Paris: Libraire De l'Academie, 1756. Full Leather. As. 156 pp. 12mo. Engraved frontis. Subtitle: "Nouvellement etablie a Troyes en Champagne." Two vols. in one. Contemporary calf cover is scuffed and worn, with erosion at corners and along lower edges and hinges. Spine had gilt pattern, mostly obscured now. Binding holding tightly. Bubble-patterned pastel eps are aged and soiled. Pasted inside front cover is an old listing of the book. Pasted on the ffep is a hand-written note, in English, undated but signed by H. Bates. The note reads, in part: "This very curious & facetious collection was the production of Pierre Jean Grosley (born in Troyes, 1718) aided by his relative & friend Andre Lefebure (various spellings in this account), & 'David.' An academy had...
London: George Bell & Sons, 1881. Hardcover. Sixth Edition. 93 pp. + 24 pp. pub. ads. 24 b/w full-page plates. Subtitle: "...Illustrations designed and engraved by George Cruikshank. And other plates. Accompanied by the dialogue of the pupper-show, an account of its origin, and of puppet plays in England." Red cloth front cover ruled in gilt with gilt center illus. of "Mr. Punch." Cloth split about 1" at upper front hinge; entire seam is tender. Gilt on spine is bright, but red is sunned. Black eps separated at both hinges. There is an ink inscr. on half-title, which also indicates "Bohn's Illustrated Library." Occasional foxing within. A fascinating account of the serious subject of the puppet show and its place in theatrical history, replete with...
London: Punch Magazine, 1875. Hard Cover. First Edition. Red cloth covered boards with blind embossed Punch Magazine character on front cover boards, gold tilting to spine that has faded. Wear and scuffing to boards, corners bumped with minor losses. Endpapers have been reinforced at gutter with cloth strip. Light foxing to endpapers, text block slightly shaken in boards, clean within. Very Good.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1934. Wraps. First Edition. Light terra cotta colored wraps. A satire subtitled: "With apologies to Lewis Carroll, the originator and pre-historian of the New Deal". An anti-Roosevely and New Deal poem based on the Alice in Wonderland story by Carroll. Ownership and date stamp on first free endpaper. Very Good.
London: John Camden Hotten. Hard Cover. As. 354 pp. + 19 pp. publisher's ads. 8vo. 80 color ills. N.D., but contains a list of new books for 1869. Green cover has blindstamped rules front and back; back view of a man on a horse in gilt in the center of the front cover. Gilt lettering on spine with Dr. Syntax himself in gilt. Some edgewear at corners and spine extremities. Frayed all 4 back edges and bottom front corner. Gray eps. Hinges starting but holding. Pencil inscription on verso of frontis. "The original edition, complete and unabridged, with the life and adventures of the author, now first written, by John Camden Hotten. 80 full page illustrations. drawn and coloured after the originals by T. Rowlandson."...
Riverside, Connecticut: The Chatham Press, Inc., 1973. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing. 103 pp. Binding has blind-stamped green lettering on spine. Spine ends are slightly bumped. Bottom corners are bumped. Top page edges are slightly soiled. Illustrated DJ, in protective cover, is slighlty aged and edge-worn. Green endpapers. Interior consists of brief text with numerous, often full-page, black & white photos and occasional color photos. A glimpse into "the way life should be" and used to be here in Maine.
First free endpaper is signed, in ink, by Marshall Dodge, Walter E. Howe and Mary Eastman. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1966. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing. 120 pp. Dust jacket has considerable wear, scuffing, staining, and small losses, large loss in base of rear panel, now in mylar cover. Light sunning to top edge of cover boards, clean within. Inscribed by Levin in blue ink on half-title page.
Signed by Author. Very Good / Good.
Gobbato, Imero. New York: Lothrop Lee & Shepard Co., 1968. Hard Cover. First Edition. Unpag. 12mo. Light wear to dust jacket, small 3/4" scuff that has removed some color at the base of the front panel, now in mylar cover. Light spotting along foot of cover boards, clean within.
Inscribed by illustrator Imero Gobbato to legendary Maine Anitquarian bookseller Lilian Berliawsky on the first free endpaper. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Dix, Edwards & Co., 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. First American Edition. 228 pp. 12mo. Front and rear cover are stamped with an illustration of the Paragreen family and the title, "The Paragreens." The illustration and lettering on the front cover is bright gilt. Spine has a faded stamped gilt illustration of Mr. Paragreen and gilt lettering. Covers are lightly soiled and edge-worn. Corners are bumped and threadbare. Sunned spine is chipped at ends. Previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down. Numerous black & white illustrations throughout. Very Good.
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1932. Hard Cover. First Edition. 219 pp. Brown cloth covered boards with gold embossed pinstripe design and gold medallion title in center of cover, gold embossed title to spine. Spine slightly sunned. Clean and crisp wtihin, this is copy number 716 of 1500 and signed by the artist at the colophon. Brown paper covered slipcase with white paper patch title in Very Good condition given its age.
Signed by Artist. Very Good.
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1955. Hard Cover. First Edition. Unpag. Very clean copy with the slightest hint of age toning to the title page. Clean, crisp orange, white and turqouise illustrated cover boards. Orange endpapers with Thurber's dogs and people facing off. Contains the elusive mailing box with the title and a Thurber dog illustrated on cover. Lower right corner of box, both inner and outer, crushed at some point, other three corners tight, small tear at lip of top lid of outer box. Fine.