Set of Winnie the Pooh First Editions 4 Volumes -- When We were very young -- Winnie the Pooh -- Now We are Six -- The House at Pooh Corner
London: Methuen and Co., 1924 - 1928. First Editions (When We Were Very Young is 1st edition, second state with "ix" on Contents page), Four volumes. With wonderful line drawings throughout, illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
When We Were Very Young, published in 1924, first trade edition, second state, NF copy with light wear to extremities in VG dustwrapper with a tanned spine, miniscule chip out of top left of spine, navy cloth boards with gilt lettering and gilt vignettes to front and back covers, 100 pps, one of 4,500 copies printed in the first edition, which sold out in the first week.
Winnie-the-Pooh, published in 1926, first trade edition, NF copy in a NF first issue dustwrapper with 117th thousand marked on back flap is bright and complete (does have small wrinkle on back which is not a tear) with minor dustiness, green cloth boards with gilt lettering and vignettes of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, illustrated end papers with map of 100 Aker Wood and numerous line drawings throughout the book of Pooh and his friends, 158 pps.
Now We Are Six, published in 1927, first trade edition, NF in first state VG dustwrapper with 7/6 price on the spine, back panel has a one-inch tear and slight chips to head and tail of spine, PO name on verso of FFEP, maroon cloth with gilt lettering and vignette of Christopher Robin playing with a train engine on front and Pooh and Piglet on back, 103 pps.
The House at Pooh Corner, published 1928, first trade edition, NF copy in VG first issue dustwrapper (back flap contains an ad for When We Were Very Young, stating it is in its 179th Thousand), small one-half inch tear to front of dustwrapper at the top in the middle and a small gouge (paper still present) to bottom right corner, salmon cloth boards with gilt lettering and vignette, small prior bookshop label to rear endpaper, 179 pps.
A History of the Holy Bible
Cincinnati: Published by [Wesley] Coleman and [William] Phillips. Morgan, Williams and Co., Printers., 1815. 1st Edition (Adomeit A34; American Imprints 34917; Bradbury, p. 63; Welch 861.2). Not in Rosenbach, nor Welsh. [2 (blank)], v,  - 167, [3 (blank)] pp. Divisional t.p., "History of the New Testament", p. 77. "Appendix" t.p., p. 135. "Psalms" t.p., p. 151. 2-1/2" x 1-1/2". Period brown full calf binding. Modest wear to binding, with boards a bit splayed. Some browning & ageing to paper, with the occasional short edge tear to a leaf [no text affected]. A Good - VG item.
The first miniature book published in Ohio, and quite rare in the trade. RBH records the last appearance as in a 1964 Midland catalogue [this copy?]
A Letter from John Steinbeck Explaining Why He Could Not Write an Introduction for This Book
New York: Random House, 1964. 8 pp. Approx. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4". Printed orange wrappers with black ink, in original mailing envelope (which has a slight corner crease), both in fine condition. (Goldstone & Payne A41)
Steinbeck's introduction to "The Thinking Dog's Man" by Ted Patrick, was issued separately in advance of the book as a promotional item; no copies were for sale. This copy once belonged to veteran Milwaukee bookseller Harry Schwartz (the mailing envelope bears his address). A fine, fresh copy in the original printed mailing envelope of this very scarce Steinbeck "A" item.
Ann Muir, Master Marbler
[New York/Cincinnati]: Piccolo Press and Gabrielle Fox, 2017. Approximately 2 3/4 x 2 7/8". DELUXE LIMITED EDITION of 25 numbered copies and 7 artist proofs, numbers 1-6 are deluxe with special binding and box, this being #4, box is covered in irridescent copper fabric with leather lable on spine in fine condition; Full goatskin covered in a surface gold design, signed on the colophon by both publishers and Leodard Seastone, printer at the Tideline Press, in fine condition.
This book was conceived as a tribute to the English marbler, Ann Muir. Beautifully crafter with samples of her gorgeous work throughout.
Das Kleinste Wiener Kochbuch der Welt
Wien: n.p., (ca. 1900). (40 pp). Approximately 7/8 x 15/16". Attractive Art Nouveau silver binding with clasp and neckline eyelet on the back cover, flower relief on the cover along with the title "Wiener Kochbuch", edges stained red. A fine copy, scarce. (Bondy, p. 139)
The title translates to The Smallest Viennese Cook Book in the World. Listed as "Extremely Rare" by Bondy, this little book has recipes for soups, meat and flour dishes, fish, vegetables, sauces, salads and more. Over 100 hundred recipes. One of the very few miniature cookery books.
Picturesque California, India Proof Edition, Volumes 1-5 of the 10 Volume Series)
New York and San Francisco: [J. Dewing Publishing Company], (ca. 1888). approx. 11 x 14". Five volumes. (Folio) 18 1/2x13 3/4 original ¾ bound brown morocco, spines and covers lettered in gilt. Title page indicates the desirable “India Proof” edition. Publisher's binding printed for Mrs. R. McElroy. Profusely illustrated including etchings, photogravures, photo-etchings, etc., all with printed tissue guards; gilt edged, approximately 114 of the smaller in-text illustrations are also printed on India paper and mounted, interiors clean and bright, wear and rubbing to covers and spine with some separating front boards and loss on spines, otherwise in good + condition.
Known to have been issued in a number of formats. Featuring scenes of San Francisco, Sacramento, Menlo Park, etc. Superb array of etchings, engravings and photogravures from works by important Western artists, incl. Thomas Moran, Julian Rix, Frederic Remington, Thomas Hill, and many others. Very heavy -- will require extra postage.
"A" is for Alibi
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982. 275 pp. Approximately 5 1/2 x 8 1/4". Pictorial dust jacket in near fine condition, with a vibrant cover, a few stains to rear cover, slight creasing, a small enclosed tear near the spine, original price of $12.95 on the flap, and no fading on the spine. Grey paper over boards, red lettering stamped crisply on spine, signed by the author on the title page, full number line, no visible marks, in fine condition.
Sue Grafton (1940 - 2017) was an American novelist. This is the first book in her well-known "alphabet series" featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Grafton also wrote screenplays and other 7 other novels before the alphabet series, 5 of which she destroyed unpublished.
Crumbs From The Master's Table
New York: D. Appleton, 1831. 192 pp. Approximately 2 1/4 x 2 3/4". Blue cloth over boards, paper label on spine, corner bumping with small portion of boards showing through, otherwise in very good + condition. (Bradbury, D. Appleton, 1; Welsh 4865).
Daniel Appleton (1785-1849) began publishing in New York in 1831 and his first imprint was this miniature book. There are two editions of this book, both with 1831 on the title page. One edition has numbered pages and "stereotype edition" on the title page. The other edition has unnumbered pages and no mention of "stereotype edition". It is not possible to know which version came first. This edition was 2,000 copies and was very popular as inspirational books had a good market at that time.
Masses of St. Francis of Assisi and of St. Anne, Facsimile
Yorktown Heights, NY: Belser Incorporated, Publishers, 1988. 63 pp. Also described as Vat. Lat 11254 - Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, this is a facsimile copy of the 16th century work by an unknown artist. Summary book approximately 4 1/8 x 5 3/4", 63 pages. First limited and numbered edition for the English-speaking market of 1000 copies, this being #101. Miniature book with leather binding and gilt decorations on the cover, measuring 1 x 1 1/2", 30 pages, is an exact reproduction of the original in terms of color/size/extent, housed in a silver case with necklace, all original packaging intact, all in fine condition.
The miniature book itself is very charming. It contains beautiful color pictures and ornamental designs as well as the masses by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anne. St. Francis was best known for being humble and living a life close to that of Jesus Christ and the "F" on the outer locket is a tribute to his work. St. Anne was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ and the "A" on the outer locket is a tribute to her work. The summary book was written by Dr. Robert Moynihan, a veteran Vatican analyst and the founder and editor-in-chief of "Inside the Vatican" magazine. A beautifully packaged and meaningful collection, showing only 1 holding for the English version in Worldcat.
"C" is for Corpse
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1986. 243 pp. Approximately 5 1/2 x 8 1/4". Pictorial dust jacket in fine condition, with a bright cover, original price of $14.95 on the flap, and no fading on the spine. Grey paper over boards, silver lettering stamped crisply on spine, signed by the author on the title page, full number line, a few minor smudges, in near fine condition.
Sue Grafton (1940 - 2017) was an American novelist. This is the third book in her well-known "alphabet series" featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Grafton also wrote screenplays and other 7 other novels before the alphabet series, 5 of which she destroyed unpublished.