LITERATURE
AERIC books & prints

 


 
CHARLES BUKOWSKI - PULP - Santa Rosa, Black Sparrow Press, 1994 - or. cloth-backed boards (design: Barbara Martin) - 1st edition - [SOLD]
One of 750 hardcover copies of the last novel published during the author's life, furthermore one of only 424 copies which were SIGNED BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI.
Bukowski died on March 9, 1994, deluxe copies of Pulp were issued on April 22 with a tipped in otherwise blank sheet with the artist's signature in ink - which were already prepared - following the title page.
Mint in original acetate protective wrappers.

 


 
CHARLES BUKOWSKI - Bring Me Your Love, Broadside/Flyer Nr. 11 - Santa Barbara/Amsterdam, Black Sparrow Press/Small Press Distribution, 1983 - with an illustration by ROBERT CRUMB - 43 x 25,5 cm - 28 euro
Broadside printed in 4 colours on very thin blue paper announcing Bukowksi's 1983 short story Bring Me Your Love, illustrated by Robert Crumb: a "mind-destroying collaboration between two giants of the American Underground".
This example is part of the edition issued for the Dutch market with adjusted publisher’s address in the lower margin, pricing in Dutch guilders.
Clean copy of this vulnerable item, with just one very vague horizontal fold.

 


 
CHARLES BUKOWSKI - Hot Water Music, Broadside/Flyer Nr. 10 - Santa Barbara/Amsterdam, Black Sparrow Press/Small Press Distribution, 1983 - 43 x 25,5 cm - 35 euro
Broadside printed in 4 colours on very thin white paper, announcing Bukowksi's 1983 novel Hot Water Music, revealing the first few lines of the book.
This example is part of the edition issued for the Dutch market with adjusted publisher’s address in the lower margin, pricing in Dutch guilders.
Clean copy of this vulnerable item, with just one vague horizontal fold.

 


 
CHARLES BUKOWSKI - Talking to my Mailbox, Broadside/Flyer Nr. 13 - Santa Barbara, Black Sparrow Press, 1984 - 38 x 25 cm - 1st edition - 40 euro
Broadside printed in 4 colours on peach paper, showing a printed poem soon to be published in Bukowski's 1984 book War All The Time: Poems 1981-1984.
UNFOLDED copy with some very mild traces of handling.

 


 
WILLIAM BURROUGHS - signed paper target - 1984 - 14 x 14 cm - [SOLD]
Paper target from Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, SIGNED BY WILLIAM BURROUGHS in black feltpen during a signing session in a bookshop in the same city, during a European tour, November 1984. William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was one of the most influential authors from the Beat generation, his fascination with guns and shooting has been widely documented.

 


 
WILLIAM BURROUGHS & KEITH HARING - anouncement for ACOPALYPSE - New York, George Mulder, 1988 - ca. 28 x 21 cm - 50 euro
Rare announcment for ACOPALYPSE, a suite of silkscreens by Keith Haring with texts by Burroughs, issued in 1988.
The front of the a4 sized sheet shows a portrait of the artists by TSENG KWONG CHI, printed in red in offset lithography.

 


 
(WILLIAM BURROUGHS) Robert A. Sobieszek - Ports of Entry: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS and the Arts - New York,Thames & Hudson, 1996 - or. wrappers - 4to - 1st and only edition - 28 euro
Illustrated survey on the subject, with an afterword by William Burroughs.
Work by WSB / works inspired by WSB, including Brion Gysin, but also Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

 


 
LEOPOLD ANDRIAN - signed dedication to FRIEDRICH GUNDOLF - 1930 - 240 euro
Piece of paper, measuring 7,5 x 12 cm, showing the following message, handwritten in ink:
“Friedrich Gundolf / in wahrer Hochschätzung und Ergebenheit / L. Andrian / 24 Oct. 30.”.
A fine genuine dedication from Leopold Freiherr Ferdinand von Andrian zu Werburg (1875-1951, Austrian diplomat and poet, author of the cult classic Der Garten der Erkenntnis) to Friedrich Gundolf, born Friedrich Leopold Gundelfinger (1880–1931, Weimar academic, poet, author and prominent member of Stefan George’s circle).
NB: This dedication was once part of the half title of Gundolf's copy of Andrian’s book Die Ständeordnung des Alls. Rationales Weltbild eines katholischen Dichters (München 1930), a fine and rare book we sold over two decades ago.
Obviously the new owner did not like this title: sadly enough this is what's left of this association copy when we retrieved it recently...
However, handwritten material related to any of these authors - let alone in a combination like this - is very hard to find.

 


 
LEOPOLD ANDRIAN - Gedichte, besorgt von M. Stapert-Eggen und F. Ligtvoet - Amsterdam, Sub Signo Libelli, 1982 - with a lithograph by Vladimir Suchanek - or. morroco-backed marbled paper covered boards (Phoenix) - large 8vo - 390 euro
Dutch private press edition finley printed by hand in green and black in a limited edition of 73 copies. This is one of 33 deluxe copies with a signed lithographed portrait made by Czech artist Vladimir Suchanek as a frontispiece.
Splendid copy from a famous Dutch library.

LEOPOLD ANDRIAN - De Tuin van de Openbaring, translated into Dutch by Albert Verwey and STEFAN GEORGE - Amsterdam, Astèr, 1984 - or. gilt cloth (Phoenix) - large 8vo - 40 euro
Dutch translation of Andrian's most famous work, privately printed in a limited edition of 125 copies.

 


 
ANDRE BRETON - Nadja - Paris, Gallimard, 1928 - with photographs in black and white - silver paper-covered boards - first edition, second printing - 240 euro
Copy of the "deuxième edition" of Nadja, the classic Surrealist novel by André Breton (1896-1966), founder of the Surrealist Movement.
This copy, rebound in silver paper-covered boards, comes with a SIGNED DEDICATION by the author: “E. Van Moerkerken / très amical souvenir d’André Breton”.
Emiel van Moerkerken was a Dutch photographer who worked in the tradition of the French Surrealists in his early years (see our photography section).
According to a note in his handwriting, this dedication was obtained in Paris, August 1936.

 


 
RAYMOND CHANDLER - The Smell of Fear, fourteen stories - London, Hamish Hamilton, 1965 - or. boards with dustjacket (Youngman Carter) - 1st edition - 360 euro
A near mint copy of the first publication of these 14 hard boiled stories by Raymond Chandler (1888-1956), in very bright near mint (but clipped) dustjacket finely printed after a very powerful design by Youngman Carter.

 


 
CHEVALIER de CHEVRIER - Les amusements des dames de Bruxelles. Histoire honnête et presque édifiante - Bruxelles, Gay & Doucé [1881] - with a frontispiece by FELICIEN ROPS - cont. half calf - small 8vo - 85 euro
Texts by playwright and satirist François-Antoine Chevrier, originally published in 1762, charmingly printed in red and black on yellow paper in a limited edition of 500 copies, with a frontispiece by FELICIEN ROPS.
Fine, in contemporary calf-backed boards with corners, original wrappers bound in.

 


 
HUGO CLAUS - Het Verdriet van België - Amsterdam, Bezige Bij, 1983 - or. half oasis (Phoenix) - 1st edition - 1600 euro
Deluxe edition of the classic Flemish novel (translated into many languages, as The Sorrow Of Belgium, Le Chagrin des Belges, etc. etc.), issued in a limited edition of only 36 copies, all with an etched double self portrait of the author as a frontispiece, 32 of which bound in red half oasis with marbled boards.
Very fine copy from the former library of the author, rather curiously SIGNED BY HUGO CLAUS in the colophon.
More details (in Dutch) about this bizar copy in the section DUTCH LITERATURE .

 


 
HUGO CLAUS - 5-line poem illustrated by CORNEILLE - 1997 - 63 x 47 cm - 350 euro
Colourful silkscreen, incorporating a 5-line poem in Dutch by HUGO CLAUS and exclusive art by CORNEILLE, finely screenprinted in a limited edition of 150 copies on a large sheet (63 x 47) heavy Arches paper, all SIGNED in pencil by Claus and Corneille.
Mint copy with a very low number.
NB: Hugo Claus (1929-2008) and Corneille (1922-2010) joined forces on many occasions during the Cobra-period and later. This was their last cooperation.

 


 
HUGO CLAUS - handwritten proof text on colour xerox - 1997 - 42 x 29,5 cm - 390 euro
For the purpose of the fine silkscreen listed above, Hugo Claus made a small number of handwritten proofs in ink on A3 colour xeroxes of the actual artwork by Corneille.
We have a few of these signed proofs available.

 


 
HUGO CLAUS - handwritten proof text on colour xerox - 1997 - 42 x 29,5 cm - 390 euro
As above.
The image above shows the (handwritten) text part of one of these proofs.

 


 
ROALD DAHL - Kiss Kiss - London, Michael Joseph, 1960 - or. cloth with dustjacket (Charles E. Skaggs) - 1st edition - 90 euro
Fine copy, with dustjacket, of Roald Dahl's third collection of short and unexpected stories.
Top and foot of spine slightly discoloured.

 


 
BOB DYLAN - Tarantula - London, McMillan, 1971 - or. boards with dustjacket - 1st UK edition - 65 euro
First UK edition of Bob Dylan's first and only novel, written in 1966 but not officially published until 1971 (although heavily bootlegged in the mean time).
Fine copy in unclipped dustjacket, showing an early portrait by Jerry Schatzberg.

 


 
RICHARD FARINA - Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to Me - New York, Viking, 1983 - or. cloth-backed boards with dustjacket - 2nd edition/1st edition thus - 60 euro
Second edition of the author's first and only novel, with a new introduction by Thomas Pynchon.
Richard Farina (1937-1966), one of the top talents to emerge from the 1960's New York Greenwich Village folk music scene, died shortly after publication of the first edition of this work.

 


 
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT - Herodias - Paris, A. Ferroud, 1892 - with illustrations by GEORGES ROCHEGROSSE - contemporary gilt and decorated half morocco (CHARLES MEUNIER) - large 8vo - 390 euro
The classic tale, first published in 1877 as one of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)’s Trois Contes, now printed in a limited edition of 500 copies, with original illustrations by GEORGES ROCHEGROSSE “gravées à l'eau-forte” by E. Champolion, preface by Anatole France.
This is one of 300 copies on Velin d’Arches and one of only 50 large paper copies.
This copy comes in a fine and elegant binding by CHARLES MEUNIER: straight orange crushed morocco spine, decorated with a Roman legionary’s helmet in gold surrounded by gilt and inlaid flowers, boards with morocco corner pieces and covered with finely marbled paper, top edge gilt.
Clean and crisp copy, original wrappers bound in, as well as a 4 page publisher’s brochure with 2 of the etchings from the book.
A fine combination of a first class author, illustrator and bookbinder: Georges Rochegrosse (1859-1938) was a highly respected painter/illustrator and Charles Meunier (1866-1946) was one of the greatest binders of the period.
Monod 4639; Carteret IV,161; Vicaire III,731.

 


 
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT - Herodias - Paris, A. Ferroud, 1892 - with illustrations by GEORGES ROCHEGROSSE - contemporary gilt and decorated half morocco (CHARLES MEUNIER) - large 8vo - 390 euro
As above.
The image shows the spine of Charles Meunier's excellent binding amidst a few other finely bound books described on this page.

 


 
ANDRE GIDE - Thesee - Paris, Gallimard, 1946 - cloth - small 8vo - 1st edition - [SOLD]
SP copy of the first edition of this short historic novel by André Gide (1869-1951), rebound in plain greyish cloth, with a SIGNED DEDICATION by the author: “ Monsieur E. van Moerkerken / en cordial hommage / Andre Gide”.
Emiel van Moerkerken was a Dutch photographer, known for a great number of portraits he shot of Dutch and foreign artists and authors(see our photography section), including Paul Leautaud, Henri de Montherlant and Andre Gide.
Morever this copy comes with a typed letter by Gide’s private secretary, September 1946, which proofs that this copy has been sent on Gide’s behalf, as a token of gratitude for the receipt of a number of photographs.
By means of the same letter Van Moerkerken is granted permission for the inclusion of a portrait (“cette seule photo”) in his book Reportages in Licht en Schaduw (“dans se seul album”), published in 1947.
Added is a small original print of another image of Gide with the photographer’s stamp and handwritten remarks on the back.

 


 
W.S. GILBERT - The Bab Ballads, with which are included Songs of a Savoyard - London/New York, George Routledge and Sons, 1902 - with illustrations by the author - contemporary gilt half morocco - large 8vo - 5th edition - 85 euro
Fifth edition of this collection of light verses by William Schwenck Gilbert (of GILBERT AND SULLIVAN fame), illustrated with his own comic drawings, published during the 1860/70’s, first published as a collection in 1897.
This copy in an attractive contemporary private binding: black morocco spine with gilt decorations in Art Nouveau-style, black morocco corner pieces, top edge gilt.
Some damage to the binding, some staining inside.

 


 
HERMANN HESSE - Der Novalis. Aus den Papieren eines Altmodischen - Ostern, Vereinigung Oltner Bücherfreunde, 1940 - morocco-backed boards (R. Meuter, Ascona) - 1st edition - 130 euro
Short autobiographical text written in 1900, printed in a limited edition of 1221 copies, originally published in printed wrappers.
This copy superbly bound by renown Swiss bookbinder Roland Meuter (Ascona): dark blue morocco spine with titles in gold, boards pasted over with handpainted paper also showing a text in letterpress, partly blindstamped.
Very fine, in plain paper slipcase.
NB: The printed and blindstamped texts on the binding are handset letterpress parts of Der Dichter, from Hesse's Zwei Märchen, issued by Meuter’s Ascona Presse in 1986.

 


 
HERMANN HESSE - initialled photograph - 1958 - 15 x 10 cm - 195 euro
Photograph of a buste of Herman Hesse (1877-1962), author of Der Steppenwolf, Siddharta and other famous novels, INITIALLED "H.H." BY HERMANN HESSE in blue ink.
On the back we read the following message in pencil, in Hesse's handwriting:
"Büste von O. Bänninger 1957 / Der lieben Frau ENGLERT von Ihrem H. Hesse".
The photograph is packed in an envelope hand addressed by the author to Frau G. ENGLERT / Ober Alpina / St. Moritz, postmark 1958.
NB: GEORGINE ENGLERT was the widow of JOSEF ENGLERT (1874-1957), an engineer and architect who had met Hesse in Montagnola in 1920. The two men became close friends, and as Englert became wealthy in the late 1920s, he increasingly acted as Hesse's patron, commissioning calligraphic manuscripts from him, supporting private publications, etc.

 


 
HERMANN HESSE - initialled original photograph - 11 x 8,5 cm - 160 euro
Small original black and white photograph showing Herman Hesse (1877-1962) wearing a straw head, one of his best known portraits.
This fine photograph has been INITIALLED "H.H." BY HERMAN HESSE in blue ink.
From the collection of Josef and Georgine Englert (see item above), dating from the 1950’s, some residue of glue on the back.

 


 
HERMANN HESSE - initialled original photograph - 15 x 10 cm - 110 euro
Original black and white photograph showing a portrait of Herman Hesse (1877-1962).
This fine photograph has been INITIALLED "H.H. / 1952" BY HERMAN HESSE in blue ink.
From the collection of Josef and Georgine Englert (see item above), some residue of glue on the back.

 


 
HERMANN HESSE - signed reproduction - 15 x 10 cm - 190 euro
Picture postcard showing a black and white reproduction of a watercolour by Herman Hesse (1877-1962).
This card has been SIGNED AND DEDICATED BY HERMAN HESSE: "Herzlich grüsst Ihr H. Hesse".
A fine item from the collection of Josef and Georgine Englert (see item above), dating from in the 1950’s.
Residue of glue and some damage on the back.

 


 
JACK KEROUAC - On the Road - New York, Signet books, 1959 - or. wrappers - 1st paperback/7th printing - 28 euro
Unread, exceptionally clean and bright copy of the 7th printing of the first US paperback edition of the classic novel by Beat-author Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). The first edition of On the Road was released in September 1957.

 
 

 
GERRIT KOUWENAAR - Totaal Witte Kamer / Chambre Totalement Blanche - with a signed etching and embossing by CONSTANT - Gent, Ergo Pers, 2003 - or. wrappers, in slipcase - large 4to - 790 euro
Bi-lingual edition (Dutch and French) of a number of poems by Dutch author Gerrit Kouwenaar, hand-printed in a limited edition of only 50 copies (plus 6 H.C.), all with a SIGNED ETCHING and an EMBOSSING by COBRA-artist CONSTANT [= Constant Nieuwenhuys].
All copies, printed on 230 grs Hahnemühle, were SIGNED BY AUTHOR AND ARTIST in the colophon and come with a loosely added COLOUR ETCHING (sheet size 36 x 27 cm, image, size 14 x 18 cm) numbered and SIGNED by CONSTANT, one of the pages shows a embossed image of this fine etching.
Superb and delicate; mint in original white paper covered heavy card slipcase.
NB: The second collaboration between the two artists: in 1949 they created the book Goede Morgen Haan (Good morning, Rooster) one of the highlights in the field of Cobra publications.

 


 
GERRIT KOUWENAAR - Totaal Witte Kamer / Chambre Totalement Blanche - with a signed etching and embossing by CONSTANT - Gent, Ergo Pers, 2003 - or. wrappers, in slipcase - large 4to - 790 euro
As above.
The image shows Constant’s wonderful etching.
The Constant Foundation lists this etching, in combination with the embossing, as “The Chair [III]”. Versions [I] and [II] were published in 1971 in an edition of 20 and 200 copies respectively.

 


 
ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE - handwritten letter - Paris, 1930 - 160 euro
Handwritten letter by the famous French romantic poet Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) to a “Monsieur le Comte”, in brown ink on a sheet of tinted paper, verso and recto, finely signed.
This letter of recommandation concerns the request for financial support (“votre interest pouvait jamais été mieux employé”) of a young artist and sculptor named Francois Jouffroy.
The identity of “Monsieur le Comte” remains unknown, however, FRANCOIS JOUFFROY became a succesful artist and sculptor, who was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1832. In 1843 Jouffroy made a marble buste of Alphonse de Lamartine (see image above), now in the Musée Lamartine, Marcon, France.

 


 
JULES LEMAITRE - Myrrha, Vierge et Martyre - Paris, A. Ferroud, 1903 - illustrated and with an ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING by LOUIS-EDOUARD FOURNIER - contemporary richly gilt and decorated half morocco (P. RUBAN) - large 8vo - 490 euro
First illustrated edition of this short historical novel (1894), printed in a limited edition of 400 copies, with 12 etchings in various sizes by Xavier Leseur after Louis-Edouard Fournier.
This is one of only 30 copies with the etching in 3 states, each with an ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWING IN PENCIL BY LOUIS-EDOUARD FOURNIER on one of the first blank pages, this copy (on Japanese paper) contains a delicate image (ca. 15 x 10 cm) of the nymph AMALTHAEA.
Finely bound by master binder PETRUS RUBAN: straight brown crushed morocco spine with Art Nouveau flower designs laid in, boards pasted over with marbled paper, large morocco corner pieces, a 4 page annoucement bound in, original decorated wrappers preserved.
NB: Louis Edouard Fournier (1857-1917) was a French painter and illustrator. His most famous painting is The Funeral of Shelley, which is in the collection of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

 


 
JOHN LENNON - A Spaniard in the Works - London, Jonathan cape, 1965 - or. decorated boards (Robert Freeman) - small 8vo - 1st edition - 110 euro
First edition of John Lennon’s second book, printed in green and brown after a great design by Robert Freeman, with illustrations by the author.
Nice copy, the laminate on the cover partly wrinkled.

JOHN LENNON - In His Own Write - London, Jonathan cape, 1965 - or. decorated boards (Robert Freeman) - small 8vo - 55 euro
Contemporary reprint (March 1965) of John Lennon’s first book: a wonderful collection of whimsical texts and images, originally published in March 1964.
Finely printed in blue and brown and black, after a design by Robert Freeman, with illustrations by the author.

 


 
JOHN LENNON / ADRIENNE KENNEDY / VICTOR SPINETTI - The John Lennon Play: In His Own Write - London, Jonathan Cape, 1968 - or. boards with dustjacket (design: Christine Marsh) - 1st edition thus - 95 euro
Stage adaption of Lennon's In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard in the Works (1965), as performed by the National Theatre Company in 1967, directed by Victor Spinetti.
Foreword by Victor Spinetti, frontispiece by Tony Walton, stage designer of the play.
A surprisingly bright and clean copy of this uncommon book, with unclipped dustjacket.

 


 
JOHN LENNON - Skywriting by Word of Mouth - New York, Harper & Row, 1986 - with illustrations by the author - or. cloth with dustjacket (design: Yoko Ono) - 1st US edition - 50 euro
Collection of previously unpublished texts and drawings, including Two Virgins and The Ballad of John and Yoko.
Printed in blue and black and issued in silver-lettered blue cloth with decorated dustjacket.

 


 
THOMAS LIGOTTI - This Degenerate Little Town - London, Durtro, 2001 - with a frontispiece by David Tibet - or. wrappers in cloth box - large 8vo - 1st edition - 220 euro
Poem in prose, hand printed by Alan Anderson (Tragara Press) in a limited edition of 160 copies, all SIGNED BY THOMAS LIGOTTI and initiator/published David Tibet, who provided the edition with a frontispiece.
Mint copy in fine custom made RED CLOTH-COVERED BOX with fine lettering on the spine, also holding the compact disc, featuring Ligotti reading the poem, accompanied by a musical setting composed and performed by Current 93's David Tibet.
Ligotti is "the best kept secret in contemporary horror fiction" [Washington Post].

 


 
(LIVRE D'HEURES) LA SAINTE MESSE - 1892 - full morrocco with clasps (Gruel) - 8vo - 690 euro
Book of hours, consisting of over 80 pages, ca. 18,5 x 14 cm, with preprinted texts and elaborate pictorial borders in a fine Neo-Gothic style.
Both the text and the borders have been extremely delicately ILLUMINATED BY HAND in various colours, including gold and silver.
Handbound in an exclusive binding stamp-signed GRUEL (see below).
This fine prayer book was executed on occasion of the marriage of Juliette PÉAN and Tony SAINT CLAIR, in the Eglise La Madeleine, Paris, France, October 1892.
Illumination done by an anonymous but highly skillful artist.
NB: The marriage happened to be some sort of social event, as the Parisian periodical LA NOUVELLE REVUE had the following fashion report printed...:
“A la Madeleine, le 24, le mariage de Mlle Juliette Péan, fille du célèbre chirurgien docteur Péan, membre de l'Académie de médecine, avec M. Tony Saint-Clair, sous-lieutenant au 2t dragons, neveu de Mme la comtesse de Rancy, avait attiré foule nombreuse et très élégante. Mais ce courrier, déjà long, ne me permet guère d'énumérer toutes les toilettes que j'y ai notées pour les lectrices de la Nouvelle Revue. A la vérité, la mode, si variable qu'elle soit, dure cependant plus de quinze jours; je renverrai donc à ma prochaine causerie là description de quelques-unes d'entre elles."

 


 
(LIVRE D'HEURES) LA SAINTE MESSE - 1892 - full morrocco with clasps (Gruel) - 8vo - 690 euro
As above.
The image shows the exquisite binding by Gruel, one of the most highly esteemed French bookbinder firms: full brown morocco with silk doublures and gilt inside dentelles, two finely engraved metal clasps, a large engraved metal monogramme in Art Nouveau style mounted on the front, all edges gilt and finely gauffered.
Stamp-signed in gold on the foot of the spine. Some minor faults.

 


 
PIERRE LOUYS - La Femme et le Pantin, roman Espagnol - Paris, Société de Mercure de France, 1898 - with a frontispiece after GOYA - contemporary gilt half morocco (Dupré) - 1st edition - 145 euro
Original edition of the classic novel by Pierre Louys (1870-1925, author of Les Chansons de Bilitis and other works), printed in a limited edition of 609 copies, this being one of 500 regular copies, all with a photogravure of the painting EL PELELE (the Straw Manikin) by Francisco Goya as a frontispiece.
This copy in fine red half morocco binding (signed Dupré), red morocco corner pieces, raised spine with richly gilt compartments, original wrappers bound in.

 


 
THOMAS MANN - Die vertauschten Kopfe, ein Indische legende - Stockholm, Fischer Verlag, 1940 - or. gilt cloth - 1st edition - [SOLD]
One of Thomas Mann's lesser known works, with an EXTENSIVE SIGNED DEDICATION BY THOMAS MANN to Dutch author Jan Greshoff:
"An Jan Greshoff, in aufrichtiger Sympathie, froh ihm wieder begegnet zu sein, mit herzlichen Wünschen für ihn, für sein Haus und für Holland / New York, den 26. Nov. 1943 / Thomas Mann."
Dedication copies by Thomas Mann are rare, clearly legible dedications like this one, are even rarer!
NB: Thomas Mann (1875-1955), the foremost German novelist of the 20th century, moved to the USA in 1938, in 1944 he officially became a US citizen. Greshoff (1888-1971), prominent literary figure of the Dutch interbellum, spent much of his time in New York in the period between 1943 and 1945.
Good copy: spine slightly faded, small bump in the left hand upper corner of the front board.

 


 
(FRANZ MASEREEL) Die Idee, 83 Holzschnitte von FRANS MASEREEL - München, Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1927 - morocco-backed boards (R. Meuter, Ascona) - small 8vo - 1st edition - 110 euro
“Bilderroman” with 83 woodcuts by Flemish expressionist artist Frans Masereel (1889-1972), introduction by HERMAN HESSE.
This copy superbly rebound by renown Swiss bookbinder Roland Meuter (Ascona): black morocco spine with titles in white, boards pasted over with paper finely marbled in black and white, black endpapers, wrappers preserved, in plain paper slipcase.

 


 
HENRY MILLER - The Theatre & other pieces - New York, Stroker, 1979 - or. wrappers - 1st edition - 90 euro
The 11th issue of the magazine Stroker, The Henry Miller Issue, printed in a limited edition of 500 copies, comprising an 8-page essay by Henry Miller, some other short texts and occasional facsimiles of Henry Miller (1891-1980)'s art.
Fine copy, with remark "Copy # 24 - Henry Miller" HANDWRITTEN by the author on the title page.
Contains a reprint of Robert Brown's article from HiLife magazine "Why don't they give Henry Miller the Nobel Prize?"

 


 
HENRY MILLER - Der Welt des Sexus - Reinbek, Rowohlt Verlag, 1960 - original cloth in slipcase - 1st German edition - 65 euro
Kurt Wagenseil's translation of The World of Sex by Henry Miller, originally issued in 1940, with a preface by Lawrence Durrell.
Very fine copy, in cardboard slipcase with printed title ticket, with a SIGNED DEDICATION BY HENRY MILLER, dated 1961.

 


 
DANNY MOYNIHAN - Boogie Woogie - London, Duck Editions, 2000 - original cloth with decorated dustjacket (design: DAMIEN HIRST) - 1st edition - [SOLD]
De luxe edition of this novel, a "sharp and wickedly sexy look at the contemporary art world we've all been waiting for", issued in a limited edition of 500 numbered and signed copies.
Absolutely mint copy of this work, in a full red cloth binding with a decorated dustjacket printed after a design by DAMIEN HIRST, this dustjacket has been SIGNED BY DAMIEN HIRST on the back, as issued.

 


 
HENRY MONNIER - L'enfer de Joseph Prudhomme - Paris, sans la permission du Roi Louis-Philippe [1929] - with etchings by JEAN DULAC - gilt half morocco - small 8vo - 160 euro
2 texts of 2 naughty plays by Henry Monnier, Deux Gougnottes et La Grisette and l'Etudiant, originally published in 1866, printed in a limited edition of 320 copies, with 8 original etchings by JEAN DULAC, each coloured by hand.
One of 300 copies on Vergé de Montval, in charming but slightly later gilt red half morocco binding.

 


 
A. DE M. [=ALFRED DE MUSSET] - GAMIANI, ou Deux Nuits d’Exces - Chez un Bourgeois de Paris, 1864 [= Jean-Gabriel Daragnes, 1920] - with wood engravings by Jean Guethary [= Jean-Gabriel Daragnes] - full morocco (Bayntum/Riviere] - 4to - 390 euro
“Roman érotique” attributed to the French poet Alfred de Musset (first edition: 1833) published in 1920 in an edition of 110 copies by French artist Jean-Gabriel Daragnes, who embellished the work with 15 of his wood engravings.
This copy in a later but old style full burgundy morocco binding (Bayntun/Riviere, Bath, England), gilt spine with raised bands, original wrappers bound in.
NB: The authorship of Gamiani has long been attributed to Alfred Musset (1810-1857) and Georges Sand - the second part - but never proven. Through the years many illustrated editions have been published.

 


 
CLAES OLDENBURG - Store Days - New York, Something Else Press, 1967 - with photographs by Robert R. McElroy - or. cloth with decorated dustjacket - 4to - 1st edition - 125 euro
A selection (by the artist and Emmett Williams) of texts, graphic materials and photographs from the period 1961-1962.
A very fine copy with unclipped dustjacket, complete with the rare The Store BUSINESS CARD in a glassine envelop affixed to the first fly leaf, as issued.

 


 
YOKO ONO - Grapefruit, introduction by JOHN LENNON - London, Sphere Books, 1971 - or. wrappers - square small 8vo - 1st paperback edition - [SOLD]
First paperback edition of the revised and expanded version of Yoko Ono's Grapefruit, a Book of Instructions, which was first published in Japan, 1964, in a limited edition of 500 copies.
This revised edition, first issued in 1970, contains a short but very appropriate introduction by John Lennon.
This copy SIGNED BY YOKO ONO and JOHN LENNON in blue and black felt tip pen on the first blank page.
These signatures were obtained during a short and hectic signing session at the Selfridge's department store, Oxford Street, London, July 1971.

 


 
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI - Goblin Market - London, George G.Harrap & Co, n.d. [1933] - with illustrations by ARTHUR RACKHAM - or. stiff paper wrappers with dustjacket - large 8vo - 80 euro
First edition of this Rackham-illustrated edition of Goblin Market, a poem by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894, sister of Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti), first published in 1862.
The book contains a frontispiece and plates in colour by ARTHUR RACKHAM (1967-1939) as well as some text illustrations in black.
Clean and bright copy in very fine stiff paper wrappers showing a design by Rackham, with the rare - slightly stained and damaged - dustjacket repeating the design.

 


 
FRANCOISE SAGAN - La Chamade - Paris, René Julliard, 1965 - or. wrappers - 120 euro
First edition of one of the great but lesser known novels by Francoise Sagan (= Francoise Quoirez, 1935-2004).
A nice S.P. copy with a short, rather hastily SIGNED DEDICATION by the author: “á [X] / amicalement / Francoise Sagan”, in ballpoint pen on the halftitle.
NB: The author personally adapted her novel for the motion picture La Chamade (1968, English title: Heartbeat), starring Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli.

 


 
LUC DORSAN [= GEORGES SIMENON] - Nichonnette - Paris, Editions Prima, n.d. [1926] - illustrated - or. wrappers - 1st edition - 45 euro
“Light novel”, published in the series Collection Gauloise.
Between 1923 and 1933 Georges Simenon (1903-1989) made a living and practised his skills by writing “pulp fiction”, using various pseudonyms like Georges Sim, Jean du Perry, Gom Gut, George d’Isly, Christian Brulls, a.o.
This is a very fine unopened copy of one of the rarer of these titles.

 


 
GEORGES SIMENON - Maigret op Reis - Utrecht, A.W. Bruna, 1958 - or. wrappers (design: Dick Bruna) - small 8vo - 1st Dutch edition - 80 euro
Dutch translation of Simenon (1903-1989)'s novel Maigret Voyage (1957) published as a paperback with a distinctive cover design by Dick Bruna.
Rather used copy with a fine FULL PAGE SIGNED STATEMENT BY GEORGES SIMENON concerning a meeting during a P.E.N. Club meeting, in pencil, dated Amsterdam, July 1958.

 


 
GEORGES SIMENON - signed New Year’s wish - Lausanne 1988 - 60 euro
Folded card, issued by Unicef, preprinted with season’s greetings in 5 languages.
The card has been SIGNED GEORGES SIMENON 1988 in black felt-tipped pen in a rather shaky hand.
Sent from Lausanne, Switzerland, the city where the author died in September 1989.

 


 
(GEORGES SIMENON) Pierre Hebey - Album Simenon - Paris, Gallimard/Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, 2003 - or. gilt calf with transparent dustjacket and slipcase - 30 euro
Album nr. 42 issued in the the famous Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, finely illustrated and in perfect condition.

 
 

 
DAVID TIBET - Maldoror is Dead - London, Durtro, 2002 - with a frontispiece by Ruth Bayer - or. wrappers - large 8vo - 1st edition - 125 euro
Lyrics of a song by David Tibet, poet, artist and founder of Apocalytic Folk Outfit Current 93, handprinted by Alan Anderson (Tragara Press) in a limited edition of 200 copies, all SIGNED by David Tibet.
Added is a CD in handprinted wallet containing 3 versions of the song, which was first issued on the Current 93 album Nature Unveiled (1984).
Author’s statement:
It will be remarked by anyone familiar with Lautréamont's Les Chants de Maldoror how much my lyrics here rely on it, even down to almost identical lines. This was due to a chance meeting of my admiration for the novel with large quantities of amphetamine sulphate and vodka at a tender age.

 
 

 
DAVID TIBET/CURRENT 93 - Maldoror is Dead - London, Durtro, 2002 - CD in handprinted sleeve - 40 euro
As above.
Separate edition of the CD, issued in a limited edition of 333 numbered copies, in handprinted sleeve.
Mint, in original clear plastic wallet.

 
 

 
DAVID TIBET - All the Pretty Little Horses - handwritten lyrics [ca. 2000] - ca. 29 x 21 cm - 395 euro
Handwritten lyrics for a traditional lullaby from the USA, calligraphed by David Tibet who recorded the song in 1995/96 with his band Current 93 and had it released on the album with the same name.
The full text was calligraphed in white ink on a single sheet of A4-sized black paper, titled and signed on the back, packed in a custom made hinged black cloth box, with titles blocked in white on front and spine.
N.B.: For a very short period only David Tibet (= David Michael Bunting, 1960) made works of art out of his lyrics, using his distinctive, curly, almost hypnotic handwriting, thus creating a number of weird and wonderful, close to illegible pieces....


 

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