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1 A Catalogue of Books in the Bristol Reference Library printed in England and Ireland up to the year 1640 and of English books printed abroad during the same period 
Cunningham, Alderman R. G. (fwd.)
Bristol, England: Corporation of Bristol for City and County of Bristol Public Libraries, 1954. 1st Edition
Buckram 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Very Good. Book 
Brown buckram, lettered in gold foil. Ex-library copy, rebound in sturdy brown buckram, original wraps bound in. Typically marked/stamped, little actual wear, lacking rear flyleaf. 52 pp., illus. 040094 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2 A Collection of Choice Sermons, by the Rev. J. C. Albertus Helfenstein, Formerly Pastor of Germantown, Pa. 
Helfenstein, Rev. J. C. Albertus; I. Daniel Rupp (transl.)
Carlisle, PA: Rev. Charles Helfenstein [Printed by George Fleming], 1832. First Thus
Full-Leather 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Good. N/A 
Full original calf, gilt on burgundy title label mounted on upper spine. Rebacked in brown leather, less than professionally but providing a sturdy repair, with original title label retained. Rubbed edges, exposed corners, surface rubbing to both covers. Interior shows typical foxing, generally light, first several leaves showing minor loss in margins from silverfishing. xi,261 pp. A still useful copy, with firm and intact binding. Scarce Carlisle imprint. Text in English (translated from the German). 034401 
Price: 40.00 USD
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3 A Compendium for the Agents of the U. B. [United Brethren] Mutual Aid Society of Pennsylvania. [U.B. Mutual Aid Society's Agents' Compendium] 
Kephart, I. L., A. M., Actuary
Lebanon, PA: United Brethren Mutual Aid Society, 1877. First Edition
Cloth 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Near Fine. Not Issued 
Dark rust cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, approx. 7 3/4" x 4". Light shelf wear, lighlty rubbed at corners and spine extremities. iii,131 pp. Firm binding, clean interior. Quite well preserved. Imprint address given as "Corner Ninth Street and Rail Road." Scarce Lebanon imprint, virtually unimprovable copy. 012440 
Price: 40.00 USD
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4 A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, Being a Continuation of the "Dictionary of the Bible" 
Smith, William, and Samuel Cheetham
Hartford, CT: J. B. Burr Publishing Co., 1880. First Thus
Three-Quarter Leather 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. VG+. N/A 
Complete in two (2) volumes, uniformly bound in 3/4 calf, brown cloth covered boards. Leather is modestly rubbed but reconditioned and reasonably intact, with exposure at most corners but not displaying any tears or significant abrasions. Lacking title labels on Vol. I (lettering very neatly filled in with ink), main title label partial on Vol. II (second label intact). Minimally ex-library, with institutional book plates mounted on front pastdowns of each volume, stamps on title pages and rear pastedowns, otherwise clean. xiv,1069 + x,1070-2060 pp., illus. w/ figures in text. Firm bindings, clean interiors. Vol. I title page shows closed tearing and slight loss beneath cartouche, slight closed tear to Vol. I front flyleaf. Overall, better than average. 025438 
Price: 60.00 USD
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5 A Free Bed 
Alcott, Louisa May [Madeleine Stern (editor, intro.)]
Provo, UT: Friends of the Brigham Young University Library, 1978. Limited
Original Wraps 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Near Fine. 
Pale lilac stiff paper wraps, cord binding, in marbled purple paper wrapper with paper title label. Printed on handmade paper. No. 307 of an edition limited to 350 copies. Hints of rubbing at corners, virtually as issued. 013940 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 A Greek-English Lexicon, Based on the German Work of Francis Passow 
Liddell, Henry George, and Robert Scott; Francis Passow
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1867. 
Cloth 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. VG-. N/A Book 
Bllack cloth, vintage but not original, with inked note on front blank dating rebind to 1931, paper title label mounted on upper spine, marbled endpapers. Moderate shelf wear, a few light surface marks to cloth, slight exposure at corners but overall still very presentable. Several former owner signatures on front blanks, minor archival tape mending to fore-edges of two early leaves. xxix,1705 pp. Firm binding, clean interior, text block edges somewhat toned and dulled from use. Decently preserved copy. Vintage printing, originally copyrighted 1846. 038133 
Price: 35.00 USD
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7 A History of New Holland, Pennsylvania Covering Its Growth and Activities During Two Hundred Years of Existence, 1728-1928 [Custom Bound in Full Leather] 
Weaver, Martin G.
New Holland, PA: Self-Published [Martin G. Weaver], 1928. 1st Edition
Full-Leather 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Near Fine. N/A Book 
Original copy, rebound in full, polished light brown leather, both covers bordered in gilt, 5 raised spine bands bordered in gilt, lettered in gilt. 175 pp., illus. w/ b&w photographs. Text block edges toned, only slight shelf wear to binding. A lovely heirloom copy ideal for gifting. 039496 
Price: 95.00 USD
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8 A Narrative of the Early Life, Travels, and Gospel Labors of Jesse Kersey, Late of Chester County, Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia, PA: T. Ellwood Chapman, 1852. 
Full-Leather 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Fair-Good. N/A 
Both boards and flyleaves detached but present; spine panel lacking, binding otherwise firm. 288 pp. Text block generally clean, showing only light scattered foxing. Early printing, likely 2nd, after 1851 1st edition. 015329 
Price: 25.00 USD
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9 A new Medical Dictionary, or General Repository of Physic: Containing an Explanation of the Terms; and a Description of the Various Particulars Relating to Anatomy, Physiology, Physic, Surgery, Materia Medica, Chemistry, &c. &c. &c. [5th Edition] 
Motherby, G., M.D.; George Wallis (revisions and corrections)
London: Printed by S. Hamilton for J. Johnson.G. & J. Robinson.T. N. Longman & O. Rees.T. Cadell, 1801. 
Buckram Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Very Good. N/A 
Original edition, rebound in light brown/olive buckram, lettered in gold foil, with new endpapers, retaining original text block edges, which show mild toning/soiling typical of age. xii,811,[12] pp., with rear index and instructions to binder, lacking the (34) original copperplate engravings. Overall, clean and intact text block, a few leaves midway through showing creased top corners that are fragile, occasional foxing/soiling, generally minor. Please note that this copy does NOT contain the 34 copperplate engravings with which it was originally issued, which a former owner apparently removed at some point prior to rebinding. 028266 
Price: 500.00 USD
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10 A New System of Broad and Small Sword Exercise, Comprising the Broad Sword Exercise for Cavalry and the Small Sword Cut and Thrust Practice for Infantry. To Which are Added, Instructions in Horsemanship. Illustrated by 45 Handsome & Effective Engravings 
Stephens, Thomas
Philadelphia: I. R. & A. H. Diller, Republishers, 1843. First Edition
Cloth 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. VG+. 
Brown cloth, decorated in blind, lettered in gilt. Modest shelf/handling wear, quite respectably preserved. Minor soiling to covers, which are level and intact, with only slight rubbing to extremities. Front flyleaf shows foxing/spotting and vintage name stamp of former owner J. B. Fritz, also stamped on rear flyleaf; minor soiling to front and rear pastedowns. Firm binding, clean interior, leaves still bright, not showing any foxing or age toning worthy of comment. Appears to lack one blank at rear, with ragged tab still attached to binding, following p. 119 (which is the final page of text). Exceptionally scarce. 027298 
Price: 175.00 USD
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11 A Plea for Africa, Being Familiar Conversations on the Subject of Slavery and Colonization, (Originally Published under the Title "Yaradee."), Revised and Enlarged. [Second Edition: 1837] 
Freeman, F.
Philadelphia, PA: J. Whetham, 1837. Second Edition
Original Cloth 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Very Good. N/A 
Dark green (slightly faded black?) original publisher's cloth, decorated on spine panel in gilt. Mildly rubbed extremities, slightly frayed at heel of spine, mild exposure at corners. Firm binding, intact joints and hinges. Foxed endpapers, internal foxing, mostly light, ranging in a few places to moderate. Text block edges somewhat dulled by age. Original owner's signature, dated 1840 at Washington College, Pennsylvania, on front flyleaf, another owner's signature and provenance dated 1935. 359 pp. Overall, a very decently preserved copy of a scarce issue. Abolitionist. 018617 
Price: 95.00 USD
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12 A Residence at the Court of London 
Rush, Richard, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America, from 1817 to 1825
London: Richard Bentley, 1833. 1st Edition
Full-Leather 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Near Fine. N/A Book 
Full burgundy polished calf, elaborately decorated in blind with gilt borders on both covers, spine panel decorated in gilt and blind, gilt dentilled edges, marbled text block edges and endpapers, silk book mark bound in. xviii,420 pp. Leather is mildly rubbed along joints and at corners, otherwise Fine. Intact hinges, clean interior. Front pastedown shows armorial book plate of Hugh Cecil, Earl of Lonsdale (1857-1944). Howes R 522. An exceptional copy. 039499 
Price: 125.00 USD
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13 A Sermon, Delivered By Rev. Dr. Snell, June 27th, 1848, Being the 50th Anniversary of His Ordination and Installment, to the Pastoral Charge of Congregational Church and Society in North Brookfield 
Snell, Rev. Dr.
West Brookfield, MA: Power Press of Cooke & Chapin, 1848. First Edition
Original Wraps 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Very Good. 
String binding, title page also front cover, likely not issued in wraps. Early leaves show bent fore-edge corners, minor paper loss from bumping at corners, loss along fore-edge of final leaf. Moderately toned interior, with a few spots of dampstaining on title pg. 54 pp. 000530 
Price: 20.00 USD
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14 A Treatise on Swaim's Panacea; Being a Recent Discovery for the Cure of Scrofula or King's Evil, Mercurial Disease, Deep-Seated Syphilis, Rheumatism, and All Disorders Arising from a Contaminated or Impure State of the Blood, with Cases Illustrating. 
Swaim, William
Philadelphia, PA: Clark and Raser, Printers, 1824. First Edition
Half-Leather 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Good. N/A 
Burgundy half-leather, bordered in gilt, gilt lettering and bands on spine panel, marbled paper over boards. xii,159 pp. Moderately rubbed along joints and corners, with exposure at latter as well as along portions of edges. Some surface rubbing as well, but no loss. Lacks frontis. (engraving of Nancy Linton). Signed by former owner on front pastedown and at top of title page (both signatures dated 1825). Dedication page neatly clipped, lacking approx. 25%, evidently to remove another signature; interior otherwise complete. Foxing throughout, generally light, occasionally ranging toward moderate. Annotations on rear endpapers. Firm binding, decently preserved. Exceptionally scarce. Appears to be the first edition of this title, which had several later printings. William Swaim, having been cured of a disease, possibly venereal, by a physician's remedy, about 1822, ferreted out the ingredients, added to them oil of wintergreen for flavor, and extensively advertised his "panacea," especially through pamphlets decorated with a symbolic Hercules killing the hydra. Despite exposes published by medical societies of New York and Philadelphia, he continued manufacturing his nostrum, waxing immensely rich by the mid-century. Even in the 1930's Swaim's Panacea was still being sold. In the New York Academy of Medicine Library is a hand-written pamphlet announcing a "Hospital for Scrofulous and Syphilitic Incurables to be supported by Subscription," an articles of which states that Mr. James Swaim will supply to the indigent inmates, gratis, the "Panacea," which is to be "the principal medicine used." No less a talent than Edgar Allan Poe (in the Southern Literary Messenger of April 1849) took indirect aim at the audacious claims that Swain made for his panacea by asking this rhetorical question: "Are our most deserving writers to be forever sneered down, or hooted down, or damned down with faint praise, by a set of men who possess little other ability than that which assures temporary success to them in common with Swaim's Panacea or Morrison's Pills?" 011587 
Price: 395.00 USD
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15 A Treatise on the Construction, Properties, and Analogies of the Three Conic Sections 
Bridge, Rev. B.
New Haven, CT: Hezekiah Howe & Co., 1836. 
Hard Cover 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Good. 
From the Second London Edition, with additions and alterations by the American Editor. This "American Editor," named in the publisher's advertisement (of which he was author), was F. A. P. Barnard, then (1831) of Yale College, later founder of Barnard College. Original boards: front board detached but present, rear board partially detached, lacking back strip, but text block and binding are firm, fully intact; both boards show typical spotting and rubbed edges but no major defects. vii + 128 pp., illus. w/ line drawings, diagrams. Interior is foxed, ranging light to moderate. The bottom fore-edge corner of the final 30 pp. or so shows some discoloration, progressing toward rear, with some paper loss (corner only, affecting no text) to several last leaves, discoloration also on rear pastedown. Reasonably preserved copy of a very scarce New Haven imprint with association to Yale and Barnard College, easily improved by rebacking. 006694 
Price: 150.00 USD
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16 A Universal History of the United States of America, Embracing. 
Taylor, C. B.
New York: Ezra Strong, 1834. 
Full-Leather 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Good. 
Full leather, spine panel lettered and decorated in gilt. Leather nicely intact, through a bit cracked/crazed along joints and spine; exterior presents well, solid VG to VG+. Text block shows typical foxing, mostly light, occasionally ranging to moderate. 534,vi pp., main text preceded by (12) pp. of wood engravings (2 per page, printed on 1 side only). Lacking approx. 2/3 of title page, main title intact, thus edition/printing unknown, probably 1834 printing, as this copy concludes with inauguration of Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren on 4 Mar. 1833. 021289 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 A View of the Evidences of Christianity in Three Parts: Part I. Of the direct historical evidence of Christianity, ... Part II. Of the auxiliary evidence of Christianity. Part III. A brief consideration of some popular objections 
Paley, William
Philadelphia, PA: James Webster, 1814. First Thus
Full-Leather 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Good-VG. 
Full original calf, spine panel lettered and banded in gilt. Minimally ex-library, institutional non-circulating, unmarked on exterior but showing clear-coated spine panel and joints, institutional book plate and former owner's signature and purchase notation on front pastedown, withdrawn stamp on both pastedowns. Leather shows a few surface marks but remains quite decent, with some rubbing to corners and minor exposure to one (bottom front). Front board shows leather separation along most of joint, reattached with library tape along inner hinge and firm; leather partially separated along portion of upper rear joint; binding firm. xii,443 pp. Text block edges typically darkened by age, some internal toning but nicely intact. Originally published 1794, here in its apparent second Philadelphia (also second American?) edition, after Dodson's 1795 printing. 034034 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 Abroad with the Jimmies 
Bell, Lilian
Boston, MA: L. C. Page and Co., 1902. First Edition
Decorative Cloth 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. VG+. 
1st ed.: April 1902. Dark blue cloth, ills. in red, green, tan, and black, lettered in gilt. Rubbed with minor exposure at corners and spine extremities, lightly soiled text block fore-edge. Overall a nicely intact copy, with firm binding and clean interior. Former owner signatures on front pastedown. 303,5,10 pp. Decorative/illus. cloth. 013901 
Price: 8.50 USD
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19 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Tom Sawyer's Companion] 
Twain, Mark; Bernard DeVoto (editor, intro.)
Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1994. Limited
Full-Leather 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. New. Not Issued Thomas Hart Benton 
Full brown leather, elaborately illus./lettered in gold foil, text block edges in gilt, silk book mark bound in. As issued. lxxvi,396 pp., illus. Easton Press ex-libris book plate mounted on front pastedown. 029469 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 Age of Reason, Being An Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology 
Paine, Thomas
New York: Peter Eckler, Publisher, 
Cloth 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Very Good. Not Issued 
Brown cloth, gilt on burgundy leather title label mounted on spine panel. Mildly rubbed at corners and spine extremities, light surface rubbing, slight edge chipping to title label. 186,[6],30,[2] pp., decorated endpapers, publisher's catalogs at rear. Published in two parts, both here in one volume, continuously paginated. A few notations in pencil on verso of front flyleaf, verso of title page, and a few brackets in rear catalogs. Lightly age-toned text block. Undated, ca. early 1900s. Solid copy of a scarce edition. 012902 
Price: 20.00 USD
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21 America Illustrated 
Williams, J. David (editor)
New York: New York Printing and Publishing Co., 1879. 
Decorative Cloth 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Very Good. Not Issued 
Light brown cloth, decorative borders in black, lettered in gilt, bevelled edges, text block edges in gilt. Modest shelf wear, spine panel a bit sunned, rubbed with slight exposure to several corners and spine extremities, small notch in cloth along bottom front edge. 1882 calligraphic gift inscription on front flyleaf, which shows slight loss along top edge and light vertical crease, otherwise unmarked. 121 pp., well illus. w/ reproduced engravings. 028226 
Price: 40.00 USD
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22 American Criminal Trials [Volume I + II, Complete] [Chandler's Criminal Trials] 
Chandler, Peleg W.
Boston and London: Timothy H. Carter and Co./A. Maxwell, 1844. First Edition
Half-Leather 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. VG+. 
Complete in two (2) volumes, uniformly bound in 1/2 brown morocco, marbled paper covered boards, top text block edges in gilt. Both volumes mildly rubbed along front joints, lightly along rear, otherwise showing only mild shelf wear; all boards still anchored by binding cords. Slight separation at front joint extremities of Vol. I, upper front and rear joint of Vol. II, which also shows evidence of neat repair to front hinge. Firm bindings, entire text block fully intact, light scattered interior foxing. Former owner's book plate mounted on front pastedown of Vol. I. xii,436 + viii,387 pp., engraved frontis. Decently preserved, very scarce. 030281 
Price: 250.00 USD
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23 An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language [New Edition, Revised and Enlarged] 
Skeat, Rev. Walter W.
Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1956. 
Cloth 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. VG+. No Jacket 
Brown glazed cloth, lettered in gilt. Light shelf wear, with some unevenness of tone to surface glazing, perhaps the result of moisture contact, but not accurately describable as dampstaining, and not extending to interior, which is clean and fully intact. Noted as "Impression of 1956 / First Edition 1879-1882" on copyright page, this "New" Edition first issued ca. 1909 (based on Preface). xliv,780 pp. Mild cosmetic issues, otherwise solid Near Fine. 031763 
Price: 20.00 USD
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24 An Inquiry Into the Origin of the Antiquities of America. With an Appendix, Containing Notes, and "A View of the Causes of the Superiority of the Men of the Northern Over Those of the Southern Hemisphere" 
Delafield, John, Jr.; James Lakey; Rev. Charles P. McIlvaine (preface)
New York, London and Paris: Colt, Burgess and Co./Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman/A. and W. Galignani and Co., 1839. First Edition
Buckram 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Good. Ex-Library 
Rebound in burgundy buckram, moderately soiled, rubbed with light fraying at corners and spine extremities. Modestly ex-library, stamped on bottom text block edge, perforated institutional stamp on upper title and dedication pages, a few small marginal stamps, otherwise unmarked, all plates unmarked. Light scattered internal foxing. Front flyleaf (replacement) and front blank (original) mostly detached, still present and fully intact, all other leaves firmly anchored. 142 pp., illus. with 10 (of 11) full-page engraved plates, 5 of which are handsomely hand-colored (original to issue?), lacking the folding plate (described in Howes as typical). Plate I significantly foxed, others relatively clean. Approx. 11 3/16" x 9 7/16". Howes D 226. A fundamentally sound copy. Scarce. 013249 
Price: 375.00 USD
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25 Anna Karenina 
Tolstoy, Leo; Louise and Aylmer Maude (transl.)
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1980. 
Hardcover 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Near Fine. Not Issued Book James Tissot 
Black leatherette, both covers and spine panel elaborately decorated in gold foil, all text block edges in gilt, decorated endpapers, raised spine bands. Top edge gilt partially rubbed/faded, otherwise as issued. 771 pp., illus. 039075 
Price: 25.00 USD
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