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41 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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42 Disraeli, B. The Novels and Tales of the Right Hon. B. Disraeli, M.P. (Four Volumes )
London & New York Frederick Warne and Co. & Scribner, Welford and Co. 1868 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London & New York: Frederick Warne and Co. & Scribner, Welford and Co., 1868. Four volumes of the five comprising the "Disraeli Edition" of his works; coincidently, this edition was issued in the first year he became Prime Minister of England. Bound with two novels per volume. The titles are "Vivian Grey," "Ixion," "Venetia," "Contarini Fleming," "The Young Duke," "Coningsby," "Alroy," and "Sybil."Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copies. Dark brown cloth binding, blindstamped on the covers; spine is stamped with compartments and has gilt titling. Clean texts; bright and clear, unfoxed and supple. Minor rub to the margins. Very attractive copies. Critics often dismiss Disraeli as a "lightweight" author, but he was quite popular in his day.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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43 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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44 Disraeli, The Right Honorable B. (Benjamin Disraeli) Lothair (Three Volumes)
London Longmans, Green and Co. 1870 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1870. This late novel by Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was an immediate hit, supposedly selling out the first run of 2000 copies within a few days. These are Very Good (Plus) copies of that First Edition. Not common. Bound in pebbled green cloth, ruled and titled in gilt on the spine. Clean texts; 328 pages, 321 pages, and 333 pages. Text is very bright and clear, without foxing; easily read today. The corners are bumped, some to a light fray; rubbing at the margins, mainly at the corners of the spine. Solid copies.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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45 Dryden, John The Dramatick Works of John Dryden, Esq. Volume the Sixth
London J. And R. Tonson 1762 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. And R. Tonson, 1762. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing. Smooth calf binding, covers ruled in gilt. Spine is decorated and titled in gilt on two red labels. This volume contains five plays: "Don Sebastian, King of Portugal;" "Amphitryon: Or, The Two Sosia's;" "Cleamenes, The Spartan Heroe;" "King Arthur: Or, The British Worthy;" and "Love Triumphant: Or, Nature will prevail." Clean text; 479 pages; marbled endpapers. Each play has a lovely frontis engraving. Pages are lightly tanned, but unfoxed. Armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Unfortunately, both covers have cracked. The front cover is holding, but the rear cover, although present, is detached. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Considering the quality of the textblock, Quercus considers this an excellent candidate for a quality rebind.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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46 Dryden, John The Dramatick Works of John Dryden, Esq. Volume the Third. Containing Almanzor and Almahide: Or, The Conquest of Granada By the Spaniards. In Two Parts. Marriage A-La Mode. The Assignation: Or, Love in a Nunnery. Amboyna: Or, The Cruelties of the Dutch...
London J. And R. Tonson 1763 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) Near Fine 
London: J. And R. Tonson, 1763. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a Later Printing, containing his famous "Marriage A-La-Mode" and three others. Nice smooth calf binding with gilt ruling on the covers. Five raised bands on the spine, with two red labels; titled and decorated in gilt, with the date "1763" at the foot of the spine. Clean text, lightly darkened; marbled endpapers with an armorial bookplate on the front paste-down (from Dynes Hall, an architecturally-listed building in Essex). Lovely engraved plates for each play. The pagination is quite erratic: unpaginated until 33, after 96 it skips a bit, eventually reaching 455. The front hinge is cracked, holding, but tender, and one of the spine labels has a chip. Despite these defects, it presents rather well.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/Near Fine. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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47 Eliot, George Daniel Deronda (Two Volumes)
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1876 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1876. The last novel by Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), certainly one of the premier Victorian authors. Always interested in social outsiders, the protagonist of this proto-Zionist satire is a Jew, the ultimate Other. These are Very Good (Plus) copies of the First American Edition (Thus), published in the same year as Blackwood's English version. Harper brought this title out in several ways, first publishing it in their magazine. This set is indicated as the "Library Edition," with the notation that a "Cheap Edition" was also available, and this was the eighth volume of Eliot's works. A collector has advised Quercus that the First Edition was paperback, which sounds possible, but Quercus remains unsure about precedence. Pebbled green cloth binding, with covers ruled. Gilt titling on the spine. Clean texts; 411 pages, and 427 pages with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Both have an additional ad on the reverse of the half-title. Although bumped and with the margins of the spines rubbed, these are solid and attractive copies.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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48 Eliot, George Middlemarch. A Study of Provincial Life (Two Volumes)
Boston Estes and Lauriat 1890 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1890. Here is a late Victorian set (two volumes) of Eliot's most famous (probably!) work. Very Good copies, part of th "Sterling Edition" of Eliot's Complete Works. Vlue cloth bindings with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean texts; 446 and 427 pages. There is no publication date given, but the published did editions in 1886 and 1887; Quercus has adopted 1890 as the most likely. time frame. Mild rubbing to the margins; hinges starting to crack, but holding well. Actually, a very attractive set of this famous book.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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49 Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss
New York & Franklin Square Harper & Brothers and W.I. Pooley & Co. 1860 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & Franklin Square: Harper & Brothers and W.I. Pooley & Co., 1860. The second published novel by Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), a classic of English literature. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, published the same year as the English version. Brown pebbled cloth binding, ruled and stamped with a Harper logo. Clean text; 464 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. There is a faint penciled name/notes on the FFEP; head and foot of spine are rubbed; corners are bumped. The rear gutter is cracked but holding. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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50 Fielding, Henry The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams
London & New York John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd. & Dodd, Meads and Company 1929 First Thus Hardcover Fine Near Fine Norman Tealby 
London & New York: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd. & Dodd, Meads and Company, 1929. A beautiful edition of Fielding's picaresque novel.This is a Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. Large octavo. Smooth black cloth binding with gilt lettering and figures in gilt on the front cover and spine. Clean text; xxxi, 349 pages. Endpapers, frontis, and eleven other full-page illustrations by Norman Tealby. The Introduction is by J.B. Priestley, and contains the Author's Preface. The dustwrapper is of black paper, with the titling and figures in blue. Tiny bit of wear and a small chip to the foot of the s[pine; else Fine. In an archival plastic protector.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Norman Tealby. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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51 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq. With the Life of the Author, in Twelve Volumes (Volume VII Only: The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling))
London W. Strahan (and 21 Others) 1783 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: W. Strahan (and 21 Others), 1783. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of Fielding's greatest creation, "Tom Jones." Full leather binding of smooth calf. Clean text; xxiv, 363 pages. Frontis, and one other, engraving. the text is generally quite bright and unfoxed. There is an armourial bookplate on the front paste-down, and a contemporary signature on the FFEP. Bumped corners, with the spine having two large chips. Although holding well, Quercus suggests this would be an excellent candidate for a nice rebind.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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52 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; In Twelve Volumes . With the Life of the Author (Volume I only)
Edinburgh A. Donaldson 1771 Fifth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh: A. Donaldson, 1771. This is a Very Good copy of Volume One (of 12) of the Fifth Edition of Fielding's works. Full leather binding; five raised bands on the spine with gilt lettering and decorations. This volume consists of Fielding's plays: "Love in Several Masques" (1727), "The Temple Beau" (1729), "The Author's Farce, With a Puppet Show" (1729), "The Pleasures of the Town" and "The Lottery. A Farce" (1731). After the plays is the "Life of Fielding" from 1768. Clean text; xxxvi, 272 pages. Marbled endpapers; frontis portrait. Occasional tanning and spotting, but generally excellent: clear and supple enough to enjoy today. Rather attractive on the shelf.. Fifth Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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53 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with the Life of the Author (Volume XI only)
Edinburgh A. Donaldson 1771 Fifth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh: A. Donaldson, 1771. This is a Very Good copy of Volume XI (of 12) of the Fifth Edition of Fielding's works. Full leather binding; five raised bands on the spine with gilt lettering and decorations. This volume contains "Amelia" and an "Enquiry into Robberies." Clean text; 387 pages. Marbled endpapers. The text is excellent; very clear and supple, easily read today. The covers are rubbed at the edges and the edges a bit dusty, but the spine remains bright - very attractive when shelved.. Fifth Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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54 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author (Volume VIII of 12)
Edinburgh A. Donaldson 1771 Fifth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh: A. Donaldson, 1771. This is a Very Good copy of Volume VIII (of 12) of the Fifth Edition of Fielding's works. Full leather binding; five raised bands on the spine with gilt lettering and decorations. This volume contains Fielding's most famous creation: "The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling." Clean text; 396 pages. Marbled endpapers. The text is excellent; very clear and supple, easily read today. The covers are rubbed at the edges and the edges a bit dusty; some staining at the edges, but the spine remains bright - very attractive when shelved.. Fifth Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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55 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author (Volume XII only)
Edinburgh A. Donaldson 1771 Fifth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh: A. Donaldson, 1771. This is a Very Good copy of Volume XII (of 12) of the Fifth Edition of Fielding's works. Full leather binding; five raised bands on the spine with gilt lettering and decorations. This volume contains essays: "Essay on Conversation," "An Essay on the Knowledge of the Character of Men," "The Covent-Garden Journal," "A Charge to the Grand Jury of Westminster," "Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon," and "Fragment of a Comment on LordHolingbroke's Essays." Clean text; 348 pages. Marbled endpapers. The text is excellent; very clear and supple, easily read today. The covers are rubbed at the edges and the edges a bit dusty; some staining at the edges, but the spine remains bright - very attractive when shelved.. Fifth Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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56 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author. (Volume XII Only)
London A. Millar 1766 Third Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: A. Millar, 1766. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of Volume XII only of the Third Edition (of an unknown set). Contains six micellaneous musings: "An Essay on Convewrsation", "An Essay on the Knowledge of the Character of Men", "The Covent-Garden Journal", "A Charge to the Grand Jury of Westminster, June 29, 1749," "A Journal of a Vopyage to Lisbon," and "Fragments of a Comment on Lord Bolingbroke's Essays." Full leather binding of smooth calf, with gilt ruling on the covers. Five bands on the spine, with two labels; titling and decorations in gilt; gilt date (1766) at the foot of the spine. Clean text; 318 pages; marbled endpapers, top-edge gilt. Leather and gilt bookplate on the front paste-down. A very attractive little book; however, the front board has cracked at the spine and is barely attached. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration.. Third Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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57 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author. In Twelve Volumes. Vol. III. A New Edition. To Which is First Added, The Fathers; or, The Good-Natured Man
London W. Strahan (and 22 Others) 1783 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: W. Strahan (and 22 Others), 1783. Here is a Very Good copy of Fielding's plays that were acted in London 1732-1734. Included are"The Mock Doctor: Or, The Dumb Lady Cured," "The Covent-Garden Tragedy," "The Debauchees; Or, The Jesuit Caught," "The Miser," "The Intriguing Chambermaid," "Don Quixote in England," and "An Old Man Taught Wisdom: Or, The Virgin Unmask'd." Smooth calf binding with gilt decorations on the spine. Clean text; 335 pages. Nice frontis engraving. There is an armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Bumped; and rather heavily rubbed on the spine where most of the titling gilt has disappeared (although the gilt decorations can be made out). The hinges are cracked but holding; a bit of reinforcement would be of help here.. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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58 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author. In Twelve Volumes. Vol. V. A New Edition. To Which is First Added, The Fathers; or, The Good-Natured Man
London W. Strahan (and 22 Others) 1783 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: W. Strahan (and 22 Others), 1783. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition Thus: "The History of the Life of the Late Jonathan Wild the Great" with the addition of "The Good-Natured Man." Full leather binding. Ruled in gilt on the covers and spine. Black spine label with title; circular label with "5." Clean text; 331 pages. Marbled endpapers and a frontis engraving. The text is nicely white and fresh, unfoxed. While basically sound, the boards have split and there are several chips to the spine and the front cover. Quercus suggests this would be a good candidate for a nice rebind.. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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59 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author. In Twelve Volumes. Vol. V. A New Edition. To Which is First Added, The Fathers; or, The Good-Natured Man
London W. Strahan (and 22 Others) 1783 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: W. Strahan (and 22 Others), 1783. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition Thus; volume Five only of the original twelve. Smooth calf leather binding. Clean text; 351 pages, with frontis engraving. Armorial bookplate on the front paste-down; contemporary signature on the FFEP. The spine is rubbed and cracked so that the original labels are no longer readable; the edges of the spine are cracked but is holding very well. Despite these defects it is basically a sound copy, and with a nice patina to the leather it presents very well.. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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60 Fielding, Henry The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author. Volume III. The Third Edition
London A. Millar 1766 Third Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: A. Millar, 1766. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of Volume ------only of the Third Edition (stated), containig Plays: "The Mock Doctor;or, The Dumb Lady Cured, A Comedy', "The Covent-Garden Tragedy", "The Debaucheress; or, The Jesuit Caught, A Comedy", "The Intriguing Chambermaid, A Comedy", "Don Quixote in England, A Comedy", and "The Old Man Taught Wisdom; or, The Virgin Unmasked, a Farce." Full leather binding of smooth tree calf with gilt decorative ruling on the covers. Five raised bands and two labels; gilt titling and decorations; with the number "12" of an unknown set. Clean text; 336 pages; marbled endpapers. Bookplate, leather and gilt, on the front paste-down, which has offset a bit to the FFEP. . Third Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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