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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 capture the vernacular in their fiction. Allen has been described as "Kentucky's first important novelist. View more info

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Spell of Japan

By: Anderson, Isabel

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston, Page Company: 1914

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 001196

Condition: Very Good

Front board and spine ruled and blocked in gilt with blue and illustration of a pagoda and mountain, 8 x 5 View more info

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The Hoot of the Owl

By: Behr, H. H.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: San Francisco, A. M. Robertson: 1907

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 001168

Condition: Very Good

Textured blue cloth ruled in white with gilt title and illustration of two owls in a tree, 8 ¼ x 6 inches, 227 pages, frontis portrait of the author; light wear at extremities, white border on front board is chipping away in spots, previous owner's name label affixed to top corner of half-title page, scattered faint foxing, else internally clean and sound. A collection of short sketches and essays for the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, written by one of its members. The owl on the front cover represents the club mascot. Publisher Alexander M. Robertson was also a bookseller who operated 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 illustrated stories about four friends -- Madge and Margie Moore, Birdy Starr, and Master Bobbly Reynolds. These stories by Mrs.... View more info

M. Tringle

By: Champfleury

Price: $95.00

Publisher: Paris, Hachette: 1868

Seller ID: CS00634

Condition: Very Good Minus

Navy patterned cloth with embossed titles and decoration of mayhem among men and various animals on front cover, folio, 76 pages, illustrations throughout in color; bottom of cover board mottled, tiny nick to cloth on front joint, beginning to fray at extremities, bookseller's stamp on front paste down. Still an attractive copy of an unusual volume, wonderfully illustrated in color by Leonce Petit. View more info

Romance of the Feudal Chateaux

By: Champney, Elizabeth W.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1903

Seller ID: CS00641

Condition: Very Good

Grey pictorial cloth decorated in black and dark grey ink with gilt titles, 8vo, 436 pages, illustrations and photogravures throughout text; boards are very lightly rubbed, head and tail of spine turned in, deckle edge pages are clean, each photogravure protected by a tissue guard printed with the title of the image it's protecting. 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 illustration in color. Black and white illustrations throughout. 6.25 x 8.5 inches. The Pioneers was the first novel of James Fenimo... 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 autobiographical novel that describes the lives of two long-time friends, Barty Josselin and Robert Maurice, beginning with th... View more info

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She Stoops to Conquer or The Mistakes of a Night

By: Goldsmith, Oliver

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Hodder & Stoughton:

Seller ID: CS00408

Condition: Good

Slate blue cloth with gilt decorations and titles, 4to, 197 pages, illustrated endpapers, tipped in color illustrations by Hugh Thomson throughout; boards are quite edge worn, especially to corners and head and tail of spine where the cloth has worn down to reveal board underneath, spine dust soiled, rear board mottled near spine, pages age toned, appears to be missing a preliminary, probably a half title page. A charming and elegantly decorated edition of this classic play first performed in 1773. View more info

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Tales of the Home Folks in Peace and War

By: Harris, Joel Chandler

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company/ Riverside Press: 1898

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: CS00216

Condition: Very Good

Red cloth decorated with embossed black and gilt titles, 8vo, 417 pages, four black and white engravings by E. Boyd Smith throughout; a slight ripple to cloth of front board at fore edge, wear to extremities, presentation plate adhered to front paste down. Twelve short stories revolving around the Civil War by the author of Uncle Remus. 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 Heart of Princess Osra

By: Hope, Anthony

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick A Stokes Company: 1896

Seller ID: CS00401

Condition: Good

Green cloth decorated in gilt, silver, red and black, 12mo, 301 pages, numerous full-page illustrations by H.C. Edwards; boards are quite rubbed and edge worn, previous owner's name on front free endpaper, bookseller's stamp on rear paste down. An installation in Anthony Hope's trilogy set in the fictional land of Ruritania, which created it's own genre of romance. 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 little tender. Originally published in 1862-63 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, The Water-Babies was first published in its... View more info

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The Grafters

By: Lynde, Francis

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill:

Seller ID: 001090

Condition: Very Good

408 pages plus several pages of publishers ads; black and white illustrated plates. Green decorated in red and black, boards are clean and square with wear at extremities, pages lightly toned with age, binding sound. Cover design by Rome K Richardson, with his monogram, R R, on the bottom of the front board. David Kent has always been more or less of a failure, although talented. Now, with everything at stake--including the woman he loves and her inheritance--he must give everything in an attempt to save a railroad that everything hinges on in some fashion or another. Can he wrench success... 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 in 1890 and 1894 respectively, are described as "Reflective considerations of life in essay form that crystallize truths... View more info

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Works of Captain Marryatt in ten volumes

By: Marryatt [Marryat], Frederick

Price: $450.00

Publisher: New York, H. W. Derby: 1861

Seller ID: 001092

Condition: Good

Frank Mildmay; or, The Naval Officer Jacob Faithful; or, The Adventures of a Waterman The King's Own Mr. Midshipman Easy Newton Forster; or, The Merchant Service The Pacha of Many Tales Percival Keene Peter Simple The Phantom Ship Snarlyyow; or, The Dog Fiend All volumes are uniformly three quarter bound in brown calf over marbled paper, five raised bands on spine with brown and red title labels and small decorative devices, marbled edges and endpapers, 7 1/2 x 5 inches, each volume has a different tissue-guarded engraved frontis illustration. The books range in condition, some with only lig... 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

Edition: 1st Edition

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 teacher. He may be master of the vineyard, but will Rosemary be master of his heart when another woman comes along? Myrtle Reed ... View more info

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Among the Great Masters of Literature; Scenes in the Lives of Great Authors

By: Rowlands, Walter

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Dana Estes & Company: 1900

Seller ID: CS00261

Condition: Very Good

Green cloth boards with gilt lettering, 7.5 x 5 inches, 225 pages, thirty-two reproductions of famous paintings, top edge gilt. Boards are lightly edge worn, gilt is bright, deckle edge pages are a bit toned. A handsome copy containing works about many of the great authors including Virgil, Chaucer, Tasso, and Swift. View more info

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None But the Brave

By: Sears, [Joseph] Hamblen

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead and Co.: 1902

Seller ID: 001089

Condition: Very Good

blue cloth with paste-down portrait illustration on front board, 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, 309 pages, gray-scale illustrated plates; wear at corners and spine ends, previous owner's name in front and rear endpapers, otherwise internally clean and sound, slight lean to spine. Adventure and romance in post Revolutionary War New York. The Art Nouveau binding is stunning. 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 Scottish-born medical doctor in the Royal Navy and a prolific author of adventure fiction, primarily for boys. He wrote over 130... View more info