ROTA

[ Presentation copy to fellow bookseller Anthony Rota. ] Remainders | from the Times Literary Supplement 1980-1989.

Author: 
Eric Korn [ (1933-2014), antiquarian bookseller and polymath ] [ Anthony Rota (1932-2009), antiquarian bookseller ]
Publication details: 
Manchester: Carcanet Press Limited. 1989.
£35.00

xi + 213pp., 8vo. In good condition, in like dustwrapper on which Korn is depicted, in characteristic lurid t-shirt, leaning against a shelf of books. Autograph inscription by Korn in blue ink on reverse of half-title: 'A. R. | d. d. | E. K. | "more stimulating than Highlife" - West Drayton Observer.' Beneath this, in pencil in another hand: '1 . xi. 89 | @ 31,000 feet.' For more on this remarkable man, see the obituary by his son Andrew Korn and memoir by Michael Frayn in the Independent, 19 December 2014.

[ Cyril Connolly, literary critic. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'Mr Rota' (bookseller Anthony Rota), with signed copy of his book 'Previous Convictions'.

Author: 
Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), literary critic [ Anthony Rota (1932-2009), antiquarian bookseller ]
Publication details: 
Note on letterhead of the Sunday Times, London; 27 August [ 1969 ]. 'Previous Convictions' published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1963.
£35.00

NOTE: Autograph Note Signed. 1p., 12mo. Lightly stamped with date of receipt, 28 August 1969. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Reads: 'Dear Mr Rota, | I hope & believe this is one you havent got - it needs a touch of ink eraser - | Gratefully, yrs | Cyril Connolly'. At foot of page, in Rota's autograph: 'About exchanging issues of Personal Landscape [i.e. Lawrence Durrell's magazine]'. BOOK: xv + 414pp., 8vo. In good condition in like dustwrapper. Connolly has scored through his name on the title page and written beneath it in blue ink 'Cyril Connolly.'

[ Memorial address, with fulsome inscription from author Ralph W. Yarborough to Anthony Rota. ] Frank Dobie: Man and Friend.

Author: 
Ralph W. Yarborough [ Ralph Webster Yarborough ] (1903-1996), Texan Democratic politician [ J. Frank Dobie [ James Frank Dobie ] (1888-1964); Anthony Rota, London bookseller; Jeff Dykes ]
Publication details: 
'The GREAT WESTERN Series, No. 1 | Potomac Corral, The Westerners | Washington, D.C., November 1967'. Second printing, 1968 (with autograph note by Yarborough stating that it is 'for the Friends of Ralph Yarborough only').
£50.00

[3] + ii + 16pp., 8vo. A very good copy, in cream boards, with title and illustration of ox skull printed in brown on front cover. The address to 'The Potomac Corral of the Westerners' is preceded by a full-page photograph of Dobie and Yarborough and a two-page foreword about Yarborough by Jeff Dykes titled 'Pancho's Friend Ralph'. Signed by Yarborough on the title-page, with the following explanatory note beside the printing information on the reverse of the title-leaf: 'this edition for the Friends of Ralph Yarborough only, and is not offered for sale'.

Collection of 31 original aphorisms by Holbrook Jackson, on slips of paper made up from Typed Letters Signed and essays by American bookseller and journalist Montgomery Evans, on book collecting (Machen, Dunsany) and the transatlantic book trade.

Author: 
Montgomery Evans (1901-1954), American journalist and friend of some of the well-known literary figures of the 1920s [George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948), journalist, author and bibliophile]
Publication details: 
Greenwich, Connecticut; The Salmagundi Club and Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York; Barnet, Hertfordshire. Dating from between 1943 and 1948.
£650.00

The material in this collection is all typewritten, and originally formed part of 4to leaves. It is in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Holbrook Jackson cut it into 31 strips, each roughly 13 x 20.5 cm, and wrote an original aphorism on the blank reverse of each strip.

Keepsake, limited to two hundred copies, with signed illustration of 'L'abbaye en 1368' by Beaudouin.

Author: 
Fernand De Nobele, French bookseller; Josephine Beaudouin (c.1910-2005), French illustrator
Publication details: 
1969; Paris.
£120.00

Beautifully printed bifolium on thick wove paper. Dimensions of leaf roughly thirteen inches by ten; dimensions of illustration roughly nine and a half inches by eight. Tissue guard. Recto of first leaf and verso of second blank. Letterpress on verso of first leaf reads 'Fernand De Nobele, libraire pres St-Germain-des-Pres, vous adresse ses meilleurs voeux pour l'annee 1969. | [L'abbaye en 1368]'. Illustration signed at foot 'Josephine Beaudouin', with the limitation '190/200'. For De Nobele - President of ILAB between 1965 and 1967 - see Anthony Rota's 'Books in the Blood' (2002).

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