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1 Atkins, John WALTER DE LA MARE An Exploration
London C. & J. Temple Limited 1947 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Price clipped DJ with edgewear and soiling. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 45 pages 46517 
Price: 8.00 USD

 
7 Leavitt, Robert Keith NOAH'S ARK NEW ENGLAND YANKEES AND THE ENDLESS QUEST A Short History of the Original Webster Dictionaries, with Particular Reference to Their First Hundred Years
G. & C. Merriam Company 1947 Limited Edition; 243/2000 copies Hardcover Very Good- 
In soiled slipcase. Presentation slip pasted to the second endpaper to Mrs. Frederic G. Melcher. Small mark on spine. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 106 pages 51674 
Price: 15.00 USD

 
 
2 Basbanes, Nicholas A. EVERY BOOK ITS READER The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World
HarperCollins 2005 0060593237 / 9780060593230 First Edition; 156/250 copies Hardcover As New in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Copy No 156 of 250 signed copies in slipcase. Would be a perfect copy except for a corner fold to the rear flap of the DJ. Signed by author on colophon page. ; 1.4 x 9 x 6.1 Inches; 384 pages;

Inspired by a landmark exhibition mounted by the British Museum in 1963 to celebrate five eventful centuries of the printed word, Nicholas A. Basbanes offers a lively consideration of writings that have "made things happen" in the world, works that have both nudged the course of history and fired the imagination of countless influential people.

In his fifth work to examine a specific aspect of book culture, Basbanes also asks what we can know about such figures as John Milton, Edward Gibbon, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Adams, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Henry James, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller -- even the notorious Marquis de Sade and Adolf Hitler -- by knowing what they have read. He shows how books that many of these people have consulted, in some cases annotated with their marginal notes, can offer tantalizing clues to the evolution of their character and the development of their thought.

Taking the concept one step further, Basbanes profiles some of the most articulate readers of our time -- David McCullough, Harold Bloom, Robert Fagles, Robert Coles, Helen Vendler, Elaine Pagels, Daniel Aaron, Christopher Ricks, Matthew Bruccoli, and Perri Klass among them -- who discuss such relevant concepts as literary canons, classic works in translation, the timelessness of poetry, the formation of sacred texts, and the power of literature to train physicians, nurture children, and rehabilitate criminal offenders.

"Basbanes has a deep and abiding passion for books -- a joyful addiction," Dan Smith wrote in the Toronto Star of Patience & Fortitude, characterizing his body of work as "part travelogue, part scholarship, and all story." The tradition continues with Every Book Its Reader.

; Signed by Author 47977 
Price: 45.00 USD

 
8 Malone, Edmond; Ibntroduction by James M. Kuist CURSORY OBSERVATIONS ON THE POEMS ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS ROWLEY (1782) Augustan Reprint Society Publication Number 123
Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 1966 Facsimile Stapled wraps Very Good 
Signed and dated 10/67 by Terry Belanger inside front cover. Terry Belanger is the founder of the Rare Book School (RBS) , an independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983, it has been located at the University of Virginia since 1992. Belanger recently won a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award for his work. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; xiv, 62 pages 42577 
Price: 12.00 USD

 
 
3 Davis, James Herbert THE HAPPY ISLAND Images of Childhood in the Eighteenth-Century French Theatre D'Education
Peter Lang 1987 0820404462 / 9780820404462 Hardcover As New 
0.6 x 8.8 x 6 Inches; 195 pages 46744 
Price: 12.00 USD

 
9 Penninger, Frieda Elaine CHAUCER'S "TROILUS AND CRISEYDE" AND "THE KNIGHT'S TALE"
University Press of America 1993 081919218X / 9780819192189 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Inscribed and signed by author on endpaper. ; 0.55 x 8.5 x 5.59 Inches; 126 pages; This book examines "Troilus and Criseyde" and "The Knight's Tale" as poems which work the same plot to contrasting tragic and joyous endings but for the same purpose, of exploring the folly of electing the temporal world over the eternal. It demonstrates that the tragedy of "Troilus and Criseyde" is a consequence of the folly of relying on Fortune and temporal bliss and works through the pattern of a similar dependence in "The Knight's Tale." It then develops the portrayal of the protagonists of the poems as Fortune's Fools through a scrutiny of courtship as game of play, of "caritas" and "cupiditas" contrasted with the implications of pity, mercy, grace, and love as used in temporal contexts in the poem but defined theologically elsewhere in Chaucer, and of the limitations of knighthood and chivalry as defined by the world of the poems.; Signed by Author 45123 
Price: 10.00 USD

 
 
4 Dillard, J. H FROM NEWS STAND TO CYRANO Four Stray Pieces Mainly about Reading
Stratford Company 1935 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket Signed by Author
Inscribed and signed by author on endpaper: "To Rev. W. Roy Mason, a book for a bird and I get the best of the bargain. J. H. Dillard March 12, '35" Edgewear to the DJ with a small split to the head of the spine. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 46 pages; Signed by Author 45954 
Price: 12.00 USD

 
10 Rovit, Earl H. HERALD TO CHAOS The Novels of Elizabeth Madox Roberts
University of Kentucky Press 1960 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 180 pages 47485 
Price: 8.00 USD

 
 
5 Hay, John and Marie MacLean; edited by NARRATIVE ISSUES: Special Issue of AUMLA No 74 November 1990
Victoria Journal of the Australian Universities Language and Literature Association 1990 Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 
Edgeworn and rubbed DJ. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 223 pages 46518 
Price: 20.00 USD

 
11 West, Rebecca ARNOLD BENNETT HIMSELF No. 1 The John Day Pamplets
New York John Day Company 1931 First Printing Stapled wraps Good 
Soiled covers with small indentations. Hole in first endpaper. ; Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall; 21 pages 48731 
Price: 12.00 USD

 
 
6 Kogan, Pauline NORTHROP FRYE The High Priest of Clerical Obscurantism. Literature & Ideology Monographs #1
Montreal Progressive Books & Periodicals 1969 First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good 
Some wrinkling to the covers. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 98 pages 46728 
Price: 12.00 USD

     


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