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Book Collecting. A Comprehensive Guide. 1995 Edition., Ahearn, Allen and Patricia
1 2472
Ahearn, Allen and Patricia
Book Collecting. A Comprehensive Guide. 1995 Edition.
G.P. Putnam's Sons
New York, 1995
6.25 x 9.5 Inches
Later Printing
Cloth Hardcover
Fine, Fine
0399140492 / 9780399140495



viii.480 pgs. Fine hardcover, gilt lettering to spine, in Fine jacket, clean and unmarked, binding tight. Another timeless handbook for collectors, librarians and booksellers. With 3,500 titles, an additional 2,000 titles have been added to the previous 1989 edition. The 1978, 1986 and 1993 prices are included, as well as new sections on prizes and lists such as Pulitzers, Bookers, Edgars, Hugos, National Book Awards, Caldecotts, PEN/Faulkners, Nebulas, Newberys and Burgess. You are guided on which books to collect, how to identify first editions, evaluate condition and care for your collection. Contents: Introduction, Book Collecting, What to Collect: First Editions, Proofs and Advanced Review Copies, Limited Editions, Paperbacks or Paperwraps, Literary Prize Winners, High Spots in Literature, Sources For Books, Knowledgable Buying, Some Suggestions, First Edition Identification by Publisher, Using This Guide, Appendices: Pseudonyms, Book Dealers, Auction Houses, Selected Bibliography of Works Consulted. ISBN 0399140492. #2472.

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Emerson as a Poet, Benton, Joel
2 2259
Benton, Joel
Emerson as a Poet
M.F. Mansfield & A. Wessels
New York, 1883
12mo - 6 - 7 Inches Tall
No Additional Printings Stated
Cloth Hardcover
Good




168 pgs. Good condition rust colored cloth hardcover. Gilt lettering to front and spine, top edge gilt. Binding sound. Light to moderate rubbing of cloth at edges and corners, top of spine edge frayed, faded area of cloth at bottom of front cover. A two inch semicircular clear water spot is visible at the bottom margin of textblock, along bottom outer corner of pages 33-144, text not affected. Owner name [Edith True] on front endpaper, attractive frontis portrait of Emerson, tissue intact. Sections: Dedication, Prefatory Note, Emerson as a Poet, The New Poms of Emerson, Appendix, Concordance to Emerson's Poetry, Emerson as a Magazine Topic, Some Books About Emerson. By the author of "In the Poe Circle" and other biographical works, Joel Benton (1832-1911) was a native of Amenia NY and founder of Amenis Times (now Harlem Valley Times) newspaper. #2259.

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Short Title Catalogue of Eighteenth Century Printed Books in the National Library of Medicine., Blake, John B.
3 2353
Blake, John B.
Short Title Catalogue of Eighteenth Century Printed Books in the National Library of Medicine.
Martino Publishing
1998
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall
Later Reprint
Cloth Hardcover
As New
1578980860 / 9781578980864



501 pgs. Fine condition tan cloth hardcover, As New, clean, crisp, unmarked. Martino Limited Reprint Edition, limited to 100 copies. List of works printed from 1701 through 1800 which are held in the History of medicine Collection of the National Library of Medicine. Approximately 25,000 items, both monographs and serials, are included which had not been recorded in either the Index-Catalogue or The National Union Catalog Pre-1956 imprints. ISBN 1578980860 #2353

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Collecting Early Machine-Made Marbles : The M. F. Christensen & Son Company and Christensen Agate Company, Block, Robert
4 1735
Block, Robert
Collecting Early Machine-Made Marbles : The M. F. Christensen & Son Company and Christensen Agate Company
Schiffer Pub Ltd
Atglen, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2003
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall

Glossy Hardcover
Fine
0764318276 / 9780764318276



158 pgs. Fine condition glossy hardcover, New.. Detailed color photos. Text by renowned marble authority. From the cover: With this book, readers will discover machine-made marbles from the early 1900 to the 1930's that revolutionized the glass marble industry. Over 700 beautiful color photos display marbles produced by the Ohio-based companies M.F. Christensen & Son Company and Christensen Agate Company. Among those displayed are bricks, cobras, guineas, opaques, slags, single pontil slags, swirls, hand-gathered swirls and early slag traditionals. Text includes descriptions, history and methods of manufacture. ISBN 0764318276. #1735.

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The Mind of Poe and Other Studies, Campbell, Killis
5 2541
Campbell, Killis
The Mind of Poe and Other Studies
Harvard University Press
Cambridge Massachusets, 1933
12mo - 5 x 7.5 Inches
First Edition
Cloth Hardcover
Good

Ex-Library


238pgs. Good condition brown cloth hardcover, gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt, usual ex-library markings in the usual places, former owner name on copyright page and preface, otherwise clean throughout, binding tight. Cornerstone biography and literary commentary on Edgar Allan Poe, his personal life, personality, eclectic education and background and his sometimes self-revelatory body of work. Sections: The Mind of Poe, Contemporary Opinion of Poe, The Poe-Griswold Controversy, The Backgrounds of Poe, Self-Revelation in Poe's Poems and Tales, The Origins of Poe and The Poe Canon. #2541.

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Edgar Allan Poe : A Bibliography of Criticism, 1827-1967 (Bibliographical Society Ser.), Cauthen, Irby B., Jr.; Dameron, Lasley J.
6 2135
Cauthen, Irby B., Jr.; Dameron, Lasley J.
Edgar Allan Poe : A Bibliography of Criticism, 1827-1967 (Bibliographical Society Ser.)
University Press of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, U.S.A., 1974
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
First Edition
Cloth
Near Fine
0813904986 / 9780813904986



8vo. xvi. 386 pgs. Near Fine condition hardcover, as unread, with a trace of external shelfwear. Red cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front board. Contents: Preface, Abbreviations, Checklist of Poe Criticism Composed in English 1827-1967, Checklist of Poe Criticism in Foreign Languages, 1827-1967, Index. #2135. ISBN 0813904986

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Eric Gill. A Bibliography., Gill, Evan
7 1717
Gill, Evan
Eric Gill. A Bibliography.
St. Paul's Bibliographies
Winchester, 1991
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
First Printing of Second (Revised) Editi
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
0906795532 / 9780906795538

Eric Gill

8vo.xv. 368 pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine jacket, clean, unmarked, no chips or tears. Prefaces by Steven Corey and Evan Gill. Contents: I. books, pamphlets, etc. written by Eric Gill, II. books, periodicals, etc., to which Eric Gill was a contributing author. III. books and other publications illustrated by Eric Gill containing wood engravings, title pages, initial letters, tail-pieces, IV. books, journals, etc. containing criticism or reference to his work, V. miscellanea, VI. posters and related items illustrated by Eric Gill. This bibliography is fully indexed and cross-referenced by engraving number with the Physick (V&A catalog) and Ditchling-Gill numbers. ISBN 0906795532. #1717.

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English Renaissance Prose Fiction, 1500-1660: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism (1984-1990), Harner, James L.
8 1845
Harner, James L.
English Renaissance Prose Fiction, 1500-1660: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism (1984-1990)
G K Hall
New York, 1992
Small 4to.
First Printing
Hard Cover
Very Good
0816190887 / 9780816190881



xiii.185 pgs. Very Good condition hardcover, no jacket. Shallow bumping to spine edges and corners, else minimal shelf wear, internally clean and unmarked. Contents: The Author, Preface, Acknowledgments, Bibliographies [15 sources], Anthologies [2 sources], General Studies [72 sources], Authors/Translators/Titles [arranged alphabetically], Index. A continuation of the author's "English Renaissance Prose Fiction, 1500-1660: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism" and its supplement for 1978-1983. The majority of entries are for books and articles published between 1984 and 1990, but also included are earlier publications not present in the previous volume cited above. From the Preface: "Like its predecessors, this volume includes editions and studies of prose fiction in English-both original works and translations-written or printed in England from 1500 to 1660. The works and translations included are limited to those that may be classified as novellas, romances, histories, anatomies, or jest books (or some combination of these)." ISBN 0816190887. #1845

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Edgar Allan Poe. A Probe., Jarvis Keily [Edgar Allan Poe]
9 2535
Jarvis Keily [Edgar Allan Poe]
Edgar Allan Poe. A Probe.
Prometheus Press
New York, 1927
5.5 x 8.5 Inches
No Additional or Previous Printings Indi
Hard Cover
Very Good


Robert S Josephy

28 pgs. Very Good condition black hardcover with attractive gilt decorated boards and lettering to spine. Light to moderate rubbing to bottom and top edges and corners, internally clean, sound and unmarked. This book is un-numbered, one of 1000 copies printed on Georgian laid paper with an untrimmed fore edge, original printing, not a modern reprint. Author uses the rarely published prose of sometimes attributed to Poe: "Silence" [a sonnet by Hood according to Poe bigrapher Killis Campbell] to help present an unbiased examination of the life of Poe in the light of his literary work and his intimate life. #2535.

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American Book Prices Current 1997 Volume 103 The Auction Season September 1996- August 1997, Katharine Kyes Leab, Daniel J. Leab, Marie-Luise Frings, Abigail Leab and Kathleen Thorp, Editors.
10 2467
Katharine Kyes Leab, Daniel J. Leab, Marie-Luise Frings, Abigail Leab and Kathleen Thorp, Editors.
American Book Prices Current 1997 Volume 103 The Auction Season September 1996- August 1997
Bancroft-Parkman
1998
8vo - 6.25x8.25x2inches
First Edition
Cloth Hardcover
Fine


Thomas Rowlandson

adv. xxii. 1100pgs. Fine condition hardcover. Clean, tight, unmarked, prisitne condition. Red cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine, endpapers depicting a book auction at Sotheby's circa 1800 by Thomas Rowlandson. Remains an essential reference tool for buying, selling and evaluating scarce books, serial publications, maps, autographs, prints based on hammer prices at 35 major auction houses. An introduction and table of abbreviations precedes lists of auction houses, named consignors and season's sales, followed by sections on autographs and manuscripts (Part I) and Books (Part II), the latter of which includes atlases, books, broadsides, maps and charts. #2467

Price: 22.00 USD
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Ex-Libris, King, Ross
11 1743
King, Ross
Ex-Libris
Walker & Co
New York, New York, U.S.A., 2001
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall
Second Printing

Fine, Fine
0802733573 / 9780802733573



391 pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine jacket, clean and Set in Europe following the English Civil War. From the jacket: "A cryptic summons to a remote country house launches Isaac Inchbold, a London bookseller and antiquarian, on an odyssey through seventeenth-century Europe, charged with the task of restoring a magnificent library destroyed by the war." Inchbold's life depends on recovering a missing manuscript, in the midst of underworld, spies, ciphers and forgeries. ISBN 0802733573. #1743.

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Slightly Chipped. Footnotes in Booklore., Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
12 2470
Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
Slightly Chipped. Footnotes in Booklore.
St. Martin's Press
New York, 1999
8vo
First Edition, First Printing
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
0312205872 / 9780312205874



215 pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine jacket, first printing of first edition in pristine condition. A classic read for book lovers, sellers and collectors alike. The authors of Used and Rare continue their adventures in their quest for rare and out-of-print books, delving into ephemera such as Bram Stoker's notes for Dracula, , the Bloomsbury Group, a Sotheby's auction experience, hypermoderns and internet bookselling. See also our book#2469. ISBN# 0312205872. #2470.

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The Intervals of Robert Frost. A Critical Bibliography. With an Introduction By Fulmer Mood., Mertins, Louis and Esther
13 2373
Mertins, Louis and Esther
The Intervals of Robert Frost. A Critical Bibliography. With an Introduction By Fulmer Mood.
University of California Press
Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1947
12mo - 6 - 7 Inches Tall
No Additional Printings Stated
Cloth Hardcover
No Jacket, Near Fine




91 pgs. Near Fine red cloth hardcover, gilt lettering to spine, clean, sound, unmarked, very faint rubbing to cloth at spine corners. First edition, 1947. Frontis portrait of robert Frost and a plate showing an early manuscript version of "Neither Out Far Nor In Deep" in the poet's handwriting. Contents: Robert Frost and the Mertins Collection by Fulmer Mood; Intervals, by Louis Mertins: San Francisco Interval, Lawrence Interval, Derry Interval, Dymock interval, Amherst Interval, Cambridge Interval, Hanover Interval; Bibliography by Esther Mertins: Poems - Lawrence Interval, Derry Interval, Dymock Interval, Amherst Interval, Cambridge iinterval, Hanover Interval, Marginalia, Books. The backbone of this collection was built upon inscribed and annotated manuscripts, books, periodicals given to the Mertins as gifts over time by Robert Frost himself. #2373.

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The Elements of Old English. Elementary Grammar and Reference Grammar., Moore, Samuel and Knott, Thomas A.
14 1917
Moore, Samuel and Knott, Thomas A.
The Elements of Old English. Elementary Grammar and Reference Grammar.
George Wahr
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1934
12mo - 6 - 7 Inches Tall
Sixth Edition
Cloth Hardcover
Good to Very Good




vii. 211 pgs. Good to Very Good condition red cloth hardcover, gilt lettering to spine a bit darkened, light rubbing to cloth at edges and corners, binding sound. Owner name on front endpaper and scattered marginalia and student notations throughout text. A preface and introduction to The Old English Language is followed by elementary grammar in 24 chapters on pronunciation, declensions, verbal endings, stems, pronouns, breaking, dipthonghs, verbs, gemination, umlaut, forms of verbs, noun declensions, preitieritive-present verbs, contract verbs and a review of sound changes. The reference grammar sections include phonology, morphology, and conjugation sections followed by a glossary of words. #1917

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Ralph Waldo Emerson. A Descriptive Bibliography. [Pittsburgh Series in Bibliography], Myerson, Joel
15 2355
Myerson, Joel
Ralph Waldo Emerson. A Descriptive Bibliography. [Pittsburgh Series in Bibliography]
University of Pittsburgh Press
Pittsburg, 1982
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall
No Additional Printings Indicated
Cloth Hardcover
Fine
0822934523 / 9780822934523



xviii.802 pgs. Fine condition hardcover, as new, clean, tight and unmarked. Includes illustrations of Emerson's first edition title and copyright pages, bindings and dust jackets. Sections: Introduction, Separate publications, Collected Editions, Miscellaneous Collections, First Book and Pamplet Appearances, First-Appearance Contributions to Magazines and Newspapers, Books Editited by Emerson, Reprinted Material in Books and Pamphlets, Material Attributed to Emerson, Compiler's Notes, Appendix: Principal Works About Emerson, Index. ISBN 0822934523 #2355.

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A Blake Bibliography. Annotated Lists of Works, Studies and Blakeana., Nurmi, Martin K. Bentlry, G.E.
16 2352
Nurmi, Martin K. Bentlry, G.E.
A Blake Bibliography. Annotated Lists of Works, Studies and Blakeana.
University of Minnesota Press
Minneapolis, 1964
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall
No Additional Printings Indicated
Cloth Hardcover
Very Good+, Very Good+




xix.393 pgs. Very Good+ hardcover in Very Good+ jacket. Clean, sound and unmarked with minimal shelfwear, light rubbing to corners of dustjacket. Laid in and included are a copy of a review of this book and a small card with several notations presumably by a reviewer. Contents divided into six main sections, separated by illustrated vignettes. Table of Contents: Tables of Symbols and Abbreviations; Table of Type-Printed References to Blake Before 1863; Blake's Reputation and Interpreters; Blake's Chronology; Part I. Editions of Blake's Writings: Individual Tiltles, Collections and Selections; Part II. Reproductions of Drawinigs and Paintings: Illustrations of Individual Authors, Collections and Selections; Part III. Engravings: Illustrations of Individual Authors, Selections and Collections; Part IV. Catalogues and Bibliographies; Part V. Books Owned by Blake; Part VI. Biography and Criticism [All editors, annotators, introducers, authors, etc. of works in parts I through V are cross-referenced in part VI]; Note on Musical Settings; Index. #2352.

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By-Paths in Collecting. Being Aids in the Quest of Rare and Unique Things Which Have Passed the Century Mark, Such as Old China, Furniture, Pewter, Copper, Brass, Samplers and Sun-dials, with Comments on Their Age, Decoration and Value., Robie, Virginia
17 1182
Robie, Virginia
By-Paths in Collecting. Being Aids in the Quest of Rare and Unique Things Which Have Passed the Century Mark, Such as Old China, Furniture, Pewter, Copper, Brass, Samplers and Sun-dials, with Comments on Their Age, Decoration and Value.
The Century Company Company
New York, 1912
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
First Edition
Hard Cover
Very Good


Ruth M. Hallock

8vo. 568 pgs. Very Good condition green cloth hardcover with paper illustration on front board of a collector examining an item. Very light shelfwear consisting of some rubbing to cloth at spine ends and a shallow ding to front board near mid-spine. Very light foxing to endpapers otherwise internally very clean and unmarked. Color frontis illustration of Ruth M. Hallock's The Band Box Shop. Illustrated throughout text with 80 black and white photos and numerous line drawings. Chapters: Staffordshire Lanes, Blue Staffordshire High Road, Unbeaten Paths in Staffordshire, Neglected Corners, Shelf of Earthenware, The Cabinet of Porcelain, Crossed Swords, From Far Cathay, The Prince of Potters, Specializing, Generalizing, In Praise of Cupboards, Chairs and Their Ancestry, Concerning Early Upholstery, Seventeenth Century Ventures, Main Traveled Roads, Chinese Influence, Collecting Old Pianos, The Quest of the Quaint, The Sheen of Old Pewter, Hour-Glass and Sun-Dial. From teapots to pianos, a compendium of collectibles to consider through the author's trained eye. Histories, identification, provenance and collector anecdotes. Black and white llustrations are profuse and wide in subject scope, including pottery, ceramics, stoneware, pewter, figurines, seventeenth and eighteenth century furnishings. Delft, Staffordshire, Bow, Dercy, Dresdin, Berlin, Vienna, armorial china, Wedgwood, cupboards and cabinets, chocolate service, teapots, bookcases, cabinets, pianos and spinets, bandboxes, samplers, sundials, hourglasses and much more. #1182.

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New Worlds in Old Books, Rostenberg, Leona and Madeleine B. Stern
18 2468
Rostenberg, Leona and Madeleine B. Stern
New Worlds in Old Books
Oak Knoll Press
Delaware, 1999
8vo
First Edition, First Printing
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
1884718892 / 9781884718892



viii.202pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine dustjacket, pristine condition in removable archival cover. In this bibliophile memoir, dedicated "to the Survival of the Printed Book in the Twenty-First Century" the world-renowned authors reveal the new realms and wealth of knowledge waiting to be discovered in the world of old books. Sections: Introduction: Through Our Hands, What's Past Is Prologue, Eye-Witness Reports, United Nations and Utopias, Hidden Americana, Censorship and Suppression, Stratagems of Satan, Feminism, The Jews, The Blacks, The Lure of Firsts, The Press: Exotic and Uncommon, Provenance, Selected Short-Title Lists, Index. ISBN 1884718892. #2468.

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The Elizabethan Underworld, Salgado, Gamini
19 2543
Salgado, Gamini
The Elizabethan Underworld
Wrens Park Publishing of W.D. Williams & Son Ltd.
Great Britain, 1999
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall
Later Printing
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
0905778391 / 9780905778396



x.230pgs. Fine Hardcover with illustrated boards in matching Fine dust jacket. Featuring over sixty illustrations from manuscripts and pamphlets contemporary to that time period. Contents: List of Illustrations, Preface, Acknowledgements, Chapters: London-Flower of Cities All, The Suburbs of Sin, The Fun of the Fair, White Magic and Black Witches, Astrologers and Alchemists, Low-Life on the Highway,Autolycus and His Tribe, Minions of the Moon, Counter and Clink, Bridewell and Bedlam. ISBN 0905778391 Book # 2543.

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Elizabethan Drama 1558-1642 [Volume Two ], Schelling. Felix E.
20 2544
Schelling. Felix E.
Elizabethan Drama 1558-1642 [Volume Two ]
Houghton Mifflin and Company
Boston and New York, 1908
5 x 7.5 Inches
No Previous Printings Indicated
Cloth Hardcover
Very Good




x.685pgs. Very Good condition blue cloth hardcover, gilt lettering to spine. This is an original printing, not a modern reproduction, and consists of Volume Two only. Previous owner J.L. Mankiewicz in neat pencil on front endpaper, with cadeuceus bookplate of medical historian Fielding Hudson Garrison on front fixed endpaper. Internally clean, sound, unmarked with faint age toning to edges of text block. Contents of Volume Two: XIII. History and Tragedy on Classical Myth and Story. XIV. The College Drama. XV. The English Masque. XVI. The Pastoral Drama. XVII. Tragicomedy and "Romance". XVIII. Later Comedy of Manners. XIV. Decadent Romance. XV. The Drama in Retrospect. Bibliographical Essay. A List of Plays and Like Productions Written, ACted, or Published in England Between the Years 1558 and 1642. With an extensive Index. #2544.

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