New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2002. Sam Messer. first edition. Square octavo, 72pp,,with portraits of both Auster and his antiquated typewriter -- an Olympia -- on most pages, mostly in color and entirely drawn 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: Constable & Co., 1909. First edition. 5 14 x 3 1/2", 16 pages, and printed by the Chiswick Press, Charles Whittington & Co. on laid paper. All pages are bordered with single rules in red ink, and there is a drawing of Meredith's house, Box HIll. This is a sensitive memorial to writer George Meredith, in the form of a fanciful essay, on the day he was buried, May 22, 1909, by his close friend, J. M. Barrie. There is some light soil and foxing else near fine in smooth ivory cloth with a gilt title and a red marginal rule. The book's small size and bulk make it agreeable in hand and to read.
New York: Wm. Edwin Rudge, 1926. 7" x 4 3/8", 17.9cm x 1 cm, unpaged. This is the first edition of this beautiful essay in book form, printed by William Edwin Rudge and limited to 550 copies. It is noted in the book that this is a lecture first delivered by Hearn to Japanese students in his English Literature class. BAL 7995. Slight soil to the title page, endpapers slightly browned from the plain glassine dustjacket, which is largely present but chipped and torn, else very good in blue cloth, gilt cover title.
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1844. First American edition. Approximately 15 cm x 9.5cm, (6" x 3 3/4"),176pages, plus 18 pages of an Appleton's catalogue of "valuable works". Engraved tissue-guarded frontispiece and title page, followed by a printed title. The author (1799-1888) and her husband William were popular and influential English writers, who produced over 180 books between them. A few pages have moderately heavy brown stains, including the endpapers, otherwise, a very nice copy in dark green publisher's cloth, blindstamped on the front and back panels, and with an elaborately gilt-stamped spine, just starting to show wear at the spine ends.
Branford, Connecticut: The Penny-Whistle Press, 1983. first edition. Octavo, (9 3/8" x 6", 23.5cm x 15.5cm), 36 pages. This is an edition of 100 copies, designed and printed by John O.C. McCrillis, a typographer for the Yale University Press as well as the owner and printer of Penny-Whistle, on Mohawk Superfine Text, with linocuts from 19th century illustrations. The two stories are from Irving's "Sketch Book" and were produced to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Irving's birth. The book is sewn into Mohawk ivory cover stock, with a cover illustration printed in deep pink. This copy bears the signature of Joseph Francis Weiler, typographer, on the front endpaper. Fine.
London: Faber and Faber, 1932. first edition thus. Small octavo, 45 pages, with two stories. To quote the dustjacket: "The Mookles and the Gripes" and "The Ondt and the Gracehoper" are reprinted from the limited edition of Mr. Joyce's "Tales of Shem and Shaun", originally published in Paris and not generally available in this country." A very good copy, with no marks or signs of use in the text except for a mid-page mild crease to about page 11, the result of someone picking up the book carelessly. The book is bound in pale green paper on boards that is edge-sunned at any point where light could get in, a characteristic repeated on the brilliant orange dustjacket, which is otherwise complete except for a few small chips. There are also a few pin-head size stains to the top edge.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. 1st Edition. Narrow 12mo, 37 numbered pages. The book contains Morrison's beautiful lecture, her brief acceptance speech, a list of her books and a short biography. A very fine copy, as new in deep red cloth on boards with a black and gilt title patch. The book was issued without a dustjacket.
Ann Arbor, MI: Roger Jackson, n.d.(c.1995). only edition. A single sheet of paper folded to make 8 pages measuring 4 1/4 by 2 3/4". This ephemeral piece gives the censored deletions, page by page and line by line, from Henry Miller's "Semblance of a Devoted Past", first published by Porter in 1945 (later reprinted with restorations in 1968). Fine, printed on grey paper, and enclosed in its original, now slightly worn glassine envelope.
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997, 1998 and 2000. In 2002, Philip Roth purchased some books and an autograph from me at my bookstore, not far from his house in Connecticut. This time, having run up a significant total, largely for an autograph by the writer Colette destined for a friend, he paid the bill by returning in the next few days with autographed copies of the three books that form The American Trilogy, taken from his own stash of copies of his books. The first and last books in the trilogy he presented to me are trade copies, one starting with"2" in the number line (see photographs). The middle volume, "I Married A Communist", issued in a slipcase, and without a dustjacket, is not only listed as an edition of two hundred, but also is letter "E" of what is commonly a limitation of 26. The books have been very carefully protected and sealed in a box since then, and are uniformly in the finest possible condition, straight from the hands of the author. They are each signed and dated 2002 by Roth in black ink on the title or limitation page. Uncommon, and unless Roth paid his bookseller bills this way elsewhere, unique.
Burford, Oxfordshire: The Cygnet Press, 1979. Narrow 12mo (18 x 10cm), unpaged (8pp), printed by Simon Rendall at the Cygnet Press in an edition of 100 copies, and sewn into black paper wrappers with a small white title label. This copy is inscribed by Sparrow, the late warden of All Souls College, Oxford, who was also a barrister, an author and a renowned book collector. Sparrow has also made a correction in ink to one word in the text. Fine.
Stamford, CT: Overbrook Press, 1962. First edition. Softcover. Octavo, 14pp. An edition of 2,500 copies, giving the entirety of Streeter's amusing speech, which is full of odd do's and don'ts and references to fellow Century Association members. He quotes Daniel Webster, who said "Libraries are for sleeping" - one should browse and drowse. Streeter wrote the extremely sucessful novel "Father of the Bride", and 11 other works, many of them very amusing, though this pamphlet, not being of novel length, is never mentioned. Very good to fine in very slightly soiled salmon wrappers with a paper title label.
New York: George Sully & Co., 1925. A "book" of weekly calendar pages printed on recto pages only, bound in wrappers printed in black, aquamarine, white and gilt, and held through stab holes by a ribbon. Each page bears a different saying by Mark Twain, printed in red on a pictorial green background scene. There is a triangular crease at a bottom corner of the front wrapper, otherwise this is a clean copy with some edge-browning, lacking its box.
London: The Nonesuch Press, 13 August, 1929. Thomas Poulton. Edited by Geoffrey Keynes, and illustrated with copperplate engravings and drawings by Thomas Poulton and Charles Sigrist, color-stencilled by the Curwen Press. Octavo, x., 631pp., number 672 of a total of 1600 copies for sale in England and the United States; (number 61 in Symons et al: The Nonesuch Century). Internally fine, with marbled endpapers, bound in full chestnut niger morocco, with Walton's initials in an oval frame in gilt on the front panel, compartmented spine mildly darkened. The book is housed in a somewhat rubbed but solid slipcase covered in the same marbled paper used for the endpapers. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed.