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61 James, Henry Jr. Confidence
Boston Houghton, Osgood and Company 1880 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1880. A lightly comic romantic novel, first serialized in 1879. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition. Dark green cloth binding, ruled, and beveled. with gilt titling on the spine. Foot of spine bears "Houghton, Osgood & Co" indicating the First Printing of about 1500 copies. Clean text; 347 pages. Contemporary (1888) signature on the second free endpaper.There is a tiny bookseller label on the rear paste-down. Lightly rubbed at the corners; a bit more so at the head and foot of the spine. Spine slightly darkened, but gilt remains very bright. An attractive, solid copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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62 James, Henry Jr. Hawthorne
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1879 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1879. An early biographical and critical study by James, considered somewhat conflicted as he himself struggled with Hawthorne's influence. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, part of the series "English Men of Letters" edited by (Lord) John Morley (1838-1923), himself certainly a man of letters. Brown cloth binding with red titling on front cover and spine. Clean text; viii, 177 pages, with six pages of publisher adverts in the rear (includes series published and in preparation). Very light bumps; front hinge is cracked but holding nicely. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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63 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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64 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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65 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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66 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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67 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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68 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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69 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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70 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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71 McPhee, John Looking for a Ship
New York Farrar Straus Giroux 1990 0374190771 / 9780374190774 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1990. McPhee's essay on life in the Merchant Marine was first published in "The New Yorker." This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Black cloth binding, title blindstamped on front cover; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 242 Pages. The dustjacket is Fine; unclipped, in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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72 Melville, Herman Omoo. A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas. A Sequel to "Typee"
New York/Chicago United States Book Company. 1892 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York/Chicago: United States Book Company., 1892. Melville's adventures dated to 1842; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an attractive, and uncommon, edition from fifty years later. Brick red cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. The front cover is nicely decorated with a warship and titled in black Clean text; xiii, 365 pages. Lightly rubbed around the margins; the spine has darkened and the gilt lettering is dulled (still readable). A solid copy, and a nice way to read Melville.In an archival plastic protector. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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73 Melville, Herman Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas
London George Routledge and Co. 1850 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: George Routledge and Co., 1850. Melville's sequel to "Typee" was first published by Murray in 1847, preceeding Haper's American edition. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an early printing from three years later. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather tips and spine; gilt ruling, decorations, and titling on the spine. Clean text; ix, 242 pages; bright and clear, with no foxing. There is an undated, but contemporary, signature on Title Page. Armorial bookplate from the prominent Bentinck family on the front paste-down. Light rubbing around the margins; endpapers a bit tanned. An exceptionally attractive copy.. Later Printing. Quarter-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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74 Melville, Herman Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life, During a Four Months' Residence in A Valley of the Marquesas; the Revised Edition, with a Sequel
New York Harper & Brothers Publishers 1857 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1857. "Typee" was Melville's first book, a romanticized account of his adventures as a common sailer. It was one of his very few best-sellers until his redicovery by subsequent generations. This is a Very Good copy of the "Revised Edition' that adds "The Story of Toby." An uncommon title. Dark brown cloth binding, decoratively stamped. Clean text; 307 pages, with a seven-page publisher's advertisement for Melville's new wotk, "Omoo." This is an ex-library copy, from the Franklyn Typographical Society, but the treatments are minimal: a small stamp on the Title Page and a 19th-century label on the FFEP. While this is a sound copy, it is faily rough, with rubbing at the margins and a cloth repair covering the spine. While not a Binding Copy by condition, Quercus thinks that it would be a suitable candidate for a nice rebind.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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75 Munroe, Kirk Campmates. A Story of the Plains
New York & London Harper & Bros 1899 First Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1899. This is the tenth novel written by (Charles) Kirk Munroe (1850-1930), a newspaper reporter, editor, and conservationist. Originally published in 1891; this is a Fine copy of a Later Printing, from 1899. Part of "Harper's Young People Series." Green cloth decorative binding; titles in gilt, with fancy filligre decorations on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 333 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. No dusjacket. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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76 Porter, Bruce & Gelett Burgess (Editors) The Lark (No.2)
San Francisco Wm. Doxey 1895 First Edition Paperback Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
San Francisco: Wm. Doxey, 1895. "The Lark" was a literary, artistic, and humorous journal, comprising some 25 issues, that was published in San Francisco from 1895 to 1897. The editors were Bruce Porter (1865-1953) and Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), artists and critics who led a group calling themselves "Les Jeunes." This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of Issue #2 - the first one to be published by William Doxey. Softbound - thirteen pages of fragile paper, with black and white illustrations; the wraps are stapled together. Despite its fragility, this copy is complete and in rather nice condition, only a bit toned and tattered at the edges. . First Edition. Original Wraps. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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77 Prescott, William H. Biographical and Critical Miscellanies
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1852 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1852. Here is an anthology of the great American historian's essays from "The North American Review." This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Surprisingly uncommon; most institutional holdings are later and from differing publishers. Brown cloth binding with leather tips and spine. Spine has five raised bands with gilt ruling and decorations. There is a red label with gilt titling. Clean text; vii, 638 pages, with a two-page advert for "Valuable Works for Reference" in the rear. Marbled endpapers and edges. Only some occasional spotting throughout, but generally a nice, bright text; very readable today, and probably worth it.. First American Edition.. Half-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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78 Riley, James Whitcomb Rubaiyat of Doc Sifers
New York The Century Co. 1897 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket C.M. Relyea 
New York: The Century Co., 1897. A later work by Riley (1849-1916), the popular, Mid-Western poet who most often wrote in humorous dialect; he was also involved inb the efforts to provide copyright protection to American authors.This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Green decorative cloth binding; ruled and titled in gilt, with colorful design of Doc in his one-horse wagon (shades of green, white, and blue. Clean text; 111 pages. Foxing to the endpapers, spine slightly darkened, mild rubbing to margins. An attractive, solid copy.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by C.M. Relyea. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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79 Roe, Edward P. Nature's Serial Story
New York Harper & Bros 1885 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket W. Hamilton Gibson and F. Dielman 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1885. Edward Payson Roe (1838-1888) was a cleric who later devoted himself to fiction and horticulture; here he combines the two in a series of essays and stories. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition, in a lovely example of Victorian decorative binding. Green and copper cloth, with fancy gilt decorations on the front and spine. Numerous illustrations throughout. Clean text; xvii, 430 pages, with two pages of Harper ads for "Art Books" in the rear. Top edge is gilt. Mildly bumped, mildly cocked, else a Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by W. Hamilton Gibson and F. Dielman. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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80 Seely, Howard A Ranchman's Stories
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1886 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1886. Stories of ranch life in Texas; here is the American West, at a time when it was being lived. Scarce. This is a Very Good (plus) copy of the First Edition. Teal-colored cloth binding, with a gilt decoration of a cowboy roping from his steer; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 356 pages. Label from a period library on the front paste-down (no other treatments). Spine slightly darkened. Mildly rubbed and bumped, and with a slight lean. An interesting and uncommon book. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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