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    Cunningham, Peter (Editor):  The Works of Oliver Goldsmith (4 volumes).  London: John Murray, 1854. First Edition. All four volumes of this four volume set are in very good+ condition in beautiful, full green leather covered boards with five raised bands on the spines with two leather title labels with gilt text and gilt decorations in the compartments. All edges of the text blocks are marbled to match the end sheets within the books. Each volume is an octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" with gilt decorations on the edges of the boards and blind dentelle on the turn-ins. The leather is rubbed at the board edges and the heads of the spines. There is a prior owner's book plate on the front paste downs and a Newport Historical Society plate on the front free end pages with that same name embossed on the engraved title pages. These uniform bindings were performed by Bickers & Son of London. Volume contains 468 pages of text. Volume II has 487 pages; volume III has 447 pages; and volume IV has 450 pages including an index to all four volumes.
    TB26826  $300.00



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    Gibbon, Edward:  The History of The Decline And Fall of The Roman Empire (Complete Set).  London: The Folio Society, 1997. Collector's Edition. All eight volumes of this complete set are in fine condition in full, decorated vellum covered boards with gilt text on red and blue title blocks, gilt rules to simulate raised bands, and gilt text for the author's name, volume numbers and publisher's name on the spines. All eight volumes are within two of the publisher's slipcases of red paper covered boards with gilt text and borders on one side of each slipcase. Volume 1: The Turn of the Tide, Volume 2: Constantine and the Christian Empire, Volume 3: The Revival and Collapse of Paganism, Volume 4: The End of the Western Empire, Volume 5: Justinian and the Roman Law, Volume 6: Mohammed and the Rise of the Arabs, Volume 7: The Normans in Italy and the Crusades, Volume 8: The fall of Constantinople and the Papacy in Rome. A very clean and handsome set which is still contained within the publisher's original shrink wrap around each slipcase.
    TB32907  $350.00



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    Hafen, LeRoy R.:  The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West biographical sketches of the participants by scholars of the subject and with introductions by the editor.  Glendale, Calif.: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, . All first editions, All First Printings.. All ten volumes of this complete set are in very near fine to fine condition in light brown cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spines. Each is a small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6" with the top edges of the text blocks trimmed and stained brown the other edges of the text block are untrimmed. The majority of the volumes suffer no more than light rubbing of the cloth at the heads and heels of the spines and volume VIII has a bumped upper corner of the front board. Each volume contains approximately 400 pages and is illustrated with maps, and reproductions of contemporary works of art. There are no prior owner's names, dates, notations or book plates. None of the volumes have their original, plain brown dust jackets. The first nine volumes, published between 1965 and 1972, contain the biographies of some 300 active participants in the fur trade. Volume X is the bibliography and index for the entire set. Considered the best biographical resource for the men involved in the American fur trade. (Clark & Brunet, 108)
    TB25731  $1650.00



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    Hugo, Victor:  The Novels of Victor Hugo.  Philadelphia: George Barrie, (1894). Holland Paper Edition, Limited Edition. All fourteen volumes of this complete set are in very good+ or better condition in 3/4 red leather and marbled paper covered boards with five raised bands on the spine and with gilt text in three of the compartments and with gilt rules separating the leather from the marbled paper. The top edges of the text blocks are gilt. Each volumes is quarto of 11 5/8 by 8 1/2 inches. The spines are all uniformly darkened some chipping and wear to the leather at the heels of the spines and the leather is worn through on several volumes over the tips of the boards. The hinges and joints for all the volumes are tight and strong. The contents are in near perfect condition with few marks of foxing or tanning. The images are nearly all protected with tissue guards. One of only 1,000 sets printed with this set identified as number 414 and subscribed for by Mrs. Mary E. Drummond as noted on the verso of the fly title page of volume III. The set includes the following novels: Han of Iceland; Bug-Jargal; Last Day of A Condemned; Claude Gueux; Notre- Dame Of Paris in two volumes; Les Miserables in five volumes; Laughing Man in two volumes; and, Ninety-Three. Illustrated throughout with black and white engravings by various artists. This is an extremely large and heavy set weighing 48 pounds. Please contact Town's End Books prior to ordering for a quote on estimated shipping costs.
    TB30669  $1200.00




  • Irving, Washington:  Works Of Washington Irving (Ten Volumes).  New York: United States Book Company Successors To John W. Lovell Company, n.d.. Reprints. All ten volumes of this complete set are in very near fine condition each bound in 3/4 calf and marbled paper covered boards with five raised bands on the spines with gilt titles on red and light gray leather labels together with elaborate gilt tool work in the compartments. The top edges of the text blocks are gilt and the end sheets match the marbled paper on the covers of the boards. Each is a small octavo of 7 7/8 by 5 3/8 inches with light rubbing at the heads and heels of the spines and to the tips of the boards. None of the spine are chipped. The contents are all clean and tight in their bindings with no tanning or foxing. The first volume containes: Tales of A Traveler, Bracebridge Hall and Wolfert's Roost. The second contains: Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., A History of New York and The Crayon Papers, The third contains: Astoria, Salmagundi and Adventures of Captain Bonneville. The fourth: Mahomet And His Successors, Oliver Goldsmith and Moorish Chronicles. The fifth contains: The Alhambra, The Conquest of Granada and Legends Of The Conquest of Spain. The sixth contains: The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus and A Tour of The Prairies. And the last four volumes contains The Life of George Washington. These last four volumes are illustrated with frontispiece portraits of Washington and maps. Many of the pages in these volumes remain uncut.
    TB30792  $500.00



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    Irving, Washington:  Bracebridge Hall; or, The Humorists.  London: John Murray, 1822. First Edition, First printing. Both volumes of this two volume set are in very good+ condition in recently rebacked 3/4 leather and green, pebbled cloth covered boards with four raised bands on the spine with the original gilt on red leather title labels in the compartments. The edges of the text blocks are speckled. Both volumes are small octavos measuring 8" tall by 5" deep. Both volumes have an early prior owner's book plate on the front paste downs and there is offsetting from the overlaid leather onto the end sheets. Minor foxing and tanning exists in the pages of the text blocks. Volume I contains 393 pages of text and volume II contains 403 pages of text. The points existing on leaf 93-94 of volume I and pages 403 and 404 indicate that this is the first state of the first edition of this title. Although the English edition appeared two days after the American edition was released the English edition contains a number of alternations to the text made by Irving which do not appear in the American edition. As a result the British first edition is considerably different from the American first. (Langfeld/Blackburn p. 24; and, BAL 10110) A very attractive and clean set.
    TB23066  $175.00



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    Kipling, Rudyard:  The Works of Rudyard Kipling (27 Volumes).  Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1913 to 1926. Seven Seas Edition, Limited Edition. All 27 volumes of this complete set are in fine to near fine condition in 1/2 tan, linen cloth and light gray paper covered boards with printed, paper title labels on the spines. Printed in red and black on title pages and first pages of stories and poems. A significant number of pages in each volume are unopened. Each volume is a small quarto of 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches with the top edges trimmed and all others untrimmed; a few of the volumes show minor losses to the paper title labels; and, bent board tips. There are red silk placeholders sewn in at the heads of the spines. With the exception of volumes 24 and 25, each volume's limitation page is filled in with the set number. All pages are of handmade paper and watermarked with "R K" in the forward margins. Without dust jackets as issued. This production was limited to 1,050 sets all of which were signed by Rudyard Kipling in volume I. This set is identified as number 647. Laid-in at the front of volume II is an announcement, printed in red and black, from the publisher reading: "Whereas the Seven Seas edition of the works of Rudyard Kipling is limited to one thousand and fifty copies, this is to certify that the subscriptions having been entered in the order of their receipt _______ has secured the right to set no. 647. Volume I of which bearing Mr. Kipling's signature will appear early in 1914; volumes II-V being published during November and December, 1913 Doubleday, Page & Company". An extremely clean and handsome set with no prior ownership markings of any kind other than an occasional rough opening of a few pages which can be identified by errant edges at the top edges of the text blocks. Only one volume is illustrated (volume XVI) with 22 plates and multiple vignettes by the author. The last three volumes have green paper covered boards instead of the gray paper used for the majority of the volumes. (Richards, D15, p583)
    TB33203  $1800.00



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    Knox, Dudley W., Captain:  Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars With The Barbary Powers Volumes I through VII Naval Operations Including Diplomatic Background from 1785 Through 1807.  Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1939-1945. First Edition. This complete set of all seven volumes are all in fine condition in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt text stampings on the spines. Each is a thick, small quarto of 9 1/8 by 5 3/4 inches. None have any damage or notations or any prior ownership markings of any kind. Volume I contains 718 pages including an index with illustrations one fold-out plan of fortifications of Algiers and two fold-out maps. Volume II contains 598 pages including an index, illustrations and five fold-out maps. Volume III contains 639 pages including an index with illustrations and with four fold-out maps. Volume IV contains 587 pages including an index with plates and three fold-out maps. Volume V contains 639 pages including an index and with illustrations to include a facsimile,a fold-out table of movements of naval vessels in the Mediterranean, two maps (one of which folds-out) and 9 plates as called for. Volume VI contains 708 pages to include an index and is illustrated with 9 plates as called for and one fold-out map of the Mediterranean Sea. Volume VII, although not numbered as such and titled: Register of Officer Personnel United States Navy and Maine Corps and Ships' Data 1801-1807 contains 86 pages of text and the rear pocket contains XX fold-out line drawings (plates). Laid-in at the front of this volume is a ten page (page 281 to290) article by James G. Lydon titled: Barbary Pirates And Colonial New Yorkers. Due to the size and weigh of this set we must charge shipping at cost and it can not be shipped overseas.
    TB33244  $750.00



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    Knox, Dudley W., Captain:  Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars With The Barbary Powers Volumes I through V Naval Operations Including Diplomatic Background from 1785 Through April 1805.  Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1939-1944. First Edition. A five volume, ex-library set all in very good+ to near fine conditions in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt text stampings on the spines. The library call numbers have been deleted from the spines. There are library plates with "withdrawn" stamps on the front paste downs, and with embossed, punch-through stamps of the library on the title pages and pockets and date due pages adhered to the rear end pages. Volume I contains 718 pages including an index with illustrations one fold-out plan of fortifications of Algiers and two fold-out maps. Volume II contains 598 pages including an index, illustrations and five fold-out maps. Volume III contains 639 pages including an index with illustrations and with four fold-out maps. Volume IV contains 587 pages including an index with plates and three fold-out maps. Volume V contains 639 pages including an index with illustrations and three maps, two of which fold-out, and a fold-out table. Due to the size and weigh of this set we must charge shipping at cost and it can not be shipped overseas.
    TB29229  $400.00




  • Ranson, Will:  Selective Check Lists of Press Books, A Compilation of All Important & Significant Private Presses, or Press Books Which are Collected Parts One through Nine.  New York: Philip C. Duschnes, 1945-1948. All first editions. All seven volumes are in very good condition in heavy paper wraps with stapled bindings. Each volume is stamped with a entry number on the front panel just above "New York" and all but Part Nine is stamped with "Order Dept." at the upper edge of the front panel with a small rubber stamp. The set contains Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Parts Five and Six, Parts Seven and Eight and Part Nine.
    TB18300  $60.00



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    Ruskin, John:  On The Old Road A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays, Pamphlets, Etc., Etc., Published 1834-1885 (3 Volumes).  Kent: George Allen, 1885. First Editions. All three volumes of this complete set are in good condition all bound in light blue-gray paper covered boards with paper labels on the spines. The spines are all moderately soiled and tanned and the heads and heels of the spines are well worn and rubbed. The front joints for all three volumes are starting but the hinges, bindings and pages for all are tight and strong with no pages loose. There is an early prior owner's name neatly written on the front paste down of each volume. Without dust jackets. Each volume is a small quarto measuring 9 3/16" tall by 5 3/4" deep. Volume I contains 400 pages; volume II contains pages 405 to 812 and volume III contains 435 pages including the index to all three volumes.
    TB20602  $60.00



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    Tolkien, J. R. R.:  The Lord of the Rings [Three Volume Boxed Set] .  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, c1965. Second American Revised Edition, Fourth and Fifth Printings. All three volumes in this three volume set are in near fine conditions in black cloth covered boards with bold gilt text on the spines and copper colored metallic emblems on the front boards. The top edges of the text blocks for each are stained various shades of orange and red. Each volume is a small octavo measuring 8 3/4 by 5 1/2 inches. Only one of the volumes have its original dust jacket. The set is contained within a near fine, paper covered slip case with a paper label on one panel. Volume I is a fifth printing of The Fellowship of the Ring and contains 423 pages followed by a fold-out map Eriador, Gondor, Rhovanion and Mordor. Volume II is a fourth printing of The Two Towers and contains 352 pages followed by a fold-out map. Volume III is also a fourth printing of The Return of the King containing 440 pages including an index followed by a fold-out map.
    TB33141  $75.00



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    Various Authors:  Lakeside Classics from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to Nurse and Spy In The Union Army - A Complete Unbroken set of the 118 volumes.  Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1903 to 2019. . The first 26 volumes (which includes the 1915 reprint of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin) of this complete set are in very good+ to near fine condition and are all bound in dark green cloth covered boards. None of the dark green volumes have prior owner's names or markings in them. The 25 volumes bound in red are all in at least very good+ condition or better and none of them have any prior ownership markings of any kind. All 25 volumes of the "blues" are in fine condition; although four of the years (1974-1977) have a prior owner's raised, embossed seal on the front end pages. All of the "browns" are in fine condition; however, two volumes (1978 and 1980) have a prior owner's raised, embossed seal on the front end pages; and, 1979 has the ghost of a removed book plate from the front paste down. The last seven volumes of the "browns" are still within the publisher's original shrink wrap. The final 25 volumes in the teal cloth binding are all fine and all are still contained in the publisher's shrink wrap. This is a remarkable collection as it is a complete run of the Classics and each of the volumes are in such attractive, collectible condition.
    TB33156  $12500.00



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    Ward, R. Gerard:  American Activities in the Central Pacific 1790-1870 (Vols 1 -8 Complete Set) A history, geography and ethnolgraphy pertaining to American involvement and Americans in the Pacific taken from contemporary newspapers etc..  Ridgewood, New Jersey: The Gregg Press, 1966-1967. First Edition, First printing. All eight volumes of this complete set are in near fine to fine conditions in ivory colored buckram covered boards with illustrations on the spines and boards with brown and blue text on the spines. Volume one is contained in a fine paper covered slipcase which also contains eight large fold-out charts of various sections of the Pacific. All volumes are small quartos measuring 10 by 6 1/2 inches. The spines of all the volumes are very slightly tanned and volumes 4, 6 and 7 have some spotting. Volume 1 contains 316 pages including an index and is illustrated with fold-out maps and photographs all of which are contained within a fine, paper covered slipcase. Volume 2 contains 596 pages including an index and is illustrated with fold-out maps, charts and photographs. Volume 3 contains 655 pages including an index and is illustrated with fold-out maps, charts and photographs. Volume 4 contains 695 pages including an index and is illustrated with fold-out maps, charts and photographs. Volume 5 contains 578 pages including an index and is illustrated with fold-out maps, charts and photographs. Volume 6 contains 572 pages including an index and is illustrated with fold-out maps, charts and photographs. Volume 7 contains 545 pages including an index and is illustrated with fold-out maps, charts and photographs. Volume 8 contains 295 pages which is primarily an index of vessels, persons and ports only. These volumes represent the culmination of many years of work and research first started by the WPA in 1940. The charter given to the original 50 employees who were charged with this research by the WPA was to comb the extensive records in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and National Archives for newspaper accounts, seaman's journals and ship's logs to find evidence of visits by American seamen to the islands of the Pacific Ocean. It was hoped that the resulting evidence would be strong enough to substantiat a claim to some of the islands by the United States. The result is an incomparable treasure of information for the researcher or historian.
    TB32817  $200.00



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    White, David A.:  News of the Plains and Rockies, 1803-1865 plus Plains and Rockies 1800-1865; One hundred twenty proposed additions to the Wagner-Camp and Becker bibliography of Western Americana A Supplemental Volume.  Spokane, Wash.: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2001. . All five volumes of the News of the Plains and Rockies, 1803-1865 are in fine condition in tan cloth covered boards with gilt on red title blocks on the spines and front boards. All five volumes remain contained within their original shrink wrapped covers. The bibliographic supplement is also in fine condition in dark red cloth covered board with gilt text on the spine and front cover. Without dust jackets as issued. (Clark/Brunet, 302)
    TB31116  $150.00






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