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RAFFLES. Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman

RAFFLES. Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman

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

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1901. Illustrated by F. C. Yohn. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. Original olive green cloth decorated in gilt. First American Edition of eight further adventures that constitute the second "Raffles" book, following 1898's THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN. One of the few fictional characters to rival Holmes in popularity was Raffles, a celebrated cricketer in the highest social bracket, apparently endowed with a considerable private income -- most of which was actually derived from the audacious burglaries he carried out with the aid of his faithful lieutenant Bunny [the narrator]... The author may well have borrowed the name of his gentleman-burglar from [his wife's brother A. Conan] Doyle's story, THE DOINGS OF RAFFLES HAW, 1892. [Quayle] Just as Doyle had killed off Sherlock Holmes in 1894 only to revive him for more adventures later on, so Hornung kills off Raffles (as a soldier seeking atonement in the Boer War) at the end of this book -- but stay tuned... This is a… Read more
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THE RED-HOT DOLLAR and Other Stories from The Black Cat

THE RED-HOT DOLLAR and Other Stories from The Black Cat

by (London, Jack) Umbstaetter, H.D.

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1911. With an Introduction by Jack London. Boston: L.C. Page & Company, 1911. 12 pp undated ads. Original tan cloth decorated in red and black. First Edition, first impression (so stated). "The Black Cat" was a periodical, headed by Umbstaetter, to which unknown writers were invited to submit anonymous stories. To quote from Jack London's Introduction: He [H.D. Umbstaetter] made me possible. He saved my literary life, if he did not save my literal life. And I think he was guilty of the second crime, too... I had been attempting to write something marketable. Everything I possessed was in pawn, and I did not have enough to eat. I was sick, mentally and physically, from lack of nourishment... I was at the end of my tether, beaten out, starved, ready to go back to coal-shoveling or ahead to suicide... This is an attractive, near-fine copy (a few marks at the upper edge of the front cover).
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THE REEF

THE REEF

by Wharton, Edith

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1912. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1912. 8 pp undated ads. Original red cloth. First Edition of this tale of Americans in France, written while the author herself was a resident of Paris. THE REEF was her first book published after her most famous one, ETHAN FROME. This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear but the spine is a little dull. In our experience THE REEF is not all that common. Garrison A20.I.a.
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THE RETURN OF ULYSSES

by Bridges, Robert

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1890. A Drama in Five Acts in a Mixed Manner. London: Edward Bumpus, 1890. Original grey wrappers printed in black. First Edition of this play in verse form, issued as "No. iii" in Bumpus's series of Bridges's plays. This copy is in wrappers, with all edges untrimmed (Colbeck cites a copy in boards with vellum spine). Near-fine condition. Colbeck p. 84.
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THE REVERBERATOR

THE REVERBERATOR

by James, Henry

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1888. London: Macmillan and Co., 1888. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt. First American Edition of this novel concerning American travelers on the Continent -- "innocence abroad," a common theme of James. Technically, since it was printed in England for America, this is the American issue of the second (first one-volume) English edition. The 500-copy two-volume edition was printed in May and published on 5 June 1888; this is really a novella, so it had to be streeeetched to fill two volumes, for the benefit of the lending libraries. This 3,000-copy first one-volume edition was likewise printed in May, entirely for the American market; Supino speculates that this one-volume edition may have preceded the two-volume one, in order to secure American copyright. Then in August, an additional 1,000 copies of the one-volume edition were printed, for the English market (such copies have the printing history on the title verso). This copy stands 7 1/8" tall (Supino's variant A); others (B) are… Read more
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RHYME? AND REASON

RHYME? AND REASON

by Carroll, Lewis

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1883. With Sixty-five Illustrations by Arthur B. Frost and Nine by Henry Holiday. London: Macmillan and Co., 1883. 1 page undated ads. Original light green cloth pictorially decorated in gilt. First Edition of Lewis Carroll's first major collection of verse (though some of the material had appeared earlier, in PHANTASMAGORIA and in THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK). The grotesque Frost illustrations appear here for the first time. The dedicatory verse doubly hides the name of the dedicatee (Gertrude Chataway). This is a near-fine copy (minor bubbling of the cloth, cover gilt less than bright). Williams Madan & Green 160.
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RODNEY STONE [colonial]

RODNEY STONE [colonial]

by Doyle, A. Conan

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1896. With Illustrations. London and Bombay: George Bell & Sons, 1896. 10 pp [paginated 7-16] undated ads. Original mottled light pink cloth. First Edition, colonial issue, being No. 143 in Bell's Indian and Colonial Library. RODNEY STONE is a historical novel that curiously brings together Lord Nelson and the sport of boxing, and is illustrated by Sidney Paget (the illustrator of Sherlock Holmes). According to G&G "The colonial issue was issued before the book was published so as to be on sale in the Colonies at approximately the same time." This copy is in pink cloth (others were in wrappers); it bears the small paste-down stamp of a Buenos Aires bookseller. It is in very good-plus condition with a bit of foxing on the title page (from the frontispiece tissue), and is unusually free of soil for such light-colored cloth. Green & Gibson A20b.
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A ROGUE'S TRAGEDY

A ROGUE'S TRAGEDY

by Capes, Bernard

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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 IN THE HILL, THE GREEN PARROT and THE SKELETON KEY. At age 62 his writing career was cut short by the 1918 flu epidemic. This is a remarkably fine, bright copy -- of a curiously uncommon book. Hubin p. 64.
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THE ROLY-POLY PUDDING

THE ROLY-POLY PUDDING

by Potter, Beatrix

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1908. London (and New York): Frederick Warne & Co., 1908. Original maroon cloth, beveled, with front cover pictorial onlay. First Edition, first printing. Tom Kitten disobeys his mother and goes hunting for adventure, but is captured by Samuel Whiskers and his fellow rats, who then steal dough and other ingredients to prepare a kitten pie. THE ROLY-POLY PUDDING was first published, in this large-format maroon cloth, in 1908 (two printings with that date on the title page, then a third in 1913); in 1918 it was published (undated) in paper-covered boards; and in 1926 the book was issued in the small format, and with the title changed to THE TALE OF SAMUEL WHISKERS. This copy is from the first printing, with "[All rights reserved]" below the date 1908 on the title page. Condition is very good-plus, perhaps near-fine: the cloth is slightly faded (though as Quinby points out, the cloth is "mixed light and dark threads"), and there is just a touch of wear at the corners;… Read more
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ROMANCE

ROMANCE

by Conrad, Joseph & Hueffer, Ford M.

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1904. A Novel. Illustrated by Charles R. Macauley. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1904. 8 pp undated ads. Original blue cloth decorated in grey. First American (and first illustrated) Edition of this the second collaboration between Conrad and Hueffer. This is a bright copy, fine externally; the first few leaves are creased, and the front endpaper has a little edge-damage and is browned from the presence of a 1976 receipt for this book. Cagle A9b. Provenance: the front endpaper bears, in addition to a May 1904 gift inscription, the penciled signature of Conrad bibliographer Walter E. Smith.
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ROMANTIC TALES
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ROMANTIC TALES

by Lewis, M. G.

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1808. [in the 1808 original boards] In Four Volumes. London: Printed by D.N. Shury... for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1808. Original grey-brown paper-covered boards with purple cloth spines and printed spine labels. First Edition of this collection of Gothic tales of the macabre, which Matthew Gregory Lewis adapted from original German, French and Spanish stories. As he indicates in his Preface, "Even in those Tales which are least my own, I have made so many and such important alterations, omissions, and interpolations, that it would have been less trouble to write an entire new work". Lewis (1775-1818) is often referred to as "Monk" Lewis because of his famous (infamous?) 1796 Gothic horror tale THE MONK -- replete with ghosts, murders and ravished maidens; some critics, notably Samuel Taylor Coleridge, considered the book blasphemous and Lewis never entirely escaped the resulting licentious reputation. In 1812 his father died, making him a wealthy man; no longer in need of cash, he… Read more
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THE ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF A MILKMAID

THE ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF A MILKMAID

by Hardy, Thomas

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1883. New York: Norman L. Munro, n.d. [July 16, 1883]. Original printed terra-cotta wrappers. A very early, but not quite first, edition of this "short hastily written novel" [Hardy himself]. It constituted his first contribution to the Graphic in England -- as the Summer Number for 1883; it was also arranged to appear simultaneously (in seven instalments) in Harper's Weekly in America. As Purdy notes, Harper knew the pirate publishers would be quick to copy it, so they published the entire piece as a volume of Harper's "Franklin Square Library" at the end of June (four days after the Graphic appearance), when only one of the seven American instalments had come out. This did not forestall the pirates, however -- as volumes quickly came out in George Munro's "Seaside Library," John Lovell's "Lovell's Library," and, as here, in Norman Munro's "Munro's Library -- which bears on its front cover the date July 16, 1883, less than three weeks after Harper's complete version. Incidentally, other than… Read more
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ROUGHING IT and the INNOCENTS AT HOME

ROUGHING IT and the INNOCENTS AT HOME

by Twain, Mark

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With 200 original illustrations by F.A. Fraser. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1882. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black and lettered in gilt. First Combined UK Edition of this very early Twain title. In February 1872, Routledge published two fragile "yellow-back" Twain volumes -- "ROUGHING IT" (244 pages) around the 10th to 16th, and THE INNOCENTS AT HOME (224 pages) around the 17th to 24th; each was a "copyright edition" because, for copyright purposes, each slightly preceded the (combined) 592-page American edition titled ROUGHING IT. Later in 1872, both Routledge volumes were reissued bound together, though still separately printed and paginated. Beginning with TOM SAWYER in 1876, Chatto & Windus became Twain's UK publisher, and introduced the bright red pictorial binding that would grace Twain's UK works for the next two decades or so. In 1882 (as here), Routledge printed this new profusely-illustrated combined edition (495… Read more
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A ROUND OF STORIES by The Christmas Fire

A ROUND OF STORIES by The Christmas Fire

by Dickens, Charles

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1853. New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1853. Original greyish-pink printed wrappers. Early (first?) American edition of this the third of Dickens's nine "Extra Christmas Numbers" of his weekly periodical Household Words. This came out in London in December 1852, and then was published in America in early 1853 by several publishers (McElrath & Lord doing the authorized American issue of HhW, plus Harper, plus this effort). Dickens himself wrote only the first two stories -- "The Poor Relation's Story" and "The Child's Story." This copy includes the delicate original greyish-pink wrappers, and is in very good-plus condition (minor edge-wear, a few droplet-marks on some leaves within). Podeschi (Yale) B225.
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THE ROVER
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THE ROVER

by Conrad, Joseph

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1923. London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1923). Original dark green cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition, published two days after the American trade edition. In December [1921], Conrad began The Rover as a short story. It was clearly an outgrowth of his stay in Corsica... [which] triggered a whole series of memories and reminiscences about a "seaman's return"... The fact of Peyrol's Frenchness -- he outsmarts the English and helps the French fleet break out of Toulon and escape Nelson's blockade -- suggests that Conrad was still restructuring his own life... The idea of a "rover," with its ambiguity of a man who, Odysseus-like, strives for experience, had been Conrad's plan in all his major fiction after The Shadow-Line... He was exploring what for him was his political, social, and moral world, that society summed up by life on the sea and those who can understand its message. Some of the passages in The Rover display Conrad in his best form, and they are,… Read more
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THE ROVER

THE ROVER

by Conrad, Joseph

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1923. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. Original blue cloth, with dust jacket. First Trade Edition (preceded one day earlier by a 377-copy special edition), published before the English edition. In December [1921], Conrad began The Rover as a short story. It was clearly an outgrowth of his stay in Corsica... [which] triggered a whole series of memories and reminiscences about a "seaman's return"; while the historical aspect was clearly part of his research on Suspense... to that period when his [Polish] ancestors enlisted in Napoleon's army in order to join the struggle against Russia... The fact of Peyrol's [the old sailor protagonist's] Frenchness -- he outsmarts the English and helps the French fleet break out of Toulon and escape Nelson's blockade -- suggests that Conrad was still restructuring his own life... The idea of a "rover," with its ambiguity of a man who, Odysseus-like, strives for experience, had been Conrad's plan in… Read more
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THE ROVER

THE ROVER

by Conrad, Joseph

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1923. [inscribed by Conrad's wife] Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. Original blue cloth. Printer's advance mock-up copy of the first trade edition. The binding is the standard one for this American edition, but inside, the contents consist of the preliminary leaves through page 4 of the text -- after which the leaves are all blank. These are typically called "salesman's dummy" copies, but these Doubleday Page books weren't being sold door-to-door, so this is more likely an advance mock-up copy the publisher had provided Conrad in order to demonstrate how the finished book would appear in its binding. The volume is in near-fine condition (slightly rubbed at the corners). The front endpaper is inscribed in 1924 by Conrad's wife (widow? -- Conrad died during 1924), "To Campbell and Hilda Tilbury Fox, | With love and affectionate | regards from | Jessie Conrad Korzeniowska | 1924." Dr. Campbell Tilbury Fox attended to both Joseph and Jessie… Read more
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THE ROVER [1/377 signed copies]
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THE ROVER [1/377 signed copies]

by Conrad, Joseph

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1923. [1/377 copies signed] Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. Original white parchment over blue boards, with both the tissue dust jacket and the blue-grey paper printed dust jacket. First Edition, limited to 377 copies numbered and signed by Conrad -- this being copy #70 (there was no English limited edition). The American trade edition was published a day later, and the English trade edition was published three days later. The condition of this book is fine (a couple of early catalogue descriptions are tipped onto the front free endpaper), essentially without soil or wear. This copy has both the tissue and the printed paper dust jackets, and both are in near-fine condition (quite minor edge-wear, one tiny hole in the front hinge); this copy does not have the very uncommon publisher's box, in which this edition was issued. The leaves are still unopened. Smith pp 89-90; Keating 178.
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