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HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELLERS IN SUSSEX.  (MURRAY'S HAND-BOOK SUSSEX.)
1 HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELLERS IN SUSSEX. (MURRAY'S HAND-BOOK SUSSEX.)
London John Murray 1905 Flexible Clothcovers Good- 
174 pp + 48 pp ("Murray's Handbook Advertiser, 1904-1905"), 6 3/4" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover. Title page states "Fifth Edition" and below the publisher information, with the date 1893, "With Index and Directory Revised to 1902". All maps, including one in the rear pocket, are present. Includes an Introduction (Extent and History / Antiquities / Products and Manuacturers / Geology and Traveller's View / Main Roads / Railway Systems / Skeleton Tour / Places of Interest / An Artistic and Antiquarian Tour). Describes a variety of routes, radiating out from London, Hastings, "Tonbridge" Wells, Brighton, Horsham and Godalming, plus an Index. The title for the advertising section continues: "Containing Useful Information for Travellers, Railway and Steamboat Companies, Hotels and Miscellaneous Advertisements." Interior - very light browning to pages except 'advertiser' pages which have moderate browning, splits in paper in inside hinges and book is lightly cracked at two places but holding firmly, small crease at top corner of approx. pages 113 to 124. Exterior - light edge wear to covers, moderate wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, heavy crease at top corner of front cover - migrates into pages up to page 20, light soiling and a few small air bubbles on covers, liquid stain and fading at top corner of front cover and small liquid mark at bottom of cover, browning to edges of text block. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
2 Decker, Peter, compiler. (George W. Soliday.) A DESCRIPTIVE CHECK LIST TOGETHER WITH SHORT TITLE INDEX DESCRIBING ALMOST 7500 ITEMS OF WESTERN AMERICANA COMPRISING BOOKS, MAPS AND PAMPHLETS OF THE IMPORTANT LIBRARY (IN FOUR PARTS) FORMED BY GEORGE S. SOLIDAY.
New York Antiquarian Press 1960 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
One of an edition limited to 550 copies, this copy unnumbered. Dark green cloth with gold lettering on spine, 9 3/4" H. B&w frontispiece. Foreword and brief biographical sketch of Mr. Soliday by Peter Decker. The remainder of the book consists of four parts and an index, each individually paginated, (169 pp, 165 pp, 117 pp, 128 pp, 103 pp). Light wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges, small bump at bottom of rear board near hinge, very light edge wear, faint scratches on rear board, faint rub line on front board, soft crease across spine - near bottom. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
THE SIDE DOOR:  TWENTY-SIX YEARS IN MY BOOK ROOM., Hood, Dora.
3 Hood, Dora. THE SIDE DOOR: TWENTY-SIX YEARS IN MY BOOK ROOM.
Toronto Ryerson Press 1958 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
238 pp, 8 5/8" H. Obituary from the Globe & Mail, 11/3/74 glued to rear free endpaper and a card stamped Dora Hood's Book Room Limited, signed by W. S. Wallace quoting a book, taped to rear pastedown. "This is the story of the author's experiences as owner and proprietor of Dora Hood's Book Room, in Toronto from 1928 to 1954." Contents: Preface; Beginner's Luck; Early Adventures in Book Buying; Catalogues and Bibliographies - Required Reading; My Colleagues; Reminiscences of Collectors and Book Buyers; Women, Collectors or Writers?; Talking Shop; The Arctic in Books; What Subjects Interest Canadian Collectors or Book Buyers?; Some Poswar Acquisitions; Publishers, the Booksellers and the Readers; Finis - The Book Room Passes to Distinguished Hands. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine, light wrnkling at bottom of spine, slight toning to top of text block. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear - mostly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, several small edge tears with creases and old tape on inside, light crease down spine, slight fading to spine color, very light rubbing/soiling on rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BOOK REPAIR AND CONSERVATION., Johnson, Arthur W.
4 Johnson, Arthur W. THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BOOK REPAIR AND CONSERVATION.
New York Thames & Hudson 1988 0500275181 / 9780500275184 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
111 pp, 10" H. B&w illustrations. "Books and documents are of immense value to historians as records of human achievement. They are also treasured by their owners for the contents, the bindings and the beauty of the printed or written page. Yet their deterioration is inevitable and the process of aging may be accelerated by neglect and chemical changes in the materials used in their manufacture. Here is a book that, using step-by-step instruction with the aid of diagrams, provides all the information needed to combat such deterioration. Of particular interest are the techniques involving the repair and restoration of antiquarian books and the full details of up-to-date chemical treatments for the preservation of archives." Contents: Introduction; Principles of restoration; Equipment; Materials; Adhesives; Chemicals; Insects; Book construction: general information; Book furniture; Paper and vellum cleaning and repair; Repair techniques; Practical repairs; Finishing; Facsimile printing; Refurbishing; Care of a library; Glossary; Schools; Societies; Suppliers; Further reading. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownwership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, price is inked out on rear cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE BOOKMAN'S TALE:  A NOVEL OF OBSESSION., Lovett, Charlie.
5 Lovett, Charlie. THE BOOKMAN'S TALE: A NOVEL OF OBSESSION.
New York Viking 2013 0670026476 / 9780670026470 3rd Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
352 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "Peter Byerly isn't sure what drew him into this particular bookshop in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amada, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it can't be her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture's origins. Peter follows the trail of clues across the centuries - from a raucous London tavern where the unscrupulous bookseller Bartholomew Harbottle plots against the 'upstart crow' William Shakespeare to the unfinished ramparts of an Oxfordshire mansion where a frustrated Victorian painter mourns his lost love and takes revenge on his book-collecting rival. Along the way Peter discovers his holy grail: a priceless literary artifact that could prove the truth about Shakespeare's identity. Fearing the book may be a forgery, Peter races against time to prove its authenticity, evading the clutches of a murderer, meeting a woman who may hold the key to the mystery of the portrait, and finally discovering the truth about his own past and precious Amanda." Book is very slightly bowed. Dust jacket has one minor soft edge crease. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
'WITH ALL FAULTS'., Low, David.  Introduction by Graham Greene.
6 Low, David. Introduction by Graham Greene. 'WITH ALL FAULTS'.
Tehran Amate Press 1973 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Inscribed By Author
118 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). Inscribed on half title page: 'mea culpa' David Low. B&w illustrations. The memoirs of a bookseller. Contents: List of Plates; Preface; Introduction; London Bookshops; Some London Booksellers; A London Street Market; Hodgson's Sale Room; Some Country Bookshops; Some Country Bookshops. Scottish; Some Country Bookshops. Irish; Some Country Bookshops. French; Some American Customers; Women Collectors; Collections; Erotic Literature; The Most Widely Known Bookseller of our Time; By Royal Appointment; The Printer; Emmington, Chinnor, Oxford; Where's Me? Very light browning to fore-edge of text block, light cigarette odor. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling, light to moderate browning - mainly on spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
INFINITE RICHES:  THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER., Magee, David.  Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell.
7 Magee, David. Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell. INFINITE RICHES: THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER.
Toronto Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1973 0839735537 / 9780839735533 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
274 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w illustrations. "Life in the rare book business can be filled with excitement and surprise, as described by David Magee, San Francisco antiquarian bookseller, in this witty and highly civilized account of some of his adventures here and abroad. With lively humor and sophistication, Mr. Magee entertains and enlightens as he tells amusing and suspenseful anecdotes about the people he has encountered, the places he has visited, and the events he has attended in the course of nearly half a century in the rare book trade. (His) vignettes of the many and varied clients, confreres, dear friends and strangers with whom he has dealt are a charming pageant of human beings - sometimes eccentric, amusing or moving - always vivid to the reader." Very small stamp mark (bird) on top of text block, minor wrinkle at top of spine, light toning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light browning at inside edges and on flap-folds, one tiny edge tear. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
ROY VERNON SOWERS:  A LIFE IN RARE BOOKS., Mason, Roger Burford.  (Roy Vernon Sowers.)
8 Mason, Roger Burford. (Roy Vernon Sowers.) ROY VERNON SOWERS: A LIFE IN RARE BOOKS.
Toronto Subway Books 1997 0968166040 / 9780968166048 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
93 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). One of the trade edition of 950 copies. B&w illustrations. "A Canadian whose first shop, in the mid-1920s, was a mecca for Toronto collectors and writers, Sowers later settled in Southern California. There he dealt rarities to the emerging carriage trade and subsequently worked at the famous Huntington Library. Later still, he was a conspicuous book- and print-dealer at a succession of locations in San Francisco, where he also patronized and promoted the fine-press movement. Sowers, who died in 1970, spent his last years gathering books in Britain and Europe for resale through catalogues from his remote fruit farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. His catalogues (he issued seventy-nine in all) were notable for more than the often extraordinary books they described so knowledgeably, from modern first editions (in the first years of his career) to titles in early medicine and the history of science (areas which Sowers helped to make fashionable). His catalogues were themselves collected for the grumpy erudition of their introductory essays, pieces which grew more curmudgeonly as Sowers aged. In a trade that reveres both learning and eccentricity, Roy Vernon Sowers was held in special regard." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean. 
Price: 14.00 USD
 
 
OLD & RARE:  THIRTY YEARS IN THE BOOK BUSINESS., Rostenberg, Leona & Stern, Madeleine B.
9 Rostenberg, Leona & Stern, Madeleine B. OLD & RARE: THIRTY YEARS IN THE BOOK BUSINESS.
New York Abner Schram 1974 0839001304 / 9780839001300 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good - 
234 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "The scholar-partners of the firm of Leona Rostenberg - Rare Books have produced a lively, informative memoir of their years in the rare book trade. From the Renaissance archives of Strasbourg on the verge of Nazi occupation, to a refugee-bookseller's Manhattan office, to an old house in the Bronx, the authors trace the engrossing and sometimes hilarious story of the founding of the business and partnership that were to bring them lasting and fruitful associations with booksellers, librarians and collectors throughout the world." Slight lean to spine, slight fading to bottom edge of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear with a tiny chip at top of rear flap-fold, light wrinkling at top of spine and top of rear flap/flap-fold, one tiny edge tear with crease and a tear at bottom of rear hinge - archivally taped, light rubbing, light browning at top inside edge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
OLD BOOKS IN THE OLD WORLD:  REMINISCENCES OF BOOK BUYING ABROAD., Rostenberg, Leona & Stern, Madeleine B.
10 Rostenberg, Leona & Stern, Madeleine B. OLD BOOKS IN THE OLD WORLD: REMINISCENCES OF BOOK BUYING ABROAD.
New Castle, Delaware Oak Knoll 1996 1884718183 / 9781884718182 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
175 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "(A) charming account of postwar book buying abroad by the 'Holmes and Watson' of antiquarian books. After the (Second World War), Americans went abroad for European culture, food and art, but Rostenberg & Stern, the Grand Dames of the antiquarian book-selling world, went to Europe to buy old books. (This book) glows with the details of their book-buying trips abroad between 1947 and 1957. Filled with tales of steamships, cobblestone streets and dusty rare bookshops, this illustrated journal draws from original diaries and letters and contemporary recollections. Full of history and bookish tales, this personal insight into postwar Europe and the antiquarian bookselling scene will be of interest both to the seasoned bibliophile and to the casual reader." Very small area of slight surface paper loss on front free endpaper, very minor edge wear. Dust jacket is price clipped; has fading to color on spine, rear hinge and at top edge; small corner crease on rear flap; light wrinkling at top edge; light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BOOKS IN THE BLOOD:  MEMOIRS OF A FOURTH GENERATION BOOKSELLER., Rota, Anthony.
11 Rota, Anthony. BOOKS IN THE BLOOD: MEMOIRS OF A FOURTH GENERATION BOOKSELLER.
New Castle, Delaware Oak Knoll Press 2002 1584560762 / 9781584560760 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
313 pp, 9" H. From an edition of 1,700 copies, of which 950 were for sale. B&w photographs, repro-ductions. "Anthony Rota, dealer in antiquarian books and first editions for over half a century, talks of the private collectors and university libraries whose collectiions he has helped to enrich over these years, remembering his colleagues in the firm and in the trade generally. His early training under Bertram Rota, and the history of the firm since the latter's early death, are followed by telling com-mentaries on virtually all aspects of the trade, including runners (scouts), auctions (and auction rings), and the problems of buying privately or in competition. As past president of the Antiquarian Book-sellers' Association, and of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (of which he is now President of Honour), these lightly written memoirs, may be read as a guide to collectors and dealers alike, or, more simply, for the sheer pleasure of their reading." Book is slightly cocked, small area of minor fading at bottom of front board. Dust jacket has light fading to spine, top edge of flaps and 1' band at top of front panel; minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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