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PATERSON'S ROADS: A NEW AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF ALL THE DIRECT AND PRINCIPAL CROSS ROADS IN...
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LONDON: T.N. Longman, 1796. Hardcover. NEAR FINE. Two separate books in one binding. The first book of this is the Eleventh Edition of what is commonly called PATERSON'S ROADS and was an indispensable resource which all coachmen carried to find their way through the towns, hills, dales and shires. 406 pp. includes index to County Seats. Later binding of rich vermilion calf, with raised bands, contrasting black spine label with gilt-stamped title and date. Marbled endpapers.Tight, bright copy. Bound together with the Seventh Edition of THE TRAVELLER'S DICTIONARY, consisting of 215 pp., and published in 1797. Eighteenth-Century editions are quite scarce. In the preface, the publishers thusly describe the companion volume to this single-bound volume, called The Traveling Dictionary: "Having thus, to the best of our Abilities, supplied the Traveller with a full and accurate Description of a much greater Collection of Roads than was ever before attempted; yet, as the different Routs which Travellers… Read More
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$250.00
RANGER MOSBY (LETTER AND ENVELOPE, TIPPED-IN, EACH SIGNED BY JOHN MOSBY)
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RANGER MOSBY (LETTER AND ENVELOPE, TIPPED-IN, EACH SIGNED BY JOHN MOSBY)

by Jones, Virgil Carrington

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  • Signed
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Used - Very Good
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Second Printing
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Hardcover
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1944. Second Printing. Hardcover. Very Good. Brown cloth, octavo. Text clean, cover is very good, very marginal nudging to corners. Stated second printing. 347 pages. Notes, appendix. Frontis plate of Mosby. 17 pages of illustrations, endpaper maps. A handwritten letter, signed by Mosby, dated Washington, December 1914, tipped-in to half-title recto. Also tipped-in, on verso of publisher's frontis portrait of Mosby, a photo plate of Mosby in uniform sitting in a wooden chair, and signed "Very Truly Yours, John Mosby. (Because the only other copy of this particular photo located bore a printed title of "Mosby in 1866", the PHOTO signature is being treated as autopen. Since the photo is pasted, without printed title, to the extant page, this description will not treat it as authentic. The partial envelope which is addressed by Mosby, with return address in top left corner reading "From John Mosby, Washington", and addressed by him to… Read More
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$2,000.00
LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN FARMER; DESCRIBING CERTAIN PROVINCIAL SITUATIONS, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS,...
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LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN FARMER; DESCRIBING CERTAIN PROVINCIAL SITUATIONS, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS, NOT GENERALLY KNOWN; AND CONVEYING SOME IDEA OF THE LATE AND PRESENT INTERIOR CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE BRITISH COLONIES IN NORTH AMERICA

by Crevecoeur, St. John, J. Hector (Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecœur)

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Used - Very Good
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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$1,350.00

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London, England: (for) Thomas Davies and Lockyer Davis, 1782. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. LACKS the two maps as called for -- of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. 8vo . Brown, Former library copy with ONLY a small 1/5" x 2" pasted-in paper with handwritten catalogue and accession numbers. Beautifully rebound by 19th century British binder W.T. (William Turner) Morrell (signed upper left corner FFEP) half speckled calf, stone marbled boards, with contrasting maroon spine label. Five raised bands (six compartments, each with floriated design in gilt). a 1.5"-wide band of scuffing to front and rear boards, light rubbing to extremities. [16], 318, [2]. LACKS the two folding maps (Nantucket and Martha's Vinyard). Sabin 17946; Howes C-883. Lovely, tight, clean and affordable early copy of one of the most important works of American Literature. Though edited by a French writer, "considered one of the foundational works of American literature. "Description of American life of great influence in… Read More
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$1,350.00
LA FLORIDA DEL INCA. HISTORIA DEL ADELANTADO, HERNANDO DE SOTO, GOVERNADOR, Y CAPITAN GENERAL DEL...
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Madrid, Spain: Nicolas Rodriguez Franco, 1723. Third Edition. Leather-bound. Very Good. IN SPANISH. Small folio, 11 5/8" x 8 1/4". Contemporary vellum, with pigskin loops and 1 knot. [32],268,[12]pp. (Scant) remains of red paint to spine over the vellum, with manuscript title present. Titlepage in red and black and states that many errors from the first edition have been corrected in this edition, and that a copious table of important terms has been added. Printed in double columns. Historiated capitals, and large woodcut tailpieces. This is the third edition which was published without the foldout map. Clean pages. DeSoto's exploration of Florida, The Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. "Hernando de Soto's expedition for the conquest of North America was the most ambitious ever to brave the perils of the New World. Garcilaso tells in remarkably rich detail of the conquistadors' wanderings over half a continent, of the unbelievable vicissitudes which… Read More
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$1,750.00
A GENUINE AND COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE WHOLE OF CAPT. COOK'S VOYAGES, UNDERTAKEN AND PERFORMED BY...
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A GENUINE AND COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE WHOLE OF CAPT. COOK'S VOYAGES, UNDERTAKEN AND PERFORMED BY ROYAL AUTHORITY

by Anderson, George William [Cook, Captain James]

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Used - Good Plus
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First Edition of Three Voyages in 3 Volumes (Single Binding)
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Hardcover
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London, England: Alexander Hogg, 1786. First Edition of Three Voyages in 3 Volumes (Single Binding). Leather-bound. Good Plus. NOTE: DAMAGED and Incomplete; see specifics below: Folio, approximately 15.75" x 9.75". Half-bound red calf over buckram. Gilt labeling to spine ("Cook's Voyages"; "Hogg"; "Bancroft Library"). Fabulously wild marbling to endpapers with thousands of tiny gilt flecks throughout. Occasional browning and foxing; most pagesclean and bright. Illustrated with lovely copperplate etchings, maps, elevations, charts, About 155 other copperplate engravings, the majority of which are full-page. Solidly bound. MISSING: Title page, frontis engraving of Captain Cook, Image of Death of Captain Cook (p. 587); 4-page (undated) list of Subscribers. NOTE that the Folding Map, pasted onto a new sheet at the beginning, is missing about 20%. ESTC: T222766. In addition to Captain Cook's first, second and third voyages, this massive work includes accounts of the voyages of Sir Francis Drake, Lord… Read More
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$1,950.00
THE TRAVELS OF SIR JOHN CHARDIN INTO PERSIA AND THE EAST INDIES. THE FIRST VOLUME, CONTAINING THE...
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London: Printed for Moses Pitt in Duke Street, Westminster, 1686. First Edition in English. Leather-bound. Good. Quarto. Contemporary English panel calf boards 417 + 5 pp. index. (11 7/8" x 7 1/2"), sympathetically rebacked in mottled calf, on hempen cords. Contrasting spine label of gilt on maroon Rubbing to extremities. Marbled endpapers and edges. 12' x 20' elaborate foldout frontis map of the Black Sea. Handwritten in two places: "Marshall Lister's Book 1785", once on the verso of the (mounted) title page, bordered by elaborate doodles, followed by a line of what appears to be shorthand; the second inscription at the top of the first page. Most curiously, opposite the "Epistle Dedicatory" are printed the words: "Let this BOOK be Printed". The dedicatory itself, rather over the top adulatory, addressed to the King, concludes: "I might advance in this parallel, where. Your Majesty has so much the advantage, if I did not find my Eyes dazled, when I attempt to fix them upon Your Majesty." LARGE… Read More
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$4,500.00
A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY TRANSACTIONS OF THE BRITISH NATION IN INDOSTAN FROM THE YEAR MDCCXLV TO...
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London: Printed for John Nourse, Bookseller in Ordinary to His Majesty, 1778. Volume I, Second Edition, Corrected with Alterations, Additions and an Index by the Author; Volume II, First Edition. Leather-bound. Near Fine. Two Volumes in Two Bindings, (3 Sections, 13 Books) complete. 4tos. 10 3/4" x 8 1/4". Contemporary lattice tree calf, with contrasting red leather spine label, lettered in gilt and double-ruled in gilt. Volume # labels, encircled in gilt, to each spine. Gilt crown (two hands holding a shield overhead) stamped to each front board, initials below. NOTE: original boards sympathetically rehinged and corners refurbished.Text printed upon thick, luxurious laid bond, very bright. Unmarred except a handful of pages bear tiny penned-in corrections, by a very close reader. Volume I: 7 maps and 3 plans (mostly folding). [iv] 1-29 + 30-34 + 35-434 (end of Fifth Book, of Thirteen); 435-436 An Alteration + [1] Errata + [xcvii] (Index) + Directions for the Binder to place the MAPS. The second… Read More
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$1,800.00
SOME THOUGHTS CONCERNING THE PRESENT REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN NEW-ENGLAND, AND THE WAY IN WHICH IT...
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Edinburgh, Scotland: T. Lumisden and J. Robertson, and sold at their Printing-house in the Fish-market, 1743. First British (Second Overall). Leather-bound. Very Good. Octavo. Contemporary speckled calf. (6 5/8" x 4 1/4"). Author's name hand printed to front board. Spine repaired and reinforced Rubbing and wear to extremities. Internally clean. iv + 221pp. Name of "Rev. Thomas Smith" in pencil to front free endpaper. iv,124,129-221,[1]. Mis-paginated qwith pp. 129 following pp. 124. Text continuous, despite this error in pagination. OCLC/WorldCat locates just one copy of this 1743 first British edition, in any library worldwide, although ESTC says different. Edwards wrote this when serving as the Pastor of the Church of Christ, at Northampton. Clean, tight copy of a scarce title by one of the most well-known (if not THE archetypal) old, New England exhorter/preacher.
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$6,000.00
THE BAR-TENDER'S GUIDE OR HOW TO MIX ALL KINDS OF PLAIN AND FANCY DRINKS; Containing clear and...
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Danbury, Connecticut: Behrens Publishing Company, 1887. Third Edition. Paperback. Good. Pamphlet, 7.25 x 4.50. Sunning and discoloration to top and spine edges, and spine paper covering missing an inch, at top and at bottom. Probably the third printing of Thomas's bartender's Guide. First published by Fitzgerald and Dick in 1862, after which publication changed to Fitzgerald, followed by Behrens. Some say this edition is revised, even though not marked as such, but there were copies out there which had been so marked. The author was appropriately called "The Father of Modern Mixology",not only owning and operating saloons and tending bar at some of the finest U.S. hotels, but writing about sundry recipes for drinks which had the effect of essentially elevating the stature of the bartender to that a thoroughly respectable professional. (NOTE: Sorry: my Martini Shaker NOT included). "...Of the three folklores of how it was invented, my favorite is the story of the Occidental Hotel. During the… Read More
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$700.00
A SHORT NARRATIVE OF THE HORRID MASSACRE IN BOSTON, PERPETRATED IN THE EVENING OF THE FIFTH DAY...
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Boston, Mass: Printed by the order of the town of Boston, and sold by Edes and Gill, in Queen-Street, and T. & J. Fleet, in Cornhill, 1770. Pamphlet. Disbound. INCOMPLETE Octavo, 8 1/4" x 5 1/2." Disbound. One cord of original stitching remains towards rear, nearly undone. pp. 7-48; 1-78 present. Missing pp. 1-6; 79-88. Spotting to page 7 with some text loss along inner edge,(lines 1-13). Age tanning and some foxing. Essentially, this is Boston's official investigation of the Boston Massacre. The day after the Boston Massacre, the town meeting pressured Governor Hutchinson to remove British troops to an island in Boston Harbor. The meeting ordered the preparation of an account of the Massacre and began taking depositions, appointing a committee of Bowdoin, Warren, and Pemberton to investigate the event. That committee offered the present Short Narrative on 19 March, which includes as an appendix some ninety-six affidavits of relevant witnesses. The meeting approved the account and ordered it… Read More
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NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MATTHEW BUNN IN AN EXPEDITION AGAINST THE NORTHWESTERN...
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Batavia, New York: Adams and Thorp, 1827. Seventh Edition. Pamphlet. Good. 12mo. (7 1/4" x 4 1/2"). Disbound/Removed from larger gathering, remnants of cloth, glue and original stitching to spine. Lacks title leaf. Some stains to first page (heading: "NARRATIVE, &c."), and light tidelines from pp. 45-59, but not at all to obscure. Affidavit at rear dated October 1826 wherein Matthew Bunn swears and testifies to the truth of the contents of his Narrative, essentially notarized by "Millard (misspelled as Millerd) Fillmore" then "Com'r &c. for Erie County". Twenty-four years later, in 1850, Filmore became the 12th President of the United States. The final three pages of this (Seventh) edition contain a "Patriotic Song" composed by Bunn, entitled "St. Clair's Defeat". This issue could either be the 1827 or the 1828 edition. "Matthew Bunn was an Ensign with General St. Clair, enlisting in 1791 at the age of about nineteen. He was captured in the Ohio Country by Indians, escaped, and was recaptured by… Read More
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$650.00
LAKESIDE CLASSICS (110 VOLUMES)

LAKESIDE CLASSICS (110 VOLUMES)

by Various

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Chicago, IL: Lakeside Press (R.R. Donnelly and Sons), 1903. Hardcover. Good Plus to Near Fine. 110 volumes of the Lakeside Classics. Missing 7 early books in the series., but does include the very first title -- the rather scarce 1903 Franklin's autobiography. Missing Items : 1904 Inaugural Addresses; 1905 Inaugural Addresses; 1906 Fruits of Solitude by Penn; four volumes of Memorable American Speeches. "...Lakeside Classics is a series started in 1903 that reprinted neglected classic works. Thomas E. Donnelley, then president of the company, was impressed by a set of seven razors presented to him by one of the company's suppliers, and wanted to create a gift that would similarly represent his own company's product and could not be purchased on the open market. The company did not sell the books to the public, but gave each of the company employees a copy at Christmas, making the series valued collectors items. Thomas Donnelley wrote in the introduction to Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the… Read More
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$4,500.00
A NEW VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD (TWO VOLUMES) DESCRIBING PARTICULARLY, THE ISTHMUS OF AMERICA,...
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London: Printed for James Knapton at the Crown, in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1700. The Fourth Edition Corrected (Vol. I) & The Second Edition (Vol. II). Leather-bound. Very Good. 2vol. Maps. Full contemporary leather, rebacked with contrasting brick-red spine labels lettered and bordered in gilt. Four raised double-raised bands, with years 1699 and 1700 stamped to each foot of spine, respectively. Endpapers bear the stamp of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Bequest of Joseph J. Cooke. 5 p. l., vi, 550, [4] p. illus., 5 maps (4 fold.) tables. 19 cm. Vol. I 550 pp. plus 4 pp. advertisements for books published by James Knapton, at rear. Vol. II: 1-184 pp; 1`-132 pp.; 1-112; lxx (Index) iv (advertisements). Seven folding maps, plus several others, and one chart. "Dampier was the best known, and probabaly the most intelligent, of the famous group of buccaneers that tormented the Spaniards in the South Sea from 1680 to 1720. His industray in taking notes of he saw was equalled by his pains in… Read More
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$2,200.00
THE POEMS OF W. B. YEATS (2 VOLUMES, SIGNED); The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Definitive...
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THE POEMS OF W. B. YEATS (2 VOLUMES, SIGNED); The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Definitive edition with the Authors Final Revisions

by Yeats, W.B.

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Near Fine in mylar, and housed in a slipcase.
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Limited, Numbered, Signed Edition (9/375)
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Hardcover
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London, England: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1949. Limited, Numbered, Signed Edition (9/375). Hardcover. Near Fine in mylar, and housed in a slipcase.. Quartos. (10 3/16" x 6 1/4"). Two-volume set in beveled green cloth with bright gilt monogram device to front boards. . This edition limited to 375 copies, of which 350 were for sale. No. 9 of 375, signed by the author on the limitation page, published after his death. Printed on specially made Glastonbury Ivory Toned Antique Laid Paper, manufactured by Messrs. John Dickinson and Co. Ltd. The type selected is Fournier. The work was published on November 25, 1949. A tissue-guarded frontispiece of Volume I is a reproduction of a drawing by John S. Sargent of a young Yeats, and in Volume II, the frontis is from a painting of an older Yeats, by Augustus John.Very faint rubbing to lower corners, and a tiny bump to the outer edge of Volume II. Housed in a beige, cloth-covered and suede-lined slipcase, with some brown staining to one side. Prospectus laid… Read More
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$4,500.00
HISTORY OF MONTANA 1739-1885: HISTORY OF ITS DISCOVERY AND SETTLEMENT, SOCIAL AND COMMERCIAL...
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Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers & Company, 1885. Leather-bound. Very Good Plus. Quarto, maroon half-leather over pebbled cloth, ruled in gilt chain. Recently spruced up by our professional conservator. Rubbing from old label residue to front pastedown endpaper. Interior solid and intact, including foldout territorial map. Massive and comprehensive history of Montana Territory expanded from biographical sketches by D.J. Stewart and the Territorial Historical Company, and greatly expanded by the massive corralling of information by M.A. Leeson into this nearly 1400 pp. work. "This volume contains a greater and more varied history than was ever before embodied in a work on the teritories; it was compiled with great care, and the personal sketches were collated and rewritten" "...The first part is devoted to the general history of the Territory, and may be said to embrace every name and item connected with the Territory as a whole.This part of the work is based almost entirely on official reports,… Read More
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$1,750.00