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  • 1768 POEMS by FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY Printed by W. Jackson, OXFORD by FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY 1768 POEMS by FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY Printed by W. Jackson, OXFORD
    FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY

    POEMS (anonymous, but known to be FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY). OXFORD, Printed by W. Jackson, MDCC,LX,VIII (1768). Disbound

    (i.e. no covers), 4to 8x10 inches, 97 pages. Beautifully printed on heavy stock, watermarked, laid paper. The imprint of the type is fully tangible. FAIR Condition: Lacking covers (as noted above). The text block's sewn binding is mostly gone leaving all the signatures and many leaves loose. The front free endpaper is lacking, the brief errata has been clipped from its own page at the rear and pasted in the space below THE END on the last page of text, otherwise complete with all pages and signatures in their proper order. The pages themselves are in Good condition, with edge wear to…

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    POEMS (anonymous, but known to be FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY). OXFORD, Printed by W. Jackson, MDCC,LX,VIII (1768). Disbound

    (i.e. no covers), 4to 8x10 inches, 97 pages. Beautifully printed on heavy stock, watermarked, laid paper. The imprint of the type is fully tangible. FAIR Condition: Lacking covers (as noted above). The text block's sewn binding is mostly gone leaving all the signatures and many leaves loose. The front free endpaper is lacking, the brief errata has been clipped from its own page at the rear and pasted in the space below THE END on the last page of text, otherwise complete with all pages and signatures in their proper order. The pages themselves are in Good condition, with edge wear to their disbound edge, and some light edge toning and corner creases here and there. Overall the pages are bright, clean, clear and unmarked. Quite lovely as is (especially with the tactile printing), and a perfect candidate for rebinding. I have collated my copy page for page with the copy in the rare book room of the Oxford Library that has been digitized and put online.

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  • 1788 APOLOGETIC POSTSCRIPT to ODE UPON ODE by PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot) by PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot) 1788 APOLOGETIC POSTSCRIPT to ODE UPON ODE by PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot)
    PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot)

    APOLOGETIC POSTSCRIPT TO ODE UPON ODE, by PETER PINDAR.(pseudonym of JOHN WOLCOT). LONDON: Printed for G. KEARSLEY, M.DCC.XC. (1788). Second Edition (with the statement A New Edition With Considerable Additions on the front cover). Disbound, 8x10.5 inches, 32 pages. Lacking the half title page. GOOD condition. Disbound, as noted above; a crease to the upper corner of half the pages, toning to the margins; some edge wear here and there; overall the pages are bright, clean, and clear.

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  • 1796 COLTIVAZIONE DEL RISO / CULTIVATION OF RICE Full VELLUM COVERS Italian Text 1796 COLTIVAZIONE DEL RISO / CULTIVATION OF RICE Full VELLUM COVERS Italian Text

    LA COLTIVAZIONE DEL RISO, by Gian Battista Spolverini (aka Giambattista Spolverini).

    VERONA (Italy): Dalla Stamperia GIULIARI MDCCXCVI (1796). Fifth edition.

    Full Vellum, 4to, 9x12 inches (22x30 cm), Pagination: XVI, 224 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. Printed on fine rag paper.

    First published in 1758, Spolverini's poem concerning rice and rice cultivation was popular and was printed in no less than 15 editions, this being the fifth. Italy was second only to Spain in its cultivation of rice in Europe. Rice first appeared in Italy in 1468 around Pisa, along the Lombardy plain. Spolverini's poem is considered a major work in the genre of Italian bucolic and didactic poetry. This edition also includes an "Elogio" by Ippolito Pindemonte.

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    LA COLTIVAZIONE DEL RISO, by Gian Battista Spolverini (aka Giambattista Spolverini).

    VERONA (Italy): Dalla Stamperia GIULIARI MDCCXCVI (1796). Fifth edition.

    Full Vellum, 4to, 9x12 inches (22x30 cm), Pagination: XVI, 224 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. Printed on fine rag paper.

    First published in 1758, Spolverini's poem concerning rice and rice cultivation was popular and was printed in no less than 15 editions, this being the fifth. Italy was second only to Spain in its cultivation of rice in Europe. Rice first appeared in Italy in 1468 around Pisa, along the Lombardy plain. Spolverini's poem is considered a major work in the genre of Italian bucolic and didactic poetry. This edition also includes an "Elogio" by Ippolito Pindemonte.

    It is said that rice farmers could successfully grow rice using only this book.

    VERY GOOD condition: Light wear to vellum; front hinge starting to split at the top, just a little foxing here and there and a few minor instances of worming. A solid, bright, lovely, vellum bound copy of this important Italian work on rice.

    Everyone loves Italian rice, especially when it's from 1796!

    INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: This book is will require additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the additional charges and be able to accept or reject them before your payment is processed. Or you can contact us ahead of time to find out the shipping charge to your country. Thanks.

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  • 1796 THE CONTRAST by ELIZABETH SARAH GOOCH who SLEPT with PRINCES & went to PRISON by Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real Gooch 1796 THE CONTRAST by ELIZABETH SARAH GOOCH who SLEPT with PRINCES & went to PRISON
    Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real Gooch

    THE CONTRAST: A NOVEL, by Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real Gooch.

    Printed and Sold by Joseph Johnson, Wilmington, Delaware, 1796. First American Edition.

    Hardcovers, leather covered boards (front cover detached but present), leather title label on spine, 4x6 inches (10x16 cm), 156 pages..

    There is a circa 1800 printed bookplate on the front pastedown from "Daniel Steele's Circulating Library". (A July 30, 1810 notice, found on the Internet, states "Mrs. Tiffany of Albany took possession of the books in Daniel Steel's Circulating Library consisting of about two thousand volumes." A foreclosure perhaps?)

    Condition: Top board detached but present, rear hinge split but holding with the cord bindings, first blank endpaper (with previous owner's 1804 inscription) is coming loose but holding,…

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    THE CONTRAST: A NOVEL, by Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real Gooch.

    Printed and Sold by Joseph Johnson, Wilmington, Delaware, 1796. First American Edition.

    Hardcovers, leather covered boards (front cover detached but present), leather title label on spine, 4x6 inches (10x16 cm), 156 pages..

    There is a circa 1800 printed bookplate on the front pastedown from "Daniel Steele's Circulating Library". (A July 30, 1810 notice, found on the Internet, states "Mrs. Tiffany of Albany took possession of the books in Daniel Steel's Circulating Library consisting of about two thousand volumes." A foreclosure perhaps?)

    Condition: Top board detached but present, rear hinge split but holding with the cord bindings, first blank endpaper (with previous owner's 1804 inscription) is coming loose but holding, there is a closed slit across page 13 that appears to be a binder's error, the inner pages are toned and have some foxing, the early pages have light shorelining; overall a complete copy with text that is always bright and fully legible.

    RARE 18th CENTURY AMERICAN / DELAWARE IMPRINT, with an interesting association to an 18th century Wilmington, Delaware, circulating library.

    About the author ELIZABETH SARAH VILLA-REAL GOOCH (from Wikipedia):

    ******Elizabeth Sarah Gooch was born Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real in Edwinstowe. Following her father's death, she received a substantial inheritance, but her mother arranged a marriage for her to William Gooch in 1775 before she realized that she was financially independent.

    Her husband took control of her money and abandoned her in Lille in 1778.

    For a time, she was an actress with a theatre company in Portsmouth. She was also involved in liaisons with various princes and military leaders. By the time she published An Appeal to the Public in 1788, she had been imprisoned for debt. In 1792, she published The Life of Mrs. Gooch. She went on to publish a collection of poetry and a number of novels including The Contrast (1795).******

    What an interesting woman. When is the movie coming out?

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  • 1800 REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY English-Greek Literary Criticism FIRST EDITION by Reverend Henry Meen 1800 REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY English-Greek Literary Criticism FIRST EDITION
    Reverend Henry Meen

    REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY. by the Rev. H. Meen, B.D. (Reverend Henry Meen, Rector of Saint Nicholas Cole Abbey and Saint Nicholas Olave, City of London). LONDON: Printed by Bunney & Gold, Shoe-Lane, Fleet Street, and sold by Messrs. Rivingtons, et al., 1800. Text in English with Greek excerpts from The Cassandra. Lacking covers, half-title page is disbound (i.e. laid on loosely),the rest of the pages (title page through the blank rear endpaper) still held together by the sewn binding, 5x8". Pagination: [4}, 45 pp. This was an attempt to show the importance of The Cassandra and to rescue it from falling into obscurity. An early and interesting Historical and Literary study. Condition: Lacking covers as…

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    REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY. by the Rev. H. Meen, B.D. (Reverend Henry Meen, Rector of Saint Nicholas Cole Abbey and Saint Nicholas Olave, City of London). LONDON: Printed by Bunney & Gold, Shoe-Lane, Fleet Street, and sold by Messrs. Rivingtons, et al., 1800. Text in English with Greek excerpts from The Cassandra. Lacking covers, half-title page is disbound (i.e. laid on loosely),the rest of the pages (title page through the blank rear endpaper) still held together by the sewn binding, 5x8". Pagination: [4}, 45 pp. This was an attempt to show the importance of The Cassandra and to rescue it from falling into obscurity. An early and interesting Historical and Literary study. Condition: Lacking covers as noted above; the disbound title page and the blank rear endpaper are toned; there is foxing throughout, heaviest on about half the pages, light on the other half, text is always clear and legible beneath any foxing.

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  • 1820 CICERO ORATIONS XXIV - XXXV w/ Two Associations - Provenances by M. Tullius Cicero 1820 CICERO ORATIONS XXIV - XXXV w/ Two Associations - Provenances
    M. Tullius Cicero

    M. Tullius Cicero Orations XXIV - XXXV. (There are two title pages indicating this volume is composed of parts from Volume 3 of the Orations of Ciceronis, which was from Volume 7 of the complete Works of Ciceronis.) TEXT IN LATIN.

    LONDON: Bodwell and Martin, et al, 1820.

    Small format hardcover book, leather covered boards, gilt florets at the corners, four raised spine bands, spine title labels, 3x5 inches (8x13 cm), 398 pages.

    Associations / Provenance:

    Previously owned by R. W. Hunt, with his ownership label on the front free endpaper: "from the library of / R. W. HUNT / Keeper of the Western MSS / Bodleian Library".

    Also previously owned by Stephen Edward Spring Rice, b.1856 d.1902, with…

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    M. Tullius Cicero Orations XXIV - XXXV. (There are two title pages indicating this volume is composed of parts from Volume 3 of the Orations of Ciceronis, which was from Volume 7 of the complete Works of Ciceronis.) TEXT IN LATIN.

    LONDON: Bodwell and Martin, et al, 1820.

    Small format hardcover book, leather covered boards, gilt florets at the corners, four raised spine bands, spine title labels, 3x5 inches (8x13 cm), 398 pages.

    Associations / Provenance:

    Previously owned by R. W. Hunt, with his ownership label on the front free endpaper: "from the library of / R. W. HUNT / Keeper of the Western MSS / Bodleian Library".

    Also previously owned by Stephen Edward Spring Rice, b.1856 d.1902, with his armorial bookplate on the front pastedown.

    GOOD condition: the rear spine fold is split, pulling away at the top 2 inches, but holding on with the cord binding, the front spine fold is split for 1 inch at the top at a bit at the bottom but still tight; the title labels are faded and rubbed but legible; internally, the front and rear hinges are cracked but holding well, there is some foxing and a bit of soiling here and there, overall the pages are tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A complete, presentable copy.

    About R. W. HUNT (from Wikipedia):

    ******Richard William Hunt, b.1908 d.1979, was a scholar, grammarian, palaeographer, editor, and author of a number of books about medieval history. He began his career as a lecturer in palaeography at Liverpool University, and worked at Bush House during World War II. In 1945 he obtained the position of Keeper of the Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, and he relocated to Oxford, remaining in the position until 1975.

    On Hunt's retirement from the Bodleian in 1975, he was honored with an Oxford exhibition, The Survival of Ancient Literature. In 1980 he was posthumously honored with a second major exhibition, Manuscripts at Oxford.******

    About STEPHEN EDWARD SPRING RICE (from Wikipedia):

    ******Stephen Edward Spring Rice CB, b.1856 d.1902, was a British civil servant and academic. He was the son of the Hon. Charles William Thomas Spring Rice, a civil servant in the Foreign Office, and Elizabeth Margaret Marshall, the grandson of the Whig politician, Lord Monteagle of Brandon, the brother of the diplomat, Sir Cecil Spring Rice. He was brought up near Watermillock on the shore of Ullswater. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) and was a contributor to the Encyclopædia Britannica. He is commemorated by a memorial bridge at Aira Force.******

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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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  • 1848 CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK - THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar - FIRST EDITION by Charles Kingsley 1848 CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK - THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar - FIRST EDITION
    Charles Kingsley

    THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY; or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar, by CHARLES KINGSLEY. Published by John W. Parker, London, 1848. FIRST EDITION. Small Format Hardcover Book, cloth covered boards, spine paper title label, 4.5x7". Pagination: [4], xxiii (i-xxiii), [4], 271 (pages numbered 28 to 271, consecutive numbering beginning with page "i"), [1], + 4 numbered pages of Publisher's ads. Preface by the Reverend F. D. Maurice and an Introduction by the Author. This is CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, a drama, written while he was Rector of Eversley. THE YEAST, Kingsley's first novel, was being published in installments in Fraser's Magazine at the same time, but it was controversial and the…

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    THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY; or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar, by CHARLES KINGSLEY. Published by John W. Parker, London, 1848. FIRST EDITION. Small Format Hardcover Book, cloth covered boards, spine paper title label, 4.5x7". Pagination: [4], xxiii (i-xxiii), [4], 271 (pages numbered 28 to 271, consecutive numbering beginning with page "i"), [1], + 4 numbered pages of Publisher's ads. Preface by the Reverend F. D. Maurice and an Introduction by the Author. This is CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, a drama, written while he was Rector of Eversley. THE YEAST, Kingsley's first novel, was being published in installments in Fraser's Magazine at the same time, but it was controversial and the novel serialization was never finished - it was completed and first published in book form in 1850. Condition: The Original Covers are rubbed and shelf worn, there is a light cup ring on the rear cover, the spine covering is split at the rear fold, but holding well, the paper spine label is chipped and worn, affecting the label title text (part of the title, "KINGSLEY",

    and the "5s." price are still clear). Internally, there is a previous owner's signature at the top of the front pastedown,

    "St. John's Book Club" is written at the top of the front free-endpaper, there is some light corner creasing, overall the inner pages remain tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A complete, solid, nice 1848 First Edition copy, in original covers, of THE FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK by CHARLES KINGSLEY.

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  • 1859 George Meredith ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - 3 Volume Set - First Edition by George Meredith 1859 George Meredith ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - 3 Volume Set - First Edition
    George Meredith

    THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - A History of Father and Son, by GEORGE MEREDITH. THREE VOLUME SET - Complete in these Three Volumes. LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, Piccadilly, 1859. FIRST EDITION. This was George Meredith's first full-length novel (preceded only by a volume of verse and two single-volume burlesques). When it first came out, in 1859, it was a critical and financial failure, considered both "unreadable" and of "low ethical standards". It was not, therefore, reprinted until 1878. Then, all of a sudden, the critics began raving about the book to such an extent that it became required reading at many English schools. That is why the 1859 first edition of what became the author's best known work…

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    THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - A History of Father and Son, by GEORGE MEREDITH. THREE VOLUME SET - Complete in these Three Volumes. LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, Piccadilly, 1859. FIRST EDITION. This was George Meredith's first full-length novel (preceded only by a volume of verse and two single-volume burlesques). When it first came out, in 1859, it was a critical and financial failure, considered both "unreadable" and of "low ethical standards". It was not, therefore, reprinted until 1878. Then, all of a sudden, the critics began raving about the book to such an extent that it became required reading at many English schools. That is why the 1859 first edition of what became the author's best known work is scarce. Half-leather (leather spine and corners) and pebbled cloth covered boards, five raised spine bands, embossed gilt titling to spine, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, 4.5x7.5". Pagination: iv, 303; iv, 348; iv, 395. Bookplate of STEPHEN EATON ELAND on the front pastedown of each volume. Condition: Covers are rubbed and scraped at the spine ends, corner tips and edges of the leather, and are sunned at the margins, but remain sturdy and handsome; the top page edges have darkened; Volume I is lacking a blank prelim page (blank prelim page before the title page), otherwise all volumes are complete; there is substantial foxing to the first and last few pages of each volume, otherwise there is only a bit of foxing here and there; other than the foxing on the first and last few pages, the inner pages are complete, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. This 1859 First Edition Three Volume Set of George Meredith's First full-length Novel is VERY SCARCE.

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  • 1886 S.R. CROCKETT His First Book DULCE COR with ASSOCIATION to WILLIAM SHARP (aka FIONA MACLEOD) First Edition SCOTTISH WRITERS by Samuel Rutherford Crockett, William Sharp, Fiona Macleod 1886 S.R. CROCKETT His First Book DULCE COR with ASSOCIATION to WILLIAM SHARP (aka FIONA MACLEOD) First Edition SCOTTISH WRITERS
    Samuel Rutherford Crockett, William Sharp, Fiona Macleod

    DULCE COR: Being the POEMS of FORD BERÊTON (pseudonym of SAMUEL RUTHERFORD CROCKETT). LONDON: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., MDCCCLXXXVI (1886). First Edition. Hardcovers, olive green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: xii, 200 pages. Frontispiece portrait and one plate, both with their tissue guards. This is the FIRST BOOK by the SCOTTISH writer S.R. CROCKETT, b. 1860 d. 1914. It is a collection of poetry written under the pseudonym FORD BERÊTON. The book was published the year Crockett was ordained into the Church of Scotland. It would be seven years later, and after resigning his ministry, that Crockett would begin publishing his famous SCOTTISH STORIES, beginning with his successful THE…

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    DULCE COR: Being the POEMS of FORD BERÊTON (pseudonym of SAMUEL RUTHERFORD CROCKETT). LONDON: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., MDCCCLXXXVI (1886). First Edition. Hardcovers, olive green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: xii, 200 pages. Frontispiece portrait and one plate, both with their tissue guards. This is the FIRST BOOK by the SCOTTISH writer S.R. CROCKETT, b. 1860 d. 1914. It is a collection of poetry written under the pseudonym FORD BERÊTON. The book was published the year Crockett was ordained into the Church of Scotland. It would be seven years later, and after resigning his ministry, that Crockett would begin publishing his famous SCOTTISH STORIES, beginning with his successful THE STICKIT MINISTER. This copy has an IMPORTANT SCOTTISH LITERARY ASSOCIATION, with the penciled ownership SIGNATURE and handwritten ADDRESS of Scottish writer WILLIAM SHARP on the half title page. William Sharp wrote under his name and under the pseudonym of FIONA MACLEOD. He was a contemporary of Samuel Crockett. He was also a contemporary of William Butler Yeats who reportedly liked the writing of Fiona Macleod but not the writing of William Sharp. There is a lovely pictorial bookplate of Albert Harrison on the front pastedown. I have no idea who he might be. VERY GOOD condition, the covers have some wear and rubbing to the spine ends and corner tips, there is foxing here and there, most noticeable on the first and last few pages, the leaf consisting of pages 95/96 is missing its upper corner (probably from being roughly cut open), not affecting text; otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. The penciled signature and handwritten address of William Sharp are clear and legible. About S.R. CROCKETT (from Wikipedia): ******Samuel Rutherford Crockett, b.1859 d.1914, who published under the name S. R. CROCKETT, was a Scottish novelist. After some years of travel, he became in 1886 an Ordained Minister of Penicuik. During the same year as his ordination, his first book, Dulce Cor (Latin: Sweet Heart), a collection of verse under the pseudonym Ford Brereton, was published. That was the only book he published until he abandoned the ministry to become a writer. The success of J. M. Barrie and the Kailyard school of sentimental, homey writing had already created a demand for stories in Lowland Scots, when Crockett published his successful story of The Stickit Minister in 1893. It was followed by a rapidly produced series of popular novels frequently featuring the history of Scotland or his native Galloway. Crockett made considerable sums of money from his writing and was a friend and correspondent of R. L. Stevenson. A substantial number of his works have been republished since the 100th anniversary of his death.****** About WILLIAM SHARP / FIONA MACLEOD (from Wikipedia): ******William Sharp, b.1855 d.1905, was a Scottish writer, of poetry and literary biography in particular, who from 1893 wrote also as Fiona Macleod, a pseudonym kept almost completely secret during his lifetime. Sharp's poem THE LONELY HUNTER inspired the title of Carson McCullers debut novel THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. His poem contains the lines "Deep in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to me still, But my heart is a lonely hunter, that hunts on a lonely hill". In Disney's 2017 movie production of Beauty and the Beast, Belle recites to the Beast several lines of Sharp's poem A Crystal Forest: "Each branch, each twig, each blade of grass, / Seems clad miraculously with glass".******

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  • 1888 SARAH ORNE JEWETT "A Country Doctor" SIGNED & INSCRIBED to a PUBLISHER FRIEND, DAVID DOUGLAS, a Scottish Publisher of American Writers by Sarah Orne Jewett 1888 SARAH ORNE JEWETT "A Country Doctor" SIGNED & INSCRIBED to a PUBLISHER FRIEND, DAVID DOUGLAS, a Scottish Publisher of American Writers
    Sarah Orne Jewett

    A COUNTRY DOCTOR, by SARAH ORNE JEWETT. Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888.

    SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by SARA ORNE JEWETT to her friend, the Edinburgh Publisher DAVID DOUGLAS:

    "To David Douglas, Esq. / With best regards from / Sarah O. Jewett / Boston, May, 1888".

    The inscription is on a plain card that is pasted on to the front pastedown. Note that it is dated in the same year the book was published, 1888.

    Hardcovers, brown cloth covered boards, black design and lettering on the front cover, gilt lettering on the spine, 4.5x7 inches,351 pages.

    VERY GOOD Condition: the covers have some rubbing and a bit of wear to the corner tips and spine ends; the…

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    A COUNTRY DOCTOR, by SARAH ORNE JEWETT. Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888.

    SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by SARA ORNE JEWETT to her friend, the Edinburgh Publisher DAVID DOUGLAS:

    "To David Douglas, Esq. / With best regards from / Sarah O. Jewett / Boston, May, 1888".

    The inscription is on a plain card that is pasted on to the front pastedown. Note that it is dated in the same year the book was published, 1888.

    Hardcovers, brown cloth covered boards, black design and lettering on the front cover, gilt lettering on the spine, 4.5x7 inches,351 pages.

    VERY GOOD Condition: the covers have some rubbing and a bit of wear to the corner tips and spine ends; the page edges (page edges of the closed book) have a few light spots; internally, the rear endpapers have the remnant of a small sticker, there are a few cracks to the inner hinge here and there but all is holding very well, overall the pages of this 1888 book are just lightly used, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A solid, presentable copy.

    About SARAH ORNE JEWETT (from Wikipedia):

    ******Theodora Sarah Orne Jewett, b.1849 d.1909, was an American novelist, short story writer and poet, best known for her local color works set along or near the southern coast of Maine. Jewett is recognized as an important practitioner of American literary regionalism. Willa Cather described Jewett as a significant influence on her development as a writer and dedicated her 1913 novel O Pioneers!, based upon memories of her childhood in Nebraska, to Jewett.

    Jewett's works featuring relationships between women often mirrored her own life and friendships. Modern feminist critics have praised her writing for its rich account of women's lives and voices. Jewett's letters and diaries reveal that as a young woman she had close relationships with several women. In later life Jewett had a close friendship with writer Annie Adams Fields, b.1834 d.1915, and her husband, publisher James T. Fields. After the sudden death of James Fields in 1881, Jewett and Annie Fields lived together for the rest of Jewett's life in what was then termed a "Boston Marriage" in Fields's homes in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Boston.

    In 1901 Bowdoin College conferred an honorary doctorate of literature on Jewett, the first woman to be granted an honorary degree by Bowdoin.******

    About DAVID DOUGLAS, Publisher (from Wikipedia, the COE College website, and other Internet sites):

    Douglas, David, b.1823 d.1916 was a Scottish publisher in the 19th century. At first publishing books of intellectual and historical interest, in later years he moved to the republishing of American novels as inexpensive editions, introducing writers such as Henry James and William Dean Howells to the Scottish and British public.

    David Douglas was a friend and correspondent of the American writer Sarah Orne Jewett and her companion (and purported lover) Annie Field. Many of the letters between them are held at various institutions. A few references to the Jewett/Douglas letters are below:

    Published letters of Sarah O. Jewett: "Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett", edited by Annie Fields. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1911...(includes letters to) Thomas Bailey Aldrich (3),Willa Cather (3), Ellen Chase (4), DAVID DOUGLAS (4), ANNIE FIELDS (62), Alice Greenwood Howe...

    Jewett letters held at Harvard University (Houghton Library), Cambridge, Mass. (includes letters to): Mrs. Fred P. Abbott (1), Mary Elizabeth Woodman Aldrich (71), Thomas Bailey Aldrich (43), Boylston Beal (1), Mabel Lowell Burnett (6), DAVID DOUGLAS (5), George du Maurier (2)...

    Transcript of a manuscript letter by David Douglas to Annie Fields, the companion of Sarah Orne Jewett, held by the Huntington Library. Letter references Jewett.

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  • 1935 CATALOG of LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS & BOOKS By or Relating to WALT WHITMAN by Sotheby & Co. / Walt Whitman 1935 CATALOG of LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS & BOOKS By or Relating to WALT WHITMAN
    Sotheby & Co. / Walt Whitman

    CATALOGUE OF IMPORTANT LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS AND BOOKS BY OR RELATING TO WALT WHITMAN, The Property of His Intimate Friend, Biographer and Literary Executor, the Late Richard Maurice Bucke of London, Ontario (Sold By Order Of H. L. Bucke, Esq.) Which Will Be Sold by Auction by Messrs. Sotheby & Co. ... the 13th of May, 1935.

    LONDON: Printed by Kitchen & Barratt Ltd., 1935.

    Hard Library Covers, cloth covered boards, entire catalog bound within, 6x9.5 inches (15x24 cm), 31 pages plus 3 prelim pages (cover, foreword, conditions of sale). Illustrated with 4 facsimile illustrations of manuscript signatures and inscriptions.

    117 lots are offered and described. No price estimates.

    Condition: EX-LIB with a shelving number on spine, a UC Santa Cruz…

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    CATALOGUE OF IMPORTANT LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS AND BOOKS BY OR RELATING TO WALT WHITMAN, The Property of His Intimate Friend, Biographer and Literary Executor, the Late Richard Maurice Bucke of London, Ontario (Sold By Order Of H. L. Bucke, Esq.) Which Will Be Sold by Auction by Messrs. Sotheby & Co. ... the 13th of May, 1935.

    LONDON: Printed by Kitchen & Barratt Ltd., 1935.

    Hard Library Covers, cloth covered boards, entire catalog bound within, 6x9.5 inches (15x24 cm), 31 pages plus 3 prelim pages (cover, foreword, conditions of sale). Illustrated with 4 facsimile illustrations of manuscript signatures and inscriptions.

    117 lots are offered and described. No price estimates.

    Condition: EX-LIB with a shelving number on spine, a UC Santa Cruz stamp on the front pastedown, a numerical stamp at the bottom of the Colophon page (last page), and a "Withdrawn UCSC" stamp on both the front free endpaper and the rear free endpaper, etc.; ex-lib aside, there is a slant to the spine, otherwise a solid, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked copy.

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  • 1939 WUTHERING HEIGHTS SCREENPLAY / CONTINUITY DIALOGUE SCRIPT Laurence Olivier by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, John Huston 1939 WUTHERING HEIGHTS SCREENPLAY / CONTINUITY DIALOGUE SCRIPT Laurence Olivier
    Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, John Huston

    Original WUTHERING HEIGHTS CONTINUITY DIALOGUE SCREENPLAY / SCRIPT. Directed by William Wyler. Script by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, and an uncredited John Huston. Starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. The script is not dated and neither the writers, director or actors are credited on this script. However, the paper, the printing, and the six-reel transcription, and the Provenance, clearly identifies this as an original, 1939 continuity screenplay.

    Provenance of Paul Kohner, with his early label "Paul Kohner, Inc." on the blank verso of the last page. Paul Kohner was an noted film producer in the 1930s. Among other films he produced William Wyler's "A House Divided" and Lon Chaney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Paul Kohner later became a film…

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    Original WUTHERING HEIGHTS CONTINUITY DIALOGUE SCREENPLAY / SCRIPT. Directed by William Wyler. Script by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, and an uncredited John Huston. Starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. The script is not dated and neither the writers, director or actors are credited on this script. However, the paper, the printing, and the six-reel transcription, and the Provenance, clearly identifies this as an original, 1939 continuity screenplay.

    Provenance of Paul Kohner, with his early label "Paul Kohner, Inc." on the blank verso of the last page. Paul Kohner was an noted film producer in the 1930s. Among other films he produced William Wyler's "A House Divided" and Lon Chaney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Paul Kohner later became a film industry super-agent. John Huston was his client and friend for over 40 years, William Wyler and David Niven were also clients. All

    were involved with Wuthering Heights, Wyler as Directory, Huston as an uncredited screenwriter, Niven as an actor. (See more about Paul Kohner at the end of this listing.)

    Mimeographed pages printed on one side only, 8.5x11 inches, 47 pages, 3-hole punched at the left margin, bound with two brass brads.

    The dialogue continuity is transcribed by reel. There are six reels, each with a Part A and Part B, except for Reel Six which only needs Part A to reach the end of the film. The dialogue continuity (and the 1939 film) ends with the classic: "No, not dead, Dr. Kenneth. Not alone. He's with her. They've only just begun to live. Goodbye Heathcliff. Goodbye my wild sweet Cathy."

    FAIR CONDITION: The first page is browned, not attached to the brads, and heavily chipped at all its edges, but the text is complete and fully legible; pages 2-47 are age toned, and some edge wear here and there including a few closed tears and small chips.

    This is the only Original Wuthering Heights Six Reel Dialogue Continuity that I have ever seen, and I doubt I will ever see another.

    About CONTINUITY SCRIPTS:

    ******Continuities (Continuity Scripts) were an important part of the film industry in its early days. They were typically created after a film was "in the can", but before it was released, in order to create a written "copy" of the film. A good Continuity provided a transcription of every word of dialogue in the finished film, something that could obviously not be known until a film was completed. Continuities were created both for copyright protection and for a "true record" of a film. Many early films easily degenerated, and many others were wiped out to recover their silver. A true continuity script was therefore often the only archived, word-by-word, record of many early films.******

    About PAUL KOHNER (from his March 19, 1988 New York Times obituary):

    ************Paul Kohner, b.1902 d.1988, was a prominent Hollywood film producer and super-agent for motion picture actors and directors.

    Paul Kohner was born in Teplice-Sanov in what was Czechoslovakia. In the 1920s Kohner came to the United States to work for Universal. He became head of Universal's European division in Berlin in the late 1920's.

    He returned to the United States in the mid 1930's, and produced dozens of films, including Lon Chaney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," William Wyler's "A House Divided," "The Chinese Parrot" and "Love Me and the World Is Mine".

    Kohner opened his talent agency in 1938 while still a film producer. In the 40s and 50s his illustrious client list included John Huston, Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Liv Ullmann, Billy Wilder, Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Marcel Pagnol, Douglas Sirk, Lana Turner and Erich von Stroheim.

    Ingmar Bergman once said that Paul Kohner's life "includes the history of the movies." And John Huston, a client for more than 40 years, said of Paul Kohner: "We lasted through marriages and wars and good times and disasters - nothing lasts forever except Paul and me."******

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