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The Rise of Silas Lapham.
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The Rise of Silas Lapham.

By William Dean Howells.

New York, NY Penguin Books, 1983. Paperback Reprint of the hardcover edition published by Indiana University Press in 1971. First Edition Thus (1983), not directly stated, but implied by the lack of subsequent printings noted (as would have been Penguin's customary practice). The Original Edition was published in 1885. Very Good+ to Near Fine in Wraps: shows only a hint of wear to the extremities; a tiny tear at the outside edge of the rear panel has been carefully repaired with clear cellophane tape; mild rubbing and faint soiling to the white areas of the background field of the panels; three pages dog-eared at the upper corner tip; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean; the text pages have tanned slightly, due to aging; else flawless, if no longer "fresh". Free of any creases to the covers. Free of creases to the backstrip. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. A handsome close to like-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing mild wear and minor, unobtrusive flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.75 x 5.15 x 0.75 inches). xxx, 368 pages. Edited with an Introduction by Kermit Vanderbilt. Language: English. Weight: 9.5 ounces. Reprint of the hardcover edition published by Indiana University Press in 1971. First Edition Thus (1983), not directly stated, but implied by the lack of subsequent printings noted (as would have been Penguin's customary practice). The Original Edition was published in 1885. Penguin American Library Series. Trade Paperback.

$4.70

The Rise of Silas Lapham.

By William Dean Howells.

New York, NY Random House: Vintage Books. Library of America Series. , 1991. Paperback First Edition Thus (1991), so stated; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. The Original Edition was published in 1885. First Edition Thus (1991), so stated; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only mild rubbing to the panels and a hint of shelf soiling to the bottom edge of the text pages; else flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of any creases to the covers. Free of creases to the backstrip. Free of any creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. A handsome very nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing the mildest wear and a minor, unobtrusive flaw. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches). xx, 354 pages. Edited with an Introduction by Kermit Vanderbilt. Language: English. Weight: 9.5 ounces. Library of America Series. The Original Edition was published in 1885. Trade Paperback.

$9.41

The Wayward Bus.

By John Steinbeck .

New York, NY The Viking Press, 1947. Hardcover First Edition (1947), not directly stated, but implied: no subsequent printings noted. First Edition (1947), not directly stated, but implied: no subsequent printings noted. Very Good+ in Good DJ: The Book shows indications of careful use: light wear to the corner tips of the front panel;; the slightest spine lean; faint foxing and dusting to the top edge; the text pages have tanned slightly; the binding is secure; the text is clean, but a former owner's name and address inscribed at the upper front free endpaper. Free of any creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. A lightly used copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing moderate wear, and possessing some minor flaws. The DJ shows wear to the extremities, with small loss to rubbing; some toning to the white background field of the rear panel; the price ($2.75) has not been clipped; mylar-protected. Shows some war, but remains intact and not unattractive. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.25 x 5.75 x 1.25 inches). 312 pages. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 2.2 ounces. Brown buckram over boards with gilt titles at the front panel and backstrip and an inlaid design at the lower front panel; Hardback with DJ. The Wayward Bus was adapted into a 1957 dramatic film directed by Victor Vicas and starring Jayne Mansfield, Joan Collins, Dan Dailey and Rick Jason.

$19.60

The Confidence-Man: " A Masquerade"

By Herman Melville .

New York, NY Grove Press: Black Cat , 1961. Paperback First Edition Thus [1961], so stated. First Edition Thus [1961], so stated. EX-LIBRARY, showing minimal indications thereof. It does appear that the front endpaper has been removed - and perhaps a half-title page or flyleaf as well, for the text begins with the title page. Else, Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: light wear to extremities; mild rubbing to wrapper covers; a small, faint dampstain at the head of the backstrip; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Clearly, this is a flawed copy, but one that remains structurally sound and tightly bound: a clean, sturdy, presentable reading copy. NOT a Remainder or Book-Club. 12mo. 294 pages. Mass Market Paperback. First published in 1856, eclipsed for 93 years, Hernan Melville's last full-length novel : " A series of parodies, each exploring a another aspect of what is involved when a man risks his confidence, his faith, in someone else.... akin to "Pilgrim's Progress" or "Don Quixote".

$5.29

Pierre or the Ambiguities.

By Herman Melville.

New York, NY Grove Pr: Evergreen, 1957. Paperback First Edition Thus [1957], Ninth Printing. Sparse, Scattered NOTATIONS AND UNDERLINING IN INK. Else, Very Good: shows light wear to extremities; moderate rubbing and scuffing; faint soiling to the white backgroaund field of the rear panel. The binding is square and secure, but shows a few hairline creases to the backstrip. Clearly, this is a flawed copy, but one that remains structurally sound and tightly bound: a sturdy, presentable reading copy. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 505 pages. First Edition Thus [1957], Ninth Printing. Trade Paperback.

$5.88

The Stories of Edith Wharton, Volume 2.

By Edith Wharton.

New York, NY Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. , 1990. Hardcover First Edition Thus, so stated. Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows light shelfwear along the bottom edge of the boards and the lower front corner tip shows the mildest bump; just a hint of sunning to the top and bottom edge of the crimson quarter cloth; the binding shows barely discernible lean, while remaining perfectly secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows the just a hint of wear to the extremities and a very small scuff at the upper rear panel; the price has not been clipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 310pp. Selected, Edited and Introduced by Anita Brookner. First Edition Thus, so stated. Hardback with DJ. Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other literary and public figures, including Theodore Roosevelt.

$7.06

The Complete Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, with Portraits, Illustrations, and Facsimiles in Twenty-Two Volumes [Old Manse Edition].

By Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Boston, MA Houghton Mifflin, 1900. Hardcover Very Good+: all volumes at least Very Good, almost all Very Good+: all show very light wear to the extremities; several volumes show a bit of rubbing toward the heel of the back strip; a couple volumes have been inexpertly "cut", leaving jagged outside edges on a few pages. Volumes I & III show a very faint stain from a drip of water at the backstrip. Else only very minor rubbing or scuffing. Bindings are all square and secure; text clean. Remains a clean, sturdy, and quite presentable set of 22 volumes. 8vo. Crimson cloth over boards with Gilt Titles at Back Strip. Top Edges Gilt. Volumes 14 and 16 Copyright 1904, the rest 1900. No difference in the binding or appearance. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.

$352.80

A Waif of the Plains.
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A Waif of the Plains.

By Bret Harte.

Boston, MA Houghton Mifflin Company: Riverside Press, 1890. Hardcover First Ed, unstated. First Ed, unstated. Very Good: shows light wear to extremities; considerable, but not excessive spine lean; faint darkening and soiling; foxing at endpapers, front and rear; small, but heavy staining at the rear panel. Binding secure; text clean. Despite noted flaws, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable, with bright gilt titles at back-strip. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 18mo. 231pp. Frontis. "By the Same Author" Lists Waif @ $1.00. BAL 7350. Wright III, 2560. Blue decorated publisher's cloth. Titling in gilt with black inlaid designsat back-strip; in black with inlaid designs at front panel. Outside edges stained orange. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. Francis Bret Harte (August 25, 1836[1] – May 5, 1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.

$23.91