A PILGRIMAGE TO EL-MEDINAH AND MECCAH, BURTON’S RAREST TITLE, WITH AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY BURTON LAID IN
BURTON, Richard Francis. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Mecca. London, 1855-56. Three volumes.
First edition of "a most remarkable work of the highest value" (T.E. Lawrence), Burton's important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. In rare original cloth, in excellent condition, with autograph letter signed by Burton laid in. $21,000.
"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FANTASY NOVEL EVER WRITTEN"
TOLKIEN, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings. London, 1954-55. Three volumes.
First editions of all three volumes of Tolkien's tour de force: his richly imagined, elegantly crafted, wildly popular vision of the battle for the fate of Middle-Earth, an exceptional set with Fellowship of the Ring containing Tolkien's signature on a tipped-in gilt-bordered plate, finely bound in full crimson morocco, gilt-decorated with iconography from the novel. $15,000.
“WE ARE SPELL-BOUND, WE CANNOT CHOOSE BUT READ”: RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF WUTHERING HEIGHTS
BRONTE, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York, 1848.
Extraordinarily important and rare first American edition (published less than five months after the virtually unobtainable London first edition) of Emily Brontë's passionate masterpiece. $15,000.