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1 Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna My Half Century: Selected Prose
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ardis Publishers 1992 0875010636 / 9780875010632 Cloth Good Good 
439 pp. With a few illustrations. A selection of prose by this noted Russian poet, including autobiographical pieces, essays on other writers, letters, etc. GOOD condition. Minor fading and edgewear to the jacket. Small circle of sticker residue on the rear cover. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. Sporadic pencil lines in the margins of the first and last part of the book. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2 Beecher, Henry Ward Freedom and War. Discourses on Topics Suggested by the Times.
Boston Ticknor and Fields 1863 no First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
First edition. Original cloth. 445 pages. A collection of essays by Beecher, including several against slavery: one titled The Nation's Duty to Slavery (originally preached in 1859 while John Brown was in prison awaiting trial), another titled Modes and Duties of Emancipation and another titled Church's Duty to Slavery. Bound in a horizontal wavy ribbed cloth, with minor decorations in blind. Title in gilt on the spine. In GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy fading to the covers and especially the spine. Some scuffing and minor soiling. Extremities with minor bumping and scuffing. The head and foot of the spine are pulled and frayed, with some loss of cloth in both areas, as well as along the very lower rear hinge. Binding solid although the hinges are a bit weak. Faint dampstain present in the upper 2 inches of the gutter and upper margin, affecting the upper left corner of the text until about page 100. Minor darkening to the pages. Solid copy of this work in GOOD condition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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3 Bolles, Frank From Blomidon to Smoky and other Papers
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1895 no Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Stated second edition. Blue cloth. 278 pp. A collection of essays on ornithology and bird watching. This includes a recounting of travels in the Northeast and Canada in search of birds, as well as sections on Barred Owls, Sapsuckers, etc. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading, scuffing and edgewear. Light soiling. Ownership signature present. Minor toning to the paper. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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4 Bragg, R. The Life and Death of the Godly Man, Exemplified in a Sermon Preached Nov. 12. 1676, at the Funeral of That Pious and Faithful Minister of Christ, Mr. Thomas Wadsworth
London Printed for Dorman Newman at the King's Arms in the Poulttrey 1677 no Pamphlet Good 
Pamphlet, whole unto itself, but appearing disbound from a book at some point. [8], 32. Collated and complete. A funeral sermon accompanied by an unattributed poem titled An Elegy Upon the Death of Mr. Thomas Wadsworth. Remains of leather binding along its left edge. Sewn binding. In GOOD condition. Moderate darkening, with heavier darkening along the extremities. Some soiling and minor wear along the extremities. Faint dampstain present in the upper margin of the pages. General darkening to the interior with some scattered foxing.[ESTC R35339, Wing B4204] 
Price: 85.00 USD
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5 Breton, Andre. Polizzotti, Mark and Mary Ann Caws, Translators Break of Day
Lincoln University of Nebraska Press 1999 no Wraps Very Good 
UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOFS. Yellow wraps, spiral bound. 8 by 11 inches. 155 pp. Printed on versos only. With a publisher's letter laid in. A collection of essays written by Andre Breton and originally published in French in 1934. These essays both reflect upon and portray the surrealist movement from 1924 to 1933, examining aspects of surrealism. Other essays also reveal other aspects of Breton's thinking, including two that 'mark the beginning of surrealism's attempts to work alongside the French Communist Party,' (from publisher's letter). Breton was a French poet known as the founder of surrealism. VERY GOOD condition. Minor soiling and fading to the covers. Diagonal crease to the lower rear cover. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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A Year From Monday. New Lectures and Writings., Cage, John
6 Cage, John A Year From Monday. New Lectures and Writings.
Middletown, CT Wesleyan University Press 1967 no First Edition Cloth Good Good 
Stated first edition. Charcoal cloth in black unclipped jacket. Square format. 167 pp. A collection of writings on various subjects, ranging from 'How to Improve the World,' work on art and artists, etc. John Cage was a noted musician and writer, perhaps best known for his experimentation with sound and his work in 'happenings.' GOOD condition. General scuffing, some creasing and minor soiling to the jacket. Several large tears and associated chips and creases along the top edge. Fading to the book, with a few smallish areas of discoloration. Light toning to the paper. 
Price: 27.00 USD
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7 Carlyle, Thomas On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History. Six Lectures, Reported, with Emendations and Additions
New York D. Appleton and Company 1841 no First American Edition Cloth Good No 
First American edition. Finely ribbed brown cloth, with ornamentation in blind. 283 pp, including 3 pages of ads at the end. Plus 16 pp of ads at the rear. A collection of lectures/essays reflecting on heroes in literature and society, including the gods of Scandinavian mythology, the Islamic prophet Mahomet, Dante, Shakespeare, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Samuel Johnson, Luther and the Reformation, Cromwell and Napoleon. A somewhat philosophical work, musing on the need and importance of heroes in society. GOOD condition. Covers faded, with minor soiling and a few faint drip stains to the front and rear. Mostly minor scuffing. Extremities scuffed, with the cloth worn and frayed, especially at the tips of the spine. Small hole in the cloth at the upper front hinge. Text block solid, with minor scattered soiling and minor to moderate foxing throughout, heavier to the first few pages. Dampstain present at the top margin, a bit larger and darker to the first few pages. Previous owner's signature present. (Dyer p. 105). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 Charles Baudelaire Selected Letters of Charles Baudelaire: The Conquest of Solitude
London Weidenfeld Nicolson 1986 029778904x / 9780297789048 Cloth Very Good Good 
268 pp. A collection of letters by the French poet Charles Baudelaire, written to family and friends, as well as fellow writers such as Hugo, Flaubert and others, providing insight into his methods and concerns in his own work, as well as the art of the day. This includes personal letters reflecting on emotional turmoil, suicide, etc. GOOD jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Minor soiling, staining and toning to the jacket. Some scuffing. Extremities curled along the top edge, with some tearing and chipping. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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9 Crothers, Samuel McChord A Literary Clinic.
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1917 no Wraps Good Ex-Library 
Wraps. 33 pp. An address by the author concerning his friend "Bagster" and his practice of biblio-therapeutics, in which he advocated the use of books and their meaning or emotional portrayals to address maladies. Originally published as an essay in the Atlantic Monthly in 1916, this work is notable for its first use and coining of the term bibliotherapy, a now accepted practice used in therapy, especially for the treatment of depression. GOOD condition, slightly ex-historical society library, with a blindstamp on the title page. Heavy chipping to the covers along the extremities, with the spine chipped, split and worn. General toning and some soiling. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Is Man a Machine? The Debate of the Year! Clarence Darrow Affirmative versus Will Durant Negative, Darrow, Clarence; Durant, Will
10 Darrow, Clarence; Durant, Will Is Man a Machine? The Debate of the Year! Clarence Darrow Affirmative versus Will Durant Negative
New York The League for Public Discussion, Publisher 1927 no Wraps Good 
Printed wraps, with small photos of both authors. 55 pp., plus 7 pages of ads. A philosophical debate between noted lawyer Clarence Darrow and Will Durant, exploring whether man is more than a sum of his parts or not. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy toning to the book. Wrappers creased. A few faint stains to the covers. Light edgewear. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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11 Du Bois, W.E.B. The Crisis. A Record of the Darker Races. Vol 22. No. 1. May 1921.
New York National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1921 no Original Wraps Poor 
Original wraps. 48 pages. With a few photos and illustrations. A noted and influential journal featuring stories, poetry and articles for and about African Americans. Edited by W.E.B. Du Bois. This one features a lengthy opinion column by Du Bois, in which he recounts his 7000 mile lecture circuit, as well as his views that slavery still exists in the United States, but is conducted through the courts, as well as his thoughts on lynching, etc. In POOR/FAIR condition. MISSING the outer wraps, with pages 1 and 48 barely attached to the rest of the block. These two pages are tattered and torn along the binding edge, with very heavy tearing, chipping, wrinkling, creasing and loss to pages 46-48 along that edge. These pages consist of ads. Minor to moderate browning to the pages with mostly minor scattered soiling throughout, heavier to the first and last page. A few faint drip dampstains at the upper edge of the first page and one page in the interior. Overall a somewhat fragile piece. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Essays. Second Series. New and Revised Edition, Emerson, Ralph Waldo
12 Emerson, Ralph Waldo Essays. Second Series. New and Revised Edition
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1884 no Half Leather Good No Jacket 
Light brown half-leather with marbled boards and page edges. Volume 3 only of the Riverside Edition of the Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. 270 pp. A collection of essays by the noted 19th century Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, containing: The Poet, Experience, Character, Manners, Gifts, Nature, Politics, Nominalist and Realist, New England Reformers-Lecture at Amory Hall. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy scuffing to the leather along the hinges, corners and extremities. Minor toning to the paper. Text block solid, with a few stray pencil lines/brackets in the margins. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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13 Emerson, Ralph Waldo Representative Men. Seven Lectures
London Henry G. Bohn 1850 no Half-Leather Very Good No Jacket 
Perhaps the first UK edition, although as the preface by the publisher states, another publisher published an edition almost simultaneously with this, but without the author's final corrections. 143 pages. A collection of essays on men such as Plato, Swedenborg, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Napoleon, etc. In half leather with faux marbled green paper on the boards. Title in gilt on the spine. In VERY GOOD condition. Moderate scuffing to the covers and extremities. Minor soiling and dusting. Minor fading. Text clean and solid with moderate darkening to the pages. Former price in ink on the first endpaper. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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14 Emerson, Ralph Waldo et al. Letter to President Martin Van Buren on the Cherokee Indians, published in the Mechanic and Farmer. Thursday May 24, 1838
Bangor, ME Mechanic and Farmer, Publisher 1838 no Disbound Fair 
Large format newspaper, 4 pages. 21 by 15 inches wide. A single issue of this newspaper, featuring a letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson to President Martin Van Buren regarding the Cherokee Indians. Emerson argued against the removal of the Cherokee Indians from their land, citing moral reasons as well as calling the 1835 treaty which was used to remove the Cherokees, a 'sham treaty.' As well as citing popular protests against the removal, Emerson makes an effort to portray the Cherokees as a civilization worthy of respect, countering the then popular notion of Native Americans as inferior. This newspaper cites the letter having been previously published in an issue of the Yeoman's Gazette, with the letter first written on April 23rd of that year. FAIR condition. Newspaper folded in quarters, with heavy fold creases present. Currently mis-folded, with the Emerson essay on the exterior and the front page on the inside. Newspaper torn almost the entire length of the left margin/folding edge, still holding on with about 4 inches at the bottom. General moderate to heavy uneven browning, with Minor foxing and a few small tears. Left edge a bit rough along the torn portion. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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15 Fowles, John. Photos by Fay Godwin Islands
Little, Brown and Co. 1978 no First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
In unclipped jacket. VERY GOOD- jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Very light soiling to the jacket. Light scuffing, especially along the flap hinges. Some of the clear plastic coating that envelops the jacket is peeling off along the hinges. Some small tears at the spine hinges. The book itself is faded and has light edgewear. Inner text clean and tight. Nice in VG-/VG condition. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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16 Fuller, Samuel Richard The Man Who Tries to Rise or the Benevolence of Evolution. A Sunday Lecture
Boston George H. Ellis, Publisher 1901 no Wraps Good 
Printed wraps. 15 pp. A short lecture on the positive aspects of evolution in nature and in regard to man, seeking to unite the findings of science with spirituality and with the aims of God. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy darkening/offsetting along the extremities, with some soiling and foxing. Minor bumping and creasing along the extremities. Light toning to the paper. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 Gandhi, Mahatma. Edited by Anand T. Hingorani My Appeal to the British
New York John Day Company 1942 no First American Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
Stated first US edition. Hard cover. No jacket. 79 pages. A work containing the opinions and desires of Mahatma Gandhi to have the British leave India, many expressed in question and answer form. In GOOD condition. Moderate foxing to the covers. Moderate fading. Minor soiling and rubbing. Spine darkened. Light wear to the extremities. Dark rectangular offsetting present to the first endpaper. Text block solid with scattered minor underlining, in pencil to a few sentences and in the margins of a few pages. In GOOD condition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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18 Gilman, Arthur and Others Poets' Homes. Pen and Pencil Sketches of American Poets and their Homes
Boston D. Lothrop Company 1879 no Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
232 pages including illustrations. A book discussing the residences of important American poets of the nineteenth century, including Walt Whitman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joaquin Miller, William Cullen Bryant, Ralph Waldo Emerson and others. With illustrations of the homes as well as the poets. Title in gilt with red decorations in blind on the front cover and spine. In GOOD condition. Minor soiling, fading and scuffing to the covers. Some scuffing to the extremities. Moderate foxing to the first and last few pages, with minor foxing and darkening throughout. Both the frontis illustration and the illustration were detached and have been tipped in with archival glue. Solid in GOOD condition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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19 Greenwood, Grace (Lippincott, Sara James) Greenwood Leaves: A Collection of Sketches and Letters. Second Series
Boston Ticknor, Reed and Fields 1852 no Cloth Fair No Jacket 
Red cloth with minor ruling and ornamentation in blind. Gilt titling and decorations on the spine. Vii, 382 pages. With a frontis portrait. A well known poet and writer, Greenwood worked for Godey's Lady's Book and was a noted advocate for women's rights, as well as an abolitionist. This volume collects essays on various subjects, including the Irish Patriots of '48, the poetry of Whittier, Effie Mather, etc. Also collected are a series of her letters, recalling her thoughts while traveling to different cities. FAIR condition. Heavy chipping and splitting to the cloth along the hinges of the spine, with some loss to the head and foot. Small horizontal tear in the cloth across the lower center backstrip. Mostly minor scuffing to the covers, with heavy scuffing along the extremities. Minor soiling. Uneven fading. Frontispiece appears to have been detached and has been fastened with a small pin to the first endpaper. Heavy curling along the frontis gutter edge. Binding cracked at the title page. Hinges otherwise weak but holding. Text block solid with moderate scattered foxing, some scattered soiling and staining. Heavier foxing to the first pages of the book. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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20 Grumbach, Doris Life in a Day
Boston Beacon Press 1996 no First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
First edition with a 1 in the number line. Hardcover in unclipped jacket. SIGNED BY AUTHOR with a brief inscription on the ffep. No provenance can be given for this signature but it does match that which is given in the Ahearn author bibliography for Doris Grumbach. A memoir of a day in the life of the author. In FINE condition with no visible wear to the jacket or book. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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