New York: powerHouse Books, 1999. Hardcover. Signed by the artist and author. First edition. The portraits of Italian painter Francesco Clemente (1952 - ) are quite striking, with references to expressionism and surrealism. This book includes over 100 portraits with subjects ranging from poets to artists to actors to friends and family. A few notable examples include Allan Ginsberg, Minnie Driver, Keith Haring, Fran Lebowitz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft, and Robert Mapplethorpe. All portraits were completed from 1980 - 1997 in various media such as watercolor, oil on wood panel, pastels and more. Near fine in illustrated paper covered boards with red spine panel and yellow title to spine. Gentle bumping to corners, otherwise in fine condition. In very good plus matching jacket with short closed tear to the front panel and Rizzoli price sticker to the spine panel. 186 pages. ART/011111. Near fine in Very good plus dust jacket.
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Oxford: Francis Macpherson, 1848. Hardcover. First edition. Arthur Clough (1819 - 61), close friend of Matthew Arnold and Ruskin, hosted reading parties on his vacations to Scotland. This poem was composed in response one such vacation and supposedly both delighted and outraged his guests. Very good in original blue cloth flexible boards with gilt title to front cover. Minor wear to edges of covers. There are a few small chip to edges of several pages. The binding is split in a few places; however, all of the pages remain bound in. Features the bookplate of a notable collector, Mark Samuels Lasner. 55 pages plus 1 page of ads. POE/062510. Very Good.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Hardcover. 12mo. FIRST EDITION. Autonym Library Series. Beige cloth boards with blue title to spine and front board. Minor foxing to first and last few pages and writing in pencil to first free endpage, else interior is clean. 188 pages plus ads. LIT/032106. Very Good.
New York: Viking, 2003. Hardcover. First American Edition. Signed by the author. Published in the same year Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for literature. This is an unusual book in many respects: Coetzee’s alter ego is a woman, and through the device of formal speeches, he gives himself a platform to reflect on the novel in Africa, race relations, wildlife, and environmental issues; and on evil in Amsterdam and the sexual impulses of the American poet Robert Duncan. He does this while recounting Costello’s life as a woman and mother. Fine in blue cloth backed paper covered boards with white title to spine. In fine blue illustrated dust jacket with orange title to spine. 233 pages. LIT/052511. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1848. Hardcover. 8vo. This is the UNCOMMON FIRST EDITION of renowned writer Wilkie Collins’s first book, a biography of his father, published when he was only 24. The biography was completed the year after his father, the noted artist William Collins, died. According to Gasson’s Wilkie Collins: An Illustrated Guide, William Collins had always intended for his son to write his biography. To an extent, William’s journals, correspondence, and notes were written with this in mind. Wilkie also received assistance from his father’s friends. The book received generally good reviews, and was praised by writers such as Maria Edgeworth and Walter de la Mare. Wilkie's first novel, Antonina, was published in 1850. Very good in contemporary three-quarter brown leather that has some scuffing and rubbing, with marbled boards and end papers, gilt title, and rules on spine, and gilt to top edges. The interior pages are clean and solid. Includes an engraved portrait of William Collins, and the volumes are extra-illustrated by the insertion of 57 plates by many artists of the period. No publisher catalog. Volume I has xii, 348 pages; Volume II has vi, 354 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/091507. Very Good.
New York: The John Day Company, 1968. Hardcover. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 8vo. Very good in very good price clipped white illustrated dust jacket with black and yellow title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to edges of dust jacket. Very bright copy. Index, 227 pages. China. CHINA/10232. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
London: Skeffington and Son, 1896. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. British novelist, Marie Corelli (1855 - 1924), was a very popular author during her time, although she was often criticized, as many women authors then were, of being melodramatic. This book addresses the plight of a wealthy woman married to an abusive, arrogant aristocrat who takes great advantage of her kindness and finances. Appropriately, Corelli's introduction implores her readers to place greater value on women and their roles in marriage and society. Very good in original maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Slight roll to spine and minor wear to edges and spine ends. The end pages are browned with a small spot of soiling on the first two. Also, there are a few spots of foxing to the title page, there is an inscription from the previous owner on the half title page dated 1896, and there are occasional smudge marks throughout. A nice copy despite noted wear. 292 pages. LIT/012109. Very Good.
New York: Macmillan and Company, 1883. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good in orange and brown cloth covered boards with brown title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to edges and minor fading to spine. Spine rolled. Minor browning to end pages. 353 pages. Literature. LIT5/11210. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title as well as decorative purple and green flowers to front board and to spine. Minor edgwear and browning to spine. A few small very light spots of soiling. Minor rolling to spine. Previous owner's stamp to front paste down and free end page. Minor foxing to first and last few pages. Else is clean and bright. 389 pages + ads. SCOT/071718. Very Good.
London: Geoge Kenning, 1890. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. FIRST EDITION. Light blue cloth covered boards with black title to the front board. Damp stain to bottom of front board. Wear to edges of boards and spine. Minor soiling to boards. Spine slightly darkened. Damp stains on end pages. Lacks front second free endpage. Some pencil notes throughout. A few splits to interior binding; however all pages remain tightly bound. Overall interior is clean, however there are a few smudge marks in margins which do not effect the text. Six pages of advertisements to rear. 77 pages. GENHIS/071907. Very Good.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good in original cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to corners and spine ends. The interior is clean overall with minor foxing to the margins of a few pages. Remnants of glue to front pastedown where bookplate may have been attached at one time. One signature is a bit loose. 311 pages. LIT/080108. Very Good.
New York and London: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1936. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Dark blue cloth backed light blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light browning to spine. First edition. Profusely illustrated with more than 100 black and white drawings and photographs accompanied by extensive notes. Index, 410 pages. English History. ENGHIS15/062699. Very Good+.
New York: Macmillan, 1917. First Edition. Hardcover. First edition. Very good in navy blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to edges and corners and light rubbing to hinges. Previous owner's name written in pencil to front paste down. Else is clean and bright. 672 pages + ads at rear. Illustrated with 16 photographs. Augustin Daly, 1838-99, managed major theatres in New York and London, and wrote/adapted nearly 100 plays Drama. DRA9010201. Very Good.
London: Ward and Downey Limiited, 1894. Hardcover. First Edition. An exceptionally nice copy of this rather scarce work. John Davidson (1857-1909) was a Scottish poet and dramatist who also wrote a few novels, of which this is one. It is thought that he drowned himself because of depression and hopelessness. His body was found a few months later. Baptist Lake is the the protagonist, and the book follows his life after he returns to his childhood home of Pilgrimstow as a young man. Bound in smooth black cloth with gilt title to front board and spine, and is in near fine condition. Original patterned endpapers. The interior pages are clean, just showing the slightest aging to the margins. There is a very slight separation of a middle gathering, caused by the book being laid open flat. 351 pages. LIT/081309. Near Fine.
London: John Lane, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition in rare variant binding. Copies are usually found in black cloth. This copy is bound in red cloth with gilt title, author and Art Nouveau influenced of flowers and birds to front cover. In very good condition with some light scraping to cloth along bottom of front cover. The interior pages are clean and tight. Bookplate of illustrator Pickford Waller affixed to front pastedown. 187 pages. POE/051111. Very Good.
Glasgow: Frederick W. Wilson and Brother, 1888. Paperback. First Edition. 300 copies printed. SCARCE PRESENTATION COPY of Davidson’s fourth book, inscribed “To Mrs. John A. Cramb with kind regards from John Davidson.” John Davidson (1857-1909) was a Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist. His chief talent was as a poet, and his work influenced early Modernists such as T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. Due to personal and financial problems, Davidson ultimately committed suicide. The recipient and her husband, a student, were among Davidson’s closest friends when he attended Edinburgh University. They followed Davidson to London in the early 1890s hoping also for successful literary careers. In the end, John Cramb returned to academic life, becoming professor of Modern History at Queen’s College, London. Cramb had a crucial influence on Davidson’s later works (in particular The Testaments of John Davidson) through his book, The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain (1900). In the original parchment wrappers, which are browned and lightly soiled, but otherwise in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright, with very light rippling caused by tight signatures. Enclosed in red cloth folder, which is inserted into a red cloth slipcase with quarter leather spine. Gilt title, author, date, and “presentation copy” to spine. 82 pages including publishers catalogue. DRA/051111. Very Good in Wraps.