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  • Irish Fairy Tales [Signed Limited] by Rackham, Arthur (illustrated by); James Stephens
    Rackham, Arthur (illustrated by); James Stephens
    Irish Fairy Tales [Signed Limited]

    First Edition

    London: Macmillan, 1920. x, 318 pages. 9-1/8 by 11-1/4 inches. Stephens, an Irish novelist, specialized in retelling traditional fairy tales, and this is his most popular work. This collection includes ten stories, including several in the Fenian Cycle about the mythical hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill.

    This first edition is notable for the 16 color plates contributed by Arthur Rackham, each mounted on paper and protected by tissue guards. A lovely illustrated edition, here limited to 520 copies signed by Rackham (there was also a trade edition). The book cost three guineas in 1920--about $12, when the typical price for a hardcover books was $2. ISBN: 281AIB1043905.

    First edition (first printing). A very good hardcover copy; lacking the rare dust jacket (this copy had its jacket for a long time, and the spine is darkened a bit at the base where the jacket was chipped). Bound in quarter vellum paper and plain paper-covered boards, stamped in gilt. Bookplate designed by Arthur Nelson Macdonald for Benedict Erstein on front pastedown. Signed by Rackham, as issued, on a preliminary page.

    This copy has some chipping and a bit of loss at the spine ends. The lower corners are worn; the hinges are starting to crack and have been neatly strengthened with Japanese tissue. [JSP01; JSP04]

    Book ID: 222427
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  • Aesop's Fables [Signed & Numbered] by Rackham, Arthur (illustratration); Aesop (text); V. S. Vernon Jones (translation); G.K. Chesterton (introduction)
    Rackham, Arthur (illustratration); Aesop (text); V. S. Vernon Jones (translation); G.K. Chesterton (introduction)
    Aesop's Fables [Signed & Numbered]

    First Edition Thus

    London: William Heinemann, 1912. xxix, 224 pages. 9-1/4 by 11-1/2 inches. This edition with 13 color and more than 50 black-and-white illustrations by Rackham. The color illustrations are mounted on brown paper and inserted into the text. A lovely edition, published in an edition of 1450 signed and numbered copies. ISBN: 281AIB1043903.

    First Rackham edition and first edition of this translation. Spine browned, else near fine in white muslin cloth. With the small broadside for the Leicester Galleries exhibition of the original paintings made for this book laid in, as seen in some copies. Bookplate designed by Arthur Nelson Macdonald for Benedict Erstein on front pastedown. Signed by the illustrator. [JSP01; JSP04]

    Book ID: 222418
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  • The Hasheesh Eater (Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library edition) by Ludlow, Fitz Hugh; illustrations by [Wilfried] Satty
    Ludlow, Fitz Hugh; illustrations by [Wilfried] Satty
    The Hasheesh Eater (Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library edition)

    First Edition Thus

    San Francisco: Level Press, 1975. 223 pages. 8-3/4 by 11-1/4 inches. One of 300 numbered hardbound copies signed by the illustrator.

    First published in 1857, The Hasheesh (Hashish) Eater was the first full-length book of drug literature written by an American. This edition published as head shops and marijuana culture were beginning to flourish in the early 1970s; the original complete text is supplemented with a new introduction, chronology, bibliography and illustrations, providing historical and scholarly context.

    The Ludlow Library was the world's largest library of psychoactive drug books and related materials, which was named after the author and housed in San Francisco. It was used by hundreds of writers and researchers on drug studies.…

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    San Francisco: Level Press, 1975. 223 pages. 8-3/4 by 11-1/4 inches. One of 300 numbered hardbound copies signed by the illustrator.

    First published in 1857, The Hasheesh (Hashish) Eater was the first full-length book of drug literature written by an American. This edition published as head shops and marijuana culture were beginning to flourish in the early 1970s; the original complete text is supplemented with a new introduction, chronology, bibliography and illustrations, providing historical and scholarly context.

    The Ludlow Library was the world's largest library of psychoactive drug books and related materials, which was named after the author and housed in San Francisco. It was used by hundreds of writers and researchers on drug studies. The Library's board of advisers included Albert Hofmann, Alexander Shulgin, Andrew Weil, Oscar Janiger, Ralph Metzner, Laura Huxley, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

    The illustrations by Wilfried Satty, whose mash-ups of Gustave Dore engravings appropriately connect the book to its 19th century origins, with a dose of drug-fueled surrealism and a healthy shot of Monty Python animation. ISBN: B0033TMZ9Y.

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    First edition thus. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. This is an interesting association copy connecting figures in the burgeoning Northern California cannabis culture of the 1970s. Inscribed by Ludlow curator Michael R. Aldrich, who wrote the first Ph.D dissertation on pot, and sponsored the first California Marijuana Initiative, to defense attorney Bob Cogen, who defended people charged with violating drug laws -- most famously members of the Native American Church charged with possession of peyote and mescaline in Arizona -- and in the marijuana-rich "Emerald Triangle" region of Humboldt County, California. Signed by Satty on the limitation page. Copy number 155. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 208492
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