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The Reign Of Law A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields, Allen, James Lane
1 Allen, James Lane The Reign Of Law A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields
New York MacMillan Company 1900 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Harry Fenn and J. C. Earl 
B&W Illustrations; "First edition, first state, with illustrations in photogravure and without the word "facing" before the numerals on page vii." This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping, rubbing and spots of fraying. The rear cover has spots of rubbing and beginning biopredation. The text pages are clean and bright. The text pages are clean and bright. TEG (top edge gilt). The foredge and bottom edges of the text block are uncut. The spine and front cover are illustrated with gilt, green and white decorations. "James Lane Allen (December 21, 1849 – February 18, 1925) was an American novelist and short story writer whose work, including the novel A Kentucky Cardinal, often depicted the culture and dialects of his native Kentucky. His work is characteristic of the late-19th century local color era, when writers sought to capture the vernacular in their fiction. Allen has been described as "Kentucky's first important novelist." " 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Across The Chasm, Anonymous (Julia MacGruder)
2 Anonymous (Julia MacGruder) Across The Chasm
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1885 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good 
This book is in Very Good condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean condition. The spine ends, corners and spine joints have noticeable rubbing and edge wear, along with small nicks and chips missing. The text pages are generally clean, but there are spots of foxing and finger marks. There is a previous owner's inked initials on the front endpaper. "Julia Magruder (September 14, 1854 – June 9, 1907) was an American novelist. Most of her novels are love stories in which the heroine must face obstacles in pursuit of her goal to find true love. Several of her novels were serialized in the Ladies' Home Journal. A week before her death she received the award from the Académie Française for which she had been nominated a year earlier." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Green Carnation, Anonymous (Robert Hichens)
3 Anonymous (Robert Hichens) The Green Carnation
New York D. Appleton and Company 1894 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good 
This book is in Very Good condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is a slight slant to the spine of the book. The spine joints have noticeable rubbing and fading. The text pages are mostly clean and bright, with a few spots of foxing throughout. " The Green Carnation, first published anonymously in 1894, was a scandalous novel by Robert Hichens whose lead characters are closely based on Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas – also known as "Bosie", whom the author personally knew. It was an instant succès de scandale on both sides of the Atlantic. " "The book was withdrawn from circulation in 1895, but by that time the damage had been done. Wilde soon stood three consecutive trials for gross indecency and was sentenced to two years at hard labor. The Green Carnation was one of the works used against him by the prosecution." 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Sentimental Tommy The Story of His Boyhood, Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew)
4 Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew) Sentimental Tommy The Story of His Boyhood
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1896 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by William Hatherell 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. There are several light spots to the front cover of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. Illustrated throughout with eleven black and white illustrations by William Hatherell. "Although he continued to write successfully, Peter Pan overshadowed his other work, and is credited with popularising the name Wendy. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Barrie was made a baronet by George V on 14 June 1913, and a member of the Order of Merit in the 1922 New Year Honours. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which continues to benefit from them." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Blue Danube, Bemelmans, Ludwig
5 Bemelmans, Ludwig The Blue Danube
New York The Viking Press 1945 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket Illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some beginning bumping and rubbing. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has several edge nicks, tears and small chips missing, along with some sunning / fading to the spine. "Ludwig Bemelmans (April 27, 1898 – October 1, 1962) was an Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator of children's books. He is known best for the Madeline picture books. Six were published from 1939 to 1961; a seventh was discovered after his death and published posthumously in 1999." "In the early 1930s Bemelmans met May Massee, the children's book editor at Viking Press, who became a sort of partner. He began to publish children's books, beginning with Hansi in 1934. He published the first Madeline book in 1939; after being rejected by Viking, it was published by Simon & Schuster. In 1953, he fell in love with a small bistro in Paris, La Colombe in the Ile de la Cité, and bought it. He painted murals therein and owned the place for two years before selling it to Michel Valette, who converted it into a notable cabaret." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Street Where the Heart Lies, Bemelmans, Ludwig
6 Bemelmans, Ludwig The Street Where the Heart Lies
Cleveland, OH World Publishing Company 1963 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has some light edge wear, bumping and nicking and there are two thin strips of paper loss where a previous owner's sticker was removed. "Here is Bemelmans at his very best-rich, ribald, and rollicking. He has set this novel in today's Paris, on a small street in the shadow of Notre Dame. Here you will met Gala, the beautiful and virginal strip teaser..." "In the early 1930s Bemelmans met May Massee, the children's book editor at Viking Press, who became a sort of partner. He began to publish children's books, beginning with Hansi in 1934. He published the first Madeline book in 1939; after being rejected by Viking, it was published by Simon & Schuster. In 1953, he fell in love with a small bistro in Paris, La Colombe in the Ile de la Cité, and bought it. He painted murals therein and owned the place for two years before selling it to Michel Valette, who converted it into a notable cabaret." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The New Temple, Bojer, Johan
7 Bojer, Johan The New Temple
New York The Century Co. 1928 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Good dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. There is a light slant to the spine of the book. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and beginning fraying. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has edge nicks, tears and rubbed spots along with large chips to the top and bottom of the spine ends. "A sequel to the Great Hunger, this book tells the story of Lorentz and Louise Holm, whose parents, being too poor to educate them, had sent them off to live with their wealthy aunt, the widow of Bruseth." "Johan Bojer (6 March 1872 – 3 July 1959) was a popular Norwegian novelist and dramatist. He principally wrote about the lives of the poor farmers and fishermen, both in his native Norway and among the Norwegian immigrants in the United States. " 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Aleph and Other Stories 1933-1969, Borges, Jorge Luis  (edited and Translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni)
8 Borges, Jorge Luis (edited and Translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni) The Aleph and Other Stories 1933-1969
New York E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1970 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "Dazzling and unmistakable in style, resonant in meaning, Jorge Luis Borges' ... Contains the best of Borges' fiction. Included also is a lengthy autobiographical essay written especially for this volume." "Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges KBE (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986) , was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language literature. His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph) , published in the 1940s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion" 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Green Roller, Bradford, Roark
9 Bradford, Roark The Green Roller
New York Harper & Brothers Publishers 1948 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Peter Burchard Signed by Author
B&W Illustrations; SIGNED EDITION. This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. There is one smallish spot of fading to the top corner of the front cover. The text pages are clean and bright. This copy has been signed by the author's wife and includes the author signature tipped onto the front endpaper, and dated 1949. The dust jacket has several edge tears, nicks, small chips and several noticeable creases. "Bradford continued to produce well-received work during the 1930s and early 1940s. He served in the U. S. Naval Reserve Bureau of Aeronautics Training during World War II. In 1946, he accepted a position as visiting lecturer in the English department at Tulane University in New Orleans. On November 13, 1948, he died of amebic dysentery, believed to have been contracted while he was stationed in French West Africa in 1943. His cremated remains were spread over the waters of the Mississippi River." ; Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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They Call It Patriotism, Brehm, Bruno (translated by Margaret Goldsmith)
10 Brehm, Bruno (translated by Margaret Goldsmith) They Call It Patriotism
Boston, MA Little, Brown and Company 1932 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and beginning rubbing. The edges of the front covers have toning and ground-in dirt. The spine of the book has some light fading. The text pages are clean and bright. An historical novel of World War I. "Returning from war as captain , Brehm studied art and prehistory in Vienna, Gothenburg and Stockholm . Brehm successfully completed this study with the dissertation " The Origin of Germanic Animal Ornaments ". After receiving his doctorate , he became a publisher in Vienna in 1922 and was also employed for a short time as an assistant at the University of Vienna. In 1928 Brehm settled as a freelance writer in Vienna. He first became known for his partly nostalgic, partly cheerful discussion of the end of the monarchy. This resulted in a series of short titles, which were very popular in his time and justified his success. The books "Apis and Este" (1931) , "That was the end" (1932) and "Neither Emperor nor King" (1933) form a trilogy from this thematic environment. " 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Jersey Street & Jersey Lane Urban and Suburban Sketches, Bunner, H. C. (Henry Cuyler)
11 Bunner, H. C. (Henry Cuyler) Jersey Street & Jersey Lane Urban and Suburban Sketches
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1896 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by A. B. Frost, B. Westclinedinist, Et Al 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. There is a small spot of discoloration to the bottom rear corner of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. The book cover art is by Margaret Armstrong. "In 1886, he published a novel, The Midge, followed in 1887 by The Story of a New York House. But his best efforts in fiction were his short stories and sketches Short Sixes (1891) , More Short Sixes (1894) , Made in France (1893) , Zadoc Pine and Other Stories (1891) , Love in Old Cloathes and Other Stories (1896) , and Jersey Street and Jersey Lane (1896). His verses Airs from Arcady and Elsewhere (1884) , containing the well-known poem, The Way to A ready; Rowen (1892) ; and Poems (1896) , edited by his friend Brander Matthews, displaying a light play of imagination and a delicate workmanship. He also wrote clever vers de société and parodies. One of his several plays (usually written in collaboration) , was The Tower of Babel." 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Chimes From A Jester's Bells Part I: the Story of Rollo, Part II: Stories and Sketches, Burdette, Robert J. (Jones)
12 Burdette, Robert J. (Jones) Chimes From A Jester's Bells Part I: the Story of Rollo, Part II: Stories and Sketches
Indianapolis, IN Bowen-Merrill Company 1897 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Louis Braunhold 
B&W Illustrations; This copy is a First Edition, first printing, with the Bowen-Merrill Company imprint. This book is in Very Good to Near Very Good+ condition and was possibly issued without a dust jacket. There is some light, but noticeable edge wear, bumping and rubbing to the spine ends, corners and edges. There is some rubbing to the spine joints and rear cover as well. The front cover is decorated in gilt, black and white. The text pages are mostly clean and bright. The last several pages have some beginning color on the bottom edge of the text block where the red cloth has bled. "Robert Jones Burdette (July 30, 1844 – November 19, 1914) was an American humorist and clergyman who became noted through his paragraphs in the Burlington (Iowa) Hawkeye. ..He was born in Greensboro, Pennsylvania, and received a secondary education in Peoria, Illinois. During the Civil War he served as a private in the 47th Illinois infantry. In 1869 he became night editor of the Peoria Daily Transcript and afterward was associated with other newspapers. He joined the staff of the Burlington Hawkeye in 1872, and his humorous paragraphs soon began to be quoted in newspapers throughout the country. With the encouragement of his first wife, the former Caroline S. Garret of Peoria, he began speaking in public. " 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Rise And Fall Of The Mustache And Other "Hawk-Eyetems", Burdette, Robert J. (Jones)
13 Burdette, Robert J. (Jones) The Rise And Fall Of The Mustache And Other "Hawk-Eyetems"
San Francisco, CA A. Roman and Company 1877 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good- Illustrated by R. W. Wallis 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good- condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The spine ends, corners and spine joints have rubbing, bumping and spots of fraying. The text pages are mostly clean and bright. "The front endpapers include a previous owner's inked name, and several ink stamp marks of another previous owner's name. The rear free page has been excised, though no text is missing. This is the author's first book. BAL 1954 notes this San Francisco variant, but specifies the date of 1878 on the title page, Wright III 790 conforms to BAL. OCLC seems to locate no copies with this 1877 San Francisco imprint. 1877" "Robert Jones Burdette (July 30, 1844 – November 19, 1914) was an American humorist and clergyman who became noted through his paragraphs in the Burlington (Iowa) Hawkeye... He joined the staff of the Burlington Hawkeye in 1872, and his humorous paragraphs soon began to be quoted in newspapers throughout the country. With the encouragement of his first wife, the former Caroline S. Garret of Peoria, he began speaking in public. Consequently, he made a number of successful lecture tours. His lecture, "The Rise and Fall of the Mustache," was delivered well over three thousand times during a 30-year period. He also wrote the poem "Orphan Born," as well as "My First Cigar." He was sometimes referred to as the Burlington Hawkeye Man. In 1884, he left the Hawkeye to replace Stanley Huntley as the staff humorist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. " 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Goat-Feathers, Butler, Ellis Parker
14 Butler, Ellis Parker Goat-Feathers
Boston, MA Houghton Mifflin Company 1919 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
This is a small format book - approximately 5 inches by 3 1/2 inches. The book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping to the spine ends of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. This copy has been opened a bit roughly, so the foredges of the text pages are a bit uneven and there are some small tears as well. A previous owner's address label was removed from the front endpaper leaving a slightly rough patch. "No human being ever tells the whole truth about himself. We seem to be born liars in that particular, all of us, and I am no different. I'm starting out now to tell the bitter, agonizing truth about myself, but before I am through I shall probably by lying at the rate of a mile a minute and cracking myself up something awful!" 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Moth, Cain, James M.
15 Cain, James M. The Moth
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1948 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping. There is some light fading to the spine of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has edg wear, nicking, several tiny edge chips and rubbing to the spine joints. "James Mallahan Cain (July 1, 1892 – October 27, 1977) was an American author and journalist. Cain vehemently opposed labeling, but he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and is seen as one of the creators of the roman noir. Several of his crime novels inspired successful movies." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Testimony Of Two Men, Caldwell, Taylor (Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell)
16 Caldwell, Taylor (Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell) Testimony Of Two Men
New York Doubleday 1968 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a sticker "Compliments of Bristol Laboroatories" on the bottom front pastedown page. The dust jacket has several edge tears, nicks and some overal light toning and ground-in dirt. "Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell (September 7, 1900 – August 30, 1985) was an Anglo-American novelist and prolific author of popular fiction, also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner, and by her married name of J. Miriam Reback. In her fiction, she often used real historical events or persons. Taylor Caldwell's best-known works include Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician (about Saint Luke) , Ceremony of the Innocent, Pillar of Iron, The Earth is the Lord's (about Genghis Khan) and Captains and the Kings. Her last major novel, Answer As a Man, appeared in 1980." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Duke Steps Out, Cary, Lucian
17 Cary, Lucian The Duke Steps Out
Garden City, NY Doubleday, Doran & Company , Inc. 1929 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good 
This book is in Very Good to Near Very Good+ condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some rubbing and wear, as do the spine joints. There is some generalized light rubbing to the book covers as well. The text pages are clean and bright. The rear endpaper has been removed and the rear pastedown page has the title and a previous owner's name inked neatly. "The Duke Comes Back is a 1933 novel by Lucian Cary which tells the story of a retired boxing champion lured out of retirement for one final bout. It served as the basis for two films, The Duke Comes Back in 1937 and Duke of Chicago in 1949." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Impatient Virgin, Clarke, Donald Henderson
18 Clarke, Donald Henderson Impatient Virgin
Philadelphia, PA Triangle Books 1931 Early Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some light bumping and rubbing to the spine ends of the book cover. The text pages are clean, but noticeably toned due to the acid content of the paper. The dust jacket has several small edge nicks and rubbed spots along with several small chips missing. "Because Ruth Robbins was dazzlingly blonde and splendidly put together, the small New England town where she was born and raised thought her fast." "Donald Henderson Clarke (1887-1958) was an American writer and journalist, known for his romantic novels, mystery fiction, and screenplays." 
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Whirlwind, Clavell, James
19 Clavell, James Whirlwind
London, England Hodder & Stoughton 1986 1st British Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 

Price: 25.00 USD
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The Shackle, Colette  (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette)
20 Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) The Shackle
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1964 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Near Fine- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is one light crease to the spine of the book. The text pages are clean and bright. There is one small faint spot of dirt to the top edge of the front endpaper. The dust jacket is mostly clean and bright, but has some beginning ground-in dirt to the white portions and some very beginning toning to the spine. "The Shackle has never before been available in book form in this country, and its publication has been eagerly awaited by those who first read the long segment from it that appeared in the July 1969 issue of Mademoiselle." "Colette was the surname of the French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954). She is best known for her novel Gigi, the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same title. Colette was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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