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1 Adams, Andy The Log of a Cowboy. A Narrative of the Old Trail Days
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1903 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket E. Boyd Smith 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903. This is the best-known novel by Andy Adams (1859-1935), a fictionalized account of a cattel drive from Texas to Montana in 1885; it is considered the most accurate portrayal in a crowd of inferior western fiction. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition. Olive brown decorative cloth binding. Gilt lettering on the spine. The front cover design is that of a cattle drive. Clean text; 387 pages. Six black and white illustrations, including a frontis, are by E. Boyd Smith; also a map of the 1882 trail. Bumped and rubbed at the margins; both hinges cracked but holding. Page 341 has come loose and is laid into place with old cello tape. Also laid-in to page 328 is a second copy of the Page 138 plate, ("Meeting the Indians"). While this seems a solid copy, it is a bit loose in feel. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Illus. by E. Boyd Smith. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2 Alcott, Louisa M. Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. Cupid and Chow-Chow, Etc.
Boston Roberts Brothers 1874 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1874. Third in the series. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Blue cloth binding, stamped with ruling on the front cover; titling in gilt on the spine. Clean text; two-page ad, frontis illustration precede the Title Page; 209 pages, with a six-page catalog in the rear. Slight lean. Rubbed at the margins; mild bumping; some splotchy discolorations to the covers. A sound copy; it presents better than it sounds in description.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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3 Alcott, Louisa M. Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. My Boys, Etc.
Boston Roberts Brothers 1872 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1872. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, ruled on the covers, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 215 pages, no publisher adverts in the rear but two illustrated ones in the front. This copy is bumped and rubbed at the margins, particularly so at the foot and crown of the spine. Both front and rear gutters have cracked, although they are holding. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 Alcott, Louisa M. Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. My Boys, Etc.
Boston Roberts Brothers 1872 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1872. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, the first in the series of "Scrap-Bags." Green cloth binding, decoratively ruled on the covers; Gilt titling and decorations on the spine. Clean text; 215 pages, with a two-page ad in the rear. Two illustrations appear prior to the Title Page. Table of Contents lists 14 stories; a list of Alcott's "Recent New Works" precedes it. Neat contemporary signature (1872) on the FFEP. Very slightly cocked. Mild rub at the margins, a bit heavier at the head and foot of the spine. A solid copy that presents well.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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5 Alcott, Louisa M. Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. My Boys, Etc.
Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1906 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1906. Originally published in 1872. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a Reprint Edition from after Little, Brown took over from Roberts as the publisher (copyright now from 1899). Red decorative cloth binding - the blindstamping taken from earlier illustrations of Alcott's works. Gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 215 pages, very bright and fresh, with two pages of publisher adverts in the rear. Previous-owner stamp on the FFEP. The corners are mildly bumped; there is an area of light discoloration on the bottom of the front cover, indicating presence of water at some time; the front cover has sustained a bump that has resulted in a closed tear. While a sound reading copy, obviously not a copy for the advanced collector. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 Alcott, Louisa M. Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. Shawl-Straps
Boston Roberts Brothers 1873 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1873. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Orange cloth binding, decoritively stamped on the frnt cover; titling and decorations in gilt on the spine. Clean text; two pages of ads and two illustrations precede the Title Page. 226 pages, with a six-page advert in the rear. Mildly bumped; slight lean; mild soiling to covers; head of spine rubbed. There are four tiny black dots, of a mysterious nature, on the rar cover. A solid copy that presents nicely.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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7 Alcott, Louisa M. Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys
Boston Roberts Brothers 1871 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1871. "Little Men" is the second volume in Alcott's Little Women Trilogy, following the first by three years. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Not common in collectable condition. Green cloth binding, ruled on the front cover, with a circled title in gilt; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 376 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the front (includes the ad for Harriet Stowe's book that is "Nearly Ready," indicating the first printing). Black and white illustrations. Mildly cocked, with bumped corners, and a crease at the top of the front cover; the spine is rubbed at crown and foot. A solid, if not pristine, copy of her second most-famous book. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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8 Alcott, Louisa M. Moods
Boston Loring, Publisher 1864 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Loring, Publisher, 1864. 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 who served as a nurse in the Civil War. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition (it was revised and reissued in 1882). An uncommon title. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 297 pages; double frontis drawings with tissue guard. Mild rubbing at the margins, with a bit of fray on the foot of the spine. A sound copy, and not common, but is a bit cocked. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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9 Alcott, Louisa M. Rose in Bloom. A Sequel to "Eight Cousins."
Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1906 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1906. Originally published in 1876. This is a Very Good copy of a Reprint Edition, from after Little, Brown took over from Roberts Brothers (copyright now 1904). Green cloth binding, stamped and filled in black on the front cover; the spine has decorations and lettering in black and gilt. Clean text; 375 pages, with 2 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Illustrated. Corners are bumped; previous-owner stamp on the FFEP. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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10 Anonymous (James Fennimore Cooper) Lionel Lincoln: Or, The Leaguer of Boston (2 Volumes)
Philadelphia Carey & Lea 1831 Fifth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1831. Published anonymously as "By the Author of 'The Spy'." Two small volumes with paper-covered boards and leather spine and tips; ruled in gilt on the spine, with gilt titling and "Cooper's Novels." Originally published in 1825, these are designated as the Fifth Edition. Uncommon in the early trade editions. Clean text; 276 pages and 273 pages. While the text is bright and clear, it has a moderate bit of foxing throughout. Faint contemporary signatures on the FFEP of both volumes. The corners are bumped and the margins are rubbed; still, rather attractive if not pristine copies.. Fifth Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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11 Bandelier, Adolf F. The Delight Makers
New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1918 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1918. A gifted archaeologist of the Native American peoples, Bandelier (1840-1914) is well-represented by academic monographs; Quercus believes that this is the only fiction he wrote. Despite his fame, this title is uncommon. First published in 1890; this is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the fourth printing. Brick red decorative cloth binding in black and yellow, representing the canyons of the Rio Grande. Clean text; xvii, 490 pages; frontis portrait of Bandelier. seventeen other illustrations. The Introduction is by Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928), the founder of the Southwest Museum in Los Angles. Both gutters have cracked, hence the "minus" designation. Other than that, the book is bumped, with a 1/2" tear to the head of the spine, and a faint stain to the front cover. Despite these defects, this remains an attractive book that presents well; some minor re-inforcement would improve it greatly.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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12 Barton, Bernard Poems, By Bernard Barton. Third Edition, with Additions
London Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy 1822 Third Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1822. Barton (1784-1849) has been called "the Quaker Poet," although Quercus speculates that there have been many of the Friends who also wrote poetry. He was against the death penalty and slavery, and rather popular in his day. His works are now uncommon, and with only a few institutional holdings. This is a Very Good copy of the Third Edition. Marbled boards, quarter-bound in polished calf, the spine tooled with bands and panels, really an attractive little book. The text is clean, bright, and supple; 245 pages, very readable, unfoxed. Minor wear to the tips; there is a 1/4" loss to the head of the spine, and the last digit of "1822" on the foot has been rubbed off. The front board has split at the gutter and is close to detached. Please note the condition issue: Quercus must offer this book as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration.. Third Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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13 Bishop, Rev. R.F. Camerton Slope. A Story of Mining Life
Cincinnati/New York Cranston & Curts/Hunt & Eaton 1893 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Cincinnati/New York: Cranston & Curts/Hunt & Eaton, 1893. An historical novel set in the coalfields during the era of the Mollie Maguires. Bishop based his work on contemporary reports and was not a fan of this secret labor organization; in his Preface he calls them a "midnight, dark-lantern, murderous-minded fraternity." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition; an uncommon title. Variant brown cloth binding, decoratively stamped in black on the front cover, with titling in gilt; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 320 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Frontis engraving, and nine other illustrations throughout. Bumped, rubbing at the margins. A sound copy.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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14 Bishop, Rev. R.F. Camerton Slope. A Story of Mining Life
Cincinnati/New York Cranston & Curts/Hunt & Eaton 1893 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Cincinnati/New York: Cranston & Curts/Hunt & Eaton, 1893. An historical novel set in the coalfields during the era of the Mollie Maguires. Bishop based his work on contemporary reports and was not a fan of this secret labor organization; in his Preface he calls them a "midnight, dark-lantern, murderous-minded fraternity." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition; an uncommon title. Variant green cloth binding (also seen in brown), decoratively stamped in black on the front cover, with titling in gilt; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 320 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Frontis engraving, and nine other illustrations throughout. A previous-owner has made pencil notes (1941) on the FFEP. Bumped, rubbing at the margins, with a bit of a lean; still, a sound copy. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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15 Bryant, William Cullen A Forest Hymn
New York W.A. Townsend & Co. 1860 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket John A. Nums 
New York: W.A. Townsend & Co., 1860. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Maroon publisher's cloth binding (now mostly faded to brown) with decorative stamping; titled in gilt on both front and back. Clean text; 32 pages; all page ends are gilt. Lovely illustrations by John A. Nums on every page. Contemporary (1861) signature on the second free endpaper. Rub to the margins; the very tips of the spine have fray. Despite the forementioned sun fade, the gilt remains bright. A solid copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by John A. Nums. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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16 Burdette, Robert J. The Rise and Fall of the Mustache and Other "Hawk-Eyetems"
Burlington, Iowa Burlington Publishing Company 1877 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket R.W. Wallis 
Burlington, Iowa: Burlington Publishing Company, 1877. This collection is the first book from Robert James Burdette (1844-1914), identified on the Title Page as "The Humorist of the Burlington "Hawk Eye." His humorous sketches became popular throuout America, leading to a successful career as a lecturer. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brick red decorative cloth binding, stamped in black and gilt on the front cover; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 328 pages. Over 60 sketches included. Delightful black and white frontis illustration, and eleven others, by R.W. Wallis. Bumped, with rubbing to the margins; spine darkened and gilt dulled but still readable.The pieces are short and still worth a read.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by R.W. Wallis. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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17 Burgess, Gelett (Editor) & "Les Jeaunes" The Lark (Number 17)
San Francisco Wm. Doxey 1896 First Edition Paperback Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
San Francisco: Wm. Doxey, 1896. "The Lark" was a literary, artistic, and humorous journal, comprising some 25 issues, that was published in San Francisco from 1895 to 1897. The editors were Bruce Porter (1865-1953) and Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), artists and critics who led a group calling themselves "Les Jeunes." This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of Issue #17; Bruce Porter is not listed as an editor in this issue, but as a contributor, along with three others. Quercus notes that by this time the price of "The Lark" had doubled to ten cents. This copy has a second paper jacket with adverts by the publisher. Fragile paper, with black and white illustrations; the wraps are stapled together. Most pages remain unopened; the cover is rather tattered at its edges. An interesting artifact of American literature.. First Edition. Original Wraps. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 Collins, Wilkie The Moonstone. A Novel
New York & London Harper & Bros 1874 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1874. Probably the best-known work by Collins (1824-1889), and often acknowledged as the first detective novel in English. First published in 1868; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing, from six years after. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 491 pages. A very respectable copy of an early reprinting of this famous work. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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19 Conway, Moncure D. Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne
London Walter Scott, Limited 1895 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) Near Fine 
London: Walter Scott, Limited, 1895. Moncure Conway (1832-1907) was an American Abolitionist who later resided in England. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing.. While there is no publication date in the First Edition, it is acknowledged to be 1890; this version is dated five years later than that. Dark blue cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Part of the "Great Writers" series edited by Robertson and Marzials. Clean text (a few pages with pencil underlining); 228 pages, followed by a 13-page bibliography by John P. Anderson; fourteen pages of publisher's adverts after. Two edges deckle. Stamps by a previous-owner on the FFEP and half-title. Corners bumped; the binding and gilt remain very bright; a solid copy that presents nicely.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Near Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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20 Curtis, George William Lotus-Eating: A Summer Book
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1852 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Kensett 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1852. A volume of travel essays by Curtis (1824-1892), who was a popular writer and lecturer. Prominent in the antislavery movement, he was a founder of the Republican party. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding, decoratively blindstamped, with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 206 pages; numerous illustrations by [John F.] Kensett of the Hudson School. Stamp by a previous owner on the second free endpaper. Corners have been bumped; else a Fine copy of this rather delightful book. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Kensett. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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