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Principia Mathematica

By WHITEHEAD, Alfred North (1861-1947) and Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [from 1910], 1950. Second Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine+. First reprint, complete in three volumes, of the Second Edition of this landmark work in formal logic, showing that mathematics could be derived solely from logical concepts and by logical methods. Thick, tall 8vo (242 x 163mm): xlvi,674; xxxi,[1],742; viii,491,[1]pp. Publisher's black finely woven cloth, spines stamped in gilt; drab green dust jackets printed in black. A Fine set, tightly bound, mild toning to heavy coated stock (as often) but generally clean and bright throughout; Near Fine or better jackets with brief edge wear and darkening to spine panels. Blackwell & Ruja A9.2c. Originally published in three volumes, in 1910, 1912, and 1913, with a second edition appearing in 1925 (Volume I) and 1927 (Volumes II and III). Of that edition, Whitehead later provided this seemingly dismissive commentary: "The great labour of supervising the second edition of Principia Mathematica has been solely undertaken by Mr. Bertrand Russell. All the new matter in that edition is due to him, unless it shall be otherwise expressly stated." The "new matter" includes elements on the theory of deductions, mathematical induction, and truth functions, as well as an important Introduction, a revised Appendix A, and all-new appendices B and C. "Along with Aristotle's Organon and Gottlob Frege's Grundgesetze der Arithmetik, [the Principia Mathematica] remains one of the most influential books on logic ever written.." (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

[Photobook] Quiet Days In Clichy

By [BRASSAI] MILLER, Henry (1891-1980)

Paris: The Olympia Press, 8, Rue de Nesle, 1958. Second Edition. Printed Wrappers. Fine-/Fine-. Second Edition of this short novel, celebrating love, art, and the Bohemian life, with 29 full-page photogravures (recto and verso, of which one verso only and one double-page photomontage) of Paris after dark by Brassai (pseudonym of Gyula Halász). Small 8vo (172 x 103mm): 171,[3]pp (because of a binding error, the blank leaf (pp. 175-176) of the first edition was inserted following p. 170, giving the appearance of two fewer pages). Original thick card wrappers with wraparound abstract design, by T. Tajiri, in grey, yellow, and black; text printed on thick white wove paper in dark brown ink. About Fine (slight spine lean, trivial edge wear) of this fragile volume. Shifreen & Jackson A100c. Kearney 1.16.2. Auer 364. O'Roark Collection A182 (first edition). Originally published in 1956. Both Quiet Days in Clichy and the accompanying short story, "Mara-Marignan," date from the time of Tropic of Cancer, when Miller was an obscure, penniless writer in Paris. A few months after he returned to New York, in 1940, a quick moneymaking opportunity, writing pornography for an Oklahoma erotica collector, named Roy M. Johnson, came his way. Early drafts of "Mara-Marignan" and Quiet Days in Clichy were the result. Johnson was not impressed; he found Miller's prose to be "too poetic," and the manuscripts went missing-"lost for over ten years," Miller wrote in 1956-then "turned up miraculously." Miller rewrote both stories, in Big Sur, in May of that year. The photographs of 1930s Paris are of street-scenes of prostitutes; sailors fondling women in cafes, young people flirting, kissing, dancing, and drinking. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$485.00

The Malay Archipelago : the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise : a narrative of travel with studies of man and nature

By WALLACE, Alfred Russel (1823-1913)

London: Macmillan [from 1869], 1902. Decorative Cloth. Early reprint of "one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB) and Wallace's magnum opus, chronicling his eight-year sojourn through the Malay Archipelago. 8vo (196 x 129mm): xvii,[3],515,[1]pp, with tissue-guarded frontispiece, title-page vignette, 10 unnumbered maps (2 folding), and 51 full- or partial-page engravings by Thomas Baines, Walter Hood Fitch, John Gerrard Keulemans, E. W. Robinson, Joseph Wolf, and T. W. Wood. Original publisher's green pebbled cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, black coated end papers. A gorgeous copy, sound binding (though slightly rolled), minor marks to covers, very occasional foxing, but an excellent example in original cloth of Wallace's most important work. Norman 2176 (for first edition). Garrison-Morton 7439. A nearly identical reprint of the 1890 tenth edition, including bibliographical references and index. Originally published, in two volumes, in 1869. The Malay Archipelago, dedicated to Charles Darwin (Wallace independently conceived the theory of evolution through natural selection), gives accounts of Wallace's scientific exploration of Malaysia, Singapore, the islands of Indonesia (the Dutch East Indies), and the island of New Guinea, detailing each island's physical and human geography, volcanoes, and flora and fauna. Sailing some 14,000 miles from island to island in native crafts, Wallace collected an astonishing 125,000 natural history specimens (of mollusks, mammals, and reptiles), and discovered more than 200 species of birds and 1000 insects. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$565.00

[Photobook] The Road To Wigan Pier [True First]

By [Eric Arthur Blair, writing as:] ORWELL, George (1903-1950)

London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1950. First Impression. Wrappers. Fine-. Paperback Original ("Left Book Club Edition / Not For Sale To The Public"), the true first edition preceding the trade casebound issue of 2,150 copies. As many as 44,000 copies were printed, but relatively few have survived in collectible condition. Tall, thick 8vo (216 x 139mm): xxiv,264pp, with 32 full-page black-and-white photographic reproductions on coated stock of Welsh coal miners and of slums in the East End of London. Firmly bound in original orange limp cloth lettered in black. Binding lightly dust-soiled, short diagonal crease to back cover, else clean and bright throughout. Fenwick A.5a. The culmination of almost two months Orwell spent, in 1936, in Lancashire and Yorkshire researching conditions of the poor and unemployed in northern England. The book is divided into two parts, the first comprising Orwell's descriptive sociological investigation, the second a long essay on the author's middle-class upbringing and the development of his political conscience, questioning British attitudes towards socialism. According to Orwell's biographer, publisher Victor Gollancz, a dedicated social reformer, tried to persuade Orwell's agent to allow the Left Book Club edition to consist solely of the descriptive first half of the book, omitting the "repugnant" second half, which Gollancz feared would be misinterpreted, and that the mostly middle-class members of the Left Book Club would be offended. When Orwell refused, Gollancz added a foreword, while Orwell was off in Spain fighting in the Civil War, in which he raised caveats about the judgments and conclusions in Part Two. The forward does not appear in the later first trade edition. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$435.00

The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue [Inscribed Association Copy]
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The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue [Inscribed Association Copy]

By O'BRIEN, Edna

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1986. First Edition thus. `. Fine/Fine. First Omnibus Edition with a "new epilogue by the author." Tall, thick 8vo (235 x 147mm): [8],532pp. Publisher's French blue quarter-cloth over lighter blue paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gold; illustrated dust jacket priced $18.95. Inscribed by O'Brien to American poet Daniel Hoffman, poet laureate of the United States and chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and dated "Dec. 2nd, 1986" (the year of publication). Fine, square, and tightly bound; lightly read (if at all). Brilliant jacket without a hint of fading. O'Brien's momentous debut, banned in Ireland because of sexual content, "charts the progress of two young Irish girls, Kate and Baba, as they escape their rural home place for the relative cosmopolitanism of Dublin. It is no accident that, in the first novel, a turning point in Kate's development is marked by her acquisition of a copy of Joyce's Dubliners [Joyce was hugely influential in O'Brien's writing life, and in 1999 she wrote a biography of him ]. . . . When asked late in his life if he would ever return to Ireland, Joyce gave the famously enigmatic reply, 'Have I ever left it?', and Edna O'Brien's relationship with her home country is complicated in ways that are similarly fraught and complex." (The Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$265.00

God's Little Acre

By CALDWELL, Erskine (1903-1987)

New York: Viking Press, 1933. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Near Fine+. First Printing of Caldwell's finest novel, combining a powerful story with social protest and experimental narrative techniques. First Edition (so stated). 8vo (189 x 130mm): [6],303,[1]pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gold and green, top edge stained gold, other edges rough-trimmed,title page in maroon and black; Illustrated dust jacket priced $2.50. About Fine, with just a hint of fraying to spine ends, but square and tightly bound, the pages virtually pristine, without a trace of foxing. The lightly toned and dust-soiled dust jacket presents as Near Fine or better after skillful restoration to spine crown (not involving lettering or design). Blanck, p. 94 (erroneously reporting "first edition so stated on copyright page"). Coan, p.56. Hanna 564. The author's sequel (of sorts) to Tobacco Road, critiquing sharecropping and cotton farming while investigating the textile mill as an alternative for Southern workers, bringing Caldwell notoriety and fame (total worldwide sales have been estimated at more than 14 million copies, making it one of the best-selling novels of all time). "Both books were set among the poor whites of [Caldwell's] southern childhood, and both displayed a mixture of muckraking anger and grotesque sexual behavior that upset southern loyalists and northern moralists alike. Despite or because of this, . . . God's Little Acre, after a highly publicized obscenity trial, became one of Caldwell's perennial bestsellers." (ANB). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

Winner Take Nothing

By HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961)

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Fine-. First printing ("A" on copyright page and "wo" for "two," p. 159, l. 20 ) of the author's fourth collection of short stories, including his "small masterpiece of existential fiction," "A Clean, Well Lighted Place," which Joyce called "one of the best short stories ever written." (Literary Encyclopedia). 8vo (185 x 126mm): [8],244pp. Publisher's black calico-grain cloth, recessed gold foil labels printed in black on upper cover and spine, top edge stained pinkish-red, fore-edge rough-trimmed; typographic dust jacket, printed in black, yellow, and crimson and priced $2.00, with Stallings review on back panel. About Fine (top stain gently faded), square, tight, and clean throughout; about Fine jacket (very minor restoration to small nick on rear panel, not affecting lettering or design). Hanneman 12A. Grissom A.12.1.a. Six of the fourteen stories in this collection appear here for the first time, and many would be republished often in later collections. Nick Adams, Hemingway's enduring hero, reappears twice, in a war story, "A Way You'll Never Be," and in the final story, "Fathers and Sons." That story "closes a narrative cycle begun in In Our Time with 'Indian Camp' and marks the last chapter in Nick Adams's biography to be published during Hemingway's lifetime." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1765.00

The Divine comedy of Dante Alighieri / translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [in three volumes: I. Inferno. II. Purgatorio. III. Paradiso]
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The Divine comedy of Dante Alighieri / translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [in three volumes: I. Inferno. II. Purgatorio. III. Paradiso]

By [LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth, translates] Dante Alighieri

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867. First Edition thus. Cloth. Near Fine+. First American Edition "of the first complete, and in many respects still the best, English translation of The Divine Comedy." (Luzzi) With bibliographical and critical notes. The translation in each volume is preceded by two of Longfellow's sonnets on translating the epic poem. Royal octavo (248 x 170mm): vii,[5],414; vi,[4],410; vi,[4],452pp. Publisher's original green C cloth, beveled boards, spines and upper covers lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed, chocolate-colored coated fly end papers, titles pages in red and black, faded contemporary gift inscription on front fly leaves, dated December 25, 1869. An excellent, wide-margined set with only light wear and soiling to cloth; minor rubbing and wear to bindings, text blocks free of foxing and tightly bound. BAL 12139,12146. Chamberlain, p. 67-69, 71-73, 75. Chew XXV. Each volume of the translation was originally printed in a private issue of 10 copies between 1865 and 1867. For the first published edition, the translation was revised and notes and an index were added. Between April 13 and September 27, 1867, four printings went through the presses. Our three volume set comprises a second or third printing (p. 223, note 116 reads: Vedrai gli antichi spiriti dolenti; text ends on p. 414 followed by blank leaf), a second, third, or fourth printing (p. 350, note 32 reads: It will be observed that Dante), Variant C (text ends on p. 410 followed by two blanks and a fly leaf), and an undetermined printing with first state of copyright notice (the "H" in "Henry" is set beneath the first "c" in "according"). Longfellow spent several years translating the poem. To help perfect the translation and review proofs, he invited friends to weekly meetings, starting in 1864. The "Dante Club," as it was called, regularly included William Dean Howells, James Russell Lowell, and Charles Eliot Norton. Longfellow "succeeded in capturing the original brilliance of Dante's lines with a close, sometimes awkwardly literal translation that allows the Tuscan to shine through the English . . . Longfellow's English indeed comes across as Italianate: in surrendering to the letter and spirit of Dante's Tuscan, he loses the quirks and perks of his mother tongue." (Joseph Luzzi, "How to Read Dante in the 21st Century," The American Scholar, Web exclusive, March 22, 2016) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$885.00

The Snow-Image, and Other Tales

By HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (1804-1864)

Boston: Ticknor, Reed,m,h and Fields, 1852. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine. First Printing of the final collection of stories by Hawthorne appearing in his lifetime, printed from stereotype plates in an edition of 2425 copies. 8vo (179 x 110mm ): [4, publisher's catalog, dated January, 1852],273,[1]pp. Original brown bold-ribbed T cloth, blind-stamped floral device within ruled panels on covers, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow wove end papers. An exemplary example, square, tightly bound, and clean throughout. BAL 7607. Browne, p. 69. Grolier Hawthorne 26. Clark A19.1a. Wright II, 1140. Fifteen previously published tales and sketches, including first book appearances of "Ethan Brand" and "My Kinsman, Major Molineux." Simultaneously published in London, in Bohn's Cheap Series. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$565.00

The Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects

By DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

London: John Murray, 1899. Second Edition. Original Cloth. Fine. A later but Very Fine printing (sixth Impression of the second edition) in the publisher's standard green binding. 8vo (190 x 122mm): xiv,300,[4]pp, with one folding plate and 38 woodcuts in the text. Publisher's green cloth, covers paneled in blind, spine stamped in gilt, chocolate coated end papers, top edge rough-trimmed. (There exists another, probably later, state, unrecorded by Freeman, with white end papers, lighter cloth, slightly different tooling to spine, and lacking "London" in the imprint.) Fly leaf foxed, with previous owner's name, else highly presentable, virtually pristine and tightly bound, the gilt remarkably fresh and bright. Freeman F814. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 1765. Following on the heels of publication of On the Origin of Species, this was Darwin's first detailed demonstration of the power of natural selection, explaining how complex ecological relationships resulted in the coevolution of orchids and insects. According to Asa Gray, the most important American botanist of the 19th century, "If the Orchid-book (with a few trifling omissions) had appeared before the 'Origin,' the author would have been canonised rather than anathematised by the natural theologians," and he notes that a review in the Literary Churchman found only one fault, "that Mr. Darwin's expression of admiration at the contrivances in orchids is too indirect a way of saying, 'O Lord, how manifold are Thy works.'" Darwin himself wrote to John Murray on September 24th, 1861, "I think this little volume will do good to the "Origin", as it will show that I have worked hard at details." Orchids "was concerned with working out in detail the relationships between sexual structures of orchids and the insects which fertilise them, their evolution being attributed to natural selection. It is therefore the first of the volumes of supporting evidence. It was much praised by botanists, but sold only about 6,000 copies before the turn of the century. . . . I have not seen any figure for the number of copies printed [for the first edition], although it cannot have been more than 2,000 and was probably less." (Freeman) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$535.00

The Danger Tree [Uncorrected Proof]

By MANNING, Olivia (1908-1980)

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977. Advance Reading Copy. Wrappers. Fine. Uncorrected proof of the first title in Manning's Levant Trilogy, with publisher's press release and compliments slip laid in. Tall 8vo (214 x 138mm): 196pp. Publisher's stiff tangerine-colored wrappers printed in black. Fine, tightly bound copy (apparently unread) with light smudge to bottom edge. Burgess, p. 76. In the Balkan and Levant trilogies (we have both sets on offer), Manning's "portrait of a group of British expatriate teachers, writers and diplomats caught up in the disruptions of the conflict [Second World War] sets an intimate study of personal relationships in the context of international political and military intrigue across a five year period. Her fictionalized treatments of wartime Romania, Greece and Egypt convey as a backdrop the suffering caused by the collapse of old imperial Europe, the rampant spread of fascist ideology and the mass displacement of populations, while focusing in the foreground on the fragile marriage of the trilogies' protagonists, Harriet and Guy Pringle." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.)(Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$115.00

[The Balkan Trilogy, comprising:] The Great Fortune, The Spoilt City, [and] Friends and Heroes

By MANNING, Olivia (1908-1980)

London: William Heinemann [through 1965], 1960. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. A Fine set of "probably the most important long work of fiction written by a woman since the war" and "one of the finest records we have of the impact of that war on Europe." (Burgess) Three First Impression in correct dust jackets. 8vo (195 x 128mm): [8],3-289; [10],3-319,[1]; [10],3-363,[1]pp. Publisher's sky blue and black cloth, spines stamped in blue and gold; illustrated dust jackets (two by John Raynes and two price-clipped). Square, tight bindings (two probably unread) and clean throughout; Fine jackets (Great Fortune very minimally restored to spine tips). Burgess, p.76. Manning is "widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators, in fiction, of the experience of the Second World War in Europe and the Middle East. In the Balkan and Levant trilogies [we have both sets on offer], her portrait of a group of British expatriate teachers, writers and diplomats caught up in the disruptions of the conflict sets an intimate study of personal relationships in the context of international political and military intrigue across a five year period. Her fictionalized treatments of wartime Romania, Greece and Egypt convey as a backdrop the suffering caused by the collapse of old imperial Europe, the rampant spread of fascist ideology and the mass displacement of populations, while focusing in the foreground on the fragile marriage of the trilogies' protagonists, Harriet and Guy Pringle." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$835.00

Flowering Judas and Other Stories

By PORTER, Katherine Anne (1890-1980)

London: Jonathan Cape, 1936. First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. Fine/Near Fine+. First Impression of the first British edition of the author's first book. 8vo (193 x 120mm): 288,[8]pp. Publisher's slub weave pale blue cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in burgundy, bottom edge untrimmed; with the discrete book label of the indomitable J. F. Fuggles; cream-colored dust jacket printed in yellow and black and priced 7s/6d. A superb copy in the very lightly tanned dust jacket. A collection of ten short stories, six of which had originally appeared in a slender limited edition of only 600 copies, in 1930. "Porter was thirty-two years old when she published her first story ('María Concepción') and forty years old when she published Flowering Judas, her first collection, [which] received such enthusiastic critical acclaim that Porter's high position in American letters was permanently fixed. Edward Weeks in The Atlantic Monthly judged the stories 'superb', and Louise Bogan in The New Republic declared that '[no other writer has a talent quite like [Porter's].' . . . In 1935 Flowering Judas, enhanced with four more stories, was reprinted as Flowering Judas and Other Stories, and the critical adulation continued. Graham Greene, writing in The Spectator, used such words as "magnificent" and "brilliance" to praise Porter and what he called the "deep sobriety" of her style." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$235.00

[Bloomsbury] Poems and Fables [Unopened]

By TREVELYAN, R. C. [Robert Calverl(e)y], (1872-1951)

London: Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1925. First Edition. Paper-Covered Boards. Fine. Only printing, from an edition of approximately 300 copies. Slim 8vo (217 x 138mm): 23,[1]pp. Publisher's marbled paper-covered boards, cream paper label printed in black to upper board. A superb survival, completely unopened, binding square and tight without fading, chipping, or tears; hint of spotting to end papers, else clean throughout. Woolmer 78. NCBEL IV, 370. Trevelyan was the second son of Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet. "Described as a 'rumpled, eccentric poet' . . . close to the Bloomsbury Group, who called him 'Bob Trevy'. He had a wide further range of social connections: George Santayana, Isaac Rosenberg, Bernard Berenson, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, [and] E. M. Forster with whom he and Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson travelled to India in 1912." (Wikipedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$565.00

The Return of A. J. Raffles [Signed]

By GREENE, Graham (1904-1991)

London: Bodley Head, 1975. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. No. 132 of 250 signed limited-edition copies bound in boards (of which only 170 were for sale); the first trade edition was issued as a paperback original. Small, slim 8vo (189 x 113mm): 80pp. Publisher's copper-colored paper over boards, spine lettered in gold, tan end papers; copper dust jacket (unpriced) printed in brown. A very fine copy (pristine and apparently unread) in a Fine Jacket. Not in Wobbe (see A62a for the paperbound issue). Miller 56. An Edwardian comedy in three acts, which opened at the Aldwych Theatre, in London, on December 4, 1975. Set in the late summer of 1900, it centers on the infamous gentleman burglar and cricketer, A. J. Raffles-presumed dead in the Boer War-who returns to Albany where, with his friend Lord Alfred Douglas, he plots to rob the Marquess of Queensberry. Raffles was the creation of E. W. Hornung, who was brother-in-law to Arthur Conan Doyle, and Raffles was one of the chief rivals of Sherlock Holmes. The idea for the play, Greene said, occurred after seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Sherlock Holmes. "For Greene, who [was] an expert on Victorian and Edwardian Crime Fiction, . . . Raffles seems almost natural subject matter." (Wobbe) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$465.00

Nineteen [19] Stories

By GREENE, Graham (1904-1991)

London: William Heinemann, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Fine-. First Impression of this early collection. Small 8vo (183 x 119mm): [6],231,[1]pp. Publisher's navy blue cloth, spine stamped in silver, cream-colored typographic dust jacket printed in red and grey and priced 8s/6d. About Fine (few spots to fore-edge, ink inscription to first blank), square and tight with clean pages throughout; about Fine jacket (several light smudges) without loss. A cheaply produced postwar production often encountered in deplorable condition. Wobbe A20a. Miller 24. Eight of the stories originally appeared in an earlier collection (1935) entitled The Basement Room. Among those new to this collection are "A Drive in the Country," "The Lottery Ticket," and "The Other Side of the Border," the latter two of which were excised from later collections. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

The Last Tycoon. An Unfinished Novel. Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories

By FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940)

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Printing (with Scribner's seal and "A" on copyright page). 8vo: xii,476pp. Publisher's navy blue V cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gold, top edge stained red, fore-edge rough-cut; typographic dust jacket, printed in red and black and priced $2.75, with photo of the author by Eareckson on back panel. A superb example, square, tight, and probably unread; glue-darkened end sheets (as often), else Fine; crisp, clean jacket with very brief edge wear. Broccoli A19.1.a. Fitzgerald's final, incomplete novel, edited by Edmund Wilson, Fitzgerald's friend since their days together at Princeton and later sometimes literary mentor, first published ten months after Fitzgerald's death, at the age of 44, in this volume with a synopsis of the ending, a selection from Fitzgerald's working papers for the novel, the text of The Great Gatsby, and five previously published stories: "May Day," "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," "The Rich Boy," "Absolution," and "Crazy Sunday." Wilson collated the novel's episodes, supplied the synopsis, made the selection from Fitzgerald's working papers, and wrote a foreword in which he affirmed that The Last Tycoon was "even in its imperfect state, Fitzgerald's most mature work" and "far and away the best novel we have had about Hollywood." His edition "played a key role in the posthumous revival of Fitzgerald's reputation." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$3250.00

A Time for Gifts. On foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube; [with] Between the Woods and the Water. On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates; [and with] The Broken Road: From The Iron Gates to Mount Athos

By FERMOR, Patrick Leigh (1915-2011)

London: John Murray [through 2013], 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine-. First Impressions of Leigh Fermor's magisterial account, in three volumes, of his epic journey at age 18, in 1933, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Publisher's navy-blue cloth, spines and upper covers lettered and decorated in gold or silver, in the wonderful dust jackets illustrated by John Craxton and Ed Kluz, priced, £6.50 and £25. Gifts: 8vo: [8],291,[1]pp, with frontispiece photographic portrait of Fermor by Valasa Cantacuzène and double-page map on khaki paper. Woods and Water: 8vo: 248pp, with double-page map on mint-green paper. Broken Road: Tall, thick 8vo: xxi, 362pp, with photographic portrait of the author and two full-page maps. Each volume is virtually pristine (and likely unread), Fine, tight, and square, in about Fine jackets (Between the Woods and the Water is price-clipped). A Time of Gifts recounts the journey as far as the Middle Danube. Between the Woods and the Water picks up with Fermor crossing the Mária Valéria bridge from Czechoslovakia into Hungary and ends at the Iron Gate, where the Danube formed the boundary between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Romania. The Broken Road is a reconstruction of the third leg of Fermor's trek, pieced together by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper from Fermor's diary and an early draft he wrote in the 1960s, to include an account of his exploration of Mount Athos. Throughout, Fermor, a superb prose stylist, offers compelling glimpses of the resplendent domes, monasteries, great rivers, hospitable burgomasters, storks and frogs. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$965.00

Two Serious Ladies

By BOWLES, Jane (1917-1973)

London: Peter Owen, 1965. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine-. First British Commonwealth Edition (so stated) of Bowles's only novel, a modernist cult classic (Tennessee Williams named it his favorite book), written in singular, spare, elliptical prose. 8vo (184 x 119mm): Publisher's bronze cloth, spine lettered in gold, illustrated dust jacket designed by Donald Smith (price-clipped). A virtually pristine example (apparently unread), jacket with only briefest of edge wear. Truly outstanding. Jane Sidney Auer married composer and writer Paul Bowles in 1938, and for a time they lived in a boardinghouse with, among others, Richard Wright, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee. "Bowles deliberately constructed Two Serious Ladies without a plot. Its title characters, one sinful and victimized, the other virtuous and domineering, meet only twice; their lives are presented alternately, in a style praised for its wit." (Encyclopedia Britannica) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

[Photobook] Moor Park Rickmansworth: A Series of Photographs. With an introduction by Lady Ebury

By COBURN, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966)

London: Elkin Matthews, Cork Street, 1915. First Edition. Fine. One of Coburn's "most exquisite interpretations" (Newhall), with twenty photogravures in the pictorialist style of the "grandest 18th-century mansion in Hertfordshire taken" (Pevsner), made while Coburn was teaching photography to Moor Park's owner, Lady Emilie Ebury. With an introduction by Lady Ebury and an afterward by William Temple, reprinted from the folio edition of his works published in 1740, describing the formal gardens, of which nothing remained in Coburn's day. Squarish 8vo (225 x 179mm): 55,[1]pp, chiefly photogravures mounted on rectos only. The letterpress is by the Chiswick Press. Original olive-green paper-covered boards printed in black, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. An extraordinarily bright, clean, fresh copy, firmly bound and unmarked. Despite the commercial imprint, the book looks privately published, as though intended for family members, close friends, and departing house guests. Imagining Paradise, p. 238. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, pp. 251-52. The great house's foundations can be traced to the early seventeenth century, but its present appearance goes back to Benjamin Haskins-Stiles, who bought the mansion in 1720, had it refaced with Portland stone, and added a great Corinthian portico. In 1752, the house passed to Admiral Lord Anson, who commissioned Capability Brown to remake the formal gardens in sweeping "landscape style." The 20 photogravures comprise interior and exterior views of ancient country house, its doorways and mantels, its gardens and deer park. Four years after the final photographs were taken, Moor Park was again sold and is now a golf club. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

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