New Haven: Yale University Press,  - 1991. Hardcover. This monumental bibliography is the essential guide to 19th century American literature. This is the complete set of 10 volumes. The first seven volumes were compiled by Blanck, a noted authority on American literature. Volumes 8 and 9 were edited and completed by Michael Winship, who also compiled the 10th volume, a selective Index of titles, publishers, and dates. The individual volumes are of mixed editions but all were published as part of a matched set with black cloth bindings with title on red cloth spine label. All of the volumes are in very good or better condition. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BOB/111616. Very Good.
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London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1897. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was a prolific novelist and short story writer who was very popular in the nineteenth century. She wrote both “women’s” novels and stories of the supernatural, the latter undoubtedly influenced by her uncle, Sheridan Le Fanu. Bound in original cloth with blind-stamped design to front and rear covers and gilt title and author to spine. In very good plus condition with slight bumping to corners. Interior is also in very good condition with a few small brown spots to fore-edge and light off setting to front free endpaper. 400 pages plus 31 pages of ads. LIT/041811. Very Good.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 5 of 42 copies. Signed by Walker, Burstein, and printer Andy Malcolm. Quarto. This is the latest version of The Hunting of the Snark to be published by the Cheshire Press. Carroll's famous nonsense poem has been subject to numerous interpretations over time. In this truly snarky edition, Walker has chosen President Donald Trump and his White House cabinet and advisors for his 21st century lineup of the characters. He writes: "...I think they match up nicely to to the crew of the ship. When you read the poem and think of Trump's cabinet, it's hard not to see the parallels. The political arena in the USA could be described as nonsense, which is exactly the type of poem [this] is. The plot follows a crew of ten unqualified professionals trying to hunt the Snark with a blank map." Thus such familiar names as Scaramucci, Sessions, Priebus, Pence, Mnuchin, Bannon, Sanders and Trump himself appear in parts that reflect their real-life attributes and roles. Bound in grey textured cloth with leather title label to front cover and gilt title to spine. Printed in New Caledonia type on Velin BFK Rives paper. With thirteen engravings by Walker and "The Snark Map" in a sleeve affixed to front pastedown. Housed in slipcase covered in same cloth as book with gilt titling to cover and spine. In fine condition. 71 pages. PRI/090619. Fine.
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.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962. Hardcover. Number 260 of 1500 copies signed by Robert Frost. Printed at the Spiral Press. This handsome book was published the year before Frost died - the last volume of poetry appearing before his death in 1963. The poems included were first published between the years of 1942 to 1962. Among them are "A Cabin in the Clearing," "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration," and "In Winter in the Woods Alone." Bound in textured brown cloth with black and gilt author and title label. Offsetting to front endpapers where something was previously laid in. Very light offsetting to rear along hinge. Ownership signature in ink dated March 1962. Interior is otherwise pristine. Housed in a black paper covered slipcase. Near fine condition. 101 pages. POE/041619. Near Fine.
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.
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1929. Hardcover. First American edition (English sheets). Author’s second book. Considered to be a Modernist, Proletarian novel, this is a social satire about the lives of Birmingham factory workers during the 1920s. Bound in green cloth lettered in black on the spine. Wear to the head and tail of spine and corners. Ownership stamp on the front endpaper and back pastedown. Browning to margins, else clean interior. 269 pages. LIT/111116. Very Good.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981, 2018. 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. Karen designed and constructed this exquisite unique signed binding for this first trade edition of the famous Arion Press's 1979 edition with its striking illustrations by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Her binding is based on the non-adhesive “clip-on cover” structure developed by UK binder Kathy Abbott. To create this binding the text block is disbound, the outer folios guarded and then sewn with long stitch using blue linen thread into the calf vellum wrapper, covered in limp calf vellum case, with tabbed corners. Hand titling to spine is done in 22k moon gold, with a blue acrylic line applied through stencil along the bottom edges of the front and rear covers. The endpapers are of handmade Ruscombe Mill pale wove paper in a single folio with hooked flexi endleaf. The top edge of the text block is covered with graphite. Karen writes: "The pale vellum references the white whale, and the blue line a turbulent sea. The stark contrast between these elements mirrors the horror steadily building in anticipation of the Pequod’s encounter with Moby Dick. Use of blue inside and out also references the color of the initial caps in the Arion Press and Deluxe California editions of this text." This is an impressive binding that beautifully pays honor to one of the great American novels. Book measures 10.5 x 7 x 1.5 inches. Housed in a dark blue clamshell box with a white gilt and blue title label to spine. In fine condition. FINEBINDING/080618.
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 -.
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.
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.
New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989. 1 of 140 copies. Signed by the author and the book artist. This scarce and intriguing limited edition work was produced to benefit the Library of the Whitney Museum of Art. "Heat" is a classic short story by the renowned and prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates. "It tells the story of the murder of eleven-year-old identical twins, Rhea and Rhoda Kunkel, through the eyes of a childhood friend who is now an adult. Oates weaves the story together like bursts of heat on a sultry day. The story begins with a reference to the “rippling” heat of the summer day as the girls ride their bicycles toward Whipple’s Ice. In the next scene, the twins are in matching white caskets in a funeral parlor. Again, reference is made to the heat. In a narrative that borders on stream of consciousness, Oates introduces the girls, the narrator, and Roger Whipple. The child narrator describes the girls as inseparable, full of life, and drawing energy and power from each other. She describes their lives and their death with the innocence of a child’s perceptions."[Enotes.com] The book's production is inventive and fitting for the story. It was produced and edited by May Castleberry of the Whitney and Leslie Miller of the Greenfell Press. The work's two volumes resemble a young person''s diaries. They are bound in white leather with gilt title and ruling to the front covers and closed by a gold clasp. The text was handwritten by Robert Gober and printed on Saunders paper. It was handbound at Booklab in Austin. Gober's illustrations for the endpapers are lithographs printed at Derriere L'Etoile Studios in New York. The volumes are housed in a custom purple cloth clamshell box. The volumes are fine in a near fine box.
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.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. Hardcover. First Edition of this rare work. William Platt was a peculiar 1890s writer whose works concern the role of the sexes and inhabit an area between regular fiction and the risque. A very nice copy in original grey cloth with a gilt cover design attributed to Sidney H. Sime. In very good plus condition. With book plate of Mark Samuels Lasner. 88 pages. LIT/032513. 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: William W. Snowden, 1842-1843. 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. (November 1842, pages 15-20; December 1842, pages 93-99; and February 1843, pages 162-167.) Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter brown leather boards with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Rubbing to covers, wear to edges of boards, and marking "WB" in orange to front cover. Spine is slightly rolled. With 36 of the 37 full page steel engravings including several fashion plates (lacks embroidery plate from Volume 18). Offsetting from several plates and spots of foxing throughout, but clean and bright overall. Volume 18 is 308 pages; Volume 19 is 307 pages. PER/010417. Very Good.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1998. Heather McAdams. Hardcover. Number 57 of 200 copies. Numbered and signed by the illustrator and the bookmakers. This is a quite handsome contemporary edition of Mark Twain's travelogue with the text following a copy of the first edition in the collection of Northwestern University Library, and with cartoon illustrations by Heather McAdams. "The people of those foreign countries are very, very ignorant. They looked curiously at the costumes we had brought from the wilds of America. They observed that we talked loudly at table sometimes. They noticed that we looked out for expenses and got what we conveniently could out of a franc, and wondered where in the mischief we came from. In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language."So wrote Mark Twain in 1867, in one of his most exuberant nonfiction works. The companion themes that fill it—the shallowness of the sites to be visited and the shallowness of the visitors—prove to be prophetic of tourism today, as is seen in Heather McAdams’ witty 1995 cartoons, completed for this edition.The non-adhesive binding with exposed spine sewing consists of 7 black double raised cords attached to hard covers wrapped in red cloth. Each volume has a cut-out to front cover with small black and white illustration along with author, title, and volume number. The two volumes are in turn housed in a black and white linen covered hard case wrapper with black leather straps over brass studs and a leather suitcase-type label, intended to suggest a portmanteau. Printed in Montype Bell on Johannot paper. Designed by Bob McCamant and printed by Martha Chiplis. The binding was designed and executed by Trisha Hammer. The book is numbered and signed by the artist and bookmakers. In fine condition. Each volume is 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. Continuous pagination with 445 text pages and 20 pages of illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRI/072015. Fine.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1880. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Three volumes in the original cloth. This book was never reprinted in its original triple decker form (Sadleir). It is the last book of Trollope’s wonderful Palliser series. The six books of the series follow the lives of Plantagenet Palliser, later the Duke of Omnium, and his wife, Lady Glencora. She is one of Trollope’s most memorable characters, full of life and personality. The book is bound in dark blue-green cloth with block design on front cover, and spine with gilt title, author, and publisher. The bindings are in very good condition with some bumping to boards and spine edges. The interior pages are quite clean with the usual aging to the page margins. In Volume I the rear hinge is cracked, although the binding is otherwise tight. There is a diagonal tear across the top right of the first page of each volume, with a few words from the first four lines of the recto missing. Volumes II and III are tender but holding tight. Very nice except for the odd tears to the first page of each book. Volume I: 320 pages; Volume II: 327 pages; Volume III: 312 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. LIT/010913. Very Good.
New York: Sheldon and Company, 1871. Hardcover. Each month includes "Memoranda" by Twain on pages 133, 286, 424, 565, 726, and 876. The August issue includes Portrait of Twain. November includes "Mark Twain's Map of Paris," a fold out map. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Chipping to spine leather and a few chips to book cloth on both boards. Clean and bright overall with occasional foxing. 888 pages. PER/060519. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1867. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "Forty-Three Days in an Open Boat" on pages 104 - 113. This was Twain's first publication (with his name misspelled, Mark Swain). Bound in three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, volume number, and previous owner's name (M. Cornelia Welts) to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather, boards, and edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.