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41 Page, Thomas Nelson In Ole Virginia
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1925 First Edition Thus Decorative Cloth Fine Smedley, W.T., Cllinedins, B.W., Reinhart, C.S., Frost, A.B., Howard Pyle, A. Castaigne 
8vo - over 7. Book. Margaret Armstrong binding, and some well-known illustrators of this Virginia classic, with its dollop of dialect. 275 pp. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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42 Poe, Edgar Allan Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
New York, New York, U.S.A. Doubleday & Company 1991 0385074077 / 9780385074070 Hardcover Fine 
Book. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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43 Ramsey, Betty Jo The Little Book of Famous Insults
Mount Vernon, NY The Peter Pauper PRess 1964 First Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket Fritz Kredel 
Book. 8vo - over 7. 58 pp of zingers. Interesting paper pasted on board covers. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Drifting, Read, T. Buchanan
44 Read, T. Buchanan Drifting
Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1881 Decorated cloth Very Good Humphrey, L. B. 
Hand-painted cover, making this an unique copy and fine specimen of cover art. Miniature painting of ships and iceberg? framed and pine and tropical tree above and below, all done on canvas over boards. Otherwise pleasant period verses relating to travel by Sea, with descriptions of Versuvius highlighted, and many woodcut illustrations, representing about half the space. Only printed on recto. 8vo, 7 by 6 inches. Some shelfwear, and slight bowing to boards. Clean inside and tight. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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The Young Voyageurs, or the Boy Hunter in the North, Reid, Captain Mayne
45 Reid, Captain Mayne The Young Voyageurs, or the Boy Hunter in the North
Boston Ticknor and Fields 1857 Hardcover Very Good Harvey, W. 
Book. 12mo - over 6. 360 pp. Mid-19th century boy's adventure fiction. Clean, tight copy. Slight cocking to binding. Light fading to spine decoration. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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46 Robbins, C. A. ("Tod" Robbins) The Unholy Three
New York A. L. Burt Company [1930] The Photoplay Edition Near Fine very good Jacket 
Issued in conjunction with the second filmed version of the Lon Chaney vehicle, a strange tale of three Carnival performers, a ventriloquist, strongman and midget, who join forces in a devilishly ingenious criminal scheme that then goes awry. The second version, a remake of Chaney's silent classic of 1925, was his only talking movie; he passed away shortly after filming the movie. 8vo. 282, [6] pp. The book itself is clean and tight. The rear of the dust jacked is crinkled at its base, with no loss of text, and some other minor edgewear. The DJ is now protected by mylar. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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47 Salinger, J.D. Nine Stories
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1953 Very Good Plus Very Good Plus Jacket 
Book Club Edition. Otherwise, clean, with small stain on rear flap of DJ and some other minor wear to DJ. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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48 Spiegelman, Art Maus a Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History ; and And Here My Troubles Began (2 Volumes with slipcase)
New York, New York, U.S.A. Pantheon Books 1991 0394541553 / 9780394541556 Cloth Fine Fine Jacket 
Book. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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49 Stowe, Harriet Beecher Dred; A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp [Two Volumes]
Boston Phillips, Sampson and Company 1856 First Edition Blindstamped Cloth; Quarter Morocco Slipcase Very Good Fine Jacket 
8vo. vi, 7-329, [6], v, 370 pp. Stowe's follow-up to "Uncle Tom's Cabin", also dealing with slavery, with a more militant angle on the topic than its better known predecessor. Both volumes rebacked, with original spines preserved and quite inconspicuous that anything was done at all. Volume II has neat tear along hinge of both front and rear endpapers. A few minor, light and occasional fox marks; overall clean and tight. Dust jackets are early if not original, and they match the cloth on the slipcase. Slipcase remains solid as box. The leather has rubbing, and there is wear on the corners of the cloth. Notwithstanding these issues, the slipcase together with the dust jackets and the attractive condition of the books make for a handsome package. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Penrod, Tarkington, Booth
50 Tarkington, Booth Penrod
Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Page & Company 1914 First Edition Cloth Good Grant, Gordon 
8vo - over 7. Book. First edition, second state, with "sence" instead of "sense" on page 19 but page viii unnumbered. Light soilage and shelfwear to cloth binding. Picture on front board rubbed some but still clear. Very slight looseness to front hinge. Pages generally clean. Small tear by hinge edge of frontis. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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51 Tarkington, Booth and Wilson, Harry Leon The Man from Home
New York Harper & Brothers 1908 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo - over 7. Book. Soilage to barods but pictorial cover of young man and Neopolitan backdrop still vivid. Binding tight, pages clean, photo plates the same. VG 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Ides of March, Thornton Wilder
52 Thornton Wilder The Ides of March
New York Harper & Brothers 1948 First Edition Cloth, with Quarter Morocco Slipcase and Chemise Fine Very Good Plus Jacket 
This is Wilder's first novel after his string of big hits, and instant classics, on Broadway. Like the plays, though, Wilder is venturesome in approach, here embracing the hoary form of the epistolatory novel but applying it in a highly original manner. As the title might suggest, this novel is a retellng of the story of Julius Caesar, his times and the society he occupied and dominated. Wilder might not be strongly associated with historical fiction, but he was in fact a devoted classicist, and this foray into historical fiction found a receptive audience -- the novel sold extremely well upon its publication. Deservedly, one might add. Being a virtuosic stylist, Wilder avoids the stiltedness that afflicts so many attempts to capture Ancient Rome, and this work deserves to be placed alongside the two modern classics of Robert Graves who depicted a slightly later phase of Roman history. The dust jacket has minor chips and wear along the edges, now fully protected with mylar. The morocco on the slipcase's spine is lightly sunned. The case is otherwise solid and attractive, and with the chemise fully protects the first edtion copy. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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53 Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York Charles L. Webster and Company 1885 First Edition Decorated Cloth Good 
First editionm, later issue. 8vo. 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble. Green cloth binding. Considerable edgewear, and spine extremities with fraying and color loss, but only a narrow strip with either extremity. Rear board has slight bend. No cocking to the text block, however. A few instances of interior soiling, but mostly clean, and better than a pure "reading copy". 
Price: 600.00 USD
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The Kennel Murder Case, Van Dine, S. S.
54 Van Dine, S. S. The Kennel Murder Case
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1933 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Book. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. Minor soilage to black cloth boards. Pasted on FFEP is small description, really two items, and one has ilustration of Miss MacTanish of the novel as drawn by Marguerite Kirmse. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Scarab Murder Case, Van Dine, S. S.
55 Van Dine, S. S. The Scarab Murder Case
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1930 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Book. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. Minor soilage on black boards. Tight, attractive copy of once popular series featuring Philo Vance. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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56 Van Vechten, Carl Spider Boy: A Scenario for a Moving Picture
New York Alfred A. Knoft 1928 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 297, [2] pp. Tight and clean. Some soilage to front board. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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57 Van Vechten, Carl The Tattooed Countess: A Romantic Novel with a Happy Ending
New York Alfred A. Knoft 1924 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First printing. 246 pp. Book plate of George Cukor (Hollywood movie director of note). Novel about Indiana born countess returning to her small town American birthplace, the cultural divide between her and the townsmen and her affair there with a much younger man. Cocking to binding. Otherwise, generally clean and tight. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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58 Walbridge, Earle Literary Characters Drawn From Life "Romans a Clef," "Drames a Clef," Real People in Poetry, With Some Other LIterary Diversions
New York H. W. Wilson Company 1936 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good Jacket Jacket 
Book. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. 192 pp. with 6 illustrations, including the one on cover (repeated on DJ). Very interesting and entertaining survey of who were or might not have been the basis for characters throughout literature. Sometimes quite witty also. Tight, clean. DJ has some edge wear and small close tears along it but still VG. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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59 Wharton, Edith The Custom of the Country
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1913 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Book. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. 594 pp. Clean interior. Binding tight. Some sunning to spine, and minor soilage on red boards. Slight bulge to foreedge with untrimmed edges. Still attractive copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Autograph Album with Inscription and Poem by John Greenleaf Whittier Dated 1875, Whittier, John Greenleaf
60 Whittier, John Greenleaf Autograph Album with Inscription and Poem by John Greenleaf Whittier Dated 1875
Amesbury, MA 1875 Full Calf Good 
The poem epitomizes Whittier's aphoristic reads: "Mine evening's, thine the morning's star, Across the distance faint and far, I take my life's experience thus: Not what we seem but what we are, Not what we take, but what we give, Not what we preach, but how we live, Availeth us." The inscription was written to Etta Goodrich, whose album this was, and who probably was a neighbor of Whittier's, based on a number of other inscriptions being made in Amesbury or towns nearby. It is likely that Ms. Goodrich was also a young adult, since that was generally the age bracket of someone that would have kept an autograph album. All the other entries are dated 1875 or 1876 and were made either in Massachusetts or Maine, and there are some chromolithographic die-cuts. But it is the poem, with its wise counsel, that makes this album an intriguing and valuable item. The album is oblong, a mere 5 by 3 inches. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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