Carl Van Vechten - Excavations: A Book of Advocacies - First Edition SIGNED to Algonquin Hotel owner Frank Case - $200

VAN VECHTEN, Carl. Excavations: A Book of Advocacies

Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. First Edition. Octavo (7.75" x 5.5"). [xii], 285p. SIGNED by the author with Christmas gift inscription to Algonquin Hotel owner Frank Case and his Wife Bertha, with Case's bookplate on front pastedown. Printed blue dustjacket; book in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Dustjacket is in sections with back and spine missing. Remainder is chipped along edges with a few small tears, along with some creasing and toning. Boards square with some darkening to spine and along edges and tugging/bumping to head and tail. Opens easily to between gatherings but binding is holding soundly. Pages a bit toned but unmarked.

As a young hotel manager, Frank Case convinced Albert Foster to change his hotel's name from the Puritain to the Algonquin. Years later he bought the place, and when writers, actors, and critics such as Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, Ruth Hale, and Robert Benchley began showing up for lunch, it was Case who moved them to the more prominent Rose Room and their now famous "Round Table." Van Vechten was also active in the New York arts scene as a patron and promoter of the Harlem Renaissance, famously hosting racially mixed cocktail parties at which, according to biographer Emily Bernard, "powerful whites were able to meet black artists on the most intimate terms."

$200
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John T. Scopes & James Presley - Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes - SIGNED by both, with letters, etc. - $600

SCOPES, John T[homas] and PRESLEY, James. Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes.

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967. Second Printing (stated). SIGNED by both Scopes and Presley on front free endpaper to book reviewer Evelyn Oppenheimer, with additional letters and ephemera. 16mo (8.5" x 5.75"); [viii], 277p. Illustrated dustjacket with $5.95 price; book in blue cloth with white and black pine lettering/illustration. Jacket shows a small chip at top near spine and creasing to bottom front, along with some general scuffing, toning, and edgewear. Boards are square. Back endpaper toned from previously laid-in clippings. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked.

Included are an additional written letter signed by Scopes, two signed typed letters and a Christmas card from Presley, typed and written biographical notes from what seems to be another researcher/reviewer, and assorted photocopies of articles. In the letters the authors thank Oppenheimer for her review of the book and a radio interview and program she moderated. 

$600
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Samuel Travers Clover - On Special Assignment - First Edition, 1903 - Scarce Johnson County War Volume - $2,200

CLOVER, Samuel Travers. On Special Assignment. Being the Further Adventures of Paul Travers; Showing How He Succeeded as a Newspaper Reporter.

Boston: Lothrop Publishing Company, 1903. First Edition. Octavo (7.5" x 5.25"); 307p +4 adverts. 4 plates including frontis, all present. Light bumping to corners and tugging at head and tail of spine, along with some light smudging/soiling. Rear free endpaper is torn horizontally with torn piece missing. Last advert page creased horizontally and at corner. Ownership inscription dated 1924 on front free endpaper, else pages are unmarked with some occasional foxing. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is holding soundly. Not ex-library.

Very scarce volume on the Johnson County War. From Adams "The author was a reporter sent out by a Chicago newspaper to cover the Johnson County War. Although written in the form of fiction, this book calls actual names and relates factual events as the author witnessed them" [Six Guns 444; Herd 493]. A few old catalog and auction listings mention that bibliographer Jeff Dykes was never able to find a copy for his collection.

$2,200
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Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and Other Volcanos - 1774 - $1000

HAMILTON, William. Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and Other Volcanos: In a Series of Letters Addressed to the Royal Society, From the Honourable Sir W. Hamilton, K. B. F. R. S. His Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Naples. To which are Added, Explanatory Notes by the Author Hitherto Unpublished.

London: T. Cadell, 1774. New Edition. Octavo (8" x 5"); iv, 179p with advert on final verso. 5 copper plates and one foldout map, all present. In brown calf with five raised bands and gilt lettering to spine (incorrectly dated 1772). Pencil erasure and some spotting to front free endpaper. Original pages a bit toned with expected offsetting from plates, but pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is solid. Not an ex-library copy.

$1000
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John Gunther - The Bright Nemesis - First Edition - $70

GUNTHER, John. The Bright Nemesis.

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1932. Stated First Edition. Octavo (7.75" x 5.5"); 309pp. Original illustrated dustjacket showing $2.00 price; green boards with black lettering. Unclipped dustjacket shows a few very small tears and some rubbing, bumping, and light creasing along edges, but is crisp overall with bright colors. Boards show light shelfwear with some bumping to corners. Scraping and leftover adhesive from removed bookplate on front pastedown, mostly obscured by jacket flap, with some toned offsetting opposite. Binding is sound and pages lightly toning but unmarked. 

One of eight novels, and this the only mystery, by the Death Be Not Proud author. A contemporary blurb in The Spectator describes it as "Murder in the Balkans, described as if the crime report, the gossip paragraphs, and the foreign news of a go-ahead paper had got badly mixed in proof."

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Modern Persecution: Insane Asylums Unveiled - E.P.W. Packard - 1873 - SOLD

PACKARD, E[lizabeth] P[arsons] W[are]. Modern Persecution, or, Insane Asylums Unveiled, As Demonstrated By the Report of the Investigating Committee of the Legislature of Illinois. 

Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1873. 16mo (8.25" x 6"); 402pp. Eight illustrations, all present. Brown tooled cloth with gilt decoration to front, back, and spine. Boards show some rubbing and some solid bumping to corners, with scuffs down joints and some overall dulling, though gilt to spine is still bright. Gilt page edges dulled. Shallow crease along fore-edge of frontis, with light dampstain at top corner of first 100 or so pages, not involving text. Binding is holding soundly and pages are unmarked. 

Originally published  in 1868 as The Prisoner's Hidden Life, or, Insane Asylums Unveiled. This edition is Volume 1 of a two-volume set, though the second, Modern Persecution, or, Married Woman's Liabilities was related more in terms of the author's advocacy for both issues than in subject matter itself. Institutionalized by her husband--a minister, with whom she was having religious disagreements--under a caveat in Illinois law allowing husbands to commit their wives without trial or consent, Packard spent three years at Jacksonville Insane Asylum before managing to gain a trial for her sanity. The jury declared in her favor after only seven minutes. After her release, she founded the Anti-Insane Asylum Society and became an advocate both for women's rights and for people accused of insanity, publishing a handful of books on the subjects. 

$125
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Galatea - Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian - 1804 First Edition in English - $250

FLORIAN, Jeah-Pierre Claris de. Galatea: A Pastoral Romance. Translated by Miss [Harriet] Highley. 

London: S. Highley, 1804. First Edition. Octavo (7.25" x 4.75"); 167pp, complete with three plates and three pages of ads at back. Three-quarter green leather and marbled paper with gilt lettering and decoration to spine. Boards show a good bit of rubbing/bumping along edges and overall scuffing, with some tugging to head and tail of spine. University of Texas Library stamp on front pastedown and twice internally, but no other library marks, cards, or additions. Splits just starting at front and back hinges, but binding is holding soundly. Pages toned a bit with some light offsetting opposite frontis and some foxing to final plate, but no writing or markings.

First publication in English of Florian's 1788 condensation and completion of Miguel de Cervantes's first published work, La Galatea, whose sequel Cervantes promised but never wrote. Florian shortens Cervantes's six books down to three, adding a few scenes and a concluding fourth book of his own contrivance. The result (and Ms. Highley's translation) was favorably reviewed in the May 1804 edition of The Monthly Mirror. No other copies available for sale online at the time of writing.

$250
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Andy Warhol's Exposures - Signed First Printing - $500

WARHOL, Andy. Andy Warhol's Exposures.

New York: Andy Warhol Books/Grosset & Dunlap, 1979. First Printing (stated). Signed by Warhol "To Margaret and [?]" on half title. Folio (11.5" x 9.5"). In original dustjacket over black cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. Signature consistent with other samples from this period. Unclipped dustjacket shows a 1/4" clean tear at top front and light shelfwear, with some shallow dampstaining to interior at head and tail of spine extending a couple inches out in either direction--unnoticeable on the exterior except for some very faint discoloration at tail of spine. Boards are square with some bumping top fore-edge corners. First gathering is a bit loose at top stitch and the book opens easily to a few places where previously laid flat, but binding is holding soundly. Pages are unmarked.

Warhol writes in the Introduction, "I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night." And so he did, armed with his new small, auto-focus 35mm cameras, a tape recorder, film and batteries, and snacks from a local health food shop. Exposures is a glimpse into Warhol's expansive social life, capturing and profiling the stars and major players in the world of art, music, fashion, theater, politics, and other players in the social scenes he moved through. 

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Frederick Nolan - The Lincoln County War - Deluxe Edition - 1 of 50, with original L.G. Murphy & Co. check - $500

NOLAN, Frederick. The Lincoln County War: A Documentary History.

Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1992. Limited Deluxe Edition, signed by the author and numbered 12 of 50 copies. Photograph made from original (c. 1879) of Jimmy Dolan and Bob Olinger attached to frontis; original L.G. Murphy & Co. check in pocket attached to rear pastedown. Quarter leather over light brown cloth-covered boards, in matching cloth-covered slipcase. Very slight curving to boards near fore-edge, with a clean inch tear at top of page 457, not extending to text. Some pages still uncut. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Slipcase is sturdy and square with no bumps or splits. 

A detailed and heavily researched account of the Lincoln County War--fought by a who's who of the Old West including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, John Chisum, the Jesse Evans Gang, and many more--drawing from numerous primary sources on all sides of the conflict. The conflict was the basis for Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Arthur Penn's The Left Handed Gun, the John Wayne film Chisum, and of course Young Guns. 

$500
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Lewis H. Garrard - Wah to Yah and the Taos Trail - First Edition, 1850 - $1200

GARRARD, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail; or Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, With a Look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire.

Cincinnati and New York: H.W. Derby & Co. and A.S. Barnes & Co., 1850. First Edition. First issue, with page 269 numbered as 26. Rebound in black leather boards with gilt lettering and rules to spine. A few pages show light foxing and dogeared corners, and there are one or two spots of oxidation from a previously laid in object. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. 

Taking its name for an Indian name for Colorado's Spanish Peaks, Garrard's book recounts tales of "the Indian, the trader, the mountain man, their dress, and behavior and speech and the country and climate they lived in" (A.B. Guthrie, Jr., introducing a later edition), while crossing paths with frontier and mountain men such as Kit Carson, Jim Beckwourth, and Ceran St. Vrain.

$1200
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David Claypoole Johnston - Scraps No. 1 1849 - Engraving, Satire, Women's Rights - SOLD

JOHNSTON, D[avid] C[laypoole]. Scraps No. 1, 1849 New Series. 

Boston: D.C. Johnston, 1949. Oblong format (13.5" x 10.75"). Four engraved plates with tissue overlays, in printed yellow paper wraps. Covers show a few small tears along edges with a split to spine running just over half way up from tail, along with some dampstaining and smudging and two large soiled spots to back. Tissue overlays toned and foxed with offsetting. Plates themselves are clean and crisp, with just one spot at middle of the third. Binding is holding soundly and pages are unmarked. 

An engraver, painter, printmaker, satirist, and actor, David Claypoole Johnston was a prolific contributor to early American lithography, with a wide spectrum of subject matter covering politics, religion, social issues, the militia, fashion, and more. Influenced early by the work of George Cruikshank, Johnston's work took its own voice and evolved, especially in the nine Scraps volumes published from 1828 to 1849. This volume contains a number of cartoons on a variety of subjects, including an entire plate titled "Women's Rights," featuring eight illustrations on the subject. 

$99.95
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Elmore Leonard - The Bounty Hunters - Signed First Edition, 1954 - $2400

LEONARD, Elmore. The Bounty Hunters.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1954. Octavo. First Edition. Signed without inscription by the author on full title. Dustjacket with original $2.00 price shows some chipping at head and tail of spine as well as some small tears along edges, a bit of scuffing, and some general fading to face and sunning to spine.  Boards are square with solid lettering, showing darkening to spine and some soiling with tugging to head and tail and some scuffs/chips to joints. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked.

Though he became better known for mysteries, Leonard began his career writing Westerns. The Bounty Hunters tells the story of an Army scout and a young lieutenant tasked with tracking down a renegade Apache chief south of the border. This was Leonard's debut novel.

$2400
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The Paste Papers of the Golden Hind Press - SIGNED / LIMITED ED. of 70 COPIES - $295.00

FRASER, James H. The Paste Papers of the Golden Hind Press.

Florham, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Library and The Tideline Press, 1983. Tall octavo (12.5" x 6.5"). 40 pp. Plum paper-covered boards over cream-colored linen spine with a brown title card with gilt lettering. Printed from hand set type on dampened, handmade Fabriano Pace paper. Tipped in examples throughout of 1930s paste papers used by the Golden Hind Press for decorative bindings. The Pace paper and cover paper are also former stock of the Golden Hind Press, which closed in 1955.

Limited Edition, signed by paper artist Delight Lewis and numbered 55 of 70 copies on limitation page at back. Single page prospectus laid in at front, in clean, crisp condition. The eighteen tipped in paste paper samples are all present, and are clean, and crisp. Acetate jacket shows a tear across the width of the book from spine down to bottom front corner, along with a small chip at top corner at fold. Book itself is clean and square with just some light edgewear and a bit of toning near top edge of boards. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Correspondence between a local bookseller and the curator and director of the Fairleight Dickinson University Library laid in.

Founded in 1927 by Harper and Brothers typesetter and printer Arthur W. Rushmore and run primarily with his wife, Edna, and two daughters, Delight and Elaine, The Golden Hind Press printed over two hundred books, broadsides, and leaflets until its closing with Arthur Rushmore's death in 1955. The paste papers highlighted in this volume were designed by Delight Rushmore Lewis after studying samples brought back from Arthur's 1929 trip to England, France, and Germany.

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Hippolytos of Euripedes - The Gehenna Press - Limited Edition Signed by Leonard Baskin, with 10 Prints - $850

EURIPIDES. Hippolytos.

Northampton: Gehenna Press, 1969. Limited Edition. Etchings by Leonard Baskin printed from plates by Emiliano Sorini. Large folio with marbled boards and leather spine in marbled clamshell case. 10 prints with tissue overlays in marbled inner case. Boards show very light edgewear with some curving to edges. Prints and tissue overlays are clean and crisp, with a couple dog-eared corners and some rubbing to edges from outer case closure. Clamshell case shows a bit of curving at edges and some rubbing/bumping to edges and corners, but is sturdy and square with no splits or marks. 

Signed by Leonard Baskin under colophon at back and numbered 44 of 200 copies, of which 100 were available for sale.

$850
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Adventurous Hobby - I.J. Zimmerman - Limited Edition of 40 copies - Inscribed - Lino-block and Handpress - $199.95

ZIMMERMAN, I.J. Adventurous Hobby: Achievements in Lino-cutting and Printing.

Pittstown, NJ: Long Book Press, 1960. Quarto (9.5" x 8.25"). Signed with inscription by the author on flyleaf. Numbered 6 of a Special Limited Edition of 40 copies. Decorative quarter cloth and paper boards with title card; 62pp. Hand-set with engravings and text printed in color on Ticonderoga paper with lino-block and handpress. Title card coming free from glue but holding at right edge. Covers show some fading toward spine with a bit of smudging on title card, otherwise just some light rubbing/bumping along edges and corners. Offsetting (likely unavoidable) throughout book, but images are still clear and impressive with bright colors. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Scarce.

A collection of hand-colored linoleum-block engravings representing a portion of Zimmerman's work over three years.

I know of no better and rewarding adventure than to prepare a copy of art or writing, and then to multiply it many times, with fidelity and exactitude; and to wait with impatient eagerness to see it in print, and drink with joy at the consummation of this stimulating and most absorbing effort. Hail, Adventurous Hobby!

--The Author, from the Foreword

 

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The Rebel Outlaw Josey Wales - Forrest Carter - First Edition (1 of 75 copies) with Letter - SOLD

CARTER, Forrest. The Rebel Outlaw Josey Wales.

Gantt, AL: Whipporwill Publishers, 1973. First Edition. Octavo (9.24" x 6.25"). Red cloth boards with silver lettering, in original dustjacket with $4.95 price. Jacket shows a clean, 1.5 inch tear at bottom front with a crease running diagonally toward fore-edge, along with a few very small tears along top back edge and some tugging to head and tail of spine, but is bright and crisp. Front free endpaper has been cut out, with about 1 cm remaining. Light bumping to upper corner of pages, otherwise pages are clean and crisp with no tears, creases, or marks. Binding is sound. Letter signed by "Bedford Forrest Carter" laid in at front, with photo of Fletcher Taylor, Frank and Jesse James.

One of an apparent 75 copy run of the First Printing, according to an interview with Clint Eastwood by film critic and journalism professor Duane Byrge. One copy was sent by the author to Clint Eastwood unsolicited, which led to the famous film adaptation. At the time it was unknown that Forrest Carter, who would also soon publish The Education of Little Tree (1976), was the pen name of former KKK member and Segregationist speechwriter Asa Earl Carter, who had left politics and moved to Texas, adopting the name Bedford Forrest Carter and claiming Cherokee heritage, to start over as a fiction writer after a failed run for governor of Alabama against George Wallace, for whose campaign he'd previously written.

The included letter, signed "B.F. Carter" above the printed "Bedford Forrest Carter" to an unspecified but suggested relative reads: 

"Mr. Carter,

Am sending this along from one of yore pore [sic] Alabama kinfolk...

Hope you will find time to read it, and that you will find merit in its story regarding Texas.

I am well acquainted with Don Josey of Dallas, having spent many pleasurable days at his ranch, north of Dallas...

...which I realize doesn't measure up to Fort Worth..but it was the best I could do for "room an' boardin'" at the time."

Regarding this letter: Both the Texas State Historical Association and the Encyclopedia of Alabama, along with a few other sources I found, list this as Asa Carter's full pseudonym, which he took on after moving to Abilene, Texas, though he published simply under the name Forest Carter. Further research showed the ranch referenced in the letter to be the Josey Ranch in Carrollton, Texas (just 20 or so miles south of our store in Denton), and that Carter had befriended the Joseys and had indeed stayed at their ranch for a time. The ranch was bulldozed sometime in the mid 1980s, just a few years after Carter's death in 1979. An online customer who wrote a dissertation on Carter and saw our listing wrote me a helpful message about Carter mentioning that his youngest son was also named "Bedford Forest," and wondered if the letter might be signed by the son instead. I have yet to find a reliable example of Carter's signature for comparison, but given the reference to the ranch, I'm inclined to believe the letter is the author's, though cannot say for certain at this time. As such we're putting this book on offer simply as a First Edition of Carter's rare novel, and are regarding the letter as an interesting bonus rather than considering this a known signed or association copy. 

$4500
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Letters of Hard Times in Texas: 1840-1890 - David Holman, 1974 - Limited in Marbled Boards - $199.95

HOLMAN, David. Letters of Hard Times in Texas: 1840-1890.

Austin: Roger Beacham, 1974. Octavo (11.25" x 8"); 56pp. Limited Edition; one of 90 numbered copies bound in marbled paper over cloth, of 120 printed in large format, of 295 copies total printed on hand-powered letterpress.  Covers show very light edgewear and faint bumping to corners, but are otherwise clean and square. Binding is solid and pages are unmarked.

Holman collects a number of letters here offering a glimpse into the often rough lives of settlers, farmers, passers-through, and others in Texas from the years just before its annexation to the United States up to the end of the century. From Joe B. Frantz's introduction, "For Texas was planted in poverty, nurtured in rock-hard soil, and has endured and matured on alternating diets of plenty and famine, spiced with most of the dirty tricks that a frequently hostile Nature knows how to play."

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Dr. John Dee - Of Spirits and Apparitions - Facsimile - Antonine/Golden Dragon Press - $499.95

DEE, John. Of Spirits and Apparitions, or A True and Faithful Relation of John Dee and Some Spirits.

Falkirk and Portmeirion: The Antonine Press and Golden Dragon Press, 1974. Limited Facsimile Edition of the 1659 edition, signed by both publishers and numbered 382 of 1000 copies on limitation card attached to rear pastedown. Folio (13.25" x 8.75") in slipcase. Printed dustjacket over cloth-covered boards. Slipcase shows a good bit of rubbing/scuffing to face and spine, but no splits or bumps. Unclipped dustjacket toned at edges but crisp and clean with no chips or tears. Small book supplier sticker on front pastedown. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. 

Mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, political thinker, librarian, and occult philosopher, John Dee spent much of his time trying to communicate with angels and devils when he wasn't advising Queen Elizabeth or tutoring Sir Philip Sidney. One of the most significant figures in Alchemy and Hermetic Philosophy right at the time when Science and Magic each woke up frantic with the hunch it might be time to start seeing other people but kept trying to stick it out a bit longer, not quite ready for the "It's not you, it's me" conversation. Dee finished his life as Warden of Christ's College, Manchester and died sometime in 1608-1609. Presumably buried at the Church of St. Mary, Mortlake, because of course his gravestone and all parish records are missing.

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Claes Oldenburg - Typewriter Eraser - Signed Limited Lithograph Print - $1,499.95

Limited Edition lithograph print of Typewriter Eraser, hand numbered #76 of 200 and signed by artist Claes Oldenburg. Print was recently acquired by our store from the estate sale of a well known local artist. The only other identical signed print found online at time of listing is  offered by an art gallery for $3,000. We are asking only half of that price and this piece is sure to slowly rise in value over time. 

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1640 - Ben Jonson - Catiline His Conspiracy - from the Second Folio - Richard Bishop, Printer - $500

Ben Jonson's Catiline His Conspiracy: A Tragedy from the Second Folio of Jonson's Complete Works published by Richard Bishop in London in 1640. Single play disbound from larger volume and rebound in paper wraps. Conforms to known printing errors between the First and Second Folio. Wraps show some rubbing/bumping along edges and some creasing to corners, with a small split to the back bottom hinge at tail of spine. Pages rippling bit. One page shows a clean, one inch tear at bottom, another shows a small spot, and a third a small inkstain in bottom margin, otherwise pages are clean with toning to edges and very occasional foxing. Binding is sound. Not ex-library.

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