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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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LO! Charles Fort. LO!
Alexander King. New York: Claude Kendall, (1931). First edition. Tales of the unexplained, recorded by Ford, with an introduction by Tiffany Thayer, founder of the "Fortean Society" which once counted among its followers such literary luminaries of the day as Theodore Dreiser, Booth Tarkington, Ben Hecht, Alexander Woollcott and H. L. Mencken. Illustrated with 12 full-page plates by Alexander King. Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932) studied and wrote about anomalous phenomena, inspiring and influencing numerous science fiction writers with his tales of strange happenings. An unusually fine copy with just a touch of rubbing to the fragile yellow spine stamping; in a bright, near fine dust jacket with only minor wear.

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THE COLLECTOR. John Fowles. THE COLLECTOR.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1963). First edition of his first book. An uncorrected proof copy. INSCRIBED to "Clive Hirschhorn / With best wishes. John Fowles." A story of the abduction and imprisonment of a woman, told first from the abductor's viewpoint, then from hers, and then back to him in the last few pages. Clive Hirschhorn is a South African writer and critic who moved to London in 1963. He is known for his long tenure as film and theater critic for the British Sunday Express newspaper and as the author of several well-received books about the film industry and its stars. He was also a serious book collector whose highspots were put at auction in 2012, including this one. And someone we always enjoyed having drinks or dinner with when we were in London. Light green paperwraps with the Cape-logo design. About fine in a specially made clamshell box. INSCRIBED PROOF.

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STAMBOUL TRAIN. Graham Greene. STAMBOUL TRAIN.
London: William Heinemann Ltd. (1932). First edition. Second issue (as usually seen--there are only a few known copies of the first issue) with "Quin Savory" versus "Q. C. Savory." The change in character name was made at the insistence of J. B. Priestley. According to David Marsh (The Guardian, Oct. 19, 2010), "Foolishly, the novelist and playwright JB Priestley sued Greene for defamation, believing this vain, pompous writer was based on himself--and rather proving the point by doing so." Re-titled ORIENT EXPRESS in the U.S. and made into numerous films including "Murder on the Orient Express" in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gelgud, et al. Black cloth boards with gilt stamped spine featuring a mosque design. STAMBOUL TRAIN was The Book Society choice for December of 1932. This copy with Book Society bookplate bearing ownership signature "Mrs. G. J. Winterhalder Dec. '32." Scattered foxing to fore edges, otherwise near fine in very good or better dust jacket with old tape repair on verso (not visible from front), spine a little darkened, spine ends and corners nicked and rubbed and with a few light creases. Scarce in the dust jacket. BASIS FOR THE 1974 FILM "MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS" AMONG OTHERS.

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THE DAIN CURSE. Dashiell Hammett. THE DAIN CURSE.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First edition. The detective known only as "The Continental Op" investigates a diamond theft from the San Franciscan Leggett family, the supposed victims of a curse said to inflict sudden, violent deaths upon those in their vicinity. Very good or better with spine slightly cocked and minor soiling and edge wear. Nice looking copy lacking the dust jacket.

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THE THIN MAN. Dashiell Hammett. THE THIN MAN.
New York: Alfred A Knopf, (1934). First edition. Some discoloration to boards which is common with this title, apart from that, binding strong, corners sharp, crisp and bright lettering on spine. Dust jacket is lightly soiled and aged, it's the red variety versus green, rubbing and small tears along edges, crease lines on folds, tape repair on top and bottom edges of verso which did their job, still very good. With "seep" page 209 which is in all copies as it wasn’t changed to "sleep" until the 6th printing. Without the ubiquitous sticker on the front of the jacket.

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THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF RIVERS. Jim Harrison, Russel Chatham. THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF RIVERS.
Seattle: Winn Books, 1986. First edition. Number 38 of a stated 350 copies, SIGNED BY HARRISON and the illustrator, RUSSELL CHATHAM. Together with a suite of FIVE 14 x 18" PRINTS SIGNED BY CHATHAM, each marked AP and numbered "31/40," and a colophon indicating the suite was produced specifically to accompany 175 copies of the book. Supposedly 175 of the 350 copies of the book were signed by both Harrison and Chatham and came with the suite of prints by Chatham, and the other 175 were signed only by Harrison and did not include the prints. As so few of the purported 175 suite of prints have shown up on the market, we wonder if there were more than 40 copies of the "proof" and if those are what sometimes appear. (The publisher has indicated in a letter to us that none of the copies were numbered. Yet, this copy is numbered and there are others recorded as such.) The book is near fine and the slipcase is lightly soiled with a few small smudges, and a faint half-moon shadow, presumably a partial glass ring, but still very good or better. The prints and accompanying colophon are fine.

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS. Ernest Hemingway. A FAREWELL TO ARMS.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition, first issue. One of Hemingway's most influential works. Small name and "1929" on front endpaper, both endpapers have faint and fairly common offset (from the boards), otherwise very good to fine with both labels very bright; in very good dust jacket with very minor chips on corners and spine ends. This book is from the collection of Scott and Vivian Donaldson and has their small, tasteful bookplate on rear pastedown under the dust jacket flap. Scott is considered one of our leading literary biographers. He has written eight books about 20th-century American authors and is listed among prominent 20th-century Virginia authors by the Virginia Center for the book. In 1999, he was elected to the board of the Hemingway Foundation/Society which publishes "The Hemingway Review," makes grants to young scholars, and annually gives the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award. From 2000 through 2002 he served as president of the foundation. ONE OF HIS MOST INFLUENTIAL WORKS.

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DUNE. Frank Herbert. DUNE.
Philadelphia: Chilton Books, (1965). First edition, first issue with statement "published by Ambassador in Canada"; without ISBN; with 4-line publisher's name at base of rear flap and with $5.95 price. When the duke is assassinated, his son leads desert warriors to freedom from rule by the galactic emperor. Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel; number 48 in Pringle's 100 Best Science Fiction books; and made into the 1984 David Lynch film featuring Sting. Mild vertical crease to spine, front board very slightly shaken, still near fine with only a few small soiled spots; in bright, clean dust jacket with professional repair to shallow chips on spine ends and corners. A nice copy. AWARD-WINNING, SCI-FI HIGHSPOT.

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VALUE AND CAPITAL: An Inquiry into Some Fundamental Principles of Economic Theory. J. R. Hicks. VALUE AND CAPITAL: An Inquiry into Some Fundamental Principles of Economic Theory.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1939. First edition. Sir John Richard Hicks (1904 - 1989) was one of the most important and influential economists of the twentieth century. In microeconomics, the compensated demand function is referred to as the Hicksian demand function in his honor (Wikipedia). Minor wear to corners, endpapers darkened (due to unavoidable offset from the binding) and just a little foxed. Near fine, lacking the dust jacket. An exceedingly scarce book in the first edition. THE MAN FOR WHOM THE "HICKSIAN DEMAND FUNCTION" IS NAMED.

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WODWO. Ted Hughes. WODWO.
London: Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on the front endpaper. A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Hughes, "To Tony/ in Memoriam/ from Ted/ 13 July 1967." This was Hughes first book of poems after wife Sylvia Plath's death from suicide in 1963 -- we assume the "in Memoriam" is for her, as she and Hecht were very close friends, which is clearly indicated by her intimate letters to him. Plath and Hecht met while both were teaching at Smith College (1956-1962), where Hughes also taught. After Plath's death, Hughes and Hecht continued to be friends and each man went on to win numerous awards and to become the Poet Laureate of their country. Ted Hughes was known to greatly admired Hecht, calling him "one of the most accomplished of his extremely accomplished generation." The book is crisp and fine with only very minor wear; in a near fine, lightly age-toned dust jacket with slightly darkened spine and a few tiny nicks. An early, important association copy between two poets who went on to become highly esteemed in each other's countries as well as their own. IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

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FINNEGANS WAKE. James Joyce. FINNEGANS WAKE.
London/ New York: Faber & Faber/ Viking Press, 1939. First edition, limited issue. Number 62 of 425 numbered copies SIGNED by Joyce. A fine copy in nearly fine slipcase. A REMARKABLY NICE COPY, SIGNED BY JOYCE.

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AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead. Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead.
Toledo, Ohio: March 5, 1998. On 5 3/4 x 7 1/4" notepaper with letterhead of the Editorial Department, "You write a fine letter .... It amazes me that Nancy Drew remains so popular. Sincerely, Mildred W. Benson (Carolyn Keene)." Benson, the acknowledged creator of Nancy Drew, wrote 23 of the first 30 books beginning in 1930 with THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK. Much like the enduring character she brought life to, she was an adventurer who, in addition to being a writer and journalist, was a pilot and amateur archaeologist. Over the course of her career Benson wrote 112 additional children's books and numerous short stories, and her career in journalism spanned 58 years -- first at the Toledo Times and then at the Toledo Blade, where she continued to write a column until she passed away in 2002 at the age 96. Light creases, stray pen marks on verso, otherwise fine. Includes original mailing envelope addressed by Benson. Letters such as this one, wholly in Benson's own hand, are quite scarce. HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE CREATOR OF NANCY DREW.

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MEXICO CITY BLUES. Jack Kerouac. MEXICO CITY BLUES.
New York: Grove Press, (1959). First edition in FIRST-ISSUE, black-and-white dust jacket (vs. color), which is slightly taller than the book as usual. In presumed VARIANT BINDING with spine lettering stamped in silver versus the normally seen gold. "242 choruses" of Kerouac's experimental poetry -- "I want to be considered a jazz poet blowing a long blues in an afternoon jam session on Sunday" (Kerouac, from the jacket flap). Spine ends and corners slightly rubbed, touch of rubbing to "M" in title on spine, faintest of glass rings to front cover, otherwise near fine. The dust jacket is bright and, with the exception of tiny nicks to the flap corners, is free of chips and tears, but there is a faint stain to top corner of front panel and it appears a tapped-on label was removed from the bottom of the spine (library label?), leaving tanned areas around the edges of where it had been (it would have measured approximately 1.5 x 1.5"). Otherwise the jacket is near fine. SCARCE FIRST-ISSUE JACKET.

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THE UNITED SERVICES COLLEGE CHRONICLE: 16 issues plus "Appendix & 'Tarass Boolba'," each in gilt-lettered, red cloth-covered chemise; 9 with poems and/or prose by Kipling (one also edited by him); one issue with text of speech given by Kipling at the school; the rest with notices of or about Kipling. Rudyard Kipling. THE UNITED SERVICES COLLEGE CHRONICLE: 16 issues plus "Appendix & 'Tarass Boolba'," each in gilt-lettered, red cloth-covered chemise; 9 with poems and/or prose by Kipling (one also edited by him); one issue with text of speech given by Kipling at the school; the rest with notices of or about Kipling.
[Bideford, North Devon: United Services College, 1881 - 1904. The first edition and only edition of each issue. Kipling attended United Services College, a preparatory school at "Westward Ho!" in the village of Bideford, North Devon, from January 1878 to July 1882. (His experiences there formed the background for his 1898 STALKY & CO.) He was appointed editor of the school paper, "The United Services College Chronicle"; issues numbers four to ten, published between June 30 1881 and July 24 1882, appeared under his editorship and contain items by him (many of which he never authorized for re-publication). Kipling left school at sixteen to join his family in Lahore, India, and took a post with the Civil & Military Gazette but occasionally sent poems and stories written for Indian newspapers back to his old school paper. The Chronicles issued after he left school include items attributed to him that were not signed by him by name, leading to much debate as to whether they should be included among his works. [Richards, pp.514-5]. **PLEASE NOTE: we include issues with content attributed to Kipling by F. V. Livingston in her 1927 bibliography that Richards omits in his 2010 work because, though Richards bases his attributions on a bound volume of the Chronicle in which Kipling signed his contributions and omits several Livingston attributions based on corrections Kipling made to a copy of her work, he does concede that Kipling's lack of attribution and/or corrections could have been the result of either faulty memory or the wish to suppress certain items.** The issues included herein are as follows: NO. 7, DEC. 5, 1881: issued under Kipling's editorship; includes "Told in the Dormitory [Part I]" (verse), signed "A****d T******n" and "Waytinge" (verse), unsigned [Richards C7]. Also "Answers to Correspondence" (prose), signed "Ed."; "Literary & Debating Society" (prose), unsigned; and "A rabid effusion, in the style of 'The Hunting of the Snark'..." (verse), unsigned [Livingston VII]. NO. 13, MARCH 25, 1883: Notice of Dunsterville as Caliban (prose), unsigned, most of the text not present due to a flaw in the printing; "Modus Vevendi" (verse) [Livingston XIII]. NO. 16, OCT. 15, 1883: "The Song of the Exiles" (verse), signed "Gigs" [Richards C18]. NO. 27, APRIL 12, 1886: "The City of Delhi Is Hushed and Still" (verse), signed "O.U.S.C." [Livingston XXVII "...probably by Kipling"]. NO. 28, JULY 2, 1886: "The Battle of Assye" (verse), unsigned [Richards C122]. Also a review of the Indian (and only) edition of "Echoes," which prints in entirety the poem "London Town" as well as 19 lines from "The Flight of the Bucket" and 12 from "The Cursing of Stephen" [Livingston XXVIII]. NO. 31, MARCH 7, 1887: "City of Dreadful Night" (prose), signed "R.K." [Richards C72]. NO. 35, DEC. 15, 1887: "Dis Aliter Visum" (verse), signed "R.K. (O.U.S.C.)" [Richards C60]. NO. 36, MARCH 31, 1888: "East and West" (verse), signed "R.K." [Richards C81]. NO. 40, DEC. 17, 1888: "Naboth" (prose), signed "O.U.S.C." [Richards C130]. NO. 45, JULY 14, 1890: Notice of Kipling’s visit, "Rudyard Kipling has been down here for a week this term after an absence of eight years spent nearly wholly in India. He got us a half-holiday." [Livingston XLV]. NO. 47, APRIL 10, 1891: Notice of Kipling, "It is reported that Rudyard Kipling intends to return to India in the Fall." [Livingston XLVII]. NO. 48, JULY 18, 1891: Notice of Kipling's "Finest Story in the World" [Livingston XLVIII]. NO. 55, DEC. 16, 1893: Notice of Kipling's article in the "Youth’s Companion" in the U.S. in which he "is enthusiastic about his old school, and divulges something that doubtless will be new to those in authority." [Livingston LV]. NO. 58, DEC. 17, 1894: Kipling's speech "on behalf of the Old Boys" honoring Headmaster Price upon his retirement, [Richards C599]. NO. 84, DEC. 17, 1904: Mention of Kipling in an article about retired gym teacher Sergeant-Major Schofield, "the Sergeant says that his gymnastic and athletic abilities were not striking, and in STALKY & CO a few facts lie hidden in a mountain of fiction. One amusing episode is worth notice. Kipling always wore spectacles, even in the bath, and it used to be a favourite amusement of his companions to filch them, and Kipling’s plaintive cry would be continually heard from the middle of the bath, 'My gigs gone again Sergeant.'" [Livingston LVXXXV]. Selfwraps; 12 pages each; not stitched or stapled; most with some pages uncut; all with mild to moderate darkening to first and last pages caused by offset from chemise inside covers; No. 28 lacking several pages (347-350 and 355-358 with all Kipling content present); No. 13 with printing error resulting in blank section affecting most of what we presume was "Notice of Dunsterville as Caliban." Chemise covers uniformly near fine to fine. RARE, EARLY KIPLING APPEARANCES IN THE MAGAZINE HE EDITED WHILE IN PREPARATORY SCHOOL.

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THE FIVE NATIONS. Rudyard Kipling, , Howell Arthur Gwynne. THE FIVE NATIONS.
London: Methuen and Co. 1903. First edition, first issue. 8vo, red cloth boards; spine lettering and top edge gilt; with 38 pages of ads at rear, as called for. Spine ends lightly frayed, corners rubbed, spine lettering dulled; still good or better. INSCRIBED at head of title page to Kipling’s good friend Howell Gwynne, "H.A.G. from RK Nov. 1903" and SIGNED BY KIPLING beneath his printed name. Together with AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BY H. MACKERN FOR SCRIBNER’S MAGAZINE OF "THE EDITORS IN THEIR OFFICE"--namely the staff of "The Friend" (a short-lived wartime paper): Kipling, Gwynne, Julian Ralph, and Percival Landon, with all four men on and around a desk in Bloemfontein shortly after the British occupation during the Boer War. The photograph is mounted on a card SIGNED ON FRONT BY EACH of the four and with "Bloemfontein March 26th 1900" written beneath, apparently in Kipling’s own hand, and INSCRIBED ON VERSO BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER, "[illegible recipient] fr. H MacKern Scribner’s Bloemfountein March/29/00." Also with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by Kipling to Gwynne dated simply "Tuesday" inviting him to his home, "I'm sorry about the [face?] and the [abscess?] It's an ignominious sequel to [dewetting?] -- and so very like life / suppose you come over here with a bag from Saturday to Monday / You will leave the bag at Rosebank station and our boy will pick it up. / You will not bring dress kit / You will come at any hour on Sat that suits you best you will name the hour whether before or after lunch. / There will be no amusements of any kind. / You can go to bed when you come if you like. You can have breakfast in bed or [illegible] & play with the kids & the lion at your will. A good bed isn't a bad place to lie down. / Ever Sincerely / Rudyard Kipling." Additionally with the poem appearing on page 65, "General Joubert," transcribed at top and bottom of the page in what appears to be Kipling’s hand. (There is no apparent difference between the printed and transcribed versions.) Howell Arthur Gwynne, British author and newspaper editor, was a life-long friend of Kipling's and pallbearer at his 1936 burial at Westminster Abbey. Photograph and signatures beneath it fading; offset to autograph letter, which is considerably darkened on front edges. A mounted photographic copy of the signed photo clearly made before it began to fade is included. Provenance: Sotheby's Auction, 1973. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY WITH PHOTOGRAPH AND LETTER LAID IN.

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BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS AND OTHER VERSES. Rudyard Kipling. BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS AND OTHER VERSES.
London: Methuen and Co. 1892. First UK edition, "Special" large-paper edition printed on Japanese paper, finely bound and signed by the publisher. (There were also 225 large-paper copies in dark red buckram boards signed by the publisher.) One of only 30 of the "special" copies, this being NUMBER 20 OF THE 20 OFFERED FOR SALE. Bound in the publisher's original gilt-stamped vellum-backed white cloth boards. Also noted in vellum-backed orange-yellow buckram boards--no known priority. Includes "Gunga Din," Kipling’s famous narrative poem of India's northwest frontier from which Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur developed a story and Joel Sayre and Fred Guiol the 1939 screenplay for the film starring Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Sam Jaffe (in the title role). A crisp, fine, bright copy. Richards A69. ONE OF ONLY 20 COPIES.

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INDEPENDENCE: Rectorial Address Delivered at St. Andrews October 10,1923. Rudyard Kipling. INDEPENDENCE: Rectorial Address Delivered at St. Andrews October 10,1923.
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924. First American edition. SIGNED by author on title page.The poem, an elegy on grieving for the dead, first appeared in the London Times. Very good to near fine with minor bumping on corners, light rubbing on edges, cracked gutter between verso of end paper and half title page, otherwise binding strong, in very good dust jacket with minor chipping and wear, encased in a red chemise and cloth slipcase with three leaher labels on spine.

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PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS. Rudyard Kipling. PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS.
London: Macmillan and Co. 1893. Later printing of the UK edition (the first was in 1890) from a Macmillan Uniform Edition of his works sent by Kipling to Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Robley Dunglison Evans (1846-1912). PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED on title page above the title to Evans, "To the Captain of the 'Indiana' from the author / June 96:" and SIGNED "Rudyard Kipling" above his scored-through printed name. According to Evans' 1901 autobiography, A SAILOR'S LOG, (two copies of which are included), "While refitting in New York, Mr. Rudyard Kipling breakfasted on board with me . . . . Some weeks afterward he was good enough to send me a set of his books. On the title-page of PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS, facing a beautiful picture of Sergeant [sic] Mulvaney, done by my dear friend R. F. Zogbaum, he had written the following graceful lines. . . ." The graceful lines he refers to are those of an UNTITLED HOLOGRAPHIC POEM Kipling transcribed and signed on the page opposite the title page. The poem herein is generally unknown as it was never titled or collected by Kipling [Richards, note to E1-65]. (It appeared in Evans' own book, in one other with a few minor transcription mistakes, and also a few times in journals all around the turn of the last century.) The "beautiful picture" Evans refers to is of the character "Private Mulvaney," who makes his first appearance herein. Zogbaum's 4 x 6" gouache painting of Mulvaney is INSCRIBED BY ZOGBAUM, "To Capt R.D. Evans USN / R F Zogbaum / June '96" and pasted to the copyright page with, presumably in Zogbaum's hand, "'Tis the trut' I'm tellin' you" written beneath. KIPLING'S POEM, in four quatrains, begins with "Zogbaum draws with a pencil,/ And I do things with a pen;/ And you sit up in a conning tower/ Bossing eight hundred men." And ends with "'To him that hath shall be given,'/ And that's why these books are sent/ To the man who has lived more stories/ Than Zogbaum or I couLd invent!" Small octavo, blue-cloth boards stamped in gilt and black on front and in gilt on spine. Evans' bookplate on pastedown. Expertly recased with original spine laid down, fine thus. Housed in lambs-wool lined, black cloth-covered clamshell case lettered in gilt on spine. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED, SIGNED AND WITH HOLOGRAPH POEM SIGNED BY KIPLING REFERRING TO HIMSELF, THE RECIPIENT AND R.F. ZOGBAUM, WHOSE ORIGINAL, INSCRIBED GOUACHE PAINTING OF KIPLING CHARACTER PRIVATE MULVANEY IS AFFIXED TO THE COPYRIGHT PAGE.

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SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM. T. E. Lawrence. SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM.
London: Jonathan Cape Ltd. 1935. First edition thus -- the limited issue of the trade edition (preceded by two very limited editions in the 1920's). Number 701 of 750 numbered copies issued simultaneously with the general trade first edition. "Lawrence of Arabia's" autobiographical account of his experiences serving with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks as a British liaison officer from 1916 to 1918. Quarter tan pigskin over brown buckram boards; gilt stamped spine and front cover; top edge gilt and other edges untrimmed; marbled endpapers. Small abrasion to top-edge gilt otherwise very fine. Lacking the rare, plain brown paper dust jacket but in a slipcase which appears to be original as it is covered in a plain tan cloth very closely matching the color of the leather spine. For the record, Philip O'Brien in his Lawrence bibliography notes that the "jacket [is] rarely present" and calls for the book to be "boxed." If the slipcase present here is the box he speaks of, it would seem to be quite rare as we are unable to locate a copy in slipcase offered online or a picture of the book with one. The collector from whom we purchased this copy informed us he bought it 30 years ago from a Pennsylvania dealer, Dennis MacDonald, who was a Lawrence specialist. (We did not know this dealer who, according to the collector, died years ago.) Regardless of its history, this is a beautiful copy of the book and a quite pleasing slipcase which shows only very minor wear. We don’t think you could find a nicer copy.

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AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: (Signed by London). Jack London. AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: (Signed by London).
[circa 1915]. A beguiling head-shot of London in Mounties-style hat. Sepia-toned print measuring 4.25 x 6.5". SIGNED BY LONDON at base. We presume the photograph was taken around 1915 because a promotional booklet issued in 1915 by British publisher's Mills & Boon ("Jack London: The Author with the Sales") features the image on its front cover. Fine with light abrasion on verso.

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LOVECRAFT'S TEENAGE SCHOOL BOOKS WITH HIS HOLOGRAPH NAME AND ADDRESS IN EACH: Three volumes. H. P. Lovecraft. LOVECRAFT'S TEENAGE SCHOOL BOOKS WITH HIS HOLOGRAPH NAME AND ADDRESS IN EACH: Three volumes.
(Providence, RI: Circa 1904-05). Three of Lovecraft’s well-worn school books from his teen years, each with his autograph name "H. P. LOVECRAFT" and address "PROVIDENCE/ R.I." on front endpaper. The first two volumes reveal a general teenage exuberance combined with the joy of having ones own (perhaps newly acquired) set of name and date stamps; whereas the third book, which is not dated by him, shows a more mature and restrained signature, leading us to believe it is from slightly later studies. The three books are A HAND-BOOK OF CLASSICAL GEOGRAPHY, CHRONOLOGY, MYTHOLOGY, AND ANTIQUITIES (By T. P. and W. F. Allen; Boston: 1861), with Lovecraft’s signature and address as described above and date, also in his hand, "May 6, 1904," decoratively underlined (as is his address), and with his name and date stamped beneath. Also with the ownership signature "Franklin C. Clark / Feb. 25th 1865 / Providence RI / Brown University / Class of ‘69" written with a flourish the young Lovecraft seems to be emulate herein. "Franklin C. Clark (1847 - 1915) .... married LILLIAN DELORA PHILLIPS, WITH WHOM LOVECRAFT HAD LIVED illian Delora Phillips (1856-1932) in 1902; they had no children. She was the aunt of the CELEBRATED HORROR AUTHOR HOWARD P. LOVECRAFT (1890-1937), who CITED DR. CLARK'S ERUDITION AS AN EARLY INFLUENCE" (Rhode Island Historical Society Manuscripts Collection web page for the Franklin C. Clark Papers). Also with brief note to text on p.83, presumably in Lovecraft's hand. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GREEK LANGUAGE (by Asahel C. Kendrick; New York: 1846), with Lovecraft’s signature and address as described above and street address, also in his hand, "598 Angell St.," and with his name and date "Aug 31 1905" stamped on endpaper and on title page. Also with Lovecraft's penciled notes in Latin on front and rear pastedowns which appear to compare Latin to Greek and German (with the former fairing better than either of the latter in the comparison), and with a few words in Greek we won’t attempt. AND WITH LOVECRAFT’S HOME-MADE INDEX TO VOCABULARY SECTION pages [145] to [174] -- a penciled Greek alphabet running vertically down page [145] and fore edges pp.[147]-172 trimmed in varying lengths to create 14 tabs which Lovecraft has labeled accordingly, and with HIS PENCILED NOTE on page [174], "THIS BOOK WAS INDEXED BY HP LOVECRAFT SUN SEP 24 1905." And, last but not least, as they say, EXCERPTA EX SCRIPTIS PUBLII OVIDII NASONIS [Excerpts from the Writings of Ovid] (by B. A. Gould; Boston; 1848), with Lovecraft’s autograph name and full address, including "U.S.A." in a more mature hand and with Lovecraft’s extensive translation (?) notes to the first four sections of the book (pages 15 to 58). This final volume is in good condition; the other two are fair--the spine is missing entirely from one and partially from the other--but all three are otherwise complete. SCHOOL BOOKS FROM A CRUCIAL PERIOD IN LOVECRAFT'S YOUTH.

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THE SHUNNED HOUSE. H. P. Lovecraft. THE SHUNNED HOUSE.
Athol, Mass. W. Paul Cook / The Recluse Press, 1928. First edition sheets, one of only 100 copies of Lovecraft's first book of fiction bound by Arkam House in 1961. Bibliographer S. T. Joshi calls it Lovecraft's "legendary stillborn first 'book'." W. Paul Cook had wanted to publish "Shunned House" in the first issue of The Recluse but, for reasons unknown, decided instead to print the story as a small book with a preface by Frank Belknap. He printed approximately 300 copies of the sheets in 1928 but neither bound nor published the book at that time. In 1934, Robert Barlow (later to be Lovecraft's literary executor) reportedly received 225 copies of the sheets and distributed around 50, some unbound and some bound in various bindings over the next few years. Arkham House subsequently obtained approximately 150 useable sets of sheets and issued 50 unbound copies circa 1959 and the 100 bound in black cloth boards as seen here. This copy with copyright cancel label in Currey's first state with "100 copies bound by Arkham House, 1961" printed in pencil at bottom of label. Small octavo, black cloth boards lettered in gilt on spine. Tiny scratch to bottom front board, spine lettering rubbed, mostly affecting "Lovecraft" and "Arkham House," otherwise near fine as issued, without dust jacket. Joshi 1-A-5. Currey C(2). LOVECRAFT'S "LEGENDARY STILLBORN FIRST 'BOOK'"

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DARKER THAN AMBER: A Travis McGee Story. John D. MacDonald. DARKER THAN AMBER: A Travis McGee Story.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. 1970. First U.S. edition in hardcover. The seventh in the series. McGee and close friend Meyer are fishing under a bridge when a young woman is thrown from it. Basis for the 1970 film of the same name. Touch of crimping to fragile paper-covered boards at spine ends otherwise crisp and fine in dust jacket with spine ends lightly nicked and rubbed otherwise near fine. Very scarce in the first printing and in jacket. THE VERY SCARCE U.S. HARDBACK.

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BARBARY SHORE. Norman Mailer. BARBARY SHORE.
New York: Rinehart, (1951). First edition. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED "To Adel and Lucky / - from the sweet / megalomaniac / With love / Norman / April 1951." Head of spine creased and bumped, edge wear to the cheap boards, light foxing to endpapers, small stain to fore edge, otherwise about very good in lightly chipped dust jacket with rubbing to edges and folds. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was the editor instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto read the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer submitted it to Rinehart, who published the book in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968 she even played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer's film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). GOOD ASSOCIATION.

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