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Penrod, Tarkington, Booth
41 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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42 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
43 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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The Kennel Murder Case, Van Dine, S. S.
44 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.
45 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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46 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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47 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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48 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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49 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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I Hear America Singing, Whitman, Walt.   Illustrations by Robert Sabuda.  Introduction by Lisa Tracy
50 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
51 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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Snow-bound.  A Winter Idyl., Whittier, John Greenleaf
52 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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53 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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54 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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55 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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