Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 20 of 42 copies signed by the printer, illustrator, and the author of the introduction. The illustrator writes: "This edition in your hand is one of three interations of The Hunting of the Snark published by Cheshire Cat Press, all of them very different in concept while sharing the same aesthetic, inflecting the narrative in different ways without in the least altering Lewis Carroll's original text." 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. For this edition of Snark, Malcolm 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. He chose images that to him bring to life the imagined crew men on the hunt for the snark. They are ideal depictions for this fantastical nonsense poem by Carroll, written when he was forty-four years old. Bound in dark blue cloth with title in gilt to spine and on cover label. With "The Snark Map" inserted in a sleeve on the front pastedown. Handprinted in New Caledonia type on Velin Rives paper. Housed in a slipcase in the same blue cloth with gilt title on cover. In fine condition. 6.5 x 10 inches. 71 pages. PRI/111519. Fine.
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY signed by the author “to Gay Dallman, with the good wishes of Langston Hughes New York, July 12, 1947.” Elaine Gay Dallman was a poet, bibliophile, and socialite in San Francisco. This is a nice copy of the second printing. Very good in black cloth with orange cloth spine and purple title to front board and spine. Slight fading to spine and bumping to bottom corners. In a very good price clipped dust jacket with green spine panel and black title to spine. The jacket, also later, is worn along the edges including a chip to the head of the spine and a short closed tear. There is also a scuffmark to the front panel and the interior of the front flap has light dampstaining. There is no evidence of dampstaining to the boards or to the exterior of the jacket. 125 pages. POE/04291. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
London: John W. Parker, 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy inscribed "John Brett with the kind regards of Coventry Patmore Sept. 24/1856. Brett, an associate of the Pre-Raphaelites did at least two portraits of Emily Andrews Patmore and one of Coventry Patmore himself. Coventry Patmore (1823-1896) was an English poet now best known for The Angel of the House, his narrative poem about the ideal happy marriage. This was published as volume II to The Angel, and In this work he eulogizes his deceased first wife, who inspired The Angel. With the book labels of collector Lafayette Butler and J.O. Edwards. Bound in original brown cloth with some bumping and chips to spine and spine label. Interior pages show some aging but still quite clean and legible. Very good condition. 182 pages. POE/071516. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Many first printings of Poe's stories, poems, and criticism first appeared in the periodicals, newspapers, and annuals of the time. Volumes 22 and 23 of Graham's Magazine include several first printings of his works. Volume XXII includes the first printing of his poem “The Conqueror Worm" on page 32, as well as the first printing of the criticism “Our Amateur Poets. No. I. – Flaccus [pen name of Dr. Thomas Ward],” on pages 195-198. Volume XXIII 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. This volume 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 (unsigned but attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). The volumes also include contributions from such major literary figures of the time as Longfellow, Cooper, Bryant, Lowell, and Dana. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with brown marbled paper covered boards. Leather is faded, bumped and scraped, and paper boards are scuffed and chipped. First and last signatures pulling away but text block is otherwise tight. Intermittent browning and foxing but pages generally clear and legible. Each volume has a number of engravings that were moved from the original locations when the magazines were bound together into one book. Binder's ticket "Leander Brigham" affixed to front pastedown. Very good minus condition. Volume 22 has 368 pages; Volume 23 has 320 pages. LIT/011018. Very Good.
England: n.p., 1918-1945. Hardcover. A charming and unique sketchbook with 35 pen and ink drawings by Dorothy De Bock Porter (1873-1956). Nineteen of the drawings are accompanied by original autograph poems by her husband, Hugh De Bock Porter (1870-1940). The Porters composed hymns together, with him writing the words and she the music. They notably wrote a hymn for the coronation of King George V in 1911. The poems and their drawings were done 1918-1920. The accomplished drawings for the poems are sweet and sometimes poignant as are the poems themselves. They are mainly about birds, cats, and rabbits, although there is a surprising poem about two black women written in dialect. Dorothy completed the sketchbook in 1945-46 with sixteen simpler humorous line drawings of cats and pigs. Laid in are two small line drawings. The 5.25 x 7 inch sketchbook is bound in blue cloth with the word "Sketches" in gilt on the front cover. The words H & D Verses Illustrated CATS &c. are handwritten in ink on the cover. Dorothy's signature and a date of 1918 are on the front pastedown along with "Verses by Hugh De Bock Porter" and "Illustrations by Dorothy De Bock Porter." A blue ribbon is attached to the back cover. A wonderful collection in near fine condition. Housed in a modern cream cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine and hand-marbled paper interior. Unpaginated [about 55 pages.] HAND062719. Near Fine.
London: William Rider and Son, Ltd, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. This is the author's uncommon second book. Very good in original white parchment covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. The elaborate gilt cover with floral and geometric design is by Gleeson White. Browning to spine and rubbing to spine and boards. Minor wear to joints. Signed by the previous owner in pen on the front pastedown; otherwise, the interior is clean. An attractive copy of a scarce book. 123 pages. POE/062910. Very Good.