New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., . Hardcover. Inscribed by the playwright. First edition of this well-received Broadway play, which ran in New York between November 1931 and February 1932. Berhman (1893-1973) was a prolific playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his “high comedies” which were so popular in the 1930s. This copy was inscribed to Dame Nellie Burton, Berhman’s landlady when he stayed in London. Miss Burton ran a famous lodging house on Half Moon Street, where lived, among other notables, Siegfried Sassoon and Robbie Ross, the latter being one of Oscar Wilde’s closest friends. The inscription reads “For Miss Burton, with love from her devoted Sam, London Apr. 1932.” Laid in is a typed letter to Berhman from the Stanley Rose bookstore, informing him that the copy of Brief Moment he had sent to Miss Burton at her address on Half Moon Street was returned to sender, “party gone away.” Bound in red cloth with title and author in black on front cover and spine. The interior is bright and clean with some light spotting to fore-edge. The jacket has small tears to top and bottom of spine. In near fine condition with very good jacket. An extremely nice copy with an interesting association. DRA/042011. Near Fine.
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New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc, 1958. Hardcover. First US Edition, First Printing. SIGNED by the author on the title page. This is the second novel of the “Alexandria Quartet.” Very good in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In very good pink dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. Slight fading to spine panel of jacket, two short closed tears, and a few small chips to head of jacket spine. 250 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
London: Arthur Barker, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. A masterpiece of historical fiction, ranked in some surveys as one of the best novels of the twentieth century. In very good condition in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Light spotting to boards and light wear to edges. Previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown and note in pencil to front free endpaper. There is offsetting from an article that is no longer present on the front endpaper and front flap of the jacket. Minor foxing to endpapers. There is a foldout family tree at the rear of the book. In blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. The jacket is in three pieces with small chips to the spine ends, edges, and hinges. Browning to spine of jacket. A nice copy despite noted wear. 494 pages. LIT/052511. Very good in a 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.