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“BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT AMERICA, AND THE MOST PENETRATING BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT DEMOCRACY”

TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. Democratie en Amerique. Paris, 1835. Two volumes.

First edition presentation copy in the original French of the first two volumes of Tocqueville's classic work, one of no more than 500 copies published, inscribed by Tocqueville in Volume I "Donne par l'Auteur, 1836." "One of the most important texts in political literature" (PMM 358). Accompanied by the two volumes of the second edition of Part II in a contemporary binding. $62,000.

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SIGNED BY ALBERT EINSTEIN

(EINSTEIN, Albert). Annalen der Physik. Leipzig, 1906.

First printing of two early and important Einstein papers: a revised edition of his doctoral dissertation, and his paper on Brownian motion, signed by Einstein in 1950 ("A. Einstein (50)") on page 289, the first page of his dissertation. $52,000.

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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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"FROM HIS AFFECTIONATE FATHER"

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Addresses of the President of the United States. Washington, 1937.

Rare limited first edition, presentation copy, of Roosevelt's speeches at the Inter-American Peace Conference in 1936, one of only seven known copies produced in full pigskin (from a total edition of approximately 27 copies), with a special bound-in presentation leaf printed: "To Lieutenant Colonel James Roosevelt United States Marine Corps Reserve," additionally inscribed on that page: "from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt." Text in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. $32,000.

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“WISHING YOU GOOD READING AND LOVE AND JOY ALWAYS!”

FARLEY, Walter. The Black Stallion. New York, 1941. Extremely rare first edition of the first novel in Farley’s beloved “Black Stallion” series, accompanied by an autograph presentation letter on Black Stallion stationery signed by the author: “For all our good friends attending the Special Education School in [Corpus] Christi [?], Texas—wishing you good reading and love and joy always! Walter Farley and The Black Stallion.” Exceedingly rare. $22,000.

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"A REVOLUTION WHICH HAS NO PARALLEL IN THE ANNALS OF HUMAN SOCIETY" (MADISON)

(CONSTITUTION) (MADISON, James; WASHINGTON, George; HOPKINSON, Francis, et al.). Pennsylvania Packet. Five issues. Philadelphia, December 25, 27-29, 31, 1787. Five newspaper issues.

Five December 1787 issues of the Pennsylvania Packet (December 25 & 27-29, 31), containing a exceedingly rare chronicle of fierce debates in state conventions over ratification of the proposed federal Constitution, with the first Pennsylvania printing of the substantial and eloquent passage from Madison's Federalist Essay No. 14, together with key speeches by pro- and anti-ratification leaders, coverage of ratification conventions in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey—the first three states to ratify—and first publication of the pro-ratification allegory, "The New Roof," by Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration, and much more. An important collection of Americana, together housed in a custom portfolio. $18,500.

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“NO OTHER AMERICAN PUBLIC MAN LEFT SO ENDURING A MARK ON LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE”

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Washington City, 1801.

Influential 1801 edition of Jefferson's Parliamentary Manual, containing "the foundations of some of the most important parts of the House's practice" (Malone, 456). the earliest extant edition, this is arguably the first edition, since the earlier listed by Sabin apparently never existed. This especially distinctive association copy with a presentation inscription by Alexander J. Dallas, President Madison's Secretary of the Treasury and Acting Secretary of War, inscribed entirely in Dallas' hand and signed by him, "Presented by A. J. Dallas to [unclear] Levy in 1815." $18,000.

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"HERE IS THIS ROTTEN LITTLE BOOK"

LAWRENCE, T.E. Revolt in the Desert. WITH: Autograph letter signed. London, 1927.

First trade edition, very rare presentation copy, of this popular abridgement of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, illustrated with 16 portraits and a large folding map, with signed autograph presentation letter from Lawrence to a Mrs. J. Donnat—part of a social group including Lawrence's mother, Charlotte Payne-Townshend (the wife of Bernard Shaw), and Lady Astor—affixed to the front pastedown explaining the financially driven circumstances of publication, insulting the book's quality, and explaining his intentions not to sign any copies of the title. $17,500.

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INSCRIBED BY EMERSON TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND AND LONGTIME ADVISER

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Essays: Second Series. Boston, 1844.

First edition, presentation copy, of the second series of Emerson's essays including such important works as "Experience," "The Poet," and "Nature," usual mixed first and second printing but composed almost entirely of first printing sheets, inscribed in the year of publication to his close friend and trusted adviser: "Abel Adams from his friend, R.W.E. 15 October, 1844." $17,500.

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SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. Washington, March 10, 1863.

Splendid Lincoln Civil War document appointing Lovell Harrison Rousseau—a future congressman from Kentucky—as "Major General of Volunteers," countersigned by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, with fragile paper seal present, beautifully matted and framed with explanatory text and a portrait of Lincoln. $16,500.

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“HAD MORE TO DO WITH PREPARING THE MINDS OF AMERICAN COLONISTS FOR THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION THAN… COKE, SIDNEY AND LOCKE”

(CARE, Henry). English Liberties. London, 1682.

Rare first edition, containing printings of the Magna Charta and other seminal documents on the separation of church and state, the right to religious liberty, trial by jury and other founding principles. It was designed to "slip into one's pocket… [and] had more to do with preparing the minds of American colonists for the American Revolution than the larger but less accessible works of Coke, Sidney and Locke" (Hudson, 580-85). Care's influence is clear "in the writings of the founding fathers of the United States—Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Dickinson and Alexander Hamilton… Jefferson added two copies of English Liberties to his library and arranged that it be included in the library of the University of Virginia" (Schwoerer, 231-5). A handsome copy in contemporary sheep. $16,000.

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“ONE OF THE FIRST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL OF ENGLISH NOVELS”

FIELDING, Henry. The History of Tom Jones. London, 1749. Six volumes.

First edition, first issue of Fielding's mock-heroic "milestone in the development of the English novel" (An English Library, 21), one of a first printing of only 2000 copies, a lovely and desirable copy in contemporary calf-gilt. $15,000.

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“’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS…”: PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY CLEMENT MOORE, OF THE RARE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF HIS POEMS, FEATURING THE FIRST APPEARANCE IN A BOOK BY HIM OF “A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS”

MOORE, Clement C. Poems. New York, 1844.

Rare first edition, presentation copy, of the volume containing the first appearance in a book by Moore of his immortal poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas(pages 124-27), inscribed by Moore on the half title, “Mr. Miller, from the author. Dec. 1849. $15,000.

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“FOR 160 DAYS WE MARCHED THROUGH THE FOREST, BUSH AND JUNGLE”

STANLEY, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. New York, 1890. Two volumes.

Deluxe signed limited first edition, American issue, number 39 of only 250 copies signed by Stanley, of the classic 19th-century account of African exploration. Profusely illustrated with engraved frontispieces, 38 mounted plates on India paper, six additional full-page etchings (each signed by the artist), three color folding maps (two backed in cloth), a folding table of comparative vocabularies, and numerous mounted, in-text India-prints. $15,000.

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PHILIP PULLMAN’S HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY, FIRST EDITIONS SIGNED BY HIM IN ALL THREE VOLUMES

PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials Trilogy. London, 1995, 1997, 2000. Together three volumes.

First editions of Pullman’s celebrated trilogy—including the very scarce first volume, Northern Lights—each volume signed by Pullman on the title page. $13,000.

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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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"PLEASE LOOK AFTER MY DEAREST LITTLE FRIEND JOANNE FOR ME"

CAPOTE, Truman. One Christmas. New York, 1983.

First trade edition of Capote's heartwarming childhood recollection, inscribed by him to a television director and mentioning his close friend Joanne Carson, "For John and Joy, two very special people. please look after my dearest little friend Joanne for me. love, Truman." $12,000.

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INSCRIBED BY SYLVIA BEACH

BEACH, Sylvia. Shakespeare and Company. New York, 1959.

First edition of Sylvia Beach's memoir, "particularly valuable for the many insights into Joyce's work and the authentic personal views it provides of the man himself" (New York Times), a scarce presentation copy inscribed by Beach above and below the half title, "For Julian, with Sylvia's very affectionate [Shakespeare and Company] regards," in original dust jacket. $12,000.

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"IF YOU EVER BECOME DISSATISFIED WITH YOUR LIFE WITH BENCHLEY AND THAT WHOLE GIN CRAZED SATURNALIA AND WANT TO LEAD A CLEANER LIFE BRING YOUR SHORTWAVE SET DOWN TO KEY WEST AND WE COULD TRY TO TURN AN HONEST PENNY"

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Autograph letter signed. St. Louis, circa October 1931.

Fine autograph letter signed from Hemingway to Charles MacGregor, secretary to Robert Benchley, one of the members of the famed Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s. $9500.

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COMPLETE 12-VOLUME COLLECTION OF FIRST EDITIONS OF CHURCHILL'S WWII AND POST-WAR SPEECHES, 1941-61, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS AND MATCHING CLAMSHELL BOXES

CHURCHILL, Winston S. War Speeches and Post-War Speeches. London, 1941-61. Together, 12 volumes.

First editions of Churchill's separately published World War II and post-war speeches, including his rare last book, in original dust jackets. Each volume housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $9500.

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INSCRIBED BY JFK

KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York, 1956.

Later printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer-winning examination of “that most admirable of human virtues,” inscribed by him, "To Florence Zaks, Best regards, John Kennedy." Recipient Zaks worked on Kennedy's presidential campaign in Maryland. $9000.

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LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’S REVOLT IN THE DESERT

LAWRENCE, T.E. Revolt in the Desert. London, 1927.

Limited first edition, number 59 of only 315 large-paper copies, illustrated with 19 plates (11 in color) and a folding map. An excellent, largely unopened copy in the original dust jacket and the very scarce original shipping carton. $8800.

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JERUSALEM WINDOWS, BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY CHAGALL, WITH TWO ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPHS

CHAGALL, Marc. Vitraux pour Jerusalem. Monte Carlo, 1962.

First French edition of Chagall's Jerusalem Windows, boldly inscribed by Chagall and dated "1965, Vence" on the photographic front flyleaf, with two original full-color lithographs specially prepared by Chagall for this edition and with numerous beautiful color lithographic reproductions of the artist's work. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and friend of Chagall. $7500.

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INSCRIBED BY CLARENCE DARROW

DARROW, Clarence. Plea of Clarence Darrow In Defense of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold. Chicago, 1924.

First edition, “authorized and revised” by Darrow from the trial speech, of his passionate defense of teenage murderers Leopold and Loeb, a presentation copy inscribed in the year of publication by him to the widow of his friend and legal colleague famed for a plan on permanent government ownership of the rails, "To Marie Plumb from a long time friend and admirer of her and her husband Glenn Plumb with the best wishes of Clarence Darrow Oct 9, 1924," in fragile wrappers. $6500.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK OF AMERICAN NEGRO SPIRITUALS, INSCRIBED BY JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

JOHNSON, James Weldon. The Book of American Negro Spirituals. New York, 1925.

First edition, presentation copy, of the Harlem Renaissance classic, inscribed to a famous sports columnist and short story writer: "For Ring W. Lardner with sincere regards—James Weldon Johnson." $6500.

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FIRST EDITIONS OF STEPHEN KING’S FIRST FOUR DARK TOWER BOOKS

KING, Stephen. Dark Tower, Books I, II, III, IV. West Kingston, Rhode Island and Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, 1982-97. Four Volumes. First trade editions of the first four books in Stephen King’s continuing Dark Tower series, including the rare first book, issued by small press publisher Donald M. Grant in a first printing of only 10,000 copies. $6000.

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“HIS BODY WAS BEAUTIFUL, AND WELL PROPORTION’D;HIS MIND BRISK AND ACTIVE; HIS COURAGE WONDERFUL…”:BUDGE’S LIFE AND EXPLOITS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT,ONE OF ONLY 250 LARGE-PAPER COPIES

(ALEXANDER THE GREAT) BUDGE, E.A. Wallis. Life and Exploits of Alexander the Great. London, 1896. Two volumes.

First edition, number 47 of only 250 large-paper copies, of Budge's translations of several key Christian Ethiopian accounts of Alexander the Great, with frontispiece portrait in Volume II, in publisher's morocco. $5500.

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FATHER OF THE BLUES, INSCRIBED BY W.C. HANDY

HANDY, W.C. Father of the Blues. New York, 1941.

First edition of the legendary musician's autobiography, inscribed by Handy in the year of publication to a prominent music scholar, "To Ted Livingston, with pleasure I add my signature after a most delightful chat. W.C. Handy 7-8-1941," this copy containing a laid-in typed leaf, stated "Second Draft," of Livingston's work on Handy's classic song, "St. Louis Blues." $5200.

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“PUTTING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN GOLF”

PARK, William, Jr. Art of Putting. Edinburgh, 1920.

First edition of this early instructional manual by a man who has "devoted more time to the study and practice of putting than any other golfer, amateur or professional," with 12 photographic plates of set-ups for long and short putts, signed on the title page by Willie Park. $5200.

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SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF RACKHAM’S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

MOORE, Clement C. Night Before Christmas. London, 1931.

Signed limited first edition, number 31 of only 275 copies printed for England (out of a total edition of 550 copies), with four color plates and 17 in-text line cuts, signed by Arthur Rackham, in publisher's vellum. $4600.

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INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR JAMES PURDY TO FEMINIST ICON SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

PURDY, James. Color of Darkness. New York, 1957.

First edition, first printing, presentation copy, of the first complete published work of James Purdy—acclaimed for "dialogue reminiscent of Hemingway… he can do more with a whisper than most fiction writers do with a shout"—inscribed to French feminist and intellectual Simone de Beauvoir: "For Simone de Beauvoir with great admiration and sincere good wishes from James Purdy. August 6, 1958." $4200.

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HUMAN ACTION, INSCRIBED BY LUDWIG VON MISES

MISES, Ludwig von. Human Action. A Treatise on Economics. Chicago, 1966.

Third revised edition in English of the landmark work by the head of the “Austrian school” of economics, inscribed, "To Mr. Isidor Hodes. New York , January 12, 1967. Ludwig Mises." $3800.

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INSCRIBED BY KURT VONNEGUT

VONNEGUT, Kurt. Between Time and Timbuktu. New York, 1972.

First edition of this “experimental television script composed mainly of bits and pieces of stories written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., over… 20 years,” illustrated throughout with photographs by Jill Krementz, as well as stills from the original March 13th, 1972 television broadcast, boldly inscribed by him on the half title: "For R— Kurt Vonnegut." $3600.

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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Tambourines to Glory. New York, 1958.

First edition of Hughes' landmark novel, conceived as a play and ultimately produced on Broadway, a memorable presentation copy warmly inscribed at length by him in the year of publication with special mention of his gospel songs: "Inscribed especially for Charles Doyle, with a hearty welcome to our U.S.A.—Sincerely, Langston Hughes San Francisco, December 5, 1958, Note: My gospel songs from this book are recorded under same title, Folkways Record LP-FG-3538." $3200.

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“HONEY, NEVER YOU MIND…”

MCMURTRY, Larry. The Last Picture Show. New York, 1966.

First edition of McMurtry's popular third novel, warmly inscribed: "For Brian Curtiss—whose delicacy in regard to the feelings of harassed —— novelists is both admirable and rare—with my Best Wishes—Larry McMurtry. 1-8-72." $3000.

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SIGNED BY ERNIE PYLE

PYLE, Ernie. Here Is Your War. New York, 1943.

First edition of this collection of writings by America's most beloved war correspondent about the plight of American G.I.s fighting Germans in North Africa during World War II, signed by Ernie Pyle, who was killed in the war in early 1945. $1500.

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"WITH ALL GOOD WISHES"

KING, Coretta Scott. My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. New York, 1969.

First edition of these memoirs about the private and public lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family, warmly inscribed by the author: "With all good wishes Coretta Scott King," and with an owner gift inscription to the Slifkins, who were active in the civil rights protests in Chapel Hill in the 1960s. $1250.

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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, INSCRIBED BY NELSON ALGREN

ALGREN, Nelson. Walk on the Wild Side. New York, 1956.

First edition of Nelson Algren's "most critically acclaimed and best-known novel," boldly inscribed by him opposite the title page, "Best wishes to R— & T— R— from Nelson Algren March 27 198[?]" $1250.

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INSCRIBED BY JULIA CHILD

CHILD, Julia. Cooking with Master Chefs. New York, 1993.

First edition of Julia Child’s lively presentation of signature recipes from 16 famous contemporary chefs (a companion volume to her PBS series of the same name), inscribed on the half title by her, "For N— Julia Child." $1200.

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"VISUALLY ARRESTING… ILLUSTRATED IN RINGGOLD'S DISTINCTIVE STYLE": O HOLY NIGHT, INSCRIBED BY FAITH RINGGOLD

RINGGOLD, Faith. O Holy Night. New York, 2004.

First edition of this "beautifully designed volume" of Christmas carols wonderfully illustrated by Ringgold, inscribed in the year of publication by her on the title page, "Faith Ringgold 11/27/04," accompanying CD with Christmas carols performed by the Boys Choir of Harlem, featuring 20 full- and double-page color illustrations (including endpapers and dust jacket), a fine copy. $850.

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"A JOYOUS REMEMBRANCE"

PORTER, Katherine Anne. Christmas Story. New York, 1958.

First separate edition, warmly inscribed on the title page to her old friend and publisher from the thirties, the co-founder of Harrison of Paris, Barbara [Harrison] Wescott: “For Barbara this belated New Year Greeting. With love, Katherine Anne. 12 January 1962. Her personal 12th or 3 King’s Night!”. $750.

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INSCRIBED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN

BOURDAIN, Anthony. Bobby Gold Stories. New York, 2003.

First American edition, issued soon after the first English edition, of Bourdain's critically-praised novel about a lovable gangster—"a Manhattan tale with Elmore Leonard flavor"—inscribed on the title page by him, "To A— Anthony Bourdain." $750.

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"A IS FOR ALPHABET, MERRY AND GAY, WHICH SPELLS THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS DAY"

(SAALFIELD'S MUSLIN BOOKS). Christmas ABC. New York; Akron, Ohio; Chicago, 1910.

Original classic 1910 Saalfield Muslin Book with pages of rhymes and illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, and a beaming Santa Claus on the bright linen cover—because "X is for Christmas. All children say of the whole round year, it's the happiest day." $500.

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BRITISH EDITION OF HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS, FEATURING FOUR BEAUTIFUL TABLE-TOP POP-UPS IDEAL FOR CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

(CHRISTMAS). Here Comes Santa Claus. London, circa 1950.

Mid 20th-century edition of this charming British pop-up Christmas book, with four unusual table-top pop-ups, in house-shaped die-cut boards depicting a jolly Santa Claus and his reindeer. $450.

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"OUR HEARTIEST WISH FOR EVERY BOY AND GIRL—'A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS'"

(CHRISTMAS). Frank and Seder's Toyland activity book. New York, 1939.

First edition of this advertising booklet intended as a giveaway to children visiting Santa at the Toyland at Frank & Seder's Department Store, with six pages in color, in original pictorial wrappers. $225.

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