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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 Ballantyne, R.M. The Wild Man of the West. A Tale of the Rocky Mountains
Philadelphia Porter & Coates 1867 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1867. Scottish writer Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825-1894) wrote over 100 books, many of them for the juvenile-adventure market, set in different areas of the world. Extremely popular in their day, they are rather scarce today. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing. There is no date indication; however, although the book was initially issued in 1863, it has to date from no earlier than 1867 when "Porter & Coates" became the publisher's official name. Tan cloth binding with floral decorations on the front cover in black; designated the "Alta Edition" on the front cover; titling and decorations in black on the spine, with a gilt panel.Clean text; 419 pages, with a 12-page catalog in the rear. Frontis illustration. Cheap paper textblock is tanned. Bumped, with rubbing to head and foot of the spine; rear cover has some mottling. . Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 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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7 Burton, Sir Richard The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi. Translated and Annotated By His Friend and Pupil Sir Richard Burton
London Philip Allan & Co 1925 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket John Kettelwell 
London: Philip Allan & Co, 1925. Burton's conceit here is that he is a mere translator, rather than the author. Since its first appearance in 1880 the "Lay of the Higher Law" has been published numerous times; this is one of the nicer editions. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. Black cloth binding, ruled on the front and back covers, with titling in gilt on front and spine. Clean text; xiii, 169 pages; twelve fantastic illustrations by John Kettelwell (1890-1933). No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by John Kettelwell. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 Burton, Sir Richard F. The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi
London Philip Allan & Co 1925 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket John Kettelwell 
London: Philip Allan & Co, 1925. Burton wrote this poem in 1854, but did not publish it untill 1880 in a tiny edition for friends. Since then it has been reprinted many times by many different imprints. This is a Very Good copy of an uncommon edition that is illustrated with nice line drawings by John Kettelwell. Black cloth binding with blind ruling and gilt titling: English on the spine, Arabic on the front cover. Clean text; xiii, 169 pages. Signature (1926) on the FFEP. Bumped, and a split along the edge of the spine. . First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. Illus. by John Kettelwell. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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9 Collins, Wilkie No Name. A Novel
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1874 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1874. Originally serialized in England, the First American publication was in 1863; although there were pirates, Harper respected the copyright and paid Collins. With an inheritance/illigitimacy theme, it is considered to be one of his best novels. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a Later Printing, the "Illustrated Library Edition." Green cloth binding with ruled covers, gilt signature on the front; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 609 pages, POS in pencil on front paste-down, pencil notation on the rear endpaper. Slight lean; bumped corners; gilt on the spine is dulled but readable; top dusty. Textblock is excellent, clear and unfoxed. The "minus" condition is due to heavy rub to the head and foot of the spine. A respectable, if not beautiful copy.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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10 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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11 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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12 Dickens, Charles [W.Eliot Fette, Arranger] Dialogues from Dickens. Fpr Home and School Amusement
Boston/New York/Toronto/London Lee and Shepard, Publishers & Lee, Shepard, and Dillingham 1871 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston/New York/Toronto/London: Lee and Shepard, Publishers & Lee, Shepard, and Dillingham, 1871. Scenes and characters from the works of Charles Dickens "arranged" by a Boston educator for school and home entertainment. The First Edition was published in 1870; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a later printing from a year later. Fette's First Series; there was a second series published later. Green cloth binding, ruled and bevelled, with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 260 pages, including an Index to "characters and costumes." Many illustrations. There is a contemporary signature on the half-title and a period bookplate on the 6th endpaper. Mild rubbing at the margins; some spots on the rear cover. A solid copy, and a window into popular entertainment in the late Victorian days.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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13 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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14 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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15 Doyle, A. Conan Micah Clarke
New York Wm. L. Allison Company 1890 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Wm. L. Allison Company, 1890. Doyle's second novel, set during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685; supposedly admired by Oscar Wilde. First published in 1889; this is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of an early pirate edition. There is no publication date, but this publisher brought out other Doyle titles during the 1890s. Uncommon to rare. Marbled paper-covered boards with olive green spine and tips; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 395 pages. Rubbed along the outer edges; the pages are slightly tanned, indicative of where a pirate publisher would cut corners by using a cheaper stock. Despite this, quite an attractive book. In an archival plastic protector.. Reprint Edition. Quarter-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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16 Doyle, A. Conan The Refugees. A Tale of Two Continents
London Longmans, Green, and Co. 1893 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. An historical novel set in the time of Louis XIV that was first published in three volumes (May of 1893). This is a Very Good copy of a "New Edition" from the same year. Variant brown cloth binding with beveled edges; gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; viii, 384 pages, with a 24-page publisher's catalog in the rear; black endpapers; bookstore chop to FFEP. Mild bumps; slightly cocked; rubbing to head and foot of the spine. A solid copy that presents well. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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17 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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18 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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19 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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20 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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