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 Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Hunt, Cecil. Here I Lie. London Jonathan Cape: 1932. A collection of humorous and amusing epitaphs collected in England and America by this enthusiast. Illustrated with 6 charming drawings by Maurice Arthur. Hardcover. 5"x7", 111 pages, 6 b/w plates. A near fine copy in the publisher's bright, floral-pattern boards.

Inventory #: 9720
Price: $ 20.00       




Johnson, Malcolm. David Claypool Johnston. American Graphic Humorist, 1798-1865. Worcester American Antiquarian Society: 1970. An exhibition of the work of one of the most popular illustrators of the day. Dubbed "The American Cruikshank", Johnston had supplemented his income by acting early in his career, but by the time of "Charcoal Sketches" his work could be seen in many magazines, on sheet music, and illustrating books. Hardcover. 7"x9", 47 pages, b/w illustrations pictorial covers, slightly soiled. Inscribed by the author.

Inventory #: 30292
Price: $ 30.00       




Stillwater, Michael. A Course in Marigolds. Foundation for Dinner Peas: 1988. A gently satiric take-off on a slew of self-help books, aiding the reader in finding "dinner peas" through marigolds. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 63 pages. Light wear.

Inventory #: 6681
Price: $ 10.00       




Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. Casey at the Bat. Boston Dana Estes & Company: October, 1902. First printing, presumed 1st state with binding "B" in green cloth. The first hardcover anthology printing of "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, contained in "A Treasury of Humorous Poetry. Being a Compilation of Witty, Facetious, and Satirical Verse Selected from the Writings of British and American Poets", edited by Frederic Lawrence Knowles. This classic baseball poem had first appeared in the June 3rd, 1888 issue of the San Francisco Examiner, and was popularized by actor De Wolfe Hopper who recited it thousands of times on the stage. It was reprinted as a pamphlet in 1901, and a year later saw it printed in hardcover in this treasury of humorous poetry where it was attributed, for an unknown reason, to a "Joseph Quinlan Murphy". The book presents a fascinating bibliographical tangle, with four distinctly separate states having been idenfied, featuring three different bindings and two states of the text. The presumed first issue binding features clown faces and a winged horse's head, and is known in both white (Binding "A") and green ("Binding "B"). The presumed second issue binding is also in green and features a clown on a stick, framed with a wreath (Binding "C"). There were two separate printing states- on of which has the poem attributed to Murphy and another where Murphy's name has been removed completely removed fromm the index of authors at the front, and the poem attributed to Thayer in the Index of Poems at the rear. The first printing state has been observed with Bindings A, B and C the second, corrected printing state, has only been seen in Binding C. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", xxiv + 407 pages, portrait frontispiece and 15 b/w plates. Covers with some very minor wear, tips ever so slightly abraded, spine corners abraded, but overall a very crisp, bright cop. Pages ever so slightly toned. With the period rubber stamp of "Fred. H. Dooley, Denver Wheel Club, Denver Colo." on the front paste-down, front endpaper, and rear paste-down. Fred Dooley's large ownership signature on the front endpaper, along with some notations of dates, running from 12-24-02 to 2-17-03. The Denver Wheel Club was an early bicycling club, formed in 1881, and adds another element of sporting interest.

Inventory #: 4190
Price: $ 2000.00       




Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. Casey at the Bat. Boston Dana Estes & Company: October, 1902. First printing, presumed 1st state with binding "A" in white cloth. The first hardcover anthology printing of "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, contained in "A Treasury of Humorous Poetry. Being a Compilation of Witty, Facetious, and Satirical Verse Selected from the Writings of British and American Poets", edited by Frederic Lawrence Knowles. This classic baseball poem had first appeared in the June 3rd, 1888 issue of the San Francisco Examiner, and was popularized by actor De Wolfe Hopper who recited it thousands of times on the stage. It was reprinted as a pamphlet in 1901, and a year later saw it printed in hardcover in this treasury of humorous poetry where it was attributed, for an unknown reason, to a "Joseph Quinlan Murply". The book presents a fascinating bibliographical tangle, with four distinctly separate states having been identified, featuring three different bindings and two states of the text. The presumed first issue binding features clown faces and a winged horse's head, and is known in both white (Binding "A") and green ("Binding "B"). The presumed second issue binding is also in green and featuresa clown's head on a stick, framed with a wreath (Binding "C"). There were two separate printing states- one of which has the poem attributed to Murphy and another where Murphy's name has been removed completely from the index of authors at the front, and the poem attributed to Thayer in the Index of Poems at the rear. The first printing state has been observed with Bindings A, B and C the second, corrected printing state, has only been seen in Binding C. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", xxiv + 407 pages, portrait frontispiece and 15 b/w plates. Covers with some soil and a few light spots Christmas gift inscription on the front pastedown dated 1902 ownership inscription on the endpaper also dated 1902 one plate with a short, closed tear red cloth ribbon laid-in at page 40/41, with slight resulting discoloration. Pages ever so slightly toned.

Inventory #: 3315
Price: $ 2000.00       




Trudeau, Gary. Michael j. New Haven Yale Record: 1970, 1st prtg. Doonesbury Incunabula. This is the second book-form appearance of BD, Michael, Mark, Bernie, Nichole and the rest of the cast, from its original incarnation when Trudeau was a student at Yale and the strip was called "Bull Tales". Yale President Kingman Brewster appears to write the introduction, and may even have done so... Softcover. 6"x6", about 60 pages, b/w illustrations. Light cover soil, some wear, cover creased, but hey, it went through the '60s...

Inventory #: 31236
Price: $ 125.00       



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