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    $62.50

    Outerbridge Reach (Limited Edition) by Stone, Robert

    New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1992. Hardcover Hardcover. Fine. 409 pages. A novel by a winner of the National Book Award. One of 300 numbered copies signed by the author. A fine hardcover copy in blue cloth with blind stamped illustration on cover and gilt lettering on spine; no dust jacket, as issued. In a fine slipcase. Signed by the author on the limitation page.


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    $30.00

    The Return of the Native (Franklin Library) by Hardy, Thomas

    Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1978. Hardcover Hardcover. Fine. Illustrated by Roy Anderson. From the Franklin Library limited edition collection of the 100 Greatest Books of All Time. Discolation at the edges of the silk endpapers (as usual for this title), else fine. Leather binding. All edges gilt. Very minor scuffs to gilt edges. “Notes from the Editors” included.


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    £25.00

    A Treatise on Insanity...The Classics of Medicine Library. by Pinel. Ph

    Alabama: The Classics of Medicine Library, 1983. original full red leather hardcover heavily decorated in gilt, LIMITED EDITION, all page edges gilt, 288 pages, silk marker, A FINE CLEAN COPY.. First Thus. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Three Plays (Franklin Library) by Bernard Shaw

    Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1979. Leather Leather. Fine. From the Franklin Library limited edition collection of the 100 Greatest Books of All Time. Illustrated by Paul Hogarth. Book in very fine condition. Leather binding. All edges gilt. Very minor scuffs to gilt edges. “Notes from the Editors” included.


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    $250.00

    Poems. Underwoods, Ballads, Songs of Travel, A Child's Garden of Verses by Stevenson, Robert Louis

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1913 Limited edition, one of 500 copies printed on handmade paper. Finely bound by Bumpus of Oxford in full black morocco with five raised bands to spine, three triple-rules in gilt to each board, compartments triple-ruled in gilt, contemporary owner's name in gilt to front board, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, black silk marker present. A near fine copy with a split to leather at spine head neatly repaired, light offsetting to endpapers, text block extremely bright and clean, with a gift inscription addressed to Walter Parratt, an English organist and composer, including a hand-drawn excerpt from a piece of oboe music. This work collects into one volume all of Stevenson's poetry published during his lifetime. Although most known for his longer works of prose, which include Treasure Island (1883) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886), Stevenson published four collections of poetry in total, which are all included in this book. A native of Scotland, Stevenson wrote some of his poetry in the Scots language, included in the collection Underwoods.. Limited.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.


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    $5,000.00

    The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale. Supposed to be Written By Himself by GOLDSMITH, OLIVER

    Salisbury: Printed By B. Collins, for F. Newbery, in Pater-Noster-Row, 1766. 2 volumes. 16.2 cm x 9.5 cm bound in 12's. Vol. 1 pp.: [blank], title-page, [2] - Advertisemant signed Oliver Goldsmith, 214, [blank]; Vol. 2 pp.: [2 blank], title-page, 223, [2 blank]. An exquisite period binding in full brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf, with 5 raised bands, gilt-stamped spine titles, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, and marbled endpapers. Invisible repair to first blank of vol. 2, cccasional light offsetting within the text, otherwise a very handsome and collectible copy. Vol. 1 points: contains the terminal blank or K12, p. 15 omission of first word "husband" on first line, catchword on p. 13 "if" is correct; Vol. 2 points: p. 39 catchword "him", p. 95 running title "Waekcfield", p. 159 pagination correct. . First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good. 12 Mo.


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    $48.95

    THE STORY OF AMERICA [BLACK AND GOLD EDITION] by Van Loon, Hendrik Willem (1882-1944)

    NY: Liveright Publishing Corp.. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1942. Hardcover. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 487 pages; Custom bound in full brown morocco, spine with 8 raised bands, custom slipcase (slipcase is GOOD+). Bound for the library of the noble John Lynford Viles. .


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    The Life of a Fox. Written By Himself. With an Introduction By Lord Willoughby De Broke by SMITH, Thomas

    London: Edward Arnold & Co, 1926. Bound by Henry Sothran in half red morocco and red cloth boards, double green leather spine labels gilt stamped, gilt-stamped spine compartments, top edge gilt. Pp. xvi, 126 + 12 inserted plates (8 coloured). Fine copy, handsome on the shelf.. A New Edition. Half Leather. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by After H. Alken. Quarto.


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    GREATEST HISTORIES OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by William Shakespeare, illustrated by Rockwell Kent

    US: Oxford University Press/The Franklin Library, 1982. Hardcover. Fine. 6 x 9 in. Morocco with gilt decoration and raised spine bands, over matching cloth boards. Edges gilt. Silk page marker. Condition is FINE ; like brand new on all points. Fine Bindings. Stax.


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    Vanity Fair - A Novel Without A Hero by Thackeray William Maepeace

    Norwalk, Conn.: The Easton Press. VG+/NONE. 1979. Hardcover. Tiny nick on bottom edge gilt; otherwise a clean, tight copy; Collector's Edition. Blue genuine leather cover with raised bands on spine. Gold lettering and illustrations on front and spine. White (grosgrain) endpapers. Ribbon bookmark. Full gilt pages. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" .


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    £35.00

    A Selection from the Works of Alfred Tennyson. Moxon's Miniature Poets. FINE BINDING. by Tennyson. Alfred

    London: Edward Moxon & Co, 1865. original gilt decorated full black leather hardcover with cover borders heavily decorated in gilt,spine heavily decorated in gilt with five raise bands,original red leather spine label lettered in gilt,all page edges gilt,256 pages,a very good attractive copy.. First Thus. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall.


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    $200.00

    The Little Lady of the Big House by London, Jack

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916 Illustrated with a frontispiece by William Van Dresser. First edition. Publisher's decorative pictorial blue cloth, with an illustration of a villa and tropical plants in orange, light tan, and black to the front board and spine, lettered in white and gilt. Near fine, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, minor rubbing to the front board and spine, former owner's 1916 inscription to the front pastedown, otherwise bright and clean pages. A fresh and attractive copy. BAL 11966. The Little Lady of the Big House is a semi-autobiographical novel featuring the protagonist Dick Forrest, a poetic rancher in California who serves as a representation of the author. The plot tells of the love triangle between Dick, his wife Paula, and their philosopher friend Aaron Hancock. Dick and Paula's relationship is based on the author's marriage to his second wife Charmain. Paula's lover, Aaron, is based on Frank Strawn-Hamilton, London's friend and house-guest who was influential in developing the author's Socialist philosophies. This book is bound in a decorative publisher's binding, the design of which was influenced by the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements, which helped revive the importance of design and beauty to the practice of book binding. This particular binding employs the popular "poster style," made possible by new lithographic and Japanese woodblock printing techniques popularized in the late 1800's in France. Poster style designs encompass the entire front cover, and feature thick lines and narrative scenes.. Illus. by Van Dresser, William. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.


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    $100.00

    Richard Wagner Poète et Penseur by Lichtenberger, Henri

    Paris: Felix Alcan, Éditeur, 1898. Deuxième édition. Full calf, five raised bands, all edges gilt, gilt title,edges ruled in gilt, elaborate gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, silk bookmark sewn in. A near fine copy, one leaf torn along bottom margin not affecting text, light browning and foxing to margins. A very beautiful production.. 498 pp.


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    $4,500.00

    Historic, Military, and Naval Anecdotes by ORME, Edward

    London: Edward Orme, 1819. "A Handsome Volume" In Scarce Earliest Issue, A Scarce Tall Copy ORME, Edward. Historic, Military, and Naval Anecdotes, Of Personal Valour, Bravery, and particular Incidents which occurred to the Armies of Great Britian and her Allies, in the last long-contested War, terminating with the Battle of Waterloo. Under the Patronage of, and Dedicated with Permission to His Royal Highness the Commander in Chief. London: Edited and Published by, and engraved under the direction of Edward Orme, 1819. First Edition, earliest issue and complete, with plates watermarked "Whatman 1812" and "Whatman 1816," a scarce tall copy, lacking rules to title-page and with "1819" at title-page foot. Folio (13 3/16 x 10 3/8 in' 335 x 264 mm). [4], 94, [4] pp. Forty hand-colored aquatint plates, chiefly by Dubourg after Atkinson, Manskirsch, Clark, W. Heath, etc. Contemporary full straight-grained dark green morocco with gilt decorated border and inner blind-stamped frame. Smooth spine with gilt decorated compartments and gilt rules and lettering. Gilt-ruled turn-ins. All edges gilt. Expertly rebacked with original spine laid-down. A fine, clean copy. While well-represented at auction, this appears to be the only copy to come to market within the last thirty-six years to possess the earliest recorded watermarks and in tall format. "A handsome volume... nor could one desire a finer record of heroic deeds" (Prideaux). "There is another issue of the book recognizable by two rules below 'Battle of Waterloo' on the title, and without the date at the foot. According to Tooley the undated issue carries text paged to '98,' and the dated only to page '94.' This is incorrect, all 98 pages being present in complete copies, but it should be noted that pages 95 to 98 are without pagination in the dated issue. "Coupled with the fact that dated copies carry early watermarks and that the undated ones do not, it would appear reasonable to assume that the early state of the book had dated title-page such as the above" (Abbey). Tooley 353. Abbey, Life 376. Prideaux. p. 224.


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    $127.35

    LE DOCTEUR OX. MAITRE ZACHARIUS, UN HIVERNAGE DANS LES GLACES, UN DRAME DANS LES AIRS. LES VOYAGES EXTRAORDINAIRES. by Verne Jules

    Paris: Hachette. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1922. Hardcover. Science Fiction; B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 211 [2] pages; Le Docteur Ox. Maitre Zacharius, Un hivernage dans les glaces, Un drame dans les airs. Les Voyages Extraordinaires. . A reasonably spectacular bright red heavily gilded decorative cloth. Engraved title page, numerous engravings throughout the book. A number of b/w plates. French Language text. The known and the unknown worlds. .


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    Princesse Badourah, La by DULAC, Edmund; SCHAUWERS, Franz, binder

    Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, 1914. Limited to 500 Signed Copies This Copy in a Beautiful Contemporary Binding by Franz Schauwers With Decorations Not Found in the English Language Edition DULAC, Edmund. La Princesse Badourah. Conte des Mille et une Nuits. Illustré par Edmond Dulac. Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, n.d. [1914]. First edition in French, limited to 500 numbered copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 347. Quarto (11 1/2 x 8 3/4 in; 294 x 221 mm). Ten mounted color plates within decorative borders. Bound ca. 1914 by Franz [Schauwers] (stamp-signed) in three-quarter purple crushed levant morocco with gilt rules over marbled paper boards. Smooth spine lettered and richly decorated in gilt with nine red morocco floral onlays. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Matching marbled endpapers. Original wrappers preserved. A very fine copy in a very attractive binding. With decorations not found in the English language editions, including nine designs of a different small tree in an urn on pages preceding each chapter; decorated initials at start of each chapter; seven tailpieces; two surrounds for for letterpress on limitation and colophon. Hughey 31c.


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    Monsieur Beaucaire (Easton Press Masterpieces of American Literature) by Booth Tarkington

    Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, [n.d. but ca. 1990]. Hardcover Hardcover. Fine. 121 pages. Novel first published in 1900. Illustrated in color. A bit scuffed, else a fine hardcover copy in blue leather; gilt on cover, spine and page edges; no dust jacket, as issued. Blank Masterpieces of American Literature bookplate laid in.


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    $24.00

    Kalki A Novel by Vidal, Gore

    Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library. F/NONE. 1978. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Clean, tight copy. ; Red leather covered boards with gold stamped decorations on front and back. Hubbed spine with gold embossed decorations, and gold lettering . Peach silk moire' endpapers. Full gold gilt page edges. ; First Edition Society; Small 4to 9" - 11" .


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    Of Aucassin and Nicolette: A Translation in Prose and Verse of the Old French, Together with Amabel and Amoris by Housman, Laurence

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1925 Illustrated with engravings by Clemence Housman after drawings by Paul Woodroffe. First edition, first printing. Finely bound in full light brown polished calf by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, with five raised bands to the spine, spine decoratively tooled in gilt, boards ruled in gilt, lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, green marbled endpapers, pale gold ribbon bookmark; housed in a matching green marbled slipcase. Near fine, with some light rubbing to the extremities, minor toning to the spine and board edges, some very light starting to the front hinge at the spine head, otherwise sturdy spine, clean fresh interior; slipcase with some rubbing and light soiling. An attractive copy in a handsome binding. Aucassin and Nicolette is a 13th century French medieval chantefable (a song-story, or an adventure tale told in prose and verse) about a pair of lovers, Aucaussin and Nicolette, who persevere through ill fate and misfortune to achieve happiness together. Additionally, this volume includes Amabel and Amoris, which similarly tells of a love that prevails in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Both stories employ traditional motifs with satirical twists and are illustrated with engravings by the author's sister Clemence after drawings by his friend Paul Woodroffe.. Illus. by Housman, Clemence; Woodroffe, Paul. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.


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    Picturesque Views on the River Medway, from the Nore to the Vicinity of its Source in Sussex by IRELAND, Samuel

    London: T. and J. Egerton, 1793. Scarce With Hand-Colored Aquatints IRELAND, Samuel. Picturesque Views on the River Medway, from the Nore to the Vicinity of its Source in Sussex: With observations on the public buildings and other works of art in its neighbourhood. London: T. and J. Egerton, 1793. First edition, the scarce hand-colored issue. Octavo (9 x 6 1/8 in; 229 x 155 mm). xii, 206, [1, adv.], [1] pp. Extra hand-colored engraved title-page, black and wite map, and twenty-eight hand-colored aquatint plates. Bound by Root & Son (stamp-signed) in full brown morocco, with multiple gilt-rolled borders and gilt corner-pieces, gilt-rolled turn-ins. Gilt-ruled and ornamented compartments. Top edge gilt. A fine, clean and tight copy of a book generally found with plates in sepia. "Samuel Ireland (17?-1800) was one of the most successful artists who devoted himself to the career of topographic print-making. In the ten years between 1790 and 1800 he brought out six books of views, containing in all some two hundred and eighty plates, all aquatinted by himself after his own drawings... He began his artistic career as a copier of prints and a dealer in them, and in 1760 gained a medal from the Society of Arts... The success of his first book, A Picturesque Tour through Holland, Brabant, and part of France (1790) encouraged him to other work of the sort, and in 1793 and 1793 appeared to other books, Picturesque Views on the River Thames and Medway, and later again on the Avon (1795) and Wye (1797) and (posthumously) the Severn (1824). His son, William, was the notorious Shakespeare forger. The London bindery of W. Root & Son consistently turned-out excellent work, both on fine bindings as here, and on trade bindings and sets. Packer lists the firm in business in Red Lion Square in 1899-1901, and the December 1942 issue of The Rotarian notes with regret that W. Root had been bombed out (uprooted?) of their premises on Paternaster Row during the 1941 Blitz. Abbey, Scenery 428. Prideaux, p. 341.


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    The Blue Flower by Van Dyke, Henry

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1919 Later printing [1902]. Publisher's decorative blue cloth designed and signed by Margaret Armstrong, with an Art Nouveau floral illustration in blue, green, and gilt to front panel, spine with floral decorations and lettered in gilt. Near fine with corners slightly bumped and a touch of rubbing to spine ends, contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, else bright and clean with many pages uncut. Gullans and Espey 278. The Blue Flower is a collection of stories that includes "The Blue Flower," "The Source," "The Mill," "Spy Rock," "The White Blot," "The Other Wise Men," "A Handful of Clay," "The Lost Word," and "The First Christmas Tree." Although some had been previously published, Van Dyke explains his selection of stories for this volume: "I wished to bring them into one book because they seemed to me like parts of the same story, - the long story which will not be perfectly told till men learn a new language, - the story of the search for happiness, which is life." Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) was a renowned artist and designer. Along with her contemporary Sarah Wyman Whitman (1824-1904), Armstrong is an example of how the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements at the time provided new opportunities for women's employment in the arts. After beginning her career with A. C. McClurg, Armstrong worked primarily for Scribner's and specifically focused on the works of a few authors. Armstrong's style, which was influenced by the floral patterns of Art Nouveau and the lines and shapes that are characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement, made her bindings distinct, which was useful in terms of advertisement and branding an author's works as a unique set.. Illus. by Armstrong, Margaret. Hard Cover. Near Fine.


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    MACAULAY'S ESSAY ON LORD CLIVE [BOUND WIHT] WARREN HASTINGS by Preston C. Farrar (editor)

    London: Longmans, Green, and Co.. Very Good with no dust jacket. [1910]. Hardcover. 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 106 pages; Nicely bound in calf leather with rubbing to extemites. Prize bookplate inside front cover. .


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    £35.00

    Lettres Choises De Madame De Sevigne, Accompagnees De Notes Explicatives....IN FINE BINDING. by Sainte-Beuve. M/De Sevigne. Madame

    Paris: Garnier, 1875. later full leather hardcover,spine with five raised bands heavily decorated in gilt,spine compartments heavily decorated in gilt,covers and inner dentelles tooled in gilt,all page edges gilt,535 pages,lacks front flyleaf otherwise a very attractive near fine binding.. First Thus. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    $485.10

    ZELOMIR by Morel Of Vinde, Charles Gilbert Of Terray

    Bleuet. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1801. First Edition. Hardcover. Copperplates; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 309, [1], xii pages; Extraneous portrait of the author bound facing title. Including half-title and bookseller's catalogue at end. A large-paper copy with 6 engraved plates in 3 states (2 before and 1 with letters) by Godefroy after Lefèvre. Contents otherwise generally clean. Bookplates of René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt and Oscar Ladner; Large 18mo, early 19th-century uniform brown morocco ruled in gilt. By Koehler, stamp-signed on spine. Paper label remnants on front cover. With Nazi-era stamps of the Austrian National Library on title and their postwar restitution release stamp on last page. Cohen-de Ricci 738-39; Ramsden (1950) , page 113. Paris: P. Didot l'Aîné, 1797; P. Didot l'Aîné for Bleuet, 1801 vellum paper. First edition. Variant with the publisher Bleuet name on the title. .


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    £60.00

    The Collected Papers of Joseph, Baron Lister. TWO VOLUME SET. The Classics of Medicine Library by Lister. Baron Joseph

    New York: The Classics of Medicine Library/Gryphon Editions, 1979. TWO VOLUME SET, original gilt decorated full blue/grey leather hardcover, all page edges gilt, illustrated throughout, 429 & 589 pages, a fine clean set... Limited Edition.. Hardcover. Fine/None. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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