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Collected Short Stories.

By E.M. Forster.

Harmondsworth, Middlesex, UK Penguin Books, 1954. Paperback First Edition Thus (1954), Fourth Printing (1963). Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: very light wear to extremities; mild rubbing and considerable soiling to the white areas of white background field of the wrapper covers; the text pages have tanned fairly heavily, due to aging; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of 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 lightly used copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing very mild wear and some cosmetic flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.2 x 4.35 x 0.5 inches). 221 pages. Language: English. Weight: 5 ounces. Penguin Modern Classics Series. First Edition Thus (1954), Fourth Printing (1963). Mass Market Paperback.

$3.53

A Study in Scarlet.

By Arthur Conan Doyle.

London, UK Ward, Lock, and Bowden and Co. , 1891. Leather Bound Third Edition (1891); Second Printing, with Illustrations (1892). Bound in brown leather with five raised bands on the backstrip. All Edges Marbled. Marbled Endpapers. Quarter-Leather with Leather Corner Tips and Marbled Paper Panels.Very Good: shows moderate wear to the extremities, with three corner tips starting to rub through to the underlying board; the lower portion of the front hinge is just starting to split, but doesn't appear to endanger the integrity of the hinge; mild rubbing overall and a small area of scuffing to the lower mid-front panel; the very slightest spine lean; a former owner has placed a quite attractive bookplate overanother previous bookplate at the front pastedown endpaper. The binding remains secure; the text is clean. Free of any creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or any other markings in the text. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing moderate wear and minor flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.5 x 5 x 0.9 inches). 224 pages. Illustrated with Forty black & white illustrations by George Hutchinson. Gilt titles and designs at the backstrip. Bound in brown leather with five raised bands on the backstrip. All Edges Marbled. Marbled Endpapers. Language: English. Weight: 17.7 ounces. Third Edition (1891); Second Printing, with Illustrations (1892). Quarter-Leather with Leather Corner Tips and Marbled Paper Panels. This may be a privately produced leather binding, as we have a matching volume of "The Sign of Four" published by George Newnes. Ltd.

$1225.00

The Sign of Four.

By Arthur Conan Doyle.

London, UK George Newnes, Ltd. , 1892. Leather Bound Bound in brown leather with five raised bands on the backstrip. All Edges Marbled. Marbled Endpapers. Quarter-Leather with Leather Corner Tips and Marbled Paper Panels.Very Good: shows moderate wear to the extremities, with three corner tips starting to rub through to the underlying board; the lower portion of the front hinge is just starting to split, but doesn't appear to endanger the integrity of the hinge; mild rubbing overall and a small area of scuffing to the lower mid-front panel; the very slightest spine lean; a former owner has placed a quite attractive bookplate overanother previous bookplate at the front pastedown endpaper. The binding remains secure; the text is clean. Free of any creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or any other markings in the text. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing moderate wear and minor flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.5 x 5 x 0.9 inches). 224 pages. Illustrated with Forty black & white illustrations by George Hutchinson. Gilt titles and designs at the backstrip. Bound in brown leather with five raised bands on the backstrip. All Edges Marbled. Marbled Endpapers. Language: English. Weight: 17.7 ounces. Third Edition (1891); Second Printing, with Illustrations (1892). Quarter-Leather with Leather Corner Tips and Marbled Paper Panels. This may be a privately produced leather binding, as we have a matching volume of "A Study in Scarlet", published by Ward, Lock, and Bowden and Co.

$1097.60

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

By Laurence Sterne.

New York, NY Oxford University Press, 1983. Paperback First Edition Thus (1983), not directly stated, but implied by lack of subsequent printings cited. The text of course was published between 1759 and 1767. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; very faint toning to the white background field areas of the backstrip and rear panel; the text pages have tanned somewhat, due to aging. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creases to the covers. Free of 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 only unobtrusive cosmetic flaws. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.35 x 4.6 x 1.15 inches). xxix, 595 pages. Language: English. Weight: 12 ounces. Edited and with an Introduction and Notes by Ian Campbell Ross. The World's Classics Series. First Edition Thus (1983), not directly stated, but implied by lack of subsequent printings cited. The text of course was published between 1759 and 1767. Mass Market Paperback.

$7.64

The Spoils of Poynton.

By Henry James.

New York, NY Oxford University Press, 1982. Paperback First Edition Thus (1982), not directly stated, but implied by lack of subsequent printings cited. The text of course was published 1897. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; very faint toning to the white background field areas of the backstrip and rear panel; the text pages have tanned somewhat, due to aging; former bookseller's inventory sticker at the lower rear panel, which does not appear to be able to be easily removed. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creases to the covers. Free of 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 only unobtrusive cosmetic flaws. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.3 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches). xxix, 595 pages. Language: English. Weight: 12 ounces. Edited and with an Introduction and Notes by Ian Campbell Ross. The World's Classics Series. First Edition Thus (1982), not directly stated, but implied by lack of subsequent printings cited. The text of course was published 1897. Mass Market Paperback.

$7.64

Dombey and Son.
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Dombey and Son.

By Charles Dickens.

New York, NY Penguin Audiobooks, 1997. Audio Cassette New: Still in Shrinkwrap. Four Audio Cassette Tapes in crystal clear plastic cases with all liner notes available and the whole housed in a black and clear plastic case. Unopened and Unused. As New: still in publishers original shrinkwrap. Read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged edition by Kati Nicholl. Language: English. Running Time: 7.75 hours. Pen 271. Weight: 9.3 ounces. Penguin Classics Series. Audio Cassette.

$39.20

The Mill on the Floss.
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The Mill on the Floss.

By George Eliot.

New York, NY Penguin Audiobooks, 1997. Audio Cassette New: Still in Shrinkwrap. Four Audio Cassette Tapes in crystal clear plastic cases with all liner notes available and the whole housed in a black and clear plastic case. Unopened and Unused. As New: still in publishers original shrinkwrap. Read by Irene Sutcliffe. Abridged edition by Christopher Venning. Language: English. Running Time: 7.75 hours. Pen 182. Weight: 9.3 ounces. Penguin Classics Series. Audio Cassette.

$39.20

Tales of Wonder.

By Lord Dunsany .

London, UK Elkin Mathews, 1916. Hardcover First Edition, so stated (1916). First Edition, so stated (1916). Very Good: Shows light use. The binding shows slight lean; light wear to extremities, with three of the corners exposing the underlying board or starting to; the top edge of the text block is rather dusted; some smudges to the rear panel and both panels show mild rubbing; toning to the endpapers. The binding remains secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing mild wear and a couple of unobtrusive flaws. A handsome, lightly used copy. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.75 x 5.75 x 1.15 inches). xi, 187 pages. Illustrated with Six delightfully exquisite duotone images by S.H. Sime. Deckle-Fore-Edge. Language: English. Weight: 14 ounces. Taupe quarter cloth boards with blue lettering at the front panel and back-strip. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.

$83.30

The Dickens-Collins Christmas Stories, Comprising "No Thoroughfare" and "The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices"

By Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.

New York, NY John Wurtele Lovell, 1875. Hardcover Very Good: shows moderate wear to the extremities (the lower corner tip of the front panel has worn through to the underlying board; mild rubbing; slight spine lean; the interior hinges have cracked somewhat, but have been repaired by professional, and now hold tightly and open freely; the pages have tanned slightly, due to aging. The text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tighly bound (with some help), showing only light wear and a few minor flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.65 x 5.5 x 1.15 inches). 288 pages. Black & White Frontispiece illustations to both stories. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 4.8 ounces. Rust-toned cloth over boards with gilt and black titles and designs at the front panel and backstrip. Hardback: Decorated Cloth Boards.

$63.70

Victory: An Island Tale.
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Victory: An Island Tale.

By Joseph Conrad.

New York, NY Penguin Books, 1992. Paperback First Edition Thus [1963]; reprinted with Introduction and Notes in 1989; Third Printing Thus. Very Good: Shows some light use: the binding shows fairly heavy lean; just a hint of wear to the extremities and mild rubbing to the panels; a couple of very faint creases to the rear panel. The binding remains secure; the text is clean. Creases at the backstrip. The pages have tanned very slightly, due to aging. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, lightly used copy, structurally sound and tightly bound: would make an attractive reading copy. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (7.15 x 4.35 x 0.8 inches). 410 pages. Edited with an Introduction by Robert Hampson. Language: English. Weight: 7.6 ounces. First Edition Thus [1963]; reprinted with Introduction and Notes in 1989; Third Printing Thus (1992). Mass Market Paperback.

$3.53

Under Western Eyes.

By Joseph Conrad.

New York, NY New Directions Paperbook, 1923. Hardcover First Edition Thus [1958]; so stated. Good+ to Very Good: Shows some light use: the binding shows fairly heavy lean; light wear to the extremities and moderate to heavy rubbing to the panels. The binding remains secure (the binding is sewn); the text is clean. a couple of creases at the backstrip. Former owner's name and address neatly inscribed at the top of the front endpaper. Overall, remains a sturdy, not unattractive reading copy with a clean text. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.15 x 4.25 x 0.95 inches). 382 pages. Introduction by Morton Dauwen Zabel. Language: English. Weight: 10.3 ounces. First Edition as a New Directions Paperbook (Number 69) in 1958; so stated. New Directions published his book as a hardcover with Zabel's Introduction in 1951. Trade Paperback.

$8.23

The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale.

By Oliver Goldsmith.

New York, NY Worthington Company: Aldine Editions, 1887. Hardcover Very Good: shows moderate wear to extremities; mild rubbing and faint soiling to the rear panel; the pages are heavily tanned, due to aging. the lower corner of the front free endpaper is torn away; a single page mid-text has been creased at the upper corner; former owner's name, place, and date (1887) at the front free endpaper. The binding leans slightly, but remains secure; the text is clean. A handsome, lightly-used copy, showing mild wear and several minor flaws. No longer 'As New', but remains clean, sturdy, tightly bound, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library.Large 12mo. (7.5 x 5.25 x 1.2 inches). 252 pages. Gold and Black Tooled Cloth over Boards at the front panel and backstrip with Gold Titles on a Gilt Panel at the upper backstrip. "Illustrated" with duotone designs throughout the text. Language: English. Weight: 17.6 ounces. The publication date has been based on the dated inscription at the front free endpaper, so we surmise the publication date was at least as early as 1887. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.

$24.50

The Portable Elizabethan Reader.

By Hiram Haydn, (Editor).

Penguin Books, 1980. Paperback First Edition Thus (1980), so stated, but this material has been in print in various iterations since 1946 and in paperback since 1955. Very Good+ to Near Fine in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of wear to the extremities; the mildest rubbing to the wrapper covers; two pages appear to have been inadvertently dog-eared at the bottom corner; the binding is ever so slightly concave,but remains square and perfectly secure; the text is clean. The pages have tanned a little, due to aging. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing several very minor flaws. Very close to 'As New'. Doesn't appear to have been read at all. Remains close to 'As New'. 12mo. (7.1 x 4.3 x 1.25 inches). xvi, 688 pages. Language: English. Weight: 15.9 ounces. Viking Portable Library Series. First Edition Thus (1980), so stated, but this material has been in print in various iterations since 1946 and in paperback since 1955. Mass Market Paperback.

$19.60

The Rover: a Story of Napoleonic Times.

By Joseph Conrad.

Garden City, NY Doubleday Page, 1923. Hardcover First Edition [1923]; later printing surmised due to lack of direct statement to the contrary. Good: Shows significant indications of use: the binding shows fairly heavy lean; mild wear to the extremities and mild rubbing to the panels; the titles at the backstrip are dulled, most likely due to rubbing. The binding remains secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. Overall, remains a sturdy, not unattractive reading copy with a clean text. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.65 x 5.15 x 1.2 inches). 286 pages. Blue cloth over boards with gilt titles at the front panel and backstrip. Language: English. Weight: 17.2 ounces. First Edition [1923]; later printing surmised due to lack of direct statement to the contrary. Hardback: Lacks DJ.

$19.60

The Armed Vision: A Study in the Methods of Modern Literary Criticism.

By Stanley Edgar Hyman.

New York, NY Alfred A. Knopf: Borzoi Bks, 1948. Hardcover First Edition [1948]; Second Printing [1952]. Scattered PENCIL MARGINALIA AND SPARSE UNDERLINING IN PENCIL throughout the text. Very Good in Fair DJ: The Book shows indications of careful use: light shelving wear along the bottom edge of the boards; the pages have tanned ever so slightly, due to aging. The binding remains square and quite secure, but the text pages are very slightly cocked within the square boards. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. The DJ shows heavy wear: chip loss; wear to extremities; faint, but pervasive soiling to the white background field of the rear panel; the price has not been clipped; mylar-protected. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.7 x 6.1 x 1.35 inches). xv, 417 pages, plus a 22-page Index. Weight: 1 pound, 7.4 ounces. First Edition [1948]; Second Printing [1952]. Hardback with DJ.

$19.60

Roxana, Or the Fortunate Mistress.
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Roxana, Or the Fortunate Mistress.

By Daniel Defoe .

New York, NY Penguin Books, 1982. Paperback First Edition Thus [1982], Eleventh Printing [1987]. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to the front corner tips; the pages have tanned slightly, due to aging; a very faint hairline crease near the upper front hinge. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 404 pages, plus a small selection of maps pertinent to the story. Edited by David Blewett. Penguin English Library. First Edition Thus [1982], Eleventh Printing [1987]. "Roxana" was first published in 1724. Trade Paperback.

$7.64

CliffsNotes on Joyce's Dubliners (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides).
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CliffsNotes on Joyce's Dubliners (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides).

By Adam Sexton.

New York, NY Wiley , 2003. Paperback First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. Fine in Wraps: binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 76pp. First Edition Thus; First Printing indicated. Trade Paperback. This is a great book for us "senior" students who are late to the works of James Joyce. Very helpful with its glossary of terms and references to Irish and Catholic culture for those who are enrolled in discussion classes.

$3.53

The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams.

By Henry Fielding.

New York, NY Random House: Modern Library, 1939. Hardcover Very Good: shows light wear to extremities;slight spine lean; faint soiling; small, faint stain at crimson-tinted top edge. Binding secure; text clean. Despite noted flaws, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 422pp. Grey cloth over boards with Gilt titles and designs on red field at front panel and backstrip. Introduction by Howard Mumford Jones. Hardback: Lacks DJ. Romping good fun and sharply satirical. Fielding has none of the puritanical prejudices of his contemporary and rival Samuel Richardson. Rather he gives a graphic, humourous and insightful glimpse of eighteenth century rural shenanigans. Joseph Andrews is to some extent a response to Richardson's all-too-wholesome novel Pamela or Virtue Rewarded. Jospeh Andrews is substantial and rewarding, containing the full range both of Fielding's humour and social concerns. Vividly presenting the self-serving cynicism of English society his particular speciality lies in puncturing pomposity by comically abrupt oppositions between what his characters preach and what they practice. Detached, sarcastic and wickedly literate, Fielding somehow manages to mix slapstick with humor, blend eupheimism with innuendo, and mangle anyone - or any type - that he has a grudge against. A novel of the road - if you liked this, you'll want to press on to read Tom Jones.

$4.70