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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.

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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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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. From the collection of Ford scholar Thomas C. Moser with his penciled signature to the front endpaper.

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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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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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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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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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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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A TOUR THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA. A. S. Forrest. A TOUR THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA.
New York: James Pott, [1915]. First American edition. Pictorial red cloth stamped in white, green and gilt. 355 pages with maps and 145 illustrations by the author. Top edge gilt. Assume first American, as sheets were printed in England. Foxing on endpapers, previous owner's name on front endpaper, otherwise nice bright copy, lacking dust jacket.

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THE CELESTIAL OMNIBUS: And Other Stories. E. M. Forster. THE CELESTIAL OMNIBUS: And Other Stories.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. Second edition. Publisher's book list for the "16th Season, Fall, 1923" laid in. Very good or better with lower front corner slightly bumped, and page edges and cloth lightly soiled; in dust jacket with rubbing, light soiling and shallow chipping.

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MARIANNE THORNTON: A Domestic Biography. E. M. Forster. MARIANNE THORNTON: A Domestic Biography.
London: Edward Arnold Ltd. (1956). First edition. Illustrated with portraits. A remarkable, loving biography of his great aunt based on copious family papers (some transcribed by Marianne herself at a young age), diaries, and letters -- including several to Forster written while she was in her late 80's and he was not yet 8 years old. Endpapers tanned along hinges, otherwise crisp and fine in bright, fine dust jacket with rear corners just barely nicked and only one tiny tear.

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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 DILLINGHAMS OF HAWAI'I: Links in an Island Chain. Hugh W. Foster. THE DILLINGHAMS OF HAWAI'I: Links in an Island Chain.
(San Francisco): Norfolk Press, (2011). First edition. One of 100 copies published primarily for the family. SIGNED by the author. Foster, a member of the family, writes a history of Walter Dillingham (1875-1963) who was born in Honolulu during the Kingdom of Hawaii. Walter's father, Benjamin Dillingham, founded the Oahu Railway and Land Company. His mother was Emma Louise Smith, daughter of missionary Lowell Smith, who arrived in Hawaii in 1830. Walter first worked as a clerk for his father, then managed the Dowsett Company and founded Hawaiian Dredging Company. In 1904, while his father was hospitalized, he managed the company. In 1909, he constructed a dry dock at Pearl Harbor which eventually became part of the US Navy base. He also enlarged the ports of Kahului and Hilo; drained the wetlands of Waikiki in the early 1920s; and created the Ala Wai Canal on whose banks the Hawaii Convention Center was built. In 1948, Dillingham Airfield, a small Air Force base near Mokuleia, Hawaii was named for Walter's son, Captain Henry Gaylord Dillingham, a B-29 pilot who was killed in action over Kawasaki, Japan, on July 25, 1945. In 1961, his son Lowell Smith Dillingham (1911-1987) merged the remains of the Oahu Railway and Land Company and the Hawaiian Dredging and Construction Company to form the Dillingham Corporation. It was sold to private investors in 1983. The book, for the first time, tells the story of this complex man, his forbearers and his family. Quoting such primary sources as his own letters and speches, the memories of others and the opinion of those who are still alive and knew him best. The history of the Dillingham family in many ways reflects the history of Hawaii. 405 pages, including 11 pages of notes to the text; a bibliography; list of personal interviews; and a chronology. Illustrated with family photographs. New in dust jacket. ONE OF ONLY 100 COPIES.

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THE MIGHTY BARNUM: A Screen Play. Gene Fowler, , Bess Meredyth. THE MIGHTY BARNUM: A Screen Play
New York: Covici Freide, (1934). First edition. Illustrated with photographs from the movie. Touted as "the first full-length scenario for an actual talking picture production to be published in book form." If not the first screenplay to published in book form, certainly among the very earliest. INSCRIBED TO A MAJOR BOOK COLLECTOR BY FOWLER, "To that assidious and clever collector, and my friend as well, Earle Bernheimer. Gene Fowler 1947." Bernheimer was part owner of a film company and a patron of Robert Frost (he arranged over the years to pay Frost a kind of stipend for whatever he cared to send him from month to month -- be it drafts, proofs or wastebasket shavings). Illustrated with stills from the movie starring Wallace Beery as P.T. Barnum and featuring Adolphe Menjou. Very good or better in good dust jacket with a few chips and spine a little darkened and with closed tears backed with acid free archival clear tape,

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WOMAN ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER. William W. Fowler. WOMAN ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER.
Syracuse: Watson Gill, 1881. Later printing. The first was in 1876. A history of the heroism, adventures, captivities, trials, and noble lives and deaths of the "Pioneer Mothers of the Republic." 527 pages with numerous illustrated engravings. Original cloth with decorted gilt lettering showing minor wear and foxing but still very good.

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