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THE MASTER OF SILENCE - A Romance, Bacheller, Irving
1 Bacheller, Irving THE MASTER OF SILENCE - A Romance
New York C. L. Webster & Co 1892 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Fiction, Fact, and Fancy Series; 176 pages; Clean and tight in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front board and decorative stamping in darker green. Gilt flaked from spine letters and minor rubbing at spine ends, otherwise Very Good+. Author's first book, Master of Silence involves extrasensory perception, mystery, and Gothic elements. The protagonist Kendrick Lane is a mind reader who works for a cotton merchant in London. He travels to New York to help an unfamiliar uncle work through a mystery with "consequences of great importance to me and to mankind." Listed in both Wright's American Fiction and Bleiler's Guide to Supernatural Fiction. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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LA SAISIAZ - The Two Poets of Croisic, Browning, Robert
2 Browning, Robert LA SAISIAZ - The Two Poets of Croisic
London Smith, Elder, & Co. 1878 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 
x, 202, 2 pages; (Broughton A108) Clean and tight in original binding of bevelled green cloth with tripled borders & gilt lettering. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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IN SUNFLOWER LAND Stories of God's Own Country, Field, Roswell Martin
3 Field, Roswell Martin IN SUNFLOWER LAND Stories of God's Own Country
Chicago F. J. Schulte & Company 1892 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
257 & [2, ads] pages; Publisher's pale green cloth, decoratively stamped in gilt on the spine, and gilt, with touches of black and darker green on the front cover -- with sunflower motif, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut and untrimmed -- a handsome nineties decorative cloth binding, in an excellent state of preservation. There is light rubbing to the spine's extremities (no breaks, chips or tears, just a visible erosion of the pale green color to the fabric) ; there is similar light rubbing visible at the points of the boards' corners, and one tiny point along the rear gutter of the spine. The original plain laid endpapers are clean and unmarked, with perfect hinges, no signatures or marks of any sort. The gilt top edges, and the deckle edges left untrimmed are fresh, and free from dust or soiling. A superior copy of this scarce first book by Roswell Martin Field, best remembered as the brother of the poet, columnist (and book collector) Eugene Field. The author and his brother were born in St. Louis, where their father, the elder roswell Martin Field, is remembered as the lawyer who represented Dred Scott in his unsuccesful suit to win his freedom from slavery (the Supreme Court's infamous denial of Dred Scott's claim was a major cause of the Civil War. Collectors of Eugene Field will recall Roswell Field for his memoir of his recently-deceased brother published in the 1896 "Love-affairs of a Bibliomaniac" and the brothers joint-book: "Echoes from the Sabine Farm. " Stories of Kansas and the midwest. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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4 Gasparin, Madame the Countess De ; [ Catherine Valérie Boissier ] VESPER
New York Robert Carter & Brothers 1863 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
Translated from the French by Mary L. Booth. Original green cloth binding, decoratively blindstamped. Previous owner's inscription on ffep, scattered foxing, marginal chip at top edge of table of contents page otherwise Very Good. Frontispiece illustration with tissue guard. OCLC: 10769033 Madame de Gasparin (1813-1894) was born Catherine Valérie Boissier in Geneva and raised in a wealthy patrician family. In 1837 she married the Count Agenor de Gasparin. She and her husband were both successful authors. Madame de Gasparin's writings on morals had a particularly wide audience, especially "Marriage from a Christian Point of View" [1842-43] and Human Sorrows [1838]. The stories gathered in Vesper are excellent examples of Mme Gasparin's Calvinist views embodied in compelling literary style. As one contemporary reviewer put it: " In one part of Vesper, Madame de Gasparin rises above the level of common life to parable. The story of "Emmanuel" is an answer to Mr. Hawthorne's "Goodman Brown," written, as Madame de Gasparin bitterly puts it, "to establish the universal reign of Satan," as if life were in very earnest a witches' carnival, with Satan swaying the hearts of those who seem noblest and purest.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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MEMOIRS OF FREDERICK AND MARGARET KLOPSTOCK, Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb & Margaretha
5 Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb & Margaretha MEMOIRS OF FREDERICK AND MARGARET KLOPSTOCK
Bath Richard Cruttwell 1810 Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 
xiv, 242, (1) pages; 1810 hardcover (Bath, Cruttwell). Translated from the German, by the author of Fragments in Prose and Verse . Printed by Richard Cruttwell . Bath; and sold by Cadell and Davies, Strand; Hatchard, Piccadilly, London; and S. Cheyne, Edinburgh. Contemporary calf, red leather spine label w/ gilt lettering. Translated and edited by Elizabeth Smith, and based on letters give her by Dr Mummsen of Altona. Elizabeth Smith (1776-1806) was an oriental scholar and philologist of some repute. Friedrich Klopstock was noted for his religious epic 'Der Messias' of 1748. Former owner's name "Hooper - Densley" on ffep. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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PATCHWORK, Locker, Frederick
6 Locker, Frederick PATCHWORK
London Smith, Elder & Co 1879 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Octavo 
19th century bookplate on endpaper.; Clean and tight in green cloth binding with black borders & decorative gilt device & lettering. Former owner's brief inscription on first blank page; bookplates of the Lockwood Memorial Library of the University of Buffalo on front pastedown Written by the poet and noted book collector Frederick Locker [1821-1895] ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Selections from the WRITINGS OF MRS. SARAH C. EDGARTON MAYO - With a Memoir, by Her Husband, Mayo, Sarah C. Edgarton
7 Mayo, Sarah C. Edgarton Selections from the WRITINGS OF MRS. SARAH C. EDGARTON MAYO - With a Memoir, by Her Husband
Boston A. Tompkins 1849 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
viii, [9]-432 pages; Publisher's brown cloth, decoratively stamped in blind and lettered in gilt on the spine, pale yellow endpapers. Steel-engraved portrait of Sarah Mayo as frontispiece. A sound and attractive copy, with rubbing and minor chipping to the corners and the spine ends, and foxing largely confined to the endpapers, and particularly the binder's blank leaves between the endpapers and the text block, and the frontispiece and its tissue guard. Mrs. Mayo wrote for publication in several of the magazines of the day, especially the "Lady's Repository," and edited the "Rose of Sharon" annual gift book. She spent her married life in Gloucester, Massachusetts, as the wife of the pastor of the Independent Christian Society. Her husband gathered these works for posthumous publication, several had not been previously published. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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IN THE BRAVE DAYS OF OLD - A TALE OF ROMAN TIMES, McKeag, Anna Jane ; "A Girl of Fourteen"
8 McKeag, Anna Jane ; "A Girl of Fourteen" IN THE BRAVE DAYS OF OLD - A TALE OF ROMAN TIMES
Washington, PA Will T. Creigh's Print 1879 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; 95 pages; 12mo. Green cloth binding, boards have ruled borders with decorative devices at corners in blind, gilt lettering at front board. Small tear to cloth at base of spine, light toning to endpapers. OCLC: 25537536 Preface signed by "A. J. M." - Anna Jane McKeag who became an instructor at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA in 1892. After earning a PhD at University of Pennsylvania in 1900, she subsequently became Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Wilson College in 1902. She then spent some years at Wellesley as Professor of Philosophy, but returned to Wilson College in 1912 to become the first woman President of the College. In 1915 she returned to Wellesley where she served as full professor of education until 1932. McKeag was an ardent supporter of Women's suffrage. This is a very scarce work of juvenilia by an important woman educator. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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SONGS OF THE SIERRAS, Miller, Joaquin
9 Miller, Joaquin SONGS OF THE SIERRAS
Boston Roberts Brothers 1871 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
1871 First American Edition. Hardcover. Very good, in publisher's decorative cloth ("B" issue binding) worn at top. First U. S. Edition (text varies considerably from London 1871 edition. ). Probably text issue A, but first page of ads has been removed (second page consistent with A issue). BAL 13751. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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THE SHIP IN THE DESERT [First Edition], Miller, Joaquin
10 Miller, Joaquin THE SHIP IN THE DESERT [First Edition]
Boston Roberts Brothers 1875 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Very good in publisher's decorated cloth binding. First Edition, with the signature mark C not present. Spine faded, wear at head, Original owner's name date April 1876. Epic poem detailing a journey west across North America during the 1850's. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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GEORGE WASHINGTON JONES - A Christmas Gift That Went a-Begging, Stuart, Ruth McInery
11 Stuart, Ruth McInery GEORGE WASHINGTON JONES - A Christmas Gift That Went a-Begging
Philadelphia Henry Altemus 1903 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
(vi), 201, (2) pages; Blue cloth decorative binding with art nouveau design on front cover. Story about a young boy (african American), partially in dialect. Ruth McEnery Stuart makes extensive use of stereotypic black dialect and African American characters. Joan Wylie Hall states that Stuart's tales provide a detailed picture of post-Civil War life, and according to Sams, her "Negroes have always the genuine Negro humor, ... while her po' white trash are equally amusing and pathetic in their plentiful lack of humor." Excellent full page black and white illustrations by Edward Potthast. Spine faded, old birthday greeting (quite charming) tipped in of ffep, otherwise Very Good. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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A SONG OF ITALY, Swinburne, Algernon Charles
12 Swinburne, Algernon Charles A SONG OF ITALY
London John Camden Hotten 1867 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
66 & ads pages; Publisher's bright blue smooth cloth, with date "1867" in gilt letters at the foot of the spine, black endpapers. The first edition was 3000 copies and apparantly exceeded the original demand to the extent that various remainder bindings and new combinations of advertisements are found in copies. This copy is bright and fresh, apart from minor rubbing and loss of binding color at the spine ends and tips of the corners. The blue cloth is smooth, rather than ribbed; the serif of the letter "F" in the word "OF" in the title on the spine has the longer, slanted serif; the front advertisements appear between the front free endpaper (black on its recto) and the front blank which precedes the half title. The rear ads are entirely unopened, but this handsome copy is unusual in that a previous owner has opened every leaf of the text -- (with care, but for a minor miscue at the top margin near the gutter of four leaves at the center). Details of the faded letters or battered state of certain letters or words in the ads will be cheerfully suppied upon request. ["Jocasta" is perfect... "printed" in the notice for Hotten's Anacreon, is not]. See Wise 38; Carter, Binding Variants p. 157. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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ERECHTHEUS - A TRAGEDY, Swinburne, Algernon Charles
13 Swinburne, Algernon Charles ERECHTHEUS - A TRAGEDY
London Chatto & Windus 1876 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Clean and secure in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine, gilt ruled border to front board and border in blind to rear board, corners rounded. Armorial bookplate of George Bishop with the motto "Labor Omnia Vincit." Early issue with list of books at rear dated October 1875. A very nice example of this Swinburne first edition. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET, Trollope, Anthony
14 Trollope, Anthony THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET
New York Harper & Brothers 1867 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
362, (2) pages; Tall octavo, publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering. 362, 2 ads double columns. Sadlier, page 81. Some minor wear at head & tail of spine & corners, ffep detached still a Very Good copy, clean & tight in the binding. Illustrations by George H. Thomas. This American edition preceded the last of the weekly parts issued in London, as well as the publication of the second volume of the English edition.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Three Months with the New York Herald or, Old News on Board of a Homeward-Bounder, Wright, Capt. A. Minott
15 Wright, Capt. A. Minott Three Months with the New York Herald or, Old News on Board of a Homeward-Bounder
New York Published for the Author By William Beverley Harrison 1891 Hardcover Near Fine 12mo 
222 pages; Publisher's pale blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover lettered within a decorative pattern in dark blue - incorporating a mariner's compass and a ship's wheel. A crisp, fresh copy - with just a hint of rubbing at the spine ends and a couple of small faint marks on the rear cover. An odd book, purportedly musings of a ship's captain on matters of politics, government and modern life, based on his readings in old issues of the New York Herald. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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