Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, n.d. Number 50 of 71 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. A charming broadside from master designer and printer George Walker. Donne's famous quote "no man is an island" is paraphrased in this broadside and printed both pictorially and in text. There is an image of a bee, an knot, and an eye for those words. Printed in black and yellow on handmade paper. In fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 14.75 inches. PRI/091919. Fine.
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Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, n.d. Number 114 of 125 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. A charming broadside from master designer and printer George Walker. Shakespeare's famous quote from Hamlet, "to be or not to be," is printed both pictorially and with numbers. It uses the number 2 for "to," a bee for "be," an oar for "or," and a knot for "not." Printed in black and yellow on handmade paper. In fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 14.75 inches. PRI/091919. Fine.
New York: Hekate Publishing, 2019. Paperback. Second Edition. "The wonderfully talented Tom DiVenti is a Baby Boomer / punk / poet who has, thankfully, traversed decades of hard living, spectacular and outrageous performance art and emerged as an apt example for younger and like-minded individuals. His many stories, really exquisite prose poems, capture the now-downtrodden Baltimore from a more glorious era. Whether he's reminiscing about Martick's restaurant, growing up in northeast Baltimore in a rough and tumble neighborhood and his mischievous pranks in Catholic school, or hanging out with John Waters' crew in Fells Point, the humor and sincerity of his voice is singular ..." (back cover, Russ Smith). Black paper wrappers with white title to spine panel and photographic illustration to front cover. Clean and bright with photographic illustrations. 183 pages. LIT/081519. Fine.
Cambridge: Thomas Dreier Service, 1912. Dreier compares company executives with chemists - one can manipulate his staff and the other his chemicals - for desirable results or explosions and failure. An interesting metaphor. Bound in tan paper covered boards with title pastedown to front cover. Browning to spine and boards, rubbing to boards, stain to spine, wear to edges and corners, and heavy chipping to hinges and spine ends. Spine panel is still attached, but weak. Foxing throughout interior. A small book: 4.5 x 3 inches. 33 pages. LIT/061319.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2007. Hard Cover. Number 24 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This is a particularly beautiful version of the famous Rubaiyat. In her artist's statement Schwartzott writes that as a collector of Rubaiyats she began to toy with creating her own version in 2006. "The book is divided into seven segments, each separated by a divider of hand-marbled Japanese paper. The first contains the title page and introduction and the last an artist's statement, bibliography and colophon. The remaining five are dedicated to the seventy-five quatrains of FitzGerald's first edition. Each contains a vellum window, reminiscent of a Persian archway that opens to reveal my version of a miniature painting." Bound in light blue Japanese cloth with an intricate wood cut out to front board. The pristine interior was laser printed with archival ink onto Mohawk Via vellum and Moab Entrada paper. The prints were then finished with color pencil, paint, gold and silver leaf. Housed in clamshell box covered in the same cloth as the book. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/120219. Fine.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1887. A beautiful signed copy of one of Hardy's most popular novels and his own favorite. He wrote on the half title: "Yours faithfully Thomas Hardy." The book was first published in three volumes in March 1887. The publisher did not reprint the novel in its original three-volume form but in September 1887 reissued it in one volume in two impressions of 2000 copies each (Purdy bibliography p. 57). This copy is in a beautiful custom signed brown calf binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. With gold ruling on the covers and five raised bands on the spine. The compartments have gilt titling, date, autograph note, and decorations. Some darkening to spine. t.e.g. Light offsetting to half title and last page from leather. It does not affect the signature. Interior otherwise pristine and in very good plus condition. 352 pages. LIT/062819.
New York: The Century Co., 1887. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "Meisterschaft" on page 547, Henry James on R.L. Stevenson, and Theodore Roosevelt's "Ranch Life in the Far West" with illustrations by Frederic Remington. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title and volume number 13 to spine. Wear and chipping to leather along hinges and spine. Clean and bright overall, occasional foxing. Illustrated. 972 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: The Century Co., 1887. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "Meisterschaft" on page 547, Henry James on R.L. Stevenson, and Theodore Roosevelt's "Ranch Life in the Far West" with illustrations by Frederic Remington. Ex-library. Bound in green cloth library binding with gilt title and volume number 35 to spine. Discoloration to boards. Library stamp to title page appears to be only library marking. Browning to interior with some brittle pages. Illustrated. Slight odor. 972 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: The Century Co., 1885. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "An Adventure of Huckleberry Finn" on pages 268 - 278, "Jim's Investments and King Sollermun" on pages 456 - 458, and "Royalty on the Mississippi" on pages 544 - 567. Also includes chapters from Henry James's "The Bostonians." Bound in the original gold cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and years 1884 - 1885. Decoration to spine and boards. Slight browning to spine and chipping to cloth on hinges and spine ends. Minor wear and rubbing to corners, boards, and edges of boards. Occasional smudges and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Non-archival repaired tear to Portrait of Grant (page 162). Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: The Century Co., 1886. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "English as She is Taught" on pages 932 - 936 and Whitman's "Father Taylor and Oratory" on pages 583 - 584. Also includes Joel Chandler Harris and Theodore Roosevelt. Later binding of quarter tan leather over dark brown cloth boards with gilt title and dates (1886 - 1887) to spine. Sunning to spine and a few discolored spots. Tape repair to first page (with portrait of Lincoln). Minor dampstain to bottom corners of most pages, text not affected. Clean and bright overall. Illustrated. 976 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: The Century Co., 1883. Hardcover. Includes five parts of Twain's "Pudd'nhead Wilson" on pages 232, 328, 548, 772, and 816. Also includes writings by Sarah Orne Jewett and J.C. Harris. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather over black cloth boards with gilt title labels and volume number XXV to spine. Minor wear and discoloration to leather, edges, and boards, but clean overall. Interior is clean and bright overall. Interior crack to front hinge after title page. Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First American Edition of Melville's second novel. This story is based on Melville's adventures and experiences during his years at sea between 1839-1844. It has been professionally rebacked in handsome dark green leather with gilt titling and elaborate ornaments to spine. The front cover features a gilt ship and embossed decoration. Wear to cloth on edges and corners. Original marbled endpapers. Foxing throughout, but heaviest to first several pages. With frontis map and text illustration. A nice copy of this literary landmark. 389 pages plus two sets of advertisements. LIT/091919. Very Good.
New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1847. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this first American printing of Melville's recounting of his voyages in the South Seas. With the sequel "The Story of Toby" on pages 293-307. Expertly rebacked with modern leather spine over original navy blue cloth covered boards. Gilt title to spine. Paper repair to rear free endpaper. Minor wear to edges of boards. Dampstaining and foxing throughout. 307 pages with 23 pages of advertisements to rear. LIT/101119. Very Good -.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Cock a Doodle Doo - The Crowing of the Cock Beneventano" on page 77 - 86, Charles Dickens' "School Boy Stories", and chapters 4 - 20 of Thackeray's "The Newcomes." Bound in three quarter black leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges of boards, corners, and hinges. Foxing to interior and occasional small spots of soiling. Illustrated. Lacks four of the six fashion plates and lacks one page of cartoons. 864 pages. PER/090319. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, June-November 1854. Hardcover. This volume contains three early short stories by Herman Melville: "Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs" (pages 95-101), "The Happy Failure" (pages 196-199), and "The Fiddler" (pages 536-539). They were published anonymously. Includes articles about a lunatic asylum, "idiots", galvanoplasty, gambling houses in Germany, rights and wrongs of woman, wolf nurses in India, several chapters from Thackeray's "Newcomes", and much more. One article spanning several pages - "Generations of Fashions" has been removed (pages 749 - 762). Bound in modern grey cloth boards with gilt title and volume number to spine. Spotting to boards and spine. Text pages are clean overall with ocassional soiling throughout. Browning to early and late pages. Dampstaining to margins of several pages, mostly in November issue. Illustrated throughout, but lacks fashion plates. 864 pages. LIT/060619. Very Good.
Toronto: The Cheshire Cat Press, 2015. Number 16 of 66 copies signed and numbered by the publisher, Andy Malcolm, the writer of the introduction, Edward Wakeling, and the printer, George A. Walker. The press calls this fine production their Sesquicentennial Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. Wakeling writes in his introduction: Harry Furniss was born in Wexford, Ireland on March 26, 1854. He was a prolific artist and illustrator, best remembered for his humorous illustrations published in Punch, to which he contributed over 2,600 drawings from 1880 to 1894. Furniss was eleven years old when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. He regretted not being old enough to illustrate the Alice book for himself. He was delighted when Carroll singled him out to illustrate the Sylvie and Bruno books. Carroll recognized Furniss’s ability to draw both character likenesses and grotesques; an essential ingredient for his new book. Sylvie and Bruno was nothing like Alice’s Adventures. Furniss said that this was a bitter disappointment to him. Inwardly, he nursed the ambition to do his own illustrated version of Alice. When the copyright ran out in 1907, he drew twenty illustrations for the book. But few people have seen Alice as illustrated by Harry Furniss. The illustrations first appeared in three installments of The Children’s Encyclopaedia edited by Arthur Mee in 1908. This edition offers for the first time enlarged, high resolution copies of the original Furniss art. The portfolio of loose illustration leaves is made available for sale as a hand printed folio. The polymer plates of the illustrations were made from high resolution scans; sixteen of these images are from the original drawings from the archives of the Fales Library in New York City. Printed on Arches Velin Cream French 100% rag archival paper with Janson type. The portfolio is housed in a clam shell box made from the finest quality materials, with red cloth covers and a gilt illustration of the white rabbit on the top cover and gilt title on spine. In fine condition. Paper sheets measure 11 x 15 inches. PRI/111519. Fine.
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION, first state in uncommon variant binding of blue cloth. It has been rebacked with the original blue cloth boards attached and title strip laid down. The author and title are in black and gilt on the spine and front board. The cover also has a blind-stamped illustration of Huck in black and gilt. Minor wear to corners, darkening to board edges, and rubbing to boards. There is a photo-gravure portrait bust of Twain with facsimile signature, frontis illustration, and 174 text illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Lacks tissue guard between frontispieces. Light dampstain to corner of photo-gravure page. The interior is clean overall with occasional foxing and occasional spots of soiling, mostly to margins. Modern endpapers. Altogether a desirable copy of this milestone of American literature. 366 pages. LIT/092519. Near Fine.
New York: Harper and Brothers, (1909). Hardcover. Octavo. In red cloth boards with white title to cover and spine and a cover illustraion in blue and white. Spine lettering is faded and boards are lighly rubbed with wear to corners and spine ends. Front free endpaper has a previous owner stamp to bottom corner and evidence of erasures to top corner. Rear pastedown also shows evidence of erasure and has a few small ink markings. Text block is clean. Includes a tissue-guarded frontispiece. No dust jacket.121 pages. LIT/082919. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1935. Hardcover. Second edition, I-K. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt signature to front cover. Minor wear to corners and spine ends. Minor foxing to first and last few pages, else clean. Includes four illustrations. 413 pages. LIT/091719. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1867. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "Forty-Three Days in an Open Boat" on pages 104 - 113. This was Twain's first publication (with his name misspelled, Mark Swain). Bound in three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, volume number, and previous owner's name (M. Cornelia Welts) to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather, boards, and edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1867. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "Forty-Three Days in an Open Boat" on pages 104 - 113. This was Twain's first publication (with his name misspelled, Mark Swain). Bound in three quarter dark brown leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title and volume number to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather, boards, and edges. Interior is clean and bright overall. Light dampstain to top margins of a few pages. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.