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THE VITAL MESSAGE

by Doyle, A. Conan

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1919
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1919. New York: George H. Doran Company, n.d. [1919]. Original grey-green cloth printed in black, with dust jacket. First American Edition of this sequel of sorts to THE NEW REVELATION, on the subject of spiritualism -- "one sees more clearly and broadly what our new relations with the Unseen may be," says Doyle in his preface. Included… Read more
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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA. Memories and Impressions

by Conrad, Joseph

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Published
1906
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1906. London: Methuen & Co., (1906). 40 pp ads dated October 1906. Original green cloth with spine decorated in gilt. First Edition of Conrad's first volume of nonfiction, a rambling discourse about life on the sea. Though originally planned as a collection of sketches, during preparation for publication Conrad converted it into a continuous book. … Read more
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THE SHADOW ON THE DIAL and Other Essays

by Bierce, Ambrose

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Published
1909
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1909. San Francisco: A.M. Robertson, 1909. Original brown cloth decorated in black, with dust jacket. First Edition. Per the author's note, "It was expected that this book would be included in my 'Collected works' now in course of publication, but unforeseen delay in the date of publication has made this impossible." This copy is in brown… Read more
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JOHN WEBSTER & THE ELIZABETHAN DRAMA

by Brooke, Rupert

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Published
1916
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1916. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1916. Original black cloth with spine label, with dust jacket. First English Edition (the American edition was issued four days earlier). This was Brooke's thesis written in 1911-1912 for his fellowship at King's College, here published posthumously by his Rugby classmate Frank Sidgwick. The volume is in fine condition (with the… Read more
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THE MAINE WOODS

by Thoreau, Henry D.

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Published
1864
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1864. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864. 24 pp ads dated April 1864. Original green zigzag-grain cloth. First Edition of Thoreau's fourth book, which consisted of only 1450 copies (per Borst; Blanck says 1650). Thoreau's three earlier books had been A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS, WALDEN, and (after his death) EXCURSIONS. It contains… Read more
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EARLY SPRING IN MASSACHUSETTS and SUMMER and WINTER and AUTUMN

by Thoreau, Henry D.

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Published
1881
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1881. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1881 / 1884 / 1888 / 1892. [Together, four volumes.] Original dark green cloth with facsimile signature in gilt, beveled. First Edition, first printing, of each of Thoreau's "four seasons" edited from his journal by H.G.O. Blake. (It is curious that the four seasons were published not quite in their… Read more
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CAPE COD

by Thoreau, Henry D.

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Published
1865
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1865. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865. 24 pp ads dated Dec 1864. Original blind-stamped violet-blue cloth. First Edition, which consisted of only 2,000 copies (of which some were sent to England where they were issued with a cancel title page) -- printed in December 1864, but not actually published until March 1865. Edited by the younger… Read more
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EXCURSIONS

by Thoreau, Henry D.

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Published
1863
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1863. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. 1 preliminary page undated ads. Original blind-stamped blue-green cloth with gilt-decorated spine. First Edition, which consisted of only 1558 copies. This posthumous collection of naturalist essays (including "A Winter Walk," "Autumnal Tints," "Night and Moonlight" and "Walking") was Thoreau's third book, preceded only by A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND… Read more
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THE CUTTING OF AN AGATE

by Yeats, W.B.

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Published
1919
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1919. London: Macmillan and Co., 1919. Original blue cloth geometrically decorated in gilt (in orange on the spine), with dust jacket. First English Edition of this collection of essays, which consisted of 1500 copies -- slightly changed from the 1912 American edition (one essay dropped, another added, new Preface). He writes (for example) about meeting fellow student… Read more
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A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE

by Dickens, Charles

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Published
1860
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1860. [the very scarce first issue] [London: St. Luke's Hospital, 1860.] Original pale mauve wrappers. First Edition, first issue -- with the final paragraph in the same type as the rest of the text (and not in bold type), with the wrapper mauve (and not pink -- though all are today faded), with the front cover title followed… Read more
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A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE

by Dickens, Charles

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1860
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1860. [London: St. Luke's Hospital, 1860.] Original pale pink wrappers. First Edition, second and usual issue -- with the final paragraph in bold (not like the rest of the text), with the wrapper pink (not mauve -- though all are today faded), with the front cover title followed by a comma (not by a period), and with the… Read more
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A MESSAGE FROM THE SEA and THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELER

by Dickens, Charles ("Boz")

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Published
1861
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1861. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson & Brothers, n.d. [1861]. Without original wrappers. First American Edition of THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELER. "A Message from the Sea" was the All The Year Round Extra Christmas Number at the end of 1860; the pieces that formed THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELLER (so spelled in England) appeared there too, and were then published in… Read more
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PICTURES FROM ITALY

by Dickens, Charles

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Published
1846
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1846. New-York: Wiley & Putnam, 1846. Original blind-stamped red cloth. First Complete American Edition, issued as No. LXIII in Wiley & Putnam's "Library of Choice Reading" -- available either in wrappers on its own, or bound in red cloth together with Mrs. Jameson's MEMOIRS AND ESSAYS, as here. During 1846 seven letters from Dickens in Italy were published in… Read more
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A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND

by Dickens, Charles

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Published
1854
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1854. [in Two Volumes.] Boston: Jenks, Hickling & Swan, 1854. Original blind-stamped dark brown cloth with gilt-decorated spines. Early American edition, just possibly the first complete one. Since Harper published the two volumes of its edition separately in March 1853 and in March 1854 (so dated on the title pages), it is considered to be the… Read more
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A YANKEE IN CANADA, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers

by Thoreau, Henry D.

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Published
1866
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1866. ["Civil Disobedience" -- fine] Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. Original green cloth stamped in gilt on the spine. First Edition, which consisted of only 1500 (Borst) or 1546 (Blanck) copies. This is a posthumous collection of essays, edited by William Ellery Channing and Sophia Thoreau (the author's sister). Its best-known piece is "Civil Disobedience," which… Read more
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TRANSATLANTIC SKETCHES

by James, Henry Jr.

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Published
1875
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1875. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1875. One preliminary page undated ads. Original terra-cotta cloth, beveled. First Edition of Henry James's second book, which consisted of either 1500 (per E&L) or 1578 (per Blanck) copies. Published in the same year as his first (A PASSIONATE PILGRIM), this is a collection of travel sketches from his… Read more
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MY MISCELLANIES

by Collins, Wilkie

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Published
1863
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1863. [a handsome set] In Two Volumes. London: Sampson, Low, Son, & Co., 1863. 16 pp ads dated Nov 1863 in each volume. Original green cloth with spines stamped in gilt. First Edition of this collection of twenty-five essays, sketches and other pieces (including some fiction). All of them had initially appeared between 1856 and… Read more
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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA

by Conrad, Joseph

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Published
1906
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1906. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1906. Original blue cloth pictorially decorated in yellow, grey and brown. First (American) Edition, published on the same day as the London one. This was Conrad's first volume of autobiographical non-fiction. This copy is in Cagle's binding "a," with the smaller (17x11mm) anchor-and-rope device on the front cover --… Read more
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SCHOLAR GIPSIES

by Buchan, John

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Published
1896
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1896. London: John Lane / New York: Macmillan & Co., 1896. 16 pp ads dated 1896. Original light brown cloth decorated in dark brown, with dark brown cloth spine elaborately decorated in gilt. First Edition of Buchan's second book, a volume of sixteen essays, preceded only by his SIR QUIXOTE OF THE MOORS of 1895. Buchan… Read more
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THE KING'S GRACE 1910-1935

by Buchan, John

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Published
1935
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1935. London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1935). Original beige cloth printed in red and blue, with dust jacket. First Edition (trade issue) of this "picture -- and some slight interpretation" of the reign of King George V, upon the occasion of his Silver Jubilee. Though Buchan observes that the time for an actual biography "has happily not yet… Read more
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