London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1899. Hardcover. First edition. This is the second book (and first novel) by the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which first appeared as a play in 1903 and was later released as a novel. This book is a tale of jewels, intrigue, and high Russian society. It is scarce in this condition. The author, Baroness Orczy (1865 - 1947), was born in Hungary and grew up in London. Very good plus in original tan cloth boards with brown title to spine and front board. Minor wear to edges and spine ends. Light rubbing to boards. A few spots of foxing to the interior, else very clean. Bookplate of book collector, Mark Samuels Lasner, is tipped in on the front pastedown. 288 pages. LIT/050109. Very Good.
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Milano: Domus, circa 1960. Hardcover. First Italian Edition. An important survey of Penn's work with an introduction by Alexander Liberman. Penn (1917 - 2009) is best known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. He worked for Vogue Magazine for many years and took portraits of many important artists and authors such as Picasso, O'Keeffe, Auden, and Duchamp. Very good in white cloth boards with black title to spine. Light smudge mark to front board and previous owner signature to front endpage, else fine. In a white dust jacket with black title to spine. The spine of the jacket is browned and all but detached from the other panels. There is minor wear to the edges of the jacket and a few scuff markings to the rear panel. Housed in a very good paper covered slipcase with black title to spine. The slipcase is rubbed, worn along the edges, and lightly scuffed. Quarto. Text in Italian. 183 pages. PHOTO/052611. Near fine in Very Good Dust Jacket.
London: Chaundy & Cox, 1922. Hardcover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Michael Sadleir (1888 - 1957) was the most noted scholar and bibliographer of Victorian literature of his time. In this work he calls the material included his “notes” rather than an exhaustive bibliography, and speaks of his great love for the Victorian novelists. Those included here are Anthony Trollope (his favorite), Benjamin Disraeli, Frederick Marryat, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, G.J. Whyte Melville, Mrs. Gaskell, and Herman Melville. There are several introductory pages on the writing of each author followed by the bibliographical notes. The book is inscribed “To James S. Bain and W. de Coverly for use in the shop if they care to Michael Sadleir May 1922.” Bound in very good black cloth boards with gilt title and author to spine. The interior is clean and bright except for browning to front and rear endpapers and slight aging to margins of pages. 240 pages including an index of titles. BOB/062008. Very Good.