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1 Ackroyd, Peter Shakespeare, The Biography
New York Nan Talese/Doubleday 2005 0385511396 / 9780385511391 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine Signed
New York: Nan Talese/Doubleday, 2005. First American Edition (stated) . A Near Fine copy that has been SIGNED by the author on a plate tipped-in to the half-title page. Has some bumping to two corners; unread condition. Unclipped DJ is in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 Adams, Henry The Education of Henry Adams
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1961 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine Good 
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1961. Considered by many one of the best American autobiographies to have been written. Originally privately published in 1907; it gained fame when reissued by the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1917. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing (the 36th), with a new Introduction by Denis Brogan in addition to the Preface from 1917 by Henry Cabot Lodge. Bright red cloth binding with black titling on the spine. Clean text; xxiv, 517 pages, indexed. Tiny bookseller label on front paste-down and evidence of some erasures on the FFEP; else Fine. The dustjacket is in rough condition, however, with considerable rubbing, creasing and chipping. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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3 Behrman, S.N. Portrait of Max. An Intimate Memoir of Sir Max Beerbohm
New York Random House 1960 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good 
New York: Random House, 1960. Wonderful biography of the famed critic, wit, and noted caricaturist (1872-1956); filled with fascinating portraits of the leading literary lights of the late 19th and early 20th century. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Blue cloth binding with black and gold lettering. Clean text; 317 pages, indexed. Just a hint of fade at the margins. The dustjacket has been clipped, starting to tan a bit, with only moderate wear at the edges. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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4 Bisset, Robert, LL.D. The Life of Edmund Burke. Comprehending an Impartial Account of His Literary and Political Efforts, and a Sketch of the Conduct and Character of His Most Eminent Associates, Coadjutors, and Opponents
London George Cawthorne 1798 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: George Cawthorne, 1798. Dublin-born Edmund Burke (1729-1797), orator and political theorist, is regarded as the founder of modern conservatism. Although an Anglican, he supported Catholic emancipation. He was sympathetic to the American colonies, but did not support revolution either there or in France. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition, published in the year following Burke's death. A rare title. Smooth calf binding, ruled in gilt, with red spine labels. Clean text; xvi, 592 pages; frontis engraving of Burke. Lovely soft laid paper, very bright and clear; pencil signature (1939) on second free endpaper. Unfortunately, the connections are loose and the spine is partially demolished. Considering the fine textblock, this is an excellent candidate for a nice rebind. Please note the condition issues; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. . First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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5 Bomanji, Framji Lights and Shades of the East: Or a Study of the Life of Baboo Harrischander; and Passing Thoughts of India and Its People, Their Present and Future
Bombay Alliance Press 1863 First Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Bombay: Alliance Press, 1863. This is a study and biography, by an educated Indian, that offers insights on colonial India in the mid-19th century. Harris was born in 1824, the son of a beggar, and eventually rose to become editor of th "Hindoo Patriot." An important source and Rare (Four copies held in the US, three in the UK). Full leather binding, with gilt decorations and raised bands on the spine. Clean text; 385 pages, all edges gilt. Unfortunately, this is a Good Only copy. While the textblock is quite acceptable, bright and fresh, the covers are only held together by a massive application of cello tape; the spine is partially demolished. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. An excellent candidate for a nice rebind.. First Edition. Half-Leather. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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6 Boswell, James Esq. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending An Account of His Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons...etc. (Volume the First Only)
London T. Cadell, et.al. 1822 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: T. Cadell, et.al., 1822. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of Boswell's famous Life of Samuel Johnson. The Ninth Edition, Revised and Augmented" (First Edition Thus). This is Volume One ONLY of the original four. Full leather binding, with decorative gilt ruling on both covers. Five raised bands can be discerned under a later spine repair that has covered them. The spine has a date of "1822" inked in white near the bottom. Clean text; xxxv, fold-out samples of Johnson's handwriting, and 444 pages. All edges are marbled. Published without a tissue guard, the frontis portrait has mildly offset to the Title Page. The text is exceptionally bright and free of any foxing; mild rubbing around the margins; a very solid copy that is great for reading. . First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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7 Brome, Vincent Frank Harris. The Life and Loves of a Scoundrel
New York & London Thomas Yoseloff 1960 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York & London: Thomas Yoseloff, 1960. An entertaining biography of one of the more fascinating characters in 20th-century literature. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition. Black cloth binding with white lettering on the spine. Clean text; 246 pages with index and bibliography. The dustjacket is complete and unclipped. Original price crossed out and new penciled-in. Minor edge and general shelf-wear. In a protective plastic cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Burton, Isabel & W.H. Wilkins The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton. The Story of Her Life Told in Part By Herself and in Part By W.H. Wilkins (Two Volumes)
New York Dodd Mead & Company 1897 Fifth Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Dodd Mead & Company, 1897. Isabel (1831-1896) was an author herself, but certainly overshadowed by her famous husband; unfortunately remembered for burning some of his more "controversial" translations. These are Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copies of the First American Edition. Blue-black cloth binding, ruled on the covers in blue with her signature in gilt; the rules continue onto the spine, with the titling in giltt. Clean texts; xv, list of illustrations, 374 pages, and vii, list of illustrations, pagination continues from 375 to 778; indexed. Top-edge is gilt, others rough. Bookplate on the front paste-downs. Very light fade to the spine; minor rubbing to top and bottom of spine. A sol;id and attractive set.. Fifth Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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9 Cellini, Benvenuto Memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini, a Florentine Artist; Written By Himself. Containing a Variety of Information Respecting the Arts and the History of the Sixteenth Century. With the Notes and Observations of G.P. Carpani
New York Wiley & Putnam 1845 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845. "Cellini was one of the most extraordinary men in an extraordinary age; his life, written by himself, is more amusing than any novel I know." (Quotation from Horace Walpole on the Title Page.) This is a nice mid-Victorian edition, with two volumes bound together in a fine binding. The translation is by Thomas Roscoe. Marbled paper-covered boards, with dark gray leather spine and tips. There are four raised bands and three rulings on the spine, in gilt with the title. Clean text, still quite bright; 256 pages. Minor spotting, mostly confined to the endpapers, and some rubbing to the margins. It remains a very attractive small volume of this classic of Western civilization. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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10 Cross, J.W. (Editor) George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Jounals. Arranged By Her Husband (3 Volumes)
New York Harper & Bros 1884 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1884. George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans, 1819-1880) wrote seven novels, of which at least five are significant in the history of English literature. She was a frre-thinker and somewhat scandalous. Her marriage to John Cross, twenty years her junior, lasted only for one year prior to her death. These are Very Good copies of a Later Printing. Three volumes, in green publisher's cloth with gilt lettering and with a facsimile signature on the front cover. Volume One has no publication date, but the other two list 1899 and there is a previous-owner signature from 1901 on the FFEPs. Clean texts; 366, 324, and 340 pages. Volume three is indexed and has four pages of publisher's adverts in the back. The TP of Volume Two has been torn but remains attached. An attractive set; quite readable today. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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11 Emden, Cecil S. Gilbert White in His Village
London, New York, & Toronto Oxford University Press 1956 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Lynton Lamb 
London, New York, & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1956. A "character-sketch" of the famed English naturalist. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding; turquoise spine label with lettering in gilt. Clean text; xv, 139 pages, with Index. The dustwrapper is unclipped; Fine condition; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Lynton Lamb. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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12 Froude, J.A. Lord Beaconsfield
London Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington 1890 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1890. This biography of Benjamin Disraeli is a late work by the prominent British historian James Anthony Froude (1818-1894). This is a Very good copy of the First Edition, part of a series of "The Queen's Prime Ministers." Not common. Maroon cloth binding with titling in gilt on the spine and front cover; decorative gilt band at the top. Clean text; x, 268 pages, with a 32-page publisher's catalog in the rear (which remains unopened. Some spotting to the fore-edge. Mildly bumped; rubbed head and foot of spine, which has faded (gilt still bright). . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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13 Howells, W. D. My Mark Twain. Reminiscences and Criticisms
New York & London Harper & Bros 1910 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1910. An appreciation from one giant of American literature to another. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Green cloth with highly decorative lettering on the front cover and spine, filled with red and gilt. This highly attractive binding is a great example of a trade edition that could also be called a "Fine Binding." Clean text; 187 pages. Top edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Illustrated with photographs. Hints of wear at the margins, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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14 Ingleby, Leonard Cresswell [Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull] Oscar Wilde
New York D. Appleton and Company 1908 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket S. Wray 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1908. "Ingleby" was one of the pseudonyms used by Cyril Arther Edward Ranger Gull (1875-1929) a prolific author of over 100 novels. Known for horror and mystery, but his most popular was "When It Was Dark," with an outright Jewish conspirac theme. He was connected to Wilde through his friendship with the Decadent publisher Leonard Smithers. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition, issued a year later than the English version, and less common. Light green cloth binding. Titling in gilt with dark green decorative stamping on the front cover; titling and decorations on the spine in gilt. Clean text; viii, 400 pages; indexed; top edge is gilt.; frontis portrait of a young Wilde by S. Wray. Showing some wear, with rubbing at the margins. Bumped and somewhat shaken due to some cracking. Spotting to the fore-edge and around the endpapers.. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. Illus. by S. Wray. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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15 Kebbel, T.E. Statesmen Series. Life of Lord Beaconsfield
London W.H. Allen & Co., Limited 1888 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: W.H. Allen & Co., Limited, 1888. Supposedly, Disraeli had wanted his posthumous biography to be written by Thomas Edward Kebbel (1826-1917) but lacking any written instructions at Disraeli's death, the task was assigned to another. Obviously, Kebbel wrote this bio anyway. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition (stated). A scarce title. There is no publication date, but per Copac, Quercus accepts 1888. Red cloth binding, titled and decorated in black. Clean text; xvi, 220 pages; appendix and index; frontis portrait of Disraeli. With 18 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear; interestingly, both paste-downs and endpapers also bear advertising. Mildly bumped; spine faded to pink.Some rubbing and soiling to the covers. Nonetheless, an attractive volume.. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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16 Klima, Ivan Karel Capek. Life and Work
New Haven Catbird Press 2002 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New Haven: Catbird Press, 2002. An important, and overdue, assessment by a fellow Czech writer of the important modernist author of "War with the Newts" and "R.U.R." Originally published in 2001; this is a Fine copy of the First American Edition from a year later, translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada. A surprisingly uncommon title. Black cloth binding, with turquoise titling on the spine. Clean text; 265 pages, including Notes and Index. The dustjacket is also Fine; in an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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17 Mackail, J.W. The Life of William Morris (Two Volumes)
London, New York & Bombay Longmans, Green & Co 1901 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London, New York & Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1901. William Morris (1834-1896) artist, author, socialist thinker, is considered the wellspring of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Originally published in 1899, these are Very Good (Plus) copies of the "New Edition," a sympathetic early biography. Maroon cloth binding with highly decorative gilt designs on the spine. Two volumes, 375 pages and 364 pages, indexed. Clean text; endpapers foxed; bookplate on the front paste-down of Volume One. A very attractive set, in solid condition. 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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18 Mackenzie, R(obert) Shelton Sir Walter Scott: The Story of His Life
Boston James R. Osgood 1871 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: James R. Osgood, 1871. Robert Shelton Mackenzie (1809-1880) dedicates his biography of the great Romantic writer "To The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table." This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, ruled. Gilt lettering on the spine and Scott's coat-of-arms on the front cover. Clean text; 488 pages, indexed.Pages 160-61 were carelessly opened, so the edges are a bit ragged; there is a tear, but no loss. Only occasional foxing. There is a slight lean, but this remains an attractive period copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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19 Martineau, Harriet & Maria Weston Chapman (Editor) Harriet Martineau's Autobiography
Boston James R. Osgood and Company 1877 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. These are Very Good (Plus) and Very Good (Minus) copies of the First American Edition, in a Fine Binding. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather tips and spine. The spine is highly decorative, with fancy gilt, five raised bands, and the labels in red and black. Clean texts; xi, 594 pages and 596 pages. Very bright and fresh. There is rubbing at the margins but the main defect is that the front cover of Volume One , while present, has detached. Please note the condition issue; Quercus must offer these as Binding Copies, in need of repairs or restoration. A pity indeed, but these would make a gorgeous set if proper attention is paid.. First American Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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20 Mill, John Stuart Autobiography
London Longmans, Green & Co 1879 Sixth Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1879. J.S. Mill (1806-1873), philosopher and political economist, certainly one of the leading intellectual lights of the 19th Century, remains relevant today. This is a Very Good copy of the Sixth Edition. Green cloth binding, ruled in black, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean Text; 325 pages, indexed, with a list of Mill's works appended. Mild rubbing on the edges, and slightly cocked. The gutters have split but are holding well. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Sixth Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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