With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.



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21 Irving, Washington. Illustrated by F. O. C. Darley The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gents. Author's Revised Edition
New York George P. Putnam 1849 Paper mache, mother--of-pearl boards Very Good 
Unusual mother-of-pearl paper mache binding! 8vo. 22 by 16 cm. 465 pp. Woodcut illustrations and steel engravings. TEG. Front cover has a charming romantic centerpiece and the caption below says "Sunnyside", the name of Irving's Tarrytown estate, but we have to say that we do not see in the picture an image that is recognizably Irving's mansion. The rear cover has a gilt and red geometric floral device as a centerpiece. The front paper mache board has considerable craquelature, the rear, less so. Gilt decoration on cloth spine is faded. Joints are fairly heavily rubbed. Flattened creases to the early pages. Age toning throughout. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Bracebridge Hall, Irving, Washington.  Illustrator:  Randolph Caldecott
22 Irving, Washington. Illustrator: Randolph Caldecott Bracebridge Hall
London Macmillan & Co. 1882 Half Morocco, Marbled Boards Fine 
8vo. 19.5 by 13 cm. 284 pp. A lovely copy. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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23 London, Jack The Mutiny of the Elsinore
New York Macmillan Company 1914 First Cloth Good Plus No Jacket 
8vo. Lettering and picture of ship on front board clear, but with loss to the blue in particular. Spine lettering nearly completely rubbed out, with only faint impression. Minor soilage to yellow boards otherwise. Pages inside generally clean. Slightest looseness to front hinge, but book otherwise tight. Good or better overall. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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24 Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with Explanatory Notes, Portrait and Illustrations
London Frederick Warne & Co. 1882 Full Calf Good Plus 
8vo. xl + 630 pp. Full calf, with bright gilt stamp on front board of school emblem (prize book). Some scuffs on the board, spine has slight dryness, but decoration still bright. Moderate foxing in first few pages and final pages, otherwise, overwhelmingly clean. Moire marbled flypapers bright and attractive. Binding tight. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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25 Lowell, Robert Selected Poems
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1976 First Hardcover Fine Good Jacket 
Book. DJ with chip by spine, upper edge, another tear, crease. Chipping on back upper edge, one small chip on bottom. Pages have some age toning. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Where the Blue Begins, Morley, Christopher.  Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
26 Morley, Christopher. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Where the Blue Begins
Philadelphia J. B. Lippiincott Company 1922 First Hardcover Very Good Good Jacket Jacket Rackham, Arthur 
8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. Tight and clean, except blue cloth has some small spots on upper front board and indistinct light film of soilage on upper spine. DJ with two chips on front upper edge, one affecting part of word "Blue in title, and then some minor edgewear on rear upper, tiny rear corner loss, and some light soilage on white of rear. Overall, a very good or better copy in a good DJ, now protected by mylar. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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27 Norris, Frank The Pit: A Story of Chicago
New York Doubleday, Page & Co. 1903 First Cloth Very Good 
8vo. First edition, second printing (since first ed not stated as was in first printing). Classic by Frank Norris, second part of Epic of the Wheat trilogy intended, first part The Octopus. VG. Little sunning to spine and wear to front board corner. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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28 Page, Thomas Nelson In Ole Virginia
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1925 First 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: 25.00 USD
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29 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: 10.00 USD
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30 Ramsey, Betty Jo The Little Book of Famous Insults
Mount Vernon, NY The Peter Pauper Press 1964 First Hardcover Fine No Jacket Fritz Kredel 
8vo - over 7. 58 pp of zingers. Interesting paper pasted on board covers. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Drifting, Read, T. Buchanan
31 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: 200.00 USD
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The Young Voyageurs, or the Boy Hunter in the North, Reid, Captain Mayne
32 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: 25.00 USD
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33 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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34 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: 8.00 USD
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35 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 

Price: 25.00 USD
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36 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
37 Tarkington, Booth Penrod
Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Page & Company 1914 First Cloth Good Grant, Gordon 
8vo. 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: 45.00 USD
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38 Tarkington, Booth and Wilson, Harry Leon The Man from Home
New York Harper & Brothers 1908 First Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. Soilage to barods but pictorial cover of young man and Neopolitan backdrop still vivid. Binding tight, pages clean, photo plates the same. VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Ides of March, Thornton Wilder
39 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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40 Van Vechten, Carl Spider Boy: A Scenario for a Moving Picture
New York Alfred A. Knoft 1928 First Hardcover Very Good 
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 297, [2] pp. Tight and clean. Some soilage to front board. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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