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Spring Miscellany – 162

Spring Miscellany – 162

Catalogue 162, a Spring Miscellany, features our recent acquisitions. The latest arrivals to our shelves highlight a wide range of subjects: aviation, fine bindings, children’s books, computing, economics, literature, photography, poetry, polar, private press, Renaissance science, books in Russian, women’s suffrage, and many more.


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  1. A River Runs Through It,
    MACLEAN, Norman. A River Runs Through It,

    Chicago : 1976

    First edition, first printing, with the first printing issue points: a digit missing to the ISBN on the copyright page, "adways" for "always" on line 15, p. 27, and the ISBN complete on the dust jacket rear flap. A River Runs Through It is Maclean's autobiographical collection of short stories, collecting "A River Runs Through It", "Logging... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137199

  2. No Country for Old Men.
    McCARTHY, Cormac. No Country for Old Men.

    New York : 2005

    First trade edition, first printing, signed by the author on the first blank; this a review copy, with the publisher's slip laid in. It was preceded by a signed limited edition issued earlier the same year. The book was the basis for the 2007 film of the same name, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136612

  3. Moby-Dick;
    MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick;

    New York : 1851

    First US edition, in the first issue binding (BAL's "A" state). Moby-Dick was originally issued in London earlier the same year, set from the New York sheets and titled The Whale. The US edition was the first to appear under the familiar title, and contains some thirty-five passages and the epilogue omitted from the English edition. It was a "complete... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136810

  4. The Angel is my Watermark.
    MILLER, Henry. The Angel is my Watermark.

    Fullerton, CA : 1944

    Signed limited edition, number 8 of a small number of copies signed by Henry Miller and enclosing one of Miller's original watercolours. The number of copies is estimated by Porter as 15, by Riley as 15 or 16, and at any rate a very small number, each unique with a different water colour. Alongside the original watercolour, the publication contains... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136512

  5. The House at Pooh Corner.
    MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, of Milne's final Pooh book. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature. Christopher Robin was growing up, soon to leave for boarding school, and The House at Pooh Corner would be a farewell. But first there was an introduction... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137257

  6. Comus.
    MILTON, John. Comus.

    London : 1901

    First Essex House edition, number 82 of 150 copies printed on vellum and hand illuminated. In 1634 Milton was asked to compose the text of a masque "which was to be mounted in Ludlow in honour of the inauguration of John Egerton, earl of Bridgewater, as lord president of Wales. In 1637 or early in 1638 Lawes published Milton's text (without any indication... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137091

  7. Bye, Bye Photography, Dear.
    MORIYAMA, Daido. Bye, Bye Photography, Dear.

    Tokyo : 1972

    First edition, first printing, signed by Moriyama on the title page. This series of photographs were taken in the late 1960s and early 1970s during strikes, student protests, and violent antiwar demonstrations. "In an extreme act of dissociation and disorientation, the image is scattered to the four winds: lovers' skin, white legs walking away, a flash... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136819

  8. Poems.
    OSHIMA, Shotaro. Poems.

    Tokyo : 1939

    First edition, first printing, number 177 of 350 issued copies, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Mr Laurence Binyon With all good wishes from the Author, October 25, 1939". Loosely inserted are two letters (and washi paper envelope) to Binyon: one an autograph letter from Oshima, dated October 27, 1939; the other a typed letter... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137118

  9. Typed letter signed.
    PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Typed letter signed.

    14 March 1939

    A typed letter signed by Sylvia Pankhurst on New Times and Ethiopia News headed paper. In the letter Pankhurst thanks Edward Philip Ockey for his help with her Esperanto, and notes that she hopes he "will be able to bring our paper to the notice of others". Ockey (1913-2006) was editor of the British Esperantist and a port officer who served... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137160

  10. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.
    PETRARCH. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.

    Venice : 1820

    First edition thus. A very attractively bound copy of this edition of Petrarch's poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137487

  11. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

    London : 1904

    First edition, first impression, with "muffatees" ("muffetees" in the second impression onward) and "we" in Roman type (italics in the second impression onward) on page 15. The regular trade binding of the first impression was either grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136892

  12. Cavalcanti Poems.
    POUND, Ezra. Cavalcanti Poems.

    New York : 1966

    Signed limited edition, no. 9 of 190 copies signed by the author and printed on Perscia paper. The poems were first published in 1953 in The Translations of Ezra Pound. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136812

  13. His Dark Materials.
    PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.

    London : 1995-1997-2000

    First editions, first impressions, each volume signed by the author on the title page. Northern Lights has the first issue points on the jacket: 12.99 price, "Point" to the spine panel, and 7-9 Pratt Street to the rear flap. Pullman's epic trilogy of fantasy novels is recognized as one of the best children's novels of the 20th century. The... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138494

  14. The History of Java.
    RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford. The History of Java.

    London : 1817

    First edition of Raffles's masterful account of Java. Raffles was appointed lieutenant governor of Java in 1811 when the island and its dependencies were occupied by Lord Minto following the annexation of the Netherlands by Napoleon. During the next four years he extended the area of European control and reorganized the Dutch colonial system in the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136364

  15. Wide Sargasso Sea.
    RHYS, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression. Written as a response to Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre (1847), Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of the "madwoman in the attic". This was Jean Rhys's return to the literary scene, and includes an introduction to her work by Francis Wyndham. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136591

  16. "Troy Town": pair of sheets with two original watercolours, calligraphy and musical notation.
    ROBERTSON, Walford Graham. "Troy Town": pair of sheets with two original watercolours, calligraphy and musical notation.

    c. 1905

    Highly attractive piece rather in the style of the Beggarstaff Brothers, illustrating the old English ballad "The Wandering Prince of Troy", here shortened to simply "Troy Town", a retelling of the story of Dido and Aeneas; the opening lines reading "When Troy Town had, for ten yeeres past, Withstood the Greekes in manfull wise". The first sheet carries... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136594

  17. The Stones of Venice.
    RUSKIN, John. The Stones of Venice.

    London : 1905

    A handsomely bound copy. One of the key texts of the aesthetic movements, The Stones of Venice was first published from 1851 to 1853 and was "a revolutionary success" (PMM). Its importance lies "in its celebration of the Byzantine and the Gothic, which had an immediate effect on Victorian architects, who began to introduce Romanesque forms and Venetian... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136701

  18. Comet.
    SAGAN, Carl, & Ann Druyan. Comet.

    New York : 1985

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Sagan "For Steve, Brave man, wise owl, with our fond regard to you and Deborah. Carl and Ann", Druyan penned the "and Ann".
    The recipient was American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), with his book label loosely inserted.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136562

  19. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.

    Worcester : 1960

    First edition, number 411 of 500 copies only. The Path to Peace is a book of religious verse that followed Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism in 1957. The book is dedicated to Mother Margaret Mary McFarlin, the nun who first drew him towards the faith by writing to him out of the blue after sensing a spiritual struggle in his work when reading... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136712

  20. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.

    London : 1802

    First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished with one series of large and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137384

  21. Genius Loci and Other Tales.
    SMITH, Clark Ashton. Genius Loci and Other Tales.

    Sauk City, WI : 1948

    First edition, first printing, one of 3,047 copies printed, of this Arkham classic. Uncommon with the Wakefield-illustrated jacket in such condition. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136535

  22. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
    SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]

    London : 1940-70

    All first editions, first impressions. Inscribed by the author to the title page of Homecomings "To Joan Hardinge with best wishes from C. P. Snow Sept 15/65/." This eleven-volume roman fleuve probably constitutes Snow's chief contribution to English letters, his critical writings notwithstanding. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136481

  23. Tortilla Flat.
    STEINBECK, John. Tortilla Flat.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing, cloth issue, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Bob Bailey John Steinbeck". This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), a Danish-American Hollywood actor known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136583

  24. Poems and Ballads.
    SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Poems and Ballads.

    London : 1866

    First edition, first issue (with Moxon imprint), first state with Wise's textual errors uncorrected, of the most sensationally controversial book of English poetry of its century, its contents being a heady mix of sadomasochism, necrophilia, egalitarianism, and blasphemy. "It was a dazzling collection. Swinburne had developed an original poetic voice,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136507

  25. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.
    TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.

    Venice : 1597

    First edition of "the first book devoted entirely to plastic surgery" (Norman), second issue on ordinary paper, with the licence printed on the title page verso. Hook & Norman note the existence of a very few copies which they term the first issue, printed on large and thick paper, without the licence, and suggest that these were intended for presentation.
    Gaspare... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135968

  26. The Path to Power.
    THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.

    London : 1995

    Signed limited edition, number 215 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page, being her autobiography of her childhood years to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136394

  27. War and Peace.
    TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.

    London : 1886

    First English edition of War and Peace, rare in commerce, published in October 1886 in the first flush of enthusiasm for previously disregarded Russian novelists. Russomania was first detectable in France, where Vizetelly had spent 12 years of his working life. After his return to England in 1878, the output of his new firm, Vizetelly & Co., consisted... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137493

  28. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.
    TRESSELL, Robert. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a classic of English working class literature, often compared with Zola's Germinal and described by George Orwell as "a book everyone should read" (Manchester Evening Times, 1946).
    The author, Robert Philippe Noonan (1870-1911), was the illegitimate son of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137406

  29. The Writings.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.

    Hartford, Conn., : 1901-7

    Riverdale Edition, number 482 of 625 sets only, here with an original holograph leaf by Mark Twain, comprising eighteen lines (circa eighty words) from A Tramp Abroad with one emendation, written in purple ink on one side, and tipped-in to volume I. The original manuscript of A Tramp Abroad and of The Gilded Age were both split up by Twain's publisher,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136939

  30. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
    TWAIN, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

    New York : 1889

    First American edition, first issue, of Twain's satirical interpolation of a 19th-century American into the early medieval world of Malory's Morte Darthur. As with other Twain novels, for copyright reasons the publication of the first London edition preceded the US edition by a few days. This copy has the primary state points of "The S King"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136800

  31. The Complete Letters.
    VAN GOGH, Vincent. The Complete Letters.

    Greenwich, Connecticut : 1959

    Second and expanded English edition, first printing. The first edition of Van Gogh's letters was published in 1914-15: two volumes of his Dutch letters and one of the French. Since then, there has been one more edition in Dutch and French, two in German, and one in English. The present edition of Collected Letters, first published in English... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136738

  32. Infinite Jest.
    WALLACE, David Foster. Infinite Jest.

    Boston : 1996

    First edition, first printing, in the first state jacket with Vollmann misspelled as "Vollman" on the rear panel. This is a fine bright copy of Wallace's post-modernist magnum opus. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136603

  33. Behaviorism.
    WATSON, John B. Behaviorism.

    New York : 1925

    First edition in book form, signed by Watson on the front free endpaper, and scarce thus. The 12 lectures were given by Watson from 1924 to 1925 for the non-profit People's Institute as part of their adult education programme, and gave a popular overview of the behaviorist discipline. Each lecture was printed in pamphlet form afterwards by the Institute's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136450

  34. The Ways of Behaviorism.
    WATSON, John B. The Ways of Behaviorism.

    New York and London : 1928

    First edition, first printing. The chief proponent of behaviorism in the US, Watson here gives an overview of the discipline for a popular readership and its application in everyday problems; much of the book was previously published in Harper's Magazine. Uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136446

  35. A Survey of Domestic Electronic Digital Computing Systems.
    WEIK, Martin H. A Survey of Domestic Electronic Digital Computing Systems.

    [Washington, D.C.] : 1955

    First public issue of Weik's first survey, an invaluably thorough description of eighty-eight of the earliest commercially available computers (including the SEAC, DYSEAC, ENIAC, Ferranti Mark I and II, and Whirlwind I models). This is the second printing, with the added title leaf bearing the OTS imprint; the first issue, privately circulated as Report... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137255

  36. The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer.
    WILKES, Maurice V., David J. Wheeler, & Stanley Gill. The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts : 1951

    First edition of "the first book on computer programming" (Tomash & Williams) and one of the most influential textbooks of this early era. A printed slip with the imprint of Scientific Computing Service Limited, 23 Bedford Square, London is tipped onto the title page indicating that they were the English distributors of the book (the Tomash copy bears... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137266

  37. Orlando.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Orlando.

    New York : 1928

    First edition, signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the verso of the half-title, this copy a publisher's presentation copy, out of series from the stated edition of 861 copies, inscribed on the colophon "for D., G., & J. Smith Feb. 28, 1930, from James W." by James R. Wells, who took over Gaige's publishing firm in January 1929.
    This... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138492

  38. Monday or Tuesday.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.

    Richmond : 1921

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories, and an early Hogarth Press production. Leonard Woolf stated that the work "was printed by F. T. McDermott of the Prompt Press, Richmond, who used to give him advice on printing problems when he and Mrs. Woolf first started the Hogarth Press" (Kirkpatrick). Woolf... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137334

  39. A Room of One's Own.
    WOOLF, Virginia. A Room of One's Own.

    London : 1929

    First trade edition, first impression, of Woolf's feminist literary manifesto, in which she assesses the history of women as writers and the challenges they have faced. She notes the effects of patriarchal literary culture on female characters, and makes the case that women must carve out both physical and psychological space for themselves in order... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136551

  40. Wacky Wednesday.
    [SEUSS, Dr.] LESIEG, Theo. Wacky Wednesday.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing. Wacky Wednesday was the 59th book in the Beginner Books series published by Random House for younger readers. Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, authored over a dozen books under the pen name Theo LeSieg (Geisel's surname spelled backwards). Learn More

    Stock Code: 136900

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