Bristol and London: J.W. Arrowsmith and Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, & Co., Ltd, (1891). Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY "To my friend G.B. Burgin with every good wish E. Phillpotts." He and Burgin collaborated on a play, '"His Lordship" (1892). Presentation copies from Phillpotts are scarce in the 1890s. Very good in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine and black title to front board. The front board is slightly bowed and the spine is somewhat cocked. The hinges are rubbed, there is minor soiling to the boards, and the corners are bumped. Bookplate of Alastair Forbes to front pastedown. The text remains bright although there is browning to margins of interior. ?Evidence of a repair to front and rear interior hinges.? 284 pages. LIT/051710. Very Good.
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London: William Rider & Son, 1899. Hard Cover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author "L. Gesner from J.C.P." on the front free endpaper. Bookplate of Herbert Mortimer and Louise Cheney Gesner to front pastedown. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was an eminent English novelist, poet, critic, and philosopher. This early work was his second published book. In original cream paper covered boards with an elaborate gilt design by Gleeson White. The spine is browned and worn. Minor wear and browning to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Interior pages have some aging to edges, an occasional pencil mark, and a pencil comment regarding one poem. 123 pages. Very good condition. POE/122018. Very Good.
London: 1896. Hardcover. Number 73 of 150 copies privately printed for the author by Ballantyne. Signed and inscribed to Douglas Carnegie. Bound in vellum backed green cloth with gilt title and author to front board and spine. Vellum is discolored and corners are bumped. Printed on Arnold' s Unbleached Handmade Paper. Interior in very good condition except for foxing to frontispiece and verso, which are printed on a different paper. 164 pages including index. LIT/042012. Very Good.
London: Ellis and White, 1881. Hardcover. First Edition. AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION COPY. Inscribed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti: "To Frederick Leyland from his friend D.G. Rossetti 1881." Rossetti died the following year. Leyland was Rossetti's most important late patron. Frederick Leyland (1832-1892) was a Liverpool shipping magnate and major art collector. He had a collection of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites and from artists of the Aesthetic Movement, as well as an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. His collection included Rossetti's “The Blessed Damozel,” “Monna Rosa Proserpine”, and “Lady Lillith.” Rossetti also painted portraits of Leyland and his wife. Other well-known works commissioned by Leyland were “The Beguiling of Merlin” by Edward Burne-Jones, and Whistler's Peacock Room, which was installed in his London house (The Peacock Room may now be seen at the Freer Art Gallery). Bound in original green cloth with gilt flower and lattice design by Rossetti on covers and spine. There is spotting to the preliminary leaves and at the end of the book, including on the inscription page, but this does not obscure the inscription. Closed half-inch margin tear to page 327. A very nice copy in very good plus condition. Housed in a modern green cloth clamshell box. 335 pages plus one page ad. PRERAPH/052213. Very Good.
London: F.S.Ellis, 1870. Hardcover. A fine association copy inscribed to Arthur Hughes from Rossetti. The inscription reads: “To Arthur Hughes, from his friend, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, April 1870.” These men were two of the most important artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. This is one of only a few copies personally inscribed to Rossetti’s close friends (see D.G.R. Letters to Publishers). Bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Attractive gilt floral decoration by Rossetti to spine and boards. Minor wear to edges and slight discoloration to boards. Clean, bright interior with decorative end pages and a tight binding. Housed in a black cloth covered clamshell box with gilt label to spine. 282 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements. Very Good condition. PRERAPH/102006. Very Good.
London: Richard Clay & Sons, 1886. Hardcover. Second Edition. The Shelley Society's Publications. Fourth Series. No. 2. Very good in turquoise paper covered boards with turquoise cloth spine. Chipping to spine ends and corners of boards. Dampstaining to bottom edges of boards and spine. Chip to paper on front cover effecting the title. The frontispiece also is dampstained along the bottom edge; however, the other pages remain clean. The edge of the front endpage is torn. 162 pages. PRERAPH/112912. Very Good.
London: Oxford University Press, 1942. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy inscribed "For my sister Emily, in grateful appreciation of her generous thought for my children, her brother, in old affection, Will / March 16 - 42." Near fine in original orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine. The spine is slightly cocked and rubbed and there is minor wear to the spine ends and corners. Illustrated with 40 handsome photogravures by famed artist Rothenstein printed in red. Clean and bright. 134 pages. ART/052010. Near Fine.
Baltimore: Loyola College, 1977. Paperback. PRESENTATION COPY, Inscribed by the author on title page. Very good in Green linen tape backed gray pictorial thick-stock wrappers with green title to front wrapper. Green linen tape is unsticking in a few areas. 4to. Small dampstain to rear cover affects the last few pages in decreasing intensity; interior is otherwise clean, no foxing. Profusely illustrated throughout. 155 pages. Maryland History. MD/11153. Very Good.
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1888. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy of his book of poetry, inscribed to Laurence Housman: "LH with kindest regards from Clement Scott December 1893." Clement Scott (1841-1904) was an influential theater critic for the Daily Telegraph. He also was a playwright, travel writer, and poet. A small volume bound in original red cloth backed marbled paper boards. Boards are scratched and chipped along the edges, and the spine is slightly soiled. Interior pages are clean and the book is in very good condition. 320 pages. POE/052713. Very Good.
London and New York: John Lane and The Bodley Head, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy inscribed "M.F. Peterson from the author." Owen Seaman (1861-1936) was a writer and an editor of Punch. Bound in original green cloth with gilt illustration on front board and title and author in gilt on spine. Slight bumping to corners but very nice. Interior is clean and bright with offsetting to free endpapers. Title page illustration is same as used on cover. In very good condition. 86 pages plus 12 pages of ads. LIT/052713. Very Good.
London: Constable and Co, Ltd, 1919. Hardcover. First Edition and a fine association copy, having belonged to the actress Ellen Terry's daughter, Edith Craig, who herself acted in early productions of Shaw's plays. The title page bears the publisher's blind stamp "Presentation Copy" and it is probable that the book really was the gift of the author. A photograph of Shaw is pasted to the title page. In the margin of page 118 there is an interesting note in what appears to be Craig's handwriting. In the text at that point Shaw comments on the fact that the plays of Ibsen, Pinero, and Barrie were unsuited to Sir Henry Irving, and Craig has added: "Irving bought Barrie's 'Professor's Love Story' but couldn't do it. Pinero said he couldn't write a play with a part for him." Bound in original light green cloth lightly bumped with single black mark on front cover, browning to spine, and front hinge beginning to split. Interior pages are very clean. Housed in handsome green morocco backed slipcase with gilt title, author,and "Edith Craig's Copy" to spine. Very good condition. 266 pages plus 2 pages of ads. DRA/042704. Very Good.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1886. Hardcover. First Edition. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "Edward Shorthouse from his affectionate brother & sister J Henry & Sarah Shorthouse." John Henry Shorthouse (1834-1903) was an English novelist probably most famous for his book John Inglesant. The recipient was also an author. With the bookplate of Ohio book collector Paul Lemperly, with Lemperly's inscription stating that he received the book as a gift from Morris L. Parris, whose collection of Victorian novels is now at Princeton. Parrish's letter of presentation is inserted. Bound in original dark blue cloth with gilt stripes and embossed design on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Housed in a fine custom half-red morocco slipcase. Octavo. 300 pages. LIT/053013. Fine.
Baltimore: The Romm Press, Inc., 1942. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by author on ffep. Very good blue cloth w/bright gilt to cover and spine. Corners, spine ends worn; scuffing to rear board. Interior is clean (though a couple pages have light soiling in margins) and text bright. Tight binding. Bookplate to front pastedown. Ephemera relating to Rabbi Silverstone laid-in. Silverstone was the Rabbi of the Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.144 pp. Judaic Studies. JUD/10033. Very Good.
New York: Dial Press, 1931. Hardcover. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY. 8vo. Very good in dark blue cloth covered boards with very faded gilt title to spine. Author's inscription to front free end page. Else is clean and bright with several illustrations including frontis of O'Neill. 327 pages. DRA/112241. Very Good.
New York: 1865. Paperback. PRESENTATION COPY, LIMITED TO 50 COPIES. Good+ in brown paper wraps with black title to front wrapper. Author's inscription to front wrapper. Front wrapper detached but present. Chipping to edges of wrapper. Interior is very good with bright text. French History. FRH109131. Good +.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1872. Hardcover. Second English Edition. AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION COPY. Inscribed at the time of publication on a slip of paper affixed to front pastedown, "To my dear friend John H. Goodenow Esq U.S. Consul to Constantinople from Henry M. Stanley The Author London Nov 5 1872." Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), the explorer and journalist, was commissioned by his employer, the New York Herald to mount an expedition to Africa to find the missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone. Stanley found Livingstone in November 1871, where he famously said (or perhaps not),"Dr. Livingstone, I presume." The trip brought Stanley fame and fortune. His first account of the expedition was published in July 1872. The recipient, John Goodenow (1833-1906) was from a prominent legal and political family in Maine. In 1864 he was appointed as consul general in Constantinople and became secretary of the legation in Turkey in 1873. It was in his capacity as a senior diplomat in the Ottoman Empire that brought him in contact with Stanley. Stanley, traveling with two other men, made plans to travel through Turkey to Asia and China. Two weeks into their journey they found themselves embroiled in a violent encounter with local Turks. Stanley was eventually able to obtain the assistance of Goodenow, who secured compensation for their treatment. Bound in original brown cloth with embossed design on spine and front cover, with gilt illustration of two men meeting with the caption "D,. Livingstone I presume." Boards are chipped, bumped and spine has chip to top left edge. Rear cover watermarked, but binding is nicer than it sounds. Hinges are weak but text block is tight. The end papers are chipped and the rear hinge has pulled open, and the front folding map is detached from text block except for part that is still attached but torn away from the rest of the map.Later ownership signature on half-title. Frontispiece is a mounted photograph of Stanley. Full and partial page illustrations throughout. Four folding maps. Overall in very good condition. 736 pages including index plus 8 page publisher's catalog. TRAV/091213. Very Good.
Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1975. Hardcover. 8vo. PRESENTATION COPY; "To Gassie: Best wishes to a fellow colleague interested in scholarship - Dick." Green cloth covered boards with purple and green title to the spine. Clean and bright interior. Beige illustrated dust jacket with green and brown title to front panel and spine. A few light red markings on back panel. Index, 307 pages. American history. AMHIS/071907. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Philip C. Duschnes, 1960. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation Copy, inscribed by the author to Dale and Doris Armstrong. 1 of 1250 copies. Near fine in grey paper patterned boards with red spine panel titled in black. Light wear to spine ends and edges, else fine. Clean, bright interior. In very good beige dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket including a few short closed tears and slight browning. 42 pages. BOB/062510. Near fine in very good jacket.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed Presentation Copy. 8vo. In original dark blue cloth. An extraordinary association copy, inscribed "Mary C. J. Leith from her affectionate cousin A.C. Swinburne Nov. 8, 1894." Mary Gordon, later Mrs. Leith, was Swinburne's first cousin and by far the most important woman in his life apart from his mother. Herself a poet and novelist, Mary Gordon's intimacy began in childhood when they lived in neighboring houses on the Isle of Wight. Later their relationship became literary, Swinburne providing the poems that appear in Gordon's anonymously issued "The Children of the Chapel" in 1864, and Gordon appearing as Clara in Swinburne's own novel, "A Year's Letters," first serialized in The Tatler in 1877. It was published in book form in 1905 as "Love's Cross-Currents." In her memoir, Gordon wrote that Swinburne [was] to me as an elder brother, a loved and sympathetic playmate, and in later years a loyal and affectionate friend. Although there is no direct evidence, recent scholarship has identified Gordon as most likely Swinburne's sole romantic attachment, which ended in traumatic rejection. This book was probably inscribed after Gordon visited Swinburne and Watts-Dunton at The Pines in the fall of 1894. In 1899, Swinburne dedicated his last major poetic work, "Rosamund, Queen of the Lombards," to Mrs. Disney Leither. Swinburne is better known for his lyric poetry, but he was also a prolific and well regarded literary critic. The collection of some of his critical writings include essays on Sir Walter Scott, Wilkie Collins, Beaumont and Fletcher, Whitman, and more. Bound in publisher's original dark blue cloth with gilt rule to front cover borders and title and author in gilt to spine. Light offsetting to free endpapers otherwise near fine condition. LIT/101304. Near Fine.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1904. Hardcover. First edition, large paper set, one of only 10 marked Presentation Copy and numbered with roman numerals, out of a total of 110 sets. This copy is numbered VI and stamped "presentation copy" with a penciled note stating that it was formerly in the library of Mrs. Mason, Theodore Watts-Dunton's sister. All volumes are bound in original black cloth with gilt titles to spine. Light rubbing to edges, boards, and hinges but overall very clean. Foxing and offsetting to endpages, else clean interiors. Several of the hinges are starting. Includes the last text revised by Swinburne and the first printing of the dedicatory epistle to Theodore Watts-Dunton. A nice set. Poetry. This set may require an extra shipping fee. POE/4113. Very Good.