Harpers Woods, MI: The Adagio Press, 1969. Hardcover. INTERESTING ASSOCIATION COPY WITH RELATED MATERIAL LAID IN. This beautiful copy is inscribed by author John Dreyfus to noted Chicago book collector and philanthropist Samuel R. Rosenthal, "for Sam R Rosenthal after a splendid evening John Dreyfus 16 December 1978 Chicago." Rosenthal and his wife, Marie-Louise, had a pre-eminent book collection that concentrated on livres d'artistes, illustrated books, and private press. This is 39 of 75 folio copies issued with one vellum leaf and one handmade paper leaf laid in from books printed at the Doves Press. There were 329 copies originally printed of this Adagio Press edition (although fewer than 180 were offered for sale), each with two Doves Press leaves: 12 with both Doves Press leaves printed on vellum; 75 with one leaf on vellum and the second on handmade paper; and 242 with both leaves printed on handmade paper. This copy has an octavo vellum leaf from Goethe's "Faust," issued in 1906, and a folio double leaf on paper with Leviticus 16-22 from the famed Dove's Bible. The Adagio Press was founded in the late 1950s by Leonard Bahr, who signed the colophon. In Roderick Cave's The Private Press, second edition, he cites the Bible as the most substantial title printed by the press. In 1970, Strouse had sent two letters to Rosenthal, included with this copy, offering C-S The Master Craftsman. Strouse said that he would make Rosenthal's copy "a little special" by putting in a double leaf from the Bible. Two letters dated 1978 are laid in from Dreyfus to Rosenthal and his wife. These letters and the 1978 inscription indicate that he got to know Rosenthal around this time. In one letter, Dreyfus expresses his appreciation for their expressions of sympathy over the tragic death of his son. There are a few handwritten additions to the text of Dreyfus's essay in this copy, which may have added when he inscribed the book, but this is conjecture. The book is hand sewn and bound in quarter vellum with Cockerell marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. It is printed in red and black Palatino Roman and Pascal types on handmade Tovil paper. In addition to the Doves Press leaves, laid in are the prospectus, a mounted photograph of Cobden-Sanderson with Emery Walker developed from the original negative, a smaller copy of the photo, and a pamphlet issued in 1971 titled "A Letter from Stella." This pamphlet reprints the text of the last letter written by Cobden-Sanderson to his daughter, Stella, a few hours before he died, with an introduction by Strouse. [54 pages.] PRI/042309. Fine.
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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 +.
Glasgow: Frederick W. Wilson and Brother, 1888. Paperback. First Edition. 300 copies printed. SCARCE PRESENTATION COPY of Davidson’s fourth book, inscribed “To Mrs. John A. Cramb with kind regards from John Davidson.” John Davidson (1857-1909) was a Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist. His chief talent was as a poet, and his work influenced early Modernists such as T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. Due to personal and financial problems, Davidson ultimately committed suicide. The recipient and her husband, a student, were among Davidson’s closest friends when he attended Edinburgh University. They followed Davidson to London in the early 1890s hoping also for successful literary careers. In the end, John Cramb returned to academic life, becoming professor of Modern History at Queen’s College, London. Cramb had a crucial influence on Davidson’s later works (in particular The Testaments of John Davidson) through his book, The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain (1900). In the original parchment wrappers, which are browned and lightly soiled, but otherwise in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright, with very light rippling caused by tight signatures. Enclosed in red cloth folder, which is inserted into a red cloth slipcase with quarter leather spine. Gilt title, author, date, and “presentation copy” to spine. 82 pages including publishers catalogue. DRA/051111. Very Good in Wraps.
London: George, Allen and Unwin, 1920. Hardcover. First edition, second state. HANDWRITTEN SIGNED POSTCARD FROM AUTHOR LAID IN. This is the author’s first novel, published in London before the US edition. Based on his experience in WWI, the novel sets the stage for Dos Passos’s Three Soldiers (which brought him international attention). The laid in postcard dated 6/15/59 reads “Shall be delighted to inscribe the book if you’ll send it to me here. Have you tried the Gotham Book Mart ... or one of the big London secondhand book stores - it was published there by Allen & Unwin in 1920 (?). The only copy I have is the Philosophical Library reprint ... Cordial Regards John Dos Passos.” The original envelope addressed to John S. Mayfield is also laid in. Very good in blue cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Fading to spine although the title remains bright. Offsetting to first and last couple of pages and remnants a sticker on the rear pastedown; otherwise the interior is very clean. In very good condition. 128 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good.
London: The Scholartis Press, 1928. Hardcover. 1 of 560 copies, this copy unnumbered. INSCRIBED BY EDITOR TO H.M. ELLIS, SON OF F.S. ELLIS. The inscription reads “To H.M. Ellis Esq., and the memory of a charming afternoon from The Editor.” In his preface Doughty writes that while the letters are not likely to have a wide appeal because they are mainly about the details of publication, they still reveal a great deal about Rossetti’s personality, with a considerable cumulative effect. He also provides extensive explanatory notes. Bound in blue cloth boards with sunning to spine and board edges and some light scuffing. Except for the pulling away of a signature in the rear, the binding is tight. The pages are clean with the usual light aging to the margins and browning to free endpapers. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. 150 pages. PRERAPH/062008. Very Good.
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.
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.
London: C. Elkin Mathews, 1889. Hardcover. Number 7 of 50 copies of this large paper edition, signed and numbered by the author. Inscribed by the publisher, John Lane: "This is the first book published at The Bodley Head & Le Gallienne's first published book John Lane Chicago April 25 1896." This is a collection of poems for book lovers. It is a very nice copy bound in blue paper boards with cream paper spine and author/title label to spine. Binding is near fine. There is light offsetting and a small tear to bottom of Lane inscription page. Interior otherwise very good. With a blue cloth jacket and housed in a quarter morocco blue slipcase. 89 pages. POE/011816. Very Good +.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1857. Hardcover. First Edition of author's second novel. RARE INSCRIBED COPY: "F. Maxse/ from his friend/ GM." George Meredith (1828-1909) was an important author and poet of the Victorian era. He was a friend to many major figures of his time including William and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Robert Louis Stevenson, and J.M. Barrie. This book is inscribed to Frederick Augustus Maxse, his dearest friend, who was a hero of the Crimean War. Meredith's book, Beauchamp's Career, was based on the political career of Maxse. In his bibliography of Victorian fiction, Michael Sadleir described Farina as scarce, saying "few Victorian fictions are more seldom seen than [this and three others]." Bound in the original apple-green cloth. It has been professionally recased. The binding is rubbed and soiled but still very nice (According to Sadleir, the binding was both unusual and easily soiled.) Interior pages are clean and bright. Includes July 1857 publisher's catalog. With bookplate of the noted book collector, H. Bradley Martin. Housed in a green cloth clamshell box with paper title and author label to spine. An exceptional association copy in the extremely scarce original cloth. 244 pages plus 16 page publisher catalog. LIT/120312. Very Good.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1928. Hardcover. Number 95 of 150 copies. Signed and numbered by the author. Irish novelist, Liam O'Flaherty (1897 - 1984), has modelled this novel after an actual event and uses it to explore the idea of political assassination. Ex-library with minimal library markings including a stamp to the copyright page and remants of tipped-in card to front free endpage. There is also a library sticker to the bottom edge of the dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt signature of author to front board. Relevant ephemera about the book including newspaper clippings of book reviews is laid in. Illustrated blue, red, and black jacket with red title to spine and front panel. Minor wear and chipping to edges of jacket and minor fading to spine. The jacket has been price clipped; a rectangle has been cut from the inner front flap. In very good condition despite being ex-library. 286 pages. LIT/012807. Very Good.
1921. Original lithograph portrait of Sir Frank Short (1857 - 1945), eminent English printmaker. Inscribed, signed, and dated on stone by the artist. Crease to edge of print which does not affect the image. The bottom right corner of the paper has been torn; this also does not affect the image. Light browning to edges of the print. 11" x 18" in a mat which measures 16" x 20". ART/012609. Fine.
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "C.F.A. Voysey from H.G. Wells." Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific writer in many genres but is best remembered for his science fiction novels, of which this is one. This dystopian work was first published in 1899, but Wells revised it in 1910 and published it as When the Sleeper Awakes. He was dissatisfied with this first version, saying it was written when he was under time pressures. The recipient is Charles Voysey, an important English architect and designer who was influenced by the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. In 1900 he was the architect for Spade House, which Wells built in 1900 and lived in for the succeeding decade. Laid in is a Raphael Tuck and Sons "real photograph" postcard of Wells that is contemporary with the book and signed in ink below the image. Such an early photograph of Wells is uncommon and signed ones are rare. It is very likely that Wells gave this one to Voysey. Bound in original red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Spine is faded, bumping to corners. Hinges tender, endpapers smudged, light spotting to half title page not affecting the inscription. An accession number is written in ink on the free front endpaper and there is a blind stamp "W.H. Smith and Son London" below it. Bookplate of John Richard Sofio to front pastedown. Housed in handsome beige cloth box with leather title and author label to spine. Very good condition. 329 pages. LIT/011416. Very Good.