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1 Cabell, James Branch SOME OF US AN ESSAY IN EPITAPHS
New York Robert M. McBride & Company 1930 First Edition Paper covered boards Very good Signed
8vo. (9.75” x 6.5”).pp. [1] – 135. Limited Edition. Copy 549 of a limited edition of 1295 SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Type destroyed following printing. Quarter white linen binding with blue paper covered boards and white paper labels with titles on both cover and spine. Very Good condition with some chipping to spine label, light spine tanning and 1/2" of cloth rubbed from foot of spine. In Good matching slipcase. James Branch Cabell (1879 -1958) was an early Fantasy writer, who, at his zenith in the 1920s, was considered the greatest living American writer. Here in this series of collected essays, he uses his sparkling wit to evaluate (skewer) himself and his fellow novelists of the 1920s, including H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather and Frances Newman. A native and life-long resident of Richmond, Virginia, Cabell’s work was very influential on later writers of Fantasy including James Blish and Robert A. Heinlein. 
Price: 10.50 USD
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2 Robert Buchanan THE PIPER OF HAMELIN A FANTASTIC OPERA IN TWO ACTS
London Chiswick Press 1893 First Edition Paper wraps Good Hugh Thomson 
Pott 4to (5˝” x 7˝”). pp. [64]; Grey paper wraps illustrated in black and red. Frontispiece, cover decoration, title page decoration and 11 full-page line drawing plates by Hugh Thomson. Blue-flecked grey laid paper wrappers, Chiswick Press colophon imprinted in red on back cover. Contemporary spine repair using grey cloth; covers with small closed tears and chipping along the edge with some loss to the front fore-edge; front cover is rubbed and there isa patch of offsetting to rear cover. VG text block in a Good wrapper. Scarce. Spielmann and Jerrold 11. This theater issue was targeted to a family audience (The Piper of Hamelin was a children's Christmas theater event) so this play-bill did not often suvive. Heinemann simultaneously published a hardbound copy of this play-bill with a re-set title page that is far less scarce. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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3 [Robinson, W. Heath]; De La Mare, Walter PEACOCK PIE A BOOK OF RHYMES BY WALTER DE LA MARE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY W. HEATH ROBINSON
New York Henry Holt and Company 1924 First American Edition Cloth Very good+ W. Heath Robinson 
8vo. (8.25” x 6.25”). pp. x; 179. First American Edition, later printing (“November, 1924”). Dark green buckram cloth decorative publisher’s binding with titles and peacock illustration from title page gilt stamped onto cover; titles gilt stamped onto spine. Color Frontis. with tissue guard and 95 full page and vignette line illustrations throughout the book by W. Heath Robinson. A Very Good + copy with light rubbing to the extremities and a small (0.25”) chip to a lightly faded spine. Walter De La Mare (1873 – 1956 ) was an early 20th C. poet, novelist and short story writer. De La Mare's Peacock Pie, a series of fantastic nursery rhymes for children, was considered to be “his most delightful work” by poetry critics. W. Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944) was from an English family of illustrators that included his father, Thomas (1838-1902) , and his brothers Charles (1870–1937) and Thomas Heath (1869-1954). W. Heath Robinson was beloved in England for his depictions of weird and complex machines designed for simple tasks -- a "Heath Robinson" machine in England was equaivalent to a "Rube Goldburg"; machine in America. His wonderfully detailed illustrations for Peacock Pie fully reflect De La Mare’s sense of fun and the fantastic. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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