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FANSHAWE and Other Pieces

FANSHAWE and Other Pieces

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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1876. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1876. Original blind-stamped green cloth with gilt-decorated spine. Second Edition of Hawthorne's first book FANSHAWE (the first had been in 1828), plus the first appearance in book form of the other pieces -- the five "biographical sketches." This title was published as a twin of THE DOLLIVER ROMANCE and Other Pieces, likewise Osgood 1876 in the same binding (and each consisting of only 1000 copies); another 1000 copies were published later in the year, of both together in a two-volumes-in-one format. This copy has plain, not beveled, board edges, and does not have "Vol. 22" on the spine (priority "undetermined"). Condition is bright and near-fine (very slight wear at the spine ends, bookplate on a front flyleaf). Clark A1.2.a.
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A FARMER'S YEAR

by Haggard, H. Rider

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1899. Being His Commonplace Book for 1898. With 2 Maps and 36 Illustrations by G. Leon Little. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899. 32 pp ads dated Sep 1898. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition, which consisted of 3000 copies. This was Haggard's second volume of non-fiction (his first was his first book, CETYWAYO AND HIS WHITE NEIGHBOURS, in 1882). The volume is a month-by-month chronicle of the "struggles of those who were engaged in agriculture during that trying time" (per his later autobiography). As many veteran Haggard collectors know, it is these non-fiction Haggard titles that are among the most elusive, since the number of copies issued was a small fraction of the size of his fiction printings. A bright, near-fine copy (small area of front cover rubbed). Scott 32; Whatmore NF2.
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FARO NELL AND HER FRIENDS. Wolfville Stories

FARO NELL AND HER FRIENDS. Wolfville Stories

by Lewis, Alfred Henry

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1913. Illustrations by W. Herbert Dunton and J. N. Marchand. New York: G. W. Dillingham Company, (1913). 4 pp undated ads. Original red cloth. First Edition of the sixth and last volume of Southwestern tales sited in Lewis's fictional town of "Wolfville" -- following WOLFVILLE (1897), SANDBURRS (1900), WOLFVILLE DAYS (1902), WOLFVILLE NIGHTS (1902) and WOLFVILLE FOLKS (1908). This volume consists of twelve tales, such as "Dead-Shot Baker," "Old Monte, Official Drunkard" and "How Tutt Shot Texas Thompson." This copy is in Blanck's state "A" (priority unknown), with the first page of ads listing "Seven Splendid Novels by William MacLeod Raine" (state "B" lists three Lewis books instead, including this title). Also, state "A" has a flat spine with a publisher's imprint 1/8-inch high, while state "B" has a rounded spine with a publisher's imprint 5/32-inch high. Condition is near-fine, with… Read more
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FATHER DAMIEN

FATHER DAMIEN

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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1890. An Open Letter to the Reverend Doctor Hyde of Honolulu. London: Chatto and Windus, 1890. Original brown wrappers. First Trade Edition, consisting of 1,000 copies (preceded only by 25 copies issued in Sydney and 30 issued in Edinburgh). On the Stevensons' voyage to the South Pacific they had visited the leper colony on Molokai, founded by Dr. Damien (who had himself died of leprosy the year before they arrived). A missionary named Hyde wrote a letter denouncing Damien; this piece is Stevenson's open (and irate) reply to Hyde. It was first published (25 copies) when the Stevenson party arrived in Sydney; Stevenson boasted of it as being blatantly libellous. This is a very good copy of this fragile piece (a few wrapper corners chipped away, some wear to the fragile spine). Beinecke 510; Princeton 44B.
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THE FIRM OF GIRDLESTONE

THE FIRM OF GIRDLESTONE

by Doyle, A. Conan

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1890. A Romance of the Unromantic. London: Chatto & Windus, 1890. 32 pp ads dated April 1890. Original maroon cloth decorated in black. First Edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's first novel, preceded by several short tales and by the historical MICAH CLARKE. This is a highly autobiographical tale, with good descriptions of life at Edinburgh University, a "rugger" match between England and Scotland, and a first medical examination by a medical student. THE FIRM OF GIRDLESTONE was the author's first novel... [He] began writing the book at the beginning of 1884. He was halfway through by August of the following year and finished it by November 1885. [G&G] However, no magazine or publisher would issue the book until about four years later. (One can see why: the final paragraph, for example, begins, "And now I must bid adieu to the shadowy company with whom I have walked so long. I see them going on down the vista of the future, gathering wisdom and happiness as they… Read more
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THE FIXED PERIOD. A Novel. In Two Volumes
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THE FIXED PERIOD. A Novel. In Two Volumes

by Trollope, Anthony

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1882. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1882. Original antique-rose cloth. First Edition of one of the strangest of all of Trollope's novels, about the imaginary, dystopian, former British colony of Britannula in the mid-20th Century... On an imaginary island near Australia over which the English had renounced their sovereignty, a government had been established, one of whose leading principles was the doctrine of the "Fixed Period." This law sought to solve the problem of old age, by "depositing" all inhabitants at the age of sixty-seven in a "college" where they would be comfortably housed until, at some time before their next birthday, there would be euthanasia... [Gerould] THE FIXED PERIOD was published in "probably February" 1882, Trollope turned 67 that April, and he died that December -- during his own Fixed Period! Creepy! This is a very good-plus copy in the original antique-rose cloth: there is virtually no wear or soil at all, but this set suffers from what always… Read more
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FLEET STREET ECLOGUES

by Davidson, John

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1893. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893. 2 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth. First Edition, which according to the limitation page consisted of only 300 copies (though the book does not seem as scarce as that). The title comes from Davidson's membership in the Rhymers' Club (Yeats et al.), which met regularly at the Cheshire Cheese public-house on Fleet Street. This copy, complete with the errata slip, is in fine condition except for almost-imperceptible cover soil. Nelson 50; Krshnmrti 174.
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THE FLIGHT TO FRANCE

THE FLIGHT TO FRANCE

by Verne, Jules

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1888. Or The Memoirs of a Dragoon. A Tale of the Days of Dumouriez. With Numerous Illustrations. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1888. One preliminary page undated ads (with this title the last added). Original green cloth pictorially decorated in black. First British Edition, also the first hardbound and first illustrated edition in English, published the year after the French edition titled LE CHEMIN DE FRANCE. This tale takes place during the 1792 defense of France under General Dumouriez against the invading Prussians -- culminating in the "cannonade of Valmy." This was one of Verne's most anti-German tales (along with THE BEGUM'S FORTUNE); to quote from a contemporary British review (cited by T&M), This is a dangerous theme for a French writer, especially now, when the national feeling runs so high against all that is German... The writer delights to seek in the past a literary revenge for recent disasters, as it seems not to be likely to come in the immediate future...… Read more
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A FLOATING CITY, and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS

A FLOATING CITY, and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS

by Verne, Jules

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1874. Translated from the French. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1874. 40 pp ads dated August 1874. Original orange cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all page edges gilt. First British Edition, published in September 1874 -- the same month as Scribner Armstrong's American edition. This volume consists of two separate tales. The first is a fictionalized narrative of Verne's 1867 passage from Liverpool to New York aboard "The Great Eastern," the largest iron ship ever built and one of the wonders of its age. Her length was 692 feet, her beam was 120, her paddlewheels and propeller were larger than anything the ocean had ever seen, and she was designed to carry more passengers than the Queen Mary. Because of her size, "The Great Eastern" was the only ship capable of laying the great Atlantic Cable. The second tale is fictional, more in Verne's usual style: a Glasgow shipowner devises an adventurous plan to run the Union blockade of… Read more
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FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR

FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR

by Twain, Mark

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1897. A Journey around the World. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1897. Original blue cloth with front cover plate and gilt-decorated spine. First Edition, with the title page in the first and usual state (with no mention of McClure). This was Twain's travel narrative (beginning in Vancouver and ending in Cape Town, by way of Australia and India), illustrated by eleven artists of the day, with which he had "hoped to make good the tangled finances of the ill-fated publishing firm, Charles L. Webster & Company, of which Mark himself was the company" [Johnson]. It was Twain's last travel book, and it was also the last of his books to be sold on a subscription basis. In this copy, the signature mark "11" is apparently not present on page 161 -- but under a magnifying glass, it does appear that the digits were once there. (This is not an issue point, as priority is unknown, but most copies do have the "11".) This is an attractive, near-fine copy (the slightest of rubbing at the… Read more
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FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR

FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR

by Twain, Mark

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1897. A Journey around the World. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1897. Original blue cloth with front cover plate and gilt-decorated spine. First Edition, with the title page in what is generally considered the first state (with no mention of McClure). This was Twain's travel narrative (beginning in Vancouver and ending in Cape Town, by way of Australia and India), illustrated by eleven artists of the day, with which he had "hoped to make good the tangled finances of the ill-fated publishing firm, Charles L. Webster & Company, of which Mark himself was the company" [Johnson]. It was Twain's last travel book, and it was also the last of his books to be sold on a subscription basis. As with most copies, the signature mark "11" is present on page 161 -- but this is not an issue point, as priority is unknown. This is an attractive, near-fine copy (some rubbing of the cover plate and at the extremities). Blanck 3451; Johnson pp 65-68.
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A FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY

A FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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1892. Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa. London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, 1892. 16 pp ads dated May 1892. Original dark green cloth. First Edition (English -- published on the same day as the American) of this account of "eight years of trouble" between the natives and the foreigners on the island of Upolu (Samoa), where Stevenson then lived -- due to his worldwide search for air suitable for his lungs. The Tauchnitz edition of this work was destroyed by order of the German government, due to the "unfavorable" descriptions of German activities in the area. This is a fine copy. Beinecke (Yale) 566; Princeton 51.
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FOUR PLAYS FOR DANCERS
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FOUR PLAYS FOR DANCERS

by Yeats, W.B.

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1921. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1921. Original grey paper-covered boards decorated in black with black cloth spine and printed label, with dust jacket. First (American) Edition, published on the same day as Macmillan & Co.'s UK edition; there were 1500 UK copies, but the number of American copies is unknown. These are four plays in verse form -- "At the Hawk's Well," "The Only Jealousy of Emer," "The Dreaming of the Bones" and "Calvary." This is a handsomely-produced volume. The elaborate binding design, reproduced on the jacket, is by T. Sturge Moore (so initialed), and the volume also includes seven illustrations by Edmund Dulac for "At the Hawk's Well." This volume is in fine condition; the jacket is very good-plus, with minor edge-wear. Wade 130.
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THE FREE FISHERS
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THE FREE FISHERS

by Buchan, John

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1934. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934. Original aqua cloth, with dust jacket. First American Edition of this mysterious tale of a secret brotherhood -- of honest men with remarkable powers of communication -- 'We've our ain canny ways and our ain private lines set.' They are seamen from the Firth of Forth with some landward allies such as the hero, who is a young Professor of Divinity at St Andrews. The period is the Napoleonic Wars, the scene is the coast of Fife, the moors of Northumberland, the fens of East Anglia, the enterprise is the rescue of a young man from a black-hearted fanatic. [Smith] This is a fine copy. The colorful pictorial jacket shows Cranmer calmly loading a pistol, his wife looking on, as the hero Anthony "Nanty" Lammas sits bound by ropes to a chair; it is in nearly fine condition, with only the slightest of edge-wear. See Blanchard A103.
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FRIENDS THOUGH DIVIDED

FRIENDS THOUGH DIVIDED

by Henty, G.A.

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1883. A Tale of the Civil War. Illustrated. London: Griffith & Farran, 1883. 32 pp ads dated Sept 1883. Original pictorial brown cloth. First Edition of this early Henty boys' tale taking place during the English Civil War. According to Newbolt (and to the printer's code on the title verso), 3000 copies were initially printed (in August 1882, though dated 1883); this copy has one of the earliest states of the ad catalogue (dated Sept 1883 -- there are some copies with ads dated May 1882, though that was several months before actual publication). This copy does have the early binding state -- without beveled edges on the boards or gilt edges on the leaves. It also has the p. 118 illustration in the first state -- located at that page, rather than where it belongs opposite p. 106; according to Newbolt, most copies with the 1883 ads have this illustration properly relocated. Condition is close to fine, with scarcely any wear, and with the original peach endpapers still intact. The… Read more
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FROM SEA TO SEA. Letters of Travel. [In Two Volumes.]

FROM SEA TO SEA. Letters of Travel. [In Two Volumes.]

by Kipling, Rudyard

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1899. New York: Doubleday & McClure Company, 1899. Original blind-stamped sea green cloth. First Edition (the English edition is dated 1900). These volumes include the first authorized edition of "American Notes," "Letters of Marque," "The City of Dreadful Night" and "The Smith Administration"; according to Kipling's Preface he was "forced" to issue this title "by the enterprise of various publishers" who were pirating and embellishing his earlier works. The half-title versos bear Kipling's usual icon from India, the swastika -- which until the 1930s signified peace and continuity. This is a near-fine set, with just a touch of rubbing. Richards A131; Stewart 198.
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FROM THE HILLS OF DREAM

FROM THE HILLS OF DREAM

by Macleod, Fiona [pseudonym of William Sharp]

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1896. Mountain Songs and Island Runes. Edinburgh: Patrick Geddes & Colleagues, n.d. [1896]. 6 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of this volume of verse by the Scottish mystical writer who wrote first as William Sharp and then, beginning in 1894, as "Fiona Macleod" -- a secret identity known to hardly anyone, in fact, as the years went by, barely to Sharp himself. The publisher, "Patrick Geddes & Colleagues," was formed in 1895 around the renowned Scottish biologist and urban planner Patrick Geddes, beginning with the periodical The Evergreen that featured Scottish-Celtic mystic literature and art. This is a remarkably fine, bright copy. Colbeck p. 741.
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FROM THE FOUR WINDS [inscribed by Galsworthy]
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FROM THE FOUR WINDS [inscribed by Galsworthy]

by [Galsworthy, John]

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1897. [first book, "From the Author"] By John Sinjohn. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. Original olive green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of John Galsworthy's first book, a collection of ten tales. Only 500 copies were printed -- on a commission basis, with Galsworthy paying for the printing; in order not to bring shame upon his name, he used a pseudonym derived from the name of a college friend, St. John Hornby. Galsworthy was subsequently ashamed of this initial work: he asked friends to whom he had sent copies to burn them, he never permitted it to be reprinted, and he ultimately asked the publisher to destroy the unsold stock (in 1920! -- giving an indication of how poorly the 500 copies had been selling). This is a nearly fine copy, with very little sign of age or wear. Marrot p. 3. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case. The front flyleaf of this copy is inscribed by Galsworthy "From the Author," in his distinctive hand; since the book was pseudonymous and he was not at all proud of… Read more
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THE FRUIT OF THE TREE

THE FRUIT OF THE TREE

by Wharton, Edith

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1907. With Illustrations by Alonzo Kimball. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907. 4 pp undated ads. Original red cloth. First Edition of this novel set against the background of American industry, published in the year the author left America for Europe. This little-known novel... was considered controversial for its frank treatment of such issues as labor and industrial conditions, drug addiction, mercy killing, desire, and divorce and second marriages. John Amherst, an idealistic middle-manager in a New England textile mill, is committed to improving the deplorable working conditions of the laborers in his charge. But upper management, whose only concern is maximizing profits, frustrates his efforts. When Amherst eventually marries Bessy Westmore, the widow of the former mill owner, he is able at last to initiate an ambitious project of reform. But happiness for John and Bessy proves to be short-lived. It quickly becomes clear that Bessy does not understand and cannot share her husband's… Read more
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