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The Short Novels Of Henry James
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The Short Novels Of Henry James

By Hoffman, Charles G.

James Bookman Associates, New York, 1957; First Edition; 8vo, 143 pages. A critical study of the short novel form as developed by Henry James, with an analysis of numerous representative examples. Very Good Plus, in a clean and bright Very Good dust jacket that has two small closed edge tears. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.

$45.00

Harold, A Drama
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Harold, A Drama

By Tennyson, Alfred

James R. Osgood and Co., Boston, 1877; Author’s Edition From Advanced Sheets; 8vo, 170 pages; illustrated; tan cloth; gilt titles and decorations; colored end papers. Tennyson’s second play, following "Queen Mary" published the year before. "Harold" was harshly received by the critics and its first public performance was not staged until 1928. First American Edition, from author’s advanced sheets. Twelve full-page monochrome illustrations, each with its own guard tissue. Very Good Plus, clean, crisp, bright, binding tight, sound and square, corners sharp, all gilding brilliant. Previous owner signature in small neat hand on f.f.e.p.

$75.00

At The Shrine Of St. Charles, Stray Papers On Lamb Brought Together For The Centenary Of His Death In 1834
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At The Shrine Of St. Charles, Stray Papers On Lamb Brought Together For The Centenary Of His Death In 1834

By Lucas, E.V.

Methuen & Co., Ltd., London, 1934; First Edition; small 8vo, 141 pages plus a four page Methuen catalog of books relating to Lamb at the back. A collection of sixteen writings on Charles Lamb authored by literary prodigy and Lamb biographer E.V. Lucas. Illustrated with four b&w plates. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket. Clean, bright and crisp.

$40.00

Peter Ibbetson
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Peter Ibbetson

By du Maurier, George

Limited Editions Club, New York, 1963; copy #984 of a limited edition of 1600; 4to, 344 pages. George du Maurier’s immensely popular first novel, a fantastic tale, greatly loved by English Victorians and Yankee Romantics alike, causing John Masefield to once remark, "its effect upon that generation was profound... I can think of no book that so startled and delighted the questing mind." Informative nine-page introduction by granddaughter Daphne du Maurier. Profusely illustrated with drawings by the author, reproduced directly from the originals in the Pierpont Morgan Library in their original size. Beautifully bound with chocolate brown morocco spine, decorative paper-covered boards, and gilt titles and decorations. Fine, in a Near Fine slipcase.

$100.00

The Treasure Of Heaven, A Romance Of Riches
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The Treasure Of Heaven, A Romance Of Riches

By Corelli, Marie

Dodd, Mead & Company, NY, 1908; First Edition, second printing; 8vo, 427 pages; illustrated blue cloth; frontispiece photogravure portrait plate of the author. Victorian romantic novel by Marie Corelli (1855-1924), who strove to reconnect Christian religion with its earlier mystical antecedents, and whose personal life was the subject of frequent controversy. Special author’s preface dispelling her detractors and explaining her reluctance to Dodd Mead’s use of her portrait on the frontispiece (her image never before having been published) as regrettably necessary in order to put an end to the vicious caricatures and wild speculation at the time as to what she actually looked like. Despite the attacks, Corelli remained by far the most widely read author of her time and the personal favorite of Queen Victoria. She counted among her intimate friends the likes of Mark Twain, Ouida, Sarah Bernhardt, George Meredith, Algernon Swinburne, and the Empress Frederick of Germany, and was the only author invited to the coronation of Edward VI. Tennyson sang her praises for "Adrath" (1889), and Henry Miller once observed, "If there is ever a revival of her work, be assured that she will be as much reviled and condemned now as she was in her lifetime. Marie Corelli makes of you either an addict or a sworn enemy." Second printing, with "temoprary" on line 25 of page 57. Fine, in beautiful Victorian binding featuring a climbing rose. Brief gift inscription to Mabell Caley in an attractive cursive hand on first blank front end paper dated Christmas, 1908. The Caleys were pioneer founders of the city of Sierra Madre, CA, where their home today is preserved as a State Landmark. A sparkling and most attractive copy.

$125.00

The Essays, Or Counsels, Civil And Moral, Of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, With a Table of the Colours of Good & Evil, Whereunto Is added The Wisdom of the Antients, Enlarged by the Honourable Author Himself, and now more exactly Published
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The Essays, Or Counsels, Civil And Moral, Of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, With a Table of the Colours of Good & Evil, Whereunto Is added The Wisdom of the Antients, Enlarged by the Honourable Author Himself, and now more exactly Published

By Bacon, Francis

M. Clark for Samuel Mearne, in Little Britain, John Martyn, in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and Henry Herringman, in the New Exchange, London, 1680; 12mo; blank flyleaf, A1-7, 1-222, 3 pg. index, Q1-Q8, 1-28, title page, I-X, 1-111, 2 pg. index; leather boards. Sixty-one of Bacon’s essays, plus the two short works "Of The Colours Of Good & Evil," and "The Wisdom Of The Antients." British armorial binding, finely rebacked by Rene Patron of Hollywood, California in modern calf with genuine raised bands, red morocco label, and gilt spine titles. Brief quill & ink inscription on front pastedown: "The gift of Clement Watson of New Zealand, ‘81." Engraved armorial bookplate on rear pastedown (on a mount a palm tree, fess in chief, crosses botonnée), with device reading "Jabez Watson, e Coll: Magd. Cantab." Jabez Watson (b. 1823 ) was the son of Benjamin Watson, Esq., of Wakefield in Yorkshire. He attended Magdalene College, Cambridge, taking his B.A. in 1848, and underwent ordination as an Anglican deacon the same year. Upon earning his M.A. in 1851 he became a priest, and was Curate of St. Veep in Cornwall from 1853 to 1857. He subsequently converted to Catholicism. Palm tree crest impressed in gilt at center of front board. Name "Watson," written on the top and bottom page block edges. Binding absolutely tight, sound, and square, text with some scattered minor transparent staining in the blank margins, no page tears or worming, crisp and bright. A solid and desirable copy.

$1100.00