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 BAUM, L. FRANK, Master Key, the
Master Key, the
Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill Company Publishers, 1901. An 'Electrical' Fairy Tale BAUM, L. Frank. The Master Key. An electrical fairy tale. Founded upon the mysteries of electricity and the optimism of its devotees. It was written for boys, but others may read it. Illustrations by F.Y. Cory. Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill Company Publishers, [1901]. First edition, third state, with the copyright notice having the publisher's name measuring 1 25/32 inches in length. Small octavo. [xvi], 245, [1, blank] pp. Twelve color plates, numerous black and white text illustrations. Original olive green cloth stamped in gilt on front cover and spine. Color pictorial label on front cover. Back cover with title stamped in blind. Armorial bookplate of Clayton Smith on front paste-down and ink inscription dated 1905 on free end-paper. A bright and near fine copy. This "electrical fairy tale" expresses Baum's lifelong fascination with scientific discovery. The protagonist is actually the author's second son, Robert Stanton Baum, to whom the book is dedicated and who recalled this boyhood interest in electrical gadgetry in an autobiography published in The Baum Bugle, Christmas 1970 and Spring 1971. The Baum Bugle, Autumn 1968, p. 19. Schiller 77. .
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Book number: 03847
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Keywords: Children's Books Illustrated Books Fantasy Literature

 BERENDT, JOHN, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
New York: Random House, 1994. The Longest Standing Best Seller on the New York Times List BERENDT, John. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. A Savannah Story. New York: Random House, [1994]. First edition. Octavo (9 3/16 x 5 9/16 inches; 233 x 137 mm.). [viii], 388, [iv], pp. Publisher's quarter black cloth over black paper boards, front cover with "JB" stamped n gilt, spine lettered in gilt. A mint copy in the original pictorial dust jacket. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a non-fiction work by John Berendt. Published in 1994, the book was Berendt's first, and became a The New York Times bestseller for 216 weeks following its debut and still, to this day, the longest-standing best-seller of the Times. The book was subsequently made into a 1997 movie, directed by Clint Eastwood and was loosely on Berendt's story of the real-life events that took place in Savannah, Georgia in the 1980s. The film features Kevin Spacey as Jim Williams, a man on trial for murder, and John Cusack as John Kelso, a writer covering the case. Several changes were made in adapting the film from the novel. Many of the more colorful characters were eliminated or made into composite characters. The writer, played by Cusack, was based upon Berendt, but was given a love interest not featured in the book, played by Eastwood's daughter Alison Eastwood. The multiple Williams trials were combined into one on-screen trial. Jim Williams' real life attorney Sonny Seiler appears in the movie in the role of Judge White, the presiding judge of the trial. John Berendt (born December 5, 1939) is an American author, known for writing the best-selling non-fiction book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. .
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Book number: 03389
USD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 226.5 | £UK 190.5 | JP 27381]
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 BURNETT, FRANCES HODGSON, Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy
New-York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. First Edition, First Isue of Little Lord Fauntleroy With a Signed Quotation from the Book BURNETT, Frances Hodgson. Little Lord Fauntleroy. New-York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. First edition, first issue, with the imprint of the De Vinne Press on the verso of the final leaf of text. With a signed ink quotation from the book loosely inserted ""He was always/lovable because/he was simple and/loving"/Frances Hodgson Burnett". (p. 205, line 16). Small quarto (8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches; 209 x 165 mm.). xi, [xii], 209, [1], [14, ads] pp. With twenty-six illustrations from drawings by Reginald B. Birch, many of them full-page. Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in red, black and gilt, brown coated endpapers. Minimal rubbing to extremities, inner hinges sound. An excellent copy with an original quotation from the book. Chemised in a quarter dark blue morocco slipcase (chemise joints neatly strengthened). Little Lord Fauntleroy is a sentimental novel by the English-American writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, her first children's novel. It was published as a serial in St. Nicholas Magazine from November 1885 to October 1886, then as a book by Scribner's (the publisher of St. Nicholas) in 1886. The novel's protagonist, Cedric, and his mother, Dearest, live in America until Cedric learns that he is to inherit the title and estate of his paternal grandfather. The mother and son then move to England, where Cedric, as Lord Fauntleroy, charms his embittered grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, and everyone else he meets with his open, egalitarian ways. In the illustrations for the novel and in the popular stage play that followed, Cedric's hair was worn in shoulder-length curls. He is clad in velvet knee pants and a white lace collar (which would later be referred to as a Lord Fauntleroy collar). Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was a British-born American novelist and playwright who was born in Cheetham, Manchester, England. She is best known for the three children's novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), A LittlePrincess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911). After her father died in 1852, the family fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 they emigrated to the United States, settling in New Market, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870, her mother died, and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor. The Burnetts lived for two years in Paris, where their two sons were born, before returning to the United States to live in Washington, D.C. Burnett then began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o' Lowrie's), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy and ALittle Princess. Beginning in the 1880s, Burnett began to travel to England frequently and in the 1890s bought a home there, where she wrote The Secret Garden. Her oldest son, Lionel, died of tuberculosis in 1890, which caused a relapse of the depression she had struggled with for much of her life. She divorced Swan Burnett in 1898, married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. A few years later she settled in Nassau County, New York, where she died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery. In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honor in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts her two famous Secret Garden characters, Mary and Dickon. BAL 2064. .
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Book number: 04735
USD 1950.00 [Appr.: EURO 1765.25 | £UK 1485.25 | JP 213569]
Keywords: Books into Film Nineteenth-Century Literature

Raggedy Animal Book, the
Chicago [&] New York: Rand McInally & Company, 1928. Fantastic and Realistic Animal Illustrations CADY, Harrison, illustrator. The Raggedy Animal Book. By Sherman Ripley. With illustrations by Harrison Cady.Chicago [&] New York: Rand McInally & Company, [1928]. First edition. Quarto (11 x 8 inches; 266 x 203 mm.). 96 pp. Eight full-page color illustrations (including illustration on front cover) and four half-page color illustrations, numerous black & white illustrations including several full-page. Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine lettered in black and with the eighth color illustration pasted onto the front panel, pictorial endpapers printed in green and black. Original pictorial dust jacket with the same color illustration as on front panel of book. Minimal rubbing to extremities of dust jacket, otherwise near fine. Walter Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was an American illustrator and author, best known for his Peter Rabbit comic strip which he wrote and drew for twenty-eight years. He had a long career as a newspaper and magazine illustrator, as well as illustrating numerous children's books. Some of his most delightful drawings were in The Raggedy Animal Book which featured both fantastic and realistic animal illustrations. .
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Book number: 03848
USD 550.00 [Appr.: EURO 498 | £UK 419 | JP 60238]
Keywords: Ripley, Sherman Children's Books Illustrated Books

Sketch Book, the
London: George Newnes Limited, 1902. A Very Fine Cedric Chivers Morocco, Vellucent and Mother-of-Pearl Binding CHIVERS, Cedric, binder. IRVING, Washington. SULLIVAN, Edmund J. illustrator. [Rip Van Winkle]. The Sketch Book by Washington Irving with illustrations by Edmund J. Sullivan. London: George Newnes Limited, 1902. First edition with the Edmund J. Sullivan illustrations. Limited to 30 copies printed on Japanese vellum, signed by Edmund J. Sullivan, of which 25 are for sale, this being #24. Octavo ( 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches; 197 x 130 mm.). Two volumes bound in one. xvi, 263, [1, imprint]; vii, [1, blank], 286, [1, imprint], [1, blank] pp. Title-pages printed in red and black. Pagination includes two separate limitation statements, each signed by Edmund J. Sullivan in black ink and both with the number "24" in red ink. Ten full-page plates with original tissue-guards. Some very light water-staining to the top margins of some of the plates and tissue guards, otherwise a very fine copy. Bound ca. 1902 by Cedric Chivers (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in " Bound by Cedric Chivers for Brentano's"). Full dark brown levant morocco over beveled boards, front cover triple-ruled in gilt surrounding a large rectangular panel measuring 5 7/8 x 3 1/8 inches containing a magnificent hand-painted vellucent and mother-of-pearl image of Rip Van Winkle within an elaborate window frame of inlaid brown morocco. Lower cover ruled in gilt, smooth spine with ornate gilt border and lettering. Gilt-ruled turn-ins, pink marbled end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut. With the engraved bookplate of Agnes Dorothea Agar on front paste-down. A fine example of a Chivers morocco, vellucent and mother-of-pearl binding. Cedric Chivers, established his business in 1878 in the premises formerly occupied by Robert Rivire in Union Street, Bath. They subsequently moved to a double fronted shop at 39 Gay Street and then, as the business expanded, to a large house at Portway in Combe Park where they operated until 1990. In its prime the company experimented and specialized in highly skilled and beautiful bindings; this example designed and executed by Una Sweet, being one of them. What is interesting is that the designer and artist Una Sweet was apparently unknown to Marianne Tidcombe - and we can find no information on her other than the description in the original 1903 Chivers catalog. "In his large bindery at Portway, Bath, Chivers employed about forty women for folding, sewing, mending, and collating work, and in addition, five more women worked in a separate department, to design, illuminate, and colour vellum for book decoration, and to work on embossed leather. These five were Dorothy Carleton Smyth, Alice Shepherd, Miss J.D. Dunn, Muriel Taylor, and Agatha Gales. Most Vellucent bindings were designed by H. Granville Fell, but the woman most frequently employed for this kind of work was probably Dorothy Carleton Smyth. Alice Sheherd did some of the painting, and also produced designs for gold tooling around Vellucent panels; however she is best known for the cut and embossed leatherwork she did for Chivers. Chivers, at times also employed other women to work for him, in their own homes or studios. Probably the most talented woman designer Chivers employed was the Scottish artist Jessie M. King. Jessie King (1878-1949) attended the Glasgow School of Art. " (Marianne Tidcombe, Women Bookbinders 1880-1920, p. 86-87). Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", both of which appear in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Edmund Joseph Sullivan (1869-1933), usually known as E. J. Sullivan, was a British book illustrator who worked in a style which merged the British tradition of illustration from the 1860's with aspects of the Art Nouveau style. Brentano's was founded as an independent bookstore in New York City in 1853 by August Brentano, who established a newsstand in front of the New York Hotel. The first branch store for the company was opened in Washington, D.C. in 1883. A year later, a second branch store was opened in Chicago in 1884. Simon Brentano served as president of the firm until his death in 1915. He was replaced by his brother Arthur. By 1928, Brentano's had four stores outside of New York City, in Washington, Chicago, London, and Paris. On the eve of the Great Depression, the firm expanded rapidly to become the largest bookstore chain in the nation with four stores in New York City, plus single stores in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington. Unfortunately, the firm acquired a lot of debt in the process and its creditors forced the company to reorganize in 1930 while still allowing the Brentano family to manage the chain. Even though the company continued to have cash flow problems, the company went ahead and opened their tenth store within the United States in Pittsburgh in 1930. Brentano's would often commission unique bindings by Cedric Chivers for their special clients. This example is one of those 'special orders' and is on a remarkable rare book. .
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Book number: 04485
USD 5500.00 [Appr.: EURO 4978.25 | £UK 4189 | JP 602375]
Keywords: IRVING, Washington SULLIVAN, Edmund J., illustrator Children's Books Illustrated Books Fine Bindings Nineteenth-Century Literature

 CLARKE, HARRY; POE, EDGAR ALLAN, Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
London: George G. Harrap & Co. 1919. The First Harry Clarke Edition of Poe's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" [CLARKE, Harry, illustrator]. POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. London: George G. Harrap & Co. 1919. First Harry Clarke trade edition. Quarto (10 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches; 268 x 206 mm.). 381, [2], [1, blank] pp. With twenty-four black and white plates and ten decorative tail-pieces and vignettes repeated throughout the text (two of which were used several times in Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen). Original sage-green buckram over boards. Front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in black, spine pictorially stamped in black and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Extremities very slightly rubbed otherwise a fine copy. "Mr. Harry Clarke has allowed himself full liberty in attempting to express the features of Poe's Tales which differentiate them from others. In his drawings, the morbid imaginings of Poe's extraordinary genius are depicted without any attempt to soften their weird effects upon most readers. At the same time the drawings are extremely beautiful. They exhibit a wealth of delicate and intricate design such as few other, if any, living artists can command" (Harrap's advertising feature in the Bookman's Christmas Supplement, quoted in Bowe, p. 52). Bowe, p. 149, no. 3. Steenson A2.b. .
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Book number: 04219
USD 950.00 [Appr.: EURO 860 | £UK 723.75 | JP 104047]
Keywords: Poe, Edgar Allan American Literature Nineteenth-Century Literature Illustrated Books Horror Illustrated Books Horror Nineteenth-Century Literature

 COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE, Chainbearer, the; or the Littlepage Manuscripts
Chainbearer, the; or the Littlepage Manuscripts
New-York: Burgess, Stringer and Company, 1845. The Growing Corruption of Civilization" James Fenimore Cooper's The Chainbearer in the Original Printed Wrappers A Remarkable Survival COOPER, James Fenimore. The Chainbearer; or The Littlepage Manuscripts. Edited by the Author of "Satanstoe," "Spy," "Pathfinder," "Two Admirals, " etc. In Two Volumes. New-York: Burgess, Stringer and Company, 1845. First American Edition. Two octavo volumes (7 11/16 x 4 9/16 inches; 196 x 117 mm.). [i]-iii, iv-vi, 7-212; [1-3], 4-228 pp. Publisher's pale buff paper printed wrappers. The wrappers have been noted by BAL in three different states. No sequence has been determined and the order presented is arbitrary. The wrappers may have been printed simultaneously. In the present copy the wrappers on volume I are in State 'B' with inner front "Mrs. Ellis's Housekeeping"; inner back "History of All Christian Sects.." and back wrapper with "The Great Book". The wrappers on volume II are in State 'A' with inner front "New and Beautiful Edition"; inner back "The Great Book" and back wrapper with "Cheap Books". Some light scattered foxing and or staining. Clean tear to lower margin of pp. iii/iv of preface in volume one. Lower wrapper of volume one with small piece (1 5/8 x 9/16 inches maximum) torn away from blank margin not touching any of the print on recto or verso, a couple of stains on the front and rear wrappers. A remarkable survival, generally bright and fresh, with no restoration whatsoever. Individually chemised and housed in a quarter red morocco over red cloth board slip-case. The first London edition, which preceded the American edition by about one month, was published in three volumes on November 22nd, 1845. The Chainbearer; or The Littlepage Manuscripts is the second book in a trilogy starting with Satanstoe (1845) and ending with The Redskins (1846). The novel focuses mainly on issues of land ownership and the displacement of American Indians as the United States moves Westward. Critical to the trilogy of these novels, is the sense of expansion through the measuring and acquisition of land by civilization. The title The Chainbearer represents "the man who carries the chains in measuring the land, the man who helps civilization to grow from the wilderness, but who at the same time continues the chain of evil, increases the potentiality for corruption." The central position of the "Chainbearer" allows Cooper to deal with the cultural lack of understanding Native Americans had of European concepts of land ownership. This in turn allows Cooper to critique ownership in general. Also, Cooper, like in many of his novels, focuses on the growing corruption of individuals in "civilization" as it expands. This Cooper attributes "an inherent principle in the corrupt nature of man to misuse all his privileges. If history proves anything, it proves this." Two characters, in particular, represent this growing corruption of civilization, Andries Mordaunt, the chainbearer, and Aaron, known as "Thousandacres". The men represent different types of the civilization, Mordaunt as the usurper of old civilization and Thousandacres representing an older society which the new "civilization" means to usurp. Eventually this new civilization decides to embrace force in order to lay full claim on the land. This displacement of Native Americans by the ever expansionist Americans repeatedly becomes an issue for Cooper throughout the trilogy of novels. In so doing, Cooper presents a very strong critique of Americans and America. (Wikipedia). .
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Book number: 03755
USD 7500.00 [Appr.: EURO 6788.5 | £UK 5712.5 | JP 821421]
Keywords: Nineteenth-Century Literature

Bridge, the
New York: Printed for the Members of The Limited Editions Club, 1981. A Monument of American Poetry" CRANE, Hart. The Bridge. A Poem.. With an Introduction by Malcolm Cowley and Photographs by Richard Benson. New York: Printed for the Members of The Limited Editions Club, 1981. Limited to 2,000 copies signed by Richard Benson, this being no. 521. Large quarto (11 15/16 x 9 inches; 304 x 228 mm.). 96 pp. Illustrated with five photographic plates (including one double-page) by Richard Benson. Publisher's silver-gray Dutch natural-finish cloth, front cover with title stamped in blind, spine lettered in blue, decorative end-papers. A fine copy in the publisher's matching slip-case. Harold Hart Crane (1899-1932) was an American poet. Finding both inspiration and provocation in the poetry of T. S. Eliot, Crane wrote modernist poetry that was difficult, highly stylized, and ambitious in its scope. In his most ambitious work, The Bridge, Crane sought to write an epic poem, in the vein of The Waste Land, that expressed a more optimistic view of modern, urban culture than the one that he found in Eliot's work. In the years following his suicide at the age of thirty-two, Crane has been hailed by playwrights, poets, and literary critics alike (including Robert Lowell, Derek Walcott, Tennessee Williams, and Harold Bloom), as being one of the most influential poets of his generation. Richard Benson (born 1943) is a photographer, printer and educator who utilizes photographic processing techniques of the past and present. Benson has a broad range of interests in the photographic print-silver, platinum, palladium, and ink. Working in these different mediums, sometimes learning forgotten crafts and sometimes creating new ones, he has become convinced that ink and the modern photo offset press possess a potential for photographic rendition beyond anything else previously known. In recent years he has been working on the relationship between the computer and traditional photographic imagery, and has been applying the lessons from this in the production of long run offset books of work by different photographers, in both black and white and color. Limited Editions Club Bibliography, 520. .
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Book number: 03680
USD 200.00 [Appr.: EURO 181.25 | £UK 152.5 | JP 21905]
Keywords: LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB BENSON, Richard, photographer COWLEY, Malcolm, introduction Illustrated Books Poetry Signed Limited Edition Limited Editions

 [DICTIONARY]; WEBSTER, Webster's Biographical Dictionary
Webster's Biographical Dictionary
Springfield: G. & C. Merriam Co. 1943. The First Single Volume Universal Biographical Dictionary [DICTIONARY]. WEBSTER. Webster's Biographical Dictionary. First Edition. A Merriam-Webster. A Dictionary of Names of Noteworthy Persons with Pronunciations and Concise Biographies. Springfield: G.&C. Webster, 1943. First edition. Quarto (9 1/2 x 6 5/8 in; 239 x 167 mm). xxxvi, 1697, [1, adv.] pp. Contemporary binding by Maurin in half prussian blue crushed morocco over blue cloth. Spine richly gilt decorated in compartments. A fine copy. The publication of Webster's Biographical Dictionary in 1943 was prompted by the decision of editor Philip Babcock Gove to delete all the non-lexicological information within Webster's Unabridged and create separate reference books from the expunged material. Webster's Geographical Dictionary followed in 1949. Both have become standard reference works and testaments to Gove's wisdom that the public needed single compact volumes with this material. Curiously, in this the first edition with upwards of 40,000 names, living notables were included within its pages. That would not change until the dictionary's revision in 1983. .
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Book number: 01265
USD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 226.5 | £UK 190.5 | JP 27381]
Keywords: WEBSTER Biography Dictionaries Literature

Bells and Other Poems, the
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1912. Only Poe Could Have Written The Poems Only Dulac Could Have Illustrated Them [DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. POE, Edgar Allan. The Bells and Other Poems. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. [1912]. First trade edition. Large quarto (10 7/8 x 8 1/2 in; 277 x 217 mm). Unpaginated. Twenty-eight color plates, with descriptive tissue guards. Ten black ink head-pieces on tan backgrounds and portrait of Poe on the title-page, also in black ink on tan background. Original grey-green cloth, gilt stamped on front cover with all-over Dulac design of clusters of bells and lettered in gilt. Spine lettered in gilt and with similar design. An excellent copy. "Dulac's pictures for The Bells were more uniform in mood and style than groupings for almost any other book of his to this time. Although water colours, they are overstreaked with gilt in some cases, crayon in others, to produce rich haunting effects. Deep shades of blue and a special deep pink-rust predominate throughout..The Outlook, which printed, in black and white, plate 22.. commented: '..for the book thinking people will say with grace..sometimes Dulac's pictures are deep-coloured and intense, sometimes dim and ghost-like. But one and all are sensitized to record impressions of unearthly beauty or horror. Only Poe could have written the poems. Only Dulac could have illustrated them.'..Not to be overlooked here are the sophisticated ink drawings Dulac made for headpieces. Although many of the books he illustrated had small ink decorations throughout..he had not worked in this medium so fluently since the days of doing illustrations for The Pall Mall magazine (1906-1908)..As the 10 Bells headpieces show, he had now become truly masterful with his pen" (Hughey). Hughey 29a. .
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Book number: 03622
USD 650.00 [Appr.: EURO 588.5 | £UK 495.25 | JP 71190]
Keywords: POE, Edgar Allan Illustrated Books Horror Poetry

 FAULKNER, WILLIAM, Reivers, the
Reivers, the
New York: Random House, 1962. FAULKNER, William. The Reivers. A Reminiscence. New York: Random House, 1962. First edition, first printing. Octavo (7 15/16 x 5 1/8 in; 203 x 130 mm). 305, [1] pp. Publisher's original red cloth, gilt lettered. Dust jacket. A tight, bright, and fine copy in near fine dust jacket. .
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Book number: 02036
USD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 271.75 | £UK 228.5 | JP 32857]
Keywords: Modern Firsts

Uncle Remus or the Story of Mr. Fox and Brer Rabbit
Leicester and London: Raithby, Lawrence & Co. Ltd., 1915. A Magnificent 'Uncle Remus' Illustrated by Harry Rowntree and Ren Bull HARRIS, Joel Chandler. ROWNTREE, Harry, illustrator. BULL, Ren, illustrator. Uncle Remus or The Story of Mr. Fox and Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris. With twelve coloured plates by Harry Rowntree and eighty-four pen and ink pictures by Ren Bull. Leicester and London: Raithby, Lawrence & Co. Ltd. [1915]. First edition with illustrations by Harry Rowntree and Ren Bull. Thin large quarto (12 1/8 x 9 5/8 inches; 308 x 243 mm.). 110, [1], [1 blank] pp. Twelve magnificent full color plates by Harry Rowntree and eighty-four delightful pen-and-ink drawings in the text by Ren Bull. Original gray linen over boards, front cover lettered in orange and brown. A fine copy. Original textured tan paper dust-jacket, front panel lettered in black and with an illustration from the book "Bred en bawn in a brier-patch, Brer Fox." (facing p. 20) pasted-on. Jacket price-clipped, otherwise near fine. Harry Rountree (1878-1950) was a prolific illustrator working in England around the turn of the twentieth century. He came to London in 1901 from New Zealand, when he was 23 years old. Determined to make his mark on the then-flourishing magazine and book market, he struggled, studied and sold the occasional drawing. However, when the editor of Little Folks magazine gave him a commission to illustrate a story with an animal, he found his feet and suddenly he became quite successful. By 1903 he was illustrating books for the editor of Little Folks, writing and illustrating his own books, and in demand by nearly every publisher in London. He was one of the subjects in Percy V. Bradshaws' The Art of the Illustrator, 20 part series, published in 1918, where six stages of the creation of an illustration were published along with notes and biography. He is also noted for his illustrations of British Golf Courses & golfing caricatures. Ren Bull (1872-1942) was born in Dublin to a French mother and an English father. He went to Paris to study engineering but veered into an artistic career after meeting and taking drawing lessons from the French satirist and political cartoonist Caran d'Ache (Emmanuel Poir). Bull returned to Ireland to contribute sketches and political cartoons to various publications. Moving to London in 1892, Bull drew for "Illustrated Brits" and created cartoons 'Pick-Me-Up' from 1893. In 1896 Bull joined Black and White illustrated newspaper as a special artist and photographer. In 1898 he covered the Tirah Campaign in India and went on to Sudan for the campaign culminating in the Battle of Omdurman. He settled in England and drew cartoons for such magazines as 'Bystander', 'Chums', 'London Opinion' 'Lika Joko'. In 'The Sketch" Bull created cartoons of humorous inventions, predating those of Heath Robinson. From 1905 he illustrated books, starting with an edition of Fontaine's 'Fables'. Other major titles he illustrated included The Arabian Nights (1912), Rubiyt of Omar Khayym (1913), The Russian Ballet (1913), Carmen (1915), Andersen's Fairy Tales. The story of Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit was first published in New York in 1907 by Frederick A. Stokes, and was illustrated by J.M. Conde. .
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Book number: 03132
USD 950.00 [Appr.: EURO 860 | £UK 723.75 | JP 104047]
Keywords: ROWNTREE, Harry, illustrator BULL, Ren, illustrator Children's Books Illustrated Books

 HARTE, BRET; REMINGTON, FREDERIC, Writings [Autograph Edition], the
Writings [Autograph Edition], the
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1896. The Autograph Edition Signed by the Author and Illustrators HARTE, Bret. The Writings of Bret Harte. With introductions, glossary, and indexes. Illustrated by photogravures. [In nineteen volumes]. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, [1896]-1903. Autograph Edition. Limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by the author and dated "Septem. 1896." Nineteen octavo volumes (8 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 213 x 142 mm). Photogravure frontispieces, vignette titles, and plates after drawings and paintings by Frederic Remington, James Montgomery Flagg, Alice Barber Stephens, W.L. Taylor, E. Boyd Smith, B. West Clinedinst, Mary Hallock Foote, and others, all on India paper mounted. Descriptive tissue guards. Each volume with at least one plate signed by the illustrator (the frontispiece of Volume V signed by Frederic Remington). Contemporary full dark blue levant morocco. Covers elaborately paneled in gilt within a double gilt fillet border, spines decoratively paneled in gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt, red crushed levant morocco doublures ruled in gilt and with gilt cornerpieces, red watered silk liners, top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal fading to spines. A wonderful set. A twentieth volume Stories and Poems, was published twelve years after the first nineteen volumes, in 1915 (see BAL 7408). Bret Harte (1836-1902), "American writer who helped create the local-color school in American fiction. In 1854 Harte left New York for California and went into mining country on a brief trip that legend has expanded into a lengthy participation in, and intimate knowledge of, camp life. In 1857 he was employed by the Northern Californian, a weekly paper. In about 1860 he moved to San Francisco and began to write for the Golden Era, which published the first of his Condensed Novels, brilliant parodies of James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, and others. He edited the periodical Californian, for which he engaged Mark Twain to write weekly articles. In 1868.. Harte was named editor of the Overland Monthly. For it he wrote "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat." Following The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches (1870), he found himself world famous. He furthered his reputation with the poem "Plain Language from Truthful James" (1870), better known as "The Heathen Chinee." On it he based his best play, Ah Sin (1877), a collaboration with Twain" (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). BAL 7384. .
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 HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL, Grandfather's Chair
Grandfather's Chair
Boston: E.P. Peabody, 1841. True Stories from New England History, 1620-1808 HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Grandfather's Chair: A History for Youth. Boston: E.P. Peabody. New York:-Wiley & Putnam, 1841. First edition. Sixteenmo (4 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches; 124 x 82 mm.). viii, [9] - 140. Publishers basket-weave plum cloth, cream endpapers. Without the gilt lettered black paper label on the front cover, otherwise a near fine copy of this scarce little book. Chemised in a quarter dark green morocco slip-case. BAL, 7590; Browne, p. 38. .
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 HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL, Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, A.
Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, A.
Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852. First Edition, First Printing of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Most Famous Children's Book Six Tales Adapted from Greek Myths HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys. With engravings by Baker from designs by Billings. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852. First edition, first printing, with the misprint "lifed" for lifted" on p. 21, line 3. Small octavo (6 5/8 x 4 3/8 inches; 169 x 111 mm.). [2, flyleaf], [i]-vi, [7]-256, [2, flyleaf] pp. Frontispiece and six inserted engraved plates after designs by Hammat Billings, all with original tissue-guards. Original gray-green, vertically ribbed cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow wove endpapers. Some occasional and minimal light marginal soiling. Spine extremities expertly and almost invisibly strengthened (only visible under ultra-violet light), minimal rubbing to corners. Original endpapers and hinges untouched. A wonderful example of this superb collection of six children's tales adapted from Greek myths. First Edition, first printing, of this collection of six children's tales adapted from Greek myths. Although dated 1852 on the title-page, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys was actually published in November 1851. 3,067 copies were printed, of which 100 were distributed for review and the other 2,967 earned Hawthorne a 15% royalty on the 75-cent price. A second printing was ordered almost immediately, in December 1851, also dated 1852 - but with the misprint on p. 21 corrected. Although Hawthorne had written a number of histories, biographies and morals for children prior to the publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850, these early stories were primarily undertaken as hack-work and published in periodicals. Following the success of The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne attempted to capitalize on his fame with two intended money-makers, A Wonder-Book and Tanglewood Tales, in 1853. Both were very popular and have since been celebrated for their retelling of myths for children. Includes six tales: "The Gorgon s Head," "The Paradise of Children," "The Three Golden Apples," "The Miraculous Pitcher," and "The Chimaera," as well as Hawthorne s version of the King Midas tale, "The Golden Touch." The popular success of A Wonder-Book led Hawthorne to publish another volume of children s stories in 1853, Tanglewood Tales. In his introduction to that book, he wrote "Children possess an unestimated sensitivity to whatever is deep or high, in imagination or feeling, so long as it is simple, likewise. It is only the artificial and the complex that bewilders them." Hawthorne wrote A Wonder-Book immediately after The House of the Seven Gables. That novel had sold 6,710 copies by August 1851, and A Wonder-Book sold 4,667 copies in just two months after its November 1851 publication. By comparison, his friend Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick was released the same month, with the British edition selling under 300 copies in two years, and the American edition under 1,800 in the first year. BAL 7606; Clark A18.1.a; Grolier Hawthorne 25; Peter Parley to Penrod, p.6. .
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