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What's New — August 2014Sunday with new collection

27 Wagons Full of Books!

New Collection! These books were boxed up over 30 years ago, and we will be selling them individually and in group lots through our next few newsletters. This collection contains 17th-20th century literature, many signed books, poetry, fine press and art books, and even coins and Playbills.

Our Mutual Friend

Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend.

First edition, first printing, finely bound in ¾ polished tan calf over marbled boards, 1865.

Originally published serially from May 1864-November 1865, Our Mutual Friend is the last novel Dickens completed in his lifetime.

Eliot, T.S. (Thomas Stearns). Anabasis: A Poem by St.-J. Perse.

First edition, limited issue of 300 numbered copies, 1930, signed by Eliot.

Anabasis is T. S. Eliot's translation of the French poet Saint-John Perse's epic poem, first published in French as Anabase in 1924.
A Passage to India

Forster, E.M.A Passage to India.

First printing, finely bound in full crushed crimson morocco by Bayntun-Rivière, 1924.

A Passage to India is one of Forster's most successful novels and the winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1924.


Lamb, Charles. Elia: Essays Which Have Appeared Under that Signature in the London Magazine.

First edition, first issue, finely bound in full navy Morocco, 1823.

A clean copy of the scarce first issue of a collection of Lamb's essays for the London Magazine, which he published under the pseudonym "Elia."

Portnoy's Complaint

Roth, Philip. Portnoy's Complaint.

Limited edition, one of 600 numbered copies signed by Roth.

Portnoy's Complaint is the novel that is credited with transforming Roth from a promising young author into a major literary celebrity.

27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Williams, Tennessee. 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.

First edition thus, first printing, in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Alvin Lustig, 1945.

27 Wagons Full of Cotton is a collection of 11 of Williams' one-act plays.
Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

Wolfe, Tom. Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers.

First edition, first printing, signed by Wolfe, 1970.

Two related essays that juxtapose Wolfe's perceptions of white guilt and black rage surrounding the Civil Rights Movement.

Group Lots - Prices are net to all.

Lots include: Facsimile editions, Political books, Various topics/Travel, Illustrated books, Judaica, Biographies, Fine Press, Signed Limiteds, Music, Poetry, 20th & 21st century literature, 18th & 19th century literature, Art books, and Drama & Theatre.

Find the listings of group lots here: http://www.bbrarebooks.com/catalogues.php

Click on August 2014 - Group Lots.

Let us know if you would like photos or more information.


More New Arrivals

Brave New World

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World.

First edition, first printing, 1932. Rare in the original dust jacket, and rare in fine condition.

One of the classic 20th century dystopian novels, Brave New World tells the story of Huxley's envisioned totalitarian future for modern society.


Chronicles of Narnia
Lewis, C.S.The Chronicles of Narnia.

Seven volumes. First editions, first printings, 1950-195D6.

A series of children's fantasy novels originally created for the author's goddaughter, Lucy Barfield.


The Vampyre

Polidori, John. The Vampyre.

First edition, thirds issue, finely bound in full navy Morocco, 1819.

While disparate components of vampirism appeared throughout history's horror stories, The Vampyre is a short gothic novel that is considered the forerunner of the vampire genre.

Lord of the Rings
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

First editions, first printings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Housed in a custom 1/4 morocco clamshell box by The Heritage Bindery.

The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy trilogy, written as the sequel to Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit.

Jekyll and Hyde

Stevenson, Robert Louis.  Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

First edition, first issue, 1886.

A clean and attractive copy of the scarce first isseu of the first English edition, with excellent provenance.





Decorative Publisher's Cloth

Six-Cylinder Courtship

Field, Edward Salisbury.  A Six-Cylinder Courtship.

First printing, in the publisher's decorative olive green cloth designed by Walter W. Fawcett, with decorative Art Nouveau page borders also designed by Fawcett, 1907.

A nonsensical love story about two wealthy New Yorkers whose relationship revolves around a variety of encounters involving automobiles.


Purple Stockings


Field, Edward Salisbury.The Purple Stockings.

First printing, in the publisher's decorative purple cloth most likely designed by Walter W. Fawcett, 1911.

A romantic comedy set in New York City featuring a young businessman in search of an imported pair of ladies' silk purple stockings.

From the Thames to the Netherlands

Pears, Charles. From the Thames to the Netherlands.

First printing, in the publisher's decorative light gray cloth, 1914.

The second illustrated travelogue by British maritime artist and sailor Charles Pears, in which he describes a journey from England to the Netherlands.

Perry, Walter Scott. Egypt: The Land of the Temple Builders.

First edition, in decorative green cloth stamped in gilt, 1898.
Although unsigned, this decorative publisher's bindign was created in the style of Sarah Wymann Whitman, after her design for Martin Brimmer's Egypt (1892).

Poetical Works of Walter Scott

Scott, Sir Walter. The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, with Life.

Later printing, circa 1900.

The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott is a collection of Scott's poetry accompanied with nearly 100 pages of notes.


For 2 days only, B & B is having a site-wide sale! Sale ends Sunday, 8/17 at 10 PM.
35% off all books $300 and under
30% off one single item ordered through our website - use coupon code 30AUG2014


Upcoming Book Fairs

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show


Join us in Baltimore the weekend before Labor Day - Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street (Downtown at the Inner Harbor).

Fair Hours:
Thursday, August 21st  12 PM – 8 PM
Friday, August 22nd      11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, August 23rd   11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, August 24th     11 AM – 6 PM

We will be at Booth #2417, so come and say hello.
Follow the link below for your complimentary E-ticket to the show.

http://www.baltimoresummerantiques.com/tickets/show/?idm= B & B Rare Books, LTD  

~ Sunday & Josh
B & B Rare Books, Ltd.
(646) 652-6766

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