Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1955. Hardcover. Reprint. "Much that happened in Mark Twain's life served as the basis of his work, and these real life episodes in fictional form are scattered through more than twenty-five of his books. Now Jerry Allen has drawn all these episodes together in actual sequence and added much new material from Twain's unpublished papers" (jacket). Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Previous owner signature in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to endpapers. In green dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Fading to spine of jacket and wear to edges including a few closed tears. 359 pages. LIT/032318. Very Good / Very Good.
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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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1949. Book Club Edition. "And so this new biography is focused on Walt Whitman's inner life, on the mysterious, creative processes of poetry, and on the rambunctious America that was just then coming of age" (jacket). Faded red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Open tear to front free endpaper and spot of soiling. In red dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Fading to spine panel and several large chips to jacket. 381 pages. POE/050918.
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.
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.
London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1934. Hardcover. Inscribed by the Charles Wright and dated 1934. A memoir written in honor of Harold Wright (1883 - 1933) by his friends. Harold attended Cambridge University and then went on to look after the interests of fishermen, becoming the Governor of the Fisheries Organization Society in 1915. Illustrated. Bound in dark greyish blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Toning to margins, else clean. 187 pages. ENGBIO/042518. Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. Hardcover. Second printing before publication. Signed by Fonteyn on the title page with date 1980. A moving autobiography about both her illustrious ballet career as well as her private life. Bound in black cloth and in black and red pictorial dust jacket. In very good condition. With numerous b&w photos throughout. 266 pages plus index. Dance. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Stein and Day, (1967). Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good white and grey illustrated dustjacket with red title to front and spine panels. Fading to spine panel. Minor foxing to dust jacket and to end pages. Else is clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. 191 pages. FILM/7112. Very Good / Very Good.
Reigate, England: Myrtle Langham, 1978. Hardcover. Number 346 of 500 copies. Inscribed by the author. Felix Gade (1890-1978) lived on the island of Lundy for several decades as the resident agent for his friend Martin Coles Harman, who bought the island in 1925 and proclaimed himself the King of Lundy. Lundy is a small remote island in the Bristol Channel that has interesting topography and wildlife, and had a rich history. Gade's inscription dated September 1978 is to an unnamed recipient of his book, apologizing for taking so long to send it. Bound in brown cloth with gilt titling to spine. Light signs of handling but near fine. Interior pages are in fine condition. With eight pages of black and white photographs and a fold out map of the island in the rear of the book. With bookplate of Paul S. Seybolt affixed to front pastedown. Inserted is a postcard sent from Lundy in 1991 to George T. Goodspeed, the well known Boston bookseller who died in 1997. Also laid in is a typed notice and order form for the book from M.S. Langham. 544 pages including index. ENG/091919. Fine.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1997. Paperback. First Edition, second printing. Blue illustrated paper wrappers with white title to front and spine panels. Price sticker remnants to both covers, else clean and bright. Remainder mark to bottom edge of textblock. Illustrated. 572 pages. LIT/032318. Fine / Fine.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Inc, (1944). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in very good price clipped illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and black title to spine. Minor edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Previous owner's name to front free end page. Else is clean and bright. 273 pages. Religion. REL/062718. Very Good / Very Good.
Beirut: Almassar, n.d. [ca. 2000]. Hardcover. First Edition. In French. Inscribed by Joublatt's son, Walid Joumblatt: "To Congressman Shays /With all my respect and friendship/ W. Joumbatt 7/7/2007" Kamal Joumblatt was an important Lebanese political leader who headed the anti-government forces in the Lebanese Civil War until he was assassinated in 1977. His son, Walid, is the Lebanese Druze leader. An admiring biography with b&w photographs throughout that document Joumblatt's life as an important world figure. Folio volume bound in black cloth with silver title to spine and blind stamped title and portrait on front cover. In very good plus condition. Pictorial dust jacket with red title to spine and front, which also has photograph of Joumblatt. Invery good condition with slight bumping and minor chips. Interior is in fine condition. 224 pages. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
New York: Simon and Schluster, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition. Tan cloth boards with dark brown title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. In tan illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Includes color illustrations. 224 pages. LIT/051418. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schluster, 1966. Hardcover. First Edition, second printing. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Minor soiling to fore-edge of textblock, else clean. In cream dust jacket with blue and red title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Soiling to jacket. 424 pages. LIT/031918. Very Good / Very Good.
Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1907. Hardcover. Eight edition. 16mo. Very good in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and beautiful gilt decoration to both front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's name to front free end page dated 1910. Interior is clean and bright. 182 pages. Eastern European History. Polish History EEUR/041618. Very Good.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. A full length critical biography. Illustrated paper wrappers with white title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of wrappers. Price sticker to front cover, else clean and bright. Includes photographic illustrations. 568 pages. POE/050818. Very Good / Very Good.
[The Hague] a la Haye: Pierre de Hondt, 1758-1759. Hardcover. This remarkable "Historical Dictionary," offers critical and literary memoirs about the life and works of various distinguished persons, particularly in the republic of letters, This book was done as a complementary work to the famous early 18th century dictionary of Pierre Bayle. Prosper Marchand (1678-1756) was a Huguenot refugee who became a bookseller, bibliographer, and publisher in the Netherlands. Marchand died before the manuscript was complete, but he had commissioned his friend and executor, Jean Nicolas Sebastien Allamand, to review and publish it. Allamand spent four years putting Marchand's notes in order. They were mostly written on confused and scattered scraps of paper. In his introduction, Allamand describes all the pains he had to take to restore these notes and to supplement the omissions of Marchand. The result is this monumental bound folio with two painstakingly printed volumes on on seemingly everyone and everything literary. Printed in double columns with numerous shoulder footnotes on most pages. At the end of Volume II are an alphabetical list of articles, a table of subjects, and a catalog of books published by Pierre de Hondt. Bound in three quarter brown leather with decorated brown paper boards. Six raised bands to spine with brown leather title label in second compartment. Chipping and small tears to leather as well as to paper covers. Interior pages show light aging but are otherwise clean and bright. Offsetting on free endpapers from leather borders on pastedowns. Previous owner bookplate to front pastedowns and small stamp on title page of volume I "Holstein-Holsteinborg." In very good condition. Volume I: 330 pages plus publisher catalog; Volume II: 328 pages plus lists and publisher catalog. FRE/042415. Very Good.
London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange; and Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, 1819 and 1820. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Each featured person (all men) has a full page biography and an engraved portrait. Each volume includes approximately 100 persons. Very good in green full leather with intricate gilt decoration on boards and spines. Raised bands, gilt titles, volume numbers, and decorations to spine. Slight sunning to spines, some light wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to spine and boards; otherwise, in wonderful condition with very bright gilt. Marbled endpapers and full gilt edges. The early pages in volume 1 have some thin spots (a paper defect) and a previous owner has reinforced these small areas with discreetly with clear tape that appears to be archival. Effected pages include blank free endpages, verso of title page, table of contents, and verso of first text page. The interior of volume 1 is foxed throughout , with the foxing lessening towards middle of book. There is also light foxing in volume 2. There is some pencil writing on first endpage in volume one. Text and engraved portraits remain bright. The binding is nice and tight. A beautiful set, especially in light of its age, even though it contains no eminent women. Biography. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/2253. Very Good.