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LADIES WHOSE BRIGHT EYES. Ford Madox Ford. LADIES WHOSE BRIGHT EYES.
Philadephia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1935. First U.S. edition. Near fine in orange cloth boards with dark blue lettering, top edge stained black. In good to very good dust jacket with shallow chipping, light soiling, few marks to rear panel, and rubbed creasing along top edge.

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NEW YORK ESSAYS. Ford Madox Ford. NEW YORK ESSAYS.
New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1927. First edition, and the only edition, as this title was not published in the UK or in a U.S. trade edition. Number of 750 SIGNED, numbered copies (signed on the half-title page). Orange paper boards; gold lettered black cloth spine. Corners lightly frayed, otherwise very good. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION -- THE ONLY EDITION.

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RETURN TO YESTERDAY: Reminiscences 1894-1914. Ford Madox Ford. RETURN TO YESTERDAY: Reminiscences 1894-1914.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1931. First edition. His scarce, second memoir, covering the years from 1894 to the outbreak of World War I. Head of spine beginning to fray, light evidence of insect damage to edges, general wear; still good or better in like dust jacket with several large chips, and long tears internally repaired with tape. What can we say? It's a scarce book, scarcer still in jacket. SCARCE IN ANY JACKET.

[Book #53765]       Price: $250.00
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THE BROWN OWL: A Fairy Story. Ford Madox Ford, Ford H. Madox Hueffer. THE BROWN OWL: A Fairy Story.
F. Madox Brown. London: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1892. Stated "Second edition," though we assume this is actually a second printing or even the first edition, first printing with a new title page inserted (see below). His first book, written to amuse his sister Juliet and published when he was just seventeen years old. Illustrated with two full-page, black-and-white plates by his grandfather, F. Madox Brown, a painter closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Harvey does not mention this second "edition"-- published the same year as the first--but does note a fourth edition dated 1898 and that "in all editions the title page is in red and black" [Harvey, A1(a-b)]. This copy in quarter blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine with cloth over boards matching that of the first edition, and with pattern on cloth extending to page edges, as in the first. Plain cream-colored endpapers pasted over the original patterned endpapers of the first edition, which are still just barely visible around the edges. Illustrated extra title page lists three titles in the "Children’s Library" on verso, as we presume does the first, and printer's leaf following p.165 reads "Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh" as in the first edition. INTERESTINGLY, an 1892 New York, Cassell Publishing Company, stated "third edition" DIGITIZED FROM THE HOLDINGS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO LIBRARY is also clearly published using the same plates (if not sheets) and with the same illustrated extra title page listing three titles, printer’s leaf following p.165, and even with the "T. Fisher Unwin" logo on verso of the title page. One has to wonder whether Fisher Unwin sold the sheets from the various print runs with the offer of a cancel title page already inserted. Or, more likely, whether there was only ever one print run--given that there are very few copies in libraries worldwide (between 50 and 60 copies split between several records on OCLC) and only a handful currently offered for sale online. (Which would make Ford’s estimate that "it sold many thousands more copies than any book I ever wrote" highly unlikely [Harvey, p.4].) Contemporary gift inscription at head of page listing titles in the Children’s Library and another pasted to opposing blank page, few minor smudges to margins, covers rubbed and tips a little frayed, still about very good. FORD MADOX FORD'S FIRST BOOK--AN INTERESTING COPY WHICH MAY REVEAL MUCH ABOUT THE PRINTING HISTORY OF THIS BOOK.

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ZEPPELIN NIGHTS: A London Entertainment. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer, Violet Hunt. ZEPPELIN NIGHTS: A London Entertainment.
London/ New York: John Lane, 1916. First edition. London during the WWI and the impact of air raids and air attacks on the populace. Variant binding of bright blue cloth with gilt on front and spine. Harvey [A49] notes a presentation copy in the Naumburg Collection in the same binding with ads at rear torn out, as they are in this copy. A Merchant Marine copy with two stamps on front endpaper and unrelated small bookplate on front pastedown. Good only, with covers worn.

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THE TRAIL OF THE BARBARIANS; Being "L'Outrage des Barbares." Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer, Pierre Loti. THE TRAIL OF THE BARBARIANS; Being "L'Outrage des Barbares."
London: Longman, Green and Co. 1917. First edition. This relatively scarce pamphlet printing Ford's translation of Pierre Loti's work is heavily illustrated with photographs of the devastation to France by Germans during WW1. In his introduction, Ford says "today the tall wheat rises over that field behind Becourt Wood; for in France nothing is irreparable, since France possesses the secret of eternal life." Light, "U" shaped stain on front cover, otherwise very good in stapled paperwraps with a few creases to the covers. "IN FRANCE NOTHING IS IRREPARABLE, SINCE FRANCE POSSESSES THE SECRET OF ETERNAL LIFE"

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BETWEEN ST. DENNIS AND ST. GEORGE: A Sketch of Three Civilisations. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. BETWEEN ST. DENNIS AND ST. GEORGE: A Sketch of Three Civilisations.
London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton [George H. Doran Company], 1915. First U.S. edition. Not recorded in Harvey [A48]. Issued with British sheets, including the Hodder & Stoughton title page; in red cloth (vs grayish-brown) with Doran imprint at base of spine; lettered in black on front cover and in gilt on spine (the London edition is lettered in black on front and spine). The companion volume to WHEN BLOOD IS THEIR ARGUMENT, which was published earlier the same year. Light crease to front board, otherwise very good with spine just a little dulled. NOT RECORDED IN HARVEY.

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CINQUE PORTS. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. CINQUE PORTS.
London: Blackwood and Sons, 1900. First edition, one of only 525 copies [Harvey A8]. Cinque Ports is a confederation of maritime towns and coastal villages in Kent and Sussex originally formed for military and trade purposes. It lies at the eastern end of the English Channel, where the crossing to the continent is narrowest, and includes Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich. Ford lived in the area for several years among a group of writers including, most famously, Henry James, H.G. Wells and Joseph Conrad. (But Ford is the only one to have contributed to the literature on the area.) Illustrated by William Hyde with 14 gorgeous tissue-protected photogravure plates and 19 drawings in the text. 4to, (approximately 11 x 8"); 403 pages including index. Tan cloth lettered and with front cover illustration in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut; red endpapers. Two minor bumps to cloth cover edges, otherwise near fine to fine. A WRITERS PARADISE?

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THE GOOD SOLDIER. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE GOOD SOLDIER.
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1915. First edition, with this title listed as "The Saddest Story" in publisher's ads at rear [Harvey A46]. One of his most famous and most scarce works. Set just before World War I, the novel chronicles the tragic lives of two "perfect couples" using intricate flashbacks. Front board corners bumped a bit, spine ends a little worn, edges a bit rubbed, few light stains but still about very good. ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS AND MOST SCARCE WORKS.

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HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER: A Critical Monograph. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER: A Critical Monograph.
London/ New York: Duckworth & Co./E. P. Dutton, [1905]. First edition. Holbien (c.?1497 - 1543) was a German and Swiss artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style [Wiki]. 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). Original red cloth with top edge gilt, and gilt design and lettering on front and spine. Harvey [A15] calls for a limp green-leather binding and notes a copy in red cloth. Based on publisher's ads, we believe the leather was a special binding and that the standard issue cloth (and presumably paper) boards were available in various colors. Spine slightly faded otherwise near fine.

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HIGH GERMANY: Eleven Sets of Verse. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. HIGH GERMANY: Eleven Sets of Verse.
London: Duckworth & Co. 1911. First edition. Scarce volume of poetry published during the run-up to WWI. Ezra Pound, its first reviewer, noted: "Mr. Hueffer is making some sort of experiment in modernity. The results will displease most readers. They are nonetheless interesting ... [two of the poems] are true music. They are rare music. And the book is interesting, let us say to me personally, because Mr Hueffer is searching ... for a vital something which has in too great a degree slipped out of modern poetry" (Poetry Review, March 1912, "The Book of the Month"). Harvey [A35] notes copies with and without an errata leaf tipped before p.[vii]--this copy does not appear to have every had one. Original tan wrappers, lettered and decorated in green. Lacking the front endpaper. Covers lightly soiled and moderated foxing to prelims and page edges, otherwise, very good or better. SCARCE VOLUME OF POETRY.

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MR. APOLLO: A Just Possible Story. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. MR. APOLLO: A Just Possible Story.
London: Methuen, (1908). First edition. His social satire on religion in the modern world; written after his conversion to Catholicism. Bookplate of James John Joicey, an amateur entomologist whose massive collection of Lepidoptera is at the privately-owned Hill Museum. Original red cloth lightly soiled on covers and more so on spine, which is tanned, but still very good with only light foxing on first few pages. [Harvey A26].

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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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ROSSETTI: A Critical Essay on His Art. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. ROSSETTI: A Critical Essay on His Art.
London/ New York: Duckworth & Co./E. P. Dutton, no-date [1902]. First edition. His second Pre-Raphaelite study, following his 1896 his work on Rossetti's teacher and Ford's grandfather, Ford Madox Brown. Published in the "Popular Library of Art" series (later printing copies are in the "Masters of Painting" series). In an unrecorded, variant binding of brown paper boards with 3 pages of ads at rear, as called for. Harvey A10 calls for limp green leather and notes copies in coarse green cloth and smooth red cloth but makes no mention of copies with paper boards. However, we presume most copies were in various covers other than leather, as the publisher's ads for this series are headed "Boards gilt, 1s. net; green canvas and red cloth gilt, 2s. net; limp lambskin, 2s. 6d. net. Several titles can also be had in the popular Persian yapp [i.e., limp leather] binding, in box, 2s. 6d. net each." Cover edges lightly rubbed, gilt on spine dulled but readable, and front cover gilt medallion shows slight discoloration, still very good.

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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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THE YOUNG LOVELL: A Romance. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE YOUNG LOVELL: A Romance.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1913. First edition. Not published in the U.S. 32 pages of publisher's ads at rear, as called for [Harvey, A41]. In his entry for this book, Harvey quotes a letter from Ford effusing over YOUNG LOVELL as "a pretty big and serious historical work, rather like 'Fifth Queen' " but goes on to note that years later Ford himself omitted it from his list when proposing a collected edition of his works. Good only with evidence of damp stain to rear board, ads at rear darkened, covers showing some staining and wear, and light foxing on prelims and page edges.

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FROM INLAND AND OTHER POEMS. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. FROM INLAND AND OTHER POEMS.
London: Alston Rivers Ltd. 1907. First edition, Harvey 21. A truly scarce book. There are no other copies online at present, only 42 copies in libraries worldwide, and the last time it appeared at auction was in 1973. "The earlier in order of these poems are new. Others of the verse here printed appeared in volumes published, to all intents and purposes, privately, during the last few years. The responsibility for the selection must be borne by Mr. Edward Garnett." (According to Harvey, only two of the poems are new.) Edward William Garnett worked as an editor and reader for T. Fisher Unwin, Gerald Duckworth and Co. and then Jonathan Cape and, in 1898, introduced Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford, who later collaborated. It should be noted that Ford claimed the reviews of FROM INLAND were generous and yet sales came to only seventeen copies; but Harvey cautions against believing Ford's sales estimates as the number seventeen recurs in almost every description of sales. Judging from its scarcity, there can't have been many copies sold. Gray paperwraps printed on front only. Spine professionally repaired, filling in where few pieces missing; shallow chipping to edges of wraps; otherwise about very good. A TRULY SCARCE BOOK.

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THE GOOD SOLDIER. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE GOOD SOLDIER.
New York / London: John Lane / Bodley Head, 1915. First edition, American issue. One of his most famous and most scarce works, a novel set before World War I chronicling the tragic lives of two couples using intricate flashbacks. Provenance, R. P Blackmur, poet, critic and teacher, with his blind-stamps to heads of front free endpaper and half-title pages. Light wear to corners and spine tips, spine lettering a bit dulled but readable otherwise very good lacking dust jacket. 1972 TLS on Cornell University Department of English letterhead to "Dearest Bibsy" from "Daddy" with family and departmental gossip and explanation of the book's value, "Maybe you can sell it some day at Parke-Benet and buy one of your grandchildren a sailboat" (but not all of them, alas). ALS from "Mother" on verso witih a bit more family and departmental gossip. ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS & MOST SCARCE WORKS.

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ROCK SPRINGS: Stories. Richard Ford. ROCK SPRINGS: Stories.
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1987). First edition. SIGNED by the prize-winning author. Light staining to half-title page, otherwise would be fine in dust jacket.

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ROCK SPRINGS: Stories. Richard Ford. ROCK SPRINGS: Stories.
New York: Atlanic Monthly Press, (1987). First edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Uncorrected proof with publisher's blurb laid in. Fine in orange paperwraps.

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APG 019.4 (2004). C. S. Forester. APG 019.4 (2004) Author Price Guide. (Dickerson: Quill & Brush, 2004). Includes a facsimile of the author's signature; a brief biographical sketch; a list of the author's first editions (American and British) current to the date of publication of the guide, with entries for limited and trade editions; number of copies (if available); how to identify the first edition; and estimated values with and without the dustwrapper (if applicable). Issued as a PDF file. Click HERE for a complete list of our individual Author Price Guides or for information about ordering the complete set on CD.
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GOLD FROM CRETE Ten Stories. C. S. Forester. GOLD FROM CRETE Ten Stories.
Boston: Little, Brown, (1970). First edition, preceding the UK edition. Fine in nice, bright dust jacket lightly soiled on rear panel.

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SINGLE-HANDED. C. S. Forester. SINGLE-HANDED.
New York: Putnam's Sons, 1929. First U.S. edition. Published in UK as BROWN ON RESOLUTION. "'Single-Handed' is blood and thunder, but the blood is real and the thunder, the thunder of the twelve inch guns" --Dublin Evening Mail. Brown, trapped on the most remote island of the Galapagos, has the odds against him. A precursor to Forester's Hornblower novels of the sea. Narrow offset on endpapers, otherwise very good to fine in dust jacket with wear on corners and spine ends, tiny hole at bottom of front panel, and tape reinforcement to verso of spine ends.

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TWO AND TWENTY. C. S. Forester. TWO AND TWENTY.
New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1931. First U.S. edition. The story of a pugilist-poet who has foregone his medical career. Close to fine in lavender-colored cloth with gold lettering, which, as you can imagine, doesn't hold up well. In dust jacket, with professional repair primarily on folds. Very scarce in dust jacket.

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NOVELIST AND STORYTELLER: THE LIFE OF C. S. FORESTER. C. S. Forester, John Forester. NOVELIST AND STORYTELLER: THE LIFE OF C. S. FORESTER.
(Lemon Grove, Calif): John Forester, (2000). First edition. A biography written by his son. Number 103 of 250 SIGNED copies. Two volumes, each SIGNED and numbered and each INSCRIBED, "For --- with best wishes. John Forester." Two large 8vo volumes in glossy pictorial paperwraps. 826 pages including index. Although the stated limitation is 250 copies, it's possible that not all of these self-published volumes were produced or sold. We've never handled a copy before, and were not aware of the book's existence. Light wear on corners, a light spot on page edges and a triangular spot on top. Scarce.

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