New York: W.C. and F.P. Church, 1866. Hardcover. Includes chapters from Trollope's 'The Claverings.' Ex-library. Modern cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Clean interior overall aside from library markings. Dampstaining to first few pages. Paper repair to corner of one rear page. 920 pages. PER/052119. Good.
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1870. Hardcover. Lacks volume title page and table of contents pages. Bound in three quarter brown leather with light brown cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. (The spine is labeled "Vol. XV" rather than "XL"). Rubbing and wear to spine ends, edges, and corners. Foxing and occasional spots of soiling to interior. Illustrated. 944 pages. PER/050818. Very Good.
New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1873. Hardcover. SCARCE. 12mo. Very good minus in original purple cloth with gilt lettering. Light rubbing at corners and spine ends, some fading and soiling to boards. Sunday school bookplate on front pastedown, owner names on front flyleaf and early blank. One plate has been colored in by a previous owner. Rear free end page has been torn out. 310 pages. Literature. LIT4/03061. Very Good -.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 8 of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. Inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shade of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/091123. Fine.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1854. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth covered boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. Embossed decoration to boards. Full gilt edges. Minor fading to spine. Edgewear to exterior includes bumping and rubbing. Tear to cloth along rear exterior hinge. Crack to front interior hinge. Foxing throughout though text and illustrations remain bright. Hand colored illustrations. 415 pages + publisher's ads. LIT/100212. Very Good -.
New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1925. Hardcover. One of 450 copies for sale from an edition of 485. Nicely inscribed by authour Elbridge Adams: "To Edith Carnahan from Elbridge Adams with the somewhat disquieting consciousness that the best of the book is not of his making. Christmas 1925." Designed by Bruce Rogers with his printer's device on rear endpaper. Bound in marbled green paper boards with cream linen spine with paper title label. Covers are chipped, rubbed, and bumped, with a tear to front right cover and left rear cover exposing the black board underneath. Spine is darkened and title label is chipped. Interior pages are very good, with a small wrinkle to top edge of half title. Frontispiece portrait of Conrad by Muirhead Bone. Still a nice copy with the charming personal inscription. Quarto. 72 pages. LIT/011023. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Crissy and Markley, 1847. Hardcover. Originally published in the 1700s, the Spectator was a daily publication in prose format intended to provoke discussion and address literary themes. The target audience was women, but it was advertised as being for the family. Volume I, No. I begins with an issue dated Thursday, March 1, 1710 and Volume XII, No. Monday, December 1714. Bound in the original dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Heavy chipping to book cloth on spines, joints, and edges of boards of Volume 1/2. Minor soiling to boards of all volumes and minor chipping to book cloth on remaining volumes. Front board of Volume 11/12 is detached but present. Occasional spots of soiling and foxing to interiors, and browning throughout. LIT/082423. Very Good.
Athens, OH, London: Ohio University Press, (1984). Hardcover. 8vo. Fine in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Letter from publisher to potential reviewers laid in. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Near fine light blue dust jacket with red and blue title and illustration to front and rear panels and blue title to spine panel. Slight fading to spine panel. Very slight edgewear and rubbing to rear panel. Index, 169 pages. LIT/062416. Fine / Near Fine.
Philadelphia: George Barrie and Son, Printed for Subscribers Only. Hardcover. Very Good. One volume of multivolume set. This title is John Law. Limited edition for subscribers only. First state of the large Japan edition. 11/250c. Vg in blue boards. Nine beautiful engravings after Remarque plus color frontis. Literature. LIT610171. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1942). FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE FRONT FREE END PAGE. 8vo. Green cloth boards with grey and gilt title to spine. Minor soiling to front board. Minor bumping to spine ends. Foxing to paste downs and end pages. Else is very clean with bright text. Tight binding. Maryland Author. 339 pages. LIT/012505. Very Good.
Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1926. Hardcover. Second book in the Fatomas series. First American edition. Bound in the original navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Two very small tears at the head of the spine, slight fading to spine, announcement for the Fantomas Novels pasted to the front pastedown, bookseller's stamp on the front free endpaper and rear pastedown, numbers in ink at the top of the front pastedown and front free endpaper, otherwise very good, without dust jacket. 337 pages. LIT/102616. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Son, 1868. Hardcover. 16 engravings (including half-title page) after paintings by Cole, Church, Cropsey, Durand, Gignoux, Kensett, Miller, Richards, Smillie, Talbot, and Weir. Includes scenes of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Lake George, Schroon Lake, Wawayandah Lake in New Jersey, and more. Prose and poetry by Cooper, Irving, Bryant, Whittier, et. al. accompanies the scenes. Most of the literary selections were composed for this volume in it's original shape as "The Book of the Picturesque." Bound in the original green pebbled publisher's cloth binding with gilt title in script to both to spine and front board. An unfortunate black ink stain to the front board and wear to the corners and spine ends. Calling card of Mrs. Virginia C. Pitts is pasted down to front free endpaper. Occasional spots of foxing and most plates have been hand-labeled neatly in pen, but clean overall. Tissue guards and full edges gilt. 108 pages. LIT/082522. Very Good.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2022. One of 200 copies, signed by the artist. This story was originally published in "Astounding Science-Fiction" in August 1938 under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. It was later adapted into multiple film versions, the most recent being "The Thing" in 2011. This horrific tale of alien encounters and Antarctic exploration is presented here in a fine letterpress edition with nineteen striking, color illustrations by Todd Thyberg. Bound in tan cloth backed blue cloth covered boards with embossed title to front board and paper belly band with "Secondary Polar Expedition: Antarctica." The book, maps, and illustrations were letterpress printed with Ehrhardt Monotype and Haboro Contrast types on Classic Crest Bare White eggshell paper. Polymer plates by the Boxcar Press. Binding by the Campbell Logan Bindery featuring a hand cast, hand painted resin medallion by the artist on the front of the case. 60 pages. PRI/112222. Fine.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2022. Deluxe Edition. One of 50 copies, signed by the artist. This story was originally published in "Astounding Science-Fiction" in August 1938 under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. It was later adapted into multiple film versions, the most recent being "The Thing" in 2011. This horrific tale of alien encounters and Antarctic exploration is presented here in a fine letterpress edition with nineteen striking, color illustrations by Todd Thyberg. It is in a special binding of quarter tan goatskin over blue Japanese cloth covered boards. It is housed in blue cloth covered tryptich folding case with an interior folder holding a suite of five letterpress illustrations, each signed and dated by the artist. The case is made to look like a government file with maps lining the interior and an official resin medallion stating "Secondary Polar Expedition: Antarctica" to the front panel. The interior maps have been hand-altered with pencil notes of expedition locations. The book, maps, and illustrations were letterpress printed with Ehrhardt Monotype and Haboro Contrast types on Classic Crest Bare White eggshell paper. Polymer plates by the Boxcar Press. Binding by the Campbell Logan Bindery featuring a hand cast, hand painted resin medallion by the artist on the front of the case. 60 pages. PRI/072423. Fine.
New York: United States Book Company, 1891. Paperback. 8vo. Very good in blue paper wrappers with dark blue title to spine and red illustration of a horse to front wrapper. Chipping to edges of wrappers and a few tears to spine panel. Dampstaining to edges of wrappers and spine panel, but interior remains clean. Browning to endpages and to a few interior pages, else clean. 298 pages. LIT/080808. Very Good.
New York: W.C. and F.P. Church, 1866. Hardcover. Includes chapters from Trollope's 'The Claverings.' Three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Dampstained throughout. Dampstaining to rear cover. Rubbing to leather. An attractive book and a good reading copy despite the dampstaining. 768 pages. PER/052119. Very good minus.
Chicago: Morrill, Higgins and Co, 1892. Paperback. Very good in white paper wrappers with green title to spine and front panel. Minor chipping to edges of wrappers, a few small spots of soiling, and minor rubing to panels. Clean interior with 4 full page illustrations. 405 pages. LIT/080808. Very Good.
London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1923. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. First Edition. According to the introduction: "The object of this book is to point out the remarkable and terrible results of this extraordinary and mischievous feature of the party system and to suggest a simple remedy ... I have set out facts and arguments in a simple conversational form to make them interesting to and understood by the average reader. As an illustration of certain evil effects of the present system, the story is told of a Fishery Bill (most pernicious adn contrary to public welfare in respect of certain clauses relating to river pollution) in which the late Government made alterations detrimental to public interests for the benefit of certain influential supporters; also of the manner in which a large selection of the public was grossly deceived in respect of the Bill." Bound in green cloth (it is olive green despite the picture above) covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Publisher's emblem in black to rear board. Minor bumping to spine ends and light browning to spine. Minor creasing and a few closed tears to edges of pages 229-244. Minor browning to rear end page. Else is clean and bright. 256 pages. LIT/012510. Very Good +.
London: Herbert Jenkins Ltd., 1923. Hardcover. 8vo. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. First Edition. According to the introduction: "The object of this book is to point out the remarkable and terrible results of this extraordinary and mischievous feature of the party system and to suggest a simple remedy ... I have set out facts and arguments in a simple conversational form to make them interesting to and understood by the average reader. As an illustration of certain evil effects of the present system, the story is told of a Fishery Bill (most pernicious adn contrary to public welfare in respect of certain clauses relating to river pollution) in which the late Government made alterations detrimental to public interests for the benefit of certain influential supporters; also of the manner in which a large selection of the public was grossly deceived in respect of the Bill." Bound in green cloth (it is olive green despite the picture above) covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Includes 5 laid-in copies of the afterword. Clean, bright interior with minor browning to end pages. 256 pages. LIT/121406. Fine.
Richmond, VA: Monalisa Bagby, 2022. Hardcover. Number 2 of 4 copies signed and inscribed by the book artist, Monalisa Bagby. The half-mythical king Gilgamesh features in several Sumerian poems but is best known from The Epic of Gilgamesh. Historical evidence for Gilgamesh's existence is found in inscriptions crediting him with the building of the great walls of Uruk (modern-day Warka, Iraq). The quest for the meaning of life, explored by writers and philosophers from antiquity up to the present day, is first fully explored in the Gilgamesh epic as the hero-king leaves the comfort of his city following the death of his best friend, Enkidu, to find the mystical figure Utnapishtim and eternal life. Gilgamesh's fear of death is actually a fear of meaninglessness, and although he fails to win immortality, the quest itself gives his life meaning. The epic has served as the model for any similar tale that has been written since. Bagby was inspired by The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest piece of epic world literature, but in this inventive and creative version she tells the ancient story with modern twists. She writes at the end of her book that after visiting the epic tale she rewrote and adapted the story to fit her voice. Despite the modern references she made every effort to remain true to its spirit. She describes some her modern references: "for instance, the gods drink coffee, the Bull-of-Heaven is referenced as a vehicle and the celebration of Enkidu and Gilgamesh is described as a State Fair. The artwork also provides modern allusions. In the first pages Gilgamesh appears as a hulking predatory bird peering down at his people. Its purple color represents his royal stature. Later in the story, the goddess Ishtar is shown wearing tights with her hair braided. Gilgamesh’s grief and internal turmoil-his unraveling-is represented by a male figure with a floating head of confusion. It is not a full bodied existence anymore. Even one of his sandals is missing. Each signature of the book includes quotes and parts of or complete poems to support the story. The famed Flood Story is handwritten in brown ink. Screen-printed at the bottom of the page are remembrances from individuals of their experience of the news of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Their stories are run together to create a stream-of-conscious of collective memories. The stories are printed in small typeface and in brown ink to suggest earth/ground/soil. To represent the impermanence of life the artwork is drawn in pencil. At the end of the story, the last paragraph is hand written in a field of blue representing peace and calm for Gilgamesh. The entire book is screen printed. Watercolor, collage, gold leaf, hand written sections and pencil drawings help carry the story. She chose a simple, muted design of the book cover is a reference to the earnestness of Gilgamesh's journey for meaning and contrasts the colorful rendering of the story. Bound in a Coptic binding in dark blue cloth with title in red on the cover. Printed in various fonts on Rives paper. In fine condition. Measures 8 x 8 inches. 23 pages plus colophon and final notes. ARTBK/011123. Fine.
London: J.M. Dent and Co., 1895. J.A. Symington. Hardcover. Scarce. A nice association copy, inscribed by the author: "Trix Fleming from her affectionate L. B. November 1900." Louisa Baldwin was one of the four MacDonald sisters, all of whom married notable men. Louisa married industrialist Alfred Baldwin and was the mother of prime minister Stanley Baldwin; Alice, the mother of Rudyard Kipling and Alice "Trix" MacDonald Kipling, married the sculptor Lockwood Kipling; Agnes married artist Edward Poynter; and Georgiana married Edward Burne-Jones. The recipient of this book "Trix" Kipling, later Fleming, was Rudyard's sister and Louisa's niece. This is one of many titles of fiction and poetry written by Louisa, many published with Mrs. Alfred Baldwin as the author. A poignant and insightful novel on love, marriage, and expectations. It begins with a happy marriage of a young couple. As time passes the man focuses increasingly on work leaving his wife feeling lonely, unhappy, and insecure. The expectations and disappointments of both husband and wife are explored, giving the reader an intimate look at married life during the late 1800s. Bound in publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Bumped, rubbed, light stains, and slightly cocked. Interior pages are very good with typical offsetting to free endpapers. With six illustrations by J. A. Symington. Very good condition despite binding flaws. 317 pages. LIT/033115. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition published posthumously. It includes a biographical sketch of Balestier written by Henry James. Wolcott Balestier was born in 1861 and died at the very young age of 30 in 1891 from Typhoid fever. Despite his brief career he became known in literary circles, in part because of his close association with Rudyard Kipling, who married Balestier's sister in 1892. Bound in the original light blue cloth with a feather design to front cover and spine. Spine is faded and there is light bumping and handling to covers, otherwise in nice condition. There is slight cracking to front hinge and cracking along some of the signatures, but the binding is tight. There is offsetting to the front and rear end pages and intermittent light foxing. The book plate of a previous owner, Chauncey Brewster Tinker has also caused a round offset to the facing end page. Tinker was a professer at Yale and a leading Boswell scholar. A previous owner or book dealer has a penciled note on the front pastedown that there were 2000 copies of this book printed, of which 620 were pulped. 188 pages plus 8 pages of ads. LIT/072109. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1901. Hardcover. Scarce. Two folio volumes with all of the issues of the Weekly for 1901. They are a fascinating compilation of articles, events, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an enthralling view of the country's concerns and interests at the beginning of the 20th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. This was a year of important news. Wililiam McKinley was inaugurated as president in January. He was assassinated in September and Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president. There was of course extensive coverage, particularly in September of the assassination and funeral. Queen Victoria of England died in January after a reign of over 63 years. This was covered with several pages of illustrations plus a supplement was published in February in memorium of the Queen along with several articles about British Royalty. In February there was a ten page pictorial review of the Queen's heir, King Edward VII. January also brought the inauguration of the Australian commonwealth. Other notable events included the excavation of the New York subway and the excavation of the Panama Canal. The US took over control of the project in 1904 and continued to control the canal until 1977. There was continuing coverage of the country's new possessions as the result of the Spanish-American War, particularly the Philippines and Cuba. There were several noteworthy literary contributions. In January Harper's began serializing Emile Zola's Labor. There were eleven installments. Also appearing in January was a poem "To the XIX Century" by John Kendrick Bangs. Bangs was a frequent contributor and also served as the editor from 1899-1901. An interesting item was a "debate" between Bangs and Mark Twain on the topic "Is Philippine Policy Just?" Twain said yes and Bangs said no. There were 27 installments of thehistorical novel Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers. He was famously noted for his weird short stories that sometimes had elements of science fiction. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spines, which are sunned. Covers jave wear and there is chipping to corners and spine edges. Interior pages are generally very good, with a closed tear on pages 585-586 and an open tear at the top of pages 1255-1256. PER/61923. Very Good.