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ch a rles dick ens / his copy From Dickens’ Own Library: “The Bible Of Christmas”: First Edition, First Issue Of A Christmas Carol 1. DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. London, 1843. 12mo, original gilt-stamped red-brown cloth rebacked with original spine laid down, custom chemise and half morocco slipcase. $65,000. First edition, first issue of this Christmas classic, with four hand-colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech, the only one of Dickens’ first editions to contain hand-colored illustrations. This copy exceptionally desirable, hailing from Dickens’ own library at Gadshill Place, with his bookplates; it later belonged to leading American financier and collector W.W. Corcoran.


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A Christmas Carol “may readily be called the Bible of Christmas… It was issued about ten days before Christmas, 1843, and 6000 copies were sold on the first day” (Eckel, 110). A Christmas Carol “was the first of Dickens’ Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally)… it was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature.” The publication history of A Christmas Carol is bibliographically complex. “Dickens decided to publish the book himself… He stipulated the following requirements: a fancy binding, blind-stamped, with gilding on the spine and front cover; all edges gilded; four full-page hand-colored etchings; half title and title pages printed in colors of bright red and green; and hand-colored green endpapers to match the green title page… However, in examining printed copies prior to publication, Dickens was disappointed with the appearance of the green titles, which turned drab, and the hand-colored green endpapers, which dusted off and smudged, and had the title page changed to red and blue, the half title to blue, the date on the title page changed from 1844 to 1843, and the endpapers changed to yellow, which did not require hand work. Dickens’ changes were completed by December 17… Since Dickens’ instructions to discontinue the unsatisfactory titles and endpapers were received at the press before publication, at a time when there were on hand different quantities of endpapers, title pages, and sheets of printed text already produced, many copies are found with a mixture of features” (Gimbel A79). This copy is the first issue, with uncorrected text (“Stave I” as the first chapter heading), the red-and-blue title page dated 1843, the half title printed in blue. First-issue copies appear with either yellow or green endpapers, no priority established; this copy has green endpapers. Binding matches Todd’s first impression, second issue, first state (Smith II:4). First printing copies of A Christmas Carol are quite rare and highly prized by Dickens collectors. This copy is from Dickens’ own library, evidenced by the presence of Dickens’ bookplate and the Gadshill Library bookplate, which reads “From the Library of CHARLES DICKENS, Gadshill Place, June, 1870”; the book was most assuredly sold in the 1870 auction of Dickens’ library. Bookplate of American banker, philanthropist and art collector William Wilson Corcoran. Occasional mild foxing, mostly to inner plates. Early inner paper hinge repairs; front hinge starting, rear hinge cracked. Cloth boards fresh with bright gilt. Spine rebacked with most of the original cloth laid down. Small portions of the spine toned with a couple of tiny tears to spine gilt. A very good copy, exceptionally desirable hailing from the author’s own library and with further distinguished provenance.


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beau tiful women /cosway - st y le binding In Exquisite Cosway-Style Binding By Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Splendidly Illustrated, The Doheny Copy 2. (BINDING) ERSKINE, Beatrice (Mrs. Steuart). Beautiful Women in History & Art. London, 1905. Tall, thick quarto, mid20th-century full red morocco gilt. $32,000. Spectacular edition of “these portraits of beautiful women, seen against a background of history,” with 38 rich photogravures of contemporaneous paintings, including portraits of Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Lady Hamilton and Joan of Arc. Luxuriously bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in the Cosway style, with beautiful inlaid centerpieces and splendid watercolor painting of Joan of Arc set into the doublure. From the famous Doheny library, sold in 1987. Cosway bindings (named for renowned 19th-century English miniaturist Richard Cosway) were first commissioned in the early 1900s by London bookseller Sotheran, from the famous Rivière bindery, who employed Miss C.B. Currie to faithfully imitate Cosway’s detailed watercolor portraiture. These delicate paintings were set into the covers of rich bindings and protected by a thin pane of glass. The work inside this lavish binding is Beatrice Erskine’s Beautiful Women in History & Art. In her preface she admits that “the selection is perhaps arbitrary, and the omissions are often much to be regretted, but it must be remembered that the field is a wide one.” This is the Doheny copy, with two of the family’s bookplates. Carrie Estelle Doheny was among the earliest female book collectors in the United States. Under the tutelage of Frank Hogan and A.S.W. Rosenbach she assembled one of the greatest rare book collections in America. On October 22, 1987, Christie’s held its first of six separate sales of the Doheny collection, ultimately yielding $37,842.758.00, for some 2,300 lots. This book was among them, yielding at that time $8500. A fine copy, in a spectacular “exhibition” binding.


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Exquisitely Illuminated Marian Book Of Hours, Circa 1425 3. (ILLUMINATED MAUSCRIPT). Book of Hours [Hore Beat Marie Virginis]. No place, circa 1425. 12mo (5 by 6-1/2 inches), mid-19th century full olive morocco gilt, raised bands; 86 vellum leaves. $38,000. Splendid, early 15th-century illuminated manuscript Marian Book of Hours, featuring numerous initials with dramatic gold highlights and several leaves with extensive floral marginal decoration, as well as three fine tipped-in illuminations, handsomely bound. A beautiful production. Originally derived from the Psalter, the Book of Hours was a medieval book of prayer containing “offices,” or sets of psalms, lessons, antiphons and prayers for recitation during each of the eight hours of the day. This heavily illuminated Book of Hours is a splendid example of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, featuring ten calendar leaves (March through December) followed by 75 leaves of text. It boasts numerous high quality initials—four five-line, two four-line,


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two three-line, 90 two-line and several single-line—and marginal decorations, impressively bright with liberal and dramatic use of gold highlights. The volume also contains beautiful tipped-in large 15th-century illuminations of Saint Maur and Saint Placid (leaf 29v) and two floral illuminations (leaf 36v and 86v). The calendar does not list the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady (July 2), which was not confirmed as an ecclesiastical celebration until the Council of Basle in 1441; therefore, this book was most likely produced in the first half of the 15th century. Text in Latin. Occasional old marginalia. Vellum leaves generally fine with expected light soiling, occasional very minor dampstaining to very bottom edge of a few leaves. Marginal restoration to leaves 4 and 5; sewn repairs to leaf 9, barely affecting illumination; small upper corner restoration to leaf 49; a few leaves with minor reinforcement. Small vertical abrasion with tiny holes to margin of leaf 82, not affecting illumination. A beautiful illuminated prayer book, handsomely bound.


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m a rlon br a ndo “I Hated My Countries Press So Much That I Was Convinced That Their Lies Proved Their Political Beliefs Wrong”: The Ugly American, Marlon Brando’s Own Copy, With His Extensive Annotations Throughout 4. LEDERER, William, and BURDICK, Eugene. The Ugly American. New York, 1958. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $17,000. Early edition, extraordinary association copy, from the library of Marlon Brando, his own copy, with his extensive annotations throughout. Brando would go on to star in the 1963 movie based on the book. A fascinating insight into the sensibility of one of America’s great actors. Since this book’s publication, the phrase “the ugly American” has come into the nation’s lexicon to refer to American foreign policy leaders whose decisions appear to derive from ignorance or arrogance. Senator John F. Kennedy was particularly taken with the criticisms aimed at American foreign policymakers in the book, and sent a copy to everyone in the Senate. He created the Peace Corps in an effort to answer the call for change advocated in the novel.


“Good line—Make the film cut the romantic throat of every American. It is not Burma but the shores of U.S. Not tomorrow. But surely the day after…” “What Ho! Gunga Din and Dawn Patrol.” “People like repetition in same way children do.” “Not too hot. Dangerously emotional. The only shock is that of bad taste.” “Her character not true to life. to [sic] aggressive. Insolent manner.” “Yeah, and outfought too! Drama will hang on every Amer. concern about his country. Promise of defeat effective stimulation.” “Use… Aren’t you being a little arty? Not quite arty enough.” Book with light rubbing, ink inscription on front cover. Dust jacket fresh and bright with tape repairs to the verso. A most desirable copy with a unique and fascinating association.

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From the personal library of Marlon Brando, with his bookplate laid in. Brando, the political idealist, saw in the story the chance to portray a man losing confidence, however misplaced, and coming to a fuller, truer consciousness of himself and the world; the perfect vehicle for him. As he wrote in his autobiograhy: “I played a U.S. ambassador, a vain and seemingly well-intentioned man who was sent to a fictional country in Southeast Asia and brought with him all the misconceptions and selfinterest of the American ruling class.” The 1963 movie received good reviews among them: “As you might well expect, Mr. Brando is at the top of his form when the script and George Englund’s direction are most firm and plausible” (Bosley Crowther, New York Times). Extensively annotated by Brando throughout. Among the copious marginal annotations in Brando’s hand:


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john h a ncock / boston m a ssacre “A Firm Foundation Must Be Laid For The Security Of Our Rights And Liberties…”: Scarce 1774 First Periodical Appearance Of Hancock’s Fiery Boston Massacre Oration—A Seminal Work In The Emergence Of “The Basic Elements Of American Political Thought Of The Revolutionary Period,” Printed By Famed Activist Isaiah Thomas 5. (BOSTON MASSACRE) HANCOCK, John. An Oration; Delivered March 5th, 1774… to commemorate the bloody Tragedy of the Fifth of March, 1770. IN: Boston: Royal American Magazine, March, 1774. Original side-stitched sheets, entirely uncut; pp. 37. $12,000. Scarce first periodical appearance, in the March issue of Isaiah Thomas’ Royal American Magazine, of this famous Boston Massacre Oration, delivered on the anniversary of that “Bloody Tragedy” by John Hancock on March 5, 1774. The first separate printing in pamphlet form was published around March 24th, apparently about the same time as this first periodical appearance. Angry American colonists carried an undimmed recollection of the bloody 1770 Boston Massacre, seeing it as a turning point in “a deliberate assault of power upon liberty” (Bailyn, 117). “The Massacre—it was called that almost immediately—compelled attention all over again to the question of what British power was doing in America” (Middlekauff, 206). Commemorative Massacre Orations occurred annually until 1784, when they were replaced by Fourth of July speeches. Hancock’s powerful 1774 oration addresses fears of standing armies and calls for the creation of a “Congress of Deputies from the several Houses of Assembly on the Continent… At such a Congress, a firm foundation may be laid for the security of our Rights and Liberties.” This transcription of Hancock’s speech appears in The Royal American Magazine, edited by the firebrand Isaiah Thomas. The first separate printing of Hancock’s oration appeared sometime around March 24th, published in Boston by Edes and Gill (Evans 13314). Without the two engraved plates (as usual). Sabin 73781-82. Only a few scattered patches of foxing, tiny stab marks at left margins with remnant of original stitches, three small holes to pages 89-92 (not affecting Hancock’s oration). A near-fine copy of a key Revolutionary War document.


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thom a s pa ine “The Declaration Of Independence… Was Due More To Paine’s Common Sense Than To Any One Other Single Piece Of Writing”: Exceptionally Rare And Significant 1776 Philadelphia Bradford Printing Of Paine’s Common Sense 6. PAINE, Thomas. Common Sense… A New Edition, with several Additions in the Body of the Work. Philadelphia: W. and T. Bradford, [1776]. Slim octavo, original self-wrappers, stitched as issued; pp. (7), 2-50. $56,000. Exceptionally rare 1776 Philadelphia printing of this American landmark, one of the earliest printings, issued within weeks of the first edition, and the first edition to contain Paine’s additions to the work, which increased the text by one third. This copy in original wrappers, stitched as issued and retaining the original half title. The copy of Vincent Wetherill, an officer in the American Revolution, signed by him. The first edition of Common Sense was published in Philadelphia by Robert Bell in January 1776. “Paine had patriotically agreed to give his share of the profits from Common Sense toward the purchase of mittens for the half-frozen American troops then battling before Quebec. When Bell said there were no profits, Paine, infuriated, dismissed Bell and employed Bradford to publish a new edition. He materially enlarged the work by one-third… Refusing to copyright this work, he gave permission to all to reprint it, with the result that it spread rapidly all over the country” (Gimbel-Yale, 14). “Common Sense was by far the most influential tract of the American Revolution, and it remains one of the most brilliant pamphlets ever written in the English language” (A Covenanted People, 27). It is in this edition that Paine first uses the phrase “the Free and Independent States of America.” Bradford hired two different printers (Benjamin Towne and Steiner & Cist) to print this edition; this copy is the Towne second issue. Gimbel CS-12. Half title with contemporary owner signatures of American Revolutionary officer Vincent Wetherill. Faint contemporary marginalia to rear leaf not affecting text. Text with light scattered foxing, some dampstaining to half title and rear leaf, minor expert paper repairs to half title and to upper edge of one leaf not affecting text; a bit of loss to spine edge of rear leaf.


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a lger non sidney One Of “The Intellectual Foundations Of The Declaration Of Independence” (Jefferson): 1698 First Edition Of Sidney On Government 7. SIDNEY, Algernon. Discourses Concerning Government… Published from an Original Manuscript of the Author. London, 1698. Folio (9 by 13 inches), contemporary full tan paneled calf. $8500. First edition of “the best elementary book of the principles of government… which has ever been published in any language,” one of the primary influences on the Declaration of Independence. “Sidney was executed in 1683 for complicity in the Rye House Plot, his papers, including the [unpublished] Discourses, being used against him. The indictment cited sentences saying that the king is subject to law, is responsible to the people, and may be deposed, as a ‘false, seditious, and traitorous libel’… Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government was not published until 1698” (Sabine, 512). Thomas Jefferson was one of many influenced by Sidney’s ideas. In 1804, he wrote of the Discourses: “They are in truth a rich treasure of republican principles, supported by copious & cogent arguments, and adorned with the finest flowers of science. It is probably the best elementary book of the principles of government… which has ever been published in any language” (Sowerby III: J6). “Jefferson identified Sidney as one of four writers who provided the intellectual foundations of the Declaration of Independence” (A Covenanted People, 56). Wing S3761. Lowndes, 2394. Marke, 953. Armorial bookplate of Sir John Cope, British General and Member of Parliament, perhaps best known for his defeat by Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. A near-fine copy, with faint stains to pages 13-16 and only occasional very light marginal dampstaining, contemporary calf very handsome. Very desirable.


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benja min fr a nk lin “Guilt Will Lie On The Whole Land, Till Justice Is Done On The Murderers” (Franklin): Exceedingly Rare First Edition Of Franklin’s Powerful Narrative Of The Late Massacres… Of A Number Of Indians, 1764 8. [FRANKLIN, Benjamin]. A Narrative of the Late Massacres, in Lancaster County, of a Number of Indians… Philadelphia, 1764. Slim octavo, full red crushed morocco, custom chemise and slipcase. $27,500. First edition of one of the rarest and most important works by Franklin—“among the most emotional pieces he ever wrote”—an immensely moving and bold condemnation of the December 1763 slaughter of innocent Indians on the Pennsylvania frontier by the infamous “Paxton Boys.” In late 1763, with the Pennsylvania frontier reeling from the French and Indian War, “a mob of more than 50 frontiersmen from around the town of Paxton murdered six unarmed Indians, all of them peaceful, converted Christians. Two weeks later, an even larger mob slaughtered 14 more Indians… The ‘Paxton Boys,’ as the growing mob of frontiersmen came to be called, declared that their next stop was Philadelphia, where more than 140 other peaceful Indians were being sheltered… The uprising threatened to become… a full-fledged social and religious war.” In a furious pamphlet war sparked by warring attackers and defenders of the “Paxton Boys,” the Pennsylvania Assembly was charged to “allow the frontiersmen the proper representation in the Assembly that was decreed in the charter. Franklin responded with his own pamphlet in late January 1764. Entitled A Narrative of the Late Massacres in Lancaster County, it was among the most emotional pieces he ever wrote” (Isaacson, 210-11). “On the impact of his writing on the people, Franklin wrote, Feb. 11, 1764: ‘It would perhaps be Vanity in me to imagine so slight a thing could have any extraordinary Effect. But however that may be, there was a sudden and very remarkable Change; and above 1000 Citizens took Arms to support the Government in the Protect of those poor Wretches’” (Miller 807). This rare first edition, issued without imprint, is authoritatively attributed to the press of Franklin and David Hall in that “Franklin would normally make use of his own printing press in publishing a pamphlet in Philadelphia and would certainly turn to this partner David Hall for assistance in such an emergency as the publication of this piece presented.” “Among the rarest of works relating to the history of Pennsylvania” (Field 1116). Sabin 25557. With penciled “Benjamin Franklin” on title page. An exceptional copy in fine condition.


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persi a n kor a n Beautiful Large Illuminated Persian Manuscript Qur’an, Circa 1700 9. KORAN. Illuminated Qur’an [Koran]. Persia, circa late 17th to early 18th century. Quarto, early 19th-century giltstamped maroon morocco rebacked with original spine laid down, morocco flap closure. $22,000. Imposing and beautiful illuminated manuscript Persian Qur’an, impressively scribed and featuring two double-page opening and closings illuminated in gold, blue, orange and red, several illuminated headings, and very extensive gilt and polychrome ornamentation, handsomely bound in early 19th-century full morocco with boards geometric bordered in gilt and black and center panels displaying gilt arabesques. Islam’s sacred scripture and, for Muslims, the literal, revealed word of God, the Qur’an is also “the most extraordinary beautiful discourse… The Arabic is extraordinary and it does evoke a significant response… [The Qur’an] invades us [and] gets below the level of rational, cerebral judging of content to a core of receptivity that we sometimes don’t even know that we have” (Karen Armstrong). This beautiful and imposing manuscript Qur’an—unsigned and complete in 503 leaves executed in 12-line muhaqqaq script within gilt, blue and orange borders— features double page opening illuminated in gold, blue, orange and red with the text fully vocalized, and concluding double page illumination in gold, blue, orange, and red. With fine illuminated headings and executed in a graceful hand on thin polished paper, with excellent calligraphic flourishes. The opening pages of six suras, are fully gilt and the margins decorated with borders of repeating chains of leaves, vines, and flowers. Text leaves generally quite clean with only a few small marginal repairs, beautiful binding with light expert restoration.


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paul a n thon y sa muelson “No Other Book Has Contributed So Much To The Emergence Of A Universal Body Of Economic Knowledge”: Samuelson’s Economics, First Edition, Signed By Him 10. (ECONOMICS) SAMUELSON, Paul Anthony. Economics. An Introductory Analysis. New York, Toronto, and London, 1948. Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket. $12,000. First edition of Nobel Prize-winner Samuelson’s second book, signed: “Paul A. Samuelson.” Following the groundbreaking Foundations of Economic Analysis, “Samuelson’s second book was Economics: An Introductory Analysis. First published in 1948, it soon became the most successful textbook ever published in any field… No other book has contributed so much to the emergence of a universal body of economic knowledge that is considered standard wherever teaching and learning are free” (Niehans, 423-24). “More than anyone else he bears responsibility for the mathematical bent of economics in the late 20th century… In all his professional work, Samuelson sought to provide mathematical underpinnings for economic ideas, believing that economic theory without formalizations was unsystematic and unclear” (Pressman, Fifty Major Economists, 162-63). Owner signature on half title. Book fine, with only minute rubbing to edges. Scarce dust jacket very good and quite bright, with a few spots of foxing to rear panel, only minor soiling, and wear mainly to extremities. A desirable copy, rare signed.


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milton friedm a n Signed By Milton Friedman, First Edition Of His Classic Capitalism And Freedom 11. (ECONOMICS) FRIEDMAN, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago and London, 1962. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jacket. $15,000. First edition of this economics classic, boldly signed by Milton Friedman. “Friedman, a laissez-faire economist and professor at the University of Chicago, is considered one of the leading modern exponents of liberalism in the 19th-century European sense. In Capitalism and Freedom he argued for a negative income tax, or guaranteed income, to supersede centralized, bureaucratized social welfare services, which in his view are inimical to the traditional values of individualism and useful work” (Britannica). Friedman “is regarded [as] a giant within the economics profession, and is one of the two or three most referenced and revered economics figures in the 20th century” (Pressman, 161). This book was selected as one of the Times Literary Supplement’s “hundred most influential books since the war.” Book fine; lightest edge-wear to about-fine dust jacket.


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w illi a m sh a k espea re “Destined To Live So Long As English Is Spoken”: The Shakespeare Gallery, Ten Magnificent Folio Volumes With Lovely Illustrations In Two Suites, Sumptuously Bound With Hand-Colored Inset Doublures 12. (SHAKESPEARE, William). The Shakespeare Gallery. A Collection of Scenes and Characters from Famous Paintings by Eminent Artists. London, 1908. Ten volumes. Folio (11 by 14 inches), publisher’s full deluxe levant morocco gilt. $17,500. First edition of this wonderful collection of illustrations of characters, scenes, and famous actors from Shakespeare’s plays, with vignette title page and 90 folio steel-engravings and photogravures in double suite, with one of each suite printed on Japan vellum and mounted. Ten folio volumes sumptuously bound in publisher’s deluxe morocco-gilt, with a hand-colored illustration from the work inset into the front morocco doublure of each volume. A splendid set. A lovely collection of engravings after great paintings of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and characters, as well as dramatic portraits of the legendary actors who brought these characters to life, such as Edwin Booth as Hamlet, Sarah Siddons as Lady Macbeth, Tommaso Salvini as Othello, Mary Anderson as Juliet, Edmund Kean as Richard III, and Henry Irving as Shylock. Includes descriptions of the plays and appreciations of the featured scenes by renowned Shakespearean scholars F.J. Furnivall, Horace Howard Furness and Edward Dowden, among others. Skillful repair to front joint of Volume I. A splendid set in fine condition, beautifully bound.


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joseph conr a d Splendidly Bound “Sun-Dial” Edition Of Conrad’s Works, Signed By Him 13. CONRAD, Joseph. The Works. Garden City, 1920-26. Twenty-two volumes. Octavo, contemporary full red morocco gilt. $16,500. Signed limited “Sun-Dial Edition” of Conrad’s works, one of 735 sets, signed in the first volume by Conrad, splendidly bound in elaborately full morocco-gilt with morocco doublures and silk endpapers. An exceptional uncut copy. “Conrad’s work at its best achieved a synthesis of theme, treatment and language of a kind without precedent in English literature… To a degree beyond the ordinary, he owed his fame to the good fortune of a remarkable life-story which enabled him to use as material for fiction many strange and picturesque experiences” (DNB). With photographic frontispiece portrait of Conrad in Almayer’s Folly. Fine condition.


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w illi a m sh a k espea re The Splendid Kelmscott Shakespeare 14. SHAKESPEARE. The Poems of William Shakespeare. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Octavo, original full limp vellum, original ribbon ties, custom clamshell box. $8800. The superb Kelmscott Press edition of Shakespeare’s poems, one of 500 copies printed by William Morris, in lovely original vellum binding. Beautifully printed in red and black type and decorated with woodcut borders and initials. William Morris—Pre-Raphaelite painter, designer, architect, and printer—founded the Kelmscott Press, the first modern private press, in 1891. “Morris sought to revive what he saw as the purity of the first century of printing, and to produce what he described as books which ‘would have a definite claim to beauty… and be easy to read’” (Feather, 152). “Cockerell in 1898 described this volume as ‘one of the rarest books issued from the Press’ because of its popularity” (Peterson A11). Increasingly rare in the original vellum binding. Ransom, Kelmscott 11. Bookplates. A fine copy.


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“This Pedigree Was Truly Drawne”: Wonderful Nine Foot Long, Hand-Colored Genealogical Scroll Of The Noble Families Of Glamorgan, Cardiff, 1678 15. WELLS, Cradock. Pedigree of the Nobility of Glamorgan. Cardiff, 1678. Large hand-colored manuscript scroll on vellum (12-1/2 inches wide by 9 feet, 3 inches long). $4500. Original manuscript genealogical scroll of the nobility of Glamorgan in Wales, tracking the three lines of Iestyn ap Gwrgant, Mormaer of Angus (Duke of Sinill), and Richard de Clare, replete with hand-colored coats of arms. Between 1242 and 1247 Richard de Clare, sixth Earl of Gloucester, expelled the Welsh rulers from the western valleys of Glamorgan, and soon afterwards, as Lord of Glamorgan, consolidated his position further by bringing all the lands of Meisgyn and Glyn Rhondda, as well as a few other minor lordships under his own direct control. Complete Norman rule of Glamorgan was achieved when Richard’s son, Gilbert the Red, acquired control of Senghenydd and Afan in 1289, and from this point, a centralized administration was established, allowing land holdings in Glamorgan to be traced more easily. This is a genealogical chart of the noble families of Glamorgan, beginning with Iestyn ap Gwrgant (the last Welsh Lord of Morgannwg at the time of the Norman Conquest), Mormaer of Angus (Duke of Sinill), and Richard de Clare himself. This wonderful scroll, with its numerous hand-colored armorial bearings, was produced in 1678 by Cradock Wells, Alderman of the borough of Cardiff and noted genealogist. “This Pedigree was truly drawne,” Wells writes at the top of the scroll, “out of and Compared with Severall old maneyskripts [sic] & the Greate Booke of Cotrell… by [a] wellwisher to Heraldrye.” A handsome piece, with some rubbing and flaking to fine hand-painted shields.


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The First Roman Catholic New Testament In English, Beautiful 1582 First Edition—The Huth Copy 16. BIBLE. The New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated Faithfully Into English, out of the authentical Latin… Rhemes, 1582. Quarto, late 19th-century full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine. $18,500. Very scarce first edition of the important Rheims New Testament, the first Roman Catholic version in English, distinguished in rich morocco-gilt by Bedford, from the renowned Huth Library. Like the Geneva Bible, the Rheims New Testament was “produced by religious refugees who carried their faith and work abroad. Since the English Protestants used their vernacular translations, not only as the foundation of their own faith but as siege artillery in the assault on Rome, a Catholic translation became more and more necessary in order that the faithful could answer… Technical words were transliterated rather than translated. Thus many new words came to birth… Not only was [chief translator Gregory Martin] steeped in the Vulgate, he was, every day, involved in the immortal liturgical Latin of his church. The resulting Latinisms added a majesty to his English prose, and many a dignified or felicitous phrase was silently lifted by the editors of the King James’s Version, and thus passed into the language” (Great Books and Book Collectors 108). Most copies of this edition were purportedly suppressed and destroyed because of the controversial textual annotations in defense of Catholic doctrine. The New Testament was issued separately and first; the two-volume Old Testament did not, however, appear until 1609-10 due to insufficient funds. Darlow & Moule 134. Pierpont Morgan Library, The Bible 112. From the acclaimed library of Henry Huth, merchant-banker and bibliophile, with his armorial morocco-gilt bookplate. In his collecting, “he confined himself to no particular subject, but bought anything of real interest provided that the book was perfect and in good condition… The Bibles, without being very numerous, included nearly every edition especially prized by collectors” (DNB). Huth 1453-54. Occasional faint contemporary marginalia. Tiny burn hole to [D4], affecting letters but not sense of text. Text washed. An outstanding and desirable copy, very finely bound, with venerable provenance.


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m a rk t wa in “I Do Love, Love, Love You, Livy”: The Love Letters Of Mark Twain, With His Double Signature 17. TWAIN, Mark. The Love Letters of Mark Twain. New York, 1949. Tall octavo, original black cloth, dust jacket, slipcase. $9000. Signed limited first edition of Twain’s love letters to his wife, one of only 155 copies printed, with tipped-in limitation page containing Twain’s double signature: “S. L. Clemens, Mark Twain.” Although the book was not published until many years after Twain’s death, a printed notice on the limitation page reads, “These signatures of Mark Twain have been in the possession of Harper & Brothers for fifty years. There are no more.” Edited and with an introduction by Dixon Wecter, the literary editor of the Twain estate. Printed on Colophon Text paper, with special photographic frontispiece portraits. BAL 3579. McBride, 296. Bookplate of journalist and San Diego newspaper publisher James Strohn Copley. Copley was a leading Republican who maintained associations with politicians including Barry Goldwater, Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew. Copley was also an avid collector of books and historical documents; the Helen K. and James S. Copley Library at the University of San Diego is named for him. Slight sticker residue to rear panel of slipcase. A beautiful signed copy in fine condition.


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geoffrey ch aucer “The Greatest Of An Age”: Important 1561 Edition Of Chaucer’s Works 18. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer. London, 1561. Folio, rebound in full contemporary calf gilt. $25,000. Fifth edition of Chaucer’s Works, the rare and important 1561 first Stowe edition, with large woodcut title page of Chaucer’s heraldry, splendidly bound in period style. “Chaucer’s characters live age after age. Every age is a Canterbury Pilgrimage; we all pass on, each sustaining one of these characters; nor can a child be born who is not one of these characters of Chaucer” (William Blake). Sir Walter Raleigh wrote, “It is difficult to pass over the name of Chaucer without marking the high pitch of perfection to which he brought the art of narration in verse… He was a great narrative artist, incomparably the greatest of an age that loved story-telling and knew nothing of the drama.” By anticipating the inward turn of character generally associ-


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ated with the Renaissance and the Reformation, Chaucer influenced both the shape and direction of English literature. Shakespeare drew on the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner for such characters as Falstaff and Iago, Spenser called him the “pure well of English undefiled,” and the modern critic Harold Bloom suggests that “without such characters [as Chaucer created], there would be less life in literature, and less literature in life” (The Western Canon, 105-26). This, the rare fifth edition of the Works, is “doubtless the Chaucer that was studied by Sir Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser and at least leafed through by the young Shakespeare” (The Book of Geoffrey Chaucer, 24). In addition to The Caunterburie Tales, this edition includes The Romaunt of the Rose, Troilus and Creseide, Boecius de Consolacione and The Testament of Love. “The edition survives in two issues, one dated 1561 and both printed by John Kyngston for John White. The chief difference between the two lies in the first substantive item, The General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales”; the issue dated 1561 contains an additional gathering of six leaves after the first preliminaries with woodcuts, from the blocks used by Caxton. This copy does not have a title page dated 1561 and does not have the leaves with the illustrative woodcuts, meaning it would traditionally be classified as second issue. “It has generally been assumed that the edition without woodcuts is the later of the two issues, but there is little evidence so far available to prove or disprove this assumption” (Ruggiers, 57). Beautifully printed in two-column Gothic text. Title page with large woodcut of Chaucer’s coat of arms only, partially replaced in facsimile, the remainder original. Leaf one is probably supplied from another copy of this edition. With two full-page divisional titles within pictorial woodcut frame, one pictorial woodcut headpiece (leaf B1; the woodcut of the Knight is from the block used in the undated edition, circa 1550), one tailpiece ([3U8]) and decorative woodcut initials. STC 5076. 19th-century owner’s inscription to first leaf; occasional ink markings and marginalia. Armorial bookplate. Interior generally very clean with only most minor instances of scattered light foxing or soiling. Title page with portion in facsimile. Occasional closed tears; 3R6 and 3S1 with small chips and tears, affecting a few letters but not sense of text. Splendidly bound.


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Irving Fisher’s “Startlingly Original Ph.D. Thesis,” Mathematical Investigations In The Theory Of Value And Prices, Inscribed And Signed By Fisher To A Fellow Professor At Oxford, With Related Letters Signed By Fisher, One To The Recipient 19. FISHER, Irving. Mathematical Investigations in the Theory of Value and Prices. New Haven, 1925. Octavo, original printed paper wrappers. $9600. First separate publication of Irving Fisher’s groundbreaking doctoral dissertation at Yale, photo-engraved from the original 1892 journal publication, with numerous diagrams for the design of a hydraulic mechanism demonstrating equilibrium prices in a multi-market economy along with photographs of completed, functioning models. This copy inscribed on the front wrapper to a fellow professor at Oxford: “To Miss C.V. Butler, from Irving Fisher.” With two typed letters signed by Fisher and dated in the year of publication, one to the recipient of this copy, Professor Butler, offering to forward a copy of the republication of his doctoral thesis “from among the limited number to be sent to leading economists.” Irving Fisher’s “startlingly original Ph.D. thesis” early established his reputation as an innovative economist whose work laid the foundation for modern economic theory (Blaug, Great Economists before Keynes). “Widely regarded as the greatest economist America has produced… Fisher put his early training in mathematics and physics to work in his doctoral dissertation on the theory of general equilibrium… Much of standard neoclassical theory today is Fisherian in origin, style, spirit and substance. In particular, most modern models of capital and interest are essentially variations on Fisher’s theme, the conjunction of intertemporal choices and opportunities. Likewise, his theory of money and prices is the foundation for much contemporary monetary economics… To this day Fisher’s successors are often rediscovering, consciously or unconsciously, Fisher’s ideas and building upon them” (New Palgrave II). The first edition of this work was published in the Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1892 and subsequently went out of print. The two typed letters are on single sheets of Professor Fisher’s Yale University letterhead; each is signed by him. The first letter is dated September 25, 1925, and is addressed to Professor C.V. Butler of the University of Oxford: in it Fisher offers to send her this copy of Mathematical Investigations. The second letter, dated October 30, 1925, and addressed only “Dear Sir” (but probably also sent to Professor Butler) offers to send a reprint of an article from the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Oxford Professor Christina Violet Butler authored a “pioneering study,” Social Conditions in Oxford, published in 1912. In 1919 she was named Director of Social Training at Oxford, a position she held until 1947. Fragile original paper wrappers unrestored and in aboutfine condition. Most desirable inscribed.


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henri ca rtier - bresson / robert k en nedy Exceedingly Scarce Presentation/Association First Edition Of Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment, Warmly Inscribed By Him To Robert And Ethel Kennedy, With Large Vintage Gelatin Silver Print Of RFK Laid In 20. (ROBERT F. KENNEDY) CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. The Decisive Moment. New York, 1952. Folio (11 by 14 inches), original pictorial boards, dust jacket, laid-in caption booklet. WITH: Vintage gelatin silver print (10-1/2 by 13 inches) with Look Magazine inkstamp on verso. $21,000. First edition in English of this iconic photobook by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers,” an exceptional presentation/ association copy boldly inscribed by Cartier-Bresson: “à Monsieur et Madame Robert Kennedy avec mon souvenir le meilleur, Henri Cartier-Bresson, [with my fondest memories],” also featuring a large exhibition-size vintage gelatin silver print of Robert Kennedy, circa 1961, with the official inkstamp of Look Magazine on print verso. This edition published simultaneously with the first French edition, containing 126 striking photogravures (most full-page). With book and dust jacket cover design by Matisse. Cartier-Bresson “is famous for his theory of the ‘decisive moment’— that is seizing the split second when the subject stands revealed in its most significant aspect… He ranks as one of the most important and influential photographers of this century” (Blodgett, 96). Decisive Moment contains his most comprehensive and important statement on the meaning, technique, and utility of photography. With extremely scarce dust jacket; separate caption pamphlet (rarely found) laid in. Parr & Badger I:208. Open Book, 154-5. Among Cartier-Bresson’s most memorable images was his photograph of Robert F. Kennedy as Attorney General. This wonderful presentation/association copy of Decisive Moment is from the library at Hickory Hill, home of Ethel and Robert Kennedy. With a laid-in exhibition-size vintage gelatin silver print (circa 1961, photographer unknown) that shows Robert Kennedy standing with a small group of men who together appear to be listening closely to a speaker (not pictured). On print verso is the official inkstamp of Look Magazine. Text and prints fine, minor crease to blank early leaf, front inner paper hinge starting but sound, slight edge-wear, tiny bit of loss to spine ends of bright boards; some edge-wear, minor loss to spine ends and toning to spines, small open tear to rear dust jacket panel. Laid-in booklet with minor soiling; print with mild corner wear, faint crease to right edge. An especially important presentation/association copy with a wonderful vintage gelatin silver print of RFK.


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j ulius c a esa r 1753 Folio Edition Of Caesar’s Commentaries, “Beautifully Printed And Richly Adorned,” With Famous Bull Plate, An Exceptional Copy 21. (CAESAR, Julius). DUNCAN, William. The Commentaries of Caesar, Translated into English. To Which is Prefixed a Discourse Concerning The Roman Art of War. London, 1753. Tall, thick folio (measures 11-1/2 by 17 inches), contemporary full tan polished calf gilt rebacked with original spine laid down. $15,000. First edition of Duncan’s famous translation of Caesar’s Commentaries, sumptuously illustrated with frontispiece portrait, six double-page maps and 78 splendid plates (most double-page). This copy with the famed double-page bull plate, often not present. An exceptional copy in contemporary polished calf-gilt. “Beautifully printed, and richly adorned with a variety of fine cuts… the greatest part of them being plans of battles, sieges, and incampments, or representations of the situation and face of the countries in which the most material transactions passed… The translator has in a great measure caught the spirit of his author, and… has preserved Caesar’s turn of phrase and expression” (Brueggemann, 520). With maps of Italy, Egypt, Spain, Britain, and Rome from the time of Caesar’s campaigns, and plates depicting Roman processions, battles, German and British barbarians, plans, etc. Superb bull plate and “Battle with Elephants” plate, both double-page and folding, with repaired closed tears and reinforcement to versos. Remaining plates and text generally quite clean and fine. Expert restoration to extremities of contemporary calf covers. An excellent and most desirable copy of this important and beautifully illustrated work in contemporary calf-gilt.


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na poleon Mudford’s Waterloo, 1817 First Edition, With 29 Fine Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates 22. (NAPOLEON) MUDFORD, William. An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands… Comprising the Battles of Ligny, Quatre Bras, and Waterloo… London, 1817. Large quarto (10-1/2 by 13 inches), contemporary full red straightgrain morocco gilt sympathetically rebacked in the early 20th century. $9800. First edition of this beautifully illustrated history of the final battles against Napoleon’s forces in the Netherlands, including his historic defeat at Waterloo. With folding frontispiece depicting the raging battle of Waterloo, engraved extra title page, two folding maps, and 26 full-page plates, all save the maps aquatint engravings with vivid hand-coloring. This copy also with the scarce double-page hand-colored aquatint “View of the City of Brussels”— often not present. An exceptional copy. Mudford’s work chronicles in detail and unabashedly celebrates the fall of Napoleon and the victory of the Allied forces. “In this volume [Mudford] received assistance from the Duke of Wellington, to whom it was dedicated” (DNB). Plates B, D, and L are mounted, as described in both Tooley and Abbey. This copy with the plate “Portraits of the General Guard” instead of the “Waterloo, in Memory of the Heroic Deeds of Shaw”; copies are found with either, but not both, with no priority determined. The “View of the City of Brussels,” present in this copy, is not mentioned in the plate list, nor in Tooley. Abbey’s copy, however, contained this plate: “it may be a supplementary plate of which only a few copies survive” (Abbey). Tooley 336. Abbey, Life 372. Bookplates. Two folding maps and folding frontispiece “The Battle of Waterloo” with expert reinforcement on the versos; Plates M and O with skillfully repaired closed tears. An excellent copy of this scarce work, beautifully bound and desirable in handsome contemporary morocco-gilt covers.


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a lbert einstein “The Whole Of Science Is Nothing More Than A Refinement Of Everyday Thinking”: First Edition Of Out Of My Later Years, Both Signed And Initialed By Albert Einstein 23. EINSTEIN, Albert. Out of My Later Years. New York, 1950. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jacket.  $12,000. First edition, initialed on the title page and signed on the dust jacket by Albert Einstein. Commenting on the potential conflict of science and politics, Albert Einstein once turned to an assistant and sighed, “Yes, time has to be divided this way between politics and our equations” (DSB). In this continuation of his first collection of essays, The World As I See It (1934), Einstein offers further thoughts crossing that divide, mirroring his political, social, philosophical and scientific concerns. Drawn from articles, speeches, letters and various papers, all written from 1934 to 1950, with many published here for the first time, the book includes selections on science, ethics, public affairs, issues in Jewish history, the dilemma of modern war and tributes to figures such as Marie Curie, Isaac Newton and Mahatma Gandhi. Book fine with very minor rubbing to edges; light toning and a bit of shallow chipping to extremely good dust jacket. A most desirable twice-signed copy.


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pea rl s . buck Warmly Inscribed By Buck: First Edition Of Her Classic 24. BUCK, Pearl S. The Good Earth. New York, 1931. Octavo, original gilt-stamped brown cloth, dust jacket.

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First edition, first issue, of Buck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a Chinese farmer’s sorrows and joys during the reign of the country’s last emperor, warmly inscribed: “For Judy, every good wish, Pearl S. Buck.” An exceptional copy in lovely, rare, unrestored dust jacket. Her greatest novel, The Good Earth, “immediately became an international bestseller, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921, and made Pearl Buck’s name a household word” (ANB). She went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938—“the first American woman selected for Nobel recognition in any field… Today her work is internationally acclaimed” (Pribic, 66). First edition, first issue, second state, with top edge brown and copyright page reading “John Day Company” as opposed to “John Day Publishing Company.” This change was made late in the first printing; therefore, the second state is scarcer than the first. With “flees” for “fleas” on page 100, an error present into at least the third printing. Book very nearly fine with fine interior, very minor inoffensive crease to endpaper and half title, cloth lightly rubbed. Rare original and unrestored dust jacket nearly fine with minute rubbing to spine edges, small closed tear to lower left corner and minor faint discoloration to lower right corner of front panel. A most desirable and exceptional copy in the elusive original dust jacket and inscribed by Buck.


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john dee / eliz a beth i “Light Agreeth Not With Darknesse, Nor Vertue With Vice”: First Edition Of Casaubon’s True And Faithful Relation Of John Dee, 1659, The Huth Copy 25. CASAUBON, Meric. A True and Faithful Relation of What passed for many Yeers Between Dr. John Dee and Some Spirits… London, 1659. Folio (9 by 13-1/2 inches), 19th-century full brown morocco gilt. $11,000. First edition of this notorious record of mathematician, astronomer and counselor to Elizabeth I John Dee’s conversations with angels, complete with engraved frontispiece portraits, three engraved plates (one folding) and in-text woodcut diagrams. From the famed library of Henry Huth, with his bookplate. Dee studied with some of the best scientists of his day, including Gemma Frisius and Gerhardus Mercator. He edited the first edition in English of Euclid (1570), providing annotations and footnotes and an important introduction. It was Dee’s occult activities which gave him access to the highest levels of European royalty. Elizabeth I consulted him; much of his time in Europe was spent in consultation with kings and emperors. The source for the material in this work comes from manuscripts unearthed from the ground around Dee’s house by antiquarian Robert Cotton. Cotton gave the manuscripts to historian Meric Casaubon, who published them in 1659. From the library of Henry Huth, with his bookplate. The famed Huth Library was one of the greatest rare and antiquarian collections of the 19th century. Plates fine, text generally quite fresh and fine, with a bit of marginal dampstaining to last few leaves and occasional scattered light foxing. An excellent copy with exceptional provenance.


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cerva n tes A Cornerstone Of The Western Canon: The First Complete Edition In English Of Don Quixote, 1620, The First And Greatest Translation Of Cervantes’ Masterpiece 26. CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. (SHELTON, Thomas, translator). The History of Don-Quichote. The first parte. WITH: The Second Part of the History of the Valorous and witty Knight-Errant, Don Quixote of the Mancha. London, 1620. Two volumes bound in one. 12mo, contemporary full dark brown polished calf neatly rebacked in the 19th century, custom leather slipcase. $27,500. The very rare first appearance of both parts of Don Quixote in English, this being the earliest edition in English of the entire work: comprising the second edition in English of the First Part and the first edition in English of the Second Part. A cornerstone of the Western canon, bound in contemporary calf. “A universal classic and arguably the greatest book ever written in Spanish… the first modern novel was composed by a sick, aged and impoverished man, who believed that a satirical tale might produce more revenue than the poems and plays that he regarded as his more serious mission” (Folger’s Choice 30). Cervantes is “the only possible peer of Dante and Shakespeare” (Harold Bloom). Although the First Part of Don Quixote was originally published in 1612, only a handful of copies survive; eminent bookseller A.S.W. Rosenbach called it virtually unobtainable. This edition of 1620, comprising both parts appearing together for the first time in English (including the first English translation of the Second Part), is considered the first complete edition in English and, given the rarity of the 1612 edition of the first part, the earliest obtainable English edition. “Not only the first English translation, but the first translation in any language” (Hoe 670). In 1615 Cervantes published in Madrid his second part of Don Quixote and this appeared in English in 1620 for the first time. “With the second part was published a new edition of the first, and the two were often bound up together” (DNB). Engraved title page of the first part supplied in neat facsimile on 17th-century paper. Bound without the additional engraved title to second part, as usual, but complete with the original printed title page. Last three text leaves of Volume II rehinged; final leaf (Kk3) torn, with all or portions of 28 lines supplied in neat facsimile on 17th-century paper. Without initial blank in Part I and final blank in Part II. STC 4916-4917. About 1/2-inch trimmed from lower edge and 1/8-inch from outer edge of leaves K1 to Kk3 (pp. 129-504) of Part II, likely at the time of rebacking to eliminate signs of wear (still apparent in last few leaves only), not affecting text and only occasionally touching signature letters and catchwords. A very good copy of this classic of world literature in contemporary calf.


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pa blo pic a sso “The Only American Publication With Original Picasso Etchings”: Lysistrata, Signed By Picasso, An Exceptional Copy 27. (PICASSO, Pablo) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata. New York, 1934. Slim quarto, original decorative cream boards with designs by Picasso, glassine, slipcase and chemise.  $12,000. Signed limited edition, one of 1500 copies signed by Picasso, with six original etchings and 34 in-text lithographs. A splendid copy, with scarce glassine intact. This landmark in the history of book illustration is “the only American publication with original Picasso etchings, which are among his most important in the classical style” (Artist and the Book 226). Set in Caslon type and printed on Rives paper, this new version by Gilbert Seldes was considered by publisher George Macy to be one of the finest productions from his press. Picasso’s classical illustrations are characterized by their extraordinary “purity of line and balance of composition” (Cramer). LEC 57. Cramer, 24. Book absolutely fine, Picasso’s pencil signature bold, etchings very clean and crisp. Light edge-wear to very scarce glassine, small dampstain, some chipping and minor restoration to original slipcase. A beautiful copy.


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shelby foote Shelby Foote’s Personal Prepublication Set Of His Three-Volume Classic Civil War, “A Model Of What Military History Can Be,” With His Corrections And Emendations 28. FOOTE, Shelby. The Civil War. A Narrative. New York, 1958-74. Three volumes. Large octavo, original gray cloth, dust jackets.  $15,000. Scarce first editions of Foote’s massive, authoritative and engrossing history—his own “personal” copy, with his manuscript corrections and auctorial changes, and signed in Volume I, “Shelby Foote, Personal copy: received early November, Publication date 17 November 1958, my forty-second birthday;” and in Volume III, “Shelby Foote, Personal copy (received 12 Oct 74; publication date 26 Nov 74).” “A sweeping overview of the war from a decidedly different perspective… Foote is a master storyteller of the war, and his accounts are riveting” (Eicher 740). Despite this three-volume, million-word history, two decades in the writing, Foote was little recognized outside academia until he appeared in Ken Burns’ documentary film The Civil War. Burns called him “the presiding spirit of the series” and his contribution to the project made him a cultural icon. “Since that event, Foote has become widely viewed as an authority on the Civil War, and more generally, as a representative of an era and region whose place continues to be central to our country’s understanding of itself” (University of Mississippi). “His mission was to tell what he considered America’s biggest story as a vast, finely detailed, deeply human narrative… A model of what military history can be” (New York Times). In Volume I, in addition to corrections, Foote has expanded the Table of Contents on the rear endpapers (both in manuscript and typescript); Volume II is corrected in manuscript with a list of errata on the rear free endpaper; and Volume III contains not only his corrections and an expanded Table of Contents, but also a manuscript chronology of its writing, a typed emendation to page 945 and a preferred map for page 366. Dornbusch III 1387. Wright 339. A nearly fine set, with several inner hinges expertly reinforced, a few closed tears to bright original dust jackets. A very desirable author’s prepublication copy.


“Snow-Capped Peaks And Gemlike Mountain Lakes”: 1938 Signed Limited Edition Of Sierra Nevada Signed By Ansel Adams, One Of 500 Copies, With 50 Exquisite Halftone Plates

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29. ADAMS, Ansel. Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. Berkeley, 1938. Large folio, contemporary half brown morocco. $13,500. Signed limited first edition, one of only 500 copies signed by Adams, who “realized in his pictures what Walt Whitman celebrated in his poetry,” featuring 50 luminous mounted halftone prints including “Half Dome.” To Ansel Adams, the open vistas of the American West were “an event, an ephemeral, continuing drama. The protagonist of the drama is the light.” Adams photographed these “snow-capped peaks and gemlike mountain lakes… so persuasively that it has seemed to most younger photographers of ambition that that book has been closed” (Szarkowski, American Landscapes, 13-14). In the luminous images of Sierra Nevada, this superlative landscape photographer affirms his renown for elevating “the act of photography to a religious experience. He realized in his pictures what Walt Whitman celebrated in his poetry: the uniqueness of American landscape and nature” (Icons of Photography, 96). Each separately mounted halftone print measures nine by seven inches. Without extremely scarce dust jacket. See Open Book, 88; Roth, 58. Some darkening to bottom of spine, otherwise fine.

Signed Limited Deluxe First Edition Of Ansel Adams’ Images, With Beautiful Folio Gelatin Silver Print, Fern Spring, Also Signed By Adams 30. ADAMS, Ansel. Images 1923-1974. Boston, 1974. Large oblong folio, original half black morocco, dust jacket. WITH: Original mounted gelatin silver print, measuring 9 by 12 inches; half black morocco clamshell box, shipping carton.  $10,800. Signed limited first edition, one of 1000 copies, with 115 extendedrange photolithographs, issued with a beautiful exhibition-size gelatin silver print, “Fern Spring, Dusk,” also signed by Adams, in pencil on the mount. “Adams photographed landscapes with razor-sharp precision and an incomparable eye for the structure and detail of his chosen subject matter. He elevated the act of photography to a religious experience” (Stepan, 96). With an introduction by Wallace Stegner. Copies accompanied by the separate photograph are quite scarce, since the print was often framed rather than kept with the book. A fine copy.


31. ABEL, Clarke. Narrative of a Journey in the Interior of China and of a Voyage to and from that Country in the Years 1816 and 1817. London, 1819. Quarto, original gray paper boards expertly rebacked in tan calf. $5800. Second edition, published only one year after the first, of this account of Lord Amherst’s embassy to the Imperial Court of Beijing, beautifully illustrated by Havell with eight hand-colored aquatint plates, 11 uncolored plates, and four maps (three folding). Tipped into this copy is an autograph letter signed by Lord Amherst promising to write a letter of recommendation. Botanist Clarke Abel was the official naturalist to William Pitt, Earl of Amherst’s embassy to the Emperor of China in 1816-17, which failed in part because Amherst refused to kowtow to the Emperor. In addition to documenting his time in inland China, Abel describes his journey there and back via Borneo, Indonesia, and the Cape of Good Hope. Also of historical value is his account of a visit with the exiled Napoleon on the island of St. Helena. Tipped into this copy is an autograph letter dated 1822 to Sir Claudius Hunter, onetime Lord Mayor of London, signed by Lord Amherst, regarding his promise to write a recommendation for Hunter’s son. Abbey, Travel 537. Tooley 1. A near-fine copy, with only scattered faint spots of foxing, wear to edges of original boards. Letter about-fine.

“In Devotion And Gratitude… Bill”: Alcoholics Anonymous, The Famous “Big Book,” Inscribed By Bill Wilson 32. (ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS) [WILSON, Bill]. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. New York, 1948. Thick octavo, original navy cloth, dust jacket. $12,000. First edition, 12th printing, of A.A.’s “Big Book,” inscribed: “For M—, In devotion and gratitude. Ever, Bill. BH, 2/5/53.” Bill Wilson first published the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book” in 1939, a particularly trying time in American history. The Great Depression had driven many Americans to desperation, while the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 ensured that alcohol was readily available. The “Big Book” plumbs the depths of addiction and depression and includes case histories of many of the original members of A.A. Immensely popular, this first edition continued to be reprinted without change until 1955, when a second edition appeared. Only a little gilt remaining on spine of book. Some light creasing and a few closed tears to edges of bright dust jacket. An extremely good copy, most desirable inscribed by Wilson.

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Abel’s Journey In The Interior Of China, Illustrated With Hand-Colored Aquatints And Four Maps, 1819, With An Original Autograph Letter Signed By Dedicatee Lord Amherst—Uncut In Original Boards


“Redesigning The Shape Of History… Augustine Would Dominate Western Thought For The Next Millennium”: 1610 First Edition In English Of Augustine’s Citie Of God

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33. AUGUSTINE. Of the Citie of God. London, 1610. Small folio (measures 8 by 12 inches), rebound in contemporary calf-gilt. $12,500. Scarce first edition in English of Augustine’s monumental “scheme of universal history… providing a vocabulary for Christian thinking in the West for centuries” (Boorstin, Creators, 59). Because of the innovative conception of history he presents in this work, Augustine was considered “the founder of a new science, to which Voltaire assigned the name ‘philosophy of history.’ For the first time a comprehensive survey of human history is presented” (PMM 3). “The 13 years (413-26) Augustine spent on his City of God created a new kind of defense of the new religion… Augustine proceeded to create his own philosophy of history, which would dominate Western thought for the next millennium… His ideas would show an uncanny power to be transformed into a modern idea of progress” (Boorstin). The work exercised enormous influence throughout the Middle Ages and well into the 18th century: Augustine’s views on labor and trade affected medieval rules of commerce; his work provided arguments for both sides in the struggle between Pope and Emperor; his descriptions of the just ruler and the tyrant made a powerful impression on Renaissance thought. With the rare index and errata, often lacking. Without initial blank leaf. STC 916. Early owner signatures. Interior with some dampstaining, a few closed tears, occasional edge-wear. A very good copy, beautifully bound.

“Generations Of Readers Have Marveled At The Modernity Of Her Work” 34. AUSTEN, Jane. Works. London, circa 1939. Five volumes. Small octavo, contemporary three-quarter olive calf gilt. $3800. Lovely later edition of Austen’s novels, handsomely bound by Rivière & Son. “Generations of readers have marveled at the modernity of her work… She is the mother of the English 19th-century novel as Scott is the father of it” (Kunitz & Haycraft, 23). Contains Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Each volume with a color frontispiece illustration by Charles E. Brock. A beautiful set in exceptional condition.


“It Would Ensure Him A Permanent Place In American Natural History”: 1792 First English Edition Of Bartram’s Travels

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35. BARTRAM, William. Travels through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the… Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws. London, 1792. Thick octavo, modern three-quarter speckled brown calf.  $6000. First English edition (published the year after the extremely scarce American first edition) of Bartram’s “unrivaled” account of life on the southern frontier, with frontispiece portrait of the chief of the Seminoles, folding map of East Florida and seven engraved botanical and zoological plates (one folding), handsomely bound. This illustrated masterpiece of 18th-century American travel is one of the liveliest and most informative works published about the South. Bartram traveled from Georgia and South Carolina as far north as Tennessee and west to modern-day Louisiana. “Bartram’s account of the remote frontier, of the plantations, trading posts, and Indian villages at the end of the 18th century is unrivaled” (Streeter II: 1088). “Although more especially a naturalist, [Bartram] neglected nothing which would add to the common stock of human knowledge… he offers us pictures of Indian life, and sketches of the striking peculiarities of the tribes he visited” (Field 94). “A work of high character well meriting its wide esteem” (Howes B223). Generally fine and fresh, with only a trace of marginal dampstaining to a few leaves. Expert repair to page 311. A very nearly fine copy.

“His Strongest Illustrations”: Beautiful 1893-94 First Edition Of Beardsley’s King Arthur, His First Illustrated Book 36. (BEARDSLEY, Aubrey) MALORY, Thomas. The Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur, Of His Noble Knights of the Round Table. London, 1893-4. Two volumes. Quarto, original ivory cloth gilt-decorated with Beardsley designs, custom clamshell boxes. $6200. First edition of Aubrey Beardsley’s magnificently illustrated version of Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, one of only 1500 copies of the twovolume issue, with 16 full-page and four double-page illustrations, 43 borders, and 288 intext decorations. Beardsley’s first illustrated book won him “instant recognition and the artistic leadership of a decade often known as the ‘Beardsley period’… The Malory drawings are his strongest illustrations” (The Artist and the Book 16). “Far more original was his treatment of content, for his knights, lethargic and spiritless, are completely dominated by their mistresses and the fays. Far from glorifying chivalric romance, Beardsley satirized it, shocking Victorian sensibilities with his effeminate heroes, androgynous nudes, lecherous satyrs and sensual angels” (Lacy, 46). The text follows William Caxton’s edition (published 1485) of Thomas Malory’s classic. Originally published in two issues: 300 numbered copies later bound in three volumes, usually full vellum; and 1500 copies later bound in two gilt-decorated cloth volumes, as offered here. Bookplates; contemporary gift inscription. A handsome copy of a splendid production in near-fine condition.


“Maternal Milk”: Incunable Venetian Guide For Clergy, 1478 37. BIBLE. Mammotrectus super Bibliam. Venice, 1478. Octavo, mid-20th century vellum gilt, custom half morocco clamshell box. $16,000.

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Handsome 1478 edition of the Mammotrectus (a guide to the Bible and the liturgical year for priests), from the Venice press of Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, and Petrus de Bartua, with rubricated initials, from the celebrated library of prominent collector Abel E. Berland. An outstanding incunable. “Compiled by a 13th-century Franciscan at Reggio near Modena, the Mammotrectus is a manual for the lower clergy with short entries explaining difficult terms and concepts encountered in the Bible. The homely metaphor of the title refers to the ‘maternal milk,’ or nourishment, offered by this text” (Southern Methodist University). First printed in 1470, the Mammotrectus went through 23 editions in the 15th century. Text in Latin. Goff M-238. Owner inscription and shelf-mark of Godewieg, Capuchin friar. Bookplates of Jorge Beristayn, Argentinian artist. Bookplate of noted Chicago attorney and internationally renowned book and rare manuscript collector Abel E. Berland. “I am nothing more than their temporary keeper,” Berland once said of his books. “It is my privilege to visit with them every day, and to be in their company” (New York Times). Pencil bibliographic notes to front endpapers. Very faint marginal dampstaining, light edgewear to final few leaves. Marginal tape reinforcement to verso of first leaf; first and last leaves of final gathering reinserted. Vellum with expected mild wear. An excellent incunable with distinguished provenance.

“The Literary Metaphysician Of The Age… Of All Latin American Writers In This Century, He Is The Most Universal”: 1944 First Edition Of Borges’ Rare And Important Ficciones 38. BORGES, Jorge Luis. Ficciones. Buenos Aires, 1944. Octavo, original blue paper self-wrappers. $4000. First edition of Borges’ most important work, which, along with El Aleph, forms the core of Borges’ literary output and stands as a landmark of modern literature. An excellent, about-fine copy in original pale blue paper wrappers—most scarce and desirable thus. It was while working in the basement of the Municipal Library in Buenos Aires that Borges wrote the stories that launched his career, including “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote,” “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” and “The Library of Babel.” In 1941, these and other stories were published in the collection El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan. In 1944, this collection was combined with six additional stories, including “Funes, the Memorious” and “Death and the Compass,” and retitled Ficciones. “Even if Borges were not the prime founder of Hispanic American literature (as he is), even if his stories did not possess authentic aesthetic value (as they do), he would still be one of the canonical writers of the Chaotic Age because… he is the literary metaphysician of the age… Of all Latin American authors in this century, he is the most universal” (Bloom, The Western Canon, 467). Text in Spanish. Owner signature. About-fine condition, with just a few minute rubs to fragile original wrappers. A remarkable copy.


39. (BRISCOE, Samuel J.) TURNER, John R., clerk. Account [of] Sales of the Goods and Chattles of the Personal Estate of Samuel J. Briscoe late of Charles County Deceased. Chaptico, Maryland, circa 1850. Small folio (8 by 12 inches), string-bound ledger, 12 leaves (four blank), custom chemise and slipcase. $2600. Original manuscript ledger of the public estate sale of Samuel J. Briscoe, tobacco farmer of Charles County, Maryland, and owner of 23 slaves, seven of whom were court-ordered to be reunited with the Briscoe family—for a price. Tobacco farmer Samuel J. Briscoe, who owned 23 slaves, died around 1850. Chief among the “chattles” for sale were his slaves: five men, four women, seven boys and seven girls. Present at the sale were A.L. Briscoe (and his wife), Janett Eleanor Briscoe (“Miss Jeanette”), “Miss C. Briscoe,” Walter Hanson Briscoe (“H. Briscoe”), William D. Briscoe and “Miss Nannie Briscoe.” “By order of [the] Court,” the family was able to buy back four of the men, Jim, Plato, Dick Brown, and Ben, the woman Matilda, and girls Susan and Martha. The family’s remaining purchases were primarily household furnishings, bedding, and horse trappings, with the exception of the “Family Bible” bought by Miss Nannie for “12-1/2” cents. Bookplate. Extremely good condition, with only a few ink smudges, minor patches of foxing, and shallow chipping to bottom corner. Scarce.

First Edition Of The First Work Published By The Brontë Sisters 40. (BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily and Anne). Poems by Currer, Acton and Ellis Bell. London, 1846 [1848]. Slim octavo, original blind-stamped olive cloth. $4200. First edition, second issue (as usual), of the Brontës’ first published work. Only 39 copies with the first-issue title page were sold; this is one of the remaining 961 copies issued with a cancel title page. An exceptionally nice copy in original cloth. In the autumn of 1845, Charlotte Brontë accidentally came upon a manuscript of verses by her sister Emily, the discovery of which led to the first publishing venture of the three Brontë sisters. Charlotte later explained the decision to use pseudonyms: “Without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called ‘feminine,’ we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice” (Barker, 479). The book, containing 19 poems by Charlotte, and 21 each by Emily and Anne, was first published by Aylott and Jones in 1846 in an edition of 1000 copies; it was a commercial failure and after only a few copies were sold or otherwise distributed the remainder of the edition was put into storage. Following the success of Jane Eyre, Smith, Elder bought the 961 unsold sheets and binding cases, and reissued the work in October of 1848 with a cancel title page dated 1846. Without rare errata slip and without publisher’s catalogue, both absent in most copies. Smith 1. Book label; owner initials; bookseller ticket. Interior fine; a few expert repairs to corners and spine extremities of fresh near-fine cloth, gilt bright.

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“Some Preparation For The Thought Of Darwin”: 1817 Two-Volume Quarto Edition Of Buffon’s Natural History, Featuring 52 Splendid Hand-Colored Copperplate Engravings 41. BUFFON, Count de. A Natural History, General and Particular. London, 1817. Two volumes. Tall quarto (9 by 11 inches), contemporary full tree calf gilt. $3800. Two-volume edition of the first English translation of Buffon’s magnum opus, with the important translation of Scottish naturalist William Smellie, this corrected and enlarged edition also featuring Chambers’ History of Birds, Fishes, Reptiles and Insects, with frontispiece of Buffon in each volume, containing 52 beautiful hand-colored engravings, scarce in contemporary tree calf. “Natural history, prior to Buffon, had all the earmarks of an avocation, a hobby. Buffon is the one who raised it to the status of a science” (Mayr, 336). First translated into English in 1781, this work of Buffon provides, for the first time, “a complete survey of natural history in a popular form… in which he outlines a satisfactory account of the history of our globe… His belief in the mutability of species implied clearly some preparation for the thought of Darwin… Buffon was the first to present the universe as one complete whole and to find no phenomenon calling for any but a purely scientific explanation” (PMM 198). Volume I with contemporary owner signature of Edward L’Estrange. Occasional faint marginalia. Text and plates generally fresh with light scattered foxing and a few minor expert paper repairs, mostly marginal; expert restoration to attractive contemporary full calf-gilt bindings. Scarce.

“One Of The Sources Of Jeffersonian Thought”: First Editions In English Of Burlamaqui’s Principles Of Natural Law And Principles Of Politic Law, Containing The Genesis Of Jefferson’s Concept Of The “Pursuit Of Happiness” 42. BURLAMAQUI, Jean Jacques. The Principles of Natural Law. WITH: The Principles of Politic Law: Being a Sequel to the Principles of Natural Law. London, 1748, 1752. Together, two volumes. Octavo, contemporary full speckled brown calf gilt, custom clamshell box. $7500. First editions in English of Burlamaqui’s Principles of Natural Law and his Principles of Politic Law, two seminal works with a profound influence on America’s Founders, in particular on Alexander Hamilton and on Thomas Jefferson’s use of “pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. Scholars have noted that Jefferson’s concept of the “pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence can be chiefly traced to Burlamaqui’s Principles of Natural Law, where he refines a theory of ideal happiness that is linked to reason and the social contract, saying that “if it be true that man does nothing but with a view of happiness, ‘tis no less certain that reason is the only way he has to attain it” (49). In his profound influence on the Founding Fathers, “Burlamaqui is a writer of the most humanely moral principles, and his works are deservedly held in high esteem” (Marvin, 162). Initially published in French in 1747, Principles of Natural Law first appeared in English in 1748. Its sequel Principes du droit politique was first published posthumously in French in 1751. Armorial bookplates, old shelf number labels. Interiors clean. Rear joint tender, minor hole to front board of Natural Law. Near-fine, in contemporary bindings.


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Rare Complete Set Of The Infant’s Library: Sixteen Miniature Books From The Earliest Era Of Children’s Literature, Housed In Original Painted Wooden Bookcase 43. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) MARSHALL, John, publisher. The Infant’s Library. London, circa 1800. Sixteen volumes. Crown 64mo (1-7/8 by 2-1/2 inches), original paper boards, miniature wooden bookcase (2-1/4 by 3-3/8 by 6-3/8 inches).  $15,000. A complete set of The Infant’s Library, early children’s book publisher John Marshall’s clever collection of sixteen miniature volumes “for the instruction and amusment of young people,” housed in their original wooden bookcase with painted sliding panel. Significant and rare. John Marshall emerged as “the most vigorous among the early newcomers” to children’s literature. “Not the least of John Marshall’s contributions to the new, imaginative mode of publishing children’s books lay in his exploitation of ideas related to [Newbery’s] approach to reading [as entertainment]. Along with the games and puzzles that publishers were developing he marketed a variety of boxed books and cards designed to appeal to children’s liking for such things” (Darton, 138n22), most notably The Infant’s Library. The 16 miniature volumes include an abecedarian, a spelling primer, guides to large animals, flowers and birds, guides to household and other common items, and several books of views and scenes from everyday life. All books (except the spelling primer) feature charming miniature woodcuts and engravings. Old owner signature in Book 13. All books complete, with expected light age-wear to the original, delicate bindings; similar expected light age-wear to intact bookcase with functional sliding panel. An exceptionally well-preserved specimen of a primary source for study of ideas about childhood in mid- to late-18th-century Britain. Most rare and desirable.


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rich a rd burton “As We Advanced We Saw Unmistakable Signs Of Idolatry”: Burton’s Abeokuta And The Camaroons Mountains 44. BURTON, Richard F. Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains. London, 1863. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco-gilt. $4500. First edition of the explorer’s travel narrative, with rare frontispiece portrait of Burton, three (of four) plates, and one folding map, handsomely bound by Root & Son. Abeokuta is the second work drawn from the four years Burton spent along the western coast of Africa as the British consul for the region. It is composed of two distinct parts, the first being Burton’s assessment of the inhabitants, culture, and political climate of Abeokuta (southern Nigeria), while the second is his account of his exploration of the Cameroon mountains, the first time that range was climbed by a European. The writing rivals Burton’s finest, ranging from his observations on the dress and habits of the indigenous people to his analysis of the region’s potential benefit to the crown, all written in the highly literate and thoughtful style that characterizes his best work. This copy with the scarce frontispiece portrait of Burton in Volume I: “his portraits in his works are rare” (Penzer, 70). Without one plate (of three) in Volume II. Penzer, 70-71. Expert repairs to folding map. Occasional scattered light foxing to interiors; bindings fine. A near-fine copy of a scarce Burton title.

First Edition Of Burton’s Wanderings In West Africa 45. BURTON, Richard F. Wanderings in West Africa. London, 1863. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco gilt. $4200. First edition of Burton’s travelogue, with detailed folding map in Volume I and frontispiece engraving in Volume II, handsomely bound by Root & Son. Out of Burton’s four-year appointment as British consul in West Africa (1861-65) came nine volumes of books under five titles. Wanderings in West Africa describes the outward journey from Liverpool to consular headquarters on the Spanish Island of Fernando Po off the coast of Cameroon. Ports of call include Madeira, Tenerife, Freetown, Cape Palmas, Cape Coast, Accra, Lagos and Bonny (at the mouth of the Niger). Occasional scattered light foxing to preliminary and concluding leaves. A fine copy.


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46. BURTON, Richard F. Explorations of the Highlands of the Brazil. London, 1869. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco-gilt. $4000.

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First edition, second issue, of Burton’s memoirs of exploring Brazil, with frontispieces, vignette title pages, and a folding map of Brazilian rivers, handsomely bound by Root & Son. In 1865, explorer Sir Richard Burton began a four-year consulship at Santos, the port of Sao Paulo in Brazil. “There was a vice-consul at Santos, so that Burton was free to roam. In company with his wife he visited the gold and diamond mines of inland Brazil, returning alone along the coast by an adventurous voyage of 1500 miles down the river Sao Francisco… Few have traversed a larger portion of the earth’s little-known spaces, and none with more observant eyes” (DNB). “He speculated in coffee and cotton and explored the notion that there might be some easily gained treasure in the rich red Brazilian earth. He took an option on a lead mine, much to the annoyance of his superiors… Burton also spent endless time in archeological exploration. He dug into the ruins of abandoned Indian villages of past centuries and of jungle-covered Portuguese forts” (Rice, 389-90). The folding map of Brazilian rivers was issued with Volume II; a second copy of the map is bound in Volume I here. This copy is second issue, published in the same year as the first; the first issue had only the abbreviated title “The Highlands of the Brazil.” Expert repairs to folding maps. Occasional scattered light foxing to interiors; bindings fine and handsome.

Burton’s Scarce First Footsteps In East Africa, With Four Chromolithographs 47. BURTON, Richard F. First Footsteps in East Africa; or, An Exploration of Harar. London, 1856. Octavo, original red blindstamped cloth rebacked with original spine laid down. $6000. First edition of one of the best and most sought-after of Burton’s works, his account of his visit to the forbidden city of Harar and his ill-fated expedition into Somalia, illustrated with four chromolithographed plates and two maps. Following the legendary journey to Mecca disguised as a Muslim that made him a household name, Burton “made a journey to the ‘forbidden’ city of Harar in Somaliland, where the emir was reputed to execute all infidels on sight [and where it was rumored no white man had ever gone before. Disguised as he had been in Mecca, as an Arab merchant] Burton entered the city. But Harar capitulated to Burton as Jericho to Joshua. Then disaster struck. Hostile Somalis attacked the camp at Berbera. Stoyan was killed; Burton and Speke escaped with their lives but only after being within a hair’s breadth of death and having sustained terrible wounds. Ever after Burton bore on his cheek a hideous disfiguring scar where a Somali lance had transfixed his jaw” (McLynn, 59). This copy is second issue, as usual; the first issue was suppressed due to an appendix that detailed Nubian rituals of female circumcision and is, according to Penzer, “exceedingly rare and practically unobtainable.” Owner blindstamp to half title and title. Bookbinder ticket. Interior fine. Light rubbing to extremities, mild toning to spine. An extremely good copy of an increasingly scarce Burton title.


Vintage Publicity Photograph Of Caruso In Pagliacci, Boldly Inscribed By Him

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48. CARUSO, Enrico. Original inscribed photograph. New York, 1914. Original brown-tone photograph (7 by 9 inches). $2800. Amusing posed photograph of Caruso as Canio, mischievously beating a base drum, in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, inscribed: “To Dear Constance Bernstein, Enrico Caruso, N.Y. 1914.” Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci was an instant success and it remains popular today. It recounts the tragedy of a jealous husband in a commedia dell’arte troupe and contains one of opera’s most famous and popular arias, “Recitar!… Vesti la giubba” (literally, “To perform!… Put on the costume”). Italian tenor Enrico Caruso’s 25-year career, stretching from 1895 to 1920, included 863 appearances at the New York Metropolitan Opera. One of his signature roles was Canio in Pagliacci. In 1918, he appeared in a dual role in the American silent film My Cousin for Paramount. The movie included a sequence of him on stage performing the aria “Vesti la giubba.” One of Caruso’s recordings of this famous aria was the first record to sell over a million copies. A fine inscribed photograph.

Churchill’s Brilliant History Of The Second World War, Inscribed By Him 49. CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War. London, 1948-54. Six volumes. Octavo, original black cloth, dust jackets. $13,000. First English editions, mixed issue, set of Churchill’s masterpiece, in the original dust jackets, inscribed in Volume I: “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill, 1949.” The six volumes of Churchill’s masterpiece were published separately between 1948 and 1954. With the Second World War, Churchill “pulled himself back from humiliating [electoral] defeat in 1945, using all his skills as a writer and politician to make his fortune, secure his reputation, and win a second term in Downing Street” (Reynolds, xxiii). “The Second World War is a great work of literature, combining narrative, historical imagination and moral precept… It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature” (Keegan, 175). Although preceded by the American editions, the English editions are generally preferred for their profusion of diagrams, maps and facsimile documents. Volume I is the Book Society issue, published in the same month as the first issue (see Cohen A240.4(I).c); all other volumes are first editions, first issues. Cohen A240.4. Woods A123b. Langworth, 254. Tipped to the front free endpaper of Volume I is a note from the previous owner, detailing the circumstances of Churchill’s inscription. Interiors generally clean with only a bit of occasional scattered light foxing, original cloth generally near-fine, usual light toning to spines of bright dust jackets. A near-fine inscribed set.


The First Serial Printing Of The U.S. Constitution: Mathew Carey’s 1787 American Museum

First edition of a true American classic, the September 1787 issue of the American Museum, containing the first serial printing of the U.S. Constitution. An excellent unbound stitched, uncut copy. This pioneering periodical “shares with The Columbian Magazine the honor of being the first successful American magazine” (Mott, 100). The Museum fast became the source of first resort for governmental information, including the proceedings of Congress, activities of cabinet departments, texts of state constitutions, treaties with foreign countries, and current international developments. The September 1787 issue contains the first serial printing of the U.S. Constitution—arguably the most important of all American documents (page 276ff.). The Columbian Magazine also printed the Constitution in its September issue, but evidence gathered from newspaper advertisements of the time suggest the American Museum’s issue preceded the Columbian’s by two days. Among The Museum’s distinguished contributors were George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, David Rittenhouse, Benjamin West, Francis Hopkinson, Philip Freneau, John Trumbull, Noah Webster, and Benjamin Rush. Washington himself claimed that “a more useful literary plan had never been undertaken in America” (Sabin VI:145). Evans 20194. Sabin 1162. Some offsetting and small closed tear to title page, with small hole near upper edge, text generally clean. An excellent entirely uncut copy.

Very Scarce Printing Of The U.S. Constitution, Containing The Original 12-Article Version Of The Bill Of Rights 51. (CONSTITUTION). The Constitution of the United States of America: as Proposed by the Convention, Held at Philadelphia, September 17, 1787, and Since Ratified by the Several States: With the several Amendments thereto. Probably Philadelphia, 1794. Small octavo, original unbound sheets, side-stitched and uncut; pp. 26, custom half morocco clamshell box. $6800. Rare 1794 Philadelphia edition of the Constitution, containing the earlier 12-article version of the “Bill of Rights.” At the Constitutional Convention of 1788, delegate George Mason rejected the finished document because “it has no declaration of rights.” This was one of the primary objections to the Constitution shared by many in Virginia, Massachusetts, North Carolina and New York, and it was resolved only after the addition of the Bill of Rights. “On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed for ratification to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution that answered arguments most frequently advanced against it. The first two proposed amendments, which concerned the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified. Articles 3 to 12, however, ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights” (National Archives). Curiously, this later 1794 printing contains the preliminary first draft of 12 articles presented by Congress on March 4, 1789. It also appends the December 1793 resolution of the Third Congress to restrict federal court jurisdiction to suits brought by U.S. citizens against each other (excluding claimants from foreign countries). No imprint statement, but based upon the general pattern of proposed changes to the Constitution (with each new resolution being accompanied by a full official re-printing of the Constitution), this edition was probably printed in Philadelphia by Childs and Swaine, who were the official government printers in 1793-94, the period this resolution was offered. Childs and Swaine did issue a broadside format of this same 1793 resolution in 1794. The only other recorded copy is listed at Yale. Some very light scattered foxing. A fine uncut copy. Scarce.

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Finely Bound 40-Volume Limited Edition Illustrated Dickens Set, With Autograph Letter

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52. DICKENS, Charles. The Works of Charles Dickens. London, 1929. Forty volumes. Octavo, contemporary threequarter red morocco gilt. $19,500. Beautiful limited edition set of Dickens’ works, one of only 300 copies, with hundreds of illustrations by George Cruikshank, Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”), John Leech and others, with an autograph letter signed by Dickens. An exceptionally fine set. The autograph letter, on stationary from the “Office of All the Year Round, A Pictured here: 14 volumes of the 40-volume set. Weekly Journal Conducted By Charles Dickens,” reads “Thursday, Twentyseventh March, 1862. Sir, In the discharge of my trust, I can only pay but Henry Austin’s own lawful debts. His father’s I have nothing to do with. I cannot overstep my responsibility. Your obedient servant, Charles Dickens. [lower left corner:] Mr. John James.” Henry Austin, an architect and reformer who married Dickens’ sister Laetitia and was a close friend of Dickens, died in 1862, the year of this letter: Dickens was instrumental in securing a government pension for Laetitia. Fine condition.

“The One Great Christmas Myth Of Modern Literature”: First Editions Of Dickens’ Illustrated Christmas Books, Including The Hayward Copy Of A Christmas Carol 53. DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas Books. London, 1844-1848. Together, five volumes. Small octavo, modern full burgundy morocco gilt, original cloth bound in each volume, custom slipcase. $15,000. First editions of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books—chief among them a first edition, second issue of his immortal Christmas Carol, the veritable “Bible of Christmas” (this the Robert Otis Hayward copy)—illustrated with 63 engravings, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer, all books handsomely and uniformly bound in morocco-gilt, with original cloth-gilt covers bound in. Written quickly over a few weeks, A Christmas Carol “was the first of Dickens’ Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally)… It was an extraordinary achievement—the one great Christmas myth of modern literature,” and “may readily be called the Bible of Christmas” (Eckel, 110). Produced under Dickens’ careful supervision and exacting standards, it became the only one of his first editions to contain color plates. Dickens followed its success with four more Christmas books. This set contains: first edition, second issue, of A Christmas Carol; first edition, second issue, of The Chimes; first edition of The Battle of Life with title page in fourth state; first edition of The Cricket on the Hearth, with advertising leaf at rear conforming to the second state; First edition of The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. Eckel, 110-125. Smith II:4-6, 8-9. A Christmas Carol with bookplate of well-known New York investment banker, man of letters and bibliophile Robert Otis Hayward. Interiors generally clean, that of A Christmas Carol particularly so. An excellent and desirable set of Dickens’ Yuletide classics in fine condition, handsomely and uniformly bound. A Christmas Carol with notable provenance.


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54. DICKENS, Charles. Bleak House. London, 1852-53. Octavo, original blue paper wrappers, custom clamshell box.  $4000.

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Scarce first edition in original parts and wrappers. With 40 engraved illustrations by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”), including frontispiece and vignette title page. All in original blue wrappers Dickens “had been preparing for this novel all his life and, despite the calamities… which had helped to provoke it in the first place, … was even happy while he was writing it… It might even be said that Bleak House cured the very malaise which was responsible for its composition” (Ackroyd, 649-50). “The Dickens cosmos, his phantasmagoric London and visionary England, emerges in Bleak House with a clarity and pungency that surpasses the rest of his work, before and after” (Bloom, 311). Issued in 20 numbers in 19 parts from March 1852 to September 1853. Ten of the 40 plates are Browne’s striking “dark plates,” deeply etched with a mezzotint-like chiaroscuro contrast (Hatton & Cleaver, 276-77). Lacking some advertisements and slips in some parts. Part 2 text pages 38-48 are duplicated. A few parts without back wrapper: missing wrappers have been replaced with heavy archival paper. Hatton & Cleaver, 275-304. Owner signatures to tops of front wrappers except those of Parts 5, 8-10, 17, and 18. All parts expertly respined. Text fine; plates show some usual foxing, offsetting, and damp stains. Original paper wrappers generally quite good and fresh with only light wear. A handsome set, scare found complete.

“One Of The Most Famous Scientists The World Has Ever Known”: One Of Only 100 Copies Signed By Nobel Laureate Marie Curie 55. CURIE, Marie Sklodowska. Pierre Curie. New York, 1923. Octavo, original half black cloth. $5500. Signed limited first edition of Marie Curie’s record of her life with Pierre Curie, one of only 100 copies signed by her—“the first scientist, male or female, to be awarded a second Nobel prize.” “When Marie Curie died on July 4, 1934, Einstein remarked that she was, ‘of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted’” (New York Times). Here Curie writes of their life together and their momentous discoveries that fundamentally altered the world. In 1898 they published a paper with Gustave Bémont to announce their “discovery of radium. The Curies found this ‘second radioactive substance’ in pitchblende (uranium ore) shortly after their discovery of the radioactive element polonium” (Norman 545). “Marie Curie is one of the most famous scientists the world has ever known…. She was the first woman to win a Nobel price, for physics, which she and her husband Pierre shared with Henri Becquerel in 1903… [and] became the first scientist, male or female, to be awarded a second Nobel prize [1911], this time in chemistry” (Madame Curie, ix). Precedes the first French edition. With photogravure of Marie Curie tipped in opposite the limitation leaf. Containing frontispiece portrait of Pierre Curie and seven full-page photographic illustrations. A fine signed copy.


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gustave doré With 38 Large Folio Wood-Engravings By Doré 56. (DORÉ, Gustave) COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York, 1881. Large, slim folio (15 by 18-1/2 inches), original giltstamped pictorial brown cloth. $2000. Early American edition of Doré’s Coleridge, with 38 striking full-page folio wood-engravings and two large vignettes by Doré. “One can hardly deny that Doré is not merely one of the most popular but also one of the greatest of all illustrators… For energy, force, superabundance, originality, sparkle, and gloomy grandeur, I know only one equal to his—that of Tintoretto’” (Ray, 327-29). “In December 1875, Doré did a set of engravings that would make Coleridge’s poem famous. Few people today realize how much the popularity of that poem owed to the many Doré editions which finally made it come to life” (Malan, 131). “Doré’s illustrations… immediately and marvelously invoke the eerie, magical, superstitious world which Coleridge created… Waterspouts, foundering ships, dark looming figures seem to leap from Coleridge’s poetic imagination to Doré’s wood blocks” (Anthony Burgess). First published in 1876, Doré’s Mariner went through 30 editions up to 1902. This is the fourth American edition. Malan, 261. Plates fine, original cloth gilt about-fine with only minor rubs to spine ends. An exceptional copy.

“Perhaps The Most Important Landmark In Doré’s Career”: His Great Folio Bible, Beautiful Large Format Copy 57. (DORÉ, Gustave). The Holy Bible. London and New York, circa 1867. Two volumes. Thick folio (measures 12 by 15 inches), contemporary full crimson pebbled morocco gilt. $7200. One of the earliest editions in English (all undated) of Gustave Doré’s great folio Bible, splendidly illustrated by him with 238 full-page wood-engravings and beautifully bound in contemporary full morocco-gilt. A fine copy. “In the 1870s, The Doré Bible was perhaps the most treasured (and expensive) book in the world” (Malan, 81). “The Bible was enthusiastically sponsored by one of the greatest French publishers of illustrated books of the day, Mame of Tours… Looking through these illustrations today it is impossible to not recapture the positive furor of enthusiasm with which they were received on their first appearance… A second edition of the Bible was called for almost at once… Editions appeared in almost every European country… One of the first off the mark was an English edition from Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1867. This caused an even greater sensation than the French edition, and the demand among collectors for any and everything by Doré was clamorous” (Muir, 224). This set is among the earliest editions, containing 238 plates (later editions had only 205) and in the large format of 12 by 15 inches. With Apocrypha. With separate title pages for Apocrypha and New Testament. Six pages preceding New Testament with wood-engraved borders providing space for Family Register. Malan, 239. Herbert 1977. A splendidly bound and illustrated Bible in fine condition.


58. DORÉ, Gustave and JERROLD, Blanchard. London: A Pilgrimage. London, 1872. Large folio (13 by 16-1/2 inches), original brown morocco gilt. $2600. First edition of Doré and Jerrold’s London, “superb, and noble in sentiment” (van Gogh), with 54 striking full-page wood-engravings and 126 in-text vignettes of “all segments of London society” by Doré. “By 1872, Doré was the most popular artist in England, illustrator or painter. This work was eagerly awaited by the English public, having been postponed by the FrancoPrussian War… The idea was to match Doré’s artistic genius with an in-depth view of all segments of London society—the rich and the poor, the common people at work and play, famous sites and slums, nobility and criminals, Many were the days and nights that Doré went in disguise, with undercover policemen for protection, to see parts of London not listed in any tour guide… The result was a book often hailed as the greatest visual expression of the social class struggle ever published” (Malan, 127). “The other day,” once wrote Vincent van Gogh, “I saw a complete set of Doré’s pictures of London. I tell you it is superb, and noble in sentiment.” Malan, 281. A fine copy, with only an occasional faint patch of foxing.

“Better To Reign In Hell Than Serve In Heaven”: Large Folio First Edition Of Doré’s Paradise Lost 59. (DORÉ, Gustave) MILTON, John. Milton’s Paradise Lost. London and New York, 1866. Large folio (13 by 17 inches), contemporary full red morocco gilt. $2800. First edition of Doré’s interpretation of Paradise Lost, with 50 stunning full-page folio engravings with captioned tissue guards, in handsome full morocco-gilt by Dupré. “When Cassell saw the Doré Bible illustrations in the fall of 1865, they were so impressed they not only made arrangements… for Cassell to be the English publisher, but they personally approached Doré to do Milton” (Malan, 79). Only Doré’s illustrations for Dante’s Inferno match his work on Paradise Lost in epic scope and acute lyric sensitivity. In his designs for this volume, we see full-blown the Romantic reading of Milton—as a celebrator of radical genius, and of all charged experience, however gotten—that drew the poets of the Romantic movement to Milton, and a half-century of book illustrators to Doré. In Doré’s depiction of the hellish steeps, of the armies of the night and their beaten but triumphant and queerly illuminated leader, and of the ineluctably lovely Adam and Eve, it is hard to discover, among the ingenious but fallen, a face or form not worthy of intense admiration. A splendid copy in about-fine condition, with only occasional small spots of foxing. Beautifully bound.

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“The Spokesman Before God Of A Virile, Unconquerable Humanity”: 1640 First Edition Of John Donne’s LXXX Sermons 60. DONNE, John. LXXX Sermons Preached By That Learned And Reverend Divine, John Donne. London, 1640. Folio (9-1/2 by 14 inches), contemporary full brown calf rebacked. $8000. Rare first edition of the first collection of sermons by “the outstanding preacher of his day” and one of the greatest poets in the language (Baugh et al., 613), a landmark of English literature and piety. Donne remains a towering figure in English literature no less for his preaching than for his poetry. “Of Donne’s estimated 180 sermons, the extraordinary total of 160 survive—monumental evidence that he was both a prolific and a popular preacher. The reasons for his popularity are clear: the sermons are not only rich in learning and curious lore; they are characteristically personal and powerful in their phrasing… At his most characteristic, he is the spokesman before God of a virile, unconquerable humanity” (Norton, 913, 918). Now considered “very rare,” this volume of sermons is one of three folios issued posthumously by Donne’s son between 1640 and 1660 (Allibone, 513). In addition to Donne’s addresses for major Christian festivals and his masterful expositions of the penitential psalms, LXXX Sermons also contains the first appearance of Walton’s Life of Donne, the standard biographical text. Engraved title page supplied in facsimile; without the first and last blank leaves. STC 7038. Keynes 29. Grolier Club 62. Text remarkably clean and bright, only minor rubbing to corners of contemporary calf. An about-fine copy.

“This Is, I Believe, The First Endeavor To Set Down The Whole And True Story Of The Motion Picture”: One Of 327 Copies Signed By The Author And Thomas Edison 61. (EDISON, Thomas Alva) RAMSAYE, Terry. A Million and One Nights. New York, 1926. Two volumes. Thick octavo, original gilt-lettered blue cloth recased. $6000. Signed limited first edition of one of the most important histories of cinema, one of 327 sets signed by Ramsaye and Thomas Edison, with over 100 illustrations. At a time when only Columbia University offered lectures on film, and when the Museum of Modern Art kept quiet plans for a film archive because it was considered “highly unusual to consider films as art or as a medium worth preserving,” Terry Ramsaye spent five years researching this landmark twovolume film history (MoMA, 1984, 18). The “acknowledged… dean of film historians,” Ramsaye also founded two newsreels, the Screen Telegram and Kinograms, and was an editor at Pathe News and The Motion Picture Herald (New York Times). Much of the first volume is devoted to Thomas Edison, specifically his “kinetograph” camera and “Black Maria,” the structure he designed to rotate in alignment with the sun. Ramsaye then examines the impact of innovators such as Muybridge, Edwin S. Porter, Méliès and Griffith, continuing on through contemporaries such as David O. Selznick and Charlie Chaplin. As issued without dust jackets. A fine copy.


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f. scot t fi tzger a ld Presentation/Association Copy Of Tender Is The Night, In First-Issue Dust Jacket, Inscribed By Fitzgerald To “The Father Of Intelligence Analysis” 62. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night. New York, 1934. Octavo, original dark bluish-green cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $42,000. First edition, second printing (published the same month as the first), in scarce original first-issue dust jacket, boldly inscribed to the future founder of modern intelligence analysis: “For Sherman Kent (who has no book—Thank God) from F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Tender is the Night “was Fitzgerald’s most ambitious work, his intended masterpiece” (Turnbull, 241-6). Cyril Connally called Tender is the Night “a wonderful evocation of the second phase of American expatriates ensconced in glittering villas on the Riviera in contrast to the home-spun tipplers of The Sun Also Rises. The break-down of a marriage is described with flashes of genius by an expert in self-destruction” (The Modern Movement, 79). This second printing appeared the same month as the first. First-issue dust jacket, with blurbs by Eliot, Mencken and Rosenfeld on front flap. Bruccoli A15.I.b. Inscribed to Yale professor of French history and early and influential CIA official Sherman Kent, often hailed as “the father of intelligence analysis.” Fitzgerald knew Kent in France in the late 1920s, where Kent wrote his dissertation. Although, as Fitzgerald playfully references in the inscription, Kent remained unpublished by 1934, he would produce Strategic Intelligence for American World Policy (1949), “certainly the most influential book of its kind yet to appear” (Harold Ford, CIA). Book very good with mild wear to spine head, minor abrasions to rear board, light rubbing to extremities. Scarce first-issue dust jacket restored and very slightly trimmed along lower edge, front panel quite bright. A desirable inscribed association copy.


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i a n fleming “He Must Play The Role… The Man Who Was Only A Silhouette”: First Edition of Moonraker 63. FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker. London, 1955. Octavo, original black paper boards, dust jacket.

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Scarce first edition of Fleming’s third novel, in first-issue dust jacket, in which Bond must foil the attempt of a British industrialist to destroy London with a nuclear weapon. Considered by many to be one of the best of the Bond books, Moonraker afforded Fleming “an opportunity to wax lyrical about the England he loved—the ‘panorama full of color and excitement and romance’… [Fleming also] skillfully reintroduced notes of ambiguity and realism into the life of his globe-trotting hero… Noël Coward read Moonraker in proof in Jamaica and pronounced, ‘It is the best thing he has done yet, very exciting… His observation is extraordinary and his talent for description vivid’” (Lycett, 253-54, 269). The early Bond novels are quite scarce. “This title is extremely rare in fine condition” (Biondi & Pickard, 42). In first-issue dust jacket. Made into the 1979 film of the same title with Roger Moore as Bond and Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead. Book fine, silver gilt bright. Dust jacket with very mild toning to spine. A most desirable copy in about-fine condition.


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“I Love Its Colour, Its Brilliance, Its Divine Heaviness… The Power That Gold Alone Gives” 64. FLEMING, Ian. Goldfinger. London, 1959. Octavo, original black paper boards, dust jacket. $3600. First edition of the seventh James Bond thriller, in which Fleming’s super-spy thwarts Auric Goldfinger’s plot to plunder Fort Knox. “In the first two months of 1958, Fleming wrote the first draft of Goldfinger under the working title The Richest Man in the World. This was destined to become a quintessential example of both the novels and the movies” (Biondi, 35). Perhaps surprisingly, given 007’s globe-spanning adventures, Goldfinger is the only Bond novel to include a map (on unnumbered page 246). Made into the 1965 film starring Sean Connery as Bond and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. Biondi & Pickard, 45. Book fine. Only mild toning to spine of dust jacket. An about-fine copy.

“One Of The Least Forgettable Characters In Modern Fiction”: First Edition Of Dr. No, With Brown-Stamped Dancing Girl On Front Cover 65. FLEMING, Ian. Dr. No. London, 1958. Octavo, original brown-stamped black paper boards, dust jacket. $4000. First edition of the sixth Bond thriller, introducing Dr. No, perhaps the most famous of the Bond villains and the first to appear on film, this copy with the desirable silhouette of a dancing girl brown-stamped on the front cover.

The further adventures of “literature’s most famous spy” (Steinbrunner & Penzler, 151) and basis for the first Bond film in 1962, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. Time acclaimed the title villain as “one of the least forgettable characters in modern fiction” (Black, 32). First edition, with all points. With brown-stamped dancing girl silhouette on front board (“probably intended to be Honeychile Rider” [Biondi & Pickard, 44]); no clear priority. Biondi & Pickard, 44-45. A fine copy.

“To Begin With He Was Ashamed Of Himself— A Rare State Of Mind” 66. FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball. London, 1961. Octavo, original black paper boards, dust jacket. $1600. First edition of Fleming’s ninth Bond novel, featuring the first appearance of the super-spy’s memorable nemesis, the villainous mastermind behind SPECTRE, Ernst Blofeld, whose theft of two nuclear warheads threatens the world. “Thunderball represented a new departure [for the Bond series], with the introduction of SPECTRE and of Ernst Blofeld, a commanding villain who was to reappear. This gave a measure of continuity to the later Bond novels… Thunderball worked well as an adventure story… the theme of the theft of atom bombs seemed pertinent and modern” (Black, 49, 55). Due to credit and rights controversy, this adventure was adapted twice to the screen: under the present title in 1965 and as Never Say Never Again in 1983—both times starring Sean Connery; in the 1965 film Claudine Auger played Domino, while Kim Basinger played that role in 1983. Biondi & Pickard, 42-47. Book fine, price-clipped dust jacket bright and lovely. A fine copy.


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benja min fr a nk lin “They Will Not Find A Rebellion: They May Indeed Make One”: Franklin’s Miscellaneous, And Philosophical Pieces, 1779, The Only Collection Of His Political Writings Printed In His Lifetime And With His Consent, Exceptional Copy Uncut In Original Boards 67. FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces. London, 1779. Thick octavo, original marbled paper boards sympathetically rebacked in brown calf.  $12,500. First edition, octavo issue, of this major collection of Franklin’s writings, many printed here for the first time, containing his powerful testimony before Parliament in 1766, in which his eloquent answers to questions about the Stamp Act and other incendiary measures made Franklin “the foremost spokesman for the American cause,” entirely uncut and in original boards. This important work “is the only edition of Franklin’s writings (other than his scientific), which was printed during his life time; was done with Franklin’s knowledge and consent, and contains an ‘errata’ made by him for it” (Ford 342). With many of his writings on the rebellious American colonies and incendiary British measures such as the Stamp Act. Of particular interest is The Examination of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, a record of his 1766 appearance before Parliament. Responding to a question over possible military enforcement of the Stamp Act, Franklin simply replied that if an army was sent to America: “They will not find a rebellion: they may indeed make one” (275-6). Octavo issue, printed by the same publishers the same year as the quarto. Includes Franklin’s famous epitaph. With frontispiece portrait of Franklin, three engraved plates (one folding), and folding table. Ford 342. Text generally fresh with very light scattered foxing, only slight wear to original marbled boards. An exceptional, entirely uncut copy of this highly influential work.


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benja min fr a nk lin Document Signed By Benjamin Franklin Less Than A Month Before The Constitutional Convention: A Deed Conveying Land To Samuel Meredith, The Revolutionary War General, Friend Of George Washington, And First U.S. Treasurer 68. FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Manuscript document signed. Philadelphia, April 30, 1787. Single sheet of vellum, 15-1/2 by 14 inches, writing on recto and verso, with fragile paper seals. Handsomely matted and window framed, entire piece measures 31-1/2 by 21-1/2 inches. $25,000. Exceptional original manuscript document in a secretarial hand, a deed conveying property to Samuel Meredith, the distinguished Revolutionary War general, personal friend of George Washington, and first Treasurer of the United States, boldly signed by Benjamin Franklin less than a month before the Constitutional Convention. This exquisite manuscript document, written entirely in secretarial hand and signed by Benjamin Franklin in his capacity as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, conveys a tract of land in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania to Samuel Meredith, a prominent Philadelphia merchant prior to the Revolutionary War. When war threatened, Meredith situated himself firmly on the side of the revolutionaries, leading troops at Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germanton before returning to his life as a merchant in 1778. He did, not, however, leave public life, serving in the Continental Congress before being appointed by President Washington (a family friend) the first United States Treasurer. In the two years he served, he lent the government thousands of dollars; none of which was ever repaid. Signature large and legible, original creases from folding, vellum with expert restoration. Quite desirable with seals intact and with fine association.


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“Trust Thyself: Every Heart Vibrates To That Iron String”: First Editions Of Emerson’s Essays, First And Second Series, Including His Celebrated Essay On Self-Reliance 69. EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Essays. WITH: Essays: Second Series. Boston, 1841-44. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century full crushed red morocco gilt, custom box. $6200. First editions, first issues, of Emerson’s first and second series of timeless essays, beautifully bound in rich crushed red morocco gilt: first series bound by Taffin, second series by Tallibart, together housed in a custom box. Fine copies of these American classics. “Emerson’s fame… rests securely upon the fact that he had something of importance to say, and that he said it with a beautiful freshness which does not permit his best pages to grow old… Let men but stand erect and ‘go alone,’ he said, and they can possess the universe” (ANB). The first series, which contains 12 essays, includes Emerson’s celebrated “Self-Reliance,” as well as essays on love, friendship, heroism, “the Over-Soul,” the intellect and art. The second series includes “The Poet,” “Experience” and “Nature,” in addition to essays on politics, character and manners. First edition, first issue of each volume: second series with 17 of Myerson’s first-issue points, four second-issue points, and same mispagination as noted in Myerson. Myerson A.10.1.a and A.16.1.a. BAL 5189, 5198. Bradley et al., 1037-1039. Occasional faint numbering of pages. An exceptional and highly desirable set in fine condition.

“Memento Of 25 Years Friendship… On Second Visit To Israel”: Presentation/Association Copy Of The First Edition In Hebrew Of Ginsberg’s Momentous Kaddish, 1988, Warmly Inscribed By Him To Longtime Israeli Friend, With His Sketch Of A Buddha-Like Figure Seated In A Star Of David 70. GINSBERG, Allen. Kaddish and Other Poems, 1958-1960. Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 1988. Octavo, original tan cloth, dust jacket.  $3800. First edition in Hebrew of Ginsberg’s major collection of poems, an exceptionally scarce presentation/association copy, inscribed: “For Ethel Broido, Memento of 25 years Friendship—returned to visit her at 134 Hayarkon on Second visit to Israel. Love, the father, Allen Ginsberg, 1/26/88.” Ginsberg follows this loving inscription with his whimsical sketch of a Buddha-life figure seated within a Star of David and floating on a sea of stars, along with his inscribed “Tel Aviv,” a sketch of a skull with a flower in its mouth and his characteristic circled symbols of “AH.” After Howl (1956) won Ginsberg widespread attention, Kaddish and Other Poems “confirmed his reputation as a poet of idiosyncratic accomplishment and direct emotional appeal. Taking its title from the Jewish form of prayer for the dead, the title poem mourns and celebrates Ginsberg’s mother; the political perspective established by treatment of her socialist convictions provides the basis for the poem’s continuation of his uncompromising critique of American society” (Stringer, 248-9). First published in English in 1961. Poems printed in English and in Hebrew on opposite pages. Morgan, Response H266. Ginsberg’s long and valued friendship with respected translator Ethel Broido, recipient of this volume, is repeatedly cited in his published journals. A fine presentation copy with an especially memorable association.


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er nest hemingway An Extraordinary Rarity And One Of The Finest Of All Hemingway Association Copies: First Edition Of Hemingway’s First Book, Three Stories And Ten Poems, One Of An Edition Of Only 300 Copies, This Copy Affectionately Inscribed By Hemingway In The Year Of Publication To One Of His Closest Friends, Eric Edward Dorman-Smith, Godfather Of Hemingway’s Son Bumby And Prototype For Across The River And Into The Trees 71. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Three Stories and Ten Poems. Paris, 1923. 12mo, original grayish-blue paper wrappers, custom chemise and half morocco slipcase. $145,000. A superb association copy of one of the rarest and most desirable Hemingway titles: the first and only edition of the author’s first book, one of an edition of only 300 copies, this copy warmly inscribed by Hemingway to Eric Edward “Chink” Dorman-Smith, Hemingway’s first and closest adult friend: “For Chink with love from Popplethwaite, Paris—August 1923.” Dorman-Smith first met Hemingway (whom he called “Shamus O’Popplethwaite”) in Milan in November 1918, where the nineteenyear-old aspiring author was recuperating from jaundice contracted as a consequence of wounds he suffered attempting to save a wounded Italian soldier. Though only a few years Hemingway’s senior, Dorman-Smith had been fighting since 1914 with the Northumberland Fusiliers, and he gave Hemingway some of his earliest insight into the nature of war and a soldier’s understanding of death. Hemingway would regularly refer to Dorman-Smith and the adventures they shared in his journalism, poetry, stories and non-fiction from 1923 until the end of his life. Dorman-Smith’s career is portrayed in Across the River and Into the Trees, about which he remarked to Hemingway: “How did you know things that are known only to retired army officers?” Hemingway also wrote about him in Moveable Feast, and used two of his friend’s war anecdotes in in our time, which was dedicated to him. Sharing a love of literature and sport, the two would remain friends for life, taking any opportunity to get together for bouts of drinking, skiing, fishing, hiking, and bull-running; Dorman-Smith was godfather to Hemingway’s son, Bumby. Three Stories and Ten Poems was printed in Dijon by Maurice Darantiere, the printer of Joyce’s Ulysses and many other expatriate publications. Six of the poems had been previously published, the remaining four and all three stories appear here for the first time. Hanneman A1a. Backstrip only lightly worn. A near-fine copy of a rare and notoriously fragile book, even more extraordinary for its contemporary inscription by Hemingway to one of his closest friends. Among the finest of all Hemingway association copies.


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72. HOUSTON, Samuel. Autograph letter signed. Washington, DC, August 18, 1852. One sheet of paper, folded; open, measures 16 by 10 inches. $7500. Bold autograph letter signed from Sam Houston to W.D. Morgan, arranging a speaking tour to support the Democratic ticket headed by presidential hopeful Franklin Pierce. Houston’s signature measures over an inch in height. A former Governor of Tennessee, Houston settled in Texas, fought for statehood, and commanded the small army that captured Santa Anna. He served as President of the Republic of Texas, Senator, and Governor, but was deposed when the legislature voted for secession. This letter details part of Houston’s plans to return to Texas after a session of Congress adjourns via Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee, so that he can make political speeches supporting the Democratic ticket headed by Franklin Pierce. Houston was famous for taking the longest route possible between Washington and Texas and back, because his traveling expenses were paid for by the U.S. Government. The letter reads in full: “My dear Sir, Tomorrow I intend to set out to New Market Va, to a ‘Great Mass Meeting’ on the 20th… soon thereafter, if I can, I will try, and start for Ohio. I will telegraph you when I can be at Pittsburg, from there to your state. I wish to get off if I can before the rise of Congress but I am fearful I can not! Am thing [sic] I beg you to note!!! I can only spare four days in your state… I must too have sleep, on my tour, or I will make but poor speeches. Write to me and give me a program of what I have to do—places, hrs, distances, times from places to place, modes of travel, etc. I hope my dear Sir you will tell me all these things!... Answer soon. Your friend, Samuel Houston [flourish]”. Darkly and boldly penned. Expert restoration to folds. Light show-through of ink; some minor scattered soiling. Near-fine condition.

“One Of The Most Distinguished Writers Of Any Age”: Scarce First Edition Of Samuel Johnson’s Irene, 1749 73. JOHNSON, Samuel. Irene: A Tragedy. London, 1749. Octavo, period-style full red calf gilt. $3200. First edition of Johnson’s historical tragedy, written early in his career and produced at Drury Lane Theatre in February 1749, handsomely bound. Recognized as “one of the most distinguished writers of any age or country,” Samuel Johnson wrote Irene early in his career, in the years from 1736-7, but it was not published until 1749 (Allibone I:971). At that time, when Johnson’s friend and former pupil David Garrick was “firmly established in a position of power in the theatrical world, Johnson’s thoughts naturally began to turn back towards his own long-buried ambitions as a dramatic writer.” Johnson decided to trust Irene to Garrick, who then produced the play in 1749. Based on a story from Knolles’ History of the Turks, Irene’s final act has the Turkish Sultan Mahomet execute his favorite mistress so that he “can prove to his followers that he has not gone soft under the influence of his love for a Christian.” For Johnson, the play’s production was a cause “to celebrate… in style. Perhaps it was a reaction from the long, dusty hours of work on the Dictionary, but he was at the time in a mood to go into society, to appear in public, even to act the part of a celebrity in that gay and rather raffish world of ‘players and painted stage’” (Wain, 69, 143, 147). With half title and rear advertisement leaf, often missing. Courtney & Smith, 24. Text fresh and clean with only lightest foxing. Beautifully bound.


74. HAYEK, Friedrich A. Geldtheorie und Konjunkturtheorie. Wien and Leipzig, 1929. Octavo, original brown paper wrappers respined and recornered with original spine laid down, custom cloth clamshell box. $8500. Important first edition, presentation copy, of Hayek’s first book, the basis for his landmark work of the 1930s, Prices and Production, inscribed to his colleague and friend, economist Carl Landauer: “Herrn Dr. Landauer, mit den besten Gruessen, überreicht von verfasser [To Dr. Landauer, with best regards, presented by the author].” Text in German. In this book, Hayek argued that all major fluctuations in the trade cycle were caused by monetary interventions that distorted relative price relationships. He also critiqued opposing theories from the perspective of the Austrian School, of which he was a prominent member. Issued at the nadir of the Great Depression, this volume attacked American and European economists and policy makers who advocated economic planning, especially credit manipulation, in order to “stabilize” capitalism. Because they ignored monetary factors, Hayek argued, these “stabilizers” only aggravated the crisis. Hayek, like fellow Austrian School member Bohm-Bawerk, believed that “the individual and his wants is still the beginning and end of the analysis” of economics (Roll, 369). The recipient of this copy, Carl Landauer, was a prominent German economist and member of the Social-Democratic party who fled to the United States with the rise of the Nazis. Idealogically across the spectrum from Hayek and quite far to the left politically, Landauer helped to develop the concept of competitive market socialism and worked extensively on the rights of workers within it. A few pencil markings to text. Ink spot to rear wrapper, a bit of wear to wrappers. An extremely good copy, exceptional inscribed and with such a desirable association.

“There Are Some Who Love To Interlard Their Discourse With High Sounds , Pollysyllables [Sic]…”: One Of The Earliest American Children’s Periodicals: Complete Run Of The Scarce Midwestern Juvenile Museum, 1822-23 75. HOWARD, Horton J. The Juvenile Museum. Mountpleasant, Ohio, 1822-23. 12mo, contemporary full brown calf. $3500. First edition of the full run of this very early American children’s magazine, with such wonderful advice as this, to unmarried women: “Ladies, do not, do not tarry, Age at you will shortly stare!” and poetic gems like “Virgin Kiss” (“Humid seal of soft affections… Loves first snow drop, virgin kiss!”). Published semimonthly for a year, The Juvenile Museum “presented a sheet of innocent and interesting matter, for the improvement of the Junior Class of Society, of both sexes” (Prospectus). “Two other publications of the same kind began soon after Howard had set the example… These publications were the beginning of a class of publications which is at present very large and influential,… and [Juvenile Museum editor] Howard should receive due credit as a pioneer in that line” (American Historical Record III, 420). Without pages 183-84. Not listed in the standard children’s bibliographies. Brief contemporary annotation to title page. Moderate scattered foxing, open tear to page 157 (with loss of some text). An extremely good copy in contemporary calf, scarce in any condition.

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The First Edition Of Hayek’s First Book, Inscribed By Hayek To Fellow Economist Carl Landauer


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Splendid Illuminated 13th-Century Manuscript Bible Leaf, With Miniature Portrait Of Saint Paul, Handsomely Framed 76. (ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible. Paris, circa 1250. Single vellum leaf, measuring 4-1/2 by 6-1/2 inches; handsomely matted and framed, entire piece measures 12-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches. $9600. Original mid-13th century French manuscript Bible leaf on vellum (containing the Latin text of 1 Thessalonians 1-2 with commentary by Saint Jerome), richly illuminated in red, blue, pink and gold, featuring an eight-line historiated initial with portrait of the apostle Paul, handsomely framed. The leaf, from a small, mid 13th-century French manuscript Bible on vellum, contains the first two chapters of the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, written in 55 lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script on both sides. The recto bears one large, eight-line historiated initial “P” done in blue and pink inks encapsulating the traditional iconography of Paul with sword and book against a heavily embossed gold background; also with a smaller, similarly ornamented polychrome initial (marking the related commentary of Saint Jerome). Both recto and verso with and blue and red initials (with marginal extenders), book headings and chapter numbers. Text in Latin. A fine leaf, handsomely framed.

Beautiful Illuminated Leaf From A French Book Of Hours, Circa 1425 77. (ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated manuscript leaf from a Book of Hours. France, circa 1425. Single vellum leaf, measuring 3-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scribed in black ink, illuminated in red, blue, green and gold inks. Handsomely matted and framed, entire piece measures 8 by 10 inches. $2600. Beautiful illuminated leaf from a 15th-century French Book of Hours, with initials in gilt and colored ink and elaborate extenders along the left margin. Scribed in two columns a Gothic script, with some words underlined in red. With six illuminated initials, four of which have elaborate extenders in blue, red, green and gilt, two of which terminate in lovely floriation. A beautiful piece.


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Signed limited first edition of Joyce’s timeless novel, his indelible “inscription on the walls of eternity,” one of only 425 large-paper copies signed by Joyce. Joyce began writing Finnegans Wake in 1922, the same year Ulysses was published. Compared to that book, Finnegans Wake “took longer to write… was conceived and executed under a greater range of symbolic and mythic guidelines, was dictated to more famous amanuenses, among them Samuel Beckett, was used as a weapon of revenge by Joyce, who mocked in it the people who had offended him… in short, it was the inscription on the walls of eternity of James Joyce’s feelings, his prejudices and his obsessions” (The Scandal of Ulysses, 55). “Joyce insisted that each word, each sentence had several meanings and that the ‘ideal lecteur’ should devote his lifetime to it, like the Koran” (Connolly, The Modern Movement, 81). Without scarce original slipcase. Slocum & Cahoon 49. Bookseller ticket. A fine uncut and unopened copy.

“The Knowledge They Gathered Of The East Was A Superb Bequest To Europe”: Le Compte’s Illustrated Journey Through The Empire Of China, 1697 First Edition In English 79. LE COMPTE, Louis. Memoirs and Observations… Made in a Late Journey through the Empire of China. London, 1697. Small octavo, contemporary full paneled calf rebacked, renewed endpapers. $2600. First edition in English of Le Compte’s narrative of his experience as a Jesuit missionary in China, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Emperor Cam-Hy (Kangxi) and three plates (two folding), including one of the observatory established by the Jesuits in Beijing. Le Compte traveled to China in the late 17th century as one of the “Mathematicians to the King,” a group of French Jesuit astronomers sent to China by Louis XIV to assist the on-going mission in the Far East. Though they won few converts, “the knowledge they gathered of the East was a superb bequest to Europe” (Severin 94). Le Compte’s work, first published in French in 1696, was considered “the best account of China previous to Duhalde’s work, though in many particulars extremely partial to the Chinese” (Allibone, 1330). Because of that perceived bias, the Paris Parliament ordered the book burnt. In addition to the frontispiece, the folding plates depict the Chinese Emperor’s throne and the Beijing Observatory, a folding chart of “all the words that form the Chinese language,” an engraved plate of the Outom-chu tree and an in-text engraving. Cox I, 329-30. Wing L831. A few minor wormholes. Text and plates quite clean. Corners rubbed. An attractive copy.

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78. JOYCE, James. Finnegans Wake. London, 1939. Large octavo, original red cloth, custom clamshell box.  $23,500.


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“The Most Sustained Achievement In Fantasy For Children By A 20th-Century Author”: Complete Set Of First American Editions In Original Dust Jackets Of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles 80. LEWIS, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia. New York, 1950-56. Seven volumes. Octavo, original cloth, dust jackets, custom clamshell box. $12,000. Complete set of first American editions of the seven Narnia Chronicles, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, including the first in the series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, in original dust jackets. “Lewis was concerned to do for children what he had done for an adult readership in his science fiction… to re-imagine the Christian story in an exciting narrative context.” The Narnia books have been called “intoxicating to all but the most relentlessly unimaginative of readers, and must be judged the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author” (Children’s Literature, 370). “Adored by children and academics alike, these books are extremely collectable, soughtafter, and scarce” (Connolly, 186). First published in London. Bookseller ticket in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Owner signature in The Silver Chair. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in very good condition, with spotting and toning to original cloth, rare price-clipped dust jacket with light wear and toning to extremities and with chip affecting text on front panel and spine. All other volumes quite lovely and generally near-fine with price-clipped dust jackets. A beautiful and most desirable set.

“The One With The Power To Vanquish The Dark Lord Approaches”: Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Inscribed By J.K. Rowling 81. ROWLING, J.K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. London, 2003. Thick octavo, original pictorial boards, dust jacket, custom clamshell box.  $13,500. First edition of the fifth book in the extraordinarily successful fantasy series, inscribed: “To Katien with best wishes, JK Rowling.” Worldwide enthusiasm and intense media attention accompanied the publication of the fifth installment in this astoundingly popular series. “Harry Potter has shown empire-building skills that would put Queen Victoria to shame… Worldwide sales have topped 190 million in more than two hundred countries… It’s a Harry Potter world, and we just live in it” (Weinberg, 43). Rowling has rarely held signings for the later books in her series, so inscribed copies such as this are increasingly scarce and desirable. Fine condition.


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a br a h a m lincoln Disrespect, Disloyalty, And Conduct Unbecoming An Officer: Exceptional Autograph Letter Signed By Abraham Lincoln While President Concerning The Trial Of A Kentucky Officer, One Day Before Lincoln’s Suspension Of Habeas Corpus In Kentucky 82. LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed. Washington, DC, July 4, 1864. One octavo sheet (8 by 10 inches), writing on recto only. Handsomely framed, 20 by 18 inches.  $42,000. Autograph letter signed by Abraham Lincoln on the matter of a controversial Union colonel dismissed and arrested for his denunciation of Lincoln. The letter reads: “July 4, 1864. Senator Powell, Sir, The Sec. of War informs me that Col. Woolford will be put on trial this week & just as early in the week as the case can be prepared. Very Respectfully, A. Lincoln.” The letter was written only one day before Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus in Kentucky as part of an effort to prevent Kentucky from joining the Confederacy. Lincoln wrote this letter to Senator Lazarus Powell of Kentucky, regarding Colonel Frank Woolford, a Union soldier in the First Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry. On March 10, 1864, Wolford denounced Lincoln as a tyrant and a traitor. His remarks led to his arrest several days later, and he was dishonorably discharged. The day after Lincoln wrote this letter about Woolford, he proclaimed the suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus indefinitely in Kentucky, and the establishment of martial law. On July 7, Woolford gave his word to return to Louisville and avoid all public speaking until the trial. He then went back to speaking against Lincoln. His trial never took place, and he enjoyed a successful career as a Kentucky politician and a lawyer. Expert tape repair to verso only of folds. An exceptional letter, written entirely by Lincoln on the final Independence Day of his life.


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“Men… Go Mad In Herds”: Rare And Important First Edition Of Mackay’s Popular Delusions, A Significant Force In Charting The Stock Market 83. MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions. London, 1841. Three volumes. Octavo, period-style full dark plum morocco gilt. $18,000. First edition of this highly entertaining and exceptionally influential early study of crowd behavior, a long-standing and classic guide to both popular psychology and the stock market. Scottish poet and journalist Mackay attempted in this work to document and explain major “popular delusions” or seemingly irrational instances of mass action and belief. “Men,” the author contends, “think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds.” In developing his theories of mass behavior, Mackay analyzes a breadth of historical examples ranging from witch hunts, alchemists, and famous haunted houses to the South Sea Bubble of 1720 and the Crusades. The impact of Mackay’s work has been remarkably far-reaching, influencing such diverse fields as popular psychology and the charting of the stock market. Each volume with frontispieces; Volume III with two additional plates. Norman 1406. Bookplates. Fine condition.

Mapplethorpe’s Photographs For Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell, One Of Only 40 Folio Sets With Each Of Eight Splendid Original Photogravures Initialed, Numbered And Dated By Mapplethorpe 84. (MAPPLETHORPE, Robert) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell. Portfolio of eight original photogravures. New York, 1986. Tall folio, eight mounted photogravures on handmade paper, loose as issued, original full red morocco portfolio. $17,000. Signed limited edition, one of only 40 portfolios containing the original photogravures produced by Mapplethorpe for the Limited Editions Club edition of Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell (from a total of only 55 sets including 15 proof copies). Each photogravure numbered, initialed and dated in pencil by Mapplethorpe, all tissue-guarded. “Written by Arthur Rimbaud at age 18 in the wake of his tempestuous affair with poet Paul Verlaine, A Season in Hell has been a touchstone for anguished poets, artists and lovers for more than a century. Imbued with a hallucinatory intensity, this confessional prose poem is an account of a hellish journey beyond the bounds of society-and the attempt to find a way back… each of the poem’s eight sections [is illustrated] with a dazzling photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe that brilliantly complements the poem’s shifting moods. These images by our most notorious contemporary photographer underline the striking modernity of Rimbaud’s great work.” A fine copy and a magnificent production.


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j . r . hicks “In The Field Of Pure Theory, Probably The Most Influential Book Of The First Half Of The 20th Century”: First Edition Of Hicks’ Value And Capital, Signed By J.R. Hicks 85.

(ECONOMICS) HICKS, J.R. Value and Capital. Oxford, 1939. Octavo, original dark blue cloth, dust jacket.

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First edition of this landmark of modern economics, signed by J.R. Hicks. Hicks’ “peak achievement, his main claim to fame. In the field of pure theory it was probably the most influential book of the first half of the 20th century. To some extent this was due to the new pieces of analysis it contained, explained lucidly enough to be readily incorporated into existing theory. To an even larger extent the book’s extraordinary influence was due to the timely synthesis it offered. The general equilibrium of Walras, Pareto’s ordinal utility, and Slutsky’s analysis of comparative-static effects were all integrated with post-Wicksellian dynamics, Keynesian microstatics, and a capital theory along the lines of Bohm-Bawerk. By combining all these elements into a unified theoretical apparatus, Value and Capital provided the springboard from which the brilliant theorists of the next generation would jump off… Overall, Hicks will probably appear in the history of economics as the greatest British theorist of the century” (Niehans, 359, 371). Book fine with light foxing to free endpapers only. Scarce price-clipped dust jacket very good, with some soiling, mild rubbing and toning to extremities, and chip to spinehead affecting the word “value.” A most desirable copy, scarce signed.


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mey er ’s birds “One Of Our Most Valuable Illustrated Works On Ornithology”: With Over 300 Superb Hand-Colored Folio Plates 86. MEYER, Henry Leonard. Illustrations of British Birds. London, circa 1838-44. Four volumes bound in two. Folio (11 by 15 inches), contemporary full green morocco gilt rebacked with original spines laid down. $22,000. First edition, with 317 beautiful hand-colored folio lithographic plates, very handsomely bound in contemporary morocco-gilt. “This is the finest and most complete atlas of portraits of British avifauna (with their eggs) ever published” (Woods, 462). “One of our most valuable illustrated works on ornithology” (Mullens & Swann 403). “A very fine and complete collection of lithographs… whose figures were executed by Meyer himself, who was a professional artist, with the assistance of his family and in particular of his wife” (Anker, 58). While a total of 313 plates were generally issued in the folio first edition, “the whole subject [of the printing history, exact dates of publication, number of plates, etc.] is attended with the utmost difficulty; hardly any two copies of the folio editions of the Illustrations being alike” (Mullens and Swann, 401-402). Originally issued in 79 monthly parts; two subsequent issues of the first edition were published 1837-1844 and 18381844. Ayer, 433. Sitwell, 123. Nissen 628. Bookplate. Very few instances of foxing; plates generally quite clean and fine, hand-coloring vivid. Expert restoration to beautiful contemporary morocco.


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87. MAXWELL, James Clerk. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism. Oxford, 1873. Two volumes. Octavo, original maroon cloth, custom clamshell box. $16,500.

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First edition, first issue, of Maxwell’s most detailed and comprehensive work, advancing ideas that would become essential for modern physics, including the landmark hypothesis that light and electricity are the same in their ultimate nature. The Treatise “extended Maxwell’s ideas beyond the scope of his earlier work in many directions, producing a highly fecund demonstration of the special importance of electricity to physics as a whole. He began the investigation of moving frames of reference, which in Einstein’s hands were to revolutionize physics; gave proofs of the existence of electromagnetic waves that paved the way for Hertz’s discovery of radio waves; worked out connections between the electrical and optical qualities of bodies that would lead to modern solid-state physics” (Norman). “The greatest theoretical physicist of the 19th century… Einstein equated Faraday with Galileo and Maxwell with Newton” (PMM). Horblit 72. Norman 1466. Occasional marginal ink annotations in German. Interiors fine; light rubbing to cloth extremities, minor expert restoration to spine head of Volume II. A near-fine copy.

“He Swore Off Beer Drinking Forever, But His Forevers Usually Just Lasted About A Week”: Signed By McMurtry 88. MCMURTRY, Larry. Leaving Cheyenne. New York, 1963. Octavo, original beige cloth, dust jacket. $4200. First edition of McMurtry’s second novel, signed by him. “When it comes to spinning a good yarn, few writers do it better than McMurtry” (Houston Chronicle). Expanded from a short story published the previous year and later adapted to the screen as Lovin’ Molly (in 1974, starring Anthony Perkins and Blythe Danner), McMurtry’s second novel, the second book in his “Thalia trilogy,” prompted the New York Times to declare, “If Chaucer were a Texan writing today, and only 27 years old, this is how he would have written and this is how he would have felt… The book’s comedy is rare, the tragedy heart-rending—and, over all, there is an atmosphere of serenity and wisdom.” Book fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket with later price sticker on front flap.


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“Here Is Edward Bear, Coming Downstairs Now, Bump, Bump, Bump…”: 89. MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh. London, 1926. Octavo, original cloth, dust jacket. $8200. First edition of the beloved book of adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, with charming illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard. A lovely, about-fine copy. “Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh has been considered a classic of children’s literature almost since its publication” (Cooper & Cooper, 95). In 1925, Milne acquired “a Sussex farmhouse for use as a weekend and holiday alternative to the family’s London home… [that would] provide the setting for the stories he now started to write about [his son] Christopher’s toys… Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner are, on their own terms, more successful as works written for children than anything else produced during children’s literature’s Golden Age” (Carpenter, 201, 205). “Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations, modeled after the actual toys, show character and movement in simple line vignettes, which add so much to the books that most people consider them to be inseparable from the texts” (Silvey, 462). Gift inscription clipped from first leaf. Inkstamp to title page. Book fine, gilt bright. Dust jacket with lightest toning and very minor vertical creasing to spine, most minor wear to extremities. An about-fine unrestored copy of a cherished children’s classic, scarce in this condition.

“Quite Simply A Novel Which Has Changed The World”: First Edition Of George Orwell’s 1984 90. ORWELL, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London, 1949. Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket. $7200. First edition of Orwell’s powerful and influential dystopia, in the preferred red dust jacket. “No other dystopian novel has received the critical acclaim or had the wide-ranging influence that 1984 has” (Books of the Century, 161). Written while Orwell suffered severely from tuberculosis and published shortly before the disease claimed his life, the novel is a work “of hectic, devilish, claustrophobic intensity… nightmarish in the telling” (Clute & Nicholls, 896). “It is possible to say that the ghastly future Orwell foretold has not come about simply because he foretold it: we were warned in time” (Burgess, 99 Novels, 46). For its enrichment of the English language—bequeathing such words as “doublethink,” “Newspeak,” and, of course, “Big Brother”—and its warning about the dire consequences of unchecked power in any hands, 1984 remains a literary landmark. First-edition dust jacket issued in both green and red (this copy) versions, no priority established. Fenwick A12a. Connolly 99. Anatomy of Wonder II:838. 100 Most Influential Books 93. Text fine with two faint tape removal marks to front free endpaper, very faint toning to edge of cloth, minor expert archival restoration to bright dust jacket. A highly desirable copy in the preferred red jacket, in near-fine condition.


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the ox ford english dictiona ry “The Greatest Treasure-House Of Any Language In The World”: First Edition Of The Oxford English Dictionary, In Very Fine Publisher’s Morocco-Gilt 91. (OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY) MURRAY, James, et al., editors. A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles. Oxford, 1888-1928. Ten volumes bound in twelve. Thick folio, original three-quarter dark maroon morocco gilt.  $18,000. First edition in book form of the famous Oxford English Dictionary—“a project of unprecedented historical and cultural importance” (New York Times)—in the publisher’s deluxe morocco-gilt. An excellent set, beautiful and in fine condition. “The N.E.D., as it was originally cited, or the O.E.D., as it is now known, is the greatest treasure-house of any language in the world, unrivalled for its comprehensiveness and ease of consultation as well as for its reliability and scholarship” (PMM 371). “The scheme of ‘a completely new English Dictionary’ was conceived in 1858… Herbert Coleridge and after him Dr. F.J. Furnivall, were the first editors. Their work, which covered 20 years, consisted mainly in the collection of materials, and it was not until Dr. J.A.H. Murray took the matter up in 1878 that the preparation of the Dictionary began to take active form…. The essential feature of the Dictionary is its historical method, by which the meaning and form of the words are traced from their earliest appearance on the basis of an immense number of quotations, collected by more than 800 voluntary workers. The Dictionary contains a record of 414,825 words, whose history is illustrated by 1,827,306 quotations” (Drabble, 728). The first edition of the Dictionary was issued both in original parts and in book form. A beautiful copy, gilt wonderfully bright. Exceptional in such fine condition.


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ber na rd pic a rt First Edition In English Of Picart’s Masterpiece: One Of The Monumental Illustrated Works Of The 18th-Century 92. PICART, Bernard. The Ceremonies and Religious Customs of the Various Nations of the Known World. London, 173339. Seven volumes in six. Folio (11 by 18-1/2 inches), contemporary mottled calf rebacked and recornered.  $18,000. First edition in English of one of the most spectacular illustrated works of the 18th-century, with 223 engraved copper plates after Picart depicting the religious ceremonies of numerous nations, including Jewish and North American Indian rites. Picart, “the outstanding professional illustrator of the first third of the 18th-century” (Ray), is famed largely for this monumental work, here complete in six large folio volumes. The superb copperengraved plates, many double-page, illustrate in fine detail scenes of religious ceremonies, views of temples and churches and religious costume. Of particular interest are the engravings and related text describing the North American Indians, as well as those sections regarding Judaism. “Picart earned a place in the history of Jewish art by his realistic portrayal of Jewish religious rites. These constitute an invaluable record of Dutch Jewry in the early 18th-century” (Encyclopedia Judaica XIII:498). Also with engraved head- and tailpieces and historiated initials. Title pages printed in red and black with engraved vignettes. Bound with all half titles. First published in Amsterdam, in French, beginning 1723. Lewine, 414. Harthan, History of the Illustrated Book, 140. Occasional marginalia. Tiny hole to plate opposite leaf [4Y2], Volume I. Text and plates generally quite fine and fresh, with just a few instances of faint marginal foxing.


93. PAINE, Thomas. The Decline and Fall of the English System of Finance. Philadelphia, 1796. Slim octavo, modern half green cloth; pp. 33. $2600. Rare 1796 American edition of Paine’s fiery attack on the British financial system, published in Philadelphia on the anniversary of American independence, a rare association copy from the library of Lincoln’s first vice-president, Hannibal Hamlin, with his inkstamp. Developing ideas introduced in The American Crisis (1776-78), here “Paine attacked the English government through its economic system. He set out to prove that within 20 years, Britain’s currency would fail.” “A run started on the Bank of England and it had to close its doors. Such was the power of Paine’s pen!” (Gimbel-Hall 100). “The British government was reminded of the influence of Paine,” with the printing of several London editions and refutations, followed by first Philadelphia and several European translations (Keane, 429). Preceded the same year by the Paris edition. This first American edition is one of two by Philadelphia publisher John Page; the other with an added “Speech of Thomas Paine.” Issued along with a New York edition and a Sweitzer Philadelphia edition: no priority established. Evans 30945. Gimbel-Stephans, 61. This rare association copy contains the inkstamp: “Library of Hannibal Hamlin.” Abraham Lincoln’s first vice-president and a leading antislavery leader, Hamlin “entered politics as a Jacksonian Democrat, serving first in the Maine state legislature, then in the U.S. House of Representatives, and finally in the Senate” (Kearns Goodwin, 282). Generally fine condition with only small closed tear to final text leaf.

“Shakespeare’s Storehouse Of Classical Learning”: Expanded 1657 English Edition Of North’s Plutarch, Splendidly Bound 94. PLUTARCH. The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans. London, 1657. Two parts in one. Thick folio (9 by 14 inches), contemporary full brown calf gilt rebacked and recornered. $4200. Expanded 17th-century edition of the first English translation of Plutarch’s Lives, one of the most influential works of the Elizabethan era and a major Shakespeare source. The first edition to contain the lives of 20 “Eminent Persons of ancient and latter times,” including Archimedes, Diogenes, Homer, Charlemagne, and Gutenberg. “The Lives are works of great learning and research, and Plutarch is careful to quote his authorities, whose number indicates a formidable amount of reading… the influence of Plutarch’s method has been constantly manifest in the biographies of the modern great and in the authors who have been inspired by it. Shakespeare relied almost exclusively on Plutarch for the historical background of ancient Rome” (PMM 48). To Lives “we owe the existence of the plays of Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra, while A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, and Timon of Athens are all indebted to it” (DNB). The first edition of North’s translation of Plutarch’s Lives, the first into English, was published in 1579. With woodcut portrait, engraved title page (dated 1656), ornamental initials head- and tail-pieces; occasional mispagination without loss of text. One rear leaf of publisher’s advertisements. STC 20070. PMM 48. Early owner signature, bit of early marginalia. Text generally fresh and clean with light scattered foxing, minor marginal wormholing to early leaves not affecting text. A most handsome and beautifully bound copy.

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“Such Was The Power Of Paine’s Pen!”: American Association Copy Of Paine’s Incendiary Decline And Fall of the English System of Finance, 1796, From The Library Of Lincoln’s Vice-President, Hannibal Hamlin


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“Among The Noblest Of Literary Enterprises”: Raleigh’s History Of The World, 1628, With Engraved Maps And Plates, In Handsome Contemporary Binding 95. RALEIGH, Walter. The Historie of the World. London, 1628. Thick folio (8-1/2 by 13 inches), contemporary full paneled brown calf gilt rebacked. $6000. The fourth edition of Sir Walter Raleigh’s impressive account of the world from the dawn of time to the Roman Empire, illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait, engraved allegorical frontispiece and eight double-page engraved maps and plans, in handsome contemporary calf. James I imprisoned Raleigh in the Tower between 1603 and 1616, during which time Raleigh wrote his great last work. He completed only the first volume, which began with the Creation and ended at 130 B.C. “The success of Raleigh’s History… can perhaps be explained by the very fact that it is not a work of history in the academic sense but a political tract of immediate applicability… The History provided an arsenal of political ammunition to the Englishmen who overthrew the absolutism of the Stewarts at home and laid the foundations of New England beyond the seas” (PMM 117). The beautiful engraved title page by Renold Elstrack serves as a pictorial allegory of the work as a whole, including a world map incorporating several important allusions to Raleigh’s career. Facing the title page is a poetical explanation of the images, attributed to Ben Jonson. The eight large double-page maps are the work of “one of the earliest English engravers,” William Hole (Tooley, 88). First published 1614. A few minor small instances of light marginal dampstaining, minor marginal worming. Slight edge-wear to some folding maps; small marginal hole and old archival restoration to verso of map following 2L1; images unaffected. Marginal paper repairs to G3, 2P3, 4S3, not affecting text. Light age-wear to handsome contemporary paneled calf. An excellent near-fine copy.

Mantle, Mays, Musial, Williams, Koufax…: Veritable Gallery Of 70 Famous Baseball Autographs: Signed By 49 Hall-Of-Famers And 21 Other Baseball Greats 96. RITTER, Lawrence and HONIG, Donald. The Image of Their Greatness: An Illustrated History of Baseball. New York, 1979. Small quarto, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $5000. First edition, third printing, of this comprehensive photographic history of baseball, illustrated with vintage candid shots on nearly every page—this extraordinary copy signed by 49 Hall-of-Famers, (including Ted Williams, Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Whitey Ford, Willie McCovey and Sandy Koufax), and 21 other great players on their portraits throughout the book—70 autographs altogether. This wonderful photographic history of the national sport is enhanced by the actual signatures of 70 of its all-time greatest players: Bill Terry, Billy Herman, Luke Appling, John Vander Meer, Lefty Gomez, Bob Feller, Bob Doerr, Leo Durocher, Tommy Henrich, Johnny Mize, Enos Slaughter, Monte Irvin, Ewell Blackwell, Johnny Sain, Lou Boudreau, Mel Parnell, Ralph Kiner, Ted Williams, Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, Ed Lopat, Allie Reynolds, Clem Labine, Carl Erskine, Don Newcombe, Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, Don Larsen, Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, George Kell, Jimmy Piersall, Lew Burdette, Eddie Mathews, Ernie Banks, Rocky Colavito, Stan Musial, Jim Bunning, Whitey Ford, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Maury Wills, Orlando Cepeda, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Harmon Killebrew, Billy Williams, Frank Robinson, Jim Lonborg, Luis Aparicio, Carl Yastrzemski, Hoyt Wilhelm, Al Kaline and Gaylord Perry. Smith 659. A fine, multiply-signed copy.


97. ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. The Public Papers and Addresses. Volumes I-V. New York, 1938. Five volumes. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jackets, cardboard slipcase. $6800. First editions of the first five volumes of Roosevelt’s papers, inscribed by Roosevelt in Volume I to the brother-in-law of his personal secretary Grace Tully: “For Harold Sinton, from his friend Franklin D. Roosevelt.” All the significant public speeches of Roosevelt during some of the most turbulent years of American history, including his fireside chats, messages to Congress, important executive orders and official promulgations from 1928 through 1936. The volumes are entitled: The Genesis of the New Deal 1928-1932; The Year of Crisis 1933; The Advance of Recovery and Reform 1934; The Court Disapproves 1935; The People Approve 1936. Each volume features an introduction by Roosevelt. Edited by Samuel I. Rosenman, Roosevelt’s counsel while he was Governor of New York. Roosevelt’s Public Papers ultimately totaled 13 volumes. Books fine, dust jackets near-fine with mild toning to spines, a bit of wear to a few spine ends, faint stain to Volume III spine. Original slipcase unusually fresh and clean. Scarce and desirable inscribed.

“That Thorough Blend Of National Wisdom And Linguistic Sense That Is Represented In English By The Bible And The Works Of Shakespeare”: Illuminated Persian Manuscript Of Sa’di’s The Bustan [“The Pleasure Garden”], With Six Beautiful Hand-Painted Miniatures 98. SA’DI. The Bustan. No city, circa 1830. Large 12mo, original full brown sheep gilt rebacked with original spine laid down.  $4800. Beautiful illuminated manuscript of the great Persian poet’s masterwork, illustrated with six exquisite gouache miniatures. The Buston, rendered in English as “The Orchard,” “The Fragrant Herb Garden,” or “The Pleasure Garden,” was completed in 1257 and is a moralistic work presented in 4100 couplets. “The Bustan remains a much-quoted work, even though the quotations are not always accurate or acknowledged. In this respect it exemplifies something of that thorough blend of national wisdom and lin­g uistic sense that is represented in English by the Bible and the works of Shakespeare” (Encyclopedia Iranica). Sa’di is perhaps better known in the West for his prose collection The Gulistan, or “The Rose Garden,” popularized in translation by explorer Sir Richard Burton. The text is executed in an graceful hand on thin, polished paper. Each page is calligraphed with 13 lines in two columns, headings in red ink, and with gilt rules and borders. First two pages with additional lapis borders and floral illumination. Text in Persian. Paintings exquisite and colors true. Some marginal wormholing, occasionally affecting text but not readability. Some small paper repairs; some pages remargined. Light damp staining to preliminary and concluding leaves. Binding lightly rubbed but still sound and attractive. A lovely nearly fine copy.

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“Eternal Vigilance Is Necessary To Preserve The Constitutional Rights Of A Free People”: Inscribed By Franklin Delano Roosevelt


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“Edina! Scotia’s Darling Seat! All Hail Thy Palaces And Towers” (Burns): Swarbreck’s Sketches In Scotland, With 25 Lovely Elephant Folio Lithographs 99. (SCOTLAND) SWARBRECK, Samuel Dukinfield. Sketches in Scotland. London, 1845. Elephant folio (15 by 22 inches), original patterned cloth boards rebacked and recornered in morocco-gilt. $5500. Second edition, with tinted lithograph title page and 24 lovely large tinted lithographs of views, street scenes and antiquities of Scotland, mostly in Edinburgh and the lowlands, after sketches made by Swarbreck during his 1837 tour. Printer and lithographer Charles Joseph Hullmandel pioneered the use of the thennew process of lithography in England. “Among the many artists who availed themselves of his processes for the reproduction of their drawings were Stanfield, David Roberts, Haghe, Nash, and Cattermole” (DNB). The lithographs he made from Swarbreck’s sketches show his masterly use of gradations of tones and highlights that give the appearance of soft watercolor washes so suited to landscape painting. First published 1839. Plates expertly cleaned and rehinged with a few marginal paper repairs, not effecting images. A beautiful copy in publisher’s cloth, handsomely rebacked.

“The American Game Par Excellence”: Spalding’s History Of Baseball 100. SPALDING, Albert G. America’s National Game. New York, 1911. Thick octavo, original gilt-stamped pictorial blue cloth.  $2800. First edition of this essential baseball history, with over 100 full-page illustrations and four fold-out plates (two printed on both sides), including panoramic views of the Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Comiskey Park, and Forbes Field. “History of the game by one of the pioneer giants” (Grobani 6:9). Spalding transformed baseball “from its dual origins as either a gentlemen’s club or a rowdy working-class pastime into a popular, commercial, and professional sport… [His] newspaper obituaries across the nation recognized Spalding, who had been a part of nearly every major event in baseball’s history, as the father of what was now considered to be ‘America’s game’” (ANB). During his career, Spalding also established a worldwide sporting goods empire and founded Spalding’s Official National League Base Ball Guide. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Illustrated with historic photographs and numerous sketches by noted cartoonist Homer C. Davenport. Without rare original dust jacket. Smith 691; 19585. Howes S804. Interior fine; expert paper repair to two folding plates and inner hinges. Cloth fresh and bright, most minor rubs to joints, gilt fine. An about-fine copy.


101. STANLEY, Henry M. In Darkest Africa or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria. London, 1890. Two volumes. Large thick quarto, original gilt-stamped pictorial red cloth, custom half calf clamshell boxes. $8500. First trade edition, English issue, of the classic 19thcentury account of African exploration, profusely illustrated with 38 full-page plates, over 100 in-text woodcuts, and three color folding maps, and including a folding table of comparative vocabularies, inscribed in the year of publication in Volume I: “To Donald Beith Esq, with the Compliments of the Author. Henry M. Stanley, 3rd July 1890.” Perhaps no adventurer is more closely connected with Africa than Lord Stanley. His 1887 mission to relieve the besieged governor of Egypt, his last mission to Africa, ended miserably when Stanley arrived only to learn that the governor did not care to be relieved, but instead was angry at the Englishman for interfering in his affairs. This account contains the harrowing details of Stanley’s journey through the nearly impenetrable Ituri, or Great Congo, Forest. Along the way Stanley compiled important data on the Pygmies and discovered the Ruwenzori, or “Mountains of the Moon.” The perilous journey nearly cost Stanley his life, and only a third of the men with whom he set out returned alive. Published in the same year and using the same sheets as the American issue, and preceded by English and American signed limited deluxe copies, with only 250 copies published in each country. Hosken, 189. From the library of noted book collector Quentin Keynes. Occasional scattered light foxing to interiors, more so to preliminary and concluding leaves. Expert reinforcement to a few map folds and inner hinges. Only light wear to cloth extremities. Near-fine condition. Presentation copies inscribed by Stanley are most scarce.

“Intellect Vested In The Pantaloons…”: Extra-Illustrated First Edition Of Chronicles Of Fashion, With Over 250 Plates 102. STONE, Elizabeth Wheeler. Chronicles of Fashion. English Society, From the Time of Queen Elizabeth to the Present Day. London, 1845. Two volumes. Thick octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco gilt. $1600. First edition, wonderfully extra-illustrated with 239 plates (three-hand-colored) of monarchs, nobility, costumes, and even architectural views in addition to the original 15 copper- and steel-engraved plates, handsomely bound in three-quarter morocco-gilt. Mrs. Stone’s history of civilized Britain includes chapters on manners, costume, popular amusements, and biographical sketches of various “stars of fashion.” Elizabeth Stone was accomplished as both a novelist and a social historian. In her day, she was considered an authority on subjects of interest to women and this is among her finest works. Colas 2806. Hiley & Hiley 817. Plates and text generally fine, minor repair to spineheads. A near-fine copy, handsomely bound.

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“Druidism Was To Him ‘The Aboriginal Patriarchal Religion’”: First Editions Of Stukeley’s Illustrated Stonehenge And Abury, With 75 Large Engraved Plates 103. STUKELEY, William. Stonehenge, A Temple Restor’d to the British Druids. ISSUED WITH: Abury, A Temple of the British Druids. London, 1740-43. Two volumes in one. Folio (10 by 14-1/2 inches), mid 19thcentury three-quarter black morocco rebacked with original spine laid down. $6500. First editions of this pair of fascinating works of scholarly conjecture—important early illustrated studies of Druid religious life based upon the ruins of their temples, with frontispiece portrait and 35 engraved plates (one doublepage and eight folding) of Stonehenge, and 40 plates (four double-page and three folding) of Avebury. “If any man was born for the service of antiquity, it was Dr. Stukeley” (Allibone, 2296). A founding member of the Society of Antiquaries, Stukeley also joined the Society of Roman Knights, whose purpose was to preserve Roman remains in England… “Druidism was to him ‘the aboriginal patriarchal religion,’ and his intimates called him ‘Chyndonax’ and ‘the arch-druid of this age’” (DNB). He was among the first to conduct fieldwork at Stonehenge and to recognize its historic importance—meticulously recording his findings, with a particular eye for evidence of early sacred ritual. At Avebury he was determined “to perpetuate the vestiges of this celebrated wonder and of the barrows, avenues, [and] cursus, for I forsee that it will in few years be universally plowed over and consequently defaced.” Plates not bound in sequence, numbers not always corresponding to references in the text. This copy is complete. Duplicate of Plate X of Avebury serves as Plate [II] of Stonehenge, bound at page 2. The actual Plate II of Stonehenge should be numbered VI, according to the explanatory text on pages 11-12. Plate XXXVIII of Avebury mis-numbered “XXXIX.” Lowndes 2541. An extremely good copy, with some shallow foxing to margins of plates, minor paper repairs to some folding plates.

“All Modern Literature Comes From One Book By Mark Twain. It’s The Best Book We’ve Had”: First Issue Of Huckleberry Finn 104. TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade). New York, 1885. Octavo, original green pictorial cloth, custom clamshell box. $18,000. First edition, first issue, of “the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction” (Legacies of Genius, 47). Written over an eight-year period, Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn endured critical attacks from the moment of publication, standing accused of “blood-curdling humor,” immorality, coarseness and profanity. The book nevertheless emerged as one of the defining novels of American literature, prompting Hemingway to declare: “All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since.” This copy has all of the commonly identified first issue points (the printer assembled copies haphazardly; bibliographers do not yet agree as to the priority of many points). Pages 283-84 is a cancel (illustration with straight pant-fly) as described by Johnson (page 48) and MacDonnell (pages 32-33). Johnson, 43-50. MacDonnell, 29-35. Owner signature in pencil, dated in the year of publication. A nearly fine copy, with only a few small spots of foxing, expert minor repair to crown of spine, gilt quite bright and fine.


105. UPDIKE, John. Rabbit, Run. WITH: Rabbit Redux. WITH: Rabbit is Rich. WITH: Rabbit at Rest. New York, 1960-90. Four volumes. Octavo, original cloth, dust jackets.  $4800. First trade editions of all four novels in Updike’s critically acclaimed series, each volume signed or inscribed by Updike, including an association copy of Rabbit is Rich inscribed to celebrated American mystery writer Ed Hoch. John Updike’s Rabbit tetralogy of four novels chronicles the life of exbasketball player Rabbit Angstrom—a choice that “was inspired, one of those happy, instinctive accidents that so often shape a literary career” (Books of the Century, 450). First edition of Rabbit, Run, with first trade editions of other titles, each preceded by a signed limited edition. Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux, are both signed; Rabbit is Rich is inscribed: “For Pat & Ed Hoch, Best wishes in Rochester, John Updike”; Rabbit at Rest is inscribed: “For Tami Cummins, thanks for your nice letter—I don’t have e-mail—it would drive me crazy. Best, John Updike.” Edward D. Hoch was a prolific writer of detective fiction, penning more than 900 short stories. “He was a fixture of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, which published a story of his every month from 1973 until his death… In 2001 Hoch was named a grand master by the Mystery Writers of America, one of a tiny handful of short-story writers to be so honored” (New York Times). Rabbit, Run with bookplate. Rabbit Redux dust jacket with ink price to front flap. Rabbit, Run fine in fine dust jacket with only minute rubs. Other books in fine condition. An outstanding set of Updike’s acclaimed “Rabbit” books, each volume signed or inscribed; additionally desirable with the third book’s literary association.

“First Attempt At A History Of California”: Venegas’ 1759 Natural And Civil History Of California, First Edition In English, With Scarce Plates Often Lacking 106. VENEGAS, Miguel. A Natural and Civil History of California. London, 1759. Two volumes. Octavo, early 19th-century three-quarter brown calf rebacked with original spines laid down. $8500. First edition in English of the “first attempt at a history of California,” an essential resource on “the original condition of the Indians of any part of North America,” published only a year after the first edition in Spanish, with engraved folding map of California and four copperplates of native life, which “appear to have been issued with but few copies” (Cowan, 238, 639). “Contains more on Lower California than almost any other book that had been published in 150 years… Throughout the work great attention is being paid to the geography of the country… Although the work is a most scholarly one, [it is] written in very lucid style and amply fortified by such authorities as [Venegas] had. Although the author was a Jesuit, the work is written in a secular spirit, much different from the point of view usually taken by writers of other religious orders” (Wagner 132, citing the 1758 Spanish first edition). “The volumes are replete with valuable geographical, historical and ethnological material not found in other works, many of the sources of Venegas’ knowledge never having been published” (Eberstadt 105: 305). “The work of Father Venegas is undoubtedly the most faithful narration we possess, regarding the original condition of the Indians of any part of North America” (Field). It is the “ foundation of a library of Californiana.” Hill 1768. Zamorano 80, 78. Bookplate. A fine copy.

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Splendidly Illustrated History Of The U.S. Army And Navy, With 44 Elephant Folio Hand-Colored Lithographs, Limited Subscriber’s Copy, In Original Twelve Parts, With Original Wrappers And Vellum Portfolios 107. WALTON, William. The Army and Navy of the United States. Philadelphia, 1889-95. Twelve portfolios. Elephant folio (13 by 19 inches), original half vellum, internal original olive wrappers$11,000. Deluxe edition in parts, number 545 (limited to subscribers only), of this magnificently illustrated history of the United States Army and Navy, with 44 full-page hand-colored lithographs and over 200 mounted in-text illustrations on India paper, in original publisher’s portfolios. The finest edition of this epic work, this beautifully illustrated history is, in addition, a valuable resource, particularly for its pictorial rendering of U.S. Army and Navy uniforms from 1776 through 1891. The text contains an important roster of all commissioned officers from the Revolution through the Civil War. Rarely found complete, these are the original 11 parts plus supplement, in the original 12 cloth portfolios. Each of the 11 parts contains several wonderful full-page hand-colored lithographs, with captioned tissue guards. Howes W81. Subscriber’s copy, issued to Col. Ernest MacPherson, Judge Advocate General of the Kentucky State Guard. Occasional light finger marks to margins. Most minor soiling to original cloth portfolios. Wrappers fine, plates beautiful. A magnificent work in exceptional condition.

“Just About Perfect, And Just Magical In The Way It Is Done” (Eudora Welty) 108. WHITE, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. New York, 1952. Octavo, original beige cloth, dust jacket. $3600. First edition of one of the most delightful and beloved children’s books, a cornerstone of any collection of modern children’s literature. The most celebrated of White’s three children’s books, “Charlotte’s Web is rightly regarded as a modern classic” (Connolly, 322-23). With numerous endearing illustrations by Garth Williams. Anderson, 6. Costen 11941. Books of the Century, 210. Small date stamp on rear endpaper. Book about-fine, price-clipped dust jacket near-fine with only faintest soiling and slight rubbing to extremities. A lovely copy.


109. WAUGH, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust. London, 1934. Octavo, original red and black “snakeskin” cloth, dust jacket. $18,000. First edition, association copy of Waugh’s fourth novel, from the library of famed author and lawyer Louis Auchincloss—pre-eminent “chronicler of Manhattan’s old-money elite” (New York Times)—with his bookplate and embossed inkstamp. Scarce in original unrestored dust jacket. “It was during his two months in Morocco at the beginning of 1934 that Evelyn Waugh wrote the major part of A Handful of Dust. From the start he realised that this was different from anything he had attempted before.” Waugh’s masterpiece marks a turning point in his work, representing “a level of achievement very much higher than any he had previously attained” (Hastings, 307-13). Critics praised the work as “the best written novel Waugh has yet produced” (New Statesman), with a story that is “both tragic and hilariously funny” (Saturday Review). First edition, with Waugh’s original ending, revised and given a happier conclusion for American readers; in first-issue dust jacket. Without Book Society belly band, rarely found. This important association copy is from the library of prominent author and lawyer Louis Auchincloss, with his bookplate and embossed stamp. A highly regarded “chronicler of Manhattan’s old-money elite,” Auchincloss has been favorably compared “to other novelists of society and manners… ‘Of all our novelists, Auchincloss is the only one who tells us how our rulers behave in their banks and their boardrooms, their law offices and their clubs,’ Gore Vidal once wrote” (New York Times). Only lightest edge-wear to fine book; some chipping, slight toning to scarce very good dust jacket.

“A Return To Architectural Principles”: First Edition, Association Copy, Of Edith Wharton’s The Decoration Of Houses, 1897, The Copy Of Wharton Biographer Louis Auchincloss With His Bookplate 110. WHARTON, Edith and CODMAN, Ogden, Jr. The Decoration of Houses. New York, 1897. Quarto, original marbled paper boards. $5200. First edition, association copy, of Wharton’s influential first published book, illustrated with 56 plates, in original marbled boards. The copy of Wharton biographer Louis Auchincloss. Considered the first American handbook of interior decoration, Wharton’s beautifully illustrated Decoration of Houses, her first published book (her Verses appeared privately in 1878), contains chapters on every aspect of interior design (including rooms in general, walls, doors, windows, fireplaces, ceilings and floors, gala rooms, bedrooms, the dining-room and library), as well as a survey of historical traditions. The indirect result of Wharton’s collaboration with Ogden Codman on the decoration of “Land’s End,” her estate in Newport, Decoration of Houses advocates continental rather than English models, and “remains even today a bible for classical and elegant taste in interior decoration” (Metcalf, Ogden Codman). Without extremely rare dust jacket. Garrison A2.1.a., binding B, no priority determined. This copy belonged to the “chronicler of New York’s upper crust” (New York Times), Louis Auchincloss, with his bookplate. Auchincloss was the author of more than 60 books of fiction, biography and literary criticism, several of which were about Wharton, one of them a biography. Bookseller ticket. Open tear to title page tissue-guard, fragile boards exceptionally nice with just a bit of rubbing and toning to spine. A near-fine copy with wonderful provenance.

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“I Will Show You Fear In A Handful Of Dust”: First Edition Of Evelyn Waugh’s Masterful Fourth Novel, Scarce Association Copy From The Library Of Louis Auchincloss


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“One Of The Finest Children’s Fantasies Of The 20th Century”

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“I Hope Some Of The Faithful, And All The Elect, Will Buy Copies”: First Edition Of The Importance Of Being Earnest, Wilde’s Dramatic Masterpiece, 1899 112. [WILDE, Oscar]. The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. London, 1899. Quarto, original mauve cloth. $5200. Scarce first trade edition of Wilde’s last and greatest play, one of only 1000 copies, in original bright gilt cloth. An exceptional copy. The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in 1895 and was an immediate success, but the premiere was almost ruined when the Marquess of Queensbury, angry at Wilde for his affair with the Marquess’ son, attempted to break into the theater, disrupt the play, and humiliate Wilde. The Marquess’ constant hounding of Wilde finally bore fruit when Wilde sued him for slander; Queensbury used the trial to expose him and have him arrested for “gross indecency.” Wilde’s name was immediately removed from the theater playbill and marquee, and the play closed shortly thereafter. After release from prison, Wilde set to work editing Earnest for publication in order to earn a small amount to support himself, but “the appearance of the play in book form passed practically unnoticed by the reviewers. ‘I am sorry my play is boycotted by the press… However I hope some of the faithful, and all the elect, will buy copies. If you hear anything nice said about the play, write it to me: if not, invent it’” (Hyde, 399). This first trade edition preceded the signed limited edition, which named Wilde as the author. Mason 381. From the library of renowned bibliophile C.S. Ascherson, with his owner inscription dated the year of publication and his bookplate. Small owner initials. Interior fine, lightest soiling to boards (far less than usual), gilt fine and bright. A scarce about-fine copy with a noted provenance, exceptional in this condition.


113. WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Author’s Edition, With Portraits from Life. Camden, New Jersey, 1876. Octavo, original three-quarter cream calf. $12,000. “Author’s Edition,” one of 600 copies signed in ink on the title page by Walt Whitman, with two portraits of America’s “good gray poet.” “Practically everything that can be said about the significance of [Leaves of Grass] has been said by its author… He was and is the poet and prophet of democracy, and the intoxication of his immense affirmative, the fervor of his ‘barbaric yawp,’ are so powerful that the echo of his… rhythmic song rings forever in the American air” (Grolier American 100 67). Complete with two portraits (Samuel Hollyer’s stipple-engraving of Whitman, inserted after page 28; and W.J. Linton’s wood-engraving from G.C. Potter’s photograph of Whitman, inserted after page 284) With advertisement inserted following first rear flyleaf, as called for. Myerson A2.5.c2. BAL 21412. Wells & Goldsmith, 20-21. Interior clean, original binding lightly rubbed; rear joint expertly repaired. An excellent copy in very nearly fine condition.

“I Hear America Singing”: First Edition Of Whitman’s Complete Poems And Prose, The First Collected Edition Of His Works, One Of Only 600 Copies Signed By Him 114. WHITMAN, Walt. Complete Poems and Prose. Camden [i.e. Philadelphia], 1888. Quarto, modern full green morocco gilt. $8800. First edition of the first collected edition of Whitman’s works—most especially Leaves of Grass, his bold proclamation of a young America’s poetic voice—number 233 of only 600 copies signed by Whitman on the Leaves of Grass title page, handsomely bound. Published only four years before the death of “America’s good gray poet,” this edition was called by Whitman as his “big book… essentially the book, irrespective of expensive binding: it has portraits, notes, title page—all the guarantees of my personality: it is as clearly the book as anything could make it.” Whitman also named it his “pet edition” going “straight from my hands into the hands of the reader: from my heart to your heart…” Issued for Whitman by the publisher, with four portraits of the author, including a photographic title page. Contains Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days and Collect and November Boughs. This copy with the hand-written limitation statement on verso of Leaves of Grass title page, “Edition: six hundred. Number Two Hundred Thirty-Three.” BAL 21431. Wells and Goldsmith, 31-32. Myerson A2.7m. Early owner inscription. Occasional pencil marginalia. Occasional light foxing to plates. A fine copy, very handsomely bound.

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“His Rhythmic Song Rings Forever In The American Air”: Leaves Of Grass, 1876 Author’s Edition Signed By Whitman


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last -minute acquisitions “Liberty And The Laws Depend Entirely On A Separation Of [Powers]”: John Adams’ Defence Of The Constitutions Of The United States, First American Edition, 1787— “It Will Do Great Good In America” (Jefferson) 115. ADAMS, John. A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America. Philadelphia, 1787. 12mo, contemporary full brown sheep, custom chemise and clamshell box. $15,000. First American edition, Philadelphia printing (published the same year as the Boston and New York printings), of Adams’ foundational work on a constitutional separation of powers, his reasoned yet impassioned “rendition of the case for checks and balances in government” (McCullough), scarce in contemporary sheep. The copy of noted Philadelphia Quaker Joseph Y. Jeanes. While acting as America’s minister in Great Britain, John Adams “felt an urgency like that of 1776… A constitutional convention was in the offing, and as he had been impelled in 1776 to write his Thoughts on Government, so Adams plunged ahead now… By early January 1787, Adams had rushed the first installment of his effort to a London printer. Titled A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America… copies were sent off at once to the United States and to Jefferson in Paris” (McCullough, 374). On its receipt, Jefferson replied, “I have read your book with infinite satisfaction… It will do great good in America. Its learning and its good sense will, I hope, make it an institute for our politicians, old as well as young” (Sowerby, 3004). The following year Adams wrote a second and third volume, and the entire work was issued in London in 1788 under a slightly expanded title. Sabin 233. 1890s bookplate of Joseph Y. Jeanes, noted Philadelphia Quaker and philanthropist. Early owner signatures to title page of John Scott Adams. Minor light scattered foxing; some rubbing to contemporary full sheep, hinges starting but quite sound. A highly desirable, extremely good copy, most scarce in contemporary sheep.

“Please, Sir, I Want Some More”: First Issue Of Oliver Twist, 1838 116. DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist; Or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. By “Boz.” London, 1838. Three volumes. Octavo, late 19th-century three-quarter brown morocco gilt, custom slipcase.  $8800. First edition, first issue, of Dickens’ classic, with “Boz” title pages and 24 illustrations by George Cruikshank, including the canceled “Fireside” plate. Very beautifully bound by Launder & Macdonald, with original cloth bound in. “When Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate which depicted Oliver at Rose Maylie’s knee [Volume III, page 313]… Dickens had Cruikshank design a new plate [with Rose and Oliver in a church interior]… This Church plate was not completed in time for incorporation into the early copies of the book, but it replaced the Fireside plate in later copies… Dickens not only objected to the Fireside plate, but also disliked having ‘Boz’ on the title page. He voiced these objections prior to publication and the plate and title page were changed between November 9 and 16” (Smith, 35). First issue, with both the Fireside plate and “Boz” on the title pages. Bound with half titles in Volumes I and II only; without publisher’s advertisements. Smith 4 (especially note 3). Armorial bookplates; Dickens stamp on front flyleaves. Very fine condition.


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friedrich h ay ek Presentation Copy Of Individualism And Economic Order, Inscribed By Friedrich Hayek 117. (ECONOMICS) HAYEK, Friedrich A. Individualism and Economic Order. Chicago, 1948. Octavo, original blue cloth. $8500. First edition, presentation copy, of this collection of economics essays rejecting socialism in favor of true individualism, inscribed to a two-time Assistant Secretary of the Treasury: “To James Douglas with the best regards from F.A. Hayek.” A collection of essays covering economic policy and theory, moral philosophy and the methods of the social sciences, all written from an individualist perspective. Co-winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Economics and a prominent member of the “Austrian School” of economic thought, Hayek went “beyond [Ludwig von] Mises in reformulating the notion of economic coordination as an information problem, competition acting essentially as a discovery process” (Blaug, 557). Without scarce dust jacket. This copy was inscribed to James H. Douglas, Jr., a prominent lawyer who served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under both Hoover and Roosevelt (whose economic policies caused Douglas to resign in 1933). Douglas later served as Secretary of the Air Force under Eisenhower. His final government appointment was as Deputy Secretary of Defense. Pencil owner signature of the recipient. A few marginal pencil notations. Cloth with writing on spine no longer visible, mild toning to spine. An extremely good copy, most rare inscribed.


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“The First Account Of An Ocean-To-Ocean Crossing Of The North American Continent”: An Inspiration For Lewis And Clark, With Important Large Folding Maps 118. MACKENZIE, Alexander. Voyages from Montreal… London, 1801. Thick quarto, contemporary three-quarter calf gilt with original spine laid down. $9800. First edition of this cornerstone North American exploration narrative, complete with stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait, errata leaf, and three large folding maps of North America, one hand-colored in outline—the largest measuring 31 by 19 inches. “Of consummate importance in the literature of transcontinental travel” (Graff). Most scarce in contemporary boards. On his first expedition in 1789 Mackenzie canoed nearly 3000 miles from Fort Chipewyan, in present-day Alberta, north and west along the river that now bears his name to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. In 1793, again leaving from Fort Chipewyan, he took the Peace River west to the Continental Divide and continued on foot to the Pacific, thus becoming the first European to reach the Pacific across the Rockies. When Jefferson first heard of the book, he immediately ordered a copy, and he and his newly-appointed secretary Meriwether Lewis devoured its contents. Mackenzie’s achievement, and his recommendation that the British fur trade set up shop at the mouth of the Columbia River, spurred Jefferson to organize a response that would reaffirm U.S. territorial rights to the Pacific Northwest: the Lewis and Clark expedition. These maps of Mackenzie’s track to the Pacific (one hand-colored in outline) immediately revealed “the patent inadequacies of all prior maps of the American Far West” (Wheat). Owner signatures. Occasional faint foxing, a few expert paper repairs. Near-fine.

Extraordinarily Scarce First Publication Of The Rules Of American Baseball, In Carver’s Illustrated Book Of Sports, Boston 1834, “Only About A Dozen Copies Known To Exist” 119. CARVER, Robin. The Book of Sports. Boston, 1834. Square 12mo, original blue-green cloth rebacked with the original spine laid down, custom clamshell box. $8800. First edition of this fascinating rule book of popular children’s games, illustrated with numerous in-text wood-engravings and containing the first description of how to play baseball, with the first picture to show a baseball game in progress. In 15 concise chapters, Robin Carver sets out to provide America’s youth with the rules of such popular games as “Blind Man’s Buff,” “Hide and Seek,” “Marbles,” “Cricket,” “Prisoner’s Base,” “Quoits,” “Leap-Frog” and others. Of exceptional interest is his description of “Base, or Goal Ball”—the first publication of the rules of American baseball, accompanied by a wonderful wood-engraving of a game in progress on Boston Common. In the text, the baseball diamond is delineated with the letters a-e (a at home, b at third, c at second, d at first and e on the mound). “One of the party,” Carver indicates, “who is out [on defense], places himself at e. He tosses the ball gently toward a, on the right of which one of the in-party places himself, and strikes the ball, if possible, with his bat… On striking the ball he drops the bat and runs [and here Carver has it backwards from today’s rules] toward b… If, however, any of the outplayers who may happen to have the ball, strike him with it in his progress… he is out.” This marks “the first time that the name of base ball was associated with a diamond-shaped infield configuration… a great American rarity, with only about a dozen copies known to exist” (Block & Wiles, 197). Early owner signature and gift inscription, with light pencil rubbings of contemporary coins. A near-fine copy, with only occasional patches of foxing. Extremely scarce.


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“But, Luckily, He Kept His Wits And His Purple Crayon”: Lovely First Edition Of Harold And The Purple Crayon 120. JOHNSON, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon. New York, 1955. 12mo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $6800. Very rare first edition of the first book in Crockett Johnson’s beloved series, a clean and lovely copy. Crockett Johnson—a pen name for David Johnson Liesk— was “a cartoonist whose simplest, sparest and boldest outlines produced unforgettable, gently humorous and always endearing caricatures… His natural gift for drawing and writing from a young child’s viewpoint enabled him to craft more than 20 juvenile books,” including this, his most popular one. “With the fewest of lines, Johnson depicts Harold as a toddler clad in sleepers, his chubby hand gripping a fat plum-colored crayon. From page to page, the thick, firm, purple mark delineates Harold’s actions against the stark white background so effectively and ingeniously that the crayon is as much a character as Harold. The same economy that informs Johnson’s art permeates his text; he writes so concisely of Harold’s moonlight stroll that his style perfectly echoes the clarity of his boldly outlined cartoon illustrations” (Silvey, 355). Contemporary gift inscription to half title. Front free endpaper partly affixed to front pastedown. Book fine. Dust jacket about-fine with slight rubs and very small, light discoloration to rear panel. Scarce and desirable, particularly in this condition.

“The Crayon Is As Much A Character As Harold” 121. JOHNSON, Recent. Harold’s Fairy Tale. New York, 1956. 12mo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $2500. First edition of the second book in Johnson’s popular Harold series. In his second outing, Harold uses his trusty purple crayon to draw a castle, a king, a witch, a flying carpet and a good fairy. “Few picture-book author-illustrators have captured [the world of very young children] as superbly as Johnson” (Silvey, 355). Early gift inscription. Book fine, about-fine dust jacket with a few very short closed tears, very faint foxing. A lovely about-fine copy.

“Luckily, He Had Brought His Purple Crayon” 122. JOHNSON, Crockett. Harold’s Trip to the Sky. New York, 1957. 12mo, original half brown cloth, dust jacket. $2500. First edition of the third book in Johnson’s classic series. “Like Harold, the small boy whose purple crayon leads him through many expeditions, Johnson’s style is clear, minimalist and very effective” (Philip Nel). The Harold series, one of the most beloved in modern children’s literature, is also among the most difficult to find in first editions. Young owner signature. Book fine, bright dust jacket with short closed tear to spine head, faintest foxing to rear panel. A beautiful copy.


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“Paris Is A Moveable Feast” 123. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. A Moveable Feast. New York, 1964. Octavo, original half russet cloth gilt, dust jacket. $500. First edition of Hemingway’s celebration of Paris, with eight pages of photographs. Hemingway declared to a friend in 1950: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Book fine, price-clipped dust jacket near-fine.

“But In The World According To Garp, We Are All Terminal Cases”: First Edition, Signed By Irving 124. IRVING, John. The World According to Garp. New York, 1978. Octavo, original half navy cloth, dust jacket. $2800. First edition of Irving’s fourth and most famous novel, signed by the author. “Irving’s talent for storytelling is so bright and strong that he fully re-creates our time with its lurid and unending public melodrama” (Books of the Century, 513). Fine.

“I Had A Farm In Africa, At The Foot Of The Ngong Hills…” 125. DINESEN, Isak. Out of Africa. New York, 1938. Octavo, original black and orange cloth, dust jacket. $1200. First American edition of Dinesen’s famous account of her experiences in Africa. Dinesen was born in Denmark but wrote both in English and Danish, and her books usually appeared simultaneously in both languages. Book fine, some edge-wear, spine toning, a few small holes to spine and rear panel of extremely good dust jacket.

“The Greatest Achievement In Spanish Literature Since Don Quixote” (Neruda) 126. GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York, 1970. Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket.  $4800. First edition in English of “one of the preeminent literary achievements of the century,” in scarce first-issue dust jacket. “One of the best-known and highly esteemed works of Latin American magic realism” (Barron, Fantasy and Horror 7-130). García Márquez’s wife Mercedes “had to pawn her hair dryer and their electric heater to pay for the postage to mail the finished manuscript—in two separate lots because they couldn’t afford to mail the whole thing all at once—to his Argentine publisher, who printed 8000 copies. They sold out in a week…” (Jon Lee Anderson). Originally published in 1967 in Spanish. Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with only light rubbing to extremities.


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127. LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York, 1995. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $1600. Thirty-fifth Anniversary edition, signed by Harper Lee. First published in 1960, Harper Lee’s portrayal of life in a small Alabama town captured the essence of the South at one of its most pivotal times. Fine.

“In The Life Of A Witch, There Is No After, In The Ever After” 128. MAGUIRE, Gregory. Wicked. New York, 1995. Octavo, original laminated pictorial boards, dust jacket. $1250. First edition of Maguire’s immensely popular reinvention of Oz, boldly signed by him. “It was Maguire’s childhood obsession with fairy tales, with telling stories and asking ‘What if,’ that led him to realize that in Baum’s books, there is no evidence to support the Wicked Witch of the West’s being wicked. We are only told she is. What if she’s not?” (New York Times). Fine.

“Here’s A Vast Bunch Of Cowboys” 129. MCMURTRY, Larry. Lonesome Dove. New York, 1985. Thick octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $1600. First edition, first printing of this sweeping, Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of the West, inscribed by the author, “For Gene, I certainly hope you approve of my cowboys. With my best, Larry McMurtry.” Winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. “Everything about the book feels true; being anti-mythic is a great aid to accuracy about the lonely, ignorant, violent West” (Nicholas Lemann). With postcard announcing a booksigning party laid in. Near-fine.

“The Most Highly Esteemed American Poet Of The 20th Century” 130. FROST, Robert. The Complete Poems. New York, 1950. Two volumes. Tall octavo, original dark blue cloth, slipcase. $3600. Signed limited edition, one of 1500 copies signed by Frost, additionally signed by famed typographer Bruce Rogers and engraver Thomas W. Nason. “The most highly esteemed American poet of the 20th century… T. S. Eliot [in 1959] toasted him as ‘perhaps the most eminent, the most distinguished Anglo-American poet now living,’ whose ‘kind of local feeling in poetry… can go without universality: the relation of Dante to Florence… of Robert Frost to New England’” (ANB). With Limited Edition prospectus and “Monthly Letter” laid in; without scarce original glassine. Fine.

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“Shoot All The Bluejays You Want, If You Can Hit ’Em, But Remember…”


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First Edition Of Leaving Las Vegas, Inscribed By O’Brien

“One Of The Great Events In Man’s Literary And Moral History”

“At Least I’m Still In Love With Yorick’s Skull”

131. O’BRIEN, John. Leaving Las Vegas. Wichita, 1990. Octavo original black cloth, dust jacket. $1800.

132. PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago. London, 1958. Octavo, original red cloth gilt, dust jacket. $950.

133. SALINGER, J.D. Franny and Zooey. Boston, 1961. Octavo, original gray cloth, dust jacket. $950.

First edition of O’Brien’s first novel, the basis for the Academy Award-winning film, inscribed, “To David Horne, John O’Brien, 15 June 1991.” Author Jay McInerney called this unconventional love story “both shocking and curiously exhilarating. John O’Brien was a stunningly talented writer.” O’Brien committed suicide only two weeks before the 1995 film adapted from his novel began production. Fine.

First edition in English, published one year after its first appearance (in Italian translation) and the same year as the first Russian edition, of Pasternak’s sweeping story of political and emotional upheaval in Revolutionary Russia. Rejected for publication in the Soviet Union, it first appeared in Italian translation in 1957, with a Russian edition published in Italy in 1958. Its publication in English and acclaim in the West, culminating in the award of the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature to Pasternak, unleashed a bitter official Soviet campaign against Pasternak that forced him to decline the prize. Near-fine.

First edition of Salinger’s third book— about the Glass family, whom he had “been waiting for most of [his] life.” Salinger planned a series of stories on Franny, Zooey and the Glass family. “I’ve been waiting for them most of my life,” he wrote, “and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.” “Franny” originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1955 and was followed two years later by “Zooey.” Near-fine.

“A Great Slob Of A Man In Violent Revolt Against The Entire 20th Century” 134. TOOLE, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces. Baton Rouge and London, 1980. Octavo, original beige cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $5200. First edition of Toole’s posthumously published, Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical novel— “nothing less than a grand comic fugue”—one of only 2500 copies printed. “A masterwork of comedy… A pungent work of slapstick, satire and intellectual incongruities …. nothing less than a grand comic fugue” (New York Times). First state of the dust jacket, without Chicago Sun-Times blurb on the rear panel. Fine.


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135. RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York, 1957. Thick octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket. $4500.

136. SINGER, I.B. The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer. New York, 1982. Large octavo, original half blue cloth, slipcase. $500.

First edition of one of the most popular and influential novels of the last 50 years. By 1984 more than five million copies of Atlas Shrugged had been sold, and in a 1991 Library of Congress survey Americans named it second only to the Bible as the book that had most influenced their lives. Near-fine.

Signed limited first edition of Singer’s Stories, one of only 450 copies signed by him. Includes “Gimpel the Fool,” “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy,” “Joy” and a selection of other stories by the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author. Fine.

“Astonishing, Enlightening… Explosively Funny” 137. WOLFE, Tom. The Electric KoolAid Acid Test. New York, 1968. Octavo, original white cloth, dust jacket. $2400. First edition of Wolfe’s lively “celebration of psychedelia,” boldly signed by Wolfe with his characteristic flourish. “Wolfe is precisely the right author to chronicle the transformation of Ken Kesey from respected author of And One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to an LSD enthusiast, to the messianic leader of a mystical band of Merry Pranksters, to a fugitive from the FBI, California police and Mexican Federales” (New York Times). Near-fine.

“Listen: Billy Pilgrim Has Come Unstuck In Time” 138. VONNEGUT, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade. New York, 1969. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jacket. $2500. First edition of Vonnegut’s “most powerful novel,” a modern classic of time travel, metaphysics and the morality—or lack thereof—of war. “During the decade of the 1960s Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. emerged as one of the most influential and provocative writers of fiction in America… Slaughterhouse-Five, perhaps Vonnegut’s most powerful novel, presents two characters who can see beneath the surface to the tragic realities of human history but make no attempt to bring about change… The central event is the destruction of Dresden by bombs and fire storm—a catastrophe that Vonnegut himself witnessed as a prisoner of war” (Vinson, 141415). Mildly toned dust jacket with light rubbing to spine ends and front panel. Near-fine.

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“Who Is John Galt?”


“Bond Had Become Irreplaceable”

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139. FLEMING, Ian. From Russia, With Love. London, 1957. Octavo, original black paper boards, dust jacket.  $6000.

“A Genuine Modern Version Of Tragedy” 142. LE CARRÉ, John. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. London, 1963. Octavo, original blue paper boards, dust jacket. $2800.

Scarce first edition of one of the most successful Bond novels, in which Bond must recover a stolen Soviet encryption device from SMERSH. Fleming considered this, his fifth Bond novel, in many ways his best; and when, in 1961, President Kennedy named it among his ten favorite books, “JFK’s seal of approval was just the fillip that Viking, Ian’s new [American] publishers, needed for his books to take off in the United States” (Lycett, 383). Book about-fine. Minor toning to spine, very light wear to extremities of dust jacket with folds expertly reinforced on the verso. Extremely good.

First edition of this classic of the spy genre, in scarce dust jacket. “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is still Le Carré’s cleanest job: compact in structure, deftly deceptive in the unfolding of its triple-cross, and painfully human in the characterizations of two victims of ‘our’ side’s necessary but evil mission” (Reilly, 934). About-fine.

“I Would Remember Him Forever As My Image Of A Man”

“Hammett’s Finest Work And Possibly The Best American Detective Novel Ever Written”

140. FLEMING, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me. London, 1962. Octavo, original black paper boards, dust jacket.  $2200. First edition of Fleming’s tenth Bond thriller. Fleming “had become alarmed that his earlier thrillers, designed for an adult audience, were increasingly read in schools… where young people made a hero out of James Bond… He did not regard Bond as a heroic figure … Therefore he had sought to write a ‘cautionary tale’… Unable to do this in his usual narrative style, he had invented a heroine ‘through whom I could examine Bond from the other end of the gun barrel, so to speak’” (Lycett, 401-02). Near-fine.

“A Brilliantly Conceived Adventure Into Another Time” 141.

ECO, Umberto. The Name of the Rose. San Diego, New York and London, 1983. Octavo, original half beige cloth, dust jacket. $1200. First American edition of Eco’s acclaimed medieval murder mystery, boldly signed by the author. This “erudite murder mystery,” first published in 1980 as Il Nome della Rosa, was semiotics professor Umberto Eco’s first novel and proved an international bestseller. “An extraordinary work of novelistic art” (Harper’s). Fine.

143. HAMMETT, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. New York and London, 1930. Octavo, original gray cloth, custom slipcase. $4000. First edition of Hammett’s most famous and influential novel. In 1995, the Mystery Writers of America ranked The Maltese Falcon second in its top 100 mystery novels of all time (first was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes works, and third Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination). Serially published in five parts in Black Mask, 1929-30. Without extremely scare original dust jacket. Interior fine; expert reinforcement to inner paper hinges. Some light wear to cloth, with light soiling to boards and light toning to spine. Extremely good.


“A Deathless Niche In The Temple Of Fame”

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144. DICKENS, Charles. Works. Chicago and New York, circa 1890. Fifteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary threequarter brown calf gilt. $4500.

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Richly illustrated late 19th-century edition of Dickens’ works, with over 150 black-and-white plates, handsomely bound. This edition includes all of Dickens’ major works—including The Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and the Christmas books, chief among them A Christmas Carol. Fine.

“Some Of The Most Glorious Descriptions Of Flight Ever Published” 145. SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Oeuvres. Paris, 1963. Five volumes. Quarto, original publisher’s deluxe full navy morocco. $2600. Illustrated quarto edition of Saint-Exupéry’s works in the original French, including his perennial favorite Le Petit Prince with all of his original color illustrations, as well as 48 lovely original color lithographs (seven doublepage) by Georges Feher. One of 4000 sets produced, bound in publisher’s deluxe full morocco. In addition to Le Petit Prince, this set includes all of SaintExupéry’s works: Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes, Pilote de Guerre, Lettre à un Otage, and the unfinished, posthumously published masterpiece Citadelle. Fine.

“So We Beat On, Boats Against The Current, Borne Back Ceaselessly Into The Past” 146. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, 1925. Octavo, original green cloth, custom clamshell box. $5500. First edition of this landmark of 20th-century fiction. “Gatsby remains a prose poem of delight and sadness which has by now introduced two generations to the romance of America, as Huckleberry Finn and Leaves of Grass introduced those before it” (Modern Movement 48). First printing, with “sick in tired” on page 205 and all other first-issue points. Without extremely rare original dust jacket. About-fine.

“It Is A Risky Enterprise To Have To Write Of Virtue” 147. KENEALLY, Thomas. Schindler’s Ark. London, 1982. Octavo, original black cloth, dust jacket. $1200. First edition of the book that inspired the 1993 Oscar-winning film, Schindler’s List, signed by Keneally. Keneally skillfully uses fictional techniques to tell “the true story of a man who saved lives that the sinews of civilization were bent on destroying” (Books of the Century, 532). This moving work about the Holocaust “caused controversy because it was originally commissioned as a work of non-fiction, but was later reclassified as a novel by its editors and subsequently won the Booker Prize” (Stringer, 357). Trace of bookseller ticket to front dust jacket flap. A fine signed copy.


Beautiful Illuminated Leaf From A 15th-Century French Book Of Hours

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149. (ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated manuscript leaf from a Book of Hours. Place unknown, circa 1450. Single vellum leaf, measuring 4-1/2 by 6 inches; handsomely matted and window-framed, entire piece measures 9-1/2 by 11-1/2 inches. $1500.

“An Edition Of The Sacred Volume Sufficiently High In The Style Of Its Embellishments…” 148. BIBLE. The Imperial Family Bible. Glasgow and London, 1856. Folio (12 by 15-1/2 inches), original full plum morocco gilt. $2200. Early edition of this impressive, illustrated King James Bible, boasting over 50 engraved plates, most of which depict dramatic moments in Scripture. The King James Version of the Bible (first published 1611) has exercised an incalculable impact on piety, language and literature throughout the English-speaking world. The Imperial Family Bible first appeared in 1844. The text does not include the Apocrypha. Fine.

Beautiful illuminated leaf from a 15th-century French Book of Hours, with elaborate initials in gilt and colored ink, handsomely matted and framed. The text of this leaf is from The Hours of The Virgin at Lauds and includes part of Psalm 147 and most of Psalm 148 in Latin. With one two-line gold initial and four one-line gold initials, as well as three line extenders, all with burgundy or blue fields with gold filigree embellishment. The verso is illuminated with nine one-line initials and one line extender, as well as 20 lines of script and two gold circles outlined in black. Fine.

1754 Folio Cambridge Book Of Common Prayer, Exquisitely Bound 150. BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer. ISSUED WITH: STERNHOLD, Thomas and HOPKINS, John. The Whole Book of Psalmes. Cambridge, 1754, 1753. Tall folio (11 by 16-1/2 inches), contemporary full dark red morocco gilt, red silk ties (top only). $6000. Splendid folio Cambridge edition of the Book of Common Prayer in a beautiful Harleian-style binding, with intricate gilt-tooled borders and elegant central lozenges with rose motifs. Born of Thomas Cranmer’s desire for liturgical texts upon which all of Europe’s Protestant, English-speaking churches could agree, the Book of Common Prayer was first issued in 1549. Fine.

1823 Oxford King James Bible In Contemporary Straight-Grain Morocco-Gilt 151. BIBLE. The Holy Bible. Oxford, 1823. Thick octavo, contemporary full straight-grain red morocco gilt. $3200. 1823 Oxford edition of the King James Bible, handsome in contemporary straight-grain morocco-gilt. Each board bears a gilt medallion symbolizing the Trinity within a foliate gilt frame. With separate New Testament title page, undated. With Apocrypha. Very nearly fine.


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153. BRYANT, William Cullen, editor. Picturesque America. New York, 1872-74. Two volumes. Thick folio, original full brown morocco gilt. $2500.

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First edition in book form, illustrated with 49 full-page steelengraved early American views, including title pages and frontispiece plate of Niagara Falls, together with numerous in-text wood engravings, in handsome publisher’s deluxe morocco-gilt bindings. “One of the great books of American illustrations… The best landscapes engraved in this country are to be found here” (Hamilton, 216). First published in 48 parts. Fine.

“The Green Isle Of Erin Is Blessed With A Wealth Of Superb And Exquisite Scenery” 152. BARTLETT, William Henry and ADDEY, Markinfield. Ireland, Pictorial, Descriptive and Historical. New York, 1881. Two volumes. Quarto, contemporary three-quarter dark green morocco gilt.$2000. Early edition of this wonderful production on the Irish landscape by historian Markinfield Addey, richly illustrated with 120 magnificent steel-engraved views by British topographical artist William Henry Bartlett, and a map of Ireland. Presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand, “Jane Margaret Addey, with the love of the author, New York, February 12, 1886,” and signed by Markinfield Addey. First published in 1842, these finely engraved views, drawn from Bartlett’s extensive travels throughout the country, include waterfalls, lakes, castles, churches and other testimonials to Ireland’s renowned landscape. Generally fine throughout with only a couple of traces of marginal light foxing.

Chagall’s The Ballet, With Original Lithograph 154. (CHAGALL, Marc) LASSAIGNE, Jacques. Marc Chagall: Drawings and Water Colors for The Ballet. New York, 1969. Folio, original tan cloth, dust jacket, slipcase. $600. First American edition of Chagall’s ballet decors and costume designs, containing 68 full-color reproductions, with an original color lithograph bound in. “Chagall had been interested in theater since his early Paris days, but it was not until… the granting of a commission by the Metropolitan Opera for the re-staging of the ballet Aleko, based on a story by Pushkin, with music by Tchaikovsky, that he had an opportunity to experiment with his revolutionary ideas.” Issued in a French edition in the same year. Without original slipcase. Fine.


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childhood favorites

Signed By The Original Alice 155. CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York, 1932. Octavo, original full red morocco gilt, slipcase. $4800. Limited edition, one of 1500 copies signed by Alice Hargreaves (née Liddell), for whom Carroll wrote the classic. First published in 1865, Carroll’s topsy-turvy classic “unleashed thousands of children’s minds and imaginations and invited them to laugh” (Silvey, 124). Not all copies of this edition were signed by Alice as is this copy; the precise number she signed is unknown. Fine.

“Passion. Duels. Miracles. Giants. True Love.” 156. GOLDMAN, William. The Princess Bride. New York, 1973. Octavo, original gray cloth, dust jacket. $1200. First edition of Goldman’s most popular book. Goldman satirizes familiar fairy tale formulas in this book-within-abook, a unique blend of slapstick comedy and wistful sentiment. Goldman also wrote the screen adaptation for the popular 1987 movie of the same title, directed by Rob Reiner. Near-fine.

“Among The Best Ever Written For Children” 158. MILNE, A.A. The Four Pooh Books. London, 1925-28. Four volumes. Small octavo, original blue and red limp calf gilt, custom clamshell box. $7500. Specially bound set of A.A. Milne’s four Pooh books, all in original publisher’s deluxe calf-gilt bindings. First editions of Winnie the Pooh, Now We Are Six and The House at Pooh Corner; later edition of When We Were Very Young, (as always in the publisher’s deluxe binding, as this title was originally published before these deluxe bindings were issued). Slight rubbing and a bit of toning to extremities, tiny expert repair to spinehead of When We Were Very Young. An exceptionally good set.

Inscribed By J.K. Rowling 157. ROWLING, J.K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. London, 2000. Octavo, original pictorial paper boards, dust jacket. $5500. First edition of the fourth book in the extraordinarily successful Harry Potter series, inscribed, “To Rowan — lots of love, J.K. Rowling.” Rowling seldom held signings for the later books in the Harry Potter series, making signed copies such as this increasingly scarce and desirable. Bookseller’s price sticker to front board. About-fine.


“The Nest Is So Snug, We Shall Be Sound Asleep All Winter”

159. POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse. London and New York, 1910. 16mo, original blue paper boards, mounted cover illustration. $1800.

160. POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes. London and New York, 1911. 12mo, original green boards, mounted cover illustration. $1800.

First edition of this scarce Potter title, with color frontispiece and 26 color plates. “Potter found delight in drawing the various intruders in Mrs. Tittlemouse’s house… Long ago she had studied the habits and characteristics of these small creatures, and had painted many pictures of them—including microscopic studies showing the beautiful colored scales of butterflies’ wings and the highly magnified anatomy of spiders and beetles” (Linder, 205). Near-fine.

First edition of Potter’s gift to her devoted American readers, with color frontispiece and 26 color plates. “It is believed that The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes was written primarily for American children because they would be familiar with both chipmunks and bears. They would also be familiar with grey squirrels like Timmy Tiptoes and his wife Goody, who stored nuts for the winter months and met with various adventures while so doing” (Linder, 208). Without extremely scarce original glassine. Very nearly fine.

“…We Can Have Lots Of Good Fun That Is Funny!” 162. SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat. New York, 1957. Octavo, original pictorial paper boards, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $9000.

“Stories Are Made Of Words, And Words Are Made Of Letters” 161. REY, H.A. Curious George Learns the Alphabet. Boston, 1963. Small quarto, original gray cloth, dust jacket. $2400. First edition of the sixth book in Rey’s enormously popular series. “Through the character of Curious George, the adventurous tailless monkey, Rey projected his own lively curiosity in the world around him and at the same time kept his stories within the realm of children’s activities and comprehension” (Silvey, 554). Near-fine.

First edition of this rare and important children’s classic. “The Cat in the Hat was so successful that Random House, publisher of all the Dr. Seuss books since 1937, created a special division, Beginner Books, with the Cat in the Hat as the logo and Dr. Seuss as president of the division” (Dr. Seuss from Then to Now, 45). First edition, with 200/200 on the inside flap of dust jacket and all other first edition points. Near-fine.

Signed By Kay Thompson And Inscribed In Her Hand As “Eloise” 163. THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise in Paris. New York, 1957. Slim folio, original blue paper boards, dust jacket. $4800. First edition, inscribed in Kay Thompson’s hand, “A Pattie, ’Allo Cherie — Avec a little petite de beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup of quelquechoses, Moi ELOISE, Kay Thompson.” Bookseller’s small ticket. Bright dust jacket aboutfine, book fine.

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“Tiddly, Widdly, Widdly, Mrs. Tittlemouse!”


u.s. presidents

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Inscribed By Jimmy Carter And Also Signed By Rosalynn Carter 166. CARTER, Jimmy and CARTER, Rosalynn. Everything to Gain. New York, 1987. Octavo, original half navy cloth, dust jacket. $350.

Signed By President Clinton

First edition of this book of inspiration and advice on life after retirement from the former President and First Lady, inscribed: “Best Wishes! Jimmy Carter” and additionally signed by Rosalynn Carter. Fine.

164. CLINTON, Bill. My Life. New York, 2004. Octavo, original blue boards, dust jacket. $1500.

Signed By President Lyndon Johnson

First edition, first state, boldly signed by President Clinton. The autobiography of President Bill Clinton. First state, with “failure” instead of “failures” in the last sentence of the Acknowledgements. Fine.

167. JOHNSON, Lyndon Baines. The Vantage Point. New York, 1971. Octavo, original red cloth, dust jacket. $1250. First edition of President Lyndon Johnson’s extensively illustrated memoirs, signed by him on a gilt-stamped Presidential bookplate tipped to the half title. Johnson’s informative memoir was published only two years before his death and was partially ghostwritten by award-winning historian Doris Kearns, who had served as his special assistant in the White House and would later author her own critically praised history of the Johnson years. Book fine, dust jacket near-fine.

“A Classic Civil War Autobiography” 165. GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. New York, 1885-86. Two volumes. Thick octavo, original green cloth gilt. $850. First edition of the memoirs of one of the most recognized figures in American military history, illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps. “Grant’s memoirs comprise one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history” (Eicher 492). Fine.

Thrice Warmly Inscribed By Herbert Hoover 168. HOOVER, Herbert. The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover. New York, 1952. Three volumes. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jackets. $3200. First editions, mixed early printings, warmly inscribed by former President Hoover in each volume: Volume I, “To Cara Royce, With the Kind Regards of Herbert Hoover,” Volume II, “The Good Wishes of Herbert Hoover to Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Dunlap,” and Volume III, “To Charles E. Strickland, With the Kind Regards of Herbert Hoover.” Hoover’s three-volume Memoirs covers the president’s life from his birth in 1877 up until 1941. Books about-fine; some edge-wear, bit of loss to spine heads of scarce very good dust jackets.


169. NIXON, Richard. Leaders. New York, 1982. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $600. First trade edition, signed by President Nixon. As vice-president and president of the United States, Richard Nixon met most world leaders of the latter half of the 20th century. In this book, Nixon shares “revealing anecdotes, recalls words of wisdom, and brings to bear his own judgments” about these men. Very nearly fine.

Signed By President Reagan 172. REAGAN, Ronald. An American Life. New York, 1990. Octavo, original full blue morocco gilt. WITH: Six cassette tapes of Reagan’s addresses and speeches. Housed together in a wooden chest. $6800.

“When Obliged To Live In Cities, I For A Long Time Found That Boxing And Wrestling Enabled Me To Get A Good Deal Of Exercise” 171. ROOSEVELT, Theodore. An Auto-biography. New York, 1913. Original navy cloth gilt. $600.

“A Man Does What He Must… And That Is The Basis Of All Human Morality” 170. KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York, 1956. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $1400.

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First edition of this autobiography of the 26th U.S. president, with frontispiece portrait, one folding table, and numerous intext illustrations. “By Roosevelt’s graduation the qualities that were to attract, repel, or bemuse his countrymen for four decades became pronounced. He abounded in physical and mental energy, acted often on impulse and at times on shrewd calculation, and generally exuded warmth, affection, and charm” (ANB). Near-fine.

Signed limited first edition of President Reagan’s autobiography, one of 2000 copies signed by Reagan, bound in elaborately gilt-decorated morocco and presented in a handsome publisher’s wooden chest, with drawer containing audio recordings of some of Reagan’s best speeches. A distinguished commemoration of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable and influential American presidents. . Fine.

Twice Inscribed By President Truman 173. TRUMAN, Harry. Memoirs. Garden City, 1955-56. Two volumes. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jackets.  $2200. First trade editions, early printings, inscribed in each volume to fellow residents of his native Jackson County, Missouri: “To Melba & Benne Yukon, Harry Truman.” “An invaluable record of the former president’s tumultuous years in office, his early days in Missouri, and his rise in local and state politics” (Doubleday). Near-fine.

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First edition, first printing, of Kennedy’s Pulitzer-winning examination of “that most admirable of human virtues,” illustrated with eight pages of historical photographs. “A series of sketches of American politicians who risked their careers in the cause of principle” (DAB). Shallow chipping and mild soiling to dust jacket spine. Extremely good.


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“The Most Handsome Book Produced In The Whole Of The 19th Century” 176. SHAW, Henry. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages. London, 1843. Two volumes. Quarto, early 20th-century three-quarter crushed brown morocco gilt. $3500.

“This Is Not History: This Is My Case” 174. CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War. London, 1948-54. Six volumes. Octavo, modern threequarter green morocco gilt, custom slipcase. $3500. First English editions of Churchill’s WWII masterpiece, part history and part memoir, written after he lost reelection as Prime Minister, handsomely bound. With the Second World War, Churchill “pulled himself back from humiliating defeat in 1945, using all his skills as a writer and politician to make his fortune, secure his reputation, and win a second term in Downing Street” (Reynolds, xxiii). Although preceded by the American editions, the English editions are generally preferred for their profusion of diagrams, maps and facsimile documents. Fine.

“Never In The Field Of Human Conflict Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few” 175. CHURCHILL, Winston. A Speech by The Prime Minister. London, 1940. Octavo, original gray wrappers printed in maroon; pp. 16, custom half morocco clamshell box. $1250. First edition of Churchill’s famous 1940 address to the House of Commons at the height of the Second World War, one of history’s most stirring and influential speeches. “Churchill’s historic exhortations are equal [to the Gettysburg address] in their ringing assertion of democracy confronting the seemingly irresistible forces of tyranny” (PMM 424). Near-fine.

First edition of this beautifully illustrated study, with 94 plates of French and English Medieval dress, many exquisitely handcolored and heightened with gold and gum arabic, handsomely bound by Hatchards of London. Appearing in monthly parts from 1840, this was Shaw’s “most ambitious work… [with] plates highly finished and heightened in gold… It is a magnificent production. There are 94 plates, showing paintings, miniatures, stained glass, furnishings, glasses, chests, vestments, gold cups, [and] jewelry… mostly on copper, hand-colored in the most sumptuous way” (McLean, 66). Extremely good, with occasional patches of foxing (mostly to first and last few leaves).

The Cambridge Modern History, With 141 Maps 177. ACTON, Lord. The Cambridge Modern History. Cambridge, 1907-12. Fourteen volumes. Thick octavo, contemporary threequarter green morocco gilt. $2000. Very handsomely bound set of the Cambridge Modern History, with separate map volume of 141 maps, often double-page and hand-colored. Includes: The Renaissance, The Reformation, The Wars of Religion, The Thirty Years’ War, The Age of Louis XIV, The Eighteenth Century, The United States, The French Revolution, Napoleon, The Restoration, The Growth of Nationalities, and The Latest Age. First published in 1902. Near-fine.


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178. CLINTON, Hillary Rodham. Living History. New York, 2003. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $1000. First edition of Clinton’s “chart of her own course through unexplored terrain,��� boldly signed by Secretary Clinton. Fine.

179. ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. This I Remember. New York, 1949. Large octavo, original blue cloth, acetate, slipcase. $2800. Signed limited first edition, one of only 1000 copies signed by Roosevelt and printed on special paper. Book fine, shallow chipping to acetate dust jacket and a small closed tear to rear panel.

Signed And Dated By Rosa Parks 180. PARKS, Rosa. Rosa Parks: My Story. New York, 1992. Octavo, original half purple cloth, dust jacket. $1650. First edition, first printing of Parks’ autobiography, inscribed in the year of publication: “3/15/92, Rosa Parks.” Fine.

“The Greatest Historical Work Ever Written” 181. GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London, 1854,1862. Eight volumes. Octavo, mid-20thcentury three-quarter polished red calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines. $2500. Illustrated edition of Gibbon’s unprecedented study of the civilization that more than any other shaped the West, illustrated with 13 maps. “For 22 years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application… But it is not merely the learning of the work… that gives it character as a history. It is also the ingenious skill by which the vast erudition, the boundless range, the infinite variety and the gorgeous magnificence of the details are all wrought together in a symmetrical whole” (Adams, 146-47). Occasional pencil markings and marginalia. A fine set.

Signed By David Ben-Gurion 182. BEN-GURION, David. Israel: A Personal History. New York, 1971. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco gilt, slipcase. $3500. Signed limited first edition, one of 2000 copies signed by Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding father and first Prime Minister. “Considered one of the most scholarly heads of state in human history,” Ben-Gurion was also a prolific author; few were better qualified to write a “personal history” of Israel (New Jewish Encyclopedia, 48). Fine.

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Signed By Eleanor Roosevelt

Boldly Signed By Hillary Rodham Clinton


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Signed By Julia Child And Robert Del Grande 183. CHILD, Julia. Cooking with Master Chefs. New York, 1993. Quarto, original glazed boards, dust jacket. $1200. First edition of Julia Child’s lively presentation of signature recipes from 16 famous contemporary chefs (a companion volume to her PBS series of the same name), signed by her, and further signed by fellow chef Robert Del Grande. Book fine, dust jacket near-fine.

“Cuisine Is Regarded By The French As Their Rightful Possession” 184. (BARTHÉLEMY, F.). La Cuisine et la patisserie expliquées du Cordon-Blue. Paris, circa 1915. Tall octavo, contemporary marbled boards rebacked. $1250.

Complete Set Of Maison Nicolas Histories Of The Wine Regions, Illustrated By Major French Artists, 1924-27 186. MONTORGUEIL, Georges. Monseigneur le Vin. Paris, 1924-27. Five volumes. Square octavo, original marbled faux suede paper wrappers, custom clamshell box. $2700. Complete set of this five-volume series of popular histories of French wines, wonderfully illustrated with numerous in-text color lithographs by contemporary French artists, folding maps and charts. The first to sell wine by the bottle and the first to offer a complete range of French and local wines, Nicolas helped to foster Parisian interest in fine wines. Nicolas came up with the idea of employing prominent artists to design their catalogues and other publications. With illustrations by Marcel Jeanjean, Pierre Lissac, Armand Vallée, Carlègle and Charles Martin. Text in French. Very nearly fine.

First edition of this pioneering cookbook from the renowned Paris Cordon Bleu, with hundreds of in-text illustrations and recipes compiled by expert chefs of the cooking school that became “the basis and reference for what is now perhaps one of the largest recipe collections in the world.” Text in French. Text generally fresh with occasional light embrowning, rubbing to contemporary boards. Extremely good.

Salvador Dalí’s Cookbook 185. DALÍ, Salvador. Les Dîners de Gala. New York, 1973. Thick folio, original color-printed pictorial cloth, dust jacket. $700. First edition of this extravagant, lavishly illustrated cookbook created by Dalí in honor of his wife Gala. With color plates and in-text photographs and illustrations on nearly every one of the 322 pages. Preceded in 1971 by a portfolio of 12 colored lithographs under the same title, each reproduced in this enlarged edition. Book fine; slight edge-wear, faint staining to fragile extremely good dust jacket.

First Edition Of This Beautifully Illustrated French Culinary Encyclopedia 187. MONTAGNÉ, Prosper. Larousse Gastronomique. Paris, 1938. Thick quarto, original half brown morocco. $600. First edition, early printing, of this lavishly illustrated culinary encyclopedia, featuring 16 halftone color plates and 1850 in-text illustrations, in wonderful publisher’s binding. Early printing, likely printed in June of 1938, only three months after the first printing. Text in French. Light wear to lower corners, tiny bump to outer edge, front cover gently sunned. Interior unusually clean. Extremely good.


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191. HILLARY, Edmund. Ice axe signed. SaasAlmgel, Switzerland, circa 1939. Wood and steel shaft measures 33 inches; steel blade measures 11 inches.  $2000.

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Vintage ice axe, boldly signed at a later date in black ink on the wooden shaft by mountaineering legend Sir Edmund Hillary. In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, with Tenzing Norgay, established his reputation as the first to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. Fine.

Signed By Byron Nelson

Signed By Mickey Mantle

188. NELSON, Byron. How I Played the Game… Foreword by Arnold Palmer. Dallas, 1993. Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket. $450.

189. MANTLE, Mickey and GLUCK, Herb. The Mick. Garden City, 1985. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $1100.

First trade edition of Nelson’s “priceless stories, anecdotes, opinions, and even golf tips,” with 24 pages of photographs, signed: “Nelson Cup 1993, Byron Nelson.” Nelson “is one of golf’s immortals for a number of reasons, chief among them the astounding records he set in 1945 when he won 18 PGA tournaments, 11 of them consecutively, and had an average score of 68.3” (Publishers Weekly). Published the same year as a signed limited edition of 500 copies. Fine.

Early printing of #7’s autobiography, with 16 pages of candid photographs, signed by Mantle. Fine.

Signed By 83 Baseball Greats—41 Of Them Hall-Of-Famers 190. HONIG, Donald. Baseball in the ‘50s: A Decade of Transition. New York, 1987. Quarto, original half gilt-stamped red cloth, dust jacket. $5000. First edition of this comprehensive photographic history of baseball in the “decade of transition,” illustrated with vintage candid shots on nearly every page—this extraordinary copy signed by 41 Hall-of-Famers (including Aaron, Ashburn, Berra, DiMaggio, Ford, Koufax, Mantle, Mays, Musial, Spahn and Williams) and 42 other great players on their portraits throughout the book. Fine.

“All That Has Been Said And Sung Of The Royal Game” 192. CLARK, Robert, editor. Golf: A Royal and Ancient Game. London, 1893. Small quarto, mid 20th-century full dark green morocco gilt. $950. Second edition of this first documentary history of golf, profusely illustrated with frontispiece, eight full-page plates, and numerous wood - e ng rave d borders and headand tail pieces. First published in 1875, Clark’s Golf is the first attempt at an early history of the game, based upon “extracts from an immense variety of ancient documents… to which every writer on this phase of golf must acknowledge his indebtedness” (Browning, v). Donovan & Murdoch 910. Near-fine.


holiday classics

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“Can’t You Let Yourself Believe In People Like Kris—In Fun And Joy And Love And All The Other Intangibles?” 196. DAVIES, Valentine. Miracle on 34th Street. New York, 1947. Small octavo, original red paper boards, dust jacket.  $1100.

“All The Christmases Roll Down Toward The TwoTongued Sea…” 193. THOMAS, Dylan. A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Norfolk, Connecticut, 1954. 12mo, original cream paper boards, dust jacket. $550. First separate edition of Thomas’ beloved Christmas reverie. Published the year after its first appearance in the short story collection Quite Early One Morning, and specially produced for sale at Christmastime 1955. Book fine, dust jacket near-fine.

The Littlest Angel, First Edition 194. TAZEWELL, Charles. The Littlest Angel. Chicago, 1946. Slim octavo, original pictorial paper boards, dust jacket. $350.

First edition of this modern Christmas classic, published to coincide with the release of the famous movie. Based on the original screenplay for “the United States Christmas movie” —starring Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn (who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Kris Kringle). A near-fine copy.

First edition of this beloved Christmas classic, illustrated by Katherine Evans. Following the Littlest Angel’s first appearance in Coronet, Helen Hayes became its perennial narrator at Christmastime, and Loretta Young recorded a version for Decca. Near-fine.

The Basis For “It’s A Wonderful Life” 195. STERN, Philip Van Doren. The Greatest Gift. Philadelphia, 1944. Small, slim octavo, original pictorial blue paper boards, dust jacket.$1750. First book edition of this touching Christmas story, the basis for Frank Capra’s beloved movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” After this book was sold for development into a movie starring Cary Grant, this first book edition was published (the first edition having been privately published by the author as 200 booklets mailed as Christmas presents in 1943). The story became one of the most famous Christmas films of all time after its release in 1946 with Jimmy Stewart in the starring role. Fine.

Inscribed By Maurice Sendak 197. (SENDAK, Maurice) HOFFMAN, E.T.A. The Nutcracker. Translated by Ralph Manheim. New York, 1984. Quarto, original blue cloth, dust jacket. $1100. First trade edition of this delightful blend of Hoffman’s enchanting fairy tale and Sendak’s magical color illustrations, inscribed by him in the year of publication: “To Leanora, Maurice Sendak, Dec. ’84.” Dust jacket very nearly fine, book fine.


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