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Featured Author

GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905)



MacDonald is best remembered for his fairy tales and poetry, as well as his theological prose.
The following is a representative selection of his works
.



[MacDonald, George], "ANNALS OF A QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD. BY THE VICAR" (London: Strahan & Co., Oct. 1865-Sept. 1866; publ. in The Sunday Magazine).  First edition, first printing, 25.5 x 18.5cm (large 8vo), in publisher's burgundy linen w/decorative gilt title to fr. cover & spine, embossed decorations to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s, serialized in 34 chapters w/several wood engravings by Joseph Swain after T. Sulman, Robert Barnes & William Small.  Also incl. in this vol. are contributions by Thomas Guthrie, Dora Greenwell & Isa Craig, & illus. by Birket Foster, F.J. Shields & G.J. Pinwell.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, edges of covers sl. soiled, & hinges starting); contents Very Good (moderate foxing to 1st & final few leaves).  Bulloch 688, Shaberman 21.  (Inv. #702)  C$150

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Strahan & Co., 1871).  First edition, 17.5 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's royal blue fine sand-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover, embossed ruling & publ. device to rear, a.e.g., cream ep.s, [i-v] vi-viii, [1] 2-378 pp. w/76 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes, +13pp. publ. cat. to rear.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  With the small bookseller's ticket of Williams & Co. (Oxford Street) to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (expertly rebacked w/navy cloth, hinges mended, & minor stains to ep.s); contents Near-Fine.  White 171, Bulloch 688, Reid passim, Sadleir 1474, Osborne 368, Fredeman 93.24, Wolff II p.62 (3) & 4282, Ray 177, Shaberman 43, de Beaumont 190, Goldman 298.  (Inv. #1037)  C$1,000

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Strahan & Co., 1871).  First edition, 17 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's magenta sand-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine, embossed ruling to rear, a.e.g., cream ep.s, 378 (viii) pp. w/76 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes, +13pp. publ. cat. to rear.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Inscribed "For dear little Frank with Mamie's best love, Feb./[18]79" & w/F.P. Bedford's purple stamp, both to fr. ep. (it has been speculated that this copy belonged to Francis Donkin Bedford, the book illustrator--but the middle initial in the purple stamp doesn't match).  Binding Very Good (expertly rebacked w/original [faded] spine laid down & hinges mended); contents Very Good (occas. lt. thumbing).  White 171, Bulloch 688, Reid passim, Sadleir 1474b, Osborne 368, Fredeman 93.24, Wolff II p.62 (3) & 4282, Ray 177, Shaberman 43, de Beaumont 190, Goldman 298.  (Inv. #902)  C$1,000

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Strahan & Co., 1871).  First edition, 17 x 11.5cm (8vo), sumptuously bound by the Cottage Bindery, Bath (stamped in gilt to inside rear cover) in full mustard morocco w/relievo design (from the illus. on p.39) to fr. cover, gilt title to fr. cover & spine, gilt ruling to rear cover, cream ep.s, 378 (viii) pp. w/76 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  With the sig. & date (4 Sept. 1883) of Ethel Atkinson to p.[ii], & ink date ("5th July 1876") to top of titlepage.  Binding Near-Fine; contents Good (titlepage & p.[1] moderately soiled, 1" closed tear to gutter of B1, & occas. lt. soiling & spotting).  White 171, Bulloch 688, Reid passim, Sadleir 1474, Osborne 368, Fredeman 93.24, Wolff 4282, Ray 177, Shaberman 43, de Beaumont 190, Goldman 298.  (Inv. #869)  C$1,000

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Daldy Isbister & Co. 1878).  17.5 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's magenta sand-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine (embossed borders to rear), pale pink ep.s, 378 (vi) pp. w/76 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes.  Printed by Virtue & Co. Ltd., London.  With the decorative bookplate of Beatrice Ethelind Bear & bookseller's ticket of W. Whiteley (Westbourne Grove), both to fr. pastedown; & inscr. "Beatrice Bear, Prize Xmas 1880" to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Good (spine & edges of covers moderately sunned, extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & fr. hinge starting); contents Good (occas. lt. spotting, & a few sections sl. proud).  (Inv. #1312)  C$400

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Strahan & Co. Ltd., n.d. [1880]).  Early reprint, 17.5 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's terra-cotta sand-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine (embossed borders to rear), pale orange ep.s, 378 (vi) pp. w/76 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes.  Printed by Charles Dickens & Evans at the Crystal Palace Press, London.  With the decorative bookplate of Joseph & Edith Freeman (of Crockham Hill) & bookseller's ticket of W. Whiteley (Westbourne Grove), both to fr. pastedown; & inscr. "Edith from Mama, Xmas [18]80" to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Good (spine sl. darkened, extremities moderately bumped & worn, & hinges cracked); contents Good (bottom edges of 1st 18 leaves stained w/only occas. lt. stains elsewhere, & a couple of sections sl. proud).  (Inv. #1310)  C$300

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Blackie & Son, n.d. [1886]).  First Blackie edition, 18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's olive linen w/burgundy & gilt title & design to fr. cover & spine (embossed borders to rear), burgundy ep.s, 378 (vi) pp. w/76 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes, +48pp. publ. cat. to rear.  Inscribed to titlepage: "Yvonne, with love from Mary V Pascoe."  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn); contents Near-Fine.  Bulloch 689, Shaberman p.43.  (Inv. #1084)  C$200

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (NY: George Routledge & Sons Ltd., n.d. [ca.1890]).  18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's olive fine rib-grain cloth w/gilt & burgundy decorations to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, slate green ep.s, 378 (viii) pp. w/numerous wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes.  With Carte de Visite photograph of the author tipped to fr. ep.  Binding Very Good (spine moderately sunned & spotted); contents Very Good (one section sl. proud, & a few lt. spots).  (Inv. #1038)  C$400

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (NY: George Routledge & Sons Ltd., n.d. [ca.1890]).  18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's light brown fine rib-grain cloth w/gilt & burgundy decorations to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, slate green ep.s, 378 (viii) pp. w/numerous wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes.  With the decorative bookplate of Deborah L. Taylor to fr. pastedown & her inscription to recto of fr. ep.; also w/the sig. & date (1892) of Bessie M. Beers to recto of 1st blank.  Binding Very Good (spine darkened, & extremities moderately bumped); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. toning to margins).  (Inv. #1034)  C$200

MacDonald, George, AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott Co., n.d. ["Copyright 1909" to verso of titlepage]).  20 x 13.5cm [8vo], in publisher's red net-grain cloth w/black title & design to fr. cover & black title to spine, 352 [viii] pp. w/colour frontis & 11 colour plates by Maria L. Kirk, & chapter-heads & tailpiece illus. by "H"; in original mylar protected dust-jacket.  Dust-jacket Good (bottom corner of fr. flap clipped, & moderate edge-chipping); binding Near-Fine; contents Near-Fine (lt. foxing to prelims & final leaf).  (Inv. #715)  C$50

MacDonald, George, AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Blackie & Son Ltd., n.d. [ca.1916]).  18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's dark lilac linen w/green & ivory design & title to fr. cover & spine (title in gilt to spine), 264 pp. w/numerous in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes, +colour frontis & 3 unpaginated colour plates by Frank C. Pape.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "Anthony, with love from Auntie Lil, Xmas 1916."  Binding Very Good (spine & edges of rear cover sl. sunned, & ep.s browned); contents Very Good (infrequent lt. foxing, & final leaf sl. pulled).  (Inv. #1099)  C$100

MacDonald, George, AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND (London: Blackie & Son Ltd., n.d. [ca.1916]).  18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's cream linen w/navy & grey Glasgow School art nouveau title & design (by Archie A. Campbell, & not by Talwin Morris as is often claimed) to fr. cover & spine (title in gilt to spine), cover design w/"B&S" logo repeated in yellow on cream ep.s, 264 pp. w/numerous in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes, +colour frontis & 3 unpaginated colour plates by Frank C. Pape.  Presentation inscription to Ben Morgan (dated Xmas 1917) to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Good (moderate stains to rear cover, & ep.s browned w/rear hinge starting); contents Very Good (infrequent lt. foxing).  (Inv. #1194)  C$150

MacDonald, George (Julie Sutter, transl.), DAVID ELGINBROD (Frankfurt: Hender & Zimmer, 1873).  First authorized German edition, 21.5 x 14cm (8vo), in later olive linen w/gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, [i-v] vi-vii [viii], [1-3] 4-614 pp.  Printed by J.B. Hirschfeld, Leipzig.  Presentation Copy inscr. to head of titlepage: "Ethel Jane Reid with love & thanks from George MacDonald" (Ethel Jane was likely related to Sir George Reid, who painted MacDonald's portrait in 1868, or possibly to Elizabeth Jesser Reid, founder of Bedford College for Women).  Considering E.T.A. Hoffmann's influence on this theological novel (see Wolff, Golden Key pp.182-207), it is appropriate that it was one of the 1st of MacDonald's books to be translated into German.  Binding Good (spine sl. darkened, a few marks to covers, & extremities a bit bumped & worn); contents Very Good (moderate foxing to prelims & final few leaves).  Bulloch 692, Shaberman 103A.  (Inv. #704)  C$1,200

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), DEALINGS WITH THE FAIRIES (London: Alexander Strahan, 1867).  First edition, 13.5 x 10.5cm (small 8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine, black design only to rear, a.e.g., pale grey ep.s, [i-viii], [1] 2-308 pp., +frontis & 11 unpaginated full-page wood engraved plates by the Dalziels after Hughes & 4pp. publ. adverts (dated December 1866) to rear.  Printed by J. & W. Rider, London.  Binding Good (extremities sl. bumped, moderate ruckling to rear cover w/remnants of a floral decal at centre, & ep.s tidemarked at gutters); contents Very Good (floral decal to head of half-title w/lt. bleedthru to following leaf, & occas. lt. stains).  White 116, Reid 7 (comments on its rarity) & 92, Bulloch 693, Sadleir 1475, Fredeman 93.8, Ray 175, Wolff II p.62 (7) & 4283, Shaberman 31, de Beaumont 191, Goldman 296.  (Inv. #1029).  C$1,200
MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), ENGLAND'S ANTIPHON (London: Macmillan & Co., n.d. [1868]).  First edition in book form, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's royal blue linen w/gilt line-&-bead trim & "Sunday Library for Household Reading" device to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., chocolate ep.s w/binder's ticket (Burn & Co.; Ball 20C) to rear pastedown, 332 (vii) pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & 2 wood engraved plates by J.D. Cooper after Hughes, all in brown.  Printed by R. Clay Sons & Taylor, London.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "P.P. Latham, fr. Grace Martin, from M.C.J."  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. rubbed, spine a bit darkened, & fr. hinge cracked); contents Near-Fine.  Macmillan 174, White 172, Reid 92, Fredeman 93.9, Wolff II p.62 (11, Copy I) & 4286, Colbeck 1, Shaberman 39(ii), Goldman 297.  (Inv. #600)  C$100

MacDonald, George, and George John Pinwell (illus.), "GUILD COURT: A LONDON STORY" (London: Daldy Isbister & Co., n.d. [ca.1874]; publ. in Good Words).  First edition (but a later issue), first printing, 23.5 x 16.5cm (large 8vo), in publisher's green sand-grain cloth w/black design & title to fr. cover (embossed design only to rear), gilt title to spine, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s, serialized in 56 chapters w/12 unpaginated wood engraved plates by the Dalziels after Pinwell.  Also incl. in this vol. are contributions by William Gilbert & Anthony Trollope, & illus. by A.B. Houghton & Fred Walker.  Binding Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, fr. joint cracked, lt. scratching to rear cover, & hinges mended); contents Very Good (several sections sl. proud).  Bulloch 700, Shaberman 30.  (Inv. #750)  C$150

MacDonald, George, PHANTASTES: A FAERIE ROMANCE FOR MEN AND WOMEN (London: Smith Elder & Co., 1858).  First edition, 19 x 12cm (8vo), in contemp. ¾ dark red calf over red moire-patterned cloth boards w/gilt ruling to covers, black & gilt design & title to spine, marbled ep.s, [i-iv, 1] 2-323 [324-28 blanks] pp.  Printed in London by the publishers.  Inscribed "Mary Parton from Lony Lane" to fr. pastedown; also signed by the latter in pencil to fr. pastedown & titlepage.  Binding Good (extremities bumped & worn, & cloth a bit bubbled); contents Very Good (1st 14 leaves sl. creased).  Bulloch 709, Sadleir 1479, Wolff 4296a, Shaberman 8.  (Inv. #961)  C$1,250

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), PHANTASTES: A FAERIE ROMANCE FOR MEN AND WOMEN (London: Arthur C. Fifield, 1905).  First edition thus, first state (w/the 2nd "3" dropped from p.313), 20 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's navy bead-grain cloth w/gilt ruling & title to fr. cover & gilt title to spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 320 [xiii] pp. w/frontis & 32 b&w illustrations by Hughes.  Printed by Ballantyne & Co. Ltd., London.  Inscribed to fr. ep.: "In gratitude to Gladys from Elspeth, August 5. 1908."  Binding Very Good (spine sl. darkened, & a few marks to cloth); contents Near-Fine.  Bulloch 710, Reid 279, Fredeman 93.47, Colbeck 7, Shaberman pp.12-13.  (Inv. #502)  C$150

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), PHANTASTES: A FAERIE ROMANCE FOR MEN AND WOMEN (London: Arthur C. Fifield, 1905).  First edition thus, second state, 20 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's navy bead-grain cloth w/gilt ruling & title to fr. cover & spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 320 [xiii] pp. w/frontis & 32 b&w illustrations by Hughes.  Printed by Ballantyne & Co. Ltd., London.  Binding Very Good (spine gilt sl. faded, fr. hinge mended, & lt. browning to ep.s); contents Near-Fine.  Bulloch 710, Reid 279, Fredeman 93.47, Colbeck 7, Shaberman pp.12-13.  (Inv. #1220)  C$100

MacDonald, George, "THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE", and Jules Verne, "HECTOR SERVADAC. OR, THE CAREER OF A COMET" (London: Strahan & Co. Ltd., n.d. [1878], published in Strahan's Boy's & Girl's Annual, aka Good Things: A Picturesque Magazine for Boys and Girls).  First edition, 23.5 x 18cm (large 8vo), in publisher's dark red morocco-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine, embossed borders & central device to rear, chocolate ep.s, 384 (viii) & 384 pp. (paginated in 2 parts) w/4 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes for "Curdie," 80 wood engravings by C. Laplante after Paul Philippoteaux for "Hector," & frontis & 66 wood engravings after other artists.  Printed in Southwark by McCorquodale & Co., this is the 9th & final vol. in the series & contains the Jan.-Dec. 1877 monthly issues amp; features the complete 1st printings of MacDonald's sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin" & the 1st English translation of Verne's story.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "Maude Mary Jones on her birthday, 1879."  Binding Very Good (expertly rebacked w/the original spine laid down & hinges mended, rear cover moderately soiled, & edges of ep.s mended); contents Very Good (mended tear to bottom of p.379 [part II]).  Bulloch 714, Shaberman 40(xv).  (Inv. #1032)  C$1,200

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN (London: Blackie & Son, 1888 [1887]).  First Blackie edition, 18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark teal linen w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine (embossed borders to rear), burgundy ep.s, 313 (vi) pp. w/30 in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes, +frontis by H. Petherick, & 32pp. publ. cat. to rear.  With the bookseller's ticket of Cole's to fr. pastedown; also inscr. "Katie, With love from Uncle and Aunt Kate: Hmas 1896" to recto of frontis leaf.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, a couple of vertical ripples to spine, & hinges mended); contents Very Good (infrequent lt. stains).  Shaberman p.48.  (Inv. #1199)  C$200

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN (London: Blackie & Son Ltd., n.d. [ca.1916]).  18.5 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's burgundy linen w/embossed design to fr. cover & gilt title to spine, cream ep.s, 308 pp. w/colour frontis by Florence Mary Anderson & 30 in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes.  Printed in Glasgow by the publisher.  Binding Very Good (spine a bit sunned, & extremities sl. rubbed); contents Very Good (moderate foxing to outer edges, & 1st few leaves sl. foxed w/only occas. lt. spotting thereafter).  (Inv. #1089)  C$100

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), RANALD BANNERMAN'S BOYHOOD (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1871).  First American edition, 17.5 x 11.5cm (12mo), in publisher's green dotted-line grain cloth w/embossed device & borders to fr. cover (embossed borders only to rear) & gilt decorations & title to spine, bevelled edges, terra-cotta ep.s, 301 pp. w/frontis & numerous full-page plates & chapter-heads, all engraved on wood by the Dalziels after Hughes, +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  With the sig. of L.C. Rogers to fr. pastedown & p.[5].  Despite Shaberman's claim that Routledge of New York issued the 1st US edition, Lippincott was in fact Strahan's US publisher for Good Words for the Young & it is more likely that Lippincott was allowed first publication rights.  Binding Very Good (extremities & covers sl. rubbed, & tiny corner-chip to rear ep.); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. thumbing).  (Inv. #1008)  C$600

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), RANALD BANNERMAN'S BOYHOOD (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1872).  Unstated second Lippincott edition, 18 x 12cm (12mo), in publisher's burgundy sand-grain cloth w/oval gilt decoration & embossed border to fr. cover, embossed border only to rear, gilt decorations & title to spine, russet ep.s, 301 pp. w/frontis & numerous full-page plates & chapter-heads, all engraved on wood by the Dalziels after Hughes, +10pp. publ. cat. to rear.  With the sig. of Caroline N. Dall to recto of 1st blank.  Binding Good (spine faded w/tips worn, small hole to fr. joint, & corners sl. rubbed); contents Near-Fine.  (Inv. #835)  C$100

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), RANALD BANNERMAN'S BOYHOOD (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1874).  Early US edition, 19 x 13cm (12mo), in publisher's emerald sand-grain cloth w/black decorations to fr. cover (embossed to rear) & gilt & black decorations & title to spine, cream ep.s, 302 pp. w/frontis & numerous full-page plates & chapter-heads, all engraved on wood by the Dalziels after Hughes, +32pp. publ. cats. to rear.  Binding Fair (extremities sl. bumped & worn, punch-holes thru spine & at joints, & pastedowns stained & marked); contents Good (continuing punch-holes thru gutters, a few centre sections sl. proud, & occas. thumbing to top edges).  (Inv. #761)  C$50

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), THE SHADOWS, AND LITTLE DAYLIGHT (London: Arthur C. Fifield, 1904).  First edition thus, 16.5 x 10.5cm (8vo), in publisher's beige linen w/gilt title & dark green design by Hughes tp fr. cover, gilt title to spine, t.e.g., cream ep.s, 87 pp. w/titlepage design & 2 full-page illus. by Hughes, +1p. publ. advert to rear.  Vol. III of The Fairy Tales ed. by Greville MacDonald; printed by S. Clarke, Manchester.  With the signature of Hilda Richardson to fr. ep.  Binding Good (cloth somewhat bubbled & soiled); contents Near-Fine.  Bulloch 694, Shaberman p.33 (as dated 1905-06).  (Inv. #512)  C$50

MacDonald, George, and Arthur Hughes (illus.), THE SHADOWS, AND LITTLE DAYLIGHT (London: Arthur C. Fifield, 1904).  First edition thus, 16.5 x 10.5cm (8vo), in publisher's cream card wraps w/yapped edges, brown & green design (by Hughes) to fr. cover, brown title to spine, & brown advert to rear cover, 87 pp. w/titlepage design & 2 full-page illus. by Hughes, +1p. publ. advert to rear.  Volume III of The Fairy Tales, ed. by Greville MacDonald; printed by S. Clarke, Manchester.  Binding Very Good (covers moderately darkened); contents Near-Fine.  Bulloch 694, Shaberman p.33 (as dated 1905-06).  (Inv. #574)  C$50

Wolff, Robert Lee, THE GOLDEN KEY: A STUDY OF THE FICTION OF GEORGE MACDONALD (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1961).  First edition, 20 x 13cm, in publisher's light green linen w/black device to fr. cover & black title to spine, 425 [xii] pp., in decorative dust-jacket.  Dust-jacket Very Good (price-clipped, & sl. edgewear); binding Near-Fine (extremities sl. rubbed); contents Near-Fine.  (Inv. #794)  C$40









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