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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

click for a larger image of item #33503, Less Than Nothing - or, The Life and Times of Sterling Finny [NY], [The New Yorker], [1925]. White's first book, a collection of humorous advertisements he wrote anonymously for The New Yorker, showing how subscribing to the magazine could offset one's social shortcomings and enhance one's prestige. Short vignettes, each illustrated with photographs White took of a couple, "Sterling and Flora Finny," embodied by mannequins from Wanamaker's department store. Inscribed by White (as "Sterling Finny") to himself: "To E.B. White/ without whose skill with a camera, untiring desire to make money, and patience, I and Flora would still be in Wanamaker's where we belong. - Sterling Finny." Taped to the verso of the title page is a typed note signed "EBW" and dated August 27, 1967, giving the background on the Finny advertisements and on the book, which was put together by the advertising department as a good-will offering to agents and customers, without Harold Ross's knowledge, and with a prologue and epilogue by John Hanrahan (credited in the book only in pencil, by White). A very scarce publication: OCLC locates only seven copies, none of them signed by the author let alone with a humorous inscription/commentary by him, and an explanation of the book's history. We can find only one appearance at auction listed in the online records we reviewed. A thin, hardbound volume: text block separated from the front board, thus a good copy, now housed in a custom clamshell case. The best possible copy of the scarce first book by the great New Yorker essayist and the author of the classic, Charlotte's Web, among many other books. [#033503] $15,000
click for a larger image of item #33509, The Flowering of New England, 1815-1865 (n.p.), Dutton, 1936. A family association copy, inscribed by E.B. White to his wife: "To my wife Katharine - who flowered right in it./ August 1936." No signature, presumably because none would be needed between the two. Offsetting to endpages, faint edge stain, light general wear; very good, lacking the dust jacket. [#033509] $1,750
click for a larger image of item #33504, One Man's Meat London, Gollancz, 1943. The first British edition of this collection of White's short, inimitable essays -- most from his column in Harper's and a few from The New Yorker. With the ownership signature of Katharine S. White on the front flyleaf. Stained, sunned, and with the spine cloth detaching; a fair copy. Britain had been at war for several years at that point, and the restrictions on wartime publishing dictated that books be produced as cheaply as possible. That this was published at all during the war is a remarkable testament to the British people, and that this copy survived and made it to the U.S. is also remarkable. A unique family association copy -- E. B. White's wife's copy of his book -- from the library of their heirs. A letter of provenance is available. [#033504] $500
click for a larger image of item #33660, Tales of the Pampas NY, Knopf, 1922. Third printing of these short stories of the exotic Argentine wilderness of a half century earlier. From the library of E.B. White with "May 1925 / Elwyn Brooks White" written in pencil in his wife's hand. White would have been 25 at the time. Hudson was a British author and naturalist living in Argentina, who spent his childhood roaming the Pampas studying plant and animal life. He later incorporated this background into his exotic romance novels set in the relatively untamed South American wilderness of the 19th century, of which Green Mansions is the most famous. General handling and rubbing in evidence; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#033660] $200
NY, Harper & Row, (1981). The uncorrected proof of this compilation of pieces, many of them never collected before. White was a longtime writer for The New Yorker, and his intelligent, humane and understated essays helped define that magazine's literary style over more than three decades, setting it apart from the other mass-circulation journals of its time. Fine in wrappers. [#016069] $40
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