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"ONE OF THE GREAT NOVELS OF WORLD LITERATURE"

TOLSTOY, Leo. Voina i Mir (War and Peace). Moscow, 1868-69. Six volumes bound in three.

Rare first edition of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, one of the greatest novels ever written, in the original Russian. Handsomely bound, with the original printed paper front wrappers of parts 2-5 bound in. $48,500.

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PICTORIAL DOCUMENTATION OF THE BRITISH NAVY’S DEFEAT OF NAPOLEON: THE NAVAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1793-1817, WITH 55 SPLENDID LARGE HAND-COLORED FOLIO AQUATINTS

JENKINS, James. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. London, 1817.

First edition, first issue, of this dramatically illustrated record of British naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, with vignette title page and 55 vividly hand-colored aquatints of battle scenes by Thomas Sutherland after drawings by William Heath. A beautiful production in attractive contemporary morocco-gilt. $21,000.

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“A TURNING POINT IN HIS CAREER”

(RACKHAM, Arthur) IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle. London, 1905.

Deluxe signed limited first edition, with 51 full-color mounted plates by Rackham, number 5 of only 250 copies signed by Rackham, one of the smallest limitations for a Rackham title and "the first book illustrated wholly by Rackham to be issued in a limited edition" (Riall). One of the most scarce and desirable Rackham titles. With a two-page autograph letter signed by Rackham regarding Rip Van Winkle laid in. $14,500.

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PICTORIAL DOCUMENTATION OF WELLINGTON’S DEFEAT OF NAPOLEON, THE MARTIAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1799-1815, WITH 53 SPLENDID HAND-COLORED FOLIO AQUATINTS

JENKINS, James. The Martial Achievements of Great Britain. London, 1814-15.

First edition, early issue, of this dramatically illustrated record of British military action during Lord Wellington’s Peninsular Campaign, with hand-colored frontispiece, hand-colored dedication page not present in all copies, and 51 vividly hand-colored aquatints of battle scenes by Thomas Sutherland after drawings by William Heath. A beautiful production in attractive contemporary morocco-gilt. $12,800.

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“SO, FROM OLD SHAKESPEAR’S HONOUR’D DUST, THIS DAY, SPRINGS UP AND BUDS A NEW REVIVING PLAY”

(SHAKESPEARE) [DRYDEN, John, and D'AVENANT, William]. The Tempest, or the Enchanted Island. London, 1676.

Third edition of D’Avenant and Dryden’s Restoration adaptation of The Tempest, the Bard’s bewitching tale of shipwreck and sorcery. The Foyle copy. $12,000.

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"O, GOD, COME TO MY ASSISTANCE!"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Likely Paris, France, circa 1420.

Lovely illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, featuring an unusual hand-colored image of Christ carrying the cross, with five lines of Latin text from the Hours of the Cross in Gothic script, a two-line initial, a one-line initial, and two line extenders, beautifully bordered on all sides with flowers, berries, gilt sprigs, and acanthus leaves. $10,500.

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“THE GRACE OF THE HOLY GHOST FREE UNTO US BEFALL”

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. France, circa 1490.

Beautiful illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, a large, hand-colored image depicting the Pentecost in crisp detail, with three lines of Latin text in batarde script and a three-line initial "D" below the image, bordered with flowers, leaves, and acanthus leaves. $7800.

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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. Titus Lucretius Carus. Oxford, 1683.

Exceedingly rare second edition in English, first "corrected and enlarged" edition of the previous year's elusive first edition, of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history offering "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius, owned an edition of Creech's translation, and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, with copper-engraved frontispiece, handsomely bound. $7500.

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"HIS SOUL IS MARCHING ON"

BROWN, John. Life and Letters of Captain John Brown. London, 1861.

First edition of one of the very first biographies of John Brown, published in the first year of the Civil War, including writings by Emerson and William Lloyd Garrison, correspondence, and the text of an interview with Brown after the raid at Harpers Ferry—"with the gallows staring him in the face"—featuring mounted vintage albumen frontispiece of Brown containing his printed facsimile inscription underneath, an exceptional copy in original cloth. $6500.

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“WHEN YOU PLAY A GAME OF THRONES YOU WIN OR DIE”

MARTIN, George R.R. Song of Ice and Fire (i.e., Game of Thrones: Set of 5 novels). New York, 1996-2011. Five volumes.

First editions of the first five novels in Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire”—“one of the best fantasy series ever written”—inscribed and signed by the author "To Steve, May your winters be short, your summers bountiful" on the half title of A Game of Thrones; "To Drew, Enjoy the feast" on the half title of A Feast for Crows; and "To Linda, with all good wishes" on the half title of A Storm of Swords. A Clash of Kings and A Dance with Dragons are each signed by Martin on the title page. $6500.

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"CREDITORS HAVE BETTER MEMORIES THAN DEBTORS"

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Way to Wealth. Paris: 1795.

Rare large-paper Paris printing of one of Franklin's most famous works, the first edition in English of Franklin's Way to Wealth to be published in France, featuring engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin by Dupleisse, one of a very small number of copies printed on large paper, in handsome contemporary marbled calf-gilt. $5800.

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“THE STORY OF HER MANY LAPSES FROM VIRTUE…”

FRANKAU, Julia. Emma Lady Hamilton. London, 1911. Two volumes.

Signed limited first edition of this richly illustrated biography of Lady Hamilton, number 99 of only 250 copies signed by the author, with 38 lovely color plates and 37 in-text illustrations, beautifully bound in full elaborately gilt-decorated vellum. $4200.

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"HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY THIS TALE OF LOVE AND HORROR BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD…"

KING, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, 1978.

First edition of King's Hugo-nominated epic tale of apocalyptic terror, boldly inscribed across the entire front free endpaper: "To Father Guy Thorn—Hope you'll enjoy this tale of love and horror beyond the end of the world—Best, Stephen King. 11/1/80." $3800.

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"ONE OF THE BEST ACCOUNTS OF HOW RUNAWAY SLAVES MADE THEIR WAY TO FREEDOM"

STILL, William. Underground Rail Road. Philadelphia, 1872.

First edition of the first definitive and groundbreaking history of the Underground Railroad—"the only work on that subject written by an African American"—with engraved frontispiece portrait of William Still, famed as father of the Underground Railroad, profusely illustrated with 23 full-page and numerous in-text engravings, in gilt-stamped original cloth. $3600.

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CASEY AT THE BAT—"THE BEST BASEBALL POEM EVER WRITTEN"

THAYER, Ernest. Casey at the Bat. Chicago, 1912.

First separate edition in boards, and the first edition to be illustrated, of Thayer's baseball classic, "a metaphor for all of baseball," wonderfully illustrated with 13 full-page color illustrations, an exceptional copy in bright original cloth. $3500.

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"A PIONEER IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC SPEAKING AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SUCCESSFUL PERSONALITY": FIRST EDITION OF DALE CARNEGIE'S FIRST BOOK, THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING, 1915

(CARNEGIE, Dale) ESENWEIN, J. BERG and CARNAGEY, Dale. Art of Public Speaking. Springfield, MASS. 1915.

First edition of the very scarce first book by Dale Carnegie, issued with his birth name before he changed his surname to "Carnegie," co-authored with journalist Joseph Berg Esenwein, a splendid copy in the original gilt-lettered cloth. $2900.

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CRITICAL PATH, INSCRIBED BY BUCKMINSTER FULLER AND KIYOSHI KUROMIYA

(KUROMIYA, Kiyoshi) FULLER, R. Buckminster. Critical Path. New York, 1981.

First edition, an especially memorable presentation copy of one of Buckminster Fuller's final books, wonderfully inscribed in the year of publication on the title page by him to the parents of Kuromiya, Fuller's trusted assistant on Critical Path, writing "To: Hitoshi and Emiko Kuromiya. With thanks to God that their son has become my friend and colleague and with my respectful and warmest regard to themselves, Buckminster Fuller 3/29/81," this copy also featuring Kuromiya's inscription on the half title, "4/1/81 For my parents: Whose love and support in difficult times has provided me with the space in which to think for myself. Love Kiyoshi Kuromiya." $2200.

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"WE MUST BE PREPARED TO DEFEND OUR SHORES AGAINST ALL THE ALIEN GANGS OF INTERNATIONAL RACKETEERS THAT CALL THEMSELVES 'GOVERNMENTS'"

LEWIS, Sinclair. It Can't Happen Here. Garden City, New York, 1935.

First edition of Lewis' fascinating cautionary tale about the risks of American populism—"a frightening book written for frightening times." $1850.

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"ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT AND MILITANT VOICES FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE"

McKAY, Claude. Banjo. New York and London, 1929.

First edition of McKay's landmark second novel, his controversial Harlem Renaissance work that marks "an important milestone" in African American literature, a handsome copy in bright original dust jacket designed by African American artist Aaron Douglas. $1600.

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"WE ALL CRY FOR FREEDOM!": THE MOVEMENT, WITH TEXT BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY, FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY LYON, ROBERT FRANK AND ROY DE CAVARA

HANSBERRY, Lorraine. Movement. New York, 1964.

First edition of this powerful visual record of America's Civil Rights struggle, with text by Lorraine Hansberry—her last book published before her death at age 34—accompanied by 148 black-and-white photogravures, most by award-winning photographer Danny Lyon, the first appearance in book form of his work, along with striking images by Robert Frank, David Heath, Roy De Carava and others. $1200.

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"ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT AND MILITANT VOICES FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE"

McKAY, Claude. Banjo. New York and London, 1929.

First edition of McKay's landmark second novel, his controversial Harlem Renaissance work that marks "an important milestone" in African American literature, in very elusive original unrestored dust jacket designed by African American artist Aaron Douglas. $1150.

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"ADVOCATES OF WOMEN SUFFRAGE PRACTICALLY ARE SAYING, 'YOU MEN ARE SO SELFISH AND UNJUST THAT YOU CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH THE INTERESTS OF YOUR WIVES, DAUGHTERS, AND SISTERS; THEREFORE GIVE THEM THE LAW-MAKING POWER THAT THEY MAY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES'"

BEECHER, Catharine E. Woman Suffrage and Woman's Profession. Hartford, 1871.

First edition of American educator Catharine Beecher's argument against securing immediate women's suffrage based on her belief that the women's movement was an assault on the "family state" and that women had to be educated before they could handle political power, in original cloth. $1000.

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