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BOOKS FROM JOHN FOWLES' PERSONAL LIBRARY

Note: the following books come from the personal library of John Fowles, and each bears at least one ownership mark: Fowles' bookplate, his circular blind stamp (John Fowles/Lyme Regis) or his autograph signature.

The Poetical Works of William Congreve
Item #: 372
Price: $80.00
C. Cooke, circa 1800. Very good in half-leather and marbled boards that are a bit rubbed; wear to corners and edges. Price on flyleaf and a few page smudges, otherwise clean and tight. Fowles' magpie bookplate is on the front pastedown.

The Wood-Cart; and Other Tales of the South of France
Item #: 317
Price: $250.00
By Frances Mary Peard (J. and C. Mozley, 1867, 1st edition). Very good plus in green boards with slight shelf wear; interior clean with just a touch of foxing. A scarce title. Fowles' magpie bookplate on front pastedown, and his signature and (rather blotchy) inscription "Given me by Peter Straus...Lyme Regis 1997" on flyleaf. Peter Straus was Fowles' publisher at Picador.

The Devil's Chain
Item #: 318
Price: $250.00
By Edward Jenkins (William Mullan & Son, 1877). Very good in brown boards with fading to lower corner of front and rear board; flyleaf missing. A "lurid story" of the evils of alcoholism. With a long and amusing signed presentation inscription from Fowles on the half title, thanking the intended recipient for a book: "I felt bound to send you something of equal seriouisness, especially as I noticed you had three dry martinis at one of our lunches...". Fowles has also "doctored" the printed dedication and altered one of the illustrations to depict (probably) two of the staff at his American publishers. Perhaps he felt the inscription lacked tact; at any rate, the gift was never given.

Le Fond du Sac Recueil de Contes en Vers
Item #: 373
Price: $100.00
By Felix Francois Nogaret (Chez Lemonnyer, 1879). Fine in brown boards; interior clean and tight with a trace of soiling. Text in French. Fowles' magpie bookplate on second blank page, brief note in his hand laid in, and a couple of margin notations in his hand.

Dramas, Serious and Serio-Comic, for College, Camp and Cabin
Item #: 325
Price: $200.00
Samuel French, 1880. French's acting editions of "Joseph of Egypt," "The Harvest Storm," "The Cross of St. John" and "The Blind Boy" bound together with a general title page. Bound in contemporary dark green quarter morocco with marbled endpapers. Very good with slight wear to boards, ownership stamp at top of title page, and top right corner cut from first two endpapers. Very early Fowles signature: "J.R. Fowles, Poiters, May 1951" on second blank page (Fowles taught at the University of Poitiers in 1950-51).

Polygamy: Or, The Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism
Item #: 321
Price: $150.00
By J.H. Beadle (B.B. Russell, 1882, 1st edition). Very good in green and gilt boards with some wear at the spine ends and corners. Hinges slightly tender, with interior clean and unmarked save for a touch of foxing. Fowles' blindstamp at top of first two blank pages. A scarce book.

Natural Selection and Tropical Nature; Essays on Descriptive and Theoretical Biology.
Item #: 320
Price: $200.00
By Alfred Russel Wallace (Macmillan and Co., 1891). Very good in slightly rubbed green cloth with faint remnant of numbers on spine; interior mostly clean with small number crossed out at top of half-title and a bit of foxing to endpapers. Fowles' magpie bookplate on flyleaf. The first one-volume edition of two works first published in 1879 and 1878 respectively, with a preface and two entirely new chapters: "The Antiquity of Man in North America" and "The Debt of Science to Darwin."

The History Teacherís Miscellany
Item #: 377
Price: $90.00
By N.W. Saunders (Goose & Sons, 1922, 1st edition). Near-fine in half-calf and marbled boards with slight shelf wear; interior clean with marbled endpapers. Fowles' magpie bookplate on the front pastedown.

Forty Years in a Moorland Parish
Item #: 375
Price: $80.00
By Rev. J.C. Atkinson (Macmillan, 1923). Near-fine in maroon boards with small closed tear at the base of the spine. Fowles' magpie bookplate on the front pastedown and a few paragraphs highlighted in his hand.

The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall
Item #: 333
Price: $75.00
By Thomas Hardy (Macmillan, London, 1923). Near-fine with a touch of shelf wear and a bit of offsetting to endpapers. Fowles' magpie bookplate attached to the flyleaf.

A Century of Creepy Stories
Item #: 305
Price: $100.00
By D.H. Lawrence, J.M. Barrie and various other authors (Hutchinson, 1934), 1st edition. Very good with sunned spine and slight wear to extremities. With Fowles' magpie bookplate on the flyleaf, below which is his typed note tipped in: "A sort of defence, or argument in favour of this exceptionally silly genre. Personally I never had a moment's belief in what we used to call 'ghost' stories. Many of the supreme follies of religion lie not very far from this material."

The Nature of Nature -- John Fowles' Personal Copy
Item #: 352
Price: $250.00
Yolla Bolly Press (1995). One of 250 copies in heavy paper wraps, as new. Fowles' essay on nature, science and the meaning of life. John Fowles' Personal Copy, with his blind stamp at the top corner of the flyleaf.

The Nature of Nature + The Tree
Item #: 351
Price: $1,000.00
The Yolla Bolly Press (1995), 1st edition. John Fowles' personal copy with his blind stamp at the top corner of the flyleaf. One of 150 copies bound in Belgian linen and SIGNED BY BOTH FOWLES and artist Aaron Johnson, and stating "Author's Copy" above their signatures. This combines two of Fowles' most famous essays with eight original woodcuts by Johnson, along with a new preface by Fowles. In very fine condition, housed in a fine slipcase (as issued). A beautiful one-of-a-kind item from Fowles' own library.

Catching the Light: Remembering Wallace Stegner
Item #: 312
Price: $200.00
Edited by Page and Mary Stegner (Stanford University, 1996), 1st edition. Fine in a near-fine slipcase with a tiny ink mark to the spine; one of 300 copies, this copy noted 'OS' (out of series) on the colophon. A tribute to Stegner by fellow writers, environmentalists and family members, with contributers including Ivan Doig, Wendell Berry, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Barry Lopez. Fowles' blindstamp at top corner of second blank page.

Dorset Bedside Book -- A Collection of Prose and Poetry
Item #: 353
Price: $75.00
By Desmond Hawkins (Dovecote Press, 1996, 1st edition). Very fine in stiff card wraps, with John Fowles' blind stamp to the top corner of the flyleaf.

Twentieth Century Literature -- John Fowles Issue
Item #: 308
Price: $100.00
(Hofstra University, 1996). Fine soft-bound scholarly journal with several essays on Fowles work, an interview of Fowles, two poems by Fowles and his essay Behind the Magus. Fowles' blindstamp at the top corner of the title page.