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cover of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP

THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP

by CHARLES DICKENS

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Published
1980
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This is a pristine copy of the much-loved Charles Dickens novel, The Old Curiosity Shop, first published in 1840. It is the Leisure Circle Library (Penguin) edition, produced in West Germany. Burgundy boards with silver lettering and design on the cover and spine. 720 pages, including all of the original illustrations. It has never been opened. It is absolutely pristine. Lovely book.
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cover of MONSIGNOR QUIXOTE

MONSIGNOR QUIXOTE

by GRAHAM GREENE

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Published
1982
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Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780919630253
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This is a stated first edition of Monsignor Quixote, the 1982 novel by the British author Graham Greene. It is his take on Don Quixote, and is about Communism, dictatorship and the Catholic religion (he was a fervent Catholic). 232 pages. It does not appear to have been read, or even opened.It is in mint condition.
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cover of KIM

KIM

by RUDYARD KIPLING

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Published
1958
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This is a lovely copy of Kim, the famous novel by the Nobel Prize-winning English author Rudyard Kipling. It was first published in 1900. It takes place during the Great Game, or the British wars in India. Kim is an Irish orphan who becomes a spy. This book, a book club edition, is hunter green boards with a gold design… Read more
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cover of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

by JONATHAN SWIFT

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Published
1947
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Near Fine
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Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, poet, cleric and Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. His most famous works are Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal and A Tale of a Tub. He is still regarded as the foremost prose satirist in the English language and his deadpan style caused the term 'Swiftian' to be embedded in… Read more
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cover of OLD MORTALITY

OLD MORTALITY

by SIR WALTER SCOTT

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Published
1916
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Good+
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This is a copy of Sir Walter's Scott's Old Mortality, one of the Waverley novels first published in 1816. This one deals with the period of the Covenanters, featuring their victory at Loudoun Hill and their defeat at Bothwell Bridge, both in June 1679. A final section is set in 1689 at the time of the royalist… Read more
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cover of THE ANTIQUARY

THE ANTIQUARY

by SIR WALTER SCOTT

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Published
1940
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Very Good
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This an antique copy of The Antiquary, written by Sir Walter Scott in 1816. The title character is an amateur historian, archaeologist and collector of items of dubious antiquity. It was Scott's own favourite of his novels, and is one of his most critically well-regarded works. It is undated; I'm guessing it's from the 20s or 30s.… Read more
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cover of A TREASURY OF GREAT POEMS, ENGLISH & AMERICAN

A TREASURY OF GREAT POEMS, ENGLISH & AMERICAN

by Louis Untermeyer

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Published
1949
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Very Good+
Edition
2nd Printing
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This is a stated second printed of the first edition of A Treasury of Great Poems English and American from the Foundations of the English Spirit to the Outstanding Poetry of Our Own Time with Lives of the Poets and Historical Settings Selected and Integrated by Louis Untermeyer. Untermeyer (1885-1977) was an American poet, critic… Read more
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cover of MARMION

MARMION

by SIR WALTER SCOTT

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Published
1841
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Very Good+
Edition
First
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Beginning in 1835, the Fleet Street (London) publisher Tilt and Bogue (Charles Tilt) began publishing Tilt's Miniature Classic Library. Altogether, 50 titles were published, all classics of English Literature. All of the books are the same: 2 3/4" wide and 4 1/4" high. The covers are embossed with gold, the spines are embossed with gold,… Read more
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cover of THE LOST WORLD

THE LOST WORLD

by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

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Published
2004
Condition
Near Fine
Edition
First Good Reads Series
ISBN
9781403709851
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The Lost World is a science fiction novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). It was originally published serially in the Strand Magazine, in 1912, and the character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. It is about an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals still survive. The novel also describes… Read more
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cover of GALLIONS REACH

GALLIONS REACH

by H.M Tomlinson

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Published
1955
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Near Fine
Edition
4th impression
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Between 1947 and 1968, the English publisher Rupert Hart-Davis published The Mariner's Library. The library is 47 'salt-water' books, all related to sailing, adventure and exploration. Most are true stories. I have 21 left, which I have posted individually. You can find them all under 'Maritime, Ships, Boats.' If you'd like more than one at a reduced… Read more
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cover of RUMPOLE

RUMPOLE

by JOHN MORTIMER

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Published
1994
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Fine
Edition
First
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This is a pristine copy of Rumpole, a collection of 10 stories chosen by their author, the British barrister John Mortimer (1923-2009). Most people are familiar with the hugely popular series Rumpole of the Bailey, which ran on the BBC from 1975 to 1980 and in which Rumpole was so brilliantly portrayed by Leo McKern. Horace Rumpole… Read more
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cover of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

by Charles Dickens

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Published
1982
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Near Fine
Edition
First, 1st Printing
ISBN
9780773720084
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This is a large-format copy of Charles Dickens' classic Nicholas Nickleby, first published in 1839. In 1980, The Royal Shakespeare Company staged a production of this book, the production was staged in London, Yorkshire and Portsmouth, and it was filmed for the BBC. In 1982, Toronto's Stoddart Publishing gathered the cast lists and still photos… Read more
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cover of THE MOOR'S LAST SIGH

THE MOOR'S LAST SIGH

by SALMAN RUSHDIE

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Published
1995
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Near Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780394281223
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The Moor's Last Sigh tells the family history of Moraes Zogoiby, known as 'the Moor'. He is the last survivor of a family descended from the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (ca. 1469-1524), who sailed to India in search of spice and whose offspring grew rich in shipping it to the West. It is set in the… Read more
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cover of VIRGINIA WOOLF

VIRGINIA WOOLF

by JAMES KING

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Published
1994
Condition
Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780241130636
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This is a first edition (UK) of Virginia Woolf, the seminal biography by James Kingof the great English writer. Virginia Woolf was one of the foremost writers of the 20th century, yet this biography is the first to fully explore the relationship between her troubled life and her novels, essays, book reviews, letters, and diaries. It's 700 pages,… Read more
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cover of KIM

KIM

by RUDYARD KIPLING

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Published
1951
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Fine
Edition
Library Edition (not ex-Library)
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This is a very nice copy of Kim, the classic tale by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1901. It is set in the imperialistic world; a masculine world dominated by travel, trade and adventure, and strict divisions between white and non-white. It is about the relationship between Kim, a white man born in India, and an… Read more
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cover of THE INVISIBLE ENEMY

THE INVISIBLE ENEMY

by Various

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Published
1989
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Near Fine
Edition
First, 1st Printing
ISBN
9781555971182
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This is a stated first printing of The Invisible Enemy: Alcoholism and the Modern Short Story, published in 1989. It's a trade paperback--it was not published in hardcover. It is 15 short stories, by famous authors, about or involving alcoholism. It is broken down into sections: Family, Children, Progressions, Delusions and Trying to Stop. See contents… Read more
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cover of JOSEPH CONRAD: FIVE COMPLETE NOVELS

JOSEPH CONRAD: FIVE COMPLETE NOVELS

by JOSEPH CONRAD

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Published
1979
Condition
Near Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780905712406
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This is a first US edition of five complete novels of the British writer Joseph Conrad (1857-1924). The title of one of the books is considered offensive; it was published in 1897 and is now commonly referred to as 'The Narcissus'. The other novels in this book are Lord Jim (1900), Typhoon (1902), Nostromo (1904) and… Read more
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cover of THE COLLECTED RUDYARD KIPLING, ILLUSTRATED

THE COLLECTED RUDYARD KIPLING, ILLUSTRATED

by RUDYARD KIPLING

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Published
1982
Condition
Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780517347980
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This is a first edition of The Collected Rudyard Kipling, Illustrated, published by Avenel in 1982. It is 1000 pages, and includes his best-known works: Captains Courageous, Kim, The Jungle Books, Just So Stories for Little Children, Puck of Pook's Hill, Stalky & Co., and Plain Tales from the Hills. It then adds 11 short stories. See photo… Read more
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cover of JASSY

JASSY

by NORAH LOFTS

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Published
1945
Condition
Very Good+
Edition
First US
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This is a first edition of Jassy, the 10th novel by the prolific English writer Norah Lofts (1904-1983). The book was published in the UK in 1944 and in Canada and the US in 1945. This is one of the first US copies. Lofts is now considered to be one of the most under-rated writers of… Read more
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cover of HANDY ANDY: A TALE OF IRISH LIFE

HANDY ANDY: A TALE OF IRISH LIFE

by SAMUEL LOVER

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Published
1954
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Very Good+
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This is a vintage copy of Handy Andy: A Tale of Irish Life, written in 1841 by the Irish novelist, composer, painter and songwriter Samuel Lover (1797-1868). It centers around Andy Rooney, a fellow who has the knack of doing everything the wrong way. It is a hilarious farce regarded as a way to "purge melancholy".… Read more
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