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81 Tourgee, Albion W. John Eax and Mamelon or The South Without the Shadow
New York Fords, Howard, & Hulbert 1882 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1882. Two novels bound together by the Radical Republican activist Albion Winegar Tourgee (1838-1905). Tourgee argued on the losing side of the infamous Supreme Court case "Plessy v. Ferguson" that affirmed Jim Crow racism in America. History now accords that he was on the correct side morally. This is a Very Good (plus) copy of the First Edition. Tan decorative cloth binding, stamped in black; the spine is black and gilt. Clean text; 300 pages and four pages of adverts by the publisher in the rear; and a one-page ad opposite the title page. Corners are bumped (3 to a fray) and there is rubbing to the head and foot of the spine. But altogether, a very respectable copy that presents well. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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82 Tourgee, Albion W. Pactolus Prime
New York Cassell Publishing Company 1890 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1890. A late novel (his 13th) by the Radical Republican lawyer/activist Albion Winegar Tourgee (1838-1905). Tourgee argued on the losing side of the infamous Supreme Court case "Plessy v. Ferguson" that affirmed Jim Crow racism in Amewrica. History now accords that he was on the correct side morally. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Uncommon to scarce. The novel has as its basis the racial inequality in American education. Cloth binding divided vertically into black and white; lettered in black and silver. Clean text; 359 pages; includes a publisher's list of his books opposite the title. Contemporary label for a "Private Library" on the front paste-down. The spine has darkened, although not affecting the lettering; bumped corners and edges; covers show soiling but not grubby. Mildly cocked. While not beautiful, this is a sound copy of this uncommon work. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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83 Twain, Mark A Tramp Abroad. Illustrated By...Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight Illustrations
Hartford & London American Publishing Company and Chatto & Windus 1880 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Hartford & London: American Publishing Company and Chatto & Windus, 1880. First published in 1879; this is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a Later Printing, from one year later.Brown cloth binding, ruled, with a gilt representation of the author tramping; gilt titling and the tramp standing on the spine.Clean text; 631 pages With a one-page advert in the rear for "The Innocents Abroad" as "The Most Unique and Spicy Volume in Existence." (Quite a nice marketing come-on, if grammatically suspect.) There is a contemporary (1885) gift inscription on the second free endpaper. Rather worn, particularly at the head and foot of the spine, and at the corners, which are bumped to a fray. A good representative copy, but not for the serious collector.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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84 Twain, Mark Life on the Mississippi
Boston James R. Osgood and Company 1883 First Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. One of Twain's most famous works. This is a Good Only copy of the First edition, with its over 300 illustrations in 624 pages. Leather spine and tips; five raised bands on the spine, with the titling and decorations in gilt. The condition is very rough: the spine is cracked and the gutters have been repaired with tape; the page ends are dusty and thwe volume is heavily rubbed; there are two large chips to the head and foot of the spine. Please note the condition issues; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. With the First Edition uncommon and quite pricey, this would be an excellent candidate for rebinding.. First Edition. Half-Leather. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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85 Twain, Mark Mark Twain's Sketches, New and Old
Hartford & Chicago The American Publishing Company 1875 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket F.W. Williams 
Hartford & Chicago: The American Publishing Company, 1875. An early collection of Twain's shorter pieces "Now First Published in Complete Form." This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. (Second State). Blue decorative cloth binding, stamped with black and gilt. Clean text; 320 pages. Numerous black-and-white illustrations by F.W. Williams. Rubbing to the corners and margins of the spine. The rear cover has some bubbling and one corner is rubbed through. Still, a very attractive volume; the colours are bright and it is a gold-mine of great writing.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by F.W. Williams. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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86 Twain, Mark More Tramps Abroad
London Chatto & Windus 1898 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Chatto & Windus, 1898. This is a Very Good copy of the Third Edition (stated) of the English version. Plum-colored cloth binding, with gilt titling on the front cover and spine, Clean text; 486 pages, with 32 pages of publisher's adverts (unopened, dated January 1898) in the rear, and one page of Twain's Works opposite the Title Page. To-edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Corners bumped, spine faded to red, and scattered spotting throughout (mainly near the edges of the pages). Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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87 Twain, Mark The Jumping Frog. In English, Then in French, Then Clawed Back Into a Civilized Language Once More By Patient, Unremunerated Toil
New York & London Harper & Bros 1903 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket F. Strothman 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1903. One of Twain's most popular tales, first published by Webb in 1867. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition Thus (November 1903). Decorative red cloth binding, with the celebrated amphibian in black, green, and white, looking askance. Lettering on the spine and cover in a creamy white. Clean text; 66 pages, with twelve black and white illustrations by F. Strothman.There is a contemporary (1910) notation in ink on the FFEP. Light bumping; spine has darkened, fading the white lettering; on the front cover "The" and "Jumping" are rubbed but still quite visible. An attractive volume, due to the charming cover; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by F. Strothman. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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88 Twain, Mark Tom Sawyer Detective and Other Stories
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1924 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1924. This is a Near Fine copy of a G & D's reprint. Green cloth binding with black lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 217 pages. Decorative endpapers. Perhaps an unread copy, the only flaw is the paper stock, which is tanning. The striking dustjacket is Very Good (Plus) - bright and fresh, showing some edgewear only. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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89 Ward, Artemus Artemus Ward. His Book. With Many Comic Illustrations
New York Carleton Publisher, (Late Rudd & Carleton) 1864 Later Printing. Hardcover Good No Jacket 
New York: Carleton Publisher, (Late Rudd & Carleton), 1864. First published in 1862; this is a Good only copy of a Later Printing (1864). Brown embossed cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. The illustrator is not named in this edition, but it is Mullen. 262 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear (the first two pages are actually additional Ward compositions). POS (contemporary) on the FFEP. Although basically sound, this is a well-worn copy, not for the serious collector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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90 Ward, Artemus Artemus Ward; His Travels. Part I.-Miscellaneus. Part II.- Among the Mormans. With Comic Illustrations By Mullen
New York & London Carleton Publisher & S. Low, Son & Co. 1865 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Mullen 
New York & London: Carleton Publisher & S. Low, Son & Co., 1865. Charles Farrar Browne (1834-1867) became one of the most popular comic writers in America and England under his pseudonym of Artemus Ward.; supposedly he was Abraham Lincoln's favorite author. Here is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition. Green embossed cloth covers with gilt lettering on the spine. Twelve illustrations by Mullen. Clean text; 231 pages, plus eight pages of publisher adverts in the rear. This copy is notable for the excellent quality of the textblock - very fresh, supple, and bright. The covers show typical, but minimal wear; bumped, light soil; lettering on spine still bright. There are two previous-owner signatures: (1) from 1942, on the front paste-down; and another, undated but contemporary, on the third free endpaper. A solid copy of an American classic. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Mullen. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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91 Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
New York Heritage Press 1950 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus Rockwell Kent 
New York: Heritage Press, 1950. George Macy founded Heritage Press to produce lower-cost versions of the works he printed at his Limited Editions Club; in themselves they are beautiful works. Green linen cloth binding, with Kent's decorative of "WW" suggesting leaves in the wind in gilt. Clean text; 527 pages, with index of first lines. This reproduces the text from the 1855 edition, including the Preface. There is no publication date. Macy previously had published LEC editions in 1929 and 1942 (with different illustrators); this one is often identified as from 1936, but to Quercus it feels like a later reprint, and has seen 1950 suggested. This seems to be an artful compromise, and we will accept that for now. Laid-in is a copy of "The Sandglass" was included for the club members. This volume has a hint of darkening on the spine, else a Fine copy. The slipcase has seen the sun, and now is a light green color. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Illus. by Rockwell Kent. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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92 Whittier, John Greenleaf The Tent on the Beach
Boston Ticknor & Fields 1867 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867. Whittier (1807-1892) was one of America's favorite poets in the mid-Nineteenth Century,and a noted Abolishonist. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition in the variant purple cloth binding (now more of a brown). Ruled, with gilt titles on front cover and spine. Clean text; vi, 172 pages. Penciled signature on the FFEP. Shows wear at the margins, but a solid copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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93 Whittier, John Greenleaf The Tent on the Beach
Boston Ticknor & Fields 1867 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867. Whittier (1807-1892), a Quaker, was strongly anti-slavery. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, in the variant green cloth binding. Ruled, with decorative gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; vi, 172 pages. Light wear to the margins; contemporary inked signature on the FFEP. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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94 Wilbur, Homer M.A. (James Russell Lowell) Melibeus-Hipponax. The Biglow Papers, Edited, with an Introduction, Notes, Glossary, and Copious Index
Boston Ticknor & Fields 1856 Fourth Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1856. Written by the American poet and editor James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) under a pseudonym. First published by in 1848, an intended dissent from the Mexican War. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of a Later Printing (Fourth Edition). Issued in the same binding as the First Edition, which Lowell had subsidized himself. Brown cloth, decoratively stamped on the covers, ruled on the spine, with titles in gilt. Clean text; xxix, 163 pages, indexed; with 12 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The text is exceptionally bright and fresh. The first twelve pages, prior to the Title, consist of a satirical "Notices of an Independent Press," including one entirely in Latin. Armorial bookplate of Henry Trowbridge Champney (b. 1825) on the front paste-down. Corners mildly bumped. Penciled date (1855) on the FFEP. A very solid copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Fourth Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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95 Wister, Owen Lin McLean
New York & London Harper & Brothers 1907 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1907. The second novel by Wister (1860-1938), just prior to his masterpiece, "The Virginian." This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing (per WorldCat, it may have originally been published by A.L. Burt, but the copyright page gives it to Harper). Red decorative cloth binding with cowboy in black and a gilt sunrise on the front cover; the spine has gilt lettering and the cowboy's head (and hat!). Clean text; 278 pages, the last page being a poem. Eight black and white illustrations. There is a award inscription on the FFEP for "perfect attendance." Moderate amount of soiling, with the spine faded; corners bumped but not frayed. . Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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