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Irving, Washington
Tales of a Traveler
London: Murray, 1824. First Edition. 2 vols. 1st edition, 1st printing, state A, preceding the American (B. A. L 10115). Irving's sequel to The Sketch Book (1819) with some of his most baroque supernatural horror stories. Original boards and labels, uncut, chips and wear, else good, complete with half-titles, ads and blanks, the original state you should want, and not surrender to the fatigue of failed pursuit and buy a contemporary rebind, or worse, one in a new binding glowing with all the glossy dumbness of a dead fish. Rare (B. A. L. did not locate a single complete and unrepaired set in boards). Irving the traveler, 200 years ago, was not like you and I, the travelers of today. So, here's some advice from a wise source: "The length and grandness of a hotel's name are an exact opposite reflection of its quality. Thus the Hotel Central will prove to be a clean, pleasant place in a good part of town, and the Hotel Royal Majestic-Fantastic will be a fleabag next to a topless bowling alley." -Miss Piggy, 1981 Prevalent in hotels these days is that each room comes with its own time machine, a metal box called a mini bar, in which you can see the price of a Snickers 50 years in the future. good. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Biblioctopus [USA]

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