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Vintage book VERY OLD/RARE two famed tales in 1 leather vol Charles Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop & Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Vintage book VERY OLD/RARE two famed tales in 1 leather vol Charles Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop & Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
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There is no other book like this one.

No, really, read that again. There is no other book like this one. There isn't!

This amazing volume is well-worn but beautiful, and unlike any other copy of Dickens or Verne you'll find anywhere else because it is two in one, a double feature, a combination of classics that will keep you up for hours paging through from one book to the next, blown away by both, and all in one special, gorgeous old book.

Nothing could be better than that, right? A true reading experience, and this book is incomparable to other editions so owning it is a true bibliophile accomplishment--not only for finding it here, but for buying it and keeping it on your shelf KNOWING it is wholly, absolutely unique.

*Breathe*

The excitement this book gives me, and the image of someone buying it and being so excited to open it when it comes in the mail, is too much !!!

Description of the stories coming later, but here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full Title Novel 1: The Old Curiosity Shop
-Full Title Novel 2: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
-Author Book 1: Charles Dickens
-Author Book 2: Jules Verne
-Format: Hardcover, leather binding (rare!) with gilt engraved titles on spine and ribbed edges, marbled cover and back cover in brown, yellow/gold and red, two books contained in one, Old Curiosity Shop first, thin pages with straight cut and red-speckled ends, stamped name by previous owner on back front cover "G L Noble" and dated 1884 in pencil script, with book binder's stamp on first page in purple ink, "Simon & Barnum Book Binders, 3 & 5 Columbia Street, Utica NY"
-Condition: The condition is fragile but wonderful. The binding is surprisingly tight and the book highly readable, the leather in great shape and the only real distress is to the boards, and some dark age stains on pages in the first section. As stated above, there are two stamps from the book binder's and the previous owner, with pencil date in light pencil script below.
-Publisher: John W Lovell Company
-Copyrights: Not stated, but owner dated book 1884, further research under way
-Date published: Not stated, but owner dated book 1884, further research under way
-Provenance: I'll never tell!! This book is, however, signed by the previous owner and dated 1884, along with a book-stamp from the previous bookshop that owned it at some point. I haven't done the research on the shop, but I'm definitely going to and will update here. :)
-Pricing: This was incredibly hard to price. I won't go into the details too much but let's say it took hours of research and a lot of hemming and hawing and back and forth, because it is a true original, and finding out all the information for there requires as much time as pricing them does. You want to do justice to the book and its rarity, but you don't want to overprice it in case someone else is selling it for less in a comparable copy, of course! Still, this one is a cheese that stands alone, and so after much research I came to the price, finally, and it's on to the next one!
There is no other book like this one.

No, really, read that again. There is no other book like this one. There isn't!

This amazing volume is well-worn but beautiful, and unlike any other copy of Dickens or Verne you'll find anywhere else because it is two in one, a double feature, a combination of classics that will keep you up for hours paging through from one book to the next, blown away by both, and all in one special, gorgeous old book.

Nothing could be better than that, right? A true reading experience, and this book is incomparable to other editions so owning it is a true bibliophile accomplishment--not only for finding it here, but for buying it and keeping it on your shelf KNOWING it is wholly, absolutely unique.

*Breathe*

The excitement this book gives me, and the image of someone buying it and being so excited to open it when it comes in the mail, is too much !!!

Description of the stories coming later, but here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full Title Novel 1: The Old Curiosity Shop
-Full Title Novel 2: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
-Author Book 1: Charles Dickens
-Author Book 2: Jules Verne
-Format: Hardcover, leather binding (rare!) with gilt engraved titles on spine and ribbed edges, marbled cover and back cover in brown, yellow/gold and red, two books contained in one, Old Curiosity Shop first, thin pages with straight cut and red-speckled ends, stamped name by previous owner on back front cover "G L Noble" and dated 1884 in pencil script, with book binder's stamp on first page in purple ink, "Simon & Barnum Book Binders, 3 & 5 Columbia Street, Utica NY"
-Condition: The condition is fragile but wonderful. The binding is surprisingly tight and the book highly readable, the leather in great shape and the only real distress is to the boards, and some dark age stains on pages in the first section. As stated above, there are two stamps from the book binder's and the previous owner, with pencil date in light pencil script below.
-Publisher: John W Lovell Company
-Copyrights: Not stated, but owner dated book 1884, further research under way
-Date published: Not stated, but owner dated book 1884, further research under way
-Provenance: I'll never tell!! This book is, however, signed by the previous owner and dated 1884, along with a book-stamp from the previous bookshop that owned it at some point. I haven't done the research on the shop, but I'm definitely going to and will update here. :)
-Pricing: This was incredibly hard to price. I won't go into the details too much but let's say it took hours of research and a lot of hemming and hawing and back and forth, because it is a true original, and finding out all the information for there requires as much time as pricing them does. You want to do justice to the book and its rarity, but you don't want to overprice it in case someone else is selling it for less in a comparable copy, of course! Still, this one is a cheese that stands alone, and so after much research I came to the price, finally, and it's on to the next one!

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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