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1 AnonymousVisits from the world of spirits; or interesting anecdotes of the dead.
15030 London: printed for the proprietor; and sold by L. Wayland 1791. 1st ed., 12mo, 302 pp. A scarce volume “Containing very curious narratives of the appearances of many departed spirits on particular occasions, to friends, relations. &c. being an impartial survey of the most remarkable accounts of apparitions, dreams, ghosts, spectres, and visions. That have been recorded in several ages of the world; together with some originals. To which is prefixed, an introduction, by the editor.” The anecdotes vary from a page or two to several dozen pages or more. Brown boards, ¼ calf spine. Rear hinge is partially split but fully intact; Text block is clean and tight with only occasional mild foxing.. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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The Book of the Hamburgs, Baum, L. Frank
2 Baum, L. FrankThe Book of the Hamburgs
New York: Books of Wonder, 1991. First thus. Facsimile edition;first hardcover edition. 12mo, brown illustrated cloth. Published 14 years before The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this was Baum's first book -- an illustrated guide to the breeding and raising of the many varieties of Hamburg chickens. The book displays the origins of Baum's folksy writing style. New copy.. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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3 BRIGHAM, William TTHE VOLCANOES OF KILAUEA AND MAUNA LOA
1909: Bishop Museum Press, 4to, beige buckram cloth. "Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum" [of Polynesian Ethnology and Natural History] Vol.II No.4. vii, 222pp. 67 plates, ills & maps in text, colour frontis. Brigham was director of the museum. Ex-lib [ink number on spine, pocket removed on fep.] Covers lightly rubbed, Back endpaper torn and with ink number.. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Of Englishe Dogges, the diversities, the names, the natures, and the properties. A Short Treatise written in latine by Johannes Caius, Caius, Johannes
4 Caius, JohannesOf Englishe Dogges, the diversities, the names, the natures, and the properties. A Short Treatise written in latine by Johannes Caius
London: A Bradley, 1880. A reprint of the earliest book on dogs in the English language, first published in 1576. Published in May 1880. 8vo. 1/4 cloth, gray boards. Leather imprinted spine. 1st thus. Good; a 1" diagonal crack across the upper right corner of front cover; front cover sunned. . Interior clean and bright. Title page only is in facsimile; the rest has been reset in new type. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex., Darwin, Charles
5 Darwin, CharlesThe Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.
London: John Murray, 1871. First, 1st ed., second state. 2 vols. 8vo, publisher's dark green cloth. [Freeman no. 938 with page height of 190, board height of 195, and books by same author on verso of title leaf of Vol. 2; the first volume starts with "When" on p. 297 and no errata on verso of title page.] With the publisher's ads dated January 1871 present in both volumes. Vol 1. viii, 423pp + 16pp. advts. Vol 2: viii, [2], 475 (16 pp. advts.] Fair-Good-minus: light surface and edge wear to covers overall; Hinges cracked both volumes but still intact; corners lightly rubbed and bumped (substantial bump to lower front corner Vol 2. Vol 1 is lightly cocked to right with 1" tear to FEP and inked name on front flyleaf. Half-title and advts in Vol 2 lightly foxed, otherwise text blocks of both vols are clean and tight with little to no foxing.. 
Price: 2850.00 USD
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6 Darwin, CharlesThe Origin of Species - First U.S. edition
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1860. First American, Good. 8vo, publisher's embossed brown cloth with gilt titles on spine. 1st American ed., first state with two quotations facing title page instead of three; folding lithographic plate at p. 108. [Freeman no. 377] Good: several small chips at top and bottom of spine; light 1/2" damp-stain along upper fore-edge of front cover; spine titles lightly faded; corners rubbed; front hinge partially split but still intact; contemporaneous penciled signature on FEP; damp-stain at top of rear end papers and several small damp-stains on fore-edge. Text block is generally clean and tight with practically no foxing. From approximately mid-point to end there is some very light damp-stain to top of pages.. 
Price: 8250.00 USD
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CALIFORNIA: FOR HEALTH, PLEASURE, AND RESIDENCE. A Book For Travellers and Settlers., Nordhoff, Charles
7 Nordhoff, CharlesCALIFORNIA: FOR HEALTH, PLEASURE, AND RESIDENCE. A Book For Travellers and Settlers.
Harper & Brothers, 1872. 1st ed., 8vo. Brown decorated cloth, gilt titles. 255 pp. [Publisher's catalogue of Travel books] + Frontis Map. Illustrated with drawings and maps. A good+ copy. Generally clean and tight but with rubbing at exteremities and corners.. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Narrative of a Five Years' Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, Stedman, John Gabriel
8 Stedman, John GabrielNarrative of a Five Years' Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam
London: J. Johnson, 1796. 1st edition. 2 vols. 4to, brown calf. Full Title: Narrative, of a Five Years' Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America; from the year 1772, to 1777: elucidating the History of that Country, and describing its Productions, Viz. Quadrupedes, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, Trees, Shrubs, Fruits, & Roots; with an account of the Indians of Guinana, and Negros of Guinea, By Capt.N J.G. Stedman. Illustrated with 80 elegant Engravings, from drawings made by the author. 80 plates, including four foldout maps and views, frontispiece plus title vignettes. A very good copy with all plates intact. Clean and tight with wide margins, no tears, and only minimal light foxing. Recently rebound in full brown calf, color-matched to the original, with new headbands, five raised bands, gilt titles. Vol I: xviii, 407pp., [7] (index, Direction for Placing the Plates, Errata); Vol II: iv, 404pp., [7] (index, Direction for Placing the Plates, Errata). First edition of the noted accounting of Stedman’s expedition to Surinam (Dutch Guiana) and recognized as one of the most important books on plantation life, slavery, and natural history [ Sabin 91075. ]. 
Price: 3250.00 USD
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