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Folio. (17 3/8 x 14 inches). Lithographed title with large vignette, letterpress "Table of Contents, " and 73 hand-colored lithographed maps, charts and city plans. Three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards, large red morocco title label on front cover, elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt. Spine and corners renewed in red leather. Boards rubbed and scuffed at edges. Maps in fine condition. Overall, a fine copy. A very nice copy of this very scarce atlas, with hand-colored maps of all ...
As New in As New jacket. First edition. Small Quarto. 144pp. Profusely illustrated, some illustrations in color. Orange cloth with gil-lettering on spine. A very fine, as new copy with pictorial dust jacket. A Collection of Illustration, Verse and Text. A short biography of Kate Greenaway and selections from some of her best-known as well as little-known works.
1st edition. 8vo. Original calf binding, with early rebacking in leather. Front and rear inner hinges reinforced, wear to corners and chipping to spine, some internal browning. Overall, a very good copy. A biographical dictionary of the first settlers in New England.
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
Date published: 1899
Description: First edition. 12mo. Green cloth with gilt lettering. Spine is faded and there is some rubbing to the extremities. Top corners slightly bumped. A near fine copy. A collection of three short stories, "The Solitary" (previously published in magazine form under the title "Gregory's Island"), "The Taxidermist" and "The Entomologist." Read More
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
Date published: 1914
Description: Yohn, F.C. First edition. Small octavo. Color illustrations by F.C. Yohn. Red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine is slightly faded and there is some very minor rubbing to the extremities. A fine copy. Read More
Publisher: William Farquhar Payson, New York
Date published: 1930
Description: Limited edition. Number 38 of 750 numbered copies. Slim octavo. Printed by Samuel Aiwaz Jacobs at the Stratford Press. Black & white frontispiece from a contemporary lithograph after a drawing by Aug. Kollner. Leaves uncut. Brown cloth-backed boards. A very fine copy in slightly rubbed slipcase. Published after Cooper's death, this volume is the introduction to an unpublished manuscript entitled "The Towns of Manhatten." Read More
Publisher: The Haymarket Press, London
Date published: 1928
Description: Todd, A.R. Middleton. First edition by this publisher. Number 875 of 875 copies. Original signed etching by A.R. Middleton Todd, A.R.E. Printed by the Westminster Press of London. Forward by Malcolm C. Salaman. Bound in purple cloth backed velvet with gilt lettering. Japon vellum pages. Covers rubbed with top edge faded. A very good copy. A classic English comedic play. The first ever publication of the Haymarket Press. Read More
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City
Date published: 1931
Description: Ruzicka, Rudolph. First edition. Woodcut decorations by Rudolph Ruzicka. Red cloth with gilt decoration. Covers rubbed, spine faded and spine ends heavily worn. A very good copy. Read More
Publisher: J.M. Dent & Co., London
Date published: 1898
Description: Illustrated in color and black & white by Arthur Rackham. Original gilt-lettered and printed green cloth. Rubbing to the extremities, chips to the spine ends, and small chips to the front endpaper. A very good copy. Read More
Publisher: John G. Jury, Berkeley
Date published: 1925
Description: First edition. Inscribed and signed by the author. Printed by the Williams Printing Company of San Francisco California. Tan cloth-backed boards, lettered in gilt. Spine-ends lightly rubbed and some rubbing to the front edge. Some minor darkening to edges of covers and offsetting to endpapers. A near fine copy. The self published works of this California poet. Read More