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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (Scarce Green Uncorrected Proof!)

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (Scarce Green Uncorrected Proof!)

J.K. Rowling Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, 1999 Scarce Uncorrected Proof Copy Given Uncorrected Proofs are sent for READING and review PRIOR to the release of the first printing, this example is in clean but well-loved condition. Approximately 1 of 200 uncorrected proofs of this title were issued (about 50 in purple wrappers, and then 150 in green wrappers). Complete with the Bloomsbury copyright page and the complete number line of 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. This book was issued BEFORE the first printing (see below for the definition of an Uncorrected Proof). DEFINITION OF AN UNCORRECTED PROOF: In publishing jargon, a proof is the preliminary iteration of a book, intended for a limited audience. Its purpose is to allow for final edits. The proofs can also help to build and maintain buzz about a book before its official release date, generate some early reviews and have potential readers eager to get their hands on the title. A galley proof or uncorrected proof may still have errors or areas open to change. It is generally bound differently than the final product, often only spiral-bound, and missing much of the polish of the eventual published version, opting instead for plain, often coarse paper. Inclusion of proposed publication information (date, price, etc.) can also be included. Usually the proof consists of text only, and is devoid of any art or illustration that may be present in the final published version. If a book is successful and does well upon final publication, or if it goes out-of-print early but develops a fan-base or cult following, an uncorrected proof can become a valuable prize for collectors. Part of the appeal is their scarcity, and the fact that they will sometimes have slightly different text from the final piece. (Beth Carswell, ABE BOOKS) By the time this title was getting ready for release, the Harry Potter series had taken off, with everyone waiting for the next book. The phenomena was born. Uncorrected proofs were poured over, read, re-read and well loved and passed around as they were extremely scarce. This title was issued with only 300 copies of uncorrected proofs prior to the release of the first printing! This copy is in very clean condition internally, (very unusual to be internally clean, with this copy having NO stains, NO handling marks, NO discolored pages and No corner creasing NOR dog eared pages). but with with the outer wrappers exhibiting the expected normal wear of rubbing and creasing as shown in the images (most likely this book was passed around to several people all in anticipation of the book). Only a few of the uncorrected proofs have come to market in recent years, with this one being well priced taking its condition into account. The book was left unrestored and in its original well-loved state, a true depiction of the Harry Potter phenomena. The proof for Azkaban came in two states: a first state in purple wraps which had an assumed print run of 50 copies, and this second state in green wraps with a presumed print run of 150, figures provided by the publisher [Errington 2017: 652-655]. This was the final time an uncorrected proof was produced as from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire onwards the content of the series was meant to be kept secret until the official publication day A scarce Harry Potter book and perfect for the collector of the Harry Potter series! ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other Harry Potter/J.K. Rowling listings
THE STAND (Signed in the Year of Publication)

THE STAND (Signed in the Year of Publication)

STEPHEN KING First Edition, First impression A beautiful, clean, signed, dated and inscribed copy, signed by Stephen King two months after the book was FIRST published as ?November 27, 1978? as ?To Judy ? Best wishes and have a merry Christmas- / Stephen King / November 27, 1978?. One of the earliest inscriptions for this title that we have even handled! Near fine book in a near fine jacket. All first edition points present including the code T39 on page 823. The book is in beautiful condition with mustard paper and black quarter cloth boards. Beautiful strong gilt titles to the spine. The boards are unusually clean for this title with vibrant mustard colored paper and black cloth. The book has sharp corners and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. Stephen King penned a fantastic early signed inscription in turquoise ink, dated ?November 27, 1978? as ?To Judy ? Best wishes and have a merry Christmas- / Stephen King / November 27, 1978?. The interior of the book is in beautiful clean, crisp condition with no marks, no foxing, no stains and no age toning to the pages. Please see images. The original dust jacket benefited from very slight restoration and presents in near fine condition. The dust jacket has vibrant colors with no nicking, no chips, no edgewear, no rips, no stains and no fading. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $12.95. Please see images for more details A very handsome example of this scarce title. Scarce early signed and inscribed copy. Would make a wonderful special gift for a Stephen King collector.
THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES

THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES

RAY BRADBURY Stated First Edition, First Printing, Signed Clean, crisp near fine condition book and near fine dust jacket. Boldly signed and inscribed by Ray Bradbury on the title page in black ink ?Ray Bradbury / Aug 29,?86?. Please see image of the copyright page. The true first edition of this title must have the first edition statement. The book is in near fine condition with light green boards and dark red titles to spine. The book has a hint of the common toning/speckling to the spine cloth. The boards have sharp corners with one extremely tiny tip bump, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. Boldly signed and inscribed by Ray Bradbury on the title page in black ink ?Ray Bradbury / Aug 29,?86?. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with No marks, No writing, No stains, No smudges, No inscriptions, No bent pages and No foxing. Beautiful clean book internally appearing as unread. Please see detailed images. The original first edition dust jacket has benefited from some very slight restoration by an expert paper conservator to the spine tips, and as such and presents as a near fine example. The jacket has strong vibrant colors with no edgewear, no rips, no chips, no tears, no rubbing, no fading and no foxing. The jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $2.50. The jacket is now protected in a new clear removable archival cover. Please see detailed images. A very handsome example of this Signed Bradbury title, Scarce Signed and in this condition. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other SciFi titles.
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

JULES VERNE Geo. M. Smith & Company 1873. First Edition, First Printing. Beautiful clean book with unusually bright gilt, and with the original end papers. Crisp binding. The true first printing of this book was printed by Osgood in 1873. However the Boston fire destroyed all but an estimated 50 copies of this printing so the 1873 Geo Smith printing is considered the next true first edition (or some refer to as the second printing of the first edition of this book), printed by Geo. M. Smith & Company 1873. Fully illustrated with 110 illustrations, 303 pages. The book is in stunning condition with emerald green boards and unusually strong vibrant gilt scenes and titles to the front and spine. The book still has the scarce original brown coated end papers. Original foxed tissue guard is present, with the foxing affecting the surrounding 3 pages only, otherwise the interior pages are overall remarkably clean and fresh with NONE of the usual staining and NONE of the usual foxing. The book has no edgewear, and the binding is very tight and square, Unlike most copies of this title which have poor/cracked bindings and loose pages, this book is tightly bound and is quite readable and not fragile. Has a spectacular presentation. Please see many detailed images. Beautiful rare, important Verne book in collectible Clean condition with the scarce original end papers. Perfect for a Verne collector, presenting well on the shelf with a nice crisp readable binding, and without the excessive wear, and broken bindings as is typically found with Verne books. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other SciFi titles.
MOONRAKER

MOONRAKER

IAN FLEMING First Edition, First Printing Beautiful near fine book with an original first printing vibrant dust jacket. These books are extremely rare with only 9,900 copies of the first edition printed, and even far less in an original dust jacket. Original crisp near fine black covered boards with bright unfaded silver titles to front and spine. The boards are in clean, beautiful condition with sharp corners, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are in perfect clean condition, being bright and flat with no owner names, no inscriptions, no book plates, and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with but two pages with small stains to the outer margins, otherwise the pages are clean with no stains, no handling marks, no writing, no foxing, and no bent pages. ?Shoot? spelled correctly as ?Shoot? on page 10. Beautiful book with very bright, clean boards! A stunning example of this elusive first edition, first impression Fleming book. Please see images for details. The dust jacket has benefited from very slight restoration to the spine tips by an expert paper conservator. The dust jacket is in near fine condition with strong vibrant colors with No edgewear, No chips, No rips, No tears, No stains, and No foxing. Slight fading to the spine as otherwise common to this title, but the front panel still maintains the vibrant orange tones, and well defined flames. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of 10s 6d net. The dust jacket is protected in a new clear removeable archival cover. Please see the many detailed images. A very striking, affordable example of this Fleming title in wonderful condition. Fantastic presentation on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other Fleming/Bond titles.
THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH

THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH

C.S. LEWIS Stated First Edition, First printing Near fine crisp, clean book with a near fine dust jacket. This title is the third novel in the C.S.Lewis?s iconic ?Space Trilogy?, which he referred to as ?a modern fairy tale for grown-ups? The book is in crisp condition with crisp black cloth boards. Bright unfaded gilt titles to spine. The book has sharp corners and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are in clean condition with faded appearance of a bookplate removal, otherwise with no owner names, no bookplates, no inscriptions no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with no stains, no marks, no foxing, no writing, and no bent pages. Very clean, crisp book, appearing as unread. This is most unusual for this title as the paper used was cheap wartime paper which tore easily and is very fragile. Please see images. The original dust jacket has benefited from some very slight restoration to the spine tips and one intact tear by an expert paper conservator and as such and presents as a near fine example. The jacket has strong vibrant colors with no edgewear, no rips, no chips, no tears, no rubbing, no fading and no foxing. The jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of 9s 6d. net. The jacket is now protected in a new clear removable archival cover. Please see detailed images. A very handsome example of this scarce C.S. Lewis title in beautiful clean collectible condition. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other SciFi listings
FAHRENHEIT 451

FAHRENHEIT 451, SIGNED

RAY BRADBURY First Edition, First Printing. Boldly signed in black felt tip directly onto the title page Stunning near fine crisp book with vibrant boards with a beautiful unclipped dust jacket. Curry binding D (no priority), the true first edition hardbound issue. Expanded from the novella ?The Fireman?, published in 1951. Filmed in 1966 by Francois Truffaut. Boldly signed by Ray Bradbury in black felt tip marker directly onto the title page. The book is in bright, crisp, near fine condition with clean cloth still retaining its original sheen and bright unfaded yellow titles to front and spine. The book has sharp corners with one very tiny tip bump, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean with no bookplates, no owner names, no bookstore stamps, and no inscriptions. The internal pages are clean, crisp and flat with no marks, no stains, no handling marks, no writing, no bent pages, no stains, and no foxing. Stunning clean, bright book appearing as unread. Boldly signed in black felt tip by Ray Bradbury ?Ray Bradbury? directly onto the title page, withOUT an inscription! Please see detailed images. The original first edition dust jacket is in beautiful condition with some light overall toning, and some of the common spine fading of the red tones as typically found with this off-white jacket (the numbers ?451? on the spine typically fade out), however this dust jacket still maintains legible red numbers of ?451?, and is very uncommon as such. Otherwise the jacket is in great condition having benefited from some slight restoration to the spine tips by an expert paper conservator. The dust jacket has no rips, no chips, no edgewear, no stains and no foxing. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $2.50. Please see detailed images. A very handsome copy of this title which is quite scarce signed. One of the most important iconic Bradbury titles with both a great unclipped dust jacket with the scarce ?451? on the spine still vibrant with just only slight fading. Would make a perfect gift for a Bradbury collector. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other rare SciFi titles.
FIRE-STARTER (Signed in the Year of Publication)

FIRE-STARTER (Signed in the Year of Publication)

Stephen King First Edition, First impression: A near fine signed copy with a near fine dust jacket. Boldly signed in the YEAR of publication, with an enormous early signature by Stephen King on the front end paper in black ink ?For Patti / Be well / SSStephen King / 8/26/80?. All first edition points present including the first edition statement on the copyright page. The book is in beautiful crisp, clean condition with black paper and orange quarter cloth boards. The boards have sharp corners, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. Bright, unfaded gilt titles to the spine. Stephen King signed with an enormous inscription as ?For Patti / Be well / SSStephen King / 8/26/80? on the half title page. The interior of the book is in crisp clean condition with bright, flat pages with no handling marks, no stains, no foxing, no bent pages and no age toning to the pages. Beautiful condition book internally appearing as crisp and unread. Please see images. The original unrestored dust jacket presents in near fine condition. The dust jacket has vibrant colors with one tiny intact tear along lower spine (hard to even see up close as it is perfect), otherwise no nicks, no chips, no edgewear, no rips, no stains and no fading. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $13.95. A beautiful stunning dust jacket. A very handsome example of this scarce signed title with a bold signature! Would make a wonderful special gift for a Stephen King collector. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other Rare Horror listings.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (Signed with LOA and Hand-outs)

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (Signed with LOA and Hand-outs)

J.K. ROWLING Signed First Edition, First Printing. Fine, crisp book and Fine condition dust jacket. Signed by J.K. Rowling at the Harry Potter signing event held at the Winter Garden Theater, Yonge Street in Toronto Canada in 2007. Rowling signed the book along the bottom of the title page ?J.K. Rowling?. Requisite authentic hologram present and in excellent condition, along with all the fun handouts including a book Release bookmark, Harry Potter sticker strip, a door hanger, a double sided poster and a ticket from the event. Accompanied by a Beckett Letter of Authenticity (please see all the images).Not the Australian edition, Not the Ted Smart edition, Not the Canadian edition, and Not a bookclub edition, but the scarce true first/first Bloomsbury edition with the requisite ?First Printing? statement on the copyright page. The book has near fine pictorial boards displaying the same image as on the dust jacket. The boards are in stunning condition with sharp corners, one very tiny spine bump, and no edgewear.The boards have their nice original sheen with no stains, and still retain their bright vibrant colors. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean, bright and flat with no marks, no inscriptions, no book plates and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat, the pages are crisp with no stains, no writing, no bent pages, and no foxing. Slight smudge to the bottom of the outer page block. Stunning beautiful book appearing as unread! The stunning original first edition dust jacket is in near fine unrestored condition with strong vibrant colors with No edgewear, No rips, No chips, No stains, No rubbing, No fading, and No foxing. The jacket has a stated price of 17.99 on the front inside flap. A very stunning dust jacket. Requisite authentic hologram present and in excellent condition, along with all the fun handouts including a book Release bookmark, Harry Potter sticker strip, a door hanger, a double sided poster and a ticket from the event. Accompanied by a Beckett Letter of Authenticity (please see all the images). A very handsome, signed copy with all the fun accouterments. Presenting very well with the beautiful jacket and crisp, clean interior. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other Harry Potter/Rowling listings
THE SHINING (Signed with PSA Letter of Authenticity)

THE SHINING (Signed with PSA Letter of Authenticity)

STEPHEN KING First Edition, First impression A near fine signed copy with a near fine dust jacket. Signed, inscribed and dated 1979, with an early signature, by Stephen King on the end papers in black ink. The book will come with a COA from PSA/DNA. All first edition points present including the first edition statement on the copyright page and the code R49 on page 477. The book is in beautiful crisp, clean condition with mustard paper and black quarter cloth boards. The boards have sharp corners, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. Bright, unfaded gilt titles to the spine. Stephen King signed and inscribed the book ?To Jerry- Be Well, 10/13/79? in black ink on the front end paper. The interior of the book is in crisp clean condition with bright, flat pages with no handling marks, no stains, no foxing, no bent pages and no age toning to the pages. Delicate remainder spray along lower page block. Beautiful condition book internally appearing as crisp and unread. Please see images. The book will come with a COA from PSA/DNA . The original unrestored dust jacket presents in near fine condition. The dust jacket has vibrant colors with no nicks, no chips, no edgewear, no rips, no stains and no fading. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $8.95. A beautiful stunning dust jacket. A very handsome example of this scarce signed title with a beautiful very early signature! Would make a wonderful special gift for a Stephen King collector. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other rare books.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

IAN FLEMING Jonathan Cape, London 1956. First Edition, First Printing. Near fine book with a near fine dust jacket. Original crisp black hatched covered boards with bright unfaded titles to spine and an unfaded diamond emblem to the front of the boards. Book is in beautiful condition with crisp boards with sharp corners with no edgewear. No dry or splitting spine. The binding is tight and square. The end papers have faint foxing but are otherwise clean and bright with no bookstore stamps, no owner names and no bookplates.The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with some foxing to the first and last several pages, otherwise the pages are clean with No marks, No stains, No age toning, No foxing and No bent pages. A lovely copy with crisp, sharp boards. Please see images for details. The original price clipped first edition dust jacket is in beautiful condition having benefited from some slight restoration from an expert paper conservator to the tips of the spine and presents as a beautiful near fine example. As such, the dust jacket has strong vibrant colors with No edgewear, No rips, No chips, No fading, No stains, No rubbing and No foxing. Typical light toning to the rear panel. The jacket is now protected in a new clear archival removable cover. Beautiful jacket. Please see images (images taken without a dust jacket protector). A very handsome example of this rare Fleming title with a crisp, clean book in a stunning jacket! ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other James Bond/Fleming titles and autographed letters.
NEAR FINE SET OF 1ST/1ST DELUXE PRINTINGS~ HARRY POTTER (

NEAR FINE SET OF 1ST/1ST DELUXE PRINTINGS~ HARRY POTTER (

J.K. ROWLING Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, 1999 plus First Edition, First Printings of the Complete set of Seven Deluxe Hardcover Editions Near fine condition of the complete set of the First Edition, First Printing of the Deluxe Hardcover Editions. A most stunning complete set of the Deluxe editions of the seven books in the Harry Potter series. Each book is in near fine, crisp condition. Appearing as unread (all the bindings are very tight). And the last 2 books in the series are even still in their original shrink wrap. Each book has crisp, clean boards with sharp corners (with one small corner bump to the Prisoner of Azkaban), and the books have no edgewear. Clean and crisp internally. No owner names, no book plates and no inscriptions. The set appears to have been purchased for investment and set aside! Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Harry Potter And The Philosopher?s Stone Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows An extremely handsome complete set in crisp near fine condition of the first/first deluxe printings of the Harry Potter series at a great price. Presents extremely well on the shelf. As issued without dust jackets. Please note this is a very heavy set of 7 books and is expensive to ship other than using media mail due to the weight of the set. Please inquire for additional images. *******IF YOU WISH TO HAVE THE SET SHIPPED USING PRIORITY MAIL PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICING, OTHERWISE PLEASE NOTE WE SHIP THIS SET MEDIA MAIL FOR DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY. NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
WAR OF THE WORLDS

WAR OF THE WORLDS

H.G. WELLS First Edition, First Impression, First State: An excellent example of this title in the FIRST state with the copyright page date 1898, and with the 16 page terminal catalogue (which starts with ?Mr. William Heinemann's Autumn Announcements dated 1897?). The first state of this title was issued both with a 16 page catalogue AND without the publishers catalogue; and a second state of the first printing was issued with a 32 page catalogue. The book is in excellent condition for this title being firmly bound, having benefited from being rebacked with all the original cloth laid back down. As such the book is tight and sound and quite readable without the usual cracked hinges or broken bindings. The original cloth is in beautiful condition, and the book has sharp slightly rounded corners with no edgewear. The book has strong black titles to the front and spine. The original end papers are present, and have one very neat inscription dated Jan 25th, 1898. The book is remarkably clean with no stains, no bent pages. The book has some foxing to the end papers and the first page, otherwise the pages are incredibly clean with but a few random internal dots here and there. Please see detailed images. No dust jacket as issued. A wonderful example of this title in a sound readable binding! A handsome copy in highly collectible condition, which displays well on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other SciFi and Fantasy Titles.
ARTHUR RACKHAM ~ LARGE ORIGINAL SIGNED FINAL PUBLISHED DRAWING "CANDLELIGHT"

ARTHUR RACKHAM ~ LARGE ORIGINAL SIGNED FINAL PUBLISHED DRAWING “CANDLELIGHT”

ARTHUR RACKHAM ARTHUR RACKHAM ORIGINAL SIGNED PUBLISHED FINAL PEN AND INK DRAWING "CANDLELIGHT" Arthur Rackham Superb Signed Final Published Detailed Pen and Ink Drawing, from ?Candlelight?, Cassell?s Magazine interior illustration This stunning final published drawing by Arthur Rackham is rendered in vibrant pen and ink with goache highlights. Signed by Arthur Rackham with his full name lower left ?Arthur Rackham?. Sheet is tabbed to mount; light discoloration along right edge with vestiges of old tape at lower right edge; Sheet size 7? x 11.25?, matted with green suede-like mat to a completed size of 18.5 x 13.5 inches. Not framed. A superb depiction of an older balding man with hair in disarray, wearing his night clothes, walking barefoot- and holding a lite candle. He appears thoroughly surprised by a visit by a stern gent with a top hat. Arthur Rackham?s artistic skills shine with the most incredible use of pen and ink to make the floor, the mans clothes and the wall literally blend together with sweeping ink lines creating a unique effect. The entire scene is reminiscent of something one would see from Rackham?s Christmas Carol drawings, however this one has the original label from the The Fine Arts Society Gallery in London, (148 New Bond Street), with the story called ?Candlelight?, and the note that it was in Cassell?s Magazine. The date of the exhibition (or perhaps it was in a show) of ?September 1965?. The New Bond Street, London gallery closed its doors in August 2018 after being occupied by The Fine Art Society since February 1876, nearly 140 years, and was placed in a temporary location in Chelsea. The Fine Arts Society specialized in 19th and 20th century British art and design. A large, bold, and vibrant piece with an incredible presentation! Provenance: The art was acquired via the premier collectibles Auction house in the United States who vetted the piece, and the artwork still maintains the original historic gallery label from The Fine Arts Society Gallery in London. A copy of the invoice and lot description will accompany the artwork for provenance. Rackham?s pieces were known for their luxurious use of color and keen attention to detail. His styles ranged easily from vivid, bright splashes of color to more muted, subtle tones. He became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and mastered the watercolor method of painting, seen in many of his works. Many of the books Rackham illustrated include both his black and white, and color plates. Much of Rackham?s work depicts gnomes, fairies, goblins or other creatures from mythology, folklore or fable. Whether illustrating whimsical books for children or darker matter for adults, Rackham?s imaginative, brilliant illustration style was highly sought after and enhanced any text it accompanied. Rackham died in 1939, and now, more than 70 years after his death, his work is collectible and beloved. Original published artwork by Arthur Rackham is extremely scarce. A very stunning piece which showcases very well. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other rare original illustration artwork.
ARTHUR RACKHAM~ SNICKERTY NICK & THE GIANT~ORIGINAL PEN AND INK DRAWING

ARTHUR RACKHAM~ SNICKERTY NICK & THE GIANT~ORIGINAL PEN AND INK DRAWING

ARTHUR RACKHAM ARTHUR RACKHAM ORIGINAL SIGNED PEN AND INK DRAWING FOR "SNICKERTY NICK AND THE GIANT" FINAL ALTERNATE TITLE PAGE DRAWING BY ARTHUR RACKHAM Framed Charming Detailed Pen and Ink Drawing by Arthur Rackham, alternate Title page from the book ?Snickerty Nick and The Giant? This stunning drawing by Arthur Rackham depicts a proposed title page for the book, ?Snickerty Nick and The Giant?, and depicts ?The Giant?, ?Snickerty Nick?, with the author and illustrator credits and title. A superb, large and vibrant drawing rendered in Rackhams classic style. Faint publisher notes in pencil and ink (most of which are matted out however an image before matting appears in this listing. Rackham SIGNED the piece on the verso along the top edge and included his address of ?No. 15, Arthur Rackham, 16 Chalcot Gardens, N.W.3, London, England.?. The art by sight is 9.75? x 6.5?, and is presented newly matted, framed and glazed using all archival materials to a completed size of 18.5? x 15.5? with a cut out on the back of the frame to display the signature. A fantastic original large piece by Rackham, heavily detailed in his wonderful style. Signed by Rackham with his full address on the verso. Provenance: The art was acquired via Sotheby?s, London, and a copy of the invoice will accompany the artwork for provenance. Rackham?s pieces were known for their luxurious use of color and keen attention to detail. His styles ranged easily from vivid, bright splashes of color to more muted, subtle tones. He became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and mastered the watercolor method of painting, seen in many of his works. Many of the books Rackham illustrated include both his black and white, and color plates. Much of Rackham?s work depicts gnomes, fairies, goblins or other creatures from mythology, folklore or fable. Whether illustrating whimsical books for children or darker matter for adults, Rackham?s imaginative, brilliant illustration style was highly sought after and enhanced any text it accompanied. Rackham died in 1939, and now, more than 70 years after his death, his work is highly collectible with small watercolors selling in the $40,000 range!! Framed size of 18.5? x 15.5? Original final inks such as this alternate title page by Arthur Rackham is extremely scarce. A very stunning piece and showcases very well. Perfect for the Rackham collector. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other original illustration art. NOTE: International shipping will have the art deframed and shipping in the mat only
The Mysterious Island Trilogy (Dropped From The Clouds

The Mysterious Island Trilogy (Dropped From The Clouds, Abandoned, The Secret Of The Island)

JULES VERNE Scribner, Armstrong & Co. New York, 1875 Scribner, Armstrong & Co. New York, 1875 Scribner, Armstrong & Co. New York, 1876 First Edition, First printings of the three books which when combined create THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Trilogy by Jules Verne. Scarce complete set of unrestored First Edition, First printings of the three books which when combined create THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Trilogy by Jules Verne. A stunning set in vibrant cloth and clean, crisp pages. Please note the US editions preceded the UK editions and are considered more collectible Dropped From The Clouds, 1875: The book is in beautiful unrestored condition with crisp, clean beveled green cloth boards with an bright unfaded gilt scene to the front and gilt motiffs to spine. The book has sharp corners with no edgewear. Perfect original end papers with no owner names, no bookplates and no inscriptions. The interior pages are clean withOUT the typical stains and foxing. Instead this is a very clean, crisp book with but two pages with margin discolorations, otherwise no handling marks, no stains, no writing, no bent pages and no foxing. The binding is tight and square. Abandoned, 1875: The book is in beautiful unrestored condition with vibrant green cloth with crisp, clean beveled boards with a bright gilt scene to the front and gilt motiffs to spine. The book has sharp corners with no edgwear. Perfect original end papers with no owner names, no bookplates and no inscriptions. Very crisp and clean internally withOUT the typical stains and foxing. Instead this is a very clean, crisp copy with no handling marks, no stains, no writing, no bent pages, no handling marks and no foxing. The binding is tight and square. The Secret Of The Island, 1876: The book is in beautiful unrestored condition with crisp, clean beveled terra cotta cloth boards with a bright unfaded gilt scene to the front and gilt motiffs to spine. The book has sharp corners with no edgewear, and no rubbing. Perfect original end papers with no owner names, no bookplates and no inscriptions, but the second blank page has a period inscription dated 1876, from the year the book was published. Very crisp and clean internally withOUT the typical stains and foxing. Instead this is a very clean, crisp copy with no handling marks, no stains, no writing, no bent pages, no handling marks and no foxing. The binding is tight and square. A very handsome set of these three books in scarce unrestored highly collectible condition. Examples of this important set of books with stunning gilt and withOUT the excessive staining or excessive wear and broken bindings as is typically found with Verne books are extremely difficult to locate. Presents extremely well on the shelf! ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other SciFi listings.
ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY

ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY

ROBERT HEINLEIN Limited Numbered First Edition, First Printing Near fine book with a vibrant dust jacket, signed by Heinlein on the limited edition page as Number 13. Inscribed by the author on the limitation page: ?To C.A. Prohaska, Sincerely, R.A. Heinlein? and hand-numbered 13 of 500 Limited signed Firsts. Robert Heinlein signed very few books, other than his few limited editions. (Compare the rarity of his signature, yet alone an inscription, to others of his contemporaries such as Bradbury, Asimov or Clarke.) The book is in lovely near fine condition with terra cotta red boards with some faint discoloration. Gilt titles to spine. The boards have No edgewear, very sharp corners, and a square and tight binding. Robert Heinlein inscribed the book to ?To C.A. Prohaska, Sincerely, R.A. Heinlein? and hand-numbered the edition as 13 of 500 Limited signed Firsts. The interior of the book in in fine unread condition with bright, flat and clean pages with no marks, no inscriptions, no foxing, no stains and no age toning to the pages. The original owner?s bookplate is neatly obscured behind the front flap of the jacket, however we found the artwork to be a stunning ?Cartier bookplate? with spectacular art, so we have included an image of the bookplate in the listing. Internally the book appears as unread. Beautiful condition book. Please see images. The original unrestored dust jacket is in very good condition with some slight rubbing and nicking. Please see images for more details. Scarce signed and inscribed collectible book in great condition. Would make a wonderful special gift for a Heinlein collector. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for additional rare SciFi titles
WINNIE THE POOH

WINNIE THE POOH

A.A MILNE Methuen & Co, London, 1926 First Edition, First Printing Beautiful crisp near fine book with the scarce original first edition, first state dust jacket. The book is in extraordinary condition considering that many children?s book are usually found ?well loved and read?. The book is clean beautiful condition with crisp green cloth boards, with bright unfaded gilt titles to spine and front. The book has sharp corners and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean and in perfect condition being unusually fresh and bright for this title and with no bookplates, no owner names, no bookstore stamps and no stains. The internal pages are clean and bright with No handling marks, No stains, No writing, No bent pages. Bright gilt to the top of the page block as issued. Beautiful clean, highly collectible example of this title. Please see images. The scarce original dust jacket has benefited from very very slight restoration to the upper spine tip by an expert paper conservator and as such presents as a near fine example. The jacket has strong vibrant color with nO rips, no chips, no edgewear, no fading, and no rubbing. The jacket is the first state of the first edition showing the requisite 117th thousand to first line of the rear inner flap and the 7/6 Net price to the spine. A beautiful example of this fragile dust jacket. Please see detailed images. A very handsome example of this title. Presents beautifully on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other rare children's books and original illustration artwork.