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[HITCHCOCK, ALFRED]
ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S SINISTER SPIES
New York, Random House 1966, hb. Spine cocked, sp wear to extremities, else vg in edge worn dj. Large 8vo, 206 pp. Eleven espionage stories, by authors including Eric Ambler, A.C. Doyle, and Maugham.
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Book number: 014148
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Keywords: Spy Stories Espionage Fiction Juvenile

 
ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS: Consisting of One Thousand and One Stories, told by the Sultaness of the Indies
London, T. Longman 1767, 12th edition, hb. Ill.: frontispieces. Complete four volume set bound in original full leather. 12mo, Translated into French from the Arabian MSS. by M. Galland; and now done into English from the last Paris edition.
¶ Told "to divert the Sultan from the Execution of a Bloody Vow he had made to marry a Lady every Day, and have her [head] cut off next Morning, to avenge himself for the Disloyalty of the first Sultaness, &c. Containing a better Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of the Eastern Nations, viz. Tartars, Persians, and Indians, than is to be met with in any Author hitherto published." Boards detached but present. Binding of contents still tight. Some edge-fraying to preliminary pages (not affecting text). Some age-toning to contents which are otherwise perfectly readable. Offered as a re-binding set, and priced accordingly.
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Book number: 042474
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[BEAUCHAMP, MARY ANNETTE]
THE CARAVANERS
Toronto, Musson Book Company ND (c. 1910), ed. not stated, hb dec. cloth. Ill.: 16 full-page illustrations. Crnrs bmpd, spine mod. sunned, light soiling; else very gd cond. small 8vo no dj pp. vi, 389. "By the Author of ELIZABETH & HER GERMAN GARDEN", Beauchamp, was the Countess Russell and the cousin of Katherine Mansfield.
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Book number: 018033
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[SOTHEBY'S]
CATALOGUE OF 155 ORIGINAL LETTERS 1440-1483, known as THE PASTON LETTERS....
London, Sotheby & Co. 1931, 1st edition, wrappers. Ill.: two b&w folding photo plates. Card covers soiled & rubbed, conts. coming loose; else good. 8vo A catalogue for a sale to be held at the Sotheby's auction house, April 1, 1931.
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Book number: 028045
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CLASSIC SHORT STORIES, American Short Stories, English Short Stories, Russian Short Stories
London, Folio Society 1997, hb. Ill.: Black and white illustration. Very good bound in cloth with gilt design on covers. Vg slipcase. 8vo A very attractive three volume set with introductions by John Bayley, David Hughes, and William Abrahams.
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Book number: 041648
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THE COURT OF HOLYROOD. An Old Story.
Edinburgh, Alexander Macredie 1825, 3rd edition, hb. Bound in original paper-covered boards. 8vo, pp. 194.
¶ A novel about Mary, Queen of Scots, with a short Preface signed by "The Authors". Some uncertainty appears to exist (most apparently amongst book dealers offering for sale copies of this title) as to the dates of publication of the first, second and third editions. Part of this confusion is engendered, no doubt, by the 1826 issue of the Literary Gazette which notes this title as having been "just published". In fact, an earlier edition was published in 1822 under the title "The Court of Holyrood, Fragments of an Old Story." by Macredie, Skeely, a predecessor of the publisher of the 1825 third edition. There is no easily discernible record of when, or by whom, the first edition was published. What is certain to us is that our copy is designated as the "Third Edition" and bears the date of 1825 at the foot of the title page. The original plain boards are present but partially detached. The paper spine covering is absent. There is a bookplate from Colquhoun's Circulating Library, of Edinburgh, affixed to the inside of the front board. The stitching of the text block is loose but holding. The contents shows some light foxing, but are otherwise unmarked and remain perfectly readable. A poor, to fair, copy.
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Book number: 020647
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[CHRISTMAS]
CUNEO CHRISTMAS BOOK Volume Seventeen
Chicago, Cuneo Press, Inc 1958, Hb. Ill.: Original woodcut illust. Corners bumped, minor soiling, teg, uncut pages, else vg. 8vo, no dj, 202 pp. Five short stories by American authors, originally published around 1900. The seventeenth annual Christmas Book.
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Book number: 013789
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Keywords: Christmas Short Fiction American Literature AmerLit AmLit

 
[[MORDECAI RICHLER, HUGH TERVOR-ROPER, ARNOLD TOYNBEE ET AL]
ENCOUNTER May 1967 Volume XXVIII, No. 5
London, Encounter 1967, wrappers. Card covers sl. creased; else vg/nf condition. pp. 95.
¶ Includes articles by Richler, "The Great Comic Book Heroes"; Trevor-Roper, "The Witch Craze"; Toynbee, "On Pieter Geyl"; and others.
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Book number: 009390
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Keywords: CanLit History Occult Witchcraft

 
[ZOLA, EMILE] (LEDERER, ALISON M., TRANSL.)
FOR A NIGHT The Maid of the Dawber Complements
Philadelphia, Brown Brothers 1911, 1st printing, Hb. A bit shaken, corners bumped, covers sl soiled, about good+. 8vo, 149 pp. Small water stain to top corner of several pp.; hinges starting. Three novels in one volume.
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Book number: 022333
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[ANONYMOUS][AMBROSE SERLE]
THE HAPPY NEGRO and two other vignettes
ND, (c.1825), . An original stitched printed pamphlet. 12mo, p. 8. Shows some foxing. Edges chipped and corners turned. Bottom half of last page absent.
¶ A four page vignette of an Englishman and a Negro engaging in conversation as they walk along a road. The text tells how this English gentleman, walking in rural New York, meets a Negro on the road. "I wished him to tell me whether his state of slavery was not disagreeable to him. 'Massa" said he.'I have a wife and children; my Massa take care of them and I have no care to provide any thing; I have a good Massa who teach me to read". No author is shown but it was Ambrose Serle, one of the British under-secretaries of state for the colonies. According to the Dictionary of national Biography, he went to America in 1774, and accompanied the British army from 1776 to 1778." DNB XVII, p. 1192. No date publication is shown but it appears to be about 1825, suggesting that this is a very early reprint, possibly published by the Religious Tract Society. Included are two other vignettes: "On Vital Religion" and "The Profligate Reclaimed". The bottom half of the last page is absent, not affecting the completeness of these three vignettes.
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Book number: 044889
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[MRS. CRAIK - DINAH MARIA MULOCK]
A HERO. Philip's Book
London, George Routledge and Sons 1866, hb. Ill.: James Godwin illustrations. Bound in original blind-ruled red cloth with gilt embellishments. 12mo, pp. viii, 173. Sl. cocked, bds. bumped, soiled, with some wear. Prize inscript, to front endpaper. Contents clean & tight: good cond.
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Book number: 032755
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THE JADE FLUTE
Mount Vernon, NY, Peter Pauper Press 1960, Ed. not stated, Hb. Ill.: Colour illustrations. Spine ends worn, some minor soiling, else vg in g+ dj, clsd trs. 8vo, 61 pp. Chinese poems in prose.
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Book number: 013593
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Keywords: Literature Chinese Literature Chinese Poetry

 
JEEMS KAYE: His Adventures and Opinions [Three volumes bound as one: First Series, Second Series, and Third Series]
Glasgow, W. & R. Holmes ND, hb. Ill.: 48 original illustrations. Bound in 3/4 black leather over black grained cloth. 8vo, Ink inscription on title page, dated 1928, perhaps from one of the contributors. Two other ink notations.
¶ Front hinge cracked, but stitching still intact. Bds. a bit bumped & scuffed. Contents clean. Overall, good to good plus condition.
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Book number: 030696
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[REYNOLDS, FRANK, ILLUSTRATOR]
MR. PICKWICK
London, Hodder & Stoughton No date stated, Ed. not stated, Hb. Ill.: Tipped-in colour plates. Ink insc. on ffep, faint smell of cigarette smoke, overall vg. 4to, Mylar wrapped xv, 174 pp. Postage and packing will be charged at cost, due to size and weight. Please enquire.
¶ There is some bumping to the boards, the spine is sunned and headband pulled, and the gilt lettering from the spine has flaked. The rear cover has two small spots where the cloth has been scratched at (down to the board) and the front cover has a large ring from a wet glass on the gilt-and-black decoration, and a small water spot near the top. The contents are tight, and all colour tipped-in plates appear to be present, with their tissue guards. The front cover and the spine state "Mr. Pickwick Pages from The Pickwick Papers".
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Book number: 017050
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MR. B. L. M. [ANTOINE AUGUSTIN BRUZEN DE LA MARTINIERE]
NOUVEAU RECUEIL DES EPIGRAMMATISTES FRANCOIS, Anciens et Modernes
Amsterdam, Freres Wetstein 1724, hb. Bound in period full leather with gilt-embellished spine. 12mo, pp. 354. First published in 1720 in two duodecimo volumes; this is the second printing, being volume II only of the two volume set.
¶ Martiniere (1684-1749) was born in Dieppe, France. He was a French writer of some note and first published this work on epigrams in Amsterdam in 1720. It appears that both the first and second printings had frontispieces, but none is present in our volume. The joints are splitting near the top of the spine, and the leather is rubbed at the edges. The hinges are split, but the cords are tight and the book is intact. A few pages have marginal tears, or loss, and the contents are age-toned throughout but perfectly readable. A good, usable, copy.
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Book number: 035398
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[ANONYMOUS]
OBSERVATIONS ON THE GREEK AND ROMAN CLASSICS. In a Series of Letters to a Young Nobleman
London, Dan Browne et al 1753, 1st edition, hb. 12mo, pp. 266, 24.
¶ Together with: "Remarks on the Italian Language and Writers in a Letter from Sir Joseph Barrett to an English Gentleman.". The identity of the author is in dispute. The Gentleman's Magazine of 1848 suggests it might have been Tobias Smollett. Other suggest it was "Sir" John Hill (1716-1775), an English author and botanist, who edited the "British Magazine" from 1746-1750, and for two years (1751-1753) wrote a daily letter, "The Inspector" for the London Advertiser and "Literary Gazette" (see Wikipedia). There is also an anonymous three page Preface to this book, which a pencilled note on the front free endpaper which suggests the Preface "is undoubtedly by Samuel Johnson". However, a typed card laid-in loose contradicts this assertion. Bookplate of famous bibliophone A. Edward Newton attached to inside front board. Our copy has been recently re-backed, with the original spine lable laid down. The hinges are strong. Boards show some wear to edges. Contents clean and tight: a good copy.
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Book number: 037255
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THE PARIS REVIEW [A broken run of seventeen issues from #27 Winter/Spring, 1962, to #51, Winter, 1971]
Paris, France, The Paris Review 1962 to 1971, wrappers. Card covers show minor edge wear & light soiling; else g/vg cond. 8vo, Missing are issues #33, #36, #38, #40, #42, #44, #45, #47. Sold as a lot of seventeen issues - no individual title sales.
¶ The Paris Review is an "International Quarterly" which was founded in Paris in 1953 by George Plimpton, Peter Matthiessen, and Harold L. Humes. Its mission was to "..emphasize creative work - fiction and poetry - not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines". As William Styron said in a letter published in the first issue: "I think 'The Paris Review' should welcome these people into its pages; the good writers and the good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they're good." It is still in existence today. Each of the issues in this lot contains original works of fiction and poetry, as well as interviews and original articles. Jack Kerouac was first published in its pages, as were Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul and others. The many contributors include Mary McCarthy, Robert Bly, Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Malcolm Lowry, Jorge Luis Borges, Warren Miller, James Dickey, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Pablo Neruda. The "Writers at Work" interview series offered authors an opportunity to discuss their work at length. Subjects include Ezra Pound, Henry Miller, Katharine Anne Porter, Evelyn Waugh, S. J. Perelman, Norman Mailer, Jean Cocteau, William Carlos Williams, Simone de Beauvoir, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, William Burroughs, Dizzy Gillespie, Allen Ginsberg, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, John Dos Passos, E. B. White, and Pablo Neruda. Many issues contain a "chronicle" or "diary", such as Jim Caroll, "Basketball Diaries".
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Book number: 030858
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THE PENHANDLERS' ALMANAC Arranged by Month for Seasonal Reading
Winnipeg, Peguis Publishers 1988, 1st edition, . Card covers a bit curled, sl. soiling; else vg/nf condition. 8vo, pp. 169.
¶ Signed on half-title page by eight of the authors who contributed articles to this publication (Margaret Owen, Anne Fairley, Beatrice Fines, Helen Norrie, Joan Grenon, Mary Lile Benham, Margaret Shaw, and Audrey Peterkin). ISBN 0920541399
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Book number: 031581
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[SHIELDS, CAROL]
PRAIRIE FIRE: Volume X, No. 1
Winnipeg, MB, Prairie Fire Press, Inc. Spring 1989, wrappers. Ill.: black-&-white illustrations. Spring, 1989 issue, in wraps, sl. edge wear; else in vg cond. 8vo, pp. 96 A Canadian literary magazine featuring two stories by Shields: "Hinterland" and "Block Out". Ink inscription on title page.
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Book number: 006970
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[SHIELDS, CAROL]
PRAIRIE FIRE: Volume IX, No. 2
Winnipeg, MB, Prairie Fire Press, Inc. Summer, 1988, wrappers. Ill.: black-&-white illustrations. Summer, 1988 issue, in wraps, sl. edge wear; else in vg/nf cond. 8vo, pp. 96 A Canadian literary magazine featuring a story by Shields, "Reportage", and a review of "Swann".
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Book number: 006971
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[JOHN QUINCY ADAMS ET AL]
THE QUARTERLY REVIEW. / VOL. XXXVI. / Published in / June & October, 1827.
London, John Murray 1827, hb. Bound in half leather, with gilt bands to the spine. 8vo, pp. 612, index Boards worn, joints at top of spine cracking, leather spine worn, contents age-toned; else clean; overall good cond.
¶ Articles and reviews include: "Reports Relating to the Failure of the Rio Plata Mining Association..", by Captain F. B. Head; "Russian Missions to Bokhara and Khiva", by de Meyendorff and Mouraviev; "Report upon Weights and Measures", by John Quincy Adams [together with] "An Account of the Construction and Adjustment of the new Standards of Weights and Measures of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland", by Captain Henry Kater, F.R.S.; [five articles on the] "State of the Universities", [by various authors]; "Sketches in Persia, from the Journals of a Traveller in the East"; "An Essay on the Application of Capital to Land", by Sir Edward West; two articles by Rev. C. D. Brereton: "A Practical Inquiry into the Number, Means of Employment, and Wages of Agricultural Labourers" [together with] "An Inquiry into the Workinghouse-System and the Law of Maintenance in Agricultural Districts"; "Chinese Novels and Poetry"; "State Trials; or a Collection of the most interesting Trials prior to the Revolution of 1688", by Samuel March Phillipps; "The Forester's Guide and Profitable Planter", by Robert Monteath; etc.
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Book number: 029115
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Keywords: Weights & measures John Milton John Quincy Adams Universities Persia Chinese literature State trials Work houses Poor laws

 
[POLYNESIA]
THE QUARTERLY REVIEW. / VOL. XLIII. / Published in / May & October, 1830.
London, John Murray 1830, hb. Bound in half leather, with gilt bands to the spine. 8v0, pp. 604. Front joint splitting, but bd. still attached. Bds. scuffed & mod. soiled, conts. very clean & tight; overall good- condition.
¶ With a 54 page article by William Ellis on Polynesian researches, "..during a Residence of nearly Six Years, in the South Sea Islands; including Descriptions of the Natural History and Scenery of the Islands; with Remarks on the History, Mythology, Traditions, Government, Arts, Manners, and Customs of the Inhabitants." Ellis (1794-1872) was a noted missionary who spent considerable time in Polynesia, and in 1826 published the scarce and collectible NARRATIVE OF A TOUR THROUGH HAWAII. This article is a lengthy excerpt from his 1829 publication POLYNESIAN RESEARCHES. Also included are articles on the conquest of Granada by Washington Irving; a life of Major-General Sir Thomas Munro; "Travels in Various Parts of Peru" by Edmund Temple; etc.
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Book number: 028958
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RECOLLECTIONS OF ETON. By an Etonian. With Illustrations by Sydney P. Hall
New York City, Harper & Brothers 1870, wrappers. Ill.: black-&-white illustrations. 8vo, pp. 126, ads. The rather small type is set in double columns.
¶ A scarce and unusual item, written as a novella in a style which precedes, but is similar to, "Tom Brown's Schooldays" (first published in 1858 and again in an 1885 edition also illustrated by Sydney Hall). It must have been fairly popular with American readers as Harper's 1880 annual catalog still lists it for sale, and still in paper wraps (as is our copy). Harcourt's ""Eton Bibliography" notes that this title was first published in 1825 as one of a collection of Eton-related novellas; and then again in 1842 as an edited version of only 45 pages in Hood's "New Monthly Magazine and Humorist", and again in 1864 by Bracebridge, and finally in 1870 by Chapman and Hall (presumably with somewhat larger type as the entry indicates 362 pages. Our offering, and the 1870 London edition, would appear to be the only ones with the delightful Sydney Hall illustrations. It is curious that Harcourt does not record the Harper edition. Our copy is in the original printed paper wraps, with a full-page advertisement for three of Harper's magazines on the back cover and a two-page detailed list of "Harper's Library of Select Novels" preceding the title page. The novella is divided into two parts: "The Lower Boy" and "The Upper Boy", both of 14 chapters. The covers are soiled, the spine heavily chipped, and the page edges ragged. There are spots of foxing and soiling in the text which remains, however, perfectly readable. Still a good copy. The author is not identified by there are suggestions that it was Charles Frederick Johnstone, about whom very little, if anything, is known.
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Book number: 045112
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SHORT STORIES FROM THE 'STRAND'
London, Folio Society 1995, 3rd printing, hb. Ill.: David Eccles illustrated. Very good in slightly scuffed else very good slipcase. 8vo, pp. 315. Selected by Geraldine Bear with an introduction by Frank Delaney.
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Book number: 041663
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[JOSEPH ADDISON AND RICHARD STEELE]
THE SPECTATOR; with a Biographical and Critical Preface, and Explanatory Notes / in Four Volumes
London, Routledge, Warne, et al 1860, . Complete four volume set nicely bound in 3/4 leather. 12mo, "The Spectator" was a daily publication issued in London from 1711 to 1712 by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
¶ Each "paper" or "number" was approximately 2,500 words long, and the original run of "The Spectator" consisted of 555 numbers. In the first edition, these were collected into seven volumes. The paper was revised, without the involment of Steele, in 1714, appearing thrice weekly for six months, and these papers when collected formed the eigth volume. (Wikipedia). It is observed in the Preface in volume I of our offering that "Of all the works that have been written in the English language, the series of Essays under the title "The Spectator" has undoubtedly had the greatest influence in reforming the manners, and correcting the vices of the English people." The extremities of each volume are rubbed, and the marbled paper of the boards shows some scuffing. Notwithstanding the bindings are tight and the contents are exceptionally bright and unmarked. The set, as a whole, looks quite pleasing on the shelf.
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Book number: 043441
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Keywords: Periodical BritLit Eighteenth century Commentaries Bindings

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