Harpers Woods, MI: The Adagio Press, 1969. Hardcover. INTERESTING ASSOCIATION COPY WITH RELATED MATERIAL LAID IN. This beautiful copy is inscribed by author John Dreyfus to noted Chicago book collector and philanthropist Samuel R. Rosenthal, "for Sam R Rosenthal after a splendid evening John Dreyfus 16 December 1978 Chicago." Rosenthal and his wife, Marie-Louise, had a pre-eminent book collection that concentrated on livres d'artistes, illustrated books, and private press. This is 39 of 75 folio copies issued with one vellum leaf and one handmade paper leaf laid in from books printed at the Doves Press. There were 329 copies originally printed of this Adagio Press edition (although fewer than 180 were offered for sale), each with two Doves Press leaves: 12 with both Doves Press leaves printed on vellum; 75 with one leaf on vellum and the second on handmade paper; and 242 with both leaves printed on handmade paper. This copy has an octavo vellum leaf from Goethe's "Faust," issued in 1906, and a folio double leaf on paper with Leviticus 16-22 from the famed Dove's Bible. The Adagio Press was founded in the late 1950s by Leonard Bahr, who signed the colophon. In Roderick Cave's The Private Press, second edition, he cites the Bible as the most substantial title printed by the press. In 1970, Strouse had sent two letters to Rosenthal, included with this copy, offering C-S The Master Craftsman. Strouse said that he would make Rosenthal's copy "a little special" by putting in a double leaf from the Bible. Two letters dated 1978 are laid in from Dreyfus to Rosenthal and his wife. These letters and the 1978 inscription indicate that he got to know Rosenthal around this time. In one letter, Dreyfus expresses his appreciation for their expressions of sympathy over the tragic death of his son. There are a few handwritten additions to the text of Dreyfus's essay in this copy, which may have added when he inscribed the book, but this is conjecture. The book is hand sewn and bound in quarter vellum with Cockerell marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. It is printed in red and black Palatino Roman and Pascal types on handmade Tovil paper. In addition to the Doves Press leaves, laid in are the prospectus, a mounted photograph of Cobden-Sanderson with Emery Walker developed from the original negative, a smaller copy of the photo, and a pamphlet issued in 1971 titled "A Letter from Stella." This pamphlet reprints the text of the last letter written by Cobden-Sanderson to his daughter, Stella, a few hours before he died, with an introduction by Strouse. [54 pages.] PRI/042309. Fine.
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San Francisco: American Trust Company, 1954. Paperback. First Edition. SIGNED BY ADAMS and dated May 25th 1980, Carmel on the dedication page. This book was commissioned by the American Trust Company on its one hundredth anniversary. Includes sixty photographs by Ansel Adams printed on high gloss paper. In soft covers bound with clear plastic spiral comb which has broken in several places but continues to hold the pages together. There are a few scuff marks to the covers and minor wear to the edges. This copy is ex-library from the Carmel Valley Manor with an unobtrusive stamp on the dedication page. This is the only library marking. Unpaginated. PHOTO/052611. Very Good.
Frederick Fell Inc., 1946. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Very good in brick red cloth with gilt title to front baorda nd gilt and black title to spine. Slight bumping to spine ends. Author's inscription to front free end page. Light browning to end pages. Pages yellowed. Illustrations throughout. 336 pages. Humor. HUM1/5250. Very Good.
Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1977. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED on title-page: To Olivia Rodgers an old & dear friend John and also signed under his printed name. Fine blue coated cloth backed blue linen boards, gilt title to spine. Very good plus pictorial d.j. (one closed tear to rear flap, small amount of creasing, edgewear). Interior is very nice, bright and clean, though a few areas have some ink underlining. Contains 144 plates, many in color. 153 pp. + facsimile reproduction of the 1755 Chelsea sale catalog, an important source documents for students of English porcelain. Ceramics. CER/8223. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1928. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 8vo. In black cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine and gilt and blind stamp to front board. Minor fading to spine and slight shelfwear to board edges. Interior is mostly clean and bright with only slight aging to endpapers. Inscribed by author on FFEP. 76pp. POE/051304. Very Good +.
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. 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.
Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1915. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Limited to 500 numbered copies and SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 3/4 white cloth backed blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Charming illustration of a tree in gilt to front board. Minor browning to spine and to edges of boards. Minor browning to endpages, else interior is very clean. Tight binding. POE/102005. Very Good.
Chicago: The Carton Club, 1938. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. 1 of 250 copies. Red cloth covered boards with small gilt title to spine. Slight wear to spine ends and corners. Minor fading to spine and one small spot of discoloration to front board. Embossed design to front board. Inscribed by previous owner. Clean, tight interior. Includes illustrations. Minor browning as a result of the illustrations. 29 pp. BOB/030705. Very Good.
London: W.H. Allen & Co., 1888. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed: "To Linda Falconer from the Author." Wyke Bayliss (1835-1906) was a British painter and author who was affiliated with the Pre-Raphaelites and friendds with such figures as Millais, Leighton, and Burne-Jones. Bound in dark red cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Discolorations and bumping to boards. Light water stains to first few pages and some creases and light marks to last few pages. Several b&w illustrations. Very good minus condition. 207 pages. ART/032313. Very Good -.
London: William Heinemann, 1921. Hardcover. Inscribed by Beerbohm with Autograph Letter Signed laid in. The book is inscribed on the half title to S.J. Williams, “Dear Mr. Williams I am so very glad you see to like [And Even Now] and I thank you very much - Max Beerbohm May, 1943.” Laid in is a letter to Williams along with the envelope in which it was sent. The letterhead is “Abinger Manor Cottage, Abinger Common, Nr. Dorking.” In this charming letter Beerbohm writes: “June 15 1943/Dear Mr. Williams/I write to tell you, with many thanks, how proud I am to be the subject of an epigram so perfect in pre-, com-, and incision. Epigrams are usually unkind in wit. Wit and kindness are rather distantly related to each other. But here they seem to be [the word are is crossed out below this] brother and sister, and will abide in my heart as well as in my brain. With kindest regards from my wife and me to Mrs. Williams and to you, I am sincerely and gratefully yours, Max Beerbohm.” The envelope is addressed S.J. Williams, Prof/Queens’ College/Cambridge. The flap of the envelope is affixed to the front endpaper opposite the half title page. There is one fold in the letter otherwise in fine condition. Book is bound in original yellow cloth with paper title label to spine. Soiled and bumped but in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and tight. 320 pages. LIT/042012. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1919. Hardcover. A very nice ASSOCIATION COPY. Beerbohm signed and inscribed the book “For CS Evans from his friend Max 1919.” Evans was the chairman of Beerbohm’s publishing company, Heinemann, and he and Evans were close friends. Max Beerbohm, of course, is known as one of the leading critics, caricaturists, and writers of his day. This book is the first edition in the primary binding of dark blue cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front board. It is in very good plus condition with a small nick to the top of the front board, some chipping to corners and spine, and four darker blue spots to front. No dust jacket. Interior pages are clean with some browning to margins of pages. 219 pages plus four pages of publisher ads. LIT/091608. Very Good +.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., . Hardcover. Inscribed by the playwright. First edition of this well-received Broadway play, which ran in New York between November 1931 and February 1932. Berhman (1893-1973) was a prolific playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his “high comedies” which were so popular in the 1930s. This copy was inscribed to Dame Nellie Burton, Berhman’s landlady when he stayed in London. Miss Burton ran a famous lodging house on Half Moon Street, where lived, among other notables, Siegfried Sassoon and Robbie Ross, the latter being one of Oscar Wilde’s closest friends. The inscription reads “For Miss Burton, with love from her devoted Sam, London Apr. 1932.” Laid in is a typed letter to Berhman from the Stanley Rose bookstore, informing him that the copy of Brief Moment he had sent to Miss Burton at her address on Half Moon Street was returned to sender, “party gone away.” Bound in red cloth with title and author in black on front cover and spine. The interior is bright and clean with some light spotting to fore-edge. The jacket has small tears to top and bottom of spine. In near fine condition with very good jacket. An extremely nice copy with an interesting association. DRA/042011. Near Fine.
New York: Vanguard Press, 1947. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. The author’s second novel. Very good in black cloth boards with blue title to spine. Minor wear to corners and spine ends and very light evidence of a minor dampstain to the rear board. Signed by the previous owner on the front free endpaper, and browning to both gutters; otherwise, a clean copy. In a good light blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. There are several large chips to the top edges of the dust jacket and there are a few small chips to the bottom edge. Browning to the spine panel and dampstaining to rear panel. 294 pages. LIT.052511. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket / Chipped.
Buffalo: State University of New York, 1983. First Edition. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to edges. Library of congress surplus stamp to front free endpaper. Else is clean and bright. Author's signature to title page. Off-white dust jacket with red title to front panel and brown title to spine. Light rubbing, edgewear and slight fading to dust jacket. 395 pages. Books on Books. BOB609051. Very Good+ / Very Good.
New York: Privately Printed, 1947. Hardcover. Presentation copy from the author to Dorothy Moyer. First Edition. A famliy history about Hibernia Florida. Very good in original turquoise paper covered boards with blue title to front cover. There is a large chip to the head of the spine and minor wear to the corners and edges of the boards. Clean and bright interior with several photographic illustrations. Nicely printed. 144 pages. AMSTATE/042011. Very Good.
London: Elliott Stock, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author to his friend Margaret Muir (known as Meta). This was Birrell’s first book of essays and brought him success as a writer. Birrell was a politican who served for several years as Secretary of Ireland. There is an interesting hand written sentence on the first page of the last chapter titled “Falstaff.” It says “It ain’t mine/A.B.” In very good condition in the original green cloth with gilt title and small rectangle gilt design to front cover. Spine faded and some bumping to spine and corners. Interior pages are clean with slight pulling away of rear hinge. A nice copy of this relatively scarce book. 234 pages. LIT/032111. Very Good.
New York and Charlottesville: Poetry East, 1981. Paperback. Signed by Robert Bly twice - dated 19 March 89 and June 23, 1997 with two small flower illustrations next to his signatures. Includes new work by Bly as well as essays, memoirs, poems, and documents honoring him. Bound in light yellow paper wrappers with dark green title to spine and front panels. Minor fading to spine panel and to edge of rear panel. Clean interior with several photographic illustrations. 293 pages. POE/070522. Very Good.
Ilheus: Edicoes SBS Ltda: Ilheus - Bahia, 1970. Hardcover. Inscribed and signed by the author, Arthur Brandao. Uncommon book on the history and people of Ilheus, one of the oldest cities in Brazil. Most of the book consists of black & white photographs and biographies of the people of the day in Ilheus. It includes everyone from government officials, journalists, members of prominent families, to even a beauty queen or two. There is an informality to the book that lends charm. The book is inscribed to Lincoln Gordon, a former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil by Brandao, one of the authors. Bound in white paper covered boards with green metallic titles to spine and front cover. Covers and head of spine have been bent and creased without affecting the interior, which is clean and tight. Short closed tear to top of rear hinge. In Portuguese. 352 pages. SOAM/080707. Very Good Minus.
Baltimore: Hawke and Robinson, 1958. Hardcover. Thin 4to. SCARCE IN JACKET. Presentation copy from the author to Barr Harris with a long inscription in blue pen on the front free endpaper. Orange cloth boards with black title to spine. Clean, bright interior filled with photographic illustrations. Brown illustrated dust jacket with orange and black title to front panel. Minor wear and tears to edges of jacket. Orioles sticker from 1966 stuck on front panel of jacket. Includes supplements (some in duplicate) up to 1966. 50 pages plus supplements. BALT/102721. Very Good / Very Good.
Brussels: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, 1986. Paperback. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Very good+ in oversize illustrated grey wraps with black title to spine and front panel. Spine faded to green. Clean interior. Illustrated throughout with large black and white and a few color plates. Books on Books. BOB/082008. Very Good+.