London: J.M. Dent, 1895. Hardcover. First edition of this charming book of short stories by Barlow. With six illustrations by Newcombe. Bound in original light green cloth with gilt tilting to spine and front cover, with gilt illustration also on cover. Light bumping, darkening to spine, and a few stains but still nice. T.e.g... Other edges untrimmed. Decorated endpapers with offsetting. Interior pages are clean with some aging to page margins. Very good condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. 191 pages. LIT/042321. Very Good.
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London: Tommaso Masi, 1789. Hardcover. A charming Italian edition of Boccaccio's classic, The Decameron. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Spines with gilt ruling and dark leather spine labels. Leather is rubbed, bumped, and somewhat worn. Paper boards are worn, abraded, with a piece missing from the front cover of Volume IV. Frontis portrait of Boccaccio. Text pages are very good with scattered foxing. Ownership signature to title pages and inscription to ffep of Volume I. Size: 5 x 7.25 inches. Volume I: 317 pages; Volume II: 442 pages; Volume III: 356 pages; Volume IV: 322 pages. ITAL/102121. Very Good.
London: G. Routledge & Co., 1854. Hardcover. A nice later edition of this novel by Bulwer-Lytton that was originally published in 1833. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. With a pretty gilt decorated spine with raised bands and red leather title label. Leather is somewhat stained and edges are rubbed and bumped. Covers are scraped and abraded. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Text pages are clean. Very good condition. Measures 4.5 x 7 inches. 224 pages. LIT/092121. Very Good.
1899. Hardcover. True first edition of this popular satirical novel by Mary Cholmondeley for which she is best remembered today. Red Pottage is the story of adultery and a clergyman who destroys his sister's art. The first plot contained in this novel is that of Rachael West, an heiress and her love for a man trapped in an illicit affair who is doomed to die by his own hand. The second plot is about a gifted female writer who is unable to break away and start her own life free of her family (not unlike the author's own life). Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925) began writing seriously in her teens. She initially placed some short stories. Her first novel was The Danvers Jewels (1887), a detective story that won a small following. It was followed by other novels but Red Pottage was her first bestseller. Later works such as Moth and Rust (1902) and Notwithstanding (1913) were less successful. The Lowest Rung (1908) and The Romance of his Life (1921) were story collections - the latter, her final book, was dedicated to the essayist and critic Percy Lubbock. Lubbock later commemorated her in Mary Cholmondeley: A Sketch from Memory (1928) [Wikipedia]. Bound in dark red cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Light bumping and rubbing but very nice. Except for some browning to page edges the interior is clean and bright. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. Very good condition. LIT/042221. Very Good.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2001. Hardcover. Number 24 of 25 copies. Beatrice Coron is renowned internationally for her book arts and installations. She is particularly known for her use of papercutting to tell stories and create books. This inventive and complex book by Coron is a departure from her works created by cutting paper. It first appears to be a traditional codex. However, when opened one discovers that the text pages in French of Verne's novel are bifolds that open to reveal facsimiles of his manuscript pages of that text. Even more unexpected are inserts between the pages that may be pulled out by green string to document the changes made in the text in the manuscript. A wonderful production. Soft covers in a Coptic binding. Inkjet printed and stenciled on paper. Housed in a blue cloth and black leather custom box with a title label on front cover. Size: 6 x 9 x 1 inches. Unpaginated. ARTB/081921. Fine.
London: Henry Colburn by his successors Hurst and Blackett, 1854. Hardcover. A New Edition. This is a lovely set of Frances Burney's diaries and letters, written from her early 20s and continuing almost until her death. Frances Burney (1752-1840), also known as Fanny Burney and later Madame d'Arblay, was a popular English satirical novelist, diarist and playwright. The first of her four novels, Evelina (1778), had the best success and remains best regarded. Her charming diaries and letters display her skill as a writer and are almost novelisitic, capturing conversations and offering much commentary on people and places of her time. Bound in three quarter reddish-brown leather with red cloth boards. With raised spine bands with titling and ornaments to compartments. The spines are sunned and there is light wear to spine and cover edges. Hinges somewhat tender. Top edges gilt. Interior pages are clean. With a facsimile fold-out letter in Volume I and frontispiece portraits in the other volumes. Very good condition. Size: 4.5 x 7 inches. Volume I: 378 pages; Volume II: 368 pages; Volume III: 381 pages; Volume IV: 356 pages; Volume V: 376 pages; Volume VI: 322 pages; Volume VII: 318 pages including general index. LIT/101921. Very Good.
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898. First English edition. A nice copy of this classic work by George Du Maurier, with his own black and white illustrations throughout. Bound in publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover, and gilt vignette illustration to front cover. Some wear, bumping and rubbing. Slightly cocked. T.e.g. Light aging to text pages and a bit of foxing to first and last few pages. Ownership signature on half title and bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. Very good condition. 471 pages plus 4 pages of publisher ads. LIT/042121.
London: John C. Nimmo, 1886. A nice copy of this classic by Goldsmith, with 114 charming color illustrations by the French illustrator Poirson. Bound in three quarter red leather with red cloth covers. Marbled endpapers. Leather is bumped and rubbed, and cloth has some light soiling. The front joint/hinge is cracked but text block is still holding. Text pages have an occasional spot and slight aging to margins but generally clean and bright. Called for frontispiece is not present. 1905 ownership signature on ffel. Very good. Octavo. 291 pages. LIT/041221.
London: A.H. Bullen, 1906. Hardcover. First edition. Inscribed by Housman: "To Kate Randall (Randell?) from half the authors. With all good wishes. Christmas 1906. LH." Bound in the original brown cloth. Gilt titling to spine. Bumped, rubbed, and darkening to the spine. Small tear at bottom of spine and white stain to rear cover edge. Interior pages nice with light aging to margins and offsetting to free endpapers. With black and white frontis illustration. Very good condition. Small octavo. 89 pages plus list of casts for 1904 and 1906 performances and one page of publisher's ads. DRAMA/042121. Very Good.
London: James Bowden, (1896). Hardcover. Number 322 of 500 copies signed and numbered by the author. A charming edition of this edition that the author describes as neither literature nor theology. He professes himself as having a faith that is real and concerning, and this work puts forward his views. Bound in cream cloth with a gilt version of the title page illustration by Nelly Erichsen. Spine sunned, bumping and some soiling but still very nice. Interior pages also very good with light aging to margins. Frontis portrait of Kernahan by Bertha Newcombe. Quarto. 70 pages. LIT/042721. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1853. Hardcover. “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville’s famed short story, was first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. It was reprinted with minor textual changes in Piazza Tales in 1856. The story has been called the unquestionable masterpiece of Melville’s short fiction and is among the most noted American short stories. Volume II included July - December 1853. The story appeared on pages 546-557 in November and pages 609-615 in December. Bound in three quarter dark green leather over marbled paper covered boards. Bumping to lower corners, rubbing to hinges, minor cracking to spine leather, and minor loss to marbled paper on front board. Marbled endpapers. Bookplate of James V.C. Perry from Sandwich, Ontario to front pastedown. Occasional spots of foxing throughout (heaviest on endpapers) and very occasional notations in pencil. Very good condition. 690 pages. LIT/060321. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Jimmy Rose" on pages 803 - 807 and chapters 58 - 80 of "The Newcomes" by Thackeray. Also includes articles on apparitions and visions, bears and bear hunting, earthquakes, the history of tobacco, and Brazil. Bound in three quarter navy blue leather with patterned black paper covered boards. Raised bands and gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. Minor chipping to paper along edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean and bright overall. All six fashion plates are present. Illustrated. 864 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Jimmy Rose" on pages 803 - 807 and chapters 58 - 80 of "The Newcomes" by Thackeray. Also includes articles on apparitions and visions, bears and bear hunting, earthquakes, the history of tobacco, and Brazil. Bound in three quarter tan leather with patterned dark brown cloth covered boards. Raised bands and gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean and bright overall. Lacks cartoon and fashion plate for September. Illustrated. 864 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1931. Hardcover. Number 450 of 1375 copies of which 900 copies were for sale in England and 475 in the United States. From the third edition of John Florio's translation in 1632, the first English translator of Montaigne's essays. A beautiful edition of the essays by the famed French philosopher Montaigne. Bound in full brown leather with raised bands to spine with leather title labels, and gilt ornament on front cover with the words "que scay je" (what do I know) written in gilt on green leather background. Leather is browned on covers and the spine darkened by the sun. Some rubbing and light bumping. It appears that the title label on the spine of Volume I was reattached at some point and some of the glue can be seen beneath it. Fore-edges are untrimmed with light browning. Tender front hinges. Interior pages are clean. Very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: 724 pages; Volume II: 708 pages including index. LIT/090821. Very Good.
New York: Macmillan Company, 1929. Hardcover. Number 291 of 500 copies signed by the author and the illustrator. Completely revised and reset. Bound with black paper boards with half vellum spine. Binding is worn, chipped, bumped, and rubbed, and the vellum spine is quite browned and faded. Interior pages are generally clean with some offsetting from tissue guards over plates and light browning to the limitation page. Although the title page states that there are 12 engravings, this volume has only the nine plates on the list of illustrations and two text engravings on the first and last pages. A very good text in a fair only binding. Measures 6.25 x 10.25 inches. 391 pages. LIT/101321. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Hill Press, 2001. Hardcover. One of 40 copies. Signed and dated by the printer, Stephen Heaver, owner of The Hill Press. This passionate and beautiful tale was written by William Morris at age twenty-one and published with many other of his writings in the short-lived Oxford and Cambridge Magazine. In his introduction, Morris scholar Theo Rehak quoted Joseph Dunlap as having observed that this particular story was the most perfect example of the works published, "a separate thing, better than the rest of the lot." Rehak also said that Morris did not allow these early pieces to be reprinted during his lifetime, and that he does not recall ever seeing an instance of their being done in a fine press book. The story tells of the journey of a Mediaeval stone cutter, his sister and her husband-warrior, all now departed. The prose is lyrical as it tells their story, and the land on which the church sat is described in all its beauty through the seasons. Morris writes of how beautiful the church is "in the solemn starry nights, so solemn that it almost reached agony - the awe and joy one had in their great beauty." This book was printed in Cloister Old Style type on paper made by Twinrocker for this book. Renowned engraver Simon Brett's engravings are printed from the blocks and include a full-page frontispiece of a cathedral interior, overlayed by by an image printed on transparent Japanese paper, and an historiated initial. The title page calligraphy by Sheila Waters was printed from an electro-plate. Bound in quarter black leather and tan decorated paper boards. Housed in grey cloth slipcase. In fine condition. Unpaginated [nine pages of text and three of introduction]. MOR/072921. Fine.
Baltimore: self published, 2020. Paperback. Signed by the author. "In the world of a 2008 yellow pages sales rep, nostalgia converges with technology in a very dark way. Charm City Killer is a psychological thriller set in Baltimore during the Great Recession. It was a time when many traditional advertising mediums died at the hands of the internet. Moe Steadman, a defeated thirty-three year veteran of yellow pages advertising sales takes revenge on his internet competitors. As the police close in and he falls deeper into mental breakdown we learn that reality is not what it seems, just as in the end what Moe thought represented love and true beauty are not what they seem" (rear cover). Black illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in red. Clean and bright. 232 pages. Local Authors. LIT/081021. Fine.
Dublin: George Folingsby, 1794. Hardcover. Theophilus Swift (1746–1815) was an Irish writer and poet and a cousin of Jonathan Swift. Swift was known to be eccentric and sometimes difficult. He had some unpleasant controversies with the fellows of Trinity College, Dublin, whom he abused because his son Deane, a student there, ‘the cleverest lad in all Ireland,’ had not been awarded any distinctions at his examinations. In his ‘Animadversions on the Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin’ (1794), he charged some of the fellows with having broken the rule which prohibited them from marrying. He was prosecuted for libel and was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment, while one of his adversaries, the Rev. Dr. Burrowes, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for libeling him [Wikipedia]. This is a nice copy of that scarce work. Bound in contemporary brown leather with gilt ruling to covers and red title label. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Interiorpages have browning and some spotting but quite legible. Ownership signature on title page. Includes the allegorical fold-out illustration, which is also browned and spotted. Small octavo. 192 pages. Very Good.
London and New York: George Routledge & Sons and E.P. Dutton & Co., n.d. [early 1900s]. From The Photogravure Series. Retold in English by the author and with six charming color illustrations by him. This is a lovely copy with a full red leather binding by Riviere & Son, with gilt designs on the covers and spines and dentelles. Red marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Binding is very good with a few light marks, wear to spine ends, slight bumping to corners and wear along front joint. Interior pages and illustrations are also very good with light browning to text pages. Book plate of Leolyn Louise Everett. An ideal gift book. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. 95 pages. LIT/101221.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928. Hardcover. Number 113 of 375 copies. A collection of three letters that were originally printed in periodicals. "The three sketches gathered in this volume are the earliest work of Mark Twain that has been preserved and are, incidentally, the first for which he received pay" (introduction, xii). Fine in brown paper covered boards with olive light brown cloth spine. Tan paper title labels with black titles to spine and front cover. Minor darkening to top edge of one front page. 59 pages. LIT/031618. Fine / Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Whitman's "Song of the Redwood Tree" on page 366 and "Prayer of Columbus" on page 524. According to "Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia" by LeMaster and Kummings, Whitman was paid $100 for "Song of the Redwood Tree." Also includes articles on Bermuda, Lewis Clark, Burma, the fur seal trade, lighthouses in America, slave-hunts in Central Africa, and more. Bound in three quarter black cloth over blue and black marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to corners, spine ends, and edges of boards. Occasional spots of soiling and foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated. 912 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.