Spencer's Roster of Native Sons (and Daughters)

For each locality of Upstate New York a Roster of its eminent sons and daughters, from earliest settlement to the present time in whatever field throughout the world their careers have been placed.  With supplementary lists giving: noted men identified with Upstate New York but born elsewhere, 75 state governors born in Upstate New York, and Confederate officers of the Civil War who were born in this area. Book is in good clean condition with just some light wear and soil. 6 x 9 inches with 287 indexed pages.  Red/orange cover with gilt lettering, same on spine.

  • Spencer's Roster of Native Sons (and Daughters)
  • Alfred Spencer
  • The Courier Press, 1941
  • First edition

A Window in Thrums

One of several novels about the fictional village of Thrums, said to be modeled on Barrie's home town of Kirriemuir. Approximately 5 x 8 inches with  217 pages. Dark green cloth cover with decorations and titles in red, paste-down illustration on cover. No date listed, circa 1910.  Some cover wear and soil, stain on rear endpaper.  Owner's stamp on front endpaper. Pages a bit browned. 

  • A Window in Thrums
  • J. M. Barrie
  • Henry T. Coates and Co.

King Arthur and His Knights

This vintage collection of King Arthur stories is bound in red cloth boards, with gilt spine lettering and a color paste-down illustration by Frank Godwin. Mild edgewear; Color and black-and-white plates by Godwin throughout. 256 pages; approx. 6"x9".

  • King Arthur and His Knights
  • Elizabeth Lodor Merchant
  • Frank Godwin, illustrator
  • The John C. Winston Company, 1927

A Review of the 'Trials of a Mind, in Its Progress to Catholocism'

This antique hardcover book is bound in royal blue cloth boards, with decorative gilt spine lettering, and gilt cover decorations. Some cover wear and soil; corners bumped; some foxing to endpapers; bookplate from a private library on front inner board. Most inside pages clean. Written anonymously, this is a critical commentary on Levi Silliman Ives' "Trials of a Mind," which described Ives' conversion to Catholicism. 248 pages, approx. 5"x7".

  • A Review of the 'Trials of a Mind, in Its Progress to Catholocism'
  • "An Ex-Clergyman"
  • Thomas Curtins, 1865

The Novel Library Boxed Set of Jane Austen

This vintage boxed set of six Jane Austen novels -- Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Emma -- features brightly colored patterned paper covers and black spines with gilt lettering. Slipcase, which is well-worn but intact, is covered in matching patterned paper, with no writing or labels. Believed to date from the 1950s or thereabouts, these volumes are clean, tight and unmarked, with only minor edgewear and some bumped corners. Each is approx. 4"x7" and about 250 pages. A pretty little set for any Austen lover. Hamish Hamilton’s Novel Library, which debuted in 1947 in the UK is known for its Oliver Simon / Curwen Press bindings. The series was published in the U.S. by Pantheon from 1948 until near the end of the series, in 1953, when Citadel Press took over distribution and began to sell the books at a discounted price in the US. No new titles were issued in the US or UK after 1951.

  • Six Volumes by Jane Austen (The Novel Library boxed Set)
  • Pantheon Books

Reflections of a Long Life

This privately printed autobiography has a navy blue hard cover with gilt lettering, printed emblems. Some wear to the spine ends, slight cover soil. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of the author as well as 4 photogravures within the text.  Signed by author on title page; facsimile of his signature appears under the frontis. portrait.  Stephenson reflects on his rise from humble origins in the lumberyard to his eventual rise to a management position and later involvement in politics. 5.5" x 8" with 264 pages. 

  • Isaac Stephenson
  • Published by the author, 1915


Signed by Fergusson on front free endpaper. This hard cover book has a black cover with red lettering on the front and spine of the cover. Gift inscription written on the front endpaper (not relating to author's signature). Cover soil, edgewear, spine is fraying at edges, worse at bottom portion. Pages generally clean Beautiful block illustrations by Li Browne. 6"x9" with 87 pages. Fergusson was a writer, historian, and storyteller who helped found the Albuquerque Historical Society.

  • Erna Fergusson
  • Li Browne, illustrator
  • Merle Armitage Editions, 1947

The Immortals

Beautifully bound set of leather volumes commerating France's finest literature, deluxe edition of 250 registered and numbered sets (this one is marked number 24). Uniformly bound in marbled leather with gilt stamping on front boards and spine, first five volumes of the set are bound in black marbled leather while the remaining ten are in brown marbled leather. Each volume with illustrations. Top edge gilt, deckled outside edges, decorative gilt fleur-de-lis endpapers, color illustrated title pages, Academie Francaise medal on front covers. Some slight rubbing to boards at corners and spines, medal missing from Droz volume. Full set was 20 volumes, 15 are present here: 

Serge Panine, by Georges Ohnet, with general introduction to the series by Gaston Boissier and preface to the novel by Victor Cherbuliez. Also includes limited edition information and certificate signed by series editors Gaston Boissier and Robert Arnot., xviii, 317 pp. 

Monsieur de Camors, by Octave Feuillet, with preface by Maxime du Camp. xi, 338 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown.

Prince Zilah, by Jules Claretie, with preface by Comte d’Haussonville. xiii, 313 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown.

Monsieur, Madame, and Bebe, by Gustave Droz, with preface by Camille Doucet. x, 291 pp. 

Cosmopolis, by Paul Bourget, with preface by Jules Lemaitre. x, 375 pp.

Gerfaut, by Charles de Bernard, with preface by Jules Claretie. xi, 376 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown. 

A Romance of Youth, by Francois Coppee, with preface by Jose de Heredia. xiii, 365 pp. 

The Abbe Constantin, by Ludovic Halevy, with preface by E. Legouve, x, 337 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown.

Conscience, by Hector Mallot, with preface by Edouard Pailleron. x, 353 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown. 

Confession of a Child of the Century, by Alfred de Musset, with preface by Henri de Bornier. xiv, 311 pp. 

Cinq Mars (vol. I of II), by Alfred de Vigny, with preface by Charles de Mazade. xxii, 299 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown. 

Cinq Mars (vol. II of II), by Alfred de Vigny, with preface by Gaston Boissier. xvi, 291 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown, tear to frontispiece tissue guard.

An Attic Philosopher, by Emile Souvestre, with preface by Joseph Bertrand. xi, 306 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown.

The Red Lily, by Anatole France, with preface by Jules Lemaitre. xii, 304 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown, rear hinge cracked. 

Woodland Queen, by Andre Theuriet, with preface by Melchior de Vogue. xi, 357 pp. Bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown.

  • The Immortals: Masterpieces of Fiction
  • Gaston Boissier; Robert Arnot [Editor]
  • Maison Mazarin, 1905