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Four and Twenty Minds, Papini, Giovanni
41 Four and Twenty Minds
Papini, Giovanni
New York Thomas Y. Crowell 1922 First Hardcover Very Good+ No Dust jacket 
"Second Printing" stated on copyright page. Clean unfaded burgundy cloth boards with bright gold lettering on cover and spine. Slightest hint of darkening to spine. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean (slight yellowing). Clean endpapers; no names, writing or bookplates. Frontispiece photo of author. 324 pp. Selected and translated by Ernest Hatch Wilkins. A collection of essays on literature and great writers. Subjects include Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, Walt Whitman, Maeterlinck, Swift, Hamlet, Don Quixote and more. 020108

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New Horizons, Park, John Edgar
42 New Horizons
Park, John Edgar
Norton, MA Wheaton College Bookstore 1929 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Dustjacket Jacket Signed
Signed, limited edition. Black and white decorated paper covered boards with red cloth spine (very slight soiling & wear to spine). Binding is tight & square, pages and edges are clean. Tasteful previous owner bookplate on front fixed endpaper; no other marks. Limited edition no. 373, SIGNED by the author. Frontis photograph of author. 104 pgs. Transcripts of brief talks given at daily chapel in Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. 8vo. Philosophy. 015245

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The Last Lecture, Pausch, Randy (with Jeffrey Zaslow)
43 The Last Lecture
Pausch, Randy (with Jeffrey Zaslow)
New York Hyperion 2008 1401323251 / 9781401323257 First Hardcover Near Fine Fine Jacket 
Clean stated first edition, with full number line, in clean unclipped dust jacket. Orange boards with brown cloth spine, silver lettering on spine. No bumping, fading or wear. Binding is tight & square, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; tiny previous owner initials at top corner of front free endpaper. Jacket is clean, unchipped, no tears, not price clipped (21.95 on front inside flap). Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. First Edition of the famous "last lecture" by Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A lecture more about living than about dying, and making the best use of the time you may have. 023155

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44 Sketches in the Sand
Reston, James
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1967 First Hard Cover Near FIne Very Good+ Jacket 
Very clean green cloth boards with blind-stamped decoration on cover, bright gold lettering and decoration on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. No names, writing or bookplates. 479 pgs. + index. Clean bright dustjacket is unchipped, price-clipped at corner, with one tiny (under 1/4") closed tear at top of spine. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. 8vo. Essays. 008530

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45 On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays
Reynolds, Richard, M.D., & John Stone, M.D.
New York Simon & Schuster 1991 0-671-74814-9 / 9780671748142 First Hard Cover Fine Fine Jacket 
Very clean turquoise boards with golden beige spine, stamped metallic lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & crisp, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean decorated endpapers. No names, writing or marks. 428 pgs. with index. Clean bright dustjacket is unchipped, no wear, no tears, not price clipped. As new--gift quality. Dustjacket enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. "It is the humanity in medicine that has inspired the pens of countless writers, and that has now been captured in this remarkable anthology of medical literature." 8 vo.. Medical. 011105

Price: 12.00 USD
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46 Wild Ducks Flying Backward
Robbins, Tom
New York Bantam Books 2005 0-553-80451-0 / 9780553804515 First Hard Cover Fine Fine Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing, with full number line on copyright page. Clean blue green boards with bright unchipped metallic lettering on spine. No fraying or wear. Binding is tight & crisp, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 255 pgs. Clean bright dustjacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. A collection of essays, short stories and poems by Tom Robbins, better known for his fictional novels. 8vo. Short Stories. 016582

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For Authors Only And Other Gloomy Essays, Roberts, Kenneth
47 For Authors Only And Other Gloomy Essays
Roberts, Kenneth
Garden City Doubleday Doran 1936 Later printing Hardcover Very Good+ Good+ Jacket Signed
Later printing of the First Edition, inscribed and signed by author on front free endpaper. Clean unfaded dark blue cloth boards with blind-stamped diamond and star decoration on cover and spine, bright gold anchor, quill and telescope decoration on cover, bright gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean (a few tiny water spots to top page edges). Inscribed by the author: "For Clarence L. Sibley with the Very Best Wishes of Kenneth Roberts - Kennebunkport, ME., July 10th, 1939." Small tasteful bookplate of famous Robertson collector (Comstock) on front fixed endpaper. 446 pgs. Published October 2, 1936 (fourth printing). Dustjacket is not price clipped, has shallow chipping at top and bottom spine edge, small surface scrape on spine well below author's name (smaller than a dime), two small pieces of tape on rear spine fold, closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. 017485

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Selected Papers of Bertrand Russell, Russell, Bertrand
48 Selected Papers of Bertrand Russell
Russell, Bertrand
New York Modern Library 1958 later edition Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
Modern Library No. 137 in clean dustjacket. Toledano binding no. 8. Clean gray cloth boards with green title box, gold lettering on cover and spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean Kent style endpapers; very small and neatly penned previous owner name and date on back of front free endpaper. 390 pages with a new Introduction by the author. Clean dustjacket (slight age-toning) has small price clip at upper corner of front inside flap, slight wear to upper spine corners. 365 titles listed on verso of jacket. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 021051

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Talks Between Times, Sangster, Margaret E.
49 Talks Between Times
Sangster, Margaret E.
New York American Tract Society 1901 First Hardcover Very Good No Dust jacket 
First Edition, decorated American trade binding. Very clean, unfaded dark green cloth boards with white and gold decoration, gold lettering on cover, gold lettering and decoration on spine. Hint of light surface wear to corners. Binding is tight & square, no cracking; pages and edges are clean, with clean endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Sanger with tissue guard (long tear to tissue guard, but all present). Neatly penned previous owner name at top edge of title page. previous owner name neatly ink-stamped at bottom of rear free endpaper. All pages have beautiful border decoration. 151 pages. 023596

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One Man's Destiny and other Stories, Articles, and Sketches 1923-1963, Sholokhov, Mikhail
50 One Man's Destiny and other Stories, Articles, and Sketches 1923-1963
Sholokhov, Mikhail
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1967 First Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
First American Edition (stated) in clean dustjacket. Clean red cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. No fading or fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking; pages and edges are clean. Neatly penned previous owner name at top edge of front free endpaper. Very clean dustjacket is price clipped at top corner of front flap, has very small edge chip at top rear spine edge. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Translated from the Russian by H. C. Stevens. 020281

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Rat Week: An Essay on the Abdication, Sitwell, Osbert
51 Rat Week: An Essay on the Abdication
Sitwell, Osbert
London Michael Joseph 1986 0 7181 1859 6 / 9780718118594 First Hard Cover Fine Fine Jacket 
Very clean, unfaded black cloth boardswith bright gold lettering on spine. No bumping, no wear. Binding is tight & crisp, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names,writing or marks. 79 pgs. Clean bright unfaded dustjacket is unchipped, no wear, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. An essay on the Abdication of King Edward VIII. This is an exquisitely clean, tight copy with like dustjacket. 8vo. Great Britain. 015049

Price: 30.00 USD
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Etched in Moonlight, Stephens, James
52 Etched in Moonlight
Stephens, James
New York Macmillan 1928 Signed Limited Edition Hardcover Very Good+ good Jacket Signed
Signed Limited Edition (this copy is No. 734 of 750 copies), in original slipcase. Clean beige paper-covered boards with beige cloth spine (light soiling to spine), unchipped paper label on spine. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages are clean. Previous owner inscription on front fixed endpaper (Alice M. O'Brien from Kathleen Kennedy - Graduation June 1928). SIGNED by author in green ink on limitation page. Seven essays, 121 pages. Small Brentano's book store sticker in lower corner of rear pastedown. Slipcase has age-toning, chipping to opening edges; some cracking along top edges. 022574

Price: 40.00 USD
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The Man Behind the Book: Essays in Understanding, Van Dyke, Henry
53 The Man Behind the Book: Essays in Understanding
Van Dyke, Henry
New York Charles Scribner 1929 First Hardcover Very Good+ no dust jacket Jacket 
First Edition decorated American trade binding (signed binding - ELF monogram). Clean dark blue cloth boards with gold, purple and turquoise grape vine decoration on cover, gold lettering and gold grape vine decoration on spine. Hint of light surface wear to corners, no fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with blank endpapers. No names, writing or bookplates. Illustrated with wonderful portraits of great authors. 357 pages. A discussion of the real meaning of some of the work of great writers Geoffrey Chaucer, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Thomas Hardy, Thornton Wilder, Willa Cather. 024073

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The Man Behind the Book: Essays in Understanding, Van Dyke, Henry
54 The Man Behind the Book: Essays in Understanding
Van Dyke, Henry
New York Scribners 1929 First Hardcover Very Good+ No Dust jacket 
First Edition decorated American trade binding (signed binding - ELF monogram). Clean dark blue cloth boards with gold, purple and turquoise grape vine decoration on cover, gold lettering and gold grape vine decoration on spine. Hint of light surface wear to corners, no fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean endpapers. Very small, tasteful previous owner bookplate in corner of front fixed endpaper. Literary appraisal and criticism on the work of such writers as Chaucer, Poe, Whitman, Byron, Hazlitt, Shelley, Carlyle, Hardy, Thornton Wilder, Willa Cather. 022248

Price: 25.00 USD
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A Man Without A Country, Vonnegut, Kurt
55 A Man Without A Country
Vonnegut, Kurt
Seven Stories Press 2005 158322713X / 9781583227138 First Hardcover Fine Fine Jacket 
First Edition (stated), first printing in clean unclipped dust jacket. As new condition. Clean ivory boards with blue stamped lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, pages and edges are clean and bright with clean blue endpapers. 146 pages. Clean bright dust jacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life, art, politics, himself, and the condition of the soul of America today. 026412

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Armageddon in Retrospect And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace, Vonnegut, Kurt
56 Armageddon in Retrospect And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace
Vonnegut, Kurt
New York Putnam 2008 0399155082 / 9780399155086 First Hardcover Fine Fine Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing (with full number line on copyright page) in clean unclipped dust jacket. Pristine black boards with small army tank design and dark black lettering on cover, clean red cloth spine with black lettering. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight, pages and edges are clean and bright with clean decorated endpapers. No names, writing or marks. Illustrated by the author in color and black and white. Introduction by Mark Vonnegut. 234 pages. Clean dust jacket is unchipped, no wear, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 025781

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As We Were Saying, Warner, Charles Dudley
57 As We Were Saying
Warner, Charles Dudley
New York Harper & Brothers 1891 First Hardcover Near Fine no dust jacket Jacket Harry Whitney McVickar, illustrator 
First Edition, clean and solid decorated American trade binding. Small book (6" x 3-1/2") of essays, with lovely illustrations and page decorations by Harry Whitney McVickar, including frontispiece with printed tissue guard. Dark green cloth boards with gold decoration and lettering on cover and spine. No soiling or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean endpapers. (Lovely small old custom bookplate on front fixed endpaper). 219 pages. 023450

Price: 25.00 USD
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Backlog Studies, Warner, Charles Dudley
58 Backlog Studies
Warner, Charles Dudley
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin 1899 Hard Cover Near FIne No Dustjacket Jacket Edward H. Garrett, Illustrator 
Decorated binding. Very clean brown ribbed cloth boards with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. Gilt top edges. 257 pgs. Frontis illustration with clean tissue guard; eleven additional illustrations. 011692

Price: 30.00 USD
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American Characteristics and Other Essays, Wilder, Thornton
59 American Characteristics and Other Essays
Wilder, Thornton
New York Harper & Row 1979 0060146397 / 9780060146399 First Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
First Edition (stated) with full number line on copyright page, in clean unclipped jacket. Blue cloth boards with black spine, bright gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear; hint of fading. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean with clean blue endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 298 pp. Edited by Donald Gallup; Foreword by Isabel Wilder. Clean unfaded dustjacket is not price clipped, unchipped, with a few tiny closed edge tears. Author's photo on rear panel. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 020264

Price: 20.00 USD
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As Talked in the Sanctum, Wildman, Rounsevelle
60 As Talked in the Sanctum
Wildman, Rounsevelle
Boston Lothrop Publishing Company 1900 First Hardcover Very Good+ No Dust jacket 
First Edition decorated American trade binding. (signed binding - monogram TBH - Theodore B. Hapgood). Clean light green cloth boards with gold lettering and decoration, gold line rule border on cover, gold lettering and small decoration on spine. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with gilt top page edges. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 257 pages. 022405

Price: 32.00 USD
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