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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Bindings : Fiction : Pre 1950 item #686128
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This is quite a rare book in the first, with some internet copies selling for hundreds of dollars. Plot is based on the on the famous 1826 murder case known as the Kentucky Tragedy and combines history, philosophy, politics and passion. Many experts consider it Warren's richest novel. It's also his longest. A mesmerizing read!

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Title: WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME: A ROMANTIC NOVEL - Rare First Edition and First Impression
Author: ROBERT PENN WARREN, noted novelist and poet, the only winner of Pulitzer Prizes in both genres. Also America's first Poet Laureate, a literary critic and a Yale professor.
Publisher: Random House, NY
Year: 1950
Edition: Stated First Printing
Binding: Terracotta cloth boards; black title box on spine with gilt lettering, border and embellishment; gilt lettering on front cover.
Size: 8.25" x 5.5" x 1.25".
Condition: Overall, Very Good. Pages are clean, without marks or writings, and book is tight and sturdy. Shelfwear includes minor bumps to spine ends and corners, sunning and light soiling. No dustjacket.
Pages: 512 pages
Sequel: Time's Dark Laughter
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Bindings : Fiction : Pre 1910 item #560431
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Layaway fell through; back on the market ...

Children in Late Victorian and Edwardian times were the first to enjoy the gorgeous Fairy Books edited by Andrew Lang: 12 anthologies of fairytales from around the world, each named for a different color. The volumes debuted between 1889 and 1910, so this 1901 book appeared about midway through the series. By then, many illustrations were in color and the covers had become works of art. Here, in a gilded and lyrical Art Nouveau swirl, a Puckish lad amid toadstools offers an enormous violet to goddess-like fairies flying above in the moonlit, starry sky. More fairies stand sentinel beneath violets on the gilded spine. Inside, the gilt-edged pages include 7 full-page color plates in the medievalist Art Nouveau style so popular then, plus an abundance of full-page b/w plates (33) and in-text illustrations (25). The artist for this book (and many others) was H.J. Hunt.

Because of its great beauty (and scarcity, compared to some other volumes in the series), collectors of fine antiquarian books pay more than $2,300 for a first edition of The Violet Fairy Book, provided it’s in exceptional condition. Ours is a great deal more affordable, because it has a few problems. Fortunately, they don’t affect the stunning colored plates which comprise so much of its value.

To begin with what’s right, the publisher’s original binding of gilded violet cloth is still firmly attached; the gilded page edges remain brilliant; and every illustration is present, as are the black-coated end papers at both front and back and even the tissue protector over the frontispiece. Too, the fascinating stories contained in the book are fully readable, with the one exception noted below.

Now for what’s wrong. Besides the minor foxing and general wear you’d expect on any book this old, there are touches of child-artistry on three of the lesser b/w images (neatly adding color to costumes); a later owner wrote her name and the year 1935 on the title page; a couple of small holes and a short tear appear in text page margins; the cover has frayed and bumped corners; and the spine shows fraying at top and bottom and separation of fabric at the back. More severe is a crack that shows up internally in two spots: at the front (between end papers and on the title page that follows, which is loose at the base) and between pages 206 and 209 – where, lamentably, page 207/208 was removed. Stitching is visible here, but not broken. The page couldn’t have fallen out, so somebody must have wanted the content for some reason. It wasn’t an illustration, since the index cites none on the page. (That page from the story “Jesper Who Herded the Hares” can be easily replaced by making a copy at the library.)

What a difference a few relatively minor glitches can make to the value of a rare first edition – in this case, more than $2000-worth. Higher prices are being asked online for a few others in only fair condition, with no damage to the colored plates, so ours is an especially good bargain. Even later editions with wear often sell in the hundreds.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Bindings : Fiction : Pre 1960 item #110976
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If you have a Retro room, here's a great tabletop accessory. It's the book club edition of March Cost's "The Hour Awaits." I don't know which dust jacket view I like better - the slick high-colored cover featuring an evening-gowned beauty (a princess in peril, no less) or the back with its incredibly Retro portrait of the Scottish actress-turned-author, quite a glam queen in her day. Wear to the jacket and book edges is minimal, considering that this volume is more than 50 years old, printed in the early 1950s by Lippincott. Condition inside is lovely. The book measures 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" and contains 285 pages.

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