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41 McCarthy, Justin The Story of Gladstone's Life
New York & London Macmillan 1897 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & London: Macmillan, 1897. Biography of the famous British Prime Minister by the famed Irish historian. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. 436 pages (indexed); profusely illustrated. A large, heavy book (4 lbs) in a beautiful Edwardian decorative binding: bright red cloth with fancy blindstamping in gilt. Separate cloth label applied to spine. Clean and fresh text. Mild wear at the margins. Small stain on the rear panel is most significant defect. No dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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42 McCarthy, Justin & Justin Huntly McCarthy A History of the Four Georges and of William IV
New York & London Harper & Bros 1901 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1901. Justin McCarthy (1830-1912), a popular and prolific Irish historian and politician, originally wrote this history in 1884; here it was expanded with the collaboration of his son, Justin Huntly McCarthy, a translator, writer of popular historical fiction, and also a Member of Parliament. First Edition Thus. Four volumes, 321 pages, 305 pages, 349 pages, 338 pages with the index. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering. Very Good Plus to Near Fine condition; minor shelf wear and the tops a bit dusty. Clean and fresh text. This set has a UNIQUE ASSOCIATION. All four volumes bear an inscription "To Dearest Justin Huntly McCarthy from his loving father" and SIGNED by the elder McCarthy." No dustjackets. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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43 McCarthy, Justin, M.P. A Short History of Our Own Times. From the Accession of Queen Victoria to the General Election of 1880.
London Chatto & Windus 1891 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Chatto & Windus, 1891. Here is the great Irish historian's condensed version of his multi-volume version, a great source for Victorian history, still relevant today. This is a Near Fine copy of "A New Edition" in a beautiful full-leather Fine Binding. Polished red calf, ruled with gilt. The spine has five raised bands with fancy gilt decorations; the label is green with gilt lettering. Front cover has a school's heraldric device with Latin motto (Apropriately, "With God's Help"). Endpapers and all edges are marbled. Clean text; 448 pages; indexed. Light rub to corners and top of spine; top page edge has darkened a bit. Minor spotting to the endpapers. Else a Fine copy. First Thus. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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44 McNeill, William H. The Rise of the West. A History of the Human Community
Chicago & London University of Chicago 1963 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Bela Petheo 
Chicago & London: University of Chicago, 1963. McNeill's monumental work, an answer to Spengler. This a Near Fine cop[y of the Second Impression of the First Edition. Reddish-orange cloth binding with green edge-staining, white and black lettering. Large octavo format. Clean text; 829 pages, indexed. Illustrated with drawings by Bela Petheo. Mild bumps to corners, else Fine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Bela Petheo. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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45 Mowat, Farley The Farfarers.Before the Norse
Toronto Key Porter 1998 1550139894 / 9781550139891 First Canadian Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
Toronto: Key Porter, 1998. The distinguished Canadian writer here challenges conventional wisdom regarding the Vikinga as the first Europeans to reach North America. A fascinating read. A Fine copy of the First Edition in a Fine, Unclipped dustwrapper. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Canadian Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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46 Norman, A.V.B. The Medieval Soldier
New York Thomas Y. Crowell & Co 1971 0690528213 / 9780690528213 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, 1971. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition, part of Crowell's series on Medieval Life. Gray-green cloth binding with red spine lettering. Clean text; 278 pages, indexed; many illustrations. The dustjacket is unclipped and Fine; in a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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47 Orgill, Douglas Lawrence (of Arabia)
New York Ballantine Books 1973 First Edition. Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Ballantine Books, 1973. This is "War Leader Book No. 18" as part of 'Ballantine's Illustrated History of the Violent Century" a good summary of the factual progress of T.E. Lawrence's astounding military victories. A Near Fine copy, with minimal edgewear. Softbound, with numerous illustrations. Clean text; 160 pages, with Bibliography. Spine crease due to reading, else a Fine copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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48 Orizio, Riccardo Talk of the Devil
New York Walker & Co 2003 0802714161 / 9780802714169 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Fine 
New York: Walker & Co, 2003. Fascinating biography - "Encounters with seven dictators." Slight cocking, else Fine. Unclipped DJ In archival cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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49 Prescott. William H. & John Foster Kirk (Editor) History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic
London Bickers & Son 1879 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: Bickers & Son, 1879. Prescott's history was first published in 1838. Here is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a "New and Revised Edition with the Author's Latest Corrections and Additions" edited by John Foster Kirk. Beautifully bound in smooth green leather, gilt rules on the front cover, with a medallion featuring Saint Peter. Five raised bands on the spine, with gilt ruling and lettering. Clean text; 765 pages, indexed; edges are stained with red; marbled endpapers. This volume previously belonged to a college, whose bookplate is on the front paste-down, and one of the scholars has made numerous pencil notations throughout (evidently he read the entire text very closely). Tipped into the rear endpaper is a magazine article about Prescott from the 1960s. Truly a beautiful copy of this important work of history, deserving pride-of-place in the appropriate setting. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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50 Robertson, William, D.D. & William H. Prescott The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles the Fifth. By William Robertson, D>D> with An Account of the Emperor's Life After His Abdication (2 Volumes Only)
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott & Co. 1882 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1882. A major work of history by two of the most prominent Victorian historians. Two volumes only of the three-volume set. Originally published in 1856; these are Near Fine copies of a "New Edition." Presented in a Fine Binding: marbled paper boards with leather spine and tips; five raised bands, gilt, on the spine, with title and "Prescott's Works." Clean text; 544 pages and 549 pages.Text is very bright, fresh, and supple, free of any foxing Some rubbing to the tips, else Fine copies; a joy to read and to behold.. First Thus. Half-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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51 Rosebery, Lord (Archibald Phillip Primrose) Napoleon. The Last Phase
New York & London Harper & Bros 1901 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1901. Lord Rosebery, a Scottish peer (1847-1929) has been described as a "liberal imperialist." He served only one year as Prime Minister, and his political career faded. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Amewrican Edition (the English version was one year prior) in a very decorative Fine Binding. Bright red cloth with gilt lettering and decorations. Clean text; 283 pages, with Appendix. Top edge gilt, others rough-cut. Two bookplates on the front paste-down, one armorial and the other a small modern. There are some light bumps, and a small smudge on the spine, else Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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52 Skariatina, Irina (Mrs. Victor F. Blakeslee) Former Countess Irina Wladimirovna Keller A World Can End
London & Toronto Jonathan Cape 1931 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) Very Good (Minus) 
London & Toronto: Jonathan Cape, 1931. Here is the story of the Russian Revolution, told in the form of her diary, from the perspective of a powerful aristocratic family. This is a Very Good (plus) copy of the First Edition. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 351 pages. Translated into English by the author. Nine illustrations, including a frontis of Irina (1898-1962) in peasant dress. Light bumping, slight splay. The dustwrapper is Very Good (Minus); it is complete, but it has been price-clipped and has two chips: one at the upper corner of the front, and one on the spine that has been repaired with cello tape. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good (Minus). 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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53 Stanley, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. Or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria (2 Volumes)
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1890 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) led one of the most adventurous of British lives, from serving in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, to his "finding" of David Livingstone, and to tracing the Congo River to its source. He wrote this account of his rescue of Emin Pasha in 1886, which became a very controversial action.These are Very Good copies of the First American Edition. Two volumes, in a green decorative cloth binding, blindstamped with the map of Africa on the front covers; lettered in gilt; portrait figure of Stanley on the spine. Engravings, illustrations, and maps (map is present in Volume 2 pocket; missing in Volume 1). Clean text; 547 pages, indexed, and 539 pages, with Appendix. Occasional smudge from usage. Volume One has an interesting small label on the RFEP from the "Protective Association, Publishers and Bookseller." Generally solid condition, but bindings are rubbed at their margins. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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54 Steevens, G.W. The Tragedy of Dreyfus
New York & London Harper & Bros 1899 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1899. George Washington Steevens (1869-1900), despite his name, was a British journalist, one of the more noted war correspondents of his day. His early study of the "Dreyfus Affair" makes clear the anti-Semitism infecting France. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Dark blue cloth binding, ruled in red, and with white lettering on the cover and spine. (Quercus notes that the binding matches another Harper publication freom 1899 - "The Tragedy of Dreyfus" - and speculates whether they were part of a series.) Clean text; 293 pages, indexed, Previous-owner signature on the FFEP; light bumps; spine rubbed at head and foot. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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55 Vincent, A.L. & Clare Binns Gilles De Rais: The Original Bluebeard
London A.M. Philpot Ltd 1926 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: A.M. Philpot Ltd, 1926. Gilles de Montmorency-Laval (1405?-1440), an army commander who fought with Joan of Arc, is most notorious for his later career as a sadistic and satanic mass-murderer of at least forty (and perhaps more than 80) children. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Olive paper-covered boards with a brown cloth spine; decorative front board with black lettering; gilt lettering on the spine. Illustrated; the introduction is by M. Hamblin Smith. the Medical Officer of H.M. Prison in Birmingham.Clean text; 221 pages. Lightly bumped, and with a few faint stains on the boards. Still, an attractive copy on a fascinating subject. No dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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