New York: William R. Scott, 1936. First ed. thus. 7 x 5". A set of five American tales, finely printed by the Powgen Press, and designed by Ted Gensamer. The volumes include: Irving: Legend of Sleepy Hollow, illustrated by Mary Dana; Whitman: Song of Myself, illustrated by Joseph A. Low; Poe: A Descent Into the Maelstrom, illustrated by Charles E.McCurdy; Hawthorne: Legends of the Province House, illustrated by Jean Lamont; and Emerson: Compensation, illustrated by C. Barry Moore. Page counts range from 34pp to 59pp. The books are fine in dustjackets (one d/j has a minor chip) and are housed in a rather worn paper chemise marked " American Renaissance Series", and a quite worn slipcase, also titled, with one edge open.
New York: Merrimack Publishing Corp. 1971. reprint edition. This is a collection of five miniature volumes, each measuring 2 1/4 by 2 inches, printed on warm buff paper, bound in black leatherette stamped gilt, and housed in a small printed cardboard box. The tales include "Wedding of the Foxes (Japanese Fables and Fantasy)", "The Famous History of Tom Thumb", "The Bell and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen, "The Nightingale", also by Andersen, and "Bewick's Select Fables", with 42 to 67 pages per volume. Each book is illustrated. The first editions of these tiny volumes had been printed letterpress in the late 1960s by the Hillside Press in New Hampshire; this set is noted as being "limited in quantity". The books are as new; the box is solid but rubbed at the edges.
New York: Dodge, Undated(1900?). First Am. ed. Hardcover. 7 x 5 3/4", 45pp. With 12 pleasant illustrations by H.C. Preston-Macgoun. A story about a Scottish master of an infant school, written partly in Scottish dialect. Very good in picxtorial paper on boards, stamped in white and brown, edgeworn and a bit soiled, and with the white stamping chipped. Printed in Edinburgh, but with an American title page.
Boston: Joseph Knight Co. 1896. First ed. thus. 7 3/4" x 5 1/2". This edition, collected and edited by Nathan Haskell Dole, gives the Rubaiyat in English, French and German translations. Two volumes, clxxix + 595pp., with 2 frontispiece portraits. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Very good to fine in mildly rubbed red half morocco and marbled paper on boards, compartmented spines slightly darkened.
(New York): Press of the Woolly Whale, 1931(1910). First edition thus. 7 x 4 3/4", iv, 155pp. "Molly Make-Believe" was first published in 1910. Here, it is presented in an edition of 250 copies, printed for Christmas 1931, and set by hand in Lutetia type at the Press of the Woolly Whale. Abbott, a Radcliffe-trained Cambridge native, (1872-1958) wrote a number of very popular romantic novels, of which Molly Make-Believe is the first. The tiny printed circular tipped onto page 8 is slightly torn but present. Melbert B. Cary,Jr., who founded the press, has added a foreword in which he calls "Molly Make-Believe "one of the most delightfully imaginative books of all time". Internally very good in faded and edge-worn cloth on boards, blue morocco spine much rubbed, top edge gilt.
West Cornwall, CT: Pr. by Pocket-Knife Press, 1970. First edition. Softcover. 6 x 4 1/2", unpaged(24pp). An essay on writers who were stylists, and some who were not. This small pamphlet by bookseller Ben Abramson was produced as "A memento for his admirers by his daughter bookseller (Deborah Benson) and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. William S. Covington / West Cornwall, Connecticut / Christmas, 1970". There is a note in Mrs. Covington's hand on the rear inside cover: " edition limited to 100 copies / This is copy number 51". Fine in pale blue wrappers and in its original mailing envelope.
New York: Cheshire House, 1932. First ed. thus. Hardcover. Octavo, ix,138,(1)pp. "Together with the Life of Aesop, by Oliver Goldsmith". Printed by Richard Ellis for Cheshire House, this is #363 of 1,200 copies, with 62 engravings by Thomas Bewick. Several previously unopened pages have been roughly opened, leaving ragged fore edges, else fine in pale blue cloth and a worn slipcase.
[South Norwalk, CT]: Eden Hill Press, 1967. Joseph Low. One fable from Aesop's "Selected Fables", translated by Roger L'Estrange and illustrated by Joseph Low. This single fable, #27 of 150 copies, was printed in Monotype Janson on Rives paper, for friends of the printers and the artist, with a color woodcut signed by Low. A single sheet of Rives paper has been folded twice to form a folder measuring about 12" x 9". In its original form, it was one of a number of signatures prepared by various artists and printers for the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company's portfolio "Homage to the Book". Fine in an unmarked protective black paper folder, slightly rubbed.
n.p., [Rathdrum, Idaho]: Wytherngate Press, 2003, 2004, 2005. Presumed first editions. Three paperback volumes, comprising the three parts of the novel: "An Assembly Such As This", "Duty and Desire", and "These Three Remain". Octavo, 218, 238, 335pp. The first publication of the Wytherngate Press, and an interpretation of the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy as well as the era in which Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice is set. As new, unopened and unused, in pictorial wrappers. Three volumes:.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907. Ponkapog ed. Hardcover. Small octavo. In each volume is stamped "Van Doren Library, Urbana, Illinois". From 1900 to 1915 that was the home of the Van Doren family, including Carl Van Doren and Mark Van Doren. Internally very good in edge rubbed red cloth, a few smudges and ring marks.
Racine, WI: The Johnson Foundation, 1966. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 56pp. Three essays by three authors: "The Renaissance Looks at Comets", "Greek Ideas About Leisure" and "The Genius of Paul Valery", with illustrations by George Sueyoka. Rust marks from staples at endpapers else very good in cloth with a paper title label.
Westport, Connecticut: The Redcoat Press, 1954. 12mo (6 1/2" x 4 `/8"), 36 pages, with three full-page illustrations and two vignettes drawn in a Chinese style that suits this lovely tale. The colophon notes that "Of this book two hundred ten copies have been printed at The Redcoat Press December, 1954". A fine copy in patterned-paper covered boards with a gilt-titled cloth spine and a chipped and worn glassine jacket. The Redcoat Press Christmas card for 1954, printed, like the book, as a greeting to friends by Betty & Ralph Sollitt, is laid in.
New York: William E. Rudge's Sons, 1951. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 20pp. The author was a professor of clinical surgery. The book contains two commencement speeches he delivered to students of the Bronxville, New York,High School in 1941 and 1945. Fine in slightly sunned blue paper on boards with a paper title label.
Kingsport, Tennessee: Kingsport Press, 1963. Fritz Kredel. First edition. Octavo, 88pp., a privately printed edition of 1250 copies for friends, designed by Stefan Salter, and illustrated by Fritz Kredel, printed on Strathmore's Fairfield Opaque, and with a charming pastepaper binding design by Nancy Storm. Authors include Hamlin Garland, Louis Bromfield, Gerald Carson and others. Fine in paper-covered boards, cloth spine, plain plastic dustjacket and a cloth-covered slipcase.
New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2002. Sam Messer. first edition. Squarish octavo, 72pp,,with portraits of both Auster and his antiquated typewriter -- an Olympia -- on most pages, mostly in color and entirely by Sam Messer, plus Auster's elegaic text. I expect there will be more books along the same lines now that the typewriter recedes even more into the past. I miss mine to this day....Faint bump to bottom outside corner otherwise a very good copy in boards and a near fine protected dustjacket.
London: Methuen, 1949. First edition. Hardcover. Small octavo, ix, 228pp. Includes a bibliography of little reviews publications, plus contributions by Quentin Crisp, P.H. Newby, Dylan Thomas, C. Day Lewis, V.S. Pritchett, Herbert Read, John Betjeman, Denise Levertov, Pamela Hansford Johnson, and others. Fine in blue cloth, heavily chipped dustjacket.
London: Constable & Co. 1909. First edition. 5 14 x 3 1/2", 16pp. Printed by the Chiswick Press, Charles Whittington & Co. All pages are bordered with single rules in red ink, and there is a drawing of Meredith's house, Box HIll. A sensitive memorial to Meredith on the day he was buried, May 22, 1909. Scattered foxing to endpapers else near fine in ivory cloth, gilt title, red marginal rules.