E-List #4
[William Safire, Mexico City, and Miscellanea]

Hello friends,

It's been a busy month with renovations at our Secret Internet Hangar and a nice writeup in The Washington Post on the William Safire collection. There's much more from Safire's library yet to come — you can now subscribe to New Arrival notifications for them on the website, or simply search "Safire" to see what's currently available — but because construction lulls make us dreamy, we're pleased to present E-List #4.

Herein are five more from Safire's collection, some finds from a recent trip to Mexico City (where we've made friends and had adventures before), an issue of Frederick Douglass' abolitionist newspaper published in the weeks between the formation of the Confederate government and Lincoln's inauguration, materials from a role-playing game company sprung from a University of Virginia dormroom Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Virginia Elliott's beer/wine/cocktails guide published just before the end of Prohibition, an uncommonly signed book by "one of the great Americans of her time," and more.

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Thanks for having a look,
The CHB Team

— More from the William Safire Collection —
1. EVANS, Rowland and NOVAK, Robert. Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power.

New York: The New American Library, 1966. Stated First Printing. Signed by "Prince of Darkness" Robert Novak on front free endpaper with inscription: "To Bill Safire, A keen student of political power and how it is exercised. From that old backlasher, with high regards, Robert D. Novak."

Octavo; 597pp. Printed dust jacket with original $7.95 price; book in blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine.

Biographical study of Johnson by Inside Report coauthors Evans and Novak. Novak was friends with Johnson, and his wife Geraldine a secretary in Johnson's administration.

Jacket shows a few tiny chips and tears along top edges and spine ends, with some toning down spine and along edges.
2. HAY, John. Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary [3 Volumes].

Washington, D.C.: [J.H. Furst Company], 1908. Printed But Not Published (200 copies printed). Octavo; 393pp, 368pp, 350pp. Blue cloth with printed paper title cards to spines. Unsigned introduction by Henry Adams. Handwritten letter from Clara Hay to Bishop William Croswell Doane tipped in on front free endpaper, which reads: "Feb 8th 1909. Dear Bishop Doane, As you were such a good friend to Mr. Hay and among the last who saw him before he passed away, I thought it might interest you to see these letters and extracts from his diaries which I have been getting together, but which I am sorry to say are not as complete as I would wish as Mr. Hay destroyed all the family letters written during his stay at the White House and also from abroad but I think those I have selected give an insight of the man more than any life that could be written. Thanking you for the kind [?] and sympathetic messages [?] by Mrs. [Gardiner?]. I am, Sincerely yours, Clara S. Hay" William Safire's bookplate on front pastedown. 

Privately printed three-volume set, with BAL noting 200 copies printed and sent to the author's wife Clara, who privately distributed them. William Croswell Doane was the first Episcopal Bishop of Albany, who notably oversaw the building of the Cathedral of All Saints, and who spoke out against women's suffrage. John Hay began his political career as a personal secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, then served as Assistant Secretary of State and as Ambassador to the United Kingdom before becoming Secretary of State under both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Hay also spent some time as an Assistant Editor and editorial writer for The New-York Tribune, and wrote and published poetry, a biography of Lincoln, and an anonymously-published novel, The Bread-Winners.

Volumes show a good bit of superficial insect chewing to cloth and some chipping to edges of title cards, along with some discoloration to volumes II and II where another book was stacked askew on top. A couple brief pencil notes on endpapers, else pages unmarked. Bindings are sound. [BAL 7308; Howes H-335]
3. JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which the Words Are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. to Which Are Prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar.

London: Joseph Ogle Robinson, 1828. Stereotyped verbatim from the last Folio Edition corrected by the Doctor. Bookplate of William Safire on front pastedown, along with armorial bookplate with motto "In veritate salus" and "Londinum: anno Domini mdcciv" printed (no name, but attributed to Molesworth Jeffery, Esq.).

Quarto; [ii], xii, vi, 42pp, [ii], 1369pp. Portrait frontis. In later full leather with red title card to spine. Edges stained in red.

Written and compiled single-handedly and first published in 1775, Johnson's Dictionary was a feat of scholarship that stood as the standard dictionary of the English language up until the publication of the Oxford English Dictionary in 1884, still another 50+ years after this particular volume was issued. As noted on the title page, this edition was copied from the last edition to bear Johnson's own additions and corrections.

Covers solid and square with spotted light soiling and smudging. Frontis foxed with some offsetting to title page. Another prior owner's name in pen at top of full title, else pages unmarked. As we have seen in other volumes, Safire has clipped a page from a dealer's catalog showing another copy of this volume. Advert bookmark for Safire's book "Take My Word For It" laid in.
4. LONDON, Jack. White Fang. 

New York: Macmillan Company, 1906. First Edition, with "Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1906" on copyright. Cancel title page printed on laid paper. Octavo; 327pp plus four pages of advertisements. Gray-green publisher's cloth with creme lettering to front and spine lettering in gilt. Decorative endpapers. Color frontispiece, seven color plates, five brown-orange divisional plates [BAL 11896].

Boards are rubbed and soiled along edges, and moderately worn at spine ends and corners. Corners are bumped and some fading to lettering and illustration on front and to lettering on spine. Cracked along gutter of interior of front and rear boards, but binding is sound. Some red discoloration towards top of fore-edge, but text is unaffected. Bookplate of Ralph H. Greenbaum on front pastedown, with ghost of previous owner's name written then erased with some abrasion on front free endpaper. Pages otherwise clean and unmarked. 

A Russian coin commemorating the centenary of London's birth is housed in a small plastic bag and has been affixed to front free endpaper by a previous owner (presumably William Safire). Laid in at rear is a page from a bookseller's catalog. Brentano's ticket to rear pastedown.
5. PARNELL, James. A Collection of the Several Writings Given Forth from the Spirit of the Lord Through That Meek, Patient, and Suffering Servant of God, James Parnel, Who, Though a Young Man, Bore a Faithful Testimony for God and Dyed a Prisoner Under the Hands of a Persecuting Generation in Colchester Castle in the Year 1656.

[London]: N.p., 1675. Quarto; [xlii], 476pp. Rebacked brown leather with blindstamped borders and gilt lettering to spine. Bookplate of William Safire on front pastedown.

James Parnell [baptized 1636; martyred 1656] joined The Society of Friends after visiting Quaker founder George Fox in prison in 1653, and became an active preacher and writer in his mid teens. He was arrested after a debate with a local priest on the charge of being "idle and disorderly," and was imprisoned in a small hole twelve feet up in the wall of Colchester Castle, where he continued to write until he died ten months later. This volume contains his writings, as well as introductory testimonials by Stephen Crisp, Samuel Cater, Thomas Bayles, and Ellis Hookes, who recounts Parnell's suffering and death. 

Covers bumped at corners with scuffing to leather (moreso to back). 6.5" diagonal tear across bottom of title page, with no loss. Page appears to have been removed preceding Stephen Crisp's "Testimony," and the first 20 or so pages are variously distressed at fore-edge or along gutter, but all are legible and both pages and binding are clean and solid throughout. A few scattered instances of marginalia in an old hand. 
— Mexico City —
This past May, two of our more intrepid booksellers found themselves in Mexico City in search of the kind of tomes that might tickle the fancies of our more conspicuously consuming clientele. Armed with a thirst for adventure (and mezcal), they found a curious little collection of volumes which we now offer up for your inspection. Perhaps one these books is just what your biblioteca is missing. ¡Viva México!

6. BORGES, Jorge Luis and EDELBERG, Betina. Leopoldo Lugones.

Buenos Aires: Editorial Troquel, 1955. First Edition. Small Octavo; 99 pages. Black and orange printed wraps. Text in Spanish. 

An introduction to the Argentinian poet, novelist, and politician Leopoldo Lugones, whose work was an influence on authors Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Horacio Quiroga, among others. Written in collaboration with Betina Edelberg.

Wraps are worn around edges. Binding is cracked at front gutter but holding. Some notes and underlining throughout. A very good, sound copy.


7. MENENDEZ, Carlos R[icardo]. La Primera Chispa De La Revolucion Mexicana (El Movimiento de Valladolid en 1910) — Estudio Historicritico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico: La Revista de Yucatan, 1919. Octavo; 187pp. Illustrated Wraps. Black and white photographs.Text in Spanish. 

A chronicle of the 1910 rebellion of Valladolid, often referred to as the spark of the Mexican Revolution. Menendez was accused of sedition and inciting a rebellion, and he eventually fled to Cuba. In 1918 Menendez returned to Merida to produce his magazine, but the office and equipment were destroyed by a mob in 1924. Eventually Menendez managed to establish the Diario de Yucatan, which is still in production today.

Wraps are heavily worn and chipped. Separated near crown, but binding is holding. Cover has been repaired along edges. Pages are toned and brittle.


8. PAZ [SORLÓRZANO], Octavio. Libertad de Imprenta.

Mexico City: Ireneo Paz, 1911. Small quarto. Stapled paper thesis with printed cover; 80pp.

Paz Sorlórzano’s law thesis on the freedom of the press at the Escuela Nacional de Jurisprudencia, where he received his degree to practice in November 1911. Along with Conrado Diaz Soto y Gama, he published the revolutionary newspaper El Nacional, which only ran for five issues. He went into exile in Los Angeles and continued to distribute Zapatista propaganda and corresponded with fellow revolutionaries. He returned to Mexico after Zapata’s death and soon after helped found the National Agrarian Party. Father of Nobel Prize winning poet Octavio Paz.

Missing final pages 81-82, checked against the copy at the Library of Congress (itself with the final two pages but missing 4-6 pages preceding with a few previous pages incorrectly doubled). Only four institutional copies located at time of listing, including the Library of Congress copy.

Covers lightly edgeworn and a bit toned, with a couple tiny tears along fore-edge. 


9. REVUELTAS, José. Ensayo sobre un proletariado sin cabeza [Essay on a Proletariat without a Head].

Mexico City: Editorial Logos, 1962. Signed by the author with inscription "Para Alvarez Barret, en recuerdo de nuestra militancia revolucionaria" ["For Alvarez Barret, in memory of our revolutionary militancy"]. 

Octavo; 261pp. Printed paper wraps. Covers foxed and toned with a number of small tears along fore-edge, creasing and a couple small chips to corners, and chipping at spine ends. Covers open easily but are secure. Pages toned with foxing to inside covers and initial/terminal pages. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. 

A writer and activist, Revueltas was active in the Mexican Communist Party from the 20's until 1943 when he was expelled for criticism of its bureaucracy. He later founded Liga Espartaquista (Spartacist League) and the Partido Popular Socialista (Popular Socialist Party, or PPS), from which he was also later expelled. He was imprisoned numerous times, the earliest at age 15, and was accused of being the "intellectual author" of the Student Movement of 1968. He wrote Ensayo sobre un proletariado sin cabeza after his second expulsion from the Communist Party, and with it offered one of the strongest critiques and analyses of the left in Mexico. Possibly signed to educator and writer Luis Alvarez Barret, though we have not been able to pin this down conclusively.


— Miscellanea —

10. [ABOLITION] DOUGLASS, Frederick. Douglass’ Monthly Vol. III No. X (March, 1861).

Rochester: Frederick Douglass, 1861. Folio (13.5” x 9.25”); 16pp (paginated 417-432) with pages uncut.

The successor to Frederick Douglass’ earlier papers The North Star and The Frederick Douglass Paper. This issue published just between the official establishment of the Confederate Government in February 1861 and the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on March 4th — the first article, “Reconstruction the New Danger,” addressing the former, with two large articles devoted to Lincoln, “The New President” and “The President-Elect” later in the issue, along with quotes from Lincoln’s recent speeches in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and to the State Senate in Albany. Other articles include a notice of the clause on fugitive slaves from the Provisional Constitution of the Southern Confederacy, articles on “Haytian Emigration,” cotton in Haiti and cotton/sugar culture in Africa, an update on the Bagby Fugitive Slave Case (printed here as the “Cleveland Fugitive Slave Case”), a poem titled “The Star-Spangled Banner” reprinted from the British magazine Punch [1860], and much more. 

In “The New President” Douglass writes that “the contest must now be decided, and decided forever, which of the two, Freedom or Slavery, shall give law to this Republic. Let the conflict come, and God speed the Right, must be the wish of every true-hearted American, as well as of that of an onlooking world.

Paper creased at horizontal fold, with a few shallow tears along fore-edge and some small punctures down folds. Light toning along edges, but generally clean and crisp with no marks or loss to text. 


11. [AMERICAN REVOLUTION] Pay Order to Soldier for Service in the Continental Army.

[Hartford]: Connecticut Pay Table Office, 1783. 8” x 6.75. Dated 19 May 1783. Text reads “Sir. Please to secure to Abraham Mills the Payment of Eleven pounds two shillings & eight pence being the Balance found due to him for Service in the continental Army in the year 1781. Agreeable to Act of Assembly---and Charge the State. £11.2.8.” Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Jr, then the commissioner of Connecticut's Office of the Committee on the Pay Table, with printed name of John Lawrence, Esq; Treasurer. Endorsed by Stephen S. Johns [?] on verso: “Recd two notes in the name of Abrm. Mills for the Contents” with the amount and date restated and “charged“ written beneath. 

Mills appears in the Muster Roll of Captain Betts’s Company 3rd Connecticut Regiment, having enlisted July 17, 1781 and discharged December 19th, 1782.

Note was folded in thirds, with some light creasing elsewhere. Tiny clean tears at ends of folds with a bit of wear along right edge, but crisp overall with no significant tears or marks. 


12. [Appalachia] Mountain Life & Work: Magazine of the Southern Mountains.

Berea: Berea College / Council of Southern Mountain Workers, 1955-1964. 22 issues of the 40 published in that span (List of included issues available). Side-stapled printed paper wraps; 40-70pp each.

Quarterly journal founded in 1925 by the Council of the Southern Mountains (formerly the Conference of Southern Mountain Workers) at Berea College in Kentucky, published with the goal of changing public image of Appalachia. In an essay from Women of the Mountain South [Ohio University Press, 2015], Penny Messinger writes, “Mountain Life and Work filled an important function in the mountain workers' network. The quarterly publication provided a way for mountain workers to maintain contacts beyond the yearly meeting and included brief news articles and literary pieces written by and about CSMW members. It sometimes included items intended for the use of rural teachers. Plans for building playgrounds and other structures appeared in the publication, along with lyrics and music for ballads. Because it also circulated beyond the region among academics and reformers and for many years stood alone as the only publication about the region, the publication created a powerful image of the region as it was understood and experienced by the mountain workers.”

Covers generally crisp and without chips or tears, a couple with sparse pencil notes. A couple issues with dampstains at edges of back covers, and a couple others with covers pulling away a bit from staples, but still secure. 


13. BALABANOFF, Angelica. Il Traditore (The Traitor): Benito Mussolini and His "Conquest" of Power [3 Volumes].

New York: Il Traditore, 1943. Three of eight installments, comprising pages 1-32, 66-95, and 162-190 of the total run. Side-stapled paper wraps. In English and Italian.

Balabanoff met a young Mussolini at one of her lectures in 1904 and became an early mentor, lending him books and introducing him to other Italian socialists. In 1912 she co-edited Avanti! with Mussolini, but denounced him a few years later as he shifted from his early pacifism to an aggressively nationalist philosophy. She spent World War II in New York City, where she contributed to Socialist Review and published Il Traditore to warn Americans against the dangers of Mussolini and Italian Fascism as someone who intimately knew many of those involved in its rise. 

Covers toned and smudged with a few chips and tears along edges and one tear down margin on page 189-90, not involving text. Bindings are sound and pages unmarked. 


14. BRANNT, William T[heodore] and WAHL, William H[enry]. The Techno-Chemical Receipt Book: Containing Several Thousand Receipts: Covering the Latest, Most Important and Most Useful Discoveries in Chemical Technology, and Their Practical Application in the Arts and the Industries. 

Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird & Co., 1908. Later Printing. Octavo; xxxii, 495pp + 32pp publisher's catalog at back. Red publisher's cloth with ornate gilt and black illustration and lettering. 

A compendium of "approved receipts and processes of practical application in the industries and for general purposes," with "all theoretical reasoning and historical detail...omitted." The Preface assures all have been tested by "competent men." Contents range from deterimation of percentage of oils in seeds, cleansing and polishing agents, blasting compounds, artificial ivory, fruit and syrups, liquors, lubricants, ink, machines for washing ostrich feathers, and pretty much everything else.

Covers edgeworn with bumping at corners and spine ends, along with some soiling and smudging down spine and more lightly on covers. Cracks starting to front and back hinges, and opens easily to between gatherings, but binding is still holding soundly. Pages unmarked.  


15. DION, Captain S.A. Tanks, Gas, Bombing, Liquid Fire. [Harvey Military Series].

New York: George U. Harvey, Inc., 1917. 24mo (5.75” x 4.25”); 156pp +3pp index, 3pp ads. Diagrams and illustrations throughout. Olive cloth-covered boards with black lettering and illustration. 

World War I instructional manual “based on the practical experience of the writer while on service with his battalion in France and from his knowledge as an instructor on Bombing and Trench Warfare.” Includes diagrams on proper grenade-throwing technique, trench diagrams, and other discussions and instructions. Dion was a Captain in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).

Front board cracked vertically down center with a crease to front and crack down endpapers inside. Corner and spine ends bumped, with some general smudging to cloth and a small inkspot on back. Front hinge cracked with book opening flatly to between gatherings with mesh exposed, but binding is still holding. Some pencil bracketing and underlining in latter half. 


16. ELLIOTT, Virginia. Quiet Drinking: A Book of Beer, Wines & Cocktails and What to Serve with Them.

New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1933. Stated First Printing. Small octavo; 112pp. Beige patterned cloth. 

Small guide to beer, cocktails, and wine, with suggestions for food pairings. Elliott states that choosing your favorite brand of beer is more important than choosing your favorite brand of coffee (“Most people drink coffee because it is hot, but they drink beer because they love it”) and that “getting friendly” with your family physician is important, as “He is now permitted to give you a prescription which will enable you to buy a case of good imported wine from your druggist.” Copyright was recorded August 17th, 1933, four months before the national repeal of Prohibition. [Noling p. 145]

Corners bumped, with chips and scrapes along fore-edge and at head of spine and some general smudging and soiling. Back hinge starting and book opens easily to between gatherings, but binding is secure. First few pages of cocktails section spotted and a few other pages sparsely foxed, else pages unmarked. 


17. LEROUX, Gaston. The Phantom of the Opera. Photoplay Edition.

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [1925]. Photoplay Edition. Octavo; 357pp +3 ads. Original illustrated dust jacket with ads on verso; book in red cloth with black lettering. Two double-page color illustrations by Andrew Castaigne from the 1911 Bobbs Merrill, with additional photo stills from the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney. 

Shallow chips to jacket at spine eds and along edges, with a couple clean tears at bottom edge. Boards are bright and square with nudging to spine ends. Hinges cracking but binding still feels tight and secure. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper and a couple pages lightly smudged at bottom corner, else pages clean and unmarked. 


18. LUCAS, Netley. Ladies of the Underworld: The Beautiful, the Damned, and Those Who Get Away With It.

New York: J. H. Sears & Company, 1927. First Edition. Octavo; 310pp. Brightly colored paper with gold detail over boards, black cloth on spine. No dust jacket.

A book about women con artists written by a con artist. Netley Lucas gained notoriety in the 1920s as a reformed "confidence operator" turned journalist who used his inside knowledge of the criminal world for books and stories. Much of his work was later found to be fabricated.

Corners are lightly bumped and edges are rubbed. Light dampstain on right edge of front free endpaper, but does not appear on any other pages. Binding is sound. Pages are clean and unmarked.


19. MILNE, A[lan] A[lexander]. Winnie-the-Pooh.

[New York]: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1926. First American Edition. Octavo; 158pp. Illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard. Publisher’s green cloth with gilt lettering and illustration. Map endpapers. 

Missing dust jacket. Boards a bit bowed with light creasing down back. Bumping to corners and spine ends, with some smudges to cloth and scuffs to gilding. Endpapers moderately to heavily foxed, with bookplate of Frank Sheridan (middle name blacked out) on front pastedown. Opens easily to between gatherings with front board opening a bit shakily, but binding is secure. Small tear at bottom of pages 33-34 at gutter, not involving text. Pages unmarked.


20. [MOON LANDING] CORTRIGHT, Edgar M[aurice], [ed.] Apollo Expeditions to the Moon.

Mineola: Dover Publications, 2019. 50th Anniversary Edition. Signed by foreword author Paul Dickson without inscription on half title. Quarto; 311pp. Photo-illustrated dust jacket over black cloth boards with gilt lettering. Jacket and covers bumped at corners and head of spine, else clean and crisp. 


21. MURRAY, Pauli. Proud Shoes.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956. First Edition. Signed by the author to friend and correspondent John Overholt with inscription: “February 14, 1957. To John Overholt, Whose helping hand made this book possible — in gratitude and in memory of Jessie who visited Aunt Pauline and Aunt Sallie in the old Fitzgerald home-place and who encouraged me to keep writing — Pauli Murray”

Octavo; 276pp. Printed spiral-pattern dust jacket over gray cloth-covered boards with red cloth spine and white lettering.

In a review of her posthumously-published memoir Song in a Weary Throat, critic John Yardley writes that “One comes to its powerfully moving final pages utterly convinced that Murray was one of the great Americans of her time.” Murray co-founded the National Organization of Women (NOW), was a top-of-class graduate at the Howard University School of Law (where she coined the term “Jane Doe” to refer to sex descrimination), the first African American to earn a doctorate of jurisprudence at Yale, and the first African-American woman ordained as an Episcopal priest (she was canonized a saint in the religion in 2018). She organized sit-ins at Washington restaurants twenty years before the Greensboro sit-ins popularized the tactic, and was arrested for not sitting at the back of a segregated bus fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in Montgomery.

Her 1950 book States' Law on Race and Color became, in the words of Thurgood Marshall, “The Bible for Civil Rights lawyers.” A few years later, Marshall’s team would use ideas Murray developed in a law school paper, specifically that segregation was a moral violation of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, to successfully overturn the Plessy precedent in Brown v. Board of Education. In 1971 then-ACLU lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg named her as a coauthor, along with Dorothy Kenyon, in Sally Reed’s brief in the Reed v. Reed Equal Protection case, acknowledging the role Murray’s work had in paving the way for equality. 

While her work focused mainly on sex and racial discrimination, Murray has also been influential as a queer rights pioneer. Her relationships with women were not a secret from her friends and colleagues, but as a target during the Red Scare she did omit references to romantic same-sex relationships from her memoir Song in a Weary Throat. A later biographer suggests today “she very probably would have embraced transgender identity, and might have identified as a trans man” (Brittney Cooper in Salon, Feb 18, 2015). 

Proud Shoes tells the story of Murray’s maternal grandparents — Cornelia Smith, the daughter of a slave and slave owner, and Robert Fitzgerald, a Civil War veteran who came to the south to teach after Reconstruction, and whose free black father married a white woman in 1840. The book is signed to friend John Overholt and mentions the memory of his wife, Jessie, who Murray mentions in Song in a Weary Throat as “A WDL supporter who contributed heavily to Odell Waller's defense, Mrs. Overholt had become interested in my desire to study law and sent periodic checks to supplement my earnings." The Fitzgerald House was the house in Durham, North Carolina (now the Historical Pauli Murray House) built by her maternal grandparents, Robert and Cornelia Fitzgerald, who raised her.

Price-clipped dust jacket shows a couple small, clean tears along edges and head of spine, along with some light smudging to back, but is clean and crisp overall. Boards are sturdy and square. Endpapers a bit toned along hinges, else pages clean and unmarked. Uncommon, especially signed, with no other First Editions or signed copies (of any of Murray's works) found in retail at time of cataloging. 


22. POWELL, M.C. and TONG, H[ollington] K[ong], [eds.] Who’s Who in China: Containing the Pictures and Biographies of Some of China’s Political, Financial, Business and Professional Leaders.

Shanghai: Millard’s Review / The Oriental Press, 1920. Second Edition. Tall octavo; 314pp +iv index and 1 ads. Printed dark green wraps; photo portraits throughout.

Published as an offshoot of Millard’s Review of the Far East, which began publication in 1917. Its founder, Thomas Franklin Fairfax Millard, was an American war correspondent turned advocate and adviser to the Chinese Republic. The Who’s Who volumes offered photos and profiles of China’s political, financial, business, and professional leaders, with the editors writing in their introduction that, after “the world war brought the problems of China to the very forefront of world attention, it is necessary now for every one to know the men who are making China,” adding that the rapid changes in China’s political life — including "at least four cabinet changes since January 1, 1918” — especially necessitate focused attention. An advert for this edition in China Monthly Review states “the first edition of Who’s Who in China in 1919 was oversold. The Second Edition is limited."

Spine ends chipped, with bumping and creasing to top back corner and last few pages. Glue and staples have let go of front cover along gutter of first page, bit covers and binding are secure. Stamp of the Board of Missions of The Methodist Church Library in New York City on title page, but no other library marks or additions. Pages unmarked.


23. [ROLE-PLAYING GAMES]; [VIRGINIANA] Iron Crown Enterprises Collection [18 items].

Charlottesville: Iron Crown Enterprises, 1981-1996. A collection of materials from Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE), a role-playing game publisher based in Charlottesville, VA. ICE was begun by graduates of the University of Virginia, formally incorporating when the youngest of them graduated. What began as a six-year Dungeons & Dragons dormroom campaign became a successful business, launching their own rules systems and winning the rights to publish RPGs in JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth Universe. This Tolkien-based gaming world was styled MERP, or Middle-Earth Role-Playing, and was immensely successful until the license expired in 1999. 

Role-playing games, LARPing, and video game role-playing culture have all seen a dramatic rise in popularity in recent years. This collection illustrates how one of the first generations role-playing games developed from a dorm room table-top campaign into a thriving enterprise still publishing today.

This is not an exhaustive collection, but a strong and representative one which includes several early and unrecorded materials. Some “MERP” materials alongside many of their “Rolemaster Series,” designed to guide gamers through every scenario of an adventure or campaign, from building their characters, to hand to hand combat, to spell-casting. Several of the materials are not found in retail or OCLC. 

Please email us for more information or individual item descriptions. 


24. ROTH, Philip. Portnoy’s Complaint.

New York: Random House, 1969. Limited Edition. Signed by the author and numbered 472 of 600 copies on limitation page at front. Octavo; 274pp. Printed beige dust jacket over beige cloth with gilt lettering and red topstain, housed in red paper-covered slipcase. Jacket edgeworn along top with some bumping to corners, along with some toning ½” in from spine on front and back, but no chips, tears, or marks. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. Slipcase smudged down spine, but sturdy and solid with no splits.


25. SCOTLAND, John [pseud.]; HEPWORTH, Cecil M[aurice] [fwd.]. The Talkies.

London / New York: Crosby Lockwood & Son / The Industrial Book Co., 1931. Later Printing of the 1930 First Edition. Octavo; 194pp +1 ads. 36 photo plates including frontis, all present. Black patterned cloth with white lettering. Missing dust jacket. 

Early book-length discussion of the marriage of film and sound, written under pseudonym. 

Covers a bit scuffed and smudged, with shallow chips to head of spine. Opens easily to between gatherings, but binding is holding soundly. Some toning to margins of plates, else pages unmarked.


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