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Gambling] Rouge et Noir. The Academicians of 1823, or the Greeks of the Palais Royal and the Clubs of St. James’s

DUNNE, Charles, writing as:] PERSIUS, Charles Expurgated edition of this controversial contemporary indictment of gambling clubs in Regency London, which named some of the more profligate nobility. Not including pages 311 to 438, which in most copies were redacted. 12mo (192 x 105mm): [4],viii,9-310,439-456pp (p. 264 misnumbered "252"), with hand-colored engraved frontispiece of "La Roulette." Contemporary brown linen-backed darker brown boards, original printed paper label to spine, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed, some leaves unopened. "Stouthall" [underlined] noted on front paste down (possibly referring to Stouthall mansion on the the Gower Peninsula, part of Swansea, in Wales. Spine label chipped at edges but completely legible, front hinge repaired, else a spectacular, unsophisticated wide-margined copy, virtually free of foxing and stains. Jessel 459. Not in Halkett & Laing. According to Jessel, unexpurgated copies are "of the greatest rarity." Following publication, the book "was immediately called in on account of the libellous [sic] matter in the eighth chapter-of 'Evil-disposed Personages,' pp. 311-438." Rouge et Noir ( also called *Trente et Quarante") is a 17th-century game of French origin played with cards on a special table, whose name derives from the colors (red and black) marked on the table layout, or tapis. The New Pocket Hoyle (London, 1810) still described the game in detail. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Night Fears and Other Stories

HARTLEY, L. P. (Leslie Poles, ) First Edition (so stated) of the author's scarce first book, collecting seventeen stories, including several later reprinted in The Travelling Grave (1948). Crown 8vo (188 x 125mm): [8],220,[2]pp. Publisher's olive green buckram, upper cover and spine lettered in gold, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed; wanting the rare dust jacket. Spine just a bit dulled (much less than usually seen) but gilt bright, offsetting to end papers, else a spotless copy, apparently unread. Bleiler (Guide to Supernatural Fiction), p. 228. Sullivan (ed), Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror, pp. 192-93. Bleiler (Checklist), p. 94. Clute & Grant, p. 454. Like many authors of his day, Hartley advanced toward full-time fiction writing via a collection of macabre short stories. The ghost story, he once wrote, is "if not the highest, certainly the most exacting form of literary art." And according to Sullivan, "No one was more exacting the in the genre than Hartley . . ." In the title story, a night watchman is visited by a faceless creature who asks some troubling questions, "calling the watchman's material and mental well being into fatal question." (Sullivan) Included here also are "Friends of the Bridegroom," "A Visit to the Dentist," "The Telephone Call," "A Condition of Release," and "The Last Time." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Hand-Colored] Verhandeling over de slangen en adders die in het Landschap Drenthe gevonden worden. Met byvoeging van eenige aanmerkingen en byzonderheden, tot deze en andere slangsoorten betrekkelyk. Traité des serpens et des vipères qu’on trouve dans le pays de Drenthe, au quel on a ajouté quelques remarques et quelques particularités relatives a ces espèces de serpens et a d’autres

LIER, J. van (Johannes, 1726-1799) First Edition of this rare monograph on snakes and vipers from the Eastern part of Holland, principally the province of Drenthe. Text, in Dutch and French, in parallel columns. Demy 4to (258 x 191mm): [6],372 pp, with engraved additional title page with medallion portrait of the author by J. C. Philips after W. Veleman Groningen, and three finely hand-colored, full-page plates. (Some copies are uncolored.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine richly gilt in six compartments between raised bands with floral device in each, red leather lettering piece gilt, marbled edges. An exceptionally fine example, tightly bound, with very wide margins, and clean, crisp pages printed on heavy stock. Nissen ZBI I, 2509. BM (Natural History) III, p. 1113. Landwehr (Dutch Books with Coloured Plates) 113. Johannes van Lier was a politician, lawyer, tax collector, and deputy from Drenthe, with very wide-ranging interests:. he wrote treatises on history, archaeology, and natural history, among other subjects. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, his relatives, friends, and enemies : comprising all his wills and his ways : with an historical record of what he did, and what he didn’t : knowing, moreover, who inherited the family plate, who came in for the silver spoons, and who for the wooden ladles : the whole forming a complete key to the House of Chuzzlewit [Original Cloth]

DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870) Later Issue of the First Edition in book form, in original format, of "arguably Dickens's funniest novel," and one of his personal favorites. (Literary Encyclopedia) illustrated by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne). Demy 8vo (219 x 131mm): xiv,[2],624pp, with frontispiece portrait of Dickens (engraved by Finden from a painting by D. Maclise), vignette (engraved) title page, and 38 further full-page plates, some signed "Phiz." Publisher's olive green diaper cloth, covers blocked in blind in chain-link design, spine lettered in gilt. coated pale yellow end papers. Spine browned (through pleasingly so) but gilt bright, pages clean and unmarked, plates fresh and bright, trivial rubbing to cloth, but remarkably well preserved. Smith I, 7. Eckel, p.72-73. Grolier (Dickens) 125. The later issue noted by Smith (c. 1860), with six of ten errata pages corrected, vignette and regular (printed) title pages undated, Chapman and Hall's Piccadilly address, and Bradford, Agnew, and Co. listed as printer. Issued originally in 20 monthly parts (bound in 19), beginning January, 1843, and concluding with Nos. XIX and XX double issue, in July, 1844. Martin Chuzzlewit "is a work transitional between the loosely plotted comedy of The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) and the more tightly plotted social criticism of Dombey and Son (1846-48), built around the tale of the misanthropic and selfish Martin Chuzzlewit. (Literary Encyclopedia) Critics generally agree that while Martin Chuzzlewit is loosely plotted, it more than compensates in its brilliant character development and descriptive prose. Dickens judged it one of his best novels, though it was one of his least popular. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
The Blue Lagoon [Michael Sadleir's copy]

The Blue Lagoon [Michael Sadleir’s copy]

DE VERE STACPOOLE, Henry (1863-1951) First Printing of the prolific Irish author's best known work, a romance novel filmed multiple times and the first installment of The Blue Lagoon Trilogy, with The Garden of God (1923) and The Gates of Morning (1925). Crown 8vo (184 x 118mm): [12],326;[12]pp. Publisher's navy blue pebbled cloth, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, title page in red and black. French blue book label of Michael Sadleir (1888-1957), British publisher, novelist, book collector, and bibliographer, to front paste down. Very occasional light spotting, head and tail caps barely bumped, else a superlative example, square, tightly bound, and clean throughout. Stacpoole's trilogy follows the innocent but incestuous romance between cousins, Dicky and Emmeline Lestrange, marooned as children on a South Pacific island (Stacpoole spent a brief career as a ship's doctor, which took him to numerous exotic locations in the South Pacific), where they mature to young adulthood before being rescued afloat in a lifeboat. The 1980 film version, directed by Randal Kleiser, starred Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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The Courtier] Il Libro del Cortegiano [Unmutilated]

CASTIGLIONE, Baldassare (1478-1529) An important reprint of Aldine's first edition of 1528, discarding the extensive alterations to the text that corrupted editions of this classic treatise on etiquette for more than a century. 4to (23 x 16 cm) xxiv, 352pp, with portrait frontispiece of Castiglione after Raphael, illuminated initials and head and tail pieces throughput. Modern vellum and marbled boards, spine titled in gilt. Included is the "best and fullest biography of Castiglione, {which] was written by Abate Pietro Serassi, who had access to the family papers brought to Rome by Cardinal Valenti Gonzaga, secretary to Pope Benedict XIV." (Cartwright) A very scarce, wide-margined survival, tightly bound, contents clean with only light occasional foxing. PMM 59. Razzollini, p. 99. Gamba 296 (for Comino's complete edition of Castiglione's works from 1733, upon which this edition is based). Cartwright, v. 2, pp. 445-447. First printed, in Venice, by Aldine Press, in 1528, then reprinted innumerable times since in every major European language. The Courtier is the most celebrated instruction manual on the courtly manners of the Italian High Renaissance, "a veritable compendium of Renaissance culture." (Literary Encyclopedia) In 1590, Pope Sixtus V placed it on the Church's List of Prohibited Books, but exempted the expurgated edition prepared by Antonio Ciccarelli, which was the only edition that remained in circulation for more than 100 years. Finally, in 1733, Volpi issued an edition of Castiglione's collected works that disregarded Ciccarelli's corruptions and reverted to the original Aldine edition. Our edition is a reprint here of Volpi's text of The Courtier, and it exists in two states, unmutilated and mutilated. According to Razzollini, more than a thousand copies originally were printed, but only one hundred were issued, and only after the text, primarily Book IV, was extensively revised to incorporate Ciccarelli's changes and elisions, reducing the original text to 303 pages (vs. 352 pages in unmutilated copies). Our is one of the rare unmutilated copies, beautifully preserved. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
La théorie

La théorie, et la pratique du jardinage, où l’on traite à fond des beaux jardins appellés communément les jardins de plaisance, et de propreté

DEZALLIER] L. S. A. J. D. A. [Le Sieur Antione Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville, 1680-1765] Third Edition of this important French treatise on garden design, "to this day the standard authority on the formal garden." (Henrey) 4to (257 x 193mm): [8],383 [13]pp, with 42 copper-engraved plates (some folding and double page), mostly of plans for parterres, mazes, trellises, cascades, fountains, labyrinths, and other garden structures and woodcut figures in the text; head and tail pieces and historiated initials. Contemporary speckled calf, spine richly gilt in six compartments divided by raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt, edges stained red, marbled end papers, title page in red and black. Spine relaid with some loss to gilt, contents sporadically embrowned, light foxing, in all a very handsome copy. Hunt 421. Lewine, p. 33. Cleveland 329. Henrey II: pp 491-493. Haller II, p. 94. First published anonymously, in Paris, in 1709, during the reign of Louis XIV and nine years after the death of the great André Le Nôtre, who designed or redesigned the gardens of Versailles, The Tuileries, and Fontaniebleau, and upon whose practices Dezallier based this work. With contributions from Jean-Baptiste Alexandre Le Blond (who was once credited with authorship), architect and designer of the Peterhof Palace gardens, in St. Petersburg, who also did the original sketches for about three quarters of the plates. This third edition includes text and more than 30 additional plates not found in the first edition. "It is especially valuable as a record of the manner of gardening as practiced by Le Nôtre. . . . and in the opinion of Gothein: 'Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts.'" (Henrey) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Siluria : the history of the oldest known rocks containing organic remains, with a brief sketch of the distribution of gold over the earth

MURCHISON, Sir Roderick Impey (1792-1871) First Printing of this condensation, with additions, of Murchison's monumental treatise on the Silurian strata, an "important milestone in geology, for it established the oldest fossil-bearing classification then known." (ODNB) Demy 8vo (220 x 136mm): xvi,523,[1], followed by 37 multi-figure transfer lithographed plates drawn by J. D. C. Sowerby, and with folding lithographed map by C. Achilles, one folding hand-colored map (frontispiece), engraved by J. W. Lowry, of the Silurian rocks and overlying formations in Wales and adjacent parts of England, and numerous woodcuts throughout the text. Three-quarter brown leather over marbled boards, black leather lettering piece gilt, all edges marbled, end papers renewed. Ownership stamp of Mentor Etnyer to title page (and elsewhere, discretely, throughout text) and signature to dedication page, dated 1930. A superb copy of this notable work, richly illustrated, handsomely bound, and virtually pristine. Dibner 97. Murchison was first to establish and describe the geologic sequence of Early Paleozoic strata (542 million to about 251 million years ago), the time during which multi-cellular life, both vascular plants and arthropods (small invertebrate animals), began to appear on land. Mentor Etnyre was an engineering geologist and prospector in the western United States, who managed mining operations at the Plumas-Eureka Mine, near Johnsville, Plumas County, California. His papers are held in the California History Room of the California State Library, in Sacramento. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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A philosophical dialogue concerning decency. To which is added a critical and historical dissertation on places of retirement for necessary occasions, Together With an Account of the Vessels and Utensils in use amongst the Ancients, being a Lecture read before a Society of learned Antiquaries. By the author of the Dissertation on barley wine

ROLLESTON, Samuel (1702?-1766) First (and only) Edition of this rare and curious treatise on scatology, with numerous references from classical sources illustrating various cultural attitudes toward "lavatorial behaviour." The second part describes various historical types of receptacles for human excrement and urine. (Sometimes attributed to Benjamin Buckler.) Demy 4to (248 x 192mm): 47,[1,Index]pp. Beautifully bound by Fitterer in stiff hand-marbled paper wraps, white paper label printed in black to upper cover. A Fine copy of this scarce pamphlet, tightly pound and clean throughout. Bibliotheca Osleriana 6409. Not in Bibliotheca Scatologica. A dissertation in the form of a dialogue on the history of public toilets, in which Rolleston coins the word "water closet." Rolleston relates textual evidence from biblical and classical sources to observations of present-day (eighteenth-century) behaviors, combining the literary and the scientific. The philosophical dialogue is a lighthearted but serious debate centered cultural differences and nature vs. nurture in toilet habits through history. The main theme is shame. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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The Tennis Court Oath. A Book of Poems [Inscribed]

ASHBERY, John (1927-2017) First Edition, Third Printing, of this touchstone of contemporary American avant-garde poetry. Crown 8vo (203 x 152mm): 94,[2]pp. Publisher's gray cloth, spine stamped in red and black, pictorial dust jacket (price-clipped) printed in black and salmon pink. Inscribed by Ashbery on title page to book editor and publisher William Targ. About Fine copy, square and tightly bound, crisp and clean throughout, of the scarce clothbound issue. Near Fine or better jacket, spine ends lightly rubbed, back panel slightly dust-soiled. The poet's second trade publication, first published by Wesleyan in 1962, collecting 30 poems. "On one level, 'The Tennis Court Oath' is a poem about the possibilities of poetry itself. For John Ashbery, the purpose of poetry is not communication in the sense of a message delivered or of an idea expressed. It is, instead, communication as the continuous encounter between ideas and things in language on the page and in language in the mind. In the fragmentary rhetoric of this poem, one can never be certain whether a given word is the object of one verb or the subject of the next. One does not know what to subordinate to what, just as one cannot determine plot from subplot or reality from dream in the inconstant landscape of the poem's progress. For Ashbery, this indeterminacy represents the liberation of poetry from poetic precedent, a chance for the poem to be read only by its own and its readers' own lights. The poem becomes an exemplary act of literary sabotage, a bomb tossed into the anthologies that readers carry in their minds from one work of literature to another." (enotes) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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We; of “A superb new translation of the classic dystopian novel

ZAMYATIN, Yevgeny [Evgenii] Ivanovich (1884-1937) First British Edition and First Printing of this important translation, by Bernard Guilbert Guerney, of "the best single work of science fiction yet written." (Ursula K. Le Guin, from her introduction to the Folio Society edition of 2018). 8vo: 285,[1]pp. Publisher's gray cloth-effect paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gold, top edge stained midnight gray. Very tight and square, unread and virtually pristine. Anatomy of Wonder 2-147:("A masterpiece of speculative political philosophy by a disillusioned Russian . . ."). In 1921, We became the first work banned by the Soviet censorship board, triggering the novel's bizarre publishing history. Zamyatin's only completed novel remained banned in Soviet Russia until its publication there in 1988. It was first published, in English, in New York, in 1924, and then, in Russian, in Prague, in 1927. Set in the 26th-century A.D., the novel describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful Benefactor. Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, "We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten von Nordamerica mit Rücksicht auf die europäischen Reste aus dieser Familie

Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten von Nordamerica mit Rücksicht auf die europäischen Reste aus dieser Familie

MULLER, Johannes (1801-1858) First and only edition of this rare treatise on fossil finds discovered in the Eocene of Alabama, in 1845, and thought to be those of a genus of the whale family. Medium folio (467 x 330mm ): iv, 38 pp. with 27 superb, multi-figure lithographic plates of fossils, many duo tone, variously signed. Text in double columns. Modern quarter black morocco over gray cloth boards, red morocco lettering piece gilt. Tight, square, virtually pristine binding; text and plates with only light scattered foxing. About Fine. Nissen 2919. Sabin 51287 (erroneously noting date of publication as 1819). In the spring of 1847, Albert Koch, a charlatan showman in the mold of P. T, Barnum, displayed in the capitals of Europe the fossil of a supposed gigantic primeval animal, a species of incongruously long (114 feet) sea serpent whose bony parts he had cobbled together at random and to which he gave the name "Hydrarchus sillimani." Koch rationalized the remains attributed to Hydrarchus with a biblical creature: Job's Leviathan. But the anatomist Richard Owen and the geologist Charles Lyell, among others, spotted the hoax. Soon after, King Frederick Wilhelm IV of Prussia acquired the frankenstein for the Royal Museum of Berlin, and Johannes Muller set to work reassembling its parts. In Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten, Muller reports the results of these investigations. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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The history of Tom Jones, a foundling. In four volumes [Definitive Text]

FIELDING, Henry (1707-1754) Third Edition (published same year as the first), and the "final authority in all textual matters," (Jensen) of Fielding's masterpiece, complete in four volumes. 12mo (156 x 95mm): xx,304; viii,330; x,288; xii,347,[1]pp. Later period-style, three-quarter calf over marbled boards, richly gilt spines in five compartments divided by raised bands, red morocco lettering pieces gilt, marbled end papers. Bindings square, tight, and unmarked; pages clean and crisp (very occasional light stain or finger-soiling). A superb set. Cross II, pp. 120-25 (for chronology of the four editions published in 1749) and III, p. 317. Grolier English 100, 48 (erroneously asserting that this third edition was published the year following the first edition). Lowndes II, 797. Allibone I, pp. 592-93 ("No author has introduced a great diversity of character, or displayed them more fully, or in more various attitudes. . . . Since the days of Homer the world has not seen a more artful epic fable. . . . his greatest work. . . ."). Rothschild 850 (for first edition). Jensen. "Proposals for a Definitive Edition of Fielding's Tom Jones." The Library, Vol. XVIII, p. 314-330. Baugh (ed.), Literary History of England, pp. 957-58 ("one of the best-plotted novels in English. A wealth of highly diversified episode is fitted together by the hand of a master craftsman into a perfectly organized whole." According to Cross, "This is the third edition, though not so named. Apparently Fielding's final revision, and the text usually followed in modern editions." The first edition (2500 copies) was almost completely subscribed before publication, when the second edition (1500 copies) was ordered. Both editions were in circulation on February 28. Less than two months later, on April 13, this third edition was published. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Homage to Mistress Bradstreet

BERRYMAN, John (1914-1972) First Printing (so stated) of the poet's third book, "one of the most unique poems in modern American literature." (Literary Encyclopedia) Royal 8vo (237 x 158mm): unpaginated, with 57 numbered 8-line partially rhymed stanzas and 10 illustrations (7 full-page) by Benn Shahn (who also illustrated the dust jacket and covers). Publisher's tan and black pictorial paper-covered boards, red spine lettered in tan and black, top edge stained red, title page in red and black; pictorial dust jacket, priced $3.75. Fine, in a Fine jacket. Stefanik A7.1a. First published in Partisan Review, in 1953. In "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," Berryman "perfected the odd, convoluted syntax that would succeed so brilliantly in The Dream Songs, a syntax adopted in part from Shakespeare. The poem is essentially a dialogue with the spirit of America's first poet, Anne Bradstreet, including an attempted seduction of Anne by the contemporary author of the poem, and a memorable section which attempts to capture Anne's anguish and ecstasy during childbirth." Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (won that year by Richard Wilbur). The poem established Berryman as a "formidable figure, especially among contemporaries such as Lowell, who noted the poem's Miltonic power." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen

SALTER, James (1925-2015) First edition, one of only 125 copies, of Salter's deeply personal remembrance of his friend Peter Matthiessen. Demy 8vo (221 x 143mm): 10,[2]pp, with photographic portrait frontispiece. Stiff sea-green, speckled, string-tied wrappers lettered in brown. Twenty-five copies were signed by Salter and bound in hard covers. Pristine. Previously published in the New Yorker, this is the first appearance in book form. Matthiessen, cofounder of The Paris Review, and Salter, he of the commas, were neighbors in Sagaponack. In the 1960s, long before the 11962 ZIP code carried the title of most expensive in the country, the small seaside hamlet on the east end of Long Island attracted some of the most talented writers, who were looking for an affordable and quiet place to work. Perhaps more than any other, Matthiessen became close to Salter. Every summer day for a while at about 6 p.m., the pair would meet at Gibson Beach to swim. You can sense what free and easy comrades they were in the frontispiece. They died barely more than a year apart, Matthiessen in Sagaponack and Salter in Sag Harbor. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray [Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard]

GRAY, Thomas (1716-1771) The "distinctly less common" Third State of this "landmark in the history of English book-illustration." (Hazen) Royal quarto (315 x 245mm), cut to resemble a folio, for which it is often mistaken: [8]pp, 35,[1]ff, with six full-page copper-engraved plates, 13 half-page head- and tailpieces, 6 engraved initials, and engraved vignette on title page, all by Johann Sebastian Muller and Charles Grignion after drawings by Richard Bentley. (Each poem has a frontispiece, headpiece, initial letter, and tailpiece.) Poems printed and foliated on rectos only. Nineteenth-century quarter-bound red leather over marbled paper-covered boards, spine in six compartments with gilt leaf and flower device in each; title, author, and place and date of publication stamped directly in gilt; marbled end papers, top edge gilt. According to Hazen, "There are three distinct editions dated 1753, but since the wording on the title-page is identical in all three and all three have been sold as first editions, it seems easier to describe the editions and discriminate among them as if they were different states. . . . The third edition seems to be distinctly less common [calling copies of the first two editions "plentiful"]." Our copy is Hazen's third state, with "Designs, &c." on half-title, no exclamation marks in the rows of printer's flowers on third and fourth pages of "Explanation of the prints," and the letter "p" printed properly throughout p. 26. A handsome, wide-margined copy, marred mainly by light foxing to most pages (more heavily to two final leaves). In all, a superb production (The Monthly Review for July, 1753, called it "one of the most elegant publications our country hath produced for some years past: whether we consider the beauty of the printing, the genius that appears in the designs for the cuts, or the masterly execution of most of the engravings."). Hazen (Walpole) 42. Northup 178. Lowndes II, p. 931. Rothschild 1061-65. The instigator behind this pioneering collaboration between poet and artist was Horace Walpole, who was friends with Bentley, Gray, and the publisher Dodsley. The text reprints four poems by Gray (including Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard) and two others, "A Long Story" and "Hymn to Adversity," that appear here for the first time. In 1750, after inadvertently permitting Gray's Elegy to be pirated from a manuscript he had circulated among friends, Walpole saw the authorized version through the press. He then persuaded Gray to allow publication of his remaining poems in an edition illustrated by Bentley. But Gray, famously modest, agreed only on condition the book not be regarded as a collection of poems, and that 'Designs' precede 'Poems' in the title," and this was the elegant, rococo result. According to Bland, "This exciting book . . . contains perhaps the first hint in book illustration of the Gothic Revival. . . ., the big engravings surrounded by curious borders reminiscent of the 'scatter borders' in fifteenth-century manuscripts." The six poems are: Ode on the Spring; Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes; Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College; A Long Story; Hymn to Adversity, and Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Lady Chatterley’s Lover

LAWRENCE, D. H. [David Herbert, 1885-1930] First appearance of Lawrence's last novel and "one of the most remarkable books of the twentieth century." (Literary Encyclopedia) First Edition, limited issue, no. 256 of 1000 copies printed, signed by Lawrence in blue ink at the limitation statement. Demy 8vo (225 x 150mm): [4],365,[1]pp. Original mulberry paper-covered boards, Lawrence phoenix in black to front cover, white paper spine label printed in black, top edge rough-trimmed, others untrimmed. Front joint very skillfully (almost imperceptibly) repaired, light soiling to boards, partial erasure of publisher's imprint on verso of title page, light unobtrusive moisture stains and occasional finger-soiling to margins of many pages far from text, otherwise a fresh and bright, very attractive example. Increasingly scarce in collectible condition, more commonly encountered in one of the many pirated editions. Roberts A42a. Not in McDonald. Connolly 57 ("a puritanical tract on the art of love as Lawrence imagined it, devised to rouse the English from their torpor."). In the spring of 1928, Lawrence commissioned the Tipografia Guintina in Florence to print Lady Chatterley's Lover, after it was rejected by numerous English publishers. He planned to sell the one thousand signed and numbered copies at the price of £2 each, with friends acting as agents. By the end of the year, nearly all copies were sold, despite (or perhaps because of) the novel being banned from entering the United States and about to be suppressed in London." Lady Chatterley's Lover "captures a moment in history when the Jazz Age celebrated hedonistic pleasure at the same time that, in Lawrence's native England, the friction of owners and workers erupted as a general strike in 1926. These pressures-of unbridled pleasure caught in a vise of capitalistic conflict-have helped to make Lawrence's portrait of the age remarkably insightful and prescient." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
The Changing Light at Sandover: Including the Whole of the Book of Ephraim

The Changing Light at Sandover: Including the Whole of the Book of Ephraim, Mirabell’s Books of Number, Scripts for the Pageant and a new coda, The Higher Keys [Signed]

MERRILL, James (1926-1995) First Printing of Merrill's long dramatic sequence with voices, collected here in a single volume for the first time. Royal 8vo (237 x 145mm): [8],560,[4]pp, with errata slip laid in. Publisher's finely woven black cloth, upper cover with author's monogram and title in blind, spine lettered in copper, photographic end papers, top stained scarlet, pictorial dust jacket priced $25. Signed by Merrill (without inscription) at the half title and dated 1993. Virtually pristine, tight, square and bright: a superlative, unread example. Merrill's masterpiece (Mirabell won the National Book Award for Poetry, in 1978), a "postmodern apocalyptic epic" originally published in three volumes, from 1976 to 1980, then in this single-volume edition with a new coda. With his partner, David Jackson, Merrill spent more than 20 years transcribing supernatural communications during séances using a Ouija board. He published his first Ouija board narrative cycle in 1976, with a poem for each letter of the alphabet, calling it The Book of Ephraim, which became the first part of this poetic trilogy. Ephraim is a control spirit who allows Merrill and Jackson to communicate with friends and family members who have passed on as well as with famous poets, including Wallace Stevens, W. B. Yeats, and W. H. Auden. The second part of the trilogy, Mirabell: Books of Number (1978), describes a dualistic universe in which godlike forces of good and evil contend; "Mirabell" is based on opposition and the tension opposites create. Scripts for the Pageant, the third part, focuses on attraction of opposites to stress how order can be brought from chaos. Scripts for the Pageant, the longest and most dazzling of the three volumes, covers such diverse topics as the writing of poetry, threat of nuclear war, destruction of the environment, death and reincarnation, and the role of the arts in a technological world. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
Outlaws] A compleat history of James Maclean

Outlaws] A compleat history of James Maclean, the gentleman highwayman, who was executed at Tyburn, on Wednesday, October 3, 1750, for a robbery on the highway. Containing the particulars of his life, from his Birth to his Death. In which is included, An Account of the Robberies he committed with his Companion Plunket, and A Series of Letters, that pass’d between him and Plunket; as well during the Time he was in Holland, as in England; in which are open’d some extraordinary Scenes. Also, The Particulars of their Fortune-Hunting Schemes; in which Maclean generally pass’d for a Gentleman of Worth, and Plunket personated his Footman. Likewise A Number of Original Letters sent to Maclean by different Ladies, some of which contain Narratives of Facts so exceeding tender, as must raise Pity and Compassion in the Breast of every Reader. The Whole adorn’d with a very neat Picture of Maclean, taken from the Life, while under Sentence. Drawn and engrav’d by Mr. Boitard

ANON Third Edition of this rare piece of British outlaw history (ESTC and OCLC identify only one copy, at Northwestern University, and neither ABPC nor RBH record copies at auction). Crown 8vo (183 x 115mm) [2],54pp (Even though the extended title mentions a portrait frontispiece of Maclean in this edition, neither ESTC nor OCLC does.) Recent marbled paper wrappers, white printed paper label to upper cover, untrimmed fore- and bottom edges. Very occasional spotting but generally clean and bright throughout. A very rare copy, Not in Halkett & Laing. Maclean (occasionally "MacLaine," "MacLean", or "Maclane," 1724-1750) was a notorious highwayman, whose accomplice was William Plunkett. He was known as the "Gentleman Highwayman," because of his courteous behavior during robberies. One moonlight night in November 1749, the pair stopped Horace Waipole in Hyde Park, as he was returning from Holland House, and Maclean's pistol went off accidentally and razed the skin under Walpole's eye. This was the first and only time he fired a shot. MacLaine was so appalled that he sent two letters apology to Walpole. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Photobook] Teneriffe, an astronomer’s experiment : or, Specialities of a residence above the clouds

SMYTH, Charles Piazzi (1819-1900) First Issue (publisher's 16-page catalogue dated January 1858) of the first book to be illustrated with stereo views. An edition of 1,000 was published in January, 1858, and a further 1,000 copies in July, 1858." (Gernsheim) Crown 8vo (187 x 120mm): xvi,451,[3],16,[4]pp, with 20 tissue-guarded (mostly), numbered, and mounted stereo albumen photographs (depicting flora, fauna, and members of the expedition) and errata leaf. Original purple wave-grain cloth, gilt device of telescope to upper cover, spine titled in gilt, top edge gilt, maroon end papers. Book plate to front paste down of Joseph M. Gleason (1869-1942), Californian Catholic priest, historian, and collector of books and photographs. Spine gilt a bit dulled (but legible), cover tips rubbed, text margins very lightly toned but generally clean throughout, tissue guards foxed (as usual), number stamped on title page verso. Unusually, only two of the plates are moderately faded. An excellent example. Imagining Paradise, pp. 96-97. Truthful Lens 152. Gernsheim 79. Smyth's firsthand account of an expedition to Mount Teide, in the Canary Islands, to test his theory concerning the advantage of high-altitude astronomical observation. Piazzi-Smith, Her Majesty's astronomer for Scotland, made astronomical observations at different altitudes on El Teide, Tenerife's highest peak, showing for the first time that more stars can be seen at the top of a mountain than at sea level, by effectively eliminating the lower third part of the atmosphere. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Photobook] Photographic Views of Warwickshire

BEDFORD, Francis (1815/1816-1894) A fine album of views by one of the preeminent photographers of the nineteenth century. Oblong royal 8vo (180 × 249mm): 16 interleaved albumen photographs from collodion negatives, each mounted on card with gilt fillet border and title printed in brown. Original green cloth, upper cover blocked and lettered in gilt, cream moiré end papers, title page printed in red and black. Including views of Warwick Castle, Guy's Cliff, Kenilworth Castle, Stoneleigh Abbey, and Stratford-upon-Avon (including Shakespeare's house). Scattered light foxing to some plate mounts, but plates completely unaffected. A tightly bound, exemplary example. Between 1865 and 1875, Catherall & Pritchard brought out thirteen oblong albums of Bedford's albums prints, including Photographic Views of Warwickshire, which came in both morocco and cloth, permitting the buyer to specify the number of prints to be bound, the usual numbers being 16, 20, 24 or 30. The Getty copy appears to be the deluxe issue, with 30 images bound in morocco. Francis Bedford was photographer to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales in the East. Some idea of his photographic progress can be estimated from the reference numbers on each plate; the present numbers, ranging from 591 to 668, suggest that his photographic tour to Warwickshire followed on from his travels through North Wales. The specially built carriage he used he traveled on is used as a prop in two of the views in this album. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).
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Klosterheim. Or, The Masque. By the English Opium-Eater

DE QUINCEY, Thomas (1785-1859) First Edition of de Quincey's only novel, a Gothic romance set in Swabia during the Thirty Years' War. 12mo (173 x 98mm): [4]305,[3]pp (half-titles both precede and follow title page). Original brown paper-covered boards, later (but not recent) burgundy cloth spine with printed paper label, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. Minor edge wear and rubbing, but tightly bound, clean, and fresh. A very handsome copy. Block, p. 58. First Gothics 111. Wolff 1785. Reprinted in 1898 as The Mystery of the Masque. Throughout his literary life, De Quincey, best remembered for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, maintained strong ties with the Gothic romance. Klosterheim is a gothified history of the wars of religion when the soldiers of Lutheran princes ravaged Catholic cities along the Rhine. "A sordid atmosphere of religious terror and persecution . . . hangs sullenly over the story. The 'masque' of the title refers to a mysterious being, half renegade and half champion of the people, who resides secretly in the city." (First Gothics) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).