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1 Balch, Thomas Willing Emeric Cruce
Philadelphia, PA Allen, Lane and Scott 1900 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 69 pages; [SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY] Publisher's original textured red cloth, lettered in gilt to cover and spine. Just mild shelf rub to cloth at spine ends and tips. Inconspicuous evidence of a bookplate removed from rear pastedown, of the same size as that at front. Inscribed by Balch to Samuel Dickson, who assisted in the book's preparation. Dickson's engraved, foxhunting themed bookplate mounted to front pastedown. T. W. Balch (1866-1927) practiced law in Philadelphia, devoting much of his time to writing and research in genealogy ans international arbitration. French Monk Emile Coure suggested in his New Cyneas (1623) that international disputes could be mediated by having representatives of all countries meet in one place. His prescient suggestions were not truly adopted until the 20th century. VG copy. Scarce in the original editions. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2 Berton, Therese (Meilhan) Mme - and Basil Woon The Real Sarah Bernhardt, Whom Her Audiences Never Knew, Told to Her Friend Mme. Pierre Berton
New York Tudor Publishing Co. 1937 Second Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 361 pages; 1937 Tudor Publishing Co. HC/DJ. 2nd edition after the 1924 Boni Liveright edition. Square solid and neat in original red cloth with title lettering brightly in gilt to spine. Pictorial dust jacket has several short closed tears, small chips and spots of rub to edges. Solid and neat; uncommon in dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs. NF/VG- 
Price: 30.00 USD
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3 Bingham, Millicent Todd Ancestor's Brocades: The Literary Debut of Emily Dickinson
New York Harper & Brothers 1945 Third Edition Very Good- in Good dust jacket 
1945 Harper & Brothers HC/DJ Square sound copy in original green cloth. Green and tan dust jacket missing large chip at crown of spine and with toning and tanning to light portions of design. Text clean and unmarked with expected moderate toning to war time paper stock. VG-/G+ [bio271]; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 464 pages; Square sound copy in original green cloth. Green and tan dust jacket missing large chip at crown of spine and with moderate toning and tanning to lighter areas of the surfaces. Text clean and unmarked with expected moderate toning to war time paper stock. Superficial ripple to the cloth along the front edge of the boards. VG-/G 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 Boswell, James; Marlies K. Danziger & Frank Brady (Eds. ) Boswell; the Great Biographer, 1789-1795
New York, NY Mcgraw-Hill 1989 0070153744 / 9780070153745 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell; Facsimile Paintings and engravings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 371 pages; 1989 McGraw Hill. HC/DJ. 1st edition and printing w/ complete 1-10 number line. Bright, snug and clean. No marks to text. Small remainder mark bottom edge. Dust jacket quite crisp and clean. NF/NF Uncommon in condition. 
Price: 49.50 USD
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5 Burgess, Anthony Shakespeare
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1970 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
4to 11" - 13" tall; 272 pages; Inscribed and signed by Burgess on the title page to Jere Real. Jere Real was a professor at Lynchburg College; he coordinated visits and played host to the authors who appeared at the college as part of the Thornton Writer-in-Residence and Guest Reader program. Snug, bright and neat in a crisp edged and uniformly bright pictorial dust jacket with 1st issue $15 (until Dec. 1970) price intact to unclipped front flap. Trace shelf rub to jacket at spine ends. Publisher's black top stain is solid and uniform. Handsome copy, not often seen in signed copies. NF/NF; Signed by Author 
Price: 250.00 USD
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6 Buttle, Myra (Victor Purcell, Pseud. ) The Sweeniad.
New York Sagamore Press 1957 First Trade Edition; Limited edtion Hard cover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 66 pages; Square sound copy in original claret colored boards. Spine titled vertically and not bright, as is usual in this privately distributed 1st edition. Prior owner (unknown) has penned a few topical notes on the rear pastedown. Text unmarked. Mild shelf soiling boards. A serious spoof of Eliot, reputedly done with the assistance of Robert Graves. Solid and neat VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
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7 Bynner, Witter, and Kraft, J. (Ed. ) Selected Letters; The Works of Witter Bynner
N. Y. Farrar, Straus, Giroux 1980 0374185042 / 9780374185046 First Edition; First Printing Hard cover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Fine in fine dust jacket. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 272 pages; Splendid copy. Bright, tight and fresh. No marks. Bright, clean dust jacket w/ $30 issue price on unclipped front flap. Just a hint of toning to jacket spine panel. Trace dust spotting to top edge, but otherwise a very handsome copy. NF/NF 
Price: 20.00 USD
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8 Caldwell Smith, Gerrit and Mary (Eds. ) & Kate Stephens Lies and Libels of Frank Harris
New York Antigone Press 1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 197 pages; Square, sound and neat. Prior owner has neatly penned the date and mounted their bookplate to the inside front cover; otherwise unmarked. Last several pages opened roughly. Moderate toning to the jacket spine panel. Illustrated with a B&W photograph. VG+/VG+ 
Price: 22.50 USD
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9 Carr, Virginia Spencer Dos Passos; A Life
New York Doubleday & Company 1984 0385129645 / 9780385129640 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 624 pages; Inscribed very warmly on the title page to Jere Real and dated 23 April, 1985. The inscription thanks Real for bringing her to Lynchburg in 1984 as a guest and helping her to become the Thornton Writer in Residence for 1985. Jere Real was a professor at Lynchburg College; he coordinated visits and played host to the authors who appeared at the college as part of the Thornton Writer-in-Residence and Guest Reader program. Soundly bound and clean with mild shelf/handling rub to corners and spine ends. Dust jacket stressed and crimped at spine ends, with handling wrinles to rear panel and mild soiling to same. VG+/VG. ... Stout book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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10 Carr, Virginia Spencer and Donald Pizer Dos Passos; A Life
Evanston, IL Northwestern University Press 2004 0810122006 / 9780810122000 Paperback Very Good+ 
B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 624 pages; Stout paperback in glossy pictorial covers. Bright, snug and clean; no marks. Mild reader crease to spine and prior owner's very infrequent and tiny pencil "tick" marks in the margins of only a few pages. Tight clean copy. VG+ Illustrated with B&W photographs. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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11 Coghill, Nevill and Douglas Gray (Ed. ) The Collected Papers of Nevill Coghill, Shakespearian and Medievalist
Sussex, England Harvester Press 1988 0710812337 / 9780710812339 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 292 pages; Bright, tight and fresh in near immaculate dust jacket. Snug binding; feels unread. No marks. Just mild sunning to dust jacket spine. F/VG+ 
Price: 14.25 USD
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12 Connolly, Cyril The Condemned Playground; Essays 1927 - 1944
New York Macmillan 1946 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 287 pages; Square snug and neat in origial dust jacket with $2.75 issue price intact to front flap. Binding just slightly cocked in the spine. Jacket lightly sunned at spine and mildly rubbed at edges. Expected light toning to page stock. VG/VG- 
Price: 17.50 USD
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13 Cowley, Malcolm A Second Flowering; Works and Days of the Lost Generation
New York Viking Press 1973 0670628263 / 9780670628261 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 276 pages; Signed and inscribed by Cowley to Jere Real on the front flyleaf and dated 1974. Snugly bound and very neat in crisp edged pictorial dust jacket with $7.95 issue price intact to unclipped front flap. Trace shelf rub to jacket edges. Bright sharp and neat; a handsome copy. From Jere Real's collection of signed and inscribed modern literature. Real was a professor of film and literature at Lynchburg College; he coordinated visits and played host to the authors who appeared at the college as part of the Thornton Writer-in-Residence and Guest Reader program. NF/NF; Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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14 Douglas, Alfred Bruce Oscar Wilde and Myself
New York Duffield & Company 1914 First Edition Hardcover Good 
1914 Duffield & Co HC 1st edition. Original ribbed green cloth. Titles in gilt to cover and spine. Deaccessioned/ex-library copy. Vintage call number painted to base of spine. Evidence of card pocket removal at rear. Several ownership stamps to endpages and edges. Cloth rubbed at corners and spine ends; pulled at crown. Spine a bit cocked; rear internal hinge splitting at gutter of rear endpages. Illustrated with photos on full page glossy stock. Complete and unmarked but generally worn. G+; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 306 pages; Original ribbed green cloth. Titles in gilt to cover and spine. Deaccessioned/ex-library copy. Vintage call number painted to base of spine. Evidence of card pocket removal at rear. Several ownership stamps to endpages and edges. Cloth rubbed at corners and spine ends; pulled at crown. Spine a bit cocked; rear internal hinge splitting at gutter of rear endpages. Illustrated with photos on full page glossy stock. Complete and unmarked but generally worn. G 
Price: 59.50 USD
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15 Downey, Edmund and Charles Lever Charles Lever His Life in His Letters
Edinburgh William Blackwood & Sons 1906 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine 
2 Volume Set; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 808 pages; HC 2 volume set. 1st edition. Bright snug set in publisher's original patterned blue cloth boards. Uncommon original edition. Tissue guarded frontis portrait to Vol 1 but frontis plate apparently removed from Vol 2. Bindings snug and externals fresh. Deckled edge at front has superficial foxing/spotting. Small spot of soil/stain to lower edge of cover - Vol 2 - and a quite mild bump top front corner of Vol I. Very handsome shelf presence. Bright and neat. VG+ to NF but for the removed frontis plate for the second volume. ... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 145.00 USD
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16 Dreiser, Theodore and Thomas P. Riggio (Ed. ) American Diaries, 1902-26
Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press 1982 0812278097 / 9780812278095 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 480 pages; Inscribed and signed by the editor to the half-title page. Snug, bright copy in a sharp edged original dust jacket. Trace sunning to jacket's spine panel and trace rubbing to jacket edges. NF/VG+; Signed by Editor 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 Evans T[homas] C Of Many Men
NY The American News Company 1888 First Edition Hard cover Very Good+ Signed by Author
Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall; 266 pages; A collection of pieces written for the newspapers and monthlies by Evans. Notable subjects/interviews include Dickens, Bulwer, Garrison, Ward, Grant et. al. Inscribed by the author to the larger-than-life business personality and social activist, William O McDowell. Inscription dated 1888. Original blue cloth with ornate blind stamped border designs to cover and fine gilt stamped titles to cover and spine. Very snugly bound with just light rub to the original cloth covers at edges and spine ends. An unusual collection of journalistic pieces touching on all aspects of social and political issues of the latter 19th century. Scarce outside of library collections; an interesting association presentation. VG+; Signed by Author 
Price: 85.00 USD
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18 Farr, Judith I Never Came to You in White
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1996 0395788404 / 9780395788400 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 225 pages; Bright, tight and fresh in a price clipped but otherwise near immaculate dust jacket. Handsome copy, signed by the author. F/NF; Signed by Author 
Price: 17.50 USD
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19 Fawcett, James Waldo Walt Whitman, a Sketch Biography Read At a Banquet Given by the Association of South Jersey Stamp Clubs, Walt Whitman Hotel, Camden, N. J. , February 20, 1940.
Camden, NJ Private Printing 1940 First Edition Thus Wraps Near Fine 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 16 pages; [1940] Camden, NJ. Privately printed. Slim paperback in title lettered card stock wraps; saddle staple binding. Prepared for and read at a banquet given to celebrate the issue of the 1940 "Famous American" Walt Whitman 5 cent postage stamp. Tight, sharp edged copy with expected mild toning to edges of covers and page stock. Scarce Whitman piece. NF 
Price: 45.00 USD
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20 Green, Roger Lancelyn Andrew Lang; A Critical Biography with a Short-Title Bibliography of the Works of Andrew Lang
Leicester, England Edmund Ward 1946 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Color frontispiece; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 265 pages; Bright, snug and neat in original pictorial dust jacket with 15-/ price on unclipped front flap. Just trace shelf rub to corners and edges of dust jacket. Superficial shelf soiling to white rear panel. Color frontispiece. Prior owner's small bookplate mounted to front pastedown. Handsome copy. NF/VG++ 
Price: 20.00 USD
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