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HAWBUCK GRANGE OR THE SPORTING ADVENTURES OF THOMAS SCOTT, ESQUIRE, [Surtees]
1 HAWBUCK GRANGE OR THE SPORTING ADVENTURES OF THOMAS SCOTT, ESQUIRE [Surtees]
London Bradbury, Agnew & Co. ca 1850 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Color Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Bright red and gilt cloth cover with modest wear to head and foot of spine. Contents with light aging and bookplate of Robert Cleveland 33497 
Price: 23.45 USD
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LE RHIN ET SES BORDS DEPUIS LES ALPES JUSQU'A MAYENCE [146 PLATES], Jw Appell and A. Henninger
2 LE RHIN ET SES BORDS DEPUIS LES ALPES JUSQU'A MAYENCE [146 PLATES] Jw Appell and A. Henninger
Darmstadt, G. Lange, P. , Scriba Brothers, 1854- 1857 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
EUROPE; Travel; Rhine; Steel engraving; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 294; 295-512, V pages; Sale 2279 Lot 290APPELL, JOHANN WILHELM. Le Rhin et ses Bords depuis les Alpes jusqu'a Mayence. Volume 1 (of 2) , bound in 2. 146 (of ? ) inset plates engraved on steel. Plates complete as bound but 148 are called for in the index. Engraved plates, including additional title, depicting scenery along the Rhine. By the first artists of Germany and accompanied by a historical and descriptive text - 33041 
Price: 1123.30 USD
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OEUVRES D'HOMERE / TRADUITES DU GREC PAR MADAME DACIER AVEC L'INTRODUCTION EN SEPT VOLUMES, Homer; editor: Anne Le Fèvre Dacier
3 OEUVRES D'HOMERE / TRADUITES DU GREC PAR MADAME DACIER AVEC L'INTRODUCTION EN SEPT VOLUMES Homer; editor: Anne Le Fèvre Dacier
Leiden J. De Wetstein & Fils 1766 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by Jonghe V. Buysen 
Engraved; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; Author: Homer - In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds. Volume I: Introduction to the Greek of Homer translated by Madame Dacier & comments containing two prefaces of this lady, one for the Iliad, and the other for the Odyssey, followed by Life of Homer & c. In addition, the preface of Mr. Pope on the Iliad, his essay on the life & the writings of Homer, and other of its rooms, the same as Mr. Abbe Banier, Volumes II-IV: Iliad; volumes V-VII: Odyssee. Set is bound in brown paper-covered boards with gilt-lettered red spine labels. Books show varying degrees of external wear, with rubbing to covers, cracking visible along some spine edges and chipping at ends of spines. Bindings are firm. Sporadic light foxing. This work is illustrated with numerous engraved plates, including well-preserved fold-out plate in first volume. (11.5 X 18 X 20 CM. 53 engravings, mostly after Picard 34364 
Price: 813.10 USD
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THE COMIC HISTORY OF ROME [10 COLOR PLATES], A'Beckett Gilbert A
4 THE COMIC HISTORY OF ROME [10 COLOR PLATES] A'Beckett Gilbert A
London Bradbury, Agnew & Co [1881] Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; xii, 308 pages; Bookplate of Robert Cleveland, otherwise no markings. 10 color full page plates and numerous b/w textural cuts and fill page plates. In brown buckram with gilt emblem on front board. Spine heavily worn, binding sound. 33496 
Price: 23.45 USD
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BOOK COLLECTING

Almost from time immemorial book collecting, and before that manuscript collecting, and before that anything that you could scratch or carve a message on, has been the subject of much interest. Today we have many categories of book collecting- Fancy bindings, Religious books, Philosophy books, Mystery books, Modern 1st editions, Leather bound books, Textbooks, Early readers, Archaeology books, Art books, Children's books and numberless others. You need not break the bank on 15th and 16th century works. There are some areas that are not yet popular and have a lot of growing to do. Alice in Wonderland with it's endless editions and artists is a fertile field for study as is Disney and Pinocchio. Religious books are now enjoying a greatly increased following. Early readers have a ways to go in appreciation yet. Poetry works may be on the decline a bit though still holding firm. Areas that appear unexploited at this time are Salesman's Dummy books. These are typically turn of the century or early 20th century works comprising highlights of several books. They were designed for salesmen to take orders with. These frequently included covers, spines, limited amounts of text and a good supply of illustrations from each featured book all bound together. Currently these are cheap out of all proportion to their scarcity. Search and you shall find in the land where the Princes of Serendip reign. ARC's (Advance review Copies) are also scarce relative to their key role in publication. These usually contain uncorrected proofs of the book to be issued, often along with author's signatures. They usually sell, even signed, at a considerable discount to the First Edition work which actually came later. Local Cookbooks such as published for church groups, clubs, etc. are now very low priced. You have to have a game plan here or risk being overwhelmed by the mass of cheap material now out there. Beeton's 1907 magazine, arguably the most highly valued magazine is popular for pritning "A Study in Scarlet", Sherlock Holmes first appearance in print. This sold in 1929 for a few shillings, about 1974 it achieved 80L at auction. A couple of years ago it exeeded $150,000 when sold at auction. Early magazines with their appearances of Edgar Alan Poe, Frank Baum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Maxfield Parrish, Winslow Homer and the Wyeths among hundreds of coveted authors and artists in print are a fertile field. The best children's collection assembled was put together by a poorly paid school teacher in the the years when Children's books were not considered suitable for serious collectors. Today that collection resides at Yale to world acclaim. There is such a large world out there. Pick your specialty, buy quality, and your search will be a happy one and your rewards many.
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