ENGELSE LITERATUUR – een capricieuze nieuwsbrief met de Nineties als meerpaal
1. AITKEN, E.H. (EHA) The Tribes On My Frontier. An Indian Naturalists Foreign Policy. By E.H. Aitken (EHA), Author of A Naturalist on the Prowl and Behind the Bungalow. Illustrated by F.C. Macrae. London/ Calcutta, Thacker/ Spink, 1898. Illustrated blue cloth. 216, 24 p. Illustrated. With publisher’s book list at the end. 6th ed. Edges a bit worn, some foxing.
* Delicious book about the birds and bees, but especially the bugs around the house of a Colonial Brit, with funny drawings. On the upper cover a row of rats – with personalities.
2. APPLETON, E.R. The Beacon. (Monthly magazine 1921-1924). Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1921-1924. First series, complete in 32 issues (October, 1921-June, 1924). All with original wrappers. Illustrated and sometimes with musical notations. 1st editions.
* Rare monthly about the arts: literature, art and music, especially applied to Christianity. The first run complete; the magazine resurrected briefly in February, 1925, but these one or two issues are missing. All covers with a design by C. Lovat Fraser.
3. (BEARDSLEY, Aubrey). POPE, Alexander The Rape of the Lock. A Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos. Embroidered with Nine Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley. London, Leonard Smithers, 1896. Original richly gilt blue cloth with design by Beardsley. (2), 48 p. Uncut. Illustrated with a frontispice, six drawings printed on art paper, a headpiece and a tailpiece by Aubrey Beardsley. The binding is fine. The gold is a bit uneven, but it is shimmering brightly. Inside covers partly browned.
* The splendorous binding and eight superb illustrations by Beardsley make this book one of the pinnacles of the 1890s.
4. BEDDOES, Thomas Lovell The Complete Works. Edited with a Memoir by Sir Edmund Gosse and decorated by the Dance of Death of Hans Holbein. 2 vols. London, The Fanfrolico Press, . 26 x 16 cm. Cloth-backed decorated boards. (2), xxxvi, 590 p. Deckled edges. Printed in 750 numbered copies. 1st edition. Some browning. Lower edges a bit worn.
* Gerrit Komrij wrote a fitting tribute to Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849), the elusive author of a.o. Death’s Jest Book, in his Verzonken boeken: ‘Hoe zingt de kreeft als hij kookt?’
5. BESANT, Walter, & James Rice Ready-money Mortiboy. A Matter-of-Fact Story. London, Chatto & Windus, 1902. Attractive pictorial wrappers (by Geo Hutchinson). 176 p. with various nice ads. New (popular) edition. The delicate book is fairly well preserved, only the backstrip is a little worn and discoloured, and strengthened with scotch tape. Corners slightly chipped. Some foxing. Two modern bookplates of collector A.S.A. Struik (a Dutch collector who specialized in rare and unusual book covers).
* Cheap sensation novel, an edition rare to be preserved – written by the brother-in-law of Annie Besant.
6. BOUTENS, P.C. Carmina. Amsterdam, Van Kampen, . Verguld heelperkament. Kop verguld. (4), 196 p. 1e druk. Perkament iets krom. Rood vlekje voorop. Enkele potloodaanstrepingen, vooral bij de opmerkelijkste woordscheppingen van Boutens.
* In deze dichtbundel zijn vertalingen naar o.a. Dante Gabriel Rossetti en Lord Alfred Douglas opgenomen (ook naar Novalis, Andrian, middeleeuwse Italianen en Sappho).
Voorin in potlood de handtekening van de bibliofiele drukker Ger Kleis met datering ‘2/4/’64’ – hij was toen nog geen 24.
Op het perkament komt de gouden bandversiering bijzonder fraai uit.
7. (CHESTERTON, G.K.) The Idleness of G.K.C. (a letter). Houten, Green Escape Press, 1977. Cahiersteek. 8 p. Gedrukt op geschept papier in geringe oplage. 1e druk.
* Zeer charmante en uiterst zeldzame nieuwjaarswens van drukker Henk van Otterloo in de vorm van een ongepubliceerde zelfkarakteriserende brief van Chesterton, die Van Otterloo op een veiling kocht. Met toelichting. Gesigneerd door de drukker.
8. CORVO, Baron (= Fr. Rolfe) Verhalen die Toto mij vertelde. Met een inleiding van Jan J. van Herpen. Zonder plaats, eigen beheer (Gerben Wynia), . Ingenaaid. Met stofomslag. 72 p. Gedrukt in 150 genummerde exemplaren. 1e druk. Keurig!
* Zeer vroege vertalingen van Corvo’s werk, overgenomen uit het tijdschrift De Kroniek van P.L. Tak, 1898-1903. Dit ongewone boek is in druk opgedragen aan Geerten-Maria Meysing (sic) en Donald Weeks. (Met een extraatje).
9. COUPERUS, Louis Footsteps of Fate. (Noodlot). Translated from the Dutch by Clara Bell. (Met een voorwoord van Edmond Gosse). London, William Heinemann, 1891. Linnen. XVI, 272, (4), 16 p. 1e druk. Rug verbruind en onderaan wat versleten, voorplat deels verbleekt. Voorin potloodinscriptie.
* Eerste Engelse vertaling, gepubliceerd begin juni 1891, die reeds in februari 1891 werd aangekondigd met als titel ‘Fostering a Viper!’ Noodlot, gedateerd 1891, verscheen in de laatste dagen van 1890, direct na de publicatie als feuilleton in De Gids. Met uitgeverscatalogus achterin, gedateerd ‘June 1891’ en met extra datering ‘100/29/5/91’ achteraan; dit boek staat erin (p. 11) als ‘In the Press’. Couperus Collectie Veen variant 2.
10. CRACKANTHORPE, Hubert Vignettes. A Miniature Journal of Whim and Sentiment. London – New York, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1896. Original two-colored boards. (8), 64, (16) p. Uncut. With illustrated publisher’s catalogue dated 1896. 1st edition. Backstrip browned and splitting, binding has some wear.
* Sketches by one of the promising Nineties authors who was sadly extinguished as a young man (1870-1896).
11. CRACKANTHORPE, Hubert Wreckage. Seven Studies. London, William Heinemann, 1893. Original decorated cloth with peacock feather design. (8), 232, (16) p. Uncut. With a publisher’s catalogue dated 1892-1893. 1st edition. Edges of spine a little worn.
* Short stories. Nice art nouveau binding. In the publisher’s catalogue, Louis Couperus on p. 11 with praise from the Daily Chronicle and the Gentlewoman.
12. (CRANE, Walter). MASSÉ, Gertrude C.E. A Bibliography of First Editions of Books Illustrated by Walter Crane. With a Preface by Heywood Sumner and a Frontispiece after G. F. Watts. London, Chelsea Publishing, 1923. Original cloth-backed boards. 64 p. Uncut. 1st edition. Some foxing.
* Attractive book with beautiful yellow flyleaves.
13. (DANIELSON, Henry). MUDDIMAN, Bernard The Men of the Nineties. (Inscribed by the publisher). London, Henry Danielson, 1920. Original light blue boards with title ticket. Uncut. 1st edition. Spine and flyleaves somewhat browned.
* With a curious inscription by the publisher, longtime Charing Cross Road bookseller Henry Danielson (1891-1958) and author of various bibliographies, a.o. Arthur Machen’s. ‘To Charlie Reader/ From his old pal the/ publisher Henry./ July 29.1920/ In memory of many happy days &/ nights.’ Bernard Muddiman was a Canadian author.
14. DOUGLAS, Lady Alfred (Olive Custance) I desire the moon. The diary of Lady Alfred Douglas (Olive Custance) 1905-1910. Introduced and annotated by Caspar Wintermans. Woubrugge, The Avalon Press, 2004. 27 x 16 cm. Original cloth with silk ribbon marker. 124 p. Printed on Simili Japon paper in 195 copies only. Illustrated. First edition. With prospect. Fine.
* Amusing diary dating from 1905-1910 of Lord Alfred Douglas’s wife Olive, full of interesting literary details (about Oscar Wilde, naturally, but also about William More Adey, Lord Berners, Wilfrid Blunt, Winstorn Churchill, Frank Danby, the extensive Douglas family, Ivor Guest, Robert Ross, G.S. Street, the Tennant family, Reginald Turner and many, many others). A beautiful, privately printed book, with scholarly (but very readable) notes by Alfred Douglas biographer Wintermans.
15. DOUGLAS, Norman Looking Back. An Autobiographical Excursion. London, Chatto & Windus, 1934. Cloth with (price-clipped) dust jacket (protected with Brodart). viii, 528 p. Illustrated. First single-volume edition. Lower part of DJ a bit soiled, otherwise fine.
* Exquisitely amusing book with a mischievous smile.
16. FIELD, Michael The Tragic Mary. London, George Bell and Sons, 1890. Original decorated boards (design Selwyn Image). 264 p. Printed on Van Gelder laid paper. Uncut. 1st edition. Some minuscule flaws, but a very fine copy.
* A play about Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, written by Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper under their joint pen name Michael Field. Fine art nouveau cover design.
17. FURBANK, P.N. Italo Svevo. The Man and the Writer. (Inscribed and with a letter by the author). London, Secker & Warburg, 1966. Cloth with dust jacket. xiv, 234 p. Illustrated. 1st edition. Dj a bit worn. Some pencil notes.
* Inscribed by the author: ‘For Trudy,/ with warmest regards and greetings/ from/ Nick Furbank’. With an accompanying handwritten 23-line letter to Trudy on paper headed with Furbank’s adress in London, dated ’29 June’. And with an extensive answer (8 pp.) by Trudy in concept, dated ’20 dec. 1981′. Furbank’s letter mentions Virginia Woolf and George Frederick Watts. Trudy’s letter mentions E.M. Forster, about whom Furbank had written a much acclaimed biography. A nice ensemble.
18. GALE, Norman Orchard Songs. London – New York, Elkin Mathews & John Lane – G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1893. Original vellum. (4), 112, 16 p. Printed in 150 copies on handmade paper. 1st edition. Some little spotting on the binding, otherwise fine. With a neatly calligraphed inscription by ‘M.A. Bennett/ Pembroke College’.
* Deluxe edition. Beautiful cover and title page design by John Illingworth Kay.
19. GALLONIO, Antonio Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs. From the “De SS. Martyrum Cruciatibus” of the Rev. Father Antonio Gallonio. Now for the First Time Translated and Adapted by A.R. Allinson. Illustrated with the Forty-Six Original Plates and Containing a Note on the Origin and Scope of the Book. Paris, The Fortune Press, . 26 x 20 x 3.5 cm. Original gilt buckram with dust jacket. xvi, 244 p. Printed in red and black. With b/w reproductions on unnumbered leaves. All pages printed in a red frame. Reprint of the Carrington edition of 1903. DJ slightly worn and spotted. Binding with some vague grey stains, but in very good overall condition. Bookplate.
* Large book, still in the very rare dustwrapper with a list of books from the Fortune Press on the rear. One of 1125 numbered copies printed on English mould-made paper (total: 1200). Preface by the publisher of the first edition, Charles Carrington. Influential ‘martyr book’.
20. GILBERT, W.S. The “Bab” Ballads. Much Sound and Little Sense. With Illustrations by the Author. Philadelphia, Porter & Coates, 1870. 19 x 14 cm. Attractively gilt green beveled cloth. xii, 222 p. All edges gilt. Richly illustrated with curious vignettes. Apart from a little wear at top and foot of spine a crisp copy. Inscription on flyleaf dated “New Year 1871”.
21. GOLDSMITH, Oliver The Vicar of Wakefield. With a Preface by Austin Dobson and Illustrations by Hugh Thomson. London, Macmillan, 1891. Original richly gilt binding. (4), 36, 306, (6) p. All edges gilt. Second edition. Reading slant. Gutters burst, but a very good copy of this glittering 1890’s book. Some foxing.
* Full of whimsical, nicely detailed drawings and funny initials by Thomson.
22. HAASSE, Hella The scarlet city. Translated by Peter King. (Gesigneerd met handgeschreven opdracht aan Greg Gatenby). Londen, McGraw-Hill, (1954). Linnen met stofomslag. 300 p. 1e druk. Stofomslag iets gehavend. Copyrightaanduiding doorgehaald. Handtekening en jaartal op voorste schutblad.
* Opdracht van de auteur in blauwe inkt op pagina (1): ‘To Greg Gatenby,/ friend and defender of threatened/ creatures like whales, dolphins,/ poets and “literary” novelists!/ Participating in the Harbourfront Festival/ of Authors – your creation! – has been/ an unforgettable experience./ Hella S. Haasse./ 1990’.
23. HALLIWELL, Steven Alan Clodd and the Enitharmon Press. A Checklist of his Publications 1967-1987 and Private Printings 1958-1998. Compiled By Steven Halliwell. With a Tribute By Jeremy Reed. London, Enitharmon Press, 1998. Original cloth. 80 p. Printed in 250 numbered copies. With some tipped-in illustrations. 1st edition. Fine.
24. HALLIWELL, Steven Fifty Years of Hand-Printing. A Bibliography of the Tragara Press. High Wycombe, Rivendale Press, 2005. Richly gilt buckram in matching slipcase. xviii, 174 p. 1st edition. Like new.
* This is one of 50 deluxe copies with an added publication of the Tragara Press, that was specially printed for this book: The Buried Life by Matthew Arnold, numbered and signed by Alan Anderson.
25. JACKSON, Holbrook Town: An Essay. London, Self-published, 1913. 16 x 11 cm. Original illustrated wrappers. 16 p. With pictures. 1st edition. Cover split in two, otherwise a nice book. Held together with crystal paper.
* Ode to the Town in general. Chapbook nr. 2 at the Sign of Flying Fame. Attractive booklet.
26. (KAUFFER, E. McKnight). WALEY, Arthur The Lady Who Loved Insects. Translated from the Japanese by Arthur Waley. Dry-points by Hermine David. (Inscribed by Kauffer). London, The Blackamore Press, 1929. Original silk binding. (2), 38 p. Printed in 550 numbered copies on Dutch paper (Pannekoek). With a frontispice and three vignettes in drypoint. First edition. Binding a bit soiled. Several pencil inscriptions on first pastedown.
* Fine deluxe edition, inscribed by American-born graphic artist and painter Edward McKnight Kauffer on first free endpaper: “A Xmascard for Marjorie/ with love from Marion & Ted./ E.McKnight Kauffer/ 1932.”
27. (KENAU SIMONS HASSELAER). COOPER, E.E. The Hasselaers. A Tale of Courage and Endurance. Londen, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, . Versierd linnen. (4), 160, (4) p. Met drie illustraties. 1e druk. Iets gesleten aan de boven- en onderkant van de rug. Wat roest aan begin en eind.
* Vrijwel onbekende roman over Kenau Simons Hasselaer en haar heldenrol tijdens de belegering van Haarlem in 1572-1573. Zeer aantrekkelijke uitvoering: blauw linnen met opdruk in groen (planten) en goud, met prenten, initialen en vignetten.
28. LANDOR, Walter Savage Poems, dialogues in verse and epigrams. Edited with notes by Charles G. Crump. (Complete in two attractive volumes). London, J.M. Dent, 1892. 2 vols. Richly gilt cloth. xvi, 376; (6), 384 p. Deckled edges. With two illustrations (incl. a sample of his handwriting). 1st edition. Flyleaves browned, otherwise fine. Unopened.
* Fine set with beautiful period spine decoration (see scan), signed ‘F.C.T.’.
29. LE GALLIENNE, Richard Limited Editions. A Prose fancy: together with Confessio Amantis, A Sonnet. (Bookplate of Gerrit Komrij). London, Privately Printed for Richard Le Gallienne, Elkin Mathews, John Lane and their friends, Christmas, 1893. 16 x 12 cm. Original Ingres paper wrappers pasted on laid text paper with original vellum paper backing. (4), 16 p. Printed in red and black (in 700 copies). First edition. Wrappers a bit soiled. With the tiny bookplate of Gerrit Komrij.
* A little book full of funny love for rare books: “WHY does the heathen so furiously rage against limited editions, large papers, first editions, and the rest?” “YES, ‘from scarped cliff and quarried stone,’ Nature cries, ‘Limit the Edition! Distribute the type!’ Though in her capacity as the great publisher she has been all too prodigal of her issues, and ruinously guilty of innumerable remainders.”
We added a book in the same vein: The Book-Bills of Narcissus. An Account Rendered by Richard Le Gallienne. Leicester-Nottingham, Frank Murray Derby, 1892. 2nd edition. With the bookplate of Gerrit Komrij. Some wear.
30. LE GALLIENNE, Richard Orestes. A Tragedy. With ALS to Perriton Maxwell, in a nice box. New York, Mitchell Kennerley, 1910. Cloth-backed boards. (10), 52 p. Printed in red and black. 1st edition. With tipped-in newspaper picture of the author. Bookplate of Geo. A. Zabriskie pasted over another bookplate. With an autograph letter signed by Le Gallienne to Perriton Maxwell, dated ‘Woodstock, N.Y./ Oct. 14, 1919’.
* Contained in a portfolio in an attractive morocco-backed slipcase with richly gilt spine, title ‘Orestes/ ALS/ Richard/ Le/ Gallienne’. Somewhat coquetish Le Gallienne mentions he is glad to accept Maxwell’s invitation to send more of his works to him. Amos Perriton Maxwell (1866-1947) was for a long time editor of various magazines before embarking upon a career as a novelist.
31. LECLERCQ, Leo Jack London. Een karakterstudie. Amsterdam, De Gulden Ster, . Original folding wrappers. 32 p. 1st edition. Cover a bit soiled, some little stains.
* “Jack London, A Character Study”. Rare and delicate, original Dutch-written study by London’s translator W.L. Leclercq.
32. LUBRAN, Arthur Unitotolinearmultisyllabification or Long Words. A further exercise in sesquepedalian pomposity. London, Narbulla Agency, 1976. Oblong 15 x 20 cm. Stapled in original wrappers. 32 p. Printed in blue and black on grey-blue paper in 90 copies. Second edition. Book block has come loose from the covers.
* A delicious booklet, one of many such by A. Lubran (1913-2001 = Narbulla), full of impossibly long words, tantalising to cite, but I don’t, enthousiaregretteagergreedineverthelessnegatiatitchfingerly.
33. MAARTENS, Maarten Twee handgeschreven brieven in het Engels, 1906 en 1913. 18 x 11 cm. Resp. 53 en 17 regels. Gesigneerd ‘Maarten Maartens’. Vage inplaksporen.
* Amusante, inhoudelijke brieven, een aan een ‘Dear Sir’ in Pittsburgh, die een lezing had gegeven en hem voor een logeerpartij had uitgenodigd, de andere aan uitgever Funk & Wagnalls in Londen.
Maarten Maartens is het pseudoniem van de Nederlander J. van der Poorten Schwartz (1858-1915), die vrijwel uitsluitend in het Engels schreef. Vooral dankzij een fikse erfenis kon het echtpaar Van der Poorten Schwartz in Doorn een luxueus neorenaissancepaleis laten bouwen, dat te zijner ere nog steeds het Maarten Maartenshuis heet en nu een conferentieoord herbergt.
Geen van beide in The Letters of Maarten Maartens (1930).
34. MAARTENS, Maarten Harmen Pols. Peasant. London, Methuen, 1910. Rijkverguld kalfsleer met gemarmerde schutbladen (Sotheran & Co.). (4), 324 p. Kop verguld. 1e druk. Rug verkleurd, onopvallende watervlek op achterzijde. Randen iets versleten. Tekstpagina’s wat roest.
* Fraai presentatie-exemplaar voor de schilderes Thérèse van Duyl-Schwartze, met als opdracht de bijbelspreuk ‘S. Mat. X – 42.’! Gedateerd ’22-V-11′ en gesigneerd ‘M.M.’ Het bijbelvers, in de Statenvertaling: En zo wie een van deze kleinen te drinken geeft alleenlijk een beker koud water, in den naam eens discipels, voorwaar zeg Ik u, hij zal zijn loon geenszins verliezen. Deze editie niet in de NCC.
35. METHUEN & Co. Messrs. Methuen’s Sixpenny Books. (Publisher’s advertising folder). London, Methuen & Co., about 1907. 18 x 12 cm. 4 p. Printed in blue, green and black. Fine condition.
* Fine art nouveau cover after a painting, followed by a three-page list of titles. Rare trade pamphlet.
36. MASEFIELD, John Sard Harker. A Novel. London, William Heinemann, 1924. Cloth with dust jacket. (8), 332 p. First edition. DJ subtly repaired at the inside. Spine area of jacket discolored, some soiling and tiny tears. Book in very good condition, flyleaves a bit foxed.
* Very graphic dust jacket: two hairy hands reaching for a large bouquet of blue flowers. With a list of recently published books by Masefield and a list of new publications by Heinemann in the autumn of 1924.
37. MASEFIELD, John Three original press photos from 1930-1933. 15 x 21 and 20 x 25 cm. With press organisation stamps and captioned tickets and red crayon lines at the reverse. Slight creases and other little signs of wear, but in a general very good condition.
* The first photo, dated May 12 1930, shows Masefield apparently caught unawares in an old suit, in front of a house, with elucidating text on verso ‘John Masefield, whose adventurous career included service as a common sailor and porter in a New York pre-prohibition saloon, and who was today appointed Poet Laureate of England’. On the second, dated May 22, 1930, we see Masefield and his daughter Judith feeding their two donkeys on his estate near Oxford, England. The third, dated Jan 6, 1933, shows Mr and Mrs Masefield ‘as they arrived on the S.S. Mauretania today’ in New York.
38. MILTON, John Paradise Regained. Decorated by Thomas Lowinsky. London, The Fleuron, 1924. Small 4to. Cloth-backed boards with dust jacket. (8), 88 p. 3 full-page illustrations and several head- and tailpieces. Printed on fine handmade paper in 350 numbered copies. DJ a bit spotted.
* With the envelope in the rear, containing proofs of the three full-page illustrations, complete with their tissue-guards. Attractive book.
39. NIJINSKY, Romola Nijinsky. By Romola Nijinsky, His Wife. (Inscribed). London, Victor Gollancz, 1935. Orig. cloth. 416 p. Illustrated. 5th impression. A bit slanted and discolored.
* With a signed dedication on first free endpaper: ‘With my best wishes and/ kindest regards/ Romola Nijinsky/ 1938.’ This is the first biography of Vaslav Nijinsky, the great dancer. A second one was published by Romola in 1952, after his death.
40. POWELL, G.H. Excursions in Libraria: Being Retrospective Reviews and Bibliographical Notes. (Inscribed). London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1895. Orig. green cloth. xvi, 264 p. Illustrated. 1st edition. A little wear.
* Inscribed by the author, July 1916, and signed ‘Geo.H. Powell’. Enjoyable texts about (mostly early) books and writers: Aesop, Froissart, Rabelais, myths, Guiccardini and many others.
41. RHYMERS’ CLUB, The The Book of the Rhymers’ Club. (&) The Second Book of the Rhymers’ Club. London, Elkin Mathews, 1892. (&) London, Elkin Mathews & John Lane – New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1894. Two volumes. 16 x 13 cm. Original cloth. 1st editions. Both bindings a bit soiled. First volume inside excellent, except for two rubber stamps of the Irish Literary Society and an alternative line supplied in pencil in a poem by T.W. Rolleston. Second volume: flyleaves browned, otherwise excellent.
* At the end of the second volume a 16-p. publisher’s catalogue is included: ‘List of Books in Belles Lettres’ dated May 1894. The Irish Literary Society was founded by Yeats and Rhys in 1890.
42. ROSSETTI FAMILY Books From the Libraries of Christina, Dante Gabriel, and William Michael Rossetti. Introduction by W.E. Fredeman. Catalogue 180. London, Bertram Rota, 1973. 18 x 12 cm. Original wrappers. (6), 50 p. Illustrated. 1st edition. No inscriptions, very good condition.
* Sale catalogue of 193 books from the Rossetti family.
43. SCOTT, Walter The Antiquary; The Pirate; The Fortunes of Nigel; The Talisman; Count Robert of Paris. 5 vols. of the Waverley Novels. With the Original Notes. London, J. Dicks, [1874-1875]. 18 x 12 cm. 128-164 p. each. All with several wood-engraved illustrations. Text set from a very small type. Various advertisements on the covers. Complete wrappers (including backstrips). Popular 19th century editions in their delicate, original wrappers, all in fine condition. Largely unopened.
. The Antiquary (no number on the spine)
9. The Pirate
10. The Fortunes of Nigel
16. The Talisman
24. Count Robert of Paris.
* According to the advertisements, this series commenced ‘On Monday, October 13th, 1873’. According to the advertisements, this series commenced ‘On Monday, October 13th, 1873’. The volumes were published monthly. Popular literature, rare in this condition.
44. SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe The Lyrical Poems and Translations. The Dramatic Poems. The Narrative Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley I and II. (Complete set in 4 volumes, all bound in vellum/ parchment, with dust jackets). London, The Florence Press, 1918-1927. Three books in four volumes. First two books bound in vellum, the last two in parchment – as is specified on the spine of the dust jackets. One dust jacket was corrected in pen from ‘boards, 12s 6d’ into ‘VELLUM, 21s’! xxvi, 482; xii, 415; vi, 356; vi, 304 p. Deckled edges. Top gilt. 1st editions. Dust jackets a bit browned. A little foxing.
* Extraordinary set with its complete, informative dust jackets. Very beautiful complete poems of Shelley, the deluxe version – the ordinary edition was bound in cloth-backed boards.
45. SITWELL, Osbert Left Hand, Right Hand – The Scarlet Tree – Great Morning – Laughter in the Next Room – Noble Essences. (Autobiography in 5 volumes). London, Macmillan, 1945-1950. Cloth with dust jackets. About 1600 pp. together. Illustrated. Decorative DJs a bit worn-and-torn. Two bookplates (of Robert G. Scott) and two written owner’s names (of Scott and of Alice B. Baudin).
* The hilarious and extensive autobiography of Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969), 5h Bt., brother of Sacheverell and of Edith. With the nice dust jackets.
46. STEVENSON, R.L. Will o’the Mill. Portland, Maine, Thomas B. Mosher, 1899. 13 x 9 cm. Original boards and wrappers, with a slipcase. 72 p. Printed on Japan vellum in 425 copies. First printing of this edition. Fine copy, but slipcase damaged.
* Attractive little art nouveau book printed on fine Japanese paper. Mosher’s Brocade series. Bishop 436.
47. SYMONS, Arthur Aubrey Beardsley. With sixteen plates. London, at the Sign of the Unicorn, 1948. 25 x 15 cm. Cloth-backed boards with dust jacket. 64 p. 2nd edition (first: 1898). DJ a bit browned at the top. Owner’s name on flyleaf.
* A tall and handsome book.
48. SYMONS, Arthur London. A Book of Aspects. London-Minneapolis, Privately Printed for Edmund D. Brooks and his Friends, 1909. Original cloth-backed boards. (8), 80 p. Printed on handmade paper. Flyleaves slightly browned. Fine bookplate of author Michael Sadleir.
* Attractive, evocative book about London.
49. SYMONS, Arthur Parisian Nights. (Signed by Symons, Payne and Beaumont). London, The Beaumont Press, 1926. Original vellum-backed boards, cheerfully decorated by Wyndham Payne. (8), 50 p. Vignette on title page by Payne. Printed in 400 numbered copies. 1st edition. Fine condition.
* This is one of 80 numbered copies printed on vellum paper. Signed by Arthur Symons, Wyndham Payne and Cyril W. Beaumont on the colophon page. Delicious articles about 19th century Paris, peppered with flashbacks and other memories: Verlaine, Briant, Toulouse-Lautrec, Baudelaire and others.
50. TENNYSON, Alfred Lord In Memoriam, by Alfred Lord Tennyson, A. H. H. 1811-1833. London, Nonesuch Press, 1933. 29 x 18 cm. Original gold-chequered black paper on blue cloth. (4), xxiv, 152 p. Set from Blado and printed in red and black in 2000 numbered copies on Dutch Van Gelder Eenhoorn paper (with Unicorn watermark). Backstrip and edges a bit worn.
* The famous verse cycle of Tennyson in beautiful typography by Francis Meynell, printed by Ernest Ingham at the Fanfare Press. This is nr. 513.
Another beautiful bibliophile edition added: In Memoriam by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. London, Philip Lee Warner for the Medici Society, 1914. 23 x 16 cm. Original cloth-backed boards. (8), 96 p. Printed by the Riccardi Press in 1000 copies on special Riccardi Press mould-made paper. Nice book in excellent condition.
51. VECHTEN, Carl Van Spider Boy. A Scenario for a Moving Picture. (Signed deluxe edition). New York, Knopf, 1928. Cloth-backed boards with glassine wrapper and original slipcase. (10), 302 p. All edges deckled. Printed in blue and black on tinted Borzoi Rag paper in 220 numbered copies, all signed by the author. 1st edition. Slipcase damaged and worn. Loosely inserted bookplate of William H. Sahud. Book in excellent condition.
* Beautiful deluxe edition of this Roaring Twenties novel.
52. (WALROND WALROND). BÉRANGER, Pierre-Jean de Béranger. Some of his Sonnets with English Translations [by John Walrond Walrond, 1st Baronet Walrond, of Blackfield, Devon]. London, Sir. I.W. Walrond, Bt., 1879. Decorated cloth. xx, 156 p. Printed on Whatman handmade paper. 1st edition. Backstrip a bit worn, otherwise a fine copy.
* With a dedication by the translator, John Walrond Walrond (1818-1889), MP for Tiverton and High Sheriff of Devon, to his daughter, Mary Holbech, ‘from her loving/ ‘Pater’/ The Translator/ Aug. 1886′.’ The text was corrected in many places, sometimes by inserted corrections in ink, sometimes with pasted-in strips of text, always closely mimicking the printed lettering. On p. ix for instance a correcting piece of 7 lines, in a purple mimeo-like technique, was pasted in over the text. Possibly this is a deluxe copy on its expensive Whatman paper and with its gilt and black-blocked binding decoration. Endearing!
53. WARREN, John Leicester Warren, Lord DE TABLEY Poems Dramatic and Lyrical. With illustrations by C.S. Ricketts. London, Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893. Green cloth, richly decorated by Charles Ricketts. xiv, 216 p. Top gilt. Uncut. Printed in red and black in 600 copies. Spine somewhat dulled. Corners and lower spine a bit bumped. Some foxing at the end. First tissue guard missing. With inscription in the beginning ‘Russell B. Gill/ 1911’.
* Five illustrations by Charles Ricketts and a bookplate for John Leicester Warren, Lord De Tabley, by Charles Bell Scott.
54. WEDMORE, Frederick Renunciations. A Chemist in the Suburbs; a Confidence at the Savile; the North Coast and Eleanor. (Inscribed by the author to his daughter, probably). London, Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893. Slim 8vo. Original tan cloth. (2), 108 p. Uncut. 1st edition. Slightly discolored, a little corner bumping, some flyleaf browning, otherwise as fine as anyone can wish.
* Printed in 375 copies. With inscription by the author to his daughter – most probably: ‘My dear Millicent/ 12 Dec: ’92/ (symbol of a little hill over a dot)’. Millicent Wedmore was born in 1879 and died in the 1960s. Short stories by an art critic. With a 2 p. ‘List of New and Forthcoming Books’ dated 1892-1893.
55. WILDE, Oscar De Profundis. London, Methuen & Co., 1905. Original gilt cloth. 152, 40 p. Preface by Robert Ross. 1st edition, 2nd impression. Flyleaves foxed. Bookplate, an original etching by Sydney Vacher (1854-1935), of Cecil Charles Brittain Vacher (1886-1955, Captain of the Royal Navy). Some underlining and diminutive notes in pencil.
* With publisher’s catalogue dated March 1905. The first impression has a catalogue dated February 1905. Sydney Vacher was an architect who later took up etching as a hobby.
56. WILDE, Oscar Salomé. A tragedy in one act. Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde. London/ New York, John Lane, 1906. 16,5 x 13 cm. Original cream boards illustrated in green (Aubrey Beardsley). (8), 66, (2) p. Not illustrated. Uncut. Two pages of publisher’s ads in the back. Backstrip worn and starting to split. A bit soiled. Inside some foxing at the beginning and end.
* Nice early Wilde book in used condition. Mason 352.
57. WILDE, Oscar The Letters of Oscar Wilde. Edited by Rupert Hart-Davis. New York, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1962. Cloth with dustjacket. xxiv, 958 p. Illustrated. 1st edition. DJ a bit chipped. Inscription on first free endpaper.
* First American edition.
58. WILDE, Oscar The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde. Edited by Merlin Holland & Rupert Hart-Davis. London, Fourth Estate, 2000. Purple cloth with dustjacket. xxvi, 1270 p. Illustrated. Definitive edition. Fine condition.
* THE edition of Wilde’s letters. A treasure trove of information about Oscar Wilde. First edition of the Definitive edition.
59. (WILDE, Oscar). BORLAND, Maureen Wilde’s Devoted Friend. A Life of Robert Ross, 1869-1918. Oxford, Lennard Publishing, 1990. Black cloth with dust jacket. 320 p. Illustrated. 1st edition. Tiny chip in lower DJ, otherwise fine.
* The standard biography, and a fascinating life story.
60. WRATISLAW, Theodore Caprices. Poems. London, Gay and Bird, 1893. Original boards. (10), 50 p. Printed in 100 numbered copies on handmade paper. Uncut. Mediocre copy with some stains and damage to the binding. Lower gutter partly exposed on the outside. Flyleaves a little browned. Traces of sellotape ghost. Some brown stains in the lower margin of a number of pages.
* With the fine art nouveau design: yellow flowers surround the title on the beige vellum paper covered boards. The expurgated edition: ‘To a Sicilian Boy’ is mentioned in the index, but a page was inserted with a different poem, ‘Paradox’. Nr. 52/100.