San Francisco: American Trust Company, 1954. Paperback. First Edition. SIGNED BY ADAMS and dated May 25th 1980, Carmel on the dedication page. This book was commissioned by the American Trust Company on its one hundredth anniversary. Includes sixty photographs by Ansel Adams printed on high gloss paper. In soft covers bound with clear plastic spiral comb which has broken in several places but continues to hold the pages together. There are a few scuff marks to the covers and minor wear to the edges. This copy is ex-library from the Carmel Valley Manor with an unobtrusive stamp on the dedication page. This is the only library marking. Unpaginated. PHOTO/052611. Very Good.
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London: Elliott Stock, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author to his friend Margaret Muir (known as Meta). This was Birrell’s first book of essays and brought him success as a writer. Birrell was a politican who served for several years as Secretary of Ireland. There is an interesting hand written sentence on the first page of the last chapter titled “Falstaff.” It says “It ain’t mine/A.B.” In very good condition in the original green cloth with gilt title and small rectangle gilt design to front cover. Spine faded and some bumping to spine and corners. Interior pages are clean with slight pulling away of rear hinge. A nice copy of this relatively scarce book. 234 pages. LIT/032111. Very Good.
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.
Amsterdam and Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1767. Hardcover. Nouvelle Edition. Avec de belles figures - 8 charming etchings in each volume. A beautiful early edition in French of this book. As described in the Oxford Companion to English Literature (p. 565) this was Le Sage's masterpiece and it had great influence in 18th century comic fiction. It was first translated into English by Tobias Smollett. In four small volumes 3 by 5.5 inches bound in full contemporary leather. The spine has four raised bands with gilt design in three and author and title in the other two.The edges of the boards have a very small gilt design of stripes.In very good condition with some minor bumps and rubbing. The hinges are a bit tender but the volumes are sturdily bound. Two hinges are cracked with one board coming loose. The interior pages are very clean and bright save for light browning to the end pages. The ownership signature of a previous owner, James Oldham is inscribed on front free end pages. Nice bookplate with flower design and initials B.C.T. on front pastedowns. A very attractive copy of this important novel. Volume I:392 pages; Volume II: 343 pages; Volume III: 369 pages;Volume 4: 370 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. LIT032409. Very Good.
London: Watts & Co., [1898?]. Hardcover. Rare. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Joseph Fay from his old friend Arthur B Moss 25 June 98.” The Workman's Foe concerns a man who succeeds in becoming a manager in a large firm and then turns upon the workmen who helped him climb the ladder, making their lives unendurable. Paul the Rebel is the story of a would-be anarchist whose mission is to blow up a bank. He ends up being blown up by his own bomb. Bound in brown cloth with titles and author in gilt to cover and original wraps bound in. Water staining on pastedowns and free endpapers, partially affecting the inscription. Some pages are loose and the paper has browned. The cloth binding is slightly rubbed and worn, but an extraordinary survival story as radical plays by a working-class author were printed in extremely perishable form. According to press notices reprinted on the original paper wrappers, both plays were actually performed in local theaters in London. No original copies in WorldCat, one of two known copies - the other is in the James Ellis collection of Victorian drama. Very good condition given the fragility of the items. Workman's Foe: 16 pages; Paul the Rebel: 14 pages. DRA/013113. Very Good.
London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1905. Hardcover. First Edition. RARE PRESENTATION COPY. Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) was an English author and poet who is best known today for her children’s books. Publishing under E. Nesbit, she wrote or collaborated on over sixty books for children. She was a follower of William Morris and one of the founders of the Fabian Society, the British socialist movement. This book is inscribed: “To Olindo Malagodi from E. Nesbit July 1905.” Malagodi (1870-1934) was a prominent Italian liberal journalist and writer. He trained as a journalist in Britain, became the London correspondent for several newspapers, and eventually became the editor of La Tribuna in Rome. He was a close friend of Nesbit and her husband, Hubert Bland, eventually living near them as he raised his family. His son, Giovanni became an important Italian politician. Bound in the original green cloth with lovely floral and fleur-de-lis design in gilt on front cover along with author and title. Light bumping and small light stain to top of rear cover; otherwise in beautiful condition. Front and rear endpapers are foxed but interior pages are bright and clean. Each section is preceded by a blank page with a flower illustration. Each flower is a different color. Nesbit’s books of verse are uncommon and nearly impossible to find signed. 143 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements for Nesbit’s books. POE/050611. Very Good.
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.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed Presentation Copy. 8vo. In original dark blue cloth. An extraordinary association copy, inscribed "Mary C. J. Leith from her affectionate cousin A.C. Swinburne Nov. 8, 1894." Mary Gordon, later Mrs. Leith, was Swinburne's first cousin and by far the most important woman in his life apart from his mother. Herself a poet and novelist, Mary Gordon's intimacy began in childhood when they lived in neighboring houses on the Isle of Wight. Later their relationship became literary, Swinburne providing the poems that appear in Gordon's anonymously issued "The Children of the Chapel" in 1864, and Gordon appearing as Clara in Swinburne's own novel, "A Year's Letters," first serialized in The Tatler in 1877. It was published in book form in 1905 as "Love's Cross-Currents." In her memoir, Gordon wrote that Swinburne [was] to me as an elder brother, a loved and sympathetic playmate, and in later years a loyal and affectionate friend. Although there is no direct evidence, recent scholarship has identified Gordon as most likely Swinburne's sole romantic attachment, which ended in traumatic rejection. This book was probably inscribed after Gordon visited Swinburne and Watts-Dunton at The Pines in the fall of 1894. In 1899, Swinburne dedicated his last major poetic work, "Rosamund, Queen of the Lombards," to Mrs. Disney Leither. Swinburne is better known for his lyric poetry, but he was also a prolific and well regarded literary critic. The collection of some of his critical writings include essays on Sir Walter Scott, Wilkie Collins, Beaumont and Fletcher, Whitman, and more. Bound in publisher's original dark blue cloth with gilt rule to front cover borders and title and author in gilt to spine. Light offsetting to free endpapers otherwise near fine condition. LIT/101304. Near Fine.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent presentation copy. Inscribed by William Butler Yeats to his friend Clement Shorter: " Clement Shorter from W B Yeats June 23 1899." William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the famous Irish poet, was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. and was key figure in Ireland's nationalist movement. Clement Shorter (1857-1926) was a British journalist and critic who was also an avid collector of books and manuscripts, particularly of the Brontes. He was the editor of the Illustrated London News and in 1893 founded the periodical Sketch. The fourth story in this short story collection, "Where There is Nothing, there is God," was first published in Sketch in October 1896. The stories blend Irish with Rosicrucian themes and characters. Bound in the original blue cloth with the famous cover design done for Yeats by Althea Gyles stamped in gilt on covers and spine. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman, With six black and white illustrations by William's father, John Butler Yeats. The binding is bright and beautiful with very slight bumping to corners. Interior pages are quite clean with just a trace of aging to margins. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near fine condition. LIT/011816. Near Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Townsend, F.H. Hardcover. Includes 44 illustrations by F.H. Townsend. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on a tipped-in sheet of notepaper from the Hotel Bellevue, Boston. The inscription reads “With I. Zangwill’s Compliments please send 2 proofs here at once.” Jewish author and political activist Israel Zangwill (1864 - 1926) was passionate about campaigning for the oppressed. Many of his works address women’s suffrage, pacifism, Zionism, and Jewish emancipation. He was a strong believer in assimilation and is credited with coining the term “melting pot” to describe the fusion of various cultures and ethnicities. Bookplate of book collector W.K. Bixby to front end page. Very good in original orange cloth boards with illustration of birds and flowers to front board. The front board is creased and slightly bowed with darkening to spine and edges of boards. The interior is browned along the margins. The front hinge is cracked. Later protective blue cloth dust jacket with maroon leather title label to spine (not pictured). The jacket is frayed along the top edge and there is a short closed tear along the front joint. This is an attractive copy of Zangwill’s rare second solo book. 326 pages plus 16 pages of ads. LIT/050109. Very good.