Robert Browning - An Account of the Illness and Death of His Father, Robert Browning the Second - Privately Printed for Thomas J. Wise, Limited to 30 Copies - $225

BROWNING, Robert. An Account of the Illness and Death of His Father, Robert Browning the Second: With Further Records of Walter Savage Landor.

London: Richard Clay and Sons, 1921. Printed for private circulation for Thomas J. Wise and limited to 30 copies. Sewn pink paper wraps. Pages still uncut along edges. Covers show some toning and fading along with some light creasing at corners, but no chips, tears, or marks. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. Not an ex-library copy. 

Browning's letter to the artist Baron Seymour Kirkup dated February 19, 1867. Edited and privately published by Thomas J. Wise, the collector and bibliographer notoriously exposed in 1934 for producing number of literary forgeries and stolen documents. This pamphlet was limited to a print run of thirty copies, roughly a third of which are accounted for in institutional holdings. [Pearsall C3582.1]

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Carl Van Vechten - Excavations: A Book of Advocacies - First Edition SIGNED to Algonquin Hotel owner Frank Case - $200

VAN VECHTEN, Carl. Excavations: A Book of Advocacies

Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. First Edition. Octavo (7.75" x 5.5"). [xii], 285p. SIGNED by the author with Christmas gift inscription to Algonquin Hotel owner Frank Case and his Wife Bertha, with Case's bookplate on front pastedown. Printed blue dustjacket; book in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Dustjacket is in sections with back and spine missing. Remainder is chipped along edges with a few small tears, along with some creasing and toning. Boards square with some darkening to spine and along edges and tugging/bumping to head and tail. Opens easily to between gatherings but binding is holding soundly. Pages a bit toned but unmarked.

As a young hotel manager, Frank Case convinced Albert Foster to change his hotel's name from the Puritain to the Algonquin. Years later he bought the place, and when writers, actors, and critics such as Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, Ruth Hale, and Robert Benchley began showing up for lunch, it was Case who moved them to the more prominent Rose Room and their now famous "Round Table." Van Vechten was also active in the New York arts scene as a patron and promoter of the Harlem Renaissance, famously hosting racially mixed cocktail parties at which, according to biographer Emily Bernard, "powerful whites were able to meet black artists on the most intimate terms."

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John T. Scopes & James Presley - Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes - SIGNED by both, with letters, etc. - $600

SCOPES, John T[homas] and PRESLEY, James. Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes.

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967. Second Printing (stated). SIGNED by both Scopes and Presley on front free endpaper to book reviewer Evelyn Oppenheimer, with additional letters and ephemera. 16mo (8.5" x 5.75"); [viii], 277p. Illustrated dustjacket with $5.95 price; book in blue cloth with white and black pine lettering/illustration. Jacket shows a small chip at top near spine and creasing to bottom front, along with some general scuffing, toning, and edgewear. Boards are square. Back endpaper toned from previously laid-in clippings. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked.

Included are an additional written letter signed by Scopes, two signed typed letters and a Christmas card from Presley, typed and written biographical notes from what seems to be another researcher/reviewer, and assorted photocopies of articles. In the letters the authors thank Oppenheimer for her review of the book and a radio interview and program she moderated. 

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The Paste Papers of the Golden Hind Press - SIGNED / LIMITED ED. of 70 COPIES - $250

FRASER, James H. The Paste Papers of the Golden Hind Press.

Florham, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Library and The Tideline Press, 1983. Tall octavo (12.5" x 6.5"). 40 pp. Plum paper-covered boards over cream-colored linen spine with a brown title card with gilt lettering. Printed from hand set type on dampened, handmade Fabriano Pace paper. Tipped in examples throughout of 1930s paste papers used by the Golden Hind Press for decorative bindings. The Pace paper and cover paper are also former stock of the Golden Hind Press, which closed in 1955.

Limited Edition, signed by paper artist Delight Lewis and numbered 55 of 70 copies on limitation page at back. Single page prospectus laid in at front, in clean, crisp condition. The eighteen tipped in paste paper samples are all present, and are clean, and crisp. Acetate jacket shows a tear across the width of the book from spine down to bottom front corner, along with a small chip at top corner at fold. Book itself is clean and square with just some light edgewear and a bit of toning near top edge of boards. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Correspondence between a local bookseller and the curator and director of the Fairleight Dickinson University Library laid in.

Founded in 1927 by Harper and Brothers typesetter and printer Arthur W. Rushmore and run primarily with his wife, Edna, and two daughters, Delight and Elaine, The Golden Hind Press printed over two hundred books, broadsides, and leaflets until its closing with Arthur Rushmore's death in 1955. The paste papers highlighted in this volume were designed by Delight Rushmore Lewis after studying samples brought back from Arthur's 1929 trip to England, France, and Germany.

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Hippolytos of Euripedes - The Gehenna Press - Limited Edition Signed by Leonard Baskin, with 10 Prints - $800

EURIPIDES. Hippolytos.

Northampton: Gehenna Press, 1969. Limited Edition. Etchings by Leonard Baskin printed from plates by Emiliano Sorini. Large folio with marbled boards and leather spine in marbled clamshell case. 10 prints with tissue overlays in marbled inner case. Boards show very light edgewear with some curving to edges. Prints and tissue overlays are clean and crisp, with a couple dog-eared corners and some rubbing to edges from outer case closure. Clamshell case shows a bit of curving at edges and some rubbing/bumping to edges and corners, but is sturdy and square with no splits or marks. 

Signed by Leonard Baskin under colophon at back and numbered 44 of 200 copies, of which 100 were available for sale.

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Claes Oldenburg - Typewriter Eraser - Signed Limited Lithograph Print - $1,499.95

Limited Edition lithograph print of Typewriter Eraser, hand numbered #76 of 200 and signed by artist Claes Oldenburg. Print was recently acquired by our store from the estate sale of a well known local artist. The only other identical signed print found online at time of listing is  offered by an art gallery for $3,000. We are asking only half of that price and this piece is sure to slowly rise in value over time. 

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1640 - Ben Jonson - Catiline His Conspiracy - from the Second Folio - Richard Bishop, Printer - SOLD

Ben Jonson's Catiline His Conspiracy: A Tragedy from the Second Folio of Jonson's Complete Works published by Richard Bishop in London in 1640. Single play disbound from larger volume and rebound in paper wraps. Conforms to known printing errors between the First and Second Folio. Wraps show some rubbing/bumping along edges and some creasing to corners, with a small split to the back bottom hinge at tail of spine. Pages rippling bit. One page shows a clean, one inch tear at bottom, another shows a small spot, and a third a small inkstain in bottom margin, otherwise pages are clean with toning to edges and very occasional foxing. Binding is sound. Not ex-library.

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1672 Dutch Concordance - Abraham Trommius - Signed - 3 Vols. in Contemporary Vellum - $799.95

Three volume set of The Trommius--Abraham Trommius's Volkomene nederlandsche concordanti oft woord-register des ouden en nieuwen testaments, printed in 1672, 1685, and 1691, respectively.

For all volumes:  Boards are warping with rubbing/bumping to edges and corners and a good bit of soiling/smudging to vellum. Pages lightly rippled but unmarked. Bindings are sound.

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Larry McMurtry - In a Narrow Grave - First Edition, Second Printing in First State Dustjacket - $695

First Edition, Second Printing of Larry McMurtry's In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas in a First State dustjacket, published by the Encino Press in 1968 and conforming to all edition points: no edition statement or letter on copyright page, "skycrapers" misprint corrected on line 12 of page 105, dustjacket showing no price and with the "wtih" and "head" misprints in the fifth and final paragraphs, respectively. Unclipped dustjacket is clean and crisp with just some light rubbing to the top edges, but no chips, tears, or marks. Jacket also shows some light rubbing to top corner of front flap and a thin crease down spine, but is very nice overall and protected in a removable Brodart cover. Boards are clean and square with some very light scuffs. Previous owner's brief gift inscription on front free endpaper, obscured by flap. Thin crease showing down the very edge of page 105/106. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy. 

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Little Machinery - Mary Liddell - 1926 First Edition - Modernist Children's Book - SOLD

First Edition of Mary Liddell's Little Machinery, published by Doubleday Page & Co. in 1926. Covers smudged, with some bumping/chipping to corners and rubbing along edges. Boards split down front joint and separated at spine, but back board is still holding. Christmas gift inscription from publication year on front free endpaper, and previous owner's name on back free endpaper. Title page has a one inch horizontal tear near top at gutter. Very light foxing and a few border smudges to one or two pages, but most are clean with vibrant colors. Opens easily between gatherings but binding is holding. Not an ex-library copy.

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Thomas Mann - Mario and the Magician - Signed First Edition - 1930, in Dustjacket - $850

Signed First Edition of Thomas Mann's Mario and the Magician, published in 1931 by Alfred A. Knopf. Book is signed without inscription by the author on front free endpaper. 1931 copyright with no subsequent printings listed. Unclipped dustjacket shows a small, clean tear at top near spine along with a good bit of scuffing to face and edges, smudging to back, and rubbing to top and bottom. Jacket is now protected in a removable Brodart cover (removed for photos). Boards show some darkening/soiling, with the front board starting to curve outward just a bit. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy.

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The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest - Jose Cisneros, Francis Fugate, & Carl Hertzog - Signed By All - Color Plate - SOLD

FUGATE, Francis. The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest: Twelve Drawings by José Cisneros.

El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1952. Deluxe Edition. Folio (12.5" x 9.25"). Signed by Francis Fugate, Jose Cisneros, and Carl Hertzog. Original dustjacket over adobe block design boards. Of the 525 numbered copies, this is one of 50 printed on tan Ticonderoga Paper, one of a reported 24 with the first plate hand colored by Cisneros [Lowman, Printer at the Pass #78], and one of likely even fewer with the hand colored border on the frontis map. Dustjacket shows a clean 1/2 inch tear at top, as well as a few smaller tears along bottom edge. Back shows a 1.25" puncture near top and a smaller puncture near bottom at spine fold, as well as some light dampstaining along spine and some toning to the lower 1/4 of the back panel. Head and tail of spine are chipped. Boards are clean and square with only very light shelfwear. Pages have toned a bit, but are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

The initial release of Hertzog's Texas Western Press, with type hand-set by his students under his supervision. Lowman states nine copies with all drawings hand painted and bound in morocco, and 24 with just the first drawing colored. A 1983 William Reese catalog, however, mentions a letter from Hertzog stating that only one copy had all the plates hand colored, and that Lowman's description of the various bindings is incorrect. Regardless, this edition is the scarcest after the all-plates-colored copy.


Indian Depredations in Texas - John Wesley Wilbarger - 1889 First Edition - O. Henry illus. - SOLD

First Edition of John Wesley Wilbarger's Indian Depredations in Texas: Reliable Accounts of Battles, Wars, Adventures, Forays, Murders, Massacres, Etc., Etc., Together With Biographical Sketches of Many of the Most Noted Indian Fighters and Frontiersmen of Texas, published by Hutchings Printing House and sold by subscription only in 1889. First Edition with no additional printings listed. Three-quarter leather binding. Covers are darkened and scuffed, with rubbing and bumping along edges and at corners. Tugging to head and tail of spine with chipping to top of title strip. Previous owner's name lightly on flyleaf. A few dog-eared pages throughout. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy. 

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Roky Erickson - Openers - Signed First Edition - SOLD

Signed First Edition of Openers, a collection of poems by 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, published by Pyramid Publishing Co. in Austin, Texas in 1972. Stated First Printing, 1972 with no additional printings listed. Signed "Roky Erickson & Evilhook Wildlife ET" with doodles on front free endpaper. No dedication or inscription. Bound in white cloth boards with gilded lettering and typeset in italicized capitals throughout. No dustjacket as issued. Boards show some scuffs and dents with a good bit of soiling and smudging, but gilded ornament on cover and lettering to spine are bright and clean. Light, sparse foxing to endpapers. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked.

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Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 - Signed Third Printing - SOLD

Signed Third Printing of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, published by Straight Arrow Books in 1973. Stated Third Printing. Signed by Thompson without inscription on half title. Unclipped dustjacket shows a few small tears, some rubbing/creasing along edges and corners, and tugging to head and tail of spine, but is crisp and intact and protected in a removable Brodart cover. Boards are square. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy.


Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own - Signed First Edition - SOLD

Signed Limited First Edition of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, published by The Fountain Press of New York and The Hogarth Press of London in 1929. True First Edition, numbered 253 of 492 copies on colophon at back (numbers one through one hundred were reserved for sale in Great Britain). Signed by the author without inscription in purple ink on the half title. No dustjacket, as issued. Boards show light edgewear and minor curving, with a white scuff on back. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown with shadow opposite, as well as some oxidization along gutter from previously laid-in description slip. Stamp-sized bookplate attached on back pastedown at top near gutter. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. 

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Leeven en dood van Cornelis de Witt en Johan de Witt - Hoevens - 1705 - Vellum - SOLD

Emanuel van der Hoeven's Leeven en dood der doorlugtige heeren gebroeders Cornelis de Witt, Ruwaard van den Lande van Putten, enz. enz. en Johan de Witt, Raad Pensionaris van Holland en Westvriesland, enz. enz., printed by Jan ten Hoorn in Amsterdam in 1705. Boards are warping with rubbing/bumping to edges and corners, along with a good bit of soiling and smudging to vellum. Faded writing in a very old hand on front. Spine is chipped and punctured at head. Endpapers toned with some pencil writing and previous owner's name in pen at top of front free endpaper. Rear pastedown is starting to tear in a couple spots. Pages are toned and lightly foxed, with dampstaining to the top 1/4-1/2 and light rippling. Foldout engraving is cleanly torn about half way in from edge. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude - True First Edition - SOLD

True First Edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude in a first state dust jacket, published by Harper & Row in 1970. Stated First Edition with no number row on last leaf and with the exclamation point ending the first paragraph of dust jacket copy. Unclipped dust jacket shows a clean tear at top front with some small chips along edges and head/tail of spine. Some dampstaining to inside of jacket down spine and along bottom back which has not rippled and only barely shows through at bottom back. Jacket is now protected in a removable Brodart cover (removed for photos). Bottom back board shows shows some light rippling and dampstaining at corner, but again this does bleed through into book's interior. Spot to fore-edge. Boards are square. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Not an ex-library copy

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ZZ Top - Deguello LP - Signed by Gibbons, Hall, and Beard - 1979 Warner Brothers Pressing - SOLD

1979 US Warner Brothers Pressing of ZZ Top's Deguello LP. Catalog # HS 3361. Signed in black sharpie on front cover by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard.This does not come with a certificate of authenticity, but bears all signs of authenticity, and was purchased by our music store from a customer who had it signed in person. This would look great in a frame! 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. 

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