New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1999. Unpaginated. Approximately 10 x 10". First Limited Edition of 26 lettered copies, this being "P". SIGNED by both author and illustrator. Pictorial boards with full color illustrations throughout. Extra illustration for limited edition only, not in trade copies. Fine in fine dust jacket.
From the front flap, "They don their boots & hats & chaps, down their flapjacks, then it's up into the saddle & off they go." Beautifully done book that will charm both children and adults alike.
Cup of Gold
New York: Covici Friede, (1936). 269 pp. Approximately 5 1/4 x 7 3/4". Second Edition. Decorative dust jacket in very good condition with author of "Of Mice and Men" on cover, some darkening to spine, minor edge wear and small enclosed tear on bottom of front cover, price clipped, repair tape on the inside. Blue cloth over boards, top stain blue, blind stamping of ship and scroll on front cover, gilt-stamped spine slightly faded, near-fine condition. (Goldstone & Payne, A1c)
John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) was an American author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. This is John Steinbeck's first novel and is an historical fiction loosely based on the life and adventures of privateer Henry Morgan. The "Cup of Gold" refers to Panama City, where a lot of the action takes place.
Dogear Wryde Postcards: Alms for Oblivion
n.p.: n.p., 1978. Sixteen postcards in near fine condition, enclosed in a white envelope with black pictorial stamping, creased with slight tears, in very good condition. (Toledano A68).
The recto of the postcards is a black and white Gorey illustration. The verso of each postcard has the title of the series and the description of each illustration. "Dogear Wryde" is an anagram for Edward Gorey.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. 234 pp. 5 1/4 x 7 3/4"; First Edition. Graphic dust jacket has original price of $2.00 on front jacket flap, slight edgewear, faint crease line on spine, minor 1/8" tear on rear cover with some rubbing, otherwise in very good + condition; Rust colored cloth over boards with blue design on cover and crips blue lettering and decorations on spine, an attractive copy in near fine condition.
Born as Kurt Siodmak (1902 - 2000), he was a German-American screenwriter and novelist, best known for his work in science fiction and horror genres. He was the younger brother of director Robert Siodmak. Several of Curt's novels were adapted into films, including this one and The Wolf Man. Donovan's Brain was actually adapted into film several times under different titles: The Lady and the Monster (1943), Donovan's Brain (1953), and The Brain (1962).
Double O Seven. James Bond. A Report.
London: Neville Spearman, Holland Press, 1964. 160 pp. Approx. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2". Dust Jacket in fine condition. Black cloth over boards with crisp and bright silver lettering lettering on spine, SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper to Raymond Toole-Stott (an MBE, a well-known collector of circus books and bibliographer, as well as a personal friend of Somerset Maugham), very minor foxing to top edges, otherwise in near-fine condition.
Oswald Frederick Snelling (1916 - 2001) was a British author, best known for this book, the only analysis of the James Bond series that was personally authorized by Ian Fleming. Snelling met Fleming while working at Sotheby's Rare Book Department. Selling over a million copies, Double O Seven was published in several languages and was published in the American market in 1965.
London: Michael Joseph, 1992. 277 pp. Approximately 6 1/4 x 9 1/4". 1st English Edition. Illustrated dust jacket in fine condition; Black cloth over boards, gilt title on spine, signed by the author on the half-title page, in fine condition.
Born Richard Stanley Francis (1920 - 2010), Dick Francis was a British crime writer whose novels were mostly centered on horse racing in England (he was a former steeplechase jockey himself). This book is Dick Francis' 31st book, with jockey, Freddie Croft, trying to deal with a conspiracy involving the seedy underside of horse-racing.
Eagle in the Sky
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1974. 1st American Edition; 1st Printing. Dust jacket is good, with some edge wear, spine wear, small tear to top of front cover and corner bumping. Black cloth over blue boards, stamp reading, "With Compliments of Doubleday & Company, Inc." on front past-down endpaper, book is tight and square in very good condition.
Wilbur Addison Smith (b 1933) is a South African novelist. This fiction nove,l set in South Africa, follows the life of David Morgan and his love of flying and Debra.
Epitaph for a Blonde
London: T. V. Boardman & Company Limited, 1960. 192 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"; First Edition. Illustrated dust jacket with some minor creases and rubbing, some scratches to cover, price clipped, in very good condition; Red cloth over boards with crisp lettering on cover and spine, some discoloration to back cover bottom, author signed on front free endpaper "19.IV.'61/All the very best/& come back soon/Ian", in very good condition.
Bloodhound Mystery is a series of novels published in both an American and British series between 1948 and 1967. Mostly detective and crime fiction but a starting off point for many famous authors. Illustrated dust jacket by Denis McLoughlin, known to have created hundreds of the covers for the Bloodhound Mystery series. This is No. 291 in the series and about a British Secret Service operative set in Nice and Paris.
New York: Hill House, 1988. 421 pp. Approximately 6 1/4 x 9 1/2". Deluxe Limited First Edition of 500 copies, this being #67. Illustrated dust jacket in fine condition with minor edge wear; Red cloth over boards with gilt decoration and lettering on spine, inscribed on the limitation page by the author Feist, the interior illustrator Lela Dowling, and the jacket artist Don Maitz, otherwise in fine condition, all housed in red cloth slipcase which has a minor amount of wear.
Raymond E. Feist (1945 - ) is an American author of fantasy fiction, best known for his series of novels called The Riftwar Cycle. Starting with beautiful cover art by Don Maitz, the supernatural thriller follows the Hastings family, whose move back to their hometown brings them into the conflict of the compact between the Faerie world and human world. A bestseller that still entertains, and haunts, to this day.
Fletcher and Zenobia
New York: Meredith Press, 1967. 6 1/4 x 6 1/4". First Edition, Pictorial dust jacket and boards with a few ships near the spine top, not price-clipped, in very good condition. Pictorial boards with slight indentation near top spine edge, full-color illustrations throughout, pages clean and unmarked, otherwise in very good condition. (Toledano A25)
A humorous story about a cat, a doll and a moth. Delightful and quite less macabre than Gorey's usual style.