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  • BY THE IONIAN SEA: Notes of a Ramble in Southern Italy. by Gissing, George.
    Gissing, George.
    BY THE IONIAN SEA: Notes of a Ramble in Southern Italy.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1901. Hardcover first edition - With Eight Illustrations in Colour By Leo De Littrow and Others in Black and White. Tissue guards in front of each plate (one plate has an extra tissue guard.) Gissing's only book totally devoted to travels In the original white cloth with gilt lettering, top edge gilt, somewhat oversized format. 168 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only (soiling to white covers, darkening to the spine, rather significant foxing especially to the endpapers and the beginning and end of the book, two plates are detached but still present along with their tissue guards.) Gift inscription dated in 1905. Despite the flaws, this is still quite readable and rather uncommon in the first edition.

    Book ID: 60859
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  • THE MORTAL WOUND. by La Capria, Raffaele.
    La Capria, Raffaele.
    THE MORTAL WOUND.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Company, (1964) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's second novel to be published in the US. Winner of Italy's most prestigious literary award, the Strega Prize, in 1961 and considered a classic of modern Italian literature. Translated from the Italian by Marguerite Waldman. When it first appeared the NY Times review called it a "difficult, at times hilarious. but always rewarding novel. . What the author wants to do is to encompass within the narrow bounds of his 191 pages the elusive and multifaceted spirit of Naples. . . [and of] the lyrical, subaqueous world in which his young protagonists spend so much of their time." 191 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some foxing to the endpapers, edges of textblock and interior and back cover of dj, but otherwise a tight, straight and clean copy of an important modern novel, now rather scarce in the first edition)

    Book ID: 84681
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  • VENDETTA! Or the Story of One Forgotten. by [Women Authors] Corelli, Marie (born Mary Mackay, 1855-1924)
    [Women Authors] Corelli, Marie (born Mary Mackay, 1855-1924)
    VENDETTA! Or the Story of One Forgotten.

    Edition: Later printing (with seventeenth edition on the title page.)

    London: Methuen, (1900, c 1886.). SIGNED hardcover - The second novel of the most widely read author of her time, and favorite novelist of Queen Victoria herself, set against the background of the cholera epidemic in Naples in 1884. It is interesting to note here that the publisher was unhappy with the sales of this book - the two first printings only sold 656 copies (Wollf p 392) but it continued in print for many more years. Her melodramatic novels sold more than the combined works of her contemporaries, including Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling, although both her books and her personal life were the subject of frequent controversy. Wolff in Nineteenth Century fiction describes her books as…

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    London: Methuen, (1900, c 1886.). SIGNED hardcover - The second novel of the most widely read author of her time, and favorite novelist of Queen Victoria herself, set against the background of the cholera epidemic in Naples in 1884. It is interesting to note here that the publisher was unhappy with the sales of this book - the two first printings only sold 656 copies (Wollf p 392) but it continued in print for many more years. Her melodramatic novels sold more than the combined works of her contemporaries, including Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling, although both her books and her personal life were the subject of frequent controversy. Wolff in Nineteenth Century fiction describes her books as "trashy .. . but they remain interesting as an extraordinary index to extraordinary public taste." and he goes on to quote Henry Miller in 1976 who said her work was "always fascinating and gripping" and Rebecca West in 1928 writing "she had an incurably commonplace mind" but also a "wild lust for beauty" and "demonic vitality." (Wolff pp 282-283)
    SIGNED on the half title page with the words "Second Production" referring to this as her second novel. 405 pp plus a 48 pp publisher's catalogue. Laid in is an undated brochure from Methuen advertising their sixpenny books. ISBN: vbf4.

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    Condition: Near fine in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering (the colors are bright, the corners sharp, the spine straight) Bookplate of Frederick W Skiff of Portland Oregon (1867 Ð 1947), author, noted collector and bibliophile. Signed books by Corelli are quite genuinely scarce, and this has the added appeal of having been part of Skiff's collection.

    Book ID: 57255
    View cart More details Price: $250.00