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        OF HUMAN BONDAGE

      1915. [with letter from Theodore Dreise] Maugham, W. Somerset. OF HUMAN BONDAGE. New York: George H. Doran Company, n.d. [1915]. Original green cloth. First Edition, published one day earlier than Heinemann's edition in London. This was Maugham's famed autobiographical novel about~Philip Carey, who has a club foot and who attends King's School, Tercanbury [Maugham had a stammer and attended King's School, Canterbury]; who rejects the idea of the ministry and who studies in Heidelberg and later becomes a doctor [like Maugham]; who becomes obsessed with a vulgar waitress, Mildred Rogers, who goes to a bad end [cf. Liza of Lambeth], etc. But the novel succeeds because of its unflinching honesty and its devastating account of loneliness, the most tragic of all human conditions. [CGEL]~This copy is in the later state, with the error on the fourth line of p. 257 corrected (also on lighter weight paper). The binding is correspondingly later state, with the stamping in black rather than in gilt (due to the onset of the war). Condition is fine save for the slightest of wear at the lower corners of the spine. Due to its size (648 pp), this seems to be a tough volume to find in this condition. Toole Stott A22 (also Appendix note 20 and Supplement pp 6-7); a Modern Library 100 Selection.~Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed, to "Mr. Maugham" from the American author Theodore Dreiser, dated Jan. 13, 1921 (and with a return address of P. O. Box 181, Los Angeles). Dreiser types~Your invitation reaches me too late for acceptance this week. Any evening after Tuesday next, if convenient to you will be agreeable to me. Thank you for for [sic] your interest and your tender. I hope that your stay here will prove pleasing to you. [signed,] Theodore Dreiser [and, in Dreiser's hand as a P.S.:] Give me 24 hours lee way~A bit of background...~The appearance of Maugham's Bildungsroman in 1915 was poorly timed. There was enough misery in British homes without his contribution, and it was hardly light reading for men in the trenches. The critics seemed to think that Maugham had let down his public in their hour of need... The novel did not fare much better in America...~Of Human Bondage was rescued by one influential critic, who was also the leading American realistic novelist -- Theodore Dreiser. Writing in the December 25, 1915 issue of the New Republic under the title "As a Realist Sees It," Dreiser called the book a work of genius [comparing it to a Beethoven symphony]. He laid it down, he said, feeling that it was "the perfect thing which we love and cannot understand, but which we are compelled to confess a work of art." Maugham, he went on, was "a great artist"... The Dreiser review was a nice Christmas present for Maugham and gave Of Human Bondage the lift it needed. It has not been out of print since its publication and is still widely read. [Morgan]~Five years later, at the time of this letter, Maugham and his companion Gerald Haxton had sailed from England in October 1920, en route to the Federated Malay States by way of New York and California. They arrived in Los Angeles in December, largely to meet with several screenwriters and producers (one of whom was young Samuel Goldwyn) in an effort to sell some scripts. Maugham also met Charlie Chaplin. (After their stay in Los Angeles, Maugham and Haxton traveled up the coast to San Francisco, from which they sailed for Honolulu on February 21st.)~Although we have not found Maugham's meeting with Dreiser documented anywhere, it is apparent from this letter that Maugham used this opportunity to issue an invitation to meet with the man who five years earlier had "rescued" Of Human Bondage. It is quite likely, given the formality of this letter, that the two men had never met before this; and given the vastly different social circles the two men inhabited, it is quite possible that they never met on this occasion nor thereafter (-- it is possible that in this letter Dreiser is avoiding having to meet with Maugham and his gay partner). In any event, this is surely one of very few letters that ever passed between these two giants of literature. The letter is slightly browned, but is otherwise fine.

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        Of Human Bondage

      Toronto: S.B. Gundy, 1915. 1st Canadian Edition from the Doran (US) sheets. Green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt title to front panel. Head and heel of spine expertly repaired o/w very good. Sharp copy of Maugham's magnum opus in the rare Canadian edition.. !st Canadian Edition. Cloth. VG/No Jacket. Octavo.

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        The Thirty-Nine Steps

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons,, 1915. Octavo. 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. Some browning to page edges otherwise an excellent copy in a fine binding. First edition, first impression.

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        In der Trambahn (In the Streetcar)

      An outstanding print by Beckmann executed during one of his most fertile periods of printmaking. The central figure of three in the foreground is a self-portrait; a subject and a preoccupation Beckmann was noted for. THE PRINT: A drypoint intaglio print, the third state of three, of 150 examples, 1/100 unnumbered impressions on velin (handmade wove paper), signed in pencil in the lower right corner of the plate margin in Beckmann's characteristic, angular post-1915 German script. Offered is in an excellent impression with the burr strong and velvety, pristine within the plate with some yellow toning in plate margins on both sides of the sheet. CONDITION DETAIL: Intaglio Print: pristine within plate. Signature: clean and bright. Plate Margins: parts with yellow toning. Sheet Margins: full and without wear. Rear of Sheet: penciled title and 1-line note: yellowing corresponding to plate margins on print side of sheet. FORMAT: Loose as issued, sleeved in a protective passe de partout. PRINT SIZE: 290 x 434 mm, as issued. PASSE DE PARTOUT SIZE: 48.3 X 62 cm. AVAILABILITY: Very Scarce: customarily print examples appear at auction about 4-5 times in a decade, a majority in Germany. 3 PRINT STATES: Beckmann generally disdained preliminary drawings. One proof is known to exist for the first state in which Beckmann established the composition. Two proofs are known to exist for the second state when many small additions were made. In the third and final state (the only state offered for sale) further details were added by the artist. ARTIST APPROVED 3RD STATE: 1 trial proof is known. 150 examples were signed by the artist but left unnumbered. 50 of these examples were subsequently signed by Günter Franke. Of the 50 signed, unnumbered impressions issued on Japan paper, 10 were subsequently numbered by Franke: Of the 100 signed, unnumbered impressions issued on velin, 40 were subsequently numbered by Franke. REFERENCE: Hofmaier 235.

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        Youth

      London: I. Narodiczky, Printer,, 1915. Octavo. Original printed grey wrappers. Housed in a black quarter morocco slipcase made by The Chelsea Bindery. Pervasive damp throughout, wrappers browned and marked. A good copy. First edition, sole printing. Rosenberg was a gifted poet and artist of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry who grew up in London and attended the Slade School. This volume of poetry was published just prior to his enslistment in the army during WWI. He continued to write verse on the front before being killed in the spring of 1918, and is today remembered as one of Britain's greatest war poets.

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        THE HOME OF THE BLIZZARD [2 VOLUME SET] Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

      Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott. Near Fine. First US Edition. Hardcover. ND. [1915]. 21 color plates, 270 illustrations, 37 illustrations in text and 3 fold out maps. Frontispiece tissue guarded heliographure. Blue cloth with silver lettering on front and spine. Silver illustration on front cover. Bound-in errata sheet at front. Copies in this remarkable condition are rare ; 4to; 349, 338 pages .

      [Bookseller: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore]
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        The Home Of The Blizzard: Being The Story of The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914

      Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company…, [1915]. First American Edition of this gripping account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Sir Douglas Mawson to King George V Land and Adelie Land, the almost entirely unexplored section of the Antarctic continent immediately south of Australia. In addition to carrying out geographical exploration and scientific studies, the expedition was to visit the South Magnetic Pole. On one excursion in 1912 Mawson lost one of his two companions, Ninnis, down a crevice together with six of their best dogs, most of their food rations, and some of their best supplies. Forced to use their remaining dogs as food, they began to suffer from symptoms brought on by ingesting husky liver containing extremely high levels of Vitamin A. Mertz finally succumbed following bouts of irrationality and raging. Mawson managed escape being swallowed up by a crevice himself and made it back to their base alone just a few hours after their ship had left. He and six men who had stayed behind to wait for him were forced to spend another winter until December of 1913. In 1916 the American Geographical Society awarded Mawson the David Livingstone Centenary Medal. Spence 773. 2 Volumes. 8vo. pp. xxx, [349]; xiii, [338], [1 leaf]. with half-titles & tipped-in errata slip. 2 photogravure frontis., 18 colour plates with tissue guards with legends, 110 b/w plates (9 folding, 91 double-sided), & 3 folding maps in rear pocket. numerous illus. & maps in the text. original silver-stamped cloth (some spotting to covers, lettering on spines dull, inner front hinge of vol. 2 repaired)

      [Bookseller: D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)]
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        The Last Trip and Martyrdom of William Black

      Aurora, Mo.: New Menace First edition. Original stapled wrappers in printed black cover. Published Aurora, Mo.: New Menace, no date (1915?). 8vo., printed white card wrappers with attached black printed jacket cover. 66pp. Chronicle and court testimony in homicide case of anti-Catholic worker. Minor discoloration offset to verso of white cover from staples, else near fine in near fine jacket cover. Only five copies in World Cat. . 1st. Soft Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo.

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        VOTES FOR WOMEN

      [Boston:, 1915?].. This is a wool pennant, with gold horizontal panels with the gold letters: "Votes For Women" on a black background. (29 inches long and 11 inches tapering to five inches high). This includes the two gold ties but is lacking much of the black and gold border around the word: "For", there is some other soiling especially on the upper gold panel and lacks some of the gold panel along the bottom. For all that, the moths have left most of the pennant intact. This has been mounted on a black, all rag, acid free matte and framed behind UV glass. A remarkable survival, given that the wool is quite fragile and subject to insect and other damage. Nice for display. Image available upon request.

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        The Songs and Sonnets

      London: Duckworth & Co.,, [1915]. Illustrated by Charles Robinson. Quarto. Original red cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine gilt and to upper board in blind, pictorial endpapers. Colour frontispiece and 11 plates with printed tissue-guards. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Spine faded, gilt dulled, light spotting to text block and occasionally to contents. An excellent copy. First Robinson edition, first impression. A very attractive copy.

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        The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke with cover design and decorations by Hal Gye and foreword by Henry Lawson

      Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1915. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/No Jacket. Illustrator: Hal Gye. 300 g; X, 11-126, (2) pages, in original green cloth over boards, with green illustration on front panel. Slight bumping (curving) of all 4 external corners of the boards. Very slight rubbing to either side of the spine, slight loss of colour but no damage to the cloth. Softening of the tail of the spine. Light offset tanning of front and rear end pages. Small mark (approximately 3 mm long by about 2 mm wide) at the top of page 57. Otherwise a beautiful copy.& & Size: 8 vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Illustrator: Hal Gye. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Poetry; Inventory No: 0232489. .

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        A Christmas Carol

      William Heinemann London: William Heinemann, 1915. Hardcover. Orig. decorated cream vellum. Teg. Very good/No Dust Jacket. Rackham, Charles. 147 pages. 29 x 23.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 58 of 550 signed by Rackham. 12 tipped-in color plates with lettered tissue guards, twenty drawings in black and white. HAMILTON, pp. 108-109, "Rackham's book for Christmas 1915 in a mood of national anxiety and tragedy of wartime. This was the first Dickens story Rackham had attempted ......Rackham voluntarily softened his interpretation of this story in a way he might not have done eight years earlier, or indeed twenty years later with Poe's TALES," as a temper to the times. LATIMORE & HASKELL p.44. Endpapers foxed, modest front cover spotting, slight cover bowing, Brentano's Paris book-label rear paste-down, lacks ties. Overall a desirable copy.

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        Bib Ballads

      Chicago: P.F. Volland. (1915). The first regularly published book by the humorist who came to be considered the best writer of baseball fiction of the first half of the 20th century. These are humorous poems of early childhood, with the satirical edge that came to characterize his later fiction. One small smudge on the page with the book's foreword, otherwise a very fine copy in a close to fine publisher's box. Scarce thus: the box is notoriously fragile, prone to splitting and fading, and this one, despite three small splits to top edge, is the nicest copy we have seen. . First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Navy Estimates in The Great War, Winston Churchill's 15 February 1915 speech in the House of Commons

      Here is an immaculate copy of the original, first printing pamphlet publication of Churchill's 15 February 1915 speech in the House of Commons - his final time introducing the annual Navy Budget as First Lord of the Admiralty. His first Navy Estimates speech of 1912 occurred on the eve of World War I and had laid out detailed policies for countering Germany in the growing naval arms race. This speech was well received and resulted in aggressive efforts under Churchill's Admiralty leadership to put Britain's Navy on a war footing. This 1915 Navy Estimates presentation occurs in the midst of war. Churchill reports: "On the declaration of war we were able to count upon a Fleet of sufficient superiority for all our needs, with a good margin for safety in vital matters, fully mobilised, placed in its war stations, supplied and equipped with every requirement." It would arguably be the war on land more than the war at sea that would prove Churchill's undoing. Later in the year, after being blamed for Gallipoli and the disastrous Dardanelles campaign, Churchill would resign from the Cabinet and rejoin the army to serve on the front in the trenches of France. The pamphlet offered here is 20 pages, bound in paper wraps, and measures 8 x 5.25 inches. Condition is truly fine - crisp, bright, clean, and entirely without wear. Original Churchill speech pamphlets of this era were frequently bound in annual compilations by the Liberal Publication Department. Per Churchill Bibliographer Ronald Cohen (p.195), the number "8" hand stamped on the upper right corner of this pamphlet indicates that this pamphlet was disbound from the collected "Pamphlets and Leaflets for 1915-1918". This accounts for the wonderfully well-preserved condition. The speech pamphlet is protected in removable, archival quality mylar sleeve. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A45, Woods A24. Churchill's 15 Febuary 1915 speech was subsequently collected in The Conduct of the War by Sea (March 1915), Great Speeches of the War (later in 1915), War Speeches by British Ministers 1915-1916 (1917), and Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, Volume III, pp.2363-74.

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        THE MAGIC OF JEWELS & CHARMS

      Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company. Near Fine. 1915. Hardcover. Very light rubbing to corners; Dark blue boards with light blue lettering and gilt pictorial design. Top edge gilt. A very rare book, especially in this condition. "with 90 illustrations in color, doubletone and line". INSCRIBED by the author on front free endpaper with blue ink: "Renee Dupont Esq. With the sincere regards of the author George F. Kunz. 15 January 1920 New York"; 8vo; 422 pages .

      [Bookseller: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore]
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        Bulletin de la Société Archéologique du Gers : Années 1915 à 1922. Vol. 1 : 1915 -1916-1917-1918 ; Vol. 2 : 1919-1920-1921-1922

      Imprimerie Léonce Cocharaux 1915 - 8 années en 2 vol. fort in-8 carré rel., Imprimerie Léonce Cocharaux, Auch, 1915-1922, 304-320-276-200 ; 164-292-372-340 pp. La série ici proposée est bien complète des 8 années, de 1915 jusqu'en 1922 compris. Bon ensemble (dos très lég. frottés, coins lég. frottés, pliure à 4 ff., bel exemplaire par ailleurs). Rare et très recherché. Langue: Français [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914

      VG+. London, William Heinemann, 1915. First UK Edition _ Two volumes, large thick Octavo. Volume I: (2), [xxx], 349pp., (3); 114 plates printed on one side including sepia photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard, 8 color plates with tissue guards, 17 maps, charts and sketches in text. Volume II: (2), xiii, (1), 339pp., (1); 104 plate leaves including sepia photogravure front piece with tissue guard, 10 color plates with tissue guards , 5 fold-out photographic plates, 138 photographs printed on once side only, 20 maps, charts and sketches in text, plus three large folding maps in rear pocket. PublisherÍs blue pictorial cloth with silver vignette and bright gilt lettering on front boards „ an excellent set in Very Good+ condition. No foxing, folds, or tears _ a handsome and complete set. Conrad, p. 208; Spence, 774; Taurus 100; Rosove 217.A1& & The classic account of the Australian Antarctic Expedition under the command of Sir Douglas Mawson: 'One of the most gripping Antarctic Stories' (Conrad).

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        A Christmas Carol

      London: William Heinemann; J. B. Lippincott, Philadephia,, 1915. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and pictorial design to spine and upper board in black, pictorial endpapers, top edge dyed purple. With the dust jacket. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 11 plates, illustrations throughout the text. Contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper. Some pale spotting to cloth, spotting to contents, endpapers, and edges of text block. A very good copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with some small marks. First Rackham trade edition, first issue with the mounted frontispiece and the date printed on the verso of the title page. Scarce with the dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Puppy Book

      London: Frederick Warne [1915]. . First edition, 4to, title leaf and 16 plates, being 8 images duplicated with and without the colour portions, original stiff card covers, coloured illustration to upper cover, spine and corners worn but binding sound, protected by a recent cloth folder. A very scarce Aldin item, one of several “Cecil Aldin’s Painting Books” published.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop]
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        Photograph of Secretary of State Robert Lansing and His Colleagues: Wilbur J. Carr, Breckinridge Long, Alvey A. Ader, and one other, signed in ink on the mount

      Washington D.C: Harris & Ewing n.d. ca. 1915 Washington, D.C: Harris & Ewing, n.d., ca. 1915. (LANSING, ROBERT) 9-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. . On the photographer's printed mount. Fine. Tan morocco backed folding case . Robert Lansing (1864-1928) was confirmed as Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State in June 1915 and served until 1920. This is an informal group portrait at the State Department, depicting Lansing before a cabinet of maps and surrounded by junior associates Wilbur J. Carr, Breckinridge Long, and Alvey A. Ader, one of the old guard of the Department of State

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        Spoon River Anthology

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915. Gift quality copy. Previous owner's ink signature on ffep; bottom edge of front board very lightly rubbed from shelving, otherwise textblock and the finely ribbed binding is immaculate and tight; dust jacket displays original book price of $1.25 on spine; the unrestored dust jacket has pronounced character soil and smudge spots, with extremities and folds heavily chipped, worn and creased, front inside flap partially torn through at the fold, but still attached. 248p.; ad announcement leaf plus five pages of ads at rear; this printing issued in October 1915.. First Edition/ 7th Printing. Embossed Blue-Green Cloth. Near Fine/Good (in mylar). 8vo - Over 7 3/4" -9 3/4 " Tall. Hard Cover.

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        Bib Ballads

      Chicago: P.F. Volland. (1915). The first regularly published book by the humorist who came to be considered the best writer of baseball fiction of the first half of the 20th century. These are humorous poems of early childhood, with the satirical edge that came to characterize his later fiction. One small smudge on the page with the book's foreword, otherwise a very fine copy in a close to fine publisher's box. Scarce thus: the box is notoriously fragile, prone to splitting and fading, and this one, despite three small splits to top edge, is the nicest copy we have seen. . First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Take Up The Sword Of Justice, Join Now. 1915 Color Lithograph

      1915. [Partridge, Sir Bernard (1861-1945)]. Take Up The Sword Of Justice, Join Now. London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, August 1915. Attractively glazed and mounted 6" x 30" color lithograph in 11-1/4" x 35-1/2" wooden frame. Minor rubbing to frame, small brass plaque to center of bottom, light toning to background, negligible light foxing to lower left corner, colors vivid. * Probably intended for the narrow advertising spaces above windows in buses and subway car, this striking text and image of an arm offering a sheathed sword is derived from Partridge's famous full-sized poster issued in the aftermath of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a German U-Boot on May 7, 1915. (The larger poster shows that the sword is being offered by Lady Justice, who is standing on the waves as the Lusitania sinks in the distance.)

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        Jessie Willcox Smith Autograph Letter

      Four pages. "Cogslea," Mar. 26th. n.d. (ca. 1915). Interesting letter to a Mrss Ingersoll, possibly Frances E. Ingersoll, a fellow illustrator who had some illustrations in a St. Nicholas issue in 1913. Smith writes, "My Dear Miss Ingersoll, I received the enclosed yesterday from "The Century." Am so sorry-- Don't you want more to try Scribners- Would it not seem worth while to you to have them publish the story- then write out any illustrations as possibly only one- The truth of the matter is that my pictures cost a good deal and they are a little choosy about using them- Suppose you tell Ann Chapin to let you know direct & then return the the M.S. to ???? if they do not keep it- as it is unnecessary to have it sent dir [sic] to me- Wishing you all succes the next time. I am Cordially Yours, Jessie Willcox Smith." A wonderful four page letter on one octavo folded sheet. Letters by Jessie Willcox Smith are extremely rare, and this one shows her interest and kindness in responding to a solicitation for illustrations, and at the same time gives good indication how sought after and restrictive her publisher's were with respect to engaging work. Near fine.

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        Polo At Home and Abroad. Edited by T.F. Dale (Stonecline)

      London: The London & Counties Press Association Ltd. 39 King St. Covent Garden, 1915. Subscribers Edition, No. 17 of 150 copies. 4to. 5 mounted color plates after watercolors by G.D. Armour, including frontispiece (done expressly for this book), 45 photographic plates. List of subscribers. xii, 346, [1] pp. Original three quarters pebbled burgundy morocco, matching cloth sides, a little rubbed at extremities, else fine . Polo at Home and Abroad is generally regarded as one of the most important books on the sport. Dale and his conributors provide a history of polo, the techniques of play, and the role played by the breeding and training of the polo pony. Additionally, as its title suggests, the book surveys the game in Britain and Ireland, as well as in India, the United States, South America, Europe and Australia. Further, E.D. Cuming's chapter, "The Literature of Polo" is the earliest known comprehensive piece on the subject, and as such represents an invaluable source to all polo bibliophiles. Finally, the appendices contain an extensive listing of polo clubs worldwide as well as tournaments, rules and the like. Besides its significance in terms of both polo play and history, the book's stunning watercolor reproductions and black and white illustrations materially enhance the work throughout. (The foregoing was supplied by Mr. Dennis J. Amato, polo aficionado and bibliophile.)

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        The Return of Tarzan

      New York: A. L. Burt & Company, 1915. First Burt Printing. Green cloth with black printing on cover and spine. In original color pictorial dust wrapper with A.L. Burt Company at base of sine. Book is near fine. Wrapper very good or better.

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        The Log of the Snark

      New York: Macmillan Company, 1915 487+[5 ad] pages with 20 photo plates, including frontispiece. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 3/4")issued in light blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. Advance review copy with circular perforated stamp stating such on title page. First Edition. Charmian Kittredge London (November 27, 1871-January 14, 1955) was Jack London's second wife. After divorcing Bess Maddern London in 1904, London married Charmian Kittredge the following year. Biographer Russ Kingman called Charmian "Jack's soul-mate, always at his side, and a perfect match." She was the author of several books about her life with Jack London: The Log of the Snark, Our Hawaii and The Book of Jack London. The last is considered by scholars to be an important but flawed source of biographical information on London: Clarice Stasz calls it "an uneven account that omits Jack's illegitimacy, yet has surprisingly frank information nonetheless concerning his personality." Their relationship became the subject of a book, Clarice Stasz' American Dreamers. The couple had no children who survived them. One died soon after being born, and another pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. Shortly after the death of Jack London, Charmian had an affair with Harry Houdini. A PBS source cites an Houdini biographer, saying: Most of the evidence of their affair, convincingly reconstructed by Houdini biographer Kenneth Silverman, comes from brief entries in Charmian’s diaries. They saw each other over several weeks early in 1918 while Charmian was living in New York, where Houdini was starring in the patriotic World War I extravaganza, "Cheer Up." Charmian wrote that after they saw each other a few times, Houdini made a "declaration" that "rather shakes me up." They became intimate a short time later. She wrote that one visit by Houdini had "stirred me to the deep," and that he apparently felt the same, declaring, "I’m mad about you," and "I give all of myself to you." Throughout, she refers to him alternately as "Magic," her "Magic Man," or "Magic Lover." As intense as it apparently was, their attachment did not last long. Charmian, the "New Woman" whose marriage to London had included open sexual experimentation, never stopped seeing other men. Condition: Minor wear at extremities, Embossed ownership stamp also on title page, small number and letter 4A at front end paper corner; else near fine without jacket. . Review Copy. Original Cloth. Very Good to Fine. Small Octavo.

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        The valley of fear. With a frontispiece by Frank Willis.

      Smith, Elder & Co.,, London 1915 - A superb copy from the first UK, preferred, edition. Widely considered one of the best illustrations of the Holmes-Watson relationship, The valley of fear was very well received by the wartime public. In 1916 the work was produced by G. B. Samuelson, his second Holmes film, starring H. A. Saintsbury, the British stage Holmes since 1901. Although he played Holmes some 1,400 times on stage, this is his only film appearance. 8vo (187 × 116 mm.), pp. [viii], 306, [6] (adverts), with frontispiece. Original red cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Edges somewhat spotted, slight off-setting to endpapers. Ownership inscription dated 1915 to first blank. Unusually bright, with only a hint of sunning to spine. A near fine copy. [Catalogue of Crime 1145.] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Photographie einer verschleierten Frau / Portrait de jeune femme voilée, Afrique du Nord. (Femme arabe voilée / Jeune femme arabe)

      Tunis, Lehnert & Landrock, o. J. (ca 1915 - Orig.-Photographie. Format ca. 24,5x18 cm Numerierung der Photographie unten rechts 124, mit dem im Bild belichteten Firmenlogo. Verso auf Deutsch, Englisch und Französisch das Copyright. Kleiner Einriß am rechten Rand, sonst minimale Bräunung, schwache Wellung, verso etwas beschabt. Eindrucksvolle Photographie einer in weißes Tuch verhüllten und verschleiherten Araberin.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Riepenhausen]
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        A Christmas Carol

      London: William Heinemann, 1915. Hardcover. Orig. decorated cream vellum. Teg. Very good/No Dust Jacket. Rackham, Charles. 147 pages. 29 x 23.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 58 of 550 signed by Rackham. 12 tipped-in color plates with lettered tissue guards, twenty drawings in black and white. HAMILTON, pp. 108-109, "Rackham's book for Christmas 1915 in a mood of national anxiety and tragedy of wartime. This was the first Dickens story Rackham had attempted ......Rackham voluntarily softened his interpretation of this story in a way he might not have done eight years earlier, or indeed twenty years later with Poe's TALES," as a temper to the times. LATIMORE & HASKELL p.44. Endpapers foxed, modest front cover spotting, slight cover bowing, Brentano's Paris book-label rear paste-down, lacks ties. Overall a desirable copy.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        Palestine Exploration Fund - Annual 1914-1915 double volume

      Fund Committee 1915. First Edition. Hardback. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition . The scarce First Printing with the full-stop after the date on the spine. Fore-edge corners bumped, bookplate to pastedown, else close to a Fine copy. Very clean and bright copy of the scarce 1st issue

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        The Voyage Out

      Duckworth 1915 - First edition first impression from 1915 in VG++ condition, front and rear boards are original, spine has been replaced with leather spine with gilt lettering, as a result the binding is very firm, there are stain marks to roughly 20 pages, the worst of which is in one of the pics. paypal accepted, any questions please get in touch. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        DURING THE GREAT WAR April 1st, 1915 - September 5th, 1918. Letters of Irving Findlay

      n.p. n.d.: Privately Printed [Findley, Timothy]. Findley, Irving. Letters of Irving Findlay DURING THE GREAT WAR April 1st, 1915 - September 5th, 1918. Original typescript. One of perhaps four or five family copies of this inspirational and unpublished document written by Timothy Findley's uncle & godfather and genesis for Timothy Findley's novel, THE WARS, chronicling the war experiences of the men in Findley's family. Unpaginated. 250 pages. Typed on rectos only & bound in a 3 ring binder. About very good - the preliminary leaves showing some age, the binder well worn. [29727] $3750 Timothy Findley was named for his uncle and godfather Thomas Irving Findley who was known by his initials, TIF. Timothy Findley was named Timothy Irving Frederick Findley so he could be known as TIFF. His uncle died when TIFF was about 3 years old of complication from wounds he received in the war. That war and his uncle's exploits in it were always the topics of family conversations in the Findley household. His letters home had been collected by his parents & bound up for posterity - everybody in the family read those letters. Given the place that the war had in Findley's family mythology, it was surprising to TIFF that he waited until halfway through his forties to write his acclaimed novel. As the center of family mythology, his uncles letters were the genesis for the work - "...they were my most valuable research resource". About his uncle, Findley said: " He was not a 'writer' - but he was a faithful correspondent and an equally faithful chronicler. What he wrote home ultimately gave me a better sense of life in the trenches - ultimately, in the air - than anything I could have found in the library." .. 1st Edition.

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        Case of 5 Maps of East and Central Africa: Mombasa-Nairobi, Lake Victoria, Marsabit, Uganda Protectorate, and Belgian Congo

      London: War Office, Edward Stanford, various years (1915, 1917, 1915, 1919, 1918 respectively).. Five large coloured folding maps each dissected and backed on to cloth / linen, and put into a tailor-made cloth covered slipcase open to the top, with Stanford title label to the front. Maps 1-4 form a consistent set of adjacent sheets (from the series GSGS 2465 and to the same scale). Map 5, while closely related, is part of a different series, and on a different scale. All maps date to the First World War, when East Africa became a seat of war in the battle between imperial powers. Map 1: Mombasa-Nairobi (War Office Map GSGS 2465 Sheet South A-37, A-38, and part of B-37, scale 1:1,000,000, size unfolded 83.4 x 68.8cm, dated 1915) is bounded by Nakuru (NW), Kismayu (NE), Lamu (E), the Indian Ocean (SE), Wilhemstal and Pemba Island (S), and Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Meru (E). Map 2: Lake Victoria (War Office Map GSGS 2465 Sheet South A-36, scale 1:1.000,000, size unfolded 82.7 x 61.8cm, dated 1917) is bounded by Lake Edward (NE), Victoria (N), Eyassi (SE), the northern end of Lake Tanganyika (SW), and Lake Kivu (W). Map 3: Marsabit (War Office Map GSGS 2465 Sheet A-37 and part of A-38, scale 1:1,000.000, size unfolded 82.4 x 61.2cm, dated 1915) is bounded by Lake Rudolf (later Turkana) (NW), the Italian Abyssinia and Somalia border (E), and the Kenya-Tanganyika border (S), and is marked "Northern Frontier East Africa". Map 4: Uganda Protectorate (War Office Map GSGS 2465 Sheet A-36 and parts of A-35 and B-36, scale 1:1,000,000, size unfolded 82.5 x 61cm, dated 1919) is bounded by Lake Albert (W), Lake Turkana (NE), and Entebbe, Kampala and the northern end of Lake Victoria (S). Map 5: Belgian Congo (War Office Map GSGS 295, scale 1:4,000,000, size unfolded 71 x 81cm, dated December 1918) is bounded by Cameroon / Kamerun (NW), Upper Nile (NE), Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika and Mwanza (E), Northern Rhodesia and Angola (S), and Boma (E). Condition: all five maps are in Near Fine to Fine condition, with very light tanning to paper and linen, with a couple of marks to the linen. The maps fit snugly into the Slipcase, and each are named on the title label, suggesting that this set was compiled and cased to order. The Case is very sturdy, in Very Good Plus condition, with signs of wear. A rare and fascinating set of beautifully drawn maps. Bookseller ref 298. .

      [Bookseller: Dendera]
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        The Valley of Fear. A Sherlock Holmes Story

      London, Smith Elder, 1915., 1915. FIRST UK EDITION 306pp. plus 3 pages of ads, with illustrated frontispiece by Frank Wiles. Elegantly bound in full deep blue oasis morocco leather by Bayntun for Sotherans, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A near fine copy in attractive recent binding.. The fourth and final full-length Sherlock Holmes novels, a retrospective or 'flashback' adventure set in Pennsylvania, 1888. 'The Valley of Fear' is also notable for the involvement of Holmes arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty. Green and Gibson [A39], Cooper & Pike; Detective Fiction.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        We're both needed to serve the Guns! Fill up the ranks! Pile up the munitions!

      London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee,, [1915]. First World War recruiting poster No. 85c. Offset process colour lithograph on paper, 750 × 510 mm. Presented in an oak frame. Lithograph in five colours on pale blue wove paper. One horizontal and three vertical folds, a tiny hole where the folds cross, one edge lightly nicked. Overall very good. The image covers the main, set against a khaki-coloured background. The title is positioned above the image, in white. A subtitle placed along the bottom edge in black.image: a full-length British infantryman and industrial worker shake hands. In the background left is a British howitzer and team and background right a factory and steam engine.

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        Tatters, the Puppy

      Dundee, London & Montreal: Valentine & Sons, (c. 1915). Small quarto. (8)ff. A die-cut shaped book for children in the form of a large-eyed puppy wearing a big blue ribbon. Illustrated throughout by Louis Wain in black and red, depicting the misadventures of Tatters the puppy as he learns how to be a good dog. Wain was best known for his illustrations of cats, but dogs were also one of his favorite subjects, especially early in his career. In illustrated wrappers, which depict both the front and back of the puppy. Slightest wear to spine, else a very fine, fresh copy of a scarce book.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        CHRISTMAS CAROL

      London and Philadelphia: William Heinemann and J. B. Lippincott Co., [1915]. First edition, the English issue. With 12 haunting colour plates, illustrated endpapers,18 black and white illustrations and line drawings by Arthur Rackham. 8vo, publisher’s original grey-blue cloth lettered and pictorially decorated in gilt on the upper cover. xi, 147 pp. A nice copy, very well preserved, with a touch of expected mellowing to the spine. SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN PLEASING CONDITION. A shining example of what you get when a true masterpiece of literature is complemented by one of the world’s greatest book illustrators. An inspiring combination. Dickens writes of A Christmas Carol in his preface: “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” Surely, the author would be pleased with the perennial delight his little Christmas tale has stirred in the hearts and imaginations of generations of readers. Originally, Rackham’s illustrated edition of Dickens’ classic was published during the war years (1915) and was quite well received. The artist successfully incorporated the ‘Phiz’ and Cruikshank styles into his own to create striking renditions of Victorian London with ample room to uniquely evoke ghostly fantasy images as well. His almost characterized depiction of Scrooge, features chiseled and grotesque, are as bone-chilling as his fantastic entourages of moaning ghouls. The muted, shadowed atmospheric tones so characteristically Rackham, support Dickens’ eerie tale wonderfully. Some examples of Rackham’s emerging special talent for silhouette are also included.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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        THE SCARECROW OF OZ

      Chicago: Reilly & Lee. 1915. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fair in boards. Spine has a large piece from crown. Hinge weak. All color plates are intact. .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        Myth and Legend in Literature and Art

      London - The Gresham Publishing Company Limited, 1915 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Tenvolumes of myths and legends from across the world, from the Gresham Myth and Legend in Literature and Art series. The volumes included are Romance of Legend and Chivalry by A. R. Hope Moncrieff, Classic Myths and Legends by A. R. Hope Moncrieff, Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe by Donald A. Mackenzie, Myths of Pre-Columbus Americaby Donald A. Mackenzie, Egyptian Myth and Legend by Donald A. Mackenzie, Teutonic Myth and Legend by Donald A. Mackenzie, Myths of China and Japan by Donald A. Mackenzie, Indian Myth and Legend by Donald A. Mackenzie,Myths of Babylonia and Assyria by Donald A. Mackenzie, and Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire. A truly fascination collection, with each volume complete in itself. Withthree hundred and sixty-sixcoloured and monochrome plates throughout the text, collated complete, with coloured frontispieces to each volume. Folding maps to Myths of Pre-Columbus America and Myths of Babylonia and Assyria. Donald Alexander Mackenzie (1873 2 March 1936) was a Scottish journalist and folklorist and prolific writer on religion, mythology and anthropology in the early 20th century. Condition: In cloth bindings. Externally smart, wwith some slight bumping to the corners, and some minor shelfwear to the spines. A couple of marks to the boards on some volumes. Internally, firmly bound. Scattered spotting to Romance and Legend of Chivalry; otherwise pages are very bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

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        [College Yearbook]: The Princeton Bric-A-Brac 1917. Volume XLI

      (Philadelphia: E.A. Wright Bank Note Co.. (1915). First. First and only edition. Oblong pebble-grain leather, beveled edge boards stamped in gilt on the spine and front board. Gilt embossed name of Henry L. Heimerdinger on the front board with the bottom corners worn through, a sound, about very good copy of a bulky and easily damaged volume. Fitzgerald was in the junior class, the class of 1917. There are at least three photos of him in the book: he is in the center rear of his class photo, one of the few in his class not wearing a jaunty top hat or bearing a cane. He is also pictured in the Triangle Club, as well as credited with the lyrics for the club's annual musical Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi (the coverage of the musical takes up several pages), and is again pictured on the staff of the Princeton Tiger. He is also listed in several other places, including as a member of the Cottage Club, The American Whig Society, and the Minnesota Club. Additionally, Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop are pictured in the book. .

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        NORTH OF BOSTON

      New York:: Henry Holt and Co.,. 1915. First American edition to be printed in America. Denoted the "third edition" on copyright page but actually the second edition, as the first Holt edition from the British sheets was labeled "second edition." INSCRIBED "To Walter King Stone -- 1932." Above his inscription Frost has transcribed the complete poem "The Pasture," the first poem in this book, which made its first appearance in this title; and, at Frost's direction, the first poem in all later selections or collections of his poetry. Stone--a painter, and book and magazine illustrator of the period--sent Frost five paintings. In exchange, Frost inscribed five books with a poem. Copy of Frost's letter transmitting the five books is included, stating, in part, "I've got these pictures up---and I don't see how you are going to get them back except by process of law or by appeal to something in me that may not exist." The book has minor wear on the corners, otherwise very good, lacking dust jacket. Stones attractive bookplate on front pastedown. Published a year after the first edition, this includes the poem "Good Hours" which was not in the first edition and is not listed on the contents page. Unfortunately, Stone had a habit of pasting newspaper pictures of Frost, or in this case Frost's home--this one has has offset onto Frost's handwritten poem.

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        A BOY'S WILL with AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT STANZA

      New York: Henry Holt, 1915. First Edition. Hardcover. The tips of the spine are lightly worn with the gilt lettering on the spine faded but readable. Very Good or better, lacking the dustwrapper, as customary. Second State of Frost's first book with correct spelling on page 14. This copy is SIGNED by the poet on the front endpaper and dated June 1926. Frost has also written out the first stanza of the last poem in the book, "Reluctance": "Out through the fields and the woods/And over the walls I have wended/I have climbed the hills of view/And looked at the world and descended/I have come by the highway home/And lo it is ended." Fine, early example of a Frost manuscript in a book.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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