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41 Heermans, Forbes Thirteen. Stories of the Far West
Syracuse C.W. Bardeen 1887 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Syracuse: C.W. Bardeen, 1887. The first publication by Forbes Heermans (1856-?), supposedly true stories of the American frontier, but most probably not. Still, an interesting chapter in the literatur of the American West, and uncommon. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition. Dark green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 263 pages. Corners bumped; volume has a lean; a moderate amount of mottling; rear gutter split but holding. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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42 Holmes, Oliver Wendell The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (Two Volumes)
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1890 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1890. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) began his series of light essays with the "Autocrat" in 1858. Here is a small set of two volumes, presented in a fine binding. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and tips. Seven bands on the spine; ruled in black and gilt, dark red labels with gilt lettering. Clean texts; 203 pages, continuous to 442 pages, with index. Marbled endpapers and page-ends. Copyright date is 1889 but the Title Page says 1890 in Roman numerals. The margins are rubbed but these remain extremely attractive small books. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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43 Howells, W. D. The Albany Depot. Farce
New York Harper and Brothers 1892 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1892. American author/critic William Dean Howells (1837-1920) wrote this absurdist farce for "Harper's Weekly" in 1889; it was then published as part of Harper's "Black and White Series." Not a common book, and often omitted from a Howells bibliography. Fittingly, with a white cloth binding with black titling and decorations. Clean text; 68 pages, with four pages of publisher adverts in the rear; seven black and white illustrations by William Thomas Smedley (1858-1920). Very lightly bumped, and the white binding shows some soiling, but the book is still quite attractive.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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44 Howells, W. D. The Mouse-Trap and Other Farces
New York Harper & Brothers 1889 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1889. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Red cloth binding with gilt titling on front cover and spine; reproduced Howells signature on cover. It contains three stories in addition to that of the title: "The Garroters," "Five O'Clock Tea," and "A Likely Story." Clean text; 184 pages, with two pages of publisher adverts in the rear. there are eight illustrations in addition to the frontis. Previous-owner signature (1893) on FFEP. Spine slightly darkened; just hints of rub at the margins, else a Fine copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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45 Howells, William D. Doctor Breen's Practice. A Novel
Boston James R. Osgood 1881 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: James R. Osgood, 1881. William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was often called "the Dean of American Letters." Pun aside, he was a major figure as both a novelist and long-time editor of "The Atlantic Monthly." This is a Very Good copy the First Edition of his tenth work, written in England four years prior to his acknowledged masterpiece, "The Rise of Silas Lapham." Green decorative cloth binding, with blindstamping filled with black and gilt. Clean text; 272 pages. Contemporary (1881) gift inscription on the second endpaper. Slightly cocked, bumped, and with wear at the margins. Spine a bit darkened; old floodmarks throughout. A good exemplar or reading copy, but not for the advanced collector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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46 Howells, William D. Indian Summer
Boston Ticknor and Company 1886 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Signed
Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1886. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Decorative green cloth binding, stamped with a floral design that is filled with black and gilt. Some rubbing at the margins has left these areas more of a greenish-white. clean text; 395 pages, with a one page advert opposite the Title Page. A previous-owner has signed on the Title Page and the front paste-down. There are some bubbles to the cloth on the rear. A solid copy; text is very bright and readable today. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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47 Howells, William D. The Rise of Silas Lapham
Boston Ticknor and Company 1885 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1885. Howells (1837-1920) is regarded as the "father" of American realism; "Silas" is probably his most famous work, a rags-to-riches story mirrored by his Jewish friend Abraham Cahan in "The Rise of David Levinsky." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Terra cotta cloth binding, decorated on the front cover with a floral motif, filled with black and gilt; Ticknor logo bottom of front cover. Spine a bit darkened. Clean text; 515 pages, with publisher advert for "Mr. Howells's Latest Novels" opposite Title Page (indicating 2nd state printing). Some bumps to the margins, rubbing to spine edges. A solid copy of this American classic. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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48 Howells, William Dean Their Wedding Journey
Cambridge The Riverside Press 1895 Limited Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Clifford Carleton 
Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1895. One of the early novels, dating to 1872. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, which was LIMITED to 250 copies. Bound in vellum with decorations and ruling in gilt. Clean text; 399 pages; top-edge gilt, others rough-cut. Contemporary previous-owner bookplate on front paste-down. Corners are bumped and the spine has darkened a bit; head and tail of spine rubbed. The white vellum binding shows soiling; nponetheless, a lovely book, and uncommon.. Limited. Fine Binding. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Clifford Carleton. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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49 Howells, William Dean Venetian Life (Two Volumes)
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1892 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1892. Howells originally visited Venice in 1866, then revisited in 1883, but declined revisions to later publication. His Preface notes that "The book is distinctly a youthful book, for good as well as ill. I might amend it; but I am afraid I should mar it if I meddled with it." These are Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copies of the First Edition Thus, a lovely production in a decorative fine binding. White cloth, ruled in gilt, with a gilt wreath and title on the front covers and spine. Clean texts; 297 pages and 287 pages, indexed. Top edges are gilt, others rough-cut. Many beautiful colour illustrations (with guards). These are possible ASSOCIATION COPIES, with an interesting bookplate for Ellen B. Ballou; Ballou wrote a well-regarded history of the publisher Houghton Mifflin. Mild bumps, slight darkeneing of the spine, light soiling to the vulnerable white binding. Really a lovely set of books. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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50 Jackson, Helen (H.H.) Zeph. A Posthumous Story
Boston Roberts Brothers 1885 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1885. Helen Jackson ("H.H.," "Helen Hunt Jackson") was most famous for her novel of the California Mission Indians, "Ramona," and her advocacy for the American Indian in "A Century of Dishonor." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, decoratively stamped in black on the cover, black and gilt on the spine. Clean text; 253 pages, with two pages of publisher's ads in the rear. The publisher has also inserted a one-page advert in the front endpapers. Contemporary (1886) previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Bumped; slight tan to page edges, rear cover rather mottled. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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51 James, Henry The Ambassadors. A Novel
New York & London Harper & Brothers Publishers 1904 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904. First published in September 1903. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Second Printing from the following year (retains "Published November, 1903" on the copyright page, but with the date changed on the title page). Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 432 pages; top edge is gilt. Very mild bumping; faded to green around the margins. Lacking the scarce dustjacket. A solid copy of one of the high spots of American literature.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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52 James, Henry The Question of Our Speech. The Lesson of Balzac. Two Lectures
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1905 Limited Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905. This is a Near Fine copy of an the First Edition, which is LIMITED to 300 copies. Olive-coloured paper boards with a linen spine with paper label. Clean text; 116 pages. Issued "uncut;" this copy with pages opened. Light bumps to the bottom corners, and the spine perhaps a bit darkened; else a Fine copy. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector.. Limited. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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53 James, Henry Jr. The American
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company & James R. Osgood & Co. 1877 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company & James R. Osgood & Co., 1877. Henry James (1843-1916) remains a colossus of American literature; his modernist novels and literary criticism are still popular. "The American" is an almost picareque treatment of the American naif encountering Europe. Serialized initially in "The Atlantic Monthly," James revised it in 1907 for the New York Edition of his Works. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing of the First Edition (lacking the Osgood imprint on the spine). An uncommon title, particularly in nice condition. Green ribbed cloth binding The front cover is ruled in gilt and has a fancy gilt lozenge surrounding his name. Clean text; 473 pages. Very bright and feresh. There is a previous-owner stamp on the rear free endpaper; also, a faint chop on the front paste-down; hints of rubbing at the margins. Else, this is a Fine copy. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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54 Johnson, William Henry Sir Galahad of New France
Boston Herbert B. Turner & Co. 1905 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Herbert B. Turner & Co., 1905. Johnson's novel about the early exploration of the Mississippi, in a lovely decorative binding. Black cloth, with the decorations in black, red, and gilt. Clean text; 356 pages; decorative endpapers. Mildly bumped, else a Fine copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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55 Jones, Edward F. Richard Baxter. A Story of New England Life of 1830 to 1840
New York The Grafton Press 1903 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: The Grafton Press, 1903. Jones (1828-1913) was a businessman, politician, and Civil War Brevet General; this is his only novel. Tan decorative binding, with a striking illustration of an African-American angel with harp stamped in black, red, and white. Clean text; xiv, 331 pages; top-edge gilt. Black and white illustrations and an Introduction by Reverend Edward Frederick Trefz. A moderate amount of soiling, hints of bumping. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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56 Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley) My Opinions and Betsey Bobbet's. Designed as a Beacon of Light, to Guide Women to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, But Which May be Read By Members of the Sterner Sect, Without Injury to Themselves or the Book
Hartford, Toledo, Chicago & Cincinnati American Publishing Company, W.H. Bliss & Co., F.G. Gilman & Co., Nettleton & Co. 1873 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Hartford, Toledo, Chicago & Cincinnati: American Publishing Company, W.H. Bliss & Co., F.G. Gilman & Co., Nettleton & Co., 1873. Marietta Holley (1836-1926) was one of America's few women humorists and her popularity rivaled that of Mark Twain. Holley wrote about common life, often in dialect, with malaproprisms galore.This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition of the author's first book, which was sold by subscription only. Green decorative cloth binding, heavily stamped on the covers, with titling on the spine in gilt. Clean text; 432 pages. Many great illustrations throughout. Contains two very interesting pages from the publisher in the rear: the first is an American Publishing catalog, while the second page is addressed "To the Public" in regard to pirate publishers. This copy, while basically sound, is bumped and cocked; there is a small worm-hole that covers the first 255 pages. It does not affect the text-block. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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57 Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley) Samantha Among the Colored Folks. "My Ideas on the Race Problem"
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1898 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket E.W. Kemble 
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1898. Marietta Holley (1836-1926) was one of America's few women humorists and her popularity rivaled that of Mark Twain. Holley wrote about common life, often in dialect. Originally published in 1892 as "Samantha on the Race Problem," and sold by subscription only, the publisher re-titled it for this "new edition for popular sale." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus. Dark blue cloth binding, ruled in white, with gilt titling on the cover and spine. Clean text; 387 pages; top-edge gilt; with many beautiful illustrations by E.W. Kemble, who also illustrated Twain's works. Mild bumps, light wear, a very solid copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by E.W. Kemble. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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58 Kennedy, R. Emmet Black Cameos
New York Albert & Charles Boni 1924 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Edward Larocque Tinker 
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1924. Transcriptions of songs and stories from Louisiana, mostly in dialect; a great source for studying the literature and music derived from African and slave culture. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Yellow decorative cloth binding with black and red. Clean text; 210 pages; decorative endpapers. great black-and-white illustrations by Edward Tinker. Lacking the dustjacket. Spine is a bit darkened and rubbed. Penciled signature and gift inscription on the front endpapers. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Edward Larocque Tinker. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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59 Lanier, Sidney Poems of Sidney Lanier. Edited By His Wife. With a Memorial By William Hayes Ward
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1903 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903. Sidney Lanier (1842-1881) was a musician, a poet, and a veteran of the American Civil War, all of which intertwine in his works; now regarded as the most famous "Southern Poet," Here is a lovely posthumous edition of his poetry, edited by his wife Mary. Green cloth binding, ruled and decorated in gilt. Clean text; 260 pages. Some light soiling, else Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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60 Lowell, James Russell Literary Essays (3 Volumes)
Boston & New York Houghton Mifflin 1899 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1899. This is an attractive set of the Riverside Edition of "The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry." These Three volumes cover his Literary Essays. Maroon cloth bindings with lettering on the spine in gilt; top edges are gilt. Clean text; 381 pages, 398 pages, and 366 pages. Very close to a Fine set, with very light soiling. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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