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1 Alexander, S.N., Et al Computer Development (SEAC and DYSEAC) at the National Bureau of Standards Washington, D.C., Circular 551
Washington, D.C. National Bureau of STandards 1955 First Edition Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
iv + 146 pp Illustrated b&w photos & figures. United STates Department of Commerce. Extremely scarce, fascinating look at two early computers, includes schematic diagrams and photos of various components of the computers. Dark red cloth with gilt is lightly soiled and faded, spine gilt darkened but just legible. Fep has old address stamp. Some toning and age to the paper but overall quite good.; Large 8vo 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Sport "And There's the Humour of It", Armour, G. Denholm
2 Armour, G. Denholm Sport "And There's the Humour of It"
London Hutchinson Limited Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
88 pages, wonderful sketches and cartoons of the hunting scene by the author. Limited edition of 250, this is no. 45, signed on the limitation page by the author. No date listed. Original red 3/4 leather with bright red cloth boards with a gilt engraved humourous scene, red ruling at the leather edges. Corners just a little rubbed, ditto spine tips, the DJ is gone excpet for the two flaps which are tucked inside. Beautiful marbled end papers. First blank is quite foxed , same at rear, otherwise minor foxing and age but clean and nice, a very handsome copy of this humourous hunting collection, signed by the author. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 88 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 90.00 USD
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3 Bellack, Hans Sonette
Leipzig Xenien-Verlag 1913 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
82 pp. Signed by the author, Hans Bellack, on the half-title. 1/4 vellum. Vellum spine, brown hard boards with gilt, very handsome, just a little wear. Interior front hinge just starting, pages are clean, last page has a "shadow" from a publisher's pamphlet, still enclosed. Original-Halbpergamentband. braune harte Bretter mit der Vergoldung, sehr stattlich, gerade wenig Abnutzung. Das vordere gerade beginnende Innenscharnier, Seiten sind saubere, letzte Seite hat einen Schatten von einem publisher' s-Flugschrift, noch eingeschlossen.; 4to - over 9" - 12" tall; Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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4 Binion, Samuel A. Phyllanthography: A Method of Leaf and Flower Writing; and a Basket of Choice Roses
New York R.F.Fenno & Co. 1909 First Edition Decorative Cloth Fair with no dust jacket Signed by Author
x pages + 94 pages, frontis portrait of the author, color plate, one b&w plate of flower names, the alphabet in leaves and flowers, then each recto has a verse or paragraph with a fancy border print, verso is blank. Inscribed by Binion to his cousin Louis Hyman (the father-in-law of author Shirley Jackson). Binion himself was a busy translator of Polish fiction and scientific works, as well as a successful writer in his own right on the Kaballah and on Ancient Egypt. This is a very hard to find volume with 10 pages on how to write words using flowers and leaves, then the balance being collected poetry on roses. Very Victorian in feel, very pretty. Beautiful gilt decorated dark blue buckram is bumped at the edges, spine tips worn, binding shaken and signatures showing. A little fragile, pages are clean. A lovely book with an interesting provenance.; 4to - over 9" - 12" tall; Signed by Author 
Price: 44.00 USD
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5 Blakeley, Al Ethelred (pseud. Alfred E. Blake) Convoy to India
Brooklyn Trilon Press 1953 First Edition Cloth Good+ with no dust jacket Signed by Author
214 pp; Signed on the first fly "To Hi, with best wishes, Al. E. Blakeley". A war-time diary written by an African American soldier in the segregated American army during World War II. The author traveled through Africa, the Middle East, Burma, Pakistan, and India. His view of the war and world from the inside is interesting enough, but he also feels sympathy for the downtrodden people of color he sees on his travels and reports on their culture, condition and hopes, as well. Dark red cover is clean and bright with traces of an impression (as though someone used the book as a prop for writing). Silver gilt is bright, top of spine is chipped. First fly has signature and a small green crayon mark, otherwise the interior is clean and very crisp. ; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall; Signed by Author 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Narrative of a forced journey through Spain and France, as a prisoner of war, in the years 1810-1814. Volume I AND volume II COMPLETE, Blayney, Major General Lord Andrew Thomas
6 Blayney, Major General Lord Andrew Thomas Narrative of a forced journey through Spain and France, as a prisoner of war, in the years 1810-1814. Volume I AND volume II COMPLETE
London E. Kirby 1814 First Edition Full-Leather Good with no dust jacket 
This set is complete, 494 and 504 pages, two octavo hardcover volumes beautifully bound in full leather, measuring 8.5" x 5". It is in good antiquarian condition, hinges weakening on both volumes but holding by cords and what appear to be early repairs, gilt bright on leather, each spine divided by five bands into six panels, with gilt designs, one green leather panel with volume number, and red leather with title, volume one title is torn, leather mostly smooth, with minor chipping on spine edges and on boards on volume one, volume two with some more chipping on the rear board. Book blocks solid, minor age toning and foxing, printing sharp; a beautiful set. This is a famous and scarce Napoleonic era narrative, beautifully bound in full leather with gilt lettering and designs and with both finely engraved plates, by the commander of Blayney's Bloodhounds, Major General Andrew Thomas Blayney, 11th Baron Blayney, an Anglo-Irish peer and known as "one of the most illustrious soldiers ever to come from County Monaghan." During a raid from Gibraltar into Spain he was captured, and while a prisoner and during his parole, he met a number of illustrious Napoleonic generals and surveyed the area. This is his famous and important account, the scarce 1814 first edition, complete with two finely engraved plates, one of the prison castle fortress, and the other of General Blayney in Napoleonic era uniform. " The main strength of the narrative is the author's eye to detail and his flair for recounting a tale, along with the real rarity of accounts from the point of view of an English prisoner of war."; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 999 pages 
Price: 550.00 USD
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The Narrow Passage, Butterworth, Oliver
7 Butterworth, Oliver The Narrow Passage
New York Little, Brown 1973 0316119121 / 9780316119122 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good in Fair dust jacket Illustrated by Blegvad, Erik Signed by Author
166 pp. Stated 1st edition, March 1973, signed by the author on the first free end paper. Original illustrated dust jacket is chipped and torn around the edges, front flap price torn off. Book itself has a small fade at bottom of the spine where the DJ was lacking, interior clean and unmarked. Another wonderful children's book from the author of The Enormous Egg -- our young hero travels to France to help an archeologist and discovers a deep cave with prehistoric drawings...and a very strange old man. Lots of fun. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 166 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 37.00 USD
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The Loved and the Lost, Callaghan, Morley
8 Callaghan, Morley The Loved and the Lost
London MacGibbon and Kee 1961 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
234 pp. Brown DJ in good condition. Slightly worn/rubbed along edges. Price clipped inside front cover. Black cloth boards. Book is in good condition, interior is very clean. Faint sticker mark inside rear cover. ; 8.10 X 5.70 X 1 inches; 234 pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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9 Cibber, Colley (Lowe, Robert W., Ed.) An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Written By Himself, A New Edition with Notes and Supplement By Robert W. Lowe, in Two Volumes
London John C. Nimmo 1889 First Edition Thus Cloth Fair with no dust jacket Illustrated by Parkes, R.B. & Lalauze, Adolphe 
In 2 volumes, 337 pp & 416 pp, 26 original mezzotint portraits by R.B. Parkes and 18 etching by Adolphe Lalauze, limited edition of 510 copies, this is number 307. A new edition of the 1740 original autobiography of Colley Cibber, "interspersed with characters and anecdotes of his theatrical contemporaries, the whole forming a complete history of the stage for the space of forty years". Cibber was the Poet Laureate of England (a purely political appointment apparently) and a historian of the English theater. Lowe compared all six previous editions of Cibber's work, carefully going back to the original and what was known of Cibber's corrections. In addition he has brought a number of rare documents, including Historia Histrionica, a copy of the Patent granted to Sir William Davenant, and a supplementary chapter which includes "the chief incidents of theatrical history up to the time of Cibber's death" along with the story of his famous quarrel with Pope, and a list of Cibber's dramatic productions and a biblography of works by or relating to him. The book is ex-library with all the usual markings and has a dark red library binding with gilt spine, handsome, but nothing like the original leather. A number of the fly pages are loosening. The library strengthened the pages containing the truly beautiful mezzotints, but in doing so caused stress on the text pages resulting in cracks at the top of neighboring pages. In Vol. II, page 307 is loose and another page has a chip out of the corner, slightly affecting text. The mezzotints, however, are in good condition, and they alone are worth the price of admission. A reading copy set with beautiful plates.; Ex-Library; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Price: 75.00 USD
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La Vie de Caserne. Le Train de 8 h. 47, Courteline, Georges (Moinaux, Georges Victor Marcel)
10 Courteline, Georges (Moinaux, Georges Victor Marcel) La Vie de Caserne. Le Train de 8 h. 47
Bruxelles Editions du Nord 1929 Limited Edition Softcover Fair Illustrated by Joseph Hemard 
Limited run #50 of a total run of 1076. Original paper covers with train and French colors has old wax paper cover, covers generally lightly worn, paper spine covering chipped and wearing away, interior clean and unmarked but stitching starting to separate. Beautiful color illustrations by Hemard with a suite of b/w illustrations at the rear. "Ce libre, le neuvieme de la collection "Les Gloires Litteraires" a ete etabli par Paul Angenot. Il a ete tire a 1076 exemplaires des tines a la vente, soit:...50 exemplaires sur Hollande (numerotes de 27 a 76) contenant un etat des gravures, en couleurs et une suite en noir sur chine..." Somewhat fragile but still a nice example of this beautiful limited edition.; Limited Edition; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Price: 99.00 USD
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To Beg I am Ashamed The Authentic Autobiography of a London Prostitute, COUSINS, Sheila
11 COUSINS, Sheila To Beg I am Ashamed The Authentic Autobiography of a London Prostitute
New York The Vanguard Press 1938 First US Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dust jacket 
283 pp. Scarce edition. Blue DJ in plastic. DJ in fair condition, torn on front, and worn along edges. Blue cloth boards. Book is in good condition. Board tips sunned. Very faint marks inside rear cover. Otherwise very clean with no other marks. ; X X 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Maurits Verbist, D'Haese, Jan; Gyselen, Gaby
12 D'Haese, Jan; Gyselen, Gaby Maurits Verbist
Brussells Arcade Publishing 1977 2800501235 / 9782800501239 Limited Edition Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
No. 167 of 980. 222 pp, with tipped in color plates. In Flemish with some French and English (the intro and bio are triligual). In ochre linen slipcase which has minor wear, a bump at the bottom edge. white and black dj has a crease at front gutter but otherwise quite good, book itself is clean and nice. There is a handwritten thank you letter from Joanna Verbist, Maurits' wife, to a Canadian friend, dated 1993, sounding as though the book was a gift from Mrs. Maurits, that has been pasted down on the first blank, otherwise clean and unmarked. A lovely copy of this art book with a nice provenance.; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 222 pages; Signed by Family Member 
Price: 75.00 USD
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13 De Gorog, Ralph Paul The Scandinavian Element in French and Norman. A Study of the Influence of the Scandinavian Languages on French from the Tenth Century to the Present
New York Bookman Associates 1958 First Edition Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
168 pp. Bookman Monograph Series. With the book stamp (in numerous places) of Morris "Moe" Berg, a major league baseball catcher and coach (Robins, White Sox, Indians, Senators, Red Sox), who was also a spy in the OSS during WWII -- as well as being an accomplished linguist. Dark blue cloth with gilt to front and spine is generally aged, some wear at corners, spine tips starting to fray, bit cocked. Back cover has some light staining. Interior has Berg's stamps, quite a bit of pencil underlining and check marks/marginalia -- whether they belong to the illustrious Mr. Berg or not, we don't know. ; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Price: 29.00 USD
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An Introduction to the Knowledge of Rare and Valuable Editions of the Greek and Latin Classics;  Including the Scriptores De Re Rustica, Greek Romances, and Lexicons and Grammars: to Which is Added a Complete Index Analyticus. Signed by Dibdin, Dibdin, Thomas Frognall
14 Dibdin, Thomas Frognall An Introduction to the Knowledge of Rare and Valuable Editions of the Greek and Latin Classics; Including the Scriptores De Re Rustica, Greek Romances, and Lexicons and Grammars: to Which is Added a Complete Index Analyticus. Signed by Dibdin
London W. Dwyer, Et Al 1804 Second Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Lxxiii, 572 pp. Indices, errata. Frontis Matthew 1 in Greek and Latin. Signed by Dibdin on the title page "with the author's respectful Compls. Mar 7, 1805" Handsomely rebound in brown pebbled cloth with gilt to spine, very minor wear. Interior renewed marbled endpapers with bookplate of classicist Goodwin B. Beach. Title page is browned with ghosting of frontis, paper lightly toned, some shelf soil at the top edge especially at the rear, solid binding. A nice copy of this Dibdin classic with the master's inscription. 2nd edition enlarged and improved. "The whole preceded by an Account of Polyglot Bibles and the Best Editions of the Greek Septuagint and Testament." ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 572 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 175.00 USD
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15 Donaldson, John William The Theatre of the Greeks A Series of Papers Relating to the History and Criticism of the Greek Drama. Presentation Copy. Signed by Leonhard Schmitz
Cambridge Pitt Press for Cambridge 1836 Fourth Edition Full-Leather Good 
Viii, 598 pp. Folding plate, plan of the theatre of Hacchus at Athens at Frontis. In English With prize presentation plate to Thomas Hill Jamieson, from L. Schmitz, Rector, Royal High School of Edinburgh, dated 1864. Prize binding in smooth claf leather with blind double ruling, gilt coat of arms of Edinburgh front and back (Nisi Dominus Frustra) , 5 raised bands to the spine, spine label almost completely chipped away, some gilt decoration in the compartments, spine tips worn, joints cracked and front board just holding on with sewing, corners a little rubbed, handsome marbled polished edges, interior clean and unmarked. Thomas Hill Jamieson (18431876) , the recipient of the prize book, was a Scottish librarian who died tragically quite young as a result of his exertions trying to save th contents of a library during a fire. The rector of the Edinburgh Royal High School was Leonard Schmitz (1807 May 1890) a German-born classical scholar and educator active mainly in the United Kingdom. Schmitz moved to Scotland in 1846 to serve as rector of the Royal High School in Edinburgh from that year until 1866. In his induction speech he expressed the hope that his appointment would be "the means of strengthening and increasing the intellectual sympathy which has so long existed between this country and Germany". In that office in 1859 he also tutored HRH The Prince of Wales in Roman history. A nice copy of Donaldson's "Theatre of the Greeks" with an interesting British/Scottish provenance. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 598 pages; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Gesange Um Die Liebe, Eisold, Paul W.
16 Eisold, Paul W. Gesange Um Die Liebe
Dresden Jakob Hegner 1920 Limited Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
12 unnumbered leaves, including blanks and half title. Limited edition of 300, of which this is what looks like 264 (written very faintly on the limitation page). Original cream card covers are browned at edges, bit worn and crispy, few small blotches and a pencil erasure, original green cord ties are faded to brown on the outside, bright green within. Interior pages have some foxing throughout, a few small pencil marks, page edges with some turn downs . Generally aged but all present and sound enough. A very scarce privately printed limited edition book of German love poetry from Eisold. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 24 pages 
Price: 75.00 USD
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17 Feder, Lillian John Dryden's Interpretation and Use of Latin Poetry and Rhetoric. A Thesis Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Minnesota
1951 First Edition Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
270 pp. List of works cited. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, May 1951. On onionskin paper, a carbon copy, bound in black cloth with gilt spine. Feder's PhD thesis, she would go on to be a scholar, teacher and author. Little wear around edges and spine tips, First fly is detached and worn, onionskin shows some age darkening and there are occasional pen check marks, otherwise clean, sturdy and unmarked. Scarce and unusual.; 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Price: 30.00 USD
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18 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence The Old Italians Dying
San Francisco City Lights Books 1978 First Edition; Third Printing Softcover Good Signed by Author
6 sheets, 8.5x11", two staples at left, being reproductions of Ferlinghetti's holograph poem. 3rd printing dated June 1978. Signed by Ferlinghetti "for frucht 11/78" . One of Ferlinghetti's most important poems of later years and a significant contribution to the literature documenting the immigrant experience in America. Slightest bit of toning around the edges, has been folded in half right below the word "dying", otherwise very nice. Scarce.; 4to - over 9" - 12" tall; Signed by Author 
Price: 120.00 USD
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Mister Bosphorus and the Muses or a Short History of Poetry in Britain Variety Entertainment in Four Acts Music by Several Several Popular Composers with Harlequinade, Transformation Scene, Cinematograph Effects, and Many Other Novelties, As Well As Old and Tired Favourites. Decorated with Designs Engraved on Wood by Paul Nash, Ford, Madox Ford
19 Ford, Madox Ford Mister Bosphorus and the Muses or a Short History of Poetry in Britain Variety Entertainment in Four Acts Music by Several Several Popular Composers with Harlequinade, Transformation Scene, Cinematograph Effects, and Many Other Novelties, As Well As Old and Tired Favourites. Decorated with Designs Engraved on Wood by Paul Nash
London Duckworth & Co. 1923 First Edition Good in Good dust jacket 
126 pp. Olive green DJ with black and white illustration by Paul Nash. DJ in plastic with some chipping and darkening along edges, some general fading, as well.. The dust wrapper was put in Mylar years ago and the plastic was affixed to the back of the DJ with tape which has darkened. Light blue and black cloth boards which have a bit of fading at the edges. Eleven wood engravings by Paul Nash. Some foxing throughout especially on end pages. Otherwise in good condition with minimal wear. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall 
Price: 290.00 USD
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20 Foster, David Skaats The Road to London
New York & London The Franklin Book Co.l 1914 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
335 pp. Gift inscription on the front free endpaper by the author. Red cloth covers with pastedown of a lovely young woman is a bit aged, pastedown rubbed, spine tips rubbed and fraying. Interior front hinge starting, bit shaken, but otherwise clean and nice. An old-fashioned coming of age and romantic tale. "Rex gazed fondly at Emily...With her round arms bared at the elbow, her head, with its aureole of burnished locks, bent to her task, her downcast brown eyes, and her red lips, pursed with seriousness, she presented such a sweet, house-wifely and altogether charming picture, that he was lost in adoration. "How many lumps?" asked she...."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Price: 50.00 USD
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