1. ALAIN-FOURNIER Le grand Meaulnes. Avec des lithographies en couleurs de Michel Terrasse. Paris, Émile-Paul, (1949). 28 x 20 cm. Original decorated wrappers. 268 p. Printed in 1500 numbered copies. This is one of 300 numbered copies on Lana paper. Spine a bit creased and slightly browned, otherwise fine.
* Attractive illustrated edition.
2. (ALPS). RUDDER, May De Dante et la Montagne. Brussels, Raymond Dupriez, 1942. 31 x 21 cm. Original wrappers. 36 p. Illustrated. Printed in Garamond in 350 copies. First edition. Cover slightly soiled.
* May De Rudder (died 1950) was a Belgian poetess and mecenas who was interested in music. This is a large format book about Dante illustrated with fantastic alpine photographs by Charles Lefébure and Ernest Solvay, reproduced in fine photogravure.
4. BALZAC, Honoré de Pensées, sujets, fragmens. Édition originale avec une préface et des notes de Jacques Crepet. Portrait gravé à l’eau forte par G. Noyon. Paris, A. Blaizot, 1910. 27 x 19 cm. Original wrappers. (6), 40, 168 p. Printed in 310 numbered copies. First edition. Wrappers plasticized. A bit loose. Name and date (1925) on upper cover.
* This is one of 300 copies on mould-made paper of Arches. Attractive first publication of this book of thoughts, subjects and fragments used by Balzac for his writings. Unfortunately, the beautiful book has been covered in transparent plastic.
5. BANG, Herman Exzentrische Novellen. Neue Ausgabe mit sechszehn Zeichnungen von Franz Christophe. Berlin, S. Fischer Verlag, 1914. Original illustated boards. 276 p. Illustrated by Franz Christophe. 5th and 6th thousand. Edges of backstrip worn, otherwise in very good condition. Censor stamp dating from the Great War on title page (0 in triangle).
* Herman Bang (1857-1912) was a great Danish novelist, permanently harrassed because of his homosexuality. Later edition with fine drawings and a touching cover design of two circus men with a horse, one of them wearing a death mask.
6. BAUDELAIRE, Charles Conseils aux jeunes littérateurs. (Printed in secret during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands). (Rosières) [= Den Haag], (Pierre Mangart) [= A.A.M. Stols], 1944. 18 x 11 cm. Original wrappers. 24 p. Printed with the Lutetia in gold and black in 150 numbered copies.
* Clandestine edition with fictitious imprint, not ‘imprimé en France’ as is stated on page 4, but printed by the Dutch firm Drukkerij Trio in The Hague. Delicate typography. Van Dijk 626. Simoni B 10.
7. BEER-HOFMANN, Richard Jaákobs Traum. Berlin, Fischer, 1918. Original boards. 176 p. Printed on handmade Zanders Büttenpapier. With an original etching by E.R. Weiss. First edition. Binding worn and damaged, spine loose.
* One of 100 numbered copies, signed by the author on handmade paper, with an original etching by E.R. WEISS (a shepherd carrying a lamb), signed by the artist.
8. BENSON, Stella Mrs Oneleg. (Typescript, signed in blue ink). Two leaves, typed on one side only. Not dated (probably 1925-1930). 26,0 x 20,3 cm. 95 lines. Two corrections, one in ink and one in pencil. Pin holes at left upper side and some waterstains.
* Passionate and lively plea marked ‘Confidential’ for a pension for Benson’s friend ‘Mrs Oneleg’, a crippled paper bag maker, who ‘after a life of tameless energy, cheerful profanity and selfless kindness, has become a Parish Case’. It is not quite clear to whom this loving portrait of a London East End character was directed; it may be a short story, but it ends quite specific with a plan for collecting 15/- a week as a ‘Lord George Govvament Pension’ for Mrs. Oneleg, who is ‘with her 59 years too young for a real pension and doesn’t want to depend on church charity’.
Stella Benson (1892-1933) was an English novelist and feminist who also wrote about China.
9. BIBELOT, The The Bibelot: A Reprint of Poetry and Prose for Book Lovers, chosen in part from scarce editions and sources not generally known. Vol. I & II. Portland, Maine, Thomas B. Mosher, 1895-1896. Blue paper boards backed with white paper and a title ticket. (10), 356; (4), 398 p. In vol. I the first wrappers have been bound in, and in vol. II all original wrappers were bound in their respective places. Uncut. First editions. Some wear and staining, esp. in vol. II. With nice bookplates of Fred Curtis, showing a putto reading in a library, motto “A goode booke is to me better than golde”.
* Two volumes of this attractive monthly periodical, a treasure trove of rare bits of literature. In these volumes a.o. Blake, Bridges, Campion, Jefferies, Vernon Lee, Meleager, Meredith, Rossetti, Sappho, Shelley, Sidney, Spenser, Stevenson, Symonds, Tasso and Villon.
10. BINET-VALMER, Jean-Auguste-Gustave Aujourd’hui un homme. Paris, Flammarion, 1931. 12mo. Morocco backed marbled boards. Original covers (a bit soiled) bound in. 288 p. One of 30 numbered copies, constituting the Édition Originale (1/25 on Outhenin Chalandre paper. 1st edition. A few bookseller’s stamps.
* With AUTHOR’S DEDICATION dated ‘le 11 Juin 1931’.
11. BLAKE, William The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. (Maastricht), The Halcyon Press, 1928. Original vellum. (2), 38 p. Printed in 325 copies in red and black on Pannekoek Antique Wove-paper. 1e druk. Fine copy.
* According to A.A.M. Stols, P.N. van Eyck, who had edited the text, wanted to have a say on the typograpy of the book. This brought J. van Krimpen to his famous complaint about sparing typography: ‘Adieu aesthetica en mooie pagina’s! Adieu kleuren! Adieu titels en initialen! Adieu de heele bliksemse boel!’ (‘Farewell to esthetics and beautiful pages! Farewell to colors! Farewells to titles and initials! Farewell to the whole darned mess!’). In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Lutetia roman and cursive were used plus a lot of swash capitals, resulting in splendid, conspicuous typography. One of an unknown number of copies bound in full vellum. Van Dijk 128.
12. BLOY, Léon La femme pauvre. Épisode contemporain. Paris, Éditions G. Crès, 1924. Original wrappers. (8), 394 p. Uncut. Wood engraving of the author as a frontispice by Paul Baudier. From an edition of 1960 numbered copies, this is one of 1850 copies on Rives. Some browning, but a sound and very good copy.
13. BLOY, Léon Le Mendiant Ingrat. Journal de l’Auteur, 1892-1895. Bruxelles, Edmond Deman, 1898. 23 x 15 cm.Original wrappers. 456 p. First edition. Unprinted spine with vertical folds. Cover a bit worn and soiled.
* This mediocre copy has been SIGNED by Léon Bloy (1846-1917).
14. BOUTENS, P.C. (ed.). LABÉ, Louize Oeuvres completes de Louïze Labé Lionnoize publiées par P.C. Boutens. Avec une introduction par J.J. Salverda de Grave. Portrait gravé sur bois par J. Franken Pzn. Maastricht, Stols, 1928. Ingenaaid. (8), XXXVI, 200 p. Gedrukt op geschept, getint Pannekoek in rood en zwart in een oplage van 650 genummerde exemplaren. Rug wat beschadigd, omslag niet helemaal fris.
* Zeer fraaie, rijke typografie. Deze uitgave bevat zowel het toneel als het proza en de poëzie van de zestiende-eeuwse dichteres. Rijkse 2.92. = Fine edition of the French Renaissance poet (in French).
16. BULWER-LYTTON, Sir Edward Paul Clifford. London, Chapman and Hall, 1848. Gilt 3/4 calf with marbled boards. xii, 308 p. With a frontispice by H.K. Bron (= Phiz). Some wear at the edges, but an attractive book in very good condition.
* Attractive copy of this famous novel starting with the classical words: ‘It was a dark and stormy night…’.
17. GARSCHIN, W.M. Attalea Princeps und andere Novellen. Schmuck von Heinrich Vogeler. Leipzig, Insel Verlag, 1903. Originalumschlag mit beidseitig identischen schöner Dekoration von Heinrich Vogeler in rot. (4), 192 S. Unbeschnitten. Deutsche Erstausgabe. Rücken verfärbt und eingerissen, etwas knittrig und leicht stockfleckig.
* Dekoration der Doppeltitel identisch mit dem Umschlagzeichnung. Etwas lädiert, jedoch ein sehr schönes Buch.
18. GEORGE, Stefan Das Jahr der Seele. Gesamt-Ausgabe der Werke. Vol. 4. (Mea Mees-Verwey’s copy). Berlin, Georg Bondi, 1927-1937. Original gilt dark blue cloth. 148 p. Printed on wove paper. Uncut. Designed by Melchior Lechter. Portrait in phototype and some handwriting reproductions. Fine copy.
* This book was owned by Mea Mees-Verwey, the daughter of George’s friend Albert Verwey and herself the author of a book on George and her father. With a few pencil notes (initials identified) and some pieces of paper containing translations and notes.
19. GEORGE, Stefan Die Fibel. Auswahl erster Verse. Gesamt-Ausgabe der Werke. Vol. 1. Berlin, Georg Bondi, 1927. Original gilt dark blue cloth. Printed on wove paper. Uncut. Designed by Melchior Lechter. With a portrait in phototype and 6 handwriting examples. Vague spot on upper cover.
* First steps on the path of poetry by the messianistic German author (1868-1933), in a very attractive form. Inserted are several note papers with penciled observations and poetry in German by an unknown former owner, second half of the 20th century.
20. GEORGE, Stefan Gesamt-Ausgabe der Werke. Vol. 4, 8, and 9. (Collected Edition). Die Fibel, Das Jahr der Seele, Der siebente Ring, Der Stern des Bundes & Das neue Reich. Berlin, Georg Bondi, 1927-1937. 5 books. Original gilt dark blue cloth with dust jacket. Printed on wove paper. Uncut. Design by Melchior Lechter. Some illustrations (portraits and handwriting examples). Vol. 9 in second edition (1937). The binding of Der siebente Ring has some tiny white spots, the other books are fine. All dustjackets a bit worn. Insides unblemished.
* Some of the most important volumes of poetry by the messianistic German poet (1868-1933) in a very attractive series, and in excellent condition.
21. GEORGE, Stefan Der Siebente Ring. Berlin, Georg Bondi, 1909 (=1908). Vellum-backed boards (rebound). 216 p. Second edition. A little foxing, but a very good copy.
* Includes the section ‘Maximin’. Printed in November 1908, according to the colophon.
22. GHOSE, Zulfikar A Memory of Asia. New & Selected Poems. (Signed). Austin, Texas, Curbstone Publishing Company, 1984. Cloth with dust jacket. X, 86 p. First edition. Pink DJ a bit discolored.
* Inscribed by the author on the title page: “To Joost, (signature)”. Besides, this book of poems of the Pakistani author is rather uncommon.
23. HAAN, Jacob Israël de (as:) Jacob de HAAN Pijpelijntjes. Amsterdam, Jacq. van Cleef, 1904. Original wrappers. 220 p. 1st edition. Wrappers with sellotape stripes, faded name on title, but a good copy (professional restoration report added).
* A mythical book of modern Dutch literature! This copy of the first edition of Pijpelijntjes, published in June 1904, is one of the very few of which the complete original wraps have been preserved, even including the backstrip.
The physician and author A. Aletrino, to whom this openly gay erotic novel was dedicated in print, recognized himself in one of its two main characters (“Sam”, Aletrino’s nickname). Immediately after publication, along with De Haan’s fiancee Johanna van Maarseveen, he bought up the whole edition and destroyed it. Only very few copies escaped destruction. In October 1904, a second, rewritten edition was published. The first edition of Pijpelijntjes is now considered one of the rarest books in the Dutch literature.
24. HANLEY, James Le Tourbillon. Roman. Drift traduit de l’Anglais par Jean Périer. Paris, Éditions Corrêa, 1952. Original wrappers. 272 p. Uncut. One of 20 numbered copies on Alfa Mousse paper. First edition/ Édition originale. Short split at tail of front hinge. Lower cover has two edge tears.
* Deluxe edition of the French translation of Drift (1930), Hanley’s first novel, set among the Irish in Liverpool. The protagonist is a working boy who reads Zola and Joyce – like James Hanley himself had been. One of only twenty copies on quality paper, in Corrêa’s collection ‘Le Chemin de la Vie’ directed by Maurice Nadeau, who also included works by Himes, Lowry and Miller. With a 4-page preface by Nadeau (who died in 2013, 102 years old).
25. HOFMANNSTAHL, Hugo von Buch der Freunde. Leipzig, Insel, 1922. Halbleder mit Ecken und Buntpapier. 108 S. EA. Kanten bestossen und etwas berieben.
* Sammlung von Aphorismen. Schöner Einband.
26. JAMES, George P.R. The Commissioner, or, Travels and Adventures of a Gentleman. With twenty-eight illustrations on steel by Phiz. Dublin, William Curry, Jun., and Company, 1846. 3/4 leather with marbled boards. xvi, 440 p. Original gilt red cloth spine bound in at the end. Reprint. A little wear at edges and boards, otherwise a fine copy, spine richly gilt.
* Beautiful blue leather with matching marbled boards and flyleaves. The first edition was published in 1842 with subtitle ‘De lunatico inquirendo’, literally ‘Inquiring concerning a lunatic’.
27. JOYCE, James Ulysses. (First edition, 1/150). Paris, Shakespeare & Company, 1922. 26.5 x 20.9 cm. Rebound in black cloth with gilt spine title. Upper sea blue cover preserved. (10), 736 p. ‘Printed for Sylvia Beach by Maurice Darantiere at Dijon, France’ in 1000 numbered copies. 1st edition. Corners bumped, boards a bit slanted. Bookplate. Slightly trimmed for binding. Some browning and little traces of reading.
* One of 150 numbered copies on Arches. A monument, the most influential book of modern age, with a sturdy contemporary binding. A very readable quarto book. Nice modernist bookplate of Léon Gillain (1910-1977), an engineer, with a photo of a bookcase. Gillain’s modest signature in pencil on the title page. This is an unusual copy: one sheet has been included twice in the binding: p. 1/2 and 7/8 (no pages missing)! Slocum A17.
28. KURZ, Isolde Anno Pestis. MDXXVII. Dalle Florentiner Novellen. Traduzione di C. Fasola. Firenze, Loescher & Seber, Librai di S.M. Regina, 1893. 13,2 x 7,5 cm. Original wrappers. 66 p. 1st edition. Backstrip worn. Cover edgeworn and a bit waterstained.
* A rare and delicate book, early translation into Italian of one of the stories of the German author Isolde Kurz (1853-1944). She lived in Florence for twenty years in the circles of Hans von Marées, Arnold Böcklin and Jacob Burckhardt. With an introduction by Carlo Fasola.
29. LA FONTAINE, Jean de Contes. Édition conforme aux textes originaux établie par Louis Perceau. (Complete). Paris, Georges Briffaut, 1928. 2 vols. 23 x 17 cm. Full morocco. (8), 332; (8), 268 p. Uncut. With original lithographies in color by Paul-Émile Bécat. Soft leather a bit stained and with a little wear on the edges.
* Attractive edition with soft erotic illustrations in two volumes, both in contemporary full morocco with 5 ribs and spine title in gold.
30. LA FONTAINE, Jean de la Oeuvres de Monsieur de la Fontaine. Nouvelle édition. (In-4o, 3 volumes). Anvers, Jacob & Henry Sauvage (i.e. Paris, Lancelot), 1726. 4to. Three volumes. Full 18th-century calf with richly gilt spines each with two title tickets. Beautiful engraved portrait by Cl. Duflos. Engravings and lettrines by Tardieu. All pages with encadrements.
* Fine set of this imposing edition of La Fontaine.
33. MAUROIS, André Conseils à un jeune Français partant pour l’Angleterre. [Paris, Édouard Champion], (1927). Les Amis d’Édouard No. 118. Square 12mo. Original wrappers. (6), 34 p. Unopened. Printed in 257 numbered copies, of which this is one of 250 on Arches. First edition. Backstrip a touch discolored, otherwise fine.
* With paragraphs about clothing, activity and justice (‘N’assassine pas en Angleterre. Tu seras pendu.’). This copy is unnumbered. With a list of the first 117 books of the series.
34. MAUROIS, André Les silences du Colonel Bramble – Les discours et nouveaux discours du Dr O’Grady. Paris, Librairie Hachette, 1929. 3/4 morocco with marbled boards, author and title gilt on the spine. In a slipcase. (8), 156; (6), 166 p. With 25 illustrations by Paul Sarrut engraved in wood by Paul Baudier. Printed in Cochin type on vélin des Papeteries du Marais. Definitive edition. Slipcase splitting slightly. Spine a bit worn at the sides. Some foxing.
* Attractive edition of the humorous accounts of Maurois as a liaison officer in World War One and its follow-up. In French.
35. MAURRAS, Charles Poètes. Paris, Le Divan, 1923. Les Quatorze No. 3. Original wrappers. 112 p. Of an edition of 1000 numbered copies, this is one of 100 Roman numbered on Japanese paper. First edition. Top of spine a bit worn, a bit darkened, otherwise a very good copy.
* About Verlaine, Mallarmé, Valéry, Moréas, but also about some modern poets, such as Cocteau.
36. MELVILLE, Herman Narrative of a Four Months Residence among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands; or, a Peep at Polynesian Life. London, John Murray, 1846. 17 x 11 cm. Red morocco backed boards. XVIII, 288 pp. Map on p. xviii. First edition. Edges marbled. Silk bookmarker. Binding rubbed along extremities. Penciled on flyleaf: ‘nb. Yale copy has the same spine imprint / see BAL 13652 note, p. 152’.
* ‘Second state’ of this first edition with ‘Pomare’ instead of ‘Pomarea’ on page 19, line 1. The first edition of Melville’s first book, better known under its American title ‘Typee: a Peep at Polynesian Life’, published one month later. In the American edition some expressions with erotic innuendo were censored. From the vast library of Dutch megacollector Boudewijn BÜCH.
37. MELVILLE, Herman Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1875. Orig. cloth. 380, (8) pp. 6th edition. No halftitle. With an old ticket of the Free Public Library of Oxford, Mass. and some slight traces of library use. Binding a bit stained and worn at the edges.
38. (MONTESQUIOU, Robert de). HARDING, John W. La porte du baiser. Traduit de l’anglais par Frédéric Boutet. Préface du Cte Robert de Montesquiou. Paris, Charles Carrington, 1904. Original wrappers. (4), VIII, 400 p. With 4 b/w extratext illustrations on art paper. First edition. Wrappers somewhat torn and damaged at the edges. Backstrip discolored. Some foxing.
* Upper cover with Assyrian decoration, lower cover has publisher’s ads. This historical novel is situated in Babylon and Nineveh during the reign of Sennacherib.
39. MONTHERLANT, Henry de L’Exil. Pièce en trois actes (écrite en 1914). Avant-propos de René Groos. Illustrations de Edy Legrand. Paris, Éditions du Capitole, (1929). Original wrappers. 206 p. Uncut. Of a total edition of 2570 copies, this is one of 10 copies on Imperial Japanese paper, numbered 7 – 16, with a suite of 4 etching/ aquatints of the illustrations. First edition. Some tiny spots on the backstrip.
* With a bibliography of the author. The colophon has been SIGNED by Montherlant in violet ink.
40. MONTHERLANT, Henry de Les morts perdues. Conférence faite le 15 novembre 1933 à MM. les officiers élèves d’une de nos écoles militaires. [Paris, Édouard Champion], (1933). Les Amis d’Édouard No. 164. Square 12mo. Original wrappers. (8), 60 p. Unopened. Printed in 206 numbered copies, of which this is one of 200 on Arches. First edition.
* This copy is unnumbered. With a list of the first 163 books of the series printed at the end of the book.
41. NAIPAUL, V.S. Handgeschreven brief aan ‘Dear Frank’. Handwritten letter to ‘Dear Frank.” 17.9 x 11.5 cm. One leaf of thin writing paper. Thin gray-black fountain pen writing on both sides. Signed ‘Vidia [Naipaul]’ and dated ‘University College / Oxford./ January 22, 1953. 21 lines of text. Horizontally folded and a bit creased.
* Very early letter from the Trinidad-born writer Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (born August 17, 1932), when he was a young student at Oxford, gradually overcoming a deep depression. His first story was published in 1955. In 2001 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This letter invites Frank to the readings of the Martlets, an intellectual students’ organisation. The various events are listed, including a lecture on Martial. Naipaul ends with the question: ‘By the way, what is a good book to read for the social & literary background of French Classical Drama?’
42. (NAPOLEON). ALDANOV, Mark Svyataya Elena, malenky ostrov. Berlin, Izdatyelstvo Nyeva, 1923. 23 x 18 cm. Rebound in modern orange half cloth, orig. covers not included. (8), 120 p. Lithographical illustrations and vignettes by N. Pinyegin. Cheap paper browned.
* In Russian. Very rare book by Aldanov, who had left Russia in 1919. “St. Helena, the little island”. Fourth part of the novel tetralogy about Napoleon. The first edition was published in Paris in 1921.
43. NESCIO Dichtertje. De uitvreter. Titaantjes. Haarlem, J.H. de Bois, . Original wrappers (design R[eijer] S[tolk]). 130 p. 1st edition. Debut. Professionally restored: spine partly renewed, some trifling paper filling of the cover.
* Good copy of Nescio’s rare first publication – the first great book in Dutch literature in an understated, down-to-earth style. The ironic-realistic description of some whimsical bohemians in an uncomprehending world.
44. PICHLER, Caroline von Agathoclès, ou Lettres écrites de Rome et de Grèce au commencement du quatrième siècle. Traduites de l’allemand de Mme. Pichler par Mme. Isabelle de Montolieu. Vol. 2, 3 & 4. Paris, Blanchard & Eymery, 1812. 3 vols. of 4. Contemporary decorated boards. 1 plate. First edition. Slight wear around the edges. With bookplates of collector Bob Luza (1893-1980).
* Incomplete, but a decorative set. Translation of the historical novel in letters Agathocles (1808) by Caroline Greiner von Pichler (1769-1843).
45. POE, Edgar Allan Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. London, Harrap, 1928. 27 x 21 cm. Decorated black cloth, spine richly gilt. 384 p. With 8 tipped-in color plates and 24 full-page black-and-white illustrations plus numerous vignettes. Reprint (the first edition with all the illustrations was published in 1919). Corners bumped. Small part missing of decoration on upper cover (see the picture!). Flyleaves foxed.
* A sturdy book with most fitting, grotesque illustrations by Irish artist Harry Clarke (1889-1931).
46. POE, Edgar Allan Tamerlane & Other Poems. With an Appreciation by James Southall Wilson. The Frontispice by William H. Wilkie after the bust in the University of Virginia Library. San Francisco, Printed for William Andrews Clark, Jr. by John Henry Nash, 1923. 34 x 23 cm. Two books housed in an elaborate box, all clad in brown botanical paper, decorated with blue-orange ribbons. The main book has 72 pages of Dutch handmade paper with watermark John Henry Nash, all pages printed in ochre frames. In the front is a slip ‘With the Compliments of William Andrews Clark Jr.’ and in the back a small envelope containing a spare title label. Frontispice etching tipped in. Printed in Garamont 150 numbered copies for private distribution. The second book, measuring 23 x 16 cm, is in fact a book containing a photographic facsimile of the original Poe edition. The books are in fine condition, but the box is a bit worn, the orginal title label missing.
* A quite extraordinary and luxurious book production, encompassing an outstandingly beautiful Tamerlane edition and a republication of the extremely rare real first edition of 1827. William Andrews Clark, the son of a copper baron, was a great book collector and philantropist, the founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
47. POE, Edgar Allen (sic!) De amontillado. Uit het Engelsch vertaald door Dr. Marcel Deruelle. Houtsneden van V. Stuyvaert. Gent, Stedelijke Jongensberoepsschool, 1936. Original wrappers. (56) p. Printed in red and black on vellum paper in only a few numbered copies. Cover a bit worn and with a grey stain at the lower side.
* Not in trade, but destined for the Friends of the Flemish Book. This copy has been signed on the first page by Stuyvaert and Deruelle. Fine publication produced by a vocational boys school in Ghent.
49. POWYS, John Cowper Visions and Revisions. A Book of Literary Devotions. New York / London, G. Arnold Shaw / William Rider & Son Ltd., 1915. Cloth-backed boards. 300 pp. Uncut. Second printing. Covers worn and spotted, child’s scribble on front cover.
* With an early SIGNED AUTHOR’S DEDICATION: ‘Helen Stuart/ John Cowper Powys/ March 1915’. Visions and Revisions was the first successful book by J.C. Powys (1872-1963).
50. POWYS, Philippa Driftwood. Poems. Blue Moon Booklets No. 6. London, E. Lahr, 1930. 19 x 13 cm. Original wrappers. Stapled. 28 p. First edition. Cover discoloured, browned around staples.
* Philippa Powys was a younger sister of John Cowper, Llewellyn and Theodore Francis Powys.
51. POWYS, T.F. The Only Penitent. London, Chatto & Windus, 1931. Buckram-backed patterned boards. 60 p. Nice publisher’s vignette. Top gilt. Uncut. Printed in 160 numbered copies on mould-made paper, all signed by the author. First edition. Spine a bit discolored. Number on inside upper cover, otherwise a fine copy.
* Short novel in its attractive first edition. This is nr. 19/160.
52. POWYS, T.F. Uriah on the Hill. Cambridge, The Minority Press, 1930. Original decorated wrappers. (2), 22 p. First edition. Overlapping sides a bit creased. Sewing thread missing.
* Nice little book printed on good paper. Minority pamphlet Nr. 2.
53. POWYS, Theodore Francis An Interpretation of Genesis. London, Chatto & Windus, 1929. 26 x 17 cm. Cloth-backed decorated boards. (8), 104 p. Top edge gilt. Unopened. Austerely printed with Caslon type and a black letter on fine laid paper in 490 numbered and SIGNED copies. First edition. Flyleaves partly foxed.
* In the form of a dialogue between ‘The Lawgiver of Israel’ and ‘Zetetes’. An ‘original, heretical, and at times profoundly moving attempt to distil the spiritual truth from the Book of Genesis’, according to Richard Perceval Graves.
54. POWYS, Theodore Francis The Two Thieves. London, Chatto & Windus, 1932. 20 x 13 cm. Cloth with dust jacket. (8), 296 pp. First Edition. Spine area of dust jacket darkened, a bit worn at top and foot and corners of dust jacket, backstrip a bit darkened. Bookplate.
* Three stories: ‘In Good Earth’, ‘God’ and ‘The Two Thieves’.
55. RIMBAUD, Arthur Le bateau ivre. (Clandestine edition in 50 copies). Amsterdam, A.A. Balkema, 1942. Original wrappers. (2), 10 p. Printed by Joh. Enschedé & Zonen on Dutch paper of Van Gelder in 50 numbered copies. Cover a bit discolored.
* A fine edition issued by the clandestine Vijf Ponden Pers (“Five lb. Press”, a sardonic reference to the maximum paper weight permitted by the occupying powers for unofficial printing, according to Purvis). Wytze G. Hellinga chose and edited the text, Jan van Krimpen was responsible for the ‘Typographie Pure’. This copy is from the library of poet and professor Anton van Duinkerken, with his bookplate (by Pam Rueter) on the inside of the first flyleaf.
56. ROSNY, J.H. L’Indomptée. (One of 10 printed on Hollande). Paris, Léon Chailley, 1894. Original wrappers. (4), 360 p. Uncut. Protruding pages partly a bit yellowed. Loosening.
* One of only 10 copies on Hollande (Van Gelder paper), ‘avec la barbe’ or ‘à toutes marges’: a large paper copy. Novel written by Joseph-Henri Boex and his brother Séraphin under their collective pseudonym.
57. ROYÈRE, Jean Ô quêteuse, voici! Paris, Kra, 1928. 20 x 17 cm. Broché. (2), 66 p. Tirage limité numéroté à 525 exemplaires, Celui ci est nr. 69 sur vélin. Édition originale. Couv. partiellement un peu bruni.
* Avec envoi autographe de l’auteur à ‘Monsieur Walch’. Poèmes.
58. SCHEERBART, Paul Der Tod des Barmekiden. Arabischer Haremsroman. Leipzig, Verlag Kreisende Ringe (Max Spohr), 1897. Rebound in leather, no original wrappers. 208 p. First edition. Halftitle repaired with a strip of paper.
* Rare first edition of this satiric novel of the early surrealist Scheerbart. Publisher’s vignette by Fidus.
59. SOUDAY, Paul Bossuet. (Exemplaire de tête). Liège, Éditions du Balancier, 1929. Broché. 80 p. Imprimé par Charles Nypels en pourpre et noir en 421 ex. num. Dos bruni et endommagé. Arrière avec une tache brune.
* Exemplaire de tête: le nr. 5 des 15 exemplaires sur Japon Impériale. Van Laar 99. Collection La Roche Tarpéienne 2.
60. TCHERNYCHEWSKY, N.G. Que faire? Roman. Lodi, ‘En Vente chez tous les Libraires’, Società Tipografica P. Vitali e Comp [printer of the Italian Socialist journal La Plebe], 1875. Simply held together with a strip of stiff paper, original lower wrapper preserved. (2), X, 532, (4) p. Uncut. First edition. Upper wrapper and backstrip have gone. A bit foxed and soiled.
* Very rare first French edition of the famous ‘nihilist’ novel by Nikolaj Chernyshevsky, Shto delat’? or What Shall We Do?. It was translated by Benoît Malon, Aleksjej Tveritinov (who also was responsible for the lengthy preface), César de Paepe and Jules Guesde. Printed in Italy, the book was chock full of mistakes, needing four pages (in small print) of errata at the end, and even the name of the author on the title page is misspelled as ‘Tchernycheswky’. The upper cover has been lost, but on the lower cover an earlier book by Tchernychewsky is mentioned, L’économie politique jugée par la science (Critique des principes d’économie politique de John-Stuart Mill), citing reviews by Karl Marx and Benoît Malon! Not in Worldcat.
61. VIJF PONDEN PERS, De The complete clandestine production of this marvellous series of bibliophile books. Printed in a small number of copies in secret under the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands. ‘The name of the press [‘Five Pounds Press’] was a sardonic reference to the maximum paper weight permitted by the occupying powers for unofficial printing’ (Purvis). Founded by A.A. Balkema, W. Hellinga and J. van Krimpen in 1942, the series of the Vijf Ponden Pers form a very diverse collection of exquisitely designed books, greatly differing in size. Typography often by J. van Krimpen, sometimes by Dick Elffers, Susanne Heynemann, S.H. de Roos and W. Sandberg. Illustrations by Jan Bons, Fred. Carasso, Livinus, Melle, Jeanne Bieruma Oosting, Salim and Titia Wiegman. According to H.N. Werkman in a letter to August Henkels, the books of the Vijf Ponden Pers were ‘much too beautiful, although the texts deserve a fine design’. Most books were printed in 50 or 55 copies. Extensive description on request.
* 1. Charles BAUDELAIRE – Le vin. Cinq poëmes choisis dans Les Fleurs du Mal. With 6 original signed etchings by Jeanne Bieruma Oosting. Typography J. van Krimpen. 55 copies. De Jong 72. 2. Edgar DEGAS – Huit sonnets. Typografie door Dick Elffers. 50 exemplaren. De Jong 172.
3. Emily DICKINSON – Ten poems. Bilingual edition with German translations by Rosey E. Pool. Printed after calligraphy by Susanne Heynemann. 55 copies. De Jong 189.
4. Dick ELFFERS – [Calendar. January-June] 1944. Illustrations & typography by Dick Elffers. 55 copies. De Jong 442.
5. [W.G. HELLINGA] – Dies noctesque. Illustrated by Fred. Carasso. 50 copies. De Jong 191.
6. Franz KAFKA – Ein Landarzt. Illustrations & typography by Jan Bons. 55 copies. De Jong 440.
7. [H.W.J.M. KEULS] – Doortocht. Gedichten. Typografphy by Dick Elffers. 70 copies. De Jong 207.
8. Valery LARBAUD – Portrait d’Eliane à quatorze ans. Illustrated and handcolored by Salim. 55 copies. De Jong 484.
9. Livinus (= L. van de BUNDT) – Six gravures. 55 copies. De Jong 516.
10. Jac. van LOOY – De pendule. With an illustration by Titia Worm-Wiegman. Typography by J. van Krimpen. 50 copies. De Jong 519.
11. Stéphane MALLARMÉ – L’après-midi d’un faune. Eglogue. Illustrated by Melle. Typography by J. van Krimpen. 50 copies. De Jong 531.
12. Thomas NASHE – In time of plague. Typography by J. van Krimpen. 55 copies. De Jong 591.
13. [Martinus NIJHOFF (transl.)] – Eenige romantische gedichten. Naar het Fransch. With 5 original lithos by Titia Wiegman. 55 copies. De Jong 232.
14. Jan van der NOOT – Ode teghen d’onwetende vyanden der poëteryen van Marcvs van Wonsel. Typography by J. van Krimpen. 55 copies. De Jong 606.
15. Jacques PERK – Eene helle- en hemelvaart. Sonnettenkrans. Typography by S.H. de Roos. 55 copies. De Jong 653.
16. Quem Queritis – Typography by J. van Krimpen. 50 copies. De Jong 683.
17. Arthur RIMBAUD – Le bateau ivre. Typography by J. van Krimpen. 50 copies. De Jong 697.
18. [A. ROLAND HOLST] – Helena’s inkeer. Een fragment. Typography by J. van Krimpen. 50 copies. De Jong 370.
19. [W. SANDBERG] as: Servus fidei – Experimenta typografica. . Lectura sub aqua. Typography by W. Sandberg. 200 copies. De Jong 258.
* This is one of 23 lettered copies.
20. [W. SANDBERG] – Experimenta typografica. 3. Gnothi se auton. Typography by Willem Sandberg. 55 copies. De Jong 259.
Added: Stanley Morison – First principles of typography. Amsterdam, (Vijf Ponden Pers), 1946. Typography by J. van Krimpen. Printed in a small number of copies.
And: Catalogus van vijftig boeken en boekjes zonder toestemming uitgegeven in de jaren 1942-1945 door A.A. Balkema te Amsterdam. [Amsterdam, A.A. Balkema], 1945. Typography by J. van Krimpen. Printed in a small number of copies.
62. WERBIZKAJA, Anastasia Wenn die Tuberosen blühn (Frühlingserwachen). Roman aus dem Leben der russischen Demi-Vierges. Berlin, Schweizer & Co., . Original wrappers. 236, (8) p. Uncut. Second printing. Cover a bit worn and foxed, tear at the lower side.
* Very rare translation into German from the novel ‘Dawn’ (1906) by Anastasiya Verbitskaya (1861-1928), a feminist Russian writer of popular books. With 11 pages (including covers) of advertisements for progressive books, a.o. by Franziska Mann (Magnus Hirschfeld’s sister), Irma Troll-Borostyani.
63. WILDE, Oscar The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Wood engravings by Rudolph Ruzicka. Stamford, Connecticut, The Overbrook Press, 1936. 20 x 14 cm. Cloth-backed decorated boards with vellum corners. 88 p. Wood engravings each printed in two colors from the original blocks. Printed on wove paper JFK “Les Bibliophiles” in 250 copies. Fine condition, but without slipcase.
* A very handsome Wilde edition with elegant illustrations, set in Van Krimpen’s Lutetia.
64. 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.