London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1897. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was a prolific novelist and short story writer who was very popular in the nineteenth century. She wrote both “women’s” novels and stories of the supernatural, the latter undoubtedly influenced by her uncle, Sheridan Le Fanu. Bound in original cloth with blind-stamped design to front and rear covers and gilt title and author to spine. In very good plus condition with slight bumping to corners. Interior is also in very good condition with a few small brown spots to fore-edge and light off setting to front free endpaper. 400 pages plus 31 pages of ads. LIT/041811. Very Good.
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New York: Viking, 2003. Hardcover. First American Edition. Signed by the author. Published in the same year Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for literature. This is an unusual book in many respects: Coetzee’s alter ego is a woman, and through the device of formal speeches, he gives himself a platform to reflect on the novel in Africa, race relations, wildlife, and environmental issues; and on evil in Amsterdam and the sexual impulses of the American poet Robert Duncan. He does this while recounting Costello’s life as a woman and mother. Fine in blue cloth backed paper covered boards with white title to spine. In fine blue illustrated dust jacket with orange title to spine. 233 pages. LIT/052511. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
London: Tower Publishing Co., 1895. Piffarrd, Harold. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's rare first book. Edgar Jepson (1863-1938) was a popular English writer of adventure and detective stories. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. The front cover is illustrated with a ship and the spine with a man hailing a ship from the shore. There is minor wear to the edges of the boards and there are a few dark markings to the boards and spine. Aside from a few light smudge marks, the interior is clean and bright with eight illustrations and cover design by Harold Piffard. Bookplate to front pastedown. 316 pages. LIT/062910. Very Good.
London: Methuen and Co., 1895. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. This is a collection of fifteen science fiction short stories, many of which originally appeared in periodicals, including the Pall Mall Gazette, Pall Mall Budget, and the St. James Gazette. This was the author’s first book of short stories. Stories include: The Stollen Bacillus, the Flowering of the Strange Orchid, the Triumphs of a Taxidermist, A Deal in Ostriches, the Flying Man, Aepyornis Island, A Moth - Genus Novo, the Treasure in the Forest, and more. Very good in original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Elaborate Art Nouveau style illustration to spine and front board. Light damp stain to front board, minor rubbing to edges of boards and spine ends, and crease to spine. The interior is clean overall with a few spots of foxing to first and last few pages. Small chip to front free endpage. 275 pages plus 32 pages of ads dated September 1895. LIT/092308. Very Good.