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London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange; and Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, 1819 and 1820. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Each featured person (all men) has a full page biography and an engraved portrait. Each volume includes approximately 100 persons. Very good in green full leather with intricate gilt decoration on boards and spines. Raised bands, gilt titles, volume numbers, and decorations to spine. Slight sunning to spines, some light wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to spine and boards; otherwise, in wonderful condition with very bright gilt. Marbled endpapers and full gilt edges. The early pages in volume 1 have some thin spots (a paper defect) and a previous owner has reinforced these small areas with discreetly with clear tape that appears to be archival. Effected pages include blank free endpages, verso of title page, table of contents, and verso of first text page. The interior of volume 1 is foxed throughout , with the foxing lessening towards middle of book. There is also light foxing in volume 2. There is some pencil writing on first endpage in volume one. Text and engraved portraits remain bright. The binding is nice and tight. A beautiful set, especially in light of its age, even though it contains no eminent women. Biography. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/2253. Very Good.
New York: Kenmare Publications; D. & J. Sadlier & Co., (1872). Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847) was an Irish politician who campaigned for Catholic emancipation. Partially disbound. Front board and first signature are present but detached. Cloth spine panel is detached and no longer present. Bound in elaborate green cloth boards with red leather inlays featuring the portraits of Curran, Doyle, Burke, Grattan, and O'Connoll. Ex-library with stamp and number to front free endpaper. Heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Full edges gilt. Includes multiple full page engravings with tissue guards. An elaborate production with ornate initial letters, borders, head and tail pieces. Includes a chromolithograph title page and frontispiece. A large, thick book. An attractive book despite the noted damage. Worthy of a restoration. REL/062520.
New York: Brentano's, 1911. Hardcover. Presentation copy signed by the author "To J.A. Wassermann with affection from his mothers dearest friend Bessie O'Connor. May 13th 1911." Elizabeth Paschal O'Connor (1850 - 1931) was the wife of Tay Pay O'Connor, Irish politician and journalist. She grew up in Texas and published several books including My Beloved South. Bookplate of Edward Wassermann to front pastedown. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fading to spine and chipping to spine edges. Foxing to endpapers and a few light smudges to text but overall clean and bright. Includes 14 illustrations. Index, 352 pages. USBIO/092013. Very Good.
London and New York: J. M. & Sons and E. P. Dutton & Co., (1958). Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY ARTHUR SELDON ON TITLE PAGE. Everyman's Library No. 718. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Interior is clean and bright. Minor rolling to spine. Blue illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor soiling to dust jacket and and browning to spine panel. Index, 295 pages. American Biography. AMEBIO/042819. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in a fine black dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Sensationalist account of the romance between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Contents clean and tight with illustrations. 312 pages. English biography. ENG/8052. Near Fine / Fine.
New York: Pantheon, 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Very good in very good orange and black illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor edgewear and foxing to dust jacket as well as fading to spine panel. Minor foxing to end pages and a few pages throughout and minor musty smell. Else is clean and bright. 191 pages. LIT/112817. Very Good / Very Good.
Oxford: Blackwell, (2000). Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with silver title to spine. Pristine interior with several illustrations throughout. Green illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Very slight wear to top edge of jacket. Index, 400 pages. LIT/033111. Fine in Near Fine DJ.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co, 1885. Hardcover. Revised Edition, Illustrated. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 1545. Presentation copy from the author to Augustin Daly, dated September 6th, 1887. Also includes a tipped in letter from the author to Daly. Playwright, actor, and photographer, Harrison (1818 - 1902) is best known for his photographic portrait of Walt Whitman that appears in Leaves of Grass. He also wrote a stage adaptation of "The Scarlet Letter." Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Minor spotting to leather on rear board. Short splits to leather starting along top and bottom of front hinge. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Clean and bright interior. Mostly unopened pages. Auction record tipped into rear. 404 pages plus 8 pages of ads. DRA/031419. Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1899. Hardcover. Only 250 copies printed on Large Paper. This copy is not numbered. 8vo. Very good. Vellum backed yellow cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and brown decoration to front board. Minor smudging to spine. Minor browning first and last few pages. Many unopened pages. 360 pages. English Biography. ENG1/4222. Very Good.
Princeton, NJ: The University Library, 1900. Hardcover. First Edition. Uncommon. Fithian (1747 - 1776) was a travelling American tutor, known best for journal entries about tutoring at Nomini Hall, a Virginia plantation, between 1773 and 1774. He made many useful observations about the treatment of slaves, plantation life in Virginia, education, entertainment, and religion while he was there. He was highly critical of the treatment of slaves that he witnessed. This book includes eight photographic illustrations with captioned tissue guardsVery good in grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to spine ends, corners, edges of boards, and hinges. Internal rear hinge is cracked. Light foxing to margins of some pages, else clean and bright. 320 pages. EDU/071819. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925. Hardcover. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards with glt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and to gilt. A few small spots of discoloration to spine. Interior is clean and bright with frontispiece and tissue guard. American Biographical History. BIO209051. Very Good.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas: Ozark Guide Press, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION LIMITED, NUMBERED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Number 163. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to gilt at foot of spine and bumping to spine ends. Minor browning to end pages. Author's signature to front free end page as well as previous owner's name and date. Else is clean and bright. 101 pages. American Regional History. AMER/062718. Very Good.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990. Hardcover. Folio. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior with 171 illustrations, including 118 color plates. Illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Index, 248 pages. Art. ART511271. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, No Date. Hardcover. VOLUME I ONLY. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Fading to spine. Light bumping to spine ends and corners. Light foxing to first and last few pages and to margins of several pages throughout. Text is bright. Many un-opened pages. Includes frontispiece and several other illustrations. 296 pages. English Biography. ENGBIO/060613. Very Good.