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61 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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62 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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63 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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64 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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65 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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66 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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67 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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68 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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69 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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70 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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71 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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72 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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73 Thackeray, William Makepeace Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero. With Illustrations By the Author
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1848 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket William Makepeace Thackeray 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1848. Thackeray (1811-1863) had only moderate success until this mega-hit satirical novel, which has entered the canon of English literature. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing of the First American Edition. Marbled paper boards and endpapers with leather spine and tips. Four raised bands with gilt lettering and decorations on the spine. Clean text; 352 pages. Light spotting throughout (text remains bright and readable); mild rubbing to the margins. A solid copy.. Later Printing. Half-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by William Makepeace Thackeray. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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74 Trollope, Anthony Ayala's Angel
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1881 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1881. This is a Near Fine copy of the "Copyright Edition," published in the same year as the first trade edition. (Starting in 1840, and continuing for one hundred years the Tauchnitz editions protected author's rights on the European continent.) Three volumes bound together as one, in a modern rebind. Numbers 2001, 2002, and 2003 in the Tauchnitz series. Bright red cloth with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 287 pages, 286 pages, and 287 pages. There are (very) occasional smudges and light wrinkles,; else, a Fine copy.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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75 Trollope, Anthony Can You Forgive Her?
New York Harper & Brothers 1865 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket H.K. Browne 
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1865. The very prolific (47 novels) Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) has recently regained his popularity with serious readers. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition of the first of his "Palliser Novels." Not a common title. Originally published in serial form and in two volumes for the English First; the American version is complete in one volume. Green publisher's original cloth binding; stamped rule on the covers, gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 334 pages, with two pages of publisher adverts for "Harper's Library of Select Novels" in the rear. No publication date, but 1865 (there is a penciled notation on the TP). Illustrated by H.K. Browne ("Phizz"). Occasional spotting only; text quite supple and generally bright. The tissue guard has a tear, but remains in place; mild bumps, rubbing to head and foot of spine. Light general wear, with some light-colored areas on the rear cover. An attractive copy.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by H.K. Browne. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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76 Trollope, Anthony Castle Richmond. A Novel
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1860 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1860. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the "Copyright Edition," published in the same year as the first trade edition. (Starting in 1840, and continuing for one hundred years the Tauchnitz editions protected author's rights on the European continent.) Two volumes bound together as one, in a modern rebind. Numbers 520 and 521 in the Tauchnitz series. Bright red cloth with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 336 pages and 336 pages. The last page of Volume One has a tear that has been repaired with cello tape. Spine lightly faded. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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77 Trollope, Anthony Framley Parsonage (Copyright Edition)
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1861 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1861. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the Copyright Edition (#551 in the "Collection of British Authors"). Uncommon to scarce. Tauchnitz published many works that were intended to secure continental copyright; this edition came out in the same year as both the English (Smith, Elder) and the American (Harper) First Editions, but Quercus is unsure of precedence. Two volumes are here bound together; due to its small format, the book is almost square. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and tips. Gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 369 pages and 356 pages. Small contemporary bookseller label on the front paste-down. Rubbed a bit on the edges; small chip on the front panel. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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78 Trollope, Anthony Phineas Finn. The Irish Member
London Chapman and Hall 1874 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: Chapman and Hall, 1874. The second of Trollope's "Palliser Novels," first published in 1869. This is a Very Good to Near Fine copy of a "New Edition" of Trollope's works. There is no publication date, but per Copac, Quercus accepts 1874. Green decorative cloth binding; floral designs stamped in black; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 569 pages, with three pages of publisher's adverts in the rear (interestingly offering Ordnance Survey maps as "...unquestionally the most perfect ever.") Light bumps, with tiny bit of rubbing at the margins of the spine. An attractive Victorian copy, rather uncommon, and quite readable today.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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79 Trollope, Anthony Rachel Ray. A Novel
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1863 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1863. This is a Near Fine copy of the "Copyright Edition," published in the same year as the first trade edition. (Starting in 1840, and continuing for one hundred years the Tauchnitz editions protected author's rights on the European continent.) Two volumes bound together as one, in a modern rebind. Numbers 680 and 681 in the Tauchnitz series. Bright red cloth with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 280 pages and 276 pages. Lightly faded on the spine; else a Fine copy.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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80 Trollope, Anthony Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite and The Golden Lion of Granpere
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1871 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1871. This is a Near Fine copy of the "Copyright Edition," published in the same year as the first trade edition. (Starting in 1840, and continuing for one hundred years the Tauchnitz editions protected author's rights on the European continent.) Two volumes bound together as one, in a modern rebind. Numbers 1127 and 1225 in the Tauchnitz series. Bright red cloth with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 310 pages and 312 pages. There is an old cello tape repair at the end of the first volume, and lightly faded on the spine; else a Fine copy.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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