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Cento Ethicus. Ex ducentis Poetis hinc inde contextus, per Damasum Blyerburgium Batauum. Iuuentutis maxime Institutiontioni accomodatus., Blyenburg, Damasus van.
1 Blyenburg, Damasus van.Cento Ethicus. Ex ducentis Poetis hinc inde contextus, per Damasum Blyerburgium Batauum. Iuuentutis maxime Institutiontioni accomodatus.
Dordaraci: Ex officinia Abrahami Canini, 1600. 16 mo, grey boards, quarter leather. Blyenburg (1558-1668) was a dutch poet who published this compilation of modern Latin poets. A revised edition, first published the year earlier in 1599. Covers quite worn, but intact, with numerous small stains. Title is inked onto the spine. Inked signatures on ffep; front hinge partially split. Inked number on title page; small inked library rubber stamp image on vrso of title page. 1" x 2" damp stain at bottom center of inside front cover and extending into the first dozen pages or so and again at the back cover. Several other damp stains throughout the book, all light and none affecting the text - otherwise the pages are generally clean and free of foxing.. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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A Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis and Ministers, Bradbury, Ray
2 Bradbury, RayA Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis and Ministers
Baltimore: Cemetary Dance, 1991. 1st ed., signed by Bradbury on the title page. Pristine copy!. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Common Sense: or, Natural Ideas Opposed to Supernatural, d'Hohlbach, Baron
3 d'Hohlbach, BaronCommon Sense: or, Natural Ideas Opposed to Supernatural
8vo, full-calf, 204 pp. Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach (8 December 1723 – 21 January 1789) was a French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist and a prominent figure in the French Enlightenment. He is best known for his atheism and for his voluminous writings against religion, the most famous of them being The System of Nature (1770), which presented a core of radical ideas that prompted the Catholic Church in France to threaten the crown with withdrawal of financial support unless it effectively suppressed the circulation of the book. The list of people writing refutations of the work was long. The Roman Catholic Church had its pre-eminent theologian Nicolas-Sylvestre Bergier write a refutation of the Système titled Examen du matérialisme (Materialism examined). Voltaire hastily seized his pen to refute the philosophy of the Système in the article "Dieu" in his Dictionnaire philosophique, while Frederick the Great also drew up an answer to it. Its principles are summed up in a more popular form in this present volume "Common Sense", which was first published in Amsterdam in 1772. This translation into English is the first American edition. Fair-Good: text block is clean and tight with light foxing throughout. Penciled marginalia on some pages. Front hinge is partially split. Covers heavily rubbed and chipped with 1-1/2" split at top and bottom of front spine. Pasted inside the front cover is a 19th century advertisement for another book entitled Common Sense, by John Meslier. While the condition is not great, the work is quite scarce.. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Deaths Duell. A sermon delivered before King Charles I in the beginning of Lent 1630, Donne, John
4 Donne, JohnDeaths Duell. A sermon delivered before King Charles I in the beginning of Lent 1630
David R. Godine, 1973. 1st thus., Fine.. Small 4to, ¼ leather and marbled boards. #84 of an edition limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. John Donne's sermon "Deaths Duell" or "A Consolation to the Soule Against the Dying Life and Living Death of the Body" with a comprehensive essay by Geoffrey Keynes. Five engravings and engraved initial letters. Paper watermarked with John Donne's name. A virtually pristine copy; without d/w as issued.. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Fate of Writing in America, Farrell, James T.
5 Farrell, James T.The Fate of Writing in America
New York: New Directions, 1946. New York: New Directions, 1946. Stapled Wrappers. 32 pp. essay entitled "Will the commercialization of publishing destroy good writing?" Farrell's observations on the future of books. Very timely for today. Very light 1/4" fade line along outer edge of front cover, otherwise fine.. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Letters to His Daughter, Fitzgerald, F. Scott
6 Fitzgerald, F. ScottLetters to His Daughter
NY: Charles Scribners Sons, 1965. 1st edition in dustjacket. The book itself is pristine; no defects. The dust jacket is fine -- clean and bright with no tears but some light shelf-wear along edges. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Crack-up, Fitzgerald, F. Scott
7 Fitzgerald, F. ScottThe Crack-up
NY: New Directions, 1945. 1st ed, second state; 1945 (New Directons) in dustjacket. [The second state has an all-black title page without the red ink.] The book is good; no major flaws but a prior owner's inked signature on front end paper and several light spots on cover, some smaller but darker spots in the front hinge. The dust jacket is not price-clipped but has numerous nicks and small closed tears along edges.. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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8 Graves, RobertLars Porsena or The Future of Swearing in Proper Language.
New York: E. P. Dutton, 1927. 1st ed in dustjacket. Very Good copy in fair dustjacket. Book has some age-toning on back endpapers, otherwise no reportable defects. Bookplate of actor/radio star Jean Herscholt (for whom the Academy Award Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Award is named) is mounted inside front cover; store label of Hollywood Bookshop is inside back cover. Dustjacket is tanned and somewhat brittle, with the front cover present but partially detached.. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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A Guide for the Bedeviled, Hecht, Ben
9 Hecht, BenA Guide for the Bedeviled
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1944. Unidentified printing, but not a first printing but inscribed by Hecht on ffep. Hecht's attack on anti-semitism. 8vo,276 pp. Good in price-clipped d/w with several tape-repairs.. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Three Men in a Boat / to say nothing of the dog., Jerome, Jerome K.
10 Jerome, Jerome K.Three Men in a Boat / to say nothing of the dog.
London: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. 1st ed., Small 8vo, smooth blue cloth; spine stamped in gold; front cover stamped in black with heavy border. 1st ed, first issue, second state. [The first issue has the publisher's address printed as 'Quay Street' on title page, with the inclusion of 'Simpkin Marshall'; 37 titles listed in the advt for Arrowsmith's Bristol Library, and an announcement that 'Prince Prigo' will be ready for publication in October. The second state was published within weeks of the first, with formerly inverted initials on p. 77 corrected and a moon shown in the illustration on p. 20, possibly caused by a plate flaw. Good: Small spot on front cover; light surface wear overall; slightly cocked to right; corners and edges lightly rubbed. Front hinge cracked; toning to endpapers.. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Exaggerated Nationalism, Le Gallienne, Richard
11 Le Gallienne, RichardExaggerated Nationalism
n.p.: Press of the Wooly Whale, 1935. 1st ed., 16mo, 9 pp. First edition. Cloth backed decorated boards. Good copy with rubbed corners and scratches on back cover. Interior clean and tight throughout. A lovely production from this fine small press. The 8th of the Press' Armistice Day publications. Foreword by Melbert B.Cary Jr., founder of the Woolly Whale Press. Cover design by Charles W.Smith. Printed by George W. Van Vetchen, Jr.. 
Price: 32.50 USD
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Discoveries and Inventions / A Lecture by Abraham Lincoln Delivered in 1860, Lincoln, Abraham
12 Lincoln, AbrahamDiscoveries and Inventions / A Lecture by Abraham Lincoln Delivered in 1860
San Francisco: John Howell, 1915. A Lecture by Abraham Lincoln Delivered in 1860. 1st ed., thus. 8vo, red boards. Printed for San Francisco bookseller John Howell by SF printer John Henry Nash. One of 250 copies printed d on Fabriano Italian Hand-made paper. This is copy no. 68. Interior is clean, tight and bright. Covers have surface wear and several small nicks along edges and top of spine.. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Books Once Were Men / An Essay for Booklovers, McCutcheon, George Barr.
13 McCutcheon, George Barr.Books Once Were Men / An Essay for Booklovers
NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1931. 8vo, marbled boards, black cloth spine lettered in gold, t.e.g, ribbon place marker. 1st ed. Limited to 1000 copies. An essay published in tribute to McCutcheon who was a noted collector of first editions and a lover of fine books. Introduction by William Dana Orcutt who designed the. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The American Language: A Preliminary Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States, Mencken, H. L.
14 Mencken, H. L.The American Language: A Preliminary Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States
NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919. Limited first edition (981 of 1500 numbered copies), 8vo black Cloth, 374 pp., Good; rear cover slightly bowed, light surface wear, spine titles rubbed. Lacking d/w.. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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James Branch Cabell, Mencken, H.L.
15 Mencken, H.L.James Branch Cabell
NY: Robert T. McBride & Company, 1927. First edition. 12mo stapled slate blue wrappers. Simultaneously published in hardcover. 32 pp. biographical and bibliographic study by the noted critic. Published for free distribution to promote the Kalki Edition of Cabell's works.. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Prejudices: First Second & Third Series, Mencken, H.L.
16 Mencken, H.L.Prejudices: First Second & Third Series
NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919, 1920, 1922. 3 volumes; 8vo black cloth. First Editions: no additional printings stated. Good-very good. Second series has titling on spine rubbed. Lacking d/w’s.. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Europe After 8:15, Mencken, H.L>, Nathan, George Jean; Wright, Willard Huntington.
17 Mencken, H.L>, Nathan, George Jean; Wright, Willard Huntington.Europe After 8:15
NY: John Lane Company, 1914. 12mo, orange cloth, black titles and décor. Satiric essays about travel in Europe, written on the brink of World War I. Very good, llight edgewar, spine darkened; bookplate on front pastedown.. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Reflections on the Death of Mishima, Miller, Henry
18 Miller, HenryReflections on the Death of Mishima
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1972. Pristine copy, signed by Miller on the title page. This 1st softcover edition was published shortly after the first hardcover edition that was limited to 200 signed and numbered copies.. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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Idiosyncrasy & Technique / Two Lectures by Marianne Moore, Moore, Marianne
19 Moore, MarianneIdiosyncrasy & Technique / Two Lectures by Marianne Moore
University of California Press, 1958. 1st, Fine. A fine copy of her two lectures - inaugurating the Ewing Lectures of the University of California Los Angeles. Though not stated, only 1000 copies were printed. Fine.. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Invertebrate Spain, Ortega Y Gasset, Jose
20 Ortega Y Gasset, JoseInvertebrate Spain
New York: W.W. Norton, 1937. 1st, 8vo, black cloth. Very good-near fine copy in VG d/w. Book has some light staining inside covers, otherwise fine. The staining appears to be an image transfer from the yellow d/w flaps. D/w has edgewear and a few small nicks but no significant tears or chips.. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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