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bible “To Visualize The Events Of The Bible In A Grand Style”: Large Folio King James Bible, Cambridge 1660, Illustrated With Several Double-Page Engravings, With Wonderful 17th-Century Presentation Inscription And Fine Large Jerusalem Map, Magnificently Bound 1. BIBLE. The Holy Bible Containing the Bookes of the Old and New Testament. Cambridge, 1660, 1659. Folio (12 by 17 inches), period-style full calf gilt. $16,500. Monumental 1660 Cambridge edition of the King James Bible, illustrated with ten double-page engravings and a large, folding, engraved map of Jerusalem. “It presented the standard text of the Authorized Version in perhaps the most impressive form available in the mid-17th century.” Beautifully bound. “In 1660, John Ogilby reissued the large folio Bible of 1659, published by John Field, the printer to the University of Cambridge, with a number of additional engraved plates that he had selected. Field’s Bible was sponsored by Samuel Hartlib’s friend, John Worthington, whilst he was vice-chancellor, in order to ensure the supply of a well-printed edition of the Bible for use in churches or libraries… For this issue, Ogilby supplied eight whole sheet engravings, seven of
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which were by [Wenceslaus] Hollar, and had been intended as illustrations to the Polyglot, and one of which was by Lombart. Ogilby illustrated most copies of his Bible, however, with cuts bought from the Amsterdam publisher, Nicolaes Visscher. Visscher supplied Ogilby with sets of engravings from his own stock, most of which were the work of Cornelis Visscher, after Rubens, de Vos, de Bruyn, Tintoretto and others… Though criticized later for inaccuracies in its printing, it presented the standard text of the Authorized Version in perhaps the most impressive form available in the mid-17th century. Its illustrations were works of the best artists, and allowed those who could afford the book to visualize the events of the Bible in a grand style” (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford). “The finest edition of the Holy Bible then extant” (Lowndes, 1367). Published in two volumes (dividing the contents at the end of Job); this copy without the Volume II title page. With ten double-plate engravings—the Temple furnishings; maps of the Holy Land; three of Solomon’s Temple; Adam and Eve in Paradise; and a group portrait of the Evangelists, a copy of which is inserted at the beginning of each Gospel—and a large folding map (approximately 17 by 43 inches) of Jerusalem. All Old Testament plates are engraved by Hollar, save for the plate of Eden, by Lombart; the four copies of the Evangelist group portrait are by Visscher. Also with engraved frontispiece bearing the arms of King Charles II, engraved general title page depicting Solomon enthroned and floriated woodcut initials. With separate New Testament title page dated 1659. Text ruled in red throughout. Includes Apocrypha. Bound with Ogilby’s 1660 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. Darlow & Moule 525. Herbert 668. Wing B2258. Griffiths 1660:8 (prayer book). Elaborate calligraphic gift inscription on recto of prayer book frontispiece, reading: “July the 26th 1683. This booke is presented to the truly honoured, pious and vertuous Lady, the Lady Esther Skrymshere, as the gift of her kinsman and faithful servant John Bulton. Hee desires her acceptance hereof and that it may continue at Norbury Mahnour for the heires Males of Sir Charles Skrymshers family, desiring that family may long continue in prosperity there. Esther Skrymsher[’s] booke. The Property of Mrs. Noel, Daughter, of Hon. Boothby Skrymsher.” The Skrymsheres were a prominent Leicestershire family; Dr. Samuel Johnson claimed that Sir Charles was “very nearly related” to him. Occasional marginal closed tears and tape repairs to plates and text. Scarce.
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benja min fr a nk lin / treat y of pa ris “First Acknowledged To The World The Existence Of The United States As A Nation”: The First Publication Of The United States Of America—A Magnificent Copy Of The Exceptionally Rare Treaty Of Paris, 1783, One Of The Founding Documents Of The United States 2. (TREATY OF PARIS) FRANKLIN, Benjamin. The Definitive Treaty of Peace and Friendship, between His Britannick Majesty, and the United States of America. London, 1783. Small quarto (6-1/2 by 8-1/4 inches), modern half calf. $65,000. First English edition of the Treaty of Paris, the first publication of the United States of America, preceded only by the Paris edition—and considerably scarcer than that printing. This historic treaty, which made the Declaration of Independence a reality and paved the way for the Constitution, “first acknowledged to the world the existence of the United States as a nation” (Howes D212). Peace negotiations between the United States and Great Britain began in Paris on April 12, 1782. The United States was represented by Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, John Adams, Henry Laurens, and Thomas Jefferson. The articles of the treaty stated Great Britain’s official recognition of American independence, and, among other measures, drew the boundary lines of the United States through Florida, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River, conceded free navigation of the Mississippi River, and called for a permanent end to all hostilities by land and sea. The treaty was signed on September 3, 1783, immediately printed, and ultimately ratified by Congress on January 14, 1784. Franklin’s work toward the completion of this treaty may be considered the most significant achievement in his lifetime of public service. First published in Paris, where Franklin had established himself as the chief American diplomat during the Revolutionary War. Howes D212. Adams, American Controversy 83-43. Some faint spotting on title page, lightly toned. A nearly fine copy of this great rarity.
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benja min fr a nk lin /sta mp act “American Revolution Began… With Resistance To The Stamp Act”: Rare First Edition Of Franklin’s Last Poor Richard, 1765, Containing The Text Of The Incendiary Stamp Act 3. (STAMP ACT) (FRANKLIN, Benjamin). Poor Richard Improved: Being an Almanack and Ephemeris of the Motions of the Sun and Moon… For the Year of our Lord 1766. Philadelphia, 1765. 12mo (3-1/2 by 6-1/1 inches), stitched as issued, original printed self-wrappers; pp. (36), custom box. $32,000. First edition of the last Poor Richard to be printed and published by Benjamin Franklin and David Hall, issued in late 1765 for the year 1766, containing the text of the notorious Stamp Act, with the famed woodcut of anatomical man “govern’d” by constellations and 12 woodcut-engraved panels. Rarely found complete and uncut. In 1732 Benjamin Franklin first issued his Poor Richard’s Almanack, a series that “is beyond question the most famous of almanacs” (Ford, 11). This issue of Franklin’s Almanack for 1766 was “the last year in which Franklin’s imprint appears… [Additionally,] the famous Stamp Act, passed by Parliament to take effect June 1, 1765, is here given in full” (Church 1052). Franklin, who once urged conciliation between enraged Americans and the punitive Parliament, now warned that the Stamp Act would lay “the foundation of a future total separation… On February 13, 1766, Franklin got the chance to present his case to Parliament… In one afternoon of highly charged testimony, he would turn himself into the foremost spokesman for the American cause.” If Parliament sent troops to compel enforcement, Franklin noted: “They will not find a rebellion; they may indeed make one” (Isaacson, 228-31). His brilliant defense of the colonies directly affected the Stamp Act’s repeal, but by then, colonial rebellion could not be undone. Like other colonial almanacs, Franklin’s were “compact little wonders, they were printed on cheap paper and had no real binding. They were meant for daily use, and surviving examples are often… torn apart” (Chaplin, 62). Containing an extract from “Mr. Anderson’s History,” a guide for raising hemp, aphorisms, eclipses, notice of Quaker meetings, court calendars and more. With wood-cut engraved “Anatomy of Man’s Body as govern’d by the Twelve Constellations” and 12 additional in-text wood-engravings. Miller 852. Evans 10161. Sabin 25567. Hildeburn 2166. With light scattered foxing, minor restored chips to two leaves not affecting Stamp Act sections, slight edge-wear to fragile leaves.
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ay n r a nd “Who Is John Galt?”: Fine First Edition Of Atlas Shrugged, Inscribed By Ayn Rand To Her Literary Agent Ann Watkins 4. RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York, 1957. Thick octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $16,000. First edition of one of the most popular and influential novels of the last 50 years, inscribed to Rand’s former literary agent: “To Ann Watkins Cordially - Ayn Rand, 12/21/61.” “From 1943 until its publication in 1957, [Rand] worked on the book that many say is her masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged. This novel describes how a genius named John Galt grows weary of supporting a society of ungrateful parasites and one day simply shrugs and walks away. He becomes an inspiration to like-minded men and women, all of whom eventually follow his example, until society, in its agony, calls them back to responsibility and respect. Again [as with Rand’s novel The Fountainhead in 1943] reviews were unsympathetic, and again people bought the book” (ANB). First printing, in first-issue dust jacket. Perinn A4a. Watkins had found a publisher for Rand’s previous novel We the Living, but Rand fired her after she failed to find one for The Fountainhead. Book fine. Light wear to extremities of bright, unrestored dust jacket about-fine with slight toning to spine and a half-inch closed tear to spine head. A fine inscribed presentation copy.
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ay n r a nd Inscribed And Signed By Ayn Rand In The Year Of Publication For Her Close Friend, Conservative Attorney John C. Gall: Exceptionally Rare And Desirable Inscribed First Edition, Presentation/Association Copy, Of The Fountainhead, In First-Issue Dust Jacket 5. RAND, Ayn. The Fountainhead. Indianapolis and New York, 1943. Octavo, original red cloth, dust jacket, custom full morocco clamshell box. $46,000. First edition, first issue, presentation copy, of Rand’s best-selling and unforgettable celebration of the individual spirit, inscribed and signed in the year of publication by Ayn Rand as a favor for John C. Gall, the chief attorney for the National Association of Manufacturers and presented to the president of J.I. Case (now CNH Global N.V.): “To Leon R. Clausen from the author, with the compliments and best wishes of John C. Gall. Ayn Rand. June 30, 1943,” in rare first-issue dust jacket. In The Fountainhead—Rand’s first major Objectivist novel as well as her first best-seller—“Rand has taken her stand against collectivism, ‘the rule of the second-hander, the ancient monster,’ which has brought men ‘to a level of intellectual indecency never equalled on earth.’ She has written a hymn in praise of the individual” (Lorine Pruette). First issue, bound in red cloth, with first edition stated on copyright page, in first-issue dust jacket, with back panel listing 16 Bobbs-Merrill books. Perinn A3a. Vinson, 1139. This extremely rare copy was inscribed and signed by Ayn Rand in the year of publication, most likely as a favor to a frequent correspondent and friend of hers, John C. Gall, the chief attorney for the National Association of Manufacturers and later for Big Steel. Although Rand vigorously denied any relationship between the Atlas Shrugged character, John Galt, and John C. Gall, a small contingent of scholars have questioned her denial and the obvious similarities between the character and the man. The recipient of this copy, Leon R. Clausen, was the president of a company that manufactured farm equipment. He was vehemently Conservative and anti-Communist and was involved in early battles against union labor. Book near-fine, with only a few isolated spots of foxing to interior and cloth generally quite nice and fresh. Rare unrestored dust jacket extremely good, with faint red offsetting from book cloth to rear panel, light rubbing to extremities, and fading to spine as usual. A most desirable copy, quite rare inscribed and with such an outstanding association.
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dav id hu me “Bowyer’s 1806 Edition Is A Sumptuous One, Finely Printed And Expensively Illustrated”: Hume’s History Of England, Magnificent Ten-Volume Atlas Folio Set, Exquisitely Bound 6. HUME, David. The History of England. London, 1806. Five volumes bound in ten. Large thick atlas folio (14 by 19 inches), contemporary full navy straight-grain morocco gilt. $20,000. Magnificent atlas folio “Bowyer” edition of Hume’s renowned history, with 197 lovely and finely engraved illustrations, in ten massive volumes sumptuously bound in full contemporary straight-grain morocco-gilt. An extraordinary set. “This work has enjoyed the rank of a classic in historical literature from the day of its completion to the present time. In point of clearness, elegance, and simplicity of style it has never been surpassed” (Adams). First published between 1754 and 1761, Hume’s History of England was “the first significant study to embrace all of English history and the first broad historical survey in English that properly rates as a work of literature… Hume was the first historian to consider such things as manners, commerce, finance, and arts and sciences at length and the first to give them in some cases greater importance than kings and battles” (Day). The Bowyer edition of Hume “is one of the most splendid works ever published… It promises ever to hold a prominent place in the front rank of English literature” (Allibone, 914-16). Robert Bowyer had announced his intention to publish a sumptuous edition of Hume’s History as early as January 1792. In his prospectus for this “finely printed and lavishly illustrated set,” Bowyer estimates a cost of 60 guineas. “Bowyer’s 1806 edition is a sumptuous one, finely printed and expensively illustrated; it was sold only to subscribers” (Jessop, 31). Copies have been found with varying numbers of plates: this set has 197, the maximum found. Brunet III:377 (“Magnifique édition”). Lowndes, 1139. Bookplates, one armorial. Occasional foxing to a few plates only, chiefly marginal; text generally clean. Volume III rebacked with original spine very neatly laid down; a few other expertly repaired. A very beautiful copy of this magnificent and monumental work, most desirable in such a splendid contemporary morocco-gilt binding.
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w illi a m sh a k espea re “Proudly Displayed In The Libraries Of The Great And Fashionable”: Splendid Quarto First Edition Set Of Hanmer’s Important 1743 Shakespeare 7. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works of Shakespear. Oxford, 1743-44. Six volumes. Quarto, period-style full brown mottled calf gilt. $16,000. First edition of Sir Thomas Hanmer’s famous illustrated set of Shakespeare’s plays—“artistically the most delightful edition”— with copper-engraved frontispiece portrait, two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments and 36 copper-engraved plates, one for each play, by Hubert Gravelot after Francis Hayman, all valuable for their depictions of 18th-century costume, beautifully bound. “Artistically the most delightful edition of Shakespeare” (Franklin, 31). According to Dibdin, Hanmer’s was the first Shakespeare “which appeared in any splendid typographical form. The first edition was a popular book and was proudly displayed in the libraries of the great and fashionable.” It was also the first edition of the Bard’s plays published at Oxford at the university press. Artist Francis Hayman was “the most proficient English illustrator of his time” (Ray, 5). His friend and collaborator, engraver Hubert Gravelot (who actually drew five of the illustrations himself under the pressure of time), was “one of the finest engravers and teachers of engraving” (Hodnett, 75). Contains Pope’s Preface and Rowe’s account of Shakespeare’s life. With engraved general title page vignette, two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments, 36 copper-engraved plates—one for each play—and decorative engraved tailpieces throughout. Jaggard, 499. Grolier, Shakespeare’s Plays 11. Lowndes, 2260. Minor repair and trimming to edges of Hamlet frontispiece. Text and plates generally quite fresh, with only minor scattered light foxing, occasional light marginal dampstaining. A very beautiful and famous set.
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con tinen ta l congress “A Book Of The Greatest Rarity”: The Extremely Rare First Issue Of The First Full Account Of The First Continental Congress, The 1774 Journal Of The Proceedings Of Congress 8. (CONTINENTAL CONGRESS). Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress, Held at Philadelphia, September 5, 1774. Philadelphia, 1774. Octavo, period-style full red morocco gilt; pp. 132. $18,000. First edition, first issue, of the first official journal of the Continental Congress, one of the earliest publications of the American government—“a book of the greatest rarity.” First signature (half title, title, subscriber’s leaf), pages 79-82 and last leaf in facsimile (seven leaves in all). Containing the “Declaration of Rights” which constituted the defining issue of the Revolution (“life, liberty and property”) and became the foundation of the Declaration of Independence. In response to the Coercive or Intolerable Acts, enacted by Parliament from March to June 1774, the colonies united together and sent delegates to the First Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia from September 5 through October 26, 1774. Their objective was to compose a statement of colonial rights, identify the British government’s violation of those rights, and provide a plan that would convince Britain to restore those rights. This is the first publication of the full account of these extraordinary proceedings. “One touch was added by the printers on the title-page of the Journal. They had a seal designed for the United Colonies… it stands as the first attempt to represent emblematically a united nation” (Edwin Wolf 2nd). Foremost in these proceedings was the “Declaration of Rights,” which clearly defined and asserted the fundamental rights of the colonists, including: “life, liberty, and property”; the right of representation and participation in legislation and government; trial by jury; and “a right peaceably to assemble, consider of their grievances, and petition the King.” These important rights and liberties were the defining issues of the revolution and became the foundation of the Declaration of Independence. The first issue (without the Petition to the King) is extraordinarily rare. Howes J263 notes only 3 copies located. Evans 13737. First signature (including the title page, half title), pages 79-82 and last leaf supplied in facsimile. Scattered foxing throughout. A beautifully bound copy of an American Revolutionary landmark of the utmost rarity and importance.
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a br a h a m lincoln “One Of The Supreme Utterances Of The Principles Of Democratic Freedom” (PMM): First Book-Form Publication Of The Gettysburg Address, Exceptional In Original Wrappers 9. (LINCOLN, Abraham) EVERETT, Edward. An Oration Delivered on the Battlefield of Gettysburg, (November 19, 1863) at the Consecration of the Cemetery Prepared for the Interment of the Remains of Those Who Fell in the Battles of July 1st, 2d, and 3d, 1863. New York, 1863. Octavo, original printed paper wrappers, custom chemise and half blue morocco slipcase. $42,000. Rare first book-form appearance of Lincoln’s magnificent Gettysburg Address, corresponding almost exactly to the spoken version transcribed by Associated Press reporter Joseph L. Gilbert, in original wrappers. The Gettysburg Address, a few short lines scrawled, according to popular legend, on scratch-paper and the backs of envelopes, is one of the most cherished documents in the history of the United States. On November 19, 1863, Lincoln arose after Edward Everett’s two-hour dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg and “delivered the ‘few appropriate remarks’ requested of him, and in ten sentences did unforgettable justice to the thousands of young Americans who had struggled with incredible bravery…” (Bruce Catton). “The Washington Chronicle of 18-21 November reported extensively on this ceremony and included a verbatim text of ‘Edward Everett’s Great Oration.’ On the fourth day it noted in passing that the President had also made a speech, but gave no details. When it came to the separate publication on 22 November, Everett’s ‘Oration’ was reprinted from the standing type, but Lincoln’s speech had to be set up. It was tucked away as a final paragraph on page 16 of the pamphlet. It was similarly treated when the meanly produced leaflet was replaced by a 48-page booklet published by Baker and Godwin of New York in the same year” (PMM 351). Lincoln’s address appears on page 40. This edition was preceded only by the exceptionally rare 16-page pamphlet, The Gettysburg Solemnities, known in only two copies. Wills’ study of the Address discusses its textual variations and the surprising difficulty in determining precisely what Lincoln said. This printing tracks almost exactly the spoken version delineated by Wills, with only two minor differences. Wills, 191-204, 261-263. Howes E233. Sabin 23263. Streeter 1747. Monaghan 193. Only minute marginal chips and short tears to fragile original paper wrappers. Far finer than often found, a beautiful copy.
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First Edition In English Of Marx’s Magnum Opus, Das Kapital, A Scarce Association Copy Belonging To Prominent Economic Historian Sir William Ashley, Inscribed By Him In Both Volumes In Year Of Publication 10. MARX, Karl. Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production. London, 1887. Two volumes. Octavo, original burgundy cloth. $16,000. First edition in English of the first part of Marx’s landmark Das Kapital, the only part published in his lifetime, containing substantial revisions made by Marx for the first French translation. This exceptionally scarce association copy notably belonged to pre-eminent economic historian Sir William James Ashley and contains his inscription in each volume dated “1887”—the year of this work’s publication and only five years before Ashley was named professor of economics at Harvard. A scarce and important association copy of a seminal work in economic and political thought, in original gilt-lettered cloth. “Marx himself modestly described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik des Politischen Oekonomie, 1859. It was in fact the summation of his quarter of a century’s economic studies… The ‘Athenaeum’ reviewer of the first English translation (1887) later wrote: ‘Under the guise of a critical analysis of capital, Karl Marx’s work is principally a polemic against capitalists and the capitalist mode of production, and it is this polemical tone which is its chief charm.’ The historical-polemical passages, with their formidable documentation from British official sources, have remained memorable; and, as Marx… wrote to Engels while the volume was still in the press, ‘I hope the bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles all the rest of their lives.’ Carbuncles, financial embarrassment and political preoccupations of many kinds hampered Marx’s work on Das Kapital, which he would never have completed but for the material and moral support of Engels” (PMM 359). “It is doubtful that any figure in history has inspired more violently contradictory opinions than Karl Marx” (Downs, 22). “Only this first part of Marx’s magnum opus appeared in his lifetime,” with its publication in German in 1867 (PMM 359). This edition is translated from the third German edition and incorporates substantial revisions Marx made for the first French translation (1872-5). Although Engels published the German edition of volume II in 1885, his preface notes that a translation of it without volume III was necessarily incomplete; the German edition of volume III did not appear until 1894. Draper II:M129. From the library of leading historical economist Sir William James Ashley, who published the first part to his landmark Introduction to English Economic History only one year after he inscribed these volumes in 1887. Shortly thereafter Ashley was named professor of economics at Harvard. On returning to England, he became “a leading member of the British school of historical economics… [He] made a significant contribution to the development of economic history as a discipline in Britain” (Oxford DNB). Ashley “always held to much of the Marxian historical analysis… ‘It seems to me that the work of the economist should be the investigation of economic history’” (Economic Journal V.43:169, 126). With occasional penciled and inked marginalia. Volume I with photogravure portrait of Marx and two Hungarian postage stamps picturing Marx tipped to front pastedown; Clarendon Press small folding advertisement dated “June, 1888” tipped to front free endpaper. Text generally fresh with only light foxing to preliminary and terminal leaves, expert archival reinforcement to front inner paper hinges, mild edge-wear, minor toning to spines, light bubbling to original cloth (V.I). An important association copy in extremely good conditon.
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john m ay na rd k ey nes The Most Influential Economic Treatise Of The 20th Century: First Edition Of Keynes’ General Theory Of Employment, Interest And Money, 1936, In Original Dust Jacket 11. KEYNES, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936. Octavo, original blue-green cloth, dust jacket. $13,000. First edition of Keynes’ last major work, the most influential economic treatise of the 20th century, in exceedingly scarce original dust jacket. The General Theory ranks with the Wealth of Nations as an intellectual event and with Malthus’ Essay on Population as a guide to public policy. “The world-wide slump after 1929 prompted Keynes to attempt an explanation of, and new methods for controlling, the vagaries of the trade-cycle. First in A Treatise on Money, 1930, and later in his General Theory, he subjected the definitions and theories of the classical school of economics to a penetrating scrutiny and found them seriously inadequate and inaccurate” (PMM 423). Book about-fine with only minor foxing to edges; only a tiny bit of dampstaining to spine end of near-fine dust jacket.
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a ndrea pa ll a dio “No Architecture Book Has Ever Had Wider Influence”: 1715 First Edition In English Of Palladio’s Four Books Of Architecture, Superbly Illustrated With 230 Engraved Plates 12. PALLADIO, Andrea. The Architecture of A. Palladio… Revis’d, Design’d, and Publish’d by Giacomo Leoni… Translated from the Italian Original. London, 1715. Four volumes bound in two. Tall folio (12 by 18 inches), contemporary full paneled speckled calf sympathetically rebacked. $30,000. Rare first edition in English of Palladio’s enormously important treatise on architecture, including essays on building materials, the classical orders and decorative ornaments, with copper-engraved allegorical frontispiece and full-page portrait of Palladio by Picart, and 218 magnificent copper-engraved plates (15 double-page) on 203 sheets, and 12 in-text engravings—all after drawings by Giacomo Leoni. Although the first part of Palladio’s monumental work had been translated into English in the 1600s, it was not until Giacomo Leoni’s 1715 first edition in English that the complete work was published. Leoni’s edition ignited the great Palladian revival in England and its American colonies. Thomas Jefferson, for example, had many copies in his library and used Palladio as a basis for his design of Monticello. When ordering the capitals for the Pavilions at the University of Virginia from Italy, Jefferson specified that they be carved after particular plates in the 1721 edition. “Palladio is the Bible,” he told a friend whom he urged
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to get a copy of the treatise, “and stick close to it” (Randall, 151). One of the few architects of the early Renaissance to be trained as a builder, Palladio studied in Rome and in 1570 published his Quattro Libri, which “deals with every aspect of architecture from proportions to town-planning, the whole imbued with the gravitas that Palladio had derived from his study of ancient Rome… No architecture book has ever had wider influence, more especially in England. It was swiftly translated into other languages and went through numerous editions. There can be no major city in Europe that does not contain a building influenced by Palladio, and there are a great many more in America… This, published in 1715, may be regarded as the most handsome of all editions” (Great Books and Book Collectors, 175, 186). “Of all architectural books except that of Vitruvius, Palladio’s has had the greatest continuing impact” (Elements of Architecture, 113). Includes essays on building materials, the classical orders and decorative ornaments, Palladio’s own designs and his reconstructions of Greek and Roman designs, plans for ancient towns, bridges, highways, and basilicas, and plans for the reconstruction of early Roman temples. Text in English, Italian, and French. Harris 683. Bookplate of the Earl of Aylesford. Bit of foxing to Book Four title page. Plates clean and fine, impressions crisp. A beautiful copy of this splendid and influential work in contemporary paneled calf.
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sir rich a rd burton “The Highest Manifestation Of The Translator’s Art”: Trial Proof Of The First Quire Of Burton’s Translation Of Camoens’ Lusiads, Presentation Copy Inscribed By Burton In English And Arabic 13. CAMOENS, Luis Vaz de. The Lusiads. London, 1880. Small octavo, one sewn quire, custom full green morocco pull-off box and chemise. $5000. Trial proof of the first quire of Richard Burton’s translation of Camoens’ epic poem, inscribed by Burton, “William Sniely, from the Author, [in Arabic] Abdullah.” Trial states of Burton publications are extraordinarily scarce. First published in 1572, The Lusiads describes Vasco da Gama’s 1498 discovery of the sea route around Africa to India, the very same route Camoens would take in 1553, when he was sent to India as a soldier. “Burton was attracted to Camoens as the mouthpiece of the romantic period of discovery in the Indian Ocean. The voyages, the misfortunes, the chivalry, the patriotism of the poet were to him those of a brother adventurer… Burton’s aim was to present to modern English readers as much as might be of the influence that Camoens has exercised for three centuries upon the Portuguese… What to the unimaginative may seem nothing but a tour de force is in truth the highest manifestation of the translator’s art” (DNB). Biographer Edward Rice notes that Burton’s “later handwriting changed into near illegibility,” a statement certainly true of the cramped hand of the inscription seen here (Rice, 117). While operating undercover as a Pathan doctor, “the name that he took was Al-Haj (the pilgrim) Abdullah, as he used ever afterwards to sign himself in Arabic characters,” as here (DNB). This trial state has trimmed edges; the first edition was issued with uncut edges. Light soiling to outer leaf, with two small ink marks. Inscription lightly faded. About-fine condition, extremely scarce.
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A Great Rarity And One Of The Finest Of All Hemingway Association Copies: First Edition Of Hemingway’s First Book Published In The United States, In Our Time, This Copy Warmly Inscribed By Hemingway In The Year Of Publication To One Of His Closest Friends, Eric Edward Dorman-Smith, The Dedicatee Of In Our Time And The Godfather Of Hemingway’s Son Bumby
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14. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. In Our Time. New York, 1925. Octavo, original black cloth, custom cloth chemise and slipcase. $78,000. First edition, a superb association copy, of the first of Hemingway’s books published in the United States, one of only 1335 copies. This copy warmly inscribed by Hemingway to Eric Edward “Chink” Dorman-Smith, Hemingway’s hero and first and closest adult friend and the dedicatee of in our time, the earlier collection of short stories that formed the nucleus of In Our Time : “To Chink with Hommages Respectueux from his former A.D.C. [aide-de-camp] and still, with the occasional permission of His Brittanic Majesty, companion—Popplethwaite, Paris, October 1925.” Dorman-Smith first met Hemingway (whom he called “Shamus O’Popplethwaite”) in Milan in November 1918, where the nineteen-year-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. This superb collection of stories presented a number of Hemingway’s finest short pieces to the American public, including “Indian Camp,” “The Battler,” “The Three Day Blow,” and both parts of “Big Two-Hearted River.” In 1924 the Three Mountains Press in Paris published the similarly titled in our time in an edition of only 170 copies; that muchshorter work contained only the vignettes that are here called “Chapters” and interspersed among the 15 longer stories collected here for the first time. (Two of the 18 pieces that originally appeared in in our time were given titles and included here as full stories: “A Very Short Story” and “The Revolutionist.”) Hanneman A3a. Light fading to spine. Extremely good condition. One of the rarest of Hemingway’s works, with an extraordinary inscription and one of the most exceptional Hemingway associations.
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shel silv erstein “If You Are A Dreamer, Come In…”: First Edition Of Where The Sidewalk Ends, Inscribed By Shel Silverstein With A Splendid Original Drawing 15. SILVERSTEIN, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. New York, 1974. Small quarto, original brown cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $8500. First edition of Shel Silverstein’s first collection of children’s poetry, boldly inscribed across the entire front endpapers, “For Bruce—With Love, Shel Silverstein”—trailing away from a wonderful large original drawing of pen-in-hand. “The poems, ranging from serious to silly, from philosophical to ridiculous, allow the reader or listener—the rhyme and rhythm of these nonsensical poems make them perfect for reading aloud—to discover Silverstein’s greatest gift: his ability to understand the fears and wishes and silliness of children” (Silvey, 602). This collection’s colorful cast of characters includes, among others, Dirty Dan (“the dirtiest man in the world”), Jimmy Jet and his TV set (“he watched till his eyes were frozen wide, and his bottom grew into his chair”), and “the Glurpy Slurpy Skakagrall—who’s standing right behind you.” Cotsen 10243. A fine inscribed copy with an original drawing.
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jea n de bru nhoff “If There Is A Universal Symbol For Childhood, Babar The Elephant Is Probably It”: First Editions Of The First Three Babar Books 16. BRUNHOFF, Jean de. Histoire de Babar, Le Petit Éléphant. WITH: Le Voyage de Babar. WITH: Le Roi Babar. Paris, 1931-33. Three volumes. Folio (11 by 15 inches), original half blue, red, and black cloth, pictorial orange, blue, and yellow paper boards. $6000. First editions of the first three Babar books, with the author’s wonderful color illustrations, featuring one of the classic characters of children’s literature. A lovely set. “If there is a universal symbol for childhood, Babar the elephant is probably it… The inspiration for Babar came from Madame de Brunhoff, Jean’s wife, who told stories about a little elephant to amuse her young children. Their enthusiasm for the tales encouraged their artist father to shape them into illustrated books… The original Babar books were oversized in format, with the text printed in script. Subsequent editions have taken every imaginable shape and form, but the luxuriously large volumes are still the best way to fully appreciate Jean de Brunhoff’s mastery of the picture-book form. His books, as Maurice Sendak once observed, ‘have a freedom and charm, a freshness of vision, that captivates and takes the breath away… Between 1931 and 1937, he completed a body of work that forever changed the face of the illustrated book’” (Silvey, 191). First issue of Histoire de Babar, with no elephant logo on verso of title page. Text in French. Stamp from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair on title page of Le Voyage de Babar. Books generally bright and lovely, a bit of wear and soiling to a few boards, only mild toning to portions of boards. A wonderful set of scarce first editions in extremely good to near-fine condition.
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egy p t “One Of The Most Fascinating Books In The Whole Of Egyptian Literature” (Howard Carter): Superb First Edition Of Belzoni’s Excavations In Egypt, 1820, With Scarce Atlas Folio Volume Of HandColored Plates 17. (EGYPT) BELZONI, Giovanni Battista. Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations, in Egypt and Nubia. WITH: Plates Illustrative of the Researches and Operations of G. Belzoni. London, 1820. Two volumes. Text volume: Quarto, contemporary full tan calf rebacked with original spine laid down. Plate volume: Slim atlas folio (19 by 23-1/2 inches), contemporary three-quarter brown calf gilt rebacked and recornered. $28,500. First edition of this riveting account of archeological discovery by “the first man known to have excavated in the Valley of the Kings,” with large folding map of the Nile region and scarce atlas folio comprised of 44 plates on 34 sheets (2 folding), including 40 superb hand-colored illustrations (19 lithographs directly after Belzoni himself and 21 other fine engravings of Egyptian antiquities and views), and four uncolored topographical maps and plans. An exceptional copy in contemporary binding with stunning plates with very vivid color and in fine condition.
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“Belzoni made the mysteries of Pharoah a part of the popular culture of England… He was the first man known to have excavated in the Valley of the Kings” (Romer, 51). Funded by Henry Salt, British Consul in Egypt, Belzoni sailed to Thebes, where he unearthed and removed the colossal stone bust of Rameses II, and shipped it to England. His success prompted Salt to underwrite further investigations—at Edfu, Elephantine and Philae, Abu Simbel, Karnak, Giza and opening the sepulchre of Seti I. Upon his return to London, he arranged for the publication of his account “and also for an exhibition of his finds, casts, and drawings… [which] drew huge crowds” (Clayton, 42). The superb folio plate volume has been described as “the first English work of any importance to use lithography” (Blackmer 116). Egyptologist Howard Carter regarded Belzoni’s work as “one of the most fascinating books in the whole of Egyptian literature” (Clayton, 43). The plates in this copy bear the imprint “1820” and are printed on paper watermarked either 1818 or 1819. Abbey, Travel 268. Light foxing to first and last few leaves of scarce text volume. Atlas folio quite beautiful and fine, plate impressions crisp and colors vivid. A fine copy. Scarce complete.
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Exceptional Churchill Presentation/Association Copy: First Edition Of Churchill’s Scarce Marlborough, Inscribed In All Volumes, Each In The Year Of Publication, To Historian George Macaulay Trevelyan, Descendant Of The Historian Who Denigrated Marlborough 18. CHURCHILL, Winston. Marlborough: His Life and Times. London, 1933-38. Four volumes. Octavo, original plum cloth. $37,000. First trade editions, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles, inscribed and dated by Churchill to George Macaulay Trevelyan in each volume. Tipped in to the front pastedown endpaper of Volume I is a typed letter signed by Churchill to Trevelyan, thanking him for the use of a letter and sending him a prepublication copy of Volume I of Marlborough. Future prime minister Winston Churchill, who was named after Marlborough’s father and was the nephew of the Eighth Duke of Marlborough, wrote this history of his famous ancestor to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. “Though it was a commissioned work, Churchill would not have invested nearly a million words and ten years had it not had special significance for him” (Wiedhorn, 110). “It may be his greatest book. To understand the Churchill of the Second World War, the majestic blending of his commanding English with historical precedent, one has to read Marlborough” (Langworth, 164). Noted historian George Macaulay Trevelyan, the great-nephew of Macaulay, was the recipient of this copy. The signed typed letter tipped in to Volume I reads, in part: “My dear Trevelyan, I am anxious that you should receive a copy of my book… I feel that my criticism of Macaulay will distress you. But as I proceeded I could not help becoming more conscious of the continued and progressive injury which Marlborough has suffered and will continue to suffer at his hands.” The dated inscriptions in each volume read, with minor variation, “To George M. Trevelyan from Winston Churchill.” Macaulay, a Whig, was extremely critical of Marlborough, a Tory, in his unfinished History of England from the Accession of James the Second. Issued simultaneously with the signed limited edition of 155 copies. Errata slips present in Volumes II and III; without errata slip to Volume I, as is expected from a prepublication copy. Without original dust jackets. Cohen A97.2. Woods A40a. Very minor occasional foxing to interiors, front inner hinge of Volume III expertly reinforced. Expert restoration to lower edge of front cover in Volume I, fading to spines of Volumes I to III. Near-fine condition. Inscribed Marlborough sets are extremely scarce, especially with such impeccable association and provenance.
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rich a rd h a k lu y t “It Is Difficult To Overrate The Importance And Value Of This Extraordinary Collection Of Voyages”: First Expanded Edition Of Hakluyt’s Monumental Principal Navigations, 1599-1600, The First English Collection Of Voyages And An Essential Catalyst In The Colonization Of America 19. HAKLUYT, Richard. The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation. London, 1599-1600. Three volumes bound in two. Quarto, early 20th-century full olive morocco gilt, full morocco pull-off boxes. $42,000. Rare first edition of Hakluyt’s expanded collection of voyages, the first and greatest of its kind. The esteemed Hersholt-GreenhillBorowitz copy, beautifully bound in full morocco by Pratt. “This enormous work… is the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea, and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethans” (PMM). A vigorous propagandist and empire-builder, Hakluyt “met many of the great navigators—Drake, Raleigh, Gilbert, Frobisher and others—corresponded with Ortelius and Mercator and collected all the material on voyages he could find” (PMM). By 1600 he was able to fill the three folio volumes of this definitive edition of The Principal Navigations: called by Froude “an invaluable treasure of material for the history of geography, discovery, and colonization” (DNB). Voyages and accounts are arranged by both chronology and region, and contain personal reports by explorers, merchants and diplomats. As usual, this copy is the second issue of Volume I, with the cancel title page dated 1599. The account of Essex’s expedition to Cadiz (often absent) is supplied in fine printed facsimile, bound in. This set does not contain the Mercator projection world map, which was only issued with a handful of copies. This copy does, however, contain a fine facsimile, bound in. Text embellished with numerous woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. Church 322. Hill 743. Cox I:4. Sabin 29596, 29597, 29598. The copy of esteemed collectors Jean Hersholt and Harold Greenhill, with their bookplates; this copy was also in the collection of David and Lulu Borowitz. A fine copy, very handsomely bound, with distinguished provenance.
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hu mphry rep ton “The Overlays… Have Caused Collectors To Treasure His Engravings”: Repton’s Illustrated Landscape Gardening, 1803 First Edition 20. REPTON, Humphry. Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. London, 1803. Folio (12 by 14-1/2 inches), modern three-quarter dark green morocco. $15,000. First edition of this influential and beautifully illustrated manual, with stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait, 24 aquatint plates (one folding)—12 hand-colored, three tinted, and 12 with folding overslips, three line-engraved building plans, 11 aquatint vignettes (two with overslips), and numerous wood-engraved in-text illustrations, views, plans, and a hand-colored diagram. A handsomely bound copy, most desirable uncut and with all folding overslips present. Rejecting the formalism of his early mentors, William Kent and Lancelot Brown, Repton adopted a more natural and varied style of ornamentation, which has been described as combining “artistical knowledge… with good taste and good sense” (DNB). “Repton’s… facility as a watercolorist enabled him to illustrate his proposed ‘improvements’ by means of charming perspective views furnished with flaps designed to allow the prospective client to make a direct comparison between his park in its improved and unimproved condition… he was mentioned by name in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park” (Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of English Architects, 489-90). “Repton’s book is not a theoretical treatise… He offers instead a guide to his approach to landscape design, with explanations of his aims and his methods of achieving them in specific instances” (Millard). “The overlays in Repton’s books on landscape gardening, by means of which he showed selected prospects before and after he had turned his hand to them, have caused collectors to treasure his engravings as curiosities, but they are remarkable as well for the excellence of his draftsmanship” (Ray). Abbey, Scenery 390. Tooley 399. Millard, British Books 65 (second edition). Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England 38. Engraved armorial bookplate tipped to verso of title page. Marginal paper repair to two text leaves only, page 135 and Index leaf, not affecting text. Skillful repair to verso of folding plate; frontispiece portrait lightly spotted, with minor marginal paper repairs. Handsome morocco-gilt binding fine, handcoloring vivid, all folding overslips present and fine. A very clean, wide-margined, uncut copy.
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jerusa lem With 12 Lovely Very Large Folio Color Lithographs Of Important Jerusalem Landmarks: Souvenirs De Jerusalem, 1861 First Edition In Original Wrappers 21. (JERUSALEM) PÂRIS, Francois Edmond. Souvenirs de Jerusalem. Paris, circa 1861. Elephant folio (20 by 25 inches), text and plates loose as issued in original printed paper wrappers respined. $16,000. First and only edition of this rare monumental architectural record of sacred places in Jerusalem, with 14 beautiful large folio lithographs, two tinted and 12 vividly printed in colors. Scarce and desirable in original printed paper wrappers. Vice-Admiral Pâris’ sea service included three circumnavigations, with Dumont d’Urville and Laplace. The majority of the plates included in his Souvenirs de Jerusalem illustrate building interiors—the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Omar and Aksa mosques, and others featuring the Church of the Nativity and an unusual view of the interior of the Golden Gate (Gate of Mercy). One of the tinted plates is a fine landscape view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. The title page bears a mounted lithographic plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Pâris rose through the naval ranks, and was appointed Vice-Admiral before his retirement to the Musée de la Marine as Director in 1871. Text in French. Blackmer 1255. Tobler, 231. Contemporary owner inscription on title page dated 1871. Light foxing to a few plates, chiefly marginal, color vivid. Minor soiling to wrappers. An excellent copy of this rare and beautifully illustrated work, most desirable in original wrappers.
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fr a ncesco guicci a rdini “Worldly Passion, Ambition And Self-Interest Are The Mainspring Of Human Activity”: Guicciardini’s Historie Of Italy, 1599, “The First History Of Europe,” With The Gilt Arms Of Elizabeth I 22. GUICCIARDINI, Francesco. The Historie of Guicciardin: Containing the Warres of Italie… Reduced into English by Geffray Fenton. London, 1599. Quarto, contemporary full brown calf rebacked and recornered with original spine laid down, gilt arms of Queen Elizabeth I stamped on front and rear boards. $7800. Second edition in English of “the first history of Europe” (PMM), handsomely bound and stamped in gilt with the arms of the book’s dedicatee, Elizabeth I. Like his Florentine neighbor and friend Niccolo Machiavelli, Guicciardini drew on rich and varied first-hand political experience. The scion of a noble Florentine family, he served as ambassador to Aragon, then under the Medici popes Leo X and Clement VII as governor in various parts of the papal states, and finally as generalissimo of the anti-imperial league of Cognac—and as such, he was held responsible for the sack of Rome in 1527 and dismissed. “The ingenious and ostensibly ingenuous defense of his own political and military activities is on a par with that of retired politicians and generals of every age… Guicciardini wrote the first history of all Italy within the larger context of the European system of states and thus demonstrated the synchronistic interdependence of political events all over the continent. He was less interested in the facts themselves… than in their causes and effects; these he discussed with the perspicacity of a Renaissance politician and diplomatist, dissecting the intentions and actions of the chief players on the European stage and proving… that worldly passion, ambition and self-interest are the mainspring of human activity” (PMM 85). The first complete edition of L’Historia d’Italia came out 21 years after Guicciardini’s death in 1567; the first edition in English was published in 1579. Wood-cut headpieces and initials. STC 12459. Pforzheimer 442. Interior generally quite clean. First few leaves (blanks) brittle and creased; small marginal loss to leaves 3L4 and 3Y3, not affecting text. Early ink notations to boards. An extremely good copy in handsome contemporary calf-gilt bearing the arms of the dedicatee, Queen Elizabeth I.
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edwa rd gibbon “The Greatest Historical Work Ever Written”: Full First Edition Of Gibbon’s Landmark Decline And Fall, In Beautiful Contemporary Tree Calf 23. GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London, 1776-88. Six volumes. Quarto, contemporary full tree calf gilt sympathetically rebacked. $34,000. Full first edition set of one of the great classics of Western thought, with three engraved folding maps by Kitchin of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire and of Constantinople and frontispiece portrait of Gibbon, very beautiful in contemporary tree calf-gilt. “This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works… Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equaled to this day; and the result was clothed in inimitable prose” (PMM 222). “For 22 years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly 1500 years. And so thorough were his methods that the laborious investigations of German scholarship, the keen criticisms of theological zeal, and the steady researches of (two) centuries have brought to light very few important errors in the results of his labors… It is still entitled to be esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written” (Adams, 146-7). Volume I is first state (Norton’s first variant), with all signed cancels called for (X4, 3R2, 3S4, a4 and b2). Frontispiece portrait in Volume I; maps of Eastern Roman Empire and Constantinople bound in Volume II; map of the Western Roman Empire bound in Volume III. Bound with all half titles. Norton 20, 23, 29. Rothschild 942. Grolier 100. Occasional marginalia. Generally fresh and fine with only minor marginal repair to half title of Volume VI. Archival tape repair to closed tear at leaf 2M1 of Volume II. Contemporary tree calf boards with a few spots of expert restoration, beautifully rebacked. A fine set.
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léon ba kst Ballet Russe Costumes: Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty,” Signed By Bakst, With 56 Mounted Color Plates By Léon Bakst And Portrait Of Bakst By Picasso: Large Folio Limited Edition, An Exceptional Copy 24. BAKST, Léon. L’Oeuvre de Leon Bakst pour La Belle au Bois Dormant. Paris, 1922. Large folio, original limp cream paper covers, slipcase. $7500. Signed limited first French edition, number 19 of only 500 copies signed by both Bakst and publisher Maurice de Brunoff, with 56 mounted color plates (54 full-page costumes and sets for the Ballet Russes, with letterpress tissue-guards), and a portrait of Bakst by Picasso. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor and publisher, “á Monsieur René Goutchot, amateur de beaux livres, tres amical et respectueux hommage de l’editeur. Jacques de Brunhoff, 31 Decembre 1930.” A fine uncut copy. A gifted painter, Bakst is best remembered for the sets and costumes he designed for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in the early decades of the 20th century. His exotic and sumptuous designs, in conjunction with Diaghilev’s radical and provocative choreography, helped revitalize ballet and lay the framework for modern interpretive dance. It was the Ballet Russes that first brought Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty (renamed Sleeping Princess) to the west in 1921, featuring scenery and costumes by Bakst. “Bakst’s greatest claim to theatrical glory lies in his feeling for synthesis, in his impeccable instinct for harmony” (Levinson). Plates and text fine, fragile original wrappers in exceptionally fresh condition. Expert restoration to original slipcase. An extraordinary copy.
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f. scot t fi tzger a ld “Fitzgerald Had Found His Voice”: First Issue Of The Great Gatsby In Exceptionally Rare Unrestored Original Dust Jacket, The Centerpiece Of Any Modern American Fiction Collection 25. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, 1925. Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket, custom morocco clamshell box. $168,000. First edition, first issue, in the very rare first-issue dust jacket, of one of the most important and sought-after classics of modern literature. An exceptional copy of this great rarity, fine in an extremely good entirely unrestored dust jacket. In 1922, having already written This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and Damned, Fitzgerald told his publisher Max Perkins, “I want to write something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned” (Bruccoli, 198). The triumphant result three years later was The Great Gatsby, published just before what Fitzgerald called the summer of “1,000 parties and no work” (Fitch, 183). Noted critic Cyril Connolly called Gatsby one of the half dozen best American novels: 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” (The Modern Movement, 48). Fitzgerald “had put away the harsh smartness which he considered the greatest flaw of his earlier work. Here in its place was a taut realism but also a gossamer romance, a yearning and straining after the beauty that hangs by a thread, a lyric compassion. Fitzgerald had found his voice and at last done something truly his own” (Turnbull, 150-51). The dust jacket of The Great Gatsby is in itself something of a legend. According to one account, the jacket was actually commissioned months before the book was completed and Fitzgerald was so inspired by the haunting image of the eyes that he wrote a scene around it (“For Christ’s sake don’t give anyone that jacket,” he wrote to Perkins. “I’ve written it into the book”). Not only is the dust jacket one of the most recognizable of the 20th century, it is also one of the rarest. First-issue book, with “sick in tired” on page 205, and all five other points; first-issue dust jacket, with “ j” in “ jay Gatsby” on back cover hand-corrected. Bruccoli A11.Ia. Bookseller ticket and embossing. Book fine. Bright and lovely dust jacket entirely unrestored, with early tape repairs to verso, shallow chipping to spine ends, and a few closed tears and only light wear to extremities. An extraordinary copy, most rare in an unrestored dust jacket.
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sl av e ship ’s muster roll The Triangular Rum-Slavery Trade Between North America, West Africa And The West Indies: 1787 Rhode Island Slave Ship’s Muster Roll 26. (SLAVERY). Ship’s muster roll, printed and completed in manuscript. Providence: John Carter, circa 1780s; completed by hand in Newport, Rhode Island, 1787. Broadside, measures 13 by 16 inches. $4500. Rare printed and manuscript ship’s muster roll, listing 11 crew members under the command of William Gardner, bound from the port of “Newport on Rhode Island to the Coast of Africa & from thence to the West Indies and back to said Newport.” Rhode Island had long established a virtual monopoly over the triangular rum-slavery trade between North America, West Africa and the West Indies. Given the itinerary of this Newport merchant ship-from West Africa to the West Indies and then back to Newport-it is almost certain that the Brigantine Washington was a slave ship whose human cargo was to be brought to the West Indies to be sold into slavery. Including the Master, William Gardner, the ship’s crew totaled 11 people, with two Mates, one Cooper, six Sailors and one Boy. Two stains, a few tiny splits at folds. An extraordinary document in near-fine condition.
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ludw ig va n beethov en “Fiendishly Difficult”: Rare First Edition Of The Kreutzer Sonata, Beethoven’s Greatest Work For Violin 27. BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. Sonata per il Piano forte ed un Violino obligato... Composta e dedicata al suo amico R. Kreutzer… Opera 47. Bonn, 1805. Piano Part: Oblong folio, contemporary blue paper covers respined, pp.35. Violin Part: Folio, contemporary blue paper spine in later matching paper wrappers, pp.12; together in custom clamshell box. $9500. Rare first edition of Beethoven’s landmark Kreutzer Sonata, violin sonata no. 9, fully engraved. The Kreutzer Sonata was originally dedicated to virtuoso violinist George Bridgetower, a friend of Beethoven with whom he performed in the houses of the nobility. After a falling-out with Bridgetower, Beethoven rededicated the Sonata to Kreutzer, another famous violinist. “The Kreutzer… might initially seem to require nothing more than virtuosity… Both parts are fiendishly difficult, although the piano is very much the dominant party and carries much of the weight—especially the first movement. The passionate exchanges and heavy counterpoint of this movement are particularly dramatic and inspired Tolstoy to write his novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, about a wifemurderer in which music is condemned as being a powerful and morally subversive force” (Staines et al., 39). Tolstoy’s novella in turn later inspired Janáček’s brilliant String Quartet No. 1. Variant title page with “uno stile” instead of “un stilo” and “per” before “L. van Beethoven,” as listed in Kinsky-Halm. Kinsky-Halm, 111. Dorfmuller, 214 and 255 (plate 3). Munisch catalogue 76. CPM 4: 285. Hirsch IV: 287. Hoboken 228. Plates unusually fresh and readable, with only most minor marginal soiling to last leaf of violin part. A landmark work in exceptional condition.
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illu minated lea f Stunning 15th-Century Illuminated Leaf Depicting Saint Nicholas And The Three Schoolboys 28. (ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated leaf from a mid-15th-century Book of Hours. France, circa 1450. Single sheet of parchment (4 by 3 inches), with a miniature of Saint Nicholas and containing an initial letter on a gold-leaf ground. Silk matted and window framed, entire piece measures 11-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches. $13,800. Original medieval illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours in Latin, with a miniature showing Saint Nicholas raising three schoolboys from the dead, with a beautiful four-line initial letter “H” executed in red against a gold-leaf background, with intricate leaf-and-tendril designs extending throughout the margins. The vibrant miniature illustration shows Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, wearing his bishop’s mitre and carrying a staff, raising three schoolboys from the dead. The schoolboys had been killed and dismembered by a shopkeeper, and the shopkeeper’s wife had put the mutilated bodies in a pickling barrel to be used later as food. Saint Nicholas blessed the barrel, miraculously bringing the three boys back to life. This richly illuminated leaf contains part of the Latin text of a Book of Hours, produced in France (possibly Rouen) and rendered in a Continental Caroline Miniscule bookhand, with a four-line capital “H.” The verso shows 15 lines of Latin text, a twoline capital “D,” also in gold-leaf against a red background and with an intricate leaf-and-tendril border. A fine illuminated leaf, beautifully framed.
29. (ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated manuscript leaf from a Latin Book of Hours. France: Use of Tours, circa 1480. Single vellum leaf (5 by 7 inches); handsomely window matted and framed, entire piece measures 13-1/2 by 16 inches. $14,000. Spectacular illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours, with liquid gold initials, intricate border panels of blue and gold acanthus leaves, and two wonderful miniature paintings: a rare inspirational depiction of God (recto), and a portrait of John the Evangelist (verso). Scribed in 24 lines of black and red Bâtard script, with two one-line initials and two two-line initials in liquid gold on red and blue rectangular grounds and lovely full fore-edge border panels, both recto and verso, of blue and gold acanthus leaves. One rarely found miniature shows God in a royal red cloak and crown surrounded by a golden aura; the other is of John the Evangelist scribing the Gospel. Fine condition, beautifully framed.
“Converte Nos, Deus Salutaris Noster…”: Beautiful Pair Of Illuminated Leaves From A French Book Of Hours, Circa 1500, With Rich Miniature And Prayers Celebrating The Coronation Of The Virgin Mary 30. (ILLUMINATED LEAF) Two illuminated leaves from a French Book of Hours. Paris (?), circa 1500. Two vellum illuminated leaves, one measuring 3 by 4 inches, the other 3 by 3-1/2 inches; window-matted and framed, measuring 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches. $12,500. Two vivid illuminated leaves from a French Book of Hours, circa 1500, featuring a richly painted miniature depicting the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and manuscript text of compline prayers. A bright and beautiful piece, handsomely framed. In Marian devotion, the mother of Jesus is also the Queen of Heaven. Her coronation proved a popular subject for medieval painters and, as this splendid framed piece demonstrates, scribes and illuminators. A beautiful piece, in fine condition.
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Illuminated Leaf From A 15th-Century French Book Of Hours, With Two Splendid Miniatures, One Of God
“Lord, Thy Hidden Presence, Grant Me What I Thirst For And Implore, In The Revelation Of Thy Essence To Behold Thy Glory Evermore”: Fine Illuminated Leaf From A 16th-Century Cistercian Nun’s Benedictional
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31. (ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated manuscript leaf from a Benedictional. France, circa 1525. Single vellum leaf (4-1/2 by 7 inches); handsomely matted and window-framed, entire piece measures 13 by 16 inches. $9000. Lovely illuminated leaf from a 16th-century prayer book and Benedictional scribed an angular gothic script in Latin for the use of French Cistercian nuns, with a very large elaborate blue initial on a beautiful floriated gilt ground bordered in red and white and with three lovely one-line initials and two line-fillers, handsomely matted and framed. The text of this leaf features the end of the famous hymn of St. Thomas Aquinas, Adoro Te Devote, as well as several other variations of wellknown prayers offered in devotions to Christ. This leaf is from Cistercian House (1147-1791), which was presumably a nunnery, since the opening. This compelling, illustrated work would have been for the education of female novices, who would have promised to live secundum regulam sancti Benediciti. The illumination within this work show considerable similarities with those of the master of Francois de Rohan, active in Paris circa 1525-1546. Slight water spotting to verso, recto fine. A beautiful leaf.
Lovely Illuminated Leaf From A 15th-Century Italian Book Of Hours 32. (ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated manuscript leaf from a Book of Hours. Italy (possibly Tuscany), circa 1460-80. Single vellum bifolium (4-1/2 by 3-1/4 inches); handsomely matted and windowframed, entire piece measures 11-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches. $5000. Lovely illuminated bifolium from a 15thcentury Italian Book of Hours featuring a magnificent large capital initial “O.” Handsomely matted and window-framed. The polychrome-and-gilt floral capital initial is from The Order of the Holy Spirit. Leaves from this book, especially those with initials, are closely related to those of a manuscript of Eusebius written by Quirico da Prato in 1462. Fine condition. Handsomely framed.
33. ADAMS, Ansel. Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. Berkeley, 1938. Large folio, original white cloth. $14,000. 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.” 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). Commissioned by a president of the Sierra Club to assemble a book of photographs in tribute to his son, who died in a climbing accident, Adams created this outstanding volume, whose striking halftones set a new high standard for photobooks. Included is “Half Dome,” widely considered his first masterpiece and “one of Adams’ most famous mountain subjects” (New York Times). In these images Adams created a timeless vision “of the Sierra Nevada—the revelation of the beauty of wide horizons and the tender perfection of detail” (Foreword). Each separately mounted halftone print measures nine by seven inches. Without extremely scarce dust jacket. Plates fine and beautiful, original cloth with expert restoration to spine and extremities. Highly desirable.
“If We Are The Youngest Of The Great Peoples, Our History Is Neither Simple, Short Nor Unimportant”: Gorgeously Bound And Illustrated Signed Limited Edition Set Of Adams’ History Of The United States, 1933 34. ADAMS, James Truslow. History of the United States. New York, 1933. Four volumes. Octavo, contemporary full blue morocco gilt, cardboard slipcases. $2800. Signed limited “Federal Edition,” one of only 770 sets signed by the popular and prolific historian. A very fine and beautiful set. A native New Englander who received favorable attention for his works of local and regional history (including a Pulitzer for The Founding of New England, 1922), Adams first chronicled the whole nation’s past with The Epic of America (1931)—even as he lived in London. This four-volume set chronicles America from Columbus’ discovery through the onset of the Great Depression. Adams was “a principled amateur in a field increasingly dominated by university scholars” who balanced his criticisms of American society and culture with his dedication “to the principle that human civilization had progressed and would continue to progress” (ANB). With hundreds of full-page and in-text illustrations and facsimiles, including fine full-page photographs and reproductions of military, political and literary figures, and scenes of American life. A very fine and beautiful set housed in lightly worn slipcases.
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“Snow-Capped Peaks And Gemlike Mountain Lakes”: Signed Limited Edition Of Sierra Nevada Signed By Ansel Adams, One Of 500 Copies, With 50 Exquisite Halftone Plates
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“Future Travellers Will Do Well Not To Think That They Are Setting Out Upon A Mere Promenade”: Scarce First Edition Of Burton’s Lake Regions Of Central Africa 35. (AFRICA) BURTON, Richard F. The Lake Regions of Central Africa. A Picture of Exploration. London, 1860. Two volumes. Octavo, original brick-red cloth. $7200. First edition of Burton’s account of his journey to Lake Tanganyika, with folding map, 12 full-page tinted plates and additional in-text woodcuts. One of Burton’s unrivaled African narratives, The Lake Regions of Central Africa documents a journey of exploration from Zanzibar Island to the village of Ujiji on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Together with John Hanning Speke, Burton carefully explored and charted much of the great lake, thought by many to be a major source of the Nile. His account conveys the manners and customs of the region’s inhabitants as well as its natural history and geography in the highly literate and exciting style that characterizes the best of Burton’s work. First-issue text in second-issue binding, as usual (the violet cloth binding extremely scarce—very few copies originally sold). Penzer, 65-6. Expert paper repairs to top margins of title pages, not affecting print. Occasional scattered light foxing; some finger soiling. Expert repairs to joints and inner paper hinges; cloth bright. A very good copy.
“The Highest Step In Aristotle’s System”: 1801 First Edition In English Of Aristotle’s Metaphysics 36. ARISTOTLE. The Metaphysics of Aristotle, Translated from the Greek; with Copious Notes. London, 1801. Large quarto, original drab boards respined in early 20th-century red cloth, custom clamshell box. $6000. First edition in English of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, exceptional widemargined copy in contemporary boards. “The Metaphysics forms the highest step in Aristotle’s system, and deals with the first principles of all existence. Here he grapples with the deepest questions of philosophy” (Peck, 130). Translated by Thomas Taylor, a leading English classicist of the day. “In his knowledge of Plato and Aristotle he has never been equaled by any Englishman, and he is still the most important disseminator of ancient philosophy in the history of English and American literature. Taylor went on to complete all the works of Aristotle, but his introduction and important ‘Dissertation’ [which appear here] were not included in the Works” (Axon, 11). “This edition contains some valuable matter by the translator, not reprinted in the ninth volume of his complete translation of Aristotle’s Works [the 1812 second edition]” (Lowndes, 69). With half title. Bookplate of English business magnate Sir Ernest Ridley Debenham. Occasional scattered light foxing to text; inner paper hinges expertly reinforced. Wear to extremities of paper boards and cloth spine. A lovely copy.
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sta mp act “The Enormous Engine Fabricated By The British Parliament For Battering Down All The Rights And Liberties Of America, I Mean The Stamp Act” (John Adams): Exceptionally Rare And Important First Printing Of The 1765 Stamp Act 37. (AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (PARLIAMENT). (Stamp Act). London, 1765. Folio, disbound; pp. (2) 279-310, custom clamshell box. $24,000. Very rare first printing of the 1765 Stamp Act, turning the course toward Revolution with a signal that “the only way for the American colonists to solve their differences with Great Britain was to tear away from it completely. Doing that meant war” (Hayes). Less than 1100 copies were printed. The Stamp Act of 1765 marked a sharp break from the past as “the first direct, internal tax ever to be laid on the colonies by Parliament; indeed, the first tax of any sort other than customs duties” (Morison, 185). Parliament’s plan for this “tax to be imposed on paper… had its first reading in the Commons (before a half-empty House) in early February 1765,” with enactment set for November. To scores of enraged colonials, “the Stamp Act seemed to announce not just an illegal tax but also a gag on the production and distribution of free political information” (Schama 457-8). It is not too much to say that the “American Revolution began… with resistance to the Stamp Act” (Smith I:257). Printed in gothic type (indicative of first edition). These first printings, from the Fourth and Fifth Sessions of the Twelfth Parliament, are from its Sessional Volumes: the earliest and most accurate contemporary source of the texts, preceding all the American printings. Acts printed prior to 1796 are extremely scarce, since the maximum number printed was only around 1100 copies (see Report of the Committee for the Promulgation of the Statutes, 1796). Sweet & Maxwell II:176. Church 1054. Stevens 6. Howes A285. Sabin 1606. Fine condition.
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“That Gasp Of Wonder That Was The Asimovian Grail”: First Editions Of The Original Foundation Trilogy, Signed By Asimov In Foundation And Empire 38. ASIMOV, Isaac. Foundation. WITH: Foundation and Empire. WITH: Second Foundation. WITH: Foundation’s Edge. New York, 1951-53. Together three volumes. Octavo, original half blue cloth, dust jackets. $8800. First editions of “one of the most influential works of modern science fiction” (Chronology of American Literature), signed in the second novel by Asimov. Winner of a special 1966 Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series”—an award even Asimov believed was created solely to honor Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings—this epic saga transposes Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire into a futuristic key. Critic and fellow science fiction writer Thomas Disch praises the Foundation books for powerfully evoking the “gasp of wonder [that] was the Asimovian grail.” The original trilogy, based on stories published in Astounding Science Fiction between 1942-50, not only set the standard for all “future histories” to follow but also helped secure Asimov’s status as a giant in the genre. First editions, with correct page dimensions. All books of the original trilogy in “A” bindings and dust jackets (Currey, 12-13, 15). Books extremely good (Foundation), near-fine (Foundation and Empire) and fine (Second Foundation). Foundation with expert restoration to bright lovely dust jacket, Foundation and Empire dust jacket quite bright with light rubbing, mild soiling; Second Foundation jacket price-clipped with slight rubbing, light soiling..
1635 English Translation Of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations 39. AURELIUS, Marcus. The Roman Emperor, His Meditations Concerning Himselfe: Treating of a Naturall Mans happinesse; Wherein it consisteth, and of the meanes to attaine unto it. London, 1635. Small quarto, 18th-century full brown tree calf. $5000. Second edition of the first English translation of one of the world’s great classics, published only one year after the first edition. A lovely copy. The Meditations have been considered by many “one of the great books of all time… [and as] the most human of all books” (Britannica). Aurelius’ Meditations “are a collection of maxims and thoughts in the spirit of the Stoic philosophy, which… breathe the purist sentiments of piety and benevolence” (Peck, 90). “No one would now dare write a book like Marcus Aurelius’… The Meditations, and present it to the world as philosophy. He didn’t either. But once published, these, his most intimate thoughts, were considered among the most precious of all philosophical utterances by his contemporaries, by all Western Civilization after they returned to favor at the Renaissance, and most especially by the Victorian English, amongst whom The Meditations was a household book” (Rexroth, 112). This translation by Meric Casaubon (son of the great scholar Isaac Casaubon) is the first directly into English; Casaubon’s elegant and scholarly translation was still being reprinted in the 20th century. With woodcut initials and type-ornaments; without folding plate depicting Roman pottery found only in some copies. Brueggemann 342-43. Palmer, 16. STC 963. Graesse, 153. Interior clean; marginal tattering to final leaf of index. Front joint expertly repaired. An exceptional copy.
40. BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. Sixieme symphonie Pastorale en fa majeur… Oeuvre 68. Leipzig, 1826. Octavo, 20th-century half red morocco. $8500. First edition of the full score of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (Pastoral), fully engraved. The announcement of Beethoven’s concert of December 22, 1808 appearing a few days earlier in the Wiener Zeitung referred to “A Symphony, entitled: ‘A Recollection of Country Life.’” The word “pastoral” is first found in a violin part used at the first performance. Beethoven feared that the “program” aspect of the symphony would overwhelm the music, and he warned that the symphony was “More an expression of feeling than a painting.” However, the “Pastoral” is program music at its best, a vivid expression of feelings inspired by the nature—especially the realistic birdcalls in the coda of the second movement, and the small-town brass band and “muttering of thunder” in the third movement (Sherman & Biancoli, 581). Kinsky-Halm, 163. Hoboken, 304. Hirsch IV:311. Typed note and pencil notation stating that this copy was presented as a gift to William Strickland, the first music director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra from 1946 to 1951. Marginal paper repair to title page, a bit of foxing to score. An extremely good copy.
Beautiful Illustrated Folio King James Bible, In Ornate Contemporary Binding, With Book Of Common Prayer And Metrical Psalter , 1702-11, With Fine Folding Maps 41. (BIBLE). The Book of Common Prayer. London, 1711. BOUND WITH: The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New. Amsterdam?, 1708, 1707. BOUND WITH: The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. London, 1702. Thick folio (10 by 16-1/2 inches), contemporary full diced brown calf rebacked. $9200. Beautiful 1707-8 King James Bible, 1711 Book of Common Prayer and 1702 metrical Psalms, with engraved title page and six engraved folding maps: the World, Jerusalem, Canaan, the travels of St. Paul, and two of the Holy Land. This Bible presents the text of the King James translation, with the marginal notes of the Geneva version. “No doubt printed abroad, probably at Amsterdam” (Herbert, 897). This edition was issued without the Apocrypha, which has been supplied here from another printing. With engraved titlepage to Bible, and with handsome woodcut initials at the beginning of each book. Without clasps. Darlow & Moule 1708. Herbert 897. Contemporary binding is dated 1723 on the central lozenges of both boards. Owner name covered over on title page of Book of Common Prayer. Large folding maps with wear to extremities. Scattered light foxing; marginal paper repairs to last two leaves of metrical psalter, not affecting text. Elaborate contemporary binding in excellent condition. A beautiful copy.
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First Edition Of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” (Sixth) Symphony
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Splendidly Bound And Illustrated 1723 King James Bible, With Over 200 Engravings, Folding Maps Of Holy Land, And Book Of Common Prayer 42. (BIBLE) (BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER). The Holy Bible. London, 1723. Thick folio (9 by 14 inches), contemporary full red paneled morocco rebacked with original elaborately gilt-decorated spine laid down. $6000. Impressive 1723 King James Bible, illustrated with over 200 copper-plate engravings by James Cole, handsomely bound, together with the Book of Common Prayer, in beautiful full contemporary morocco-gilt. A magnificent volume with fine folding maps. First published in 1611 and indisputably the most influential of English Bible translations, the King James Version has exercised incalculable influence on piety, language and literature. This edition is illustrated with more than 200 copper-plate engravings by James Cole, arranged four per plate. “Before 1750… the illustrations in most English Bibles came from separately published suites of designs engraved by John Sturt (1716) and James Cole (1724) and added to plain texts of the Bible by the bookseller or the purchaser” (Oxford Companion to the Bible). This Bible also contains six folding maps with a separate title page, printed in red and black, “Sacred Geography Contained in Six Maps” (also published by Ware, 1727). Bound before the biblical text is an Oxford 1726 edition of the magisterial Book of Common Prayer. Bible with additional engraved title page and separate New Testament title page (dated 1722). Prayer book with engraved frontispiece portrait of King George II and additional engraved architectural title page (by Sturt). Includes Apocrypha. Also bound with a 1726 edition of Downame’s Concordance. Darlow & Moule 754. Herbert 965. Griffiths 1726:2 (prayer book). Folding map of Paradise with closed tear, loss to lower left corner; closed tear with loss to folding map of Jerusalem; text and plates generally quite clean with only minor marginal dampstaining; contemporary morocco-gilt very handsome. An beautiful Bible in excellent condition.
Very Finely Bound 1813 Quarto Edition Of The King James Bible, Two Volumes In Elegant Contemporary Morocco-Gilt 43. BIBLE. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments. London, 1813. Two volumes. Quarto (10 by 12-1/2 inches), contemporary full paneled crimson straight-grain morocco gilt. $6500. Distinguished 1813 quarto edition of the magisterial King James Bible, beautifully bound as two volumes in contemporary full straight-grain morocco-gilt. This impressive quarto edition reprints Eyre and Strahan’s quarto edition of seven years earlier. “The General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America recommended that this should be adopted as its standard edition”—despite the fact that its text “is very far from faultless”: for instance, Ephesians 4:16 reads “holy body” as opposed to the correct reading of “whole body” (Darlow & Moule 1035). Originally issued as one volume; this copy divided into two at leaf [4M4], the first chapter of Jeremiah. Separate New Testament title page. With Apocrypha. Herbert 1580. A beautiful Bible in fine condition.
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the m ack lin bible “A Splendid Work… Ornamented With Fine Engravings”: First Edition Of Thomas Macklin’s Sumptuously Illustrated Six-Volume Large Folio Bible, 1800, In Beautiful Contemporary Bindings 44. (BIBLE). The Holy Bible. The Old [and] New Testament Embellished With Engravings from Pictures and Designs by the Most Eminent English Artists. London, 1800. Six volumes. Large thick folio (15 by 19 inches), contemporary full straight-grain navy morocco gilt. $18,000. Magnificently illustrated first edition of the Macklin Bible, with 70 splendid full-page copper-engraved plates after Fuseli, Reynolds, West, and other renowned artists, with over 100 allegorical head- and tailpieces. “A splendid work, printed in very large type by Bensley, and ornamented with fine engravings” (Allibone, 1188). Volumes I-IV contain the Old Testament and Volumes V-VI the New Testament, with the 70 full-page plates bound appropriately throughout. These magnificent illustrations were designed by Britain’s greatest painters, and executed by the foremost engravers of the time, including James Heath, James Fitler, William Bromley, Francesco Bartolozzi, and John Landseer. The numerous allegorical head- and tailpieces by Philipp Jakob de Loutherbourg provide the art historian with a virtual encyclopedia of Judeo-Christian iconography. The type font was especially made for this edition. A seventh volume (not included here) containing the Apocrypha was added in 1816. Herbert 1442. Darlow & Moule 982. Occasional scattered light foxing, as usual. Inner hinges and several headcaps expertly reinforced. A stunning and lavish production.
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“Produced A Great Effect Upon The Mind Of The American Colonists During The Revolution”: Rare First American Edition Of Burgh’s 1775 Political Disquisitions, Subscriber’s Copy, Edited By Franklin And Read By Washington, Jefferson, Hancock And Other Founding Fathers 45. BURGH, James. Political Disquisitions; Or, An Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses… Calculated to Draw the Timely Attention of Government and People to a Due Consideration of the Necessity, and the Means, of Reforming Those Errors, Defects, and Abuses; of Restoring the Constitution, and Saving the State. Philadelphia, 1775. Three volumes. Octavo, modern half polished brown calf. $12,000. Rare first American of this important political work, a significant influence on America’s Founding Fathers, and praised by John Adams as “a book which ought to be in the hands of every American who has learned to read.” Washington, Jefferson, Hancock and other leaders of the Continental Congress were subscribers to this edition, and both The Federalist Papers and Common Sense refer to it. Edited by Burgh’s close friend, Benjamin Franklin. A Scottish reformer, Burgh here highlights important issues such as freedom of speech and press, militias, taxation without representation, and British oppression. Originally published in London (each volume issued separately, the first two in 1774, the final volume in 1775), this rare first American edition is of particular importance because it was actually owned and read by many of the Founding Fathers and was a great influence upon them. In it, Burgh advocates the right of citizens to bear arms, to refuse to be taxed without representation, and to refuse the heavy load of taxes imposed by Britain. This edition is listed in the catalogue of Jefferson’s library (Sowerby 2720. With rear advertisements (Vols I, II). Evans 13851. Sabin 9246. Adams 74-13. Volume III with the owner signature of one of this work’s original subscribers, Colonel William Thompson of the Pennsylvania Regiment, together with the signature of his descendant, E.B. Thompson. Interiors generally fresh with light scattered foxing, some marginal dampstaining to early and terminal leaves (Vol. II). An extremely good copy of this highly desirable and most important work.
“What’s It Going To Be Then, Eh?”: First Edition Of A Clockwork Orange, With Burgess’ Original Ending 46. BURGESS, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. London, 1962. Octavo, original black cloth, dust jacket. $4500. First edition of Burgess’ controversial classic, with the original last chapter (in contrast to the first American edition). Inspired in part by an attack on Burgess’ pregnant wife, Burgess’ most famous novel is a “compelling and often comic vision of the way violence comes to dominate the mind” (Clute & Nicholls, 175). “The most discussed aspect of this book is the slang Burgess created for his teenaged characters. Called ‘nadsat,’ it combines Cockney slang with Russian” (New York Public Library, Books of the Century, 164). Director Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation “was based on the incomplete U.S. edition, which omitted the crucial last chapter in which, as Burgess later said, ‘my young thuggish protagonist grows up… and recognizes that human energy is better expended on creation than destruction’” (Anatomy of Wonder II-190). This first edition includes Burgess’ original, preferred ending. First-issue dust jacket, with price of 16 shillings on front flap. Lewis, 66. Pringle, 100 Best Science Fiction Novels 36. Book fine. Light wear to extremities of dust jacket with damp staining on verso and mild fading to spine. An extremely good copy.
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edwa rd bur ne - jones “The Forms Divinely Beautiful”: Splendid Original Large Burne-Jones Colored Chalk Drawing 47. BURNE-JONES, Edward. Large original study for The Sirens. No place, circa 1870. Colored chalks on brown paper, handsomely matted and framed. Image measures 14 by 18 inches; entire framed piece measures 19 by 25 inches. $16,500. Splendid original chiaroscuro colored chalk drawing, a large preliminary compositional study for The Sirens. Much exhibited and with fine provenance. Burne-Jones, leading painter and designer of Victorian England and among the most important of the Pre-Raphaelite artists, is best known for his collaborations with William Morris. Of his own haunting work he stated, “I mean by a picture a beautiful romantic dream, of something that never was, never will be—in a light better than any that ever shone—in a land no-one can define or remember, only desire—and the forms divinely beautiful” (Chilvers, 79-80). This beautiful work is a preliminary compositional study for The Sirens, which Burne-Jones began to paint in 1870 but, despite many attempts over two decades, was never able to finish. A pastel [circa 1875] in a Spanish private collection and a watercolor [circa 1875] in the South African National Gallery are both reminiscent of this drawing. Exhibited: Mass Gallery (1967); Piccadilly Gallery (1971); Grolier Club (1971). Provenance: Virginia Surtees; Hartnoll and Eure; Kenneth A. Loft; Frederick R. Koch; Sotheby’s. A lovely original work, wonderfully framed.
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a lex a nder c a lder “There Was No Better Model For Me… Than The Universe”: One Of Only 225 Large Folio Copies Signed By Calder And Poet Jacques Prévert, With Seven Stunning Original Large Color Aquatints By Calder 48. (CALDER, Alexander) PRÉVERT, Jacques. Fêtes. Paris, 1971. Large folio (14 by 19 inches), 12 loose gatherings containing seven color aquatints, as issued in original illustrated stiff paper wrappers, cloth clamshell box. $12,000. Beautiful limited “edition originale,” one of only 225 copies, of Jacques Prévert’s Fêtes, with cover illustration and seven stunning, deeply etched color aquatints by Calder, signed in pencil by both Calder and Prévert. A beautiful production in fine condition. Calder’s development into abstraction was largely influenced by the work of Piet Mondrian, from whom Calder adopted a “spartan palette” of brilliant primary colors, black and white. The seven striking lithographs in this edition reflect this style while intimating the symbolism and movement of Calder’s other work, particularly his famous mobiles. With their bold star, moon, and spiral images, these striking aquatints are in keeping with Calder’s artistic vision: “From the beginning of my abstract work… I felt there was no better model for me to choose than the Universe” (DAB). “When an artist explains what he is doing,” he wrote in 1937, “he either has to scrap what he has explained, or make subsequent work fit in with the explanation.” His large, bold abstract aquatints for Prevert’s Fêtes require no explanation. Text in French. Logan 152. A fine copy, with only a slight scuff to corner of original box.
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henri c a rtier - bresson “This, My Name, Should Not Be In This—Not My Book!”: Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment, W. Eugene Smith’s Own Copy, An Outstanding Association Copy With A Poignant Inscription And Annotations By Smith 49. CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. The Decisive Moment. New York, 1952. Folio, original pictorial boards, laid-in caption booklet, custom chemise and clamshell box. $16,000. First edition in English, published simultaneously with the French, this exceptional association copy from the library of W. Eugene Smith and movingly inscribed by him, “This, my name, should not be in this—not my book! Unless it be for humble indication of appreciation! W. Eugene Smith,” featuring 126 large full-page heliogravures by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers,” with cover design by Matisse. This exceptional association copy unites two of the 20th century’s greatest photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith. This first edition of Cartier-Bresson’s landmark Decisive Moment—Smith’s own copy—is memorably inscribed in a self-effacing note by Smith, long regarded “as one of the ten most renowned photographers in the world” (Mora & Hill, 6). Smith so passionately embraced the credo of the “decisive moment” that he underlined several passages within. According to his partner Margery Smith, Smith once removed Cartier-Bresson’s essay from this copy and kept it close by in a coat pocket, returning the pages only after much urging. Smith later joined Magnum Photo Agency, co-founded by Cartier-Bresson. “The simultaneous publication [of this edition with Images à la Sauvette] in New York in July 1952, with a cover by Matisse (who had just had his retrospective at MoMA) was a tremendous success” (Roth, 134). With laid-in caption pamphlet, rarely found; without extremely scarce dust jacket. Parr & Badger I:208. Open Book, 154-5. With Smith’s annotations and underlinings in the opening essay. Images fine and bright, light creasing to fold-lines with minor archival repair to gutter edge of pages once detached by Smith, expert restoration to spine ends, lightly affecting author name on spine head. An extremely good copy of this fragile work, with a distinctive and important association.
M arc Chagall
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“The Harvest Of A Gaze Trained On Wonder”: Scarce Six-Volume Lithographs Of Chagall, With 28 Original Lithographs 50. (CHAGALL, Marc) CAIN, Julien and SORLIER, Charles. The Lithographs of Chagall. Monte Carlo, New York, Boston, 1960-86. Six volumes. Folio, original beige cloth, dust jackets each with original lithograph, acetate, Volume VI with cardboard slipcase. $11,500. First American edition of all six volumes in the catalogue raisonné of Chagall’s lithographs, richly illustrated with 28 original lithographs (including the dust jackets), in original acetates. For Chagall, the medium of lithography did not come easily. Printer Fernand Mourlot ran a lithography press where such greats as Braque, Matisse, Picasso, Miró and Chagall came to have their designs printed and to learn about this still nascent print-making process. “For many long months Chagall came and worked tirelessly, and his dissatisfaction allowed him to have only a few of his first attempts printed” (Sorlier, 45). Volumes I and II contain 24 of the original 28 lithographs published throughout the series; the dust jackets and frontispieces of Volumes III and IV account for the remaining four. (Volume V was published near the end of Chagall’s life, and Volume VI was published posthumously.) All were issued separately over a period of 26 years and are very scarce as a complete set. All volumes published simultaneously in French. Gauss, 391. Freitag 1914. Fine condition, a superb set. Scarce complete.
“The Same Religious Force As The Bible Itself”: First American Edition Of Chagall’s Second Series Of Bible Illustrations, With 96 Heliogravures And 24 Color Lithographs 51. CHAGALL, Marc. Drawings for the Bible. New York, 1960. Folio (101/2 by 14-1/2 inches), original pictorial paper boards, dust jacket. $12,500. First American edition of Chagall’s second series of illustrations for the Bible, with 96 black-and-white heliogravures, as well as 24 color lithographs prepared by Chagall especially for the present work and printed by Mourlot Frères. This breathtaking blend of Chagall’s childhood experience of the world of the Hebrew Bible as “another world that still existed behind the world of workaday reality” began with his experience in Palestine during a 1931 trip. His illustrations constitute an “astonishing unity of word and image, of visual representation and nonvisual suggestion… Chagall’s Bible etchings have the same religious force as the Bible itself” (Meyer, 383, 388, 393). The massive undertaking occupied Chagall off and on from 1931 to 1956, and again between 1958-59 (this edition). With an introduction by Gaston Bachelard, translated by Stuart Gilbert. Appeared simultaneously from Verve in French, also in a trade edition. Cramer 42. Sorlier 75. Book fine, with only small crease to corner of first few leaves, price-clipped dust jacket chipped along bottom edge and head of spine. A near-fine copy.
52. (CHAGALL, Marc) LASSAIGNE, Jacques. Marc Chagall: Drawings and Water Colors for The Ballet. New York, 1969. Folio, original tan cloth, dust jacket, slipcase. $6200. First American edition of Chagall’s ballet decors and costume designs, containing 68 full-color reproductions, with a lovely original color lithograph bound in following the title page and boldly inscribed across the entire half title also with an original sketch of a flower: “pour Philip et Annette Marcus au bon sauveur, Marc Chagall, 1975, St. Paul [De Vence, France].” With letter and envelope to the recipient in French from Chagall’s wife Valentina, declining an invitation to visit Los Angeles, laid 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” (dust jacket). The original Chagall lithograph was printed by Fernand Mourlot, who ran a lithography press in the rue de Chabrol where the likes of Braque, Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall came to have their designs printed and to learn about this still nascent medium. Issued in a French edition in the same year. Owner signature of the inscribee; Dr. Philip Marcus was President of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. The typed letter signed from Valentina Chagall, dated April 30, 1975, declines a trip to Los Angeles due to other commitments on the part of Chagall, in spite of the “la sympathie et l’intérêt qu’il porte à votre Association” [“the sympathy and interest he has for your Association”]. Interior fine; light fading to edges of cloth binding. Dust jacket bright and fine. Slipcase toned. An about-fine inscribed copy with excellent provence.
Limited Edition Signed By Chagall, With An Original Color Lithograph 53. (CHAGALL, Marc) POMPIDOU, Georges. La Poésie. Paris, 1976. Slim folio (16 by 19-1/2 inches), original cream paper portfolio, nine loose gatherings as issued, cloth slipcase and chemise. $5500. Signed limited first edition of this brief essay on poetry by French Prime Minister George Pompidou, one of 40 copies reserved for collaborators on the work (from a total edition of only 150 copies), with an original color lithograph by Chagall, and signed by him in pencil on the justification de tirage. “Chagall’s emblematic irrationality shook off all outside influences: color governed his compositions, calling up chimerical processions of memory where reality and the imaginary are woven into a single legend, born in Vitebsk and dreamed in Paris” (Dictionary of Modern Art). Georges Pompidou had attended the École Normale Supérieure, the elite training ground for lycée teachers, where he developed a lifelong interest in poetry and the classics, and later became a professor of French literature. As Prime Minister, however, his life “was inseparable from political activity, even though he saved a few moments to himself for poetry” (French Embassy). In 1961 he published an Anthologie de la Poésie Française, still in print today. Cramer 100. A fine signed copy, only slight fraying to edges of original slipcase.
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Boldly Inscribed And With Small Original Sketch By Chagall: The Ballet, With Original Lithograph
Boldly Inscribed By Chagall With A Full-Page Original Drawing And Two Original Color Lithographs: Jerusalem Windows
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54. CHAGALL, Marc. Vitraux pour Jerusalem. Monte Carlo, 1962. Folio, original gray raw silk, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $16,000. First French edition of Chagall’s Jerusalem Windows, with two original full-color lithographs especially prepared by Chagall for this edition, and with a bold presentation inscription on the fly leaves, signed and dated “Marc Chagall, I/XI 1962,” accompanied by a lovely full-page original drawing of an olive branch held above housetops, all in the year of publication. “The light that emanates from the twelve stained glass windows bathes the Abbell Synagogue at the Hadassah University Medical Center in a special glow. The sun filters through the brilliant colors of the stained glass capturing their radiance. Even in the misty haze of a cloudy day, Chagall’s genius transforms time and space” (Hadassah Medical Organization). Illustrated in this grand limited edition are various drafts as well as the final versions of the 12 stained glass windows-one for each of the tribes of Israel. The creation of the Windows was a labor of love to Chagall and his assistant Charles Marq, both of whom worked on the project for two years. Text and Notes in French by Jean Leymarie. Issued the same year as the very similar English-language edition titled Jerusalem Windows. Cramer 49. Sorlier 78. Book, inscription and original drawing fine, minor edge-wear to spine head of bright original dust jacket. A splendid inscribed copy with a large original drawing.
“Don’t Forget. Please Feed The Cat”: First Edition Of Breakfast At Tiffany’s 55. CAPOTE, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A Short Novel and Three Stories. New York, 1958. Octavo, original canary yellow cloth, dust jacket. $3800. First edition of the adventures of free-spirited Holly Golightly, a fine copy in scarce dust jacket. “If you want to capture a period in New York, no other book has done it so well… He could capture period and place like few others” (Norman Mailer). With three other stories: “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar” and “A Christmas Memory.” A fine copy, with only the slightest fading to dust jacket spine, far less than usual.
56. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) BAUM, L. Frank. The Marvelous Land of Oz. Chicago, 1904. Quarto, original red cloth, cover illustration stamped in navy, silver and green, custom clamshell box. $6000. First edition, second state, of Baum’s second Oz book, with numerous in-text illustrations and 16 full-page color plates by John R. Neill. “In 1904, Baum gave in to demands for another story of Oz. He was asked particularly for one about the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, for the stage musical [of The Wizard of Oz, which opened on Broadway in 1903] had made them his best-known characters” (Eyles, 45). The duo proved so popular that a photographic montage featuring the actors who portrayed them serves as this volume’s endpapers. Because Baum and W.W. Denslow, who illustrated the first book, argued about royalties from its stage adaptation, Baum “needed a new illustrator, and John R. Neill stepped up to the plate. Neill would illustrate all of Baum’s subsequent Oz books, as well as the 19 titles written by Baum’s successor, Ruth Plumly Thompson. When Thompson retired, Neill himself authored three Oz books” (Franklin, 32). Second state, with copyright notice dated July 1904 and all other points; the first state has become quite elusive. Binding variant B. Plate normally found facing page 10 here bound in facing page 128. Without extremely scarce dust jacket. Hanff & Greene, 47. Inner paper hinges reinforced, spine ends expertly strengthened. Cloth generally bright and fresh, front cover illustration unrubbed. A lovely copy.
First Authorized English Edition Of Alice In Wonderland 57. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. London, 1866. Octavo, period-style full crushed maroon morocco gilt. $8800. First authorized English edition, with 42 engravings by John Tenniel, attractively bound. “Historians of children’s literature universally agree that the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland marks the liberation of children’s books from the restraining hand of the moralists. Didacticism could not be entirely banished from the nursery… but the two Alice books showed what could be achieved without it, and completed the reinstatement of the imagination, so long disapproved of by the opponents of fairy stories, to its proper place. ‘Alice is, in a word, a book of that extremely rare kind which will belong to all the generations to come until the language becomes obsolete’” (Carpenter & Prichard, 102). This edition is preceded only by the extraordinarily scarce 1865 London edition (only fifteen copies are known to exist), which was suppressed by Lewis Carroll, and the New York edition of 1866, made from the sheets of the suppressed London edition. Original blue flyleaves bound in. Taylor 3. Faint scattered foxing, a few expert paper repairs, slight smudging to margins of text; binding fine. An extremely good copy.
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“A Thousand Little Girls Had Written Me A Thousand Little Letters Asking For Another Story”: Baum’s Marvelous Land Of Oz
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“Can’t You Let Yourself Believe In People Like Kris?”: Wonderful Association Copy Of Miracle On 34th Street, Inscribed By Davies, Seaton, Simpson, And Gwenn 58. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) DAVIES, Valentine. Miracle on 34th Street. New York, 1947. Small octavo, original russet cloth, dust jacket. $2200. First edition of this modern Christmas classic, published to coincide with the release of the famous movie. This copy is inscribed to Leon and Eve Rosove by four of the principals involved in the book and the movie: Dr. Walter M. Simpson, who introduced Davies to Harcourt, Brace; George Seaton, who wrote the screen-play and directed the movie; Edmund Gwenn, who played Kris Kringle; and by Valentine Davies himself. Based on the original screenplay for “the United States Christmas movie” (Clute & Grant, 650)—starring Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn (who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Kris Kringle)—this book was rushed into publication in 1947 in order to coincide with the film’s debut that summer. The recipients of this copy are Dr. Leon Rosove and his wife Eve, with Rosove’s embossed stamp of ownership. He was the senior attending physician at the Los Angeles County General Hospital. Text and inscriptions fine, a few minor rubs to fresh original cloth, edge-wear to original dust jacket. A splendid near-fine association copy.
“An Honorable Place In Any Library Of Children’s Books”: First Editions Of Kipling’s Jungle Books, Publisher’s Presentation Copy 59. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book. WITH: The Second Jungle Book. London and New York, 1894-95. Two volumes. Octavo, original pictorial gilt-stamped blue cloth, custom chemises and half morocco slipcase. $6500. First editions of Kipling’s classic Jungle Books, “replete with adventure and excitement,” in lovely original clothgilt. “Presentation Copy” stamped to Volume II. “Among the 15 stories in [these volumes] are some of Kipling’s most memorable narratives” (Abraham, 36). “The child who has never run with Mowgli’s wolf pack, or stood with Parnesius and Pertinax to defend the Northern Wall… has missed something that he will not get from any other writer” (Carpenter & Prichard, 297). Illustrated largely by W.H. Drake and Kipling’s father, J. Lockwood Kipling, “this most desirable pair… will always fill an honorable place in any library of children’s books” (Quayle 87). Livingston 104, 116. “Presentation Copy” with circular blindstamp to title page of Second Jungle Book. Only a few faint instances of scattered light foxing. Original cloth bindings with lightest minor rubbing to spine ends, gilt very bright. A lovely, about-fine pair of volumes.
60. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) LEWIS, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. London, 1950. Octavo, original teal cloth, dust jacket. $12,000. First edition of the first volume in Lewis’ acclaimed Chronicles of Narnia, a “story of high imaginative adventure, told with great beauty” (Meigs, 480). “The [Narnia] novels are not allegorical; they are entirely in keeping with the belief, shared by Lewis and his close friend and Oxford colleague Tolkien, that stories in themselves, especially of the mythical type, can give spiritual nourishment without imparting abstract meaning… As Naomi Lewis has written, the books are ‘intoxicating’ to all but the most relentlessly unimaginative 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, sought-after, scarce… and worth every penny” (Connolly, 186). With color frontispiece and numerous black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Currey, 251. Book with a bit of sunning to extremities, dust jacket expertly restored (primarily to rear panel) with slightest soiling. An extremely good copy.
“Among The Best Ever Written For Children”: Milne’s Four Pooh Books, Beautifully Bound 61. MILNE, A. A. The Four Pooh Books. London, 1924-28. Four volumes. Small octavo, 20th-century full green, blue, tan, and red morocco gilt. $8500. First editions of three of Milne’s wonderful “Pooh Quartet,” along with the third edition of When We Were Very Young (published the same year as the exceptionally scarce first edition), handsomely bound in rich pictorial morocco-gilt by Hatchards. “One would have to search far and wide to find fictional characters as beloved to so many readers… Although Alan Alexander Milne wrote novels, short stories, poetry and many plays for adults… it is his writings for children that have captured the hearts of millions of people worldwide and granted Milne everlasting fame” (Silvey, 461). When We Were Very Young was published in 1924 to great success in England and America; Winnie the Pooh, the second in the series, has been described as “among the best ever written for children.” Payne I.A-IV.A. Cutler & Stiles, 115-16. Early owner gift inscriptions. A beautiful set in fine condition.
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“Aslan Is On The Move”: First Edition Of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
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“The Nest Is So Snug, We Shall Be Sound Asleep All Winter” 62. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes. London and New York, 1911. 12mo, original green boards, mounted cover illustration. $1800. First edition of Potter’s gift to her devoted American readers, with color frontispiece and 26 color plates. A decade after her most famous creation, Peter Rabbit, debuted on the stage of children’s literature, Potter had gained “many American friends and admirers, some of whom were children’s librarians. 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. Quinby 20. Linder, 429. A beautiful copy in fine condition.
“What A Funny Sight It Is To See A Brood Of Ducklings With A Hen!”: First Edition Of The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck 63. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. London, 1908. 16mo, original gray boards, mounted cover illustration. $2400. First edition of Potter’s much-loved story of one proud but foolish duck’s quest for a suitable nesting place, with frontispiece and 26 color illustrations. Set at Hill Top, Potter’s beloved farm in the Lake District, and starring a real duck who lived there, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck “is not just a farmyard story… but a fable warning of the consequences of venturing into the unknown— and in quite unsuitable clothes” (Taylor et al., 133-34). “The year 1908 appears on the front of the title page of the first three printings, which are believed to be identical” (Linder, 427). Without scarce original dust jacket. Quinby 14. Interior fine. Front joint tender, binding sound. A lovely copy in about-fine condition.
“It Is Said That The Effect Of Eating Too Much Lettuce Is ‘Soporific’” 64. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. London and New York, 1909. 16mo, original brown boards, mounted cover illustration. $2000. First edition, first or second printing, of the further adventures of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, with color frontispiece and 26 color plates. This book, the story of Peter Rabbit’s sister Flopsy and her family, represents the final stage “in the defeat of Mr. McGregor, who by the end… has been made into a proper fool, just as giants should be” (Carpenter, 146). First edition, first or second printing, with notice board on page 14, Quinby’s Plate VII endpapers and Evans imprint on page 86. Without scarce original dust jacket. Quinby 16. Linder, 428. Light toning to spine. A fine copy.
65. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester. London, December, 1902. 12mo, original pictorial pink boards, custom clamshell box. $12,000. True first edition, one of only 500 privately printed copies, of Potter’s second book, which she called “my own favorite amongst my little books,” with frontispiece and 15 illustrations in color, three of which do not appear in the first trade edition of October, 1903. A wonderful association copy, with a gift inscription to Margaret Lane, Potter’s first biographer, from Leslie Linder, who first decoded Potter’s secret writing, written in both English and Potter’s secret code. This book “was Potter’s own favorite of all her stories, and one can see why… Fairy tale, nursery rhyme and Arcadian fantasy all come together for a moment in perfect balance. No wonder Beatrix Potter was proud of the book” (Carpenter, 148). “Evidently with some regret, Beatrix Potter [deleted from the first trade edition] eight or nine pages of text [which appear in this edition]… This is the part of the story which contained the majority of her rhymes and verses” (Linder 117). Quinby 3. Linder, 420. Tipped to the front endpapers are gift inscriptions from Leslie Linder to Margaret Lane, dated 1966. Engineer Leslie Linder wrote numerous books on Potter and is wellknown for being the first to decipher the code in which Potter wrote in her journals; the Potter collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum was donated principally by Linder. Recipient Margaret Lane was the first biographer of Potter. The inscription, in both English and Potter’s secret code, reads: “For Margaret Lane as a token of appreciation for her generous gift of Potter’s 1875 Sketch Book, and for the other Beatrix Potter items. from Leslie Linder, 19-2-66.” Interior fine, a bit of toning to fragile original boards and a few spots to fore-edge. An extremely good copy with a wonderful provenance.
“He Grew Fatter And Fatter And More Fatterer; And The Ship’s Cook Never Found Him” 66. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson. London and New York, 1930. Small quarto, original gilt-stamped pictorial blue cloth, dust jacket. $1650. Scarce first edition, first printing, with color frontispiece, five color plates, and 22 black-and-white illustrations, in rare original dust jacket. “Although The Tale of Little Pig Robinson was the last of Beatrix Potter’s stories to be published in the Peter Rabbit series, it was one of the first she ever wrote. The earliest association with the story is found in a letter written to her father from Ilfracombe in April 1883 when she was 17 years of age… Years later Beatrix Potter came across the letter and penciled on the envelope, ‘Worth keeping’… [Responding to her American publisher’s objections regarding the word ‘fatterer,’] she wrote, ‘…Of course there is no such word; but it is expressive!’” (Linder, 256, 258). First printing, without reprint notice on verso of title page. Without rare original dust jacket. Quinby 30. Linder, 430. Book near-fine with a bit of scattered light foxing, particularly to fore-edge. Scarce original dust jacket very good with loss to spine ends affecting one word, light rubbing and small closed tear to top edge of rear panel, tape repairs to verso.
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“My Own Favorite Amongst My Little Books”: Tailor Of Gloucester, One Of Only 500 Privately Printed Copies, Wonderful Association Copy
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“Haunted Fields, And Haunted Brooks, And Haunted Houses”: Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, One Of Only 375 Copies Signed By Rackham, Signed Limited Edition With Over 30 Illustrations, Eight In Color, A Stunning Copy 67. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) (RACKHAM, Arthur) IRVING, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. London, 1928. Quarto, original full gilt-stamped vellum, shipping carton. $5800. Deluxe signed limited first edition, one of only 375 copies signed by Rackham, featuring eight mounted vibrant color plates and numerous black-and-white illustrations by Rackham, with scarce original numbered shipping carton. An exceptional copy. Arthur Rackham’s lyrical “combination of ‘grace and grotesque,’ as E.V. Lucas described it… has affected childhood vision and imagination” across many generations (Hamilton, 9). With this beautiful signed limited edition, Rackham, who had just visited the United States, brings new life to Washington Irving’s classic 1819 tale in this volume’s splendid phantasmic images of “haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted houses.” This signed limited edition is one of the smallest limitations among signed Rackham books. Of this edition’s 375 copies, 125 were for sale in the United States and 250 were for sale in England; this copy is part of the English issue. Latimore & Haskell, 63-4. Hudson, 171. Riall, 164. Faint foxing to only a few early leaves; minor repairs to original shipping carton, rarely found. An extraordinary copy in fine condition.
“Maybe Christmas… Perhaps… Means A Little Bit More!” 68. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) SEUSS, Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! New York, 1957. Quarto, original pictorial paper boards, dust jacket. $4000. First edition of Seuss’ heartwarming celebration of true holiday spirit. “In 1954 the Whos won popularity when Horton saved them from destruction… So Ted returned to Who-ville and paired the Whos with a character who was every bit as dastardly as Horton was faithful… Clearly the Grinch has been the most memorable Christmas villain to undergo redemption since Ebenezer Scrooge… After The Cat in the Hat [also published 1957] and The Grinch, Ted’s reputation grew exponentially” (Cohen, 329-30). Geisel’s tribute to true holiday cheer “added an unforgettable character to American literary mythology and a highly descriptive noun/verb to our language” (Dr. Seuss From Then to Now, 51) First edition, with 14 titles advertised on rear flap of dust jacket. Younger & Hirsch 33. Interior fine. Boards bright and fine with light rubbing to spine ends. Lovely dust jacket with very minor soiling and minor creasing. A near-fine copy.
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a n na sew ell Scarce First Edition Of The Classic Black Beauty: “The Most Celebrated Animal Story Of The 19th Century” 69. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) SEWELL, Anna. Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine. London, 1877. Octavo, original gilt- and black-stamped russet cloth. $12,000. First edition of one of the most popular animal stories ever written. Sewell “was told in 1871 that she had only 18 months to live; by the end of that year she had begun Black Beauty, her only book, and five years later she was still alive and at work on it.” Sewell had great difficulty in finding a publisher and sales at first were slow. “She lived to see the book published, but died a few months later... Black Beauty was the most celebrated animal story of the 19th century... The book revived the ‘animal biography,’ a genre popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries but which had been dormant for half a century” (Carpenter & Prichard, 66, 479). In Carter’s “C” binding, with a small gilt horse’s head enclosed within a one-inch circle, looking to the left, as virtually always found (Carter, More Binding Variants, 37-38). Text generally quite fresh with only light occasional scattered foxing and slightest occasional soiling to margins of book, inner paper hinges starting but strong; only minor rubbing to extremities of original publisher’s cloth with gilt fresh and bright. A scarce unrestored copy in near-fine condition, far better than usually found.
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“Somebody Has To Go Polish The Stars”: A Light In The Attic, Inscribed By Shel Silverstein 70. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) SILVERSTEIN, Shel. A Light in the Attic. New York, 1981. Quarto, original gray cloth, dust jacket. $1100. First edition, later printing, inscribed: “For David—with Love—Shel Silverstein.” In his second collection of children’s poetry, Silverstein adds to the list of memorable characters he began creating in Where the Sidewalk Ends. Among others, we meet Mrs. McTwiter, the literal-minded babysitter; jobless, loveless Memorizin’ Mo; Backward Bill—“And come every payday he pays his boss, and rides off a-smilin’ a-carryin’ his hoss”; and even a fire-breathing dragon who prefers his fair damsels “medium rare.” These poems “allow the reader or listener… to discover Silverstein’s greatest gift: his ability to understand the fears and wishes and silliness of children” (Silvey, 602). Cotsen 10242. A fine inscribed copy.
“The Whole Contour Of The Child’s Hidden World”: First Edition Of A Child’s Garden Of Verses 71. (CHILDREN’S LITERATURE) STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A Child’s Garden of Verses. London, 1885. 12mo, original gilt-stamped blue cloth, custom clamshell box. $5000. First edition of Stevenson’s delightful and influential book of children’s verse, “the first sizable group of poems to… capture a child’s quality of imagination, sense of wonder and intense enjoyment of experience.” “The power of this collection of simple verses lies in the fact that it… shows that life which a child lives within himself, and takes so completely for granted that he seldom speaks of it, usually because he cannot… Stevenson has here recaptured not only a part, but the whole of that hidden life, and has set those recollections forth in just the terms that children would use, could they put them into words at all… They were the first sizable group of poems to… capture a child’s quality of imagination, sense of wonder, and intense enjoyment of experience” (Meigs, 293-4, 408). Prideaux 14. Hayward 297. Grolier Club Stevenson 55. Gerstley 20A. Gumuchian 5440. Osborne II:662. Interior generally fine, inner paper hinges neatly reinforced, only slight wear to extremities of cloth. A near-fine copy.
“As Inconspicuous As A Tarantula On A Slice Of Angel Food”
72. CHANDLER, Raymond. Farewell, My Lovely. New York, 1940. Octavo, original red cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $8800.
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First edition of Chandler’s scarce second novel—an exceptional copy of this premiere work by “one hell of a writer” (George Higgins)—in original dust jacket. “Show me a man or woman who cannot stand mysteries and I will show you a fool, a clever fool—perhaps—but a fool just the same.” With these words, written by Chandler in 1949, the man who redefined the American crime novel acknowledged what his own writing made evident. It was barely a decade earlier that Chandler began to achieve some success. With the popularity of his first novel The Big Sleep in 1939, Chandler began working on Farewell, My Lovely in April that same year, completing a first draft by September and finishing the novel in the summer of 1940. To many, Farewell, My Lovely, the second Philip Marlowe novel, remains Chandler’s premiere achievement. A Haycraft Queen cornerstone. Bruccoli A2.1.a. Hubin, 75. Johnson, 60. Book fine; slight edge-wear to scarce nearly fine dust jacket. A most desirable copy.
Boldly Inscribed By Both Charles And Diana For Christmas 73. CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES. Watercolours. Boston, Toronto, London, 1991. Oblong quarto, original gray cloth, dust jacket. $7500. First edition of this collection of Prince Charles’ watercolors, boldly inscribed by him: “For Tony—A very happy Xmas from Charles. 1991,” and by his wife Diana, who has written “Diana and” before Charles’ name. Prince Charles’ interest in painting is well-known; he has published on the subject, and exhibited and sold a number of his own watercolors over the years. This collection was given out as a gift to friends in 1991 by the royal couple. With an introduction by Queen Elizabeth II. With a laid-in invitation to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Burrow to a 1985 luncheon with Charles and Diana. Tony Burrows, a well-known British recording artist and session artist, holds the unusual honor of having four records in the British Top Ten at once, all under different names: “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes),” “My Baby Loves Lovin’,” “Gimme Dat Ding,” and “United We Stand,” all hits in 1970 for different groups. Fine condition.
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w inston churchill “Churchill At His Dazzling Best”: Churchill’s Autobiography, Signed By Him 74. CHURCHILL, Winston. My Early Life: A Roving Commission. London, 1930. Octavo, original purple cloth, custom half morocco clamshell box. $11,000. First edition, first state, of Churchill’s acclaimed autobiography, signed and dated on the front free endpaper: “Winston S. Churchill, Jan. 23 1959,” and with the calling card of Lady Churchill tipped in, inscribed “Toby Waddington Esq. from Clementine S. Churchill.” My Early Life covers the first 25 years of Churchill’s life, to the beginning of his parliamentary career. Included are accounts of his childhood, his active service in Cuba, the North West Frontier and Omdurman and his exploits during the Boer War, detailing his famous escape from the Boers as a prisoner of war. In this autobiography “Churchill records his experiences in words which will live as long as any 20th-century author is read… My Early Life was one of the two Churchill works excerpted by the Nobel Library—for Sir Winston’s 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature was won not for his war memoirs but the totality of his work. This book presents Churchill at his dazzling best as chronicler and memoirist” (Langworth, 130). Without notoriously scarce dust jacket. Cohen A91.1.a. Langworth, 131. Woods A37(a). Ownership signature of the recipient (T. Waddington) dated 1938. Scattered light foxing to text, fading to spine (as often). A most desirable copy.
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w inston churchill The First Collected Edition: Superb Centenary Limited Edition Of Churchill’s Works, 38 Volumes In Publisher’s Full Vellum Gilt 75. CHURCHILL, Winston. The Collected Works… Thirty-four volumes. WITH: The Collected Essays. Four volumes. London, 1973-76. Thirty-eight volumes in all. Large octavo, original full vellum gilt, slipcases. $15,000. Centenary limited edition of Churchill’s Complete Works, one of only 3000 sets produced, copiously illustrated with numerous photographic plates, maps and charts. Beautifully bound in publisher’s gilt-stamped vellum and printed on 500-year archival paper. This monumental set, the first of only two collected editions ever produced, was issued in recognition of the centenary of Churchill’s birth. Compiled and published with the approval and cooperation of the Churchill Centenary Committee and members of his family, this edition reproduces all of Churchill’s 50 books in 38 volumes. “To achieve publication, 11 publishing houses in Great Britain, the United States and Canada released their individual copyrights, in exchange for the promise that no other complete collection of Churchill’s works would be published until the expiration of international copyright in 2019” (Langworth, 362). An extremely desirable set, “the Collected Works are so rare that few can access them” (Langworth, 364). Cohen AA1. Woods, 391. A particularly clean, bright set, with none of the usual discoloration to vellum. A superb set in fine condition.
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Signed By Churchill: Winston Spencer Churchill: Servant Of Crown And Commonwealth, Commemorating His 80th Birthday—Given To Casper Weinberger On His 80th Birthday 76. (CHURCHILL, Winston) MARCHANT, James, editor. Winston Spencer Churchill: Servant of Crown and Commonwealth. London, 1954. Octavo, original full blue cloth, dust jacket, wraparound band, custom slipcase. $8800. First edition of this book of essays celebrating Churchill’s 80th birthday, signed by Churchill on the front free endpaper, the copy presented to former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger on his own 80th birthday in 1997. This signed copy was originally sent by Churchill to his friend Bernard Baruch, the American statesman who contributed the essay “A Birthday Letter” to this book, which would be reprinted in the November 28, 1954 edition of The Washington Post. A fine copy. The 18 tributes include contributions by the Aga Khan, former Prime Ministers Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden, Australian Prime Minister R.G. Menzies, politician Lady Violet Bonham Carter and, discussing Churchill as a painter, John Rothenstein of the Tate Gallery. This copy was acquired directly from Harold Epstein, Baruch’s longtime private secretary. Laid in is a card from Carole and Ronald Lauder, presenting this copy to Caspar “Cap” Weinberger on his 80th birthday in 1997; Lauder served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria during the Reagan Administration. “Early in life [Weinberger] developed an interest in politics and history, and, during the war years, a special admiration for Winston Churchill, whom he would later cite as an important influence” (Department of Defense). Light toning to dust jacket. A fine copy, with exceptional provenance.
Presentation Copy Of Crawford’s Genesis Of The Civil War, 1887, Warmly Inscribed By Him, With Laid-In Autograph Letter Signed 77. (CIVIL WAR) CRAWFORD, Samuel Wylie. The Genesis of the Civil War. The Story of Sumter. 1860-1861. New York, 1887. Octavo, original red cloth gilt, uncut and partially unopened. WITH: Laid-in ALS (8 by 5 inches folded). $2200. First edition of Crawford’s eyewitness account of the earliest stirrings of the Civil War, one of a limited number in red cloth given to the author for presentation, inscribed by him “To Atherton Blight, Esq. Philadelphia, Penn. with the compliments of the author & his life long friend. S.W. Crawford, Major General, United States Army [—] Paris, France, June 1, 1889,” accompanied by his laid-in signed autograph letter to this copy’s recipient. With steel-engraved frontispiece, 12 full-page plates, in-text illustrations and a double-page plan of Charleston Harbor. A surgeon attached to the Union command at Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Samuel Crawford personally witnessed the events in Charleston that led to the outbreak of the Civil War. The fear of Yellow Fever in Charleston was such that Crawford, though a northerner, received, as a medical officer, a degree of access to the city that few “Yankees” did. The Genesis of the Civil War contains not only personal observations but also official records and reports. It is considered “the standard, thorough study of the fall of Fort Sumter” (Nevins I:26). Interior generally fresh with expert archival repair to frontispiece, light edge-wear, faint soiling to bright near-fine cloth. An extremely good presentation copy.
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“Restoration Of All Rights Of Property, Except As To Slaves”: Lincoln’s Broadside Proclamation Of Amnesty, 1863, The First Public Notice
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78. (CIVIL WAR) LINCOLN, Abraham. Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction. Washington, circa December 8, 1863. Broadside, measuring 12 by 19 inches, printed in two columns on wove stock. $26,000. First public notice of the December 8, 1863 Presidential proclamation offering amnesty to citizens of the Confederacy, providing they take an oath that they “will abide by and faithfully support all proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion having reference to slaves” (i.e. the Emancipation Proclamation). Very scarce. Toward the close of 1863, with the Confederate Army in full retreat, discussions in Congress centered on how to restore the Southern states to the Union. “The crisis which threatened to divide the friends of the Union is past,” announced Lincoln. Now it was the duty of Congress to ensure that all citizens in the South, regardless of race, were guaranteed the equal protection of the law. During his message to Congress on December 8, 1863, Lincoln declared reconstruction of the South a wholly executive responsibility and “offered ‘full pardon… with restoration of all rights of property, except as to slaves,’ to all rebels who would take the oath” (Donald, 470-71). This particular copy of this rare public broadside of Lincoln’s proclamation was received on February 15, 1864 at Union Army headquarters in St. Augustine, Florida, where James H. Hay of the 2nd Florida Cavalry was authorized to administer the oath “to such persons of that vicinity.” Several faint patches of foxing, four light fold lines, two tiny closed tears. A splendid, wide-margined copy in near-fine condition.
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“They Dispersed Themselves Throughout The Island In Search Of Gold” 79. (COLUMBUS, Christopher) (SPOTORNO, D. Gio Batista). Memorials of Columbus… London, 1823. Octavo, mid-19th-century full crushed green morocco gilt, original miniature of Columbus set on front board within an oval frame. $7800. First edition in English, containing numerous documents and letters from the King and Queen of Spain declaring Columbus “Admiral of the Ocean,” with two folding facsimiles of letters by Columbus, in an elegant Cosway-style binding by Holloway of rich gilt-tooled crushed morocco with inset portrait of Columbus. About two thirds of the volume are made up of official documents consisting of letters, privileges, notes and other writings of Columbus, the original grants and charters of the King and Queen of Spain to him, their letters patent, warrants, and licenses, and other official papers illustrating the discovery of America and the life of Columbus. 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. Translated from the Italian of Spotorno’s Codice diplomatico Colombo-americano, published in Genoa the same year. With engraved frontispiece, title page vignette, full-page engraved illustration and two folding facsimiles of letters by Columbus. Armorial bookplate. An about-fine copy in a stunning binding.
“Phantasmal Voices Of The Golden Age”: Echoes Of Hellas, Signed By Walter Crane 80. CRANE, Walter, illustrator. WARR, George C. Echoes of Hellas. The Tale of Troy and the Story of Orestes from Homer and Aeschylus. WITH: Echoes of Hellas. A Pianoforte Arrangement of the Music… London, 1887. Two volumes. Folio (measures 11-1/2 by 15 inches), publisher’s deluxe full pictorial vellum gilt. $2800. Signed limited first edition of these English adaptations of Homer and Aeschylus, with each of its 82 pages designed and illustrated by Crane in black and red on handmade paper, and with covers and endpapers also decorated by Crane—this copy number 145 of an unknown limitation signed by Crane. Complete with companion volume of music written to accompany the text, signed at a later date (1901) by principal composer Otto Goldschmidt next to his name on the title page. George Warr composed his play The Tale of Troy using selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey, which he translated and adapted for the stage. The Story of Orestes is an abridged version of the Orestean Trilogy. Both were first performed at the Prince’s Hall, Piccadilly, in 1886, accompanied by music that was then arranged for pianoforte and printed as Volume II. “The extent to which some of Crane’s books of the late 1880s and 1890s embody Art Nouveau motifs has given them a considerable vogue in recent years” (Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 151). Bookplate. Minor offsetting from illustrations. Original generally vellum quite clean, gilt bright. A superb signed set. Scarce.
“How All His Pages Glow With Creative Fire!”: Rare First Issue Of Cooper’s Classic The Last Of The Mohicans In Contemporary Boards 81. COOPER, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. Philadelphia, 1826. Two volumes bound in one. 12mo, contemporary half red straight-grain morocco gilt, custom half morocco clamshell box. $36,000. Scarce first edition, first issue of Cooper’s classic tale, one of the highlights of early American literature, exceptional in contemporary marbled boards. “This is the most famous of the Leatherstocking Tales, and the first in which the scout Natty Bumppo was made the symbol of all that was wise, heroic and romantic in the lives and characters of the white men who made the American wilderness their home… The novel glorified for many generations of readers, in England, France, Russia, and at home, some aspects of American life that were unique to our cultural history” (Grolier American 100 34). “The real triumph of Cooper is the variety of his invention, the power with which, isolating his few characters in the wilderness, he contrives to fill their existences, at least for the time being, with enough actions, desires, fears, victories, defeats, sentiments, thoughts to make the barren frontier seem a splendid stage” (DAB). Spiller & Blackburn 7. BAL 3833. Text generally exceptionally clean, with only a minute bit of foxing. A fine copy of this scarce first edition.
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James Fenimore Cooper
The First Of Cooper’s “Leather-Stocking Tales”
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82. COOPER, James Fenimore. The Pioneers, or the Sources of the Susquehanna. New York, 1823. Two volumes bound in one. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown calf rebacked, contemporary marbled boards. $3800. First edition, first printing, of Cooper’s third novel, the first of “The Leather-Stocking Tales,” in handsome contemporary boards. For The Pioneers, Cooper “turned to the Cooperstown of his youth, described the establishment of a new settlement in the wilderness, introduced the character of Leatherstocking, and began the ambivalent treatment of the westward movement that he would continue for many years. It… was a great success” (ANB). “Cooper’s greatest work is undoubtedly found in ‘The Leather-Stocking Tales’” (Fullerton, 67). “Single-handed, at a time when American literature was almost a thing unborn, Cooper created real and living book in two distinct fields—the sea story and the romantic story of the wilderness” (Kunitz & Haycraft, 178). First printing, with “E.B. Clayton, Printer” in the imprint and all expected textual variants. State A of Volume II, with Folio 329 at the left side of the page. Without half titles and errata note in Volume II. Wright 671. BAL 3829. One marginal paper repair, inner paper hinges repaired, light foxing to text, a bit of wear to boards and corners. An extremely good copy, rare in contemporary boards.
“May No Wanton Hand Ever Disturb His Remains!”: First Edition Of Cooper’s The Prairie 83. COOPER, James Fenimore. The Prairie; A Tale. Philadelphia, 1827. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter calf, marbled boards, custom clamshell box. $1800. Preferred first American edition of the fifth and final work in Cooper’s acclaimed Leatherstocking Tales, in contemporary calf and marbled boards. Though published before The Pathfinder (1841) and The Deerslayer (1842), this book is the fifth and final installment in James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. In it, the character of the trapper meets his death on the Great Plains, resolving his arc. Cooper also revisits some of his classic themes, including the noble savage, westward expansion, and the roles of women. “Cooper’s achievement… was sustained almost to the close of a hectic, crowded career. His worldwide fame attests his power of invention, for his novels have been popular principally for their variety of dramatic incidents, vivid depiction of romantic scenes and situations, and adventurous plots” (Hart, 165). This preferred first American edition was preceded by the Paris and London editions of the same year. Spiller & Blackburn 8. BAL 3836. Faint embrowning to text, some repair to spine and corners of contemporary bindings. An extremely good copy.
COOPER, James Fenimore. The Pathfinder: Or, The Inland Sea. Philadelphia, 1840. Two volumes. Octavo, original plum cloth, paper spine labels, custom chemise and slipcase. $4200. First American edition, first issue, most rare in original cloth. Published just weeks after the English edition.
“Cooper had already established himself as America’s most prolific and successful author to date… our first important novelist” (Winterich, 9). The Pathfinder, which recounts Natty Bumppo’s adventures during the French and Indian Wars, is the fourth of Cooper’s “Leatherstocking Tales” according to publication, but the third according to the series’ internal chronology. It includes one of the author’s best-written episodes, featuring his most successful Native American heroine, Dew-of-June, and the siege of the blockhouse. “Readers in all nations where American books have been read at all have regarded [Natty Bumppo] as a supreme characterization in our native literature” (Downs, 75). “Probably printed first in Philadelphia by T.K. and P.G. Collins for Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia”; the London edition appeared on February 25, 1840 and this American edition on March 14 (Spiller & Blackburn 30). BAL 3892. Owner inkstamp in Volume I. Generally clean with only a bit of faint foxing. Volume II with repair to joints, light wear to spine labels, as usual. A near-fine copy in notoriously fragile original publisher’s binding.
First Edition Of Cooper’s Deerslayer 85. COOPER, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer: Or, the First War-Path. Philadelphia, 1841. Two volumes. Large 12mo, original purple muslin, paper spine labels, custom chemises and slipcase. $4800. First edition in original cloth of the last in Cooper’s series of Leatherstocking Tales. Although it was the last of Cooper’s five Leatherstocking Tales to be published, The Deerslayer is the first in the sequence’s internal chronology. It depicts title character Natty Bumppo as a young man, and introduces his later companion Chingachgook the Delaware chief. “Cooper’s greatest work is undoubtedly found in the Leatherstocking Tales… His position as the first great American novelist is secure” (Fullerton, 67). Spiller & Blackburn 32. BAL 3895. Contemporary owner signature. Bookplates, including that of noted Americana collector Frederic R. Kirkland. Light foxing. Paper spine label on Volume I chipped, only slightest discoloration to boards, otherwise original cloth bindings in exceptional condition. A most desirable copy of this American classic.
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“Our First Important Novelist”: First American Edition Of Cooper’s The Pathfinder
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“To Cheryl With My Heart’s True Love”: The Rose Tattoo, Inscribed By Tennessee Williams To The Play’s Producer, Cheryl Crawford 86. WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Rose Tattoo. New York, 1951. Octavo, original rose cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $9200. First edition of Williams’ “celebration of the inebriate god,” inscribed by the playwright to Cheryl Crawford, who produced the play’s first run: “To Cheryl with my heart’s true love—Tennessee.” Laid in is a flyer for Crawford’s 1977 memoir, One Naked Individual: My Fifty Years in the Theatre, with notes on the verso in Crawford’s hand about Camino Real and a prop list for Rose Tattoo. Williams wrote of his play, “The Rose Tattoo is the Dionysian element in human life… the lyric as well as the Bacchantic impulse… the transcendence of life over the instruments it uses… a celebration of the inebriate god” (Spoto, The Kindness of Strangers, 170). It opened in New York on February 3, 1951 and ran for 306 performances, starring Eli Wallach, Don Murray and Maureen Stapleton. Crawford was the producer for the play’s 1950 Chicago premiere and for the play’s 1951 Broadway run. Crawford was a co-founder of both The Group Theatre and The Actor’s Studio. In 1959, she produced Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth. Binding A, priority undetermined. Crandell A10.I.a. With calculations in Crawford’s hand on the rear free endpaper. Book fine. Some splitting along folds and one tape repair to verso of bright dust jacket with light toning to spine. A near-fine copy with excellent provenance.
Inscribed By Dalí To Fashion Model Terri Plant, With A Large Original Double Folio Drawing, Also Signed 87. (DALÍ, Salvador) MORSE, A. Reynolds. Dalí: A Study of His Life and Work… Greenwich, CT, 1958. Oblong folio, original illustrated boards, custom clamshell box. $9000. First American edition of this early critical study of Dalí’s paintings and drawings, with 113 illustrations, including 17 tipped-in plates in color, boldly inscribed across the half title and opposite page, “Pour Tereey [sic], Hommage de Dalí, 1959,” with an original drawing of his characteristic Don Quixote. Drawing and inscription cover entire two endpages of the folio. “Dalí’s contradictions have not finished driving us to the outer edges of confusion, but never before has confusion testified to greater riches” (Michel Tapié). With captions for the color plates written by Dalí himself. The recipient of this copy was Terri Plant, top New York fashion model of the 1950s-70s. Freitag 2484. Interior and inscription fine, moderate wear to board-edges of original binding. A very desirable inscribed copy.
88. (DORÉ, Gustave) POE, Edgar Allan. The Raven. New York, 1884. Large, slim folio (14-1/2 by 18-1/2 inches), original pictorial gray cloth gilt. $3500. Splendid first edition of Doré’s final illustrated book, his only commission by an American publisher and illustrating an American work, with 24 full-page folio wood-engravings and two 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” (Ray, 32729). Doré died at age 51 shortly after completing the illustrations for “The Raven.” “Could there have been a more graphic expression of the poem’s theme of death than the fact that Doré was dying inside while he was doing the illustrations?… Doré would probably have been incapable of doing this work 30 years earlier, but in 1882 it was much more than Poe’s story, it was Doré’s story” (Malan, 141). The British edition lists the date as 1883 on its title page and the present Harper & Brothers American edition lists 1884, but they were issued at the same time. As the work was commissioned by Harper & Brothers, the American edition is preferred. This edition also features an elaborate cover illustration by Dora Wheeler and a title page vignette by Elihu Vedder depicting Poe and Doré, neither of which is part of the London edition. Interior and plates fine, mild soiling and some rubbing to extremities of original cloth (still better than often found), front cover quite nice with fresh gilt, front hinge just starting. An extremely good copy of a work often found in poor condition.
“One Of The Least Forgettable Characters In Modern Fiction”: First Edition Of Dr. No, With Brown-Stamped Dancing Girl On Front Cover 89. FLEMING, Ian. Dr. No. London, 1958. Octavo, original brown-stamped 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. Owner signature dated in year of publication. Scattered light foxing to preliminary and concluding leaves; very light rubbing to extremities. Expert restoration to extremities of bright dust jacket. A near-fine copy, most desirable with the brown-stamped dancing girl.
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With 24 Folio Wood-Engravings By Gustave Doré: Poe’s Classic “The Raven”
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Economics & Finance “This Book Should Be In The Hands Of Every Wall Street Man”: Fifty Years In Wall Street, Presentation Copy Inscribed By Clews To Newspaper Magnate James Gordon Bennett Jr. 90. (ECONOMICS & FINANCE) CLEWS, Henry. Fifty Years in Wall Street. New York, 1908. Thick octavo, original green cloth gilt. $3500. Revised and enlarged version of Clews’ famous account of Wall Street, one of the few firsthand business chronicles from the turn of the century, covering 22 years beyond the reach of his work “Twenty-Eight Years in Wall Street.” Presentation copy inscribed in the year of publication, “James Gordon Bennett, Esq. with cordial regards—Henry Clew, N.Y., July 10, 1908.” With over 60 black-and-white plates, most of which are portraits of prominent Wall Street figures. Born in England, Henry Clews was drawn to the world of American business at an early age and soon rose to become one of Wall Street’s most respected investment bankers, publishing a “weekly circular which for years was widely known as an authoritative interpretation and forecast of market conditions” (ANB). “The book should be in the hands of every Wall Street man, young or old, and should be read by every student of the financial history of this country” (Daily Indicator, contemporary review). Revised and expanded version of TwentyEight Years in Wall Street, which was first issued in 1887. Bennett’s father founded the New York Herald, and he expanded his father’s empire by founding the Paris Herald, later to become the International Herald Tribune. Bennett, who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War, was an avid yachtsman and hot-air balloonist, and in 1906 funded the Gordon Bennett Cup in ballooning. Interior fine; expert reinforcement to inner paper hinges. Cloth bright, gilt fine. A fine copy.
“Gave Locke A Permanent Place Among The Founders Of Political Economy”: 1696 First Collected Edition Of John Locke On Money, Interest And Trade 91. (ECONOMICS & FINANCE) LOCKE, John. Several Papers Relating to Money, Interest and Trade… London, 1696. Small octavo, contemporary full paneled and speckled calf sympathetically rebacked. $8500. First collected edition of Locke’s important tracts on the fundamentals of economics. “Regarded as gospels for ‘sound money’ men, Locke’s work argues that “the price of money cannot be fixed by law… any attempt can only harass trade.” After the Revolution Settlement, the question of lowering the rate of interest was topical: many London merchants wanted cheap money and Locke was thus prompted to look at his ‘old essay’ and prepare it for publication under the title “Some considerations of the consequences of the lowering of interest.” “In his tract of 1692, Locke controverts the view of Sir Josiah Child that the rate of interest could be fixed at a low rate, say 4 percent, by law. Locke, though ready to approve of a legal rate of 6 percent, argues that ‘generally speaking’ the price of the hire of money cannot be fixed by law; and that any attempt to fix the rate of interest below ‘the true and natural value’ can only harass trade and is sure to be defeated by the devices of expert traders” (Palgrave II:632-33). This copy with general title page (a cancel) misbound at the end of “Some considerations.” Kress 1980. Goldsmiths 3315. Wing L2757. Owner signature. Text about-fine. Worm-holing to preliminary blanks leaves only. A fine copy in contemporary calf.
92. (ECONOMICS & FINANCE) FISHER, Irving. The Nature of Capital and Income. New York and London, 1906. Thick octavo, original green cloth. $4500. First edition of this pioneering work on the growth of wealth, by “the United States’ greatest scientific economist” (Niehans, 279), with the owner signature of the former Cornell president and economist Edmund Ezra Day and his gift inscription to economist George P. Adams, Jr. “With this book Fisher became the first economist to develop a theory of capital (including human capital) on an actuarial and accounting basis… He demonstrated convincingly that in economics only the future counts, and that past costs have no direct relevance to value. In point of fact, his research resulted in rigorous definition of the bases on which it is possible to ground a valid theory of interest” (IESS). This copy bears the owner signature Edmund Ezra Day, a Harvard-trained economist. He went on to become the fifth president of Cornell, where he helped to establish The School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Also present is a gift inscription from Day to George P. Adams, Jr., a Cornell economics professor. Pencil list on rear free endpaper. Inner paper hinge repaired, light wear to cloth. A near-fine copy, with an interesting association.
“In The Retrospect… Symptoms Of The Crash Were Not Lacking”: Scarce And Important Inscribed Association First Edition Of Stock Market Crash, 1930, Inscribed By Irving Fisher To Business Magnate James Bohannon 93. (ECONOMICS & FINANCE) FISHER, Irving. The Stock Market Crash— And After. New York, 1930. Octavo, original red cloth. $5500. First edition of this important work tracing the causes and the immediate aftermath of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, a notable association copy inscribed by him to James Bohannon, president of Cleveland’s Peerless Automobiles, as well as the Brewing Corporation of America: “To Mr. J. S. Bohannon, with the compliments of Irving Fisher.” In 1929, just before the crash, Fisher wrote that stock prices had “reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” However, Fisher’s perspective changed drastically post-crash and he managed to salvage his reputation with the brilliant understanding of the market’s machinations that he displayed in this work, along with some inspired solutions for recovery. Recipient James A. Bohannon, in 1931, was president of Cleveland’s Peerless Automobiles. That same July, Bohanon “told his stockholders that they did not stand a chance of selling cars of the 3-5,000-dollar class in the face of a worldwide business collapse, and proposed the factory be converted into a brewery. The repeal of Prohibition was practically certain, and Peerless executives, engineers and 2,500 stockholders readily agreed.” Bohannon would go on to become president of the newly formed and highly successful Brewing Corporation of America (Rose, Cleveland, 895). Without original dust jacket, rarely found. A fine inscribed copy with a distinctive association.
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Rare 1906 First Edition Of Irving Fisher’s Nature Of Capital And Income, His Pioneering Work On The Growth Of Wealth— The Copy Of Cornell President And Economist Edmund Ezra Day With His Signature And Gift Inscription To Economist George P. Adams
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“One Of The Major Scientific Contributions Of The First Half Of The 20th Century”: Von Neumann’s Theory Of Games, First Edition 94. (ECONOMICS & FINANCE) NEUMANN, John von and MORGENSTERN, Oskar. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Princeton, 1944. Octavo, original brown cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $8000. First edition of the groundbreaking treatise on game theory, highly influential in business, economics and the social sciences, in scarce original dust jacket. “One of the major scientific contributions of the first half of the 20th century” (Goldstine & Wigner). “It would be doing the authors an injustice to say that theirs is a contribution to economics only. The scope of the book is much broader. The techniques applied by the authors in tackling economic problems are of sufficient generality to be valid in political science, sociology, or even military strategy. The applicability to games proper (chess and poker) is obvious from the title. Moreover, the book is of considerable interest from a purely mathematical point of view… The appearance of a book of the caliber of the Theory of Games is indeed a rare event” (World of Mathematics II:1267-84). Book fine. Scarce original dust jacket bright and unfaded, with chipping to spine ends, light rubbing to edges; front panel with vertical closed tear, repaired on verso. An extremely good copy, especially desirable with the scarce original dust jacket.
“The First And Greatest Classic Of Modern Economic Thought”: Smith’s Wealth Of Nations, 1791 95. (ECONOMICS & FINANCE) SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London, 1791. Three volumes. Octavo, contemporary full tree calf gilt sympathetically rebacked. $3800. Sixth edition of Smith’s landmark work on the individual’s right to the free exercise of economic activity, “the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought” (PMM 221). A handsome copy in contemporary tree calf of the first edition published after Smith’s death. Smith’s Wealth of Nations was an immediate success when first published, and four additional editions came out during Smith’s lifetime. The 1776 first edition is exceptionally rare. “The tone of irreverent skepticism with which it describes the motives of men and governments has influenced the style of economic discourse to the present day… The historical importance of the Wealth of Nations is surpassed by no other economic book… Smith, for the first time, put together the body of economic knowledge that can still be recognized as an early form of what today may be called mainstream economics… There is little in Jean-Baptiste Say, Robert Malthus, David Ricardo, and John Stuart Mill that is not, more or less directly, an elaboration of Adam Smith” (Niehans, A History of Economic Theory, 62-72). Goldsmiths 14612. Kress B2209. Fine condition.
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f. scot t fi tzger a ld “For Pete Compton, A Wild Man If There Ever Was One”: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s First Book, This Side Of Paradise, Wonderfully Inscribed By Him One Day After Publication 96. box.
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. New York, 1920. Octavo, original green cloth, custom half morocco clamshell $63,000.
First edition, first printing of Fitzgerald’s first novel, inscribed one day after publication, “For Pete Compton, A wild man if there ever was one—F. Scott Fitzgerald, Princeton, NJ, March 27th 1920.” Although the inscription was written just one day after the publication of This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald was already fast on his way to becoming the new literary sensation: the entire first printing of 3000 copies had already sold out (ultimately requiring two more printings in April alone). The inscription is particularly appropriate in that This Side of Paradise is a romantic evocation of Fitzgerald’s Princeton days, begun while he himself was still an undergraduate there. “This Side of Paradise achieved immense social impact. Daring and bold for its time, the novel projected new freedom—to flirt, smoke, pet, drink and dance. It functioned as a kind of bible for the Jazz Age among the nation’s youth, catapulting Fitzgerald to overnight fame” (Nolan, 37-38). Early printings of this novel (April 1920) are exceedingly difficult to obtain. Without very scarce original dust jacket. Bruccoli A5.1.a. Bruccoli & Clark I:131. A bit of light dampstaining to top margin of some leaves, one-inch open tear to bottom margin of page 177. Some light spotting to original cloth. An exceptionally rare inscribed copy.
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f. scot t fi tzger a ld “Bibliophile, Drunkard And Good Egg”: Wonderful And Rare Presentation Copy Of The Beautiful And Damned, Warmly Inscribed By Fitzgerald In The Year Of Publication 97. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned. New York, 1922. Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $75,000. First edition, first issue, an exceptional presentation copy whimsically inscribed in the year of publication by Fitzgerald, “For Wilbur Judd, Parisien, Critic, Playrite, Bibliophile, Drunkard and Good Egg, From F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul 1922,” in scarce secondissue dust jacket (issued within months of the first-issue jacket). “The Beautiful and Damned brought Fitzgerald accolades from those whose opinions he valued. Mencken congratulated him for staking out new ground… Fitzgerald was aiming high; he only wanted to be the best novelist of his generation” (Turnbull, 130-31). Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda in 1930, “I wish The Beautiful and Damned had been a maturely written book because it was all true. We ruined ourselves… I have never honestly thought that we ruined each other” (Bruccoli, 180). Second-issue dust jacket with letters on front panel in black and bolder orange circle, issued within months of the first issue to meet demand for the book. Bruccoli A8.1.a. Text fine, only very light edge-wear to original cloth; slight chipping, small closed tears, mild soiling to scarce unrestored dust jacket. A wonderful extremely good unrestored copy, scarce inscribed.
98. (FOOD & WINE) CHILD, Julia, BECK, Simone, and BERTHOLLE, Louisette. Mastering the Art of French Cooking. WITH: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two. New York, 1979. Quarto, original patterned boards, dust jackets. $2000. Later printings of Julia Child’s indispensable first cookbook and its sequel, both inscribed with Volume I inscribed on the half title, “To Michael, Bon Appetit! Julia Child, Paul Child” and Volume II inscribed “To Michael, Julia Child, Paul Child.” Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking remains arguably the most influential work on French food ever published in the United States and Child herself was undoubtedly French cuisine’s most enthusiastic and successful ambassador. Child was the girl from Pasadena who revolutionized American cooking with her irrepressible humor, genial expertise, and her signature phrase, “Bon Appétit!” Winner of three Emmys, the Peabody Award, the National Book Award, and the French Légion d’Honneur, she was the first woman ever inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame and her kitchen has been installed in the Smithsonian. A “self-confessed ham, she became a darling of audiences… almost from the moment she made her debut in 1963” (New York Times). Volume I first issued in 1961, Volume II first issued in 1970. Both volumes in bright price-clipped dust jackets. A fine set, scarce inscribed.
“The Best Of Them All”: 1790 First Edition Of Speechly’s Treatise On The Culture Of The Vine 99. (FOOD & WINE) SPEECHLY, William. A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine. York, 1790. Quarto, contemporary full brown tree calf gilt rebacked. $4000. First edition of this “excellent work,” illustrated with five engraved plates (three folding) depicting vineyards, stove plans, and growth patterns. Speechly, an agriculturalist, was gardener to the Duke of Portland on his estate in Nottinghamshire. “The best of them all is that of Speechly… a model of the sound, practical, well-written and beautifully printed manual” (Gabler, 265). Includes sections on the culture and management of the grape vineyard, pruning, watering, and infestation, and a discussion of 50 varieties of grapes that might be grown in England. Bound without half title or front free endpaper. Gabler, 265. Simon, 50. Owner signature to title page; pencil annotation to rear free endpaper. Two leaves of notes in a contemporary hand bound opposite front pastedown endpaper; these are listed as “Mr Forsyth’s Composition for curing diseases, defects, and injuries in all kinds of fruit and Forest Trees,” probably extracted from William Forsyth’s 1791 work of the same title. Occasional scattered light foxing to interior; light rubbing to extremities of contemporary tree calf. A nearfine copy.
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“Anyone Can Cook In The French Manner Anywhere, With The Right Instruction”: Julia Child’s Mastering The Art Of French Cooking, With The Sequel, Both Inscribed By Julia Child And Paul Child
“A Magnificent Piece Of Story-Telling”: First English Edition Of The Magus, Signed By John Fowles
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100. FOWLES, John. The Magus. London, 1966. Octavo, original half cloth, dust jacket. $4200. First English edition of Fowles’ second, highly acclaimed novel, signed by him on the title page. “One of the most engrossing reading experiences in modern fiction, a psychological mystery which is also a magnificent piece of story-telling” (Pringle 29). “Regarded by many as the English-speaking world’s greatest contemporary writer and its first postmodern novelist” (New York Times). John Fowles tells ”a modernized, worldly-wise version of The Tempest…bathed in an atmosphere of mystery, eroticism and paranoia” (Parker, 426-27). Fowles set his story “on a vividly evoked Greek island. In an atmosphere of mystery, fantasy, and obsession, the novel concerns an Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, who obtains a teaching post on the island, and his involvement with an enigmatic Greek millionaire and his entourage; with its mythological dimension the suggests magic realism, and in the agnostic fatalism of its ending point, Greek tragedy” (Stringer, 228). First English edition, preceded by the Boston first, but preferred over the American. Book fine; light edge-wear to colorful dust jacket. A scarce about-fine signed copy.
“I Hope I Will Be Able To Confide Everything To You, As I Have Never Been Able To Confide In Anyone”: First Edition Of Anne Frank’s Diary, Het Achterhuis, 1947 101.
FRANK, Anne. Het Achterhuis. Amsterdam, 1947. Octavo, original boards, custom clamshell box.
First edition of Anne Frank’s diary, “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt), in the original Dutch, one of only 1500 copies printed. Anne began her new diary on her 13th birthday, June 12, 1942, by writing, “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.” (Page 1 bears a facsimile of this entry.) Only a month later, Anne and her family would go into hiding. Anne envisioned the future publication of her diary—in fact, she began editing the text before the family’s arrest on August 4, 1944 (three days after the diary’s last entry)—and chose the title Het Achterhuis (The House Behind) herself. After its initial release, the book was translated and published in more than 60 languages. It remains one of the most widely read books in the world. “Anne Frank’s diary is too tenderly intimate a book to be frozen with the label ‘classic,’ and yet no lesser designation serves” (Books of the Century, 180). Front inner paper hinge starting but sound, expert archival repair to tiny closed tear on title page, slight marginal dampstaining to rear leaves, rear joint expertly reinforced; light edge-wear, toning to spine of fragile boards. A very good copy of this important work.
102. FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Mémoires de la Vie Privée de Benjamin Franklin, Écrits par Lui-Même. Paris, 1791. Octavo, modern half mottled roan. $6500. True first edition (preceding the first English edition by two years), in two parts, of Franklin’s renowned autobiography, “the most widely read of all American autobiographies.” Rare. “The most widely read of all American autobiographies… [Franklin’s] holds the essence of the American way of life” (Grolier American 21). Written during four different periods from 1771 to 1789, “this account is the epitome of Franklin’s spirit. In it one sees him as a typical though great example of 18th-century enlightenment, a Yankee Puritan who could agree with Rousseau and Voltaire, and use the language of Defoe and Addison with a genial homely twang” (Hart, 142). This French translation by Jacques Gibelin constitutes the first appearance of any part of Franklin’s Autobiography, covering Franklin’s life until 1731, the year he founded the Library Company of Philadelphia. It was apparently translated into French from one of the two manuscript fair copies sent to friends in France for further advice. The first English edition, itself a translation from this French edition, did not appear until 1793. Despite problems of nuance between languages, this remains the ultimate treatise on man’s ability to better himself, notable for its humorous pragmatism and vivid portrayal of early 18th-century colonial America. Text in French. Ford 383. Minor contemporary marginalia to title page. Text generally fresh with light scattered foxing. A near-fine copy.
“A Classic Of Travel Literature”: First Editions Of Franklin’s First And Second Arctic Journeys, With Fine Hand-Colored Plates 103. FRANKLIN, John. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea… London, 1823. WITH: Narrative of a Second Expedition… London, 1828. Together, two volumes. Quarto, contemporary threequarter calf rebacked with original gilt-decorated spine laid down (Journey), matching period-style three-quarter brown calf gilt (Second Journey), slipcase. $9200. First editions of John Franklin’s first and second overland Arctic expeditions, an outstanding chronicle of a journey whose “harrowing obstacles—all stamp him as one of the true, one of the most persistent Arctic explorers” (Mirsky), profusely illustrated with ten large engraved folding maps (one outlined in color) and 61 fine engraved plates (11 vividly hand-colored). Franklin’s first journey “was made to the mouth of the Coppermine River, largely overland and with the aid of canoes. The coast east of the mouth was surveyed. It is one of the most terrible journeys on record, many of the party dying from cold, hunger, or murder. The distance traveled was some 5,500 miles, and Franklin’s narrative at once became a classic of travel literature… The two expeditions together added 1,200 miles of coast line to the knowledge of the American continent. The views of Arctic scenery are of extreme beauty” (Hill, 111-12). Bookplates. Journey with early owner signature, small bookseller tickets (one tipped to contents leaf); Narrative with institutional inkstamps to title page. Interiors generally fresh and clean with light scattered foxing, hand-coloring vibrant; two maps with small closed gutter tears. A highly desirable set in extremely good condition.
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“The Most Widely Read Of All American Autobiographies”: Paris 1791 True First Edition Of Franklin’s Autobiography
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benja min fr a nk lin “Franklin’s Deism And His Religious Toleration”: First Edition Of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Improved… Almanack For 1757, With A Section On “Freedom Of The Press,” An Exceptional Copy From The Collection Of Grolier Club Founder Robert Hoe 104. (FRANKLIN, Benjamin). Poor Richard Improved: Being an Almanack… for the Year of Our Lord 1757. Philadelphia, 1756. 12mo (4 by 7 inches), late 19th-century full brown crushed morocco rebacked with original spine laid down; pp. . $29,000. Rare first edition of Franklin’s famed Almanack for 1757, with the famed woodcut of anatomical man “govern’d” by constellations and 12 woodcut-engraved panels, rarely found complete and uncut, this copy with an exceptional provenance—from the prized collection of renowned bibliophile Robert Hoe and containing the bookplate of fellow collector E. Howard Litchfield. A fine uncut copy, bound in full crushed morocco by Bedford. In 1732 Franklin first issued Poor Richard’s Almanack, a series that “is beyond question the most famous of almanacs” (Ford, 11). In addition to the Almanack’s witty proverbs, this issue for 1757, rarely found complete, reveals how Franklin slyly aligned relevance and humor with science and puzzles. Over time his “annual puzzles got more complicated, as with 1757’s teaser” in the September section. Here we “imagine three ships, each occupied independently by Christians, Jews or Muslims. Each vessel leaves the same place but travels a different route under its religiously distinct crew. All return to the original port, where ‘they shall differ so with respect to real and apparent Time, that they all shall keep their Sabbath on one and the same Day of the Week, and yet each of them separately shall believe that he keeps his Sabbath on the Day of the Week his Religion requires.’ What had happened? To circumnavigate the globe meant losing or gaining a day of the week… In the case of Poor Richard’s three ships, some had gained or lost a critical day, creating a momentary Muslim-Christian-Jewish agreement… [His] challenge to differences among religions, but not to religion itself.” Like other colonial almanacs, Franklin’s were “compact little wonders, they were printed on cheap paper and had no real binding. They were meant for daily use, and surviving examples are often… torn apart” (Chaplin, 56-61). While Franklin, after 1748, was no longer involved in the daily operations of his and Hall’s busy printing concern, the historical record, Franklin scholarship and bibliographic authorities clearly note that his over-arching authorship role of the almanacs continued, along with the opportune supervision of their printing. With sections on “Freedom of the Press,” “Doctor Pringle’s Treatise,” eclipses, court calendars, recipes, Quaker meetings, and a guide to sun dials. Miller 635. Ford 104. Hildeburn 1499. Hoe Catalogue, 280. From the collection of renowned bibliophile Robert Hoe, founder and first president of the Grolier Club. Armorial bookplate of fellow bibliophile Edward Hubert Litchfield. Bit of unidentified text tipped to front flyleaf; rear leaves with faint marginalia. Text generally fresh and clean with minor expert repair to two leaves minimally affecting text. A fine copy with an exceptional provenance, rare complete and uncut.
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benja min fr a nk lin “We Are To Be Burthened With The Payment Of New Duties”: Exceedingly Rare First Edition Of Benjamin Franklin’s Almanack For 1765, With Sections On Slavery, Wine-Making & Commerce And Including Franklin’s Response To The Stamp Act 105. (FRANKLIN, Benjamin). Poor Richard Improved: Being an Almanack… for the Year of Our Lord 1765. Philadelphia, 1764. 12mo (4 by 7 inches), modern three-quarter red calf; pp. . $29,000. Rare first edition of Franklin’s famed Almanack for the year 1765, said to have been authored by him in response to rising colonial fury and talk of revolution over passage of the 1764 Sugar Act, with the famed woodcut of anatomical man “govern’d” by constellations and 12 woodcut-engraved panels. Rarely found complete and uncut. An exceptional copy. Poor Richard “is beyond question the most famous of almanacs” (Ford, 11). In publishing this Almanack for 1765, scholars “believe that Franklin was prompted by the passage of the Sugar Act, April 1764, and the anticipated rise in the cost of imports from the West Indies.” Here Franklin advises colonists to “make up for the loss of Madeira wine, rum and molasses by making their own wild grape wine… [and] sugar from vegetables” (Miller 832), and warns against war’s “wide destructive Losses.” The Sugar Act was Britain’s attempt to raise money to support British troops in America and to halt molasses smuggling. But the illegal trade in molasses remained strong and, as this Almanack implies, opposition to Britain grew even stronger. Six months after this was published, Parliament passed the incendiary Stamp Act. Franklin, arriving in England that same month, would be called before the House in London regarding rumors of revolution. “Asked what would be the result if the [Stamp] Act were not repealed, Franklin answered candidly but devastatingly, ‘The total loss of the respect and affection the people of America bear to this country.’” But Franklin already believed “that time was emphatically not on Britain’s side” (Schama, 461). With extensive sections pertinent to the Sugar Act on wine-making, bee-keeping and honey production as an alternative to WestIndies sugar cane and the human cost to “West India Slaves in making Melasses [sic], advice on “Distilling a Spirit from Rye,” an “extract from Mr. Anderson’s History of the Rise and Progress of Commerce,” a brief history of silk, instructions on calculating interest, “Hints for those that would be rich,” a selection of aphorisms, such as “Anger is a short Madness,” and much more. Miller 832. Ford 92. Contemporary owner inscription to one text leaf of Hannah Darlington (E1), faint contemporary marginalia to title page. Text generally fresh with light scattered foxing, tiny marginal holes to a few leaves affecting only a few letters to one leaf. A highly desirable exceptional copy, rare complete and uncut.
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“A Profound Influence On Revolutionary Ideology” And A Direct Influence On The Founding Fathers: Cato’s Letters, 1733 106. [GORDON, Thomas and TRENCHARD, John]. Cato’s Letters. London, 1733. Four volumes. Tall 12mo, contemporary full brown calf gilt. $8500. Early and scarce third edition of these famous essays, an extremely important early influence on the American Revolution, “ranked with the treatises of Locke as the most authoritative statement of the nature of political liberty and above Locke as an exposition of the social sources of the threats it faced” (Bailyn, 36). All early editions are quite rare and desirable. Trenchard and Gordon published their weekly “Cato’s Letters” in the London Journal and later in the British Journal from November, 1720 through December, 1723. In these 144 essays, the authors explored and popularized the philosophical and revolutionary ideas of personal and political liberty. They believed that liberty was constantly plagued by conspiracies of power-seekers and that executive political power and standing armies were pernicious. Furthermore, “it was Trenchard and Gordon who first gave unreserved endorsement to free speech as being indispensable to ‘Liberty, Property, true Religion, Arts, Sciences, Learning, [and] Knowledge’” (McDonald, 47). Their influence is palpable in the rhetoric of conspiracy in the Declaration of Independence (Jefferson owned the 1748 edition), the restrictions on national power and definition of individual rights in the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. The first complete collection of “Cato’s Letters” was issued soon after Trenchard’s death in December 1723, and all of the early editions are rare. Bookplate. Text very clean, outer hinges of contemporary calf just starting, with no loss of stability. A very desirable set.
Lovely 1823 Illustrated Vienna Haggadah, From The Press Of Anton Schmid 107. (HAGGADAH). Ma’aleh Bet Horin. [“Ascent to the House of Freedom”]. Vienna, 1823. Quarto, 20th-century three-quarter navy morocco; ff. 52. $4000. Anton Schmid’s 1823 illustrated Haggadah, with 11 lovely copperplate engravings “especially expertly executed in this 1823 issue.” With various commentaries, including Isaac Abrabanel’s. Schmid was a Christian publisher of Hebrew books who benefited greatly from an 1800 ordinance prohibiting the import of Hebrew books by Jews (who were themselves excluded from the publishing business). He did employ a number of Jewish typesetters and proofreaders, mainly from Galicia, who were granted special residence permits in Vienna (Encyclopaedia Judaica, I:978). “Schmid issued a number of printings of the Haggadah utilizing the delicately engraved popular illustrations of Abraham bar Jacob [which first appeared in the Amsterdam 1695 Haggadah]. They are especially expertly executed in this 1823 issue. Two popular commentaries by Moses Alscheikh and Ephraim Luntschitz added to the popular illustrations made for many editions” (Karp, 103). Among the illustrations are the famous 13-panel stages of the Seder and the ten-panel depiction of the ten plagues. Yaari 453. Yudlov 633. Contemporary owner signature in a neat hand, dated 1839. A few ceremonial stains and signs of use, fewer than often found. Morocco binding fine and attractive. An excellent copy of this scarce and finely illustrated Haggadah.
108. (IRELAND) MADDEN, Richard Robert. The United Irishmen, Their Lives and Times. London and Dublin, 1842-46. Seven volumes. Octavo, late 19thcentury three-quarter brown morocco gilt. $3800. First edition of each series of Madden’s patriotic account of the Irish reformers and revolutionaries of the 1790s, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf. A surgeon, popular travel writer and active abolitionist, “Madden is best known as the author of The United Irishmen… an historical work of some importance” (DNB). Upon the volumes’ appearance, the Westminster Review declared, “We have here a most potent persuasive to that justice to Ireland which is now more than ever the first duty and necessity of Great Britain” (Allibone, 1199). While historians today critique Madden’s partisan spirit, “the work embodies a mass of original material that, but for Madden’s intervention, would have been lost forever—material which cannot be overlooked by anyone desiring to study the beginnings of Irish republicanism” (Leon Ó Broin, Irish University Review 2:1). Second and Third Series illustrated with engraved frontispiece portraits and 22 engraved plates. Armorial bookplates. Text fresh, occasional light embrowning to portraits. Very scarce in all first editions. A fine set, handsomely bound.
First Edition Of Carr’s Tour Of Ireland, 1806, With Beautiful Aquatint Plates 109. (IRELAND) CARR, John. The Stranger in Ireland; or, A Tour in the Southern and Western Parts of that Country. London, 1806. Quarto, 20th-century threequarter brown calf, renewed endpapers. $3200. First edition of Carr’s engaging picturesque tour of Ireland, illustrated with 16 beautiful aquatint engravings (five folding) printed in a buff tint after Carr’s own drawings, and an engraved map. A lawyer by training, Sir John Carr began to travel to benefit his health. He became one of the earlier writers of travel literature and produced a number of accounts of his journeys in various European countries, which “obtained a wide circulation on account of their light, gossipy style” (DNB). Soon after the publication of the present work Carr was knighted by the Duke of Bedford, then viceroy of Ireland. Abbey, Scenery 455. A few penciled annotations. Text and plates clean, reinforcement to verso of folding frontispiece. A bit of restoration to extremities of binding. An attractive copy in extremely good condition.
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“When All Their Secrets Were Betrayed, All Their Measures Known, And All Their Leaders Seized…”: First Editions Of All Three Series Of Madden’s United Irishmen, 1842-46, Illustrated With 24 Engraved Plates
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“That Musical Crystal-Clear Style, Blown Like Glass From The White-Heat Of Violence”: Signed Limited Edition Of Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms, The Only One Of His Works So Issued 110. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Farewell to Arms. New York, 1929. Tall octavo, original white parchment spine and corners, custom clamshell box. $16,500. Signed limited first edition of Hemingway’s “consummate masterpiece,” number 2 of only 510 copies signed by him. “Probably [Hemingway’s] best… Its success was so enormous… After it one could no more imitate that musical crystal-clear style; blown like glass from the white-heat of violence… the beginning, like all his beginnings, seems effortless and magical” (Connally 60). “A Farewell to Arms was the novel that placed Hemingway, early, among the American masters… [it is], in fact, the most satisfying and most sustained, the consummate masterpiece, among Hemingway’s novels. It bears the mark of Hemingway’s best gifts as a writer” (Mellow, 377-79). The only signed limited first edition of any of Hemingway’s works. Without scarce original slipcase. Hanneman A8b. Bookplate. Only very minor sunning to original boards. A near-fine copy.
“Yeah, Lord I’m Not Worth A Thing I’m A Hard Working Man”: Mick Jagger’s Autograph Corrections To Typed Lyrics For “Worried About You,” With Copy Of The Stones’ Album Tattoo You 111. JAGGER, Mick. Typewritten lyrics with autograph corrections (“Worried About You”). New York, circa 1981. WITH: Original album cover (Tattoo You), measuring 12-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches, with vintage LP in inner sleeve. Two pages of Rolling Stones Records stationery, typing and autograph corrections on rectos only, stapled. $4200. Typed copy of the lyrics to “Worried About You” from the Rolling Stones’ 1981 album Tattoo You, bearing Mick Jagger’s autograph corrections, with a copy of the finished record in striking artistic cover. Tattoo You remained on top of the charts for nine weeks in 1981. Jagger’s autograph corrections to the typed lyrics of “Worried About You” (the first song on the LP’s second side) offer insight into his and Keith Richards’ creative process. Only minimal edge-wear to bright album cover. A fine piece, suitable for framing.
112. JOYCE, James and MATISSE, Henri. Ulysses. New York, 1935. Large quarto, original gilt-stamped pictorial brown cloth, slipcase, custom clamshell box. $9200. First illustrated edition of Joyce’s landmark Ulysses, one of 1500 copies signed by Matisse. One of the 20th-century’s most desirable illustrated books, combining the work of two great modern artists. An exceptionally fine copy. One of the most arresting collaborations in 20th-century literature. “It was a great idea to bring them together; celebrities of the same generation, of similar virtuosity” (Wheeler, 15). The 26 beautiful full-page illustrations by Matisse accompany the text of Joyce’s Ulysses, including six soft-ground etchings with reproductions of the sketches on blue and yellow paper. “One of the very few American livres de peintres issued before World War II. According to George Macy [this work’s designer], who undertook this only American publication of Matisse’s illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for $5000. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer’s Odyssey. The preparatory drawings reproduced with the soft-ground etchings (Matisse’s only use of this medium) record the evolution of the figures from vigorous sketches to closely knit compositions” (Artist and the Book 197). Slocum & Cahoun A22. Book fine, slipcase with expert reinforcement to panel seams. Additionally housed in a custom clamshell box.
The Burden And The Glory, One Of Only 100 Specially Bound Copies, Inscribed By Jacqueline Kennedy 113. KENNEDY, John. The Burden and the Glory. New York, Evanston and London, 1964. Octavo, original full navy calf gilt. $4000. First edition of this collection of President Kennedy’s speeches and statements, one of only 100 copies handsomely bound in full morocco gilt-tooled with the presidential seal, inscribed on a tipped-in leaf, “With appreciation, Jacqueline Kennedy.” Published mere months after Kennedy was assassinated, this volume explores the priorities of his second and third year in office through a selection of his public statements and speeches, including his second and third State of the Union addresses, his famous “Ich Ben Ein Berliner” speech, remarks on the Cuban Missile Crisis, comments on race relations and a speech for his trip to Dallas, never delivered. Edited by Allan Nevins. Foreword by President Lyndon Johnson. This copy, boasting a deluxe calf binding with gilt presidential seal, is one of only 100 given to those who attended a fund raising dinner for the Kennedy Library in honor of Jacqueline Kennedy, who was making her first public appearance since her husband’s death. Mrs. Kennedy signed copies for those who requested she do so. Without original matching slipcase. Some rubbing to front joints. A near-fine copy, handsomely bound, inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
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Signed By Matisse: The First Illustrated Edition Of Ulysses
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jack k erouac “Because The Only People For Me Are The Mad Ones”: Lovely First Edition Of On The Road 114. KEROUAC, Jack. On the Road. New York, 1957. Octavo, original black cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $9000. First edition of Kerouac’s second and most important novel, “a physical and metaphysical journey across America.” A lovely fresh copy. “Between 1947 and 1950, Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac took off on a freewheeling journey through the USA and Mexico in search of something outside their domestic experience. Ten years later their adventures were related in On the Road… The novel’s composition has become a well-known anecdote in its own right. Returning home from his wanderings, Kerouac spent almost a year pondering how (specifically, in what form) he might convey the life he had been living. Several false starts were made, but in April 1951 he fed a 120-foot roll of teletype into his typewriter, typed for three weeks and the result, largely unrevised, was On the Road” (Parker, 339). “Just before Jack Kerouac died in 1969, he told Neal Cassady that he feared he would die like Melville, unknown and unappreciated in his own time… On the Road has become a classic of the Beat Movement with its stream-of-consciousness depiction of the rejection of mainstream American values set in a physical and metaphysical journey across America” (Book in America, 136). Bruccoli & Clark I:217. Book fine with only very light offsetting to pages 56-57 and endpapers. Dust jacket fresh and bright with minor restoration to spine head. A most desirable nearly fine copy.
115. LEVER, Darcy. The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor; Or, a Key to the Leading of Rigging, and to Practical Seamanship. London, 1819. Quarto, mid20th-century full crushed navy morocco gilt. $1850. Second and best edition of Lever’s popular seaman’s manual, richly illustrated with engraved title page and 113 copper-engraved plates on both sides of 57 leaves depicting rope splicing, knotting, and hitching; blocks and tackles; masts, stays, and riggings; sails and anchors; and basic rules of seamanship. Handsomely bound in full morocco with gilt nautical decorations by Bayntun-Riviere. As a young man, Darcy Lever “went out to India, where his life is vaguely described as ‘a somewhat eventful one.’ His adventures must have taken a nautical direction, and would seem too to have been profitable, as he returned to England at a comparatively early age and apparently in the enjoyment of a comfortable independence.” After establishing himself in Leeds, Lever brought out his Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor, which “had an immediate success and continued for nearly forty years [to be] the text-book both in the royal navy and in the mercantile marine” of Great Britain (DNB). First published in 1808, this expanded second edition includes an Appendix and three additional engraved plates on two sheets. Two tiny marginal paper repairs to engraved title page. Fine condition. A very handsome and most desirable copy of the best edition of this nautical classic.
“Livy Gave Rome Her Epic”: 1600 First Edition In English Of Livy’s Great History Of Rome 116. LIVY. The Romane Historie. London, 1600. Thick folio, early 20th-century full brown morocco. $9500. First edition in English of Livy’s monumental history of Rome, translated by Philemon Holland. Titus Livius commenced his great history between 27 and 25 B.C., completing it only shortly before his death in A.D. 17. His genius lay in lively storytelling rather than critical history; his aim was to rekindle his fellow Romans’ patriotic spirit by recounting their ancestors’ heroic deeds. “Livy’s heroes were to revive again and again—in 18th-century Virginia and in Revolutionary Paris. There are still statues in the public parks of the founders of the American and French Republics clad in the togas or the armor of Cincinnatus or Horatius… Livy, not Virgil, gave Rome her epic” (Rexroth, 9293). “This was the first of that stately array of folio translations of the classics which issued from the pens of the ‘translator generall in his age’” (Pforzheimer 495), Philemon Holland. “Holland’s knowledge of Greek and Latin was accurate and profound, and his renderings are made in a vivid, familiar and somewhat ornamented English” (Drabble, 469). Without first and final blanks. STC 16613. Occasional light foxing. Light creasing to title page and following leaf; marginal loss to leaf [P6], not affecting text; a few leaves with tiny holes, some of which affect letters but not sense of text. Inner paper hinges split, binding sound. A very nearly fine copy. Scarce.
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“For Nearly Forty Years The Text-Book Both In The Royal Navy And In The Mercantile Marine”
“The Basis Of The Principles Of Democracy” (PMM): First Collected Edition Of Locke’s Letters On Toleration, 1765
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117. LOCKE, John. Letters Concerning Toleration. London: A. Millar, et al., 1765. Tall quarto (9-1/2 by 12 inches), modern full brown calf. $6500. First collected edition of Locke’s influential letters defending the cause of religious liberty, a splendid wide-margined copy, handsomely bound. “John Locke saw merits in all the competing claims of various religious groups. He also saw the destructive force that was released when these claims sought exclusive public domination at the expense of individual conscience… Locke’s letter moved subsequent generations to a greater spirit of tolerance in religious matters. It is still part of the liberal democratic ideal and transcends the time of its composition” (Edwards IV:501). Although these letters gained wide publicity on the Continent, in England they “engaged Locke in a lengthy controversy. His plea for a practically unlimited freedom in matters of religion was in glaring contrast to the theories and practices of the Church of England, and from this quarter he was vigorously attacked” (Christophersen, 15-16). Together with Locke’s Treatises on Government, these Letters Concerning Toleration “provide a classic example of the empirical approach to social and political economy which has remained ever since the basis of the principles of democracy” (PMM 163). Yolton 28. Lowndes, 1380. Text generally fresh and clean, very faint marginal dampstaining to a few early leaves only, tiny bit of marginal wormholing not affecting text. An especially handsome copy in near-fine condition.
Signed Limited Edition Of David Mamet’s Bar Mitzvah 118. MAMET, David. Bar Mitzvah. El Segundo, California, 1999. Oblong folio (17-1/2 by 23 inches), original full brown leather gilt, cardboard box. $5000. Signed limited edition, number 135 of only 395 copies signed by Mamet and artist Donald Sultan. Includes 20 hand silk-screened plates (many with hand-inlayed 22-carat gold leaf), four of which are signed by Sultan and removable, suitable for framing. Mamet’s original story is of a young boy who, on the eve of his bar mitzvah, learns about life from an old man whose antique watch reveals something of man’s relation to God. A fine copy.
119. MCCARTHY, Cormac. Suttree. New York, 1979. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket; custom clamshell box. $4600. Scarce first edition of the novel many consider McCarthy’s greatest, an exceedingly rare association copy directly from the estate of award-winning writer Shelby Foote, signed by him in the month of publication; “Shelby Foote, January 1979,” with his marginalia and inclusion of a clipping from the Memphis Press-Scimitar containing Foote’s defense of the work. This very rare association copy of Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree is signed by awardwinning historian and novelist Shelby Foote in the month of publication. In addition to his extensive marginalia within, Foote has also affixed to the rear pastedown a February 1979 clipping from the Memphis Press-Scimitar that contains the publication of his letter to the “Book Corner” editor. In the letter’s wonderfully vigorous defense of McCarthy and Suttree, Foote rebukes the earlier reviewer who had condemned the novel as “a masterpiece of filth, viciousness and ugliness.” Foote responds by vehemently praising “McCarthy’s brilliant and powerful novel, Suttree,” and proclaiming: “There are beauties in this book [the reviewer would] never forget, if he could only scrub the blue off his nose and really read it.” From the estate of Shelby Foote. Signed by him and containing his marginalia. Book and inscriptions fresh and crisp with only minor marginal dampstaining to a few leaves, faint soiling to about-fine boards, lightest edge-wear to bright nearly fine dust jacket. A wonderful association copy with an exceptional provenance.
1692 First Edition In English Of Milton’s “Eloquent Defense Of Liberty” 120. MILTON, John. A Defence of the People of England. Amsterdam, 1692. Octavo, contemporary full blind-stamped speckled brown calf rebacked and recornered with original spine panels laid down, custom clamshell box. $3500. First edition in English, first issue, of Milton’s “eloquent defense of liberty,” scarce in contemporary calf. “Salmasius was a professor at Leyden. He had been invited by the Scottish Presbyterians to write in their behalf. Charles II, who was at the Hague, induced Salmasius to write the Defensio Regia pro Carolo I, first published in November 1649. Milton was ordered to reply by the council on 8 January 1650, and his Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio appeared in March 1650” (DNB). “Milton was inordinately proud of this work, which brought him European fame—or notoriety—because it was an officially commissioned and effective ‘defense of the English people’ against an attack on the new Republic by one of Europe’s greatest scholars… If it proved nothing else, it proved that the Puritans, widely considered uneducated, had some real scholars on their side. Milton believed it to be a reasoned defense of regicide, an eloquent defense of liberty, and his best work in prose” (Parker 28b). “The best apology, says T. Warton, that ever was offered for bringing kings to the block” (Lowndes, 1567). This first edition in English was translated from the Latin by Joseph Washington. With “An Advertisement to the Reader” at rear. With blank a8, with initial blank leaf A1, both rarely found; without blank R4. Wing M2104. Small early owner signature. Text generally fresh. An about-fine copy of this important work, most scarce in contemporary calf.
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“McCarthy’s Brilliant And Powerful Novel” (Shelby Foote): Rare Association Copy Of Suttree, Signed By Owner Shelby Foote In The Month Of Publication, With His Extensive Marginalia
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sa muel august us binion Binion’s Monumental Egyptian Plate Book, With 72 Superb Elephant Folio Egyptian Plates, Many In Color 121. (MIDEAST) BINION, Samuel Augustus. Ancient Egypt or Mizraïm. New York, 1887. Two volumes. Elephant folio (19-1/2 by 26 inches), modern three-quarter crimson morocco, original gilt title laid down on front covers. $19,800. Limited first edition, “Edition de Luxe,” one of only 800 copies, splendidly illustrated with 72 spectacular large folio plates of pyramids, temples, views, the Sphinx, antiquities, mummies, papyri, among other Egyptian subjects, including 50 beautiful tinted and full-color lithographs. This spectacular production by American Egyptologist Samuel Binion was considered the height of American chromolithography. Most of the huge plates are based on one of four major volumes of Egyptian travel and antiquities from the Napoleonic era through the mid-19th century: David Roberts’ Egypt and the Holy Land, Prisse d’Avennes’ Oriental Album, Lepsius’ Denkmaler aus Agypten und Athiopen, and the Napoleon-commissioned Description de l’Egypte. Of particular beauty are the fully colored architectural reconstructions of Egyptian temples, and a splendid rendition of Cleopatra’s Needle. Mizraïm was originally issued in 12 parts in wrappers; here the parts have been bound together into two volumes, as usually found, each with its own lithographic title page. Blackmer 143. Closed tear to title page of Volume I skillfully repaired; two unimportant tape repairs to lower margins of text leaves. Tear to lower outer corner of one plate in Volume II, not affecting image, otherwise plates in fine condition, far nicer than often found. A fine copy of this spectacular chromolithographic production.
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“Soon To Be Known Worldwide”: Scarce 1880s Original Bonfils Portfolio Of Palestine, Featuring 30 Vintage Collotypes Of Jerusalem And Much More 122. (MIDEAST) BONFILS, Felix. Palestine. Alès, France, circa 1880. Folio, original brown cloth portfolio gilt, 30 vintage collotypes mounted on heavy stock (images measure 4-1/2 by 6-1/2 inches, mounts measure 9-1/2 by 13 inches), captioned, loose as issued, portfolio. $4800. Scarce original photographic portfolio of Palestine, circa 1880, by celebrated photographer Bonfils, a elegant assemblage of 30 vintage collotype prints, each mounted and captioned on heavy card stock, featuring timeless views of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Holy Sepulchre and much more, housed in a beautiful pictorial gilt-stamped Bonfils portfolio. Bonfils trained as a photographer with Abel Niépce de Saint-Victor “before embarking on what would become the adventure of his life, the creation in 1867 of a photographic studio in Beirut, soon to be known worldwide.” By the early 1880s, the photographs of Bonfils and his wife were famed for their exceptional artistic and technical mastery. In 1878 Bonfils published “his opus-magnus, Souvenires d’Orient… This ambitious work earned him a medal at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris... In 1880, Bonfils established in Alès a collotype printing factory, where his photographs were printed, some assembled in portfolios. Few examples of this production survived; it probably ceased upon Bonfils’ death on April 9, 1885… A significant part of [Bonfils’] work appears as more original than the mass-produced clichés aimed at tourist crowds” (Hannavay, 174-5). Images exceptionally fresh and clean, several mounts with small chips (1-inch) to edges, two-inch closed tear to one mount, none not affecting image, light edge-wear to beautiful portfolio. An exceptionial nearfine vintage photographic collection.
One Of Only 50 Sets: Deluxe Limited Edition Of Maspero’s Egypt, Illustrated With Hundreds Of Hand-Colored Plates And Finely Bound In Beautiful Art-Deco Morocco 123. (MIDEAST) MASPERO, Gaston Camille Charles, RAPPOPORT, A. S., et al. History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria. London, 1903-06. Thirteen volumes. Tall thick octavo, original three-quarter green morocco gilt. $12,000. Deluxe limited “Definitive Edition” of this esteemed history of Egypt and the Middle East, number 15 of only 50 copies printed on Japan vellum and richly illustrated with over 1200 plates and in-text illustrations, including hundreds of fine gravures in triple-suite, with one state beautifully hand-colored. This wonderful set consists of nine volumes of Maspero, three volumes of Rappoport, and one volume of King and Hall. The principal work of the set is an English translation of Maspero’s Histoire ancienne des peuples de l’Orient classique (1895). In this series, Maspero, Rappoport and others present an intimate acquaintance with the history of Egypt and the Nile Valley, Assyria and Babylonia, as well as the literature and culture of these regions. The illustrations offer a comprehensive picture of Egyptian culture, depicting early forms of writing and painting, ancient relief sculpture and statuary, pottery and weaponry, and other cultural artifacts. Also with plans of the ancient cities, diagrams of royal tombs and numerous maps of historic sites. Set in fine condition. A
splendid production, illustrated.
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“How Comes Stern Warre To Be Accounted Holy, By Nature Fierce, Complexion Melancholy?”: First Edition Of Fuller’s Historie Of The Crusades, 1639, With Folding Map, Bound With First Edition Of His 1642 Holy State 124. (MIDEAST) FULLER, Thomas. The Historie of the Holy Warre. BOUND WITH: The Holy State… [and the Profane State]... Cambridge, 1639-42. One volume. Small folio (71/2 by 11 inches), modern full russet sheep. $4500. First editions of Fuller’s 1639 Historie of the Holy Warre—the first of his historical works as well as the first to contain an engraved folding map of Palestine—and his Holy State (which also contains The Profane State), featuring 20 engraved portraits by William Marshall. “Thomas Fuller was incomparably the most sensible, the least prejudiced, great man of an age that boasted a galaxy of great men” (Samuel Coleridge). In this comprehensive but by no means uncritical Historie, Fuller proposed that the Crusades “spent European lives and wealth for nothing more than a faraway plot of land and a few relics” (Madden, 3). Bound with a first edition of his celebrated pair of studies in virtue and vice, The Holy State and The Profane State. “This curious book is a sort of blend of the abstract ‘Character’ popular at the time, and of examples which are practically short stories with real heroes and heroines, Monica or Joan of Naples, Andronicus Comnenus or Drake’” (Pforzheimer 392). Holy Warre without engraved frontispiece of “The Temple of the Sepulchre.” Holy State with engraved plate of the Prince of Wales feathers on first unsigned leaf, engraved title page by
William Marshall, and 18 engraved vignette portraits, along with two full-page engraved portraits. Without A4 (second Index page on recto, Errata on verso). Interior generally fresh and clean, expertly repaired closed tear affecting text to dedication leaf (Holy Warre), small loss to lower corner of engraved Prince of Wales plate (Holy State). A nearly fine copy.
With 36 Vividly Hand-Colored Folio Aquatint Plates Of Egypt, Palestine, And The Mediterranean, 1822 125. (MIDEAST) WILLYAMS, Cooper. A Selection of Views in Egypt, Palestine, Rhodes, Italy, Minorca and Gibraltar. London, 1822. Tall folio (12 by 16 inches), modern three-quarter red morocco gilt. $6200. First edition, with 36 vividly hand-colored aquatint views depicting land- and cityscapes throughout the Mediterranean, including Cairo, Alexandria, Caiffe, Rhodes, Mount Carmel, Syracuse, Lago, Minorca, Gibraltar, Mount Pelegrino, and the Rock of Scylla. “In early life Willyams had imbibed a love of the sea, and in 1793 he started as chaplain of the Boyne to the West Indies, in the expedition under the command of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Grey and Vice-Admiral Sir John Jervis… He published in 1796, with illustrations, An Account of the Campaign in the West Indies… In 1798 he served as chaplain of the Swiftsure (Captain Hallowell), a vessel in the squadron under the command of Nelson. He was present in this vessel at the battle of the Nile, and his narrative, which was full of engravings from his own drawings, A Voyage up the Mediterranean in the Swiftsure (1802) contained ‘the first, the most particular, and the most authentic account of the battle’” (DNB). Issued posthumously 20 years later, this selection contains 32 of the 43 plates from the Voyage, some slightly reworked, and an additional four plates published here for the first time. Accompanying descriptions in English and French. Abbey Travel 198. Blackmer 1814. Plates crisp and colors vivid, only
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rich a rd pocock e “The First Modern Description Of The Valley Of The Kings,” With 178 Splendid Engraved Folio Plates Of Egypt And The Holy Land 126. (MIDEAST) POCOCKE, Richard. A Description of the East, and Some Other Countries. London, 1743-45. Two volumes. Tall folio (10-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches), contemporary full speckled brown calf rebacked. $16,000. Rare first edition of Pococke’s significant account of his extensive travels in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Cyprus, Greece and Asia Minor, copiously illustrated with 178 spectacular large engraved plates and maps (several folding) depicting plans, views, monuments, architectural details and botanical specimens. Pococke’s initial intention was “to give the world the plans he had taken of the Egyptian buildings, together with some drawings of them, and to add an account, and designs of all the different orders of Egyptian architecture… [he has also provided] an account of his travels, and of several accidents, that might give an insight into the customs and manners of the people so different from our own, in order to render the work more acceptable to the generality of readers” (Preface). “Pococke’s work attained great celebrity… Gibbon described his book as of ‘superior learning and dignity’” (Cox I:224). “His account of the Valley provides us with the first modern description of its landscape… This first map of the Valley has become, in part, a sort of treasure map” (Romer, 32-33). The map of Jerusalem by Thomas Jefferys is considered one of the first scientific maps of Jerusalem, with the aspect of the city from a vertical viewpoint. Armorial bookplates, early shelf notations to endpapers. Plates and text quite fresh, with only occasional minor faint foxing, a few instances of very faint marginal dampstaining. Bindings quite handsome. An exceptional copy of one of the finest travel narratives of the time.
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dav id roberts One Of The Greatest Lithographic Works Ever Printed: Beautiful Copy Of Roberts’ Holy Land, Egypt And Nubia 127. (MIDEAST) ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. London, 1855-56. Six volumes in three. Quarto, original full black morocco gilt. $18,000. First quarto edition of this monumental early visual record of the Middle East by the first Westerner permitted to enter sacred sites, with 250 magnificent tinted lithographs, in publisher’s original full morocco-gilt. Inquisitive Western minds first glimpsed the mysteries of Egypt and the Middle East in detail through David Roberts’ folio-sized Holy Land, issued in 41 parts from 1842 to 1849 and containing 250 full-page hand-colored lithographs produced from his magnificent, on-site drawings. Roberts was the first Westerner to be granted permission to enter whichever sacred mosque or monument he desired. His images of these sacred places established what many people even today envision as the aura of Egypt and the Holy Land. “Roberts’ Holy Land has a world-wide reputation; nothing of a similar character has ever been produced that can bear a comparison with it” (Ran, 6). Louis Haghe, considered the foremost lithographer of his time, transferred the exquisitely detailed drawings to stone. This first quarto edition includes all 250 lithographic plates contained in the folio edition. Undoubtedly the most famous of these is Plate 240, the great sphinx, still commonly reproduced in poster art. A considerable number of plates are printed in two tints; plates 213 and 240 printed in three. Most plates fresh and clean, with scattered foxing to some, as often. Minor expert restoration to elaborately gilt binding. A lovely set.
a few minor slight spots. A very desirable copy in about-fine condition.
128. (PACIFIC EXPLORATION) BULKELEY, John and CUMMINS, John. A Voyage to the South-Seas, In the Years 1740-1. London, 1743. Ocatvo, modern half brown calf gilt. $5200. First edition of Bulkeley and Cummins’ exciting account of the wreck of the Wager and its aftermath, the Frank S. Streeter copy, handsomely bound. “The Bulkeley book is one of the main accounts of the wreck of the Wager near the Straits of Magellan when it was part of Lord Anson’s fleet, which was on its way to raid the Spanish in the Pacific. The account is one of the great stories of shipwreck survival” (Streeter 2401). “After the wreck, gunner John Bulkeley and carpenter John Cummins conducted the mutinous part of the crew until they arrived safely in Rio de Janeiro. Much of the adventure and interest of the account is in the description of their travails passing through the Strait of Magellan in a longboat. There are two editions of 1743: the first [this copy] published by Jacob Robinson, giving the authors’ names on the title page; the other, published by J. Twig, omitting the authors’ names” (Hill 210). Decorative woodcut headpieces and initials. Without publisher’s advertisements. Sabin 9108. Bookplates, including that of collector Frank S. Streeter. The son of celebrated American collector Thomas W. Streeter, Frank Streeter became an important collector in his own right, “focusing on rare books and records from sea voyages during the Age of Exploration” (New York Times). Light marginal embrowning toward rear of text block. Restoration to corners of first leaf, title page and final leaf. A near-fine copy, with distinguished provenance.
“The Most Compelling Justification For Cook’s Voyages”: First Edition Of The First Biography Of Captain Cook, 1788 129. (PACIFIC EXPLORATION) KIPPIS, Andrew. The Life of Captain James Cook. London, 1788. Quarto, contemporary brown tree calf gilt rebacked with the original spine laid down. $8000. First edition of the first biography of Captain James Cook, with frontispiece portrait by James Heath, bound in contemporary tree calf. “This work contains an admirable precis of the three voyages, with valuable information from the original sources. It introduces most of Samwell’s Narrative of Captain Cook’s Death, and also gives accounts of the various tributes to Cook’s memory” (Cox I, 64). “Kippis went further than most writers in transforming Cook’s voyages from scientific missions with a multiplicity of purposes to expeditions motivated wholly by the urge to civilize and improve the world. He was not entirely naïve about the results of Cook’s discoveries, recognizing that many thoughtful observers questioned the value of European contact for Pacific peoples, but concluded that Cook’s humanitarian motives outweighed any possible negative consequences… [Kippis’ Life] became the most compelling justification both for Cook’s voyages and for continued European involvement in the Pacific in years to come” (Withey, 406-7). Beddie 1962. Text generally fine, some foxing to frontispiece, inner hinges reinforced, contemporary calf attractive and sound.
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“One Of The Great Stories Of Shipwreck Survival”: First Edition Of Bulkeley And Cummins’ Voyage To The South-Seas, 1743, The Frank S. Streeter Copy
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92 “The First French Expedition To Sail Around The World”: Bougainville’s Voyage Round The World, 1772 First Edition In English In Original Boards 130. (PACIFIC EXPLORATION) BOUGAINVILLE, Lewis de. A Voyage Round the World. London, 1772. Quarto, contemporary marbled boards rebacked in tan morocco. $7800. First edition in English of this early account noted for its detailed description of Tahiti, with five folding maps and one folding plate, published one year after the French first edition. This account of “the first French expedition to sail around the world… is written with simplicity and some humor” (Cox I: 55). Bougainville had been sent to hand over control of the Falkland Islands to Spain. “He gives an account of the discovery and occupation of the islands… and a chapter devoted to their natural history… He then proceeded through the Strait of Magellan and across the Pacific to the East Indies and thence home in a three-year voyage that was France’s first official circumnavigation of the world. The expedition visited the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti, the Samoa Islands, the New Hebrides, and the Solomon, Louisiade, and New Britain archipelagoes. There is a long description of Tahiti, observations concerning the natives, and a vocabulary of 300 words used on the island… Bougainville created a great deal of interest among the French in the Pacific, which resulted in the voyages of Nicholas Marion du Fresne and Jean Francois de LaPerouse. The largest island in the Solomons and two straits in the Pacific bear his name and the tropical flowering vine Bougainvillea was named after him. This account confirmed Jean Jacques Rousseau’s ‘noble savage’ concept, and inspired Denis Diderot to pen his denunciation of European contact with indigenous peoples” (Hill I, 31-32). Armorial bookplate, circular stamps to title page and versos of maps. Only a bit of light scattered foxing, edge-wear to several maps. An extremely good copy.
Fine Illustrated Collection Of Poe’s Works, Beautifully Bound By Adams 131. POE, Edgar Allan. Works. Chicago, 1894-1895. Ten volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter navy morocco gilt. $6500. 19th-century edition of Poe’s complete works, illustrated with 19 full-page engravings by Albert Edward Sterner and with 10 portraits of Poe, in a beautiful contemporary binding by Adams. “Poe was the founder of the modern detective story… [as well as] the ablest critic of his time in America. In verse he achieved incomparable melodic effects… His influence has been incalculable in both verse and prose on later writers… ‘This finest of finest of artists,’ Bernard Shaw has called him” (Kunitz & Haycraft, 625). Includes Poe’s tales, poems, literary criticism, and miscellaneous works. With critical introductions and notes by editors Edmund Clarence Stedman and George Edward Woodberry; Woodberry also provides a “memoir” of Poe at the beginning of Volume I. Other illustrations include portraits of Poe’s wife and mother, three landscapes, and a facsimile of Poe’s handwriting. Issued simultaneously in a limited edition of 250 large-paper sets. A fine set.
Red Hot And Blue, One Of Only 300 Copies Signed By Cole Porter
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132. PORTER, Cole. Red Hot and Blue. A Musical Comedy. New York, 1936. Quarto, modern red white and blue morocco gilt, replicating the original silk binding. $8800. Signed limited first edition, one of only 300 copies signed by Cole Porter. Contains the lyrics, melody, and piano accompaniment for the ten songs from this popular Cole Porter musical comedy, including “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re a Bad Influence on Me,” “A Little Skipper from Heaven Above,” “What a Great Pair We’ll Be” and “Red Hot and Blue.” Title page printed in red, blue, and black. Interior fine. Handsomely bound.
“Let Us Draw Nearer The Sunne To New Britaine, Whose Virgin Soil Is Not Yet Polluted With Spaniard’s Lust… Justly Called Virginia”: Purchas His Pilgrimage, 1617 133. PURCHAS, Samuel. Purchas His Pilgrimage, or Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in all Ages and Places Discovered. London, 1617. Folio, period-style full paneled brown morocco gilt. $3600. Third edition, much enlarged, of Purchas’ survey of numerous expeditions—valuable for “having preserved some record of early voyages otherwise unknown” (DNB)—with two books dedicated to the North and South American continents, handsomely bound. The chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Purchas “drew on the notes of hundreds of classical and contemporary travelers to compile this valuable collection. Though some accounts are clearly fantastical and inaccurate, taken as a whole they contain much of value, and are frequently the only sources of information upon important questions affecting the history of exploration” (Britannica 22, 659). To produce his “sort of religious geography,” Purchas draws “largely upon… the historians and political geographers of all ages” (Cox I:6). His chapters on America include “Of the New World and Why it is Called America,” “Of the first Knowledge, Habitation and Discoveries of the New World” and “Of the Religion and Rites of the Virginians”; and he offers extraordinary descriptions of Native Americans. With decorative woodcut initials and allegorical headpieces. STC 20507. Text quite clean, light soiling to title page. Minor marginal worming to gatherings 2O-3B (repaired with tissue at [2Z5]-3B2). Mild marginal loss to [4K5], not affecting text. Minor repair to lower corner of title page; marginal restoration to leaf N1, not affecting text. An excellent copy, handsomely bound.
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“And I Shall Think My Labour Well Bestow’d To Purpose Good, When’t Shall Be Said That I Did Tell True Tales Of Robin Hood”: First Edition Of Ritson’s Robin Hood, With Bookplates Of Expert Bibliophile Eric Quayle 134. RITSON, Joseph. Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, Now Extent, Relative to that Celebrated English Outlaw. London: 1795. Two volumes. Octavo, late 19th-century three-quarter black morocco gilt. $2500. First edition of this early and important collection of the lore of English literature’s most famous outlaw, with dozens of in-text illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces by acclaimed wood-engraver Thomas Bewick, handsomely bound. The copy of acknowledged British book collecting expert Eric Quayle. The first “scientific editor” of English folklore (Kunitz & Haycraft, 437), Ritson especially dedicated himself to the preservation of ballad poetry. In this work, widely regarded as the finest of Ritson’s many volumes, “every extant allusion to Robin Hood is printed and explained” (DNB). The anthology firmly ensconced Robin Hood in the public imagination as a noble outlaw. It also served as a source for Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe (1819). With 63 head- and tailpieces by Thomas Bewick, “the first person to translate wood engraving from the crudities of the broadsheets to fine art” (Houfe, 63). Lowndes, 2098. Allibone, 1812. Bookplates of Eric Quayle, noted author and expert on book collecting. Owner signatures. A fine copy, handsomely bound, with distinguished provenance. Scarce.
Signed By Franklin D. Roosevelt As President 135. ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. The Democratic Book 1936. No place, 1936. Large folio, original full brown morocco gilt. $6200. Signed limited first edition of this work given to delegates at the 1936 Democratic convention, number 1486 of an unknown limitation signed by President Roosevelt, with illustrated title and limitation pages, 19 full-page portraits, dozens of in-text half-tones and illustrations, and a facsimile of the Constitution. The Democratic Book 1936 contains information such as the party’s platform, election results, and statements from the President, his cabinet members, the first lady, and other important members of his administration. With dozens of contemporary advertisements, many in color. “Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Alex F. Whitney” gilt-stamped on front board. Union President Alexander Whitney was at the forefront of several serious railroad-union conflicts during FDR’s presidency. Whitney was one of Roosevelt’s most ardent supporters, right from the beginning, and though he was never appointed Secretary of Labor, there was frequent speculation in Washington that he would be. Whitney was believed to have had Roosevelt’s ear on labor matters, particularly those pertaining to the transit industries. Foxing to blanks, mild toning and a bit of wear to morocco. A near-fine signed copy.
Inscribed By Jackie Robinson: First Edition Of Baseball Has Done It
First edition of this primary documentation of baseball’s integration—“what it is like to be both a baseball star and a Negro,” inscribed: “Best wishes. Jackie Robinson.” This is an extraordinary collection of interviews between a number of famous black players and baseball legend Jackie Robinson. “Professional athletes seldom speak as frankly to interviewers as these men do to Jackie Robinson. Integration is a fact in baseball—here [African-American players] speak out about what it means to them, to baseball, and to the country.” Grobani 8-261. Owner signature on fly leaf. Small tape repair to verso of price-clipped dust jacket. Nearly fine condition.
“Most Obed’ent Both To Hand And Heel”: 1696 First Edition In English Of Sollysel’s Important Treatise On The Horse With Suberb Folding Plates 137. SOLLEYSEL, Jacques de. The Compleat Horseman. London, 1696. Two parts and supplement in one volume. Thick folio, contemporary full brown paneled calf gilt sympathetically rebacked with original spine laid down. $6800. First edition in English, London issue, of this classic handbook on the management of horses, covering everything from improving teeth to choosing a proper bit, with engraved frontispiece portrait, additional engraved title pages, and six folding engraved plates of tack and instruments. Écuyer du Roi, Jacques de Solleysel taught at the Royal Academy of Riding in Paris, where he became a celebrated expert on horses. His Parfait Mareschal (Perfect Stable-Master), first published in 1664, is considered one of the cornerstones of hippology. In it Solleysel discusses “the true shapes of a horse, with most exact directions to prevent being imposed upon, and cheated when you come to buy one,” instructions on shoeing, stabling (particularly while traveling), and the prevention of diseases along with detailed cures, and directions on “the raising a true breed of horses.” Splendid folding plates depict horses shown with their tack, grooming instruments, and their trainers, along with a plate of the “external maladies” which may afflict them. Sir William Hope’s translation was made from the eighth French edition of 1691 and first appeared in Edinburgh in 1696 as The Parfait Mareschal, or Compleat Farrier, printed by George Mosman. This edition is the London reissue, the same year, of the Mosman sheets, with cancel title page, and without the dedication and preface. See Podeschi 41; Nissen 3898. Text generally fresh and fine, contemporary calf boards with expert restoration. A beautiful copy.
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136. ROBINSON, Jackie. Baseball Has Done It. Philadelphia and New York, 1964. Octavo, original cream cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $5000.
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“A Thousand Pleasant Stories… A Natural And Happy Turn”: First Edition Of Hall’s Travels In Scotland, Illustrated With Engraved Map And 29 Plates 138. (SCOTLAND) HALL, James. Travels in Scotland, by an Unusual Route…. London, 1807. Two volumes. Octavo, mid 20th-century full inlaid teal morocco gilt. $1250. First edition, illustrated with engraved folding map and 29 engraved plates, handsomely bound. Chaplain to the Earl of Caithness, Hall describes his tour through coastal Scotland with “a thousand pleasant stories… [and a] natural and happy turn, and great curiosity on the subject of natural history. He is sensible to the beautiful and sublime scenery of nature, and describes it in a feeling and eloquent manner” (Dodsley’s Annual Register). The plate called for at page 271 bound at page 252 in this copy; all plates present. Lowndes, 978. Allibone, 761. Only a bit of scattered light foxing. A fine copy, beautifully bound.
Triumph And Tragedy: Composite Portrait Of NASA’s Astronaut Group 8, Signed By Each Candidate, Including Sally Ride, Guion Bluford, Shannon Lucid And Four Members Of “The Challenger Seven” McNair, Onizuka, Resnik And Scobee 139. (SPACE) CHALLENGER. Photograph signed. Washington, 1980. One octavo leaf. $4500. Color lithograph featuring photographs of the 35 NASA astronaut candidates selected in January 1978, signed by each astronaut, including the first American woman in space, Sally Ride; the first African-American in space, Guion Bluford; record-holding space veteran Shannon Lucid; and four members of the Challenger crew who perished in 1986. Beginning NASA training in January 1978, Astronaut Group 8 was the first group to include both women and men in its ranks. Sally Ride became the first American woman to enter space in June 1983. She later served on the blue-ribbon presidential commission that investigated the explosion of the Challenger nearly three years later, a disaster that claimed the lives of seven astronauts, including four signatories here: Ron McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnik and Dick Scobee. Other noted signatories include: Guion Bluford, the first African-American in space in August 1983; Frederick Gregory, the first African-American to command a spacecraft (April 1985); Jeffrey Hoffman and the late S. David Griggs, who, in April 1985, undertook the first unscheduled extravehicular activity (“space walk”) of the space program, making preparations for a satellite rescue attempt; Shannon Lucid, who as of 2006 holds the international record for the most flight hours in orbit for any non-Russian and the most flight hours for any woman in the world; and Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to perform extravehicular activity. A fine signed piece.
140. ROTH, Henry. Call It Sleep. New York, 1935. Octavo, original light blue cloth, dust jacket. $2800. First edition, second printing, issued one year after the first, of Roth’s magnum opus, in scarce colorful unrestored dust jacket. “One of the ‘greatest achievements of American writing this century’” Henry Roth’s magisterial novel about David Schearl, a young Jewish immigrant in turn-of-thecentury New York, is also hailed as the finest Jewish-American novel of the age (Parker & Kermode, 181). Critic Robert Alter describes “Call It Sleep as ‘together with The Sound and the Fury…. the fullest American assimilation of Joyce.’” On publication, Call It Sleep received high praise but was neglected for decades. In 1956, however, Alfred Kazin and Leslie Fielder both cited his novel at a symposium on unfairly ignored American writing, and by 1964 a new edition became a bestseller, praised by Irving Howe as a luminous work with “the quality of a dream and, if it describes a world of vivid fragments, it also evokes with relentless accuracy the gigantic fears, extreme attachments and dreadful misconceptions of childhood” (Parker and Kermode, 181). Second printing; second-state dust jacket with Minneapolis Star blurb. Text fresh and clean, light foxing, minor spine toning to original cloth; scarce colorful unrestored dust jacket with slight edgewear, chipping to spine ends affecting “Call” and publisher’s name. A highly desirable extremely good copy.
“Most Handsome Book Produced In The Whole Of The 19th Century”: Lovely First Edition, With Exquisite Hand-Colored Costume Plates, Handsomely Bound 141. SHAW, Henry. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages. London, 1843. Two volumes. Small folio, modern full navy calf gilt. $4000. First edition of this beautifully illustrated study of costumes and decorations by Shaw, one of the greatest illuminators of the 19th century, with 94 plates of finely tailored and crafted French and English Medieval dress and accoutrements, many exquisitely hand-colored and heightened with gold and gum arabic, handsomely bound. “Shaw’s career was devoted to rescuing the English past through a long series of imposing books on architecture and art, published chiefly by William Pickering at the Chiswick Press. He used a variety of processes to reproduce his drawings: copper engravings, lithographs, chromolithographs, wood engravings, and woodblocks printed in color. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages… is one of the finest of his works” (Ray 102). 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; in addition the text… is adorned with elaborate initials and decorations printed in colors from wood blocks, the only Shaw-Whittingham book in which this occurs. It has a considerable claim to be called the most handsome book produced in the whole of the 19th century” (McLean, 66). Issued the same year as a large-paper copy, no priority determined. Colas 2720. Hiler, 796. Plates vivid and fine, very faint scattered foxing to text, bindings fine. A handsome copy in about-fine condition.
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“One Of ‘The Greatest Achievements Of American Writing This Century’”: Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep, In Scarce Dust Jacket
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j . d . sa linger First Edition Of Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye, An Exceptional, Unrestored Copy 142. SALINGER, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston, 1951. Octavo, original black cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $22,000. First edition of Salinger’s first book, in first-issue dust jacket. A lovely, bright, unrestored copy. “The Catcher in the Rye is undoubtedly a 20th-century classic. It struck a popular note, particularly with young readers, who strongly identified with Holden Caulfield and his yearning for lost innocence… Salinger’s novel was, and continues to be, a phenomenal success” (Parker, 300). “This novel is a key-work of the 1950s in that the theme of youthful rebellion is first adumbrated in it, through the hero, Holden Caulfield, is more a gentle voice of protest, unprevailing in the noise, than a militant world-changer… The Catcher in the Rye was a symptom of a need, after a ghastly war and during a ghastly pseudo-peace, for the young to raise a voice of protest against the failures of the adult world. The young used many voices—anger, contempt, self-pity—but the quietist, that of a decent perplexed American adolescent, proved the most telling” (Burgess, 99 Novels, 53-4). First-issue dust jacket, with photograph of Salinger on the back panel and a price of $3.00 on front flap. Starosciak A30a. Bixby A2a. A fine copy, with only a faint crease to corners of three pages. About-fine, unrestored dust jacket exceptionally bright, with only a tiny hole to spine panel and a very minor bit of edge-wear and one very light stain. A classic of 20th-century American literature, rare and desirable in the first edition.
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w illi a m sh a k espea re “How Many Ages Hence Shall This Our Lofty Scene Be Acted Over”: Rare 1691 Second Quarto Edition Of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 143. SHAKESPEARE, William. Julius Caesar. A Tragedy. London, 1691. Quarto, modern three-quarter burgundy morocco, custom clamshell box. $40,000. Rare 1691 second quarto edition of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, with a brilliance fully realized in “the extraordinary lines of Brutus, deep in thought, as he sets in motion one of the most consequential events in Western history. It’s one of Shakespeare’s first great soliloquies.��� “This was the first play by Shakespeare founded on Sir Thomas North’s translation of Plutarch’s Lives, which appeared in 1579 and was reprinted in 1595. Shakespeare used portions of the lives of Caesar, Antony and Brutus and followed Plutarch very closely” (Bartlett, Mr. William Shakespeare: 112n). Julius Caesar is thought to have been first performed in 1599 and was first printed in the 1623 First Folio. The quarto editions were the first separate printings of the play and are enormously desirable, as very few copies exist in private hands. Sixteen of Shakespeare’s plays were first printed in quarto form (1594 to 1622) before they were collected in the 1623 First Folio; of the 20 plays that made their first appearance in the First Folio, only three appeared in quarto form during the 17thcentury: Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar (its six quarto editions being a clear indication of its immense popularity). Four undated quarto editions were formerly thought to have been printed shortly after 1684 and before this 1691 edition; it is now believed that they were probably printed between 1695 and 1700. The first and second 1691 quarto editions have “1691” printed on the title page. This, the earlier of those two editions, has a comma after “Herringman” in the title page imprint statement. Wing S2922. Bartlett 117. Spot of sticker residue to front endpaper. Early ink bracket and ink stain. A few short closed marginal tears to title page. Tiny hole to B2 affecting two words, upper margin slightly worn affecting just a few page numbers, mild embrowning to text. An exceptional and most desirable copy.
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j u nipero serr a “Of Immense Importance For The Early History Of Upper California”: Paloú’s Biography Of Father Serra, 1787 First Edition 144. (SERRA, Junipero) PALOÚ, Francisco. Relación Hístorica de la vida y apostólicas tareas del venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra... Mexico City, 1787. Octavo, contemporary full limp vellum, custom half morocco clamshell box. $15,000. First edition of this biographical study of Father Junipero Serra, an indispensable source for the early history of California. “This work has been called the most noted of all books relating to California” (Hill, 220-21). An excellent copy, complete with engraved portrait of Serra and engraved folding map, in contemporary vellum. A firsthand account of Fray Junipero Serra’s founding of the California missions, written by his devoted friend and traveling companion Father Paloú. “Both a splendid discourse on the California missions, their foundation and management, and an intimate and sympathetic biography of the little father-president” (Libros Californianos, 24, 67). “Of immense importance for the early history of Upper California” (Wagner, 477-80). This work was not translated into English until 1884. The engraved map provides further information on the extent of European influence in California and the location of nine of the missions founded by Serra; a dotted line on the map traces the path of Serra from Baja California to San Francisco. “This map seems to be the first on which a boundary line was drawn between Lower and Upper California” (Wheat I: 128). Mixed issue, with catchword on the last page of the Index indicating first issue and with the words “Mar Pacífico” on the map (as almost always), indicating second issue. Text in Spanish. Zamorano 80: 59. Some repair and restoration to folding map, restoration to verso of portrait. Repairs to a few instances of worming in generally clean text, including title page. Light wear to spine ends, tiny hole to spine, inner paper hinges reinforced, contemporary vellum binding quite sound. An extremely good copy of this scarce work.
145. STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York, 1939. Octavo, original pictorial beige cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $7500. First edition, first issue, of Steinbeck’s most important novel, his searing masterpiece of moral outrage and “intense humanity,” winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize. “It is a long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum… Steinbeck has written a novel from the depths of his heart with a sincerity seldom equaled” (Peter Monro Jack). “The Grapes of Wrath is the kind of art that’s poured out of a crucible in which are mingled pity and indignation… Its power and importance do not lie in its political insight but in its intense humanity… [It] is the American novel of the season, probably the year, possibly the decade” (Clifton Fadiman, contemporary review). First issue, with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on front flap of dust jacket. Goldstone & Payne A12a. Salinas Public Library, 29. Bruccoli & Clark I:354. Book fine, fine dust jacket lightly rubbed with minor loss to spine head. A very good copy.
Ink & Blood, Warmly Inscribed And Twice Signed By Arthur Szyk, With Three Additional Illustrations, Each Signed By Szyk, Laid In 146. SZYK, Arthur. Ink & Blood. A Book of Drawings. New York, 1946. Folio, publisher’s full black morocco, patterned slipcase. $7500. Signed limited first edition, one of 1000 inscribed copies, this copy inscribed to Clarence Low and signed on the limitation page by Arthur Szyk. The artist has further inscribed and again signed the limitation page “To Clarence Low, the pioneer of ‘Ink and Blood,’ with love, Arthur Szyk. New Canaan, 1947.” In addition, three separately printed illustrations have been laid in loose, each inscribed to Clarence Low and signed by Szyk. A collection of Szyk’s wartime propaganda work, with 74 plates, several printed in color and mounted, the rest printed in duotone. The three additional signed illustrations include one that appears in the book entitled “Tears of Rage,” depicting an angry soldier, wearing the Star of David, holding a dying rabbi in his arms, and two of Jewish/Israeli content that do not appear in the book. With a foreword by Struthers Burt. A bit of light rubbing to publisher’s morocco. A near-fine presentation copy, most desirable with three splendid additional signed illustrations laid in.
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“I’ll Be Ever’where—Wherever You Look. Wherever They’s A Fight So Hungry People Can Eat, I’ll Be There”: First Edition Of The Grapes Of Wrath
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“The Social Impact Was Greater Than Any Book Before Or Since”: First Edition Of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1852, With Signed Presentation Inscription Tipped In 147. S TOWE, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston and Cleveland1852. Two volumes. Octavo, period-style full red morocco gilt original cloth covers bound in. $6000. First edition, mixed issues, of Stowe’s classic and vastly influential novel, with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. Inscribed on a tipped-in leaf, “For Annie, Yours truly, H.B. Stowe, Mandarin, April 12, 1873.” “In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-19th century America Uncle Tom’s Cabin exploded like a bombshell. To those engaged in fighting slavery it appeared as an indictment of all the evils inherent in the system they opposed; to the pro-slavery forces it was a slanderous attack on ‘the Southern way of life’… the social impact of [the novel] on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since” (PMM 332). “Within a decade after its publication Uncle Tom’s Cabin had become the most popular novel ever written by an American… there is substantial evidence that the book precipitated the American Civil War” (Downs, Books That Changed America, 108). “Begun as a serial in the National Era… Uncle Tom’s Cabin ran from June 5, 1851 to April 1, 1852, gaining an ever-increasing audience as the story progressed. On March 20 of 1852, [this, the first issue in book form] was officially published. By the time the book came out an eager public was waiting to buy it, and over 10,000 copies of the two-volume work were sold in the first week” (Patkus & Schlosser). Volume I is second issue, Volume II is first issue. BAL 19343. Light scattered foxing. A beautifully bound copy with Stowe inscription.
“America’s Athlete Of The Century”: Rare Association Copy Of Carlisle’s Fabulous Redmen, Inscribed By Carlisle Alumnus Jim Thorpe And By Steckbeck 148. (THORPE, Jim) STECKBECK, John S. Fabulous Redmen. The Carlisle Indians and their Famous Football Teams. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1951. Octavo, original black cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $4800. First edition, association copy of the first complete record of the legendary Carlisle Indian School football teams, inscribed by author Steckbeck, “To W. J. Summerville, How! John S. Steckbeck” and further inscribed by famed Carlisle alumnus, “me too Jim Thorpe.” Named three times to Team all-America, Thorpe led Carlisle to victory as team captain in 1912, the same year he won two gold medals at the Stockholm Olympics and was hailed “the greatest athlete in the world.” Part Sac and Fox Indian, Thorpe was sent to the Carlisle Indian School in 1903 by his father and was named three times to Team All-America, leading Carlisle to national fame as team captain in 1912. That same year at the Stockholm Olympics, Thorpe won two gold medals and “King Gustav of Sweden pronounced him the ‘greatest athlete in the world’” (ANB). Thorpe returned to Carlisle and, as Steckbeck notes in Fabulous Redmen, it was on Thanksgiving Day, 1912, that “Carlisle closed its most successful season by overwhelming Brown University, 32 to 0, at Providence in a blinding snowstorm… The team owed its success to the efficient coaching of ‘Pop’ Warner and the able leadership of its captain, James Thorpe.” With striking color frontispiece and 16 pages of illustrations that feature Thorpe in several team photographs and as “All-America, 1911, 1912.” Book fine; chipping to extremities of bright dust jacket. An exceedingly rare association copy in near-fine condition.
Barrow’s Voyage To Cochinchina, 1806, With Fine Hand-Colored Plates
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149. (VIETNAM) BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793… London, 1806. Large quarto, periodstyle full diced calf gilt. $9500. First edition of Barrow’s account of the Macartney Mission to present-day Vietnam, with 18 hand-colored plates, folding map hand-colored in outline, and two hand-colored folding charts. A lovely copy. En route to Cochin China, now known as Vietnam, this groundbreaking diplomatic mission traveled to Madeira, Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro, various islands along the coast of South America, and Java and Djakarta. Barrow, whose Travels in China (1804) established him as an early authority on the Far East, comments on the manners and customs of the inhabitants of each place. His extensive notes on Cochin China range from its history to particulars about its art, architecture, and religious ceremonies. The latter part of this narrative describes Barrow’s travels to the Booshuana Nation, the region now known as Botswana in southern Africa. The handsome color plates include views of Rio and Santa Cruz, the plants of Java, and an African woman, while the folding map shows the southern tip of Africa. “The aquatinting is of excellent quality” (Abbey, Travel 514). Plates vivid and lovely. Small open tear to fold of plate at 135, expert reinforcement to verso of folds of a few plates and map, a few spots of foxing and offsetting to text. Beautifully bound.
Vuillier’s History Of Dancing, With Plates After Sargent, Watteau, And Others, A Stunning Volume 150. VUILLIER, Gaston. La Danse. Paris, 1898. Quarto, contemporary full blue straight-grain morocco gilt. $2200. First edition, with 19 full-page plates, including frontispiece illustration, after works by Clouet, Sargent, Watteau and others, as well as over 400 in-text illustrations, beautifully bound. This comprehensive illustrated study surveys the history of dancing from ancient times through the 19th century. A stunning copy, gorgeously bound. Text in French. A fine copy, most beautifully bound.
“This Knotty And Thorny Subject Of Witches”: First Edition Of Webster’s Key Work On Witchcraft, 1677
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151. WEBSTER, John. The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft. London: J.M., 1677. Folio, contemporary full brown calf, custom clamshell box. $5800. Scarce first edition of Webster’s important treatise on witchcraft—central to “the most exhaustive debate on witchcraft in Restoration England” and especially notable in its anticipation of the modern psychological concept of the power of suggestion. This “curious, learned and scarce work” by nonconformist preacher John Webster (Kernot 10) was the linchpin in “the Glanvill-Webster controversy of the 1670s, the most exhaustive debate on witchcraft in Restoration England” (Jobe, Isis, 343). Like many of the period Webster “dealt largely in theological and scriptural arguments. It was along this line, indeed, that he made his most important contribution to the controversy then going on. Glanvill had urged that disbelief in witchcraft was but one step in the path to atheism. No witches, no spirits, no immortality, no God, were the sequences of Glanvill’s reasoning. In answer Webster urged that the denial of the existence of witches—i.e. of creatures endued with the power from the Devil to perform supernatural wonders—had nothing to do with the existence of angels or spirits… If we grant the existence of spirits—to modernize the form of Webster’s argument—we do not thereby prove the existence of witches” (Notestein, 299-300). Without imprimatur leaf, final blank and free endpapers. Wing W1230. Early owner signature on title page. Contemporary inked marginalia mainly to rear pastedown and final leaf. Text quite fresh, faint occasional marginal dampstaining not affecting text, light wear to contemporary calf. A near-fine copy of this scarce and important work.
“Sunflower Edition” Of Oscar Wilde’s Complete Works, 1909 152. WILDE, Oscar. The Works of Oscar Wilde. New York, 1909. Fifteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter black morocco gilt. $5500. The Sunflower edition, one of 1000 sets, profusely illustrated throughout with photogravures. “Oscar Wilde: we have only to hear the great name to anticipate that what will be quoted as his will surprise and delight us” (Ellmann, xv.) The “Sunflower Edition,” so named for the popular symbol of Wilde’s aesthetics, contains his complete works: plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest and Salome (accompanied by reproductions of four of Aubrey Beardsley’s famous illustrations); Wilde’s sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; poems, fairy tales, stories, essays, criticisms, reviews, epigrams and translations; and a biography of the author. Some volumes with expert repairs to contemporary morocco. An attractive set in excellent condition.
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osc a r w ilde “Wilde Was Accused Of All The Available Vices…”: Rare Author’s Edition Of Wilde’s Poems, One Of Only 220 Copies Signed By Wilde 153. WILDE, Oscar. Poems. London, 1892. Octavo, original gilt-decorated pale violet cloth rebacked with original spine laid down, custom clamshell box. $17,000. Author’s edition, one of only 220 copies signed by Wilde. “In May 1892 Messrs. Elkin Mathews and John Lane issued 220 copies of Bogue’s fifth edition of the Poems, the first two preliminary leaves being cut out. For these were substituted a new half-title, on reverse being particulars of the issue, all being designed by Charles Ricketts. Pale violet cloth boards with gilt lettering and designs and decorated endpapers, all by Charles Ricketts” (Mason 309). The limitation page bears Wilde’s signature and reads: “This edition consists of 220 copies, 200 of which are for sale.” The original publication, in 1882, of Wilde’s Poems created a storm of controversy: “Wilde was accused of all the available vices from…. insincerity to indecency, heavy charges against a first book… it was becoming evident that the critics were laying for Wilde, and that nothing but utter originality would silence them… he was beginning to experience the victimization he had once imagined for Keats. [Wilde] knew perfectly well that his ideas were shocking to the English… He had no intention of changing. They must change.” Wilde’s response to the criticism was that “A poem is well or badly written. In art there should be no reference to a standard of good or evil” (Ellman, 144-149). Mason 309. Interior fine; inner paper hinges expertly reinforced. Most minor restoration to cloth extremities, gilt bright. A near-fine copy.
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