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Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger

By Israel, Lee (1939-2014)

New York: Simon & Schuster. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Binding tight, unread copy. Head and . heel of spine each have very slight bumps. White jacket has a few nearly . imperceptible smudges of soil.. (2008). First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo. x, 131 pages. When Lee Israel's celebrated writing career took a sudden downturn she embarked on an astonishing one-woman forgery racket run out of her Upper West Side studio. Using old typewriters, she fabricated hundreds of letters from the likes of Dorothy Parker, Noël Coward, Edna Ferber, Lillian Hellman and others, skillfully imitating their individual voices and styles and then forging their autographs with a flourish. The 2018 film of the same name, starring Melissa McCarthy, is adapted from this memoir. Bound in white paper over boards with cloth spine stamped in red foil. .


The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. , Comprehending an Account of His Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never before Published...

By Boswell, James (1740-1795)

London: T. Cadell and W. Davies. Fine. Some light scattered foxing.. 1811. Sixth Edition. 3/4 leather. Octavos. The revised and augmented sixth edition. Beautiful 4 volume (complete) set in 3/4 leather over boards with marbled paper sides. Gilt stamped spines. Bindings tight, gilt bright. .


Forgotten Patriot: Robert Morris

By Young, Eleanor

New York: Macmillan Company; 1950, First printing. Near fine in a good, clipped dust jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Octavo, Full cloth; Illustration: black & white plates. »»» Lively story of the enterprising man who largely financed the American Revolution, signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Discrete prior owner name penned on front pastedown. Jacket has a .75" x 1" edge chip at top of lower joint fold, other minor edge wear and rubbed wrinkles, and two edge tears taped by prior owner.


The Finished Scoundrel: General James Wilkinson, sometime Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the United States, who made intrigue a trade and treason a profession

By Shreve, Royal Ornan

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company; (1933), Near fine. Octavo, Original cloth; Illustration: Frontispiece portrait. »»» Biography of this little remembered Revolutionary War era figure, "a man who was without a doubt the most clever and persistent, if not the most dangerous, of that small company for whom history reserves the infamous name of Traitor." Wilkinson was involved in the Conway Cabal that aimed to replace George Washington with Horatio Gates as head of the Continental Army. Bound in dark green cloth over boards with spine and upper board stamped in gilt, endpaper maps, pale green topstain. Dust jacket flaps are laid in. Mild sun fading to spine. Clean and sound.


Andrew W. Mellon: The Man and His Work

By Love, Philip H

Baltimore: F. Heath Coggins & Company; 1929, First printing. Near fine. Octavo, Original cloth; Illustration: black and white photographic plates. »»» Biography of the famous Pittsburgh financier, industrialist, and Secretary of the Treasury under presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in gilt. Prior owner bookplate on front pastedown, minor extremity rubs to binding.


Patrick Henry

By Morgan, George

Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company; 1929, Very good, ex library. Octavo, Original cloth; Illustration: black and white plates. »»» Good biography of Henry with 24 illustrations and a full bibliography. Also includes appendices and complete index. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with spine and upper board stamped in gilt. This copy comes from a small private institutional library and bears their catalogue number at heel of spine along with their circular stamp at lower fore corners of front free endpaper and title page. Otherwise fine.


Ted Kennedy: Profile of a Survivor: Edward M. Kennedy after Bobby, after Chappaquiddick, and after Three Years of Nixon

By Honan, William H

(New York): Quadrangle Books; (1972), First printing. Near fine in a very good dust jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Octavo, Full cloth; Illustration: B&w photographs. »»» Penetrating biography of the last of the Kennedy brothers published on the eve of the 1972 primaries. Honan spent four years interviewing and studying Ted Kennedy. Dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine lettering, blue endpapers. Some slight fading at board edges. Jacket has a .75" closed tear at top edge of front panel and a few shallow edge wrinkles. Clean and crisp copy. MILES #1237.


Hollow Glory: the Last Days of Chaim Weizmann, First President of Israel

By Shihor, Samuel (translated from the Hebrew by Julian L. Meltzer)

New York: Thomas Yoseloff; 1960, 1st American. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Octavo, Full cloth; Illustration: B&w photographs. »»» Inscribed and signed by the translator on front free endpaper. Light blue cloth over boards with white spine lettering. Tiny rubs at corner tips. Jacket has a few slight edge rubs and shallow wrinkles.


Beau Brummell: His Life and Times

By Franzero, Carlo Maria

New York: John Day Company; 1958, 1st American. Very good in a good, price-clipped dust jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Octavo, Hardcover; Illustration: B&w illustrations. »»» George Bryan Brummell dazzled London society in the late 18th and early 19th centuries with his wit and elegance of dress. He was a brilliant 'man of the world' in the complete sense. And here is biography. Pink paper over boards with black spine lettering. Slight rubs at extremities, small bumps at lower fore corners of both boards. Jacket has mild edge wear, a few small chips, and some taped tears to rear panel. Rear jacket panel also has some thin lines of surface abrasion or rubbing. Contains a brief bibliography.


Jonathan Swift: Giant in Chains

By Goodwin, Frank Stier

New York: Liveright Publishing Corp.; 1940, First printing. Very Good; No dust jacket. Octavo, Full cloth; Illustration: b&w plates. »»» The true life story of this famous author. Tan cloth with gilt facsimile signature embossed on upper board, gilt on blue lettering to spine. Some browning to board edges. Small red pencil mark near top fore corner of front free endpaper. This is a reviewed copy with small ink dots at paragraph beginnings, otherwise clean and tight copy. Index and bibliography.


Eli Lilly: a Life, 1885-1977

By Madison, James H

Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society; 1989, First printing. Very Good in a Very Good Dust Jacket; Jacket in Mylar protector. Octavo, Full cloth; Illustration: b&w photographs and illus.. »»» The first full-scale biography of Eli Lilly. Based on extensive research in Lilly's personal and business papers and on interviews with dozens of people who knew him. Blue cloth over boards with silver stamped spine and upper board lettering. Small bumps to 3 of 4 fore corners, slight lean to spine. Jacket has minor edge wrinkles. Clean and and sound.