1328 - 1541 FOREIGN LITERATURE
- Spine-ends trifle rubbed. Otherwise fine.
= Babington, Bibliography of the Writings of John Addington Symonds 58.
AND 2 others: P.L. BABINGTON, Bibliography of the Writings of John Addington Symonds (New York, 1968, facs. plate, orig. gilt cl. Facs. reprint of the ed. London, 1925) and PH. GROSSKURTH, The Woeful Victorian. A Biography of John Addington Symonds (New York etc., (1964), num. plates, orig. cl. w. dustwr.).
- Issue no.10 lacks (as often) the Great Northern Railway slip. Otherwise a fine set in the original parts, with the wrappers in fine condition, apart from some sl. duststaining and occas. sl. fraying.
= SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XXXV.
- Plates (heavily) foxed; textp. sl. foxed. Binding sl. worn along extremities and paper over covers rubbed.
= First edition in book form, in the first state with rustic heading to chapter I; suppressed woodcut of Lord Steyne on p.336 and Mr. Pitt as opposed to Lord Pitt on p.453, line 31. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XXXIV.
- With extensive ms. dedication on first free endpaper: "Prescribed for: Worries, Blues, Problems, Prolonged business deals, Excesses of Sobriety and/or Responsible Behavior. Dosage: One chapter per day or as required. Dik". Dustwr. price-clipped. Fine copy.
ADDED: Steadman, R. TYPESCRIPT LETTER SIGNED ("Ralph" and sm. drawing of a head in black ballpoint)) to "Dear Grahame", dated "11 Jan 89", the artist's address stamp and the (stamped?) image of a winged figure in upper blank margin.
= Sending his latest book, offering suggestions for accomodations to stay and telling about the libretto for an operetta he wrote. "(...) Two very good places to consider, if there is any choice in the matter, would be Rye or Canterbury. Rye, particularly, is a marvellous place with many elevations which create good creative atmosphere. (...) Since the new year I have written an operetta concerning the whole of time and the last ten years of the millenium fast approaching. It is called The Plague and the Moonflower and I am rather pleased with it. (...) I will be avoiding books for the time being and just working without any particular direction. I[t] gives me a better feeling and the state of publishing is appalling (...)."
- Sm. owner's entry on first leaf; sl. yellowed. = Rare first edition.
- Wrappers trifle creased. Otherwise a (very) fine copy.
= Rare first edition of Tsvetayeva's first work of poetry written in emigration.
- Wr. trifle fingersoiled and frayed.
= Only publication by the Ural Literary Association Ulita, which existed for a short while in 1922. With contributions by i.a. M. Chernysh, P. Kozin and V. Girshgorn. Very rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XXXVI.
= One of 58 numb. copies on Japanese.
- Occas. trifle foxed. = A fine, attractively bound set. Bengesco 2167.
- Occas. (sl.) foxed/ yellowed. Four vols. top of spine chipped.
= Bengesco 319 (not calling for plates).
- Most vols. fine. A few vols. w. owner's entry on htitle/ upper pastedown.; occas. sl. foxed. Most dustwr. price-clipped; 1x covers sl. waterstained; a few dustwr. sl. worn/ frayed along extremities.
- Top of spine of a few vols. trifle rubbed. Fine set.
- Sm. owner's entry on first free endpaper. Dustwr. price-clipped, sl. frayed and sl. creased; large tear in frontwr. w. loss at lower outer right corner and at outer margin; dustwr. chipped/ sl. dam. at spine-ends; sm. stamp ("A.B.C.") in lower margin of backwr.
= McIlvaine A77a.
Idem. Mulliner Nights. Ibid., idem, 1933, 1st ed., 312,(8)p., orig. cl.
- Backstrip sl. faded. Fine copy. = McIlvaine A48a.
AND 3 other first eds.: French Leave (ibid., 1955, orig. boards w. dustwr. Owner's entry on first free endpaper; stamp and ticket on htitle; dustwr. dam./ chipped and soiled) and Blandings Castle (ibid., 1935, orig. cl. Binding sl. foxed and partly faded).
- Fine copy in unclipped dustwr. Sl. bumped at spine-ends; dustwr. sl. creased at foot of spine and one tiny tear in lower margin of fold. back flap.
= Autograph Edition. McIlvaine A83b 2, with the corrected half-title.
AND 8 others by the same, incl. a mediocre copy of: Laughing Gas (ibid., idem, 1936, 1st ed., orig. cl. Foxed; bookplates on upper endpaper; binding worn and stained; McIlvaine A56a); Bachelors Anonymous (ibid., idem, 1973, orig. boards w. dustwr. Owner's entry and traces of erasing on first free endpaper; McIlvaine A96a) and Aunts aren't Gentlemen (ibid., idem, 1976, orig. boards w. dustwr. Final free endpaper and fold. flap backwr. foxed; McIlvaine A97a).
- Fine, unnumb. copy.
= First edition in book form. Cf. McIlvaine D80 for the orig. publication as a serial in 19 weekly instalments in Chums from 16 September to 20 January, 1909.
AND 6 others by the same, all published by the Souvenir Press, all in orig. unif. boards w. dustwr., all fine: The White Feather (1972); The Pothunters (1972); A Prefect's Uncle (1972); The Gold Bat (1974); Tales of St. Austin's (1972) and The Head of Kay's (1974; dustwr. price-clipped).
- Wrappers sl. creased and sl. frayed, w. a few chips; backwr. foxed (recto and verso).
= McIlvaine A22a 4. Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XXXVI.
AND another (mediocre) copy of the same work (ibid., idem, orig. (stained and worn) boards. McIlvaine A22a 3).
= Fine set of this 12 volume set of these uncollected short stories, all previously published in magazines: 1. Wodehouse, Detective Writer; 2. Unpublished Reggie Pepper; 3. Theatrical Stories; 4. Keggs, The Butler; 5. First Impressions; Mature Reflections; 6. There But For the Grace of God Goes Baxter; 7. Self-Derivatives Par Excellence; 8. Berties Friends; 9. In That Shape, Rotten; 10. Ethics and Eugenics; 11. Wrykyn Havoc; 12. First Drafts.
- Final plate and two surrounding leaves sl. foxed. Frontcover trifle faded along top margin; backcover vaguely stained in the middle.
= The true first American edition, which preceded the English edition by 3 months. McIlvaine 15a. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XXXVI.
AND 1 other by the same: The Intrusion of Jimmy (ibid., 1910, 1st ed., 5 (col.) plates, orig. gilt cl. w. mounted col. circular plate on frontcover. One textleaf (p.9/10) present in photocopy; occas. sl. foxed; title-p. fingersoiled; hinges weak; binding rubbed/ worn along extremities).