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1 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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2 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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3 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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4 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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5 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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6 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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7 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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8 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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