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Dale Steffey Books
Dale Wayne Steffey
315 S. Arbutus Dr. Bloomington IN 47401
812-333-2903 or 812-345-1768
Modern Firsts, Literature, Childrens Books, Rare and Unusual
Booth Number: 24  

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The House of Life Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Illustrated By Phoebe Anna Traquair; Cedric Chivers Binding. Published by William J. Hay, Edinburgh (1904)

Description: Full Tan Calf. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Thus. A limited edition of 150. Limitation page states -" The following pages are plain photographic reproductions of an illuminated manuscript made on vellum for my brother, Mr. William Richardson Ross. They are here reproduced with his kind permission, and from negatives made by him. For sanction to use the text I have to thank Mr. William Rossetti and Messrs. Ellis and Elvey. One hundred and fifty copies have been reproduced. P. A. Traquair". Handsomely bound by Cedric Chivers, Bath, and signed thus in gilt inside rear cover on lower turn-in. The front cover is decorated with a sculptured Art Nouveau border composed of pomegranates and curved stems in blind and accented with gilt circlets. The spine and back cover employ the same motifs in a less intricate design. The turn-ins are tooled in gilt with a double fillet border enclosing gilt cornerpieces. Mottled end pages. Top edge gilt. Illustrated with reproductions from the original illuminated manuscript by Phoebe Anna Traquair. A Near Fine copy, slight foxing to pages of text. Book is in a clear plastic wrapper which is chipped at top edge rear cover, and housed in a custom brown linen case with full calf spine and gilt titles. The case is Fine. Text on the final page states: "This book was printed and illuminated by me, and finished in 1902. In making this book I used the fifth edition of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s poems of 1871. Phoebe Anna Traquair born Moss." Phoebe Anna Traquair (nee Moss) 1852-1936, was a member of the Guild of Women Binders, the Edinburgh Arts and Crafts Club, and the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours. Though there is no indication that this binding was designed by her, it is very similar in style to the ones she executed for the Guild of Women Binders. Exceedingly lovely ! Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Limited Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 004799

Genre: Fine Bindings

Price $3,500.00

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Some Swell Pup or are You Sure You Want a Dog? Sendak, Maurice; Margolis, Matthew. Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York (1976).

Description: Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Sendak, Maurice (illustrator). First Edition. SIGNED by Author and Illustrator Maurice Sendak at the bottom of the title page. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, lightly rubbed at the tips. A quite lovely copy, and SCARCE SIGNED by Sendak. SIGNED. Bookseller Inventory # 004398

Genre: Children's Literature

Price $500.00

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Dearly Devoted Dexter. Lindsay, Jeff. Published by Doubleday, New York (2005).

Description: Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Basis for the Showtime, and now CBS, hit thriller featuring Dexter Morgan, serial killer. A couple of tiny bumps bottom edge, Else Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Unaccountably scarce, and especially in such lovely condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000997

Genre: Mystery

Price $400.00

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The Favourite Game. Cohen, Leonard. Published by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd., London (1963).

Description: Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. First British Edition. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Near Fine, light soil top edge of page block and prior owner gift inscription front endpage, in a Very Good Plus dustjacket, light browning to white dustjacket front panel and spine, small corner crease top corner front flap, bottom corner front flap neatly price clipped.Jacket design by Barry Trengrove. True 1st edition of Cohen's SCARCE 1st novel, and doubly SCARCE SIGNED by him at time of publication, with a lovely example of his early signature on the title page. Filmed in 2003 by Director Bernar Hebert. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Bookseller Inventory # 002721

Genre: Literature

Price $1,500.00

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De Rerum Natura Libri Sex. Ad optimorum Exemplarium fidem recensiti. Accesserunt Variae Lectiones, Quae in Libris MSS & Eruditorum Commentariis notatu digniores Occurrunt. Titi Lucretii Cari (Titus Lucretius Carus). Published by Jacobi Tonson (Jacob Tonson), Londini (London), 1712

Description: Bound in the original 18th century leather, 6 raised bands at spine, gilt titles and decorations, 370 p., each of the 6 parts of the book starting with strikingly beautiful full page prints with ornate friezes and decorative capitals. Overall about Very Good, the leather is rubbed, edgeworn, and starting to separate at the spine. Binding still tight, endpages moderate browning, light age toning to interior pages. On front pastedown the armorial bookplate of the Earl of Roden K.S.P. and some bookseller pencil notes. "Titus Lucretius Carus (died mid to late 50s BCE) was an Epicurean poet of the late Roman republican era. His six-book Latin hexameter poem De Rerum Natura ., variously translated On the nature of things and On the nature of the universe, survives virtually intact, although it is disputed whether he lived to put the finishing touches to it. As well as being a pioneering figure in the history of philosophical poetry, Lucretius has come to be our primary source of information on Epicurean physics, the official topic of his poem. Among numerous other Epicurean doctrines, the atomic ‘swerve’ is known to us mainly from Lucretius' account of it. His defence of the Epicurean system is deftly and passionately argued, and is particularly admired for its eloquent critique of the fear of death in book 3." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004640

Genre: Poetry, Physics, Philosophy, Fine Bindings

Price $4,000.00

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