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The Birth of Merlin the Sorcerer
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The Birth of Merlin the Sorcerer

By STOCTAY, G. G. (pseud. George Feigley); Melissa Eriksen

Harrisburg, PA: Neo American Church, Inc, 1972. First, Limited Edition. Copy 93 out of 400. Slim quarto (28cm); red cloth, stamped in gilt; [11]pp. Boards well soiled/dust-soiled. Textblock mostly hand-drawn images on different colored stock; light soiling and handling wear. Very Good in Good+ boards. This is a production of George Feigley's Neo American Church (no relation to the psychedelian religion started by Arthur Kleps in the sixties), a quasi-religious sex cult based in Harrisburg, PA. According to local police, the group also advocated child abuse and Feigley himself was arrested in 1975 for crimes against minors; he escaped from prison twice but ultimately served 33 years (he died in 2009). He wrote several books under the pseudonym "G. G. Stoctay", including this strange, illustrated recount of the birth of Merlin, the Arthurian sorcerer.

$125.00

Grimm's World [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By VINGE, Vernor

New York: Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1969. First Edition. Octavo (17.5cm), pictorial paper wrappers; yellow edgestains; 176pp. Minor creases to wrappers, along spine and joints; slight rubbing and chips to extremities. Advertisement between pgs. 88-89 torn out; signature and inscription from author on title page; else bindings sound and square, Very Good. Retired mathematics professor Vernor Vinge is also a Hugo-award winning author of numerous science fiction stories. Grimm's World was his first novel, adapted from a shorter story previously published in the sci-fi magazine Orbit. It tells the story of an ambitious woman, an impostor queen with above-average intelligence, who becomes involved in a three-way rebellion and a plot to turn their "backwater human society" into a slave farm.

$30.00

Between Dawn and Sunrise: Selections from the Writings of James Branch Cabell
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Between Dawn and Sunrise: Selections from the Writings of James Branch Cabell

By CABELL, James Branch; John Macy (ed.)

New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1930. First Edition. Large octavo (22.5cm); tan cloth boards, stamped in brown on spine. in blue pictorial dustwrapper; xxvii, 291pp. Dustwrapper soiled and toned; chipping and small tears to extremities with minor material loss (especially along top edges); inner panels foxed. Textblock also foxed intermittently, with toning to preliminaries and top edge; deckled fore edges; ownership inscription on ffep. Very Good in Good dustwrapper. An anthology of passages from James Branch Cabell's Beyond Life, Figures of Earth, The Silver Stallion, Jurgen, and others in the escapist/fantasy author's extensive body of work. The Virginia-born author reached the peak of his popularity in the 1920's but hit something of a decline as the world inched closer to another World War and literary trends began favoring more realistic works. Nevertheless, he continued publishing extensively and left a legacy that remains, especially in his native Richmond.

$75.00

The Blameless Prince and Other Poems
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The Blameless Prince and Other Poems

By STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence

Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co, 1869. First Edition. Octavo (17.5cm); brown cloth, stamped in gilt and blind, beveled edges; top edge gilt; 192pp. Upper portion of book comprehensively dampstained. Spine slightly cocked; gilt dulled; boards well rubbed and soiled; corners bumped, heel/crown of spine chipped. Minor foxing and soiling throughout interior; occasional marginalia. Very Good only. American poet Edmund Clarence Stedman's The Blameless Prince, presented in this book in its entirety (with a selection of other miscellaneous poems), was reportedly intended as an inversion of the stainless personae of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. In this poem, our eponymous royal is held up as a paragon of virtue by his wife, the Queen of a nameless fantasy land; secretly, our "White Prince" has struck up a tryst with another woman. Dogged by guilt, he decides to break the whole thing off but a chance encounter with a falling tree solves all of his problems for him. As for the Queen, she uncovers the truth soon enough and dies of that curious Victorian affliction: Grief.

$45.00

Disturbers of the Peace: A Novel
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Disturbers of the Peace: A Novel

By PRITCHER, Leon and Catharine Harger

Boston: Bruce Humphries, [1945]. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial dust jacket; 231pp. Light shelf wear and dustiness to jacket extremities, tiny soil spot to upper panel, else Very Good or better. "Tracing the struggle between good and evil since the dawn of history, the writers depict in an illuminating way how Jesus of Nazareth fought the Nazis and the Quislings of his day" (front jacket flap). Despite having an endorsement by Jim Tully, the work was evidently a critical failure.

$75.00

Cæsar's Column. A Story of the Twentieth Century
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Cæsar's Column. A Story of the Twentieth Century

By BOISGILBERT, Edmund

New York: AMS, n.d., ca. 1980s. Hardcover. 12mo (18cm.); publisher's teal blind-ruled cloth, spine lettered in silver foil; [2],367pp.; frontispiece. Fine condition. Facsimile reprint of the original 1890 edition of this classic anti-capitalist utopian novel, forming part of the "Communal Societies in America" reprint series.

$30.00

Aqua Regia [Signed/Inscribed by Author]
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Aqua Regia [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By BERGMANN, F.J.

Madison, WI: Fibitz Reality Adjustment, 2003. First Edition. 12mo(14.5cm); blue marbled cloth covered boards, with gold leaf; viii,40pp. Handmade/marbled paper preliminaries; textblock in blue stock; attached gold foil ribbon marker. Spine cocked, bumped on front hinge; trivial wear and soiling to boards, some flaking to gold leaf. Author signature and inscription on half-title verso; interiors otherwise clean and sound. Near Fine. A collection of poetry from Wisconsin poet and speculative fiction author F.J. Bergmann; her subjects and style veer towards the abstract, occasionally with a sci-fi or fantasy undertone. This unique volume appears to be handbound by the author; it is also signed and dedicated to John C. Rezmerski, noted Minnesota professor and storyteller.

$75.00

An Experiment With Time
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An Experiment With Time

By DUNNE, J[ohn] W[illiam]

New York: Macmillan, 1927. First American Edition. Octavo (22.5cm); dark blue cloth, ribbed, stamped in blind and gilt (on spine); 208pp. Spine sunned, gilt dulled; boards mildly soiled, rubbed and worn, with some material loss to leading corners and spine extremities. Binding shaken; ex libris on front pastedown; mild reading wear and spots of foxing intermittent throughout. Else Very Good or Better. Despite the unusual subject matter, this book by J.W. Dunne, an English soldier and engineer, was very popular and well-read in its time. It expounds upon precognition through dreams, and his theoretical explanation for this phenomenon involving properties of time and relativity. His theory, dubbed "Serialism", garnered interest from academic communities but was never accepted by mainstream science. Regardless, many authors (especially those of fantasy/speculative fiction) drew inspiration from Dunne's work and continue to do so today.

$100.00

The Enchanted Peacock
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The Enchanted Peacock

By BROWN, Julia; Lucy Fitch Perkins (illus.)

Chicago: Rand McNally & Co, 1911. Edition not stated. Slim octavo (23cm); jade green cloth, with blind-stamped borders and lettering stamped in gilt; color illustration tipped on front; 136pp. Boards soiled, with rubbing along extremities; material frayed on heel and crown of spine; front panel bumped, illustration slightly chipped; interiors soiled, toned and foxed; frontispiece and two other plate illustrations lost, pg. 55-57 sprung; bumping and tears throughout. Juvenile ex libris on ffep (dated 1916). Overall Good. This is a modest collection of three short fantasy stories for young readers: The Enchanted Peacock, The Pink Topaz, and The Little Brown Bird. Illustrated in b/w throughout by Lucy Fitch Perkins, who was also well-known for her "Twins" series. Unfortunately, her color frontispiece/chapter illustrations have been removed from this copy.

$35.00

Les Cités Obscures: La Route d'Armilia
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Les Cités Obscures: La Route d'Armilia

By SCHUITEN, [François] and [Benoît] Peeters

[Brussels]: Casterman, [1988]. First Edition. Hardcover. Slim quarto (30.5cm.); publisher's boards in pictorial dust jacket; 63pp.; chiefly color illus. Long closed tear at top edge of upper jacket panel with crude tape repair, corners a bit bumped, else Very Good in Good or better jacket. The fourth volume in the Belgian Counter-Earth graphic novel series "Les Cités Obscures." Text entirely in French.

$40.00

The Arthurian Companion
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The Arthurian Companion

By KARR, Phyllis Ann

Oakland: Green Knight Publishing, 2001. Second Revised Edition. Octavo (21.5cm); black paper boards, stamped in gilt (spine), in color pictorial dustwrapper; 591pp. Dustwrapper shows mild wear, soiling and scuffing, with an abrasion/tear on front top edge; leading corners chipped; interiors clean and unmarked. Fine in Near Fine dustwrapper. First published in 1979, The Arthurian Companion is a comprehensive glossary of prominent people, places, and things in the Arthurian canon. This revised edition contains over 1000 alphabetized and annotated entries relating to the world of Camelot, of King Arthur and his knights, of Merlin and Morgan le Fay, of Excalibur and even Guenevere's comb. Scholars of Arthurian legend may also appreciate the numerous appendices, which include a chronology, geographical guide, and other miscellaneous details about the lore of Camelot.

$40.00

Good Fortune Library: The Cow With Golden Horns and Other Stories
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Good Fortune Library: The Cow With Golden Horns and Other Stories

By WILKINS, Mary E[leanor]; Edmund H[enry] Garrett, Jessie McDermott, et.al., illus

Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, 1884 [1886]. First Edition [see note below]. Slim octavo (18.5cm); red pictorial publisher's cloth cover, stamped in gilt, black, and blue; 140+[6]pp,frontis, 9 plates. Spine cocked; general wear, soiling and smudging to boards, and throughout text; rear fore edge bumped; textblock beginning to detach from front pastedown, threads visible at signatures; gift inscription on ffep. Just about Very Good. An strange story behind an otherwise ordinary anthology from Mary Wilkins Freeman and Lothrop's "Good Fortune Library" series for children. To quote the Bibliography of American Literature (BAL): "BAL is not satisfied that an 1884 printing has been located for the purposes of this list". The listings in this book's 6-page advertising supplement date this volume to BAL's speculative first printing year of 1886, a date potentially corroborated by an 1886 letter from Wilkins herself, in which she expresses bewilderment that D. Lothrop & Co. appended a story not written by her ("The Ginger-Pop Company", by James B. Marshall, uncredited here). BAL 6305.

$150.00

Le Petit Prince

By SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de

Paris: Gallimard, 1964. Later printing. Octavo (22cm.); white paper wrappers, in white pictorial French fold wrappers; 93pp. Wrappers toned, soiling to spine and margins, especially rear; penciling on front wrapper; small tear on half-title; overall Very Good+. A 1964 printing of Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), the enduring children's novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a French writer and aviator. It is believed that Saint-Exupéry drew inspiration for this story from many personal experiences, including a 1939 incident when he and a colleague crash-landed in the Sahara. This edition is accompanied by several color and b/w text-illustrations, painted by the author himself.

$35.00

The Wuggly Ump
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The Wuggly Ump

By GOREY, Edward

New York: Adama Books, 1986. Reprint. Oblong 12mo (13.5 x 15); yellow/illustrated paper-covered boards, no dustwrapper (as issued); [28pp]. Minor scuffs, bumps, and soiling; toning to front board; front pastedown and ffep indented from paper clip; Near Fine. The Wuggly Ump is a delightful creature who generally subsists on umbrellas and brass tacks, until he gets a craving for something more tender. Meanwhile, three good children spend their days nearby, weaving flower chains and eating plenty of wholesome foods. Eventually the two parties collide, and being a Gorey story, you may (or may not) be able to guess what happens next... A relatively early work from the iconic illustrator; originally published (w/ dustwrapper) by Lippincott in 1963, this is the somewhat scarce 1986 Adama Books reproduction.

$100.00

Spectrum Stories Magazine [Signed and inscribed by contributing author Eric Heideman]
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Spectrum Stories Magazine [Signed and inscribed by contributing author Eric Heideman]

By [Wonder Press] BICKEL, Bill, J. Ray Dettling, Janet Fox, Eric Heideman, et. al

Louisville, KY: Wonder Press, 1985. Quarto (28cm); red plastic comb binding, with pictorial paper wrappers; 84pp. Mild handling wear and soiling throughout (mostly visible on rear wrapper); Near Fine. Signed by contributing author Eric Heideman on page 84. Spectrum Stories was an independently produced magazine intending to showcase science-fiction, horror, and fantasy writing/art, as a resurrection of Walter Gammons' original Spectrum Stories 'zine produced in the 1960's. Eleven writers contributed one story each, with b/w artwork featured throughout. While ambitious-readers are given the option to pay $18 for a yearly subscription-the magazine was not successful and did not release another issue.

$40.00

Pleasant Fieldmouse
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Pleasant Fieldmouse

By WAHL, Jan; Maurice Sendak, illust

New York: Harper & Row, 1964. Edition not stated. Octavo (23cm); pictorial paper-covered boards in pictorial dustwrapper (identically illustrated to boards); 65pp. Minor scratches, wear, and soiling to dustwrapper; short closed tears along some extremities; outer edges slightly dinged; inner panel price-clipped; interiors clean and tight. Near Fine in Very Good+ dustwrapper. This debut publication of notable children's author Jan Wahl is a gently witty and uplifting tale about the titular Pleasant Fieldmouse, the official Fireman of his forest community, and what happens to him and his friends when a real fire strikes their home. Text-illustrations in b/w throughout by Maurice Sendak.

$60.00

Laboulaye's Fairy Book
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Laboulaye's Fairy Book

By LABOULAYE, Édouard; Edward G[erstell] McCandlish, illust.; Mary L[ouise] Booth, trans.; Kate Douglas Wiggin, intro

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1920. First Thus. First printing. Small quarto (24cm.); grey publisher's cloth-backed boards with blue trim and tipped-on color illustration, no dustwrapper; frontis.,xi,198pp,12 colorplates. Deckled block edges, top edge toned and scratched; several fore edges chipped w/ loss of material; soiling and foxing throughout. Just about Very Good. Laboulaye drew inspiration from various European and Middle Eastern cultures when writing the fantastic tales for his Fairy Book. First published in 1866, the 1920 edition is brightened by the addition of 12 new colorplate illustrations by McCandlish, and an introduction by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

$50.00

Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales: A New Translation
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Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales: A New Translation

By ANDERSEN, Hans Christian; H.B. Paull, trans

Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Company, n.d. [circa 1880s]. Reprint. Octavo (19cm); cobalt blue pictorial publisher's cloth-backed boards, embossed and gilt-stamped; no dustwrapper; frontis.,579pp. 5 plates. Foxing on frontispiece and textblock edges; toning to top edge and spine; binding slightly split for first few pages. Boards scuffed with some soiling; gilding/embossing sharp and clear. Overall sound and Very Good. This collection of classic Hans Christian Andersen tales has been translated and adapted for young readers, arranged in order of complexity, with annotations. Includes b/w frontis piece and five plate illustrations for select stories.

$45.00

Miss Osborne-the-Mop
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Miss Osborne-the-Mop

By GAGE, Wilson; Paul Galdone, illust

Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1963. Later printing. Octavo (20.5cm); green pictorial publisher's cloth-backed boards, in green pictorial dustwrappers; 156pp. World Library Binding. Trivial soiling throughout textblock and boards; bookplate sticker on ffep; else Near Fine. Dustwrapper has some surface wear and soiling; sticker across spine and front panel; minor tears along edges; loss of material at crown of spine; price-clipped inner flaps; else Very Good. A boy discovers his frumpy cousin has magical glasses that can transform ordinary objects into feats of fancy. However, things take a turn when they transform a mop into their new nanny. Illustrated throughout in b/w by Galdone.

$40.00

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch; A Romance
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The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch; A Romance

By GAIMAN, Neil and Dave McKean

New York: DC Comics/Vertigo, 1994. First Edition. First printing of 15,000 copies. Quarto (29.5cm.); glossy pictorial paper-covered boards, no dust jacket (as issued); unpaginated, [96pp.]. Text block is clean and tight, Fine. Boards show light shelf wear, but sturdy and crisp with no pushing to spine edges or creasing along hinges. Small dent to front board's lower edge, else Fine. Featuring the writing of Neil Gaiman and artwork (illustrations and sculptural photography) by Dave McKean, this full-color graphic novel tells a mysterious and violent tale of a young man confronting his past as a dilapidated Punch and Judy show unearths buried memories and dark family secrets.

$40.00

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