London: John Lane, 1894. First edition. Francis Adams (1862 –1893) was an essayist, poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist who produced a large volume of work in his short life. Born in England, he moved to Australia for several years before returning to England not long before he died. His novel, A Child of the Age, a reworking of his novel, Leicester, an Autobiography, was brought out posthumously in 1894 by John Lane as the fourth book in its Keynote Series. It describes vividly the schooldays (at "Glastonbury") and poverty-stricken struggles of a would-be poet and scholar, Bertram Leicester, in a way understandably suffused with a fin-de-siècle melancholy. Adams shot himself dead at a boarding house in Margate, England, during a severe tubercular hemorrhage that would probably have been fatal in any case. He had long carried a pistol for this purpose. As a self-professed "child of his age", Adams combined in his life and work many distinctive features of fin de siècle British culture and Australian radical nationalism in the 1890s, including a strong sympathy with socialist and feminist movements [Wikipedia]. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with cover and title page design by Aubrey Beardsley. Bumping to corners otherwise very good, as are interior pages that show light aging to margins. With embossed bookseller blind stamp on ffep. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner on front pastedown. Small quarto. 244 pages plus 4 + 16 pages of publisher ads. LIT/050321.
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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.
London: Printed by T. Bensley for Vernor and Hood et al, 1799. Hardcover. Hudibras is an English mock-heroic narrative poem from the 17th century written by Samuel Butler. Published in the aftermath of the English Civil War, it is a scathing satire of Puritanism and the Parliamentarian cause from a Royalist perspective. This later edition is enhanced by the annotations and preface by Zachary Grey, and the 16 engraved plates after Hogarth. Bound in handsome three quarter reddish brown leather with red and cream marbled endpapers. Light bumping and rubbing to leather but very good condition. The interior pages are heavily foxed throughout the two volumes although the text is still quite legible. Interior is only good+. Volume I: 434 pages; Volume: 446 pages plus index. POETRY/031721. Good +.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 31 of 42 copies. Signed by the printers and the author of the introduction, who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Cat Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. From the prospectus: "Here finally is a book collecting all the Alice associated images into one volume. In this book is the work of the other PUNCH illustrators who were influenced by John Tenniel’s pictures for Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Oh yes we include Tenniel too! Through the many decades that Punch existed (1841-2002), references to the Alice books have been a common feature. Now you can have them all in one volume. The images are printed by hand directly from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press, except Alice Reigns Supreme (page 27) which is printed photo-mechanically. The plates were created from high resolution scans made directly from the original PUNCH publications. Printed on 115 gsm Rives Lightweight Buff 100% rag paper using a Vandercook Sp15 letterpress." Bound in green cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt ruling and Punch figure to front cover. Punch figure repetitive design to endpapers. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. In fine condition. 10 x 13 inches. 57 pages. PRI/031221.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 1991. Hardcover. Number 129 of 177 copies. Around 1982, Walker, Poole, and Brambant founded the Cheshire Cat Press. They spent six years working on their well received edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1988. George Walker's wood engravings were so admired that the Press decided to publish a book that would be devoted entirely to his engravings. This is that book, which is divided into three parts.: In the first part the 96 illustrations featured in Wonderland are reproduced by chapter in the story's order. The second part, Alice's Misadventures, has engravings that were not used in 1988 along with the reasons why. The last part reproduces some of Walker's preliminary sketches for Wonderland. The introduction describes the procedures the three used in deciding upon each of the illustrations used in Wonderland. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Red and gold marbled endpapers. Printed with Century Schoolbook and Hadriano & Hadriano types on Noranda Recycled Antique paper. The drawings were reproduced from Polymer plates. In fine condition. PRI/031221. Fine.
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 is 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: C.S. Van Winkle, 1822. h. First edition of this early work by Washington Irving, writing under the pseudonym of Geoffrey Crayon. Bound in full brown leather with red spine labels. The contemporary binding is chipped, frayed, and rubbed, with a piece of the spine missing from volume I. Joints are cracked - generally in only fair condition. Interior pages are moderately to heavily foxed or browned throughout. Fair. Volume I: 343 pages; Volume II: 351 pages. LIT/031621. Fair.
Philadelphia: George Barrie & Son, n.d. . Hardcover. Number 69 of 1000 copies printed for subscribers only. Beautifully bound by Bennett in New York in full blue morocco, with raised bands, gilt titling and lovely gilt ornaments on spine and covers. Shows some signs of handling but still almost fine. Handmade endpapers and printed on vellum. With ten black and white etchings and hand colored frontispiece. The illustrations are protected with fragile tissue guards with relevant text printed. Light offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers from leather turn-ins and light aging to page margins. Very good condition. Measures 5.5 x 9 inches. 363 pages. LIT/030121. 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.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Hardcover. Stated first edition. A REVIEW COPY with slip from the publisher and original photograph of the author inserted. 451 pages. Clean and bright. In white paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. White jacket with orange spine panel titled in white. Very light wear to edgs of jacket. LIT/031221. Fine / Fine.
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: William Heinemann, 1916. Hardcover. A nice copy of Gosse's essays from World War I, which first appeared in the Edinburgh Review. He writes of war and literature, the unity of France and desecration of French monuments, the neutrality of Sweden and more. Bound in three quarter brown leather with blue cloth covers. Spine has faded and has a couple of small chips at top edge. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages also very good. Small octavo. 248 pages including index. LIT/030421. Very Good.
London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Company, 1894. Sixth edition. Bound in three quarter red leather with red and blue marbled boards. Spine is cracked and torn at top edge and part of title spine label is missing. Decorated endpapers. Interior clean with an occasional light spot and light foxing rear endpapers and last few pages. Generally very good condition. 288 pages. LIT/022421.
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.
Philadelphia: G.B. Zieber, 1847. Hardcover. First edition of this rather scarce title. George Lippard (1822-1854) was was a 19th-century American novelist, journalist, playwright, social activist, and labor organizer. He was a popular author in antebellum America. A friend of Edgar Allan Poe, Lippard advocated a socialist political philosophy and sought justice for the working class in his writings. He founded a secret benevolent society, Brotherhood of the Union, investing in it all the trappings of a religion; the society, a precursor to labor organizations, survived until 1994. He authored two principal kinds of stories: Gothic tales about the immorality, horror, vice, and debauchery of large cities, such as The Monks of Monk Hall (1844), reprinted as The Quaker City (1844); and historical fiction of a type called romances, such as Blanche of Brandywine (1846), Legends of Mexico (1847), and the popular Legends of the Revolution (1847). Both kinds of stories, sensational and immensely popular when written, are mostly forgotten today.Many of his stories dealt with the early leaders of the United States, including George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Lippard particularly admired Washington and devoted more pages to him than any other writer of fiction up to that time, though his stories are often sensationalized and immersed in Gothic elements. This work is a series of fictional essays about Washington. Bound in three quarter black leather with green cloth boards. Covers are worn and rubbed and leather corners are worn away on tips. Front joint is partly loose although text block is holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Ownership label on front pastedown of Charles B. Cotten, Private Library No. 503. 538 pages + xxviii page biography of author. LIT/022621. Very Good.
Paris: Urbain Canel et Ad. Guyot, 1832. Hardcover. Bound in black quarter leather with black and cream marbled covers with ornate spine with gilt titling and decoration. Leather is chipped and torn. Paper covers abraded along edges and on back cover. Front and rear free endpapers missing, damp stains along top of first forty-three pages and light foxing throughout. Good+. 356 pages. Good +.
London: The Verona Society, 1930. Hardcover. Limited to 1000 copies. Tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor staining to covers, else clean and bright. Minor wear and fraying to spine ends. With wonderful woodcuts by Mackey. Head and tail pieces with initials as well as full page illustrations. 161 pages. LIT/031221. Very Good.
Wisconsin: Badger Books Inc / Waubesa Press, 1998. Hardcover. Signed by the author. First Edition. "A collection of short stories set in a Wisconsin hamlet" called Token Creek. While the place is real, the stories are fiction.Red leatherette boards with gilt title to spine and front board. In illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Clean and bright. 251 pages. LIT/031221. Fine / Fine.
New York: St. Martin's/Marek, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed and Inscribed by the author. Black cloth backed black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light wear and rubbing to boards. Clean interior. In black dust jacket with gilt title to spine and front panels. Jacket has chipping, closed tears, and wear to edges. 277 pages. LIT/031221. Near Fine / Very Good.
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: Heinemann, 1896. Hardcover. First edition.The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells (1866–1946). The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick who is a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat. He is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. This is a classic work of early science fiction[ and remains one of Wells' best-known books. The novel is the earliest depiction of the science fiction motif "uplift" in which a more advanced race intervenes in the evolution of an animal species to bring the latter to a higher level of intelligence [Wikipedia]. Bound in publisher's tan cloth with black titling to spine and cover black and red illustration and titling to front cover. Does not have the publisher blindstamped monogram on rear cover. Bumping, rubbing, a little soiling, and tiny tear to spine. Hinges slightly cracked but text block tight. Light aging to page margins. Frontis illustration with tissue guard. With terminal page ad for The Time Machine, 32 pages of advertisements beginning with Conrad and ending with The Latest Fiction. A very good copy of this somewhat scarce title. Measures 5 x 7.75 inches. 219 pages. LIT/042121. Very Good.