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1 Alcott, Louisa May Kitty's Class-Day. Aunt Kipp. Psyche's Art
Boston Loring, Publisher 1868 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Augustus Hoppin 
Boston: Loring, Publisher, 1868. Alcott (1832-1888) was impoverished, but not intellectually, and received her education from the leading transcendental lights of the day. She was an Abolitionist and a Feminist, and a rather wonderful writer. This is a collection of three "proverb stories," a Very Good copy of the First Edition. The proverbs are "A stitch in time, saves time; Children and Fools speak the truth; and Handsome is, that handsome does." Uncommon. Green decorative cloth binding, stamped in black and gilt. Clean text; 148 pages; unfoxed, bright and readable now. This is an attractive small book, but with certain condition issues: there is a stain on the rear cover(which looks worse than it is in a scan!); the head of the spine looks to have had a tear that has been reglued; there is some rubbing that thins the cloth in several places. There is a very faint previous-owner signature on an endpaper ( which Quercus believes to be dated Christmas 1881). Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Augustus Hoppin. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2 Anonymous (Giovanni Fiortino) The Pecorone of Sergiovanni. Now First Translated Into English By W.G. Waters. Choicely Illustrated By E.R. Hughes, A.R.W.S., London (Three Volumes)
London Society of Bibliophiles 1901 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket E.R. Hughes 
London: Society of Bibliophiles, 1901. In the same vein as Boccaccio, dating from the 14th Century, Fiortino's "Pecorone" is considered to be a possible source for Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor" and "The Merchant of Venice." This is a lovely three-volume set privately printed for the Bibliophile Society. First published in 1898, these are from a Later Printing presented in a fine binding. Uncommon thus. White vellum, ruled, titled, and decorated in gilt. Decorative lion in shield in red and gilt on the front cover. The spine is heavily decorated and bears the legend "Classics Facetious." Clean texts; xi, 278 pages, 323 pages, and 329 pages. Top edges are gilt, others rough-cut. "Choicey" illustrations are by the noted pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Robert Hughes (1832-1908). Interestingly, the Notes, Table of Contents, and List of Illustrations appear at the end of the books. Truly a lovely set, with hardly any wear evident. The frontis illustration for Volume Three is detached but still present; else Fine copies.. Later Printing. Fine Binding. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by E.R. Hughes. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 Anonymous (J.C. Heywood) Salome, The Daughter of Herodias. A Dramatic Poem
New York Putnam 1862 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Putnam, 1862. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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4 Arouet, Francoise-Marie ("Voltaire") Henriade. An Epick Poem. In Ten Canto's. Translated from the French Into English Blank Verse To Which are Now Added, The Argument to Each Canto, and Large Notes Historical and Critical.
London C. Davis 1732 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: C. Davis, 1732. Voltaire (1694-1778) wrote here the first recognized epic poem in French, intended to imitate Virgil. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition in English. Full leather binding; red label with gilt lettering and ruling on the spine. Clean text; 308 pages, with extensive Notes beginning at page 233. Previous-owner signature on the Title Page; two other faint signatures on Page One of the text. Generally bright and unfoxed. Rubbed margins, bumped, and with some chipping to the leather; there is some minor loss at the top of the Title Page. The covers are rather stiff to turn. Although far from a Binding Copy, Quercus is of the opinion that rebacking would be in order here to maximize enjoyment.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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5 Bryant, William Cullen Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant. Household Edition
New York & London D. Appleton and Company 1893 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: D. Appleton and Company, 1893. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus (the "Household Edition"). Olive-coloured decorative cloth binding,with titling and decorations in black and gilt. Clean text; xxiv, 362 pages, with Notes. Extremely faint rubbing at the margins, else a Fine copy that presents very well indeed.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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6 Curtin, Jeremiah Creation Myths of Primitive America in Relation to The Religious History and Mental Development of Mankind
Boston Little, Brown 1898 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, 1898. Curtin (1835-1906) wrote several notable books on folklore such as this; an autodidact with facility in many languages, he translated several works by Henrk Sienkiewicz, including the phenomenally successful "Quo Vadis." This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Uncommon to scarce. Maroon ribbed cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; xxxix, 532 pages, with four pages of adverts in the rear for Curtin's other works. Top edge is gilt, others rough-cut. A solid copy, and of interest today. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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7 Davis, Richard Harding Gallegher and Other Stories
London James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. 1891 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1891. Collection of ten stories by the journalist and (later) famed war correspondent. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition, which is less common than the American. Olive green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine; publisher's logo in gilt on the front cover. Clean text; vii, 236 pages, all rough-cut. Spine slightly darkened; slight rub to margins; close to a Fine copy. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 Disraeli, B. Alroy
London & New York Routledge, Warnes, and Routledge 1859 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London & New York: Routledge, Warnes, and Routledge, 1859. Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) had a long literary and political career, culminating in serving as Prime Minister. In 1831 he had journeyed to the Middle East, and was inspired to write this historical romance (first published in 1833) of a false Jewish Messiah of the Twelfth Century. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of "A New Edition." A rare title, and edition, in the Disraeli canon.Brown cloth binding, very decoratively stamped, with gilt titling on the spine Clean text; v, 288 pages. Contains his Preface to the 1845 edition. Very lightly bumped/rubbed at margins. There are penciled notes (dated 1928) on the FFEP and Title Page. A very sound and attractive copy.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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9 Disraeli, B. Vivian Grey
London Frederick Warne and Co. 1868 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1868. Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) had a long literary and political career, culminating in serving as Prime Minister. This is a Very Good Plus copy of a Later Printing of the "Revised Edition" of 1853. His first novel, it was first published anonymously in 1826. Later, Disraeli added a sequel of several chapters, and this is the established (and expurgated) text of today. Early editions of Disraeli's works are uncommon these days, and this is an extremely interesting publication in itself. According to the "Advertisement" that serves as a preface, and dated 1853, Disraeli was forced to reissue the novel because of the pirated editions, particularly those in Germany and the United States. Bound in marbled paper boards with black leather spine and tips; six ruled bands in gilt on the spine, with gilt lettering. Rubbing to the margins. The text is clean and bright, very readable today; 416 pages. The front paste-down and free endpaper have numerous notes in ink regarding the characters. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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10 Dumas, Alexandre The Conscript. A Tale of War
Philadelphia T.B. Peterson & Brothers 1863 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson & Brothers, 1863. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of one of the more obscure historical romances by Dumas Pere (Dumas Davy de la Palletere, 1802-1870); set in the Napoleonic Wars, a translation from the French "Conscience l'innocent." Not common; an edition published in 1855 was under a different title. Brown cloth binding, ruled on the covers with the publisher logo; the spine lettering is gilt, along with a design of three soldiers with fixed bayonets. Clean text; 400 pages. There are several clovers laid into pp 354-55 (one of them with four leafs). Generally a bright text, with occasional spotting. Corners are bumped, and there is rubbing to the head and foot of the spine. A solid copy, if not the most beautiful, of this scarce work.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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11 Emerson, Ralph Waldo Representative Men
Malibu Joseph Simon 1980 0934710023 / 9780934710022 First Thus. Hardcover Fine Fine 
Malibu: Joseph Simon, 1980. This is one of Emerson's most enduring works. His "representative" men are Plato, Swedenborg, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Napoleon, and Goethe, each presenting to Emerson a particular quality. This is a Fine copy, presented in a Fine Binding by a small press. Based on the 1903 edition, with an introduction by Myron Simon. Blue linen cloth binding, blindstamped with a portrait of Emerson on the front cover. Clean and fresh text; xiv, 204 pages. There is no city listed, but Joseph Simon was known to publish his lovely books in Malibu, California. A beautiful production. No dustjacket; with a slipcase. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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12 Good, John Mason The Book of Nature. To Which is Now Prefixed, A Sketch of the Author's Life
New York Harper & Bros 1835 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1835. Good (1764-1827) was one of those amazing 19th-Century polymaths - surgeon, apothecary, and expert in classical languages, he translated Lucretius. Here are covered a myriad of topics, such as nutrition, intelligence, human understanding, happiness, and ventriloquism. This "Stereotype Edition" from the Harper brothers may be the First American Edition (Quercus admits that the sequence of publication is rather obscure). Scarce nontheless, with only four libraries holding copies. This is a Very Good copy. Full leather binding, with gilt bands and a red spine label; moderate wear but remains very presentable. Clean text; 467 pages, which are moderately foxed though the text remains bright and clear. Some penciled notes on the rear endpapers. Period dedication on the FFEP. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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13 Gosse, Edmund Gossip in a Library
London William Heinemann 1913 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: William Heinemann, 1913. This is Volume II of the "Collected Essays of Edmund Gosse" (1849-1928) who was a poet, an influential art critic, and a Royal Librarian. First published in 1891; this is a Very Good copy of a "New Edition" (First Thus).Brown cloth binding with copper lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 277 pages, indexed. This is an ex-library book, but the treatments are not onerous: number on spine, stamp on the Title Page, and a card pocket on the rear paste-down. The book itself shows hardly any wear.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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14 Green, Anna Katherine [Katharine] The Mill Mystery
New York & London G.P. Putnam's Sons 1886 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1886. Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) is often cited as (possibly) the first American woman to write detective fiction. She established many of the features that have become standard in crime fiction, and was a strong influence on Agatha Christie. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. A rare title. Bright red cloth binding with ruling and titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 389 pages; with one page publisher advert and a second page steamship company advert in the rear. The paste-downs and first endpaper in front and rear are adverts for "The Knickerbocker Novels" and "The Transatlantic Novels." Previous-owner signature on FFEP. Textblock is bright, clear, and supple. Slight lean, touch of rub to corners, and two professionally-mended tears on the rear cover. A superior copy. In an archival [plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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15 Guelette, Thomas Simon The Thousand and One Quarters of an Hour (Tartarian Tales)
London H.S. Nichols and Co. 1893 Limited Paperback Very Good (Plus) Very Good 
London: H.S. Nichols and Co., 1893. Guelette (1683-1766) first published these tales, inspired by "The Arabian Nights" in 1723. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an edition LIMITED to 680 copies, this one of 75 copies of hand-made paper. White paper wraps with a vellum dustwrapper. Clean text; viii, 308 pages. Top-edge is gilt; others rough-cut. Edited by Leonard C. Smithers (1861-1909), the "decadent" publisher of Sir Richard Burton. Page ends are tanned; the glassine dw was held in place with cello tape, which has offset to the inside covers; the wrapper itself has some wrinkling, chips, and tears. Now with an archival plastic protector.. Limited. Soft Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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16 Haggard, H. Rider Heart of the World
London, New York, and Bombay Longmans, Green and Co. 1896 First UK Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Amy Sawyer 
London, New York, and Bombay: Longmans, Green and Co., 1896. One of Haggard's "Lost City" books that one could say defined the genre. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First English Edition (the US edition came out in the previous year). Dark blue cloth binding, beveled at the edges; with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 347 pages; with a 24-page publisher's catalog in the rear. The endpapers are a shiny black, an unusual choice. There is a frontis illustration, and fourteen others, by Amy Sawyer (1863-1945). The spine has faded to brown, but the gilt remains very bright. There is a contemporary (1897) signature on the second free endpaper; the first has been clipped. There is a cracked hinge at Page 208 - the only real defect, but it is holding well. A solid copy that presents very nicely.. First UK Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Amy Sawyer. 8vo - over 7" - 9" Tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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17 Haggard, H. Rider Heart of the World
New York Longmans, Green and Co. 1895 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1895. Set in Mexico; a "lost city" adventure novel. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition, which precedes the English by a year. Green cloth binding, highly decorated on the front cover in red and gilt; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 347 pages, with sixteen pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Previous-owner name on the front paste-down. Some scattered spotting, most heavy on the endpapers. This book is quite nice externally and presents very well. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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18 Haggard, H. Rider Jess
London Smith, Elder & Co. 1887 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1887. This novel, set in South Africa, followed Haggard's great successes: "She" and "King Soloman's Mines." It has been harshly judged by some as a "mundane melodrama," but was well-enough thought in the early 20th Century to have been filmed three times. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Red cloth binding; front cover ruled, titled, and decorated in black; spine titling is gilt. Clean text; 336 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Mildly bumped; spine is faded, rubbed at the head; some staining to front cover and spine. Still, not a bad copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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19 Haggard, H. Rider Jess
Chicago/New York The Illustrated Publishing Co. 1887 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Chicago/New York: The Illustrated Publishing Co., 1887. Haggard's sixth novel, set in South Africa, was a success like the previous "She" and "King Solomon's Mines." First published by Smith, Elder; this is a Very Good copy of an American pirate edition from the same year. Not common. Marbled paper-covered boards with a brown cloth spine; Black spine label with titling and ruling in gilt.. Clean text; 255 pages, with a one-page publisher's advert in the rear; decorative endpapers in green. Cheap paper is starting to tan, but remains clear and supple. Small contemporary bookseller label on the front paste-down. Rubbed around the margins.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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20 Haggard, H. Rider Mr. Meeson's Will
New York Pollard & Moss 1888 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Pollard & Moss, 1888. (Sir) H(enry) Rider Haggard (1856-1925) has had a major influence on the "sword and sorcery" genre through his adventure/lost worlds novels. Often dismissed today by some critics as an apologist for colonialism, his work nonetheless portrays natives in a sympathetic light. This early detective novel is of a different ilk, and is not even mentioned in many bibliographies of his work. Here is a reprint edition by Pollard & Moss from the same year as the First American Edition by Harper. Uncommon to rare. Possibly a pirate edition - P&M had been sued for infringement (by Putnam in 1874), and would be out of business in 1890. Highly decorative red/orange cloth binding, stamped in black and gilt. Clean text; 241 pages, with a three-page publisher catalog in the rear. The paper is tanned (P&M seemed to specialize in wonderful bindings enclosing paper of low quality) but clear and readable today. Rubbed at the margins; the front gutter has cracked but is holding well. Contemporary siganture on the FFEP; publication notes and price on the front paste-down. Both are in pencil.. Reprint Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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