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21 Martineau, Harriet Hill and Valley, Or Hands and Machinery; A Tale for the People
Hartford S. Andrus and Son 1845 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Hartford: S. Andrus and Son, 1845. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) was a prolific and sometimes controversial writer of essays, novels, history, and children's literature; sometimes called "the first modern sociologist;" she was a rather spectacular intellectual figure of her time. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing of the First American Edition from two years earlier (1843). Uncommon to scarce. Brown publisher's cloth binding; covers ruled and embossed; spine ruled and with gilt lettering. Clean text; 182 pages. Despite occasional spotting, the text is bright, quite clear and readable today. There is a contemporary (1848) inscription on the second free endpaper. Corners are mildly bumped; rubbing to head and foot of spine. An attractive small volume from an important literary figure.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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22 Martineau, Harriet Household Education
Philadelphia Lea & Blanchard 1849 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1849. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) has been called "the first female sociologist." Her 1837 study, "Society in America," which contains a critique of the state of female education, is considered foundational. She was certainly a prominent Victorian public intellectual, friend to J.S. Mill, George Elliot, Carlyle, H.H. Millman, and Bulmer-Lytton. She wrote on history and travel, and translated Comte. She was an activist, and her support for abolition made her unpopular in America. An atheist and in poor health, she had a fascination with Mesmerism. Supposedly, she dated Erasmus Darwin. While not a modern Feminist, she was concerned that women were wasting their talents; she looked to freedom and rationality as goals. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, rather surprisingly scarce. Dark brown cloth binding, decoratively stamped on the covers and spine; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 212 pages. In the rear is a 32-page publisher's catalog, complete with two engravings. The text is spotted but remains clear to read. Contemporary signature on the Title Page. Rubbed at the margins, with chips at both head and foot of spine. Despite these issues, Quercus finds it an attractive as well as an influential book by an important proto-Feminist writer. . First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
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23 Martineau, Harriet The Settlers at Home
London, Manchester and New York George Routledge and Sons 1899 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket P. Ebbutt 
London, Manchester and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1899. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a Later Printing. Green cloth decorative binding, stamped and filled with gilt on the front cover and spine. There is no publication date, but a prize award label on the front paste-down is dated 1899. Clean text; 231 pages, very bright and supple. There are 40 black & white illustrations by P. Ebbutt. Lightly bumped and rubbed. Front and rear hinges have both cracked. A very attractive small book, that needs some reinforcement. . Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. Illus. by P. Ebbutt. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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24 Mill, John Stuart On Representative Government
London Longmans, Green and Co. 1865 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1865. Mill's essay was first published by Parker & Son in 1861; this is a Very Good copy of "The People's Edition" from four years later. An uncommon edition. Small format, in a brown cloth binding with gilt titling on the front cover. Clean text; 141 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Textblock is nicely bright and clear. Bumped corners; spine rubbed at its margins; light fading along the edges; small inkspot on the front cover. . Later Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
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25 Montaigne, Michel De Essays De Montaigne. Avec Les Notes De M. Coste. Nouvelle Edition. Tome VIII
A Londres (London) Chez Jean Nourse & Vaillant 1771 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
A Londres (London): Chez Jean Nourse & Vaillant, 1771. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) eventually wrote three books of his essays, eventually totaling 107 chapters. He was skeptical of human reasoning; interestingly, that does not keep him to be admired in France. This is a Very Good copy of an edition published in England (but untranslated from the original French) that contained ten volumes (this is Book Eight). The publishers, Nourse & Vaillant, were prominent and prolific during the 18th Century. Full leather binding; spine with titling and decorations in gilt. Clean text; 336 pages; endpapers and page ends are marbled. Text is very bright and clear. While a very sound little book, there are several chips to the leather that do detract from its appearance. . Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. 
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26 Pascal, Blaise Pensees De Pascal. Edition Etablie, Annotee et Precedee D'une Introduction Par Leon Brunschvicg Membre De LInstitut
Paris Editions De Cluny 1934 Limited Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Paris: Editions De Cluny, 1934. The "Pensees' (Fragments) of Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), his major defense of the Christian religion, were published posthumously in a rather haphazzard fashion. Since then, attempts have been made to edit them into rational coherence. This is a nice edition of this major work, in French, edited by the philosopher Leon Brunschvicg (1869-1944). An uncommon to scarce edition, which is LIMITED, with the first fifty copies reserved for the Bibliophile Society. This is copy #1895 of an unknown limitation. Marbled paper-covered boards, with brown leather spine and tips. Five raised bands on the spine, with titling in gilt. Clean text; ix, then starts with page nine and continues to 362, followed by the Table of Contents. Top edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Corners have been rubbed, as have the margins of the spine. An attractive book, and no doubt rewarding to read, particularly if your French is better than that of Quercus.. Limited. Half-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
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27 Porter, Miss Jane Thaddeus of Warsaw. With a New Introduction, Notes, Etc., By the Author
New York Syndicate Trading Company 1875 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Syndicate Trading Company, 1875. An historical novel based on the life of Polish and American Revolutionary War hero Andrzej Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817). Written by the Scottish beauty Miss Jane Porter (1776-1850), and originally published in 1803, this work was republished multiple times. This version is part of "the Gladstone Series" of the "Standard Novels." It is undated, but is in the style of 1870 or 1880. Brown cloth covers, blindstamped in a floral design, filled with black, and gilt on the spine. Very Good condition, with very mild rubbing. Clean text; 517 pages. Although there is no foxing, the paper is of a lesser quality and is starting to tan. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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28 Richmond, Rev. Legh, A.M. Annals of the Poor: The Dairyman's Daughter, The Negro Servant, and The Young Cottager
Boston American Tract Society 1860 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston: American Tract Society, 1860. Richmond (1772-1827) was an Anglican clergyman; this includes three novellas that were first published by the (English) Tract Society in 1814; due to popularity, they were re-published many times. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an American printing; there is no publication date, but is circa 1860. Brown pebbled cloth binding, nicely blindstamped. Gilt titling and decorations to the spine and front cover ("God hath chosen the poor of this world. Rich in faith"). Clean text; xviii, 132 pages, 45 pages, and 90 pages. Contemporary inscription on the FFEP. Bumped and lightly rubbed at the margins. The gilt is faded but readable. A solid copy.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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29 Roger, Peter Mark & Barnas Sears (Editor) Thesaurus of English Words, So Classified and Arranged to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition
Boston Gould and Lincoln 1854 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1854. Peter Roget (1779-1869), physician, natural theologian, and lexicographer, had begun compiling his thesaurus in 1805; the First English Edition was published in 1852. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition. Barnas Sears (1802-1880) edited Roget for the American audience. He felt that although it was ".justly held in high estimation both in England and America." he also believed there were too many objectionable words: ".it is not easy to discover any advantage arising from so copious a collection of vulgar words and phrases." Sears, who later would be president of Brown University, was kind enough to edit them out. Brown cloth binding, decoratively blindstamped on the covers; five stamped bands on the spine, with the title and publisher in bright gilt. Clean text; 468 pages, with 12 pages of publisher adverts in the rear. The text is very bright and clear, with only some light tanning at the margins. Faint previous-owner signature (dated 1854) on the FFEP. Very mildly bumped corners, with some rubbing at the corners of the spine. A solid copy of one of the major scholarly works of the Nineteenth Century. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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30 Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Henry the Leper (Der Arme Heinrich) Paraphrased By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Two Volumes)
Boston The Bibliophile Society 1905 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: The Bibliophile Society, 1905. The Bibliophile Society operated from 1901 to 1939, producing many Fine Press editions. These are Very Good (Plus) copies of an edition LIMITED to 447 copies on white Italian paper (10 other on Japanese vellum; 10 others as extra complimentary copies).Tan paper-covered boards with vellum spines with gilt lettering. Volume One reproduces Rossetti's manuscript and is not paginated. Volume Two has 65 pages of Rossetti's translation, in Gothic type , with a frontis portrait by Bicknell. Clean texts; the copyright pages have been notated as "1st cpy," but Quercus declines to state whether this is original or not. Missing is a slipcase; the front cover of Volume Two has faded, and there is some fading at the bottom of Volume One. There is a long gift inscription (dated 1955) on the front paste-down of Volume One; this is the most serious defect of otherwise a lovely pair of books. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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31 Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (Translator) The New Life By Dante Alighieri
London & New York George C. Harrap & Brentano's 1916 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Evelyn Paul 
London & New York: George C. Harrap & Brentano's, 1916. This is a beautiful edition of Rossetti's translation of his namesake, with extraordinary decorations and tipped-in colour illustrations by Evelyn Paul. Clean text; 166 pages; decorative endpapers. There is no publication date, but per COPAC, Quercus assigns a date of 1916. Light soiling , with some slight rubbing at the margins.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Evelyn Paul. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
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32 Rousseau, J.J. Emile, Ou De L'Education. Par J.J. Rousseau. Citoyen De Geneve (Ouvres De J.J. Rousseau. Tome Neuvieme)
Amsterdam Chez Marc-Michel Rey 1778 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) 
Amsterdam: Chez Marc-Michel Rey, 1778. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was a major influence on the European Enlightenment. His novel "Emile" was a primer for what he felt to be good citizenship. Here is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an early edition (first published in 1762), issued five years prior to his death. Full smooth-leather binding with gilt decorations and a red label on the spine with gilt titling. Clean text; 207 pages, including a "Table des Matieres" in the rear. Illustrated with a steel engraving of Mercury opposite page 40. Bumping and rather extensive rubbing to the spine; the label, however, is in good condition and the gilt peeks through. The textblock is unfoxed, with only occasional spots. A very attractive little volume of this major literary work that still presents very well indeed.. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus). 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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33 Spencer, Herbert Essays: Scientific, Political, and Speculative (Three Volumes)
London Williams and Norgate 1883 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: Williams and Norgate, 1883. Today Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) would be termed a "public intellectual." His enthusiasms included anthropology, philosophy, biology, and political theory; he is sometimes termed the "father of sociology." He was a strong supporter of evolution, but had his own rather quirky interpretation. This is a very Good (Plus) three-volume set of his works. Volumes One and Two are from the 1883 edition, while Volume Three dates from 1888. Purple pebbled cloth bindings with decorative ruling on the covers. Gilt lettering on the spine. Clean texts: 450 pages; 418 pages with Index; and ix, 443 pages. Volume Three is designated the "Fourth Edition," with the addition of two more essays. Very bright texts, with some rather minimal scattered spots, mainly near the endpapers. The corners are very lightly bumped and the cloth has faded to tan around the margins. The publishers adverts in Volume Three have been mis-done: 14 pages of "Mr. Herbert Spencer's Works" are in the rear, but pages 15 and 16 are bound into the front. Rather a minor mis-step, but worth noting.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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34 Tennyson, Alfred The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson. Houshold Edition
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1894 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894. This is an attractively-bound late-Victorian edition of Tennyson's works. First Edition Thus, part of the "Household Editions of the Poets." Tan decorative cloth binding, with titling and decorations in black and gilt. Clean text; x, 823 pages, with an index of First Lines. There is no publication date, but a previous-owner signature dated 1894 seems about right; others in the series have been dated here. Mildly rubbed at the margins with very mild bumping, else a Fine copy that presents well.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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35 Trollope, Anthony The Warden
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1859 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1859. First published in 1855, this is the first volume of Trollopes "Chronicles of Bartshire." This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition Thus, the "Copyright Edition." (Starting in 1840, and continuing for one hundred years the Tauchnitz editions protected author's rights on the European continent.) Green cloth binding, ruled in blind on the covers; on the spine, gilt titling, decorative stamping, and ten gilt rules. Clean text; 285 pages. Mildly bumped, page edges a bit dusty. The text is nicely bright and free of foxing; easily read and enjoyed today.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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36 Ward, Wilfrid (Editor) The Dublin Review. Vol. 158, No. 317 (April, 1916)
London & St. Louis Burns & Oates and B. Herder 1916 First Edition Paperback Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London & St. Louis: Burns & Oates and B. Herder, 1916. Started in 1836, with the Irish patriot Daniel O'Connell as one of the founders, this quarterly periodical was the voce of the educated Catholic, actually published in London despite its name. It ceased publication in 1969. Quercus offers this as an interesting sidelight regarding the issues engaging Catholic intellectuals in the month of the Easter Uprising in Dublin. Green paper binding with black lettering on covers and spine. Clean text; viii, pages start at 209 and continue to 416; followed by a six-page catalogue of Burns & Oates titles. Cracked at page 224, causing a shaken feel; edgewear all around. Laid-in is an attractive letterhead from an ecclesiastic bookseller on which notes have been made.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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37 Wilson, Augusta J. Evans Inez: A Tale of the Alamo
London W. Nicholson & Sons 1890 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: W. Nicholson & Sons, 1890. Augusta Wilson (1835-1909) wrote this, her first novel in 1850, at the tender age of fifteen. She went on to become one of the most popular American authors of the 19th Century. A pro-Confederacy propagandist, she also nursed wounded soldiers. This is a much later edition; there is no date, but probably around 1890. This is a Very Good copy of a popular edition in a nice decorative binding. Maroon cloth binding, ruled, with a butterfly stamped onto the front cover. The spine has very fancy decorations, and notes that this is "By the author of 'Infelice'." Interestingly, Nicholson put the book into a beautiful binding, but used a poor-quality paper for the text. Although clean, it is starting to tan. But Nicholson included a Bonus: "Inez" takes up the first 323 pages, and is followed by "Rosemary and Jim" by Mrs. E. Prentiss. Total pagination is 366, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. This volume has some rubbing and some glued repairs, but would be handsome on a bookshelf. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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