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THE ABYSMAL BRUTE

THE ABYSMAL BRUTE

by London, Jack

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1913. New York: The Century Company, 1913. 1 page undated ads. Original light green cloth decorated in dark green and black, with dust jacket. First Edition of London's prizefighting tale about "a white backwoods giant who would rather read Browning than slug his opponents" [Sinclair], prompted by his coverage of the Johnson-Jeffries fight in Reno. The very title of this book indicates London's preoccupation with the concept of the "brute" which underlies the social behavior of men and animals alike. London had recently left Macmillan in a dispute over royalties, but would find Century to be much less patient or understanding; he ultimately had to beg his former publisher to take him back. THE ABYSMAL BRUTE includes a frontispiece by Gordon Grant. This copy is in the second binding state, which is identical to the first except for color, and is in fine condition. The three-color pictorial dust jacket shows a man carrying a rifle with a buck slung over his shoulder; this jacket is near-fine,… Read more
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ACHILLES IN SCYROS

by Bridges, Robert

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1890. A Drama in a Mixed Manner. London: Edward Bumpus, 1890. Original grey wrappers lettered in black. First Edition of this drama in verse form, issued as "No. v" in Bumpus's series "Plays by Robert Bridges." This copy is in wrappers, with all edges untrimmed. It is in fine condition, with the leaves still unopened. Not in the Colbeck collection, which cites only Bell's 1892 Second Edition.
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ACROSS THE PLAINS

ACROSS THE PLAINS

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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1892. With Other Memories and Essays. London: Chatto & Windus, 1892. Original very dark blue cloth, beveled. First Edition (English -- published on the same day as the American). This volume consists largely of Stevenson's thoughts as he journeyed by train in 1879 from New York to San Francisco, in pursuit of the American woman he had recently met on the Continent (and who was to become his wife). Also included are his subsequent impressions of the city of Monterey. This is a near-fine copy (endpapers cracking, but scarcely any other wear); the front paste-down bears the small leather bookplate of Clara & Irwin Strasburger. Beinecke 546; Princeton 48.
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THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP
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THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP

by Thackeray, W.M.

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1862. On his Way through the World; shewing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1862. Original violet-blue cloth. First Edition of this Thackeray's last completed novel -- involving a sham marriage, blackmail by a clergyman, a family fortune lost by Philip's father who then fled to America, a fiancée therefore opting for a wealthier rival, and of course, the finding of a lost will of a great-uncle. PHILIP is more commonly encountered in one of two brown cloth bindings. Sadleir goes into considerable detail to explain why these violet-blue copies of PHILIP were the first to be bound up but the last to be actually issued; central to his theory is the curious misprint at the foot of the spines: "Smith & Elder" -- curious because the firm had altered its name to "Smith, Elder & Co." no later than 1826, which was prior to the period of brass-imprinting of cloth spines. Carter likewise… Read more
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THE AFRICAN COLONY. Studies in the Reconstruction

by Buchan, John

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1903. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1903. Original dark blue cloth. First Edition, first binding (some copies were put up in a green Times Book Club binding). As the Boer War wound down in 1901, Buchan received a two-year appointment to assist Lord Milner in the reconstruction of the Colony. Buchan, who had not been enthusiastic about the war, believing that the British, on balance, 'were only just in the right,' was enthusiastic about the reconstruction and entirely in sympathy with Milner's objectives. [Smith] This is Buchan's survey of the situation in South Africa after the war, with his thoughts about what should be done next. Included are two large foldout color maps -- one of "South Africa" and one of "The New Colonies." The volume is bright and near-fine (very slightly rubbed at the extremities). Blanchard A15 (citing only one foldout map, not two).
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AFTERMATH

AFTERMATH

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

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1873. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1873. 6 pp undated ads. Original green cloth stamped in black and gilt, beveled. First Edition (English -- this and the American edition came out simultaneously on September 6, 1873). Quoting from William Dean Howells's review in the November 1873 Atlantic Magazine, In Aftermath, we have somehow a better sense than before of our poet's genius. The perfect serenity of his mental atmosphere widens those clear horizons along which lurks a melancholy light, and lets us perceive how great his range has been and in what an ample spirit he has touched his many themes... This is from Blanck's first "state (printing?)," with "Little cared for his Babes,,," on page 64. It is a bright copy, fine except for very slight wear at the tips; there is an "Oct. 1873" ownership signature. Blanck 12164.
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

by Carroll, Lewis

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1868. With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel. Eleventh Thousand. London: Macmillan and Co., 1868. Original red cloth with cover vignettes in gilt, all page edges gilt. Early Edition (fourth printing overall), of one of the landmark books of the 19th Century. The book was initially published in London in 1865, so dated, but John Tenniel was dissatisfied with the printing of his illustrations, so the book was held off the market (except for a very few copies, now bringing six figures); the 1865 copies were shipped to Appleton in New York, who issued them with their own title leaves dated 1866. There was then a new London printing dated 1866 (copies of either of these 1866 printings can now bring $50,000+). Over the coming years, there were numerous additional printings, still in the same-style binding, including this one: as quoted in WM&G, The authoritative Bibliographical Catalogue of Macmillan & Co.'s publications... informs us that that the first edition [which became the first… Read more
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ALMANACK FOR 1883

ALMANACK FOR 1883

by Greenaway, Kate

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1882. London: George Routledge and Sons, n.d.[1882]. Original glazed pictorial boards with yellow cloth spine. This was the first of Kate Greenaway's fourteen little almanacks -- probably published actually in late 1882. There are 23 pages of charming illustrations in color. This is a very good-plus copy (minor cover soil and rubbing, bookplate on front endpaper). Birmingham G.49.
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ALMANACK FOR 1886

ALMANACK FOR 1886

by Greenaway, Kate

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1885. London: George Routledge & Sons, n.d.[1885]. Original white morocco-grain boards pictorially decorated in gilt and bordered in dark blue, all edges gilt. This was the fourth of the fourteen Greenaway almanacks, and in­cludes 23 pages bearing her color illustrations. This copy is in the special binding of imitation-morocco white boards, with illustration and lettering in gilt and with border in dark blue. This is a near-fine copy, with very minor cover soil. Birmingham G.52.
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ALMANACK FOR 1891

ALMANACK FOR 1891

by Greenaway, Kate

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1890. [London:] George Routledge & Sons, n.d.[1890]. Original white pictorial boards with yellow cloth spine. This was the ninth of the fourteen almanacks by Kate Greenaway, in the standard binding of white pictorial boards showing a woman with three children, within a border of leaves. There are 22 pages bearing Greenaway illustrations in color. This is a very good-plus copy (very minor soil, one small chip out of the yellow cloth spine, bookplate). Birmingham G.57.
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ALMAYER'S FOLLY

ALMAYER'S FOLLY

by Conrad, Joseph

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1895. A Story of an Eastern River. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1895. 3 pp undated ads. Original black cloth. First American Edition of Conrad's first book, with a text that varies considerably from the English edition (because it was typeset from uncorrected proofs). We find the American edition to be somewhat scarcer than the English one (as well it should be, since only about half as many were issued: according to Keating "only 650 copies of this edition were printed, and it is a rare book"). This copy is in Cagle's binding "b" (no priority certain), black cloth with a double blind­stamped border rule on the covers and with "The Macmillan Company" at the foot of the spine. It is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear and with the endpapers intact (volume slightly aslant, faint variation in the sizing on the boards). Cagle A1b.2, binding b.
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ALMAYER'S FOLLY

ALMAYER'S FOLLY

by Conrad, Joseph

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1896. A Story of an Eastern River. Second Edition. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Original dark green cloth. First Edition, early printing -- of Conrad's first book. Though labeled "Second Edition" on the title page, this is actually a reprint of the first edition; all copies of this printing seem to have half-title verso ads that are colonial. The volume is printed on laid paper (forming a thicker volume than the first printing), and has the p. 110 misprints corrected. (There were two printings effected in 1895, and then two in 1896 -- this one on laid paper for the domestic market, and another on wove paper for the colonial market.) Actually it was not until 1930, for Benn's "Essex Library," that ALMAYER'S FOLLY was reset for a true "second edition." The primary binding for this "Second Edition" is the same as for the first -- dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Condition is very good-plus (very light edge-wear, fading at the top of the… Read more
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THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN

THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN

by Hornung, E[rnest]. W[illiam]

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1899. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. 4 pp undated ads. Original olive green cloth decorated in gilt. First American Edition of this collection of eight tales that introduced to the public the remarkable gentleman-cricketer-thief Arthur J. Raffles. Raffles... is one of the most fascinating rascals of modern fiction. Born and bred a gentleman, he enters upon an astonishing career of crime, bringing to every enterprise high spirits, an iron nerve, a buoyant wit, and a perfect ease and self-possession. The combination which he shows of resource and of cunning, of patience and of precision, of head work and of handiwork, stamps him a veritable artist in crime, well worthy to rank with his counterpart, Sherlock Holmes [from the ads in this volume]. The comparison to Holmes is not coincidental: six years earlier, Hornung had married Conan Doyle's sister Constance, and this book's dedication reads "To A.C.D. This Form of Flattery"; in fact, just like Dr. Watson, it is… Read more
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AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation

AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation

by Dickens, Charles

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1842. New-York: Harper & Brothers, 1842. 4 pp ads dated Nov 2, 1842. Original brown printed wrappers. Third American Edition (just one day after the first!) of this book that resulted from Dickens's 1842 tour of America. As first put forth in a 1975 article by Peter Bracher and soon to be confirmed in Walter Smith's upcoming bibliography, this edition was published on November 8th, 1842 (the day after Winchester's "New World" edition and Wilson's "Brother Jonathan" edition -- but the day before Lea & Blanchard's (fourth American) edition. Dickens was so upset by the lack of an international copyright law, he forewent any negotiations with American publishers -- which is why none of these publishers had advance sheets, and all simply had to wait in the harbor for the first boat to arrive with copies of the UK edition (published October 19th), and then rush to press. This Harper edition bears the date November 2nd on the ads and on the inside rear wrapper, but, as the above bibliographers have… Read more
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AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation. The New World.
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AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation. "The New World.

by Dickens, Charles

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1842. [with the RARE outer wrapper] First American Edition. New-York: J. Winchester, Publisher, November 1842. Original self-wrappers, with additional outer wrapper. "First American Edition" -- second impression. As confirmed first in a 1975 article by Peter Bracher and again in Walter Smith's recent bibliography), this edition (12-1/2 cents) was published at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 7, 1842 -- just TWO HOURS before the "Brother Jonathan Extra" edition (12-1/2 cents) managed to get out on the streets. Harper got its edition (12-1/2 cents) out by early or mid-afternoon on the following day (Tuesday the 8th), and Lea & Blanchard of Philadelphia had an edition (first 25 cents, then 12-1/2) on the streets by Wednesday the 9th. (L&B was the only one of these American publishers to have had a prior agreement with Dickens for publication in America -- but Dickens was so upset by the lack of an international copyright law, he forewent any such negotiations -- which is why none of these publishers had… Read more
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THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT

THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT

by Twain, Mark

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1892. New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1892. Original olive green cloth pictorially decorated in black and dark green. First Edition of this novel in which Twain tried, unsuccessfully, to recreate the character of Colonel Sellers from THE GILDED AGE. This American edition came out in late March or early April 1892; the London edition came out about six months later. This copy is in olive green cloth; others are in grey-green cloth but are otherwise identical -- no priority between the two colors. This is a near-fine copy (very light rubbing at some edges). Blanck 3434; McBride p. 134.
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AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation. "The New World."
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AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation. "The New World."

by Dickens, Charles

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1842. First American Edition. New-York: J. Winchester, Publisher, November 1842. Original self-wrappers, bound into very early plain blue wrappers. "First American Edition" -- second impression. As first put forth in a 1975 article by Peter Bracher and (soon) to be confirmed in Walter Smith's upcoming bibliography, this edition (12-1/2 cents) was published at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 7, 1842 -- just TWO HOURS before the "Brother Jonathan Extra" edition (12-1/2 cents) managed to get out on the streets. Harper got its edition (12-1/2 cents) out by early or mid-afternoon on the following day (Tuesday the 8th), and Lea & Blanchard of Philadelphia had an edition (first 25 cents, then 12-1/2) on the streets by Wednesday the 9th. (L&B was the only one of these American publishers to have had a prior agreement with Dickens for publication in America -- but Dickens was so upset by the lack of an international copyright law, he forewent any such negotiations -- which is… Read more
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AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation

AMERICAN NOTES for General Circulation

by Dickens, Charles

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1842. Boz' Works -- No. 21. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842. Original self-wrapper (serving as title page); lacking the rear wrapper. Fourth American Edition (just two days after the first!) -- second issue. As first put forth in a 1975 article by Peter Bracher and soon to be confirmed in Walter Smith's upcoming bibliography, this edition was published on November 9th, 1842 (two days after Winchester's "New World" edition and Wilson's "Brother Jonathan" edition -- and one day after Harper's edition). Dickens was so upset by the lack of an international copyright law, he forewent any negotiations with American publishers -- which is why none of these publishers had advance sheets, and all simply had to wait in the harbor for the first boat to arrive with copies of the UK edition (published October 19th), and then rush to press. This Lea and Blanchard edition has 103 pages of double-column text -- actually 107 pages, because inserted between pages 88 and 89 are the two leaves containing… Read more
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THE AMERICAN SENATOR. In Three Volumes
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THE AMERICAN SENATOR. In Three Volumes

by Trollope, Anthony

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1877. London: Chapman and Hall, 1877. Original terra-cotta cloth with front cover and spine decorated in black, spine stamped in gilt and black. First Edition, published at the end of this novel's serialization in Temple Bar magazine. "THE AMERICAN SENATOR will be read for the sake of its opening chapters, which set before the reader in a few pages the whole geographical and social pattern of an English county; for the sake of its hunting episodes, which are among the best not only in Trollope, but in the whole of English fiction; and for the sake of Arabella Trefoil, a masterly study of a girl without a heart..." [Sadleir]. The name of the American senator who comes to England with Arabella and her mother? -- Elias Gotobed. The primary binding for this title is pinkish-ochre cloth decorated in black -- but this copy is in one of five secondary and remainder bindings cited by Sadleir (four three-volume bindings with the gilt spine lettering type-set rather than blocked from a brass, plus a… Read more
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THE AMERICAN SENATOR

THE AMERICAN SENATOR

by Trollope, Anthony

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1877. In Three Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1877. Original pinkish-ochre cloth decorated in black. First Edition, published at the end of this novel's serialization in Temple Bar magazine. THE AMERICAN SENATOR will be read for the sake of its opening chapters, which set before the reader in a few pages the whole geographical and social pattern of an English county; for the sake of its hunting episodes, which are among the best not only in Trollope, but in the whole of English fiction; and for the sake of Arabella Trefoil, a masterly study of a girl without a heart... [Sadleir]. The name of the American senator who comes to England with Arabella and her mother? -- Elias Gotobed. This copy is in the primary binding of pinkish-ochre cloth decorated in black (Sadleir identifies five secondary and remainder bindings, including one three-volumes-in-one). This light cloth is extremely prone to soil, but this set has less than usual (a slightly paler patch at the top of each front cover… Read more
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