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The Benefits and Privileges of Cuckolds Shewing the Little Disgrace There is in Being One, and the Obligations Men Sometimes have to Their Wives for Conferring That Honour Upon Them., Anon.
1 Anon. The Benefits and Privileges of Cuckolds Shewing the Little Disgrace There is in Being One, and the Obligations Men Sometimes have to Their Wives for Conferring That Honour Upon Them.
London For A. Moore 1885 Full vellum Very Good 
Some foxing to preliminaries. A nicely bound copy in full vellum over beveled boards. ; 12mo 
Price: 305.00 USD
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2 Joseph Schulz Telegraph auf der bahn des lebens, oder: Zweihundert der gangbarsten und vorzuglichsten Deutschen Sprichworter.
Vienna Gedruckt bei Leopold Grund 1841 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
First edition. Bound in brown cloth; gilt decor. Bookplate to pastedown. Minor foxing throughout. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 356 pages 
Price: 275.00 USD
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3 Mae West Goodness had Nothing to do with it. Signed.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J Prentice Hall 1959 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
Inscribed to James ... "The Black Seat" Sincerely Mae West 1959. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 271 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 500.00 USD
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4 Mlle Guerin. [Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin?] Extrait du Livre des Juifs
1738 Very Good 
A Manuscript Fair Copy of an Apparently Unpublished Book on Jewish History. Fine manuscript in French in a good clear hand; seventeen lines per page. . Approximately 9.25 x 7 inches. [4], 318 [2, blank] pages. Title-page in red and black. Contemporary full French calf, triple blind rules to covers, spine banded and extra gilt with title gilt on red morocco label, edges red, marbled endpapers. Spine ends chipped, some wear to binding, two red spots on front board, hinges starting, very minor foxing. Still, a handsome manuscript. A historical survey of the Biblical and historical Jews from Adam to Simon, the last of the Asmoneens. It seems to be based on the Bible and Flavius Josephus. At the end are appended two apocryphal documents relating to Jesus. The first (in three pages),'Tresor admirable. de la entence de condamation prononcee contre [notre] Seigneur Jesus christ,' our manuscript tells us, was discovered in a house in Aquila in the Kingdom of Naples in 1548 and purports to be the sentence of condemnation against Jesus. [A text of this is found in Fabricius' Codex Apocrapha, Novi Testamenti III, 489 fol. and a translation is found in Ward's Ancient Lowly]. There were editions of this apocryphal document published in 1581, 1621, and in 1839. It has received some notice along with a shorter version, also 'found' in Aquila in 1820. There are numerous divergences about the discovery of this document, when it was discovered, what it was written on, etc. But it seems obvious it is a forgery. The second addition is a letter supposedly by Petrus [Publius] Lentulus proconsul in Jerusalem and is also three pages. The letter of Lentulus first appeared in print in 1474 in an edition of Ludolph the Carthusian. It is thought to be of Greek origin and was translated into Latin in the thirteenth or fourteenth centuries. We [i.e. Krown & Spellman] have not been able to definitely identify Mlle Guerin but it is tempting to look at Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin (27 April 1682 - 4 December 1749), French courtesan and author. "Hers was the first of the Parisian literary salons to which distinguished foreigners were admitted, and among her English guests were Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke and Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield. By the good sense with which she conducted what she called her menagerie, she almost succeeded in effacing the record of her early disgrace. "She was a novelist of considerable merit. Her novels have been highly praised for their simplicity and charm..." [Wikipedia] This work seems never to have been published.; Octavo 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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5 Otto Blau Bosnisch-turkische Sprachdenkmaler
Leipzig F. A. Brockhaus 1868 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Bound in 1/4 leather and cloth. Five raised bands and gilt title to spine. Wear to front board hinge. Bookplate to front endpaper. Otherwise a nice copy without previous owner's names or other markings and in good condition. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 316 pages 
Price: 250.00 USD
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6 William H. Mallocks Every Man His Own Poet; or the Inspired Singer's Recipe Book by a Newdigate Prizeman.
Boston A. Williams and Company 1879 First American Wraps Very Good 
Nice copy in scarce original wraps. Mallocks' name added in script. Chips to edges of wraps (see image). Includes receipt from Wm. Matthews, Bookseller 9 March 1990. ; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 32 [2 ads] pages 
Price: 125.00 USD
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