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A Guide in the Wilderness; or the History of the First Settlements in the Western Counties of New York with Useful Instructions to Future Settlers. In a Series of Letters Addressed by Judge Cooper, of Cooperstown, to William Sampson, Barrister, of New York

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: 1965

Edition: Reissue

Seller ID: 2289814

Condition: Very Good


1965 reissue of 1897 edition (the first to include an introduction by James Fenimore Cooper). A few stains to wrappers, sticker on front wrapper verso. ix, 50 pp. A Guide in the Wilderness; or the History of the First Settlements in the Western Counties of New York with Useful Instructions to Future Settlers. In a Series of Letters Addressed by Judge Cooper, of Cooperstown, to William Sampson, Barrister, of New York. View more info

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Letters about the Hudson River, and Its Vicinity. Written in 1835-1837, with Additions and Engravings (Third Edition)

By: N/A

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Freeman Hunt & Co.: 1837

Edition: Third Edition

Seller ID: 2294763

Condition: Very Good


Third edition (Sabin 33849). Frontispiece fold-out map missing portion north of Pine Orchard. Circular stain on rear board, boards lightly soiled, ink name on front free endpaper, endpapers lightly foxed. 1837 Small Hard Cover. x, 252 pp. Two fold-out maps in text (complete). One fold-out engraving of Poughkeepsie Collegiate School. A collection of travel letters about the Hudson Rivers and the surrounding areas. View more info

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James Joyce Quarterly, Summer 1996, Volume 33, Number 4

By: N/A

Price: $8.00

Publisher: University of Tulsa: 1996

Seller ID: 2295571

Condition: Very Good


Front wrapper hole-punched, minor ink marginalia. 1996 Trade Paperback. CONTENTS: James Joyce: The Way He Lives Now, by Ron Bush; Consuming Investments: Joyce's Ulysses, by Lawrence Rainey; That Word Known to All Men in Ulysses: A Reconsideration, by Richard J. Finneran; Making Much of Nothing, by Theoharis Constantine Theoharis; John Henry Newman and the Education of Stephen Dedalus, by Jill Muller; Current JJ Checlist (74), by William S. Brockman; Poems: James Joyce and I, by Suman Gupta; Illustrations: Dazibao; Stella!, by Simon Loekle. View more info

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The Serpents of Paradise: A Reader

By: Abbey, Edward; Macrae, John

Price: $5.00

Publisher: John Macrae / Owl Book: 1996

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 2295288

ISBN: 0805031324

Condition: Very Good


Sticker on rear wrapper, ink name on front flyleaf. 1996 Trade Paperback. xii, 400. Collects the best and most inflammatory writings of the late naturalist, environmentalist, and libertarian, a former National Park ranger and the author of Desert Solitaire, The Journey Home, and other works. This book is different from any other Edward Abbey book. It includes essays, travel pieces and fictions to reveal Ed's life directly, in his own words. The selections gathered here are arranged chronologically by incident, not by date of publication, to offer Edward Abbey's life from the time he was the bo... View more info

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Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays

By: Acocella, Joan

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Pantheon: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2207082

Condition: Very Good


Small tear to upper rear jacket. 2007 Hard Cover. From one of our most admired cultural critics (“A marvelous, canny writer”––Terry Castle, London Review of Books), thirty-one essays on some of the most influential artists of our time––writers, dancers, choreographers, sculptors––and two saints of all time, Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene. Among the people discussed: Italo Svevo, Stefan Zweig, Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Yourcenar, Joseph Roth, Vaslav Nijinsky, Lincoln Kirstein, Jerome Robbins, Martha Graham, Bob Fosse, H. L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, Susan Sontag, and Philip... View more info

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Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams, During the Revolution, with a Memoir of Mrs. Adams

By: Adams, Charles Francis

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin / Riverside Press: 1875

Seller ID: 2278326

Condition: Near Fine


Bookplate of William Whitman on front endpaper, with a couple ink notations that appear to reference his personal library's organizational system. 1875 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xxxii, 424 pp. 8vo. Engraved frontispiece of Abigail Adams. Transcriptions of 284 letters between future President John Adams and his wife Abigail, written during the American Revolution, with a brief biographical sketch of Abigail. Index follows text. View more info

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A Hilltop on the Marne: Being Letters Written June 3 - September 8, 1914

By: Aldrich, Mildred

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap: 1918

Edition: Reissue

Seller ID: 2266164

Condition: Very Good


No jacket, endpapers faintly toned, pencil name on second blank. 1918 Hard Cover. 187 pp. Illustrated with reproductions of photographs. Mildred Aldrich (November 16, 1853[1] – February 19, 1928) was an American journalist and writer. Aldrich moved to Huiry, near Paris, in 1914, only months before the outbreak of the First World War.[2] Her house there overlooked the Marne river valley, and her experiences during the First Battle of the Marne, as detailed in her letters to friends in the U.S., constitute her first book, A Hilltop on the Marne (1915). View more info

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CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

By: Alter, Cathy

Price: $6.00

Publisher: William Morrow: 2016

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2206984

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. An exceptional copy. 2016 Hard Cover. A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush. View more info

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Something to Declare: Essays

By: Alvarez, Julia

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200751

ISBN: 1565121937

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Near fine.Near Fine. 1998 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. x, 300 pp. In her first book of nonfiction, Julia Alvarez takes us behind the scenes and shares the lessons she's learned on her way to becoming an internationally acclaimed novelist. In 1960, when Alvarez was ten years old, her family fled the Dominican Republic. Her father participated in a failed coup attempt against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, and exile to the United States was the only way to save his life. The family settled in New York City, where Dr... View more info

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To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

By: Ambrose, Stephen E.

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: 2003

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2268632

ISBN: 0743252128

Condition: Near Fine


First printing. A very nice copy. 2003 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xvi, 265 pp. Completed shortly before Ambrose's untimely death, To America is a very personal look at our nation's history through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most influential historians. Ambrose roams the country's history, praising the men and women who made it exceptional. He considers Jefferson and Washington, who were progressive thinkers (while living a contradiction as slaveholders), and celebrates Lincoln and Roosevelt. He recounts Andrew Jackson's stunning defeat of a s... View more info

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Five Generations: Life and Letters of an American Family, 1750-1900

By: Armstrong, Margaret

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Harper & Brothers: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2289651

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket rubbed with a few tears to spine head and foot, jacket price clipped. 1930 Hard Cover. ix, [3], 425, [3] pp. 8vo. Includes 23 plates. A collection of letters and diary entries spanning 150 years of American history and recounting the histories of numerous families and individuals. View more info

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Selected Journals and Other Writings (Penguin Nature Classics)

By: Audubon, John James; Forkner, Ben

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Penguin Books: 1996

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2195122

Condition: Very Good


First printing. Edges rubbed, pages toned. 1996 Trade Paperback. xliii, 573 pp. The fist one-volume selection of non-ornithological writings from one of America's premier naturalists and painters. Gathered here are the fruits of his [Audubon's] literary talent: journals, letters, bird biographies, a memoir of his early years, and stories of the American frontier.... His enormous efforts resulted in the finest collection of American birds ever painted by a single individual. Yet readers of this anthology of his writings will discover an equally monumental achievement--a life dedicated to the ap... View more info

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The Essayes or Counsels Civill & Moral of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount Saint Alban (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

By: Bacon, Francis; Morley, Christopher; Rosenbach, A.S.W.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: The Easton Press: 1980

Seller ID: 2285627

Condition: Very Good


Minor loss of gilt from front board. 1980 Full-Leather. ix, [3], 190 pp. Tall 8vo. Brown full leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. Introductions by Christopher Morley and A.S.W. Rosenbach. Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount of St. Alban, KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosop... View more info

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The Essayes or Counsels Civill & Moral of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount Saint Alban (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

By: Bacon, Francis; Morley, Christopher; Rosenbach, A.S.W.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: The Easton Press: 1980

Edition: Reissue

Seller ID: 2294860

Condition: Very Good


Light spotting on fore edge, a few minor scuffs. 1980 Full-Leather. ix, [3], 190 pp. Tall 8vo. Brown full leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. Introductions by Christopher Morley and A.S.W. Rosenbach. Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount of St. Alban, KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially... View more info

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Essays on the Formation and Publication of Opinions, the Pursuit of Truth, and On Other Subjects.

By: Bailey, Samuel

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Ticknor and Fields: 1854

Seller ID: 2204495

Condition: Very Good


No jacket, top edges of a few pages stained. 1854 Hard Cover. xii, 422, [4] pp. Samuel Bailey (5 July 1791 – 18 January 1870) was a British philosopher and writer.His first work, Essays on the Formation and Publication of Opinions, published anonymously in 1821, attracted more attention than any of his other writings. A sequel to it appeared in 1829, Essays on the Pursuit of Truth. Between these two were Questions in Political Economy, Politics, Morals, &c. (1823), and a Critical Dissertation on the Nature, Measure, and Causes of Value (1825), directed against the opinions of David Ricardo ... View more info

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The Friday Book: Essays and Other Nonfiction

By: Barth, John

Price: $15.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2281613

ISBN: 0399129979

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket very faintly toned. Top page ridge very faintly foxed. 1984 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xx, 281 pp. The distinguished author speculates on the future of literature and the literature of the future, looks back upon his own novels, and comments upon various aspects of writing. View more info

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Selected Writings on Art and Literature (Penguin Classics)

By: Baudelaire, Charles; Charvet, P. E.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Penguin Books: 1992

Edition: 2nd Printing

Seller ID: 2291530

ISBN: 0140446060

Condition: Very Good


Second printing. Minor tear along edge of front wrapper, pages very faintly toned. 1992 Trade Paperback. 460 pp. Before publishing the sensuous and scandalous poems of Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) had already earned respect as a forthright and witty critic of art and literature. This stimulating selection of criticism reveals him as a worshipper at the altar of beauty, illuminating his belief that the pursuit of this ideal must be paramount in artistic expression. Reviews of exhibitions discuss works by great painters such as Delacroix and Ingres in fascinating detail, and O... View more info

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Deceiving to Convey Truth

By: Beattie, Ann

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Harbourfront Reading Series: 1997

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200923

Condition: Near Fine


Signed by author without inscription. #48 of 150 signed, numbered copies, from a total edition of 550. Faint smudge to rear wrapper. 1997 Stapled Binding. We have more books available by this author!. 25 pp. Ann Beattie discusses what it is to be a writer, analyzing her own writings and the writings of others.Keywords: ANN BEATTIE DECEIVING TO CONVEY TRUTH AMERICAN LITERATURE ESSAYS LITERARY CRITICSIM BIOGRAPHY View more info

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Secrets of Marie Antoinette: A Collection of Letters

By: Bernier, Olivier

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Fromm International: 1986

Seller ID: 2285683

ISBN: 0880640642

Condition: Near Fine


Spine base lightly rubbed, very faint pink stain on top page ridge. 1986 Trade Paperback. 326 pp. This fascinating and poignant collection of letters between Marie Antoinette, the doomed dauphine and future Queen of France, and her mother, Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, provide a revealing portrait of the legendary queen's tragic life and the age in which she lived. Beginning in 1770 when the young princess departed for France and ending with Maria Theresa's death in 1780, these intimate letters reveal the hostility the young dauphine encountered at Ver... View more info

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American Poetry: Wildness and Domesticity

By: Bly, Robert

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Harper & Row: 1990

Seller ID: 2277464

ISBN: 0060162651

Condition: Good


Light stain to base of rear jacket panel. Page ridges very faintly foxed, ink names on front endpaper, half-title page clipped, some ink marks in text. 1990 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. viii, 341 pp. Essays discuss issues in modern poetry, and look at the works of James Wright, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, W.S. Merwin, Thomas McGrath, Robert Lowell, James Dickey, Galway Kinnell, and Donald Hall. View more info

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How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books

By: Bodger, Joan

Price: $18.00

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2286771

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. An excellent copy. 1999 Hard Cover. xiv, 249 pp. Over forty years ago, Joan Bodger, her husband, and two children went to Britain on a very special family quest. They were seeking the world that they knew and loved through children’s books. In Winnie-the-Pooh Country, Mrs. Milne showed them the way to “that enchanted place on the top of the Forest [where] a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” In Edinburgh they stood outside Robert Louis Stevenson’s childhood home, tilting their heads to talk to a lamplighter who was doing his job. In the Lake District they v... View more info

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Russian Coronation 1896: The Letters of Kate Koon (Bovey) from the Last Russian Coronation

By: Bovey, Kate Koon

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Privately Printed: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2285035

Condition: Very Good


Inscribed and signed by Kate Koon Bovey on front flyleaf ('To Juliene Bryan, I am delighted to send you this book, Kate Koon Bovey'). Boards lightly stained and faded, interior excellent. 1942 Large Hardcover. 50 pp. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. A privately printed collection of letters written by Bovey to her parents from Moscow, providing a firsthand account of the coronation of Czar Nicholas II. View more info

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Copy: Today's Better Fiction, Volume 1, No. 1, Spring 1950

By: Bradbury, Ray; Crossen, Ken; Moholy-Nagy, Sybil; Alan, Louis; Siry, Peter; Boutell, Cleve; Toron, Steve; Rider, Ernest; Spaulding, Leonard; Longstreet, Stephen; Stebel, Sid L.; Edwards, Harvey L.; Burton, Russ J.; Garfinkle, Louis A.; Lubin, Edward; Mori

Price: $25.00

Publisher: The Bards: 1950

Seller ID: 2262789

Condition: Very Good


Edges lightly rubbed. 1950 Stapled Binding. 92 pp. Stapled binding. Ads precede and follow text. A mid-twentieth century collection of stories, including an early appearance by Ray Bradbury: he published stories in various magazines and journals beginning in 1938; but Fahrenheit 451, his first book not compiled from previously published stories, was not released until 1953 (The Martian Chronicles was a fix-up novel cobbled together from earlier stories, while Fahrenheit 451 was an expansion upon one story, The Fireman). Includes: Raison d'etre; The Disenchanted; The American Screenwriter, by a... View more info

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October Farm: From the Concord Journals and Diaries of William Brewster

By: Brewster, William; Barbour, T.; French, Daniel Chester

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Harvard University Press: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2280917

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Lacks jacket. Boards lightly rubbed with light stain on back corner. 1937 Hard Cover. 297 pp. Black and white photographs. A transcription of journals and diaries by the early American settler, with a foreword by T. Barbour and an introduction by Daniel Chester French. 'October Farm' was the name that William Brewster, one of the greatest American ornithologists, gave to his beautiful estate in Concord, Massachusetts. We have transferred the name to this delightful book, which is made up of selections from the voluminous diaries he kept during practically his whole life. View more info

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Vectors and Smoothable Curves: Collected Essays

By: Bronk, William

Price: $15.00

Publisher: North Point Press: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2278300

ISBN: 0865471258

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Small tear to jacket, lightly rubbed. 1986 Hard Cover. A collection of essays from the world-famous poet. View more info

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In Search of Mind: Essays in Autobiography (The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series)

By: Bruner, Jerome

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Harper & Row: 1983

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC)

Seller ID: 2288033

ISBN: 0063370352

Condition: Very Good


Jacket spine head and spine base rubbed, jacket flaps lightly toned. Address labels on front endpapers, owner's stamp on front and rear endpapers, minor highlighting. 1983 Hard Cover. xii, 306 pp. The eminent psychologist reflects on the course of his work, examines the development of the study of psychology and his substantial contributions to its growth, and provides a glimpse of himself as thinker, teacher, and student of the mind. View more info

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In Search of Mind: Essays in Autobiography (The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series)

By: Bruner, Jerome

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Harper & Row: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2288034

ISBN: 0060151919

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Half-inch by half-inch chip to jacket spine base, jacket edges rubbed, front jacket flap price-clipped. 1983 Hard Cover. xii, 306 pp. The eminent psychologist reflects on the course of his work, examines the development of the study of psychology and his substantial contributions to its growth, and provides a glimpse of himself as thinker, teacher, and student of the mind. View more info

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Literary Values and Other Papers

By: Burroughs, John

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company / The Riverside Press: 1902

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2294310

Condition: Near Fine


First edition (BAL 2172). Ink name on front endpaper. 1902 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 264, [4] pp. Original dark olive cloth spine over olive cloth boards, gilt and green titles, top edge gilt. A collection of essays concerned with literature, including discussion of Henry David Thoreau, Gilbert White, Ralph Waldo Emerson, literary style, books, etc. John Burroughs was an influential naturalist in the 19th and early 20th century, particularly in his advocacy of environmental conservation, and is perhaps only overshadowed as a nature essayist by Henry David Thorea... View more info

The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784

By: Butterfield, L. H.; Friedlaender, Marc; Kline, Mary-Jo

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Harvard University Press: 1975

Edition: 4th Printing

Seller ID: 2296611

ISBN: 0674078551

Condition: Very Good


Fourth printing. Jacket edges very lightly rubbed. 1975 Hard Cover. ix, 411 pp. John and Abigail, Abigail and John - their names are as inseparably linked as those of any pair in history. The story of these lovers, domestic partners, and patriots comes to life in this collection of their intimate correspondence. The lives of this remarkable couple unfold alongside events of the Revolutionary War era, a time in which John left his family for prolonged periods to serve his colony and country. Their engaging exchanges follow John`s career from provincial lawyer and farmer in Braintree, Massachuse... View more info

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Passions of the Mind: Selected Writings

By: Byatt, A.S.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270822

ISBN: 0701138475

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket spine head and spine base lightly bumped. Pages moderately toned due to the type of paper used by the publisher. 1991 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. x, 346 pp. Whether she is writing about George Eliot or Sylvia Plath; Victorian spiritual malaise or Toni Morrison; mythic strands in the novels of Iris Murdoch and Saul Bellow; politics behind the popularity of Barbara Pym or the ambitions that underlie her own fiction, Byatt manages to be challenging, entertaining, and unflinchingly committed to the alliance o... View more info