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    $220.00

    Oedipus by Durrenmatt, Friedrich (Author); Cosindas, Marie (Illustrator); Vennewitz, Leila (Translator)

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, printed at Heritage Printers, 1989. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Cosindas, Marie. No. 351 of 650, folio size, 41 pp., signed by Friedrich Durrenmatt and Marie Cosindas, with LEC Monthly Letter. A lovely production by the Limited Editions Club of a new telling of the ancient Greek story of Oedipus, featuring photogravures by Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-1990), a post-WWII German-language writer who is "in essence post-expressionist". With Hitler defeated, "writers were aware that terrible events could emerge from what might seem at first innocent activity"; add to that the then-recent discoveries of surrealism and psychoanalysis, and "the most potent influence of all - of Franz Kafka" and a re-telling of the old story becomes an important message, "that which is most important - not from whence we came but what one is" (n. b., above quotes from LEC Monthly Newsletter, punctuation mine). ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter burgundy Nigerian goatskin with natural linen boards, gilt lettering on the spine, fore-edge uncut, two photogravures by Marie Cosindas printed on Arches paper, both plates were made from original negatives by Jon Goodman, both with tissue guards; Didot English monotype, Cartiere Enrico Magnani paper, folio size (14.5" by 11"); pagination: [i-viii] ix-xv [xvi-xviii] [1-2] 3-41 [42-47] [1 colophon, one of 650 copies, this number 351, signed by the artist Marie Cosindas and the author Friedrich Durrenmatt. With LEC Monthly Letter laid in. Housed in a slipcase covered in black cloth with red cloth lining. ___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the leather spine has some sight sunning and a spot of darkening to the head, page edges with the ubiquitous light pink tinge from the dye the publisher used for the cloth lining the slipcase, else fine. The slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, with minimal wear to the cloth covering at the corners. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $100.00

    FIFTEEN DECISIVE BATTLES OF THE WORLD by CREASY, Sir Edward

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1969. Hardcover. Bookplate on the verso of the front free endpaper. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Joseph Domjan. Small folio (9-3/8" x 12-1/4") bound in full decorated buckram with a black leather label lettered in gilt; 254 pages. Copy #39 of 1500 printed at the Stinehour Press and illustrated with 15 full-page multi-color woodcut and 14 black-and-white woodcut reproductions by Joseph Domjan. SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page.


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    $75.00

    THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY by FLAUBERT, Gustave

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1943. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in an intact, Good slipcase. Warren Chappell. Small folio (8-1/4" x 12-1/2") bound in full tan linen stamped in gold, red, and black. Translated by Lafcadio Hearn. Designed and illustrated with color lithographs by Warren Chappell. Copy #1265 of 1500 SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page.


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    $62.50

    IMAGINARY CONVERSATIONS by LANDOR, Walter Savage

    [Verona]: Limited Editions Club, 1936. hardcover. Spine very lightly sunned; slipcase split. Near Fine in a Good slipcase. Small quarto (6-3/4" x 10") bound in full, natural decorated linen stamped in brown and gold; 320 pages. A selection from the revised 1846 edition of Landor's series of imaginary conversations between notable figures in history, including Dante and Beatrice, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Washington and Franklin, etc. Copy #834 of 1500 printed on Maslianico hand-made paper, bound, and SIGNED by Hans Mardersteig at the Officina Bodoni.


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    $35.00

    Tartuffe & the Would-Be Gentleman by Moliere

    New York: Limited Editions Club. Very Good. 1963. Hardcover. Number 1300 of 1500 printed. Translated by H. Baker and J. Miller. Introduction by Henri Peyre. Illustrations by Serge Ivanoff. SIGNED by Ivanoff. Spine sunned. Slipcase in VG condition with shelfwear to bottom edge. ; Signed by Illustrator .


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    $93.80

    THE LIGHT OF ASIA BEING THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF GAUTAMA, PRINCE OF INDIA AND FOUNDER OF BUDDHISM by ARNOLD, Sir Edwin

    Avon, CT: Limited Editions Club, 1976. Hardcover. Fine in glassine and a Fine slipcase. Ayers Houghtelling. Quarto (9-1/4" x 11-1/2") bound in cotton with an all-over Indian pattern and a gilt-stamped green leather label; 220 pages. Introduction by Melford E. Spiro .Illustrated by Ayers Houghtelling with 8 full-page color plates, 8 two-color line drawings, and 8 part-page black-and-white drawings in the text. Copy #333 of 2000 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in.


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    $56.30

    THE LYRICAL POEMS OF FRANCOIS VILLON by VILLON, Francois

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1979. Hardcover. Slight foxing to bulked edges of text, internally Fine. Overall Near Fine in glassine and about Fine slipcase. Stephen Harvard . Quarto (7-1/4" x 11") bound in forest-green linen imported from the Netherlands stamped on the front cover and spine in pure gold, 152 pages. A bilingual edition with the original French and the English translations on opposing pages by Algernon Swinburne, Dante Rossetti, W. E. Henley, John Payne, and Leonie Adams. Introduction by Robert Louis Stevenson. First book set by the Stinehour Press using Galliard type. Beautifully designed by Stephen Harvard who also contributes some calligraphy. Copy #333 of 2000 SIGNED by the designer on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in.


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    $250.00

    JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES INTO THE NATURAL HISTORY & GEOLOGY OF THE COUNTRIES VISITED DURING THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE... by DARWIN, Charles (Robert GIBBINGS)

    Cambridge: Limited Editions Club, 1956. Hardcover. Bookplate on the front pastedown. About Fine in a Very Good slipcase with a sunned backstrip and a split at the top edge. Robert Gibbings. Tall quarto (7-1/2" x 12") bound in full sailcloth stamped in brown with a native tapa design; 490 pages. Introduction by Sir Gavin de Beer. Illustrated with text wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. Copy #39 of 1500 numbered copies SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in.


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    $375.00

    SLOVENLY PETER by [TWAIN, Mark (CLEMENS, Samuel)] HOFFMAN, Heinrich

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935. First Edition. Hardcover. About Fine in worn glassine and chemise in a Very Good slipcase with some wear. Fritz Kredel. Large quarto (9-1/4" x 12-1/2") bound in gilt-stamped red half morocco leather with color cloth sides with a lithographed design by LeRoy H. Appleton. Copy #1262 of 1500 numbered copies illustrated with water-colors by Fritz Kredel adapted from the original illustrations by Dr. Hoffman and hand-colored in the studio of Fred Fulton. Issued unsigned. BAL 3555. The First English translation of this German children's classic by Mark Twain with a foreword by his daughter Clara Clemens and an introduction by Philip Hofer. Quite likely the inspiration for the movie character Edward Scissorhands.


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    $125.00

    THE ART OF LOVE by OVID

    [Mt. Vernon]: Limited Editions Club, 1971. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Fine slipcase of this charming book. A wonderful Valentine's Day present. Eric Fraser. Octavo (6-1/4" x 9") bound in full imported natural vellum over heavy beveled boards with Cupid stamped in pure gold leaf on both covers and lettered in gold leaf on the spine; 152 pages. Translation, introduction, and notes by B. P. Moore. Illustrated with 20 black-and-white part-page and 10 two-color full-page pen-and-ink drawings by Eric Fraser. Copy #1327 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.


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    $93.80

    NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS by HUGO, Victor

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1955. Hardcover. Spine mildly sunned. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Bernard Lamotte. Quarto (8-1/4" x 11") bound in Dutch linen lithographed with a design by the artist and with a black morocco spine label lettered in gilt; 480 pages.Translated by Jessie Haynes with an introduction by Justin O'Brien. Copy #844 of 1500 numbered copies with color illustrations made in and around the cathedral by Bernard Lamotte reproduced in intaglio by Les Fils de Victor Michel in Paris. SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.


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    $218.80

    JUDE THE OBSCURE by HARDY, Thomas

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1969. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine slipcase. Agnes Miller Parker. Octavo (6-1/2" x 9-1/2") bound in quarter green morocco leather and green boards; 452 pages. Designed by John Dreyfus and printed at the Spiral Press. With an introduction by John Bayley and wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. Copy #887 of 1500 SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page.


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    $125.00

    TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST by DANA, Richard Henry

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1947. Hardcover. Slight foxing to endpapers and pastedowns. Spine somewhat darkened, as often the case with this title. Still Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Hans Alexander Mueller. Tall octavo (7" x 10-1/2") bound in full ship's canvas over boards with a gold-stamped blue leather label on the spine. Introduction by William McFee; designed by Richard Ellis. Copy #845 of 1500 copies illustrated by Hans Alexander Mueller with wood engravings in multiple colors and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.


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    $125.00

    IMAGINARY CONVERSATIONS by LANDOR, Walter Savage

    [Verona]: Limited Editions Club, 1936. hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with darkened spine and a Near Fine slipcase with some peeling. Small quarto (6-3/4" x 10") bound in full, natural decorated linen stamped in brown and gold; 320 pages. A selection from the revised 1846 edition of Landor's series of imaginary conversations between notable figures in history, including Dante and Beatrice, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Washington and Franklin, etc. Copy #55 of 1500 printed on Maslianico hand-made paper, bound, and SIGNED by Hans Mardersteig at the Officina Bodoni.


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    $413.00

    Heart of Darkness by Conrad, Joseph; Gurko, Leo (Introduction); Shore, Robert (Illustrator)

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1969. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Shore, Robert. Number 351 of 1500, fine in a fine slipcase, quarto size, 117 p., signed by Robert Shore. First published in 1902, this story, written at the height of the British empire, reflects the physical and psychological shock Conrad himself experienced in 1890 when he worked briefly in the Belgian Congo. The experience left him disillusioned, questioning what it meant to be civilized in the age of colonialism (N. B., info from Britannica website). The basis for the 1979 film "Apocalypse Now". ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in black rag paper sides with black-and-white "resist" drawing by the artist, the spine is of ivory-stained British sheep vellum with gilt lettering, the ten illustrations were made in acrylic pigments on plywood - of these, eight are full-page and two are double spread, all in full colour; quarto size (11" by 7.25"), pagination: [2 blank], [xv], 117, colophon, [2 blank]; limited edition, number 351 of 1500, signed by the artist Robert Shore, Monthly Newsletter and Announcement laid in; original glassine wrapper; housed in a black paper slipcase with gilt lettering on the spine. ___CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition with bright boards and spine, square corners, clean pages, and tight binding; Monthly Letter fine, clean and with only original fold, Announcement near fine, glassine wrapper near fine with some minor chips to the edges and spine, some very slight sunning to the spine; slipcase is in fine condition, strong and sturdy and free of any wear or sunning. Overall a stunning example of this version of a classic story, crisp and clean, and appears never to have been read. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 413. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $312.50

    THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI by ASSISI, Saint Francis of

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hardcover. Very slight sunning to the spine, much less than usual.Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Paoli Molnar. Quarto (8-1/8" x 11-5/8") bound in cloth specially woven in blue and tan by Fortuny of Venice. The first English translation of 1864 revised by Dom Roger Hudleston. Designed and printed on deckle-edge mold-made paper by Hans Mardersteig at the Officina Bodoni in Verona, Italy. Illustrated with wood engravings by Paoli Molnar. Copy #509 of 1500 SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in.


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    $1,045.00

    A Season in Hell by Rimbaud, Arthur; Schmidt, Paul (Translator); Mapplethorpe, Robert (Photographer)

    [New York]: The Limited Editions Club [Printed at the Wild Carrot Letterpress], 1986. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. Mapplethorpe, Robert. Number 351 of 1000, quarto size, 98 pp., signed by Paul Schmidt and Robert Mapplethorpe, with monthly LEC Letter. Jean-Nicolas-Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) started life as a poet but stopped writing after a tumultuous period as a teenager - "burned out at the age of nineteen, he never wrote another line of poetry" (N.B., from LEC monthly newsletter for "Vowels"). He traveled the earth living in dangerous circumstances, having a leg amputated in 1891 which resulted in his death at the age of 37. This publication by the LEC is renowned for the photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), "known for his sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography" (per Wiki).___DESCRIPTION: Fully bound in red leather, author's name stamped in black on the front, title stamped in black on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, text in both French (presented on the left/verso of each page) and English (on the right/recto of each page), the eight dust-grain photogravures, on hand-made paper, are bound in throughout the text; type is Eric Gill's Perpetua (Monotype), quarto size (11.5" by 7.75"), pagination: [i]-xii, [1]-87, blanks [88-90], colophon [91]; limited edition of 1000 copies, this no. 351, signed by the photographer and the translator. Monthly newsletter loosely laid in, in publisher's slipcase fully covered in black cloth and lined inside with black velveteen.___CONDITION: Volume is fine overall, the leather binding is soft and supple, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; there are a few natural variations to the leather binding. The monthly newsletter is fine with only the original fold, no edgewear, the slipcase is fine overall, strong and sturdy, with a few almost invisible stray marks to the cloth.___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    $200.00

    The Evergreen Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel & Gretel, Bluebeard by Perrault, Charles; Hersholt, Jean; Grimm, Jacob; Grimm, Wilhelm

    New York: The Limited Editions Club. Near Fine. 1952. Hardcover. Three volume set in slipcase. All three volumes are in Very Good++ to Near Fine condition. Slipcase is in Very Good+ condition and is structurally sound. All volumes are numbered - number 1,909 out of 2,000 printed. This set of The Evergreen Tales: Or Tales for the Ageless includes Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel & Gretel, and the Whimsical History of Bluebeard. Jack and the Beanstalk is illustrated by Malcolm Cameron and signed by Jean Hersholt, the General Editor of the Evergreen Tales series for the Limited Editions Club. Hansel & Gretel is translated into English by Percy Muir from the German tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Hansel & Gretel is illustrated and signed by Henry Pitz. The Whimsical History of Bluebeard is translated into English by Arthur Quiller-Couch from the French of Charles Perrault. Bluebeard is illustrated by Hans Bendix and is signed by Jean Hersholt. The original Limited Editions Club glassine dust jackets for all 3 volumes are present. It's uncommon to find a set with the original dust jackets because the jackets are very fragile. All 3 jackets are in fair condition only with significant tears and missing pieces. This set ships same or next business day very well protected in a box. International and Priority orders may require significant extra postage due to weight, size, and the amount of protective packaging materials required to ship this set. ; Signed by Illustrator .


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    $250.00

    DE RERUM NATURA. OF THE NATURE OF THINGS by LUCRETIUS

    Los Angeles: Limited Editions Club, 1957. Hardcover. Light rubbing to spine tips. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Paul Landacre. Tall octavo (5-1/2" x 9-1/2") bound in full dark blue morocco leather with a gilt-decorated spine. Translated by William Ellery Leonard. Illustrated with striking full- and partial-page wood engravings by Paul Landacre. Copy #120 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.


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    $156.30

    SNOW-BOUND. A WINTER IDYL by WHITTIER, John Greenleaf

    New Haven: Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hardcover. Minor wear to spine tips and corners, lacking the uncommon dustwrapper. Still Near Fine in a close to Fine slipcase. Quarto (7-1/8" x 11-3/8") bound in quarter navy blue moire cloth stamped in silver with delicate marbled paper boards in shades of gray and blue. Imaginatively designed by Carl P. Rollins and printed by the Yale University Press. The fourth book of the press. Of a total edition of 1500 copies SIGNED by the designer on the colophon page, this is one of only 15 Presentation Copies with the publisher's blindstamp attesting to such on the colophon page where the printed number "257" is struck through and the initials "G.M." are handwritten. Acquired directly from the publisher's files, and most likely the publisher George Macy's very own copy.


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    $250.00

    THE GOLDEN COCKEREL by PUSHKIN, Alexander (Edmund DULAC)

    New York: Limited Editions Club, [1950]. Hardcover. Only slight tarnishing to the brass on the front cover. Fine in a Near Fine chemise and a Very Good slipcase with uneven sunning and slight scraping. Edmund Dulac. Tall quarto (8" x 12") bound in full Russian-red paper with a striking large brass cockerel mounted on the front cover and housed in a matching chemise with a printed gold cockerel design. Copy #1214 of 1500 numbered copies retold, introduced, and illustrated with color plates by Edmund Dulac. SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in.


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    $375.00

    THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON by DICKINSON, Emily

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1952. Hardcover. Bookplate on the front pastedown. Discoloration to the covers. Still Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. A better than average copy of a book difficult to find in nice condition. Helen Sewell. Tall octavo (7" x 10-3/4") bound in full top-grain black sheepskin with a morocco grain and the title stamped in gold leaf on the front cover and spine; 320 pages. Each sheet is printed in black and brown. Selected and edited with a commentary by Louis Untermeyer. Illustrated with pen drawings by Helen Sewell. Copy #39 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.


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    $112.50

    WASHINGTON SQUARE by JAMES, Henry

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1971. Hardcover. Fine in lightly worn glassine and a Fine slipcase. Lawrence Beall Smith. Large octavo (6-3/4" x 9-3/4") bound in imported black hand-boarded natural-grain morocco stamped in gold leaf with sides covered with striated smokey-beige satin; 242 pages. One of 1500 copies, this out-of-series and not numbered, illustrated with 10 full-page and 10 part-page drawings by Lawrence Beall Smith and SIGNED by him on the colophon page.


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    $75.00

    THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS by PETRONIUS

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1964. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Antonio Sotomayor. Quarto (7-1/8" x 11") bound in vellum-backed red cloth with a gilt-stamped satyr design on the front cover and the spine stamped in gilt. Printed at the Press of A. Colish. William Burnaby's translation of the classic satire of life in ancient Rome revised by Gilbert Bagnani. Illustrated by Antonio Sotomayor with two double-page and eight full-page illustrations drawn in wash, and forty text drawings in line. Copy #894 of 1500 SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page.


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    $200.00

    THE ADVENTURES OF PEREGRINE PICKLE IN WHICH IS INCLUDED MEMOIRS OF A LADY OF QUALITY by SMOLLETT, Tobias

    Oxford: Limited Editions Club, 1936. Hardcover. Fine in close to Fine dustwrappers with slight darkening to the spines and minor edgewear in a Fine slipcase. John Austen. Two folio (7-1/2" x 11-1/2") volumes bound in full green linen. With an introduction by G. K. Chesterton and illustrated with lovely color plates by John Austen. Beautifully printed at the University Press by John Johnson, printer to the University of Oxford. Copy #509 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.


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