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Fine Books and Manuscripts




Charles Andersson - The Okavango River - 1861 - London Very Rare True First Edition of a Cornerstone Text A Narrative of Travel, Exploration and Adventure

Andersson, Charles John. THE OKAVANGO RIVER: A Narrative of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure (London: Hurst and Blackett, 1861) First edition. With a steel-engraved portrait vignette title page and 16 other engraved illustrations as called for. 8vo, handsomely bound in half tan calf over boards, the spine with raised bands gilt ruled, black morocco lettering label gilt. A very nice copy, with only very light mellowing to the extremities

[Bible, KJV]. THE PICTORIAL BIBLE, Being the Old and New Testaments, According to the Authorized Version (New York: J.S. Redfield - Clinton Hall, et al, 1843, 1844) 2 volumes. Presumed first edition, no earlier entries recorded. Illustrated with more than one thousand engravings from the best sources. Also with architectural decorative titlepages for both the Old and New Testaments printed in sepia and red, a large folding map of Palestine and engraved (and unused) vignette pages for family registry of events. 4to, original and likely publisher’s

Item Number: 2


Blake, William. AN ISLAND IN THE MOON A Facsimile of the Manuscript Introduced, Transcribed, and Annotated by Michael Phillips With A Preface by Haven O’More (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ Press in Association with the Institute of Traditional Science, 1987) 2 volumes. First edition, SPECIAL LIMITED ISSUE IN DELUXE BINDING OF ONLY 25 COPIES NUMBERED IN ROMAN of a total printing of only 775 copies. With the 20 page facsimile reproduced with special colours by offset, additionally illustrated throughout the accompanying text, the text finely produced by Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy. 4to, The facsimile in a portfolio style special binding of


Price: $850.

bindings of full black morocco, the boards with ruled frame in gilt, the spines with gilt ruled bands and gilt lettering, endpapers marbled. A handsome and very well preserved set of this rather rare Bible, unusually fresh for an American book of the period. The paper with some tonging and spotting as expected but not excessive, the map with a closed tear is complete. A VERY EARLY AMERICAN ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, SURPRISINGLY SCARCE, OCLC LIST ONLY 12 COPIES IN INSTITUTIONAL HOLDINGS.

William Blake - An Island in the Moon - One of 25 Copies The Finely Produced Facsimile of the Manuscript

Price: $2850.

RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS CORNERSTONE TEXT. A very scarce volume in first edition format, it was written five years after his LAKE NGAMI, and is a record of Andersson’s hunting adventures though Namaqualand and Damaraland (present day Namibia). The coast-line of South-West Africa is carefully described, and there is an interesting account of the once-famed guano island, Ichaboe.

Only 12 Copies Listed in Institutional Holdings - 1843 A Rare Early American Pictorial Bible Two Volumes Bound in Full Morocco - Illustrated Fully

Item Number: 1

Item Number: 3

Price: $950.

full russet textured calf, in the publisher’s original slipcase of boards covered by ribbed Fabriano paper. Pristine and perfect, a copy completely as new and still with the publisher’s original shipping wrapper included. VERY RARE. THE BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED LIMITED DELUXE FIRST EDITION BY THE STAMPERIA VALDONEGO FOR THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS AND INSTITUTE OF TRADITIONAL SCIENCE, PRODUCED FROM BLAKE’S MANUSCRIPT AT THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM. This is one of only 25 specially numbered and bound deluxe copies.

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The Author’s Gallery Proof - With Corrections in Her Hand Rita Mae Brown’s Southern Discomfort

Brown, Rita Mae. SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT [AUTHOR’S SET OF GALLERY PROOFS] (New York: Harper and Row, 1982) ORIGINAL AUTHOR’S PROOF SET OF THE FIRST EDITION, WITH MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS BY RITA MAE BROWN. 254 ff. ( 8” x 11” sheets), unbound as original. 254 sheets, the novel complete. Extremely well preserved with just a bit of the minor toning one would expect of proof paper from the period and with expected evidence of use by the author and publisher. RITA MAE BROWN’S OWN GALLERY PROOFS WITH MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS IN HER HAND FOR HER NOVEL

A Fine Set of the Poetry of E.B. Browningings Three Volumes 1856 - In the Rare Original Cloth Bindings

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. POEMS (London: Chapman and Hall, 1856) 3 volumes. Fourth edition. 8vo, publisher’s olive green cloth with elaborate blind embossed designs on all covers, the spines handsomely lettered in gilt with gilt decorative tool. A beautiful set, rarely encountered in such nice condition, the text bright and clean with only the most minimal of foxing to a few leaves in the prelims, the cloth fresh with just a touch of wear along the tips or extremities.

Bryant, William Cullen. THIRTY POEMS (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1864) First edition, first state as noted by BAL, in the first binding state as well. 8vo, in the publisher’s original first state binding of brown cloth with the covers blind embossed with a double frame, the inner of which is twisted into a series of ten angular ornaments, the spine blind ruled and lettered in gilt. A very nice and well preserved copy of a book scarcely found and especially so in such nice condition. There is a touch of rubbing and bumping to the extremities and tips and the gilt

A True Rarity in the Richard Burton Ouevre Wit and Wisdom From West Africa First Edition Printed in London - 1865

Burton, Richard F., compiler. WIT AND WISDOM FROM WEST AFRICA; A Book of Proverbial Philosophy, Idioms, Enigmas, and Laconisms (London: Tinsley Brothers, 1865) First edition. 8vo, handsomely bound by Frost and Company in three-quarter crimson morocco over cloth covered boards, the spine with blind ruled designed raised bands and gilt lettering. A very attractive and well preserved copy, the text block very clean and in a pleasing state of preservation, the binding fine and sturdy with the spine panel gently aged to a very attractive and warmer crimson. A RARE AND IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF THIS BOOK

Scarce Truman Capote First Edition Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Capote, Truman. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, A Short Novel and Three Stories. (New York: Random House, 1958) First edition, first printing. 8vo, publisher’s original yellow cloth lettered in black and gold. In the original printed dustjacket. A bright clean copy, the dustjacket just lightly aged and very nicely preserved.

Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” - A Beautiful Set The Fine Motteux Translation With Lalauze’s Beautiful Etchings

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. THE HISTORY OF THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA... translated from the Spanish, By F.A. Motteux (Edinburgh: John Grant, 1908) 4 volumes. Grant’s fine Library Edition, first edition thus. Richly illustrated throughout with 37 engravings designed and etched by Ad. Lalauze on tissue-guarded plates, engraved portrait of Cervantes at the beginning of Volume I. Tall, thick 8vo, in the publisher’s original brown cloth with paper labels printed in red and black on the spines. A very handsome set,



Item Number: 4

Price: $450.

SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT. Ms. Brown’s corrections, are in green ink throughout, with substantial corrections especially at p. 86. At the end, stamped in black ink by the typesetter, is the statement: “Author’s First Proof Math Pages Please Ignore Page Breaks. Sep 28 1981 Mark Corrections and Answer Queries. Return This Proof” The proof includes substantive amounts of photocopied corrections in the hand of the typesetters proofreader and a manuscript note (”Author’s Set”) written in black by Dolores Simon, head of the copy editing department at Harper and Row at the time.

Item Number: 5

Price: $395.

RARE IN THIS CONDITION AND A VERY EARLY SET OF BROWNING’S BEAUTIFUL POETRY. IT IS UNCOMMON TO FIND THESE IN ORIGINAL CLOTH. Browning’s poetry was already critically and publicly acclaimed while she was alive; she was considered Wordsworth’s successor as Poet Laureate upon his death. However, Browning’s more advanced ideas may appeal to readers of this generation.

Bryant’s Thirty Poems - Uncommon and Sought After Scarce in First Edition - First State and Earliest Binding


Item Number: 6

Price: $245.

is a tad faded but otherwise it is as fine as one could reasonably expect to find, internally fine indeed. American poet William Cullen Bryant’s poetry is known for its simplicity and dignity and often his delicate observations of the natural world anticipate the developments of modern ecology. This copy is in the very uncommon first state, with page 213 reading “Veielo” if the fifth line from the bottom. It is also in the earliest binding state. The condition is superior to very few other copies we know of.

Item Number: 7

Price: $3450.

by Burton, being a collection of 2268 proverbs and sayings from the Wolof, Kanuri, Oji, Ga or Accra, Yoruba, Efik or Old Calabar, and Mpangwe languages. They offer outstanding evidence of accumulated folk wisdom, many worded with pith and sparkle. Burton’s purpose in making this collection of literary and oral compositions available was for “any who either flatly negative the question, or, at least, still consider it open, ‘Whether the Negroes are a genuine portion of mankind or not’...Such specimens may go a long way towards refuting the old-fashioned doctrine of an essential inequality of the Negroes with the rest of mankind...”

Item Number: 8

Price: $1850.

FIRST EDITION OF THE NOVEL THAT GAVE US HOLLY GOLIGHTLY. Also includes the stories, A Diamond Guitar, House of Flowers, and A Christmas Memory. Probably Capote’s scarcest book and his best remembered too.

Item Number: 9

Price: $850.

very fine and seemingly unread and unused, the brown cloth with only extremely minor age evidence, paper labels a bit mellowed by time. A FINE AND HANDSOME SET WITH EXCELLENT ACADEMIC INCLUSIONS. A beautiful set of Cervantes and a very scarce edition edited by J.G. Lockhart who also wrote the included essay on the Life of Cervantes. Motteux’s translation is one of the most famous of the period, and here, the book is presented in lovely style.

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The Seasons - An Early American Chapbook - 1845 A Bright Edition of a Chapbook

[Chap Book] Phelps, A. THE SEASONS (Greenfield: A. Phelps, 1845) First edition. VERY RARE. 12 illustrations Small 8vo, original illustrated wraps. 8 pages. Cover and pages are still bright, but separated at hinge as is common with these rare and delicate items. RARE. This children’s book is called a chapbook, a more modern

One of the Most Scholarly Histories of Columbus The Voyages of Christopher Columbus First Edition of the Translation

[Columbus] Jane, Cecil. THE VOYAGES OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS... Now newly Translated and Edited, with an Introduction and Notes by Cecil Jane. (London: The Argonaut Press, 1930) Limited edition, one of 1050 numbered copies, printed on fine Japanese Vellum. Illustrated with five maps and an original woodcut by William Monk on title page. 4to, publisher’s original grey cloth backed in white vellum gilt lettered, with a pictorial coat-of-arms design on the top right quadrant of the upper cover

Captain James Cook - Bound in Period Calf Gilt ‘The Voyages Around the World’

Cook, Captain James. THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, AROUND THE WORLD, Comprehending A History of the South Sea Islands &c. &c. (London: William Wright, 1836) 2 volumes. An early octavo edition with engraved plates. Engraved frontispiece, title page and a number of full page engravings in each volume. 8vo, contemporary dark blue calf and marbled boards, elegantly tooled and lettered in gilt within compartments between flat bands the spines. A very handsome set,


Item Number: 10

term that derives from the chapmen. Chapmen were pedlars who hawked their goods in towns and villages, and at country fairs. While chapbooks were ostensibly designed to help children learn how to read, they often broached adult subjects and were a source of entertainment in families and villages.

Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquis. BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN INDIA: The Story of the Viceroys and Government Houses (London: Cassell and Co, Ltd., 1925) 2 volumes. First Edition, Third impression. 84 illustrations and plans, several folding. 4to, original blue cloth lettered and ruled in gilt on spine and upper covers, gilt decorative device also on upper covers, this set in the rarely encountered dustjackets. A choice set, in fine condition, bright and very pleasing, the dustjackets complete and with just a touch of age.

Dante Alighieri, (1265-1321). THE VISION; OR HELL, PURGATORY AND PARADISE OF DANTE ALIGHIERI. Translated by the Rev. Henry Francis Cary, A.M. (London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, Fleet Street, 1819) 3 volumes. A LARGE PAPER COPY of the FIRST TRADE EDITION of the FIRST MODERN TRANSLATION of Dante into English. Preceded only by the privately printed edition issued by the author. Additionally, for this edition is affixed a Life of Dante, Notes and an Index. Tall 8vo, very handsomely and beautifully bound in three-quarter burnt-red morocco by Bayntun early in the last century, the covers with fine French marbled paper over boards and morocco at

Early Three Volume set with Lovely Engravings



Item Number: 12

Price: $1150.

Item Number: 13

Price: $495.

SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION AND AN IMPORTANT BOOK. Curzon was one of the great administrators of the British empire in India. He is credited with stabilizing the finances between the government and the provinces and instituting numerous reforms. The first volume of his work details the history and nature of the various government houses in Calcutta, and the second volume narrates the stories of the various rulers who have lived there; he predicts in his preface that the subject matter of this second volume would appeal to a “wider audience.”

Item Number: 14

Price: $2450.

the corners, the spines decorated with raised bands ruled in blind, gilt lettered and numbered in two compartments of each volume. A fine and very handsome set in excellent condition, essentially as pristine. The bindings and text-blocks are in wonderful condition, very finely preserved. RARE FIRST EDITION AND COMPLETE SET IN A VERY HANDSOME EARLY BAYNTUN BINDING. ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS OF ALL TIME. Cary’s famous translation has long been considered the first modern rendering of Dante’s timeless epic into English.

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe - ca. 1790 - London Defoe, Daniel. THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. (London: Printed for C. Cooke, Pater-Noster-Row, ca. 1790) 3 volumes. First Cooke Edition, undated but with the engravings at the front dated 1796, 1797 and 1799 and the other plates beginning in 1793. embellished with engravings throughout. Small 8vo, handsomely bound in 3/4 contemporary calf with gilt rules and tooling on the spines, gilt lettering on contrasting red and green morocco labels; marbled endpapers; all edges dyed red. A very nice set, very well preserved with only minimal wear or evidence of age.

Price: $395.

still in very good order and with only light rubbing or evidence of use. A well preserved set of this scarce book, engravings in good order and with some of the usual mellowing. A HANDSOME EARLY SET WITH ENGRAVED PLATES. These volumes provides the reader with the opportunity to examine and discover all three voyages that paved the way for circumnavigation in all future years.

Dante’s Divine Comedy - The Great Cary Translation The First Trade Published Edition - Large Paper Copy And the First ‘Modern’ Translation Into English - 1819

Item Number: 11

in 5 colours and gilt, edges uncut. A very fine and handsome copy, as pristine and still being largely uncut and unopened, bright and clean and beautifully preserved. A BEAUTIFUL PRINTING OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT TEXT. Includes Columbus’ journals from all four voyages as well as a section on the second voyage from Andrés Bernáldez. An important primary source for any study of Columbus.

Curzon’s Administration of the British Empire in India British Government in India - 1925 - Two Volumes A Fine Set in the Publisher’s Scarce Dustjackets

Price: $850.

Item Number: 15

Price: $950.

A VERY PLEASING AND WELL PRESERVED EDITION. A charming set of Defoe’s immortal romance with lovely full page engravings. Robinson Crusoe was based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk’s exile on an inhabited island during the early part of the 18th century, and was perhaps the first great novel ever to be written in the English language and surely one of the most unforgettable adventure stories of all time. Originally published in 1719, the book received immediate and long lasting recognition and was translated for worldwide readership.

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David Copperfield - A Classic of World Literature

First Edition Charles Dickens - 1850

Dickens, Charles. THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850) First edition, bound from the original 20 monthly parts. With 39 engraved plates and a vignette titlepage by H. K. Browne [Phiz]. 8vo, antique three-quarter brown calf over plum moire cloth covered boards, the spine with raised bands double ruled in gilt and then stippled in blind, one compartment with a red morocco label handsomely ruled and lettered in gilt, page edges marbled. A handsome copy, quite fine internally, fresh and solid with almost none of the usual toning to the plates and much, much less of

One of the Greatest Works of Travel Ever Penned C.M. Doughty’s Arabia Deserta The First New and Definitive Edition 1936 With The T.E. Lawrence Introduction

Doughty, Charles M. TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA, With an Introduction by T. E. Lawrence (London: Jonathan Cape, 1936) 2 volumes. Scarce First Edition, First Issue of the 1936 “New and Definitive Edition” with the introduction by T. E. Lawrence. Portrait frontispiece in first volume, both profusely illustrated with maps, plans, and collotype plates, some folding, and including large folding maps at the inside of the rear covers of both volumes. 4to, publisher’s original brown polished buckram with spines lettered in gilt. A fine and very handsome set, internally bright and fresh, the cloth and bindings in very

Paul Du Chaillu - A Rare Offering - First Edition Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa An Unusually Well Preserved and Pleasing Copy - Rare Thus

Du Chaillu, Paul B. EXPLORATIONS AND ADVENTURES IN EQUATORIAL AFRICA... (London: John Murray, 1861) First edition. With 73 black and white illustrations, including a folding frontispiece of a gorilla (the first ever of the animal) and a folding map at the rear. 8vo, publisher’s original brown cloth gilt lettered on the spine, with a large gilt vignette of an ape on the upper cover. A very bright and uncommonly fresh copy, much nicer then is typically found, the spine expertly and near invisibly


Item Number: 16

the typical spotting, typical offsetting to the frontispiece and vignette title-page, the binding fine with only minor evidence of age. FINE FIRST EDITION, BOUND FROM THE ORIGINAL PARTS. For many lovers of the author’s works, DAVID COPPERFIELD ranks as the finest of his writings. Abounding in vivid characters such as Uriah Heep, Betsy Trotwood, Mr. Micawber, the Pegottys and Mr. Dick, DAVID COPPERFIELD continues to rank among Dickens’ most popular and critically acclaimed works.

Item Number: 17

Duke of Manchester, The; [William Drogo Montagu]; [Royalty, British Monarchy]. COURT AND SOCIETY FROM ELIZABETH TO ANNE... (London: Hurst and Blackett, 1864) First Edition. With the fine literary provenance of Booth Tarkington with his handsome engraved bookplate in each volume. With two fine engraved portraits as frontispieces. 8vo, very finely and handsomely bound at an early time by Riviere and Son, in full royal blue calf, the spines richly gilt decorated in panels between gilt ruled and stippled raised bands, two compartments with red morocco labels finely gilt ruled and lettered A fine and very

A Fine Decorated Ethiopian Manuscript Scroll Painted in Red and Black with Extensive Calligraphy

Ethiopian Talisman, Magic Scroll. AN ETHIOPIAN MAGIC SCROLL, OR TALISMAN, HAND WRITTEN, DECORATED AND ILLUSTRATED in Black and Purple on handmade Parchment, most likely goatskin, in the classical Ethiopian language of Ge’ez (Ethiopia: Manuscript, Circa early 20th century) The Ge’ez text in black and red is decorated in traditional Ethiopian style, most prominently with a large figure, roughly 3 inches tall and the other decoration being roughly 1 inch tall and 3 inches wide. Approximately 53 inches by 3inches, made in three roughly

From the Golden Cockerel Press - 1923ed Jeremy Taylor - Selections - One of Only 320 Copies Printed


[Fine Press; Golden Cockerel Press] JEREMY TAYLOR: A Selection From His Work... (Waltham Saint Lawrence: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1923) FIRST AND LIMITED EDITION, one of 320 copies only. This copy with FINE PROVENANCE HAVING COME FROM the Library of Le Duc de Richelieu, and with the further provenance established as coming from the private library of Haven O’More. With occasional headlines and large engraved


Price: $1450.

pleasing condition with only extremely slight mellowing at the spine panels. ONE OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF TRAVEL EVER WRITTEN IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. ARABIA DESERTA is perhaps one of the best-known classics of exploration and travel. Few writers of any genre have worked such magic or mischief on the English language as Doughty. He disapproved of Victorian style, and mingled his own with Chaucerian and Elizabethan English and Arabic.

Item Number: 18

Price: $1450.

refreshed, internally a very fresh clean copy virtually free of any spotting, the folding map and plate in excellent order. RARE FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL CLOTH . It was on this expedition that Du Chaillu confirmed the existence of that “monstrous and ferocious ape, the gorilla.” His work is one of the seminal pieces of early Central African exploration. Copies of this, his most important work are especially elusive now in such handsome condition.

First Edition - Court and Society From Elizabeth to Anne With Fine Provenance - The Copy of Booth Tarkington Beautifully Bound and Presented - London - 1864

Price: $2250.

Item Number: 19 Price: $850.

handsome set, the luxurious calf with only a bit of expected edge wear. SCARCE FIRST EDITION WITH FINE PROVENANCE. VERY HANDSOMELY BOUND. Very fine biographical sketches of the Kings, Queens and important Nobles from the reign of Catherine of Aragon through the last of the Stuart monarchs, Queen Anne. The author was the Seventh Duke of Manchester and had access to papers and materials in his families possession since the time of his ancestor Henry, the first Earl of Manchester and one of the Executors of King Henry VIII’s will.

Item Number: 20

Price: $950.

equal segments of parchment stitched together with rawhide leather cording, rolled. Extremely well preserved, the writing and decoration very bright and vivid, only a bit of chipping and expected aging to the animal parchment at the outermost end of the roll One of the more fascinating traditions still surviving today in Ethiopia but abandoned centuries ago in the West is the use of Talismanic art. Talismans, such as this Magic Scroll, are items not considered to be the products of the human artist that made them.

Item Number: 21

Price: $225.

initials printed throughout in red. 4to, publisher’s original blue boards backed in buckram, with a printed paper label on the spine. A very nice copy, well preserved and handsome. FIRST EDITION LIMITED and a handsome printing from the Golden Cockerel Press. This copy is from the personal library of Haven O’More, who conceived and formed the ‘Garden Collection’, one of the greatest book collections of the 20th century.

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Limited First Edition Signed by Robert Frost Robert Frost’s New Hampshire

Frost, Robert. NEW HAMPSHIRE: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes (New York: Henry Holt, 1923) First Edition, The Limited First Edition printing of 350 copies only, SIGNED by Frost. Woodcuts by J. J. Lankes. 8vo, publisher’s original polished black cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine panel and with fine gilt decoration and lettering to the upper cover. A fine copy just slightly mellowed on the spine. THE IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE SIGNED

Item Number: 22

BY ROBERT FROST. NEW HAMPSHIRE is one of Frost’s earliest works and also one of his greatest. The collection includes the titlepoem, one of his longer works, as well as over 35 others. It includes such well known poems as; “Star-Splitter, “Dust to Snow” and perhaps one of his most often recited works “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, a perennial holiday favorite in New England and other chilly climes.

A Charles Smith 12 Inch Terrestrial Globe A Handsome 19th Century Globe on Fine Mahogany Stand Exceptional Detail and Finely HandColoured

[Globe] Smith, Charles. SMITH’S TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, Containing all the Most Recent Discoveries (London: C. Smith and Son, Circa 1880) A scarce and very handsome 12 inch globe. printed in multiple colours, this richly detailed globe, shows all the continents & countries as they were at the time and also indicates all the major ocean currents, connecting currents and the Antarctic & South East Trade Wind Drifts. Also with an analemma showing the declination of the sun for every day of the year and the Equation of Time. Total height approx. 19 and a

Item Number: 23

Hogarth, David G. A WANDERING SCHOLAR IN THE LEVANT (London: John Murray, 1896) Second Edition, and most likely a re-slugged copy of the very scarce first issue. Illustrated with a number of black and white plates from photographs. 8vo, original olive green cloth, decorated and lettered on the upper cover in gilt and black and lettered and ruled on the spine in gilt. A very good and bright copy, nicely preserved with only minor mellowing through age. The author’s 1927 obituary very neatly

Pope’s Translation of Homer’s Odyssey - 1806 A Very Handsome Copy in Fine Contemporary Calf

Homer; [Pope, Alexander, Translator]. THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER. Translated from the Greek by Alexander Pope, Esq. (London: Printed for J. Johnson, W.J. Richardson, et al., 1806) A new edition. 8vo, contempory full speckled calf with full gilttooled spine, tan morocco label lettered in gilt, the covers double gilt ruled, marbled endpapers and edges. A very handsome, fine copy, quite fresh and clean. POPE’S CLASSIC POETIC TRANSLATION OF HOMER’S

Gwynedd Hudson’s Alice in Wonderland With Lovely Colourplates and in the Original Dustjacket

[Hudson, G., Illustrator] Carroll, Lewis. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Nottingham: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, for Boots Pure Drug Co., Ltd., [1932]) First edition with Hudson’s illustrations and the Centenary edition of Carroll’s birth. 12 tipped in full color plates, also numerous black & orange illustrations throughout the text by Gwynned Hudson. 4to, publisher’s full red cloth with full gilt pictorial designs and lettering on the upper cover and spine, in the scarce dustjacket with pastedown colour plate on the upper cover. A fine copy with only mild mel-

Item Number: 24


[Incunabula; Nuremberg Chronicle; Rome; Roma; Schedel, Hartmann]. A SINGLE HAND-COLOURED BIFOLIUM FROM THE FAMED NUREMBERG CHRONICLE, showing the full view of ROME, Leaves LVII and LVIII ([Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Screyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 1493]) First Edition with the German text. The bi-folium with fine hand-colouring to the Rome view. This is one of the large, double-page city-view woodcuts from the workshop of Mighael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff beneath 22 lines of text. It is handsomely and finely handcoloured in blues, greens, yellows, reds, grays, etc. Double-


Price: $595.

affixed to a blank page at the end of the preface. A VERY SCARCE ACCOUNT OF TRAVELS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING A VOYAGE UP THE EUPHRATES. The author was a British archeologist specializing in the Middle East. He was well known and famous for his very respected research work, and became a President of the Royal Society. Additionally, he is renown as mentor to Gertrude Bell and T. E. Lawrence.

Item Number: 25

Price: $295.

EPIC ODYSSEY. These translations of the ODYSSEY and the ILIAD are the works that brought Pope as a struggling essayist and poet to financial independence. It has been since justifiably claimed that Pope’s translation is inaccurate due to his reliance on the sense of the texts of Chapman, Hobbes, Ogilby, Dacier and others--but “others have produced translations; Pope’s work is a poem” (CHEL, IX, p. 84).

Item Number: 26

Price: $475.

lowing to the spine of the dustjacket. QUITE SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION AND ESPECIALLY IN THE DUSTJACKET. This book is a visual feast of color and decoration. Hudson’s illustrations evoke a magical world of fancy for Carroll’s classic work Though Hudson did not stray far from the original vision of John Tenniel’s drawings, she perhaps instilled her work with a more lively spirit. Her use of color reminds one of Rene Bull or Edward Detmold. A copy of this book with the dustjacket is a very nice find.

The Most Famous Illustrated Book of the Renaissance A Handcoloured Bifolium - The View of the City of Rome From the Celebrated Nuremberg Chronicle - 1493

Price: $4950.

half inches, on its original stand of a turned mahogany column with a trefoil base resting on bun feet, with a graduated brass meridian marked out in degrees of longitude. The globe is made of 12 hand-coloured copper engraved gores on solid core. Very well preserved, uncommonly such. The glove bright and fresh, the original stand in excellent condition as well. AN UNCOMMONLY HANDSOME AND WELL PRESERVED EXAMPLE OF A SCARCE CHARLES SMITH GLOBE.

A Wandering Scholar in the Levant - London - 1896 David Hogarth’s Scholarly Travels in the Middle East Mentor to T.E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell

Price: $4250.

Item Number: 27

Price: $6750.

page folio ( ca. 540 x 380 mm ), handsomely mounted, framed and glazed. Leaves LVII and LVIII. In fine condition and very well preserved and presented. FROM THE FIRST EDITION OF THE NUREMBERG CHRONICLE, ARGUABLY THE GREATEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE 15TH CENTURY. The artists, Michael Wolgemut, the wellknown teacher of Albrecht Dürer, and his stepson, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff have been praised and admired for over five-hundred years for their contributions to one of the monuments of early printing.

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Japanese Woodcut Erotica - Shunga 12 Hand-Coloured Engraved Panels of the Ukiyo-e Type

[Japanese Erotica], . [WOODCUT ENGRAVINGS OF JAPANESE SHUNGA, OR EROTICA, “Pillow Book”] (Japan: , circa 1920s) Japanese Shunga of the Ukiyo-e type, executed in woodblock and hand-coloured in enpon form. With twelve beautifully rendered 8.5 by 8 inch erotic woodcuts framed by gilt paper. Oblong Folio, folding Japanese accordion style creating a 10 x 5.5 inch portfolio bound in in original stiff boards covered with patterned silk. Extremely well preserved, the images all bright and pristine, the

paper on which they are printed fine, the silk covered boards beautifully preserved and just a touch mellowed. AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF JAPANESE SHUNGA, an erotic art of the Ukiyo-e style which reached its pinnacle during the Edo period. Works of this type were produced from the 17th to early 20th centuries in spite of repeated governmental attempts to suppress Shunga.

José Luis Cuevas’ Surrealist Art in Kafka’s Metamorphosis With Original Drawing and Signed Inscription JThe Limited HandNumbered Edition of 1984

Kafka, Franz, [Cuevas, José Luis, Illus.]. METAMORPHOSIS. Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir. Introduced by Robert Coles (New York: At the Wild Carrot Letterpress for the Limited Editions Club, [1984]) Unique Inscribed copy of this Limited Edition of 1500 hand-numbered copies signed by the artist, José Luis Cuevas. THIS COPY WITH ADDITIONAL INSCRIPTION AND ORIGINAL PEN AND INK DRAWING BY THE ARTIST. With etchings on plates and drawings by José Luis Cuevas. Large 8vo, hand-cased at the Gray Parrot bindery in quarter gray-brown

The Exquisite Kelmscott Chaucer Magnificently Created by William Morris With Superb Designs by Sir Edward BurneJones

First Edition Signed by the Author and Illustrator Juna’s Journey - Kherdian and Hogrogran

Kherdian, David; [Hogrogran, N., Illustrator]. JUNA’S JOURNEY (New York: Philomel Books, 1993) First edition, SIGNED BY BOTH THE AUTHOR AND THE ILLUSTRATOR. Vibrantly illustrated throughout by Nonny Hogrogran. 4to, original decorated boards in the colour illustrated duskjacket. A mint, as pristene copy, exceptionally fine.

Lewis, Sinclair. ELMER GANTRY (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1927) First Edition. First Issue with “Gantry” spelled “Cantry” on the spine panel. 8vo, publisher’s original blue cloth lettered and framed in orange. A very nice copy, the cloth still nice and dark and with only minor typical edge-wear or bumping, hinges a tad shaken but the tex-tblock is uncommonly clean, fresh and tight.

Manuscript Leaf, 13th Century. A VERY RARE THIRTEENTH CENTURY LEAF OF MANUSCRIPT, FROM THE BOOK OF JOB, on vellum. (Manuscript: Handwritten, 13th century) The vellum leaf, from a 13th century copy of the Bible, is from a Monumental Bible of the period, a Bible of extremely large size. Written in double columns of 26 lines in black, red and blue, headlines in blue and red, illuminated with one very large initial in blue and red and richly embellished in bright gold and over 13 lines in height, on the verso is a second large initial, being 9 lines tall also in blue, red and gold. 18 1/2” x 13” inches, period manuscript



Price: $85,000.

Price: $95.

Item Number: 31

SIGNED FIRST EDITION. “In a time and land not so different from ours, lives a one called Juna, a dream helper who has spent much of his life dreaming for others. He has never dreamed for himself, until one evening when he has a dream of his own, which contains a mysterious message just for him. To learn the secret of it, it is clear he must go on a journey.

Item Number: 32

Price: $250.

FIRST EDITION. On publication in 1927, Elmer Gantry created a public furor. The book was banned in Boston and other cities and denounced from pulpits across the USA. One cleric suggested that Lewis should be imprisoned for five years, and there were also threats of physical violence against the author. The famous evangelist Billy Sunday called Lewis “Satan’s cohort”.

A Leaf From the Book of Job - 13th Century - Vellum A Very Rare Leaf From a Monumental Manuscript Bible Of Great Influence to Gutenberg - Two Centuries Later

Item Number: 30

the Arts and Crafts movement. Front board with large diamond leather inlay in a deep orange, with “Chaucer’s Works” stamped in gilt. Spine with fdeep orange morocco title label stamped in gilt. Laid in is original linen spine, with remnants of original paper label. A handsome copy, the text is fresh and bright and fine and virtually free of the spotting with which the Kelmscott Chaucer is sometimes afflicted. FIRST EDITION AND HANDSOME COPY OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PRINTED BOOK IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. The Kelmscott Chaucer is “the most famous book of the modern private press movement, and the culmination of William Morris’s endeavor”.

Elmer Gantry - First Edition - “Banned in Boston” Sinclair Lewis’ Satirical and Controversial Novel

Price: $2850.

Item Number: 29

calf over textured paper-covered boards, the spine lettered in gilt within a blank embossed frame, in the original slipcase. Internally a pristine copy, the binding also fine but for a light touch of sun and one small abrasion to the calf of the spine, the slipcase still very nice with only minor age evidence. UNIQUE INSCRIBED COPY WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY JOSÉ LUIS CUEVAS. The famous Mexican Surrealist has inscribed this copy “La Vida de un hobre ... with a bold signature and a very large pen and ink drawing filling much of the front blank page.

The Most Beautiful Printed Book in the English Language [Kelmscott Press] Chaucer, Geoffrey. THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER... [edited by F.S. Ellis, printed on the colophon leaf] (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896) One of 425 copies of a total edition of 438. Printed on Perch handmade paper. This the Jean Hersholt copy. With 87 wood-engravings designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, superb wood-engraved title page, fourteen very fine large borders, eighteen different woodcut frames, twenty-six nineteen line woodcut initial letters, and numerous initials, decorative woodcut printer’s device all designed by William Morris. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type, double column, headings to the longer poems in Troy type. Folio (424 x 289 mm), bound in full rich pumpkin morocco in a style fitting

Price: $4200.

Item Number: 28

Item Number: 33

Price: $7850.

on vellum. Written on the Recto and Verso of a single leaf. A beautifully preserved example. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE LEAF FROM A THIRTEENTH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT BIBLE. This is a very rare form for the Bible and it is a direct predecessor to the Gutenberg Bible and was one of the Bibles which Gutenberg studied in order to design his Bible and to form and develop his own fonts for use in printing his great printed Bible which was issued in Mainz some two centuries later.

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Thomas More’s Utopia The First Dibdin Edition - A Rare Large Paper Copy

More, Sir Thomas. A MOST PLEASANT, FRUITFUL, AND WITTY WORK OF THE BEST STATE OF A PUBLIC WEAL, AND OF THE NEW ISLE CALLED UTOPIA... (London: by William Bulmer, at the Shakespeare Press, for William Miller, 1808) The Important First Dibdin edition, and the Large Paper printing, with excellent margins. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and titlepage, one engraved plate and several woodcuts in the text. 8vo, in the publisher’s highly unusual and attractive binding of original half reverse calf over soft calf covered boards, spine with simple raised bands ruled in black and with black lettering in one compartment, board edge with elaborate rolled

Item Number: 34

tooling in black, page edges marbled. SCARCE IN THIS BINDING. An extremely sturdy copy, with some evidence of the effects of damp at some point in time. Pages are clean, though some within the prelims or intro show slight evidence of damp at the edges only. A good solid and decent copy of this important book. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN THOUGHT. SCARCE FIRST DIBDIN EDITION, LARGE PAPER COPY, IN THE PUBLISHER’S PREFERRED BINDING.

Blaise Pascal - A Masterpiece of French Literature - PMM 140 Item Number: 35 Les Provincials - In Handsome Fine Full Red Morocco

Pascal, Blaise. LES PROVINCIALS... (Cologne [Amsterdam]: Pierre de la Valle’e [Elzevier], 1657) First duodecimo edition and First Elzevier edition, same year as the first complete 4to edition printed in Paris. This is the first and uncorrected state of two nearly identical issues. 12mo, beautifully bound in regal 18th century full red morocco, the covers framed by an elaborate decorative gilt rolled border surrounding a gilt coat of arms, the spine beautifully gilt tooled in compartments between fine gilt tooled bands, one compartment with a black morocco label gilt lettered and stippled. A fine and beautiful copy.

Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans The Shakespeare Head Press Limited Edition of Only 500 Copies

Plutarch; Plutarchus, [Shakespeare Head Press]. THE LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANES... (Stratford-UponAvon: The Shakespeare Head Press for Basil Blackwell, 1928) 8 volumes. FIRST SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRINTING, A LIMITED EDITION, and one of only 500 copies for sale, numbered by hand in Vol. I. Decorations throughout consisting of portraits within headpieces by Thomas Lowinsky. Large 8vo, publisher’s original black cloth, the spines with gilt ruled bands as those on a leather binding, gilt lettering in three compartments. A very handsome, as pristine set in unusually fine condition, prelims

Price: $1650.

Price: $8500.

FIRST ELZEVIER AND EXTREMELY EARLY PRINTING OF THIS MASTERPIECE OF THE MODERN FRENCH LANGUAGE. PMM 140. “The vividness and distinction of his style recalls the prose of Milton at its best”. Elzevier’s was Pascal’s definitive version of the text. It was the first edition to gather the eighteen letters within continuous pagination, and has become the standard text for all successive editions. It also contains, attached at the end and paginated separately the ‘Advis de Messieurs les Curez de Paris

Item Number: 36

Price: $795.

with only a touch of the usual spotting and not even really worth mentioning. Volume I with the Observer Sunday review for the edition dated November 11, 1928 neatly tipped to the front endleaves, and with the 1928 owner’s neat calligraphed signature and bookplates to the free-fly. A superb set rarely found is such beautiful conditon. RARE FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE OF THE SHAKESPEARE HEAD PLUTARCH, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES SIGNED FOR SALE. This edition was printed from the first edition of 1579.

A Christmas Carol - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Item Number: 37

Joseph Reading’s - The Ogowe Band - A Fine Copy

Item Number: 38 Price: $450.

A Fine Copy - 1915 First Edition Delightfully Illustrated Throughout in His Best Fashion

Scarce West African Travel - First Edition

[Rackham, illus.] Dickens, Charles. A CHRISTMAS CAROL (London and Philadelphia: William Heinemann and J. B. Lippincott Co., [1915]) First edition, the English issue. With 12 haunting colour plates, illustrated endpapers, 18 black and white illustrations and line drawings by Arthur Rackham. 8vo, publisher’s original olive green cloth lettered and pictorially decorated in colour on the upper cover and spine panel. A very

Reading, Joseph H. THE OGOWE BAND. A Narrative of African Travel. (Philadelphia: Reading and Company, 1890) First edition. With over 65 plates and 4 maps, most from photographs, including one plate of currency in colour and with some very whimsical engravings as chapter tale pieces. 8vo, publisher’s original dark-blue cloth, beautifully decorated in black and gilt on upper cover and spine including a majestic lion’s head gilt on the cover. A fine copy, fresh and completely free of foxing.

nice copy indeed, very well preserved, with little evidence of age or use, a fine copy very clean and very crisp. SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN PLEASING CONDITION. A shining example of what you get when a true masterpiece of literature is complemented by one of the world’s greatest book illustrators. An inspiring combination.

The binding with only the lightest of age mellowing. A SCARCE AFRICAN TRAVEL NARRATIVE AND MISSIONARY ACCOUNT FROM THE SECRETARY AND TREASURER OF THE GABOON AND CORISCO MISSION AND COMMERCIAL AGENT FOR THE U.S.A. Interestingly enough, the account covers in the same rich detail as Africa, visits to Liverpool and the Canary Islands.

Thomas Godwin’s Important Work on Antiquarian Studies ‘Roman and English Offices Compared’ - 1661


[Roman History; Godwin, Thomas]. ROMANAE HISTORIAE ANTHOLOGIA RECOGNITA & AUCTA. An English Exposition of the Roman Antiquities, Wherein Many Roman and English Offices are Paralled’d...(London: By R. W. for Henry Cripps, 1661) An early edition, revised and enlarged by the author. For the use of Abingdon School. With decorative woodcut head-and-tale pieces, woodcut initials throughout. Small 4to, antique style half marbled boards backed in brown calf by Paul Belard Relieur. A


Price: $950.

Item Number: 39 Price: $350.

very well preserved copy, the titlepage, a2 and final leaf with a bit of edgewear and mellowing, very light and unobtrusive evidence of old damp, the binding in very fine condition. A VERY IMPORTANT WORK ON ANTIQUARIAN STUDIES, for nearly a century it was the only school book on the subject and it represents one of the earliest works of its type in English. Godwin researched and wrote this while he was headmaster at Abingdon School. Many topics are covered.

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Ivanhoe - First Edition - First Issue Sir Walter Scott’s Most Famous Tale PMM

[Scott, Sir Walter]. IVANHOE; A Romance. By “The Author of Waverley,” &c. (Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co., 1820) 3 volumes. First Edition, first issue, with pp 159-306 misnumbered 151-298 and with Pope in the heading of Vol. 1 falling under “ungrateful”, pagination in Vol. I ends on 298, with all half-titles present. 8vo, bound in full period tan calf over boards, spines with gilt decorated raised bands, compartments decorated with full gilt tooling in panels, each volume lettered and numbered in gilt, dark green morocco lettering


Item Number: 40 Price: $3500. labels gilt. A handsome set, internally clean, tight and sturdy with normal evidence of age, the contemporary bindings with some expected wear but very well preserved and a pleasing and attractive set. SCARCE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK. WORTHINGTON’S POINTS TO VOLUME ONE INDICATING FIRST STATE. This set with all half-titles present as is often not the case. The best of Scott’s historical novels and by far his most famous work.

Early American Issue of Shakespeare’s Plays - 1836 Handsomely Bound in Period Decorated Morocco

Shakespeare, William. THE DRAMATIC WORKS AND POEMS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, with Notes, Original and Selected, and Introductory Remarks to Each Play, By Samuel Weller Singer, F.S.A. and A LIFE OF THE POET By Charles Symmons, D.D. in Two Volumes. (New York: George Dearborn, 1836) 2 volumes. First of the edition and a very early American issue. Engraved frontispiece of the Bard and many black and white engravings throughout. Tall 8vo, three quarter contemporary black straight-grain morocco over green pebbled cloth boards,

Item Number: 41 Price: $695.

the spine with raised bands gilt lined and decorated, lettered in gilt in two compartments, marbled endpapers. A very handsome and attractive early American issuance of Shakespeare’s works, with only light aging. A very well preserved set. A nice early American set. The editor also includes a section on the life of Shakespeare, an elegy written by Ben Jonson, and a reprint of the Bard’s famous will in which he bequeaths to his wife his “second best bed, with the furniture.”

John Steinbeck - First Edition - 1957 The Short Reign of Pippin IV - In Dustjacket

Steinbeck, John. THE SHORT REIGN OF PIPPIN IV. A Fabrication (New York: Viking Press, 1957) First edition. With drawings by William Pène du Bois. 8vo, publisher’s original tan and red cloth in dustjacket. A fine copy indeed, this book is notoriously prone to fading of the reds and yellows on the spine of the jacket but on this copy they are still nice and bright

Item Number: 42 Price: $495. FIRST EDITION. Steinbeck’s satire on contemporary French politics. The protagonist is a common man suddenly declared King of France for the sole purpose of giving the communist something to revolt against.

Tolstoy’s War and Peace in Original Binding First Edition of Constance Garnett’s Superb Translation An Unusually Well Preserved Set

Tolstoy, Leo; Tolstoi, Count Lyof N. . WAR AND PEACE (London: Vizetelly & Co., [n.d. ca. 1887]) 3 volumes. First English Edition, early issue. (The slug notes a “Third Edition”, but the sheets of these earliest printings were run from the original typesettings and were not changed). 8vo, handsomely bound in three-quarter period maroon morocco over marbled boards. A handsome copy and a very pleasing set. Rarely encountered, this

Item Number: 43 Price: $1750. is a fine early printing of the First English Edition of Tolstoy’s greatest novel. VERY SCARCE HANDSOMELY BOUND PRINTING OF THIS GREAT CLASSIC, VERY WELL PRESERVED. Tolstoy’s epic of the Napoleonic wars has few peers in world literature; John Galsworthy described it as “the greatest novel ever written.”

The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences Sir Frederick Treves Classic Tale and Others - 1923

Treves, Sir Frederick. THE ELEPHANT MAN AND OTHER REMINISCENCES (London and New York: Cassell and Company Limited for Henry Holt & Company, [1923]) First Edition presumed, American issue printed by Cassell for the American distributor. 8vo, publisher’s original maroon cloth, the spine lettered and ruled in gilt, upper cover ruled in blind. A handsome and well preserved copy, the spine very lightly mellowed, the text block with some typical foxing confined primarily to the margins or edges.

Item Number: 44 Price: $450. RARE ISSUE. This collection of short stories is primarily in the vein of the Gothic horror tale, and includes the now famous story of “The Elephant Man.” Treves was the “Serjeant-Surgeon” to the King and, in addition to writing short stories, wrote on subjects as widely varied as temperance, travel to the West Indies, anatomy, medicine, and surgery. The short stories in this collection reflect these interests.

A ‘Flashback’ to the Reagan Years with Garry Trudeau Limited First Edition - Signed by the Author/Cartoonists


Trudeau, Garry. RAP MASTER RONNIE (Northridge, CA.: Lord John Press, 1986) Limited First Edition, number 8 of 250 copies specially bound and SIGNED BY TRUDEAU. Illustrated throughout with Doonesbury comic strips in both black & white and colour. Oblong 4to, original binding of light blue paper boards decorated in a paneled motif and with excerpts of Doonesbury comics printed in lighter blue, backed in blue gilt


Item Number: 45 Price: $175.

ruled cloth and lettered in gilt on spine. 48. A pristine copy, as new, with the lightest mellowing only. SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Garry Trudeau has been entertaining - or enraging - the public for decades. His Doonesbury comic strip is distributed to hundreds of newspapers throughout the world. Love him or hate him, his is one of the few comics to remain fresh and original for so long a life span.

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