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American Authors in Prose and Poetry in Twelve Volumes (Complete)

By Hawthorne, Nathaniel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Longfellow, Henry W.; Bryant, William Cullen; Holmes, Oliver Wendell; Lowell, James Russell; Whittier, John Greenleaf

New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1903. The complete 12-volume set is in Very Good condition. The books are bound in a powder-blue cloth with gilt spine titles. Each book has a single black-and-white frontis illustration. The bindings are tight and the pages are clean without foxing. Volume 11 (Whittier) has some scratch marks on the rear cover. They all show light soiling and light rubbing on spine tips. The first six volumes contain all the major works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. (They include Introductions, such as "The Scarlet Letter" has an Introduction by Julian Hawthorne.) Volumes 7-9 include Emerson's essays, poems, and lectures, plus a biography of him by Richard Garnett. Volume 10 includes the poems of Longfellow and Bryant. Volume 11includes the poems of Holes and Lowell. Volume 12 is devoted to Whittier's poems. . Hard Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Frontispiece Illustrations. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$119.00

Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America -- An Anthology
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Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America -- An Anthology

By Boyd, Herb; Allen, Robert L. (Editors)

New York: Ballantine Books, 1995. This Stated First Edition from March 1995 (and unless it's stated, it's not) has a "number line" ending in a "1" to indicate First Printing. The book is in close to Fine condition, with a close to Fine unclipped dust jacket. (Click on photo.) This monumental anthology traces the history and culture of African American males from slavery to the present through their own writings. There is an appendix in the rear with notes about the hundreds of contributing authors. The book is bound in black boards with a black spine cloth and gilt spine titles. There is a small, pale stain on the top edge, as if someone splattered a drop of wine. This does not affect the books interior at all. The dust jacket has some shelf rubbing along the bottom edge. (Click on photo.) I've placed the dust jacket into an archival, Brodart protective sleeve. The book measures 6 1/4 by 10 1/2 inches and includes 910 pages. Due to the four-pound shipping weight for this heavy volume, shipping costs may be adjusted following order. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$19.99

The Valley of Decision (2 volumes)
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The Valley of Decision (2 volumes)

By Wharton, Edith

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. This is a handsome First Edition, Second State (Manhattan Press), of Edith Wharton's first novel, published February, 1902. It's also her only historical novel, set during the Italian Renaissance, yet contains some of the themes she would explore in her later Society novels. This two-volume set is in very good condition, with burgundy cloth covers and gilt lettering on the spine. There is also top-edge gilt. The side and bottom edges are rough cut. The binding is tight and secure. An exceptional non-acidic paper stock was used, so that the pages are as bright and creamy today as they were over a century ago. The books have some light rubbing at the extremities. Each volume measures 5 1/4 by 7 3/4 inches. Volume I has 343 pages; Volume II, 311 pages. Shipping costs will be adjusted. See photo.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Chap Book.

$83.99

San Francisco Stories
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San Francisco Stories

By Great Writers on the City (San Francisco), including Wolfe, Tom; Mencken, H.L.; Bierce, Ambrose; Thompason, Hunter S.; Toklas, Alice B.; Thomas, Dylan; Kerouac, Jack; Shilts, Randy; London, Jack; Twain, Mark, Trollope, Anthony, et al; Miller, John: Editor

San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1992. This particular copy was given as a complimentary gift by the San Francisco-based publisher. It is in As New, unread condition and comes with the original price-unclipped front and rear flaps. The book includes 28 authors, some with as many as three contributing stories on life in San Francisco, from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the later part of the Twentieth Century. The book measures 6 1/8 by 9 inches and includes 299 pages. . Oversized Soft Cover. As New/ . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$19.99

Where Angels Fear to Tread, Down to the Sea, Wreck of the Titan, Masters of Men (Autograph Edition in 4 volumes)
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Where Angels Fear to Tread, Down to the Sea, Wreck of the Titan, Masters of Men (Autograph Edition in 4 volumes)

By Robertson, Morgan

New York: McClure's Magazine and Metropolitan Magazine, 1912. These four volumes of sea stories and novellas are named the "Autograph Edition" because the first volume, Where Angels Fear to Tread and Other Tales of the Sea contains the following laid-in author's signature and inscription: "With thanks and acknowledgments, I am sincerely yours Morgan Robertson." The books were copyrighted between 1898 and 1912. A chilling example of art predicting the future, The Wreck of the Titan was a short novel, originally entitled Futility and first published in 1898. This story features an enormous British passenger liner called the SS Titan, which, deemed to be unsinkable, carries an insufficient number of lifeboats. On a voyage in the month of April, the Titan hits an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic, resulting in the loss of almost everyone on board. The book was published fourteen years before the actual Titanic hit an iceberg on the night of April 15, 1912 and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Like the Titanic, the Titan was trying to break the speed record. The four volumes are bound in a deep red cloth, with spine darkening even though the gilt titles are still easily readable, as well as some cover soiling. There's a blindstamped vignette of a shp on the front panel. The books measure 5 1/4 by 7 3/4 inches with 248 pages in each volume but one, which only runs 243 pages. . Signed by Author. First Edtion Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$100.00

Short Story Classics American Complete in 5 Volumes
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Short Story Classics American Complete in 5 Volumes

By Hawthorne, Nathaniel; Harris, Joel Chandler; Bierce, Ambrose; London, Jack; James, Henry; Poe, Edgar Allen; Deland, Margaret; Tarkington, Booth; Stockton, Frank; Henry, O.; Harte, Bret;

New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1905. This handsome set of American short stories contains work by prominent 19th Century authors, many of whom, like Booth Tarkington, still had many years of productivity before them in the new century. These books include both title and author indexes in the fifth volume. The pages are consecutively numbered for a total of 1758 pages. The five books are bound in an olive-green cloth with top-edge green stain, and checkered black and gilt borders on front panels and spines. The books have light rubbing at the extremities and some spine darkening. The interiors are clean and bright, with solid hinges. The books includes frontis and other photographic portraits of various writers, such as Henry James or Bret Harte, with facsimile signatures. Each book measures 5 3/4 by 8 1/4 inches. Extra postage will be required for this set, based on weight. . Hard Cover. Very Good+/No Dust Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$69.99

By Nightfall
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By Nightfall

By Cunningham, Michael

New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2010. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours and A Home at the End of the World strikes another homerun with this novel about a SoHo art dealer, his editor wife, and her younger look-alike brother. The book is in Fine, Brand New condition, with a Fine, Brand New dust jacket. I've placed the dust jacket into an archival Brodart protective sleeve. The book is bound in brown covered boards with die-stamped silver spine titles. The book measures 5 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches and includes 238 pages.. Stated First Edition. Hard Cover. Brand New/Brand New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.99

Feast Day of Fools: A Novel
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Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

By Burke, James Lee

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. In this allegorical novel of Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, the author deals with such current issues as immigration, energy, relgious freedom, and the return of a deranged serial killer known as Preacher Jack. The book is a Stated First Edition and includes a "number line" starting with a "1" to indicate First Printing. The book is bound in purple boards with a black spine and die-stamped gilt spine titles. The book measures 6 1/2 by 9 5/8 inches and includes 463 pages. I've placed the dust jacket into an archival Brodart protective sleeve.. Stated First Edition. Hard Cover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.99

Back When We Were Grownups
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Back When We Were Grownups

By Tyler, Anne

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. This Seventh Printing from August, 2001 is in New, unread condition, with a New dust jacket. In Anne Tyler's 15th published novel, a middle-aged woman, feeling dislocated from her current life as the matriarch of a large extended family, struggles to retrieve her identity. This new, unread book is bound in deep blue boards with a burgundy spine and die-stamped gilt titles. I've placed the dust jacket into an archival Brodart protective spine. The book measures 6 5/8 by 9 5/8 inches and includes 274 pages.. Hard Cover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.99

A Man without a Country
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A Man without a Country

By Vonnegut, Kurt

New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005. This Fourth Printing is in New, unread condition, with a New dust jacket. I've placed the dust jacket into an archival Brodart protective sleeve. Vonnegut provides an hilariously funny but always razor-sharp look at life in today's America. The book is bound in mottled ivory paper-covered board with die-stamped metallic blue spine titles. The book measures 5 7/8 by 8 1/2 inches and includes 146 pages. . Hard Cover. New/New. Illus. by Kurt Vonnegut. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.99

The Sea Wolf
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The Sea Wolf

By London, Jack

Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest, 1989. This complete, unedited and handsome edition of Jack London's ultimate sea adventure first published in 1904 was a best-seller in its day and helped cement the author's literary career. His other favorite, "The Call of the Wild," had been published to worldwide acclaim the preceding year. The book is in As New condition and includes the publisher's insert. It is bound in light blue cloth with a deep blue leatherette spine, die-stamped gilt spine titles and front panel titles in white and red, as well as a vignette drawing of a ship on the front panel. It includes illustrations throughout by the original period illustrator W.J. Aylward and an Afterword by John L. Cobbs. The book measures 6 1/4 by 9 3/8 inches and includes 304 pages. . Hard Cover. As New/No Dust Jacket, as Issued. Illus. by W.J. Aylward. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.99

Trust Me: Short Stories by John Updike
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Trust Me: Short Stories by John Updike

By Updike, John

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. This Stated First Edition (and, unless it's stated, it's not) is in Fine condition with a Fine price-unclipped dust-jacket. As the title suggests, the theme of trust, either betrayed or fulfilled, runs though this collection of 22 short stories by Updike. The book is bound in sky blue-covered boards with a deeper blue cloth spine and die-stamped gilt and silver titles. The book measures 5 5/8 by 8 1/8 inches and includes 302 pages. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.99

Discourses in America
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Discourses in America

By Arnold, Matthew

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902. This book includes three discourses delivered to American audiences by the British poet Matthew Arnold and includes an explanatory Preface by the author. The essays include Numbers, or The Majority and the Remnant; Literature and Science; and Emerson. The book is in Very Good condition. It is bound in a burgundy cloth, with some lightly bumped corners and light rubbing at the spine tips. The book has die-stamped gilt spine titles. The pages are clean and bright. The rough-cut pages are securely bound, although a bit stiff. The book measures 5 1/4 by 7 3/8 inches and includes 207 pages.. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$12.99

Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

By Silverstein, Shel

New York: HarperCollins, 1974. Although the book's copyright date is 1974, we can conclude that this is a later reprint since HarperCollins didn't use that publishing name until 1990. The book is in Fine condition with a Fine, price-unclipped dust jacket. I've placed the dust jacket into an archival Brodart protective sleeve. The book is bound in a light brown cloth, with Silverstein's signature die-stamped into the front panel and deep brown spine titles. This clean, bright copy of one of Silverstein's favorite works of combined poetry and drawings is ideal for children and young-at- heart adults of all ages. The book measures 7 1/8 by 9 inches and includes 166 pages, with Index. . Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Shel Silverstein. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.99

The Annals of America
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The Annals of America

By Adler, Mortimer J.; Van Doren, Charles, et al, Editors

Chicago: The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1976. This handsome, complete 20-volume set is in Fine condition. Most volumes appear to be unread. It also includes an oversized Near-Fine paperback, Introduction. This Introduction volume also contains the Contents of all 20 volumes and an Index of Authors and Sources. The Encyclopedia Britannica published this edition in 1976, just in time for America's Bicentennial celebration. Each book is bound in blue leatherette with "The Annals of America" blindstamped on the front panel, with gilt titles and borders on the spine (click on photo). The Introduction makes clear that this set is composed of a documentary rather than a narrative history. (If you're aware of the current textbook controversy, you will know that today's history books are often written by those with a strong political bias. However, these annals supply independent readers with the actual first-hand narratives themselves, thus allowing readers to come to their own conclusions and to make their own interpretations.) The more than 1,000 authors were living and breathing recorders of their own remarkable times, starting with Christopher Columbus' "Discovery of the New World," which he wrote in 1493. The books include drawings, paintings, photographs, and maps throughout. Each volume measures 6 ½ by 9 ½ inches. Page numbering varies, generally running between 500 to 700 pages per volume. Due to the 48-pound weight, books will be shipped in two separate boxes. Domestic Media Mail shipping costs should come to around $28.00. (NOTE: International buyers should email me in advance of ordering, since shipping costs may be quite costly.) . Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket as Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$339.00

They Whisper
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They Whisper

By Butler, Robert Olen

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1994. This Stated First Edition with a "number line" ending in a "2" to indicate Second Printing is in As New unread condition with an As New dust jacket. The Pulitizer Prize winning author explores the life of a seemingly ordinary middle-age man whose rich sexual imagination lies just beneath the surface but remains a primal force in the man's secret, erotically charged existence. The book is bound in black paper-covered boards with a burgundy spine and die-stamped silver spine titles. The book measures 6 1/4 by 9 1/4 inches and includes 333 pages. . Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$4.99

The Hills Beyond
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The Hills Beyond

By Wolfe, Thomas

New York: Plume, 1982. The Hills Beyond was Thomas Wolfe's last great novel, published posthumously. (Wolfe died at age 37 due to pneumonia.) The novel traces the life of a vital Southern family over three centuries. This oversized paperback book is a Stated First Printing from Plume with the appropriate "number line" starting with a "1". There is light edge rubbing and a corner crease. The binding is tight and secure with no break or crease in the spine. The text pages have some age toning. The book measures 5 3/8 by 8 1/8 inches and include 304 pages.. First Edition Thus. Oversized Soft Cover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.99

Dark Symphony: Negro Literature in America
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Dark Symphony: Negro Literature in America

By Emanuel, James A.; Gross, Theodore L. (Editors)

New York: The Free Press, 1969. This Third Printing oversized soft cover from June, 1969, is in Near Fine condition and does not appear to have been read. This is very minimal edge wear and corner curl (as shown in photo). The book features writing from Frederick Douglass, Charles Waddell Chesnutt, Paul Laurence Dunbar, W.E.B.Dubois, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Arna Bontemps, LeRois Jones, and many more. The pages are clean, bright, and sparkling throughout. This exceptional anthology includes a Bibliography and Index. The book measures 5 1/8 by 8 1/4 inches and includes 604 pages.. Oversized Soft Cover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.99

The Old Dog Barks Backwards
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The Old Dog Barks Backwards

By Nash, Ogden

Little, Brown, and Company, 1972. This collection of Ogden Nash's poems, published posthumously, includes many poems that first appeared in various magazines of the period. The book is an oversized paperback in its original wraps (click on photo). The covers show some light rubbing at the spine tips and light foxing. The binding is secure, and the pages are clean, white, and sparkling throughout. The humorous drawings by Robert Binks are a delight and nicely complement the text. There are around 75+ poems represented. The book measures 5 1/8 by 7 5/8 inches and includes 129 pages.. . Oversized Soft Cover. Very Good+. Illus. by Robert Binks. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$6.99

Proteus: A Journal of Ideas: Vampires, Parasites and Invaders in Nature and Society
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Proteus: A Journal of Ideas: Vampires, Parasites and Invaders in Nature and Society

By Harris, Charlaine, et al.

Shippensburg, PA: Shippensburg University, 2009. This issue of Shippensburg University's literary magazine, Proteus, is from the Fall, 2009, Volume 26.2, and features the title article by Charlaine Harris, as well as ten other authors' literary articles throughout on the subject of vampires and psychic vampires, plus other supernatural parasites and invaders, real or fictional. The article is filled with the author's usual wit: "Most of the bloodsuckers I write about are of the group 'vampirus eurotrashius', or former humans turned vampire who had their origin in Europe...." Ms. Harris signed this copy when she spoke at Shippensburg on this topic on March 24, 2010. The magazine measures 7 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches and includes 60 pages, with black-and-white illustrations throughout of parasites in the insect or animal kingdom. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Oversized Soft Cover Magazine. New. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$39.99

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