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  • 1693 VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM Ecclesiastical History VELLUM Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze) by Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze) 1693 VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM Ecclesiastical History VELLUM Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze)
    Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze)

    VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM: Hoc Est HISTORIA PONTIFICUM ROMANORUM Qui in Gallia Sederunt AB Anno Christi MCCCV Usque Ad Annum MCCCXCIV. By STEPHANUS BALUZIUS (Étienne Baluze). TOMUS PRIMUS / TOMI PRIMI (Tome One). VELLUM BOUND Ecclesiastical Papal History. VERY SCARCE 1693 FIRST EDITION. PARISIIS (Paris) : Apud Franciscum Muguet Regis, Cleri Gallicani. MDCXCIII (1693). First Edition. The book was reprinted, most notably in 1916 and 1928. Those later editions can be found, but the 1693 first edition is almost impossible to find outside of a few Rare Book Rooms of Major Universities and National Libraries. Vellum Covers, manuscript titling on the spine, 8" x 10". Pagination: [1 leaf] front free endpaper, [1] title page, [1] blank verso, [4] Epistola, [16] Prefatio,…

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    VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM: Hoc Est HISTORIA PONTIFICUM ROMANORUM Qui in Gallia Sederunt AB Anno Christi MCCCV Usque Ad Annum MCCCXCIV. By STEPHANUS BALUZIUS (Étienne Baluze). TOMUS PRIMUS / TOMI PRIMI (Tome One). VELLUM BOUND Ecclesiastical Papal History. VERY SCARCE 1693 FIRST EDITION. PARISIIS (Paris) : Apud Franciscum Muguet Regis, Cleri Gallicani. MDCXCIII (1693). First Edition. The book was reprinted, most notably in 1916 and 1928. Those later editions can be found, but the 1693 first edition is almost impossible to find outside of a few Rare Book Rooms of Major Universities and National Libraries. Vellum Covers, manuscript titling on the spine, 8" x 10". Pagination: [1 leaf] front free endpaper, [1] title page, [1] blank verso, [4] Epistola, [16] Prefatio, [1] blank, [1] PLATE of PAPAL COINAGE, 1,478 numbered columns / 739 pages (text pages numbered by column only, two columns per page), [30] Index and Errata. Collated page for page with the 1693 First Edition Copy in the Rare Book Holdings of the Montserrat Abbey Library. That copy was digitized in 2011. There is a label size bookplate of Jacobi Manzoni at the upper corner of the front pastedown.

    Jacobi Manzoni / Giacomo Manzoni, was an important Italian book collector. Manzoni was born in 1816 in Lugo, Romagna, into an aristocratic family. He was involved in many aspects of Italian life, but his main pursuit, which he began at a very early age, was collecting books and manuscripts. At the time of his death in 1889, he left a library of approximately 25,000 rare and highly valued volumes. This is one of those volumes. Condition: The Vellum Covers have yellowed and toned, the spine has substantially darkened, there is some peeling and cracking to the covers' edges and 2" of splitting at the top and bottom of the spine folds, the edges and spine ends are shelf worn and rubbed through at places, nonetheless the covers are solid, doing their job well, and attractive in a Harry Potter's Hogwarts Library way. There is a bit of writing on the endpapers, a small bookplate to the front pastedown (as noted above) and a small label with numbers to the rear pastedown;

    the front free endpaper is creased, the title page has some edge wear and small edge chips, there is light toning and foxing throughout, overall the inner pages are very nice - tight, bright, clean, and unmarked.

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  • 1751 GERMAN SCIENCE JOURNAL 6 Issues in 1 Volume IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach 1751 GERMAN SCIENCE JOURNAL 6 Issues in 1 Volume IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach

    Hamburgisches Magazin, oder gesammlete Schriften zum Unterricht und Vergnügen aus der Naturforschung und den angenehmen Wissenschaften überhaupt. Achtes Bandes (Volume 8).

    Published by Georg Christian Grund and Adam Heinrich Holle, Hamburg and Leipzig, Germany, 1751.

    Six issues bound in one volume, hardcovers, leather covered boards, gilt coat-of-arms embossed on the front and rear covers, six spine bands, gilt decorations on spine, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, 12 mo., 4.5x7 inches (10.5x18 cm), 658 + [14] pages. Illustrated with one folding plate, engravings on the title page of each issue, and tail pieces.

    The Hamburgisches Magazin was a scientific journal containing essays, letters to the editor, etc., on the natural and physical sciences, often highlighting work from foreign scientists translated into…

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    Hamburgisches Magazin, oder gesammlete Schriften zum Unterricht und Vergnügen aus der Naturforschung und den angenehmen Wissenschaften überhaupt. Achtes Bandes (Volume 8).

    Published by Georg Christian Grund and Adam Heinrich Holle, Hamburg and Leipzig, Germany, 1751.

    Six issues bound in one volume, hardcovers, leather covered boards, gilt coat-of-arms embossed on the front and rear covers, six spine bands, gilt decorations on spine, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, 12 mo., 4.5x7 inches (10.5x18 cm), 658 + [14] pages. Illustrated with one folding plate, engravings on the title page of each issue, and tail pieces.

    The Hamburgisches Magazin was a scientific journal containing essays, letters to the editor, etc., on the natural and physical sciences, often highlighting work from foreign scientists translated into German.

    GREAT ASSOCIATION COPY. There is an OWNERSHIP BOOKPLATE of JOHANN FRIEDRICH BLUMENBACH, b.1752 d. 1840, on the front pastedown. Blumenbach was one of Germany's most important and influential early anthropologists. The bookplate has his PRINTED SIGNATURE on its face. I feel the Signature is PRINTED even though others claim it is HAND SIGNED / AUTOGRAPH. The two copies I found online, one held by a noted HISTORY OF SCIENCE bookseller and another held by the important Herzog August Bibliothek (Herzog August Library), claim that the signature on Blumenbach's bookplates is HAND SIGNED. However, the signatures on both the examples presented online, and mine, are EXACT in even the minutest details, and convince me that this is a printed signature. I have seen his signature on documents in the past and, like all signatures, they all had noticeable, even if sometimes small, deviations. These three examples have none that I can detect. A RARE BOOKPLATE and IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

    GOOD MINUS CONDITION: The front cover is detached but present, the rear cover is just holding on with the cord bindings, the leather spine title labels are missing and the spine gilt has substantially worn off, the leather covered boards are rubbed and scraped, the gilt coat-of-arms on the front and rear covers is bright but scratched and rubbed; the marbling on the top edges has faded away but is visible on the front and bottom page edges; internally, there is light browning and spotting throughout but the text is always clear and fully legible, overall the pages remain tightly bound, clean and unmarked. A complete, presentable copy with a detached front cover.

    This publication is often found disbound with the various articles sold separately. It is hard to find a complete volume (i.e. 6 bound issues).

    RARE with the ownership bookplate of the great natural scientist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach.

    About JOHANN FRIEDRICH BLUMENBACH (from Wikipedia):

    ******Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, b.1752 d.1840, was a German physician, naturalist, physiologist, and anthropologist. He is considered to be a main founder of zoology and anthropology as comparative, scientific disciplines. He was also important as a race theorist.

    He was one of the first to explore the study of the human being as an aspect of natural history. His teachings in comparative anatomy were applied to his classification of human races, of which he claimed there were five, Caucasian, Mongolian, Malayan, Ethiopian, and American. He was a member of what modern historians call the Göttingen School of History.

    Blumenbach's contemporaries considered him one of the great theorists of his day and a leading light of German science. Kant and Friedrich Schelling both called him "one of the most profound biological theorists of the modern era". In the words of science historian Peter Watson, "roughly half the German biologists during the early nineteenth century studied under him or were greatly influenced by him".******

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  • 1807 POETIC LATIN REPHRASING of THE PSALMS by GEORGE BUCHANAN, SCOTTISH SCHOLAR by Georgii Buchanani Scoti, George Buchanan 1807 POETIC LATIN REPHRASING of THE PSALMS by GEORGE BUCHANAN, SCOTTISH SCHOLAR
    Georgii Buchanani Scoti, George Buchanan

    Georgii Buchanani Scoti, POETARUM SUI SECULI FACILE PRINCIPIS, Paraphrasis Psalmorum Davidis Poetica. Ad Optimam Editionem Thomae Ruddimani, A.M. Summo Studio Recognita et Castigata. Praemissa Est Accuratior Quam Antehac Carminum Explicatio. EDINBURGH : Excudebat C. Stewart, Academiae Typographus, Apud Mondell, Doig & Stevenson, 1807. Small Format Hardcover Book, leather covered boards that are DETACHED but present, 3.5x5.5 inches, xiv + 234 pages, plus 2 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear. In LATIN. The book is a POETIC LATIN REPHRASING / PARAPHRASING of the PSALMS by the great SCOTTISH Latin Scholar and Poet GEORGE BUCHANAN. ASSOCIATION COPY. The book has two interesting associations: (1) There is a signature on the title page of (?) BRAZER DAVIS. The question mark is because…

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    Georgii Buchanani Scoti, POETARUM SUI SECULI FACILE PRINCIPIS, Paraphrasis Psalmorum Davidis Poetica. Ad Optimam Editionem Thomae Ruddimani, A.M. Summo Studio Recognita et Castigata. Praemissa Est Accuratior Quam Antehac Carminum Explicatio. EDINBURGH : Excudebat C. Stewart, Academiae Typographus, Apud Mondell, Doig & Stevenson, 1807. Small Format Hardcover Book, leather covered boards that are DETACHED but present, 3.5x5.5 inches, xiv + 234 pages, plus 2 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear. In LATIN. The book is a POETIC LATIN REPHRASING / PARAPHRASING of the PSALMS by the great SCOTTISH Latin Scholar and Poet GEORGE BUCHANAN. ASSOCIATION COPY. The book has two interesting associations: (1) There is a signature on the title page of (?) BRAZER DAVIS. The question mark is because I cannot make out the first word, perhaps it is a first name or a military rank? There is a lot of historical information about a John Brazer Davis, also known as Colonel John Brazer Davis, an early American military man who is even mentioned several times in the memoirs of John Adams. Is this him? I do not know because, though Brazer Davis is written neatly and clearly, the word or title preceding Brazer Davis does not look like John or like Colonel, nor does it look like anything that I can figure out. (2) The book was deaccessioned from the Tufts College Library, and there is a printed signed note laid in that states the book was a gift of REV. CONVERS FRANCIS of CAMBRIDGE and was donated by him in 1861. The slip has his signature. Looking into both Convers Francis and John Brazer Davis one finds that they are often mentioned as being in the same fraternities and organizations at the same time, which is interesting. I HAVE PROVIDED IMAGES of the SIGNATURE THAT IS ON THE TITLE PAGE and of the laid in DONATION SLIP so that you can determine for yourself if the associations hold water or not. You can find information about both John Brazer Davis and Rev. Convers Francis on the Internet. CONDITION: Disbound Covers, as noted above; there are some library markings, including withdrawn stamps, here and there; there are relevant handwritten pencil notes in the margins and among the text, most are light and hard to read; there is offsetting to the margins of the first and last few pages; the first few pages have some water staining to the bottom margin; overall the inner pages are complete, remain nicely bound together, and have printing that is bright and clear. A very suitable copy for rebinding, should you desire to do so. About the author GEORGE BUCHANAN (from Wikipedia): ****** George Buchanan, b. 1506 d. 1582, was a Scottish historian and humanist scholar. According to historian Keith Brown, Buchanan was "the most profound intellectual sixteenth century Scotland produced." His ideology of resistance to royal usurpation gained widespread acceptance during the Scottish Reformation. Brown says the ease with which King James VII was deposed in 1689 shows the power of Buchanan's ideas. For mastery of the Latin language, Buchanan has seldom been surpassed by any modern writer. His style is not rigidly modelled on that of any classical author, but has a freshness and elasticity of its own. Hugh Trevor-Roper called him "by universal consent, the greatest Latin writer, whether in prose or in verse, in sixteenth century Europe". He wrote Latin as if it were his mother tongue. Buchanan also had a rich vein of poetical feeling, and much originality of thought. His translations of the Psalms and of the Greek plays are more than mere versions; his two tragedies, Baptistes and Jephthes, enjoyed a European reputation for academic excellence. His Pompae verses were written for performance at the court entertainments of Mary, including the Offering of the Rustic Gods sung during a masque devised by Bastian Pagez for the baptism of King James.******

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  • 1827 4 Vol Set THOMAS CARLYLE GERMAN ROMANCE Goethe, Richter - From the CARLYLE COLLECTION of Dr. Samuel A. Jones by THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe, Richter, Schiller 1827 4 Vol Set THOMAS CARLYLE GERMAN ROMANCE Goethe, Richter - From the CARLYLE COLLECTION of Dr. Samuel A. Jones
    THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe, Richter, Schiller

    GERMAN ROMANCE: Specimens of Its Chief Authors; with Biographical and Critical Notices by the Translator of Wilhelm Meister and the Author of The Life of Schiller (i.e. THOMAS CARLYLE). FOUR VOLUMES (Complete in These 4 Volumes). Edinburgh: William Tait, Prince's Street, and London: Charles Tait, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXVII (1827). FIRST EDITION. Original hardcovers, gray paper covered boards, brown paper covered spines, printed title information on spines, 5" x 8", 337, 317, 309 and 352 pages respectively.

    Each Volume is complete with a half title and engraved title page. Early Thomas Carlyle book appearance, this was only his fourth work in book form. Carlyle greatly admired German writers and was instrumental in introducing them to the England through this, his 4…

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    GERMAN ROMANCE: Specimens of Its Chief Authors; with Biographical and Critical Notices by the Translator of Wilhelm Meister and the Author of The Life of Schiller (i.e. THOMAS CARLYLE). FOUR VOLUMES (Complete in These 4 Volumes). Edinburgh: William Tait, Prince's Street, and London: Charles Tait, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXVII (1827). FIRST EDITION. Original hardcovers, gray paper covered boards, brown paper covered spines, printed title information on spines, 5" x 8", 337, 317, 309 and 352 pages respectively.

    Each Volume is complete with a half title and engraved title page. Early Thomas Carlyle book appearance, this was only his fourth work in book form. Carlyle greatly admired German writers and was instrumental in introducing them to the England through this, his 4 volume set of books. The four volumes are: Vol. I: Musaeus and Fouqué; Vol II: Tieck and Hoffman; Vol. III: Richter; and Vol. IV: Goethe (this 4 volume set is most renowned for this volume entirely on Goethe). All four Volumes were previously part of the CARLYLE COLLECTION of DR. SAMUEL A. JONES, with a decorative rubber stamp that states "CARLYLE COLLECTION

    / SAM'L A JONES" on the

    front free endpaper of each volume, and a second such stamp on the front pastedown of the first volume. In addition, each volume is hand numbered according to its place in the collection.

    The volumes are hand numbered 20, 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Dr. Samuel A. Jones was renowned collector of Thomas Carlyle. His entire collection was catalogued by the University of Michigan in 1919. The association gives this set a rather wonderful provenance. CONDITION: Volume I has a disbound front cover and is missing its spine covering. The spine covering of Volume II is almost completely chipped away, the spine coverings of Volumes III and IV are chipped, rubbed and worn, with the spine lettering only partially legible.

    The covers of all 4 Volumes are worn at the edges, with most edges worn through, and the paper starting to peel away at a number of places. Volume I has a clipping from an old bookseller's catalogue pasted to the front pastedown. The clipping lists a similar set of Carlyle books for 1 pound 5 shillings. The bookseller was Alfred Russell Smith (Soho, London). Internally, there is foxing, offsetting, some spotting and some shorelining, mainly to the first and last few pages of each Volume, otherwise the inner pages are pretty nice - complete, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. SCARCE FIRST EDITION SET OF THIS IMPORTANT THOMAS CARLYLE WORK with a WONDERFUL ASSOCIATION to one of the most notable COLLECTOR'S OF CARLYLE.

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  • 1829 ORIGINE des PROVERBES copy of WILLIAM STIRLING MAXWELL in a CUSTOM BINDING by M. C. BOURDONNÉ 1829 ORIGINE des PROVERBES copy of WILLIAM STIRLING MAXWELL in a CUSTOM BINDING
    M. C. BOURDONNÉ

    ORIGINE des PROVERBES EXPLICATIONS CURIEUSES et INSTRUCTIVES de L'ORIGINE des PHRASES PROVERBIALES qui sont USITÉES de NOS JOURS, par M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professeur de Langue Française. (ORIGIN of PROVERBS CURIOUS and INSTRUCTIVE; Explanations of the ORIGIN of the PROVERBIAL PHRASES which are USED TODAY, by M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professor of French Language.) PARIS: Garnier Libraire, 1829. First Edition. TEXT IN FRENCH. Small Format Book in Custom Leather Binding, gilt top edges, 32mo, 2.5x4 inches, [4], iv, [4], 116 pages. Pagination as follows: blank leaf; half title page, printer information on verso; title page, blank verso; I-IV; Errata page, blank verso; ad for author's previous book, blank verso; 1-116 (text and index); blank leaf. This volume is from the library of…

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    ORIGINE des PROVERBES EXPLICATIONS CURIEUSES et INSTRUCTIVES de L'ORIGINE des PHRASES PROVERBIALES qui sont USITÉES de NOS JOURS, par M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professeur de Langue Française. (ORIGIN of PROVERBS CURIOUS and INSTRUCTIVE; Explanations of the ORIGIN of the PROVERBIAL PHRASES which are USED TODAY, by M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professor of French Language.) PARIS: Garnier Libraire, 1829. First Edition. TEXT IN FRENCH. Small Format Book in Custom Leather Binding, gilt top edges, 32mo, 2.5x4 inches, [4], iv, [4], 116 pages. Pagination as follows: blank leaf; half title page, printer information on verso; title page, blank verso; I-IV; Errata page, blank verso; ad for author's previous book, blank verso; 1-116 (text and index); blank leaf. This volume is from the library of SIR WILLIAM STIRLING-MAXWELL (b. 1818 d. 1878) 9th Baronet KT of Pollok, a historian, politician, and a renowned collector of books on proverbs. This book has his bookplate on the front pastedown and the bookplate of his Keir Collection of Books on Proverbs on the rear pastedown. This book is described by Stirling-Maxwell on page 10 of the book he wrote titled "An essay towards a collection of books relating to proverbs, emblems, apophthegms, epitaphs and ana, being a catalogue of those at Keir" (privately printed 1860). This book was Custom Bound for Sir William Stirling Maxwell by Maclehose, Glasgow. The binder's name is printed at the top of the front pastedown. This custom binding has Stirling's coat of arms and motto blind embossed on the front cover, and his monogram on the rear cover. A little research shows that William Stirling Maxwell used many different coats of arms and monograms on his bookplates and books over time. CONDITION: THE FRONT COVER IS DETACHED (i.e. laid on loosely), the covers are worn at the folds, corners and edges, the rear hinge is split but the rear cover is holding by the sewn binding; internally, there is foxing throughout but the pages and printing remain bright and clear; there is wear and roughness to some of the bottom page edges, possibly from being cut open roughly, not affecting text, there is a small silver bookstore label of LILLIPUT BOOKS / TOKYO on the rear pastedown with a price of 84,000 yen, equal to $758 as I type this (Lilliput Books, Tokyo, was the first bookstore in the world dedicated exclusively to miniature books, it closed in 2015). Overall, a quite nice copy with a detached front cover. RARE BOOK (WorldCat shows only one copy of this title, and that copy is held at

    the Bibliothèque Nationale de France / the National Library of France), made ESPECIALLY RARE with the CUSTOM BINDING and BOOKPLATES of the proverb collector WILLIAM STIRLING MAXWELL. About William Stirling Maxwell (from Wikipedia): ******Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Baronet KT, of Pollok (8 March 1818 - 15 January 1878), was a Scottish historical writer and art historian, politician, and virtuoso. UNTIL 1865 HE WAS KNOWN AS WILLIAM STIRLING, and several of his books were published under that name. He was Chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 1875 until his death and was also a Knight of the Thistle, considered the highest honour which can be conferred by the Crown on a Scotsman.******

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  • 1920 GEORGE STERLING **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** ROSAMUND Association Copy Inscribed to the English Female Sculptor and Adventuress CLARE SHERIDAN Limited First Edition #188 of 500 by George Sterling 1920 GEORGE STERLING **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** ROSAMUND Association Copy Inscribed to the English Female Sculptor and Adventuress CLARE SHERIDAN Limited First Edition #188 of 500
    George Sterling

    ROSAMUND: A DRAMATIC POEM, by GEORGE STERLING.

    Published by A. M. Robertson, San Francisco, 1920. First edition, first printing, with the date 1920 on both the title page and copyright page with no indication of additional printings.

    Limited Edition of only 500 copies, this being hand numbered copy 188, as shown on the limitation page (the last page).

    Softcovers, 5.5x8.5 inches, 120 pages.

    SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by GEORGE STERLING to CLARE SHERIDAN on the front free endpaper: "For Clare Sheridan, This melodrama of another 'golden lily,' without apologies for her conduct. George Sterling. San Francisco, Oct. 11th, 1921."

    Clare Consuelo Sheridan (née Frewen) b.1885 d.1970, was an English sculptor, journalist and writer known primarily for creating busts of…

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    ROSAMUND: A DRAMATIC POEM, by GEORGE STERLING.

    Published by A. M. Robertson, San Francisco, 1920. First edition, first printing, with the date 1920 on both the title page and copyright page with no indication of additional printings.

    Limited Edition of only 500 copies, this being hand numbered copy 188, as shown on the limitation page (the last page).

    Softcovers, 5.5x8.5 inches, 120 pages.

    SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by GEORGE STERLING to CLARE SHERIDAN on the front free endpaper: "For Clare Sheridan, This melodrama of another 'golden lily,' without apologies for her conduct. George Sterling. San Francisco, Oct. 11th, 1921."

    Clare Consuelo Sheridan (née Frewen) b.1885 d.1970, was an English sculptor, journalist and writer known primarily for creating busts of the famous (including her cousin Winston Churchill) and writing diaries recounting her worldly travels. She enjoyed travelling around the world; and among her circle of friends were Princess Margaret of Sweden, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Lady Diana Cooper, Vita Sackville-West and Vivien Leigh. She led an adventurous life. Please read all about her on her Wikipedia page.

    GOOD MINUS condition: The covers are worn at the corners and edges, the spine covering is missing its top 1 inch, has some scrapes, and is splitting at the bottom rear fold for about 2 inches, the front cover has a stiff and tender crease where it was attached to the front free endpaper, nonetheless these original covers are still holding and doing their job; there is a crease to the upper front corner of the book leaving a crease at that corner of the covers and inner pages; internally the staples binding the text block are rusting, the pages are tight, bright, clean and clear. A used copy that remains solid and presentable.

    A wonderful Signed and Inscribed copy with a great Association to an impressive English woman.

    About George Sterling (from Wikipedia):

    ******George Sterling, b.1869 d.1926, was an American writer based in the San Francisco, California Bay Area and Carmel by the Sea. He was considered a prominent poet and playwright and proponent of Bohemianism during the first quarter of the twentieth century. His work was admired by writers as diverse as Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Theodore Dreiser, and Sinclair Lewis.

    In 1905 Sterling moved to Carmel by the Sea, California, an undeveloped coastal area, and soon established a settlement for like minded Bohemian writers. Carmel had been discovered by Charles Warren Stoddard and others, but Sterling made it world famous.

    Sterling joined the Bohemian Club and acted in their theatrical productions each summer at the Bohemian Grove. For the Grove play of 1907 the Club presented Sterling's "The Triumph of Bohemia".

    Sterling carried a vial of cyanide for many years. In November 1926, Sterling used it while at his residence at the San Francisco Bohemian Club. Kevin Starr wrote that "When George Sterling's corpse was discovered in his room at the Bohemian Club... the golden age of San Francisco's bohemia had definitely come to a miserable end."******

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  • 1924 Die Insel der Grossen Mutter / Island of the Great Mother ASSOCIATION COPY with SIDNEY H. SIME BOOKPLATE by Gerhart Hauptmann 1924 Die Insel der Grossen Mutter / Island of the Great Mother ASSOCIATION COPY with SIDNEY H. SIME BOOKPLATE
    Gerhart Hauptmann

    Die Insel der Grossen Mutter oder Das Wunder Von Ile Des Dames : Eine Geschichte aus dem Utopischen Archipelagus (The island of the Great Mother or The Miracle of the Island of Women : A Story from the Utopian Archipelago), by Gerhart Hauptmann. BERLIN: S. Fischer Verlag, 1924. Erste bis Funfundzwanzigste Auflage (First to Twenty-Fifth Printing). GERMAN BOOK, TEXT IN GERMAN. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, beautifully illustrated paper covered boards, 4.5x7.5 inches, 373 pages. BOOKPLATE by the artist SIDNEY SIME is on the front pastedown. The bookplate has the printed name of MONTGOMERY EVANS II, a Pennsylvania aristocrat who was friends with many literary figures, including Lord Dunsany A quite lovely and rare bookplate. Sidney Herbert Sime (b. 1867 d.…

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    Die Insel der Grossen Mutter oder Das Wunder Von Ile Des Dames : Eine Geschichte aus dem Utopischen Archipelagus (The island of the Great Mother or The Miracle of the Island of Women : A Story from the Utopian Archipelago), by Gerhart Hauptmann. BERLIN: S. Fischer Verlag, 1924. Erste bis Funfundzwanzigste Auflage (First to Twenty-Fifth Printing). GERMAN BOOK, TEXT IN GERMAN. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, beautifully illustrated paper covered boards, 4.5x7.5 inches, 373 pages. BOOKPLATE by the artist SIDNEY SIME is on the front pastedown. The bookplate has the printed name of MONTGOMERY EVANS II, a Pennsylvania aristocrat who was friends with many literary figures, including Lord Dunsany A quite lovely and rare bookplate. Sidney Herbert Sime (b. 1867 d. 1941, often S. H. Sime) was an English artist in the late Victorian and succeeding periods, mostly remembered for his fantastic and satirical artwork, especially his story illustrations for Irish author Lord Dunsany. The bookplate is printed with the name MONTGOMERY EVANS II, a Pennsylvania aristocrat who was friends with many literary figures, including Lord Dunsany. Montgomery Evans II was born on March 12, 1901 in Norristown, Pennsylvania to a wealthy lawyer and banker. Evans was an aspiring writer and aristocrat formed many friendships with literary figures of the 1920s. He was friends with Hunter Stagg, an editor of the Southern literary magazine, The Reviewer. It was through him that Evans was able to network and associate with literary figures such as Augustus John, Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Walter de la Mare, and Aleister Crowley. Evans and Stagg went on a European tour in 1924 during which he spent time with Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Pankhurst, and Sylvia Beach. He died in 1954 from a head fracture due to a fall when he was drunk. CONDITION: VERY GOOD book, minor chipping to the bottom of the spine, toning to the covers edges, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. In a POOR dustjacket that is almost completely split along all its folds (a light tug and it will be split into several tugs), has several long closed tears, and s chipped along the edges and folds; nonetheless this original dustjacket is very scarce in any condition. Scarce Edition in a Scarce Dustjacket with a Scarce Bookplate and a Scarce Association.

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  • 1935 RUTH PITTER Poet MAD LADY'S GARLAND - SIGNED and INSCRIBED by JOHN HOLMES to JOHN CIARDI, a Presentation Copy by Ruth Pitter (John Holmes, John Ciardi) 1935 RUTH PITTER Poet MAD LADY'S GARLAND - SIGNED and INSCRIBED by JOHN HOLMES to JOHN CIARDI, a Presentation Copy
    Ruth Pitter (John Holmes, John Ciardi)

    A MAD LADY'S GARLAND, by RUTH PITTER. Published by the Macmillan Company, New York, 1935. A book of poems. INSCRIBED, SIGNED and DATED by JOHN HOLMES, Poet and Tufts University Professor of Literature and Poetry, and PRESENTED to his then student JOHN CIARDI. "John Ciardi, HIS Book, / on and after Dec. 7, 1937 / from John Holmes". Clearly this was John Holmes' personal copy which he was gifting to John Ciardi. Ruth Pitter must have a favorite poet of both of these male poets. Several of the poems have brief handwritten pencil notes and marks beside and on them, likely by either John Holmes or John Ciardi. FAIR condition, the covers are soiled, the spine is sunned / darkened…

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    A MAD LADY'S GARLAND, by RUTH PITTER. Published by the Macmillan Company, New York, 1935. A book of poems. INSCRIBED, SIGNED and DATED by JOHN HOLMES, Poet and Tufts University Professor of Literature and Poetry, and PRESENTED to his then student JOHN CIARDI. "John Ciardi, HIS Book, / on and after Dec. 7, 1937 / from John Holmes". Clearly this was John Holmes' personal copy which he was gifting to John Ciardi. Ruth Pitter must have a favorite poet of both of these male poets. Several of the poems have brief handwritten pencil notes and marks beside and on them, likely by either John Holmes or John Ciardi. FAIR condition, the covers are soiled, the spine is sunned / darkened and its lettering is no longer visible; internally there is glue remnant to the front free endpaper likely from the removal of a bookplate, light toning to the pages, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. A solid copy. An interesting intersection of John Holmes, John Ciardi, and Ruth Pitter, all in one place. About RUTH PITTER (from Wikipedia): ******Emma Thomas "Ruth" Pitter, CBE, FRSL, b.1897 d.1992, was a 20th century British poet. She was the first woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, and was appointed a CBE in 1979 to honour her many contributions to English literature. In 1974, she was named a "Companion of Literature", the highest honour given by the Royal Society of Literature. She was a good friend of C. S. Lewis, who admired her poetry. He often invited her critique of his poems. Pitter is considered by many Lewis scholars to have had an effect on his writing in the 1940s and 1950s. W. B. Yeats, Robin Skelton and Thom Gunn also appreciated Pitter's work and praised her poetry. Lord David Cecil once remarked that Pitter was one of the most original and moving poets then living. Despite some praise Pitter has been mostly overlooked. It is only in recent years that there has been a renewed interest in her work.****** About JOHN HOLMES (from Wikipedia): ******JOHN HOLMES, b.1904 d.1962, was a poet and critic. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, and both attended and taught at Tufts University where he was a professor of literature and modern poetry for 28 years. His students included Anne Sexton, Richard Wilbur, May Sarton, John Ciardi, Maxine Kumin, and many others. He wrote ten volumes of poetry, but it was his influence on a generation of poets that was his greatest contribution to poetry.****** About JOHN CIARDI (from Wikipedia): ******John Anthony Ciardi, b.1916 d.1986, was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children's poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and longtime poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. In 1959, Ciardi published a book on how to read, write, and teach poetry, How Does a Poem Mean?, which has proven to be among the most used books of its kind.******

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  • 1945 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY ANNA & KING OF SIAM Presentation Copy to HERBERT RYMAN by Talbot Jennings 1945 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY ANNA & KING OF SIAM Presentation Copy to HERBERT RYMAN
    Talbot Jennings

    ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM. SCREENPLAY by TALBOT JENNINGS. PRESENTATION COPY to HERBERT RYMAN, the Great Disney Imagineer. Handwritten in pencil on the front cover is: "to herbert Ryman / July 7, '45". I don't know who presented this copy to Ryman, whether it was Talbot or?? Carbon typescript. Paper Covers, bound with 2 brass brackets, 8.5x11", printed on one side only (rectos), pages numbered in three parts - 87, 74 and 32 pages (193 total pages). Cover has a typed title and author. The script does not have a printed date, but the written presentation on the cover is dated July 7, 1945, and clearly this is a draft that was written prior to Sally Benson being brought…

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    ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM. SCREENPLAY by TALBOT JENNINGS. PRESENTATION COPY to HERBERT RYMAN, the Great Disney Imagineer. Handwritten in pencil on the front cover is: "to herbert Ryman / July 7, '45". I don't know who presented this copy to Ryman, whether it was Talbot or?? Carbon typescript. Paper Covers, bound with 2 brass brackets, 8.5x11", printed on one side only (rectos), pages numbered in three parts - 87, 74 and 32 pages (193 total pages). Cover has a typed title and author. The script does not have a printed date, but the written presentation on the cover is dated July 7, 1945, and clearly this is a draft that was written prior to Sally Benson being brought on as a co-writer, so early 1945 is most likely the date of this version of the film script. CONDITION: The covers are very worn, the edges have chips, tears and creases, the covers have some stiff creases and lighter creases from handling, nonetheless the covers are still doing their job well, and the typed titling and written presentation on the front cover are bright and fully legible. Internally, the title page has torn from its upper bracket, is coming loose, and has numerous creases; the next couple of pages have a few crease but are still sturdy and in place; all the pages are lightly toned / browned with age; otherwise the pages are just lightly used and still complete, bright, clean and unmarked. A VERY RARE EARLY DRAFT of ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM with the GREAT ASSOCIATION to HERBERT RYMAN. You can read about Talbot Jennings on Wikipedia and about Herbert Ryman on Wikipedia and many other online sites.

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  • 1950 AUCHINCLOSS His 2nd Book **SIGNED** First Edition COPY of RENOWNED BOOK COLLECTOR MURDERED BY HIS WIFE FOR HAVING TOO MANY BOOKS by Auchincloss 1950 AUCHINCLOSS His 2nd Book **SIGNED** First Edition COPY of RENOWNED BOOK COLLECTOR MURDERED BY HIS WIFE FOR HAVING TOO MANY BOOKS
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    THE INJUSTICE COLLECTORS, by LOUIS AUCHICLOSS. His second book, but the first under his own name (his first book, Indifferent Children, was published under the name Andrew Lee).

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1950. First edition, with the date 1950 on the title page and copyright page, with no indication of additional printings.

    Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5x8.5 inches, viii, 248 pages.

    SIGNED by LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS on an armorial ownership bookplate of ROLLAND COMSTOCK, a renowned book collector who was MURDERED BY HIS WIFE for HAVING TOO MANY BOOKS. The attractive bookplate is on the front pastedown. You can read all the details of this intriguing biblio murder mystery on the Internet, search "Rolland Comstock murder".

    Condition: NEAR FINE…

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    THE INJUSTICE COLLECTORS, by LOUIS AUCHICLOSS. His second book, but the first under his own name (his first book, Indifferent Children, was published under the name Andrew Lee).

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1950. First edition, with the date 1950 on the title page and copyright page, with no indication of additional printings.

    Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5x8.5 inches, viii, 248 pages.

    SIGNED by LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS on an armorial ownership bookplate of ROLLAND COMSTOCK, a renowned book collector who was MURDERED BY HIS WIFE for HAVING TOO MANY BOOKS. The attractive bookplate is on the front pastedown. You can read all the details of this intriguing biblio murder mystery on the Internet, search "Rolland Comstock murder".

    Condition: NEAR FINE book, there is a scrape to the bottom edge of the front cover, light toning to the pages as normal, otherwise the covers and inner pages are sharp, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. In a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has some wear at the spine ends and corner tips, some sunning to the spine, and light soiling to the rear panel. A solid, attractive, very presentable copy.

    An early Auchincloss novel, hard-to-find in its dustjacket, made Bloody Interesting being SIGNED on the bookplate of the MURDERED ROLLAND COMSTOCK, BOOK COLLECTOR.

    Below you can read about the NOTED BOOK COLLECTOR ROLLAND L. COMSTOCK, his book collection, and his murder. A true bibliophile mystery. Enjoy.

    ***********March 2000 By Heather Berry, Rural Missouri

    Most people would be hard pressed to fill a library in their home. Not book collector Rolland Comstock. He needs two. Once the walnut shelves of his old library were near bursting Comstock began thinking that maybe he and his wife, Alberta, should add yet another library into their already imposing home on a hill.

    The library is a sight to behold. Book laden shelves cover the walls from floor to ceiling. "In my library there are around 50,000 items, of which 90 percent are books. A majority are signed first editions of the author's work."

    If you ask him if he's got anymore room for books, he'll look around and answer in a hushed voice:

    "I wouldn't want to say without checking to see if this room is bugged," Comstock says. "If my wife would hear me say that we're running very short on room, I think she'd murder me tonight!"

    ***********July 4, 2007 By Amos Bridges, News-Leader

    Attorney found shot dead in home. Rolland Lee Comstock, an attorney known for his book collection, dies at 70.

    Greene County authorities are interviewing family members and associates of Springfield attorney Rolland Lee Comstock, found dead Tuesday morning in an apparent homicide.

    Comstock, 70, a longtime tax and probate attorney and nationally recognized book collector, was found at his home north of Springfield with an apparent gunshot wound.

    Inside, the slain attorney's famed book collection appeared to be untouched. Comstock was nationally known for a home library that contained over 50,000 items, primarily modern first editions. He was reportedly looking to build an additional wing, or even another home, for his ever expanding collection.

    ***********2013

    The investigation into the shooting death of Rolland Comstock will remain open, Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott confirmed.

    The recent death of Comstock's ex wife, Alberta Comstock, brought up the question of whether the investigation of the 2007 homicide of Rolland would be officially closed. She was the main suspect in the murder investigation.

    Though never criminally charged with the crime, Alberta Comstock was found liable for Rolland's death in civil court. Her daughter, Faith Stocker, filed the civil suit, claiming Alberta Comstock was solely responsible for her father's murder.***********

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  • 1954 SHAKESPEARE LITERARY CRITICISM Presentation Copy SEAFORD COLLEGE to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. by LESLIE HOTSON 1954 SHAKESPEARE LITERARY CRITICISM Presentation Copy SEAFORD COLLEGE to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR.
    LESLIE HOTSON

    THE FIRST NIGHT OF TWELFTH NIGHT, by LESLIE HOTSON. Deciphering the Coded Connections, Mysteries and Clues embedded in The Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare. Leslie Hotson was a noted Harvard Professor, b.1897 d.1992, who was known for unravelling mysteries he found hidden in numerous Elizabethan literary works. PRESENTATION COPY to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS (JR.) from SEAFORD COLLEGE. There is a printed presentation sheet on the front pastedown that reads: "Any Questions / November XII

    MCMLIV / Seaford College / to / Douglas Fairbanks / with grateful thanks"; AND there is Douglas Fairbanks (Jr.) personal bookplate on the front free endpaper. Published by Rupert Hart Davis, London, 1954. First Edition, First Printing, with the date 1954 on the title page and no…

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    THE FIRST NIGHT OF TWELFTH NIGHT, by LESLIE HOTSON. Deciphering the Coded Connections, Mysteries and Clues embedded in The Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare. Leslie Hotson was a noted Harvard Professor, b.1897 d.1992, who was known for unravelling mysteries he found hidden in numerous Elizabethan literary works. PRESENTATION COPY to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS (JR.) from SEAFORD COLLEGE. There is a printed presentation sheet on the front pastedown that reads: "Any Questions / November XII

    MCMLIV / Seaford College / to / Douglas Fairbanks / with grateful thanks"; AND there is Douglas Fairbanks (Jr.) personal bookplate on the front free endpaper. Published by Rupert Hart Davis, London, 1954. First Edition, First Printing, with the date 1954 on the title page and no indication of later printing on the copyright page. Hardcover book in dustjacket, 5.5x8.5 inches, 256 pages. Condition: GOOD book, the covers corner tips are bumped and there are a few indents to the edges; internally the pages are lightly toned, there is some foxing here and there, and the upper corner of the pages is creased; otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. In a FAIR dustjacket that is torn and frayed at the top of the spine and lesser so at the bottom of the spine, creased with tears along the edges, toned and soiled; nonetheless the dj is still doing its job. Interesting DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS Association and SEAFORD COLLEGE Presentation.

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  • 1973 ALAN PRYCE-JONES : THREE POEMS - Lovingly SIGNED & INSCRIBED (to his Sister-in-Law LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD?) by Alan Pryce-Jones 1973 ALAN PRYCE-JONES : THREE POEMS - Lovingly SIGNED & INSCRIBED (to his Sister-in-Law LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD?)
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    THREE POEMS, by ALAN PRYCE-JONES. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by ALAN PRYCE-JONES to LILIAN (possibly LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, his sister-in-law): "For Lilian, / from / Alan, / with love". (Therese Fould-Springer, wife of Alan Pryce-Jones from 1934 until her death in 1953, was the sister of Liliane de Rothschild, née Fould-Springer, wife of Baron Élie de Rothschild. Alan Pryce-Jones remained close to Liliane for his entire life, even after the death of his wife, her sister.) Self-Published in a limited but unstated number. Printed by The Third & Elm Press, Newport, Rhode Island, December 1973. First Edition, First Printing. Thin Booklet / Chapbook, orange paper covers, French folds, sewn binding, 8 pages. VERY GOOD condition, just light signs of handling, overall…

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    THREE POEMS, by ALAN PRYCE-JONES. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by ALAN PRYCE-JONES to LILIAN (possibly LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, his sister-in-law): "For Lilian, / from / Alan, / with love". (Therese Fould-Springer, wife of Alan Pryce-Jones from 1934 until her death in 1953, was the sister of Liliane de Rothschild, née Fould-Springer, wife of Baron Élie de Rothschild. Alan Pryce-Jones remained close to Liliane for his entire life, even after the death of his wife, her sister.) Self-Published in a limited but unstated number. Printed by The Third & Elm Press, Newport, Rhode Island, December 1973. First Edition, First Printing. Thin Booklet / Chapbook, orange paper covers, French folds, sewn binding, 8 pages. VERY GOOD condition, just light signs of handling, overall tight, bright and clean. UNCOMMON Alan Pryce-Jones chapbook made SCARCE with his SIGNATURE and INSCRIPTION.

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  • 1991 HAROLD MOROWITZ SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY 'BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE" by Harold Morowitz 1991 HAROLD MOROWITZ SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY 'BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE"
    Harold Morowitz

    HAROLD J. MOROWITZ - SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY of METABOLISM RECAPITULATES BIOGENESIS - THE BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE. DRAFT COPY. No Publisher or Publication Date. VeloBound in Yellow Paper Covers, plain white copy-machine printed papers, 8.5" x 11", pages numbered in numerous sections (the draft was being put together into a complete work), approximately 250 total pages. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED on the Front Cover: "Gift from Harold Morowitz / at night of recording / at Bottom Line N.Y.C. / 5-23-91". Though not named in the inscription, this Draft was inscribed by Morowitz to the Poet MICHAEL McClURE. McClure was a longtime admirer of Morowitz's work, and Morowitz was an amateur poet and admirer of McClure's poetry. They corresponded frequently,…

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    HAROLD J. MOROWITZ - SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY of METABOLISM RECAPITULATES BIOGENESIS - THE BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE. DRAFT COPY. No Publisher or Publication Date. VeloBound in Yellow Paper Covers, plain white copy-machine printed papers, 8.5" x 11", pages numbered in numerous sections (the draft was being put together into a complete work), approximately 250 total pages. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED on the Front Cover: "Gift from Harold Morowitz / at night of recording / at Bottom Line N.Y.C. / 5-23-91". Though not named in the inscription, this Draft was inscribed by Morowitz to the Poet MICHAEL McClURE. McClure was a longtime admirer of Morowitz's work, and Morowitz was an amateur poet and admirer of McClure's poetry. They corresponded frequently, especially during the early 1990s (refer to the Morowitz archives, held at George Mason University). Apparently this DRAFT of one of Harold Morowitz's most important works, was Inscribed to Michael McClure during a recording of some sort that they did together at the Bottom Line Nightclub in New York City on May 23, 1991. I cannot find information about the recording of this performance, perhaps it was never released. However, it is well reported that Michael McClure held numerous performances at the Bottom Line, often in concert with others (e.g. with Ray Manzarek - keyboardist of THE DOORS), so it is not unlikely that he did a performance in conjunction with Harold Morowitz. When McClure was in New York City he stayed at the Chelsea Hotel, a favorite of Beat Poets. "Chelsea Hotel" is handwritten at the bottom of the front cover, perhaps written by Morowitz as a delivery address for McClure. Written in pencil in another hand is "McClure's copy", also on the front cover. VERY GOOD condition: There is some rubbing and scraping to the bottom margin of the front cover, a small area is inked out prior to "Chelsea Hotel" on the front cover (perhaps the beginning of an actual street address?), the front cover has some corner creases and light edge wear; otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A SCARCE DRAFT COPY of an IMPORTANT WORK by a great BIOPHYSICIST - SIGNED and INSCRIBED IN 1991 to a great POET. (The final BOUND BOOK was published by Yale University in 1992, with the title repositioned as: "BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE - Metabolism Recapitulates Biogenesis"). Find much more about HAROLD MOROWITZ and about the poet MICHAEL McCLURE on Wikipedia.

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  • 2 Rare BILLIARDS & ARMORIAL BOOKPLATES from NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE in 1834 Book 2 Rare BILLIARDS & ARMORIAL BOOKPLATES from NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE in 1834 Book

    POESIES DE SAINTE-BEUVE. Published by E. Laurent, BRUXELLES, 1834.

    Lovely Small Format Book, 2.25" x 4", leather spine and marbled paper covered boards, spine titled and lined in gilt, marbled endpapers, 384 pages. Text in French.

    What makes this book special and desirable are the TWO RARE & LOVELY BOOKPLATES, one on the Front Pastedown and one on the Front Free-Endpaper. Both Bookplates are from Historical Men of NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE, with the word "Nevers" printed on each plate.

    One is an Armorial / Heraldic Bookplate that states: D.-A. DUFETRE, Eveque de Nevers (D-A Dufetre, BISHOP of NEVERS).

    From Wikipedia: ******Dominique Augustin Dufêtre (Lyon, 17 April 1796, Nevers, 6 November 1860) was the BISHOP of the…

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    POESIES DE SAINTE-BEUVE. Published by E. Laurent, BRUXELLES, 1834.

    Lovely Small Format Book, 2.25" x 4", leather spine and marbled paper covered boards, spine titled and lined in gilt, marbled endpapers, 384 pages. Text in French.

    What makes this book special and desirable are the TWO RARE & LOVELY BOOKPLATES, one on the Front Pastedown and one on the Front Free-Endpaper. Both Bookplates are from Historical Men of NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE, with the word "Nevers" printed on each plate.

    One is an Armorial / Heraldic Bookplate that states: D.-A. DUFETRE, Eveque de Nevers (D-A Dufetre, BISHOP of NEVERS).

    From Wikipedia: ******Dominique Augustin Dufêtre (Lyon, 17 April 1796, Nevers, 6 November 1860) was the BISHOP of the ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE of NEVERS from 1842 to 1860.******

    The Second Bookplate has a BILLIARDS design, with the name ALFRED MASSÉ on the edges of the design. The bookplate design is Very Cool! There is also a name / address label of M. Massé on the front pastedown, below the Bishop Dufetre bookplate.

    Excerpted from French Wikipedia: ******Alfred Massé, 1870 - 1951, was involved in the regional politics of Nevers, Nievre, France, during most of his life. There is a street in Nevers named after him, Rue Alfred Massé. He was born and died in the Commune of Nievre.******

    This lovely, miniature size book, is in VERY GOOD condition, the covers have a few rubs, there is a bit of foxing to the inner pages, overall tight, bright, clean and unmarked. The two bookplates of historic Nevers, Nievre, France, men make this book quite a gem.

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  • 2005 Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION **INSCRIBED to CONDOLEEZZA RICE** by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, editor 2005 Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION **INSCRIBED to CONDOLEEZZA RICE**
    Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, editor

    CULTURAL CONTACTS IN BUILDING A UNIVERSAL CIVILISATION: ISLAMIC CONTRIBUTIONS. Number 11 in the Studies and Sources on the History of Islamic Civilisation Series. Edited by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Published by the O.I.C. Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by IHSANOGLU to CONDOLEEZZA RICE: "To Dr. Condoleezza Rice / I present this book as one step towards better understanding / with my best regards / The editor / Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (signed) / 17.9.2005 / New York". Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 6.5x9.5 inches, 413 pages. Condition: NEAR FINE book, a light pea size stain to the front page edges (page edges of the closed book), otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked;…

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    CULTURAL CONTACTS IN BUILDING A UNIVERSAL CIVILISATION: ISLAMIC CONTRIBUTIONS. Number 11 in the Studies and Sources on the History of Islamic Civilisation Series. Edited by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Published by the O.I.C. Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by IHSANOGLU to CONDOLEEZZA RICE: "To Dr. Condoleezza Rice / I present this book as one step towards better understanding / with my best regards / The editor / Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (signed) / 17.9.2005 / New York". Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 6.5x9.5 inches, 413 pages. Condition: NEAR FINE book, a light pea size stain to the front page edges (page edges of the closed book), otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has creasing to its top edge, otherwise is solid and bright. About the Editor EKMELEDDIN IHSANOGLU (from Wikipedia): ****** Ekmeleddin Mehmet Ihsanoglu is a Turkish academic, politician and diplomat who was Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation from 2004 to 2014. He is also an author and editor of academic journals and advocate of intercultural dialogue.******

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  • LIVRE DE PRIÈRES Filled with CHROMOLITHOGRAPH PLATES & ORNAMENTAL BORDERS 1858 & 1862 TWO VOLUMES by Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis LIVRE DE PRIÈRES Filled with CHROMOLITHOGRAPH PLATES & ORNAMENTAL BORDERS 1858 & 1862 TWO VOLUMES
    Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis

    LIVRE DE PRIÈRES - Illustré à l'aide des Ornements Des Manuscrits du Moyen Age / classés dans l'ordre chronologique et selon les styles divers qui se sont succédé depuis le huitième siècle jusqu'au seizième.

    (BOOK OF PRAYERS / BOOK OF HOURS - Illustrated with Ornamentations from Manuscripts of the Middle Ages...)

    By Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis.

    Published by Charles Mathieu and Printed by Chez J. Renouard, PARIS, 1858 and 1862.

    Two Volumes, full calf leather, front and rear covers blind stamped, spine titled in gilt, five raised spine bands, all edges gauffered and gilt, dentelles in blind with corner fleurons, marbled endpapers, 5x7 inches (13x18 cm). Pagination: 149, [13]; 250 pp. Text in French.

    Volume I illustrated…

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    LIVRE DE PRIÈRES - Illustré à l'aide des Ornements Des Manuscrits du Moyen Age / classés dans l'ordre chronologique et selon les styles divers qui se sont succédé depuis le huitième siècle jusqu'au seizième.

    (BOOK OF PRAYERS / BOOK OF HOURS - Illustrated with Ornamentations from Manuscripts of the Middle Ages...)

    By Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis.

    Published by Charles Mathieu and Printed by Chez J. Renouard, PARIS, 1858 and 1862.

    Two Volumes, full calf leather, front and rear covers blind stamped, spine titled in gilt, five raised spine bands, all edges gauffered and gilt, dentelles in blind with corner fleurons, marbled endpapers, 5x7 inches (13x18 cm). Pagination: 149, [13]; 250 pp. Text in French.

    Volume I illustrated throughout with gorgeous chromolithographs. Volume II a text volume with b&w ornamental framing.

    A beautiful prayer book.

    Volume I, the most important of the two volumes and published two years prior to Volume II, is exquisitely embellished throughout with chromolithograph borders and plates depicting medieval manuscripts. Preliminary pages of this volume give details of the border ornamentations:. Byzantine for the Morning Prayers, Carolingian for the Evening Prayers, etc. Each section of prayers has a chromolithograph frontispiece. At the end there is also The Mass for Marriage. The lithography is by Charles Mathieu. Simply GORGEOUS.

    Volume II contains a history of European decorative manuscript painting from antiquity through the Gothic period. The text is written by Ferdinand Denis.

    Provenance: A great association copy. Both volumes have the bookplate of ROBERT ORMES DOUGAN, b.1904 d.1999, on the front pastedown. His signature is also on the blank verso of the front free endpaper of Volume I. Dougan was the director of the Dublin Library and later Chief Librarian of the Huntington Library. He was renowned for his knowlege of The Book of Kells. He donated many books and medieval manuscripts to Occidental College, as well as to other universities. Tipped in OVER the Dougan bookplates is an Occidental College bookplate which has a "Released" notice printed at its bottom. The OC bookplate can be lifted up to fully reveal Dougan's bookplate below. Obituaries that detail Dougan's life can easily found online at The Guardian, The Independent, and L.A. Times websites.

    Condition: The covers of both volumes have some rubbing and there are nicks to the leather along the spine folds, but they remain solid and lovely. Internally, Volume I has some foxing and toning throughout, heaviest to the early and later pages, otherwise both volumes are tight, bright clean and unmarked.

    Volume I, with its gorgeous chromolithograph plates and ornamental borders, has become almost impossible to find.

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  • RICHARD JOHN HOFFMAN - MASTER PRINTER First Edition Limited 1/250 ILLUSTRATED Association Copy HAND SIGNED by BARRY MOSER by Edward Repan Petko RICHARD JOHN HOFFMAN - MASTER PRINTER First Edition Limited 1/250 ILLUSTRATED Association Copy HAND SIGNED by BARRY MOSER
    Edward Repan Petko

    A TRIBUTE to the WORK of RICHARD JOHN HOFFMAN: MASTER PRINTER and TEACHER, by Edward Repan Petko.

    Published by The Zamorano Club, Los Angeles, California, 2002. FIRST and LIMITED EDITION of only 250 copies, as stated on its Colophon page (the last page).

    SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY:

    HAND SIGNED by BARRY MOSER on a BOOKPLATE on the front pastedown. Barry Moser, b.1940, is, in addition to being a well known artist, printer and illustrator, the Owner, Operator, and Proprietor of PENNYROYAL PRESS. A master printer and press owner's signed bookplate inside a book about a master printer and press owner. Rather cool.

    Hardcover Book, burgundy cloth covered boards, gilt titling and designs to the front cover and spine, no dustjacket as…

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    A TRIBUTE to the WORK of RICHARD JOHN HOFFMAN: MASTER PRINTER and TEACHER, by Edward Repan Petko.

    Published by The Zamorano Club, Los Angeles, California, 2002. FIRST and LIMITED EDITION of only 250 copies, as stated on its Colophon page (the last page).

    SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY:

    HAND SIGNED by BARRY MOSER on a BOOKPLATE on the front pastedown. Barry Moser, b.1940, is, in addition to being a well known artist, printer and illustrator, the Owner, Operator, and Proprietor of PENNYROYAL PRESS. A master printer and press owner's signed bookplate inside a book about a master printer and press owner. Rather cool.

    Hardcover Book, burgundy cloth covered boards, gilt titling and designs to the front cover and spine, no dustjacket as issued, 9x12 inches, 157 pages. Illustrated with a tipped on glossy color photograph frontispiece, some page borders in red, blue, and shades of gray, and a 20 pages of illustrations of Hoffman's Books & Imprints at the rear.

    FINE condition, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. Lovely.

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  • TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies by Daniel Gregory MASON TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies
    Daniel Gregory MASON

    TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies. (1) TUNE IN AMERICA, by DANIEL GREGORY MASON. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1931. First Edition, so stated. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by the AUTHOR to PIANIST HARRY KAUFMAN and his wife: "Cordial regards to / Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kaufman / Daniel Gregory Mason / June, 1932." Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5" x 7.5", 206 pages. Condition: VERY GOOD book, the covers have some toning to the edges and spine, there is a newspaper review taped onto a blank prelim page that has offset and left pieces of tape to the page and the facing page, otherwise tight, bright, clean…

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    TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies. (1) TUNE IN AMERICA, by DANIEL GREGORY MASON. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1931. First Edition, so stated. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by the AUTHOR to PIANIST HARRY KAUFMAN and his wife: "Cordial regards to / Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kaufman / Daniel Gregory Mason / June, 1932." Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5" x 7.5", 206 pages. Condition: VERY GOOD book, the covers have some toning to the edges and spine, there is a newspaper review taped onto a blank prelim page that has offset and left pieces of tape to the page and the facing page, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a FAIR dustjacket that is heavily sunned at the spine and margins, has a couple closed tears across the spine, is chipped with tears at the spine ends and corners, and has spotting, but is still in one piece and doing its job. (2) THE CHAMBER MUSIC OF BRAHMS, by DANIEL GREGORY MASON. Published by the Macmillan Company, New York, 1933. First Edition, with the date 1933 on the title page, the statement "Published May, 1933" on the copyright page, and with no indication of additional printings. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by the AUTHOR to PIANIST HARRY KAUFMAN: "Why you read this, remember / our playing the G major / Violin Quintet, at Westport, / September 7, 1933. / To Harry Kaufman / Daniel Gregory Mason." Hardcover Book, no dustjacket, 6.5" x 9.5",

    276 pages. GOOD condition: The covers are worn through at the spine ends and corner tips, have spotting and rubbing at the margins, and lightly bumped corners; internally the pages are lightly toned, as normal, otherwise tight, bright clean and unmarked. A solid copy. Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953) was an American composer and music critic. Harry Kaufman (1894-1961) was a CONCERT PIANIST and MUSIC TEACHER at the CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC, Philadelphia. For 17 years he headed the Institute's Department of Accompanying. During this time his former piano teacher JOSEF HOFMANN was director of the Institute.

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  • WILLIAM EVERSON (Brother Antoninus) - BLOOD OF THE POET - WONDERFUL LONG INSCRIPTION by EDITOR First Edition by William Everson, Brother Antoninus, Albert Gelpi WILLIAM EVERSON (Brother Antoninus) - BLOOD OF THE POET - WONDERFUL LONG INSCRIPTION by EDITOR First Edition
    William Everson, Brother Antoninus, Albert Gelpi

    THE BLOOD OF THE POET, by WILLIAM EVERSON (aka BROTHER ANTONINUS). Published by Broken Moon Press, Seattle, 1994. First Edition, First Printing, with the number line starting at 1. Softcovers, 6x9", 278 pages. Long INSCRIPTION on the half title-page by the book's Editor, ALBERT GELPI: "Inscribed for Dennis / Who met Bro. Antoninus at about the same time as I did, & who printed a beautiful broadside of "The Rose of Solitude" / with much love from Al / July 17, 1994". Below the inscription is a handwritten poem, I believe this is a transcription of an Everson poem, handwritten on this page by the Editor, Albert Gelpi. Dennis Turner, to whom this book is Inscribed, was a San Francisco…

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    THE BLOOD OF THE POET, by WILLIAM EVERSON (aka BROTHER ANTONINUS). Published by Broken Moon Press, Seattle, 1994. First Edition, First Printing, with the number line starting at 1. Softcovers, 6x9", 278 pages. Long INSCRIPTION on the half title-page by the book's Editor, ALBERT GELPI: "Inscribed for Dennis / Who met Bro. Antoninus at about the same time as I did, & who printed a beautiful broadside of "The Rose of Solitude" / with much love from Al / July 17, 1994". Below the inscription is a handwritten poem, I believe this is a transcription of an Everson poem, handwritten on this page by the Editor, Albert Gelpi. Dennis Turner, to whom this book is Inscribed, was a San Francisco Doctor who was a Friend of Many Poets and Artists, and who was also a Fine-Printer in his early days, especially while he was at Harvard. He died in 2013. The book is in FINE, basically UNREAD condition. A beautiful, inscribed copy.

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