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BEHIND A MASK: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott.
Edition: Trade paperback.
New York: Morrow - Quill, 1984. The first book publication of several 'blood-and-thunder' tales written by Alcott and published, either anonymously or under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, in various weeklies starting in 1862 and before Alcott had published 'Little Women' under her own name. Edited and with an introduction by Madeleine Stern. 277 pp. ISBN: 0-688-033709.
Condition: Near fine (previous owner's name)Book ID: 30874More details Price: $9.00
Edition: Trade paperback.
New York: The Viking Press, 1964. Stories of small-town life, originally published in 1919, with an introduction by Malcolm Cowley. 247 pp. Compass Books C-39. Map frontispiece. 247 pp. Cover illustration by Lazlo Matulay.
Condition: Near fine.Book ID: 82024More details Price: $10.00
SAN FRANCISCO NOIR 2: The Classics.
Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.
New York: Akashic Books. (2009). SIGNED first edition - Includes stories published between 1889 and 1991 by Dashiell Hammett, Jack London, Mark Twain, Craig Clevenger, Ambrose Bierce, Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller, John Shirley, Ernest Gaines and more. SIGNED by TWO authors: Janet Dawson at her story "Union Square" and John Shirley at "Ash." 330 pp plus notes on contributors and two pages of publisher's ads. ISBN: 978-1933354651.
Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.Book ID: 63385More details Price: $28.50
FRANKENSTEIN'S BRIDE with Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN or The Modern Prometheus.
Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )
Naperville,IL: Sourcebooks Landmark, (2007). First edition - From the back cover:"The sequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with Mary Shelley's unabridged Frankenstein included. Hilary Bailey has created a classic horror story in the vein of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein-and a monster even more terrifying than the original." Bailey's book was originally published in the UK in 1995; thjs edition includes a new introduction to Shelley's book by Bailey. xxi, 236, 253 pp.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.Book ID: 73067
SENTIMENTAL TOMMY: The Story of His Boyhood.
Edition: First American edition.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. Hardcover first edition - A semi-autobiographical novel by the author who will forever be best known for his "Peter Pan." Illustrated with a frontispiece with a tissue guard and 10 glossy plates by William Hatherell. An attractive green and gilt design by Margaret Armstrong on the front cover. vi, 478 pp.
Condition: Very good in brown cloth (a very short tear at the top of the spine, one word on the front endpaper, but overall a tight, straight and clean copy)Book ID: 68158
THE ROAD TO OZ.
Edition: First thus.
New York: William H. Morrow / Books of Wonder, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - A handsome facsimile edition of this book originally published in 1909. Includes 126 of John R. Neill's original pen-and-ink drawings. New afterword for this edition by Peter Glassman. Printed on varying shades of pastel-colored paper. Top edge gilt. 267 pp. ISBN: 0-688-09997-1.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.Book ID: 77621
LOOKING BACKWARD 2000-1887.
New York: Modern Library, nd (ca 1952.) dj. Hardcover - Introduction by Heywoud Broun. Immediately popular, this novel has remained one of the best known and most important utopian classics, a title in the Grolier 100 list of the influential American books printed before 1900. 276 pp.
Condition: Very good in a poor dust jacket (dust jacket is split down the spine, has several large chips and other edgewear, now in an archival protector.)Book ID: 42799More details Price: $10.00
DESIRABLE RESIDENCES AND OTHER STORIES.
Edition: First printing.
New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of twenty- seven stories published in magazines between 1896 and 1932, and with the exception of only two stories, never before published in book form. The title story is a previously undiscovered Miss Mapp story. The stories are grouped by type: crank stories, society stories, cruel stories, odd stories, dodo stories, spook stories. Introduction by Jack Adrian. List of sources. xiv, 278 pp. ISBN: 0-192123041.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.Book ID: 41776
Edition: First US printing.
New York: The Viking Press, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel from the unfinished manuscript by Charlotte Bronte.. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, . "Charlotte Bronte's death in 1855 deprived the world of what might have been her masterpiece. The twenty unfinished manuscript pages about a lost young girl - which signaled her most compelling work since Jane Eyre - sat in waiting for almost 150 years until Irish novelist Clare Boylan decided to finisht it." Afterword. vii, 437 pp. Fragments of the manuscript reproduced on the endpapers. ISBN: 0-670-032972.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.Book ID: 44424
THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII.
Edition: First printing with these illustrations.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in the Scribner's Classic series, illustrated by F.C. Yohn with a pasted-on cover illustration, pictorial endpapers and title page plus 9 inserted color plates (the color plate pasted on the dustjacket is different from that of the book and reproduces the plate at pg 150.) A beautiful edition of this classic set in the days of the Roman Empire and early Christianity. viii, 425 pp.
Condition: Near fine in black cloth with full color plate and gilt lettering on the spine in a good only dust jacket. (minor foxing to edge of texblock, unobtrusive gift inscription, dustjacket has signifcant edgewear, tape repairs to interior at end of spine.)Book ID: 34882More details Price: $85.00
New York: Barnes & Noble, (2009.) dj. Hardcover - Originally published in 1977, this work consists of a novella recreating poet John Keat's last days in Rome, followed by a short nonfiction section on Keat's friend Joseph Severn, his doctor James Clark and the Italian poet Giuseppe Belli, and the final section is a translation of Belli's sonnets on Biblical subjects. Foreword by Michael Dirda. A title in the Barnes & Noble Rediscovers Series. vi, 152 pp. ISBN: 1435104234.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.Book ID: 53669More details Price: $11.50
THE SECRET GARDEN
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (2001) dj. Hardcover - Lovely edition of this children's classic, illustrated by.Kathy Mitchell with several full-color plates and smaller black and white drawings at the head of each chapter .A title in the Illustrated Junior Library. 304 pp. ISBN: 0-448-412500.
Condition: Very near fine in illustrated boards with a clear acetate dust jacket.Book ID: 64089
THE DEERSLAYER: The First War-Path.
Chicago: W. B. Conkey Co., n.d. . Hardcover - Includes a preface to the Leatherstalking Tales. Frontispiece. Bound in dark red half-leather over marbleized boards and with marbleized end papers Top edge. gilt. 635 pp plus 5 pp publisher's ads (date is based on ad for "just issued" Ella Wheeler Wilcox "Every-day Thoughts" which was published in 1901).
Condition: Good overall - some rubbing and wear to the edges of the board and the spine, but still an attractive vintage copy.Book ID: 69014
THE PILOT: A Tale of the Sea.
New York & London: Co-operative Publication Society, n.d. (ca 1900). Hardcover - An early novel by Cooper, originally published in 1823, the life of a naval pilot during the American Revolution. Sepia toned frontispiece with tissue guard. 473 pp.
Condition: Very good in dark green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine.Book ID: 78363More details Price: $20.00
THE RED ROVER.
New York & London: Co-operative Publication Society, n.d. (ca 1900). Hardcover - An early novel by Cooper, who was an American pioneering writer in the sea novel genre. This follows the activities of the sailor Dick Fid, free black sailor Scipio Africanus and Royal Navy officer James Wilder as they encounter the famous pirate, "The Red Rover." Notable both for its serious treatment of black characters and in his blurring of social and gender barriers, as shown in the character of a young girl disguised as a cabin boy. Two-color frontispiece with tissue guard. 494 pp.
Condition: Very good in dark green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine.Book ID: 72354More details Price: $20.00
GREAT STORIES OF HEROISM AND ADVENTURE.
Edition: First thus.
New York: Platt & Munk, (1967.) dj. Hardcover - A collection of twelve stories - including the short Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Open Boat -especially prepared for young readers. Introduction by David Halberstam. Biographical sketch of Crane. x, 502 pp.
Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (edgewear to dj.).Book ID: 57447More details Price: $16.50
TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea.
New York: Macmillan, 1930. Hardcover - Includes an introduction by Sir Wilfred Grenell and illustrated with 4 color plates by Charles Pears.
Condition: Very good in green cloth with black lettering and a black ship on the front cover (spine faded, previous owner's name on front endpaper.)Book ID: 24096More details Price: $12.00
LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE: Little Big Classics.
Edition: First or early printing.
Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Brothers, (1938). Hardcover - Illustrated with duotone drawings by H. G. Nicholas. Little Big Classics #864. Small square format. 94 pp.
Condition: Good overall in illustrated boards - usual rather severe toning to the pages, a bit of wear to the ends of the spine covering, but covers are bright, binding is still sturdy.Book ID: 76300More details Price: $12.50
DOCTOR MARIGOLD: A Story.
Edition: First thus.
London: Westhouse. 1945. dj. Hardcover first edition - A story originally published in the 1865 Christmas issue of "All The Year Round" and issued here with drawings by Robin Jacques and bibliographical notes by Percy H. Muir. The front cover describes this as "The story of a Cheapjack and the Open Road by the greatest of all English storytellers. A little-known romance by Charles Dickens at his best." A slim volume of only 48 pp, bound in emerald green linen with gilt lettering.
Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket. (bookplate underneath flap of dustjacket - some age toning to the spine and edges of the dj.)Book ID: 38540
Edition: Later printing / book club edition.
New York: Random House, (c 1964) dj. Hardcover - A book reproduced photographically from the first printing in 1936. A handsome copy of one of Faulkner's most important novels. Chronology, geneology and a fold out map bound in at the end. 384 pp.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (previous owner's name dated 1974)Book ID: 82006
Edition: First thus.
New York: Dodd, Mead, (1927, c 1920) dj. Hardcover - One of several titles of this Definitive Edition of the works of Anatole France, published in 1927, and "printed on special India tint laid antique paper with endpapers in color from a design by Aubrey Beardsley, bound in black linen cloth stamped in gold" with an ornate overall design. The dust jacket repeats the same design but reverses the colors with a gold background, decorations in black. 296 pp.
Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket. Uncommon in dust jacket and especially so in this condition.Book ID: 75523
The Life and Death of THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE: A Story of a Man of Character.
New York: Harper Perennial, (1966.) dj. Hardcover - Based on the Wessex text of 1912, edited and with an introduction and notes by Frederick R. Karl; A title in 'The Standard Edition' series under the general editorship of John Paterson. A small volume measuring just 7 1/4 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide. xxxvi, 366 pp.
Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (bookplate.)Book ID: 54015More details Price: $15.00
THE DARKLING THRUSH and Other Poems.
Edition: First printing.
London: Viking, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A selection of Hardy's poems, each one illustrated with full page watercolors or pencil sketches of Dorset (as it appears today, but the scenes chosen are unchanged since Hardy's time) by Gordon Beningfield. Oblong format. 124 pp. ISBN: 0-670-806803.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.Book ID: 58006
SALLY DOWS AND OTHER STORIES.
Edition: Early undated reprint.
New York: The Regent Press, (c 1893). Hardcover- A later work by Harte, includes the title novella, set in the post Civil war, reconstruction era South, and three long short stories set in California - The Conspiracy of Mrs Bunker, Transformation of Buckeye Camp and Their Uncle from California. Glossy frontispiece. 299 pp.
Condition: Very good in tan cloth with black lettering, red decoration on front cover and spine.(previous owner's name in pencil on front endpaper, easily erasable)Book ID: 67858More details Price: $16.50
WESTERN STORIES OF BRET HARTE.
Edition: Second edition.
New York: Globe Book Company. (1968). Hardcover - Intended for use in schools, with exercises and questions at the rear, this collection of Harte's stories is notable for its use of movie stills to illustrate the story. Includes the classics "The Outcasts of Poker Flats," "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and more. vi, 224 pp.
Condition: Very near fine in light green cloth with blue lettering and illustration on the front cover.Book ID: 59190
THE PORTABLE HAWTHORNE.
Edition: First printing.
New York: The Viking Press, 1948. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes the complete text of "The Scarlet Letter" and self-contained selections from three other novels (The House of the Seven Gables, The Marble Faun, and The Dolliver Romance), 13 stories, "passages from his "Notebooks". plus unexpurgated sections from his original journals and a biograpical arrangement of his letters. Edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by Malcolm Cowley. Viking Portable Library #38. Short bibliography. vi, 634 pp. Small format.
Condition: Very good+ in light green cloth in very good- dust jacket. (corners slightly bumped, edgewear and internal tape repairs to dj). Despite the flaws, this is quite uncommon in the first printing in dustjacket.Book ID: 41718
THE SCARLET LETTER: A Romance.
Edition: First trade edition.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1986). Hardcover first edition - A striking new edition of Hawthorne's classic novel of guilt and pride, set among the early Puritans of New Englands. . Illustrated with 24 wood engravings by Barry Moser; introduction by Alexander Eliot. Notes on the prints. xix, 181. ISBN: 0-151795681.
Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (remainder line)Book ID: 75094
Edition: First printing.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1909. Hardcover first edition - A late collection of stories by this writer who is arguably one of the best-known of all American short story writers. Collects 16 stories including "The Rose of Dixie", Schools and Schools, Buried Treasure, A Poor Rule and more. Illustrated with a frontispiece with a tissue guard, and 7 glossy internal plates. 324 pp,
Condition: Very good overall in olive green cloth with gilt title on front cover and spine (previous owner's name dated in 1909 on front endpaper, minor soiling to covers, a bit of wear to spine, usual light toning to pages, but a straight, tight and clean copy)Book ID: 82194
THE MINISTER'S CHARGE or The Apprenticeship of Lemuel Barker.
Edition: First edition.
Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1887. Hardcover first edition - Novel by this author, editor of the Atlantic Monthly, biographer and friend of Mark Twain, and a supporter of the new realism. Interesting ownership markings - penciled in the gutter of the first page is the notation "bought May 10, 1948, Los Angeles 10c first edition. On the front pastedown is an oval stamp of "The Lobster Pot - C.H.E. Hardin, 155 Dwight Ave., Ocean Park, Cal." and also on the front pastedown is an address label for poet and author Laurence P. Spingarn. (1917-2001) 463 pp plus 24 pp publisher's ads.
Condition: Very good in the original terra cotta cloth, decorated in gilt and black on the spine and front cover (minor foxing to endpapers, some shelfwear to the bottom edges of the boards).Book ID: 66868
A TRAVELLER IN LITTLE THINGS.
Edition: 2nd printing.
New York: Dutton, (1922.). Hardcover - Collects a series of brief sketches on people and places - ranging from the English countryside to the Argentinian pampas. A naturalist and ornithologist as well as an author, Hudson was born in Argentina to parents who had immigrated there from New England, but he moved to England, married and became a citizen there. Although he is best known for his classic novel "Green Mansions, " his other works have their charm and interest also. 339 pp.
Condition: Near fine in royal blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover (some dulling to the gilt on the spine, but still legible.) Small round bookstore sticker pasted on front endpapers from a Sacramento department store ("Ask Weinstock-Lubin for the books you want") , lacking the dust jacket.Book ID: 48160More details Price: $40.00