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LITERATURE IN ENGLISH BEFORE 1900

ADDIDSON, Jospeph. THE WORKS... With a Complete Index. Birmingham: John Baskervile for J. & R. Tonson, at Shakespear’s Head..., 1761 4 vols, 4to, eng. frontis. portrait of the author after Kneller, 3 commperlplates engraving sby Hayman & Grignon, and a number of woodcuts. Contemp. tree calf, gilt toold borders and spines, red & black gilt labels, joints of vol. 1 tender but holding, bookplates, very handsome set. $1250. ¶ The handsome Addison is counted among the Baskerville’s finest and most ambitious of his works. Dibdin called it a "A glorious performance" (Lib. Comp.). The eighteenth century renaissance in printing was brought about by John Baskerville, who brought a refreshign touch of simplicity into typographic art. Besides designing his own types, he made his own inks and was repsonsible for the manufacture of the paper used in his books. His open, generous pages brought to a climax the clear, widely spaced treatment, already to be seen in the books of Tonson and Bowyer in London… In crystallizing this trend, Baskerville was the inspiration that set of a fifty-year stretch of native British bookmaking…" (Art of the Printed Book p.26). Gaskell, John Bskerville, A Bibliography, 17.

 

ADDISON, Joseph. THE MISCELLANEOUS WORKS, IN VERSE AND PROSE, OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE… With Some Account of the Life and Writings of the Author by Mr. Tickell. London: Printed for J. & R. Tonson, 1765. 4 vols, 8vo, 2 engraved frontispieces, 2 engraved plates, 42 medal illus.. Contemporary full calf, gilt lettering to red and black onlaid morocco spine labels, gilt dec. compartments, gilt tooled edges, bookplates, some wear to edges, extremities, otherwise an internally clean, very good set. $350. ¶ Includes Addison’s poetry, his plays, Dialogues Upon the Usefulness of Ancient Medals Especially in Relation to the Latin and Greek Poets, The Present State of the War [with France], Of The Christian Religion, and writings on his travel throughout Italy and Switzerland.

 

ADDISON & STEELE. THE SPECTATOR; A New Edition, Carefully Revised... With Prefaces Historical and Biographical. London: Thomas Bosworth, 1854. 6 vols, 8vo. Full calf, gilt lettered on green morocco spine labels, gilt ornamentation, double fillets in blind, speckled edges, board edge dentelles rolled in gilt, very good. $675. ¶ A beautifully bound set of Addison & Steele’s 18th century paper.

 

ALDRICH, Thomas Bailey. FROM PONKAPOG TO PESTH. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1883. 8vo, vii, 234pp. Decorated cloth. $20. ¶ First Edition. BAL 318. Johnson p.14. Foley p.7.

 

ALDRICH, Thomas Bailey. JUDITH AND HOLOFERNES. A Poem. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1896. 8vo, vi, 78pp. Light brown buckram, gilt. Bookplate. Fine. $20. ¶ First Edition. BAL 375.

 

ALLEN, James Lane. THE REIGN OF LAW, A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields. New York: Macmillan, 1900. 8vo, vii, 385, (5)pp, frontispiece & 8 photogravure plates by Harry Feen & J.C. Earl (3 showing the harvest of hemp). Original red cloth stamped in green & silver with a marihuana plant, gitl titling, very good with engraved bookplate. $75. ¶ First Edition, true first state, of this tale of the cultivation of marijuana in Kentucky for the rope industry, with a historical introduction followed by the fictional romantic tale. It was issued in England as The Increasing Purpose. Johnson p.23.

 

(Andersen). BAIN, R. Nisbet. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, a Biography. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1895. 8vo, 461pp, illustrated. Disbound. $20.

 

ARNOLD, Sir Edwin. THE LIGHT OF ASIA. New York: American Book Exchange, 1880. 12mo, pp.769-868, ads, orig. pink wrappers, worn, old signature. $25. ¶ Early American edition of the most popular tale of Sakyamuni Buddha in English; first published in London in 1879.

 

ARTIDEMORUS Daldianus. THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS, by that Most Celebrated Philosopher Artidemorus. First Written in Greek, and afterwards translated into Divers Foreign Languages, and now Made into English. A New Edition. London: J. Bew, 1786. 12mo 129, (2)pp. Contemp. quarter calf, marbled boards, somewhat rubbed. $550. ¶ Artemidorus lived in the 2nd century A.D. during the reigns of Hadrian and the Antonines. His book, said to have been written at the command of Apollo, is in four parts, with an appendix containing a collection of prophetic dreams which had been realized. He claims to haave read all the authorities on dreams and conversed with all who had strudied the subject. Translated by R. Woods, all early editions in English are rare on the market.

 

ATHERTON, Gertrude. THE DOOMSWOMAN. New York: Tait, Sons & Co., 1893. 8vo, 263pp. Original cloth, gilt lettered, some dappling, 1 rubbed spot, otherwise very good+. $100. ¶ First Edition in book form of this early Atherton novel, originally published in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, September 1892. Cf. Johnson p.24.

 

BACON, Francis. LETTERS… Written during the Reign of King James the First. Now Collected, and Augmented with Several Letters and Memoires, address’d by him to the King and Duke of Buckingham, which were never before Published. The Whole being Illustrated by an Historical Introduction and some Observations, and dispos’d according to the Series of Time. London: Printed for Benj. Tooke, 1702. 4to, (8), lxx, (2), 302, (2)pp. Calf antique, a very good copy. $400. ¶ First Edition, edited by Robert Stephens. Without the dedication leaf, which in many copies was cancelled owing to the death of William III before publication of the work. Gibson 245.

 

BACON, Francis. THE ESSAYS or Counsels, Civil and Moral...With a Table of the Colours of Good & Evil...Enlarged by the Author Himself; and Now More Exactly Published. London: T.N. for John Martyn, S. Mearne and H. Herrington. 1673. 8vo, 3 parts in one, (4), 254, (4); (8), 32; (14), 132pp + 4 as the original cancelled title and dedication leaves, bound at rear. Recent full polished calf, red morocco spine label, lower spine reads "1672" in error, some old waterstains, otherwise very good+ $750. ¶ First Edition, corrected, of Bacon’s complete Essays. "The Essays, in various editions from 1597-1625, started as assemblages of aphorisms, held together only by a common subject, a chaos of bright ideas of a broadly Machiavellian tone (OCEL p. 57). With the corrected title reading "enlarged" rather than "englarged." Wing 3287. Gibson 23b.

 

BALL, [Rev.] T. H. ANNIE B., THE DYING GIRL. Crown Point: [By the Author], 1893. Sm 8vo, 48pp. Publisher’s original plum cloth, gilt lettered, black stamped decoration and ornamentation, aeg, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. An obscure, scarce work in free-verse, the serene acceptance of mortality by a young devout Christian woman while on her deathbed by an author best known for his history and genealogy of Lake County, Indiana.

 

BALZAC, Honoré de. DROLL STORIES Collected From The Abbeys of Touraine. Translated into English; Complete and Unabridged. Illustrated with 425 designs by Gustave Dore. London: John Camden Hotten, [n.d., 1874]. 8vo, xxxii, 650pp, frontispiece, title-page engraving, 423 engravings. Contemporary three quarter brown morocco by Sangorski, marbled boards, gilt lettered, raised bands, teg, wear to corners, scuffing to boards, text a little stained, otherwise very good $150. ¶ Dore’s marvellous illustrations to Balzac, translated anonymously by George R. Sims from the French edition of 1855. This is apparently a piracy of the Chatto & Windus first English edition of 1874. LeBlanc, Catalogue de L’Oeuvre Complet de Gustave Doré, p.43. Cf. Parks & Temple III, p.245.

 

BALZAC, Honoré de. EUGENE GRANDET. Translated by Katherine Prescott Wormley. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1895. 8vo, 294, (18) as adv. pp. Full green morocco, red morocco spine labels gilt lettered, spine sunned yet still bright, overall a very attractive, tight, fine copy. $75. ¶ Reprint of Wormley’s 1886 English translation of one of the novels from Balzac’s The Human Comedy series, Scenes From Provincial Life.

 

BANGS, John Kendrick. COBWEBS FROM A LIBRARY CORNER. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1899. 12mo, ix, 101, (1)pp. Blue cloth, silver lettered, untrimmed, near fine. $30. ¶ First Edition. BAL 743.

 

BANKS, Charles Eugene. A CHILD OF THE SUN. Illustrated by Louis Betts. Chicago: Stone, 1900. 8vo, (8), 166, (4)pp, several color plates. Brown decorated cloth, darkened, very good. $25. ¶ A scarce juvenile about Native American children. Kramer 257.

 

[BARTLETT, John].  A COLLECITON OF FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS... Cambridge: John Bartlett 1855. 12mo, vii, 295pp. Orig. blue cloth, spine ends and corners somewhat worn, interior fine. $750. ¶ First Edition, self-published by Bartlett in an edition of 1000 copies while he was proprietor of a book shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He self-published three editions before joining the Little, Brown and Company in 1863 and in all published nine editions before his death in 1905. Grolier, American 100, 64.

 

BARTLETT, W.C. A BREEZE FROM THE WOODS. Oakland: Author’s Private Edition, 1880. 8vo, 212pp. Blue cloth gilt, head and tail of backstrip, and corners chipped, front hinge cracked. A good copy. $25. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by the author. Cowan p.37.

 

(Beardsley). ADAMS, Francis. A CHILD OF THE AGE. London/Boston: John Lane/Roberts Bros., 1894. 8vo, 244, 4 as Keynotes Series list, 16 as adv., (1 as adv.)pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered spine, pale green lettering and decoration to cover, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. Volume IV of the Keynotes Series, with front cover and title-page design by Aubrey Beardsley. Lasner 28.

 

(Beardsley). ALLEN, [Charles] Grant [Blairfindie]. THE WOMAN WHO DID. London/Boston: John Lane/Roberts Bros., 1895. 8vo, 241, 16 as publisher’s adv. pp. Olive green cloth, lettered and decorated in white, bookplate, untrimmed, very good. $175.. ¶ First Edition, Vol. VIII of the Keynote Series, with front cover, title-page, and key monogram by Aubrey Beardsley. A novel of a woman’s social and sexual emancipation, the author was considered the "prophet of the new hedonism, which held that self-development was greater than self-sacrifice, wanted to restore culture to the place usurped by religion, and emphasized sex as the source of inspiration" (Fortnightly Review, March, 1894). As such, an important contribution to the literature of feminism and woman’s liberation. Inspired Vivian Cory aka "Victoria Crosse" to write The Woman Who Didn’t in rebuttal later the same year. Scarce. Lasner 32. Wolff 127.

 

(Beardsley). ALLEN, Grant. THE WOMAN WHO DID. Boston: Little, Brown, London: John Lane, 1898. Sm 8vo, 223, (10 as adv.)pp, keynote frontispiece with tissue guard, illus. titlepage. Dark red illustrated cloth & spine, gilt lettered on spine, keynote illus. on back cover, bookplate, slight wear to extremeties, otherwise nearly fine. $35. ¶ Second American Edition of volume VIII in the Keynote Series, in smaller format as noted by Lasner at 21n. With front cover and title-page design and key monogram by Beardsley. Cf. Lasner 32; Wolff 127.

 

BEARDSLEY, Aubrey & Henry Harland, eds. THE YELLOW BOOK. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894-97. 13 vols, 8vo, a complete set in orig. yellow cloth. Illus. & text throughout by Beardsley, Beerbohm, Crane, Houseman, James, Pennell, Robinson, Rothenstein, Sickert, Symons, etc. A bit soiled, internally very nice. $850. ¶ The Yellow Book was conceived on New Year’s Day, 1894 by Beardsley and the novelist Henry Harland at Harland’s house. As art editor, Beardsley was responsible for the art work of the first four volumes; following his dismissal by John Lane during the production of volume V, he ceased to contribute, although his cover design remained on that volume. The Yellow Book created a sensation upon publication and has remained the epitome of 1890s design. See Stetz & Lasner, The Yellow Book, A Centenary Exhibition, (Houghton Library, 1994). Lasner, Aubrey Beardsley, 65. Turn of a Century 33. Cf. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen Nineties, 837.

 

(Beardsley). DAWES, W[illiam]. Carlton. YELLOW AND WHITE. London/ Boston: John Lane/ Roberts Bros., 1895. 8vo, 172, 12 as Keynotes Series list, 16 as adv.pp. Ochre cloth, gilt lettered, lettering and decoration in pink, some ink stains to rear board, otherwise very good. $135. ¶ First Edition. Volume XVI of the Keynotes Series, with front cover, title-page design and key monogram (to back cover, spine, and verso of contents leaf) by Aubrey Beardsley.

 

(Beardsley). [DUNNE, Mary Chavelita]. George Egerton. DISCORDS. London/Boston: John Lane/Roberts Bros., 1894. 8vo, 253, 16 as adv.pp. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered spine, gray lettering and decoration to boards, some wear to extremities, corners mildly bumped, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ First Edition. Volume VI of the Keynotes Series, with front cover, title-page, and key monogram by Aubrey Beardsley. Scarce. Lasner 30.

 

(Beardsley). [DUNNE, Mary Chavelita]. George Egerton. KEYNOTES. London/ Boston: Elkin Mathews & John Lane/ Roberts Bros., 1893. 8vo, 184, 14 as adv., (2)pp. Pale green cloth, gilt lettered spine, dark green lettering and decoration, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition, second issue of Volume I in the Keynotes Series, with front cover, title-page, and key monogram by Aubrey Beardsley. The first impression of the volume under notice consisted of 1100 copies, the first 500 in pink wrappers, the remaining 600 in green cloth. Both issues were published simultaneously. Lasner 25.

 

(Beardsley). MAKOWER, Stanley V. THE MIRROR OF MUSIC. Boston: Roberts Bros., & London: John Lane, 1895. 12mo, 163, 18 as publ. catalogue, (10 as adv.)pp, keynote frontispiece, illus. titlepage. Blue illus. cloth & spine, gilt lettered on spine, keynote illus. on back cover, bookplate, slight sunning to spine and some marks to front cover, otherwise very good. $45. ¶ First American Edition, in smaller format than the British as noted by Lasner at 21n. Front cover and title-page design and key monogram by Beardsley. Volume XV of the Keynote Series. Cf. Lasner 39.

 

(Beardsley). SHARP, Evelyn. AT THE RELTON ARMS. London/ Boston: John Lane/ Roberts Bros., 1895. 8vo, 182, 10 as Keynotes Series list, 16 as adv.pp. Brown cloth, gilt lettered spine, lime lettering and decoration to boards, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition. Volume XIII of the Keynotes Series, with front cover, title-page and key monogram by Aubrey Beardsley. Scarce. Lasner 37.

 

(Beardsley). WATSON, H. B. Marriot. AT THE FIRST CORNER And Other Stories. London/Boston: John Lane/Roberts Bros., 1895. 8vo, 212, 10 as Keynotes Series list, 16 as adv.pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettering, lettered and decorated in pink, slightest rubbing to front cover, otherwise fine. $150. ¶ First Edition. Volume XI of the Keynotes Series, with front cover and title-page design by Aubrey Beardsley. Scarce. Lasner 35.

 

(BECKER, August). MACDOWALL, M. W. (Trans.). TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL. Passages in the Life of a Kabbalist. A Story Retold From the German of August Becker. Boston: Cupples & Hurd, [n.d., ca. 1888]. 8vo, xvi, 330pp. Rebound half maroon cloth over beige pebbled cloth, gilt lettered, bookseller stamps, owner’s signature, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition in English of a section from Becker’s (1828-1891) three-part occult novel Der Rabbi Vermächtnis (1866-67). Scarce.

 

[BECKFORD, William]. AN ARABIAN TALE, From an Unpublished Manuscript: With Notes Critical and Explanatory. London: J. Johnson, 1786. Sm. 8vo, vii, 334pp. Contemp. half calf, marbled boards, vellum tips, red morocco label, light edge wear. Very good copy with half-title and errata but lacking a final blank. With a marvellous note on the endpaper by Walter Starkie recalling conversations with Yeats "who used often to speak of Vathek’s tower and make it fit into his obsession that poet’s need towers to serve as eyries whither they can retire to seek inspiration." $2000. ¶ First Issue of the first edition in any language. Beckford wrote Vathek, the title by which it became known, in French, but it wasn’t published in that language until December, 1786; it was translated into English before publication by Beckford’s friend the Rev. Samuel Henley. At first Beckford approved of the translation but disowned it when, contrary to his firm instructions, it was published before the French text. Beckford himself never prepared a version of his masterpiece in English and this one remains the standard. Chapman 3a. Rothschild 354. Summers p.9. Bleiler 119. Block p.18.

 

BECKFORD, William. THE HISTORY OF THE CALIPH VATHEK. Printed Verbatim from the First Edition, with the Original Prefaces and Notes by Henley. Second Edition. New York: Scribner, Welford, 1869. 12mo, (x), 189, 16pp ads. Orig. blue cloth, shaken. $50.

 

BEECHER, Henry Ward. SEVEN LECTURES TO YOUNG MEN, on Various Subjects; Delivered before the Young Men of Indianapolis, Indiana during the Winter of 1843-4. Indianapolis: Thomas B. Cutler: Charles B. Davis: Cincinnati, Wm H. Moore, 1844. Tall 8vo, publisher’s cloth, most of printed spine label rubbed away, some warping and staining to the binding, tidemark through upper portion of gutter, scattered foxing, still a respectable copy of a very scarce book. $250. ¶ True First Edition, preceding the Boston and New York printings. An elusive book by this controversial clergyman, son of Lyman Beecher and brother to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) studied at Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati and was licensed to preach in 1837. However, because of his unorthodox manner of dress and ideas, was refused ordination by the Old School Presbytry in Indiana to which a local church had called him. "His direct, pithy style, touches of humor and flights of imagination made him a popular preacher" (DAB).

 

BEERBOHM, Max. THE HAPPY HYPOCRITE. A Fairy Tale for Tired Men. Bodley Booklets Number One. New York: John Lane, 1897. Sm. 8vo, 56pp. Olive green wrappers, printed front only, fore-edge just slightly frayed. A superb copy, in green cloth slipcase. $225. ¶ First Edition, First State, of the most frequently reprinted of Beerbohm’s works. Gallatin & Oliver 3.

 

[BELLOC, Hilaire]. THE MODERN TRAVELLER. By H.B. and B.T.B. London: Arnold, 1898. 8vo, 80pp, illustrated throughout. Orig. decorated boards, rubbed at edges, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First Edition of this perennial favorite by the author of the Bad Child’s Book of Beasts.

 

BERENGER, Lt. Col. Daron de. HELPS AND HINTS. How to Protect Life and Property, with Instructions in Rifle and Pistol Shooting, Etc. London:: T. Hurst, 1835. 8vo, (viii), 288pp, 20 woodcuts in the text, 2 folding lithographs & 8 etched plates. Orig. cloth, rebacked presevering orig. backstrip. Very good copy in later cloth slipcase. $300. ¶ First Edition; 4 woodcuts and 4 etchings are by George Cruikshank, additional illus. by R. Cruikshank, Alken, Haghe, Fussell and Berenger. Cohn 70. Riling 460.  

 

[BERINGTON, Simon]. THE ADVENTURES OF SIGR. GAUDENTIO DI LUCCA. Being the Substance of his Examination before the Fathers of the Inquisition… Giving an Account of an Unknown Country in the midst of the Deserts of Africa, the Origine and Antiquity of the People, their Religion, Customs, Polity, and Laws. Copied from the Original Manuscript in St. Mark’s Library at Venice. With Critical Notes of the learned Signor Rhedi… London: W. Innys, R. Manby and H.S. Cox, 1748. 8vo, xii, 24, 291pp. Contemp. calf rebacked, 2 bookplates & old manuscript note at front, a little browned but very good. $250. ¶ Second edition of this celebrated Utopia, first printed in 1737 and often erroneously attributed to Bishop Berkeley. On the basis of Berkeley’s authorship, the book was immensely popular and was printed in at least 12 English editions in the 18th century as well as being translated into French, German and Dutch. Although the early manuscript inscription in this copy notes that the Gentleman’s Magazine for April 1783 pointed out the error of attribution to Berkeley, it was not until 1935 that Ellison (in "Gaudentio di Lucca: a Forgotten Utopia," PMLA pp. 494-509) identified the true author. "The earlier Utopias lacked concreteness… Berington’s Mezzorania, on the other hand, is as real as Mexico and Peru; and integrated with his philosophy and social theory is a narrative that runs the whole gamut from idyllic romance to luscious intrigue and bloody adventure" (Ellison). No copy of the first edition in NUC. Gove pp.295-300. Negley 93.

 

BESANT, Walter. ALL SORTS AND CONDITIONS OF MEN, An Impossible Story. New York: Harper & Bros., 1889. 8vo, viii, 412, (8)pp, frontispiece, 10 b&w illus. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $30. ¶ First U.S. Edition of Besant’s first solo effort after his writing partner James Rice’s death. Cf. Wolff 430; Sadlier 178

 

BESANT, Walter. THE ALABASTER BOX. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1900. 8vo, 327pp, frontispiece. Green decorated cloth, gilt lettered, occasional bookmark offsets, otherwise fine. $40. ¶ First American Edition. Scarce.

 

BESANT, Walter and James Rice. THE CHAPLAIN OF THE FLEET. London: Chatto & Windus, 1884. 8vo, vi, 314, 32 as publ. catalogue pp. Gray blackstamped cloth, gilt lettering, good. $35. ¶ New Edition, originally published in three volumes in 1881.

 

(Bewick illustrated). GOLDSMITH, Oliver. THE POETICAL WORKS... Complete in One Volume. With The Life of the Atuhor. Embellished with Vignettes & Tail-Pieces, Designed, and Graved on Wood by T. Bewick. Hereford: Printed by D. Walker and sold by J. Parsons..., 1795. 12mo, 95pp, 6 wood-engravings by Bewick. Orig. pink wrappers, with printed label within floral border. Very goo uncut copy in a full leather case. $400. ¶ Very rare. Hugo, Bewick Collector, 79.

 

(Bewick, Thomas). SOMERVILLE,William. THE CHASE; A Poem. London: William Bulmer, [for] T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1802. 8vo, preliminary title dated 1804, xxiii, 105pp, title-page vignette & 12 wood engravings. Half blue polished calf, cloth sides, marbled endpapers, teg. Very good. $450. ¶ First Edition, with illustration by John Bewick engraved on wood by his brother Thomas, and handsomely printed by Bulmer at the Shakespeare Printing Office. The Chase was intended as a follow-uo to Bulmer’s famous edition of Parnell and Goldsmith’s Poems. William Martin’s types "are charming transitional Roman fonts, both delicate and spirited, and so thoroughly English that Bewick’s engravings seem completely in harmony with them" (Updike). There were also 75 copies printed in quarto format.

 

BIXBY, A.L. MEMORIES & OTHER POEMS. [Lincoln, Neb.: State Journal], 1900. 8vo, (4), 125pp. Grey cloth, gilt-stamped title & campfire motif on front. Uncut, corners slightly bumped, otherwise fine. $30. ¶ First Edition of this Nebraska poet’s work.

 

BLACKMORE, R.D. THE GEORGICS OF VIRGIL. London: Sampson, Low, Son, & Marston, 1871. 8vo, viii, 143, 16 (ads)pp, with decorative initials, head- & tail-pieces. Orig. green cloth decoratively stamped in gilt on the upper cover and backstrip, a very good copy. $500. ¶ FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by Blackmore to a Miss Lucy Derby, dated July 23 1879. In 1869, Blackmore published Lorna Doone, destined to become one of the best loved novels of the century. As a student he had exhibited great skill in Latin translation and his youthful publication of the first two "Georgics" of Virgil had been well received by scholars; perhaps his new fame inspired his publisher to issue this complete version but in a small edition. It is quite scarce and neither Magee nor Wolff had a copy; presentation Blackmores are also most uncommon as he was extremely reclusive and shy, with a tiny circle of intimates – Wolff had only one Blackmore inscribed, to his wife, and Magee and Sadleir add inscriptions to only two other family members.

 

(Blake) GILCHRIST, Alexander. LIFE OF WILLIAM BLAKE. With Selections from his Poems and Other Writings. A New and Enlarged Edition illustrated from Blake’s own Works. With additional Letters and a Memoir of the Author. London: Macmillan, 1880. 2 vols, 8vo, xvii, 431; ix, 383pp, with a portrait frontispiece to each volume & 64 full-page engravings, monochromes, and woodcuts, & many smaller woodcuts in the text. Original dark blue cloth, spine and upper covers elaborately sstaped in gilt after designs by Blake. Very good set preserved in two full leather slipcases. $1250. ¶ Second and best edition of the first biographical and critical study of Blake. This second edition, the standard one, contains 34 new letters from Blake to Hayley, plus a number of additional texts at the end of Vol. II. The selections and annotated lists have been revised and expanded; some new illustrations have been added, while a few from the first edition have been omitted. Keynes (285) describes the illustrations as "improved.". When Gilchrist died in 1861 with the book unfinished his widow completed it with the help of members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood led by the Rossettis. "Its effect was thunderous. Never has an important literary reputation been posthumously established so instanteously and effectively" (Bentley 1680B). Only 1500 copies of the second edition were printed, compared to 2000 for the first. The binding was exectued by Frederick Shields although inspired by Rossetti, who had advised Mrs Gilchrist on the completion of the work. "Frederick Shields later claimed to have actually completed the work but Rossetti’s inspiration of it remains unchallenged and the participation of the two in this design is of interest. The cover is quite unlike any of Rossetti’s own and yet here he is transmitting Blake’s flowing line directly to one of the collaborators of A.H. Mackmurdo and thus to the very originators of Art Nouveau" (Giles Barber).

 

BLAKE, William. POETICAL SKETCHES now First Reprinted from the Original Edition of 1783. Edited and Prefaced by Richard Herne Shepherd. London: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1868. Sm 8vo, xiv, 96pp, with 2pp ads before the half-title. Orig. brown cloth, paper label rubbed, 1 leaf torn, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ First Published Edition. These poems were written by Blake between the ages of 12 and 20 and were first printed by Flaxman and other of Blake’s friends in 1783 for presentation to Blake. Bentley has traced only 23 surviving copies, which makes this the first edition readily available to collectors. Rossetti subsequently edited and reprinted some of them, making substantial changes in the text along the way. This printing, from the 1783 edition, restores the original text to some of Blake’s least known poems. Titles include 8 songs, 4 poems to the Seasons, an Imitation of Spenser, King Edward the Third, etc. This is an early issue, in brown cloth; Pickering & Chatto later reissued remaining sheets in a green cloth. Bentley 129.

 

BLAKE, William. XVII DESIGNS TO THORNTON’S VIRGIL 1821. Portland: Mosher, 1899. Tall 8vo, xx, 59pp, including 17 woodcuts after Blake and vignettes by Selwyn Image. Original boards rebacked, printed paper label, fine in very good printed white dust jacket. With the publisher’s slip noting Selwyn Image’s ornaments. $400. ¶ 450 copies printed on hand-made paper. The woodcuts (the only ones WB ever did) are here reproduced for the first since since their original appearance in 1821. The book also contains early designs by Selwyn Image and Arthur Heygate Makmurdo, leading figures of the Arts and Crafts Movements in England. Samuel Palmer said of the woodcuts: "They are visions of little dells, and nooks, and corners of paradise: models of the exquisitest pitch of intense poetry. I thought of their light and shade, and looking upon them found no word to describe it. Intense depth, solemnity, and vivid brilliancy only coldly describe them. There is in all such a mystic and dreamy glimmer as penetrates and kindles the inmost soul, and gives complete and un reserved delight..." And Calvert wrote: "They are done as if by a child; several of them careless and incorrect, yet there is a spirit in them, humble enougth and of force enough to move simple souls to tears…" And finally, Laurence Binyon wrote: "They have the character of visions called up as if by moonlight out of the darkened surface of the wood…"

 

BLAKE, William - E.J. Ellis & W.B. Yeats. THE WORKS OF WILLIAM BLAKE, Poetic, Symbolic, and Critical. Edited with Lithographs of the Illustrated "Prophetic Books," and a Memoir and Interpretation by... London: Bernard Quaritch, 1893. 3 vols, royal 8vo, xiv, 420; viii, 436; x, 100, 2, approx 312 (reproductions from the illuminated books), 176pp, 3 portraits, 2 folding charts. Original green cloth elaborately blocked in gilt with designs after Blake, top edges gilt. A nearly fine set. $4000. ¶ First Edition, limited to 500 copies. There was large paper edition bound in leather but the regular edition, as here, is more desirable on account of the lavish gilt publisher’s binding. Bentley 369: "The enthusiasm and comprehensiveness of this work are of considerable historical importance..." Wade, Yeats Bibliography, 218, quoting a letter from Yeats: "The writing of this book is mainly Ellis’s, the thinking is as much mine as his. The biography is by him. he re-wrote and trebled in size a biography of mine. The greater part of the ‘symbolic system’ is my writing; the rest of the book was written by Ellis working over short accounts of the books by me, except in the case of the ‘literary period’ the account of the minor poems, & the account of Blake’s art theories which are all his own except in so far as we discussed everything together."

 

(Blake, William). SMITH, John Thomas. NOLLEKENS AND HIS TIMES: Comprehending a Life of that Celebrated Sculptor; and Memoirs of Several Contemporary Artists. From the time of Roubillac, Hogarth, and Reynolds, to that of Fuseli, Flaxman, and Blake. London: Henry Colburn, 1828. 2 vols, 8vo, x, 424; vi, 488pp with a frontispiece portrait to each volume. Old half calf faded to brown, black labels, a little worn & slightly foxed at front of both vols, but quite a good copy. $250. ¶ First Edition. This interesting collection of biographical anecdotes about and around Nollekens by the keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum includes a section on Blake in vol. II, pp.454-488, which must be amongst the very earliest biographical accounts of Blake as he died on August 12, 1827. Of great interest is the listing of Blake's books and prints in the collection of Richard Thomson, with sufficient detail to merit being regarded as a preliminary bibliography; Smith also touches on Blake's techniques of print-making. Many well-known anecdotes about Blake and his wife appear here for the first time. Bentley 2723.

 

BLOOMFIELD, Robert. THE FARMER’S BOY A Rural Poem. London: Vernon, Hood, and Sharpe, Poultry; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806. 12mo, xlviii, 99, (2), (4 as ads)pp, frontispiece, head and tailpieces,11 woodcuts. Brown cloth, gilt lettered on red morocco spine label, front hinge starting, otherwise good. $75. ¶ Later edition, initially published in 1800. Cf. Haywood 212.

 

BLOT, Professor. A TOUR OF THE THAMES. Written and Illustrated with a Faber’s B.B. London, Ont.: Advertiser Steam Presses, 1881. 8vo, 140pp, many b&w plates. Brown cloth, blindstamped ruled borders and dec., gilt lettering, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. Early Canadian travelogue, "an artificial fictionalization of a trip along the Thames by ‘Professor Blot’ which was also published as Kühleborn: a town on the Thames (the term ‘Faber’ was used colloquilly for pencil, then manufactured in the Faber works)" (OCCLH). One of "two works from which [Canadian] historians can extract useful material" (ibid.). OCCLH, p.614. Scarce

 

BLUNT, Wilfred Scawen. A NEW PILGRIMAGE, and Other Poems. London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, 1889. 8vo, xiv, (1), 182pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, gilt vignette, beveled edges, teg, untrimmed, partially unopened, mild wear, mild damp ring, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ First Edition, attractively printed on handmade paper by Charles Whittingham at the Chiswick Press. Miles VI.

 

BOADEN, James. MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF JOHN PHILIP KEMBLE, Including A History of the Stage from the Time of Garrick to the Present Period. London: Longman, Hurst, 1825. 2 vols, 8vo, (8, publisher’s ads), xl, 477; 595pp. Orig. boards, roughly rebacked, vol. 2 hinge broken, internally a very good uncut copy. $75. ¶ First Edition by the English playwright, critic, journalist and keen Shakespearean who was instrumental in exposing the Ireland forgeries. Kemble was "the greatest of English actors of classical parts" (Lowe 3206), who made his début at Drury Lane in Hamlet in 1783 in a performance at first puzzling to the audience, but described by Hazlitt as "sensible, lonely, and unsurpassed." Later, Kemble was manager of Drury Lane, then Covent Garden. Hartnoll pp.84, 437.

 

BOADEN, James. THE LIFE OF MRS. JORDAN; Including Original Private Correspondence and Numerous Anecdotes of Her Contemporaries. London: Edward Bull, 1831. 2 vols, 8vo, frontispiece, xv, 368; facsimile letter, xiv, 364, (4, publisher’s ads)pp. Original boards, paper spine labels worn, lacks ffep in vol.1, otherwise a very good sound set. $125. ¶ First Edition. "Boaden was a playwright, critic and journalist…as well as a keen Shakespearian who took part in the correspondence on the Ireland forgeries. In 1837 he published a pamphlet on the authorship of the sonnets in which he identified the ‘Mr. W.H.’ of the dedication as William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke. His knowledge of the theatre is apparent in his biographies of famous actors" (Hartnoll p.84). This is one of the most substantial early biographies of a leading (and scandalous) English actress of the 18th century. Lowe 3115. Lowndes p.223. NCBEL 1127.

 

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. [THE DECAMERON]. THE NOVELS AND TALES OF THE RENOWNED JOHN BOCCACIO, The Firft Refiner of Italian Prose: Containing A Hundred Curious Novels by Seven Honourable Ladies, and Three Noble Gentlemen, Framed in Ten Days. London: Printed for Awnsham Curchill, 1684. Sm. folio, (16), 483pp, engraved frontispiece portrait by R. White after Titian. Contemp. panelled calf, modern morocco spine label; binding worn, interior very good. $1000. ¶ Fifth editon, much corrected and ammended. Boccaccio was well known to the Elizabethans, many of whom knew Italian, but the first edition in English didn’t appear until 1620. Shakespeare utilized several of the tales in his plays and over fifty other English plays of the period drew from the Decameron. Lowndes I, p.224. Wing B-3378.

 

BOSWELL, James. THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. Together with a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. A Reprint of the First Edition to Which Are Added Mr. Boswell’s Corrections and Additions, Issued in 1792; the Variations of the Second Edition, With Some of the Author’s Notes Prepared for the Third: the Whole Edited, With New Notes, by Percy Fitzgerald. London: Bickers and Son, 1874. 3 vols, 8vo. Contemp. full tree calf, gilt lettering to red and black morocco spine labels, gilt dec. compartments, gilt tooled borders and edges, blindstamped dentelles, marbled edges, bookplates, very good. $350. ¶ First Bickers edition, handsomely bound.

 

BOWRING, John. CHESKIAN ANTHOLOGY: Being a History of the Poetical Literature of Bohemia, with Translated Specimens by … London: Rowland Hunter, 1832. 12mo, viii, 270, (4) as adv. pp. Later quarter green morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered spine, black stamped ornaments, fine. $250. ¶ First Edition. Bowring (1792-1872), noted linguist, political writer, and traveller, was the friend, biographer and compiler of the works of Jeremy Bentham, founder of the radical philosophical journal, Westminster Review, which Bowring edited and managed. Prior to the edition under notice, Bowring published Batavian Anthology, as well as translations of Polish, Serbian, Russian, and Magyar poetry, ultimately writing thirty-six books including works on Siam, China, and the Philippines. Lowndes I, p.247. Allibone I, p.229.

 

[BOYLE, Eleanor Vere]. E. V. B. A BOOK OF THE HEAVENLY BIRTHDAYS. London: Elliot Stock, 1893. 12mo, xi, (4), 218pp, frontispiece, 20 illus. Plain wrappers with onlaid bookplate, untrimmed, some wear to spine, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition of Boyle’s anthology of verse, a "gathering together of other men’s thoughts upon the End to which all things draw" (Preface), each chapter illustrated with an original drawing by the author/illustrator. Not found in the standard references, nor in NUC. Scarce.

 

BRIDGES, Robert. EROS & PSYCHE, A Poem in Twelve Measures. London: George Bell & Sons, 1885. 8vo, 158pp. Olive linen, half cream parchment, spine lettered in gilt, edges uncut. A fine copy. $125. ¶ First Edition, printed on Van Gelder laid paper with watermarks. McKay 10.

 

BRISTOW, A[melia]. THE MANIAC; a Tale; or, a View of Bethlem Hospital: and The Merits of Women, a Poem from the French: with Poetical Pieces on Various Subjects, Original and Translated. London: J. Hatchard, 1810. 8vo, xvi, 145pp. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards. Binding fine, marginal foxing throughout text. Overall, very good. $850. ¶ First Edition. The Maniac, written by Bristow, is an allegorical poem, somewhat Gothic in tone, about the recent Irish Rebellion (1798). Bristow is sympathetic to the Irish cause, and her epilogue to the poem runs, "Unfortunately, there is not much of exaggeration in this melancholy tale. Instances of insanity, from distresss of mind, occurred during the late unhappy rebellion in Ireland: and scenes similar to that here represented, as having occasioned that catastrophe, were, alas! but too frequent, where activity opposed the popular ferment. The writer has only blended circumstances; scarcely heightened any." The poem is preceded by a list of the book’s subscribers, many of whom are Irish women.

"The Merits of Women," a second lengthy poem, was, according to Bristow, orginally written in French by a Frenchman. This ingenuousness of this claim is vitiated by two facts: first, the name of the author is not supplied, whereas authorial attributions are made for the other poems translated within this book; second, Bristow writes that her copy of the original French was "very scarce" and that it was "the only one that had then reached this country." The alleged author, writing in the wake of the French Revolution, is quoted by Bristow in her Translator’s Preface. "In composing the poem which I now present to the public, I was not merely instigated by the design of doing the sex justice… What can most effectually oppose the progress of this growing evil? doubtless the society of amiable women. They best polish the manners; they impress the sentiment of decorum; they are the true preceptors in elegance and refinement of taste.Men who know how to prize them as they ought to be prized, are rarely barbarians."

Whether this poem was furtively written by Bristow herself or is merely her translation of a Frenchman’s work is less consequential than the early effort it represents of a British woman’s appeal for better treatment of her sex, following the vein of Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. The Maniac and the The Merits of Women are followed by several other poems. The book is quite rare: only one copy, at the Huntington, is found in NUC.

 

[BRONTE, Charlotte]. THE PROFESSOR, A TALE. By Currer Bell. London: Smith Elder, 1857. 2 vols, 8vo, viii, 294; (4), 258pp. Contemp. half purple hard-grain morocco, backstrips lettered in gilt, a very good copy without the ads. $750. ¶ First Edition. This was the first of Charlotte Bronte’s novels to be completed, though the last to be published. It was rejected by several publishers, until Mr. Williams of Smith, Elder, was sufficiently impressed to encourage Charlotte to continue writing; the result was Jane Eyre and her subsequent novels. Some aspects of The Professor were incorporated into Villette and both represent an attempt to bring realism into women’s fiction by incorporating aspects of the author’s own life such as lack of beauty, money, and social status. Parrish p.96. Sadleir 347. Wise 8.

 

BROOKS, Henry Stanford. A CATASTROPHE IN BOHEMIA and Other Stories. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1893. 8vo, original light brown cloth, gilt lettering. Frontis by Dan Beard. Cloth a bit spotted, soiled and darkened; a very good copy. $125. ¶ First Edition. A presentation copy, inscribed in pencil on the front free endpaper, "Julian Hawthorne, from The Author. Jan. 3, 1910." Twelve short stories of adventure and romance, often with Mexican or Californian settings, one set in Santa Barbara. Late in his life, Hawthorne settled in Pasadena; there is perhaps a California connection between the two authors. Wright III, 685. Baird & Greenwood 329.

 

(Browing, Robert). BERDOE, Edward. THE BROWNING CYCLOPAEDIA…With Copious Explanatory Notes and References on all Difficult Passages by…. London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1898. 8vo, xviii, 576pp. Maroon cloth decorated in blind & gilt, t.e.g., front hinge cracked, otherwise a very good copy. $20.

 

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. POEMS. New York: C.S. Francis, 1850. 2 vols, 8vo, , 312, (8) as catalogue, 300, (8)pp. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, owner’s signature, embossed stamp, lt.-mod. wear at spine extremities, some mild rubbing, vol 2 lacks flyleaf, otherwise a good, tight copy. $150. ¶ First (Unauthorized) American Edition. Barnes E2.

 

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett & Robert. TWO POEMS. London: Chapman & Hall, 1854. 8vo, 15, [1]pp. Printed wrappers. Fine copy. $250 ¶ FIRST EDITION, containing A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London by EBB and The Twins by RB. The cost of printing the pamphlet was paid by the Brownings and the proceeds were given to the Ragged Schools. It has been suggested that the format of this pamphlet inspired that used by Thomas J. Wise and Buxton Forman for many of their forgeries of 19th century pamphlets. Carter & Pollard noted the similarity of Two Poems with The Runaway Slave which "was very likely suggested to the forger’s mind by the genuine piece." However, Buxton Forman (Literary Ancecdotes II, 94) suggests the opposite: that Two Poems was modelled on The Runaway Slave Barnes A9. Broughton A58. Ashley I, 110.

 

BROWNING, Robert. PACCIAROTTO And How He Worked In Distemper: With Other Poems. London: Smith, Elder, 1876. 8vo, viii, 241, (colophon), (2 as adv.)pp. Publisher’s original slate cloth, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, triple black ornamental rules, beveled edges, some toning to spine, wear at extremities, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ First Edition. Quite scarce. Broughton A105. NCBEL III, p.444.

 

BROWNING, Robert. PARLEYINGS WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE…A Dialogue between Apolloa and the Fates… London: Smith, Elder, 1887. 8vo, (8), 268, (4 ads)pp. Orig. cloth. A fine copy, entirely unopened. $60. ¶ First Edition. Broughton A121

 

BROWNING, Robert. THE INN ALBUM. London: Smith, Elder, 1875. 8vo, 211, (1 ads)pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, black stamped ruled borders, beveled edges, a very nice copy, near fine. $60. ¶ First Edition, limited to 2000 copies. Broughton, p.18. Wise 18.  

 

BRUCE, Wallace. THE YOSEMITE. Illustrated by James D. Smillie. Boston: Lee and Shepard; New York: Charles T. Dillingham, 1880. 8vo, 19 leaves printed on rectos only (except for copyright page), 16 woodcut illus by Smillie. Original green cloth, front cover pictorially stamped in black, gilt title on front & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g. Very good. $200. ¶ Only Edition. Bruce (1844-1914) was a Scot who travelled to the States in the 1870’s. Besides this volume extolling the beauties of Yosemite Valley he wrote a poem and a guidebook on the Hudson River. The illustrator, James David Smillie (1833-1909), was a New York painter who toured Yosemite with his artist brother George Henry Smillie in and illustrated the section on Yosemite in William Cullen Bryant’s Picturesque America (1872). Currey & Kruska 25. Rocq 5158.

 

BUCHANAN, Robert. THE DEVIL’S CASE. A Bank Holiday Interlude. London: Robert Buchanan, [1894]. 8vo, (10),169, iv, (2)pp, frontispiece. Black cloth with red letter and silver embossed design of a contemplative devil on upper cover. Signature of Paul Jordan Smith on front free endpaper, manuscript annotation on final flyleaf, extremities slightly rubbed. Very good. $60.

 

BUCHANAN, Robert Williams. THE FLESHLY SCHOOL OF POETRY and other Phenomena of the Day. London: Strahan & Co., 1872. Small 8vo, ix, 97, (4, ads)pp. Contemp. limp morocco, upper cover lettered in gilt, orig. pink printed wrapper bound in, light foxing, armorial bookplate, a good copy. $200. ¶ FIRST PUBLISHED VERSION, preceded by two partial publications in periodicals. In The Spectator for Sept.15, 1866, Buchanan had written an acerbic attack on Swinburne and other leading poets of that school. W.M. Rossetti replied in kind in 1867 and Swinburne viciously attacked Buchanan’s closest friend. A famous and very public war centered around this book; included in the school was Charles Baudelaire and, while the bulk of the text is concerned with Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites, there is an interesting and lengthy note on Walt Whitman. Buchanan (1841-1901), one of the most prolific authors of his day, who published, apart from poetry and criticism, a novel almost every year and produced a large number of his own plays. Ashley I, p. 140 & VIII, pp. 61-64. Tinker 440.

 

BULLEN, A.H. (Ed.) MUSA PROTERVA: Love Poems of the Restoration. London: Privately printed, 1889. 8vo, xxiii, 128pp. White cloth, gilt lettered and ornamented, teg, partially unopened, mild soiling, otherwise near fine. $25. ¶ First Edition. "A few of the poems here collected may occasionally pass the bounds of strict decorum; but it will be found that these delinquencies (never of a violent character) are atoned by some happy jerk of fancy or playful sally of wit" (from the editor’s Preface). Authors include: Wm Congreve, Charles Cotton, John Dryden, Th. Shadwell, and the notorious John Wilmont, Earl of Rochester, whose explicit Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery, is definitely not to be found in the present collection of gallantiana. A very nicely produced volume. NCBEL III, 1640.

 

BUNYAN, John. THE PILGRIM’S PROGESS… The Elstow Edition. With Memoir and Bibliographical Notes. Illustrations by W. Gunston and others. Engraved by R. Paterson. London: John Walker, 1881. 8vo, lvi, 383pp, plates by W. Gunston et al. engraved by R. Paterson. Red goat, wooden boards, gilt titles on spine & boards, paer portrait of Bunyan (scuffed) laid on front boards, aeg, recased with new red clay coated endpapers, light marginal dampstaining, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ The Elstow Edition, with wooden boards set in both covers, stamped in gilt: "Warranted made of the Oak Taken from Elstow Church Previous to Restoration 1880." Eltsow, near Bedford, was the village where Bunyan was born, married, and worked as a tinker. The church, built in 1530, was in need of restoration by the 1870s when the Churchwardens proposed selling the oak beams as souvenirs to raise funds for the work, which included the Bunyan memorial windows illustrating the Pilgrim’s Progess.

 

BUNYAN, John. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS From This World To That Which Is To Come. Delivered Under The Similitude of a Dream. Complete in Two Parts. With Copious Notes, &c by the Rev. J. Newton, Dr. Hawker, and Others. Boston: Isaiah Thomas, Jun., 1817. 12mo, 300pp, frontispiece, illus. Full mottled calf, red morocco spine label, gilt lettered, 1/2"loss at spine head, sm loss at tail, loss at upper rt corner with wear to others, expected rubbing, ffep loose, otherwise a fairly good copy. $300. ¶ Genuine Edition, with Notes, first edition thus. Publisher Isaiah Thomas, Jr. was the son of the great colonial American printer and publisher, Isaiah Thomas, who published what appears to be the first American edition of Bunyan’s classic in 1790. "As many persons who have read this allegory, though they find benefit from the whole, are at a loss to determine the author’s meaning in some particular parts of his representation, an edition containing some brief notes to illustrate the more difficult passages has long been desired. An attempt of this kind is now submitted to the public"(from John Newton’s Preface). Shaw & Shoemaker 40344.

 

BUNYAN, John. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS. To Which is Prefixed a Life of the Author by a Clergyman of the Church of England Uxbridge: William Lake, 1822. Tall 8vo, xii, 382pp, frontispiece. 19th century full brown calf, gilt lettering, gilt dec. to spine, some foxing, front board starting at upper edge, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ A very nicely bound edition of Bunyan’s classic

 

[BURNAND, Francis C.]. CROKE: A Curious Relique of Ancient Poesy, to which is added a Short Memoir of John Beaugaphlyns Esq, edited with copious notes by J.B. Cambridge: W. Metcalf, 1858. 8vo, orig. boards illustrated by Hugh Johnson in green, blue, red & cream. Edges & backstrip worn. $75. ¶ Burnand was the editor of Punch. Not in NUC or BMC. Halkett & Lang I, 460.

 

BURTON, Richard. THE GUIDE-BOOK: A Pictorical Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. London: Printed for the Author, 1865. 8vo, 58p, wood-cut portrait of Burton. Orig. green glazed wrappers. Light wear & staining to the wrappers, internally fine. $35,000. ¶ First Edition. The pamphlet, of legendary rarity, contains a short but clear account of the main rites connected with the pilgrimage. Penzer writes of the great rarity of this pamphlet and knew of only 6 copies in 1923. The last copy at auction brought £22,000 in 1997. Penzer p.76: "Exceedingly rare."

 

BURTON, Richard F. (Trans.). A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights’ Entertainment, Now Entituled THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT. With Introduction, Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights. [With] SUPPLEMENTAL NIGHTS [With] ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS To Capt. Sir Richard Burton’s Arabian Nights. Benares: Kamashastra Society, 1885- 1888. 17 vols, royal 8vo. Black cloth, gilt lettered, broad gilt bands to Nights, black cloth, silver lettered, broad silver bands to Suppl., top edges red, trimmed; black cloth, gilt lettered, elaborate gilt dec. to front board, teg, untrimmed, to Illus. vol., some fading to silver at spines; vol. 1 rear board detatched, some wear to other vols, overall a very good set. $3000. ¶ The Scarce First Edition in 16 volumes, with the Ellis Spears copyright on versos of titlepage of vols 1-2, Spears crossed out in vols 3-4 with "Philip Justice" printed above. With H.S. Nichols’ 1897 Style A issue of the 70 Letchford illustrations plus Burton portrait, which accompanied the Smithers-Nichols reprint of the original 16 volume edition. Penzer pp.115-120.

 

BURTON, Richard Francis. PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF A PILGRIMAGE TO EL-MEDINA AND MECCAH. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857. 2 vols bound in 1, thick 8vo, xiv, 418; (6), iv, (2), 422pp, half-title in vol. 2, 14 plates (mostly colored or tinted), 3 maps or plans (2 folding). Orig. publisher’s plum cloth, gilt title, gilt ornaments on spine and front cover, a.e.g., yellow endpapers, binder’s label of Smith & Collings, somewhat faded. A very good copy, expertly recased with the spine ends strengthened. $2750. ¶ Second edition, a very handsome copy in the original cloth. The Pilgrimage remains the finest travel narrative by one of the greatest travellers ever to record his experiences. This edition has two additional appendices and several alterations from the first edition of 1855-56. Penzer (pp.51-52) describes this edition in blue cloth and notes that a "certain number of copies of the second edition were bought up by booksellers from the publishers in an unbound state, to be subsequently issue din somewhat elaborate binding. These were sold for school prize books. They occasionally turn up, and their appearance is sometimess difficult to explain." Indeed, this copy bears a prize inscription, dated 1865 on the endpaer.

 

[BUTLER, Samuel]. HUDIBRAS. The First and Second Parts. Written in the Time of the Late Wars. Corrected & Amended, With Several Additions and Annotations. London: Ptd. by T. N. for John Martyn and Henry Herringman, 1674. 8vo, 412pp. Modern marbled wrappers, old morocco label, moderate foxing, contemporary ink manuscript to flyleaves and blank leaf preceeding second part, otherwise good. $75. ¶ Reprint of the second authorized edition of Butler’s classic, based loosely on Don Quixote. A third was subsequently issued. Wing B6311.

 

[BUTLER, Samuel]. HUDIBRAS. The First Part [and Second Part]. Written in the Time of the Late Wars. Corrected & Amended, With Several Additions and Annotations. [Bound with] The Third and Last Part. Written by the Authour of the FIrst and Second Parts, London, Printed for Robert Horne, 1684. London: Ptd. by T. N. for Henry Herringman, 1684. 8vo, 412, 254pp. 18th century full calf, rebacked, boards loose, bookplate, good. $175. ¶ Reprint of the third authorized edition of parts one and two, bound with a reprint of the second edition of part three. With the bookplate of Los Angeles litterateur Paul Jordan Smith. Wing B6303, B6317.

 

(California Club). WAR POEMS, 1898. Compiled by the California Club. With Illustrations by W.H. Bull and Gordon Ross. San Francisco: The Murdock Press, [1898]. 8vo, 148pp. Beige buckram, illustrated paper cover pasted onto front. A very good copy with the bookplate of John Haskell Kemble. $65. ¶ War poems of the Spanish-American War. Not in Hinkel, California Poetry.

 

CAMPBELL, Thomas. THE PLEASURES OF HOPE. Illustrated by Birket Foster, George Thomas, and Harrison Weir. London: Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 1861. 8vo, 57, (2)pp, engraved t-p, 25 text engravings after Foster, Thomas and Weir. Later half brown morocco over brown pebbled cloth, raised bands, gilt lettering, marbled edges, ffep loose, otherwise near fine. $50. ¶ First Edition illustrated thus, originally published in 1799. "…Immensely popular in his day, [Campbell] is now chiefly remembered for his war-songs" (OCEL). Foster, Weir, and Thomas were amongst the most respected book illustrators of their era.

 

CHAMBERS, Robert (ed.). CYCLOPAEDIA OF ENGLISH LITERATURE; Consisting of a Series of Specimens of British Writers in Prose and Verse. Connected by a Historical and Critical Narrative. Edinburgh: William and Robert Chambers, 1843-44. 2 vols, tall 8vo, xv, (1), 671, (1), xv, (1), 716, (1)pp, 310 b&w text illus. Contemporary half black plum calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered and dec. to diced spine, speckled edges, owner’s sigs., some corner, edge wear, otherwise an unusually clean, tight and handsome set, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition. Robert Chambers (1802-71), the great Scottish publisher of Chambers’ Encyclopaedia was the author of the controversial Vestiges of Natural History of Creation.

 

[CHAMEROVZOW, Louis Alexis]. CHRONICLES OF THE BASTILE. First Series. The Bertaudière. An Historical Romance. Lodon: T.C. Newby, 1845. 8vo, xii, 640pp, frontispiece, 39 engraved plates by R. Cruikshank. Later half green morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered, raised bands, gilt ruled and orn. compartments, marbled edges, very good. $375. ¶ First Edition, a Presentation Copy, inscribed twice by the author at pages 225 and 257. Block p.38. Not in Wolff, who cite the sequels The Embassy (1846) and Philip of Lutetia (1848).

 

[CHAMEROVZOW, Louis Alexis]. CHRONICLES OF THE BASTILE. First Series. The Bertaudière. An Historical Romance. Lodon: T.C. Newby, 1845. 8vo, xii, 640pp, frontispiece, 39 engraved plates by R. Cruikshank. Later half green morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered, raised bands, gilt ruled and orn. compartments, marbled edges, very good. $375. ¶ First Edition, a Presentation Copy, inscribed twice by the author at pages 225 and 257. Block p.38. Not in Wolff, who cite the sequels The Embassy (1846) and Philip of Lutetia (1848).

 

CHATEAUBRIAND, F[rançois] A[uguste René], [Vicomte] de. AN HISTORICAL, POLITICAL, AND MORAL ESSAY ON REVOLUTIONS, Ancient and Modern. London: Colburn, 1815. 8vo, viii, 399, (1 ads)pp. Cloth, gilt label, later signature on fly-leaf, occasional foxing, a very good uncut copy. $250. ¶ First Edition in English of Chateaubriand’s major work, the famous Essai Historique, Politique et Moral sur les Révolutions Anciennes et Modernes first published in London in 1797. Chateaubriand treats the history of the human race in the context of his deterministic philosophy. See: Monglond IV, p.219. Parks/Temple II, p.258.

 

CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René de. THE MARTYRS; or, The Triumph of the Christian Religion. Translated from the French by W. Joseph Walter, to which is added an Appendix, consisting of extracts from his "Itinéraire." London: Printed & Sold for the Author, 1812. 2 vols, xxviii, 372; (4), 372pp. Orig. boards, printed paper labels, backs slightly worn, a very good set in original state. $650. ¶ First Edition in English of an influential classic and a precursor of Romanticism. Les Martyrs (1809), a prose epic designed to show Christianity triumphing over paganism, is somewhat of a companion to Génie du Christianisme. Chateaubriand was considered the greatest writer of his day. Surprisingly rare; NUC notes Harvard & Yale only. Block cites only the second edition of 1819 titled The Two Martyrs. See: A Thousand Years of French Books 109.

 

CHATTERTON, Thomas. THE WORKS OF THOMAS CHATTERTON. Containing His Life, by G[eorge] Gregory and Miscellaneous Poems. London: Biggs & Cottle for T.N. Longman…, 1803. 3 vols, 8vo, (10), clx, 361, (1); (6), 536; (6), 537, (1)pp. Modern brown pebbled cloth, black cloth labels, marbled edges. Prelim. blank of each vol. elaborately signed by A 19th century owner, light occasional foxing, otherwise fine. $400. ¶ First Collected Edition of Chatterton’s works, edited by Robert Southey and Joseph Cottle. Southey began advertising the proposed publication almost as soon as he conceived of the project, but when the publishers failed to raise enough subscribers, they printed a dismal 350 copies for them. While the edition has little independent textual authority, it does print many items for the first time. To the table of contents in each volume is affixed the following statement: "The Pieces to which Asterisks are prefixed are now first collected or printed." In the three volumes a total of 112 pieces are asterixed, of which 52 are taken from Chatterton’s manuscripts. The volume also includes all of Chatterton’s letters known at the time, and notes, indicating the sources from which the various items are drawn, are included. Among the 335 subscribers listed in vol. I are George Catcott (a recipient of the manuscripts of many of Chatterton’s fabrications), Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the Duchess of Devonshire, the Countess of Granard, Joseph Haslewood, the Countess of Kingston, the Earl and Countess of Moira, La Princesse Joseph de Monaco, and the Earl and Countess of Oxford.

 

CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of. MISCELLANEOUS WORKS... Consisting of Letters to his Friends, never before printed, and Various Other Articles. To which are Prefixed, Memoirs of his Life, tending to Illustrate the Civil, Literary, and Political Hisry of His Time, by M. Maty, MD. London: Edward & Charles Dilly, 1777. 2 vols, roy. 4to, vii, 342, 293, (2); (2), 586pp, 8 engraved medallion portraits by Bartolozzi & J. Hall. Contemp. mottled calf, joints worn and repaired, moderate foxing, otherwise very good copy with the half-titles, errata, & leaf of directions to the binder. $450. ¶ First Edition of Lord Chesterfield’s miscellaneous works, with the approved biography by Dr Maty. After publication of the Letters in 1774 Chesterfield’s biography and literary remains had been greatly anticipated. Gulick 149. Sterling 175.

 

[CHILD, Lydia Maria or Caroline Tappan]. THE MAGICIAN’S SHOW BOX, And Other Stories by the Author of "Rainbows For Children." With Illustrations. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1856. 8vo, 295pp, frontispiece, 6 woodcut engravings. Original publisher’s red cloth, gilt lettered, ornamented and illus. spine, boards blocked in blind, bookplate, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. Child (1802-1880) primarily known as an anti-slavery writer, agitator, and radical abolutionist was the founder of Juvenile Miscellany (1826) the first monthy for children in America. A woman suffragist, pioneer in sex education with unorthodox religious views, "she was an enzyme in the body politic during one of the most unsettling periods of American history" (Kunitz & Haycraft). Illustrations by John Andrew. NUC lists only four copies in library holdings. BAL 3161 (and see 3182) attribute this work to Caroline Tappan.

 

(Children). ANIMAL SAGACITY, Exemplified by Facts: Shewing the Force of Instinct in Beasts, Birds, &c. Dublin: W. H. Tyrell, 1819. 12mo, 180pp, woodcuts throughout. Contemp. calf, gilt. Very good. $125. ¶ First Edition of a charming epistolary children’s book illustrated with woodcuts of animals. The British Library catalogue does not identify an author.

 

(Children’s Literature). THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN. New York: McLoughlin Bros., [n.d., ca. 1875]. 12mo, (8)pp, 8 color illus. Illus. wrappers, very good. $50. ¶ From McLoughlin Bros. Susie Sunshine Series. McLoughlin Brothers were the preeminent publishers of color children’s books in the United States, utilizing the best and latest techniques for color printing.

 

(Children’s Literature). THE THREE BEARS. N.p., [n.d., ca. 1880]. 16mo, (10)pp, 11 duotone lithograph text illus. Full-color lithograph wrappers, staple-bound, very fine. $45. ¶ A beautiful little edition of the classic with gorgeous color lithos on front and rear. In unusually fine condition..

 

(Chromolithography). BYRON, Lord. THE PRISONER OF CHILLON. London: Day & Son, 1865 Sm. folio, 20 leaves chromolithographed on rectos only. Orig. brick red cloth elaborately stamped in gilt and green, a.e.g. Perfect binding coming loose, some light spotting,but a very good copy. $450. ¶ First Edition. Chromolithographed by W.R. Tyms, this was the Audsley’s second work.

 

[CLELAND, John]. MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF FANNY HILL, OR, THE CAREER OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE. London: Printed for the Booksellers, [n.d., ca. 1840]. 12mo, 125pp, plus nine colored engravings. Orig. publisher's blind and gilt stamped cloth, pink endpapers. Fine copy. $150. ¶ A tamed version–even the plates are innocuous.

 

CLEWS, James Blanchard.. FORTUNA, A Story of Wall Street. New York: J.S. Oglivie, 1898. 8vo, 215pp. Original gray cloth, silver lettered, mild wear to extremities, light soiling, mild spine darkening yet bright silver, overall a tight, very good copy. $85. ¶ First Edition of perhaps the first American piece of financial fiction, and certainly the first significant novel of Wall Street. The author was first cousin and financial heir of Henry Clews, British-born NY financier who pioneered foreign sales of U.S. bonds during the Civil War and later wrote the classic 28 Years in Wall Street (1885). Wright III, 1109.

 

CLEWS, James Blanchard.. FORTUNA, A Story of Wall Street. New York: J. S. Oglivie, 1898. 8vo, 215pp. Original gray cloth, silver lettered, mild wear to extremities, lt.-mod. soiling, some spotting, mild spine darkening yet bright silver, overall a tight, very good copy. $75. ¶ First Edition of perhaps the first American piece of financial fiction, and certainly the first significant novel of Wall Street. The author was first cousin and financial heir of Henry Clews, British-born NY financier who pioneered foreign sales of U.S. bonds during the Civil War and later wrote the classic 28 Years in Wall Street (1885). Wright III, 1109.

 

CLIFFORD, Mrs. W.K. [Lucy]. LOVE LETTERS OF A WORLDLY WOMAN. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893. 8vo, 278, (2)pp as publisher’s adv.Blue-gray cloth, gilt lettered, silver illus., teg, mild-lt. wear to extremities, lt. rubbing to joints, owner’s signature, otherwise very good+. $100. ¶ First American Edition. "A relentless and somewhat artful study of female strategems" (Kunitz). Clifford was admired by Kipling, James Russell Lowell, and Henry James, who remembered her in his will. Kunitz p. 288-289.

 

COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. LITERARY REMAINS. Collected and Edited by Henry Nelson Coleridge. London: William Pickering, 1836- 1839. 4 vols, 8vo. Contemporary half green roan over patterned boards, gilt lettered, gilt dec. compartments, teg, lacking half-titles, very light rubbing to extremities, otherwise very good. $750. ¶ First Edition,pPrinted at the Chiswick Press.Includes The Fall of Robespierre, miscellaneous poems, lectures, omniana, critical notes and marginalia. Haney 54. Wise 87. Pickering Bibl. p.48.

 

COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. SEVEN LECTURES ON SHAKESPEAR AND MILTON...A List of All the MS. Emendations inMr. Collier’s Folio, 1632; and An Introductory Preface by J. Payne Collier. London: Chapman & Hall, 1856. 8vo, (8),cxx, 275pp. Full tan calf, gilt tooled backstrip, red & black lettering pieces. Light dampstained to the foredge but quite sound. ¶ First Edition. Haney 100.

 

COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. [WORKS]. SPECIMENS OF THE TABLE TALK. 1835, 2 vols, First Edition. CONFESSIONS OF AN INQUIRING SPIRIT. 1840, First Edition. BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA. Second ed, 1847, 2 vols. NOTES AND LECTURES UPON SHAKESPEARE. 1849, 2 vols. ESSAYS ON HIS OWN TIMES. 1850, 3 vols. POETICAL & DRAMATIC WORKS. 1877, 4 vols. London: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1835-77. 14 vols, 12mo, uniformly bound in full polished calf, gilt backs, red & bl. morocco labels. But for water-staining to text of the Table Talk, a very pretty set. $1000. ¶ Selections from the Pickering Coleridge, neatly printed by Whittingham, and nicely bound by Tuckett, Queen Victoria’s binder. Haney 49, 62, 81, 83, & 134.

 

(COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor). BRANDEL, Alois. SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE AND THE ENGLISH ROMANTIC SCHOOL. English Edition by Lady Eastlake. London: John Murray, 1887. 8vo, xvi, 392pp, frontispiece. Green cloth, gilt lettered and ornamented, front hinge starting, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First Edition in English.

 

(COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor). Ed. by Ernest Hartley Coleridge. ANIMA POETAE. From the Unpublished Note-Books of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1895. 8vo, xi, 271pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $100. ¶ First American Edition.

 

(COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor). SHEPHERD, Richard Herne. THE BIBIOGRAPHY OF COLERIDGE. A Bibliographical List Arranged in Chronological Order of the Published and Privately-Printed Writings in Verse and Prose of…Including His Contributioins to Annuals, Magazines, and Periodical Publications; Posthumous Works, Memoirs, Editions, Etc. Revised, Corrected and Enlarged by Colonel W. F. Prideaux. London: Frank Hollings, 1900. Tall 8vo, x, (2), 95pp. White linen, gilt lettered and ruled, untrimmed, mod. soiling, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ First Edition, limited to 30 large-paper copies, of which this is copy no. 9. Originally published without Prideaux’s revisions, additions and corrections in the Summer 1895 edition of Notes and Queries.

 

COLERIDGE, Sara. MEMOIRS AND LETTERS OF SARA COLERIDGE. Edited by Her Daughter. New York: Harper & Bros., 1874. 8vo, 528, (4 adv.)pp, frontispiece, 1 portrait. Terra cotta cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, bookplate, pocket, near very good. $75. ¶ First American Edition.

 

COLLINS, Wilkie. ARMADALE. A Novel. New York: Harper & Bros., 1866. 8vo, 320pp, illus. throughout, leaf of ads preceding the frontispportrait of the author. Orig. brown cloth, light wear, a very good copy. $200. ¶ First Edition, preceding the English edition according to Brussel Anglo-American First Editions (p.46). Sadleir (588) and Parrish (p.57), however, do not agree with him. Glover & Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction. 69. Hubin p.88.

 

COLLINS, Wilkie. [WORKS]. A partial set of Collins’ writings. New York: ca. 1880. 18 vols, green cloth, a few vols damp-stained, good. $225. ¶ 16 vols are in the Harper’s Library Edition & 2 in the Peter Fenelon Collier edition of the Works. Includes The Moonstone, The Woman in White, Man & Wife, Hide & Seek, Armadale, etc.

 

CONE, Spencer W[allace]. THE FAIRIES IN AMERICA. New York: Pudney & Russell, 1859. 8vo, 98pp, hand-colored engraved t-p, 3 hand-colored engraved plates. Publisher’s original plum cloth, gilt lettered and decorated, blindstamped dec., spine sunned, otherwise a tight, very good copy. $125. ¶ Two charming short stories for children occuring in contemporary America, inspired by Spencer’s Faerie Queen. Cone (1819-1888) had been making up fairie stories as bedtime tales for his children after he had exausted the repertoire currently in print; at his children’s behest, he finally wrote these two down for publication. The beautiful illustrations were executed by the gifted Jacob A. Dallas (1825-1857), whose promising career as an illustrator was cut short by his untimely death at age 32; these are his last compositions, here printed by Nathaniel Orr. Initially published in 1857 with a second edition in 1858, the first two editions have become extremely scarce, NUC not even listing the first issue; this, the (unstated) third edition, merely scarce.

 

COOLBRITH, Ina. A PERFECT DAY, And Other Poems. San Francisco [printed for the author by James H. Carmany & Co.], 1881. Sm 8vo, viii, 9-173pp, gilt stamped brown cover, slight wear to spine ends, otherwise a very good copy. $350. ¶ First Edition of Coolbrith’s first book, Author’s Special Subscription Edition, inscribed: "Accept my best wishes with my name, Ina D. Coolbrith, Oakland, April 20, 1881." Born in Nauvoo, Missouri, Coolbrith was the niece of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. Her family emigrated to California in 1852, living in Los Angeles before moving to San Francisco in 1865 where she, Bret Harte and Charles Warren Stoddard formed the heart of the San Francisco literary renaissance. She was the only female member in the history of the Bohemian Club (where she worked as librarian) and in 1915 she was named poet laureate of California at the PPIE. While working for the Oakland Public Library she befriended the young Jack London and encouraged his pursuit of literature. She published only three books of poetry; Songs from the Golden Gate is included in the Zamoaran Eighty list. Hinkel II, 65. A Century of California Fiction 23.

 

COOLBRITH, Ina & E.C. Alexander A COLLECTION OF WILD FLOWERS OF CALIFORNIA pressed and Arranged by Miss E.C. Alexander with Appropriate Sonnets Specially Written by Miss Ina D. Coolbrith and Grace Hilbard of California. Third Edition. San Francisco: Popular Bookstore, [ca. 1894]. Oblong 12mo, 7 plates with actual pressed flower specimens. Orig. white boards stamped in gilt, a trifle stained, corners worn, new endpapers, ink inscription on title, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ Second edition. Following the printed title is a leaf titled Wild Poppies with poetry by Grace Hibbard, and following the 4th specimen a sonnet by Benj. Parke Avery. Hinkel p.65 (giving imprint of Johnson & Emigh). Plesch p.124.

 

CORNEY, Bolton. CURIOSITIES OF LITERATURE by I. D’Israeli. Illustrated by Bolton Corney. Greenwich: by Especial Command, [1837]. 8vo, 160pp. Orig. green cloth, very good. $350. ¶ First Edition, presentation copy, inscribed "T. B. Stone, from the Author," of this bibliophile’s caustic criticism of D’Israeli’s popularizations of literary history. There are numerous footnotes relating to bibliography and collecting. According to the DNB, this work was printed in an edition of 100 copies. Lowndes p.651. NCBEL 1278.

 

CORVO, Baron. STORIES TOTO TOLD ME. London & New York: John Lane, 1898. Sm. sq. 8vo, 118 (1)pp. Later blue buckram, orig. wrappers bound in. $350. ¶ First Edition of Corvo’s second published book, following Tarcissus, 1880. All six stories are revised from their original versions which first appeared in The Yellow Book in 1895-1896. Printed at the University Press, Cambridge, Mass. Woolf A2

 

CORY, William [pseud. of William Johnson]. EXTRACTS FROM THE LETTERS AND JOURNALS… Selected & Arranged by Francis Warre Cornish. Oxford: Printed for Subscribers, 1897. 8vo,(4), 586, (1)pp, frontisportrait. Quarter sheep, green cloth boards, spine rubbed, but a sound copy. $450. ¶ Rare – printed for subscribers of whom there were 23 only; this copy with the signature of Steward Healeam (sp?), dated 1898. Other subscribers are A.C. Benson and Cory’s pupil, the Earl of Roseberry, H.O. Sturgis, F.L. Wood, Viscount Halifax, and R.B. Brett (Viscount Esher). Cory (1823-920) was educated at Eton, returned there as master in 1845, but suddenly was dismissed from his post in 1872. Smith remarks he was "the best literary spokesman for encouraging romantic love within and without the schoolwalls." Cf. d’Arch Smith, Love in Earnest, pp.4-11 & Carter, Hand-List of the Printed Works of William Johnson. Colbeck 161.10.

 

COWAN, Frank. SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA IN SONG AND STORY. With Notes and Illustrations. With an Appendix: The Battle Ballads and Other Poems of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Greensburg: Printed by the Author, 1878. 8vo, 424pp, misc. illus. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, blindstamped ruled borders and corner decorations, owner’s signature, very mild wear, otherwise an internally pristine, unusually bright copy, fine. $125. ¶ First Edition.

 

COX, Palmer. THE BROWNIES: THEIR BOOK. London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1888). 4to, xi, 144pp, head and tail pieces, text illus. throughout. Pictorial boards, good. $100. ¶ First British Edition. Canadian-born American author and illustrator Palmer Cox (1840-1924) began illustrating stories for the magazine St. Nicholas, and also contributed his own poems, with illustrations. Remembering the Scottish fairy tales he had heard in childhood and looking for a theme for a series, he hit upon the Brownies. The stories that resulted were told in rhyming couplets, and were profusely illustrated. They were afterwards published in book form, and this, the first of his 13 Brownie books, sold over a million copies in Cox's lifetime.

 

CRACKANTHORPE, Hubert. WRECKAGE, Seven Studies. London: William Heinemann, 1893. 8vo, 232, 20-ads pp. Orig. cloth with feather designed on front. Edges worn, hinges re-glued, fair. $40. ¶ First Edition of the author’s first book.

 

CRANE, Walter. THE THIRD VIOLET. New York: Appleton, 1897. 8vo, iv, 203pp. Orig. cloth stamped in black, red & gold, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition.

 

CROCKETT, S.R. THE GRAY MAN. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1896. 8vo, vi, 406, 2pp, frontispiece, 26 b&w illus. Illus. cloth, silver lettered, owner’s signature, mild sunning to spine, otherwise bright, near fine. $20. ¶ First Edition.

 

CROMPTON, Frances E. THE GENTLE HERITAGE. With Numerous Illustrations by T. Pym. London: A.D. Innes, 1896. 8vo, 192pp, frontispiece, many b&w text illus. Publisher’s original pictorial cloth, gilt lettered, some wear at spine head and tail, otherwise very good. $25. ¶ First Edition, later printing. Originally issued by Innes in 1893.

 

CROWE, Mrs. [Catherine]. THE STORY OF ARTHUR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST SHILLING. With Other Tales. With Illustrations by John Absolon. London: James Hogg & Sons, [1861]. 16mo, 188, (4)pp as publisher’s catalogue, frontispiece, (4) engravings. Lilac cloth, gilt lettered and ornamented, stamped ruled borders and decoration, gilt edges, bookplate, original owner’s inscription, backstrip and edges shelf-faded, light wear, moderate soiling, otherwise very good. $225. ¶ First Edition of an extremely rare book by Catherine Crowe (1800-1876), authoress of Susan Hopley (1841) and Lilly Dawson (1847) her most successful novels. The present volume, unrecorded in any of the usual sources, was written after a violent but brief bout of insanity and concerns matchstick boy, Arthur; it is followed by three short stories and each are fine examples of Victorian juvenalia. A noted writer on spiritualism who wrote the celebrated Night Side of Nature, considered one of the best collections of supernatural stories in English, her novels "are a curious and not unpleasing mixture of imagination and matter of fact. Curiousity and sympathy are deeply excited, and much skill is shown in maintaining the interest to the end." (DNB). Illustrator Absolon was noted for his children’s book work which was characterized by fine figure drawing outlined and with very little shadow. Quite scarce.

 

CROWLEY, Aleister. SONGS OF THE SPIRIT. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1898. 12mo, x, 109pp. Orig. blue-grey cloth stamped in red. Very good. $500. ¶ First Edition, limited to 351 copies, according to the bibliography appended to The Works of Aleister Crowley. The books was reissued by the Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth in 1905. Includes the poems "The Alchemist," "The Farewell of Paracelsus to Aprile," and "Astrology." Printed at the Chiswick Press. Symonds p.301.

 

(Cruikshank). ABBOTT à BECKET, Gilbert (ed.). GEORGE CRUIKSHANK’S TABLE BOOK. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: At the Punch Office, 1845. 8vo, viii, 284pp, frontispiece, extra engr. title, 11 steel engraved plates, 116 wood engraved text illus. 19th century 3/4 red calf over red cloth, gilt lettering to black morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt dec. and orn. compartments, teg, some rubbing along edges, joints, otherwise tight, internally clean, a very good copy. $300. ¶ First Edition in book form, attractively bound by Bayntun. Cohn 187. Douglas 228. Salomons 360.

 

CRUIKSHANK, George. STENELAUS AND AMYLDA; a Christmas Legend. For Children of a Larger Growth. London: Griffith and Farran, 1858. Small 8vo, 32pp. With 3 color-printed illustrations in the text. Orig. pale blue printed wrappers, gilt edges, upper cover with repeat of a text illustration, disbound from a larger volume, very good. $200. ¶ First Edition, of a charming Christmas fable which reveals itself at the end to be a temperance tale. Cohn 774.

 

CRUIKSHANK, George. SUNDAY IN LONDON. Illustrated in Fourteen Cuts by George Cruikshank and a few Words by a Friend of his; with a Copy of Sir Andrew Agnew’s Bill. London: Effingham Wilson, 1833. 8vo, iv, 105pp. With a frontispiece and 10 colored plates, and three uncolored vignettes in the text. Full tan polished calf, covers panelled in gilt, upper cover with facsimile of Cruikshank’s signature in gilt, backstrip panelled in gilt with black labels, gilt edges, a fine copy bound for John Wanamaker by Root. $350. ¶ FIRST EDITION of this amusing satire on the behavior of the different classes of English society on the Sabbath, with a good many swipes at alcohol consumption, theater attendance, etc. Cohn 846.

 

(Cruikshank). [PARIS, John Ayrton]. PHILOSOPHY IN SPORT MADE SCIENCE IN EARNEST; Being an Attempt to Illustrate the First Principles of Natural Philosophy by the Aid of Popular Toys and Sports. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1827. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, xviii, 3216; [iii]-viii, 314; vi, 207pp, 25 woodcuts by George Cruikshank. Contemporary calf, marbled boards, spine worn, flyleaves browned, lacking half-title to vol.II, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First Edition of a work which became popular and went into several editions. Toole Stott, Conjuring, 525; Circus 538. Cohn, Cruikshank, 626.

 

[CURTIS, S. and Richard Clay]. A YEAR OF COUNTRY LIFE; Or, the Chronicle of the Young Naturalists. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1856. 8vo, 247pp. Publisher’s original brown cloth, blindstamped ruled borders and decoration, gilt lettered spine, owner’s inscription, some wear at spine extremities, otherwise very good. $45. ¶ First Edition. A narrative description of young family’s life in the country. The story is divided into twelve months; at the end of each story, a calendar is provided detailing information on the active birds and insects, flowering wild plants, and gardening during that particular month. OCLC lists only one copy in library holdings. Scarce.

 

 

D’URFEY, Thomas. THE COMICAL HISTORY OF DON QUIXOTE. As It Was Acted at the Queen’s Theatre in Dorset Garden by Their Majesties Servants. London: J. Darey, et al., 1729. 3 parts in 1 vol, sm 8vo, 295, (1 adv.)pp. 19th c. full calf, gilt lettering to red morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt dec. and orn. compartments, gilt tooled borders, dentelles, all edges yellow, slight loss at spine head, mild rubbing to joints, lightly browned throughout, otherwise a very good copy. $300. ¶ Second edition, originally a three-part dramatization (1694-96) with music by Purcell, by the poet, dramatist and satirist "Tom Durfey" (1653-1723). Chiefly for this play he was condemned by Collier in A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage. Pope considered him "the only poet of toleraable reputation in this country."

 

D’URFEY, Thomas. THE COMICAL HISTORY OF DON QUIXOTE. As It Was Acted at the Queen’s Theatre in Dorset Garden by Their Majesties Servants. London: J. Darey, et al., 1729. 3 parts in 1 vol, sm 8vo, 295, (1 adv.)pp. 19th c. full calf, gilt lettering to red morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt dec. and orn. compartments, gilt tooled borders, dentelles, all edges yellow, slight loss at spine head, mild rubbing to joints, lightly browned throughout, otherwise a very good copy. $300. ¶ Second edition, originally a three-part dramatization (1694-96) with music by Purcell, by the poet, dramatist and satirist "Tom Durfey" (1653-1723). Chiefly for this play he was condemned by Collier in A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage. Pope considered him "the only poet of toleraable reputation in this country."

 

Dame Dingle’s Series. THE TROUBLES AND TRIALS OF WANDERING BUNNY. New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1869. Royal 16mo, 16pp, illus. Original decorated wrappers; lightly soiled, some wear to extremities, Wilson Collection stamp on upper cover. Very good. $150. ¶ An unusual children’s book in verse recounting an innocent bunny’s first - and last - venture into cruel human society. Eleven vocabulary and/or spelling "lessons" are included in this book which is printed entirely on linen, with full page illustrations in vibrant oil colors.

 

DARWIN, Erasmus. THE BOTANIC GARDEN. A Poem in Two Parts. Part I. Containing the Economy of Vegetation. Part II. The Loves of the Plants. With Philosophical Notes. London: J. Johnson, 1791-90. 2 vols in one, 4to, xii, 126, (2); (2), xi, 202pp, 2 frontispieces by Fuseli, 20 engraved plates, incl. 5 engraved by William Blake, l vignette, errata leaves in both parts. Contemp. boards, lacking label, some foxing and off-setting of plates, two wormholes at bottom of last few quires, bookplates, a very good copy. $675. ¶ First Edition of vol. I and second edition of vol. II of the chief source of Erasmus Darwin’s fame in his lifetime. Although the poem is interesting, the 300 footnotes and 115 pages of appendices are the major part of the book; the first part is a far-reaching survey of science and technology with important sections concerning evolutionary theory and the second part deals specifically with vegetable sex life. The work is also treasured for the five plates that Blake engraved in part I, of which ‘The Fertilization of Egypt’ is the best known. Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather to Charles Darwin, was a famed eccentric in an age of unusual men, an inventor, writer, natural historian, and friend (or sometimes enemy) of many great men of his time including Blake, Rousseau, and Dr. Johnson. Bentley, Blake Books, 450. Blake 450A. King-Hele 97-119. Henrey 469. Wheeler Gift 555.

 

[DE QUINCEY, Thomas]. CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER. London: Taylor & Hessey, 1823. Sm. 8vo, iv, 206pp. Disbound. $145. ¶ Third edition, first printed in the London Magazine in 1821 and published in book form in 1822. It exerted a considerable influence on literature and medical science in its detailed descriptions of the various physical and mental states experienced by an opium user ranging from euphoria to utter horror. Green 356.

 

[DENON, Dominique Vivant, Baron]. Mary Wilson, Spinster. THE VOLUPTUOUS NIGHT Or, The Non Plus Ultra of Pleasure. London [Paris?]: Printed for Sarah Brown, 1830. 8vo, 94, (1)pp. Plain green wrappers, mildly sunned spine, otherwise fine. $125. ¶ Later Edition, ca.1930, a porned-up English translation of Denon’s Point de Lendemain, aka La Nuit merveilleuse, first published in the1830s (which no one has seen), later reprinted ca.1885 as noted by Mendes at 4-A. With The Whore’s Catechism (pp.71-92), and the charming verse The Frozen Limb (pp.93-95), regarding a virgin’s efforts to warm her lover. This copy from the estate of G. Legman. Scarce. Kearney, Private Case 554. Mendes 4-D.

 

DEVOORE, Anne. OLIVER IVERSON… Chicago: Stone, 1899. 12mo, xii, 181pp, frontis. Orig. slate cloth lettered in red, good. $20. ¶ First Edition. Kramer 189. Wright 1521.

 

DICKENS, Charles. BLEAK HOUSE. With Illustrations by H.K. Brown. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853. 8vo, xvi, 624pp, frontispiece, extra engraved titlepage, 38 engraved plates. Contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards, black morocco spine label, gilt lettering, raised bands with gilt rules, front board detached, backstrip pulling away, foxing to plate margins, otherwise an internally clean copy. $175. ¶ First Edition. Smith, Dickens I, 10.

 

(DICKENS, Charles). PEARL-FISHING. Choice Stories from Dickens’ Household Words. First Series. Auburn: Alden, Beardsley. Rochester: Wanzer, Beardsley, 1854. 8vo, 351, (1 as adv.)pp, engraved frontispiece. Publisher’s original cloth, gilt lettering and decoration, blindstamped decoration, wear to extremities, mild sunning, an occasional foxed spot, contemporary owner’s signature, otherwise a tight, nearly very good copy. $250. ¶ First Edition, first state. A collection of tales that originally appeared in Household Words, the London periodical edited by Dickens from 1850 to 1853, but which was not published collectively in England. Though the Publisher’s Notice suggests that Dickens wrote the stories, he, in fact, did not but his strong influence as editor is manifest in each. Podeschi D22.

 

DICKENS, Charles. PICTURES FROM ITALY. London: Published for the Author by Bradbury & Evans, 1846. Sm.8vo, (8), 270, (2 ads)pp, with 4 wood engravings by Samuel Palmer. Original dark blue vertically ribbed cloth, very light edge wear, endpapers soiled, early signature of a Robt Wise Malton on endpaper. Very good. $375. ¶ First Edition. Smith II, pp.44-58. Gimbel A98. Eckel pp. 126-7.

 

DICKENS, Charles. THE MUDFROG PAPERS. London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1880. 8vo, iv, 198, (6pp ads). Crimson cloth, covers and spine decorated in black, spine lettered in gilt. Dickens Centenary stamp on endpaper. A fine copy of a scarce book. $375. ¶ First Edition in book form of the series first published in Bentley’s Miscellany from 1837-39. The Mudfrog Papers are satires on the numerous learned societies which flourished in London in the early nineteenth century. Scarce, particularly in fine condition. Eckel p.175. Gimbel D86. Kitton p.80.

 

(DICKENS, Charles). LANGTON, Robert. THE CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH OF CHARLES DICKENS. With Retrospective Notes, and Elucidations, from His Books and Letters. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1891. 8vo, xx, 260, (8 as adv.)pp, tipped-in frontispiece, tipped-in dec. initials, 82 tipped-in b&w illus. Pale brown cloth, gilt lettering, ruled borders and ornamentation, teg, beveled edges, untrimmed, very good. $175. ¶ Edition De Luxe, enlarged and revised from the first edition of 1883, and limited to 300 large paper copies printed on hand-made paper with proofs of illustrations on India paper.

 

(Dickens). HONE, William. THE EVERY DAY BOOK AND TABLE BOOK; Or, Everlasting Calendar of Popular Amusements. Sports, Pastimes, Ceremeones, Manners, Customs, and Events. London: Thomas Tegg & Son, 1838. 3 vols, with 436 engravings. Old half calf, gilt titles, light wear to spine, otherwise very good. $2000. ¶ CHARLES DICKENS’ COPY, with a slip in his hand bound in vol. 3 with 11 lines of notes about Hone’s book; and with his lion bookplate in each volume, together with a label noting "From the Library of Charles Dickens, Gadshill Place, June, 1870" also in each volume.

 

[DILKE, Charles Wentworth, ed.] OLD ENGLISH PLAYS, Being a Selection from the Early dramatic writers. In six volumes. London: Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, 1814-[16]. 6 vols, 8vo, full calf, gilt backs, gilt titling detailing contents of each vol., board of vol. one loose, no title leaf for vol. 6, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ A continuation of Dodsley’s Old Plays, Dilke work is defined by the DNB "a very acute and careful piece of editing." The 24 plays include vol. I: Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus & Lust’s Dominion, and John Lyly’s Mother Bombie & Midas; II: Lyly’s Endymion, or the Man in the Moon, Marston’s History of Antonio and Mellida & What You Will & Parasitaster; III: Dekkers’s The Wonder of a Kingdom & Old Fortunatus; Chapman’s Bussy d’Ambois & Monsieur d’Olive; IV: Chapman’s May Day, Middleton & Rowley’s The Spanish Gipsy & The Changeling, Midleton’s More Dissemblers Besides Women; V: Middleton’s Women Beware Women & A Trick to Catch the Old One, Rowley’s A New Wonder, Webester’s Appius and Virginia; VI: Webster & Rowley, The Thracian Wonder, Heywood’s The English Traveller & The Royal King and Loyal Subject & A Challenge for Beauty. Each with introductory material and a Glossarial Index. Antiquary and critic, Dilke (1789-1864), friend of Keats, Shelley, and Leigh Hunt, became editor of the Atheneaum in 1829. Lowndes p.1883. Hazlitt, Manual...Old English Plays, pp.271-2.

 

"DIOGENES". THE ROYAL ECLIPSE; or, Delicate Facts Exhibiting the Secret Memoirs of Squire George and his Wife. With Notes. London: J.F. Hughes, 1807. Sm. 8vo, xi, 172, (8 ads.), 24 (ads.)pp. Orig. printed boards, modern backstrip, new endpapers, a good copy. $200. ¶ This rare anonymous satire of George IV is unattributed by Halkett and Laing, NUC, and BL. The author is harsh in judgements of the King and the heir apparent and notes that the freedom of the press had been curtailed in writing about royal follies, especially those of the boudoir. NUC locates only one copy.

 

DISRAELI, Benjamin. ENDYMION. London: Longmans, Green, 1880. 3 vols, 8vo, orig. red cloth, armorial bookplates. Very nice set. $275. ¶ First Edition of Disraeli’s last novel. Carter & Sadleir L8: "a great statesman’s political philosophy." Sadleir 712. Wolff 1836.

 

[DODGE, Mary Abigail] as Gail Hamilton. RED-LETTER DAYS IN APPPLETHORPE. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1866. 12mo, 141pp, 6 b/w illus. Orig. blue cloth, gilt. Very nice copy. $75. ¶ First Edition Mary Abigail Dodge (1833-1896), who wrote fiction and essays under the name of Gail Hamilton, was a feminist who exhorted women to write as a means of attaining independence. Her A Battle of the Books is about authors’ right. BAL 4714, binding b. Feminist Companion to Literature in English p.301.

 

[DORSET, Catherine Ann]. THE LION’S MASQUERADE. A Sequel to the Peacock at Home. Written by a Lady. A Facsimile Reproduction of the Edition of 1807 With an Introduction by Charles Welsh. London: Griffith & Farran, 1883. 8vo, x, 16pp, 6 illus. Printed wrappers, good. $50. ¶ Reprint of one of the best-selling children’s titles in Britain in the early 19th century, part of publisher John Harris’ Harris’ Cabinet series.

 

[DORSET, Catherine Ann]. THE PEACOCK "AT HOME." A Sequel to The Butterfly’s Ball. Written by a Lady. A Facsimile Reproduction of the Edition of 1807 With an Introduction by Charles Welsh. London: Griffith & Farran, 1883. 8vo, x, 16pp, 6 illus. Printed wrappers, good. $50. ¶ Reprint of one of the best-selling children’s titles in Britain in the early 19th century, part of publisher John Harris’ Harris’ Cabinet series.

 

DOUGLAS, Norman. REPORT ON THE PUMICE STONE INDUSTRY OF THE LIPARI ISLANDS. London: HMSO, 1895. 8vo, (2), 6pp. Bound in half red leather, cloth boards, morocco bookplate. Very good. $850. ¶ First Edition, signed by Douglas. One of his earliest books, printed in an edition of about 125 copies according to Woolf. Douglas’s first writings were on zoology and science, and it wasn’t until 1901 that he broke into fiction. Nancy Cunard learned to print while hand-setting her Hours Press edition of this book. Very rare. Woolf, Bibliography of Norman Douglas, A4.

 

DOYLE, A[rthur] Conan. THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. Illustrations by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, 1894. 8vo, (8), 279pp, 90 illustrations by Paget in the text (including frontispiece of the death of Holmes). Original dark blue cloth over bevelled boards, blocked and lettered in black and gilt, all edges gilt, peacock feather endpapers. Minimal wear to extremities; a very good copy indeed, preserved in a handsome morocco backed case. Armorial bookplate. $2750. ¶ First Edition, a much better copy than usually found of a book that was literally read to tatters. Eleven of the twelve stories were first issued in the Strand Magazine in 1891-2, and published in book form shortly before Christmas 1893 although dated 1894 on the title. The final story desribe’s Holmes death at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. Green & Gibson A14a. Glover & Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction, 129. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Sadlier 746.

 

DOYLE, Arthur Conan THE GREAT SHADOW and Beyond the City. With Illustrations by James Grieg and Paul Pardy. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith; London: Simpkin, Hamilton, Kent, [n.d., 1892]. 8vo, brown cloth decoratively stamped in black, blue-green, & gilt. A fine copy. $450. ¶ First Edition - a particularly fine copy.

 

DOYLE, Charles William. THE SHADOW OF QUONG LUNG... Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1900. 8vo, 267pp. ¶ First Edition. "Stories of the Chinese quarter of San Francisco connected by the mysterious shadow of a diabolical criminal who lives by kidnapping Chinese women and who employs the resources of modern science to carry out his crimes" (Baird & Greenwood 685). Cowan p.180. Wright III-1640. Hubin p.125.

 

DRYDEN, John. MARRIAGE A-la-Mode. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal. London: Printed by T.N. for Henry Herringman, 1673. 4to, (12), 85 (1 epilogue)pp. Quarter calf, marbled boards, uniformly browned. Very good. $600. ¶ First Edition of one of Dryden’s best comedies. In his Dedication to the Earl of Rochester, Dryden acknowledges the assistance he was given by Rochester and states "it receiv’d amendment from your noble hands, e’re it was fit to be presented." MacDonald 771. Pforzheimer 330. Woodward & McManaway 432. Summers, Restoration Drama, p.58. Wing 2306.

 

DU MAURIER, George. PETER IBBETSON [bound with] TRILBY. Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1891 & 1894. 8vo, extracted from the periodical, some leaves extended to size, bound up in full limp calf (somewhat worn). $500. ¶ The original periodical publications of both of Du Maurier’s classics, with an ALS from the author to a Mr Blackburn tipped in. Trilby contains the notorious passages and illustration referring to Whistler that were suppressed upon publication in bookform. In the illustration "All as it used to be," p.575, the figure of Whistler can be seen in the right background, but, in the book issue, the portrait was changed and made unrecognizable by the addition of a beard. The text referring to Joe Sibley (Whistler) is on pp.577-8: "The Idle Apprentice, the King of Bohemia…always in debt, vain, witty, and a most exquisite and original artist…" Upon Whistler’s protesting to the publishers, the description and illustrations were altered. Carter & Sadleir, Victorian Fiction V-10. Wolff 1952d. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen Nineties, 221.

 

DU MAURIER, George. TRILBY. New York: Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Jan. to August, 1894. 8vo, extracted from the periodical, with the orig. illustrations by Du Maurier (and other artists), and extra-illustrated with portraits and numerous pieces of Trilbyiana. Bound three-quarter blue morocco, gilt back and top, the Harpers wrappers bound in at the back. $600. ¶ First Appearance of this famous novel, with the passages and illustrations suppressed upon its publication in bookform. In the illustration "All as it used to be," p.575, the figure of Whistler can be seen in the right background, but, in the book issue, the portrait was changed and made unrecognizable by the addition of a beard. The text referring to Joe Sibley (Whistler) is on pp.577-8: "The Idle Apprentice, the King of Bohemia…always in debt, vain, witty, and a most exquisite and original artist…" Upon Whistler’s protesting to the publishers, the description and illustrations were altered and this censored text is also bound in.

Bound with this volume, besides the author’s autograph dated 1894, are numerous reviews, including those of Henry James, Louise Imogen Guiney, Margaret Sangster, etc, "Trilbyana, The Rise & Progress of a Popular Novel," a Trilby Glossary, and dozens of pieces about the book. Carter & Sadleir, Victorian Fiction V-10. Wolff 1952d.

 

EBERS, George. THE SISTERS. A Romance. From the German by Clara Bell. In Two Volumes. Leipzig/ London: Tauchnitz/ Sampson Low, 1880. 2 vols, 8vo, 311, 295pp. Red linen soft boards, gilt lettered, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition in English, Copyright Edition, volume 40 in Tauchnitz’ Collection of German Writers. Ebers (1837-98), studied Egyptology at Berlin University and was appointed to a professorial chair in 1870. His historical novels, set in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, enjoyed considerable success and are noteworthy for the faithfulness to authentic detail. The present novel occurs in ancient Greece. Morgan, Critical Bibliography of German Literature in English Translation 1310. Scarce.

 

EBERS, George [Mauritz]. UARDA. A Romance of Egypt. From the German by Clara Bell. In Two Volumes. Leipzig/ London: Tauchnitz/ Sampson Low, 1877. 2 vols, 8vo, 333, 320pp. Red linen soft boards, gilt lettered, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition in English, Copyright Edition, volume 30 in Tauchnitz’ Collection of German Writers. Ebers (1837-98) studied Egyptology at Berlin University and was appointed to a professorial chair in 1870. His historical novels, set in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, enjoyed considerable success and are noteworthy for the faithfulness to authentic detail. Scarce. Morgan, Critical Bibliography of German Literature in English Translation 1363.

 

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. SOCIETY AND SOLITUDE. Twelve Chapters by… Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1870. 8vo, (4), 300pp. Orig. brick cloth, edges somewhat worn. Good. $100. ¶ First Edition. This collection contains the famous essay, "Books," in which Emerson lists and comments on what he believes are the most important books of each age, and outlines a plan of study for scholars. "Old Age" concludes the volume. BAL 5260.

 

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo (ed.). PARNASSUS. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, [n.d., ca. 188?]. 8vo, xxxiv, 534pp. Publisher’s original taupe cloth, gilt stamped lettering and ornaments, black stamped head and tail decorative borders, beveled edges, very mild scuffing to extremities, bookplate, otherwise fine. $35. ¶ Later reprint from the plates of the second amended edition (from which all subsequent editions have been based) as noted by Myerson F7, note 3.

 

(Erotica). A TOWN BULL Or, The Elysian Fields. How Priapus Blessed a Poor Man; Made a Living For Him, and How, Finally, a Paradise for Free-Lovers Was Established, Where Fathers and Daughters, Mothers and Grandsons, Brothers, and Sisters, White, Brown and Black Cohabitated Indiscriminately. Carnopolis [Paris?]: Societe des Bibliophiles [Carrington], n.d., [ca, 1900]. 8vo, 125pp, head and tail pieces. Plain gray wrappers, hand-inked lettering in black, hand-inked ruled borders in red by prior owner, some light stains to wrappers, otherwise near fine. $200. ¶ Charles Carrington’s reprint of this classic originally published in Amsterdam(?), 1893 by August Brancart. One of the great American original erotic novels, written by an anonymous American, which, given the Comstock Laws on obscenity at the time, could only be safely published in Europe. A reminder that the Free-Love movement and Sexual Revolution were not unique to the 1960s. From the estate of G. Legman, who has inked the title to the front wrapper and dated the book - incorrectly - to 1923-30, in his distinctive hand. Scarce Carrington. Kearney, Private Case 1791. Rose 4564. Mendes 88-B.

 

(Erotica). ONE HUNDRED MERRIE AND DELIGHTSOME STORIES Right Pleasaunte to Relate in All Goodly Companie by Way of Joyance and Jollity: Les Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles. Now First Done into the English Tongue by Robert B. Doublas. Paris: Charles Carrington, (1899). 8vo, xxx, (3), 256pp, 24 plates of pen drawings, illustrated title page. Full cloth, decorative paper laid over front board, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. General external wear, internally fine. $45. ¶ One of an edition limited to 1200 numbered copies of this amusing translation of the Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles, the collection of licentious prose tales, presented by its author to Philippe duc de Bourgogne in 1462. The author, who probably belonged to the court of Burgundy, but was possibly Louis XI, models his tales on the Decameron, as the whimsical tales purport to be told by various members of the Burgundian court, including the duke himself. "In 1899 a superb edition of this book was issued in English from the secret press of Charles Carrington in Monmartre, Paris…" (Ginzburg, An Unhurried View of Erotica, p.27). The "Old Bibliophile" who wrote the delightful Forbidden Books: Notes and Gossip on Tabooed Literature, speaking of this edition, wrote "it is one of the most remarkable masterpieces of the XVth century, and contains the quintessence of the rollicking fun of Southern nations, entitling it to rank with Bocaccio and Rabelais, even if it does not sometimes surpass them… It tells principally the wiles of married women, seeking to deceive their husbands" (Forbidden Books pp.101-106).

 

(Erotica). TALES OF FIRENZUOLA. Benedictine Monk of Vallombrosa (XVIth century). For the First Time Translated into English. Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1889. Sm 8vo, xix, 180, (1 as Contents)pp, decorations, inits. Contemporary full morocco, gilt lettered, gilt orn. compartments, gilt ruled borders, dentelles, teg, later owner’s signature, joints rubbed, front joint weak but stable, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First Edition, first English translation of these classic bawdy stories.

 

(EVANS, Edmund). GOLDSMITH, Oliver. THE POEMS OF… Edited by Robert Aris Willmott. With Illustrations by Birket Foster and H.N. Humphreys. London: George Routledge, 1859. 8vo, 159, (1)pp, 40 color-printed woodcuts by Edmund Evans after illus. by Foster, head and tail pieces by Noel Humphreys. Full crimson morocco, elaborately stamped borders of alternating gilt and black rolls, gilt lettered spine with raised bands, rococo gilt ornamentation, aeg, gilt dentelles, a fine copy. $400. ¶ First Edition thus, exquisitely bound by Townsend. "One of the gems of Victorian book production" (MacLean), "with prints that looked more like paintings than illustrations’ (Slythe), "great care was bestowed on their production. They are tinted woodcuts, and were worked on an ordinary hand-press; this handsome volume has also a number of head and tail pieces designed by Noel Humphreys, many of which are printed in black and white against a tinted background, the whole of the printing work, illustrations and text, being done at Evans’ establishment, and every page framed in a double gold-line border" (Burch). One of Ray’s "100 Outstanding." McLean, Victorian Book Design & Colour Printing, p. 114. Slythe, The Art of Illustration pp.28-30. Burch, Colour Printing and Colour Printers, p.155. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England 238A.

 

(EVELYN, John). La Quintinye, Jean de. [or La Quintinie] THE COMPLEAT GARD’NER, or, Directions for Cultivating and Right Ordering of Fruit-Gardens and Kitchen-Gardens: with the Garden’s Kallender, directing what is to be done every month of the year London: Matthew Gillyflower, 1693. Folio, (44), 184, (4), 204, (4), 80pp, eng. frontispiece portrait of de la Quintinye, 11 full page or folding plates, 11 small engravings int he text, & 4 woodcuts in the texts. Contemp. full mottled calf, rebacked, old gilt spine label. Minor damp stain to the foot of a few leaves, armorial bookplate and signature of George Chudleigh, 1714. A remarkably crisp and clean copy. $4500. ¶ First Edition in English. De La Quintinye, Director of the gardens of the French King, visited Evelyn’s gardens in about 1670, although the event is not recorded in the Diary. On his return he sent Evelyn a ms on the cultivation of melons, which Evelyn translated and distributed to friends. De La Quintinye (1626-1688) did not live to see the publication of his book which came out in 1690. To his translation, Evelyn added the section on melons and the "Treatise on Orange Tree" which De La Quintinye had not been included in the French edition. In addition to a note regarding his translation of the melon section, Evelyn wrote the Advertisemnt for the nursery gardens at Brompton Park, and an Advertisement to the Curious regarding his translation in general. The book was never reprinted as a whole but an abridged version was published in 1699 followed by five subsequent editions dated 1701-1719. Keynes 103 (& see pp.222-225). Wing 431 (under La Quintinie). A superb copy.

 

FALKNER, J. Meade. THE LOST STRADIVARIUS. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood, 1895. 8vo, with publisher’s catalogues dated Jan., 1896. Orig. dark blue cloth blocked in blind and gilt, very light wear to spine ends, overall a very good. $650. ¶ First Edition of the author’s first novel, one of the classics of 19th century supernatural fiction. Bleiler 621: "A sophisticated supernatural novel, concerned with music, evil, and mysticism." Wolff 2119. Pollard, "Some Uncollected Authors: J. Meade Falkner," in the Book Collectors, Autumn 1960, pp.318-24.

 

[FAWCETT, Edgar]. THE BUNTLING BALL: A Graeco-American Play. A Social Satire. Illustrations by C.D. Weldon. New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls, 1884. 8vo, 154pp, line drawings in the text. Red cloth, elaborately stamped in gilt, light edge wear $150. ¶ First Printing, copy 1009 of 1500 numbered by the author on the title page. A verse satire on New York society in the style of a classical Greek play published anonymously. While in America in 1881-2 Oscar Wilde made an effort to acquaint himself with work of American writers; in a letter to Douglas Sladen in 1888 he wrote "The best of the young poets is Edgar Fawcett. I think him the best American poet there is - alive - but he is furious with me because I never answer his letters. If you are publishing an anthology you should not fail to use his work largely." BAL 5627.

 

FENTON, Geoffrey. GOLDEN EPISTLES, Contayning Varietie of Discourse, both Morall, Philosophicall, and Devine, Gathered, as wel out of the Remaynder of Gueuaraes Woorks, as other Authours, Latine, French and Italian by Geffrey Fenton. London: Ralph Newberie, 15 Octobris, 1582. 8vo, black letter, (4), 347, (3, tables)pp + final blank leaf, large woodcut title-page border, woodcut initials. Full brown morocco by Riviere, gilt title and borders, a.e.g., rehinged. Contemp. marginalia throughout (partially trimmed). Booklabel of Arbury Library and signature of William Allen White, with his note "Rosenbach $145. R. paid $300 for the Jones’ copy of 1st ed of 1575. Many marginal notes. Jan’y 25, 1923." Fine copy. $1750. ¶ Third Edition, "Newly corrected and amended" of Fenton’s colleciton of essays taken from both classical and contemporary sources. The first edition of 1575 is extremely rare. This copy is described in White’s privately printed Catalogue of Early English Books p.44. STC 10796. Not in Pforzheimer.

 

[FERRIER, Susan Edmonstone]. THE INHERITANCE. By the Author of Marriage. Edinburgh: Blackwood and London: Cadell, 1824. 3 vols, 8vo, (4), 387; (4), 415; (4), 359pp. Orig. boards uncut, printed paper labels, backstrips repaired, signature in each volume dated Jan. 1825, a very good set in orig. state. $375. ¶ First Edition, one of three anonymous novels by Ferrier (1782-1854) depicting Scottish life with an emphasis on education and a shrewd insight into the nature of marriage. The opening sentence can surely not have been an accidental homage to Jane Austen: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there is no passion so deeply rooted in human nature as that of pride," which is, of course, identical to the opening phrase of Pride and Prejudice and which wittily highlights the context of the word ‘pride’ Woolf 2235, noting how rarely her books turn up in the original bindings.

 

[FIELDING, Sarah]. THE ADVENTURES OF DAVID SIMPLE: Containing an Account of his Travels through the Cities of London and Westminster, in the Search of a Real Friend. London: A. Millar, 1744. 2 vols, 12mo, x, 278; (2), 322pp. Contemp. calf, edges worn, lacking front free endpaper, old ink nos. on versos of titles, otherwise very good. $1000. ¶ First Edition of the author’s first novel, a "moral romance" in which the two heroines make important points about the stifling of women’s intellect and the barriers against a gentlewoman’s earning her living. Sarah Fielding (1710-68) wrote little else of import and her work never achieved the success accorded to her brother Henry, though she was highly thought of by the literati of the time. A third volume appeared in 1753. Block p.74. Hardy 390. Tinker 1037. Not in Rothschild.

 

FISHER, John. THIS TREATYSE CONCERYNGE THE FRUYTFULL SAYNGES OF DAVYD the Kynge a Prophete in the Seven Pentyencyall Psalmes. London: Wynkyn de Worde, 12 June 1509. Sm. 4to, woodcut-title-page device of Lady Margaret eaufort, woodcut vignette, woodcut intials and banners throughout, woodcut printer’s device (McKerrow 19). Late 17th century full brown calf, gilt rules to covers, gilt tooled and letter spine. Condition: light worming throughout, several leaves extended or repaired including mm4 which is inlaid (another example of this leaf, from a different printing, is laid in), a few marginal annotations, spine ends repaired. (8 x5-1/8 in) $27,500. ¶ Second edition of Bishop Fisher’s first publication, first printed in 1508. Wynkyn de Worde was foreman in the printing establishment of Caxton, England’s first printer. A native of Worth in Alsace, he came to England with Caxton in about 1476, and, as his last book is dated 1535, he must have been a very young man at the time. After Caxton’s death in 1491 he took over the press, although his name didin’t appear in a book until 1494. Although he printed a large number of books, many are known to us only by single copies and some by fragments. Devotional works formed a large part of his output and these reveal a high degree of typographical excellence; he used an excellent English black-letter type, invariably set gihtly in double column, and and his favorite scheme for title-page included a woodcut illustrative of the text, avocve which the title was set in a ribbon-type boder, sometimes cut into a block, thus producing whitters on a black ground. Interesting to note, he did not attempt the reprinting of classical literature as he probably relaized that he could not compete with the imporations of the works of Aldus, Froben, or Estienne. Wynkyn de Worde died late in an 1534 or early in 1535.

Fisher (1495-1535), bishop of Rochester, a prominent supporter of the new learning, opposed the Reformation and was eventually executed for this under the crime of treason. At the time of publication he was chancellor of the the University of Cambridge and confessor to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. He was a close friend of Erasmus and it was through his influence that Erasmus was induced to visit Cambridge. At Fisher’s death Erasmus several times wrote of his personal loss and expressed his esteem in the Hyperaspistes where Fisher is cited as one of the few true bishops. Fisher’s portrait drawn by Holbein hangs at Windsor Castle. See: Contemporaries of Erasmus II, pp.36-9. STC 10902 recording only 6 copies (of which 3 are imperfect), Folger & Morgan only in the US. STC notes two later editions witht he colophon date of 1509 which were actually printed ca. 1514 and 1919. Hodnett 632.

 

FITCH, [William] Clyde. SOME CORRESPONDENCE AND SIX CONVERSATIONS. Chicago: Herbert S. Stone, 1900. Sm 8vo, 149, (1)pp. Green cloth, yellow stamped, teg, bright, fine. $35. ¶ Attractive reprint of the noted playright’s (Beau Brummel, 1890, etc.) only prose work, originally published in 1896. Cf. BAL 6085.  

 

(FITZGERALD, Edward). KHAYYAM, Omar. RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Rendered into English Verse by…The Four Editions with the Original Prefaces and Notes. London: Macmillan, 1899. 8vo, 290pp. Full white velín, red lettering and decoration to spine, bookplate, some mild soiling and foxing to velín, lacks ribbon tie, otherwise a very good copy. $125. ¶ First Collected Edition of the editions of 1859, 1868, 1872, and 1879.

 

[FITZGERALD, Edward, trans.]. RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Rendered Into English Verse. London & New York: Macmillan, 1897. 8vo, 112pp. Full white vellum, gilt lettered and ruled, owner’s signature dated year of publication and armorial bookplate, glue offsets to free-endpapers, some soiling to boards, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ Fifth Separate Edition, later printing. Cf. Caxton Club, Books of Edw. Fitzgerald, 17.

 

FITZGERALD, Percy. A FAMOUS FORGERY, Being the Story of "The Unfortunate" Doctor Dodd. London: Chapman & Hall, 1865. 8vo, x, 246pp. Orig. orange cloth. Very good. $175. ¶ First Edition of the first, and still the best, book on this celebrated case. William Dodd (1729-1777) was a popular preacher, admired by Walpole, and the author of a number of books (many actually written by Dr. Johnson). In 1763 he was appointed chaplain to the king; however, he incurred debts, and scandals began to attach to him. He was nicknamed the "macaroni parson" and was eventually struck off the list of chaplains. In 1777 he attempted to pass a fraudelent bond in the name of Lord Chesterfield and was arrested and convicted. Extraordinary interest was excited by the case although Dr. Johnson, who compsed several papers for him, tried to obtain a pardon. One petition was signed by twenty-three thousand people, but the King decided to carry out the sentence. Dodd preached his last sermon – composed by Johnson – to his fellow prisoners at Newgate. Cf. Boswell & Hawkins, Life of Johnson, pp.434, 520-6. Cf. Courtney pp.128-9. Fitzgerald edited an edition of Boswell’s Life in 1874 which Pottle considers the first scholarly reaction against the tradition of the ‘edited’ Boswell.

 

FRANCE, Hector. MUSK HASHISH AND BLOOD. London & Paris: Printed for Subscribers Only, 1900. 8vo, xiii, 447pp, 22 etchings by Paul Avril. White cloth spine, orange marbled and pebbled boards, teg, slipcase, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition in English (second issue?). Carrrington printed an edition with title dated 1899 and wrappers dated 1900; the present edition (as well as Walpole Press and Falstaff Press editions also dateed 1900) appear to be from Carrington’s sheets with cancel titles. France’s (1840-1908) sensational novel of a French soldier’s adventures in North Africa appeared in underground editions for half a century.

 

[FRANCIS, Sir Philip]. JUNIUS. JUNIUS: Including Letters by the Same Writer, Under Other Signatures, (Now First Collected.) To Which Are Added, His Confidential Correspondence With Mr. Wilkes, and His Private Letters Addressed To Mr. H. S. Woodfall. With A Preliminary Essay [by John Mason Good, M. D.], Notes, Fac-Similes, &c. In Three Volumes. London: Printed by G. Woodfall, 1812. 3 vols, 8vo, xii, 336, 248, 2 foldout facsimiles, xi, 516, 2 foldout facsimiles, xiii, 511, (1) as errata pp, 1 foldout facsimile, 1 plate. Contemporary full diced calf, black onlaid spine label, gilt lettered, gilt ruled borders, raised bands, gilt and blind ornamentation, lack half-titles, otherwise very good. $375. ¶ First Edition. "A work which must always preserve its high place among the classics of England; the author was a first-rate master of the art of invective" (Lowndes). From January 1769 to January 1772 a series of letters appeared in H. S. Woodfall’s Public Advertiser addressed to high ranking members of the House of Lords and the King attacking with great severity constitutional and ministerial measures put forth in Parliament. They have been reliably attributed to Sir Philip Francis, a government official otherwise enjoined from participating in these lively controversies, who was unable to resist doing so but took cover under the pseudonym "Junius." "The classic purity of their language, the exquisite force and perspicuity of their argument, the keen severity of their reproach, the extensive information they evince, their fearless and decisive tone, and, above all, their stern and steady attachment to the purest principles of the Constitution acquired for them, with an almost electric speed, a popularity which no series of letters have since possessed, nor, perhaps, ever will" (from Good’s Preliminary Essay). Lowndes’ III, p.1240. Cf. Allibone’s I, p.1003. Cordasco 116.

 

[FRANKLIN, Benjamin, typesetter]. William Wollaston. THE RELIGION OF NATURE DELINEATED. London: Printed by S. Palmer for B. Lintott, et al. 1725. 4to, 219pp, incl. woodcut vignette on title showing a printer in a tri-cornered hat at work at a press, 5 woodcut head- & tail-pieces and numerous initials. Contemporary paneled calf, amatuerly rebacked with calf, covers worn & chipped, ink provenance notes (the earliest dated 1858) on front endpapers, interior fine. $400. ¶ First Edition typeset by Franklin, and third edition of Wollaston’s principle work. Newly arrived in London from Philadelphia in 1724, Franklin found work in the printing establishment of Samuel Palmer. While there he worked as a compositor on the present work.It is interesting to note that Franklin was so moved to disagree with several of Wollaston’s points that he drafted a refutation, A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain, which appeared in London in 1725, one of his earliest publications. The last three lines in the book, beneath the errata are tempting to ascribe to Franklin himself: "These [errata] are such as were collected in haste, but there are more; primarily in respect of Greek and Hebrew letters, accents, points, &c. and perhaps things of greater importance: tho it is hoped only such as a reader may easily correct or will readily forgive." Campbell, Franklin Imprints, p.39. Curtis Collection p.40. See Ford pp. xv-xvii.

 

FRECHETTE, Louis [Honoré]. CHRISTMAS IN FRENCH CANADA. WIth Illustrations by Frederick Simpson Coburn. Toronto: George N. Morang, 1899. 8vo, xv, 262pp, frontispiece, 21 illus. Publisher’s original grren pictorial cloth, stamped in gilt, red and blue, teg, partially unopened, mild sunning to spine, otherwise clean, bright, fine. $85. ¶ First Edition. The best-known French Canadian poet of the 19th century, Frechette (1839-1908) wrote three prose works including the volume under notice, his only written in English, comprised of "romantic recollections, sketches, and tales describing life in Quebec" (OCCHL). Scarce. OCCHL p.297.

 

FREEMAN, Edward A. HISTORICAL ESSAYS. First Series. London: Macmillan, 1875. 8vo, vi, (2), 406pp. Later full green morocco, gilt lettered, raised bands, gilt tooled compartments, gilt ruled borders, aeg, mild sunning to spine, otherwise nearly fine. $75. ¶ Third edition of the first volume of Freeman’s collected historical essays.

 

[FREEMAN, Rev. Philip]. GUESSING STORIES: or The Surprising Adventures of the Man with the Extra Pair of Eyes. A Book for Young People. By a Country Parson. London: Bell & Daldy, 1861. 12mo, (2 ads), (2), vi, (2), 91, (1)pp. Pink fine dotted diaper cloth, blocked and lettered gilt, a.e.g.; yellow coated end-papers. Spine faded, small damp-faded patch on front cover, otherwise a nice copy. $75. ¶ JUVENILE FANTASY; a series of riddles wrapped in little tales. A second edition was published in 1864, the authorship being then acknowledged. NUC notes Huntington only.

 

[Galsworthy]. SINJOHN, John. FROM THE FOUR WINDS. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. 8vo, 246pp. Faded green cloth, cover & spine decorated & lettered in gilt, t.e.g. A very good copy in a folding box and slipcase. $450. ¶ First Edition of John Galsworthy’s first book. Only 500 copies were printed (Marrot p.3).

 

GARRICK, David. THE POETICAL WORKS OF… Now First Collected into Two Volumes. With Supplemental Notes. London: George Kearsley, 1785. 2 vols, 8vo, lvii, 224, 226-540, (3 adv.)pp. 19th century full tree calf, gilt lettering to red and green morocco spine labels, gilt dec. and orn. to spine, gilt tooled edges, a tight, clean, very good set. $250. ¶ First Edition of the collected poetry of the acclaimed British actor.

 

GAUTIER, Judith. THE USURPER An Episode in Japanese History… London: Roberts Brothers, 1884. Sm. 8vo, (2), iv, 368pp, incl. illustrated half title. Orig. color illustrated cloth, worn. Good. $100. ¶ First Edition in English, translated by Abby Langdon Alger, of one of Gautier’s finest novels reflecting her interest in the Orient. Anatole France praised it in 1875: "… it is a pure marvel, Mme Judith Gautier’s masterpiece… I know of nothing to compare with these pages steeped in light and happiness…" It reappeared later under the title La Sœur du Soleil. See: T&P 3A; Richardson p.117.

 

GAUTIER, Theophile. ONE OF CLEOPATRA’S NIGHTS And Other Fantastic Romances. Translated by Lafcadio Hearn. New York: Brentano’s, 1900. 8vo, 388pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered and blocked, very good. $50. ¶ Hearn’s selection and translation of tales from Gautier’s Nouvelles and Romans et Contes. Reprint of the 1882 first issue, quite scarce. Parks & Temple III, part 2, p.285. Cf. BAL 7911.

 

GAUTIER, Théophile. WORKS. Boston & New York: C.T.Brainard, [ca. 1900]. 11 (of 12) vols, 8vo, illus. Half blue morocco, cloth boards, gilt tooled spine, t.e.g., lacking vol. 5. Very good. $500. ¶ Collected works in English translation. Gautier (1811-1872), a leader of the romantic movement, is best remembered for Mademoiselle de Maupin, as well as Fortunio, an Arabian Nights-like tale set in Paris, but also wrote well on art and literary history, also included in this set.

 

[GIBERNE] Agnes]. WILLIE AND LUCY AT THE SEA-SIDE. For Very Little Children. By A.G. London: Religious Tract Society, [n.d., 1868]. 8vo, 96pp, color frontispiece, 3 color plates, 7 text illus. Publisher’s original lilac cloth, gilt lettered and illus., blindstamped dec., aeg, spine and front board sunned, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First Edition. Osborne p.147.

 

GISSING, George. DENZIL QUARRIER. New York and London: MacMillan and Co., 1892. 8vo, 308, (8 as adv.)pp. Brown cloth, black, brown and gilt lettered, wreath ornaments, owner’s signature, teg, hinges repaired by amateur, otherwise a tight, internally clean nearly very good copy. $60 ¶ First U.S. Edition, variant binding. Collie A10b.

 

GOETHE - illus. by Paul Konewka. ILLUSTRATIONS TO GOETHE’S FAUST. The English Text from Bayard Taylor’s Translation. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1883. 8vo, title & 12 plates illustrated in silhouette. Orig. green cloth stamped in gilt and black, aeg, covers spotted, internally very good. $35.

 

GOETHE, [Johann von]. HERMANN AND DOROTHEA. Translated by Rev. Henry Dale. London: Bruckmann, [ca. 1880]. 4to, (4), 100pp, plus 10 orig. mounted photographs. Publisher's decorative cloth, a.e.g. Corners worn, front hinge weak, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ The photographs, after paintings, are by by Kaulbach & Hofmann. Not in BMC.

 

GOLDSMITH, Oliver. THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. A Tale. London: Sammells & Ritchie, 1792. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, 215pp, 6 copper-plates after Stothard, engraved by J. Parker. Full brown polished calf, gilt spine, dentelles, glazed endpapers, t.e.g., , foot of spine chipped, otherwise a very good, uncut copy. $250. ¶ "Before the end of the eighteenth century there was published an edition of ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’ with illustrations by Stothard, which is, undoubtedly, the handsomest edition issued in that century of this tale. Copies are not common, especially in good states..."Temple Scott, Oliver Goldsmtih Bibliographicall and Biographically Considered, pp.182-3.

 

GOLDSMITH, Oliver. THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. With Thirty-Two Illustrations by William Mulready. London: John Van Voorst, 1843. 8vo, xv, 306pp, 32 engravings. Late 19th c. full green morocco, gilt lettering, raised bands, elaborately gilt orn. and dec. compartments, extensive gilt dec. corners, dentelles, gilt edges, teg, bookplate, an occasional foxed spot, otherwise a fine copy. $250. ¶ First Mulready-illustrated edition, engraved by John Thompson, in an exquisite binding. A "striking achievement…the 32 illustrations are in the form of chapter headings and their excellence is remarkably brought out by the delicate engraving of John Thompson" (Muir). Engen p.198. Houfe p.237. Muir p.55.

 

GOLDSMITH, Victor. THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD With Twenty Four: Illustrations in Colour by Margaret Jameson. London: Chapman & Hall, [n.d., ca. 1900]. 8vo, ix, 237pp, color frontispiece, 23 color illus. Full brown calf, gilt ruled borders and compartments, gilt lettered spine, marbled endpapers, dentelles, aeg, some rubbing to joints, some sunning, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ Burlington Library edition, beautifully bound by Sancorski & Sutcliffe.

 

GOODWIN, C. C. THE COMSTOCK CLUB. Salt Lake City: Tribune Job Printing, 1891. 8vo, 288pp. Red buckram, gilt lettered, black horizontal decorative bands, beveled edges, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. A group of California and Nevada miners pool their resources, share a house, and spend their evenings sharing stories of working Comstock Lode. Wright III, 2205. Baird & Greenwood 929. Hinkel p.126.

 

GOSSE, Edmund. QUESTIONS AT ISSUE. London: Heinemann, 1893. 8vo, xii, 333 and 16pp. ads. Cloth, bevelled edges, faded, good. $20. ¶ First Edition.

 

GRAY, Thomas. AN ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD. New York: D. Appleton, 1868. 8vo, 26ff, 23 engraved illus. Green cloth, gilt lettered, blindstamped dec., aeg, beveled edges, owner’s sig., gift inscrip., gift card tipped-in to fly, some wear to extremities, otherwise very good. $40. ¶ Attractive edition of Gray’s 1751 classic, with illustrations by Birket Foster, George Thomas, and E.V.B.

 

GRAY, Thomas. THE POEMS OF THOMAS GRAY. Embellished with Engravings from the Designs of Richard Westall. London: John Sharpe, 1821. 12mo, xxx, 134pp, extra-engraved title & 5 engraved plates. Contemp. red grained calf, stamped in gilt. Some external wear, signature to endpaper, plates evenly foxed, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ First Illustrated Edition. Includes the entirety of Gray’s published poetry, including the early Latin material. Westall (1765-1836), a popular and prolific illustrator of books, worked primarily for publishers of poetry, decorating their pocket editions with vignettes in the eighteenth century style. Northrup, Bibliography of Thomas Gray, 105.

 

GREEN, Anna Katharine. A STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE. New York: G.P. Putnam’s 1879. 8vo, 280pp. Contemporary half black calf over black boards, gilt lettering, bookplate, some scuffing, wear to extremities, otherwise a tight, good copy. $250. ¶ First Edition. In 1878, Brooklyn-born Green (1846-1935) wrote the first work of detective fiction by a woman, The Leavenworth Case, which became an immediate best seller. This, her second novel, features ace detective Q, "universally acknowledged by us on the force as the most astute man for mysterious and unprecedented cases."

 

(Greenaway). BROWNING, R. THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. London: Frederick Warne, [ca. 1900]. 4to, 48pp, including numerous color illustrations. Orig. color-illustrated boards, cloth backstrip, bookplate, very good. $175. ¶ One of Kate Greenaway’s (1846-1901) most loved books, beautifully printed by Edmund Evans. Johnson, Fantastic Illustration, 107. Broughton A658. Johnson 107.

 

(Greenaway, Kate). BROWNING, Robert. THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. London: Warne, [ca. 1890s]. 4to, 48pp, including numerous color illustrations. Orig. color-illustrated boards, cloth backstrip, green endpapers, all edges blue, very light edge wear, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ One of Kate Greenaway’s (1846-1901) most loved books, printed by Edmund Evans. Johnson, Fantastic Illustration, 107. Broughton A658. Johnson 107. Osborne, p.52 .

 

GREENE, Robert. [WORKS]. London & Aylesbury, 1881-1886. 15 vols, tall 8vo, modern boards, printed labels, some volumes trimmed shorter, very good set. $3500. ¶ First Edition, printed in an edition of only 50 copies. Greene left a larger contribution to novel literature than any other Elizabethan. His non-dramatic works were of four kinds: romantic novels (called by Greene Love pamphlets); patriotic pamphlets; conning-catching writings (describing the tricks of London swindlers); and Repentances (from which much of Greene’s own life and character is learned). Jusserand wrote that "Greene was one of the most original specimens of the unfortunate men who in the time of Elziabeth attempted to live by their pen. He was as remarkable for his extravagances of conduct as for his talents, sometimes gaining money and fame by the success of his writings, sometimes sinking into abject poverty and consorting with the outcasts of society. Of all the writers of the Elziabethan period he is perhaps the one whose life and character we can best picture ourselves; for in this last years he wrote with the utmost sincereity autobiographical tales and pamphlets, which are invaluable as a picture of the times; there are, in fact, nothing else than the Scènes de la Vie de Bohème of Elizabethan England." Greene was born in Norwich about 1560. He married in 1585 but deserted his wife after spending her dowery and went to london where he lived a dissolute life in company with Nashe and Lodge. In 1592 he died in abject poverty.

 

GREENWOOD, James. THE ADVENTURES OF REUBEN DAVIDGER; Seventeen Years and Four Months Captive Among the Dyaks of Borneo. London: S.O. Beeton, 1865. 8vo, x, 356pp, color frontispiece, 27 text engravings, 8 engraved plates on tinted paper. Publisher’s original blue cloth, ornate gilt lozenge within blindstamped dec., elaborately gilt dec. and lettered spine, aeg, a bright, very good copy. $200. ¶ First Edition, with variant cloth color and frontispiece of this excellent adventure novel in an attractive Victorian binding.

 

GREENWOOD, James. THE ADVENTURES OF REUBEN DAVIDGER; Seventeen Years and Four Months Captive Among the Dyaks of Borneo. London: S.O. Beeton, 1865. 8vo, x, 356pp, color frontispiece, 27 text engravings, 8 engraved plates on tinted paper. Publisher’s original green cloth, ornate gilt lozenge within blindstamped dec., elaborately gilt dec. and lettered spine, aeg, a bright, very good copy. $200. ¶ First Edition, with variant cloth color and frontispiece of this excellent adventure novel in an attractive Victorian cloth binding.

 

GREENWOOD, James. THE SEVEN CURSES OF LONDON. London: Stanley Rivers & Co., [1869]. 8vo, viii, 461, (2 ads)pp, frontisportrait of the author. Orig. plum cloth, gilt, bevelled boards, rubbed, hinges starting, overall good. $250. ¶ First Ediiton of a very scarce book. Thieves, beggars, prostitutes, drunks, and gamblers are covered by the master of the underside of Victorian London, the journalist James Greenwood. Wolff 2748 (whose copy had a nail driven through it!).

 

GREEY, Edward. BLUE JACKETS; Or, The Adventures of J. Thompson, A.B. Among "The Heathen Chinee." A Nautical Novel. Boston: J.E. Tilton, 1871. 8vo, viii, 236pp, frontispiece, tailpieces. Publisher’s original plum cloth, blindstamped ruled borders, gilt lettered and dec. spine, some loss at spine head and tail, mild sunning to spine not affecting gilt, otherwise a tight, near very good copy. $200. ¶ First Edition of the author’s first book. Greey (1835-1888) spent eleven years in Japan as a member of the British Naval Expedition to that nation, and later moved to the U.S., was naturalized, and pursued business interests in New York. Not in Wolff. Quite rare.

 

[HABBERTON, John]. Their Latest Victim. HELEN’S BABIES. With Some Account of Their Ways Innocent, Crafty, Angelic, Impish, Witching, and Repulsive. Also, A Partial Record of Their Actions During Ten Days of Their Existence by Their Latest Victim Boston: Loring, 1876. 8vo, 206, (6 as adv.)pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt and black lettering and decoration, some rubbing to extremities, owner’s signature, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First Edition. Habberton (1842-1921), a humorist and editor for many of the leading magazines of his day, found his first literary success with the volume under notice, "one of the humorous classics of its time. The author was unwilling to put his name to this undignified performance, which he described as a day’s record of ‘ the antics of a couple of little boys’; yet it found a sale of 250,000 copies in the U.S. and was almost equally successful abroad" (Kunitz). Habberton mined this rich vein of infantile deviltry over and over again but never with the same success. Now quite scarce.

 

HAGGARD, H. Rider. MAIWA’S REVENGE. London: Longman’s, 1888. 8vo, (6), 216, 16 (ads)pp. Orig. cloth, blocked in red. Contemp. signature on half-title, light wrinkling of cloth, 1 corner bumped, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First English Edition, first binding. Quite scarce. McKay 10a.

 

HAGGARD, H. Rider. THE PEOPLE OF THE MIST. London: Longmans, Gren, 1894. 8vo, viii, 343, 24 as publisher’s catalogie pp, frontispiece, 15 b&w illus. Publisher’s oroginal green cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, nice, bright, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition, publisher’s catalogue dated 9/94 at rear. Illustrations by arthur Layard. Reginald 06559. Sadleir 1091. Scott 21. Whatmore F17. Wolff 2877.

 

HALEVY, Ludovic. PARISIAN POINTS OF VIEW. The Translation by Edith V.B. Matthews. An Introduction by Brander Matthews. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1894. 8vo, xv, 195, (adv.)pp, frontispiece. Publisher’s original blue cloth, decorated in silver, gilt lettered, owner’s sig., spine head and tail neatly reinforced, minor wear, otherwise a bright, very good copy. $25. ¶ First Edition in English.

 

HAMILTON, Anthony. MEMOIRS OF COUNT GRAMMONT. A New Edition. To Which Are Prefixed, a Biographical Sketch of Count Hamilton, and a Translation of the Epistle to Count Grammont. London: William Miller & John Carpenter, 1811. 2 vols, Lg 4to, xi, 262; 356pp, 64 engraved portrait plates. Full tan morocco, gilt borders, tooling, raised bands, dentelles, a.e.g., lightly rubbed, some offsetting from illustrations, nearly fine. $450. ¶ First Edition thus, large paper copy, engraved by Edward Scriven with all plates in proof state. A beautiful edition of Hamilton;s classic with exceptionally fine portrait engravings after Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Lely, et al. Handsomely printed by Ballantyne in Edinburgh. Lowndes 986: "This edition has nearly 100 pages of valuable notes and illustrations, fromt he pend of Sir Walter Scott."

 

HARDY, Thomas. JUDE THE OBSCURE. (London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., 1896). 8vo, viii, 516pp, H. Macbeth-Raeburn frontispiece and map at end. Orig. dark green ribbed cloth, gilt, floral gilt emblem with TH embossed on front cover, top edge gilt. Light wear, modern bookplate, very good copy. $300. ¶ First Edition of Hardy’s last novel, issued as volume VIII of Thomas Hardy’s Works. Purdy pp.86-91.

 

HARDY, Thomas. THE WELL-BELOVED. A Sketch of a Temperament. With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex. London: Osgood McIlvaine & Co., 1897. 8vo, ix, 338pp, etched frontis. Half blue calf, gilt back, marbled boards & endpapers, t.e.g., by Sangorski & Sutcliffe; light wear to edges, a very good copy with the original cloth covers bound in at the back. $125. ¶ First Edition. Purdy pp.92-6. Sadleir 1118. Sterling 457. Webb p.31.

 

[HARLAND, Henry]. Sidney Luska. AS IT WAS WRITTEN. A Jewish Musician’s Story. New York: Cassell & Co., 1885. 8vo, 253pp. Publisher’s original olive pictorial cloth, gilt and black lettered, bookplate, owner’s signature, near fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, printing A, with signature "16" at foot of p.241. A murder, a family curse, guilt, and possession by a force beyond his control lead a young Jewish musician to self-punishment. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia to American parents of English descent, Harland (1861-1905) was reared and educated in Rome, returned to America to study at Harvard, dropped out, returned to Rome for a year as correspondent with the New York Tribune, and came back to America to work in the Surrogate’s Office in New York while pursuing a writing career. For four years he used the present pseudonym of a Jewish immigrant - a strange choice for one so decidedly non-Jewish - to write six successful novels of sensationalistic realism, essentially pot-boilers of rough power and crude promise. Dissatisfied with what he considered cheap success, he abandoned all, moved to England, became a protogé of Henry James, and began a second career as a serious writer, his enduring claim to literary reknown resting upon his founding and editing of the famous quarterly, The Yellow Book. BAL 7061. Sadeir 1122.

 

HARTE, Bret. A SAPPHO OF GREEN SPRINGS AND OTHER STORIES. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1891. 8vo, 294pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered spine, black lettering and dec. to front board, owner’s signature, very good. $50. ¶ First American Edition. BAL 7357, printing A. Wright III, 2550.

 

HARTE, Bret. CLARENCE. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1895. 8vo, 270pp. Publisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettered spine, black lettering and decorated intitial to front board, some wear to extremities, otherwise a tight, internally clean, very good copy. $60. ¶ First American Edition, preceeded by the first British edition by three weeks. BAL 7376.

 

HARTE, Bret. EAST AND WEST POEMS. Boston: James R. Osgood and Co., 1871. 8vo, 171pp. Terra cotta cloth, gilt lettered spine, Harte signature in gilt, beveled edges, lt.-mod. wear at spine head and tail, light wear to edges, spine shelf-darkened, light soiling to boards, otherwise tight, very good+ $50. ¶ First Edition. BAL 7256.

 

HARTE, Bret. MRS. SKAGGS’S HUSBANDS, and Other Sketches. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1873. 8vo, iv, 3-352, (2 as flyleaf)pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettering and vignette to spine, blindstamped cloth, some wear extremities, lt scuffing, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ First Edition. BAL 7266. Wright II, 1119.

 

HARTE, Bret. POEMS. Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1871. 8vo, (1)adv., 152pp. Publisher’s original gren cloth, gilt lettering, vignette and signature, beveled edges, wear to extremities, some soiling, scuffing, otherwise a good copy. $100. ¶ First Edition, first state with Fields and Osgood’s monogram on title page and S.T.K. for T.S.K. on page 136. BAL 7253. Johnson p.203. Hinkel p.131. 

 

HARTE, Bret. THREE PARTNERS Or The Big Strike On Heavy Tree Hill. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1897. 8vo, 342pp. Publisher’s original red cloth, gilt lettered spine, black lettering to front board with decorated initial, some soiling, shelf darkening to spine, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ True First Edition. BAL states that the Boston and London editions were issued simultaneously; Sadleir that the London issue was published prior to Boston. Following the flag to the author’s homeland, and the publication details provided by BAL, the Boston issue has ascendance. BAL 7385. Baird & Greenwood 1124. Sadleir 1162. Wright 2557.

 

HARTE, Bret (editor). OUTCROPPINGS: Being Selections of California Verse. San Francisco: A. Roman, 1866. Small 8vo, 144pp. Orig. dark brown cloth, front cover & spine decorated & lettered in gilt, a.e.g. In a brown morocco backed slipcase. Very good. $350. ¶ First Edition. Harte edited this anthology anonymously; contributions by Ina Coolbrith & Charles Stoddard. Not in Hinkel. BAL 7238: unrecorded variant with typo on p.70, without ornament on p.102, without imprint on spine, and with all edges gilt.

 

HASLEWOOD, Joseph. THE ARTE OF ENGLISH POESIE. Ancient Critical Essays upon English Poets and Poesy. London: Printed by Harding and Wright for Robert Triphook, 1811-15. 2 vols, sm. 4to, (2), xxxviii, (12), 258, (14); (8), xxiii, (2), 316pp. Contemp. full red morocco by Bradstreet. A smalL, light water stain on margin of first 3 or 4 leaves, otherwise a fine copy. $750. ¶ First Edition, 200 and 220 copies printed, the second volume by Bensley. This important compilation, one of "several valuable reprints of early English literature" (Lowndes), contains rare titles by Gascoigne, Puttenham, Webbe, Daniel, Campion, et al.

 

(Hassam, Childe). [BLAKE, M.E.] YOUTH IN TWELVE CENTURIES. Drawings by F. Childe Hassam. By M.E.B. Boston: Lothrop, 1886. 8vo, 78, (6)pp, 24 plates by Hassam. Orig. cloth, gilt, a fine copy. $300. ¶ One of Hassam’s early illustrated books in which he provided portraits of various youths from throughout history. These youths are described in the accompanying poems including Vespasian of Rome, Lippo of Florence and Zahra of Bagdhad. The attractive cover and title page designs were probably by the noted designer Sarah Wyman Whitman. See Finlay, Artists of the Book in Boston 1890-1901, various entries.

 

(Hassam, Childe). PRATT, Charles Stuart. BYE-O-BABY BALLADS. Water Colors and Decorations by F. Childe Hassam. Boston: Lothrop, 1886. Sq. 8vo, color frontis, [61]pp, decorative title, 34 plates after Hassam’s watercolors, mostly color. Original decorative boards by Hassam slightly rubbed, period New Year’s gift card tipped in, a very good copy of a scarce work. $950. ¶ Childe Hassam (1859-1935), leading American Impressionist, illustrated several works for children during the 1880s and 1890s.

 

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. OUR OLD HOME: A Series of English Sketches. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. 8vo, 398pp. Orig. brown ribbed. Very good copy in leather folding box. $7500. ¶ First Edition, inscribed "For Hon. Adams Treat from his friend Franklin Pierce, Nov. 23, 1863." A marvellous association copy: Pierce and Hawthorne had first met while attending Bowdoin College and they remained lifelong friends. Hawthorne published his life of the president in 1852. BAL 7626.

 

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. OUR OLD HOME: A Series of English Sketches. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. 8vo, 398, (1 adv.)pp. Orig. brown ribbed cloth, a very good copy $300. ¶ First Edition, first state, with called for advertisement at rear. Issued simultaneously with the first British edition. BAL 7626.

 

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. THE BLITHEDALE ROMANCE. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852. 8vo, (4 publisher’s ads), 288pp. Original brown cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, tear at spine tail, spine head chipped, backstrip wear along front joint, occasional mild foxing, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First American Edition, binding state A with July, 1852 catalogue, and spine imprint state A. BAL 7611.

 

HAYLEY, William. THE TRIUMPHS OF TEMPER: A Poem: in Six Cantos. The Sixth Edition, Corrected. London: T. Cadell, 1788. 12mo, xii, 162pp plus 7 engravings. Contemp. mottled calf, gilt back, very nice copy. $150. ¶ First Edition with Stothard’s engravings. The seven illustrations, engraved by Sharp, Heath and Neagle, are in particularly fine impressions. The twelfth edition of 1803 was illustrated by Blake; curiously, there were two rival thirteenth editions, one with the Stothard engravings and another with the Blake.

 

HAZLITT, William Carew. LAMB AND HAZLITT. Further Letters and Records Hitherto Unpublished. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1899. 8vo, liv, (2), 161pp. Orig. buckram, paper label. Label worn, otherwise very good. $40. ¶ First Edition, one of Daniel Berkeley Updike’s earliest typographical efforts.

 

HEARN, Lafcadio. GLIMPSES OF UNFAMILIAR JAPAN. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, (1894). 2 vols. Original black cloth, decorated in silver, grey endpapers, minor wear to extremities otherwise fine. $225. ¶ First Edition. A collection of 27 essays relating to Japan. BAL 7926.

 

HEARN, Lafcadio. "GOMBO ZHÈBES." LITTLE DICTIONARY OF CREOLE PROVERBS. Selected from Six Creole Dialects. Translated into French and into English, with Notes, Complete Index to Subjects and Some Brief Remarks Upon the Creole Idioms of Louisiana. New York: Will H. Coleman, Publisher, 1885. 8vo, 42pp, [2] leaves ads. Original brick red cloth stamped in gold, silver & black, rubbing to spine, otherwise very good. $500. ¶ First Edition, without the dampstaining often marring copies of this title. Even at the time of Hearn’s writing, the origins of "gombo literature" were somewhat obscure, but the 352 proverbs, or "gumbo herbs," derive from various African, French, and Creole dialects spoken in New Orleans, Haiti, Martinique, Mauritius, and Trinidad. The word Gombo was used in a derogatory way by Creoles themselves to describe elder Creoles whose dialects were more African than French. Zhebes was a corruption of zhairbes (or file), the mixture of vegetables and spices that define a good gumbo. BAL 7914. Perkins pp. 6-7.

 

(HEARN, Lafcadio). GAUTIER, Theophile. ONE OF CLEOPATRA’S NIGHTS And Other Fantastic Romances. Translated by Lafcadio Hearn. New York: Brentano’s, 1900. 8vo, 388pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered and blocked, light edge wear, damp spot on cover, very good. $50. ¶ Hearn’s selection and translation of tales from Gautier’s Nouvelles and Romans et Contes. Reprint of the 1882 first issue, quite scarce. Parks & Temple III, part 2, p.285. Cf. BAL 7911.

 

HEINE, Heinrich. ATTA TROLL AND OTHER POEMS. Translated by Thomas Selby Egan. London: Chapman & Hall, 1876. 8vo, (6), vii, 327pp, portrait frontispiece of Heine. Orig. cloth stamped & lettered in gilt, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition of this translation and the first translation into English of several pieces. Included are many of Heine’s greatest poems, notably the "Lorelei." Quite scarce: NUC records only three copies.

 

HEINE, Heinrich. POEMS AND BALLADS done into English by Theodore Martin. Edinburgh: Wm. Blackwood, 1878. 8vo, 258pp. Maroon cloth stamped in black. Bookplate, backstrip slightly faded, hinge cracked, otherwise fine. $35.

 

[HOGG, James] - The Ettrick Shepherd. TALES AND SKETCHES... [with] POETICAL WORKS... With an Autobiography. Glasgow, Edinburgh & London: Blackie and Son, [n.d., ca. 1837-40] 11 vols, 12mo, engravings by D.O. Hill throughout. Full polished green calf, red gilt labels, ruled backs and fillet borders, with thistles in spine compartments and at 4 corners of boards. Some scuff marks but a very good set with the red morocco book labels of Henry Poor in each volume and one of Adolf Lewisohn. $2250. ¶ First Collected Edition, including previously unpublished material. With a 10 line autograph letter from Hogg tipped into the first volume (11 Waterloo Place, Jan. 8th, no year, ca.1831-2, a whimsical note regarding his attempt to visit an unamed person. Hogg was in London in 1832 staying with James Cochrane, the publisher of his Altrive Tales, at Waterloos Place and the letter was probably intended for William Jerdan, editor of The Literary Gazette). NCBEL 267-8 gives the dates of 1837 for the Tales in six vols, and 1838-40 for the Poetical Works in 5 vols. Includes Hogg’s marvellous Justified Sinner under the title The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Fanatic.

 

HOLMES, Oliver Wendell. THE WRITINGS… Boston: Houghton Mifflin, ca. 1892-1908. 14 vols, 8vo. Half turquoise morocco, gilt tooled backs, raised bands, t.e.g., by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Very good set. $750. ¶ The Riverside Edition, handsomely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and nicely printed at the Riverside Press. BAL 9033.

 

(Home...) THE HOME ILLUMINATED DIARY & CALENDAR FOR 1845. London: Longman, [1845]. Small 4to, [29] full-page chromolithographic plates copied from "The Hours of Britanny", [4]pp, descriptive text. Pictorial boards somewhat scuffed, rebacked in red cloth, internally very good. $350.

 

[HOME, Henry, Lord Kames]. ELEMENTS OF CRITICISM. The Fourth Edition. With Additions and Improvements. Edinburgh: A. Millar and T. Caddel, 1769. 2 vols, 8vo, xvi, 515, 534, (31), (1) blank, (2) as adv. pp. 19th century full calf, gilt lettered, blindstamped ornamentation and borders, bookplates, rubbing, otherwise tight internally clean, good+. $300. ¶ Fourth Edition of the original issue of 1762, which "treats of the fine arts, and attempts to form a standard of taste, by unfolding those principles that ought govern the taste of every individual" (from the Preface). Of this work, which went through at least eight English editions, 19th century American editions, an abridgement, and translation into German, Samuel Johnson stated, "this book is a pretty Essay, and deserves to be held in some estimation" ((Boswell, Life of Johnson, i. 393-4) though, in general, Boswell was not a fan of Lord Kames (1696-1782). Lowndes III, p.1251.

 

(Homer, Winslow). BARNES, William. RURAL POEMS. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869. 8vo, xi, 158pp, 11 engravings by W.J. Peirce after designs by Winslow Homer and Hammatt Billings. Publisher’s original purple cloth, gilt letteed and decoratede, beveled edges, aeg, spine and perimeters sunned, bookplate, an occasional margin note, some wear to spine extremes, otherwise tight, clean, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. Five of the engravings are after designs by Winslow Homer.

 

[HOOK, Theodore]. MAXWELL. By the Author of "Sayings and Doings." In Three Volumes. N.p. [London]: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830. 3 vols, large 12mo, 347, 336, 356, (4)pp as adv. Original publisher’s moiré cloth, paper spine labels, a. e. uncut, general wear to cloth, labels a little chipped, some scattered foxing and marking, contemporary ownership signatures to upper margin of first page of text in each volume, over all a very nice set rarely seen in its original state. $550. ¶ First Edition, early issue of one of the first three-decker novels published in cloth. Follows all required points, including ads at the rear of volume three; errata leaves suggest precedence over copies listed by Sadleir and Wolff but we cannot confirm the edition under notice as the first issue. Hook began his career as a comic dramatist, quickly establishing himself as a wit in Regency high society, ultimately developing a reputation as the most reknowned practical joker of the 19th century. Maxwell was his second work of fiction. Quite scarce. Block p.113. Sadleir 1207. Wolff 3256.

 

HOWELLS, W[illiam] D[ean]. SUBURBAN SKETCHES. New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1871. 8vo, 234pp. Half brown calf, marbled boards & edges, spine decorated & lettered in gilt; top of spine worn, hinges repaired. A very good copy preserved in a folding clamshell box. $225. ¶ First Edition of the author’s first book of fiction. BAL 9555. Johnson p.247.

 

HUGO, Victor. LES MISERABLES. Translated from the French by Chas. E. Wilbour. New York: Carleton, 1862. 5 vols, 8vo, orig. purple cloth with gilt titles. A very good set. $1500. ¶ First American Edition, the same year as the French.

 

IRVING, Washington. CHRONICLE OF THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA. New York-London: G.P. Putnam’s, 1893. 2 vols, xxx, 379, frontispiece, 14 photo-plates, xiv, 405pp, frontispiece, 14 photo-plates. Ivory cloth, ornately stamped in gilt, pastel pink and lime in a Moorish decorative motif, gilt lettering and ornaments to spines, beveled edges, teg, decorated endpapers, soiling to edges, rear boards, occasional mild foxing, otherwise a very good, attractive set. $100. ¶ Agapida Edition of the author’s revised edition of 1850 in a spectacular binding, beautifully printed and set within red and gray ornamental borders to each page, with attractive head and tail pieces.

 

IRVING, Washington. SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1864. 8vo, 504pp, engraved frontispiece, 2 extra engraved t-p’s, 120 wood engravings. Full green morocco, gilt lettering, raised bands, gilt dec. compartments, French fillets within gilt tooled borders, wide elaborate dentelles, gilt tooled edges, aeg, marbled endpapers, owner’s sig., minor soiling, otherwise fine. $400. ¶ The sumptuous "Artist’s Edition" with wood-engraved illustrations after Darley (9), Hoppin, Herrick, Cooman, Wm Hart, Seymour Guy (the painter of children), Emanuel Leutze (who made the crossing of the Delaware famous), Charles Parsons (head of Harper’s art department), John Casilearn (the landscape painter) et al., engraved by Richardson and Cox. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators, 662 (etc): "One of the finest gift books of the sixties."

 

IRVING, Washington. VOYAGES AND DISCOVERIES OF THE COMPANIONS OF COLUMBUS. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1831. 8vo, 350, (2, ads). Orig. tan paper boards over muslin shelfback, paper label. Label a bit chipped, boards lightly dustsoiled and worn, previous owner’s signature to front paste-down, some heavy browning, otherwise very good. $250 ¶ First American Edition (published less than a month after the British) of Irving’s classic work, following his 1828 book on Columbus which initiated America’s lionization of that explorer. Here, Irving describes the adventures of de Ojeda, Vespucci, Nino, Guerra, Pinzon, de Nicuesa, Nunez de Balboa, de Leon and others. BAL 10133.

 

JAMES, G.P.R. & Maunsell B. Field. ADRIAN; or the Clouds of the Mind. New York: Appleton, 1852. 8vo, 301, (10, ads)pp, a decorative general title. Orig. cloth decoratively stamped in gilt on upper cover, backstrip repaired at head and foot, an excellent copy. $135. ¶ First Edition. A rare example of collaboration between the famous British novelist George Payne James (1822-75), who was living in America at the time, and the American financier and lawyer, Field, whose only literary work this is. Wright II, 1334.

 

JAMES, Henry. THE REVERBERATOR. London: Macmillan & Co., 1888. 8vo, (4), 229pp. Blue cloth, decorative border stamped in blind & gilt along top edge. $150. ¶ First American edition and first single-volume edition (same month as the London 2 vol edition), 3000 copies printed. E&L A31b.

 

JEFFERIES, Richard. AMARYLLIS AT THE FAIR. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1887. 8vo, 260pp. Original grren cloth, gilt lettered spine, front board lettered and illus. in yellow, beveled edges, light wear to extremities, sm. chip at spine tail, rear hinge hints at starting, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition, first issue. Sadleir 1303; Wolff 3613.

 

JEFFERIES, Richard. FIELD AND HEDGEROW Being The Last Essays of... Collected by his Widow. London & New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1889. 8vo, viii, 331, 16 as publisher’s catalogue pp. Publisher’s original green pictorial cloth, gilt and black lettered, somewhat amateurishly repaired hinges and spine extremes, damp stain along tail margin throughout, otherwise very good. $30. ¶ First Trade Edition. Wolff 3617.

 

JEFFERIES, Richard. RED DEER. London: Longmans, Green, 1884. 8vo, 207pp. Grey cloth, lettered and illus. in maroon, mild wear to extremities, mild rubbing to front joint, a few small spots, very mild mild foxing to free endpapers, title page, original owner’s date, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. NCBEL III, 1061.

 

JEFFERIES, Richard. RED DEER. London: Longmans, Green, 1884. 8vo, 207pp. Grey cloth, lettered and illus. in maroon, light wear to extremities, mild rubbing to joints, small spot to spine, light foxing to free endpapers, title page, bookplate, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. NCBEL III, 1061.

 

[JEFFERIES, Richard]. THE AMATEUR POACHER. By the Author of The Gamekeeper at Home and Wild Life in a Southern County. London: Smith, Elder, 1879. 8vo, (8), 240pp. Original brown cloth, gilt lettered, black stamped ruled borders and decoration, gilt ornaments, light wear to extremities, front hinge starting, rear hinge hints at same, damp crinkles at board tails, overall very good. $175. ¶ First Edition.

 

JEFFERIES, Richard. THE DEWY MORN. A Novel. London: Richard Bentley, 1891. 8vo, 396pp. Black cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, bookplate, owner’s signature, poss. lacking a ffep, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First Edition in one volume, originally issued as two in 1884.

 

(Jeffries, Richard). TOPLIS, Grace (ed.). THE EARLY FICTION OF RICHARD JEFFERIES. With a Rare Portrait. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1896. 8vo, xv, (3), 210, (2)pp as adv., frontispiece. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, uncut, mild soiling, mild browning to leaf perimeters, overall bright, very good. $160. ¶ First Edition. Discusses Traits of the Olden Time, A Strange Story, Henrique Beaumont, Who Will Win, and Masked, all published in 1866.

 

JENNINGS, Hargrave. ONE OF THE THIRTY: A Strange History, Now for the First Time Told London: John Camden Hotten, [n.d., ca. 1871]. 8vo, (6), 359pp, frontis. plus illus. in the text. Orig. blue cloth stamped in gilt and silver. Expertly recased. Very good. $300. ¶ First Edition. It is not generally known that the illustrations were drawn by Cruikshank. Gardner, Bibliotheca Rosicruciana, 345: "The work is a collection of fine tales founded on Mystical Rosicrucian truths, of a terrifying character." Wolff 3648. Not in Bleiler; not in Cohn.

 

JEROME, Jerome K. THREE MEN IN A BOAT (To Say Nothing of the Dog). Illustrations by A. Frederics. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1889. 8vo, (6), 315, (3 ads)pp, illus. in the text, with ads on the endpapers. Orig. blue-green cloth stamped in gilt and black, cloth a bit stained & bubbled, hinges cracked, endpapers browned, good. $225. ¶ First Edition of a classic. This is the first issue with these points: no street number in the imprint, 37 titles in Bristol Library ad, Prince Prigio advertised as "Ready in October," Simpkin Marshall & Co. in the imprint. "This humorous classic is notoriously difficult to find in such [fine] condition" (Magee 622). Carter & Sadleir, Victorian Fiction V-6. Muir, Points, p.133. Sterling 498. Not in Wolff.

 

JOHNSON, Samuel. A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE… With Numerous Corrections and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words… by Rev. H.J. Todd. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1827. 3 vols, thick 4to, engraved frontispiece of Johnson. Contemp. half calf, marbled boards, light wear. Very good. $1250. ¶ Second Todd edition, with additions to the History of the Language, and to the Grammar. Cordell Collection J-160. Courtney & Smith p.59-60.

 

JOHNSON, Samuel. THE WORKS OF…A New Edition in Twelve Volumes. With An Essay on His Life and Genius by Arthur Murphy. London: Printed for Nichols and Son, et al, 1816. 12 vols, 8vo, 1 engraving by W. T. Fry after Reynolds. Contemporary full calf, rebacked, maroon and red morocco onlaid spine labels, gilt lettered, ornamentation blocked in blind, occasional foxing, otherwise very good, attractive set. $1500.

 

JONES, Jenkin. UNFORTUNATE AMOURS: With Biographic Sketches of Noted and Eccentric Characters, Including the Memoirs of the Sarcastic Alexander Muckle. London: M. Allen, 1811. 4 vols, 12mo, [iii]-xvi, [5]-247, [1]; [2], 244; [2], 248; [2], 146, 74, 95-97, [1]pp. Three-quarter 19th century red morocco & mottled boards, gilt spines. Lacking pp. 75-94 in the appendix of Vol. IV. Very good. $350. ¶ First Edition of a scarce book, not listed in NUC.

 

(JONES, Owen). Gray, Thomas. GRAY’S ELEGY. [London: Longman & Co.; New York: Wiley & Putman, 1846]. 8vo, [16]pp chromolithographed in blues, reds, black & gold. Original full calf, deeply embossed overall in an elaborate design of holly leaves, the title in gothic lettering within a panel on upper cover, holly leaves surrounding Owen Jones’s monogram on lower cover and clover leaves on spine, a.e.g., bound by Remnant and Edmonds for the publisher. Lightly worn overall. $400. ¶ First Edition. This unique publication is distinguished as the first secular book wholly illuminated in Owen Jones’s characteristic spidery style. It was also the first issued in a kind of binding heretofore generally reserved for illuminated books: "… deeply embossed to imitate carved wood [which] … must have been built up underneath the leather as well as being embossed on it" (McLean,VBD, p.91-2; also p.207). Ball, Victorian Publishers’ Bindings, p.145 & pl.3, for illustration of the binding. Abbey, Life, 227. Victorian Bibliomania 26. Courtney & Lewis p.143.

 

[JONSON, Ben]. VOLPONE: Or, The Fox. A Comedy, First Acted in the Year 1605. By the King’s Majesty’s Servants. With the Allowance of the Master of Revels. The Author B.J. London: J. Walthoe, et al., 1732. 12mo, 96pp. Half red calf, marbled boards, edges scuffed. $175.

 

JUNIUS [?pseud. of Sir Philip Francis, 1740-1818]. JUNIUS: Including Letters By The Same Writer, Under Other Signatures (Now First Collected.) To Which Are Added, The Confidential Correspondence With Mr. Wilkes, And His Private Letters Addressed To Mr. H.S. Woodfall. London: Printed By G. Woodfall, For F.C. and J. Rivington…, 1812. 8vo, xii, 336, 248; xi, (3), 516; xiii, (1), 511, (1)errata. complete with half-titles, 5 folding hand-writing facsimile plates & 1 engraved plate of seals. $350.

 

KEATS, John. LETTERS OF JOHN KEATS TO FANNY BRAWNE Written in the Years MDCCCXIX and MDCCCXX and Now Given From the Original Manuscripts With Introduction and Notes by Harry Buxton Forman. London: Reeves & Turner, 1878. 8vo, lxvii, 128, 12 as publisher’s catalogue pp, frontispiece, 1 tipped-in silhouette, 1 facsimile. Black cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, offsets to endpapers, sm tears at spine extremities, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. With Severn-Scott’s’s deathbed portrait of Keats as frontispiece, Edouart’s silhouette of Fanny Brawne tipped in to face p.3, and the facsimile letter tipped in to face p.76. The Reeves & Turner catalogue at rear is dated London 1878. MacGillivray F1.  

 

[KEENAN, Henry Frances]. THE MONEY-MAKERS. A Social Parable… New York: Appleton, 1885. 8vo, vi, (2), 337, (2, ads)pp. Orig. cloth, gilt title on backstrip and front cover, previous owner’s signature on fly-leaf. Very good. $40. ¶ First Edition of a social and political satire. Wright 3060.

 

(Kelmscott Press). MORRIS, William POEMS BY THE WAY. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1891. Sm 4to, 197pp, printed in red & black in the Golden types, decorative woodcut borders and intitials, woodcut Kelmscott device at front and back. Orig. velleum, green silk ties (missing torn), light soiling. $1450. ¶ One of 300 paper copies, the second book printed by William Morris at his Kelmscott Press. Fredeman 43.18. Hayward 277. Peterson A2. Ransom p.325, no. 2. Sparling 2. Tomkinson no. 2

 

(Kelmscott Press). MORRIS, William. THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894. Sm. 4to, (4), 261pp, printed in red & black, wood-engraved frontispiece by W. Spielmeyer after a design by Edward Burne-Jones, decorative woodcut borders and initials, Kelmscott device at back. Orig. velleum, peach silk ties, some soiling to covers, otherwise very good in a cloth folding case. $2250. ¶ One of 350 paper copies. Peterson A27. Ransom p.328, no. 27. Sparling 27. Tomkinson, p.114, no. 27.

 

KING, Captain Charles. TRUMPETER FRED. A Story of the Plains. New York - Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1896. 16mo, 201pp, frontispiece, 7 b&w illus., decorated initials. Pictorial red cloth, gilt lettered, good. $175. ¶ First Edition, with a signed inscription by the author.

 

KINGSLEY, Henry. TALES OF OLD TRAVEL. Re-Narrated by Henry Kingsley. London: Macmillan & Co., 1869. 8vo, (viii), 368pp, frontispiece, 7 plates. Bright green sand-grain cloth, gilt lettered and illus. on spine and front, ruled borders on rear, teg, hinges starting, light wear at extremities, overall a very nice copy, the covers fresh and bright. $150. ¶ First Edition. Kingsley (1830-1876), friend of Swinburne, Matthew Arnold, and Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), was the author of 21 books, his best "distinguished for admirable descriptions of landscape in England and Australia, for engrossing accounts of storms and cyclones, attacks and alarms, and for humorous and well-observed character sketches," (OCTEL p. 536). Here, Kingsley recounts 14 famous journeys in history from Marco Polo’s to Alvaro Nuñez’s. Neither Wolff or Sadleir note that the illustration listed to face p.243 actually faces p. 326, and that listed to face p. 338 is, in reality, the frontispiece. A beautifully designed and bound book. Wolff 3828; Sadleir 1364.

 

KRAUSZ, Sigmund. STREET TYPES OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES. With Literary Sketches by Well-Known Authors and a Preface by Dr. Emil G. Hirsch. Chicago: Werner, 1896. 8vo, 191pp, 46 photographic plates. Original tan cloth stamped in brown, lightly soiled, very good. $400. ¶ First Edition. This collection of street types photographed in a studio with the props of their trade includes every kind of street vendor and racial stereotype. Also included are different types of "new" young women such as "bicycle girl", "tennis girl", and "trained nurses"; tradesmen such as the iceman, the milkman, the letter carrier, the coalman; professionals such as the doctor and the preacher; and many other street people as familiar to us now as then - old soldiers, urchins, religious fanatics, messenger boys, fast food servers etc. The contributing authors to this effort include Ben King, Opie Read, George Horton, Stanley Waterloo, et al. Krausz had previously published Street Types of Chicago oin 1892, also with photographs. Both titles are scarce. Not in Greenough, Bibl. of the Theophrastan Character.

 

LA BEDOLLIERRE, Emilie [Gigault] de. MOTHER MICHEL AND HER CAT. Translated from the French by Fanny Fuller. New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1869. 8vo, ix, 104pp, head and tailpieces, misc. b&w illus. Illustrated boards, owner’s signature, some wear, rubbing, a few spots, overall an internally clean, tight, very good copy. $50. ¶ Second edition in English, a reprint of the 1865 first. A very popular children’s book in France going through many editions following its ca.1844 initial publication, this title was released in the U.S. in its original French for use as a French language primer for children. Scarce in both English editions, the edition under notice not found in NUC or OCLC.

 

LABOULAYE, Edouard. LAST FAIRY TALES. Authorized Translation by Mary L. Booth. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1885. 8vo, 382, (4 adv.)pp, frontispiece, over 300 b&w text illus. Publisher’s original green pictorial cloth, gilt lettered, bookplate, very good. $65. ¶ Second American Edition.

 

LAMB, Charles. ALBUM VERSES, with a few others. London: Edward Moxon, 1830. 8vo, vii, 151pp, vignette on title. Orig. boards, backstrip perished & only fragments remaining, upper cover detached, uncut & unopened, within a leather-backed stiff protective wrapper. $350. ¶ First Edition, despite the damaged binding still an attractive copy in its original state of one of Lamb’s last books, and one of neophyte publisher Moxon’s first in a long and successful career. Moxon married Lamb’s adopted daughter and through Lamb met or published such luminaries as Shelley, Clare, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Southey, Browning, Patmore, Longfellow, and Tennyson. Roff pp.169-74.

 

LAMB, Charles. ELIANA: being the Hitherto Uncollected Writings of Charles Lamb. London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1864. 8vo, ix, 437pp. A good sound copy in green cloth. $35. ¶ First Edition. Edited by J.E. Babson. Roff p.273.

 

LANDOR, Walter Savage. DRY STICKS FAGOTED. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1858. 8vo, xiv, 251pp. Orig. green cloth, gilt, spine ends neatly restored, lacking front free endpaper, with bookplate and old inscription to J. Heaton Cadman. Very good. $175. ¶ First Edition. Wise & Wheeler 50.

 

LANDOR, Walter Savage. GEBIR, COUNT JULIAN, and Other Poems. London: Edward Moxon, 1831. 8vo, (x), 388pp. Old cloth-backed boards, label worn. $300. ¶ First Edition (Gebir had first appeared in 1798). Wise & Wheeler 22.

 

LANDOR, Walter Savage. HEROIC IDYLS, With Additional Poems. London: T. Cautley Newby, 1863. 8vo, (8), 348, iv pp. Orig. dark brick embossed cloth, spine ends restored, new period endpapers, light wear. Very good $200. ¶ First Edition, usually encountered in the remainder binding. Wise & Wheeler 53.

 

LANDOR, Walter Savage; Stephen Wheeler, editor. LETTERS AND OTHER UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS. London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1897. 8vo, xi, 283pp, 4 ports. incl. frontis. Original cloth, decorated endpapers, binding a bit loose & some browning to interior, very good. $40. ¶ First Edition.

 

LANG, Andrew. THEOCRITUS BION AND MOSCHUS. Rendered Into the English Prose With An Introductory Essay... London: Macmillan, 1880. 8vo, xxxvii, 200pp. Original green cloth, gilt, some bumps to covers, interior foxing, otherwise very good. signature of former L.A.Times Literary Editor Paul Jordan Smith. $40. ¶ First Edition of this much reprinted translation.

 

LANGHORN, Dr [John]. SOLYMAN AND ALMENA. An Oriental Tale. Embellished With Superb Engravings. London: C. Cooke, [n.d., ca. 1821]. 12mo, 90pp, frontispiece engraved by J. Saunders after a painting by T. Kirk, 25 engraved tailpieces. Full mottled calf, red spine label gilt lettered, gilt stamped edges, marbled endpapers, moderate rubbing to spine, board perimeters, light foxing to blank leaves, a very good copy. $150. ¶ "Cooke’s Edition." First issued in 1762 and reprinted in 1764, 1780, 1781, and in 1800 as "Cooke’s Edition," but with only one engraving, the present edition appears to be that mentioned in BMC as bound with "‘Elizabeth, or Exiles of Siberia’ (1821?)." John Langhorn(e) (1735-1779) was a writer of prose and verse, with this title taking advantage of the craze for Orientalia that swept England at the time. "On the whole, although the story is stiff, tedious, and over-moralistic, it has an attrative kind of purity and sweetness like the fragrence from an old-fashioned garden" (Conant p.97). cf. NCBEL p.666. Rare in all editions.

 

LE QUEUX, William. STRANGE TALES OF A NIHILIST. New York: R.F. Fenno, [n.d., ca. 1900]. 8vo, 314pp. Blue cloth white lettered and ornamented, light wear, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ American edition from the sheets of the New York, Cassel 1892 first American edition, originally published by Ward Lock, London, 1892. Le Queux’s second book and his first collection of short stories, Strange Tales of a Nihilist was puportedly based on hitherto unpublished information with names changed; the book is comprised of twelve narratives on the methods and activities of the Russian Secret Police in London to undermine and murder members of, and otherwise sabotage the efforts of the Nihilists, the revolutionary party of Russians seeking to overthrow the Tsar and improve the lot of the Russian peasant. The author’s first novel, Guilty Bonds (1891), was prohibited from circulation in Russia due to its sympathy for the anti-Tsarists; in appreciation for the attention bestowed upon him, the author acidly dedicates this book to Tsar Nicholas II.

 

LEE, Vernon [Paget, Violet]. RENAISSANCE FANCIES AND STUDIES. New York: G.P. Putnam’s; London: Smith, Elder, 1896. 8vo, viii, 260pp. Red cloth, gilt. Very good. $35. ¶ First American Edition, a sequel to Euphorian. The essays include The Imaginative Art of the Renaissance, Tuscan Sculpture, A Seeker of Pagan Perfection, Being the Life of Domenico Neroni, Pictor Sacrilegus etc.

 

LEGRAND, Martin. THE CAMBRIDGE FRESHMAN: OR, MEMOIRS OF MR. GOLIGHTLY. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1871. 8vo, iv, 395pp. With 27 illustrations by "Phiz." Green cloth, stamped in gilt. Ex-library copy with stamps on several leaves & labels on front endpapers, joints cracked, good. $35.

 

LEIGH SOTHEBY, Samuel. RAMBLINGS IN THE ELUCIDATION OF THE AUTOGRAPH OF MILTON. London: for the Author by Thomas Richards, 1861. 4to, xxviii, 263, (21)pp, 2 frontispieces, 25 plates. Orig. green morocco by J. Wright, sunken wooden panels in covers depicting scences from Paradise Lost, illustrated endpapers. Some wear to corners, light soiling & wear to boards, slightest foxing to plates, otherwise very good, with the armorial bookplate of Marcus Brown-Westhead. $450 ¶ One of a very limited edition, this copy inscribed by the English poet Elizabeth Cook. Housed in an unusual binding,this lengthy treatise on Milton’s manuscripts includes two frontispieces which are early photographs: one is of a bust of Milton and the other is of the Faithorne crayon drawing of Milton (now at Princeton). These were photographed for the first time for this work. The work concludes with the apparently unrelated "Biographical Notices of Eminent Persons Who Have Received Honours from the Sovereigns of England for Their Attainments in Literature, Science, and Art, during the Period 1660 to 1861." Williamson p.143. Not in Turnbull.

 

(Leon & Brother Catalogue). CATALOGUE OF FIRST EDITIONS OF AMERICAN AUTHOR, Poets, Philosophers, Historians, Statesmen, Essayists, Dramatists, Novelists, Travellers, Humorists, &c &c &c. New York: Leon & Brother, 1885. 8vo, 58pp. Orig. brick red wrappers with etched cover, side-stitched, backstrip perished, otherwise very good. $175. ¶ One of the earliest bookseller’s catalogues devoted to American first editions. Offered are works by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Bryant, C.B. Brown, John Burroughs, Clemens, Cooper, Dana, Denslow, Emerson, Hawthorne, Harte, Howells, James, Longfellow, Lowell, Melville, Parkman, Poe, Stowe, Bayard Taylor, Thoreau, Whitman, et al.

 

LESAGE [Alain René]. THE ADVENTURES OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE. Translated From the French by T[obias]. Smollett and Illustrated by Jean Gigoux. London: J.J. Dubochet, Charles Tilt, H. Hooper, 1836. 2 vols, 8vo, 486, 478, frontispieces, head and tailpieces, dec. initis., text illus. throughout. Later half red calf over patterned boards, gilt lettering to onlaid morocco spine labels, gilt dec. compartments, teg, bookplates, mild wear, otherwise near fine. $250. ¶ Reprint of Smollett’s 1749 second English translation. Beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf. Cf. Parks-Temple Vol III, Part 2, p.199.

 

LILBURNE, John. A WORKE OF THE BEAST Or a Relation of a Most Unchristian Censure, Executed upon J. Lilburne Now Prisoner in the Fleet the 18 of Aprill 1638. With the Heavenly Speech utter by Him at the Time of His Suffering. [Amsterdam, Rich Right Press] Printed in the Yeare the Beast was Wounded, 1638. 4to, later morocco. Very good. $7500. ¶ Very Rare First Edition of the first of Lilburne’s writings. The author describes the sufferings inflicted on him for circulating Prynne’s News from Ipswich and other unlicensed books for which he was summoned before Star Chamber and condemned to be whipped and pilloried, to pay a fine of £500 and to undergo imprisonment. On the verso of the title there is an addresss from the publisher, evidently a staunch puritan, signed F.R. Lilburne (1614-57) remains an important political figure of the revolutionary period. "In a revolution where others argued about the respective rights of the king and parliament, he spoke always of the rights of the people. His dauntless courage and his powers of speech made him the idol of the mob. With Coke’s Institutes in his hand he was willing to tackle any tribunal. He was ready to assail any abuse at any cost to himself, but his passionate egotism made him a dangerous champion, and he continually sacrificed public causes to personal resentments" (DNB). STC 15599 noting only 4 copies in the US.

 

LLOYD, John Uri. THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR, By the Author of Etidorpha. Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1897. 8vo, 59pp, 4 illus. by J. Augustus Knapp. Green cloth elaborately blocked in gilt on front & back. Glue spots on front free endpaper & half-title, but binding nearly fine. $75. ¶ First Edition in the beautiful publisher’s binding designed by Theodore Brown Hapgood. Signed by the author on a tipped in leaf of facsimile ms.

 

LOCKER [-LAMPSON], Frederick. LONDON LYRICS. London: W. Isbister, 1874. 8vo, x, 203pp. Quarter green calf, green cloth boards, back strip richly gilt. Very good. $50. ¶ Seventh edition, in a pretty binding. Locker-Lampson was a distinguished man of letters who, following the death of his first wife, married the daughter of Sir Curtis Lampson, took his name, and inherited the family estate Rowfant. It was here that he built the Rowfant Library (later sold en bloc in America). The Rowfant Club was named after his house.

 

LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH… Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1858. 8vo, 215,(12 ads)pp. Orig. brown cloth, a trifle browned & wrinkled. $135. ¶ First American Edition, first printing. BAL 12122.

 

LOWELL, James Russell. THE CATHEDRAL. Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1870. 8vo, 52, (1)pp, engraved t-p, headpiece, illus. initial. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered and dec., beveled edges, some mild rubbing at extremities, otherwise a tight, very good copy. $65. ¶ First Edition. BAL 13135.

 

[LUDLOW, Fitz Hugh]. THE HASHEESH EATER: Being Passages from the Life of a Pythagorean. Fourth Edition. New York: Harper & Bros., [no date, ca. 1860]. 12mo, 371pp. Orig. brown cloth stamped in gilt & blind, headcap worn, otherwise a very good, tight copy. $300. ¶ Fourth edition of the author’s first book, which also happens to be the first book on cannabis in English and the first full length work of American drug literature. A sensation when it was first published in 1857 then largely forgotten until the mind-altering drug renaissance of the 1960s, and now considered a neglected masterpiece of American literature and hallucinogenic drug experience. Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836-1870) began experimenting with drugs, which he procured at the local apothecary shop in Poughkeepsie, while still a teenager. His first book is an account of his experiments with large, psychedelic doses of cannabis extract while a student at Union College. This fourth edition (printing really) was the last issued in the author’s life.

 

[LUKE, B.]. JOHN BON AND MAST PERSON. (London: Smeeton, 1807). 4to, 9pp. Black-letter text, woodcut vignette on title. Contemp. half morocco, rubbed, otherwise a very good copy. $125. ¶ 250 copies printed of this vicious satire on religion and "the parson," first printed in 1548 by Day and Seres. See New STC 3258.5. Lowndes 233.

 

LYTTON, Right Hon. Lord. ZANONI. London: George Routledge, 1888. 8vo, xvi, 336pp, frontipiece. Half green cloth over marbled boards, wear to spine head and tail, otherwise very good. $35. ¶ Fourth Edition of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s occult novel, recommended by Aleister Crowley in his Curriculum of the A.A. Gardner, Bibliotheca Rosicruciana, notes "This well known author was a member of the Rosicrucian Society in England, and these two works [Z & a Strange Story] embody some of his happiest inspirations derived therefrom; if anyone has any latent mysticism in them, the latter work would be certain to discover it."

 

MACAULAY, T. Babington. BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL SKETCHES. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1857. 8vo, v, 335pp. Publisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettered spine, blindstamped dec., bookplate, very good. $50. ¶ First American Edition.

 

MACFALL, Haldane. THE HOUSE OF THE SORCERER. Being an Account of Certain Things That Chanced Therein. Here Set Down by… Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1900. 8vo, 233pp, frontispiece. Black cloth, mustard lettering, untrimmed, a very good+ copy. $100. ¶ First U.S. Edition, an abridgement of the author’s first book, The Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer issued in Britain in 1898, a famed picaresque novel with a West Indian setting featuring the "reckless, unmoral and delightful" heroine Barbadian Black. George Meredith stated that this novel was the finest of his generation, but "ought never to have been written" (Starrett, Buried Caesars). Bleiler (1948), p.187.

 

MACFALL, Haldane. THE HOUSE OF THE SORCERER. Being an Account of Certain Things That Chanced Therein. Here Set Down by… Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1900. 8vo, 233pp, frontispiece. Black cloth, mustard lettering, untrimmed, a very good+ copy. $100. ¶ First U.S. Edition, an abridgement of the author’s first book, The Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer issued in Britain in 1898, a famed picaresque novel with a West Indian setting featuring the "reckless, unmoral and delightful" heroine Barbadian Black. George Meredith stated that this novel was the finest of his generation, but "ought never to have been written" (Starrett, Buried Caesars). Bleiler (1948), p.187.

 

(MACHIAVELLI, Nicholas). GENTILLET, Innocent. A Discourse Upon the Meanes of Wel Governing and Maintaining in Good Peace, A Kingdome, or Other Principalitie. Divided into three parts, namely, The Counsell, the Religion, and the Policie, which a Prince ought to hold and follow. Against Nicholas Machiavell the Florentine.... London: Adam Islip, 1602. Folio, xxii, 374pp. Calf-backed marbled boards. Title-page and one other leaf backed, two leaves trimmed close at lower margin, a few repairs throughout, moderate worming, water stains to gutter. $1750. ¶ First Edition in English of the first major attack on Machiavelli. Gentillet’s work was first published in France in 1576, four years after the infamous Massacre of Protestants on St. Bartholomew’s Day. Gentillet attributes this tragic event to the corrupting influence of Machiavelli. While taking the latter’s ideas seriously, Gentillet proposes an alternative and better system of government. STC 11743. Digital images available.

 

MacLEOD, Fiona [pseud. of William Sharp]. THE MOUNTAIN LOVERS. London: John Lane & Boston: Roberts Bros., 1895. 8vo, 241, 16 ads pp, title page & ornaments by Beardsley, as well as the blue cloth binding. $250. ¶ First Edition, Vol. XVIII of the Keynote Series, for which Beardsley designed the bindings. Lasner 41. Gallatin 812.

 

[MACPHERSON, James]. THE POEMS OF OSSIAN: Translated by James Macpherson, Esq. In Two Volumes. With Dissertations on the Æra and Poems of Ossian; and a Life of Macpherson. Edinburgh: Macredie, Skelly, & Muckersy, 1814. 2vols, 12mo, xxi, 317, 334, 4 as adv. pp. Full brown leatherette, gilt lettered, marbled edges, occasional mild foxing, t-p to vol 1 professionally repaired but with some loss of text, otherwise a near fine set. $125. ¶ Later edition of this classic fraud, first published in 1760. The work of James Macpherson (1736-96) on Gaelic poetry greatly moved scholars of his time, most notably Goethe, but Samuel Johnson was one of the first to cast doubt on the authenticity of the material. To what extent the texts are genuinely edited from original material may not be clear, but that he fabricated the original manuscripts is certain. This edition not found in Lowndes.

 

MAISTRE, Xavier de. THE LEPER OF AOST. Translated from the French… Boston: Cummings, Hilliard & Co, 1825. Slim 8vo, 37pp. Orig. boards, printed label on upper cover, backstrip chipped, old ink signature at front, a very good copy in orig. state. $100. ¶ FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of this famous tale by the French Illuminist Maistre, most renowned for his Voyage Autour de ma Chambre. The translation is probably an American edition of the British version (London, 1817), by Helen M. Williams according to Halkett and Laing; both are rare, each being in NUC in only two copies.

 

(Manuscript). CHAPMAN, George [translator]. THE GEORGICKS OF HESIOD, By George Chapman. Translated Elaboratetly Out of the Greek…London: Printed for Miles Partrich, 1618. England, [ca. 1830]. Orig. calligraphic, illustrated manuscript, a pen facsimile of the 17th-cent. text & with illus. after Flaxman and others, comprising 39pp text, 50 drawings, several full page, incl. a frontis., as well as culs-de-lampe, head-pieces & initials. Full brown morocco by C. Lewis, gilt spine, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. Fine in a morocco-edged slipcase. $2500. ¶ A stunning neo-classical production by the Linnell family. The calligraphy is of a very high quality, difficult at first to distinguish from type. The illustrations, mostly after Flaxman, show the mark of an accomplished artist. Other illustrations are taken from Old Master prints. In 1817 Blake engraved Flaxman’s designs to the Days and Theogony. This ms was probably created by James Thomas Linnel, son of the John Linnell, the English painter and patron of Blake. A will from the twentieth century notes that James had made just such a copy of the Georgicks and additional evidence is found in John Linnell’s letters to Samuel Palmer on his honeymoon in Italy in 1838. Digital image available.

 

MAPLESSON, T. W. Gwilt. PEARLS OF AMERICAN POETRY. New York: Wiley & Putman, (1853). Sq. 4to.53pp each within different chromolithographic borders heightened in gold. Bevelled black morocco, gilt title within shield on front cover, aeg, edges scuffed, rebacked in morocco with new endpapers, internally very clean. $750. ¶ First Edition of a classic of American chromolithography, printed by A. Brett, with poems by Longfellow, Bryant, Whittier, Halleck et al. Marzio, Chromolithography: The Democratic Art, p.192. Bennett, American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books, p.71.

 

MARKHAM, Edwin. THE MAN WITH THE HOE. With Illustrations by Porter Garnett. New York: Doxey’s, At the Sign of the Lark, (1899). 12mo, illustrations printed in red & black, red initials throughout. Printed boards, neatly rebacked to style, bookplate. Very good $175. ¶ Inscribed by Markham in 1919, with a quotation from his poem "Whose was the hand that slanted back this brow." Hinkel II, 192 lists the 1899 Doubleday edition only.

 

[MARRYAT, Frederick]. THE PACHA OF MANY TALES; By the Author of "Peter Simple," and "Jacob Faithful," etc. Paris: A. & W. Galignani, 1835. 8vo, 353pp. Contemporary quaarter straight-grained red morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered and deocrated spine, marbled edges, bookplate of Graham Little, an extremely bright and pretty copy. $200. ¶ First Continental edition, first issued in London in the same year. Sadleir considered Marryat to be "the only writer in the tradition of Fielding and Smollett who can claim consideration on the same plane as these famous authors."

 

(Martin, John, artist). THE SACRED ANNUAL: Being The Messiah, A Poem, in Six Books by Robert Montgomery. Fourth Edition. London: John Turrill, 1834. 8vo, xi, (4), 300pp, with 12 hand-colored illustrations laid down on thick card, possibly partially color printed, three after drawings by John Martin, & others including B. R. Haydon, Daniel M’Clise, & William Etty, & with an additional hand-illuminated missal title by Dudley Costello, all "coloured under the direction of Charles Simpson," color printed decorative text leaves opposite illustrations. Half green calf, gilt spine, silk marker, 19th-cent. inscriptions, some staining, very good. $1500. ¶ The only book with colored illustrations by John Martin to be issued in his lifetime – the illustrations only appear in this very rare edition. The frontispiece titled, "The Temptation," is of interest for its connection with the Brönte sisters, as an impression of this lithograph hung at the Parsonage at Haworth and was thought to be an original drawing by Charlotte. Curiously, the print has fooled almost all the Brönte experts up to the present day. Faxon, Literary Annuals, p.110. Balston, John Martin, pp.154 & 289.

 

MARTINEAU, Harriet. SOCIETY IN AMERICA. London: Saunders & Otley, 1837. 3 vols, xix, 364; vi,369, (2 ads); vi,365, (2 ads)pp. Orig. tan boards with labels, entirely uncut and unrestored, spines and labels chipped, contemp. gift inscription dated 1837 in each volume. Cloth slipcase. $500. ¶ First Edition. Based upon Martineau's American travels of 1834-6, Society in America is a "critical study of American political, economic and social institutions…although sympathizing in general with American principles, was antagonisitic toward the South. A typical reply was Simm’s Slavery in America (1838), a peppery review that not only attacked Miss Martineau's ideas, but also villified her character and made sport of her deafness. Although it was adversely reviewed in Blackwoods, on the whole her book was among the most popular of her 52 volumes" (OCEL). Howes M350. Robinson p.143.

 

MAUNDEVILLE, John. THE VOIAGE AND TRAVAILE OF SIR JOHN MAUNDEVILLE. Which Treateth of the Way to Hierusalem; and of Marvayles of Inde, with Other Ilands and Countryes. London: J. Woodman and D. Lyon, 1725. 8vo, xvi, (8 contents), 384(7 index)pp + extra title printed in red & black (staned). A few early annotations, signature of Josh Wintor, disbound. $300. ¶ "Best English Ediiton"(Lowndes III, p.1463). The The text is from the Cottonian manuscript (Titus. C. XVI.) and was collated with several other early mss (in French, English and Latin) and four early printed editions. Quite scarce

 

MAUNDEVILLE, John. THE VOIAGE AND TRAVAILE OF SIR JOHN MAUNDEVILLE… With an Introduction… by J[ames] O[rchard] Halliwell [-Phillipps]. London: Reeves & Turner, 1883. 8vo, xxxi, [1], 326pp, frontis., numerous 16th cent.-style woodcuts. Contemp. cloth, blind-stamped, slightly rubbed, upper joint cracked, otherwise very good. $60. ¶ A reprint from the definitive edition of 1725, this edition was first published under the title Sir Mandeville’s Travels in 1839. Halliwell, the Shakespeare biographer, lexicographer, and antiquarian, claimed that he was only responsible for the introduction.

 

(MAY, Sam). THE LOVES OF A MUSICAL STUDENT Being The History Of The Adventures And Amorous Intrigues of A Young Rake With Many Beautiful Women Disclosing A Number Of Voluptuous Anecdotes Never Before Printed Founded On Facts, and Interspersed With Remarkable Narratives Written by Himself. Paris: Society Des Bibliophiles Etrangers (Charles Carrington), 1897. 8vo, vii + 235pp. with 24pp. of catalogue. Half linen, cloth boards with gilt spine label, front board with paper label: "The English Library and Tea Rooms 17, Galeries du Casino - Juan Les Pins." Van Gelder hand made paper. Wear at corners, top edge; wear at spine tail ; light soiling on linen, boards; glued hinges. Original wrappers preserved. Overall, good. $250. ¶ First Carrington Edition of a work originally published in England by Wm. Dugdale entitled, Amours, Intrigues and Adventures of a Musical Student. The earlier edition is of shorter length and merely risque, without the explicit erotic scenes added by Carrington’s staff. Kearney and Mendes disagree regarding the earlier edition’s publication date, Kearney c. 1860, Mendes c.1835. VERY RARE with original wrappers. Limited edition, press numbered 113 of 300. Kearney1131; Mendes 101. Ashbee III, p. xxxii.

 

McCULLOCH, Hugh, Junior. THE QUEST OF HERACLES and Other Poems. Cambridge & Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1894. 8vo, (97)pp. Full white vellum, gilt title on spine. Very good. $225. ¶ First Edition, one of 60 large-paper copies; printed by DeVinne. Kramer 14A.

 

MEACHAM, Hon. A[lfred]. B[enjamin]. WI-NE-MA (The Woman Chief) And Her People. Hartford: American Publishing, 1876. 8vo, 168pp, frontispiece, 13 b&w illus. Publisher’s original brick cloth, gilt lettered, blindstamped ruled borders and dec., owners embossed stamps, otherwise tight, clean, very good. $400. ¶ First Edition. The sympathetic story of the Modoc tribe and their female chieftan who, risking her own life, saved the ill-fated U.S. Peace Commission sent to deal with the tribe in the wake of the Modoc War. Written by an eyewitness and survivor to the events. Smith, Pacific Northwest Americana 6627. Cowan, Bibliog. of the History of California p.421. Quite scarce.

 

MELVILLE, Herman. MARDI: and a Voyage Thither New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849. 2 vols, (i-ix), x-xii, (13) 14-365; (v-ix), x-xii, (9) 10-387, (1) 2-8 pp. Orig. green fine-grained TR cloth,gilt title, blind-stamped with publisher’s monogram, some spotting, foxing as usual, a very good set. $1250. ¶ First American Edition, published simultaneously with the Bentley London edition. BAL 13658.

 

MENDOZA, Don Diego Hurtado de. ALEMAN, Mateo. THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF LAZARILLO DE TORMES. Translated from the Spanish of…by Thomas Roscoe. THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF GUZMAN D’ALFARACHE Or The Spanish Rogue by… From the French Edition of Le Sage by John Henry Brady. With Eight Original Etchings by R. De Los Rios. London: J.C. Nimmo and Bain, 1881. 2vols, 8vo, vi, 359, vii, 360pp, etched frontispieces, 6 etchings. Contemporary half red raon, gilt lettered, gilt orn. compartments, teg, some rubbing, some loss of paper to boards, otherwise near very good. $75. ¶ Rudder, Literature of Spain in English Translation, pp.111,116.

 

MENZEL, Wolfgang. GERMAN LITERATURE. Translated from the German, with Notes by Thomas Gordon. Oxford: D.A. Talboys, 1840. 4 vols, 8vo, (2), xxxv, (7), 323, (1); 373, (3); (8), 355, (1); (8), 347, (1)pp. Publisher’s quarter morocco, printed paper labels, somewhat rubbed, Signet Library stamps on boards. $200. ¶ First English Edition. An important history of German literature, significant more for its bias than for its obejctivity. Menzel (1798-1873), a nationalist with anti-radical opinions, enjoyed some influence in the 1820s as the editor of the Morgenblatt für gebildete Stände. As a fanatic opponent of the liberal group Young Germans, he was mainly responsible for their political supression. With interesting chapters on The Stormers and Pressers (translated from Die Stürmer und Dranger), True Romanticism, The New Anglomania, Rousseau’s Influence, Goethe, etc. Morgan 6209a.

 

MEREDITH, George. MODERN LOVE and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads. London: Chapman & Hall, 1862. 8vo, viii, 216pp. Orig. green cloth embossed with rounded lozenge. A nearly fine copy, with the bookplate of Vincent Starret. $300. ¶ First Edition. "A book of considerable importance, for surely Meredith’s 16-line sonnet sequence must rank among the greatest of English poems" (Magee 771). Published a year after the death of his wife, who had deserted him in 1858, Modern Love is a series of 50 related poems telling a tale of a passionate marriage transformed by jealousy and spearation. Collie XXXVIIa. Carter, MBV p.25-6, variant B. Hayward 271.

 

MEREDITH, George. ONE OF OUR CONQUERORS. London: Chapman & Hall, 1891. 3 vols, 8vo, (iii), 302; iv, 320; iv, 307pp. Orig. coarse blue cloth stamped in black & lettered in gilt, bookplate in vols. II & III, corners bumped, otherwise an excellent set. $300. ¶ First Edition. Sadleir 1700 notes several variant bindings; this is in the standard binding. H.G. Wells described this as "one of the books that have made me." Collie XIII. Carter, More Binding Variants p.27. Forman 31. Sadleir 1700. Not in Woolf.

 

MEREDITH, George. POEMS AND LYRICS of the Joy of Earth. London: Macmillan, 1883. 8vo, ix, 181, (1 blank), (1 as note on metres)pp. Blue Cloth, gilt lettered, newspaper portrait tipped-in to ffep, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition, unusual variant. Possesses the "&c., &c." at end of "Works by the Same Author" as called for by Collie for the first edition (second edition has "ec. ec."), 63-64 cancel for Version III of the first edition and all the printer’s errors of the first but notes "Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh" on imprint page as called for in the second edition. What apparently occured was that Clay submitted their first printing to Macmillan, who, dissatisfied, sent the remaining sheets to Clark who, rather than reprinting the whole, performed a salvage job, assembling the sheets in a melange with cancels, etc. Collie’s listing of four first edition variants plus a second edition appears to be an oversimplification of a complex printing history: at least four first edition variants (this a fifth) and no second edition. Rare. Collie XXXVIIIb.

 

MEREDITH, George - illus. by Lawrence Housman. JUMP TO GLORY JANE. Edited and Arranged by Harry Quilter. With Forty-Four Designs invented, drawn, and Written by Lawrence Housman. London: Swan, Sonnenschien, 1892. 12mo, 36pp, 8 plates plus numerous illus. Full red calf, all edges gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for J.W. Robinson Co., with the original front wrapper preserved. Very good. $200. ¶ First Edition and Housman’s first illustrated book. Collie XLIb.

 

MERIMEE, Prosper. THE HISTORY OF PETER THE CRUEL, King of Castile and Leon. With Additional Notes. London: Richard Bentley, 1849. 2 vols, 8vo, vi, 345, 1 foldout plate, iv, 379pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, hinges starting, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ First Edition in English of Mérimée’s 1848 Histoire de Don Pédre I, Roi de Castille. The translator remains unknown. Parks & Temple, Literatures of the World in English Translation III, part 2, p.320.

 

MEYNELL, Alice. THE COLOUR OF LIFE. And Other Things Seen & Heard. London: John Lane; Chicago: Way & Williams, 1896. Small 8vo, (8), 101pp, ads. Light brown buckram, edges uncut, very good. $25. ¶ First Edition. Kraus 73. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen Nineties, 471 (7th ed.).

 

MILLER, Joaquin. SHADOWS OF SHASTA. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg, 1881. 8vo, 184, (8, ads)pp. Orig. cloth. Sunned, rubber stamp to title, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. "A novel, in protest form, against the removal of the Indians from their mountain homes to reservations" (Baird & Greenwood 1762). Wright 3742. Hinkel p.243.

 

[MILLS, John]. D’HORSAY; Or, The Follies of the Day. London: William Strange, 1844. 8vo, (1), 174, (2)pp, frontispiece, engraved and printed titles, 10 plates by George Standfast. Half calf, marbled board, armorial bookplate, a 2 plates stained perhaps by a tint now faded. A very good copy. $500. ¶ First Edition. The celebrated satire on Count D’Orsay, Lady Blessington, and other persons of fashion who appear in transparently thin disguises. Its imputations are often outrageous, if not actionable; but as Sadleir (Blessington D’Orsay) says, Mills moved in the fashionable and disreputable world he describes, and "Undoubtedly... his story was founded on fact." The plates depict such typical pastimes as gambling, strolling, chatting and painting nudes. Sadleir 1736a. Wolff 4801.

 

MILTON, John. THE WORKS …In Verse and Prose. Printed From the Original Editions With a Life of the Author by the Rev. John Mitford. London & Eton: Bickers and Son, 1867. 8 vols, 8vo, frontispieces, foldout chart. Full calf, gilt lettering to red and brown morocco spine labels, raised bands, dec. compartments, gilt ruled borders, aeg, dentelles, custom endpapers, bookplates, 3 vols with one or both boards detached, otherwise very good. $400. ¶ A handsomely bound set of the first Bickers edition.

 

[MITCHELL, Donald Grant]. MY FARM OF EDGEWOOD: A Country Book. By the Author of "Reveries of a Bachelor." New York: Charles Scribner, 1864. Tall 12mo, x, 319pp. Puplisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettered, one gathering age-toned, owner’s signature, occasional marginalia and underlining in pencil, spine sunned, lt rubbing to corners, otherwise very good. $35. ¶ First Edition, later printing. initially issued in 1863. Mitchell (1822-1908), aka "Ik Marvel," enjoyed his first popular success with Reveries of a Bachelor (1850) which went through many printings. Raised on a farm, he never strayed far from rural life, and his love for agriculture and the simple pleasures of country living dominated much of his writing, which is characterized by much warmth and candor.

 

MITCHELL, S[ilas] Weir. AN ANALYSIS OF 3000 CASES OF MELANCHOLIA. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Association of American Physicians, 1897. 8vo, 10pp, title-wrapper. Orig. wrappers, nearly fine. $85. ¶ A rare offprint. BAL 14180.

 

MITCHELL, S[ilas] Weir. SUSPENSION IN LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA. With a Summary of Twenty-Three Cases from the Clinical Service of Dr. Mitchell, Reported by Dr. Guy Hinsdale from the Tables of the Resident, Dr. Caspar W. Sharples. [Philadelphia]: Reprinted from the University Medical Magazine, 1890. 8vo, 5pp, title-wrapper. Orig. wrappers, chipped, otherwise very good. $60. ¶ Rare offprint. BAL 14142.

 

MONTGOMERY, Florence. A VERY SIMPLE STORY; being a Chronicle of the Thoughts and Feelings of a Child. Illustrated by the Marchioness of Queensbury and M.R. London: Richard Bentley, & Sleaford: W. Fawcett, 1867. Small 4to, 60pp, with a frontispiece and three plates. Orig. blue pebbled cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt, a very fine copy. $275. ¶ First Edition of this sad story for children with typical illustrations of the period. The Marchioness of Queensbury was Lord Alfred Douglas’s mother and a bitter enemy of Oscar Wilde. The book is quite rare; NUC records but one copy (CU). Not in Wolff. Sadleir 1765 (not noting that the title is a cancel).

 

MOORE, George. IMPRESSIONS AND OPINIONS. London: David Nutt, 1891. 8vo, (8), 346, 12, ads pp. Orig. cloth, gilt. Very good. $35. ¶ First Edition of Moore’s collected articles on 19th century literature, art & theater, which previously appeared in periodicals such as Universal Review, Magazine of Art and St. James Gazette, including recent trends in literature, arts and stage, Balzac, Turgeniev, Degas, the théâtre libre and prescient chapters on Verlaine & Rimbaud. NCBEL III, p.1015.

 

MOORE, Thomas. MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF THE RIGHT HONORABLE RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN. New York: Redfield, 1858. 2 vols, 8vo, frontispiece portrait, viii, 307 (4 ads); iv, 335pp. Green cloth boards, spines lettered in gilt, cover of vol II waterstained. A good set. $35. ¶ Early American edition, authored by the national bard of Ireland. The Irish dramatist Sheridan, a London theatre manager and politician, rose to first place among writers of comedies. "The School for Scandal stands as the masterpiece of English comedy of manners, with all the wit, but none of the licentiousness, of the Restoration comedy from which it derives" (Hartnoll p.737). "Sheridan was joint patentee of Drury Lane from 1776 to 1812. He mismanaged the theatre shamefully" (Lowe 3499). Sheridan found the business side of theatre management increasingly distasteful, and so became a Member of Parliament, and made some remarkable speeches at the impeachment trial of Warren Hastings. Lowndes p.1600.

 

MORE, Henry. PHILOSOPHICALL POEMS, A Platonick Song of the Soul; Treating of, The Life of the Soul, Her Immortalitie, The Sleep of the Soul, the Unitie of Souls, and Memorie after Death. Cambridge: Roger Daniel, 1647. 8vo, (28), 218, (8), 219-253 (1, blank), (3), 255 (as "225")-298, (2), 299-436pp, errata leaf. Woodcut head- & tailpieces, separate chapter titles,numerous woodcut text illus. Full mottled calf (?c.19th C), ruled overall in blind, incl. dentelles; red-tinted edges. Ink inscription on verso of free front endpaper, B8 remargined; front cover expertly re-hinged at an early date, back joint at foot of spine starting slightly, but sound. A bright copy with armorial bookplate of Edward Dalton on front paste-down. $1750. ¶ First collected edition. "More belonged to that little band of Christian Platonists which was formed at Cambridge in the middle of the seventeenth century, and the distinctive traits of their school of thought are perhaps best brought out in his writings" (DNB). He was fascinated by the occult science of such men as Van Helmont and believed in witchcraft, which he considered "evidence of the reality of the unseen world." He was the only one of the Cambridge Platonists to publish extensively. Hayward 94. Wing M2670.

 

MORGAN, George G.W. POEMS. San Francisco: By the Author, 1877. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, (6), 52; (2), 64 (2 acrostic prayer & colophon)pp, wood engraved plates, & musical scores. Orig. green cloth, stamped in gilt. General wear, good. $125. ¶ First Edition of an early example of San Francisco printing, with plates after the Gold Rush artist Arthur Nahl. Hinkel II, 215. Hamilton 1118a.

 

MORLEY, Henry. THE CHICKEN MARKET And Other Fairy Tales. With Illustrations by Charles H. Bennett. London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, [n.d., 1877]. 8vo, viii, 362pp. Brown pictorial cloth, gilt lettering, bookplate, owner’s sig., good. $60. ¶ A New Edition.

 

MORLEY, Henry. THE CHICKEN MARKET And Other Fairy Tales. With Illustrations by Charles H. Bennett. London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, [n.d., 1877]. 8vo, viii, 362pp. Brown pictorial cloth, gilt lettering, bookplate, owner’s sig., good. $60. ¶ A New Edition.

 

MORRIS, William. THE STORY OF SIGURD THE VOLSUNG and the Fall of the Niblungs. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1877. 8vo, vii, 392pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, beveled edges, teg, first and last few leaves lightly foxed, occasional light foxing at head border, light wear to extremities, some dappling to boards, owner’s embossed stamp, overall a tight, very good copy. $175. ¶ First American Edition of Morris’ epic, initially issued in England in the prior year.

 

MORRIS, William. THE WELL AT THE WORLD’S END. London: Longmans, Green, 1896. 2 vols, vii, 378; vi, 279pp.. Orig. linen backed blue boards, printed labels. fine set. $300. ¶ Handsomely printed for the publishers at the Chiswick Press on thick laid paper. Sparling notes that the printing of this trade edition was actually completed before the Kelmscott edition, although the Kelmscott was issued first. Forman 163.  

 

 

MORRISON, Anna M[edora]. THE EARLIER POEMS... Revised and Arranged by Herself. San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft, 1880. 8vo, xx, 86pp, lithograpic frontisportrait. Orig. red cloth, elaborately blocked with elaborate floral ornament in gilt. Very good. $50. ¶ Only edition, inscribed by the author at the Women’s Christian Temperance Union State Convention. Not in Hinkel. NUC notes only two copies (LC and Virginia).

 

(Mother Goose). J.W. Elliott; Brothers Dalziel, illustrators. MOTHER GOOSE; or, National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs. Set to Original Music... New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1872. 4to, (8), 110, (2), (4 ads)pp, with engraved frontis. & illus. throughout. Orig. worn & chipped orange boards, disbound; contents in very good condition. $125. ¶ Second printing of this edition of the beloved verses; the original printing was in 1870.

 

MÜHLBACH, L[ouisa]. LOUISA OF PRUSSIA AND HER TIMES. An Historical Novel. Complete in One Volume. New York: D. Appleton, 1867. 8vo, 277pp, (6 ads)pp, plates, printed in double columns. Orig. cloth, gilt, yellow endpapers; fraying to spine ends & upper portion of rear joint, amateur repair to front hinge, very light foxing to interior, very good. Contemp. ink signature of Mary W. Wadsworth & bookplate of Charles F. Wadsworth. $35. ¶ First Edition in English, translated from the German by F. Jordan.

 

MUHLBACH, Luise [pseud. of Klara Muller]. [WORKS]. New York: D. Appleton 1881-86. 19 vols, 8vo. Original publisher’s teal cloth, gilt lettered and ornamented, good to very good. $250. ¶ Mühlbach/Müller (1814-1873), a well-known Berlin hostess in the mid-19th century, was an exceptionally prolific author noted for her European 18th-19th century historical novels that often ran to many volumes each. This collection, not listed in Morgan’s Critical Bibliography of German Literature in English Translation (though he lists 1898 and 1912 collections from Appleton), reprints Appleton’s 1867 first American editions of the first English translations of her work, and contains 19 of the 24 novels thus issued, each double-columned and complete in one volume. All feature fontispieces and illustrations by Gaston Kay, etc., and the translators include Chapman Coleman, Mrs. Chapman Coleman, Nathaniel Greene, Amory Coffin, and Adelaide de V. Chaudron.

 

NEWBOLT, Henry. THE ISLAND RACE. New York: John Lane, 1899. Small 8vo, 61pp. Blue cloth, gilt title on spine, printed on laid paper. Fine. $20. ¶ First American Edition. Dedicated to Robert Bridges. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen Nineties, 511 (British ed.)

 

NEWTON, John Frank. THE RETURN TO NATURE, or, A Defense of the Vegetable Regimen; With Some Account of an Experment Made during the Last Three or Four Years in the Author’s Family. Part the First [all published]. London: for T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1811. 8vo, vi, 160pp. Orig. brown boards & label. Light external wear, a few spots of foxing, owner’s signature & heraldic stencil of an Edward Burrell, very good in a linen box. $1500. ¶ First Edition. "This work was to have an enduring effect on Shelley’s work in prose as well as in verse, and upon the very ordering of his diet during a long series of years" (Peck I, p.278). The note on vegetarianism in Queen Mab, in which Shelley explains the myth of Promethius as the punishment of mankind for eating meat, quotes extensively from this, and Shelley himself addressed its importance in his life in his letters. The volume begins as Newton explains that he, his wife and four children under nine years of age had been living meatlessly for two years and that their apothecary’s bill for this period had amounted to sixpence. But Newton is most energetic in his proselytizing when he discusses the salutary effects of the vegetarian diet on children: "They will become not only more robust but more beautiful; that their carriage will be erect, their step firm; that their development at a critical perod of youth, the prematurity of which has been considered an evil, will be retarded; that, above all, the danger of being deprived of them will in every way dimish; while by these light repasts their hilarity will be augmented, and their intellects cleared in a degree which shall astonishingly illustrate the delightful effects of this regimen…" Newton, a Zoroastrian, was a patient of William Lambe and a friend of Shelley and Jefferson Hogg, both of whom frequently ate at the Newton household. Hogg describes the meals at the Newton home: "Certainly their vegetable dinners were delightful elegant, and excellent repasts: flesh, fowl, fish, and ‘game’ never appeared–nor eggs nor butter bodily, but the two lattter were admitted into cookery, but as sparingly as possible, and under protest, as not approved of and soon to be dispensed with… There were vegetables of every kind, plainly stewed or scientifically disguised… We luxuriated in tea and coffee, and sought variety occasionally in cocoa and chocolate: bread, cakes, and plain seed-cakes were liberally divided among the faithful" (Hogg, Life of Shelley). Simon 1092. Cf. F.L. Jones, Shelley’s Letters I, p.374 and Roche (ed.), Shelley’s Poetical Works I, pp.326-7.

 

NICHOLSON, WIlliam. LONDON TYPES. Quatorzaines by… New York: R. H. Russell, 1898. 4to, (4)pp, 12 full-page plates with letterpess on versos. Orig. boards printed in black & red, linen spine, light edge wear. $400. ¶ First American Edition. These fine color lithographs after woodblocks are among Nicholson’s finest work and depict London street characters with an acute poignancy. The plate of ’Liza the flower girl presages Eliza Doolittle uncannily. "London Types.. brought a completely new look to illustrated books, with forceful images in heavy black that resembled lino prints but were actually hand coloured wood engravings printed by lithography... these influential books owed their straightforward handling of the printed page to the example of early chapbooks, which Nicholson much admired" (Peppin & Micklethwait p.215). Ray 293.

 

NICHOLSON, WIlliam - W.E. Henley LONDON TYPES. Quatorzaines by W.E. Henley. London: Heinemann, 1898. 4to, (16, 1 ads)pp, 12 full-page plates. Orig. color-printed boards rebacked in cloth, new endpapers, inscription dated 1898, very good. $500. ¶ First Edition, regular issue. These fine color lithographs after woodblocks are among Nicholson’s finest work and depict London street characters with an acute poignancy. The plate of ’Liza the flower girl presages Eliza Doolittle uncannily. "London Types.. brought a completely new look to illustrated books, with forceful images in heavy black that resembled lino prints but were actually hand coloured wood engravings printed by lithography... these influential books owed their straightforward handling of the printed page to the example of early chapbooks, which Nicholson much admired" (Peppin & Micklethwait p.215). Ray 293.

 

OMICRON. THE MILLENNIUM In Its Three Hundreth Centenary. Written in the Year 1847 of the Stanic State of the Fallen World. London: L. Houghton, 1847. 8vo, xvi, 81, (1)pp. Publisher’s blue-green cloth, title in gilt, blind stamped border on boards. a.e.g. Very nice copy. $175. ¶ A crazed play in verse on the coming Millennium. The pseudonymous author wrote several works on the millenarian theme.

 

OPIE, Mrs [Amelia Alderson]. SIMPLE TALES. George Town: Joseph Milligan, 1810. 2vols, 328, 305pp. Contemporary full tree calf, gilt lettering to red morocco spine labels, some rubbing, toned throughout, otherwise a very good set. $175. ¶ Second American Edition. Shaw & Shoemaker 20959.

 

OPIE, Mrs [Amelia Alderson]. SIMPLE TALES. George Town: Joseph Milligan, 1810. 2vols, 328, 305pp. Contemporary full tree calf, gilt lettering to red morocco spine labels, some rubbing, toned throughout, otherwise a very good set. $175. ¶ Second American Edition. Shaw & Shoemaker 20959.

 

OUIDA LA STREGA and Other Stories. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1899. 8vo, (vi), 264, (4 ads)pp. Orig. cloth, stain on front cover probably from a lending library label, light edge wair, bookplate, good. $50. ¶ First Edition, subtitled True Tales of Lowly Lives. Sadleir 1925. Wolff 5330.

 

(Pageant). THE PAGEANT. Edited by C. Hazelwood Shannon and J. W. Gleeson White. London: Henry & Co., 1896-7. 2 vols, 4to, 27 illus. in the text (5 full-page) and 40 plates. Orig. mauve cloth, decorated in gilt with design by Charles Ricketts, the endpapers designed by Lucien Pissarro. Light wear to corners otherwise a very good set. $450. ¶ First Edition of this marvellous panorama of the ‘nineties which did not survive beyond the second issue. Counted among the literary contributors are Yeats, Swinburne, John Gray, Sturge Moore, Cunninghame Graham, Edmund Gosse, Max Beerbohm, R. Garnett, Ernest Dowson, and Lionel Johnson; illustrators include Rossetti, Whistler, Ricketts, Millais, Conder, Burne Jones, Laurence Housman and Shannon. An original lithograph by Whistler (The Doctor - Portrait of My Brother) is in vol. I and a five-color wooblock print by Pissaro (The Queen of the Fishes) is in vol. II. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen-Nineties, 816. Turn of a Century 15.

 

PARLEY, Peter [GOODRICH, Samuel Griswold]. A GIFT FOR MY YOUNG FRIENDS. Ilustrated with Numerous Engravings. New York: Leavitt & Allen, [n.d., ca. 1854]. 12mo, 260pp, frontispiece, misc. b&w text engravings. Publisher’s original red cloth, gilt stamped illus. and blindstamped ornamentation to boards, gilt lettering and ornamentation to spine, aeg, gift inscription, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. Goodrich (1793-1860) "author and publisher of didactic juvenile literature" found that his first exposure to "pleasurable" reading as a youth excited in him "the most painful impressions" and "this early dislike was apparently the substance years later of his point of view in the writing of the Peter Parley tales - ‘to feed the young mind upon things wholesome and pure instead of things monstrous, false and pestilent’" (Kunitz & Haycraft). Goodrich’s Peter Parley books - over 110 titles, some actually written by hacks in Goodrich’s employ - were incredibly popular during their time and had cumulative sales well into the millions, perhaps because there was no other children’s literature worthy of the name and that "their smug righteousness was thoroughly in key with the spirit of the age."

 

[PARTON, Sara Payson Willis]. Fanny Fern. RUTH HALL: A Domestic Tale of the Present TIme. New York: Mason Brothers, 1855. 8vo, 400pp. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, spine sunned, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ First Edition. Fanny Fern (1811-1872) initially found popularity writing short, sentimental yet humorous and often satirical pieces for small magazines in the Boston area that when collected into single volumes became best-sellers. As a result, she was hired to write a weekly column at $100 a week for the The New York Ledger, a huge sum for any weekly columnist of the age, much less a woman. Her work increasingly reflected her growing concern with the economic plight and socio-cultural burdens of American women including the double-standard, excessive housework and large families, and she was critical of conventional religion. "A roman à clef admired by Hawthorne…portraying an unusually independent woman" (Blain), the present volume, one of her two novels, was severely criticized upon its publication because of its personal character. Thinly disguised in the novel, her brother, Nathaniel Willis, was portrayed in a most unfavorable light which may have made domestic life a bit tense: At the time, her third husband, James Parton, was on the staff of Home Journal, one of whose publishers was Willis. At the time of the novel’s publication she had moved to active support of woman’s rights issues including suffrage and better education. In 1868, she co-founded Sorosis, New York City’s pioneering woman’s club. Scarce. Wright II, 1849. Blain, et al, The Feminist Companion to Literature in English p.367.

 

[PATMORE, Coventry Kersey Dighton]. THE ANGEL IN THE HOUSE. The Betrothal. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1864. 8vo, x, 201pp. Publisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, small chips to spine head and tail, occasional mild foxing, otherwise very good. $35. ¶ Patmore (1823-1896), poet and essayist, a popular if somewhat forgotten figure in 19th century American literature, wrote the present volume anonymously in 1854. Selling well, it went into many American and British editions, this the third American. Cf. NCBEL p.487.

 

[PEACOCK, Lucy]. THE ADVENTURES OF THE SIX PRINCESSES OF BABYLON, in Their Travels to the Temple of Virtue. An Allegory. Dedicated, by Permission, to Her Royal Highness the Princess Mary. Third Edition, Revised & Improved by the author. London: T. Hookham, 1790. 12mo, viii, 180pp. Contemp. calf, gilt back. Very nice copy $250. ¶ Little is known of the enterprising Lucy Peacock who kept a bookshop in Oxford Street and wrote tales for children, for the most part anonymously. Peacock published this, her first book, in 1785 while still in her teens and it became something of a best-seller in its day. She also edited The Juvenile Magazine, one of the first periodicals for children. See Osborne 286/7 & Muir p.97. This edition not in NUC.

 

[PEACOCK, Thomas Love]. THE MISFORTUNES OF ELPHIN. London: Thomas Hookham, 1829. 8vo, (8), 240pp. In the orig. blue-gray boards with printed label, rebacked to style. 2 old book catalogue clippings tipped to the endpaper. Fine. $1000. ¶ First Edition, quite scarce; it was never reprinted until in the collected edition of 1873. J.B. Priestly wrote that "It will be remembered that two of his stories stand apart from the rest. These are the two ‘romances,’ Maid Marian and The Misfortunes of Elphin, which cannot be neglected…because they contain some of his most characteristic passages. Indeeed, The Misfortunes of Elphin, as George Saintsbury has always pointed out, is composed of the Peacockian essence, so that it is astonishing to find critics professing an admiration for the man and yet passing by this sardonic little masterpiece of his." Van Doren, in his Life of Peacock (1911) wrote that in the "important matters of humour and satire the book…has to yield to nothing else that Peacock wrote." Sadleir 1957i. Wolff 5481.

 

PEARCE, J.H. DROLLS FROM SHADOWLAND. New York: Macmillan, 1893. Small 8vo, 166pp, etched frontispiece. Original teal cloth, gilt lettered, partially uncut, deckled fore edge, very mild wear at extremities, otherwise near fine. $300. ¶ First American Edition from the sheets of the London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1893 first issue. Little is known of Pearce, described in Wolff as "a regional novelist." Shadowland, the region in question in this wonderful collection of Celtic and West Country spooky ghost and fairy stories, is known by us today as The Twilight Zone, and we suspect Rod Serling would have appreciated Pearce’s light touch with the material. Pearce wrote two other similar collections, The Dreamer’s Book, fantasies and daydreams dealing with the illusions and disillusions of life, and Tales of the Masque. Only three copies listed in NUC library holdings; fewer still of the British edition. Cf. Bleiler 1294; Wolff 5483, note.

 

PELLISSIER, Georges. THE LITERARY MOVEMENT IN FRANCE during the Nineteenth Century. New York: Putnam, 1897. 8vo, lvi, (2), 504, (2, ads)pp. Orig. cloth, gilt, very good. $20. ¶ First Edition in English of Pellissier’s history of contemporary French literature Mouvement littéraire au XIX. siècle. Translated by Anne Garrison Brinton & with general introduction.

 

PERCY, Bishop. BISHOP PERCY’S FOLIO MANUSCRIPT. Edited by John W. Hales and Frederick Furnivall. Ballads and Romances. (& Loose and Humerous Songs). London: N. Trubner & Co., 1868. 4 vols, large 8vo, folding frontis. facsimile of a page of the original manuscript. Handsomely bound in full tree calf, gilt backs, teg, very light wear to joints. Very good set. $450. ¶ First Edition, one of a total of 350 copies printed. With the scarce and, at the time, scandalous, fourth volume, Loose and Humerous Songs, edited by and privately printed for Furnivall.

 

(PERCY, Thomas). FIVE PIECES OF RUNIC POETRY Translated fromt he Islandic Language. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1763. 8vo, xvi, 99, (1)pp. Finely rebound in half-calf, marbled boards, gilt lettered on red spine label, exterior fine, interior very good, with light browning. $500. ¶ First Edition. Bishop Thomas Percy (1729-1811) was in the forefront of 18th century Britain’s fascination with the distant European past, and was responsible for refuting the common scholarly opinion of the age that the ancient Germans, Gauls, Brits and Saxons were the same people. The present volume represents the first translation of any Icelandic-Eddic literature into English. Farrar & Evans, English Translations from Medieval Sources 2086. NCBEL II, 242. Allibone’s II, p.1561.

 

PERCY, Thomas. RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets; Together with Some few of Later Date. New Edition. London: Henry Washbourne, 1847. 3 vols, 12mo, extra chromo titles, bound in elaborately blind decorated morocco, gilt titles & dentelles, edges gilt & gauffered, vol. 1 with old rehinge, vol. 3 with boards detached, otherwise a pretty set. $150. ¶ Percy’s Reliques, despite its numerous flaws, was the work whose popular acceptance virtually guaranteed the continuing interest in early English literature. First printed in 1765 and received with contempt by critics such as Johnson, Ritson and Warburton for its obvious scholastic errors and self-evident tamperings with the texts - so evident that Ritson refused to believe the manuscirpt in fact existed - it nonetheless found an immediate and enduring audience.

 

PERCY, Thomas. RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets; Together with Some few of Later Date. New Edition. London: Henry Washbourne, 1857. 3 vols, 12mo, half calf, boards loose, internally good. $75. ¶ Percy’s Reliques, despite its numerous flaws, was the work whose popular acceptance virtually guaranteed the continuing interest in early English literature. First printed in 1765 and received with contempt by critics such as Johnson, Ritson and Warburton for its obvious scholastic errors and self-evident tamperings with the texts - so evident that Ritson refused to believe the manuscirpt in fact existed - it nonetheless found an immediate and enduring audience.

 

[PERRAULT, Charles]. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. New York: John McLoughlin, [ca. 1855]. 8vo, (7-9/16"x 4-1/2"), 8 hand colored wood-blocks. Orig. green pictorial wrappers, wood-block title on front cover & publisher’s ad on back cover. Very good. $450. ¶ Apparently the publisher’s first issue, with "John McLoughlin, Publisher/ 24 Beekman Street." With Perrault’s original morbid ending, the sequence shows Red Riding Hood in front of thatched cottage; Mother sends her to visit grandmother; Red Riding Hood stops to gather flowers; prowling wolf spies on her; wolf at grandmother’s door; wolf pounces on grandmother; Red Riding Hood at grandmother’s door; wolf pounces on her. McLoughlin acquired the wood-blocks from Edward Dunigan, a succesful New York publisher of children’s toy books during the 1840’s. Stereotyped by Vincent Dill.

 

PERSIUS - Thomas Sheridan, trans. THE SATYRS OF PERSIUS. Translated into English by Thomas Sheridan, D.D. London: A. Millar, 1739. 12mo, x, 101, (1 ads)pp. Modern marbled wrappers, some staining. $125. ¶ Sheridan’s translation, with facing Latin text, includes his notes together with those of previous editors. The stoic satirist Persius Flaccus (AD 34-62) was much read in antiquity and the Middle Ages but his bizarre mix of cryptic allusions, brash colloquialisms, and forced imagery create a surreal reading. Persius himself said his work has "the taste of bitten nails." "In a translation of Persius’s so-called Satires probably the most that can be done is to produce a readable expression of the ideas, with such occasional plays on words or ingenious equvalents of phrase as luck may bring the translator"(Lathrop). Dryden attempted the task in 1693 and Donne is said to have emulated something of the style.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains, in Godey’s Magazine and Lady’s Book Vol XXVIII, 1844, pages 177-80. (1844) 8vo, illustrated. Full red morocco, scuffed, spine lettered in gilt. A good copy. $250. ¶ First Printing. Heartman & Rede p.40.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. About Criticism and Critics, in Graham’s American Monthly Magazine Vols XXXVI and XXXVII, 1850, pp.49-51 (1850). 8vo, illustrated. Contemp. half calf, red cloth boards. Very good. $200. ¶ Contains Goerge Graham’s eulogy "The Late Edgar Allan Poe," p.224-6. Includes contributions by Longfellow.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. Marginalia, in Graham’s American Monthly Magazine, Vol XXIX, 1846, pp.245-248 and 311-13. (1846) 8vo, illustrated. Contemp. cloth, rebacked in modern cloth. Good. $100. ¶ Also includes "The Islets of the Gulf; or Rose Budd" by James Fenimore Cooper, and poems by Bayard Taylor, Longfellow, etc.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. Marginalia, in Graham’s Magazine, Vol XXXII, 1848, pp. 23-24. (1848). 8vo, illustrated. Half calf, spine lettered in gilt. [bound with] Putnam’s Monthly 1855-57. Very good. $125. ¶ Also includes "The Islets of the Gulf; or Rose Budd" by James Fenimore Cooper and poems by Longfellow, Bayard Taylor, William C. Bryant, et al.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. Review of Orion, in Graham’s American Monthly Magazine Vol. XXIV, 1844, pp. 136-41. (1844). 8vo, illustrated. Half calf, a little scuffed, but very good. $200. ¶ First Printing. Also includes Poe’s poem "Dream-land," (p. 256) With contributions by Hawthorne, Fenimore Cooper and Longfellow.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. Review of Orion, in Graham’s American Monthly Magazine Vol. XXIV, 1844, pp. 136-41. (1844) 8vo, illustrated. Half red calf, rebacked in purple leather. Good. $150. ¶ First Printing. Also includes Poe’s poem "Dream-land," (p. 256). With contributions by Hawthorne, Fenimore Cooper, Longfellow.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. The Philosophy of Composition [and] Marginalia, in Graham’s American Monthly Magazine Vol XXVIII, 1846, pp.163-67 and 116-118. (1846) 8vo, illustrated. Contemp. cloth, rebacked in modern cloth. Good. $100. ¶ Includes reviews of Melville’s "Typee," Fenimore Cooper’s "American Naval Officers," and of Darwin’s "Voyage of a Naturalist."

 

POLLOCK, Walter Herries & Lady Pollock. AMATEUR THEATRICALS. London: Macmillan, 1879. 12mo, xii, 72, (4)ads, frontis. & 3 illus. Orig. blue cloth, bookplate, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition, with 3 plates drawn by Kate Greenaway. The slim volume provides a modern history of amateur theatrics and instructions for amateur players. Schuster & Engen p.20.

 

POLLOK, Robert. THE COURSE OF TIME; A Poem, in Ten Books: with a Memoir of the Author; an Analysis of Each Book... by W.C. Armstrong. Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son, 1846. 8vo, 322pp. Bound in publisher’s full morocco with ornate gilt design front and back and on spine, gilt dentelles, a.e.g. Lightest of wear, lacking front endpaper, very good. $175. ¶ A handsome example of a deluxe publisher’s binding of mid-century.

 

[POPE, Alexander]. THE DUNCIAD, Variorum. With the Prolegomena of Scriblerus. London: Printed for A. Dod.[Pope], 1729. 4to, (2), 16, (2), 29, (3), 118, cxix-cxxiv, (2)pp, engraved vignette to t-p.. Contemporary full tree calf, gilt lettering to original black morocco spine label on later rebacked spine, neatly repaired corners, typical crackling to tree calf, some rubbing, otherwise internally clean, nearly very good. $850. ¶ First Complete Edition of the First Three Books of Pope’s classic satire, the edition of March 13, 1729 published anonymously by Pope with titlepage engraving featuring an ass eating thistles, carrying books and journals in a pannier with an owl perched atop. The greatest unprovoked assault on a series of contemporaries in literary history, The Dunciad’s airy, graceful malice, monumental wit, brilliance and irony have made it the acknowledged masterpiece of English satire. Quite scarce. Wise pp.47-48. Foxon P771; Griffith, p.211

 

PROWSE, R. (illustrator). HELL UPON EARTH or, the Bard and the Demon. A Romaunt of the Times… London: Head, [ca. 1855]. 4to, 72, (8, ads)pp, including illustrations. Orig. color illustrated wrappers, missing rear wrapper, front wrapper detached, some minor chipping. $25. ¶ Amusing texts, with chapters named after the signs of the Zodiac, and relating to the current political and economical situation in Europe. Published in the Everybody’s Christmas Annual series.

 

PYTHAGORAS. THE GOLDEN VERSES…Translated from the Greek by N.Rowe, Esq. With a Poem on the late Glorious Successes, &c. And an Ode for the New-Years MDCCXVI. London: J. Tonson, 1732. 12mo, 36pp disbound. Very good. $100. ¶ Second Edition. Foxon R288.

 

RADFORD, Ernest. OLD AND NEW. A Collection of Poems… London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Sm. 8vo, xv, 180pp, with a frontispiece portrait of the author & a decorative title-page. Orig. green cloth, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author and with a two-line quote from Shakespeare. Radford contributed to the Rhymer’s Club and was a minor but important figure in the aesthetic movement. Ellman notes that Wilde corresponded with him, and he was familiar with the leading lights of his day. He had previously published privately a translation of Heine’s poetry and two slim volumes of verse.

 

[RASPE, Rudolph Erich]. THE TRAVELS AND SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN. Illustrated by Alfred Crowquill [A.H. Forrester]. New York: James Miller, 1860. 8vo, 251pp, frontispiece, extra engraved t-p, dec. inits., tailpieces, misc. full page wood-engravings. Publisher’s original blue pebbled cloth, gilt lettering and illus. to spine, blindstamped boards, some wear to spine extremes, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ Second American Edition with Crowquill’s wood engravings.

 

RAY, J[ohn]. A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF ENGLISH PROVERBS; London: for T. & J. Allman… 1818. 8vo, vi, 308pp. Orig. boards rebacked to style, preserving original but worn label, edges slightly worn, very good. $250. ¶ Ray (1627-1705) published the first edition of his collection of proverbs in 1670. One of the author’s most important books outside of natural history, the proverbs are classified under a number of headings. "Invaluable for the study of dialect and folkore" (Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs, p.xxiii). Keynes, John Ray, A Bibliography, 19

 

READ, Opie [Percival] and Frank Pixley. THE CARPETBAGGER Chicago: Laird & Lee, 1899. 8vo, 305pp, frontispiece, 8 b&w photogravures. Publisher’s original illus. cloth, near fine. $40. ¶ First Edition, adapted from the authors’ hit 4-act play produced during the 1898-99 season. Co-author Read was a noted humorist, newspaperman, lecturer and editor reknowned for his unlimited capacity for corn whiskey and his founding and editing of the very popular magazine The Arkansas Traveler.

 

REMINGTON, Frederic. SUNDOWN LEFLARE, Written & Illustrated by… New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. 8vo, 115, (4 ads)pp, 12 plates by the author. Contemp. signature on endpaper, otherwise fine in pictorial brown cloth. $150. ¶ First Edition of the author & artist’s third book. Johnson p.394. Blanck 16492. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators, 313.

 

(REMINGTON, Frederic). Henry Wadsworth LONGFELLOW. THE SONG OF HIAWATHA. With Illustrations from Designs by Frederic Remington. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1891. 8vo, xviii, 242pp, frontispiece, 22 b&w photogravures, captioned tissue guards, 379 text illus. Full suede, gilt lettered and illus., teg, light wear to extremities, mild sunning, hinges hint at starting, otherwise very good. $750. ¶ The beautiful Riverside Press edition, illustrated throughout by Remington. BAL 12720. Dykes, Remington 786. McCracken, pp.149-151.

 

RICHARDSON, Samuel. THE WORKS OF… With a Prefatory Chapter of Biographical Criticism by Leslie Stephen. In Twelve Volumes. London: Henry Sotheran, 1883. 12 vols, 8vo, frontispiece. Three-quarter calf, red cloth boards, gilt lettering and ornamentation, teg, raised bands, mod. rubbing, front hinge starting to one vol, front joint cracked to another, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ First Edition, first printing of this handsomely bound edition limited to 750 sets, of which this is no. 511. Before his success as a novelist, Richardson was the master printer of Salisbury Court, meeting the conditions of the eighteenth century book trade, and finding the way to prosperity and an established social postition from which he

could observe the most vital social problems of his age.

 

RITSON, Joseph. MEMOIRS OF THE CELTS OR GAULS. London: for Payne & Foss, 1827. 8vo, xiv, 369, (1, ad)pp. Black cloth, corners bumped, mild foxing, very good. $200. ¶ First Edition of this great posthumous work of the British antiquary. The editors made several revisions of the manuscript before printing the work, and thus Ritson’s famous criticisms of Pinkerton have been softened in this volume. The work, which includes much linguistic investigation, concludes with a Bibliotheca Celtica of 208 items. Bronson p.783.

 

ROE, Edward P. WITHOUT A HOME. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1881). 8vo, 560pp. Original green cloth, gilt lettered with white ruled border, white decoration on spine. Light wear at extremities, green cloth and white lettering have faded, otherwise near fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, later printing, of the first American novel to feature opium use. Now largely, if not entirely forgotten, Edward Payson Roe was a best-selling author who wrote eighteen novels during his career, the present volume being his tenth. A clergyman before turning to writing, his novels were characterized by social/moral purpose and largely based upon real incidents of topical interest drawn from observation or newspapers then spiced to public taste with romance and pious sentiment. Of note is that while containing chapters specific to the use of opium ("An Opium-Maniac’s Christmas") by the father of the main character, the author’s scorn is directed at the "barbarous practice of compelling women, often but growing girls, to stand from morning until evening..." referring to working shopgirls. Wright, III, 4623.

 

(ROGERS, Samuel). CLAYDEN, Peter William. THE EARLY LIFE OF SAMUEL ROGERS [with] ROGERS AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES. [Extra Illustrated, with the Insertion of 164 plates, many hand-colored, and with 8 ALSs]. London: Smith, Elder, 1887-1889. 2 vols extended to 4, 8vo. Full crush green levant morocco, gilt lettered, raised bands, elaborate gilt decoration to compartments, French fillets, gilt-ruled edges, inside dentelles, aeg, ex-library, small bookplates, near fine. $1250. ¶ First Editions, extra-illustrated volumes with illustrations and autographs bearing on the life of Rogers (1763-1855). In addition to the signed autographs letters (Horace Twiss, 2pp; Lord Brougham 1p. to F. Jeffrey, editor of the Edinburgh Review; Wm. Huskisson, 2pp; Lord Clare, 1p; Lady Morgan, 1p; Wm. Elstobe, 4p; Fredrick Reynolds (dramatist), 1p), there are many fine engraved portraits of Rogers’ contemporaries (several colored), engraved views of locales associated with Rogers, etc. A choice collection, superbly bound by Morrell, from the library of Dana C. Bradford, esteemed collector of extra-illustrated books, with Bradford’s embossed stamps.

 

ROSSETTI, Christina Georgina. SPEAKING LIKENESSES With Pictures thereof by Arhtur Hughes. London: Macmillan, 1874. Sm. 8vo, viii, 96pp with frontispiece, title-page vignette, 11 wood-engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes, plus illus. in the text. Original blue cloth, upper cover decorated in gilt, gilt edges, cloth a little soiled and a thin dark vertical streak on lower cover. $350. ¶ First Edition (second issue binding with unillustrated cover) of a small masterpiece of literature and illustration and one of the most intriguing of children’s illustrated books. "It was only when he [Hughes] turned to the books of George MacDonald and Christina Rossetti, where children and the fancies of children were the offered subject, that he formed the unique style which has assured him of a succession of ardent admirers" (Ray, Illustrator and Book in England, p.109 & #181. "Hughes maintained so high a level of quality in his illustrations [to Speaking Likenesses] that it is impossible to omit this…" Muir, Victorian Illustrated Books, p.146 noting this title as among Hughes’ best work. Osborne I, p.386: "Both the plot and the illustrations, which are engraved on wood by the brothers Dalziel, bear a strong resemblance to Alice in Wonderland." Colbeck 15. Fredeman 44.7, 93.40. Reid 92, 281.

 

ROSSETTI, William Michael. SWINBURNE’S POEMS AND BALLADS. London: John Camden Hotten, 1866 Sm. 8vo, 80pp. Full red moroco, spine gilt, raised bands, gilt dentelles, by Taffin. $350. ¶ First Edition of Rossetti’s first book and the first book on Swinburne, provoked by the withdrawl by Moxon of Poems and Ballads after the outraged criticism it provoked. Hotten, Swinburne’s new publisher, put up the present volume uniform in style with the original editions of Swinburne’s earlier books. Fredeman 62.13.

 

[RUMI, Jalalu‘ddin]. SELECTED POEMS FROM THE DIVANI SHAMSI TABRIZ. Edited and Translated With an Introduction and Notes, and Appendices by Reynold A. Nicholson. Cambridge: At the University Press, 1898. 8vo, lv, 367pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, very mild wear, mild foxing to top eges, endpapers lightly browned, very good. $200. ¶ First Edition in English of the classic Sufi anthology of verse, here rendered in prose to reconcile the claims of accuracy and art.

 

RUSKIN, John. PROSERPINA. Studies of Wayward Flowers. While the Air Was Yet Pure Among the Alps, and In The Scotland and England Which My Father Knew. Sunnyside, Oppington, Kent: George Allen, 1879-86. 2 vols, 8vo, iv, 287, frontispiece, 8 plates, 204pp, frontispiece, 15 plates, engravings by George Allen after drawings by Ruskin. Later full maroon morocco, gilt lettered, black stamped ruled borders, raised bands, inside double-fillets within black ruled borders, original wrappers preserved, some rubbing to bands, spine extremities, one scratch, otherwise a tight, clean set in unusually near fine condition. $600. ¶ First Edition. Ruskin (1819-1900), known primarily as an art and architecture critic, was also a student of economics, advocate of national education and labor, and social reformer who believed, in contrast to his peers in 19th century Britain, that wealth was not the only thing worth having. Additionally a natural historian of no little consequence, the present volumes represent his attempt to demystify the science of botany and bring its pleasures to the lay reader. Wise & Smart, Bibliography of Ruskin 208.

 

RUSKIN, John. THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER or The Black Brothers. A Legend of Stiria. Illustrated by Richard Doyle. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1889. Sm 4to, 68, (4)pp as adv., 2-page frontispiece 20 b&w wood engravings by various engravers on designs and drawings by Doyle. Red cloth, gilt lettered and decorated, mild-light wear to extremities, light soiling, some small stains, bookseller’s label, front hinge hints at starting, otherwise gilt-bright, very good. $75. ¶ From Lee and Shepard’s Little Jacket Series of children’s books. Famed art critic Ruskin wrote the story in 1841 for private amusement as a gift for his first wife. As the very first fantasy-fairy story expressly written for children, its progeny include the George MacDonald tales, among others. The present edition is a later printing of the American first, originally issued in 1860 and delightfully illustrated by Doyle.

 

SAND, Georges. THE MARQUIS DE VILLEMER. Translated from the French by Ralph Keeler. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1871. 8vo, 130pp, double-columns. Publisher’s original purple cloth, goldstamped lettering and ornamentation, blindstamped ruled borders, some sunning, wear to extremities, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First American Edition of the first English translation.

 

(SAPPHO). (Beardsley). WHARTON, Henry Thornton. SAPPHO. Memoir, Text, Selected Renderings, and a Literal Translation by ... London: John Lane, 1895. 12mo, xx, 217, 16pp, frontispiece with tissue guard, 2 engravings. Blue illus. cloth, gilt dec. spine and front cover, gilt ruled borders, untrimmed, teg, owner’s signature, very good. $75. ¶ Third edition with a new Preface by Wharton, the first in this format with gilt cover design by Beardsley. Wharton is considered responsible for introducing the classical Greek authoress to modern English readers. "Includes versions by Merivale, Palgrave, Symonds; commended" (Parks & Temple, The Greek and Latin Literatures p.110). Lasner 87.

 

[SAUNDERS, Frederick]. SALAD FOR THE SOLITARY AND THE SOCIAL: by an Epicure. Redressed and Compounded with Sundry Additional Esculents, Succulents, and Condiments. Illustrated with Fifty-Two Original Designs by Eminent American Artists. Engraved by Bobbett and Matthews. New York: De Witt C. Lent, 1872. 8vo, 526pp, (1 as adv.)pp, engraved frontispiece, extra engraved t-p, 50 engravings. Later half green morocco over green cloth, gilt lettering, raised bands, gilt orn. compartments, teg, by Root. Light rubbing to extremities, otherwise nearly fine. $100. ¶ Saunders’(1807-1902) classic collection of light essays on various and sundry topics including Curious and Costly Books; the Mysteries of Medicine; A Puff at Parting, regarding the pleasures of smoking tobacco; Sleep; Matrimony, etc., here beautifully bound by Root and Son. Originally issued in 1853.

 

(Savoy Hotel). HOMES OF THE PASSING SNOW. Sketches Written by Beatty Kingston, Robert Hitchens, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Colonel Newnham Davis, Mrs. Humphry (Madge of "Truth"), John Hollingshead, Horace Townsend, and others. Drawings and Illustrations by J. McNeill Whistler, Joseph Pennell, Dudley Hardy and others. London: Savoy Press, 1900. 8vo, 104, (20 memoranda)pp, misc. color lithos and b&w text illus., color litho plates. Color illus. boards, some soiling rubbing, sm. losses at spine head and tail, otherwise tight, clean, a good copy. $100. ¶ First Edition. Beautifully produced little volume published, apparently, to promote the Savoy Hotel and Restuarant. Scarce.

 

SCARRON, Paul. THE COMICAL ROMANCE, and other Tales. Done into English by Paul Brown of Shifnal, John Savage, and others. With an Introduction by J.J. Jusserand. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1892. 2 vols, 8vo, lix, 340; (7), 329pp, frontispiece & 14 plates in vol. I, & a frontis. to vol. II. Orig. two-tone green cloth, gilt tops, very good set. $50. ¶ Limited to 1000 sets illustrated after the designs by Oudry and very handsomely printed by Richard Clay with titles in two colors.

 

SCOTT, Sir Walter. LETTERS ON DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT, Addressed to J.G. Lockhart, Esq. London: John Murray, 1830. 12mo, ix, 402pp, engraved frontispiece + 36 engraved plates by Cruikshank. Full red morocco by Wood, gilt titles, t.e.g. $1000. ¶ First Edition, extra-illustrated. Cohn notes that Cruikshank’s suite of "Twelve Sketches" was originally issued in plain and india proof states; this copy contains threes states of the 12 plates: viz., one on india paper, one on thick paper, and one hand-colored. Cohn 731 & 188. Toole Stott 873.

 

SCOTT, Sir Walter. WAVERLY NOVELS. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1871. 18 vols, 8vo. Half calf, red morocco gilt labels, gilt tooled backs, marbled boards, all edges marbled. Very good set. $450.

 

[SCOTT, Walter]. WOODSTOCK; Or, The Cavalier. A Tale of the Year Sixteen Hundred and Fifty-One. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable, 1826. 3 vols, 8vo, xvi, 315; (4) 332; (4), 370pp. Orig. worn paper boards, top board of vol. 1 detached, vol. 3 lacking backstrip, printed paper labels on spines of first two vols, uncut, some slight stains and foxing. Preserved in a green morocco backed cloth case. Internally very good. $250. ¶ First Edition, written when misfortunes were heaping themselves upon the author: "…Scott’s wife had just died; his ‘darling grandson’ John Hugh Lockhart lay dying, and he was burdened with debt, yet he stuck to his work and wrote Woodstock in three months" -Van Antwerp p.139. NCBEL 674. Worthington 18.

 

[SCUDDER, Horace E.]. DREAM CHILDREN. By the Author of "Seven Little People anf Their Friends." Cambridge: Sever and Francis, 1864. 8vo, xii, 241, (1), 4 as adv.pp, 4 engraved plates, t-p vignettedec. inits. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, gilt vignette, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition. Boston author and editor Scudder (1838-1902) initially published his children’s books anonymously. He wrote a series of travel books for children as well as biographies of Bayard Taylor, Noah Webster, and James Russell Lowell.

 

SEAMAN, Owen. THE BATTLE OF THE BAYS. London: John Lane/Bodley Head, 1896. Small 8vo, 86, (12, ads)pp, cloth, gold stamped, clean, fine. $25.

 

(Shakespeare). AYSCOUGH, Samuel. AN INDEX to the REMARKABLE PASSAGES AND WORDS Made Use of by SHAKSPEARE; Calculated to Point out the Different Meanings to Which the Words are Applied. London: Printed for Thomas Tegg, et al., 1827. Thick 8vo, unpaginated. Later quarter cloth over contempoary marbled boards, corners worn, bookplate, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ Second edition, revised & enlarged. This exhaustive index of virtually all passages from Shakespeare was compiled by Rev. Ayscough (1745-1804), an assistant librarian of the British Museum who earned the reputation as the "Prince of Indexers." It was originally issued with Stockdale’s 1790 two volume octavo edition of Shakespeare’s plays. 

 

(Shakespeare). HALLIWELL-PHILLIPPS, J. O. OUTLINES OF THE LIFE OF SHAKESPEARE. London: Longmans, Green, 1898. 2 vols, tall 8vo, 416, 432pp, illus. throughout with b&w wood blocks. Green cloth, gilt lettered, ruled borders blocked in blind, light wear to extemities, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ Tenth Edition, enlarged. Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-1889) devoted much of his life to the study of Shakespeare, in 1848 writing what is still considered the definitive biography of the bard, and in 1881 producing the privately issued first edition of the volume under notice, continually working on it until his death, whereupon he willed his collection of Shakespeare wood blocks and electros of wood blocks to The Shakespeare Society. These are contained within this, the final state of the work. This edition not in NUC.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, A Tragedy. London: J. Tonson..., 1734. 12mo, 95, (1)pp, engraved frontispiece by Foudrinier. Wrappers. Very good. $200. ¶ With an interesting Advertisement against R. Walker’s piratical editions of Shakespeare’s Plays by W. Chetwood, Prompter at the Theatre Royal. Jaggard p.283. Lowndes p.2274.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. CORIOLANUS; Or, the Roman Matron, a Tragedy; By W. Shakspeare. With Prefatory Remarks. London: For the Proprietors by W. Simpkin, and R. Marshall, 1820. 12mo, (2), iii, (3), 62pp, engraved frontis. of Kean. Wrappers. Very good. $200. ¶ "The only edition existing which is faithfully marked with the stage business, and stage directions, as it is performed at the Theatres Royal. By. W. Oxberry, Comedian." Lowndes pp.2275. Jaggard p.298.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. OTHELLO, The Moor of Venice; a Tragedy, As it hath been Divers times Acted at the Globe, and at the Black-Friers: And now at the Theatere Royal, by Her Majesties Servants. Written by W. Shakespear. London: Printed for R. Wellington, 1705. 4to, (4), 75, (1)pp. Early 20th cent. half calf, marbled boards, red morocco label. Ex libris of Walter Brindley Slater. Old signature of a John Chambers on title, title stained, light staining and edge wear throughout. Very good. $3250. ¶ Seventh edition; with the leaf of ads & Dramatis Personae. Barlett & Pollard, Census, pp.78-79. Jaggard p.422. Lowndes pp.2291.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING LEAR. London: J. Tonson..., 1734. 12mo, 91, (1 ad), engraved frontis. by Lud. du Guernier. Wrappers. Very good. $200. ¶ Jaggard p.363. Lowndes pp.2285.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THOMAS LORD CROMWELL. A Tragedy. By Shakespeare. London: Printed by R. Walker, 1734. 12mo, 48pp incl. engraved frontispiece. Modern boards with morocco label. Very good. $125. ¶ One of the seven "Doubtful Plays" of Shakespeare that were first added to the third folio in 1664.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE. London: Mackenzie, (1882). 3 vols, folio, elaborate full leather publisher’s bindings. Very good set. $1500. ¶ The much acclaimed "National Shakespeare" surpasses expectations as a magnificent work of art. It is a reprint of the 1623 Folio and is illustrated by the Victorian painter and illustrator Sir J. Noël Paton. In the Preface, Mackenzie states: "The text will be a scrupulously accurate reproduction of the original, including all those peculiarities of paging, spelling, and punctuation to which so much interest is now attached. It will be printed in a special antique type, such as was actually employed in the First Folio, upon hand-made paper, with rough edges, specially manufactured for this work, to maintain the antique character of the edition." The gravure illustrations are bright and clear; most bear a sepia tone quality and all are printed on heavy art stock, hand-made for this edition. Jaggard 551.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE TRADGEDY OF MACBETH. To Which are added, All the Original Songs. Never Printed in any of the former Editions. London: J. Tonson..., 1734. 12mo, 68, (4)pp, engraved frontis. Wrappers. Very good. $300. ¶ Apparently the first edition with the songs. The earliest thus noted by Lowndes is 1750. Not in Jaggard.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE TRAGEDY OF ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. [London: H. Herringman, E. Brewster, & R. Bentley, 1685]. Folio, pp.138-164, extracted from the fourth folio. Half red morocco, marbled boards, gilt title. Well-bound copy with full margins. $850.

 

SHEARER, Flora McDonald. THE LEGEND OF AULUS. San Francisco: William Doxey, 1896. Sm 8vo, 94pp. Green buckram, gilt, covers spotted, internally very good. $25. ¶ First Edition, the title designed by Gelettt Burgess, and the book printed at the Murdock Press. Hinkel p.280.

 

SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. A PROPOSAL FOR PUTTING REFORM TO THE VOTE Throughout the Kingdom. By the Hermit of Marlow… Facsimile of Holograph Manuscript with Introduction by H. Buxton Forman. London: Shelley Society, 1887. 4to, xiv, 38, (50)pp, boards, frontispiece. Very good. $50. ¶ 500 copies.

 

SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe THE POETICAL WORKS. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1855. 12mo, with 8 pages of Little Brown Ads in Vol. I and oval frontis portrait of Shelley. Original blue-green cloth, paper labels. Very good. $

 

SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. THE POETICAL WORKS, Edited by Mrs. Shelley with a Memoir. Boston: Little, Brown, 1896. 3 vols, 12mo, 8pp of publisher’s ads in vol. I & frontis. portrait of Shelley. Orig. blue-green cloth, paper labels. Fine. $200. ¶ The anonymous memoir of Shelley at pp.xvii-xli is by James Russell Lowell and is first printed here. Interestingly, in the first edition edited Sir Timothy Shelley insisted that there be no memoir included. BAL 13084.

 

(Shelley, Percy Bysshe). MIDDLETON, Charles S. SHELLEY AND HIS WRITINGS. London: Newby, 1858. 2 vols., sm. 8vo, xv, 325; x, 358, (8 ads)pp. Half calf, a little rubbed but sound, apparently lacking a facsimile of Shelley’s handwriting. Bookplate. $125. ¶ First Edition, scarce.

 

(Shelley). SALT, Henry. SHELLEY’S PRINCIPLES. Has Time Refuted or Confirmed them? A Retrospect and Forecast. London: Reeves, [ca. 1890]. 8vo, viii, 82, (2, ads)pp. Orig. claret cloth, printed paper label, very good. $45. ¶ First Edition, large-paper copy.

 

[SHERWOOD, Mary Martha]. MARY ANNE. By the Author of "Little Henry and His Bearer," &c. &c. London: Religious Tract Society, [n. d., ca. 1820]. 16mo, 36, (4) as adv. pp, frontispiece, 7 engravings. Leather backed stiffcard, title label, upper wrapper detached, otherwise good+. $100. ¶ Early, if not first edition. Raised with strict religious discipline, the prolific and very popular evangelical author Sherwood (1775-1851) was responsible for the first book especially written to inculate religious principles in the poor. Her Little Henry and His Bearer, originally issued anonymously as were many of her early works including the present volume, is said to have equaled Uncle Tom’s Cabin in popularity; it was translated into many languages, including Hindustani and Cingalese. This title, one of 95 stories and tracts by the author meant primarily for young people, is not found amongst Allibone’s 77-title bibliography of Sherwood’s works, nor in the NUC. Scarce.

 

SHIPMAN, Louis Evan. D’ARCY OF THE GUARDS, Or The Fortunes of War. Chicago: Herbert S. Stone, 1899. 12mo, 338pp. Orig. grey cloth, blue & green decoration, very good. $25. ¶ First Edition.

 

[SHORTHOUSE, Joseph Henry] JOHN INGLESANT. A Romance. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1880. 8vo, 577pp. Orig. vellum lettered in red on upper cover and backstrip, backstrip soiled, otherwise a very good copy, unfoxed and clean internally, with the upper hinge weak but sound and the lower hinge quite sound. Enclosed in a buckram folding box. $1000. ¶ First Edition, limited to 100 copies privately printed. Presentation copy, inscribed: "Mr. and Mrs. Beddard Park Row Nottingham with kind regards from the author." Also loosely inserted is a 2pp ALS from Shorthouse to Canning inviting him to breakfast with a Mr. Morse "… Of course we shall not need a chaplain so the invitation is quite disinterested…" The romantic publishing history of this novel is famous; rejected by several publishers, Shorthouse had the book printed privately and gave copies to friends and interested parties. Arthur Johnson of All Soul’s, a recipient, lent his copy to Mrs. Humphry Ward (author of Robert Elsmere, itself a renowned religious novel) who was so moved by the tale that she took it to Scotland to show to Alexander Macmillan. He was impressed enough to declare it a work of genius and printed it in 1881 in two volumes; it became a runaway best-seller and one of the most popular books of the century, 80,000 copies being quickly sold. The text is set in the 17th century and concerns events at Little Gidding, a manor in Huntingdonshire where Nicholas Ferrar established an Anglican religious community that was persecuted and dispersed by Cromwell. It is the subject of one of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. The Little Gidding Story Books by Mary Collett, one of the community, were discovered in manuscript and partly printed in 1899. Shorthouse, a shy businessman, studied the period in depth for 20 years before writing the novel, which also has scenes in Italy and a dramatic conclusion. Wolff notes that copies he saw were all dirty with hinges that buckle, warp and split. This copy is thus unusually good despite the soiled backstrip. Wolff 6300. Sadleir 3054.

 

[SHORTHOUSE, Joseph Henry]. JOHN INGLESANT. A Romance. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1880. 2 vols, 8vo, half red morocco, gilt. Very good copy with the half-titles. $250. ¶ First Trade Edition, preceded by a privately printed edition of 100 copies. The romantic publishing history of this novel is famous; rejected by several publishers, Shorthouse had the book printed privately and gave copies to friends and interested parties. Arthur Johnson of All Souls’, a recipient, lent his copy to Mrs. Humphry Ward (author of Robert Elsmere, itself a renowned religious novel) who was so moved by the tale that she took it to Scotland to show to Alexander Macmillan. He was impressed enough to declare it a work of genius and printed it in 1881 in two volumes; it became a runaway best-seller and one of the most popular books of the century, 80,000 copies being quickly sold. The text is set in the 17th century and concerns events at Little Gidding, a manor in Huntingdonshire where Nicholas Ferrar established an Anglican religious community that was persecuted and dispersed by Cromwell. It is the subject of one of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, and the Little Gidding Story Books by Mary Collett, one of the community, were discovered in manuscript and partly printed in 1899. Shorthouse, a shy businessman, studied the period in depth for 20 years before writing the novel, which also has scenes in Italy and a dramatic conclusion. Wolff 6300. Sadleir 3054.

 

SIGOURNEY, Mrs. L[ydia], H[oward]. POCAHONTAS, And Other Poems. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841. 12mo in 6’s, (2 as adv.), xii, 281, (2), 20 as publisher’s catalogue pp, frontispiece, engraved t-p. Publisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettered spine, blindstamped ruled borders and decoration to boards, some foxing, wear, otherwise a nice, tight, good copy. $150. ¶ First Edition. Though winning no critical acclaim, the sixty-seven books written by this resident of Connecticut during her fifty year career were extremely popular and earned Sigourney an excellent income. She "was loved and honored as ‘the most famous female bard of her country’" (Kunitz), her success due largely to her work’s unimpeachable morality and elegant sentiment. BAL 17758.

 

SILL, Edward Rowland. THE HERMITAGE AND OTHER POEMS. San Francisco: Bancroft, 1868 8vo, 151, (1)pp. Gilt burgundy cloth, teg, spine ends worn, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First Edition of Still’s first book and the only book published during his lifetime. Still (1841-1887) taught in Cuyahoga Falls after a successful career teaching English at the Univ. of California. Copies also appear with a New York, Leypoldt & Holt imprint. BAL 17999, Issue B (no sequence). Cowan p.213.

 

SMITH, Rev. J. Hyatt. HARAN, THE HERMIT; or The Wonderful Lamp. Buffalo: Breed, Butler/NY: Phinney, Blakeman & Mason, 1860. 12mo, (2 blank), 116, (2 ads)pp with small woodcut illustrations at the ends of chapters. Crimson cloth, spine gilt, stamped gilt on front cover & blind on rear with an oil lamp device. Pencil inscription on front blank. A very good copy. $75. ¶ Only Edition of an allegorical fantasy. The advertisement leaf announces another Smith volume, The Vision of All Soul’s Hospital, "will be published in the fall of 1860." Wright 2262 records only an 1863 edition of that title published in New York by Scribners, with Breed, Butler as a secondary publisher, and without noting that it is not the first. Not in Wright, who records nothing by Smith (1824-1886) earlier than 1863.

 

[SMITH, Sarah]. Hesba Stretton. THE CHILDREN OF CLOVERLEY. London: Religious Tract Society, [n.d., ca. 1885]. 8vo, 157, (30) as publisher’s advert., frontispiece, 4 engravings by J. W. Whymper. Blue cloth, gilt and black lettered, illustrated and ornamented, mild wear at extremities, edges lightly foxed, overall near fine. $125. ¶ First Edition of a rare, unrecorded volume by the celebrated authoress of over fifty books for children, including Jessica’s First Prayer (1867), which sold over a million and a half copies and was translated into every European, and most African and Asian languages. A friend of Dickens, Smith (1832-1911), an Evangelical oft described as a Sunday school writer, was a founder of the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; many of her books are of the popular 19th century Street Arab genre which dealt with child poverty, exploitation and destitution, and she was considered its most gifted writer. The illustrator, J.W. Whymper (1813- 1903), was one of the most successful engravers in London. The design, printing, and binding are exquisite. Not in the basic reference works and not in NUC or BMC.

 

[STERNE, Laurence]. A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY.

By Mr. Yorick. London: T. Becket and P.A. DeHondt, 1768. 2 vols, xx, 203; (4), 208pp. Contemporary speckled calf, boards doubled-ruled in gilt, gilt red morocco labels, board edges gilt, vol. II expertly rehinged, a very good & bright set in a cloth clamshell box. $1875. ¶ First Edition, a very handsome set with the half-titles. As in the Rothschild set, volume I has "vous" on pp.150, l.12 and volume II has "who have" on p.133, last line. Ashley V, p.206. Cross p. 603. Rothschild 1971. Grolier, English 100, no.54.

 

STEVENS, Henry. CATALOGUE OF MY ENGLISH LIBRARY, Collected and Described by… London: Printed by C. Whittingham, 1853. 12mo, xi, 107pp. Orig. brown cloth, gilt, light wear to spine, a blank flyleaf missing, but not an unatrractive copy. $175. ¶ First Edition, describing 5751 titles, "printed for private distribution among friends and correspondents in America… to assist in the selection of an American Gentleman’s private library."

 

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES. Illustrated by Charles Robinson. New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1895. 8vo, xiv, 136, (1)pp, frontispiece, profusely illustrated throughout. Brick red cloth, gilt lettered and illus. spine, gilt illus. boards, teg, partially unopened, dulled gilt to sunned spine, mild sunning to board borders, a bit of dappling to front board not affecting illus., small smudge to p. 61, first few leaves roughly opened, overall a very good copy. $225. ¶ First Illustrated Edition?. Prideaux notes the first British edition dated 1896, the present volume dated 1895 but does not state ascendency. Copyright notices appearing under the full-page illustrations, however, are in Scribner’s name, not London publisher John Lane, and are dated 1895. Prideaux p. 95.

 

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY. Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa. London: Cassell, 1892. 8vo, viii, 322, (2, blank), (16, ads)pp, including frontispiece map. Orig. green cloth., top- & fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Slightest rubbing to spine, signature to front free endpaper, otherwise fine. $125. ¶ First Edition, ads dated "5 G. 5.92" and "5 B 5.92. After booking a lucrative contract with Charles Scribner in 1887, Stevenson, plagued with ill-health, set out for the South Seas and settled in Samoa, an island in which he took a great interest. Soon after publishing this work, he died from a rupture of a blood-vessel and was buried on the island. McKay, 566 (of which this copy is a slight variant, without the fore-edges rough-trimmed). Prideaux 35.

 

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. ISLAND NIGHTS’ ENTERTAINMENT consisting of The Beach of Falesá. The Bottle Imp. The Isle of Voices. With Illustrations by Gordon Browne and W. Hatherell. London: Cassell, 1893. 8vo, x, 277, (16 ads)pp. With a map and 27 plates. Orig. cloth decorated in gilt, a little worn, portrait of the author pasted to the front, ink signature. Very good. $150. ¶ First Issue, with the price at the front corrected in ink and the ads dated 3.93. A short novel and two short stories, including the marvellous "Bottle Imp," (Samoans believed RLS possessed just such a magical bottle). Beinecke 576. Prideaux 38. Sterling 826. Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction, 1534.

 

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE. New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1887. 8vo, (8), 138pp. Red cloth, gilt lettered, teg, blank label to ffe, very mild wear to spine extremities, mild soiling, a little mild dappling to rear board, otherwise a bright, near fine copy.. $250. ¶ Authorized First American Edition, early printing. A classic of world literature and one of a small elite that defined a subject by its title for common usage. Printed many years before any clinical definition of schizophrenia, Stevenson described that state in a manner that chills the blood to this day.

 

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. WEIR OF HERMISTON, An Unfinished Romance. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1896. 8vo, (6), 266pp. Orig. green cloth (designed by Margaret Armstrong). Very good. $75. ¶ First American Edition of Stevenson’s last novel, written during his stay at Vailima in Samoa. Weir was printed for and copyrighted by Stone & Kimball, but transferred to Scribner before publication. See Kramer no.24 & pp.62, 82-4. "Though but a fragment, Weir of Hermiston affords sufficient evidence to show that it would have been its author’s greatest work" (Prideaux p.97). Beinecke 629. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen Nineties, 628.

 

STEVENSON, Robert Louis & Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson. THE DYNAMITER. More New Arabian Nights. London: Longmans, Green, 1885. 12mo, vi, (2), 207pp. Three-quarter red morocco, raised-bands, lettered in gilt, t.e.g., by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A fine copy preserving the orig. front printed wrapper. $175. ¶ First Edition. Except for Zero’s tale of the explosive bomb, largely the work of Fanny Stevenson.

 

STODDARD, J. C. THE COMING GLORY: A Sermon In Rhyme, Descriptive of the Marshalling of the Heavenly Hosts Preparatory to Coming to the Earth; the Descent From Heaven; Resurrection of the Dead; All Things Made New; Exultation of the Entire Creation; and Rapture of the Saints. With Miscellaneous Poems, and Instrumental Compositions. Springfield: By the Author, 1883. 8vo, 20 as Supplement, 114pp, frontispiece. Publisher’s original mustard cloth, gilt lettered, blindstamped decorative borders, beveled edges, aeg, soiling, otherwise very good. $85. ¶ First Edition, later printing, a presentation copy, inscribed by the author. Supplemental material found prior to title-page dated 1888. Stoddard "was something of a poet, lived in constant expectation of the end of the world according to the ingenious calculations of the ‘timists,’ and possessed considerable mechanical skill and ingenuity" (DAB). He was the inventor of the steam calliope, in 1855 establishing the American Steam Music Company which manufactured calliopes for use on steamboats, locomotives, and circuses. By the time of the present volume’s publication however, he had long been ousted from the company he created secondary to an utter lack of business acumen.

 

STOTHARD, Thomas SHAKESPEARE’S SEVEN AGES OF MAN ILLUSTRATED. London: W. Bromley [printed by C. Whittingham], 1799. Folio, ii, 14pp. text. 7 full-page engraved plates. Half calf, leather label on front cover, gilt, a.e.g. A fine copy. $500. ¶ First Edition. Thomas Stothard, R.A. (1755-1834), English book illustrator & painter, drew designs for almost the whole range of English literature, notably Shakespeare, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, & Milton. He was one of the early illustrators of Scott & Byron and his friend William Blake engraved many of his designs. Stothard was also friends with Flaxman, whose neo-classical influuence can be seen in some of his work. mWhile not highly regarded as a painter in his lifetime, Stothard achieved a position second to none as a book illustrator. Through a study of nature & the older artists he achieved a superb style of his own, excelling in pathos & the rendering of womanly grace. This title is not mentioned in the list of Stothard’s works books in Hammelmann, "Book Illustrators in Eighteenth Century England." Jaggard p.287.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. BETTY’S BRIGHT IDEA. Also, Deacon Pitkin’s Farm and The First Christmas of New England. With Illustrations. New York: J. B. Ford, 1876. 8vo, 121pp, frontispiece, 1 plate, text illus. Terra cotta cloth, gilt stamped lettering, black stamped ornamentation, vertical gilt scroll, beveled edges, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition, second state, binding B. Scarce. BAL 19484.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. DRED; A TALE OF THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP. In Two Volumes. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1856. 2 vols, 12mo, vi, [7]-329, (1), (6)pp as adv., v, [5]-370pp. Original publisher’s brown cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, some wear to spine feet, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ First American Edition, first state (both vols), binding A. BAL 19389. Wright 2391.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. LADY BYRON VINDICATED, A History of The Byron Controversy, From Its Beginning In 1816 to the Present Time. Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1870. 8vo, 6, (2), 1-482pp. Terra cotta cloth, gilt lettered, good. $85. ¶ First Edition, first state with collation as noted in BAL. BAL 19456.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. MEN OF OUR TIMES; Or, Leading Patriots Of The Day. Being Narratives of the Lives and Deeds of Statesmen, Generals, and Orators. Including Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of Lincoln, Grant, Garrison, Sumner, Chase, Wilson, Greeley, Farragut, Andrew, Colfax, Stanton, Douglass, Buckingham, Sherman, Sheridan, Howard, Phillips and Beecher. Beautifully Illustrated With Eighteen Steel Portraits. Hartford: Hartford Publishing, 1868. 8vo, xiv, [11]-575, (3) as adv. pp, frontispiece, 18 steel engravings. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, contemporary and modern owner’s signatures, very good+. $125. ¶ First Edition, 2d state t-p with corrected "Douglass," green C cloth. BAL 19449.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. MEN OF OUR TIMES; Or, Leading Patriots Of The Day. Being Narratives of the Lives and Deeds of Statesmen, Generals, and Orators. Including Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of Lincoln, Grant, Garrison, Sumner, Chase, Wilson, Greeley, Farragut, Andrew, Colfax, Stanton, Douglass, Buckingham, Sherman, Sheridan, Howard, Phillips and Beecher. Beautifully Illustrated With Eighteen Steel Portraits. Hartford: Hartford Publishing, 1868. 8vo, xiv, [11]-575, (3)pp, frontispiece, 18 steel engravings. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, penciled owner’s signature, very good+. $135. ¶ First Edition, 2d state t-p with corrected "Douglass," green C cloth. BAL 19449.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. MEN OF OUR TIMES; Or, Leading Patriots of The Day. Being Narratives of the Lives and Deeds of Statesmen, Generals, and Orators. Including Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of Lincoln, Grant, Garrison, Sumner, Chase, Wilson, Greeley, Farragut, Andrew, Colfax, Stanton, Douglass, Buckingham, Sherman, Sheridan, Howard, Phillips and Beecher. Beautifully Illustrated With Eighteen Steel Portraits. Hartford: Hartford Publishing, 1868. 8vo, xiv, [11]-575, (3)pp, frontispiece, 18 steel engravings. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, wear to spine head and tail, some soiling, slightly loose, good. $40. ¶ First Edition., 2d state t-p with corrected "Douglass," green C cloth. BAL 19449.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. MY WIFE AND I: Or, Harry Henderson’s History. New York: J. B. Ford, 1871. 8vo, viii, 474, (2), (7 ads)pp, frontispiece, 7 plates. Original publisher’s blue RH cloth, gilt lettered spine, black stamped decoration to front board, very good. $100 ¶ First Edition, BAL 19462. Wright 2394.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. OLDTOWN FIRESIDE STORIES. With Illustrations. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1872. 8vo, (8), 199pp, frontispiece, 11 b&w illus. Publisher’s original salmon cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in black, bright, very good. $85. ¶ First American Edition. BAL 19467. Wright 2395.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. OLDTOWN FIRESIDE STORIES. With Illustrations. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1872. 8vo, (8), 199pp frontispiece, 11 b&w illus. Publisher’s original salmon cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in black, bookplate to flyleaf, very good. $85. ¶ First American Edition. BAL 19467. Wright 2395.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. OLDTOWN FOLKS. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1869. 8vo, viii, 608pp. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, bookseller’s stamp, contemporary owner’s signature,offsets to t-p, 2 inlaid newspaper clippings, very good. $100. ¶ First American Edition, printing C (no sequence established). BAL 19452. Wright 2396.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. OLDTOWN FOLKS. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1869. 8vo, viii, 608pp. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, bookseller’s stamp, penciled owner’s signatures dated 1869 & 1908, very good. $100. ¶ First American Edition, printing C (no sequence established). BAL 19452. Wright 2396.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. PINK AND WHITE TYRANNY. A Society Novel. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1871. 8vo, (4) as adv., viii, 331, (8) as publisher’s catalogue. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, small ink stain to front board, slight cock to spine, good. $65. ¶ First American Edition, printing one, with publisher’s catalogue dated Summer 1871. BAL19461. Wright 2398.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. PINK AND WHITE TYRANNY. A Society Novel. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1871. 8vo, (4) as adv., viii, 331, (8) as publisher’s catalogue. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, front hinge starting, good. $45. ¶ First American Edition, printing one, with publisher’s catalogue dated Summer 1871. BAL19461. Wright 2398.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. SUNNY MEMORIES OF FOREIGN LANDS. Illustrated from Designs by Hammatt Billings. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Co., 1854. 2 vols, 12mo, lxvii, (1), 326, vii, [3]-432pp, b&w text illus. throughout. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, wear to spine head, otherwise very good. $300. ¶ First American Edition, variant of binding A (sequence undetermined). Binding identical in all points to that described in BAL yet not in called for black or purple cloth. Unusual. BAL 19375.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. THE MINISTER’S WOOING. New York: Derby and Jackson, 1859. 12mo, (4), 578pp. Contemporary (publisher’s?) half velin, deep purple boards, gilt lettering, teg, light edge wear, very good. $125. ¶ First American Edition, first state, this binding not noted in BAL. A fairly readable work, based in part of the life of her sister. BAL 19407. Wright 2393.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN: A Tale of Life Among The Lowly; Or, Pictures Of Slavery In The United States of America. Embellished With Eight Spirited Engravings. Third Edition. London: Ingram, Cooke, & Co., 1852. 8vo, iv, 355, (9)pp as adv., frontispiece, vignette to t-p, 6 engravings. Original publisher’s cloth, gilt lettering and vignette to spine, blindstamped boards, expertly recased, very good. $4750. ¶ Third British Edition, Inscribed by the Author: "If these pages shall lead those who read them to a firmer trust in God and a deeper sense of His fatherly goodness throughout the days of our earthly pilgrimage I can say with Valient for Truth in the Pilgrim’s Progress - ‘May I give to him that shall suceed me in my pilgrimage and my courage and skill [?] to him that can get it.’ Harriet Beecher Stowe. Hartford Sept 30 1889." An unusual edition, unrecorded by BAL or Wright but in Bullen, A Bibliographic Account of Uncle Tom’s Cabin p.xliii.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; Or, Life Among The Lowly. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., 1852. 2 vols, 8vo, x, (1), 14-312, 3 plates, iv, 5-322pp, 3 plates. Publisher’s original cloth, gilt lettered spine, gilt vignette to front board, blindstamped ornamentation, a.e.g., unusually tight, clean, with only mild fading of cloth and lt. soiling, otherwise nearly fine. $10,000. ¶ First Edition, first printing (following points noted in BAL), a true variant of Binding B (no sequence established) with all edges gilt and spine imprint reading "Jewett & Co," rather then "J.P. Jewett & Co." With the exlibris of American book collector William Lambert Richardson, who donated his books to Harvard College Library (and with their bookplates on the rear pastedowns). Richardson (1842-1932), who graduated Harvard Medical School in 1867 was one of America’s first doctors to specialize in obstetrics, one of the most highly regarded physicians in the country, and a respected philanthropist. BAL19343. Blockson 31. Grolier American One Hundred, 61. PMM 332.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; Or, Life Among The Lowly. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., 1852. 2 vols, 8vo, x, (1), 14-312, 3 plates, iv, 5-322pp, 3 plates. Publisher’s original cloth, gilt lettered spine, gilt vignette to front board, blindstamped ornamentation, neat backsrip repairs, good. $4500. ¶ First Edition, first printing (following points noted in BAL), Binding B (no sequence established). BAL19343. Blockson 31. Grolier American One Hundred, 61. PMM 332. Wright 2401.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; Or, Life Among The Lowly. Boston: John P. Jewett... 1852. 2 vols, 8vo, x, (1), 14-312, 3 plates, iv, 5-322pp, 3 plates. Disbound, stained, fair. $500. ¶ First Edition, first printing (following points noted in BAL). BAL19343. Blockson 31. Grolier American One Hundred, 61. PMM 332.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; Or, Life Among The Lowly. Illustrated by E. W. Kemble. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1892. 2 vols, 8vo, lviii, 309pp, frontispiece, 8 photogravures, 61 text illus.,ix, 382pp, frontispiece, 8 photgravures, 69 text illus. Full brushed rust suede, gilt lettered spine, brown stamped lettering and vignette to front board, green silk endpapers, teg, very fine. $1250. ¶ Large Paper Edition, limited to 250 copies. An exquisite edition, beautifully printed and bound. Edward Windsor Kemble (b.1861), known primarily as a magazine illustrator, "is associated with pen drawings of the Deep South, a similar sort of realism to that of F. Remington" (Houfe p.196). Rare, unrecorded in BAL or Wright.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; Or, Life Among The Lowly. Illustrated Edition. Complete in One Volume. Original Designs by Billings; Engraved by Baker and Smith. Boston: John P. Jewett..., 1853. 4to, 560pp, frontispiece, engraved t-p, head and tailpieces, illus. throughout. Half pebbled calf over brown cloth, gilt lettered, marbled edges, good or better. $1000. ¶ First American Illustrated Edition. Holes from former stab-stitching could indicate this was bound up from parts. BAL 19527.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; Or, Life Among The Lowly. Illustrated Edition. Complete in One Volume. Original Designs by Billings; Engraved by Baker and Smith. Boston - Cleveland: John P. Jewett & Co. - Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1853. 4to, 560pp, frontispiece, engraved t-p, head and tailpieces, text illus. Modern green cloth, gilt lettered, aeg, heavy foxing to first few leaves, otherwise very good. $600. ¶ First American Illustrated Edition. BAL 19527.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. WE AND OUR NEIGHBORS: Or, The Records of an Unfashionable Street. (Sequel to "My Wife and I."). New York: J. B. Ford, (1875). 8vo, v, (1), 480, 10(ads)pp, frontispiece, 7 b&w illus. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, gilt and black blocked lettering and ornamentation, an unusually bright copy, very good $175. ¶ First American Edition, preceeded by the English edition, Issue A, State 1. BAL 19483. Wright 2402.

 

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. WE AND OUR NEIGHBORS: Or, The Records of an Unfashionable Street. (Sequel to "My Wife and I.") A Novel. With Illustrations. New York: J. B. Ford, (1875). 8vo, v, (1), 480, 10(ads)pp, frontispiece, 7 b&w illus. Original publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered, gilt and black blocked lettering and ornamentation, some edge wear, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First American Edition, preceeded by the English edition, Issue A, State 1. BAL 19483. Wright 2402.

 

(STOWE, Harriet Beecher). STOWE, Charles Edward. THE LIFE OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE Compiled From Her Letters and Journals. By Her Son… Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1890. 8vo, xii, 530, (6)pp as adv. of Stowe’s works, frontispiece, 15 plates. Blue cloth, gilt lettered and decorated, teg, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition, 2500 copies printed. BAL 19506.

 

STRANG, William  A BOOK OF GIANTS. Drawn, Engraved, and Written by... The Unicorn Quartos, Number One. London: Unicorn Press, 1898. Sm. 4to, 56pp, (6 ads), 12 plates drawn and engraved in wod by Strang. Orig. pictorial cloth. Very good. $450. ¶ Only edition of Strang’s first published set of woodcuts. Strang (1859-1921) studied at the Slade under the etcher Alphonse Legros and concentrated on etching throughout the eithties. In the nineties he contributed pen and ink drawings for Lucian’s True History with Beardsley and J.B. Clark and with the latter illustrated Baron Muchausen and Sinbad "in a decorative outline style, superficailly influenced by Beardsley: the drawings that Strang contributed were outstanding for their fine draughtsmanship and compositional coherence. His wood engraving for his sinister Book of Giants led to commisssions from C.R. Ashbee... A friend of Ricketts and Shannon as well as of Ashbee, Strang was fully in touch with the ideas and aims of the private press movement" (Peppin & Micklethwait, Book Illustrators of the Twentieth Century).

 

SUE, Eugene. THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS. London: Chapman and Hall, 1845-46. 3 vols, tall 8vo, engraved text illus. throughout. Later 19th century half red levant morocco over red marbled boards, gilt lettering, raised bands, gilt orn. compartments, teg, an occasional spot of foxing, a beautful set, near fine $350. ¶ First Authorized English Edition of Sue’s classic, exuberant and sensational novel of the Parisian underworld, the most popular of his books of French urban low life. Cf. Sadleir 3155.

 

[SWIFT, Jonathan]. A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF GENTEEL AND INGENIOUS CONVERSATION, According to the Most Polite Mode and Method Now Used in Court, and in the Best Companies of England. In Three Dialogues. By Simon Wagstaff. London: B. Motte & C. Bathurst, 1738. 8vo, (1 ad), (2), lxxxvi, (2), 215, (1 ad)pp. Old calf rebacked, gilt label, armorial bookplates of C. DuBois Wagstaff and another, very good. $1250 ¶ First Edition, first issue (with Neptune ornament as headpiece on p.[1], the first page of the introduction). Swift wrote to Pope in 1732 that he had begun collecting material for this work in 1704; it is thus one of his earliest-conceived and longest-maturing works. Teerink 761.

 

SWIFT, Jonathan. THE WORKS OF… Containing Additional Letters, Tracts. and Poems, Not Heretofore Published; With Notes and a Life of the Author by Sir Walter Scott. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable, 1824. 19 vols, 8vo, port. frontispiece. 19th c. full calf, gilt lettering to red morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt dec. compartments, gilt tooled edges, triple fillets, dentelles, marbled edges, near fine. $2450. ¶ Second edition, handsomely bound by Clarke.

 

SWIFT, Jonathan. THE WORKS OF THE REV. JONATHAN SWIFT, D. D. Arranged by Thomas Sheridan with Notes, Historical and Critical. A New Edition, in 24 Volumes; Corrected and Revised by John Nichols. London: J. Johnson, John Nichols and Son, et al., 1803. 24 vols, 12mo, frontispiece to vol 1. Half calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered and decorated spines, light wear, some spines sunned, some hinges starting, a few loose boards, occasional worming, overall a good, internally clean set. $600. ¶ The second Nichols edition. Teerink 130.

 

SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. ATALANTA IN CALYDON. A Tragedy. London: Edward Moxon, 1865. Sm 4to, xii, 111pp. Cream buckram cloth, gilt lettering and ornaments, beveled edges, boards heavily soiled, spine head chipped, bookplate, otherwise internally clean, generally very good. $4500. ¶ First Edition, the Author’s Copy with his bookplate, limited to 100 copies (though subsequent research has proven that there are more), with a Swinburne ALS laid-in (a note to his boookseller), and an ALS from R[ichard]. H[enry]. Stoddard, the American poet, literary critic and editor known as the "Nestor of American literature" (DAB) to Swinburne dated May 25, 1868, asking Swinburne to introduce his friend, the reknowned American landscape-painter Sanford Robinson Gifford, to "his English brethren in art" during Gifford’s creatively productive two year tour of Europe which commenced soon afterward in the same year. With cover design by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Wise 9. Hayward 279. Tinker 2010.

 

SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. ATALANTA IN CALYDON. A Tragedy. London: Chatto & Windus, 1899. 8vo, xvi, 98pp. Contemporary full red calf, gilt lettering to spine, teg, gilt tooled edges, inside gilt corner orn., custom marbled endpapers, owner’s sig., a few rubbed spots, mild sunning to spine, otherwise tight, internally clean, near fine. $100. ¶ A New Edition, bound by Rumpus Ltd.

 

SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. NOTES OF AN ENGLISH REPUBLICAN ON THE MUSCOVITE CRUSADE… London: Chatto & Windus, 1876. 8vo, 24pp. Orig. printed wrappers, light wear. $250. ¶ First Edition of Swinburne’s attack on Carlyle. The author argues that British policy ought to support Turkey as a waning evil, against Russia, "a tyranny which in the fullness of its triumph would threaten the very light and life of liberty and justice, of righteousness and of reason upon earth." With several reference to whips and lashes - one of Swinburne’s peculiar interests. Wise 63.

 

SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. SONGS OF TWO NATIONS. I. A Song of Italy, II. Ode on the Proclamation of the French Republic. III. Diræ. London: Chatto & Windus, 1875. 8vo, viii, 78, (32 ads)pp. Orig. green cloth, gilt. Armorial bookplate of Arthur Flower-Ellis. Very good. $50. ¶ First Edition, one thousand copies printed. Wise 59.

 

SYMONS, Arthur. THE SYMBOLIST MOVEMENT IN LITERATURE. London: William Heinemann, 1899. 8vo, ix, 197, (2)pp. Orig. black cloth, spine ends repaired, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition of one of Arthur Symon’s most important works, discussing Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé, Huysmans, Nerval, et al. Scarce.

 

TABB, John B[anister] POEMS. Boston: Copeland & Day, 1894. 12mo, (2), xi, (1), 172, (2)pp. Quarter linen, boards slightly browned, very good uncut copy. $150. ¶ FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 50 COPIES PRINTED on handmade paper of the first widely known volume by the Nineties poet and priest who began writing when he was in the Confederate Service and was influenced by the Romantic Movement, often also demonstrating a mystical touch. Kraus 15A. Wilson, Familiar Quotations, p.433.

 

TAYLOR, Bayard. HANNAH THURSTON, A Story of American Life. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863. 8vo, 464, 2-ads pp. Original pebble grained green cloth, gilt. Fine copy. $100. ¶ First Edition. Taylor completed this novel while undersecretary to Simon Cameron in Russia. While writing it, Taylor had been instrumental in keeping Russia friendly to the Union. BAL 19684, A binding.

 

TAYLOR, Bayard. HANNAH THURSTON: A Story of American Life. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1864. 8vo, 464, (2, ads)pp. Orig. brown cloth, extremities worn, otherwise very good. $30. ¶ First Edition, later printing, of Taylor’s novel which he completed while undersecretary to Simon Cameron in Russia. While writing this novel, Taylor had been instrumental in keeping Russia friendly to the Union. Cf. note at BAL 19684.

 

TAYLOR, Bayard. THE PICTURE OF SAINT JOHN Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. 8vo, vi, 220pp. Publisher’s original terra cotta cloth, blindstamped ruled borders, gilt lettering and vignette to spine, teg, beveled edges, some wear to spine extremities, corners, otherwise good. $125. ¶ First Edition of Taylor’s epic poem. BAL 19699.

 

TAYLOR, Capt. Philip Meadows. CONFESSIONS OF A THUG. London: Richard Bentley, 1839. 3 vols, 12mo, half calf over marbled boards, extremities lightly worn, bound without publisher’s catalogue in Vol. I, stamp & signature of Thomas Usborne in each vol, overall a good set. $750. ¶ First Edition. A very popular and sensational novel of murder and violence based on Taylor’s experiences as a writer in India where he had made investigations into the Thugs, the murderous religious group based on the worship of Kali, the Hindu goddess of the destruction. Assassination was with them a religous duty and considered a holy and honorable profession. The Confessions are genuine, being those of a Thug who confessed to over 700 murders; the novel became a sensation in England and Taylor’s work helped usher in the theme of British life in India for Victorian novels. Taylor published his remarkable autobiography, The Story of My Life, in 1877. Carter & Sadleir V1. Sadleir 3178. Wolff 6674.

 

TAYLOR, Charlotte Watson, Lady. MEMORIES AND MUSINGS. London: privately printed at the Elzevir Press, 1875. Small 4to, orig. pastel-brown cloth slightly rubbed, gilt edges, bevelled edges. $45. ¶ First Edition. This book of verse is a good example of late-nineteenth century vanity publishing. Not in the BM cat. or Dobell.

 

TENNYSON, Alfred. HAROLD. A Drama. London: Henry S. King, 1877. 8vo, (8), 161, (4), 30 as publ. catalogue pp. Publisher’s original green cloth gilt lettered, blindstamped ruled borders, gift inscription, a clean, tight, very good copy. $75. ¶ First Edition, first issue, with publisher’s catalogue dated December, 1876. The gift inscription is dated Dec. 29, 1876.

 

TENNYSON, Alfred. THE HOLY GRAIL And Other Poems. London: Strahan, 1870. 8vo, 222, (2 as adv.)pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettering and vignette to spine, blindstamped decorative borders, very good. $85. ¶ First Edition. Shepherd p.44.

 

TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. MAUD, and other Poems. London: Moxon, 1855. 8vo, (8), 154pp + 8pp ads at the front dated August 1855, & leaf of ads at end. Orig. green cloth, stamped in blind. Light wear, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition of one of Tennyson’s most famous books, including the first printing of "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Hayward 248.

 

TENNYSON, Alfred [Lord]. POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL. London: Effingham Wilson, 1830. 12mo, (2), 154, (1 errata)pp. Full red morocco, gilt tooled back, dentelles, a.e.g. by Riviere. Fine copy with the errata, but without the ads (a half-title was not printed). Armorial bookplate of Herbert Carleton Wright, and bookplate and stamp on title of Canadian book collector, author, and Harvard curator, William Inglis Morse. Fine copy. $1750. ¶ First Edition, one of 600 copies printed, of Tennyson’s first separate book, preceded only by Poems by Two Brothers, 1827, and by the Cambridge prize poem Timbuctoo, 1829. Tennyson and Arthur Henry Hallam had intentended to make this a joint volume, not unlike Coleridge and Wordsworth’s, but Hallam’s father prevented his son’s "amatory" verse from appearing. Since Tennyson had selected only his most routine, imitative verse to appear in Poems by Two Brothers, this is the first volume to contain his original, lyrical (to use his own word) poetry. This is an early issue with p.91 incorrectly numbered "19", but with "carcanet" on p.72 properly printed ("These errors must have been discovered and corrected before the printing was far advanced, as examples of the book with the mistakes unrectified are of extreme rarity" (Wise). Colbeck p.836. Wise, Ashley Library VII, p.104. Shepherd pp.6-8.

 

TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. THE DEATH OF OENONE, Akbar’s Dream, and Other Poems. Londo: Macmillan, 1892. 8vo, vi, 111pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, near fine. $75. ¶ First Edition.

 

TENNYSON, Hallam Lord. ALFRED LORD TENNYSON. A Memoir by His Son. London: Macmillan, 1897. 2 vols, 8vo, xxii, 516, frontispiece, 12 plates, 551, frontispiece, 10 plates. Green cloth, gilt lettered, some bumps, rubbing, damp spot, otherwise near very good. $75. ¶ First Edition.

 

(Tennyson). [SHEPHERD, Richard Herne].  THE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TENNYSON. A Bibliographical List of the Published and Priveately-Printed Writings of Alfred(Lord) Tennyson Poet Laureate from 1827 to 1894 Inclusive. With his Contributions to Annuals, Magazines, newspspapers, and other Peirodical Publications and a Scheme for a Final and Definitive Edition of the Poet’s Works. London: Printed for Subscribers only, 1896. 8vo,vii, (1), 88pp. Half-green morocco, marbled boards, preserving the orig. printed blue wrappers. Very good copy with the bookplate of John A. Spoor. $125. ¶ First Edition

 

[THACKERAY, W. M.]. Michael Angelo Titmarsh. THE ROSE AND THE RING 0r The History of Prince Giglio and Prince Bulbo. New York & London: G. P. Putnam’s, [n.d., ca. 1900]. 24mo, xii, 209pp, frontispiece, head pieces, text illus. throughout. Modern full red morocco-grained leatherette, gilt lettered, teg, owner’s signature, fine. $30. ¶ Scarce, attractive turn of the century reprint of Thackeray’s burlesque fairy tale, based upon the magic rose and ring which make their possessors appear most lovely and lovable. Number 23 in Putnam’s Ariel Booklets series.

 

[THACKERAY, Willam Makepeace]. Mr. M.A. Titmarsh. DOCTOR BIRCH And His Young Friends. Londo: Chapman & Hall, 1849. 8vo, 49pp, frontispiece, extra engraved t-p, 14 illus. 20th c. half brown calf over cloth, gilt lettering to red and green morocco spine labels, gilt dec. and orn. spine, aeg, inch loss at head of backstrip, some rubbing to joints, otherwise tight, internally clean, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition, attractively bound by Bayntun.

 

[THACKERAY, Willam Makepeace]. Mr. M.A. Titmarsh. DOCTOR BIRCH And His Young Friends. Londo: Chapman & Hall, 1849. 8vo, 49pp, frontispiece, extra engraved t-p, 14 illus. 20th c. half brown calf over cloth, gilt lettering to red and green morocco spine labels, gilt dec. and orn. spine, aeg, inch loss at head of backstrip, some rubbing to joints, otherwise tight, internally clean, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition, attractively bound by Bayntun.

 

THACKERAY, William M. ETCHINGS BY… While at Cambridge, Illustrative of University Life. Now Printed from the Original Plates. [London: Sotheran, 1878]. 8vo, title, list of plates, and 8 leaves bearing 11 images. Orig. printed boards, rust backstrip, browned, otherwise very good. $60. ¶ An most amusing series of illustrations by Thackeray, who was quite an accomplished artist, depicting various scenes typical of an undergraduate’s life.

 

[THACKERAY, William M.]. NOTES OF A JOURNEY FROM CORNHILL TO GRAND CAIRO by way of Lisbon, Athens, Constantinople, and Jerusalem… By Mr. M.A. Titmarsh. London: Chapman & Hall, 1846. 8vo, xiv, 302, 16 (ads dated Dec. 1845)pp, color frontispiece &15 illustrations in the text. Later full crushed red morocco, cover corners stamped in gilt, backstrip gilt, a fine binding by Tout. Frontispiece tearing at gutter, otherwise a very good copy. $175. ¶ First Edition. This travel book describes a trip Thackeray took on The Lady Mary Wood and is delightfully illustrated by the author. Van Duzer 153.

 

THACKERAY, (William Makepeace). THE NEWCOMES. Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennis. Illustrated by Richard Doyle. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1853-5. 8vo, 24 nos. in 23 parts, yellow wrappers printed in black. Part 1, the only part with notable wear, lacks most of its spine, some dust at the edges of some wrappers, otherwise fine, in two full green morocco solander cases, with gilt & raised bands on spine. $1250. ¶ First Edition, in parts, of Thackeray’s great novel. The main features of the central character, Clive Newcome, are based on character of Lord Frederic Leighton, whom Thackeray had met in Rome. Colonel Newcome himself, Thackeray admitted, was constructed from the characters of Don Quixote and Roger de Coverley. This copy varies from Van Duzer’s description in the following respects:

Part 1 - First page of ads for "The Respirator" at rear has 8 lines of text above the woodcut.

Part 4 - Four pages of Routledge ads at rear on white paper. "The Edinburgh Guardian" ads at rear have no mention of Solomon Ming and are on green paper. "Edinburgh Guardian Illustrated Supplement" on light blue paper.

Part 6 - No ads on green paper for T. Madgwick at rear.

Part 9 - "The Illustrated Crystal Palace Gazette" ad printed in black on blue slip, verso blank. "Under the Immediate Patronage… Waterlow’s Patent Improved…" printed on recto, "Patent Letter Copying Presses" on verso.

Part 10 - No inserted slip printed "Price One Shilling; Itinerary etc" at rear.

Part 14 - "On the First of November, 1854" ad at rear on blue paper.

Part 16 - The blue slip "New Work, Illustrated by ‘Phiz’" is bound upside down before the Waterlow & Sons ad.

Part 19 - No Waterlow & Sons ads at rear.

Part 21 - Slip at rear advertising a new Dickens book on blue paper.

Parts 22 & 23 - Same anomaly as in Part 21.

Van Duzer 147.

 

THACKERY, William Makepeace. THE IV GEORGES. With Drawings & Decorations by George Wharton Edwards. Meadville: Flood & Vincent, 1897. Lg. 8vo, 211pp, 4 plates incl. frontis & textual decorations. Original brown pictorial cloth, stamped in gilt & white, lightly worn, very good. $50 ¶ First Edition thus of the scarce title of the renowned book designer.

 

[THAYER, William Makepeace]. THE PRINTER BOY; Or, How Ben Franklin Made His Mark. An Example for Youth. Boston: J.E. Tilton, 1863. 8vo, xvi, 261pp, frontispiece. Orig. green pebbled cloth, decorative gilt spine gilt depicting Franklin and his kite. Evenly browned, 2lacking front free endpaper, extremities lightly worn, otherwise very good. $65. ¶ An inspirational biography for young boys, the volume is the work of William Makepeace Thayer (1820-1898), a prolific writer of biographies of American presidents and heros for children. The decorative spine is by John Feely. Allen & Gullans, Decorated Cloth in America, p.50.

 

THIMM, Franz. SHAKESPEARIANA From 1564 to 1864. An Account of the Skakespearian Literature of England, Germany and France During Three Centuries, with Bibliographical Introductions by … London: Franz Thimm 1865. 8vo, 92pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, blocked in blind, mild-light foxing throughout, hinges hint at starting, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ First Edition.

 

THOMSON, James, ("B.V."). A VOICE FROM THE NILE and Other Poems. London: Reeves and Turner, 1884. 8vo, li, 263, (4, ads)pp, frontisportrait. Orig. cloth. Some wear to extremities & back joint, light external staining, still a bright copy, with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $125. ¶ First Edition. Cutler & Stiles p.151.

 

THOMSON, James ("B.V."). THE CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. London: Reeves & Turner, 1880. 12mo, viii, 184pp. Orig. dark green cloth, very good copy with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $200. ¶ First Edition (1000 copies printed) of the poet’s first and best-known book, of which the title-poem is considered his masterpiece. "The most complete pessimist, perhaps, that literature has ever known" (Kunitz & Haycraft) was primarily an alcoholic who, "to blot out the very real ills of his life sometimes took opium" (Hayter). The "City of Dreadful Night" and "To Our Ladies of Death" both contain important passages about the euphoric stage of opium use. Hayward 290. Tinker 2137.

 

THOMSON, James ("B.V."). THE CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. London: Reeves & Turner, 1880. 12mo, viii, 184pp. Orig. dark green cloth, signature on endpaper, very good copy. $200. ¶ First Edition (1000 copies printed) of the poet’s first and best-known book, of which the title-poem is considered his masterpiece. "The most complete pessimist, perhaps, that literature has ever known" (Kunitz & Haycraft) was primarily an alcoholic who, "to blot out the very real ills of his life sometimes took opium" (Hayter). The "City of Dreadful Night" and "To Our Ladies of Death" both contain important passages about the euphoric stage of opium use. Dobell & Wheeler 3. Hayward 290. Tinker 2137.

 

THOMSON, James ("B.V."). THE POETICAL WORKS OF JAMES THOMSON. The City of Dreadful Night... Edited by Bertram Dobell, With a Memoir of the Author. London: Reeves & Turner & Bertram Dobell, 1895. 2 vols, sm. 8vo, xciii, 373; vii, 446pp, portrait frontispieces. Blue cloth stamped in gilt & black. Very good. $150. ¶ First Collected Editon. The most complete pessimist, perhaps, that literature has ever known" (Kunitz & Haycraft) was primarily an alcoholic who, "to blot out the very real ills of his life sometimes took opium" (Hayter). The intials B. V. which Thomson placed after his name pay tribute to his two poetic heroes, Shelley and Novalis (the ‘B’ for Bysshe, the ‘V’ for Vanolis, an anagram). NCBEL p.579.

 

THOREAU, Henry D. SUMMER. From the Journal of … Edited by H.G.O. Blake. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1884. 8vo, v, 382pp, frontispiece(32 as publ. catalogue)pp. Green cloth, gilt lettering, gilt head and tail borders, beveled edges, untrimmed, lacks ffep, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ First U.K. Edition, from the sheets of the first American, with Unwin’s cancel, tipped-in map of Concord on tissue as frontis. Scarce. BAL 20127. Borst A9.1.a.

 

THOREAU, Henry David. THE WRITINGS OF…With Bibliographical Introductions and Full Indexes. In Ten Volumes. Cambridge: (Houghton Mifflin) Riverside Press, 1894. 11 vols, 8vo, 4 engraved portrait frontispieces. Half morocco, silk boards, gilt lettering and ornamentation, raised bands, teg, ex library embossed stamps, fine. $3000. ¶ Large Paper Edition, limited to 150 sets. A handsomely printed and bound set, the present edition contains not only all that has heretofore been published in the volumes under Thoreau’s name, but papers not heretofore published, including an eleventh volume devoted to Thoreau’s letters edited by F. B. Sanborn. Complete sets in such fine condition extremely scarce.

 

TILLIER, Claude. MY UNCLE BENJAMIN. A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel. With a Sketch of the Author’s Life and Works by Ludwig Pfau. Boston: Benj. R. Tucker, 1890. 8vo, 312, (3, ads)pp. Orig. wrappers, sm. piece torn from front wrapper, back wrapper gone, in a cloth slipcase. $45. ¶ First American Edition of the great French journalist’s most famous novel. Published by the atheist/anarchist Benj. R. Tucker, editor and publisher of Liberty, for 27 years the U.S.’s major forum for anarchist thinking. Tucker issued only small press runs of his books (see Stoddard, A Bibliographic Catalogue of Benj. R. Tucker’s Imprints, in Essays In Honor of Wm. B. Todd).

 

TOLSTOI, Count Lyof N. THE INVADERS And Other Stories. Translated from the Russion by Nathan Haskell Dole. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1887. 8vo, 343, (2 as adv.)pp. Brown cloth, gilt lettering and vignette, very good. $200. ¶ True First Edition, First English Translation, issued simultneously in Britain. Nathan Haskell Dole was an acclaimed American literateur, amongst the earliest to translate Russian literature. Following the flag, we assert the edition under notice to the true first edition. While Dole’s accuracy in translation was sometimes questioned, critics credited him with capturing the true sense and spirit of the originals he worked on. Line, A Bibliography of Russian Literature in English Translation to 1900 p.64. DAB XI, pp.255-56.

 

TOWNSEND, Edward W. CHIMMIE FADDEN EXPLAINS; MAJOR MAX EXPOUNDS. (New York: Lovel Coryell & Co., 1895). 8vo, 226pp. Publisher’s decorative cloth, very good, with the signature of American statesman Elihu Root. $110. ¶ First Edition, the binding, title, and sectional titles in the style of William Morris. Wright III, 5536 cites a Chimmie Fadden, Major Max and other Stories, but does not note this title.

 

TRENCH, Richard Chenevix. CALDERON. His Life and Genius With Specimens of His Plays. New York: Redfield, 1856. 8vo, 233pp. Half calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered black morocco spine label, gilt decorated compartments, some rubbing to extremities, owner’s signature, ex libris label, otherwise near fine. $50. ¶ First U.S. Edition of Trench (the Archbishop of Dublin)’s biography and translations of two of the great 17th century Spanish dramatist’s plays. Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681), a priest, wrote over 110 plays of various genres and in later life 70 highly regarded autos sacrmentales, allegorical religious plays dramatizing aspects of faith. Includes Life’s A Dream and The Great Theater of the World in their entirety. From the library of George D. Gillespie, contemporary Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan.

 

TROLLOPE, Anthony. THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET. London: Smith, Elder, 1867. 2 vols, lg.8vo, 384, 384pp, 32 plates by Thomas. Half purple calf, elaborately tooled gilt backs, marbled boards, stain at upper corner of a few leaves in vol II, armorial bookplates. Very good. $500. ¶ First Edition. Sadleir, Trollope A Bibliography, 26.

 

TROLLOPE, Anthony. THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET. Illustrated by G.H. Thomas. London: Smtih, Elder, 1860 - July, 1867. Original 32 weekly parts, 8vo, woodcut frontis. & vignettes by G.H. Thomas in each part, orig. printed wrappers, small portions of spines experly restored in a couple parts, very minor chipping to a few spines; all the ads have been excised by a former owner, otherwise a fine and clean set in a cloth slipcase and chemise. $4000. ¶ Fine set of the parts issue of the last novel in the Barsetshire series, regarded by Trollope as his best novel. Sadlier, Trollope, 26.

 

TRUESDELL, Amelia Woodward (1839-1912). CALIFORNIA PILGRIMAGE. By One of the Pilgrims. San Francisco: Samuel Carson & Co., 1884. 12mo, 125pp, blue cloth decorated in gilt. Some wear to extremities. A good copy. $15. ¶ Second edition. Cowan 645. Hinkel II, 312.

 

TURRILL, Charles B. DEUTERONOMY BROWN, a Real Estate Transaction. [San Diego]: 1888. Sm. 8vo, 16pp. Orig. printed wrappers slightly chipped. $100. ¶ First Edition of this very early short story set in Placer county in which an Easterner gets swindled. Baird & Greenwood p.448. Wright II, 5604.

 

TUSSER Thomas. FIVE HUNDRED POINTES OF GOOD HUSBANDRIE... Edited (with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary) by W. Payne and Sidney J. Herrtage. London: Trubner, for The English Dialect Society, 18798. 8vo, xxxi, 350pp. Tree calf, backstrip nicely tooled in gilt, red morocco label, small chip to top of spine, otherwise fine. $150. ¶ Scholarly edition collating the 1580 edition with those of 1573 and 1577, and with a reprint of "A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie," 1557." Tusser’s prized text compiles the essence of basic farm wisdom in short mnemonic verses.

 

TWAIN, Mark MARK TWAIN (BURLESQUE) AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND FIRST ROMANCE. New York: Sheldon & Company, [1871] 8vo, illus. Original brown cloth, blind- and gilt-stamped boards, some wear and staining. $125. ¶ First Edition. This is the second state with the ad for Ball, Black & Co. on the verso of the title. BAL 3326.

 

TWAIN, Mark. MARK TWAIN’S LIBRARY OF HUMOUR. With 197 Illustrations by E.W. Kemble. London: Chatto & Windus, 1888. 8vo, xvi, 719, 32(ads dated April 1888). Orig. red cloth decoratively stamped in black and lettered in gilt, tissue guard to frontispiece, slightly foxed, backstrip darkened, otherwise a very good copy. $300. ¶ First British edition, uniform with other Chatto printings of Twain in the rather attractive red cloth decorated bindings. Apparently scarce: not in Fox or Heritage, nor does BAL note this edition and or give a publication date for the American edition: it is undetermined if this precedes the American edition but, from the ads dated April 1888, it is a possibility. It contains the same mistake as the first issue of the American edition, mistakenly crediting Twain with the story Warm Hair. Nothing in the book is new though the American edition had a "Compiler’s Apology" not present in this edition; the text was anonymously edited by William Dean Howells.

 

TWAIN, Mark. MARK TWAIN’S SKETCHES, NEW AND OLD. Now first published in complete form. Hartford & Chicago: American Pub. Co, 1875. Sm. 4to, 320pp, frontispiece & illus. throughout. Original gilt decorated blue cloth gilt, very good. $250. ¶ First Edition, second state without "Hospital Days." BAL 3364.

 

TWAIN, Mark. THE £1,000,000 BANK NOTE and Other New Stories. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1893. 8vo, 260, (2 blank), 9 as publ. catalogue pp, . Publisher’s original stamped tan pictorial cloth, some soiling to cloth, otherwise near fine. $300. ¶ First Edition. BAL 3436. Wright III, 1095. Hinkel p.363. Baird & Greenwood 495. Johnson p.106.

 

TWAIN, Mark. THE £1,000,000 BANK NOTE and Other New Stories. London: Chatto& Windus, 1893. 8vo, (2 adv), 311, (32 adv.)pp. Publisher’s original blue cloth, gilt lettered, gilt dec. to spine head and tail, blindstamped dec. to front board, some wear to extremities, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First U.K. Edition, undated ads. BAL 3436.

 

TWAIN, Mark. THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT. London: Chatto & Windus, 1892. Small 8vo, xi, 258, 32 (ads dated May. 1892)pp, illustrated throughout. Orig. red cloth stamped in gilt and black, old library stamp, otherwise a very good copy. $75. ¶ First English Edition. BAL 3434.

 

TWAIN, Mark. THE INNOCENTS AT HOME. London: George Routledge, [c. 1872]. Small 8vo, (2, ads), 224, (2, ads)pp. Original decorative yellow wrappers, backstrip chipped away at foot with loss of five letters, upper cover with old inscription "Stolen from Brownhall", internally a good clean copy. $200. ¶ First Edition of the last part of Roughing It & reprints Mark Twain’s Burlesque Autobiography. Probably a later printing since the title bears the statement of authorization by Twain & the printer’s imprint reads Bradbury, Agnew; in 1872 the firm was still Bradbury, Evans. Withal, a scarce title not in the Heritage catalogue; Fox’s copy was in boards; BAL 3336 does not note copies in wrappers.

 

TWAIN, Mark. THE NEW PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS. London: George Routledge & Sons, [ca. 1880]. 8vo, 255pp. Orig. red cloth. Unevenly sunned, slight wear to extremities, signature to endpaper, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ Early English edition of one of Twain’s earliest books, the second part of The Innocents Abroad. The text originally appeared in The Alta and The New York Tribune as a series of letters. This edition not in BAL.

 

TWAIN, Mark THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER. A Tale for Young People of All Ages… Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882. 8vo, 411pp, 192 illus in the text. Green cloth, blocked in black and gilt, blind stamped ornaments, wear to spine ends and corners, otherwise a very good, tight copy. $750. ¶ First American Edition, first state with Franklin Press imprint on copyright page, and in the first state of the binding (with uppermost central rosette on the spine 1/8 in. below the horizontal fillet, and single blank at rear and last leaf serving as rear pastedown. BAL 3402. Johnson p.111. Peter Parley to Penrod pp.65-6.

 

TWAIN, Mark .[Samuel L. Clemens]. A YANKEE AT THE COURT OF KING ARTHUR. A New Edition With 220 Illustrations by Dan. Beard. London: Chatto & Windus, 1897. 8vo, xvi, 225, tailpiece, publisher’s device, 32pp as publisher’s catalogue, frontispiece, 219 b&w illus. Blue cloth, gilt lettered and decorated, blocked in blind, lt-mod. wear to extremities, overall good+ $45 ¶ Reissue, with cancelled title, of the Chatto & Windus first British edition of 1889. Cf. BAL II, p 202.

 

[VALENTINE, Laura B. J.] AUNT LOUISA. WORLD-WIDE FABLES. N. p. [New York]: McLoughlin Brothers, [n.d., ca. 1880]. 4to, (12)pp, 23 extra-colored wood engravings. Illus. wrappers, some offsets, engravings with no loss of color saturation, spine starting, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ From McLoughlin Brothers’ Aunt Louisa Series, being unauthorized reprints from Frederick Warne’s British editions, with re-engraved woodcuts of deep color intensity. McLoughlin Brothers were the preeminent publishers of color children’s books in the United States, utilizing the best and latest techniques for color printing. Valentine (1814-1899) was a very popular writer and compiler of Toy (picture) Books in her native England. The engraver is unknown.

 

VANBRUGH, John & [Colley] Cibber. THE PROVOK’D HUSBAND; Or, A Journey to London. A Comedy, As it is Acted at the Threatre-Royal, by His Majesty’s Servants. London: J. Watts, 1728. 8vo, (12), 99, (2 epilogue +3 ads)pp. Old boards. Very good. $450. ¶ First Edition. Vanbrugh’s drama, The Journey to London, was left incomplete at his death and Cibber recast and rewrote the fragments. The result has long remained a great favorite "in spite of the fact theat Cibber’s verbal ineptitutdes both in his preface and in the dialogue caused considerable mirth among critics."

 

(Vellum printing). SHAKESPEARE, William ARDEN OF FEVERSHAM, A Tragedy. Reprinted from the Edition of 1592. With an Introduction by A.H. Bullen. Privately Printed, 1887. Sm. 4to, (iii), xx, (2), 107, (1 printer’s slug). Full red crushed morocco, gilt title, gilt dentelles, decorated endpapers, t.e.g., by Kaufmann, rehinged. $1850. ¶ Printed entirely on thick vellum by S. & J. Brawn. Probably a unique copy; Jaggard (p.286) does not mention this issue but refers to an oridnary issue published by Jarvis in an edition of 250 copies. Bullen dedicates this edition to the Duke of Devonshire. The authorship of this famed 1592 murder-play has been attributed to Shakespeare, and was almost undoubtedly corrected and revised by the bard.

 

VERNE, Jules. ADVENTURES IN THE LAND OF THE BEHEMOTH. Boston: Henry L. Shepard, 1874. 8vo, 190pp, frontispiece, 19 engravings by Ferat. Red cloth, richly illus. and decorated, cracked front hinge, some browning, owner’s stamp and signature, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ Unauthorized First American Edition, preceded by the authorized 1873 Scribner, Welford & Armstrong edition which was published under the title Meridiana: The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa. There is considerable difference between the two editions’ translations, both based upon Verne’s 1872 Adventures de Trois Russes et de Trois Anglais dans l'Afrique Australe. Bleiler (1948), p. 273. Myers 39 (addenda, p. 2).

 

VIZETELLY, Henry. EXTRACTS PRINCIPALLY FROM ENGLISH CLASSICS: Showing that the Legal Suppression of M. Zola’s Novels would Logically Involve the Bowlderlizing of Some of the Greatest Works in English Literature. London: 1888. 8vo, (2), 87pp. Later boards, some crinkling, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ Rare. Arrested on obscenity charges for publishing Zola’s novels in England, Vizetelly compiled this collection as part of his defense when on trial. One of the greatest of English publishers, Henry Vizetelly (1820-94) had a considerable influence on the English literary scene, publishing, with G.A. Moore, a cheap one-volume edition of A Mummer’s Wife and so partially breaking the power of the circulating libraries. With Havelock Ellis he founded the Mermaid series of unexpurgated reprints of "Best Plays of the Old Dramatists." He published translations of Flaubert, Gogol, Tolstoy, the Goncourts, and others, and his publication of Zola’s La Terre led to a three-month incarceration on an obscenity charge. Living in Paris during the Franco-Prussian war, he was captured and narrowly escaped execution. Among the contributors to the introduction are Henry James (see Bibliography B-1), Andrew Lang, and Zola himself.

 

(Voltaire). [HILL, Aaron]. THE TRAGEDY OF ZARA. As It Is Acted at the Theatre-Royal, in Drury-Lane, by His Majesty’s Servants. London: J. Watts, 1736. 8vo, (14), 69, (2 as Epilogue), (1 as adv.)pp, frontispiece, head and tail pieces, dec. inits. Rebound in beige cloth, gilt lettered spine, internally very good, externally fine. $300. ¶ ?First Edition. A translation into English and adaptation by Aaron Hill of Voltaire's "Zaïre," with a Prologue by Colley Cibber. First performed in January, 1736, this is one of two editions published in the same year and, secondary to the printer’s errors, likely the first though it is by no means certain. Hill (1685-1750), was satirized by Pope in The Dunciad (1728), wrote the libretto for Handel’s Rinaldo, translated two other of Voltaire’s plays, Alzire, ou les Américains as Alzira, and Meropé, and wrote several successful plays of his own including the oft revived farce The Walking Statue; or, the Devil in the Wine Cellar (1710). Colley Cibber (1671-1757), was an actor and playwright who joint-managed Drury Lane and was also savagely ridiculed by Pope, as well as Dr. Johnson and Henry Fielding for his tactlessness, rude behavior, and conceit. No matter, he was appointed Poet Laureate in 1730. Pages 50-51, 54-55, 58-59, 62-63 incorrectly numbered 66-67, 70-71, 74-75, 78-79, respectively; signature E2 incorrectly signed H2. Not in the standard references. Scarce.

 

WAITE, Arthur Edward. SONGS AND POEMS OF FAIRYLAND, An Anthology of English Fairy Poetry. Selected and Arranged, with an Introduction by… London: Walter Scott, 1888. 8vo, 42opp. Orig. blue cloth stamped in gilt with title and fairies. Early Very good. $300. ¶ First Edition, first issue. Waite had been invited to compile this collection for the Windsor Series of Poetical Anthologies by William Sharp, the editor of the series. Among the contributors are Poe, Richard Garnett, Thomas Lake Harris, Coleridge, Kinglsey, et al. Gilbert B2.

 

WAITE, Arthur Edward. SONGS AND POEMS OF FAIRYLAND. An Anthology of English Fairy Poetry. Selected and Arranged, With an Introduction by… Nottingham: C.J. Welton, [n.d., ca. 188?]. 8vo, 420pp. Burgundy cloth, gilt lettering and vignette, gilt ruled borders, lt wear to extremities, otherwise near fine. $150. ¶ Later Edition, with cancelled title, from the sheets of the London, Walter Scott, 1888 first edition. Waite had been invited to compile this collection for the Windsor Series of Poetical Anthologies by William Sharp, the editor of the series. Among the contributors are Poe, Richard Garnett, Thomas Lake Harris, Coleridge, Kinglsey, et al. This edition not in Gilbert. Scarce.

 

WALKER, W.S. BETWEEN THE TIDES. Compromising Sketches, Tales and Poems, Including H-U-N-G-R-Y L-A-N-D. Los Gatos, California: W.S. and Glen Walker, Printers, 1885. 8vo, 250pp, illustrated. Orig. cloth, lettered in gilt. Inscription on fly-leaf, a good, sound copy. $35. ¶ Cowan 667. Not in Hinkel.

 

WALLACE, Lew. THE FAIR GOD. A Tale of the Conquest of Mexico. Illustrated by Eric Pape. In Two Volumes. London & New York: Harper and Brothers, 1899. 2 vols, 8vo, xxviii, 352, frontispiece, 136 illus., xvi, 450pp, frontispiece, 134 illus. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, teg, spines sunned, some rubbing, dappling, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First British Illustrated Edition, from the sheets of the Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1898 first edition, with all of Pape’s beautiful head and tail pieces, decorated initials, and plates. Wallace’s first novel, written in 1873, seven years prior to Ben-Hur. Printed at Riverside Press. This edition not in NUC.

 

WALPOLE, Horace. THE LETTERS... Edited by Peter Cunningham. London: Bickers & Sons, 1880. 9 vols, half calf, gilt backs, marbled boards. A very good set. $750. ¶ A handsome complete set of the letters, with the armorial bookplate of a Sarah Spooner..

 

WATSON, [Sir] William. THE FATHER OF THE FOREST And Other Poems. Chicago: Stone & Kimball & London: John Lane, 1895. 8vo, (6), 59, (4), 13 as adv., (1)pp, frontispiece. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettering, ruled borders, ornament and publisher’s vignette, teg, lt. wear to spine extremities, offsets to front endpapers, otherwise bright, tight, near fine. $50. ¶ First American Edtion, from the sheets of the John Lane edition with cancelled title. Kramer 57.  

 

WATSON, William. LACHRYMAE MUSARUM & OTHER POEMS. London: Macmillan, 1892. 8vo, viii, 78, (2, ads)pp. Blue cloth, gilt, rubbed, corners bumped, otherwise very good. $20. ¶ First published edition, adding new poems, issued the same year as the privately printed edition. NCBEL p.653. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen Nineties, 691.

 

WATSON, William. THE PRINCE’S QUEST. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893. Sm 8vo, viii, 145, (4, ads)pp. Orig. buckram, gilt top, very good. $25. ¶ Second edition. First issued by Kegan Paul in 1880 the book did not sell well and was reissued from the original sheets by Elkin Matthews and John Lane in 1892 in an edition of 225 copies with both the old and a new title page. Cf. Krishnamurti, The Eighteen Nineties, 693.

 

(WATTS, William). THE YAHOO; A Satirical Rhapsody. New York: H. M. Duhecquet, 1833. 8vo, xiv, (2), 98, (2) blank. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, blind blocked ruled borders and ornamentation, chip at spine head, light wear to extremities, some spotting, lt.-moderate foxing, overall very good. $135. ¶ "This work first appeared in England, without name, perhaps because some of the allusions might there be considered personal, and libelous" (NUC). Indeed. Watts (whose only other book was Paradise Lost, or The Great Dragon Expelled), brings Swift’s creations, the beasts-in-human-form Yahoos, into contemporary England and proceeds to satirically decimate the British peerage, Christianity, and the Age of Enlightenment in heavily-annotated verse. Two prior editions, and seven subsequent editions were issued but only one in England; clearly Watts’ lampooning of his fellow Englishmen was more popular in America than at home. From the collection of Gen. E.A. Hitchcock, who served as Commissioner for Exchange of Prisoners of War in the Civil War, and is best remembered for his posthumously published vivid autobiography Fifty Years in Camp and Field. Scarce in all editions.

 

[WAUGH., Ida]. TANGLES AND CURLS Or Little Boys and Little Girls. Illustrations by …Verses by Amy Ella Blanchard. New York: Worthington Co., 1888 4to, (16)pp, 7 full-page plates & 8 text color lithographs. Quarter cloth over pictorial boards, very good. $250. ¶ First Edition of this rare and charming children’s book. Waugh was responsible for ten illustrated children’s books with Blanchard, Wee Babies perhaps her most famous, yet she is not to be found in any of the standard references and this title is not listed in the NUC.

 

WELLS, H.G. THE TIME MACHINE, An Invention. London: William Heinemann, 1895. 8vo, (8), 152 + (16 ads)pp. Original beige cloth stamped in purple with title and sphynx design, top & foredge untrimmed. Signature on endpaper. Very good. $2500. ¶ First Edition. "The earliest known work of science fiction to be based on the idea of time travel" (Wells Society Bibliography). Chappell p.4. Hammond B1. Bleiler, Science Fiction, 2325.

 

WHARTON, Edith and Ogden Codman, Jr. THE DECORATION OF HOUSES. New York: Scribner’s, 1897. 8vo, xxii, 204pp, 56 plates. Original burgandy ribbed cloth, gilt, exterior lighly soiled, minor rippling to leaves, bookplate & signature, very good. $400. ¶ Second edition of this highly sought-after work considered the first American handbook of interior decoration and Wharton’s first commercially published book. Codman had worked with Wharton on decorating Land’s End, the Wharton home in Newport. Their similar tastes and ideas in decoration led the architect and writer to collaborate on this book which influenced generations of designers. Includes chapters on every aspect of home decoration & useful bibliography.

 

WHISTLER, James McNeill. THE GENTLE ART OF MAKING ENEMIES. London: Heinemann, 1890. 8vo, (16), 292pp. Cloth backed boards, slit in backstrip, light edge wear, bookplate of Robert Henry Thurston, otherise very good. $125. ¶ First Authorized Edition, preceded by Sheridan Ford’s unauthorized edition. For a history of the publication of this work see the Pennells’ Life of Whistler, 1911, pp.285-90. With the correct points noted by BAL 21334.

 

WHITE, [Rev.] Gilbert. A NATURALIST’S CALENDAR, With Observations in Various Branches of Natural History; Extracted From the Papers of the Late…Never Before Published. London: Printed for B. and J. White, 1795. 8vo, iv, [5]-170, (6)pp, 1 hand-colored plate. 19th century quarter cloth over patterned boards, paper spine label, untrimmed, wear to boards, otherwise a near very good copy. $650. ¶ First Edition. The British naturalist and "man of genius" (Martin), Gilbert White (1720-1793) spent much of his time in the quiet study of his beloved subject, nature. The substance of White’s calendar observations, made during his many years of country walks, was originally incorporated into his reknowned Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, 1789. At his death, his manuscripts and notes became the property of his brother, the bookseller and publisher, Benjamin White, and in 1795 Dr. J. Aiken, a fellow naturalist, "prepared and extracted therefrom the Naturalist’s Calendar which White had prepared, and added thereto from White’s papers a selection of ‘Observations on Various Parts of Nature’" (Martin). "From its depth of observation, and the diversity of subjects dealt with, the minute details which characterize the observations, and the well-reasoned conclusions to which the author arrives, it could not fail, even now, to make a lasting impression on the natural history literature of the day" (Martin). Rare. Martin, Bibliography of Gilbert White, p.98.

 

WHITMAN, Walt. AUTOBIOGRAPHIA, or the Story of a Life. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1892. 8vo, 205, (8 ads)pp, photographic frontispiece. Green cloth, gilt title, and "Fiction, Fact and Fancy Series" stamped in black on front cover. Nearly fine copy. $275. ¶ First Edition thus, first issue, selected from his previously published prose writings, edited by Arthur Stedman. BAL 21693.

 

WHITMAN, Walt. DEMOCRATIC VISTAS. Washington D.C. (New York: J.S. Redfield), 1871. 8vo, 84pp. Orig. pale green coated wrappers. Small dampstain affecting bottom of last signature and back wrappers, very light edge wear, otherwise a remarkably good copy, partially unopened. $8500. ¶ First Edition, one of about 500 copies printed. BAL 21402

 

WHITMAN, Walt. LEAVES OF GRASS. Philadelphia: David Mackay, 1882. 8vo, 382pp, 1 steel-engraved plate with tissue guard facing p.29. Mustard yellow publisher’s cloth lettered and decorated in gilt with Whitman’s name on front cover. Light wear to spine ends. Very good copy. $275. ¶ Not in BAL who give Rees Walsh as the publisher of a Philadelphia edition in 1882 (cf BAL 21419). Wells & Goldsmith p.26: "Later issues the same year by David McKay who became Whitman’s publisher and friend."

 

WHITMAN, Walt. LEAVES OF GRASS. Author’s Edition, With Portraits and Intercalations. Camden, New Jersey, 1876. 8vo, 384pp, blank leaf, leaf of ads, 2 portraits. Publisher’s. half tan calf, orange cloth boards, a.e.g., green floral-embossed endpapers, title label chipped, top label gone but blind stamping "Centennial Edition" visible, author and bottom labels intact, rehinged, with binder’s ticket of Jas. Arnold, Philadelphia. Woodcut bookplate. Very good. $5000. ¶ Author’s Edition - or Centennial Edition - signed by Whitman on the title page and printed in an edition of 100 copies. The intercalations are four short poems printed on small slips of paper pasted on blank portions of leaves on pp. 207, 247, 359, & 369; in addition a slip at the end of the contents lists these and the two portraits facing pp.29 & 285. Wells pp.20-21 notes that only a very few copies have the words "With Portraits and Intercalations" at the bottom of the tilte-page. BAL 21410.

 

WHITTIER, John G. MAUD MULLER. With Illustrations by W. J. Hennessy. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, [n.d., ca. 1870. 8vo, iv, (3), 12 leaves, rectos only, t-p vignette, 12 b&w engravings. Publisher’s original blue cloth, blue lettered on gilt spine, gilt illus. and blindstamped decoration on black, thrice blind ruled borders, beveled edges, aeg, owner’s signature, a very good copy. $60. ¶ Whittier's popular narrative poem of a man and woman who meet, only to marry others. With the classic verse: "For of all sad words of tongue or pen / The saddest are these: 'It might have been!’" First issued as a separate edition in 1867 by Ticknor & Fields, this is the first illustrated by Hennessy. Cf. BAL 22258

 

WHITTIER, John Greenleaf. MIRIAM and Other Poems. Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1871. 8vo, 106pp, frontispiece.Publisher’s original green pebbled cloth, gilt lettered, gilt publisher’s device, blindstamped dec. borders, beveled edges, very good. $50. ¶ First Edition, first printing, first state binding. BAL 21889

 

[WILDE, Oscar]. THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL By C.3.3. London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. 8vo, (4), 31 leaves, printed on rectos only. Orig. mustard bloth boards backed in cream cloth, lightly soiled. Very good $2000. ¶ First Edition, one of 800 copies made on handmade Van Gelder paper. The title of the work was suggest to Wilde by Robert Ross and the signature on the title alludes to Wilde’s inmate number at Reading Gaol. The first edition sold out within a few days. Of the work Wilde said "I have probed the depths of most of the experiences in life, and I have come to the conclusion that ware meant to suffer... it was only in the depts of suffering that I wrote (that is conceived of) my poem." Mason 371.

 

WILDE, Oscar. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People... London: Leonard Smithers, 1899. 8vo, (14), 152pp. Half green morocco, gilt, with the orig. violet cloth covers and spine bound in at the rear. Old rehinging, light wear to joints and corners, papal bookplate, very good. $1250. ¶ First Edition of Wilde’s last play, limited to 1000 copies. The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in February 1895 and was an immediate success, but after his arrest three months later his name was removed from the marquee and the play closed shortly thereafter. After serving his jail sentence Wilde edited the play for publication. "An irresistible dramatic trifle, at once insolent in its levity and exquisite in its finsih. The Victoria era, it may fairly be said, knew no light comedies which for brilliant wit, literary finish, or theatrical dexterity were comparable with Wilde’s (DNB). Mason 381.

 

WILSON, Woodrow. MERE LITERATURE. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1896. 8vo, 93, (2)pp. Half brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered spine, ruled compartments, marbled endpapers, near fine. $125. ¶ First Edition.Written while still president of Princeton University, all but one of these essays were previously published in either Atlantic Monthly or Century Magazine. Custom bound as a Brown University, 1919 student award. Printed on fine vergé d’Arches paper

 

WOLFE, Theodore F. A LITERARY PILGRIMAGE Among the Haunts of Famous British Authors. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippencott, 1897. 8vo, 260, (3 as adv.)pp, frontispiece, 3 plates. Contemporary half blond calf over marbled boards, onlaid brown and red morocco spine labels, gilt lettered, raised bands, gilt ornamented compartments, teg, some rubbing to edges, corners, otherwise very good. $40. ¶ A popular literary travelogue went through many editions within just a few years of its inititial publication in 1895. Tenth Edition.

 

[WORSLEY, Catherine Rawson]. NOMINUS UMBRA. THE ROMAN MARTYR. A Youthful Essay in Dramatic Verse by… With Translations &c. Belonging Chiefly to the Same Period by the Editor [Thomas Worsley]. London: Williams and Norgate, 1859. 8vo, 111pp. Publisher’s original green cloth, gilt lettered, gilt ruled and decorative borders, aeg, owner’s inscription, wear at spine head $150. ¶ First Edition, a Presentation Copy from the editor. Includes translations of Goethe by the author’s husband, as well as a hymn written by him. Scarce.

 

WYCHERLEY, William. LOVE IN A WOOD, or, St James’s Park. A Comedy, As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal, by his Majesties Ervants. London: J.M. for H. Herringman, 1672. Sm. 4to, (8). 95, (1)pp. 20th century cloth, gilt stamped leather label, pp.77/8 remargined at foot with loss of about an inch of text, and with a smaller repair to foot of title but not touch text, otherwise very good. $1750. ¶ First Edition, with the bookplates of Anthony Trollope and Carroll Wilson. Wing W3747.

 

WYCHERLEY, William. THE COUNTRY WIFE. A Comedy, As it is Acted at the Threatre-Royal. London: Benjamin Motte, 1731. 12mo, 106, (2)pp. Lacking half-title but with final leaf with epilogue by Mrs. Knep & ads, & a final blank. Half red calf calf, marbled boards. Lightly browned $300. ¶ First published in 1675. John Palmer called The Country Wife "the most perfect farce in English dramatic literature - a whirlwind of inspired buffoonery." Allardyce Nicoll wrote that it is "a bright and glorious farce, while others have called in "one of the coarsest plays in the English language." cf. Pforzheimer 1098.

 

YONGE, Charlotte THE TWO SIDES OF THE SHIELD. London: Macmillan & Co., 1885 2 vols, 8vo, (x), 208; (vi), 209, (2 ads)pp. Orig. green cloth blocked in black & gilt. Fine. $250. ¶ First Edition. Charlote Yonge (1823-1901) was one of the most popular and prolific of Victorian women writers, publishing nearly 160 books. She was much loved by her public, and while few of her books are rare, they are difficult to find in nice condition. Woolff IV, p.290.

 

(YOUNG, Edwards). THE CENTAUR NOT FABULOUS, In Six Letters to a Friend, on the Life in Vogue, the Second Edition, Corrected. London: A. Millar & R, & J. Dodsley, 1755. 8vo, xvi, 384pp, frontispiece. Armorial bookplate. Attractively rebound cloth backed marbled boards. $60. ¶ Second edition. Johnson noted that "with all his defects [Young] was a man of genius and a poet." He is particularly remembered for his gift for epigram. Straus p.356.

 

YOUNG, Egerton R. ON THE INDIAN TRAIL. And Other Stories of Missionary Work among the Cree and Saniteaur Indians. London: Religious Tract Society, [ca. 1900]. 8vo, 230, (2 ads)pp, incl. plates. Original red pictorial cloth, rubbed, spine faded, good. $30. ¶ Recollections of a late nineteenth century missionary.

 

ZIMMERMANN, Dr J[ohann]. G[eorg]. ESSAY ON NATIONAL PRIDE. To Which Are Added Memoirs of the Author’s Life and Writings. Translated From the Original German of the late Celebrated…By Samuel Hull Wilcocke. London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1797. 8vo, xl, 260, (23 as index)pp. Full mottled calf, red morocco spine label, gilt lettered, ex library, front joint starting, foxing to first and last few leaves, some loss at spine head and tail, otherwise a good copy. $150. ¶ First Edition, second (most desirable) English translation. Johann Georg Zimmermann was trained as a medical doctor; in 1768 he was appointed "His Britannic Majesty’s Physician" at Göttingen. He was later physician to Frederich II of Prussia, and after the death of "The Great" wrote two books concerning him. He was best known, however, as a popularizer of current philosophical and ethical ideas. Originally published in German in 1758 under the title Von dem Nationalstolze, the present volume, written during the Seven Years War, concerns patriotism and well argues a distinction between true and false national pride. A prior unauthorized English translation, issued in 1771, was rejected by Zimmermann; highly inaccurate, Zimmermann considered the translator "not only an ignorant fellow but a cheat" (Preface). Given current events, a most appropriate theme for study. Scarce. Lowndes p.3025.

 

ZIMMERMANN, [Johann Georg von]. SOLITUDE Considered with Respect to its Influence upon the Mind and the Heart, Written Originally in German by M. Zimmermann... Translated from the French by J.B. Mercier. The Second Edition. London: C. Dilly, 1791. 8vo, (4), vii, (1), 380pp. Half calf, red morocco label, marbled boards rubbed, joints weak, edges scuffed, overall very good. $125. ¶ An English translation of Zimmermann's popular Über die Einsamkeit (1784). A successful physician, appointed in 1768 "His Britannic Majesty's Physician," Zimmermann (1728-95) was known as a popularizer of current philosophical ideas. In this work he discusses the edifying aspects of solitude. NUC lists UC Berkeley only.