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Poems By W. H. Auden, Auden, W. H.
21 Auden, W. H. Poems By W. H. Auden
London Faber and Faber 1934 Hardcover Fine Signed
London: Faber and Faber, 1934. Second revised edition, 1934, fine condition in a signed binding by Asprey. Full crushed navy blue morocco leather with gilt lettering and ruling, raised spine bands, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Exceptional condition, tight binding, very clean pages with no names or other markings.. Hard Cover. Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Little Katy. By Aunt Laura, Aunt Laura. Miniature Book
22 Aunt Laura. Miniature Book Little Katy. By Aunt Laura
Buffalo Breed, Butler & Co. 1863 Hardcover Very Good 
Buffalo: Breed, Butler & Co., 1863. Title page dated 1863. Civil War era miniature book, 1 7/8" tall, one in a series of miniature books published under the Aunt Laura name. Green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges, gilt, 64 pages. Light edgewear, mainly light rubbing to the spine ends, gilt a little dulled, good hinges, sound text block, clean pages, no names or other markings.. Hard Cover. Very Good. Miniature. 
Price: 110.00 USD
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Morsels of History. By Aunt Laura, Aunt Laura. Miniature Book
23 Aunt Laura. Miniature Book Morsels of History. By Aunt Laura
Buffalo Breed, Butler & Co. 1863 Hardcover Very Good 
Buffalo: Breed, Butler & Co., 1863. Title page dated 1863. Civil War era miniature book, 1 7/8" tall, one in a series of miniature books published under the Aunt Laura name. Blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges, gilt, 64 pages. Light edgewear, mainly light rubbing to the spine ends, good hinges, sound text block, clean pages, no names or other markings.. Hard Cover. Very Good. Miniature. 
Price: 110.00 USD
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The Silver Medal. By Aunt Laura, Aunt Laura. Miniature Book
24 Aunt Laura. Miniature Book The Silver Medal. By Aunt Laura
Buffalo Breed, Butler & Co. 1863 Hardcover Very Good 
Buffalo: Breed, Butler & Co., 1863. Title page dated 1863. Civil War era miniature book, 1 7/8" tall, one in a series of miniature books published under the Aunt Laura name. Reddish brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges, gilt, 64 pages. Light edgewear, mainly light rubbing to the spine ends, good hinges (front hinge lightly internally cracked but secure), sound text block, clean pages, no names or other markings.. Hard Cover. Very Good. Miniature. 
Price: 110.00 USD
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Two Titles in One Volume: The Historie of the Reigne of King Henry the Seventh; The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth, Bacon, Francis Lord Verulam, Viscount S. Alban;  Edward Lord Herbert of Cherbury
25 Bacon, Francis Lord Verulam, Viscount S. Alban; Edward Lord Herbert of Cherbury Two Titles in One Volume: The Historie of the Reigne of King Henry the Seventh; The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth
London R.Y. & R.H., Sold By R. Meighen; E.G. For Thomas Whitaker 1641 Hardcover Very Good 
London: R.Y. & R.H., Sold By R. Meighen; E.G. For Thomas Whitaker, 1641. Two title in one volume, Henry VII third edition, 1641; Henry VIII first edition, 1649. Full speckled smooth calf leather bordered in gilt, raised spine bands with dual spine labels, gilt decorated compartments, frontis and engraved title in Henry VII; rubricated title for Henry VIII, about 11" tall. Early binding, professionally respined some years ago, possibly using elements of early spine, sound text block, name and notation Thomas Keane FitzGerald (an heirloom) on front free endpaper; early 20th century armorial bookplate of Vincent Lloyd-Russell on front pastedown, pages clean and otherwise unmarked. Henry VII: frontis, title, [12], 248p; Henry VIII: title, [6], 575, [8] p. . Hard Cover. Very Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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An Apology for the True Christian Divinity: Being an Explanation and Vindication of the Principles and Doctrines of the People Called Quakers, Barclay, Robert
26 Barclay, Robert An Apology for the True Christian Divinity: Being an Explanation and Vindication of the Principles and Doctrines of the People Called Quakers
Philadelphia Joseph Crukshank for the Use of the University 1775 Hardcover Poor 
Philadelphia: Joseph Crukshank for the Use of the University, 1775. Ninth edition in English, 1775. Heavily worn copy with old expert repairs to the front free endpaper, title page and first page of the dediction, "An Apology for the True" portion of title missing. Brown leather with black leather spine, most likely from an old repair, [12], 574, [18] pages. Rear cover detached, front cover attached by cords, leather chipped, first four leaves starting to separate from the bottom, text block otherwise sound, pages age-toned but clean. Outstanding calligraphic ownership notation on front free endpaper "Abraham Hanzer His Book 1775", also with some old professional repairs and the letter k absent. . Hard Cover. Poor. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (From 'The Little White Bird'), Barrie, J. M.  Illustrated By Arthur Rackham
27 Barrie, J. M. Illustrated By Arthur Rackham Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (From 'The Little White Bird')
London Hodder & Stoughton 1910 Special Edition Hardcover Very Good 
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910. Stated seventh edition, 1910. Special edition with fifty tipped on color plates guarded with letterpress tissue, plus a map on thick tan paper at the front. Exceptional new binding ca. mid to late 20th century, three quarter dark red morocco leather over the original cover cloth with gilt pictorial design, raised spine bands with gilt decorated compartments, about ten inches tall. Externally near fine with just a trace of old shelf smudging to the front cover, tight binding, text pages very good with a little light foxing to the first and last few pages, plates very good with tiny corner creases to two, slightly worn outer edge to the frontis leaf, not affecting the tipped-on plate. Decorative gift notation on verso of frontis: For Iris Mary for helping with the fruit gathering Sept & Oct 1917, Galmpton, S. Devon, from Father & Mother, With Love.. Special Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 
Price: 875.00 USD
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The Work of Hartford's First Printer.  Reprinted from Bibliographical Essays: A Tribute to Wilberforce Eames, Bates, Albert Carlos
28 Bates, Albert Carlos The Work of Hartford's First Printer. Reprinted from Bibliographical Essays: A Tribute to Wilberforce Eames
Cambridge, Massachusetts Printed at Harvard University Press 1925 Paperback Very Good 
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Printed at Harvard University Press, 1925. Published 1925. A brief history of printing in Connecticut, especially Hartford, by the Librarian of the Connecticut Historical Society. Also includes a checklist of Green's Hartford imprints, including the Connecticut Courant. Soft cover, stapled binding, twenty pages. Light external wear, including a few edge chips and some uneven age-toning, a bit of rusting to the staples, internally very clean and free from names or other markings.. Soft Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Flowers of Evil, Baudelaire, Charles. Illustrated By Eugene Karlin
29 Baudelaire, Charles. Illustrated By Eugene Karlin The Flowers of Evil
Franklin Center, PA The Franklin Library 1977 Limited Edition Hardcover Fine 
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1977. Franklin Library limited edition, 1977. Fine copy in full chestnut brown good quality leather with gilt lettering and extensive decoration on covers and spine, raised spine bands, all edges gilt, moire silk endleaves, attached ribbon bookmark. Looks and feels new and unread, with tight binding, clean pages, no names or other markings. Includes Notes from the Editors booklet.. Limited Edition. Hard Cover. Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 36.00 USD
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Une Tache d'Encre, Bazin, Rene
30 Bazin, Rene Une Tache d'Encre
Paris Calmann-Levy 1910 Hardcover Very Good 
Paris: Calmann-Levy, 1910. Undated, ca. 1910. In French. Attractive copy in fine binding by Brentano's, New York. Three quarter bright red morocco over marbled boards, raised spine bands, gilt lettering and decorated compartments, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, 318 pages . Light edge rubbing, minor surface scuff to spine head, good joints/hinges, sound text block, gift notation on preliminary blank, lightly age-toned but clean pages with no other markings.. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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The Story of Venus and Tannhauser, Beardsley, Aubrey
31 Beardsley, Aubrey The Story of Venus and Tannhauser
New York Privately Printed 1937 Limited to 750 Copies Hardcover Good Bertram R. Elliott 
New York: Privately Printed, 1937. Limited edition. The title continues: "in which is set forth an exact account of the manner of State held by Madam Venus, Goddes and Metetrix, under the famous Horselbert, and containing the Adventures of Tannhauser in that Palace, his Repentance, his Journeying to Rome and Return to the Loving Mountain". Essentially an erotic fantasy, but somewhat tame by today's standards. Black paper covered boards with light tan cloth spine lettered in black, uncut edges, 93 pages. Internally clean, with some light fingerprinting to a few pages and some ragged margins from rough opening. Hinges good, binding firm. Externally a bit worn, with bumped and worn corners. A nice, solid copy.. Limited to 750 Copies. Hard Cover. Good. Illus. by Bertram R. Elliott. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Arithmetic Simplified, Prepared for the Use of Primary Schools, Female Seminaries, and High Schools.  In Three Parts, Beecher, Catharine E. [Esther] (1800-1878)
32 Beecher, Catharine E. [Esther] (1800-1878) Arithmetic Simplified, Prepared for the Use of Primary Schools, Female Seminaries, and High Schools. In Three Parts
Hartford, Connecticut D. F. Robinson & Co. 1833 Hardcover Good 
Hartford, Connecticut: D. F. Robinson & Co., 1833. Second edition (1833). Full marbled calf with black spine label, 283 pages. Covers rubbed and scuffed at the edges, joints firm, text block sound, pages uniformly lightly foxed with some transparent dampstains to the front free endpaper, preliminary blank and final few pages.. Hard Cover. Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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Humboldt's Gift, Bellow, Saul. Illustrated By Alan Daniel
33 Bellow, Saul. Illustrated By Alan Daniel Humboldt's Gift
Franklin Center, PA The Franklin Library 1979 Limited Edition Hardcover Fine 
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1979. Franklin Library limited edition, 1979. Pulitzer Prize Winner. Fine copy in full emerald green good quality leather with gilt lettering and extensive decoration on covers and spine, raised spine bands, all edges gilt, moire silk endleaves, attached ribbon bookmark. Looks and feels new and unread, with tight binding, clean pages, no names or other markings.. Limited Edition. Hard Cover. Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 36.00 USD
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Decembrist : A Book of Poems, Bennett, Joseph
34 Bennett, Joseph Decembrist : A Book of Poems
New York Clarke & Way 1952 Limited Edition Hardcover Very Good Good Slipcase 
New York: Clarke & Way, 1952. Limited edition, one of 450 copies. Illustrated in black and white. Blue boards with lettering and snowflake design in silver gilt, blue slipcase. The book has an age-toned spine but otherwise looks and feels new, with no names or other markings. The slipcase has some light edgewear and subtle uneven fading, structurally sound.. Limited Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good Slipcase. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Flores Operum D. Bernardi Abbatis Clarevallensis, Cum Sacrae Scripturae Professoribus, Tum Caeteris Omnibus Ultissimi..., Bernardus, Clarevallensis [Sanctus Bernardus]
35 Bernardus, Clarevallensis [Sanctus Bernardus] Flores Operum D. Bernardi Abbatis Clarevallensis, Cum Sacrae Scripturae Professoribus, Tum Caeteris Omnibus Ultissimi...
Lugduni Gulielmo Rovillium 1576 Hardcover Fair 
Lugduni: Gulielmo Rovillium, 1576. Early edition [1576], first published in 1556. In Latin. Early binding with decorative blindstamped subralibros on both covers, raised spine bands, cover piercings for ties or clasp, about 12cm tall, 774, [26] pages. Most of spine covering chipped away, front cover holding by two of three binder's cords, corners worn to rounded, ties or clasp no longer present, text block sound, front free endpaper detached but present, minor insect damage to outer margins of last few leaves, notes on front free endpaper and verso of title page, occasional old notes and underlining, name of J. Davey on title page.. Hard Cover. Fair. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack for the Year of Our Lord 1786. Being the Second After Bissextile, or Leap-Year, and the Tenth of the Independence of America, Calculated for the Meridian of Boston, But Will Serve All the Adjacent States, Bickerstaff, Isaac [pseudonym]
36 Bickerstaff, Isaac [pseudonym] Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack for the Year of Our Lord 1786. Being the Second After Bissextile, or Leap-Year, and the Tenth of the Independence of America, Calculated for the Meridian of Boston, But Will Serve All the Adjacent States
Boston Printed and Sold By John W. Folsom, at the Corner of Ann-Street, Near the Conduit 1786 Paperback Fair 
Boston: Printed and Sold By John W. Folsom, at the Corner of Ann-Street, Near the Conduit, 1786. Boston almanac for 1786, including usual astronomical information (five eclipses for 1786), court information, a table of currencies, and four pages listing "roads to the principal Towns on the Continent, &c. from Boston: With the Names of those who keep Houses of Entertainment". Softcover with wood engraving on the front cover, 24 pages. Binding restitched, age-toned and dampstained with edge chipping (confined to margins) and margin notes throughout, chip to center of dog's face on front cover, Worn.. Soft Cover. Fair. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 425.00 USD
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Political Discussions: Legislative, Diplomatic, and Popular 1845-1886, Blaine, James G.
37 Blaine, James G. Political Discussions: Legislative, Diplomatic, and Popular 1845-1886
Norwich, Connecticut The Henry Bill Publishing Company, Sold By Subscription 1887 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed
Norwich, Connecticut: The Henry Bill Publishing Company, Sold By Subscription, 1887. First edition, 1887, signed by the author on the title page, and with a letter written by Blaine laid in loosely at the front. Handsome copy in custom binding for George A. Zabriskie, bearing his initials in gilt inside the front cover and his armorial bookplate on a preliminary blank. Zabriskie was an avid book and art collector and member of both the Grolier Society and American Antiquarian Society. Full midnight blue morocco leather with floral decoration in gilt, raised spine bands with gilt decorated compartments, beautifully decorated inner covers in red and blue morocco decorated in gilt - in lieu of pastedowns - moire silk free endleaves in addition to the original marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, frontis portrait of the author, 525 pages. The letter, dated 14 March 1991 thanks the recipient (H. M. Allen, Esq., apparently at Harper's Magazine) for an advance copy of the April 1891 Harper's Magazine which featured an article on The Behring [Bering] Sea Controversy by Ex-Minister Edward John Phelps. The letter praises the article and its writer, who served the US as Minister to Great Britain and who later served as Senior Counsel representing the US in a tribunal adjudicating the controversy. The book is in very good condition with some rubbing to the joints, firm text block, clean pages with an unobtrusive transparent stain to the far outer margins of the frontis and some soil to the marbled endpapers, no other markings. The letter is slightly age-yellowed but clean and readily legible with Blaine's signature on the second page.. Signed & With a Letter By the Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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The Juvenile Companion, Being an Introduction to the Historical Reader, Blake, J. L.
38 Blake, J. L. The Juvenile Companion, Being an Introduction to the Historical Reader
Boston Bowles and Dearborn, Printed By Isaac R. Butts 1827 Hardcover Fair 
Boston: Bowles and Dearborn, Printed By Isaac R. Butts, 1827. Title page dated 1827. Worn book of history lessons for children. Blue-gray paper covered boards with brown leather spine lettered in gilt, just less than 6" tall, 300 pages. Covers heavily worn, especially at the corners, binding sound but not firm, hingers internally cracked but secure, free endpapers removed, pages age-toned and uniformly lightly foxed but generally clean, some additional spotting to outer margins of first several pages, no names or other markings.. Hard Cover. Fair. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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A Spelling Book: Containing Exercises in Orrthography, Pronunciation, and Reading, Bolles, William
39 Bolles, William A Spelling Book: Containing Exercises in Orrthography, Pronunciation, and Reading
New London [Connecticut] Samuel Green 1825 First Edition Hardcover Good 
New London [Connecticut]: Samuel Green, 1825. First edition, 1825. Marbled boards with speckled brown leather spine, 7" tall, 156 pages. Wear to the extremities and a bit of light spotting to the covers, edge-chipped old handmade spine label present on spine (Spelling Book in old handwriting), sound binding, foxing throughout, name of George H White on front free endpaper, no other markings.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Life of Samuel Johnson (Two Volumes), Boswell, James
40 Boswell, James The Life of Samuel Johnson (Two Volumes)
London Robert Riviere & Son Ltd. 1920 Hardcover Very Good Signed
London: Robert Riviere & Son Ltd., 1920. Undated, ca. 1920. Two volume set in signed Riviere bindings. Three quarter polished blue calf over blue cloth, gilt spine lettering, raised spine bands, gilt decorated compartments, gilt tops, marbled endpapers. Some fading to the spines, some rubbing to the corners and spine ends, good hinges, sound text blocks, very clean pages free from names or other markings. A very clean and handsome set.. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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