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1 Addison, Joseph The Miscellaneous Works, in Verse and Prose, Of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Esq; In Three Volumes. With Some Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, By Mr. Tickell
London W. Strahan, J.F. And C. Rivington, Et.al. 1777 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: W. Strahan, J.F. And C. Rivington, Et.al., 1777. First published by Tonson in 1726; this is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a later edition. Volume One only of the original three. Full leather calf binding, with gilt decorations on the spine. Clean text; xlvi, 285 pages; frontis portrait od Addison. Rubbed at the margins. Boards have split; the rear is holding, but the front is close to detached. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. The pages are very bright and clear. This would be a good candidate for a nice rebind.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Anonymous ("By Several Hands") A Collection of Poems, Consisting of Valuable Pieces, Not Inserted in Mr. Dodsley's Collection, Or Published Since. With Several Originals, By Eminent Writers (Four Volumes)
London G. Pearch 1775 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Signed
London: G. Pearch, 1775. Here is a stunning, exceptional, and rare set of collected poetry in a fine binding from the late 18th Century. This is an expansion of the collection published by Robert Dodsley (1703-1764) in 1758. (Or, perhaps Pearch is just piggy-backing on Dodsley's popularity; he published a two-volume edition in 1768 and expanded it here seven years later.) Quite rare; Quercus has found only the British Library holding copies. These are bound in lovely smooth calf, tooled and banded on the spines, filled with gilt. Red spine label ("Pearch's Collection"). These are ASSOCIATION COPIES. Blindstamped with the Coat of Arms of Trinity College Dublin on the front covers. In addition, there is a Printed and Signed label affixed to the front paste-downs indicating the books were awarded as a prize by Trinity in 1777. Clean texts, with bright laid paper and marbled endpapers. 317, 316, 324, and 316 pages, all indexed in the rear. Volume Four includes an errata page and 2 pages of publisher's adverts. Minor splits at the spines, holding nicely. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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3 Anonymous (Charles & Mary Lamb) Mrs. Leicester's School: Or the History of Several Young Ladies, Related By Themselves
George Town Joseph Milligan 1811 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
George Town: Joseph Milligan, 1811. Rare Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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4 Anonymous (Charles Maturin) Women; Or, Pour et Contre. A Tale. By the Author of "Bertram," &c. (Volume One only)
Edinburgh James Ballantyne and Co. (for Others) 1818 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Edinburgh: James Ballantyne and Co. (for Others), 1818. This is the fourth novel by the Irish Protestant clergyman Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824). He was a friend of Byron and Scott, and an active participant in the early 19th-century literary fascination with the Gothic. Most famous for "Melmoth the Wanderer," this is a more conventional romance, set in Dublin.Rare. This is Volume One only of the original three, a Very Good (Minus) copy. Original calf binding with fancy gilt ruling; five raised bands on the spine; endpapers and page ends are marbled. Clean text; v, 275 pages. Front paste-down has a bookplate of barrister and author Alan Maxcey Galer. The textblock is Near Fine, very bright and clear, without foxing. However, the binding has split at the spine, causing the separation of the front cover and starting of the rear. Please note this condition issue. Quercus must offer this book as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Quercus considers this an excellent candidate for a quality rebind.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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5 Anonymous (Horace Walpole) The Castle of Otranto, A Gothis Story. Translated By William Marshal, Gent. From the Original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto....
London No Publisher 1793 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: No Publisher, 1793. First published anonymously in 1764, this is the defining work by Horace (Horatio) Walpole (1717-1797) and is acknowledged to be the first Gothic novel in English literature. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a later printing ("A New Edition") without a named publisher. Full leather binding; smooth calf, with decorative ruling. Clean text; xv, 200 pages. The textblock is Fine, very bright and clear, free of any foxing. However, the front board has detached, taking the half-title with it; both are present. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of restoration or repair. Because of the quality text, Quercus believes this an excellent candidate for a nice rebind.. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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6 Anonymous (Samule Butler) Hudibras. The First Part. Written In the Time of the Late Wars. Corrected and Amended, With Several Additions and Annotations
London Geo. Sawbridge;and Sold By Matth. Hawkins 1709 Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: Geo. Sawbridge;and Sold By Matth. Hawkins, 1709. Samuel Butler (1613?-1680) is remembered mostly today for this long satirical poem against religious sectarianism. Here is a Very Good (Minus) copy in an early printing from less than fifty years after the First Edition. All three parts (1662, 1664, 1678) are bound together. Full leather binding; five raised bands, label in red with gilt lettering. Clean text; 198 pages, 167 pages, 240 pages, plus a 15-page index. (Volumes II and III have differing publishers.) Illustrated, including the fold-out from Part II. The text is excellent: bright and supple, easily readable. However, the binding has condition issues: the front cover is present, but detached; the front endpapers are missing (Title Page is present, and begins the book); and a "repair" has been done to the spine and front cover with a clear packing tape. Please note these condition issues; although easily fixed, Quercus must offer this book as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Full-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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7 Anonymous (Sir Walter Scott) Chronicles of the Canongate. Complete in Two Volumes
Boston Samuel H. Parker 1828 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Samuel H. Parker, 1828. A two-volume collection of stories by the Scottish historical novelist (1771-1832); although not credited on the Title Page, Scott identifies himself in his Introduction. Volume I (198 pages) contains "The Highland Widow," "The Two Drovers," and "The Surgeon's Daughter." Volume II (242 pages) has only the novelette "The Antiquary. A Romance." These are Very Good copies of the First Edition Thus (Harper had published the year before), quite scarce in the Trade and with only one institutional holding. Leather bound with stamped gilt letting on the spine; books are rubbed at the margins and are lightly foxed throughout. The paper remains supple, and they are quite readable, The FFEP of Volume II has some loss. Withal, although worn, these remain attractive copies of an uncommon Scott title. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 Anonymous (Sir Walter Scott) Kenilworth; A Romance. By the Author of "Waverley," "Ivanhoe," &c. (Three Volumes)
Edinburgh & London Archibald Constable and Co.; and John Ballantyne, and Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 1821 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh & London: Archibald Constable and Co.; and John Ballantyne, and Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1821. Scott's Elizabethan romance was published anonymously, although this was rather a polite fiction. These are Very Good copies of the Second Edition (really, the 2nd Printing), bound in contemporary full leather. Smooth calf boards, ruled and chased in gilt; darker leather spines with six raised bands; darkened red labels for title and the date 1821. Clean text; 320 pages, 339 pages, and 348 pages. Unfoxed; bright and readable today, with marbled endpapers and edges. All are rubbed at the margins, with short splits starting at the top of the spines on volumes One and Two. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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9 Anonymous (Sir Walter Scott) Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border: Consisting of Historical and Romantic Ballads, Collected in the Southern Counties of Scotland; With a Few of Modern Date, Founded Upon Local Tradition
London Thomas Tegg 1839 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Thomas Tegg, 1839. In addition to the famous Waverly novels, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) also edited collections such as this, an early posthumous volume that was originally published in 1802. (In an irrelevant aside, It seems rather odd that six years after his death, his name was not on the Title Page.) Large octavo; publisher's brown cloth binding, ruled, and blindstamped with a wreath (a memorial?) on the front cover. The spine title is bright gilt. Clean text, very bright an supple still; 559 pages, with Scott's 83-page Introduction. Previous (contemporary) owner signature on the title page.Some minor bumping Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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10 Anonymous (Sir Walter Scott) Quentin Durward (Three Volumes)
Edinburgh & London Archibald Constable & Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 1823 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Edinburgh & London: Archibald Constable & Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1823. The First Edition of one of Scott's better-known "Waverly" novels, here in a very attractive period Fine Binding. Three volumes, Very Good Plus to Near Fine. Tan calf binding, hatched and ruled. Three raised bands on the spines, all gilt, with black labels. Clean, bright text; 273 pages, 331 pages, and 360 pages. Marbled edges and endpapers. There are two separate bookplates. On the front paste-downsis the armorial plate of Sir Joseph Radcliffe, Bart (1799-1872), the presumed first owner. On the FFEP, that of Charles De Forest. Volumes are rubbed a bit at the margins, predictably at the corners, and there is a small chip at the spine-head of Volume One. It remains an extremely attractive set. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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11 Anonymous (Sir Walter Scott) St. Ronan's Well. By the Author of "Waverly, Quentin Durward," &c.
Edinburgh & London Archibald Constable & Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 1824 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh & London: Archibald Constable & Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1824. This is a Very Good (minus) set (3 volumes) of the First Edition. Marbled covers and endpapers; black leather tips and spine. The spine is nicely decorated in chestnut, with green and red labels, all filled with gilt. Clean text; 310 pages, 325 pages, and 323 pages with four pages of publisher's ads. The text is still very bright, with only occasional foxing throuout. All volumes are rubbed at the margins, mostly at the foot of the spines; Volume One has a 1" chip at the head. Several gutters are split, but all holding well. This set would be graded higher, except that all boards are somehow warped into a convex shape. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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12 Anonymous (Sir Walter Scott) Waverly Novels. Household Edition. Quentin Durward (2 Volumes)
Boston & Chicago Ticknor and Fields & S.C. Griggs and Company 1858 Reprint Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston & Chicago: Ticknor and Fields & S.C. Griggs and Company, 1858. This is a beautiful pair (Volumes 31 and 32 of a large set) in a full-leather Fine Binding. Smooth calf , ruled in gilt; five raised bands on the spine, highly decorated in gilt; labels in black and gilt; numbers of the set in gilt on the lower spine. Clean texts; 338 and 348 pages. Marbled edges and endpapers. Some very light rubbing at the margins. There is evidence of bookplates having been removed from the front paste-down. These are ASSOCIATION COPIES, with the discreet stamp on the second free endpaper of "Estate of Henry Farnam, New Haven, CT." Farnam (1803-1883) was a surveyor on the Erie Canal, who eventually rose as a railroad president. . Reprint Edition. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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13 Anonymous (Walter Scott) Kenilworth; A Romance. By the Author of "Waverly," "Ivanhoe," &c
Edinburgh & London Archibald Constable, John Ballantyne, and Hurst, Robinson 1821 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Edinburgh & London: Archibald Constable, John Ballantyne, and Hurst, Robinson, 1821. Here is a beautiful, Near Fine set (three volumes) of the First Edition. Still published "anonymously," although the author by this time was well-known. In an original fine binding. Marbled paper boards with leather tips and spine. The spines are highly decorated with gilt designs and the date 1821; red title blocks. Clean text, very bright ,supple, and unfoxed. 320 pages, 339 pages, and 348 pages with four pages of publisher's adverts. There are hints of cracking, but all three are holding nicely. Not common in such nice condition; a proud presence on the shelf. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Half-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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14 Austen, Jane Volume the First. Now First Printed from the Manuscript in the Bodleian Library
Oxford Clarendon Press/Oxford University press/Humphrey Milford 1933 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Oxford: Clarendon Press/Oxford University press/Humphrey Milford, 1933. The first of three early notebooks to be published, with Austen's juvenilia dating from 1793 (?). Although far from her mature powers, rather light-hearted and charming. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Trade Edition. Gray/green paper-covered boards with a linen spine with paper label. Clean text; ix, 140 pages. Very light sunning around the margins, with a bit of rub to the spine label (thoughtfully, Oxford included a tipped-in extra label in the rear). . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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15 Beaconsfield, The Earl of (Benjamin Disraeli) Endymion
New York D. Appleton and Company 1880 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1880. Here is the last novel, a romance, published by Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), noted as Victoria's favorite Prime Minister but also a popular novelist. He was created Earl in 1876. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Decorative red cloth binding with heraldic decorations in black and gilt. Gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 477 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Very bright and unfoxed; easily read. Floral endpapers. There is a faint penciled signature, and the remains of what appears to have been a newspaper clipping regarding "Endymion"on the front paste-down. The previous-owner has made occasional. really unobtrusive, notes in the text. Laid into page 363 is an interesting contemporary clipping regarding the possible plagiarism by the author from Irving's "Annals of Our Time.". There is bumping and rubbing at the margins. A solid copy, but rather worn-looking, and not for the advanced collector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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16 Bell, Currer (Charlotte Bronte) and Others The Green Hand, The Secret Passion, Villette, The Fate, & Singleton Fontenoy, R.N.
New York Harper & Brothers & Burgess, Stringer & Co. 1850 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers & Burgess, Stringer & Co., 1850. Here is an exceptional mid-Victorian omnibus containing five novels bound together; all are the First American Editions. Most prominent is the First American Edition of "Villette," by Charlotte Bronte. Large, heavy octavo; marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and tips. The spine is ruled in gilt, and contains the simple title "Novels." The books are (1) "The Green Hand. A 'Short' Yarn," Harper, 1850, 162 pages, followed by six pages of ads. No author, but George Cupples (1822-1891); (2) "The Secret Passion," Burgess, Stringer & Co., 1848, 230 pages, followed by a one-page ad for "Shirley" and "Jane Eyre", no author, but Robert Folkstone Williams (1810?-1870?); (3) "Villette," published under Bronte's pen-name; Harper, 1853 - her third novel, praised by critics but considered unsuitable for women readers; 184 pages, followed by six pages of ads; (4) "The Fate", no author but George Payne Rainsford James (1799-1860), 130 pages, followed by two pages of ads; and (5) "Singleton Fontenoy, R.N." by Scottish novelist James Hannay (1827-1873), Harper, no date but 148 pages are followed by four pages of ads dated 1850. Rubbed at the margins; front hinge is cracking but holding nicely. Some spotting throughout, though the text is clean and easily readable today. . First American Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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17 Blackmore, R.D. Lorna Doone
New York Merrill & Baker 1900 Limited. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Merrill & Baker, 1900. Blackmore's popular Westcountry tale is here presented in a decorative binding, LIMITED to 450 numbered and 26 lettered copies. Very Good condition; reddish-orange cloth decorative binding, with fancy gilt stamping on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 681 pages; top-edge is gilt, fore is rough-cut. There is no publication date, but Merrill, one of the largest American subscription publishers, was founded in 1893 and moved to Chicago in 1904; Quercus therefore assigns a date of 1900, and will not be far wrong. Light bumping and rubbing to the margins of the spine. The front gutter is cracked but holding. An attractive edition Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Limited.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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18 Blackmore, R.D. Lorna Doone. A Romance of Exmoor
New York J.W. Meyer and Company 1895 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: J.W. Meyer and Company, 1895. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of a reprinting, in a Fine Binding, of the Crowell edition of 1895 (that Title Page is present after Meyer's). Quarter-bound with black leather tips and spine, ruled in gilt, with five raised bands. The titles and decorations on the spine are gilt; boards are a maroon cloth. Clean text; 296 pages; frontis illustration with guard; marbled endpapers. Rubbing to upper spine and rear cover, else a Fine copy. An attractive copy of this famous Scottish tale. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Half-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 Blackmore, R.D. Lorna Doone. A Romance of Exmoor (2 Volumes)
Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto The John C. Winston Co. 1890 Reprint Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto: The John C. Winston Co., 1890. Blackmore's romance of the West Country was first published in 1869; it has never been out of print since. This is a beautiful two-volume set in a Fine Binding. Maroon cloth with fancy gilt scrollwork on the front covers and spine. Clean text; 516 pages (24 illustrations including the frontis) and 565 pages (27 illustrations including the frontis). Included are the Prefaces to both the Sixth and the Twentieth Editions. Perhaps a slight darkening to the spines, else Fine copies. No publication date; Quercus presumes 1890 as possible.. Reprint Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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20 Burns, Robert The Prose Works of Robert Burns; Containing His Letters and Correspondence, Literary and Critical; and Amatory Epistles, Including Letters to Clarinda, &c. &c. Embellished with Nine Beautiful and Highly Finished Engravings
Newcastle Upon Tyne Mackenzie and Dent 1819 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Newcastle Upon Tyne: Mackenzie and Dent, 1819. Robert Burns (1759-1796) wrote romantically in the Scots dialect. Here is a lovely, Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Bound in highly-decorative leather: full calf (marbled); fancy spine with five raised bands and a red label; all filled with gilt. Clean text; 610 pages, with Appendix; marbled endpapers and edges. The text is very bright and supple, with minimal discolorations. Armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Truly a lovely copy, and surprisingly uncommon (Oxford has it, but the LOC only holds it electronically). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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