Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 6 of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. The inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shad of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/120519. Fine.
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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.
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.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 13 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.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 13 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/011520. Fine.
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: E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc., 1929. Hardcover. First American edition (English sheets) of the author's second book. A social satire about a the lives of Birmingham factory workers during the 1920s. Considered to be a Modernist, Proletarian novel. Original red cloth lettered in black on the spine (one of several cloth colors in which the book was bound). Label of bookseller Charles E. Lauriat on the front free endpaper, edges foxed, silverfish marks on the spine and cover edges, minor dampstains to top edge of textblock, occasional spots of foxing, otherwise very good. 269 pages. LIT/111116. Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980. Hardcover. Deluxe Limited Edition. Number 429 of 500 copies. Signed by the Author. First American Edition. This is a short novel with a very complicated plot (described somewhere as savagely sarcastic). Near fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Slight fading to spine. Interior is pristine. In a near fine black cloth slipcase with minor edge wear. 156 pages. LIT/052411. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1889. Hardcover. Hudson Edition. An attractive set bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, raised bands, and floral devices to spines. Minor rubbing and wear to edges of boards, bands, hinges, and corners. Minor bumping to some corners. Includes frontispieces and full page illustrations with tissue guards. Decorated initials begin each chapter. Clean and bright interiors with many unopened pages. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1891 on the front free endpapers of each volume. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908. Hardcover. The Outward Bound Edition. Volumes 1 - 32; lacks volumes 11, 17, 20, and 33 - 36. This set was issued over many years, so it's no surprise that several are missing. An attractive set bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, floral devices, and raised bands to spines. Minor wear to edges, corners, spine ends, and bands to most volumes. One volume has a detached spine (along one edge). Another volume (18) is heavily cracked along the spine with some chipping. Minor sunning to spines of some volumes. Clean interiors overall with occasional spots of soiling to margins. Includes full page illustrations with captioned tissue guards. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719. Very Good.
Amsterdam and Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1767. Hardcover. Nouvelle Edition. Avec de belles figures - 8 charming etchings in each volume. A beautiful early edition in French of this book. As described in the Oxford Companion to English Literature (p. 565) this was Le Sage's masterpiece and it had great influence in 18th century comic fiction. It was first translated into English by Tobias Smollett. In four small volumes 3 by 5.5 inches bound in full contemporary leather. The spine has four raised bands with gilt design in three and author and title in the other two.The edges of the boards have a very small gilt design of stripes.In very good condition with some minor bumps and rubbing. The hinges are a bit tender but the volumes are sturdily bound. Two hinges are cracked with one board coming loose. The interior pages are very clean and bright save for light browning to the end pages. The ownership signature of a previous owner, James Oldham is inscribed on front free end pages. Nice bookplate with flower design and initials B.C.T. on front pastedowns. A very attractive copy of this important novel. Volume I:392 pages; Volume II: 343 pages; Volume III: 369 pages;Volume 4: 370 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. LIT032409. 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.
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, 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: 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.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1870. Hardcover. 8vo. The uncommon FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This was to be Rossetti’s last attempt at fiction. The title story, Commonplace, was a Jane Austen-like work of satirical social observation and commentary. It was the tale of three parentless sisters and their paths to marriage or another fate. It was published May 5, 1870, and was not well-received, unlike her earlier poetical works. Bound in original green publisher’s cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Very good plus except for wear to top and bottom of spine and bumping to board corners. Dark brown endpapers. There is light spotting to front endpapers, title page and contents page as well as to fore-edges, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. Some pages have very light creases to upper right margins. An extremely nice copy of Rossetti’s last fictional work. 329 pages plus 5 pages of ads. PRERAPH/102407. Very Good +.
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.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed Presentation Copy. 8vo. In original dark blue cloth. An extraordinary association copy, inscribed "Mary C. J. Leith from her affectionate cousin A.C. Swinburne Nov. 8, 1894." Mary Gordon, later Mrs. Leith, was Swinburne's first cousin and by far the most important woman in his life apart from his mother. Herself a poet and novelist, Mary Gordon's intimacy began in childhood when they lived in neighboring houses on the Isle of Wight. Later their relationship became literary, Swinburne providing the poems that appear in Gordon's anonymously issued "The Children of the Chapel" in 1864, and Gordon appearing as Clara in Swinburne's own novel, "A Year's Letters," first serialized in The Tatler in 1877. It was published in book form in 1905 as "Love's Cross-Currents." In her memoir, Gordon wrote that Swinburne [was] to me as an elder brother, a loved and sympathetic playmate, and in later years a loyal and affectionate friend. Although there is no direct evidence, recent scholarship has identified Gordon as most likely Swinburne's sole romantic attachment, which ended in traumatic rejection. This book was probably inscribed after Gordon visited Swinburne and Watts-Dunton at The Pines in the fall of 1894. In 1899, Swinburne dedicated his last major poetic work, "Rosamund, Queen of the Lombards," to Mrs. Disney Leither. Swinburne is better known for his lyric poetry, but he was also a prolific and well regarded literary critic. The collection of some of his critical writings include essays on Sir Walter Scott, Wilkie Collins, Beaumont and Fletcher, Whitman, and more. Bound in publisher's original dark blue cloth with gilt rule to front cover borders and title and author in gilt to spine. Light offsetting to free endpapers otherwise near fine condition. LIT/101304. Near 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. 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 covers, three issues with Oregon State Library stamp to cover. Interior pages near fine. Wonderful advertisements and illustrations throughout each. Each issue is about 150-175 pages. Continuous pagination for the year’s issues. Very Good. LIT/091318. Very Good.
Irvington-on-the-Hudson, NY: Cosmopolitan Press, 1897-1898. Hardcover. Scarce. The first appearance of Wells’s famous science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, was its serial publication in 1897-1898 in Cosmopolitan magazine in the United States and in 1897 in Pearson’s in England. The first hardcover book was published in 1898 by William Heinemann in the United Kingdom. The novel about a war between earth and extraterrestrials from Mars was a popular hit and has never been out of print. The book was serialized in nine parts. Part I appeared in Volume XXII in April 1897. Parts II-VII appeared from May to October 1897 in Volume XXIII. The last two parts appeared in November and December in Volume XXIV. Each installment was accompanied by several black and white illustrations by Warwick Goble, an English illustrator who became well known for his illustrations for children’s books. However, Wells did not like the illustrations he did for these serial installments. Also included within these volumes are stories about current events happening at the time as well as additional pieces of literature by other authors. Included in this collection are three individual Cosmopolitan issues in the original paper wrappers as well as one bound complete volume of six issues. The three issues in original wrappers (Vol. XII: No. 6, Vol XXIV, Nos 1 and 2) are all in very good condition with chipping and wear to the edges of wrappers and spines. Browning to margins of wrappers, occasional spots of soiling and smudge marks to interiors, and occasional small closed tears to pages. The bulk of the issues are contained in a bound collection of six issues from Volume XIII (Nos 1 - 6). This volume is bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards. The leather is heavily worn and chipped with both hinges cracked. Rubbing and wear to boards. Occasional smudge marks to margins but clean and bright overall. ALL 22 chapters of War of the Worlds are included in this collection of issues. LIT/041620. Very Good+.