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JERRY OF THE ISLANDS

JERRY OF THE ISLANDS

by London, Jack

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1917. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. 8 pp undated ads. Original orange-brown cloth with dog silhouettes in black. First Edition of this posthumously-published book about a dog, written by the author while stretched out on Waikiki Beach. In early 1915 Jack and Charmian left California for Hawaii, plagued by financial problems (he owned, and owed mortgages on, six houses for himself and for his dependents) -- yet the financial problems were not so bad that the two of them couldn't have four or five servants in Honolulu. The only way out [of the financial problems] was through hackwork. He decided to set off for Hawaii with Charmian, and to write two new dog stories. They had never failed him. The market would lap them up... The leisured life in Honolulu did not encourage him to write well, and his two dog novels were no more than competent products for the market. JERRY OF THE ISLANDS was the worse, with its hero a thoroughbred Irish terrier specially trained for [n-word]-chasing...… Read more
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JOAN HASTE

by Haggard, H. Rider

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1895. With 20 Illustrations by F. S. Wilson. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1895. 24 pp ads dated Aug 1895. Original dark blue-green cloth, beveled. First Edition of this novel about a "shopgirl with a past." It was serialized as THE WAY OF THE TRANSGRESSOR, but its title was changed when it was pointed out that another writer's book had an almost identical title. Like the earlier BEATRICE (1890), this novel is in effect an account of the problems brought on by the indissolubility of marriage -- a question much on Haggard's own mind at the time, as the woman he loved was not his wife. This is a bright copy, fine except for occasional minor foxing and a very faint cover mark. Scott 27.
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JOCELYN [inscribed by Galsworthy]
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JOCELYN [inscribed by Galsworthy]

by [Galsworthy, John]

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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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JOHN BARLEYCORN

JOHN BARLEYCORN

by London, Jack

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1913. Illustrated by H.T. Dunn. New York: The Century Co., 1913. Original very dark green cloth. First Edition, first issue (with only one blank leaf at the rear other than the endpaper). This was London's "confessional book," a fictional but quite autobiographical tale that Jack wrote to exorcise his shame -- which bore witness to the fear behind Jack's renewed and excessive drinking... The prohibitionists had cleverly used the universal terror of syphilis to urge the crusade against the saloon. Only after a man had too much to drink -- the propaganda said -- would he pick up a woman and a disease to blight the home. With his secret fears about contamination by disease or alcohol, Jack provided in JOHN BARLEYCORN the best ammunition that the drys had ever been handed by a major writer... JOHN BARLEYCORN was sensational as the history of a man who drank too much, yet who claimed to hold his liquor. Its author only hinted at the psychological and physical fears that made him a heavy drinker,… Read more
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JOHN CALDIGATE. In Three Volumes [in one]
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JOHN CALDIGATE. In Three Volumes [in one]

by Trollope, Anthony

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1879. London: Chapman & Hall, 1879. Original scarlet cloth decorated in black. First Edition, third binding state (three-volumes-in-one), of this adventurous tale. "The plot is one of his most interesting, ingenious, elaborate, and unexpected" [Walpole]. John Caldigate goes to Australia to seek his fortune in the gold mines, and winds up living with one Euphemia Smith; after his return to England and his subsequent marriage, Euphemia tracks him down to blackmail him, saying he was already married to her. A postal clerk, of all people, carries the day by proving that an envelope addressed by Caldigate to Euphemia as "Mrs. Caldigate" is a forgery. In all, one of Trollope's better yarns -- featuring, in a way, himself!. (Trollope began as a postal clerk at age 19 (in 1834), and continued rising in the organization until 1866; he is credited as being an originator of the British circular red postal box, after the postal service sent him to the Channel Islands to come up with a better way for… Read more
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JOHN GALSWORTHY

JOHN GALSWORTHY

by Conrad, Joseph

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1922. An Appreciation. Canterbury: Printed for Private Circulation by H. J. Goulden, 1922. Original pale turquoise wrappers. First Edition, first printing (i.e. with no title page). Galsworthy had met Conrad in early 1893, when a passenger on board the "Torrens" -- of which ship Conrad was then first mate. This was actually written as a review of Galsworthy's Forsyte novel A MAN OF PROPERTY; the review had appeared in the 31 March 1906 issue of Outlook magazine. Conrad later had to apologize to his friend Galsworthy when this was inadvertently omitted from NOTES ON LIFE & LETTERS (it was collected in the posthumous LAST ESSAYS instead). As with the companion piece THE DOVER PATROL, Conrad disliked the initial printing because it did not have a title page (other than the front wrapper), and asked that it immediately be reprinted to include one. "Copies from the second printing of both pamphlets are much more common than copies from the first printings" [Cagle]. (It… Read more
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JOHN WEBSTER & THE ELIZABETHAN DRAMA
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JOHN WEBSTER & THE ELIZABETHAN DRAMA

by Brooke, Rupert

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1916. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1916. Original black cloth with spine label, with dust jacket. First English Edition (the American edition was issued four days earlier). This was Brooke's thesis written in 1911-1912 for his fellowship at King's College, here published posthumously by his Rugby classmate Frank Sidgwick. The volume is in fine condition (with the spare spine label still tipped in at the rear), except that there is a little of the usual fading of the black cloth. The quite-uncommon dust jacket is near-fine (spine slightly browned, one tiny hole in the spine, a short tear at the top of a joint). Keynes 44. Bookplate of David C. Titus.
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THE JOY OF LIVING (Es Lebe das Leben). A Play in Five Acts
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THE JOY OF LIVING (Es Lebe das Leben). A Play in Five Acts

by Wharton, Edith ("translated from the German by")

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1902. By Hermann Sudermann. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. Original dark grey-green paper-covered boards decorated in gilt. First (and only) Edition in English, first (American) issue, of one of Edith Wharton's earlier literary endeavors. She agreed to translate this play only reluctantly, perhaps drawn by a topic she would later express in her own novels: the plight of a woman who is unhappy in her marriage due to her love for another man. In her Translator's Note, she indicates that she had to exercise some creativity in her task, because "to English and American spectators the long German speeches are a severe strain on the attention"; this is perhaps why Wharton's bibliographer Garrison lists this play as one of Edith Wharton's works -- and in fact, she is sometimes referred to as the co-author of the play. Incidentally, "The Joy of Living"'s last three words, before the final curtain, are "I am dead" -- just after the heroine has taken her own life. As with the one other copy we… Read more
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JUDE THE OBSCURE

JUDE THE OBSCURE

by Hardy, Thomas

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1896. With an Etching by H. Macbeth-­Raeburn and a Map of Wessex. (London:) James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1896). Original dark blue-green cloth with monogram device in gilt. First Edition of Hardy's last great novel, issued as Vol. VIII of "The Wessex Novels." Titled HEARTS INSURGENT at the time of its serial appearance, the book was ahead of its time; the depiction of Jude and his cousin Sue settling down together and having two children (though unmarried) was too much for the 1890s public. After JUDE (and due in part to the outcry over it), Hardy was to spend his remaining 30+ years writing only verse. In this copy, the last pages of chapters are numbered only in gatherings "B" plus "E"-through-"H". Some copies have such pages numbered in "A" through "H", but in most copies, as here, some but not all of the first eight gatherings have numbered pages, presumably as later sheets were gradually altered to conform to the… Read more
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