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The South to Posterity: An Introduction to the Writing of Confederate History
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The South to Posterity: An Introduction to the Writing of Confederate History

By FREEMAN, Douglas Southall

Wendell, NC: Broadfoot's Bookmark, 1983. Hardcover. Introduction by Richard B. Harwell. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xxxix, 235pp. Fine/near fine. A tight and wonderfully pristine reprint of the 1939 first edition of this important title. Choice autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a Typed Letter Signed from Freeman's widow ,Inez G. Freeman (1890-1974), 1p, 5¼" X 7 3/4", Richmond, VA, 25 May 1965. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93), Lincoln/Civil War scholar, president of The New York Civil War Round Table and friend of Douglas Southall Freeman. Fine. On her imprinted letterhead, Mrs. Freeman comments that "the happy celebration you and your wonderful group had on your visit to Virginia last week-end has left us all indebted to you for coming, and for the pleasure and great honor we felt in having you here. I want to give you my very special thanks for the great pleasure and honor I had in being with The New York Civil War Round Table at dinner on last Friday evening...." Boldly signed in full. A superb copy of a classic reference work and bearing a unique and relevant letter as well. E.B. "Pete" Long describes it as "The pre-eminent study of Confederate historical writing by a great practitioner in the field; invaluable as a guide to printed literature of the wartime South." NEVINS II, 14.

$75.00

Contemporary American Literature: Bibliographies and Study Outlines

By MANLY, John Matthews, and RICKERT, Edith

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1929. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Light blue cloth with dark blue lettering. viii, 378pp. Very good. Mildest of edgewear only, else internally tight and bright. A tight and nice later printing of this quite useful survey and checklist of sources. From the collection of famed Walt Whitman scholar and biographer Gay Wilson Allen (1903-95), who in 1981 authored the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Waldo Emerson: A Biography"; his ownership signature appears on front flyleaf.

$50.00

The Greatest Book in the World and Other Papers

By NEWTON, A. Edward

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1925. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth spine with paper label and tan paper over boards. xvii, 451pp. Top edge gilt. Color frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Faint edgewear and touch of rubbing, but overall tight, clean, handsome -- and internally fine. An attractive fourth printing of this delightful collection of essays on Newton's favorite book collecting areas. Newton (1863-1940) was an American author and publisher best known as one of the most notable book collectors of the early 20th century.

$25.00

The Sandburg Shelf: A Bibliography and Annotated Price Guide for the Works of Carl Sandburg

By HEISE, Kenan

Evanston: Chicago Historical Bookworks, 1993. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff pictorial wrappers. 70pp, (1p). Very good. Tight and decent first edition, limited to 100 copies -- a sound working copy, with a handful of inked margin checkmarks and circled items and couple of notes and comments. Though outdated price-wise it's uncommon and still a useful reference.

$20.00

A Bibliography of John Marshall

By SERVIES, James A. (compiler)

Washington, DC: United States Commission for the Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of John Marshall, 1956. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. xix, 182pp. Very good. A tight and nice first edition of this thorough listing of books by and about the fourth U.S. Chief Justice. Ex-library -- as are almost all copies -- but quite mild, with very few, discreet and inoffensive markings.

$25.00

Companionable Books
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Companionable Books

By VAN DYKE, Henry

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and gilt and green pictorial stamping. ix, 391pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, 7 full-page called-for plates. Very good. Quite mild edgewear only, else internally fine; 1922 ownership signature on front flyleaf. A tight and handsome first edition of these genteel essays, mainly concerning 19th century English writers but with Emerson thrown in for good measure. Classic Margaret Armstrong designed binding.

$50.00

Tom Swift & Company: "Boys' Books" by Stratemeyer and Others
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Tom Swift & Company: "Boys' Books" by Stratemeyer and Others

By DIZER, John T., Jr.

Jefferson: McFarland, 1892. Hardcover. Small 4to. Red cloth with gilt lettering. viii, 183pp. Illustrations. Near fine. Tight, attractive first edition of this cross between a literary study and a bibliography.

$50.00

A Bibliography of James Russell Lowell
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A Bibliography of James Russell Lowell

By COOKE, George Willis (compiler)

Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906. Hardcover. 8vo. Coral cloth with paper spine label. ix, 208pp (rectos only). Tissue-guarded frontispiece. Very good. Binding mildly edgeworn and age toned, with miniscule chipping at head of spine; paper spine label is the "spare" originally bound in at rear, as it's bright and pristine; faint inoffensive abrasion on front pastedown and front flyleaf an expert contemporary replacement; internally tight and near fine. Tight and nice first edition, limited to 530 numbered copies (this #250), of this highly-regarded guide to the works of the versatile American critic, poet, diplomat, editor and man of letters (1819-91). The most discreet ex-library imaginable, main evidence being a small and faint blind-emboss on title page.

$50.00

The Works of H.G. Wells 1887-1925: A Bibliography, Dictionary and Subject-Index
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The Works of H.G. Wells 1887-1925: A Bibliography, Dictionary and Subject-Index

By WELLS, Geoffrey H.

London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, 1926. Hardcover. 8vo. Coral blind-embossed cloth with gilt spine lettering and rules. xxv, 274pp. Very good. Spine a bit sunned; quite mild ex-library, the sole markings being a perforation-style institution name on title page and spine mark where paper label formerly resided. A tight and internally near fine first edition of this hefty well-regarded bibliography, still a standard reference. Nice and quite usable though discreetly ex-library.

$50.00

Books and the Man

By WINTERICH, John T.

New York: Greenberg: Publisher, 1929. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering. xiv, 374pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Front inner hinger expertly and archivally strengthened, thus tight, else bright and near fine. Attractive first edition of this well-known collection of 20 essays about famed writers and their books. Front pastedown bears handsome custom 1901 bibliophilic-theme bookplate of noted book collector and Canadian-born Chicago insurance company executive Wellington Reid Townley (1861-1931) and front flyleaf bears his pencilled note after being gifted this by the youngest of his two daughters the year before his death: "From Enid / On My Birthday / March 8th 1930."

$30.00

The Seven Stairs

By BRENT, Stuart

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff pictorial wrappers. xi, 231pp. Illustrations. Near fine. Spine ever-so-faintly sunned. First of this Touchstone softbound edition of the 1962 Chicago bookman's memoir, tight and lovely. Inscribed and signed by the author (1912-2010) large and bold (if tremulous) in black fineline on front flyleaf: "For / Elizabeth, / From -- / Stuart / Brent / with / pleasure!" Elizabeth "Ibby" Malott was wife of Robert Malott (1926-2018), noted Chicago businessman, CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.

$25.00

Hours with Men and Books

By MATHEWS, William

Chicago: S.C. Griggs and Company, 1880. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Emerald green cloth with gilt spine lettering and black rules. 384pp. Near fine. Very faintest of minor binding wear (only), else internally tight and fine; ownership signature on inner flyleaf. Later ("Ninth Thousand") printing of this popular, oft-reprinted essay collection by the popular essayist and clergyman (1818-1909) -- a mishmash of writings largely concerning things literary and bookish, with such titles as "Professorships of Books and Reading," "Literary Triflers," "Are We Anglo-Saxon?," "Book-Buying," etc. A wonderfully fresh copy.

$25.00

Covering a Continent: A Story of Newsstand Distribution and Sales
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Covering a Continent: A Story of Newsstand Distribution and Sales

By (AMERICAN NEWS COMPANY)

New York: The American News Company, Inc, 1930. Hardcover. 4to. Faux vellum spine and brown paper over boards with gilt lettering and decoration. 61pp, (1p). Frontispiece, numerous illustrations, large foldout map centerfold, decorative endpapers. Very good. Binding a tad edgeworn and lightly soiled, though internally tight and fine. Attractive first edition of this promotional keepsake, a company history. Despite their company, this behemoth distributor headquartered in New York City (1864-1957) also handled magazines, books and comic books and they dominated the field in the latter 19th century and first half of the 20th. Uncommon.

$50.00

In Quest of the Perfect Book
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In Quest of the Perfect Book

By ORCUTT, William Dana

Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1926. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown cloth with gilt lettering and extensive rules, pictorial dust jacket. 316pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded color frontispiece, numerous full-page plates. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear only. Exceptionally tight 'n' bright first trade edition -- with usually-absent jacket not only present but quite nice. An unusually fresh copy. Orcutt (1870-1953) was the noted author of such bibliophilic classics as "The Magic of the Book: More Reminiscences and Adventures of a Bookman" (1930), "From My Library Walls" (1945), "The Kingdom of Books" (1927), "Celebrities Off Parade" (1935) and similar bookish tomes.

$100.00

Dramatic Bibliography: An Annotated List of Books on the History and Criticism of the Drama and Stage and on the Allied Arts of the Theatre
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Dramatic Bibliography: An Annotated List of Books on the History and Criticism of the Drama and Stage and on the Allied Arts of the Theatre

By BAKER, Blanch M. (compiler)

New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1933. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. xvi, 320pp. Very good. Mild binding edgewear, else internally fine. Tight, attractive first edition of this thorough 2-column scholarly approach. Both front and rear pastedown bear the bookplate of Joseph Hunley (1922-2016), actor and USO performer who went on to direct plays for Chicago's famed Goodman Theatre and founded a community theatre. Laid in at front is a fine 24mo manila envelope with printed "Notice" explaining: "Enclosed in this envelope are the catalog cards for this book. These cards are supplied without charge for all books published after January, 1928...." Seven heavy stock standard single-punched card catalog cards are enclosed. Interesting bibliographic twist on this interesting bibliography!

$55.00

Early American Plays 1714-1830: Being a Compilation of the Titles of Plays by American Authors Published and Performed in America Previous to 1830

By WEGELIN, Oscar

New York: Burt Franklin, 1970. Hardcover. Edited by John Malone. 12mo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering. xxvi, 113pp. Near fine. A tight and handsome facsimile reprint of the first edition (New York, 1900) of this still-useful reference. #573 in Franklin's "Research & Source Works Series."

$25.00

Cabot Bibliography with an Introductory Essay on the Careers of the Cabots Based Upon an Independent Examination of the Sources of Information

By WINSHIP, George Parker

New York: Burt Franklin, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with copper spine lettering. lii, 180pp. Fine. A perfectly tight and superb facsimile reprint of the first edition (London, 1900) of this useful reference to writings about John Cabot, 16th century Venetian explorer who in 1497 was the first European to explore the coast of North America. #99 in Franklin's "Bibliographical and Reference Series." Undated, but 1960s vintage.

$25.00

The Publication of American Historical Manuscripts

By DUNLAP, Leslie W., and SHELLEY, Fred (editors)

Iowa City: The University of Iowa Libraries, 1976. Hardcover. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. xvii, 107pp. Fine. Pristine first edition, limited to 1000 copies, of these conference essays presented by leading scholars in the field.

$20.00

Autographs: A Collector's Guide
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Autographs: A Collector's Guide

By PATTERSON, Jerry E.

New York: Crown Publishers, 1973. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black glossy paper over boards with red metallic spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. vii, 248pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. Tight, handsome first edition of this standard how-to, badly outdated in terms of pricing and values but still useful.

$20.00

The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections
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The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections

By NEWTON, A. Edward

Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1918. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth spine with paper label and brown paper over boards. xxi, 373pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded color frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Very good. Binding a bit edgeworn and rubbed, though internally tight, bright and fine; nonauthorial 1919 gift inscription on front flyleaf. Tight and attractive first edition, first state of the famed bookman's first book, without the index and with "Picadilly" and errata slip on page 268 (though lacking the suppressed plate found in some copies). Call it a bibliophilic classic... call it a mouldy oldie... but in either case it's just a plain old good read. Newton can be prissy and pedantic, but it's still a must-read for anyone interested in English literature and how to collect it.

$50.00

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