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A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath

By: Allen, James Lane

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan: 1900

Seller ID: 001051

Condition: Very Good


Red cloth decorated with elaborate gilt decoration, 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches,276 pages plus publishers ads, black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson; mild wear at extremities, spine a little faded, front hinge cracking about 2/3 from top but binding holding fast, brief gift inscription in preliminary blank page, untrimmed edges with a few unopened. Absolutely beautiful binding. James Lane Allen (1849 - 1925) was an American novelist and short story writer whose work, i... View more info

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The Choir Invisible

By: Allen, James Lane

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan: 1900

Seller ID: 001053

Condition: Very Good


Small hardcover, blue cloth decorated in gilt, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches, 361 pages plus one ad; gilt on front board and spine is dulled, mild external wear, internally clean and sound. James Lane Allen (1849 - 1925) was an American novelist and short story writer whose work, including the novel A Kentucky Cardinal, often depicted the culture and dialects of his native Kentucky. His work is characteristic of the late-19th century local color era, when writers sought to captu... View more info

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Sun of Saratoga (The Academy Edition of International Authors)

By: Altsheler, Joseph Alexander

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Akron, Ohio, St. Hubert Guild: 1897

Seller ID: 001043

Condition: Very Good


Limited edition; leather bound hardcover, 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, 313 pages, tissue guarded color illustrations. Embossed green Morocco with elaborate decorations in gilt, green and blue, top edge gilt, blue moire end papers, ribbon bookmark, boards worn at edges and spine ends, sprinkling of light water spots on front board, spine is sun faded, internally clean and sound. Joseph Alexander Altsheler (1862 - 1919) was an American newspaper reporter, editor and author of ... View more info

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The Value of Happiness

By: Barrows, Mary Minerva

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, NY, H. M. Caldwell: 1909

Seller ID: 001041

Condition: Very Good


Green cloth with gilt titles and decoration, 8 3/4 x 6 inches, 193 pages, heavy stock pages with illuminated green decorated borders. The book is in very good condition with only light wear at edges and corners, previous owner's name stamp in front end paper, very occasional check-marks in margins, else internally clean and sound. A collection of sayings, quotes, bits of prose and verse about the value of happiness. Introduction by Margaret Sangster, who was a popular a... View more info

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Hither and Thither, or Good Times for Papa's Little Daughters

By: Brine, Mary D.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Cassell & Company: 1884

Seller ID: 000959

Condition: Very Good


8 3/4 x 7 inches, 256 pages, profuse with black and white illustrations throughout. Green cloth elaborately decorated in brown, black and gilt, pretty floral end papers, boards rubbed and edge worn with a bit of foxing, gilt decoration is bright, corners starting to wear through with a bit of fraying, gift inscription in preliminary blank pages dated 1884, occasional scattered foxing and brown age spots throughout, pages lightly toned, binding sound. Collection of ill... View more info

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Picturesque America or, the Land We Live In: A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Water-Falls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country. With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by Eminent American Artists

By: Bryant, William Cullen (editor)

Price: $395.00

Publisher: New York, NY, D. Appleton and Company: 1874

Seller ID: 000861

Condition: Very Good


Volume I 1872 and Volume II 1874. Two volumes, complete. Two huge leather bound volumes. Morocco boards with banded spines, stamped gilt titles, all edges gilt, leather is heavily scuffed and worn along extremities, wearing through at corners, marbled end papers, large damp stain to top edge of Vol I front free end paper and subsequent three pages affecting margin of Niagra Falls engraving, pages are toned, bindings firm and sound. Profusely illustrated with steel engra... View more info

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The Pioneers: or, The Sources of the Susquehana. Arranged for Youth with Illustrations

By: Cooper, James Fenimore

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, George Routeledge: 1890

Seller ID: 000812

Condition: Good


Pictorial brick red cloth boards with gilt titles. Boards have beveled edges. Boards are rubbed with heavy edge wear. Corners turned in and beginning to wear through. Split near tail of spine along bottom edge of lowest title block containing publisher. Front and rear internal hinges have been neatly and securely repaired with Japanese tissue. Short closed tear at bottom spine corner of title page. Pages lightly toned from age. Binding sound. 192 pages. Frontis illustrat... View more info

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The Martian

By: Du Maurier, George

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Harper & Brothers: 1898

Seller ID: 000798

Condition: Very Good


Hardcover; 8 x 6 inches; viii, 471, [4] pages; frontis portrait of the author; illustrated. Blue cloth decorated in gilt, top edge gilt with remaining edges untrimmed, boards rubbed with mild wear at extremities, faint damp stain to spine near head, dark blue clay coated end papers, scattered foxing and tanning at page edges, rear internal hinge just starting to crack near tail, binding a little tender but intact. Overall a beautiful volume. The Martian is a largely a... View more info

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Happiness: Essays on the Meaning of Life

By: Hilty, Carl; Peabody, Francis G. (translator)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Macmillan: 1903

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 001011

Condition: Very Good Plus


Blue cloth with light blue decoration and gilt stamped titles to spine and front board, 154,[2] pages, title page printed in red and black with vignette; mild wear at extremities with a hint of fraying to bottom front corner, many pages unopened, binding sound. Swiss philosopher, writer and lawyer, Hilty takes on work, the battles of life, good habits, children, happiness and the meaning of life in this brief volume. View more info

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The Strength of Being Clean: A Study of the Quest for Unearned Happiness: A Red Cross Address

By: Jordan, David Starr

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, L. C. Page: 1930

Seller ID: 001063

Condition: Very Good


Blue cloth with decorative floral design, 7 1/2 x 5 inches, 45 pages; boards show only mild wear at corners and spine ends with small dark spot at top edge of front board, internally clean and sound. First paragraph: I wish in this address to make a plea for sound and sober life. I base this plea on two facts: to be clean is to be strong; no one can secure happiness without earning it. And the binding is lovely. View more info

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The Servant in the House

By: Kennedy, Charles Rann

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Harper and Brothers: 1908

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 000863

Condition: Very Good


Embossed purple cloth boards with dust jacket; 8.25 x 5 inches; [5], 152 pages; black and white photographs of characters from the play. Boards are a vivid purple, but it is difficult to represent that in the photo. Boards rubbed and worn at extremities, tiny and faint char mark on front board, previous owner's name in pencil in front end paper, small piece of the top edge of the front end paper has been torn away where it might have had an ownership sticker, untrimmed ... View more info

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The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby

By: Kingsley, Charles

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Macmillan Company:

Seller ID: 000913

Condition: Very Good


Undated but in the late Victorian style and with gift inscription in front end paper dated 1887. Hardcover, 310 pages plus 12 pages of publisher's ads, several black and white illustrated plates, small in-text illustrations at the beginning of each chapter; red boards with gilt titles and decorative borders in black and gilt, boards rubbed and edge worn with occasional mild soiling, faded spine, pretty floral end papers, pages toned and brittle from age, binding a littl... View more info

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My Study Fire

By: Mabie, Hamilton Wright

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1899

Seller ID: 001042

Condition: Very Good


With Sixty Five Illustrations by Maude Alice and Genevieve Cowles. Hardcover in green cloth with elaborate gilt decoration, 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, 288 pages, numerous black and white illustrated plates plus in-text drawings, typographic decoration at beginning of each chapter; boards rubbed and edge worn, spine faded, binding a little tender. Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846-1916) was an American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer. The two series of My Study Fire, written... View more info

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Treu Zu Jesus (Faithful to Jesus): Erz

By: Muller, Elizabeth

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Einsiedlen, Verlagsanstalt Benziger & Co: 1912

Seller ID: 000963

Condition: Very Good


All text in German. Small hardcover; 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 182,[2] pages; three illustrated plates (one in color and two black and white). Dark blue cloth boards with rounded corners decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, decorative end papers, mild edge wear to boards, frontis (page before title page) has been removed, else pages are clean and crisp, binding sound. View more info

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Master of the Vineyard

By: Reed, Myrtle

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: 1910

Seller ID: 001052

Condition: Very Good


Blue cloth decorated in gilt and purple grapes and leaves motif, designed by Margret Armstrong; 8 x 5 1/4 inches, 372 pages, frontis illustration in color, text bordered in black with red titles and chapter headings on every page; boards show mild wear at extremities, gilt a little dulled, old price written at top of front end paper along with previous owner's name, else internally clean and sound. Her love of books leads Rosemary to the love of her country school teach... View more info

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The Bridal of Triermain

By: Scott, Sir Walter

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Boston, MA, Lee and Shepard Publishers: 1888

Seller ID: ET0046

Condition: Good


Large, oblong book with illustrated boards and gilt titles. Boards are rubbed and worn. Corners and spine ends scuffed through and bits of the cloth are missing at the head and tail of spine. End paper at front hinge is cracked but binding is holding. Clean, unmarked pages. 64 pages. This is a book length poem with fourteen illustrated plates dispersed throughout the text. Each plate is protected by a tissue guard, though the tissue is missing from plate V. The illust... View more info

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Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott

By: Scott, Walter

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell:

Seller ID: 001054

Condition: Very Good


[1888], 659 pages, several black and white illustrated plates, all pages of text bordered in red; brown cloth covered boards decorated in black and gilt, boards rubbed and edge worn, gilt a bit dulled especially on spine, front internal hinge beginning to crack, pages toned with age, a few penciled notes in rear end papers, binding sound. This beautiful and well preserved copy of Scott's poems is a lovely example of Victorian publishers bindings. View more info

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Wild Adventures 'Round the Pole

By: Stables, Gordon

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, NY, H. M. Caldwell Company: 1893

Seller ID: ET0166

Condition: Very Good


Undated, but this cover design was used by the publisher in 1901. This title was originally published in 1893. Green cloth with illustration of man reading on front board and Art Nouveau style floral design on spine. Cover titles in gilt. Boards are clean and square with light wear at extremities. Spine decoration is faded. Brief gift inscription in front free end paper. Clean, crisp pages. Sound binding. 333 pages. William Gordon Stables (1840 – 1910) was a Sco... View more info

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A Dream of Fair Women

By: Tennyson, Alfred

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Boston, James Osgood: 1880

Seller ID: 001060

Condition: Very Good


Large hardcover, 9 x 6 3/4 inches, 103 pages, black and white illustrated plates and numerous in-text black and white illustrations, all edges gilt; boards worn at extremities with fraying at corners and spine ends, name in pencil in front endpaper, lightly toned pages, sound binding. First published in 1833 under the title "Legend of Fair Women," " A Dream of Fair Women" is a long poem with illustrious women as it heroines who have been unfortunate. Tennyson revised it... View more info

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The Ruling Passion: Tales of Nature and Human Nature

By: Van Dyke, Henry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1901

Seller ID: 001055

Condition: Very Good


Dark blue cloth with gilt titles and elaborate pine decoration in green and gilt designed by Margret Armstrong; 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, 295 pages,gray-scale illustrations tinted in pink; boards are rubbed worn at extremities, hint of fraying at corners and spine ends, previous owner's name stamp in front end paper, diagonal closed tear to tissue guard at frontis, pages toned with age, binding a little tender. A multi-talented personality, Henry Van Dyke (1852 - 1933) was ... View more info