BELL, CURRER (Pseud. BRONTE, CHARLOTTE)
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., Cornhill, 1847. First Edition. Octavo. Three volumes. Bound in gilt-framed green morocco, 5 faux raised bands, gilt-stamped decorated spine compartments, gilt lettering direct to spine within two compartments, gilt dentelles, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, binding signed at extreme lower edge of rear pastedown with a tiny gilt-stamped letter "G". VOL. I: Pp. 304, with publisher's 32-page catalogue (i.e. 34), catalogue dated October, 1847, with catalogue title-page dated June, 1847, plus advert. for The Calcutta Review; VOL. II: Pp. 304; VOL. III: Pp. 311, with original cloth covers bound-in at end. Complete with all half-titles. Just a touch of fading to the spines, the slightest bit of soiling to the covers, paper expertly restored to upper corner of half-title in Vol. II, possibly caused by clipping of previous owner's name, skilful repair to closed tear at head of page 1 in Vol. III. Otherwise, a fine, bright, first edition of this classic novel. The first print run consisted of approximately 500 copies. This was the first of the Bronte sister's novels to be published, although both Emily's (Wuthering Heights) and Anne's (Agnes Grey) books were published in the same year. Their three novels were preceded by a book of Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, their masculine pen names. Housed in a fine, new custom-made clamshell box, quarter-bound in matching green morocco and green cloth, with 5 raised bands and gilt ornamented compartments.
Inventory # 26585
Price: $72000.00 CDN
The Favourite Game.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. 8vo. First edition. Silver lettered green cloth in pictorial price clipped dust jacket. A very sharp copy of Leonard Cohen's first novel. Virtually no wear.
Inventory # 27052
Price: $500.00 CDN
The Book of Longing.
New York: Ecco-Harper Collins, 2006. First American edition. 8vo. Blue lettered quarter white cloth over white patterned boards. This copy signed by the author on the title page with his Order of the unified heart Stamp. A fine copy.
Inventory # 27046
Price: $750.00 CDN
A Tale of Two Cities. ill. H.K. Browne [Phiz].
London: Chapman & Hall, 193 Piccadilly, 1859. First Edition, First Issue. Octavo. Pp. [x], 254. With 15 full-page illustrations by H.K. Browne [Phiz] + title-page vignette. Bound from the original parts [occasional evidence of stab marks in the gutters] in half red pebbled morocco and comb marbled boards, gilt title direct to spine, marbled endpapers, and marbled edges. Armorial bookplate to front pastedown of early Dicken's collector, Frederick Cowan with motto Aymez Loyaulte. Contains all points with page 213 incorrectly numbered 113, lowercase "b" at foot of "List of Plates", and the misspelling on line 12 at page 134. Covers lightly scuffed, minor repair to front pastedown and front endpaper, minor light spotting to frontispiece and title-page. Overall, a very good, clean, square first edition.
Inventory # 27051
Price: $6500.00 CDN
The Waste Land.
Richmond, Surrey [London]: Printed and Published by Leonard and Virgina Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1923. First UK Edition. Pp. 35, 1 leaf publ. adverts., indigo blue marbled boards, printed paper cover label in state 1 of 3 with title surrounded by 24 asterisks. Original price of 4/6 net in pencil on inside front cover. One of approx. 460 copies hand-printed by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. The barest minimum of fading to the spine, judicious touch-up to boards at head and heel of spine. Possibly the finest copy on offer in recent years WITHOUT the usual bit of spotting and extreme fading to the margins and spine strip. Obviously stored away and never read as it is completely unopened. Now housed in a new custom-made clamshell box made with cloth of the same indigo blue colour and with paper title labels to the spine and upper cover. Very nice copy. Woolmer 28; Gallup A.6.C; Connolly 30.b.
Inventory # 26725
Price: $23500.00 CDN
Live and Let Die.
London: Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1954. First Edition, First State. Octavo. Pp. 240. Very good copy in black cloth with circular gilt vignette, gilt spine lettering, and price-intact, first state dust jacket without the credit to the artist, Kenneth Lewis, on the front flap. All first edition, first state points. Very faint water spattering to top- and fore-edges, not affecting interior, bookseller's small ticket and price ticket to rear pastedown. Dust jacket tanned, with browning to flap edges, slightly soiled, light tide-lines to head of rear panel, nicks to spine ends and flap tips, half inch closed tear to head of front panel, small ink notation to front flap. Overall, a very good, clean copy in a good dust jacket. The second of the James Bond novels. Gilbert A2a (1.1)
Inventory # 26705
Price: $6500.00 CDN
Travels Through Lower Canada, and the United States of North America in the Years 1806, 1807, and 1808 to which are Added Biographical Notices and Anecdotes... In Three Volumes with Engravings.
London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1810. First Edition. Octavo. Original Boards. 3 volumes. Original publisher's gray boards and paper spine labels. Housed in custom-made lidded boxes covered in brown cloth with gilt-stamped titles to the lid. Vol. 1 - pp. xxiv, 496. Hand-coloured frontispiece, 3 hand-coloured plates, 3 sepia-coloured plates, 1 folding map "of the British Settlements and the United States of North America from the Coast of Labrador to Florida, intended to illustrate the Travels of Mr. Lambert through these Countries," 1 hand-coloured map "Quebec and its Environs with the Operation of the Siege. Drawn from the Survey made by Order of Admiral Saunders." Signature 2H only, foxed and browned (it's possible a different paper batch or ink solution was used for this signature), otherwise interior clean and crisp. Paper over outer joints and front hinge split though still tight and secure, corners bruised; Vol. 2 - Pp. x, 494. Colour frontispiece, 5 sepia-coloured plates. Pages 89-98 a bit soiled, otherwise interior clean and crisp, paper over outer joints and both hinges split, though still tight and secure, bit of chipping to spine label, affecting "T" in Lambert and "L" in Vol. II, repair to top fifth of spinestrip (reattached), corners bruised; Vol. 3 - Pp. iv, 506, 507-512 publ. adverts., 16 publ. catalogue. Hand-coloured frontispiece, 1 sepia-coloured plate. Paper over outer joints and inner hinges split, though still secure, corners very lightly bruised. Overall, a very good collectible first edition in the original publisher's boards. TPL 830. "Lambert came to America, accompanying a relative sent by the Board of Trade to promote the cultivation of hemp in Canada. He spent a year in the St. Lawrence Valley and gives an intimate and detailed description of social and economic conditions there."
Inventory # 25890
Price: $7750.00 CDN
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde [Unique, Artist's Design Binding]. ill. S.G. Hulme Beaman.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1930. Octavo. Hardcover in clamshell box. Fine. Interior fine, crisp and clean with 8 black & white illustrations by S.G. Hulme Beaman as well as several illustrations within the text. Rebound by book artist, Don Taylor, in a magnificent design binding. Black leather binding inlayed with wood veneer to both upper and lower covers, into which a window has been cut out in the shape of a parallelogram leaving a small bevelled, black leather frame, inside the window is paper smeared with black, reflective silver and metallic copper, the endpapers are of the same black smeared paper, gilt-stamped title on a matching black leather label. Housed in a striking box made of black cloth with a latched wooden door, each door bearing a window of black cloth covered with a wooden lattice. Once unlatched, one door folds open revealing a felt-lined wooden drawer with a brass-like pull-drawer handle. The whole book and cabinet is then stored in a sturdy, natural-linen covered clamshell box, gilt-stamped title to spine on a piece of the wood veneer in the shape of a parallelogram. An outstanding, one-of-a-kind binding.
Inventory # 26061
Price: $2000.00 CDN
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1886. First Edition. 12 Mo. Fawn-coloured paper wrappers, ornamented in blue, and lettered in red and blue. Pp. [vii], 141,  - publ. advert. Publisher's adverts in red and blue to inside front and rear covers, and to back cover. The original date of publication was to be December 1885. The bookstalls being full of Christmas numbers, the trade would not look at it, so publication was postponed till January 1886. The date of 1885 on each cover had to be manually altered in ink to 1886 as has been done to this copy. Covers lightly dust soiled, minor repairs to spine, 'v' shaped sympathetic paper repair to rear cover with text loss in the short blurb, otherwise a very good copy in the glassine wrapper with chipping at top and bottom edges. All housed and protected within a blue cloth-covered chemise inserted into a slipcase with gilt-stamped leather back and blue cloth sides. Slipcase shows a bit of damp stain to bottom outer edge, else very good, handsome and sturdy. Prideaux 17.
Inventory # 25755
Price: $6500.00 CDN
Travels through the States of North America, and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, During the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797. In Two Volumes.
London: Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, 1799. Second Edition. Octavo. 2 volumes. Pp. [xxiv], 427; xii, 376,  - publ. adverts., complete with folding frontispiece map of the Northern States of America with hand-coloured outlines, plus 2 folding maps, 2 folding plans, and 9 plates. Recent rebinding in quarter dark navy calf and marbled boards, new endpapers, 5 gilt-ruled raised bands, gilt-stamped maroon leather spine labels, volume number direct to spine, new endpapers. Covers fine. Top edges rough-trimmed, others deckled. Water staining to top and bottom gutters, and along top and bottom edges primarily to prelims and end pages, and occasionally scattered throughout, most plates affected, however, frontispiece map is clean and bright. Contemporary ink signature of Edward Tanqueray to title-page of volume 2. The Irish topographer's first, youthful work. He preferred Canada to the U.S. but left "without a sigh, and without entertaining the slightest wish to revisit it." Well received, it went through several editions and re-issues and was translated into French, Italian, German, and Dutch. Howes W235; Cf TPL 708-9.
Inventory # 26803
Price: $1500.00 CDN
Leaves of Grass.
New York: Random House, Inc., 1930. Folio. Original wooden boards with quarter red morocco spine with 5 thick raised bands and bold black stamped lettering to the spine, with the publication date stamped at spine foot. 400 copies printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, San Francisco. With woodcuts by Valenti Angelo. This copy is number 50 of 400. Some light staining to the spine and rubbing to the bands, with light wear to the leather at spine foot. A few light scratches to the boards and lightly nicked corners. The contents clean and the binding is tight and square. Remains a very good copy of this now rare and desirable Grabhorn press edition of Whitman's poems. Stunning production.
Inventory # 26768
Price: $4000.00 CDN
A Narrative of Occurrences in the Indian Countries of North America ... Earl of Selkirk ... Hudson's Bay Company ... Colony on the Red River; WITH Statement Respecting The Earl of Selkirk's Settlement Upon the Red River ... Its Destruction 1815 and 1816.
London: Printed by McMillan, Sold By T. Egerton / John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1817. First Edition / Revised and Enlarged. Octavo. 2 Volumes bound in one: 1) A NARRATIVE OF OCCURRENCES IN THE INDIAN COUNTRIES OF NORTH AMERICA, SINCE THE CONNEXION OF THE RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF SELKIRK WITH THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, AND HIS ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH A COLONY ON THE RED RIVER; WITH A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF HIS LORDSHIP'S MILITARY EXPEDITION TO, AND SUBSEQUENT PROCEEDINGS AT FORT WILLIAM IN UPPER CANADA. London: Printed by B. McMillan, Sold by T. Egerton, 1817. First Edition. Attributed to Samuel Hill Wilcocke - The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography / W. Stewart Wallace. Attributed also to Simon McGillivray or to Edward Ellice, the elder - National Union Catalog pre-1956 imprints. Pp. xiv, 152, [iv], 87 - Appendix. Volume 2) STATEMENT RESPECTING THE EARL OF SELKIRK'S SETTLEMENT UPON THE RED RIVER, IN NORTH AMERICA; ITS DESTRUCTION IN 1815 AND 1816; AND THE MASSACRE OF GOVERNOR SEMPLE AND HIS PARTY. WITH OBSERVATIONS UPON A RECENT PUBLICATION ENTITLED "A Narrative of Occurrencies in the Indian Countries," &c. London: John Murray, 1817. A new revised and enlarged edition with the added "Observations Upon a Recent Publication ..." published the same year. Pp. viii, 194, [ii], [i] - [xcx] - Appendix,  - publ. adverts dated July, 1817. With a frontispiece map of Part of Hudsons Bay Company's Territory. Drawn and engraved by A. Arrowsmith, London, 12th February, 1817. Bound together in half red morocco and comb-marbled boards, gilt titles direct to spine, top edge gilt, others deckled, matching marbled endpapers with binders' ticket T.W. Taylor, Winnipeg. Covers scuffed, front free endpaper splitting near gutter, some offsetting to text and map, else very good copy.
Inventory # 26835
Price: $3000.00 CDN
New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928. First American edition. 8vo. Gilt lettered and decorated black cloth. Edition limited to 800 signed and numbered copies. Signed on the reverse of the half title on Woolf's characteristic purple ink. Wear to extremities and some rubbing and fading to the gilt on the lower spine. Lacks the original glassine cover. Orlando is a mythical character with a life span of over 300 years from Elizabethan times to the present, based on the author's close friend Vita Sackville West. The novel has been described as a love letter from the author to her friend.
Inventory # 27049
Price: $2500.00 CDN