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Is Shakespeare Dead? From My Autobiography

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, writing as] TWAIN, Mark (1835-1910) Purported First Issue (without publisher's note inserted after title page) of Twain's treatment of the controversy over authorship of the Shakespearean plays and poems, without explicitly espousing Sir Francis Bacon as author of that canon. One of the copies intended for export to England (most of which were recalled), with leaf inserted after final text page advertising George Greenwood's The Shakespeare Problem Restated and with "Printed in the U. S. of America" stamped below copyright notice. Demy 8vo (207 x 135mm): [4],150,[2], with frontispiece plates from photographs of statues of Shakespeare and Bacon inserted. Publisher's vertically ribbed green T cloth, spine and up'per cover stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, others rough-trimmed; wanting the scarce dust jacket. A fine, bright copy (many pages unopened), firmly bound and clean throughout (inserted advertising leaf lightly foxed). BAL 3509. Johnson, pp. 90-91. McBride, p. 233. Twain's debunking of the widely accepted belief that William Shakespeare wrote the works of Shakespeare. Listing the handful of established facts of Shakespeare's life, Twain ridicules the fantasy that a largely uneducated youth could have arrived in London and, with virtually none of the necessary literary and dramatic skills, become the greatest author in English literature. 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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The Country Girls Trilogy, comprising] The Country Girls; [with] The Lonely Girl, [and with] Girls in their Married Bliss

O'BRIEN, Edna (b. 1930) Three First Impressions of O'Brien's momentous debut, banned in Ireland because of sexual content. Crown 8vo (191 x 126mm and 188 x 122mm): 224; 254; 190pp. Country Girls (Hutchinson, 1960): Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt within sky-blue title block; price-clipped dust jacket illustrated by Jillian Willett. About Fine (lightly speckled top edge, neat ownership inscription to front fly leaf); Near Fine or better jacket, clean and crisp with small chip to back panel not affecting lettering or photograph. Lonely Girl (Cape, 1962): Publisher's mauve cloth, spine lettered in gold, top edge stained aquamarine; illustrated dust jacket by Hofbauer and priced 16s. Fine, square, very tightly bound and clean throughout; fresh and bright jacket. Married Bliss (Cape, 1964): Publisher's French blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained navy blue; price-clipped illustrated dust jacket by David Fawcett. Very Fine and unread, virtually pristine; about Fine jacket (front panel nicked to top edge). A spectacular set. O'Brien's trilogy "charts the progress of two young Irish girls, Kate and Baba, as they escape their rural home place for the relative cosmopolitanism of Dublin. It is no accident that, in the first novel, a turning point in Kate's development is marked by her acquiring a copy of Joyce's Dubliners [Joyce was hugely influential in O'Brien's writing life, and in 1999 she wrote a biography of him ]. . . . When asked late in his life if he would ever return to Ireland, Joyce gave the famously enigmatic reply, 'Have I ever left it?', and Edna O'Brien's relationship with her home country is complicated in ways that are similarly fraught and complex." (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.).
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An Outcast of the Islands

CONRAD, Joseph (1857-1924) First Printing of Conrad's second book, published as part of Appleton's "Town and Country Library Series," no. 198, with terminal advertisements. Foolscap 8vo (178 x 115mm): [6],335,[11]pp. Original lime-green pictorial cloth (also issued in wrappers), spine and upper cover stamped in black, scarlet, and gilt. Discrete oval book label with monogram of bibliophile and Conrad collector Stanley J. Seeger, whose library was dispersed by Sotheby's in 2013. A superior example, virtually pristine (small rectangular offsetting to inner edges of pp. 176-77, where short receipt was laid in), tightly bound and crisp and clean throughout. Wise 2. Keating 6. Ehrsam, p. 293. Originally entitled Two Vagabonds: A Tale of the Islands and inspired by Conrad's experiences as mate of the steamer Vidar. In many ways, reminiscent of his first novel, Almayer's Folly, and featuring Conrad's recurring character Tom Lingard, who also appears in Almayer's Folly and The Rescue (sometimes called the Lingard Trilogy), as well as sharing other characters with those novels. 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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Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare

ASIMOV, Isaac (1920-1992) First Printing of the polymath's idiosyncratic guide to the Bard's plays and narrative poems, complete in two volumes. Thick royal 8vo (233 x 145mm): xiv,723,[1]; xiv,843,[1]pp, with 40 full-page maps by Raphael Palacios and 16 charts. Publisher's brown finely woven quarter-cloth over light brown cloth-covered boards, spine stamped in gilt within red title block, marbled end papers; illustrated cream dust jacket printed in black and brown and priced $12.50. Lacking the slipcase. A superior set, square and tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout. Asimov's focus is not on the literary significance of Shakespeare's works nor on their philosophical or psychology points of view. Rather, he hopes to enhance our appreciation by elucidating the work's legendary, mythological, and historical aspects, which has led him to categorize the plays not as tragedies, comedies, and histories, but, broadly speaking, regionally: the Greek, Roman, and Italian plays and two narrative poems, "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrese," and the English Plays. including Hamlet and Macbeth. Within each of those two category, the plays are arranged chronologically (that is, not by date of production but, making allowance for the several not based on actual events, in their historical order). Finally, maps are provided to set geographical context. 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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Aeschylus] Prometheus Bound

LOWELL, Robert (1917-1977) First Impression of Lowell's "free, rather politicized translation of Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound." (Literary Encyclopedia) Slim crown 8vo (200 x 117mm): vi,[2],67,[1]pp. Publisher's rose cloth, spine lettered in gilt; white typographic dust jacket printed in French blue. A splendid example, virtually pristine (apparently unread), very tightly bound and clean and bright throughout. "In 1965 Lowell protested the Vietnam War by publicly refusing President Johnson's invitation to a White House Festival of the Arts, just as he had declined the draft twenty-two years before. [Lowell served five months in West Street jail, in New York, and federal prison at Danbury, Connecticut, after refusing to serve in the army when he was inducted in 1943.] Again there was a brouhaha, and again Lowell briefly became a public figure, admired by war protesters and reviled by war supporters. He spent the next years actively involved in anti-war protests, such as the 1967 March on the Pentagon, and in aiding Senator Eugene McCarthy's 1968 Presidential candidacy. Lowell also published a series of anti-war works," including this translation. (Literary Encyclopedia) 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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Deer Park

MAILER, Norman (1923-2007) First Impression of Mailer's third book, a roman à clef whose protagonist is a recently discharged Air Force officer and would-be novelist. Crown 8vo (182 x 115mm): 388pp. Publisher's French blue cloth, spine stamped in gold, matching blue top edge. Typographic dust jacket, priced at 15s. Virtually pristine (apparently unread), square and tightly bound and clean throughout. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most UK editions of American authors's works. Mailer's title refers to the Parc-aux-Cerfs, a resort Louis XV of France kept stocked with young women for his personal pleasure. The novel "seems to have been a literary response to the tempestuousness of his second marriage [in a notorious incident, Mailer stabbed his wife in the shoulder during one of their public arguments], but it also makes use of the impressions of Hollywood gained from his experiences as a screenwriter. The Deer Park is set primarily in Desert D'Or, an artificially developed oasis in the southern Californian desert modeled on the celebrity community of Palm Springs. The main character, Sergius O'Shaughnessy, is haunted by his war experiences and comes to the desert resort to restore himself physically, psychologically, and morally. . . . The war themes of The Naked and the Dead [Mailer's first novel] are revisited, as well as the political conflicts of Barbary Shore [his second], here treated in reference to the red-baiting of the McCarthy hearings." (Literary Encyclopedia) 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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Inhale and Exhale [Short Stories]

SAROYAN, William (1908-1981) First Impression of the author's second book (after The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze), a collection of 42 short stories. Crown 8vo (187 x 117mm): 357,[1]pp. Publisher's finely woven grey cloth, spine ruled and lettered in scarlet, top edge stained scarlet, bottom edge rough-trimmed; striking dust jacket illustrated by Barnett Freedman and priced 7s / 6d. Neat gift inscription to front fly leaf, slight spotting to page edges, else a tightly bound copy, clean throughout. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most British editions of American authors's works. The collection's penultimate story, "The Armenian and the Armenian," contains one of Saroyan's most famous passages-about the survival of the Armenian people after the genocide of 1915. "I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people . . . Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia." In a note for the second edition, Saroyan called the story his favorite. 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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The Lives of the Roman Emperors and Their Associates : From Julius Caesar (B C 100) to Augustus (A D 476)

REED, J. Eugene (edited by) Complete set, in five volumes, in exceptionally fine matching publisher's bindings. Royal 8vo (243 x 165mm): vi,[4],342; [8],342; [8],344; [8],344; [8],344pp, with 50 tissue-guarded steel-engraved plates and numerous woodcuts, "forming a full portrait gallery of the Roman emperors." Original royal blue fine woven cloth, spine and covers blocked in blind with floral friezes and rules, upper cover stamped in gilt with central laurel wreath enclosing gilt lettered title, spine lettered in gilt with fasces and laurel wreath; beveled edges; robin's egg blue end papers, all edges gilt. Virtually pristine (excepting nick to cloth on back board edge of v. II), down to gilt edges, which still sparkle. Gebbie and Co. was justly regarded for publishing handsome illustrated works, with fine bindings and high production values, and proof of that reputation is this set. From the Preface: "In comprehensiveness of scope the present work exceeds all similar undertakings, while in point of illustration it is unique. The portraits, wood and steel, are from carefully authenticated antique busts and statues, being reproductions of the plates made for Iconographie Romaine . . . by the Chevalier Ennio Quirinus Visconti . . . and after his death, completed by the eminent archaeologist, the Chevalier A Mongez. . . . The text has been drawn from many sources. For the lives of the first twelve emperors we could not do better for the reader, than to avail ourselves of the justly-famed 'Lives' of Suetonius, whose gallery of breathing portraits, and treasury of personal anecdote, seems rather to acquire fresh interest with the lapse of time. The illustrious Tacitus has also served us with one of his most admired productions. For the lives of several of the emperors and their families, we are indebted to the Chevalier Mongez (translated expressly for this work); while the spirited and graphic biographies of the French historian, Jean Baptiste Louis Crevier, are a fund upon which we have freely drawn. . . . The biographies have been supplemented by several eloquent and vivid dissertations which elucidate important epochs of Roman history, and thus afford an effective setting from which the personal histories shine forth with a clearer and stronger radiance." 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 Midwich Cuckoos [Village of the Damned]

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, writing as:] John Wyndham (1903-1969) Second Impression of Wyndham's "best novel." (Literary Encyclopedia) 8vo (183 x 120mm): 239,[1]pp. Publisher's black finely woven cloth, spine lettered in gold, dust jacket illustrated by Dick Hart and priced 13s / 6d. Offsetting to end papers, else Fine, both book and jacket. We don't usually handle later impressions but this copy is lovely and uncommon (and published the same year as the first). Adapted to film twice, as 'Village of the Damned" (the book's American title), in 1960 and 1995. "For a period in the 1950s John Wyndham was the best selling science-fiction author in the UK and Australia. . . . he was regarded as [H. G.] Wells redivivus, a young Wells continuing his career in the 1950s. However, he should not be regarded as a Wells clone. . . . The best of Wyndham's science fiction meets literary standards of style, intelligence, structure, and, sometimes, characterization. He aimed at writing 'logical fantasies' that could also be described as 'novels.'" (Literary Encyclopedia) In The Midwich Cuckoos, all women of childbearing age in an English village simultaneously become pregnant as a result of alien intervention, recalling such invasion tales as Wells's The War of the Worlds. 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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Photobook] It was a Grey Day. Photographs of Berlin

BADGER, Gerry (b. 1948) Oblong royal 8vo (243 x 300mm): 120 pp, including 49 full-color illustrations (of broken architecture, neglected parks, vacant lots, and discarded belongings) from photographs printed on rectos only (excepting frontispiece and plate on p. 114). Text in English and German. Publisher's finely woven sage green cloth lettered in black, upper cover with full-color photographic reproduction laid on, dark grey end papers; without dust jacket (as issued). A superlative example, virtually pristine (and probably unread), very tightly bound and clean and bright throughout. Badger's photographs of back streets and dilapidated spaces in the neighborhoods of Mitte, Tiergarten, Wedding, and Kreuzberg, taken between 2007 and 2011 on overcast days under metallic skies, are full of refuse and graffiti, and devoid of human presence. He writes in his brief afterward, "Essentially, what I am showing is a dynamic, changing city-like all cities, a place in flux. Many of the things I photographed were gone a year later. . . . In the long run, therefore, my theme is not simply ruin and splendour but change." 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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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea [Gogo no eik ]

Kimitake Hiraoka, writing as] MISHIMA, Yukio (1925-1970) First English-language edition, translated by John Nathan. Crown 8vo (205 x 130mm): [6],181,[3]pp. Publisher's sea-green quarter-bound cloth over scarlet paper-covered boards, spine stamped in metallic green and gold, top edge stained green, fore-edge rough-trimmed, cream end papers; green dust jacket illustrated by Ellen Raskin, printed in blue, black, and red and priced $3.95. About Fine (top edge lightened), tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout; about Fine jacket (tiny nick to bottom of front panel). Originally published in Japanese, as Gogo no eik , in 1963. Basis for the 1976 film starring Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles and directed by Lewis John Carlino, with the setting altered from Japan to England. An opera by Hans Werner Henze, Das verratene Meer, based on the novel, premiered in Berlin, in 1990. Mishima was one of the major Japanese writers of the twentieth century, and one of the most controversial figures in modern Japanese history. "Taking a stand against both the Marxist values of the intelligentsia and the capitalist-materialist values of the mainstream political establishment, he devoted himself to the 'impossible dream' of a full-scale revival of prewar Japanese militarism and emperor-worship, both of which, he argued, were essential ingredients of Japan's culture, and the necessary condition of the nation's 'spiritual health'." (Literary Encyclopedia) 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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The Soft Voice of the Serpent [Signed]

GORDIMER, Nadine (1923-2014) An exceptional signed First Printing of the Nobel laureate's first book published outside of her native South Africa. Crown 8vo (205 x 131mm): [6],244,[2]pp. Publisher's greyish-brown finely woven cloth, upper cover stamped in gold, spine lettered in gold within pink title block with gold serpent device; top edge stained pink, fore-edge uncut; illustrated cream dust jacket printed in black and priced $3.50. Signed by Gordimer on title page. Laid in is a publisher's response card. Fine, barely worn copy, square and tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout; lightly dust-soiled jacket, about Fine. Gordimer's enduring reputation rests on the sequence of novels that form her response to apartheid, from The Lying Days (1953) through to A Sport of Nature (1987). But her early fame, in the 1950s and 1960s, came as a writer of finely turned short stories, beginning with her first collection, Face to Face, published in 1949, the year after the first Nationalist Government-the party of apartheid-was elected, and then this, her second collection, mostly a re-release of the smaller, earlier collection. It contains 21 stories, all quite short. 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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Photobook] Schonheit im Olympischen Kampf [Beauty in the Olympic Games]

RIEFENSTAHL, Leni (1902-2003) First Printing of Riefenstahl's "lavish," controversial photobook, a "masterpiece of the propagandist's art." (Parr & Badger) Royal 8vo (309 x 234mm): 282,[2]pp, complete with 273 full-page gravure plates captioned in German, French, English, Spanish, and Italian. Publisher's burnt orange coarsely woven cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gold, photographically illustrated white dust jacket printed in black and orange and unpriced (as issued). About Fine (bruise to upper right corner with resultant creases to tips of page corners, trivial flaking to spine gold); very minor professional restoration to jacket edge wear and gentle soiling to back panel. An excellent example, tightly bound and clean throughout with bright renditions of the plates. Without the extremely rare original glassine (almost always wanting). Auer, p. 255. Parr & Badger I, p.151. Roth (101 Books), p. 96-97. Most of the images are stills taken during the filming of Olympia (which won Best Foreign Film at the Venice Film Festival after its premiere, in 1938), augmented with 31 behind-the-scenes photos of the production, showing cameras on dollies and tracks, cranes and swivels, submerged in pits and suspended from balloons. "These are such exquisite, such transcendentally beautiful images of athletes, that one almost forgets their context. And it's all Greek temples and hardbodies [sic] until page 54, when the German team enters the stadium in their immaculate white uniforms, their right arms raised in salute across the page to Der Fuhrer." (Roth 101) 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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Photobook] Eisen und Stahl [Iron and Steel]

RENGER-PATZSCH, Albert (1897-1966) Virtually pristine example of this cornerstone of "Neue Sachlichkeit" ("New Objectivity") photography, by one of its leading practitioners. Foreword by Albert Vögler. Slim royal 8vo (300 x 210mm): [14]pp, with 97 numbered and captioned photographs. Publisher's royal blue cloth spine over yellow patterned paper-covered boards printed in black (variant of the more common silver metallic cover); wanting the very scarce dust jacket. Fine copy, tightly bound and clean throughout. Parr & Badger I, p. 125. Roth (Open Book), pp. 102-103. Roth (101 Books), p. 50. Auer, p. 134. Fotographia Publica, p. 203. One of the most important of the two dozen or so photobooks by Albert Renger-Patzsch ("a master of the dynamic close-up"), best-known for Welt ist schön and founder of the Neue Sachlichkeit movement, which brought a sharply focused, documentary quality to photography. His ambition in each of these collections, as in Eisen und Stahl, was to present "pictures that were above all straightforward, easily apprehended documents, free of the distracting artistic interventions of his avant-garde contemporaries." (Roth 101) 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] Richard Avedon : Made in France [Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d’Hiver] [Signed]

AVEDON, Richard (1923-2004); Judith Thurman [introduces] First Trade Printing, one of 5,000 copies (there was also a "special" edition of 100 copies signed, numbered, and slipcased and issued with an original signed Avedon print). Essay by Judith Thurman. Royal 8vo (384 x 287mm): 56 unnumbered pages, mainly full-page tritone and quadratone plates. Publisher's photographically illustrated and glazed paper-covered boards, cream linen spine lettered in brown; no dust jacket (as issued). An excellent copy, tightly bound and clean throughout. From Fair to Fine, p. 221. Published to accompany an exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, in San Francisco, during November and December of 2001. This small but central body of Avedon's work, many of the images published here for the first time, was made in Paris for Harper's Bazaar during the 1950s, when postwar France was striving through fashion to reclaim its cultural eminence. The models include Suzy Parker, Gardner McKay, Audrey Hepburn, and Dovima. The images are reproduced to the exact scale of the engraver's prints made for Avedon by master printer Andre Gremola, and are presented uncropped, on their original mounts, with Avedon's notations on both front and back and with stamps and extensive notes on cropping and page layout from the magazine's editors. 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] Perspective of Nudes

BRANDT, Bill (1904-1983) First Edition of the work in which Brandt's "formal inventiveness and keen eye for the surreal are most evident." (Roth 101) With preface by Lawrence Durrell and introduction by Chapman Mortimer. Squarish royal 8vo (275 x 240mm): 14,[2], with 90 numbered gravure plates (some double-page) divided by six numbered leaves into chronological sections. Publisher's patterned paper-covered boards, spine and upper cover lettered in red; photographically illustrated dust jacket printed in red and black and priced $7.95. Fine, tightly bound and clean throughout; about Fine jacket (skillful, almost imperceptible restoration to crown of spine). Parr & Badger 1, 216. Roth (101 Books), pp 160-61. Roth (Open Book), p. 188-89. Auer, p. 408. Brandt began study of the nude in 1945 and continued off and on until his death, in 1983 (for a broader but less in-depth survey, see our copy on offer of Nudes:1945-1980). But the series of nudes he made between 1947 and 1960 is especially renowned. "These startling images rewrote the language of nude photography . . . Brandt's approach was primarily formal, but his own sensibilities, combined with photography's tendency to overwhelm form's purity with life's impurities, ensured that his nudes are as interesting for their psychological undertones as for the wealth of unexpected forms he conjured. He did so with a camera that was devoid of a practicable viewing mechanism [a shutterless old Kodak he found in a secondhand shop] and thus reduced him, in effect, to working by blind instinct. . . . At close range, his ancient camera yields a Venusian giantism, where sometimes sharply defined, sometimes blurred mountains of flesh loom over the artist/observer." (Parr & Badger) Perspective of Nudes is divided into six chronological sections reflecting Brandt's evolving approach, in both Kensington and Hampstead mansion flats and in open air. The early photographs "conjure a dream world of skewed perspectives [the product of the camera's wide-angle lens] in which his nude female subjects appeared to float unanchored or loom like giants." In later photos, taken on the Sussex and Normandy coasts, Brandt saw the body as a "monumental outgrowth of the landscape, serene and sculptural." (Roth 101) 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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Nudes 1945-1980

BRANDT, Bill (1904-1983) Introduction by Michael Hiley, in English, French, and German. Squarish royal 8vo (290 x 247mm): 20pp, with 100 numbered black-and-white plates (some double-page) divided by six numbered leaves into chronological sections. Publisher's black linen, spine lettered in silver, covers ruled in silver grey end papers; black and white photographically illustrated dust jacket, unpriced (as issued). Not the common New York Graphic Society reprint. Publishers note: "Bill Brandt has personally supervised the reproduction of his prints, and has given his full approval to the final appearance of the pictures in the book". Fine, tightly bound and clean throughout; Near Fine or better jacket (brief edge wear; short stretch of lamination lifting along front panel spine fold). Brandt began photographing the nude in 1945 and continued off and on until his death, in 1983. Nudes, the Gordon Fraser photographic monograph no. 8, surveys those 38 years, divided into six chronological periods reflecting Brandt's evolving approach. The photographs were taken with a shutterless old Kodak Brandt found in a secondhand shop. The earlier images, photographed in Kensington and Hampstead mansion flats, "conjure a dream world of skewed perspectives [the product of the camera's wide-angle lens] in which his nude female subjects appeared to float unanchored or loom like giants." In the later photos, taken on the Sussex and Normandy coasts, Brandt saw the body as a "monumental outgrowth of the landscape, serene and sculptural." (Roth 101) 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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Photobook] Fotografien 1973 bis 1993 [Inscribed]

SHORE, Stephen (b. 1947) Inscribed First Printing of this catalogue for an important retrospective touring exhibition of the New York photographer's work. Edited by Heinz Liesbrock, with texts (in German) by Hilla and Bernd Becher, James L. Enyeart, and Thomas Weski. Oblong royal 8vo (230 x 277mm): 131,[1]pp, including 52 four-color and 7 duotone plates and 10 additional color and black and white illustrations. Publisher's light and dark grey paper-covered boards, spine and upper cover lettered in grey, dark grey end papers; photographically illustrated dust jacket, unpriced (as issued). Title page signed and dated by the photographer. A superlative copy, virtually pristine, very tightly bound and clean and crisp throughout. Quite scarce, especially signed. Parr & Badger II, p, 35. Mainly drawn from Shore's landmark early series, Uncommon Places, collecting photographs he made in color with an 8 x 10 view camera, with the addition of landscapes taken in Texas, Mexico, Scotland, and Italy. His inspiration came from Walker Evans's American Photographs (1938), but his series were no mere homage. "Color photography was largely disparaged in those days, but Shore, William Eggleston and Joel Meyerwitz proved the doubters wrong so persuasively that it is now difficult to make black and white photographs that look 'modern,' that is to say, of their specific historical moment." (Parr & Badger) 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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Cranford Series] The Story of Rosina and Other Verses

DOBSON, Austin (1840-1921); Hugh Thomson (illustrates) Crown 8vo (179 x 115mm): xiii,[5],120pp, with 49 illustrations by Hugh Thomson. Publisher's forest green cloth and end papers, gilt lettering and vignettes to spine and upper cover, all edges gilt. Book label of Wiston Old Rectory (a Grade II listed building in West Sussex) to corner of front paste down. A superb example, virtually pristine and apparently unread, tightly bound and clean throughout with bright gilt. Balston G3. Not technically one of the Cranford series, but one of Balston's derivatives: "the green cloth [and gilt decoration] corresponds exactly with the Cranford series." Macmillan's late nineteenth-century reprints of classic tales illustrated by fine artists came to be known as the Cranford Series, after Mrs. Gaskell's Cranford, illustrated by Hugh Thomson and published in 1891. The series ran from 1876 (Old Christmas) to 1907 (Silas Marner), and includes 24 crown octavo volumes, instantly recognizable by their distinctive forest-green shiny cloth publisher's bindings with rich gilt pictorial designs on upper covers and spines. 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.).