Books on Books
Refine search resultsSkip to search results
Essex, UK: . Three nice handwritten letters from Coulson Kernahan related to publishing matters. Kernahan (1858-1943) was a prolific writer and editor, reading and editing submissions for publisher Ward, Lock & Co. among other efforts. He was their copy editor for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two of the three letters are dated 1896 and the third undated one pertains to content in one of the previous letters. All were sent on printed letterhead “Thrums,” Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The first two-page letter is addressed to Mr. Tickell. In it Kernahan apologizes for taking so long in getting back to him and then turns down an invitation to write a story for a publication he refers to as “BW.” He also writes that one of his works, “A Literary Gent,” is a Ward Lock copyright but says they would probably agree to have it reprinted for “some small sum.” He goes on to talk about manuscripts submitted [does not say where] for a 200 pound prize. The second one-page letter is sent to “Dear Sirs.” Kernahan writes to say that he had expected three manuscripts to be read for his proposed honorarium of 9 pounds, or 3 pounds each. To his surprise he received seven manuscripts and states that the honorarium must be adjusted but instead of asking for 21 pounds, states he would be satisfied with 15 pounds. The third letter of 1.5 pages is a cover letter to a report that he is sending offering his opinions of the stories reviewed. He says that he reads manuscripts for possible publication with two considerations in mind. The first is the literary quality of the work, and the second is for the potential popularity of the piece - ”to put myself, so to speak in the place of the public which buys and enjoys books which the literary [part of word obscured] journals condemn.” The letters are quite legible despite soiling and darkening to paper. The letters appear to have been previously affixed to something, two with glue on the back and one by tape to the left margins, with some remnants still attached. Light creases where folded. 7 x 9 inches. AUTO/113016. Very Good -.
San Antonio: Trinity University Press, (1976). First Edition. Hardcover. Brown cloth covered board with gilt and black title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and rubbing to title on front board. Pristine interior. Without dust jacket. First edition. 157 pages. Checklists in the humanities and education. BIB/111616. Very Good+.
New York: Greenwood Press, . Hardcover. First Edition. An extensive bibliography 3396 entries covering all aspects of the Asian experience in America. Bound in green cloth. with title to spine and front cover. In very good condition.Very good, without dust jacket, as issued. 504 pages. BOB/102016. Very Good.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979. Hardcover. First edition. Blunden (1896-1974) was a distinguished English poet, author and critic; one of the 16 Great War poets commemorated in the Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey; Professor of Poetry, Oxford University 1966-1968. Red cloth boards titled on spine in gilt. Fine in lightly rubbed cream dust jacket with black title to faded spine panel. 725 pages. BOB/1116161. Fine / Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1902. Walter Crane. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. This is still the best and most comprehensive work on Crane’s art, encompassing his illustrations, paintings, and decorative works. There are 8 photogravure plates, 24 full page colored plates, and over 100 other illustrations of his paintings, wall paper designs, and book illustrations. There are also two inserted facsimile leaves from The Story of the Glittering Plain published by the Kelmscott Press. It was the only Kelmscott Press title illustrated by Crane, despite his close friendship with fellow-Socialist William Morris. The book begins with a chapter discussing Morris’s influence on Crane’s ideas of Socialism and art. A very good small folio bound in the original blue-green pictorial cloth, with the cover design and spine printed in black and gilt. The covers show wear, with slight fraying at edges, brief spotting, and the front hinge slightly cracked. The interior is quite clean and bright save for some very light aging to margins and a small brown stain on one of the color illustrations and its facing page. Altogether a very nice copy of this rather scarce book. 148 pages. ILL/042210. Very Good.
New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1985. Hardcover. Eighth printing. Complete in one volume with 1850 biographies and 1700 portraits. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fine, without dust jacket. Illustrated. 1577 pages. A large book that may require an extra shipping fee. BOB/111616. Fine.
Paris: Librairie Historique, Archeologique et Scientifique de Sere, 1852. Hardcover. IN FRENCH. The only edition of this book with many illustrations including four color plates, one fold-out plate, coats of arms, printers marks, initials, and more. Very good in quarter green leather with turquoise cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Four raised bands to spine. Rubbing and a few pulls to leather along spine and hinges. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Heavy foxing to interior; although, color plates remain vibrant. Marbled endpages and bookplate of Harry Rabinoqitz. Size: thin quarto.160 pages. FRE/042815. Very Good.
Owings Mills, MD: Stemmer House, 1983. FIRST EDITION. Paper Boards. 8vo. Black glossy paper covered boards with white title to spine and illustration to front board. Interior is pristine with bright text and many illustrations (color and B&W). Tight binding. Minor scuffing to boards. 48 pp. BOB/100404. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1932. Hardcover. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR IN PART II. Part I was published in 1929 and Part II in 1932. Both volumes Very good in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spines. Part I has slightly more wear including chipping to gilt title and light foxing to end pages. Part I covers the Pre-Classical Period of 1610-1634 and Part II covers the Period of Corneille of 1635-1651. BOB1/2052 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Cleveland: The Rowfant Club, 1978. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION. NUMBER 237 OF 400 COPIES. Orange cloth backed orange paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior. In original glassine dust jacket. Minor edgewear to dust jacket. 65 pages. Books on Books. BOB309171. Fine / Very Good+.
New York: Pocket Books, (1991). Hardcover. 8vo. Very clean red cloth backed grey paper boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bump to spine ends and to bottom edge of front board. Interior is pristine. Tight binding. Dj has minor edgewear and minor rubbing. Faded marking where old price sticker was removed to front of dust jacket. Index, 252 pages. BOB/100404. Near Fine / Very Good+.
Zurich/Ascona: Centro del bel Libro, J. Stemmle & Co., 1969. Paperback. Very good in original green wrappers w/some rubbing, front hinge split about an inch in length, bit of yellowish staining to rear cover. Interior is clean; binding tight. Illustrated with b/w photos. In French and German; 128 pp., w/several pages of ads. Books on Books. BOB/11213. Very Good.
Boston: The Horn Book, Inc., 1984. Hardcover. "Should children be called natural poets? How can the creative efforts of children be recognized and encouraged, yet placed in the perspective of a body of poetic literature? What role should parents, teachers, educators, and poet-teachers play in fostering children's appreciation of poetry and in encouraging their creativity and imagination through the writing of poetry?" (jacket). Grey cloth boards with white title to spine. Previous owner's signature in pen to front free endpaper. Pink dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Wear and a few closed tears to edges of jacket. 354 pages. POE/050918. Very Good / Very Good.
Leipzig: Gerhard Loh, 1997. Paperback. First edition. Green paper wrappers with brown cloth spine. White paper title label reading "Internationale Bibliographie der Antiquariats-, Auktions- und Kunstkataloge: Sonderband I: 1555-1675" to front cover. Crease to front cover.274 pages. BOB/111816. Fine.