Worcester, MA: Achille St. Onge, 1968. Hardcover. One of 2000 copies. Miniature book printed by St. Onge with tipped in actual stamps that were issued by the US Postal Service in their historic flags series commemorating memorable flags in American history. Bound in blue leather that his heavily chipped along edges and spine. Interior pages are very good. Printed on Ingres Butten paper with Romuls and Cancelleresca types. a.e.g. 2 x 3 inches. 49 pages. MINIATURE/112918. Very Good -.
Boston: D. C. Heath and Company, (1968). Paperback. 8vo. Brown, white and green paper wrappers with green title to front wrapper and to white spine. Rubbing and edgewear to exterior. Previous owner's markings to top edge of half title page. Minor browning to pages. Text remains bright. 134 pages. LIT/102618. Very Good.
Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1968. Hardcover. Sigend by the author on front free endpaper. "The fascinating story of a black man's rise to power in a white political structure, told vividly against a background of racial infighting and the interplay of personalities, special-interest groups, and political forces" (jacket). Red cloth spine over blue cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Pen inscription from previous owner. In black dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Minor soiling and wear to jacket including a light water ring on front panel. 250 pages. AFAME/120618. Very Good / Very Good.
London: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1931. Hardcover. Quarto. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Rubbing to spine, bumping to corners, and spots of foxing to interior. Bookplate from previous owner, architecture professor Patrick Horsbrugh to front free endpaper. His ownership signature dated 1937 above his bookplate. Occasional smudge marks but clean and bright overall. 49 pages of text plus plates. ARCH/102618. Very Good.
Garden City and New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc, 1941. Hardcover. Stated first edition. "This is the year's gayest and most ingratiating book" (jacket). One of the most read novelists of the 20s and 30s, Tarkington (1869 - 1946) is one of three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. (Faulkner and Updike were the other two.) Most of his work is set in his native state of Indiana. Bound in blue cloth boards with white title to spine. Browning to endpapers and ownership inscription in pen dated 1941 to front free endpaper. In blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Chipping and wear to edges of jacket. 304 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good / Very Good.
Toronto: S.B. Gundy, 1924. Hardcover. One of the most read novelists of the 20s and 30s, Tarkington (1869 - 1946) is one of three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. (Faulkner and Updike were the other two.) Most of his work is set in his native state of Indiana. Olive green cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and bumping to corners. A few spots of soiling but clean interior overall. 493 pages. LIT/102618. Very Good.
Garden City: Doubleday, Page, and Company, 1918. Hardcover. First Edition. One of the most read novelists of the 20s and 30s, Tarkington (1869 - 1946) is one of three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. (Faulkner and Updike were the other two.) Most of his work is set in his native state of Indiana. In brick-red cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Minor rubbing / wear to edges of boards and corners. Includes 8 full page illustrations by Arthur Brown in black and white. Clean and bright interior. Slight cockling to pages along top and bottom of last few pages, but no evidence of prior dampness. 516 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
Akron, OH: Saalfield Pub. Co., 1936. A charming complete set of five little books about Shirley Temple and her life, published when she was only eight years old and the country's number one box office draw. Each book has a pictorial cover and fourteen pages of black and white photographs of Shirley. The titles are: Shirley Temple Twinkletoes," "Just a Little Girl," "Shirley Temple Little Playmate," "Shirley Temple on the Movie Lot," and "Shirley Temple in Starring Roles." The books are all in very good to near fine condition. Housed in their original box covered with glossy white paper and with a color portrait of Shirley on the front. The box has some wear, soiling, and creases but still very nice. CHILD/110118. Very Good.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. Hardcover. 16mo. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards with beautiful gilt and black decorations to front board and to spine. Black title to front board and maroon and gilt title to spine. Minor rolling to spine. Minor bumping and rubbing to edges. Minor foxing to end pages. Inscription written in pencil to title page. Else is clean and bright. Tight binding. 239 pages. LIT/092118. Very Good.
Baltimore: Munder-Thomsen Press, 1911. Hardcover. In off-white illustrated cloth covered boards with elaborate gilt stamping to cover and spine depicting the school’s entrance and official seal. The binding, which was once white, is now grey with soiling. Bumping to top corners. Foxing and occasional smudge marks to interior. This interesting book was given to prospective students. There is a fold-out map of the campus to the front of the book printed on tissue. It is followed by a list of the advisory board and faculty, and an overview of the school, including course listings and descriptions of classes. A sample schedule including a 15 period day starting at 8:40 am and continuing until 9:40 pm and a list of costs is also included. Annual board and tuition was $700 - $750 (excluding special courses, which were billed at an additional fee). There is a description of each building, many quite architecturally distinctive, on the campus. Interspersed throughout are many pages of photographs showing the exterior of each of the buildings, numerous interior shots, and pictures of bridges.There are also photos showing school activities. At the end of the book is a description of Washington DC with 10 pages of photos depicting monuments and buildings. 126 pages. MD/102318. Very Good.
Baltimore: Citizens Planning and Housing Association, 1978. Paperback. Scarce. Lists restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, shops, institutions, parks, hobby clubs, famous Baltimoreans, a list of Baltimorese word pronunciations, and much more. It’s interesting to read about which businesses are no longer around how much others have changed. Very good in illustrated white paper wrappers with red title to front wrapper and spine. Clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 208 pages. BALT/121218. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1926. Hardcover. "Every story in this book is true. In books out of print, in trustworthy histories, in letters and newspapers that are long out of date, the foundation for every story has been found. In spite of their privations and sufferings, some of the finest characters in American history were produced in those stirring days. The lessons they inculcated are not limited in time or in power" (preface). Stories address topics including ghosts and witches, pig stealing, fish, nicknames, Blackbeard, Colonel Smith, Indians, Arkansas pioneer life, Captain Samuel Brady, Georgia pioneer life, and more. Tan cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Slight browning to spine. Minor fraying to spine ends. Star stamp to rear free endpaper and a few pencil markings to endpapers, else clean. 252 pages. AME/102518. Very Good.
San Francisco: Arion Press, 2000. Number 343 of 400 numbered copies. Signed by the artist. From the acclaimed Arion Press: "Cane is regarded as the highest literary achievement of the Harlem Renaissance and a masterpiece of African-American writing. To call it a novel is misleading, for the book is made up of many parts, by turn fiction, poetry, drama, set in rural Georgia, urban Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. To say it was first published in 1923 is misleading, too, for parts were published earlier in magazines. While it may seem at first a collection of writings, it is a highly experimental novel, novel in concept and form, and is a unified artistic whole. Cane was praised when issued but sold few copies. Toomer isolated himself after the book was published, and it was not rediscovered until the 1960s with the rise of academic interest in black history and culture. Jean Toomer (1897-1967) wrote several autobiographies, other fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, but published only one other book, Essentials, a collection of aphorisms, in 1931. Leon Litwack is an eminent historian of the black experience in America. In his essay on Cane, Litwack shows how the book addresses the racial situation in the early twentieth century. 'In coming to grips with the present, Jean Toomer insisted on confronting the past and exploring the heritage of slavery to its very roots, in ways that would avoid both condescension and romanticization. Looking about him, he sensed an agrarian folk culture deeply rooted in the slave experience. There was still time, he thought, to explore that culture, indeed the very soul and spirit of the black South, before urbanization and industrialization rendered it unrecognizable.' Martin Puryear is a leading American sculptor. He read Cane for the first time when he was teaching at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and living in the South for the first time. The book has been important to him ever since. His woodcuts for Cane are on two scales. The seven larger images are abstract portraits of women characters in the book; the three smaller blocks are reinterpretations of the enigmatic arcs that Toomer placed on pages dividing sections in the first edition." Bound in full tan linen over limp boards with brown ties. The text type is Times New Roman composed by Monotype and printed on Biblio mouldmade paper from Germany. The display type is Lucian Bold, composed by hand. The prints are on handmade Kitakata paper from Japan. Oblong measuring 111/2 by 13 7/8 inches. Includes prospectus and box in which mailed. In fine condition. PRIV/091818.
New York: Abbeville Press, 1993. Hardcover. "Enlightening and entertaining essays by eight astute scholars present new information and insights about Arts and Crafts architecture and urban planning, garden designs, interiors and resorts, tiles, pottery, metalwork, and furniture" (jacket). Maroon cloth boards with white title to spine and embossed title to front cover. Clean and bright. In illustrated color dust jacket with pink spine panel titled in maroon and white. Minor wear to edges of jacket. 328 pages. A large, heavy book. ART/121218. Fine / Very Good.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1973. Hardcover. Revised and Updated. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bump to front cover. Clean interior with black and white illustrations and four color plates. In white dust jacket with black title to spine spine and front panels. A few short closed tears to edges of jacket. 283 pages. MD/121218. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1892. Hardcover. First edition, second state of this collection of seven short works by Twain. It has the patterned endpapers of the first state but also the inserted frontispiece portrait of Twain called for in the second (BAL3435). Issued as part of the publisher’s projected series of works by American writers to be called the “Fiction, Fact, and Fancy Series.” Bound in grey-green cloth with titling in gilt to front cover and spine and stamped ornament to front surrounding Fiction Fact and Fancy Series. Light bumping. Front hinge tender, interior pages clean and bright. Bookplate on front pastedown of Jacob Bunn (1814 – 1897) an important Illinois industrialist, financier, and close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Light stamp to free front endpaper “J. Bunn Library Springfield Illinois.” A nice copy in very good condition. 210 pages plus seven pages of advertisements. LIT/091208. Very Good.
New York: Capricorn Books, 1968. Paperback. "From the unpublished portions of Mark Twain's autobiographical writings and reflections, Bernard DeVoto has drawn the anecdotes, opinions, and reminiscences that make up this fascinating book" (back panel). White paper wrappers with orange title to spine and black title to front cover. Creasing to spine, foxing to covers, and minor wear to edges of covers. 402 pages. LIT/120518. Very Good.
New York: Atheneum, 1968. Paperback. This volume includes a selection from a book previously printed under the same title; however, this new book includes two additional letters from Clemens to Howells that were discovered after 1960 (prefacer). Blue paper wrappers with black spine panel titled in blue. Foxing to edges of textblock and light wear to edges of wrappers. Clean. 453 pages. LIT/120518. Very Good.