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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41 Van Vechten, Carl The Tattooed Countess: A Romantic Novel with a Happy Ending
New York Alfred A. Knoft 1924 First Hardcover Very Good 
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: 45.00 USD
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42 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 First Hardcover Very Good Very Good Jacket Jacket 
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: 20.00 USD
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43 Wharton, Edith The Custom of the Country
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1913 First Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
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: 25.00 USD
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I Hear America Singing, Whitman, Walt.   Illustrations by Robert Sabuda.  Introduction by Lisa Tracy
44 Whitman, Walt. Illustrations by Robert Sabuda. Introduction by Lisa Tracy I Hear America Singing
New York Philomel Books 1991 0399218084 / 9780399218088 First Hardcover Like New Fine Jacket 
Inscribed and signed by Sabuda. 4to. 28.5 by 22 cm. Unpaginated, 32 pp. Colorful bold illustrations of Whitman's great poem. The illustrations wonderfully capture the spirit of the poem and communicate its boundless energy pictorially, in a manner to excite the imagination of children, as well as pique their curiosity of a historic America. One senses Whitman would have approved, for the illustrations are direct and forthright, just like his verse. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Autograph Album with Inscription and Poem by John Greenleaf Whittier Dated 1875, Whittier, John Greenleaf
45 Whittier, John Greenleaf Autograph Album with Inscription and Poem by John Greenleaf Whittier Dated 1875
Amesbury, MA 1875 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: 500.00 USD
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Snow-bound.  A Winter Idyl., Whittier, John Greenleaf
46 Whittier, John Greenleaf Snow-bound. A Winter Idyl.
Boston Ticknor and Fields 1866 Second Issue Quarter Leather slipcase. Cloth boards. Book its Very Good 
With a tipped in signed autographed letter from Whittier tipped into the prelims. The letter, dated 1883, states that the "Household Edition" and the "Red Luxe Edition" are both complete, along with a few other words. 8vo. 18.5 by 12 cm. 52 pp. Light wear to book itself. Slipcase has moderate wear, with some rubbing of the leather. Still an asset. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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47 Wilson, Edmund Memoirs of Hecate County
Garden City, NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1946 First Edition Cloth Near Fine very good Jacket 
Light soiling to the spine cloth. Minor chipping along DJ edges. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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48 Wolfe, Thomas Of Time and the River
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1937 Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Later printing. Solid, clean copy. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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49 Wouk, Herman Aurora Dawn, or The True History of Andrew Reale, etc.
New York Venture Press Book, Simon and Schuster 1947 First Edition Cloth Very Good Good Jacket 
Wouk's first book. Chipping along edge of DJ and closed tear along joint of DJ. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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