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81 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. 
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82 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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83 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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84 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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85 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. 
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86 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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87 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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88 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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89 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. 
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90 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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91 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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92 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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93 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. 
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94 Trollope, Anthony The Bertrams. A Novel
New York Harper & Bros 1859 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1859. Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was a prolific and popular novelist whose reputation and popularity has been restored in the 21st century. "The Bertrams" was his fifth novel, coming on the heels of several failed attempts that had Ireland as the subject matter. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, issued in the same year as the English version from Chapman and Hall. Green pebbled cloth binding with stamped decoration on the front and rear covers, gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 528 pages. There are two previous-owner signatures (1859 & 1941) on the FFEP. Bumped corners and rubbing/chipping to the head and foot of the spine, which has darkened to a dark brown. The front gutter is cracked but holding. Basically a sound-enough copy, but not for the advanced collector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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95 Trollope, Anthony The Bertrams. A Novel
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1859 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1859. 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 468 and 469 in the Tauchnitz series. Bright red cloth with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 400 pages and 392 pages. There are remains of an old cello tape repair visible at the Title Pages, and the spine is lightly faded. 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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96 Trollope, Anthony The Last Chronicle of Barset (Two Volumes)
London Smith, Elder, & Co. 1867 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket George H. Thomas 
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1867. These are Very Good (Minus) copies of the First Edition. Original blue cloth binding with decorative gilt stamping on the front cover and spine. Illustrations by George H. Thomas. Clean texts; both volumes 384 pages (no adverts). Contemporary POS on the FFEPs. The text is very bright and clear, but pages are stiff to turn. Some darkening of the spine and around the margins, but not raffecting the gilt. The corners are bumped, and both volumes are slightly cocked; Volume One has a bump on the bottom of the front cover; both have splits at the spine corners just starting. In an unsophisticated condition, and showing their wear; Quercus suggests these as good candidates for a bit of restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Illus. by George H. Thomas. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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97 Trollope, Anthony The Last Chronicle of Barset. By Anthony Trollope. Copyright Edition. In Three Volumes
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1867 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1867. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the Copyright Edition. Three volumes bound as one, in a small, squat format. First Edition Thus, published in the same year as the English version. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and tips; the spine has seven rules and the titling in gilt. Clean text; 406 pages, 407 pages, and 384 pages. Small American book-binder label on the front paste-down. The text is supple and unfoxed, but there is a single, tiny worm-hole that penetrates about one-quarter of the textblock, starting in the rear. This does not particularly affect reading, but it is most certainly a defect. Corners and fore-edges of the cover are rubbed. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Three-Quarter Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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98 Trollope, Anthony The Last Chronicle of Barset. With Ten Illustrations By George H. Thomas. (Two Volumes)
London Smith, Elder & Co. 1872 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket George H. Thomas 
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1872. First published in 1867. These are Very Good (Minus) copies of a Later Printing, from five years after. Two volumes with marbled paper covers, black leather spine and tips; four raised bands with gilt; gilt titling in red labels. Clean texts; vi, 472 pages; and 463 pages. Frontis illustrations and four others in each volume. Interestingly, the publisher notes on the Title Page that these two books are "Complete in One Volume." (Quercus speculates, with no evidence at all, that "Barset" was so popular that the publisher rushed these into print using the one-volume plates unmodified.) Both volumes are rubbed quite a bit at the margins and the black-coloured spines now are spotty; the gilding and red remain bright. Both books have cracked hinges; while holding, Quercus feels they are weak and offers this set as Binding Copies, in need of some restoration and/or repair. Quercus notes they do look rather attractive when shelved; a shame, since Trollope should be read as well!. Later Printing. Half-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. Illus. by George H. Thomas. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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99 Trollope, Anthony The West Indies and the Spanish Main
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1860 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1860. Trollope is famous for his many novels of English life, but he also wrote in many other genres. 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.) In contemporary quarter-bound leather.Number 524 in the Tauchnitz series. Marbled paper-covered boards with a leather spine. Five raised bands on the spine, with the titling in gilt. At the foot of the spine is a small "10" in gilt, indicating that this was at one time part of a larger set. Clean text; 320 pages; marbled endpapers; top edge is gilt. There is a small, attractive bookplate on the front paste-down. Rubbed at the margins. A sturdy and attractive copy.. First Thus. Half-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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100 White, Gilbert The Natural History of Selbourne in the County of Southampton
London Humphrey Milford 1937 Limited. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Humphrey Milford, 1937. From its first publication in 1789 to the dawn of the 20th Century, White's "Natural History" went through at least 90 editions in the British Isles alone. It continues to delight, and here is a delightful rendering indeed.This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, an edition LIMITED to 500 copies, designated as part of "The Hesperides Series." Full calf leather binding, ruled in gilt on the front cover; the spine is also ruled, with gilt titling and apples as decorations. Clean text; 300 pages, indexed. Faint bumps and some light rub to the foot of the spine; else a Fine copy of this wonderful work. There is a signature (1937) on the FFEP. Laid-in is a rather wonderful essay on the book by Keneth Rexroth (from "The Saturday Review," May 11, 1968). Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Limited.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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