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  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesPrayer Book Of King Edward VII The Book Of Common Prayer, And Administration Of The Sacraments & Other Rites & Ceremonies Of The Church.  London: Essex House, Eyre & Spottiswoode and printed at the Guild of Handicraft, 1904. . Near fine 1/4 leather and beveled, oak wood boards with five raised bands on the spine with gilt text in one compartment. A folio measuring 14 by 10 1/2 inches with hand wrought metal clasps on the front board (the rear clasps are missing from the rear board). The absence of any wear to the leather or any date on the spine strongly suggests a more recent rebind of the pigskin covered spine. The contents are extremely clean and free of soiling. The print is in black and red with the edges untrimmed. A limited edition of only 400 copies of which this copy is identified as number 179. 387 pages of text including the colophon. Illustrated throughout with wood block designs by C. R. Ashbee. This volume comes with "A Key To The Principal Decorations In The Prayer Book of King Edward VII, as Designed and Carried Out by D. R. Ashbee." laid-in, published by The Cambridge Society of New York and Montreal, M. Walter Dunne, President, which is a small quarto in wraps 14 pages with the rear cover loose and shallow chipping around the edges of the front cover.
    TB29064  $1200.00


  • Alter, J. Cecil :  James Bridger.  Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, (1962). First Edition Thus. Fine in brown cloth covered boards with a gilt on red title block on the spine. A small quarto of 9 1/4 by 6 inches with very faint rubbing to the cloth at the corners of the spine and to the tips of the boards. In a very good+, price clipped dust jacket with light rubbing to the folds and to the ends of the spine area. 358 pages including an index, bibliography, text and illustrated with a two-page map, an image from a black and white photograph and eight reproductions of contemporary works of art. A revised edition of the author's original 1925 publication.
    TB30037  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandBlanchard, Laman (Editor):  George Cruikshank's Omnibus.  London: Tilt and Bogue, 1842. First Edition, First printing. Very good+ in full polished tan calf covered boards by Riviere with five raised bands on the spine with gilt tool work with a gilt on black leather label in the compartments, gilt borders on the boards, gilt inside dentelles over dark blue paper end sheets. The top edge of the text block is gilt. The leather joints are worn and cracked but the hinges are tight and strong. The leather at the upper tips of the boards is worn through and there is a tiny 1/16" chip to the leather at the foot of the spine; and, there is an early prior owner's book plate on the front paste down. A small quarto measuring 9 1/8" tall by 5 1/2" deep containing 300 pages of text. Illustrated with twenty-two steel engraved plates and 78 wood engravings. Originally issued in wraps in nine individual parts. George Cruikshank (1792-1878), whose career spanned 60 years, was an English illustrator and caricaturist who was best known for his satirical portraits of English society and culture as well as being the illustrator for Charles Dickens' books: Sketches By Boz and Oliver Twist.
    TB22867  $250.00


  • Click on Image to expandDickens, Charles :  A Tale Of Two Cities.  London: Chapman & Hall, 1859. First Edition, First Issue. Professionally re-backed preserving much of the original back strip and the blind embossed, red cloth covered boards with new end sheets. An octavo of 8 3/4 by 5 1/2 inches. Overall in very good plus condition with slight foxing to the engraved title pages. Page 243/244 has a 1 1/2" closed tear at the lower edge which has been repaired. The plate facing page 72 has been professionally reattached; however, its extreme lower edge is soiled. The top edge of the text block is soiled. 254 pages of text followed by the publisher's Catalogue of Books 32 pages dated November, 1859. With 14 plates and the frontispiece and the vignette titlepage by H. K. Browne ['Phiz']. The list of plates shows the signature letter "b", the page number error on 213 is present as is the misspelling of "affectionately" on page 134, line 12, all of which evidence this copy as a first issue. (Eckel p.86, Podeschi, A143; Smith 13)
    TB29375  $6500.00


  • Click on Image to expandDickens, Charles with illustrations by Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield and Leech: The Chimes: A Goblin Story Of Some Bells That Rang An Old Year Out And A New Year In..  London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. First Edition, First State.. Good+ in original, decorated red, horizontal-ribbed cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and gilt text and decorations on the front board and with all edges of the text block gilt. A 16mo measuring 6 1/2" by 4" with the cloth at the head and heel of the spine rubbed and the cloth at the lower tips of the boards is worn through. The cloth on the boards is lightly soiled and there is a very early prior owner's name in ink with an unreadable date on the front paste down. This is the very uncommon first state of the first edition with "Chapman & Hall" as part of the engraving of the vignette title page. 175 pages of text illustrated with a frontispiece, engraved title page and eleven engravings in the text by Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield and Leech. (Smith: Dickens in Original Cloth vol. II, 5 p. 34)
    TB26992  $1200.00


  • Click on Image to expandDickens, Charles with illustrations by Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield and Leech: The Cricket On The Hearth A Fairy Tale Of Home..  London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First Edition, First State. . Very good in original, decorated red, vertical-ribbed cloth covered boards although professionally rebacked preserving the original gilt stamped and decorated back strip and the original pale yellow end sheets. The front board is decorated with gilt text and the image of a fireplace. All edges of the text block are gilt. A 16mo measuring 6 1/2" by 4" and protected in a beautiful, full leather (goat) clam shell box with gilt text stamping on the spine. Per Walter E. Smith's bibliography: Charles Dickens In The Original Cloth, this is a first state copy as evidenced by the first advertisement page at the rear of the book which highlights the book Oliver Twist without any mention of it being a "New Edition". 174 pages of text followed by two pages of advertisements for other books by the author. lllustrated with a frontispiece, engraved title page and twelve engravings by Maclise, Doyle, Stanfield and Leech. (Smith: Dickens in Original Cloth vol. II, 8 p. 62)
    TB26994  $1000.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesDickens, Charles :  The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. First Edition, First printing. Very good in a fine more recent 3/4, dark green leather and light green cloth covered boards with gilt rules at the edges of the leather and with five raised bands on the spine with gilt gilt tooling and text in the compartments. There are three early prior owner's names with dates of 1838, 1893 and 1918 written in ink on the title page. The preliminaries show some soiling and minor foxing. With the exception of the illustrated plates, the bulk of the text is free from foxing or tanning. Without a dust jacket as issued. The book is contained within a fine, green cloth covered, double slip case. This is the first book edition with all of the issue points present to include two chapter IIIs with the signature mark of "E", the half title page and the directions to the binder/errata. 609 pages with forty-three illustrations by R. Seymour and "Phiz". (Smith, vol. 1, 3) An extremely handsomely bound book.
    TB22492  $900.00


  • Click on Image to expandDickens, Charles :  The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. First Edition in book form. Very good+ in elaborate full leather (calf) covered boards with gilt borders on the front and rear boards, five raised bands on the spine with red morocco, title labels with gilt text in two of the compartments with gilt tool work in the others. The end sheets are marbled with gilt inner dentelles that have offset to the edges of the first and last free end pages. The top edge of the text block is gilt. The binding is by Ramage of London as can be seen by that firm's gilt embossed line on the front paste down just above the dentelle. There is a small prior owner's book plate on the front pastedown, the same name with an address is stamped on the first free end page and the name appears again in ink on the second free end page. While the hinges are tight and sound the joints are rubbed; and have startied. An octavo measuring 8 3/16" tall by 5 1/4" containing 624 pages of text. Illustrated with 40 engraved plates by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"). This is a mixed state first edition with the transposed pound sign on the sign-post on the vignette title page; but, with the second issue, fourteen-line errata page. (Gimbel/Podeschi, A72; Smith, 65-67; Eckel, p83)
    TB22114  $675.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesDickens, Charles :  Dealings With The Firm of Dombey and Son Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation.  London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. First Edition in book form. Very near fine in in a late 19th century binding of 3/4 pebbled, black leather covered boards over marbled paper with five raised bands on the spine with gilt text and decorations in the compartments, marbled end pages and the top edge of the text block is gilt. There is a minor area of 1/2" by 1/8" at the upper edge of the spine area where the leather is rubbed and the paper edge at the lower edges of the boards is rubbed through in one small area. The hinges are tight and strong. An octavo measuring 8 9/16" tall by 5 1/2" deep containing 624 pages. Tipped-in at the second free end page (and before the fly title page) is the front wrapper from #3 of the original part. Illustrated with 38 engraved plates and a frontispiece by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"). An eight line errata page follows the list of illustrations. The word "Captain” is spelled correctly on the last line of page 324. (Eckel, p74)
    TB20035  $650.00


  • Click on Image to expandEiseley, Loren :  The Brown Wasps.  Mount Horeb, Wisc.: The Perishable Press Limited, 1969. First Edition , Limited Edition. Fine in marbled paper covered boards with the text block printed on handmade, watermarked, Charter Oak, deckled paper. An 8vo measuring 8 3/8 by 5 1/4 inches containing 39 numbered pages followed by a page explaining the text and three blank pages. There are gift inscriptions on the first and second blank free end pages. Without a dust jacket as issued. One of only 256 limited edition copies printed. An extremely uncommon item by Eiseley. It is a collection of three essays by the author. Illustrated with a frontispiece by Jack Beal.
    TB28484  $700.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesFreeman, Douglas Southall :  Lee's Lieutenants A Study in Command (Three volume set).  New York: Charles Scribner's, 1942, 1943 & 1944 . All First Editions. All three volumes of this three volume are first editions in near fine condition in black cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spines and front boards. The cloth over the spine of volume 3 is faded more than the spines on the other two volumes. The hinge areas for volumes 2 and 3 show modest foxing a reaction with the glues used in binding. The hinges and joints for all three volumes are tight and strong. All three volumes are missing their issued dust jackets. Volume 1 is signed by the author on the first free end page as follows: "Autographed by | Douglas Southall Freeman" Vol. 1: is sub-titled: Manassas to Malvern Hill and has 773 pages. Vol. 2: Cedar Mountain to Chancellorsville with 760 pages; and, Vol. 3: Gettysburg to Appomattox, contains 862 pages followed by a fold-out map. All three comprise "A Study in Command" by a leading authority and biographer of Robert E. Lee. David Eisher in his bibliography, The Civil War in Books, states that this set is "One of the epic works on the Confederate armies, these exhaustively researched and brilliantly written volumes deserve to be read by all Civil War students." (Howes, F-349; Eisher, 971)A handsome set in very collectible condition, signed by the author with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB30101  $450.00


  • Click on Image to expandHall, James Norman, and Charles Bernard Nordhoff:  The Lafayette Flying Corps.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920. First Edition, First printing. Both volumes of this two volume set are in very good+ condition in decorated dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and gilt text and decorations on the front boards. The top edges of the text blocks are gilt. The cloth at the corners of the heads and heels of the spines is lightly worn and rubbed and the spine of volume II is faded as is the outer edges of the front board. There is also a prior owner's name and address on the first free end pages of each volume. Both volumes are small quartos measuring 10 3/16" tall by 7" deep. Volume I contains 514 pages and volume II contains 361 pages including appendices and an index. Without dust jackets. Laid-in to volume II is an undated, three page specimen copy of an appeal from The Escadrille Lafayette Memorial Association for funds to help complete a memorial cemetery in France dedicated to the Americans who lost their lives over France during the First World War. Both volumes are illustrated with black and white photographs and color plate illustrations. Volume I contains the personal biographies and service records of each of the members of the Lafayette Flying Corps Considered by many to be the standard reference on the Lafayette Escadrille. A very handsome set with none of the foxing so often seen.
    TB20034  $950.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesHawthorne, Nathaniel :  Tanglewood Tales, For Girls and Boys; Being A Second Wonder-Book.  Boston: Ticknor, Reed, And Fields, 1853. First Edition, First Printing. Very good+ in original green, ribbed cloth covered boards with gilt text and gilt decorations on the spine and decorated embossed front and rear boards. At the front of the book is the publisher's eight pages of ads dated August 1853 listing this title as "Just Out" and without a price. There is a Christmas, 1853 gift inscription on the first page following the ads. A 16mo measuring 6 1/2" by 4 1/4" with some of the cloth at the head and heel of the spine worn through to the underling spine lining and the cloth at the lower tips of the boards also slightly worn through. There is an early prior owner's small book plate on the front paste down. The book is contained within a recent, cloth covered chemise and a 1/4 leather and green cloth slip case with gilt text stamping and raised bands on the spine end. 336 pages of text. A collection of six short stories based on Greek mythology and written for children. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and six plates by Hammatt Billings. This is the printing with only the imprint of Boston Stereotype Foundry and no mention of the printer, Geo. C. Rand on the copyright page which conforms to the earliest printed copies as noted by Jacob Blanck in Peter Parley to Penrod. (BAL, 7614; Peter Parley to Penrod, p.10)
    TB28456  $1500.00


  • Click on Image to expandHawthorne, Nathaniel :  The House of Seven Gables A Romance.  Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851. First Edition, First Issue. Recently rebound in fine condition in 1/4 light brown calf and marbled paper covered board with a dark brown leather title label with gilt text on the spine and with gilt borders on the spine. A 12mo measuring 7 1/16" by 4 3/8" containing 344 pages of text with out the publisher catalog. The original, light yellow first and last free end pages are present. On the first free end page an early prior owner's name appears in ink together with the date of "April 14th 1851". The pages of the text are all bright, clean and free of tanning and free of any foxing. This is a first edition, first issue copy with the letters "t" and the "h" battered on the first and second lines of page 149. The prior owner's date of April 14th 1851 provides additional support to the fact that this is the first issue as the second printing was published in April 1851 and corrected the battered type on page 149. One of Hawthorne's most famous novels and considered a classic of early American literature. Hawthorne believed this to be his best work, even better than his more famous The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne considered this title to be his best novel. A collectible first edition, first issue copy is quite uncommon. This copy is stunning! (BAL 7604; Bruccoli/Clark - p. 172)
    TB28439  $800.00


  • Click on Image to expandHemingway, Ernest :  Across The River And Into The Trees.  New York: Charles Scribner's, 1950. First Edition, First printing. Recently rebound in 1/4 crimson Harmatan goatskin leather with two gilt stamped black leather spine labels and black cloth covered boards retaining the author's original gilt reproduced signature on the front board with marbled end sheets and leather reinforced hinges. Without its issued dust jacket. 308 pages of text. This is an exquisitely bound book of one of Hemingway's last titles. The contents are fine with no damage to the pages and with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB20173  $175.00


  • Click on Image to expandHolt, John :  Knee Deep in Montana's Streams.  Boulder: Pruett Publishing Company, 1991. Signed Limited First Edition. Fine in 1/4 calf and marbled paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. On the inside of the front board is a mounted "Wolly Bugger" fly which was tied by the author. Without a dust jacket. Signed by the author and numbered copy 66 out of only 100 signed and numbered copies on the second to last page of text. A hand-sewn binding done exclusively for the publisher by Sandlin's Book & Bindery of Valparaiso, Indiana. 144 pages including an index illustrated with maps and black and white photographs.
    TB20153  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandIrving, Washington :  The Works of Washington Irving.  London: John Murray, G. P. Putnam, Colburn & Bently and W. Wright, 1821 to 1859. Various editions and Various Issues. All twenty volumes of this complete set are in near fine condition in 3/4 crushed green levant morocco and marbled paper covered boards. The top edges of the text blocks are gilt, the end sheets are a matching marbled paper, the spines have five raised bands with gilt text in two of the compartments and gilt decorations and devices in the other compartments. The bindings are by "Trout Binder" being Samuel Trout of London who was a bookbinder during the mid to late 1800s. Each volume is an octavo measuring 8 3/4 by 5 1/2" inches. This set consists of the following volumes by Washington Irving: Four volumes of A History Of The Life and Voyages Of Christopher Columbus dated 1828 and is a first edition, third issue [to wit: Both volumes 1 and 2 show a ":" after "London" on the title page. Page 322 in volume I is misnumbered "232". Page 60 of volume III is missing its page number. The imprint at the end of volume III appears on page 415.] Five volumes of Life Of George Washington. Volume 1 is a second printing of 1856 published by G. P. Puntnam of New York; volume 2 is a first edition dated 1855 also by Putnam with the note of error on page 519; volume 3 is a first edition dated 1856 by Putnam lacking the "inserted slip with note by publisher"; volume 4 is a first edition by Putnam dated 1857; volume 5 is a Putnam first edition dated 1859. Two volumes of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. is a "New Edition" dated 1822 by John Murray of London; Two volumes of Tales Of A Traveller dated 1824 and published by John Murray is a British first edition which appeared shortly before the American edition was printed. It is the second state as it contains the "spurious" notice on page 395 of volume 2. Two volumes of Bracebridge Hall; or, The Humorists is dated 1822 and published by John Murray of London. It is the third state of the first British Edition which initially came out only a couple of days after the first US edition was printed. (Note: there is a long tear to page 93/94 which has been professionally repaired...probably with this binding.) Two volumes of The Alhambra dated 1832 and published by Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley of London which was the first British edition. (The publisher's ads for volume 2 were stripped out for this binding.) Two volumes of Lives Of Mahomet And His Successors is dated 1850 and published by John Murray of London and was the first British edition and was printed from the American plates. Lastly, is a single volume of a second British edition of A Humourous History Of New York From The Beginning Of The World published by W. Wright of London, dated 1821. (Blackburn 11, 15, 23, 25, 27, 32, 41 and 42;
    TB28482  $2400.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesKent, Rockwell :  N by E.  New York: Random House, 1930. Signed limited first edition. Fine in decorated light blue cloth covered boards with a silver colored stamping of a compass rose on the front board and text and decorations stamped on the spine. This binding is absolutely unblemished! In its original plain blue dust jacket in very good condition with tanning to the spine area and a few closed tears all of which have been repaired with archival tape on the verso side of the jacket. Both the book and its dust jacket are contained within the original, very good+ dark blue, paper covered slip case which shows minor wear at its opening and one chip from the paper covering of 3/4" by 1/2". As noted on the rear page of text this copy has been numbered 572 out of only 900 copies printed. It is also signed on that page by the author. With extensive wood block illustrations by the author. The paper employed in the text is a special watermarked paper by Pynson Printers and completed in the month of November, 1930. A beautiful, tight, clean copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB28455  $800.00


  • Click on Image to expandKipling, Rudyard :  The Writings In Prose And Verse Of Rudyard Kipling (Vols. 1-24).  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. Outward Bound Edition. These first twenty-four volumes of this 36 volume set are in near fine condition in dark blue cloth covered boards gilt text and borders on brown leather spine labels. Each volume is an octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" with the upper edge of the text block gilt. The cloth at the head and heels of the spine for a few of the volumes are lightly rubbed. This set contains (in volume order): Plain Tales From the Hills with 350 pages; Soldiers Three and Military Tales Part I with 307 pages; Soldiers Three and Military Tales Part II with pages 307 to 589; In Black and White with 386 pages; The Phantom Rickshaw with 387 pages; Under the Deodars, The Story of the Gadsbys and Wee Willie Winkie with 368 pages; The Jungle Book with 341 pages; The Second Jungle Book with 228 pages; The Light That Failed with 329 pages; The Naulahka A Story of West and East with 377 pages; Verses 1889-1896 with 359 pages; Captain's Courageous with 224 pages; The Day's Work Part I 310 pages; The Day's Work Part II with 303 pages; From Sea to Sea: Letters of Travel Part I with 494 pages; From Sea to Sea Part II with 553 pages; Early Verse with 292 pages; Stalky & Co. with 330 pages; Kim with 474 pages; Just So Stories For Little Children with 279 pages; The Five Nations with 202 pages; Puck of Pook's Hill with 305 pages; and, Actions and Reactions with 324 pages. Each volume is illustrated with a frontispiece which is protected with a labeled tissue insert. A beautiful, clean and tight set with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB27274  $200.00


  • Larson, Gary :  The Complete Far Side Volume One and Volume Two.  Kansas City, Kansas: Andrews McMell Publishing , (2003). First Edition. Both volumes of this two volume set are in fine condition with both bound in 1/2 dark blue cloth and paper, simulated to appear as leather, covered boards with gilt text on the spine and on the front boards. Each volume also has a 3 by 4" printed paper label on the front board. Neither volume has a dust jacket as issued; however, the books are contained within a fine illustrated paper covered slip case. Volume One (1980-1986) contains 64 pages. Volume Two (1987-1994) contains 601 pages. "Presents every Far side cartoon ever syndicated. More than 4,000 cartoons, 1,100 which have never been published in a book are included in this two-volume, slipcased treasure trove" (from the copyright page) Due to the size and weight of this set our standard shipping costs can not be applied.
    TB30073  $100.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesMacy, Obed :  The History Of Nantucket; Being A Compendious Account Of The First Settlement Of The Island By The English.  Boston: Hilliard, Gray And Co., 1835. First Edition. Very good in its near original blue-green, blind embossed cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine which has been very carefully rebacked preserving the original back strip. A 12mo measuring 7 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches with the cloth over the tips of the boards and in a few places on the fore edges is worn through. The contents are quite clean and free of foxing; however the end sheets do show mild foxing. The front paste down shows an early prior owner's initials ("HMC") in pencil. 300 pages of text followed by 8 pages of ads by the publisher. Illustrated with a frontispiece map of the Island and one, engraved plate. Wright Howes considers this title "mildly rare". (Howes, M-195; Sabin, 43687)
    TB28877  $600.00


  • Click on Image to expandMoore, Clement C. :  Poems. Presentation Copy (contains A Visit From St. Nicholas).  New York: Bartlett & Wellford, 1844. First Edition. Very good+ with a professional repaired backstrip and strengthened joints and hinges leaving intact the 1/2 leather (calf) and the patterned purple cloth covered boards. The gilt text of the title remains on the spine. A 12mo measuring 7 1/4" by 4 1/2" with the prior owner's name: "S. Victor Constant | New York" stamped on the front paste down. A presentation copy inscribed "To Miss Southey | with the respects | of the author. | June, 1844." On the verso side of the half title page, the author has also added a line of correction for page 58. 216 pages being a collection of 37 poems, the most important being A Visit From St. Nicholas. This is the first appearance of this now famous and beloved poem "in a collection of Moore's own verse, and thus his first public acknowledgment of authorship." (Marshall, The Night Before Christmas A Descriptive Bibliography of Clement Clarke Moore's Immortal Poem, p. 10) The poem first appeared in The Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823 anonymously. (BAL, 14348) As stated in Marshall's bibliography regarding this title: "This is considered by many scholars to be the definitive version." One's imagination is provoked with the possible connection between the author's last poem titled: "Southey" which is an ode to his deceased wife, and the name of the person who was presented with this book: "Miss Southey".
    TB26982  $7000.00


  • Click on Image to expandMoore, Clement C., and Various Authors (Editor not stated:  The New-York Book Of Poetry (the first formal appearance, in book form, of Clement Moore's poem: A Visit From St. Nicholas).  New York: George Dearborn, 1837. First Edition. Very good in the publisher's original blind stamped and gilt decorated, green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and a gilt decoration on the front board and all edges of the text block gilt. An octavo measuring 8 3/4" by 5 1/4" with a dampness stain across the upper margins of the text block none of which impacts on the print. There is also an early gift inscription at the top edge of the title page with a date of December 25, 1837. The cloth on the spine is beginning to split at the upper three inches of the joint. Despite that issue the binding remains strong and tight. The cloth at the heel of the spine and at the lower tips of the boards showns wear and has worn through in small areas. An anthology of 53 New York poets. This is the first formal appearance, in book form, of Clement Moore's poem: A Visit From St. Nicholas. 253 pages of text illustrated with an engraved title page. Page 215/216 contains Clement C. Moore's poem, From A Father To His Children, After Having Had His Portrait Taken For Them. And, pages 217/218 and 219 contain Moore's more famous poem: A Visit From St. Nicholas. An extremely scarce title in any condition. (BAL 14347; Mitchell, 18)
    TB26987  $1250.00


  • Click on Image to expandMorgan, Dale L., and Carl I. Wheat:  Jedediah Smith and his Maps of the American West.  San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1954. First Limited Edition. Fine in brick red cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. A large folio measuring 17" tall by 11" deep. Without a dust jacket as issued. One of only 530 copies printed. 86 pages of text with three fold-out maps within the body of the text and with three very large fold-out maps tucked into the rear pocket of the inside rear cover all of which are in perfect condition. A fourth, one-page map is missing (the Wilkes 1841 map of Upper California). This appears to be a binding error as there is no evidence showing a removed page. Extremely uncommon.
    TB29854  $500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple images[Richard Henry Dana]:  Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea.  New York: Harper & Brothers, 1840. First Edition, Second Issue. Very good+, professionally rebacked preserving the original dark brown cloth covered boards and the spine's backstrip with its gilt text. The text shows only occasional spots of foxing and the last 6 pages are moderately soiled. A 24mo measuring 6" by 3 1/2" with an early prior owner's inscription noting his date of purchase in Parkersburg, West Virginia in Nov. 8, 1896 on the verso side of the first free end page. Without a dust jacket as issued. First editions did not carry the author's name on the spine or title page. This is a variant first edition copy of this title as it lacks any date on the title page and no enumeration of the various titles in the series. This is the second issue of the first edition where there is no dot over the "i" in the word "in" on the copyright page and the broken type at the top of page 9. The gilt publisher's emblem on the spine states: "The | Family | Library | No. 106" with the book's modified title "Life | Before | The | Mast" at the base of the spine. Wright Howes in his bibliography U.S.Iana states: "This account of California in 1835 and 1836 surpassed in popularity all other books relating to that state." This is volume "No. 106" in Harper's Family Library Series. (BAL 4434; Howes D-49; Sabin 18448; Cowan p.156)
    TB27369  $400.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesSabatini, Rafael :  The Writings Of Rafael Sabatini.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1924 to 1937. First Editions, Definitive Edition. All 34 volumes of this complete "Definitive Edition" set are in fine to near fine conditions in 3/4 dark purple leather and red cloth covered boards with gilt borders on the boards, five raised bands on the spines with gilt text and printer's devices in the compartments. Each volume is uniform in appearance and all are small octavos of 8 by 5 1/4 inches with the top edges of the text blocks gilt and with marbled end sheets. The bindings were created by The Riverside Press. Twenty of the volumes have a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down. Vol. 34 has slightly rubbed joints to the leather; two of the volumes have unopened pages and volume 31 has a dampness stain to the lower margins of the preliminaries and the first 30 pages of the text block with no migration into the printed areas. Each volume are illustrated with at least a frontispiece while most are illustrated with four or more plates after various artists. These volumes include: Scaramouche; Mistress Wilding; Bardelys The Magnifcient; The Snare; The Sea Hawk; Captain Blood His Odyssey; The Banner Of The Bull And Other Stories; Fortune's Fool; The Historical Nights' Entertainment - First Series; The Historical Nights' Entertainment - Second Series; The Life of Cesare Borgia; Torquemada and The Spanish Inquistion; The Strolling Saint; Saint Martin's Summer; The Carolinian; The Lion's Skin; The Trampling of The Lilies; The Shame of Motley; The Gates of Doom; The Tavern Knight; Bellarion The Fortunate; The Hounds of God; The Romantic Prince; The King's Minion; Captain Blood Returns; The Nuptials Of Corbal and The Tyrant; Scaramouche The King-Maker; The Black Swan; The Stalking Horse; Heroic Lives; Venetian Masque; Chivalry; The Fortunes of Captain Blood; and, The Lost King.
    TB29697  $1200.00


  • Click on Image to expandSinclair, Upton :  The Jungle.  New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1906. First Editiion. Very good in the publisher's original green cloth covered boards with what is left of white text stamping on the spine and with white text stamping and an image on the front board. The cloth at the head and heel of the spine shows rubbing and wear through the cloth with some fraying. The cloth at the fore tips of the boards is worn through and the majority of the spine lettering is gone. Without its very scarce issued dust jacket. 413 pages of text. The third "1" on the copyright page is perfect type making this an early volume in the first edition run. One of the most important social novels of the early 20th century which lead to the development of federal food preparation regulations.
    TB26152  $225.00


  • Click on Image to expandSmith, Joshua Hett :  An Authentic Narrative of the Causes which led to the Death of Major Andre, Adjutant-General Of His Majesty's Forces In North America.  London: Mathews And Leigh, 1808. First Edition. Near fine in a more recent, early 20th century binding of 1/2 light brown leather (calf) with light brown marbled paper covered boards with five raised bands on the spine, a gilt on black leather title block and gilt rules on either sides of the raised bands. A small octavo measuring 7 1/2" by 4 1/2" with light rubbing to the leather at the tips of the boards and with the ghost of what may have been a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down. The pages and binding are tight and strong with minimal wear and little if any foxing or tanning to the pages. 357 pages with "A Monoday" on the death of Andre by Miss Seward and Andre letters added followed by notes to the binder and two pages of ads by the publisher. Illustrated with an engraved portrait frontispiece of Andre, a fold-out maps of the northeastern portion of the US and an engraving of Andre's monument at Westminster Abbey. This printing preceded the American publication by Evert Duyckinck of New York by a year. This British edition is also much longer than the American edition which contained only 214 pages. (Howes, S-631; Sabin 83422, Gephart 7806)
    TB28286  $275.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesStowe, Harriet Beecher :  Uncle Tom's Cabin: or, Life Among The Lowly.  Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First Edition , First Printing. Both small octavo volumes of this two volume set are in very good+ condition which have been rebacked with new end sheets preserving the original light brown cloth covered boards and back strips with the blind embossing around the edges of each board with a gilt embossing in the center of each front board with gilt text and blind embossing on the spines. A previous owner has written "First Edition" in ink on the first free end page of volume I. A possible second previous owner has written her name in pencil on the second free end page over a section of a book seller's catalog showing a price of $25.00 for two volumes of the first edition of this title. Both volumes are from the first printing with Hobart & Robbins shown on the copyright pages. The first printing of this landmark book occurred on March 20, 1852. It was sold out in a matter of days. Per BAL by April 1, 1852 a second printing of ten thousand copies had been produced which was followed by a third printing of fifty thousand copies which sold out in only 8 weeks by mid-May of 1852. An extremely handsome, matched set of one of the most important books of the 19th century. Both volumes are illustrated with a frontispiece and three, wood engraved plates in each volume by Hammatt Billings. (BAL 19343; Printing and The Mind of Man, 332)
    TB27489  $3500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry D. :  Walden; Or, Life In The Woods.  Boston: Ticknor And Fields, 1854. First Edition, First Printing. Very good+ in its original vertically ribbed, brown cloth with blind embossing on both boards and blind embossed bands on the spine which is also decorated with gilt lettering. A 12mo of 7 1/16 by 4 3/8 inches with several closed tears to the head and heel of the spine which have been professionally repaired on the reverse side of the headcap. There are two, small black ink marks on the upper corner of the front board and there is an early prior owner's name, date of "Sept. 21st 1855" and location of Worcester (Massachusetts) on the first free end page. Pages 263 through 350 have a light dampness stain in the upper margins none of which impact on the printing. The cloth at the lower tips of the boards is worn through. The joints and hinges are tight and strong and there are no pages loose or ragged. Vary pale yellow end sheets with 357 numbered pages of text followed by eight pages of publisher's ads dated May, 1854 sewn between the rear end sheet. The book is contained within a fine, cloth covered slip case of a color in harmony with the cloth covers of the book. Illustrated with an engraving on the title page and Thoreau's map of Walden Pond facing page 307. This classic of American literature only saw 2,000 first edition copies printed. (BAL, 20106; Borst, A2.1.a)
    TB29350  $9500.00


  • Click on Image to expandTwain, Mark Samuel L. Clemens:  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).  New York: Charles L. Webster And Company, 1885. First Edition, First Printing. A professionally re-backed copy in very good+ condition with the original decorated green cloth back strip and cloth covered boards with gilt and black text on the spine and the same on the front board. The original end sheets have been retained with new front and rear hinges. An early prior owner's name ("L. W. Jordan of Balto" MD March 10th 1885) appears on the second free end page in pencil. The text block is tight and complete with occasional spots of foxing and soiling throughout. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 6 1/2" with the tips of the boards previously bumped and repaired and with the preliminaries (up to the title page) lightly soiled and tanned. This volume is a mixed state first printing of the first edition as the title-leaf, with an 1884 copyright date, is bound in. On page [9] under "Chapter V" the reading is "Huck Decided to Leave." The illustration "Him and Another Man" is listed as being on page 88 where in this case the illustration appears on page 87 (1st state). The 11th line from the bottom of page 57 reads "with the was" (1st state). The second "5" of the page number "155" is missing (1st state). Considered to be Mark Twain's masterpiece and for generations known as a true American classic . (BAL 3415; MacDonnell, Firsts Magazine Sept. 1998; Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-76; McBride, pp. 92-121)
    TB28436  $1300.00


  • Click on Image to expandTytler, James :  A Treatise on the Plague and Yellow Fever.  Salem (Mass.): B. B. Macanulty, 1799. First Edition, First printing. Very good with a recent, very attractive 1/4 leather spine with what appear to be very early marbled paper covered boards and new end sheets. The pages of the text block are uniformly tanned with occasional spots of foxing. Without a dust jacket. Published according to act of Congress. 568 pages of text including a 23 page appendix. The book is in three parts. Part I contains 370 pages which is devoted to The Plague. Part II runs from pages 371 to 544 and it is devoted to Yellow Fever. The third part is the 23 page appendix "containing histories of the plague at Athens in the time of the Peloponnesian War: at Constatntinople in the time of Justinian; at London in 1665; at Marseilles in 1720; &c." Lacking the errata sheet at the end of the text and the folding table. (Evans, 36465)
    TB21273  $500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesWarhol, Andy :  In The Bottom of my Garden.  [New York]: Self-published, circa 1956. First Edition. Very good in paper covered boards with a lithographed, hand-colored illustration on the front board. The binding is sewn. An oblong octavo of 8 1/2 by 11 inches containing 20 lithographed plates on wove paper two of which have some modest hand-coloring. The paper covered boards are soiled and there is some modest foxing. The paper joining the two boards over the spine area is torn and chipped. Although the end sheets show some small spots of foxing, the contents are in excellent condition and are best classified as an erotic picture book. Signed and inscribed "To Frances | Keane" by the author, artist, and in this case, bookbinder and publisher at the lower spine side of the front board. Unpaginaged, but containing 20 plates. Andy Warhol started his art career in New York City in 1949 where he worked as an advertising art director. This item represents one of his first forays into book making. Reportedly this book was created as a promotional item and copies were given to close friends and clients. Copies of this book were often cut up allowing the individual lithographs to be sold separately. As a result, complete copies of the book are uncommon. The book contains only three lines of text all hand written in an exaggerated script by Warhol's mother, Julia Warhola, who, with limited English, undoubtedly had no understanding of the double-entendre meaning of the words she had written.
    TB29406  $10000.00


  • Click on Image to expand[Washington Irving]:  The Crayon Miscellany No. 1 Containing A Tour On The Prairies; The Crayon Miscellany No. 2 Containing Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey and The Crayon Miscellany No. 3 Containing Legends of the Conquest of Spain (3 volumes).  Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1835. All First Editions . All three volumes are in the publisher's original dark green cloth covered boards with the original, paper labels on the spines of No. 1 and No. 2. and with a meticulously accurate reproduction of the paper label on the spine of No. 3. All three are 12mos measuring 7" by 4 1/4" and are all in very good or better condition. No. 1 is a first edition, first state with the sheets bulking to 9/16" without the ads with the synopsis on page 247 showing: "binger of dawn" and the paper spine label is identified as "Label A" and, the catalog (ads at the rear) is identified as "Catalog A" per BAL 10140. It is in very good condition and contains 274 pages followed by a blank leaf and then by 24 pages of ads by the publisher. There is some scuffing to the boards and there is an early prior owner's name written in both ink and pencil on the first free end page. (The penciled signature is followed by a date of "1835". ) The corners of the boards are turned inward and there are spots of foxing throughout. Only 5,000 copies of the first printing were produced making this title fairly uncommon. This was Irving's first book written entirely in the US following his seventeen year stay in Europe. He was worried that Tour of the Prairies was too simple and not strong enough to stand on its own as a book. In January of 1835 he hit upon the idea of publishing it as the first volume in a multi-volume series he would call The Crayon Miscellany. (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original) In this volume he added an opening announcement (billed as an "Advertisement") with the following statement: "The 'Crayon Miscellany' will appear in the numbers, from time to time, as circumstances may permit' and will contain scenes and sketches of life in America and Europe; together with such other themes, both real and imaginary, as may present themselves to the mind of the Author." No. 2 is a first edition in very good+ condition in the publisher's original green cloth covered boards with the original paper label on the spine with a minor, narrow abrasion approximately 1/2" long. A 12mo measuring 7" tall by 4 1/4" deep with an early (1898) prior owner's name written in ink on the second free end page. 230 pages of text followed by a blank leaf and 36 pages of ads from the publisher and one final blank leaf and the free end sheet. No. 2, was published six weeks after No. 1, on May 30, 1835. Reportedly, only 5,000 copies were printed. The contents are "Irving's fond tribute to the homes of Walter Scott and Lord Byron." (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original.) It was well received by an adoring American public even winning fond praise from Edgar Allan Poe. No. 3 is also a first edition in very good condition with a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and tape marks on the first free end page and with moderate foxing throughout the preliminaries, ads and end sheets as well as light soiling to the rear board. It contains 276 pages followed by eight pages of ads from the publisher. Per BAL 10144 this copy conforms to "Setting A". Like the previous two volumes, the first printing of this title was limited to 5,000 copies. This is the third and final volume in The Crayon Miscellany. A handsome and complete collection of Irving's Crayon Miscellany. (BAL 10140, 10142 & 10144; Langerfeld/Blackburn p. 33)
    TB25992  $900.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesWasserman, Dale, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh:  Man of La Mancha.  New York: Random House, (1966). First Edition, First Printing. Fine in 1/4 green cloth and red-orange cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and a blind embossed image of the Random House logo on the front board. An octavo of 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches with hints of rubbing to the cloth at the corners of the head and heel of the spine. In a very good+, unclipped dust jacket minor shallow chipping at the corners of the lower edge of the spine area, light rubbing to the upper corners of the spine area and light rubbing to the fold to the front flap. Signed: "Quixotically yours | Dale Wasserman" (the author) on the first free end page and the date of "6/98" at the upper corner of the first free end page. Laid-in at the front of the book is a brief typed letter from Wasserman dated May 23, 1998 on his letterhead, presenting the book to his friends noting that it is a first edition, "which has become quite rare"; and, at the time, in its 29th printing. It is boldly signed by the author. 82 pages of script. Illustrated with a frontispiece photograph of the two main characters on their "steeds" and two black and white photographs of Richard Kiley in the role of Don Quixote. Man of La Mancha had its world premier at The Goodspeed Opera House in 1965 where it immediately went to Broadway and London. It was first produced in New York on November 22, 1965 at the Washington Square Theater. The show ran for 2,328 performances winning five Tony Awards and was revived five times in subsequent years becoming a classic of musical theater.
    TB29422  $600.00


  • Click on Image to expandWharton, Edith :  Ethan Frome.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. First Edition, First printing. Very good- in its original red cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and front board with gilt to the top edge of the text block. The cloth on the spine is slightly faded and at the head and heel it is worn and rubbed at the corners and beginning to fray at the heel. Although the spine is slightly cocked the hinges, joints and binding are tight and strong. Without its very scarce issued dust jacket. 195 pages followed by four pages of publisher's ads. Ethan Frome is Edith Wharton's most widely known tragic novel and is recognized as an American classic of literature. A handsome early first edition with a gilt top edge and perfect type on page 135, line 21 and lacking any prior ownership markings of any kind. (Bruccoli, First Printings, Vol. 3, p. 345.)
    TB28537  $250.00




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