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  • A GIRL OF TO-DAY. by Adams, Ellinor Davenport (1859-1913)
    Adams, Ellinor Davenport (1859-1913)
    A GIRL OF TO-DAY.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: A. L. Burt, n.d. (ca 1930). Hardcover - A novel originally published in England in 1899. "Young Frances Morland founds a society amongst her friends, intended to promote doing good to others. But her ideals are challenged when a most unexpected half-brother appears on the scene." 365 pp plus 9 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated tan cloth (previous owner's name)

    Book ID: 78779
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  • WANTED: A Husband. by Adams, Samuel Hopkins (1871-1958)
    Adams, Samuel Hopkins (1871-1958)
    WANTED: A Husband.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920. dj. Hardcover first edition - A rather lightweight romantic novel, but one in which the most essential part of Darcy's transformation is based on going through a tough physical training regimen. First publication of this novel, which was based on the short story "Enter Darcy" which in turn was made into a silent film in 1919 starring Billie Burke. A facsimile of a letter from Burke is reproduced on the back cover of the dust jacket. Even his publisher was skeptical of this novel, calling it a "diverting little story which I imagine you have written 'with your tongue in your cheek' as it were" (it went on to sell over 13,000 copies). Illustrated by…

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    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920. dj. Hardcover first edition - A rather lightweight romantic novel, but one in which the most essential part of Darcy's transformation is based on going through a tough physical training regimen. First publication of this novel, which was based on the short story "Enter Darcy" which in turn was made into a silent film in 1919 starring Billie Burke. A facsimile of a letter from Burke is reproduced on the back cover of the dust jacket. Even his publisher was skeptical of this novel, calling it a "diverting little story which I imagine you have written 'with your tongue in your cheek' as it were" (it went on to sell over 13,000 copies). Illustrated by Frederic Dorr Steele with a frontispiece with a tissue guard and four glossy internal plates. 257 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in light green cloth with darker lettering in a fair only white illustrated dust jacket with several tears and some small chips. Dust jacket now protected by an archival cover.

    Book ID: 72734
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  • THE IDIOT. by Bangs, John Kendrick
    Bangs, John Kendrick
    THE IDIOT.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895. Hardcover first edition - Humorous novel illustrated with a frontispiece and 23 plates Black and white drawings by F.T. Richards. 115P + 6p publishers ads.

    Condition: Very good in light green cloth boards with dark green decorations on front cover, gilt lettering on spine (gift inscription in pencil on front endpaper).

    Book ID: 87185
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  • Barrett, William E.
    THE LILIES OF THE FIELD

    Edition: First paperback printing.

    New York: Popular Library, 1963. #PC1027, cover price 40c - movie edition with announcement of release starring Sidney Poitier.

    Condition: Very good - a bit of wear to ends of spine, light crease to lower corner of front cover, prev owner's name in pencil inside front cover.

    Book ID: 10062
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  • THE WEB OF THE GOLDEN SPIDER. by Bartlett, Frederick Orin (1876 - 1945)
    Bartlett, Frederick Orin (1876 - 1945)
    THE WEB OF THE GOLDEN SPIDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Small, Maynard and Company, 1909. Hardcover first edition - A Lost Race tale set in the Andes. A story of romance, mystery, intrigue and adventure which opens in Boston, where Wilson, a former theology student, now homeless and penniless, rescues a young woman from over-officious police officers - and moves from there to a sea voyage and to the remote slopes of the Andes in South America and a search for the famed treasure of El Dorado rumored to have been buried beneath Lake Guadiva. Illustrated with a color frontispiece by Harrison Fisher, with a tissue guard , and three black-and-white plates by Charles M. Relyea. viii, 354 pp,

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth decorated with an embossed spider's web with gilt idol in the center, white lettering on front and spine (some shelfwear to the boards, corners slightly bumped, but a tight and clean copy)

    Book ID: 87294
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  • Basinsky, Earle.
    THE BIG STEAL.

    Edition: First paperback printing.

    New York: Signet, (1956.). First edition - The author's first book with a cover blurb by dedicatee Mickey Spillane (who was a 'service buddy' of the author) "The kind of book I go for." Signet 1286. cover price 25 cents.

    Condition: Good only (spine slant), but the cover art - a great exampleof the 'good girl' art - is bright and attractive.

    Book ID: 30553
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  • THE NE'ER-DO-WELL by Beach, Rex (1877-1949)
    Beach, Rex (1877-1949)
    THE NE'ER-DO-WELL

    Edition: Early reprint.

    New York: A. L. BURT, (c 1911) dj. Hardcover - Humorous romance novel set in Panama. Basis for the film of the same name. Illustrated with a glossy frontispiece and three internal glossy plates on by Howard Chandler Christy, 402 pp plus 4 pp of publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good blue cloth in a good dj (some foxing to edge of text block, and overall rubbing and wear to dj, but the illustration on the front cover - repeating that on the dj - is remarkably bright and attractive.)

    Book ID: 78337
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  • JOE AND JENNIE. by Bell, J. H.
    Bell, J. H.
    JOE AND JENNIE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Columbus, Ohio: The Wartburg Press, (1947) dj. Hardcover first edition - A small slim volume - two children left penniless in a city tenement go to their grandfather's farm, and there, surrounded by kindly neighbors and a rich benefactor, they find happiness. 64 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86002
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  • JUDY'S MAN. by Berger, Helen (pseudonym of Helen Bamberger.)
    Berger, Helen (pseudonym of Helen Bamberger.)
    JUDY'S MAN.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, 1926. Hardcover first edition - A romantic novel, a modern retelling of the love of a prince (in this case, the privileged son of a wealthy and influential couple) for a beggar-maid (or the daughter of an impoverished writer and artist, always expecting to make it big), set in Washington DC. Berger also wrote mystery novels under the pseudonym of the The Aresbys. 308 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in brown boards with black lettering, no dust jacket (previous owner's name in pencil on front endpapers)

    Book ID: 77720
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  • L'AFFAIRE JONES. by Bernstein, Hillel.
    Bernstein, Hillel.
    L'AFFAIRE JONES.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: The Literary Guild, (1933) dj. Hardcover - A humorous novel about a meek American who goes to France and becomes part of an international incident. It begins "For three days I have been a political prisoner in the Sante Prison. All Paris is in uproar. The newspapers denounce me . . . But in spite of everything I cling tenaciously to two facts: I am Henry Jones from Windfall, Georgia, and that I came to France to write a cook book. A two-color frontispiece drawing by the cartoonist Otto Soglow, and three-color cartoon illustrations on the endpapers. 257 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in blue cloth boards with a little illustration blocked in gilt, with a beige cloth spine with gilt lettering, top edge tinted red in a very good dust jacket with the usual stylized art deco design used by the Literary Guild (previous owner's name, a few small chips to the upper edge of the dj)

    Book ID: 86381
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  • SATUILA oder vom Zauber der Sudsee by Bethge, Hans (1876-1946)
    Bethge, Hans (1876-1946)
    SATUILA oder vom Zauber der Sudsee

    Edition: First edition.

    Berlin: Morawe und Scheffelt, 1918. Hardcover first edition - A story in Polynesia by this German poet - laid in is a slip which notes "Dieses Buch wurde als Blockbuch gedruckt, es darf daher an den Seiten nicht ausgeschnitten werden" (This book was printed as a block book, it must therefore not be cut out on the sides.) Small format. 57 pp plus colophon: "Das Buch wurde wahrend des grossen krieges in der druckerei des Deutschen Kommunalverlags in Berlin-Friedenau gedruckt (The book was printed during the great war in the print shop of the German municipal publishing house in Berlin-Friedenau)" Although not one of the numbered 200 copies, this is bound in brown leather with gilt lettering on the spine, narrow gilt bands on cover.

    Condition: Near fine (bookplate) in a near fine stapled cardboard slipcase.

    Book ID: 82456
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  • Blake, George.
    THE SHIPBUILDERS.

    Edition: First thus- a paperback.

    Paris: The Albatross, 1947. dj. First edition - Number 5210 in the Modern Continental Library series.

    Condition: Very good+ in printed yellow wrappers, in a slightly worn, but overall very good outer yellow dustjacket.

    Book ID: 16146
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  • MARY CARY ÒFREQUENTLY MARTHAÓ. by Bosher, Kate Langley
    Bosher, Kate Langley
    MARY CARY ÒFREQUENTLY MARTHAÓ.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1910.). Hardcover - Color frontispiece by Frances Rogers. 168 pgs.

    Condition: Very good in khaki green cloth with illustrated front cover (lettering rubbed on spine.)

    Book ID: 17681
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  • Brander, Matthews.
    THE LAST MEETING: A Story.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: International Association of Newspapers and Authors (IANA), 1901. Hardcover - Rather uncommon novel by this very prolific writer, originally published in 1885.

    Condition: Very good in decorated dark green cloth with black lettering (small format.)

    Book ID: 23832
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  • JERSEY STREET AND JERSEY LANE: Urban and Suburban Sketches. by Bunner, H.C. [Henry Cuyler, 1855-1896]
    Bunner, H.C. [Henry Cuyler, 1855-1896]
    JERSEY STREET AND JERSEY LANE: Urban and Suburban Sketches.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. Hardcover first edition - Six short pieces, alternating between New York City and the country. Illustrated with a frontispiece with a tissue guard and numerous en texte drawings by A.B. Frost, B. West Clinedinst, Irving R. Wiles and Kenneth Frazier. Bound in very dark blue clothe with art nouveau style decorations by Margaret Armstrong (with her monogram on the front cover) and lettering in gilt. Top edge gilt. xiv, 201 pp plus 2 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good (gift inscription dated Christmas 1898, some fraying to the top of the spine)

    Book ID: 75106
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  • Castle, Marian.
    ROXANA.

    Edition: First paperback edition.

    New York: Pocket Books, 1956. Vintage paperback - a Cardinal edition #C-277. Cover illustration by Charles Binger.

    Condition: Near fine - appears unread.

    Book ID: 3769
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  • Chambers, Robert W.
    THE FIRING LINE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Appleton, 1908. Hardcover first edition - Illustrated with 8 plates.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth covered boards with white lettering on cover. White on spine mostly rubbed off, lower corner of text block has some creasing.

    Book ID: 8021
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  • IOLE. by Chambers, Robert W. (1965-1933)
    Chambers, Robert W. (1965-1933)
    IOLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Appleton, 1905. Hardcover first edition - A romantic novel by the writer perhaps best known for his early supernatural fiction "The King in Yellow." Lovecraft described Chambers as "equipped with the right brains and education but wholly out of the habit of using them" but these later novels did give him one of the most successful literary careers of the period. A handsomely produced book with four full page color illustrations, two each by J.C. Leyendecker and Karl Anderson and numerous art noveau textural illustrations by Arthur C. Becker. xii, 142 pp. Publisher's green patterened cloth with color illustration on front cover. A very nice copy of a very handsome book. 142 p

    Condition: Very good in light green ribbed cloth with a pasted on illustration on the front cover, lettering in gilt (cocked spine, bookplate.)

    Book ID: 57597
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  • Christie, Agatha
    AT BERTRAMÕS HOTEL

    Edition: First US paperback printing.

    New York: Pocket Books, 1967. #50452. 50c cover price. A Jane Marple murder mystery.

    Condition: Very good (crease to lower corner, rear cover.)

    Book ID: 12333
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  • Conant, Edward.
    THE VERMONT PRIMARY HISTORICAL READER and LESSONS ON THE GEOGRAPHY OF VERMONT with NOTES ON CIVIL GOVERNMENT (in Two Parts).

    Edition: 2nd edition.

    Rutland, VT: Tuttle Company / Marble City Press, 1895. Hardcover - Well-illustrated reader (photographs, drawings, maps, decorations), bound in light brown clothwith dark brown titles and decorations and a silver-stamped coats-of-arms on each cover. 227 pages and 5 pgs ads. Both "Parts" are included in this one volume. End-papers are printed in red with a map & state flower on the front, ads on the rear.

    Condition: Good condition overall - town/school bookplate on endpapers, rather severe rubbing and soiling to covers, contents very good, binding tight. Interesting and rather uncommon.

    Book ID: 22827
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  • Crane, Mary (Jose King Burmeister.)
    SARA OF UPPER DAM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: George H. Doran, (1924.). Hardcover first edition - A story of a woman, neither young nor attractive, who travels west and finds success, of a sort, in a small mining town - spans the years before and during the first World War. A rather interesting variation on the classic romantic Western novel. Gift inscription on the front endpaper, and laid in is a 2 page letter from the giver of this book, a woman who apparently also left her family in search of a more prosperous life.

    Condition: Very good+ in beige cloth with dark brown lettering and decorations on the front cover and spine. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 28838
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  • POLICEMAN'S DREAD. by Creasey, John.
    Creasey, John.
    POLICEMAN'S DREAD.

    Edition: 1st paperback printing.

    New York: Berkley, 1966. A Roger West mystery. #f1202, 50c cover price.

    Condition: Some creasing and wear to covers, otherwise good. Note: vintage paperbacks are very fragile and should be handled with care.

    Book ID: 12343
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  • THE ISLE OF THE WINDS. by Crockett, S. R. (Samuel Rutherford Crockett, 1859 - 1914)
    Crockett, S. R. (Samuel Rutherford Crockett, 1859 - 1914)
    THE ISLE OF THE WINDS.

    Edition: Early vintage reprint ("Special Subscription Edition")

    New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., Inc., 1903. Hardcover - A romantic adventure novel by this Scottish writer, originally published under the title "Little Anna Mark." Although this begins - and ends - in Scotland, most of it is set in the Caribbean, among the pirates, including a search for Morgan's hidden treasure. Illustrated with a frontispiece and seven internal plates on glossy stock. A title in the Crowned Masterpieces of Modern Fiction series, bound in marbleized boards with a dark green cloth spine and gilt lettering on the spine, top edge gilt. 443 pp.

    Condition: Near fine. An uncommon early edition.

    Book ID: 85667
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  • Cullum, Ridgwell [pseudonym for Sidney Groves Burghard, 1867 Ð1943].
    THE SAINT OF THE SPEEDWAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: George H. Doran, (1924.). Hardcover first edition - Adventure novel involving a huge gold find in Australia, gold mining in Alaska and a derelict ship; The 'Speedway' in the name of a gambling palace in Beacon Glory in in Southern Alaska. 335 pp.

    Condition: Good in orange cloth with black lettering - a sturdy copy, with some soiling to the covers and the previous owner's name repeated at the head of each chapter (an interesting practice... did it mean that he had read that chapter?)

    Book ID: 35111
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  • THE WHITE MICE. by Davis, Richard Harding (1964-1916)
    Davis, Richard Harding (1964-1916)
    THE WHITE MICE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. Hardcover first edition - A "story of love and revolution in a South American republic." Illustrated with a frontispiece with a tissue guard and seven inserted plates by George Gibbs. Bound in beige cloth with red and black lettering, black illustration on front cover. 309 pp plus 4 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Near fine (previous owner's name on front endpaper)

    Book ID: 75105
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  • THE WOMAN AT THE DOOR. by Deeping, Warwick (1877-1950)
    Deeping, Warwick (1877-1950)
    THE WOMAN AT THE DOOR.

    Edition: First Canadian Edition.

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, (1937) dj. Hardcover first edition - A late novel by this prolific and (in his time) a very popular writer. Although his novels sometimes dealt with significant issues, he was not considered a "serious" writer. in this book, where a wealthy widowed author has rented an abandoned signaling tower in the woods so as to have solitude for his writing, he deals with spousal abuse and the question of justifiable homicide, when the wife of his next door neighbor claims she killed her husband in self defense and turns to him for help. 322 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in brown boards with gilt titling on spine and front board in a very good dust jacket (previous owner's name dated 1939, top edge dusty, minor edgewear and one short tear to the dj).

    Book ID: 89255
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  • Deland, Margaret
    THE AWAKENING OF HELENA RICHIE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Brothers, 1906. Hardcover first edition - Novel set in Old Chester, Pennsylvania - and featuring, as many of her novels did -
    a woman facing a crisis, but also a woman with intelligence, a subtle strength and independence in judgments. First issue without the box around the dedication. Illustrated by Walter Appleton Clark.

    Condition: Only good in red cloth with an embossed designed, gold lettering. Front hinge is cracked, rear hinge starting, wear to cloth especially at the spine.

    Book ID: 7712
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  • DAVIE AND ELISABETH: Wonderful Adventures by Dyar, Muriel Campbell.
    Dyar, Muriel Campbell.
    DAVIE AND ELISABETH: Wonderful Adventures

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1908. Hardcover first edition - A simple tale of a devoted old couple. Frontispiece with tissue guard, red and green lettering and decorations on the title page. 131 pp.

    Condition: Very good in dark green boards with yellow and silver illustration on front cover, gilt lettering on the spine (short tear at side of spine. previous owner's name dated 1910).

    Book ID: 64318
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  • Edward S. Aarons
    ASSIGNMENT MADELEINE.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Fawcett - Gold Medal Books, (c. 1958.). One of a series of spy thrillers featuring CIA agent Sam Durrell, published as paperback originals.. Great 'good girl' cover art. Gold Medal Book #K1481, cover price 40 c.

    Condition: Very near fine - a tight and bright copy which appears unread.

    Book ID: 32630
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  • Edward S. Aarons
    ASSIGNMENT - BURMA GIRL.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Fawcett - Gold Medal Books, (c. 1961.). One of a series of spy thrillers featuring CIA agent Sam Durrell, published as paperback originals.. Great 'good girl' cover art. Gold Medal Book #D1612, cover price 50 c.

    Condition: Very near fine - a tight and bright copy which appears unread.

    Book ID: 32631
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