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41 Martineau, Harriet Retrospect of Western Travel (Volume One only)
New York Charles Lohman 1838 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Lohman, 1838. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) sometimes called "the first modern sociologist;" wrote on history, political economy, and children's literature. Here she penned one of the better American travel books on the mid-19th century and is considered an important source in American history. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (Volume One only of the two-volume set issued). Uncommon to rare. Stiff paper boards that have been rebacked with a new tan cloth spine with black lettering. Clean text, but a moderate amount of foxing throughout (does not affect readability); 202 pages. There is an old library label and a small bookseller's label on the front paste-down.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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42 Martineau, Harriet Retrospect of Western Travel. In Two Volumes
London & New York Saunders and Otley & Harper & Brothers 1838 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London & New York: Saunders and Otley & Harper & Brothers, 1838. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) sometimes called "the first modern sociologist;" wrote on history, political economy, and children's literature. Here she penned one of the better American travel books on the mid-19th century. This is a lovely reprint of the First Edition of 1838; there is no publication date, but bibliographers agree it was issued circa 1942. Two volumes, in patterned decorative cloth bindings with paper labels on the spines. Clean texts; 276 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts for "Important Works" in the front; and 239 pages, with four pages of "Valuable Works" in the rear. Penciled previous-owner signatures on FFEP; some old bookseller notations as well. Lacking a slipcase. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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43 Mauldin, Bill Back Home
New York William Sloane Associates 1947 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Bill Mauldin 
New York: William Sloane Associates, 1947. Bill Mauldin's second book has his famously subversive GIs, Willie and Joe, coping with postwar America. A Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Gray cloth binding with black spine and white lettering. Fresh and supple text to enjoy the cartoons! Previous owner name on FFEP. The DJ is unclipped (design by Oscar Ogg), has minor tanning and chipping at the top. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Bill Mauldin. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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44 McCarthy, Charles A. The Great Molly Maguire Hoax. Based on Information Suppressed 90 Years
Wyoming, PA Cro Woods (Publishing) 1969 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
Wyoming, PA: Cro Woods (Publishing), 1969. Here is an interesting sidebar to the history of the secret Irish labor organization, the "mollies." Mr. McCarthy contends that there was no such organization; it was a fiction perpetrated by Franklin B. Gowen of the Reading Railroad to destroy the attempts to organize labor in the coal fields; he claims to have new evidence, presented here. A fascinating, and an uncommon book; certainly much of the original testimony was tainted. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Bright green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 152 pages, with a two-page author biography in the rear. The dustjacket is unclipped; it shows some minor edgewear and a tear on the front cover. In an archival plastic protector Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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45 Men of the 1st. And 2nd. Provisional Training Regiments. Plattsburg, New York. May 15-August 15, 1917 Rookie Rhymes
New York & London Harper & Brothers Publishers 1917 First Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1917. This humorous volume of poetry and cartoons by a First World War regiment anticipates Bill Mauldin's work in the next world war with its charming insubordination. Life in the army can give one a certain ironic attitude! A Fine copy of the First Edition. Tan paper-covered boards with brown lettering and a cartoon figure on the front cover. Clean text, very bright and fresh; 139 pages, with an extra page in the rear featuring a drawing of a nurse. Illustrated endpapers. A nice souvenir of a horrific war. Lacking the dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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46 Mill, John Stuart The Contest in America
Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1862 First Thus Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1862. In this small pamphlet, which was "Reprinted from "Fraser's magazine," the English philosopher gives his view to the American Civil War, which was just starting. This is a Near Fine copy. Paperbound, with the pages sewn in; 82 pages.Text is bright and clear; no markings. Two small tape repairs to the spine; soiling to rear cover; the front corners are creased from being bumped at some time.. First Thus. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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47 Mills, Luther Laflin (and Others) Henry Martin Boies. Appreciation of His Life and Character
New York Knickerbocker Press 1904 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1904. Here is a memorial volume celebrating a minor figure (1837-1903) of American labor history. An uncommon to scarce book. Although a member of a Zouave militia in Chicago, Boies managed to avoid the Civil War, due to the press of his business interests. However his military education, he was instrumental in formation of the Scranton (Pennsylvania) City Guard, which was, in effect, one of the several private forces mobilized against the Mollie Maguire labor unrest in the coalfields and the Great Railway Strike of 1877. When the governor swore them into the National Guard, Boies instantly went from Private to Major in rank. Quercus refrains from further comment, but notes once again that Orwell was right. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Nicely bound in blue cloth, with black leather spine and tips. Gilt reproduction of the subject's signature on the front cover, gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 297 pages, indexed. Nine illustrations and a frontis portrait. Ten essays, edited by Reverend Josephh. Odell. Top-edge is gilt, others rough-cut.Rubbed along the margins, and a chip to one of the leather corners. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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48 Osofsky, Gilbert (Editor) Puttin' On Ole Massa. The Slave Narratives of Henry Bibb, William Wells Brown, and Soloman Northrup
New York, Evanston, and London Harper & Row 1969 First Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
New York, Evanston, and London: Harper & Row, 1969. Three of the most famous and significant Slave Narratives, an important sourcebook for American and African-American history. Solomon Northrup's memoir was first published in 1853; more recently it was the basis for the 2013 Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave." This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated).Golden brown cloth binding with yellow title and the Harper torch on the front cover. Clean text; 409 pages. Lacking a dustjeacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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49 Owens, John Algernon Sword and Pen; or, Ventures and Adventures of Willard Glazier, (The Soldier-Author,) in War and Literature
Philadelphia P.W. Ziegler & Company, Publishers 1883 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Philadelphia: P.W. Ziegler & Company, Publishers, 1883. Willard W. Glazier (1841-1905) rose to Brevet general in the American Civil War. Afterwards he explored the West and wrote several popular accounts of his adventures. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of a later printing, from three years after the First Edition (1880). Green decorative cloth binding, with fancy gilt and black titling and ruling on the front cover; fancy gilt on the spine. Clean text; 516 pages. Many illustrations. Very light general shelf-wear; a solid and attractive copy.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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50 Parkman, Francis Montcalm and Wolfe (Two Volumes)
Boston Little, Brown, & Company 1899 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, & Company, 1899. Francis Parkman (1823-1893) was the premier American historian of the 19th Century, and can still be read for pleasure. Here are two volumes (the "Illustrated Holiday Edition") from his multi-volume work on France and England in North America, written from 1865 to 1892. Blue decorative cloth bindings with fancy gilt decorations on the front cover and spine. Clean text; xix, 529 pages and xv, 562 pages, indexed. Top edge is gilt. Profusely illustrated; with doubled tissue-guards. Minor shelfwear; Volume One has cracked at the half-title, but is holding very well. . Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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51 Parkman, Francis The Old Regime in Canada
Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1874 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1874. The Fourth Part of Parkman's monumental work on the history of the French and English in North America. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Pebbled green cloth binding, ruled on the covers, with the gilt figure of a Native American warrior on the front cover; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xvi, map, 448 pages; Appendix and Index. Bright and clear. Mildly bumped, with rubbing to head and foot of the spine. A sound copy, and rather uncommon. The half-title page is present but partially detached; otherwise this would have a higher grade.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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52 Peck, George W. Adventures of One Terence McGrant
New York James H. Lambert 1871 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket H,L, Stephens 
New York: James H. Lambert, 1871. Parody US Grant Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by H,L, Stephens. First Edition. 
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53 Pinkerton, Alan Claude Melnotte As a Detective, and Other Stories
Chicago W.B. Keen, Cooke & Company 1875 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Chicago: W.B. Keen, Cooke & Company, 1875. Alan Pinkerton (1819-1884), a friend of Lincoln and McClelland, served as the head of Union Intelligence during the American Civil War. His famous agency specialized in anti-union activities. His writings, probably ghost-written, were very popular. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition ("Fifteenth Thousand") of his second offering in the series. Pinkerton's Preface states that the stories ".are taken from the author's original notes." One never knows how to characterize Pinkerton - as fiction or American history! Purple cloth decorative binding (now faded to brown on spine). Front cover decorations in black and gilt. Present is the Agency's famous motto that "We Never Sleep," but does not have the all-seeing eye of later editions. Four stories are included, with 22 illustrations. Clean text; 282 pages, with 12 pages of publisher adverts for the first book of the series. Interestingly, five of the ad pages are also illustrations. Tipped into the front endpapers is another advert, in red, that perhaps was a hand-out. This copy is worn and rubbed at the margins; gutters are cracked but holding. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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54 Pinkerton, Alan Professional Thieves and the Detective, Containing Numerous Detective Sketches Collected from Private Records
Chicago A.G. Nettleton & Co. 1881 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Chicago: A.G. Nettleton & Co., 1881. Pinkerton made his reputation as an intelligence source for strikebreaking during the labor wars of the late 19th century. His series of titles detailing his successes were probably ghost-written, but were very entertaining and a great feat of marketing that continued after his death. First published in 1880, this is a Very Good copy of a printing from one year later. Decorative maroon cloth binding; stamped in black and gilt, with the Pinkerton eye and motto on the front cover; yhe spine features the eye and lettering in gilt (interestingly, the spine lists "New York" as the publisher's city, not Chicago). Clean text; nicely bright, supple, and fresh; xvi, 598 pages (but the text numbering actually begins with page 17). Rubbed around the margins and with bumped corners; the rear hinge has cracked but seems to be holding nicely. Previous-owner signature in pencil on the FFEP. A decent copy of . Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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55 Pinkerton, Alan Strikers, Communists, Tramps and Detectives
New York & London G.W. Carleton & Company and S. Low & Co. 1882 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: G.W. Carleton & Company and S. Low & Co., 1882. Pinkerton made his reputation as an intelligence source for strikebreaking during the labor wars of the late 19th century. A series of titles detailing his successes were probably ghost-written, but were very entertaining and a great feat of marketing that continued after his death; this is his account of the Great Strikes of 1877, originally published in 1878. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing (1882), and uncommon in such good condition (possibly the best copy Quercus has seen ). Green decorative cloth binding, with gilt lettering on the spine and the Pinkerton motto on the front cover ("We Never Sleep" with a peering eye). Clean text; 412 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear (there is also a list of twelve Pinkerton titles on the third endpaper). Very light rubbing at the margins, and some tiny bubbling, but a very solid copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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56 Pinkerton, Alan The Expressman and the Detective
Chicago W.B. Keen, Cooke & Company 1875 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Chicago: W.B. Keen, Cooke & Company, 1875. Alan Pinkerton (1819-1884), a friend of Lincoln and McClelland, served as the head of Union Intelligence during the American Civil War. He claimed to be pro-labor but his famous agency specialized in anti-union activities after his death. Were they "undercover" or agents provocateur? His writings, probably ghost-written, were popular. This is a Very Good copy of his first publication in the First Edition, with 1874 on the copyright page. Reddish-brown decorative binding, with the famous Pinkerton Eye and "We Never Sleep" on the front cover. Clean text; 278 pages. Some rubbing at the edges, mildly bumped and slightly cocked. Colors still bright; an attractive copy. Size: Atlas Folio - over 23" - 25" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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57 Pinkerton, Alan The Mollie Maguires and the Detectives
New York; London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, & G.W. Carleton & Company (and Others) 1879 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York; London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, &: G.W. Carleton & Company (and Others), 1879. Pinkerton really made his reputation when he broke the Mollies, a secret Irish labor organization, characterized as terrorist. Infiltration, and possible provocation, remain as standard techniques today. His accounts of various successes were probably ghost-written, but were very entertaining and a great feat of marketing which continued after his death. This is a Very Good copy of an early printing, issued two years after the First Edition. Green decorative cloth, blindstamped, with the spine lettering and the Pinkerton "We Never Sleep" logo filled with gilt. Clean text, very bright; 552 pages. Mildly bumped, but the wear is generally confined to some rubbing at the head and foot of the spine. The paste-downs have been reinforced. This is a solid copy, usually encountered in much lessor condition. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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58 Pinkerton, Alan The Mollie Maguires and The Detectives
New York, London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, S G.W. Carleton & Company and S.Low & Co.; Dustin, Gilman & Co.; H.W. Kelley; Geo.M. Smith & Co.; A. Roman & C First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York, London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, S: G.W. Carleton & Company and S.Low & Co.; Dustin, Gilman & Co.; H.W. Kelley; Geo.M. Smith & Co.; A. Roman & Co. Pinkerton made his reputation when he broke the Mollies, a secret Irish labor organization that was characterized as terrorist. His techniques of infiltratio ( and possible provocation) are familiar today. His series of books detailing various successes were probably ghost-written, but were very entertaining and a great feat of marketing which continued after his death (a method, and a marketing technique, that was adopted by J. Edgar Hoover for his FBI) This is a Very Good (Minus) copy the First Edition, which is uncommon. Green decorative Victorian cloth binding, blindstamped, with the Pinkerton eye ("We Never Sleep") on the front cover in gilt; repeated on the spine with gilt lettering. Clean text; 552 pages. Although the green binding is bright, it is bumped and shows some edgewear at the head and foot of the spine. There is some lean, and the front gutter has cracked, although it is holding. Not a beauty, but an important artifact of American labor history. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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59 Poore, Hon. Ben. Perley & Rev. O.H. Tiffany Life of U.S. Grant
Philadelphia Et.al. & San Francisco Hubbard Brothers & A.L. Bancroft 1885 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Philadelphia Et.al. & San Francisco: Hubbard Brothers & A.L. Bancroft, 1885. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the "Memorial Edition" issued by Hubbard just after the passing of Grant (1822-1885). A large, heavy octavo, over 3 pounds in weight. Decorative green cloth binding, blindstamped and filled with gilt. "Elegantly illustrated." Nice steel engraving of Grant as a frontis. Clean text; 594 pages. The front gutter has split and a few of the prelims are missing. The Title Page is loose but present. Therefore Quercus assigns this a "minus" grading and due to the condition issue offers it as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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60 Prescott, William H. History of the Conquest of Mexico (Two Volumes)
New York John B. Alden 1886 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: John B. Alden, 1886. A classic work on the history of the Americas. This is a Near Fine set of the First Edition Thus issued by Alden. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering and a gilt topedge. Clean and bright text; 467 pages and 490 pages, indexed. Illustrated, and with a fold-out map, Some light bumps and very mild wear, else Fine. A very presentable set. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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