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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.
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.
London: James Bowden, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. Published anonymously. William James Dawson (1854-1928) was an English clergyman and author. Bound in original cream cloth. Spine is faded and covers are a bit dull. Gilt vignette of an angel, repeated on the title page in a smaller red design may be the work of Laurence Housman. 136 pages. LIT/050911. Very Good.
London: Leonard Smithers, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes six illustrations engraved on wood by Charles Conder. Stonehill and others state that this is the rare primary binding; copies are more commonly found in blue cloth. Very good plus in original yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and bottom corners of boards. Slight darkening to spine. A few spots of foxing to early and late pages, otherwise the interior is clean. Housed in a half-morocco slipcase with purple cloth boards. The case is titled in gilt with gilt decoration and raised bands. Some discoloration, light soiling, and minor rubbing to case. The Artist and the Book 62; Nelson Smithers 1896. 12; Stonehill 51. 107 pages. LIT/052110. Very Good Plus.
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897. Paperback. Bodley Booklets Number Two. First Edition. Rare. A send-off of Richard Le Gallienne's 'The Quest of the Golden Girl' written by David Hodge and George M. Matheson, two Glasgow journalists writing under the pseudonym of Richard de Lyrienne. Near fine in orange paper wrappers with brown title to spine and front panel. There is a short closed tear to the front end page; otherwise, in fine condition. Housed in a portfolio within a grey cloth slipcase with black and gilt leather title label to spine and bookplate of Mark Samuels Lasner on inside board of portfolio. 98 pages plus 4 pages of ads. LIT/052010. Near Fine in Fine slipcase.
Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1885. Hardcover. Volume V of De Quincy's Works. Reprint edition. Overall very good in blue cloth with title label on spine. Rubbing and foxing to label. Occasional pencil underlining through first 50 pages. Minor foxing to end pages. Previous owner's bookplate (small) on front endpaper. Poetry. POE1/7100. Very Good.
Brattleboro, VT: T.P. James, 1873. Hard Cover. A nice copy Dickens’s unfinished last novel, as he died before he could complete it. Bound in the original brick red publisher's cloth with gilt title to spine and front cover. Crease to front cover, wear to corners, fraying to spine ends, rubbing to hinges, fading to spine title, and a few small spots of soiling to front cover. Interior is generally clean with previous ownership signature in pen dated 1885 to front pastedown. 488 pages. LIT/041619. Very Good.