London: Methuen & Co., 1899. Hardcover. Quite scarce and a rare presentation copy. Inscribed "Hugh T. Chilcott d.d. Arthur Moore 2nd May '99." Dowson and Moore wrote two unsuccessful novels together, this and A Comedy of Masks. Dowson, one of the Decadents, remains the better known of the two and is remembered for his poetry. His lines, "the days of wine and roses" and "gone with the wind" have had lasting influence. He died of alcoholism in 1900 at the age of thirty-three. Bound in original blue cloth with gilt authors and title to spine and front cover. The spine and cover also have a lovely filigree gilt design. Slight bumping and very small strip of cloth missing along top of spine. Interior is bright and clean. 364 pages plus 39 page publisher's catalog dated February 1899. LIT/061312. Very Good +.
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London: Cassell and Co., and John Lane The Bodley Head, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. An interesting and unusual presentation copy from the editor to Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston: "To Mrs. Churchill, these poems from the day when Fanny's First Play was written; and in memory of the pleasure of seeing it in her company. August 11, 1935 Desmond Flower." The inscription makes reference to Fanny's First Play, written anonymously in 1911 by G. Bernard Shaw. Desmond Flower (1907-1997) was a publisher, collector, and writer. He joined his father's publishing house, Cassell, and remained there until it was sold in 1966 following his father's death. Cassell's was the publisher for many major writers, but Flower's most important writer was Winston Churchill, editing and publishing his History of English Speaking People and the History of the Second World War. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Binding and text in near fine condition. In original dust jacket which is torn and tattered, and now protected by a mylar cover. 297 pages. POE/052913. Near Fine / Chipped and Torn.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. Maurice Greiffenhagen. Hardcover. First Edition of this Aztec romance. Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Andrew from his affec brother H Rider Haggard 1894." Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was the author of a number of adventure novels set in exotic locales. His books, including She and King Solomon's Mines, are still popular today. Haggard traveled to Mexico in 1891 to do research for this book and sadly his young son died while he was away. The book describes the first interactions between the Spanish and South American natives, as well as murders, shipwrecks, and slavery. Colonel Andrew Haggard, who had a distinguished military career - he was one of he first British officers to command in the Egyptian army - was also a successful novelist, travel writer and poet. It is known that Andrew helped Rider with the writing of Dawn and he likely played an important role in helping his younger brother with the several bestsellers which revolved around Egypt and mummies. There are 25 black and white illustrations by the British painter and illustrator Maurice Greiffenhagen. He was Haggard's friend, which led him to illustrate several of his adventure books, starting with She in 1889. Bound in the original publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt author and title to front cover and spine. Light bumping, small chip to bottom of faded spine. Hinges a bit tender but text block is tight. Interior pages are clean. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner to front pastedown. Very good condition. 325 pages plus 24 page publisher's catalog. LIT/012016. Very Good.
[England]: [c. 1904-1906]. Hardcover. The complete original manuscript for Beatrice Harraden's novel, The Scholar's Daughter, published by Methuen in 1906. It has been bound for presentation to her literary agent, A.P. Watt, with an inscription on the front free endpaper: "For my most kind friend Mr. A.P. Watt from Beatrice Harraden. a little token of gratitude for all the regard and kindness received from himself & his sons for so many years. Jan 28th 1913. I chose the M.S. of this book specially because the story was always one of which my friend has [?] with & most welcome appreciation." Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936) was an English novelist who was active in women's rights causes, and an ardent feminist and suffragette. Aspects of her life were incorporated in her work, as with this novel. She was involved as a reader for the Oxford English Dictionary, and this novel is set among lexicographers. Contemporary reviews of the book were mixed. The review in The Bookman states that the work is a clever little domestic drama written with zest and skill. "The title, a suggestive one, would seem to imply that we may expect something unscholarly from the daughter of a scholar." This review also states that there was a dramatic version of the story. A later letter to the editor states that the novel was first written as a play. The manuscript has corrections and changes throughout, along with a few tipped in pages from a typescript, and provides a fascinating look at the creative process of this New Woman writer. Bound in grey cloth with gilt title and author to front board. A rarity in very good condition. Small quarto. About 178 pages. AUTO/073115. Very Good.
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 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 and New York: Bliss, Sands and Foster; Brentano's, 1894. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation Copy, inscribed on free front endpaper "To the 'Star Barker' of our house, whose sunny nature excuses a dozen faults, and whose tiny, rippling laugh makes serious work impossible - but whom we would not do without - With the fondest love of his mother - The Author," and further inscribed "To Karl Martin, Buffalo, June 20 1901." The recipient of this extravagant inscription was the author's son. Jones was an American writer and this is the uncommon English issue of this book. The stories are of a science fiction / fantasy nature. Bound in brown cloth with delicate cream and green design of cupids and title and author in gilt. Edges are worn and chipped. Interior pages have some browning along margins. There is some splitting of the signatures but the text block remains solid. In very good condition. 95 pages. LIT/010413. Very Good.
Edinburgh and London: T.N. Foulis, 1908. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. 1 of 500 copies. William Sharp (1855 - 1905) wrote numerous essays and biographies (including of Rossetti, Shelley, and Browning), although he is best known for the novels and plays that he wrote under the pseudonym "Fiona Macleod." This is a presentation copy, inscribed: "To Alice Egerton with friendly greetings from the author's wife Elizabeth, October 1919, 'It is loveliness I seek: not lovely things.' F.M'" Laid in is a program for the performance of the play at the Village Hall Chislehurst, Saturday June 29. Bound in original linen backed brown paper boards with spine label and title and author in gilt on front cover. Boards are bumped and slightly soiled but still very nice. Offsetting to endpapers otherwise in very good condition. 53 pages. DRA/061313. Very Good.
London: William Rider & Son, 1899. Hard Cover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author "L. Gesner from J.C.P." on the front free endpaper. Bookplate of Herbert Mortimer and Louise Cheney Gesner to front pastedown. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was an eminent English novelist, poet, critic, and philosopher. This early work was his second published book. In original cream paper covered boards with an elaborate gilt design by Gleeson White. The spine is browned and worn. Minor wear and browning to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Interior pages have some aging to edges, an occasional pencil mark, and a pencil comment regarding one poem. 123 pages. Very good condition. POE/122018. Very Good.