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    The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside: with the Virtuoso, a Fragment, Never Before Published and The Life of the Author by Mark Akenside

    London: W. Suttaby, 1807. Reprint . Very Good Minus. 3 x 5.25 inches (7.5 x 13.5 cm). Full diced calf leather binding. Gilt border to boards. Leather title label and ruled compartments to spine. Joints cracked, but both boards securely attached. Slight wear to ends of spine. Good sound binding, clean text throughout. Marbled endpapers, marbled page edges, previous owner's name to verso of front free endpaper and title page. Engraved frontis. Overall condition is Very Good Minus. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £9.05; Oceania £10.50; Rest of World £10.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 3 x 5.25 inches (7.5 x 13.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 12mo. xiv, 239


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    $485.10

    ZELOMIR by Morel Of Vinde, Charles Gilbert Of Terray

    Bleuet. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1801. First Edition. Hardcover. Copperplates; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 309, [1], xii pages; Extraneous portrait of the author bound facing title. Including half-title and bookseller's catalogue at end. A large-paper copy with 6 engraved plates in 3 states (2 before and 1 with letters) by Godefroy after Lefèvre. Contents otherwise generally clean. Bookplates of René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt and Oscar Ladner; Large 18mo, early 19th-century uniform brown morocco ruled in gilt. By Koehler, stamp-signed on spine. Paper label remnants on front cover. With Nazi-era stamps of the Austrian National Library on title and their postwar restitution release stamp on last page. Cohen-de Ricci 738-39; Ramsden (1950) , page 113. Paris: P. Didot l'Aîné, 1797; P. Didot l'Aîné for Bleuet, 1801 vellum paper. First edition. Variant with the publisher Bleuet name on the title. .


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    The Faithful, yet Imperfect, Character Of a Glorious King, King Charles I, his Country's & Religions Martyr. Written by a Person of Quality by Dauncey, John

    London: Printed for Richard Royston, 1660. First edition. Hardcover. Very good overall. A biography written by a committed royalist intended to restore Charles I's image. The copy of Henry B. H. Beaufoy, FRS, noted collector of Shakespeare and prestigious hot air balloonist, with his armorial bookplate. Beaufoy may have acquired the biography due to a Charles I and Shakespeare connection: in 1633 Shakespeare's version of 'The Taming of the Shrew' was performed at court before Charles I and Henrietta Maria. Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy (1786-1851), member of a wealthy Quaker family, was a philanthropist, artist and coin and book collector (the "Beaufoy Shakespeares," the first four folio editions of Shakespeare's works were sold at Christie's). Beaufoy famously made a hot air balloon flight with James Sadler (first English balloonist), from Hackney, Middlesex, to East Thorpe, Essex. In numerous other flights he collected valuable information for cartographers, meteorologists, and physicists. Slim, small 8vo, frontispiece portrait, 71pp, [1]pp advertisement, all edges gilt. Full tan calf ca. 1840s, rebacked spine gilt decorated, with the initials E. G. H. stamped at the front board; gilt title labels, "Historic Memoirs" and "Character of Charles I" at spine. Top of front board slightly sunned, lower corners slightly rubbed. Wing F 291. OCLC: 84781729. In 1912 a copy bound by Clarke was sold by Anderson Auction Company, provenance Library of Robert Doe. Light penciled name on the ffep of J. J. Blade, 1909. A very pleasant copy.


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    $127.35

    LE DOCTEUR OX. MAITRE ZACHARIUS, UN HIVERNAGE DANS LES GLACES, UN DRAME DANS LES AIRS. LES VOYAGES EXTRAORDINAIRES. by Verne Jules

    Paris: Hachette. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1922. Hardcover. Science Fiction; B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 211 [2] pages; Le Docteur Ox. Maitre Zacharius, Un hivernage dans les glaces, Un drame dans les airs. Les Voyages Extraordinaires. . A reasonably spectacular bright red heavily gilded decorative cloth. Engraved title page, numerous engravings throughout the book. A number of b/w plates. French Language text. The known and the unknown worlds. .


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    £55.00

    Rime e Satire di Lodovico Ariosto: con Annotazioni by Lodovico Ariosto [Ludovico Ariosto]

    Florence: Presso Giuseepe Molini, 1822. 1st Edition Thus . Very Good. 5.75 x 9 inches (15 x 23 cm). Volume V of Works, contains Rime e Satire complete in one volume. Half mottled leather leather binding with marbled boards. Spine has five raised bands, red leather title label, black leather volume label, gilt decoration to compartments. Marbled page edges, marbled endpapers. Good solid binding with no cracking to joints. This book formerly belonged to Torquay Natural History Society, with presentation label to front pastedown endpaper and paper catalogue label to spine. Rubbing to rear board, text has a few patches of very light foxing, a few pages have slightly browned. Italian language. An attractively bound editiion of Ariosto's Rhymes and Satires. Overall condition is Very Good. Size: 5.75 x 9 inches (15 x 23 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 8vo. 511, [1] (errata)


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    The Blue Flower by Van Dyke, Henry

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1919 Later printing [1902]. Publisher's decorative blue cloth designed and signed by Margaret Armstrong, with an Art Nouveau floral illustration in blue, green, and gilt to front panel, spine with floral decorations and lettered in gilt. Near fine with corners slightly bumped and a touch of rubbing to spine ends, contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, else bright and clean with many pages uncut. Gullans and Espey 278. The Blue Flower is a collection of stories that includes "The Blue Flower," "The Source," "The Mill," "Spy Rock," "The White Blot," "The Other Wise Men," "A Handful of Clay," "The Lost Word," and "The First Christmas Tree." Although some had been previously published, Van Dyke explains his selection of stories for this volume: "I wished to bring them into one book because they seemed to me like parts of the same story, - the long story which will not be perfectly told till men learn a new language, - the story of the search for happiness, which is life." Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) was a renowned artist and designer. Along with her contemporary Sarah Wyman Whitman (1824-1904), Armstrong is an example of how the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements at the time provided new opportunities for women's employment in the arts. After beginning her career with A. C. McClurg, Armstrong worked primarily for Scribner's and specifically focused on the works of a few authors. Armstrong's style, which was influenced by the floral patterns of Art Nouveau and the lines and shapes that are characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement, made her bindings distinct, which was useful in terms of advertisement and branding an author's works as a unique set.. Illus. by Armstrong, Margaret. Hard Cover. Near Fine.


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    £35.00

    Famous Singers of Today and Yesterday by Henry C. Lahee

    Boston: L.C. Page and Company, 1898. 1st Edition . Very Good Plus. 4.5 x 6.75 inches (11.75 x 17.5 cm). Green cloth binding with ornate gilt decorated front board and spine. Top page edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Light staining to lower corner of three plates, otherwise in very clean condition throughout. Overall condition is Very Good Plus. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £11.60; Oceania £15.80; Rest of World £15.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 4.5 x 6.75 inches (11.75 x 17.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: ix, 337


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    $600.00

    Uncle Tom's Cabin by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

    London: John Cassell, 1851 Illustrated by George Cruikshank. First English edition. Finely bound by Morrell in full tan calf with five raised bands to spine, boards and spine decorated in gilt with gilt turn-ins, blue-gray endpapers. A near fine copy with sunning to spine and a touch of rubbing to extremities, a few faint scratches to boards and offsetting from turn-ins to endpapers, previous owner's gift inscription to first free leaf. Overall, a bright, clean copy in a beautiful calf binding. Uncle Tom's Cabin is an anti-slavery novel, published in the years leading up to the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Originally issued serially from June 5, 1851-April 1, 1852 in the American abolitionist periodical The National Era, the novel features the fictional protagonists Tom and Eliza, two African-American slaves attempting to preserve their families in the face of abuse and oppression. Tom, the titular character, is a religious man and chooses to work within the system to ensure his family's protection. Eliza, alternatively, flees from her imprisoners, escaping to freedom in Canada. The book was inspired by the newly heightened restrictions on escaped slaves in the North; the Compromise of 1850 demanded increased enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law, which took hefty fines from anyone who failed to return an escaped slave to their "master". Throughout the text, Stowe preaches her own Christian beliefs in encouragement of compassion, mercy, and forgiveness as solutions for slavery. First published in book form on March 20, 1852 in Boston, Uncle Tom's Cabin was an instant bestseller, and was issued in a British edition in the same year. This edition, illustrated by George Cruikshank, was released just weeks later..


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    Life's Stages: Their Duties and Opportunities by James Stark

    Aberdeen: G. and W. Fraser, 1889. 1st Edition . Very Good Minus. 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13.5 x 19.5 cm). Half calf leather binding with marbled boards. Spine has five raised bands. Leather title label and gilt decorated compartments. Rubbing to leather. Good solid binding with no cracking to joints. Board edges chipped, top page edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Light foxing to leading and trailing blanks. First blank has been neatly removed. Clean text throughout. Scarce. Overall condition is Very Good Minus. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £11.60; Oceania £15.80; Rest of World £15.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13.5 x 19.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 200


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    The Book of Gems - The Poets and Artists of Great Britain by Hall, S.C. (Ed)

    London: Saunders and Otley, 1836. xvi, 304pp, [4]. Contemporary full morocco, raised bands, spine in six panels, title in gilt to second, remaining panels gilt, covers gilt with large central device and double fillet border, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. Very slightly rubbed to extremities, spine very slightly dulled. Internally foxed throughout, but an attractive binding. First Edition. Full Morocco. Good. 8vo.


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    $25.00

    ROB ROY: A ROMANCE by SCOTT, Sir Walter

    Chicago and New York: Rand, McNally & Company, 1910. Later Edition. A nice copy!. 8vo., decorative brown cloth; 526 pages. Illustrated. Very Good (covers nice; contents clean & tight).


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    GOLDEN LEAVES FROM THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN DRAMATIC POETS by HOWS, John W.S

    1900. HOWS, John W.S. GOLDEN LEAVES FROM THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN DRAMATIC POETS. Collected & Arranged by Hows. NY: Hurst & Company Publishers, [circa 1900]. 12mo., decorative black cloth & pictorial floral-design boards; 562 pages. A lovely, late Victorian-era trade binding. Very Good (little wear corners; contents clean & tight, small crease rear endpaper). $35.00.


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    $200.00

    The Little Lady of the Big House by London, Jack

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916 Illustrated with a frontispiece by William Van Dresser. First edition. Publisher's decorative pictorial blue cloth, with an illustration of a villa and tropical plants in orange, light tan, and black to the front board and spine, lettered in white and gilt. Near fine, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, minor rubbing to the front board and spine, former owner's 1916 inscription to the front pastedown, otherwise bright and clean pages. A fresh and attractive copy. BAL 11966. The Little Lady of the Big House is a semi-autobiographical novel featuring the protagonist Dick Forrest, a poetic rancher in California who serves as a representation of the author. The plot tells of the love triangle between Dick, his wife Paula, and their philosopher friend Aaron Hancock. Dick and Paula's relationship is based on the author's marriage to his second wife Charmain. Paula's lover, Aaron, is based on Frank Strawn-Hamilton, London's friend and house-guest who was influential in developing the author's Socialist philosophies. This book is bound in a decorative publisher's binding, the design of which was influenced by the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements, which helped revive the importance of design and beauty to the practice of book binding. This particular binding employs the popular "poster style," made possible by new lithographic and Japanese woodblock printing techniques popularized in the late 1800's in France. Poster style designs encompass the entire front cover, and feature thick lines and narrative scenes.. Illus. by Van Dresser, William. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.


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    £200.00

    Catulli, Tibulli, et Propertii Opera by Gaius Valerius Catullus / Albius Tibullus / Sextus Propertius / Michael Maittaire (Ed.)

    London: J. F. & C. Rivington, T. Longman, & T. Cadell, 1776. Reprint . Very Good. 3.75 x 6.5 inches (9.5 x 16.5 cm). Full straight grain morocco leather binding, gilt decoration to spine, gilt border to boards, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Light marking to boards, very slight rubbing to edges of spine, very solid binding, no cracking to joints. Engraved frontis, name in old ink to top margin of title page. The Propertius verse has copious notes to the text in contemporary hand, pages are otherwise very clean throughout. Latin language with a few verses in Greek. A Roman poetry collection, reprinted from Maittaire's edition of 1715, in a very fine 18th century binding. ESTC T129189. Overall condition is Very Good. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £10.55; Oceania £13.45; Rest of World £12.95. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 3.75 x 6.5 inches (9.5 x 16.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 12mo. [30], 243, [279]


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    Italian Scenery from Drawings made in 1817 by Miss (Elizabeth Frances) Batty

    London: Rodwell & Martin, 1820. 1st Edition . Very Good. 7.25 x 10.5 inches (18.5 x 27 cm). Full calf leather binding by Colnaghi & Co. London, rebacked with original spine laid over. Spine has five raised bands and richly decorated compartments. Ornate gilt panelled boards, gilt ruled board edges and turn-ins. All page edges gilt, later marbled endpapers. Some light foxing to plates, some browning and offsetting to pages facing plates. A few occasional marks but overall a very clean example. Overall condition is Very Good. Size: 7.25 x 10.5 inches (18.5 x 27 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: Large 8vo. [8], 197, [1]. With engraved title page and 60 leaves of plates.


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    £180.00

    Tales of the Peerage and Peasantry, Edited by Lady Dacre (Complete in 3 Volumes) by Arabella Jane Sullivan

    London: Richard Bentley, 1835. 2nd Edition . Very Good. 5 x 7.75 inches (12.5 x 19.5 cm). Complete three volume set. Half leather bindings with marbled boards, red morocco title labels and ruled compartments to spines. Excellent solid bindings with no cracking to joints, some rubbing to the boards. Previous owner's name to front free endpapers and first blanks, marking and foxing to the text. An uncommon complete set of the second edition, published the same year as the first. Contains three novels: The Countess of Nithsdale; The Hampshire Cottage; and Blanche. Overall condition is Very Good. Please Note: This is a heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate. Actual Royal Mail postage costs are: Europe £14.45; Oceania £21.10; Rest of World £19.70. A postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Size: 5 x 7.75 inches (12.5 x 19.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: Large 12mo. v, [1], 312 + 336 + [2], 310


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    The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

    New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1920. 1st Edition . Very Good Plus. 5.25 x 7.75 inches (13.5 x 19.5 cm). Half purple morocco leather binding with marbled boards and endpapers, speckled page edges. Spine has five raised bands, gilt lettering, gilt ruled compartments with central ornaments. Hand sewn headbands. True first printing, with (1) printed on p365 and 'Forasmuch as it hath please Almighty God' on p186. Old fold to tip of half title and title page. Light foxing to half title and title page, a few occasional patches of foxing within text (mostly to margins.) A very attractive first edition of Wharton's Pulitzer Prize winning classic, in a binding of the highest order. Overall condition is Very Good Plus. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £11.60; Oceania £15.80; Rest of World £15.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 5.25 x 7.75 inches (13.5 x 19.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 365


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    £180.00

    Italy in the Nineteenth Century (Complete in 3 Volumes) by James Whiteside

    London: Richard Bentley, 1849. 2nd Edition . Very Good. 5 x 7.75 inches (12.5 x 20 cm). Complete three volume set. Half leather bindings with marbled boards, five raised bands and gilt lettering to spines. Excellent solid bindings, very slight fading to spines, no cracking to joints. Some light foxing to text. Scarce. Overall condition is Very Good. Please Note: This is a heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate. Actual Royal Mail postage costs are: Europe £15.05; Oceania £22.25; Rest of World £20.60. A postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Size: 5 x 7.75 inches (12.5 x 20 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 8vo. xxviii, 341 + xii, 335 + xi, 346, [2] (ads)


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    £200.00

    Lives of the Novelists: (Complete 2 Volume Set) by Walter Scott

    Paris: A. and W. Galignani, 1825. 1st Edition . Very Good. 4 x 6.75 inches (10.5 x 17.5 cm). Complete two volume set. Full leather bindings, board have blind decorative borders. Spines have leather title and volume labels and gilt decoration. Good solid bindings with no cracking to joints. Light rubbing to boards. Marbled endpapers, light foxing to text. Small stain to volume I affecting title page, contents page and first page of text. Stain to outside margins of volume II affecting pages up to p3. Neat contemporary ownership inscription to leading blank of each volume. Originally issued as prefaces for Ballantyne's Novelist's Library (1821-24). This is the first collected edition. A scarce Scott first edition in attractive Regency bindings. Overall condition is Very Good. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £11.60; Oceania £15.80; Rest of World £15.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 4 x 6.75 inches (10.5 x 17.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 268 + 256


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    £40.00

    The Lexington Papers; or, Some Account of The Courts of London and Vienna; at the Conclusion of the Seventeenth Century by H. Manners Sutton

    London: John Murray, 1851. 1st Edition . Good Plus. 5.75 x 8.5 inches (14.5 x 22 cm). Half leather binding with marbled boards. Spine has five raised bands. Red leather title label, gilt decoration. Boards rubbed, area of damage to marbled paper on front board, good solid binding with no cracking to joints. Engraved bookplate to front endpaper (William Wallace), light foxing to first and last blank, text very clean throughout. Scarce. Overall condition is Good Plus. Size: 5.75 x 8.5 inches (14.5 x 22 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: xxvii, 360


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    £250.00

    The Rivals, A Comedy: As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    London: John Wilkie, 1775. 2nd Edition . Very Good Plus. 5 x 8.25 inches (13 x 21 cm). Recent quarter black morocco leather binding with marbled boards. Spine has five raised bands and gilt lettering. Light staining to lower corner of first few pages, half title page has three small holes to the inner margin and an ink spot, small mark and hole to outside margin of title page, a couple of light marks elsewhere but text is generally in very clean condition throughout. A couple of text pages have slight loss to the margins, page 39/40 has a tear to the centre of the page with very slight loss (no loss to text), there are also a few corrections to the text in old ink (these are not noted in the errata.) The second edition of Sheridan's first play, issued in the same year as the first. A nice solid example in a fine later binding. ESTC T942. Overall condition is Very Good Plus. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £10.55; Oceania £13.45; Rest of World £12.95. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 5 x 8.25 inches (13 x 21 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 8vo. x, [6], 100


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    Poems of Wordsworth by William Wordsworth / Matthew Arnold (Ed.)

    London: Macmillan and Co, 1892. Limited Edition . Very Good Plus. 5.25 x 8.25 inches (13 x 21 cm). Limited Edition. Large paper edition of 250 copies, this copy unnumbered. Very fine Riviere and Sons binding. A few light spots of foxing to text, a lovely example. Overall condition is Very Good Plus. Size: 5.25 x 8.25 inches (13 x 21 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: xxxi, 331


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    $3,250.00

    Les Coupains by DUHAYON, Henri; ROMAINS, Jules; BOFA, Gus [RAYON d'OR/LIBRAIRIE GALLIMARD]

    Paris: Le Rayon d'Or/Librairie Gallimard, 1952. A Spectacular Copy in a Stunning Binding Signed by the Author with an ALs by the Artist [DUHAYON, Henri, binder]. [BOFA, Gus, illustrator]. ROMAINS, Jules. Les Coupains. Avec douze aquarelles par Gus Bofa. N.p. [Paris]: Le Rayon d'Or, (1952). First edition illustrated by Bofa, limited to 3500 numbered copies sur vélin blanc des Papeteries de Lana, this being copy 3152. Octavo (8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in; 208 x 153 mm). 200, [1], [1, blank], [3, table], [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank] pp. Twelve aquarelle plates, one of which has been inscribed by the artist to the owner. In a stunning contemporary binding by Henri Duhayon of Nice (stamp signed in gilt to inside front turn in) in full crushed cordovan morocco with large hand painted panel to upper and lower sides. Gilt lettered spine. Top edge gilt. Custom endpapers. A flawless copy in binder's leather edged slipcase. Signed and dated Nov. 1958 by the author, with a tipped in ALs by the artist, an inscription by French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel dated Septembre 1958, and a TLs by the owner, Jean Francesche (with his blindstamped signed ex libris on inside front cover turn in). The eighth volume in Librairie Galimard's illustrated collection, Le Rayon d'or, a reissue of Romain's celebrated novel of 1913. Renowned artist Gus Bofa (b. Gustave Blanchot 1883-1968) was an illustrator for Rire and Sourire, a costume and set designer, a celebrated poster artist, and illustrator for the literary journal, Crapouillot. He soon became one of the most in demand illustrators of editions of Swift, La Fontaine, Cervantes, etc., ultimately with one hundred and seventeen volumes to his credit. (Ref. gusbofa.com). French novelist, poet, dramatist, and essayist Jules Romains (pseud. of Louis Farigoule 1885-1972) was, "early in his career...associated with a short-lived artistic community, the Groupe de 'Abbaye, which published his poems, La Vie unanime, in 1908. These poems wnad much of his later verse and prose, were influence by Unanimist theories of social groups and collective psychology. Before the war in 1914 he published more collections of poetry, a verse play...and two novels, Mort de quelqu'un (1911) and the farcial Les Copains [The Pals]" (New Oxford Companion to Literature in French, p. 707). Georges Duhamel's (1884-1966) experience as a surgeon during World War I produced Vie des martyrs (1917, tr. The New Book of Martyrs, 1918) and Civilisation (1918, tr. 1919). These collections of sketches are noted for their compassionate accounts of human suffering. He was successful as a dramatist; his Dans l'ombre des statues was performed in 1912 (tr. In the Shadow of Statues, 1914) and L'oeuvre des athlètes in 1920. His fiction includes two cycles of novels-Cycle de Salavin (1920-32, tr. 1936), about a sensitive eccentric, and Chronique des Pasquiers (1933-45, tr. 1937-46), about a bourgeois Parisian family. Essays in Scènes de la vie future (1930, tr. America: the Menace, 1931) and other collections reflect Duhamel's aversion to overindustrialization" (Columbia Enclyclopedia). He wrote passionately against war and its atrocities , and against the rise of Naziism. He was elected to the Académie Français in 1935. Though now largely forgotten, he is perhaps best remembered for his timeless epigram: "It is always brave to say what everyone thinks" The TLs by owner Jean Francesche reads: "The owner of this copy had read a book by Jules Romains, edited in 1958 by the Fayard Publishing House. It was the fourth book from the collection 'The Forty: MEMORIES AND SECRETS OF A WRITER.' "Page 128: 'In THE PALS, what part of the book is autobiographical and contains actual events?' "Page 129: 'It is not impossible to find a resemblance between the cheeks and glasses of Huchon with those of Duhamel, just as it is not impossible to find a certain pretentiousness in the future author of DESERT OF BIEVRES when Huchon prepares the veal stew as no one else can (to be more precise it was more like something between a stew and a roast)' "This revelation has led me to question the author's childhood friend on this detail, and Georges Duhamel, who like the author, has been made a member of the French Academy, was kind enough to write his answer on the half-title of this edition, which is illustrated by Gus Bofa. "I was also intrigued by the drawing where the artist had brought together 'THE PALS' and in which , I told him, it appeared that one of the characters had lost his head, or at least his cranium. "I asked him to please complete the drawing with a skillful stroke of his pencil. "He returned the drawing to me with an inscription as well as a curious letter which follows:. "I think that all of this adds to the interest of this charming volume [signed] Jean Franceche" Bofa's ALs response reads: Mr. N.D. des Champs Lundi 24 Novembre 88 Cher Monsieur, Votre lettre soulève un cas de conscience ! Votre «copain sans visage » n'a pas perdu la tête - il n'en a jamais eu - Jules Romain l'a voulu ainsi - lui, dans le même temps, mettait hors des soins, a une grande tendresse a portraiturer les autres copains. Bien loin de vouloir ajouter a ce bonhomme le coup de crayon que vous me demandez, je devrais plutôt regretter de lui ???? déjà, supposé un peu de menton, de bouche et de crâne, sans y être autorisé par le contexte. Avec mes deux mains bien sympatiques, [signature] Gus Bofa [Mr. N.D. des Champs Monday November, 24, '88 Dear Sir, Your letter stirs up a question of conscience! Your "pal without a face" has not lost his head - he never had one - Jules Romain wanted it like this, and at the same time he got a lot of tenderness into the process of drawing the other friends. Far from wanting to add the stroke of pencil to this man that you have asked me to, I regret that I cannot give him the supposed bit of chin, mouth and head, not being authorized to do so in this context. "With my two sympathetic hands, [signature] Gus Bofa] Duhamel's inscription reads: LES COPAINS Je n'ai aucune qualité pour poser ma signature sur le livre d'un ami de ma jeunesse; mais je dois dire que ma spécialité culinaire était alors le ragoût de moutons, & non le ragoût de veau. -[signature] G Duhamel Septembre 1958 [THE PALS I have no authority to put my signature on the book of my childhood friend; but I must say that my culinary specialty was lamb stew, not veal stew. -[signature] G. Duhamel September 1958] Monod 9851.


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    £85.00

    Japan. A Record in Colour by Mortimer Menpes / Dorothy Menpes

    London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905. 5th Impression . Very Good Plus. 6.75 x 9 inches (17.5 x 23 cm). Half purple calf leather binding with marbled boards. A few light marks to leather, otherwise excellent throughout. Overall condition is Very Good Plus. Please Note: This is a heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate. Actual Royal Mail postage costs are: Europe £14.45; Oceania £21.10; Rest of World £19.70. A postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Size: 6.75 x 9 inches (17.5 x 23 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: xi, 207


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    $375.00

    Oliver Cromwell by Gardiner, Samuel Rawson

    London, Paris, New York: Goupil & Co, 1899. Limited edition. Hardcover. Good condition. A rather grand production of the life of the controversial British figure regarded by some as a military dictator and by others as a champion of liberty. Printed by Goupil, with plates engraved by Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyat & Co. with handsome portrait chapter headings and initial capitals. A limited edition, no. 144, limited to 1475 copies. Bound by Birdsall for Charles Scribner's Sons, the full maroon crushed morocco with gilt raised bands and tooling to the panels, boards and dentelles. Profusely illustrated history with tissue guarded engravings. Small folio, 13" tall. Color frontispiece portrait of Cromwell, (v), 216pp, 44 plates with the original spine for the paper wrapper laid in at the rear, top edge gilt, others uncut. Illustrated throughout including a fine color frontispiece portrait. Scattered fox spotting throughout, hinges starting. OCLC: 228773582.


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