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THE HAUNTED PHOTOGRAPH | WHENCE AND WHITHER | A CASE IN DIPLOMACY | THE AFTERGLOW
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THE HAUNTED PHOTOGRAPH | WHENCE AND WHITHER | A CASE IN DIPLOMACY | THE AFTERGLOW

By Stuart, Ruth McEnery

New York: The Century Co., 1911. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. [8],168 pp. plus ten plates (including frontispiece). Publisher's beige pictorial cloth, stamped in white, green, and gilt. Bookplate of Elizabeth Jordan. Warmly inscribed, "Elizabeth Jordan | with the author's love | May 1st 1912," on front free endpaper and, "Merrily Yours | Ruth McEnery Stuart," on title page. Five contemporary manuscript edits in the text. Fading at spine and edges, three small tears at head of spine. Very good. Presentation copy to American journalist, author, and editor Elizabeth Jordan (1865-1947). Ruth McEnery Stuart (ca. 1849-1917) was a white Lousiana-born writer known in part for her sympathetic (if problematic) portrayals of African American characters and her use of black vernacular. The present collection of four short stories includes two with black subjects, "Whence and Whither" and "A Case in Diplomacy." "The Haunted Photograph" is an ambiguously ghostly ghost story, and "The Afterglow" includes a handful of brief manuscript editing notes, presumably by either Stuart or Jordan.

$125.00

AND THE ASS SAW THE ANGEL
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AND THE ASS SAW THE ANGEL

By Cave, Nick

London: Black Spring Press, 1989. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. [8],248,[3] pp. Publisher's cloth in pictorial dust jacket. Signed by the author, "Nick Cave 1989," on front free endpaper. Mild shelfwear. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A rare signed copy of the first edition of Nick Cave's brilliant, deranged first novel.

$350.00

A SMALL BOOK OF POEMS
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A SMALL BOOK OF POEMS

By Laughlin, James

Milan: Printed at the Officine Grafiche <<Esperia>>, 1948. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine/very good. 32mo. (approximately 4 x 3 inches). [30] pp. Original printed jacket on plain stiff wrappers. Jacket lightly chipped at extremities, as usual, lightly soiled. Very good. Numbered 311 of 450 copies to be sold by New Directions in the United States, from an overall edition of 500. Twenty poems by the founder of New Directions.

$40.00

LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]
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LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]

By [Richet, Charles Robert]

[Composed in Lebanon, ca. 1920]. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Approximately 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. In French. Faintly ruled paper. Early horizontal fold, minor soiling in upper-right corner. Near fine. Unpublished holograph poem by Charles Richet, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, composed en route between Chtaura, Lebanon, and Beirut. The poem is a wistful meditation on the passing of the era of “monks and lances,” the “grand-routes de Castille,” and stagecoach robbers – “les voleurs des diligences.” Brigands, once adventure seekers looting carriages, have become shrewd: they have traded their places in the corners of the woods for offices and can now themselves be seen in the stagecoaches, rubbing their hands together. Charles Robert Richet (1850-1935) is best known for his work in experimental physiology, particularly in the areas of neurochemistry, digestion, and anaphylaxis, the latter for which he won the Nobel Prize. His wide-ranging interests, however, extended far beyond medicine and conventional science. He composed poetry and drama throughout his life and was internationally distinguished as a historian, pacifist, aviation pioneer, and researcher of the paranormal (coining the term, “ectoplasm,” in 1894). Underlying all of these pursuits was a lifelong romantic orientation to the world and a deep humanity, as reflected in the poem here. A transcription and basic English translation are available upon request. DSB XI, pp.425-432.

$350.00

EXTERMINATION CAMP
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EXTERMINATION CAMP

By Sheen, George

London: Digit Books (Brown, Watson Ltd.), [1958]. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 155,[1],[4] pp. Original pictorial wrappers. Bookseller's inkstamp in rear wrapper recto. Modest wear. Very good. Pulp fiction, set chiefly in a Nazi concentration and death camps. The protagonist is a German (gentile) enemy of state, who eventually escapes the death camp and exacts revenge upon his captors. OCLC records one copy, at the British Library. Rare.

$90.00

THE DIRTY GOAT
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THE DIRTY GOAT

By Szoka, Elzbieta & Joe W. Bratcher III (eds.)

Austin: Host Publications, 1989. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Quarto. [4],99 pp. Original pictorial wrappers. Original price sticker on front wrapper, upper outer corner bumped, rear wrapper and a few rear leaves nicked. Overall very good. First issue of the Austin, Texas literary/arts journal, featuring works of critical theory, creative prose, poetry, drama, and visual art by various authors and translators. It includes one piece by Frank O'Hara, "Act and Portrait -- Frank O'Hara Text to an Alfred Leslie Film," followed by images of three paintings by Leslie.

$30.00

THE LITTLE BLACK SAMBO STORY BOOK : A TREASURY OF SUNSHINE STORIES FOR CHILDREN
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THE LITTLE BLACK SAMBO STORY BOOK : A TREASURY OF SUNSHINE STORIES FOR CHILDREN

By Stephenson, Eunice

Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co., 1930. Hardcover. Very good. Eunice Stephenson. 95 pp. including numerous in-text color illustrations. Publisher's pictorial blue cloth, stamped in black, green, and red, color pictorial plate mounted to front board. Christmas 1939 gift inscription on verso of front free endpaper, small pencil scribbles on two endpapers, and faint pencil scribbles on rear board. Binding moderately scuffed and worn. Overall a very good copy. An unusual early version of the Little Sambo story, featuring the title character as an Indian boy dealing with a succession of hungry tigers. With seventeen additional stories (in which Sambo does not appear). Part of the Winston Easy-to-Read Story Books series. OCLC records three copies, at the Library of Congress, University of Florida, and Toronto Public Library.

$75.00

POEMS

By Cooke, Le Baron

Boston: Bruce Humphries, Inc., 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. 189 pp. Original green and silver cloth over boards, spine gilt. Boards slightly bowed, else fine. Scarce.

$35.00

WALT WHITMAN : AN EXHIBITION
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WALT WHITMAN : AN EXHIBITION

By Harris, Robert O. (compiler)

Dallas: Fikes Hall of Special Collections and DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 1987. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. 28 pp., including illustrations. Pictorial wrappers, stapled. Fine. Catalog of an exhibition of the Robert O. Harris Whitman collection at Fikes Hall of Special Collections, Southern Methodist University, 1987.

$12.00

THE HELLS GOING ON
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THE HELLS GOING ON

By Baer, Tom; Anthony Weir (ill.)

Downpatrick, Northern Ireland: Dissident Editions, 1999. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Anthony Weir. [32] pp., including two full-page illustrations. Original printed wrappers. Minor abrasion in verso of front wrapper, else fine. Anthony Weir's twenty-eight-part poem, "Millennium Maggot," published "in honour of U.G. Krishnamurti / in memory of Vasko Popa (1922-1991) / and the canids of Kosova," with an epigram by Walter Benjamin, appears on versos. Individual poems by Tom Baer, including the title poem concerning his astonishment at the romantic attentions of "a madwoman" and two poems on the Glory Storefront Tabernacle in Edgewater, Florida, face Weir's work on rectos. Illustrated with two photographic illustrations by Weir.

$50.00

THE TRAIN AND THE CITY. . . WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD S. KENNEDY
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THE TRAIN AND THE CITY. . . WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD S. KENNEDY

By Wolfe, Thomas

[Asheville, N.C.]: The Thomas Wolfe Society, 1984. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Near fine. 27 pp. Original pictorial wrappers, stapled. Ink ownership inscription in title page. Wrappers lightly faded at spine, else fine. Special reprint of Wolfe's short story, "The Train and the City," originally published in 1933, as the fifth in a series of annual publications for the members of The Thomas Wolfe Society. Numbered 84 of 450 copies.

$30.00

LOUISE REIGNIER: THE COMMUNION OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS. A TRUE STORY
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LOUISE REIGNIER: THE COMMUNION OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS. A TRUE STORY

By Watson, Robert

London: Smith, Ainslie, & Co., 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. [1895]. Publisher's pictorial cloth. xi,227 pp. including eight plates. Mildly cocked, cloth lightly worn at edges. Very good. Late 19th-century English thriller, laced with criminal flash, set partly in the Wormwood Scrubs prison.

$30.00

AZARIAN : AN EPISODE
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AZARIAN : AN EPISODE

By Prescott, Harriet Elizabeth [i.e., Harriet Prescott Spofford]

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 251 pp. plus 22,[1] pp. of publisher's advertisements. Original green cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Minor wear and light welts from a lace or band on front board, light foxing in later leaves. Very good. The second novel and third book of Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (1835-1921), concerning an engagement between Azarian, an egocentric Greek doctor and aesthete working in Boston, and Ruth Yetton, an idealistic young orphan painter. Prescott was a Massachusetts-based American author of poetry and prose, known for her detective stories, Gothic romances, and defiantly exuberant style. Among her detractors was Henry James, who wrote in 1865, "'Azarian' is true to nothing. No one ever looked like Azarian, talked like him, nor, on the whole, acted like him; for although his specific deeds, as related in the volume before us, are few and far between, we find it difficult to believe that any one ever pursued a line of conduct so utterly meaningless as that which we are invited, or rather allowed, to attribute to him."

$75.00

NATIVITY
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NATIVITY

By Sassoon, Siegfried

[London]: Faber & Gwyer, Limited, 1927. Softcover. Near fine. Paul Nash. [3] pp. including wrappers, plus tinted plate. Purple pictorial wrappers, stitched. Minor wear at edges, else near fine. First trade edition. Number 7 of the Ariel Poems, printed at The Curwen Press. Designs and frontispiece plate by Paul Nash.

$50.00

OLD PROBABILITY PERHAPS RAIN - PERHAPS NOT
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OLD PROBABILITY PERHAPS RAIN - PERHAPS NOT

By "Billings, Josh" [i.e., Henry Wheeler Shaw]

New York: G. W. Carleton & Co., 1879. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Various paginations, including numerous in-text illustrations and portrait frontispiece. Publisher's red cloth, stamped in black and blind. Light wear to cloth, minor staining to rear board, minor stain in terminal leaf of text. A very good copy. "Truth iz sed to be Stranger Than Fickshun _ it iz. to most Pholks" (front cover). An amusing 19th-century parody of the American almanac, featuring "Josh Billings' Farmers' Allminax" for the years 1871-1879 and numerous real advertisements. Each almanac is printed with a different color border and contains satirical predictions, aphorisms, and illustrations and colorful orthography.

$65.00

EZRA POUND IN HIS TIME AND BEYOND THE INFLUENCE OF EZRA POUND ON TWENTIETH-CENTURY POETRY
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EZRA POUND IN HIS TIME AND BEYOND THE INFLUENCE OF EZRA POUND ON TWENTIETH-CENTURY POETRY

By Rossa, Jesse

Newark, De.: University of Delaware Library, 2006. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. xv,37 pp., including portrait frontis. and color and monochrome illustrations. Pictorial wrappers. Fine. Catalog of an exhibition at the Special Collections Department of the Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware, February 14 to June 13, 2006.

$15.00

SALT PORK
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SALT PORK

By Artist, Ruth Hesse

Aurora, Missouri: Burney Brothers Publishing Company, 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 222 pp. Original cloth, printed in red. Warmly inscribed by the author, "For the C.W. Lovell family - Grand Sugar Tramp friends Ruth Hesse Artist May 4, 1938." Occasional tiny marginal stains, else near fine. The first novel by Wyoming author Ruth Hesse Artist (1905-1988), of Platte County. Scarce, with OCLC recording eight copies.

$45.00

THE WHITE COWL
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THE WHITE COWL

By Harrison, F. Hewitt

Aurora, Missouri: Burney Brothers Publishing Company, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 315 pp. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in silver. Names of four characters underlined in ink in the first appearance of each in the text, the same names inscribed on last page of text, with page number of first appearance. Coth lightly worn, black ink marker on top and bottom edges of text block, else very good, dust jacket not present. A rare Depression-era, proto-superhero, Robin Hood tale of a writer living a triple life, in part as the caped and hooded jewel thief, the "White Cowl." OCLC locates three copies, at the Library of Congress, Ohio State, and Tulane.

$90.00

TRANSLATIONS FROM RAINER MARIA RILKE
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TRANSLATIONS FROM RAINER MARIA RILKE

By Rilke, Rainer Maria; Robert Lake & John Martone (trans.)

Middletown, Ct.: Department of German, Wesleyan University, 1974. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. 35 pp. Blue wrappers, stapled. Faint discoloration in wrappers, else fine. Number 84 of 100 copies privately printed by the James D. Young Company. Fourteen Rilke poems translated by members of a practicum in the spring semester of the 1973-74 academic year, under the supervision of Arthur Wensinger. OCLC records one copy, at Wesleyan.

$65.00