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41 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. 
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42 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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43 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 the First Edition. 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. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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44 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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45 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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46 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. 
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47 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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48 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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49 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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50 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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51 Gay, John The Beggar's Opera
London Daniel O'Connor 1922 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
London: Daniel O'Connor, 1922. This is a beautiful edition of Gay's most famous work, in an edition LIMITED to "1000 copies, of which 950 numbered are for sale." This copy is one of the twenty that are un-numbered. Near Fine copy; blue-gray paper-covered boards with a white linen spine; paper labels on front cover and spine. The introduction is by Oswald Doughty. Clean text; 99 pages, with Notes. Twenty-eight plates and a facsimile of the original Title Page. The endpapers are also illustrated; the reverse of the half-title has a bookplate from a previous owner. Minor bumping. The dustwrapper is of a heavy brown paper with an embossed portrait of Gay on the front cover. There are two chips to the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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52 Godden, G.M. Henry Fielding. A Memoir Including Newly Discovered Records with Illustrations from Contemporary Prints
London Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd. 1910 Limited Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Signed
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., 1910. Gertrude Godden, a noted folklorist, also wrote appreciation of Henry Fielding. Held by major British institutions, but an uncommon title in the trade. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, which has been SIGNED by the author and LIMITED to 250 copies. Ochre cloth binding, with a red spine and paper label (indicating "Edition de Luxe"). Clean text; 326 pages, with Index and Appendix; all pages rough-cut. Profusely illustrated. Very light bumping; spine has faded; spotting to page-ends. Text remains bright and clear, with no sign of foxing. A very nicely-produced book.. Limited. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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53 Goldsmith, Oliver & Austin Dobson (Editor) The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmaith
London Oxford University Press/Humphrey Milford 1927 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: Oxford University Press/Humphrey Milford, 1927. This is a very attractive volume of Goldsmith's poetry, presented in a Fine Binding. Edited, with Notes, by Austin Dobson. Very Good (Plus) condition. Blue linen cloth binding (endpapers the same) with green leather spine and tips; classic five bands and gilt decorations on the spine. Clean text; 278 pages, indexed, with Notes. There is a bookplate, now loose and laid-in, to the front paste-down. Rubbed at the margins, with light soiling. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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54 Johnson, Samuel Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets. Volume the Third (John Dryden)
London J. Nichols for C. Bathurst (and 35 Others) 1779 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: J. Nichols for C. Bathurst (and 35 Others), 1779. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Lovely tree calf binding, ruled in gilt on the covers; sp[ine is titled and decorated in gilt over red labels ("Johnson's Prefaces 61" and "Dryden"). Clean text; 349 pages. Very bright and clear, set in a larger typography than usually seen; unfoxed. The spine has cracked but is holding very well.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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55 Johnson, Samuel The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. A New Edition, in Six Volumes. With an Essay on His Life and Genius, By Arthur Murphy, Esq. Volume the Fifth
Dublin Luke White 1793 First Thus Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Luke White, 1793. This is Volume Five only of the published set of six, the First Irish Edition.Original polished calf binding with gilt decoration. Clean text; iv, 574 pages. Unfortunately, this is a Good only copy, with significant wear. Rubbed, and with the covers cracked; they are holding, but are very weak. Only about one-third of the spine's leather remains. The textblock is in excellent condition; bright, clear, and without foxing. Please note the condition issues; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Because of the quality of the text, Quercus sees this as an excellent candidate for rebinding.. First Thus. Full-Leather. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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56 Johnson, Samuel The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical
London E. Cox, C. Bathurst (& 35 Others) 1779 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: E. Cox, C. Bathurst (& 35 Others), 1779. This is a Near Fine copy of Volume Twelve of Johnson's "Poets," covering the works of the Earl of Halifax, George Stepney, and William Walsh. First Edition. Lovely 18th-Century fine binding in smooth calf; stamped with gilt on the covers; spine has black labels, floral decoration, and ruling. The endpapers are of a very interesting marbling design, resembling modern abstract art! Clean text; starts with Page 215 and continues to 368. Textblock is bright and clear - no foxing. Some offset to the endpapers. Tiny bumps and touch of rub to edge of spine. A lovely copy of this small book.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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57 Johnson, Samuel The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, By Samuel Johnson. Volume the Sixteenth (The Poems of Dryden, Volume IV)
London Printed By R. Hett for C. Bathurst & Thirty-five Others 1779 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Printed By R. Hett for C. Bathurst & Thirty-five Others, 1779. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) began writing his biographies in 1740. This is a Very Good (possibly Plus) copy of the First Edition; later editions changed the title to "Lives" of the English Poets. Full calf binding, ruled in gilt on the front cover. The spine is decorated in gilt; a red label identifies "Johnson Poets 16" and a black label titles it "Dryden's Poems IV." Marbled endpapers; a label on the front paste-down is from the famous estate Shadwell Park (1842). Clean text; 336 pages. Paper is quite bright and clear; unfoxed. Has a ribbon marker. Margins are scuffed/rubbed; the spine is cracked (holding well, though). . First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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58 Johnson, Samuel The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, By Samuel Johnson. Volume the Thirtieth (Addison)
London J. Buckland (and 41 Others) 1790 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: J. Buckland (and 41 Others), 1790. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing, consisting of Addison's Poetry. Smooth leather binding of attractive calf; decorative gilt ruling on the covers. The spine is decorated and titled in gilt, with red and black labels ("British Poets" and "Addison"). Clean text; 348 pages; with Contents at the rear; marbled endpapers. Light rubbing at the margins. An attractive little volume of this seminal work.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 24mo - over 5" - 5" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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59 Lamb, Charles A Dissertation Upon ROAST PIG. An Essay By Charles Lamb
Rochester Leo Hart 1932 Limited/Numbered. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus Wilfred Jones Signed
Rochester: Leo Hart, 1932. Charles Lamb (1775-1834), certainly one of the finest of the English essayists, remains popular to this day. This famous humourous essay was one of the "Essays of Elia" published serially between 1820 and 1824. This is a Near Fine to Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a strikingly-beautiful production, LIMITED to 950 copies and SIGNED by the illustrator, Wilfred Jones (1888-1968). Very scarce. Fancy decorated paper-covered boards, with a vellum spine. Printed on Okawara paper, a truly beautiful production with extraordinary illustrations. The slipcase has some minor shelfwear and some minor chips along the folds. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Illustrator. Limited/Numbered.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Illus. by Wilfred Jones. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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60 Lamb, Charles The Works of Charles Lamb. Including His Most Interesting Letters. Collected and Edited, with Memorials, By Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd
London Bell & Daldy 1867 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: Bell & Daldy, 1867. A Victorian omnibus edition of the works of Charles Lamb (1775-1834), a famed essayist and literati, friend of Coleridge and Wordsworth.This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition Thus, "A New Edition," in a contemporary fine binding. Large, heavy octavo. Marbled boards, endpapers, and edges. Tooled black leather spine and tips; five raised bands; red spine label; all filled with gilt. Frontis illustration. Clean Text; 648 pages. Some foxing, mainly to endpapers; margins are rubbed. This is a handsome publication; however, the front board has split and is barely hanging on. Please note the condition issue; Quercus must offer this book as a Binding Copy, in need of restoration or repair. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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