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.
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Edinburgh and London: Ballantyne, Hanson, & Co, circa 1910. Twenty six numbered volumes plus 2 volume set of life and works plus 2 volume set of Our Mutual Friend, all in matching publisher's bindings. Bound in full olive green cloth boards with paper title labels to spines. Minor wear to edges of boards and spine ends of all volumes. Wear / chipping / browning to title labels. Minor dampstaining to corners of boards of some volumes; although interior pages seem to be free from staining. Some volumes have minor soiling and/or discoloration to covers. Each volume contains illustrations - most in black and white with a few in color. Occasional smudge marks, occasional tear to a page in the margin (from opening the pages), and sporadic spots of foxing - but overall, very clean and bright interiors. Rippling to some of the illustrations, which are printed on a different paper stock. Signature of previous owner in pen to front free endpapers of most volumes. All bindings remain strong. This set will require an extra shipping fee. LIT/010318.
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: 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.
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.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First American Edition of Melville's second novel. This story is based on Melville's adventures and experiences during his years at sea between 1839-1844. It has been professionally rebacked in handsome dark green leather with gilt titling and elaborate ornaments to spine. The front cover features a gilt ship and embossed decoration. Wear to cloth on edges and corners. Original marbled endpapers. Foxing throughout, but heaviest to first several pages. With frontis map and text illustration. A nice copy of this literary landmark. 389 pages plus two sets of advertisements. LIT/091919. 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: Leonard Smithers & Co, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition, second issue (issued by Grant Richards with his name at the foot of the spine) of this scarce title. Vincent O’Sullivan (1868-1940) was an American-born short story writer, poet, and critic. He was part of the Decadent group of the 1890s, and a friend of Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, and Leonard Smithers. He has been described as a writer of the macabre, such as seen in the story “Will” found in this volume. Bound in original brown cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Some chipping and bumping to spine ends and corners otherwise in very good condition. Typical offsetting to free endpapers, and one or two gatherings slightly pulled away, but still in very good condition. Undated ownership signature of [?] Baptiste O’Sullivan. 113 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good.
(Baltimore): Ferdinand Roten Galleries, 1970. 1908-1986. Number L of ten copies reserved for the collaborators from a total of 155 copies. Signed on the limitation page and also inscribed by the artist to Baltimore art dealer Ernest Lowenstein, dated February 1971. Federico Righi (1908-1986) was self-taught in drawing and painting, inspired by the aesthetic of the Futurist movement of the early 1900s as well as Cubism and Surrealism. His works often explored the surreal and erotic, as is seen in his striking illustrations for this book. This is an impressive folio production of Ovid's classic The Art of Love, with 26 lithographic plates by Righi in two or three colors, the first signed by the artist. The book is in bright orange wrappers with a lithographic illustration on the cover for a total of 27 lithographs. It comprises a series of loose folded sheets with the lithographs interspersed with the text. In very good or better condition save for a mark near the edge of the front cover of the wrappers and offsetting from wrappers to first and last loose sheets. In a simple cardboard slipcase. 211 pages. This is a large and heavy book that will require extra postage. ART/081022.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Howard Coale. Hardcover. Number 55 of 200 copies. Originally published in The New Yorker in 1980. George Trow was a writer and critic for The New Yorker for more than thirty years. This essay may be his most acclaimed and influential single work. It is about television and its effects on American culture, but more than that, an indictment of the emptiness of modern discourse. It has been described as a work in which Trow foretold his own descent into madness. This is a handsomely designed book with elegant printing and four interpretive illustrations. Bound in black cloth with grey design with a hat on the cover and paper spine label. Printed in Centaur and Arrighi types on Johannot paper. Designed by Robert McCamant, handset and printed by Jennifer Hughes, and bound by Trisha Hammer. Signed by McCamant. In fine condition. 110 pages. PRI/071615. Fine.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1886. Hardcover. First Edition. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "Edward Shorthouse from his affectionate brother & sister J Henry & Sarah Shorthouse." John Henry Shorthouse (1834-1903) was an English novelist probably most famous for his book John Inglesant. The recipient was also an author. With the bookplate of Ohio book collector Paul Lemperly, with Lemperly's inscription stating that he received the book as a gift from Morris L. Parris, whose collection of Victorian novels is now at Princeton. Parrish's letter of presentation is inserted. Bound in original dark blue cloth with gilt stripes and embossed design on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Housed in a fine custom half-red morocco slipcase. Octavo. 300 pages. LIT/053013. Fine.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903. Hardcover. Bound in three quarter red morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, raised bands, and gilt floral devices to spines. Minor wear to spine ends, corners, hinges, and edges of boards of most volumes. Eight volumes have at least one detached (but present) board and / or loose spine piece. Several volumes have cracked or starting hinges. Chips to spine ends of some volumes. Clean, bright interiors. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1904 to front free endpapers of each volume. Frontispiece engravings with captioned tissue guards and additional illustrations to some volumes. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. An attractive set; however, restoration is needed on many volumes. A good reading copy. LIT/041719 This set will require an extra shipping fee. Very Good Minus.
Mad Parrot Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 45 of 75 copies signed by the printer and binder, Chad Pastotnik. This is a marvelous edition of The Wind in the Willows, the incomparable book by Kenneth Grahame. In his introduction, Peter Hunt, author of The Making of The Wind in the Willows, writes: "It is a book which makes you feel that, though everybody in the house loves it, it is only you who really appreciate it at its true value, and that others are scarcely worthy of it." This book is beautifully produced, with fine letterpress printing on special paper, and is accompanied by artist Vladimir Zimakov's exuberant linoleum cut illustrations of the characters and their adventures. Quarter bound in green Moroccan goatskin and orange cloth. Orange titling to spine and leather and gilt illustration affixed to the front cover. Printed in the Centaur font with Arrighi for italic on special Saint Armand Canal paper developed especially for this work. There are 12 full page color illustrations and numerous text illustrations throughout. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 10.25 x 14.25 inches. 132 pages. PRI/050522. Fine.
New York: Harper's, 1917. Softcover. Rare in the original wrappers. Six issues between May and November 1917. The letters were also published by Harper as two volumes in 1917. The letters were arranged with comment by Albert Bigelow Paine. Paine was an important Twain scholar and in addition to the letters, he published several other books about him including a three volume biography. The first installment in the May issue has photos on Twain and his home and facsimilies of two letters. Each issue’s cover is printed in a different color paper, most with pictorial front cover and advertisements on rear. Covers are all in very good condition, some with small tears to spine and creases to cover. Interior pages all very good save for a tear to an ad page in the October issue. Wonderful advertisements and illustrations throughout each. Each issue is about 150-175 pages. Very Good. LIT/051419. Very Good.