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  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesIrving, Washington:  The Alhambra.  New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1891. Darro Edition. Both volumes of this two volume set are in fine condition in excuisetly decorated white cloth over beveled boards with gilt text and decorations on the spines and printed end papers. Both volumes are octavos measuring 8 1/2" by 6" with the top edges of the text blocks gilt. Both volumes are protected by their original paper backed, cloth dust jackets with gilt text on the spine areas. Both jackets are in near fine condition. Each page of the text block is surrounded with a handsome gilt on broad red border. Volume I contains 266 pages and volume II contains 312 pages. Each is illustrated with a frontispiece and black and white photographs. A beautiful and handsome set contained within their original dust jackets and free of any prior ownership markings.
    TB27755  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandCrayon, Gent. [Washington Irving], Geoffrey:  Bracebridge Hall; or The Humorists.  London: John Murray, 1845. Reprint of 1845. Very good- in contemporary full, decorated leather covered boards with a gilt on black leather title block on the spine with gilt tool work, gauffered edges to the boards and with marbled edges to the text block. A 16mo measuring 7" by 4 1/2" with the front joint and hinge broken and with a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down. The damaged joint and hinge have been professionally repaired so that the joint is now tight and strong. 375 pages of text. Up to approximately 1838 this title was published in two volumes both in the UK and in the US. This volume appears to be one of the first, if not, the first reprinting in one volume. A collection of fifty-one short stories. A very handsome, clean and collectible copy.
    TB24252  $100.00


  • Click on Image to expandIrving, Washington:  Bracebridge Hall; or, The Humorists.  London: John Murray, 1822. First Edition, First printing. Both volumes of this two volume set are in very good+ condition in recently rebacked 3/4 leather and green, pebbled cloth covered boards with four raised bands on the spine with the original gilt on red leather title labels in the compartments. The edges of the text blocks are speckled. Both volumes are small octavos measuring 8" tall by 5" deep. Both volumes have an early prior owner's book plate on the front paste downs and there is offsetting from the overlaid leather onto the end sheets. Minor foxing and tanning exists in the pages of the text blocks. Volume I contains 393 pages of text and volume II contains 403 pages of text. The points existing on leaf 93-94 of volume I and pages 403 and 404 indicate that this is the first state of the first edition of this title. Although the English edition appeared two days after the American edition was released the English edition contains a number of alternations to the text made by Irving which do not appear in the American edition. As a result the British first edition is considerably different from the American first. (Langfeld/Blackburn p. 24; and, BAL 10110) A very attractive and clean set.
    TB23066  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandIrving, Washington:  The Crayon Miscellany (Volumes 1 and 2).  New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1897). Knickerbocker Edition. Both volumes of this two volume set are in near fine condition in the publisher's original light green cloth covered boards with gilt text and decorations on the spines and a gilt likeness of the author on a dime sized circle on the front board with blind embossing radiating from same. Both are 16 mos. measuring 6 5/8" by 4" Volume 1 contains 371 pages of text which includes A Tour of the Prairies and Abbotsford. Volume 2 contains 394 pages of text which includes Newstead Abbey, The Bermudas, The Window's Ordeal, The Knight of Malta, A Time of Unexampled Prosperity, Sketches in Paris 1825, A Contented Man, Broek: The Dutch Paradise, Guests from Gibbet Island, Spanish Romance and Legend of Don Munio Sancho De Hinojosa. Both volumes are illustrated with a frontispiece protected with a labeled tissue guard.
    TB25057  $45.00


  • 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 expandIrving, Washington:  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  n.p.: Westvaco, West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, 1958. Limited Edition. Fine in 1/4 dark brown leather and decorated yellow paper covered boards with gilt text on the spine and illustrated end sheets. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 5 3/4". Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is protected within a its original paper covered slip case. This was the WESTVACO Christmas release of 1958 which was the first volume in their annual American Classic series which was published each year until 2007. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was originally part of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Number VI published in 1820 by C. S. Van Winckle of New York. The pseudonym of Geoffrey Crayon was used by Washington Irving while writing in England. 64 pages of text illustrated with one steel engraving. This volume was published in a limited quantity and is now exceptionally uncommon.
    TB28370  $300.00


  • Click on Image to expand[Washington Irving], :  Miscellanies No. II Containing Abbotsford, and Newstead Abbey.  London: John Murray, 1835. First Edition, First printing. Good in the publisher's original 1/4 green cloth and drab brown paper covered boards with a paper label on the spine. The cloth at the front joint is worn through and the front hinge is starting and although the paper label on the spine is complete it is rubbed and worn at the edges and creased between the signatures of the pages. There are 3/4" and 1" stains (spots) on the end sheets possibly from some sort of protective covering having been attached to the end pages to protect the boards. 290 pages followed by a one page publisher's ad for "A Tour On The Prairies, by the Author of 'The Sketch-Book,' forming No. 1 of Miscellanies, by Washington Irving." (which was published in March, 1835.) The first British edition was published on May 1, 1835 preceding the first US edition by 30 days. (Langfeld/Blackburn, p. 34) This is state B according to Blanck with the ad noted above on page [291]. (BAL, 10141) The contents are "Irving's fond tribute to the homes of Walter Scott and Lord Byron." (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original.) Evidence exists in correspondence from the publisher that only 3,000 copies of the first edition were printed.
    TB22594  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandIrving, Washington:  Rip Van Winkle.  Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1921. First Edition, First printing. Very gppd in brown cloth covered boards with bold gilt text on the spine and with a illustrated paper label on the front board which has suffered only slight rubbing or wear. Illustrated end sheets. To preserve the attractive, illustrated end sheets, the front and rear hinges have recently been reinforced with clear, non-acidic polypropylene tape. The cloth at the heel of the spine is torn, worn and rubbed. There is a gift book plate on the verso of the first free end page. Without its issued dust jacket. A small quarto measuring 9 3/4" by 7 1/4" containing 86 pages of text with drawings. The illustrations are by N.C. Wyeth throughout and include eight full color plates including the frontispiece.
    TB29555  $50.00


  • Irving, Washington:  Salmagundi: Or, the Whim-Whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. and Others.  New York: G. P. Putnam, 1859. Reprint of 1859. A 12mo measuring 7" by 5" in very good- condition in the publisher's original pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. The end sheets are light yellow paper and there is what may be a dampness stain to the first 84 pages of the text to only the lower fore corner of the pages in the area of the margin, none of which impacts on the text. "This volume apparently follows the text of the second American edition." (Langfield/Blackburn p. 10) or perhaps a reprint of the Paris 1824 edition (BAL, 10243) 243 pages of text followed by a single page of notes and four pages of ads for other works by Irving. (Williams/Edge A Bibliography of the Writings of Washington Irving A Check List, p. 100) Salmagundi (which has a meaning comparable to "suckatash" or "miscellany") was originally issued in New York in twenty separate parts over a one year period from January, 1807 to January 1808. (pamphlets in tan paper wraps). The text of Salmagundi was co-authored by Washington Irving with his brother William and James Kirke Paulding. The idea for it was initially conceived by Washington Irving and Paulding as a vehicle to poke fun at the culture and society of the New York City. None of the twenty parts gave any title page credit to either of the Irving brothers. Washington Irving preferred it so as this gave him the opportunity to write in differing styles or "voices". His contributions to Salmagundi however can be found above the names of "Will Wizard, Esq." and "Anthony Evergreen, Gent." Due to the immediate popularity of the series the publisher bound all 20 parts into a two volume book form creating the second edition in 1814. It was in these issues of Salmagundi that Irving and Paulding made the first connection with the name "Gotham" and the City of New York. (Jones: Washington Irving An American Original)
    TB24498  $40.00


  • Click on Image to expandIrving, Washington:  The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon Gent..  Franklin Center: The Franklin Library, 1983. Limited Edition. Fine in full red leather covered boards with extensive gilt stamping on the boards and with four raised bands on the spine with gilt text stamping and decorations within the compartments. The end papers are of silk. The edges of the text block are gilt and there is a silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. A collection of 34 short stories by Washington Irving including some of his most famous stories such as Rip Van Winkle, Westminster Abbey, Christmas, The Christmas Dinner, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. During his early days as a writer Irving used the pseudonym of Geoffrey Crayon. One of the volumes in The Franklin Press' collection of The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature. 396 pages of text with illustrations by F. O. C. Darley. A very handsome copy with no names, dates, notations or book plates.
    TB26780  $75.00


  • Click on Image to expandIrving, Washington:  Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon Gent..  New York: G. P. Putnam: Hurd & Houghton, 1865. Artist's Edition. Very good+ in original, full green leather over beveled boards with five raised bands on the spine with gilt decorations and gilt text within the compartments. The front and rear boards are decorated with gilt borders. The end sheets are marbled paper and all three edges of the text block are gilt. The inside edges of the boards are decorated with gilt doublures. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4 by 6 /12 inches with light rubbing and wear to the leather at the edges of the boards and ends of the spine. The rear hinge is starting. Without a dust jacket and probably as issued. 504 pages of text. Illustrated with an engraved title page, a frontispiece portrait of Irving and 120 engraved vignettes by various artists throughout. As stated on the title page: "Illustrated with one hundred and twenty engravings on wood, from original designs." A collection of Irving's short stories to include: Roscoe, The Wife, Rip Van Winkle, English Writers on America, Rural Life in England, The Broken Heart, The Art of Book-Making, A Royal Poet, The Country Church, The Widow and Her Son, The Boar's Head Tavern Eastcheap, The Mutability of Literature, Rural Funerals, The Spectre Bridegroom, Westminster Abbey, Christmas, The Stage Coach, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, The Christmas Dinner, London Antiques, Little Britain, Stratford-On-Avon, Traits of Indian Character, Philip of Pokanoket, John Bull, The Pride of the Village, The Angler, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,
    TB28930  $125.00


  • Click on Image to expand[Washington Irving] Various Authors, :  The Sunnyside Book.  New York: G. P. Putnam & Sons, 1871. . Good in the publisher's original green cloth over beveled boards with gilt text and black decorations on the spine and the same on the front board with brown clay end sheets. The cloth at the upper front joint is worn and rubbed through and the front and rear hinges have been repaired. Nonetheless, the binding remains tight and strong with no loose or weak signatures. The cloth at the head and heel of the spine is rubbed through as it is in several areas at the lower edge of the boards. Without a dust jacket, probably as issued. 133 pages of text with 47 illustrations by various artists including: Wm. Hart, Hows, Darley, Nast, Casilear, Smillie, Shattuck, McEntee, Bellows and Huntington and with a frontispiece by H. B. Hall. A collection of seventeen short stories by William Cullen Bryant, Washington Irving, W. D. Howells, William Allen Butler, T. Buchanan Read, Howard Glyndon, Bayard Taylor, W. D. O'Connor, R. H. Stoddard, George William Curtis, (BAL, 10387 Irving, 2236 Butler, 16471 Read and 1721 Bryant) An anthology named after Washington Irving's home.
    TB22734  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandCrayon, Gent. [Washington Irving], Geoffrey:  Tales Of A Traveller (In Two Volumes).  London: John Murray, 1824. First Edition, First State. . Both volumes of this two volume set are in fine condition in recent rebinding of 1/4 red leather and red cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spines. New end sheets have been applied and the pages have been washed and cleaned with very little foxing or tanning. Without dust jackets as issued. Volume I contains, xiv followed by 364 pages of text. Volume II contains xiv with 394 pages of text. A very clean, tight and bright set with no prior ownership markings of any kind. (Langfeld & Blackburn, p. 25/26)
    TB26943  $150.00


  • Click on Image to expandIrving, Washington:  Wolfert's Roost and Other Papers, Now First Collected.  New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1855. First Edition, possible third printing. Very good in the publisher's original blind stamped, green cloth covered boards with faded gilt text stamping on the spine and a gilt stamped sketch on the front board and with light yellow end sheets. The back strip has a 1" long closed tear to the cloth in a horizontal direction which has been professionally repaired. There is considerable wear and rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine with the cloth worn through at the head of the spine. There is a early prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and the rear hinge is cracked and separated. The rear hinge has been professionally repaired. 383 pages of text followed by 12 pages of ads from the publisher. Illustrated with a double frontispiece. A collection of 32 short stories or articles all of which previously appeared in periodicals or books. (Langeld/Blackburn, p. 44; BAL 10188) While the publisher's ads at the rear of the text are dated "Feb'y ., 1855" this may be a third printing as the publisher's address reads "10 Park Place" while the first and second printings show an address of "12 Park Place". It was in the short story, "The Creole Village" that Irving again coined a new phrase for the American public. It was the first use of the term "the almighty dollar". (Brain Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original)
    TB22723  $125.00


  • 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




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