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61 Martineau, Harriet The Peasant and the Prince
New York D. Appleton and Co. 1841 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1841. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) is often considered "the first modern sociologist;" with typical Victorian energy she produced works on history, political economy, and children's literature, supporting herself from an early age solely by her writing. For such an important historical figure, it is surprising that no comprehensive bibliography of her works seems to exist. This is an uncommon work; no copies of this edition appear in WorldCat or Copac. Copac notes a London edition from the same year held at the National Library of Scotland. This is a Very Good copy of what must be the First American Edition; identified on the half-title as "Tales for the People and Their Children." Green cloth binding, decoratively stamped on the covers, and with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 174 pages. There are two contemporary previous-owner signatures, one pencil and one ink, on the FFEP. Bumped corners and rubbed at head and foot of spine. There is (very) occasional spotting throughout, and some pencil scribbles on the rear endpapers. These are minor defects; basically a very sound copy of an uncommon title.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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62 McCarthy, Justin & Mrs. Forrester & Edmund Yates Miss Misanthrope. A Novel; Fair Women; & Running the Gauntlet. A Novel
New York & Boston Sheldon & Company & Loring, Publisher 1877 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York & Boston: Sheldon & Company & Loring, Publisher, 1877. Here is a Victorian omnibus edition of three novels, containing the First Edition of Justin McCarthy's scarce novel, "Miss Misanthrope", a popular novel by the famed Irish man of letters (1830-1912), who also served as an Irish nationalist MP during the Parnell controversy. Dark brown leather binding with gilt ruling on the front cover and spine; raised gilt bands on the spine along with the titles. "Miss Misanthrope" is 238 pages. The others are "Fair Women," by Mrs. Forrester (pseudonym for Emily Feake Bridges (1843-1896), 169 pages, Loring & Co., no publication date; and "Running the Gauntlet" by Edmund Yeats (1831-1894), the Fifth Edition, 385 pages, Loring & Co., no publication date but first published in 1867. Minor rubbing at the margins; front hinge is cracked but holding well. A solid copy with clean text; easily readable today.. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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63 McCarthy, Justin & Others Novels. Miss Misanthrope; Fair Women; and Running the Gauntlet
New York & Boston Sheldon & Company & Loring, Pulisher 1877 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York & Boston: Sheldon & Company & Loring, Pulisher, 1877. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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64 Morris, William Prose and Poetry (1856-1870)
London,Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York, Toronto, Etc Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press 1913 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London,Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York, Toronto, Etc: Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press, 1913. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a nice omnibus edition. Maroon cloth binding, ruled, with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 656 pages; includes a two-page index of the first lines of the poems. Frontis photograph of Morris.Touch of rub to tips and margins of the spine; else a Fine copy. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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65 Morris, William The Earthly Paradise. A Poem
Boston Roberts Brothers 1868 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, the Author's Edition "from the Third London Edition." One volume in a green cloth binding, beveled, with gilt lettering and decoration on the spine. Covering March to August in Morris's epic poem. Clean text; 430 pages, with 14 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear, one of which announces that the second volume is "in preparation." Mildly bumped and cocked a bit. Typical rubbing to head and foot of spine; some bubbling and very faint flood marking. While this is a sound copy, it is not the most beautiful, and perhaps not a wise choice for the advanced collector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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66 Pendennis, Arthur Esq. (William Makepeace Thackery) The Newcomes
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1855 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Richard Doyle 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1855. First published in 1854; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a printing from one year later, presumed to bne the Second American Edition. Written under the pseudonym of "Arthur Pendennis, Esq." as the supposed Editor. Two volumes bound together. Marbled paper-covered boards with brown leather spine and tips; five raised bands on the spine, which is ruled and titled in gilt. Clean texts; 210 pages and 202 pages. Although not credited, the numerous illustrations are by Richard Doyle. There are small, faint owner stamps to the first and third free endpapers. Minor rubbing around the margins. A solid copy that presents very well. . Later Printing. Quarter-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Richard Doyle. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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67 Pendennis, Arthur Esq. (William Makepeace Thackery) The Newcomes. Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family (Volume One only)
London Bradbury and Evans 1854 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Richard Doyle 
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854. This is a Very Good copy, Volume One only, of the First Edition. Written under the pseudonym of "Arthur Pendennis, Esq." as the supposed Editor. Nicely bound with marbled boards, with black leather spine and tips. Gilt titling and decorations on the spine. Clean text; 380 pages. Frontis illustration and twenty-two other plates by Richard Doyle. Marbled endpapers and page ends; darkening to the other endpapers and to the plates throughout. Rubbed at the margins. Remains an attractive volume, if not perfect. . First Edition. Quarter-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Richard Doyle. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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68 Peyps, Samuel (and Others) Johnsoniana; Or, Supplement to Boswell: Being, Anecdotes and Sayings of Dr. Johnson
London John Murray 1836 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: John Murray, 1836. For those who cannot get enough of the fabulous Dr. Johnson, here is a nice early-19th Century compilation of further remembrances in a lovely full-leather binding. Smooth calf, ruled in gilt; five raised bands; spine label in red and gilt. Clean text; 530pages, all edges gilt. Very bright, and free of any foxing. This is an ASSOCIATION COPY, with the armorial bookplate on the front paste-down of Sir David Salomans (1797-1873), the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London. Bumped corners, and the gutters are cracked. Althought holding, the covers are very tender, and the book needs conservation. Please note the condition issue; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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69 Pope, Alexander The Works of Alexander Pope Esq. Containing His Miscellaneous Pieces in Verse and Prose (Volume VI Only)
London C. Bathurst (and Eleven Others) 1770 First Edsition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) Near Fine 
London: C. Bathurst (and Eleven Others), 1770. Contains "Imitations of Horace," seventeen "Epistles," fifteen "Epitapphs," and nine other works. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy. Full leather binding. Five raised bands and red and black spine labels. Decorative gilt around the edges of the covers. Clean, complete text; 407 pages; tanned but unfoxed. Armorial bookplate on front paste-down. Heavilly rubbed, with chipping on the spine. The front cover is mostly detached. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repairs or restoration. . First Edsition. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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70 Pope, Alexander (Rev. H.F. Cary, Editor) The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope. Edited By The Rev. H.F. Cary, A.M., With a Biographical Notice of the Author
London Routledge, Warne, and Routledge 1859 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1859. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, in a full-leather Fine Binding. Large octavo; green leather, ruled in gilt, with five raised bands on the spine; very fancy gilt scrollwork; red leather title block. Clean text; xvi, 478 pages. Endpapers and edges are marbled. Armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Contemporary (1861) gift inscription on the second free endpaper. Rubbed at the corners, and with some darkening around the margin of the front cover. A lovely, impressive volume, worthy of pride-of-place should such be required. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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71 Ruskin, John The King of the Golden River or the Black Brothers. A Legend of Stiria
London Smith, Elder & Co. 1863 Fifth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Richard Doyle 
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1863. Ruskin called this a "fairy tale," and he wrote it for the twelve-year-old girl that he later married. It dates to 1841 and was first published ten years later. It became rather wildly popular. This is a Very Good copy of the Fifth English Edition. Bright orange cloth binding, ruled on the covers; gilt titling and decoration on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 64 pages; with twenty-two illustrations by Richard Doyle. Very bright and fresh text. The spine has darkened, and the orange binding shows some soiling. There is an armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. The front hinge is cracked but appears to be holding well.. Fifth Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Richard Doyle. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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72 Scott, Sir Walter, Bart. , The Talisman, & Castle Dangerous
New York Lovell, Coryell, & Company 1880 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Lovell, Coryell, & Company, 1880. Here is a nice omnibus edition, containing three of Scott's works, in a Fine Binding. Marbled paper boards and endpapers with smooth calf spine and tips; the spine has five raised bands with gilt decorations; the spine labels are red and green-black with gilt lettering. Absolutely clean text. "Ivanhoe" is 477 pages; "The Talisman" has vii and 296 pages, with index; "Castle Dangerous" is xiii, 191 pages, with notes and index. Quite a lot of reading material, in a nice format. No publication date, but circa 1880. There is rubbing to the front edge of the boards, else a Near Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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73 Scott, Walter Marmion; A Tale of Flodden Field. By Walter Scott, Esg. In Two Volumes
Edinburgh & London Archibald Constable & William Miller & John Murray 1810 Sixth Edition Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Edinburgh & London: Archibald Constable & William Miller & John Murray, 1810. Scott's epic poem was originally published in 1808. Here are two lovely little volumes, the Sixth Edition, published two years later. Bound in polished cald, with the spine and tips in green; four raised bands, decorated in gilt, with red labels; marbled endpapers. Clean texts; 244 pages and 285 pages. Scott's Notes on the various cantos take up about 70 pages in each volume. The hinges are starting to crack, but still holding. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Sixth Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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74 Scott, Walter The Lady of the Lake
Edinburgh & London Archibald Constable & Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1819 Twelfth Edition Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Edinburgh & London: Archibald Constable & Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1819. Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish poet and historical novelist, fist published the Lady in 1810. Here is a Very Good Plus copy of an early printing, the Twelfth Edition of Sir Walter Scott's enduring poem. Presented in the original Fine Leather Binding. Scarce in the original fine binding. Smooth calf, ruled with gilt; six raised bands on the spine; title in red with all filled with gilt. An extremely handsome book! Marbled endpapers and edges. Clean text, bright and supple; 431 pages. 290 pages are the poem; Scott's Notes to the Cantos take up the remainder of text. Some expected scratches to the covers and the corners have been rubbed (the gilded edges of the corners are still visible; just the edges have frayed). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Twelfth Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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75 Shakespeare, William The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare. Volume the First, Parts I & II. Prolegomena, History of English Stage, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Edmond Malone, Editor
London H. Baldwin (& Others) 1790 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: H. Baldwin (& Others), 1790. "The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes; Collated verbatim with the Most Authentick Copies, and Revised: With the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; To Which are Added, An Essay on the Chronological Order of His Plays; An Essay Relative to Shakespeare and Jonson; A Disertation on the Three Parts of King Henry VI.; an Historical Account of the English Stage; and Notes; by Edmond Malone." These are Very Good (Minus) copies of the First Edition of the Bard's works by Malone ( 1741-1812), whose scholarship regarding chronology (and the spelling of William's last name) is still largely accepted. An historically important work, and Rare.Thiese are ex-libris copies, and would be excellent candidates for a nice rebind. The original full-leather binding is very scuffed around the margins, and the spine has been repaired with cloth tape. There are some typical treatments: blindstamp from academic library on the Title Page; pockets in the rear, blacked-out presentation label on front paste-down; and blacking-out on the page ends (presumably to disguise library stampings). Clean text; (I) lxxix, 414 pages; (II) is 302 pages,102 pages, and 185 pages, continuing on to the end at page 316. There are over thirty publishers listed on the Title Pages, but Baldwin and Rivington are the first mentioned and certainly the most prominent. The textblocks are in excellent condition: bright, fresh, no foxing; the second volume is a bit less fresh, though. These are solid volumes as is, but note the condition issue: Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of restoration or repair. It seems a shame to leave in this state. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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76 Sterne, Laurence The Select Works of Lawrence Sterne in Four Volumes (Volume One only)
London J. Bumpas & Others 1818 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. Bumpas & Others, 1818. Sterne's most famous work is "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," a masterpiece of digression and double-entendre. It was issued in several stages, from 1759-1767. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing, Volume One only of Four, that contains three parts of "Tristram Shandy." Full leather binding: smooth calf, stamped with gilt border; gilt stamping and titling on the spine. Clean text; xxvii, 351 pages. Frontis illustration. Occasional foxing, but generally a bright textblock. Spine is dried but not flaky; cracked at both gutters, attachment weak. Please note the condition issue; Quercus offers this book as a Binding Copy, in need of some repair or restoration. . Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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77 Sterne, Laurence The Works of Laurence Sterne; Containing the Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent., A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, Sermons, Letters, &c. With A Life of the Author, Written By Himself
London George Routledge & Sons 1890 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: George Routledge & Sons, 1890. Here is an attractive Victorian edition of Sterne's major works (including the absurdist "Tristram Shandy," of course) in a Fine Binding. Marbled paper-covered boards with spine and tips in black leather. Five raised bands on the spine, with fancy tooling in gilt. Clean text; 648 pages; very fresh and supple; all page-edges are marbled. There is no publication date, but bibliographers seem to agree on the 1890s. Armorial bookplate on the front paste-down, and a penciled signature on the second free endpaper. Unfoxed; rubbed at the margins. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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78 Swinburne, Algernon Charles Border Ballads
Boston The Bibliophile Society 1912 Limited. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
Boston: The Bibliophile Society, 1912. Once wildly popular, Swinburne (1837-1909) is somewhat out of favor today, perhaps because he was so gifted with rhyme. He may come back; after all, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize five times. These ballads were unpublished at his death. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition, which was LIMITED to 477 copies, with two more retained for copyright. Edited by Thomas J. Wise. Finely bound in a tan cloth with vellum spine with gilt lettering. Clean text; 87 pages; top-edge gilt, others rough-cut. Illustrated with a reproduction of the manuscript page for "Lord Soulis." Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Limited.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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79 Thackeray, William Makepeace The History of Henry Esmond
Garden City De Luxe Editions Club 1937 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
Garden City: De Luxe Editions Club, 1937. This is a Fine copy of a vintage book club edition of one of Thackeray's most popular novel. Tan cloth binding with a green spine; gilt lettering in a black label; filligree decoration. Clean text; 325 pages. There is no publication date, but from 1937 (De Luxe editions have been dated by relevant magazine ads of the time). No dustjacket. A nice way to read or re-read this classic.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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80 Thackeray, William Makepeace Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero
Garden City De Luxe Editions Club 1940 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Garden City: De Luxe Editions Club, 1940. This is a Near Fine copy of a vintage book club edition of Thackeray's greatest novel. Red cloth binding with black spine; gilt lettering on a red label on the spine. Clean text; 379 pages. There is no publication date, but from 1940 (the De Luxe editions have been dated by relevant magazine ads of the time). Two small bumps to the botton cover, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket. A nice way to read or re-read this classic.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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