London: William Heinemann, 1919. Hardcover. A very nice ASSOCIATION COPY. Beerbohm signed and inscribed the book “For CS Evans from his friend Max 1919.” Evans was the chairman of Beerbohm’s publishing company, Heinemann, and he and Evans were close friends. Max Beerbohm, of course, is known as one of the leading critics, caricaturists, and writers of his day. This book is the first edition in the primary binding of dark blue cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front board. It is in very good plus condition with a small nick to the top of the front board, some chipping to corners and spine, and four darker blue spots to front. No dust jacket. Interior pages are clean with some browning to margins of pages. 219 pages plus four pages of publisher ads. LIT/091608. Very Good +.
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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, 2019. Hardcover. Number 37 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.
London: William Heinemann, 1904. Hardcover. First Edition of the English version of the first published issue, written when Galsworthy was only 37 years old. An important literary association copy, inscribed "Jan 29 1904. To W. H. Hudson from John Galsworthy." The book had been published the day before. W.H. Hudson, author of Green Mansions, for which Galsworthy wrote the introduction, was one of Galsworthy's close friends and the dedicatee of his 1907 novel The Country House. While signed copies of Galsworthy's early books are not uncommon, contemporary presentation copies are rare. Bound in original green cloth with gilt title and author to spine and gilt title in script across front cover. Some fading and rubbing. Hinges are tender but text block is solid. Housed in a handsome green quarter leather slipcase. With book plate of Joseph Fisher Loewi to front pastedown and Hugh Roberts Parrish on slipcase. Very good condition. 311 pages. LIT/011216. Very Good.
Dublin: P. Wogan, 1805. Hardcover. Scarce Edition. This is a later issue of Elizabeth Hervey's interesting novel of 1796 on the politics of Ireland, and it displays her sympathy for the United Ireland cause. Hervey (1748-1820) wrote at a time when it was quite unusual for a woman to write on political issues. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with red title label and brown volume number label to spine. The binding is mottled, with bumping and boards of volume 2 starting to split from spine. The binding is still solid, however, and the text blocks are tight. Browning and some foxing to the interior pages otherwise very good. Bookplate affixed to front pastedown to volume 1 and ink ownership signature on title pages of both volumes. Volume 1: 287 pages; Volume 2: 284 pages. LIT/012910. Very Good.
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.
London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1893. Hardcover. First edition. An excellent association copy of one of James's major books of essays. It is his presentation copy to Lucy Clifford, “Mrs. Clifford from her friend & servant Henry James.” Henry James (1843-1916) was one of the most important writers in American letters as well as one of its most productive and influential. Lucy Clifford (1846-1921) was a British novelist and dramatist with a wide circle of literary friends, most notably Henry James. From their letters it is clear that she held a special place in his affections and was one of his closest friends and confidantes. (See “Bravest of women, finest of friends”: Henry James’s Letters to Lucy Clifford, ed. Marysa Demoor and Monty Chisholm, 1999). The essays include pieces on James Russell Lowell, Fanny Kemble, Gustave Flaubert, Henrk Ibsen, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. Bound in original beige cloth with gilt author and title to spine and front cover, and an Art Nouveau style decoration on front.Light rubbing, bumping, and three ink stains on front cover. Interior pages show slight aging to margins but are otherwise clean. A nice copy in very good condition. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. 320 pages. LIT/011416. 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.
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.
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: 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: Chaundy & Cox, 1922. Hardcover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Michael Sadleir (1888 - 1957) was the most noted scholar and bibliographer of Victorian literature of his time. In this work he calls the material included his “notes” rather than an exhaustive bibliography, and speaks of his great love for the Victorian novelists. Those included here are Anthony Trollope (his favorite), Benjamin Disraeli, Frederick Marryat, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, G.J. Whyte Melville, Mrs. Gaskell, and Herman Melville. There are several introductory pages on the writing of each author followed by the bibliographical notes. The book is inscribed “To James S. Bain and W. de Coverly for use in the shop if they care to Michael Sadleir May 1922.” Bound in very good black cloth boards with gilt title and author to spine. The interior is clean and bright except for browning to front and rear endpapers and slight aging to margins of pages. 240 pages including an index of titles. BOB/062008. Very Good.
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION, first state save for frontis portrait in second 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.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1702. Hardcover. A unique copy of a first edition Restoration comedy from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. The volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. John Philip Kemble (1757 - 1823) was an important English actor who also achieved fame as the manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters. He was also known for assembling a theatrical library that was unrivaled. After he retired in 1819 he sold his collection of 4000 plays and forty volumes of playbills to Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Devonshire collection is now part of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The remainder of Kemble's library was auctioned by Evans in Pall Mall over ten days beginning January 21, 1821 (from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was an untrained but accomplished architect who designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in conjunction with NIcholas Hawksmoor. He was a popular dramatist and some of his comedies such as The Relapse and The Provok'd wife are still performed today. For this copy each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. It has been beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf with gold tooling and lettering. The spines have five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments and there are two leather labels, one with the play's title and author, and the other stating "J.P. Kemble's Copy." With gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt, in near fine condition with small split at right top of spine. The pages of the play are lightly browned with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. A very good copy of this volume. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 62 pages plus 2 page epilogue. DRAMA/011821. Near Fine.
London: Samuel Briscoe, 1706. Hardcover. A unique copy of a first edition Restoration comedy from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. The volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. John Philip Kemble (1757 - 1823) was an important English actor who also achieved fame as the manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters. He was also known for assembling a theatrical library that was unrivaled. After he retired in 1819 he sold his collection of 4000 plays and forty volumes of playbills to Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Devonshire collection is now part of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The remainder of Kemble's library was auctioned by Evans in Pall Mall over ten days beginning January 21, 1821 (from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was an untrained but accomplished architect who designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in conjunction with NIcholas Hawksmoor. He was a popular dramatist and some of his comedies such as The Relapse and The Provok'd Wife are still performed today. For this copy each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. It has been beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf with gold tooling and lettering. The spines have five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments and there are two leather labels, one with the play's title and author, and the other stating "J.P. Kemble's Copy." With gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt, in near fine condition The pages of the play are browned and foxed but text is still quite legible. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 106 pages. DRAMA/012121. Very good +.
London: Harrison and Co., 1785-1787. First edition of James Harrison's eight volume compendium of important eighteenth century periodicals with essays by such figures as Samuel Johnson, Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, George Lord Lyttelton, Launcelot Temple, Isaac Bickerstaff, and Adam Fitz-Adam among others. As is evident in the reprinting of these essays, letters, and newspaper issues, the eighteenth century was a time of great knowledge, exploration, rapidly growing technology and expanding archives of information made possible by advances in the printing press. Bound in contemporary leather in generally very good condition. Interior pages have spotting and foxing scattered throughout the eight volumes. An occasional loose page. Still very good. Volume I: Samuel Johnson's "The Rambler" in four volumes with 463 pages; and George Lyttleton's "Letters from a Persian in 81 pages. Volume II: "The Adventurer" - a newspaper with 140 issues that continued Samuel Johnson's prose with 366 pages. Volume III: "The Tatler" written by Isaac Bickerstaff in four volumes with 641 pages. Volume IV: "The Spectator" written by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, volumes 1-4 with 646 pages. Volume V: "The Spectator, volumes 5-8 with 1260 pages. Volume VI: "The Connoisseur," written by Mr. Town with 313 pages; "The Citizen of the World" written by Oliver Goldsmith in two volumes with 208 pages; "The Babler" written by Hugh Kelly in two volumes with 199 pages. Volume VII: "The World" with 490 pages; Lord Lyttleton's "Dialogue with the Dead" with 96 pages. Volume VIII: "The Idler" written by Samuel Johnson with 146 pages; "Fitzosborne's Letters" with 124 pages; "Launcelot Temple's Sketches: with 45 pages; "The Lover" by Richard Steele with 86 pages; "Essays on Men and Manners" written by William Shenstone with 80 pages. LIT/080422.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the famous Irish poet, was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. and was a key figure in Ireland's nationalist movement. This collection of short stories blends Irish with Rosicrucian themes and characters. Bound in the original blue cloth with the famous cover design done for Yeats by Althea Gyles stamped in gilt on covers and spine. Gyles met Yeats in 1891. She and Yeats later became interested in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the cabalistic iconography of which influenced her design of the cover of Yeats's book The Secret Rose in 1897. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman, With six black and white illustrations by J. B. Yeats. The binding is bright and beautiful. Unfortunately there is mild dampstaining and rippling to the preliminary pages and frontispiece illustration. The text pages are clean with browning to the fore-edges. There is offsetting to the front and rear free endpapers. Still a lovely copy of this landmark of book cover design with stories by the incomparable poet Yeats. Measures 5.25 x 7.75 inches. 265 pages. LIT/102523. Near Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Townsend, F.H. Hardcover. Includes 44 illustrations by F.H. Townsend. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on a tipped-in sheet of notepaper from the Hotel Bellevue, Boston. The inscription reads “With I. Zangwill’s Compliments please send 2 proofs here at once.” Jewish author and political activist Israel Zangwill (1864 - 1926) was passionate about campaigning for the oppressed. Many of his works address women’s suffrage, pacifism, Zionism, and Jewish emancipation. He was a strong believer in assimilation and is credited with coining the term “melting pot” to describe the fusion of various cultures and ethnicities. Bookplate of book collector W.K. Bixby to front end page. Very good in original orange cloth boards with illustration of birds and flowers to front board. The front board is creased and slightly bowed with darkening to spine and edges of boards. The interior is browned along the margins. The front hinge is cracked. Later protective blue cloth dust jacket with maroon leather title label to spine (not pictured). The jacket is frayed along the top edge and there is a short closed tear along the front joint. This is an attractive copy of Zangwill’s rare second solo book. 326 pages plus 16 pages of ads. LIT/050109. Very good.