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How I Found Livingstone

How I Found Livingstone

by Stanley, Henry M.; Speer, Robert E. (Intro.)

Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1992. Leather bound. Good +. Leather bound. 9" X 6 1/8". xlv, 736pp, plus fold-out map. Bound in full dark blue leather, with boards and spine stamped in gilt. Rather heavy scattered rubbing to silt on boards, with hard bump to top corner of upper board with creasing to board. Slight lean to spine. Rubbing to top edge of text block. All edges gilt. Pale orange silk moire endpapers with gold ribbon placemarker. "Notes from the Archives" laid in. Binding is sound.... Read more
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$60.00
Bards and Blossoms or The Poetry, History, and Associations of Flowers

Bards and Blossoms or The Poetry, History, and Associations of Flowers

by Hulme, F. Edward

London: Marcus Ward & Co, 1877. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First Edition. Hardcover. Bards and Blossoms, published in 1877, presents a beautifully-bound and extravagantly-illustrated union of the lore, poetry, meaning, and history of flowers, as collected by Frederick Edward Hulme (1841-1909). Hulme was an esteemed artist, antiquarian, natural historian, and amateur botanist best known for his nine-volume work Familiar Wild Flowers. This lush study of the beauty, uses, and significance of flowers... Read more
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$195.00
A Treatise on the Membranes in General, and on Different Membranes in Particular

A Treatise on the Membranes in General, and on Different Membranes in Particular

by Bichat, Xavier; Husson, M.; Coffin, John G. (Trans.)

Birmingham, Alabama: The Classics of Medicine Library, Gryphon Editions, 1987. The Classics of Medicine Library. Leather bound. Very good +. The Classics of Medicine Library. Leather bound. 9" X 5 3/8".259pp. Bound in full brown cowhide, with boards and spine stamped in 22kt gilt. Matching brown silk ribbon placemarker. A touch of edgewear to binding with slight lean to spine and faint scratches to gilt at edges of text block, else fine. Binding is firm, tight, and sound. Publisher's bookplate filled... Read more
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$25.00
Holland in Two Volumes [Two Volume Set]

Holland in Two Volumes [Two Volume Set]

by de Amicis, Edmondo; Zimmern, Helen (Trans.)

Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1894. First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very good/very good. First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. 8 1/4" X 5 1/2". 273pp; 275pp, plus near fine fold-out map of The Netherlands printed in blue and black. Both volumes retain their publisher-issued blue cloth dust jackets, with spines lettered in gilt. Moderate edgewear to jackets, with small tears to head and tail of spine and light scattered rubbing. Both volumes bound in publisher's... Read more
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$150.00
Glimpses of Nature [Victorian prize binding]

Glimpses of Nature [Victorian prize binding]

by Wilson, Andrew

London: Chatto & Windus, 1891. Leather bound. Very good +. Leather bound. Bound in handsome full calfskin, this 1891 printing of Glimpses of Nature was originally awarded to a young student for achievement in reading. Glimpses of Nature holds a bevy of reflections on nature, from starfish to spleens, by the naturalist, zoologist, and physiologist Andrew Wilson (1852-1912). Full contents include chapters on Sea-Acorns, The Night Lights of the Sky, Buliders in teh Sand, Oysters, Lobsters, Spiders, Stars... Read more
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$85.00
PAUL GAUGUIN 1848-1903

PAUL GAUGUIN 1848-1903

by ROTOCHAMP, Jean de

Paris: G. Crès et Cie, 1925. Second edition. Leather Bound. Very Good. 8vo. Handsomely rebound in quarter navy leather over marbled boards; red leather label and artist pallette vignette to spine. Striking Art Deco octopus-themed endpapers. Edges speckled. Joints well-rubbed, though sound, with some chipping. Shelfwear to board edges. Very good overall. Second edition (after the limited edition of 1906) of this important, early, and well-researched biography of the painter. 264pp, with eight plates... Read more
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$60.00
In My Lady's Name: Poems of Love and Beauty

In My Lady's Name: Poems of Love and Beauty

by Moulton, Charles Wells (Ed.)

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1897. Hardcover. Very good. Hardcover. If you're searching for the perfect words with which to describe your lady love, look no further! Within these ivy-strewn covers you'll find a poem for seemingly any and every woman's name on the streets of New York or London at the turn of the century. In fact, as the compiler writes in his preface, "It was intended that every name by English woman borne shold be represented," as many as the limitations of page and poem did allow.... Read more
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$55.00
The Poems of Alexander Montgomerie

The Poems of Alexander Montgomerie

by Montgomerie, Alexander; Cranstoun, James (Ed.)

Edinburgh and London: Printed for the Scottish Text Society by William Blackwood and Sons, 1887. Leather bound. Good. Leather bound. 9" X 6". Quarter dark red leather with green cloth over boards. Spine lettered in gilt. Ex-University of Aberdeen Library, with front cover stamped thus in blind, sticker to spine, small stamp to title page and other pages, and bookplate to front pastedown. Top edge gilt. Mild edgewear, with rubbing and gentle bumping to corners. Sunning to spine. Light scattered rubbing.... Read more
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$50.00
The Romance of Modern Pathfinders: Interesting Descriptions of Exploration, Adventure & Sport in All Parts of the World from Accounts by the Pioneers Themselves

The Romance of Modern Pathfinders: Interesting Descriptions of Exploration, Adventure & Sport in All Parts of the World from Accounts by the Pioneers Themselves

by Davidson, Norman J

London: Seeley Service & Co. Limited, 1932. Hardcover. Very good +. Hardcover. This globe-spanning tome holds accounts of exploration, adventure, and hunting in Canada, Africa, South America, and Russia from writings "Among Unknown Eskimo" by Julian W. Bilby, F.R.G.S., Member of the Folklore Society, "Wanderings in Central Africa" by Dugald Campbell, F.R.G.S., F.R.A.I., "Among Wild Tribes of the Upper Amazon" and "Savage Life in the Black Sudan" by C. W. Domville-Fife, "In Ashanti and Beyond" by A. W.... Read more
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$75.00
The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines; A Series of Fifteen Tales

The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines; A Series of Fifteen Tales

by Clarke, Mary Cowden; Novello, Sabilla (Ed.); Dicksee, T. F. (Illust.); Herrick, W. S. (Illust.)

London: Bickers and Son, 1880. Hardcover. Good +. Hardcover. This creative imagining of the girlhoods of fifteen Shakespearean heroines is the work of Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898), author of The Complete Concordance to Shakespeare and Shakespeare Proverbs, among others, and friend to Charles Dickens, Leigh Hunt, and Charles and Mary Lamb. In setting the stage for these young heroines of William Shakespeare's, Mary Cowden Clarke set out "to imagine the possible circumstances and influences of scene,... Read more
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$175.00
Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys: A Midsummer Ramble in the Dolomites

Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys: A Midsummer Ramble in the Dolomites

by Edwards, Amelia B

London: George Routledge and Sons, 1890. Second Edition. Hardcover. Fair. Second Edition. Hardcover. This Victorian travelogue is the work of Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831-1892), the queer English novelist, journalist, Egyptologist, and co-founder of the Egypt Exploration Fund. Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys forms the account of her 1872 ramble through the northeastern Italian mountain range accompanied by her friend Lucy Renshawe, from Venice to Longarone, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Pieve di... Read more
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$125.00
Love in Art

Love in Art

by Potter, Mary Knight

Boston: L. C. Page & Company, 1906. Seventh Printing. Hardcover. Good. Seventh Printing. Hardcover. This tribute to love in art is beautifully bound in robin's egg blue cloth, with a binding designed by artist Amy M. Sacker (1872-1965). Illustrated in frontispiece and 35 monochrome plates from celebrated paintings by the great masters, subjects include Love in Greek Art, Biblical Love Stories, Venus and Cupid, Myths and Fancies, Painters' Loves, The Goddess of Love and Her Son, Mythologic and Ideal... Read more
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$65.00
The Essays or Counsels Civill and Morall of Francis Bacon

The Essays or Counsels Civill and Morall of Francis Bacon

by Bacon, Francis

Norwalk: The Easton Press, 1980. Leather_bound. Very good. Leather_bound. Part of the "100 Greatest Books Ever Written" Collector's Edition. 11" X 7 1/4". ix, 190pp. Bound in decorative brown leather with spine and front cover stamped in gilt. Areas of decorative gilt stamp rubbed away at front and rear covers. All edge gilt with small spot of gilt rubbed away at top edge of text block. Pink silk moire end papers with matching bookmark sewn in. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound. Color... Read more
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$20.00
Fra alle Lande. Et Maanedsskrift for nyere Reisebeskrivelser, for Skildringer af Lande og Folkeslag, af Dyre- og Planteliv etc.

Fra alle Lande. Et Maanedsskrift for nyere Reisebeskrivelser, for Skildringer af Lande og Folkeslag, af Dyre- og Planteliv etc.

by Zinck, L

Copenhagen: Fr. Woldikes Forlag, 1873. Leather bound. Very good. Leather bound. 8 1/8" X 5 1/4". 492pp. Text in Danish. Marbled pape rover boards, with spine backed in leather and lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with corners bumped and rubbed to boards, sunning and cracking to spine, and scattered rubbing. Plain yellow endpapers suggest a repair at some point. Hinges a touch tender. Binding remains firm and sound. Old inked price to front free endpaper. Occasional spot of foxing to pages,... Read more
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$50.00
Orchestral Instruments and Their Use: Giving a Description of Each Instrument Now Employed by Civilised Nations, a Brief Account of Its History, an Idea of the Technical and Acoustical Principles Illustrated by Its Performance, and an Explanation of Its Value and Function in the Modern Orchestra

Orchestral Instruments and Their Use: Giving a Description of Each Instrument Now Employed by Civilised Nations, a Brief Account of Its History, an Idea of the Technical and Acoustical Principles Illustrated by Its Performance, and an Explanation of Its Value and Function in the Modern Orchestra

by Elson, Arthur

Boston: L. C. Page & Company, 1909. Fourth Impression. Hardcover. Good. Fourth Impression. Hardcover. 7 7/8" X 5 1/4". 299pp. Bound in full red cloth, with decorations stamped in gilt to upper board and spine, designed by artist Amy M. Sacker (1872-1965), with her monogram in gilt to upper board. Moderate wear to binding, with fading to spine, fraying to head and tail of spine, rubbing to upper board, and fore-edge protruding past board edges. Rear hinge tender. Binding remains sound. Bookplate of H.... Read more
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$45.00
The Siege of Charleston, by the British Fleet and Army Under the Command of Admiral Arbuthnot and Sir Henry Clinton, which Terminated with the Surrender of that Place on the 12th of May, 1780

The Siege of Charleston, by the British Fleet and Army Under the Command of Admiral Arbuthnot and Sir Henry Clinton, which Terminated with the Surrender of that Place on the 12th of May, 1780

by [Hough, Franklin Benjamin]

Albany: J. Munsell, 1867. Limited First Edition. Leather bound. Near fine. Limited First Edition. Leather bound. Edition limited to 100, this one hand numbered no. 50. Handsomely bound in later half dark olive Morocco leather by Little, Brown & Co., with marbled paper over boards and matching endpapers. Spine with 5 raised bands and floral gilt compartments. Top edge gilt. 9" X 7 3/8". 224pp. A touch of rubbing to extremities and faint sunning to spine and top edge, else a fine copy. Illustrated in... Read more
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$1,500.00
The War in Iraq: The Illustrated History

The War in Iraq: The Illustrated History

Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2003. Collector's Edition. Leather bound. Very good. Collector's Edition. Leather bound. 11 1/4" X 9 1/4". 176pp. Bound in full red leather, stamped in 22kt gilt, with pictorial label to upper board. All edges gilt. Golden silk moire endpapers with matching silk ribbon placemarker. Mild edgewear to binding, with spot of rubbing to upper board. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very handsome leatherbound collector's edition of Time-Life's... Read more
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$40.00
Passionspredikningar och Skriftetal

Passionspredikningar och Skriftetal

by Norborg, Lars

Goteborg: Joh. Lundens Tryckeri, 1907. Leather bound. Good. Leather bound. 9" X 6 1/8". 239pp. Text in Swedish. Halfbound in black leather with what appears to be alligator or crocodile skin over boards, but cannot confirm. Spine lettered in gilt with gilt floral decorations and five raised bands. Moderate edgewear to binding, with browning to edges of material covering boards and mild scattered rubbing. Front hinge cracking, separated from spine halfway down edge. Rear hinge a little loose. Patterned... Read more
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$75.00
The Terminal Experiment

The Terminal Experiment

by Sawyer, Robert J.; Gunn, James (Intro.); Bash, Kent (Frontis.)

Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2001. Collector's Edition. Leather bound. Very good +. Collector's Edition. Leather bound. 9 3/8" X 6 1/4". 333pp. Bound in full blue-gray leather with boards and spine stamped in 22kt gilt, all edges gilt, and golden silk ribbon placemarker. A touch of edgewear to binding, with faint scratching to gilt at edges of text block. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Easton Press Masterpieces of Science Fiction Collector's Notes laid in. A very... Read more
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$55.00
AMBLING THROUGH ACADIA

AMBLING THROUGH ACADIA

by Towne, Charles Hanson

NY: The Century Co., 1923. First edition. Octavo. 250 pp; drawings by W. Emerton Heitland. Pictorial green cloth. VG+, bright, clean covers & spine with no visible wear. Only defect is occasional faint spotting on covers; no markings inside the book.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good.
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$25.00
A Popular Treatise on the Hair: Its Growth, Care, Diseases and Their Treatment

A Popular Treatise on the Hair: Its Growth, Care, Diseases and Their Treatment

by Leonard, C. Henri

Detroit: Post and Tribune Job Printing Company, 1879. 316pgs+adv. Very Good condition hardcover, black cloth spine, blue boards gilt lettering and design to front board and spine. A 1" closed tear to top margin of title page. Edges and corners rubbed. Clean and sound, with vintage druggist's stamp on front free endpaper: " Beebe, Druggist and Grocer, Boschee's German Syrup, Green's August Flower, Ovid, Mich." Illustrated by one hundred and sixteen engravings. Occasional recipes... Read more
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$48.00
ARCHITEC-TONICS: The Tales of Tom Thumtack, Architect

ARCHITEC-TONICS: The Tales of Tom Thumtack, Architect

by [KENT, Rockwell - Illustrator]. Thumbtack, Tom (Pseud. Frederic Squires)

New York: The William T. Comstock Company, 1914. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Small 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt and red to front, gilt lettering at spine. Color frontispiece and title page, profusely illustrated in partial-page, black-line woodcuts throughout. Spine cloth, lettering faded. Front illustration shelf rubbed, areas of red ink loss, gilt dulled. Line of cloth wear at front spine hinge, corners rounded, worn, edges also worn. Binding sound, interior... Read more
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$400.00
OLD NEW ENGLAND INNS

OLD NEW ENGLAND INNS

by Crawford, Mary Caroline

Boston: L.C. Page & Company, 1924. New edition. 8" x 5.5" x 1.5". xiii, 381 pp; 48 photographs. Original pictorial cloth with gilt lettering & rules, with color illustration pasted on front cover, in dustjacket with identical image. Near Fine copy - cover and spine are as bright as the day it was printed; jacket has two small edge chips & a small edge tear on the back panel. Former owner name on front pastedown (under jacket flap). The first edition was published 1907 under the... Read more
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$45.00
Life Histories of American Insects

Life Histories of American Insects

by Weed, Clarence Moores

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First Edition. Hardcover. This bug and beetle-bedecked 1897 first edition of Life Histories of American Insects is the work of the New England naturalist, entomologist, and botanist Clarence Moores Weed (1864-1947), author of Butterflies Worth Knowing among many other books on nature study. Swarming with illustrations, including a frontispiece and 19 plates, as well as 94 black and white vignettes throughout, this book truly holds a... Read more
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$120.00
THE QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC Or Venice, Mediaeval and Modern

THE QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC Or Venice, Mediaeval and Modern

by CLEMENT, Clara Erskine

Boston: Estes and Lauriat, (1893). First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Small 8vo. Cream cloth with gilt illustrations. A very good copy. Mild rubbing, trace soil to boards. Ownership stickers to endpapers. Binding starting at a preliminary leaf; two leaves in index have detached; else good and sound. Bright and clean throughout. 380pp. Illustrated throughout with photographic plates in B&W. A handsome copy of this historical study of Venice by this American author.
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$30.00