I has xii, 348 pages; Volume II has vi, 354 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/091507. Very Good.
London: Martin Secker, 1929. Hardcover. First Edition. DEDICATION COPY, inscribed “W. Sorley Brown from his friend Alfred Douglas.” The printed dedication page reads “To William Sorley Brown,” whose ownership stamp is present on the front pastedown. An ardent admirer and long-time friend of Douglas, Brown published a brief work titled The Genius of Lord Alfred Douglas in 1913 with the intention of highlighting Douglas’s poetical prowess at a time when most people knew him only for his scandalous affair with Oscar Wilde. Editor and owner of The Border Standard, Brown was known primarily for being a journalist. He is mentioned on page 268 and 292-3 of this book. Near fine condition in the original blue cloth with gilt title to spine and front board. This book has been expertly recased using the original cloth. Light rubbing to spine ends, hinges, and corners. Browning to a few pages where a bookmark was once laid in and light rubbing to pastedowns; otherwise, the interior is clean. Includes frontispiece photograph of Douglas. 340 pages plus index. LIT/020309. Near Fine.
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 +.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1890. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's scarce first book. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. A few spots of soiling to the boards, minor wear to edges, light browning to the spine, and a few spots of foxing to interior, but still a nice copy. The signature of the previous owner, B. Wallis, is written on the front end page. 250 pages plus 2 pages of ads. LIT/052010. 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.
London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the sign of the Bodley Head, 1893. Hardcover. One of 120 copies. Uncommon first published edition. This book comprises the sheets of the private issue with four preliminary leaves added, containing half-title, limitation notice, Mathews and Lane title-page, preface, errata list, and a note explaining that "The play stands simply as it was roughly printed for our own and the actors' use. " At the back is a single leaf of advertisements for Michael Field titles followed by a Bodley Head catalogue dated 1893. The play was not reprinted in its original form and was heavily revised before printed in 1918. This is also a notable association copy, with the bookplate of Richard Le Gallienne. Not only was Le Gallienne well acquainted with the authors, but he was also the publisher's reader for the Bodley Head when the book was published. Bound in original green cloth with red title and author to spine and front cover. Offsetting to free front and rear endpapers. Pages unopened. Very good condition. 48 pages plus 16 page publisher's catalog. DRA/081015. 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 +.
Dublin: P. Wogan, 1805. Hardcover. Scarce Edition. This is a later issue of Elizabeth Hervey's interesting novel of 1796 on the politics of Ireland, and it displays her sympathy for the United Ireland cause. Hervey (1748-1820) wrote at a time when it was quite unusual for a woman to write on political issues. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with red title label and brown volume number label to spine. The binding is mottled, with bumping and boards of volume 2 starting to split from spine. The binding is still solid, however, and the text blocks are tight. Browning and some foxing to the interior pages otherwise very good. Bookplate affixed to front pastedown to volume 1 and ink ownership signature on title pages of both volumes. Volume 1: 287 pages; Volume 2: 284 pages. LIT/012910 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1930. Woodroffe, Paul. Hardcover. Fine in full red calf binding with green leather title label and black leather author label to spine, signed by Riviere and Son. Triple gilt fillet borders to both boards and inner dentelles. Six compartments to spine featuring gilt tooling and raised bands. Red marbled endpages and full edges in gilt. The interior is pristine with four full page illustrations, initials, head pieces, and tail pieces. The illustrations are from drawings by Paul Woodroffe which have been engraved on wood by Clemence Housman. An attractive edition of this classic tale. 106 pages. LIT/012508. Fine.
London: Reeves and Turner, 1878. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed "W.M. Rossetti with H. Buxton Forman's kind regards 1 Feb '78." Beneath the inscription is the ownership inscription of Mary E. Madox Rossetti, recording her inheritance of the book from her father. The connections between Buxton Forman, editor of the Romantics, bibliophile, and (with Thomas J. Wise and alone) literary forger and the Rossettis are many and complicated. Forman began by writing positive critical comment on Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1869, leading to acquaintance with the painter-poet and then to a close friendship with William Michael, himself an editor of Keats, Blake, and Shelley, that lasted until their deaths. Over time, William Rossetti sold and gave Forman much Rossetti material, but he resisted authenticating the Wise-Forman forgeries of his brother’s work. Bound in the original navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. It has been restored with the repair visible along both hinges. There is a repaired short closed tear to the cloth along the front hinge. Rubbing to gilt on spine and large black ink stain to front cover and margins of several pages. As the cloth is a deep navy blue, the black stain is not particularly visible on the cover. Offsetting to verso of signature page from a laid in newspaper clipping relating to Keats. Includes three illustrations: a portrait of Keats, silhouette of Fanny Browne, and facsimile of letter XXVII. From the collection of Stuart B. Schimmel. 128 pages plus 12 pages of advertisements. LIT/062316. Very Good.
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 & 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: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1854. Hardcover. The first appearance of Melville’s novella, The Encantadas, appeared in three parts in Putnam’s Monthly Magazine in March, April, and May of 1854. It was published under the pseudonym Salvator R. Tarnmoor. It was later included in Piazza Tales, his only collection of short stories. Neither the book nor the individual stories were reprinted in Melville’s lifetime. This work, a series of philosophical “sketches” draw from Melville’s whaling years. It was the most critically successful of the works in Piazza Tales. Bound in publisher’s original green cloth with embossed design to covers and gilt titling to spine. Cloth is worn and frayed, with bumping to edges, tears to spine edges. Foxing to endpapers and on several interior pages. The text pages for The Encantadas are clean and bright: 311-319; 345-355; 460-466. Very good despite noted flaws. 684 pages. LIT/050418. Very Good.
London: John Parker & Son, 1854 and 1856. Hardcover. First Editions. Inscribed by the author, “With the author’s compliments” in first volume. The Angel of the House became extremely popular in its time, and the title became a Victorian phrase used to describe the ideal wife/woman. Patmore wrote this about his wife, Emily, whom he thought was perfect. John Everett Millais painted her portrait and used the same title as the book. After the first book there were three subsequent installments. This and the first installment formed a coherent poem. The later two were a separate poem inspired by the first. Bound in original rippled brown cloth with paper spine labels. Rubbed and bumped, and tears to The Espousals label. Interior pages generally very good. Pastedown to first volume stained and has remains of a bookplate. Second volume has a light ink inscription on pastedown and a pencil drawing and signature on the free front endpaper. Volume I: 191 pages; Volume II: 182 pages plus 16 page publisher catalog. This set may require an extra shipping fee. LIT/040912. Very Good.
Bristol and London: J.W. Arrowsmith and Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, & Co., Ltd, (1891). Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY "To my friend G.B. Burgin with every good wish E. Phillpotts." He and Burgin collaborated on a play, '"His Lordship" (1892). Presentation copies from Phillpotts are scarce in the 1890s. Very good in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine and black title to front board. The front board is slightly bowed and the spine is somewhat cocked. The hinges are rubbed, there is minor soiling to the boards, and the corners are bumped. Bookplate of Alastair Forbes to front pastedown. The text remains bright although there is browning to margins of interior. ?Evidence of a repair to front and rear interior hinges.? 284 pages. LIT/051710. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” on pages 257-259 and “Life in Death” on pages 200-201 (later renamed “The Oval Portrait”), as well as Poe’s “An Appendix of Autographs” on page 45 and “A Few Words About Brainard” on page 119-121. Also contains a reprint of Poe’s “To One Departed” on page 137 and considerable criticism and reviews. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter reddish-brown leather with brown textured cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Cracking to leather on spine, wear to hinges and corners, and red “WB” lettering to front board. Marbled endpapers. Repair to interior hinges. A few internal splits to binding. Foxing and light dampstaining to margins of some pages, but clean overall. Volume XXI lacks one plate (Playful Pets), but is extra illustrated with three fashion plates that weren’t called for on the table of contents page. Volume XX: 356 pages; Volume XXI: 344 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe's “The Masque of the Red Death,” on pages 257-259 and “Life in Death” on pages 200-201 (later renamed “The Oval Portrait”), as well as Poe’s “An Appendix of Autographs” on page 45 and “A Few Words About Brainard” on page 119-121. Also contains a reprint of Poe’s “To One Departed” on page 137 and considerable criticism and reviews. Both volumes are bound together in modern blue cloth with gilt title to spine. Lacks most plates. Foxing and browning to interior. Page repairs to edges of a few pages and chipping to edges of several pages. Volume 20 has 356 pages; Volume 21 has 344 pages. PER/010518. 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: Harper & Brothers, 1895-1896. Softcover. Rare. First appearance in original wrappers of Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, which was serialized from April 1895 to April 1896 in Harper’s Magazine. Complete in 13 issues. Twain, aware of his reputation as a comic, asked that each installment appear anonymously so that readers would treat the work seriously. Regardless, his authorship soon became known, and the book edition published by Harper and Brothers in May 1896 credited Mark Twain. It is Twain’s last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old. The novel is presented as a translation (by “Jean Francois Alden”) of memoirs by Louis de Conte, a fictionalized version of Louis de Contes, Joan of Arc’s page. The novel is divided into three sections according to Joan of Arc’s development: a youth in Domrémy, a commander of the army of Charles VII of France, and a defendant at trial in Rouen. The issues are all complete and are generally in very good condition. Several have tears and chips to the spine as well as wear to covers. Interiors are clean and bright. Nine of the issues have a stamp on the front cover: “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library.” LIT/091418. Very Good.
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "C.F.A. Voysey from H.G. Wells." Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific writer in many genres but is best remembered for his science fiction novels, of which this is one. This dystopian work was first published in 1899, but Wells revised it in 1910 and published it as When the Sleeper Awakes. He was dissatisfied with this first version, saying it was written when he was under time pressures. The recipient is Charles Voysey, an important English architect and designer who was influenced by the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. In 1900 he was the architect for Spade House, which Wells built in 1900 and lived in for the succeeding decade. Laid in is a Raphael Tuck and Sons "real photograph" postcard of Wells that is contemporary with the book and signed in ink below the image. Such an early photograph of Wells is uncommon and signed ones are rare. It is very likely that Wells gave this one to Voysey. Bound in original red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Spine is faded, bumping to corners. Hinges tender, endpapers smudged, light spotting to half title page not affecting the inscription. An accession number is written in ink on the free front endpaper and there is a blind stamp "W.H. Smith and Son London" below it. Bookplate of John Richard Sofio to front pastedown. Housed in handsome beige cloth box with leather title and author label to spine. Very good condition. 329 pages. LIT/011416. Very Good.