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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Published by Dodd, Mead & Company, New York (1905)

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1905. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good- condition. First Edition. Octavo (8vo). Approximately 150 pages of text. Original hardcover binding with photo-onlay on front cover; moderately rubbed, slightly soiled, and moderately faded on spine. A small piece of cloth on the spine was gouged out, and the top edge suffers a tiny chip. No dustjacket, but protected in custom stiff archival mylar. Illustrated with numerous black & white photographs by Leigh Richmond Miner. Page decorations by Will Jenkins. Contains a 17-line poem, handwritten by the author, and signed by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). It is here titled "Life" and begins "A little dreaming by the way" and ends "Love, death, the themes, but is that all?" This poem was published under the title "The Sum" in Dunbar's 1899 publication "Lyrics of the Hearthside." Minor soiling to the poem/manuscript/autograph page, and a few others. The binding has been restored as follows: inner hinges strengthened (archival material visible) and binding cloth cleaned. Paper restoration as follows: tiny tear at bottom of title page mended, and previous owner stamps removed from four pages, and lined with Japanese tissue. Small black dot on bottom edge of closed pages. Previous owners' Christmas/New Year gift label affixed to the front endpaper "For Oliver Corry from Dad 1906." A significant and rare offering of a complete handwritten and signed Dunbar poem. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 012485

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DUNBAR, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: 1900. KEMBLE, E.W. (illustrator). DUNBAR, Paul Laurence. THE STRENGTH OF GIDEON AND OTHER STORIES. Illustrations by E.W. Kemble. NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1900. 12mo., brown cloth stamped in gilt, white & black; 362 pages. First Edition. [BAL 4930]. Signed inscription by Dunbar on the front endpaper: "Sincerely yours, Paul Laurence Dunbar. August 3rd, 1902." Very Good (little edgewear spine ends else covers bright & with only minor rubbing; contents clean & tight). An uncommon book and very difficult to locate an autographed copy! $5,000.00. Bookseller Inventory # 1402

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Item Description: Illustrated, original decorated cloth, pictorial cover label, top edge stained brown. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903.First edition, first printing, binding A. BAL 4946. A presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page: "To my Friend, / William A. Burns. / Sincerely yours, / Paul Laurence Dunbar." A little worn; cover label slightly rubbed, otherwise a good, sound copy. With the recipient's bookstamp [p. v]: "[handwritten in blue ink] "Library of [printed] Wm. A. Burns, M.D., 236 West Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio." Dr. William "Bud" Burns, a treasured friend of Dunbar as well as the physician who treated him for tuberculosis, was a member of the Montgomery County Medical Society of Ohio, the first black physician so honored. In Paul Laurence Dunbar, Poet, (Los Angeles, Holloway House, 1993, p. 182) Tony Gentry writes: "Dunbar had believed for some time that his days were numbered, and in November 1905, he suffered a major blow: Bud Burns died suddenly. Dunbar's mother begged her son not to attend Burns' funeral and risk the damp wind at the cemetery, but he would not listen to her. He stood bareheaded during the funeral services while his friend's body was lowered into the ground. Devastated by Burns' death, Dunbar wrote at Christmas, 'Like the fields I am lying fallow. And it will take a long time to make anything worth coming out in blossom.' It was a bitter winter in Dayton. The new year came around blowing snow and ice. Dunbar's mother made a bed for her son by the fire in the living room, where he could rest and keep warm. But on February 9, 1906, his ravaged lungs gave out at last. Paul Laurence Dunbar died in his mother's arms at the age of thirty-three.". Bookseller Inventory # 23939

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Dunbar, Paul Lawrence (sic) (Laurence)

Published by (Hadley & Hadley, Printers and Binders) (1895)

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Item Description: (Hadley & Hadley, Printers and Binders), 1895. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Original tan cloth with some rubbing and staining. Clean internally. The author's rare second book, self published. Inscribed: "Compliments of the author. Paul Laurence Dunbar" on the send end paper. Bookplate of minor author and publisher John D. Boroff, Zimmerman, Ohio on front pastedown. Frontispiece portrait of Dunbar. Bibliography of American Literature number 4917. 148 pages. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 12685

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Published by Dodd Mead and Company, New Yorik (1896)

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Item Description: Dodd Mead and Company, New Yorik, 1896. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good. First Edition. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering and decorations. Thin brown line top front cover, otherwise a nice, clean copy externally and internally. Inscribed by the author: "Sincerely yours, Paul Laurence Dunbar. To Miss Mary H. Krout." Mary H. Krout (b. 1851, d. 1927) was an Indiana born author, journalist and feminist lecturer. She was a newspaper woman in both Indiana and Chicago, Illinois, wrote articles and books on travel and lectured on women's suffrage. Bibliography of American Literature number 4918. Frontispiece portrait on Dunbar. 108 pages. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 12686

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Item Description: Ams Pr Inc. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0404000428

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Item Description: Greenwood Press Reprint. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Facsimile of 1901 ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0837112648

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Hadley & Hadley, 1895. First Edition. Major and Minors, Hadley & Hadley, 1895, first edition, light wear to the inner front hinges, else a tight, solid vg copy with some light soiling to the binding but the gold-gilt lettering on the front cover still brightly visible. A most collectable copy of this highly desirable book, the authors second. Bookseller Inventory # 00042

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DUNBAR, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: 1902. DUNBAR, Paul Laurence. LYRICS OF LOWLY LIFE. With an Introduction by William Dean Howells. NY: Dodd Mead & Company, 1904. Hardcover (4.5 by 7 inches), slate-colored cloth stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, 208 pages. Later Edition with 1904 on the title page. Signed by Dunbar on the front endpaper: "Sincerely yours, Paul Laurence Dunbar. February- '05." Very Good (minor wear covers with gilt still quite bright, two extremely faint stains front cover; contents clean & tight). A nice copy & signed by this influential African-American poet. $2,500.00. Bookseller Inventory # 1311

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DUNBAR, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1902. Hardcover. Reprint (first published in 1901). Illustrated with photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club. A fine copy lacking the rare dustwrapper. Signed by the author: "Sincerely yours, Paul Laurence Dunbar. July '05.". Bookseller Inventory # 364673

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1896-1905, New York, 1896. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. mixed. 6 books by PLD. The highlight is a 1903 later edition of Lyrics of the Hearthside that is inscribed by the author on fly leaf, "Strength for the fight / Paul Laurence Dunbar." The quote is from Dunbar's poem, "The Warrior's Prayer," which starts on page 109 of this book. Good+ copy, no dust jacket. Uneven sunning and spotting to covers. There's a faint tidemark visible on the bottom margin of the last 120 pages. Text is bright and unmarked. Sound binding and hinges. The other 5 titles are all First Editions in original cloth bindings. 1. Folks From Dixie, 1898. Owner's signature to front flyleaf, else Very Good+ copy with slight rubbing/soil to cloth and decorations. -- 2. The Uncalled, 1898, Binding A (the author's middle name is incorrectly spelled "Lawrence" at the spine and front cover). Very Good. Slight slant to spine; silver dollar sized soil spot to rear cover; spine shows light soil as well. Minimal wear to tips. Previous owner's signature from the year of publication at fly leaf; light soil and abrasion to pastedowns. Chipping to the bottom outer corner affecting pages 237-40, though the text is spared. -- 3. Lyrics of Lowly Life, 1896. Good+ copy, no dust jacket. Spine darkened; covers show light fading and soil; light tearing to spine ends. Hinges were starting, but have since been expertly repaired and now show few signs of wear or repair. Previous owner's signature on fly leaf; offsetting on title page from tissue; else, clean and unmarked contents. -- 4. Poems of Cabin and Field, 1900. Very Good. Light general shelfwear, light cocking to spine, mild sunning to spine, mild soil, gift inscription on flyleaf, contents unmarked. -- 5. Howdy Honey Howdy, 1905. Very Good+ copy. Clean unmarked text, slightest rubbing/soil to the covers, minor wear to tips/edges, owner's signature to front flyleaf. 6 books total. Digital images and detailed descriptions available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 0078297

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DUNBAR, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1901. Hardcover. First edition. Illustrated with photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club. Decorative cloth and decorations by Margaret Armstrong. A trifle rubbed at the bottom of the boards, just about fine in an about very good example of the rare dustwrapper,with shallow loss at the crown, and some slight loss at the top of the front flap fold. A very nice copy in a nice example of the fragile jacket that reproduces elements of the Margaret Armstrong binding design, one of only a few that we've seen. Bookseller Inventory # 393601

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Dunbar Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1899. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good Condition. First Edition. Original green-gray cloth, slight edgewear, top edge gilt, corners slightly bumped, inner joint a little weak, offsetting from frontis onto the title page. Spine slightly rubbed, but an attractive Alice C. Morse binding. Signed by Dunbar on the front endpaper. BAL 4925. x, 227pp.Maya Angelou took the title of the first volume of her autobiography, I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, from a line from the final stanza of Dunbar's poem Sympathy, published in this collection:"I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, When he beats his bars and would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core, But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings - I know why the caged bird sings." Size: duodecimo (12mo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Poetry; Signed by Author. Inventory No: 044859. Bookseller Inventory # 044859

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Ams Pr Inc, 1972. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP70454590

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence; Paul Robeson

Published by London: Chapman and Hall (1897)

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Item Description: London: Chapman and Hall, 1897. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo., green cloth lettered in gilt; extremities lightly rubbed. First English edition, with an introduction by William Dean Howells. Metcalf p. 10; BAL 4918 ------ Paul Robeson’s copy, with the civil rights activist’s ownership signature on the front pastedown. Pasted below is a newspaper photograph of Dunbar. One the first page Robeson has written “8,” a reference to “Frederick Douglass” printed on page 8; the poem has been extensively underlined ----- In his introduction to "Lyrics of Lowly Life," William Dean Howells, the most influential critic in America, declared in no uncertain terms: “Paul Dunbar was the only man of pure African blood and of American civilization to feel the Negro life aesthetically and express it lyrically . If he should do nothing more than he has done, I should feel that he had made the strongest claim for the Negro in English literature that the Negro has yet made.” (Dunbar later bemoaned Howells’s preference for dialect verse.) In September 1896, Dunbar gratefully acknowledged: “My Dear Sir it was no little thing for you to introduce a book of verse by an obscure black writer and I believe that I fully appreciate the nobility of your act.” With the appearance of Dunbar’s third collection of verse that December, Howells’s name became inexorably linked to one of the great publishing events in African American literature. His noble kindness had been repaid in full. An extraordinary association copy. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8436698270

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DUNBAR, Paul Laurence

Published by Jarrold & Sons, London (1902)

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Item Description: Jarrold & Sons, London, 1902. Hardcover. First English edition, published in America as *The Sport of the Gods*. Ownership Signature of the author's half-brother, William L. Murphy, on the front pastedown, corners a little bumped, some slight discoloration at the base of the spine, still a handsome and sound, very good or better copy. A nice association copy of this exceptionally uncommon title. See this book in 3D on our site. Bookseller Inventory # 1529

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Dunbar Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1899. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Early Edition. Original green-gray cloth, slight edgewear, top edge gilt, corners slightly bumped. Spine a little dull but an attractive Alice C. Morse binding. Signed by Dunbar on the front endpaper - the first edition was 1896. BAL 4918. xx, 208pp. Size: duodecimo (12mo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Poetry; Signed by Author. Inventory No: 044858. Bookseller Inventory # 044858

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DUNBAR, PAUL LAURENCE.

Published by London: Jarrold & Sons, 1902 (1902)

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Item Description: London: Jarrold & Sons, 1902, 1902. First English Edition, retitled of The Sport of the Gods. Ownership signature of the author's half-brother, William L. Murphy, on the front pastedown, corners a liitle bumped, some slight discoloration at the base of the spine, still a handsome and sound very good or better copy. An exceptionally uncommon title. Bookseller Inventory # 2594

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1902. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A tightly bound and clean copy with no interior markings; some wear and fading to the spine but a very good copy of a scarce title. Bookseller Inventory # 000763

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Howells, W. D. Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, NEW YORK, 1913. HARD BACK BLUE. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. JACKET: GOOD DJ. 5.5 X 8. Dust jacket: light book, shelf, edge-wear, rubs, corner bumps, price clipped, few small tears, otherwise in good condition. Cover: gilt title on spine and cover, light edge-wear, corner bumps, front/back hinge cracks resulting a few pages becoming detached but laid in. Book plate and pencil notation from the previous owner on the front paste-down page. Pages light browned. Dust jacket excerpt, " Of all Negro poets, none has been more loved and more widely read than Paul Laurence Dunbar. This edition is printed from new plates, the poems having been completely reset in a more legible and attractive type." DATE PUBLISHED: 1913 EDITION: 289. Bookseller Inventory # 042856

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872–1906)

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead & Co, New York, 1900. Original Cloth. Book Condition: About Very Good. First Edition. Small Octavo. 362 pages with plates including frontispiece. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5") issued in brown cloth with prictorial front cover and spine, lettering in gilt. 1st edition. Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had escaped from slavery; his father was a veteran of the American Civil War, having served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment. His parents instilled in him a love of learning and history. He was a student at an all-white high school, Dayton Central High School, and he participated actively as a student. During high school, he was both the editor of the school newspaper and class president, as well as the president of the school literary society. Dunbar had also started the first African-American newsletter in Dayton. He wrote his first poem at age 6 and gave his first public recital at age 9. Dunbar's first published work came in a newspaper put out by his high school friends Wilbur and Orville Wright, who owned a printing plant. The Wright Brothers later invested in the Dayton Tattler, a newspaper aimed at the black community, edited and published by Dunbar. His first collection of poetry, Oak and Ivy, was published in 1892 and attracted the attention of James Whitcomb Riley, the popular "Hoosier Poet". Both Riley and Dunbar wrote poems in both standard English and dialect. His second book, Majors and Minors (1895) brought him national fame and the patronage of William Dean Howells, the novelist and critic and editor of Harper's Weekly. After Howells' praise, his first two books were combined as Lyrics of Lowly Life and Dunbar started on a career of international literary fame. He moved to Washington, D.C., in the LeDroit Park neighborhood. While in Washington, he attended Howard University. His wife Alice Dunbar Nelson was a famous poet as well. A graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, her most famous works include a short story entitled "Violets". She and her husband also wrote books of poetry as companion pieces. An account of their love, life and marriage was depicted in a play by Kathleen McGhee-Anderson titled Oak and Ivy. He kept a lifelong friendship with the Wrights, and was also associated with Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Brand Whitlock was also described as a close friend. He was honored with a ceremonial sword by President Theodore Roosevelt. He wrote a dozen books of poetry, four books of short stories, five novels, and a play. He also wrote lyrics for In Dahomey - the first musical written and performed entirely by African-Americans to appear on Broadway in 1903; the musical comedy played successfully toured England and America over a period of four years - one of the more successful theatrical productions of its time. His essays and poems were published widely in the leading journals of the day. His work appeared in Harper's Weekly, the Saturday Evening Post, the Denver Post, Current Literature and a number of other publications. During his life, considerable emphasis was laid on the fact that Dunbar was of pure black descent, with no white ancestors ever. Dunbar's work is known for its colorful language and use of dialect, and a conversational tone, with a brilliant rhetorical structure. Dunbar traveled to England in 1897 to recite his works on the London literary circuit. He met the brilliant young black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who some of his poems to music and who was influenced by Dunbar to use African and American Negro songs and tunes in future compositions. After his return, Dunbar took a job at the Library of Congress in Washington. In 1900, Dunbar was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and moved to Colorado with his wife on the advice of his doctors. Dunbar died at age thirty-three on February 9, 1906 from tuberculosis, and was interred in the Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. Condition: Corners bumped and gently rubbed, some rubbing to spine points, book plate on front paste down, light ring stain to back. Bookseller Inventory # L0018

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Item Description: Ohio University Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Fine. 0821418831 May have publisher overstock mark. Bookseller Inventory # Z0821418831Z1

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906

Published by Dodd, Mead, New York (1905)

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead, New York, 1905. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st ed. frontis, photos (by Leigh Richmond Miner), (117)p. dj. 22cm. Original decorative brown cover with photo mounted on front cover. Jacket rather heavily chipped around edges and on backstrip, and the backstrip portion is held together with several unfortunate pieces of cellophane tape). Bookseller Inventory # 66080

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Washington, Booker T. and W. E. B. Dubois and Paul Laurence Dunbar and Charles W. Chestnut and Others

Published by James Pott & Company, New York, NY (1903)

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Item Description: James Pott & Company, New York, NY, 1903. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. 12mo. Frontis portrait of Booker T. Washington. 234 pp. Dark red cloth. Gilt lettering to spine and front board. Bumped and worn at head, heel and corners; soiling and spotwear to front cover, spine and rear board; pages lightly toned; piece torn from fore-edge of page 159 (not affecting text); otherwise, interior clean and binding tight. Bookseller Inventory # 48963

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Published by Dodd Mead, New York (1898)

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Item Description: Dodd Mead, New York, 1898. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 255 pages. First edition, first printing. His first novel about an orphan boy who accepts the study of the ministry & his rebellion against the bigotry of small town life. Originally appeared in Lippincott's magazine. First state with middle name misspelled (Lawrence) on the front cover. Very good+ book with the spine slightly darkened. No dust jacket. A very nice copy!. Bookseller Inventory # 996328686

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