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COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL. Ambrose Bierce, as Dod Grile. COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL.
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1874. First edition. His third book. Dark fairy tales collected from his appearances in the British periodical "Fun"; illustrated with satirical wood engravings by the Dalziel Brothers. It should be noted although that Starrett (4) contends an 1873 paperback precedes this hardcover, BAL (1100) proved the paperback was actually not published until 1884. Publisher's decorative green cloth stamped and lettered in gilt & black (Starrett lists green as one of three cloth colors, however BAL doesn't mention green). Contemporary owner's name and date in faded ink on front endpaper, minor shelf wear to spine ends and corners, still very good or better.

[Book #54109]       Price: $2,000.00
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THE ANTI-PHILISTINE: "Castigare Ridendo" Ambrose Bierce. THE ANTI-PHILISTINE: "Castigare Ridendo".
(London: John & Horace Cowley, 1897). First edition. In the publisher's original pale-green cloth lettered in black and with illustration by Will M.Bradley stamped in red and black on front and rear covers; "Volume 1" at base of both board blacked out. Illustrated with "supplemental" photographs of contributors Gertrude Atherton, Stanley Waterloo, and Bret Harte. The short-lived magazine described by its publishers as "A Monthly Magazine & Review of Belles-Lettres [and] Also a Periodical of Protest." This volume collects the only four issues -- June through September. Includes several pieces by Bierce which, according to Starrett, previously appeared in other magazines. Also includes Eugene Field, Joaquin Miller, Francis Saltus, et al, as well as notes, reviews and opinions. Bound without the wrappers, as issued. Overall aging to covers, which are a little rubbed, corners bumped, publisher's name on spine rubbed but still just barely legible, otherwise about very good.

[Book #54079]       Price: $600.00
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21 LETTERS OF AMBROSE BIERCE. Ambrose Bierce, , Samuel Loveman H. P. Lovecraft. 21 LETTERS OF AMBROSE BIERCE.
West Warwick, RI: Necronomicon Press, (1991). First edition thus. Reprint of the 1922 limited edition, adding an introduction by Donald R. Burleson. Bierce's letters to Loveman--who he seemed to have taken under his wing--from October, 1908, until a few months before Bierce disappeared in Mexico in December, 1913, with the last one reading, "Dear Mr. Loveman, This is only to say good-bye. I am going away to South America in a few weeks, and have not the faintest notion when I shall return. May you prosper and be happy. Sincerely, Ambrose Bierce. September 10, 1913") Burleson's introduction is an incongrous one, focusing entirely on Bierce's influence on H. P. Lovecraft. Loveman later became friends with Lovecraft; Bierce's work influenced Lovecraft's; and Lovecraft wrote literary criticism on Bierce. Still, it seems a tenuous link for the subject of 4-pages of introduction out of a total of 16 pages of text. Yellow, stapled paperwraps printed in black. Very good with covers a little rumpled and fading to edges.

[Book #54069]       Price: $50.00
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