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    A Diplomat's Wife in Mexico by Edith O'Shaughnessy (Mrs. Nelson O'Shaughnessy) by O'Shaughnessy, Edith

    New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1916. Hardcover. Good. "Letters from the American Embassy at Mexico City, covering the dramatic period between October 8th, 1913, and the breaking off of diplomatic relations on April 23rd, 1914, together with an account of the occupation of Vera Cruz." [12], 355, [1] p.: tissue-guarded frontispiece, 11 leaves of plates; 21 cm. Black cloth with gilt-stamped spine and front-cover titles and illustration. No dust jacket. Top page edges gilt. The author's letters were written to her mother. "In spite of necessary omissions they may throw some light on the difficulties of the Mexican situation, which we have made our own, and which every American wishes to see solved in a way that will testify to the persistence of those qualities that made us great." [from the Foreword] The author, Edith O'Shaughnessy (1876-1939), was a journalist, screenwriters, and biographer. Her husband, Nelson O'Shaughnessy (1876-1932), was the Chargé d'Affaires ad interim at the American embassy in Mexico City. In Good Condition: corners rubbed; loss at head of spine; lacking much of gilt from cover; cover is lightly soiled; back hinge weak; pages are clean and tight.


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    Five Poems by Margaret Ridgely Partridge 1872-1963 by Partridge, Margaret Ridgely

    New York: Clarke & Way, 1964. Paperback. Very Good. 13, [3] p.; 23 cm. Light green wrappers, sewn, with black wrapper title. "In Memorian" -- at head of front wrapper and title page. This is one of 125 copies printed in Feb. 1964 by Clarke & Way, New York. Reprinted from the author's The Plumes of Dream (1951). In addition to five poems, includes the text of a letter from drama critic John Mason Brown to the author's daughter, Peggy Burden, about her mother, Margaret Ridgely Partridge (1872-1963). With: a calling card of Mr. and Mrs. William A.M. Burden with a note to Giora, accompanying this publication as a gift. William A.M. Burden (1906-1984) served as president of the Museum of Modern art in the 1950s and 1960s. Margaret Livingston Partridge Burden (1909-1996) was the daughter of sculptor William Ordway Patridge and the poet. In Very Good Condition: rust left by paperclip used to hold the calling card at upper edge of first 3 pages and inside of front wrapper, and on calling card; otherwise, clean and crisp.


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    Elizabeth Madox Roberts: American Novelist; with a foreword by J. Donald Adams by Campbell, Harry Modean, and Foster, Ruel E

    Norman, Okla: University of Oklahoma Press, 1956. Hardcover. Fine/very good +. xvi, 283, [1] p., 1 leaf of a plate; 22 cm. Light orange cloth with green spine title. Dust jacket. The plate is a portrait of Elizabeth Madox Roberts by Jay Te Winburn. Back section of dust jacket contains publisher's advertisement. Stated First Edition. Kentucky novelist and poet Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881-1941) set most of her fiction in Washington County, Ky. During her lifetime she won the John Reed Memorial Prize in 1928 and an O. Henry Award in 1930. Her continued popularity led to the 2012 publication of a previously unpublished novel, Flood. Book is in Fine Condition. Dust jacket is in Very Good+ Condition: edges rubbed; slightly soiled.


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    Menomini Women and Culture Change -- American Anthropologist: vol. 64, no. 1, pt. 2, Feb. 1962 -- Memoir 91 by Spindler, Louise, S

    Menasha, WI: American Anthropological Association, 1962. Paperback. Good. ix, [1], 113 p.: tables, map, chart; 24 cm. Beige wrappers printed in dark brown. The author studied Menomini Indian living in a reservation in Wisconsin. In Good Condition: faint dampstain at lower page edges; otherwise, clean and tight.


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    Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion by Rostenberg, Leona; Stern, Madeleine

    New York: Doubleday, 1997. Hardcover. Fine/fine. xii, 275, [1] p., 16 p. of illustrations; 22 cm. Black spine with gilt spine title; brown paper over boards. Brown endpapers. Dust jacket with jacket photo by Kelly Campbell. Book and dust jacket are in Fine Condition: clean and bright.


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    200 Radiant Health Recipes by Holmes, Phoebe Marie

    Huntington Beach, CA: Phoebe Marie Holmes, 1940. Paperback. Good. iii, 43, [1] leaves; 27 cm. Green cloth spine; green paper covers with cover title in black: 200 Radiant-Health Recipes. Mimeographed. Final leaf is a list of books by the author, printed on green paper. Portrait of the author on title page. No date of publication. In an ad in the New York Times in 1941, the author is described as being 86 years old. On this title page she is described as being "That Wonder Woman of 85," indicating that this was probably published in 1940. The recipes are vegetarian and avoid sugar, salt, and other unhealthy additives. Phoebe Marie Holmes (d. 1947) travelled internationally, teaching dietetics and scientific breathing; she was also the author of a book about astral projection, My Visit to the Sun (1933). In Good Condition: lacking cloth at tail of spine; cover is stained, and lightly creased; faint stain at upper edge of title page; otherwise, internally clean and tight. Scarce.


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    Memories of Old Friends: being Extracts from the Journals and Letters of Caroline Fox, of Penjerrick, Cornwall, from 1835 to 1871; edited by Horace N. Pym by Fox, Caroline

    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co, 1882. Hardcover. Very Good +. xxviii, 378 p.; 20 cm. Publisher's dark red-brown cloth with gilt-stamped spine title; boards have bevelled edges. Black endpapers. Includes index. First American edition. Former owner's inscription on front free endpaper: "S. S. Stafford Feb. 1882." Former owner's bookplate on front fixed endpaper of Jack Fox with illustration of a fox with a book. Caroline Fox (1819-1871), a member of an English Quaker family, recorded her observations of prominent scientists and intellectuals of her time, including John Stuart Mill and Thomas Carlyle. Her father, Robert Were Fox (1789-1877), was a geologist and inventor. In Very Good+ Condition: edges lightly rubbed; slightly cocked; minor loss at head of spine; clean and tight.


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    Letters on the Elementary Principles of Education by Elizabeth Hamilton by Hamilton, Elizabeth

    Philadelphia: Isaac Peirce, 1813. Hardcover. Fair. Second American Edition. 2 volumes: 256, [2] p.; 280 p.; 15 cm. Contemporary tree calf with six spine compartments between gilt rules. Red leather label in second compartment of each with gilt-tooled title: "Hamilton on Education." Publisher's advertisement for the author's The Cottagers of Glenburnie on 2 unpaginated pages following vol. 1 text. Early American Imprints, 2nd Series (Shaw & Shoemaker), 28695. In Fair Condition: joints are weak and back board of vol. 2 is detached but present; leather lacking at spine ends; edges rubbed; paper is browning but clean and tight.


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    The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Mrs. Gaskell by Gaskell, Elizabeth

    London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1889. Hardcover. Good +. 448 p., frontispiece portrait of Charlotte Bronte; 17 cm. Dark green cloth spine with gilt-stamped title on black spine label; black-and-green marbled paper over boards. Top page edges green. Publisher's advertisements on two pages following text. Most pages are unopened. This is no. 7 in the list, on the half title verso, of the Pocket Edition of the Life and Works of Charlotte Bronte (Currer Bell), and Her Sisters, Emily and Anne Bronte (Ellis and Acton Bell). A scarce edition. In Good+ Condition: cover is rubbed; ding in upper edge of front board; pages are clean and tight.


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    Miscellaneous Essays -- Impressions of Theophrastus Such -- The Veil Lifted -- Brother Jacob; Biographical Introduction by Esther Wood by Eliot, George

    New York: Doubleday, Page & Co, 1901. Hardcover. Good. "The Personal Edition of George Eliot's Works." [10], 518 p., frontispiece portrait of the author and 2 leaves of plates; 21 cm. Brown cloth; leather spine label with gilt-stamped title: George Eliot's Works: Miscellaneous Essays. Top page edges gilt. Title page printed within red border. In Good Condition: spine is sunned; faded spots on spine and along some edges; cloth is lightly soiled; internally clean and tight.


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    Problems of Modern Industry by Sidney & Beatrice Webb by Webb, Sidney, and Beatrice Webb

    London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1898. Hardcover. Very Good. viii, 286, [2] p.: tables; 23 cm. Dark blue cloth with gilt-stamped spine title; blind-ruled borders on both boards. Ex-library: white call number at tail of spine; oval Dickinson College Library stamp on front fixed endpaper, title page, and first page of text; call number in pencil on title page verso; accession number stamped at lower edge of p. [v] (Preface); circulation pocket and card on back fixed endpaper. Accession information written in gutter on p. [v]--"Passfield, S.J. Webb, baron"--indicates that Dickinson College acquired the book from one of the authors, Sidney James Webb, 1st Baron Passfield. Sidney Webb (1859-1947) and his wife, Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943), were British socialists, early members of the Fabian Society, and co-founders of the London School of Economics. In Very Good Condition: ex-library, as described; spine ends fraying; corners lightly rubbed; cover very lightly soiled; closed tear from lower edge of pp. 191-2, not touching text; pages are clean and tight.


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    Paris: Its Sites, Monuments and History; Compiled from the principal secondary authorities by Maria Hornor Lansdale; With an Introduction by Hilaire Belloc by Lansdale, Maria Hornor, compiler

    Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co, 1899. Hardcover. Near Fine. [6], 556 p., frontispiece and 29 leaves of plates with captioned tissue guards, folded map of Paris in red and black tipped in following index; 21 cm. Dark green cloth with gilt-stamped spine and cover titles and elaborate decoration. Top page edges gilt. Red ribbon bookmark. The beautiful aquatint photogravure plates provide charming glimpses of Paris at the end of the 19th century. Gift inscription on front free endpaper: "Richard Ashhurst Jr. Christmas 1898. From Walter Jeffords." Below in another hand: "Hartz." In Near Fine Condition: corners lightly rubbed; map is intact and crisp; clean and bright.


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    20 Hrs. 40 Min: Our Flight in the Friendship by Earhart, Amelia

    New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. Hardcover. Good. Signed. Second printing. Signed by Amelia Earhart on recto of portrait frontis, inscribed to a former owner. Publisher's maroon cloth, stamped in gilt. Good, with rubbing to cloth at extremities and fraying at spine ends. Gilt rubbed on front, tarnished on spine. Stains to spine. Foxing to prelims and occasionally throughout. Offsetting to half-title page. Inscribed by the famed aviator and feminist icon, whose 1937 disappearance remains a mystery.


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    Personal Reminiscences by Cornelia Knight and Thomas Raikes; Edited by Richard Henry Stoddard by Knight, Ellis Cornelia; Raikes, Thomas; Stoddard, Richard Henry, editor

    New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co, 1875. Hardcover. Very Good. xvi, 339, [4] p., frontispiece and 3 leaves of illustration; 18 cm. Publisher's beige pebble grain cloth with gilt-stamped and black embossed printing on spine and front cover; blind-stamped publisher's emblem and decoration on back cover. Small binder's label on back fixed endpaper: "Bound at the Riverside Press." Pale yellow endpapers. Bric-a-Brac Series, no. 7. Publisher's catalogs for 1873 and 1874 on 4 pages following text. Contains autobiographical reflections by Cornelia Knight (1757-1837) and Thomas Raikes (1777-1848) about various well known European figures, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, Samuel Johnson, the Hamiltons and Lord Nelson, Princess Charlotte, Talleyrand, the Duke of Wellington, and Beau Brummell, among others. In Very Good Condition: edges rubbed; head of spine and upper corner of front board starting to fray; slightly cocked; cover is lightly soiled; internally clean and tight.


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    Afterward by Rice, Ruth Mason

    New York: Harold Vinal, 1927. Hardcover. Very Good. [16], 75 p.; 21 cm. Light green cover with printed paper spine and cover labels. Introduction by Blanche Shoemaker Wagstaff. With 2 typed letters (one laid in on the front endpapers and both signed by the author) and one telegram from the author, Ruth Little Mason Rice (1884-1927), to poet Caroline Giltinan Harlow (1884- ). Also with a handwritten letter from Mary A. Taylor, sister of Rice, to Harlow referring to the publication of this book and stating "Ruth's death has absolutely broken me." The author had committed suicide in September 1927. Very scarce. In Very Good Condition: spine is sunned; upper joints are weak; pp. 6 and 7 have shadows from holding the telegram; otherwise, clean and tight.


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    Sonnets From the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; With an Introduction by Louis Untermeyer and with Decorations Drawn by Valenti Angelo by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1948. Hardcover. Very Good -. [64] p.; 38 cm. Blue cloth with gilt-stamped spine title and gilt-stamped author's initials on front cover. Slipcase covered in matching blue cloth. Each sonnet begins with an historiated inital printed in gilt, red, and blue. This is number 631 of a limited edition of 1500 numbered copies signed by the illustrator, Valenti Angelo. In Very Good- Condition: slipcase and spine of book are faded; 1 leaf (containing sonnets 5 and 6) is creased, with a closed 1-cm. tear from the fore-edge; clean and bright. A heavy book; for international shipping, it will have to be sent by priority international.


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    The Legal Wrongs of Women [in The United States Magazine, and Democratic Review Vol. 14 no. 71 May, 1844]

    New York: J. & H. G. Langley, 1844. Hardcover. Very Good. [3], 448-556 p., frontispiece engraved portrait of Morgan Lewis; 23 cm. Contemporary half calf with six spine compartments between double gilt rules; red leather label in the second compartment with gilt-tooled title. Marbled paper over boards. All page edges speckled. Bound with the issues for March and June 1840, and April 1842, all of which lack their frontispieces. Bookplate on front fixed endpaper indicating that this book was given to the Belles Lettres Society of Dickinson College in 1842 by J. V. Follensbee. Joseph Vinton Follansbee, Sappington, Md., was a member of class of the 1846 but did not graduate. The May 1844 issue is of particular interest because it contains a poem by Fanny Kemble, "Lines Written at Night"; The Legal Wrongs of Women by an anonymous woman; and Female Novelists by W. A. Jones. It also includes book reviews of several works on the death penalty. The March 1840 issue contains an article about Bacon's Rebellion based on material in the first two volumes of Peter Force's Tracts and Other Papers, Relating Principally to the Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America. Lacking one or more frontispieces; otherwise in Very Good Condition: cover is rubbed; minor loss at head of spine; occasional foxing; a few pencilled marginal notations; otherwise, clean and tight.


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    La Constitucion de 1824 y el Municipio Libre; Lic. Estela Rojas de Soto by Soto, Maria Estela Rojas de

    Mexico: Camara de Diputados XLIX Legislatura, 1975. Paperback. Near Fine. 80, [4] p.; 21 cm. Light green wrapper printed in black. Maria Estela Rojas de Soto was a deputy in the Mexican legislature prior to becoming the first woman appointed a magistrate in Hidalgo in 1976; she was also the first head of the CDHEH (Human Rights Commission of the State of Hidalgo). In Near Fine Condition: wrapper is browning along edges; otherwise, clean and tight. Very scarce.


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    Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America by Chesler, Ellen

    New York: Anchor Books Doubleday, 1993. Paperback. Very Good +. 639, [1] p., 32 p. of illustrations; 24 cm. Paperback. A well-illustrated biography of Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), who played a pivotal role in the legalization and increased accessibility of birth control. In Very Good+ Condition: small scrape on front cover; very light soiling; solid.


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    Reminiscences of Court and Diplomatic Life by Georgiana Baroness Bloomfield [vol. 2] by Bloomfield, Georgiana Liddell Bloomfield, baroness

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1883. Hardcover. Very Good. Vol. 2 only: vii, [1], 348 p., frontispiece portrait of Nicholas I and 4 leaves of plates; 23 cm. Red cloth with bevelled edges and gilt-stamped spine title: Court and Diplomatic Life. Gilt-stamped emblem on front cover with motto "Fortes Fortuna Juvat." Light yellow and grey endpapers. Former owner's inscription on front fixed endpaper dated 1900. Georgiana Liddell Bloomfield (1822-1905) married Sir John Arthur Douglas 2nd Baron Bloomfield in 1845. She accompanied her husband on diplomatic missions to St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Vienna. This volume covers the period from June 1851 to their departure from Vienna in 1871. In Very Good Condition: cover is lightly soiled; a few pages opened carelessly; frontispiece and title page are foxed; otherwise, clean and tight.


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    Views in India, China, and on the shores of the Red Sea; Drawn by Prout, Stanfield, Cattermole, Purser, Cox, Austen, &c. from original sketches by Commander Robert Elliott, R.N.; with descriptions by Emma Roberts [2 volumes in 1] by Elliott, Robert, and Roberts, Emma

    London: H. Fisher, R. Fisher & P. Jackson, 1835. Hardcover. Very Good. 2 volumes in 1: 68, 64 p., 64 leaves of steel-engraved plates, including 2 frontispieces (1 a color frontispiece engraved and printed by G. Baxter) and 2 added engraved title pages with imprint: Fisher, Son, & Co., London, 1835; 29 cm. Contemporary full polished maroon calf with five spine compartments between wide raised bands. Gilt-tooled title in second compartment; gilt-tooled decoration on wide raised bands and blind-tooled decoration on remaining compartments. Triple gilt-ruled borders with elaborate blind-tooled borders within, on both boards. Gilt-rolled edges and turn-ins. All page edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Emma Roberts (1794-1840) was an English travel writer and poet who lived in India for several years. Her text accompanies the beautiful engravings based on drawings by Commander Robert James Elliot, who travelled from 1822 to 1824 in India, Canton (Guangzhou), and the Red Sea area. Inscription on front free endpaper verso indicating that the book was given by Samuel Fennell on his engagement to Anabella Groom about 1837; she was the granddaughter of Hannah Lightfoot; later Anabella gave it to her friend Henry Plumptre Ramsden "lest it should in her own words fall into unworthy hands"; she died in 1882 and was buried in Trumpington Churchyard near Cambridge. The Rev. Henry Plumptre Ramsden (1848-1901) was the rector at Cottingham, Yorkshire, Eng. In Very Good Condition: edges somewhat rubbed; front board partially detached; occasional foxing, generally light and in margins of plates; otherwise, clean and bright. Because of the weight, for international shipping, it will have to be sent by international priority.


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    Corn Product Cook Book by Hewitt, Emma Churchman

    New York: Corn Products Refining Co, 1919. Paperback. Good. 40 p., [8] p. color illustrations; 16 cm. Blue wrapper with color illustrations; stapled. This is an early edition of this cookbook, with a front wrapper illustration of a maid presenting a dessert. The back wrapper shows two cans of Karo, with red and blue labels, and a box of Kingsford's corn starch floating above a stack of pancakes. Emma Churchman Hewitt (1850-1921) was an American author of fiction as well as cookbooks and other works of nonfiction. Product endorsement inside front wrapper by the author Marion Harland (1830-1922). Contains recipes for bread and rolls; griddle cakes and waffles; cakes and cookies; fillines for layer cakes; pies; puddings (including Tipsy Parson); custards; sweet sauces; gravies and meat sauces; ice creams and ices; beverages; entrees (includng Spruce Beer, and Temperance Punch); souffles; omelets; vegetables; soups; "For the Invalid"; and candy making (including Comanche). In Good Condition: cover is rubbed and stained; loss at corners; minor staining on a few pages; otherwise, clean and tight.


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    A Hoard for Winter by Gildersleeve, Virginia C

    New York: Columbia University Press, 1962. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. [10], 117, [1] p., frontispiece portrait of the author; 21 cm. Light blue paper over boards with white spine title and emblem of Barnard College on front cover. White dust jacket printed in purple. With, loose, a letter to the alumnae of Barnard College explaining that Elizabeth Reynard '22 had left a bequest to cover the publication of this collection of essays by Virginia C. Gildersleeve '99. Virginia C. Gildersleeve (1877-1965) was Dean of Barnard College from 1911 to 1947. She helped to found the Navy's female reserve officer's corps, WAVES, and was part of the United States delegation that helped to write the United Nations Charter. At Barnard she insisted that married women and mothers should be allowed to remain on the faculty and pushed to have Columbia University's professional schools opened to women. Book is in Near Fine Condition: a touch of sunning at head of spine and along upper edges of boards; clean and bright. Dust jacket is in Very Good Condition: lightly sunned and soiled; no tears and not price-clipped.


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    Letters to Children by Potter, Beatrix

    New York: Harvard College Library, 1966. Paperback. Near Fine -. 48 p.: illustrations; facsimiles; 19 cm. Paperback; brown cover with blue cover title and black illustrations on front and back. Title vignette. Contains facsimiles of nine letters written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter for the three children of her former governess. The letters were owned by the author of the Foreword, Philip Hofer. Also contains transcriptions of the letters. In Near Fine- Condition: light stain at lower edge of front cover; pages are clean and tight.


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    A Few Figs From Thistles: Poems and Sonnets by Millay, Edna St. Vincent

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1922. Hardcover. Very Good -. "This edition . . . contains several poems not included in earlier editions." [10], 32, [2] p.; 21 cm. Half black cloth with blue paper over boards; lacking printed paper spine label. Lacking dust jacket. Title page in red and black. Printed bookplate on front free endpaper with "Katinka Loeser" written on it, with an embossed Mr. Holyoke label added at the upper edge. A quote from the fourth of the four sonnets is written on the front fixed endpaper. Katinka Loeser (1913-1991), a poet and an author of short stories, many of which first appeared in The New Yorker, attended Mr. Holyoke. In Very Good- Condition: ends of spine and corners are rubbed; cover is lightly soiled; lacking spine label; occasional very light soiling on pages.


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