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A PRIDE OF SONNETS TOGETHER WITH AN ESSAY ON A SONNET [1951 LIMITED EDITION], Christopher Morley
1 A PRIDE OF SONNETS TOGETHER WITH AN ESSAY ON A SONNET [1951 LIMITED EDITION] Christopher Morley
Madison, New Jersey The Golden Hind Press 1951 Paperback Fine with no dust jacket 
Limited Edition un-numbered. A book of sonnets. Pagination: 30 pages. Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" NOTE: From a considerable collection of works by Christopher Morley that Mr. Kane had assembled, notated in many cases, but not yet cataloged. We believe he intended to ultimately create one or more large collections from this material, which he would offer intact and/or this was a personal collection stemming from his own interest in Morley. Author: Christopher Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank Morley, was a mathematics professor at Haverford College; his mother, Lilian Janet Bird, was a violinist who provided Christopher with much of his later love for literature and poetry. In 1900 the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. In 1906 Christopher entered Haverford College, graduating in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford, for three years on a Rhodes scholarship, studying modern history. In 1913 Morley completed his Oxford studies and moved to New York City, New York. On 14 June 1914, he married Helen Booth Fairchild, with whom he would have four children, including Louise Morley Cochrane. They first lived in Hempstead, and then in Queens Village. They then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in 1920 they made their final move, to a house they called "Green Escape" in Roslyn Estates, New York. They remained there for the rest of his life. In 1936 he built a cabin at the rear of the property (The Knothole) , which he maintained as his writing study from then on. In 1951 Morley suffered a series of strokes, which greatly reduced his voluminous literary output. He died on March 28, 1957, and was buried in the Roslyn Cemetery in Nassau County, New York. After his death, two New York newspapers published his last message to his friends: "Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity." Morley began writing while still in college. He edited The Haverfordian and contributed articles to that college publication. He provided scripts for and acted in the college's drama program. He played on the cricket and soccer teams. In Oxford a volume of his poems, "The Eighth Sin" (1912) , was published. After graduating from Oxford, Morley began his literary career at Doubleday, working as publicist and publisher's reader. In 1917 he got his start as an editor for Ladies' Home Journal (1917-1918) , then as a newspaper reporter and newspaper columnist in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger. Morley's first novel, "Parnassus on Wheels," appeared in 1917. The protagonist, traveling bookseller Roger Mifflin, appeared again in his second novel, "The Haunted Bookshop" in 1919. In 1920 he returned to New York City to write a column (The Bowling Green) for the New York Evening Post. He was one of the founders and a longtime contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A highly gregarious man, he was the mainstay of what he dubbed the "Three Hours for Lunch Club." Out of enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes stories, he helped to found the Baker Street Irregulars and wrote the introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote an introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Works of Shakespeare in 1936, although Morley called it an "Introduction to Yourself as a Reader of Shakespeare." That year, he was appointed to revise and enlarge "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" (11th edition in 1937 and 12th edition in 1948). He was one of the first judges for the Book of the Month Club, serving in that position until the early 1950s. Author of more than 100 novels, books of essays, and volumes of poetry, Morley is probably best known for his 1939 novel "Kitty Foyle," which was made into an Academy Award-winning movie. Another well-known work is "Thunder on the Left" (1925). From 1928 to 1930, Morley co-produced theater productions (dramas) at his theaters in Hoboken, New Jersey, which he had "deemed the last seacoast in Bohemia." For most of his life, he lived in Roslyn Estates, Nassau County, Long Island, commuting to the city on the Long Island Rail Road, about which he wrote affectionately. In 1961, a 98-acre (40-hectare) park was named in his honor on Searingtown Road in Nassau County. This park preserves as a publicly available point of interest his studio, the "Knothole" (which was moved to the site after his death) , along with his furniture and bookcases. (Biography courtesy of Wikipedia). Laid in Christmas gift slip from Rushmore to Barnett. 34854 
Price: 131.55 USD
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CONRAD AND THE REPORTERS, Morley, Christopher
2 CONRAD AND THE REPORTERS Morley, Christopher
N Y Doubleday , Page & Company 1923 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dust jacket 
7 7/8" x 5 1/8”; 63 pages; Frontis photo of conrad and Captain Bone. Green DJ with tears and crease at spine bottom. Book VG with clean contents. 1 of 815 limited edition copies. 34848 
Price: 65.75 USD
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ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT'S THIRD CASE-BOOK: EIGHTEEN SHERLOCKIAN ESSAYS, FOUR QUIZZES, THREE TALES-IN-VERSE, THREE POEMS, TWO LIMERICKS, TWO PASTICHES, A PARODY., Eds; H. B. Williams / J. N. Williamson
3 ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT'S THIRD CASE-BOOK: EIGHTEEN SHERLOCKIAN ESSAYS, FOUR QUIZZES, THREE TALES-IN-VERSE, THREE POEMS, TWO LIMERICKS, TWO PASTICHES, A PARODY. Eds; H. B. Williams / J. N. Williamson
Morristown, New Jersey Baker Street Irregulars c1953 First Edition Spiral bound Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
[16], 200, [1] [1] pages; Sherlockiana Essays Poems Quizzes Christopher Morley Introduction. Ashley b209. Width: 6.5" Height: 8.75". In original clear plastic dust jacket [light rubbing]. With both 'Afterword' and 'Afterword to Afterword' one page each. NOTE: From a considerable collection of works by Christopher Morley that Mr. Kane had assembled, notated in many cases, but not yet cataloged. We believe he intended to ultimately create one or more large collections from this material, which he would offer intact and/or this was a personal collection stemming from his own interest in Morley.. 34864 
Price: 220.90 USD
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PENROD AND SAM [SIGNED WITH INSERT], Booth Tarkington
4 PENROD AND SAM [SIGNED WITH INSERT] Booth Tarkington
Garden City, New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1916 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Pagination: 356 pagesWidth: 5.5" Height: 7.75". Green cloth with moderate wear, hinges lightly cracked. Kane notes that this is a 1st, early printing. Ist/1st was Oct 27, 1916 and this is dated Nov 21 1916. With special tipped in insert by the Yale Club signed by Christopher Morley and Booth Tarkington only author to win Pulitzer more than once, others being Faulkner and Updike. A number of other attendees [luminaries? ], signed also. Not listed in either Tarkington or Morley bibliographies. No other copies located. With Sequel to Tarkington's 1914 work, "Penrod," and focuses more on the relationship between the main character of the previous book, Penrod Schofield, and his best friend, Sam Williams. More of Penrod's adventures appear in the final book of the series "Penrod Jashber" (1929). The three books were published together in one volume, "Penrod: His Complete Story" in 1931. There has been only one copy sold and that by Swann Galleries in 1993. "FIRST EDITION, in the first binding. This copy with a special tipped-in printed leaf headed “Part Author or Sumpthing” announcing a meeting of the In-Or-In, held at the Yale Club on November 24, 1916, in honor of Booth Tarkington. Below the printed text are 14 signatures including: Booth Tarkington, Christopher Morley, F. W. And Russell Doubleday (the book’s publisher) , Alexander Grosset, and others. This meeting took place about six weeks after publication." Since my copy is not a first printing but was printed Nov 21 of 1916 it is different from the above copy but still made it's appearance with in the 6 week time frame between the 1st/1st and the meeting. These appear to be original. They are on heavy non-porous paper whcih may account for there being no beleed-through althouigh the ink does extend out along the surface fibers. Also the copy sold at Swann's had 14 signatures but this has only 12 so they are not facsimiles. The signatures are genuine and original. I will offer a cert with a guarantee if you wish. Provenance- Kane's Morley archive. ; Signed by Author 34860 
Price: 465.30 USD
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THE ARROW, Morley, Christopher
5 THE ARROW Morley, Christopher
Garden City Doubleday, Page & Company 1927 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
6.875"; 85 pages; So-stated 1st/1ST. A 'malicious' fantasy of the effects of a sea voyage on a young man. Loses tot he DJ along the top edge. Gifted to GFB from WMW. NOTE: From a considerable collection of works by Christopher Morley that Mr. Kane had assembled, notated in many cases, but not yet cataloged. We believe he intended to ultimately create one or more large collections from this material, which he would offer intact and/or this was a personal collection stemming from his own interest in Morley.. 34844 
Price: 23.45 USD
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THE BEST POEMS OF 1927 [SIGNED], Ed; Thomas Moult
6 THE BEST POEMS OF 1927 [SIGNED] Ed; Thomas Moult
London Jonathan Cape, Limited 1927 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
7.75"; xiv, 99 pages; Author-signed first edition. Inscription on front flyleaf reads for "For Alfred (illegible name) / with kindest greeting / at Christmas 1927 / Thomas Moult." Poem by Morley appears on page 57. NOTE: From a considerable collection of works by Christopher Morley that Mr. Kane had assembled, notated in many cases, but not yet cataloged. We believe he intended to ultimately create one or more large collections from this material, which he would offer intact and/or this was a personal collection stemming from his own interest in Morley..; Signed by Author 34850 
Price: 188.00 USD
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THUNDER ON THE LEFT [SIGNED], Christopher Morley
7 THUNDER ON THE LEFT [SIGNED] Christopher Morley
Garden City Doubleday, Page & Company 1925 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
7.875; 273 pages; So stated first ed. Flat signed on half title by author. Contetns clean and bright, binding firm. An ominous story of fantasy and grotesque humor. NOTE: From a considerable collection of works by Christopher Morley that Mr. Kane had assembled, notated in many cases, but not yet cataloged. We believe he intended to ultimately create one or more large collections from this material, which he would offer intact and/or this was a personal collection stemming from his own interest in Morley..; Signed by Author 34847 
Price: 466.19 USD
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