This year marks our 22nd year in the trade. Many thanks to all of our customers who have carried us this far! We are pleased to offer an interesting selection of 38 new arrivalswhere else would John James Audubon and Marc Bolan be seen together in public?

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(Adams, Henry)
DEMOCRACY: An American Novel
London: Macmillan and Co., 1882. First English edition. 12mo. 280 pp., (iv) pp. ads. Limp printed wrappers, lightly worn, mainly on spine, with previous owner's signature in faint pencil on front wrapper. A nice copy of a very fragile book. 

Albee, Edward
New York: Atheneum, 1966. First Edition. 8vo. 170 pp. Contemporary bookseller's price sticker on rear cover. A Delicate Balance won Albee the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. An almost near-fine copy. 

Audubon, John James, and The Rev. John Bachman
New York: V.G. Audubon, 1856. In three volumes. Third edition. 8vo. (xv), 383 pp.; (iv), 334 pp.; v, 348 pp. Illustrated with 155 hand-colored plates printed by J.T. Bowen; clipped signature of John James Audubon tipped-in to first free leaf, and with portrait of Audubon tipped-in to verso of front free endpaper. Publisher's deluxe brown morocco binding, elaborately stamped in blind; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers (volumes I and III only). Binding slightly rubbed to edges and joints, a very good set.

Third edition, the last to be produced by the Audubon family. The title-page of Volume III bears the date of 1860, the year in which Roe Lockwood took over publication of Audubon's works from his sons, but it still gives the publisher as "V.G. Audubon". That suggests that this volume was produced before the deal with Lockwood. Originally issued in 31 parts to subscribers, this edition was also sold in book form.
Audubon's sons, Victor Gifford  and John Woodhouse Audubon, decided to issue this octavo edition of the enormous folio Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845-48), with the same text by John Bachman, during the last years of their father's life, and first published it in 1849. The work had been a real family affair, with the ailing John James and John Woodhouse dividing the artwork between them and Victor providing most of the backgrounds, while Bachman, also ill, was greatly aided in writing his text by his sister-in-law Maria. The result of this collaborative effort was a work that is as much a scientific as an aesthetic triumph, the founding text of the serious study of North American quadrupeds.
This octavo edition, so much more approachable in size and price than the imperial folio work, brought a level of commercial and artistic success for the two brothers and saw them keeping their father's legacy alive. Wood, p. 208; Nissen IZB 163.

Avedon, Richard, and Truman Capote
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1959). First edition. Folio. (152) pp. In original glassine dust-jacket with one chip in top of spine panel and a few creases in rear panel, enclosed in matching slip case with slight wear at extremities. An almost near-fine copy of this collaboration between photographer Richard Avedon and author Truman Capote, with the photographer's iconic portraits complemented by Capote's text throughout.

Banks, Jeffrey, and Doria de la Chapelle
TARTAN: Romancing the Plaid
New York: Rizzoli, (2007). First edition. Folio. 281 pp, (vii) pp. Inscribed and signed by the authors on title-page. A fine copy.

The "definitive book on tartan". 
"...And now where once stood solid water
stood the reptile king,
Tyrannosaurus Rex, reborn and bopping."

Bolan, Marc
(No place): Lupus Music, (1969). First edition. 8vo. 63 pp. Warmly inscribed by Bolan on the front free endpaper. Photographic boards in matching dust-jacket, with light wear to extremities; very faint foxing to top edge of text block; original price of 65p in pencil on front free endpaper.

From the library of photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron, and with her ownership signature above Bolan's inscription. An almost near-fine copy. 
Breslin, Jimmy
New York: The Viking Press, (1963). First edition. 8vo. 124 pp. Introduction by Bill Veeck. Price-clipped dust-jacket has light wear to head and tail of the slightly faded spine, and two small closed tears in rear panel; wear to bottom edge of boards.

Legendary New York sportswriter Jimmy Breslin's tale of the hapless 1962 Mets' first season. A very good copy.
Brown, Margaret Wise
(New York): Harper & Brothers, 1947. First edition. Oblong 12mo. Illustrated by Clement Hurd. Quarter green cloth over illustrated matte paper-covered boards, rear board soiled; hinges split but sound; light scattered staining throughout text. A well-loved but still very respectable copy of this children's classic.
Cather, Willa
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First trade edition. 12mo. 231 pp. A fine copy, designed by W. A. Dwiggins, in a great example of the Rudolph Ruzicka-designed dust-jacket, with one very small chip in front panel and a closed tear in rear panel; paper labels to spine and front board; top edge stained yellow.
[Cocktails] Hunt, Ridgely, and George S. Chappell and John Held, Jr. 
Or a Garland of Rumblossoms

New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1930. First edition. 8vo. (96) pp. Illustrated by John Held, Jr. and with "Temperance Map" endpapers by C. Wiltberger, Jr. Quarter red cloth over illustrated paper-covered boards, paper spine label, in matching dust-jacket which is variously chipped, and with slight water damage to spine of both book and jacket. A very good copy. Rare. 

Elkin, Stanley
New York: Random House, (1970). FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 335 pp. Dust-jacket price-clipped and slightly soiled on fore-edge; endpapers and edges of text-block lightly foxed. A very good copy with a great dust-jacket designed by Robert Korn.

[Elliott, Elizabeth Shippen Green] Elliott, Huger
Philadelphia: David McKay, (1947). First edition. 8vo. Unpaginated. Illustrated by Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott. Inscribed by Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott on verso of front free endpaper: "To Edith/with love from/Elizabeth and Huger". 4 pp. A.L.s. to same recipient in Huger Elliott's hand laid in. Glazed illustrated boards with wear to head- and tail-caps and spine in general; in a price-clipped dust-jacket which is worn, creased, and with a few medium-sized chips in both front and rear panels, with scattered water damage visible only from the verso,and multiple archival tape reinforcements to same; offsetting to verso of front and rear endpapers from image on recto. Presents better than described.
"Football is played on a field 300 feet in length by 160 feet in width. The line at each end is called the goal-line..."

[Football] Wilce, J.W.
FOOTBALL: How to Play it and How to Understand it
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1923). First edition. 8vo. 242 pp. Illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Stunning example of the rare dust-jacket, designed by "M.F." From The Scribner Athletic Library series.

[Hale, Kathleen]
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951. First American edition of this Folding Books "Peepshow" book. 16mo. Unpaginated. Illustrated by Kathleen Hale. A pop-up book "in the round" with six die-cut scenes, ties present. Illustrated paper covered boards, extremities rubbed; scenes complete and fine. A very good copy. 
Heller, Joseph
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1968. FIRST PRINTING. 8vo. 196 pp. Signed by Heller on the front free endpaper. Dust-jacket very slightly darkened on top edge of rear panel, and very lightly soiled on front panel; top edge stained red, previous owner's signature on first free leaf. A near-fine copy with a great dust-jacket design by Paul Bacon. Typography and binding design by Kenneth Miyamoto.

"L is the Lurching
which lightens dull
It helps quite a lot
to throw people

Herford, Oliver
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, (1931). First edition. Oblong 32mo. Unpaginated. From the library of interior decorator Keith Irvine and his wife, author Chippy Irvine, and with a gift inscription to same on first leaf. Stiff illustrated wrappers, spine fragile, with some loss. Contents first appeared in the American women's magazine The Delineator. A charming travel-themed ABC book.

Heyer, Georgette
London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, (1939). First edition. 12mo. (320) pp. Dust-jacket has a few small chips and closed tears, with a one-inch chip to bottom of spine panel; spine cocked; contemporary owner's signature in pencil on front free endpaper. Despite these faults, still an attractive copy of a scarce Heyer mystery.
Heyward, Dorothy and Dubose
PORGY: A Play in Four Acts
Garden City: The Theatre Guild/Doubleday, Page & Company, 1927. FIRST EDITION. 12mo. 203 pp. Bound in its original card-stock covers and printed limp wrappers with some chipping, mainly to spine panel; rubber stamps of Doubleday Page Book Shop's "Rental Library" and three dates on rear free endpaper; contemporary owner's signature in ink on front free endpaper. A nice copy of a fragile production.

Adapted from Dubose Heyward's 1925 novel, Porgy. Basis for the legendary Gershwin opera, Porgy and Bess, first staged in 1935.
“You know, don’t you, that you were the first one who liked it?”

Jackson, Charles
New York: The Modern Library, (1948). First Modern Library edition. 12mo. 244 pp. #258 in the Modern Library. Inscribed by Jackson on the verso of the half-title. Lettering on spine faded; some rubbing to front board; spine very slightly cocked; top edge stained red. Despite these faults, still a very good copy, now married to a lovely example of the first issue dust-jacket.

A presentation copy of Charles Jackson’s first and most well-known novel, originally published by Farrar & Rinehart in 1944. Inscribed by Jackson to Elling Aannestad, an editor at Norton, as well as Jackson’s friend and most severe critic. After reading the first chapter of The Lost Weekend in manuscript, Aannestad criticized Jackson for using such a simple style that came close to being affected, and for an excess of internal monologue. However, Aannestad later praised the finished manuscript, calling it “triumphant” and warned Jackson that he would soon be famous. He added, “I don’t see why anyone should ever need to deal fictionally with alcoholism again; you’ve done it…”.
Jackson, who was sensitive to criticism (Edmund Wilson’s review in the New Yorker, which—while not as laudatory as others—was by no means negative, caused him to “take to his bed for the rest of the day”), seems to have remembered Aannestad’s praise more than his criticism when inscribing this copy:

For Elling—
A different edition of the book you read in MS. You know, don’t you, that you were the first one who liked it? That fact has always meant a good deal to me.
Faithfully yours,
May 6th 1948
This inscription is indicative of Jackson’s and Aannestad’s relationship; Aannestad was supportive of Jackson’s work, while tempering that support with well-meaning criticism and advice; this support clearly meant a lot to Jackson, who was then just starting out as a novelist.
King, Stephen
THE PLANT (Parts One, Two, and Three)
Bangor, Maine: Philtrum Press, 1982, 1983, 1985. First, limited, and only editions—numbers 138, 130, and 122, respectively, of 200 numbered copies printed (from total editions of 226 copies each). 8vo. 32, 36, 56 pp. All three volumes bound in stiff green printed wrappers, Parts One and Two sewn, Part Three perfect-bound. All three volumes warmly and charmingly inscribed contemporaneously by King to his publisher's (Viking's) then-director of sales and marketing. A fine set.

[Lopez, Antonio]
ANTONIO LÓPEZ: Exposición Antológica
Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 1993. First edition. 4to. 358 pp. A sharp copy of the catalogue from this great retrospective exhibition.
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (2011). First edition. Folio. 240 pp. Published in conjunction with the landmark exhibition at the Met only a year after McQueen's death. Brown cloth-covered boards stamped in silver and with holographic portrait of McQueen on the cover, spine very slightly cocked. A near-fine copy. Rare.

Merrill, James
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951. FIRST EDITION—#32/990 numbered copies. 8vo. 72 pp. Book designed by Merrill's editor, Harry Ford  A near-fine copy.

His first regularly published book, preceded by the very rare, privately printed Jim's Book, published in 1942 when the author was only 16.

Mitchell, Joseph
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1948). first edition. 8vo. 111 pp. Signed in ink by MItchell on front free endpaper (presumably contemporary). Original red-cloth boards, at some point stuck to the rear panel of dust-jacket, with matching water stain, wear at extremities, and with a few small chips, and one large chip. Despite these faults, still presents well. 

Mossell, Mrs. N. F.
Philadelphia: Geo. S. Ferguson Company, 1908. SECOND EDITION. 12mo. 178 pp., (iv) pp. of ads. Maroon cloth-covered boards stamped in black, with some loss to head of spine. From the library of Ildica E. H. Scott, and with her ownership inscription on front paste-down.

Mrs. N.F. Mossell (Gertrude Bustill Mossell) was an African-American teacher and journalist who wrote for a number of publications, including The New York Freeman, and the New York Age. She also wrote two books, of which The Work of the Afro-American Woman is the first. Originally published in 1894, it collected essays and poems by various African-American women, including teachers, missionaries, and journalists.

Ildica E. H. Scott (1874-1963) was an African-American woman who was president (ca. 1929-1940) of the White Rose Mission and Industrial Association, a social center for African-American women who had recently migrated to New York City from the South.

Uncommon in any edition. 
Perelman, S.J. 
New York: Random House, (1937). First edition. 8vo. 221 pp. Foreword by Robert Benchley. Price-clipped dust-jacket with a few small chips, closed tears, and with a few old tape repairs on verso; contemporary owner's signature on front free endpaper A very good copy of Perelman's second book.

From Benchley's Foreword: "Someone once said that writing an introduction to a book is like a pretty girl, but he escaped me before I could find out what he meant by it."

Pettit, Charles
New York: Horace Liveright, (1929). Second printing. 12mo. 319 pp. Translated from the French by Una, Lady Troubridge. One small closed tear in rear panel of dust-jacket; spine cocked. An outstanding example of the rare dust-jacket designed by Paul Wenck.

From the library of Steven Heller, renowned art director, as well as author of Jackets Required: An Illustrated History of American Book Jacket Design, 1920-1950. This very copy is featured on page 70. 

Riis, Jacob A.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902. First edition. 8vo. 465 pp., (i) pp. of ads. Navy blue cloth stamped in gilt, light wear to extremities; rear hinge split;  top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed; very light scattered foxing throughout. A handsome copy.   

Stanley, Henry M.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893. First American edition. 8vo. xi, 319 pp., (xii) pp. of ads. Pictorial green cloth-covered boards decorated in black, green, white, and gilt, with very minor wear to extremities; light scattered foxing to edges of text block; frontispiece tissue guard present but separating where glue has dried, with offsetting to frontispiece and title-page from same; final blank free leaf excised, contemporary owner's inscription on first free leaf. Despite these faults, a very good copy.

Stanley is perhaps best remembered for his search and eventual discovery of the long-lost David Livingstone, and for supposedly greeting him with the line, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?". 

Stein, Gertrude
Paris: Plain Edition, (1931). FIRST EDITION. 16mo. 395 pp. One of 1,000 copies printed. Grey paper-covered boards with paper spine label, and without dust-jacket, as issued. Foxing to first and last few leaves, as well as edges of text block; near-contemporary owner's inscription on front free endpaper. A very good copy. 
Stevens, Wallace
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1923). First edition, second state binding (of the three binding states of the first edition—1,500 copies total—this is from the smallest print run of 215 copies, with vertically striped paper-covered boards). 8vo. 140 pp. Some rubbing to extremities, spine label darkened but still legible and complete; dust-jacket wanting. A very good copy. 

[Stevenson, Robert Louis]
Visiting card, ca. 1887-1894, approximately 1.5 x 3 inches. Mounted on silk and framed. An example of this card is listed as item number 243 in First Editions of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894 and Other Stevensoniana Exhibitied at The Grolier Club from November 5 to November 28, 1914. Uncommon. 

Thompson, Ames
New York: Cupples & Leon Company, (ca. 1927). Either the first or a very early edition. 12mo. 211 pp., (i) pp. of ads in rear, listing 8 Boy Ranchers titles ending with The Boy Ranchers in Death Valley. Ads on verso of dust-jacket include 22 Motor Boys titles ending with The Motor Boys on Thunder Mountain. Rear panel of dust-jacket lists 14 Baseball Joe titles ending with Baseball Joe Pitching Wizard. Title-page states "Illustrated" although the frontispiece by Ernest Townsend is the only illustration. Dust-jacket, also designed by Townsend, with a short closed tear on front panel; grey cloth-covered boards printed in navy blue; moderate foxing to all edges, contemporary owner's signature on front free endpaper, with price code (?) rubber-stamped on same. An almost near-fine copy of the first volume of The Adventure Boys series in an exceptionally bright and clean dust-jacket.

Twain, Mark
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1889. First edition. 8vo. 575 pp., (ii) pp. of ads. Repeating pattern on endpapers; fly-title blank; later state of pp. 59; broken type at pp. 72, 340-1. Pictorial green cloth covers, stamped in black, blue and gilt, very lightly soiled; near-contemporary owner's name rubber-stamped on recto of final free leaf, paper stamp of the Publishers’ & Booksellers’ Protective Ass'n, New York on rear free endpaper. An almost near-fine copy. BAL 3429.
White, E.B.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, (1952). FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 184 pp. Illustrated by Garth Williams. Spine of dust-jacket very slightly darkened, but overall a handsome, near-fine copy, rarely found in this condition. 

Waugh, Evelyn
Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, (1954). FIRST EDITION (this collection not published in England). 8vo. 289 pp. Dust-jacket designed by Lester M. Peterson. Includes the first American appearance of "Love Among the Ruins". A near-fine copy. 

Wilder, Thornton
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1935. "FIRST EDITION". 8vo. 304 pp. A fantastic example of the fourth of Wilder's seven novels, in the Haberstock-designed dust-jacket. Book design by A.W. Rushmore. A near-fine copy. 

The "truffle hound of American poetry." - Hugh Kenner
Williams, Jonathan
New York: Cape Goliard Press and Grossman Publishers, 1972. First American edition, review copy. 8vo. Unpaginated. "Embellishments by Joe Tilson." Stiff photographic wrappers (simultaneously issued in boards), lightly foxed; light scattered foxing to first and last few leaves; 2 pp. press release from the publisher laid in.

Williams studied at Black Mountain College and co-founded The Jargon Society in 1951. 

A very good copy.