Fly-Fishing in Salt and Fresh Water.
London: Van Voorst, 1851. First edition. Read More about Fly-Fishing in Salt and Fresh Water
The mid-November list from James Cummins Bookseller is a wide-ranging miscellany of newly catalogued inventory, including the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare’s Plays (1685), the second edition of Anne Bradstreet’s Poems (1758), Ricky Jay’s copy of The Life of Captain James Whitney (1693), the second edition of Beowulf, J.S. Mill’s Principles of Political Economy (1848), a typescript selection from Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth (ca. 1933), Dieter Roth’s Copley Monograph (1965), a signed copy of Wilfrid Thesiger’s The Life of My Choice (1987), and a photograph of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at home which bears a long inscription by Sylvia to Ted's parents on the reverse.
London: Van Voorst, 1851. First edition. Read More about Fly-Fishing in Salt and Fresh Water
Copenhagen: Trykt hos Andreas Seidelein, 1820. First edition in Danish, and the second complete translation in any language. The second translation of Beowulf, Very Scarce. A handsome first edition copy of N.F.S. Grundtvig's (1783-1872) Danish translation of the classic epic poem Beowulf. Grundtvig was a bishop and the first great..... Read More about Bjowulfs Drape. Et gothisk helte-digt fra forrige aar-tusinde, af angel-saxisk paa danske riim
New York & Washington: The Neale Publishing Company, 1909-1912. First edition, Number 22 of 250 copies, signed by the author "with compliments of AMBROSE BIERCE on ffep of Volume One. Signed by the Author. After fighting in the Civil War and traveling exstensively throughout the Americas, Bierce found his fame..... Read More about The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce
New York: Mail and Express Job Print, 1904. First edition. Inscribed. Inscribed opposite the title “Compliments of the author J.R. Bradley” Big Game hunting by the author and his friend T.T. Reese in the Stickeen (sic) River Country. The trials of traveling consume the first 28 pp., after which are..... Read More about Hunting Big Game in Northwest British Columbia
Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1897. First edition. Author's own copy with his annotations throughout. Michel Bréal (1832-1915) was a classical philologist. He studied Indoeuropean languages under Franz Bopp and Albrecht Weber, and translated into French Bopp's main work, Vergleichende Grammatik des Sanskrit, Zend, Griechischen, Lateinischen, Litauischen, Gotischen und Deutschen..... Read More about Essai de sémantique (Science des significations
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., Cornhill, 1847. First edition, without publisher's adverts or notice for the Calcutta Review found in some copies. The rare first edition, with half-titles. The first published novel by the Brontë sisters, done in a small edition of about 500 copies. It was immensely popular, and..... Read More about Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. In Three Volumes
1930s-70s. An assortment of Pearl S. Buck ephemera, including two copies of annotated typescript. Pearl S. Buck (b.1892 - d.1973) was the daughter of American missionaries to China, and an author whose 1931 novel 'The Good Earth' won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, Buck won the Nobel Prize..... Read More about Pearl S. Buck Collection
London: Grant Richards, 1903. First edition. The Author’s Most Famous Book. Butler's posthumously-published semi-autobiographical novel, a satire of Victorian mores that ensured his lasting fame. A.A. Milne called it “the second-best novel in the English language” (“A Household Book”, Not That It Matters, 1919). With an elaborate mock heraldic bookplate..... Read More about The Way of All Flesh
London: Printed for John Murray, 1815. First edition, first issue with Roger's “Jacqueline” and Campbell's “Selected Beauties” listed second and third on the second page of advertisements. Includes extra half-titles and title-pages at rear, allowing the poems to be bound in two volumes. Read More about Hebrew Melodies
[Rochester, NY ?]: 1899. First edition and apparently unrecorded. A manuscript slip, " 'Compliments of the 'Children,' " is tipped in before the first leaf. UNRECORDED. Illustrated diary of William B. Burke's three-week hunting and fishing trip up the Saguenay River into the country south of Chicoutimi in early October..... Read More about Memories of Chicoutimi
August 3, 1950. Published: Mademoiselle, April 1951. Collected in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958). The Mademoiselle magazine file copy of the typescript, with editorial corrections, of Truman Capote’s acclaimed story, “House of Flowers”, the story of Haitian prostitute Ottilie, beautiful and strong-willed yet doomed by circumstances. With a short typed note..... Read More about The House of Flowers. Corrected Typescript
New York: Random House, . First edition, first printing. Inscribed for Anya and Harold Arlen. Inscribed by Capote "For Anya and Harold [Arlen]/with much love from/Truman Capote [this crossed out] (ha ha)" on the half-title. Dated below in pencil Apr 26-67. And with a Random House compliments slip laid-in "The..... Read More about In Cold Blood. A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
Philadelphia: Printed by W. Hall, Jun. & G. W. Pierie, 1809. First edition. Early American Penmanship Manual. A protégé (?) of famed American writing master John Jenkins, the work closely follows the theories and practices laid out in Jenkins's The Art of Writing (Boston: 1791). Indeed some have gone so..... Read More about A New and Easy Introduction to the Art of Analytical Penmanship, on an Improved Plan of...
Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1787-8. First Worcester editions. Gorgeous Copies of a Children’s Classic. Isaiah Thomas’ edition of History of Little Goody Two Shoes, the famed nursery classic and “the most celebrated of all the books in John Newbery’s Lilliputian library” (Rosenbach), together with A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, “one of the..... Read More about History of Little Goody Two Shoes [and:] The Juvenile Biographer; containing the Lives of Little...
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1899. First edition, first printing, second state with single quotation mark on p. 459. Read More about The River War. An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. Edited by Col. F. Rhodes
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. First edition, first state binding. The first part of this work, A True Story, was first published in the Atlantic in November 1874. The story is a retelling of the experiences of Mary Ann Cord (renamed “Aunt Rachel” in the story), the African-American..... Read More about A True Story, and the Recent Carnival of Crime. By Mark Twain
Princeton, NJ: Privately printed, 1902. One of 60 copies, “LX Exemplarum in Usum Amicorum”. The text of this essay by President Cleveland originally appeared as an article in The Saturday Evening Post. Read More about A Defense of Fishermen
Cambridge: John Owen, 1842. First edition. "In 1799 [Cleveland] visited the northwest coast, including Alaska, and in 1803 California ... [he] was at the Old Sitka site of the first Russian establishment the day following Baranov's making a deal with Katleut, a Sitkan chief, which enabled him to start building..... Read More about A Narrative of Voyages and Commercial Enterprises
[Genoa: No date, but circa 1893]. One of 25 copies on vellum: XXV tantum exemplaribus membranaceis non venalibus. A facsimile of the Rome 1493 edition of the Columbus printed by Stephan Plannck, the first edition in Latin. Read More about Epistola Christofori Colom: cui ętas nostra multũ debet: de Insulis Indię supra Gangem nuper...
London: Smith, Elder & Co.; Cambridge, [Printed at the University Press], 1858, 1877. First editions. Original editions of the rare poems of William Johnson Cory (1823-1892), one of the precursors of the Uranian Poets, was master at Eton from 1845 to 1872. He had “not only the superficial renown of..... Read More about Ionica. [And:] Ionica II
London: Charles Brome, 1687. Fourth edition, first published in 1674 as The Compleat Gamester. Read More about Instructions how to play at billiards, trucks, bowls, and chess. Together with all manner of...
London: Published by George Hogarth Turner, [1870-1874]. Only edition. Deerstalking in Scotland in the 1870s: Crealock’s magnum opus. A superb set of the rare deerstalking albums of career soldier Henry Hope Crealock (1831-1891), who served in Crimea, India, China, and in the war in Zululand. His sketches from the field..... Read More about Deerstalking Portfolio, comprising:] Among the Red Deer, Sketches from Nature in the Forest...
Los Angeles: 1918. Unique. A delightful memoir of a camping trip to Parmachenee Lake, Maine, in 1871, prepared for the author’s grandson, to whom the preface is addressed, with a series of oval watercolors of outdoor scenes throughout the text. Unique and charming record. Read More about A Trip to Parmachenee Lake, Maine
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1840. First edition, presumed second printing with “i” on copyright page undotted and headline on broken running head on p. 9. Read More about Two Years Before the Mast. A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
[Upper Montclair, New Jersey]: The Nutmeg Point District Mail, 2022. First edition, one of 25 copies for members and friends of the Avram Davidson Society (edition of 160). Publications of the Avram Davidson Society, number six. Published in Napoli on 11 September 2022. NAPLES is a fine press edition of..... Read More about Naples