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1 Abbott, Jacob Josephine
New York & London Harper & Brothers 1901 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1901. The prolific (some 180 books!) American author Jacob Abbott (1803-1879) was noted for his children's books, but he delved into popular history such as this. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a reprinted edition issued as part of "The Makers of History" series. Tan decorative cloth binding with a sword and wreath motif on the front cover, filled in brown and black. Clean text; 328 pages, very fresh and bright. A bit of foxing to the fore-edge; the spine slightly darkened and some of the lettering rubbed; else close to a Fine copy Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2 Alexander, Roy The Cruise of the Raider "Wolf"
New Haven Yale University Press 1939 Later Printing. Hardcover Fine Very Good 
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1939. A fascinating bit of World War One naval history, written by a participant. This is a Fine copy of a Later Printing (the 5th). Black cloth binding with white lettering on the spine. Clean text;270 pages, very bright and fresh. Maps as endpapers. The dustjacket is a striking design by Willis Birchman; it has been price-clipped and has some wrinkling around the edges. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Anonymous ("Junius") The Letters of Junius. Stat Nominis Umbra. In Two Volumes (Volume One only)
Dublin Thomas Ewing 1772 First Thus. Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Thomas Ewing, 1772. 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 Good copy of what Quercus supposes to be the First Irish Edition, which has a note that it contains material not found in the English version. This is Volume One ONLY. Clean text; 241 pages, very bright and clear. Full leather binding; five raised bands and a red label on the spine. Rubbed at the margins, and the front board, while present, has detached. Its paste-down bears an interesting contemporary armorial bookplate, that of "Mr. Neil Ferguson, Advocate." Please note the condition issues. Although this is an attractive book, Quercus must offer it as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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4 Anonymous (Albert Vandam) An Englishman in Paris
New York D. Appleton and Company 1892 First American Edition. Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1892. Published anonymously, but known to be Albert Dresden Vandam (1843-1903); A well-known journalist based in Paris, he was witness to the Prussian Siege. First Edition Thus. This is a Very Good copy of the "Authorized Edition," two volumes published as one, issued in America two years after the English version. Light green cloth binding with a decorative cover and gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 478 pages with 2 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. This is a sound copy, but it has some spotting on the front cover and the spine. Lacking a dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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5 Anonymous (Sir Walter Scott) The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperorof the French. With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution. By the Author of "Waverly," &c. (Two Volumes)
Exeter J. & B. Williams 1834 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Exeter: J. & B. Williams, 1834. Originally published in 1827, these is are Near Fine copies of an early reprint of the First Edition, in a beautiful rebind by Whitman Bennett. Although published anaonymously, certainly most would have known the author by now, and a contemporary owner has written "Sir Walter Scott" in pencil on the Title Page of Volume One. Marbled paper-covered boards with deep blue leather spine and tips; five raised bands; all filled with gilt. The text is clean, although with moderate foxing. Volume One is 494 pages; volume Two has 414 pages, with an additional 64 pages of Appendices. There are interesting notations and marginalia on the endpapers of both volumes. I: stamped on front new endpapers "Bound for Stewart Kidd by Whitman Bennet," with an American postage stamp ("Mothers of the World" - 3 cents worth, from 1934) fixed to one of the free papers; a 19th century signature appears in both volumes on an original endpaper. Volume Two has more pencil notes: "I picked this up after the war - Columbia, Tenn, Capt. Wm. P. Wolf. Wilmington, Ohio," The added stamp and the foxing of the text are the only noted "defects;" else Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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6 Baker, Sir Samuel W., Pasha. Ismailia: A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. Organized By the Khedive of Egypt
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1875 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1875. Alan Moorehead considered (in "The White Nile") Sir Samuel Baker (1821-1893) to have written here the best narrative of the 19th-Century British explorations in Central Africa. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, in an attractive modern rebind. Maroon cloth with gilt titling and ruling on the spine. Clean text; 542 pages; appendix and index. Frontis portrait and two other illustrations. The fold-out map at page 236 is present; a bit wrinkled at the edges and with wear at some of the folds. Bookbinder label on the front paste-down. The text is unfoxed; quite clear and bright, easily enjoyed today. A few small scuffs at the margins, else Fine. A solid copy of this famous work.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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7 Barton, George The World's Greatest Military Spies and Secret Service Agents
Boston The Page Company 1926 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: The Page Company, 1926. First published in 1917. This is a Very Good copy of the Third Impression (stated) from August of 1926. Not a common title. Dark blue cloth binding, with decorative illustrations stamped in black and orange; titling in gilt on front cover and spine. Clean text; xi, contents, list of illustrations, 322 pages. Frontis illustration and fifteen others within. Mild bumping and minor rubbing to margins. The rear gutter has cracked, due to perhaps careless removal of the rear endpaper. No dustjacket.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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8 Belloc, Hilaire Cranmer. Archbishop of Canterbury 1533-1556
Philadelphia & London J.B. Lippincott Company 1931 Third Printing Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1931. The Anglo-French writer, politician, and outdoorsman Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was a popular and prolific author; but his reputation has suffered as a consequence of his anti-Semitism. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (the Third Printing), one of several biographies (Cromwell, Napoleon, James II, Wolsey, et. al.) he wrote from a Roman Catholic perspective. Rather spectacular purple cloth binding, ruled in black, with gilt titling and a gilt bishop's mitre on the front cover. Clean text; 333 pages, indexed. Previous-owner signature (1932) on FFEP. Sun fading to the topstain and around the margins; very occasional spotting. The dustjacket, with a portrait of Cranmer, is unclipped. Overall, it is somewhat darkened, more so on the spine. Chipping to the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Third Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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9 Bey, Essad Twelve Secrets of the Caucasus
New York Viking 1931 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: Viking, 1931. Pseudonym of Lev Nussimbaum (1905-1942) a Jewish covert to Islam who has an intriguing biography and is a bit of a biblio-mystery: he is possibly the author of "Ali and Nino," a sort of national romantic epic of Ajerbijan (1937). He wrote in German, and was popular with the Nazis until his ethnicity was revealed. Although prolific, his works are scarce today other than in reprint. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First American Edition of Lev's second published work. Purple cloth binding with the figure of a red horseman on the front cover; somewhat faded, enough on the spine so it has turned to brown. Maps of the area as endpapers. Clean text; 828 pages. Quercus adds the Minus grading because the gutters have split; the book remains sound nonetheless. Lacking the dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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10 Bidwell, George Forging His Chains. The Autobiography of George Bidwell, the Famous Ticket-of-Leave Man.
New York & Hartford The Bidwell Publishing Company 1889 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Signed
New York & Hartford: The Bidwell Publishing Company, 1889. George Bidwell (1832-1899) perpetrated one of the most famous of Victorian financial frauds (against the Bank of England). Essentially he and his partners were able to exploit a weakness in the system and game it through forged drafts, realizing about $50,000 per day. Justice Archibald, declaring that the serious threat to British commerce merits "terrible retribution," handed down four life terms. Still, the plotters won many admirers; especially McDonnell, who defended his craft from the dock, "Forgery is a very wretched, unhappy, miserable and contemptible art [but] an art nevertheless." The long sentences handed down for a "white collar crime" were seen by many (including Mark Twain and President Grover Cleveland) as too harsh. George eventually served 14 years. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition Thus. Originally published in 1888 by Scranton; Bidwell's issued his own edition, which appears to be identical. Tipped onto the FFEP is an appeal by Bidwell, with his printed signature, for agents to canvas for subscriptions; a previous owner has rather efficiently signed it on the reverse. A large, heavy octavo, with brown pebbled cloth binding; blindstamped and filled with gilt. The cover design features Bidwell's hand, writing with pen and quill, in the presence of his manacles - rather elegant, actually! Clean text; 560 pages, very fresh and bright. The corners are bumped and the rear cover has a stripe of sunfade along the fore-edge. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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11 Bidwell, George Forging His Chains. The Autobiography of George Bidwell, the Famous Ticket-Of-Leave Man.
New York & Hartford The Bidwell Publishing Company 1889 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
New York & Hartford: The Bidwell Publishing Company, 1889. George Bidwell (1832-1899) perpetrated one of the most famous of Victorian financial frauds (against the Bank of England). Essentially he and his partners were able to exploit a weakness in the system and game it through forged drafts, realizing about $50,000 per day. Justice Archibald, declaring that the serious threat to British commerce merits "terrible retribution," handed down four life terms. Still, the plotters won many admirers ("Forgery is a very wretched, unhappy, miserable and contemptible art [but] an art nevertheless.") The long sentences handed down for a "white collar crime" were seen by many (including Mark Twain and President Grover Cleveland) as too harsh. George eventually served 14 years. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. Originally published in 1888 by Scranton; Bidwell issued his own edition, which appears to be identical, the next year. Tipped onto the FFEP is an appeal by Bidwell, with his printed signature, for agents to canvas for subscriptions. Usually seen in publisher's cloth, this copy is in a Fine Binding; dark brown cloth boards with leather spine and tips; four bands on the spine, lettering in gilt. All edges are gilt. Clean text; 560 pages. This copy has been SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the FFEP above the tipped-in appeal. (A large, heavy octavo; will no doubt require some extra postage.) Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Half-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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12 Biel, Steven Down With the Old Canoe
New York & London W.W. Norton & Company 1996 039303965X / 9780393039658 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York & London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996. "A cultural history of the Titanic disaster." This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Green paper-covered boards with a black cloth spine titled in silver. Clean text; vii, 300 pages. Indexed. Small crease to one corner on front, else Fine. The dustjacket is unclipped. Some faint wrinkling at head and foot of the spine, else Fine. In a plastic protective cover.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 Bigland, John Letters on the Study and Use of Ancient and Modern History: Containing Observations and Reflections on the Causes and Consequences of Those Events Which Have Produced Conspicuous Changes in the Aspect of the World, and the General State of Human Affairs
Philadelphia 1806 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Philadelphia, 1806. John Bigland (1750-1832) was a popular and prolific writer whose works are held by major institutions. He updated Oliver Goldsmith's popular "History of England" in the 1830s This is a Very Good Minus copy of the First American Edition. The text is bright, with very limited foxing, thought somewhat stiff. The full leather binding is worn, with bumped corners. There is some loss to the top of the spine and the front cover is a bit loose. This is an ex-libris copy, from the Franklin Library (a different library than the one in Philadelphia), but typical library treatments are missing. Only an inked inscription on the FFEP - which details the Library's circulation policy (rather generous!). Withal, a scarce title with no doubt an interesting history. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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14 Boyington, Gregory "Pappy" Baa Baa Black Sheep
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1958 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1958. The incredible story of Pappy Boyington, Medal of Honor winner, leader of a famous flying squadron of misfits known as "the Black Sheep." Definitely the stuff of legends! This is a Later Printing (6th) of the First Edition; a Near Fine copy, with bright orange cloth binding with silver lettering. The dustjacket is from the Fifth Printing, and is unclipped. Some chipping and creasing at the margins. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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15 Bradbury, Frederick British and Irish Silver Assay Office Marks 1544-1968
Sheffield J. W. Northend 1968 Twelfth Edition. Paperback Fine No Jacket 
Sheffield: J. W. Northend, 1968. Here is a very handy little book for the silver collector. "With notes on Gold Markings, and Marks on Foreign Imported Silver and Gold Plate. Old Sheffield Plate Makers' Marks 1743-1860." Pocket-size, and in a sturdy binding. Near Fine to Fine condition (appears unread); clean text, with multiple illustrations. 93 pages, with a couple of blanks for Notes. The 12th Edition. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Twelfth Edition.. Soft Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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16 Brodie, Fawn M. The Devil Drives. A Life of Sir Richard Burton
New York W.W. Norton & Company Inc 1967 Second Printing Very Good Near Fine 
New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc, 1967. One of the better modern biographies of the famous Victorian polymath/explorer. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Printing of the First Edition. Red cloth binding with fancy gilt decorations and titling on the spine. Clean text; 390 pages, Notes, bibliography, list of Burton's works, index. This is an ex-libris copy, but the treatments evident are quite minimal: top edge has stamp "5-7", bottom edge has stamp "Library Copy' and there is evidence of pocket removal on last page. The dustjacket is complete, unclipped, with just some hints of wear at the tips. In an archival plastic protector.. Second Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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17 Burton, Richard F. A Complete System of Bayonet Exercise
London William Clowes and Sons 2002 1894654048 / 9781894654043 Facsimile Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
London: William Clowes and Sons, 2002. This is a Fine copy of a facsimile edition published by Pierway in an edition LIMITED to 750 copies. "Bayonet Exercise" was originally published in 1853 and is one of the high spots for the Burton collector. Considered an influential work of militaria quite separately from Burton's later fame as a Victorian polymath. Extremely rare in the original. Penzer [41-42] notes "This is probably the rarest of all Burton's books, and forms one of the most important works on the bayonet ever published." Bright red textured cloth binding, decoratively stamped and ruled on the covers, with gilt titling on the front. Clean text; 36 pages, with a four-page publisher catalog of the publisher's military titles in the rear; marbled endpapers. . Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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18 Burton, Richard F. The Book of the Sword
London E.P. Publishing Limited 1972 Facsimile Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
London: E.P. Publishing Limited, 1972. Polymath/explorer Captain Sir Richard F. Burton was always fascinated with the history of the sword. First published in 1884, he had planned it to eventually consist of three volumes. The original issue is a high spot for Burton collectors and quite pricey if found. This is a Near Fine copy of a facsimile edition that will certainly serve, although itself is rather scarce. Bright red cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xxxix, 299 pages. Indexed. Numerous illustrations. With a new Forward by J.G. Cluff. The only defect noted is a shadow offset to the paste-downs from the flap of the wrapper, which is Very Good Plus, having some wrinkling along the margins and a clipped price. In an archival plastic protector.. Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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19 Capek, Karel President Masaryk Tells His Story. Recounted By Karel Capek
London George Allen & Unwin 1942 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good Plus 
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1942. Tomas Masaryk (1850-1937) was a founder, and the first President, of Czechosovakia, acknowledged as the strongest democracy in Europe until its occupation first by Germany and then the Soviet Union. "Karel Capek, creator of the Robot, was not merely a great artist or even a great satirist - he was a demorat with a social conscience who clearly saw the dangers which threatened mankind in the modern age" (from the dustwrapper). Originally published in 1934; translated from the original Czech. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Third Impression of that First English Edition, rather interesting due to its wartime nature. Bright yellow cloth boards with green lettering on the spine. Clean text; 302 pages. Slight splay, and a few scattered spots on the covers. Quercus awards it a "Plus" due to the quality of its wartime paper and its brightness. The dustwrapper is also Very Good Plus: bright and unclipped, with only some light edgewear and soil. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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20 Cartwright, Frederick F. In Collaboration with Michael D. Biddiss Disease and History
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company 1972 069024116X / 9780690241167 Later Printing Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1972. "The influence of disease in shaping the great events of history." This is a Fine copy of a Later Printing (5th) of the First American Edition. Dark gray cloth binding with white titling on the spine. Clean text; 248 pages. Indexed. The dustjacket is also Fine; in an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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