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Maugham's Choice of Kipling's Best - Sixteen Stories Selected and with an Introductory Essay by W. Somerset Maugham, (Kipling, Rudyard (Maugham, W. Somerset, Editor)
1 Maugham's Choice of Kipling's Best - Sixteen Stories Selected and with an Introductory Essay by W. Somerset Maugham
(Kipling, Rudyard (Maugham, W. Somerset, Editor)
Garden City, NY Doubleday 1953 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Jacket 
Clean book in original unclipped dust jacket. Green cloth boards with Maugham logo in black and RK initials in white on cover, white and black lettering on spine. Tiny pinhead size ding at base of front board; no other wear, no fading. Binding is tight and square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright, with clean endpapers. No names, writing or bookplates. 324 pages. Clean bright dust jacket is not price clipped (3.95 on front inside flap), no tears, not price clipped,shallow chipping at top edge of rear panel (max 1/3"). Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 024226

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Selected Writings of Francis Bacon, Bacon, Francis
2 Selected Writings of Francis Bacon
Bacon, Francis
New York Modern Library 1955 Stated First Modern Library Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
Modern Library No. 256. Clean green cloth boards with black title box, gold lettering on cover and spine. Slightest hint of surface wear to corners, no fraying, no bumping. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean black top-stained page edges. Clean Kent illustrated endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 604 pgs. Introduction and notes by Hugh G. Dick. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped (1.45 on front inside flap), tiny bit of shallow chipping to top spine edge (1/16" or less), a few tiny closed edge tears. 372 titles listed on verso of dustjacket. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 018007

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Spring Jaunts - Some Walks, Excursions & Personal Explorations of Town, Country & Seashore, Bailey, Anthony
3 Spring Jaunts - Some Walks, Excursions & Personal Explorations of Town, Country & Seashore
Bailey, Anthony
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1986 Stated First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine Jacket 
"First Edition, 1986" on copyright page. Clean green boards with clean beige cloth spine, bright gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 239 pgs. Clean dustjacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A collection which contains some of the best work that Anthony Bailey has done for The New Yorker. His descriptive journeys include the Isle of Wight, a dawn-to-dusk stroll along the New Hampshire coast, and the seacoast of Cote d'Azur, to name a few. 018598

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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, Bennett, Arnold
4 How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
Bennett, Arnold
New York George H. Doran 1910 Hardcover Near Fine 
Lovely clean decorated American trade binding. Very clean brown paper covered boards with gold decorative large "H" in "How" in cover title. No fading, bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Previous owner inscription and date (Xmas, 1912) beautifully penned on front free endpaper. No other marks. Later edition with interesting preface by the author. 75 pages. Bennett's essays on best use of our time. 024826

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Modern Daughters - Conversations with Various American Girls and One Man, Black, Alexander
5 Modern Daughters - Conversations with Various American Girls and One Man
Black, Alexander
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1899 First Edition, First Printing Hardcover Very Good No Dust jacket 
First Edition. Maroon cloth boards with decorative oval portrait in black and white on cover of a beautiful young woman, gold decoration; gold lettering on spine. Some fading to spine and upper board edges. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright, with gilt top edges. Silk endpapers, with tasteful previous owner bookplate at upper corner of front fixed endpaper, name and date (Dec. 25th, 1899) at top of front free endpaper. Frontis portrait of a second young girl with clean tissue guard.Designs and photographic illustrations by the author. 212 pages. 021823

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Then & Now: Quaker Essays: Historical and Contemporary, Brinton, Anna
6 Then & Now: Quaker Essays: Historical and Contemporary
Brinton, Anna
Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Jacket 
First Edition in original dust jacket. Pale green cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. Clean, with a few faint white specks to boards. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Previous owner name in very tiny print at top edge of front free endpaper. 352 pgs. with index. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped, has slight age-toning to white edges, small corner chips and 1/3" closed tear at top of spine. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. 007588

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7 A Few Brass Tacks
Bromfield, Louis
New York/ London Harper & Brothers 1946 Stated First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
Stated First Edition in unclipped jacket. Black cloth boards with gold title box on spine. No bumping or wear. Faintest hint of light soiling. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 303 pgs. Unchipped dustjacket is not price clipped, with just a hint of slightest edge wear and very slight soiling, one 1/4" closed edge tear. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize winning author, on some answers to the political, economic and social problems of America and the world. 8vo. Essays. 015617

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East Meets West, South of the Border, Canfield, D. Lincoln
8 East Meets West, South of the Border
Canfield, D. Lincoln
Carbondale and Edwardsville Southern Illinois University Press 1968 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket Signed
First Edition, SIGNED by author. Clean green cloth boards with bright gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Hint of slight fading at extreme upper edge of front board. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Inscribed in Spanish and signed, dated on front free endpaper by author. Previous owner name and date below. 137 pgs. Dustjacket is unchipped, not price clipped, with small spot on front panel near fold edge (smaller than a dime); one 1/16" closed edge tear. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. 8vo. Latin America. 016230

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The Boss: An Essay Upon the Art of Governing American Cities, Champernowne, Henry
9 The Boss: An Essay Upon the Art of Governing American Cities
Champernowne, Henry
New York Geo. H. Richmond & Co. 1894 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Dustjacket Jacket 
Green cloth boards with paper label on spine (unchipped). Very light soiling. No fraying or edgewear. Binding is tight & square, pages are clean and bright. 243 pgs. 12 Mo. Political. 008434

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The Blue Fox, Duncan, Ronald
10 The Blue Fox
Duncan, Ronald
New York Oxford Press 1952 Stated First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ very good Jacket Michael Hansom, Illustrator 
Very clean blue cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. Hint of light surface wear to bottom spine corners, no fraying. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean bright illustrated endpapers. Small previous owner name and date neatly penned at top corner of half-title page; no other marks. 202 pgs. Foreword by Brian Vesey Fitzgerald. Illustrated by Michael Hansom. Clean dustjacket has shallow chipping at top and bottom spine edge, a few short closed edge tears, clear tape at top and bottom spine edge. Ronald Duncan, a farmer "down to earth and mud on his boots" blends a laconic wit with the sensibilities of a poet. He is equally skillful at demolishing in a word the pomposities of a bureaucratic rat killer, and at building up in the next moment the feel of an English meadow after a rainstorm. A wise and happy man, whatever his mood he manages to infect us with his delight in the world. The scene is Devonshire, and the Blue Fox pub the particular symbol of village life from which Duncan derives his inspiration. 017630

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Apolcalypse Postponed, Eco, Umberto
11 Apolcalypse Postponed
Eco, Umberto
Bloomington and Indianapolis Indiana University Press and The British Film Institute 1994 0-253-31851-3 / 9780253318510 First edition Hardcover Fine fine Jacket 
Clean unfaded maroon cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or marks. 227 pgs. with index. Clean bright dustjacket is unchipped, no wear, no tears. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. A collection of Umberto Eco's essays on mass culture from the 1960s through the 1980s, including major pieces which have not been translated into English before. Organized in four main parts, Eco looks at a variety of topics and cultural productions, including the world of Charlie Brown, distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow, the future of literacy, Chinese comic strips, whether countercultures exist, Fellini's "Ginger and Fred," and the Italian genius industry. 017522

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Character, Emerson, Ralh Waldo
12 Character
Emerson, Ralh Waldo
New York Dodge Publishing 1900 unknown softcover Near Fine Near Fine Jacket 
Pocket size book with original red ribbon binding tie in excellent condition. Clean paper boards with vellum-like decorated jacket (candlabra and pile of books, elaborate decoration extending from the "C" of "Character." 48 pages. All pages clean and bright. No names, writing or marks. Frontis portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Book measures approx. 3" x 6". Antiquarian - publication date unknown, circa 1900's. 021113

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The Praise of Folly, Erasmus, Desiderius
13 The Praise of Folly
Erasmus, Desiderius
New York Modern Library 1962 Stated First printing Hardcover Fine Near Fine Jacket 
First Modern Library Edition with "First Printing" on copyright page and all other requisite points, in clean unclipped dust jacket. Modern Library No. 331. Toledano binding no. 8. Clean pale gray cloth boards with black title box, gold lettering on cover and spine. No bumping, fading or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with black top-stained upper page edges and clean Kent style endpapers. No names, writing or marks, no underlining. Translated from the Latin, with an Essay and Commentary, by Hoyt Hopewell Hudson. 166 pages. Clean dust jacket is not price clipped (1.95 on front inside flap), no chips, 415 titles listed on inverse of jacket. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 023603

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Essays, Speeches and Public Letters, Faulkner, William
14 Essays, Speeches and Public Letters
Faulkner, William
New York Random House 1965 Stated First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Jacket 
Stated First Printing in unclipped original dust jacket. Clean unfaded dark blue cloth boards with gold lettering on cover and spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight and square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with small previous owner name and place at top corner of front fixed endpaper, small name at top corner of front free endpaper. No other marks. 233 pages. Dust jacket is not price clipped (6.00 on front inside flap), has very slight wear at spine ends and a few short closed edge tears. Also a mere hint of age-toning to background of spine. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 025071

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As They Were, Fisher, M.F.K.
15 As They Were
Fisher, M.F.K.
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1982 0-394-52400-4 / 9780394524009 First Edition, Second Printing Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
First Edition, Second Printing. Very clean white boards with clean white cloth spine, gold lettering on cover and spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean endpapers; no names, writing or bookplates. 261 pgs. Clean dustjacket is not price clipped, has slight wear and very short closed edge tears at top spine edge. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. The enticing places, the memorable (sometimes mysterious) encounters that have lighted her path over the years--interlaced with new reflections and asides. 8vo. Travel. 016162

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Sister Age, Fisher, M.F.K.
16 Sister Age
Fisher, M.F.K.
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1983 0-394-53066-7 / 9780394530666 Stated First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
Stated First Edition, in unclipped jacket. Clean pale gray boards with clean beige cloth spine, silver lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright, with clean maroon top-stained page edges. No names, writing or bookplates. 243 pgs. Clean dustjacket is unchipped, no tears, not price clipped, slightest hint of wear at top spine edge. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. A collection of fifteen remarkable stories the author wrote over the years about the art of aging and living and dying. 018433

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17 Albergo Empedocle and Other Writings
Forster, E. M.
New York Liveright 1971 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Jacket 
First Edition, First Printing. Very clean green cloth boards with yellow lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean and bright. Clean olive green endpapers; no names, writing or bookplates. 273 pgs. Clean unfaded dustjacket is not price clipped, has one tiny chip (smaller than a match head) at top rear panel edge, very slight edge wear. Enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. Short stories and essays by E. M. Forster written between 1900 and 1915 and first published in book form in this edition. Approx. 8" x 6". Literature. 016818

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18 An Urchin in the Storm: Essays About Books and Ideas
Gould, Stephen Jay
New York/London W. W. Norton 1987 0-393-02492-X / 9780393024920 First Edition, First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Jacket 
Very clean beige boards with maroon cloth spine, bright gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Binding is tight & crisp, pages and edges are clean and bright. No names, writing or bookplates. 255 pgs. with index. Clean bright dustjacket is unchipped, not price clipped, and enclosed in new archival quality mylar cover. A collection of essays on great ideas of biology, diversity of life and the glory of nature. 8vo. Science. 009320

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The Mouse Hunter, Hasley, Lucile
19 The Mouse Hunter
Hasley, Lucile
New York Sheed and Ward 1953 First Edition, Second Printing Hardcover Very Good Very Good Jacket Signed
Second Printing, SIGNED by the author, in original unclipped jacket. Clean patterned paper covered boards with black cloth spine, silver lettering on spine. No fraying or fading. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Inscribed and signed by author on front free endpaper: "Laetane Sunday - For a most genial (tho "sloppy") toastmaster! - Lucile Hasley." 242 pages. Dustjacket is not price clipped (2.75 on front inside flap), has slight edge wear, some dust soiling to rear white panel, 2" closed tear at top rear spine fold. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. 021469

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Field and Hedgerow, Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies, Jefferies, Richard
20 Field and Hedgerow, Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies
Jefferies, Richard
London and Redhill Lutterworth Press 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Dustjacket Jacket Agnes Miller Parker, Illust. 
Clean green cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. No bumping or wear. Slight manufacturer's wrinkle to cloth on rear board. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean. Neatly penned previous owner name at top edge of front free endpaper. 388 pgs. Beautifully illustrated with wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. 8vo. Nature. 011995

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