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  • ALLEN, Grant
    ALS, 15 Sept. (1883?)

    1884. 2 pp, 18 x 11 cm. Bifolium. Dated 15 Sept. Twenty-one lines of text, written in a close neat hand. The text is complete, but the second leaf has suffered some loss from careless removal from the mount, and has glue traces to the blank reverse. Signed 'Grant Allen'. Addressed to 'My dear Mr. Payn' [James Payne, editor of the Cornhill Magazine, London]. He begins by thanking him for his 'very kind note', before explaining: 'I have sent you nothing lately for two reasons: first, because I have been working very hard at my projected novel; and secondly because I have been working still harder at a house which we are furnishing here, and which has occupied the best…

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    1884. 2 pp, 18 x 11 cm. Bifolium. Dated 15 Sept. Twenty-one lines of text, written in a close neat hand. The text is complete, but the second leaf has suffered some loss from careless removal from the mount, and has glue traces to the blank reverse. Signed 'Grant Allen'. Addressed to 'My dear Mr. Payn' [James Payne, editor of the Cornhill Magazine, London]. He begins by thanking him for his 'very kind note', before explaining: 'I have sent you nothing lately for two reasons: first, because I have been working very hard at my projected novel; and secondly because I have been working still harder at a house which we are furnishing here, and which has occupied the best part of my time for three weeks past.' He does however have 'another short story, designed (with your kind approbation) for the Cornhill, now on the stocks, and I will shortly send it for your consideration.' He turns to 'the suggested light science', announcing that he 'will try my hand as soon as possible at the toad-in-a-hole, which is a favourite subject of mine as it happens, tho' I'm strongly inclined to believe, like your own professor, that he is never really found in situ.' He requests anonymity ('as I gather will be the case with all Cornhill papers under the new régime'), as it will give him 'more room to kick my legs about'. He confesses: 'The fact is, though I must earn my living by literature, I have my private ambition as well: I may some day put myself up as a candidate for the Royal Society, and if I were suspected of possessing a sense of humour, it might prove a fatal disqualification for the post.' The article, under the title 'Seven Year Sleepers', appeared in the Cornhill for January 1884, its theme being 'whether the "toad in a hole" can survive immurement for long periods', with a broader discussion of hibernation. James Payne (1830-98), besides editing the Cornhill and Chambers's Journal, published novels and belles lettres. The novel he was working was probably PHILISTIA (1884), his first novel. I have handled many, many Grant Allen books over decades, but this is only the second autograph I have had.

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    Book ID: 51532
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  • ONDAATJE, Michael
    ANIL'S GHOST (proof)

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Knopf, 2000. Inscribed by Author; Advance uncorrected proof in cream card covers laid into the published dust jacket. Fine. The jacket. which is too tall and too wide for the book, has soft flap creases, and to front panel, else VG+. A novel set in his native Sri Lanka (Ceylon), it won him his 5th Governor-General's Award, a Giller Prize, the Prix Médicis, and other notable prizes. I; Octavo

    Book ID: 55060
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  • JARMAN, Mark Anthony, editor
    BEST CANADIAN STORIES 2023

    Edition: First Printing

    Windsor: Biblioasis, 2022. Advance proof. Self covers cerlox-bound. Corner crease to first leaf and small curls to lower outer corner of early leaves, else fine. Very few of these advance copies were made. Stephen Heighton (2), Caroline Adderson, David Bezmozgis, and 11 others. ; Quarto; pages

    Book ID: 55603
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  • HANSEN, Joseph
    BRANDSTETTER & OTHERS: five fictions

    Edition: First printing

    Woodstock, Vermont: Foul Play Press / Countryman Press, 1984. Blue cloth. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.

    Book ID: 43160
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  • (HEAVYSEGE, Charles, 1816-76)
    COUNT FILLIPPO; or, the unequal marriage. A drama, in five acts. By the author of "Saul".

    Montreal & Toronto: B. Dawson / R.& A. Miller, 1860. Second issue, first commercial edition, made from sheets of the first issue published by the author himself earlier in 1860, perhaps in paper covers (stab holes are in the inner margins of all but the title leaf). Original brown cloth decorated and bordered in blind, front cover gilt lettered. pp (3)-153. Spine sunned with some wear at head; 16 June,1860 ink names at front (Rufus Melchisedec Hart, law student, Montreal); author's name and two other titles supplied in ink on title page; author and title supplied in ink at rear; yellowing and a soil spot to page edges; scattered soiling and foxing in text; some slight separations in gutters…

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    Montreal & Toronto: B. Dawson / R.& A. Miller, 1860. Second issue, first commercial edition, made from sheets of the first issue published by the author himself earlier in 1860, perhaps in paper covers (stab holes are in the inner margins of all but the title leaf). Original brown cloth decorated and bordered in blind, front cover gilt lettered. pp (3)-153. Spine sunned with some wear at head; 16 June,1860 ink names at front (Rufus Melchisedec Hart, law student, Montreal); author's name and two other titles supplied in ink on title page; author and title supplied in ink at rear; yellowing and a soil spot to page edges; scattered soiling and foxing in text; some slight separations in gutters in text; else a VG tight copy of the author's second play. See TPL 5905 for the first issue. Both issues are rare. ; Octavo

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    Book ID: 55090
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  • HUEFFER, Oliver Madox (n. Oliver Franz Hueffer,1877-1931)
    COUSINS GERMAN

    Edition: First Printing

    London: Ernest Benn, 1930. Black cloth, spine gilt lettered. Foxing to page edges; front endpaper covered with the pencil notes (many critical) of a former owner; faint spotting to covers; else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy. A little-known but interesting WWI novel by the younger brother of Ford Madox Hueffer (Ford Madox Ford), based on his own experiences in the trenches. Oliver was a playwright, novelist, author, and journalist. "In October 1915 Hueffer got a commission in the 10th battalion of the East Surrey regiment; he was wounded in the shoulder at Thiepval in September 1916, during the battle of the Somme. He was invalided home, but in February 1918 he was transferred to the 3rd battalion…

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    London: Ernest Benn, 1930. Black cloth, spine gilt lettered. Foxing to page edges; front endpaper covered with the pencil notes (many critical) of a former owner; faint spotting to covers; else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy. A little-known but interesting WWI novel by the younger brother of Ford Madox Hueffer (Ford Madox Ford), based on his own experiences in the trenches. Oliver was a playwright, novelist, author, and journalist. "In October 1915 Hueffer got a commission in the 10th battalion of the East Surrey regiment; he was wounded in the shoulder at Thiepval in September 1916, during the battle of the Somme. He was invalided home, but in February 1918 he was transferred to the 3rd battalion of the Suffolk regiment with the temporary rank of lieutenant, and returned to France to serve as a railway transport officer. He was gazetted out of the army in February 1919." - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Besides war, the book touches on his German family links and the anti-German feeling in Britain at the time. ; Octavo; [2], 284, [2] pages

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    Book ID: 55029
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  • ROOKE, Richard
    CROSSING THE BORDER & other poems

    Edition: First printing

    Francestown, NH: Typographeum, 1992. Blue cloth with paper spine label. pp (46), [2]. Some interesting drawings by high school students of this Canadian author and high school teacher. Fine copy. Copy H of 10 signed by the author. There were also 75 regular copies. ; Tall octavo

    Book ID: 51582
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  • LOCKRIDGE, Richard
    ENCOUNTER IN KEY WEST

    Edition: First printing

    Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1966. Cloth & boards. Pink spine has sunning to ends; slight yellowing to page edges; light foxing to front free endpaper; VG otherwise. Dust jacket has crease to front flap, front panel has a short creased tear to upper inner corner and two small soil spots, pink spine has some sunning and short tears at ends; VG otherwise. A non-criminous novel by the prolific crime novelist, set in Key West and dealing with the ramifications of homosexuality in man-woman relationships. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 52392
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  • GOLD, GOLD IN CARIBOO: a story of adventure in British Columbia. With six illustrations by Godfrey C. Hindley by PHILLIPPS-WOOLEY, Clive
    PHILLIPPS-WOOLEY, Clive
    GOLD, GOLD IN CARIBOO: a story of adventure in British Columbia. With six illustrations by Godfrey C. Hindley

    Edition: First printing

    London: Blackie, 1894. Lively pictorial green cloth stamped in black, gilt, blue, reddish, and brown. grey endpapers. pp 288 + 6 plates + 32 pp ads. Just a little leaned, page edges lightly yellowed, free endpapers curled, Xmas, 1898, prize book label at front with some offset tanning to margins of free endpaper, else fine and bright, with an illustration of a Chinese and a Caucasian kneeling, raking in gold with their hands. Clive Oldnall Long Phillipps, 3 April 1853 - 8 July 1918) was a British-Canadian official, author and big game hunter. He settled in Oak Bay, British Columbia. Reprinted a number of times, an excellent copy of the scarce first edition.; Octavo

    Book ID: 51296
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  • ACKROYD, Peter
    LONDON LICKPENNY

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Ferry Press, 1973. pp 33, [3] + yellow fly leaves, in nice jacket with art by Duncan Grant. Tiny tan fleck on front cover, else a fine copy. Trade edition of 474 copies. His second book. Poetry. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 51697
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  • APPLE, A.E. (pseud of Albert Elmer Applebaum, 1891-1963)
    MR. CHANG'S CRIME RAY: a detective story

    Edition: First Edition

    New York: Chelsea House, 1928. Variant binding of green cloth lettered & ruled in gilt. pp (5)-249, [1], (2, ads) (also noted in blue cloth). Spine a little sunned with gilt dulled; small ink note inside front cover; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; light yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean & unworn copy. Applebaum was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to Canada for a while but returned to Cleveland. Not much is known about his life. He published 33 Mr. Chang stories in the pulps 1919-31, but there were only two book collections. Chang has been called the Canadian Charlie Chan, but the character is much more sinister - he is pure evil, a pitiless…

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    New York: Chelsea House, 1928. Variant binding of green cloth lettered & ruled in gilt. pp (5)-249, [1], (2, ads) (also noted in blue cloth). Spine a little sunned with gilt dulled; small ink note inside front cover; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; light yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean & unworn copy. Applebaum was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to Canada for a while but returned to Cleveland. Not much is known about his life. He published 33 Mr. Chang stories in the pulps 1919-31, but there were only two book collections. Chang has been called the Canadian Charlie Chan, but the character is much more sinister - he is pure evil, a pitiless criminal, a semi-human oriental demon. The present novel begins with Chang in police custody being transported by train to Toronto, but he escapes. The Chinese hire the detective Dr. Ling to continue the chase. In the meanwhile, Mr. Chang has discovered that a Professor Farrada has invented a death ray, and sets out to steal it. Which is the supernatural part of this crime novel. Uncommon book. Voilà locates at U Alberta only. ; Octavo

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    Book ID: 55406
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  • LAUGHLIN, James, IV, editor (W.W.E. ROSS)
    NEW DIRECTIONS IN PROSE & POETRY 1937

    Edition: First Edition; First Printing

    Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions, 1937. Illustrated boards printed in blue, black, and grey. Unpaged. Spine only faintly darkened with minor rubbing to ends; light rubbing along bottom edges; top page edges and endpapers lightly yellowed; nice bookplate inside front cover of John Bennett Shaw, the noted Sherlockian; else fine. The dust jacket (design by Alfonso Ossorio, duplicating covers), has small corner chips to the yellowed spine; light sunning to flap folds and upper margin of rear panel; VG+ otherwise. A nice copy. Contributions by Jean Cocteau, Henry Miller, Kay Boyle, W.C. Williams, Gertrude Stein, e.e. cummings, Delmore Schwartz, Kenneth Rexroth, and others, including five pages titled "Distillates", short prose by one of Canada's earliest modernist poets (and first Imagist…

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    Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions, 1937. Illustrated boards printed in blue, black, and grey. Unpaged. Spine only faintly darkened with minor rubbing to ends; light rubbing along bottom edges; top page edges and endpapers lightly yellowed; nice bookplate inside front cover of John Bennett Shaw, the noted Sherlockian; else fine. The dust jacket (design by Alfonso Ossorio, duplicating covers), has small corner chips to the yellowed spine; light sunning to flap folds and upper margin of rear panel; VG+ otherwise. A nice copy. Contributions by Jean Cocteau, Henry Miller, Kay Boyle, W.C. Williams, Gertrude Stein, e.e. cummings, Delmore Schwartz, Kenneth Rexroth, and others, including five pages titled "Distillates", short prose by one of Canada's earliest modernist poets (and first Imagist poet) W.W.E. Ross. An uncommon volume from the second year of this distinguished modernist press. ; Octavo

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    Book ID: 55394
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  • WARDLE, Jane (pseud. of Oliver Franz Madox Hueffer, 1876-1931)
    THE ARTISTIC TEMPERAMENT

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: McClure, Phillips, 1907. Blue ribbed cloth decorated and borded in white, gilt lettered. pp (4), 355. Fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. Tiny nick and minute rubbing to spine ends; faint spotting to covers; mild rubbing to the white spine decoration; 29 Dec., 1907, pencil owner name on half-title page; yellowing to page edges; else a VG bright and tight copy. The first of the five "Jane Wardle" novels by the younger brother of Ford Madox (Hueffer) Ford. Oliver was a novelist, journalist, and playwright, " He was extravagant, theatrical, charming, entertaining, and ingeniously irresponsible, particularly where facts, money, or women were concerned. The dash he cuts in the diaries and memoirs of his circle is of…

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    New York: McClure, Phillips, 1907. Blue ribbed cloth decorated and borded in white, gilt lettered. pp (4), 355. Fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. Tiny nick and minute rubbing to spine ends; faint spotting to covers; mild rubbing to the white spine decoration; 29 Dec., 1907, pencil owner name on half-title page; yellowing to page edges; else a VG bright and tight copy. The first of the five "Jane Wardle" novels by the younger brother of Ford Madox (Hueffer) Ford. Oliver was a novelist, journalist, and playwright, " He was extravagant, theatrical, charming, entertaining, and ingeniously irresponsible, particularly where facts, money, or women were concerned. The dash he cuts in the diaries and memoirs of his circle is of a person of gusto, caprice, and hilarity; someone always larger than life. He moved in a cloud of exaggeration, rumour, and pranks...He specialized in portraying artists, vagabonds, burglars, and outcasts. His style is versatile and fluent; often light and entertaining, with touches of Dickensian comic realism. His pleasure in straining the credibility of his plots results in facetiousness. His personal vivacity and wit is thinner on the page than in life, and his work is little read now." - Max Saunders, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). ; Octavo

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    Book ID: 45127
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  • THE MILL ON THE FLOSS by ELIOT, George
    ELIOT, George
    THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Blackwood, 1860. Three volumes, original brown cloth. pp vi, (vii-viii), 361; vi, (vii-viii), 319; vi, (vii-viii), 313. Half-titles in each volume. Presumed first state without the advertisement leaf in Vol. I before page 1. Without the blank leaf at rear of Vol. I, like most copies; without the 16 pp catalogue at rear of Vol. III found in some copies. Volumes I and II have been recased with new endpapers. Private bookplate at front of each volume. Minor wear at ends of very lightly darkened spines; scattered soil spots to margins of text; page edges tanned; Vol. III has chips to fore margin of pp 303-04 from careless opening; else a VG copy. Baker & Ross A5.1.a, binding B (no priority assigned). Sadleir 816. 1.75 kg parcel.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55532
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