Our new catalog--SUMMER MISCELLANY 2021--contains 70 select items, all new arrivals in a variety of fields with interesting Americana and Illustrated Books, and our usual assortment of Signed items. Highlights include a collection of Expressionist Prints by Alfred Kubin, a scarce book on Bermuda,, Eva La Gallienne's copy of Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE, 2 books with Original Silkscreens by Jacob Lawrence, Smith's 1774 EXAMINATION OF THE CONNECTICUT CLAIM TO LANDS IN PENNSYLVANIA, as well as Signed items by Henry Adams, Raymond Carver, Willa Cather, and others.
We post new virtual catalogs on our home page every 2 or 3 months, usually with some theme in mind. Past catalogs have centered around individual authors (Auden, Frost, Shaw, etc.) or subject matters (Manuscripts, 19th Century American & British Literature, Hand-Colored Plate Books, etc.). Two or three times a year, the catalog is a medley of finer, scarcer items including early printed books, fine bindings, hand-colored plate books, travel & exploration, and association copies. In addition we frequently update the site with new arrivals in a variety of fields.
We hope you will visit us frequently to find items in your areas of collecting. We will certainly be working hard to come up with the unusual and desirable books and autographs that many have become accustomed to seeing from us.
SPRING MISCELLANY 2021
Our new catalog--SPRING MISCELLANY 2021--contains 75 select items, all new arrivals in a variety of fields with much in Early Printed Books, Americana, and our usual assortment of Signed items. Highlights include Gottfried's well-illustrated 1655 book on American voyages, Edward Everett's copy of Emerson's "The American Scholar," Ruskin one of 7 on vellum with 4 letters tipped in, a scarce book with an LGBTQ connection by the only woman to win the Medal of Honor, as well as Signed items by W. H. Auden, Andrew Carnegie, T. S. Eliot, Joyce Kilmer, Jackie Robinson, Theodore Roosevelt, William Carlos Williams, Woodrow Wilson, and others.
Our new catalog, THE BEATS, contains more than 100 items related to the Beat movement, nearly all new arrivals, with a few items from stock at reduced prices. Many of these wonderful pieces come from two libraries, that of R'Lene Dahlberg, widow of the writer Edward Dahlberg and friend of many authors, and that of one of the original Beats, Herbert Huncke. Drug addict, petty thief, and sub-culture icon, Huncke introduced William Burroughs to heroin, and Burroughs introduced him to his friends, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Huncke appeared as a character, sometimes under his own name, in ON THE ROAD (Elmo Hassel), as well as three other books by Kerouac, HOWL, JUNKIE (Herbert), and GO (Ancke). It was Huncke who introduced Kerouac to the term "beat," which Kerouac would later use to describe his generation to John Clellon Holmes. Kerouac called Huncke "the greatest storyteller I know." In his last few years, Huncke lived in the Chelsea Hotel, where his rent came from financial support from Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, whom Huncke never met. We hope you enjoy browsing these amazing Beat relics. Our summer catalog will consist of manuscript material and archives, including Paul Bowles and Amiri Baraka.
LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS, Part II
Our new catalog, LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS, Part II, contains 55 select items, mostly new arrivals, including Archives, Letters, Manuscripts, and Signed Photographs. Highlights include important Handwritten Manuscripts by Amiri Baraka, John Burroughs, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Cowper Powys, among others; Archives by Paul Bowles, Sinclair Lewis, and E. H. Shepard, among others; Letters with fine content by Raymond Carver, James Fenimore Cooper, Rudyard Kipling, and William Wordsworth, among others; and much more.
Our new catalog, LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS, contains 66 select items, mostly new arrivals, including Archives, Letters, Manuscripts, and Signed Photographs. Highlights include important Handwritten Manuscripts by D. H. Lawrence, A. A. Milne, and Saul Bellow among others; Manuscript Poems by W. H. Auden, Willa Cather, and Robert Frost among others; Letters with fine content by T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Sean O'Casey, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and W. B. Yeats among others; Signed Photographs by Sinclair Lewis, and much more.
WINTER MISCELLANY 2020
Our new catalog--WINTER MISCELLANY 2020--contains 90 select items, all new arrivals in a variety of fields. Highlights include Signed items by Susan B. Anthony, Buffalo Bill, Dolley Madison, Cole Porter, Marcel Proust, Theodore Roosevelt, Wallace Stevens, and others; as well as rare Americana, Illustrated Books, and much more.
All 126 items in this catalog are from the library of William Meredith with nearly all INSCRIBED to the poet. Writers include Vonnegut, Updike, Ginsberg, and many luminaries of poetry. William Meredith began writing while a student at Princeton University where he wrote a senior thesis on Robert Frost. His first volume of poetry, LOVE LETTER FROM AN IMPOSSIBLE LAND, was selected by Archibald MacLeish for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1944. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for PARTIAL ACCOUNTS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS and a National Book Award in 1997 for EFFORT AT SPEECH. From 1978 to 1980, Meredith was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the position which in 1985 became the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the first gay poet to receive this honor. He died in 2007 at the age of 88.