London: Hugh Cunninham, 1841. First edition of this lively novel in book form. It appeared in serial form in The Sunday Times in twelve installments in 1841. William Harrison Ainsworth (1805 – 1882) was a popular English historical novelist who trained as a lawyer, but the legal profession held no attraction for him and he devoted himself to journalism and literature. He wrote 39 novels over the course of his career. In 1840, Ainsworth published Guy Fawkes and The Tower of London. When their serial publications were completed at the end of the year, Ainsworth began writing Old St. Paul's, A Tale of the Plague and the Fire. Ainsworth, in a letter to James Crossley 7 December 1840, wrote: "You told me that you have a second part of De Foe's History of the Plague. Pray bring this with you. I will take the greatest care of it, but it is quite necessary I should see it, as I commence a new Romance with the New Year, under the title of The Plague of London. If you have any other tract relating to the period, or to the Fire, I shall feel obliged by the loan of it". Ainsworth was paid £1,000 for the work with control of the copyright. The work was later illustrated when it was published in a three volume set by Cunningham [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter black leather over maroon marbled paper boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Some rubbing, bumping to edges of covers, and wear to boards. Text pages are lightly aged and there is scattered spotting and foxing though out. Volume III is missing its title page. With modest library labels on pastedowns and stamps on title pages from St. Charles College in Catonsville, MD. Ownership stamp of Rev. J.B. Troy on free front endpapers. The twenty handsome plates by Franklin also show spotting that is generally confined to the margins. Very good condition. Small octavos. Volume I: 352 pages; Volume II: 334 pages; Volume III: 327 pages. LIT/091222.
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New York: G.P. Putnam & Son, 1868. Hardcover. 16 engravings (including half-title page) after paintings by Cole, Church, Cropsey, Durand, Gignoux, Kensett, Miller, Richards, Smillie, Talbot, and Weir. Includes scenes of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Lake George, Schroon Lake, Wawayandah Lake in New Jersey, and more. Prose and poetry by Cooper, Irving, Bryant, Whittier, et. al. accompanies the scenes. Most of the literary selections were composed for this volume in it's original shape as "The Book of the Picturesque." Bound in the original green pebbled publisher's cloth binding with gilt title in script to both to spine and front board. An unfortunate black ink stain to the front board and wear to the corners and spine ends. Calling card of Mrs. Virginia C. Pitts is pasted down to front free endpaper. Occasional spots of foxing and most plates have been hand-labeled neatly in pen, but clean overall. Tissue guards and full edges gilt. 108 pages. LIT/082522. Very Good.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2022. Deluxe Edition. Number 28 of 50 copies, signed by the artist. This story was originally published in "Astounding Science-Fiction" in August 1938 under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. It was later adapted into multiple film versions, the most recent being "The Thing" in 2011. This horrific tale of alien encounters and Antarctic exploration is presented here in a fine letterpress edition with nineteen striking, color illustrations by Todd Thyberg. It is in a special binding of quarter tan goatskin over blue Japanese cloth covered boards. It is housed in blue cloth covered tryptich folding case with an interior folder holding a suite of five letterpress illustrations, each signed and dated by the artist. The case is made to look like a government file with maps lining the interior and an official resin medallion stating "Secondary Polar Expedition: Antarctica" to the front panel. The interior maps have been hand-altered with pencil notes of expedition locations. The book, maps, and illustrations were letterpress printed with Ehrhardt Monotype and Haboro Contrast types on Classic Crest Bare White eggshell paper. Polymer plates by the Boxcar Press. Binding by the Campbell Logan Bindery featuring a hand cast, hand painted resin medallion by the artist on the front of the case. 60 pages. PRI/112222. Fine.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2022. Number 86 of 200 copies, signed by the artist. This story was originally published in "Astounding Science-Fiction" in August 1938 under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. It was later adapted into multiple film versions, the most recent being "The Thing" in 2011. This horrific tale of alien encounters and Antarctic exploration is presented here in a fine letterpress edition with nineteen striking, color illustrations by Todd Thyberg. Bound in tan cloth backed blue cloth covered boards with embossed title to front board and paper belly band with "Secondary Polar Expedition: Antarctica." The book, maps, and illustrations were letterpress printed with Ehrhardt Monotype and Haboro Contrast types on Classic Crest Bare White eggshell paper. Polymer plates by the Boxcar Press. Binding by the Campbell Logan Bindery featuring a hand cast, hand painted resin medallion by the artist on the front of the case. 60 pages. PRI/112222. Fine.
London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Company, 1893. Hardcover. The "new and cheaper" edition of the book originally published in 1880. Bound in three quarter green leather with green marbled boards and gilt titling and ornaments to faded spine. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Text pages clean . Very good condition. Small octavo. 461 pages. LIT/090722. Very Good.
Boston / Berlin: A. Williams and Company / Ferdinand Schneider, 1862. Hardcover. A scarce collection of short stories and other papers published posthumously. The editor, Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1817 - 1897) is best known for his biography of Beethoven. According to a letter from Thayer that precedes the volume, this collection of stories, papers, and reminscences was written by his late friend, who is identified only as "I. Brown." The stories include Signor Masoni, An Evening in the Hartz, Susan Bedloe, Our Music Teacher, Ned Morse's Daughter, Mrs. Smith and Elizabeth, A New Acquaintance, Wyzaker, Monsieur Paul, and the Philister's Reminiscence. Attractively bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and floral decorations to spine. Minorwear to edges and corners of boards. Dampstaining to bottom margins of many pages. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean overall. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Bumping to top corners. 282 pages. Very Good.
New York: George Dearborn, 1834. Hardcover. This publication of Burke's work is uncommon. Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), an Irish statesman who served in the House of Commons of Parliament for many years. The foundation of this collection of Burke's works comes from the 1792 printing for Mr. Dodsley, with printing errors from that edition corrected. This publication also includes (in the third volume) his collected letters, tracts intended for private circulation, and other papers that were discovered posthumously - collected here and published for the first time. It does not include several posthumous publications. His writings (in Volume I) are short tracts which often read as personal observations - which he makes on poetry, beauty, emotions, power, light, the body, and more. Volume II contains letters, his abridgement of English History, and writings on legal matters. Volume III contains government reports including the internal trade of Bengal, articles relating to the Warren Hastings trial and impeachment, and more. Each volume is bound in full tan leather covered boards with gilt title and volume labels to the spines. Browning to spines, wear, chips, and rubbing to boards, spines, edges, and corners. Cracks to leather on spine labels and chips to spine ends. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Bookplate of William R. Jewett to all three volumes. Frontispiece illustration of the author to first volume with offsetting to tissue guard and facing engraved half-title page. Volume I: 584 pages; Volume II: 597 pages; Volume III: 537 pages. LAW/110922. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1893. Hardcover. This is a science fiction classic that first appeared in 1892 in the illustrated magazine Black and White. The novel is a shockingly realistic forecast of a future world war written in collaboration by several great military and political experts of the day. It depicts many of the horrors of modern warfare, including aerial bombardments of cities, something the world was not to experience for decades to come. In fact, sadly, many of the book's predictions came to pass. Bound in the original green cloth with an orange and black pictorial cover. Titling in gilt to spine. Covers are bumped and rubbed, with fraying of spine ends. Hinges are quite tender but text block is tight. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers. Text pages are clean with slightest aging to margins. There are 46 black and white illustrations, including three that fold out and a fold-out map. A very nice copy in good condition. Octavo. 308 pages. LIT/090622. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Sautelet, 1828. Hardcover. A beautiful edition of Faust, with a fine binding and nicely printed text. Unfortunately, the seventeen stunning illustrations by Eugène Delacroix that accompanied the text have been removed from the book. However, the volume is handsome and beautifully produced. All text pages are present, but several are loose. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings and ornate gilt ornaments and debossed designs in the leather. Title and ornaments in gilt to spine. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Light creases to last few pages not affecting text. Housed in a slipcase of patterned paper boards that is chipped, bumped and with short tear to top edge. Very good condition. Folio. 148 pages. LIT/080822. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1862. Hardcover. Both volumes are bound in matching dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with title and volume labels to spines. White paint appears to have been rubbed on top of the gilt and in grooves of the leather on the spine and boards. Rubbing and wear to edges, boards, and corners of both volumes. All hinges are cracked with boards firmly attached. Marbeld endpapers and top edges gilt. Includes a pastedown portrait of the author to the first volume. Foxing to the first few pages of the first volume and occasional spots of soiling / smudge marks to margins to both volumes. Not a particularly attractive set, but a good reading copy - and priced accordingly. Volume I is 333 pages; Volume II is 331 pages. LIT/091322. Very Good.
London and Philadelphia: Gibbings & Co.; J.B. Lippincott Co., 1904. Hardcover. A charming edition of the famous picaresque novel by Alain-René Lesage published between 1715 and 1735. It was highly popular, and was translated several times into English. With 21 photogravures from the original etchings by Ad. Lalauze. Bound in three quarter black leather with brown paper boards. Leather is rubbed and bumped. Interior pages are clean with faint toning to margins. Pencil ownership signature to free front endpaper in Volume I. Very good condition. Measures 4.25 x 6.75 inches. Volume I: 237 pages; Volume II: 281 pages; Volume III: 273 pages; 248 pages. LIT/083122. Very Good.
Paris: Plon-Nourrit et C(ie). Hardcover. André Lichtenberger (1870-1940, Paris) was a French novelist and sociologist. This novel, published in 1910, is the story of a young boy, Michel, who inherits the throne of a fictional European country. The novel is the basis for a 1933 French film directed by Julien Duvivier and starring Robert Lynen, Arlette Marchal and Béatrice Bretty. 12mo. Brown patterned cloth-covered boards, with light brown leather covering to spine. Title in gilt to spine. Cover shows minor wear and scuffing to edges and corners. Purple patterned front and back endpapers. Pages are browned but clean. Bookseller's label on inside front cover and owner's signature on free front endpaper and title page. 306 pages. FRELANG/082522. Very Good.
Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1879. Hardcover. Poggio (1380 - 1459) was an Italian scholar and early Renaissance humanist. He is best known for rediscovering many classical Latin texts. This set includes the life of Poggio, a memorial of the works of Poggio, and his tales. Ex-library with library stamp mostly removed from bottom of title pages and library stickers removed from front boards and rear endpapers. Both volumes are bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. Both volumes have the original vellum wrappers bound in to the rear. Clean interiors with head and tailpieces and engraved initials. Text in English and Latin. An attractive set despite being ex-library. Volume I has 203 pages; Volume II has 248 pages plus 7 pages of ads. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1832. Hardcover. A presention copy from the author, with inscription to the top of the title page in Volume II: "H. Hole Esq. with the author's best regards." Thomas Roscoe (1791 - 1871) was an English translator and also a novelist who enjoyed studying the work by other European novelists. In the preface he writes: "In the following series of national novels, connected with the secondary class of prose fiction so abounding in Spanish literature, it has been the humble endeavour of the translator, upon a similar plan with the Italian and the German specimens, to convey to the English reader some idea of its rise and progress, as well as of the peculiar manners, customs, modes of thinking at different periods, as exhibited in this form of composition." Includes Don Juan Manuel, Mendoza, Mateo Aleman, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Matias de los Reyes, Don Christoval Lozano, Luis Veliz de Guavara, Isidro de Robles, Alonzo del Castillo Salorzano, Don Francisco de Quevedo Villegas, Doctor don Juan Perez de Montalvan, Antionio de Eslava, and Donna Maria de Zayas I Soto Mayor. Each author or tale is introduced by the compiler, Thomas Roscoe. All volumes are bound in matching three quarter tan leather over pink and brown marbled paper covered boards. Lacks title and volume labels. Gilt decoration to spine compartments. Wear to edges of boards, rubbing to boards and hinges. Large chip to leather on foot of spine of Volume II. A few chips to leather on boards. The front hinge of Volume I is starting. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interiors, but clean and bright overall. A worn, but still reasonably attractive set. Volume I: 360 pages; Volume II: 341 pages; Volume III: 321 pages. LIT/110922. Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn, 1826. Hardcover. Thomas Roscoe (1791 - 1871) was an English translator and also a novelist who enjoyed studying the work by other European novelists. In the introduction he writes: "The object of the following publication is to present to the English novel reader a succinct view of some of the more favorite prose fictions current in Germany, such as they have been preserved from age to age, even previous to the invention of printing, down to the present period." Includes Reynard the Fox, Doctor Faustus, Gottschalck, Eberhardt, Büsching, Grimm, Lothar, La Motte Foque, Musaeus, Schiller, Lewis Tieck, Langbein, and Engel. Each author or tale is introduced by the compiler, Thomas Roscoe. All volumes are bound in matching three quarter tan leather over pink and brown marbled paper covered boards. Lacks title and volume labels. Gilt decoration to spine compartments. Wear to edges of boards, rubbing to boards and hinges, Large chip to leather on head of spine of first volume and large chip to leather on foot of spine of Volume II. A few chips to leather on boards. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interiors, but clean and bright overall. A worn, but still reasonably attractive set. Volume I: 413 pages; Volume II: 405 pages; Volume III: 373 pages; Volume IV: 374 pages. LIT/110922. Very Good.
London and Manchester: John F. Shaw; T. Dinham and Co, 1856. Hardcover. A collection of lectures published posthumously by a late professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Bound in three quarter tan leather over navy blue pebbled cloth boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Raised bands, gilt rules, and blind stamped decorations to spine. Floral endpapers with speckled red edges. Minor rubbing and wear to boards, spine, and edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. 279 pages. LIT083022. Very Good.
Berlin: Gottlieb Langen, 1774. Hardcover. An early German edition of Sterne's "The Life and Opinions of Mr. Tristram Shandy, " which first appeared in nine volumes between 1759-1767. This version has nine parts in two volumes. Bound in half vellum with red spine label and marbled boards. Vellum is soiled and abraded. Light bumping to corners of boards. Interior pages are browned but text is still quite legible. Library location sticker on pastedown of first volume, with a book plate on both pastedowns and unobtrusive library stamp to title pages. With two engraved illustrations. Very good condition. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Parts are paginated separately. About 300 pages in each volume. GERMLANG/090822. Very Good.
Lexington, KY: The Anvil Press, 1993. Hardcover. Number 35 of 75 copies. A beautiful edition of The Tempest from Victor Hammer's Anvil Press. In her foreword, Carolyn Hammer explains why they chose Capell's 18th century text for this book, including why they retained the unusual punctuation and "novelties" found in Capell. Bound in decorated paper evocative of the island on which the play's characters were stranded, with a black linen spine with a title label. Printed on Magnani paper with the text composed in Victor Hammer's American Uncial typeface. In her afterword, Carolyn thanks her collaborators on this production and notes that the Chiaroscuro woodcut on the title page was commissioned especially for the Anvil Press edition. Laid in is a bookmark from the press. In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 107 pages plus afterword. PI/112221. Fine.
London: Harrison and Co., 1785-1787. First edition of James Harrison's eight volume compendium of important eighteenth century periodicals with essays by such figures as Samuel Johnson, Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, George Lord Lyttelton, Launcelot Temple, Isaac Bickerstaff, and Adam Fitz-Adam among others. As is evident in the reprinting of these essays, letters, and newspaper issues, the eighteenth century was a time of great knowledge, exploration, rapidly growing technology and expanding archives of information made possible by advances in the printing press. Bound in contemporary leather in generally very good condition. Interior pages have spotting and foxing scattered throughout the eight volumes. An occasional loose page. Still very good. Volume I: Samuel Johnson's "The Rambler" in four volumes with 463 pages; and George Lyttleton's "Letters from a Persian in 81 pages. Volume II: "The Adventurer" - a newspaper with 140 issues that continued Samuel Johnson's prose with 366 pages. Volume III: "The Tatler" written by Isaac Bickerstaff in four volumes with 641 pages. Volume IV: "The Spectator" written by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, volumes 1-4 with 646 pages. Volume V: "The Spectator, volumes 5-8 with 1260 pages. Volume VI: "The Connoisseur," written by Mr. Town with 313 pages; "The Citizen of the World" written by Oliver Goldsmith in two volumes with 208 pages; "The Babler" written by Hugh Kelly in two volumes with 199 pages. Volume VII: "The World" with 490 pages; Lord Lyttleton's "Dialogue with the Dead" with 96 pages. Volume VIII: "The Idler" written by Samuel Johnson with 146 pages; "Fitzosborne's Letters" with 124 pages; "Launcelot Temple's Sketches: with 45 pages; "The Lover" by Richard Steele with 86 pages; "Essays on Men and Manners" written by William Shenstone with 80 pages. LIT/080422.
Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1887. Hardcover. Published posthumously, after Whipple died in 1886. Introduction extolling Whipple by Rev. C.A. Bartol. Includes reminiscences of Rufus Choate, Louis Agassiz, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Charles Sumner. Octavo. Three-quarter leather with green marbled paper-covered boards and marbled edges of text block. Has been rebacked. Leather has worn off of all edges, top and bottom of spine, and gutter of front and back covers. Gilt title on black label (scraped) to spine, and gilt pattern to spine. Pages are browned but clean. Frontispiece portrait of Whipple, with paper guard. 397 pages. LIT/082422. Very Good.