Boston: Printed for Joseph Bumstead, 1800. Hardcover. Embellished with woodcuts. Full dark brown leather covered boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Minor rubbing and wear to boards and edges. Previous ownership signature in pen to front free endpaper. Short closed tears to edges of some pages. Browning, soiling and foxing to most pages. 324 pages. LIT/030719. Very Good.
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London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1820. Hardcover. An exquisite early 19th century four volume set of Don Quixote, considered by many to be the first modern novel. This edition includes twenty engravings by Heath after drawings by well-known English artist and illustrator Richard Westall. Bound by Riviere & Son in full red calf with gilt rulings and dentelles. With five raised bands to spine with gilt designs and title and volume labels to compartments. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Interior pages clean and bright. Includes biography of author and author's preface. In fine condition. 4 x 6.5 inches. LIT/031119. Fine.
London, Paris, and New York: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin. Hardcover. Folio. Full black leather boards with gilt title to spine and gilt title with illustration to both covers. Gilt borders to edges of boards and gilt dentelles. Full edges gilt. Wear and rubbing to hinges, edges of boards, spine ends, and corners. Rear hinge is starting. Closed tear and chipping to head of spine. Two bookplates from previous owners to front pastedown and previous ownership signature in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to interior pages, which are fairly brittle. Frontispiece is present but detached with chipping along inner edge. Filled with illustrations by Gustave Dore. A beautiful book. 737 pages. A large, heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. LIT/022119. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Carey, 1828. Hardcover. Full brown leather boards with gilt title label to spine. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. A few pulls to leather on boards. Chip / tear to head of spine / front hinge. Minor cracking to spine leather. Foxing throughout. 340 pages. LIT/030819. Very Good.
Boston: John Eliot, 1810. Hardcover. A scarce early American reprint of five tales from Maria Edgeworth's ambitious series of volumes on various aspects of women's lives. These were taken from the second edition. Edgeworth (1768-1849) was a prolific and successful writer of such novels as Castle Rackrent, Belinda, and The Absentee. The tales included in these volumes are Ennui, Almeria, Madame de Fleury, The Dun, and Manoeuvering. Bound in contemporary brown leather with leather spine labels with title. Minor rubbing, and chipping to leather. Joint along top of spine has split. Hinges are tender but holding. Pages have aging and foxing throughout but still quite readable. 4.25 x 7 inches. Volume I: 293 pages; Volume II: 268 pages. LIT/021419. Good +.
Grosset & Dunlap, (1913). Hardcover. Very good in very good- illustrated off-white dust jacket with grey titel to front panel and black title to spine panel. Minor edgewear, foxing, and soiling to dust jacket. Dustjacket in protective sleeve. Light foxing to first and last few pages. Minor musty smell to interior. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 342 pages. LIT/032219. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Grosset & Dunlap by arrangement with George H. Doran Company, (1925). Hardcover. 8vo. Reprint. Black cloth covered boards with pink title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to exterior includes bumping to spine ends, light rolling to spine, and very light foxing to boards. Previous owner's name and address written in pen to front free end page. Light foxing and age toning to end pages. Very faint musty smell. Else is clean and bright. Illustrated white and grey dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes chipping and creasing to edges and minor foxing. 1 inch open tear at foot of spine. Dust jacket in protective plastic sleeve. 196 pages. LIT/032219. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1945. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. 8vo. Very good+ in very good white illustrated dust jacket with rmaroon title to front and spine panels. Minor edgewear and browning to spine of dust jacket. Previous owner's name and address to front free end page. Minor age toning to pages and slight musty smell to interior. Text is clean and bright. 309 pages. LIT/032219. Very Good+ / Very Good.
New York: William Durell, 1811. Hardcover. With an essay on his life and genius by Arthur Murphy, esq. A new edition. Blue paper spine over marbled paper covered boards with orange paper title label to spine. Both hinges are cracked, but boards remain solidly attached. Heavy chipping to paper on spine ends and hinges. Heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Some foxing, spots of dampstaing to margins, and browning. Pencil brackets to margins of some pages. Frontispiece of The Idler. 373 pages. LIT/032119. Very Good.
New York: William Durell, 1811. Hardcover. With an essay on his life and genius by Arthur Murphy, esq. A new edition. Blue paper spine over marbled paper covered boards with orange paper title label to spine. Front hinge is cracked, but boards remain solidly attached. Heavy chipping to paper on spine ends and hinges. Heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Unopened pages. Some foxing, spots of dampstaing to margins, and browning. Frontispiece of Cowley. 363 pages. LIT/032119. Very Good.
Oxford and London: Talboys and Wheeler and W. Pickering, 1825. Hardcover. An eleven volume set, lacking volume one. An attractive set with each volume bound in full tan leather boards with red and dark green title and volume labels to spines. Gilt decoration and raised bands to spines with gilt rules to covers. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Occasional spots of foxing throughout most volumes, heavy on some pages and non-existant on most. Occasional smudge marks / soiling to margins, but clean overall. Ownership signatures in pen to top edge of title page. Each volume is about 500 pages. LIT/030519. Very Good.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Number 45 of 55 copies. Signed by the author and book artists. Book artist Sara Press collaborated with Andrew Rottner to create this exquisite tribute to printing’s golden age. "The story, by Christina Lauritsen, mis-remembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name, transforming it into a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss and bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks." [artists' statement]. The book is printed in Garamond and Bembo types on Moab Entrada paper. It features two 26 inch wide foldouts with illustrations by Rottner. The striking cover is done from a cut-marbled-paper and brocade. The book measures 7 x 9 inches. It is unpaginated. Deeply Game Productions creates and distributes the art works of Sara Press and her collaborators. Sara L. Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture (for example: dog fighting, feral children, and our co-evolution with snakes). Sara has also wrestled with the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Recently, Sara has turned to constructions of masculinity and femininity in our culture (such as human bloodsports and altered fairy-tales). Her work can be seen in public collections around the country and are also in many library and private collections. A lovely book in fine condition. PRI/021919. Fine.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1907). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards wth orange title and illustration to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners and minor fraying to cloth at spine ends. Minor browning and foxing to end pages. Front hinge is starting but binding remains tight. Else is clean and bright. Profusely illustrated with scenes from the photoplay. 359 pages + ads. LIT/032219. Very Good.
New York: Exposition Press, (1954). First Edition. Hardcover. SCARCE. FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with blue title to spine. Light yellowing to interior. Slight musty smell. Inscription to front free end page. White and blue dust jacket with blue title to spine and white title to front panel. Minor foxing, edgewear, and browning to dust jacket. 94 pages. POE/021819. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989. 1 of 140 copies. Signed by the author and the book artist. This scarce and intriguing limited edition work was produced to benefit the Library of the Whitney Museum of Art. "Heat" is a classic short story by the renowned and prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates. "It tells the story of the murder of eleven-year-old identical twins, Rhea and Rhoda Kunkel, through the eyes of a childhood friend who is now an adult. Oates weaves the story together like bursts of heat on a sultry day. The story begins with a reference to the “rippling” heat of the summer day as the girls ride their bicycles toward Whipple’s Ice. In the next scene, the twins are in matching white caskets in a funeral parlor. Again, reference is made to the heat. In a narrative that borders on stream of consciousness, Oates introduces the girls, the narrator, and Roger Whipple. The child narrator describes the girls as inseparable, full of life, and drawing energy and power from each other. She describes their lives and their death with the innocence of a child’s perceptions."[Enotes.com] The book's production is inventive and fitting for the story. It was produced and edited by May Castleberry of the Whitney and Leslie Miller of the Greenfell Press. The work's two volumes resemble a young person''s diaries. They are bound in white leather with gilt title and ruling to the front covers and closed by a gold clasp. The text was handwritten by Robert Gober and printed on Saunders paper. It was handbound at Booklab in Austin. Gober's illustrations for the endpapers are lithographs printed at Derriere L'Etoile Studios in New York. The volumes are housed in a custom purple cloth clamshell box. The volumes are fine in a near fine box.
London: Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintot, 1717. Hardcover. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was a major 18th century English poet most famous for his satirical verse, including "The Rape of the Lock," "Essay on Criticism," and "Dunciad." This collection, precociously published when he was just 29, helped to secure his fame. This copy has an interesting provenance, having first belonged to the famed American poet and editor William Cullen Bryant and then the noted collector Walker Thomas Wallace of New Jersey. Mr. Wallace's important collection of books, including this volume, was sold at auction in March 1920. The auction record states: "First edition. The famous 'Eloisa to Abelard,' and 'Verses to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady' appear here for the first time. This was William Cullen Bryant's copy and of peculiar associate interest evidently much read and appreciated by him, who has on the half title inscribed in his own hand "from the Rev'd William Ware to Wm. C. Bryant 1836," and again on the fly-leaf the name of his wife "Frances F. Bryant 1836.' After the imprint he has noted, 'Pope's 29th year,' and in numerous places underscored passages, notably in the Preface, a paragraph on 'Reputation' and further on regarding 'ill-will.' He again notes on the title of the 'Temple of Fame,' written in the year 1711 - 'When Pope was 22 years old."' There are pencil notes written and initialed by Wallace on the free endpaper with text from the auction record and adding that he compared the writing of Bryant with "numerous specimens from my library." Bound in contemporary leather, which the 1920 auction record describes as broken and rubbed. In fact, the front and rear boards are detached and the leather is worn. Interior pages have aging and spotting throughout. The frontis fold-out engraved portrait of Pope is in very good condition with a light tear, some chipping along margin, and some creasing to corners. Bookplates of Walker Thomas Wallace and Franklin Johnston affixed to front pastedown. A desirable copy of this collection of Pope's works despite its flaws with its noted important associations. 408 pages. POET/021419. Good +.
London: Alexander P. Watt, 1893. Hardcover. Limited to 750 copies of which 250 copies are being sold in America. This is copy 490. Brown cloth spines over lighter brown cloth covered boards. Minor wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Minor scuffing / wear to boards. Foxing to early and late pages of both volumes. Minor browning to margins. Pen inscription to endpapers. 613 pages in Volume I; 621 pages in Volume II. LIT/021919. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Silver falcon to spine and crest to front cover. Minor rubbing to gilt. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Includes many black and white illustrations. Previous owner's signature in pen to front endpaper. Minor toning to edges of pages, else clean. Attractive binding. 251 pages. SHAK/031819. Very Good.
London: Robert Riviere and Son Ltd, circa 1900. Hardcover. An attractive book bound by Riviere and Sons in three quarter marbled calf over marbled paper covered boards. Title and author labels with gilt to spine, decorative gilt devices and raised bands to spine. Top edge gilt. Minor wear to corners. Slight dampstain to top edge of corners of textblock, brown crayon scribble to front free endpaper, else clean. Split to internal rear hinge, but binding remains tight. Frontispiece. 222 pages. LIT/030519. Very Good.
London: Robert Riviere and Son Ltd, circa 1900. Hardcover. An attractive book bound by Riviere and Sons in three quarter marbled calf over marbled paper covered boards. Title and author labels with gilt to spine, decorative gilt devices and raised bands to spine. Top edge gilt. Slight dampstain to top edge of corners of textblock, brown crayon scribble to front free endpaper, else clean. Crack to rear hinge, leaving rear board attached only by the rear pastedown. Frontispiece with partially removed tissue guard. 478 pages. LIT/030519. Very Good.
Oxford: The Clarendon Press, (1960). Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with two illustrations. Reprint of earlier edition. Very good grey price clipped dust jacket with maroon title to front and spine panels. Minor fading to spine panel. A few spots of rubbing to rear panel. Index, 211 pages. LIT/031319. Near Fine / Very Good.