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THE POINT OF HONOR. A Military Tale

by Conrad, Joseph

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Published
1908
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1908. [inscribed by Conrad] Illustrations by Dan Sayre Groesbeck. New York: The McClure Company, 1908. Original green cloth pictorially decorated in white. First Separate (and First American) Edition. Earlier in 1908 this tale was published in England (as "The Duel") with five others in A SET OF SIX; it was McClure's publication of this tale that caused the… Read more
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NOSTROMO. A Tale of the Seaboard

by Conrad, Joseph

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Published
1904
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1904. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1904. Original green cloth decorated in orange and black. First American Edition of Conrad's well-known novel involving a South American silver mine, and the corruption and dishonesty fostered by its riches. Conrad was extending his "Lord Jim" theme: that the man who slowly grows rich can be a victim of… Read more
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THE JUMPING FROG

by Twain, Mark

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Published
1903
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NZ$717.90

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1903. Strothman, F.. In English, then in French, then clawed back into a civilized language once more by patient, unremunerated toil. Illustrated by F. Strothman. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1903. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black, green and white. First Separate Edition (thus -- considerably revised from the 1867 original; however, except for the… Read more
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'THEY'

by Kipling, Rudyard

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Published
1905
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1905. With Illustrations by F.H. Townsend. London: Macmillan and Co., 1905. Original white cloth with gilt vignette, with dust jacket. First Separate Edition (having first appeared, unillustrated, in TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES the year before). This is an allegory of a limbo of lost children tended by a blind woman, children who are not yet ready for Heaven and… Read more
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ANNE OF THE ISLAND

by Montgomery, L[ucy]. M[aud]

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Published
1915
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1915. With frontispiece and cover in colour by H. Weston Taylor. Boston: The Page Company, 1915. Original pale grey-green cloth with color portrait affixed to front cover. First Edition, first impression, of the third of the eight "Anne Shirley books," following ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1908) and ANNE OF AVONLEA (1909); the fourth title, following this one, would… Read more
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TORTILLA FLAT

by Steinbeck, John

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Published
1935
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NZ$2,102.94

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1935. Illustrated by Ruth Gannett. New York: Covici Friede, (1935). Original tan cloth printed in blue, with dust jacket. First Edition of Steinbeck's fourth book (after CUP OF GOLD, THE PASTURES OF HEAVEN and TO A GOD UNKNOWN) -- and the first book to win him real recognition. This is the picaresque tale of the paisanos of the… Read more
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BROTHER SQUARE-TOES

by Kipling, Rudyard

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Published
1910
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NZ$1,812.88

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1910. London: Macmillan and Co., 1910. Original grey printed wrappers. First (copyright) Edition, which according to the publisher consisted of only ten copies (but see below; Stewart put the number at eight, and Martindell at seven). One of nine tales featuring "Puck" that would appear in REWARDS AND FAIRIES four months later, BROTHER SQUARE-TOES and the others were… Read more
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SIMPLE SIMON

by Kipling, Rudyard

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Published
1910
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1910. London: Macmillan and Co., 1910. Original grey printed wrappers. First (copyright) Edition, which according to the publisher consisted of only ten copies (but see below; Stewart put the number at eight, and Martindell at seven). One of nine tales featuring "Puck" that would appear in REWARDS AND FAIRIES five months later, SIMPLE SIMON and the others were… Read more
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THE SEA LADY

by Wells, H.G.

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Published
1902
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NZ$688.89

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1902. Baumer, Lewis. Illustrated. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1902. 12 pp undated ads. Original light olive-green cloth decorated in black, lighter green and gilt. First American (and first illustrated) Edition of this fantasy tale about a sensuous mermaid who comes ashore, and the man who must choose between her and his "conventional" fiancée -- a general idea… Read more
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KIM

by Kipling, Rudyard

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Published
1901
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1901. [in 1901 dust jacket] London: Macmillan and Co., 1901. 2 pp undated ads. Original red cloth with Ganesha device in gilt, with dust jacket. First English Edition of the book that "is acknowledged as Kipling's masterpiece in fiction... The novel is the finest written about the India of the British Empire" [CGEL]. It follows… Read more
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PUCK OF POOK'S HILL

by Kipling, Rudyard

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Published
1906
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1906. [with 1906 dust jacket] London: Macmillan and Co., 1906. 4 pp ads dated "15.8.06". Original red cloth with Ganesha device (elephant-and-swastika) in gilt, with dust jacket. First (English) Edition, published on the same day as the American. This is Kipling's version, in prose and verse, of the adventures of the mischievous sprite Robin Goodfellow (later… Read more
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SOMETHING CHILDISH and Other Stories

by Mansfield, Katherine

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Published
1924
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NZ$398.83

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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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WINDY McPHERSON'S SON

by Anderson, Sherwood

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Published
1916
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1916. New York: John Lane Company | London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1916. Original orange-brown cloth decorated in black and gilt. First Edition of Sherwood Anderson's first (and most autobiographical) novel -- a rags-to-riches-to-unhappiness tale of an Ohio newsboy, complete with alcoholic father and martyr mother who in trying to feed her children works her way into… Read more
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THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND and Other Stories

by Wells, H.G.

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Published
1911
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NZ$427.84

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1911. London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Leeds and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, n.d. [1911]. Original blind-stamped blue cloth. First Edition of this collection of tales of fantasy, science fiction and the supernatural. According to Wells's introduction, these constitute "all the short stories by me that I care for any one to read again." Included is a… Read more
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A SPY OF NAPOLEON

by Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

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Published
1934
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NZ$471.35

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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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GHOST-STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY

by James, M[ontague]. R[hodes]

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Published
1904
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1904. McBryde, James. With Four Illustrations by the late James McBryde. London: Edward Arnold, 1904. 16 pp ads dated Nov 1904. Original oatmeal burlap with yapped fore-edge. First Edition of M.R. James's first book, consisting of eight tales of the supernatural. James was Provost of King's College, Cambridge, where he also directed the Fitzwilliam Museum,… Read more
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WIDDERSHINS

by Onions, Oliver

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Published
1911
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1911. London: Martin Secker, 1911. 4 pp undated ads. Original rose-orange cloth decorated in gilt, top edge of the pages stained orange. First Edition of this highly-collected, and quite scarce, collection of nine ghost stories. It includes what Algernon Blackwood cited as "the most horrible and beautiful ever written..." -- the lead-off novella "The Beckoning Fair… Read more
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THE WAR IN THE AIR

by Wells, H.G.

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Published
1908
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1908. And particularly how Mr. Bert Smallways fared while it lasted. With Illustrations by A.C. Michael. London: George Bell and Sons, 1908. 2 pp undated ads. Original blue cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of this extraordinary tale of a Cockney cycle mechanic who is carried off by a drifting balloon and is then caught up… Read more
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A ROGUE'S TRAGEDY

by Capes, Bernard

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Published
1906
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NZ$290.06

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1906. London: Methuen & Co., (1906). 40 pp ads dated July 1906 (plus two loosely-inserted Methuen ad slips). Original bright red cloth stamped in gilt. First Edition by this prolific (and at the time very popular) author of many novels, often with elements of the supernatural and mystery -- such as OUR LADY OF DARKNESS, THE SECRET… 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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