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Archive for December, 2008

“You are all a lost generation”
—Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway

In the 1920’s a group of young writers and artists met while living in Paris. It was the Jazz age and Paris was the cultural center of Europe. The young moderns congregated around the bookstores and Cafes, collectively they became known as ” The Lost Generation”. This group which included Ernst Hemingway and other expats such Harry Crosby, spearheaded a new literary movement while living in Paris. They universally rejected the moral and social values of the past generation, in favor of a new modern and bohemian lifestyle. Parisian culture, combined with the disillusionment caused by the loss of life in World War One, led to some of the most important writing of the new century.

Harry Crosby was born into Boston’s Social elite,it was not unusual for some one of his class to spend time living abroad. Harry being one of the few members of the lost generation to speak fluent French, he easily adapted to a life in Paris. While living and writing in Paris Harry Crosby founded The Black Sun Press, one of the finest small preses of the twentieth century.

With the help of his wife Caresse The Black Sun Press published Hemingway, Joyce, Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, Kay Boyle, D. H. Lawrence, Dorothy Parker and others. Harry Crosby epitomised the jazz age, a playboy living his life with reckless abandon. Once he hired 4 horse drawn carriages, and raced them through the streets of Paris like Ben Hur! Known for his wild parties, and numerous affairs, he was both loved and despised. In 1929 while briefly back in New York he attended a party hosted by his close friend Hart Crane. In attendance were E. E.Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Walker Evans and many other artists of day, It was the last time Harry would be seen alive.

Crosby had been caring on an affair with a young newly married woman named Josephine Bigelow. He refers to her in his poetry as his fire princess. Soon after Crane’s party both Harry and Josephine were found dead, a tragic double suicide that made the headlines in the day. Harry’s collected work was published in four seperate volumes on black sun Press, we offer two of the four volumes for sale.

…With Love
(As she goes to the Sun
And is seen by the world no more)
-Harry Crosby

Description: Paperbound with glassine dust wrapper. Preface by T. S. Eliot. Volume 2 in the collected poetry of Harry Crosby. Printed on nauarre paper in a limited editon of 500 copies by Carosse Crosby at the Black Sun Press, Paris. The glassine dust jacket shows tanning and chipping. Spine edges chipped and back strip cracked. (not binding) Interior clean and binding still tight. VERY RARE

Bookseller Inventory # 17048


Transit of Venus
Crosby, Harry

Though we hear various reports of his existence we can never find the young wizard who is able so they say to graft the soul of a girl to the soul of her lover so that not even the sharp scissors of the Fates can ever sever them apart.
-Harry Crosby

Description: Paperbound with glassine dust wrapper. The third voulme of the collected poety of Harry Crosby. Published by the black Sun Press, Rue Cardinale, Paris by Caresse Crosby in a limited issue of only 500 copies. Glassine jacket shows tanning and chipping. Spine edges show some chipping. Interior clean and binding still strong. VERY RARE in any condition!

Bookseller Inventory # 17047


Sleeping Together
Crosby, Harry

Slim Aaron’s photographs, where wealthy people lounge poolside, looking effortlessly beautiful, are the definitive insiders look into the private lives of the Leisure Class of the 1950’s and 60’s. Aarons as part of the Jet-set photographed from Beverly Hills, to the French Riviera, capturing the Kennedys, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and other elite jet-setters. Aarons worked without stylists or elaborate lighting, preferring to photograph celebrities in their own clothes and own surroundings. As a faithful chronicler of the High Society he has no equal.

Description: Hard bound first edition in dust jacket. A very nice copy bright and clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 18341


Slim Aarons: Once upon a Time
Aarons, Slim

ISBN: 0810946033
Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition

Aarons made his career out of what he called “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places. I knew everyone, They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn’t hurt them. I was one of them.
-Slim Aarons

Description: Paperback published by Hearst Magazines in association with Getty images. A selection of images of the jet-set at play, originally published by Aarons in a book of the same title. 82 pages. Profusely illustrated! Minor wear to wrappers, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 18347


A Wonderful Time
Aarons, Slim


The Fifth Column
by Ernest Hemingway

This beautiful signed first edition has been professionally rebound in full brown leather with raised bands & gilt detail. The Scribner’s “A” is present on the copyright page indicating a true first edition. The interior is excellent,no previous owner’s names or other markings. Lovely marbled endpapers & the statement “signed first edition” in gilt on spine.


Description: NEW IN PUBLISHERS SHRINKWRAP. Hard bound with dust jacket. This book brings together a dazzling array of jewels, many from private collections shown here for the first time, and presents them in the context of Lalique’s contemporary work in glass. Profusely illustrated. Published in conjunction with exhibitions held in New York, Washington D. C. and Dallas in 1998 & 1999. Scarce!.

Bookseller Inventory # 18346


The Jewels of Lalique
Brunhammer, Yvonne

 Description: The Mauritius Command by Patrick O’Brian Published by Collins,1977. The First British Edition,so stated – the true first- of the fourth Jack Aubrey book. A beautiful copy in likewise dj that is bright & luminous with no discoloration, chips or tears. The dj is not price clipped. The inner flap shows some light spotting & the volume itself has a very slight lean-otherwise this is about the freshest, most attractive copy of this book you could hope to find. Nice tight binding,clean interior-a very good copy of a rare modern first!

Bookseller Inventory # 17087


The Mauritius Command
O’Brian,  Patrick


Description: Paperback copy. 172 pages. Published on the occasion of the August 17, 2002 exhibition organized by the Hagley Museum A very nice copy, bright and clean.

Bookseller Inventory # 17472


Publisher: Hagley Museum and Library
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good

Signed and Inscribed by Charles Addams to an intimate friend and colleague. Large original drawing by Addams directly on the half title page!

Description: First edition (1957) Hard boundin a gently worn dust jacket that shows some chipping, especially to spine edges, still a Very Rare Signed Addams Title!
Bookseller inventory# 18999
Addams, Charles

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Some minor sunning to spine edge of dust jacket, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 18330

Horst: Interiors
Plumb, Barbara 

ISBN: 0821220462
Publisher: Bulfinch, New York
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound first edition with original V. Bell dust jacket. Red cloth boards show some edge wear. Some wear and soiling to jacket. Spine edge of dust jacket worn with authors name abraded off, but title visible. Interior free of marks and binding strong. Minor foxing, otherwise good.

Bookseller Inventory # 16294


Haunted House and Other Stories
Woolf, Virginia

Publisher: The Hogarth Press, London
Publication Date: 1943
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound with Vanessa Bell dust jacket. Signed by the Jazz composer Claude Thornhill on the front lower left hand corner of the dust jacket. Blue cloth boards show some wear o edges. Spine edges and corners of jacket show chipping. Some damp staining to page edges, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 17259


Between the Acts
Woolf, Virginia

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Co.
Publication Date: 1941
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition:First U. S. Edition

Celine’s second masterpiece was written as a prequel to Journey to the End of the Night. A work constructed with an immediate prose style, shocking for the time. Celine aspired to present humanity as is, without the stylistic trappings, and pretense he saw in his contemporaries. Offensive, vulgar, raw, and cynical; he was directly influenced by the tension felt in Europe between the wars. In this existential masterpiece, Celine explores the darker side of the psyche. His influence is far reaching, inspiring such authors as John Fante, Charles Bukowski, and Henry Miller.

Description: Hard bound first U. S. printing with unclipped dust jacket. 593 pages. Corners and edges of dust jacket worn. Minor chipping to edges, and one large chip to lower rear corner of dust jacket. Some sunning to red title on spine edge, otherwise good. Interior clean and binding strong.

Bookseller Inventory # 17150


Death on the Installment Plan
Celine, louis Ferdinand

Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publication Date: 1938
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition

Burk Uzzle at the age of 23 became the youngest contract photographer for Life magazine, and five years later he joined the legendary agency Magnum Photos. During his fifteen years as a Magnum member, he served two terms as president. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines worldwide, including Life, Newsweek, Fortune, and the New York Times Magazine. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe, and is represented in many private and museum collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Library of Congress; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian Institution.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket published on the occasion of the Nov. 17 – Feb. 17, 1985 exhibition held by The Philadephia Museum of Art. Distributed by Aperture. Stated first printing. Inscribed by Burk Uzzle ” for Cheryl, Burk Uzzle”. Some tanning to edges of white boards. Dust jacket shows some wear and spotting. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 14295


All American
Uzzle, Burk


ISBN: 0961361603
Publisher: St. David’s Books / Aperture
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: inscribed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

Description: Signed by John Irving on the title page. Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated first trade edition. Some wear to unclipped dust jacket that shows some sun fading to spine edge. Some wear to edges of boards and previous owners name on front free end page and half title page, otherwise very good. Covered in protective Brodart cover.

Bookseller Inventory # 11343


A Prayer for Owen Meany
Irving, John

ISBN: 0688077080
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
Publication Date: 1989
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound first edition in price clipped dust jacket. Some minor edge wear, otherwise very good.

Bookseller inventory # 11343


Setting Free the Bears
Irving, John


John Irving’s first novel is a dark comic story of two students who conspire to liberate the animals from the Vienna zoo. The story is loosly based on a an actual incident from the last days of World War II. Many of the themes of Irving’s later work are explored here; the absurdity of existence, the idealism of youth, and the ever present dark veil of looming catrosphe.

Description: Hard bound limited edition with glassine dust jacket in publishers green cloth slipcase. #22 of 795 hand numbered and signed copies. A very nice copy with only the most minor wear to edges and corners of slipcase.
Bookseller Inventory # 17254


Cider House Rules
Irving, John

ISBN: 0688057624
Publisher: William Morrow & Co, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition:Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound first edition with dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY SAUL BELLOW TO THE ARTIST FUMI KOMATSU on the front free endpage. Wear and a few large chips to dust jacket edges. Some minor foxing, otherwise very good. A RARE INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE AUTHORS SECOND BOOK!.

Bookseller Inventory # 18358


The Victim
Bellow, Saul

Publisher: Vanguard Press
Publication Date: 1947
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author
Edition: First Edition

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