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Literary Biography

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21 Pugliese, Stanislao G. Bitter Spring. A Life of Ignazio Silone
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009 0374113483 / 9780374113483 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. An exceptional biography of this important and fascinating Italian author. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Black paper-covered boards with silver titling on the spine. Clean text; xix, 426 pages; indexed. Chapter head illustrations from a German edition of Silone's "Frontamara." A handsome book. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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22 Pym, Horace N. (Editor) Memories of Old Friends, Being Extracts from the Journals and Letters of Caroline Fox, of Penjerrick, Cornwall, From 1835 to 1871
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott 1882 Second Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1882. Caroline Fox (1819-1871) was one of those accomplished proto-Feminists of the 19th Century who seems to have known every intellectual light of her time. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the Second Edition. Maroon cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; appendix and index. A contemporary (1883) previous owner has signed in a delicate hand on both the FFEP and the Title Page. Mildly bumped, else a Near Fine. copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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23 Scott-Stokes, Henry The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima
New York Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 1974 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Minus 
New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1974. Novelist, poet, Kabuki playwright, and nationalist, Yukio Mishima (b. 1925) was one of the great writers of the XXth century, considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize. He publicly committed sepukku in 1970 This biography is by a friend who searches for the meaning in such an act. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Orange cloth binding with black lettering is bright and fresh. There is a previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Laid-in are two contemporary newspaper clippings about Mishima and his death, which have offset the endpapers. The dustjacket is unclipped; there is a closed 2" tear along the lower spine edge, else Near Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Minus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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24 Sitwell, Osbert Great Morning
London Macmillan 1948 Second Printing. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus John Piper 
London: Macmillan, 1948. This is the third, of multiple volumes, of the autobiography of Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969), a man who evidently knew everyone of importance in England. This is a Near Fine copy of the Second Impression of the First Edition, from two months later. Bright orange cloth binding, with black and gilt on the spine. Decorative endpapers. Clean text; 324 pages, includes appendices and index. Illustrated with photographs and eight commissioned paintings by John Piper. Minor scattered spotting, confined to endpapers and fore-edge. The dustwrapper is clipped and Very Good, some minor edgewear and soiling to the rear panel, which also has a closed tear. The dustwrapper has the caveat ".must not be circulated in the British Isles, the United States of America or Canada." Quercus ponders just where the market might have been for this book. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Illus. by John Piper. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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25 Steiner, Nancy Hunter A Closer Look at Ariel: A Memory of Sylvia Plath
New York Harpers Magazine/Harper & Row 1973 0061278157 / 9780061278150 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York: Harpers Magazine/Harper & Row, 1973. An elightening memoir by a collegiate friend. From the introduction by George Stade: "Sylvia Plath would have been a good poet even if she had not committed suicide.our knowledge comments on the poetry as we read it." A Near Fine copy. Stated First Edition, but dustjacket is unpriced, so possibly a Book Club edition. Paper starting to tan (very mild), otherwise a clean and fresh text. The dustjacket is unclipped, minor edgewear and sun to the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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26 Stowe, Harriet Beecher Lady Byron Vindicated. A History of the Byron Controversy, From Its Beginning in 1816 to the Present Time
Boston Fields, Osgood, & Co. 1870 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870. Stowe knew and admired Anne Isabella Byron (1792-1860) through the anti-slavery movement, and felt her to be ill-served by history; in this book she revealled Lord Byron's supposed incest with his half-sister. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Publisher's maroon cloth binding, ruled, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 482 pages, exceptionally bright and supple. The corners are mildly bumped, with some minor rubbling at margins; the spine has faded to brown but the gilt lettering is still bright. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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27 Tennyson, Hallam Alfred Lord Tennyson. A Memoir By His Son (Two Volumes)
New York & London Macmillan 1897 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Macmillan, 1897. Hallam, Alfred's eldest son, inherited the title from his famous father, who was Queen Victoria's favorite poet. She made him Laureate after the death of Wordsworth. An interesting, detailed memoir, with many letters included. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Two volumes; 516 pages and 551 pages. Volume II is indexed and a page of publisher's adverts for its various editions of Tennysen's works. Green cloth bindings with gilt lettering on the spine. Very mildly bumped; a few scuffs on the covers, but withal a very nice and solid set. No dustjackets Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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28 Tolstoy, Leo My Life. As Told By the Peasant Anissia to T.A. Kouzminskaya
New York Duffield and Company 1924 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Duffield and Company, 1924. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition of this biography (which was "Revised and Corrected by Leo Tolstoy"). Translated, with Notes and a Preface by Charles Salomon; also includes the Preface to the French edition of 1922. Green/gray cloth binding with paper labels on the front cover and spine. Clean text; vi, 136 pages. Previous-owner signature on FFEP. Tiny bit of rub at margins, else a Fine copy. A very attractive book. No dustjacket.. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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29 Trollope, Anthony Thackery
London Macmillan and Co. 1886 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: Macmillan and Co., 1886. Trollope's biography of Thackery was first published in 1879; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing of the British edition, presented in a Fine Binding (possibly Riviere & Son). Part of the "English Men of Letters" series, edited by John Morley; all editions of this work are uncommon to scarce. Green leather binding with five raised bands on the spine, with gilt title and date. Clean text, very bright and fresh; top-edge is gilt; 210 pages, easily readable today. There are 51 black-and-white illustrations tipped-in. Lightly faded spine, with some rubbing at the margins. Quite an attractive book. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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30 Waugh, Evelyn The Life of the Right Reverend Ronald Knox. Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Pronotary Apostolic to His Holiness Pope Pius XII compiled from the original Sources
London Chapman and Hall 1959 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Chapman and Hall, 1959. Anglo-Catholic Ronald Knox (1888-1957) eventually became Roman Catholic. He was known for his translation of the Vulgate as well as his detective stories and satires. In 1926 a radio hoax of his caused some panic and may have inspired the more famous hoax of Orson Welles some twelve years later. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, lacking a dustwrapper. Blue cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 358 pages, indexed; with eleven illustrations. Just a hint of rubbing to the margins; else a Fine copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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31 Wheatley, Vera The Life and Work of Harriet Martineau
London Secker & Warburg 1957 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
London: Secker & Warburg, 1957. One of the few modern studies of Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) sometimes called "the first modern sociologist;"an abolitionist and proto-feminist, who wrote on history and political econom, as well as penning several popular children's books. She was highly regarded during her lifetime, and should be so today. This is a Near Fine copy of the First English Edition (it has been reprinted in America). Red cloth binding with spine labeling in brown and gilt. Clean text; 421 pages, indexed, with bibliography and appendices. A few spots on the top edge and hints of bumping, else a Fine copy (an extremely well-produced book). The dustwrapper is unclipped; some wrinkling and nicking, confined to the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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32 Zimmern, Helen Maria Edgeworth
Boston Roberts Brothers 1883 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1883. This biography of the Anglo-Irish children's author Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) was the first volume in the publisher's "Famous Women" series. A Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, an uncommon title. Brown decorative cloth binding, stamped in black and with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 305 pages, with 14 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The fourth book published by Helen Zimmern (1846-1934). This is an ex-libris copy, but the treatments are not onerous: there are vintage paper labels on the lower spine and the front paste-down. Oddly, it is stamped "June 1, 1881" on the first page - two years prior to publication. Bumped, and mildly rubbed on the head and foot of the spine. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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