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A Nip in the Air, Betjeman, John
1 Betjeman, John A Nip in the Air
New York W. W. Norton & Company 1974 First American Edition; First Printing Softcover Near Fine 
Blue wraps with white titles. In near pristine condition except for small bump on upper right front corner. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 62 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Sonnets from the Portuguese, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
2 Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Sonnets from the Portuguese
New York The Heritage Club 1938 Hardcover Illustrated by Valenti Angelo 
About NF copy of this Heritage Club edition of Sonnets. The book has only very light shelf wear and aging. The slipcase shows some wear and has tape repairs top and bottom. ; Decorations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Unpaginated pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Ye Miller's Tale, Chaucer, Geoffrey (Jerry Kamstra, trans.)
3 Chaucer, Geoffrey (Jerry Kamstra, trans.) Ye Miller's Tale
San Francisco The Troubador Press 1961 First Edition Thus; First Printing Softcover Very Good Illustrated by Michael McCracken 
Stapled, pictorial wraps with light, general wear and aging. Very nice translation and illustrations of Chaucer's ribald Miller's Tale. Laugh-out loud funny. ; B&W Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Unpaginated pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Fitzgerald, Edward (Trans. )
4 Fitzgerald, Edward (Trans. ) The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
New York Avenel Books N.D. Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Edmund J. Sullivan 
Leather-like covers with gilt titles and frame. Book has only very light shelf wear and aging. Very nice illustrations. ; B&W Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Unpaginated pages; Photogravure Edition of the Rubaiyat. The photogravures are based on drawings by Gilbert James. Beautiful book. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Fitzgerald, Robert (trans.)
5 Fitzgerald, Robert (trans.) Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
New York Thomas Y. Crowell N.D. Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Pictorial covers with almost no wear. Dust wrapper has some edge and corner wear including a small tear and a chip near the top of spine. The book is not dated but this is an early Crowell reprint of the first American edition. Very attractive in dust wrapper. ; Tinted Frontispiece; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 48 pages 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Volpone or the Fox, Jonson, Ben
6 Jonson, Ben Volpone or the Fox
Oxford Limited Editions Club 1952 Limited Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Rene Ben Sussan Signed by Illustrator
Light, general wear and mild overall aging. Slipcase shows some light edge and corner wear. Many pages are uncut. Square and securely bound. Limited Edition of 1500, this being #1057. Signed by Ben Sussan on Limitation Page. ; Stencil-Coloured Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 163 pages; Signed by Illustrator 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Michael and Mary, Milne, A. A.
7 Milne, A. A. Michael and Mary
London Chatto & Windus 1930 First Trade Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Fair dust jacket 
Book has general light wear and expected aging. Former owner's name in pencil on ffep along with stamped date. Solid, very good copy. Dustjacket is separated at both spine edges. The dj also has some chips at corners and spine ends. However, the jacket has a rather nice appearance in its Mylar protector. See scan. This book is a play by the author of the Winnie the Pooh books. ; Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall; 96 pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Blue at the Mizzen, O'Brian, Patrick
8 O'Brian, Patrick Blue at the Mizzen
New York W. W. Norton & Company 1999 0393048446 / 9780393048445 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book and jacket have only very minor shelf wear. Free Offer card for Master and Commander laid in.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 262 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Master and Commander, O'Brian, Patrick
9 O'Brian, Patrick Master and Commander
New York W. W. Norton & Company 1990 0393325172 / 9780393325171 1st Softcover Edition; First Printing Softcover Near Fine 
Book has only very minor shelf wear. This is the first Norton softcover edition of O'Brian's great novel.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 459 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Yellow Admiral, O'Brian, Patrick
10 O'Brian, Patrick The Yellow Admiral
New York W. W. Norton & Company 1996 0393040445 / 9780393040449 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book and jacket have only very minor shelf wear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 262 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Italy, A Poem, Rogers, Samuel
11 Rogers, Samuel Italy, A Poem
London T. Cadell, et. al. 1830 First Illustrated Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Full leather with gilt titles on spine and five raised bands. Bright gilt foredges. Some scuffing on spine and rear cover. Corners bumped with some rubbing on edges. Still square and securely bound with bound-in bookmark. Attractive copy. Former owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Gift inscription dated 1831 on third free endpaper. Rogers was an early Romantic poet and a friend of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Byron. He was extremely popular in the 18th century; less so today. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 284 pages 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Scott, Sir Walter
12 Scott, Sir Walter The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott
Boston Phillips, Sampson, and Company 1856 A New Edition Hardcover Good+ 
Red, blindstamped cloth with gilt titles and decoration on spine. Gebneral edge, corner and surface wear with some loss at spine extremities. Spine is slightly sunned. The title gives this one away. ; B&W Frontispiece; Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall; 580 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Poetical Works of Walter Scott Esq. , Volume 4 : The Lady of the Lake, Scott, Walter
13 Scott, Walter The Poetical Works of Walter Scott Esq. , Volume 4 : The Lady of the Lake
New York J. Eastburn and Co. 1818 Hardcover Illustrated by Richard Westall 
Full leather with gilt title on black rectagle on spine. Front cover is detached but book seems to be complete. Some edge, corner and surface wear but still square. Back cover seems securely attached but is a little loose. Very light presentation in pencil on econd free endpaper. Name marked out in ink on back of title page. Some small, neat excisions from Dedication and Table of contents pages. No loss of print. Interior foxing. Good copy for rebinding or repair. ; Engravings from Westall Designs; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 348 pages; This is Vol. 4 only, The Lady of the Lake, from an early 19th century set of Scott's works. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Vol. 1, The Comedies : Revised from the Original Editions, Shakespeare, Wiliam
14 Shakespeare, Wiliam The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Vol. 1, The Comedies : Revised from the Original Editions
London The London Printing and Publishing Company, Limited 1870 Hardcover Good Illustrated by Kenny Meadows 
Full leather with gilt titles on spine which has five raised bands, Much edge and corner wear along with scuffing on spine and covers. There is slitting along front and rear spine edges from the top. Book is square and hinges have no tears or parting. One interior plate is loose. I cannot find a date in this volume, but it appears to be mid to late 19th century. The plates by Kenny Meadows are quite nice. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 640 pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Life of King Henry the Fifth, Shakespeare, Wiliam (ed. Herbert Arthur Evans)
15 Shakespeare, Wiliam (ed. Herbert Arthur Evans) The Life of King Henry the Fifth
New York Limited Editions Club 1951 Limited Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Fritz Kredel 
Only very light shelf wear. Book is square and securely bound. Slipcase has some loss at opening both top and bottom along with other wear. It is in G condition. Slipcase is also toned, but it has done its job and kept the book in exceptional condition. Illustrations are based on paintings of scenes from Olivier's production of the play. Limited Edition of 1500, this being #1057. General Introduction by Herbert Arthur Evans. Prefatory Essay by Mark Van Doren. ; Tipped-in Color Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 157 pages 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Vol. I, Shakespeare, Wiliam (Howard Staunton, ed.)
16 Shakespeare, Wiliam (Howard Staunton, ed.) The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Vol. I
London Routledge, Warne & Routledge 1862 Hardcover Good Illustrated by John Gilbert 
Quarterbound leather with blue, lightly patterned cloth. Faded gilt title on spine which has five raised bands with somewhat faded gilt decorations. Some edge and corner wear along with light scuffs on leather. A few pages in center of book are very slightly pulled forward, perhaps a printing flaw since binding does not appear to be the problem. Book is square and binding secure. G+ to VG-. Exceptional illustration with a full page title illustration for each play. (Title page says that the original engravings were done by the Brothers Dalziel.) Very attractive single volume from this three-volume set.; B&W Illustrations from Engravings; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 746 pages 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Family Shakespeare, in Eight Volumes; in Which Nothing is Added to the Original Text; but Those Words and Expressions Are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety be Read Aloud in a Family. Volume I, Shakespeare, Wiliam (Thomas Bowdler, editor and reviser)
17 Shakespeare, Wiliam (Thomas Bowdler, editor and reviser) The Family Shakespeare, in Eight Volumes; in Which Nothing is Added to the Original Text; but Those Words and Expressions Are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety be Read Aloud in a Family. Volume I
London Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1823 Third Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good+ 
Full leather with titles in gilt on black panels on spine with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers and edges. Top three-quarters of an inch at top of spine of this volume is missing. Some edge, corner and surface wear. View scan. Some toning, mainly on endpapers; very little foxing. Book is square and binding secure. There is a small (1 inch square) personal library sticker showing where the book was shelved in the former owner's library. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown for Lord Walsingham, so the book may be from that gentleman's library. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 498 pages; This set is notably edited by Thomas Bowdler, from whom we get the word "bowdlerize." Bowdler removed or changed those words and passages that he thought might be offensive to tender sensibilities. Rather famous edition of Shakespeare's work. This volume includes: Tempest, Two Gent. Of Verona, Merry Wives, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure and Much Ado. I have six of the eight volumes of this set listed. Inquire for a discount if you wish to buy all six. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Family Shakespeare, in Eight Volumes; in Which Nothing is Added to the Original Text; but Those Words and Expressions Are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety be Read Aloud in a Family. Volume III, Shakespeare, Wiliam (Thomas Bowdler, editor and reviser)
18 Shakespeare, Wiliam (Thomas Bowdler, editor and reviser) The Family Shakespeare, in Eight Volumes; in Which Nothing is Added to the Original Text; but Those Words and Expressions Are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety be Read Aloud in a Family. Volume III
London Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1823 Third Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good+ 
Full leather with titles in gilt on black panels on spine with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers and edges. Some edge, corner and surface wear. Bit of loss at bottom of spine. View scan. Some toning, mainly on endpapers; very little foxing. Book is square and binding secure. There is a small (1 inch square) personal library sticker showing where the book was shelved in the former owner's library. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown for Lord Walsingham, so the book may be from that gentleman's library. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 437 pages; This set is notably edited by Thomas Bowdler, from whom we get the word "bowdlerize." Bowdler removed or changed those words and passages that he thought might be offensive to tender sensibilities. Rather famous edition of Shakespeare's work. This volume includes: Taming of Shrew, Winter's Tale, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and King John. I have six of the eight volumes of this set listed. Inquire for a discount if you wish to buy all six. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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The Family Shakespeare, in Eight Volumes; in Which Nothing is Added to the Original Text; but Those Words and Expressions Are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety be Read Aloud in a Family. Volume VI, Shakespeare, Wiliam (Thomas Bowdler, editor and reviser)
19 Shakespeare, Wiliam (Thomas Bowdler, editor and reviser) The Family Shakespeare, in Eight Volumes; in Which Nothing is Added to the Original Text; but Those Words and Expressions Are Omitted Which Cannot with Propriety be Read Aloud in a Family. Volume VI
London Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1823 Third Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good+ 
Full leather with titles in gilt on black panels on spine with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers and edges. Some edge, corner and surface wear and minor damage near bottom of spine. View scan. Some toning, mainly on endpapers; very little foxing. Book is square and binding secure. There is a small (1 inch square) personal library sticker showing where the book was shelved in the former owner's library. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown for Lord Walsingham, so the book may be from that gentleman's library. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 444 pages; This set is notably edited by Thomas Bowdler, from whom we get the word "bowdlerize." Bowdler removed or changed those words and passages that he thought might be offensive to tender sensibilities. Rather famous edition of Shakespeare's work. This volume includes: Henry VIII, Troilus and Cressida, Timon of Athens and Coriolanus. I have six of the eight volumes of this set listed. Inquire for a discount if you wish to buy all six. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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Hitherto Unpublished Prose Writings, Stevenson, Robert Lewis (Henry Harper, ed.)
20 Stevenson, Robert Lewis (Henry Harper, ed.) Hitherto Unpublished Prose Writings
Chicago Bibliophile Society (Private Printing for Francis S. Peabody) 1921 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Brown covers with mock vellum backstrip. Uncut pages . Very close to fine except for light sunning on spine. Slipcase (no dust wrapper) iis still solid with very light wear at corners. The spine states, "First printed Edition." ; B&W Facsimile Manuscript Pages; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 195 pages; The Bibliophile Society printed a limited run (450) of this volume in 1921 (Beinecke 717). The Stevenson manuscripts came from the collection of Francis S. Peabody. A note on the back of this title page says that a small Complimentary Edition was printed for Mr. Peabody; the title page itself says, "Privately Printed for Mr. Francis S. Peabody. The size of this edition is not stated, though it must have been small. I also assume that this book is identical to the Limited Edition except for the title page. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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