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First edition in book form (Bradbury & Evans, 1853) in contemporary half-calf binding with gilt lettering to spine. Frontispiece, added engraved title page and 38 engraved plates, as called for. All first edition issue points present: “elgble” on page 19 line 6; “chair” on page 209, line 23; “counsinship” on page 275 line 22.
Rubbing to boards, extremities and spine; unobtrusive previous owner and retailer labels to front pastedown; contents are very nice and clean save for some marginal browning here and there and quite isolated instances of foxing; corners of a few pages a little creased.
Cup of Gold
By John Steinbeck
First edition, first issue (Robert M. McBride & Company, 1929). Gold cloth titled in black with dark topstain. One of just 1,537 copies of the first printing that were issued. A facsimile reproduction of the original dust jacket will be included.
Darkening to spine with moderate bumping to spine tips and to bottom corner of upper board; a little light soiling here and there to upper and lower boards; some browning to front and rear endpapers. Contents beautiful and clean throughout. A very good example of the author's first book.
The Word Child
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1975) Small bump to spine foot, else fine. Original and unclipped dust jacket has very slight fading to spine panel with signs of trivial wear to extremities. An excellent copy.
A Fish in the Water
By Mario Vargas Llosa
A Signed, First Edition, First Printing of the author's memoir, published after he ran for the presidency of Peru in 1990. The book is still in its original seal and will be wrapped with care and shipped securely to ensure safe delivery.
Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
US First Edition and First Impression with "pendula" on page 9, and a bullet between the numbers on page 88, which were removed from later printings. (New York: Covici Friede, 1937). One of only 2,500 copies printed in 1937. 8vo, publisher's beige cloth, front cover and spine stamped in black and orange; spine darkened with insect damage; corners bumped; dust jacket, price-clipped with a little soiling to rear panel and closed tear to front panel; spine panel and folds tanned with some edgewear.