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1 Allen, Hervey Toward the Morning
NY Rinehart & Co. 1948 Cloth Good+  No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
458 pp. Water spotting along right edge of cover, spine browned, binding firm. No markings. A historical novel, third in a series, about migration to Pennsylvania's western frontier.  
Price: 4.05 USD
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2 Boyd, Thomas The Dark Cloud
NY Charles Scribner's Sons 1924 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 8vo -- 7.5 In. Tall Inscribed By Author
267 pp. Light scuffing and soil to dark grey cloth; moderate spine slant. Corners bumped; light to moderate edge rubbing, esp. on spine corners. Binding still strong. Text lightly tanned, no markings except for a large asterisk in pencil on p. 86. Inscribed by author on front endpaper as follows "Dear Paul. I don't know whether you will like this book, but at least it will give you an hour or more of diversion. Your cousin, Thomas Boyd." On a preliminary page opposite the copyright page is a somewhat faded and darkened snapshot of a young Boyd, dated 1925, looking down at a quilted bundle that apparently contains, according to the ink caption, "Baby Jeanne Marie Koeppe" at a farm in or near Boston. Also in the photo, more clearly visible is his 3-year-old daughter Betty Grace. "The Dark Cloud," an adventure tale of a young merchant seaman on the Mississippi River, was Boyd's second novel. His debut novel, praised by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was "Through the Wheat," a bestselling unromantic account of World War I. Boyd later ran for governor of Vermont on the Communist Party ticket before dying in his 30s. A Time reviewer in 1924 observed that Boyd's depiction of life on the Mississippi was not as boisterous or engaging as that of Mark Twain. Boyd's style, he noted, was "as impersonal as the river, and as grave. But, on that unlaughing surface, a boat is reflected, slipping down the river under a moon like a golden poker chip; people on board eating, drinking, fighting, making love -- ladies in lace pantaloons, bad men with aces in their cuffs— -- all dead, long ago." Now mostly forgotten, Boyd was once considered a rising literary of the 1920s, with potential of becoming a Hemingway or a Sinclair Lewis. However, his later work was never as well received as his first novel. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Napoleon of Notting Hill, Chesterton, G. K.
3 Chesterton, G. K. The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Mineola, New York Dover Publications 1991 048626551X / 9780486265513 Trade Paperback Good 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall W. Graham Robertson 
163 pp. Spine uncreased, thumbed, several pages have lower corner creases. Text has no markings. Introduction by Marin Gardner. 7 full page b&w illustrations by Robertson. Chesterton s first novel. Published in 1904, it presents London in a future time (1984). London is still a city of gas lamps and horse-drawn vehicles, but democratic government has withered away, and a representative ordinary citizen is simply chosen from a list to be king. Auberon Quin, a government clerk, something of an aesthete and even more of a joker, becomes king. Purely for his own entertainment he transforms the boroughs of London into medieval city states, with heraldic coats of arms and colourfully uniformed guards, governed by provosts in splendid robes. Then he encounters Adam Wayne, the dedicated young Provost of Notting Hill, who takes Quin s ideas more seriously than the king himself. When the other boroughs try to force a new road through Notting Hill, Wayne, convinced that small is beautiful, fights to defend his territory. Chesterton glorifies everyman, while attacking big business and the monolithic state. 
Price: 4.50 USD
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4 Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans
Avon, Connecticut Heritage Press 1972 Reprint Cloth with Paper Pastedown Near Fine Collectible 4to -- 10 in High Wilson, Edward W. 
377 pp. tan cloth, with paper gray and white sketch on both boards showing an Indian brave standing by a forest brook. Copyright date is 1932 but Google bibliography of Heritage Press editions indicates this edition came out in 1972. Introduction of Edward Everett Hale, grandson of his namesake, author EEH. No jacket, housed in tan cardboard slip case with slight darkening of edges near the opening. Sandglass leaflet No. IV:37 from the publisher laid in. Text clean, no markings or notes. 28 illustrations. Cooper's famous story of Leatherstocking in his prime. Gilt titling still bright on a spine field of forest green. Designed by Dr. Will Ransom. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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5 Dahn, Felix Sigwalt Und Sigridh
Leipzig Breitkopf and Hartel 1899 Cloth Good + No Jacket 16mo - 6 in Tall. 
104 pp. Moderate wear with several rubbed spots front cover, mostly along top edge and lower fore edge. Rear upper corner also rubbed. Some fading to upper portion of spine, but titling still intact. Attrractive scrollwork decoration largely intact on red cloth, central title area in gilt. Binding firm, slight concave bowing of boards. Decorative endpapers. Text very clean and mostly bright, pale yellowing along outer margins. No writing or markings. A tale of Nordic historical fiction, published in German, some of it in archaic, poetical Middle High German. Published for advanced students of the German language. Most copies on the market today are print-on-demand reprints. This is an early original edition but lacks illustrations. Dahn was a noted 19th century law professor who wrote romanticized history and historical fiction, mostly dealing with the fall of the Roman empire and ensuring tribal warfare. Some of his ideas became embedded in a nationalistic philosophy that later fed Nazi mythology. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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6 Davis, Christopher A Peep into the Twentieth Century
NY Arbor House 1985 0877957118 / 9780877957119 First Thus Trade Paperback Very Good  8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
200 pp. Light age tanning of pages. Light shelf wear. No markings in text. A novel about a man on Death Row with narrative about the detachment of scientists and corrections officials who introduced the electric chair into America's prison system in 1890. Introduction by Anatole Broyard. Davis also wrote a non-fiction account of a Death Row prisoner, "Waiting for It."  
Price: 3.15 USD
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7 Delbanco, Nicholas News
NY William Morrow 1970 Cloth & Boards Very Good  Fair 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
243 pp. Jacket heavily chipped, soiled, tape on 2 tears. Black cloth, soiled white board cover. Colored end papers. Text clean and bright. A Sixties period novel about 4 rich white Americans who get caught up in black separatist movements in various parts of America.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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Oscar Wilde Discovers America: A Novel, Edwards, Louis
8 Edwards, Louis Oscar Wilde Discovers America: A Novel
NY . Scribner 2003 0743236890 / 9780743236898 First Edition Cloth & Boards Near Fine Near Fine 8vo -- 9.25 in 
287 pp. Nearly new, no markings, price sticker on dj. An historical novel based on Wilde's tour of the American West and the experiences of his black valet. 
Price: 4.50 USD
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9 Feuchtwanger, Lion This is the Hour
NY Heritage Press 1956 Reprint Cloth Good +  No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
522 pp. on glossy stock. with 12 color plates and numerous b&w plates. Frontispiece shows a Goya self portrait. Lacks the Sandglass publisher's insert. Slight smudge like stain on front endpaper. Cover somewhat bowed outward, binding is OK. A historical novel based on the life of Goya. Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter and Frances Fawcett.  
Price: 3.60 USD
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10 Gilchrist, Micaela The Good Journey
NY Simon & Schuster 2001 0684871432 / 9780684871431 First Edition Trade Paperback Good Advance Uncorrected Proofs 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
396 pp. Slight edgewear, text slightly thumbed. Dampstain upper right corner.no markings, no spine creases. Proof version of a historical romance about a young woman in the 19th century who marries an older, taciturn general and goes off with him to the Wild West for adventures with Indians. 
Price: 3.50 USD
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11 Grant, Linda When I Lived in Modern Times
NY Dutton (Penguin Books) 2001 0525945946 / 9780525945949 First U.S. Edition Cloth & Boards Very Good  Very Good 8vo -- 8.75 in Tall 
260 pp. Front endpaper with inscription mostly sliced out. Rest of book intact and like new. No markings. Half-title and title pages are present. A young woman hairdresser emigates from London to Palestine in 1946 and enters the swirling world of Zionism. Sunday Independent dj blurb: "Full of sharp humore, complex ironies and an acute eye for cultural clashes, this is a superb coming-of-age novel." Winner of the Orange Prize for fiction.  
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12 Grumbach, Doris The Ladies
New York E P Dutton 1984 0525242635 / 9780525242635 First Edition Stated Cloth & Boards Near Fine Very Good 8vo -- 8.5 In 
208 pp. Small tears at corners of jacket. Text clean. Little wear. Attractive cover illustration of two dowagers in Victorian dresses and top hats. An historical novel about Eleanor Butler and Sarah Posonby who fled Ireland in the 18th century and took up residence in Wales as a lesbian couple. Their daring shocked their families and many society figures but made them heroines to various writers and artists. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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13 Hareven, Shulasmith (translated By Hillel Halkin) Prophet
San Francisco North Point Press 1990 0865474230 / 9780865474239 Cloth Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
98 pp. Israeli author offers a novel (originally in Hebrew) about Hiva, a prophet in a city under siege. He flees and joins a nomadic tribe he doesn't understand. Based loosely on elements of Exodus. 
Price: 3.30 USD
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14 Humphreys, Jay Uncle Sam's
St. Augustine, Fl. Matanzas Press 2004 0974592005 / 9780974592008 1st Paperback Edition Trade Papeback Very Good 8vo -- 9 in Tall 
321 pp. Curled cover, acetate along edges of cover crinkled. Previous owner's stamp on preliminary page. No other markings. Binding sturdy, no spine creasing. A historical novel about St. Augustine in 1942, as the resort town struggles with racial tensions, coastal surveillance by German U-boats and concerns about its tourism. Author has background as a writer for various federal and state agencies. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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A Conspiracy of Paper, Liss, David
15 Liss, David A Conspiracy of Paper
NY Ballantine Books 2001 0804119120 / 9780804119122 11th Printing Trade Paperback Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
439 pp. Light rippling ofabout 20 rear pages. Txt OK. Binding firm, no markings. Includes a 10-page interview with the author. A historical thriller about a Jewish boxer who is a sort of bounty hunter in the rough and tumble financial world of 18th century London. The hero uncovers a stock fraud as he investigates his father's death. Marketed as a "New York Times Notable Book" with a laudatory cover blurb by Times reviewer Christopher Lehmann-Haupt. 
Price: 4.00 USD
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16 Maiden, Kitty Troublesome Hollow
Baltimore AmErica House 2002 1588516261 / 9781588516268 First Edition Trade Paperback Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
189 pp. Cover curled, a few pages of text thumbed. Otherwise clean. No creases on spine. A scarce copy of a recently published historical romance set in the hills of eastern Tennessee during the Civil War. Katy, a 16-year-old farm girl, helps a wounded soldier and incurs her family's wrath. She leaves home and becomes a nurse and a single mother in the midst of wartime strife. Author Kitty Maiden said the book grew out of research on her ancestors. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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17 Mamet, David The Old Religion: A Novel
NY Free Press 1997 0684841193 / 9780684841199 Cloth & Boards Fine Fine 8vo -8.75 in. 
194 pp. As new, remains of price sticker on dj. Text clean. A historical novel based on the 1914 murder trial of Leo Frank in Georgia, considered a landmark case of anti-Semitism. 
Price: 4.00 USD
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18 Marryat, Captain Frederick Mr. Midshipman Easy
NY Henry Holt & Co. 1998 0805059881 / 9780805059885 Reprint Cloth Very Good Trade Paperback 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall 
472 pp. Vertical crease in front cover, thumbed. No markings. Spine uncreased. A naval classic, first published in 1836, about an English lad learning discipline when he joins the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Based on the early naval career of Lord Thomas Cochrane. Part of the Heart of Oak Sea Classics series. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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19 Mason, F. Van Wych Three Harbours
Garden City NY Sun Dial Press 1942 Reprint Cloth Very Good No Jacket Historical Fiction 8vo -- 8 in Tall 
694 pp. Light fading to spine. Previous owner's name on fep corner. Light foxing on end papers, two penny-sized brownish spots on title page and opposite. Text clean and relatively bright. Spine edges bumped. Historical fiction that relates the sagas of coastal merchants in Norfolk, Boston and Bermuda during colonial times. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn , Maxell, Robin
20 Maxell, Robin The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
NY Scribner Paperback (Simon & Schuster) 1997 0684849690 / 9780684849690 5th Printing Trade Paperback Near Fine  8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
281 pp. Nearly new, no spine crease, no markings. This historical novel re-creates Anne Boleyn's life as discovered in a diary found by her daughter, Elizabeth I.  
Price: 3.60 USD
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