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The Nightingale and Other Stories, ANDERSEN, Hans.
1 ANDERSEN, Hans. The Nightingale and Other Stories

ANDERSEN, HANS. The Nightingale and Other Stories with illustrations by Edmund Dulac, New York and London: Hodder and Stoughton, undated (1911). Quarto, first edition, pp. [iv], 126, 12 plates with tipped-in color illustrations, blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine and front, Asian garden motif stamped to front in black and gilt. One of the early 20th century's great illustrators presents Andersen classics. Condition of this book: Dust jacket is missing chunks but is still in one piece, leaves age toned, images fine, one held in place by tape at corners. Front cover is bright and handsome, but gilt on spine is mostly flaked away. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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London, CHESTERTON, G.K., and  COBURN, Alvin Langdon.
2 CHESTERTON, G.K., and COBURN, Alvin Langdon. London

CHESTERTON, G.K., and COBURN, ALVIN LANGDON. London, London: Chiswick Press, 1914. Octavo, limited edition, pp. 19, 10 photo plates, gray printed boards quarter-bound in beige cloth with black-stamped lettering on spine, 10 photogravures by Coburn plus gravure frontis by Coburn showing G.K. and Frances Chesterton with Edmund D. Brooks, the Minneapolis bibliophile who paid for this publication. Text leaves unopened. Inscribed on the free front endpaper "For my old friend Richard Burton" by Brooks. George Eastman House's Imagining Paradise, p. 225 "Coburn's photogravures of London for this privately printed book ... are quite different from those in his 1909 London. They are smaller format, simpler, busier, quicker images of everyday London life with dense traffic on the roads and bustling crowds in the streets." Condition of this book: Boards lightly soiled, rubbed at edges. Leaves clean and tight, endpages browned, images fine. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Horace Bristol, An American View, CONNER, Kevin, and  HEIMERDINGER, Debra,
3 CONNER, Kevin, and HEIMERDINGER, Debra, Horace Bristol, An American View
0811812626 / 9780811812627 
CONNER, KEVIN, and HEIMERDINGER, DEBRA. Horace Bristol, An American View, San Francisco: Chronicle, 1996. Quarto, first edition, pp. 144, black cloth boards, blind-stamped, duotones of Bristol's key works. The authors give short introductory essays to each chapter, the bulk of which is made up of Bristol's photos. Bristol was of the Mydans-Lange generation and worked for Life, and he is largely forgotten, although his images are not. He worked with Steinbeck on a project among farmworkers in California's Central Valley while Steinbeck was planning "The Grapes of Wrath." Steinbeck declined to inform Bristol of the impending book, and thus Bristol thought they were there for magazine work. It's a bizarre footnote to both men's careers, and the kind of fascinating detail that makes this book terrific. Condition of this book: Dust jacket shows light wear, chip at fore corner. Leaves clean and tight. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Infinite Words, The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art, Di FATE, Vincent.
4 Di FATE, Vincent. Infinite Words, The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art
1852276649 / 9781852276645 
DI FATE, VINCENT. Infinite Words, The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art, London: Virgin Books, 1997. Tall quarto, first edition, pp. 320, blue buckram boards with silver lettering stamped on spine, cosmic illustrations on both boards, color illustration, foreword by Ray Bradbury. A survey of 20th-century art and artists who gave movies, books and magazines the visuals for the science fiction genre. Condition of this book: Rear of dust jacket has several chips, all else very good. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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Little Dorrit, DICKENS, Charles.
5 DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit

DICKENS, CHARLES. Little Dorrit in five parts, New York: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1856. Quarto, 6 magazine issues bound, Jan. 1855 through May 1856, pp. viii, 864, original black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and upper panel and blind-stamped floral decoration, engraved illustrations. Contains the original American printing of the novel Little Dorrit, which first appeared in book form in Britain in 1857. The British serial release began in December 1855, a month before the present series started. The illustrations here are unsigned but they appear to be the work of Phiz (Hablot Browne). Also in this Harper's volume is a short article by Dickens called "A Nightly Scene in London," and a two part description of Commodore Perry's visit to Japan and China. Condition of this book: Both joints cracked, losses at spine ends, extremities rubbed, interior very good but with a musty odor that likely will fade with dry storage, images fine. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Romola, ELIOT, George.
6 ELIOT, George. Romola

ELIOT, GEORGE. Romola in two volumes, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1863. Duodecimo, pp. 389 with 14 photo plates; 375 with 13 photo plates, elaborately decorated vellum boards with red morocco labels on spines and red morocco decorative panels on upper and lower boards, silk endpages with fleur-de-lis pattern, red ribbon bookmarks bound in, all edges red. The photos are albumen prints showing street scenes, landscapes, interiors and artworks. They measure more or less 5x3.5 inches (13x9cm). A former owner labeled many of the plates on their verso. Text in English. See CBEL 3rd ed., V.4, 1284. Popular Victorian writer sets a novel in Florence, no doubt contributing to the allure of Italy for the English. Condition of these books: Boards lightly worn with some soiling. Leaves tight with light soiling, images very good. Overall very good. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Corps Memorable, ELUARD, Paul.
7 ELUARD, Paul. Corps Memorable

ELUARD, PAUL. Corps Memorable, Paris: Pierre Seghers, 1957. Thin quarto, copy No. 709, pp. 35 plus 12 glossy halftone plates, plain boards quarter-bound in light brown wood, dust jacket with front panel image by Pablo Picasso, photos by Lucien Clergue, all text in French. Thirteen poems by Eluard illustrated with Clergue's photos of what may be the same female body, shown from different angles, always headless and in water. See Bertolotti, Books of Nudes, p. 147: "The book shows women looking like Juno, coming out of the waves of the sea as if they were symbolic forms of life." Condition of this book: Jacket bright with wear at corners, no tears, with original acetate overwrap. Leaves clean but a couple are loose, which is typical of this book; images fine. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Travels in America, FIBBLETON, George [Asa Greene].
8 FIBBLETON, George [Asa Greene]. Travels in America

FIBBLETON, GEORGE [Asa Greene]. Travels in America, New York: William Pearson, 1833. 12mo, first edition, pp. 216, original purple cloth boards (new browned). The author claimed to be "Ex-Barber to His Majesty" but was actually a physician who became a bookseller, according to Sabin 28585. See also Howes G376. This book is a satire on Isaac Fidler's "Travels in America," reporting on such absurd spectacles as swine-pulled stagecoaches on Broadway in New York. Condition of this book: Ex-library, boards worn, losses at spine ends, upper panel missing a small chunk of cloth. Leaves clean and tight, not much foxing. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Poems of Childhood, FIELD, Eugene
9 FIELD, Eugene Poems of Childhood

FIELD, EUGENE. Poems of Childhood, New York: Scribner's, undated (1920s). Large octavo, expanded edition with added poetry, pp. x, 199, black cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine and Maxfield Parrish illustration mounted on front, 8 illustrated plates by Parrish. This edition was an expansion of the 1904 first edition, with added poetry by Mary French Field and Julia Sutherland Field. The surreal endpage illustrations -- with a boy battling a giant who is riding an apparently cooked red lobster -- are retained here, as are all the other Parrish illustrations. Condition of this book: Chunk missing from lower corner of Parrish illustration mounted on dust jacket; overall the jacket is fair with stains and chips at the edges. It's all protected under Brodart. The book is near fine with minor rubbing at extremities and ordinary age-toning; Parrish plates fine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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In the Clearing, FROST, Robert
10 FROST, Robert In the Clearing
New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962, First edition. Original cloth, near fine, octavo 
pp. 101, gray cloth boards with silver lettering on the spine. See Bruccoli v.1, p140. Condition of this book: Dust jacket shows light wear with some age toning and discoloration. Leaves clean and tight, minor age toning. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Poster ad for In Search of Mademoiselle, GIBBS, George
11 GIBBS, George Poster ad for In Search of Mademoiselle

GIBBS, GEORGE. Advertising poster for his novel In Search of Mademoiselle, 1901. Measuring about 13.5x21.5 inches or 34x55cm, with linen back adding about 2 inches to all sides. Gibbs' novel is a romantic period piece, which he also illustrated, so it was only appropriate for him to illustrate the advertising. He was a real workhorse, doing covers for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines while cranking out a novel a year, some of which got turned into movies. This poster is a great example of the Art Nouveau style that dominated the era. Condition of this print Tear, chips and creases professionally repaired. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Eros Magazine, all 4 issues, GINZBERG, Ralph [Editor].
12 GINZBERG, Ralph [Editor]. Eros Magazine, all 4 issues

GINZBERG, RALPH [editor]. Eros Magazine, Nos. 1 to 4 (all that were printed), New York, 1962. Folios, pp. 80; 96; 96; 96, printed boards, color and halftone illustration. Although these magazines seem rather tame to us, they were the subject of censorship prosecutions that resulted in the jailing of the editor. The subject was love and sex in all its forms. Highlights include Bert Stern's final photo sessions with Marilyn Monroe, a Gary Winogrand photo essay on Love in the Subway, and a couple of Ray Bradbury short stories. Condition of these books: Overall very good, V.1 has a short tear in the spine, covers show minor staining, images fine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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the ineffable Frances Steloff: a photographic visit, HILSCHER-WITTGENSTEIN, Herta.
13 HILSCHER-WITTGENSTEIN, Herta. the ineffable Frances Steloff: a photographic visit
0804007624 / 9780804007627 
HILSCHER-WITTGENSTEIN, HERTA. the ineffable Frances Steloff: a photographic visit, Chicago: Swallow Press, 1976. Quarto, first paperback edition, unpaginated, wraps, halftone plates, comments by Henry Miller and Anais Nin. The subject founded the Gotham Book Mart in 1920 and ran the place for decades, in the process becoming one of the human landmarks that dot New York City. Condition of this book: Covers shelf-worn, edges foxed, all else fine. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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A Daughter of the Sioux, KING, Charles.
14 KING, Charles. A Daughter of the Sioux

KING, GEN. CHARLES. A Daughter of the Sioux, New York: Hobart, 1903. 12mo, first edition, pp. 306, red cloth boards with gilt-stamped lettering on spine and upper panel, full-length color image of a Native American on upper panel, top edge gilt, 8 illustrated plates by Frederic Remington and Edwin Willard Deming (4 each artist, all black and white). King, a noted writer on the U.S. Army's campaign against the Sioux, here turns to a fictional account of the times. Condition of this book: Bright and clean with a touch of sunning at spine, faint rubbing at spine ends and corners of boards. Leaves clean and tight, with toning and one small stain at edges, images fine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane, Le SAGE, Alain Rene.
15 Le SAGE, Alain Rene. Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane

Le SAGE, ALAIN RENE. Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane, Paris: J.J. Dubochet, 1838. Quarto, later edition, pp. 829. marbled paper-covered boards half-bound in morocco, about 600 illustrations by Jean Gigoux including frontispiece and two title pages. All text in French. "This later edition of Gil Blas, one of several, testifies to the vast popularity of Gigoux's illustrations," says Gordon Ray in The Art of the French Illustration Book, 215. Gigoux reportedly had a low opinion of the engravers used here, "Yet ... his designs were sometimes realized with verve and precision," Ray writes. "Certainly their inventiveness is unfailing." Also see Carteret III, 386 and Vicaire 341. Condition of this book: Boards worn, upper joint splitting. Leaves clean and tight, occasional foxing. A small strip has been cut out of the first title page, apparently to remove the name of the original owner. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Nuremberg, LONGFELLOW, Henry W.
16 LONGFELLOW, Henry W. Nuremberg

LONGFELLOW, HENRY W. Nuremberg, Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1888. Tall quarto, first edition, simultaneous with a London edition, unpaginated, red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and upper panel, black and gilt decoration with a floral motif surrounding a gilded heraldic seal on upper panel, all edges gilt. With illumination by Mary E. and Amy Comegys, 28 photogravures (uncredited) protected under tissue guards, all text and images on heavy stock printed on only one side. BAL 12693. Condition of this book: Boards loosely attached, delicate, cloth chipped at spine ends. Leaves have a few fingerprints, tight, images fine. Free rear endpaper is torn out. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Ninety-two in the Shade, McGUANE, Thomas,
17 McGUANE, Thomas, Ninety-two in the Shade
0374222592 / 9780374222598 1 
McGUANE, THOMAS. Ninety-two in the Shade, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973. Octavo, first edition, pp. 197, quarter-bound in turquoise and green cloth with silver lettering on spine. top edge stained light orange. McGuane, hailed as a writer about the modern West, here shifts the scene to Key West, with a couple characters on a collision course. Condition of this book: Dust jacket near fine, boards sun-faded near edges. Leaves clean and tight, 2 preliminary pages have stickers that look like postage stamps. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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Open All Night, MILLER, KEN;  VOLLMAN, William T.
18 MILLER, KEN; VOLLMAN, William T. Open All Night
0879515716 / 9780879515713 
MILLER, KEN, and VOLLMAN, WILLIAM T. Open All Night, Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press, 1995. Quarto, first edition, pp. 96, black cloth boards, duotone photos accompanied by quotes from Vollman novels and a two-page introduction by Vollman. Photos of skinheads, addicts, prostitutes and various other members of the demimonde, with commentary like this: "Almost all the skinheads are already dead," sighed Marisa, "all the good ones." Condition of this book: Fine, no flaws. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Poster for Madame de Treymes, MORTON, Max.
19 MORTON, Max. Poster for Madame de Treymes

MORTON, MAX. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton, advertising poster for Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907. Measuring about 15x20 inches or 38x51cm with a linen back adding about 2 inches or 5cm to all margins. This illustrator is a mystery to me; obviously he is not the same Max Morton who creates modern music posters. The present poster advertises Scribner's release of the 1907 Edith Wharton novel "Madame de Treymes." Condition of this print: Chips and tears at edges neatly and professionally repaired. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Justin Thyme: The Tartan of Thyme Part One, OXRIDGE, Panama (pseudonym)
20 OXRIDGE, Panama (pseudonym) Justin Thyme: The Tartan of Thyme Part One
0955357004 / 9780955357008 
OXRIDGE, PANAMA. Justin Thyme, The Tartan of Thyme Part One, Great Britain: Interrobang, 2006. Octavo first edition, pp. 5, 344, 16 (appendices and glossary), maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, signed and inscribed by the author (see below. It says: "Justin Thyme chose not to celebrate his birthday." And upside down: "1st September 2006 With Best Wishes from the paradoxical Panama Oxridge"). First in a planned four-part series. There is also a puzzle to solve: Who is Panama Oxridge? The clues are in the text. And what about the text? Justin Thyme was supposed to be the next Harry Potter, although he has no magical powers, simply unnatural intelligence and enormous earnings from his inventions. The story is readable, and young readers seem to like it, but there is only one Harry Potter. Still, the book went out of print. It has a cliffhanger ending and a number of loose ends, but five years on, the second book hadnít hit the market, although a release was planned for fall 2011 (Thyme Running Out). 
Price: 600.00 USD
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