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What's New — April 2014

New Arrivals!

Paul Bowles - Next to Nothing: Collected Poems, 1926-1977

First printing, one of 500 trade copies.

Includes earlier Surrealist poetry, later lyric poetry, and the lengthy narrative titular poem.
e. e. cummings - 95 Poems

Limited issue, one of 300 copies signed by Cummings.

Includes "i carry your heart with me" and "i love you much (most beautiful darling)".
Rudolph M. De Leeuw - Both Sides of Broadway: From Bowling Green to Central Park, New York City

First edition, 1910.

A bright and presentable copy, extremely rare in any condition.
Charles Dickens – The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

First edition, first issue.

Finely bound in full polished calf by Zaehnsdorf.
Richard Fariña - Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me

First printing of the author's first and only novel.

Fariña was part of the Greenwich Village folk scene along with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
Gabriel García Márquez - Chronicle of a Death Foretold

First American edition in the first issue dust jacket.
William Golding - The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

First printing of the fantasy romance novel that inspired the popular 1987 film.
Kenneth Grahame - The Wind in the Willows

First American edition.

Finely bound in full green Morocco.
John Hampson - O Providence

First printing, one of 2,500 copies printed by the Hogarth Press.

Inscribed by Hampson.
Jack Kerouac - The Dharma Bums

First printing.

An excellent copy, scarce in this condition.
Cormac McCarthy - No Country for Old Men

First printing, basis for the award-winning 2007 film.
Hester Lynch Piozzi - British Synonymy; Or, an Attempt at Regulating the Choice Words in Familiar Conversation

First edition, finely bound in 3/4 tan polished calf.

An informative text intended to instruct non-native speakers on the subtleties of English language vocabulary.
Edgar Allan Poe - Tales of Mystery and Imagination

First edition, one of 2,500 copies, finely bound in full red Morocco.

A collection of 29 of Poe's short stories, including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Mask of the Red Death," and "The Pit and the Pendulum."
Edgar Allan Poe - The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe

First English edition, finely bound in full calf.

The first compilation of Poe's poems and prose as well as his miscellaneous essays and critical writing. It became the source of Baudelaire's popular French translation.
[Philip Roth] - The Paris Review No. 20, Autumn-Winter 1958-1959

Publisher's pictorial paper wrappers.

The first appearance of "Goodbye, Columbus."
Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly

First edition thus, a single volume illustrated by John Gilbert, H. K. Browne ("Phiz"), and Matthew Sears.
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

First printing, illustrated by Ralph Steadman, basis of the 1998 film.
Mark Twain - Life on the Mississippi

First edition, first state intermediate A.

The text provides historical context to the industrialization of the US and insight into the author's earlier life.
Evelyn Waugh - Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future

First printing, illustrated by the author.

A short story intended "to provide an hour's amusement for the still civilized."
Edith Wharton - The Greater Inclination

First edition, NY author & historian Louis Auchincloss's copy.
Edith Wharton - A Motor-Flight Through France

First printing.

A travelogue concerning Wharton’s first tour through France and its territories.
Tennessee Williams - Orpheus Descending, with Battle of Angels: Two Plays

First printing.

While they are indeed two separate texts with slightly different characters and plots, the latter is a rewrite of the former.
Virginia Woolf - Monday or Tuesday

First edition, one of 1,000 copies.

Illustrated with woodcuts by Vanessa Bell.
Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse

First printing, one of 3,000 copies.

One of the most acclaimed English language novels, as well as one of Virginia and Leonard's favorites.
Virginia Woolf - Orlando: A Biography

First English edition, one of 5,080 copies.

A semi-autobiographical text based on the author's relationship with Vita Sackville-West, to whom this book is dedicated.

Decorative Publisher Bindings

Thomas Starr King - The White Hills: Their Legends, Landscape and Poetry

Reprint of the 1859 first edition, with additional photogravures. In publisher's decorative dark blue-green cloth, elaborately stamped in black and gilt to the front board and spine.

A travelogue about the White Mountains region of New Hampshire. There are two peaks named Mount Starr King that honor the author's memory.
Mary Russell Mitford - Our Village

First edition thus, in publisher's decorative forest green cloth designed by Hugh Thomson.

Known for his signature pen and ink style, Thomson is lauded for illustrations that captured the zeitgeist of the waning Victorian Era.
Mary Russell Mitford - Our Village

First edition thus, in publisher's decorative light green binding designed and signed by Reginald L. Knowles.

Illustrated by Charles Edmund Brock, an English illustrator best known for his watercolor depictions of English life during the Victorian Era.
Henry Van Dyke - The Lost Word: A Christmas Legend of Long Ago

First printing, in publisher's decorative green cloth designed and signed by Amy Richards.

An example of how the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements provided new opportunities for women's employment during the turn of the 20th century, Amy Richards is credited as the designer of at least 85 bindings.
Kate Douglas Wiggan - Timothy's Quest: A Story for Anybody, Young or Old, Who Cares to Read It

First edition thus, with illustrations by Oliver Herford. Publisher's decorative green cloth designed by Sarah Wyman Whitman.

Best known for her 1910 Rebecca of Sunnydale Farm, Wiggin was a pioneer in children's early education. Sarah Wyman Whitman was one of the most important binding designers during the golden age of illustration and publishers' use of decorative trade bindings.

Sunday's 2 Year Forbes Anniversary!

Sunday celebrates 2 years of blogging on! Her blog, HOME OFFICE, features posts on small business strategy, entrepreneurial advice, and anecdotal stories from the rare book trade.

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Upcoming Book Fairs

New York Antiquarian Book Fair
Booth #E7 (It's our 5th NYABF – come celebrate with us!)

The Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York, NY

Thursday Preview, April 3     5 PM – 9 PM
Friday, April 4     12 PM – 8 PM
Saturday, April 5     12 PM – 7 PM
Sunday, April 6   12 PM – 5 PM

Book Collecting News

54th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

First editions, fine bindings, and illuminated manuscripts – oh my! Please join us next week in Booth E7 the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 3-6 at the Park Avenue Armory!

One of the largest and most prestigious book fairs in the world, the NYABF attracts collectors, librarians, and bibliophiles alike to peruse the esteemed collections of over 200 international booksellers. Come spend the weekend with fellow book enthusiasts to see a wide range of rare materials, including modern literature, early printed books, maps, manuscripts, and other works on paper.

Have some rare books you’d like to have professionally evaluated? Come to Discovery Day on Sunday, April 6th, to get a free informal appraisal on up to 5 books.

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