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Los Gangsters De Stalin [The Gangsters of Stalin]

TROTZKY [Trotsky], León (1874-1940) First Printing of Leon Trotsky's fragile, final book, published one month after his assassination, apparently at the behest of Joseph Stalin. In Spanish, with a prologue by Adolfo Zamora. 8vo (194 x 125mm): 191,[1]pp. Original Illustrated wrappers. fore-edge untrimmed. Wrappers lightly soiled, with very minor edge wear; cheap, wartime paper embrowned but not brittle. A superlative survival, especially scarce in this condition. A compilation of writings representing Trotsky's final crusade against Stalinism and the propaganda campaign that Joseph Stalin launched to justify Trotsky's assassination. In January, 1929, Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union for criticizing Stalin's suppression of democracy in the Communist Party and for failing to develop adequate economic planning. After four years in Turkey, Trotsky lived briefly in France and then Norway, and in 1936 was granted asylum in Mexico, where he settled with his family in a suburb of Mexico City, Three years later, during Stalin's purges of his political foes, Trotsky was found guilty of treason in absentia. He survived a machine-gun attack on his home but on August 20, 1940, fell prey to a Spanish Communist, Ramon Mercader, who fatally wounded him with an ice-pick. Trotsky died from his wounds the next day. 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 Oregon Trail : Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life [Review Copy]

PARKMAN, Francis (1823-1893) Fourth Edition, Revised, of Parkman's classic account of a summer tour, in 1846, of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas, "with a view of studying the manners and character of Indians in their primitive state." 8vo (208 x 132mm): xii,381 Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, upper cover with gilt vignette of Sioux warrior, brown coated end papers. Blind stamp "With the Publishers Compliments" on title page. Pages marginally toned, else a superlative copy, square and tight with bright gilt. Grolier (American) 100, 58. PMM 327. Howes P 97. Sabin 58801. Wagner-Camp 170. BAL 15461. Streeter III, 1814-16 (for first editions). Field 1177 ("It is not too high praise of his work to say, that his pictures of savage life are not excelled by the narratives which had their birth in the personal experiences of Washington Irving, or the imagination of Fenimore Cooper."). Holliday 853. Larned 2062 ("one of the classics of western narratives. . . . No other book on the West has enjoyed equal popularity."). Hubach, p. 100. Originally serialized in twenty-one installments in Knickerbocker's Magazine (1847-49), Parkman's account is "one part history and two parts travel narrative and adventure story. . . . There are many and better accounts of life among the settlers of the West; but Parkman has given us a unique picture of life in a Sioux village before it was changed and eventually destroyed by contact with the white man. . . . By what Parkman called 'a sly trick' the publisher of the first book edition changed the title to The California and Oregon Trail, Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life, hoping to capitalize on public interest in the California Gold Rush. . . . Eventually [when Little, Brown, in this edition] decided to reissue the work in 1872 with a new preface by the author, Parkman insisted on a return to the original title, The Oregon Trail." (PMM) 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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Tenant Farmer [Signed]

CALDWELL, Erskine (1903-1987) Caldwell's scalding indictment of tenant farming and sharecropping in the Depression-era South, reserving especial contempt for Eugene Talmadge, then governor of Georgia. Signed by Caldwell on the title page. Slim 8vo (195 x 135mm): 30,[2]pp. Drab green stapled wrappers, upper cover lettered in orange. Previous owner's name to inside front cover, else a handsome example with only very light wear to extremities. Somewhat scarce (according to Blanck, "Said to be but 1,500 copies in the first printing). Blanck, p.95. Appears as "Southern Tenant Farmers" in the author's first collection of nonfiction pieces, Some American People. First in a planned series of political pamphlets by prominent authors to be commissioned by this radical publisher, but apparently no others were published. Caldwell concludes: "The landowner-tenant system should not be permitted to exist. . . . No other system has yet appeared on the scene to take its place, and until it does, the demoralizing spectacle of seeing thousands of men, women, and children, both black and white, being cheated and squeezed and crucified by a profit system that should have no foothold in modern civilization-until a better system arrives, the present one should make the American people hang their heads in 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 Oregon Trail

PARKMAN, Francis (1823-1893) First Printing of this edition with numerous illustrations by James Daugherty of Parkman's classic account of a summer tour, in 1846, of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas, "with a view of studying the manners and character of Indians in their primitive state." . Introduction by Mark Van Doren, Tall, thick 8vo (212 x 141mm): xvii,[1],385,[1]pp. Publisher's finely woven butterscotch cloth, spine lettered in maroon, upper cover with maroon vignette of Sioux warrior and galloping mount, double-page pictorial title (in addition to letterpress title), fore-edge untrimmed; beautifully illustrated dust jacket priced $1.00. A superlative example, tightly bound and all but pristine. Grolier (American) 100, 58. PMM 327. Field 1177 ("It is not too high praise of his work to say, that his pictures of savage life are not excelled by the narratives which had their birth in the personal experiences of Washington Irving, or the imagination of Fenimore Cooper."). Larned 2062 ("one of the classics of western narratives. . . . No other book on the West has enjoyed equal popularity."). Originally serialized in twenty-one installments in Knickerbocker's Magazine (1847-49), Parkman's account is "one part history and two parts travel narrative and adventure story. . . . There are many and better accounts of life among the settles of the West; but Parkman has given us a unique picture of life in a Sioux village before it was changed and eventually destroyed by contact with the white man. . . . By what Parkman called 'a sly trick' the publisher of the first book editions changed the title to The California and Oregon Trail, Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life, hoping to capitalize on public interest in the California Gold Rush. . . . Eventually [when Little, Brown, in this edition] decided to reissue the work in 1872 with a new preface by the author, Parkman insisted on a return to the original title, The Oregon Trail." (PMM) 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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Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays

Eric Arthur Blair, writing as:] ORWELL, George (1903-1950) First Printing of First American Edition (so stated), presenting two of Orwell's best essays, the title piece and The Hanging; one of 4,000 copies printed. 8vo (201 x 130mm): [8],200pp. Publisher's grey linen grain cloth, spine stamped in silver gilt; white dust jacket printed in blue and black and priced $2.75. Reordered, else identical to British edition. About Fine (trace of shelf wear), about Fine jacket (back panel somewhat creased). Fenwick D.3b. A collection of eighteen essays, many of which appeared previously in various periodicals. The title piece is based on Orwell's experience with the Indian Imperial Police, in Moulmein, in Lower Burma. Responding to a report of the death of a local man who was killed by an elephant, Orwell finds the man "lying on his belly with arms crucified and head sharply twisted to the side." Despite Orwell's aversion to shooting the elephant, he becomes suddenly aware that he will lose face and be humiliated if he does not, and the trigger is pulled. The pachyderm's death is reported in excruciating detail. 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] The Road To Wigan Pier [True First]

Eric Arthur Blair, writing as:] ORWELL, George (1903-1950) Paperback Original ("Left Book Club Edition / Not For Sale To The Public"), the true first edition preceding the trade casebound issue of 2,150 copies. As many as 44,000 copies were printed, but relatively few have survived in collectible condition. Tall, thick 8vo (216 x 139mm): xxiv,264pp, with 32 full-page black-and-white photographic reproductions on coated stock of Welsh coal miners and of slums in the East End of London. Firmly bound in original orange limp cloth lettered in black. Binding lightly dust-soiled, short diagonal crease to back cover, else clean and bright throughout. Fenwick A.5a. The culmination of almost two months Orwell spent, in 1936, in Lancashire and Yorkshire researching conditions of the poor and unemployed in northern England. The book is divided into two parts, the first comprising Orwell's descriptive sociological investigation, the second a long essay on the author's middle-class upbringing and the development of his political conscience, questioning British attitudes towards socialism. According to Orwell's biographer, publisher Victor Gollancz, a dedicated social reformer, tried to persuade Orwell's agent to allow the Left Book Club edition to consist solely of the descriptive first half of the book, omitting the "repugnant" second half, which Gollancz feared would be misinterpreted, and that the mostly middle-class members of the Left Book Club would be offended. When Orwell refused, Gollancz added a foreword, while Orwell was off in Spain fighting in the Civil War, in which he raised caveats about the judgments and conclusions in Part Two. The forward does not appear in the later first trade edition. 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 Malay Archipelago : the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise : a narrative of travel with studies of man and nature

WALLACE, Alfred Russel (1823-1913) Early reprint of "one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB) and Wallace's magnum opus, chronicling his eight-year sojourn through the Malay Archipelago. 8vo (196 x 129mm): xvii,[3],515,[1]pp, with tissue-guarded frontispiece, title-page vignette, 10 unnumbered maps (2 folding), and 51 full- or partial-page engravings by Thomas Baines, Walter Hood Fitch, John Gerrard Keulemans, E. W. Robinson, Joseph Wolf, and T. W. Wood. Original publisher's green pebbled cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, black coated end papers. A gorgeous copy, sound binding (though slightly rolled), minor marks to covers, very occasional foxing, but an excellent example in original cloth of Wallace's most important work. Norman 2176 (for first edition). Garrison-Morton 7439. A nearly identical reprint of the 1890 tenth edition, including bibliographical references and index. Originally published, in two volumes, in 1869. The Malay Archipelago, dedicated to Charles Darwin (Wallace independently conceived the theory of evolution through natural selection), gives accounts of Wallace's scientific exploration of Malaysia, Singapore, the islands of Indonesia (the Dutch East Indies), and the island of New Guinea, detailing each island's physical and human geography, volcanoes, and flora and fauna. Sailing some 14,000 miles from island to island in native crafts, Wallace collected an astonishing 125,000 natural history specimens (of mollusks, mammals, and reptiles), and discovered more than 200 species of birds and 1000 insects. 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.
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Photobook] Quiet Days In Clichy

BRASSAI] MILLER, Henry (1891-1980) Second Edition of this short novel, celebrating love, art, and the Bohemian life, with 29 full-page photogravures (recto and verso, of which one verso only and one double-page photomontage) of Paris after dark by Brassai (pseudonym of Gyula Halász). Small 8vo (172 x 103mm): 171,[3]pp (because of a binding error, the blank leaf (pp. 175-176) of the first edition was inserted following p. 170, giving the appearance of two fewer pages). Original thick card wrappers with wraparound abstract design, by T. Tajiri, in grey, yellow, and black; text printed on thick white wove paper in dark brown ink. About Fine (slight spine lean, trivial edge wear) of this fragile volume. Shifreen & Jackson A100c. Kearney 1.16.2. Auer 364. O'Roark Collection A182 (first edition). Originally published in 1956. Both Quiet Days in Clichy and the accompanying short story, "Mara-Marignan," date from the time of Tropic of Cancer, when Miller was an obscure, penniless writer in Paris. A few months after he returned to New York, in 1940, a quick moneymaking opportunity, writing pornography for an Oklahoma erotica collector, named Roy M. Johnson, came his way. Early drafts of "Mara-Marignan" and Quiet Days in Clichy were the result. Johnson was not impressed; he found Miller's prose to be "too poetic," and the manuscripts went missing-"lost for over ten years," Miller wrote in 1956-then "turned up miraculously." Miller rewrote both stories, in Big Sur, in May of that year. The photographs of 1930s Paris are of street-scenes of prostitutes; sailors fondling women in cafes, young people flirting, kissing, dancing, and drinking. 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] The History of the Abbey Church of St. Peter’s Westminster, Its Antiquities and Monuments in Two Volumes

ACKERMANN, R[udolph]., 1764-1834 [William Combe, 1742-1823] Large 4to (332 x 265mm): xviii,330,[6]; [4],275,[5]pp, with 80 hand-colored aquatint plates of stained glass, mosaics, tombs, monuments, and architectural details; hand-colored line engraving; plan of the church, and engraved portrait of William Vincent. Complete with both half titles and list of subscribers; text by William Combe and plates after F. Mackenzie, A. Pugin, and others. Full contemporary tree calf (neatly rebacked), spine in six compartments between raised bands ruled and rolled in gilt, two morocco lettering piece gilt, all edges marbled, engraved armorial book plate of William Popham of Oriel College and later incumbent of Christ Church, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. An excellent, square set, beautifully bound, several quires foxed or toned, virtually all plates offset onto opposing pages, else a bright, wide-margined example. Hardie, p. 103-04. Abbey (Scenery) 213 and 214. Tooley 2. Adams 108. Prideaux, p. 331. So-called Second Issue (with first plate in v. 2, Aymer de Valance, signed in error "A. Pugin" instead of "F. Mackenzie" (as Abbey's copy). Originally published in sixteen monthly numbers. Ackermann intended The History of the Abbey Church as a "companion and continuation" of his magnificent Microcosm of London. (Hardie) "A book that should be highly rated both as an exhaustive pictorial record of the Abbey and for its individual architectural plates, beautifully composed and aquatinted with the addition of discreet colour just sufficient to suggest the cloistered intimacy of sunlight filtered by lofty windows onto fretted stone, wood and metal." (Adams). 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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Erotica] Passions’ Evil

A. de M. [ascribed to Alfred de Musset] English translation, by Austryn Wainhouse, of Gamiani, ou Deux Nuits d'excès, an erotic French novel, issued in a limited edition of 750, this copy unnumbered (as are many, as was the copy Kearney examined for his bibliography). Small 8vo (182 x 130mm): [8],9-120,[4]pp. Stiff white wrappers, all edges trimmed, printed on heavy white wove paper; French blue dust jacket printed in black, upper cover framed by border of white six-pointed stars. An exceptionally nice copy (trivial edge wear to jacket, with spine panel darkened a degree), internally pristine, and quite scarce thus. Kearney 1.7.1.`. The first edition, which is of extreme rarity, was published in 1833 at Paris with the false imprint Bruxelles, illustrated with twelve erotic lithographs. The novel is usually ascribed to Alfred de Musset, and the lesbian eponymous heroine is thought to be a portrait of his lover, George Sand. The Countess Gamiani, a young girl named Fanny, and a young man named Alcide spend two nights sharing their bodies and their intimate histories, which include the rape of one in a monastery and the nearly fatal debauchment of another in a convent, as well as encounters with a number of animals, including an ape and a donkey. 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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Principia Mathematica

WHITEHEAD, Alfred North (1861-1947) and Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) First reprint, complete in three volumes, of the Second Edition of this landmark work in formal logic, showing that mathematics could be derived solely from logical concepts and by logical methods. Thick, tall 8vo (242 x 163mm): xlvi,674; xxxi,[1],742; viii,491,[1]pp. Publisher's black finely woven cloth, spines stamped in gilt; drab green dust jackets printed in black. A Fine set, tightly bound, mild toning to heavy coated stock (as often) but generally clean and bright throughout; Near Fine or better jackets with brief edge wear and darkening to spine panels. Blackwell & Ruja A9.2c. Originally published in three volumes, in 1910, 1912, and 1913, with a second edition appearing in 1925 (Volume I) and 1927 (Volumes II and III). Of that edition, Whitehead later provided this seemingly dismissive commentary: "The great labour of supervising the second edition of Principia Mathematica has been solely undertaken by Mr. Bertrand Russell. All the new matter in that edition is due to him, unless it shall be otherwise expressly stated." The "new matter" includes elements on the theory of deductions, mathematical induction, and truth functions, as well as an important Introduction, a revised Appendix A, and all-new appendices B and C. "Along with Aristotle's Organon and Gottlob Frege's Grundgesetze der Arithmetik, [the Principia Mathematica] remains one of the most influential books on logic ever written." (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 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 Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays [Le Mythe de Sisyphe]

CAMUS, Albert (1913-1960) First American Edition of Camus's most explicit philosophical pronouncement. 8vo (213 x 140mm): [2],viii,212,[2]pp. Publisher's saffron paper-covered boards, stamped in blind, backed by black cloth spine lettered in gold; typographic dust jacket (price-clipped) printed in French blue and black. Upper board edges lightened, one corner worn, else a tight, clean, bright example, with jacket's spine panel very lightly faded. Roeming 0453. First published by Gallimard, in 1942, as Le Mythe de Sisyphe and translated into English for this edition by Justin O'Brien, in 1955, in which Camus introduces the concept of the absurd and outlines his belief that "the individual has worth but lives in a world that denies such worth. The absurd is the clash between the order for which the human mind strives and the lack of order that one finds in the world." (enotes) In addition to the title essay, included are several miscellaneous pieces: a discussion of Franz Kafka, a self-interview on the responsibility of the artist, and four personal evocations of the landscape of Algeria. 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 Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects

DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882) A later but Very Fine printing (sixth Impression of the second edition) in the publisher's standard green binding. 8vo (190 x 122mm): xiv,300,[4]pp, with one folding plate and 38 woodcuts in the text. Publisher's green cloth, covers paneled in blind, spine stamped in gilt, chocolate coated end papers, top edge rough-trimmed. (There exists another, probably later, state, unrecorded by Freeman, with white end papers, lighter cloth, slightly different tooling to spine, and lacking "London" in the imprint.) Fly leaf foxed, with previous owner's name, else highly presentable, virtually pristine and tightly bound, the gilt remarkably fresh and bright. Freeman F814. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 1765. Following on the heels of publication of On the Origin of Species, this was Darwin's first detailed demonstration of the power of natural selection, explaining how complex ecological relationships resulted in the coevolution of orchids and insects. According to Asa Gray, the most important American botanist of the 19th century, "If the Orchid-book (with a few trifling omissions) had appeared before the 'Origin,' the author would have been canonised rather than anathematised by the natural theologians," and he notes that a review in the Literary Churchman found only one fault, "that Mr. Darwin's expression of admiration at the contrivances in orchids is too indirect a way of saying, 'O Lord, how manifold are Thy works.'" Darwin himself wrote to John Murray on September 24th, 1861, "I think this little volume will do good to the "Origin", as it will show that I have worked hard at details." Orchids "was concerned with working out in detail the relationships between sexual structures of orchids and the insects which fertilise them, their evolution being attributed to natural selection. It is therefore the first of the volumes of supporting evidence. It was much praised by botanists, but sold only about 6,000 copies before the turn of the century. . . . I have not seen any figure for the number of copies printed [for the first edition], although it cannot have been more than 2,000 and was probably less." (Freeman) 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.).
The Divine comedy of Dante Alighieri / translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [in three volumes: I. Inferno. II. Purgatorio. III. Paradiso]

The Divine comedy of Dante Alighieri / translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [in three volumes: I. Inferno. II. Purgatorio. III. Paradiso]

LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth, translates] Dante Alighieri First American Edition "of the first complete, and in many respects still the best, English translation of The Divine Comedy." (Luzzi) With bibliographical and critical notes. The translation in each volume is preceded by two of Longfellow's sonnets on translating the epic poem. Royal octavo (248 x 170mm): vii,[5],414; vi,[4],410; vi,[4],452pp. Publisher's original green C cloth, beveled boards, spines and upper covers lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed, chocolate-colored coated fly end papers, titles pages in red and black, faded contemporary gift inscription on front fly leaves, dated December 25, 1869. An excellent, wide-margined set with only light wear and soiling to cloth; minor rubbing and wear to bindings, text blocks free of foxing and tightly bound. BAL 12139,12146. Chamberlain, p. 67-69, 71-73, 75. Chew XXV. Each volume of the translation was originally printed in a private issue of 10 copies between 1865 and 1867. For the first published edition, the translation was revised and notes and an index were added. Between April 13 and September 27, 1867, four printings went through the presses. Our three volume set comprises a second or third printing (p. 223, note 116 reads: Vedrai gli antichi spiriti dolenti; text ends on p. 414 followed by blank leaf), a second, third, or fourth printing (p. 350, note 32 reads: It will be observed that Dante), Variant C (text ends on p. 410 followed by two blanks and a fly leaf), and an undetermined printing with first state of copyright notice (the "H" in "Henry" is set beneath the first "c" in "according"). Longfellow spent several years translating the poem. To help perfect the translation and review proofs, he invited friends to weekly meetings, starting in 1864. The "Dante Club," as it was called, regularly included William Dean Howells, James Russell Lowell, and Charles Eliot Norton. Longfellow "succeeded in capturing the original brilliance of Dante's lines with a close, sometimes awkwardly literal translation that allows the Tuscan to shine through the English . . . Longfellow's English indeed comes across as Italianate: in surrendering to the letter and spirit of Dante's Tuscan, he loses the quirks and perks of his mother tongue." (Joseph Luzzi, "How to Read Dante in the 21st Century," The American Scholar, Web exclusive, March 22, 2016) 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.
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God’s Little Acre

CALDWELL, Erskine (1903-1987) First Printing of Caldwell's finest novel, combining a powerful story with social protest and experimental narrative techniques. First Edition (so stated). 8vo (189 x 130mm): [6],303,[1]pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gold and green, top edge stained gold, other edges rough-trimmed,title page in maroon and black; Illustrated dust jacket priced $2.50. About Fine, with just a hint of fraying to spine ends, but square and tightly bound, the pages virtually pristine, without a trace of foxing. The lightly toned and dust-soiled dust jacket presents as Near Fine or better after skillful restoration to spine crown (not involving lettering or design). Blanck, p. 94 (erroneously reporting "first edition so stated on copyright page"). Coan, p.56. Hanna 564. The author's sequel (of sorts) to Tobacco Road, critiquing sharecropping and cotton farming while investigating the textile mill as an alternative for Southern workers, bringing Caldwell notoriety and fame (total worldwide sales have been estimated at more than 14 million copies, making it one of the best-selling novels of all time). "Both books were set among the poor whites of [Caldwell's] southern childhood, and both displayed a mixture of muckraking anger and grotesque sexual behavior that upset southern loyalists and northern moralists alike. Despite or because of this, . . . God's Little Acre, after a highly publicized obscenity trial, became one of Caldwell's perennial bestsellers." (ANB). 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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Winner Take Nothing

HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961) First printing ("A" on copyright page and "wo" for "two," p. 159, l. 20 ) of the author's fourth collection of short stories, including his "small masterpiece of existential fiction," "A Clean, Well Lighted Place," which Joyce called "one of the best short stories ever written." (Literary Encyclopedia). 8vo (185 x 126mm): [8],244pp. Publisher's black calico-grain cloth, recessed gold foil labels printed in black on upper cover and spine, top edge stained pinkish-red, fore-edge rough-trimmed; typographic dust jacket, printed in black, yellow, and crimson and priced $2.00, with Stallings review on back panel. About Fine (top stain gently faded), square, tight, and clean throughout; about Fine jacket (very minor restoration to small nick on rear panel, not affecting lettering or design). Hanneman 12A. Grissom A.12.1.a. Six of the fourteen stories in this collection appear here for the first time, and many would be republished often in later collections. Nick Adams, Hemingway's enduring hero, reappears twice, in a war story, "A Way You'll Never Be," and in the final story, "Fathers and Sons." That story "closes a narrative cycle begun in In Our Time with 'Indian Camp' and marks the last chapter in Nick Adams's biography to be published during Hemingway's lifetime." (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.).
The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue [Inscribed Association Copy]

The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue [Inscribed Association Copy]

O'BRIEN, Edna First Omnibus Edition with a "new epilogue by the author." Tall, thick 8vo (235 x 147mm): [8],532pp. Publisher's French blue quarter-cloth over lighter blue paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gold; illustrated dust jacket priced $18.95. Inscribed by O'Brien to American poet Daniel Hoffman, poet laureate of the United States and chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and dated "Dec. 2nd, 1986" (the year of publication). Fine, square, and tightly bound; lightly read (if at all). Brilliant jacket without a hint of fading. O'Brien's momentous debut, banned in Ireland because of sexual content, "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 acquisition of 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." (The Literary Encyclopedia) Note: 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.
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Septimius Felton or The Elixir of Life

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (1804-1864) With a preface by Una Hawthorne. First State (Clark's First Printing, with dropped "I" in "It," l.18, p.42) of Hawthorne's final work, a gothic romance set during the Revolutionary War about a search for the elixir of life. One of only 3000 copies printed. 8vo (172 x 108mm): [4],229,[3,blank, ad leaf]pp. Publisher's decorated blue bold-ribbed moired T cloth (copies were also bound in terra-cotta and green sand-grained C cloth and green and terra-cotta smooth V cloth), front cover and spine decorated in black and lettered in gilt, chocolate coated endpapers. Trivial edge wear, slight spine lean, dusty top edge, else an exemplary example. BAL 7638. Grolier Hawthorne 38. Clark A29.2.a. Browne, p. 68. Wright II,1139. Bleiler (Checklist), p. 96. Bleiler (Guide to Supernatural Fiction) 779. Originally published posthumously in the Atlantic Monthly, taken from an unfinished manuscript discovered by Hawthorne's wife; then in London, where Robert Browning is credited with assisting Hawthorne's daughter, Una, with editing the text. "Although Hawthorne was obviously dissatisfied with Septimius Felton, and modern scholars generally regard it without great enthusiasm, it is a fascinating collection of motifs and involved plot strands in the Romantic Gothic tradition." (Bleiler) The work seems to have inspired H. P. Lovecraft's novella The Dreams in the Witch House. 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] The expression of the emotions in man and animals [Jonathan Miller’s copy]

DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882) Second Issue ('that' misprinted as "htat," l. 1, p. 208) of this "important member of the evolutionary set" (Freeman) and one of the first mass-market books to contain photographs. 8vo (118 x 189mm): vi,374,4(publisher's catalog dated November, 1872)pp, with 7 heliotype plates (three folding) numbered with Arabic numerals, reproducing 30 photographs by Duchenne de Boulogne, O. J. Rejlander, Kindermann, and Dr. Wallich, and 21 wood engravings in the text. Publisher's standard green cloth, spine stamped in gilt, covers paneled in blind, black coated end papers. Signature to head of title page of Jonathan Miller (now Sir Jonathan Miller), English polymath and star of Beyond the Fringe, who wrote, among many books, Darwin for Beginners. Binding skillfully rebacked with original endpapers preserved, minor bubbling to cloth (as often), very occasional light foxing, but generally excellent condition throughout, a bright, complete copy with interesting provenance. Freeman 1141. Imagining Paradise, p. 86. Truthful Lens 43. Written by Darwin on the heels of The Descent of Man, "in part at least, as a confutation of the idea that the facial muscles of expression in man were a special endowment." (Freeman) "With this book Darwin founded the study of ethology (animal behavior) and conveyance of information (communication theory) and made a major contribution to psychology" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography). Not incidentally, it was the "first highly successful use of the collotype [photographic] process of Ernest Edwards. Editions in French and English were issued, as well as an American edition, . . . [but] the London edition [ours] has the most successful reproductions." (Truthful Lens) Six of the 30 photographs originally appeared in Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine, a pioneering study of the effects on the skin of muscle contraction induced by electrical shock. Darwin's publisher warned that including photographs "would poke a terrible hole in the profits." 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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In Your Garden; [together with] In Your Garden Again; [and] More for Your Garden; [and] Even More for Your Garden

SACKVILLE-WEST, V. (Vita,1892-1962) About Fine First Impressions of the complete set (four volumes) of Sackville-West's garden books, in the correct matching, beautifully illustrated dust jackets (none price-clipped). Tall 8vo (200 x 128mm): 237,[1]; 178,[2]; 176; 199,[1]pp, with photographic frontispieces and 28 full-page plates. In Your Garden: original grey cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained green. Your Garden Again: original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained grey. More for Your Garden: original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained red; Even More: original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. All excellent copies (some slightly shelf-rubbed or edge-toned), tightly bound and clean throughout; Near Fine or better slightly toned jackets (two with minimal reversible restoration to spine tips). Scarce as a set in such collectible condition. Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A.48, A.51, A.53, A.56. Collected from "her highly successful gardening columns," written for The Observer between 1946 and 1961 and centered on her garden at Sissinghurst. In 1930, Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson, purchased Sissinghurst Castle, a Kentish Elizabethan mansion, and set about developing it as the setting for a large-scale garden. In many ways, she later wrote, the garden expressed a fusion of their temperaments in which the overall effect achieved combined "the strictest formality of design, with the maximum informality in planting." The linked but individual sections were distinguished by predominant color themes or by concentration on the flowers of a single season. 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.
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The Balkan Trilogy, comprising:] The Great Fortune, The Spoilt City, [and] Friends and Heroes

MANNING, Olivia (1908-1980) A Fine set of "probably the most important long work of fiction written by a woman since the war" and "one of the finest records we have of the impact of that war on Europe." (Burgess) Three First Impression in correct dust jackets. 8vo (195 x 128mm): [8],3-289; [10],3-319,[1]; [10],3-363,[1]pp. Publisher's sky blue and black cloth, spines stamped in blue and gold; illustrated dust jackets (two by John Raynes and two price-clipped). Square, tight bindings (two probably unread) and clean throughout; Fine jackets (Great Fortune very minimally restored to spine tips). Burgess, p.76. Manning is "widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators, in fiction, of the experience of the Second World War in Europe and the Middle East. In the Balkan and Levant trilogies [we have both sets on offer], her portrait of a group of British expatriate teachers, writers and diplomats caught up in the disruptions of the conflict sets an intimate study of personal relationships in the context of international political and military intrigue across a five year period. Her fictionalized treatments of wartime Romania, Greece and Egypt convey as a backdrop the suffering caused by the collapse of old imperial Europe, the rampant spread of fascist ideology and the mass displacement of populations, while focusing in the foreground on the fragile marriage of the trilogies' protagonists, Harriet and Guy Pringle." (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 Danger Tree [Uncorrected Proof]

MANNING, Olivia (1908-1980) Uncorrected proof of the first title in Manning's Levant Trilogy, with publisher's press release and compliments slip laid in. Tall 8vo (214 x 138mm): 196pp. Publisher's stiff tangerine-colored wrappers printed in black. Fine, tightly bound copy (apparently unread) with light smudge to bottom edge. Burgess, p. 76. In the Balkan and Levant trilogies (we have both sets on offer), Manning's "portrait of a group of British expatriate teachers, writers and diplomats caught up in the disruptions of the conflict [Second World War] sets an intimate study of personal relationships in the context of international political and military intrigue across a five year period. Her fictionalized treatments of wartime Romania, Greece and Egypt convey as a backdrop the suffering caused by the collapse of old imperial Europe, the rampant spread of fascist ideology and the mass displacement of populations, while focusing in the foreground on the fragile marriage of the trilogies' protagonists, Harriet and Guy Pringle." (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.)(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.).