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A Holiday Miscellany

December 2010 Catalog BRIAN PARKHILL RARE BOOKS

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“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

– Thoreau

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FOUR LETTERS ON GOVERNMENT, SAM AND JOHN ADAMS Adams, John and Adams, Samuel — Four Letters: Being an Interesting Correspondence between those Eminently Distinguished Characters, John Adams, Late President of the United States; and Samuel Adams, Late Governor of Massachusetts, on the Important Subject of Government. Boston: Adams & Rhoades, 1802 Slim octavo, period style half calf; pp.32

First edition of four letters written between September 12 and November 20, 1790 on the subject of liberty and the future of the American republic. With two letters from John Adams, then Vice President, to his cousin Samuel Adams, and two from Samuel Adams, then Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, to John Adams. The first appearance in print of four quite interesting letters written in 1790 between John and Samuel Adams. They focus on the political structure of the early l United States in general and Massachusetts in particular, and are fine examples of the philosophical, classically inspired political discourse characteristic of the Founding Fathers. Scarce. Howes A61. Sabin 242. Shaw and Shoemaker 1713. Aboutfine. $2000

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andersen, Hans Christian — The Shoes of Fortune and Other Tales London: Chapman and Hall, 1847 Small octavo, original cloth First edition of this collection of eleven tales by the beloved Danish storyteller

Andersen’s fairy tales were first translated into English in 1846 and 1847. This particular volume of early translations contains “The Shoes of Fortune,” “The FirTree,” “The Snow-Queen,” “The Shepherdess and the ChimneySweep,” “The Elfin Mound,” “The Leap-Frog,” “The Elder-Bush,” “The Red Shoes,” “The Bell,” “Holger Danske,” “The Emperor Frederic Barbarossa.” With four drawings by Otto Speckter. Light foxing. Light restoration to edges of original cloth. A lovely copy. $2500

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: THE SHOES OF FORTUNE AND OTHER TALES First edition of this collection of eleven tales by the beloved Danish storyteller. BRIAN PARKHILL RARE BOOKS

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ARISTOTLE’S POLITICS: A TREATISE ON GOVERNMENT, 1776 ARISTOTLE — A Treatise on Government Translated from the Greek by William Ellis London: Printed for T. Payne and T. Cadell, 1776 Quarto, contemporary full calf rebacked with original spine laid down First edition of the first English translation from the Greek of Aristotle’s important work on politics and government.

Aristotle’s Politics “is the most valuable work on that branch of philosophy that has descended to us from antiquity” (McCulloch, 356). It marks “a genuine attempt at political science. Aristotle shows the ways in which oligarchies fall, and the variety of situations that may follow. He goes through the likely causes of revolution. He is conscious of classes and their interests” (Levi, 403). The work embodies “theories of perennial value, and refutations of fallacies which are always re-emerging” (Hazlitt, 36). Aristotle’s history of mature Athenian democracy and the development of that city-state’s constitution greatly influenced modern political philosophy. Politics had a particularly profound effect on the formation of the United States government: Jefferson had a copy of LeRoy’s French translation in his library (Sowerby 2347), and many of the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution derive directly from Aristotle, making him in some sense “the father of modern democracy” (PMM 38). This 1776 edition was undoubtedly published with the contemporary market for works on democratic values in mind. Preceded by an English translation from the French published in 1598. A beautiful copy. Scarce. $4000

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BEN-GURION, David — Israel, A Personal History New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1971 Large octavo, original full blue leather, original slipcase Signed limited first edition, one of 2000 copies signed by Israel’s first Prime Minister

Ben-Gurion’s passion for Zionism, which began early in life, culminated in his instrumental role in the founding of the state of Israel. After leading Israel to victory in the 1948 ArabIsraeli War, Ben-Gurion helped build the state institutions and oversaw the absorption of vast numbers of Jews from all over the world. “Considered one of the most scholarly heads of state in human history,” Ben-Gurion was a prolific author, and few were better qualified to write history of Israel (New Jewish Encyclopedia, 48). Illustrated with over 140 black-and-white photographs and six maps. Fine condition. $2200

Signed limited first edition! SIGNED BY DAVID BEN GURION; ISRAEL A PERSONAL HISTORY

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BURTON, Virginia Lee — Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel Cambridge, Massachusetts: Riverside, 1939 Oblong quarto, original pictorial tan cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box First edition. Very scarce, particularly in the dust jacket

Burton’s books “have heroes and heroines children can understand and enjoy, ingenious and satisfactory endings and

lively illustrations. The books survive because they exhibit so effectively the elements most basic to children’s literature” (Silvey, 109-10). First edition, with 1939 date on title page and copyright page. Dust jacket price-clipped, with only a few small tears and rubbing to edges. A beautiful copy. $6000

MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL: RARE FIRST EDITION

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SIGNED BY ERIC CARLE

CARLE, Eric — The Very Hungry Caterpillar New York: Philomel, Circa 2006 Oblong quarto, original paper boards and dust jacket Later printing, signed and dated by Carle on the title page

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, has sold 30 million copies; reportedly, a copy of the book is sold every 30 seconds somewhere in the world. Praised for its use of easy-to-read words, which makes it good for teaching young children to read, the book contains 225 words and large, colorful illustrations. The story teaches counting to five, the days of the

week, and names of food. “Carle was one of the first illustrators intrigued with the idea of introducing natural science concepts to young children. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has remained in print for [over] 25 years, attesting to its popularity” (Silvey, 120-21). A fine copy with a scarce signature. $650

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RAYMOND CHANDLER’S THE BIG SLEEP, SCARCE FIRST EDITION CHANDLER, Raymond — The Big Sleep New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939 Octavo. Original orange cloth lettered in blue, original dust jacket First edition, first printing

In 2005, Time magazine included Chandler’s hard-boiled detective novel in its 100 Best Novels published after 1923. The Big Sleep (1939) is noted for its complexity, with double-crosses, lies, and dark secrets. The work has been adapted twice into film, once in 1946 and again in 1978. The 1946 version was directed by Howard Hawks, with a screenplay co-written by William Faulkner, and starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The 1978 film, set in England rather than in California, starred Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, James Stewart, Oliver Reed, and Joan Collins. Book near-fine with only light edgewear; dust jacket expertly restored at edges and extremities. A nice copy. $12000

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CLAXTON, William — Jazzlife: A Journey for Jazz Across America in 1960, Joachim E. Berendt (editor) New York: Taschen, 2005 Hardcover, elephant folio First revised edition, with many new photographs and in a superb, beautifully designed oversize binding

Ella Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Bilie Holiday, Charlie Mingus, Max Roach and many others. Fine and unread in a fine dust jacket. In the original publisher’s illustrated folding box, also fine, and including a CD of period recordings. $650

Signed by William Claxton on the title page

The photographer’s magnum opus, photographed entirely during a trip across America in 1960, a time when traditional American jazz, bebop and the avant-garde were at a crossroads that will never be seen again. Indispensable for the jazz or photography enthusiast. Exhaustive, with material and photos on Count Basie, Harry Belafonte, Charlie Parker, Buddy Bolden, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Bing Crosby, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Eddie Duran,

Jazzlife: A Journey for Jazz Across America in 1960

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FANTASIA’S NUTCRACKER SUITE, SIGNED BY WALT DISNEY Walt DISNEY and Leopold Stokowski — The Nutcracker Suite From Walt Disney’s Fantasia, Story and Illustrations Inspired by the Music of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Special Arrangements freely Trnascribed for Piano by Frederick Stark Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1940 Quarto, original pictorial boards, original pictorial dust jacket First edition, signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page in green pencil

Based on the popular story of a valiant nutcracker and an evil mouse king by E.T.A. Hoffman, the Nutcracker was included in the classic Disney movie Fantasia. In addition to the musical arrangements, the book is illustrated with beautiful color and black and white illustrustrations from the movie. Inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper from a friend at Walt Disney Studios, and dated July 15, 1942, Burbank California. Book and dust jacket expertly restored. A beautiful copy, scarce signed. $6800

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equal rights — American Equal Rights Association Proceedings of the First Anniversary of the American Equal Rights Association, Held at the Church of the Puritans, New York, May 9 and 10, 1867 Phonographic Report by H.M. Parkhurst New York: Robert J. Johnston, Printer, 1867 Original printed wrappers. Stitched, 80 pp. Text lightly dusted with a bit of marginal spotting, some blank inner corner chipping. Margin-chipped, spine-chipped, dusted, front wrap detached but present. Housed in custom clamshell box First edition of the anniversary proceedings of the American Equal Rights Association, including the Association’s Constitution

The Association’s Mission was to “secure Equal Rights to all American citizens, especially the Right of Suffrage, irrespective of race, color or sex.” Meeting before enactment of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth constitutional amendments, the Association lamented that America had conferred the suffrage and citizenship only on “a white male minority.” The Association was formed in the previous year by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Frederick Douglass in an effort to unite the women’s movement with the post-War drive to confer rights upon the freedmen. Mrs. Stanton’s Address emphasizes the Association’s “broader

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work” than merely securing equal rights for freed slaves. She calls universal suffrage “the key-note of reconstruction.” Many luminaries spoke at the meeting, including Samuel May, Henry Ward Beecher, Lucretia Mott, and Sojourner Truth, who said, “Now that there is a great stir about colored men’s getting their rights, [it] is the time for women to step in and have theirs.” Good condition. $1600


OLIVIA, SIGNED BY IAN FALCONER

FALCONER, ian — Olivia. New York: Atheneum, (2000) Quarto, original boards, original dust jacket First edition of this 2001 Caldecott Honor book, signed by author/ illustrator Ian Falconer

“I’ve always felt that children’s books are for the most part condescending toward children and miss how smart children are,” Falconer has said. “Their little hands and mouths may not be able to articulate what is going on in their sharp little brains. Writing children’s books is an opportunity to express this, and it seems to be appreciated by both children and adults.” Fine condition. $1000

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A TREASURY OF THE BLUES, SIGNED BY W.C. HANDY W. C. Handy — A Treasury of the Blues: Complete Words and Music of 67 Great Songs from Memphis Blues to the Present Day. With Pictures by Miguel Covarrubias New York: Charles Boni, 1949 Quarto. Original cloth and boards, original dust jacket First edition. Inscribed presentation copy, signed by the editor to vaudeville personality Joe Laurie Jr. and his wife: “To Mrs. Joe Laurie and Daddy Joe, W. C. Handy, 11-16-1949.”

Handy has been called “the father of blues” having singlehandedly introduced the style of music to the world. He noted that he did not invent the blues, but merely transcribed blues songs and presented them to a worldwide audience. Joe Laurie was a close friend of Abel Green, long-time editor of Variety. Spines bumped, minor wear and soiling. A very good copy. $1500

First edition, inscribed presentation copy, signed by the editor!

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Hamilton, Alexander — A Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams Esq. President of the United States New-York: Printed for John Lang, by George F. Hopkins, Philadelphia, Re-printed Pro Bono Publico. 1800 Octavo, modern half calf. 54 pp. Scarce 1800 edition, the fifth edition

“Only a few copies of [the first edition of this] pamphlet were printed for Hamilton as a private circular among a few political friends, with the hope of giving [Federalist candidate Charles Cotesworth] Pinckney a majority over Adams.” In it, Hamilton broke with the “party” and heavily criticized Adams. “Aaron Burr by some means obtained a copy, from which copious extracts were published in the Republican press, with the most damaging results to the Federalist Party. All secrecy being lost, Hamilton presented the copyright to John Lang, who printed three editions within the year.

This and Adams’ reply (which remained unpublished until after his death) are probably the plainest talk ever indulged in, in print, between two great statesmen. It received many answers, from both Republicans and Federalists” (Ford 69). Already a cool relationship, Adams ultimately never forgave Hamilton for his lack of support in the election of 1800. See Ford 69. Howes H116. Sabin 29959. Lower corners of last few leaves with insect damage. Good condition only. $1000

ALEXANDER HAMILTON ON JOHN ADAMS

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TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, WITH HEMINGWAY SIGNED INSCRIPTION HEMINGWAY, Ernest — To Have and Have Not New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1937 Octavo, original black cloth First edition, with a laid in leaf inscribed by Hemingway: “To Josias Lopez Henriquez / Very Truly / Ernest Hemingway / Havana 1951”

Set in Key West, To Have and Have Not was Hemingway’s first novel after the publication of A Farewell to Arms was published in 1929. It was made into a movie in 1944, directed by Howard Hawks and with a screenplay co-written by William Faulkner, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, and Lauren Bacall in her first film role. Book fine, lacking original dust jacket. Inscribed leaf with inoffensive sun fading. Priced accordingly, for a Hemingway signature. $1800

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HIGGS, Joseph — A Guide to Justices London: In the Savoy printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, (assigns of Edw. Sayer, Esq;) for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, S. Birt, C. Ward and R. Chandler, and sold at their shop at Scarborough, 1734 Octavo. Contemporary tan calf rebacked with spine laid down, red morocco label First edition of this rare manual for Justices of the Peace

The subtitle explains the book’s content: “Being Modern English Precedents for the Direction of Justices of Peace, in making out Warrants, Mittimus’s, Recognizances, Supercedeas’s, Affidavits, Informations, Inquisitions, Summons, Precepts, Certificates for the Poor, and Warrants for their Removal, Bonds, &c. Necessary for all Justices of Peace, Deputy-

Lieutenants, Commissioners of Sewers, &c. to assist them in the Execution of their several Offices. Approv’d by, and Publish’d at the Request of, His Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the County of Glocester.” Adverts printed on half-title verso; 4 leaves of adverts at end. Contemporary ownership signature of Edward Monckton to title page and his engraved bookplate on pastedown. The Hon. Edward Monckton (1744–1832) was the son of John Monckton, 1st Viscount Galway; he lived at Somerford Hall, at Brewood, Staffordshire. Monckton was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1835. Spine a little darkened, final adverts (printed on inferior stock) a little browned, contents otherwise clean and fresh, an excellent copy. $2500

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FINELY BOUND HOMER: THE ILIAD AND ODYSSEY HOMER — The Iliad. The Odyssey Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905 Eight volumes. Full contemporary crushed full blue morocco, raised bands, spines and boards extra gilt, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, otherwise uncut. One of 600 copies of the large paper edition (#66), with 88 engraved plates, the majority on Japon and the remaining 16 comprising two frontispieces in two states, including one state with beautiful hand coloring

A stunning set in absolutely fine condition. Translated by the noted American man of letters, William Cullen Bryant. The illustrations by John Flaxman earned the artist “an international reputation unmatched by any contemporary British artist,” (National Portrait Gallery). Inspired by ancient painted pottery, Flaxman’s figures were instrumental in forming the neoclassical style and were an inspiration to a generation of artists and poets. $3200

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INNOCENTI, Roberto, illus. E. T. A. Hoffman — Nutcracker Mankato, MN: Creative Editions, 1996 Tall quarto, original green cloth, original dust jacket First trade edition, first printing, signed by illustrator Innocenti on the half title

Innocenti began his career as an animator, eventually gaining recognition as a poster artist and book designer. Hoffman’s morality tale first appeared in 1816, and was popularized by the1892 Marius Petipa ballet scored by Tchaikovsky.A beautifully illustrated edition of this classic. Fine condition. $175

BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED NUTCRACKER, SIGNED

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The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen JOHNSON, Captain Charles — The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen London: Thomas Tegg, 1839 Octavo, original blue cloth Third edition. With 12 etched plates including the frontispiece.

Captain Charles Johnson was one of the many pseudonyms used by Daniel Defoe for his popular adventure stories. This title is a continuation of Captain Alexander Smith’s biographical work of 1714, Complete History of the Lives and Robberies of the most notorious Highwaymen, Footpads, Shoplifts, and Cheats of both Sexes (1714 and 1720). Nearfine condition. $600

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THE JUNGLE BOOKS, FIRST EDITIONS KIPLING, Rudyard — The Jungle Book. WITH: The Second Jungle Book London: Macmillan, 1894-95 Two volumes. Octavo, original pictorial blue cloth gilt, all edges gilt First editions of Kipling’s classic Jungle Books, “replete with adventure and excitement” (Silvey, 374).

“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). “This most desirable pair... will always fill an honorable place in any library of children’s books” (Quayle 87). Livingston 104, 116. Jungle Book with a touch of restoration to extremities, very good. Second Jungle Book near-fine. A very good set. $2000

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, SIGNED BY HARPER LEE LEE, Harper — To Kill A Mockingbird New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999 Octavo, original paper boards and dust jacket 40th Anniversary edition, first printing, signed by Harper Lee on the title page

One of the most critically acclaimed books of the twentieth century. A fine copy. $1200

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MARKHAM, Beryl. — West With the Night Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942 Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket First edition, signed by Markham, the first aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic from London to North America

After years of bush flying in Kenya and locating big game by air for safaris, Markham decided to try to fly solo from London to New York, a flight not then accomplished because it meant flying against the prevailing winds. She borrowed a singleengine plane that could fly up to 163 miles per hour and that was fitted with extra fuel tanks so it could travel 3800 miles without refueling. The plane had no radio equipment, so contact with Markham would be impossible after take off. Markham was hailed as a heroine when she completed her trip and news services carried the report across the world.

praised Markham’s writing while attacking her character: “Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West With The Night? ...She has written so well, and marvellously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But this girl, who is to my knowledge very unpleasant and we might even say a highgrade bitch, can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers ... it really is a bloody wonderful book.” Owner inscription beneath Markham’s signature. Book near-fine; light chipping and small tears to edges of scarce dust jacket. A desirable signed copy. $4500

West With the Night tells the story of Markham’s childhood in Kenya, her unconventional career as a bush pilot, and her pioneering transatlantic flight. In a letter, Hemingway

WEST WITH THE NIGHT, SIGNED BY AUTHOR BERYL MARKHAM

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An Oration Commemorative of the Late Major-General Alexander Hamilton MASON, John Mitchell — An Oration Commemorative of the Late Major-General Alexander Hamilton; Pronounced before the New York State Society of the Cincinnatti New York: Printed by Hopkins and Seymour, and sold by G. F. Hopkins, 1804 Octavo, modern half calf. 40 pp. First edition

Hamilton and Burr had been rivals in law and politics for twenty years. The cordiality of their relationship was broken when Hamilton endorsed Jefferson over Burr during the electoral college tie of 1800-1801 when Hamilton encouraged fellow Federalists to choose Jefferson the lesser of two evils, explaining that Burr was “bankrupt beyond redemption, except by the plunder of his country. His public principles have no other spring or aim than his own aggrandizement. … the Catiline of America” (Chernow, 632). The rivalry grew more intense, and by 1804, the rivalry led to the infamous duel and Hamilton’s death. Mr. Mason was a personal friend of Hamilton and intended to write his life but never accomplished it. This oration was published in commemoration and defense of Hamilton’s life and contributions to public life. Contains an appendix, giving the will of Hamilton, his reasons for meeting Burr, and Bishop Moore’s and Dr. Mason’s accounts of his death” (Ford 99). A very good copy. $750

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, FIRST EDITION MAY, Robert L. — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Montgomery Ward, 1939 Small quarto, original pictorial paper wrappers First edition of the very first appearance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, written for Montgomery Ward by Robert May, with 41 illustrations

Robert May, a copywriter for department store giant Montgomery Ward and Company, wrote this story as a promotion to accompany their annual Christmas display. An endearing take on the familiar “ugly duckling” theme, the story was written in verse that mimics “The Night Before Christmas.” Illustrated by Chicagobased artist Denver Gillen, the story was immensely popular. May subsequently sent a copy of Rudolph to his friend, songwriter Johnny Marks, who wrote the tune Gene Autry made famous. First state, with elves loading Santa’s sleigh on page [6] and with tri-motor airplane in illustration on page [9]. Fine condition. $1500

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MCCLOSKEY, Robert — Make way for ducklings New York: The Viking Press, 1949 Tall quarto, original cloth Early printing, signed and inscribed my McCloskey on the title page

McCloskey’s Caldecott Award-winning book features sepia illustrations and “gives an engaging picture of Boston and tells a story of universal delight for children everywhere” (Meigs, 586). Owner signatures. No dust jacket. $250

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THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, SIGNED BY OBAMA OBAMA, Barack — The Audacity of hope New York: Crown Publishers, 2006 Original paper boards and dust jacket First edition, first printing, signed by Obama on the title page

“In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Senator Obama called ‘the audacity of hope.’” (From the jacket). In his second book, Obama fine tunes the political themes that would carry him to the Presidency. A fine copy. $2500

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PAINE, Thomas — The Writings of Thomas Paine, Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Congress of the United States of America, in the Late War Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1791-92 WITH: Rights of Man Part the Second. Albany: 1792 WITH: Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Proclamation New York: Thomas Greenleaf, 1793 Octavo, modern three-quarter morocco, marbled boards First edition of the important Albany printing of the collected writings of Thomas Paine

This early collection contains eleven of Paine’s works, each separately printed with its own title page. All of the individually printed works are the first Albany printings. Most important among these early printings is the 1792 first collected American edition of The Crisis. “When Washington’s troops floundered in the War of Independence to which Paine had given birth, he rejuvenated the dispirited soldiers opening with the flaming watchword ‘These are the times that try men’s souls.’ Washington was so impressed that he ordered it read to all the troops at Valley Forge” (Gimbel-Yale 405). Originally published in thirteen numbered newspaper articles, only the first five numbers of The Crisis were issued in pamphlet form. This 1792 Albany printing of The Crisis marks

the first time the individual numbers were printed as a collection in America. Also included are the first Albany printing of Common Sense (1791); the second American edition of Public Good [1792]; Paine’s letters to Abbe Raynal, the Earl of Shelburne, Sir Guy Carlton, the authors of The Republican, and Abbe Seyeys (all 1792); as well as the fourth American edition of Rights of Man [Part I] (1792). Also bound into this particular copy are the separately printed second part of The Rights of Man (Albany, 1792) and what is sometimes referred to as the third part of The Rights of Man, better known by its official title, Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation (NY, 1793). With both general title page and list of subscribers (not always present). Evans 24658. Howes P34. Gimbel-Yale 165. Sabin 58247. Light embrowning, light foxing and some general expected wear to text; general title page worn at edges with loss of “GS” in the title word “Writings”; page 79 of Rights of Man [Part II] with repaired close tear. An important Paine collection, most desirable in contemporary American calf. $5000

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PLUTARCH’S LIVES & WRITINGS, FINELY BOUND PLUTARCH — Plutarch’s Lives & Writings The Translation Called Dryden’s Corrected from the Greek and Revised New York and Pittsburgh: The Colonial Company, Ltd., 1905 Ten volumes. Octavo, three-quarter brown morocco gilt Connoisseur’s Edition, limited to 200 sets. Includes Plutarch’s Lives and Miscellanies

“The influence of Plutarch’s method has been constantly manifest in the biographies of the modern great and in the

authors who have been inspired by it. Shakespeare relied almost exclusively on Plutarch for the historical background of ancient Rome” (PMM 48). Illustrated with photogravures in double suite. Joints starting; very good condition. $2500

PRESCOTT’S HISTORIES, FINELY BOUND PRESCOTT, William — Works Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1904 Twenty-two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and partially unopened Limited “Montezuma Edition” of Prescott’s works, one of 1000 copies, with engraved frontispieces

“History for Prescott was primarily a form of polite literature, written quite as much for the entertainment as for the instruction of his readers; it was, therefore, in the recounting of stirring events and thrilling scenes that he took pleasure and excelled.” His works on Spain’s Golden Age and role in the New World today remain standard authorities and reflect “the scrupulous care and integrity with which he used

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his materials, and the pains he took to find the exact truth” (DAB). The Montezuma edition contains The History of the Conquest of Mexico, The History of the Conquest of Peru, History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, History of the Reign of Charles the Fifth,History of the Reign of Philip the Second, and Biographical and Critical Miscellanies. Without Volume XXII, The Life of Prescott by George Ticknor. $4000


RACKHAM, Arthur & GOLDSMITH, Oliver — The Vicar of Wakefield Illustrated by Arthur Rackham London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1929 Quarto, full original vellum First edition, signed and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, one of only 575 copies for England (of an entire edition of 775 copies).

Goldsmith’s popular novel was first published in 1766. Noted English Rackham created a series of lavishly illustrated and bound “gift books”: “For many years, no Christmas was complete without a new sumptuous Rackham gift book” (Dalby, 76).“Rackham’s imaginative eye saw all forms with the eyes of childhood and created a world that was half reassuring and half frightening” (Houfe, 268). With 12 full-page illustrations in color, 22 drawings in black and white, and gray and white pictorial endpapers, all “happily fresh and free of mannerisms” (Hodnett, 234). Latimore and Haskell, 65. Riall, 170. Early gift inscription to title page. Without publisher’s box. Covers lightly soiled, as often. Very good condition. $1000

First edition,signed and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, one of only 575 copies for England!

The Vicar of Wakefield, ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

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A View of the Constitution of the United States of America RAWLE, William — A View of the Constitution of the United States of America Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1825 Octavo, full contemporary calf rebacked Rare first edition of the “first authoritative interpretation” (Howes) of the United States Constitution and a primary source for Confederate arguments favoring secession

William Rawle (1759–1836) was an American lawyer. Rawle was born in Philadelphia, where he studied at the Friends’ Academy. He studied law in New York and at the Middle Temple, London, and was admitted to the bar in 1783. In that year, Rawle founded the firm of Rawle and Henderson, recognized as the oldest law firm in continuous practice in the United States. In 1791 President Washington appointed him United States district attorney for Pennsylvania, in which capacity he prosecuted the leaders of the Whiskey Insurrection. He was also an active abolitionist who argued against the constitutionality of slavery before the Maryland Supreme Court in 1805. He was counsel for the First Bank of the United States and in 1830 assisted in revising the civil code of Pennsylvania. He took much interest in science,

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philanthropy, and education, being a founder and first president of the Pennsylvania Historical Society, president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, and for forty years a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. William Rawle was likewise prominent in American legal and political circles. George Washington offered him the post of first Attorney General, which he declined for personal reasons, and he served in the Pennsylvania legislature that ratified the Bill of Rights. His View of the Constitution was “an early work in the field of American constitutional law which was adopted as a textbook at West Point and other institutions” (Temple University). It would also find popularity among Confederate leaders as an argument for states’ right to secede from the union (see Chapter XXXI). Harvard Law Catalogue, 426. NYU, 401. Sabin 68003. Howes R77. Shoemaker, 210. Warren, 541. Light foxing. Rare and important. SOLD


SNICKET, Lemony — The Bad Beginning New York: Harper Collins, 1999 Small octavo, original paper boards and spine, pictorial cover designs First edition of the first book in the Lemony Snicket “Series of Unfortunate Events,” with the embossed stamp “Library of Lemony Snicket” and signed in the customary fashion by the author “with all due respect.”

One of the most imaginative children’s works to come out in recent years, this series is by author Daniel Handler, who describes himself at public readings as an “associate” of Snicket and is often seen playing the accordion. The “Series of Unfortunate Events” charts the history of the orphaned Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, as they confront terrible accidents and their murderous caretaker, Count Olaf. A fine copy. $1000

THE BAD BEGINNING, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR “WITH ALL DUE RESPECTS”

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WALDEN, SIGNED AND WITH PHOTOS BY EDWARD STEICHEN Henry David Thoreau — Walden; or Life in the Woods Illustrator, Edward Steichen Boston: Merrymount Press for the Limited Editions Club: 1936 Quarto. Cloth and pastepaper over boards Signed limited edition, one of 1500 numbered copies signed by photographer Steichen

Introduction by Henry Seidel Canby. One of the most desirable of the club’s productions -- the 16 Steichen photographs are considered particularly attractive. Light wear, lacking slipcase. Very good condition. $800

Signed limited edition, one of 1500 numbered copies signed by photographer Steichen!

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Mo Willems, Leonardo — The Terrible Monster New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2005 Tall thin quarto, original pictorial boards and dust jacket First edition, first printing, signed by Mo Willems with an illustration of Leonardo

Willems, known for his engaging board books for young children, addresses a slightly older audience with this tale of a scaredy-cat monster who isn’t terrible at all. An American Library Association Notable Book. $100

SIGNED BY MO WILLEMS

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Brian Parkhill Rare Books Catalog II  

A selection for the holidays, 2011

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