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THE WAIF WOMAN

THE WAIF WOMAN

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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1916. London: Chatto & Windus, 1916. Original grey boards with violet cloth spine, with dust jacket. First Edition of this "folk tale of old Iceland, in the author's best manner, which has lately been discovered among the papers of the late Mrs. Stevenson, and is now for the first time issued in book form." There were 4,000 copies issued, uniform with ON THE CHOICE OF A PROFESSION. This is a fine copy, in the scarce dust jacket which is in very good condition (minor wear at the head of its spine, spine lettering faded). Beinecke 703; Princeton 89.
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WALLY WANDEROON and His Story-Telling Machine
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WALLY WANDEROON and His Story-Telling Machine

by Harris, Joel Chandler

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1903. Moseley, Karl. Illustrated by Karl Moseley. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1903. 8 pp undated ads. Original beige cloth pictorially decorated in black, red and green. First Edition, first issue (with the eight pages of ads) of this large-format children's book. This collection of interconnected tales includes some in Uncle Remus-style dialect, one being about Brer Rabbit hisself; there are 32 full-page illustrations. Between 1894 and 1903, Harris wrote three pairs of large-format volumes of tales, for children: this is the final one of those six (the only one illustrated by Karl Moseley), and its predecessor and mate was PLANTATION PAGEANTS (1899). This is an unusually clean copy for such a light-colored binding -- just about fine, with the merest hint of wear at some corners. Blanck 7152.
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THE WANDERINGS OF A SPIRITUALIST [inscribed plus three letters]
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THE WANDERINGS OF A SPIRITUALIST [inscribed plus three letters]

by Doyle, A. Conan

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1921. [FOUR signatures of A. Conan Doyl] Illustrated. New York: George H. Doran Company, n.d. [1921]. Original green cloth. First American Edition, issued in the same month as the English edition, and consisting of only 1500 copies. This is Doyle's account of his 1920-1921 missionary tour of Australia and New Zealand, spreading his belief in spiritualism. Though a travel account, there is much spiritualistic content; for example, it includes a photograph of the "God-speed luncheon" given in London to wish the travelers well on their voyage -- at which "250 out of 290 guests rose as testimony that they were in personal touch with their dead." The following year (see below), Doyle and his family traveled to America for a similar "missionary trip" (9 April - 22 June), giving speeches for the cause of spiritualism -- which trip would result in his book OUR AMERICAN ADVENTURE (1923). This is a good-to-very good copy, with some wear along some edges and with minor… Read more
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WANTED - A MATCHMAKER [inscribed by Ford]
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WANTED - A MATCHMAKER [inscribed by Ford]

by Ford, Paul Leicester

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1900. [inscribed by the author] With Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy. Decorations by Margaret Armstrong. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1900. Original green cloth decorated in dark green, light green, red and white. First Edition of this tale by Paul Leicester Ford, published two years before he was murdered by his brother, at the age of forty. (His brother Malcolm during the 1880s had been the greatest amatuer athlete in the country, but was disinherited by his parents because he chose athletics over a "real job"; in 1902 he came to ask for money from his brother Paul -- who was anything but athletic, having a childhood spinal injury that stunted his growth --, was refused, shot him dead, then killed himself.) This is one of the more highly-sought Margaret Armstrong books, since she provided not only the cover design but also the margin decoration for each page. The other illustrator, Howard Chandler Christy, is also collected today. This is a near-fine copy (very minor… Read more
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THE WAR IN THE AIR
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THE WAR IN THE AIR

by Wells, H.G.

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1908. And particularly how Mr. Bert Smallways fared while it lasted. With Illustrations by A.C. Michael. London: George Bell and Sons, 1908. 2 pp undated ads. Original blue cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of this extraordinary tale of a Cockney cycle mechanic who is carried off by a drifting balloon and is then caught up in a surprise German air attack on New York City -- which in turn precipitates the collapse of civilization. Though this book typifies Wells's fantastic "fiction about the future" (and includes a remarkable forecast of aerial warfare), it is perhaps more noteworthy as one of his earliest warnings about "the German menace" -- a topic to which he would devote increased attention over the coming years. This copy is in Currey's binding "A" (with lettering in gilt on both the front cover and the spine, and with no mounted color plate). This is a very good-plus copy (general minor rubbing at the edges, spine slightly faded); atypically, the original endpapers are intact.… Read more
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WAR OF THE CLASSES

WAR OF THE CLASSES

by London, Jack

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1905. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. 3 pp undated ads. Original maroon cloth. First Edition, which consisted of only 2,530 copies -- fewer copies than any known printing of all earlier Jack London books except his first book, THE SON OF THE WOLF (2,028 copies). (By contrast, THE CALL OF THE WILD consisted of 71,584 copies and THE SEA-WOLF consisted of 63,337 copies. The book consists of seven essays on socialism. Much of the content derived from London's earlier trip to Europe (after hanging around the London slums, London had sallied off to Paris and Rome, where he hobnobbed with the socialists in each city). To quote from London's preface: It is the hope of the writer that the socialistic studies in this volume may in some slight degree enlighten a few capitalistic minds. The capitalist must learn, first and for always, that socialism is based, not upon the equality, but upon the inequality, of men. This is a near-fine copy (slightly faded on the spine as usual, but otherwise… Read more
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THE WARDEN
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THE WARDEN

by Trollope, Anthony

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1855. [the first Barsetshire novel] London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855. Bound in three-quarter light brown calf with leather spine labels, with patterned paper-covered boards. First Edition of Trollope's fourth novel, preceded only by THE MACDERMOTS of BALLYCLORAN [1847], THE KELLYS AND THE O'KELLYS [1848] and LA VENDÉE [1850]. THE WARDEN "was his first real success and the beginning of the Barsetshire series" [CGEL] -- the story line was picked up again two years later in BARCHESTER TOWERS. "THE WARDEN is essential to every lover of Trollope because it is in these pages that he meets for the first time two of the great figures in English fiction, Mr. [Septimus] Harding and Archdeacon Grantly" [Walpole, quoted in Gerould]. The issue-points for THE WARDEN all have to do with the ad catalogue (if any) and the ads imprinted on the original endpapers, neither of which is present in this copy that was (probably 100-140 years ago) rebound by Zaehnsdorf. Condition is very good-plus, with… Read more
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WEIR OF HERMISTON

WEIR OF HERMISTON

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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1896. An Unfinished Romance. London: Chatto and Windus, 1896. 32 pp ads dated Mar 1896. Original very dark blue cloth, beveled. First Edition of Stevenson's last fiction, left unfinished at his death. Stevenson began writing this book in 1892 (he called it THE JUSTICE-CLERK), but kept putting it aside to write others -- notably THE EBB-TIDE. "'He wrote [WEIR OF HERMISTON] hard all that morning of the last day,' Lloyd Osbourne wrote of the day Stevenson died, 3 December 1894" [Swearingen]. This is a just-about-fine copy, with scarcely any wear. Beinecke 629; Princeton 62A.
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THE WHITE PEACOCK
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THE WHITE PEACOCK

by Lawrence, D.H.

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1911. A Novel. New York: Duffield & Company, 1911. Original light blue-grey cloth decorated in white and black and with lettering in white. First Edition of D.H. Lawrence's first book, which he began in 1906 (at age 20) and rewrote several times; it is the tale of a love triangle, between Laetitia (DHL's working title for the book) and two men -- a farmer to whom she is drawn sexually, and a coal owner's son whom she marries. This is a copy of the first issue (with integral title leaf that bears the copyright date 1910 on the verso; both issues are dated 1911 on the recto, but the cancel leaf of the second issue bears a 1911 copyright date on the verso). Duffield's first edition came out on 19 January 1911; they also printed the leaves for Heinemann's UK edition (with Heinemann preliminaries and with a different binding) -- which came out the following day, January 20th. Another difference between the two editions is that most copies of Heinemann's edition have pp… Read more
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WIDDERSHINS
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WIDDERSHINS

by Onions, Oliver

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1911. London: Martin Secker, 1911. 4 pp undated ads. Original rose-orange cloth decorated in gilt, top edge of the pages stained orange. First Edition of this highly-collected, and quite scarce, collection of nine ghost stories. It includes what Algernon Blackwood cited as "the most horrible and beautiful ever written..." -- the lead-off novella "The Beckoning Fair One," which would be filmed in 1968 as the horror film "A Quiet Place in the Country." George Oliver Onions (1873-1961) dropped his first name to form his pen name; at the end of the Great War he legally dropped his last name, though he continued writing with the same pen name. Although Onions wrote in a variety of genres, it is for ghost stories, and especially for this volume, that collectors seek him out today. (In the author's prefatory Note, Onions observes "... it has been suggested that a definition should be given of the word that forms this volume's title. That word means 'contrary to the course of the Sun'.") This is a… Read more
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THE WINDING STAIR and Other Poems

THE WINDING STAIR and Other Poems

by Yeats, W.B.

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1933. London: Macmillan and Co., 1933. Original blind-stamped olive green cloth with gilt-decorated spine, with dust jacket. First Edition, which consisted of 2000 copies, of one of the great collections of poetry from Yeats's later years. Included are "Coole Park," "For Anne Gregory," "Byzantium," "A Dialogue of Self and Soul" and the Crazy Jane poems. (There had been a briefer collection by the same title, published in New York by the Fountain Press in 1929, but that collection did not include, for example, four of the five poems cited above.) The elaborate binding design is by T. Sturge Moore (initialed TSM). This is a near-fine copy (minor soil); the dust jacket, reproducing Moore's design, is very good-plus with a few tiny chips at corners (its spine browned as always, and with a small damp-mark). Wade 169; Connolly's MODERN MOVEMENT #56b.
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WINDY McPHERSON'S SON
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WINDY McPHERSON'S SON

by Anderson, Sherwood

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1916. New York: John Lane Company | London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1916. Original orange-brown cloth decorated in black and gilt. First Edition of Sherwood Anderson's first (and most autobiographical) novel -- a rags-to-riches-to-unhappiness tale of an Ohio newsboy, complete with alcoholic father and martyr mother who in trying to feed her children works her way into an early grave. Sam McPherson strives for and achieves fortune, only to realize (after driving his father-in-law to suicide) that there is more to life than money. In 1922, this novel would be re-published with a different ending (less vague, more optimistic -- though many have argued that either ending is too unlikely). In any case, this was Anderson's initiation into the art of writing fiction -- which would come to fruition three years later, with WINESBURG, OHIO (1919). This is a fine copy of this early midwestern novel (complete with ear of corn on front cover and spine). Housed in a (slightly wrinkled) slipcase with… Read more
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WITH TRUMPET AND DRUM [large-paper copy]

WITH TRUMPET AND DRUM [large-paper copy]

by Field, Eugene

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1892. ["Little Boy Blue"] New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892. Original pale blue paper-covered boards with white parchment spine and fore-tips. First Edition -- which is to say, the large-paper issue, preceding the trade issue -- of this famous collection of children's verse. Some poems had appeared in a couple of earlier Field books, but much had appeared only in newspapers or magazines. Included are Field's best-known poems such as "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" and "Little Boy Blue." This is #146 of the 250 Van Gelder large-paper copies signed by "Charles Scribner's Sons"; according to Blanck (citing the publisher's records), these 250 copies were issued on November 21st, while the trade copies came out on December 3rd. It is in just-about-fine condition, with scarcely any of the cover soil typically found on such a light-colored binding. Blanck 5750.
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WOLFERT'S ROOST

WOLFERT'S ROOST

by Irving, Washington

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1855. and Other Papers, Now First Collected. New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1855. 12 pp ads dated Feb 1855. Original grey-green cloth with front cover vignette in gilt. First American Edition, issued several weeks after the London one. This collection of papers includes Irving's observations on the Seminoles, the Creoles, John Law's 1719-1720 Great Mississippi Bubble scheme, Bermuda, Malta and the field at Waterloo. This copy is from the first printing, with the first gathering consisting of only ten leaves and with the publisher's address of 12 Park Place (changed to 10 Park Place for the third and subsequent printings -- there were at least six printings in 1855 alone). This copy also is in the primary binding, with the front cover gilt vignette and with the title (rather than "Irving's Works") on the spine. This is a near-fine copy, with the slightest of wear at the corners and the spine just a little sunned. Tipped in at the front is a Boston bookseller's… Read more
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THE WOLF'S LONG HOWL

THE WOLF'S LONG HOWL

by (Bradley, Will) Waterloo, Stanley

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1899. Chicago & New York: Herbert S. Stone & Company, 1899. Original red cloth decorated in black and white, First Edition of this collection of 21 tales, some of a fantastical nature. This book is today collected primarily for its binding, designed by Will Bradley; its second strongest appeal is as a book produced by the 'Nineties publisher Herbert Stone. This is a near-fine copy, slightly faded on the spine. Bleiler p. 203; Kramer 191.
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A WOMAN OF THE COMMUNE

A WOMAN OF THE COMMUNE

by Henty, G.A.

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1895. A Tale of Two Sieges of Paris. London: F. V. White & Co., 1895. 16 pp undated ads (paginated as the end of the book). Original rose-mottled cloth. First Edition. This is one of Henty's historical tales for adults, rather than for boys, which is why it is not published by his usual publisher Blackie. This is a very good-plus copy: the spine is a little faded and the gilt lettering does not stand out well against such light-colored cloth, and there is a small mark near the bottom of the front cover; that said, there is very little actual wear, and the brittle original patterned endpapers have only minor cracking. These Henty tales for adults are much scarcer than his tales for boys. Newbolt 65.1.
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A WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
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A WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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1852. With Engravings by Baker from Designs by Billings. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852. Original grey-green blind-stamped cloth with gilt-decorated spine. First Edition, first printing, of this collection of six children's tales adapted from Greek myths. The tales are "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The Three Golden Apples," "The Miraculous Pitcher" and "The Chimaera." To quote from Hawthorne's Preface: The author has long been of opinion that many of the classical myths were capable of being rendered into very capital reading for children. In the little volume here offered to the public, he has worked up half a dozen of them, with this end in view... In performing this pleasant task, -- for it has been really a task fit for hot weather, and one of the most agreeable, of a literary kind, which he ever undertook, -- the author has not always thought it necessary to write… Read more
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A WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

A WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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1852. With Illustrative Engravings. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1852. Original red blind-stamped cloth decorated in gilt, all page edges gilt. First English Edition of this collection of six tales for children, adapted from Greek myths. The tales are "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The Three Golden Apples," "The Miraculous Pitcher" and "The Chimaera." A WONDER-BOOK's American edition came out on 8 November 1851 (though dated 1852). This English edition was published later that December, though it too is dated 1852; there would not be another English printing (by Routledge but from these Bohn plates) until late 1867. This copy is in the special "gift binding" of coarsely-pebbled red cloth with an elaborate gilt design on the front cover (and with all page edges gilt). A curiosity of this book is that the title on the front cover and spine reads "THE WONDER BOOK" (rather than… Read more
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THE WONDERFUL VISIT
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THE WONDERFUL VISIT

by Wells, H.G.

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1895. New York (and London): Macmillan and Co., 1895. Original olive green cloth elaborately decorated in white and lettered in gilt. First American Edition of Wells's second novel, a strange tale that "originated in a remark attributed to John Ruskin, that if an angel came to earth most Englishmen would simply want to bag it as a new species of bird" [D. Smith]. Wells used this device of a visiting angel to make some satirical observations on English society; he would later do much the same but with a mermaid instead, in THE SEA LADY. Prior to 1895, Wells had published only two works, both academic; however, in 1895 he exploded upon the literary scene with, in rapid succession, SELECT CONVERSATIONS WITH AN UNCLE, his first novel THE TIME MACHINE, THE WONDERFUL VISIT and the collection THE STOLEN BACILLUS. This is a near-fine copy, with only a little of the almost-unavoidable erosion of the white decoration pigment. In our experience, this American edition is scarcer than Dent's UK edition.… Read more
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THE WORKS [in Four Volumes].  Vol. I - TALES;  Vol. II - POEMS & MISCELLANIES;  Vol. III - THE...
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THE WORKS [in Four Volumes]. Vol. I - TALES; Vol. II - POEMS & MISCELLANIES; Vol. III - THE LITERATI...; Vol. IV - ARTHUR GORDON PYM &c

by Poe, Edgar Allan

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1850. ... by N.P. Willis, J.R. Lowell, and R.W. Griswold. New York: J.S. Redfield, 1850 (Vol IV in 1856). 4 pp Vol I ads; 8 pp Vol IV ads. Original blind-stamped purple (and blue-grey) cloth. First Collected Edition of Poe's writings, published beginning in the year following his sudden death at the age of 40. According to the Vol I note by Maria Clemm (Poe's aunt and mother-in-law), he had requested shortly before his death that Rufus Griswold act as literary executor and that N.P. Willis write "such observations upon his life and character, as he might deem suitable...". This is the resulting work, which she says is "published for my benefit" (she had assigned her rights in it to Redfield, for a fee). The first two volumes were issued together in December 1849 or January 1850. The first volume (which includes a Poe portrait frontispiece) consists of Poe's "Tales" -- including all those for which he is famous -- "The Gold Bug," "The Murders of the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Pit and the… Read more
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