New York: Harper and Brothers, 1843. Hardcover. Uncommon First Edition. Timothy Shay Arthur (1809 - 1885) was a prolific American author, best known for his novel on temperance (Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There). Many of his stories (including this one) incorporate respectable values and beliefs that he felt belonged in every American household. This book has been expertly rebacked using the original spine, boards, and endpapers. Minor chipping and wear to boards and to original piece of spine cloth. Penned notes and previous owners signatures to endpapers. Light dampstaining to corners of last few pages and ads. Minor foxing throughout interior. 163 pages plus 12 pages of ads. LIT/052220. Very Good.
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New York: The Century Co, 1904. Hardcover. By the author of "Wee Macgreegor." Bound in a pretty green floral publisher's binding with design featuring thistle and coffee cups, signed "DD." Off-white title to spine and front cover. Written in Scottish dialect. Frontispiece illustration. 230 pages. LIT/040820. Very Good.
London: The Chaucer Society / N. Trübner & Co., 1871. Paperback. Very good in light green paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Minor rubbing and a few smudge marks to covers with a few chips to edges. Library call number in red colored pencil to front cover. Minor soiling and occasional tears to edges of some pages, but clean and bright overall. Pages are somewhat brittle. Covered in a removable protective plastic wrapper. 128 pages. Literature. LIT/052620. Very Good.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with red and gilt title to front board and gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine. Small pull to book cloth near top of spine. Minor rubbing to hinges and minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Else is pristine with illustrations throughout. 186 pages. LIT/061920. Very Good.
London: Printed for G. Walker, J. Akerman, E. Edwards, J. Harwood, W. Robinson and Sons, et. al. 1820. Hardcover. A New Edition. Bookplate of Rev. John Austen and penned ownership name of Mary Anne Campion to front pastedowns of each volume, and library sticker from Henry Stow Lovejoy of Janesville, WI dated 12/19/1908 to rear pastedowns. Bookplate of Lovejoy to front free endpaper of first volume only. All volumes are bound in full brown leather with black and gilt author and title labels to spines. All volumes have been rebacked and restored with pieces of the original spine leather laid down; however, the leather is cracked and chipped along the hinges and spines. The bindings remain tight and secure on volumes III and IV; however, the front boards of the first two volumes are detached. The interiors are clean overall with spots of foxing mostly in the first and last pages of each volume. Foldout plate to front of volume II. A functional set despite the noted wear. Volume I: 512 pages; Volume II: 522 pages; Volume III: 500 pages; Volume IV: 464 pages. LIT/040820. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes Melville's poems "The March to the Sea" on page 366, "The Cumerland" on page 474, and "Philip" on page 640. Also includes the conclusion of "Our Mutual Friend" by Dickens, "Livingston's Last African Expedition", and chapters from Wilkie Collins "Armadale." Bound in the three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to edges, spine ends, and corners. Short closed tears to some pages including title page. Split just after title page, but binding remains secure. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060120. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes the first appearance of Melville's poems "Chatanooga" on page 44, "Gettysburg" on page 209 and the conclusion of "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins on page 186. Also includes an eight page article about the little black dogs of Berkshire, an article on army life during the Civil War along the border, one on booksellers, one on the education of colored people in Louisiana, one on "High Days in a Virginian Village", another on the burning of Columbia, and much more. Bound in three quater brown leather with brown cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Rear hinge is cracked and text block is partially seperated from binding. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/052220. Very Good.
New York: Dix, Edwards, and Co., 1857. Hardcover. LACKS September issue. Includes Melville's "Piazza Tales: The Islands of the Pacific" on pages 142 - 156. Also includes first appearance of works by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Going to Mount Katahdin) and Fitz-James O'Brien (The Spider's Eye and The Mezzo-Matti). Bound in three quarter black leather with black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Boards are present but detached. Clear tape to front board. Clean overall with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. Three pages are burnt (probably from a candle) and there is loss to margins and some text on these pages - 367 - 372. A good reading copy. 668 pages. PER/060120. Very Good.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939. Paperback. A nice copy of the motion picture edition of Mitchell's classic novel. The film, of course, became a classic of its own, winning the academy award for best picture of the year 1939 among other honors. This yellow softcover has photos from the movie on the front and back covers and twelve color stills interspersed throughout book. Covers lightly creased. Text pages are printed in double columns and are in very good condition. Measures 7 x 9.5 inches. 391 pages. FILM/060920. Very Good.
Macmillan Company, 1970. Hardcover. First printing. Blue cloth boards with dark blue and gilt titles to spines. Minor fading to spines of both volumes along with a few spots. Rubbing to gilt title of second volume including loss to a few letters. Clean, bright interiors. Housed in a black paper covered slipcase with red title to spine panel. Wear and rubbing to edges, hinges, and corners of case. Continuously paginated: 1397 pages; LIT/052220. Very Good.
Hartsford, CT: Andrus and Judd, 1836. Hardcover. Both volumes are bound in full tan calf leather with gilt titles and rules to spines. Wear and rubbing with a few pulls to leather. Bindings remain tight. Foxing to interiors. Includes 16 engraved plates. An earlier edition calls for engraved title pages, but this edition does not have engraved title pages. Previous owner's signature of Blanche Douglas to in pen to both front free endpapers. Worm holes to first 100 pages of first volume - Just a small hole on most pages, but longer on first 10 pages. Occasional notes in margins in pen. Longer pen inscription to page 448 (at the end of Hamlet) with a list of three interpretations of Hamlet's actions. Handwritten auction receipt dated 1837 laid into front of volume two. The receipt includes 2 Walker dictionaries for 25 cents each, one bottle of colonge (11 cents), 2 volumes of Shakespeare (presumably THIS copy) for $2.10, etc. 466 pages in volume I; 478 plus Glossary in volume II. LIT/051320 (Shakespeare section). Very Good.
Irvington-on-the-Hudson, NY: Cosmopolitan Press, 1897-1898. Hardcover. Scarce. The first appearance of Wells’s famous science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, was its serial publication in 1897-1898 in Cosmopolitan magazine in the United States and in 1897 in Pearson’s in England. The first hardcover book was published in 1898 by William Heinemann in the United Kingdom. The novel about a war between earth and extraterrestrials from Mars was a popular hit and has never been out of print. The book was serialized in nine parts. Part I appeared in Volume XXII in April 1897. Parts II-VII appeared from May to October 1897 in Volume XXIII. The last two parts appeared in November and December in Volume XXIV. Each installment was accompanied by several black and white illustrations by Warwick Goble, an English illustrator who became well known for his illustrations for children’s books. However, Wells did not like the illustrations he did for these serial installments. Also included within these volumes are stories about current events happening at the time as well as additional pieces of literature by other authors. Included in this collection are three individual Cosmopolitan issues in the original paper wrappers as well as one bound complete volume of six issues. The three issues in original wrappers (Vol. XII: No. 6, Vol XXIV, Nos 1 and 2) are all in very good condition with chipping and wear to the edges of wrappers and spines. Browning to margins of wrappers, occasional spots of soiling and smudge marks to interiors, and occasional small closed tears to pages. The bulk of the issues are contained in a bound collection of six issues from Volume XIII (Nos 1 - 6). This volume is bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards. The leather is heavily worn and chipped with both hinges cracked. Rubbing and wear to boards. Occasional smudge marks to margins but clean and bright overall. ALL 22 chapters of War of the Worlds are included in this collection of issues. LIT/041620. Very Good+.