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1 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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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 (5½” x 7½”). 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 [Beardsley, Aubrey]; Wilde, Oscar SALOMÉ. A TRAGEDY IN ONE ACT: Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde Pictured by Aubrey Beardsley
London Melmoth & Co. 1904 cloth Very good Beardsley, Aubrey 
Pirated edition containing the first appearance of 15 original Beardsley illustrations WITH PLATES for 11 OF THE 16 illustrations FROM THE 1907 LANE ISSUE OF SALOMÉ. Small 4to (8 ½" x 6 ¾"). pp [1 - 10]; 11 - 75; [76 - 77]; [2 blank]. Collated and complete, but plates are not in the order specified on list of illustrations as usual. Limited edition; this copy number 238 of 250 copies printed on handmade paper. Beveled boards in light blue cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. A very good copy with a lightly sunned spine with moderate rubbing to head and tail; minor rubbing to corners and faint soiling to boards. Etched bookplate by Theodore Diedricksen for Donald S. Tuttle on front paste-down. Contemporary advt. tipped in on ffep recto, later catalog entry tipped in on rfep verso. WITH 11 of the 16 original illustrations included in the J. Lane, The Bodley Head 1907 issue of Salomé, including: Woman in the Moon (IV), The Peacock Skirt (V), A Platonic Lament (VIII), Enter Herodias (IX), The Eyes of Herod (X), The Stomach Dance (XI), The Toilette of Salomé I (XII), The Toilette of Salomé II (XIII), Dancer’s Reward (XIV), The Climax (XV) and Cul de Lampe (XVI). The plates are on a light woven paper with age toning along the margin edge, and signs along the left edge where the pages had been tipped into the 1907 Lane issue. Many of the plates show pencil markings following the contours of the drawings; there are light ink marks and smudges scattered on the recto and verso margins. “Woman in the Moon” has erasure marks and redrawing as well as contemporary measurements written in ink on the lower left margin. Overall, the condition of the plates is Very good. Salomé was Oscar Wilde's one act play retelling the biblical story of King Herod's stepdaughter Salomé, who asked for the head of Herod's prisoner, John the Baptist, on a silver platter in exchange for performing an erotic dance for her step-father. Salomé was attracted to John the Baptist, but was angered when he refused to kiss her. Beardsley's drawings for Salomé caused controversy even before they were published by Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Bodley Head for the first time in 1894. Shocked by and fearing the public's reaction to Beardsley's graphic images of hermaphroditism and frontal nudity in his proposed drawings for Salomé, Lane had Beardsley redraw the title page and "Salomé's Toilette" as well as remove the drawing, "John and Salome", before the book was printed. This 1904 edition of Salomé was pirated by a publisher named Leonard Smithers; "Melmoth & Co." was one of Smithers' many publishing "front" companies. Smithers had been acquainted with Wilde since 1888, and began publishing for both Wilde and Beardsley once Lane dropped them following Wilde’s trial in 1895. Smithers went into bankruptcy in 1900, and started issuing pirated works soon after to keep out of debt. Since Smithers sold the copyright of Beardsley’s drawings for Salomé to John Lane (The Bodley Head), during his Bankruptcy proceedings, Lane was able to have the 1904 Melmoth & Co. run of Salome seized and suppressed (destroyed). Those copies that survived Lane’s purge (including this one) were the first edition (authorized or unauthorized) to contain 15 of the 16 original Beardsley illustrations since the Melmoth 1904 issue preceded the 1907 authorized edition of Salomé from John Lane that also contained Beardsley’s original illustrations. A direct comparison of the 1904 Melmoth issues to the1907 Lane issue shows that the title pages of both Melmoth issues and portfolio do not contain Beardsley's original hermaphroditic title page found in the 1907 John Lane issue. Mason 615; Nelson, Publisher to the Decadents, p.262, p. 274; Delaware Art Museum, Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (1.28.15); Arnold, City of Sin (google books; no page given); The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, p. 591. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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4 [Beardsley, Aubrey]; Wilde,Oscar SALOMÉ, A TRAGEDY IN ONE ACT TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF OSCAR WILDE WITH SIXTEEN DRAWINGS BY AUBREY BEARDSLEY
New York Illustrated Editions Company ND [1931] Later printing Cloth Very good poor Jacket Beardsley, Aubrey 
8vo (9.5” x 6.5”). pp. [1], [121]; beveled red boards and black spine gilt stamped with titles on spine and Art Deco decorative motif on spine and boards. This reprint of the 1927 John Lane issue includes facsimiles of the original publisher’s binding for Salomé, the playbill cast lists for the first English performance of in May,1905 and the first operatic performance in December, 1905. See Navarre 234 and Daalder 2004. A very good copy with light toning to edges and light rubbing to one corner in a carefully preserved dust jacket that is missing rear cover and flap. Aubrey Beardsley’s decadent Art Nouveau masterpiece contains 16 illustrations that include characterizations of Wilde as the Moon (Boyd, 2008). This is the 1912 translation of the play (considered the best) by Robert Ross, Wilde’s friend, purported lover and literary executor. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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5 [Flint, W. Russell; Brock, Charles]; Gilbert, W. S. THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD OR THE MERRYMAN AND HIS MAID
London Macmillan & Co. Limited 1929 First Edition cloth Very good + Very Good - Jacket Brock, Charles; 
M8vo (9½" x 6¾"). pp. vi; 102. INCLUDES SCARCE DUST JACKET. Unsigned publisher's binding by Charles Brock in red cloth covered boards gold stamped with titles and image of Jack Point (p. 1); Spine gold stamped with titles and an image of Wilfred Shadbolt (p. 5). near the foot. With brown paper dust jacket STAMPED IN RED WITH TEXT AND ILLUSTRATION FROM TITLE PAGE. Color frontis. and 7 additional full page illustrations by W. Russell Flint, with pen and ink drawings including head pieces, tail pieces and textual illustrations by Charles Brock. Book VG with faint fading to board edges and light rubbing to spine and corners. Dust Jacket VG- with wear and chipping along edges, spine and corners. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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6 [Hugh Thomson, illustrator]; Barrie, Sir James M. THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON
London Hodder and Stoughton N.D. [1914] First Thus Vellum Very good Hugh Thomson Signed
R4to (10¼" x 12¼"). pp. [vii]; [235]. Edition de Luxe. Number 5 of 500 signed by Hugh Thomson on the limitation page. Unsigned full vellum publisher's binding by Hugh Thomson with elaborate Art Nouveau gilt decoration and lettering on both the front board and spine; top edge gilt, deckled fore and bottom edges. Includes 20 tipped in full color plates with captioned tissue guards, numerous b/w textual illustrations, and a Leicester Galleries announcement for the sale of the original water color drawings for the book laid in. Light wear to the extremities, light foxing to the eps, with slight bowing to the boards and ribbon ties missing as usual. Ccontemporary Arts & Crafts bookplate on front paste-down. Spielmann and Jerrold 58. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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7 [Thomson, Hugh (binding design and illustrations)]; Reade, Charles; Dobson, Austin (introduction) PEG WOFFINGTON
London George Allen 1899 First Thus Cloth Very good Thomson, Hugh 
C8vo (7¼“ x 5¼ ”). pp. li; [298]. Introduction by Austin Dobson. Unsigned binding design by Hugh Thomson of the titles surrounded by cherubs, butterflies and surmounted by a small portrait of Peg Woffington in gold on green cloth. Frontis. and over 70 b/w line block illustrations by Hugh Thomson, including headpieces, tailpieces, historiated initials and textual vignettes. a.e.g.This novel is based on Charles Reade’s 1852 play “Masks and Faces, which has Margaret “Peg” Woffington as the central character. Mrs. Woffington was a well-known Irish actress in 18th C. London.

A beautiful and bright copy with a gift inscription to the half-title; faint rubbing to the corners and lower edge, and faint foxing to the preliminaries. A Cranford Series Derivative. Balston II 4; Rogerson M8. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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