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81 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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82 Melville, Herman Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile
New York G.P. Putnam & Co. 1855 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1855. This novel of the Revolutionary War was a commercial failure for Melville, as was "Moby Dick." Later critics have been more kindly. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition (First State, with the mis-numbered Chapter XIV). A scarce title. Tan cloth binding, heavily stamped with ruling and a decorative device on both covers. Clean text; 276 pages. Penciled names on the front paste-down and free endpaper; bookbinder chop on the FFEP. The text has occasional smudges and floodmarks, but remains clear and fully legible; unfoxed. Bumped to a fray; faded, particularly the spine and margins. The original gilt lettering on the spine is faint but still readable, due to the blindstamping. Certainly not a beauty, but basically a sound copy of this scarce title that might benefit from a bit of restoration. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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83 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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84 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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85 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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86 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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87 Norris, Frank Blix
New York International Association of Newspapers and Authors 1901 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: International Association of Newspapers and Authors, 1901. Benjamin Francis Norris, Jr (1870-1902), influenced by Zola's naturalism, is famous for several "muckraking" novels that are associated with progressive causes for reform. He was also, unfortunately, influenced by the Social Darwinism and Scientific Racism of his day, and tainted by the ever-popular antisemitism. First published in 1899; this is a Very Good copy of a reprinted edition from two years later. Not common. Decorative green cloth binding, with a design of hearts and garlands in red; titling in black on spine and front cover. Clean text; 339 pages. This is an ex-libris book, but the only library treatments are small stamps on the front and rear paste-downs. Lightly bumped; spine slightly faded; some bubbling noted on the front cover.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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88 Norris, Frank Blix
New York International Association of Newspapers and Authors 1901 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: International Association of Newspapers and Authors, 1901. Benjamin Francis Norris, Jr (1870-1902), influenced by Zola's naturalism, is famous for several "muckraking" novels that are associated with progressive causes for reform. He was also, unfortunately, influenced by the Social Darwinism and Scientific Racism of his day, and tainted by the ever-popular antisemitism. First published in 1899; this is a Near Fine copy of a reprinted edition from two years later; regarded as the Second Printing or the Second Edition. Not common. Decorative yellow cloth binding, with a design of hearts and garlands in red; titling in black on spine and front cover. Clean text; 339 pages. Contemporary (1902) gift inscription on the FFEP. Some light spotting on the rear cover. The rather scarce dustjacket is complete, but has quite a bit of chipping along the margins; darkened, more so on the spine. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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89 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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90 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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91 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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92 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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93 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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94 Stevenson, Robert Louis & Lloyd Osbourne The Wrong Box
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1889 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1889. This collaboration became the basis for an extremely funny film. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Blue-green cloth binding with paper labels on the front cover; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 244 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Rubbed at the margins; spine darkened but gilt is still bright. Mildly cocked; notation and signature on the endpapers. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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95 Stowe, Harriet Beecher Dred; A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (Two Volumes)
Boston Phillips, Sampson, and Company 1856 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Company, 1856. The second novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe ( 1811-1896), which followed her greatest success, "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Her title character is a "Maroon," one of the many escaped/freed slaves who began to inhabit the Swamp as early as thwe Seventeenth Century. These are Very Good copies of the First Edition. Brown publisher's cloth binding, with decorative stamping on the covers; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 329 pages, with six pages of publisher's adverts, and 370 pages, with an index. Volume One has an old (19th Century) library label on the front paste-down. There is a contemporary previous-owner signature on the FFEP, along with a small bookstore chop. Corners are bumped, and there is wear to the spine margins. Volume Two has corners bumped to a fray and chipping along the margins. Both texts are bright, with scattered spotting; the gilt lettering remains bright. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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96 Stowe, Harriet Beecher Oldtown Folks
Boston Fields, Osgood & Co 1869 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co, 1869. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, blindstamped with publisher's logo; gilt lettering on the spine. 608 pages. Stowe's seventh novel, following the great success of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (the novels are listed and offered in a Uniform Edition, opposite the Title Page). Clean text, still supple. Moderate wear to the covers, with a bit of fray to the foot of the spine and a scuff to the top of the front panel. The rear gutter is starting, but holding well. This is an ASSOCIATION COPY. Contemporary (1869) previous-owner bookplate/signature to front paste-down of prominent historian John E. Godfrey (1809-1884). A respectable copy. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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97 Stowe, Harriet Beecher Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands (2 Volumes)
Boston & New York Phillips, Sampson, and Company & J.C. Derby 1854 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Hammatt Billings 
Boston & New York: Phillips, Sampson, and Company & J.C. Derby, 1854. These are Very Good copies of the First Edition. Brown decorative cloth bindings, stamped with floral design and lozenge on the front covers; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean texts; ix, 326 pages; and vii, 432 pages. Volume One has a neatly printed name on the FFEP. Volume Two has a contemporary (1864) signature on its FFEP and a gift notation on the front paste-down. Both volumes are rubbed along the margins and show some fading; gilt on spines is still bright; while the text is bright and very readable, the pages are a bit stiff to turn. Spotting is confined to the endpapers. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Hammatt Billings. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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98 Stowe, Harriet Beecher The Minister's Wooing
New York & Boston Derby & Jackson and Brown, Taggard & Chase 1859 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & Boston: Derby & Jackson and Brown, Taggard & Chase, 1859. Stowe's romance of the manners and customs of 18th-century New England is also strongly anti-Calvinist, with her typical sympathy toward the plight of the Negro slave. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First American Edition; originally serialized, this publication protected the copyright. Brown cloth binding, stamped in the blind; gilt lettering on the spine. Bumped with some wear at the margins. Small stain on the fore-edge. Very clean and fresh text; 579 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear, including "The Standard Female Novelists." Penciled previous-owner name on the FFEP. Stowe's works were very popular but have tended to not survive in good condition; this copy is the exception, quite respectable. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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99 Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom's Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly (Volume One only)
Boston & Cleveland John P. Jewett & Company 1852 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston & Cleveland: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. The first novel by Stowe ( 1811-1896), and her most famous. Its characters have entered the American consciousness and are iconic; whatever the literary merits, one cannot deny this book's contribution to the anti-slavery movement. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing of the First Edition (the "Ninety-Fifth Thousand" - some 300,000 were published during the first year of publication). Please note that this is VOLUME ONE ONLY of the two-volume set. Original dark brown cloth binding, decoratively blindstamped. The front cover is stamped with the same cabin scene appearing on the Title Page, and is filled with gilt, as is the lettering on the spine . Clean text; viii, 312 pages. This copy has the correct copyright and printing statements (with Rand & Co added below). The text is very bright and readable, but typically a bit stiff to turn. One signature stands a bit proud and has significant edge-browning (nowhere near the text) The corners are bumped and there is a moderate amount of wear, with several small chips on the spine (there is evidence of a possible old repair to the spine). There is a previous-owner signature and a small bookseller's chop on the second free endpaper; the FFEP has been removed. Still, a better than average copy of this classic tale of The American Dilemma. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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100 Stowe, Mrs. Harriet Beecher Pink and White Tyranny. A Society Novel
Boston Roberts Brothers 1871 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1871. A comedy of manners by an author more famed for the darker side of life. This is a Very Good (PLus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, blindstamped on the front cover, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; viii, 331 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear and fourpages in the front, Mild bumping, slightly cocked. Text is very bright and supple; a solid copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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