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This is a Mystery [Limited Signed First Edition]

By Pardoe, Geoffrey

London : S.D. Frances, 1940. Hardcover. Limited, signed, first edition [this copy #363 of 2000]; 5 x 7 1/2; pp. 152; brick red cloth over boards with gilt title; beige DJ printed in brown; book with minor rubbing to corners and tips of spine; very good to near fine; jacket with a few small nicks to corners, in about very good condition. Signed by author on limitation page. A progressive work for its time, the book focuses on the subjects of puberty, moralities, economic emancipation of women, birth control, etc.


Roman Days. With a Sketch of Rydberg by Dr. H. A. W. Lindhehn

By Rydberg, Viktor; [Translated by] Clark, Alfred Corning

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1879. Hardcover. First American edition; 5 1/2 x 7 3/4; pp. [9], iv-xxi, [2], 2-332, [2]; original green cloth over boards; embossed gilt decoration and title; two small spots to spine, else minor rubbing to covers, corners, and tips of spine; frontis plate a bit wrinkled along margins, else pages clean and bright; illustrated with numerous fold-out engraved plates; very good to near fine. Viktor Rydberg, a Swedish writer, journalist, and poet, has been described as "Sweden's last Romantic." He was also active in politics, supporting the Peasant's Party in 1870s and advocating for a language reform through elimination of foreign words. The original first edition of 'Roman Days' was published in 1877 after Rydberg's prolonged visit to Italy. The book encompassed series of essays on Italian culture, archaeology, and history with chapters on Peter and Paul, antique statues, the Roman emperors, etc.


Chinese Women: Liberated

By N/A

New York: Far East Reporter / Maud Russell Publisher, 1969. First edition; 5.5 x 8; stapled pictorial wraps illustrated in the Cultural Revolution style; small cut to head of spine; faint creasing; mimeographed text; very good. A compilation of materials benefiting feminists in the United States.


Mimicry as an Art : or Wildlife-calling and Birdsong-whistling for Pastime or Profit ; Harvested Amidst the Mystic Ruins of San Antonio de Padua of the Coastal Sierras of California [Manuscript "Debut-Edition"]

By Aristo van Clespe, Philip, Major

Published by the Author, 1942. First edition; 9 x 12; pp. 1-33 (recto only); original bright red stapled wraps; mimeographed text; few faint spots to covers; minor creasing to upper corners; small rubbed spot to back cover; internally fine; overall very good to near fine condition. A pretty uncommon publication - this the only copy in the trade (few available ones exclusively at institutions). The author - a Major and the Sponsor-Director of several Tropical Research Expeditions in the early 20th century elaborates on the psychology of mimicry and gives lengthy explanations and examples of the different sounds and the precise way of executing them.


Philobiblon, A Treatise on the Love of Books

By De Bury, Richard

Meyer Brothers & Co., 1899. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Limited edition (this copy #84 of 500); 6 1/2 x 9; pp. [7], vi-xxxvi, [3], 2-143, [1]; cloth-backed brown paper over boards; gilt title to spine; deckled page edges; thin closed cuts along spine and a few rubbed spots to corners; internally fine; overall very good. English translation made by John Bellingham Inglis. Richard de Bury, also known as Richard Aungerville (1287 – 1345) was an English writer, Benedictine monk, a bibliophile, and a book collector. His "Philobiblon, originally published in 1473, was his most ambitious work on the love of books and the means and methods of collecting them. It was also the first book to discuss librarianship.


Birth of a Salesman

By Maxwell, James Quillian

The Stein Printing Co., 1950. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Second printing (a month after the first printing); 5 1/2" x 81/2"; pp. [10], 1-154 including text to last page; original blue pebbled boards; gilt title and decorations; minor wear; near fine. Signed by author on first free page. An interesting treatise on salesmanship in the 40s and 50s in the midst of tremendous technological development.