Parks, Suzan-Lori Suzan-Lori Parks. BETTING ON THE DUST COMMANDER (PRACTICE MAKES PRACTICE MAKES). New York: The New Dramatists' Plays published by the Playwrights' Press. No date, but probably 1991. This is her first published play, and its first performance, with its cast of two, was produced in 1987 by Suzan-Lori Parks in the Lower East Side at a bar called the Gas Station. It ran for three nights. In contrast, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002 for her play Topdog / Underdog. The first Pulitzer for a African-American woman playwright. The book is in bright, wonderful condition, in bright orange wrappers printed in black with no markings of any kind in the 28-page text. On close examination, there is a very light fold in the upper right hand corner of the front wrapper. Parks was born in 1953 in Fort Knox, Kentucky and traveled with her family to various army postings. She attended high school in Germany and was encouraged to apply to Mount Holyoke College. There she was introduced to James Baldwin who mentored her literary development. This is a very scarce book, and quite important.
McClatchy, J. D. and Thorne, Francis. This listing consists of two items relating to an early performance of the opera, Mario and the Magician, based on the story by Thomas Mann. The first item is a folder containing the libretto by J. D. (Sandy) McClatchy. There are 25 loose copied sheets, with a title sheet and 24 numbered sheets of the libretto text held together with a paper clip. The text appears on the rectos only. The folder cover has a label reading: MARIO AND THE MAGICIAN / Libretto by J.D. McClatchy / Music by Francis Thorne / After the story by Thomas Mann. A printed label reading: AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA 37 West 65th Street / New York, NY 10023 / Tel & Fax / Francis Thorne / President. is inserted in the inside folder left side. Above the card, written in ink, are the tel. numbers of Dorothy Danner, Miriam Charney, Francis Thorne, and J.D. McClatchy, as well as Francis Thorne's home address, and two additional tel. numbers. The folder cover is in dark blue ink with inner sides white and measures 9-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches. The second item, measuring 12 x 14 inches, and spiral bound, has a cover label reading: Francis Thorne / MARIO AND THE MAGICIAN / Libretto by J.D. McClatchy / piano/vocal score. There is a cover page, followed by 113 pages of piano / vocal score music with libretto. At the bottom of Pg. 1 is the copyright notice for Francis Thorne & J.D. McClatchy. Please contact the seller for more information.
Eliot, T. S. T. S. Eliot's major early book of criticism, featuring "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and articles on Marlowe, Jonson, Massinger ("One of the surest of tests is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal;"), Swinburne, Blake, and others. This is the first American edition, published by Alfred A. Knopf, using the bound original British sheets with a tipped in Knopf title page. The book is fine, in blue cloth blind stamped on the front panel and with very bright gilt lettering and design on the spine. The binding is firm and there are no markings in the text. The British issue was published by Methuen in 1920, and 365 sets of sheets were sent to the U. S. for publication in 1921. In a Knopf dust jacket printed on the front panel and spine, with the front and rear flaps and rear panel blank. This jacket has some light chipping at the extremities but is quite rare. [Gallup, A5b]
Stevens, Wallace A Prospero pamphlet printed for The Gotham Book Mart at The Banyan Press in March 1948. One of the copies bound in orange wrappers. Published June 17, 1948, at $1.25, in an edition of 500 copies. A fine copy, with no chip or folds, but one small closed tear on the rear wrapper, The text is crisp with no markings. The printer stated that there was no priority among the three wrapper colors of olive green, orange, and bright green. [Edelstein A13]
Koestenbaum, Wayne Wayne Koestenbaum's first of eight collections of poetry, and second book. This is a review copy in as new condition with no markings in the text. In addition to his poetry, he has written widely on contemporary art and published several novels. The rear panel of the dust jacket has blurbs by Richard Howard, J.D. McClatchy, and Joyce Carol Oates.
Carter, Agnes L. This is the original edition published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 1883, NOT A PRINT ON DEMAND copy. This book is in fine condition for a clothbound book of its period. It consists of the long title poem, and a section of shorter works called Wild Flowers. A wonderful example, beautifully printed and bound with elegant leaf-designed end papers in tan cloth with bright and attractive gilt lettering on the front panel and spine, of a typical collection of poems of the time.
Charlton L Edholm Jungle Birds by C L Edholm is part of the John Hamilton 'Ace Series', a First Edition undated but published by Hamilton in 1937 other Ace Series titles listed up to 1936. In Very Good condition with some wear and minor chips to the original dust jacket but pretty much complete, remains of small price sticker to front. Book itself is at least VG.
Christensen, Lars Oslo, Norway: Johan Grundt Tanum, 1938, First Edition. 4to 23.5 cm. 18pp including black-and-white frontpiece portrait of Lars Christensen, 25 black-and-white photographic images on 9 plates, two photographic maps, cartographic end leaves. Publishers textural dark brown paper-covered boards, publishers printed label to the upper board. No prior ownership markings. A near fine and complete copy in excellent condition. Scarce. This publication is a production of a lecture delivered before the Norwegian Geographical Society on September 22, 1937. Lars Christensen had a deep interest in Antarctica and its animal life. He was particularly interested in making geographical discoveries, and gave his captains wide latitude to do so. He financed several expeditions specifically devoted to the exploration of the Antarctic continent and its waters, and he personally participated in some of these, bringing his wife Ingrid with him in the 19361937 expedition. He was among the first to use aerial surveying with seaplanes to map the coast of East Antarctica, which he completed from the Weddell Sea to the Shackleton Ice Shelf, concentrating on Bouvetøya and the region from Enderby Land to Coats Land. From the seaplane brought on the 19361937 expedition, members took 2,200 oblique aerial photographs, covering 6,250 square miles (16,200 km2). Wikipedia
Byrd, Richard E. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. With a foreword by William A. Moffett. Octavo 25.0 cm., , xv, [1, blank], 348 pp. Ten photogravure plates, with descriptive tissue guards, and forty-six photographic plates on twenty-three leaves (58 illustrations total); fold-out map at end. Publishers ¾ blue cloth with bright gilt ruling on boards with spine stamped in bright gilt. Edges untrimmed. A Near Fine copy. Mounted on the front pastedown endpaper is a portion of the fabric (showing both sides) which covered the plane Josephine Ford on her historic flight over the North Pole on May 9th, 1926. Arctic Bibliography 2592 One of five hundred hand-numbered copies signed by R E Byrd and G P Putnams Sons -- this being copy #6. In excellent condition exterior and interior; hinges tight and pages unmarked and crisp.
Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic, The Flight to the South Pole — Authors Autographed Deluxe Edition — Signed by R E Byrd and G.P. Putnams Sons.Byrd, Richard E. New York: Putnams Sons,1930. First Deluxe Edition. Sm4to 25.1cm. , Xvi, 436 Pp. With 74 photographic illustrations and maps including two fold-out maps. In publishers ¾ white vellum over blue paper-boards. Taurus 114. The official account of Byrds initial Antarctic expedition, the first American expedition of its kind. The book is named for the base camp Little America from which Byrd conducted his expedition, setting up radio towers and airstrips, which revolutionized Arctic exploration. Byrd was perhaps the most famous American polar explorer. Many believe Byrds introduction of aerial, snowmobile and radio technologies marked the end of the heroic age of Antarctic explorations, which was replaced by the mechanical age. A near fine copy.
Discovery Deluxe Limited Edition — The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition. Signed by R E ByrdByrd, Richard New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1935, First Edition Deluxe Limited and signed Issue this being copy #175. 1st printing, 8vo 25.1cm. [xxi], (1), 405pp rough cut edges and this copy un-trimmed. Appendix, Indexed, maps and over 100 photographic illustrations, gilt speckled end leaves, publishers ¾ blue cloth and vellum boards with bright gilt ruling; bright gilt title and ruling on lightly darkened spine cloth. A Near Fine and complete copy. Conrad p291, Spence 229, Taurus 119. Combining the most primitive means and the most modern while traveling by ship, dog team and airplane, Admiral Byrd and his men penetrated to the very heart of the Antarctic. In all, twenty two branches of science profited from the discoveries during this expedition. Among the numerous firsts that resulted were: the Antarctic ice cap was tapped by seismic soundings and the depth of the ice determined; on the rim of the polar plateau 180 miles from the South Pole, a sledging party discovered the petrified remnants of semi-tropical vegetation, and on the glacierized slopes of the Edsel Ford Range another party discovered a rare profusion of Antarctic flora hinting of mineral wealth and microscopic life. A well-written and informative first-person account.
Bernacchi, Louis London: E. Allom, & Co Ltd. 1930, First Edition. 8vo 21.2 cm., 115pp. 2 maps on one large fold-out plate attached to rear cover, publishers soft paper wrappers with figures of polar bear and penguins on front cover, penguins, seal, walrus and mollusk on back cover and spine lettered with black title. Beginning foxing on title page and preliminaries, no prior ownership name. Foreword by L.C. Bernacchi. Signed L.C. Bernacchi, Physician, Capt. Scott Expedition, 1901-4 on the title page. A Very Good+ copy of this Scarce publication. This unique copy being signed in graphite by L.C. Bernacchi on the upper main title page. Spence 125, Taurus 134, Renard 113, Rosove 1026. The Polar Book is an attempt to bring together various aspects of polar work by means of short authoritative articles. Published in conjunction with the British Polar Expedition of 1930, with contributions from some of Britains most noted polar explorers to include Hugh Mill, Frank Debenham, GC Simpson, CS Wright, JM Wordie, GT Atkinson, Dr. G Murray-Levick, Dr. RH Rudmose Brown, HG Watkins and LC Bernacchi.
Sydpolen: Den Norske Sydpolsfaerd med Fram 1910-1912 — The South Pole: The Norwegian South Pole Expedition with Fram]1910-1912. Complete as published in 40 parts — with tipped-in signature of Roald AmundsenAmundsen, Roald Kristiania: Jacob Dybwads, [May-September] 1912. 40 parts, First Edition, First Printing. 8vo. Collated Complete with: Sepia photographic frontispiece of Amundsen, 47 plate leaves, 4 maps including 3 coloured two being fold-out, numerous text illustrations, publisher s instructions for private binders at front of Part XXI. Original paper wrappers decorated with circular photograph set within a surround of penguins, the first two parts coloured silver and the remainder light blue-green as called for. All 40 parts complete and in Very Good to Good+ condition; pages untrimmed as issued. RARE original 40 parts First Issue of Amundsen s classic account of his victorious expedition to the South Pole. Rosove 8.A1.1 VERY RARE ORIGINAL PARTS ISSUE of Amundsen's classic account of his victorious expedition to the South Pole. Amundsen disembarked from the Fram at Buenos Aires in May 1912 to meet his sponsor Don Pedro Christophersen. He was invited to stay on one of Christophersen's estancias to write up his account of the expedition. The Fram returned home without him, leaving Buenos Aires on 7 June 1912, the second anniversary of their departure from Christiania. The sudden contrast was not lost on Amundsen: 'Here I am, sitting in the shade of palms, surrounded by the most wonderful vegetation, enjoying the most magnificent fruits, and writing -- the history of the South Pole. What an infinite distance seems to separate that region from these surroundings! And yet it is only four months since my gallant comrades and I reached the coveted spot . On December 14, 1911, five men stood at the southern end of our earth's axis, planted the Norwegian flag there, and named the region after the man for whom they would all gladly have offered their lives -- King Haakon VII. Thus the veil was torn aside for all time, and one of the greatest of our earth's secrets had ceased to exist. Since I was one of the five who, on that December afternoon, took part in this unveiling, it has fallen to my lot to write -- the history of the South Pole'. With: the original publisher s decorative boards issued to bind the 40 parts. With: tipped in signature of Roald Amundsen Noticeably lacking the heroic tone of Scott's accounts, Amundsen's typically modest narrative of the Norwegian endeavor 'speaks of what is achieved, not of their hardships. Every word a manly one. That is the mark of the right man, quiet and strong' (Nansen, Introduction). Written before the outcome of Scott's Terra Nova Expedition was known, the differences between the two expeditions were already being outlined, and the battle-lines in what would become an ongoing debate already being drawn: 'For the victory is not due to the great inventions of the present day and the many new appliances of every kind. The means used are of immense antiquity, the same as were known to the nomad thousands of years ago, when he pushed forward across the snow-covered plains of Siberia and Northern Europe. But everything, great and small, was thoroughly thought out, and the plan was splendidly executed. It is the man that matters, here as everywhere. Let no one come and prate about luck and chance. Amundsen's luck is that of the strong man who looks ahead' (Nansen, ibid). This original parts issue of Sydpolen was followed by Jacob Dybwads' 2-volume edition and translated immediately into English, Danish, French, and German. Rosove lists only 2 copies of the original parts issue (one of which lacks the binding advertisement and instructions) calling it 'VERY SCARCE'. He lists no copies in public institutions. Most part issues were bound together by contemporary binders, the original printed wrappers being 'variably retained', and even these bound sets Rosove considers 'uncommon' (4 listings). No set of the original parts issue is recorded at auction by ABPC since 1975
Percy F. Westerman One of the scarcest Westerman titles in VG / VG-condition. 1st Edition published by Jarrold and Sons in 1914. Lacking one of the 9 plates, nibbles to some page top corners. Inscription dated Dec 1919. I don't know of any other printings other than the First Edition. A pleasing copy of this rare title and worthy of most collections.
An Oration Spoken Before “The Connecticut Society, for the Promotion of Freedom and the Relief of Persons Unlawfully Holden in Bondage.” Convened in Hartford, on the 8th Day of May, A.D. 1794AFRICAN-AMERICANA] DWIGHT, Theodore Early such piece arguing against slavery, delivered by the Federalist lawyer and cousin of Aaron Burr. The Society was founded just four years previously, in 1790, and Dwight would work assiduously as an attorney representing free black New Yorkers who had been kidnapped to be placed on the slave market. "Although he wrote too much and too rapidly for lasting fame, his political articles were bright and spicy" ("Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1888), Vol. II, p. 282). EVANS 26922; SABIN 21530. Octavo (19.5cm.); disbound; 24pp.; [A]-C4. Title page and last leaf of text (serving as upper and rear wrappers) separated but present, upper wrapper rather soiled, extremities chipped and a bit brittle. A Good, serviceable copy only.