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THE PLAYGROUND, Together with THE QUEEN OF THE MERMAIDS WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE. James Broughton. THE PLAYGROUND, Together with THE QUEEN OF THE MERMAIDS WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE.
(San Francisco): Centaur Press, 1949. First edition. Limited to 1000 copies. Broughton's play illustrated by Daniel Harris in his first appearance as "Zev." The first book from the press founded by Broughton and Kermit Sheet. SIGNED BY BROUGHTON on half-title page and INSCRIBED WITH A LARGE DRAWING BY ZEV on front endpaper, "For Herbert and Zelda & Co. With Love! Love! Love! Love! Love!" The drawing depicts a father returning home to his wife and two children with what appears to be an airplane in his hands. Paperclip impression and touch of rust to front flap and opposing endpaper, otherwise near fine in a good or better dust jacket. Laid in is a 1954 CHRISTMAS GREETING WITH POEM by Broughton and drawing by Zev (of mermaid queen arriving at a castle or cathedral) which, according to OCLC was produced for the use of Broughton, Sheets, and Dan "Zev" Harris and his wife Gertrude. Only 3 copies are located in libraries worldwide. This one INSCRIBED IN FRENCH BY ZEV "with best wishes," and signed by him with his wife's name followed by "Zev," over which he adds a jeweled crown. A 12 x 7.75" broadside, folded to make a card. Minor creasing and one small stain, otherwise near fine.

[Book #53548]       Price: $200.00
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OUTLINES FROM THE OUTPOST. John Esten Cooke, Richard Harwell. OUTLINES FROM THE OUTPOST.
Chicago: Lakeside Press/Donnelley & Sons, 1961. First edition, a Lakeside Classic issued for Christmas 1961 with historical introduction by Harwell. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt lettering and decoration on front cover and spine, gilt top edge, tissue-protected frontispiece portrait of General J. E. B. Stuart. Fine.

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DESERT ISLANDS AND ROBINSON CRUSOE. Walter. Whistler de la Mare, Rex. DESERT ISLANDS AND ROBINSON CRUSOE.
London/New York: Faber & Faber/Fountain Press, 1930. First edition. One of 650 SIGNED numbered copies with illustrations by Rex Whistler (but not signed by him). Corners just a little rubbed and spine slightly faded, otherwise fine. Three-color, full-page drawing on front endpaper of a gentleman in an easy chair smoking a pipe--an elaborate Christmas greeting which reads, "Seasons Greetings for Sam Brown from S. N. Jenks and E. E. Moore, Dec. 25th, 1938." Both endpapers are offset, but the drawing is very nice (although we couldn't find any information on the "artists").

[Book #32694]       Price: $100.00
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FROM POE TO VALERY. T. S. Eliot. FROM POE TO VALERY.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1948.). First edition, limited to 1500 copies. Privately printed for the friends of the author and publisher as a New Year's Greeting for 1949 [Gallup A52a]. Black boards show tiny scrapes to the unprinted spine and at corners, still very good or better. Issued in mailing envelope and in a glassine jacket, neither of which are present.

[Book #47363]       Price: $60.00
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SMALL ARCHIVE consisting of a CHAPBOOK, TWO CHRISTMAS GREETINGS, & TWO TELEGRAMS: Includes THE LONE STRIKER, NEITHER OUT FAR NOR IN DEEP, and TO A YOUNG WRETCH. Robert Frost, Phillips Farmer. SMALL ARCHIVE consisting of a CHAPBOOK, TWO CHRISTMAS GREETINGS, & TWO TELEGRAMS: Includes THE LONE STRIKER, NEITHER OUT FAR NOR IN DEEP, and TO A YOUNG WRETCH.
(New York: Knopf / Spiral Press, 1933 -1937). First edition. Small archive of a friendship between Frost and Phillips Palmer. Includes a chapbook, THE LONE STRIKER (1933), presentation copy INSCRIBED, "For Phillips Palmer / from Robert Frost / 1933." Number eight of The Borzoi Chap Books. Thin, tan, handsewn paperwraps printed in red and black. Fine in very good, original envelope. NEITHER OUT FAR NOR IN DEEP (1935). INSCRIBED, "To Phillips Palmer with / adjuration to keep on taking poetry in his own way / RF." Single poem issued as a holiday greeting. One of 450 (of 1,235 total) with the "Elinor & Robert Frost" imprint. Small, plain paperwraps sewn into a thin Japanese "Kikone" dustwrapper. Light offset from paper to first and last page, as usually seen, and touch of edgewear to dust jacket, otherwise nearly fine. In original mailing envelope addressed to Palmer in Frost's hand. Frost, Robert. TO A YOUNG WRETCH, (1937). Holiday greeting, illustrated with woodcuts by J.J. Lankes, "Elinor & Robert Frost" imprint Plain white paperwraps in thin gold dust jacket printed in black. Some edge chipping, still a very good example of this very fragile jacket. In original mailing envelope addressed to Phillips Palmer in Frost's hand. TWO TELEGRAMS: one dated December 11th and sent to Palmer at his home by Frost's wife, "Mr Frost sick in bed suggest your coming next Monday instead of tomorrow"; the other sent by Frost to Palmer at Middlebury College, "Must be misquoted sounds not the least like me in form or content someone must be trying to set me up in a new pretentiousness...." Telegrams are tanned and starting to split at folds and include a tattered Western Union Telegram envelope.

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INITIUM S. EVANGELII SECUNDUM S. JOANNEM. Elizabeth Rivers. INITIUM S. EVANGELII SECUNDUM S. JOANNEM.
(Dublin): Dolmen Press, (1953). First edition. The first of the Dolmen Press Christmas booklets, limited to 500 copies. Illustrated with wood engravings by Elizabeth Rivers. Tan card covers, lettered and with small woodcut on front printed in black and framed by vertical red rules. In dust jacket printed in red and black and featuring a different woodcut by Rivers. 8 pages plus endpapers; unopened. Fine in near fine dust jacket--scarce to rare in dust jacket. THE FIRST DOLMEN PRESS CHRISTMAS BOOKLET--SCARCE TO RARE IN DUST JACKET.

[Book #52526]       Price: $500.00
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AND FOUR TO GO: A Nero Wolfe Foursome. Rex Stout. AND FOUR TO GO: A Nero Wolfe Foursome.
New York: Viking Press, 1958. First edition. Three holiday-themed stories--"Christmas Party," "Easter Parade," and "Fourth of July Picnic"--plus one more for good luck, "Murder Is No Joke." Minor crimp to base of spine, otherwise fine in very good dust jacket with spine toned from red to gray though lettering still bright, and professional repair to shallow chipping at spine ends (filled in).

[Book #49695]       Price: $125.00
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THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE. William Makepeace Thackeray, M. A. Titmarsh. THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE.
London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1850. First edition. Illustrated with 15 HAND-COLORED PLATES, including the title vignette and frontispiece. In a lovely, full red leather, gilt-stamped binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Brentano's WITH ORIGINAL COVERS BOUND IN. Small shelf label on front pastedown, free endpaper edges darkened where offset from inner dentelles, outer hinges rubbed, otherwise near fine. Thackeray (1811 - 1863) was famous for his satirical works, particularly VANITY FAIR, a panoramic portrait of English society. This is one of his five short "Christmas Books" criticizing English nobility which he wrote under his pen name, M. A. Titmarsh.

[Book #52918]       Price: $500.00
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LEGEND OF THE CASTLES. Mark Twain. LEGEND OF THE CASTLES.
[New York]: John and Jo Fleming, [1995]. First edition and only separate edition of this short story from "A Tramp Abroad." Privately printed as a Christmas and New Year's greeting. Dark blue wraps with white label printed in red. Near fine, with only minor creasing. Scarce. "A TRAMP ABROAD" CHRISTMAS GREETING.

[Book #44988]       Price: $200.00
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WILSON'S CHRISTMAS STOCKING: Fun for Young and Old. Edmund Wilson. WILSON'S CHRISTMAS STOCKING: Fun for Young and Old.
[No place: No publisher, circa 1930s]. First edition. Thin, stapled, silver-flecked, red paperwraps printed in black. Includes "Scurrilous Clerihews," "Anagrams on Eminent Authors." "Relaxed Crossword Puzzles," and more. About fine. HOLIDAY GREETING.

[Book #49479]       Price: $100.00
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