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         The Terrible People

      Doubleday Page & Company Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company. 1926. First. First American edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with a short tear, and the spine white and unsoiled. Criminal mastermind seemingly returns from the grave to take vengeance on those who stood in his way. Basis for a 1928 film, now lost, as well as a German 1960 remake, part of the Rialto series. Scarce in this condition. .

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         Die Pilze Mitteleuropas. Herausgegeben von der deutschen Gesellschaft für Pilzenkunde, der deutschen botanischen Gesellschaft, dem deutschen Lehrerverein für Naturkunde unter Redaktion von H. Kniep, Berlin, P. Claussen, Marburg und J. Baß, Stuttgart mit Verwertung des Nachlasses von Adalbert Ricken.

      - Leipzig, Werner Klinkhardt, 1926-1943. In 36 issues. Folio and large 4to. (35.4 x 25.0 cm). 400 [158; 56, 62; 24] pp., 88 plates (57 in full colour), numerous text figures. All in original printed wrappers.* Rare atlas with accompanying text leaves, and with fine plates after watercolours of Maria and Franz Kallenbach. Contents are as follows: Die Röhrlinge (Boletaceae) by F. Kallenbach, in 21 issues (reference text ending prematurely on p. 158 - the last title has an author’s name starting with H); Gallertpilze (Tremelluneae) by W. Neuhoff and die Milchlinge (Lactarii) by B. Knauth and W. Neuhoff in 12 issues; die Täublinge (Russulae) by Schäffer in 3 issues - in total 36 issues. This is all that was published before the end of WWII. Long after the war (1956), a new edition of Knauth's work on Lactarii, written by Neuhoff, was published. Around that time, Meinhard Moser contributed another part (Band IV) on the Schleimköpfe (Phlegmaticum). The latter is not in Volbracht. Both post-war parts are very scarce and not included here. The Russulae part has unusual pagination based on the systematical order of the species. However, only six species (numbered 8, 11, 35, 38, 62, and 63) were treated, each with four pages, for a total of 24 pages. Added: two leaflets, both in the 16th issue. One is a preprinted form "Eine Bitte zur Mitarbeit!", with return address for providing additiononal data for "Die geographische Verbreitung der Röhrlinge" by Franz Kallenbach (which probably never materialized into a new geography of the Boletaceae), and one sales leaflet announcing the reprint of Fries' "Hymenomycetes Europaei", and, depending on enough interest, his "Monographia hymenomycetum Sueciae", as well as an overview of the series Die Pilze Mitteleuropas. A few short annotations in the text, one rear wrapper detached, a few plates with marginal chipping and fraying, one uncoloured plate in duplicate. Schliemann, 551 quotes only 55 plates. Nissen BBI, 2375; Volbracht, 999, 1050, 1461. Not in Stafleu and Cowan. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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         Tess of the D’Urbervilles; a pure woman

      Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1926 - Forty-one wood-engravings, including the frontispiece, by Vivien Gribble, folding map at end One of 325 copies on Large Paper signed by the author Large 8vo Vellum very slightly soiled and corners just a little bumped, but a very nice, uncut and unopened copy Original quarter vellum ruled and lettered in gilt, marbled boards [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Paramount Pep Club Yearbook 1926

      Paramount Pictures, New York 1926 - A wonderful find. The official Paramount Pictures release to it's closest boosters. 128 numbered pages plus numerous unnumbered pages with tipped in 4.5" x 6.5" sepia tone photos of Paramount Studios biggest stars and top executives (including Studio founder Adolf Zukor, Louise Brooks, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, Richard Dix, Bebe Daniels, Adolfe Menjou, W.C. Fields, Wallace Beery, Clara Bow and some less known stars). Book also features information about Paramount's projects and history plus industry advertisements. 1926 Paramount Pep Club Inc. copyright. The club was a group of several hundred and the press run was probably just enough to distribute a copy to each member. This particular copy was for Catherine Minor, who's name is embossed on the cover in gold. Aside from some general shelf wear and some minor scratching on the cover, this copy is in tremendous shape. Pages are pristine, with the exception of 1" tears on the bottom of 2 or 3 pages, which apparently happened as the pages were being turned. Laid in the book is an 8x10 glossy photograph of Billy DeWolf, inscribed "To Catherine E. Minor, With every sincere good wish- Billy DeWolf". Photograph has a vertical fold 7/8" from right edge, and has 3/4" tear near bottom right corner. Rare. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Mes amours. (.spirituelles)

      Paris, Albert Messein, Coll. La Phalange 1926 - Livre épuisé 19 x 14 cm, demi maroquin à coins brun d'époque, dos à nerfs, tête dorée, non rogné, couv. et dos cons., 197 pp. Recueil de poésies, chansons, portraits (Aragon, Max Jacob, Douanier Rousseau, R. Delaunay, ), doctrines et scenarios. Condition : Edition originale. L'un des 10 ex. du tirage de tête imprimés sur Chine (le nôtre le n°1). Petite déchirure sans manque à une page. 90g. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Dresden 1897 - 1977 Berlin). Bildnis Max Liebermann. Holzschnitt v. 1926. 49,7 x 39,9 cm. Blattgr. 63,6 x 48,8 cm. Signiert.,

      1926 - Söhn 366 b.- Auflage von 1957. Gesamtauflage ca. 70 Exemplare. Zur Entstehungszeit wurden 40 Exemplare, 1957 noch ca. 30 Exemplare gedruckt. Gewicht in Gramm: 500

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      Verlag Von Anton Schroll & Co., Wien 1926 - Complete set in 6 vols. xi, 208 pp + 64 pp supplement in the back; xvi, 46 pp, 116 pp of plates; vi, 97 pp, 204 pp of plates; xvi, 209 pp; 397 pp of plates; 75 pp, 174 pp of plates. Uniformly bound in light brown paper-covered boards, sand-grained morocco spine and corners, edges rubbed. Titles in gilt lettering on green and red labels on the spine between gilt bands. Ex. libris John Baskett, with his book-plate in each vol. Top and bottom of spine sl worn. A VG and solid set of this major work of reference. NB: THIS IS A VRY HEAVY SET SO ADDITIONAL CARRIAGE COSTS MAY APPLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN ORDERING FROM OUTSIDE THE UK. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Patrologia Syriaca complectens opera omnia SS. Patrum, Doctorum Scriptorumque Catholicorum Quibus Accedunt Aliorum Acatholicorum Auctorum Scripta Quae Ad Res Ecclesiasticas Perinent Quotquot Syriaece Supersunt Secondum Codices Praesertim Londinenses, Parisienses, Vaticanos. Pars Prima ab initiis usque ad annum 350. (Tomus Primus. Tomus Secundus, Tomus Tertius.)

      Firmin Didot et Socii Paris: Firmin-Didot et Socii, 1894, 1907, 1926. Softcover. g. 3 volumes. 4to. lxxx, 1053pp. 1428pp, cccvi, 1168pp. Volume one in modern red, volume 2 and volume 3 in original brown wrappers, all with black lettering and illustration to wrappers and spine. Scuffing, rubbing, discoloration and tearing to wrappers. All page edges untrimmed. Some pages unopened. Text in Latin and Syriac. In good condition. The Patrologia Syriaca was started in 1894 with the aim of publishing a collection that would contain Oriental texts, edited in the original tongues with a translation into Latin or a modern, Western language. In this case, Syriac, a Christian Aramaic dialect is translated into Latin, whereby each page is separated into two columns (the Syriac text facing the Latin). The topic is mainly hagiography (biographies of biblical figures). The introduction is in Latin. Later, the idea of this work was discontinued in its original form and replaced by the Patrologia Orientalis starting from unpublished texts in Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Greek, Georgian and Slavonic.

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         Architectural Details Spain and the Mediterranean

      The Monolith Portland Cement Company 1926 - 146 pages not including the list of plates and foreword. A large format hardcover with faux leather boards. Cover has decorated emboss of a studded door and titles. A collection of photographs showing the architectural detail giving the buildings and houses their uniqueness. Specifically, the treatment to doors and windows. In about Very Good condition. Some chipping to the top and bottom of the spine as well as some edges. About a dozen pages have the residual effect from having a paper clip wedged down the top for the last 50 or 60 years, leaving a paper clip indentation and some discoloration. The front cover shows some surface scuffing. The interior is clean and bright with no writing or markings. The spine and binding is tight and solid. Measures 11 by 14 1/8 by 1 3/4 inches thick. Due to the weight and size of this large book, overseas shipping and insurance is $67.00. We pack all our books with care and ship in cardboard boxes. We accept all major credit cards and paypal. Additional photos emailed upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         FOUR PLAYS

      - MILNE,A.A. FOUR PLAYS. Lond.: Chatto & Windus 1926. 8vo, cloth. 265p., fine in dw. 1st ed. Contains: To Have the Honour, Ariadne, Portrait of a Gentleman in Slippers and Success. THIS COPY IS SIGNED BY MILNE. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Paris, Les Arts du Livre 1926 - Tirage à 350 exemplaires dont 30 sur papier coréen. Celui-ci sur papier de Montval. Quelques petites rousseurs dans le fond des cahiers surtout. Reliure en accordéon sous ais de bois.

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      McClelland & Stewart Limited, Toronto 1926 - Gray cloth over boards with title and decorations stamped in blue onto top board and spine, 8vo 7-3/8" x 5", all edges trimmed, pp. [viii], 309, [310]. Heavy yellow paper dust jacket with dark blue printing and illustration of a castle - as on top board, and subtitled "A Love Story of the North Woods" on the spine panel. Volume with foot of spine softened, small sticker ghost top ffep, ink inscription to front pastedown, else about fine. DJ with very tiny chips at flap folds and head of spine, small chips at foot of spine with rubbing and darkening and two closed tears (1-1/2" & 2") at foot of spine folds. "Copyright / CANADA, 1926 / BY McCLELLAND & STEWART, LIMITED / TORONTO." and "THE HUNTER-ROSE CO. LIMITED / TORONTO" on the copyright page, with no indication of additional printings (the second Canadian edition states ". Second Printing, December, 1926"). Ads page [v], showing "BY THE SAME AUTHOR" titles up to only "EMILY CLIMBS" (pub. 1925), which immediately preceded "The Blue Castle". DJ back panel with ads for Montgomery's books up to "MAGIC FOR MARIGOLD" (pub. 1929), rear flap showing ads for "Books by MARIAN KEITH" and "Books by H.A. CODY" advertising titles published up until 1929 (LISBETH OF THE DALE and UNDER SEALED ORDERS). Thus, an early state of the Canadian edition text, bound in a later state casing (first edition binding lacked the castle illustration and was bound in grey cloth) with a later state dust jacket - assume 1929-33 (pastedown inscription dated 1933). Also of note is an early state binding spine treatment, with the volume's spine lacking the "A Love Story of the North Woods" statement (added to the spine of later McClelland & Stewart printings) which is however, printed onto the DJ spine. Published simultaneously with the Stokes U.S. edition in 1926, THE BLUE CASTLE is the only one of Montgomery's novels not set wholly or in part on Prince Edward Island and her only novel for adults. Ref. Russell, p. 44; Lechowick, 2009; Editions and Impressions catalogue, 2005; Zempel, 4th ed.; First Magazine, 2002. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Ludwig Hohlwein

      Phonix Illustratrionsdruck Und Verlag G.M.B.H., Berlin 1926 - 1926 1st edition of this impressive monograph on German poster/graphic artist Ludwig Hohlwein. VG in its original blue cloth, with light fading and offsetting to the panels and spine. Dark blue title label with bright gilt-lettering tipped onto front panel. Quarto, 73 pgs. of text (in both German and English) and 223 plates, many of which are in bright, vivid color. All plates crisp and very bright. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         LES POESIES DE MELEAGRE. Illustré de quinze eaux-fortes originales en couleurs par E. Chimot.

      In-4 p., bella legatura in mz. marocchino rosso a grandi angoli, filetti dorati ai piatti, dorso a cordoni e tit. oro, conserv. cop. orig., pp. (6),171,(3); ogni pag. del testo in sottile cornice rossa con grandi iniz. pure in rosso; ornato da deliziosi finali in rosso e nero che raffigurano antichi vasi greci. Il vol. è illustrato da 15 pregevoli acqueforti originali di Chimot in 3 stati (état en noir avec remarques, état de décomposition, épreuve définitive en couleurs), di carattere galante. Magnifica edizione in tirat. complessiva di 230 esempl. numer. Il ns., n. 35, fa parte della tirat. di 50 "sur papier Japon impérial", con le illustrazioni in 3 stati (2 tavv. nel ns. esempl. sono in 4 stati), arricchito da un disegno a colori originale, firmato da Chimot. Cfr. Carteret,IV, p. 254: "Belle édition très cotée, surtout en grand papier" - Benezit,III, p. 593 che cita l'illustraz. di quest'opera. Bellissimo esemplare.

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         Ceylon. The Land of Eternal Charm.

      London: Hutchinson, 1926. - First edition. Signed by Author. Large thick 8vo. (23 x 16 cm). pp.xxxi + 352. 87 photo plates and 4 plates in colour. Dark navy blue cloth, gilt to spine, slightly sunned to top edge and margin of front cover. Endpapers lightly browned. Warm gift inscription in ink from the author to front free endpaper. To my dear and esteemed friend Yousef Philippe Gelat Bey, in grateful remembrance and with the very kind regards and best compliments of the Author, Ali Fouad Toulba, Cairo, Feb 19, 1927. A near fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller : John Taylor Books P.B.F.A.]
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         The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

      London: W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1926 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board in orange. Ownership inscription and blind stamp to front free endpaper. Spine rolled, binding a little rubbed with wear at corners, dampstain and loss of size to lower board, spotting to edges, endpapers, and title pages. A very good copy. First edition, first impression. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller : Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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         Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan. With illustrations by the author.

      New York & London, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1926 - Quarto. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, burgundy endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. Third printing. First published in 1924. Inscribed in pencil on the dedication page to his travelling companion "To my friend Mat Horwitt this "voyage" (so far the only one we've sailed together on) is inscribed - by - me - Rockwell Kent Ausable Forks, March 1929." Memoir of 1922-23 travels in and around Tierra del Fuego.

      [Bookseller : Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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         Archives d'Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Age. Dirigées par Ét. Gilson, G. Théry, M.-T. d'Alverny, M.-D. Chénu et A. Combes. (36 volumes, 1926-1970).

      Paris, Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, - 36 volumes - 1926-1970. Wrappers (paperbacks) Uncut. - (small monastic library ticket on spines, stamps, sl. browned) Although very good set, see image. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller : Emile Kerssemakers]
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      Eyre and Spottiswoode, London - LIMITED EDITION, number 34, of 100 copies, and 135 of 200 copies, both copies signed by the author and artist, top edge gilt, others uncut, 16 colour plates by Lionel Edwards, mounted on card, in each volume, with tissue guards, uniform original vellum, slightly soiled and marked, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1926/1928 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Original Portrait Photograph

      G.G.G. Photo Studio, Inc., New York 1926 - Original sepia tone portrait photograph of a woman by James Van Der Zee. Image size 7" x 8.5", in a folding mat (which is lacking part of the overleaf, with a second part of the overleaf detached). Signed "Van Der Zee, N.Y.C. 1926" in the plate, stamped twice with the photographer's "G.G.G. Photo Studio" rubberstamp on the back of the photo, and with a paper label on the rear of the mat. A portrait of a well-dressed African-American woman seated with her arm leaning on the back of a chair near a table with a vase of flowers, in generally fine condition, with one small spot of discoloration near her left elbow. A nice image from Van Der Zee's at the height of his popularity. Van Der Zee's most desirable photos are examples such as this from his Harlem Studios during the Harlem Renaissance. His photographs of this period are exceptionally uncommon, and even reprint rights are expensive.

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         A Rude Book By Tell [In a design bookbinding by Jarmilla Sobota].

      Hartford, Connecticut Edwin Valentine Mitchell 1926. “Of this edition of A Rude Book one thousand copies have been printed, of which 500 copies are for sale in the British Empire and 500 copies in the United States of America”. - Printed in Great Britain. The Arden Press W. H. Smith & Son Stamford Street London, S. E. 1. Size of the binding: 8 ¼” x 10 ½” x ¾” (thick); 61 pp. + colophon page; black & white reproductions of 26 pen & ink drawings by “Tell”, with printed titles & verses facing each drawing. Size of drop-back clamshell box: 9” x 11 ¼” x 1 ¼” (thick). Contents: [1] A Caricaturist: Max Beerbohm; [2] The Last Quixote: G. K. Chesterton; [3] A Carver: Jacob Epstein; [4] A Visionary: Augustus John, A. R. A.; [5] A Premier [Stanley Baldwin] and John Bull; [6] A Turncoat: Sir Alfred Mond; [7] A Puritan: The Rt. Hon. Sir William Joynson-Hicks; [8] A Poet: John Drinkwater; [9] An Idealist: Lady Astor; [10] A Romancist: Hilaire Belloc; [11] Design For A National Memorial In The Modern Manner To The Glory Of The Sitwell Trinity [Sacheverell, Edith + Osbert]; [12] A Secretary For India: The Right Hon. Lord Birkenhead; [13] The Rt. Hon. Winston “Colleoni” Churchill; [14] Ultimus Romanorum: The Rt. Hon. Lord Oxford and Asquith; [15] A Realist: Caradoc Evans; [16] Any Highbrow Critic; [17] A Painter: Sir William Orpen; [18] Two Extremists: The Duke of Northumberland and Mr. Cook; [19] An Ecclesiastic: Dean Inge; [20] An Actor: Sir Gerald Du Maurier; [21] A Philosopher: George Bernard Shaw; [22] Design For A Crest For Messrs. Gilbert Frankau and Michael Arlen; [23] The London Laureate: Thomas Burke; [24] A Novelist: Arnold Bennett; [25] A Tennis Queen: Mlle. Suzanne Lenglen; [26] Mr. Tell, The Only Begetter Of This Book Of Satires. Handbound by Jarmilla Sobota with her gilt binder’s-stamped label on the lower right-hand edge of the inner back cover: Jarmilla J. Sobotova. The binding features boards covered on the front with a design in black & inlaid maroon morocco leathers, with a raised onlay of an ink pen, covered in red leather, gilt & with a gold-painted steel pen nib, this pen "sculpture" is mounted over a swirled “checkerboard” ribbon design, which also continues to the back cover; the spine features three, open “windows” which expose the red cords that the leaves have been sewn on. Gold-washed, deep rose & gray marbled paper paste-downs & extra, high-quality paper flyleaves. All edges stained black & polished. The sturdy, handcrafted box features a black leather spine with an applied red leather label at the base, with gilt title; with matching gold-washed marbled paper sides with black leather edge; all edges of box are also in black leather. Inside of box is lined with brushed, rose-colored suede padding. Book and box are in fine condition. Produced by Jarmilla Sobota in the 1990’s. This is an original 1926 copy of “A Rude Book”, not a facsimile, or reprint. Scan shows a portion of the front cover & the spine of the box. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller : Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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         Lettres Espagnoles by Jacques De Lacretelle

      Societe D'Edition "Le Livre", Paris 1926 - 181 pages. 24 1/2 x 16 cm. Eleven black and white etchings by Laurencin. Limited edition, copy 107 of 275. Partly unopened. Though she participated in the feverish discussions which gave rise to Cubism, she was the mistress of Apollinaire, who anointed her Cubist amongst others, her art never truly wore that mantle. Some early painting perhaps, but she chose figurative representation in the thirty works she decorated and illustrated in her mature period. Clean, fresh and bright copy; slight fade to backstrip. Orig. lettered tan wrappers. Near fine in chipped original glassine overwrapper lacking small portions at head and foot of backstrip. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre by Octave Mirbeau [The Journal of a Chambermaid]

      Javal et Bourdeaux Paris: Javal et Bourdeaux, 1926. Full red morocco. Teg. Fine./No Dust Jacket. 310 pages. 33 x 26 cm. Limited edition, copy 111 of 180 plus (15 copies reserved for La Societe Des Medecins Bibliophiles) printed on velin des papeteries d'arches, illustrated with a host of etchings in three states by Lobel-Riche. Printed in red and black in Della Robbia type, original wrappers bound-in, latter front cover darkened. Originally published 1900 during the Dreyfus Affair. Mirbeau, an anarchist had wide public as well as literary and artistic avant-garde appeal both as a journalist and novelist. As an art critic he espoused the work of Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Gauguin, Renoir and Bonnard, and was an early advocate of Van Gogh. This novel like Dreiser's, SISTER CARRIE published the same year was also considered decadent; it defied the hypocritical rules of convention, Celestine the main character in this novel is assigned a succession of degrading roles by a society the author despised. Bound by David, raised bands, gilt spine lettering, inner dentelles in art deco style, marbled endpapers. A very fresh and bright copy.

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      Ernest Benn Ltd.,, London, - 1926. First, Edition, three volumes, vii, 245; 251-601; 607-885pp. Vellum backstrips with gilt lettering and design, and buckram boards. Teg, deckle edges. Each volume in its own slipcase. The spines are very lightly sunned and/or soiled, else VG+. Slipcases are G but show wear primarily at the open ends. Limited to 218 unnumbered sets, signed by the author. Laid in: ANS, 12 lines, written on both sides of a 4.5x3.5 in. card, with embossed address, Spade House, Sandgate, dated 14-12-02, to A. Hutchinson, Esq. Wells thanks him for sending a volume of stories by (?), but comments that the book was received too late for him to mention it in the Academy, but will do his little bit to praise and extend (?'s) name. Signed H. G. Wells. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      1926. ONE OF 150 COPIES, SIGNED "ERIC GILL T. S. D." (this is copy #79). 203 x 117 mm (8 x 4 5/8"). [26] pp. Publisher's linen-backed blue paper boards, paper label on upper cover. With Gill's "Veritas" device on title page, printer's cockerel device in colophon, and two fine full-page copperplate engravings by Gill. Front pastedown with book label reading "FROM THE LIBRARY OF / C. H. ST JOHN HORNBY / SHELLEY HOUSE, CHELSEA." Gill 11. One tiny (wax?) spot on lower cover, quarter-inch faded strip at head of boards, otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, pristine internally. This is an essay on the nature of beauty in the form of a philosophical argument in the Scholastic style used in the "Summa Theologica" of St. Thomas Aquinas. The title, which means "that which pleases by being seen," is Thomas' simple definition of beauty. The striking engravings depict (1) a peculiar juxtaposition of a nude David with an immense slug, a very large earthworm, and a dead tree, and (2) the flying buttresses of Chartres Cathedral with the sun and Blériot's monoplane in the sky above. The author/artist tells us in his "Prologue" that the "illustrations are more to amuse that to elevate or instruct and serve merely to remind the reader of the subject matter under discussion." The work was published at a time in Gill's life when his Catholic faith was having a strong impact on his life and work. He was living in an old Benedictine monastery in Wales, and had become a lay member of the Order of St. Dominic, as the initials after his name on the title page and in his signature reflect. This is an important association copy for the private press movement, bringing together central figures from the Golden Cockerel and Ashendene presses: Gill did memorable work on the chief productions of the former press in the late 1920s and early '30s, and our earlier owner Hornby founded and operated the latter press for 40 years, up until 1935.

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         The Incredulity of Father Brown.

      London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1926 - Octavo. Original black cloth, rule and titles to upper board and spine in red. With the pictorial dust jacket. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper, spotting to edges. An excellent copy in the bright dust jacket, lightly marked, and rubbed to the extremities. First edition, first impression. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller : Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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         The Novels of Jane Austen.

      The Clarendon Press, Oxford 1926 - 5 vols. 8vo, publisher's wine-colored cloth in dust jackets. Second edition. There was a previous large paper edition in 1923. Slight bumping to extremities of the spine and corners; otherwise a bright and near fine set. The jackets are tanned at the spines and have some minor chipping, and one volume has had a split neatly repaired with tissue. Not at all common in the jackets. Owner's name in pencil on the front free endpaper of Vol. I. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller : Jeffrey H. Marks, Rare Books, ABAA]
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         Wendingen - The Life-Work of the American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Volume VII)

      Architectura et Amicitia Amsterdam / C.A. Mees Santpoort 1926 - Periodical to architecture and the applied arts. Seventh series number 9. Volume seven (of seven). With contributions by Frank Lloyd Wright and other famous european and american architects. A beautiful copy.

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         Early Autumn

      Stokes 1926 - First Edition, First Printing. A beautiful copy seldom seen in this nice of condition. The binding is tight, with no cocking, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a stunning copy with a new facsimile dustjacket from the original. We buy Bromfield First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Gwaith Tudur Aled

      Caerdydd - Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru 1926 - The standardcollected editionof the poetry of Tudur Aled. Complete in two volumes. In Welsh. First edition. Tudur Aled (c. 14651525) was a late medieval Welsh poet, born in Llansannan, Denbighshire. He is regarded as one of the finest poets of his period and was a master of cynghanedd, a Welsh form of Poetry. At his death the elegies his fellow poets wrote in his memory attested to his greatness as a poet. He was renowned as a praise poet of both secular and religious noblemen, and also reflects the changes at the beginning of the sixteenth century which were threatening the future of the bardic system. Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, with binder's stamps inside front boards. Condition: In morocco bindings with gilt decoration. Externally, lovely condition. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean with small ink numbers to front free endpapers. Overall: FINE [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The British Gazette. No. 1–8.

      His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1926 - 8 issues. Folio. Folded as issued. Some folds with wear but overall very good. First editions. Churchill edited The British Gazette during the 1926 General Strike. The paper ran for 8 issues between 5–13 May excluding Sunday 9 and was printed at The Daily Telegraph building. Although no features or articles are signed by Churchill, at least one can confidently be ascribed to him. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Reclining Cat"

      (Capel-y-ffin, Wales), 1926. Original copperplate engraving measuring 4 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. One of twenty copies signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. In 1926, Jones completed a group of four copper engravings, limited to twenty copies each, of which this is one. According to Douglas Cleverdon, apart from some signed artist's proofs, these are the only engravings thus issued. Jones displays a beautifully fluent engraved line in this work. Very fine.

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         CLEVER BILL

      1926. 2. NICHOLSON,WILLIAM. CLEVER BILL. [Lond.]: Heinemann [1926]. Oblong small 4to, yellow pictorial boards, 23p., small repairs to spine ends, endpaper rubbed where bookplate removed else tight and VG+. 1st edition. Printed on rectos only, featuring wonderful color lithographs that fill the page. One line of calligraphic text is beneath each picture. "If, by a true picture book one means a book in which pictures tell a story with little need of text, there can be no doubt that William Nicholson had accomplished this in Clever Bill." (Meigs':Critical History p. 582). See also Bader p.61-1 who cites Nicholson's innovative oblong format "for which there is no true precedent." This is a nice copy of a very scarce children's book.

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         A natural history of the ducks.

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1922-1926 -

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         LE MALHEUREUX PETIT VOYAGE. Agrémenté de Quinze illustrations en couleurs de Brunelleschi.

      In-8 p., mz. marocch. con ang. coevo (lievi abras.), dorso a cordoni con tit. oro su due tasselli, taglio sup. dorato, pp. 207,(3), con le bellissime illustrazioni di Brunelleschi colorate "au pochoir": sono 15 grandi vignette e 11 finalini nel t., oltre ad alc. testate e finali in b.n. alle Note. Prima edizione illustrata da Umberto Brunelleschi, della "deliziosa opera di Gabriel Soulages. "Le Malherureux petit voyage" può essere considerato il capostipite del filone erotico, prediletto poi dall'artista nel quarto decennio". Cosi' Ercoli "Brunelleschi", p. 63. Cfr. anche Fanelli/Godoli,I, p. 75-76 - Benezit,II, p. 893. Bella ediz. di 500 esempl. numer. Il ns., 196, fa parte della tiratura di 435 "sur vélin d'Arches" (num. 40 a 474). Esempl. con barbe, molto ben conservato.

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         Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi: Being the 26th and 27th Chapters of Saint Matthew's Gospel from the Latin Text

      Waltham St. Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press. 1926. Hardcover. Cream linen boards with gilt titles on spine, bookplate of the art historian Rainforth Armitage Walker who was an expert on both Eric Gill and also Aubrey Beardsley who designed the bookplate, internally clean and bright, illustrated with 6 wood-engravings by Eric Gill. Dust jacket a little darkened on spine and showing light edgewear/rubbing, one small (<1cm) closed tear to top edge of rear panel, jacket now in a protective sleeve. No.167 of an edition of 250 copies. The years between 1924 and 1933, when Robert Gibbings was proprietor, were in many ways the golden age of the Golden Cockerel Press. Under Gibbings the press would collaborate with the best wood engravers then working, such as Eric Ravilious, John Nash, Paul Nash, John Farleigh, Agnes Miller Parker, David Jones, and, of course, Eric Gill. At the time Gibbings was buying the Golden Cockerel Press Gill was moving into the rural isolation of Capel-y-ffin and a period of his life that would produce much of his best work as a sculptor, an engraver and a typographer. Gill would produce the engravings for some of the Golden Cockerel Press' most important works of the period; The Song of Songs (1925), Troilus and Criseyde (1927), The Canterbury Tales (1928), and The Four Gospels of 1931. No other wood-engraver of the period comes near to Gill's originality and verve, but the explicit eroticism of much of Gill's work shocked many of his former supporters and drew puzzled reproaches from the Dominicans with whom Gill had been associated since his conversion to catholicism in 1913. The engravings in this work are not on the scale of those in the Four Gospels but Gill's distinct style is clearly evident illustrating a latin text that Gill undoubtedly knew well., 4to 11" - 13" tall, [6] 15 [5] pp .

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         THE MATERIALIST TODAY [cover title]

      N.p. n.d. North Montpelier Vermont: Walter J. Coates N.p., n.d. [North Montpelier, Vermont: Walter J. Coates,. May 1926]. printed self wrappers, sewn.. Faint crease to first leaf, else a fine copy. (#114478). First edition. The ultimate copy of a legendary rarity. H. P. Lovecraft's copy with a presentation inscription to him by Walter J. Coates on page [3]: "Howard P. Lovecraft / from / Walter J. Coates, Editor / of / 'Drift Wind' / in whose / columns / October -- 1926 / this / article originally / appears / North Montpelier, Vt. / May 30, 1926." This essay, a "brief exposition of materialist metaphysics and ethics" (Joshi and Schultz, p. 164), formed part of a letter from Lovecraft to Coates, who insisted that Lovecraft prepare the essay for publication. The 1210-word essay, probably completed in the spring of 1926, was published in the October 1926 issue of DRIFTWIND. The rare pamphlet printing, limited to 15 copies for private circulation, was printed by Coates in May 1926, prior to publication in DRIFTWIND. In 1926 Coates "founded the regional magazine DRIFTWIND, and in one of the early issues he published Lovecraft's essay "The Materialist Today" (October 1926). Lovecraft declares that this was part of a letter to Coates and prepared for publication at Coates' insistence. Coates also issued it as a pamphlet in a print run of of 15 copies, making it one of the rarest of Lovecraft's separate publications; indeed, for many years it was thought that no copies of it survived, but lately one or two copies have surfaced. Various of Lovecraft's remarks suggest that it actually predated the magazine appearance [and this copy confirms that it did]. The essay is a short, compact, and somewhat cynical enunciation of materialist principles. Coates would later publish a fair amount of Lovecraft's verse in DRIFTWIND." - Joshi, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, p. 427. Whatever the essay lacks in philosophical rigor or scientific depth it makes up for in richness of atmosphere. This is a meditation, not an argument, and should be approached as such. It shows a side of Lovecraft not seen in his letters, with their generosity and warmth, or his weird fiction and poetry, with their apprehension of vast malignant potency. We glimpse here, behind both of these personae, behind the Johnsonian bluster, behind the compulsive playfulness, behind the bottomless pits and aeons of space- time, behind the impossible geometries and shapeless monsters and un- nameable entities, behind all these we see here a kind of blankness, a matter-of-fact acceptance "that the infinite cosmos is like a vast patch of summer sky out of which little cirrus clouds gather here & there, presently to be dissolved into blankness again." He manages to stop materialism from turning into nihilism (he doesn't have the rage needed for that). But can he stop it from turning into cynicism? "All is illusion, hollowness, & nothingness -- but what does that matter? Illusions are all we have, so let us pretend to cling to them -- they lend dramatic values & comforting sensations of purpose to things which are really valueless & purposeless." But is this really cynicism, a retreat from the struggle for meaning? Or is it stoicism, a Roman defiance of the meaningless universe? Or is it existentialism? Not that cartoon version the café poet uses to dignify his ennui (as he wears his beret to cover up a bald spot), but the courage that searches and finds emptiness, and searches further and finds freedom? Considered in this light -- the gentility and conspiratorial silliness of the friend; the dignified bulwarks of aesthetic dogma; the extravagant horrors of the storyteller, the mountains of words and rivers of ink -- were all these, for Lovecraft, just games of let's-pretend? But if that's all there is in life, can we hold that against him? Indeed, if that's all there really is, then should we not hold these up in his favor, these fabrications-out-of-nothing? Lovecraft, like most compelling figures, was a man of contradictions, and this essay vividly portrays a part of himself that fundamentally contradicts -- or seems to -- those parts that he presented more famously to the world. Joshi I-A-4.

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      Rieder 1926 - In-8 broché, 235 pages, édition originale, un des 70 exemplaires (n°3) sur Hollande Van Gelder Zonen, exemplaire à toutes marges, non coupé ; dos très légèrement marqué, tête et bords des marges très infimement salis, exemplaire en excellent état général. Prosateurs Français Contemporains [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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         Autograph Letter, signed ("Theodore Dreiser"), to Frederick W. Skiff

      N.p. may 6 1926 N.p., may 6, 1926. 8vo. Pen and ink on printed letterhead. Old folds, else fine . Not long after publication of AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY and at the height of his fame, novelist Theodore Dreiser responds to a letter from Portland, Oregon, collector Frederick W. Skiff, who later sold his American literature collection to Mrs. Estelle Doheny, "I think you had best take a look at the portrait in the April Vanity Fair. If that pleases I will secure a copy of that. Once more my thanks for your invitation & kind thoughts. I may get to Portland at that. Theodore Dreiser"

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         The Dancing Floor.

      Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1926. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. Octavo pp. 268. Publisher's dark blue cloth with light blue titles to upper and spine. Top edge blue with rded and blue patterned endpapers, in original pictorial dust jacket. Small bookseller's ticket to front flyleaf and a little splashing to top edge, else a near fine copy of the book. The dust jacket is a little rubbed to edges, with small loss to foot of spine, but shows well. Previous owner's small red stamp to both inner flaps. A near fine copy, uncommon in dust jacket.

      [Bookseller : Adrian Harrington]
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      1926. 1. (BAUM,L.FRANK). HUNGRY TIGER OF OZ by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Chic.: Reilly & Lee (1926). 4to, green cloth, pict. paste-on, 261p., fine in frayed dw. 1st ed. 1st state (plates coated 1 side) H-G XX, earliest copy with perfect type p. 21 & 252. Illustrated with 12 color plates done by J.R. NEILL. Great copy.

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         TEATRAL'NAYA DEKORATSIYA ("The Scenery"). First Edition

      Leningrad: "Blago", 1926? - Author and artist: A. Ianov. Text in Russian. Large 4to (11-1/8" x 8") softcover. Profusely illustrated. Avant-garde lithographic cover. 5000 copies only. Rare. Not in MOMA, not in Getty, not in British Library. Please see the picture. For more images please visit our website.

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         Flying Buttresses

      1926 - Copper engraving 115 x 70 cms on cream paper, in window mount 42 x 35 cms. Published DC 1929.Ref JP 373. Provenance: Blond Fine Art Cat.No 59 Stock No 3852. 1982 Possibly Lincoln Cathedral??

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         Cover Charge

      Boni & Liveright, New York 1926 - First edition. Corners bumped, modest tears at the spine ends, and hinges starting, a near very good copy lacking the very uncommon dustwrapper. First book by the much admired genre writer whose work is periodically rediscovered. This copy is nicely Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, utilizing most of the front fly: "To Ken Daughrity in memory of many pleasant sympathies we share / from his devoted friend Cornell Woolrich. New York Aug. 10, 1926." Daughrity's pencil signature appears on the rear fly as "D'Aughrity," and a penciled address is on the front pastedown. Kenneth L. Daughrity was an Edgar Allan Poe scholar who published several papers on Poe in the 1930s. A pleasant association as Woolrich is considered one of the great 20th Century successors to Poe. The novel, which is a Jazz Age imitation of Woolrich's then-idol F. Scott Fitzgerald, features a female character named Vera Dougherty, and perhaps the recipient of this copy lent a variation of his name to her. Woolrich signed little, and but for this copy, we've never seen a copy of his first book signed. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         DESERT. A LEGEND. With Wood engravings by Eric Ravilious.

      Jonathan Cape. London.,1926 - FIRST EDITION. LIMITED EDITION. 8vo. One of 100 copies numbered and signed by Armstrong. Some light offsetting to the blank endpapers, otherwise a lovely bright copy in publishers green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt Cape logo on rear board. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. In the rare original dustwrapper with wood engraved illustration to front panel and words "Limited edition" on spine. A very near fine book in a very good dustwrapper with small amount of loss to the top and bottom of spine and minor rubbing to edges. Tipped in at the front is a typed letter, signed by Armstrong, to a collector who had written asking about purchasing the author's manuscript for the book. Armstrong writes; "The amount before which my resistance would become extremely difficult to maintain is five hundred dollars". The letter is dated 10 December 1927. Beneath the letter is the bookplate of the collector. The first book to be illustrated by Ravilious, showing that even at the age of 23 he was a master of wood engraving.: [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Yankee Whaler

      Bos. & NY., 1926. 4to. (xvi,) 379 pp. Color and b/w plates, ills. This is #52 of 156 copies, numbered and signed, and with an original pen and ink sketch by Ashley. Profusely illustrated, partially in color. “Probably the best pictorial record of American whaling which can be published.” - Hohman. Ashley went on a whaling voyage himself, aboard the Sunbeam, of New Bedford, and this volume includes an account of the voyage. Ashley was a friend of N. C. Wyeth, and a member of Howard Pyle’s Brandywine school. Forster 160. Scarce in this edition, and a very nice copy. Bound in original quarter calf, blue boards, pictorial endpapers. Just a touch of sunning to spine ends, else a fine, bright copy in all respects, in worn illustrated slipcase.

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