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Ruhe und Ordnung: Roman aus dem Leben der Nationalgesinnten Jugend

By OTTWALT, Ernst [pseud. Ernst Gottwalt Nicolas]; John Heartfield, cover design

Berlin: Malik-Verlag, [1929]. First Edition. Hardcover. Novel of the nationalistic fervor of German youth just a few years before the rise of the Third Reich. The author, himself a communist, later fled Nazi Germany for the Soviet Union only to be a victim of the Great Purge, perishing in the Gulag in 1943. First Printing. Octavo (18.5cm.); publisher's cloth in photo-illustrated dust jacket; 306pp. Jacket a bit worn at extremities with short splits to top inches of both spine ends, else Fine in Very Good jacket designed by John Heartfield. Publisher's prospectus for works by F.C. Weiskopf laid in.

$250.00

At Anchor: A Story of Our Civil War
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At Anchor: A Story of Our Civil War

By [CIVIL WAR FICTION] "AN AMERICAN"

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1865. First Edition. Hardcover. Pro-Union novel set in Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Richmond during the Civil War, published shortly after the end of hostilities. WRIGHT II 154. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's plum blind-ruled cloth, gilt-lettered spine; 311pp. Cloth unevenly faded, corners a bit bumped, else Very Good, internally fine.

$125.00

Letters of Peregrine Pickle

By [SOCIAL FICTION - CHICAGO] UPTON, George P.

Chicago: Western News Company, 1869. First Edition. Hardcover. Collection of loosely fictional letters first published in the pages of the "Chicago Tribune," "devoted to matters of gossip and interest in the world of amusement" (p. [v]). CHICAGO ANTE-FIRE IMPRINTS 1594; WRIGHT II 2575. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's green blind-embossed cloth, gilt-lettered spine, olive glazed endpapers; [2],x,340pp. Boards a bit rubbed and spine crown chipped, else Very Good and sound.

$50.00

Later Years
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Later Years

By [RAILROADIANA] [PRIME, William Cowper]

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1854. First Edition. Hardcover. Novelistic sketches in the form of the narrator's journal entries, part of the action set on a journey west from New York City by rail. SABIN 65544; WRIGHT II 1962. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's blue blind-ruled cloth, gilt-lettered spine; xiv,[15]-353pp. Boards a bit rubbed with brief exposure at corners and spine ends, some brief foxing to textblock, else Very Good.

$40.00

Towards the Gulf: A Romance of Louisiana
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Towards the Gulf: A Romance of Louisiana

By [SOCIAL FICTION - NEW ORLEANS] [BUCKNER, Alice Morris]

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Tragic, anonymously-written novel set in New Orleans, an "extended apologia for anti-miscegenation theory" (KASER 66, The New Orleans of Fiction: A Research Guide). Centered around the Morants, a white family, whose son John falls in love with and marries (unknowingly) the daughter of a deceased plantation owner and one of his "octoroon" slaves. As his suspicions increase, the marriage quickly becomes loveless, and his wife commits suicide shortly after giving birth to a son. "Though just a preschooler, John's son is disturbed by his father's scrutiny and unloving attitude. While visiting the Morant plantation, the boy throws himself into a cotton gin so that he can go join his mother in heaven" (Kaser, p.36). WRIGHT III, 758. Octavo (17.5cm); sage green cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in dark green on spine and covers; [7],8-315,[4]pp ads. Scattered dust-soil and faint foxing to text edges, contemporary owners penciled name to front pastedown, else very Near Fine.

$200.00

Pine Valley
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Pine Valley

By [COLORADO] FRANCE, Lewis B.

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, [1897]. [New Edition]. Hardcover. Collection of short stories set among the mining community of Jefferson County, Colorado. Originally published in 1891, this edition includes new stories "His Harvest," "On His Honor," "Finally Recognized," and "'And a Little Child Shall Lead Them.'" WRIGHT III 2004. 12mo (19.5cm.); publisher's green decorative cloth embossed in black and gilt, top edge gilt; [6],138pp.; photographic frontispiece, five leaves of plates. Minor spine lean, else a Near Fine, quite brilliant copy.

$75.00

Sailors' Life and Sailors' Yarns
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Sailors' Life and Sailors' Yarns

By [MARITIME] RINGBOLT, Captain [pseud. John Codman]

New York: C.S. Francis & Co, 1847. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (18cm); publisher's brown pictorial cloth stamped in gilt; 252,[6](ads)pp. Boards rather rubbed with brief exposure at corners and spine edges, spine cocked and ends chipped, a few signatures proud, textblock quite foxed. Good or better overall. Sea captain's collection of short stories set among New England mariners, most of which first appeared in the Boston Journal. WRIGHT I 559.

$150.00

A Voyage To Purilia
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A Voyage To Purilia

By RICE, Elmer [pseud. Elmer L. Reizenstein]

New York: Cosmopolitan Books, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Satire of Hollywood and its cinematic output, the novel set on the planet "Purilia," "where the sky is rosy and misty, the people standardized by type, moving through waves of music, all directed by an impersonal voice, 'The Presence'" (BAIRD 2092). COAN, p. 97; HANNA 2995; NEGLEY 966. First Printing. Octavo (20.5cm); publisher's cloth in green pictorial dust jacket, dark green topstain; [6],297pp. A few small chips and closed tears to jacket extremities, one touching text without loss of meaning, rear jacket panel a bit toned, else a Very Good, sound copy.

$150.00

Ups and Downs in the Life of a Distressed Gentleman
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Ups and Downs in the Life of a Distressed Gentleman

By [SOCIAL FICTION - NEW YORK CITY] [STONE, William Leete]

New York: Leavitt, Lord & Co, 1836. First edition. Hardcover. Stone's anonymously-published satire of New York society. Stone, a prominent journalist and editor of the New York "Daily Advertiser," is perhaps best remembered as one of the great detractors of Edgar Allan Poe, whose writing he characterized in the pages of his paper as "flippant, unjust, untenable and uncritical." Poe had his revenge in "The Southern Literary Messenger," where he reviewed the present work and exposed its authorship: "It is written, we believe, by Col. Stone of the New York Commercial Advertiser, and should have been printed among the quack advertisements, in a spare corner of his paper." SABIN 92154; WRIGHT I 2510. 12mo (19cm.); publisher's cloth-backed boards, printed paper spine label; 225pp. Boards dampstained affecting early leaves of textblock, long shallow strip of biopredation to rear cover fore-edge, textblock a bit shaken in binding. Good to Very Good only. Contemporary pencil ownership inscriptions of a Jane E. Slone of Woodstock, New York, to front free endpaper, with nine coin rubbings (by Slone?) on rear free endpapers.

$125.00

Ten Years of a Lifetime
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Ten Years of a Lifetime

By [SOCIAL FICTION - PHILADELPHIA] HOSMER, Margaret

New York: M. Doolady, 1866. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's green decorative gilt-stamped cloth; 422pp. Some wear at extremities with brief exposure at corners, small white soil spot to upper cover, early 20th-century ex libris to front pastedown, contemporary St. Louis bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown, else Very Good, internally sound. Novel set in an "eastern city" (presumably the author's native Philadelphia), though at the time of publication Hosmer was living in San Francsico, serving as the principal of a public school. WRIGHT II 1277.

$150.00

Asmodeus in New-York
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Asmodeus in New-York

By [LONGCHAMP, Ferdinand?]

New-York: Longchamp & Co, 1868. First English Language Edition. Hardcover. French author's interpretation of living conditions in post-bellum New York City as described by the devil Asmodeus, based on Le Sage's "Lame Devil," who is released from captivity in order to reveal "to the world the mysteries of Spanish society" (p. [9]). Among the aspects of New York life revealed by this version of Asmodeus is to "what cost luxury is obtained," "how tenants may pay their house-rents with little trouble to themselves," the city's "judiciary world and institutions," how "gambling, though prohibited by law, is an ordinary pastime," and "how and where the good people of New-York pass their evenings and spend their money, with little profit to their morals." The author also takes a certain amount of glee in juxtaposing in the same chapter a visit to an insane asylum with a visit to a political club; in another chapter "the reader assists at some religious services, intermixed with dancing and sundry recreations." See Howes 446 for the first (Paris, 1868) edition; SABIN 54097. Small octavo (18.5cm.); publisher's terracotta blind-ruled cloth, gilt-lettered spine, brown glazed endpapers; vii,[8]-378pp. Boards rather scuffed and a bit soiled, corners bumped, else Very Good, internally sound.

$75.00

A Tragedy of Errors
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A Tragedy of Errors

By [PUBLISHERS] MUNSEY, Frank A.; Charles Howard Johnson, illus

New York: Frank A. Munsey & Company, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Autobiographical novel of a Yale graduate's foray into publishing. Munsey himself amassed a fortune publishing newspapers and pulp magazines, most notably the "Golden Argosy" (later renamed the "Argosy Magazine"). WRIGHT III 3883. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's green cloth stamped in darker green, floral endpapers; 444,[3](ads)pp.; frontispiece, 7 leaves of plates. Spine lettering partially effaced, contemporary ex libris accomplished in manuscript to front pastedown, else a Very Good to Near Fine copy, and quite unusual thus.

$50.00

The Minister's Charge, or the Apprenticeship of Lemuel Barker
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The Minister's Charge, or the Apprenticeship of Lemuel Barker

By HOWELLS, William Dean

Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1887. First American Edition. Hardcover. Novel in which the title character leaves his country home for this city, to find his fortune; once there, he finds it difficult to assimilate with the Boston elite. BAL 9627; WRIGHT III, 2822. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); Blanck's binding 1, with spine imprint of Ticknoer & Co.; variant cobalt blue cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in back and gilt on spine and front cover; [vi],464, plus 24pp ads. Spine ends gently nudged, with light dustiness to upper edge of textblock, and some trivial wear to corners; a fresh, Near Fine copy.

$125.00

Sestra Carrie: Román [Sister Carrie]

By [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] DREISER, Theodore; Jaroslav and Karel Krausové, trans

Praha: in, 1931. First Czech Edition. Hardcover. Quite a lovely example of Czech avant-garde photomontage design. Unfortunately, the publisher in would not provide artist attribution in its colophons, though the style is reminiscent of the surrealist book designer "Toyen" (Marie ermínová). OCLC locates one copy of this edition in North America as of February, 2019, at U. Penn. Two volumes (18.5cm.); publisher's cloth in white photo-montaged dust jackets printed in green and brown, black topstains, original card slipcase; 309, 301pp. Tiny chip mid-spine of second volume, a hint of shelf wear, else a Fine, exceptionally fresh set.

$450.00

Finan ník: Román [The Financier]

By [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] DREISER, Theodore; Marta Trojanová, trans

Praha: in, 1932. First Czech Edition. Hardcover. Quite a lovely example of Czech avant-garde photomontage design. Unfortunately, the publisher in would not provide artist attribution in its colophons, though the style is reminiscent of the surrealist book designer "Toyen" (Marie ermínová). No copies in North America according to OCLC as of February, 2019. Two volumes; octavos (18.5cm.); publisher's cloth in white photo-montaged dust jackets printed in red and black, dark blue topstains, in original card slipcase; 311, 319pp. Light shelf wear at top jacket extremities, else a Near Fine, exceptionally fresh set.

$450.00

Salome of the Tenements

By [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] YEZIERSKA, Anzia

New York: Boni and Liveright, 1923. First Edition. Hardcover. First novel by Yezierska (1880-1970), a Jewish-American author who grew up in New York's Lower East Side, after her parents emigrated from Poland around 1890. The novel is centered around the life of Sonya Vrunsky, a Jewish girl from the slums, who marries a millionaire gentile philanthropist. Yezierska based her protagonist on the life of her friend, the immigrant activist Rose Pastor, and her fairytale romance with millionaire socialist Graham Stokes; it also mirrors her own failed relationship with educator John Dewey, whom she met while attending Columbia University. Basis for Sidney Olcott's 1925 film adaptation, starring Jetta Goudal and Godfrey Tearle. Scarce in dustjacket. COAN, p.177; HANNA 3927; SMITH Y-19. First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); pale green cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in black and yellow on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [ii],290,[4]pp. Spine ends gently nudged, hint of sunning to spine, with two small labels to front pastedown and rear endpaper; very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), with some mild rubbing and dust-soil, and several short tears along upper edge; Very Good+.

$2500.00

Little Steel
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Little Steel

By SINCLAIR, Upton

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1938. First edition. Hardcover. Sinclair's last labor novel (per Ahouse), of organized labor and the steel industry. There was a simultaneous (and considerably more common) issue under Sinclair's own imprint. AHOUSE A64a; HANNA 3236; BLAKE p. 265. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial dust jacket signed in image by Robert Graves, maroon topstain; [10],308pp. A few shallow losses to top jacket extremities, most notably at spine crown, minor toning to cloth spine edges and pastedowns, else a Very Good, straight and sound copy.

$125.00

Die Metropole [The Metropolis]
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Die Metropole [The Metropolis]

By SINCLAIR, Upton; John Heartfield, photomontage

Berlin: Malik - Verlag, [1925]. First German Edition. Hardcover. Sinclair's radical novel set among wealthy New York socialites. The cover, depicting an aerial view of that city, designed by John Heartfield. (See "Der Malik-Verlag, 1916 - 1947," p. 252.). First Printing. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's cloth-backed photo-montaged paper-covered boards, gilt-lettered spine; [4],171pp. Light shelf wear, spine very slightly cocked and gilt dulled, minor foxing along top textblock edge, else Very Good or better, albeit lacking dust jacket.

$150.00

Psychoanalysis and Black Novels: Desire and the Protocols of Race
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Psychoanalysis and Black Novels: Desire and the Protocols of Race

By TATE, Claudia

New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. First Edition. Audio cd. Wrapper issue. Octavo (23cm.); publisher's glossy pictorial card wrappers; xvi,238pp. Just About Fine condition.

$30.00

The Bottle Factory Outing
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The Bottle Factory Outing

By BAINBRIDGE, Beryl

New York: George Braziller, 1975. First American Edition. Hardcover. Novel centered around two Englishwomen who work at a bottle factory in London with "a troop of Italian immigrants." First published in the UK by Gerald Duckworth & Co. (1974). Octavo (21.5cm); dark blue paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver on spine; gray topstain; dustjacket; [6],7-219,[4]pp. Fine in a very Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped, with only a bit of trivial wear to extremities.

$25.00

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