Milan: Giovanni Pirotta, 1818. Hardcover. A beautiful version of this great Italian epic poem that first appeared in 1516. It takes place against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne and the King of Africa, and has many fantastic and magical elements. It was a big influence on later works of literature, including Spenser's Faerie Queen and Shakespeare's Much Ado. Very good in full leather with repairs made using Japanese paper to both joints. The edges of this tissue are coming loose. A small section of modern leather has been added to the front board where there had been a chip to the original leather. The new leather has been tooled and dyed to blend with the original. Light cracking to leather with minimal board-wear. Despite the noted repairs, this is a nice, attractive copy with strong, tight spine and clean interior. Marbled end pages. Bookplate to front end page. In Italian. Folio. ITA109201. Very Good.
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London: Smith, Elder, and Co, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Forged presentation copy "To GF Watts from Robert Browning. Dec 1884." The inscription is not in Browning's hand. This book with a forged inscription is described by Philip Kelley and Betty Coley in The Browning Collections, 325 as reading "W G F Watts." Their transcription is almost certainly incorrect as the first word looks like an uncrossed "to" similar to the uncrossed "Watts." In very good original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and black decoration to front board. Rubbing to hinges, edges, and corners with short open tear to book cloth along front hinge. Foxing to first and last few pages with a few light pencil bracket marks to text and occasional folded corners. Blue end pages. 143 pages plus 8 pages of ads. From the collection of Stuart B. Schimmel. Schimmel was a well-known collector of literary forgers and forgeries. His collection was sold at auction in 2012. POE/022014. Very Good.
London: Burns & Oates, 1919. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of an anthology of verse by Lucas. 12mo. Bound in brown linen with title, author and ornament in gilt to front cover. Slight bumping and fading but very good. Interior pages also very good, with gift inscription on ffep and an annotation in red ink on page 17 noting that a line of verse could be a motto for a sundial. 34 pages plus 4 pages of praise of the writings of Lucas and Alice Meynell. Accompanied by five short ALs from Lucas. Four were written between June - December1904 to Mr. Shorter asking for information and also inquiring about the possibility of submitting verse to "The Sphere." This would be Clement Shorter, the journalist and author who founded "The Sphere" and later "The Tatler." The fifth was to a friend in 1922 to congratulate her on the birth of her baby. Collection also includes fair copies of a few of her poems. POE/090613. Very Good.
London: Remington & Co., 1879. Hardcover. First Edition. This was Moore's second publication, and apart from a broadside of which only one copy is known, this is by far the rarest of his books. No copy has appeared at auction in the past decade. George Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. This play was done in collaboration with French dramatist Bernard Lopez, who had ignited Moore's interest in drama when they were fellow residents at the Hotel de Russie in Paris. Moore made the suggestion to collaborate after the failure of his first work, Flowers of Passion. The result was this, a five act verse tragedy that was never produced. It was considered at the time almost unreadable because of its poor verse and wooden characters. In later years Moore had very little regard for this early effort and never considered its reissue in any of the collected editions of his work. Bound in original blindstamped black cloth with gilt title and authors to front cover and title to spine. In Edwin Gilcher's bibliography of Moore he describes this as the "Theater (?) impression, slightly larger in size, repaged and without prefatory matter presumably...issued to send to theater managers in an effort to secure a production." Corners lightly bumped and small piece missing from top on spine. Interior pages are very nice. Ownership signature of Henry Knight on title page and bookplate of Rosita de Texada. In very good condition. Housed in a green silk folding case. 139 pages. DRA/080315. 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.
Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1935. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. LIMITED EDITION #177 of 200 signed and numbered, and inscribed "To Dr. Norris" by Shapiro. Baltimore born Karl Shapiro (1913-200) was an important 20th century poet who achieved recognition early in his writing career. He won the Pulitzer Prize, was appointed the 5th Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1946, and was editor of Poetry magazine from 1948 to 1950. In burgundy cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Boards slightly soiled with some wear to spine. Minor chipping to foot of spine. Interior is clean and bright. In very good condition. 64 pages. POE/031004. Very Good.
[Leicester]: . Paperback. A rare pamphlet printed for the 1881 opening of the hall of the Leicester Secular Society, which is still in use today. The architect, Lamer Sugden, who was a close friend of William Morris, designed the hall. This pamphlet contains a five-page poem written for the occasion by James Thomson (BV) and was delivered by the actress Mrs. Theodore Wright. James Thomson (1834-1882) is best known for his long poem, "The City of Dreadful Night." The poem he writes for this occasion is a hymn to secularism. Mrs. Theodore Wright was a famous actress in her day and was the wife of a member of the Fabian Society. Printed on cream paper with red design and lettering to front cover. Sewn as issued, with spine splitting. Soiled and spotted but still very good condition. 5 x 8 inches. 8 pages. POE/052313. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Hardcover. First edition. This “is not at all the conventional collection of poems, but consists of very diverse material given unity by the pervading sense of an unusual personality. Although written for the most part in the established forms, the poems are intensely modern in tone and method. They have at times an astonishing effect of giving back the sensation of reality, and an emotional force all the greater because of their restraint, their outer serenity and perfection” (jacket). Bound in quarter black cloth with brown paper covered boards titled in gilt on front cover. Upper corner lightly bumped, otherwise fine. In a white and blue dust jacket titled in blue on the spine and front panel. A few short closed tears to edges of jacket and minor browning to spine panel. A bright, fresh copy, uncommon in this condition. 78 pages. POE/110216. Fine / Very Good.