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“ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS”

HERBERT, Frank. Dune. Philadelphia and New York, (1965).

First edition, in first-state dust jacket, of the first science fiction novel to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards, “an imaginative tour de force” (Anatomy of Wonder). $9000.

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“CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE”

MILNE, A.A. Four Pooh Books. London, 1924-28. Four volumes.

First editions of A.A. Milne's charming "Pooh Quartet"—the volumes of verses and tales that immortalized Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and their friends from the Hundred Acre Wood—enchantingly illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, beautifully bound in pictorial morocco-gilt by Asprey. $8500.

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BEN SHAHN’S SIGNED LIMITED FOLIO HAGGADAH, WITH ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPH ALSO SIGNED BY HIM

(HAGGADAH) SHAHN, Ben. Haggadah for Passover. Paris, 1966.

Beautiful large limited folio Passover Haggadah, number 92 of only 228 copies (out of a total edition of 292) on Arches Vergé paper, illustrated by Ben Shahn with 21 color pictorial borders and line drawings and an additional beautiful double-page color lithograph also signed by him. $8200.

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“THE FIRST AND GREATEST CLASSIC OF MODERN ECONOMIC THOUGHT”

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London, 1796. Three volumes.

Early edition of Smith's magnum opus, a fine copy in handsome contemporary tree calf gilt. $6500.

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“DON’T FORGET. PLEASE FEED THE CAT”: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, IN EXQUISITE DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED BINDING

CAPOTE, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's. New York, 1958.

First edition of the adventures of free-spirited Holly Golightly, in beautiful custom jeweled binding that includes six genuine diamonds, by the Chelsea Bindery. $6000.

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FIRST EDITION OF CARRIE, STEPHEN KING’S FIRST NOVEL, TWICE INSCRIBED BY HIM

KING, Stephen. Carrie. Garden City, 1974.

First edition of the novel that launched King’s phenomenal career, boldly inscribed by him, "For M— D— with best, Stephen King 9/24/80." $5500.

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“DESTINED TO REVOLUTIONIZE ARCHITECTURAL THOUGHT”

WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. Buildings, Plans, and Designs. New York, 1963. First edition in English of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first major publication, number 174B of 2600 copies—a grand portfolio of one hundred large folio plates of Wright’s earliest designs, including the Frederick C. Robie house (1909), “the finest of the Prairie houses.” $4500.

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“MAN IS NOT MADE FOR DEFEAT”

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. New York, 1952.

First edition of Hemingway's classic story of Santiago and his epic battle with the marlin and the sharks, winning him the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and contributing to his award of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. $4500.

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“ONE OF THE BEST-KNOWN WRITERS ON THE STOCK MARKET”

WYCKOFF, Richard D. Wall Street Ventures and Adventures. New York and London, 1930.

First edition of this fascinating insider’s view of Wall Street by Richard Wyckoff, founder of The Magazine of Wall Street, with 35 photogravures and a folding facsimile, in scarce pictorial dust jacket. $4200.

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“I DREW THESE TIDES OF MEN INTO MY HANDS AND WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS”

LAWRENCE, T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Garden City, 1935.

Limited first American edition, number 178 of 750 copies, of Lawrence’s famous account of his legendary part in the Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire during World War I, richly illustrated. In scarce publisher’s dust jacket and slipcase. $3600.

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NICOLAY AND HAY’S MONUMENTAL ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY OF LINCOLN

NICOLAY, John G. and HAY, John. Abraham Lincoln: A History. New York, 1914. Ten volumes.

“Sponsor’s” edition of this magisterial biography, number 58 of an unknown limitation, with ten frontispiece portraits of Lincoln, numerous maps and diagrams and over 300 wood-engraved illustrations, mostly portraits of dignitaries—many produced from Matthew Brady photographs. $3600.

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“A CLASSIC CIVIL WAR AUTOBIOGRAPHY”

GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. New York, 1885-86. Two volumes.

First edition of “one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history,” illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps, in handsome publisher’s deluxe binding. $3000.

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“THE GRANDFATHER OF CIVIL WAR HISTORIES”

MILLER, Francis Trevelyan, editor. Photographic History of the Civil War. New York, 1911-12. Ten volumes.

Early mixed edition set of Miller’s famous and important 10-volume photographic history of the Civil War, containing “thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65, with text by many special authorities.” $3000.

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HANDSOMELY BOUND THREE-VOLUME ANGLICAN ANNOTATED FAMILY BIBLE, 1826, ILLUSTRATED WITH 55 ENGRAVED PLATES AND NINE ENGRAVED MAPS

BIBLE. The Holy Bible, According to the Authorized Version. Oxford, 1826. Three volumes. Three-volume, illustrated, 1826 Oxford Family Bible, profusely annotated by “the most eminent writers” of the Church of England, splendidly illustrated with numerous engraved plates, many after the paintings of old masters, and including several fine engraved maps, most handsomely bound. $2800.

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ONE OF ONLY 200 COPIES SIGNED BY ANDREW AND BETSY WYETH

(WYETH, Andrew) WYETH, Betsy James. Christina's World; Wyeth at Kuerners. Boston, 1976, 1982. Two volumes.

Signed limited first editions of these lavishly illustrated studies by Andrew Wyeth on two of his most famous subjects, number 65 of only 200 sets, signed by Wyeth and the author, his wife Betsy James Wyeth in each volume. $2700.

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"NO WORK CAN COMPARE TO EUCLID'S ELEMENTS IN SCIENTIFIC IMPORTANCE"

(VALERY, Paul) EUCLID. Euclid. Elements of Geometry. New York, 1944.

Limited edition of Euclid's Elements, one of only 500 copies signed by legendary designer Bruce Rogers, with an Introduction from an essay by Paul Valéry praising this timeless work as "masterpiece," featuring a title page image from a wood-cut by Gordon Craig. $2200.

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"MONUMENTAL… OUGHT TO BE IN THE HANDS OF EVERYBODY CONNECTED WITH THE BREWING INDUSTRY"

ARNOLD, John P. Origin and History of Beer and Brewing. Chicago, 1911.

First edition of Arnold's widely praised and comprehensive history of beer, spanning the prehistoric era through the late 18th century, a fine copy. $2200.

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FINE ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF SMOKY, IN SCARCE ORIGINAL GIFT BOX

JAMES, Will. Smoky. New York, 1929.

Later illustrated edition of James’ most famous book, with color illustrated title page and 14 full-page plates of horses and riders by James (six in color). Housed in original gift box. $1200.

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INSCRIBED BY TOM WOLFE

WOLFE, Tom. The Right Stuff. New York, 1979.

First edition of Wolfe’s award-winning classic about America’s early manned space program, inscribed in the year of publication with Wolfe's characteristic flourishes: "For Betty and Herb Salates, and thanks from Tom Wolfe, October 12, 1979." $950.

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INSCRIBED BY PHOTOGRAPHER HOWARD L. BINGHAM AND SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD ALI

(ALI, Muhammad) BINGHAM, Howard L. Muhammad Ali: A Thirty-Year Journey. New York, 1993.

First edition of this biography of Muhammad Ali, with numerous candid black-and-white photographs of the fighter in the ring and out, inscribed by the author and photographer on the title page: "For Steve, Best Wishes, Howard L. Bingham," and signed by Muhammad Ali. $900.

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