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         The Little White Bird or Adventures in Kensington Gardens.

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902 - Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and front cover in gilt, top edge gilt. Spine ends a little creased, extremities slightly rubbed. An excellent copy. First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Yours Truly, J. M. Barrie". This is the first appearance in print of Peter Pan, in which Peter appears as a seven-day-old infant in this book-within-a-book London story-collection for adults. Barrie was increasingly turning away from prose to concentrate on drama at this time, and two years later his play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up opened on 27 December 1904, breaking all previous theatrical records. In 1906 Barrie sanctioned the publication of the children's gift book, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, with the text extracted from The Little White Bird and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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         Quo Vadis

      Naklad Gebethnera I Wolffa 1902 - Livre en polonais contenant vingt héliogravures d'après les images de Piotra Stachiewicza. Dimensions: 29x33cm Poids: 2.40kg Prévoir frais supplémentaires pour l'envoi. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Cantilènes du malheur

      Original, one of 150 ex numbered on Japan, the only major paper edition. Bound in half black box with corners, flat spine, covers and spine preserved, gilt-head witnesses. Our copy contains only the original state of drypoint Steinlen. Beautiful copy well established. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! P. Sevin & E. Rey Paris s.d. (1902) 16x24cm relié

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         TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT [TLS]

      Washington, DC, 1902. One paged typed letter signed by Theodore Roosevelt on White House stationary. One horizontal crease. On a sheet of paper approximately 7" x 9". Lower 2/3's of paper backed onto another sheet. Note on bottom of steet says "Autograph letter of Presidant Roosevelt." Dated December 20, 1902, the letter reads "My dear Sir: I have received your favor of the 18th instant and deeply appreciate the invitation extended to me to be present at the annual dinner of your Commandery on the evening of January 13th. I regret, however, that the pressure of official duties will preclude me from sending an acceptance. Please convey to those assembled my hearty greeting and best wishes. Sincerely yours, Theodore Roosevelt". Shelved DI autograph folder 1. Dupont.

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         Cape Cod Ballads with THE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS FOR THE BOOK BY E. W. KEMBLE

      Albert Brandt, Trenton, New Jersey 1902 - A Very Good + copy of the first edition, first printing of Joe Lincoln's DEBUT BOOK (some spotting to the cloth and rubbing to the board corners), a work illustrated by the noted illustrator EDWARD WINDSOR KEMBLE (frequently referred to as "E. W. Kemble"), TOGETHER WITH ALL 23 OF THE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS PRODUCED BY KEMBLE TO ILLUSTRATE THE BOOK, each of which is in nice condition, housed in two connected custom slipcases. An important Illustrator, E.W. KEMBLE PROVIDED THE ILLUSTRATIONS for Mark Twain's ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (a work which inspired Ernest Hemingway to have the narrator of Hemingway's "Green Hills of Africa" declare: "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn'. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."), Harriet Beecher Stowe's UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, Mark Twain's PUDDIN' HEAD WILSON, Washington Irving's KNICKERBOCKER HISTORY OF NEW YORK, many of the UNCLE REMUS stories by Joel Chandler Harris, and many other works.SIMPLY EXTRAORDINARY. RARE. IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1902 - 1902 Original Hardback Wisden, Very Good Condition

      1902. Hi, This lot is an 1902 Original Hardback Wisden. In Superb condition The first Hardback that Wisden produced was in 1896, this is the seventh year of the hardback and a year I have found hard to find recently, especially in this condition. The front board is very clean with excellent, extremely bright gilt, one tiny mark to the top, the rear board is near perfect and the spine gilt is very bright and original. The hinges are very strong and the yellow pastedowns in top condition and very bright yellow. The photoplate is very good and internally a nice clean book. As good as mine on my shelf. The only downside and it is a bit picky is there is a tiny indentation to the edge of the rear board where a band has been around it. A rare Wisden in superb condition (++) and a very nice price.

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         The Lady of the Barge. Illustrated.

      Harper & Brothers 1902 - FIRST EDITION, frontispiece and 11 further plates by M Greiffenhagen and J Sullivan, occasional light foxing, light creasing to top corner of a few leaves, pp. [vii], 300, crown 8vo original red cloth with illustration stamped in black to upper board and backstrip, the latter lettered in gilt with slight lean to spine, vertical crease to upper board, some bumping, rubbing and light soiling, faint foxing to edges and endpapers, a little cracking to lower hinge, fair. Signed by the author on the flyleaf beneath a four-line quotation in his hand from 'The Monkey's Paw' - the second story here and a classic of the horror genre. Signed copies of the story in its first appearance, and here furnished with a key quotation, are scarce.

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         Autograph letter signed.

      [London], 15. VI. 1902. - 8vo. 1 p. on bifolium. To Mrs. Oliver, regretting that his literary and political work prevents his accepting her invitation: "I much regret that I was unable to avail myself of your kind invitation, owing to a previous engagement, combined with some urgent literary and political work, and the difficulty of coming to you in time from such a long distance [.]". - On stationery with printed address.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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         RIMAS

      Librería de Fernando Fé, Madrid 1902 - Primera edicion. Sobria encuadernacion en tapa dura. El presente ejemlar contiene el texto de la dedicatoria firmada por Juan Ramón Jiménez que reza: "Cariñoso recuerdo de un compañero y admirador. J. R. Jimémez. Madrid 1903". La parte superior de la hoja en la cual deberia figurar el nombre de la persona a la cual fue dedicado fue removida. 223 págs.

      [Bookseller: Valentin Peremiansky]
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         Cantilènes du malheur

      - P. Sevin & E. Rey, Paris s.d. (1902), 16x24cm, relié. - Prima edizione, una delle 150 copie numerate sul Giappone, l'unica grande carta. Binding scatola metà nero con gli angoli, schiena liscia, coperte e schienali conservati, testa dorata su testimoni. La nostra copia ha buone duplice condizione della puntasecca originale di Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. Bellissimo esemplare completamente stabilite. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 150 exemplaires numérotés sur Japon, seuls grands papiers. Reliure à la bradel en demi box bordeaux, dos lisse, plats de papier à motifs décoratifs, couvertures conservées, reliure signée de Thomas Boichot. Notre exemplaire comporte bien le double état de la pointe sèche originale de Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. Bel exemplaire agréablement établi.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Feu Follet]
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         The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters: Its Festivals and Folk-Lore

      J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia 1902 - 1 of 500 copies. Blue cloth with gilt title to spine and front board. Gilt illustration to front board. Frontispece image of a Tattooed Kayan Married Woman. An uncommonly nice, tight & bright copy.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 197 pages [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: William Chrisant & Sons FABA, ABAA, ILAB]
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         L?Enlèvement de la redoute. Edition illustrée de compositions de Maurice Orange gravées en couleurs par Decisy.

      Librairie Rouquette, Paris 1902 - Grand in-8, 52 ff. non chiffrées, couverture conservées, plein maroquin à grain long, dos à nerfs, filets sur les plats et les entrenerfs, grenades dans les écoinçons, armes sur les plats, étui. Tirage à 125 exemplaires, numérotés et paraphés par l?éditeur. Aquarelles de Maurice Orange, gravées en 4 tons par E. Decisy, texte buriné par A. Leclère, tirage en taille-douce par Ch. Wittmann. Aux armes de la Duchesse de Massa. Cette courte nouvelle de Mérimée évoque la prise de la redoute de Chevardino le 5 septembre 1812 pendant la campagne de Russie. Splendide exemplaire. Langue : Français [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         The Hound of the Baskervilles

      London: George Newnes, 1902 First edition, first printing, with "you" for "your" on p. 13. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. Publisher's decorative red cloth binding designed by Alfred Garth Jones, ruled and titled in gilt with a hound's silhouette stamped in black, surrounded by a gilt floral design; lacking dust jacket. A very good copy, slightly shaken, with some sunning to spine and light wear to extremities, light foxing to top edge, front hinge very slightly starting at half-title, front pastedown with contemporary ownership signature and residue of now-removed label and rubber stamp, front free endpaper with small blind-stamp. Overall, an attractive copy with a clean text block and a bright, decorative binding. Green and Gibson A26. The Hound of the Baskervilles is Doyle's third novel to feature the well-known detective character Sherlock Holmes. Though the author had intended his second Holmes novel, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), to be the last, he continued the story into a third book after public demand, despite the ending of the second, in which Holmes falls to his death in the concluding story, "The Final Problem." The most popular of the Holmes cannon, The Hound of the Baskervilles purports to be an episode earlier in the detective's career, prior in chronology to "The Final Problem." The story tells of a murder mystery at the Baskerville Hall country house that involves the Baskerville family's superstition surrounding a hellhound myth. The plot was largely inspired by Doyle's golfing holiday at Cromer in Norfolk in the spring of 1901, where he spent time with a young journalist friend named Bertram Fletcher Robinson, who told Doyle a legend about a haunting ghost hound in the moors of Dartmoor. Like his previous two Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles is illustrated in black and white by Sidney Paget. Alfred Garth Jones (1872-1955) was an English artist, illustrator, and book designer whose style is hallmarked by his bold, thick lines and his Art Nouveau aesthetic. Trained in both Manchester and Paris, Jones created many types of book art, including illustrations, bookplates, binding designs, and page decorations. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good.

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         Saggi letterari di Russo Giovanni

      Tipografia Economica - Benevento, 1902. ITALIANO 0,23 Fascicolo dei primi del '900 in stato discreto, coperta in cartoncino goffrato, piatto anteriore staccato dalla legatura, dorso, bordo e punte molto consumati, graffio, tagli e margini delle pagine bruniti, prime pagine con becca, pagina 7-8 con pieghe sul margine di piede, legatura poco allentata. Bei finalini in nero. USATO

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         Les Frères Kip

      - Hetzel, Paris s.d. [1902-1904], 18,5x28cm, relié. - Prima edizione 8vo illustrato con 59 disegni di George Roux. Cartone Hetzel editore Golden Globe firmato piatto Blancheland, collegati da Souze, torna al faro, Engel secondo tipo flat "h", secondo JAUZAC. Alcuni piccoli colori fessure presenti sul coperchio superiore. Hunt ripristinato interna piana superiore.   - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Première édition in-8 illustrée de 59 dessins de George Roux. Cartonnage d'éditeur Hetzel au globe doré, plaque signée Blancheland, reliée par Souze, dos au phare, second plat de type Engel "h" selon Jauzac.  Quelques très infimes manques de dorure sur le globe du premier plat. Cartonnage très habilement restauré. Infimes piqûres éparses, comme habituellement.  

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         The Masque of the Edwards of England:

      London: Edward Arnold,, 1902. Being a Coronation Pageant to Celebrate the Crowning of the King. Oblong quarto. Original beige cloth, titles to front board in dark grey, grey endpapers. Text printed in black and red. With 18 colour illustrations by Edith Harwood. Cloth a touch soiled, light wear to spine ends and corners, inner hinges cracked, short split to front joint. A very good copy. First edition, one of 300 numbered copies of this work by the architect and designer C. R. Ashbee (1863–1942).

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         The Masque of the Edwards of England: Being a Coronation Pageant to Celebrate the Crowning of the King.

      London: Edward Arnold, 1902 - Oblong quarto. Original beige cloth, titles to front board in dark grey, grey endpapers. Cloth a touch soiled, light wear to spine ends and corners, inner hinges cracked, short split to front joint. A very good copy. Text printed in black and red. With 18 colour illustrations by Edith Harwood. First edition, one of 300 numbered copies of this work by the architect and designer C. R. Ashbee (1863–1942). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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         Rubáiyat of Omar Khayyam: the Astronomer - Poet of Persia

      Godfrey A. S. Wieners, New York 1902 - Forest green decorated cloth. Association Copy. The writer & poet, Porter Garnett's wife's personal copy, in which Garnett wrote, signed, and dated a poem on the front free end page. Spine ends and corners frayed, lightly bumped, board edges rubbed, back end-page split but binding sound. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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         FARMACOTERAPIA CON FORMULARIO

      HOEPLI, MILANO 1902 - ITALIANO Copertina del manuale rigida con leggero sbiadimento dei titoli e scurimento del dorso causa temporale. Lievi segni a penna alla quarta. Pagine scorrevoli, lisce al tatto, con esiguo ingiallimento ai margini; becche inferiori da pp. 190 a pp. 194 e firme manoscritte alle prime carte di guardia. Titoli in rosso al frontespizio; aloni di impurita nelle prime pagine dell'indice. Ultime 64 pagine comprendenti l'elenco completo dei manuali Hoepli.

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         Gedichte. Mit einer Titelvignette von Fidus.

      Berlin, Axel Juncker . 1902 - 8° (20 : 13 cm). Originalhalblederband mit rot-goldenem Rückenschild und Marmorpapierdeckelbezügen. Bünde, Kanten und Ecken leicht beschabt. 77, [3] Seiten. Vorsatzblatt mit größerer Schabstelle durch Entfernen eines Namenszuges. Jedes Gedicht mit einer Zierleiste und einem Zierstück, auf fein geripptem Büttenpapier, unbeschnitten. Sehr schönes Exemplar. Raabe/Hannich-Bode 182.1 -- Erste Ausgabe des Erstlings der Dichterin. Vitri6 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat und Buchhandlung Carl Wegner]
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         Versificazione latina Prosodia e metrica per uso delle scuole

      R. Bemporad & Figlio Librai-Editori - Firenze, 1902. INTERLINGUE 0,12 Volume dei primi del '900 in stato discreto, coperta in cartoncino, talloncino adesivo con catalogazione bibliotecaria sul dorso, cima e piede con lacerazione, bordo e punte appena sfregati, fioritura sparsa, dorso, margini delle pagine e tagli bruniti, questi ultimi con barbe. XI edizione totalmente rifatta per cura del Dott. Silvio Pellini. Fa parte della collana Biblioteca ad uso delle scuole classiche. Lingue: italiano, Latino. USATO

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         Histoire de Dona Maria d'Avalas et de Don Fabricio, duc d'Andréa.

      La Librairie des Bibliophiles, Paris 1902 - In-4 (266 x 205 mm) (6)-32 p., plein maroquin bordeaux, gardes de papier marbré, tranches dorées, filet doré sur les coupes. Couvertures brochées bistre gaufrées de l'époque conservées (gravées par Ducourtioux), armoiries sur les plats, étui. Edition manuscrite et enluminée par Léon Lebègue. Un des 200 exemplaires sur papier vergé d'Arches, avec une suite en noir des gravures sur papier de Chine. L'Histoire de Dona Maria d'Avalas et de Don Fabricio, duc d'Andria, est un conte extrait du "Puits de Sainte Claire" d'Anatole France, inspiré d'un fait réel relaté par Brantôme. Très bel exemplaire aux armes de la Duchesse de Massa. Langue : Français [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Antoine]
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         Le Procurateur de Judée

      Marcel Lubineau. Un des 368 exemplaires sur Vélin à la forme des Papeteries du Marais numérotés (n° 237), Avec 14 compositions d'Eugène Grasset gravées par Ernest Florian, 1 vol. grand in-8 reliure postérieure plein maroquin vert sous chemise de demi-maroquin à bandes et étui bordé, dos et plats ornés de motifs géométriques, couv. conservées, tête dorée, reliure signée de M. & G. Boulanger, Edouard Pelletan, Paris, 1902, 1 f. blanc, 44 pp., 2 ff., 3 ff. (prospectus) Superbe reliure de maître, d'une facture parfaite, signée de M. & G. Boulanger en très bel état (chemise très lég. insolée et frottée, parfait état par ailleurs). Français

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         The Discourses of Epictetus.

      London George Bell & Sons 1902 - 2 volumes, 8vo., translated by George Long, edition limited to 250 copies on handmade paper, titles in red and black, later half navy morocco over marbled boards gilt by Bumpus, matching endpapers, top edge gilt and others uncut, a fine set. Epictetus (55–135 A. D., was an exponent of Stoicism who flourished about four hundred years after the Stoic school of Zeno of Citium was established in Athens. He lived and worked, first as a student in Rome, and then as a teacher with his own school in Nicopolis in Greece. Our knowledge of his philosophy and his method as a teacher comes to us via two works composed by his student Arrian, the Discourses and the Handbook. Although Epictetus based his teaching on the works of the early Stoics (none of which survives) which dealt with the three branches of Stoic thought, logic, physics and ethics, the Discourses and the Handbook concentrate almost exclusively on ethics. The role of the Stoic teacher was to encourage his students to live the philosophic life, whose end was eudaimonia ('happiness' or 'flourishing'), to be secured by living the life of reason, which – for Stoics – meant living virtuously and living 'according to nature'. The eudaimonia ('happiness') of those who attain this ideal consists of ataraxia (imperturbability), apatheia (freedom from passion), eupatheiai ('good feelings'), and an awareness of, and capacity to attain, what counts as living as a rational being should. The key to transforming oneself into the Stoic sophos (wise person) is to learn what is 'in one's power', and this is 'the correct use of impressions' (phantasiai), which in outline involves not judging as good or bad anything that appears to one. For the only thing that is good is acting virtuously (that is, motivated by virtue), and the only thing that is bad is the opposite, acting viciously (that is, motivated by vice). Someone who seeks to make progress as a Stoic (a prokoptôn) understands that their power of rationality is a fragment of God whose material body – a sort of rarefied fiery air – blends with the whole of creation, intelligently forming and directing undifferentiated matter to make the world as we experience it. The task of the prokoptôn, therefore, is to 'live according to nature', which means (a) pursuing a course through life intelligently responding to one's own needs and duties as a sociable human being, but also (b) wholly accepting one's fate and the fate of the world as coming directly from the divine intelligence, which makes the world the best that is possible. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         A Christmas Carol in Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Yule-Tide.

      East Aurora, N.Y: The Roycroft Shop, 1902 - Octavo (225 × 151 mm). Publisher's fine binding of red half morocco, decorative gilt spine, marbled sides, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Neat contemporary ownership inscription on a preliminary blank. An excellent copy in a handsome binding. Portrait frontispiece of Dickens (with tissue guard), titlepage printed in red & black within a broad typographic border. First Roycroft Press edition, number 24 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft artisan community, or by one of his Roycrofters whom he had trained to imitate his signature. An attractive example of Roycroft presswork. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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         SALT-WATER BALLADS

      1902 - London: Grant Richards, 1902. Original blue cloth. First Edition of Masefield's first book, which consisted of only 500 copies. Encouraged by Yeats and with the title chosen by the publisher, Masefield quit his bank job and decided to try his hand at nautical verse (and (later) prose. The title unfortunately led to comparisons with Kipling and his "Barrack-Room Ballads" (whose verse Masefield "hated") -- especially as both poets used the vernacular in their ballads. (Incidentally the publisher went bankrupt just two years later -- though most of the copies wrere by then sold.) In Masefield's opening poem "he proclaimed that he had no intention of glorifying heroism or imperialism; his concern was with the outcasts, the despised, the despairing" [Babington Smith]. Sadly, though Masefield would live 65 more years, SALT-WATER BALLADS is regarded by most as his best work; it includes his best-known poem, "Sea-Fever" (which in subsequent printings, includes the word "go" in the famous opening couplet "I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.").~This copy is about as fine as this book gets (very light foxing on a few leaves); atypically, the spine of this copy is not discolored. Simmons 1; Wight 1; Handley-Taylor p. 27. Housed in a morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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         A History of the American People.

      New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers,, 1902. 5 volumes, octavo (227 x 152 mm). Contemporary green half morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard to each volume, title-pages printed in red and black, otherwise profusely illustrated with portraits, maps, plans, facsimiles and views. Spines uniformly faded to tan, an excellent set. First edition of Wilson's monumental narrative history of the United States from settlement to 1900, which he completed at Princeton in the early summer of 1902, a few months before he was sworn in as President of the University by a unanimous vote. A highly appealing set.

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         THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES: ANOTHER ADVENTURE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

      George Newnes, Limited, London 1902 - Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-358 [359] [360: blank], sixteen inserted plates with illustrations by Sidney Paget, original pictorial red cloth, front panel stamped in gold and black, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. 25,000 copies printed. Green and Gibson A26a. Wolff 1907. Cloth rubbed at edges, re-cased, fraying to fore and bottom edges and closed tear in plate facing page 118, a good copy. (#151558) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Youth. [Heart of Darkness].

      London and Edinburgh: Willliam Blackwood and Sons, 1902. [Classic Literature]. FIRST EDITION, first issue (with earliest ads). Octavo (14 x 19cm), pp.[viii]; 375; [1], blank; 32, advertisements dated 10/02. Publisher's light green cloth decoratively blocked in gilt and black.Internally very clean, edges of text block a little toned, cloth sides bright, spine gently age-toned. A near fine copy of the author's acclaimed short story collection, including the classic dark tale 'Heart of Darkness'.

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         The Hound of The Baskervilles. Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.

      London: George Newnes, 1902.. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.359. With 16 illustrated plates by Paget. Bound in publisher's decorative red cloth, showing silhouette of the hound against a skyline in black and gilt to front board, gilt titles to spine. In a leather-spined clamshell case. Internally clean and free from marks and spotting. Text-block is tight and sound, slightly cocked, one gathering standing slightly proud. Spine sunned, bumping to corners, spine ends bumped with a little fraying. Arguably Holmes' most charismatic case, and one which has consequently been adapted for stage and screen numerous times - and only about half of those times as a parody.

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        Autograph Letter Initialed to "My dear Smith"

      , 1902. 1902. Two pages, on "Undershaw, Hindhead, Haslemere" stationery. No date, but "Rec'd 10 Mar 1902" is penciled in. The text of the letter reads:~I will call about quarter to 11 on Tuesday morning if that will not be too early. If you should be a little late I can no doubt get some news from Mr. Howard.~The American Edition is out.~I had a letter from Holtermann complaining that he had had no proofs for 8 days. I therefore sent a stimulating wire to Bloch.~A very excellent German book "Recht und Unrecht im Boerenkrieg" by one Hirtz [sic] published by Dr. Edelheim, Berlin W. has just come into my hands. It is very good & seems cheap. I have written to the publishers to find the price if bought by the hundred. I thought that we might possibly care to send out a few hundred of them, if none have been sent out, for we should make more sure of our bird if we had two barrels. I have asked Angst if he would like a hundred.~Angst wants a recent Edition.~I wish you too would have a dozen copies sent to my brother in South Africa. Capt Hay Doyle, 79th Battery, Harrismith.~I shall be in London from Tuesday till Friday.~Yours ever~ACD. [P.S.] Half a dozen copies sent to the OC [Officers' Club?] at [Doyle lists 13 overseas locations with a British military presence, mostly in South Africa but also Belfast] would be very well spent.~"Smith" was Reginald J. Smith, who in 1899 had become head of the publishing firm Smith, Elder & Co.-- founded two generations earlier by George Smith, in 1816.~The book Doyle initially refers to ("The American edition is out") was his sixpenny propaganda monograph THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA: ITS CAUSE AND CONDUCT, with facts distilled from his lengthy 1900 book THE GREAT BOER WAR, but adding Doyle's "apologia" [Pearsall] for some of the British conduct since then -- such as concentration camps and dum-dum bullets. Smith Elder's London edition had come out in mid-January (250,000 copies, plus a second printing of 50,000 more in mid-February), and McClure Phillips's American edition (50,000) came out in March. Profits from the booklet went to a variety of charitable causes; the booklet was partly responsible for the offer of a knighthood, which the author accepted.~"Mr. Howard" was the employee at Smith Elder who arranged the many translations of this book; Green & Gibson cites fifteen such translations, including Russian, Hungarian, Tamil and braille.~The German book which is the focus of much of the letter was (translated) RIGHT AND WRONG IN THE BOER WAR by then-23-year-old Friederich Hertz, published by Edelheim in Berlin in 1902 and which "earned him the thanks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" [Foreign Affairs, July 1919]. Hertz, who went on to write RACE AND CULTURE in 1904, was an Austrian who was a staunch opponent of German imperialism and militarism -- hence Doyle's appreciation. Though Hertz would serve in the Austro-Hungarian army in the Great War, during the 1930s he would flee first to Vienna and then (in 1938, under attack from the Nazis for his publications on race and nationality) with his family to London -- where in 1946 he would become a British citizen.~One last note: "Captain Hay Doyle," known as "Duff," was Doyle's 14-years-younger brother John Francis Innes Hay Doyle; he survived service in China in 1900 and South Africa in 1902, and would survive the Great War -- only to die in February 1919 in the Spanish Flu epidemic (mere weeks after ACD's son Kingsley, of the same cause).~The letter is in fine condition (just a little light foxing); the use of his initials, rather than full signature, is an indication of how close Doyle and Smith were.

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