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41 Goldsmith, Oliver An Abridgment of the History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Death of George II
London B. Law; G. Robinson; G. Kearsly; Et. Al. 1774 First Edition Thus Leather Very Good- 
Copper plate engravings; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 356 pages; Printed for B. Law; G. Robinson; G. Kearsly; et. al.; London. 1st edition of Goldsmith's abridged edition. Snugly bound in period calf boards and a sympathetic rebacking of polished calf with red morocco title label. A2-B-P12, Q10. Plates; frontis, 63, 96, 201, 266. Copperplates engraved by Taylor and printed by Kearsley. Two of the plates have a faint dollop of color inexpertly added. Loss of leather from predation to small areas adjacent to the spine. Retains original endsheets; armorial bookplate of Bacon Hickman mounted over earlier ownership of A. Beauchamp (?). With some professional restoration to the spine but a solid neat copy. VG- thus 
Price: 135.00 USD
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42 Gouge, Thomas A Word To Sinners And A Word To Saints The Former Tending to the Awakening the Consciences of Secure Sinners Unto a Lively Sense....
London Printed for the Assigns of Thomas Gouge and Sold By the Booksellers of London and Westminster 1691 Fifth Edition Leather Good+ 
12mo 7" - 7" tall; 182 pages; Believed 5th edition. 12mo. In 18th century calf. Lacking front matter up to title page. Rear blank present. Pages trimmed tight to the lower edge with some occasional loss to catchwords and signatures. Some nicks and furring to the edge of the last several leaves. Light general toning to text block. 19th century bookplates of prior owner. Boards splay a bit at front edge. Scarce 17th century tract on repentance. Not often seen in period editions. G+ 
Price: 195.00 USD
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43 Greenway, Kate Kate Greenaway's Book of Games, With Twenty-Four Full-Page Plates.
London George Routledge & Sons 1889 First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 64 pages; [No date given] Circa 1889. George Routledge & Sons. 1st or very early edition in the original Routledge issue, "engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans." In sea green paper boards with color illustrated title design; backed in blue cloth spine. Original pale yellow endsheets. Paper boards rubbed and flaked at edges with some shallow loss of paper surface over the corners and a small shallow chip from the paper along the lower edge of the front board. Cloth rubbed and lightly nicked/frayed at spine ends. Binding sound if a little shaken. Mild shelf soiling to cover design and occasional trace finger soiling to the well preserved and bright pages. Mild damp ripple to the paper cover at the top corner does not affect any of the book's pages. Hard to find in the original editions, more so than most of this esteemed illustrator's early books. G++ to VG- 
Price: 200.00 USD
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44 Griffiths, Jeremy & Derek Pearsall Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475
Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1989 0521257360 / 9780521257367 Hardcover Good+ 
Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History; Photographs & facsimiles; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 463 pages; Soundly bound in original brown cloth with titles in gilt to spine. Deaccessioned from a scholarly library, with call label to spine, withdrawn stamps to title pages and minimal ownership attachments to endpages. Illustrated with photographs and facsimile reproductions of early printed pages, manuscript books etc. G++ thus 
Price: 39.50 USD
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45 Hall, Joseph Contemplations on the Historical Passages of the Old and New Testaments; in three volumes
Edinburgh Robertson, John Elder, John Guthrie, Wm. Martin, John Ogle & G. Peattie Leith 1796 Leather Bound Fair 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; In three volumes; bound in period or early 19th century calf with morocco title and volume labels to spines. Bindings sound; boards attached. Gilt tooled lettering to labels and ruling across spines is rubbed and dulled. Some shallow chipping to leather at spine ends, boards of Vol III are a little weak with incipient cracking in the joints. Vol I lacks all front matter including title page, up to the 1st page of the primary text (A1) as well as some several pages at rear, terminating at page 544. Newer endpgs from a (likely) late 19th or early 20th century restoration. This first volume also has a thin, uniform varnish over the leather. Other volumes are unvarnished and are complete with original title pages. Vol II has had original pastedowns replaced with period printed sheets. Lightly bumped corners; moderately rubbed surfaces and edges. 1st pg of Vols I & II have a short margin tear with no loss of text. A sound near Good set with several pages of loss to end of vol I. As is with faults. .... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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46 Heavilon, Mary Jane Cook Book
Frankfort, IN Self Published 1929 First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 190 pages; No date given [Circa 1929]. Self-published . Dated by gift inscription to front endpage, dated 1929. Bound in textured, faux leather cloth with pictorial title emblem embossed in relief to cover; a double boiler in gilt above author titling, also in a scrolled gilt panel. Gilt title details to spine dulled but legible. Soundly bound copy has some moderate toning to page stock. Several prior owner, names/gift inscriptions penned neatly to front endpages. A lengthy Date cake recipe penned in manuscript to a rear blank leaf. Mild scattered kitchen soiling to pages. Solid and still attractive; a very uncommon early 20th century cook book. Author did graduate work at Columbia and served as "Director of home Economics" at the detroit Stove Co. G++ to VG- 
Price: 95.00 USD
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47 Hinton, John Howard (Ed.); Samuel L. Knapp (Ed.) The History and Topography of the United States of North America, From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Comprising Political and Biographical History; Geography, Geology, Mineralogy, Zoology, and Botany; Agriculture, Manufactures, and Commerce.. (Etc. )
Boston Samuel Walker 1834 First American Edition Leather Very Good+ 
Map & engravings; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 1st American edition from the 2nd English edition. Two volumes in one. Soundly bound in very handsome American publisher's binding of tree calf and heavy gilt spine with black leather title label to spine. 427, 500pp. Contents complete with complete complement of 40 plates including extra engraved title pages, map of North America and views. Superficial nicks to leather at crwon and some mild creasing to the leather at spine. Intermittent foxing to some plates and some pages, a few more heavily. An especially nice copy in a spectacular example of American publisher binding. VG+ ... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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48 Hogg, James. (Editor and Illustrator). The Jacobite Relics of Scotland; Being the Songs, Airs and Legends, of the Adherents to the House of Stuart. Collected and Illustrated by J. Hogg; [First] and Second Series. 2 Volumes
Edinburgh and London William Blackwood; T. Cadell and W. Davies 1819 First Edition Leather Very Good- 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; [First] and Second Series, 2 volumes. 1st editions. Uniformly bound in 19th century polished blue calf with raised bands and gilt tooled decorations in compartments. Only 1 of the original 4 morocco title labels remains present and attached. Leather a little rubbed at spine and board edges with some slight scarring over several of the raised bands. Half-title pages present; contents clean and quite neat with only occasional superficial foxing. Armorial bookplates of John Duerdin mounted to front pastedowns. Includes musical notation and notes. VG- ... 
Price: 250.00 USD
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49 Hooper, William Rational Recreations, in Which the Principles of Numbers and Natural Philosophy are Clearly and Copiously Elucidated by a Series of Easy, Entertaining, Interesting Experiments : Vol III: Electrical and Magnetical Experiments
London Printed for L. Davis ...J. Robson ...B. Law ...and G. G. J. and J. Robinson ... 1787 Third Edition Full leather Very Good+ 
Vol III only (of four) : "Electrical and Magnetical Experiments". A lovely copy of the 3rd volume of Hooper's four volume work. Snugly bound in period tree calf with morocco labels to spine; board edges tooled in gilt. Twenty hand colored folding copperplate engravings are complete and very neat with three of the plates starting at the front edge from misfolding and showing some soiling and supericial closed tears to the margins where they extruded from the fore edge. Endpages complete and unmarred. Joints quite sound; surfaces bright and neat with no skinning or rubbing. Just mild bumping and trace rub to corners and only mild scattered foxing to the text. Quite handsome, with no repairs or restorations; VG++ or better. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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50 Hooper, William Rational Recreations, in Which the Principles of Numbers and Natural Philosophy are Clearly and Copiously Elucidated by a Series of Easy, Entertaining, Interesting Experiments : Vol IV: Experiments in Pneumatics, Hydrology and Pyrotechnics, with an Appendix of Miscellaneous Recreations
London Printed for L. Davis ...J. Robson ...B. Law ...and G. G. J. and J. Robinson ... 1787 3rd edition, corrected Full leather Very Good+ 
367 pages; Vol IV only (of four) : "Experiments in Pneumatics, Hydrology and Pyrotechnics, with an Appendix of Miscellaneous Recreations". A lovely copy of the 4th volume of Hooper's four volume work. Snugly bound in period tree calf with morocco title label to spine, lacking the small oval "4" volume label; board edges tooled in gilt. Fourteen handsomely hand colored folding copperplate engravings are complete and very neat with three of the plates starting slightly at the front edge from misfolding and showing some mild soiling and supericial rubbing at the area where they extruded from the fore edge. Endpages complete and unmarred. Joints quite sound; surfaces bright and neat with no skinning or rubbing. Just mild bumping and trace rub to corners and only mild scattered foxing to the text. Quite handsome, with no repairs or restorations; VG++ or better. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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51 Hugh Gaine The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments : Translated out of the Original Tongues; and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised
New York Hugh Gaine 1792 First Edition Thus Hardcover Good+ 
12mo 7" - 7" tall; 816 pages; New York, Printed and sold by Hugh Gaine, at his book-store and printing-office, at the Bible, in Hanover-Square: 1792. Contemporary calf boards with sympathetic professional rebacking and replaced morocco label at spine. In 12's, printed in double columns. The contents have been carefully inspected with all pages believed present, including original endsheets. Extensive family records in a close hand relating to the families of Daniel Hodgkins, his daughter Betsy Hodgkins and of Sylvanus Sparks, to whom she was wed in 1812. Family history is listed on the blank leaf between the Testaments and on the verso of the title page and blank area of the facing recto. Condition faults are thus: the first 20 or so leaves are rubbed and a little nicked at the front edge, with some shallow chips at the corners. 6 or 7 of those leaves have short partial closed tears starting from the gutter, which have been closed with archival paper repairs. Leaf A9 had apparently detached and is missing a small triangular chip at the top gutter edge with some loss of text. The front edge of the same leaf is missing all of the margin and some minimal areas of text. Small worm hole in the lower margin of signatures M-O, generally not affecting text, but here and there reaching into the terminal line or two. Similar margin worming top front corner same signatures and likewise at top front corner of signature Z. Expected light toning to pages as expected. A tallow type margin stain to the margins of the first several leaves. Front endpage and terminal printed leaf have short archival paper reinforcements to the top edges. According to Hills "the type for this edition is said to have been set up in Scotland and imported in page form, ready for printing. The type was apparently kept standing. In 1803, the forms were sold to Matthew Carey of Philadelphia. Because of the delay on his own school edition, [Isaiah] Thomas is said to have purchased 500 copies of this Bible in sheets in 1792." It also seems likely that the forms were used by William Young of Philadelphia for his 1794 Bible. A rather decent example, with noteworthy provenance, and with an attractive sympathetic rebacking. Hills 40. 
Price: 1295.00 USD
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52 Janvier, Thomas Allibone The Mexican Guide
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1888 Third Edition Leather Good 
16mo 6" - 7" tall; 523 pages; 3rd edition. Bound to accomodate travel in full, supple, pebbled leather with a folding title lettered closure over the front edge. Edges marbled. Calls for three maps but none present. Leather scraped at top and spine edges; partial split along the folding front flap. The leather strip meant to serve as a catch for the tongue of the flap is missing. Laeather at spine more heavily worn with surface rubbing and light scarring but tiles still bold and entire spine present. Contents clean and complete save for maps, with a few signatures starting slightly. Several trade-tourist ads at front and rear. A worn but sound copy of the much harder to find pre-1900 editions. Good only 
Price: 135.00 USD
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53 Johnson, Samuel, (Original compiler) A Selection from the Harleian Miscellany of Tracts, Which Principally Regard the English History; of Which Many Are Referred to by Hume.
London C. & G. Kearsley 1793 First Edition Thus 3/4 leather Very Good+ 
4to 11" - 13" tall; 571 pages; 1st edition thus, an abridged edition of the Johnson compiled edition published in 1744. Soundly bound in later 3/4 calf over pebbled brown cloth. Calf lightly rubbed and slightly scuffed at extremities. Front corners lightly bumped with mild abrasion. Very small chip to leather at crown of spine. Prior ownership/s penned top edge of title page. Light oily crescent of soiling to the front edge of the first 12 or 13 leaves. Page stock bright with no significant foxing. Solid clean copy. VG+ ... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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54 Jones, William, Sir An Essay on the Law of Bailments with Introductory Remarks and Notes...by John Balmanno
Philadelphia P. Byrne 1804 Second Edition Full leather Very Good 
12mo 7" - 7" tall; 123 pages; Contemporary full calf with red spine label, gilt. Prior ownership signature of highly respected jurist Daniel Agnew, who from 1873-1879 held position as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Agnew's ownership inscriptions to front endpage and title page dated 1831. Black leather title with "M. Agnew" stamped in gilt, with the far left of the label chipped and presumably missing an initial. An undated ownership inscription "R. Moore" on the front endpage is neatly crossed out with a single line but an identical signature on the contents page is unmarred. Presumably the signature is that of Agnew's Father-in-law, Robert Moore, two term congressman from Beaver County who died in 1831. Calf leather with some spots of light rubbing and skinning along the edges. Soundly bound though a bit tender in the joints. 3/8 inch chip missing from the crown of spine. Gilt titling to label bright. Just very mild foxing here and there to contents. Sound attractive copy with provenance. Aside from the small piece out at the crown a VG copy. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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55 Keill, John An Introduction to Natural Philosophy Or, Philosophical Lectures Read in the University of Oxford, Anno Dom. 1700; To Which Are Added, the Demonstrations of Monsieur Huygens Theorems, Concerning the Centrifugal Force and Circular Motion
London Andrew Millar; John Rivington; et. al. 1758 Fifth Edition Wraps Good+ 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 306 pages; 5th edition, translated from the last edition of the Latin. Bound in modern plain paper wraps over a complete and snug text block. [Blank], xii, 306, [2(ads)], blank pp. Several cursory period ownership names in manuscript to the front blank; manuscript errata notes in two lines to the top edge of the rear blank. Illustrated throughout with woodcut figures and diagrams. Pages supple. clean and bright. Plain paper wraps are tasteful and professionally applied. Very well preserved, though in want of a proper casing. G++ thus 
Price: 250.00 USD
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56 Kingsley, Henry Austin Elliot
Boston Ticknor and Fields 1863 First Edition Hardcover Good 
1863, Boston; Ticknor & Fields. HC 1st US edition. Author of Ravenshoe and Geoffrey hamlyn; brother of Charles Kingsley. Original green cloth with mid-Victorian age decorative blind stamped borders and garlands to covers. Titles readil legible in gilt to spine. Cloth rubbed with shallow chips at spine ends and slightly rounded, rubbed through corners. Binding sound; several signatures starting and modestly cocked in the spine. Retains original end sheets which are sound. G++ Victorian Novels; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 352 pages; HC 1st US edition. Author of Ravenshoe and Geoffrey Hamlyn; brother of Charles Kingsley. Original green cloth with mid-Victorian age decorative blind stamped borders and garlands to covers. Titles dulled but legible in gilt to spine. Cloth rubbed with shallow chips at spine ends and slightly rounded, rubbed through corners. Binding sound; several signatures starting and cocked in the spine. Retains original end sheets. Partial, blan bookplate mounted to front pastedown. Good only 
Price: 50.00 USD
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57 Kingston, William Henry Giles Round the World: : a Tale for Boys.
Boston Crosby and Nichols 1863 Hardcover Very Good- 
16mo 6" - 7" tall; 444 pages; Publisher issued pebbled brown cloth with decorative borders deeply impressed to cloth at board edges. Gilt titling and decoration at spine dulled (as usual with these pebbled cloth bindings) but readily legible. Binding sound though two signatures start slightly at front edge. This scarce early example, after the original 1859 Nelson issued 1st edition, retains the original endpages. Prior ownership bookplate to front pastedown, along with several successive penned ownership inscriptions. Illustrated with several engraved plates. Light rubbing and mild fray to cloth at spine ends and lower front corners. Some expected fading to cloth at spine panel. Solid and decent copy, quite uncommon in the earliest printings prior to 1880. G++ to VG- 
Price: 100.00 USD
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58 Kurtz, Benjamin P. ; [William Caxton] An Original Leaf from the Polycronicon Printed by William Caxton At Winchester in the Year 1482. The Life and Works with an Historical Reminder of Fifteenth Century England ...[Leaf Book]
San Francisco Grabhorn Press for the Book Club of California 1938 First Edition Thus; Limited edtion Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket 
4to 11" - 13" tall; 53 pages; Issued in an edition of 297 copies handset at the Grabhorn Press in Deepdene Text type on mold-made paper. Cream linen quarter cloth and brown paper covered boards with Caxton's device reproduced in a dark brown. Publisher's brown paper title label mounted to spine. The original plain, buff paper dust jacket is lightly shelf soiled with several small nicks and short tears to edges. Title page in red and black with caption titles, paragraph marks and colophon printed in red. The leaf Cxvii from the third book of Caxton's 1482 Polycronicon is hinge mounted inside a red ruled border on a blank (iii) following the title page. A very well preserved example of this finely printed leaf book, snugly bound, clean and neat. Mild offset toning adajcent to the Caxton leaf. The leaf is bright and clean without flaw. No prior ownership indications. NF in a nearly VG original dust cover. Uncommon thus ... Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping. 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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59 Lewis, Elisha J. The American Sportsman. Containing Hints to Sportsmen. Notes on Shooting, and the Habits of the Game Birds and Wild Fowl of America
Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott and Co 1857 Third Edition Hardcover Good+ 
Woodcuts and frontis lithograph; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; HC apparent 3rd edition. Soundly bound in original green cloth with ornate pictorial title panel at spine and gilt vignette to cover. Decorative borders in blind to board edges. Though soundly bound and generally clean the bottom edges of the boards are well shelf rubbed with rub through to the cloth along much of the bottom edges. Lower front corners with cloth rubbed through and boards showing; light fray to cloth at spine ends. Gilt pictorial title design a bit dulled but still striking and attractive. Gift inscription in pencil and ink stamp to front endpage. A few signatures starting at front edge. Handsomely illustrated throughout with woodcuts of hunting scenes and game bird depictions. Original front and rear endpages with moderate foxing though the contents are generally bright with just scattered light spotting. Nice mid 19th century American game and hunting book in still solid and reasonably attractive condition. G++ to VG- 
Price: 65.00 USD
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60 Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth and Bertha M. Schaeffer (Ills) There Was a Little Girl [And She Had a Little Curl...]
New York R. Worthington 1883 First Edition Hardcover Good 
Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; 1883 R. Worthington. HC. 1st and only 19th century edition attributed to Longfellow. Oblong format HC backed in green cloth with chromolithograph illustrated paper covered boards. An iconic childhood verse in a very scarce edition. The boards and their chromo illustrated surfaces are in generally good condition with some rubbing at edges. General light toning to surfaces and some silverfish predation along the spine-side edges of the paper overlay. Contents are complete, with each set of facing pages featuring a chromolitho pictorial lettered headpiece to a set of decorative color lettered lines, facing a page with a bold silhouette illustration. Front and rear endpages are detached but laid in. Silverfish predation at the pastedown edges, both front and rear and a little less so to the (detached) endpage edges. Contents clean and with no silverfising of note; some trace evidence of a child's pencil scribblings at the endpages. Longfellow credited as the author in this edition, and though there is some scholarly dispute regarding the origin of these classic lines, it is from the pen of Longfellow that we know them. [There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead. ] When she was good, She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid. This example retains all of its elements but would be well improved with some basic restoration. Rare in the marketplace with no copies appearing at auction in recent memory. Only a handful of copies held institutionally. Good only but with considerable room for improvement in qualified hands. W. A. F. Good only 
Price: 450.00 USD
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