image description

Books of the Week

By Rich Rennicks

Which books and pieces of ephemera caught the eye among this week's crop of new listings? First editions of The Lord of the Rings, a medieval manuscript in a 15th-Century binding complete with library chain, and a contemporary fine-art binding of Sinclair Lewis' classic, It Can't Happen Here, among others... THE LORD OF THE RINGS comprising THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS & THE RETURN OF THE KING (First Editions) by TOLKIEN, J. R. R. "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all And in the darkness bind them"THE LORD OF THE RINGS comprising THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS & THE RETURN OF THE KING, Allen & Unwin, 1954, 1954 & 1955 respectively, each in first edition, (first printing), all 3 volumes vg+ or better in vg dust-wrappers save for some light fading and wear and tear to the dust-wrapper spine extremities. INTERNATIONAL FANTASY AWARD winner and an enduring classic of literature. The quintessential fantasy quest saga from which all others are derived !!! A set of books which in fine condition, first printing & first edition has increased its value 100 fold over the last forty years. Offered by Fine Books Company. 1948 World Series Braves vs. Indians Program, 4to, pictorial covers, illustrated, 40 pp. Slight edgewear, one signature (4 pages) loose, one inch margin tear through loose signature, otherwise bright and clean; very good overall. This program is the Braves edition, featuring pictures of both managers on the ... [more]

The Queens' Bowne House Museum has reported it is missing approximately 50 historical documents ranging from the 1600s through the 1800s, which are believed to have been removed in the 1980s or 1990s. The Bowne House, is a historic house museum in Flushing Queens, New York. The house was built in 1661 by early settler John Bowne, a Quaker convert known for his successful defense of religious freedom in the face of persecution from New Netherlands Governor Peter Stuyvesant. The home was continually inhabited by nine generations of his descendants, many of whom were also Quaker reformers and prominent New Yorkers, and their personal papers and effects have been preserved onsite. Please note that the original Colonial documents will probably use Quaker dating conventions- i.e., they did not use the names of the months or days, only numbers, and mostly adhered to the Julian calendar. The documents reported missing are: EARLY BOWNE LETTERS: Documents relating to the arrest and trial of John Bowne: August 14, 1662: Complaint by Magistrates of Flushing re: Quakers; the condemnation and banishment of John Bowne. Jan. 1663: Letter to Dutch West India Co. from Governor & Council of New Netherlands ordering transport of John Bowne into exile. April, 1663: Letter to Governor Stuyvesant and Council of New Netherlands rebuking them for persecution of John Bowne. 1663: Letter/Address from John Bowne to Dutch West India Co., declining to do as asked Note: The above documents are presumed to ... [more]

The following item has been reported missing: JOYCE, JAMES. FINNEGANS WAKE. (London; Faber & Faber; New York: Viking Press, 1939) 260 x 171 mm. (10 1/4 x 6 3/4"). 4 p.l., (first blank), 628 pp. FIRST EDITION. No. 206 OF 425 COPIES, SIGNED BY JOYCE. Original brick red buckram, gilt titling on spine, edges untrimmed and MOSTLY UNOPENED. In the original (very slightly soiled) yellow cloth slipcase, and housed in an extremely attractive modern dark red morocco-backed folding box. Remnants of bookplate glue on front pastedown. If you have any information on the aforementioned item, please contact Cokie Anderson at cokie@pirages.com or (503) 472-0476. [more]

Browse the latest catalogs, newsletters, and e-lists of rare books, fine bindings, incunabula, print ephemera, much more from the members of the ABAA. Image above: from "Archive of Sample Books and Printing Plates for J.R. Weldin & Co. Printers and Stationers", found in Bay Leaf Books' new catalog Odds, Ends, and the Evils of Rock 'n' Roll. Please note, this list is updated weekly, usually on Wednesdays. *New* indicates any catalogs added this week. We aim to include the most-recent catalog (or catalogs if appropriate) from members, because not every member issues new catalogs every week -- and not every collector can browse this list weekly. AARDVARK BOOKS/EZRA THE BOOKFINDER Recent Acquisitions CHARLES AGVENT Spring Miscellany 2018 -- Contains 46 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Summer Miscellany 2017 ANDERSON BUTLER RARE BOOKS E-list#11: Miscellany *New* E-list #10: Miscellany NICK ARETAKIS April 2018 New Acquisitions March 2018 New Acquisitions ARTISAN BOOKS & BINDERY New Acquisitions: May 2017 Holiday Catalog 2016 ATHENA RARE BOOKS List 22: Lou Andreas-Salomé *New* New York Antiquarian Book Fair 2018 BACK OF BEYOND BOOKS Recent Acquisitions -- list only available to mailing list subscribers. Sign up here... Catalog #19 LORNE BAIR RARE BOOKS A Winter Miscellany Catalog 28: Radicalism & Social Movements (Mostly American) BAUMAN RARE BOOKS May 2018 *New* Spring 2018: 50 New Arrivals BAY LEAF USED & RARE BOOKS E-list #24: Odds, Ends, and the Evils of ... [more]

Lost in the USPS system somewhere between Allen Park, Michigan and Fernandina Beach, Florida within the last 45 days. Please contact the us at (212) 944-8291 or hq@abaa.org if offered. Rowling, J. K. & Grandpre, Mary HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic Press, 1999, first American edition (first printing), insignificant and quite small grayish mark to a tiny section of the b.p.e.'s, else fine in like pictorial dw. Signed by both the author and the illustrator. Quite scarce thus. HARRY POTTER #2. [more]

image description

Books of the Week

By Rich Rennicks

Which books and pieces of ephemera caught the eye among this week's crop of new listings? A very early biography of Stalin, a protest poster from 1969, and a first edition of an influential poetry volume from the Harlem Renaissance, among others... Stalin: The Career of a Fanatic (First Edition) by Essad-Bey (Pseudonym for Lew Nussimbaum) New York: The Viking Press. Near Fine in Very Good dj. 1932 (c.1931). First American Edition. Hardcover. . (B&W photographs) First published in Germany, this was one of the earliest books about Joseph Stalin. Although probably unreliable as history (the New York Times reviewer characterized the first part of the book, dealing with Stalin's early life, as "rather fictional"), it still painted a persuasive portrait of the dictator's personality and gave a compelling account of his rise to power. The author himself, the subject of Tom Reiss's 2005 biography "The Orientalist," was quite a character: born Lev Nussimbaum, he was a Jew from Azerbaijan who transformed himself into a Muslim prince in Nazi Germany, having earlier escaped the Russian Revolution in a camel caravan. (The claim made in the jacket blurb that he was a "compatriot of Stalin's" was almost certainly bogus.) Writing as "Essad Bey" and "Kurban Said," he became a celebrated adventurer and author of the classic novel "Ali and Nino." And that ain't the half of it. (A 1934 newspaper feature story about "Essad Bey" laid in.) Very scarce, especially in the original jacket. Offered by ... [more]

The following collection of photographs was reported missing: . Collection of 58 Snapshots from a California Biker. : c. 1970's. 58 Snapshots, ranging in size from s 1/2" square to 3 1/2 x 5". Mostly color prints, with the exception of 10 which are black and white. Ink notations and dates to the verso of several cards. A small collection of snapshots assembled by an unnamed biker in California. While one of the prints is dated 1966 - with the inscription "Bob / Bobbie, Mac, Me / Before Viet Nam" the majority of the prints appear to be from the 1970's, with a couple dated 1976/77. Link with photographs: https://www.divisionleap.com/pages/books/26304/bikers/collection-of-58-snapshots-from-a-california-biker/?soldItem=true Please contact Adam Davis if you have any information on the collection. [more]

Maggs Bros' copy of 'In Parenthesis' by David Jones was presumably stolen en-route to a dealer in Los Angeles, California. The package was delivered complete to their mailbox on the street and when they came to open it, they found the envelope empty and the book removed. The theft occurred this past Monday. A description is attached; it is copy 3/75. Please contact Ben Maggs if you know the whereabouts of this book. Benjamin Maggs Modern Department Private Press and Illustrated Books Maggs Bros. Ltd. 48 Bedford Square London, WC1B 3DR Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 7160 Fax: +44 (0)20 7499 2007 benmaggs@maggs.com http://www.maggs.com [more]

image description

Books of the Week

By Rich Rennicks

What caught the eye among this week's crop of new listings? Why a signed letter from P.T. Barnum, a bound set of the Harvard Law Review (1984-2004), and a signed Christmas card from (arguably) the most-famous Royal couple of the last century, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, among many other things... Princess Diana and Prince Charles Signed Christmas Card Royal Christmas card embossed with the Prince of Wales' feathers, Order of the Garter motto and the Spencer family arms with an affixed color photo of Diana and Charles seated and posing with young Prince Harry and Prince William, and their dog Murphy. Boldly inscribed in fountain pen, "To you both--from Charles and" and "Diana." In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The card measures 10.25 inches by 7.25 inches. The entire piece measures 15.75 inches by 13 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer were married on July 29th, 1981 at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, the ceremony reached a global television audience of over 750 million viewers. The royal couple had two sons, princes Harry and William who became second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. As Princess of Wales, Diana became involved with dozens of charities including the Landmine Survivors Network, British Lung Foundation, British Deaf Association, Meningitis Trust, and the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children, among a roster of others. Through... [more]

The following item has been reported stolen: STOKER, BRAM. DRACULA. (Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897) 200 x 130 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/8"). ix, , 390 pp. FIRST EDITION, First Issue, before advertisement leaf and publisher's catalogue. Fine modern black crushed morocco by Bayntun Riviere (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with double gilt fillet border, raised bands, spine compartments similarly framed, gilt titling, gilt-ruled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Original cloth covers and spine bound in. Occasional mild marginal foxing or small stains, otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, clean, fresh, and wide margined, and in an attractive unworn binding. If you have any information on this book, please contact Jill Mann at jill@pirages.com or (800) 962-6666. [more]