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Three Must-See Books at the Las Vegas Gallery this July

  • Jun 19, 2014

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The 1808 edition of Robert Blair’s The Grave—the first to be illustrated by William Blake

Less than 600 copies were printed of this work that contains 12 plates by William Blake. Although Blake was trained as an engraver, his creations for The Grave were engraved by someone else because of a dispute with the publisher. Of course, today the work is far more famous for the contributions of Blake than for the work of engraver—and even of the author.

 

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The first authorized edition of the full score of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, Eroica (1822)

 

The Third, Beethoven’s first major departure from the Classical Tradition into a realm all his own, was first performed in 1805. While the full score was printed without permission in London in 1809, it took almost twenty years for an authorized version to appear. The work was fully engraved, and as such, it was a much more costly production than a typical printed book at the time.

 

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The first edition of The Sun Also Rises, inscribed by Hemingway’s first wife Hadley—the dedicatee of the novel (1926)

This first issue copy, owned by noted Hemingway scholar Lawrence Braer, was inscribed by Hadley “from one who saw the Sun Also Rise.” Hadley, who was married to Ernest during his formative Paris years, infamously lost a suitcase full of her husband’s manuscripts in a train station. While their marriage was falling apart and Ernest was conducting an affair, he still dedicated the book to her.

 

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Rebecca Romney

Rebecca Romney joined Bauman Rare Books in the fall of 2007 to 2016. In 2011 Rebecca began appearing on the History Channel’s hit TV show Pawn Stars as the rare books expert. She has contributed several posts to our blog.

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5 Responses to “Three Must-See Books at the Las Vegas Gallery this July”

  • Rudolf Zaras says:

    Excellent! Blake and Beethoven, two of my favorites.

  • James Benson says:

    My girlfriend will be visiting Las Vegas for work in August, and if I can find time off work myself I may just tag along, so there’s a chance I’ll be able to see this beautiful collection after all. Looking forward to it!

  • Ed Leimbacher says:

    Roll over, Bauman, and tell Ms. Romney the news…. Heming and ha-ha-ing aside, one could argue that it’s better to bend than to Blake. Willie went unlauded in his lifetime, Ludwig composed Eroically and gained a deafening silence, and Hem’s way in the end evinces the importance of being less Ernest. Must s/he really give all for one’s art to achieve the posthumous life of the collected?

  • William says:

    Gorgeous selection. But three isn’t enough. More, please!

    • Rebecca Romney

      Rebecca Romney says:

      I suppose we’ll have to make this post a series?

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