Columbus: Ohio State University Press, (1973). Hardcover. 8vo. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. A few pencil markings to interior and ownership stamp to bottom edge of textblock, else fine. Maroon dust jacket with grey title to spine. Minor edgewear to dust jacket. Index, 310 pages. BOB/112206. Very Good+ / Very Good.
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1931. Hardcover. 8vo. 276 of 400 copies. Blue cloth backed light blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to edges of boards. Interior is very clean overall, though there is a small stain on the verso of the frontis and minor browning to the endpages. Tight binding. Index, 122 pp. PRERAPH/102405. Very Good.
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1931. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. 160 of 400 copies. Dark blue cloth backed blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Some foxing to exterior cloth on front board, else boards are very clean. Pristine interior with tight binding. Light blue dj with minor wear/chipping to spine ends and edges. 122 pp. PRERAPH/072805. Very Good in Very Good dj.
London: Thomas Burleigh, 1898. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this well received book. A total of 2500 copies were printed, all in 1898. Bell was a contemporary of the Rossettis and many of the Pre-Raphaelites. He was an author and poet in addition to producing this important work on Christina, published four years after her death. The detailed biography includes the text of many letters, both to and from her. Also reprinted are excerpts from her "reading diary," Time Flies. A thorough analysis of her prose and poetry follows the biography. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Some scuffing, bumping, and darkening. Except for browning to the front endpapers and light aging to the margins of the text, the interior is bright and clean. There are several illustrations including a frontispiece copy of a drawing of her by her brother Dante. 364 pages including index. PRERAPH/102207. Very Good.
London: The Scholartis Press, 1928. Hardcover. 1 of 560 copies, this copy unnumbered. INSCRIBED BY EDITOR TO H.M. ELLIS, SON OF F.S. ELLIS. The inscription reads “To H.M. Ellis Esq., and the memory of a charming afternoon from The Editor.” In his preface Doughty writes that while the letters are not likely to have a wide appeal because they are mainly about the details of publication, they still reveal a great deal about Rossetti’s personality, with a considerable cumulative effect. He also provides extensive explanatory notes. Bound in blue cloth boards with sunning to spine and board edges and some light scuffing. Except for the pulling away of a signature in the rear, the binding is tight. The pages are clean with the usual light aging to the margins and browning to free endpapers. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. 150 pages. PRERAPH/062008. Very Good.
London: Elkin Mathews, 1904. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Paper covered boards. SCARCE FIRST EDITION. In the prefatory note written by Rossetti's brother, William, he says that "in the years that it covers, Mr. Dunn saw as much of Dante Rossetti as any person whatsoever did, or indeed more, if one looks to continuous day-by-day association...and that [the book] gives a very fair notion of what Dante Rossetti did in those years and what he was like." Dunn first met Rossetti in 1863 and their friendship appeared to extend until Rossetti's death in 1882. Bound in original blue paper boards with tan cloth backing. Boards show age and handling with minor bumps, nicks, and a spine that has browned. Title in red on front board and spine. Interior has browning to preliminary pages and to rear endpapers. There are small chips on the front pastedown which appear to have been made by the removal of a bookplate. There are six illustrations, four with tissue guards which have caused light browning to illustration and opposite page. Some browning also to fore-edges. Otherwise a clean, very nice copy. 96 pages including 23 pages of notes. PRERAPH/100907. Very good minus.
The Book Guild Ltd. And Oak Knoll Press, 2000. Hardcover. 8vo. NEW BOOK. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Pristine interior with several color illustrations. Tight binding. Black dj with white title to spine and front panel. Color illustration of Murray to front panel of dj. 266 pp. PRERAPH/101305B. Fine in Fine dj.
The Book Guild Ltd. And Oak Knoll Press, 2000. Hardcover. 8vo. NEW BOOK. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Pristine interior with several color illustrations. Tight binding. Black dj with white title to spine and front panel. Color illustration of Murray to front panel of dj. 266 pp. PRERAPH/101305C. Fine in Fine dj.
New York: Abbeville Press, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition. A sumptuous book about the equally resplendent art of famed Pre-Raphaelite artist and writer Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In addition to chronicling Rossetti's artistic career, the book also describes his turbulent personal life and loves. There are 265 illustrations with 140 in full color. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt title to spine and in a beautiful pictorial dust jacket featuring one of his many portraits of his lover and muse Jane Morris. Both are in near fine condition save for light bumping to spine edges. A large volume measuring 11.5 x 13.25 inches. 255 pages including chronology, bibliography, and index. PRERAPH/113018. Near Fine.
New York: The Brooklyn Museum, 1985. Paperback. Paper Wrappers. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to. Illustrated color wrappers with title to spine and front panel. Minor rubbing/wear to panels and edges. Tightly bound. Interior has several pencil markings and is lightly browned along edges. Text and illustrations remain bright. Color and B&W plates. An excellent reference. Catalogue, & index, 288 pp. PRERAPH/031204. Very Good.
New York: The Brooklyn Museum, 1985. Paperback. Paper Wrappers. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to. Illustrated color wrappers with title to spine and front panel. Minor rubbing/wear to panels and edges. Tightly bound with clean interior and numberous color and B&W plates. An excellent reference. Catalogue, & index, 288 pp. PRERAPH/033006. Very Good.
England: Scolar Press, 1996. Hardcover. An important survey of thirty-one artists from "The Sixties" (1855-1880), the period that saw some of the finest and most signifcant wood-engraved illustrations done for British books and magazines. Goldman provides a critical commentary on every artist, followed by a checklist of the books they illustrated or to which they contributed. There is also more detailed bibliographic information in an index of illustrated books arranged by author. With over 230 b&w illustrations. An invaluable reference for scholars in the field. Bound in grey cloth with gilt title to spine. In a pictorial dust jacket with a drawing taken from Rossetti illustration for Goblin Market. Title in red on spine and front cover. In fine condition in near fine dustjacket. Quarto. 391 pages including index. PRERAPH/033115. Fine.
Dempsey Parr, 1999. Hardcover. 4to. Full color illustrated glossy paper covered boards with white title to spine. Pristine interior with many full color illustrations and tight binding. Illustrated dj with black spine panel and white title to spine. 256 pp. PRE-RAPH/042508. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
London, New York: Academy Editions and St Martin's Press, (1973). Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. First Edition. 4to. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Binding and contents are bright, clean, and tight. Dust jacket is price clipped and in mylar wrapper with only slight wear. Illustrated frontis and illustrations numbering over 100 of drawings and paintings many of which are full color, full page plates. Index and bibliography. 102pp. PRERAPH/021804. Fine in Near Fine DJ.
London: Reeves and Turner, 1878. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed "W.M. Rossetti with H. Buxton Forman's kind regards 1 Feb '78." Beneath the inscription is the ownership inscription of Mary E. Madox Rossetti, recording her inheritance of the book from her father. The connections between Buxton Forman, editor of the Romantics, bibliophile, and (with Thomas J. Wise and alone) literary forger and the Rossettis are many and complicated. Forman began by writing positive critical comment on Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1869, leading to acquaintance with the painter-poet and then to a close friendship with William Michael, himself an editor of Keats, Blake, and Shelley, that lasted until their deaths. Over time, William Rossetti sold and gave Forman much Rossetti material, but he resisted authenticating the Wise-Forman forgeries of his brother’s work. Bound in the original navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. It has been restored with the repair visible along both hinges. There is a repaired short closed tear to the cloth along the front hinge. Rubbing to gilt on spine and large black ink stain to front cover and margins of several pages. As the cloth is a deep navy blue, the black stain is not particularly visible on the cover. Offsetting to verso of signature page from a laid in newspaper clipping relating to Keats. Includes three illustrations: a portrait of Keats, silhouette of Fanny Browne, and facsimile of letter XXVII. From the collection of Stuart B. Schimmel. 128 pages plus 12 pages of advertisements. LIT/062316. Very Good.
[London]: [late 1800s]. A very scarce collection of Lushington's privately printed writings. All were printed by the Chiswick Press. Vernon Lushington (1832-1912) was an English solicitor, a Positivist, an associate of many famous writers and artists, a friend of the Pre-Raphaelites, and the father of the model for Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. He remains virtually unknown today, but recently available family archives reveal how interesting and important figure he was. It was Lushington who arranged the first meeting between his friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. He contributed to The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine and remained a long-time friend of William Morris, often visiting Kelmscott Manor. There was also a close connection between the Lushington and the Stephen family. After his wife died, Lushington's three daughters were taken under the wing of Julia Stephen, wife of Leslie Stephen, and mother of Virginia Woolf. The eldest daughter, Kitty, became the model for the eponymous heroine of Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway. Lushington's views on Positivism, politics, and literature are clearly evident in the occasional poetry he wrote and had printed by the Chiswick Press. This collection comprises: 1) Positivist Hymns, London, 1885. First edition. Original wrappers. 60 pages. 2) Moses. [London n.d.] First edition. Original wrappers. 28 pages. 3) St. Paul. [London, n.d.] First edition. Original wrappers.17 pages. 4) Sonnets on the Positivist Calendar. [London, n.d.]. Original wrappers. 5) Good for Evil: or a Marriage in Kensington Square. [London, n.d.] 7 pages. 6) Remembered Words. [London, n.d.]. Original wrappers. 27 pages. 7) A Slab Tomb in Rome [London, n.d.] 12 pages. 8) Prophetic. [London, n.d.]. 2 pages. Some light wear and browning to the wrappers but still very good copies of such fragile publications. POE/103014. Very Good.
London: Clover Hill Editions at the Rampart Lions Press, 1974. Burne-Jones, Edward. Unbound. Prints (sold individually) of Burne-Jones’s illustrations which were originally designed to accompany The Story of Cupid and Psyche in a Kelmscott version of Morris’s The Earthly Paradise. The book was never completed. The original woodblocks, carved mostly by William Morris, were left to the Society of Antiquaries after his death. The blocks were “rediscovered” in the 1960s, and in 1974, the Rampant Lions Press published an edition of the work using them. These engravings were printed from those original wood blocks. The book and prints were in a limited edition of 100. A separate cloth box housed 44 loose prints. Paper size: 13 x 9 inches. Image size: 4.25 x 6.25 inches. PRE/121807. Fine.