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1 Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan The White Company, accompanied by a signed handwritten letter by the author to the American magazine publisher, S. S. McClure In Three Volumes
London Smith, Elder, & Co. 1891 London Cloth. Quarter Morocco Clamshell Boxes and Cloth  Very Good 
Beautifully housed first edition set of Doyle's early historical novel -- a Medieval romance -- one of his two most popular non-Sherlock works, and accompanied by a substantive letter by Doyle to the publisher McClure regarding the novel. 8vo. 19.5 by 13 cm. The letter, dated December 5th, 1894, was written on an American visit, and he wrote on the stationary of the Aldine Club at 75 Fifth Avenue. The letter reads: "When Balestier bought "the White Company" from me he paid 125 pounds, of which 60 pounds was for serial right, and the rest was an advance on a ten per cent royalty. I have now, I find, to prove this latter point, for the London books have all been lost. have you any recollection in your dealing with Balestier of hearing him mention the matter. You might let me have 20 pounds before I leave otherwise it will get mixed up with Watts account. Looking forward to seeing you all. Yours very cordially, A Conan Doyle." The volumes of the book itself are bound in the original blindstamped red cloth. The first volume is cocked slightly, and all the volumes' cloth has soiling and fading. Other than a minor chip to the endpaper of the first volume, the interiors are clean. The quarter morocco slipcases are very handsome. The first volume's spine notes, in gilt, the presence of the ALS letter. These slipcases and their chemises have trivial wear. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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2 Georges-Anquetil L'Homme et la Marionnette ou la Revanche du Pantin
Paris Etablissements Busson. Les Editions du Roseau 1930 First Edition 
With three line inscription by Anquetil. 8vo. 304 pp. Novelty fan-shaped covers and text block, pictorially illustrated wrappers to resemble a fan. The text is printed in red and black. Spine has wears and cracks, and there is wear along the edges. Age toning of the leaves. Still a lovely copy. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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3 Hueffer, Ford Madox [Ford] The Good Soldier
London John Lane Company, The Bodley Head 1915 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
First printing, with "The Saddest Story" used for listing of book in sixteen pages of ads in rear. 8vo. 19 by 13 cm. 294, [16] pp. Rebacked, with full original spine laid on. Spine darkened. Other scattered soiling on cloth. Age toning to leaves. A few minor chips and crinkling to three leaves of ads in back. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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4 Oscar Wilde Lady Windermere's Fan. A Play About a Good Woman
London Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head. Printed by T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh 1893 First Edition Cloth Very Good Minus 
8vo. 21.5 by 16 cm. 8.5 by 6.25 inches. [18], 132, 14, [2] pp. With publisher's list of books in the back. In this first edition, apparently only 500 copies were printed! The pages are heavily toned, per the norm for the paper stock, but clean otherwise. The binding is tight. A few uncut leaves in the advertisement section. FEP with small ornamental bookplate pastedown of "Carroll Atwood Wilson", who was a well-known book collector of his day as well as a lawyer and chief legal counsel to the Guggenheims. The publisher's peach-colored cloth has some blistering on the boards. Along the edges there are long narrow spots in which the color is washed out. The spine has been rebacked with most of the original spine mounted thereon, with a small loss of the gilt lettering transpiring. The resulting spine also has small dark spots, and one is likely not to find it prepossessing. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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5 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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The Ides of March, Thornton Wilder
6 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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7 Walter de la Mare The Captive and Other Poems
New York The Bowling Green Press 1928 Signed Limited Edition Cloth Near Fine 
One of 600 copies signed by de la Mare. 8vo. 19 pp. Clean within and tight. Lettering on spine is rubbed and dimmed. Minor soiling of boards. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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