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81 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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82 Thorin, Duane A Ride to Panmujon
Chicago Henry Regnery Company 1956 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Signed
Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1956. Duane Thorin (1919-2002) based his only novel on his experiences as a prisoner of war in North Korea; after his service, he continued his concerns as an expert in American foreign policy. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Dark blue cloth binding with white lettering on the spine. Clean text; 303 pages. Just a hint of sun toi the top, else a Fine copy that has been SIGNED by the author on the FFEP. The striking dustjacket (design by Jack Boyd) is unclipped. Very Good condition, with chipping and creasing, mainly along the top edge; there is a larger chip at the crown of the spine, but it does not affect the lettering. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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83 Tourgee, Albion W. A Fool's Errand. By One of the Fools
New York Fords, Howard, & Hulbert 1879 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1879. One of several best-selling novels written by the Radical Republican activist Albion Winegar Tourgee (1838-1905), who argued on the losing side of the famous Supreme Court case "Plessy v. Ferguson." History now accords that he was on the correct side morally. An anti-Ku Klux Klan story that Tourgee expanded a year later. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Ochre cloth binding (now a bit darker on the spine) with blindstamped decorations in black; gilt lettering on the spine. 361 pages, with 5 pages of publisher's adverts in the front and another 3 in the rear. The text is clean, fresh, and supple. Quite readable. The corners are mildly bumped towards starting to fray. Moderate wear. A respectable copy of an important work, still interesting to read today. No dustjacket. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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84 Tourgee, Albion W. A Fool's Errand. By One of the Fools
New York Fords, Howard, & Hulbert 1880 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1880. An anti-Klan novel, one of several written 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. Still published anonymously, but the ads name the author. This is a Fine copy of a later printing of the First Edition (which was issued in 1879); brown cloth binding with blindstamped decorations in black; gilt lettering on the spine. 361 pages, with five pages of publisher's adverts in the front and another four in the rear. The text is clean, fresh, and supple. Quite readable. The corners have a hint of bumping; perhaps the best copy Quercus has seen. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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85 Tourgee, Albion W. A Fool's Errand. By One of the Fools
New York Fords, Howard, & Hulbert First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert The most famous anti-Klan novel written by the Radical Republican activist Albion Winegar Tourgee (1838-1905). A lawyer, 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 Near Fine copy of the First Edition, perhaps the cleanest Quercus has seen. Dark tan/brown decorative cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 361 pages. There are four pages of Press Notices in the front and 4 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Very bright and supple. There is a tiny (contemporary) bookseller sticker on the front paste-down; two (penciled) previous-owner signatures on the front endpapers. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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86 Tourgee, Albion W. A Royal Gentleman and Zouri's Christmas, By the Same Author
New York & Chicago Fords, Howard, & Hulbert and Weston Hulbert 1881 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & Chicago: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert and Weston Hulbert, 1881. Albion Tourgee (1838-1905), a major figure of the Reconstruction following the American Civil War, argued on the losing side of the notorious Supreme Court case "Plessy v. Ferguson." History now recognizes him to have been on the right side, morally. A Radical Republican, his popular novels were told with sympathy toward the African-American experience. Written in 1869, and published under a different title in 1874. This is a New Edition, intended to complete Tougee's series of novels about slavery, and adds the story "Zouri's Christmas." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus. Umber-colored decorative cloth binding, stamped and filled with black and gilt. Clean text; 529 pages with 4 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. There is a contemporary gift inscription on the FFEP which, interestingly, is dated "1879" - two years prior to the printed publication date. There is also a modern previous-owner label on the front paste-down. Rubbed at the margins, but not badly, with bumped corners. A solid copy of an important work of post-Civil War literature. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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87 Tourgee, Albion W. Bricks Without Straw. A Novel
New York Fords, Howard, & Hulbert 1880 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1880. Albion Tourgee (1838-1905), a major figure of the Reconstruction following the American Civil War, argued on the losing side of the notorious Supreme Court case "Plessy v. Ferguson." History now recognizes him to have been on the correct side, morally. A Radical Republican, his popular novels were told with sympathy toward the African-American experience. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Red cloth binding witha highly-decorative blindstamed design on both front & back covers); gilt lettering on the spine. All very bright. Clean and fresh text; supple and quite readable. 521 pages with 4 pages of publisher's adverts in the back. Contemporary previous-owner signature on the FFEP. This copy lacks the erratum slip for Page 343; it is a Second State, as the text has been corrected. An extremely attractive copy by a major figure in American legal and political history. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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88 Tourgee, Albion W. Figs and Thistles: A Romance of the Western Reserve
New York Fords, Howard, & Hulbert 1879 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1879. Albion Tourgee (1838-1905) was a prominent Radical Republican in the era of Reconstruction. His novels, with their anti-Klan emphasis, were very popular. A lawyer, he would go on to argue for the losing side in "Plessy v. Ferguson," a landmark legal case that enshrined racial prejudice in America until 1964. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition (although Quercus believes that this must be a later printing, as the publisher's ad in the rear offers "Bricks Without Straw," which was published in 1880). Bright red decorative cloth binding, heavily stamped designs in black, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 538 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Corners are lightly bumped and the foot of the spine is a bit rubbed; although an attractive copy, with the red binding still bright, some water spots on the front cover keep it from Near Fine in condition. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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89 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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90 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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91 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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92 Twain, Mark Letters From the Earth. Edited By Bernard DeVoto
New York, Evanston and London Harper & Row, Publishers 1962 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York, Evanston and London: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1962. Originally edited by De Voto in 1939, this Twain manuscript was initially suppressed by Clara Clemens. Twain's increasing literary significance caused her to withdraw the objections and allow its publication. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing. Black cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine; the front cover has a decoration in blue and black representing the Garden of Eden. Clean text; ix, 303 pages; with Editor's and Biographical Notes. Perhaps a tiny bit of fade along the top margins (very faint); else a Fine copy. The dustjacket has been clipped and has hints of wrinkling at the head of the spine. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Half-Leather. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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93 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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94 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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95 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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96 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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97 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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98 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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99 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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100 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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