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Limited Editions Club Books

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Limited Editions Club : 15 Books

[3907] Boccaccio, John. Decameron: The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence and Conversation . New York: Limited Editions Club, Tall 4 to., 536 pp. 2 volumes. (1940) 1st Edition Thus. The classic bawdy collection of stories told by seven honourable ladies and three noble gentlemen over the course of ten days. Translated into English in 1620. This edition illustrated from numerous woodcuts by Fritz Kredel in the Renaissance manner. A special LIMITED EDITION of 550 copies, of which this is #379. SIGNED by Kredel. Handsome decorative woven cloth and Black leather spines with gilt lettering and decoration; t.e.g. Minor edgewear; slight soiling of covers; one major flaw in that pages 97-98 have a hole about the size of a nickel with the torn paper folded over (this is obviously a printer's flaw because most of the type is missing from the one side of the folded paper), there is also a 1-1/2" tear in the bottom margin of the same page; slight perfume odour; o/w a VG clean copy with a VG Black paper-covered slipcase. Extra postage applies. $275.00

[3904] Borrow, George. Lavengro: the Scholar, the Gipsy, the Priest . London: Limited Editions Club, 8 vo., 375 and 380 pp. 1st Edition Thus. 1936. Two volumes. Introduction by Hugh Walpole. Classic account of Gypsy life in 19th Century England. Barnett Freedman supplied 16 colour lithographs and several pen drawings. LIMITED EDITION of 1500 copies, of which this is #1378; SIGNED by the illustrator. Illustrated endpapers; topedges gilt. Wine cloth with Black title labels on spine with Gold lettering. Minor edgewear; minor rubbing and fading of spines; volume I has some bubbling of the cloth along the front and rear outer edge; a half dozen pages dog-eared; slight perfume odor; o/w a VG set in a G+ to VG decorative slipcase. A hard-to-find title from this publisher. $127.50

[1274] Cooper, James Fenimore. Pathfinder, The. ill. . Lunenburg, Vermont: Limited Editions Club, . . Tall 8 vo., 474 pp. 1st Edition Thus. 1965. LIMITED to 1500 copies of which this copy is #171. Richard M. Powers created 19 original collage, full-color paintings for this book--these include 6 double-spread illustrations, 6 single-page size illustrations, plus 7 in-text illustrations. SIGNED by Mr. Powers on the Limitation Page. Green/Black e.p.'s and Green-speckled foreedges tie in perfectly with the Green/Black pattern of the paper-covered boards, accented with a spine of natural-finish Black buckram and stamped Green/Gold titling label. Slight edgewear, o/w Near Fine in a chipped glassine wrapper that has a discolorued spine, and a scuffed VG Black/Green slipcase. $77.00

[3225] Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son. New York: Limited Editions Club, Tall 8 vo., 798 pp. 1st Edition Thus. 1957. Dombey and Son was one of Dicken's novels-in-parts, appearing monthly between Oct. 1846 and Apr. 1848 inclusive. It has been said to be "...the first masterpiece of Dicken's maturity". This 2-volume edition is adorned with 12 wonderful colour plates by the great artist and art-teacher Henry C. Pitz. LIMITED to 1500 copies, of which this set is #171; signed in vol. 2 by Mr. Pitz. Bound in Red English-finish buckram, with decorative paper labels. Protected in mylar jackets and encased in a Tan paper-on-boards slipcase decorated with Dicken's characters, repeated from the endpapers of the books. L.E.C. monthly letter laid in. Slight fading of bindings (as is usual with this set); o/w a Near Fine set in a VG+ slipcase. $95.00

[1631] Dickens, Charles. Hard Times for These Times. N.Y.: Limited Editions Club, . Tall 8 vo., 279 pp. 1st Edition Thus. 1966. Dicken's first novel of social protest. Charles Raymond contributes 15 wash drawings in two-colour, of which 14 are full-page and one is a double spread, as well as 37 line drawings printed in Green umber. This copy is #171 of 1500 and SIGNED by the artist. Dark Blue Roma paper-on-boards with a Beige English buckram spine and a leather title label on the spine. Slight edgewear, o/w Near Fine in slightly rubbed and chipped VG+ slipcase. $82.50

[2584] Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild the Great. New York: Limited Editions Club, Tall 8 vo., 231 pp. plus xviii pp. 1943. 1st Ed. Thus. Introduction by Louis Kronenberger. Numerous colour illus. by T.M. Cleland. LIMITED to 1500 copies, of which this copy is #127. Signed by the artist on the limitation page. Decorative Rose paper on boards with Blue cloth spine. Minor edgewear; small stain on f.e.p.; foredges a bit darkened; o/w VG+ in Good Only Black paper-on-boards slipcase with heavy chipping and rubbing and some taping. $60.00

[2579] France, Anatole. Crainquebille. New York: Limited Editions Club, Tall 4 to., 70 pp. plus xiii pp. 1949. 1st Ed. Thus. Translated and with an Introduction by Jacques Le Clercq. The story of Crainquebille was inspired by the Dreyfus Case and abounds in references to it. Bernard Lamotte made over a hundred sketches for this book but these were eventually narrowed down to 17 paintings for reproduction. They match the mood of the story perfectly. LIMITED EDITION of 1500 copies of which this copy is #171. Signed by the artist on the limitation page. Wonderfully bound in tapestried burlap (a fine quality of potato sacking!), with the title stamped in burgundy leaf. Upper portion of the first dozen pages have a wavy effect; minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in a mylar jacket and a VG Burgundy cloth-covered slipcase with some edgewear. Member's advisory note and monthly letter are laid-in. $72.50

[1628] Leach, MacEdward (ed.). Book of Ballads. N.Y.: Limited Editions Club, 1967. 4 to., 216 pp. An authentic collection of 69 songs from the past, selected by MacEdward Leach and illustrated by Fritz Kredel from 36 small woodcuts. These woodcuts were then hand-coloured by "Pochoir" at the Walter Fischer Studios. Decorated paper-on-boards with Midnight Blue buckram spine and a paper title label embiellished with a hand-coloured Kredel woodcut. This copy #171 of 1500 copies and SIGNED by the artist. Very slight edgewear, o/w Near Fine in VG+ slipcase. $95.00

[3224] Milton, John. Masque of Comus. New York: Limited Editions Club, Tall 4 to., 72 pp. 1st Edition Thus. 1954. Actually includes the poem, 'The Masque of Comus" by Milton and with a Preface by Mark van Doren; as well as "The Airs" by Henry Lawes with his version of the words. Features 6 lovely illustrations from the watercolours of Edmund Dulac. Unfortunately, Dulac died before he was able to sign this edition as intended. LIMITED to 1500 copies of which this volume is #552. Quarter-bound in vellum with French marbled paper-covered boards; topedges gilt. Minor edgewear; minor foxing of foredges; minor spring to boards; o/w VG or better in a VG Black paper-covered slipcase with some chipping. $145.00

[2572] Moncrieff, Charles Scott. Song of Roland. New York: Limited Editions Club, 4 to., 138 pp. 1st Ed. Thus. 1938. Of the many translations into English of this epic poem, the 1918-19 version by Moncrieff, based on the (generally recognized as) 12th century manuscript in the Bodleian Library, stands out for its accuracy and vigour. This edition is decorated and hand-illuminated by well-known artist Valenti Angelo. LIMITED to 1500 copies, of which this is #995. Signed by the artist on the limitation page. A handsome volume with gilt-lettered and decorated vellum spine and Blue paper-covered boards with stamped and illuminated mounted knight on front cover. T.e.g. Slight fading of edges; o/w Near Fine in a glassine jacket with one small piece missing, and G+ Blue paper-covered board slipcase with some fading, staining and chipping. $155.00

[2577] Rostand, Edmond. Cyrano De Bergerac . New York: Limited Editions Club, 4 to., 210 pp. plus xvii pp. 1954. 1st Ed. Thus. English version by Louis Untermeyer who also contributes an illuminating Foreword in which he discusses other translations and explains his own approach. 25 richly-coloured drawings by noted French artist Pierre Brissaud decorate the text. LIMITED to 1500 copies of which this is copy #171. Signed by the artist on the limitation page. Bound in a very attractive satin French brocade with large leather title label on spine. Minor edgewear; foredges darkened; o/w VG+ in a glassine jacket and a G+ Green paper-on-boards slipcase with some fading and soiling. Member's advisory note, monthly letter, and a folded broadsheet of the various English translations of "Cyrano's Ballad" all laid-in. Extra postage applies. $85.00

[1753] Stevenson, Robert Louis. Beach of Falesa. Los Angeles: Limited Editions Club, 1956. Sm. Narrow Folio, 113 pp. 1st ed. thus. This edition is the first time that Stevenson's original version of this South Seas story has appeared in print. The story appeared serially in the Illustrated London News but in a bowdlerized version to suit the Victorian mindset. The one-color and two-color drawings of Millard Sheets perfectly complement Stevenson's text (far better than the original Gordon Browne illus.) Introduction by J.C. Furnas. This copy is No. 171 of 1500 copies, SIGNED by the artist. Decorative Tan paper-on-boards with Dk. Brown cloth spine and Gold lettering. Slight edgewear; o/w Near Fine in VG grass-like paper-on-boards slipcase with some edgewear and discolouration. $95.00

[1215] Stevenson, Robert Louis. Master of Ballantrae, The. ill. Lynd Ward. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1965. 4 to., 303 pp. plus 28 two-colour lithograph illustrations by Lynd Ward. 1st ed. thus. Introduction by G. B. Stern and author's Preface. #171 of 1500 copies and SIGNED by the illustrator. Blue/Green cloth representing the tartan of the Black Watch. Leather title label on spine. Slight shelf-wear, o/w Near Fine copy in slightly discoloured and chipped glassine wrapper and VG solid slipcase with some rubbing. $95.00

[1752] Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Los Angeles: Limited Editions Club, 1962. Tall 4 to., 268 pp. 1st ed. thus. Another great Verne classic, embellished for this edition by Edward A. Wilson with 16 drawings in full color and 36 chapter headpieces in two colors. Introduction by Ray Bradbury. This copy is No. 171 of 1500 copies, SIGNED by Wilson. Blue marbled paper-on-boards with White English vellum spine and gold leaf spine label. Slight edgewear; o/w Near Fine in VG Blue/White paper-covered board slipcase with some scuffing and discolouration. $95.00

[3905] Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang. Faust: a Tragedy , the First Part . New York: Limited Editions Club, Sm. folio, 112 pp. 1st Edition Thus. 1932. Translated by Alice Raphael. With an Introduction by Carl F. Schreiber and a Note by Mark van Doren. 8 full-page and 2 double-page colour plates, the double-page illus. especially spectacular. LIMITED EDITION of 1500 copies, of which this copy is 734; SIGNED by Rene Clarke, the illustrator. Decorative e.p.'s. Wine cloth with Gold decoration. Minor edgewear and a little more wear to bottom of spine; spine a little dull; slight perfume odour; o/w VG or better in a G+ decorative slipcase. $90.00

More Limited Editions Club Books

A.   Andersen, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales. Translated by
Jean Hersholt. 2 volumes. Limited Editions Club, N.Y. 1942.
A unique presentation of Andersen's work. Volume I consists
of 13 tales by Andersen that were first published in America
between 1868 and 1873 in "Riverside Monthly Magazine for Young
People" and "Scribner's Monthly" magazine; 35 letters written
by Andersen to Horace Scudder, editor of the "Riverside Monthly
Magazine"; plus Notes on these letters. The letters are
previously unpublished and were bought by Hersholt from a bookshop
in Boston in 1939. The frontispiece of Volume I is a drawing
by Jean Hersholt of Hans Christian Andersen. The 13 stories
each have a small vignette drawn by Fritz Kredel. Volume II
contains 29 Fairy Tales by Andersen. Fritz Kredel contributes
a frontispiece and dozens of in-text illustrations in colour.
This set is number 348 of 1500 copies, signed by editor/translator
Jean Hersholt and artist Fritz Kredel. Decorated paper-on-boards
with Brown cloth spines. Slight edgewear; minor discolouring
of foredges and bottomedges; spines perhaps slightly dulled;
o/w a VG or better set in a solid G+ to -VG slipcase with 
some soiling.                                      $225.00

B.  Stevenson, Robert Louis. Travels With a 
Donkey. Limited Editions Club, N.Y. 1957. 1st
ed. thus. Tall 8 vo., 153 pp. Number 171 of
1500 copies. The well-known artist, Roger
Duvoisin, spent much of the summer of 1955 in
Cevennes, following Stevenson's route, then he
produced many delicate in-text illustrations 
for the book, some with colors laid on. 
SIGNED by Mr. Duvoisin on the Limitation Page.
The binding is a rough basket-weave fabric in
a Brown and Green combination that hints of
earth and trees. A hand-coloured backstrip
label is set in a sunken panel, and the artist
has composed a fetching little drawing which
has also been hand-coloured and set into a 
panel on the front cover and which leads the
reader directly tothe endpapers: two maps, one
of the Cevennes, one of France toute entiere.
Minor sunning of spine, o/w VG+ in a mylar
d.j. and a Dk. Green paper-covered VG slipcase
with a matching label to the spine of the
book. L.E.C. Monthly Letter laid in.  $95.00

A Few More LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB TITLES (all signed by artist)

C. Allen. Anthony Adverse. 3 volumes. 1937. Illustrated by Edward Wilson. Signed by Wilson. VG in G+ slipcase. $120.00 D. Cooper. The Deerslayer. 1961. Illustrated by Edward Wilson. Signed by Wilson. Leather spine. VG+ in VG slipcase. $80.00 E. Stevenson. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Illustrated by Edward Wilson. Signed by Wilson. VG+ in G+ slipcase. $85.00 F. Thackeray's The Newcombes. 1954. 2 volumes. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Signed by Ardizzone. VG+ in VG slipcase. $135.00 G. Thackeray. The History of Henry Esmond. 1956. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Signed by Ardizzone. Brocade cloth. VG+ in VG slipcase. $90.00 H. Verne. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. 1956. Illustrated by Edward Wilson. Signed by Wilson. VG+ in faded but VG slipcase. $115.00 I. Verne. Mysterious Island. 1959. Illus. by Edward Wilson. Signed by Wilson. VG in G+ slipcase. $100.00 J. Tolstoy. Anna Karenina. 2 volumes. 1951. Illus. by Barnett Freedman. Signed by Freedman. VG+ in VG slipcase. Uncommon. COMBINED WITH: Tolstoy. War & Peace. 6 volumes in two slipcases. 1938. Illustrated by Barnett Freedman. Signed by Freedman and with his thumbprint. VG+ in mylar jackets and VG slipcases. Very uncommon. THE TWO SETS TOGETHER $800.00

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