New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. first one-volume edition. A small plump octavo, containing three books: Red Harvest, The Daim Curse and The Maltese Falcon, with 270, 272, and 267 pages, which were first issued separately in 1929 and 1930. This copy has a narrow paper break at page 22-23, but is otherwise internally very good and without markings of any kind. It is bound in orange-stamped green cloth, which has a half-circle cup stain on the rear panel, and some wear to edges and the top of the spine, which is sunned and very slightly frayed. The book lacks its dustjacket, so this is a very good but not brilliant copy. Thanks to Knopf's typographic skills, the right weight of paper (that lies flat) and generous leading between the lines of type, the book gets an A+ for readability.
Short Hills, New Jersey: Gustav Kobbé, 1889. first edition. 12mo, xvi, 108pp., with 5 hinged two-page tinted maps, and 51 charming full-page b/w illustrations from woodcuts, including Monmouth Park, Asbury Park, Nauvoo, Victorian cottages, Atlantic City, the Pine Barrens landscape, and many more, some signed "Feraud" in the plate. There is a paper crack at the title page, and page xi is detached from the spinal glue. Otherwise the book is in very good condition in gilt-stamped red cloth, spine slightly sunned. This copy has the following legend on the front cover in gilt: "Compliments of the Central R.R. of New Jersey", as well as a tipped-in slip at the title page that reads "The Central R.R. of New Jersey has purchased of the publisher an edition of 5,000 of KOBBÉ'S 'JERSEY COAST AND PINES,' and this copy is sent to you with the Company's compliments."
Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1755. 16mo. Two volumes: cxxiv, 283, errata; 407, (5)pp. Volume I contains " Description de la Germanie et des Moeurs des ses Habitans", in French, paired with the text in Latin: "De Situ Moribus et Populis Germaniae". Volume II, in the same vein, contains "Vie de Julius Agricola", in French, followed by "Julii Agricolae Vita Scriptore Tacito", in Latin. The books are bound in mottled calf with paneled spines,and with oval leather inserts in both front and rear boards (probably replacing long-gone portrait cameos). These were made by bookbinder Joanna Bliss of Connecticut in 1981, who restored the bindings. All edges are stained red and there are ribbon markers in each volume. Endpapers are marbled paper of the period, and the books retain their half-titles. Faint waterstain to the bottom margin up to page 6 of volume 2, and minor wear to spine ends, else very good. An attractive pair, particularly with the leather inserts on the covers. The bottom half of the front board of the second volume is darkened, (and is visible on one of the accompanying photographs). Two volumes:.