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21 Butler, Samuel The Genuine Remains in Verse and Prose of Mr. Samuel Butler, Author of Hudibras. Published from the Original Manuscripts, Formerly in the Possession of W. Longueville, Esq; With Notes By R. Thyer, Keeper of the Public Library at Manchester
London J. And R. Tonson 1759 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. And R. Tonson, 1759. Samuel Butler (1613?-1680) is remembered mostly for "Hudibras," his long satirical poem against religious sectarianism. Robert Thyer (1709-1781), Librarian at Chetham, Manchester, was the first to collect his other works. This is Volume Two only of the First Edition. (Although Durham University supposedly has a copy from 1749, this is probably an error, since the Proposal to Publish was in 1755.) Contemporary full-leather Fine Binding; smooth calf, ruled and titled in gilt, with five raised bands on the spine. Clean text; 512 pages; all edges gilt. The front gutter is cracked and the spine has split along the edges; yet both are holding nicely, Previous-owner stamp on the front paste-down. Despite these flaws, this is a handsome book. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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22 Butler, Samuel The Way of All Flesh
Garden City De Luxe Editions Club 1939 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Garden City: De Luxe Editions Club, 1939. This is a Near Fine copy of a vintage book club edition of Butler's most famous novel. Tan cloth binding with green spine; gilt lettering on a black label on the spine. Clean text; 429 pages. There is no publication date, but from 1939 (the De Luxe editions have been dated by relevant magazine ads of the era). Hints of corner-bumping, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket. A nice way to read or re-read a classic of English literature.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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23 Byron, Lord The Poetical Works of Lord Byron, Complete in One Volume
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott & Co. 1842 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1842. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of Lippincott's pocket-sized anthology of the great Romantic poet's work. Green cloth binding, nicely stamped on the covers with the figure of Byron; the spine is ruled, with gilt lettering. Clean text; 608 pages, which remain quite supple. Only very occasional spotting, page ends a bit dusty. The endpapers are stained, else a Near Fine copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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24 Chaucer, Geoffrey Troilus and Cressida. Rendered Into Modern English Verse By George Philip Krapp
New York Random House 1932 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Random House, 1932. This is a Near Fine copy of the First edition Thus, part of the publisher's "Lifetime Library Books" series. Uncommon. Orange cloth binding, with labels on the front cover and spine in black and gilt. Clean text; 309 pages. There is a previous-owner signature on the FFEP, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is unclipped; shows some light edgewear and darkening around the margins. Interestingly, the rear flap advertises the Modern Library editions, where this same title may be obtained for 75 cents less. An attractive book. In an archival plastic protector. . First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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25 Churchill, Charles Poems By C. Churchill. Containing The Conference. The Author. The Duelist. Gotham, in Three Books. The Candidate. The Farewell. The Times. Independewnce. And Fragment of a Journey (Volume II only)
London John Churchill & W. Flexney 1765 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Signed
London: John Churchill & W. Flexney, 1765. Poet and satirist Charles Churchill (1731-1764) seems to have been rather a nasty fellow, at least in print. Evidently he was personally a generous sort. But his satirical poetry castigated many of the actors and writers of the English stage (with the notable exception of David Garrick). Neither Hogarth nor Smollett were spared. This is Volume II only of a two-volume set issued one year after his death; presumed by Quercus to be the Second Edition (the Third came out in 1766). Full leather binding; five raised bands on the spine; red label with the title and "II" in gilt. Clean text; the laid paper is in beautiful condition. Each poem is individually paginated. The last page of "Independence" has an advert for the works of Churchill "to be had of all the Bookfellows in Town." Page eight of "The Journey" (the last page in the volume) has been SIGNED by J.Churchill (his son), named as Churchill's Executor on the Title Page. Very Good (Plus) condition. Contemporary (1787?) gift inscription on the Title Page. Some faint flood marking at the top of pages (not affecting text). The leather binding is rubbed and bumped, but remains very respectable; and the bright and supple textblock, lacking any foxing, raises it to a "Plus." Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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26 Cowper, Willian The Minor Poems of William Cowper of the Inner Temple
London John Sharpe 1818 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: John Sharpe, 1818. William Cowper (1731-1800) was very popular in his day, and is generally considered to be a fore-runner of the English Romantics. Cowper went insane in his 30s, but recovered and was quite productive after his institutionalization. Here is an early posthumous printing of what the publisher's Advertisement calls (rather indelicately ) his "rejected pieces" - although included is "The Negroe's Complaint," which actually is regarded well. Marbled paper-covered boards with a red leather spine and tips; nicely tooled in gilt on the spine, with five raised bands and title labels in green and red. The text is clean, bright, and unfoxed; illustrated with engravings. The tips are rubbed and there is a chip on the lower part of the front cover; the rear cover has a crease. Still, a nice afternoon's read. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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27 De Quincey, Thomas Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Selected Essays. Edited with Notes By David Masson
New York A,L. Burt Company 1890 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: A,L. Burt Company, 1890. First published in the "London Magazine" in 1821, De Quincey is said to have invented recreational drug-taking through his popular essay. This is a Near Fine copy of a popular reprinting of De Quincey's works - part of the publisher's "Home Library" for a literate middle class audience. Includes the Preface to the First Edition of 1822, An Appended Note from 1856, and the Prefatory Notice for the New Enlarged Edition of 1856. In addition to the title essay, it includes "Murder as One of the Fine Arts," "Revolt of the Tartars," and "The English Mail-Coach." Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Frontis portrait; clean text; 369 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts at the rear. There is no publication date, but Masson had edited "The Confessions" as early as 1862 and the Collected Works by 1889; Quercus arbitrarilly assigns this a publication date of 1890, which "seems right." A nice, solid, and attractive copy; containing some of De Quincey's most celebrated works. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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28 DeQuincey, Thomas Literary Reminiscences; From The Autobiography of an English Opium-Eater (2 Volumes)
Boston Ticknor & Fields 1861 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1861. These are Very Good Plus copies of the "New Edition." Brown ribbed cloth bindings, stamped in the blind, with gilt titles on the spine. Clean text; 372 pages and 343 pageswith 16 pages of publisher's adverts (Volume #1 also has two pages in the front listing the works of DeQuincey available). Mildly bumped; edges a bit dusty; some tiny dots of speckling on the spines. A rather pleasing mid-Victorian edition of this classic work. As a very small bonus, Quercus has retained an old penciled price marking in Volume #1 - as an informational guide only! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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29 Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities. People's Edition
Philadelphia T.B. Peterson & Brothers 1859 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus John M'Lenan 
Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson & Brothers, 1859. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition Thus; the front cover has the blindstamped statement "Peterson's Uniform Duodecimo Edition of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens " with "Boz" added to the medalion for good measure. Brown publisher's cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine; with a figure awaiting the guillotine. Clean text; 415 pages, very bright. Peterson, his principal American publisher, commissioned 64 original illustrations for "A Tale" which had copyright in the USA. There are two bookplates on the FPD and FFEP (different names). Mild bumps; pages a bit stiff to turn; crown and foot of spine rubbed. Professionally rebacked. Altogether an attractive copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus. Illus. by John M'Lenan. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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30 Dickens, Charles Barnaby Rudge
Philadelphia Lea and Blanchard 1842 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing of the First American Edition (lacking the point of missing chapter title on p.21). Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and tips; gilt titling with rules on the spine. Clean text; iv, 323 pages; includes the exerpt from "Master Humphrey's Clock" at the end. Although there is occasional spotting and faint floodmarks, the text is generally rather bright and supple; easily read today. There is a small bookplate (contemporary) on the front paste-down, and a later signature on the free endpaper. Covers are rather extensively rubbed, corners bumped to a fray, and there are a large chips on the front and spine; the spine has been repaired with some sort of cello tape. While far from a Binding Copy, this would be a good candidate for a rebind; as it is, a good Reading Copy.. First American Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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31 Dickens, Charles Barnaby Rudge; By Charles Dickens, (Boz.).With Numersous Illustrations By Cattermole, Browne, and Sibson
Philadelphia Lea and Blanchard 1846 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1846. Originally published in America in 1842; this is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing, from four years after. Dark brown cloth binding, stamped decoratively, with title and figure in gilt on the spine. Clean text; 323 pages. Bumped at the corners and general light wear around the margins. Contemporary previous-owner signature on the Title Page. Generally, a sound copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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32 Dickens, Charles Our Mutual Friend
London Chapman and Hall 1865 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Marcus Stone 
London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the last novel Dickens completed, Two volumes, bound together in maroon-colored cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; xi, 320 pages and viii, 309 pages with a one-page publisher's advert in the rear (for illustrated library edition, cheap & uniform edition, and Mr. Dickens's Readings). The illusttrations are by Marcus Stone. Both hinges cracked but holding very well. A solid copy; the "Plus" rating is due to the nicely bright and fresh text.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Marcus Stone. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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33 Dickens, Charles The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
London Chapman and Hall 1844 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket "Phiz" (Halbot Browne) 
London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, rebound in clean maroon cloth with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; very bright and fresh; xiii, 624 pages. Lacking a date on the Title Page, Quercus believes this copy was possibly made up of serial parts: the Preface is dated June, 1844. Points noted: there are 38 plates plus the double Title Page by "Phiz" (Halbot Browne); the errata page has 14 lines; the pound-sign is not transposed (although Ahearn gives this no priority). Given these, this would not be the first issue. This is, nonetheless, a very sturdy copy, given the rebind. The front hinge is cracked but holding well, and there is a short tear to the first ten pages, probably from enthusiastic page-turning. . Later Printing. Buckram. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by "Phiz" (Halbot Browne). 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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34 Dickens, Charles The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
London Chapman and Hall 1880 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown) 
London: Chapman and Hall, 1880. This is a large, heavy octavo in a beautiful Victorian fine binding. Green pebbled leather, ruled in gilt; five raised bands on the spine; titles also gilt. Clean text; 624 pages, with illustrations by Phiz. Pages are bright, unfoxed, and supple. Marbled endpapers and gilt edges. Tiny bit of rub at the tips and edges, else Fine. There is no publication date, but Quercus assumes circa 1880. A lovely book, and a pleasure to hold and read. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown). 
Price: 150.00 USD
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35 Dickens, Charles The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Complete
Brattleboro T.P. James 1873 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Brattleboro: T.P. James, 1873. A great literary mystery is how Charles Dickens would have finished "Edwin Drood" (1870) had not death intervened. Here is a Very Good copy of the First Edition of the first attempt, completed "By the Spirit of Charles Dickens, Through a Medium." Rather uncommon. Terra-cotta cloth binding, ruled, with titling in gilt on front cover; beveled edges; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xvi, 488 pages. Very clean, fresh, and bright textblock; quite an easy read today. Rubbed at the margins, with bumped corners and dulled spine. Looking a bit worn, but a solid copy, nonetheless, with a superior. First Thus. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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36 Dickens, Charles The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
London Chapman and Hall, Limited & W. R. Howell 1880 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket R. Seymour and "Phiz" 
London: Chapman and Hall, Limited & W. R. Howell, 1880. This is a large, heavy octavo in a beautiful Victorian fine binding. Green pebbled leather, ruled in gilt; five raised bands on the spine; titles also gilt. Clean text; 609 pages, with illustrations by R. Seymour and "Phiz." Pages are bright, unfoxed, and supple. Marbled endpapers and gilt edges. Tiny bit of rub at the tips and edges, else Fine. There is no publication date; but assumed by Quercus to be circa 1880. A truly beautiful book, a pleasure to hold and read. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by R. Seymour and "Phiz". 
Price: 150.00 USD
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37 Dickens, Charles The Speeches of Charles Dickens [1841-1870] Edited and Prefaced By Richard Herne Shepherd with A New Bibliography Revised and Enlarged
London Chatto & Windus 1884 Limited/Numbered. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Chatto & Windus, 1884. This is a Near Fine copy of the "Large-Paper Edition" which is LIMITED to 50 copies. Rebound in tan cloth with a calf leather spine, black and gilt leather label. Marbled endpapers. Clean text; 378 pages, indexed. The paper is very bright and fresh. No dustwrapper. Rather scarce; Worldcat reports no copies held. Herne (1842-1895) was a bibliographer who edited many of the Greats of 19th Century literature; he also prepared and published editions of his own that were controversial. This is a large, heavy book and will require extra postage; shipped at cost. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Limited/Numbered.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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38 Dickens, Charles Works of Charles Dickens. Globe Edition. Illustrated from Designs By Darley and Gilbert. The Mystery of Edwin Drood
New York Hurd and Houghton 1871 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1871. Here is a Very Good copy of Dickens's last and unfinished novel, issued as part of the "Globe Edition" of his works one year after the first edition was published in England. Maroon cloth binding with copper lettering on the spine. Clean text; 846 pages (the endpapers are publisher adverts); high-quality paper stock, un foxed or tanned - still quite readable today. Spine has faded to brown but lettering is still bright. A solid early printing of what may be the most fascinating work of the Master. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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39 Disraeli, B. The Novels and Tales of the Right Hon. B. Disraeli, M.P. Venitia. Contarini Fleming
London & New York Frederick Warne and Co. & Scribner, Welford and Co. 1868 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London & New York: Frederick Warne and Co. & Scribner, Welford and Co., 1868. Two of Disraeli the Younger's novels from the 1830s bound as one in The "Disraeli" Edition of his works. "Contarini Fleming" was his fourth (1832) and "Venetia" his tenth (1837) works published. Coincidently, this edition (1868) was issued in the first year he became Prime Minister of England. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy. Dark brown cloth binding, blindstamped on the covers; spine is stamped with compartments and has gilt titling. Clean text; 360 pages and 277 pages. Very bright and clear. Mildly bumped and with some rub to the spine ends. An attractive copy. Critics often dismiss Disraeli as a "lightweight" author, but he was quite popular in his day.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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40 Disraeli, Isaac Calamities and Quarrels of Authors. A New Edition Edited By His Son the Earl of Beaconsfield
London & New York Frederick Warne and Co. First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London & New York: Frederick Warne and Co. Isaac Disraeli (1776-1848) wrote these works in 1812 and 1814; here they are combined in a "New Edition" edited by his more-famous son. Dark brown cloth binding (now lighter on the spine) with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 552 pages, indexed. There is no publication date; bibliographers seem to agree on 1881, which is the year that Benjamin died. Possibly issued posthumously. The spine label has darkened but remains completely readable: Else, a Fine copy, and a fun read as well.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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