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Ahearn, Allen and Patricia Book Collecting 2000 2000 Putnam NY. First edition. Signed by both authors and dated "12/15/99" on the title page. Fine in DW.

Ash, Russell and Brian Lake Bizarre Books 1985 Macmillan UK. First edition Signed by both authors on the front free endpaper. Fine in DW.

Asimov, Isaac Murder at the ABA 1976 Doubleday NY. First edition. Subtitled 'A puzzle in four days & sixty scenes'. Excellent story told first person from the pov of a minor writer, with Asimov himself as one of the characters. Fine in DW.

Asimov, Isaac Murder at the ABA 1976 Doubleday NY. First edition. Subtitled 'A puzzle in four days & sixty scenes'. Excellent story told first person from the pov of a minor writer, with Asimov himself as one of the characters. Slight defect tear on inside hinge of ffep, else fine in DW.

Basbanes, Nicholas A Gentle Madness 1995 Henry Holt NY. First edition. This fine history of book collecting earned its author a National Book Critics Circle award nomination and went quickly into later printings. Fine in DW.

Belanger, Terry Lunacy and the Arrangement of Books 1982 Oak Knoll Books DE. First edition. One of 300 copies. An essay on bibliomania. Fine in printed wrappers.

Bennett, Whitman A Practical Guide to American Book Collecting 1941 Bennett NY. First edition, 1 of 100 copies hand bound in half morocco, marbled paper over boards, marbled endpapers, gilt raised bands and spine lettering. A wonderful compendium of almost 500 books in this chronological guide to great and curious books in Americana and American literature. Each item is accompanied by a lengthy description giving information about why the particular item is important. Near fine, with light wear at the extremities.

Bleiler, Everett F. Checklist of Science-Fiction & Supernatural Fiction 1978 Fireball NJ. Second printing. This is a misbound copy in that it has a redundant signature bound in upside down at the back, right in the middle of the index. It is also cleverly inscribed by Bleiler which reads in part: "So far as I know, this is the only defective copy of the Checklist, & thereby a curiosity & small collector's item.". Near fine in very good DW.

Blyth, R. H. Zen in English Literature 1942 Hokuseido Press Tokyo. First edition. Certificate of authenticity tipped onto the rear free endpaper, with the seal (honko) of R.H. Blyth himself, a circular stamp with R H Blyth spelled out in Katakana. Yellowing paper, else near fine in DW with slightly sunned spine. Small "Oriental Bookstore" stamp on bottom of front pastedown, and some offsetting from the DJ to the endpapers.

Cunningham, A. E. Jack Vance: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography 2000 British Library UK. First edition. Number 148 of 250 copies signed by Jack Vance on the limitation page. Includes contributions by Harlan Ellison, Terry Dowling, Paul Rhoads, Jack Vance, Tom Shippey, Gene Wolfe, David Langford, Dan Simmons, David Matthew, A. E. Cunningham and Charles F. Miller. Fine in DW.

Cunningham, A. E. Jack Vance: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography 2000 British Library UK. First edition. Number 14 of 250 copies signed by Jack Vance on the limitation page. Includes contributions by Harlan Ellison, Terry Dowling, Paul Rhoads, Jack Vance, Tom Shippey, Gene Wolfe, David Langford, Dan Simmons, David Matthew, A. E. Cunningham and Charles F. Miller. Fine in DW.

Cunningham, A. E. Jack Vance: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography 2000 British Library UK. First edition. Number 210 of 250 copies signed by Jack Vance on the limitation page. Includes contributions by Harlan Ellison, Terry Dowling, Paul Rhoads, Jack Vance, Tom Shippey, Gene Wolfe, David Langford, Dan Simmons, David Matthew, A. E. Cunningham and Charles F. Miller. Fine in DW.

Cunningham, A. E. Jack Vance: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography 2000 British Library UK. First edition. Trade edition. Includes contributions by Harlan Ellison, Terry Dowling, Paul Rhoads, Jack Vance, Tom Shippey, Gene Wolfe, David Langford, Dan Simmons, David Matthew, A. E. Cunningham and Charles F. Miller. Fine in DW.

Dunning, John Booked To Die 1992 Scribners NY. Uncorrected proof of the first edition. The first Cliff Janeway bibliomystery. Signed by the author on the title page. Very fine in white printed wrappers.

Dunning, John Booked To Die 1992 Scribners NY. Fourth printing. The first Cliff Janeway bibliomystery. Fine in DW.

Dunning, John The Bookman's Wake 1995 Scribners NY. First edition. Inscribed and dated Apr 8 1995 by the author on the title page. Fine in DW.

Dunning, John The Bookman's Wake 1995 Scribners NY. Uncorrected proof (advance reading copy) of the first edition. Fine in pictorial wrappers.

Everitt, Charles P. The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter 1951 Little, Brown and Company Boston. First edition. "A Rare Bookman in Search of American History.". Near fine, with extensive pencilled annotations on the ffep, in very good DW with chips and creases on corners on spine ends. Not price clipped.

Field, Eugene Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac 1896 Scribners NY. First edition. This edition limited to 150 numbered copies, of which this is number 45. Printed on Holland paper, teg, rough cut, quarter-bound in vellum. Moderate foxing to the front free endpaper, and on the tipped-in poem sheet, else fine. Bookplate on front pastedown.

Field, Eugene The Temptation of Friar Gonsof. A Story of the Devil,Two Saints and a Booke 1900 Woodard & Lothrop Washington DC. First edition thus. Number one of ten copies printed on Japanese vellum, of a total edition of 300. Inscribed on the ffep "John S. Field Dec 6-1900." Laid in is a signed holographic letter from the author regarding shipment of the book in parts, somewhat difficult to decipher. Top edge gilt. Illustrated with portraits, sketches and one large fold-out facsimile. The 26 decorative initials are hand-colored. A very unusual binding; it appears to have the cover title and a sketch on the upper board, but this image has been overlaid with a semi-transparent wrap of vellum-like paper, under which the red ribbon ties were inserted. The images are barely visible under this lamination. A tale about two friars and their pact with the Devil. BAL 5771. Scarce. Near fine sans DW as issued. The envelope containing the fold-out facsimile manuscript is torn on the bottom, and three pages near the front, including the tissue-paper frontispiece protector, have a small dampstain at the top. A similar small dampstain is on the bottom of the rear cover. Overall, in very nice condition.

Goldstone, Lawrence & Nancy Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore 1999 (May) St. Martin's Press NY. Uncorrected proof (advance reading copy) of the first edition. This book details the warm and witty story of the Goldstone's further explorations into the curious world of books. Fine in pictorial wrappers.

Goodrum, Charles A. Dewey Decimated 1977 Crown NY. First edition. A bibliomystery, the second book by this librarian at the Library of Congress. Fine in very good price-clipped DW.

Goodrum, Charles A. The Best Cellar 1987 St. Martin's Press NY. First edition. A bibliomystery by the author of "Dewey Decimated". Near fine in price-clipped dust jacket with two half-inch closed tears on the front cover (top and bottom), else near fine.

Goodrum, Charles A. A Slip of the Tong 1992 (January) St. Martin's Press NY. First American edition. A bibliomystery by the author of "Dewey Decimated". Fine in near-fine DW.

Goodrum, Charles A. A Slip of the Tong 1992 (January) St. Martin's Press NY. First American edition. A bibliomystery by the author of "Dewey Decimated". Fine in DW.

Greenleaf, Stephen Book Case 1991 Morrow NY. First edition. A bibliomystery. Fine in DW,.

Gur, Batya Literary Murder 1993 (November) HarperCollins NY. Uncorrected proof of the first American edition. Translated from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu. Near fine in green printed wrappers.

Harper, Henry Howard Library Essays: About Books, Bibliophiles, Writers and Kindred Subjects 1924 The Torch Press Cedar Rapids IA. First edition. Printed for private distribution. Essays on books and writers, including "The Late Discovery of the Original Manuscript of Walden" and "Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley". Near fine in a very good slipcase; very slight wear to covers, slipcase scuffed.

Jackson, Holbrook The Anatomy of Bibliomania 1930 The Soncino Press UK. First edition. Number 360 out of 1000 copies. Two volumes. Famed book of book craziness. Very good in DWs.

Newton, A. Edward Bibliography and pseudo-Bibliography 1936 University of Pennsylvania Press PA. First edition. Inscribed "The last essay is pretty good in the opinion of the author / A Edward Newton / Oct 30, 1936" on the front free endpaper. Fine in near-fine price-clipped DW.

Osborn, James N. Neo-Philobiblon: Ruminations on Manuscript Collecting 1973 Univ of Texas TX. First edition. Fourth annual Lew David Feldman lectureship in bibliography. Fine.

Packard, Frank The Locked Book 1924 Copp, Clark Co. Toronto. First Canadian edition, published the same year as the American edition. A bibliomystery about a Malaysian warlord's search for a book. Near fine in very good DW.

Penniman, James Hosmer Make the Most of Books 1911 C. W. Bardeen NY. First edition. Inscribed by the author on the ffep in pencil, and dated 1929. Rare. Near fine in dark green cloth on boards.

Rostenberg, Leona and Madeleine Stern Old Books, Rare Friends 1997 (June) Doubleday NY. Uncorrected proof (advance reading copy) of the first edition. A wonderful joint memoir of the bookselling trade. Very good in pictorial wrappers.

Smith, Michael Marshall Tidhar, Lavie Michael Marshall Smith: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography 2000 Last Call Publishing UK. First edition. Number 9 of 40 copies, signed by Smith and other contributors on the limitation page. PR sheet for the book laid in. Fine in blue printed wrappers.

Sowerby, E. Millicent Rare People and Rare Books 1966 Constable London. Uncorrected proof of the first edition. A very rare proof. Very good in green printed wrappers.

TillMan, Lynne Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co. 1999 (October) Harcourt Brace & Company NY. Uncorrected proof of the first edition. The extraordinary tale of a great New York bookstore told by the readers, writers and staff who loved it, one of the premier independent bookstores in the country. The story of its determined founder, Jeannette Watson, told with the help of writers and bookshop visitors, such as Roy Blount Jr., Brendan Gill, Calvin Trillin, Susan Cheever, Fran Lebowitz and many more. Fine in grey printed wrappers.

Wakem, Hugh (pseudonym), The Diary of a Smut Hound 1930 William Hodgson PA. First edition. "A crusader for morality in literature supplies the world with a valuable insight into his life and habits." A very funny satire on erotica, censorship, bookmen, and book dealers. 63 pages. Believed to be written by Samuel Roth. Near fine in very good DW.

Warga, Wayne Hardcover 1985 Arbor House NY. First edition. Author's first book. Signed by the author on the first blank page. A bibliomystery. Fine in DW.

Wells, Carolyn Murder in the Bookshop c1950 Hillman Publications NY. Scarce reprint. Bibliomystery, which hinges on the disappearance of a book bearing the rarest of all signatures of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, that of Button Gwinnett. Very good in pictorial wrappers.

Wylie, Alexander Notes on Chinese Literature 1902 American Presbyterian Mission Shanghai. New (second) edition, first published in 1867. The term 'literature' really means publicatons in this context. This then is a bibilography of books arranged by classics, histoy, philosophers, belles- lettres. Each classification is then again broken down into smaller subjects, with entries filed behind them. Quarter leather worn and cracked at spine, runned at corners. Otherwise very good, with unfoxed pages. Contemporaneous ownership notes and stamps on front pastdown and title page, including a Chinese 'chop' stamp in red ink.


Number of items: 41
Number of authors: 30

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