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North of Boston
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North of Boston

by Frost, Robert

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$7,150.00

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London: David Nutt, 1914. First edition. From an edition of 1,000 copies, this is one of 200 in the sixth binding state. This was one of two binding states that were done by the Dunster House Bookshop in 1923 in Cambridge, MA when the remaining first edition sheets were sold off by Simpkin Marshall. Signed by Frost on the front endpaper, dated "Amherst 1924," and with a notation as to the name and location of the cottage in England where Frost wrote the poems for this, his second book. A fine copy in leaf-green cloth, gilt-titled. Book label from the Hampshire Bookshop of Northampton, MA on rear pastdown. (Crane A3, Binding F).
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$7,150.00
Harmonium
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Harmonium

by Stevens, Wallace

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$5,500.00

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NY: Knopf, 1931. Second edition, third binding. This edition contains fourteen new poems, while dropping three from the original edition. The complete printing of the second edition consisted of 1,500 copies, which were bound over a period of thirteen years. This copy is inscribed by Stevens on a preliminary blank. The inscription reads: "The basis of poetry is response" and is dated "Sept. 14, 1943." If one could condense Stevens's particular approach to literary creation into a single sentence, this could certainly be it. For Stevens, the pursuit of the real in poetry -- his Supreme Fiction -- is rooted in its immediacy: "Part of the res itself and not about it. / The poet speaks the poem as it is, / Not as it was." Poetry, in Stevens's view, is language used in response to life as it is lived, making this an extraordinary inscription. Stevens signed very infrequently, and inscriptions appear even less often. As a basis for comparison, the Neville copy of this edition, which sold in 2004, was… Read More
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$5,500.00
Original painting: Sailor's Farewell, together with autograph book
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Original painting: "Sailor's Farewell," together with autograph book

by Kent, Rockwell

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$49,500.00

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1935. Kent, Rockwell. Measuring 13 by 9 1/4 inches, this watercolor bears Kent's signature along with the inscription, "to his friend Charly Mortensen, 1935." Mortensen was the telegraph operator aboard the Hans Egede, the ship on which Kent made two of his three celebrated voyages to Igdlorssuit, Greenland, where he would live off and on between 1929 and 1935. His life and work among the native Greenlanders during these years resulted in two of his greatest books: Greenland Journal and Salamina. The present painting, a moving, somber work executed in the artist's typically realistic style, depicts a European sailor, presumably preparing to depart Greenland for home, comforting a native Greenlander who is weeping into her hands at the prospect of their parting. The watercolor is accompanied by Mortensen's autograph book, which contains numerous drawings and inscriptions by friends and Hans Egede passengers, including two drawings by Kent, both signed. One drawing, a charming, informal pen and ink… Read More
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$49,500.00
Typed Letters, signed
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Typed Letters, signed

by Keller, Helen

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$2,200.00

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Adelaide, Australia; Westport, CT, 1952. Two typed letters, (3)ff., (2)ff., signed by Helen Keller, plus (1)ff. autograph note, signed, from Keller's assistant and companion, Polly Thompson., and a typed transcript of that note. As a world-famous speaker, author, and advocate for persons with disabilities, Keller traveled to more than forty different countries in her lifetime. These letters relate to a trip that she and Thompson took to Australia in 1948, as part of an international tour. The first letter, dated July 10, 1948, was written on stationery from the South Australian Hotel in Adelaide, and is addressed to Ewen Waterman, one of Keller's hosts during her stay in the city. Keller expresses gratitude to Waterman for the "unexpected, dazzling" birthday party that he hosted for her, "so full of warm Australian hospitality and delight!" She writes, "Really I felt like Cinderella riding to the King's palace in a coach and six. Not only did you honor my natal day, you graced it with the company of… Read More
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$2,200.00
Lives of Two Cats
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Lives of Two Cats

by Loti, Pierre (Louis Marie-Julien Viaud)

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$1,925.00

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Boston: Riverside Press, 1900. Allen, C.E.. Octavo. (iv), 92pp. Although not stated, this is one of 250 copies printed, of which 150 were for sale. Number 32 in the Young of Heart series, translated from the original French by Mary B. Richards. Illustrated with black & white images of the titular two cats by C. E. Allen. Laid into this copy are the original pen-and-ink drawings for all eight illustrations, and the cover, in addition to proofs for all illustrations except the cover. Not much is known about Allen, whose illustrations show great technical competence. A touch of offsetting to title page, else a remarkably fine and bright copy in publisher's green cloth, gilt, and with the original glassine dust wrapper. T.e.g.
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$1,925.00
Original pencil drawing of three cats, executed with the artist's toes
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Original pencil drawing of three cats, executed with the artist's toes

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Boston, Massachusetts
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$1,650.00

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Poynette, Wisconsin, 1903. Smith, Kathryn M. R.. Pencil drawing on paper by Kathryn (Kittie) M. R. Smith, measuring 9 by 11 3/4 inches, in a contemporary frame, with a faux wood-grain finish. Two images share a single sheet: on the left is a cat peeking out of a shoe, and on the right are two anthropomorphic cats courting over a picket fence. At the top of the page is affixed a card signed by Smith and inscribed "Poynette, Wisconsin. Written & drawn with her toes. 1903." The drawing is reproduced in the accompanying booklet, "My Life Story," a 32pp. autobiography first published in 1906. This is a later edition, and it includes numerous examples of Smith's artwork and black & white photographs showing the artist combing her hair, building furniture out of wood, and writing at her desk, all with her toes. Also included is an undated photograph, probably from the 1940s, depicting the artist late in life sitting with a woman labeled Marie Van Atta. Smith was born in 1882 into a poor Chicago family and… Read More
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$1,650.00
The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
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The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast

by Roscoe, William

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$3,025.00

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(Watertown, MA): Anne and David Bromer, 1977. Kunikata-Cockram, Midori. (24)pp. The text is printed on Japanese paper with ornamentation in green. Wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain, as her first miniature book commission. This is the first miniature book published by the Bromers. Midori Kunikata-Cockram captures the whimsical nature of the text, which was the first English poem for children intended for sheer amusement. The front and rear boards of her designer binding are covered with parchment, on which the artist has hand-drawn the insects and small animals attending the feast amongst a pattern of vines and flowers in crimson ink. Delicate onlays of black morocco create the silhouette of a vine climbing up the book's burgundy morocco spine. Inside, endpapers printed with oak leaves and cut-out leaves with hand-drawn shading in pastel reference the oak tree in the poem, beneath which the revels were held. Housed in a suede-lined box, the exterior of which is covered with paper hand-tooled in a… Read More
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$3,025.00
Collection of primary works, broadsides, secondary works, and periodical contributions

Collection of primary works, broadsides, secondary works, and periodical contributions

by Heaney, Seamus

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Boston, Massachusetts
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$60,500.00

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2013. Contains 135 discrete volumes of the Irish Nobel Laureate's primary works of poetry and essays. These titles are represented in their first editions and subsequent issues (English and/or American), as well as some proofs and other variants. In addition to the signed, limited editions, quite a number of the trade publications are signed or inscribed. The collection represents a nearly complete group of the primary works, as listed in the Brandes/Durkan bibliography, as well as all books published after 2003 -- the end date of the bibliography. The collection also contains eight broadsides, two Christmas cards, an autograph postcard, and many magazine appearances, including two very early pieces. A short title list is available upon request. All items are in fine condition.
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$60,500.00
Night Fall in the Ti-Tree
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Night Fall in the Ti-Tree

by (Teague, Violet)

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$41,250.00

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Melbourne: Sign of the Rabbit, 1905. Teague, Violet and Geraldine Rede. Small quarto. (32)pp. Extremely rare first edition. Illustrated with sixteen woodcut illustrations in the Japanese style, six of which are double-page spreads. All but four minor illustrations are hand-initialed in ink by the contributing artist. Set opposite the illustrations, the letterpress-printed verse is a cautionary tale, warning rabbits in their dens to avoid hunter's traps. The atmospheric images, rendered in earth tones, deftly capture both the danger lurking in the night, as well as the peace of a rabbit's simple life. Entirely handmade by Violet Teague and her friend Geraldine Reed in Teague's Melbourne home, Night Fall in the Ti-Tree is the first book in Australia to be produced and illustrated in the Japanese style using colored woodcuts. Teague, who was probably introduced to Japanese prints while studying in England and Europe in the late 1800s, tried to imitate Japanese production techniques as closely as she… Read More
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$41,250.00
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

by Khayyam, Omar

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$4,125.00

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London: Constable, 1920. Balfour, Ronald. Small quarto. (76)ff. One of fifty copies printed on Japon, signed by the artist, and with an extra hand-colored illustration. Illustrated with six full-color plates and thirty-two in black & white, some of which have touches of color, as well as numerous smaller line drawings throughout. Balfour's lavish illustrations show the influences of Aubrey Beardsley and Alastair, combining orientalist fantasy with Art Deco opulence. The extra plate, which appears opposite the title page, has been heightened in gilt, pink, red, and orange. In the publisher's binding of black cloth backed textured boards, with titling in gilt on spine and upper cover. T.e.g. Minimal shelfwear along lower extremity, and a touch of wear to lower corners. Nearly fine.
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$4,125.00
Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

by Keyes, Daniel

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$3,025.00

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NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc, 1966. First edition. Author's signature laid in. First appearing as a short story in 1959, this first expanded edition of Flowers for Algernon earned immediate acclaim, becoming a joint winner of the 1966 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Written as a series of journal entries from its main character, Charles Gordon, the novel follows Gordon's progression as the subject of an experimental surgery to artifically increase intelligence. Algernon, a laboratory mouse, has already completed the procedure. Throughout the novel, Keyes reflects on the ethics and morality of medical testing, the treatment of animals, and especially society's relationship with the mentally disabled. Keyes was inspired by his own experiences as an English teacher to students with special needs, during which time he witnessed a dramatic change in one student who regressed after being removed from regular lessons. Shortly after its publication, Flowers for Algernon was adapted into a feature film with… Read More
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$3,025.00
Rip Van Winkle
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Rip Van Winkle

by Irving, Washington

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$1,045.00

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East Aurora: Roycroft Press, 1905. Hunter, Dard. Small octavo. xx, 48pp. Signed by Dard Hunter, who completed the title-page decoration and initials for the volume. A gloriously quaint edition paying suitable homage to the classic folktale. Bound in limp red suede impressed in black. Expected toning to endpapers and edges of text block, some noticeable wear to gutter joints, else near fine.
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$1,045.00
California Hills and Other Wood Engravings
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California Hills and Other Wood Engravings

by Miller, Arthur

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$5,500.00

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Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. Landacre, Paul. Quarto. (x), (ii)pp., + 14 plates. One of 500 copies, signed by Landacre. Foreword by Arthur Miller. Published during a period that saw a renaissance in woodcuts and wood engravings, this marks Landacre's first original publication. Originally from Ohio, Landacre discovered the beauty of the California landscape while convalescing from a strep infection. Entirely self-taught, his engravings are noted for their fine lines that evoke a sense of drama and movement; those qualities are abundantly present in this group of fourteen full-page engravings and colophon vignette, all pulled from the original blocks by Harold Young. This book was one of AIGA's Fifty Books of the Year. A fragile book that is frequently dismantled for its plates, this is a fine copy in patterned boards which show a trace of wear to lower corners and spine ends, and light toning to extremities. Housed in a cloth slipcase with leather lettering piece on front panel.
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$5,500.00
The Ideal Book or Book Beautiful: A Tract on Calligraphy Printing and Illustration & on the Book...
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Hammersmith: Doves Press; Hammersmith Publishing Society, 1902. Two octavo volumes. (iv) 10pp.; (40)pp. The Ideal Book is one of 300 copies and is George Parker Winship's copy, with his bookplate to the front paste-down. Only the second title to have been issued by the Doves Press, the essay by Cobden-Sanderson outlines how the three titular elements combine to form "the ideal book" and recounts how the art of the book had declined until William Morris revived it by bringing these elements together again. Fine in gilt-stamped vellum, bound at the Doves Bindery. Ecce Mundus was printed by the Chiswick Press under the direction of Cobden-Sanderson for the Hammersmith Publishing Society, which was formed to publish "essays towards the formation of constructive ideals in politics, commerce & education." The book combines Cobden-Sanderson's "The Ideal Book" with his "Industrial Ideals." The latter essay sought to sketch "an Ideal which shall embrace, at once, the industrial life of the individual workman… Read More
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$2,750.00
Auto-Biography of Barnum
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Auto-Biography of Barnum

by Barnum, P.T.

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Used
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Boston, Massachusetts
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$1,045.00

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NY, 1854. 16pp. The autobiography of this famous circus man, written in a humorous style and dedicated to "the Bearded Lady and her hairs forever." Published a year before Barnum's American Museum, founded in New York in 1842, closed in 1855 due to financial problems, suggesting that this publication was a, perhaps desperate, marketing play. Bound in full black morocco over boards, with "BARNUM" in gilt to upper cover. Some rubbing to joints and corners, else near fine. (1 1/2 by 1 1/8; 40x30mm). (Bradbury B1026).
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$1,045.00