“WITH THE KIND REGARDS OF THE AUTHOR”
DARWIN, Charles. The Expression of the Emotions. London, 1872.
Very rare presentation first edition, first issue, inscribed by Darwin on the front flyleaf: "With the kind regards of the author” to Charles Loring Brace. The only one of Darwin’s books to be illustrated with heliotype photographic plates—a pioneering innovation in scientific photography. Offered together with two 1872 autograph letters signed by Darwin to the recipient of this copy. Presentation copies of Darwin's works are almost always found with the inscription in a secretarial hand; books with the presentation in Darwin's actual hand, as with this copy, are quite uncommon. $127,000.
“ONE OF THE FINEST ORNITHOLOGICAL WORKS EVER PRINTED”
AUDUBON, John James. Birds of America. New York, 1856-57. Seven volumes.
Second octavo edition, the first edition with fully colored backgrounds, containing 500 superb hand-colored plates. $70,000.
“TO ARREST AND THEREBY ETERNALIZE THE CURRENT MOMENT”
COBURN, Alvin Langdon. London. London and New York, 1909.
First edition of Coburn's first, groundbreaking photobook, an elegant folio production of 20 hand-pulled gravure plates tipped onto rich gray paper, each prepared by Coburn himself, representing a revolutionary "transition from pictorialism to modernism… a shift in attitude that triggered the final push towards photographic modernism" (Parr & Badger). $15,000.