Philadelphia: M. Carey, Jan. 9, 1815. Hardcover. This edition was published just two months after the first. Carey describes it as amplified, methodised and improved over the first edition. The book appeared during a "convulsed period of history" as an effort to create unity between the two American parties against the British during the War of 1812. Bound in orginal paper boards, badly browned and faded, with spine missing. Front and rear boards loose but holding. Some signatures are cracked but the text block is holding firm. Pages are browned and foxed throughout but legible and readable. Dampstaining to rear end pages. A decent copy of this important historical work. 336 pages. AMHIST/033010. Very Good.
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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.
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.
Japan Tourist Bureau. Hardcover. 8vo. 3rd edition. Includes 3 woodcuts, many illustrations, and a large fold-out map. Green cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and faded gilt illustration to front board. Minor wear to edges and spine ends. Rubbing to boards. Interior is very clean with bright text. Stamp from previous owner to front pastedown and to first page of text; stamp does not effect text. There is also a small slip of paper pasted down to front pastedown. Book is side-stapled, then bound into boards. Crack to front hinge just after title page. Binding remains secure. Full color woodcuts are pasted down. In English. 149 pp. JAP/020205. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. FIRST EDITION of a VERY SCARCE book. Autonym Library series. Bound in original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and blue title to front cover. Minor chipping to book cloth along hinges and spine ends. Minor rubbing to boards. The interior is clean and bright. Interior hinges are cracked though binding remains tight. 334 pages. LIT/030306. Very Good.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1886. Hardcover. First edition of the first book of criticism by Archer (1856-1924), a prominent literary and drama critic of his day. Bound in original dark red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Some bumping and rubbing, slight chipping to spine corners otherwise in nice condition. Front and rear hinges are somewhat cracked and there are a few loose signatures. Light foxing throughout. Includes full page illustrations of some famous actors of the time such as Henry Irving, Edward Terry, Mary Anderson, and Sarah Bernhardt. 350 pages including index. DRA/071709. 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.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Hardcover. 8vo. FIRST EDITION. SCARCE. Lovely art noveau style floral decoration to spine and boards. Navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Title and decoration to front board are in brown. Minor rubbing to gilt on spine. Minor fading to spine. Minor wear to edges and corners. Clean, bright interior with tight binding. 331 pages. LIT/022007. Near Fine.
New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers, (2002). Hardcover. First Edition. Red paper covered boards with light yellow title to spine. Previous owner's name and date to top corner of title page. Else is pristine with full color illustrations throughout. Illustrated dust jacket with light yellow title to red spine. Minor creasing to top edge of dust jacket. Index, 335. COOK/033010. Fine in Near Fine DJ.
Silver Spring: Silver Spring Press, 1983. Hardcover. First edition. SIGNED by the author / artist. Each page features a flying event for a different pilot with an illustration and a few brief facts. A good introduction to aviation for a child and an interesting interpretation for an enthusiast. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. A few white spots to boards. Blue dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Includes several tipped-in illustrations. 205 pages. AVI/080508. Very Good in near fine jacket.
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.
Paris: Societe du Mercure de France, 1905. Hardcover. Translated by X. Marcel Boulestin with an essay by him on Beerbohm. This is the first edition in French of one of Beerbohm's best known works, The Happy Hypocrite. It includes the first publication of a caricature of Boulestin by Max. Boulestin was best known as a chef and restauranteur, but also published articles and books. Bound in original brownish-gray wrappers with red and black lettering to front cover . Covers in near fine condition save for slight darkening to spine and crease on front right cover along fore-edge. Interior is bright and clean, with usual browning to margins of pages, not affecting text. The bookplate of Scottish historian and book collector W. Macdonald Mackay is affixed to the verso of the front wrapper. Rare to find in this condition. Housed in half morocco slipcase with pink cloth boards and red leather spine. Some smudging to boards. 106 pages. FRE/020408. Near Fine.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1965. Hardcover. First Edition (American). Near fine in near fine white illustrated dustjacket with black title to front and spine panels. Faint tanning to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Literature. LIT1/1292. Near Fine / Near Fine.
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.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, (1984). Paperback. 8vo. Grey illustrated paper wrappers with yellow title to front wrapper and to spine. Small amount of writing in pen to edges of half title page and inside of rear wrapper. Marks in pen to margins of 3 pages. Else is clean and bright. Index, 400 pages. BALT/071316. Very Good.
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.
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: American Illustration Inc. / Harry N. Abrams, 1986. Hardcover. First edition. The definitive collection of the best work by nearly 200 American artists, created this past year for books, posters, magazines, newspapers, advertising and animation. Fine in yellow cloth boards with maroon title to spine. Clean interior with 290 illustrations of which 268 are in full color. Fine illustrated dust jacket with green marbled pattern and black title to spine. 295 pages. CHILD/102609. Fine in fine jacket.