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  • 1768 POEMS by FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY Printed by W. Jackson, OXFORD by FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY 1768 POEMS by FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY Printed by W. Jackson, OXFORD
    FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY

    POEMS (anonymous, but known to be FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY). OXFORD, Printed by W. Jackson, MDCC,LX,VIII (1768). Disbound

    (i.e. no covers), 4to 8x10 inches, 97 pages. Beautifully printed on heavy stock, watermarked, laid paper. The imprint of the type is fully tangible. FAIR Condition: Lacking covers (as noted above). The text block's sewn binding is mostly gone leaving all the signatures and many leaves loose. The front free endpaper is lacking, the brief errata has been clipped from its own page at the rear and pasted in the space below THE END on the last page of text, otherwise complete with all pages and signatures in their proper order. The pages themselves are in Good condition, with edge wear to…

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    POEMS (anonymous, but known to be FRANCIS NOEL CLARKE MUNDY). OXFORD, Printed by W. Jackson, MDCC,LX,VIII (1768). Disbound

    (i.e. no covers), 4to 8x10 inches, 97 pages. Beautifully printed on heavy stock, watermarked, laid paper. The imprint of the type is fully tangible. FAIR Condition: Lacking covers (as noted above). The text block's sewn binding is mostly gone leaving all the signatures and many leaves loose. The front free endpaper is lacking, the brief errata has been clipped from its own page at the rear and pasted in the space below THE END on the last page of text, otherwise complete with all pages and signatures in their proper order. The pages themselves are in Good condition, with edge wear to their disbound edge, and some light edge toning and corner creases here and there. Overall the pages are bright, clean, clear and unmarked. Quite lovely as is (especially with the tactile printing), and a perfect candidate for rebinding. I have collated my copy page for page with the copy in the rare book room of the Oxford Library that has been digitized and put online.

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  • 1788 APOLOGETIC POSTSCRIPT to ODE UPON ODE by PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot) by PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot) 1788 APOLOGETIC POSTSCRIPT to ODE UPON ODE by PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot)
    PETER PINDAR (John Wolcot)

    APOLOGETIC POSTSCRIPT TO ODE UPON ODE, by PETER PINDAR.(pseudonym of JOHN WOLCOT). LONDON: Printed for G. KEARSLEY, M.DCC.XC. (1788). Second Edition (with the statement A New Edition With Considerable Additions on the front cover). Disbound, 8x10.5 inches, 32 pages. Lacking the half title page. GOOD condition. Disbound, as noted above; a crease to the upper corner of half the pages, toning to the margins; some edge wear here and there; overall the pages are bright, clean, and clear.

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  • 1792 FREDERICH SCHILLER - THE ROBBERS (DIE RÄUBER) - FIRST ENGLISH EDITION Rare 1792 FREDERICH SCHILLER - THE ROBBERS (DIE RÄUBER) - FIRST ENGLISH EDITION Rare

    THE ROBBERS - A TRAGEDY, by FREDERICH SCHILLER.

    TRANSLATED into ENGLISH from the ORIGINAL GERMAN EDITION (DIE RÄUBER, 1781). Translated by ALEXANDER FRASER TYTLER aka LORD WOODHOUSELEE, a noted translator who wrote important treatises on the theory of translation. Published by G. G. J. & J. ROBINSONS, Paternoster-Row, LONDON, MDCCXCII (1792). FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Later republished numerous times, the First English Edition of 1792 is Very Scarce. Disbound Copy (i.e. lacking covers), lacking half-title page, complete from the Title-Page through the last page of text with "The End" printed at the bottom of the last page, more recent leather spine covering still present, 5" x 8". Pagination xviii (lacking half-title pages i-ii), [2], 220. Condition: Light toning to the first…

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    THE ROBBERS - A TRAGEDY, by FREDERICH SCHILLER.

    TRANSLATED into ENGLISH from the ORIGINAL GERMAN EDITION (DIE RÄUBER, 1781). Translated by ALEXANDER FRASER TYTLER aka LORD WOODHOUSELEE, a noted translator who wrote important treatises on the theory of translation. Published by G. G. J. & J. ROBINSONS, Paternoster-Row, LONDON, MDCCXCII (1792). FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Later republished numerous times, the First English Edition of 1792 is Very Scarce. Disbound Copy (i.e. lacking covers), lacking half-title page, complete from the Title-Page through the last page of text with "The End" printed at the bottom of the last page, more recent leather spine covering still present, 5" x 8". Pagination xviii (lacking half-title pages i-ii), [2], 220. Condition: Light toning to the first and last page; 6 pages have a few words written, rather sloppily,

    in red ink in the bottom margin; 6 middle pages have some staining (not too bad and text is clear); otherwise just lightly used and still tight, bright and clean. DIE RÄUBER (THE ROBBERS)

    was the first drama by German playwright FRIEDRICH SCHILLER. It was written towards the end of the German Sturm und Drang 'Storm and Stress' movement. The play had a major influence on European dramatic works that followed. SCARCE 1792 FIRST ENGLISH EDITION

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  • 1800 REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY English-Greek Literary Criticism FIRST EDITION by Reverend Henry Meen 1800 REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY English-Greek Literary Criticism FIRST EDITION
    Reverend Henry Meen

    REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY. by the Rev. H. Meen, B.D. (Reverend Henry Meen, Rector of Saint Nicholas Cole Abbey and Saint Nicholas Olave, City of London). LONDON: Printed by Bunney & Gold, Shoe-Lane, Fleet Street, and sold by Messrs. Rivingtons, et al., 1800. Text in English with Greek excerpts from The Cassandra. Lacking covers, half-title page is disbound (i.e. laid on loosely),the rest of the pages (title page through the blank rear endpaper) still held together by the sewn binding, 5x8". Pagination: [4}, 45 pp. This was an attempt to show the importance of The Cassandra and to rescue it from falling into obscurity. An early and interesting Historical and Literary study. Condition: Lacking covers as…

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    REMARKS ON THE CASSANDRA OF LYCOPHRON, A MONODY. by the Rev. H. Meen, B.D. (Reverend Henry Meen, Rector of Saint Nicholas Cole Abbey and Saint Nicholas Olave, City of London). LONDON: Printed by Bunney & Gold, Shoe-Lane, Fleet Street, and sold by Messrs. Rivingtons, et al., 1800. Text in English with Greek excerpts from The Cassandra. Lacking covers, half-title page is disbound (i.e. laid on loosely),the rest of the pages (title page through the blank rear endpaper) still held together by the sewn binding, 5x8". Pagination: [4}, 45 pp. This was an attempt to show the importance of The Cassandra and to rescue it from falling into obscurity. An early and interesting Historical and Literary study. Condition: Lacking covers as noted above; the disbound title page and the blank rear endpaper are toned; there is foxing throughout, heaviest on about half the pages, light on the other half, text is always clear and legible beneath any foxing.

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  • 1827 4 Vol Set THOMAS CARLYLE GERMAN ROMANCE Goethe, Richter - From the CARLYLE COLLECTION of Dr. Samuel A. Jones by THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe, Richter, Schiller 1827 4 Vol Set THOMAS CARLYLE GERMAN ROMANCE Goethe, Richter - From the CARLYLE COLLECTION of Dr. Samuel A. Jones
    THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe, Richter, Schiller

    GERMAN ROMANCE: Specimens of Its Chief Authors; with Biographical and Critical Notices by the Translator of Wilhelm Meister and the Author of The Life of Schiller (i.e. THOMAS CARLYLE). FOUR VOLUMES (Complete in These 4 Volumes). Edinburgh: William Tait, Prince's Street, and London: Charles Tait, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXVII (1827). FIRST EDITION. Original hardcovers, gray paper covered boards, brown paper covered spines, printed title information on spines, 5" x 8", 337, 317, 309 and 352 pages respectively.

    Each Volume is complete with a half title and engraved title page. Early Thomas Carlyle book appearance, this was only his fourth work in book form. Carlyle greatly admired German writers and was instrumental in introducing them to the England through this, his 4…

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    GERMAN ROMANCE: Specimens of Its Chief Authors; with Biographical and Critical Notices by the Translator of Wilhelm Meister and the Author of The Life of Schiller (i.e. THOMAS CARLYLE). FOUR VOLUMES (Complete in These 4 Volumes). Edinburgh: William Tait, Prince's Street, and London: Charles Tait, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXVII (1827). FIRST EDITION. Original hardcovers, gray paper covered boards, brown paper covered spines, printed title information on spines, 5" x 8", 337, 317, 309 and 352 pages respectively.

    Each Volume is complete with a half title and engraved title page. Early Thomas Carlyle book appearance, this was only his fourth work in book form. Carlyle greatly admired German writers and was instrumental in introducing them to the England through this, his 4 volume set of books. The four volumes are: Vol. I: Musaeus and Fouqué; Vol II: Tieck and Hoffman; Vol. III: Richter; and Vol. IV: Goethe (this 4 volume set is most renowned for this volume entirely on Goethe). All four Volumes were previously part of the CARLYLE COLLECTION of DR. SAMUEL A. JONES, with a decorative rubber stamp that states "CARLYLE COLLECTION

    / SAM'L A JONES" on the

    front free endpaper of each volume, and a second such stamp on the front pastedown of the first volume. In addition, each volume is hand numbered according to its place in the collection.

    The volumes are hand numbered 20, 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Dr. Samuel A. Jones was renowned collector of Thomas Carlyle. His entire collection was catalogued by the University of Michigan in 1919. The association gives this set a rather wonderful provenance. CONDITION: Volume I has a disbound front cover and is missing its spine covering. The spine covering of Volume II is almost completely chipped away, the spine coverings of Volumes III and IV are chipped, rubbed and worn, with the spine lettering only partially legible.

    The covers of all 4 Volumes are worn at the edges, with most edges worn through, and the paper starting to peel away at a number of places. Volume I has a clipping from an old bookseller's catalogue pasted to the front pastedown. The clipping lists a similar set of Carlyle books for 1 pound 5 shillings. The bookseller was Alfred Russell Smith (Soho, London). Internally, there is foxing, offsetting, some spotting and some shorelining, mainly to the first and last few pages of each Volume, otherwise the inner pages are pretty nice - complete, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. SCARCE FIRST EDITION SET OF THIS IMPORTANT THOMAS CARLYLE WORK with a WONDERFUL ASSOCIATION to one of the most notable COLLECTOR'S OF CARLYLE.

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  • 1839 Boston Imprint LA FONTAINE : A PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG - POETIC FABLES by Jean de La Fontaine 1839 Boston Imprint LA FONTAINE : A PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG - POETIC FABLES
    Jean de La Fontaine

    LA FONTAINE : A PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG : FROM THE FRENCH. BOSTON : Weeks, Jordan and Company, MDCCCXXXIX (1839). A small format book of numerous, short POETIC FABLES by Jean de La Fontaine, with such titles as THE BAT AND THE TWO WEASELS; THE CITY RAT AND THE COUNTRY RAT; THE HORSE AND THE WOLF; etc. Small format hardcover book, greenish blue cloth covered boards, blind embossed designs on the front and rear cover, gilt titling on the front cover, 12mo, 4x6 inches, 108 pages. VERY GOOD condition, there are a couple small scrapes to the front cover, otherwise the covers are solid and lovely; internally, there is toning and some offsetting to the blank front and rear endpapers,…

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    LA FONTAINE : A PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG : FROM THE FRENCH. BOSTON : Weeks, Jordan and Company, MDCCCXXXIX (1839). A small format book of numerous, short POETIC FABLES by Jean de La Fontaine, with such titles as THE BAT AND THE TWO WEASELS; THE CITY RAT AND THE COUNTRY RAT; THE HORSE AND THE WOLF; etc. Small format hardcover book, greenish blue cloth covered boards, blind embossed designs on the front and rear cover, gilt titling on the front cover, 12mo, 4x6 inches, 108 pages. VERY GOOD condition, there are a couple small scrapes to the front cover, otherwise the covers are solid and lovely; internally, there is toning and some offsetting to the blank front and rear endpapers, but the text pages, which are printed on better paper, are white, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A lovely copy of this little book filled with La Fontaine poetic fable gems.

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  • 1844 COLIN CLINK Charles Hooton THREE VOLUME SET in RIVIERE FINE BINDING 1st UK by Charles Hooton 1844 COLIN CLINK Charles Hooton THREE VOLUME SET in RIVIERE FINE BINDING 1st UK
    Charles Hooton

    COLIN CLINK, by Charles Hooton. THREE VOLUME SET. Beautiful FINE BINDING by RIVIERE, with Riviere's miniscule "BOUND BY RIVIERE & SON" statement printed on the top edge of the blank verso of the front free endpaper of each volume. LONDON: Richard Bentley, 1844. First UK book edition. (Originally published in UK in Bentley's Miscellany about 1837, then in book form in the U.S. in 1840, then in this first U.K. book edition.) Complete in three volumes. Finely bound, half green morocco with marbled paper covered boards, five raised spine bands, gilt lettering to the spines, gilt top page edges, marbled endpapers, 5x8 inches (12.5x20 cm). Pagination: [iv], 317, [1]; [4], 309, [1]; [4], 312 pages. Frontispieces and plates by Leech…

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    COLIN CLINK, by Charles Hooton. THREE VOLUME SET. Beautiful FINE BINDING by RIVIERE, with Riviere's miniscule "BOUND BY RIVIERE & SON" statement printed on the top edge of the blank verso of the front free endpaper of each volume. LONDON: Richard Bentley, 1844. First UK book edition. (Originally published in UK in Bentley's Miscellany about 1837, then in book form in the U.S. in 1840, then in this first U.K. book edition.) Complete in three volumes. Finely bound, half green morocco with marbled paper covered boards, five raised spine bands, gilt lettering to the spines, gilt top page edges, marbled endpapers, 5x8 inches (12.5x20 cm). Pagination: [iv], 317, [1]; [4], 309, [1]; [4], 312 pages. Frontispieces and plates by Leech and George Cruikshank. The decorative bookplate of J.A. Burnham, Jr. is on the front pastedown of each volume. NEAR FINE condition, the covers have a bit of wear to the spine ends and corner tips, and the leather has a couple superficial scrapes; internally there is a spot of foxing here and there, else tight, bright, clean, clear, and unmarked. A lovely, finely bound, 3 volume set. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: This 3 volume set will require additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the additional charges and be able to accept or reject them before your payment is processed. Or you can contact us ahead of time to find out the shipping charge to your country. Thanks.

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  • 1848 CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK - THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar - FIRST EDITION by Charles Kingsley 1848 CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK - THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar - FIRST EDITION
    Charles Kingsley

    THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY; or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar, by CHARLES KINGSLEY. Published by John W. Parker, London, 1848. FIRST EDITION. Small Format Hardcover Book, cloth covered boards, spine paper title label, 4.5x7". Pagination: [4], xxiii (i-xxiii), [4], 271 (pages numbered 28 to 271, consecutive numbering beginning with page "i"), [1], + 4 numbered pages of Publisher's ads. Preface by the Reverend F. D. Maurice and an Introduction by the Author. This is CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, a drama, written while he was Rector of Eversley. THE YEAST, Kingsley's first novel, was being published in installments in Fraser's Magazine at the same time, but it was controversial and the…

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    THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY; or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar, by CHARLES KINGSLEY. Published by John W. Parker, London, 1848. FIRST EDITION. Small Format Hardcover Book, cloth covered boards, spine paper title label, 4.5x7". Pagination: [4], xxiii (i-xxiii), [4], 271 (pages numbered 28 to 271, consecutive numbering beginning with page "i"), [1], + 4 numbered pages of Publisher's ads. Preface by the Reverend F. D. Maurice and an Introduction by the Author. This is CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, a drama, written while he was Rector of Eversley. THE YEAST, Kingsley's first novel, was being published in installments in Fraser's Magazine at the same time, but it was controversial and the novel serialization was never finished - it was completed and first published in book form in 1850. Condition: The Original Covers are rubbed and shelf worn, there is a light cup ring on the rear cover, the spine covering is split at the rear fold, but holding well, the paper spine label is chipped and worn, affecting the label title text (part of the title, "KINGSLEY",

    and the "5s." price are still clear). Internally, there is a previous owner's signature at the top of the front pastedown,

    "St. John's Book Club" is written at the top of the front free-endpaper, there is some light corner creasing, overall the inner pages remain tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A complete, solid, nice 1848 First Edition copy, in original covers, of THE FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK by CHARLES KINGSLEY.

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  • 1859 George Meredith ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - 3 Volume Set - First Edition by George Meredith 1859 George Meredith ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - 3 Volume Set - First Edition
    George Meredith

    THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - A History of Father and Son, by GEORGE MEREDITH. THREE VOLUME SET - Complete in these Three Volumes. LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, Piccadilly, 1859. FIRST EDITION. This was George Meredith's first full-length novel (preceded only by a volume of verse and two single-volume burlesques). When it first came out, in 1859, it was a critical and financial failure, considered both "unreadable" and of "low ethical standards". It was not, therefore, reprinted until 1878. Then, all of a sudden, the critics began raving about the book to such an extent that it became required reading at many English schools. That is why the 1859 first edition of what became the author's best known work…

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    THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL - A History of Father and Son, by GEORGE MEREDITH. THREE VOLUME SET - Complete in these Three Volumes. LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, Piccadilly, 1859. FIRST EDITION. This was George Meredith's first full-length novel (preceded only by a volume of verse and two single-volume burlesques). When it first came out, in 1859, it was a critical and financial failure, considered both "unreadable" and of "low ethical standards". It was not, therefore, reprinted until 1878. Then, all of a sudden, the critics began raving about the book to such an extent that it became required reading at many English schools. That is why the 1859 first edition of what became the author's best known work is scarce. Half-leather (leather spine and corners) and pebbled cloth covered boards, five raised spine bands, embossed gilt titling to spine, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, 4.5x7.5". Pagination: iv, 303; iv, 348; iv, 395. Bookplate of STEPHEN EATON ELAND on the front pastedown of each volume. Condition: Covers are rubbed and scraped at the spine ends, corner tips and edges of the leather, and are sunned at the margins, but remain sturdy and handsome; the top page edges have darkened; Volume I is lacking a blank prelim page (blank prelim page before the title page), otherwise all volumes are complete; there is substantial foxing to the first and last few pages of each volume, otherwise there is only a bit of foxing here and there; other than the foxing on the first and last few pages, the inner pages are complete, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. This 1859 First Edition Three Volume Set of George Meredith's First full-length Novel is VERY SCARCE.

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  • 1871 THE FALL OF ENGLAND? BATTLE OF DORKING : REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER by SIR GEORGE TOMKYNS CHESNEY 1871 THE FALL OF ENGLAND? BATTLE OF DORKING : REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER
    SIR GEORGE TOMKYNS CHESNEY

    THE FALL OF ENGLAND? THE BATTLE OF DORKING: REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER, By a Contributor to "Blackwood", i.e. Anonymous but known to be SIR GEORGE TOMKYNS CHESNEY. Published by G. P. Putnam & Sons, New York, 1871. Second American Edition. Softcovers / Paper Wrappers, 5x7.5 inches, 66 pages plus 2 leaves of ads at the rear. Chesney's Reminiscences of a Volunteer was published in four parts, each complete unto itself. THE BATTLE OF DORKING is one of the parts, the other parts being Destruction of the English Fleet, German Occupation of London, and Fall of the British Empire. About this Work (from Wikipedia): ****** In 1871 Sir George Tomkyns Chesney anonymously contributed to Blackwoods Magazine a highly influential short story…

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    THE FALL OF ENGLAND? THE BATTLE OF DORKING: REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER, By a Contributor to "Blackwood", i.e. Anonymous but known to be SIR GEORGE TOMKYNS CHESNEY. Published by G. P. Putnam & Sons, New York, 1871. Second American Edition. Softcovers / Paper Wrappers, 5x7.5 inches, 66 pages plus 2 leaves of ads at the rear. Chesney's Reminiscences of a Volunteer was published in four parts, each complete unto itself. THE BATTLE OF DORKING is one of the parts, the other parts being Destruction of the English Fleet, German Occupation of London, and Fall of the British Empire. About this Work (from Wikipedia): ****** In 1871 Sir George Tomkyns Chesney anonymously contributed to Blackwoods Magazine a highly influential short story called THE BATTLE OF DORKING, a vivid fictional account of a supposed invasion of England by the Germans after their victory over France. This fictional invasion narrative was republished in many editions and translations and is considered a founding piece of the Invasion Literature genre.****** GOOD MINUS Condition: The wrappers are chipped with closed tears along their edges, there is a large piece

    of the front cover bottom corner that could come off at any time because it has a stiff very tender crease, and there is a previous owner's signature at the top of the front cover that is mostly chipped off; nonetheless the original wrappers are present. Internally, the pages are lightly toned, there is edge wear to the first few pages, and there are some torn corners and corner creases here and there, not affecting text; overall the inner pages remain tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A solid, complete copy with worn but original wrappers.

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  • 1877 AULD LANG SYNE: SELECTIONS from PAPERS of the PEN AND PENCIL CLUB First Edition 1877 AULD LANG SYNE: SELECTIONS from PAPERS of the PEN AND PENCIL CLUB First Edition

    AULD LANG SYNE: SELECTIONS from the PAPERS of the PEN AND PENCIL CLUB. Printed for PRIVATE CIRCULATION (exclusively for members of the Pen and Pencil Club), 1877. FIRST EDITION. Published as a Hardcover but now LACKING ITS COVERS, though the spine covering is partially present; lacking half title and frontispiece illustration (the second plate, illustrating Aubrey House, is present); textually complete from the title page through to the last page, page 176 (I collated my copy with the copy in the Rare Book Room of the Bodleian Library that was digitized in 2007); pages and signatures mostly DISBOUND and LOOSE but in proper order. Condition: Lacking covers and with loose and disbound pages and signatures, as noted above; the title…

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    AULD LANG SYNE: SELECTIONS from the PAPERS of the PEN AND PENCIL CLUB. Printed for PRIVATE CIRCULATION (exclusively for members of the Pen and Pencil Club), 1877. FIRST EDITION. Published as a Hardcover but now LACKING ITS COVERS, though the spine covering is partially present; lacking half title and frontispiece illustration (the second plate, illustrating Aubrey House, is present); textually complete from the title page through to the last page, page 176 (I collated my copy with the copy in the Rare Book Room of the Bodleian Library that was digitized in 2007); pages and signatures mostly DISBOUND and LOOSE but in proper order. Condition: Lacking covers and with loose and disbound pages and signatures, as noted above; the title page has pieces missing from its corners, edge wear, and a bit of edge staining, not affecting text; there is light toning to the page margins, some edge wear here and there, and light soiling to the last page. This disbound and page loose but textually complete copy is a great candidate for rebinding. 1877 TRUE FIRST EDITIONS of the PAPERS of the PEN AND PENCIL CLUB are quite RARE.

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  • 1886 S.R. CROCKETT His First Book DULCE COR with ASSOCIATION to WILLIAM SHARP (aka FIONA MACLEOD) First Edition SCOTTISH WRITERS by Samuel Rutherford Crockett, William Sharp, Fiona Macleod 1886 S.R. CROCKETT His First Book DULCE COR with ASSOCIATION to WILLIAM SHARP (aka FIONA MACLEOD) First Edition SCOTTISH WRITERS
    Samuel Rutherford Crockett, William Sharp, Fiona Macleod

    DULCE COR: Being the POEMS of FORD BERÊTON (pseudonym of SAMUEL RUTHERFORD CROCKETT). LONDON: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., MDCCCLXXXVI (1886). First Edition. Hardcovers, olive green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: xii, 200 pages. Frontispiece portrait and one plate, both with their tissue guards. This is the FIRST BOOK by the SCOTTISH writer S.R. CROCKETT, b. 1860 d. 1914. It is a collection of poetry written under the pseudonym FORD BERÊTON. The book was published the year Crockett was ordained into the Church of Scotland. It would be seven years later, and after resigning his ministry, that Crockett would begin publishing his famous SCOTTISH STORIES, beginning with his successful THE…

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    DULCE COR: Being the POEMS of FORD BERÊTON (pseudonym of SAMUEL RUTHERFORD CROCKETT). LONDON: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., MDCCCLXXXVI (1886). First Edition. Hardcovers, olive green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: xii, 200 pages. Frontispiece portrait and one plate, both with their tissue guards. This is the FIRST BOOK by the SCOTTISH writer S.R. CROCKETT, b. 1860 d. 1914. It is a collection of poetry written under the pseudonym FORD BERÊTON. The book was published the year Crockett was ordained into the Church of Scotland. It would be seven years later, and after resigning his ministry, that Crockett would begin publishing his famous SCOTTISH STORIES, beginning with his successful THE STICKIT MINISTER. This copy has an IMPORTANT SCOTTISH LITERARY ASSOCIATION, with the penciled ownership SIGNATURE and handwritten ADDRESS of Scottish writer WILLIAM SHARP on the half title page. William Sharp wrote under his name and under the pseudonym of FIONA MACLEOD. He was a contemporary of Samuel Crockett. He was also a contemporary of William Butler Yeats who reportedly liked the writing of Fiona Macleod but not the writing of William Sharp. There is a lovely pictorial bookplate of Albert Harrison on the front pastedown. I have no idea who he might be. VERY GOOD condition, the covers have some wear and rubbing to the spine ends and corner tips, there is foxing here and there, most noticeable on the first and last few pages, the leaf consisting of pages 95/96 is missing its upper corner (probably from being roughly cut open), not affecting text; otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. The penciled signature and handwritten address of William Sharp are clear and legible. About S.R. CROCKETT (from Wikipedia): ******Samuel Rutherford Crockett, b.1859 d.1914, who published under the name S. R. CROCKETT, was a Scottish novelist. After some years of travel, he became in 1886 an Ordained Minister of Penicuik. During the same year as his ordination, his first book, Dulce Cor (Latin: Sweet Heart), a collection of verse under the pseudonym Ford Brereton, was published. That was the only book he published until he abandoned the ministry to become a writer. The success of J. M. Barrie and the Kailyard school of sentimental, homey writing had already created a demand for stories in Lowland Scots, when Crockett published his successful story of The Stickit Minister in 1893. It was followed by a rapidly produced series of popular novels frequently featuring the history of Scotland or his native Galloway. Crockett made considerable sums of money from his writing and was a friend and correspondent of R. L. Stevenson. A substantial number of his works have been republished since the 100th anniversary of his death.****** About WILLIAM SHARP / FIONA MACLEOD (from Wikipedia): ******William Sharp, b.1855 d.1905, was a Scottish writer, of poetry and literary biography in particular, who from 1893 wrote also as Fiona Macleod, a pseudonym kept almost completely secret during his lifetime. Sharp's poem THE LONELY HUNTER inspired the title of Carson McCullers debut novel THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. His poem contains the lines "Deep in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to me still, But my heart is a lonely hunter, that hunts on a lonely hill". In Disney's 2017 movie production of Beauty and the Beast, Belle recites to the Beast several lines of Sharp's poem A Crystal Forest: "Each branch, each twig, each blade of grass, / Seems clad miraculously with glass".******

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  • 1891 CAESAR'S COLUMN the First Notable English Language DYSTOPIAN NOVEL by Edmund Boisgilbert 1891 CAESAR'S COLUMN the First Notable English Language DYSTOPIAN NOVEL
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    CAESAR'S COLUMN, by Edmund Boisgilbert, M.D. (Ignatius Donnelly). Published by F. J. Schulte & Company, Chicago, 1891. Second printing (published one year after the 1890 first printing). Hardcovers, maroon colored cloth covered boards with gilt titles to the front cover and spine, 5.5x8 inches, 367 pages. Considered to be the first major English language dystopian novel. Describes the overthrow of civilization and a world in anarchy. Early previous owner's signature and date on the front free endpaper and on a blank prelim: "George W. Rosenberger / 1895". GOOD MINUS condition: the front cover has dampstaining to its corner areas and to the front margin, the rear cover has dampstaining to its upper corner, the inner hinges are split and a…

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    CAESAR'S COLUMN, by Edmund Boisgilbert, M.D. (Ignatius Donnelly). Published by F. J. Schulte & Company, Chicago, 1891. Second printing (published one year after the 1890 first printing). Hardcovers, maroon colored cloth covered boards with gilt titles to the front cover and spine, 5.5x8 inches, 367 pages. Considered to be the first major English language dystopian novel. Describes the overthrow of civilization and a world in anarchy. Early previous owner's signature and date on the front free endpaper and on a blank prelim: "George W. Rosenberger / 1895". GOOD MINUS condition: the front cover has dampstaining to its corner areas and to the front margin, the rear cover has dampstaining to its upper corner, the inner hinges are split and a bit ragged but are holding well, the front free endpaper is detached (i.e. laid in loosely) and chipped along all its edges, the front and rear endpapers are toned, there is light waterstaining to the front margin of the first few pages, there is a previous owner's signature as noted above, there are corner creases,small spots, and some cracked hinges here and there; nonetheless this is a complete and still solid copy with inner pages that are bright, clean, clear and unmarked. Rare ORIGINAL 1881 edition of this EARLY DYSTOPIAN NOVEL. From the preface (titled To The Public): "I earnestly hope my meaning, in the writing thereof, may not be misapprehended... It must not be thought, because I am constrained to describe the overthrow of civilization, that I desire it. The prophet is not responsible for the event he foretells. He may contemplate it with profoundest sorrow. Christ wept over the doom of Jerusalem... Neither am I an anarchist: for I paint a dreadful picture of the world-wreck which successful anarchism would produce..."

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