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1 Parisian Photogravures, Reproduced from the Great Modern Paintings of the Paris Salon with Biographical and Descriptive Texts
Boston Estes and Lauriat 1892 Hardcover Very Good 
B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Oversize Folio HC in olive green cloth with titles and ornate pictorial design stamped to front cover in black and gilt. All edges gilt; spine unlettered, as issued. A snug bright copy. Reproductions of salon works printed in photogravure on heavy stock sheets, attached to binding stubs. Le Roux, Muller, Bonnat and others represented. A scallop shaped damp line along the top front corner of the pages and plate sheets is in the upper margin and does not intrude into text or image. A thin red offset line from damped adjacent book is visible on the decorative front cover but is minor and rather unobtrusive. Mild shelf rub to tips of beveled edged boards. A handsome copy. Scarce VG. .... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2 Arnold, Edwin L. & Frank T. Merrill (Frontis) & Decorative Designers (Binding Art) Lepidus the Centurion
New York T. Y. Crowell 1901 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 305 pages; Soundly bound in a decorative prictorial trade binding from a design by Decorative Designers; terra cotta colored cloth with a pictorial standard of the Roman Republic to the cover. DD monogram at the base of the pictorial design. Cloth rubbed and just slightly frayed at top front corners; light shelf soiling to cloth boards. Snugly bound book is justs a little shelf cocked in the spine. Tissue guarded frontis on glossy stock from a design by Frank Merrill. Speculative novel. VG- 
Price: 39.00 USD
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3 Astor, John Jacob A Journey in Other Worlds; A Romance of the Future
New York D. Appleton and Company 1894 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Dan Beard; Kurtz 
B&W Illustrations on glossy stock from drawings ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 476 pages; HC 1st edition. Very handsome copy of this decoratively bound early science fiction novel by the wealthy business man, science enthusiast and Titanic victim, John Jacob Astor. In publisher's decorative trade binding of blue cloth with elaborate silver patterning to cover and spine, a silver solar system to rear board and title lettering brightly in gilt. Uniformly bright and neat with just a whisper of shelf evidence to the cloth at spine ends and corners. Coated light blue endpages are immaculate. Frontis by Kurtz and 9 plates on glossy stock, most from drawings by Dan Beard are immaculate. No marks. Astor speculates about Earth in 2000 and writes of several interplanetary journeys abourd the Callisto. His journey abord the Titanic much more tragic. Stellar copy. NF 
Price: 195.00 USD
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4 Bangs, John Kendrick and Peter Newell, Illustrator THE ENCHANTED TYPE-WRITER
New York Harper & Brothers Publishers 1899 First Edition; Limited edtion Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 180 pages; [SIGNED] 1899 Harper & Brothers. HC. Publisher's limited edition of 500 copies: "Author's Autograph Edition." Author signed limitation bookplate - numbered 337 of 500 - mounted to the front pastedown. Bookplate is done in a striking Arts & Crafts design. Decorative pictorial binding with a Newell designed 4 color pictorial panel to the cover board. Title lettering in gilt to cover and spine. Illustration and gilt are bright. Mild soling to cloth and moderate darkening to spine; mild streaks of smoke staining to rear board and top edge. Contents bright and fresh; some pages unopened at the front edge. Small rectangular lettered portion of the original dust jacket is laid in at front. Attractive, author signed edition of these fantastical and humorous tales, well illustrated by Newell. About Vg; Signed by Author 
Price: 95.00 USD
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5 Bi-Centennial Committee & F. Gutekunst (Engravings) Men Of America; A Biographical Album Of The City Government Of Philadelphia In the Bi-Centennial Year
Philadelphia, PA The American Biographical Publishing Company 1883 First Edition Leather Good+ 
Phototype engravings; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 208 pages; Stout large format 4to HC in original full brown morocco with decorative detailing in blind and title lettering tooled in gilt to cover and spine. All edges gilt; five raised bands to spine. Printed on heavy grade paper; lavishly illustrated with tissue guarded phototype engravings. Several signatures sprung or detached from cords and jutting at front edge. Board hinges sound but binding is broken between title and frontis pages. Contents very neat but with an internal break in the binding and a few signatures detached. G++ ... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 Bickersteth, Edward A Treatise on the Lord's Supper; designed as a Guide and Companion to the Holy Communion: In Two Parts
London L. B. Seeley & Son 1825 Sixth Edition Leather Very Good+ 
12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 303 pages; Soundly bound in period, full polished calf with a single gilt rule to the boards; spine in five compartments with decorative deigns tooled in gilt. Brown morocco title label in the 2dn compartment. Strikingly well preserved binding with a very handsome shelf presence. Small embossed label of Beverley Minster mounted to the front pastedown. Contents bright and clean with only superficial and occasional mild toning. Title page with an engraved pictorial vignette. Handsome copy. VG++ 
Price: 95.00 USD
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7 Boyd Allen, Willis The Violet Book
Philadelphia George W. Jacobs & Co. 1909 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Lithographed floral patterned pages; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 193 pages; HC in publisher's pale blue cloth with violet floral illustrated paper cover mounted to front board. Cameo photo portreait inset to the floral patterned paper cover. Square, sound and neat; gilt title lettering at spine is bright. Binding sound and contents neat. Selected verse printed on floral patterned paper used for the book's pages. Just mild shelf rubbing to paper cover panel and trace shelf rubbing to cloth at extremities. Solid and neat; uncommon in such well preserved condition. VG 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 Boyle, Virginia Frazer Abraham Lincoln, a Centennial Poem; Written for the Philadelphia Brigade, February Twelfth, Nineteen Hundred and Nine
Memphis, Tennessee S. C. Toof & Co. (Printer) 1909 First Edition Flexible leather Very Good+ Signed by Author
Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; 20 pages; 1909 for the author by S. C. Toof & Co. , printer. Oblong format volume bound in limp maroon suede leather with red silk lined endpages. All edges gilt. Bound with a wide silk ribbon. Tile lettering in gilt top cover with a light flaking to the gilt from the suede surface. Covers remain supple and clean. Poem is printed recto only on a parchment like paper. Two or tgree pages with a mild bit of soiling. Title page in red and black. Photograph image of the author is mounted to the recto of the terminal blank leaf. The poem is signed by the author below the final verse. Small prior ownership inkstamp of a Frazier in Philadelphia. A very uncommon commemorative Lincoln volume; only two are held institutionally as recorded by Worldcat. Frazer Boyle was a well regarded southern poet and novelist. VG+ example ; Signed by Author 
Price: 325.00 USD
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9 Bridge, B A Treatise on the Elements of Algebra; (Period American Binding)
Philadelphia F. W. Greenough 1839 2nd American edition 1/4 leather Good+ 
Millersville; Equations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 224 pages; Viii, (9) -224, 36 pp. What is unusual and striking about the book is the 1/4 leather period binding, with ornate rose cloth boards, blind embossed with a pattern of floral vines. It is a very unusual American binding for a school book of this period. Externally bright and neat with just mild shelf bumping to board tips. Regrettably missing the front endpapers, along with a 1" x 2" chip from the top corner of the title page, causing a loss of the letters "TISE" from "Treatise". Excisions of front matter likely undertaken to remove prior ownership inscriptions. Contents snugly bound with mild scattered toning and foxing to the page stock. Bound in at rea is the publisher's 36 page catalog of "Valuable school books". G++ to VG- 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 Bryant, William Cullen and John A. Hows (Illustration) A Forest Hymn
New York W. A. Townsend & Company 1860 First Edition Leather Very Good+ 
Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; Large 8vo in publisher's decorative leather binding. Stippled brown leather with rectilinear border and corner pieces stamped in black. Decorative title design in gilt to center of both boards. Spine in six compartments with raised bands; devices and ruling to spine in blind and lettering in gilt. Bord edges and turn in gilt tooled. All edges gilt. Pages printed rectos only, each with a striking woodcut view or border illustration by Hows. Illustrated half-title page; endpages marbled. Pattern to leather rubbed flat at corners. Foxing to first and last two leaves but otherwise quite clean with only occasional mild toning. VG+ . BAL 1669 
Price: 75.00 USD
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11 Buck, Charles W. Under The Sun, Or The Passing Of The Incas; A Story Of Old Peru
Louisville, KY Sheltman & Co 1902 First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
frontis; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 413 pages; Bound in original decorative pictorial red cloth with designs to cover in black, gilt and white. Gilt titles at spine dulled but readily legible. Partial splitting to the endpages at front and rear. Cloth at spine moderately sunned/dulled; cloth at spine ends thinning with superficial fraying. Sunday School prize inscription to front endpage dated 1913. Generally sound and still decent. G+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
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12 Cable, George Washington & Albert Herter (Illust) and JHB (Decorative Pictorial Binding) The Grandissimes [Decorative Binding]
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1907 Hardcover Very Good+ 
Gravure; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 491 pages; An unusual reissue with a redesigned decorative pictorial binding signed JHB in the design on the cover board. Snugly bound in light green cloth with art nouveau floral water lily design in gilt and cream with gilt floral corner pieces and double filet gilt ruling. Decorative pictorial designer JHB not assigned by name though other examples of this designer’s work are held in collections of decorative trade bindings. Top edge gilt; other edges untrimmed. Some light worrying to the cloth at spine ends. Illustrations throughout reproduced by Gravure from designs by Herter. Bright and attractive copy - infrequently seen in this redesigned decorative binding of 1907. VG+ 
Price: 40.00 USD
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13 Canfield, William W. and G. A. Harker (Illust. ) & [Amy Richards, (Binding Design) ] The White Seneca, [Decorative Binding]
New York E. P. Dutton & Company 1926 reprint Hardcover Very Good- 
B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 281 pages; HC in original decorative pictorial cloth binding; rust brown cloth with pictorial design of a single "Indian" and patterened headband in dark brown and gilt. Binding desing signed AR in the image. Gilt titles still bright to spine. A later printing of the book which 1st appeared in 1911. Snugly bound with fresh crisp contents. Illustrated with frontis and 4 plates on glossy stock from drawings made by G. A. Harker. Ownership stamps to front and rear endpages of the Philadelphia Public School system, but otherwise a very handsome copy. Note that the signature monogram in the pictorial binding appears to be that of Amy Richards, but there is no definitive record of the book's design being attributed to her. VG- to VG Uncommon 
Price: 125.00 USD
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14 Cervantes, Miguel De Don Chisciotte Della Mancia Traduzione Di Bartolomeo Gamba. Fregi Di Duilio Cambellotti. Illustrazioni Di Enrico Sacchetti
Milano Istituto Editoriale Italiano Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Biblioteca Dei Ragazzi #3; Tipped in color plates and in text line drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 371 pages; No date given; circa 1920's. Biblioteca Dei Ragazzi #3. Publisher's metallic green cloth with thatched pattern and motif of fleur de lis stamped in white and red. Titles in gilt to cover. Publisher's pictorial dust jacket is lightly rubbed at edges and surfaces with light toning. A few short closed tears and nicks to jacket. Illustrated with 10 tipped in color plates mounted on heavy stock gray paper. Accompanied by in text line illustrations. Endpage joints tender. Uncommon and attractive. VG/VG 
Price: 35.00 USD
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15 Cervantes, Miguel De and Thorer, Konrad (Trans) and Carl Czeschka (design) Don Quixote. Vollständige Deutsche Ausgabe Unter Benutzung Der Anonymen Übertragung Von 1837. Besorgt Von Konrad Thorer. Besorgt Von Konrad Thorer. Doppeltitel Und Einband Zeichnete Carl Czeschka
Leipzig Insel 1908 First Edition Thus Leather Very Good 
12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 3 volumes in supple leather covers with silk bookmarks sewn in. 498 ; 573 ; 582 pp. Handsome double title page and spine title lettering by Carl Czeschka. Decorative titles brightly in gilt to spines. Top edges gilt. Attractive set of this Arts and Crafts style edition. The bindings are snug; they appear and feel unread. 2 or 3 of the 12 front corners are lightly rubbed. There is a very mild mottling to the leather at the spines. VG or better. ... Oversize book set may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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16 Cook, Joel The Mediterranean and its Borderlands [Complete in 2 Volumes]; I: Western Countries, II: Eastern Countries
Philadelphia John C. Winston Co. 1910 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1300 pages; 2 volumes HC. 1st edition. Very well preserved copy with original green cloth over paper dust jackets, title lettered brightly in gilt to spines. Green cloth bindings with higly decorative gilt stamped borders and panels in grape vine and leaf etc are simply immaculate, a benefit of the NF dust jacket's protection over a 100 year time span. Just trace shelf rub to the cloth covered jackets at corners and edges. Mild toning to endpapers and a hint of foxing to fore edges. Both volumes illustrated profusely with B/W photographs. Prior owner name penned neatly to front endpaper of volume 1. Quite uncommon in such exquisitely well preserved condition. Both volumes F/NF ... Oversize book/set may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Crockett, S. R. and Seymour Lucas (Illust. ) and Howard Pyle (Binding Design) The Gray Man
New York Harper & Brothers 1896 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 406 pages; HC 1st American edition. Strikingly bound in decorative pictorial cloth binding, with design attributed to Howard Pyle. Square snug and very neat. Illustrated with 26 plates from drawings and engravings by Seymour Lucas, who was just achieving widespread notice around the time of this book's publication. Bound in fine mauve cloth with handsome and striking pictorial design in silver and black to cover and spine. Front board stamped in silver, black and two tones of gray with an image of a cloaked man, standing before a barred archway, and three stylized thistles at the bottom, with a vapor rising from one, crossing the cloaked man, extending toward the head of the board. Spine with thistle, sword, and vapor vignette; title and author in silver. Binding design unsigned but attributed to Howard Pyle. Cf. Minsky. Rear endpage inexplicably missing the front half of the sheet. Otherwise a wonderfully preserved example; bright and fresh. Well executed pictorial plates throughout. VG+ or better 
Price: 50.00 USD
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18 Dobson, Austin & Hugh Thomson The Ballad of Beau Brocade and Other Poems of the XVIII Century
London Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner, & Co 1892 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- Illustrated by Hugh Thomson 
B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 83 pages; Hardcover in maroon cloth boards with gilt illustrative cover and spine. Snug and sound. Mild shelf rub to corners and spine ends. Mild partial internal split between signatures mid-book. Beveled edged boards; top edge gilt. Intermittent mild foxing to the page stock. Prior owner name and date penned to front endpage. Illustrated throughout from etchings by Thomson. VG- 
Price: 17.50 USD
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19 Dobson, Austin and Hugh Thomson The Story Of Rosina And Other Verses;
London Kegan, Paul, French, Trubner 1895 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by Hugh Thompson 
B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 120 pages; 1st edition. Hardcover in maroon cloth boards with ornate decorative pictorial designs in gilt to cover and spine. Top edge gilt; boards beveled at edges. Snug, solid and neat. Superficial shelf bump top front corners. Mild foxing to endpapers. Illustrated throughout from designs by Thomson. Tissue guarded frontis. Handsome copy; bright and very neat. NF 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 Eliot, George Romola, Illustrated. In Two Volumes
New York Thomas Y. Crowell 1899 Hardcover Very Good- 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 530 pages; No date given [Circa 1899] Thomas Y. Crowell. HC 2 volume set with photo plates on glossy stock. Uniformly bound in 3/4 cream linen with decorative arabesque design in gilt with heavy floral decorated paper over boards. Soundly bound and clean. Prior ownership in manuscript to front endpage dated 1899. Cloth lightly pulled at crown of both vols with light shelf rub and a hint of fray to spine ends. Heavy paper covered boards a little rubbed thriugh at a few smal spots along the front edges. Trace toning to cloth at spines. Solid set. VG- ... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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