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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM. Nelson Algren. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1949. First edition. Winner of the first National Book Award and made into the movie that resurrected Frank Sinatra's career. "Unrevised proofs" in tall, plain blue wraps with light-blue label printed in black. Measures 6 7/8 x 11 3/4"; last page number is "122" but pagination is double in that the pages are numbered "1A," "1B," and so on. A RARE ITEM, we know of only one other copy, which is in a University collection. A few minor scuffs and creases, otherwise near fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case.

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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE. Ambrose Bierce. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE.
New York: Neale Publishing Co. 1909 - 1912. First edition. Twelve volumes, EACH OF THE TWELVE VOLUMES SIGNED BY BIERCE on a special "Compliments of" page. Less than one year after the final volume of THE COLLECTED WORKS was issued, Bierce disappeared in Mexico. Contents the same as the limited issue of 250 numbered copies, which were signed in volume one only, with the exception of the addition of the "compliments of" page, which appears in lieu of a colophon page. One of an undisclosed number of copies presumably intended for the use of the publisher and/or author. BEAUTIFULLY BOUND in three-quarter brown leather with burgundy cloth sides; spines each with gilt-stamped raised bands, 4 elaborately gilt-tooled panels with center fleuron, 2 gilt-lettered panels (author and volume number in one, and titles in the other), and, at the bottom, "SPECIAL AUTOGRAPH COPY" between gilt rules; page top edges gilt; pale blue marbled endpapers. From the collection of Willard S. Morse, with his bookish bookplate in each and, tipped to rear pastedown, the "Morse Collection" printed card with handwritten details for this particular set. Volume 2 with signature of Grant E. Bell and date (1938) at bottom of Morse's bookplate and short, penciled quote (from p.76) on verso of first blank leaf. Scattered foxing to few volumes page fore edges, occasional corner rub, otherwise a fine set. Typewritten index to each volumes contents laid in. PRESENTATION SET WITH EACH OF THE TWELVE VOLUMES SIGNED BY BIERCE.

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THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL. Anne Bronte, as Acton Bell. THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1848. First American edition in one volume. Hailed on the title page as being by the "Author of 'Wuthering Heights'," though that book was by Emily Bronte, not Anne. An apparent attempt to capitalize on the success of WUTHERING HEIGHTS and JANE EYRE, by their sister, Charlotte. First few and last several leaves foxed but otherwise only occasional scattered foxing to margins, making this a nice, clean copy. In contemporary three-quarter leather binding with brown cloth boards. Edges and corners professionally touched up by Dragonfly Bindery and Studio; altogether very good to near fine. FIRST U.S. ONE-VOLUME EDITION.

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THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: With a Biography of the Knight, from authentic sources. Robert B. Brough. THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: With a Biography of the Knight, from authentic sources.
George Cruikshank. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts. 1857 and 1858. First edition, in the original, untrimmed and unopened monthly parts: TEN OCTAVO PARTS IN PICTORIAL PAPERWRAPS, housed together in gilt-lettered green-cloth chemise with bookplate of Maude M. Monell and matching green-cloth slipcase. Pale yellow pictorial paperwraps each with woodcut after Cruikshank on front cover and each with two full-page plates at front -- 20 etched plates by Cruikshank in all. Apart from some minor soiling to wrappers an excellent untrimmed set with tissue guards present between all but one set of plates and with all but Part I unopened. Touch of spotting to plates, Part I; old damp stain to plate fore edges, Part VII; and stain to upper corner last several leaves and rear cover, Part VIII. Text on back wrappers corresponding to Cohn's except for Part III ("A List of New Works") and Part IV ("New Books of the Season"). Part VII with 4-page "List of New Works Announced for Publication" dated Nov. 1827 laid in. Cohn 96. ILLUSTRATED BY CRUIKSHANK.

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EVELINA; OR FEMALE LIFE IN LONDON: Being the History of a Young Lady's Introduction to Fashionable Life, and the Gay Scenes of the Metropolis; etc. Frances "Fanny" Burney. EVELINA; OR FEMALE LIFE IN LONDON: Being the History of a Young Lady's Introduction to Fashionable Life, and the Gay Scenes of the Metropolis; etc.
London: Jones & Co. 1822. Illustrated with hand-colored plates, first edition thus. The satirical novelist's first book, originally published in 1778 as EVELINA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY'S INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD. Includes 6 full-page hand-colored humorous engravings, three signed W. Heath, and a hand-colored extra-illustrated title page. ORIGINAL SKETCH SIGNED "W. HEATH" and dated "Oct. 1821" of "Evelina with Madame Duval and [illegible]" tipped in at front. The detailed foreground appears to feature most of the cast of characters arriving at the ball against a background roughly sketched in. Bound by Wood, London, in full red leather with gilt-stamped floral design to all corners, including those of the inner dentelles and to five of the spine panels (a sixth panel is lettered in gilt); five raised bands with gilt dots; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers. Fine. WITH AN ORIGINAL SKETCH BY WILLIAM HEATH.

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IN COLD BLOOD. Truman Capote. IN COLD BLOOD.
New York: Random House, (1965). First edition. Number 483 of 500 SIGNED numbered copies. His most famous book made into two movies and a made-for-TV movie. Fine in original acetate and slipcase. LIMITED ISSUE, SIGNED.

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ORIGINAL CARICATURE OF CAPOTE together with HAND-WRITTEN NOTE. Truman Capote. ORIGINAL CARICATURE OF CAPOTE together with HAND-WRITTEN NOTE.
1977. Double matted and framed together. The original image depicting Capote as an underworld figure in a pin stripe zoot suit with U.S. flag stitched on the arm, brandishing a machine-gun "violin" case with a warhead missile protruding. Rendered in India ink on stiff drawing paper, measuring approximately 12 x 14". It is by well-known caricaturist Taylor Jones--signed by him and dated 1977. Taylor drew caricatures for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate before joining Tribune Media Services. Among his clients are The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times and many other dailies; he has been a frequent contributor to The New Republic and U.S. News & World Report. The note, in Capote's hand, is on a single sheet measuring approximately 4 x 6". The words go well with the haughty/hostile image: "Dear Sir -- I do not have time to answer your request -- T. Capote." Fine.

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THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES. Agatha Christie. THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES.
New York/Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1920. First Canadian edition of her first book. Published using the sheets of the first U.S edition (published by John Lane) and preceding the British first edition, published in 1921. The first appearance of Hercule Poirot. The book has an integral Ryerson title page; we assume it was a small printing. It appears to us that it was rebacked and has new endpapers. The rebacking was a pretty good job and not obvious. Internally clean with no foxing. In a specially made clamshell box printed in black lettering on spine and front. THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF POIROT.

[Book #52258]       Price: $4,000.00
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CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS. Joseph Conrad. CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS.
London: Metheun, (1914). First edition. Considered his break-through novel -- Conrad went from an author with smallish sales and a discriminating audience to a best-seller with a huge audience with this book -- CHANCE is unusual among Conrad's novels for its female main character and focus on social issues surrounding feminism and financial speculation. Second issue, as usually seen, with cancel title-leaf dated 1914 on verso (the first issue, with integral title leaf dated 1913 on verso, is rare). This copy with 8-page catalog dated Autumn 1913, as called for, without advertisement for Arnold Lunn's THE HARROVIANS on p.6 (indicating it is the the earliest printing of the catalog). Followed by a 32-page publisher's catalog dated September 1913 and with another "Autumn 1913" catalog laid in (4-page, different contents than above). Cagle calls for a 32-page catalog dated "July 1913" and makes no note of a 4-page catalog, laid in or otherwise, possibly making this copy unique or scarce at least. Original green cloth with spine lettering in gilt. Bookplate of Henry Pennell Frank on front pastedown. Near fine with only scattered foxing and the barest wear on the tips, most likely due to the fact that it has been protected by the original, first-issue dust jacket (with "6/-" on spine). Dust jacket front and rear panels about complete but spine chipped at both head and tail, and old tape reinforcement on verso of front flap fold and spine hinges. A very scarce jacket. IN SCARCE DUST JACKET -- HIS FIRST MAJOR COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

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YOUTH: A NARRATIVE: and Two Other Stories. Joseph Conrad. YOUTH: A NARRATIVE: and Two Other Stories.
Edinburgh: Blackwood and Sons, 1902. First edition, with earliest ads dated "10/02." Three stories or novellas, including one of Conrad's most highly regarded works, HEART OF DARKNESS. Connolly, in his MODERN MOVEMENT, calls it "a masterpiece of sinister deterioration seen by the narrator who is himself profoundly altered by it" [Connolly 14]. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked HEART OF DARKNESS among its hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with decoration in black, titles and floral decorations to front board in black. Light shelf wear to spine and edges, otherwise near fine with endpapers only very slightly tanned and just a hint of scattered foxing to prelims. FIRST BOOK APPEARANCE OF "HEART OF DARKNESS"

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THOMAS WOLFE. Pat Conroy. THOMAS WOLFE.
Atlanta: Old New York Book Shop Press, 2000. First edition. Letter H, One of 24 lettered copies (lettered "A" through "X") with an original manuscript page inserted. SIGNED by Conroy and Barry Moser, artist of the frontispiece engraving depicting Wolfe and Conroy. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

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THE EMPEROR OF EVIL. Carroll John Daly. THE EMPEROR OF EVIL.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co. 1937. First edition. INSCRIBED "June 14-39 For Betty Eisner my partner in crime. Carroll John Daly." Carroll John Daly (1889 - 1958) is credited with writing the first hard-boiled detective story, "The False Burton Combs" (Black Mask, December 1922). His story "Knights of the Open Palm" featuring private detective "Race Williams" and published June 1923 predates the October 1923 debut of the Dashiell Hammett’s "Continental Op" though Hammett's character is often considered to be the first major hardboiled detective character. A Black Mask readers’ poll once put Daly ahead of Hammett and Erle Stanley Gardner in reader popularity; but in the 1940s, Daly’s work fell out of fashion, and he moved to California to work on comics and film scripts. Blue cloth boards stamped in orange. Fine in very good, bright, clean dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine ends and corners. UNUSUAL INSCRIBED AND IN JACKET.

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Theodore Dreiser. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. Two volumes. This trade edition preceded the limited edition by a year and is, in our experience, much scarcer in nice condition then the limited edition. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books, made into a film in 1931 under this title and in 1951 as "A Place in the Sun" with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Wintrers. A Haycraft-Queen title and on the Time 100 list. The story is based on a notorious 1906 criminal case involving the summertime discovery by resort owners in upstate New York of an overturned boat and the body of 20-year-old Grace Brown. Although he claimed her death was accidental, Chester Gillette was convicted of killing Brown. It was a murder trial that drew international attention, especially when Brown's love letters to Gillette were read in court. Dreiser saved newspaper clippings about the case and studied it closely, eventually basing Clyde Griffiths on Chester Gillette and deliberately giving him the same initials. (Wikipedia) The books themselves are very fine and bright, and the dust jackets are also much nicer than usually found. The jacket on the first volume has had minor repair to fill in a chip at the base of the spine and shows a few darkened spots on front cover. Still scarce in decent jackets and the original paper board slipcase with label on front. The slipcase show some wear and minor repair but is still quite good. PRECEDES THE LIMITED EDITION BY A YEAR.

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THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO. Alexandre Dumas. THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO.
M. Valentin. New York: Burgess, Stringer Company, 1846. First U.S. edition. Two volumes, as issued, newly rebound in one volume. Being one of two editions published in America in 1846. The other was published in Boston; priority not established (though we believe this to be the first--see below). This famous tale of revenge and retribution, of which the publisher said "his African blood is warm, and in his pages we accordingly discover the glowings of a heart gushing with feeling....," was inspired by Dumas' own Haitian-born father, an enslaved black man. Both of the American editions are based on the Chapman & Hall London edition of the same year, which was also an unattributed translation with illustrations by M. Valentin. The London edition had 20 illustrations, while this U.S. edition has only 12, which is all that are called for [Rusty Mott of the bookselling firm Howard S. Mott, Inc., kindly pointed out to us an 1847 ad in Marguerite Blessington’s MARMADUKE HERBERT for this book; the ad states, "The work is published in one large Volume, likewise in two Volumes:--in either form it is sold at One Dollar, accompanied by Twelve splendid engravings"]. The Boston edition (with the same text) was issued in four volumes in wraps by H. L. Williams. We believe this Burgess, Stringer edition may be the true U.S. first edition, as both the F. W. Reed bibliography of Dumas (London: Neuhuys, 1933) and the Douglas Munro's BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH TO 1910 (NY: Garland, 1978) list this edition as the first American and make no mention of the Williams edition. In fact, Reed indicates in his bibliography that an American reprint was issued in the same year as the Burgess, Stringer edition, "but with plates so badly printed as to be almost caricatures of the original." There are two sales records for the Boston edition (one at Goodspeed’s in 1940, the other at Baltimore Book Auction in 1997). However there are NO AUCTION OR SALE RECORDS of this New York edition on either American Book Prices Current or Rare Book Hub. Two volumes, as issued, newly rebound in one volume. Three-quarter leather with raised bands and leather spine labels; with marble boards, new linen hinges, new endpapers, and new sewn headbands. Pages a little age-darkened and light foxing or staining, primarily to margins, throughout. Still good to very good. And, ACTUALLY RARE. AN TRULY RARE BOOK.

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ARA VUS PREC. T. S. Eliot. ARA VUS PREC.
(London): Ovid Press, (1919). First edition. Number 66 of 220 copies (of 264 total). Although the title and half-title pages have "Vus" Eliot said it was "Vos." This is the first title published by John Rodker under his Ovid Press imprint. Eliot's fourth book and an important one, as it contains "Sweeney Among the Nightingales," "Portrait of a Lady," "Preludes," et al. There were 10 unnumbered copies for review, 4 special copies, 30 signed numbered copies, and 220 numbered copies. But, in our experience, the signed copies are so rare that we wonder if there were that many. This copy has been bound in dark red leather with the title blind-stamped at bottom of front cover. The first blank page has a little darkening, just at the top edge, otherwise in fine condition. PERHAPS A TRIAL BINDING?

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FOUR QUARTETS. T. S. Eliot. FOUR QUARTETS.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1943). First U.S. edition, preceding the UK hardback edition. Collects BURNT NORTON, EAST COKER, THE DRY SALVAGES, and LITTLE GIDDING. Cyril Connolly included FOUR QUARTETS in his "Modern Movement: 100 Key Books 1880-1950," saying it was "the most important poem since Yeat's The Tower, and, as many think, of the century." The four titles comprising FOUR QUARTETS were first published separately as pamphlets in London in 1941 and '42. This first printing states "first American edition" and is one of only 788 copies released. A bright, near fine copy in black cloth with bright gilt lettering on spine; in the first-state dust jacket with $2.00 price in upper corner of front flap, back flap blank, and the nine titles listed in bold print on the back panel ending with "Old Possum's." The dust jacket was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. It shows a small chip to top edge rear panel, short closed tear to top edge front panel, and tiny chips on corners and spine ends. The rear panel is also little darkened but otherwise the dust jacket is very good to near fine. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.

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THE WASTE LAND. T. S. Eliot. THE WASTE LAND.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1922. First edition of his most influential book. Second state in stiff boards (versus flexible) with colophon 2mm high (versus 5mm) and "mount in" page 41. Number 576 of 1000 copies. Spine lettering a little flaked and ends soft but still very good or better, lacking the rare dust jacket.

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THE FAULKNER READER: Selections from the Works of William Faulkner. William Faulkner. THE FAULKNER READER: Selections from the Works of William Faulkner.
New York: Modern Library, (1959). A Modern Library Giant, first edition thus. Originally published by Random House in 1954. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To The Maracay Book Club / with gratitude and best wishes / William Faulkner / [illegible, though possibly "Caracas"] / 20 April 1961" and signed on the title page "William Faulkner / Maracay / 10 April 1961." As is well known, Faulkner visited Venezuela on a State Department trip in April 1961; perhaps not known before was that during his travels he made a side trip to Maracay, about 50 miles outside of the capital, Caracas, to visit a book club founded in his honor by a former fellow Mississippian, Vivian Ray. According to Ray's son, "Maracay is located about 50 miles from Caracas and had a strong presence of US citizens due to the factories being installed there, but the main offices were in Caracas. Mr. Faulkner stayed during his visit with William and Victoria Fielden in Caracas, but they also had a residence in La Victoria (adjacent to Maracay) because Philip Morris had their manufacturing plant there. Some biographers say that Mr. Fielden worked with a petroleum company, but nope [Philip Morris is a tobacco company]. All US citizens including my mother stuck together, and they all knew who was who, so when they found out that Mr. Faulkner was coming, they arranged this 'out of protocol' event. I remember my mother telling me of how much Mr. Faulkner enjoyed this particular visit." Old tape shadows to pastedowns and rear endpaper where card was removed; offsetting from book club lending-library stamps on dust jacket flaps to free endpapers, affecting Faulkner’s inscription on front endpaper (which is nonetheless as legible as one could hope from Faulkner); otherwise would be about very good in edge worn but still good dust jacket with label on spine, presumably from the lending library. An interesting glimpse into one of the State Department trips of the Nobel Prize-winning author. INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER.

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FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS. F. Scott Fitzgerald. FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1920. First edition, second printing, published the same month as the first. His second book, with 8 short stories. The first printing was 5000 copies and this scarce second printing was only 3000 copies. Bright and nearly fine with just light offset to the front endpaper from item previously laid in. The dust jacket, which is ONE OF THE SCARCEST FITZGERALD JACKETS, shows extensive professional repair, most noticeably on spine and at head of front panel where--unable to determine the correct text for what would appear to be "2nd Large Printing" (only "ge Printing" remain)--the conservationist opted to fill in with the orange, background color. Fortunately the W.E. Hill cover illustration, depicting a scene from "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is wholly intact.

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THE GREAT GATSBY. F. Scott Fitzgerald. THE GREAT GATSBY.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1925. First edition. First issue with correct points on pp.60, 119, 205, and 211. The title on just about all the "best-of" lists for twentieth-century literature -- and for all time. A fine, square copy with gilt spine lettering nice and bright; showing only the barest wear to tips and spine ends. Lacking dust jacket. A FINE, SQUARE FIRST-ISSUE COPY.

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POEMS FOR PICTURES: And the Notes of Music. Ford Madox Ford, Ford M. Hueffer. POEMS FOR PICTURES: And the Notes of Music.
London: John MacQueen, 1900. First edition of his very rare second volume of verse. Possibly one of only 3 copies extant, as only two others have been recorded -- one in Harvey [A7], the other in a small group of books included with THE BROWN OWL and sold at auction in 2005. No copies on OCLC. The book collects 33 poems, "three in a volume published pseudonymously in 1892" and the rest appearing in various journals of the day (according to note appearing on p.vi; per Harvey, the volume referred to is likely THE QUESTIONS AT THE WELL, written by Ford as "Fenil Haig"). Ford is quoted as saying there were only 17 copies printed [Harvey 7, quoting a bookseller's letter]. Given Ford's apparent penchant for misstating and/or misremembering printing quantities, we wonder if there were even fewer copies printed. The title is presumably indicative of Ford's desire to include in the book illustrations by his grandfather, Ford Madox Brown, the pre-Raphaelite artist and teacher of Rossetti. He writes in a letter to Harry Quilter in which he offers some of his poems for publication and suggests illustrations by Rossetti and Madox Brown, "The drawings by Madox Brown are quite among his best--one of them quite the best thing he ever did. I propose to call the volume Poems for pictures & music" (Sothebys, 1970). 12mo (4 x 7"), vii + 67 pp; bound in rough, light-gray cloth lettered in green on front and spine, with pale-gray, patterned-paper endpapers. Spine tanned, head of spine frayed, covers soiled, few small ink stains to rear cover, otherwise good to very good. EXTREMELY RARE VOLUME OF VERSE.

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A CALL: A Tale of Two Passions. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. A CALL: A Tale of Two Passions.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1910. First edition. This tale of entangled passions written during the crumbling of Ford's first marriage features two main male characters who, in various ways, oscillate between resembling Joseph Conrad, Arthur Marwood, and Ford himself -- three good friends and collegues (on The English Review) whose relationships with each other were in disarray at the time of its writing and publication. The book appeared soon after Ford's falling out with Marwood over then-wife Elsie's accusation that Marwood had made a pass at her. THE INSCRIPTION, WHICH QUOTES FROM PAGE 216 OF THE BOOK, CAN BE READ AS AN APOLOGY OF SORTS FROM FORD: " 'I have evolved what has been the guiding principle of my life: Do what you want & take what you get for it.' / 'And God in His mercy pardon the ills we do,' the priest said. / "I had forgotten that,' Grimshaw said / p. 216 / AP Marwood from Ford Madox Hueffer 9th Feb XCMX." Echoes of Ford's personal life "resound through A CALL ....he represents fictionally his most intimate friends. Robert Grimshaw resembles Joseph Contrad .... Dudley Leicester has striking connections with Arthur Marwood, who was in a few months to replace Ford in Conrad's affections" (Thomas Moser, The Life in the Fiction of Ford Madox Ford, Princeton: 1980, pp.[77]-81). Blue cloth with blind-stamped design to front cover and gilt lettering on front and spine; 32 pages of ads at rear, as called for [Harvey, A28]. Endpapers slightly darkened and lightly foxed, spine a little dulled and spine ends rubbed and beginning to fray, otherwise very good. INSCRIBED TO ARTHUR MARWOOD, THE PARTIAL BASIS--MIXED WITH FORD HIMSELF--FOR MAIN CHARACTER "DUDLEY LEICESTER"

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THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY: A Survey of a Modern Land. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY: A Survey of a Modern Land.
London: Alston Rivers, 1906. First edition. Essays on the British countryside; the second volume in Ford's "Englishness" trilogy (published together in the U.S. as ENGLAND AND THE ENGLISH). PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED ON THE DAY OF PUBLICATION to "Mr. & Mrs. ARTHUR MARWOOD from Ford Madox Hueffer 9th May 1906." Marwood -- the inspiration and basis for Ford's most famous character, Christopher Tietjens (PARADE'S END) -- also contributed a large portion of the financing for the 1908 launch of Ford's literary journal, "The English Review," which, at its peak, published some of the leading writers of its day (Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, Ezra Pound, D.H. Lawrence, et al). Smooth, brick-red cloth, lettered and ornamented in gilt; top edges gilt. Slight tanning to spine extending to covers, light edge wear, unavoidable offset to endpapers (from binding), and moderate foxing to first several and last few pages; still very good or better. [Harvey A17]. AN EXCELLENT ASSOCIATION COPY.

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THE PRE-RAPHAELITE BROTHERHOOD: A Critical Monograph. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE PRE-RAPHAELITE BROTHERHOOD: A Critical Monograph.
London/ New York: Duckworth & Co./E. P. Dutton, [1907]. First edition. Like his earlier artists' studies, this one is published in the "Popular Library of Art" series (later printing copies are in the "Masters of Painting" series). INSCRIBED, "For George Keating / Ford Madox Ford," most likely in the 1930's. After Ford's heart attack in 1931 left him broke, Keating offered to pay his way to New York and acted as an advisor on which publishers he should approach. Keating, an executive in a paper company, eventually amassed a large collection of Conradiana, which he donated to Yale University. In a 1973 letter to Thomas Moser regarding, among other things, the Arthur Mizener biography of Ford, THE SADDEST STORY, Keating wrote, "I found [it] very interesting but wondered a bit about his facts. For instance, the references he made to me (several times) were not entirely correct. During the last few years I had quite a lot to do with Ford and I am happy to say that I feel I did not let the old man down." Original red cloth with gilt lettering and design on spine and front cover and TEG. Mild damp staining to and along spine, otherwise only minor wear and would be very good. Harvey A23 calls for brown boards, making this a variant in a nicer binding. INSCRIBED TO COLLECTOR AND BENEFACTOR, GEORGE KEATING.

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WHEN BLOOD IS THEIR ARGUMENT: An Analysis of Prussian Culture. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. WHEN BLOOD IS THEIR ARGUMENT: An Analysis of Prussian Culture.
New York and London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1915. First edition [Harvey A49]. "A lively, personal, and extremely persuasive indictment of modern Prussianism" (Daily Telegraph). INSCRIBED on the half-title page, "For George Keating / Ford Madox Ford." After Ford's heart attack in 1931 left him broke, Keating offered to pay his way to New York and acted as an advisor on which publishers he should approach. Keating, an executive in a paper company, eventually amassed a large collection of Conradiana, which he donated to Yale University. Laid in is a TLS from Keating to Ford biographer/literary critic Thomas Moser relating a story about Yale and Ford. It reads in part, "I can tell you a funny story regarding Ford. I gave . . . practically a complete [Ford] collection to the university and they later asked me if I would ask Ford to give a talk . . . . [after making arrangements for the talk and not hearing from them] I called them . . . only to learn that they had changed their mind and then they had the gall to add, did I think Ford would autograph the set of first editions I had given them. I told them very bluntly I did not....." Keating goes on to relate an offer of assistance he made to Joseph Conrad's son, Borys, in a cable to his wife, "I cabled Mrs. Conrad, offering to make full restitution to the injured party so that his father's name would not suffer and I have some place on file the cable advising, 'nothing can be done--grateful thanks--Conrad' or words to that effect. At one time or another in all our lives, there arises something that we deeply regret and would never repeat doing, and I felt this was true of Borys' act." Red cloth lettered in black on front cover and spine. Light shelf wear and spine slightly toned, still very good. INSCRIBED TO A BENEFACTOR, WITH INTERESTING AND ILLUMINATING TYPED LETTER SIGNED LAID IN.

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