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Baltimore: The Proof Press, 1937. Hardcover. Presentation copy, SIGNED by the publisher. Thin 8vo. Brown cloth backed patterned paper covered boards with brown title to white title label on front board. Slight yellowing to eges of pages. Ephemera laid in. White dust jacket with red title to front panel. Minor soiling to jacket. Books on Books. BOB1/01191. Very Good+ / Very Good.
London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1894. Hardcover. Scarce. One of 650 copies. Presentation copy from the publisher John Lane, inscribed in pencil to the Irish poet and novelist Katharine Tynan Hinkson: "Mrs. Hinkson with the publisher's regards." Presentation and association copies of the two books of the Rhymers' Club are extremely uncommon. The Rhymers' Club, founded in 1890 by the young William Butler Yeats and Ernest Rhys, was a group of London-based poets, Originally it was not much more than a dining club, meeting in pubs, Those who took part included Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Francis Thompson, Richard Le Gallienne, John Gray, John Davidson, Edwin J. Ellis, Victor Plarr, Selwyn Image, Lord Alfred Douglas, Arthur Cecil Hillier, John Todhunter, G.A. Greene, Arthur Symons, Ernest Radford, and Thomas William Rolleston. Oscar Wilde attended some meetings that were held in private homes. The group as a whole matched quite closely Yeats' retrospective idea of 'the tragic generation', destined for failure and in many cases early death. Along with the social element of the Rhymers' Club, they published two volumes of verse. The first, titled The Book of the Rhymers' Club was published by Elkin Mathews in 1892. The Second Book of the Rhymers' Club, with five poems by Yeats, appeared two years later in 1894, published by the recently merged Elkin Mathews and John Lane. They had print runs of 450 and 650 respectively. By the time Arthur Ransome wrote his Bohemia in London in 1907, the group had long passed into legend." Bound in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light browning to margins of interior pages. With bookplates of writer J.G.E. Hopkins, culinary writer Helmut Lothar Ripperger, and collector Mark Samuels Lasner. Very good condition. POE/080715. Very Good.
Boston: A.A. Beauchamp, 1936. Hardcover. SIGNED, PRESENTATION COPY. ONLY 150 COPIES PRINTED. Black cloth backed blue paper covered boards with black title to front board. Wear to interior includes minor bumping to corners and spine ends, chipping to foot of spine, and a few small spots of soiling to rear board. Author's inscription to front free end page. Else is clean and bright with black and white illustrations throughout. 140 pages. Art. ART111081. Very Good.
Edinburgh: The Brigade, 1902. Hardcover. 8vo. SCARCE. PRESENTATION COPY from publisher. First appearance of Bram Stoker poem, "One Needful Thing" on page 173. White flexible paper boards with gilt title to spine. Attractive bright gilt crest to front board and gilt decoration to spine. Minor rubbing to boards. Includes 11 illustrations with captioned tissue guards, numberous illuminated initials, and decorative borders to every page. Clean, tight interior. Maroon endpages. 190 pages. LIT/021606. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder, 1896. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed to the author's younger sister "E.M. Arnold with the writer's love." The author, Mary Augusta Ward (1851-1020) was a very popular novelist in her time, with many of her works concerned with religious and political issues. Ethel Margaret Arnold planned a stage career and had literary ambitions, later becoming known as a "New Woman Journalist." Her relationship with Ward was difficult, but she served as the model for Alice, the heroine's mentally unstable 'manic sister', in Eleanor (1900). This novel is somewhat of a sequel to Marcella as its heroine is a central character in this novel as the married Lady Maxwell. Tressady, the title character is a married baronet who falls in love with Marcella. She rebukes him and stays loyal to her husband. Tressady is tragically killed in an explosion in a iron mine he owns. In original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and black title to front board. Joints are tender, spine is rubbed and worn, and corners are bumped. There are a few small dark spots to the rear board. There is minor browning to the endpapers, else the interior is clean. In very good condition. 571 pages plus ads. LIT/030306. Good Plus.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1995. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED on front free end page. Fine black paper boards, bright gilt title to spine. In near mint d.j. (slight wear to extremities). Interior is in beautiful condition, tight, bright, and clean. Materials related to subject are laid-in. Index, 555 pp. French History. FRE/6213. Near Fine / Near Fine.
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "C.F.A. Voysey from H.G. Wells." Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific writer in many genres but is best remembered for his science fiction novels, of which this is one. This dystopian work was first published in 1899, but Wells revised it in 1910 and published it as When the Sleeper Awakes. He was dissatisfied with this first version, saying it was written when he was under time pressures. The recipient is Charles Voysey, an important English architect and designer who was influenced by the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. In 1900 he was the architect for Spade House, which Wells built in 1900 and lived in for the succeeding decade. Laid in is a Raphael Tuck and Sons "real photograph" postcard of Wells that is contemporary with the book and signed in ink below the image. Such an early photograph of Wells is uncommon and signed ones are rare. It is very likely that Wells gave this one to Voysey. Bound in original red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Spine is faded, bumping to corners. Hinges tender, endpapers smudged, light spotting to half title page not affecting the inscription. An accession number is written in ink on the free front endpaper and there is a blind stamp "W.H. Smith and Son London" below it. Bookplate of John Richard Sofio to front pastedown. Housed in handsome beige cloth box with leather title and author label to spine. Very good condition. 329 pages. LIT/011416. Very Good.
Boston: The Nimrod Press, 1966. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS GODDAUGHTER. Very good+ in blue cloth covered boards with silver title to front board and to spine. Light wear to head of spine. Original glassine dust jacket intact with a few chips to the top edge. Illustrations accompany poems; 140 pages. Poetry. POE/10232. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
Baltimore Operation Sail, Ltd, 1977. Paperback. PRESENTATION COPY. Presented to Hilda Mae from the Mayor of Baltimore on a bookplate affixed to the inside front cover, "Hilda Mae from Don." Hilda was Schaefer's companion for many years. Bound in illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Clean and bright with many illustrations. Rear cover is price-clipped, else fine. Housed in a thin, blue presentation box titled in gilt "Presented by William Donald Schaefer Mayor City of Baltimore" on the front cover. 50 pages. Fine.
New York: The Viking Press, 1943. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR'S BROTHER WILLIAM. Very good, presentation copy in red cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Interior is clean and bright. Inside flap from original dust jacket is laid in. 280 pages. Literature. LI2/11080. Very Good.
New York: The Viking Press, 1944. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED BY BARBARA WOOLLCOTT. Very good in orange cloth covered boards with light blue title to spine and light blue illustration to front board. Minor wear to spine ends and to corners. Few spots of foxing to interior, else is clean and bright. Author's inscription to front free end page. 177 pages. Children's Literature. CH1/11080. Very Good.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent presentation copy. Inscribed by William Butler Yeats to his friend Clement Shorter: " Clement Shorter from W B Yeats June 23 1899." William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the famous Irish poet, was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. and was key figure in Ireland's nationalist movement. Clement Shorter (1857-1926) was a British journalist and critic who was also an avid collector of books and manuscripts, particularly of the Brontes. He was the editor of the Illustrated London News and in 1893 founded the periodical Sketch. The fourth story in this short story collection, "Where There is Nothing, there is God," was first published in Sketch in October 1896. The stories blend Irish with Rosicrucian themes and characters. Bound in the original blue cloth with the famous cover design done for Yeats by Althea Gyles stamped in gilt on covers and spine. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman, With six black and white illustrations by William's father, John Butler Yeats. The binding is bright and beautiful with very slight bumping to corners. Interior pages are quite clean with just a trace of aging to margins. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near fine condition. LIT/011816. Near Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Townsend, F.H. Hardcover. Includes 44 illustrations by F.H. Townsend. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on a tipped-in sheet of notepaper from the Hotel Bellevue, Boston. The inscription reads “With I. Zangwill’s Compliments please send 2 proofs here at once.” Jewish author and political activist Israel Zangwill (1864 - 1926) was passionate about campaigning for the oppressed. Many of his works address women’s suffrage, pacifism, Zionism, and Jewish emancipation. He was a strong believer in assimilation and is credited with coining the term “melting pot” to describe the fusion of various cultures and ethnicities. Bookplate of book collector W.K. Bixby to front end page. Very good in original orange cloth boards with illustration of birds and flowers to front board. The front board is creased and slightly bowed with darkening to spine and edges of boards. The interior is browned along the margins. The front hinge is cracked. Later protective blue cloth dust jacket with maroon leather title label to spine (not pictured). The jacket is frayed along the top edge and there is a short closed tear along the front joint. This is an attractive copy of Zangwill’s rare second solo book. 326 pages plus 16 pages of ads. LIT/050109. Very good.