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    Le Desert de Retz: Le Jardin Pitoresque de Monsieur de Monville; A Late Eighteenth-Century French Folly Garden by KETCHAM, DIANA

    San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1990, 1990. First edition, one of 400 copies. Fine copy.. Oblong 4to, blue cloth and printed paper labels. Illustrated with views of the park and related sites, including facsimiles of the 26 engravings of Le Rouge from 1785 and 32 modern photographs by Michael Kenna. The first scholarly work on this famous French garden and its creator Monsieur de Monville. Prospectus laid in. From the library of David & Valerie Belch.



    Women Who Write by Bollman, Stefan

    Merrell Publishers,. Hardback. Large format. A study of women writers from the middle ages to the present.  Illustrated throughout. Mint in publisher's shrink wrap. Mint in mint dw. . Hardcover. 2007.



    A Woman's Story of Pioneer Illinois . . . Edited by Milo Milton Quaife by TILLSON, CHRISTIANA HOLMES

    Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, The Lakeside Press, 1919, 1919. First Lakeside Press edition. Fine copy.. 12mo, original dark green cloth, gilt rules, decoration and lettering, t.e.g. Frontis portrait.



    The Sorrows of Rosalie. A Tale. With Other Poems. Fourth Edition, with Additional Poems by [NORTON, CAROLINE ELIZABETH SARAH]

    London: John Ebers, 1829, 1829. Fourth edition, published the same year as the first; as the title-page states, this edition does indeed contain a substantial number of poems not in the previous editions. NCBEL III, 544; Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 244. Spine label partially gone; some foxing, particularly to the prelims; edges a little rubbed; a good copy.. 8vo, 19th century brown half calf, marbled paper boards, gilt decorations and lettering. Bound without the half-title. The scarce first book by Caroline Sheridan Norton (1808-1877), written largely in response to her miserable first marriage to George Chapple Norton. She was later prolific contributor to literary annuals, she wrote four novels, and several other books of poetry, a few of which she illustrated.



    The Folks by SUCKOW, RUTH

    New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1934), 1934. A special two-volume, large paper issue of The Folks, one of 175 numbered copies, signed by Suckow; issued the same year as, but probably a little later than the first edition, which was issued in one volume. Fine copy in the publisher's box (which is slightly worn).. 2 vols, large 8vo, blue-green buckram, gilt lettering. Illus.



    Entering Bellingham by Gilliland, Miki (Photographs By Pete Redpath)

    Bellingham, WA: Bayside Press, 1989. Near fine in wraps. Front and back pictorial wraps rubbed slightly, on front cover a light impression of a name having been written on something laid over the book at some time in the dim past. History of current Bellingham, with more than 100 photos. 122 pp. Chapters on Fairhaven, downtown, Western Washington University and much more. Important book for Hamsters. We specialize in books about Bellingham and the surrounding area.. First Edition. Wraps. Near Fine.



    Lorelei Two My Life with Conrad Aiken by Lorenz, Clarissa M

    Athens, GA: University of Georgia, 1983. Near fine copy of first printing of first edition in near fine Brodarted dust jacket. Light rubbing to bottom of spine and tips, else fine. Dust jacket is lightly sunned, else fine. Black and white photos. 231 pp., index. Author was the second wife of Conrad Aiken, who was an important influence on Malcolm Lowry. We specialize in Malcolm Lowry literature and criticism.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine.



    Poems . . by [GOULD, HANNAH FLAGG: HER COPY]. Goldsmith, Oliver

    Philadelphia: Printed by H. Maxwell, 1800, 1800. Later American edition of a selection of Goldsmith's poems. Evans 37530. Very good copy.. 12mo, contemporary sheep rebacked, gilt lettering. From the library of American poet Hannah Flagg Gould (1788-1865), with the inscription on the front free endpaper "Hannah Flagg Gould's / from her friend / E. Smith / Newburyport" and on the title-page in the upper margin is the signature "Hannah F. Gould." Gould, who resided in Newburyport, flourished as a poet from 1830 to 1855, during which time she published nine books of poems and sketches.



    Four Ghost Stories by GERSTLE, SARA

    San Francisco: Adrian Wilson, Printer at the Sign of the Interplayers, 1951, 1951. First edition, number 14 of 150 numbered copies. Spine slightly faded; nearly fine copy.. 8vo, original decorated purple wrappers and printed paper label. Title-page vignette and vignettes in the text. One of two collections of ghost stories by San Francsicso author and friend of Adrian and Joyce Wilson, Sara Gerstle. From the library of San Francisco book collector Morgan A. Gunst.



    The DEAD LETTER [as Serialized in] BEADLE's MONTHLY, A Magazine of To-Day, Vol I ONLY [January to June] by Regester, Seeley [pseudonymn of Mrs. Metta Victoria Fuller Victor ]

    New York: Beadle and Company, 1866. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. First Edition. IV, [5]-576 pages. 8vo. Publisher's brick colored cloth. Stain at base affecting all three panels. Christmas 1866 gift inscription on front flyleaf. Cloth. Contains the first six parts ONLY of the Dead Letter, an important serial mystery, found on pages 8, 105, 212, 309, 399, and 501. Here bound in the publisher's cloth binding, with each month's front page included but lacking (we presume) individual wrappers for the issues, and with the addition of a volume title and contents page. Additional parts of the story were serialized in subsequent volumes. "One of her most important contributions to American literature was The Dead Letter, published in 1864 under the pen name Seeley Register, and credited as the first detective novel. Her later years were devoted to humor and sensational romances." (American Women's Dime Novel Project) The American Women's Dime Novel Project notes other pseudonyms of Mrs. Victor, several of which also appear in this bound volume. We note "First and Last, A Love Story" by Rose Kennedy, "Moonlight, A Poem" and "Under a Shadow, A Story" by Mrs. M. V. Victor, "Learning to Skate. A Story" and "Who Stole the Spoons, A New Year's Day Episode" by Mrs. Mark Peabody. While this might seem like a lot of exposure in six months for a single writer, it should be noted that Beadle and Company, the publisher, was a new venture by Metta Victor's husband and editor Orville J. Victor. Even so, the years have shown that Metta Victor was not only a good writer, but an important one in American fiction.



    The Sayers Holiday Book, Containing Gaudy Night, A Novel; Strong Poison, A Novel; In the Teeth of the Evidence, Seventeen Stories by SAYERS, DOROTHY

    London: Victor Gollancz, 1963, 1963. First edition of this collection. Paper browning slightly; fine copy in a fine dust jacket (tiny chip on the lower upper wrapper).. 8vo, original pale blue paper boards, dark blue lettering. A Sayers omnibus.



    After Henry by Didion, Joan

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992. Fine copy of first printing of first edition in fine Brodarted pictorial dust jacket. Black boards with black cloth spine, silver lettering on spine. Marbled end papers. 319 pp. A collection of pieces, most of which appeared in the New York Review of Books or The New Yorker.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine.



    Padilla Bay, the Estuary Guide, Level 1 by Friesem, Judy

    Washington: Washington State Department of Ecology, 1994. Near fine copy in spiral bound wraps. Prior owner's last name on title page. Child's guide to a trip to this ecological gem north of Seattle. We specialize in books about Bellingham and the surrounding area.. First Edition. Wraps. Near Fine.



    Padilla Bay, the Estuary Guide, Level 2 by Friesem, Judy and Wood, Susan

    Washington: Washington State Department of Ecology, 1999. Near fine copy in spiral bound wraps. Prior owner's last name on title page. Teacher's guide to a trip to this ecological gem north of Seattle. We specialize in books about Bellingham and the surrounding area.. First Edition. Wraps. Near Fine.



    Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself by HALL, MARGUERITE RADCLYFFE

    London: William Heinemann, 1934, 1934. First edition. NCBEL IV, 596. Fine copy; slightly soiled dust jacket.. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt lettering. From the inventory of Burton Weiss, Bookseller.



    The Collected Poetry of Malcolm Lowry by Lowry, Malcolm and Scherf, Kathleen (Editor)

    Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press, 1992. Fine book in fine mylared dust jacket. First edition. 418 pp. with numerous scholarly indices. A presentation of 481 chronologically arranged Lowry poems, the most extensive presentation of and study of his poetry we have seen. Deep Lowry, a must for scholars and enthusiasts. We specialize in Malcolm Lowry literature and criticism.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine.



    In the Teeth of the Evidence and Other Stories by SAYERS, DOROTHY

    New York: Harcouirt, Brace, (1940), 1940. First American edition. A fine copy in a very slightly worn, un-price-clipped dust jacket.. 8vo, original blue cloth, white lettering. 17 stories, including two with Lord Peter Wimsey and five with Montague Egg.



    The Fatal Legacy; A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincolns-Inn Fields by [ROBE, JANE, TRANSLATOR]

    London: Printed for E. Symon, J. Roberts and A. Dodd, 1723, 1723. First edition. ESTC N9868. First and final leaves a little dust-soiled; very good copy.. 8vo, disbound, 79 pages. Half-title present. A translation and adaptation of Racine's La Thébaide. The anonymous dedication states "This tragedy was writ by a young lady, and entrusted to my management . . . The four first acts are taken chiefly from Racine; but the last is (excepting a few lines) entirely new." The Fatal Legacy had a short run at Lincolns-Inn Fields, with Anthony and Anna Maria Seymour Boheme in starring roles. It is apparently the only publication by Jane Robe, about whom little else is recorded. The attribution to Robe comes from Allardyce Nicoll's A History of English Drama.



    Altorf, A Tragedy . . . First Represented in the Theatre of New-York, Feb. 19, 1819 by [D'ARUSMONT, WRIGHT, FRANCES]

    Philadelphia: Published by M. Carey and Son, 1819, 1819. First edition. American Bibliography 50175; Wegelin, Early American Plays, page 82; Hill, American Plays, 334. Text somewhat browned and foxed; very good copy.. 8vo, recent green cloth, dark green morocco label, gilt lettering. The first book by Frances Wright (later D'Arusmont) (1795-1852), a play she began writing in Scotland, but did not publish until after she had moved to the United States in 1818. In the preface, she comments on the friendly reception she has received in the U.S. as a young, unknown author, and how it would have been difficult for her to publish and have performed a play such as this in England. Wright's sentiments were with social reform and progressive movements, and she became an influential abolitionist and promoter of feminist causes.



    The Fashionable American Letter Writer: or, The Art of Polite Correspondence. Containing a Variety of Plain and Elegant Letters . . . by [Etiquette]. [New Jersey]

    Newark: Published by Benjamin Olds; New-York: Printed by John C. Totten, 1828. First New Jersey edition?. Somewhat damp-stained and foxed, with some bumping to the corners and some rubbing and wear; a good, sound copy.. 12mo, contemporary black sheep spine, drab boards, gilt lettering, 179, [1] pages. Frontis. A later edition of this popular compendium of sample letters on business, courtship, friendships, compliment cards, etc.



    Renascence: A Poem . . by MILLAY, EDNA ST. VINCENT

    New York: Printed for the Anderson Galleries by Frederick and Bertha Goudy, 1924, 1924. First separate edition, one of 185 numbered copies, initialed by Goudy. Yost 22. Fine copy, enclosed in a chemise and cloth slipcase.. 8vo, original pale blue wrappers, stitched as issued. A special separate issue of Millay's poem, printed by Frederick & Bertha Goudy on a handpress formerly owned by William Morris, and on which the Kelmscott Chaucer was printed. The occasion of the printing was an exhibit of the press at the Anderson Galleries, and copies of the poem were distributed only at the exhibition.



    A Pioneer's Search For An Ideal Home by Judson, Phoebe Goodell

    Tacoma, WA: Washington State Historical Society, 1966. Fine book, first thus, without dust jacket, as issued. Gilt lettering on blue boards. 207 pp. Fold out map of Washington Territory tipped in. Mid 1850's trip from the midwest to what is now Whatcom County, WA. Focus on early pioneer life in northern Whatcom County, e.g. canoe trips down the Nooksack to the bay to visit friends in what is now Bellingham. Important book for Whatcom County history enthusiasts. We specialize in books about Bellingham and the surrounding area.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Fine/Issued Without Jacket.



    Miscellaneous Poems, and A Tragedy by WEST, JANE

    York: Printed by W. Blanchard and sold by R. Faulder, London, [etc.], 1791, 1791. First edition. NCBEL III, 772; Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 365; ESTC T68679. Paper flaw in one leaf, not seriously affecting the text; fine copy.. 8vo, recent brown quarter morocco by Philip Dusel, marbled paper boards, dark green morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. Five-page list of subscribers. Without the half title or initial blank; terminal leaf with advertisements present. The scarce third book by poet and novelist Jane West (1758-1852) - and her first substantial book - which brings together 22 poems with the play "Edmund, Surnamed Ironside," an historical drama about English King Edmund II, a.k.a. Edmund Ironside. The poems are West's most accomplished to date. They include four poetic tributes to fellow women writers and poets Elizabeth Carter, Charlotte Smith, Anna Seward and Sarah Trimmer, and a nine-page poem on George Keate's account of the Pelew Islands. Contemporary ink signature of "Mary . . . 179 . . ." in the top margin of the title, but shamefully trimmed by an earlier binder.



    Andre Kertesz: A Lifetime of Perception by Corkin, Jane

    New York: Andalusian Books, 1993. Fine copy in fine Brodarted dust jacket. Book has gray cloth boards with silver lettering on spine and cover, gray endpapers. 160 pp, 150 duotone full-page photographs. Production defect: small area of discoloration on FFEP, 2" x 4." Introduction by Ben Lifson, chronology. Very beautiful copy. We specialize in art and photography books.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Kertesz, Andre.



    Letter From Peking by Buck, Pearl S

    New York: John Day Company, 1957. Very good copy of first edition in very good Brodarted dust jacket. Book has book plate on front pastedown, prior owner's name in ink on FFEP, top and bottom of book spine bumped. Dust jacket is chipped at corners and top and bottom of spine, rubbed at edges, 1" closed tears on both sides of bottom of spine. Book has orange cloth boards with gold lettering and design on spine and cover. 252 pp.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good.

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