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1 Ade, George. THE GIRL PROPOSITION: A BUNCH OF HE AND SHE FABLES.
New York: R.H. Russell, 1902. First edition Cloth Good + 
16mo. 192 pages. Tan cloth with pastedown of a woman playing tennis on front board. Boards rubbed and somewhat faded. Spine very slightly cocked. Previous owner's name on ffep. One page (112) torn due to careless opening, but does not affect text or illustration. The illustrations are an imitation of old-style woodcuts with a decidely modern, witty twist. Simply put, they are delightful in embellishing the author's tales of his challenges with the opposite sex.

 
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2 Atherton, Gertrude et al. The Spinners' Club. THE SPINNERS' BOOK OF FICTION.
San Francisco and New York: Paul Elder and Co., 1907. Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 367 pages. Bound in burlap, titles and scrolls stamped in green on front cover. Front cover also features a pictorial pastedown portrait of a young woman. Some foxing to burlap. Typeset by John Henry Nash and printed at the Tomoye Press. Collection of short stories by California writers compiled by the Book Committee of the Spinners' Club for the Spinners' Benefit Fund, of which Ina Coolbrith was the first beneficiary. Authors include Gertrude Atherton, Mary Austin, Jack London, Frank Norris and others. Illustrations by Maynard Dixon, Lillie V. O'Ryan and others.

 
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3 Atkinson, Mary Ellen. THE ARCHITECT OF COLOGNE AND OTHER POEMS.
Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, 1873. 
1st Edition. Tissue-guarded frontis. Brown chalky end-pages with some wear and spotting. 101 pages, [2] pages publisher's advertising at rear. Publishers green cloth with mild wear and scuffing. Title in gilt at backstrip remains bright and fresh. Some minor wear and rubbing to the head and toe of spine. Uncommon. As of this listing we have been unable to locate another copy of this title listed via the internet at any price. OCLC(WorldCat) Number: 11263929, locates 5 copies worldwide.

 
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4 Authors American and Foreign. POPULAR RECITATIONS.
Chicago: Regan Publishing Corporation, 1925. Original Wraps Fair 
Green wraps with black and red titling. Tightly bound. A lot of soiling, discoloration and browning to front and back cover and edges of pages. Previous owner's name written in ink across top of front cover, as well as inside front cover and top of title page. Small black check marks marked next to several selections in the table of contents. Still, an unusual little book. Contents include favorites such as Casey at the Bat, The Girl with the Blue Velvet Band, and The Face on the Bar-room Floor.

 
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5 Baldwin, Faith. SELF-MADE WOMAN.
New York: Triangle Books , 1941 (1932). 
VG red cloth book in a VG, lightly chipped dustjacket. From the inside flap of the dustjacket: “Cathleen was thirty, unmarried, and one of the most successful business women in New York City. She didn't consider herself a freak of nature. Her success was extremely gratifying to her. “Was it worth it,” her mother asked her, “worth it to go without your own man and your own children in your arms?” I love how the dustjacket copy goes on to describe the man who may may make Cathleen choose to give it all up for love: “Perry Spencer, more expert at holding a woman than a job, a beautifully tailored blend of polo and Park Avenue.”

 
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FIOR DA FIORE DALLE OPERE DI DANTE., Biagi, Lodovico.
6 Biagi, Lodovico. FIOR DA FIORE DALLE OPERE DI DANTE.
Firenze: G. Barbera, 1892. 
Sm. 8vo. 300+ un-numbered pp. Parchment colored leather exquisitely stamped with scarlet and gilt fleur-de-lys and scrolls. In original scarlet cloth dustjacket and slipcase. Gilt floral endpapers and original red silk bookmark. Features a quote from the works of Dante for every day of the year, each page with elaborate floral borders. Color title page and prelim. in the style of an illuminated manuscript. Bound by G. Giannini. Highly attractive book in fine condition with a fine dustjacket in a near fine slipcase.

 
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7 Burton, Richard F. THE KASIDAH OF HAJI ABDU EL-YEZDI, TRANSLATED AND ANNOTATED BY HIS FRIEND AND PUPIL F.B.
Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher , 1911. Eighth edition Else very good. 
16mo. 124 pages. Eighth edition, one of 925 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. Bound in limp brown leather with gilt titling and design on spine and gilt device (crescent moon) on front cover. Leather faded, fraying at spine, and a few small chips. Previous owner name on ffep. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece features a picture of Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) with a facsimile of his signature underneath. Includes four uncut pages of bibliography at the end of the poetry. About very good.

 
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8 Byron, George Gordon, Lord (1788-1824). CHILDE HAROLD, A ROMAUNT.
London: J.M. Dent and Co., November, 1902. Third edition 
24mo. 4" x 6 1/2". [i-vi], vii-xii, [1-2] 310 pp. Although this book is a not uncommon third edition from the well-known Temple Classics Series, it is housed in a beautiful binding. Majestic full parchment covers, hand-painted in a colorful medieval style with elaborate floral borders, rubricated initial letters in the title, gothic lettering. Two metal clasps shaped like the heads of cherubs hold the book closed. The binding also has five raised bands. Vellum cords with fleur-de-lis shaped raised device and yapp edges give a medieval style to the binding. The upper board features a painting of an oil lamp framed by Laurel leaves. The lower board, which is covered in a green and red floral pattern, also has a pinting of a lion in a frame of laurel leaves. Spine painted with scarlet flourishes.

 
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9 Canin, Ethan. BLUE RIVER.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991. First edition 
Near fine in near fine dustjacket.

 
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10 Canin, Ethan. THE PALACE THIEF.
New York: Random House, 1994. First edition 
Near fine in near fine dustjacket.

 
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FARM LEGENDS., Carleton, Will.
11 Carleton, Will. FARM LEGENDS.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1876. Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 130 pages plus four pages of advertisments for other Harper titles. Dark green boards stamped with bright gilt borders, gilt titles, and a gilt portrait of a farmer, sitting at his hearth (with gun and powder horn) and speaking to his wife, who is knitting and his children . Also blind stamped with farm scenes in black. 20 black and white, tissue-guarded illustrations including frontispiece. Head and tail of spine beginning to fray. Bumping to corners. Small (1") ink scribble on top left corner of rear board. We also have another title by Carleton, "City Ballads". These two books have beautiful front covers and would make a delightful set.

 
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12 Clarke, Waldo, Compiler. IN PRAISE OF SHAKESPEARE, AN ANTHOLOGY FOR FRIENDS.
London: Frederick Muller Ltd., 1951 (1949). Second impression 
4 1/2" x 5 1/2". 11cm/ x 14cm. 55pp. Navy blue boards illustrated with elaborate red, white, and yellow design. Corners, head and tail of spine very gently rubbed. Very good. Compilation of what others, such as Milton, Swinburne, Dryden, Pope, and Hazlit had to say on the topic of The Bard.

 
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NATURE., Emerson, Ralph Waldo.
13 Emerson, Ralph Waldo. NATURE.
New York: Duffield and Company, 1909. Hardcover Fine in Very Good DJ 
12mo. 53 pages. In very good transparent cellophane (?) vellum (?) dustjacket with some small creases and closed tears at the top and small chips out of head and tail of spine. Black spine with brown boards. Edges of boards have a trace of fading. Titles stamped on boards in bright gilt, black and red. Gilt and red stamped leaves and a large (almost 2" )bright gilt square outlined in black. Inside the square are stamped the initials R.S. Each printed page in a decorative red border.

 
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POPULAR TALES. Hand colored plates., Guizot, Madame, translated by Mrs. L. Burke.
14 Guizot, Madame, translated by Mrs. L. Burke. POPULAR TALES. Hand colored plates.
Boston: Crosby, Nichols and Company, 1854. First edition Cloth Very Good 
16mo. 404 pages. Navy blue, blindstamped cloth boards. Titles and decoration on spine in still bright gilt. Fraying to head and tail of spine. Rubbing to boards. Text block tightly bound. Light foxing throughout. Six hand-colored plates.

 
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15 Hale, Edward Everett. A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY.
New York: Barse and Hopkins, No date.. Stiff Boards Else very good. 
12 mo. 46 pages. No date. Appears to be early 20th Century. Stiff board binding. Marbled paper wraps with gilt title bound by string tied through two holes. Some dampstains to edges. Rough-cut edges. Tissue guarded portrait of Hale is frontispiece. Decorative title page. Appears to be a gift edition.

 
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16 Hawthorne, Nathaniel. TRANSFORMATION: OR THE ROMANCE OF MONTE BENI, IN TWO VOLUMES [THE MARBLE FAUN] Extra-illustrated with 80 mounted albumen photographs
Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz, 1860. 
Two volumes. 16mo. 4 1/2 x 6 1/2". Vol. 1 -- [i-v]vi-xii, 292 pp. Vol. 2 ---280 pp. The Copyright Edition. All edges stained red. Red silk ribbon bookmarks. Bound in full parchment (lightly soiled) stamped with gilt and scarlet. Though the title page reads TRANSFORMATION: OR THE ROMANCE OF MONTE BENI, the spine of both volumes reads, MARBLE FAUN, as the title was known in America. Rich chocolate colored endpapers embellished with gilt. This set retains its original red cloth dustjackets and is housed in a matching red cloth slipcase. Both volumes are extra-illustrated with 80 mounted albumen photographs that depict Roman ruins, religious icons, famous works of art, street scenes, and people. TAUCHNITZ: INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS IN ENGLISH, 1841-1855 states that the book sold enough copies to require a fourth setting of plates -- one of only two of the firm's 500 English-language titles ever to do so. One explanation for its popularity is that, with its rich descriptions of Rome, Nathaniel Hawthorne's story or American expatriates in Italy was employed as a guidebook of sorts by tourists. This set, extra-illustrated with photographs, was likely the product of a Roman cottage industry that created such books as souvenirs for American tourists.

 
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17 Higgins, Colin. HAROLD AND MAUDE.
Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1971. First edition 
Fine in a bright dustjacket with 1/2" chip at top of spine and 1" closed tear on top left corner of front panel.

 
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18 Holland, Rupert S. YANKEE SHIPS IN PIRATE WATERS.
Garden City Publishing Co., 1931. Pictorial Cover About Very Good 
Tight, bright 8vo, bound in blue boards with a pictorial pastedown on the front cover. Sea stories featuring a double-page, full-color illustration on the title page and four color plates illustrated by Frank E. Schoonover. Many black and white line drawings at the beginning of each chapter and each part of the book. Pictorial endpapers. Vivid pictorial pastedown on front cover has letters "s" and "p" missing from the word "Ships". Rear board has three dark spots near spine. Small gift inscription on half-title page. About very good.

 
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THE WHEEL OF TIME, COLLABORATION, OWEN WINGRAVE., James, Henry.
19 James, Henry. THE WHEEL OF TIME, COLLABORATION, OWEN WINGRAVE.
New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1893. First American edition Cloth Near Fine 
12mo. 220 pages. In the first issue dark green linen-grain cloth. Lettering in gilt and triple-rule border and grillework design in silver on front cover and spine, publisher's device in gilt on front cover; white endpapers; top-edge trimmed, other edges untrimmed (Edel, Leon A Bibliography of Henry James, A41). Some age toning to endpapers. Else fine. This edition contains the second, fifth, and sixth tales included in the English edition of The Private Life.

 
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A LITTLE BOOK OF NECESSARY NONSENSE., Johnson, Burges.
20 Johnson, Burges. A LITTLE BOOK OF NECESSARY NONSENSE.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1929. Cloth Very Good 
Red boards with gilt titles. Spine soiled. Pictorial endpapers, slightly age-toned. Previous owner's name written in pencil on ffep. Cute black and white illustrations throughout. A collection of poems by the likes of William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Bret Harte, A. T. Quiller-Couch, and Lewis Carroll.

 
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