London: William Heinemann, 1892. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition published posthumously. It includes a biographical sketch of Balestier written by Henry James. Wolcott Balestier was born in 1861 and died at the very young age of 30 in 1891 from Typhoid fever. Despite his brief career he became known in literary circles, in part because of his close association with Rudyard Kipling, who married Balestier's sister in 1892. Bound in the original light blue cloth with a feather design to front cover and spine. Spine is faded and there is light bumping and handling to covers, otherwise in nice condition. There is slight cracking to front hinge and cracking along some of the signatures, but the binding is tight. There is offsetting to the front and rear end pages and intermittent light foxing. The book plate of a previous owner, Chauncey Brewster Tinker has also caused a round offset to the facing end page. Tinker was a professer at Yale and a leading Boswell scholar. A previous owner or book dealer has a penciled note on the front pastedown that there were 2000 copies of this book printed, of which 620 were pulped. 188 pages plus 8 pages of ads. LIT/072109. Very Good.
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London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Hardcover. 8vo. FIRST EDITION. SCARCE. Lovely art noveau style floral decoration to spine and boards. Navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Title and decoration to front board are in brown. Minor rubbing to gilt on spine. Minor fading to spine. Minor wear to edges and corners. Clean, bright interior with tight binding. 331 pages. LIT/022007. Near Fine.
Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co, circa 1900. Hardcover. Scarce. Inscribed by the author "For the mother of Mary Matthews with best wishes of the Author - Alice Brooks / Written by the Great Great Aunt of Mary Matthews." on the front free endpaper. Alice Brooks was a Baltimore author who often wrote under the pseudonym "ALIX." A collection of advice for young mothers, most involving when and how to discipline kids - each with real life examples. The author notes that "most of the articles in this little volume have been published in Parish Visitor. The material, for many of them, has been gathered from the wise teachings of my mother, to whose memory I lovingly dedicate it." Bound with red cloth spine and corners over white cloth boards. Title in black to front cover with silver flower. Dampstaining and discoloration to covers and spine. Minor wear to corners and edges. Clean interior. 119 pages. LIT/041718. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1885. Hardcover. Uncommon. Bound in the original bluish green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Red and blue floral illustration to front board and spine. Minor browning to spine, minor wear / rubbing to hinges, spine ends, and edges of boards. Yellow floral patterned endpapers. Clean. Lacks front free endpaper. 305 pages plus 6 pages of ads. LIT/041818. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good in green and white cloth covered boards with maroon title to front board and to spine. Gilt decoration to front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor browning to edges and spine and light soiling to rear board. Minor rolling to spine. Inscription to written in pen to front free end page. Minor age toning to edges of pages and sporadic light foxing. Text is clean and bright. 363 pages + ads. LIT/043018. Very Good.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons and The Knickerbocker Press, 1905. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Beautiful illustration to front board and to spine. Minor soiling to spine and rear board. Spine lightly rolled. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down. Light foxing to end pages. Else is clean and bright. Includes full color frontis piece with captioned tissue guard. 460 pages. French Travel. FRETRAV/040412. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1921. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes many illustrations. Grey cloth boards with white title to spine and yellow title to front cover. Illustration of a ship to spine and front cover. Rubbing to spine title. Minor wear to edges of boards, corners, hinges, and spine ends. Heavy browning to pages, especially in margins. Occasional smudge marks to margins. Previous owners name in pen to front endpaper. 259 pages. MAR/040919. Very Good.
New York: Thomas Crowell, 1895. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Very good in green illustrated boards with gilt title to front and spine panels. Minor soiling to boards. Lovely illustration of trees to front board. Light foxing throughout. Includes frontispiece with intact tissue guard. Many pages upopened. Literature. LIT212211. Very Good.
New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co., 1875. Hardcover. With fold out map to front. Brownish red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and black title to front cover. Minor wear and light fraying to spine ends, edges of boards, and corners. Bookplate from church library to front pastedown. 228 pages plus ads. MEDIEV/102518. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. SCARCE. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Lilac cloth covered boards with silver title and decoration to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners, minor rubbing to exterior hinges, and minor browning to spine. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright. Binding tight. 296 pages + ads. LIT/042618. Very Good.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1901. Hardcover. Third Edition. Dark green cloth boards with silver title to spine and front cover. Silver illustration of a sword to the spine and multicolored illustration of a landscape to front cover. Minor wear and rubbing to edges of boards and covers. Minor toning to margins and old ink price to front free endpaper. Clean and bright overall. 315 pages. LIT/051618. Very Good.
London: James Bowden, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. Published anonymously. William James Dawson (1854-1928) was an English clergyman and author. Bound in original cream cloth. Spine is faded and covers are a bit dull. Gilt vignette of an angel, repeated on the title page in a smaller red design may be the work of Laurence Housman. 136 pages. LIT/050911. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co, 1897. Hardcover. Beautifully bound in the original navy blue publisher's bindings with gilt titles to spines and elaborate gilt decoration to both spines and front covers. Rubbing, a few chips, and wear to bookcloth on spine ends, edges, and corners. Small marking and possible dampstain to top corner of front board of volume two. Top edge gilt and ribbon bookmark bound in. Bookplate of Charles Edward Hyman to front pastedowns of both volumes. Illustrated with numerous photogravures (from photographs), all with captioned tissue guards. Small spot of soiling to margin of one plate, not affecting the image. The tissue guard for this plate has a mark from the same spot and a short closed tear. Very clean and bright aside from this marking. An attractive set. Volume I: 253 pages; Volume II: 226 pages plus fold-out map of Morocco to rear. TRA/011521. Very Good.
New York: American Tract Society, 1880. Hardcover. Part of the Imperial Series. A story for children set in Paris. In grey cloth boards with illustration of children to front cover and rubbed white title to spine. Binding is signed H E F with overlapping letters. Rubbing to spine and covers, a few spots of soiling / dampstaining to front cover, and minor wear to edges and corners. Slight roll to spine. Pencil inscription to front endpaper dated 1905. Occasional spots of soiling to interior, but clean overall. Closed tear to paper covering front interior hinge, but binding remains secure. Frontispiece illustration. 278 pages. CHILD/040219. Very Good.
New York: The Century Co, 1887. Hardcover. First edition. Dark brown spine with light brown cloth covered boards. Gilt title to spine and illustration of a lady wearing a bonnet to front cover. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Minor soiling to boards. Lacks front free endpaper. Clean interior overall. Includes several black and white full page illustrations. 362 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Boston: L. C. Page & Company, (1926). First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title and decoration to front board and to spine. Light wear to exterior includes minor bumping to corners and spine ends and fading to spine. Front interior hinge is starting though binding remains tight. Light foxing to first few pages. Else is clean and bright. Frontispiece with intact tissue guard by Eric Pape. 434 pages + ads. LIT/041818. Very Good.
New York: McClure, Phillips & Co, 1904. Hardcover. First Edition. Very good in blue cloth boards with white title to spine and front cover. Decorative design in white to front cover. Light wear to edges of boards, else clean and bright. Front hinge is cracked and rear hinge is starting though binding remains tight. Frontispiece illustration of Princess Maria Dolores of Zelt-Neuminster by Louis Loeb. Top edge gilt. Slight roll to spine. 317 pages. LIT/022814. Very Good.
London: Bradbury, Agnew and Company, No date. Hardcover. 12mo. Very good in cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and to corners and minor rubbing to exterior hinges. Few small spots of soiling to rear board. Previous owner's signature to front free end page. Else is clean and bright with illustrations. Humorous fictions by one-time editor of Punch Literature. LIT509181. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1899. Hardcover. Beautifully bound in blue cloth with gilt titles and floral decoration to boards and spines of both volumes. MInor wear to edges of boards and spine ends. Occasional spots of soiling to margins, but clean and bright overall. Filled with photographic illustrations. An attractive set. 303 pages in Volume I. 318 pages in Volume II. TRA/102021. Very Good.
New York: White, Stokes, and Allen, 1884. Hardcover. 8vo. Includes poetry by over 100 authors including Lord Byron, Coleridge, Suckling, Thackeray, Swift, and many more. Ex-library from Princeton Theological Seminary with relevant markings. Brown cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and front board. Small gilt illustration of a dwarf with a jesters cap to spine. Charming gilt illustration of children sitting under a tree with an owl to front board. Library code to spine. Fraying to spine ends and minor browning to spine. A few smudge marks to boards and minor wear to corners. Full gilt edges. A few browned spots to title page, else clean inside. 360 pages. POE/040307. Very Good.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Hardcover. First American edition. This classic book is about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition that was one of many to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became trapped in sea ice and were abandoned in 1848. None of the 129 man crew survived, and the ships were believed to be lost. This is an account of one of numerous expeditions to search for Franklin’s ships and crew. The well-preserved wreckage of HMS Erebus was found on September 7, 2014. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt illustration of ship to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Spotting, wear, and bumping. Slightly cocked. Interior pages generally clean with light aging to margins. Very good. Includes two fold-out maps, fold-out facsimile of report on missing ships, and some black and white illustrations. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 375 pages. Very Good.
New York: The Baker & Taylor Company, 1908. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with beautiful cover designed by George M. Hood. Gilt title to front board and to spine. Bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor fading to spine and minor rubbing to boards. Minor yellowing and sporadic foxing to margins and end pages. Text is clean and bright. Illustrated fronstispiece. Only remnants of tissue guard remains. Basis for the 1922 silent film "Calvert's Valley" starring John Gilbert and Sylvia Breamer. 419 pages. LIT/080218. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1903. Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Includes six full page black and white illustrations by Fisher. Bound in blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Small illustration of a trolley car to front cover. Rubbing and minor sunning to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to edges, hinges, corners and spine ends. Occasional smuge marks, but clean and bright overall. 419 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
London: Elkin Mathews, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Inscribed by Author to Matthew John Poole, who was a Justice of the Peace for the County of Kent. The inscription reads "Matthew John Poole/in remembrance of a very happy/Christmas at Ramsgate/James Ashcroft Noble/January 10, 1894."James Ashcroft Noble (1844-1896) was a well known critic and essayist in his time. He was also an aesthete and a great admirer of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In this book he states that Rossetti's sonnets were "purely artistic." Bound in brown cloth with gilt author and title to spine and to front cover which also has a lovely gilt design.Some bumping to the corners and spine edges. Some off-setting to free endpapers but otherwise clean and bright. In very good condition. 211 pages. LIT/042111. Very Good.