Marie: A Story of Russian Love. (with 8 other titles). 

Pushkin, Alexander, Mrs. Gaskell, Holger Drachmann, & others  

[Fine Binding].Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1900-1910. Later printings but two. Nine volumes,12mos, variously paginated, uniformly (and exquisitely) bound by Ernst Hertzberg & Sons (signed in blind on the recto of the rear free endpaper) ca. 19-teens, in full crushed dark brown morocco, the spines in five compartments separated by raised bands, lettered in gilt in one compartment, with elegant tooling in black wrapping the spines onto both boards mimicking coptic fastenings tied up with fleur-de-lys fasteners. Top edges gilt, floral blind-tooled inner dentelles, brown laid-paper doublures, and brown satin-ribbon page-markers bound in, with velvet-lined, tan cloth over board slipcase. A few of ribbon markers frayed, otherwise a Fine set in slipcase which is soiled & stained mostly at the back of the box.

A lovely set of "Love in Leather," as we like to call it, which is perhaps more aptly characterized (courtesy Raymond Carver) as "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." The publisher provides a running title for most of the volumes of "Tales from Foreign Lands."


Galdos, B. Perez. Marianela: A Story of Spanish Love (1907, later printing); Mrs. Gaskell. Cousin Phillis: A Story of English Love (1910, later printing); Runnion, James B. Graziella: A Story of Italian Love (1905, first thus); Drachmann, Holger. Nanna: A Story of Danish Love (1901, first printing); Charlot, Francis. Madeleine: A Story of French Love (1906, later printing); Svetla, Caroline. Maria Felicia: A Story of Bohemian Love (1900, later printing); Jensen, Wilhelm. Karine: A Story of Swedish Love (1909, later printing); and Muller, Max; Upton, George. Memories from the German of Max Muller (1909, later printing).


Cheat Mountain; or, Unwritten Chapter of the Late War. By a Member of the Bar, Fayetteville, Tenn.

[Civil War]. [Carrigan, Joseph G.].  Nashville: Albert B. Tavel, Stationer and Printer, 1885. First edition. 8vo, 128 pages. Publisher's maroon cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover, this copy recently rebacked with matching cloth preserving most of the original backstrip. Lightly soiled, modest foxing mostly at endpapers & pastedowns, a bit age-tanned, Very Good. Dornbusch II: 1008. Very Good.

The author served as orderly sergeant in Company G of the 8th Tennesse Regiment. Includes unit roster, biographical sketches of Colonel Alfred S. Fulton (8th Regiment) & Colonel John H. Savage (16th Regiment), as well as a description of events at Cheat Mountain, now West Virginia.




The Works of Herman Melville. The Standard Edition.

Melville, Herman. London, Bombay, & Sidney: Constable and Company, Ltd., 1922 - 1924.

First collected edition, limited to 750 sets, this # 749, numbered & initialed ("G.C.L.D.") by hand.. Complete in 16 Volumes. Tall 8vos, variously paginated, the title pages printed in blue & black. Publisher's original blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spines & decorated in blind. Top edges gilt, the others uncut. BAL 13680 (for the set) & 13682 (for "pieces here first located in book form"). Brief wear at spine extremities (including slight fraying & a few shallow nicks) affecting nine volumes, spines lightly faded on six volumes, two pages browned in volume 12 from previously inserted publisher's notice, slight occasional foxing mostly at early & late leaves, Very Good or better.

Published over a three year span, complete sets of Melville's Works remain uncommon. Volume 12, "The Confidence Man," additionally contains a bibliography of the first editions of the prose works by Michael Sadleir. As noted by Blanck,volume 13, with its own limitation page, includes the first printing of "Billy Budd," Other first appearances include "The Cincinnati," " Jack Gentian," & nine others.


the book of the thousand nights and one night

...Rendered from the literal and complete version of Dr. J. C. Mardrus; and collated with other sources; by E. Powys Mathers. 16 Volumes Bound in 8.

Mardrus, J. C. & E. Powys Mathers, with Illustrations by Roderick McRae. [New York], London: As Privately Printed for Subscribers of the Casanova Society, No date [1923].

Limited "Sultana Edition, Unexpurgated & Unabridged, from the first American printing", # 64 of 100 sets, SIGNED by Whitman Bennett. Fine. 8vos, variously paginated, 24 exquisite hand-colored plates by Roderick McRae. Publisher's three-quarter crushed blue morocco & marbled paper over boards, the spines in five compartments separated by raised bands, elaborately lettered or decorated in gilt in all compartments. Top edges gilt, the others uncut. Spines very slightly & uniformly mellowed, occasional trace of foxing,

A lovely set in a very limited edition, SIGNED by author, bookseller, publisher & film producer, Whitman Bennett. Includes historical tales, love stories, tragedies, comedies, poems, burlesques and various forms of erotica, all enhanced by the provocative, occasionally naughty illustrations of Roderick McRae.