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A Child's Christmas in Wales
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A Child's Christmas in Wales

By THOMAS, Dylan

Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1954. Hardcover. 12mo. Tan paper over boards with red and black lettering. 32pp. Very good. Binding faintly age toned, else tight and internally fine. Handsome first separate edition of the beloved sentimental sketch of Christmasses past. While lacking the dust jacket, this sharp copy bears an intriguing provenance: Bold nonauthorial inscription in maroon ink on front flyleaf reads: "To Gov and Nancy -- / For reading aloud at / Christmas or at any time / at all. May all of your / Christmases be as joyful as / a child's in Wales. / Kerry and Clare / Christmas, 1958." The identity of Kerry (Kenny?) and Clare remains unknown, but apparently they were friends of Illinois governor and twice presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson III (1900-65), though instead of naming Stevenson's wife Ellen, they mistakenly penned "Nancy," the name of his son Adlai's wife. A nice copy with interesting background.

$100.00

Ivanhoe: A Romance
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Ivanhoe: A Romance

By SCOTT, Walter

New York: Rand McNally & Company, 1938. Hardcover. Illustrations by Milo Winter. Small 4to. Black cloth with silver lettering, rules and decorations and large front board color plate. v, 637pp. Color frontispiece, 7 color plates, pictorial endpapers. Very good. Light edgewear and faintly sunned spine. A tight and nice later printing of this volume in the popular "Windermere Series." Striking front board plate and all internal color plates pristine.

$50.00

Kai Lung's Golden Hours

By BRAMAH, Ernest

New York: George H. Doran Company, 1923. Hardcover. Preface by Hilaire Beloc. 8vo. Orange cloth spine with paper label and pictorial paper over boards. xiii, 333pp. Very good. Boards edgeworn and a bit rubbed. Tight, quite nice early printing of this fantasy tale by ancient Chinese storyteller Kai Lung -- sequel to Braham's 1900 bestseller "The Wallet of Kai LUng." From the libraryof Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930) of Illinois.

$25.00

Captains Courageous.

By KIPLING, Rudyard

New York: The Sun Dial Press, 1937. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with silver spine lettering and decorations. viii, 322pp. Frontispiece, line drawings, pictorial endpapers. Very good. Binding faintly edgeworn, with spine lightly sunned. Tight and decent edition issued in conjunction with the 1937 release of the Spencer Tracy/Lionel Barrymore/Freddie Bartholomew film treatment, featuring Bartholomew's portrait as Harvey Cheyne as frontispiece and endpapers a photo montage of film scenes. This was the childhood copy of future U.S. Senator from Illinois Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930) -- son of the two-term Illinois governor and twice presidential candidate. His large, boldly pencilled 7-year-old ownership siognature graces the inner flyleaf.

$50.00

The Little Lame Prince

By (MULOCK, Miss)

New York: Harper & Brothers, n.y.. Hardcover. 16mo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and rules. xii, 194pp. Frontispiece, small engravings. Very good. Binding a bit edgeworn. A tight, attractive later printing of the popular English novelist's 1874 bestseller. Though she is named neither on title page nor binding, the title page verso gives a list of "Miss Mulock's Works." Inner flyleaf bears 1890 nonauthorial gift inscription.

$25.00

The White Company
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The White Company

By DOYLE, A. Conan

Chicago: Rand, McNally & Company, n.y.. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Red varnished cloth with gilt lettering, rules and decoration. 362pp. Top edge gilt. Very good. Spine sunned. A tight and nice reprint edition, undated but circa turn-of-the-century. This historical novel set during the Hundred Years' War (1366-67) was first published in 1891. Interestingly, if trivial, front flyleaf bears the boldly pencilled ownership signature of C.W. Litchfield -- Cyrenus Wirt Litchfield (1834-1917), an Illinoisan who was supposedly the first person to enlist for Civil War duty from Du Page County, joining the Illinois volunteer cavalry company called Barker's Dragoons on April 19, 1862.

$55.00

"Captains Courageous": A Story of the Grand Banks
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"Captains Courageous": A Story of the Grand Banks

By KIPLING, Rudyard

New York: The Century Co, 1897. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering and black, gilt and orange pictorial and decorative stamping. viii, 323pp. Frontispiece, 20 full-page called-for plates. Very good. Internally tight and near fine, though binding is a bit edgeworn and the cloth "flecked," with a few stray small spots on spine and rear board; small homely gouge at lower left of front board. A tight and decent first edition of this great seafaring adventure in a binding that's well-loved but still fairly attractive, with front board gilt bright. The illustrations by Walton Taber (1857-1933) are pristine.

$250.00

Under Drake's Flag: A Tale of the Spanish Main

By HENTY, G.A.

New York: A.L. Burt Company, Publishers, n.y.. Hardcover. Illustrations by Gordon Browne. Small 8vo. Green cloth with silver spine lettering and ornate black and red lettering and pictorial stamping. 331pp. Frontispiece, 7 full-page line drawings. Very good. Spine slightly sunned and text block age toned as usual, else tight and internally near fine. Tight, quite sharp reprint edition of one of this prolific English scribbler's most popular historical adventures, first published in 1883 and this American ediition circa turn-of-the-century.

$25.00

Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

By DEFOE, Daniel

New York: Rand McNally & Company, 1954. Hardcover. Illustrations by Milo Winter. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and rules and front board color plate. 382pp. Color frontispiece, 11 called-for full-page color plates, pictorial endpapers. Very good. Faint edgewear only, else internally fine. Tight and attractive early printing of this volume in the charming "Windermere Series" first published in 1916 -- here likely early 1920s vintage.

$40.00

For Whom the Cloche Tolls: A Scrap-Book of the Twenties

By WILSON, Angus, and JULLIAN, Philippe

London: Methuen, 1953. Hardcover. Wide 16mo. Pictorial paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 75pp. Frontispiece, extensive line drawings. Very good/very good. Binding a tad edgeworn; jacket lightly edgeworn, with several small edge chips. A tight and attractive reprint edition of this novel in diary form parodying 1920s life by the noted English short story writer and novelist (1913-91).

$25.00

The Ship That Died of Shame & Other Stories

By MONSARRAT, Nicholas

London: Cassell & Company, 1959. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. ix, 228pp. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. First edition, tight and quite nice with dramatic front jacket graphics.

$35.00

At Doctor Mac's: A Documentary Entertainment

By QUINCE, Peter

London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1958. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 277pp. Very good/very good. Jacket a bit edgeworn and rubbed, with chips at head and tail of spine; binding slightly edgeworn, though internally tight and bright. Nice first British edition of this fiction about a private sanatorium.

$25.00

Japhet, in Search of a Father
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Japhet, in Search of a Father

By MARRYAT, Frederick

London: George Routledge & Co, 1856. Hardcover. 16mo. Red blind-embossed cloth with ornate spine gilt lettering and decorations. 401pp, 32pp ads. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. Very good. Faint edgewear only. A tight, attractive "Routledge's Standard Novels" edition (so states blind-embossed front board) of this 1836 novel by the popular British naval officer turned novelist (1792-1848). Interesting contemporary Zeta Psi fraternal bookplate on front pastedown. Bright and internally near fine.

$50.00

Victory

By CONRAD, Joseph

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Red blind-embossed cloth with gilt spine lettering, price-clipped pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 385pp, (10pp ads). Tan decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Jacket a bit edgeworn, with several tiny chips at corners. Tight, attractive later printing of #34, first published in 1932 but here undated (though binding and jacket details suggest mid-1960s).

$15.00

The Lost World
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The Lost World

By DOYLE, Arthur Conan

New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Brown cloth with gilt lettering. 309pp. Frontispiece, 14 (out of 15) called-for full-page plates (lacks "The Plateau," p. 262). Near fine. Superbly tight and handsome first U.S. edition of Doyle's adventure yarns. Lacks one plate, else a truly sharp copy, with gilt lettering bright.

$500.00

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

By ORWELL, George

New York: Popular Library, 1957. Paperback. 16mo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 221pp, (3pp ads). Near fine. Mildly age toned text block, as usual, else tight and bright. First paperback edition (G193) of this "Popular Giant" softbound edition. Delightfully cheesy wrapper art. Lovely copy with almost no signs of wear.

$15.00

Coming Up for Air

By ORWELL, George

New York: Avon Publications, 1950. Paperback. 16mo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 190pp. Near fine. Text block moderately age toned as usual, else tight and bright. First paperback edition of this (to cite front wrapper) "Great Novel of One Man's Temptation" complete with cheesy colorful wrapper graphics.

$15.00

Antic Hay

By HUXLEY, Aldous

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. Introduction by Lewis Gannett. 12mo. Red cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. viii, 350pp, (6pp ads). Grey decorative endpapers. Fine/near fine. A quite tight, handsome later printing of #209, a comic novel first published in 1923 and first published by ML in 1933. Bindng and .95 jacket price place this printing in the 1944-53 period. An exceptionally clean and pristine copy.

$25.00

The Rambler: Saturday, July 7, 1750
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The Rambler: Saturday, July 7, 1750

By JOHNSON, Samuel (editor)

London: J. Payne and J. Bouquet, 1750. Paperback. 4to. Self-cover. Pp. 187-92. Very good. Minor binding traces and faint folds. Handsome decorative device at top of first page and large rubricated capital "S." A tight and quite nice issue of this weekly ("Numb. 32") edited by the celebrated Dr. Johnson between 1750 and 1752. Johnson's essays as editor are considered models of style, language and reasoning. This particular example begins, "So large a Part of human Life is passed in a State contrary to our natural Desires, that one of the principal Topics of moral Instruction is the Art of bearing Calamities...."

$75.00

A Tale of Two Cities

By DICKENS, Charles

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht. 12mo. Red cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. xxii, 396pp. Grey patterned endpapers. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear and touch of rubbing; small ownership signature on decorated front flyleaf and 1959 nonauthorial gift inscription on inner flyleaf. A tight, attractive later printing of #189, first published in this form in 1950 and this copy of late 1950s vintage. Gruesome front wrapper color graphic shows a public guillotining.

$20.00

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