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The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth  [The Jefferson Bible]
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The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth [The Jefferson Bible]

By Jefferson, Thomas; Adler, Cyrus (Introduction)

Washington D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1904. Congressional issue. Rare with congressional label at title page: "House of Representatives. Document No. 755. 58th Congress, 2d Session." First edition thus with an introduction by Cyrus Adler. First lithographic edition. 1904 was the first year of this publication by an act of the United States Congress. Smooth maroon leather boards, ornate gilt borders at front and back boards, gilt dentelle board edges, some corner, edge wear; rather fine example in comparison to most others of this design. Original red leather spine w/gilt titles. Heavy stock, smooth coated pages near fine, no writing; back endpaper removed. Green marbled endpapers. Includes fine fold-out map of the Holy Land. String bind intact; hinges reinforced. Near very good rarity w/sharp, clean interior. Fine, heavy, book craftsmanship. From "Material Extracted Textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French, and English." Presents a complete facsimile reproduction of Jefferson's Bible in which is underscored the passages from the Gospels directly related to words and actions of Jesus. This is, in regards, Jefferson's attempt to remove supernatural aspects of Bible to further clarify Jesus' doctrine. "Thomas Jefferson's mission was leadership. Without an effort on his part, expressions from his lips, that from other men's would scarcely have attracted notice, became thenceforth axioms, creeds, and gathering-cries to great masses of his countrymen." - Henry S. Randall. Rare volume issued to each member of Congress. Insured post.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall. Book.

$750.00

Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness - Modern History from the Sports Desk   [Signed First Printing - Taschen Books of Beverly Hills]
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Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness - Modern History from the Sports Desk [Signed First Printing - Taschen Books of Beverly Hills]

By Thompson, Hunter S.

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. Stylishly flat signed by Hunter Thompson at front blank endpaper: "H. S. Thompson". Interestingly, signed once more over sub-titles at title page: "H. S. Thompson". Scarce full signatures. Signed at Taschen Books event for release of this title. Includes original toned, faded receipt of purchase on October 19, 2004 and post/photo card designed for this Tuesday event from 6-7 pm. Front of card features 1971 image of author on motor bike on cliffs overlooking ocean at Big Sur; back of card w/time, date, location for signing at the Taschen Books of Beverly Hills. Taschen Books began as an art book publisher in Cologne of 1980 by Bernard Taschen. In the 1990's, the company expanded to include stores in several cities: Koln, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, and Tokyo. Dedicated flagship Taschen bookstores, were conceived in collaboration with artists and designers of repute. First printing; full number-line beginning w/1. Uniquely tall book design. Dk. grey boards, red spine wrap, silver stamped spine titles, slight shelf wear. Pages near fine. Dust wrapper, near fine; unclipped 23.00, protected in new, clear sleeve. Very attractive. Scarce first edition with rare full HST signature times two. With "Hey Rube," Thompson assembled his most hilarious, thought-provoking, genuine, outlandish, and highly irreverent writings from his recent career as columnist on ESPN.com's popular Page 2. This look at Gonzo journalism in his most organic form includes additional columns that were never before published. Includes a new introduction by the Hunter, and, a hilarious prelude indicating his future - continued? - ruckmaking style: a USAF formal letter addressing his unruly reporting. 246 pages plus author's bio. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall. Book.

$1250.00

Atlas Shrugged [First Printing]

By Rand, Ayn

New York: Random House, 1957. Stated first printing. Bright green full-cloth boards, crisp gilt cover initials and spine titles on black field, some shelf, edge, corner wear. Deckled generally very good; some edge wear, residue to front, back endpapers. Stamp at front endpaper: "Main Library, 2020 7th Ave., Birmingham, Ala." and nos. 1754 twice. "Library Copy" stamped to lower text block. Dark green top-stain. Bind good; hinges reinforced. Original dust wrapper, slight wear generally, 3/4" clipped from lower edge; unclipped 6.95, protected in new clear sleeve. Striking cover art by George Salter. Very attractive. Rare generally good first printing in same wrapper that surely influenced many in the historic town of Birmingham. In Rand's greatest achievement - and last work of fiction - she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, and sexuality. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life. Endowed w/larger-than-life characters and charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a revolutionary epic. 1184 pages. Insured post.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.

$450.00

Willy Pogany's Mother Goose

By Various

New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons , 1928. Stated at copyright: Fourth Printing, Nov. 1928. Large 7 1/2" x 9 1/4" design. Bright blue cloth boards, gilt embossed cover and spine titles, some cover, edge wear, rub, discoloration. Art deco cover design features stylish font with goose and swirling dynamic decoration surrounding. Pages generally good; some w/moderate fox, crease, discoloration, residue at front, back endpapers w/moderate sticker-pull. Bind intact; front, back hinges neatly reinforced w/cloth bind adhesive. Illustrated endpapers featuring decoration and quotations for each letter of alphabet. Profusely illustrated throughout by Willy Pogany in various combinations of size and decoration with many full-page, much in color, and also bold black & white. Willy Pogany's Mother Goose rhymes and tales truly come to life with this stylishly executed illustration and design. Features classic ditties and short rolling poems many remember well from youth. Well read, solid and intact rarity. Unpaginated; apprx. 150 pages. Insured post. Willy Pogany (1882-1955) was a prolific Hungarian book illustrator best known for his pen and ink drawings of myths and fables. A large portion of Pogany's work can be termed Art Nouveau or Art Deco. Pogany's artistic style is heavily fairy-tale orientated and often features motifs of mythical animals such as nymphs and pixies. His dreamy colour illustrations are exemplified by the imagery in this volume.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair. Illus. by Pogany, Willy. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall.

$163.95

The Way to Cook  [Signed First Edition]
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The Way to Cook [Signed First Edition]

By Child, Julia; Manell, Rosemary (Food Designer)

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Stated First Edition at copyright page; 1989 at title page and copyright. Oversize 9 1/2" x 11 1/4" design weighing over five lbs. Beautifully signed by Julia Child at half-title page: "Julia Child". Very attractive. Semi-gloss, white patterned boards, slight shelf wear. Heavy stock, coated pages, near fine; moderate discoloration at half-title and adjacent page of Julia's previous titles. Bind fine, light cant, hinges intact. Dust wrapper, slight shelf wear; unclipped 50.00, protected in new clear sleeve. Rare near fine signed volume in same wrapper. Julia takes you into her kitchen and tells you - and shows you - everything she knows about the essentials of good cooking. A one-of-a-kind, brilliant cookbook. She blends classic technique with free-style American cooking, emphasizing lightness, freshness and simpler preparations. More than 800 recipes and profusely illustrated with 600 color photographs. Printed in the United States of America. 511 pages with a Note on the Author and the Type. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Leatart, Brian; Scherer, Jim (Photography). 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book.

$295.00

The Curse of LONO by Hunter S. Thompson  [Signed]
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The Curse of LONO by Hunter S. Thompson [Signed]

By Thompson, Hunter S.

Toronto, New York, London, Sydney : Bantam Books , 1983. Stated at copyright: A Bantam Book/November, 1983; number-line beginning w/6. Signed by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson at half-title page: "H. S. T." with what appears to be some additional doodles, symbology, of possibly arrow pointing to heart around palms, etc. Includes original ticket and envelope for appearance on Friday, September 21, 1990 at Zellerbach Auditorium on the U. C. Berkeley campus. White pictorial wraps, some shelf, corner wear. Front, back wraps feature several Steadman illustrations of 'Lono's Marlin Mask'. Large 7" x 10" design. Pages good; moderate discoloration. Vintage inscription inside cover: "Merry Christmas '88, Dave". Bind fine. Profusely illustated in black and white and blazing color by Ralph Steadman. Near good signed example of this uniquely signed rarity. Hunter Thompson, the king of Gonzo returns in The Curse of LONO when a seemingly absurd assignment is proposed by 'Running' magazine to cover the Honolulu Marathon. A hilarious, brain-curdling south Sea adventure ensues, the story of HST's epic escapades in Hawai'i... Weird tales from a Weird World by the quintessential outlaw journalist and best-selling author. The Curse of Lono is to Hawaii what Fear and Loathing was to Las Vegas: the crazy tales of a journalist's 'coverage' of a news event that ends up being a wild ride to the dark side of Americana. Originally published in 1983, Curse features all of the zany, hallucinogenic wordplay and feral artwork for which the Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman duo have become known and loved. This curious book featuring marathon reportage and big game fishing, is considered rather an oddity among Hunter's oeuvre. Includes vignettes by such icons as Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and Ralph Emerson along with Steadman's slight doctoring of several more classical illustrations. 160 pages. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good. Illus. by Steadman, Ralph . 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$950.00

English Fairy Tales Retold by F. A. Steel and Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

By Steel, Flora Annie (F. A.)

St. Martin's Street, London: MacMillan & Co., Limited, 1927. 1927 at title page; third printing. Larger 6 1/4" x 8 1/4" design. Red full-cloth boards, gilt cover titles, moderate shelf wear; spine reinforced w/cloth bind adhesive. Crisp cover design features finely detailed crest-like silhouette collage of children in various states of reading wonder. Pages good; few w/moderate fox, toning. Frontispiece color plate by Arthur Rackham: "Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar at Home". Bind good; hinges intact. Features sixteen (16) color plates in brilliant subdued hues and forty-two in black & white by Arthur Rackham. Additional partial-page imagery, headers, tailpieces, symbology and decoration throughout. MacMillan & Co. adverts at back pages for illustrated titles in color. Solid, intact rarity. One of Arthur Rackham's books for English readers in the early post-war years. English Fairy Tales Retold by Flora Annie Steel, with its illustrations, features amongst many others, the grand fairy tales: "St. George of Merrie England; The Story of the Three Bears; Jack the Giant-Killer; The Golden Ball; Jack and the Beanstalk; The Three Little Pigs; Mr. Fox; The Old Woman and her Pig; Little Red Riding-Hood; The Babes in the Wood; The Ass, the Table, and the Stick; and, The Rose Tree." Printed in Great Britain by R. & R. Clark, Limited, Edinburgh. 317 pages. Insured post.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair. Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall.

$195.00

The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
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The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

By Malory, Sir Thomas; Pollard, Alfred W. (Preface)

64-66 Fifth Avenue, New York : The Macmillan Company, 1917. Stated: Copyright, 1917, by The Macmillan Company. Published October, 1917. Fine navy cloth boards, gilt embossed cover and spine titles, generally moderate shelf wear. A notorious 'bookworm' of lore and its mate have burrowed side-by-side while never touching through back board, and making their way to the front endpapers from apprx. 1/8" down to 1/16" at completion; most fortunately, occurring near top corner and outside of text and illustration. Bright gilt cover design features finely detailed bugler knight on regaled horseback; gilt spine design features stylized royal lion w/gilt bands. Frontispiece color plate by Rackham: "How Arthur drew his sword Excalibur for the first time". Pages generally very good with the afformentioned minimal and charming burrowage. Feature sixteen color plates in brilliant subdued hues and seven in black & white by Arthur Rackham. Each color plate features fine tissue guard w/red captions. Additional partial-page imagery, headers, tailpieces, symbology and decoration throughout. Generally attractive, near very good first edition. Sir Thomas Malory (1405 - 1471) collected all the ancient tales of the mythical Arthur and published them under the title Le Morte D'Arthur. The characters are familiar: Lancelot and Guinevere, and Tristan and Isolde, here in the definitive account of the Arthurian legends. The vigorous, eloquent epic tale of valor is noted for having been written in the best English prose of the Fifteenth Century. Include 5-page detailed glossary. Printed in the United States of America at the Norword Press, Norwood, Mass, USA. 517 pages with three pages of adverts for illustrated volumes from Macmillan. Insured post.. First Edition Thus. Hard Cover. Good. Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall.

$250.00

The Old Man and the Sea  [First Printing in Original Wrapper]
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The Old Man and the Sea [First Printing in Original Wrapper]

By Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First printing in original jacket. Scribner's "A" and seal at copyright page. Sea blue full cloth boards, Hemingway's signature blind-stamped at front board, silver spine titles, moderate shelf wear, toning. Pages very good, no writing; some toning at endpapers. Antiquarian stamps inside cover: "Library of Clarence of Huizenga" and "Herpolsheimer's Book Shop..." Vintage news clipping of Hemingway's concern for Spencer Tracy film of this title: "Tracy Found Heminway Had Fears of Deviation from Book..." Bind fine; hinges intact. Original first edition dust wrapper, moderate edge wear, rub, discoloration; unclipped 3.00, protected in new clear sleeve. "Jacket design by 'A'" at front flap. Hemingway photo at back panel. Near very good first edition in rare original wrapper. The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, "The Old Man and the Sea" has proved itself to be an enduring work of American fiction. Celebrated in twentieth century fiction and in Hemingway's canon, reaffirming his worldwide literary prominence and significant in his selection for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. The story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss, and transforms them into a magnificent classic. Printed in the United States of America. 140 pages. Insured post.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.

$895.00

Mastering the Art of French Cooking  [Signed]
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking [Signed]

By Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Published October 16th, 1961; no other dates. Signed by Julia Child on signature cut in felt-tip lightly adhered at title page: "Julia Child". Very attractive. Patterned fleur-de-lis boards w/turquoise stars, black and white cover and spine titles on crisp orange fields, moderate shelf wear, toning. Pages generally very good, clean w/o writing; some discoloration to exterior text block. Bind fine; hinges intact. Original first edition jacket, moderate shelf wear, adhesive to front panel; clipped, protected in new clear sleeve. Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappell; illustrations by Sidonie Coryn. The original single volume edition. Good October printing preserved in same wrapper. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food & long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with over 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because: It leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection. It breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations bound to increase anyone's culinary repertoire. A note about authors at last page. 684 pages plus index. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. Illus. by Coryn, Sidonie. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book.

$450.00

Mastering the Art of French Cooking  (First Printing, August, 1961)
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking (First Printing, August, 1961)

By Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Stated First Edition; Note About Authors dated August, 1961. Signed by Julia Child on signature cut lightly adhered at title page: "Julia Child". Very attractive. Patterned fleur-de-lis boards w/turquoise stars, black and white cover and spine titles on orange fields, some shelf wear, spine sunning. Pages generally good, some w/discoloration to pages, exterior text block from use; no writing. Turquoise endpapers. Bind good; hinges intact. Original first edition jacket, moderate shelf wear, rub, discoloration; clipped, protected in new clear sleeve. Code 10.61 at front flap. Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappell; illustrations by Sidonie Coryn. The original single volume edition. Solid signed first printing in original wrapper. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food & long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with over 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because: It leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection. It breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations bound to increase anyone's culinary repertoire. 684 pages w/32 page index and a Note About the Author. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. Illus. by Coryn, Sidonie (Illustrations). 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book.

$795.00

Mastering the Art of French Cooking  [Signed]
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking [Signed]

By Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Published October 16th, 1961; no other dates. Signed by Julia Child on signature cut lightly adhered at title page: "Julia Child". Very attractive. Patterned fleur-de-lis boards w/turquoise stars, black and white cover and spine titles on crisp orange fields, light shelf wear. Pages generally very good, clean, no writing; moderate bleed to orange top-stain to first few pages. Bright orange clean top-stain. Bind fine; back hinge reinforced. Original first edition jacket, bright w/moderate shelf wear; unclipped 10.00, protected in new clear sleeve. Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappell; illustrations by Sidonie Coryn. The original single volume edition. Very good October printing preserved in near fine wrapper. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food & long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with over 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because: It leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection. It breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations bound to increase anyone's culinary repertoire. A note about authors at last page. 684 pages plus index. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Coryn, Sidonie. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book.

$550.00

Mastering the Art of French Cooking  (Signed)
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Signed)

By Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. Beautifully signed by Julia Child at half-title page: ""Bon Appétit! Julia Child". Very attractive. Stated Sixth Printing, May 1964. Patterned fleur-de-lis boards w/turquoise stars, black and white cover and spine titles on orange fields, some shelf wear. Pages good, few w/smudge from use, no writing; some discoloration to exterior text block. Turquoise endpapers. Bind good; front hinge reinforced. Original dust jacket moderate shelf wear, toning; unclipped 10.00, protected in new clear sleeve. Rare directly signed early printing in near very good original wrapper. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food & long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with over 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because: It leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection. It breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations bound to increase anyone's culinary repertoire. 684 pages w/32 page index and a Note About the Author. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. Illus. by Coryn, Sidonie (Illustrations). 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book.

$750.00

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

By Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966. Stated Eleventh Printing, February 1966. Patterned fleur-de-lis boards w/turquoise stars, black and white cover and spine titles on crisp orange fields, moderate shelf wear; some neat clear adhesive to spine. Pages fine, sharp; no writing. Turquoise endpapers. Orange top edge. Bind good; hinges intact. Original first edition cover titles - with Simone Beck's name above Julia Child's. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food & long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with over 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because: It leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection. It breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations bound to increase anyone's culinary repertoire. A note about authors at last page. 684 pages plus index. Insured post.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Illus. by Coryn, Sidonie (Illustrations). 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book.

$18.95

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

By Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Published October 16th, 1961. Patterned fleur-de-lis boards w/turquoise stars, black and white cover and spine titles on orange fields, some shelf wear, spine fade, toning. Pages generally very good, no writing; few at back w/edge wear. Bind solid; exterior spine neatly reinforced w/cloth adhesive. Original first edition jacket, some chip, toning; clipped, protected in new clear sleeve. Code 10/61 at front flap. Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappell; illustrations by Sidonie Coryn. Well worn original single volume edition in same wrapper. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food & long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with over 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because: It leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection. It breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations bound to increase anyone's culinary repertoire. A note about authors at last page. 684 pages plus index. Insured post.. First Edition. Hardcover. Fair/Fair. Illus. by Coryn, Sidonie. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book.

$93.95

The Raven with Illustrations by W. L. Taylor
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The Raven with Illustrations by W. L. Taylor

By Poe, Edgar Allan

39 West Twenty Third Street, New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1884. First edition thus; 1884 at title page, 1883 copyright. Rarely dated example. Beautifully detailed, haunting illustrations and accent throughout by W. L. Taylor; drawn and engraved under the supervision of George T. Andrew. Thick, semi-flexible covers w/dramatic cover titles and pictorial design, moderate cover, corner, edge wear. Cover portrays the lovelorn lead clutching at his chair as the Raven perches atop Pallas bust w/bold titles in deep red, navy and brown hues w/additional scene of the man opening a door behind the titles; back cover depicts a raven swooping downward amongst lightning w/sky in hues of red splashes, navy and brown. Heavy stock leaves very good; no writing. Gilded page edges. String-bind good; exterior spine reinforced. Near very good example of this rare edition. From the Press of J. J. Little & Co., Nos. 10 to 20 Astor Place, New York. Edgar Allan Poe's hazy narrative begins on a night in December when "The Raven" haunts the unnamed narrator who sits reading "forgotten lore" to sublimate the loss of his love, Lenore. A "rapping at his chamber door" reveals nothing, yet excites his soul to "burning". A similar rapping, slightly louder, is heard at his window. When he investigates, a raven enters his chamber. Paying no attention, the raven perches atop a bust of Pallas high above the door. Amused by the raven's comically serious disposition, the man asks that the bird tell him its name. The raven's only answer is "Nevermore". The narrator is surprised that the raven can talk, though at this point it has said nothing further. The narrator remarks to himself that his "friend" will soon fly out of his life, just as "other friends have flown before". The raven responds again with "Nevermore". The narrator reasons that the bird learned the word "Nevermore" from some "unhappy master" and that it is the only word it knows. Regardless, the narrator pulls his chair directly in front of the raven, determined to learn more. He thinks for a moment, and his mind wanders to his lost Lenore. He thinks the air grows denser and feels the presence of angels, and wonders if God is sending him a sign that he is to forget Lenore. The bird again replies in the negative, suggesting that he can never be free of his memories. The narrator becomes angry, calling the raven a "thing of evil". Finally, he asks whether he will be reunited with Lenore in Heaven. When the raven responds with its typical "Nevermore", he is enraged, and, calling it a liar, commands the bird to return to the "Plutonian shore", - but it does not move. The narrator's final admission is that his soul is trapped beneath the raven's shadow and shall be lifted "Nevermore". Insured post.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. Illus. by Taylor, W. L.. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall.

$250.00

Insomnia  [Signed First Edition]
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Insomnia [Signed First Edition]

By King, Stephen

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Press, 1994. Signed by Stephen King at title page: "Stephen King". Beautiful signature contemporaneous with publishing of this title. First printing with full numberline. Stated First Published in 1994 by Viking Penguin. Grey boards, white coated cloth spine wrap, red metallic SK and relief spine titles on red field, moderate shelf wear, discoloration. Light grey endpapers. Gold circular bookstore label at front endpaper features long-stepping farmer silhouette with book in hand: "Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, Vermont". Pages near fine; lt. discoloration to exterior lower text block. Dust wrapper near fine; unclipped 27.95, protected in new clear sleeve. Bright red and white jacket design with boldly embossed titles by David Johnson. Rare signed first edition in near fine wrapper. Ralph Roberts has a problem. Since his wife died, Ralph is having trouble sleeping. He's hardly sleeping at all. Each day he awakens earlier. The books call it "premature waking." During walks late at night, he observes strange things all around. Colored ribbons streaming from people’s heads, two strange little men wandering around town, and more. He begins to suspect that these phenomena are a bit more than hallucinations from insomnia. There’s a definite streak running through this small town of Derry, Maine. Beneath the surface, awesome and terrifying forces are at play. The 'dying' has been going on for a long, long time. Now Ralph is part of it... and his maddening sleeplessness is the least of his worries. Days never end. Nightmares are real. No one is innocent. 787 pages. Insured post.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine. Illus. by Johnson, David (Illustration); Stuart, Neil (Jacket Design). 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall.

$695.00

A Christmas Carol Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
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A Christmas Carol Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

By Dickens, Charles

London - Philadelphia: William Heinemann - J. B. Lippincott, 1915. Stated at copyright page: "London: William Heinemann, 1915". Olive green full-cloth boards, black cover design and titles, some shelf wear. Cover depicts whimsical mischievous elves hanging from bells w/holly decoration at spine; Heinemann at heel. Thick heavy stock leaves generally very good; moderate fox at endpapers. Antiquarian owner's color bookplate of bi-furcated tree inside cover. Illustrated endpapers of the greedy Scrooge and ebullient transformed character. Includes eight full-colour plates and four additional rarities not seen elsewhere by the ever enchanting artist, Arthur Rackham, each with fine captioned tissue guard. Twenty b&w illustrations, decorative headers and tails throughout. Bind good; hinges intact. Rare near good first edition. In October 1843, Charles Dickens, heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher, began work to help his family's meagre income. A Christmas Carol has long since become one of the most beloved in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill. With its characters exhibiting many qualities often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with spectral visitors. Journeying through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England's greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas. From preface: I've endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour w/themselves, the season, or me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. - C. D." Printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay and Sons, Limited, Brunswick Street, Stamford Street, S. E., and Bungay, Suffolk. 147 pages. Insured post.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall.

$350.00

A Wonder Book Illustrated By Arthur Rackham  [Hawthorne's Wonder Book]
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A Wonder Book Illustrated By Arthur Rackham [Hawthorne's Wonder Book]

By Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Garden City, New York: George H. Doran Company, 1922. No date; circa 1922. Larger 8" x 9 7/8" x 2" design weighing over three lbs. Dark red buckram (cloth) boards, gilt cover titles and very detailed design, gilt spine titles w/Doran at heel, light shelf wear, clean. Front cover depicts wily satyr in tree shaking the leaves while children look on below. Pictorial endpapers of young lad and lady approaching tree w/silhouette in foreground of mercury atop pedestal and young satyr-like being sitting upon foundation. Pages near fine, clean; no writing. Stylish antiquarian bookplate inside cover of Nancy E. Lukens, passing in summer of 2019, with woodcut illustration of Chaucer among books on shelf: "On bokes for to rede I me delyte, And to hem yive I feyth and ful credence, And in myn herte have hem in reverence, So hertely, that ther is game noon, That fro my bokes maketh me to goon. - Chaucer". Frontispiece mounted color plate w/captioned tissue guard: "Pandora and Epimetheus". Illustrated with fifteen more full-color mounted plates printed in rich hues. Fine captioned tissue guards present. Also, an additional eight full-page duo-chromatic illustrations, many resembling a Japanese influence, with captions greatly enchance this volume. Variously sized b&w decorative headers and tailpieces throughout. Bind fine; hinges intact. Near fine very attractive example of fine book craftsmanship. Presented here are a half dozen of the classical myths rendered into very essential reading for children. A great freedom of treatment was necessary rendering these legends into malleable forms remaining same or similar in their essence having existed for the past two or three millennia. But, by their indestructibility are legitimate subjects for every age to clothe with its own garnish of manners and sentiment, and imbue with its own morality. In these fables of Hawthorne, they assume a Gothic or romantic guise and meeting the comprehension of children. It is only the artificial and complex that bewilder them, while their imaginative senses rise deep and high for elemental of these legends. Contents include: The Gorgon's Head; The Golden Touch; The Paradise of Children; The Three Golden Apples; The Miraculous Pitcher; The Chimaera. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Printed in Great Britain by T. and A. Constable Ltd. at the Edinburgh University Press. 207 pages. Insured post. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge who never repented of his actions involved in the witch trials . Nathaniel later added the "w" to his surname. He entered Bowdoin College and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe in 1828. He published several short stories in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody, worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community. Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works feature moral allegories with Puritan inspiration. His works are considered part of dark romanticism in the Romantic Movement and his themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, often with deep psychological complexity. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$450.00

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