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3 Page Autographed Letter By a Criminal Evading the Pinkertons by Hesse, Gus

1892. A fascinating letter of a criminal's miserable life under pursuit with the original mailing postmarked mailing envelope. We learn from Gus Hesse's envelope that his brother [J. Fred Hesse] was a physician at 102 Clark Street in Cincinnati. The lett…

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History of Painting (8 Vol Set), the Florentine Edition, Limited to 250 Copies, by MacFall, Haldane

Boston, nd: Dana Estes and Co., [Edinburgh] : Printed by T. and A. Constable, Printers to His Majesty at the Edinburgh University Press. Limited Editioin. Quarto. The Florentine Edition, limited to 250 copies. The present set is number 11 illustrated wit…

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Universal Indian Sign Language of the Plains Indians of North America; Together with a Dictionary of Synonyms Covering the Basic Words Represented, Also a Codification of Pictographic Word Symbols of the Ojibway and Sioux Nations by Tomkins, William

San Diego, CA: Published By Authority of the General Grand Chapter, 1926. Quarto. 77p. Issued in paper with only a limited number of copies offered in cloth bindings. Since most copies were issued in paper bindings, missing text as well as prelimina…

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The Romance of the Portuguese in Abyssinia; an Account of the Adventurous Journeys of the Portuguese to the Empire of Prester John; Their Assistance to Ethiopia in Its Struggle Against Islam...1490-1633; with Illustrations from old Prints and Two Maps by Rey, C.F.(Charles Fernand)

London; (1929): H.F. & G. Witherby. First Edition. Octavo. 319p. index. frontispiece, plates, bibliography, includes two folding maps including those of Africa and the map of Abyssinia(one map with a closed tear) The story begins with the picture of…

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The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes Gathered By John Gerarde of London Master in Chirurgerie by Gerarde, John and John Johnson

London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton & Richard Whitakers, 1636. Thick Folio. 3rd edition printed from the second edition and considered the best edition because of Johnson's expansion and extensive corrections. Johnson added over eight hundred new species an…

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The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America; from the Signing of the definitive Treaty of Peace, 10th September, 1783,....

Washington, D. C., 1833-1834: Printed By Francis Preston Blair for the Department of State. Octavo. ....the Adoption of the Constitution, March 4, 1789. In 7 volumes published under the direction of the Secretary of State from the original manuscripts in…

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LONDON a Pilgrimage by Dore, Gustave and Blanchard Jerrold

London: Grant & Co, 1872. First Edition. Folio. 191pp., illustrated with magnificent illustrations by Dore whose marvelous depictions of the squalid metropolis and showing an underside described in part by Dickens and written both by Octavia Hill and Gen…

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The Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins= Zhong guo huo bi by Zhang, Huixin (Jang Huey Shinn)

Taibei Xian Zhonghe Shi: Zhang Hitin. Octavo. 560p. Chinese text. Subtitle on cover continues: silver, gold, nickel and aluminum=ying, jin, nie lü pian. A classic work expanded over its predecessors (includes advertisements p. 537-558). Hundreds of illu…

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Scelta Di Poesie Italiane d" Autori Moderni [Fore-edge Painting] by Buttura, Antonio [1770-1832]

Parigi: Presso Lefevre, 1822. 42mo. Fore-edge painting depicting the leaning tower of Pisa along side the Cathedral. 310pp. vol. 30 only. Text in Italian. Bound in full maroon straight grained morocco, slightly raised bands with title gilt, all edges gi…

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The Complete Writings of Elbert Hubbard (Author's edition) by Hubbard, Elbert

East Aurora, NY; (1908--1915): The Roycroft Shop. Limited Edition. Quarto. Limited to 1000 sets. The present set is #952, each volume signed on the limitation page by Elbert Hubbard or signed by one of his Roycrofters whom he had trained to duplicate the…

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Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22 by Franklin, Captain John

London: John Murray, 1823. First Edition. Thick Quarto. First issue with the errata slip mounted to page 768. xvi, 768, Illustrated with 31 plates of which 11 are in color (9 in aquatint) and with four plates of plants (1 in color) preceding four large f…

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The Little Green Road to Fairyland by Rentoul, Annie R. And Illustrator Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

New York;nd [1922]: E.P. Dutton. First American Edition. Quarto. 102(1)pp., illustrated with 16 plates (8 color and 8 black & white). Annie and Ida were Australian sisters. Annie wrote children's stories while Ida illustrated them. A charming fairy story…

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Fitzgerald, Edward and Frank Brangwyn

London and Edinburgh, (1919): T.N. Foulis. Limited Edition. Quarto. Limited to only 350 numbered copies. The present copy is number 143. This edition was reprinted from Fitzgerald's translation published in Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-Nine and beautifully…

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The Little House by Burton, Virginia Lee

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942. First Edition. Square Octavo. 40 pages. The very scarce first edition with the $1.75 on the dust jacket. Listed as an "R" in the Library of Congress Rare Children's Book section. The Little House is the story of a house th…

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ELLING WILLIAM "BILL" GOLLINGS a Cowboy Artist (1878-1932) by Ward, William T. And Gary L. Temple

(Patagonia Publishing Co., 2007). Limited Edition. Quarto. Special limited edition of only 250 copies and, specially bound in cowhide with Gollings' hoof print brand which he used in signing his name to his paintings, housed in publisher's gilt stamped g…

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