London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head, 1893. First Edition. Narrow Octavo. Original Cloth. Very Good 21.3 cm x 10.2 cm, pp. xxxviii. Binding by Charles Ricketts in green cloth with the design in gilt of wavy lines and rows of willow leaves in threes, small gilt title and author name boxed in gilt at top left of cover design, tiny "CR" monogram stamped to lower left of binding and tiny binder's stamp (Leighton, Son & Hodge) to lower right. The pattern was repeated on lower cover using the same brass block (now kept in the Bodleian Library). Considered one of Ricketts' greatest book designs. On recto of final leaf: Printed by Folkard XXII Devonshire Street Queen Square WC. Top edge trimmed, others deckled. Bookplate of Jas Woods on front pastedown, endpapers lightly browned, otherwise interior crisp and clean. Gilt on rear cover a bit coppery in places, otherwise a very good, bright copy of John Gray's notable first publication.
Inventory # 24486
Price: $2500.00 USD
Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated By Harry Clarke.
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1919. 1st of This Edition. Stout Quarto. Full Vellum. Signed by Illustrator. Near Fine Limited deluxe edition of only 170 copies, signed and numbered on the limitation page by Harry Clarke, this being #12. 24 full-page halftone illustrations with tissue guards, plus head and tail pieces. 382 pages bound in full vellum with bright gilt decoration to cover, gilt spine lettering, top edge gilt, others deckled. A magnificent, collectible copy with interior exceptionally clean and crisp, and with the vellum clean and unmarked. A beautiful, fresh copy of a scarce item.
Inventory # 24484
Price: $7250.00 USD
A House of Pomegranates
The Design and Decoration of This Book By C. Ricketts & C.H. Shannon. London: James R. Osgood McIlvaine & Co., 1891. First Edition. Octavo. Hardcover. Good+ Pp. 158, partially unopened. Cover, title-page, endpapers, and textual ornaments designed by Charles Ricketts, 4 full-page illustrations by Shannon, which, because of the "mysterious and disastrous process by which they were reproduced in Paris" are quite faint. (see Muir "Victorian Illustrated Books" p. 191) Backed in apple-green linen with lettering by Ricketts over beige coloured boards with gilt design of a peacock, fountain, and basket of pomegranates. Covers a bit darkened, corners rubbed, hinges weakened with paper cracked, endpapers slightly darkened, engraved bookplate on the front pastedown with the monogram engraved on the plate of R.E 1899, otherwise interior clean and bright.
Inventory # 24491
Price: $1000.00 USD
Cover Her Face
London: Faber & Faber, 1962. 1st Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Signed By the Author. Gilt lettered green pastel cloth in price clipped dust jacket. This copy signed by the author on the title page. The first mystery from the late Dame Phyllis. Book is edge worn but bright. Jacket is complete with slight darkening at spine and general wear and rubbing especially to the extremities. Important mystery.
Inventory # 24538
Price: $8000.00 USD
A Mind to Murder
London: Faber & Faber, 1963. 1st Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Signed By the Author. Gilt lettered red cloth in pictorial dust jacket. A few light bumps and slightly darkened board edges and lightly foxed endpapers. Dust jacket not price clipped, with fade to the spine, creases to the edges, a little darkened overall and some creasing to upper panel edges as well. This copy signed by P. D. James on the title page, with the book signing ticket from The National Capital Reading Series. Event ticket from Wednesday November 19, 1997.
Inventory # 24539
Price: $5000.00 USD
Shroud for a Nightingale
London: Faber & Faber, 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed. Red boards with gilt spine lettering. Very lightly bumped spine at head and foot. Price clipped dust jacket with light rubbing to the edges and near foot of spine, with light creasing to rear panel edges. Author's third book. Signed by P. D. James on the title page. A nice clean copy.
Inventory # 24543
Price: $1000.00 USD
Where There's a Will
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. 1st Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Black lettered red cloth in pictorial dust jacket. The 8th Nero Wolfe book. Offset to endpapers. Book plate on endpaper. Dust jacket with shallow chips to extremities and fade to spine. Very nice copy.
Inventory # 24510
Price: $2500.00 USD
Some Buried Caesar
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1939. 1st Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Black lettered green cloth in pictorial dust jacket. The 6th Nero Wolfe book. Wear to extremities and chips to head and heel of spine and corners of the dust jacket. Still a collectible copy of an uncommon book in jacket.
Inventory # 24509
Price: $1750.00 USD
Gambit (A Nero Wolfe Novel)
New York: The Viking Press, 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed. Blue cloth boards with red lettered spine. Two corners lightly bumped and edges of boards lightly sunned. Dust jacket with a few scratches to the rear panel, light creasing around the edges but overall a nice clean copy in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed in the year of publication on the flyleaf, "10/5/62. To Ed- with love- Rex."
Inventory # 24504
Price: $1250.00 USD
Death of a Doxy (A Nero Wolfe Novel)
New York: The Viking Press, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed. Grey cloth spine with blue lettering, over yellow paper boards. Boards with a few light bumps and very light sunning to the edges, in a very nicely preserved dust jacket with only the lightest of creases to the edges, and a small scar to the rear panel. Inscribed in the year of publication on the flyleaf, "December 7-1966- For Ed with warm regards - Rex".
Inventory # 24503
Price: $2000.00 USD
Too Many Cooks. An American Magazine Mystery Novel.
[New York]: The American Magazine, 1938. First Edition. 12 Mo.. Cloth, Box, with Dust Jacket. Plain red cloth box designed like a book, containing 36 loose recipe cards, "Wherein vagrant tastes and fugitive flavors are sniffed to their hideouts, fingerprinted and imprisoned in savory dishes -- by that celebrated Nemesis of crooks and envy of cooks, NERO WOLFE, private investigator." Covered in a slightly soiled and chipped dust jacket with the rear flap pasted in manufacture between the rear board and box floor, 11 x 2.5 cm piece missing from rear dust jacket affecting some words in third column of rear blurb, rear jacket flap that overlaps the board slit approx. 7 cm. Otherwise a very good, unusual item.
Inventory # 24487
Price: $700.00 USD
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West.
New York: Random House, 1985. 1st Edition. 8vo. Cloth & Boards. Gilt lettered quarter red cloth over red paper boards in pictorial dust jacket. The first of McCarthy's "western" novels. This one described as the greatest American fiction published in the last 25 years. An exceptional copy of a significant book with just a touch of shelf wear.
Inventory # 24324
Price: $3500.00 USD
Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients [Pre-1920]. 8 August, 1920, 1920.
32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. Autographs. Very Good Blank-page autograph book. 11.5 cm x 9 cm, black fabricoid binding with the word "Autographs" gilt-stamped to cover, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Written on front free endpaper: "Canadian Victoria Cross [Winners?]. Canadian National Exhibition. Toronto. 28/8/1920." The Victoria Cross is the highest honour in the Canadian honour system, for gallantry in the face of the enemy, that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. It even takes precedence over the Order of Canada. The Canadian National Exhibition celebrated Canada's wartime achievement bringing together 26 winners of the Victoria Cross and their families. Organized in cooperation with the Veterans Re-Union Council, large numbers of veterans attended the gathering of VC winners. In his opening day address, Sir Auckland Geddes noted the "imperishable glory of the Canadian Corps." There are 17 recipient autographs and 11 signatures of "next of kin" recipients. Some name their regiment, home town, and rank. Autographs include: George Harry Mullin, 1892-1963, VC, MM, 1917, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Passchendaele, Belgium (signed on separate page by his wife); Walter Leigh Rayfield, 1881-1949, VC, 1918, 7th Battalion CEF, Arras, France; Edward Donald Bellew, 1882-1961, VC, 1918, 7th Battalion, CEF, Kerselaere, Belgium (signed twice); Alexander Bereton, 1892-1976, VC, 1918, 8th Battalion, Amiens, France; Christopher Patrick John O'Kelly, 1895-1922, VC, MC, 1917, 52nd Battalion, CEF, Passchendaele, Belgium; Robert Shankland, 1887-1968, VC, DCM, 1917, 43rd Battalion, CEF, Passchendaele, Belgium; John Francis Young, 1893-1929, VC, 1918, 87th Battalion, CEF, Dury-Arras Sector, France; Thomas W. Holmes, 1898-1950, VC, 2nd Battalion, Passchendaele, Belgium; Raphael Zengel, 1894-1977, VC, MM, 1918, 5th Battalion, CEF, Warvillers, France; Frederick Coppins, 1889-1963, VC, 1918, 8th Battalion, CEF, Hackett Woods, France; William Merrifield, 1890-1943, VC, MM, 1918, 4th Battalion, CEF, Abancourt, France; Cecil John Kinross, 1896-1957, VC, 1917, 49th Battalion, CEF, Passchendaele, Belgium; Herman James Good, 1887-1969, VC, 1918, 13th Battalion, CEF, Hangard Wood, France; Filip Konowal, 1888-1959, VC, 1917, 47th Battalion, CEF, Lens, France (a Ukrainian born Canadian was the only Ukrainian to receive the Victoria Cross); Charles Smith Rutherford, 1892-1989, VC, MC, MM, 1918, 5th Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles, Monchy, France; Coulson Mitchell, 1889-1978, VC, MC, 1918, 4th Canadian Engineers, Canal de l'Escaut, France; George Richardson, 1831-1923, VC, 1859, 34th Regiment of Foot, British Army, Indian Mutiny; James Richardson, 1895-1916, VC, 1916, 16th Battalion, CEF, Somme, France (signed on 2-pages by next of kin, David Richardson); James Robertson, 1883-1917, VC, 1917, 27th Battalion, CEF, Passchendaele, Belgium; James Edward Tait, 1886-1918, VC, 1918, 78th Battalion, CEF, Amiens, France (signed on 2-pages by next of kin, Jessie Tait); Hugh Cairns, 1896-1918, VC, DCM, 1918, 46th Battalion, CEF, Valenciennes, France (signed on 2-pages by next of kin); Jean Brilland, 1890-1918, VC, MC, 1918, 22nd Battalion, CEF, Meharicourt, France; John George Pattison, 1875-1917, VC, 1917, 50th Battalion, CEF, Vimy Ridge, France (signed twice by next of kin); Harry Garnet Bedford Miner, 1891-1918, VC, 1918, 58th Battalion, CEF, Demuin, France; Frederick Hobson, 1873-1917, VC, 1917, 1st Battalion, CEF, Lens, France; John Bernard Croak, 1892-1918, VC, 13th Battalion, CEF, Amiens, France; Joseph Thomas Kaeble, 1892-1918, VC, MM, 22nd Battalion, CEF, Neuville-Vitasse, France; Frederick William Campbell, 1867-1915, VC, 1915, 1st Battalion, CEF, Givenchy, France. A very rare, very important and unique document.
Inventory # 24381
Price: $5000.00 USD