GOOD USED BOOKS
[This is a Mainly-20th-Century General Reading
& Reference File]
Great Letters . . .
Adams, Henry. Selected letters of Henry Adams. Edited with an introduction
by Newton Arvin. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Young, [copyright 1951]. 8vo. xxxiv, , 279,  pp.
First edition; part of the Great Letters series.
Dust jacket good, lightly worn and chipped over spine extremities, cloth very good with one corner bumped and slight crumpling at head of spine. (3186)
(Addison). Courthope, W.J. Addison. London & New York: Macmillan, 1889. 8vo.
In the "English Men of Letters" series edited by John Morley.
Publisher's cloth, covers heavily soiled and interior quite clean. Private ownership stamp on front free endpaper. (6688)
For the Fan of Historical Novels, 1883
Allen, William Francis. The reader's guide to English history. By William Francis Allen, a.m., professor in the University of Wisconsin. Boston: Ginn, Heath, & Co., 1883. Oblong 8vo. 49, [1 (blank) pp., [2 (ads)] ff.
A guide by the era (e.g., Anglo-Saxon, Elizabethan, Civil Wars) in which the plot is set, to historical novels in English. By a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Lacks the wrappers. Five-digit number stamped on title-page. Printed on brittle paper and some chipping in margins. (85)
With an A.L.S.
Ashby, Eric. Universities: British, Indian, African. A Study in the Ecology of Higher Education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1966. 8vo.
First edition. With a long autograph letter, signed by the author, tipped in.
Publisher's cloth, no dust jacket. Good condition. (6687)
Observations . . .
Baker, Russell. So this is depravity and other observations. New York: Congdon & Lattès, 1980. 12mo.
Interesting & Illustrated — Metallurgy / FIREWORKS!
Biringucci, Vannoccio. The pirotechnia of Vannoccio Biringuccio. New York: Basic Books, 1959. Small folio. 477 pp.
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Reprinting of the 1942 edition produced by the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, which was a complete translation of Biringuccio's Venice,1540 work on metallurgy and fireworks. The translation is by Cyril Stanley Smith and Martha Teach Gnudi and includes copies of the original woodcut illustrations. Smith and Gnudi added historical notes, bibliography, and an introduction. This edition contains a new introduction by Smith.
One of the “Collector's Series in Science” publications.
Publisher's quarter cloth. In original slipcase, which is sunned (and pictured above). Very Good condition. (22449)
Bizet, Georges. Carmen. Academy of Music Grand Opera libretto and parlor pianist. New York: Wynkoop & Hallenbeck, [1876?]. 8vo. 29,  pp.
The libretto of "Carmen," in Italian and English, with "the Principal Airs and Gems of the Opera arranged as Piano-Forte Solos, by distinguished Professors." With advertisements for Weber pianos.
Good in original printed paper wrappers, a few short edge tears, very minor soiling to front and back wrappers. (2460)
(Blake, William). Dorfman, Deborah. Blake in the nineteenth century: His reputation as a poet from Gilchrist to Yeats. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1969. 8vo. 314 pp.
Publisher's cloth, dust jacket. (3172)
Illus. Edmund J. Sullivan
Borrow, George. Lavengro the scholar, the gypsy, the priest...with twelve illustrations in colour by Edmund J. Sullivan. London: T.A. Foulis, . 8vo. Frontis., xviii pp.,  ff., 654 pp.,  f.; plts.
Handsomely printed and illustrated.
Very good. Green publishers cloth, gilt-lettered; some fading by the sun to spine. Pages untrimmed and partially uncut. Top edge gilt. (3139)
Diplomatic History, & Memoirs
(Brzezinski, Zbigniew). Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Power and principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977–1981. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1983. 8vo. 24 plts.
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron. Complete poetical works of Lord Byron. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (pr. by the Riverside Press, Cambridge), (copyright 1905). 8vo. Frontis., xxi, , 1055,  pp.
“Cambridge Edition,” printed and bound at the Riverside Press. Binding: Publisher's half navy morocco with light blue cloth-covered sides, leather edges ruled in gilt, spine with gilt-stamped title, spine compartments ruled in triple gilt fillets with gilt-stamped dotted rules on raised bands. Top edge gilt. Silk ribbon placemarker.
Binding as above, very gently sunned, upper outer corners slightly bumped. Front pastedown with private collector's armorial bookplate. Pages clean. (19634)
(Byron). Nichol, John. Byron. London & New York: Macmillan, 1888. 8vo.
In the "English Men of Letters" series edited by John Morley.
Publisher's cloth, covers with a few stains and interior quite clean; tiny label of a Belfast bookseller inside front cover and small private ownership stamp on front free endpaper. (6703)
Renaissance Classics withCommentary from Two Modern Masters
Campion, Thomas. Selected songs of Thomas Campion. Boston: David Godine, 1973. Folio. 161,  pp.; illus.
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Verses selected and prefaced by W.H. Auden, and introduced by John Hollander. Many of the texts are accompanied by music, with some photographic reproductions of songs from the
Bookes of Ayres. The book was printed at the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy, with calligraphy by Edith McKeon Abbott and engraving by Leo Wyatt; this is the trade edition rather than the deluxe printing of the same year.
Publisher's red cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped title, in original dust jacket; jacket lightly dust-soiled, price-clipped. A beautiful clean copy of a beautifully done book. (24833)
Ed. Lillian Hellman
Chekhov, Anton. Selected letters of Anton Chekhov. Edited by Lillian Hellman translated by Sidonie K. Lederer. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Co., [copyright 1955]. 8vo. xxxv, , 331,  pp.
First printing; part of the Great Letters series.
Dust jacket good, with light wear and some chipping at head of spine, cloth slightly faded at upper edges. Pages very clean. (3187)
China & Its Art
(China). Cohen, Joan Lebold & Jerome Alan Cohen. China today and her ancient treasures. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1980. Large 4to. Illus.
Second edition, first edition published in 1975. Lavishly illustrated by Joan Cohen with color photographs of the people, places, and antiquities of China. This offering includes the Smithsonian Institution's 32-page China 1986 travel pamphlet.
Publisher's cloth. Very good condition, no dust jacket. (6704)
Chubb, Thomas Caldecot. The Venetians: Merchant princes. New York: Viking, 1968. Tall 8vo. Illus.
A brief history of Venice for young adults.
Publisher's cloth. Very good condition, in a very good dust jacket; one short tear at base of the front "joint" of dust jacket. (6706)
On Forman & Wise
Collins, John. The two forgers: A biography of Harry Buxton Forman & Thomas James Wise. [New Castle, Del.]: Oak Knoll Books, (copyright 1992). 8vo xiii, 317 pp., illus.
Well written and documented account of Wise & Buxton Forman and their now notorious forgeries of books by 19th-century writers like the Brownings, Tennyson, Swinburn, Ruskin, and
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New, in dust jacket. (24560)
"I wish she would writea Jalna book a year for the rest of her life . . ."
De la Roche, Mazo. The building of Jalna. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1944. 8vo.  ff. 366 pp.
First U.S. edition, second printing, of this episode in Canadian writer De la Roche's multi-volume epic of Jalna. The front of the dust jacket bears Lee Thayer's colorful depiction of Adeline sitting on a large stump, with Capt. Whiteoak standing next to her gesturing at the construction of Jalna in 1850.
Very good condition with a good+ dust jacket (small tears, price clipped from front flap). (3169)
Interesting & Still Instructive
Eberlein, Harold Donaldson; & Roger Wearne Ramsdell. The practical book of chinaware. With 12 illustrations in colours[,] 191 in doubletone, and diagrams. Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1925. Large 8vo. xix, 326; illus.
Part of Lippincott's "Practical Book" series. Aimed at the era's collectors of moderate but not extravagant means, this provides detailed descriptions of china in its major varieties from the beginnings of its manufacture up to 1840. Numerous black-and-white and color illustrations.
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Publisher's cloth, front and spine stamped in black and blue; small stain to front cover, some wear to head and foot of spine. Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Sturdy; pages clean. (3175)
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NOT a “Collector's Copy” ButFUN to Have
Faulkner, William. Requiem for a nun. New York: Random House, [copyright 1951]. 8vo. , 286 pp.
in ThisEarly Form
First edition, second printing; top page edges stained gray as issued, M. McKnight Kauffer listed on front dust jacket flap.
Cloth with a few light spots, spine extremities faintly worn, dust jacket with slightly ragged edges and some spine fading. (2113)
Faulkner, William. The town. New York: Random House, 1957. 8vo. , 371,  pp.
First edition, later issue of the second volume in the Snopes series.
Cloth fine, dust jacket good; jacket slightly darkened around edges, with minor chipping at spine extremities. (2114)
China . . .
Fraser, John. The Chinese: Portrait of a people. New York: Summit Books, 1980. 8vo. Illus.
Book Club edition. A foreign correspondent's encounters with ordinary Chinese people.
Publisher's cloth. Very good condition, no dust jacket. (6716)
A Tour of French Colonial Africa
Gide, André. Travels in the Congo. New York: Modern Age Books, Inc., 1937. 12mo. , 305,  pp.
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“Red Seal” paperback edition of this classic travelogue, translated from the original French by Dorothy Bussy.
Publisher's printed paper wrappers, in original printed dust wrapper; dust wrapper partially split along front outer fold and nicked at corners. Pages age-toned. (28931)
Gosse, Edmund. Firdausi in exile and other poems. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1885. 12mo. Frontis., x, 224, [2 (1 blank)] pp.
NCBEL, III, 1432. Publisher's green cloth over beveled boards, gilt-stamped on the spine and front cover. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Spine dull. Early inked ownership signature on the front fly-leaf. Frontispiece with a protective tissue guard. Clean and tight; a very good copy. (8241)
Grass, Gunter. Dog years.Translated by Ralph Manheim. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, [copyright 1965]. 8vo. , 570 pp.
Graves, Henry Clinton. History of the class of 1856 of Amherst college 1852–1896. Boston: C.H. Simonds & Co., 1896. 8vo. , 4–59,  pp.
Publisher's cloth, issued without dust jacket. Dust soiling and one spot of discoloration on the binding. Very good condition. (6721)
"The Military Service Publishing Co." (1945)
Greene, Graham. This gun for hire. Harrisburg, Pa.: The Military Service Publishing Co., . Small 8vo. [6 (2 blank)], 216, [2 (blank)] pp.
Mass market paperback; first Superior Reprints edition. M652 in this series. First published in 1936. List of Superior Reprints in print as of June, 1945, on inside of back cover.
Original wrappers, all edges stained red. Spine slightly cocked and lightly rubbed, covers with a little faint creasing. Mildly age-toned. No tears, internally clean. Very good. (7179)
Grousset, René. The civilizations of the east: China. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. 8vo. Illus.
Cultural Scholarship . . .
Hardison, O.B., Jr. Disappearing through the skylight. Culture and technology in the twentieth century. [New York]: Viking [Penguin], . 8vo. 389 pp.
Philosophical look at culture, technology, modernism and the beginnings of postmodernism.
Near fine. Quarter publisher's cloth over blue paper. Original dust jacket in good condition. Author's presentation inscription on half-title. (3083)
Important Scholar Important Book
Hardison, O.B., Jr. Entering the maze: Identity and change in modern culture. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981. 12mo.
First edition, first issue. Inscribed by the author. A critical examination of technology and the changes that it causes to our sense of identity.
Publisher's cloth. Very good condition, in a very good dust jacket. (6728)
Harte, Bret. Colonel Starbottle's client, and some other people. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1892. 8vo.
Harte, Bret. Sally Downs and other stories. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1893. 8vo.
First American edition.
BAL 7367, issue A. Publisher's olive cloth; heavily rubbed. Text slightly skewed in binding; hinge cracked and few gatherings cracking. (5545)
A Sorrowful Reader?
Hartmann, Maurice [i.e., Moritz]. Last days of a king. An historical romance...translated from the German by M.E. Niles. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1867. 12mo. 198,  pp.
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First and only U.S. edition of this English translation: Romantic fiction about Joachim Murat, King of Naples; a noble Arab character features prominently.
Evidence of Readership: Title-page with early, rather elegantly inked comment, “with a Sorrowful ending.”
Contemporary quarter morocco and marbled paper sides, worn and abraded; front and back covers pressure-stamped by a now-defunct library, spine rubbed and with paper shelving label. Title-page and several others stamped; title-page with comment as above; stray pencil marks to a handful of pages.
Science Technology & Politics
Haskins, Carl P. Scientific revolution and world politics. New York: Pr. by Harper & Row for the Council on Foreign Relations, . 8vo. 115 pp.
Examination of science and technology, their impact on the disparities between nations, and their importance in understanding the cold war.
Very good. Blue publisher's cloth, gilt-lettered. Without dust jacket. Some fading to spine and top of front cover. Author's presentation inscription on front free endpaper. (3085)
First State His First Book
Hawkes, John. Cannibal. New York: J.J. Little & Ives, copyright 1949. 12mo. 223,  pp.
The author's first book, set in Germany in 1914 and in 1945, here in its first state binding (gray cloth). Part of the Direction series.
Dust jacket good with light wear and slight discoloring of yellow portions, cloth very good with minor wear at spine extremities. Pages clean. (3185)
Hovey, Richard. Dartmouth lyrics. Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., (copyright 1924). 8vo. xiv, 94 pp.
First edition. Poems by “Dartmouth's Laureate," edited by Edwin Osgood Grover.
BAL 9401. Green publisher's cloth, front cover stamped in white and gilt, spine with gilt-stamped title; clean and solid, with only very slight traces of wear to extremities. Front free endpaper with inked owner's name. (16665)
Attractive Little Book!
Howells, William Dean. Criticism and fiction. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892. 12mo. Frontis., title-leaf, 188 pp.,  ff.
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Binding: Publisher's green cloth elaborately stamped in gilt on front cover with an overall pattern of torches with bows, surrounding a central cartouche with the title and author in gilt.
BAL 9577 (for first edition). Binding as above, lightly rubbed at base of spine, small area of minor discoloration on spine. Ex–social club library: call number on endpaper, rubber-stamp on title-page, no other markings. (26805)
OldCHRISTMAS Traditions in England
Irving, Washington. Christmas. By Washington Irving. From the sketch book. 1947. [Berkeley, Calif.: Lederer, Street & Zeus],, 1947. Small 8vo. 25,  pp.; illus.
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Privately printed Christmas greetings and keepsake, from Walter and Katharine Kolasa. Reflections on the festivity of Christmas. Illustrated with seven full-page drawings. Scarce: Only two copies located via OCLC.
Marbled paper boards. A charming little book, in fine condition. (23670)
(Japan). Rudofsky, Bernard. The kimono mind: An informal guide to Japan and the Japanese. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1965. 8vo. Illus.
First trade edition, later issue. Now rather quaint!
Publisher's cloth. Good condition; spine sunned, cloth dusty. (6742)
Jones, A.H.M., & Elizabeth Monroe. A history of Ethiopia. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966. 12mo. Illus.
Surgeon & Scholar
(Keynes, Geoffrey). Keynes, Geoffrey. The gates of memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982. 8vo. Illus.
Later edition. First edition published in 1981. The autobiography of Geoffrey Keynes, renowned surgeon, book collector, and biographer of Blake, Donne, Austen, William Harvey, and others; and brother of noted economist Maynard Keynes.
Publisher's cloth. Very good condition, in a very good dust jacket. (6758)
"21 Brilliant Comedies"
Kronenberger, Louis, ed. Cavalcade of comedy. 21 brilliant comedies from Jonson and Wycherley to Thurber and Coward. New York: Simon & Schuster, [copyright 1953]. 4to. xv, , 715,  pp.
Anthology of important theatrical works.
Good, cloth faded around edges and over spine, corners bumped. (3160)
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