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    The Works. With Notes Critical and Explanatory and a Biographical Memoir by W. Gifford Esq. London: for Nicol et al, 1816

    Gifford’s edition of Jonson’s works played an important role in the Jonson revival.



    Poems … selected and edited by William Michael Rossetti. London: John Camden Hotten, 1868

    FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of Whitman’s poems.



    The Importance of Being Earnest: Collection of 11 photographs of the Theatre Royal Haymarket production. Angus McBean, photographer, 1968

    This West End revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest opened on February 8, 1968 and ran for 283 performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The production starred Isabel Jeans, Daniel Massey, Helen Weir, and John Standing, among others.



    Leaves of Grass. Philadelphia: David McKay, n.d. [c. 1892]

    A rare survival in original wrappers. This is an undated printing of McKay’s “Deathbed Edition,” complete with the full text extended to p. 438 and including the Hollyer portrait of Whitman at p. 28.



    Walt Whitman … to which is added English Critics on Walt Whitman edited by Edward Dowden. Glasgow: Wilson and McCormick, 1884

    FIRST EDITION, first British issue, comprising the American sheets (1883) plus a new section (pp. 237-255), Dowden’s work on the English critics of Whitman.


  • (WHITMAN, WALT.) Hartmann, Sadakichi

    Conversations with Walt Whitman. Written in 1894. New York: Coby, 1895

    FIRST EDITION. After reading Leaves of Grass, 17-year-old Sadakichi Hartmann sought out and befriended Walt Whitman, who became a mentor. This volume recounts their conversations. The poet declared, “I have more hopes of him, more faith in him than any of the boys.”



    Specimen Days & Collect. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1882-'83

    FIRST EDITION, second printing, first issue. Thomas Harned’s copy, with his bookplate. Whitman’s friend Harned was one of the poet’s literary executors, alog with Horace Traubel and Richard B. Bucke.



    OLD PLAYS; being a continuation of Dodsley’s collection, with notes, critical and explanatory. London: Rodwell and Martin, 1816

    Contains the following:  Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and Lust’s Dominion; John Lyly, Mother Bombie, Endymion, and Midas; Middleton, Women Beware Women, A Trick to Catch the Old One, The Spanish Gypsy, The Changeling, More Dissemblers Besides Women; Dekker, Wonder of a Kingdom, Old Fortunatus; Rowley, A New Wonder, a Woman Never Vext; Webster, Appius and Virginia; Chapman, May Day, Monsieur D’Olive, Bussy D’Ambois; Webster and Rowley, Thracian Wonder; Marston’s Antonio and Mellida, What you Will, and Parasitaster: or, the Fawn; Heywood, The English Traveller, The Royal King and Loyal Subject, A Challenge for Beauty.  According to the title-page, this is a continuation of Dodsley’s Collection of Old Plays (1744).



    Space Flight … When? [and] Space Flight. Westwood, New Jersey, 1946

    This rare fanzine was printed in tiny numbers. We have found traces of the 1946 number on the Internet, but the 1947 number appears to be even more rare. Each number publishes the result of the author’s survey of science fiction writers, editors, and aficionados concerning the likelihood of space travel for humans.

    two volumes: $750


    The Works. London: Tonson et al., 1766

    This handsome edition includes The Ambitious Step-Mother, Tamerlane, The Fair Penitent, Ulysses, The Royal Convert, Jane Shore, Jane Gray, and various poems.