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Collecting Camelot: Rare Arthurian Books

When I visited Walt Disney World, one thing I really wanted to do was tug at the Sword in the Stone, right next to the Fantasyland carousel. I’d heard the sword remains locked in place most of the time, but that every now and then, for some lucky visitors, it pulls free. Alas, it stayed stuck for me, dashing any hopes I had of being hailed the “rightwise ruler born of England.” I’ve loved Arthurian legend since I was ten. A relative visiting from Britain brought me a Puffin paperback edition of ...
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“THE MOST FAMOUS AND INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN POLITICAL WORK”

(HAMILTON, Alexander; MADISON, James; JAY, John). Federalist. New York, 1788. Two volumes.

First edition of The Federalist, one of the rarest and most significant books in American political history, which “exerted a powerful influence in procuring the adoption of the Federal Constitution,” this exceedingly rare association copy signed on the title page of each volume by ardent Federalist Samuel Boyd, a close colleague of Hamilton, a very handsome copy in rich gilt-tooled contemporary tree calf. $225,000.


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"PLENTY OF MONEY NEVER FAILS TO MAKE TRADE FLOURISH"

VANDERLINT, Jacob; GEE, Joshua. Money Answers All Things. BOUND WITH: The Trade and Navigation of Great-Britain Considered. London, 1734; 1731. Two volumes bound in one.

First edition of Vanderlint's "able and influential" work on money supply and free trade, "the first scientific study of the question of distribution," bound with a third edition of Joshua Gee's "most famous work," an overview of British trade and labor, at home and in the colonies. $32,000.


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"THESE BOOKS ARE ALL SURVIVORS"

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Sun Also Rises (German). Berlin, 1928.

First edition in German, Hemingway's own copy with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper, presentation copy additionally inscribed and signed by him on the title page, "For Frazer [sic] Bragg Drew wishing him good luck always, Ernest Hemingway. It's hard to keep books in decent condition in a country where they have hurricanes. These books are all survivors." $20,000.


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