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THE JOY OF LIVING (Es Lebe das Leben). A Play in Five Acts

by Wharton, Edith ("translated from the German by")

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Published
1902
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1902. By Hermann Sudermann. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. Original dark grey-green paper-covered boards decorated in gilt. First (and only) Edition in English, first (American) issue, of one of Edith Wharton's earlier literary endeavors. She agreed to translate this play only reluctantly, perhaps drawn by a topic she would later express in her own novels:… Read more
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SOMETHING CHILDISH and Other Stories

by Mansfield, Katherine

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Published
1924
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1924. London: Constable & Co., (1924). Original grey cloth stamped in violet, with dust jacket. First Edition, second and usual issue (a very few copies, once pegged at 34 in number, were first issued without the "First Published, 1924" on the title page verso). Knopf's American edition, published the same year, was titled THE LITTLE GIRL. … Read more
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THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

by Eliot, George [Marian Evans]

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Published
1860
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1860. In Three Volumes. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1860. 16 pp Vol III undated ads. Original blind-stamped cinnamon-brown cloth. First Edition. This is the sad tale of Maggie Tulliver, from the Dorlcote Mill on the Floss River -- a novel noteworthy more for its accurate depiction of rural characters than for its… Read more
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MIDDLEMARCH. A Study of Provincial Life. [In Four Volumes.]

by Eliot, George

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Published
1871
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1871. [in four volumes] Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1871 (for Vol I; 1872 for Vols II, III & IV). Bound in three-quarter calf with leather spine labels, with marbled paper boards that match the marbling of the endpapers and the (trimmed) page edges. First Edition in book form of George Eliot's famous "study of provincial… Read more
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A SPY OF NAPOLEON

by Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

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Published
1934
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1934. London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1934). Original light blue cloth, with dust jacket. First Edition. Although Baroness Orczy is best known for her 18 titles featuring Sir Percy Blakeney (aka the masked Scarlet Pimpernel) during the Reign of Terror in France, she wrote more than 18 other historical romances not featuring him -- of which this is… Read more
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THE CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY

by Wharton, Edith

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Published
1913
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1913. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913. Original red cloth. First Edition of Edith Wharton's ninth novel, about the rural Midwestern divorcée Undine Spragg first in New York City and then in Paris -- written just after the author had finalized her divorce and moved permanently to France. ...Still considered an indecent topic for literature at that time,… Read more
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MOHAWKS. A Novel. In Three Volumes

by [Braddon, Mary Elizabeth]

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Published
1886
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1886. By the Author of "Lady Audley's Secret," "Vixen," "Ishmael," etc. London: John and Robert Maxwell, [1886]. Original dark green cloth with spine lettered in gilt. First Edition (after serialization in Belgravia) of this novel by the founder of the intricately plotted sensation novel, particularly known for her transgressive heroines. It is no coincidence that her… Read more
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ONE LIFE, ONE LOVE. A Novel. In Three Volumes

by [Braddon, Mary Elizabeth]

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Published
1890
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1890. By the Author of "Lady Audley's Secret," "Vixen," "Ishmael," "The Day Will Come," etc. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1890. Original dark green cloth with spines lettered in gilt. First Edition of this novel by the founder of the intricately plotted sensation novel, particularly known for her transgressive heroines. By 1890 her books… Read more
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OSWALD CRAY. In Three Volumes

by Wood, Mrs. Henry [née Ellen Price]

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Published
1864
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1864. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1864. Original blind-stamped purple ripple-grain cloth with spines stamped in gilt. First Edition. Oswald Cray and Sara Davenal are in love... but then, his half-brother, who is in medical partnership with her highly-respected father, administers a fatal dose of chloroform, and Dr. Davenal nobly takes the blame. When the victim's… Read more
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THE TORY LOVER

by Jewett, Sarah Orne

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Published
1901
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1901. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1901. Original green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of this historical romance sited around and about Hamilton House, the author's home in South Berwick, Maine. It concerns "a young American officer during the Revolution and his conflicting duty to his king and to his native land" [OCAL].… Read more
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COUNTRY BY-WAYS

by Jewett, Sarah Orne

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Published
1881
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1881. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1881. 1 page preliminary ads, undated. Original dark green cloth, beveled boards. First Edition, which consisted of 2000 copies. This is "early Jewett" -- her fourth book, after DEEPHAVEN (1877), PLAY DAYS (1878) and OLD FRIENDS AND NEW (1879). It is a collection of eight short stories, including "River Driftwood,"… Read more
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THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL

by Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

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Published
1908
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1908. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1908. 32 pp ads dated Autumn 1908. Original blue cloth. First Edition of "these further exciting incidents in the life of the Scarlet Pimpernel during the French Revolution after the King's death" -- the sequel to Baroness Orczy's THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (play 1903, novel 1905) and I WILL REPAY (1906). Although… Read more
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THE OLD MAN IN THE CORNER

by Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

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Published
1909
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1909. Illustrated by H.M. Brock. London: Greening & Co., 1909. Original blue-grey cloth pictorially decorated in red, black and peach. First Edition of this loosely-connected collection of murder mysteries. The unnamed old man in the corner was the world's first "armchair detective," precursor to Nero Wolfe, who solved mysteries without ever leaving his corner. Included… Read more
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THE TRIUMPH OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

by Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

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Published
1922
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1922. London: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. [1922]. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black. First Edition of this tale about Sir Percy Blakeney aka The Scarlet Pimpernel that takes place in 1794, during the Reign of Terror -- 14th among the 18 titles in plot chronology. Robespierre becomes paranoid about the Pimpernel and must have him destroyed. … Read more
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MY LADY LUDLOW, and Other Tales;

by Gaskell, Mrs. [Elizabeth]

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Published
1861
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1861. included in "Round the Sofa." London: Sampson Low, Son and Co., 1861. 2 pp ads dated July 1861 (last leaf of final gathering). Original blind-stamped green cloth with spine decorated in gilt. First English Edition, so titled, of this collection of six short stories (the title one, at 164 pages, really being a novella). … Read more
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THE PRINCE'S PROGRESS and Other Poems

by Rossetti, Christina

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Published
1866
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1866. With Two Designs by D.G. Rossetti. London: Macmillan and Co., 1866. Original green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of Christina Rossetti's second book, published four years after GOBLIN MARKET. The title verse is a romantic allegory on the "Sleeping Beauty" theme, only in this case the Prince arrives too late. Christina had these verses… Read more
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ETHAN FROME

by Wharton, Edith

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Published
1911
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1911. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. 1 preliminary page + 4 pp undated ads. Original red cloth. First Edition of Edith Wharton's best-known book, a grim novella sited on a bleak Massachusetts farm. "As in THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, the central problem is that of the barriers imposed by local convention upon an individual whose… Read more
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THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY

by Potter, Beatrix

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Published
1904
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1904. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1904. Original light brown boards with cover pictorial onlay. First Edition of the author's fourth book, following PETER RABBIT, SQUIRREL NUTKIN and THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER. Here, Peter Rabbit returns with his cousin Benjamin to Mr. McGregor's garden -- to retrieve the clothes he left there when in the first book… Read more
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Autograph Letter Signed, plus additional dated autograph

by Jewett, Sarah Orne

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Published
1878
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1878. To "My dear Mrs. Wood." 4 pages (all sides of a bifolium). South Berwick [Maine]: 13 August 1878. Signed "Sarah O. Jewett." The text of this letter reads: Here is the Boat song for you, and it was very good of you to care for it. And I am very glad to have the… Read more
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GINGER & PICKLES

by Potter, Beatrix

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Published
1909
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1909. Potter, Beatrix. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1909. Original pale buff boards decorated in dark green, with color pictorial onlay. First Edition of this tale about a country village store, run by a tom-cat named Ginger and a terrier named Pickles. Ginger and Pickles do very well -- sort of: sales are great, since they… Read more
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