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Dickens, Charles. London: Chapman & Hall, April 1836-November 1837
First edition in the original monthly parts; 20 parts in 19, original green wrappers. A NEAR PRIME COPY, lacking just 3 of the 11 points required in Eckel's bibliography "The First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens." These 11 points are repeated here, with comments: (1) All covers must bear the date 1836 - they do. (2) Parts I and II front wrap must carry the words "With Four Illustrations By Seymour" - they do not. (3) Part III front wrap must have the words "With Illustrations by R. W. Buss - it does not. (4) Part I must have four plates by Seymour, signed and not re-etched by "Phiz" it does. (5) Part II must have three plates indistinctly signed "Nemo" and not "Phiz." - it does. (6) Part III must have two plates by Buss - it does. (7) Part IV has the two plates indistinctly signed "Nemo" and not "Phiz" - it does. (8) Parts II, III, X, and XV must have the address by the author [not present in parts I I and III]. (9) Parts XVII, XVIII and XIX/XX must have addresses by the publisher - they do. (10) Plates in parts I to XII must have no captions, but do have page numbers; plates in parts XIII through XIX/XX must have neither captions not page numbers - they all conform. (11) The signboard on the vignette title page must read "Tony Veller" and the signature "Phiz Fecit" must surround the tablet at the bottom of the frontispiece - they do. So the only points lacking here are the illustrator's names on the front wraps of parts I, II and III, and the Author's Address in parts II and III: but for these, the present copy would be a Prime Copy. Additionally, plates are very good to fine. Neat owner name on front wrap of parts I, II and X. A complete description will be provided upon request. Housed in a classy black quarter-leather slipcase, with chemise. Provenance: the (Thomas) Hatton & Cleaver collection, the Heritage Bookshop, Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. Amorial bookplate.
Stout, Rex. New York: The American Magazine, 1938
This item looks like a book, and it has a dust jacket, but it's a box containing 36 cards - 34 recipe cards, a "note" from Nero Wolf card and a menu card. The box has a read cloth binding and the dust jacket is attached at the rear board, as issued; COMPLETE - the 36 cards are contained within the box. This is a unique "book" produced to promote Rex Stout's 5th Nero Wolfe story. The fragile dust jacket is near fine, showing just a hint of wear at extremities. octavo.
Genre: Mystery, Cooking
Watson, James D. New York: Atheneum, 1968
SIGNED BY JAMES D WATSON ON HALF TITLE PAGE without personalization. Bound in original blue cloth. A fine first edition, review copy with publisher's slip laid-in. Dust jacket is so near fine. Housed in a custom made half calf morocco and cloth clamshell box. Watson and Crick received the Nobel Prize for Physiology, or Medicine, in 1962, for their discovery of DNA, which was announced in the April, 1953 issue of Nature magazine. Now, explained here is the personal story of their discovery of the double helix configuration of DNA, THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ALL LIFE: THE MOST IMPORTANT DISCOVERY OF THE 20TH CENTURYAND PERHAPS THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF ALL TIME. James Dewy Watson (1928 - ) studied at the University of Chicago and received his Ph.D. in 1950 at the University of Indiana. He Studied in Copenhagen for a year, then returned to the California Institute off Technology, before joining the facility of Harvard University in 1955. Provenance: Dr. Sam Hessel, M.D. - Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc.
Pagination: xvi  12 pages.
Genre: Science and Technology, Signed
Gardner, Erle Stanley. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1944
A first edition hard cover with dust jacket in fine/very good condition. Bound in original black cloth, printed in red; a fine lovely copy, in a compelling color pictorial dust jacket, with $2.00 price on front flap. octavo.
Pagination: 220 pages
Genre: Mystery, Modern First Edition
Manchester, William and Reid, PauL. New York: Little Brown and Company, 1983-1988-2012
Three Volumes. VOLUME 2 IS SIGNED, INSCRIBED, AND DATED ON THE HALF TITLE PAGE BY WILLIAM MANCHESTER. ALSO SIGNED AND DATED IN VOLUME 3 BY PAUL REID. Three first editions in fine/fine condition. A beautiful set, all are first printings and are fine in fine unclipped dust jackets.
Genre: Signed, Sets, England, History