1.A GUEST" (Edward Jenkins, MP).The Blot on the Queen's Head; or, How Little Ben, the Head Waiter, Changed the Sign of the "Queen's Inn" to "Empress Hotel, Limited," and the Consequences Thereof.London: Strahan and Co., 1876.
First Edition. Original blue printed wrappers. Small octavo. Humorous farce concerning current Victorian politics. Very Good, few tiny edge chips and mild darkening.Item #12850
2.ABBEY, Edwin A. and Alfred Parsons.Old Songs.New York: Harper and Brothers, 1889.
First Edition. Quarto, original full leather, gilt page edges and original illustrated dustjacket. Collection of poetry and illustrations. Uncommon in oversized 19th Century dustjacket. Very Good, but cheaply produced binding has lost the leather material along spine gutters, in Very Good dustjacket, three inch closed tear at lower front panel.Item #32656
3.ADAMS, Arthur H.Maoriland: And Other Verses.Sydney: The Bulletin Newspaper Company, Ltd., 1899.
First Edition. Signed and Inscribed by author to half title page and verso of front free endpaper, in which he states he copies out two verses he likes best, “as they best express Australia,” as well as stating ‘the few remaining copies of / this edition of 1000.../were slightly damaged...” Author was a journalist and writer from New Zealand. Octavo, off white cloth with gilt lettering and illustration to spine. Very Good to Near Fine with modest soiling to cloth, yellowing to endpapers, discreet number paste to front inside cover. Lacking dustjacket.Item #19196
4.ALDRICH, Thomas Bailey.Friar Jerome's Beautiful Book [ARTS CRAFTS MOVEMENT].Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., (1896).
First Edition Thus. Original decorative leather and illustrated dustjacket. A high point of arts and crafts book design. Very Good, spine ends worn, in Good dustjacket, inch chip at lower spine end.Item #28954
5.ALDRICH, Thomas Bailey.A Sea Turn and Other Matters.Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1902.
First Edition. duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers. Collection of short stories including a nautical adventure yarn. Scarce in original wraps. This copy inscribed and signed by the publisher, David Douglas, at front free endpaper. Very Good, creasing at spine, ends chipped.Item #17127
6.ALGER, Horatio.Cervantes, Chivalry and Voices of the Past as printed in, The Pictorial National Library, a Monthly Miscellany of the Useful and Entertaining in Science, Art and Literature.Boston: William Simonds. 1849.
Volumes 2 and 3 bound in one, January to December 1849. Contemporary 3/4 leather binding, marbled boards, gilt lettering at spine. Contains the three earliest contributions by Horatio Alger to a periodical, and his first published works. "Voices of the Past" (Poem), pp. 278 of Vol. II (June 1849); "Chivalry", a 2-page article p. 123 of Volume II, (March 1849) and "Cervantes", a page article p.241 (November, 1849). (See Gardner Bibliography). Also prints an obituary for Edgar Allan Poe who died in that year. Very scarce Alger item. Very Good volume, outer hinges cracked, front free end papers and title page shaken, text generally clean and free of staining.Item #12854
7.Alger, Horatio.in, Our Young Folks, An Illustrated Magazine.Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 1866.
Bound volume Two of Our Young Folks, 1866-7, including Alger's short story, How Johnny bought a Sewing-Machine. Volume issued with some color plates. Contemporary cloth over boards. Original 3/4 leather and marbled boards. Very Good tight copy, spine leather with surface loss.Item #16921
8.Alger, Horatio.Sink or Swim, in, Ballou's Monthly Magazine.Boston: Office American Union. 1869.
First Edition. Bound volume, XXIX, January to December 1869. contemporary 3/4 black leather, marbled boards, gilt at spine, raised bands. Contains the complete Alger story, Luck and Pluck; or John Oakley's Inheritance, in 12 parts. Very Good plus tight volume, moderate edge wear.Item #17151
9.ALLEN, Grant.Babylon.New York: The F. M. Lupton Publishing Company, (1892).
Presumed First American Edition. Octavo, original printed wrappers of light green with dark green lettering. Early novel by prolific writer, agnostic son of a Reverend, whose early works were often scientific included ideas of Darwinism, this novel, originally written in 1885, at the beginning of his novel writing period ranging from 1884 to 1899. Very Good, but for front cover chipped at corners including a 2 inch tall chip to lower front corner, shallow chipping to spine ends, some soiling to wrappers and page ends.Item #18306
10.ALLEN, Grant.The Duchess of Powysland.New York: George Munro, (1892).
Early or First American Edition. Original illustrated wrappers, published date on front wrap, July 15, 1892. Part of the Seaside Library. Adventure novel listed in Hubin as a marginal mystery.Item #20341
11.An Old Traveler.Anecdotes for the Steamboat and Railroad. Selected from the Best Authors.Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1854.
First Edition. Octavo, embossed brown cloth, gilt lettering and illustrations to spine. Rare Collection of short anecdotes involving the steamboat and the railroad. Only 9 library holdings listed on WorldCat. Nearly Very Good, with moderate to sever foxing to some pages, slight cocking, wear to cloth at spine ends and cover corners, some surface wear, front cover sightly bowed.Item #18772
12.[Andersen] Anderson, Hans Christian.Wonderful Stories for Children translated from the Danish by Mary Howitt.New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1846.
First American edition of Andersen's first work of fairy tales translated into English, with the author's name incorrectly spelled on the title page as Anderson. 12mo, original green black cloth with gilt decoration to front cover and spine, and blind stamped decoration to borders of front and rear covers. Gilt lettered spine. Lacks front and rear free endpapers, and also an inch and a half triangle of front paste down. Spine edges and corners lightly bumped. Some minor foxing. Very good without dust jacket as issued.Item #27799
13.ANDERSON, Hans Christian [Mary Howitt, translator].Life in Italy: The Improvisatore.New York: Harper & Brothers, (1845).
Presumed First Edition. Octavo, contemporary Leather, with gilt lettering at spine, raised spine bands, gilt accents to covers. First Edition of Hans Christian Anderson to appear in English, his classic autobiographical travel book on Italy, translated from the Danish by the well known English poet and translator, Mary Howitt. Very Good, with rubbing to leather at spine edges and cover corners, some water staining and wrinkling to rear board, shadowing to endpapers and some soiling throughout.Item #18312
14.ANONYMOUS.The House of Deceit.New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1914.
First Edition. "The romance and adventures of a modern demogog. Maurice Sangster comes to London to set the Thames on fire. The lining up of the forces of radicalism and conservatism in both politics and religion; the increasing pressure of Labor upon Church and State; and the drift of Protestantism towards Catholicism, and the easing of Catholicism toward Modernism, especially in America." Found in an early bibliography of Jewish Life in the Fiction of America and England, which states: "The anonymous author is at his worst when he essays to become humorous. His most ambitious flight in this direction is the creation of Mr. Girshel, the radical manager, who is endowed with all the follies and vices and sordidness of the traditional stage Jew of former years". Very scarce. Near Fine in Very Good soiled dustjacket.Item #25274
16.ARNOLD, Edwin.The Light of Asia.New York: American Book Exchange. 1880.
Possible First American Edition. Original printed pink wrappers. 12mo. An unusual printing of this classic poem concerning the founder of Buddhism, published as a separate issue of the Library Magazine. This edition very likely precedes the authorized American publication by Roberts Brothers of Boston in the same year. Fragile thin-paper wrappers makes this edition an unlikely survivor over the years. A Near Fine copy with few edge nicks.Item #11428
17.BACHELLER, Irving.The Master of Silence.New York: Charles L. Webster and Co., 1892.
First Edition. Original green cloth, gilt lettering at front cover, decoration. Bleiler listed fantasy novel concerning a mind reader. Author's first book. This copy with signed letter by Bacheller tipped in at front free endpaper. Very Good, modest edge wear.Item #16801
18.BAILLIE, Joanna.The Dream: A Tragedy, in Prose. In Three Acts.New York: The Longworths at the Dramatic Repository, Shakespeare Gallery, 1812.
First American Edition. Only 7 library holdings on WorldCat. Very Scarce. Sextodecimo, bound in modern paper wrappers. Play by Scottish poet and dramatist who was well-known for her literary powers and who wrote her plays primarily for the stage. Very Good, few pencil markings, light foxing to pages, only light wear. An attractive copy.Item #18702
19.BAINTON, George, editor (Mark TWAIN).Art of Authorship: Literary Reminiscences, Methods of Work, and Advice to Young Beginners, Personally Contributed by Leading Authors of the Day.New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1890.
First American Edition. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt lettering. Includes contributions by Louise Chandler Moulton, G. A. Henty, George MacDonald, Mark Twain, Wilkie Collins, Celia Thaxter, H. Rider Haggard. Very Good, spine end wear, top spine end cloth rubbed.Item #17131
20.BALLANTYNE, R M.In the Track of the Troops: A Tale of Modern War.New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1878.
First American Edition. Octavo, original red cloth, gilt decorative lettering and stamped black illustration to front cover and spine. Illustrated with black and white engravings by C. Maurand. Adventure novel of war and romance, by prolific Scottish juvenile fiction writer. Very Good with moderate wear to spine ends and cover corners, light wear to spine edges.Item #18305
21.BANGS, John Kendrick.Three Weeks in Politics.New York: Harper and Brothers. 1898.
First Edition. 12mo, original white cloth with black design and lettering. Part of the publisher's "black and white Series". This copy with interesting inscription that reads: From one who helped defeat the author when he ran for mayor of Yonkers in '94 & who knew the ex senator quite well. Unsigned. Very Good, mild soiling to cloth.Item #11429
22.BARRIE, J M.Auld Licht Idylls.New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., (1898).
Early Reprint Edition. Original decorative green boards. Collection of short stories by Barrie. Ads at rear panel of dustjacket list the publisher's 1898 publications. This copy remarkable for having its original 19th Century printed, thin-paper dustjacket. Near Fine in Very Good plus dustjacket.Item #7803
First Edition. Original printed wrappers. Number 17 of the publisher's Belmore Series, dated at spine March, 1893. Collection of stories and essays by Barrie. Scarce in original wrappers. Very Good, spine darkened, some wear along spine edges.Item #10336
First Edition. Nashua, New Hampshire themed poetry by a woman born November 24, 1809 who had written the poetry over a period of 50 years before deciding to publish them as a volume of work. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt illustration of a lyre to front cover, gilt lettering to spine. Photograph of author at frontispiece. Good plus with spine faded, come soiling, cloth well worn at spine ends and cover corners, mild foxing.Item #18615
25.BARRY, William.Sporting Sketches and Holiday Rambles.London: George Routledge and Sons. 1869.
no date, circa 1869. Presumed First Edition. Original color illustrated paper over boards. Octavo. Scarce humorous collection of stories on the subject of hunting, fishing and shooting, with chapter headings including: Killvullen-By-the-Sea, Rough Angling; The Great Killooly Coursing Club; Trout Murder; Sporting Accidents; Sporting Impostors; Sporting Expeditions; Killing No Sport; Popularity of Athletic Pursuits; Snipe Shooting; Plover Shooting; Stalking the Whimbrel; Concerning Beaters; etc. Very Good copy, minor surface wear at front panel and spine, modest loss of paper to spine edges and ends.Item #12857