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The Quantocks and Their Associations. A Paper Read Before the Members of the Bath Literary Club on the 11th December 1871. [Significant, inscribed association copy]

By: NICHOLS, WILLIAM LUKE

Price: $325.00

Publisher: Bath: Printed for Private Circulation: 1873

Edition: 1st ed.

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: k190121l

Condition: Good


1st ed., 8vo, original decorated green cloth, gilt decorations and lettering. 41 [2] i-xxxiii. Tipped in photographic frontispiece of “Wordsworth’s Glen.” [See note below] A talk about the Quantock Hills area of southwest England, where Coleridge and Wordsworth wrote Lyrical Ballads, which Nichols writes about the landscape as well as some of the other "Quantock Poets," including Charles Lamb, Thomas Lovell Beddoes and Charles Lloyd. Gift inscription on FFEP “with the writer’s compliments” to Welsh mathematician, photographer, and painter Rev. Calvert R. Jones, [1804-1877]. We bel... View more info

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Let George Do It! A Talk Delivered at t Meeting of the Trade Book Clinic in New York City December 5, 1940

By: Artzybasheff, Boris

Price: $20.00

Publisher: The American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York : 1941

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: k180228e

Condition: Very good.


16mo. Red cloth spine and red decorated paper over boards. 32 pp. Keepsake No. 68. The artist’s view on the place of illustrations in the book publishing industry. Very good; rubbed at corners. View more info

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Cento Ethicus. Ex ducentis Poetis hinc inde contextus, per Damasum Blyerburgium Batauum. Iuuentutis maxime Institutiontioni accomodatus.

By: Blyenburg, Damasus van.

Price: $300.00

Seller ID: 150309


16 mo, grey boards, quarter leather. Blyenburg (1558-1668), a dutch poet, published this compilation of selections from modern Latin poets. A revised edition, first published the year earlier in 1599. CONDITION: Fair; Covers quite worn, but intact, with substantial staining. 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 verso 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. Other damp s... View more info

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A Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis and Ministers

By: Bradbury, Ray

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Baltimore, Cemetary Dance: 1991

Seller ID: k6493


1st ed., signed by Bradbury on the title page. Pristine copy! View more info

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American Remembrancer; or, an Impartial Collection of Essays, Resolves, Speeches, &c.

By: CAREY, Mathew, ed.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Phila.: Printed by Henry Tuckniss, for Mathew Carey: 1795

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: cr191112e

Condition: Poor


The American Remembrancer; or, an Impartial Collection of Essays, Resolves, Speeches, &c. Relative, or Having Affinity, to the Treaty with Great Britain. Phila.: Printed by Henry Tuckniss, for Mathew Carey, 1795. 1st ed. 288pp. Noted as Volume I [of a 3 volume set] contains the first four issues of Carey's periodical "American Remembrancer" dated Aug. 20, Aug. 27, Sept. 4, and Oct. 1, 1795. A collection of printed documents in support of “Jay's Treaty”, signed Nov. 19, 1794, which resolved severa; Anglo-American diplomatic issues arising out of the Definitive Treaty of Peace of 1783. A... View more info

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Common Sense: or, Natural Ideas Opposed to Supernatural

By: d'Hohlbach, Baron

Price: $200.00

Seller ID: 1248


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 wor... View more info

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Deaths Duell. A sermon delivered before King Charles I in the beginning of Lent 1630

By: Donne, John

Price: $65.00

Publisher: David R. Godine: 1973

Edition: 1st thus.

Seller ID: 021802

Condition: 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. View more info

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The Fate of Writing in America

By: Farrell, James T.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, New Directions: 1946

Seller ID: 7363


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. View more info

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The Crack-up

By: Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, New Directions: 1945

Seller ID: 121334


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. View more info

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Books once were Men

By: George Barr McCutcheon

Price: $38.50

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co: 1931

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: k0226c

Condition: Fine


1st ed; Limited to 1000 unnumbered copies. 12mo, Marble boards in acetate d/w and slipcase. Ribbon bookmarker. The book is virtually pristine with just some light toning to front and back flyleaves; slipcase also fine; acetate d/w is near fine but with several small open tears. View more info

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Lars Porsena or The Future of Swearing in Proper Language.

By: Graves, Robert

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton: 1927

Seller ID: 121303


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. View more info

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THE LAST THIRTY DAYS OF CHRIST. [Inscribed Copy]

By: Hartmann, Sadakichi

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Privately printed: NY: 1920

Edition: 1st edition

Inscription: Inscribed by Hartmann to minister/writer Paul Jord

Seller ID: k190719l

Condition: Poor


1st ed. 8vo, brown boards, 109 pp, No. 53 of 3000 numbered copies. With an inscription by Hartmann to Paul Jordan Smith -- “from [as Bernard Shaw expressed it] ‘the man who writes about the last 30 days of Christ when the first day Him has not yet dawned upon Earth.” Smith was an American Universalist minister who also worked as a writer, lecturer and editor. However, he is most well known for originating the hoax art movement Disumbrationism. Giving himself the Russian-sounding pseudonym Pavel Jerdanowitch, Jordan-Smith painted a small group of crudely Postimpressionist canvases that he... View more info

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A comprehensive collection of nearly 150 volumes - first English, American, and variant editions with important bibliographic works

By: Kipling, Rudyard

Price: $4,500.00

Edition: 1st ed.

Seller ID: cr180315q

Condition: Good to As-New


A comprehensive collection of nearly 150 volumes - first English, American, and variant editions, most in very good to fine condition; many in dustjacket. Please email for a list. The personal collection of Sacramento bookseller Edward H. Crussell (1875-1944). a charter member of The Kipling Society (UK) and one of the founders of the Sacramento Book Collectors Club. The collection has been kept virtually intact since his death in 1944; Included is a 3x5 card index with Crussell's acquisition notes for each volume and many of his original purchase receipts from American and English bookselle... View more info

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Exaggerated Nationalism

By: Le Gallienne, Richard

Price: $32.50

Publisher: n.p., Press of the Wooly Whale: 1935

Seller ID: g1011


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. View more info

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Books Once Were Men / An Essay for Booklovers

By: McCutcheon, George Barr.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1931

Seller ID: cc1706301


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 View more info

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The American Language: A Preliminary Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States

By: Mencken, H. L.

Price: $175.00

Publisher: NY, Alfred A. Knopf: 1919

Seller ID: C170626b


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. View more info

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Prejudices: First Second & Third Series

By: Mencken, H.L.

Price: $95.00

Publisher: NY, Alfred A. Knopf: 1919, 1920, 1922

Seller ID: c1706295


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. View more info

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James Branch Cabell

By: Mencken, H.L.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: NY, Robert T. McBride & Company: 1927

Seller ID: c1707052


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. View more info

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Europe After 8:15

By: Mencken, H.L>, Nathan, George Jean; Wright, Willard Huntington.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: NY, John Lane Company: 1914

Seller ID: c170630b


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. View more info

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Reflections on the Death of Mishima

By: Miller, Henry

Price: $80.00

Publisher: Santa Barbara, Capra Press: 1972

Seller ID: 111508


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. View more info