London: Punch. 19 (of 20) hand-colored etchings, 200 woodcuts by John Leech. 2 vols. 8vo, 2/3 red morocco by Riviere, backs crudely glued or chipped; hinges cracked, lacking half-titles. London, 1847-48. OFFERED WITH: The Comic History of Rome. 10 colored plates, 98 text illustrations. 308pp. 8vo, bound as above. London, n.d. (1851). 3 vols in all. Internally fine. The first editions of both works, of which the Comic History of Rome is rarer. One plate in the History of England...
London: Punch Office, 1844. Frontispiece and illustrated title pages by George Cruikshank. 2 volumes, 92pp + 252pp. Part I - Of the Rights of Persons; Part II. Of Real Company. Small slim 8vo, polished blue calf, top edges gilt, ornately gilt spines, red and green leather spine labels, original printed wrappers bound in. London: Punch Office, 1844. First Edition. Near fine.
London: Punch, 1845. Extra pictorial title, 12 steel-engraved plates and a profusion of text illustrations (one plate repaired). 284pp. 8vo, 1/2 calf, recased, hinges repaired; two plates repaired. London: Punch Office, 1845. Good. Contains some of Cruikshank's most amusing and representative drawings. Cohn 191.
London: Punch Office, 1845. Extra pictorial title page, and illustrated with 12 full-page steel engravings and a profusion of in-text woodcuts. viii, 284pp. 8vo, bound in older 3/4 burgundy calf over marbled boards (edgeworn but sound and attractive). London: Published at the Punch Office, 1845. First edition in book form. Very good. Contains some of Cruikshank's most amusing and representative drawings. Cohn 191.
London: Bradbury, 1887. Revised and extended by Arthur Wm. A'Beckett. Illustrated with 10 full-page colored plates and numerous in-text drawings by Harry Furniss. xxviii, 324pp. 8vo, nicely bound in older 3/4 dark brown morocco over marbled boards; marbled boards, t.e.g. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 1887. A new and revised edition. A near fine copy of this unusual comic parody of the law.
London: Bradbury, 1887. Revised and extended by Arthur Wm. A'Beckett. Illustrated with 10 full-page colored plates and numerous in-text drawings by Harry Furniss. xxviii, 324pp. (frontispiece and title page loosening), 8vo, nicely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full polished calf, green spine label and inlaid rosetts on spine & front and back covers, spine repaired), inner dentelles, t.e.g., cloth clamshell box. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 1887. A new and revised edition. A near fine copy of this unusual comic parody...
Westport. Autograph note signed "F.P.A.", personal letterhead, Westport, Connecticut, c. 1930's. Pertaining to his Radio Show "Information Please", in full: "Here's one I found up here. Add it to "Christopher Columbus" I am still waiting for your visit." Minor surface creases, otherwise in very good condition. American journalist and humorist who was a member of the legendary Algonquin Table.
New York: 1935. T.L.S. "F.P.A.", 4to. 1 page, Herald Tribune, New York City, April 16th 1935. Providing the recipient with a portion of a poem he has remembered, in full: "All I remember for "Our Railroads" is: He stood at the station, she by his side, She was his young and blushing bride, and he whispered, "Birdie, how shall we go, By the Kankakee or Kokomo?" I printed something about it once and got a letter from the author Mr...
New York: Frederick Fell Inc., 1946. 336 pages, illustrated with black-and-white cartoons, 8vo, brick-colored cloth, dust wrapper (worn, torn, and price-clipped). New York: Frederick Fell Inc., 1946. A very good copy in a poor dust wrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Judge Pence who went from RAGS to Riches from a boy who went from gags to Riches to my favorite Judge & favorite guy. Love & KIXXX, Pal Joey."
New York: Hodder & Stoughton. 24 color plates + illustrated title page, pictorial endpapers and illustration on the front cover. Large 4to, green cloth backed boards, tips and edges rubbed. New York and London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date [ca. 1910]. First American edition. Scarce. Very good (+). The adventures of twin puppies.
Paris: Berger-Levrault, 1916. Over 100 black & white illustrations, 22pp. of text, first few pages heavily foxed, 8vo, rebound in dark green cloth with the original brown pictorial wrappers bound in (front wrapper loose). Paris: Berger-Levrault, 1916. First Edition. Very Good. Illustrations by Forain, Iribe, Morin, Poulbot, Roubille, Sem, Steinlin, Valloton and others. Ownership bookplate.
Van Nuys: 2000. American television personality, author, composer, musician and actor who achieved national fame as the first host of The Tonight Show; the first late-night television talk show. Excellent content T.L.S. "Steve", reminiscing about the early days on the Tonight Show. 4to. 1 page, personal letterhead, Van Nuys, California, February 21st 2000 Written just a few months before his death, to long time friend and collaborator Herb Sargent. The letter reads in full: "I'm hurrying to finish up a....
London: J. Richardson, 1803. With a Variety of Curious and Entertaining Illustrations. 140 pages, alphabetically arranged throughout. 12mo, original printed gray flexible boards (one stain on cover, small chip on spine); untrimmed edges. London: J. Richardson, 1803. First Edition. A nice clean copy of a very scarce book, but LACKING the 6 folding plates. "Contemporary expressions, with scholarly etymological 'notes and quotes' which ramble on delightfully." -- Burke, p. 134.
London: W. J. Richardson, 1803. With a variety of Curious and Entertaining Illustrations (LACKING). 140 pages, WITH 3 other titles listed below. Slim 12mo, full brown polished calf, ornately gilt spine, rubricated edges; inner hinges strengthened. London: W.J. Richardson, 1803. First Edition. A nice clean copy of a very scarce book. Specimens of the Yorkshire Dialect...Likewise A Glossary...to Which is Added Ducks and Green Peas; or the Newcastle Rider also The Newcastle Apothecary. 24 pages. Knaresbrough: Langdale, 1844. Fifth Edition...
Paris: Henry Floury, 1897. Profusely illustrated with black & white line drawings throughout the text by Albert Robida. 28 pages, rubricated title, slim tall 4to, stiff pictorial wrappers, marbled slipcase (broken). Paris: Henry Floury, 1897. Shadow marks on the fly leaves from the front cover, otherwise fine. One of 450 numbered copies printed on papier velin satin.
New York: Time. Woodcuts throughout by Boris Artzybasheff with an Arabian theme. 44 pages. Slim small 12mo, brown cloth. New York: Time, Inc., (no date, circa 1934). Bottom corners bumped, slightly effecting pages, otherwise a very good copy of this uncommon promotional book put out by Time Magazine.
London: The Author, 1725. 87 pages, 8vo, re-bound in modern cloth. London: The Author, 1725. First Edition. BOUND WITH: HAYWARD, Henry, late Earle of Surrey. Songes and Sonettes. 90 pages, London: RE-printed by E Curll, 1717. + A catalogue of Books Printed ffor and Sold by, E. Curll, 16 pages. Scarce.
New York: Crown, 1994. Cartoon illustrations throughout. 244 pages, 8vo, red boards with a black cloth spine, dust wrapper. New York: Crown, (1994). First Edition. A near fine copy with a near fine dust wrapper. Inscribed on the title page: "For Rachel - Thank you for selling this book Dave Barry - afraid he might someday have to get a real job."