Limited Editions Club
Henry Adams: The Education of Henry Adams
Boston: Merrymount Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1942. Quarto, full cloth with gilt lettering on spine. xvii + 485 pages; edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 1190. Illustrated with 12 etchings by J. M. Cleland, and signed by Cleland on the colophon. Near Fine, in a Fair slip case.
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound; Shelley: Prometheus Unbound
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1965; Tall octavo, blue and tan cloth cover printed by Jos. Enschedé en Zonen at Haarlem, The Netherlands. In original glassine with blue slip case with label. Edition of 1500, of which this is copy number 1044. Preface by Rex Warner and illustrations by John Farleigh. Fine in a Very Good slipcase.
Sherwood Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1978. Quarto, xviii + 152 pages; edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242. Introduction by Malcolm Cowley and illustrations by Ben F. Stahl. Printed by the Stinehour Press and Meriden Gravure Company. Quarter dark green morocco with brown cloth boards, glassine jacket, and gray slipcase. Fine in moderately faded Very Good slipcase.
Apollonius Rhodius: Argonautica
Folio, xviii + 307 pages, bound in light gray linen divided into panels with a drawing of the Argo in the central panel. Translated by Edward Coleridge with introduction by Moses Hadas, illustrated by A. Tassos, and printed at Apioti - Elka in Athens. Edition of 1500, of which this is number 1439. Binding sound and tight, text clean and unmarked. Spine and perimeter of front cover tanned, with moderate foxing on the tanned areas of the cover. Lacks slip case.
Jane Austen: Persuasion
Westport, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Tall octavo, x+ 241 pages; introduction by Louis Auchincloss and illustrations by Tony Buonpastore, composed and printed by The Stinehour Press. Full buckram binding with tan slipcase. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed on the colophon by the artist. Publisher's newsletter laid in. Fine.
Georges Bernanos: The Diary of a Country Priest
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1986. Quarto, xi + 262 pages, with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg. Text printed at Heritage Printers, and engravings printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress. Limited edition of 1000 copies, of which this is number 160; signed on the colophon by the artist. Spine has a superficial 3/4" scratch, otherwise a Fine book in a Fine slipcase.
...number 262, minor scrapes and a small puncture to spine near lettering, otherwise a Fine copy in a slightly faded near-fine slipcase
Bertolt Brecht: The Threepenny Opera
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1982. Quarto, 155 pages with an introduction by Eric Bentley and original lithograph (frontispiece) and illustrations throughout the text by Jack Levine, printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress and bound by A. Horowitz & Son. Black cloth with black slipcase. Edition of 2000, this being copy 596, signed on the colophon by both Eric Bentley and Jack Levine. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Pearl S. Buck (translator): All Men Are Brothers
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1948. Folio, two volumes, xxix + 688 pages, printed by The Aldus Printers with illustrations throughout by Miguel Covarrubias. Rice paper bindings sewn with red cords, with red paper title paste-downs to front covers of both volumes. Original red chemise and the publisher's worn but complete slipcase. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 913, signed by Covarrubias on the colophon. Volumes and chemise. There is about a 3/4" split in the rice paper where cover meets spine on volume one; otherwise, both volumes are fine. The chemise is very slightly worn at the corners, and the slip case is in fair condition - split and loose, but all components present.
Hart Crane: The Bridge
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1981. Quarto, xx + 70 pages, with an introduction by Malcolm Cowley; text printed by Michael & Winifred Bixler; gravure reproductions of photographs by Richard Benson printed by The Meriden Gravure Company. Bound by The Stinehour Company using reproductions of paste papers designed by Carol Blinn for both the end papers and the slip case. Edition of 2000 copies of which this is number 1904, signed by Richard Benson on the colophon. Fine in a Very Good slipcase, with scuffing to its decorative paper covers. A beautiful book.
Dostoevsky: A Raw Youth
Verona: Stamperia Valdonega, 1974. Quarto, two volumes. Light blue cloth with green and gold spine labels. Text blocks clean, bright, and tight. Illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenbert. Lacks slipcase, otherwise fine.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Oedipus
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1989. Folio, xv + 41 pageswith two gravure reproductions made from negatives by photographer Marie Cosindas. Quarter burgundy goatskin and linen covered boards with suede-lined slip case covered with black cloth. Edition of 650, of which this is number 160, signed by both Marie Cosindas and Friedrich Dürrenmatt on the colophon. The spine is substantially darkened just above the lettering - it may even be a flaw in the tanning process - otherwise a fine copy in a very good slip case.
Goethe: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1959. Large octavo, xxvii + 567 pages with introduction by Franz Schoenberner, translator's preface by Thomas Carlyle (1824), and sixteen lithographs by William Sharp, printed by George C. Miller; text composed and bound by The Riverside Press. Full decorative cloth binding with red leather and gold spine label in a tan slip case. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 224. Fine book in a near-very good slip case.
Thomas Gray: Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard
London: The Raven Press for The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1938. Small quarto, dark gray buckram; spine, slightly faded, with silver lettering. The cover is decorated with an embossed vignette embellished with silver accents. xv + 72 pages, illustrated with thirty-three spectacular wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker, thirty-two of them full page. Foreword by Hugh Walpole. Dark gray cloth-covered slip case with silver lettering on spine Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 1280. Signed by Agnes Miller Parker on the colophon. With the exception of the unobtrusive lightening of the spine and the absence of the presumed glassine protective wrapper, this book is in overall fine condition.
Johann Jakob Grimmelshausen: The Adventures of Simplicissimus
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1981. Folio, xxv + 319 pages in a new translation by John Spielman, printed by Heritage Printers and illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg printed by The Meriden Gravure Company. Full oatmeal linen cover in slip case wrapped in orange paper. Edition of 2000 copies, of which this is number 365, signed by Fritz Eichenberg on the colophon. A fine book in a near-fine slip case.
Numbered 1530 and signed by Fritz Eichenberg. Spine is lightly toned, in a faded but sound slip case.
Hermann Hesse: Steppenwolf
Westport, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Quarto, ix + 181 pages, translated by Basil Creighton, illustrated with woodcuts by Helmut Ackermann, and printed by The Press of A. Colish. Quarter black morocco with gray cloth-covered boards in a gray paper-covered slip case. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242. Signed by Helmut Ackermann on the colophon. Fine in a fine slip case.
The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus
Haarlem: Joh. Enschedé en Zonen for The Limited Edtions Club, New York, 1958. Octavo, brown cloth over beveled boards with spine label and embossed cameo-style oval relief profile of the author on front cover. Historical map end papers; xxviii + 615 pages, with color illustrations by Edward Bawden. Edition of 1500, this being copy number 1439, signed on the colophon by the illustrator. Fine; lacks slip case.
Horace: Odes and Epodes
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1961. Octavo, xxiv + 394 pages, printed by The Thistle Press; Folio, containing selected pages from prior editions of Horace, with letterpress by The Thistle Press and gravures printed by The Meriden Gravure Company. Introduction by Louis Untermeyer and a bibliographical note by John Winterich. Both volumes bound in quarter tan buckram with marbled boards, in a dual fitted slip case with ribbon pulls. Edition of 1500, of which both copies are numbered 1439. Darkened original glassine wrappers. Otherwise both volumes fine in a near fine slip case.
The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1930. Quarto, xix + 262 pages, with introduction by Arthur Livingston and illustrations by Pal Molnar. Printed at the Officina Bodoni, Verona. Full decorative cloth binding, gray cloth spine label with gold lettering. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 883, signed by the artist on the colophon. Former owner's bookplate on front paste-down, otherwise about fine. Lacks slip case.
Victor Hugo: Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris: Printed by R. Coulouma for the Limited Editions Club, New York, 1930. Quarto, two volumes 309 & 376 pages, in original French bindings of pink Ingres paper wrappers with replacement glassine and protective Mylar covers. Illustrated with woodcuts by Frans Masereel throughout and signed by Masereel on the colophon. This is copy number 1011 of the edition of 1500. Both volumes are crisp and tight. There is a small stain on the top edge of volume two extending no more than 1/8" inch into the final 30 leaves, and a faint stain at the edge of the back cover of volume two. Otherwise, the set is in fine condition with no evidence of shelf wear. Lacks original chemise and slip case.
Victor Hugo: The Battle of Waterloo
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Quarto, 99 pages, with introduction by Drew Middleton, illustrations from engravings by Edouard Detaille and printed by The Meriden Gravure Company; text printed by Harbor Press. Bound in quarter dark green leather with green marbled paper covered boards and slip case wrapped in green paper. TEG. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242. Fine overall.
Titus Lucretius Carus: Of the Nature of Things
Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press for The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1957. Octavo, full blue morocco binding with raised bands and tiled decorations on spine, which is lightly scuffed. xx + 318 pages, illustrated with wood engravings by Paul Landacre. End papers and text block are clean, bright, and tight. Lightly soiled and shelf-worn slipcase covered in light blue paper with black and gold label on the spine. Edition of 1500, of which this is copy number 243, signed by Paul Landacre on the colophon. Very good.
The Ballads of Robin Hood
Cambridge, United Kingdom: for The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Tall octavo, xxiii + 206 pages, edited and introduced by Jim Lees, printed at the University Press, Cambridge and illustrated by David Gentleman. Bound in quarter green cloth with patterned paper covered boards, in a green paper-covered slip case. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed by David Gentleman on the colophon. Fine in a near-fine slip case.
Herman Melville: Omoo
Oxford: Oxford University Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1961. Octavo, decorative white cloth over beveled boards with black and gold spine label; spine slightly darkened. Text illustrated with wood engravings by Reynolds Stone. White canvas slip case with black and gold label on spine and beveled edges at the opening, lightly soiled but barely shelf-worn. VG+ text in a VG slip case. Edition of 1,500, of which this is number 973; signed by Reynolds Stone on the colophon.
Rainer Maria Rilke: Malte Laurids Brigge
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1987. Quarto, 219 pages. Translated by Stephen Mitchell, designed by Benjamin Shiff and printed on mould-made paper by Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The text was printed at Stamperia Valdonega, Verona, and bound in vellum by Recalcati, Milan. An edition of 800 copies, of which this is number 160. Fine in a fine slip case.
John Milton: Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain'd
San Francisco: Printed by John Henry Nash for The Limited Editions Club, 1936. Folio, xiii + 441 pages. Introduction by William Rose Benét and illustrations by Carlotta Petrina. Quarter linen with marbled paper covered boards. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 798, and signed by the artist on the colophon. The text is bright and unmarked. The spine is soiled and water spotted, the label is darkened and the front board is scraped at the lower edge with a 1/8" x 1/4" loss. A good+ copy; slip case lacks back panel and is splitting along one lower edge.
Siegfried Sassoon: Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man
London: The Curwen Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Octavo, 284 pages, illustrated with lithographs by Paul Hogarth. Quarter red morocco with brown cloth-covered boards in a tan slip case. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed by Paul Hogarth on the colophon. A fine copy in a near-fine slip case.
Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1985. Folio, half red Nigerian goat skin with marbled paper covered boards. 32 pages, with illustrations by Alice Neel, who died while the book was in production, and for whom Raphael Soyer wrote an appreciation of Neel's life and work following the text of Poe's story. Signed by both Soyer and Neel. Housed in a clamshell box by John von Isakovics. Edition of 1500, of which this is copy number 160. Publisher's newsletter laid in. Fine in a near fine box.
Stendhal: The Red and the Black
New York: The Aldus Printers for The Limited Editions Club, 1947. Octavo, quarter red leather spine, moderately scuffed, with black cloth boards and gilt lettering and cover embellishment. xv + 450 pages, with illustrations by Rafaello Busoni; edges colored in red with black speckling; text and end papers are clean and unmarked, hinges tight, text block square. Black cloth slip case with title in red on the spine, sound with signs of shelf wear. Bookseller's label on rear paste-down. Edition of 1500, this being copy number 1470, signed by the illustrator on the colophon. Good.
The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939 - 1941. Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by A. Colish. Each of the 37 volumes was illustrated by a noted artist of the day, as shown in the volume listing pictured here. The text is uniformly clean and unmarked, TEG throughout. The spines are in very good to fine condition, the variations resulting from losses to the once protective brittle original glassine wrappers, which have been replaced. Edition of 1950 sets, of which this is numbered 104. Commentary pertinent to each play laid in. Also includes the hardbound prospectus Shakespeare - A Review and a Preview; The saddle-stitched booklet A Shakespeare Commentary; and various review reprints laid in to the booklet. It is amusing to note that the original price to subscribers was $5 per volume, then a respectable sum, with an option to prepay the whole business for $166. Not any longer, alas.
Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Gentleman from Cracow & The Mirror
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1979. Quarto, edition of 2,000, of which this is number 365. Half tan linen with silver lettering on spine and gray marbled decorative boards with gray end papers. Cream text printed by the Hampshire Typothetae, with watercolor illustrations by Raphael Soyer, reproduced by Princeton Polychrome Press. Signed in the colophon by the artist and the author. Tan paper slipcase showing nominal wear. Fine/VG
Gunter Grass: The Flounder
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1985. Quarto, three volumes; xiii + 156; 326; 530. Translated by Ralph Manheim, designed by Ben Shiff, and illustrated by Gunter Grass. Printed on Mohawk paper at the Wild Carrot Letterpress, Hadley, Massachusetts. Quarter eel skin with gray cloth-covered boards. Edition of 1000 sets, of which this is number 160. Signed by the author/illustrator on the colophon. Fine in a near-fine slip case.
Suetonius: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars
Verona: Stamperia Valdonega for the Limited Editions Club, New York, 1963. Octavo, xviii + 473 pages. Red cloth with gold lettering on spine and patterned boards, plain dust jacket with red text on spine, and red slip case with gold border at opening. Introduction by Moses Hadas and illustrations by Salvatore Fiume. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 1439; signed on the colophon by Giovanni Mardersteig of the Officina Bodoni, and by the illustrator. Fine in near-fine slip case.
Turgenev: The Torrents of Spring
Westport, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1976. Octavo, xiii + 186 pages; introduction by Alec Waugh and illustrations by Lajos Szalay. Printed by A. Colish, Inc. Quarter black leather with marbled boards in a light green paper-wrapped slip case; edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed by the artist on the colophon. Fine in a fine slip case.