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Henry Blake Fuller (1857 - 1929)-- American novelists, critic and satirist: A Collection




Henry Blake Fuller's city is Chicago, where his family was one of the earliest settlers, the focus of his finest work. His influences were Henry James and William Dean Howells; his subject the social and financial milieu of late 19th century midwestern America. His finest work is considered Bertram Cope's Year (1919), dealing with homosexual love.

This collection consists of 42 items in all. Items 1 through 37 include all but 2 items (6472 and 6477) in the Bibliography of American Literature, all in very good to fine condition. Two of the copies of The Chevalier of Pensieri-Vani are inscribed by Fuller. Item 38 is an acerbic A.l.s. in response to an unidentified request. The remaining 4 titles are modern studies of Fuller. The collection: $ 2500.




PRIMARY WORKS:

1. The chevalier of Pensieri-Vani together with Frequent references to the Prorege of Arcopia by Stanton Page [pseud]. Boston, J. G. Cupples Co., Publishers [c1890]. Original red cloth, front not lettered, stamped in gold on the backstrip. Name, place, and date (1891) in ink on the title-page, lower corners bumped, second free endpaper cracked, otherwise very good. First edition. 168, 4 pp. advertisements. BAL 6462, cloth binding B, sequence not established.

2. The chevalier of Pensieri-Vani together with Frequent references to the Prorege of Arcopia, by Henry B. Fuller. Second edition. Boston, J. G. Cupples Co., Publishers [c1890]. Half black leather and marbled paper boards. Original wrappers and dust jacket bound in. Second edition. Inscribed by Fuller on the title-page "In hopes that it may please/ Henry B Fuller/ Sept 19, '91". This edition not noted in BAL. 168 pp. 8 pp advertisements ending with a quotation by Obiter Dicta. Signed at the end by Dewit Miller. Evidently a large paper edition, 7 1/2" x 5 1/4", bottom and fore-edges untrimmed. P. 2 of the advertisements is a full-page description of The Chevalier of Pensieri-Vani.

3. The chevalier of Pensieri-Vani together with Frequent references to the Prorege of Arcopia, by Henry B. Fuller. Second edition. Boston, J. G. Cupples Co., Publishers [c1890]. Off-white cloth, spine printed in gold. Book-plate on the front paste-down. Ink inscription on the front endpaper, cloth lightly darkened and soiled, otherwise very good.. "Second edition" stamped in gold on the lower left of the front cover. All edges gilt. 168 pp. 8 pp. advertisements ending with a quotation from Obiter Dicta, includes on p. 2 a full-page description of The Chevalier. Not described in BAL.

4. The chevalier of Pensieri-Vani together with Frequent references to the Prorege of Arcopia by Henry B. Fuller. Boston, Joseph George Cupples [c1890]. Quarter brown cloth with marbled paper boards. Cloth badly chipped at the head and foot of the backstrip. "Second Edition" stamped on the front cover of the binding. Indicated as the third edition on the copyright page. 168, 6 pp advertisements, including on p.2 a full-page description of The Chevalier. Bound without the pictorial wrappers in earlier editions; instead, a page of "Recent publications" faces the title-page. The title-page has a cut taken from the earlier pictorial wrappers. Not described BAL.

5. The chevalier of Pensieri-Vani. New York, Century Co., 1892. Olive-green cloth with gold stamping on the backstrip and covers and t.e.g. Fine. Fourth edition, revised. BAL 6463. Contains "Author's Note" and "Siena: a vain abasement" not present in the first edition.

6. The chevalier of Pensieri-Vani. New York, Century Co., 1892. Navy blue cloth, with gold stamping on front and back cover and spine, t.e.g. Cloth worn at the top and bottom of the backstrip. On the copyright page: "Fourth Edition, Revised". Inscribed by Fuller on the "Author's Note", Feb 26, 1893. Letter of the publisher to W. Irving Way tipped in, with Way's signature on the front endpaper. BAL 6463.

7. The chevalier of Pensieri-Vani. New York, The Century Co., 1899. Navy blue cloth, blind stamp on the front cover, gold stamped spine. Cloth lightly worn at the head and foot of the backstrip. On copyright page: Fifth edition, revised. Not described in BAL.

8. The chatelaine of La Trinite. New York, The Century Co., 1892. Original gray-green decorated cloth stamped in gold, silver, and red. Small ink name on the front endpaper, otherwise fine. First edition. BAL 6464.

9. The cliff-dwellers, a novel. New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1893. Original gray-green S cloth, stamped in gilt on the spine and front cover. Book-plate on the front pastedown, ink name, place, and date on the front endpaper. Very good. First edition. Illustrated by T. de Thulstrup. BAL 6465, first state with author's name on spine and on front: Henry Fuller and p. [325] William Dean Howells. The World of Chance ... [to] The Garroters.

10. The cliff-dwellers, a novel. New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1893. Original gray-green S cloth, stamped in gilt on the front cover and spine. Cloth lightly rubbed, book dealer's clipping pasted to the front pastedown, otherwise very good. Illustrated by T. de Thulstrup. BAL 6465, First edition, second state. P. [325]: William Dean Howells. The Coast of Bohemia ... The World of Chance ... [to] My year in a log cabin; the author's name on spine and on front as Henry B. Fuller.

11. With the procession, a novel. New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1895. Original green V cloth, stamped in gold, black and silver. Cloth lightly rubbed, backstrip faded, back hinge cracked. 336, 4 pp. advertisements. BAL 6466 State A with p. [339]: By Thomas Hardy.

12. With the procession, a novel. New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1895. Original green V cloth, stamped in black, silver and gold. Ink stamp partially erased from the front endpaper, otherwise fine. BAL 6466 state B: p. [339]: By Branders Matthews.

13. The puppet booth: twelve plays. New York, The Century Co., 1896. Original blue V cloth, stamped in gold, t.e.g. Ink name on front endpaper, some pages roughly opened, otherwise fine. BAL 6467.

14. From the other side: stories of transatlantic travel. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1898. Original green linen cloth with gold stamping. Backstrip a bit faded, acid offset on the endpaper from the now absent dust jacket, otherwise fine. BAL 6468.

15. The last refuge, a Sicilian romance. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1900. Original maroon T cloth, lettered in gold, t.e.g. Backstrip lightly spotted, rubbed at the extremities, otherwise very good. First edition. BAL 6470 binding B, no order determined.

16. Under the skylights. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1901. Original blue V cloth, art deco design in gilt on front cover, t.e.g. Light wear at the extremities, minor bubbling to the cloth, front hinge cracked. Very good. BAL 6471.

17. Under the skylights. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1902. Original blue V cloth art deco design stamped in gold on the front cover, t.e.g. BAL 6471, later printing. A pretty copy.

18. Waldo Trench and others, stories of Americans in Italy. New York, Charles Scribner's, 1908. Original brown T cloth, gold stamped, t.e.g. Small water stains on the front and back endpapers, acid discoloration on pp. 42-43, very lightly rubbed at the extremities, otherwise near fine. First edition. BAL 6473. On copyright page: Published September, 1908.

19. Lorado Taft's Indian statue "Black Hawk". [Chicago] University of Chicago Press Distributors, 1912. Tan wrappers with "Black Hawk" within a border printed on the front wrapper. Yap edges chipped, wrappers chipped, soiled with numerous tears. 108 pp. One of an edition of 600 copies on Holland Van Gelder Zonen paper. This copy stamped in purple "This Book is / A Printer's Sample / Not for Circulation". Printed by The Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. On the title-page: "An Account of the Unveiling Ceremonies/ at Eagles' Nest Bluff, Oregon,/ Illinois, July the First/ Nineteen Hundred and Eleven/ Frank O. Lowden/ Presiding". Contains Fuller's "Lorado Taft: An Appreciation" pp. 103-108. BAL 6474.

20. Lines long and short, biographical sketches in various rhymes. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917. Original gray T cloth decorated in green and red. Fine. First edition. BAL 6475. On copyright page: "Published February 1917".

21. On the stairs. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918. Original green V cloth, stamped in gilt. Light foxing throughout, otherwise fine. First edition. BAL 6476. On copyright page: "Published March 1918".

22. Bertram Cope's year, a novel. Chicago, Ralph Fletcher Seymour, The Alderbrink Press, 1919. Original green V cloth, stamped in gold. Cloth worn at extremities, especially the head and tail of the spine. First edition. BAL 6478. Uncommon.

23. Bertram Cope's year. Afterword by Andrew Solomon. New York, Turtle Point Press [c1998]. Fine in printed cream wrappers. Uncorrected page proof. The first republication of the book since 1919.

24. Bertram Cope's year. Afterword by Andrew Solomon. New York, Turtle Point Press [1998]. Illustrated black and red printed wrappers. Fine. 300 pp. First edition thus. The first republication of the book since 1919. Review copy with publisher's publicity material laid in.

25. Gardens of this world. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. Original purple-brown balloon cloth with green decorations and gold stamping. Small bookseller's label on the front pastedown. Fine in unclipped, lightly soiled and chipped dust jacket. Top edge stained green. First edition. One of 2,000 numbered copies. BAL 6484 with a cancel title-leaf.

26. Not on the screen. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. Original gray balloon cloth with black stamped spine label. Top edge stained black. Fine in lightly rubbed and chipped unclipped dust jacket. First edition. One of 3,000 numbered copies. BAL 6485.

27. A.l.s. to my dear Mr. Young, Chicago, Nov. 10 [1895]. 1 p. With original mailing envelope. Refusing an unspecified request with "If I were to do as you want me to, my previous refusals to do a good deal less for a good many people would seem unaccountable to them".

SECONDARY WORKS:

28.
Howells, William Dean, comp. The great modern American stories, compiled and edited with an introduction by William Dean Howells. New York, Boni and Liveright, 1920. Blue cloth. Extremities rubbed, bookplate on the pastedown, former owners names on the endpapers, hinges cracked. Good. First edition. 432 pp. Contains "Striking an Average" by Fuller, pp. 267-287. BAL 6479.

29. Taylor, Bert Leston. The so-called human race. Arranged, with an introduction by Henry B. Fuller. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1922. Blue cloth with blind stamp of author's initials on the front board. Extremities rubbed, top corners bumped, gold stamping dull, front hinge cracked, newspaper clippings glued to the rear end papers. Very good. First edition. 330 pp. BAL 6480.

30. Goldoni, Carlo. The coffee-house, a comedy in three acts by Goldoni. Translated by Henry B. Fuller. New York, Samuel French, 1925. Printed tan paper wrappers lightly chipped and rubbed, evidence of a sticker removed from the front wrapper, 75 cents stamped in black over the original price of 50 cents, tear at the top of the title-page. 94 pp. BAL 6481.

31. Goldoni, Carlo. The fan, a comedy in three acts by Goldoni. Translated by Henry B. Fuller. New York, Samuel French [1925]. Printed tan paper wrappers missing pieces, with a closed tear on the front wrapper. Ownership label and marks on the title-page. 75 cents stamped in purple over the printed price of 50 cents. 123 pp. BAL 6482.

32. Hamlin Garland, a son of the middle border. [New York, The Macmillan Company, ca. 1926]. Original orange printed wrappers. Short closed tear on the back wrapper, otherwise near fine. First edition. BAL 6483. Includes Fuller's "Three Generations" reprinted from The Freeman, Nov. 9, 1921.

33. Garland, Hamlin. Forty years of psychic research, a plain narrative of fact. New York, Macmillan, 1936. Quarter black and tan cloth. "The Macmillans in Canada" bookplate on the front pastedown, small mark on the front board, otherwise near fine. First edition. 394 pp. BAL 6486. Chapters 15-17 contain an account, together with extracts from a report written by Fuller of a sťance during which a musical composition, allegedly by Edward MacDowell, was received.

34. Clements, Colin Campbell, ed. Boston, Small, Maynard & Company, Publishers [c1925]. Quarter cloth and paper boards, gold stamped on the front cover, with spine stamped in blue ink. Spine slightly soiled, otherwise very good, without dust jacket. First edition. Reprint of "The Ship Comes In", pp. 3-19 from The Puppet-Booth, 1896.

BOOKS ABOUT:

35.
Griffin, Constance M. Henry Blake Fuller, a critical biography. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1939. Original maroon cloth. Fine, without dust jacket. 117 pp. First edition. BAL 6487. Includes the first publication of "The Red Carpet", a play, and "Carl Carlsen's Progress" a short story.

36. Griffin, Constance M. Henry Blake Fuller, a dissertation in English, presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania in partial fulfillment ... for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Philadelphia [University of Pennsylvania Press], 1939. Tan printed wrappers. Rubbed with tears to the joints, call number on the upper left corner inked out, "Bryn Mawr College Library" perforation and small red "released stamp" on the title-page. Other marks of ownership. 117 pp. First edition. BAL 6487. Includes the first publication of "The Red Carpet", a play, and "Carl Carlsen's Progress", a short story.

37. Tributes to Henry B. from friends in whose minds and hearts he will live always, compiled and edited by Anna Morgan. [Chicago] Ralph Fletcher Seymour Publisher [1929]. Quarter vellum with black cloth. Vellum soiled. Very good. First edition. Contributors include Jane Addams, Hamlin Garland, Vincent Starrett, Booth Tarkington, Carl Van Vechten, Thornton Wilder and many others.

38. Swan, Bradford Fuller. A bibliography of Henry Blake Fuller. [New Haven, Profile Press] 1930. Original orange printed wrappers. Lightly soiled and rubbed. No. 1 of 15 copies signed by the author. In a folder with the following laid in. 3 t.l.s. by Jacob Blanck, 5 t.pc.s by Blanck, 1 a.l.s. by Robert Lovell.

39. Matter, Joseph A. Henry Blake Fuller. [Chicago] Chicago Literary Club, 1965. Blue-green printed wrappers. Lower corner bumped, otherwise fine. First edition. One of 300 copies. Inscribed on the font endpaper by the author.

40. Pilkington, John, Jr. Henry Blake Fuller. New York, Twayne Publishers, Inc. [c1970]. Blue cloth, marked on the front cover, otherwise near fine in good dust jacket. First edition.

41. Bowron, Bernard R., Jr. Henry B. Fuller of Chicago: the ordeal of a genteel realist in ungenteel America. Westport, Connecticut, London, Greenwood Press [1974]. Original red cloth. Light marks to the front endpapers, otherwise fine in rubbed dust jacket. 278 pp. First edition. Review copy with review slip laid in. Contribution in American Studies Number 11.

42. Scambray, Kenneth. A varied harvesst: the life and works of Henry Blake Fuller [Pittsburgh] University of Pittsburgh Press [1987]. Original green cloth. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. 198 pp. First edition.



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