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FROM THE FOUR WINDS [inscribed by Galsworthy]
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FROM THE FOUR WINDS [inscribed by Galsworthy]

by [Galsworthy, John]

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1897. [first book, "From the Author"] By John Sinjohn. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. Original olive green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of John Galsworthy's first book, a collection of ten tales. Only 500 copies were printed -- on a commission basis, with Galsworthy paying for the printing; in order not to bring shame upon his name, he used a pseudonym derived from the name of a college friend, St. John Hornby. Galsworthy was subsequently ashamed of this initial work: he asked friends to whom he had sent copies to burn them, he never permitted it to be reprinted, and he ultimately asked the publisher to destroy the unsold stock (in 1920! -- giving an indication of how poorly the 500 copies had been selling). This is a nearly fine copy, with very little sign of age or wear. Marrot p. 3. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case. The front flyleaf of this copy is inscribed by Galsworthy "From the Author," in his distinctive hand; since the book was pseudonymous and he was not at all proud of… Read more
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JOCELYN [inscribed by Galsworthy]
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JOCELYN [inscribed by Galsworthy]

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1898. [boldy inscribed by Galsworthy] By John Sinjohn. London: Duckworth & Co., 1898. 2 pp ads dated Easter 1898. Original olive green cloth. First Edition of Galsworthy's first novel (and his second book -- the first, FROM THE FOUR WINDS, having been a collection of stories). As with his first book, Galsworthy had the book published under a pseudonym, and was soon to disown this early effort (refusing to allow it to be reprinted); not only was he ashamed of his early writing technique, but also he regretted presenting such a thinly-veiled account of his illicit love affair with his cousin's wife Ada (who would later become his wife). Galsworthy dedicated JOCELYN to Joseph Conrad, who had been the First Mate on the ship when he sailed home from Australia -- and who helped Galsworthy get this book published. This is one of only 750 copies (of a total edition of 1500 that included some for the colonial edition). The condition is near-fine -- essentially no wear at all, but the spine a bit dull as… Read more
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A MAN OF DEVON
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A MAN OF DEVON

by [Galsworthy, John]

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1901. By John Sinjohn. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1901. 2 pp undated ads plus 32 pp ads dated April 1901. Original blue-grey cloth. First Edition of Galsworthy's fourth book, which consisted of only 1,050 copies. This is a collection of four tales -- the last book to be written under Galsworthy's "John Sinjohn" pseudonym. One of the tales, "The Salvation of Swithin Forsyte," is considered a major turning point in Galsworthy's career: not only did he find the satirist within himself, but also he created the character whose family would become the foundation of Galsworthy's reputation. This is a bright, near-fine copy, free of wear or soil, and (atypically) with its brittle original endpapers intact; its only flaw is minor bubbling of the cloth -- a trait unfortunately common to every copy of this book we have seen (apparently an inferior glue was used on the boards). Although FROM THE FOUR WINDS and JOCELYN do turn up in nice… Read more
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MY LADY LUDLOW, and Other Tales;
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MY LADY LUDLOW, and Other Tales;

by Gaskell, Mrs. [Elizabeth]

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1861. included in "Round the Sofa." London: Sampson Low, Son and Co., 1861. 2 pp ads dated July 1861 (last leaf of final gathering). Original blind-stamped green cloth with spine decorated in gilt. First English Edition, so titled, of this collection of six short stories (the title one, at 164 pages, really being a novella). Most of these stories first appeared in periodicals such as "Household Words" during the late 1850s, and MY LADY LUDLOW was first published as a book in 1858 by Harper of New York. In 1859 Sampson Low collected the stories in an anonymous two-volume work titled ROUND THE SOFA, with interconnecting frames for each story, and in 1861 this title MY LADY LUDLOW was first issued, acknowledging "Mrs. Gaskell" as the author. In My Lady Ludlow, Elizabeth Gaskell depicts the waning of aristocratic power and the waxing of professional hegemony in Regency England. Gaskell's representation of the rising professional society is its openness to participation by women, by members of the… Read more
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THE "BAB" BALLADS plus MORE "BAB" BALLADS

THE "BAB" BALLADS plus MORE "BAB" BALLADS

by Gilbert, W[illiam]. S[chwenck]

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1872. Much Sound and Little Sense. With Illustrations by the Author. London: John Camden Hotten, 1869. 4 pp undated (Routledge) ads. With: MORE "BAB" BALLADS... George Routledge and Sons, n.d.[1872]. 4 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in gilt, beveled, all page edges gilt. First Editions of these collections of "clever verses which, in the name of good fun, discoursed amiably on violence and crime" [K&H]. Included are Gilbert's whimsical illustrations; in his Preface to the first volume he says "I have ventured to publish the illustrations with them because, while they are certainly quite as bad as the Ballads, I suppose they are not much worse." It was not until the following decade that Gilbert began collaborating with Arthur Sullivan on the comic operettas for which they are both remembered today. This copy of the first edition of THE "BAB" BALLADS is of the second issue -- which is to say, bound with a cover design similar to… Read more
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THE PAYING GUEST

THE PAYING GUEST

by Gissing, George

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1895. London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell and Company, 1895. 4 pp ads dated March 1896. Original mustard yellow cloth decorated in red. First Edition of this novella, being a volume in "Cassell's Pocket Library," which was edited by Max Pemberton. With the 1894 demise of the three-decker format and the lengthy style it had mandated, Gissing (and many other authors) turned to very short pieces -- books such as THE PAYING GUEST and SLEEPING FIRES, and the short stories that would form HUMAN ODDS AND ENDS. According to Collie, THE PAYING GUEST "was the third of the single-volume novels that Gissing wrote on commission, was regarded as a potboiler from start to finish and was soon forgotten" -- it tells of a middle-class family taking in a "paying guest," a young woman of little education and of poor temperament, who is soon asked to leave but will not. This copy is in mustard cloth (copies were also issued in wrappers -- no priority); it has the four-page ad… Read more
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THE DREAMS OF SIMON USHER

THE DREAMS OF SIMON USHER

by Gissing, Algernon

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1907. London: Chatto & Windus, 1907. 1 preliminary page ads plus 32 pp undated ads. Original blue-green cloth. First Edition of this novel by the younger brother of novelist George Gissing. Having been unsuccessful in a legal career, Algernon tried his hand at writing -- and though he wrote and published some thirty novels, he never demonstrated the talent of brother George. Very good-plus condition (slightly rubbed, with a W. H. Smith label on the front pastedown). Not in the Wolff collection.
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THE EMANCIPATED
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THE EMANCIPATED

by Gissing, George

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1890. [a handsome copy] A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. Original patterned paper-covered boards with brown cloth spines. First Edition, which consisted of 1,000 copies (of which, according to the publisher, only 492 were sold -- but that may have been Bentley's ruse to avoid paying Gissing "bonuses" that would kick in if 850 or all 1,000 were to sell). The young widow Miriam Baske leaves grey Lancashire for the sun of Naples, Italy, where she finds herself among many of her countrymen in a vastly different social scene -- similar to some of Henry James's accounts of transplanted Americans and Britishers, and reminiscent of MIDDLEMARCH. The novel marked the beginning of Gissing's series of psychological novels, "which were less concerned with the effects of environment and more concerned with the emotional and intellectual conflicts experienced by socially alienated characters" [Collie]. This was the only one of Gissing's novels… Read more
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THE TOWN TRAVELLER

THE TOWN TRAVELLER

by Gissing, George

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1898. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, (1898). Original olive green cloth pictorially decorated in light green, black and red. First American Edition, first state, issued in late September 1898 -- about a month after Methuen's London edition. Quite different from his earlier grim novels of social realism, this has been called a "mirthful" view of suburban life; the novel earned him more than almost all of his others. This American edition is generally regarded as the most decorative binding to be found on any of Gissing's English or American first editions (the design is by George Wharton Edwards, with his initials). This copy is in the first state, with the printer's imprint at the bottom of the copyright page, and in the usual olive green cloth (a few were bound in blue, perhaps around 1904). It is in very good-plus condition, slightly rubbed at the extremities and with a faint damp-line on the rear cover. Coustillas A20.9a; Collie A20b (and plate 3); Spiers &… Read more
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THE EMANCIPATED. A Novel. In Three Volumes

THE EMANCIPATED. A Novel. In Three Volumes

by Gissing, George

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1890. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. Original patterned paper-covered boards with brown cloth spines. First Edition, which consisted of 1,000 copies (of which, according to the publisher, only 492 were sold -- but that may have been Bentley's ruse to avoid paying Gissing "bonuses" that would kick in if 850 or all 1,000 were to sell). The young widow Miriam Baske leaves grey Lancashire for the sun of Naples, Italy, where she finds herself among many of her countrymen in a vastly different social scene -- similar to some of Henry James's accounts of transplanted Americans and Britishers, and reminiscent of MIDDLEMARCH. The novel marked the beginning of Gissing's series of psychological novels, "which were less concerned with the effects of environment and more concerned with the emotional and intellectual conflicts experienced by socially alienated characters" [Collie]. This was the only one of Gissing's novels to have been published by Bentley -- though Bentley had earlier paid for but not… Read more
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THE DELIVERANCE. A Romance of the Virginia Tobacco Fields

THE DELIVERANCE. A Romance of the Virginia Tobacco Fields

by Glasgow, Ellen

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1904. With Illustrations by Frank E. Schoonover. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1904. Original red cloth. First Edition of this tale of the Reconstruction Era -- the author's fifth book, and the concluding volume in a trilogy (following VOICE OF THE PEOPLE of 1900 and THE BATTLE-GROUND of 1902) that deals with life in Virginia from the end of the Civil war until the turn of the century. THE DELIVERANCE deals with the Blake family, prosperous landowners for over two centuries, who after the war are defrauded by the white overseer managing their property and wind up having to switch homes with him -- he buys their estate at auction, while the Blakes move into his former house. Ellen Glasgow, born and raised in Richmond, would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1942, for IN THIS OUR LIFE. This is a fine, bright copy of the first book that brought Glasgow some real popular success.
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THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

by Glasgow, Ellen

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1900. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1900. Original tan cloth decorated in dark green. First Edition of Ellen Glasgow's third book -- a tale of the Reconstruction Era -- the first volume in a trilogy (followed by BATTLE-GROUND in 1902 and THE DELIVERANCE in 1904) that deals with life in Virginia from the end of the Civil war until the turn of the century. THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE is set in Kingsborough, Virginia (modeled upon Williamsburg), and portrays the social stress caused by the rise of the rural lower class during the years immediately after the Civil War. Ellen Glasgow, born and raised in Richmond, would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1942, for IN THIS OUR LIFE. This is a handsome copy, fine except for the slightest of darkening of the spine.
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THE HOUSE IN THE MIST

THE HOUSE IN THE MIST

by Green, Anna Katharine

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1905. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, n.d. [1905]. Original tan cloth decorated in green and red. First Edition of this mystery, issued as a volume in Bobbs-Merrill's "Pocket Book" series. The narrator stops to spend the night on "a dark and stormy night," in a big house in rural western Pennsylvania -- where the gentleman at the door seems to be expecting him. This is a near-fine copy (volume slightly askew, but virtually no wear or soil). In our experience this is a scarcer Green title than others published by Bobbs-Merrill at about the same time.
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ALMANACK FOR 1886

ALMANACK FOR 1886

by Greenaway, Kate

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1885. London: George Routledge & Sons, n.d.[1885]. Original white morocco-grain boards pictorially decorated in gilt and bordered in dark blue, all edges gilt. This was the fourth of the fourteen Greenaway almanacks, and in­cludes 23 pages bearing her color illustrations. This copy is in the special binding of imitation-morocco white boards, with illustration and lettering in gilt and with border in dark blue. This is a near-fine copy, with very minor cover soil. Birmingham G.52.
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ALMANACK FOR 1891

ALMANACK FOR 1891

by Greenaway, Kate

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1890. [London:] George Routledge & Sons, n.d.[1890]. Original white pictorial boards with yellow cloth spine. This was the ninth of the fourteen almanacks by Kate Greenaway, in the standard binding of white pictorial boards showing a woman with three children, within a border of leaves. There are 22 pages bearing Greenaway illustrations in color. This is a very good-plus copy (very minor soil, one small chip out of the yellow cloth spine, bookplate). Birmingham G.57.
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ALMANACK FOR 1883

ALMANACK FOR 1883

by Greenaway, Kate

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1882. London: George Routledge and Sons, n.d.[1882]. Original glazed pictorial boards with yellow cloth spine. This was the first of Kate Greenaway's fourteen little almanacks -- probably published actually in late 1882. There are 23 pages of charming illustrations in color. This is a very good-plus copy (minor cover soil and rubbing, bookplate on front endpaper). Birmingham G.49.
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LOSER TAKES ALL
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LOSER TAKES ALL

by Greene, Graham

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1955. [inscribed by Greene] London: William Heinemann Ltd, (1955). Original dark blue cloth lettered in gilt, with dust jacket. First Edition of this novella about a man who devises a scheme to win big at Monte Carlo -- but his obsession causes him to lose his girl (whom he planned to marry there) in the process; with an acquaintance's help he gains the girl back, but only by losing all the money he had won -- hence "Loser Takes All." The following year appeared the British film with the same title (screenplay also by Greene) -- starring Glynis Johns, Rossano Brazzi, and Robert Morley. This is a very good copy (wear on some edges of the boards, minor fading, foxing on the top edge). The dust jacket is just about fine (a couple of short closed tears); because the jacket is in better condition than the volume, one may assume that it was "married" to this book. This is a presentation copy signed by Greene, with the inked title page inscription "For Clive | Graham Greene"; at a corner of the front… Read more
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER

by Greene, Graham

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1948. New York: The Viking Press, 1948. Original grey and antique-rose cloth, with dust jacket. First American Edition of Greene's first post-war novel, portraying the moral crisis of a good man "increasingly enmeshed in love, in intrigue, and in evil" (per the jacket), while serving as a wartime British colonial police officer in a West African capital. In 1942-1943 Greene himself had served in Freetown, Sierra Leone, as an MI6 intelligence officer -- under the later-to-be-notorious double agent Kim Philby. This is a fine, virtually as-new copy (bookplate on the front free endpaper); included is the dust jacket, essentially without wear or soil and still bearing the printed $3.00 price (one very faint small mark at the top of the front panel). Immensely popular upon publication, this novel was #40 on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century.
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