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1 Aubry, Octave. Livingston, Arthur (translator) St. Helena
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott 1936 no First American Edition Cloth Good No Jacket 
Stated first edition. Red cloth. No jacket. 608 pp. With 43 illustrations in duotone. A history of Napoleon Bonaparte's captivity on St. Helena, examining both the British perspective as well as that of the camp of Napoleon. Aubry draws on primary documents, including the papers of Hudson Lowe and other records in an attempt to present an unbiased look at the events surrounding the death in exile of Napoleon and the subsequent fallout. GOOD+ condition. General fading to the cloth, with darkening along the spine. Minor scuffing and soiling. Light scuffing along the extremities. Bookplate of Willard Hallam Bonner on the inside front cover. Small red lines in the margins of two pages of the preface. Text otherwise clean and solid. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2 Bigelow, Poultney History of the German Struggle for Liberty. Two Volumes
New York Harper and Brothers 1896 no First American Edition Cloth Good No Jacket 
First edition. Blue cloth with decorative emblems on the front covers. 250, 263 pp. Illustrations by R. Caton Woodville. With a few small maps. A detailed history of the struggle between Napoleon and his French army and Prussia, chronicling the fighting at Jena in 1806, as well as the commencement of fighting 1813 upon Napoleon's taking refuge in Prussia upon his failures in Moscow. This includes the battle for Berlin, fighting in Leipzig, etc. GOOD+ condition. General fading and minor scuffing to the covers, a bit heavier to the rear covers. Minor soiling. Cloth scuffed and worn along the extremities, with some splitting and fraying. Previous owner's stamped library bookplate in the inside covers, somewhat mimicking a library bookplate, although there is no indication this was a library. Text blocks clean and solid. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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3 Bishop, Coleman E. Editor Pictures from English History
Phillips and Hunt 1883 no Hard Cover Fair No Jacket 
With black and white illustrations and several color maps. In FAIR/GOOD condition. Light soiling to the covers. Light scuffing to the covers, heavier along the spine. Edges rubbed, with bumping to the corners. Cover fabric torn from the spine at the top, exposing the signatures beneath. A small piece is missing. Spine sunned with the gilt very faded. Inner text is clean and solid. This book is an overview of the history of England, compiled from various authors including Dickens, Disraeli, Macaulay, De Foe, Thackeray, Hugo, among others. This would be a nice copy if it weren’t for the tear on the spine. FAIR/GOOD condition. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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4 Campbell, Alfred S. Golden Guernsey
New York David Kemp and Company 1938 no First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Poor 
Stated first edition. Hardcover in unclipped jacket. With a few photographs. “This is the delightful account of a tiny British possession, one of the Channel Islands between England and France. Its small area maintains a population of forty thousand people and several dozen witches. French monks came to Guernsey 1000 years ago to show the natives how to fight off pirates. They remained to instruct them in agriculture. From the cattle they introduced developed the famous Guernsey breed. Despite the [technology] Guernsey people still follow feudal customs and are governed by laws dating to the Middle Ages.” POOR jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Moderate soiling and heavy scuffing to the jacket. Heavy wear to the extremities including a large piece of the jacket missing from foot of the spine and a smaller piece missing form the head. Some chipping and tearing to the extremities. Small diagonal piece missing from upper rear corner. Some light foxing to rear panel. Light fading and edgewear to the book Spine a bit darkened. Inner text clean and solid with the pages a very lightly fading. Solid copy of this work in POOR/VERY GOOD book. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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5 de Rougemont, Denis Le Paysan du Danube. Les Cahiers Romands Deuxieme Serie. No. 9.
Lausanne Librairie Payot et Cie 1932 no Quarter Leather Good No Jacket Signed by Author
#9 of 35 copies SIGNED by the author. Blue marbled paper covered boards with a blue leather spine (not as issued). Original wraps bound in. 201 pp. All text in French. A few black and white photo plates and illustrated plates throughout. A travelogue of the author's trip through central Europe in the late 1920s, in an effort to recapture the romantic notion of Europe. Denis de Rougemont was a Swiss author and cultural theorist. GOOD+ condition. Heavy scuffing/fading to the leather along the spine. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. Some browning to the paper. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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6 De Weck, Rene Amiel ou La Noix Creuse. Les Cahiers Romands Deuxieme Serie. No. 2
Lausanne Librairie Payot et Cie 1931 no Numbered Hard Cover Good No Jacket Signed by Author
#9 of 35 copies SIGNED by the author. Blue marbled paper covered boards with a blue leather spine (not as issued). Original wraps bound in. 84 pp. All text in French. An apparent work on the Swiss philosopher Henri-Frederic Amiel, including the reaction of Switzerland and Swiss authors/critics on the centenary of his birth. By Rene De Weck, perhaps best known for his work as a member of the Swiss consul in Bucharest, Romania, where he helped in stopping the deportation-due to Nazi persecution-of 2000 Jewish orphans in Moldavia in 1942 (see biography on the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation website). GOOD+ condition. Heavy scuffing/fading to the leather along the spine. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. Some browning to the paper. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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7 Drobnjakovic, Borivoje Habitats et Origine des Habitants. No. 36. Academie Serbe des Sciences. Classe Des Sciences Sociales. Recueil Serbe D'Ethnographie T. LXXIV
Belgrade No Publisher 1960 no Wraps Very Good 
Printed wraps. 418 pp. Plus black and white photo plates and a few fold out diagrams. Text appears primarily in Serbian, with a short section in English and another in French. A detailed study of the ethnic origins and early history of the people of Solta and Rugova. Solta is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, while Rugova refers to the mountainous western region of Kosovo. VERY GOOD condition with moderate browning to the wrappers along the extremities. Minor creasing to the covers and spine. Interior clean and solid, with many pages unopened. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 Lord Byron et al The European Magazine for May 1814
London Printed for James Asperne 1814 no Pamphlet Good 
Pamphlet, LACKING any wraps and endpapers that were issued. Also lacking the portrait of Frederick William the Third. Pagination runs 379-472. A single issue of this general interest magazine, featuring a description of the Isle of Elba, a brief review of 'Mawe's Travels in the Interior of Brazil,' a brief chart on the strength of the British Navy, and extracts from a poem by Lord Byron 'Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte.' GOOD condition, lacking covers and endpapers. Minor foxing and staining to the paper. General fading. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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9 Lord Byron et al. The European Magazine for March, 1817
London Printed for James Asperne 1817 no Pamphlet Good 
Pamphlet, LACKING any wraps and endpapers that were issued. Also lacking the portrait of Thomas Didbin. Pagination runs 188-280. A single issue of this general interest magazine, featuring 'resolutions of the Corps of Light Horse Volunteers for increasing their effective strength,' a 'Letter, by Order of the Emperor Napoleon, addressed by Gen. Count Montholon to Sir Hudson Lowe, British Governor of the Island of St. Helena,' a brief chart on the strength of the British Navy, and a poem by Lord Byron 'Lines Inscribed Upon a Skull,' among other poems, essays, etc. Also present is a list of East India ships, giving names, owner's names and other info. GOOD condition, lacking covers and endpapers. Minor foxing and staining to the paper, with a noticeable spot to the upper front cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 No Author Color Map of England and Wales/Europe
No Place Geo. F. Cram, Publisher no Unbound Good 
No date, perhaps pre-1918, based on Croatia and Hungary being part of Austria on the Europe map. 14 ˝ by 11 inches (for whole page). A two sided color map, disbound from a larger work, with one side depicting England and Wales, and the other depicting Europe. GOOD+ condition. Binding holes along one edge, with a small chip/tear missing from the margin on that edge. Light toning and a hint of soiling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 No Author Color Map of Ireland/Scotland
No Place Geo. F. Cram, Publisher no Unbound Very Good 
No date, perhaps pre-1918. 14 ˝ by 10 3/4 inches (for whole page). A two sided color map, disbound from a larger work, with one side depicting Ireland and the other Scotland VERY GOOD condition. Light toning and a hint of soiling. 
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12 No author given (Manning, Samuel). Italian Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil.
London The Religious Tract Society no Cloth Good No Jacket 
no date, presumed mid to late 1800s. Green cloth with illustrations and decorations in gilt and black. 214 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout. An illustrated history of ancient and modern Italy, discussing and depicting subjects such as the Forum and the Colosseum, the Catacombs, Naples, Pompeii, Rome, etc. GOOD condition. Minor general fading, light scuffing and soiling to the covers. Cloth scuffed, frayed, split an worn along the extremities. Cloth split along the length of the hinges, with the backstrip reattached with archival glue. Interior cracked at the front hinge, with the text block still intact. Ownership signature present. Paper toned. Minor scattered soiling and a few small stains present. Faint dampstain along the upper fore edge of the rear half of the book. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Lost Dublin, O'Dwyer, Frederick
13 O'Dwyer, Frederick Lost Dublin
Dublin Gill and MacMillan 1988 no Soft Cover Good 
Stated fourth impression. Glossy photo illustrated wraps. Folio. 152 pp. With many black and white photos throughout. A detailed history of the evolution of architecture and buildings in Dublin, Ireland, documented many buildings that had been demolished due to modern commercial and social patterns. This includes theatres and cinemas such as the Royal, the Queen's and the Capitol, as well as various restaurants, Victorian commercial palaces and schools. Curiosities such as the Foster Aqueduct, the Cauliflower, and 'The Thing' on O'Connell Bridge are present, as well as various buildings with literary associations. Interiors are also documented, with many photos being published for the first time. GOOD+ condition. Uneven fading along the extremities, with some soiling and scuffing present. Diagonal creases present to the rear corners. Faint vertical crease along the front hinge. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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14 Penman, John Simpson Lafayette and Three Revolutions
Boston The Stratford Company 1929 no First Edition Cloth Good No Jacket 
First edition. Burgundy cloth. No jacket. 362 pp. With a few illustrations. A detailed look at the life of Lafayette, focusing primarily on his role in the American and French Revolutions, describing his actions, philosophy and outcomes of his participation in the revolutions. GOOD condition. Minor to moderate soiling to the cloth, with general fading, minor staining and scuffing. Some scuffing along the extremities. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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