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Northern Georgia Sketches

by HARBEN, WIll N [William Nathaniel]

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1900
Edition
First Edition
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$60.00

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Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1900. First Edition. Hardcover. Harben's sixth and best-remembered work, a collection of short stories set in the hill country of North Georgia. Harben, the son of a Georgia abolitionist and a great-nephew of Daniel Boone, wrote sympathetically (if paternalistically) of southern African-Americans, poor white farmers, and sharecroppers alike, drawing on his real-life experiences as a shopkeeper… Read more
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$60.00
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A New England Nun and Other Stories

by WILKINS, Mary E[leanor] [Freeman]

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1891
Edition
First Edition
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$125.00

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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1891. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing. 12mo; gilt-decorated blue cloth boards with cameo inset on front cover; iv,[1]-468,[8]pp. Endpapers and text block edges faintly freckled; text fresh; a quite clean and attractive copy, quite Near Fine. Ink ownership signature of an "M.A. Mixter" dated 1891, plus one later (1926) by a Mixter descendant to… Read more
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$125.00
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The Rise of Silas Lapham

by HOWELLS, William D[ean]

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1885
Edition
First Edition
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$175.00

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Boston: Ticknor, 1885. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing. Earliest state of ads; battered type to last line on p.176, which has been cited by some as a point of issue, but is dismissed by Blanck. Small octavo (19.5cm); publisher's tan cloth with gilt titles and ornaments in black on spine and front cover; [1]-515pp. A straight, attractive copy with… Read more
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$175.00
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A Social Highwayman

by TRAIN, Elizabeth Phipps

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1896
Edition
First Edition
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$25.00

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Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing. 12mo; pictorial tan buckram; 196pp. Some external soiling; contents tight and clean. A serviceable, Good or better copy. Social satire surrounding the activities of a professional thief and confidence man who succeeds in penetrating -- and bilking -- the higher echelons of New York society. Issued in the publisher's popular… Read more
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Archive of Correspondence to and from J.R. Lamour [aka Yves Malartic]

by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] SINCLAIR, Upton

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
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$6,500.00

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V.p.: 1946-47. Excellent archive of original correspondence dating from Sinclair's productive wartime and post-War period, during which he produced the monumental, eleven-volume Lanny Budd series of novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dragon's Teeth. The correspondence appears to have been struck up by Lamour in late 1945 (those letters not present here), seeking rights to translate and… Read more
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$6,500.00
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The Mills of Mammon

by BROWER, James H.

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1909
Edition
Second Edition
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$175.00

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Joliet, IL: P.H. Murray & Company, 1909. Second Edition. Hardcover. Described by Rideout as sounding like "500 pages of Harold Bell Wright on a soapbox," Brower's work was a direct attack on the moral and cultural depredations of capitalism. This copy retains the rare printed dustwrapper, which we have encountered only once previously. HANNA 468. RIDEOUT p.293. Octavo (20cm);… Read more
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$175.00
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Ruth and Marie. A Fascinating Story of the Nineteenth Century

by BAUDER, Emma Pow

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
(1895)
Edition
First Edition
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$100.00

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Chicago: American Bible House, (1895). First Edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. Publisher's blue cloth boards, lettered in black; floral endpapers; [6],364,(3)pp; illus. Small ownership label and a circular blank sticker to front endpapers, else a tight, Near Fine copy in the original publisher's cloth. Romance set against the background of a labor strike in San Francisco. The strikers are portrayed… Read more
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$100.00
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Whither

by [WOMEN] POWELL, Dawn

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1925
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$15,000.00

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Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Attractive copy of Powell's first novel, an autobiographical work, recounting the story of an idealistic Midwestern girl who moves to New York, aspiring to be a playwright. She settles into a boarding house for women, surrounded by a cast of characters who are perpetually out of money, deeply concerned with… Read more
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$15,000.00
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A Buried Treasure [Signed by Author]

by ROBERTS, Elizabeth Madox

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1931
Edition
First, Limited Edition
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$125.00

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New York: The Viking Press, 1931. First, Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 200 signed, hand-numbered copies (this being no. 8). Octavo (22.5cm); medium green boards, stamped in gilt, in unprinted glassine dustwrapper and slipcase; TEG; 3-296pp. Fine copy in slightly chipped glassine and original publisher's slipcase, lightly worn at spine ends; Very Good. Humorous moral tale concerning the… Read more
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New York: G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830. First Edition. Hardcover. Collection of three novellas set in New York City with humorously applicable morals laid out in the preface addressed "To the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the Ancient City of Gotham" (pp. [iii]-ix). AMERICAN IMPRINTS 2961; BAL 15712; SABIN 59194; WRIGHT I 1998.… Read more
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$225.00
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Spring Song, and Other Stories

by CARY, Joyce

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1960
Edition
First American Edition
Item Price
$30.00

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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1960. First American Edition. Octavo (21 cm); one quarter light green cloth, with darker green coated cloth sides, in green pictorial dustwrapper; 9-285pp. Dustwrapper spine tanned, heel and crown chipped; mild handling wear, soiling and toning, rubbing to extremities; inner flap price-clipped. Textblock slightly yellowing at margins; ownership signature on ffep, bookseller's plate on… Read more
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Georgie May

by [RADICAL, PROLETARIAN, & SOCIAL LITERATURE] BODENHEIM, Maxwell

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1928
Edition
First Edition
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$450.00

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New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Hard-boiled novel by the sometime vagrant novelist Maxwell Bodenheim, following the fate of Georgie May, a "vicious, sullen cocotte" living in an unnamed city in Arkansas. The work was published on the heals of Bodenheim and Liveright's obscenity trial for the former's earlier novel "Replenishing Jessica" (1925), advertised on the… Read more
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$450.00
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Young Malcolm

by BLAKE, George

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1927 [but 1926]
Edition
First American Edition
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$150.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1927 [but 1926]. First American Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial dust jacket; [8],335pp. Short closed tear with faint creasing to bottom half inch of upper flap fold, a hint of dust-soil to rear panel, else Fine in a Very Good, quite nicely preserved jacket. Near-forgotten novel by the Scottish author,… Read more
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$150.00
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The Little Dark Man and Other Russian Sketches

by POOLE, Ernest

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1925
Edition
First Edition
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$50.00

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New York: Macmillan Company, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's cloth in orange pictorial price-clipped dust jacket printed in red and black; 141pp. Mild toning to outer jacket panels, a hint of foxing to bottom textblock edge, else a Near Fine copy in Very Good jacket. Collection of short stories set in the years following the Russian Revolution… Read more
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Image of a Society

by FULLER, Roy

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
[1957]
Edition
First American Edition
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$30.00

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New York: Macmillan Company, [1957]. First American Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's simulated cloth in pictorial dust jacket; 239pp. Jacket spine panel slightly toned, a hint of dust-soil to rear panel and top textblock edge, else Near Fine. Satirical novel depicting the power struggles within the upper management of a local Buildling Society, a love triangle thrown in for… Read more
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Green Bondage

by OGILVIE, Frances

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1931
Edition
First Edition
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$250.00

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New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. First novel by this Kentucky author, a saga of Kentucky tobacco country with events inspired by the Black Patch Tobacco Wars of the early 1900's. Nobably uncommon, especially in dustwrapper. HANNA 2699. First Printing. Octavo (20cm); dark blue-green cloth, with titles stamped in light green on spine and front cover;… Read more
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Broad and Alien Is the World

by ALEGRÍA, Ciro; Harriet de Onís, trans

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
[1941]
Edition
First American Edition
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$25.00

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New York: Farrar & Rinehart, [1941]. First American Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (22cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial dust jacket, black topstain; [6],434pp. Minor chipping to jacket extremities, small hole to upper panel touching one letter, gift inscription to front free endpaper, else Very Good overall. One of the Peruvian author's most widely translated works, awarded the Latin American Prize Novel… Read more
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Doctor Thorne

by TROLLOPE, Anthony

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1858
Edition
First American Edition
Item Price
$450.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1858. First American Edition. Octavo (20cm); greyish brown cloth, decoratively blind-stamped, gilt title on spine; iv, 520+[8]pp. Cloth faded along margins and spine; spine lolled, gilt dulled; moderate rubbing, soil and wear; small gouge to rear leading edge. Large ex libris on front pastedown with inscription in pen (dated 1947), additional pen marks… Read more
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Night of the Poor

by PROKOSCH, Frederic

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1939
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$40.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Road novel with vaguely homosexual undertones recounting adolescent Tom's journey from Wisconsin to Texas during the Great Depression. AUSTEN ("Playing the Game: The Homosexual Novel in America"), p. 80; HANNA 2940. Octavo (21.5cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial price-clipped dust jacket; [8],359pp.; pictorial endpapers. Light shelf wear and tiny chips to… Read more
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A History of the Catchem & Skinem Coduperative and Reciprocal Life Assurance Company

by [AMERICANA] HINE, C.C.

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Lorne Bair Rare Books
Published
1878
Item Price
$150.00

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New York: Insurance Monitor, 1878. Paperback. Octavo (24cm.); bifolium. Previous folds, some wrinkling and short closed tears from handling, else Very Good overall. Scathing critique of reciprocal inter-insurance exchange companies, which are owned by the subscribers rather than shareholders. The text details the machinations of Daniel Cheatem, who, with the help of other unsavory business types, forms Catchem &… Read more
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