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61 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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62 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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63 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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64 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; spine 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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65 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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66 Johnson, Samuel The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical (Volume XII Only)
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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67 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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68 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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69 Johnson, Samuel (Editor) The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, By Samuel Johnson. Volume the First (Abraham Cowley)
London C. Bathurst (and 35 Others) 1779 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: C. Bathurst (and 35 Others), 1779. Johnson's began the "Works" around 1740; eventually 52 Poets would be included. This is the first volume, covering Abraham Cowley (1618-1667). Although not much read today, Cowley was famous at the time. At the tender age of ten he had written a decent epic on "Piramus and Thisbe" that had an innovative scheme of his own invention. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. (The first four volumes came out in 1779; when the others were published two years later, the title had been changed to the "Lives" of the poets.) Full leather binding of tree calf with gilt ruling on the covers.The spine has labels in red and black with gilt titling and decorations. Clean text; ix, 365 pages; marbled endpapers. The Contents page is at the rear, which is typical of the age, and the prelims have a "Directions to the Binder" and an Errata page. The text is rather exceptionally bright and clear, with no foxing. Rubbed at the margins and with a crack to the cover that is still holding nicely. An attractive book that presents 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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70 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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71 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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72 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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73 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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74 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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75 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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76 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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77 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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78 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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79 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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80 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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