original jackets

The Phantom of the Opera. Gaston Leroux. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1911). First American edition, first printing, in original first issue variant dust jacket.

“I tore off my mask so as not to lose one of her tears… and she did not run away!…and she did not die!… She remained alive, weeping over me, weeping with me. We cried together! I have tasted all the happiness the world can offer.”

The Cat and the Curate, A Phenomenal Experience. Charles Gilson. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1934. First edition. Original dust jacket.

Fantasy novel of a reverend whose Persian cat “was strong on Sex Appeal. She was palpably feminine; she used her paw like lipstick, she was modern in every way - independent, selfish, amorous, affected, she frequently stayed out all night. Change Susan [the cat] into a gorgeously voluptuous reincarnation of a Persian lady of sprightly morals.”

The Sphinx. Oscar Wilde. Published by John Lane. Printed at the Ballantyne Press. London and New York, 1910. First edition Original pictorial boards designed by Charles Ricketts, publisher’s dust jacket with same Ricketts design.

“In a dim corner of my room for longer than
my fancy thinks
A beautiful and silent Sphinx has watched me
through the shifting gloom.

Inviolate and immobile she does not rise she
does not stir
For silver moons are naught to her and naught
to her the suns that reel…”