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The Life and Times of the Late Duke of Wellington Comprising the Campaigns and Battle-Fields of Wellington and His Comrades, the Political Life of the Duke and His Contemporaries, and a Detailed Account of England's Battles by Sea and Land, from the Commencement of the Great French Revolution to the ..

By: N/A

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, The London Printing and Publishing Company: N.D.

Seller ID: 9936


Quarterbound leather with marbled paper with faded gilt titles on spine. Six rolled bands on spine with faded gilt. Some edge, corner and surface wear, but square and securely bound. Overall an attractive copy. ; B&W Engravings; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 364 pages; No date but ca. 1860. Volume IV only. View more info

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Shakespeare: the Biography

By: Ackroyd, Peter

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Nan A. Talese Doubleday: 2005

Edition: First American Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 8313


Book and jacket appear to be New and unread. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 572 pages; Fine, if speculative, biography of Shakespeare by acclaimed novelist Acroyd. View more info

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Marie d'Agoult: The Rebel Countess

By: Bolster, Richard

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New Haven, Yale University Press: 2000

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 14362


Book is about fine with small ding on front upper right corner, probably a publishing defect. Plus, there is a remainder mark on the top foredge. Jacket has very light shelf wear. D'Agoult is famous for her relationship with Franz Liszt and her writing under the pen name, Daniel Stern. Balzac's novel, Beatrix, was based on d'Agoult's affair with Liszt. First Edition First Printing. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 278 pages View more info

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Diane Arbus: A Biography

By: Bosworth, Patricia

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1984

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 14341


Book has only light general wear and one small stain on the front top left. Remainder mark on top foredge. Square and securely bound. Jacket has several small chips and tears, mainly on the top edge along with soiling/toning. This is an excelent biography of Arbus. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 366 pages View more info

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Leonard Bernstein

By: Briggs, John

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Cleveland, The World Publishing Company: 1961

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 12375


Book has only very light, general wear and very light aging. There is a large gift inscription (large handwriting, taking up most of page) on the ffep. Jacket has some edge and corner wear but is still attractive. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 274 pages; Early biography of Bernstein. View more info

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A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, Vol. II

By: Chambers, Robert (ed.) (Revised by Thomas Thomson)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, Blackie and Son: 1870

Edition: New Edition

Seller ID: 14446


Quarterbound black leather with black pebbled cloth some edge, corner and surface wear with some damage and loss at top of spine. Hinges appear to have been re-glued. Book is square and binding is secure. Solid, useful copy of Vol. 2 only. ; B&W Portraits from Steel Engravings; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 548 pages View more info

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Majakovskij E Lili Brik : Una Storia d'Amore

By: Charters, Samuel and Ann Charters (Gaetano Baerile trans.)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Sweden, Dall'Oglio Editore: 1980

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12164


Red wraps with white titles and photo of Mayakovsky and Brik. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 391 pages; This book is in Swedish. The title in English is The Story of Vladimir Mayakovsky and Lili Brik, A Love Story. The rest of this work is in Swedish. Samuel Charters has signed on the ffep with an inscription to Robert Hawley, the founder of the Oyez Press which pubished some of Charters' work. Charters also says he is signing for his wife, Ann. ; Signed by Author View more info

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A Country Year : A Chronicle

By: Charters, Samuel B.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Berkeley, Oyez Books: 1992

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12160


Pictorial wraps with black background and white titles. Square and securely bound with uncracked and uncreased spine. Some minor shelf wear at corners but book appears to be unread . ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 140 pages; This copy is signed on the title page by Charters. It is further signed with a long, heartfelt inscription to Robert Hawley who ran the Oyez Press for many years and published some of Charters' work. This book seems to have been a long term project for... View more info

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A Country Year : A Chronicle

By: Charters, Samuel B.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Berkeley, Oyez Books: 1992

Edition: Proof; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12161


Paper pasted to cardboard, but not very securely. Light edge wear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 140 pages; This copy is signed on the half title page by Charters to Robert Hawley who ran the Oyez Press for many years and published some of Charters' work. This book seems to have been a long term project for Charters and Hawley. The proof copies were printed for Robert Hawley and friends. The inscription says this is the first copy. Charters is most famous for his writing o... View more info

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My Father Mark Twain

By: Clemens, Clara

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers: 1931

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13339


Dark blue cloth with quite faded titles on spine and some very light, almost unnoticeable, spotting, Embossed profile of Twain on front. Also on front, someone, at some time, wiped something off the cover and left a light area that shows when the cover is angled to the light. Otherwise the book has only light wear and light aging along with bumped corners. Square and securely bound. Former owner's bookplate on front pastedown. An attractive copy that looks much better th... View more info

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Lives of Eminent and Illustrious Englishmen From Alfred the Great to the Latest Times, on an Original Plan

By: Cunningham, George Godfrey (ed.)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Glasgow, A. Fullarton and Company: 1837

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 11130


Full leather with thin gilt border on front and back and faded gilt titles on spine which has four rolled bands. Book has some edge, corner and surface wear but is square with a secure binding. Front hinge seems to have been reinforced at some point, probably with glue and some sort of binding paper which has caused the ffep and the front pastedown to adher slightly in the gutter. Still a solid copy. ; Vol. 3; B&W Engraved Portraits; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 478 pages;... View more info

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Skouras: King of Fox Studios

By: Curti, Carlo

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1967

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15002


Some general light edge, corner and surface wear with light reading creases on spine. Also, light general aging with typical Holloway House page toning. Solid, very good copy. This book touts itself as the "UNAUTHORIZED" biography of Spyros Skouras, longtime head of Fox Studios, who made Marilyn Monroe a star and produced Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor. Fun to read. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 311 pages View more info

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Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Historian of the Old South

By: Dillon, Merton L.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press: 1985

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9303


Red cloth with silver lettering on spine. Book has only very light wear. Jaclet, with photo of Phillips, has some edge and corner wear along with minor tears and scuffs. Still attractive. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 190 pages; Standard biography of pioneering Southern historian Phillips. Signed by author on title page. ; Signed by Author View more info

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Vicisitudes in the Wilderness; Exemplified in the Journal of Peggy Dow

By: Dow, Peggy

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Norwich, CT, William Faulkner, Printer: 1833

Edition: Fifth Edition

Seller ID: 6291


Leather boards have wear to edges and corners, spine is scuffed, small tears at head, frontispeice has portraits of the Dows, but it is loose at the bottom. Inside foxed, last few pages have corners torn at bottom, back free endpapers torn out, endpapers stained. Book is still tightly bound. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 214,252 pages; The book includes Reflections on Matrimony by Lorenzo Dow and Biography and Miscellany published by Lorenzo Dow in 1834. There is also a... View more info

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Columbus Roberts: Christian Steward Extraordinary

By: Dowell, Spright

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Nashville, Broadman Press: 1951

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 6073


Corners bumped, some stains on cloth boards, former owner's bookplate on endpaper, light age-toning and minor foxing. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 171 pages; By former President of Auburn University and Mercer. View more info

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William Howard Taft

By: Duffy, Herbert S.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Minton, Balch & Company: 1930

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 9195


Dark green covers with embossed image of Taft on front and gilt lettering on spine. Book has some light edge and corner wear and some very small stray white marks. It is square and securely bound. An attractive copy. VG to VG+. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 345 pages; Large, thorough biography of the 27th President. View more info

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Portrait Gallery of Eminent Men and Women of Europe and America

By: Duyckinck, Evart A.

Price: $80.00

Publisher: New York, Johnson, Wilson and Company: 1873

Seller ID: 10949


Quarterbound leather with brown, pebbled covers and gilt titles, Five rolled bands on spine with gilt titles and blindstamped decorations. Book has light general wear and aging but is square and securely bound -- a handsome volume. ; B&W Steel Engravings; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 638 pages; All biographies and portraits are present. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the order. This is the second volume only. It starts with Daniel O'Connell and ends with Fanny Ke... View more info

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Trumpeter's Tale The Story of Young Louis Armstrong

By: Eaton, Jeanette

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York City, William Morrow and Company: 1955

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 7951


Orange boards with light toning, staining or soiling. Light edge and corner wear. Square and securely bound. Attractive copy. ; B&W Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 191 pages; I think this biography of young Louis Armstrong is from a series of biographies that Morrow did in the 1950's of famous Americans. I remember doing many book reports on what we called the "orange books" Our library stocked these. View more info

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Ring Lardner

By: Elder, Donald

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Garden City, Doubleday and Co.: 1956

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 8671


Book has only very light, general wear. Dustjacket has numerous small scuffs, edge and corner wear, along with small chips and tears. There is also a hole (dime-sized) where a sticker was removed (just below the "R" in Lardner. Jacket looks better in mylar. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 409 pages; Excellent biography of writer Ring Lardner. View more info

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Otis! The Otis Redding Story

By: Freeman, Scott

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 2001

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 10984


Book appears to be new and unread in a near pristine jacket. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 261 pages; Signed with long inscription on half-title to Jackie who, from the inscription, helped Freeman with this book. ; Signed by Author View more info