Boston: T.B. Wait & Co., 1809. Hardcover. VG 8vo. Rebound in modern green leatherette with gilt title to spine. Foxing, browning to interior though text remains bright. Frontis with original tissue guard. No writing or chipping, interior in nice shape. 519 pp. American Biographical History. AMEBIO/3063. Very Good.
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New York: Schocken Books, (1966). Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends. Interior is clean and bright. Red price-clipped illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Spine panel faded to light brown. Minor rubbing to dust jacket. Index, 216 pages. English Biography. ENGBIO/042313. Near Fine / Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1901. Hardcover. Herkomer (1849 - 1914) was a German born painter, who lived mostly in England but spent many summers in his native Bavaria. He was known for painting scenes of poor people and also the Queen on her deathbed. He was also an early film director and composer. Sadly, none of his seven films are in existence any longer. Ex-library with sticker removed from spine, pocket to rear, bookplate to front endpaper, and stamp to copyright page. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Leather and gilt title to front board is mostly detached and no longer present; however, embossed title remains legible. Chipping to leather author label to front board. Heavy chipping and wear to spine ends. Minor wear to corners and minor rubbing to boards. Closed tear to bookcloth along rear hinge, but binding remains secure. Filled with full page plates including photogravures of Herkomer's works. 133 pages plus plates. A heavy folio that may require an extra shipping fee. ART/040219. Very Good.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. Hardcover. 8vo. Modern rebinding in black leatherette covered boards with gilt title to spine. Marbled edges to pages. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout including a frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Index, 713 pages. American History. AMEBIO/3043. Near Fine.
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.
New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1920. Hardcover. First Edition, second printing. "Brooks’s book 'The Ordeal of Mark Twain' was a psychological study attempting to show that Twain had crippled himself emotionally and curtailed his genius by repressing his natural artistic bent for the sake of his Calvinist upbringing" (Britannica). Very good in black cloth boards with faded grey title to spine and front cover. Chipping to book cloth and wear to spine ends, edges, and corners. Puncture mark to spine and to bottom margin of some page. Rear hinge is cracked. 267 pages. Literary Criticism. LIT/032318. Very Good.
Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely. (1894). Paperback. VG- in original white paper illustrated wrappers with red and black title to front wrapper and to spine. Front wrapper is detached but present. Heavy chipping to front wrapper and spine. Interior heavily browned with minor chipping to first few pages. Paper is brittle. Text is bright. Binding tight. 213 pages + ads. In wraps. Literary Biography. LITBIO/3113. Very Good -.
London: Grant Richards, 1900. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy from Clodd, inscribed to the book's publisher Grant Richards, the nephew of Grant Allen. This memoir celebrates the life of Canadian science fiction author Charles Grant Blairfindle Allen (1848 - 1899). After teaching in grade school for several years, he became a professor of moral philosophy in Jamaica, where he developed his evolutionary system of philosophy. His literary career began with non-fiction essays on popular science, and he later went on to write nearly 30 fiction novels. He is considered to be a pioneer of the science fiction and detective fiction genres. Bound in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor sunning to spine, small chip to foot of spine, and a few spots to boards. Offsetting to endpapers, else clean. 222 pages. LIT/052115. Very Good.
Paperback. SCARCE. Very good- in modern paper wraps with remains of original front cover depicting a young Union Soldier laid down. Illustrated with engravings. Minor browning and chipping to the edges of the first several pages. The author served in the 28th Michigan Infanty. 48 pages. American History. AME6/1282. Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn by his successors Hurst and Blackett, 1854. Hardcover. A New Edition. This is a lovely set of Frances Burney's diaries and letters, written from her early 20s and continuing almost until her death. Frances Burney (1752-1840), also known as Fanny Burney and later Madame d'Arblay, was a popular English satirical novelist, diarist and playwright. The first of her four novels, Evelina (1778), had the best success and remains best regarded. Her charming diaries and letters display her skill as a writer and are almost novelisitic, capturing conversations and offering much commentary on people and places of her time. Bound in three quarter reddish-brown leather with red cloth boards. With raised spine bands with titling and ornaments to compartments. The spines are sunned and there is light wear to spine and cover edges. Hinges somewhat tender. Top edges gilt. Interior pages are clean. With a facsimile fold-out letter in Volume I and frontispiece portraits in the other volumes. Very good condition. Size: 4.5 x 7 inches. Volume I: 378 pages; Volume II: 368 pages; Volume III: 381 pages; Volume IV: 356 pages; Volume V: 376 pages; Volume VI: 322 pages; Volume VII: 318 pages including general index. LIT/101921. Very Good.
New York: Hekate Publishing, 2019. Paperback. Second Edition. "The wonderfully talented Tom DiVenti is a Baby Boomer / punk / poet who has, thankfully, traversed decades of hard living, spectacular and outrageous performance art and emerged as an apt example for younger and like-minded individuals. His many stories, really exquisite prose poems, capture the now-downtrodden Baltimore from a more glorious era. Whether he's reminiscing about Martick's restaurant, growing up in northeast Baltimore in a rough and tumble neighborhood and his mischievous pranks in Catholic school, or hanging out with John Waters' crew in Fells Point, the humor and sincerity of his voice is singular ..." (back cover, Russ Smith). Black paper wrappers with white title to spine panel and photographic illustration to front cover. Clean and bright with photographic illustrations. 183 pages. LIT/081519. Fine.
London: Martin Secker, 1929. Hardcover. First Edition. DEDICATION COPY, inscribed “W. Sorley Brown from his friend Alfred Douglas.” The printed dedication page reads “To William Sorley Brown,” whose ownership stamp is present on the front pastedown. An ardent admirer and long-time friend of Douglas, Brown published a brief work titled The Genius of Lord Alfred Douglas in 1913 with the intention of highlighting Douglas’s poetical prowess at a time when most people knew him only for his scandalous affair with Oscar Wilde. Editor and owner of The Border Standard, Brown was known primarily for being a journalist. He is mentioned on page 268 and 292-3 of this book. Near fine condition in the original blue cloth with gilt title to spine and front board. This book has been expertly recased using the original cloth. Light rubbing to spine ends, hinges, and corners. Browning to a few pages where a bookmark was once laid in and light rubbing to pastedowns; otherwise, the interior is clean. Includes frontispiece photograph of Douglas. 340 pages plus index. LIT/020309. Near Fine.
Cornwells Heights, PA: Mother Katharine Drexel Guild, 1972. Paperback. Signed and inscribed by the author (Sister Duffy). "The life story of Katharine Drexel (1858 - 1955), foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, spans a long period of time and covers eventful and far reaching developments in the history of the United States" (preface). Red, white, and blue paper wrappers with white title to spine and front panels. Rubbing to panels. Pen marking to front free endpaper. 434 pages. REL/071520. Very Good.
Cornwells Heights, PA: Mother Katharine Drexel Guild, 1972. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the author (Sister Duffy). "The life story of Katharine Drexel (1858 - 1955), foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, spans a long period of time and covers eventful and far reaching developments in the history of the United States" (preface). Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Wear and rubbing to boards. Inscriptions to both endpapers. Authors signature and inscription to title page. Small dampstain to top corners of first few pages. Clean overall. 434 pages. REL/071520. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1858. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Wear to edges and chipping to spine ends. Minor rubbing to boards. Light foxing throughout though text remains clean and bright. Minor staining to first few pages. Includes frontis and several other illustrations. 416 pages. Arctic Travel. TRA1/3112. Very Good.
London: Arthur Barker, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. A masterpiece of historical fiction, ranked in some surveys as one of the best novels of the twentieth century. In very good condition in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Light spotting to boards and light wear to edges. Previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown and note in pencil to front free endpaper. There is offsetting from an article that is no longer present on the front endpaper and front flap of the jacket. Minor foxing to endpapers. There is a foldout family tree at the rear of the book. In blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. The jacket is in three pieces with small chips to the spine ends, edges, and hinges. Browning to spine of jacket. A nice copy despite noted wear. 494 pages. LIT/052511. Very good in a good dust jacket.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1882. Hardcover. 12mo. Green leather backed marble paper covered boards with green leather corners. Gilt title to maroon title label on spine but half of label is missing. Minor rubbing to exterior. Front hinge cracked. Front free end page is loose. Marbled page edges. Interior is clean and bright. English Biography. ENG408271. Very Good.
Richmond: The Dietz Press, (1951). Hardcover. 8vo. Scarce. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Else is clean and bright. Blue and white illustrated dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Minor soiling, creasing and edgewear to jacket as well as "Claiborne" and "Hale of Kent" written in faded pen to spine panel. Index, 340 pages. VA/011419. Very Good+ / Very Good.
Harrisburg: no publisher stated. 1876. Paperback. Very good- in wraps. Short 5 paged pamphlet. Text occasionally foxed but overall in clean condition. Last two pages detached by present. A memoranda read by Harris, at a meeting of the Hope Fire Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to celebrate the American centennial. Simpson was a native of Harrisburg and a Revolutionary War soldier. Terrific source for the Pa. local historian. American Biography. AMEBIO2/2212. Very Good.