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A Biography Of William Cullen Bryant With Extracts From His Private Correspondence V1

By Godwin, Parke

N.P.: Kessinger Publishing, LLC. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo. 423 pages. REPRINT of 1883 edition. Hardcover in green and black glossy paper covered boards. Binding is lightly rubbed, with moderate scuffing. Light soiling to endpapers. Text is clean.


The Tales and Novels of Jean de la Fontaine. Completely Translated into English

By Fontaine, Jea de la

New York: Privately Printed, 1929. Hardcover. Very Good. Octavos. 250; 329 pages. Two volumes. Hardcovers bound in black cloth. The bindings show moderate rubbing and wear. The spines are a little sunned. There is some dull spotting along the edges of the boards. A sound set with secure hinges and clean text. Although the title states Tales and Novels, the text is entirely in verse.


Poetry of Chaucer

By Gardner, John

N. P. : Southern Illinois University Press, 1977. Hardcover. Good/Good. Octavo. 408 pages, indexed. Hardcover in red and white illustrated dust jacket. DJ has edge-wear and small tears. Upper edge of rear cover has a 1 inch tear. Text is clean.


Terrible Tractoration!! A Poetical Petition Against Galvinising Trumpery, and the Perkinistic Institution. In Four CantosMost Respectfully Addressed to the Royal College of Physicians

By Caustic, Christopher; (Thomas Green Fessenden)

New York: Samuel Stansbury, 1804. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Fair. 16mo. 192 pages. Hardcover quarter bound in orange paper, with marbled paper covered boards. Binding is somewhat rubbed. Vertical cracking on the spine, with chipping at headcap/foot of spine. Book has been placed in protective mylar dust jacket covering. Some pencilled notations on front flyleaf. Damping at bottom edge of text block. Text is foxed. Some pages have chipping but text is not affected. The leaf for pages 53-54 is supplied in facsimile. The facsimile is very good and appears on similar but slightly different paper. If you didn't know what to look for, it might pass for the real page, but it is nicely tipped in. ~~ Thomas Green Fessenden (1771-1837) was born in New Hampshire and went to London in 1801 to market some new hydraulic machinery. The venture proved a failure as did some other efforts of engineering enterprises. Fessenden also came to know of Elisha Perkins (1741-1799) an American inventor of the "Perkin Patent Tractors." The Perkin Tractors were a pair of brass and steel rods (which he proffered as unusual metal alloys) which were intended to pass over areas of inflammation and rheumatism and would electrically remove or lessen the physical ailment. The Connecticut Medical Society condemned Perkins, his "tractors" and the process as quackery, although they were gaining in popularity. Perkins claimed 5000 cures as a result of the Tractors, and even George Washington bought a set, an event which was greatly advertised by the sellers. Fessenden, in this book (in poetic form), supported Perkins and his process and derided the medical community for its narrow-mindedness. ~~ The whole case was important, because it led to one of the first blind tests of a medical or health procedure. Perkins died in 1799, and after that, some doctors did a blind test on them, substituting wooden sticks painted to look like bronze and steel. The same number of patients reported relief from the "fake" tractors as the "real" ones, and the report came out showing the importance of the placebo effect in medicines and procedures. ~~ Perkins had tried a number of other cures and treatments which did not work. In the late 1790s he claimed to have found a cure for Yellow Fever. He tested it in New York during the outbreak there in the summer of 1799. Unfortunately, it did not work. Perkins contracted Yellow Fever and died.


Sonnets Mostly On Scripture Themes With a Few Other Poems

By Whittet, Robert

Richmond, Virginia: Whittet and Shepperson, 1900. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo. 324 pages. Hardcover in grey cloth with title in gilt on front cover and spine. Bevelled edges to the binding. The binding has soiling, some scuffing and white spots. Spine is toned. There is a quart inch hole in the cloth on spine near headcap (rear hinge). Some chipping and bumping at headcap. Front and rear flyleaves/pastedowns are foxed. Text is toned, with occasional foxing. A scarce volume of poetry by this Virginia publisher from Richmond. A sound copy. Robert Whittet, Sr. (1829-1908) was born in Scotland and learned printing at an early age. He was in Virginia by the 1850s. He married Jane Aitcheson of Richmond County in 1854. In 1869 he bought a 400 acre plantation near Williamsburg, but this turned out to be a failure for him, and soon he was back in Richmond, plying his old trade. He was part of Whittet and Shepperson, which published this volume of his sonnets. Whittet was also a civic leader and a supporter of the arts and reading. In 1901 Andrew Carnegie offered $100,000 to the city of Richmond to build a public library for the town. This was approved by the City Council, but the city needed to appropriate funds to buy the property and maintain the building. Whittet led the effort to get the city to go along with this, but they would not approve the funds, and the city's public library was not built and opened until the 1920s.


Dublin Days

By Strong, L. A. G.

Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1921. Soft cover. Fair. 12mo. 31 pages. SIGNED Softcover in green wrappers with title on white label pasted to front cover. Binding is worn. Some soiling to rear cover. Foxing to white label pastedown. There is a two inch split at headcap of spine. Text is foxed. Signed by the author on the inside of the front cover along with an inscription to Miss Joan Keigin (?) along with two verses of handwritten poetry beneath the inscription. We're not sure if the poetry has been published, but we can not find another copy of it, and it does not appear printed in this volume. The first line reads, "When I was as high as that." The second stanza mentioned J. M. Synge. Scarce.


Dante Alighieri ou la Poesie Amoureuse ("Dante Alighiere, or the Love of Poetry") Two Volume Set.

By Delecluze, E. J.

Paris: Adolphe Delahays, 1854. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Good. 12mos. 284, 362 pages. The bindings measure about 7 1/2 inches tall by 4 7/8 inches wide. Two volume set. Hardcovers bound in tan mottled paper covered boards. Binding is scuffed, worn down to the boards in places. Chipping at hinges, headcap and foot of spine. Pencilled notations on front pastedown of first volume. Some damping to bottom edge of some pages. Text has some occasional foxing. This is a 2 volume set about Dante and his poetry; it is NOT a collection of the poetry itself. Text is in French.


The Odyssey of Homer: Volume II: Books XIII-XIV (13-24) (Classics)

By Homer; Edited by W. B. Stanford

New York: Macmillan / St. Martin's Press, 1984. Hardcover. Very Good. 16mo. xciv, 453 pages. Hardcover bound in red cloth. Light to moderate wear to the binding. There is a faint red rubbing mark on the fore edge of the text block, but this does not affect the interior. A sound copy with clean text.


The Tapestry Maker [SIGNED]

By Malone, Ted

Winston-Salem, NC: John F Blair, 1971. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 12mo. 82 pages. SIGNED first edition hardcover in green and white dust jacket. Some foxing of the DJ, and toning of the spine.All edges of text block show foxing. Author has written two inscriptions on front flyleaf. Some foxing of text, particularly near gutter.


Homer's Iliad, First Three Books and Selections (GREEK WITH NOTES IN ENGLISH).

By Homer; Edtied by J. R. Sitlington Sterrett

New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: American Book Company, 1907. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Good. 12mo. Variously paginated. Hardcover bound in burgundy cloth. Moderate wear to the binding. A sound copy with secure inner hinges. Text in Greek with notes in English.


Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
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Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

By Angelou, Maya

New York: Random House, 1995. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 16mo. 22 pages. Hardcover with black, pink, and blue illustrated dust jacket. DJ is lightly rubbed. Some scuffing. Prior owner wrote an inscription on the half title page. Text is otherwise clean.


A Commentary On the Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

By Jeffares, A. Norman

Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1970. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 12mo. 563 pages, indexed. Hardcover with a green dust jacket. Light wear to the jacket. The book is fresh and clean. The copyright date is 1968, but the number line on the copyright page ends in 70, indicating a 1970 printing. Tis is NOT a collected edition of Yeats' poems; it is a commentary on his poetry with bits of poetry throughout.


The Poems of Catullus, a Bilingual Edition

By Catullus; Translated by James Michie

New York: Random House, 1969. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 12mo. 239 pages. Hardcover with a tan dust jacket. Some rubbing and wear to the jacket. There is a 1 inch tear and creasing at the top edge of the jacket's rear panel, right at the spine. The book is sound and unmarked. Text is in Latin and English.


Forms of Glory: Structure and Sense in Virgil's Aeneid (Literary structures)

By Hunt, J. William Hunt

Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1973. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo. 123 pages, indexed. Hardcover with a tan dust jacket. A fresh, clean copy.


The Altar and the City: Reading of Virgil's "Aeneid

By Mario A. di Cesare

New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1974. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo. 278 pages, indexed. Hardcover with a yellow dust jacket. A fresh, clean copy.


The Aeneid

By Virgil; Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

New York: Random House, 1983. Soft cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo. 402 pages. Hardcover with a black and grey dust jacket. The jacket shows some wear and has a brief tear and crease at the foot of the spine and another brief tear at the top of the front panel. Possibly a BCE; there is no price on the front inner flap of the jacket. The book itself is sound and clean.


The Aeneid of Virgil: A Verse Translation, Bi-Millennial Edition

By Virgil; Translated by Allen Mandelbaum

Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 1981. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Barry Moser. 8vo. 413 pages. Hardcover with a green dust jacket. Light to moderate wear to the jacket; there is a small nick at the bottom edge of the jacket on the rear panel. A sound copy with clean text. The front of the jacket notes "Bi-Millennial Edition." The number line on the copyright page begins with a 1 and ends with a 0.


The Ghetto and Other Poems

By Ridge, Lola

New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1918. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Good. 12mo. 101 pages. Hardcover bound in tan or burnt sienna boards with title on the front cover in gilt. There is some sunning to the edges of the boards, especially on the fore edge and the top edge of the rear cover. Some dark spotting to the front cover near the bottom corner. The headcap is a little torn. Early owner's signature of Frances Lerman, 1920 on the front flyleaf. Text is toned but clean. Complete with the tipped in errata just before the Table of Contents leaf. Lola Ridge (1873-1941) was born in Dublin but moved to the United States in 1907, living first in San Francisco before settling in Greenwich Village, New York. She was an anarchist poet as well as a feminist, and she edited avant-garde and Marxist publications. This is her scarce first book.


Coleridge's Submerged Politics: The Ancient Mariner and Robinson Crusoe

By Keane, Patrick J.

Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1994. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo. 419 pages, indexed. Hardcover with a black and blue dust jacket. A fresh, clean copy.


Byron's Don Juan, Volume I: The Making of a Masterpiece

By Byron, Lord George Gordon; Truman Guy Steffan

Austin: University of Texas Press, 1957. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo. 397 pages. Hardcover bound in black cloth. Moderate rubbing and wear to the binding. A sound copy with unmarked text. Volume 1 only.


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