Catalogs

We post new virtual catalogs on our home page every 3 or 4 months usually with some theme in mind.  Past catalogs have centered around individual authors (Auden, Frost, Shaw, etc.) or subject matters (Aviation, 19th Century American & British Literature, Hand-Colored Plate Books, etc.).  Once or twice a year, the catalog is a medley of finer, scarcer items including incunables, hand-colored plate books, and superb association copies, such as books inscribed by Franklin Roosevelt to his sons.  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.

Charles Agvent
291 Linden Road
Mertztown, PA  19539
610-682-4750
info@charlesagvent.com



SUMMER MISCELLANY 2017: 85 Select Items

Our new catalog--SUMMER MISCELLANY 2017--contains 85 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields, especially African-Americana, Botany, Japan, Ornithology, and Poetry. Highlights include THE FIRST COOKBOOK WRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN (1829); an 18th Century Illustrated Japanese Manuscript of Floral Arrangements; Latham's GENERAL HISTORY OF BIRDS with 193 hand-colored engravings; Ninagawa's study of Japanese pottery with 125 hand-colored plates; Randall Jarrell's THE SEVEN-LEAGUE CRUTCHES with a MANUSCRIPT VERSE; signed books and documents by Louis Armstrong, Charles Chesnutt, T. S. Eliot, Joel Chandler Harris, Dorothy Parker, Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Booker T. Washington, etc.; a selection of fine bindings and illustrated books, and much more.

 

 
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WINTER MISCELLANY 2017: 61 Select Items

Our new catalog--WINTER MISCELLANY 2017--contains 61 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights Bickham’s 1741 entirely engraved THE UNIVERSAL PENMAN; SCARCE German and Japanese bookplate collections; Plattes’s 1639 A DISCOVERY OF INFINITE TREASURE; signed books & documents by Fidel Castro, Florence Nightingale, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Elizabeth Bishop, Samuel Beckett, etc.; a selection of fine bindings and illustrated books, and much more.





BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF POET WILLIAM MEREDITH

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.






WINTER MISCELLANY 2015: 60 Select Items

WINTER MISCELLANY contains 60 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights include beautiful hand-colored plate books (McIntosh's FLORA AND POMONA, 1829 and GALLERIA STORICA DELL'ITALIA, 1846; signed presidential books (James Polk, Benjamin Harrison, Millard Fillmore, Barack Obama, etc.); signed books by Thomas Hardy, Margaret Sanger, Daniel Webster, W. H. Auden, etc.; first editions of Emerson's ESSAYS, Herman Hesse's SIDDHARTHA, etc; a fine selection of fine bindings, and much more.


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SPRING MISCELLANY 2015 contains 60 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights include fine Cookery items, including the second American cookbook and Alice B. Toklas's cookbook inscribed to Eleanor Roosevelt; the true First Edition of SIDDHARTHA signed by Hesse; Thoreau's WORKS with a leaf of manuscript; the first American botanical book; Robert Lowell's first book inscribed to Randall Jarrell; Paul Muldoon's virtually unknown first book; several signed books by Theodore Roosevelt including his scarce Inaugural Address; signed books and letters by Elizabeth Bishop, T. S. Eliot, Henry Ford, Billie Holiday, W. H. Taft, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf; and much more.


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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW: 37 Select Items

Our catalog--HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW--contains 37 select items, nearly all new arrivals, related to America's most popular 19th century poet.  Best known for works like EVANGELINE, THE SONG OF HIAWATHA, and "Paul Revere's Ride," Longfellow was also the first American to translate Dante's THE DIVINE COMEDY. Highlights include many SIGNED items including letters, photographs, and books, including fine association copies.


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