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The industrial revolution brought MORE books, with MORE illustrations, in MORE colorful and elaborate bindings, to MORE people than ever before.  The books offered below were handsomely bound as you see them NOT by independent “hand binders” but by their publishers, by machine methods, in proudly “modern” factories.  The earlier examples here are often subtle in their charm (and hard to photograph);  the late 19th-century ones only begin to show the range of what glittered and gleamed in the bookshop windows of their exuberant era;  and the early 20th-century bindings demonstrate yet another change in taste.  (There are a few “publisher's paper” bindings here, too, just because we couldn't resist putting them in!)  Please note that all these volumes are in fit condition to give real pleasure to collectors or gift-recipients but not all are in states to be “collected for condition”— prices, of course, have been set accordingly, and condition details have been carefully supplied. These, you will want to pay attention to, and perhaps consult about.
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AMERICA's TREES in Three Volumes131 Hand-Colored Plates
Unusual & Lovely Original Striped Bindings with
The West & Southeast Magnificently Represented
(An AMERICAN STRIPED TRIO).  Nuttall, Thomas.    The North American sylva; or, a description of the forest trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia not described in the work of F. Andrew Michaux ... in three volumes ...being the [fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes] of Michaux and Nuttall's North American Sylva. Philadelphia: Robert P. Smith (pr. by Kite & Walton), 1852–53. Tall 8vo (28.8 cm, 11.35"). 3 vols. I: xii, 12, 13*–15*, [1], 13–18, 19*–24*, [19]–136 pp.; 40 col. plts. II: 128 pp.; 50 col. plts. III: [2], 148, [4 (index)] pp.; 41 col. plts.
$6875.00
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Stamped in the Titular Metals
(“A” is for . . . A Lovely Little Production)!    Ellwanger, George H. In gold and silver.   New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1892. 12mo (17.1 cm, 6.73"). Frontis., illum. t.-p., viii, 156, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 8 plts., illus.
$55.00
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Funny *&* EducationalIllustrated Roman Shenanigans
Abbott à Beckett, Gilbert; John Leech, illus. The comic history of Rome. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., [between 1872 & 1887]. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). Engr. t.-p., [v]–xii, 308 pp.; 10 col. plts.
$150.00
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Hand-Colored “Picture Fables”
(Aesop).  Fables for children. New York: Leavitt & Allen, [ca. 1865]. 16mo (18 cm, 7.08"). 32 pp.; illus. (plts. incl. in pagination).
$375.00
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Harry of England, Your Career Shall be Stained in Blood!
Ainsworth, William Harrison.  Windsor Castle. An historical romance. London: Henry Colburn, 1844. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.69"). Add. engr. t.-p., x, [2], 324 pp.; 22 plts., illus.
$350.00
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WONDERFUL is theComfort of Words
Aked, Charles F.  Wells and palm trees. Cool water and abundant rest on life's rough way. New York: Dodge Publishing Co., © 1908. 12mo. Frontis., [6], 149, [1] pp.
$75.00

Burd's Festive Little Women
Alcott, Louisa M.; Clara M. Burd, illus.  Little women. Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1926. 4to (23.5 cm, 9.25"). Col. frontis., xiii, [1], 496, [2] pp.; 4 col. plts., illus.
[SOLD]
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Pre-Civil War KentuckyParticularly Its Birds But Also Those Lovely Dresses!
Allen, James Lane; & Hugh Thomson, illus.  A Kentucky cardinal and Aftermath. New York & London: The Macmillan Co. (pr. by Norwood Press), 1900. 12mo (20.9 cm, 8.22"). [2], xxxii, [2], 276, [4 (adv.)] pp.; illus.
$125.00
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“A God-Hero of the Golden Age of Myth” —
The First Original English-Language Poem on the Buddha
Arnold, Edwin.  The light of Asia. Being the life and teaching of Gautama prince of India and founder of Buddhism. Avon, CT: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club, 1976. Folio (30 cm, 11.8"). xxiv, 193, [3] pp.; 8 col. plts.
[SOLD]
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BIBLES
ORDERED BY DATE

Szyk's LEC Ruth
Bible.  O.T. Ruth. English. 1947. Authorized (i.e., “King James Version”).   The book of Ruth from the translation prepared at Cambridge in 1611 for King James I with a preface by Mary Ellen Chase and illustrations by Arthur Szyk. New York: [Printed by the Aldus Printers for the] Limited Editions Club, 1947. Small folio (31 cm, 12.2"). 42, [6] double-fold pp.; col. illus.
$250.00
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A NOVEL Which Proves That War is Solving Civilization's Problems
& Has Made Love Again Triumphant”

(Margaret Armstrong Binding)
Bradley, Mary Hastings.  The wine of astonishment. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1919. 8vo (19.2 cm, 7.56"). 312, [2] pp.
[SOLD]
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Reconstruction-Era Novel Set in ALABAMA
by an Alabama Author
Brown, Annie G. [a.k.a. Annie Finley Green]; Joseph “J.C.” Leyendecker, illus.  Fireside battles. Chicago: Laird & Lee, (1900). 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.42"). Frontis., 327, [1] pp.; 8 plts., illus.
$80.00
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A Musical Novel of IcelandIn a Signed, Themed Binding
Caine, Hall.  The prodigal son. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1904. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.59"). [8], 408 pp.
$55.00
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WILL CARLTON —
One could build a very interesting little collection of bindings and illustration, using his books!
They were SO popular, and oft-produced . . .
(Ditto, of course, Burns, Cowper, Scott, or
   Mrs. Hemans — for example.)

Quaint Customs
Carleton, Will.  Farm festivals. New York: Harper & Brothers, copyright 1881. 8vo. 167, [1], 6 (adv.)] pp. ; 18 plts. (incl. in pagination), illus.
$50.00

The Little Sleeper & Paul's Run Off with the Show”
ILLUSTRATED
   
Carleton, Will.  Farm legends. New York: Harper & Brothers, c. 1887. 8vo. 187, [1], 4 (adv.) pp.; 17 plts., illus.
$50.00

Years & Years' Worth ofSelf-Sacrifice On Both the Man's & the Woman's Part
Crawford, F. Marion.  A rose of yesterday. New York & London: Macmillan & Co., 1897. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). [4], 218, [10 (adv.)] pp.
$75.00
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Bite-Sized Theatrical Morsels inFancy Dress Signed Bindings
Cruz, Ramón de la.  Sainetes de D. Ramón de la Cruz. Barcelona: Biblioteca “Arte y Letras” E. Domenech y Ca., 1882. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8"). 2 vols. I: [4], xliii, [1], 338, [2] pp.; 16 plts. (some incl. in pagination). II: [4], 343, [5] pp.; 5 plts.
$275.00
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This also appears in the HISPANIC
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You Can't Keep a Squirrel on the Ground”
Cullen, Clarence Louis.  Tales of the ex-tanks: A book of hard-luck stories. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1900. 12mo (18.6 cm, 7.25"). 392 pp.
$35.00
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A Celebration of Fine EducationInscribed by the Author
Cunningham, Frank H.  Familiar sketches of the Phillips Exeter Academy and surroundings. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1883. 8vo (20.1 cm; 7.875"). xiv, 360 pp. illus.
$200.00
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      & UNDER,  click here.

The Daniel Webster Statue in Concord, NH
(Daniel Webster).  Official proceedings at the dedication of the statue of Daniel Webster at Concord, New Hampshire, on the 17th date of June, 1886. Manchester: John B. Clarke, 1886. 8vo (23.7 cm, 9.33"). 120 pp.; 2 plts.
[SOLD]
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      & UNDER,  click here.

Popular AuthorDecorative Designers Binding
Deland, Margaret.  Dr. Lavendar's people. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1903. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.6"). [viii], 369, [7 (adv.)] pp.; 12 plts.
$45.00
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Thomson's Illustrations Beau Brocade”
Dobson, Austin. The ballad of Beau Brocade and other poems of the XVIIIth century. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1892. 8vo. Frontis., xiii, [3], 89, [3] pp.; 25 plts., illus.
$90.00
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New Homes, NEW HEARTS
Duncan, Norman.  The suitable child. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1909. 4to. Frontis., 96 pp.; 4 plts.
$45.00
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CRANBERRIES
Eastwood, B. A complete manual for the cultivation of the cranberry, with a description of the best varieties. New York: C.M. Saxton, Barker, & Co., 1860. 8vo. Engr. t.-p., 120 pp; 9 plts.
$125.00
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For a bit more AGRICULTURE,  click here.

Ellis on “the Whole Law of Woman's Life”Complete Set
in theSCARCE PRESENTATION CASE
Ellis, Sarah Stickney.  (The Englishwoman's Family Library). The daughters of England, their position in society, character & responsibilities. The mothers of England[,] their influence & responsibility. The wives of England, their relative duties, domestic influence, & social obligations. The women of England, their social duties, and domestic habits. London: Peter Jackson & Fisher, Son, and Co., [ca. 1845]. 8vo (17.7 cm, 6.96"). 4 vols. Daughters: Frontis., 400 pp. Mothers: Frontis., [8], 390 pp. Wives: Frontis., 371, [1] pp. Women: Frontis., 343, [1] pp.
[SOLD]
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Opposing Satan's Servants witha Lot of Slogging
Fernald, Mark.  Life of Elder Mark Fernald, written by himself. Newburyport: Geo. Moore Payne & D.B. Pike; Philadelphia: Christian General Book Concern (pr. by William H. Huse), 1852. 12mo (19.6 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., 405, [1] pp.
$150.00
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May Not a POET Now & Then / Reveal These Lives of Average Men?
Foss, Sam Walter.  Whiffs from wild meadows. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., copyright 1895. 8vo (19.4 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., [2], ix, [1], 272 pp.; illus.
$50.00
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GiltMOSAIC Binding
[Gavard, Charles].  Souvenir d'une promenade a Versailles. Paris: au Bureau des Galeries Historiques de Versailles, [ca. 1850–55]. Folio (36.5 cm; 14.5"). [6] ff., 50 leaves of plates.
$600.00
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This English Classic Presented inClassic Fashion
Goldsmith, Oliver.  The deserted village. Boston: J.E. Tilton & Co., 1866. 8vo. 53, [1] pp.; illus.
$49.50

Thomson's Illustrations The Vicar
Goldsmith, Oliver.  The Vicar of Wakefield. London & New York: Macmillan & Co., 1892. 8vo. Frontis., xxxiv, [2], 305, [7] pp.; illus.
$40.00
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Hand-ColoredFloral Frontispiece
Goodrich, Samuel G., ed.  The token, or affection's gift,a Christmas and New-Year's present.   Hartford: S. Andrus & Son, [ca. 1846]. 12mo. Frontis., 312 pp.; 4 plts.
$112.50
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In the reign of good King René . . . ”
Guiney, Louise Imogen.  The secret of Fougereuse: A romance of the fifteenth century; from the French. Boston: Marlier, Callanan & Co., 1898. 12mo (18.7 cm, 7.375"). Frontis., 347, [1] pp.; 4 plts.
$45.00
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Taking the Fad TOO Far?
Harsha, D.A.  The Heavenly token a gift book for Christians. New York: H. Dayton; Indianapolis: Asher & Co., 1859. 12mo (18.6 cm; 7.625"). Engr. frontis., 491 pp.
$125.00
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He BeatMark Twain to the Use of Pike County Vernacular
Hay, John.  The Pike County ballads. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1912. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). 45, [3] pp.; illus.
$150.00
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Exquisite Studies of Japan”Bruce Rogers Binding
Hearn, Lafcadio.  Kwaidan: Stories and studies of strange things. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (pr. by the Riverside Press), 1904. 12mo (19.1 cm, 7.5"). Frontis., [14], 240, [2] pp.; 1 plt.
$250.00
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There are Few Difficulties That Cannot be Surmounted by
Patience, Resolution, & Pluck
Henty, G.A.  Condemned as a Nihilist: A story of escape from Siberia. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892. 8vo (19 cm, 7.45"). 332, 16 (adv.) pp.; 8 plts., 1 map.
$65.00
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Something Different fromthe Creator of Ruritania
Hope, Anthony, pseud.  Helena's path. New York: McClure Co., 1907. 8vo. Frontis., [6], 241, [1] pp.
$40.00
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Dartmouth's Laureate
Hovey, Richard.  Dartmouth lyrics. Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., (copyright 1924). 8vo. xiv, 94 pp.
$65.00
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Attractive Little Book!
Howells, William Dean.  Criticism and fiction. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892. 12mo. Frontis., title-leaf, 188 pp., [2] ff.
$25.00
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Filmed TwiceHere in a Decorative Designers Binding
Hutchinson, Arthur Stuart-Menteth.  The happy warrior. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1913. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.59"). Frontis., ix, [1], 448, [4 (adv.)] pp.
$35.00
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