Handley Cross, Hawbuck Grange, Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, "Ask Mamma", "Plain or Ringlets?" and Mr. Romford's Hounds (Complete Six Volume Set).
R.S. Surtees. Bath, England: George Bayntun, 1926.
Jorrocks Edition. 578, 265, 450, 423, 398, 405 pages. A handsome reprint set featuring works by Robert Smith Surtees, in which the comical exploits of
English gentry are skewered, with an emphasis on fox hunting. Originally published from 1843 to 1865. With hand-colored
John Leech frontis illustrations in each volume, as well as plentiful b&w engraved illustrations by Mr. Leech, H
ablot K. Brown and others. Includes 1959 sales receipt for this set from B. H. Blackwell, bookseller of Oxford, England.
--- In full bright blue cloth-covered boards with titling and decorations in gilt, red and grey on cover and spine. ---
Many pages are unopened at top edges; with a little rubbing to cover extremities, prior owner's elegantly inked
ownership info. on "Handley Cross" ffep, and barely-noticeable sticker removal evidence on front paste-downs.
Overall, volumes are bright and bindings are firm. Very Good. 78799.
Genre: English Gentry
Sometimes a Great Notion.
Kesey, Ken. New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition, first printing in first state jacket. 628 pages. The classic by the talented Oregonian is set in the timber country
of the coastal Oregon mountains. This novel was later made into a movie starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. ---
In light green cloth-covered boards with KK decoration in green and blue on cover; titling on spine also in green
and blue and with green topstain. Jacket in black w/bold 'Ken Kesey' in green. Back of jacket features author
portrait by Hank Krangler. --- Points for first state met: Viking ship on half title, Hank Krangler photo attribution
on jacket, two-line back flap Kesey bio. --- With binder's blemish to front endpapers and shallow crease to the first
few leaves; else a clean, bright, unmarked copy. Bright jacket with small chips and tears along edges, small holes at
flap crease points and pea-sized section of outer jacket skin has been lost on author portrait. Dust jacket bears
original $7.50 flap price and in removable archival mylar protector. Book: VG+; Jacket: G+
Notre-Dame de PARIS [The Hunchback of Notre-Dame] (Two-Volume set in glassine wraps and custom clamshell slipcase).
Hugo, Victor. Paris: The Limited Editions Club, 1930.
xxix, 309, 377 pages. An early Limited Editions Club title (number 13, in the second series), bound in the French style without
integral hardcovers and in a new custom clamshell slipcase created by G'Jim of Wyoming Mercantile.
(The lack of covers generated criticism for the publisher, who responded by rebinding many copies in hardcover.) ---
With woodcut illustrations by Frans Masereel, translated from the French by Jessie Haynes and an introduction by
Andrew Lang. Number 1305 of a limited edition of 1500 copies and signed on the limitation page by artist Frans Masereel.
This work is commonly known as 'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame'. --- A two volume set, each wrapped in original glassine
papers. Printed and bound in Paris by R. Coulouma and printed on rich Velin d'Arches papers. Slipcase in natural linen
and light grey fabric with black titling on silver spine label. --- The glassine wrappers are yellowed and with some
tearing (especially on volume two). Many pages are unopened (not severed by the knife from adjoining leaves). The
volumes themselves are bright and firm and without markings or soilings. Overall, a lovely addition to the collector's
shelf. VG+. 77917.
The Sneetches and Other Stories.
Dr. Seuss. New York: Random House, 1961
65 pages. First printing of Dr. Seuss's popular collection of illustrated stories for children. Meets points for first printing:
295/295 flap price, correct list of 'Twenty Books by Dr. Seuss' on rear jacket flap (per Younger & Hirsch no. 73).
Includes 'The Sneetches', 'The Zax', 'Too Many Daves' and 'What Was I Scared of?'. --- With drawing of a large and a
small Sneetch on cover (repeated on jacket), and with Seuss's color drawings throughout. --- Previous owner's dated
signature on front free endpaper; otherwise interior is clean and bright. Covers with light rubbing to lower edges.
Bright jacket with tape-repaired 4-inch tear to front, other smaller tears and w/chafing, especially at spine ends and
crease points; in removable archival mylar protector. Book: VG; Jacket: G. 77866.
Complete Works, Twenty-Four Volume Set.
Joseph Conrad. New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1924
A complete, 24-volume set containing the complete works of Joseph Conrad. Labeled by publisher as the Complete Edition. ---
Each volume in grey cloth with blindstamped cover image of a sailing ship. Titling on paper spine labels. Top edge gilt, all volumes.
The books are not housed in either slipcases or dust jackets. --- With water spotting to some spine labels and general yellowing to spines.
Each volume with prior owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-downs (some of which are completely or partially torn out), most with light edgewear.
Interiors are otherwise clean, firm and unmarked. VG. 78737.