3 March 2004
STEPHENS, James (1882-1950). The Hill of Vision. Dublin: Maunsel, 1912. 8° (189 x 125mm). Original half cloth, green half morocco case. FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED WITH ADDITIONAL 4 LINE VERSE TO ONE OF THE POEMS IN AUTHOR'S HAND on half-title. ('James Stephens March 11th XII' on fly-leaf with the poem: 'As by his sister dear a man may stray/So, through the pleasant woods we paced along,/We were not sad together on the way/Farewell, my song --/This verse was left out of the Prelude & Song'.) Bramsbäck 289.
STEPHENS, J. Here are Ladies. London: Macmillan, 1913.
8° (182 x 117mm). (A little staining.) Original green cloth. FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED COPY on front free end paper ('I like the story on page 51 [Three Women who Wept] the best of them: then The Threepenny bit and next The Horses. James Stephens.') Bramsbäck 310.
STEPHENS, J. Etched in Moonlight. London: Macmillan, 1928.
8° (189 x 120mm). Original blue cloth, title and design of trees in moonlight on front cover (in brown), dust-jacket (small tear to top of spine). Provenance: purchased from James F. Drake, 1 June 1938, $15. FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED COPY. Author's autograph on front free end paper, 6 line verse in author's hand on verso of half-title ('Prince! I have paper and a pen!/I'm as good as other men./Here I am, and here I sit/(Let the Muse take note of it)/Ripe and ready for the theme/That is every poet's dream./J.S.'). With CORRECTED GALLEY PROOFS of the first two stories from Etched in Moonlight: Desire and Hunger (without final chapter XII). 12 pages. 2° (384 x 247mm). Extensive corrections in the author's hand including 15 lines added to Hunger Chapter VII, 9 lines to Chapter X; and another FIRST EDITION of Etched in Moonlight. Bramsbäck 320; and The Augustan Books of English Poetry. Byron. Second Series. Number 20. London: Ernest Benn, . Edited by Stephens. PROOF SHEETS (32 pages, Bramsbäck 328). (5)
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