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Aiken's British Poets with Biographical and critical Prefaces, Aiken
1 Aiken Aiken's British Poets with Biographical and critical Prefaces
Philadelphia, PA Thomas Wardle 1831 Reprint Full-Leather Good No Jacket 8vo 
Here is a wonderful and extensive selection of the works of virtually all of the Great British Poets. The book contains over 800 pages and shows considerable wear since it was published in 1831, The first edition was published in 1820 so this is a very early printing. Each section on a particular poet is prefaced by a short biography of the man about to be read. Suffice it to say that this is a great book that has worn over time. Published in 1831 this volume is bound in full calf that is marred or scratched on both boards and the spine. Marbled endpapers are present with a small bookseller sticker in the top corner of the front pastedown. In parts of the book there is heavy foxing, in other parts the text is virtually clean. All edges of the book are marbled but very faded. This book is in good only condition only but it is solidly bound. It is not falling apart by a long stretch. It makes a marvelous volume to peruse at random or to research a particular poet. It's still a great book but it is not as pretty as we would sometimes like! 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Tower of London, The, Ainsworth, William Harrison
2 Ainsworth, William Harrison Tower of London, The
London Richard Bentley 1840 First Edition Full-Leather Near Fine No Jacket as Issued 8vo 
This exquisite volume was published by Richard Bentley in 1840, around the time that he was working with Dickens. Bentley also published the first edition of Oliver Twist. This volume is illustrated by George Cruikshank, the genius of 19th century literary illustrations. There are 40 full-page steel etchings as well as 58 woodcut illustrations. It is beautifully bound by Riviere in full red straight-grained morocco with green silk endpapers. The spine is very richly gilt in an ornate six compartment design with raised hubs. There is a little splitting of the silk at the inner joints but they are still quite solid. All edges are gilt and there is virtually no foxing to the fine textblock, even on the plates. The binding is tight and there is a previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. The bookplate depicts a fellow sitting in his reading chair before a fireplace. There is gold decoration on the inner dentelles and this is a very handsome copy of this important volume. The book is in a beautiful custom-made slipcase of the finest leather and the inside of the slipcase is fully lined in a marbelled red. A mylar wrapper further protects the book within the case. In size, the book is a tall octavo and it is quite heavy. The novel itself is a work of fictionalized history and takes place in sixteenth century England. This writing format holds a twofold interest for the reader. Firstly, it tells a Romantic story and secondly, it tells a story that is partly true. The Tower of London also brings to the reader a lively description of one of the most famous structures in England. The story itself is concerned with the troubled reign of Queen Mary, one of the least understood by lovers of history and literature. This beautiful offering in it's Fine binding looks stunning on the shelf and will please any discriminating collector of Fine literature. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Poetical Works of Mark Akenside M.D. - Two Volumes, Akenside, Mark
3 Akenside, Mark Poetical Works of Mark Akenside M.D. - Two Volumes
Edinburgh Apollo 1781 1st Thus Half-Leather Very Good No Jacket 32mo 
Mark Akenside was a British poet and Physician. He is best known for his poem 'The Pleasures of Imagination', an eclectic philosophical essay in poetic form. It was first published in 1744 in three books and a fourth book was added later. The whole poem was extensively revised and it finally appeared posthumously in 1772. These two small volumes are a later printing (1781) of this work from 1772. These books are classic 32mo in size which is quite small (3 1/4" wide by 5" tall"). They are bound in half calf over marbled boards. The spine labels are red morroco. The bindings are tight and the books are very readable. People liked these small books in those days, particularly for poetry, because you could carry them around in your pocket for travelling by land or sea. This is a two volume set that shows wear and some chipping to the spines, particularly on volume one. There is no foxing in the books and these collected poems are a delight to read. The gilt and labelling on the spines is still fully present on volume two. Volume one has a couple of small gilt lines that are not present. For a set that was published in 1781, these books are in very nice condition and these are very clean copies. The poems are written in blank verse derived from Milton and they were modeled on the Roman Poets Virgil and Horace. In the later poems of the collection Akenside adopted the Ode as his favorite poetic form. The odes are in volume two. A most interesting little set from a poet who was at one time made physician to the Queen. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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Remarks on the Review of Inchiquin's Letters, An Inhabitant of New England
4 An Inhabitant of New England Remarks on the Review of Inchiquin's Letters
Boston Samuel T. Armstrong 1815 First Edition Cloth Good No Jacket 8vo 
This treatise of 1815 is attributed to 'An Inhabitant of New England' and is addressed to 'The Right Honorable George Canning, Esquire'. George Canning was an active figure in English politics at the time and this work deals with the differences between England and America in terms of Problems, Morals, and Politics. It is a most interesting historical and sociological work and it is still in the original stiff paper covers. The hinges have been professionally reinforced and the book is solid. There is age toning throughout and there is also a pressed leaf encased in plastic that is probably from the period. Rough cut edges with some creasing and light staining throughout. Really, a remarkable little piece of very early American history. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls, Bell, Ernest A.
5 Bell, Ernest A. Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls
G.S. Ball 1910 First Edition Decorative Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Here is a wonderful book for the collector who seeks novelty and enjoys the very unusual. I will let the title page of the book speak for itself when it says that this book is "A complete and detailed account of the shameless traffic in young girls, the methods by which the procurers and panders (sic) lure innocent young girls away from home and sell them to keepers of dives. The magnitude of the organization and its workings. How to combat this hideous monster. How to save YOUR GIRL. How to save YOUR BOY. What you can do to help wipe out this curse of humanity. A book designed to awaken the sleeping and protect the innocent". The author of the book was the secretary of the Illinois Vigilance Association and the Superintendant of "Midnight Missions". There are thirty two pages of striking pictures "showing the workings of the blackest slavery that has ever stained the human race". The binding of the book shows considerable rubbing and wear but it is still tight and although there is a uniform toning of the text from age, there is no foxing in the book. It is the highly unusual nature of the book that makes it so much fun to read and own. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Horae Subsecivae, Brown, John
6 Brown, John Horae Subsecivae
Edinburgh David Douglas 1890 Half-Leather Very Good+ No Jacket 8vo 
John Brown (1810-1882) was a Scottish physician and friend of Thackeray and Ruskin. He wrote primarily on non-technical subjects related to medicine and to the problems of the doctor. He had a general interest in, and a sympathy for all humanity. The three volumes of "Horae Subsecivae" (Leisure Hours) were his principal and first literary work. He had previously published some medical papers. The first volume of Horae was on medical subjects and the second and third volume were on general subjects. All the volumes are deserving of our attention because they are full of penetrating commentary on writers and other notables contemporary to Brown. Brown's two most famous essays, one on Rab the Dog and another on Marjorie Fleming, the friend of Sir Walter Scott that died as a child, have from here been abstracted as separate volumes in the past. This is the "New edition" in 3 volumes. The books are bound in Three-quarter leather over marbled boards with matching marble endpapers. There is Gilt lettering on the spines. The first volume was published in 1890, the second in 1893 and the third in 1889. Volumes one and three each have a frontispiece. All are in the same binding and in Very Good+ condition with just a small amount of wear to the tips and a bit of shelf-wear to the top of the spine of volume three. The bindings are tight and the interiors of the books are very clean. The set makes a lovely presentation. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Hudibras, Butler, Samuel
7 Butler, Samuel Hudibras
London 1663 First Edition Full-Leather Very Good No Jacket 8vo 
Just Reduced by $500.00 Samuel Butler's 'Hudibras' is a literary treasure by any estimation. It concerns the English Civil War and it was intended to ridicule the Presbyterians, Dissenters, and others who had fought against the crown in the conflict between Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. It was published shortly after the restoration of Charles II and the poem had immense popularity at the time. This set is an extremely rare offering as it contains all three volumes (1663-1664-1678) in the first edition and the first issue. I have found no other copies of this set currently available and the ABPC indicates that no full first edition set has been offered for decades. The three volumes are the first issues of the authentic 'author's own' First editions. All points of issue in Lowndes are present in these books. The volumes are bound in full calf (mid 17th century) with hand tooled ornamentation on all front and back boards. The boards show some rubbing and staining from age but they are beautiful nevertheless. The textblocks are virtually pristine with no foxing except on the blank preliminary pages. Volume two lacks the imprimatur preliminary page. Otherwise the texts are absolutely complete. There have been minor repairs done by a professional binder to strengthen the inner rear hinges of both volumes 1 and 2. The errata are all present as called for. Volume three has been rebacked. Volume three was issued in a different size than the other two volumes and this has been compensated for in the magnificent presentation that I commissioned for this work. These are extremely rare books. PRESENTATION CASE: These fine volumes are housed in a full leather case that is made of the finest leather. The case is lined in hand-painted book paper much as the marbled paper found on endpapers. There is a small shim installed in the case to compensate for the differing height of volume three. Each volume has it's own hand made cover that it goes into before inserting the volume into the case. The three covers are made from both leather and the same painted paper that is inside the case. The spines of the covers are leather with leather labels and 23k gold titling indicating the title and volume. I know that this sounds complicated but these things can be hard to describe. I would encourage you to ask for pictures if you have a serious interest in this set. The rear of the covers is also leather. All in all, this is a wonderful copy and presentation of the Great 'Mock-Epic' poem 'Hudibras. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 3450.00 USD
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Crusade LTD signed With Trade Edition, Byrne, Donn
8 Byrne, Donn Crusade LTD signed With Trade Edition
New York Little Brown Company 1928 Signed Limited First Edition Slip-Case - Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo Signed by Author
This is a very fine presentation of this title. In slipcase that shows some wear and fading. Spine appears to be vellum. Coat of arms on front board. 365 copies were signed and numbered of which this is number 284. The Limited comes with a beautiful and colorful copy of the first trade edition. Wonderful pictorial dustjacket. This is a very rare set in this condition. We are happy to send pictures on request. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Poetical Works of Thomas Campbell, The, Campbell, Thomas
9 Campbell, Thomas Poetical Works of Thomas Campbell, The
Edinburgh Gall and Inglis 1875 Full-Leather Near Fine No Jacket 8vo 
Thomas Campbell was a Scottish poet that lived from 1777-1844. He was a contemporary of Sir Walter Scott. He is known for his literary ballads as well as for some notable martial lyrics. These include Ye Mariners of England and Hohenlinden, both of which are included in this volume. Campbell was quite influential in his time. This book is a school prize volume and it is in beautiful condition. The book is bound in full leather with extravagant gilt decorations and titling to the front board. The spine is densely decorated in gilt and all of the edges are marbled. The endpapers are also marbled. The volume includes a biography of Campbell as well as many notes to the book. The book resides in its own mylar wrapper within a finely constructed slipcase. The case is of blue bookcloth to complement the book's binding and the case is fully lined. The opening of the case is trimmed in high quality leather. This book is nicer than the pictures make it appear. A rock solid binding and many, many, of this poets fine works. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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Lives of the Painters - 4 Volumes, Canaday, John
10 Canaday, John Lives of the Painters - 4 Volumes
New York Norton 1969 1st/2nd Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo 
This is a beautiful set of four volumes. The set is in Fine condition and almost new. This is the First Edition and the second printing. The only thing that I must mention is that each volume has the tiniest shelf-wear to the extreme top of the dustcover on the spine. It is virtually invisible and probably will become completely invisible when I place the books in an archival Brodart dust jacket protector before shipment. The set is magnificent. The Lives of the Painters is an important and fascinating history of Western painting and its artists written by the renowned historian and critic of the fine arts, John Canaday. In his incisive and engaging style, Canaday unfolds the history by means of biographical and critical essays on more than 450 individual painters. The four volumes cover the development of painting from the close of the Middle Ages in Italy down through Cezanne and his revolution in painting. There are 176 full color Plates, 350 monochrome illustrations and 1,456 pages in the four volumes. The fourth volume is completely plates and illustrations on fine gloss paper and they are absolutely beautiful. Again, the books are in virtually new condition and have clearly never been used. All dustjackets are present and this is a set that can entertain, educate, and be enjoyed by generations. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Catalog of the Library of C.H. Clark 2 Vols., Clark, C.H.
11 Clark, C.H. Catalog of the Library of C.H. Clark 2 Vols.
Collins Printing House 1888 First Edition Limited Three-Quarter Leather Fine No Jacket 4to Signed by Author
Just Reduced! This Beautiful and Very Fine two volume set is a descriptive catalog of the Library accumulated by famed collector C.H.Clarke. It is a Privately Printed Limited Edition of 100 copies and and this copy is number 8. The books are gorgeously bound in three-quarter leather over marbled boards with Fine endpapers of marbled design that match the covers.The books are quarto in size. There are sewn in silk bookribbons and the ribbon in volume one is unattached but fully present. The spines are leather and are decorated profusely in gilt with six compartments and gilt decoration in each one. The title lettering on the spine is also in gilt and it is still bright and beautiful. This two-volume descriptive catalog lists hundreds of books that were in one of the most significant collections in history. The catalog is pure enjoyment to page through as well as a very important reference for any collector. This is because it is interesting enough for the casual reader while being the work of a very capable bibliophile. This library is of unique interest and this set is very rare. The books can be used to research points of issue and many interesting pieces of information about the book you are checking. As an example of the thoroughness with which this book was done it is only necessary to quote from the prefatory note what is said of the sub-divisions. "The catalog is divided into three parts: A titular descriptive list of the books in the Library followed by bibliographical and other notes detailing their scope and the date of original publication etc. Then there is a list of the short titles of books arranged under 'subjects'. There is also a general index, so arranged that the reader may readily ascertain what works or portions of works relate to any particular matter". Over all this is an entertaining manner in which the curious information has been conveyed. The notes are overflowing with odd bits of learning which take on an added interest from their place in the context alongside all that is essential to know about the imprint, degree of rareness, binding and history of any given work. It includes the mechanism of books, binding, paper, type, size, edition, and printer. It has a wealth of bibliographical, biographical, and literary description, which makes known every characteristic alike of author and book. Consequentially as a book of reference this set has very special value and interest to the book collector. It covers many of the works of famous bookbinders and includes the best of printing and binding and whatever is of bibliographical value. There is very little wear to the books as some of the corners show a very small worn spot and there is tiny wear to the extreme bottom of the spine of volume two. It is not visible looking at the spine of the books. I include with this wonderful set newspaper clippings of reviews of the catalog when it was first published . They come from an 1888 newspaper and are hardly toned from age. Also present is the original bookbinder's label unattached and in pristine condition. The book-binders were Pawson and Nicholson who were working in Philadelphia and were very well known as they are today. These books look incredible on the shelf and will serve any booklover or book collector or any lover of beautiful binding and presentation. Rare and beautiful. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Poetical Vagaries and Vagaries Vindicated, Coleman, George
12 Coleman, George Poetical Vagaries and Vagaries Vindicated
London Longman Hurst Rees Constable 1814 Second Edition Half-Leather Very Good No Jacket 12mo 
This is a very nice volume from 1814. Its size is 12mo and It contains two works. The first is 'Poetical Vagaries' by George Coleman the younger, and the second is 'Vagaries Vindicated' by the same author. The second work is 'addressed to the Reviewers' so I would guess that Coleman is responding to his critics. Both works are second edition and were published in 1814. The binding is half-leather over paper boards and the binding is tight. There is an old external repair to the leather spine of the book and the boards have been professionally reattached. There is a name written on the inside front board. The textblock is tight and clean with virtually no foxing. There is slight toning to the pages from age but it is quite light. This is the first time that these two works have been printed together. An attractive volume. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Chance, Conrad, Joseph
13 Conrad, Joseph Chance
London Folio Society 2001 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover As New No Jacket 8vo 
As New copy in As New slipcase. Blue pictorial cloth . Contains an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury and is illustrated by Francis Mosley. A beautiful presentation. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Rescue, The, Conrad, Joseph
14 Conrad, Joseph Rescue, The
New York Doubleday Page & Company 1920 First Edition Cloth Very Good+ No Jacket 
Joseph Conrad was truly one of the giants of literature in the 20th century. His novels Lord Jim and Heart Of Darkness are both literary landmarks. Mr. Conrad was a Master Mariner and his seafaring novels are marked by a distinctive prose style and are compounds of biting realism and Romanticism. He was considered to be a genius in the creation of atmosphere and character. This book is in beautiful unrestored condition. The book is bound in a a fine dark blue book cloth with gilt decoration. All the lettering on the spine is readable and the book is tight and clean. The book shows some minor shelfwear as well as some fading to the lettering on the spine. There are minor bumps to the lower outside extremity of the front board and a corresponding bump to the rear board. The book makes a nice presentation. This is a true classic of literature in the First Edition. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Rover, The, Conrad, Joseph
15 Conrad, Joseph Rover, The
London Folio Society 2002 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover As New No Jacket 8vo 
As New copy in As New slipcase. Blue pictorial cloth . Contains an introduction by Christopher Fletcher and is illustrated by Francis Mosley. A beautiful presentation. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Pilot, The - LEC, Cooper, James Fennimore
16 Cooper, James Fennimore Pilot, The - LEC
Baltimore, MD Limited editions club 1968 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 4to 
The 1968 First Thus publication of this James Fenimore Cooper classic. Only Fifteen hundred copies were printed of which this is copy number 1454. Printed at the Garamond Press in Baltimore. This beautiful edition was designed by Peter Oldenburg. The volume was illustrated by Robert M. Quackenbush and it contains fine Woodcut Illustrations by him. The illustrator has signed the book on the limitation page. The book is bound in a Gorgeous titled cloth. The volume is in fine condition and it's matching slipcase is very good with some shelf-wear and some sunning. A lovely presentation. With the club newsletter laid in. The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929. It was the creation of George Macy. Its purpose was to create very high quality versions of the classics that were also illustrated by the finest contemporary artists. All Limited Edition Club books are hand signed by the illustrators with a short description of the making of the book on the colophon in the rear of the volume. Only a few were published without a signature because the illustrator had passed away before publication. All LEC books come with a fine decorative slipcase and the great majority of them contain original fine art within.They are finely constructed books printed by the best printers and on fine paper.They are highly collectible. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Red Badge of Courage - Manuscript Facsimile, Crane, Stephen
17 Crane, Stephen Red Badge of Courage - Manuscript Facsimile
Washington D.C. NCR Microcard editions 1973 First Edition Limited/Numbered Slip-Case - Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 4to 
This is a great offering for Stephen Crane fans as well as anyone that is engaged in bibliographic studies regarding this Great classic novel of the civil war. There are two quarto volumes here with a matching and labelled slipcase. The dimensions of the books are 11 1/4 tall by 7 3/4 wide. This is a Limited edition of 1000 copies of which this is number 762. Both volumes are in Very Fine condition and show no flaws. The slipcase is in Near Fine condition with a bit of wear to the spine label and a bit of a stain to the front slipcase label. The stain appears to have come from the red dye of the cloth that makes up the slipcase. All-in-all, this is a Very attractive set and it makes a great presentation. The first volume of the set is written by the world famous master of bibliography, Fredson Bowers. Mr Bowers literaraly wrote the textbook of bibliography that is the current authoritative manual:" Principles of Bibliographic Description". This first volume is entitled "Introduction and Apparatus". This first volume is a serious bibliographical study of the novel and the development of the manuscript. It includes a frontispiece color portrait of Stephen Crane. The second volume is the facsimile of the final draft of the manuscript in Stephen Crane's own handwriting. It shows his false starts and his changes. All of his "crossouts" and notes are present. It is truly a remarkable thing to see the development of this manuscript. These books can be used for study or for pleasure. You can actually read The Red Baadge of Courage exactly as Crane intended it to be. A beautiful set and a treasure of knowledge. We are pleased too send pictures on request. 
Price: 149.00 USD
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120 Days of Sodom, de Sade, Marquis
18 de Sade, Marquis 120 Days of Sodom
New York Grove Press 1968 First Edition Cloth Near Fine Very Good 8vo 
It was from the Marquis de Sade that the word "Sadism" was derived. This is the first Grove edition of The 120 Days of Sodom and other writings. It is also the first printing. The book contains introductions by Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex) and Pierre Klossowski. The volume is large at 799 pages and the book itself shows a slight bump to the corner of the upper right front board and some minor shelfwear to the top of the spine. The dustjacket is not price-clipped and shows some slight shelf-wear and there is a chip to the upper left rear panel. There are also a couple of very small spots to the front edge. This is a very nice copy of a major classic of literature. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 140.00 USD
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Dombey and Son - Two Volumes, Dickens, Charles
19 Dickens, Charles Dombey and Son - Two Volumes
New York Limited editions club 1957 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket . Signed by Illustrator
Dombey and Son is one of the great classics of Charles Dickens and it is my personal favorite. It appeared after Martin Chuzzlewit and was an effort by Dickens to regain popularity he had lost with the publication of his previous novel. The novel is also a landmark in Dickens' work in that he placed the story at a higher social level than his previous novels. The story involves the downfall of a dignified and pompous merchant and his learning of the power of love as opposed to the lesser power of money. This is a beautiful set from the Limited Editions Club. Both volumes are in very good condition but for some slight fading to the spines. The slipcase shows moderate wear and there is a tear at the top panel along with some shelf-wear. The slipcase in general is somewhat sunned and worn but It still protects the books very well. There were only 1500 copies of this edition printed in 1957 of which this is number 1498. The illustrations were drawn by Henry C. Pitz who signed the book on the colophon. The color plates were reproduced by George C. Miller. The endpapers are illustrated with the same pattern used for the slipcase. A wonderful and very compelling novel. The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929. It was the creation of George Macy. Its purpose was to create very high quality versions of the classics that were also illustrated by the finest contemporary artists. All Limited Edition Club books are hand signed by the illustrators with a short description of the making of the book on the colophon in the rear of the volume. Only a few were published without a signature because the illustrator had passed away before publication. All LEC books come with a fine decorative slipcase and the great majority of them contain original fine art within.They are finely constructed books printed by the best printers and on fine paper.They are highly collectible. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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An American Tragedy  - LEC, Dreiser, Theodore
20 Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy - LEC
New York Limited Editions Club 1954 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 4to 
A beautiful production from the Limited Editions Club. Of 1500 copies printed, this is #599. The slipcase is moderately sunned and there is paper wear and loss to the top of the spine left corner. It also has a slight bump on the rear board at the bottom and there is a small scratch there as well. Beautiful book with a slipcase that shows its age. This title is unusual in that it is not signed by the illustrator. The colophon states that "The illustrations are the final work of Reginald Marsh and are issued posthumously: For that fine artist died on July 4th, 1954". A beautiful copy of a great work. The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929. It was the creation of George Macy. Its purpose was to create very high quality versions of the classics that were also illustrated by the finest contemporary artists. All Limited Edition Club books are hand signed by the illustrators with a short description of the making of the book on the colophon in the rear of the volume. Only a few were published without a signature because the illustrator had passed away before publication. All LEC books come with a fine decorative slipcase and the great majority of them contain original fine art within.They are finely constructed books printed by the best printers and on fine paper.They are highly collectible. 
Price: 160.00 USD
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