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No. 1 47th Street [Inscribed, Signed, and Contemporarily Dated],


Davis, Frank Marshall

A Near Fine copy (small spot at bottom of rear board, lower corners tapped, minor shelf wear), in a Near Fine dust jacket (age toning, small spot at bottom of rear panel, light soiling and light edge wear) INSCRIBED, SIGNED, AND CONTEMPORARILY DATED BY FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS on the title page as follows: "To / Bill McBride / from a fellow artist / but of another field / Frank Marshall Davis / July 24, 1948". Davis was a poet, journalist, and political and social activist and former editor of the Atlanta Daily World, turning the paper from a semiweekly paper to the first successful black daily newspaper. Davis also served as a Member of the National Executive Board of the Civil Rights Congress, cited by the Truman Administration as a subversive organization. The Civil Rights Congress also was named a Communist Front in the House Un-American Activities Committee Report. Davis' work was resurrected during Amiri Baraka's (aka Everett LeRoi Jones) important Black Arts Movement. "47th Street" is named for Chicago's street of the same name. A very scarce book itself, signed copies are scarcer still. A Near Fine copy of an extremely scarce book, INSCRIBED, SIGNED, AND CONTEMPORARILY DATED BY FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS. Signed

Price: USD 1,850.00
Inventory No: 00001682

No. 2 An Autobiography [Signed],


Trollope, Anthony [Trollope, Henry, Editor and author of the Preface]

A Very Good copy of Anthony Trollope's Autobiography, edited by his son Henry ("Harry") who also authored the book's Preface, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY HENRY TROLLOPE. A very nice set in the Publisher's smooth dark rose cloth, with the expected fading to the spines, a little speckling to the boards, and very little wear. This copy has the uncommon dark green endpapers which Sadleir viewed as being of the earliest issue, as opposed to the common brown endpapers. Anthony Trollope wrote his Autobiography in the fall and winter of 1875, keeping the work secret until 1878 when he advised his son of its existence, stipulated that it be published swiftly after his death, and stating his intention that it be edited by Harry. This copy contains a presentation inscription from the Editor to the half-title of Volume I reading: "J. Langford / with kindest regards / H. M. T." (The recipient may well have been John Alfred Langford, an antiquarian, printer, and journalist of Birmingham.) As there are, of course, no copies of "An Autobiography" signed or inscribed by Anthony Trollope, this copy is likely the best signed copy that a Trollope collector can obtain. A very nice copy, with a PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION BY TROLLOPE'S BELOVED SON, THE EDITOR, HARRY M. TROLLOPE. First edition Signed

Price: USD 4,680.00
Inventory No: 0000771

No. 3 An Autobiography [TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION-a rare complete copy],

0000688 002

Trollope, Anthony

An extremely rare (of the "utmost rarity" per Smith) copy of the TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of Trollope's "An Autobiography", published by Harper & Brothers in their newspaper format Franklin Square Library. (This edition was published simultaneously with Blackwood's first English edition. The Preface by Trollope's son, Henry, was not published in this, the First American, issue of the work.) This is a Very Good + copy of the TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION PUBLISHED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. There is minor marginal chipping and ruffling, as one would expect, a small, light, marginal water stain on the first several pages (not invasive of the text), and some light pencil notations in the upper margin of the front wrapper. Unlike almost all extant issues in the series, the RARE OUTER WRAPPER IS PRESENT. What we believe may be the original mailing wrapper is also present. The spine staples are virtually unrusted and there is virtually no soiling or foxing. While the pages are age-toned, this copy is in remarkable condition given the ephemeral nature of the publication. The Franklin Square Library series was published by Harper to meet the large demand for literature at a low price. Usually selling for 10 or 15 cents a copy, the series eventually replaced Harper's Library of Select Novels Series and its Half-Hour Series. Trollope's "Is He Popenjoy" was the first issue in the Series and all of the remaining Trollope works published by Harper (except for some of his nonfiction works) were published in this Series. (Munro published the first American editions of Trollope's "Cousin Henry", "Two Heroines of Plumplington" and "The Landleaguers" in his newspaper format Seaside Library series.) (See Smith's Bibliography of Trollope's US publications.) Smith states: "This new series and its advertising logic sounded the death knell for collectors. First editions in this series are no longer books, but newspapers. Their fragility, format, and ephemeral makeup discouraged most buyers from keeping them.....few have survived." According to Smith, these issues are "rarely seen for sale and are usually found only in private collections and in certain research libraries." An extraordinary opportunity for the Trollope collector. Most Trollope collectors will never see this issue, much less own one. As with Trollope's first novels, the chance to own one is unlikely to arise often, if at all, for almost all collectors. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE ISSUE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF TROLLOPE'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY, PUBLISHED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. A collection distinguishing copy. First edition

Price: USD 1,950.00
Inventory No: 0000688

No. 4 Carrying A Torch (Clown War 22) [Signed],


Berrigan, Ted

A Fine copy in the Publisher's original stapled wrappers (slight color variation to the rear wrap, expected toning to pages), SIGNED AND LETTERED BY TED BERRIGAN on the Limitation Page. One of Ted Berrigan's last publications, only 500 copies were printed, and a mere 26 copies were lettered and signed by the famed Beat Poet. This is copy "I" (i.e., the ninth copy so lettered and signed). Signed and lettered copies were scarce from the moment of publication and now seem scarcer still. A Fine copy, SIGNED AND LETTERED BY TED BERRIGAN. RARE. First edition Signed

Price: USD 1,150.00
Inventory No: 00002245

No. 5 Chronique [Signed] ,


Saint-John Perse [Alexis Saint-Léger]; Fitzgerald, Robert: Translation

A Fine, Superior copy of the first American edition -- the first edition in English in book form, first printing (gift inscription to the first front free endpaper, small bookshop sticker to rear pastedown), in a Very Good + dust jacket (general edge wear and a small chip at the spine head -- the dust jacket, when found, is usually more worn than that on the copy offered here) SIGNED, PLACED, AND DATED BY SAINT-JOHN PERSE on the second front free endpaper as follows: "St.- John Perse / Washington, 1962". A Poem in 8 parts, with the text presented first in French and then in English. Born Alexis Leger in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (1887), Saint-John Perse (his adopted the pen name) returned to France with his family who fled the anti-colonist campaign then begun by the then newly-elected native President. He eventually joined France's diplomatic service, becoming General Secretary of the French Foreign Office, and refused to publish his writings while holding office, viewing it as improper for a Diplomat to do so. A strong anti-Nazi and viewed by the Vichy regime as a dangerous adversary, Perse was dismissed from his post and had his French Citizenship revoked upon the Vichy regime's ascension to power. Thereafter moving to Washington, D. C., Saint-John Perse suffered from great financial difficulties until Archibald MacLeish, then Director of the Library of Congress, raised private donations sufficient to permit Perse's employment by the Library. Perse resumed his literary work while exiled in Washington D.C. and won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Literature for "the soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time". One of Perse's works instrumental in his winning the Prize, the Nobel Committee singled out "Chronique" as "a prophetic appeal to Europe to consider the fatal moment, the turning point in the course of historical events." Signed copies of Perse's works, especially trade editions, are extremely scarce, and signed copies of his works in English translation are even more so. A Fine, Superior copy of one of the Author's more important works, SIGNED, PLACED, AND DATED BY SAINT-JOHN PERSE (ALEXIS LEGER). RARE. First American edition Signed

Price: USD 1,765.00
Inventory No: 00002894

No. 6 Eight Great Factors of Literary Success,

London, Jack

A Very Good or better copy (minor age toning, three horizontal fold lines-from having been folded twice, minor edge wear, just a bit of foxing) of the first printing (8 7/16" x 6") of this Jack London Broadside wherein Jack London sets forth the great factors of his literary success. A facsimile signature of London is printed at the bottom. A nice copy of an extremely scarce Jack London item, and, to the best of our knowledge, Jack London's only Broadside. SCARCE. First edition

Price: USD 1,950.00
Inventory No: 0000888

No. 7 Fierce and Gentle Warriors [Signed],


Sholokhov, Mikhail Aleksandrovich

A Near Fine copy of the first American edition, first printing (quite slightly askew, light edge wear), in a Very Good + to Near Fine dust jacket [spine lightly darkened, minor soiling to panels, minor age toning as is common to this jacket, light edge wear, and a touch of pushing at the spine head and top of front flap, quite short tears where each panel meets the spine head, the rear flap lacks laminate at the edge --- a presumed production defect as every jacket we have seen for this book is alike in this respect); three short stories of Mikhail Sholokhov, winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature, SIGNED BY MIKHAIL SHOLOKHOV on the title page. Signed copies of Sholokhov's work in English translation are quite scarce. The book itself is rather scarce in collectable condition and this dust jacket is easily the nicest we ever have seen. Signed copies of this work are RARE. A Near Fine copy, SIGNED BY MIKHAIL SHOLOKHOV. RARE. First American edition Signed

Price: USD 3,250.00
Inventory No: 00002836

No. 8 Framley Parsonage,


Trollope, Anthony

This is a Very Good copy (wear to board corners, one hinge expertly repaired) of Framley Parsonage in a RARE 3 Volumes in 1 format. This issue was unknown to Sadleir and we have never heard of, nor have we ever seen, another copy in over 25 years. While an integral part of Trollope's famed Barchester series of novels (being the 4th novel in that series), Framley Parsonage is an important work of Victorian fiction in its own right. Although he had had some limited (and we do mean limited) success with certain of his earlier novels, with Framley Parsonage Trollope had indeed "arrived" as a novelist. His most successful novel to date had been Dr. Thorne. Because of Dr. Thorne's success, Trollope's next novel was likely to be expectantly received by the reading public. Trollope, while working on an Irish tale called Castle Richmond, wrote to William Thackeray proposing himself for publication in the Cornhill Magazine, which was to begin publication in January, 1860 with Thackeray as editor. Thackeray wrote kindly and enthusiastically to Trollope about his proposal, and Smith, Elder (the publisher) wrote separately in late October, 1859 proposing to pay Trollope 1,000 Pounds (for Trollope an astonishing sum and much more than he had received for any of his previous works) for a three volume tale on condition that the first installment be in their hands no later than December 12th. Trollope proposed Castle Richmond, his novel then in progress, but Smith, Elder rejected it and insisted that Trollope instead provide a novel with an English setting and a clerical theme. This demand led Trollope to write Framley Parsonage, a thoroughly English novel, and the short time allotted forced him to place Framley Parsonage near Barchester and to fall back on his old friends, the Proudies and the archdeacon, the fictional world where Trollope had first developed his charm and genius. Castle Richmond, then accepted by Chapman and Hall, was published as Framley Parsonage ran in the Cornhill, the two works thus available to the public at the same time. Castle Richmond at first sold well on the strength of Dr. Thorne. However, once read and talked about, its sales flagged. (It was not one of Trollope's better efforts.) However, the reading public were talking excitedly of Framley Parsonage, anxiously awaiting each installment while praising Thackeray for having "discovered" Trollope, a great new novelist. Thackeray's procrastination kept him from writing the opening novel for the Cornhill and caused him to ask it of Trollope. Had Smith, Elder accepted Castle Richmond for serialization in the Cornhill, both Trollope and the Cornhill both likely would have suffered great damage to their nascent reputations. Instead, Thackeray's failure, coupled with Smith, Elder's insistence on an English clerical novel, sparked Trollope's true genius, helped the Cornhill to succeed as a publication, and brought Trollope to great fame. Sadleir states that Framley Parsonage is "an important novel with a reputation. This implies a more than purely Trollopian demand for its first edition and in consequence a high price level." Framley Parsonage was a huge success in serialization, and, consequently, a large first edition was published. Perhaps the success of the novel in the triple-decker format explains why so few copies were then left to be published in the 3 volumes in 1 format. Whatever the reason, the 3 volumes in 1 format of the novel is exceeding rare, unknown even to Sadleir who scoured the bookshops looking for Trollopes. A true opportunity for the Trollope collector to distinguish his or her collection. First edition

Price: USD 3,850.00
Inventory No: 0000178

No. 9 John Caldigate,


Trollope, Anthony

A Very Good or better copy of this Trollope triple-decker, bound in the Publisher's original lilac gray cloth, front panels decorated in black, rear panels blind stamped, spines decorated in gilt and black bands, bright pale yellow endpapers. Each volume has some rubbing to the spine ends, expected shelf wear to the board bottoms, and wear to the corners. Volume II has a small light spot to the front board. Each volume is free of bookplates and other indicia of prior ownership. Trollope's tale of an Englishman who, after relocating to Australia to make his fortune, does so and returns home. Once back in England, Caldigate takes a wife and is blessed by her with a son. He, and, of course, others are then quite surprised by the appearance in England of one of his many fiancees, this one claiming to have become his wife in Australia. The story was first serialized in Blackwood's Magazine and, though the tale is quintessential Trollope, his brother, Thomas, having read the first four (anonymous) installments, failed to perceive that his famous brother was the author. The book met with a positive reaction from the critics and the reading public alike, helping to bolster Trollope's then-flagging reputation. A rather nice set of a very enjoyable Trollope novel. First edition

Price: USD 6,500.00
Inventory No: 0000763

No. 10 LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE-DAME [Signed / Signe],


France, Anatole; Lalau, Maurice: Illustrations

A Very Good + copy of the first edition, first printing, bound in 3/4 leather with marbled boards and rich marbled endpapers and a banded spine with an elegant and finely tooled flat oval containing 6 gilt points and two sets of 3 red grapes (moderate edge wear), SIGNED BY ANATOLE FRANCE on the front free endpaper; one of 1500 copies numbered in arabic numerals (an additional XXV copies numbered with Roman Numerals also were published), with 27 beautiful chromolithographic illustrations by Maurice Lalau. Anatole France won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature for The book was printed on August 20, 1924 and, as Anatole France died on October 12 of that year, this likely is one of the last books he signed. Copies of the book are rather scarce and signed copies are especially so. A beautiful copy of a quite scarce book, SIGNED BY ANATOLE FRANCE. SCARCE/RARE. First edition Signed

Price: USD 3,000.00
Inventory No: 00002889

No. 11 Majors and Minors: Poems,


Dunbar, Paul Laurence

A Very Good + or better copy (perhaps Near Fine compared to the condition in which this rare volume is more typically found) in the Publisher's original second state cloth binding, with Dunbar's middle name errantly spelled "Lawrence". The second (of 2) books self-published by Dunbar. The son of former, escaped Slaves, Dunbar was the first Black American Poet to receive international recognition. He purposely wrote in a black dialect, giving a strong sense of authenticity to his work, and though the only student of his race at Dayton's Central High School, he served as Editor of the School's Newspaper and as Class President. With the assistance of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Dunbar also published an African-American newsletter named "The Dayton Tattler". Having gained some attention for his work, Dunbar self-published his first book ("Oak and Ivy") and sold it to riders on the elevator he operated in Dayton's Callahan Building. So promising was Dunbar that "Majors and Minors" brought him to the attention of William Dean Howells, author, literary critic, and former editor of "The Atlantic" magazine, and to national fame, with Frederick Douglass declaring him to be "the most promising young colored man in America." So well-known did Dunbar become that a number of libraries and schools are named after him. This is a remarkably nice copy of this important Dunbar work with a bit of shelf wear and rubbing to the volume's edges, as well as a bit of cracking to the floral endpapers. This copy is nevertheless in surprisingly nice condition as most copies, when found, are normally in a rather soiled and worn state. An excellent copy of Paul Dunbar's important and rather scarce second book. First edition

Price: USD 3,000.00
Inventory No: 00002072



Trollope, Anthony

A Near Fine copy of the First American edition of Anthony Trollope's "Marion Fay". EXTREMELY SCARCE. An extremely rare (of the "utmost rarity" per Smith) copy of the TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of Trollope's "Marion Fay", published by Harper & Brothers in their newspaper format Franklin Square Library. This is a Very Good + to Near Fine copy of this, the true first American edition. There are a very few corner creases and very minor chipping, much less than one would expect. As is the case with almost all extant issues in the series (and there are very few), the outer wrapper is lacking. The spine is gently rolled and what appears to be some newer stitching has been added in the middle of the spine as several pages have separated from the spine staples. The spine staples are virtually unrusted and there is virtually no soiling or foxing. The pages, including the illustrations, are unusually bright and clean and, all in all, this copy is in remarkable condition given the ephemeral nature of the publication. The Franklin Square Library series was published by Harper to meet the large demand for literature at a low price. Usually selling for 10 or 15 cents a copy, the series eventually replaced Harper's Library of Select Novels Series and its Half-Hour Series. Trollope's "Is He Popenjoy" was the first issue in the Series, and all of the remaining Trollope works published by Harper (except for some of his nonfiction works) were published in this Series. (Munro published the first American editions of Trollope's "Cousin Henry", "Two Heroines of Plumplington" and "The Landleaguers" in his newspaper format Seaside Library series.) (See Smith's Bibliography of Trollope's US publications.) Smith states: "This new series and its advertising logic sounded the death knell for collectors. First editions in this series are no longer books, but newspapers. Their fragility, format, and ephemeral makeup discouraged most buyers from keeping them.....few have survived." According to Smith, these issues are "rarely seen for sale and are usually found only in private collections and in certain research libraries." An extraordinary opportunity for the Trollope collector. Most Trollope collectors will never see this issue, much less own one. As with Trollope's first novels, the chance to own one is unlikely to arise often, if at all, for almost all collectors. AN EXTREMELY SCARCE TROLLOPE FIRST. A collection distinguishing item. First edition

Price: USD 1,450.00
Inventory No: 0000687

No. 13 Marriage Indenture of Trollope's Grandparents [Barchester Towers; The Way We Live Now; Framley Parsonage; Orley Farm; Doctor Thorne; The Last Chronicle of Barset; The Warden; Domestic Manners of the Americans; Michael Armstrong, Factory Boy; The Vicar of,


Trollope, Anthony [Trollope, Frances; Trollope, Thomas Adolphus]

An important Trollope Family Marriage Indenture: "Settlement made on the Marriage of Mr. Anthony Trollope & Miss Penelope Meetkerke 2nd Novr. 1767". A three page document handwritten in ink on vellum. The document sets forth a tripartite agreement respecting financial contributions to the marriage and is signed by Sir Thomas and Anthony Trollope on the Groom's side, Adolphus and Penelope Meetkerke on the Bride's side , and, as executors, by Thomas Middleton Trollope, William Trollope, Ralph Freeman, and Charles Meetkerke. The couple (Reverend Anthony Trollope and Penelope Trollope (Meetkerke) had four children born to their marriage, the eldest being Anthony Trollope, the failed barrister, failed farmer, failed entrepreneur, and the husband to the resourceful and successful novelist Frances Trollope. The latter couple were, of course, parents to the famed Victorian Era novelist Anthony Trollope. [The family had harbored seemingly reasonable hopes that it would benefit financially from the connection to Penelope Meetkerke Trollope's brother (Adolphus Meetkerke), but such hopes were not realized.] The Indenture, housed in a modern cloth box with leather label, is in Fine condition and a piece of history beautiful to behold. A unique and important document and part of a defining event in the history of a famed literary family. A collection-distinguishing item for the Trollope collector. First edition Signed

Price: USD 8,500.00
Inventory No: 0000930

No. 14 Nerve [Rare Uncorrected Proof],


Francis, Dick

The RARE UNCORRECTED PROOF of Dick Francis' scarce second novel (following an autobiography and "Dead Cert") in Very Good condition (mildly askew, expected vertical creasing to the spine, date stamp and faint pencil notation to front wrapper, small, neat prior owner signature to top of half-title, mild signs of use). Copies of the novel in this prepublication state are quite scarce and it is unlikely that many were printed. (At the time this proof was issued, Publisher's, especially British ones, produced them in quite limited quantities. Consequently, we expect that few copies of this Uncorrected Proof ever were produced.) (Under certain circumstances, a this book may be available at a 20% discount. Please feel free to inquire for details and requirements.) A Very Good UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY of Dick Francis' second novel. QUITE SCARCE. First edition

Price: USD 1,425.00
Inventory No: 00002737

No. 15 Raising Demons [Author's copy; Signed Presentation to Dedicatee's Son],

Jackson, Shirley

A Very Good copy (mildly askew, some foxing to the boards and pastedowns, dust jacket offsetting to the endpapers and pastedowns, spine ends pushed, light surface rubs to the topstain), in a Very Good dust jacket (mild sunning to spine, modest edge wear, small tear to top of front panel, some foxing), INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY SHIRLEY JACKSON TO THE DEDICATEE'S SON, AND FURTHER INSCRIBED TO HIS SON BY THE DEDICATEE, LOUIS SCHER and there dated by him "12/56". Jackson's inscription reads: "For Louis the IV. / Best / Shirley Jackson". Louis Scher's inscription reads: "Hope you enjoy / this / Dad / 12/56". Shirley Jackson's second family memoir (following "Life Among the Savages" - 1953). A prepublication copy inscribed and provided by Shirley Jackson to the Dedicatee's son at the Dedicatee's request, thus a Fine Association Copy inscribed both by the Author and by the Dedicatee, and owned by the Dedicatee's son. (The Uncorrected Proof provides a projected publication date of "January 21st 1957" and the first edition to the market states "First Printing, 1957". As this copy has no reference to the publication date and does not state that it is a later printing, and as it further is dated by the Dedicatee ( "12/56") prior to the book's publication, and, finally, as we believe Shirley Jackson would most likely have provided a copy to the Dedicatee's son at the Dedicatee's request prior to publication, we conclude that this is a prepublication copy provided by the Publisher to the Author prior to the book's publication. A Very Good AUTHOR'S COPY INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY SHIRLEY JACKSON TO THE DEDICATEE'S SON, AND FURTHER INSCRIBED TO HIS SON BY THE DEDICATEE AND DATED PRIOR TO THE BOOK'S PUBLICATION. A RARE INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPY. First edition Signed

Price: USD 2,850.00
Inventory No: 00002336

No. 16 Remarks on the Uses of the Definitive Article in the Greek Text of the New Testament, Containing Many New Proofs of the Divinity of Christ, from Passages Which Are Wrongly Translated in the Common English Version [Signed by the Editor],


Sharp, Granville

A Very Good + or better copy of Granville Sharpe's important "Remarks on the Uses of the Definitive Article in the Greek Text of the New Testament, Containing Many New Proofs of the Divinity of Christ, from Passages Which Are Wrongly Translated in the Common English Version" to which the Editor has added "A Plain Matter-of-Fact Argument for the Divinity of Christ", with a Presentation Inscription (presumed to be from the Editor) to the front page "[To] _____________ / From the Editor". One of Sharp's most important works, this publication contains an important principle for proper translation of Greek still known as "Sharp's Rule". "Sharp's Rule, still in use today, states that “When the copulative kai connects two nouns of the same case, if the article ho, or any of its cases, precedes the first of the said nouns or participles, and is not repeated before the second noun or participle, the latter always relates to the same person that is expressed or described by the first noun or participle ....” Perhaps best-known as an anti-slavery activist, Granville Sharp (10 November 1735 – 6 July 1813) was one of the first, and one of the most important, English campaigners for abolition of the Slave Trade and other social injustices, and whose efforts were instrumental in the founding of Sierra Leone. In 1765, Sharp met Jonathan Strong, a patient of his brother's and a slave who had been beaten by his Master and discarded as useless. Sharp's brother treated Strong for four months (at the Sharp family's expense) and found him employment. Upon seeing him in good condition, Strong's former master kidnapped and sold him back into slavery. Sharp won Strong's freedom by legal action and then was sued by the Masters, former and present. These events led to Sharp's being known as a "Defender of the Negro" and to a plea from James Somersett, an escaped Slave from Virginia. With his now extensive knowledge on the matter, Sharp briefed Somersett's lawyers and in this famous case England's law and escaped Slaves who reached England were thereafter considered Free Men. Sharp's "Remarks" in the first edition are, in our experience, RARE. First edition Signed

Price: USD 1,250.00
Inventory No: 00002506

No. 17 Selected Poems [Publisher's copy with Ted Hughes' Autograph Corrections], 1957-1967


Hughes, Ted

A Very Good + copy of the Publisher's advance working copy, WITH CORRECTIONS MADE BY TED HUGHES (IN BLUE INK) IN HIS HAND; in tape bound stiff cards, this Advance Copy appears to consist of the long galleys trimmed to eliminate the textless bottoms and to leave the draft text itself, which Ted Hughes has corrected. A RARE ADVANCE COPY WITH CORRECTIONS BY TED HUGHES IN HIS OWN HAND. A collection-distinguishing item. RARE. First printing

Price: USD 4,650.00
Inventory No: 00002608

No. 18 Skerryvore: Original Plans for Proposed Alterations and Municipal Map locating Skerryvore,

Stevenson, Robert Louis

ORIGINAL PLANS FOR AN ADDITION TO SKERRYVORE, Robert Louis Stevenson's home in Bournemouth where he had his famous dream and then wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, among other famous works. TOGETHER WITH ORIGINAL PLAN AND SECTION OF MIDDLE ROAD (2 PAGES), WITH EACH DRAWING NOTING THE LOCATION OF SKERRYVORE and indicating the property owners along Middle Road (and, thus, many of the neighbors to Skerryvore). The house plans were prepared in 1900 for proposed modifications to the house by a successor in ownership and the Middle Road plans were prepared by a surveyor for the Bournemouth Commissioners in 1895. While there are some tears to each of the documents, they are in quite nice condition overall. Skerryvore, whose lawns ran down from the house to Alum Chine Road, is where Stevenson lived from 1884 until his departure for Samoa (where he died in 1894). The home was a "wedding present" from Stevenson's father to Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, four years after their marriage--most likely the father's attempt to keep his peripatetic son near to him in his last years--and was then inherited by Stevenson upon his father's death in 1887. Named after "Skerryvore", the tallest lighthouse in Scotland and one designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson, who, like Stevenson's father, was a leading lighthouse engineer, the house was destroyed by German bombs on November 16, 1940. There now stands in its place a memorial garden containing a statue of the lighthouse for which the home was named. These ORIGINAL PLANS are unique to the market and likely comprise the only plans available, or hereafter likely to be available, for purchase. An important record of Stevenson's house and a rare opportunity for the Stevenson collector. First printing

Price: USD 5,000.00
Inventory No: 0000212

No. 19 The Abysmal Brute in the dust jacket [Together with Original Jack London Article about the Fight in the San Francisco Examiner; Together with a glass negative of a photograph of the fight],


London, Jack

A Near Fine copy (quite mild edge wear, light tanning in the joints) in the Publisher's original green cloth ( the variant, second state binding) in a Very Good + to Near Fine, and Scarce, dust jacket (wear and light loss at and adjacent to the spine ends, short closed tear to bottom of rear panel and modest chip to top of rear spine panel), with the single page of advertisements at the end (p. 170). A prizefighting tale thought to have been inspired by the great Johnson-Jeffries boxing match. Jeffries, the Great White Hope, had come out of retirement to fight the "Negro" Johnson in order to take the heavyweight championship from him, stating: "I feel obligated to the sporting public at least to make an effort to reclaim the heavyweight championship for the white race. . . . I should step into the ring again and demonstrate that a white man is king of them all." The population of Reno, Nevada nearly quadrupled for the fight, and Jack London covered the great match for the San Francisco Examiner. TOGETHER WITH: TWO PARTIAL ISSUES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, one dated June 30, 1910 and one dated July 1, 1910, each containing articles about the then-impending championship fight between Jack Johnson (known as "The Galveston Giant") and Jim Jeffries (known as "The Boilermaker") for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, which took place years after Jeffries had refused to fight the "Negro" Johnson in a public match. Their ultimate championship match was bathed in racial overtones, and the outcome led to race riots (oddly, on July 4th). (After a film made of the fight was distributed, Congress banned the distribution of prizefighting films across state lines and President Teddy Roosevelt proposed banning all prize fights in America.) Prior to the fight, a New York Times editorial stated: "If the Black man wins, thousands and thousands of his ignorant brothers will misinterpret his victory as justifying claims to much more than mere physical equality with their white neighbors. If the Negro loses, the members of his race will be taunted and irritated because of their champion's downfall." The fight took place in Reno, Nevada, on July 4, 1910, and ended after the 15th round when, some say, Jeffries' corner would not let him return to the fight for fear that Johnson would knock him out. The July 1, 1910 issue contains AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY JACK LONDON (with a standard author's photo) written by Jack London, an avid and quite knowledgeable boxing fan, respecting the impending fight and presenting London's view of it, as well as a separate photograph showing Jack London and Rex Beach conversing. Each partial newspaper consists of 4 pages, being the front page of the "Sporting News" section, together with the second, penultimate, and last pages. In addition to the center fold made upon issuance, each section has been folded once more. Each is fragile, as expected, with some tears, also as expected, but nevertheless remain in good condition. TOGETHER WITH AN ORIGINAL CAPTIONED GLASS PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE showing Johnson standing over a knocked-down Jeffries half sitting up with one glove on the rope for support. The negative is in surprisingly good condition, with the image and caption bounded by paper tape (some loss to tape), presumably placed thereon by the photographer or publisher. The caption reads: "The end came in the 15th round. Jeffries was battered, weak but game. Johnson shot a hard left to the stomach and, for the first time in his career, Jeffries was knocked down. Groping for the ropes, he pulled himself up was knocked down twice again before Tex Richard (left), who was referee as well as promoter, stepped in and stopped the fight." The photograph taken from the negative appeared in Life Magazine. A RARE AND INTERESTING COLLECTION OF ITEMS. First edition

Price: USD 1,375.00
Inventory No: 00002086

No. 20 The Emperor Jones, Diff'rent, the Straw [Signed],


O'Neill, Eugene G.

A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing in the Publisher's original paper-covered boards (light handling soil, spine head pushed, light edge wear, small cracks to paper at top leading corner of the front board and bottom leading corner of the rear board, lacking the scarce dust jacket), SIGNED BY EUGENE O'NEILL on the half-title; a book containing 3 of Eugene O'Neill's plays, including his breakthrough Play, "The Emperor Jones", which received great critical acclaim, was his first major box office success, and launched his career. First staged on November 1, 1920, the play features Brutus Jones, an African-American who, after being imprisoned for murder, escapes from prison and goes to a Caribbean island where he declares himself to be Emperor. After its opening at the Playwright's Theatre in New York, the work met with such success that it was relocated to a larger locale and then, after finishing its run on Broadway, went on a nationwide tour. The Play's London production, staged in 1924 and starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones, earned Robeson excellent reviews and helped ignite his career, leading in no small measure to his casting in the London production of "Show Boat". O'Neill's works tend to feature tragedy and pessimism, reflecting his own life. (His Father, Mother, and brother all died within a 3-year period. His two sons, Eugene, Jr. -- an alcoholic, and Shane -- a heroin addict, each committed suicide, and O'Neill disowned his only daughter, Oona when, at age 18, she married Charlie Chaplin, then 54.) Thrice married, O'Neill divorced twice and his third wife became addicted to potassium bromide, which addiction destroyed any marital bliss they had. O'Neill himself suffered from alcoholism and depression. Dying in a Sheraton Hotel in Boston, O'Neill's last words were said to be: "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room." O'Neill was remarkably successful for a man of his nature and life experience, winning 3 Pulitzer Prizes: 1920 for "Beyond the Horizon", 1921 for "Anna Christie", and 1928 for "Strange Interlude", and the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature for "the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy". As no nominees for the 1936 Prize were deemed worthy of it, the Nobel Committee, as it was then, but is no longer, permitted by its Statutes, elected to reserve the Prize and to select a winner in 1937. O'Neill then was awarded the 1936 Prize, which was presented to him in 1937. A 775-copy signed limited edition of "The Emperor Jones" (without the other two plays) was published in 1928 and is readily obtainable, while signed copies of the Play's true first edition, offered here, are remarkably scarce. A Very Good copy of Eugene O'Neill's breakthrough Play, SIGNED BY EUGENE O'NEILL. QUITE SCARCE. First edition Signed

Price: USD 2,675.00
Inventory No: 00002851

No. 21 The Golden Lion of Granpere [Rose Trollope's Copy; Henry Trollope's Copy],


Trollope, Anthony [Trollope, Rose]

A Very Good copy of the second edition, illustrated (i.e. the first illustrated edition), in the Publisher's original green cloth stamped in black and gilt (spine ends and board corners with some rubbing, short split to upper front joint, light stain to the front free endpaper, front hinge cracked, rear hinge slightly cracked). An exceedingly rare Family copy of this book with Rose Trollope's bookplate to the front pastedown and Henry Trollope's signature ("H. M. Trollope" -- who likely inherited the book from Rose Trollope) to the front free endpaper. Such family copies rarely come to the market. A Very Good copy with a rare and marvelous association and Provenance. First edition thus

Price: USD 2,450.00
Inventory No: 00002368

No. 22 The Real David Copperfield [Association copy from Robert Graves to Poet William J. Ellis and Maria Paz de Mendoza],


Graves, Robert [Dickens, Charles]

A Very Good copy (spine sunned and with some foxing, corners rubbed, modest shelf wear, prize plate to the front free endpaper). An ASSOCIATION COPY FROM ROBERT GRAVES TO FELLOW POET WILLIAM J ELLIS AND HIS WIFE MARIA PAZ DE MENDOZA and INSCRIBED to them on the front free endpaper: "Bill & Cuca / with love / from Robert / Deia/ -1971-". (A small coastal village on the island of Majorca, Spain, now known for its famous literary and musical residents. Robert Graves was one of the first foreigners to make his home there, which he did with Laura Riding, leaving with her at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and returning there with his new wife, Beryl, in 1946. Graves died at Deia in 1985.) Graves considered Dickens' David Copperfield to be not well-written and judged that at least 250,000 of the 500,000 words written by Dickens (needed solely to reach the required 20 Parts in which it originally was published in 1849-1950) were unnecessary. This novel, as editied and revised by Graves, presents the tale in a much more readable form. Signed copies of Graves' Limited Editions abound, but signed copies of his trade editions do not. Association copies are rarer still. A Very Good ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED, SIGNED, DATED, AND PLACED BY ROBERT GRAVES. First edition Signed

Price: USD 1,425.00
Inventory No: 00002165

No. 23 The Voyages and Discoveries of The Companions of Columbus [SIGNED BY WASHINGTON IRVING],


Irving, Washington

The First American edition (preceded only by the English edition), bound in the Publisher's original first issue brown boards, respined with the original very lightly chipped spine label laid down. SIGNED BY WASHINGTON IRVING. An about very good copy of this companion piece to Irving's earlier work on Columbus, without the advertisements at the front (no priority). "Friends Social Library No. 3" is written on the front pastedown and the boards have some wear, with the corners rounded and rubbed through. The book carries the bookplate of Augustus Wynne Cook to one free endpaper and is SIGNED BY IRVING to the other. A good, solid copy (with foxing, especially near the front and rear) with supple pages, and in the Publisher's original boards (respined-original label laid down). This copy is from the collection of Gustavus Wynne Cook. Cook was a wealthy Philadelphia industrialist, who constructed a famed private observatory on his property with what was then the world's largest "star camera", and who had a keen interest in the literary world as well. An quite uncommon book to find SIGNED BY WASHINGTON IRVING. (Only 3,000 copies of the First Edition were printed.) Signed Irving works are scarce and signed copies of this work are quite so. First edition Signed

Price: USD 3,500.00
Inventory No: 0000278

No. 24 The Way to Cook [Signed Association Copy],


Child, Julia

Fine copy (spine ends with some light edge pushing, small rub spot at bottom of page block), in a Near Fine dust jacket (some wrinkling to lower edge of front flap), SIGNED BY JULIA CHILD ON THE TITLE PAGE as follows: "Bon Appetit / Julia Child'. The copy here offered belonged to famed restauranteur Elaine Kaufman, who owned and operated New York City's "Elaine's", a restaurant highly favored by person's of high social status, film directors, actors, and many authors. Frequent guests included Wood Allen, who sat at Table 8 and who also filmed a scene for "Manhattan" there, Jacqueline Kennedy (Table 10), and William Styron (Table 4), Gay Talese, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer (who, after arguing with Elaine one day, vowed never to return and wrote her an unflattering letter - Elaine wrote "Boring" on the letter and sent it back to him, after which he resumed dining at the restaurant), George Plimpton (who had his wedding reception there), Mario Puzo, Frank Sinatra (who, at the restaurant, refused to shake Puzo's hand), Phil Spector (who there was punched in the nose by New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy), Willie Morris, Joseph Heller, Frank Conroy, Dan Jenkins, and many others. While by unspoken rule the diners paid no real attention to the celebrities, Mick Jagger's appearance silenced the room, and Willie Nelson, of course, kissed all of the women at the bar. Winston Groom dined there often and claimed to have spent thousands of dollars on Elaine's veal piccata. Signed copies of the book are not common, and Association copies are scarce. An essentially Fine copy, SIGNED BY JULIA CHILD. First edition Signed

Price: USD 1,300.00
Inventory No: 00002407

No. 25 A Crown of Feathers [Signed: Book, Proof, and Award Speech. Each Signed, Two Association Copies, Two Advance Copies],


Singer, Isaac Bashevis

A Near Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, in a Very Good + dust jacket, SIGNED; TOGETHER WITH the scarce UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF, SIGNED; TOGETHER WITH Singer's NATIONAL BOOK AWARD SPEECH, SIGNED; three signed items o, or related to, Nobel Prize-Winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer's National Book Award-Winning collection of stories "A Crown of Feathers". The first edition, first printing of the book is in Near Fine condition (spine ends gently and lightly pushed, light surface rubbing at spine ends, top edge of page block foxed, a few tiny spots of foxing to base and front edge of page block, minor shelf wear and some minor marking to base of spine and board bottoms), in a Very Good + dust jacket (minor edge wear, minor soiling to rear panel, age toning at flap edges, remnants of price sticker to front flap), and is INSCRIBED, SIGNED, AND DATED BY NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER TO FELLOW AUTHOR AND FRIEND DAVID MCCULLOUGH. (McCullough twice won the Pulitzer prize -- for "Truman" in 1992 and for John Adams in 2001.) This is a PUBLISHER'S ADVANCE REVIEW COPY of the Book, with the Publisher's review slip loosely laid in. The UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF in the Publisher's original blue wrappers is in Fine condition (with a small spot on the rear wrapper), is housed in a custom box, and is INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY SINGER on the front free endpaper to noted New York bookseller Burt Britten (a/k/a "Burt Britton", co-founder of Madison Avenue's "Books and Company" who also helped run The Strand bookstore): "To Burt and Kozby / Isaac B. Singer"; A Fine Association copy. The NATIONAL BOOK AWARD SPEECH delivered by Singer in 1975 is in Fine condition, is housed in a custom box, and is SIGNED BY ISAAC SINGER on the front page. (We presume this to be a contemporary copy of the speech and not the sheets from which Singer actually read the speech.) ALL THREE OF THE ITEMS OFFERED TOGETHER HERE ARE RARE. Signed copies of the book's first printing are quite scarce. Advance review copies of the book are scarce. Association copies are rare. In this copy we have all 3 features combined and signed Association Review Copies, as offered here, are Rare indeed. The Uncorrected Proof of this important Singer book are quite scarce, and signed copies of the Uncorrected Proof are Rare. Finally, in our experience, signed copies of Singer's National Book Award Acceptance Speech are Rare as well. A remarkable collection of three items related to one of Singer's important National Book Award-Winning book, two of which are Association Copies, two of which are Advance Copies, and ALL THREE OF WHICH ARE SIGNED BY ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER. RARE. First edition Signed

Price: USD 3,250.00
Inventory No: 00002913