Wilmington, DE: by the author, 1908. Hardcover. Signed by the author on the front endpaper of volume one. Very good condition bound in green cloth with faded titles to spines. Browning to spines and wear and some discoloration to boards. Occasional small spots of foxing to all volumes. Some of the pages remain unopened and some have been opened poorly leaving closed tears along the edges. Includes many illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. 1179 pages. Very Good.
London: T. Unwin Fisher, 1898. Hardcover. First English edition of Conrad's first collection of short stories, published in both America and England in 1898. Author's presentation copy, inscribed “For J. B. Pinker, Joseph Conrad.” The book marks the first stage of Conrad learning to write for popular magazines: "in that book I come nearer to the popular notion of tale-telling than in any previous work of mine" (writing to Unwin, Collected Letters, II., p.48). Pinker was one of the first literary agents in London, and became one of the most important agents of the twentieth century, with such clients as H.G. Wells, Stephen Crane, Henry James, and Ford Madox Ford. Pinker was “superbly attuned to the changing economic climate of the 1890s publishing market and served the interests of several 'difficult' writers with a skillful blend of shrewdness, tact, generosity, and long-suffering” (Knowles and Moore). This could not have been better demonstrated than with his relationship with Conrad, in which the agent was required to play many roles: friend, banker, father-figure and general factotum. Pinker could see Conrad's potential, but in many ways the author was ill-placed to survive the cutthroat market of the time, committed as he was “to a form of experimental novel, the unpredictable gestation of which involved an enormous amount of energy, time, and living costs” (op.cit.) As Conrad later gratefully acknowledged, Pinker believed in him and backed him for the long term, bankrolling him through the lean years when he had yet to be a commercial success, in the hope of future payments and royalties. Conrad was forced to split himself between his long serious projects like Nostromo and Under Western Eyes and more commercial journalistic material. Tensions were high between author and agent in these years between 1904 and 1910, with Pinker being asked for larger and larger advances to fund medical costs, household bills and overseas trips. The agent's requests for itemization and justification were resented by Conrad, and he sometimes resisted his agent's attempts to link payments to fixed amounts of delivered copy. In December 1909 Pinker's patience finally snapped after the author had been working on Under Western Eyes for two years and then broke off, against his agent's wishes, to write for the English Review. Pinker threatened to cut off all funds; his author retaliated by threatening to throw the manuscript into the fire. After an explosive row the two did not speak for two years. After the dramatic upturn in Conrad's popularity and finances after 1914 the author could finally begin to settle his debts, and the two men resumed their relationship, meeting weekly, spending weekends at each other's homes, and even collaborating on a screenplay. Conrad later wrote: “those books which, people say, are an asset of English Literature owe their existence to Mr. Pinker as much as to me. For 15 years of my writing life he has seen me through periods of unproductiveness[,] through illnesses[,] through all sorts of troubles...” (Collected Letters, V, p.619). Conrad was deeply affected by his agent's sudden death in 1922. Bound in original green cloth with light bumping to corners. Offsetting to free front endpaper not affecting the legibility of inscription. Text block has pulled away from front hinge but still tight although some interior gutters visible. Library stamp on rear pastedown, offsetting and piece of rear free endpaper torn away. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. With bookplate of book collector Stanley J. Seeger. Very good condition despite noted flaws. 297 pages. LIT/011116. Very Good.
New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1946. Hardcover. First Edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the front free end paper “To Larry and Muriel from Carson McCullers” [undated]. It is uncommon to find inscribed copies of this book. Very good minus in yellow cloth with black title to spine and front cover. Dampstaining to top corner of boards and spine. None of the interior pages are affected. Fraying to foot of spine and bottom edge of front board. There are also a few small smudge marks on the front cover. Previous owner signature on front pastedown and occasional light spots of foxing, else clean. In an orange and olive green dust jacket with black title to the spine and front panel. The jacket has a few chips along the edges, a few closed tears, a few creases, and light soiling to the spine panel. It is also dampstained along the edges of both flaps. The interiors of the flaps are a bit rubbed, possibly from glue that has since been removed. 195 pages. LIT/050911. Very good minus in very good minus dust jacket.
London: John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1895. Hardcover. First edition. 1 of 750 copies. Inscribed by Nesbit's cousin Paris Nesbit (1852-1927) in 1907. Paris Nesbit was a prominent Australian lawyer, judge, embezzeler, and general "character" of his time. He was committed to mental asylums at various times in his life. Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) was a prolific and popular writer in many genres. She is best known for her books about and for children, but she considered poetry as most important. She was also a follower of Willaim Morris and a founder of the Fabian Society. Bound in tan boards with gilt cover design by Laurence Housman, who also did the charming illustration for the title page. Very good with bumping to board corners and chipping to spine edges. Interior is clean with slight aging to margins of untrimmed pages. 88 pages plus 16 pages of ads. POE/030608. 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.
Oldham, England: Old Stile Press, 2012. Hardcover. Number 23 of 100 copies. Signed by the illustrator and author. A story about the author overcoming her fear of swimming in the Medway River which she grew up on the banks of. The accompanying black and white photographs which are composed of multiple layers effectively capture the emotions and perceptions of the author as she wades through an eerie river landscape. This is the author's first complete short story. It was published in The Warwick Review and again in Salt's Best British Short Stories 2011. Bound in grey paper covered boards with the title printed on the front cover and the name of the press on the rear cover. A flowing design of lines is printed continuously on the spine and both covers in brown and blue ink. Clean and bright with tipped in illustrations. Printed on Velin Arches paper in Zapfino type with Aries italic. Includes ten photographic illustrations printed using archival inks on FibaPrint photographic paper. Unpaginated. PRI/070912. Fine.
New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2006. Hardcover. Signed by the author on a bookplate. First Edition, later printing. Powers declines to sign his books but he will sign bookplates, one of which is laid in and dated October 15, 2007 from a reading series. A portion of a ticket to this event is also laid in. This was the National Book Award winner in 2006 and a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer (with National Book Award winner sticker on front of jacket). Near fine in grey cloth boards with silver title to spine. Slight bumping to corners and edge of rear board and very small spot on bottom of rear board, else fine. In a fine illustrated white dust jacket with red title to spine and front panels. 451 pages. LIT/052311. Near Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1899. Hardcover. Number 512 of 1000 copies. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt in pen under the frontispiece illustration. Includes 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford, Sanford and other well-known artists. Bound in the original yellow cloth with black leather title labels to spine and front cover. This book has been expertly rebacked and new material is visible along head of spine and interior hinges. Gilt illustrations of an elk on the spine and of a moose and rifle to front cover. Black illustration of a bear head to rear cover. The covers and spine are darkened and lightly soiled with scuff marks to the leather labels. Minor chipping to edges of endpapers. A few spots of soiling to verso of colophon and a few spots of foxing to first and last few pages. Bookplate of Reginald Winans Hutton. Two books bound as one. 323 pages in Hunting Trips; 476 pages in Wilderness Hunter. PRES/022414. Very Good.
London: Oxford University Press, 1942. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy inscribed "For my sister Emily, in grateful appreciation of her generous thought for my children, her brother, in old affection, Will / March 16 - 42." Near fine in original orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine. The spine is slightly cocked and rubbed and there is minor wear to the spine ends and corners. Illustrated with 40 handsome photogravures by famed artist Rothenstein printed in red. Clean and bright. 134 pages. ART/052010. Near Fine.
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.
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.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1882. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. An appealing presentation copy with both colonial England and Bloomsbury association. The book is inscribed: "Edward Strachey from the authors." Edward, John, and Richard Strachey were brothers - the sons of Sir Edward Strachey, the 3rd Baronet. John and Richard were two top administrators in India and experts on the book's subject matter. In the preface they state that "there is hardly a great office of the State...which one or the other of us has not held, and there is hardly a great department...for the management of which....one or the other of has has not been responsible." The recipient, Edward, was also involved with India as a scholar and Orientalist. The Bloomsbury connection comes from Richard Strachey, who was the father of Lytton Strachey, a founder of the Bloomsbury Group. Bound in original red cloth with corners slightly bumped and spine faded. The text pages are clean and the binding is tight. A nice copy in very good condition. 468 pages including an appendix with tables on public revenues and expenditures and index, plus 32 page publisher's catalog. INDIA/060513. Very Good.