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About this Item: S Andrus & Son, Hartfrod, 1845. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Presumed first edition thus (no additional printings listed). Contemporary blindstamped decorative brown cloth, stamped gilt lettering, approximately 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, 337 pp, steel engraved frontispiece and title page. Hardcover, very good. Corners bumped with a bit of cardboard exposed there, light soil and drop marks on cloth, three approximately 1/16th inch chips on front board, approximately 1/4 inch fraying and chipping at head and foot of spine. Internally, partially erased old bookseller's price, an approximately 3x3 inch water(? ) stain on front endpapers, which gradually disappears half way through the text, foxing, otherwise tight, clean, paper crisp, unmarked and apparently never read. Picaresque novel; humor; Spain. Seller Inventory # 43924

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Langdon-Davies, John

Published by Jackdaw Publications - Jonathan Cape, London (1966)

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About this Item: Jackdaw Publications - Jonathan Cape, London, 1966. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. First Printing - First Thus. A collection of documents related to the Spanish Inquition, presented in a pictorial portfolio. Included are: Engraving of a procession to an auto de fe; Contemporary description of an auto de fe of 1692; engraving of an auto de fe at Madrid in 1680; Ritual robes of the condemned; Engraving from Goya's Caprichos; An Edict of Faith issued in 1512; A nun's pact with the Devil; An English ballad sheet; and Six Broadsheets. Size: Folio. Seller Inventory # 208109

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Alain Rene Le Sage

Published by J. C. Nimmo and Bain (1881)

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About this Item: J. C. Nimmo and Bain, 1881. Hardcover. Condition: G/VG. Limited Edition. G/VG hardback (no dustwrapper). 1881 J. C. Nimmo and Bain, LIMITED, NUMBERED edition, No. 13 of 100 copies on laid paper, medium 8vo with proof etchings on Japanese paper by R de Los Rios. Grey boards iwth paper title plate to spine, uncut pages. Age-tanned first front & back endpapers. Minor sunning to spine with a little marking to back board (see photo), minor bump head & tail of spine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 020818

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Le Sage, Alain Rene

Published by A. Donaldson, London / Edinburgh (1770)

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About this Item: A. Donaldson, London / Edinburgh, 1770. Full Calf. Condition: Good. Frontispiece and Five Woodcuts (illustrator). First Edition Thus. Frontispiece, 25, 291, + 16 Page Catalog And One Page Ad At Rear. Full Calf, Five Raised Bands, Worn But Clean And Leather Is Not Dried Out, Hinges Cracked, Front Board Holding Only By Lowest Cord, Preliminary And Final Pages Browned At Edges, Pages Lightly Browned. Seller Inventory # 025307

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Arturo Perez-Reverte

Published by Harcourt Brace International (1997)

ISBN 10: 0151001820 ISBN 13: 9780151001828

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About this Item: Harcourt Brace International, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Harcourt Brace International 1997 Hardcover 1st edition, first printing. Book is in near fine condition with no marks or creasing and tight binding. Dust Jacket also is near fine, shiny and smooth with no tearing, marks or noticeable edge wear and protected with brodart. SUMMARY: Set in a world of antiquarian booksellers, echoing his previous work, The Flanders Panel. The story follows the adventures of a book dealer, Lucas Corso, who is hired to authenticate a rare manuscript by Alexandre Dumas, père. Corso's investigation leads him to seek out two copies of a rare book known as De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis. Corso encounters a host of intriguing characters on his journey of investigation, including devil worshippers, obsessed bibliophiles and a hypnotically enticing femme fatale. Corso's travels take him to Madrid, Sintra, Paris and Toledo. Finalist for the 1998 Macavity Award for Best Novel. Basis for the 1999 Roman Polanski film, The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp, Frank Langella and Lena Olin. Seller Inventory # 5854

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Asmodeus or The Devil upon Two Sticks.: Le Sage, A.

Le Sage, A. R. Translated from the French Illustrator:TONY JOHANNET

Published by New York: Hurst and Company, [n.d. circa 1880] (1880)

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About this Item: New York: Hurst and Company, [n.d. circa 1880], 1880. Hardcover. Condition: Poor. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Theophrastian charazctgers and sentimental stories of some charm fitted uopn a slight topical and supernatural framework.Light, entertaining material that has served as the ultimate model for many diabolic tours for purposes of satire and amusement Author Name Le Sage, A. R. Translated from the French Title Asmodeus or The Devil upon Two Sticks. Binding Hardcover. Edition Reprint. Publisher New York: Hurst and Company, [n.d. circa 1880] Illustrator Illustrations of Tony Johannot Dark-red cloth covered boards. Spine titles stamped gilt. Decorated endpages. Light handling wear. Title page toned. Text clean, minor even toning.7.5 inches tall, 332 pages. 'The Devil upon Two Sticks', or 'Le Diable Boiteaux' is a satirical fantasy set in Madrid, on the follies and vices of mankind, written by the French comic writer A.R. Le Sage. The story, which deals with the weakness and gullibility of men, follows Asmodeus' journey after being liberated from a bottle in which he was imprisoned by an astrologer. The character of Asmodeus became the model for numerous narratives including Dickens' Jacob Marley in which demons provide humans with a magical tour of contemporary life and vice. Language: eng. Seller Inventory # ABE-1472521210852

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Maximo Gorki

Published by Ed. EDAF, Madrid (1968)

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About this Item: Ed. EDAF, Madrid, 1968. Condition: PERFECTO EJEMPLAR. Primera edición. Castellano Pág: 1700 16x10 Retrato a todo color del autor. ILUSTRACIONES A TODO COLOR de Tauler Traducciones de Rubén Dario - Francisco Cañada - Alexis Marcov - Juan Oses Hidalgo - R Devil - Augusto Riera - Camilo Millán - Roberto Eras. Enviando contra reembolso los gastos son de 8 € E-17-3 Plena piel editorial con dorados en tapa y lomo. Gofrada. Cinta de registro. Canto superior dorado. Seller Inventory # 32875

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Asmodeus or the Devil Upon Two Sticks: Le Sage, Alain

Le Sage, Alain Rene

Published by J. C. Nimmo and Bain, London (1881)

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About this Item: J. C. Nimmo and Bain, London, 1881. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. First Limited Edition. With four original etchings by R. de Los Rios. #33 of 100 copies printed on laid paper with Proof etchings on Whatman paper. Very Good, cloth boards rubbed at the extremities. corners bumped, spine label rubbed top 1/8 inch, end pages browned. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited Edition. Seller Inventory # 005207

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About this Item: Amsterdam, Pierre Mortier, 1775. Frontispiece + 11 engravings + some vignettes. Halfleather with marbled sides. 8vo (IV), 237, (3), 252, (II) pp. *text inside cover, sides slightly rubbed, name on title page, frontispiece slightly damaged, otherwise good condition* Alain-René le Sage, Sarzeau 8 mai 1668 - Boulogne 17 novembre 1747. The first edition of 'Le diable boiteux' was printed in 1707. In this book the devil raises the rooftops of the houses of Madrid to reveal the usually sordid realities hidden within. The described adventures are framed by rather stern moral expectations. For ultimately the author's ethical touchstones turn out to be almost puritanical: hard work, speaking the truth, and honest dealing (.)'. D. Hollier. A new history of French literature. Cambridge, 1989, p. 400. Seller Inventory # [#590765]

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Le Sage, Alain Rene

Published by Willoughby and Co., 86, Aldersgate Street, London (1840)

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About this Item: Willoughby and Co., 86, Aldersgate Street, London, 1840. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-xvii [xviii] xix-xxiii [xxiv] [3] 4-274 [note: text complete despite gap in pagination], eight inserted plates (each with tissue guard) with engravings (signed "GD") after illustrations by Tony Johannot, numerous other vignette illustrations by Johannot throughout the text, original pictorial plum cloth, front and spine panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, a.e.g., yellow coated endpapers. First printing of the Willoughby edition. The preferred (anonymous) English translation and the best illustrated edition of LE DIABLE BOITEUX, a classic French fantasy first published in Paris in 1707 and first published in English (as LE DIABLE BOITEUX; OR, THE DEVIL UPON TWO STICKS) in 1708. The Willoughby edition, the first edition in English with the Johannot illustrations, was published in 1840 (the same year the French edition with the Johannot illustrations was published in Paris by Ernest Bourdin); subsequent printings of the Willoughby edition were made in 1841, 1842 and later, apparently into the mid-1860s. The later 1881 Nimmo and Bain edition (not illustrated by Johannot) followed the 1840 Willoughby text with some minor (editorial?) changes. The work was also translated into English by Joseph Thomas, whose text was first published in 1841. Le Sage's novel "imitated in framework and title from DIABLO COJUELO of Guevara (1641)" Asmodee, the "diable boiteux" is "released by Don Cleophas Zambullo from a bottle in which he has be imprisoned by an astrologer. To divert his benefactor, Asmodee lifts the roofs off the houses of Madrid and shows him what is passing within. This provides the author with an opportunity for a satirical picture of the Parisian society of the day in all its perversity." - Harvery and Heseltine (eds), The Oxford Companion to French Literature, p. 201. "Light, entertaining material that has served as the ultimate model for many diabolic tours for purposes of satire and amusement." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1009. "Less a novel than a sequence of highly entertaining satirical episodes, ASMODEUS became the model for numerous narratives in which a demon gives a human being a magical tour of contemporary life and vice." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-45. Tony Johannot (1803-1852) "was the foremost illustrator of the 1840's in France, following the romantic tradition and introducing vignette work into his books" (Houfe, p. 354). Bleiler (1978), p. 123. Reginald 08942. A bit of sunning to the cloth, largely to the spine panel, else a fine copy. A pretty copy of this attractive book. (#149647). Seller Inventory # 149647

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Beaumont, Charles (signed) / William F Nolan (signed) Ken Purdy; John Tomerlin; Raymond De Becker; Giovanni Lurani; Randall Jarrell; OCee Ritch; Denis Jenkinson; Stirling Moss; Kent Karslake; Richard Hough; Rudolf Caracciola; J Fitch; Douglas Rutherford

Published by N.Y. / New York: G P Putnam's, 1958, 1st Edition, First Printing, New York, NY (1958)

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About this Item: N.Y. / New York: G P Putnam's, 1958, 1st Edition, First Printing, New York, NY, 1958. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good+ ( see Description ). Dust Jacket Condition: Good (see description). Photo Cover (illustrator). First Edition. -----------hardcover, a solid Very Good+ copy in an attractive Good dustjacket, some shallow chips and tears, jacket is now in a hi-quality mylar protector, signed by Charles Beaumont and William F Nolan on the half-title page, quite RARE to find signed especially by Beaumont, 480 pages, b&w illustrations, contents include: Go, Man, Go! by Randall Jarrell; Chivalry of the Road by S.C.H. Davis; The Influence of Motor Racing on Automobile Construction by Giovanni Lurani; Racing the Great White Mother by W.J. Shively; Into the Rough by Davis; Past Master by Mari Wolf; Hail and Farewell by Davis; The Psychology of Motor Racing by Raymond de Becker; Oldfield, De Palma, Bruce-Brown, Tetzlaff, Verbeck, Cooper, Mulford: Racing's Roarding Age by Russ Catlin; Nuvolar: The Devil from Mantua by Ken Purdy; Lonetti: Change of Plan by Purdy; Seaman: The Daring Young Man on Mercedes-Benz by Brown Meggs; Ascari: Ascari's Last Curve by John Fitch; Levegh: Dark Inheritance by Erwin C. Lessner; Vukovich: What Made Vuky Race? by Cornelius Ryan; Shelby, Gregory, Hill: American Triumvirate by John Tomerlin; Letter to Ridelle by Masten Gregory; Fangio: Wary Old Daredevil by Marshall Smith; Bentley: Glory Chariot by Griffith Borgeson; Mercedes-Bens, Auto-Union: The Big White Cars by Purdy; Bugatti: The Genious of Ettore Bugatti by Purdy; Record Cars: Speed! by Stirling Moss; Novi: Hard Luck Car of the Indy 500 by Paul R. Hayes; Alfa Romeo, Masterati, Ferrari: Italian Red! by John Tomerlin; 500 cc Cars: Bombs Away by Harry Morrow; Corvette: The Day that Corvette Improved the Breed by John Fitch with Charles N. Barnard; Stock Cars: A Death in the Country by Charles Beaumond; Paris-Madrid, 1903: Race of Death by Kent Karslake; Tourist Trophy, 1905: Flat-Twin Triumph by Richard Hough; French G.P., 1921: Victory for the United States by Rex Hays; Brooklands: Farewell to Brooklands by John Bolster; London G.P.: Around the Houses by "E.C.L."; Targa Florio, 1930: Italy Wins the Targy by W.F. Bradley; Tripoli G.P., 1935: The Shadows Lift by Rudolf Caracciola; German G.P., 1935: One Against Nine by Anonymous; Gilmore Stadium: The Golden Days of Gilmore by OCee Ritch; Italian G.P., 1953: Battle of the Giants by Gregor Grant; Rheims, 1953: Incident at Dawn by John Fitch; Mexican Road Race, 1954: New King of the Mountains by John Bentley and Coles Phinizy; Le Mans, 1955: End of an Epoch by Douglas Rutherford; Mille Miglia, 1955: With Moss in the Mille Miglia by Denis Jenkinson; German G.P., 1957: Fangio, the Supreme Master by Jenkinson; Pebble Beach: The Ragged Edge by William F. Nolan, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Signed. Seller Inventory # 143865

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LE DIABLE BOITEUX: OR, THE DEVIL UPON: Le Sage, Alain

Le Sage, Alain Rene

Published by Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane, London (1708)

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About this Item: Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane, London, 1708. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-278 [279-280: ads], inserted frontispiece, early full calf, red leather spine label. First edition in English. The first English translation of LE DIABLE BOITEUX, a classic French fantasy first published in Paris in 1707 Le Sage's novel "imitated in framework and title from DIABLO COJUELO of Guevara (1641)" Asmodee, the "diable boiteux" is "released by Don Cleophas Zambullo from a bottle in which he has be imprisoned by an astrologer. To divert his benefactor, Asmodee lifts the roofs off the houses of Madrid and shows him what is passing within. This provides the author with an opportunity for a satirical picture of the Parisian society of the day in all its perversity." - Harvery and Heseltine (eds), The Oxford Companion to French Literature, p. 201. "Light, entertaining material that has served as the ultimate model for many diabolic tours for purposes of satire and amusement." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1009. "Less a novel than a sequence of highly entertaining satirical episodes, ASMODEUS became the model for numerous narratives in which a demon gives a human being a magical tour of contemporary life and vice." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-45. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 2-28. Bleiler (1978), p. 123. Reginald 08942. Armorial bookplate of Benj.n Hynam on front paste-down. Rebacked to style, some scattered foxing and staining in text, a very good copy. (#151692). Seller Inventory # 151692

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Le Sage, Alain Rene

Published by Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane, London (1708)

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About this Item: Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane, London, 1708. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-278 [279-280: ads], inserted frontispiece, early paneled full calf. First edition in English. The first English translation of LE DIABLE BOITEUX, a classic French fantasy first published in Paris in 1707 Le Sage's novel "imitated in framework and title from DIABLO COJUELO of Guevara (1641)" Asmodee, the "diable boiteux" is "released by Don Cleophas Zambullo from a bottle in which he has be imprisoned by an astrologer. To divert his benefactor, Asmodee lifts the roofs off the houses of Madrid and shows him what is passing within. This provides the author with an opportunity for a satirical picture of the Parisian society of the day in all its perversity." - Harvery and Heseltine (eds), The Oxford Companion to French Literature, p. 201. "Light, entertaining material that has served as the ultimate model for many diabolic tours for purposes of satire and amusement." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1009. "Less a novel than a sequence of highly entertaining satirical episodes, ASMODEUS became the model for numerous narratives in which a demon gives a human being a magical tour of contemporary life and vice." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-45. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 2-28. Bleiler (1978), p. 123. Reginald 08942. Rebacked, binding chipped and worn, front cover detached, some scattered foxing and staining in text, a good copy. (#153300). Seller Inventory # 153300

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Armée d'Espagne. Instruction Générale sur la Comptabilité: AITCHISON, John]

About this Item: ?Burgos: c.1809, 1809. Quarto (278 × 200 mm). Contemporary half calf on drab boards, double ruled compartments to flat spine. A little rubbed, particularly on the spine, the contents, foxed, browned with occasional staining, but overall very good. Tables to the text. Presumed first edition of these detailed instructions for the accounting of stores for the French Army in Spain, no other copy traced. This copy with a wonderful provenance having been looted by John Aitchison with his manuscript note to the verso of the front free endpaper - "Taken from the quarters of the Intendant General of the French Army of Spain in the Palace of the Duke of Medina-Coli at Madrid, 16th August 1812, J. Aitchison" - and his ink-stamp to the first leaf, a few pencilled notes to the text. The British Army entered Madrid on 12 August, following a brief and vicious skirmish between a small French reconnaissance party and the cavalry of the advancing Allied forces at Majalahonda/Las Rozas, described by Digby Smith as "a drawn match" (The Napoleonic Wars Data Book, p.385) and by Aitchison himself as an "unfortunate affair" (p.186); "Wellington entered Madrid unopposed next day - vexed that his arrival should have been marred by the untoward business at Majalahonda, 'a devil of an affair' as he described it in a private letter But the inhabitants of the Spanish capital took little heed of the mishap - the departure of the French was the only thing that mattered. Their enthusiasm was unbounded. 'I have never witnessed' wrote [Private Wheeler], 'such a scene before. For a distance of five miles from the gates the road was crowded with the people who had come out to meet us, each bringing something - laurel boughs, flowers, bread, wine, grapes, lemonade, sweetmeats, &c. The road was like a moving forest from the multitude who carried palms, which they strewed in the way for us to march over Wellington himself rode at the head of our regiment, we were flushed with victory, and a defeated enemy was flying in our front: proud of the honour paid us by the people, we entered Madrid, the air rent with cries of 'Long live Wellington, Long live the English'" (Oman, V, p.514). In his letters Aitchison himself describes the army's reception in similarly extravagant terms; "The joy of the inhabitants at our appearance has been excessive, and they have given vent to their feelings with all that extravaganza which could be imagined of a people on finding themselves free after bondage of four years. Lord Wellington is regarded as a Demi-God and the army under him looked upon as invincible" (p.186). John Aitchison, (1789-1875), later General Sir John Aitchison KCB GCB, served as an ensign in the 3rd Foot Guards throughout the War. Present at the Passage of the Douro, wounded in the arm while carrying the King's colour at Talavera; he also saw action at Busaco, Salamanca, Vittoria, San Sebastian, Nivelle, Nive and Bayonne and took part in the capture of Madrid and the Siege of Burgos. His later service was in India, 1845-51, as Major General on the staff of the Madras Presidency. His letters from the Peninsula were published in 1981 as An Ensign in the Peninsular War : The Letters of John Aitchison. He is buried in Kensal Rise cemetery Sandler 78 for Aitchison's letters. Seller Inventory # 102200

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IRVING, WASHINGTON]. "GEOFFREY CRAYON," (Pseudonym)

Published by John Murray, London (1824)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1824. 232 x 143 mm. (9 1/8 x 5 5/8"). Two volumes. FIRST EDITION, with five items not included in the later First American Edition. PUBLISHER'S BLUE PAPER BOARDS, PAPER LABELS ON SPINE, EDGES UNTRIMMED (recently resewn and rebacked, using the original backstrips). In a blue cloth chemise and inside a matching (slightly rubbed and soiled) slipcase, its black morocco-backed spine designed to appear on the shelf as two volumes with raised bands and gilt titling. Front pastedowns with engraved book label from which the name has been removed. BAL 10115, variant B (with notice). Corners worn, boards slightly soiled, but the original temporary bindings expertly restored now and extremely pleasing. Very faint offsetting here and there, just the most trivial isolated soiling, otherwise A FINE COPY INTERNALLY, the leaves especially fresh and clean, and the margins inordinately ample. According to Day, this sequel to the very popular "Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon" was Irving's own favorite of his fictional works. Its stories are divided into four parts: "Strange Stories by a Nervous Gentleman," "Buckthorne and His Friends," "The Italian Banditti," and "The Money Diggers." The London edition contains a preface "To the Reader" and four stories--"The Adventure of the German Student," "The Belated Travellers," "Notoriety," and "A Practical Philosopher"--that did not appear in the American version until the 1825 second edition. Although a success with the public, the work was not well received by critics, and Irving's disappointment with the reviews spurred him to go to Spain, where he spent three and a half years, during which time he turned from writing fiction to producing history and biography. Modern critics have been kinder to the "Tales," with Day praising the "unduly neglected" "Devil and Tom Walker," a Faustian story set in New England and the inspiration for Stephen Vincent Benét's "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Although born to struggling immigrant parents in New York City, Irving (1783-1859) became a sophisticated citizen of the world, first as a traveller in England, France, and Germany and later as a political appointee, serving in the American legations in London and Madrid. His writings, accomplished in an amiable and fluent style, earned international recognition; partly because they were often set in foreign locales, they formed one of the first literary bridges established between the Old and New Worlds. "Traveller" is not a common book: ABPC records five copies since 1975 (just one this century), with a single copy being in publisher's boards (no copy of the first American edition of 1824 has appeared at auction since at least 1975). According to Day, this sequel to the very popular "Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon" was Irving's own favorite of his fictional works. Its stories are divided into four parts: "Strange Stories by a Nervous Gentleman," "Buckthorne and His Friends," "The Italian Banditti," and "The Money Diggers." The London edition contains a preface "To the Reader" and four stories--"The Adventure of the German Student," "The Belated Travellers," "Notoriety," and "A Practical Philosopher"--that did not appear in the American version until the 1825 second edition. Although a success with the public, the work was not well received by critics, and Irving's disappointment with the reviews spurred him to go to Spain, where he spent three and a half years, during which time he turned from writing fiction to producing history and biography. Modern critics have been kinder to the "Tales," with Day praising the "unduly neglected" "Devil and Tom Walker," a Faustian story set in New England and the inspiration for Stephen Vincent Benét's "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Although born to struggling immigrant parents in New York City, Irving (1783-1859) became a sophisticated citizen of the world, first as a traveller in England, France, and Germany and later as a political appointee, serving in the American legations in London. Seller Inventory # ST12013

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