2019 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair preview

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SABF 2019

We are excited to return to the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. We are sharing booth 201 with Crooked House Books & Paper, and we have both accidentally packed quite a few children’s books this year; a nice example in this catalog is the large Aesop’s Fables.
We have almost finished buying an extensive collection of ephemera & books related to mountains and mountaineering–in this catalog, the first appearances of Gary Snyder, the Tales of a Western Mountaineer, and the 22 photo albums are all from that collection. At the fair, we will have some other books, travel-related ephemera, and loose photographs related to the Cascade Mountains.

Two slim volumes that are more than they appear are the Gertrude Stein / Virgil Thompson item with its interesting inscription, and the inscribed Kay Boyle / New Directions book is uncommon in jacket, signed or not.

Final note upon reviewing this e-list: I notice that I have not included any science fiction, fantasy, or horror. We are bringing a whole section, don’t worry!

The Adventures of Superman
George Lowther; based on the famous character created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.
New York: Random House, 1942.

Superman first appeared in comic book form in 1938, followed by a comic strip the next year. In 1940, he graduated to a radio series titled The Adventures of Superman for which Lowther wrote.
It was the radio program that introduced major elements of the Superman mythos: kryptonite, his boss Perry White, the photographer Jimmy Olsen, and of course the famous “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” This is the first novel about Superman, and features some of the radio elements as well as color paintings and black & white drawings by Joe Shuster.

Good condition in like jacket. The top 1″ – 2″ of the rear and spine of the book have been exposed to water at some point and the red cloth has white splotching; light red stain to top edge of rear endpaper, but no other staining to any pages; all plates present. Dust jacket has 2″ tear (no loss) to rear panel, small tears & wear, some fading to spine, red staining on verso, price intact; overall, presents better than it sounds. $350 [SOLD]

Aesop’s Fables
With One Hundred and Forty-three Illustrations by Ernest Griset
The text based chiefly upon Croxall, La Fontaine, and L’Estrange.
New York: McLoughlin Bros, ca. 1890-1900.

Ernest Henry Griset spent many hours in the London Zoo, drawing animals from life, and his technical paintings show a realistic understanding of anatomy.
He is best known today for his humorous and illustrative work, which retains a realism that is not often encountered in humorous animal drawings. His work for Aesop’s Fables was first produced in 1869 by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin. Chromolithograph cover showing the town mouse and the country mouse, woodcut plates and in-text engravings throughout.

Very good condition with bright gilt to spine, some spotting to front cover, wear to edges, owner’s name. Still a strong binding, bright pages. $250 [SOLD]

Composition No. 1
Marc Saporta.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963.

Loose leaf novel in a box. “The reader is requested to shuffle these pages like a deck of cards; to cut, if he likes, with his left hand, as at a fortune-teller’s. The order the pages then assume will orient X’s fate. For time and the order of events control a man’s life more than the nature of such events.”

Leaves in fine condition. Box is good to very good with a 1″ split along top front hinge. $100

The Rape of the Lock
Alexander Pope.
Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.
London: Leonard Smithers, 1896.

First edition of one of Beardsley’s finest achievements. Complete with seven plate illustrations, two in-text drawings, and a publisher’s binding designed by Beardsley.

Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, and gilt decoration to front cover. Heavy foxing to title page and significant foxing from the prelims
through drawing contents, and moderate foxing to rear pages, though the text itself has only scattered foxing. All images appear to be free of foxing, even the ones printed on the regular paper. Wear to tips and head and tail of spine, light rubbing to gilt on front panel, a little darkening to spine. Very good condition overall, forgiving the foxing. $400

Two Books about Books.
Edited by Alfred W. Pollard.
London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1893.

Two from this series. These were from the limited edition of 150 large paper copies printed on Dutch handmade paper. Bound in matching fine leather bindings by Zaehnsdorf.

The Great Book Collectors
by Charles & Mary Elton.

Early Illustrated Books
by Alfred W. Pollard
Very good condition. Two small nicks to back edge of spine of the Pollard. $500

An Essay on the Learning of Shakspeare
Richard Farmer.
Basil: J.J. Tourneisen, 1800.

An early critical work on Shakespeare, first published in 1767. It argues that Shakespeare knew classical writings through translations. This copy has the ownership inscription of George Lyman Kittredge, the Harvard professor best known for his edition of Shakespeare’s works. There is a textual correction on p. 53.
Very good condition, modest foxing, two ownership inscriptions. Bound quarter leather and marbled paper-covered boards, probably in the early 20th century. $200

Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas
Herman Melville.
London: John Murray, 1847.

First edition of Melville’s second book, preceding American edition by a month and two days. Melville’s first novel, Typee, was quite popular and this sequel was published in Murray’s “Home and Colonial Library,” assuring a wide distribution.
Bound in red cloth blindstamped with the series design. Rebacked with burgundy leather spine. Original light yellow clay coated endpapers, map frontispiece, and 16 pages of publisher’s ads at rear. Neat ownership inscription, bump to bottom corner of front cover; other than the new spine this appears to be in very good condition and has been well cared for since the repair. $400

A Glad Day
Kay Boyle.
Norfolk: New Directions, 1938.

Inscribed by Kay Boyle to Harry T. Moore, a D.H. Lawrence professor at Southern Illinois University, “who must have been instrumental in So Ill Univ Press reprinting some of Kay’s early works” (Serendipity Books, from catalog entry laid into book.) Boyle says, “With my thanks to Harry for having called me the most feminine of the females who write in our country in our time.”
Near fine condition in red cloth boards. Dust jacket is in good condition with one chip to top corner of front panel and one short tape repair to top front edge. 500 copies printed. $225

Legends of the Fall
Jim Harrison.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1979.

First printing of this collection of three novellas, his first commercial success.

Fine in fine jacket. $250

Four Saints in Three Acts; An Opera to be Sung
Gertrude Stein.
New York: Random House, 1934.

Stein’s libretto for Virgil Thompson’s opera. Groundbreaking in many ways, not the least of which was the all-black cast, the first in the United States.

Inscribed by Virgil Thompson on the half-title page.
It additionally has an inscription dated Easter Week, 1934 from John L. Foley to Charles Owen Dennis: “For C. Owen Dennis goes this amazing tour de force to recall an afternoon at McMillan Theatre, Columbia University, when he heard Virgil Thompson, composer of the music of Gertrude Stein’s opera, and his uncle Thomas S. Jones Jr.’s friend Professor Raymond Weaver, and the negro chorus.” Foley would later edit the poems of Thomas S. Jones, Jr (a popular poet who died at age 49 in 1932); Raymond Weaver was the Columbia University who was instrumental in bringing Herman Melville back from obscurity.

Very good condition with bump and horizontal tear to head of spine panel. Dust jacket is fair to good with a taped repair to rear panel and several chips to rear panel. $180

To Have and Have Not
Ernest Hemingway.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1937.

A grim tale of desperation brought on by the Great Depression.

First printing. Very good condition with discoloration to endpapers, minor speckling to black cloth boards. Dust jacket designed by Neely in good condition with vertical crease to rear panel, edgewear and wrinkle to head of spine with some minor losses, tape repairs on verso, price intact, presents well. $750

The Virginian
Owen Wister.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, ca. 1912.

The first Western novel. Burgundy cloth boards with white lettering & rules. The scarce dust jacket repeats the frontispiece and has a crossed revolver motif on the spine; rear panel advertises light fiction and young adult fiction.

Near fine in very good jacket. $75

Too Many Women
Rex Stout.
New York: Viking, 1947.

In order to help Nero Wolfe solve a case, poor Archie goes to work for a corporation that happens to employ “500 of America’s most beautiful secretaries, typists, file clerks, and receptionists.” I find it interesting that the rear DJ flap of this Nero Wolfe, noted gourmand, mystery advertises the only novel by M.F.K. Fisher, noted food writer.
First edition. Very good condition with owner’s faint stamp to front endpaper. Dust jacket has modest fading to spine and one chip to front panel, else very good, DJ price intact. $200

Busman’s Honeymoon
Dorothy Sayers.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1937.

Lord Peter Wimsey at last marries Harriet Vane. Then they solve a murder!

First edition. Very good condition with owner’s inscription to front endpaper but else near fine. Dust jacket beautifully bright and clean; DJ price has been blacked out. $200 [SOLD]

Casebook of the Black Widowers
Isaac Asimov
New York: Doubleday & Co., 1980

These short mystery stories are reminiscent of the best of the I, Robot stories — a seemingly impossible situation that can be solved by a shifted perspective and a little logic. This copy with the ownership inscription of Lloyd Arthur Esbach, noted fan, author, and founder of Fantasy Press. We are bringing three other titles in the Black Widowers series.

First edition stated. Near fine in like jacket. $75 [SOLD]

The Real New York: A Guide for the Adventurous Shopper, the Exploratory Eater, and the Know-it-all Sightseer Who Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
Helen Worden.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1932.

A romp through New York City seemingly unaffected by the 1929 stock market crash or the Great Depression.
Very good condition with light wear, no serious flaws. Includes the striking dust jacket by Irving Politzer, quite uncommon. DJ is good to very good with small loss at head of spine, tear and creasing to bottom of front panel, but overall nice and bright with original price intact. $75 [SOLD]

Omjee the Wizard: Korean Folk Stories
Homer B. Hulbert.
Springfield: Milton Bradley Co., 1925.

It is almost strange to see a 1920s children’s book about another ethnicity that does not reek of stereotypes or outright bigotry. Hulbert spent most of his adult life in Korea and Japan, and was a strong advocate for the independence of Korea.
This is a collection of tales about humans, animals, and at least one dragon, that includes tidbits of Korean culture and is blissfully free of dialect.

Illustrated by Hildegard Lupprian with color plates & page borders. Black decorated cloth boards, illustrated endpapers, lacks the dust jacket. Very good to near fine condition; minor slant from reading. $150

Dragons and Dragon Lore
Ernest Ingersoll.
New York: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1928.

Starting with the earliest legends of dragons, Ingersoll takes us through many different cultures, from the Middle East to India to China, Korea, and Japan, to Wales, to Europe, and ending of course with Saint George. Illustrated with photos of carved or painted artifacts, as well as reproductions of engravings.
Near fine copy in quarter cloth with patterned-paper covered boards. Uncommon in jacket, which features a medieval Celtic dragon on the front panel. Chip to tail of spine panel, short tears with no real loss, rubbing, price intact; good condition. $100

Tales of a Western Mountaineer: A Record of Mountain Experiences on the Pacific Coast
C.E. Rusk.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1924.

Climbs of Mt. Adams feature in nine of the fifteen chapters; others on Mounts Baker, Rainier, Glacier Peak, Stuart, Hood and Shasta. Illustrated with photographic plates.

Very nearly fine in very good price-clipped dust jacket. $125 [SOLD]

A Young Mazama’s Idea for a Mt. Hood Climb [and] The Youngsteigers
Gary Snyder.
In Mazama, Vol. 28, No. 13 and Vol. 29, No. 13 (December, 1946 and 1947).
The first two appearances in print of Gary Snyder, one written as a high school senior, and one as a Reed College first-year student.

Very good condition, tape reinforcement to head and tail of 1947 spine; minor toning to 1946 front cover. $300

George Gershwin’s Song Book
Illustrated by Alajalov.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1932.

A spectacular artifact of the Jazz Age, this book features eighteen of Gershwin’s most famous songs along with energetic illustrations by Constantin Alajalov, best known for his covers of The New Yorker and Saturday Evening Post.

Book is good to very good with tidemark to top edge of front and rear endpapers, about 3-1/2″ wide (endpapers being 18″ wide). Dust jacket is in good condition with noticeable staining to spine and top and bottom edges. $100

22 Photo Albums of Mountains

An impressive collection of antique photo albums generally relating to the Cascade Range in Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Several of these are of specific trips or hiking seasons. Most are from the 1910s through 1930s; the earliest dated photo appears to be 1903, and the latest date is 1945, which is an album detailing a hiking trip of the Eugene Obsidians.

One of the highlights is an album containing one hundred 5″ x 7″ prints by Washington photographer J. Boyd Ellis, and Frederick William Cleator, an early Northwest logger, forest ranger, and conservationist.

It is the range of both photographs and photographers that make this collection most interesting. Mountaineering, logging, snowball fights, skiing, rustic architecture, camping, and scenic shots of the natural surroundings provide a wealth of information and a variety of perspectives. The photographs of climbers on the glaciers are of increasing interest, as a recent study of Pacific Northwest climate change predicts “declines in snow and glacier melt could lead to an 80 percent reduction in late summer river volumes by the end of the century.” (American Geophysical Union, 2018)

Twenty-two albums, good condition overall; one binder is broken, a few loose photos, etc. The person who collected these has written in locations to some photographs that were otherwise not annotated. Roughly 2,000 photographs in all, the great majority of which relate to mountains. $5,500.

If you’re going to the Seattle fair, I’d be happy to hear if you’ve received this email. Please stop by to chat! Thank you,

Scott Givens
Browsers’ Bookstore