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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Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 15 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.
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.
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853. Hardcover. First edition, bound from parts, as stab-holes are visible in inner margin. This novel is considered by many to be Dickens’s masterpiece for its scathing indictment of the old court of Chancery, its multitude of memorable characters, and its powerful unfolding of Lady Dedlock’s tragic secret. Includes all 39 full page engraved plates, frontispiece, and extra-engraved title by Hablot Knight Browne, known as “Phiz.” Attractively bound in three quarter green leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. Chipping to head of spine, wear to hinges and cornesr, and rubbing to boards. Most of the interior is clean and bright; however, the title page and all illustrations are foxed and brown (mostly along margins) as is common with this edition. There is a split to the interior near the end of the book. Binding remains secure. Full marbled edges and marbled endpapers. 624 pages. LIT/032520. Very Good.
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Gitl decoration to spine. Minor rubbing and wear to leather on spine, hinges, corners, and edges. Rubbing to covers. Full marbled edges and endpapers. Stub from tissue guard between title page and frontis. Browning to frontis and title page. Occasional spots of foxing and browning, but overall the interior is clean and bright. Includes 16 illustrations by Tenniel, Leech, and others. An attractive copy despite noted wear. 188 pages. LIT/032420. Very Good.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. First Edition, Second State (with publisher's name at bottom of title page). Very good original red cloth binding with bright gilt title and vignette to cover and spine. Chipping and several tears to book cloth along hinges and spine. Full gilt edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and occasional smudge marks to margins. Rear hinge is cracked. Contains charming, wood-engraved frontispiece and title page (lightly spotted), as well as 11 other engraved illustrations throughout the text. Dickens' second Christmas story. 175 pages. Literature. LIT/041619.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. Hardcover. Bound in attractive contemporary three quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title label to spine. Raised bands and gilt devices to spine. Minor wear to leather along hinges, edges, and corners. Signed by two previous owners in pen on top of title page and dedication page. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing and occasional soiling. All 40 illustrations are present. There is a small dampstain to the top margin of a few of the illustrations, which does not affect the image. 320 in first volume: 309 in second volume. Advertisements are not included. LIT/032520. Very Good.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2007. Hard Cover. Number 24 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This is a particularly beautiful version of the famous Rubaiyat. In her artist's statement Schwartzott writes that as a collector of Rubaiyats she began to toy with creating her own version in 2006. "The book is divided into seven segments, each separated by a divider of hand-marbled Japanese paper. The first contains the title page and introduction and the last an artist's statement, bibliography and colophon. The remaining five are dedicated to the seventy-five quatrains of FitzGerald's first edition. Each contains a vellum window, reminiscent of a Persian archway that opens to reveal my version of a miniature painting." Bound in light blue Japanese cloth with an intricate wood cut out to front board. The pristine interior was laser printed with archival ink onto Mohawk Via vellum and Moab Entrada paper. The prints were then finished with color pencil, paint, gold and silver leaf. Housed in clamshell box covered in the same cloth as the book. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/120219. Fine.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1979, 2011. Hardcover. Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays that intertwine history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Karen was the winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, she has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Her masterful bindings wed the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. This spectacular signed unique designer binding for a first edition of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff was inspired by Wolfe’s notion of single combat warriors battling the Cold War in the heavens on behalf of the US and USSR. Further inspiration was taken from space-themed advertising of the era. The binding thus incorporates various patriotic and space race icons from the US and USSR, portrayed as constellations, planets and spacecraft. In full black goatskin binding with laced-in boards, with edge-to-edge black goatskin doublures and black suede flyleaves. The boards are decorated with the space related images; some are back pared and cushioned onlays, some laser-printed, and some areas sprinkled with gold leaf. The page edges are graphite and gold-sprinkled, and there are hand sewn silk headbands. The book's original dust jacket is bound in. A beautiful exemplar of Karen's meticulous and creative work. Housed in a black cloth clamshell box with red leather title label to spine. Book measures 8.5 x 5.5. x 1.75 inches. In fine condition. FINEBINDING/080618. Fine.
New York: Metropolitan Syndicate, Inc., . Hardcover. First edition. First issue with integral title leaf. Scarce copy of author’s first book. Inscriptions on the front free endpaper: “Robert W. Jones, / Jan. 1. 1909” and just below it in a different hand: “Presented by the Author, / who did not sign his name herein--durn him.” A collection of short stories that “deal with grim incidents of life in the big city. In one story a drunken hotel waiter beats his wife to death with a chair, in another an Italian pickle dealer stabs a saloon keeper who will not pay his twelve dollars, and yet another story tells how a cab driver took a drunken man into his cab and after driving to a secluded section stabbed him in a fight that followed an attempt to rob him. Each story is one incident, a crisis, told in a style both unusual and interesting. Lyon’s style is clear, effective, and unaffected” (unidentified newspaper review, pasted in). Bound in the original green cloth titled in red on spine and front cover. A few chips to cloth at foot of spine, minor sunning to spine, small stain to spine, and light wear to corners, otherwise a bright, attractive copy. Clipping from newspaper review of the book pasted to the rear pastedown with offsetting to endpapers. 225 pages. LIT/30119. 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: 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.
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: William W. Snowden, 1842. 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. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter dark brown leather with brown patterned cloth covered boards. Black leather labels to spine with title and volume numbers in gilt. Gilt devices and raised bands to spine. Rubbing to covers and hinges and wear to corners. With numerous full-page steel engravings including several fashion plates. Offsetting from several plates and spots of foxing throughout, but clean and bright overall. Creasing to some pages. Volume XVIII lacks 3 of 19 plates (Abraham and Isaac, The Maid of Narni, and Embroidery) and Volume XIX lacks 2 of 18 plates (Summer Fashions and October Fashions). An attractive book despite noted condition issues. Volume XVIII is 308 pages; Volume XIX is 307 pages. PER/010517. 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 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.
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION, first state in uncommon variant binding of blue cloth. It has been rebacked with the original blue cloth boards attached and title strip laid down. The author and title are in black and gilt on the spine and front board. The cover also has a blind-stamped illustration of Huck in black and gilt. Minor wear to corners, darkening to board edges, and rubbing to boards. There is a photo-gravure portrait bust of Twain with facsimile signature, frontis illustration, and 174 text illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Lacks tissue guard between frontispieces. Light dampstain to corner of photo-gravure page. The interior is clean overall with occasional foxing and occasional spots of soiling, mostly to margins. Modern endpapers. Altogether a desirable copy of this milestone of American literature. 366 pages. LIT/092519. Near Fine.
Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company, 1874. Hardcover. Second Edition. Fully illustrated from new designs. This is the only novel that Twain wrote with a collaborator. Warner was Twain's friend and neighbor. Supposedly, the book came about after the wives of both author's challenged them to write a better book than they were used to reading. Twain wrote the first eleven chapters and Warner wrote the next twelve with the remaining chapters written by both. The novel is a satire about greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. In original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Cracking to book cloth along both joints. Spine cloth is chipped along hinges and ends and has been glued down in places. Wear to edges of boards and corners. Occasional spots of foxing and occasional spots of soiling, but clean overall. Fold out illustration on page 246 is present but torn and detached. 574 pages. LIT/032318. Very Good.