The Happy Prince and Other Stories.
Oscar Wilde. London/David Nutt/1888.
First edition. Octavo (21.5 cm), pp. [xiv], 116. Rebound in brown leather with gilt titling on upper board and
gilt decorative leaf motif on both boards and spine. One thousand copies were printed of this first edition
(Mason, 331-332). Collation conforms to Mason with two points of divergence: blank leaf at end of Q signature
has been moved to follow free front endpaper; following this blank leaf is the Japanese vellum with
G.P. Jacomb-Hood’s illustration, red lettering, and publisher’s device, originally used on upper cover.
Boards have light to moderate edge and corner wear, with the most significant wear at tail of spine.
Re-jointed and re-backed, with 2/3 of gilt back preserved. Spine has darkened with age, and leather turn-ins have left a
dark border around edges of endpapers. Missing tissue guard. Pages are clean and bright. Very good.
This collection of children’s stories by Wilde marked his departure from journalism, just before his playwriting career
gained momentum. In addition to Jacomb-Hood’s head- and tail-pieces, includes three full-page illustrations by acclaimed
19th century children’s illustrator Walter Crane. Masse, 39.
Genre: Children's Literature, Classics
The Frank Zappa Guitar Book.
Vai, Steve [Frank Zappa]. Los Angeles/Munchkin Music/1982.
Folio (31cm), pp. 302. Wraps show rubbing and have moderate edge and corner wear. Musical transcriptions of Zappa's guitar
and drum work by Steve Vai. "Frank gave me these two cassettes filled with wild guitar playing, some of which was released
on the Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar records, and some of which has never been released. And the more I transcribed, the more
he piled the stuff on. At the time, I was getting paid $10 a page, and it would take me three days to do one page!" (Wikipedia). Very good.
Genre: Music, Performing Arts
One Hundred Paintings.
Chatham, Russell with Jim Harrison and Chris Waddington. Livingston, MT/Clark City Press/1990.
25.5 x 27.5 cm, pp. 135. Signed and dated 1990 by Chatham on half title page, signed by Harrison, Waddington and Chatham on title page.
Brown leather with gilt titling on upper board and spine, marbled endpapers. Includes two lithographs in front pocket: Winter I & II.
Small (1/2 inch) scratch on upper board and slight corner wear is all that mars this otherwise fine copy. Publication coincided with
Chatham's 30-year retrospective at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. This is the least common of three known editions
(of uncertain order): one paperback, one numbered in linen with slipcase, and this one in leather. Preface by the late novelist and
poet Jim Harrison is the first published appearance of that essay (Torrey and Orr). Other essays include "Reclaiming the Land" by
Waddington, an arts writer and former director of the Steensland Gallery at St. Olaf College in Minnesota; and "Family, Art and Friends"
by Chatham. Paintings are divided into California and Montana sections. Very good.
Genre: Art, Montana, Nature
L'Expedition de la Jeannette au Pole Nord racontee par tous les membres de l'expedition ouvrage compose des documents rec us par le New-York Herald de 1878 a 1882.
Geslin, Jules. Paris/Maurice Dreyfous/1893.
Octavo (22 cm), pp. , xxiv, 365,  (vol 1); , 411,  (vol 2). Undated. First trade edition (there was also an edition of
25 copies printed on Hollande Van Gelder paper). Original publisher's green cloth boards with gilt lettering, maritime vignette in
black and gold on upper boards, black border along top and bottom edges. Each with frontispiece, maps and numerous plates. Dedication
page tipped in volume 1, reproduced letter/autograph from a Mr. Jackson of the New York Herald (both of which are dated December 1892,
leading to likely publication date of 1893). Both volumes with foxing, and moderate wear along edges. Some unopened pages. A compendium
of reports from the New York Herald translated into French, regarding the Arctic voyage of the USS Jeannette. The Herald's owner,
James Gordon Bennett Jr., was an explorer at heart who financed Henry Morton Stanley's Africa expedition to find David Livingstone.
He owned the Jeannette and sent the ship (under naval command) off to look for an overdue Swedish ship in 1879. The journey was by
any measure an unmitigated disaster. Within a few months, the Jeannette got in an ice pack. The crew continued to record scientific
data and actually discovered two new islands before having to abandon ship in June 12, 1881, when the weight of the ice crushed the ship.
The crew was forced to hike down the Siberian coast, and many members (including Captain George DeLong) died there. Good.
Genre: World Exploration
Spider Woman: A Story of Navajo Weavers and Chanters.
Reichard, Gladys A. New York/MacMillan/1934.
Octavo (22 cm), pp. 287. Red cloth with gilt titling. Decorative jacket with Navajo weaving motif, deckle edge, black publisher's
ink on top edge of text block. Includes more than two dozen black and white photos. Front jacket flap is clipped (though price remains),
chipped along top and bottom edges with a 1-1/4" piece missing at tail of spine. Anthropologist and 1926 Guggenheim fellow Reichard
was a prominent scholar of Navajo culture, who lived with the Red-Point family of New Mexico in order to learn their stories and traditions.
Very good in good jacket.
Genre: Native American history, Arts