1. Title: Stories and Sermons.
Author: Brady, Buckskin
Publisher: William Briggs, Canada, First Canadian edition. 1905.
Green cloth Covers. Faded gilt print on the Front Cover. The Spine at the top has nicer, mostly unblemished gilt printing while the bottom is almost like new, with the exception of the "S" in Briggs.
Water spotting lightened the colour on the Front and Back Covers with the Back Cover about 4/5th's lighter as it probably was in contact with water the most. The Front Cover has a photo insert of the Author.
Original colour light beige paper. 135 pages. Contains: Black-and-white photos.
In General: The interior of the Front and Back Covers plus the first pages at either end have light grey colour bleed. Some water indenting is on the pages giving them a humped look. The pages are still flexible, though. There's an 1/8" separation between pages 16-17 and other small separations usually, but not always where photos are located.
As the book's stitched everything's still intact. Re gluing the Spine would solve all of this but it would have to be done from where the separations are as the binding is intact, with no tears. There's a small bit of ink bleed on various pages, but not all, except for where photos are located.
The first one at the front of the book has transferred mostly to the onion skin which protected it. Together, though, the picture is reasonably clear.The second photo is faint, but about 75% good. The third photo is mostly gone with the picture transferred to the opposite page. The fourth photo has about a 3" piece at the middle which is partially missing in spots. Again, most of it transferred to the opposite page.
The fifth, sixth and seventh photos are about the same as the fourth. After this the photos are not too bad although there's light fading, here-and-there. (Black ink from the photos transferred to the opposite pages
Story: Brady was a Cowboy who decided to preach the Word. This is one of only two First Edition copies I've been able to locate. The other one (from a diff. Dealer) is leather bound, boxed, and goes for close to $2000. Because of water damage this damaged listed copy has to sell for considerably less.
There are modern, cheaper Editions, of course. This listed Brigg's edition is a very scarce First Edition Title.
A Base Price has been established for this book. Anything below it will not be entered as a bid. Postage and shipping are extra, of course. The book has been adequately described so be certain it's what you want as there's a 10% restocking fee deducted from your bid if you return it.
2. Title: 3 Tales of Horror.
Author: Lovecraft, H.P.
Publisher: Arkham House
This is the First Edition Arkham printing. 134 pages. Contains many illustrations by Coyer. Black Covers with dulled gold print on the Spine. With Dust Jacket. There are around 1250 copies which were printed. This should be considerably less now, with the usual destruction over the years.
Condition is Poor.
Now: The catch.
This was originally in my personal Mint, almost complete collection of Arkham House books. I got careless, put it on the floor, and some fool ran water on it. The Covers are water blistered. About 12 pages have stuck together and all the book's pages are water rippled.
I went through the book to see if I could rescue it as this is a very scarce Title from Arkham, but couldn't do much with the remaining stuck pages without a lot of tearing at the edges.
So the book is up for auction. I know what it's worth, and it's a pretty dollar, I'll tell you. If you think you want a water damaged Arkham in your collection and think you can figure out how to steam open, or otherwise, the stuck pages, then make an offer.
The catch. It has to be a reasonable offer. The book, damaged as it is, is not going for some ridiculously low price. It's a scarce book, even damaged as it is.
Make a reasonably decent offer and I will consider it. Why "consider"? Because I no longer have the copy in my collection and I only needed around 5-6 books to complete it as the others, such as House on the Borderland, et al, I already have.
Eventually, I suppose before I transfer over to the next Dimension of living I'll sell my own Arkhams, but, for now, I like to look at them and sort of gloat a bit over possession.
So. The book's listed. Remember. A genuinely decent offer, not some cheap skate sort of thing as I won't even bother replying to you then as I have no use for this sort of thing.