London: Grafton Books, 1989. 306 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"; Illustrated dustjacket in near fine condition; Blue boards with blue lettering on spine, signature of author on title page, slight foxing to foredges, in near fine condition.
Robert McCammon, is a well-known fantasy/horror writer, having been a recipient of the Horror Writers of America, Inc.'s Bram Stoker Award and nominated for the 1988 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. This is McCammon's classic short horrow story collection, including as a small example from the intro: A man who awakens one morning to find a skeleton in bed where his wife had been the night before; A small-time thief who steals a makeup case, and learns a dead horror star's secret; A roadside diner, where a Vietnam veteran comes seeking shelter from the storm; A young man in prison, who finds beauty and hope on the wings of a yellow bird; Halloween in a very special residential area, where trick-or-treating is deadly serious.
The Dogs of War: Wherein the Hero-Worshipper Portrays the Hero and Incidentally Gives an Account of the Greatest Dogs' Club in the World
London: Bradbury Agnew and Co. Ltd., 1906. 243 pp. 6 1/2 x 8"; Brown234567890- cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and illustrated cover, full color and black and white illustrations by Cecil Aldin throughout, some foxing throughout, corner bumping, covers lightly stained and worn, in very good condition.
A story about a group of dogs, told from the dogs' point of view. Topics include discussions about toys, joining the dog club (females and children were ineligible for membership and no black dogs were admitted - ugh), foreign dogs were undesirables, and war with other dog clubs.
The Hunting of the Snark. An Agony in Eight Fits [Kelliegram Binding]
London: Macmillan and Company, 1876. 83 pp. Approximately 5 x 7 1/4". Twelfth thousand. Bound by Kelly & Sons in dark green, crushed, levant morocco, gilt Kelliegram stamp to rear turn-in, spine tooled and illustrated in gilt, gilt dentelled, front cover illustrated with an inlaid vignette of the "Baker" (from the illustration on p. 5) in multi-colored morocco, light and professional repairs to back board along spine, all edges gilt, red silk endpapers, silk bookmark is a bit frayed and worn, minor smudges to margins of a few pages, very faint gift inscription on half-title page, very good + condition.
A beautiful example of an early Kelliegram binding by the Kelly & Sons bindery. Founded in 1770, the company had one of the longest runs in the history of the binding trade in London, carried onwards to a great success by members of the Kellie family, well into the 1930's. Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem, written between 1874 an 1876, borrowed the setting and several characters from his "Through the Looking Glass" and followed a bizarre crew in their search of a whimsical creature. Unlike Carroll's earlier works, this one was not written specifically for children.
A Scrap Book of an Almost-complete Set of La Marquise Cigarettes Nature Series Cards (T90)
Austria: n.p., n.d. (ca 1907).  pp. Approximately 7 1/4 x 9". Paper over boards, illustrated with an inlaid chromolithograph, age-toning to boards, chipping and rubbing of the paper along spine and edges, a fairly-complete set of tobacco cards (25 of 30 in the series lacking only nos. 5, 10, 12, 23, 26), illustrated drawings of birds and real feathers from the respective ones, condition varies from good to near fine with occasional glue smear and ruffled feathers, also includes several miscellaneous stamps including 3 from the PPIE in San Francisco in 1915, very good + condition.
Discovered relatively recently, the tobacco cards were printed in Austria sometime between 1907 and 1914, They were intended to be released in packs of La Marquise Cigarettes, but allegedly never were as they proved to be too expensive and labor-intensive to produce, thus very few sets were made. Each drawing of a bird was decorated with real feathers from the said bird, in its shape. The cards were initially introduced in glassine envelopes (not included here). Some of the featured birds included the American Eagle, Ptarmigan, Scarlet Tanager, and Peacock.
The English at Home
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830. 4 1/2 x 7 1/2"; First UK Edition, 3 volumes. Marbled boards with three quarter bound green leather, raised bands and gilt lettering on spine, marbled foredges, amorial bookplate of Ferdinand M. McVeagh on front paste-down of all three volumes, covers and edges show rubbing and wear, in very good condition.
Eyre Evans Crowe (1799 - 1868) was an historian and English journalist. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, his work appeared in Blackwood's Magazine and he had several novels published. As a journalist he was a leading contributor to the Daily News and Examiner with a specialty in continental history and foreign politics. Ferdinand Meath McVeagh (1789 - 1888), born in Ireland, was himself an author of such varied subjects as political satires, poetry, and Irish fiction. He was a collector of fine books and some of his bookplates have been referenced in various auction catalogues such as Christie's.
Arlington Hts., IL: Dark Harvest, 1991. 412 pp. 6 x 9"; Limited Deluxe First Edition of 500 copies, this being #353. Illustrated dustjacket in very good condition with slight rippling on front; Red boards with black lettering on spine, black endpapers, signatures of Robert McCammon and two illustrators, Wendy and Charles Lang, lacking slipcase, slight foxing to foredges, in very good condition.
Robert McCammon, is a well-known fantasy/horror writer, having been a recipient of the Horror Writers of America, Inc.'s Bram Stoker Award and nominated for the 1988 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. This novel is about evil vampires feasting on the City of Angels.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984. 401 pp. Approximately 6 1/4 x 9 1/4". First edition, first printing. Illustrated jacket in fine condition. Black cloth 1/4 bound over red boards, gilt title on spine, signed by author on title page, in near fine condition.
Inspired by Edgar Allan poe's story "Fall of the House of Usher", this book covers the idea of what would have happened if all of the Usher's hadn't died. Set in North Carolina, present day, five generations of Usher's tell their story.
Bring on the Bad Guys: Origins of Marvel Villains
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976. 253 pp. Approximately 7 x 10". First edition. Illustrated wraps, some marks, wear and creases, in very good condition.
The colorful villains of Marvel Comics, brought to life by the famous Stan Lee. Featuring characters such as Dr. Doom, Green Goblin, Red Skull, Mephisto, Loki and The Dread Dormammu. From the intro by Lee: "I've always been fascinated by the villains...You've got to admit they're colorful."
The Devil Tree
New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc., 1973. 208 pp. Approximately 5 1/2 x 8". Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For Michael B. Meyers, in appreciaton of his interest, and with every best wish, Jerzy Kosinski, December 1972". Illustrated dust jacket, with some edge wear and creasing on the flaps, in very good condition. Black cloth 1/4 bound over green boards with silver title on spine, top edges foxed, previous owner's name on the half-title page, otherwise in very good condition.
Oh, such hardship. A rich young heir in his quest for self, sidetracked by hippie colonies, opium brothels, luxury suites in Manhattan, drugs, and of course, sex. From the jacket: "This fierce novel, swift in action, replete with characters and events, and rising to an unpredictable, shattering conclusion, is a powerful and memorable experience."
The Clan of the Cave Bear
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980. 468 pp. Approximately 6 1/4 x 9 1/4". Illustrated dust jacket with $12.95 price intact in near fine condition. Yellow cloth 1/4 bound over green boards with some slight cloth discoloration, foxing on top edges, previous owner's signature on half-title page along with his library stamp, otherwise, in very good condition.
The first book in Jean Auel's Earth's Children series in which the Cro-Magnon man and Neanderthal man lived at the same time.