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A ROGUE'S TRAGEDY

A ROGUE'S TRAGEDY

by Capes, Bernard

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1906. London: Methuen & Co., (1906). 40 pp ads dated July 1906 (plus two loosely-inserted Methuen ad slips). Original bright red cloth stamped in gilt. First Edition by this prolific (and at the time very popular) author of many novels, often with elements of the supernatural and mystery -- such as OUR LADY OF DARKNESS, THE SECRET IN THE HILL, THE GREEN PARROT and THE SKELETON KEY. At age 62 his writing career was cut short by the 1918 flu epidemic. This is a remarkably fine, bright copy -- of a curiously uncommon book. Hubin p. 64.
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SYLVIE AND BRUNO CONCLUDED
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SYLVIE AND BRUNO CONCLUDED

by Carroll, Lewis

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1893. [with 1893 dust jacket] With Forty-six Illustrations by Harry Furniss. London: Macmillan and Co., 1893. 5 pp undated ads. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, with dust jacket. First Edition of Carroll's conclusion to his 1889 novel/fairy tale, written with an even more serious tone than the earlier book. We say "novel/fairy tale" because that's exactly what it is: one plot is set in the real (Victorian) world, and touches upon serious issues such as religion and morality, while the other concurrent plot is set in the fantasy world of Fairyland, filled with nonsense elements and poems (à la Alice). Included are many illustrations, often bordering on the grotesque, by Harry Furniss. The dedicatory verse hides the name of the dedicatee (Enid Stevens) in the third letter of each line. This is a fine, bright copy of this handsome volume. Included is the dust jacket, grey paper printed in dark blue (with "cash price 7/6net"… Read more
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

by Carroll, Lewis

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1868. With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel. Eleventh Thousand. London: Macmillan and Co., 1868. Original red cloth with cover vignettes in gilt, all page edges gilt. Early Edition (fourth printing overall), of one of the landmark books of the 19th Century. The book was initially published in London in 1865, so dated, but John Tenniel was dissatisfied with the printing of his illustrations, so the book was held off the market (except for a very few copies, now bringing six figures); the 1865 copies were shipped to Appleton in New York, who issued them with their own title leaves dated 1866. There was then a new London printing dated 1866 (copies of either of these 1866 printings can now bring $50,000+). Over the coming years, there were numerous additional printings, still in the same-style binding, including this one: as quoted in WM&G, The authoritative Bibliographical Catalogue of Macmillan & Co.'s publications... informs us that that the first edition [which became the first… Read more
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RHYME? AND REASON

RHYME? AND REASON

by Carroll, Lewis

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1883. With Sixty-five Illustrations by Arthur B. Frost and Nine by Henry Holiday. London: Macmillan and Co., 1883. 1 page undated ads. Original light green cloth pictorially decorated in gilt. First Edition of Lewis Carroll's first major collection of verse (though some of the material had appeared earlier, in PHANTASMAGORIA and in THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK). The grotesque Frost illustrations appear here for the first time. The dedicatory verse doubly hides the name of the dedicatee (Gertrude Chataway). This is a near-fine copy (minor bubbling of the cloth, cover gilt less than bright). Williams Madan & Green 160.
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THE GUNMAKER OF MOSCOW;

THE GUNMAKER OF MOSCOW;

by Cobb Jr., Sylvanus

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1888. or, Vladimir the Monk. New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, 1888. Original buff wrappers. First Edition in book form, published in the year following the death of this prodigious New England writer (born in Maine). This tale had first appeared in the New York Ledger in 1856, the year in which Cobb began his lifelong association with that periodical. To it [the Ledger], in thirty-one years, he contributed 130 novelettes, 834 short stories, and 2,305 brief sketches! (There already lay behind him 36 published novelettes and 200 short stories.)... As a literary figure Cobb hardly exists; but he is of interest as the first American to apply "mass production" methods to writing. His stories were immensely popular, since they were nicely fitted to the viewpoints and opinions of the semi-literate public at which they were aimed; they were at once moral and sensational, romantic and naive, pious and sentimental. He had real dramatic skill and a certain knack for rough-and-ready… Read more
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THE DEAD ALIVE

THE DEAD ALIVE

by Collins, Wilkie

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1874. Fully Illustrated. Boston: Shepard and Gill, 1874. 10 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in black, lettered in gilt and in orange. First Edition of this mysterious tale, actually published in late 1873 (the English edition, THE FROZEN DEEP AND OTHER STORIES, was published about nine months later -- with this tale titled "John Jago's Ghost"). Collins wrote this tale during his 1873-1874 reading tour of America; as he says in his "Note in Conclusion" at the end, this mystery was based upon an actual murder case that had taken place in Manchester Vermont: in 1819 the Boorn brothers were convicted (based partly on a relative's recurring dream) of murdering their brother-in-law Russell Colvin in 1812 -- but shortly before one of the brothers was to be hanged, Colvin was discovered to be living in New Jersey. This is a bright, very good-plus copy (volume slightly askew, a trace of wear at some corners, a partially-removed bookplate on the front paste-down). Parrish & Miller pp… Read more
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MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF WILLIAM COLLINS, Esq., R.A.
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MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF WILLIAM COLLINS, Esq., R.A.

by Collins, W. Wilkie

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1848. With Selections from his Journals and Correspondence. By His Son. [in Two Volumes.] London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848. 32 pp Vol I ads dated April 29, 1848. Original blind-stamped dark purple-brown cloth. First Edition of Wilkie Collins's first book -- a memoir of his father the landscape and genre painter, the popularity of whose works then rivaled that of J.M.W. Turner or John Constable. Though heading uncertainly toward a career as a barrister, 23-year-old Wilkie was partway through writing a classical romance to be titled ANTONINA when his father died in February 1847 -- so he paused to write this memoir (actually published in November 1848, despite the date of the ad catalogue). The work is dedicated to Sir Robert Peel, who had been the Patron of William Collins, and includes (in addition to a portrait of William) an engraved title page in each volume, each portraying a work of art by William. This copy is still in the original delicate purple-brown cloth, with the… Read more
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MY MISCELLANIES
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MY MISCELLANIES

by Collins, Wilkie

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1863. [a handsome set] In Two Volumes. London: Sampson, Low, Son, & Co., 1863. 16 pp ads dated Nov 1863 in each volume. Original green cloth with spines stamped in gilt. First Edition of this collection of twenty-five essays, sketches and other pieces (including some fiction). All of them had initially appeared between 1856 and 1861 either in "Household Words" or in "All The Year Round," the two periodicals founded and edited by Collins's brother's father-in-law, Charles Dickens. (Collins's most famous works, THE WOMAN IN WHITE and THE MOONSTONE, also first appeared in "All The Year Round.") Most of the pieces are categorized by Collins as "Sketches of Character," "Nooks and Corners of History," "Social Grievances," "Curiosities of Literature," "Fragments of Personal Experience" and "Cases Worth Looking At." Andrew Gasson in his bibliography provides a one-clause recap of each piece, enough to get across that many demonstrate Collins's wit and his disdain for Victorian sensibilities -- for… Read more
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MAN AND WIFE
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MAN AND WIFE

by Collins, Wilkie

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1870. With Illustrations. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1870. 4 pp ads dated July 1870. Original dark purple-brown cloth. First American (and first illustrated) Edition -- and possibly the first edition overall. The English three­decker -- considered to be the scarcest of all of Collins's UK firsts -- was published in 1870 by F.S. Ellis during the fortnight June 15-30 (priority between the UK edition and this US one is uncertain: first serialization was in Harper's Weekly, December 1869 - August 1870, followed by Cassell's Magazine in the UK a month later). This was a popular novel, praised for the excitement and cleverness of its plot, but it is particularly noteworthy for Collins's preoccupation with marriage law and its injustices. MAN AND WIFE was "Collins's first propaganda novel, in which he draws attention not only to such injustice in both Scottish and Irish marriage law, but also presses for the 'right of a married woman, in England, to possess her own property and keep her own… Read more
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ARMADALE. A Novel
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ARMADALE. A Novel

by Collins, Wilkie

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1866. With Illustrations. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. 2 pp preliminary ads. Original grey-green cloth. First American Edition, published about eight days after Smith Elder's two-volume English edition -- and with 36 illustrations, compared to the UK edition's twenty. This is "Collins's longest novel... The complex plot combines several of Collins's favourite themes, including the supernatural, identity, murder and detection" [Gasson]. Collins ends his Preface by saying, "Estimated by the Clap-trap morality of the present day, this may be a very daring book. Judged by the Christian morality which is of all time, it is only a book that is daring enough to speak the truth." This copy is in grey-green cloth (one of several colors used, priced at $2.00); there were also copies in wrappers priced at $1.60. Condition is near-fine (minor wear at the extremities). Gasson pp 9-11; Parrish & Miller pp 57-58; Bleiler 409 ("Roughly midway in time… Read more
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THE STORY OF A PUPPET. Or The Adventures of Pinocchio
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THE STORY OF A PUPPET. Or The Adventures of Pinocchio

by "Collodi, C." [pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini]

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1892. Translated from the Italian by M[ary]. A[lice]. Murray. Illustrated by C.[sic] Mazzanti. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892. Original cream cloth decorated in blue, with endpapers and page edges to match. First Edition in English, issued as a volume in Unwin's "The Children's Library." Lorenzini (1826-1890 -- he used his mother's native village in Tuscany as his pseudonym "Collodi") was a prolific journalist; he wrote "Storia di un Burattino" (The Story of a Marionette) for 1881-1883 serialization in "Il Giornale per i Bambini," at the end of which it first appeared in book form in Italian (Florence 1883 -- the only copy we have seen on the market was priced at $67,500). Although it would become one of the most widely read juvenile classics, Collodi received little for it; it was not translated into English until two years after his death, for this edition. In Lorenzini's serial version, Pinocchio was not an endearing boy beset by… Read more
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'TWIXT LAND AND SEA
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'TWIXT LAND AND SEA

by Conrad, Joseph

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1912. [in (original?) glassine] Hodder & Stoughton / New York / George H. Doran Company, n.d. [1912]. Original red cloth. First American Edition of this three-tale collection best known for "The Secret Sharer" -- Conrad's most famous short story other than "Heart of Darkness." This was Doran's first and only printing of this book (these were relatively small printings, as Conrad's popularity was then at its nadir). It was produced by Doran in collaboration with the English publisher Hodder & Stoughton -- whose name appears at the foot of the spine. Within ten months Doran sold the copyright and plates to Doubleday Page, who (due to the success of Conrad's next book CHANCE) promptly issued another printing, in similar bright red cloth but with a ship vignette added to Doran's binding. That DP&Co reprint would be noteworthy because it would be Conrad's first association with Doubleday Page (who would thereafter be his American publisher), and… Read more
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TYPHOON and Other Stories

TYPHOON and Other Stories

by Conrad, Joseph

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1903. London: William Heinemann, 1903. 2 pp preliminary ads + 32 pp terminal ads, undated. Original dark grey cloth with front-cover life preserver in gilt. First Edition, first (i.e. non-Colonial) issue, limited to 1,500 copies. In addition to the title tale, the "other stories" are "Amy Foster," "Falk" and "To-morrow" ("Falk" is the tale that centers upon Conrad's often-recurring theme of cannibalism). "Typhoon" had been published in New York in 1902, prior to Conrad's final revisions that are reflected in the text of this English edition; the other three appear in book form for the first time here. This is a "pure" domestic copy, with the domestic half-title and title leaves; demand from British booksellers was so great that the binder subsequently had to create "hybrid" copies, transferring colonial copies to the domestic market and back again. It is in Cagle's binding "a" -- with 110mm… Read more
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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA

THE MIRROR OF THE SEA

by Conrad, Joseph

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1906. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1906. Original blue cloth pictorially decorated in yellow, grey and brown. First (American) Edition, published on the same day as the London one. This was Conrad's first volume of autobiographical non-fiction. This copy is in Cagle's binding "a," with the smaller (17x11mm) anchor-and-rope device on the front cover -- probably the earlier binding state, and certainly the one more-frequently encountered. This is a fine clean copy, with just the slightest of rubbing at the tips. The front endpaper bears the penciled signature of Conrad bibliographer Walter Smith. Cagle A11b.
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THE ROVER
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THE ROVER

by Conrad, Joseph

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1923. London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1923). Original dark green cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition, published two days after the American trade edition. In December [1921], Conrad began The Rover as a short story. It was clearly an outgrowth of his stay in Corsica... [which] triggered a whole series of memories and reminiscences about a "seaman's return"... The fact of Peyrol's Frenchness -- he outsmarts the English and helps the French fleet break out of Toulon and escape Nelson's blockade -- suggests that Conrad was still restructuring his own life... The idea of a "rover," with its ambiguity of a man who, Odysseus-like, strives for experience, had been Conrad's plan in all his major fiction after The Shadow-Line... He was exploring what for him was his political, social, and moral world, that society summed up by life on the sea and those who can understand its message. Some of the passages in The Rover display Conrad in his best form, and they are,… Read more
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THE ROVER [1/377 signed copies]
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THE ROVER [1/377 signed copies]

by Conrad, Joseph

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1923. [1/377 copies signed] Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. Original white parchment over blue boards, with both the tissue dust jacket and the blue-grey paper printed dust jacket. First Edition, limited to 377 copies numbered and signed by Conrad -- this being copy #70 (there was no English limited edition). The American trade edition was published a day later, and the English trade edition was published three days later. The condition of this book is fine (a couple of early catalogue descriptions are tipped onto the front free endpaper), essentially without soil or wear. This copy has both the tissue and the printed paper dust jackets, and both are in near-fine condition (quite minor edge-wear, one tiny hole in the front hinge); this copy does not have the very uncommon publisher's box, in which this edition was issued. The leaves are still unopened. Smith pp 89-90; Keating 178.
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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA. Memories and Impressions

THE MIRROR OF THE SEA. Memories and Impressions

by Conrad, Joseph

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1906. London: Methuen & Co., (1906). 40 pp ads dated October 1906. Original green cloth with spine decorated in gilt. First Edition of Conrad's first volume of nonfiction, a rambling discourse about life on the sea. Though originally planned as a collection of sketches, during preparation for publication Conrad converted it into a continuous book. As he wrote to his agent: My idea is a sort of reminiscent discourse running on like this: I. II. III. IV. etc etc XX. XXI. and so on, with no titles or blank or half blank pages between; something, in short, like poor Gissing's Ryecroft papers; and only the headings at the top of pages being changed according to the matter created. "Conrad's method, which was mainly followed, was exceptionally shrewd as a way of getting around the unmarketability of short pieces or even short stories. A continuous book, even his, stood some chance of sales" [Karl]. This copy has October ads; some have ads dated July or August, but the book was not actually… Read more
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AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

by Conrad, Joseph

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1896. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896. 10 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in red and black. First American Edition of Conrad's second book, issued as #198 in Appleton's "Town and Country Library." Books in the "Town and Country Library" were issued in three formats: this standard one in cloth (priced at $1.00), one for half that price in wrappers, and a deluxe one (actually a separate printing) in half leather. The text for this title was considerably bowdlerized: to quote from Cagle, Because AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS was scheduled for inclusion in a family library series, it was decided, in the interest of propriety, to purge it of all descriptions, however innocent, of love making between Willems and Aissa. Where necessary, the editors wrote their own linking passages. This is a fine copy (one fore-corner slightly bumped). Cagle A2b.2.
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TALES OF HEARSAY

TALES OF HEARSAY

by Conrad, Joseph

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1925. With a Preface by R.B. Cunninghame Graham. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1925. Original blue cloth, with dust jacket. First Edition (American -- published on the same day as the English edition). This posthumous collection of four tales, published the year after Conrad died, includes "The Tale," considered to be one of his best short stories. The others are "The Warrior's Soul," "Prince Roman" and (one of his earliest, written around 1884) "The Black Mate." This copy is in the primary binding, with gilt lettering on the spine (some copies are lettered there in light green). The volume and dust jacket are fine except for the usual slight tanning of the light blue jacket; the jacket is price-clipped, but every copy we have seen has been identically clipped, so we suspect it was done by the publisher. In our opinion the American edition is less common than the English one, especially in this condition. Keating 194; Smith pp 96-98.
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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA [inscribed by Conrad]
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by Conrad, Joseph

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1906. [inscribed by Conrad] New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1906. Original blue cloth pictorially decorated in yellow, grey and brown. First (American) Edition, published on the same day as the London one. This was Conrad's first volume of autobiographical non-fiction. This copy is in Cagle's binding "a," with the smaller (17x11mm) anchor-and-rope device on the front cover -- probably the earlier binding state, and certainly the one more-frequently encountered. This is a very good copy (spine darkened, rubbing at extremities and of pictorial pigment). Cagle A11b. Housed in an attractive cloth slipcase with inner chemise. This is an inscribed presentation copy from Conrad, with the following endpaper inscription: "To Elena Wright | affectionately, from | her friend the Author | 4th Oct. 1906." Eleanor Annie "Elena" Wright (1877-1961) was Jessie Conrad's first cousin -- the daughter of Jessie's mother's sister Sophie -- who took… Read more
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