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21 Miller, Alice Duer. THE BURGLAR AND THE BLIZZARD.
New York: Hearst's International Library Co., 1914. 
Very good, with light rubbing to corners and head and foot of spine. Interestingly, the story is not listed in the online bibliographies of the work of either Alice Duer Miller or Charlotte Harding.

 
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CHIMNEYSMOKE., Morley, Christopher.
22 Morley, Christopher. CHIMNEYSMOKE.
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1921. Leather Bound Very Good 
12mo. 253 pages. Color frontispiece and numerous black and white illustrations in this delightful volume of poems about domestic tranquility and family harmony. Inscription on ffep: "Valentine Greetings, Vickie Dear, from Sir Christopher and Marykins. February 14th, 1925". Book has been rebound by someone in three different types of leather with the title stamped on the spine. Enpapers look like the bark of a tree. A unique copy of this charming little book.

 
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23 Perrault, Ch. LES CONTES DES FEES (THE TALES OF THE FAIRIES).
Paris: Librarie Theodore Lefevre Et cie.. 
3 3/4" x 5 3/4". 207 pp. Red cloth elaborately stamped in black and gilt. A late nineteenth century edition of Charles Perrault's famous Fairy Tales, published in Paris with text in French. Nine hand-colored engravings and numerous black and white wood engravings. The tales included in this book are: 1) La Belle au bois dormant -- Sleeping Beauty 2) Le Petit Chaperon Rouge -- Little Red Riding Hood 3) Le Barbe bleue -- Blue Beard 4) Le Maitre Chat, ou le chat botte -- Puss in Boots 5) Les Fees -- The Fair (or Diamonds and Toads) 6) Cendrillon -- Cinderella 7) Riquet la houpe -- Ricky with the Tuft 8) Le Petit Poucet -- Little Thumb 9) Peau d'Asne -- Donkey Skin 10) Les souhaits ridicules -- The Ridiculous Wishes 11) L'adroite princesse -- The Discreet Princess

 
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24 Porter, Jane, Ed. SEAWARD'S NARRATIVE OR HIS SHIPWRECK AND CONSEQUENT DISCOVERY OF CERTAIN ISLANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA WITH DETAILS OF HIS RESIDENCE THERE AND OF VARIOUS EXTRAORDINARY AND HIGHLY INTERESTING EVENTS IN HIS LIFE.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 82 Cliff St., 1845 (1843). 
3 3/4" x 6 1/2". 360. pp. "Abridged and Revised". Embossed brown cloth with gilt title and decorations on spine. Frontispiece illustration and title page vignette. Cloth rubbed through in many places around edges and corners. Head and foot of spine heavily chipped. Good. Though the author asserted that she was given the diary by the family of its writer, the DNB says that it is "doubtless largely, if not wholly fictitious". True or not, the book was the cause of great sensation when it was published.

 
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OLD ROSE AND SILVER., Reed, Myrtle.
25 Reed, Myrtle. OLD ROSE AND SILVER.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1911. Later printing Cloth Near Fine 
Sm. 8vo. 364 pages. Lavender cloth embossed with silver trellis and vines and pink roses. Title on front board also in silver. Gilt titles and scrolls on spine. Small "M.A." stamped in silver at bottom left corner of front board suggests this book was designed by Margaret Armstrong. Black borders around every page with head of each page and each chapter in red ink. A work of art.

 
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26 Reed, Myrtle. THE MASTER'S VIOLIN.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1911. Later printing Cloth Very Good 
Sm. 8vo. 315 pages. Lavender cloth embossed with white daffodils outlined in gilt. roses. Title on front board also in gilt. Gilt titles and scrolls on spine. A similar copy suggests this book was designed by Margaret Armstrong. Black borders around every page with head of each page and each chapter in red ink. A work of art. Gift inscription in pencil on ffep. Some soiling to front board.

 
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27 Retold by E. Nesbit. TWENTY BEAUTIFUL STORIES FROM SHAKESPEARER: A HOME STUDY COURSE Being a Choice Collection from the World's Greatest Classic Writer: Wm. Shakespeare
Chicago: The John A. Hertel Co., 1907. Very Good 
Sm. 4to. 317 pages. Limp brown leather, titles stamped in bright gilt. Tooled border front and back covers and embossed designs on spine. All edges gilt. Leather cover is scuffed, worn at spine edges. Marbled endpapers. Color frontispiece of Shakespeare. Decorative lavender borders around each page of text. Book includes 8 color illustrations (including frontis) and over 75 black and white illustrations. One color plate is loose but laid in. Interestingly, in almost all of the illustrations, the characters from Shakespeare are depicted as children.

 
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28 Riley, James Whitcomb (Johnson, Benj. F.). NEGHBORLY POEMS ON FRIENDSHIP, GRIEF, AND FARM LIFE.
Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill Company, 1891. Cloth Very Good 
12mo. 90 pages. Two-toned dark and light green boards stamped with gilt titles. Top edge gilt. Illustrated frontispiece. Boards, corners, and spine edge lightly rubbed. Ffep is creased. Illustrated -- black and white color plates.

 
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AN OLD SWEETHEART OF MINE., Riley, James Whitcomb.
29 Riley, James Whitcomb. AN OLD SWEETHEART OF MINE.
Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1902. Cloth Near Fine 
8vo. Green boards stamped with gilt lettering. Lovely floral design and oval pictorial onlay on front board. Pink toned floral endpapers and other decorations throughout the book designed by Virginia Keep. Charming poem about a man who loves his wife, and has since childhood. Beautiful pink floral decorations around each page with text. Nineteen illustrations including frontispiece by Howard Chandler Christy. Bottom corners rubbed. Contemporary gift inscription in ink. Else fine.

 
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30 Riley, James Whitcomb. FARM RHYMES.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1901. Cloth Very good - 
Sm. 8vo. 187 pages. Green boards with spine and edges faded. Gilt border and titles. Lovely drawing of a farmer in a corn field stamped on front board in gilt, red, and black. One loose (but laid in) page. Will Vawter's pastoral illustrations evoke the nostalgia for country life that is so redolent in Riley's poetry.

 
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POEMS HERE AT HOME., Riley, James Whitcomb.
31 Riley, James Whitcomb. POEMS HERE AT HOME.
New York: The Century Co., 1893. First American edition Cloth Very Good 
Green cloth with gilt titles. Shelfwear. Bottom corners bumped. Charming gift inscription in ink dated 1895 reads, "Myrtle, 'Til at last she set herself to man /Like perfect music unto noble words '(Tennyson) - Al Christmas 1895. Foxing to endpapers and fore-edge.

 
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32 Riley, James Whitcomb; Dye, Charity. THE RILEY READER.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs -Merrill Company, 1915. Cloth Very Good + 
8vo. 116 pages. Black cloth. Front board and spine with gilt lettering. Elaborate gilt floral design stamped on front board. Very light shelfwear.

 
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33 Shakespeare, William. COMPLETE SET OF 40 ALLIED NEWSPAPER MINIATURE SHAKESPEARE BOOKS IN ORIGINAL WOOD BOOKCASE.
London: Allied Newspapers, 1932. 
Each volume measures 1 1/4" x 2". Black leatherette cloth with titles and decoratives devices lightly printed on spines. Books presented as issued in original wood bookcase. Bookcase has three shelves and measures 7 1/2" x 9". Forty volumes, each with an illustrated frontispiece of a play scene, which is printed in easily readable 6-point type. Marbled endpapers. Each book contains a page or two of explanation as a preface to each play and a list of characters. A charming and compact edition of the Bard's works.

 
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34 Shakespeare, William. HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK. A TRAGEDY BOUND WITH A LATER EDITION OF COMEDY OF ERRORS.
Printed in the Year 1709. 
Sm. 8vo. 4 3/4" x 7 3/4". Fragile, age-toned wraps. This copy of HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK was most likely excised from the Nicholas Rowe's seven-volume, 1709 edition of THE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE. It is bound with coarse brown string along with a later version of COMEDY OF ERRORS. The cover of the production, most likely the title page of the play from Rowe's HAMLET is loose, and has multiple tears, and a 1/2" hole in the middle of the word "Denmark". Additionally, an early owner of the book who I presume thought he had a sense of humor, has inked the words, "Mr. Thompson" under "Hamlet" and has also written, "By N. Smith, Esq. He composed it himself." The verso of the title page lists Dramatis Personae and the play begins on page 2367. Hamlet continues in its entirety to page 2466. The play is immediately followed by what, in the 1709 Rowe edition is its illustrated frontispiece, page 2365. When the book was rebound, the frontispiece, paginated to be the frontispiece was moved to the end of the play. Additionally, the previous owner has added his own flourishes to the copper engraving that is the first known illustration of HAMLET, drawing breasts in ink on the body of Gertrude, making closed cuts around the portrait of Old Hamlet, and sketching a dog next to the ghost of Claudius. COMEDY OF ERRORS follows the appearance of HAMLET, though its pagination is entirely out of sequence from HAMLET which precedes it. COMEDY OF ERRORS begins on page 120 and ends on page 181. It is printed on a different paper and in a different font than HAMLET. Despite the many flaws in this copy, the 1709 Rowe edition of HAMLET is central to all illustrated editions of Shakespeare, as it was the first illustrated edition. The image's mode of production -- copper engraving -- added to the way that a person encountering Shakespeare on the page rather than the stage perceived the story. The ghost appears as an ethereal figure through the very sparing use of engraved lines, giving a translucent effect quite impossible in the contemporary theatre. As well as being achievable only in this medium, the approach is essential to the image's referential meaning, since without it there would be no direct indication of the ghost's identity as a spirit. The upturned chair assumes a compositional, not a dynamic meaning, when moved from stage to page, since now it points upward to the portrait of Old Hamlet hanging directly above Gertrude. The effect is to convey meaning through a device specific to a static visual design, the geometric arrangement of forms to convey a relationship central to the play. Bate does not, however, complete the point by making clear its significance when the print is considered as the frontispiece, the first element of the play encountered by the reader. For someone who knows the play, the difference between Old Hamlet and Claudius; for one approaching it afresh, it hints at some relation between the ghost and the portrait. Focus on the composition reveals another important level of implication, contained in the placing of Gertrude. Located in the centre of the design, framed between the three male figures - live, spectral, and painted - she is visually enmeshed in their relationship. A reader familiar with the text will recognize her complicity, and one encountering it afresh will be offered a suggestion as yet imprecise, and perhaps not consciously assimilated, but giving impetus to the play's larger movement. A most unusual presentation of the important first illustrated edition of this play.

 
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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE., Shakespeare, Willilam.
35 Shakespeare, Willilam. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.
Piazza S. Marco, Venice, Italy: S. Rosen Publisher, 1906. 
2" x 3". 256 pp. Miniature book bound in parchment with hand-painted binding. Florentine-style scrollwor, rubricated initials, and embossed gold adorn the upper board. Spine and lower board also meticulously handpainted. One of two small leather ties is present. Very good.

 
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36 Smith, Huntington, editor. AN EMERSON CALENDAR.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Company, 1905. Cloth Very Good 
Sm. 8vo. 117 pages. Chocolate brown cloth covered boards with gilt titles and gilt bell decoration on front board. Edge of front board faded. Gilt titling and cover picture of bells are still intact and bright. Photogravure portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Under the picture is a facsimile of Emerson's signature reading, "With great regard, R.W. Emerson."

 
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37 Snyder, Gary. RIPRAP.
San Francisco: Origin Press, 1959. 
Second edition (only 500 copies issued in first edition). Bound Japanese style, tan paper wraps with a purple stitched binding. White paste-on with black lettring. Some age toning to tan paper. Few small creases. Printed in Kyoto Japan by Genichido Co. and distributed by City Lights Books in San Francisco.

 
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PENDENNIS:  HIS FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES, HIS FRIENDS AND HIS GREATEST ENEMY., Thackeray, William Makepeace.
38 Thackeray, William Makepeace. PENDENNIS: HIS FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES, HIS FRIENDS AND HIS GREATEST ENEMY.
New York: International Book Company. 1/2 leather Very Good 
12mo. Two volumes bound as one in beautiful brown half leather and marbled boards. Gilt titles on maroon labels on spine. Three compartments elegantly embossed in gilt designs. Leather corners and spine edges rubbed and worn. Corners worn through. Marbling worn off of right edge of front board.

 
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39 Thackeray, William Makepeace. VANITY FAIR.
New York: Hurst and Co., 1907. No edition stated. Pictorial Cover Very Good 
16mo. 688 pages. Lovely pictorial pastedown on front cover. Green boards with faded white titling. White titling completely worn off of spine. Else very good. At the back of the book are excerpts and illustrations from several "Novels by Eminent Hands" in addition to the usual publisher's advertisements for other titles and series.

 
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40 Wharton, Richard, Esq. M.P. FABLES: CONSISTING OF SELECT PARTS FROM DANTE, BERNI, CHAUCER, AND ARIOSTO. IMITATED IN ENGLISH HEROIC VERSE.
London: Printed by T. Bensley . . . for Payne and Mackinlay, 1804. 
8vo. 199 pp. Inscribed by the author's wife, "Given to Mr. J.W. Phipps by Mrs. Wharton, March 13, 1812." In navy blue embossed leather with gilt decorative devices and gilt letters on spine. A.e.g. Joints and corners heavily rubbed. Corners lightly bumped. Else very good. Though Henry Francis Cary was the first to translate the entire Divine Comedy into English, several English authors translated various cantos of the work into their native tongue prior to him. According to ESTC, the first such partial translation of Dante's poetry into English appeared in 1773. Wharton's 1804 translation of cantos 3 (the description of the entrance to Hell), 32 and 33 (the story of Ugolino, a traitor at the lowest depth of Hell) into English Heroic Verse is one several early appearances of Dante in English. The three cantos translated in this work are among the best known scenes in Inferno. Fables renders select parts of Dante's well-known terze rime in English Heroic verse, imitating the style of English poet, dramatist, and critic, John Dryden. This book, offering selections from several major literary works, is an interesting example of the skimmed milk that was served up to the eighteenth century reader as an example of Dante's poetry. It is best appreciated when compared with the later, complete, and (arguably) more competent translations such as Cary's and Longfellow's. Scarce. ABPC locates no copy offered at auction in the past 30 years. OCLC locates but copies.

 
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