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1 Fido, Martin OSCAR WILDE THE DRAMATIC LIFE AND FASCINATING TIMES OF OSCAR WILDE
Leicester Galley Press 1988 First Thus Pictorial boards Fine Fine Jacket 
4to(12” x 9”). pp. 144. Light blue pictorial boards with titles and a colorized photograph of Oscar Wilde on the cover with titles in black on spine white field. Illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs and drawings of Wilde, his friends, lovers, the places he lived and the rich artwork of the Fin de Siècle that were identified with Wilde: the Asthetic Movement and the Decadent Movement. “A very good introduction to the life and times of Oscar Wilde that serves as a digest of many books…Fido’s appreciation of Wilde’s visual background enhances our understanding of his life.” (from the Jacket). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 11.35 USD
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2 Grant, Stephen H. COLLECTING SHAKESPEARE THE STORY OF HENRY AND EMILY FOLGER
Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Press 2014 1421411873 / 9781421411873 First Edition Cloth As new As New Jacket Signed
M8vo. (9.25” x 6.25). pp. xvi, 244. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Red-brown paper covered boards with matching endpapers; gilt titles on spine; in original dust jacket. Illustrated throughout with Folger family photos and images of documents pertaining to the creation of the Folger Library. Author's signature and date appear on the title page. Collecting Shakespeare recounts the story of Henry and Emily Folger, who used the millions Henry amassed as President of Standard Oil to create one of the finest and largest collection of Shakespeare and Shakespeare related items in the world. The book also tells of Emily Folger’s efforts after Henry’s death to see that the Shakespeare Library became a reality so that they could share their 82 Shakespeare First Folios, 275,000 books, 60,000 manuscripts and a collection of Shakespeare related art work with the world. 
Price: 37.00 USD
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3 Greenblatt, Stephen WILL IN THE WORLD HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME SHAKESPEARE
New York W. W. Norton & Company 2004 First Edition Paper covered boards As New As New Jacket 
M8vo (9.5” x 6.5”). pp. 430. First edition. Quarter bound in black paper over light brown paper boards with titles stamped in gold on spine and author’s signature blind stamped on cover. Colored illustrations, bibliographical notes and index. In this biography, Greenblatt enables us to see, hear and feel how a boy who was surrounded by the drama, pageantry, cruelty and danger of Elizabethan life could have become the world’s greatest playwright. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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4 Hubbard, Elbert LITTLE JOURNEYS TO THE HOMES OF ENGLISH AUTHORS. Volume VI, No. 4 ROBERT BURNS
East Aurora Roycrofters 1900 First Edition Sewn Paper Wraps Very good 
8vo (5 3/4" x 7 5/8"). Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 73 - [97]. Issues of Little Journeys were paginated serially. Regular edition with body and copy set in Old Style Antique. Sewn grey paper with titles in black and the Roycrofters device stamped in green. Includes title page with elaborate Arts & Craft border, floriated Arts & Crafts style initials and typographic design after Morris. Portrait of Morris after the painting by Watts opposite pp.14. Printed on Boxmoor paper. Very good with offsetting to ffep and title page fore-edge and foot. McKenna 60; 62. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 Hubbard, Elbert LITTLE JOURNEYS TO THE HOMES OF GREAT BUSINESSMEN Volume 24, No. 6 JOHN J. ASTOR
East Aurora Roycrofters 1909 First Edition Sewn Paper Wraps Very good Dard Hunter (book and cover design) 
8vo (6" x 8"). Vol. 24, No. 6. pp.190; [vi]. Issues of Little Journeys were paginated serially. Signed Dard Hunter binding in sewn grey paper decorated in red and black in Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow Arts & Crafts style. Includes title page in red and black by Dard Hunter and a two color frontis portrait of Astor detached but present. All book elements including floriated initial caps and tail pieces designed by Hunter. Printed on Boxmoor paper. Very good with age toning to preliminaries, edges of wraps with light wear, rear corners folded and contemporary ownership mark. McKenna 182. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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6 Man, John GUTENBERG HOW ONE MAN REMADE THE WORLD WITH WORDS
New York John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2002 0471218235 / 9780471218234 First American Edition Paper covered boards As new As New Jacket 
C8vo (8.1” x 5.5”). pp. 312. Peach paper covered boards with gold stamped titles on spine in pictorial dust jacket. Two appendices, bibliography and index. First published in Great Britain in 2002, this compelling biography chronicles Johannes Gutenberg’s ceaseless efforts to overcome technological challenges, hire artisans and train them in a craft that he invented as he went along. It also features a detailed exploration of the technical, artistic, theological and financial issues surrounding the publication of the Gutenberg Bible. 
Price: 19.35 USD
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7 [Armstrong, Margaret]; Reed, Myrtle (Myrtle Reed McCCullough) LOVE AFFAIRS OF LITERARY MEN
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1907 First Edition, Second Printing Cloth Near fine 
8vo. (8.25” x 5.5”). pp. vi; 204. Printed by the Knickerbocker Press. Lavender vertically ribbed cloth boards with gilt titles in central white scroll surrounded by gilt stamped art nouveau floral design signed by Margaret Armstrong. Gilt titles and decorative scroll work stamped on spine; t.e.g. deckled edges; Frontis. with tissue guard; 16 illustrations. Text pages bordered in black with page headers and shouldner notes in red. One of twelve Myrtle Reed covers Armstrong designed between 1901 and 1913. Near Fine with ownership stamp and sticker on front ep and faint rubbing to extremities. Gullans & Espey 208. Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867 - 1944) was a pioneering book artist who forged a path for other women artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries into the fields of book decoration and cover design, which at that time was a profession solely occupied by men. According to Gullans and Espey, Margaret Armstrong became “the single most important woman in this branch of decorative design” after Sarah Wyman Whitman, and was a “source of inspiration and encouragement” to women who would follow in her path, notably Amy Sacker, Marion Louise Peabody, Amy Richards, Lee Thayer and Bertha Stuart. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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8 [Stanfield, Clarkson F.]; Boswell, James; Croker, John Wilson (ed.); Wright, John (ed.) THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, L.L.D. INCLUDING HIS TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES, CORRESPONDENCE WITH MRS. THRALE, &c. &c. WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONS, BY JOHN WILSON CROKER. REVISED AND ENLARGED UNDER HIS DIRECTION BY JOHN WRIGHT
London George Bell and Sons 1882 half morocco Near fine Stanfield, Clarkson F. 
10 Vol; C8vo (7.13” x 4.75”). Vol. I: xxiv; 325. Vol. II: viii; 344. Vol. III: ix; 323. Vol. IV: xii; 343. Vol. V: viii; 341. Vol. VI: vii; 342. Vol. VII: viii; 381. Vol. VIII: xi; 431. Vol. IX: xv; 335. Vol. X: xii; 376. Dark green half morocco over nonpareil marbled boards, spine with five raised bands gilt stamped with intertwining fillets; titles gilt stamped in two compartments. Edges marbled to match boards. Each volume contains an engraved frontis. with tissue guard, an engraved fly title as well as fold out facsimiles of letters and multiple portraits by Clarkson Stanfield engraved by Edward Finden. Reprint of the 1872 Bell and Daldy edition which was based on the 1836 Wright edition published by Murray that contains a supplementary collection of contemporary anecdotes concerning Johnson by John Wright titled “Johnsoniana” in Volumes 9 and 10. Bell & Son also released a 5 volume set of this edition in 1882 which is still widely available, but this 10 volume set is quite scarce. A beautiful, fresh, unread set. John Wilson Croker (1780 - 1857) was a British Tory politician and prolific author active in the late 18th C. and early 19th C. His edition of Boswell’s Life of Johnson was considered his best work and saw great popularity when published. The work drew sharp criticism from Croker’s political adversary, Thomas Macaulay, in an influential and much published review that was itself criticized for its contempt of Croker and of Boswell himself. Near fine copy of this scarce edition with faint rubbing to the top and bottom edges. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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