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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

The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan
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The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan

By GILBERT, W.S, and SULLIVAN, Arthur

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. v, (5pp), 711pp. Line drawings. Near fine/very good. Endpapers a tad age toned per usual; faint jacket edgewear. Really sharp, bright and tight early printing (late '30s/early '40s) of Modern Library Giant #25, first published 1936. Delightful jacket front panel art includes titles of all fourteen complete plays included.

$30.00

New Grub Street
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New Grub Street

By GISSING, George

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. Introduction by Harry Hansen. 12mo. Red cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. xiv, 552pp, (7pp ads). Decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Faint bit of jacket edgewear. Tight, lovely later printing (ca. late 1930s/early 1940s) of #125 in this series (first published 1927). Unusual autograph addition: Tipped opposite half-title page is a Typed Note Signed from Hansen, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 8 May 1964. Addressed to noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold Gates (1914-93). Near fine. Original folds. On letterhead of "The World Almanac," which Hansen edited from 1950 to 1965, he tells his friend (who was officer of the New York Civil War Round Table) of a scheduling problem with a Round Table event: "Here we go again. I have to cancel my reservation for the Shenandoah trip. I understand this enriches your treasury by $10. Sorry." Boldly signed in full in blue ink. Hansen (1884-1977) was a prolific editor, literary critic, journalist and historian.

$55.00

Salute to Adventurers

By BUCHAN, John

London: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, 1956. Hardcover. 16mo. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering and device, dust jacket. viii, 366pp. Very good/very good. Faintest of jacket wear only. A wonderfully tight and nice later printing of this adventure fiction by the Scottish politician far better known as a novelist and writer (1875-1940) -- first published in 1915, the same year as his by-far best known mystery novel, "The Thirty-Nine Steps." Discreet ex-library, the only markings being a large abrasion on rear pastedown and little else (including NO markings whatsoever on the lovely jacket).

$20.00

The Desert Daisy
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The Desert Daisy

By WELLS, H.G.

Urbanam IL: Beta Phi Mu, 1957. Hardcover. Introduction by Gordon N. Ray. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering. xix, (96pp). Near fine. Tight, handsome first trade edition of this chapbook, a facsimile of the original, heavily illustrated Wells holograph manuscript, a chivalric military romance penned circa 1878-80 by a juvenile Wells.

$50.00

Captains Courageous
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Captains Courageous

By KIPLING, Rudyard

Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1978. Hardcover. Illustrations by Ben F. Stahl. 8vo. Full red calf with gilt lettering, raised bands and gilt decorations. 227pp. All edges gilt. Line drawings, green moire endpapers and matching sewn-in page marker. Very good. Spine mildly sunned. A tight and attractive volume (unspecified limited edition) in "The Collector's Library of the World's Best-Loved Books."

$95.00

Lady Chatterley's Lover

By LAWRENCE. D.H.

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. Introduction by Mark Schorer. Preface by Archibald MacLeish. 12mo. Red cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxxvii, 376pp, (2pp ads). Grey decorative endpapers. Fine/near fine. Small ownership signature on front pastedown. First issued by ML in 1959, this tight, sharp, bright copy of #148 is a later printing ($2.95 jacket flap price dates it to circa 1970).

$17.50

The White Peacock

By LAWRENCE, D.H.

Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1966. Hardcover. Preface by Harry T. Moore. Notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. viii, 360pp. Fine/fine. Absolutely, exceptionally pristine and tight first of this edition in this publisher's noted "Crosscurrents" series. Uncannily fresh.

$20.00

Gulliver's Travels: An Account of the Four Voyages into Several Remote Regions of the World

By SWIFT, Jonathan

New York: Bonanza Books, n.y.. Hardcover. Illustrations by Luis Quintanilla. Introduction by Jacques Barzun. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxvi, 358pp. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket wear, with spine lightly sunned. A tight and handsome reprint edition of this 1947 Crown Publishers edition, superbly illustrated.

$25.00

The Coloured Lands

By CHESTERTON, G.K.

New York: Sheed & Ward, 1936. Hardcover. Illustrations by author. Small 4to. Green cloth with brown spine lettering. vii, 238pp. Illustrations, full-page color plates. Very good. Quite mild edgewear. A tight and attractive first U.S. edition of this posthumously-published (Chesterton died months before) collection of miscellanea -- poems, essays, etc.

$20.00

The Best-Known Novels of George Eliot: Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Romola

By ELIOT, George

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Dark blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 1350pp. Very good/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn and a bit rubbed. Tight, attractive early printing of number 51 in the "Modern Library Giant" series (first published 1940), based on jacket early 1940s vintage.

$25.00

The English Rogue: Described, in the Life of Meriton Latroon, a Witty Extravagant, Being a Compleat History of the  Most Eminent Cheats of Both Sexes
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The English Rogue: Described, in the Life of Meriton Latroon, a Witty Extravagant, Being a Compleat History of the Most Eminent Cheats of Both Sexes

By HEAD, Richard, and KIRKMAN, Francis

London: Henry Marsh, 1665. Hardcover. Complete 4-volume set. 12mo. Quarter dark green calf with gilt spine lettering and raised bands and green patterned cloth. xvii, (5pp), 471pp; (24pp), 378pp; (4pp), 304pp; (6pp), 324pp. Top edges gilt. Frontispieces (Volumes 1 and 3), full-page plates, marbled endpapers. Very good. Faint edgewear only. Superb, handsome copy in custom binding of the first English novel translated into a continental language (German). Bibliographically cryptic, as this clearly isn't the true first edition, but rather a late 19th century facsimile that some sources date at 1874. Francis Kirkman is given as the publisher for the 1671 second volume, the 1674 third volume and 1680 fourth volume -- all of which Head denied any association with, claiming the first volume only as his. The true first edition is rare and this later facsimile also scarce.

$275.00

Letters from a Citizen of the World to His Friends in the East
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Letters from a Citizen of the World to His Friends in the East

By GOLDSMITH, Oliver

London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co, 1904. Hardcover. Introduction by Richard Garnett. Illustrations by Edmund J. Sullivan. 12mo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering, decorations and pictorial stamping. xxiv, 309pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, numerous small line drawings. Very good. Faintest of mild edgewear, else internally tight and near fine. A superb early edition of this 1904 illustrated edition of Goldsmith's 1760 letters supposedly written by Lien Chi, a Chinese traveller in England. A lovely copy with gleaming gilt.

$50.00

Cranford
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Cranford

By GASKELL, Mrs

London: Macmillan and Co, 1891. Hardcover. Preface by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. Illustrations by Hugh Thomson. 12mo. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering and elaborate pictorial giltstamping. xxx, 297pp, (2pp ads). All edges gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, numerous small illustrations. Very good. Quite bright and tight and attractive first of this illustrated edition of Mrs. Gaskell's celebrated 1853 novel, the only flaw being a couple of small edge chips at head of spine -- else internally superb and fine.

$195.00

The Mask of Fu Manchu

By ROHMER, Sax

Garden City: The Crime Club / Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1932. Hardcover. 8vo. Yellow cloth with black lettering and spine decoration. vii, 330pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Very good. Mild edgewear and rubbing, with couple scuffs to rear board. A tight and decent first edition of the fifth of Rohmer's thirteen tales of the master criminal.

$55.00

The Return of the Native
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The Return of the Native

By HARDY, Thomas

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1929. Hardcover. Illustrations by Clare Leighton. Small 4to. Tan cloth spine with paper label and blue paper over boards. xiii, 485pp. Tipped-in frontispiece, 11 tipped-in called-for plates, numerous small illustrations. Very good. Faint edgewear only, else internally fine and bright; lacks slipcase. A handsome and tight first of this illustrated edition of Hardy's 1878 masterpiece, featuring Leighton's outstanding and provocative woodcuts. Limited to 1500 numbered copies (this #786) signed boldly by Leighton in black ink. A lovely copy.

$195.00

Last Things
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Last Things

By SNOW, C.P.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970. Hardcover. 8vo. Light green cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. vi, 435pp. Near fine/near fine. Quite tight, lovely first edition of the eleventh and final novel in Snow's celebrated "Strangers and Brothers" serries" begun with "George Passant" in 1940. A superb, bright and fresh copy.

$50.00

Selected Stories

By MAUGHAM, W. Somerset

Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1979. Hardcover. Illustrations by Guy Deel. 8vo. Full dark blue calf with gilt lettering and extensive decorations. 536pp. All edges gilt. Sewn-in satin page marker. Illustrations, watered silk endpapers. Fine. A tight, pristine leatherbound "Limited Edition" of these 14 mid-20th century short stories. A volume in this publisher's "The Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers" series, with 12mo 22-page explanatory booklet laid in.

$50.00

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