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: 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.
Chicago: Herbert S. Stone & Co, 1896. Hardcover. First American Edition. Tipped-in is a one page autograph letter on the author's printed stationary to the book's then owner, the author and book collector Thomas Hutchinson, on his own writing and books - an interesting autograph letter with good literary content. In maroon linen covered boards with highly decorated elaborate gilt Art Nouveau binding by Frank Hazenplug with gilt author and title stamp to spine. Minor bumping to corners and head/foot of spine, small smudge to design on front cover. Interior is clean and bright with decal edge to pages. Frontis photograph of Le Gallienne. Hutchinson's handwritten ownership signture on front pastedown. Very good condition. 201 pages. POE/121613. Very Good.
London: C. Elkin Mathews, 1889. Hardcover. Number 17 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.