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1 Altgeld, John P. Live Questions: Including Our Penal Machinery and Its Victims
Chicago Donohue & Henneberry 1890 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1890. John (Peter) Altgeld (1847-1902), as Governor of Illinois, was a leader of the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party. As such, he was an influential reformer, dedicated to child labor laws and fair treatment for unionists. He might have been President, save for his birth in Germany. He died young, a result of his Civil War service. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition of some of his essays. Dark green cloth binding, with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 320 pages. Rubbed at the margins (to a bit of a fray at the foot of the spine. Withal, a solid copy dealing with questions that remain live today. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Anonymous ("Junius") The Letters of Junius, From the Latest London Edition, With Fac-similies of Attributed Authors. Stat Nominus Umbra
New York R. Worthington 1880 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: R. Worthington, 1880. This famous anonymous attack on King George III was first published 1769-1772 as a series of letters in "The Public Advertiser," whose publisher was brought up on charges of seditious libel. The author is still unknown. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition Thus, with two volumes published together. Uncommon. Green cloth binding; decorative rules on the front cover; gilt lettering and publisher's decoration on the spine. Clean text; xxiv, 215 pages. Bright and unfoxed; very faint pencil signature on the FFEP. Corners rubbed to a slight fray, as are the head and foot of the spine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Anonymous ("Junius") The Letters of Junius. Complete in One Volume. With a Copious Index
Philadelphia Robert Campbell 1795 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Robert Campbell, 1795. A satirical attack on the policies of King George III that was first published 1769-1772 as a series of letters in "The Public Advertiser," whose publisher was brought up on charges of seditious libel. The author is still unknown. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Full leather binding, with gilt ruling and a red spine label with gilt lettering. Clean text; xii, 283 pages (but numbering begins with 13), and an unpaginated Index (14 pp.). A sound copy, bumped,and with spotting scattered throughout. There is a tear on the bottom edge of the Title Page. . First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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4 Anonymous (Cleveland Indians Baseball Company Bob Feller. 20 Years with the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Cleveland Indians Baseball Company 1956 First Edition. Paperback Near Fine No Jacket Signed
Cleveland: Cleveland Indians Baseball Company, 1956. This is a Near Fine copy of a booklet celebrating the career of the great Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Bob Feller. Uncommon, particularly in collectable condition. Turquoise paper wraps with gilt lettering on the front cover. Clean text; with 30 pages of vintage photographs and stats. This copy has been SIGNED by Bob Feller, with "Best Wishes" on the first page. The top of the front cover has a faint crease and a spot of rubbing (perhaps where a sticker was removed, hardly noticeable; else a Fine copy. A great piece of Americana. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Anonymous (Helen Mulgrave) Helen Mulgrave; Or, Jesuit Executorship: Being Passagesin the Life of a Seceder from Romanism. An Autobiography
De Witt & Davenport, Publishers 1855 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
De Witt & Davenport, Publishers, 1855. Here is an anti-Catholic screed, and a bit of a biblio-mystery. Purporting to be an autobiography, it probably is a work of fiction. The identity of the author is obscured in many ways, and appears to have taken real names/places as models.(There was an Earl of Mulgrave, but not of the name used here for the author's father; the home castle is supposedly at Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, but the real Castle Mulgrave is in Yorkshire.) At any rate, it stands as a very interesting artifact of American nativism and anti-Catholicism, and probably connected to the "Know Nothing Party" of the 1850s. There is no publication date, but Quercus assigns it to 1855, which should be close enough. A Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding, blindstamped with a floral motif, with titling in gilt on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 312 pages. Bumped, but not worn; slightly cocked; endpapers spotted, but not the textblock; a rear endpaper has been halfway torn out. A sound copy of an interesting artifact of American nativism and anti-Irish Catholicism. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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6 Aurand, A. Monroe, Jr. Historical Account of the Mollie Maguires
Harrisburg, PA The Aurand Press 1940 First Edition. Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
Harrisburg, PA: The Aurand Press, 1940. "Origin, Depredation, and Decay of a Terrorist Secret Organization in the Pennsylvania Coal Fields During and Following the Civil War." This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, privately printed by the author; a scarce title, as almost all material on the Mollies. Clean text; 32 pages, with bibliography; llustrated with contemporary engravings. Softbound, in light green wraps, with a hint of sun around the edges; very light crease mark on top corner of front cover. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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7 Bell, Major Horace (Edited By Lanier Bartlett) On the Old West Coast. Being Further Reminisces of a Ranger, Major Horace Bell
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1930 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1930. Great memoirs of California in earlier days. Originally published by William Morrow; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the reprint edition, which is a very nice production. Black cloth binding with a yellow paper title block on the front cover and a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 336 pages, with Notes and Index. Endpapers are decorated wit "old engravings." Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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8 Bimba, Anthony The Molly Maguires
New York International Publishers 1932 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: International Publishers, 1932. Antanas Bimba (1894-1982), a Socialist/Marxist writer, was the subject of a notorious (at least to civil libertarians) prosecution for sedition, and, astonishingly, "blasphemy." in 1926. His view of the strife in the coal fields takes a decided turn toward that of the working class. Whatever his personal views and/or biases, this is an important work on American labor history. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, scarce with its dustjacket. Maroon cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 144 pages, indexed. Slight hint of a slant, and a small scuff on the rear panel. There is a stamp on the Title Page from "The John R. Hall Corporation." The green dustjacket is complete and uncut, showing minor shelfware and soiling. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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9 Bimba, Anthony The Molly Maguires
New York International Publishers 1975 Later Printing Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
New York: International Publishers, 1975. Antanas Bimba (1894-1982), a Socialist/Marxist writer, was the subject of a notorious (at least to civil libertarians) prosecution for sedition, and, astonishingly, "blasphemy." in 1926. His view of the strife in the coal fields takes a decided turn toward that of the working class. Whatever his personal views and/or biases, this is an important work on American labor history. The First Edition is uncommon; this is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing by a left-wing publisher who originally reprinted it in 1950. Softbound. Clean text; 144 pages with Notes and Index. A bit of edgewear and soiling. Read, but not abused.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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10 Blaine, James G. Twenty Years of Congress: From Lincoln to Garfield. With a Review of the Events Which Led to the Political Revolution of 1860 (Two Volumes)
Norwich Henry Bill Publishing Company 1884 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Norwich: Henry Bill Publishing Company, 1884. The political autobiography of James Blaine (1830-1893), a moderate Republican who served as Speaker of the House, Senator from Maine, and Secretary of State. He was accompanying Garfield when he was assasinated. These are Near Fine copies of the First Edition. Large, heavy octavos. (will be shipped at cost). Two volumes; 646 pages and 724 pages. Indexed, with a large fold-out map of the American expansion. Brown pebbled buckram binding with gilt titles; ruled, and beveled; the edge are marbled. These are ex-libris copies, but the treatments are quite minimal. The library has used a small embossment as its identifier; other than that, Volume One has a sticker on the front paste-down and a removed pocket on the FFEP, and a very faint Dewey number on the spine. Still, very handsome! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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11 Britton, Nan The President's Daughter
New York Elizabeth Ann Guild Inc. 1930 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Minus) Very Good (Minus) 
New York: Elizabeth Ann Guild Inc., 1930. One of the most famous "tell-alls" of the Twentieth century, recounting the author's affair with President Warren G. Harding and the existence of an unacknowledged daughter. A disclaimer page notes that the first printing and its plates were seized by the Society for the Suppression of Vice; more likely, they were more interested in just suppressing the story. Denials by Harding's family were disproved only recently through genetic testing. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy, an uncommon title despite its fame. Black decorative cloth binding, with fancy gilt lettering and ruling on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 399 pages; illustrated with many photographs. Previous-owner inscription (1931) on the FFEP. Mildly bumped, with the gilt somewhat dulled. Unfortunately, both hinges are cracked, so the book is in need of reinforcement. The dustjacket is complete, showing wear and chipping at the margins; in an archival plastic protector.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/Very Good (Minus). 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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12 Broehl, Wayne G. Jr. The Molly Maguires
Cambridge Harvard University Press 1968 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1968. A more scholarly look at the secret Irish labor society - which remains contentious today, over 100 years after Pinkerton made his reputation by crushing them. Professor Broehl was able to utilize recently opened archives for his research. This is a Near Fine copy of the Third Printing of the First Edition. Red cloth binding with "M.M" on the frontcover; spine label is black and gilt. Clean text; 409 pages, indexed. Mildly bumped, and with a very slight lean. The dustjacket remains bright, but the price has been clipped and it shows some light edgewear, with a small chip at the head of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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13 Buchanan, James Message of the President of the President of the United States, to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the First Session of the Thirty-Fifth Congress
Washington, D.C. William A. Harris 1858 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Washington, D.C.: William A. Harris, 1858. Here is a fascinating government document from the eve of the American Civil War, covering issues such as the Mormans and relations with the Indian tribes. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Dark brown cloth binding, embossed with decorations on thecovers and spine; spine designates this as "Part One." 775 pages, with a clean and bright text; quite readable today. The first 56 pages are themessage of President James Buchanan and accompanying documents. The rest of the book is devoted to the report of the Secretary of the Interior. This large octavo is quite a handsome volume; the corners are bumped and there is a tiny chip to the rear edge of the spine, else a Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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14 Burrows, William E. Vigilante!
New York & London Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1976 0151936552 / 9780151936557 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York & London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. Vigilantism has a long, if not respectable, history in a country supposedly ruled by law. Burrows covers the San Francisco Vigilance Committee, various self-defense efforts, and multiple hanging sprees. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Brown paper boards with black cloth spine, copper lettering. Clean text; 311 pages, indexed. Remainder mark ontop edge near head of spine, else Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, shows only hints of wear and wrinkling at the edges. In a plastic protecot. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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15 Carroll, Anna Ella, of Maryland The Great American Battle; Or, the Contest Between Christianity and Political Romanism
New York & Auburn Miller, Orton & Mulligan 1856 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & Auburn: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1856. Anna Ella Carroll (1815-1894) has an historical reputation that has waxed and waned. A wealthy slave-owner, she became anti-slavery and an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. Sometimes seen as a feminist hero, she was a member of the Native American Party (the "Know Nothings") that was simultaneously pro-Union, pro-Labor and virulently anti-Catholic and anti-Immigrant. Her state was the only one carried by Millard Fillmore in the election of 1856. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brown decorative cloth binding; stamped on the front with a gilt design featuring Liberty carrying a flag as she leads an America; they stand on the Constitution; a motto overhead asks, "Should Americans Rule America." Clean text; xii, with pagination beginning at 14 and carrying through to 365. Portraits of Fillmore, Donelson, and the Author. Bumped, and faded around the margins; nonetheless, a sound copy of an historically interesting work.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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16 Chalfant, W.A. Tales of the Pioneers
(Palo Alto) Stanford University Press 1942 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
(Palo Alto): Stanford University Press, 1942. California history by a longtime newspaper editor from the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Illustrated cloth boards combined with a wonderfully illustrated DJ mark this beautiful production of the book arts. Book has an embossed owners chop on the fly, else Fine. DJ has a bit of fade on the spine, and some minor nicks and chips at the edges. In plastic protector Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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17 Comfort, Will Levington Trooper Tales
New York Street & Smith 1899 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Street & Smith, 1899. Will Comfort (1878-1932) served in the cavalry during the Spanish American War. This is his first published work; later he wrote adventure novels, some of which were made into movies. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, presented in a nice decorative binding. Tan cloth, with the figure of a soldier blowing a bugle. Stamping is filled in black and gilt. Clean text; 248 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Light wear at the margins; spine a bit faded; front hinge has cracked but is holding nicely. No dustjacket. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 De Tocqueville, Alexis American Institutions and Their Influence. With Notes, By Hon. John C. Spencer
New York & Cincinnati A.S. Barnes & Co. & H.W. Derby & Co. 1851 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York & Cincinnati: A.S. Barnes & Co. & H.W. Derby & Co., 1851. The classic examination of American democracy in action; de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was an acute observer and liberal critic. Originally published in two volumes (1835 & 1840).This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition, and consists of only the first, and most famous, volume (#1). The publisher takes pains to explain that the two volumes can stand alone. Introduction by John C. Spencer (1788-1855), a former Secretary of both War and the Treasury. Red decorative binding, showing wear at the margins and corners bumped to a fray, although still quite bright. Clean text, but foxed throughout; 460 pages, with appendices. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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19 Dewees, F. P. The Molly Maguires. The Origin, Growth, and Character of the Organization
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott 1877 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1877. This book, although strongly biased against the Mollies, remains a basic source for the labor violence in the coal fields in 1876. The Mollies, a secret Irish organization, were pursued and infiltrated by the Pinkertons, resulting in the hanging of ten miners, some of whom may have been innocent, as terrorists. A Very Good copy of the First Edition, rather scarce. Green cloth binding, ruled, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 380 pages, with Appendix. Light wear, mild bumping; surprisingly, the spine remains bright while the covers have a bit of fade. A previous-owner signature has been torn off the top of the Title Page, resulting in a 1" loss (only affecting part of the lettering -"The"). Otherwise a very respectable copy of this important work. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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20 Farnham, Charles Haight A Life of Francis Parkman
Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1901 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1901. Farnham (1841-1929) wrote this biography of the great American historian as part of the "New Library Edition" of Parkman's works. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Olive green cloth binding, with decorative gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xv, 394 pages, with two pages of publisher adverts in the rear. Internally this is a Fine copy with an exceptionally bright an fresh textblock. Gilt on the spine somewhat dulled, and some spots at the lower edges of the covers. A nice copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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