New York: The University Society Publishers, n.d. Hardcover. circa 1900. Edition Royale. Very Good green cloth 32 volume limited edition set. Paper title labels with titles in red and black to spines of all volumes. Limited to 1,000 copies, this set not numbered. Ruffling of page edges, slight wear to boards, otherwise near fine. Volume I has a few speckles of white paint to front board. This set may require an extra shipping fee. Literature. LIT/4083. Very Good.
London: Chappell & Co., 1893. Paperback. This is a very scarce item with an interesting history. J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) met early in their writing careers when they both wrote for the magazine The Idler. They were both Scottish and passionate about cricket, and they became great friends. Their odd collaboration in writing this operetta came about because Barrie had agreed to write the libretto. He became ill, however, perhaps suffering a nervous breakdown, and his friend Doyle came to his rescue by collaborating with him on the work. Despite their efforts, the operetta was a failure, which apparently bothered them very little. In the original printed wrappers. This is a very nice copy of this uncommon work, particularly in this condition. It is a variant issue of this unusual collaboration. Housed in slipcase with the bookplates of Lord Esher and Clark Hunter. LIT/100709. 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: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897. Paperback. Bodley Booklets Number Two. First Edition. Rare. A send-off of Richard Le Gallienne's 'The Quest of the Golden Girl' written by David Hodge and George M. Matheson, two Glasgow journalists writing under the pseudonym of Richard de Lyrienne. Near fine in orange paper wrappers with brown title to spine and front panel. There is a short closed tear to the front end page; otherwise, in fine condition. Housed in a portfolio within a grey cloth slipcase with black and gilt leather title label to spine and bookplate of Mark Samuels Lasner on inside board of portfolio. 98 pages plus 4 pages of ads. LIT/052010. Near Fine in Fine slipcase.
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.
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.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION, very uncommon. American author, Pearl Craigie (1867 - 1906), published several novels including this one in Fisher Unwin's Pseudonym Library series. Near fine in original beige cloth with green title to spine and front board. Minor foxing to end pages, else the interior is clean. Top edge in gilt. Nice condition. 249 pages plus 8 pages of ads. LIT/012109. Near Fine.
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 -.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1893. Hardcover. Presentation copy to John Ruskin, "Professor Ruskin from his ? friend, G.D. Leslie. Dec. 20. 93." The book's subject and manner were strongly influenced by Ruskin. Author and painter George Dunlop Leslie (1835 - 1921) was heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite painters and his work was praised by Ruskin. Bookplate of John Ruskin / Brantwood to front pastedown and embossed stamp of The Forges Magazine Collection to title page. Brantwood, a country estate located in Cumbria, England was John Ruskin's home. Very good in original dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt floral decoration to front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Short closed tear to bottom edge of title page. Minor repairs to both interior hinges. 259 pages. LIT/052615. 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: 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.
New York: Harper & Brothers, June-November 1854. Hardcover. This volume contains three early short stories by Herman Melville: "Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs" (pages 95-101), "The Happy Failure" (pages 196-199), and "The Fiddler" (pages 536-539). They were published anonymously. Includes articles about a lunatic asylum, "idiots", galvanoplasty, gambling houses in Germany, rights and wrongs of woman, wolf nurses in India, several chapters from Thackeray's "Newcomes", and much more. Bound in the original black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. A few chips to book cloth along spine ends, hinges, covers, edges, and corners. Bookplate of George J. Burns to front pastedown. Dark brown offsetting from glue used in binding to endpapers. Text pages are clean overall with scattered foxing and ocassional soiling throughout. Dampstaining to corners of several pages, mostly in June issue. Illustrated throughout. Includes all six fashion plates. 864 pages. LIT/051418. Very Good.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1928. Hardcover. Number 95 of 150 copies. Signed and numbered by the author. Irish novelist, Liam O'Flaherty (1897 - 1984), has modelled this novel after an actual event and uses it to explore the idea of political assassination. Ex-library with minimal library markings including a stamp to the copyright page and remants of tipped-in card to front free endpage. There is also a library sticker to the bottom edge of the dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt signature of author to front board. Relevant ephemera about the book including newspaper clippings of book reviews is laid in. Illustrated blue, red, and black jacket with red title to spine and front panel. Minor wear and chipping to edges of jacket and minor fading to spine. The jacket has been price clipped; a rectangle has been cut from the inner front flap. In very good condition despite being ex-library. 286 pages. LIT/012807. Very Good.
London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1899. Hardcover. First edition. This is the second book (and first novel) by the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which first appeared as a play in 1903 and was later released as a novel. This book is a tale of jewels, intrigue, and high Russian society. It is scarce in this condition. The author, Baroness Orczy (1865 - 1947), was born in Hungary and grew up in London. Very good plus in original tan cloth boards with brown title to spine and front board. Minor wear to edges and spine ends. Light rubbing to boards. A few spots of foxing to the interior, else very clean. Bookplate of book collector, Mark Samuels Lasner, is tipped in on the front pastedown. 288 pages. LIT/050109. 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: 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.
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: 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.
Toronto: George A. Walker, 2014. Hardcover. Number 49 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.