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1 C. 3. 3. (Wilde, Oscar) THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL by C. 3. 3.
New York Brentano's 1909 Early American edition Paper covered boards Good 
16mo (6.25” x 3.9”) pp.39. Light blue-green paper covered boards with white paper label on front cover and spine printed with titles in black; front label bordered in red. Title page printed in black and red. No dust jacket as issued. Overall a good, tight copy of this later American release. Wilde’s dark poem about the brutality and inhumanity of prison life had at its focus the execution of another prisoner for the premeditated murder of his wife. This book, like most early releases of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, was not published under Wilde’s name, which was infamous at the time and might have reduced sales, so it was published under a pseudonym derived from his prison identification number: block C, landing 3, cell 3. 
Price: 8.25 USD
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2 [Cruickshank, George]; À Beckett, Gilbert Abbot THE COMIC BLACKSTONE.
London Bradbury, Evans, & Co. 1872 Full tree calf Near fine George Cruickshank 
16mo. (6 ½” x 4 ”). pp. xii; 252. Title page woodcut vignette and tail-piece woodcut both by Cruikshank; full tree calf with floral weave gilt borders on both boards and all board edges worked in pointillé; densely worked spine with 6 compartments separated by gilt fillets and rope-work; red morocco label with titles in gilt; remaining compartments decorated with gilt fleurons and Rococo filigree; two Greek-key borders at the foot of spine and lotus pattern at head and foot of spine; end-papers and all edges marbled in “Antique-Straight” pattern. Near Fine condition with faint wear to joints. Originally published in the English weekly magazine, Punch, between 1844 and 1846, The Comic Blackstone parodies the elementary principles English Common Law set forth by Blackstone to deliver a laugh for those interested in this cornerstone of the English and American legal systems: “A husband and wife are one in law — though there is often anything but unity in other matters.” “Children owe their parent support; but this is a mutual obligation, for they must support each other — though we sometimes hear them declaring each other wholly unsupportable.” A unique gift for the Lawyer in your life. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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THE UPAS TREE, [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert
3 [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert THE UPAS TREE
Chicago F. J. Schulte 1912 First Edition Cloth Near fine 
8vo (5½" x 7¾"). pp. 324. Unsigned binding design by Fred T. Hancke of an Upas tree in the foreground of a windswept plowed field in white and gold on dark green cloth. Includes black and white frontis. and 3 additional black and white full page illustrations by William Ottman. Written by a then prominent member of the Chicago Bar, is a detective story and romance about a young lawyer wrongfully charged with the murder of his client and sentenced to hang. It includes unusual questions of law, and ethical dilemmas interwoven with a detailed legal disquisition against the death penalty. A lovely copy of this unusual binding design. Scarce in this condition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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