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New York. Harper & Brothers, 1943
First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover in first state dust jacket. Octavo. [iv] 443pp. Green publisher's cloth with paper spine label. SIGNED by author on front free end paper. Original owner's book plate to front fixed end paper. Name written on half title page. Book in very good condition with lightly tanned page edges. Dust jacket shows wear with chipping to edges and 1" loss at top of spine extending 1" to front. Price of $2.75 intact on front dust flap.
"The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience." - Literary Quicksand.
Philadelphia. William W. Woodward. 1804
First American, From the Second London Edition. Complete in five volumes, with original cloth backed map accompanying the five. Contemporary full leather with five raised bands and dark red lettering piece to spines.
Contains family history of the Thompson - Howell family of New York. Covers a little rubbed. Some toning and occasional foxing. Cover of volume two professionally repaired. A half page of family history excised. Hand colored "Map of Palestine or Holy Land from the Best Authorities" Engraved for Whiting & Watson's edition of Dr. Scott's Bible by Peter Maverick, Newark shows toning with some foxing.
William W. Woodward (ca. 1770-1837) was a printer, stationer, and bookseller who specialized in religious, legal, and medical works from his Philadelphia shop at 52 South Second Street. Between 1804 and 1809, he produced the first American edition of Scott’s Bible, based on a newly released second London edition. According to a list appended at the end of Woodward’s proposal, Thomas Jefferson signed his name as a subscriber to one unbound copy of the Bible “in boards”. Thomas Jefferson addressed a communication to Woodward at his address in Philadelphia that may have been a subscription form for Scott’s Bible.- Founders Online
A fine example of a very early American printed Bible.
Genre: Religion, Christianity:
Darling, Saita M.
Unpublished. Colorado, 1915-1917
Scrapbook. Oblong 16" by 12". Monogrammed suede covers with single leather tie. Seventy five pages of photographs, letters and hundreds of ephemeral items arranged by Saita M. Darling, chronicling the years 1915 to 1917 during which she was a student at the Colorado Women's College in Denver, CO.
Included is a record of her fellow students names with hometowns and birthdays. Miss Darling appears to have been active in the Eta Upsilon Gamma Sorority, The Pierian Literary Society, Glee Club and American Red Cross as well as many other pursuits. The last twelve pages are concerned with her work for the Alumnae Department and contain many articles and photographs of her former classmates subsequent lives and achievements.
An exceptional scrap book, arranged in chronological order containing a wealth of information and a large number of named photographs of students and faculty members.
Genre: Education, Denver:
Khayyam, Omar (Edward Fitzgerald, translator)
Boston. Houghton Mifflin & Company. 1884
First Deluxe Edition. Folio. Number 64 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by Vedder. 17 1/2" by 15" Gilt decorated morocco over beveled boards. Ornate silk doublures and large gilt decorated dentelles. All edges gilt. 57 illustrations printed on Japanese paper and mounted on larger sheets. 8 pages of notes and appendix.
Vedder's Rubáiyát set the standard for the artist-designed book in America and England. Vedder created designs for the entire book -- its cover and lining paper, its compelling drawings, and its eccentric hand-drawn letters. A new photographic printing process translated the subtle gradations of the drawings to the printed page.
Vedder's edition of Khayyam's Rubaiyat was an instant success, selling out only six days after its debut in Boston on November 8, 1884. With the Rubaiyat, Vedder set the standard for artist-designed books in America and England. Critics rushed to acclaim it as a masterwork, and Vedder as a major American artist. - SAAM Online Vedder Exhibition.
Genre: Artist's Book, Illustated, Poetry:
San Francisco. 1970. Indian Journals. March 1962 - May 1963.
Soft cover. Octavo. 210pp. SIGNED, dated and inscribed on the title page to Keith Abbott 7/9/94 with pen sketches by Ginsberg. Very good.
Keith Abbott, was a professor at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, a published author and poet, and colleague of the author.
Genre: Beat Movement: