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Black Diamonds
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Black Diamonds

By Jokai, Maurus

Harper & Brothers, New York, (1896); 8vo; [blank(2)], [frontispiece], [i-iv], [half-title], [blank], [1], [2-458], [459], [blank], [publisher’s ad], [blank(3)]; royal blue cloth, gilt and silver titles and decorations; untrimmed page edges. Maurus Jokai’s sweeping novel of love, ambition, and the search for truth, from the poverty of the coal mines to the lavish salons of high society, with fierce rivalries, brazen social climbing, financial treachery, an exorcism, and a duel along the way. Translated from the original Hungarian into English by Frances A. Gerard. Frontispiece photogravure portrait plate of the author, with guard tissue. Copyright 1896, no printing date on the title page. Near Fine, previous owner signature and date (1899) in neat cursive hand on f.f.e.p., title page softly creased. A sharp and handsome copy of an engrossing novel.

$75.00

The Pilgrim’s Progress As Originally Published By John Bunyan, Being A Facsimile Reproduction Of The First Edition
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The Pilgrim’s Progress As Originally Published By John Bunyan, Being A Facsimile Reproduction Of The First Edition

By Bunyan, John

Gresham Books, Surrey, England, 1978; 8vo, 267 pages; gray cloth; gilt titles; illustrated. John Bunyan’s classic allegory in facsimile, published exactly as it appeared when first published in 1678 by Nathan Ponder of Cheapside, of which only one copy is known to exist. Duplicated verbatim from the 1875 facsimile by Eliot Stock of Paternoster Row in the collection of the British Museum, for which a matching typeface was used, re-cast from molds dating back to the time of the first edition. Identical in all respects to the original, including even the shade and texture of the paper, and containing all the original woodcut illustrations. This is "Pilgrim’s Progress" as Bunyan first wrote it and how it was first seen by the 17th century reader before any subsequent editions, of which there were eight in Bunyan’s lifetime. Published to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first edition. Fine, in a price clipped dustjacket which is otherwise also Fine. Absolutely clean, crisp, bright, and sharp.

$40.00

Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred And Profane Memories Of Captain Charles Ryder
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Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred And Profane Memories Of Captain Charles Ryder

By Waugh, Evelyn

Little Brown, Boston, 1978; No statement of edition; 8vo, 366 pages; green cloth; gilt titles; gilt front board illustration; yellow topstain; illustrated endpapers. Evelyn Waugh’s self-described magnum opus, rated by Newsweek as one of the 100 best books of all time. Source for the the 1981 BBC television series and 2008 feature film of the same name. Fine, in the original clear vinyl dustwapper. A handsome copy.

$40.00

A Voyage To Lilliput and A Voyage To Brobdingnag Made By Lemuel Gulliver In The Year mdccii (Gulliver’s Travels)
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A Voyage To Lilliput and A Voyage To Brobdingnag Made By Lemuel Gulliver In The Year mdccii (Gulliver’s Travels)

By Swift, Jonathan

Limited Editions Club, New York, 1950; First Edition; #433 of a limited edition of 1500; illustrated half linen boards. Two volumes, the first Lilliputian-sized (3 1/2" x 2 1/2"), and the companion in folio (18 1/2" x 13 1/2"), housed together in the original slipcase with red silk pull ribbons. Designed by legendary typographer Bruce Rogers and printed at The Aldus Printers. Each volume numbered and signed in initial by Rogers. Near Fine. Small edge bump on the shoulder of the spine panel of the folio volume at upper left one inch below the top extremity, and a microscopically shallow edge strike across the fore edge of the last 15 leaves of text block at upper right. Miniature volume retains its original glassine wrapper. Clean, crisp, bright, board surfaces smooth and glossy, corners sharp, bindings tight, sound, and square. No bookplates, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. In a Very Good Plus slipcase with just the slightest wear at the rear corner tips. An attractive set.

$475.00

The Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
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The Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

By Dickens, Charles

Chapman and Hall, London, 1868 ; 8vo; blank; flyleaf; frontispiece; i-vi; 1-522; 4 pg. postscript; vii; flyleaf; blank; half calf boards; pebbled cloth; raised bands; gilt spine decorations; elaborated gilt rules; black morocco spine labels; gilt titles; marbled end papers; marbled page edges. No printed publication date, but circa 1868, with preface by Dickens in which he deflects criticism received from America regarding certain satirical characterizations and social commentary he incorporated into "Chuzzlewit" to reflect various coarse aspects of American life he had encountered upon his first trip to America in 1842. "As I had never, when writing fiction, had any disposition to soften what is ridiculous or wrong at home, so I then hoped the good humored people of The United States would not be generally disposed to quarrel with me for carrying the same usage abroad." Dickens returned to the United States in 1867 amid restored popularity and acclaim, and in a speech delivered in New York at a banquet given in his honor by the NY Press Association, he expressed regret for past misunderstandings and reaffirmed his deep affection and admiration for the people and nation of America, vowing to insert his testimonial in the form of an appendix into every edition of "Chuzzlewit" to be published thenceforth. It appears here in a four page postscript at the end of the book, dated May, 1868. Illustrated with eight plates by Phiz, on heavy stock. In a publisher’s binding error, page vii of the preface is bound in after the last page of the postscript, at the end of the volume. Printed at Virtue & Co., City Road, London. Very Good Plus. Minor external wear, short upper right diagonal corner crease on six various leaves of text. Clean, crisp, binding tight, sound, and square, all gilt and marbling bright, no tanning or foxing, no ownership signatures. A handsome copy.

$200.00

For Whom The Bell Tolls
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For Whom The Bell Tolls

By Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1940; First Edition; 8vo, 471 pages; publisher’s beige cloth; black spine titles over a red field. Hemingway’s dramatic semi-autobiographical novel of fate, courage, and death in the Spanish Civil War, released to considerable critical acclaim and recommended for the 1941 Pulitzer prize, though none was awarded that year. Source of the Paramount 1943 Oscar nominated film of the same name directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. Hemingway dedicated this book to comrade, lover, and indefatigable war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, whom he married the following year. Very Good, spine very slightly darkened, pastedown margins lightly tanned. In the second issue dust jacket which bears photographer Lloyd Arnold’s credit beneath the rear panel photo, publisher’s price of $2.75, and Henry Seidel Canby blurb on the front flap. Arnold was chief photographer for the Sun Valley Co. and its celebrated Idaho hunting lodge, then in its infancy, which was frequented by Ernest and Mary Hemingway. He and his wife Tillie became fast friends and hunting companions of the Hemingways, the two couples even purchasing adjoining cemetery plots in Ketchum. However, when Jack Hemingway’s wife died, and later his daughter, the Arnolds relinquished both their spaces for the Hemingway family burials. In 2005, after Tillie’s death at age 99, the Arnolds’ remains were removed from their respective California and Iowa locations and reinterred at the Ketchum cemetery as originally planned. Lloyd Arnold’s 1969 book, "Riding High With Hemingway," details many of the Arnolds’ personal experiences with the Hemingways. VG- dust jacket chipped at the corners and spine panel extremities. No price clipping, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. Text crisp, clean, bright, board corners sharp, binding tight, sound, and square.

$425.00

This Side Of Paradise
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This Side Of Paradise

By Fitzgerald, F.Scott

Charles Scribner’s Sons, NY, 1967; Seventh Printing; 8vo, 282 pages; full leather; decorative end papers. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel, written at age 23, which made him the literary and social darling of the 1920’s, the success of which quite intentionally gained for him the hand of Zelda Sayre in marriage. Scribner’s seventh printing (Feb., 1967) from plates reset in 1960. Fine, in custom binding of full black calf with raised bands, gilt rules, red morocco spine labels, gilt titles, silk headbands, and decorative gilt fleur-de-lis end papers. Original owner’s small gilt-stamped name at exterior lower right corner of front board. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp. No signatures or any other markings of any kind. A finely bound and handsome volume.

$125.00

Jack
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Jack

By Daudet, Alphonse

Ernest Flammarion, Paris, 1909; 8vo, 716 pages; illustrated. Daudet’s dark novel of the fortunes of a neglected boy born out of wedlock, "a life wholly wrecked by an accident of birth." No printed publication date (circa 1909). The complete novel in one volume, beautifully bound in 3/4 blue leather with raised bands, gilt titles and decorations, marbled boards, marbled endpapers, gilt page top edges, and green silk marker ribbon, with over 60 b&w illustrations by Felician Myrbach. Very Good Plus, clean, crisp, titles and all gilding bright, binding tight, sound, and square, corners sharp. Brief previous owner inscription in an attractive hand on f.f.e.p., ("To ____ from ____, Christmas, 1909.") Text in French. An attractive volume.

$75.00

Der Arbenteuerliche Simplicissimus, in 3 Baden
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Der Arbenteuerliche Simplicissimus, in 3 Baden

By Grimmelshausen, Hans Jacob Christoffel von

Insel Verlag, Leipzig, 1908; octavo; three volumes, bound in vellum; gilt spine titles; top page edges gilt; red silk headbands; red silk marker ribbons; illustrated. A sweeping picaresque epic set in the brutal period of the Thirty Years War, "Simplicissimus," first published at Mompelgard in 1669, is widely regarded as one of the greatest works in German literature, and its author, Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1621-1676), the greatest German novelist of the 17th century. A handsome three-volume edition, published by Insel Verlag at Leipzig in 1908, with four aquatint illustration plates by Max Klinger, two of them foldouts. Text in German. Blackletter title page design by E. R. Weiss. Very Good Plus. Clean, crisp, bright, titles brilliant, with no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. A fine set.

$300.00

Quentin Durward
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Quentin Durward

By Scott, Walter

Librairie Hachette et Cie., Paris, 1904; Fifth Edition; large 8vo, 296 pages; illustrated. Librarie Hachette illustrated edition of Walter Scott’s 1824 novel "Quentin Durward," elaborately bound in red cloth with ornate black and gold floral designs. Text illustrated with thirty-nine b&w engravings. Text in French. Very Good, clean and crisp, binding tight, sound and square, corners sharp. The gilding of the blindstamped spine titles has faded. All page edges gilt.

$55.00

The Golden Age In Transylvania
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The Golden Age In Transylvania

By Jokai, Maurus

R.F. Fenno & Company, New York, 1898; First American Edition; 8vo, 365 pages. Celebrated Hungarian author Maurus Jokai’s absorbing historical romance of political intrigue in Transylvania at the close of the seventeenth century, following the coronation of a reluctant Prince Michel Apafi, whom the Turks raised to power, and continuing up to the murder of the last of the Transylvanian barons, Denis Banfi. An exciting story, filled with the unexpected. Very Good, hinges shallowly cracked internally, but remain sound, binding tight and square, titles bright. No previous owner signatures or any other markings of any kind. A nice copy of Jokai’s most acclaimed novel.

$120.00

Great Western Short Stories
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Great Western Short Stories

By Taylor, J. Golden (Editor)

American West Publishing Co., Palo Alto, 1967; First Edition; 8vo, 572 pages. Collection of thirty short stories of the American West, ranging in time from "fur trade to freeways." Includes works by Oliver la Farge, Will Henry, Frederick Remington, Dorothy Johnson, Mark Twain, Emerson Hough, Brett Harte, Jack London, Max Brand, Owen Wister, Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, et. al. Introduction by Wallace Stegner. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good dust jacket that has a few miniscule edge chips. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp.

$45.00