Books by Washington Irving
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    Irving, Washington:  The Alhambra.  London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1896. Large Paper Edition. Very good in its original dark red cloth covered boards with a printed, paper label on the spine. A small quarto of 10 3/8 by 6 3/4 inches with minor chipping and wear to the paper label on the spine, the joint to the front board shows splitting to the cloth at its lower 2 inches and the end sheets show minor foxing while the contents are free of foxing and tanning. One of only 500 limited edition, large paper copies printed. With an Introduction by Elizabeth Robins Pennell and illustrated with drawings of the places mentioned by Joseph Pennell. 436 pages of text and illustrated with a frontispiece and 12 lithographs and numerous vignettes throughout.
    TB31220  $375.00

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    Irving, Washington:  Astoria; Or, Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains.  London: Richard Bentley, 1836. First Edition. All three volumes of this complete set are in very good condition in their original 1/4 black cloth and light brown paper covered boards with printed, paper labels on the spines. Volume 1 has been re-sewn and rebacked with Japanese tissue repairs to the hinges. All three volumes are small octavos of 7 3/4 by 4 3/4 inches with the upper and lower tips of all the boards are worn through and bent. The front and rear paste downs for each volume have the residual glue from what may have been some sort of tape. The printed paper title labels are all rubbed and slightly damaged with small chipping making the printed text a challenge to read. Volume I contains 317 pages of text followed by 2 pages of ads from the publisher. Volume II contains 320 pages of text and is missing its final end page. Volume III contains 294 pages of text. The pagination error on page 308 is evident. Howes in his bibliography, U.S. Iana states: "Classic account of the first American attempt at settlement on the Pacific coast, 1811 - initial action towards substantiating our claim to Oregon - including the earliest extend relation of Wilson P. Hunt's overland expedition from St. Louis to that settlement." (Langfeld & Blackburn, p35; Howes, I-81)
    TB28966  $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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    [Washington Irving]:  The Crayon Miscellany No. 1 Containing A Tour On The Prairies; The Crayon Miscellany No. 2 Containing Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey and The Crayon Miscellany No. 3 Containing Legends of the Conquest of Spain (3 volumes).  Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1835. All First Editions . All three volumes are in the publisher's original dark green cloth covered boards with the original, paper labels on the spines of No. 1 and No. 2. and with a meticulously accurate reproduction of the paper label on the spine of No. 3. All three are 12mos measuring 7" by 4 1/4" and are all in very good or better condition. No. 1 is a first edition, first state with the sheets bulking to 9/16" without the ads with the synopsis on page 247 showing: "binger of dawn" and the paper spine label is identified as "Label A" and, the catalog (ads at the rear) is identified as "Catalog A" per BAL 10140. It is in very good condition and contains 274 pages followed by a blank leaf and then by 24 pages of ads by the publisher. There is some scuffing to the boards and there is an early prior owner's name written in both ink and pencil on the first free end page. (The penciled signature is followed by a date of "1835". ) The corners of the boards are turned inward and there are spots of foxing throughout. Only 5,000 copies of the first printing were produced making this title fairly uncommon. This was Irving's first book written entirely in the US following his seventeen year stay in Europe. He was worried that Tour of the Prairies was too simple and not strong enough to stand on its own as a book. In January of 1835 he hit upon the idea of publishing it as the first volume in a multi-volume series he would call The Crayon Miscellany. (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original) In this volume he added an opening announcement (billed as an "Advertisement") with the following statement: "The 'Crayon Miscellany' will appear in the numbers, from time to time, as circumstances may permit' and will contain scenes and sketches of life in America and Europe; together with such other themes, both real and imaginary, as may present themselves to the mind of the Author." No. 2 is a first edition in very good+ condition in the publisher's original green cloth covered boards with the original paper label on the spine with a minor, narrow abrasion approximately 1/2" long. A 12mo measuring 7" tall by 4 1/4" deep with an early (1898) prior owner's name written in ink on the second free end page. 230 pages of text followed by a blank leaf and 36 pages of ads from the publisher and one final blank leaf and the free end sheet. No. 2, was published six weeks after No. 1, on May 30, 1835. Reportedly, only 5,000 copies were printed. The contents are "Irving's fond tribute to the homes of Walter Scott and Lord Byron." (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original.) It was well received by an adoring American public even winning fond praise from Edgar Allan Poe. No. 3 is also a first edition in very good condition with a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and tape marks on the first free end page and with moderate foxing throughout the preliminaries, ads and end sheets as well as light soiling to the rear board. It contains 276 pages followed by eight pages of ads from the publisher. Per BAL 10144 this copy conforms to "Setting A". Like the previous two volumes, the first printing of this title was limited to 5,000 copies. This is the third and final volume in The Crayon Miscellany. A handsome and complete collection of Irving's Crayon Miscellany. (BAL 10140, 10142 & 10144; Langerfeld/Blackburn p. 33)
    TB25992  $800.00

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    [Washington Irving]:  Miscellanies No. II Containing Abbotsford, and Newstead Abbey.  London: John Murray, 1835. First Edition, First printing. Good in the publisher's original 1/4 green cloth and drab brown paper covered boards with a paper label on the spine. The cloth at the front joint is worn through and the front hinge is starting and although the paper label on the spine is complete it is rubbed and worn at the edges and creased between the signatures of the pages. There are 3/4" and 1" stains (spots) on the end sheets possibly from some sort of protective covering having been attached to the end pages to protect the boards. 290 pages followed by a one page publisher's ad for "A Tour On The Prairies, by the Author of 'The Sketch-Book,' forming No. 1 of Miscellanies, by Washington Irving." (which was published in March, 1835.) The first British edition was published on May 1, 1835 preceding the first US edition by 30 days. (Langfeld/Blackburn, p. 34) This is state B according to Blanck with the ad noted above on page [291]. (BAL, 10141) The contents are "Irving's fond tribute to the homes of Walter Scott and Lord Byron." (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original.) Evidence exists in correspondence from the publisher that only 3,000 copies of the first edition were printed.
    TB22594  $200.00

  • Irving, Washington:  The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (Vol. II Only).  New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1897. Van Tassel Edition. Very good+ in highly decorated dark blue cloth over beveled boards with gilt text and tool work on the spine and front board with an oval, white, leather label with gilt text on the front board. There is modest light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and the same to the lower edges of the boards. The binding is tight and the front and rear joints and hinges are strong. The top edge of the text block is gilt and the margins of each page around the print is decorated with a green floral arrangement. A collection of fourteen short stories to include: The Stage Coach, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, The Christmas Dinner, London Antiques, Little Britain, Stratford-on-Avon, Traits of Indian Character, Philip of Pokanoket, John Bull, The Pride of the Village, The Angler, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and L'Venovi followed by an Appendix. Illustrated with 14 black and white plates each protected with a tissue guard. Four of the illustrations appearing in both volumes are by Arthur Rackham. The others are by Julian Rix, F. O. C. Darley, Joseph Jefferson and Allan Barraud.
    TB22568  $45.00

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    Irving, Washington:  Wolfert's Roost and Other Papers, Now First Collected.  New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1855. First Edition, possible third printing. Very good in the publisher's original blind stamped, green cloth covered boards with faded gilt text stamping on the spine and a gilt stamped sketch on the front board and with light yellow end sheets. The back strip has a 1" long closed tear to the cloth in a horizontal direction which has been professionally repaired. There is considerable wear and rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine with the cloth worn through at the head of the spine. There is a early prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and the rear hinge is cracked and separated. The rear hinge has been professionally repaired. 383 pages of text followed by 12 pages of ads from the publisher. Illustrated with a double frontispiece. A collection of 32 short stories or articles all of which previously appeared in periodicals or books. (Langeld/Blackburn, p. 44; BAL 10188) While the publisher's ads at the rear of the text are dated "Feb'y ., 1855" this may be a third printing as the publisher's address reads "10 Park Place" while the first and second printings show an address of "12 Park Place". It was in the short story, "The Creole Village" that Irving again coined a new phrase for the American public. It was the first use of the term "the almighty dollar". (Brain Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original)
    TB22723  $125.00

  • 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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