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Books:English Literature:Classics From ZH BOOKS


The Poetical Works of John Milton with a Sketch of His Life

By Milton, John

New York: Hurst & Co., 1890. Hardcover. Uniform edition, n.d. (ca 1890); 5 x 7 1/2; pp. [5], 6-562, [2]; brown cloth over boards; lavish gilt and black decorations; few small rubbed spots to tips of spine and corners, else wonderfully preserved; illustrated with portrait frontis and plates; all edges gilt; pages ruled in red; very good or better. A handsome edition of Milton's works including "Paradise Lost," "Paradise Regained," "Samson Agonistes," etc.


The Prince and the Pauper. A Tale for Young People of All Ages

By Twain, Mark

Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1882. Hardcover. First American edition, first issue with the Franklin imprint on the copyright page and uncorrected text on pp. 124, 263, 362 ('estate' not 'state,'do not' instead of 'do,' 'reigned' not 'reined' respectively); 7 x 9; pp. [10], 11-411, [3]; half morocco and marbled boards; marbled endpapers and page edges; five raised bands and gilt title and rosettes on spine; illustrated with 192 engravings; some wear and rubbing to edges of boards and corners; occasional spots - mostly to margins and not affecting text and illustrations; thin closed cut to lower margin of first free page at hinge; overall in very good- condition. Though title page lists the publication year as 1882, Twain's historical tale was actually published in December 1881 after the London and the Montreal editions. It was made available in several bindings of various prices, including green cloth, full sheep, half calf, and half morocco. All the leather-bound copies have become much scarcer than the cloth-bound ones.


Thais [First English edition limited to 500 copies]

By France, Anatole

London: Charles Carrington, 1901. Softcover. First English edition (limited to 500 copies on Van Gelder handmade paper); 5 3/4" x 9"; pp. [3], vi-x, [5], 4-304; original publisher's plain wraps with affixed paper label to spine with clear protective cover; age-toning along margins; paper on head and tail of spine brittle with a closed cut to tail; label with a small chip; spots of foxing scattered throughout; engraved vignettes at beginning of chapters; very good-. Considered one of Anatole France's best works, it is based on events in the life of Saint Thais of Egypt.


Quo Vadis. A Narrative of the Time of Nero

By Sienkiewicz, Henryk

Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1899. Hardcover. Very Good. Early edition; 5" x 7 3/4"; pp. [16], 1-541, (1-10) publisher's list, [8]; original embossed red boards; gilt title; minor wear to covers; spine slightly faded; small closed cut to tail of spine; engraved portrait frontis; illustrations from paintings and photographs; very good. The famous tale of love between a young Christian woman and Marcus Vinicius, a Roman patrician. 'Quo Vadis" translated from Latin means "Where are you going?" referring to the apocryphal Acts of Peter, in which Peter flees Rome, meets Jesus on his way and asks him why he is going to Rome.


Faust, A Tragedy

By Goethe. Charles T. Brooks (translator)

Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1857. Hardcover. Good. Stated second edition of the translation. A handsome copy of Goethe's "greatest long poem of modern European literature." Condition: Good - marbled boards and 3/4 leather; 4 raised bands to spine and gilt title; marbled page edges; beautiful engraved frontis; pages clean and bright; front gutter cracked at upper part; some wear along edges; covers clean.


Los Miserables/ 2 vol.

By Hugo, Victor

Ram, 1933. Soft cover. Good. 2 volumes. An unusual Spanish oversize-paperback edition - First Ed. in this format. Original pictorial wraps; text in two columns. Condition: Good - pages and covers slightly darkened with age, spine worn, head and tail chipped, pages and binding tight; vol. II has a small chip off edge of front cover. Overall in good shape, bright and clean. Gift inscription and a name stamp to first free page.



By Omar Khaiiam

Moskva: Russkii Raritet, 2005. Hardcover. Fine. First edition thus; 3" x 4"; pp. [4], 5-239, [1]; original blue leather boards with pictorial DJ; gilt title to front cover; gift inscription to previous owner on first free page; very minor wear to edges of DJ, else fine. Limited to 5000 copies. A beautiful mini- edition of Persian philosopher and poet Omar Khayy


Fame and Sorrow

By Balzac, Honore de

Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1892. Hardcover. Very Good. Subtitled: "With Colonel Chabert, The Atheist's Mass, La Grande Breteche, The Purse, and La Grenadiere." Early American edition; 8vo; pp. [8], 1-338, [6] publisher's advertisements; original red boards; gilt title to spine; several small spots and scratches to boards; spine slightly faded with minor wear to head and tail of spine; very faint marginal age-darkening to page edges. The stories in this collection are part of Balzac's influential series "The Human Comedy," in which he gives a fascinating account of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon.


The Abbot/ Vol. I

By Scott, Sir Walter

M. Carey & Son, Philadelphia, 1820. Hardcover. Good. First US Edition, published the same year as the first Edinburgh edition. Vol. I of 2. Condition: Good - full leather with gilt decorations to spine and black & gold title to spine; corners rubbed; leather on spine worn; pages clean, but uniformly darkened with age; two faded signatures to free page.