Featured among our expansive list of curated titles are tomes that have transcended the nomenclature of ‘books’ and present more as time capsules. These rare and used books complete the ethos of Chapter 101 to not just transport the fellow bibliophile into a different era but also to feel at home in revisiting old favorites.
Rarity doesn’t simply mean that something is old and hard to find. A rare book is one that is both desirable, and scarce. A number of factors can affect the scarcity of a book, including printing history, the number of copies printed or sold, the quality of the paper and binding (the more fragile the book, the less likely it will survive in fine condition), any controversy surrounding the book, its popularity (or lack thereof) and its genre.
Here below we have featured just a few of our prized possessions. To browse the entire collection please do visit us.
The Works of William Shakespeare
Edited by Sir Henry Irving and Frank A. Marshall
London: The Gresham Publishing Company, 1922
Seven Volume Set. First Edition post-war. Condition: Good.
Original cloth binding has been laminated for protection, binding is loose from some sections and each volume needs delicate handling. Gilt signature of Shakespeare on the front cover mostly intact. All plates are preserved, pages show minimal foxing from the edges. Some shelving marks along the bottom edge in a few volumes.
Re-issued after the war due to popular demand, the publishers decided to print the volumes as The Henry Irving Shakespeare as they felt the work occupied a unique position as the most complete and scholarly edition in existence at the time. Along with the existing works, there was an introduction specially written by Prof. C.H. Herford to update the text on all investigations on Shakespeare during the thirty years this had fallen out of print.
The Nobel Prize Library
Published under the sponsorship of the Nobel Foundation and The Swedish Academy
New York: Helvetica Press Inc, 1971
Book Condition: Good. Re-jointed and laminated carefully. Light marks on the inner leaf and foxing on pages – all plates in fine condition. Minimal shelf wear.
Each volume contains the work of the Nobel laureates plus critical biographies, presentation speeches, acceptance speeches, and discussion of the rationale for the selections, plus woodblock portraits of the authors.
Included from the original set of 20 are – #6 Rudolf Eucken | Anatole France | John Galsworthy, # 10 Ernest Hemingway | Knut Hamsun | Hermann Hesse, #13 Halldor Laxness | Maurice Maeterlinck | Thomas Mann, #15 Francois Mauriac | Frederic Mistral | Theodor Mommsen, #16 St.-John Perse | Luigi Pirandello | Henrik Pontoppidan | Salvatore Quasimodo, #20 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Rabindranath Tagore | Sigrid Undset | William Butler Yeats.
Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
Commissioned Sardar Jaffrey
Bombay: Hindustani Book Trust, 1958.
First Edition, Fair Condition. Out of Print copy.
This volume is from a special edition with a print run limited to 150 copies. The first 100 of which were printed on Swedish paper and the remaining numbered 50 on Indian offset paper. Of the 150 numbered copies this edition is copy no. 01.
Pages show fading and slight foxing on some edges, all original plates and illustrations are in good condition. Pages need delicate handling but binding remains undamaged.
In post-Partition Bombay (now Mumbai) V. Shankar ICS, Lala Yodhraj and Syed Shahabuddin Dasnavi founded the Hindustani Book Trust to “promote emotional unity between Hindiwallahs and Urduwallahs” and decided to publish great writers of both the languages in Devnagari as well as Urdu script. Mulk Raj Anand and Ali Sardar Jafri were appointed General Editors of this series that produced beautifully designed and aesthetically printed diwans of Mir Taqi ‘Mir’ and Asadullah Khan ‘Ghalib’ as well as a collection of Mira’s songs.
Ali Sardar Jafri prepared the tome as a critical edition and in this, a collection of the Ghazals of Ghalib, prepared detailed introductions to Ghalib’s work. Acutely aware of his genius that was recognised by only a few but mocked by many of his contemporaries, Ghalib craved for the status that was due to him in a hierarchically stratified feudal society. It’s a big irony that after his death in 1869, his poetic reputation as well as popularity has been grown exponentially to an almost cult-like status.
Samuel Johnson, edited by Bliss Perry
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1901
Book Condition: Fine, usual spotting, minimal shelf wear. Pages need careful handling. Binding is slightly loose.
Essays from The Rambler and the Idler, with passages from The Lives of the Poets and Meditations and Other Writings. This is an anthology of essays and writings by Macaulay on Dr. Samuel Johnson and Lord Byron, published after he had already received a certain amount of fame for his essays on Milton.
The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham
Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company Inc., 1953
First Edition, Condition: Good. Two volume set – the binding on both volumes is in fair condition and pages show minimal foxing, with no conceivable fading or shelf marks, a book plate has been added to both volumes. Somerset Maugham is one of the world’s great story tellers. You turn the pages and enter a magical world of fabulous characters. You feel as if you are curled up listening to the delicious, risqué, tales of an old, dear and rather wicked friend. You are transported to the very place, the villa, the street, the bar, the smells and tastes are almost tangible.
The Tales of D.H. Lawrence
London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1934
Second Print Copy, Very Good Condition with minimal fading on pages. Signed by a previous owner.
Lawrence’s opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile. At the time of his death his reputation suffered many blows only somewhat salvaged by the words of E.M. Forester. This volume contains the entirety of D.H. Lawrence’s short fiction work from the Prussian Officer, first published in 1914, to The Man Who Died, posthumously published in 1930. The Stories are presented in chronological sequence.
Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
London: John Murray, 1952
First Edition, Twelfth Reprint. Condition: Good.
Cloth binding has been laminated to protect from shelf wear and damage. Binding is loose and does not stand upright without support. Signature of the author embossed on front cover. Pages are thin and need delicate handling but no fading of text. Slight foxing on the paper edge.
This collected volume brings together all of Holmes’ short format adventures, memoirs, his last bow and the case book.
New York: Alfred Knopf, 1988
First Edition, Signed Copy
Book Condition: Very Good, Jacket has been laminated.
‘S.’ is the story of Sarah P. Worth, a thoroughly modern spiritual seeker who has become enamored of a Hindu mystic called the Arhat. Through letters and tapes she sends to her family and friends, Sarah relates her struggle to reconcile old values with new realities. It is a meditation upon American womanhood, a romance, and a religious comedy.
Iqbal, Poet of the East and Chughtai
24 Plates by Abdur Rahman Chughtai
Lahore: Nissar Art Press, 1968
First Edition. Book Condition: Good
Original plates intact, dust jacket shows minimal signs of wear. Due to the previous ownership the binding and pages need delicate handling.
Issued by Muhammad Chughtai himself, this edition was limited to 275 copies only – included in this book are illustrations by Chughtai most of which were painted by him after 1950 – especially for this work and are not to be found in other books by him. Abdur Rahman Chughtai had the idea to publish a book on Iqbal’s poetry in 1953, but it took him 15 years to carry out this lavish project. It is generally considered the most expensive and lavish project for a book by or about any artist of the sub-continent. Chughtai initially planned to have the entire book printed in England but the printers expressed their inability to address the Urdu text. Finally, the plates were printed overseas while Nissar Art Press in Lahore printed the text under Chughtai’s supervision.