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8201 S. Santa Fe #245 Littleton CO 80120
Classic Fiction & Literature, Books about Birds, Modern Library Editions.
Booth Number: 21
SCOTT, Sir Walter
The Lady of the Lake
(With Engravings from illustrations by Birket Foster and John Gilbert)
Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1853
In rich red leather-covered boards with five raised bands on spine.
Detailed decorations in gilt on covers and spine, and wrapping around
volume edges to pastedowns. With elaborate engravings scattered
throughout the volume. Published on heavy, quality papers. Three edges
in bright gilt. With shortened satin bookmark ribbon (the broken-off
portion of which is present). Tissue-protected frontis illus. of a
bucolic scene at a Highland lake. Volume has foxing, especially at pages
near the front and back. Leather with rubbing at extremities. Author's
narrative poem first appeared in 1810. This later edition makes for a
lovely addition to anyone's bookshelf.
[Poetry] [Illustrated Classics]
AUDUBON, Maria R.; [AUDUBON, John James]; COUES, Elliott (Zoölogical and
Audubon and His Journals (Two Volume Set)
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900
In full, beveled dark olive cloth-covered boards with gilt medallion on
both covers featuring representation of Mr. Audubon's pheasant painting;
lettering in gilt on spine. Top edges gilt. With numerous b&w plates,
including a section at rear of volume two featuring facsimiles of
certificates and awards presented to Mr. Audubon. A few incidental
scratches to covers and lightly penciled Christmas, 1900, presentation
inscription on front pastedown of volume one. Several pages are unopened
(uncut) which indicates likelihood volumes haven't been previously read.
--- John James Audubon (1785-1851) emigrated from France to the United
States. He worked as a naturalist, ornithologist and painter; his famous
volume of paintings, 'The Birds of North America' is one the most
important ornithological works ever published. His granddaughter, Marie
Audubon, collected and edited Audubon's journals and diaries, written as
he explored the North American continent. A handsome, well-preserved
set, first published in 1897.
[Natural History] [Birds] [Biography/Autobiography]
TWAIN, Mark; [CLEMONS, Samuel (1835-1910)]
Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1897
First edition of author's account of his world travels, written in 1897.
With color illustration of elephant, framed by gilt inlays, on front
cover. Titling and decorations in gilt on spine. Includes frontis photo
of Twain, as well as many, many additional photos, drawings and sketches
scattered throughout the volume. With mild edgewear and slightly bumped
corners. Front hinge cracked, but does not significantly affect the
firmness of the volume. With penciled notes on front free endpaper,
prev. owner's rubberstamping, front pastedown. An often-humorous look at
author's round-the-world trip from Paris to the US and thence via Hawaii
to various tropical destinations. A charming addition to the bookshelf
of the Twain aficionado.
[Travel and Exploration] [Memoir/Autobiography]
BUCK, Pearl S.
The Good Earth
New York: The John Day Company, 1931
Very early printing of the great novel of China, but likely not the
first state. Nearly meets the points for a first state: 1) Statement on
publisher's page: 'for the John Day Publishing Co.' (instead of the
actual name, 'John Day Company'); 2) Typo on line 17 of page 100 wherein
the word 'fleas' is misspelled as 'flees'; 3) Statement on publisher's
page is: 'Copyright 1931 by Pearl S. Buck'. However, the top edge is
painted in bright orange on this volume; some have maintained that the
color brown is the only acceptable color for the first state. This copy
in full mustard cloth-covered boards with heavily deckled fore edge.
Green endpapers feature illustrations of peasants in procession. The
author's name and title are bright on front cover in gilt, along with
blindstamped farm field and sun decoration. Spine is very slightly
faded, but the gilt titling is very readable. Interior has inked
signature on the half title page; otherwise pages are clean and
unmarked. Volume is firm and tight, with no looseness. Front cover cloth
very slightly abraded. Lacks the scarce dust jacket. --- This winner
of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize makes for a handsome addition to the
booklover's library. This novel tells the epic story of Wang Lung and
his wife O-Lan and their life as peasants in pre-revolutionary China.
L'Ile Mystérieuse (Mysterious Island)
Paris: Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation J. Hetzel Et Cie, [undated]
Illustrated with 154 drawings etched by Férat Barbant. Undated but early
edition of author's famed work, in French language. Likely published
c.1890-1930. Hefty volume, in half green leather and half green
cloth-covered boards with chafed points and edges. Titling on spine
clear and readable. Interior bears pasted private library plate, frt.
pastedown; is otherwise unmarked. A few pages with foxing, and some
pages yellowed. Textblock edges browned. The book in firm, intact
condition. --- Overall, a marvelously illustrated copy of Jules Verne's
classic, first published in 1874, following his 'Twenty Thousand Leagues
Under the Sea'.
[Classic Fiction] [Illustrated Classics]