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“TO UNDERSTAND AMERICA, READ MARK TWAIN”

TWAIN, Mark. Writings of Mark Twain. London, 1899-1907. Twenty-five volumes.

First English issue of the “Author’s Édition de Luxe” of Twain’s works, number 184 of 620 copies signed by him as “SL Clemens (Mark Twain)” on the limitation page. With two autograph leaves—the first in Twain’s hand, the second in the hand of Charles Dudley Warner, with whom Twain co-authored the book—in The Gilded Age (Volume 10). $21,000.

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“THE MOST NATURALISTIC DEPICTION OF AMERICAN MAMMALS EVER DONE”

AUDUBON, John James and BACHMAN, John. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1849, 1851, 1854. Three volumes.

Rare first octavo edition of Audubon’s Quadrupeds, illustrated with 155 magnificent hand-colored lithographic plates, in handsome publisher's morocco. $20,500.

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WE “HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL”

(ISRAEL) [BEN-GURION, David]. The Declaration of Israel's Independence. Tel Aviv, 5 Iyar 5708 [May 14, 1948].

First printing of Israel's Declaration of Independence, the first issue of Iton Rishmi, dated May 14, 1948—"It is rare to register with such precision the moment when historical change is inaugurated." $16,500.

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"MY MOUTH SHALL DECLARE THY PRAISE"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Southern Netherlands, late 15th-century.

Beautiful illuminated leaf from a Dutch Book of Hours, featuring four splendid miniatures depicting the Annunciation, as well as rare subjects including the Tree of Jesse (the lineage of Christ), Mary at the Loom, and the Marriage of the Virgin and Joseph, attractively framed. $15,500.

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"A FEW DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH… HE GAVE ORDERS TO DESTROY ALL HIS MANUSCRIPTS, EXCEPTING SOME DETACHED ESSAYS, WHICH HE ENTRUSTED TO THE CARE OF HIS EXECUTORS"

SMITH, Adam. Essays on Philosophical Subjects. London, 1795.

First edition of this core volume of Smith's essays, issued posthumously, featuring the important first publication of History of Astronomy that seeks "to explain what drives 'philosophers' to ask the questions they do," an impressive wide-margined volume handsomely bound. $13,800.

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LIBER SCRIPTORUM, SIGNED BY MARK TWAIN, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, ANDREW CARNEGIE AND NUMEROUS OTHER AUTHORS

(TWAIN, Mark, ROOSEVELT, Theodore, et al.). Liber Scriptorum. New York, 1893.

First edition, number 32 of only 251 numbered copies signed by each of the 109 contributors, the most prominent being Mark Twain ("The Californian's Tale," page 161—the first appearance of this story), Theodore Roosevelt ("A Shot at a Bull Elk," page 487) and Andrew Carnegie ("Genius Illustrated from Burns," page 99). An altogether impressive collection of the works and signatures of leading late-19th century literary figures, a beautiful copy in original publisher's morocco-gilt binding. $13,500.

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FROM RICHARD FEYNMAN'S LIBRARY

(FEYNMAN, Richard P.) WENTZEL, Gregor. Einfuhrung in die Quantentheorie der Wellenfelder. Wien, Austria, 1943.

First edition of the first book ever published on quantum theory. The copy of Richard Feynman, with his owner signature and pencil annotation. Text in German. $13,500.

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THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ECONOMIC TREATISE OF THE 20TH CENTURY

KEYNES, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936.

First edition of Keynes' last major work, considered the most influential economic treatise of the 20th century, rarely found in the original dust jacket. With Keynes clipped signature laid in. $13,000.

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“ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF MODERN ECONOMICS”

MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. Essay on the Principle of Population. London, 1803.

Second and greatly expanded edition, the first to carry Malthus’ name, of one of the landmark works in economics— four times larger than the first edition and extremely important, embodying “Malthus’ mature views of his subject,” handsomely bound. $12,800.

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“THE MOST VALUABLE OF ALL THE CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTS”

CLARENDON, Earl of [HYDE, Edward]. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England. Oxford, 1702. Three volumes.

First edition of this "broad and lucid" history of the "Puritan Revolution," the struggle between a king who claimed to rule by divine right and a Parliament that professed to have rights independent of the crown. With half title, engraved frontispiece portrait and vignette title page in each volume. A scarce large-paper copy, three impressive large folio volumes in handsome contemporary mottled calf. $9500.

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PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY VIRGINIA WOOLF TO HENRY JAMES' SECRETARY

WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room. London, 1929.

"Uniform edition" of the first full-length novel published by the Hogarth Press, and an important success for Woolf, presentation copy inscribed by her on the front free endpaper: "Theodora Bosanquet, from Virginia Woolf, 1935." $8800.

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RARE PENNSYLVANIA LAND PURCHASE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY WILLIAM PENN, 1700

PENN, William. Document signed. No place, 1700.

Pennsylvania land purchase document granting to John Kirton 500 acres in "… situated and being in the said Province of Pennsylvania … " in receipt of four pounds, boldly signed by Penn on the lower fold-up and bearing his armorial seal in red wax on the attached tab. $7500.

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SIGNED BY NOBEL LAUREATE FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis. Packing of Alpha-Helices: Simple Coiled-Coils. Copenhagen, 1953.

Scarce 1953 offprint of Nobel laureate Crick’s seminal paper on the packing of alpha-helices into coiled-coil structures, issued the same year as its appearance in the journal Acta Crystallographica, signed above the title on the first page by Crick, handsomely housed in a custom clamshell box. $7500.

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"BOVARY C’EST MOI"

FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary. Paris, 1857. Two volumes.

Rare first edition, first issue in book form, of Flaubert’s literary masterpiece, "the definitive model of the novel" (Émile Zola) and the work that "ushered the age of realism into modern European literature," finely bound in morocco-gilt by Creuzevault with the exceptionally rare original wrappers bound in. $7500.

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"SHAKESPEARE IS THE CANON. HE SETS THE STANDARD AND THE LIMITS OF LITERATURE"

SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Shakespeare. London, 1899. Twelve volumes.

Fine set of the "Larger Temple Shakespeare," number 5 of only 175 sets printed on handmade paper, beautifully illustrated with 40 full-page plates (30 hand-tinted), and copious in-text line cuts. $7500.

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“A VALUABLE AND MUCH ESTEEMED WORK”

MORYSON, Fynes. An Itinerary. London, 1617.

First edition of Moryson’s fascinating account of travel through late 16th-century Europe, including Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey, France, and the British Isles, with eight half-page woodcut plans of Venice, Naples, Rome, Genoa, Paris, Constantinople, Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. $7500.

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“BUT THE OLD MAN WOULD NOT SO, BUT SLEW HIS SON, AND HALF THE SEED OF EUROPE, ONE BY ONE”

OWEN, Wilfred. Poems. London, 1931. First Blunden edition of Wilfred Owen's first book of war poems, expanded by fellow war-poet Edmund Blunden from the 1920 first edition which had been edited by Siegfried Sassoon, presentation/association copy inscribed on the half title by Sassoon to novelist and friend Edith Olivier, "Edith Olivier, from S.S. 21.3.31." $7200.

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“ARGUABLY THE NATION’S LEADING COSMOPOLITAN AVENUE”

SEBRON, Hippolyte Victor Valentin, painter. GIRARDET, Paul, engraver. Winter Scene in Broadway / Scène d'Hiver dans Broadway. New York, Berlin, Paris and London, October 1, 1857.

Beautiful, large 1857 aquatint (engraved by Girardet after a painting by Sebron) depicting lower Broadway in winter, replete with such details as horse-drawn sleigh and streetcar; firemen, soldiers and pedestrians; and impressive edifices boasting American flags. $7200.

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STRIKING ILLUMINATED LEAF FROM A NORTHERN ITALIAN CHOIR BOOK, CIRCA 1475-1500, FEATURING A VERY LARGE AND BEAUTIFUL FILIGREE INITIAL

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Initial V from a Choir Book. Northern Italy, likely Ferrara, circa 1475-1500.

Superb illuminated leaf, featuring a beautifully illuminated initial ‘V’ decorated with plump acanthus and a palette of blue, mauve, red and green, as well as music notation and Latin script in black and red. $7000.

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INSCRIBED BY BERENICE ABBOTT, VERY SCARCE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF CHANGING NEW YORK

ABBOTT, Berenice. Changing New York. New York, 1939.

First edition of Abbott’s groundbreaking photo-essay on New York City, a memorable presentation/association copy inscribed by Abbott on the title page to Howard Daitz, long associated with New York's famed Witkin Gallery, "For Howard Daitz, Berenice Abbott," with laid-in printed April 16, 1976 invitation to the Witkin Gallery, along with an April 3, 1976 invitation to a reception honoring Abbott at Washington D.C.'s Lunn Gallery. Featuring 97 brilliant halftone plates that display “the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression” (Parr & Badger), in very scarce dust jacket. $7000.

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“ONE OF THE CLASSICS OF ANTARCTIC LITERATURE”

CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. The Worst Journey in the World. London, (1922). Two volumes.

First edition, rare first issue, of Cherry-Garrard's firsthand account of the most famous of Antarctic expeditions, richly illustrated with reproductions of sketches and photographs made by members of the crew (a number printed in color), five maps and ten folding panoramas. $6800.

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FONDLY INSCRIBED BY GEORGE GERSHWIN TO RENOWNED FOX PRODUCER WINFIELD "WINNIE" SHEEHAN, "WHO MADE MY FIRST VENTURE INTO MUSICAL TALKIES A GREAT PLEASURE"

(GERSHWIN, George) GOLDBERG, Isaac. George Gershwin: A Study in American Music. New York, 1931.

First edition of this early biography of George Gershwin, inscribed by the composer on the verso of the frontispiece portrait in blue ink to an important Fox Film Corporation producer who helped persuade Gershwin to write scores for movies: "For Winnie Sheehan, who made my first venture into musical talkies a great pleasure. George Gershwin, Sept. 24, 1931." $6800.

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“IF EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR LANGUAGE SHOULD PERISH,

IT WOULD ALONE SUFFICE…”: EARLY FOLIO KING JAMES BIBLE, 1639, WITH THREE FULL-PAGE WOOD ENGRAVINGS, IN HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY CALF

BIBLE. The Holy Bible. London, 1639.

1639 edition of the venerable King James Bible—“the most celebrated book in the English-speaking world” (Campbell, 1)— with three intricate full-page engraved leaves (general and New Testament title pages and illustration of the Garden of Eden), handsome in contemporary calf boards. $6500.

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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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“…I HAVE MORE AFFECTION FOR THE GRIMM DRAWINGS THAN FOR OTHER SETS”

(RACKHAM, Arthur). The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. London, 1909.

Deluxe signed limited edition, number 385 of 750 copies signed by Rackham, of one of his most famous works, with 40 mounted color plates and numerous black-and-white drawings by him. $6500.

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“INCOMPARABLY THE BEST TRANSLATION OF MARCO POLO’S TRAVELS

(POLO, Marco) MARSDEN, William. The Travels of Marco Polo. London, 1818.

First edition of "incomparably the best translation of the celebrated travels of Marco Polo" (Allibone), with large engraved folding map by Walker & Sons under the direction of Rennell. $6500.

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VERY SCARCE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF MOMENTS PRESERVED, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY IRVING PENN TO NOTED SWEDISH ART CRITIC, ULF HARD AF SEGERSTAD, WITH LAID-IN AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY PENN OFFERING THANKS FOR HIS REVIEW OF THIS LANDMARK PHOTOBOOK—"THE ONLY REVIEW WRITTEN ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC WHICH UNDERSTOOD MY AIM"

PENN, Irving. Moments Preserved. New York, 1960.

First edition of Penn’s first book, an especially scarce presentation/association copy warmly inscribed by him to the noted Swedish art critic and author who would become a longtime correspondent, "For Ulf Hard af Segerstad, With all good wishes, Irving Penn, New York 1962." Accompanying the book is Penn's autograph note, penned and signed by him on a card printed with his New York address: "Oct. 1, 1962. Dr. Mr. Ulf Hard af Segerstad, I have just recently been looking at clippings of various reviews of my late book Moments Preserved [underlining in original]. My wife, who is Swedish, translated your review for me with great care. I don't wish to embarrass you, but I would like you to know that it was the only review written on either side of the Atlantic which understood my aim, and was generous enough to say that it had been in some measure achieved. With many thanks and good wishes, Sincerely yours, Irving Penn." $6200.

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NEAL’S 1720 HISTORY OF NEW-ENGLAND, FIRST EDITION, WITH FOLDING MAP

(NEW ENGLAND) NEAL, Daniel. The History of New-England. London, 1720. Two volumes.

First edition of Neal's History of New-England, an account of the sufferings of the Puritans in England and their establishment of American settlements. With a splendid engraved folding map of the region. $6200.

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SPLENDIDLY BOUND OXFORD KING JAMES BIBLE, 1740,WITH CONTEMPORARY PRAYER BOOK, ILLUSTRATED WITH OVER 200 FINE ENGRAVINGS AFTER JOHN STURT

BIBLE. Holy Bible; Book of Common Prayer. London, 1740, 1744, 1739. Early 18th-century edition of the King James Bible, copiously illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait of George II, 200 delicate copper-plates (four each on 50 interleaved sheets) re-engraved by John Cole after images created by master engraver John Sturt, and six folding maps, beautifully bound in contemporary full red morocco gilt. $6000.

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SCARCE PORTFOLIO EDITION OF DULAC’S CHILDREN’S ALPHABET BOOK

DULAC, Edmund. Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z. London, 1908.

Preferred portfolio edition of this witty children’s alphabet book, with title page and 26 large mounted color illustrations by Edmund Dulac (including mounted end papers from the book-form edition). $5800.

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"A COMPREHENSIVE AND WIDE-RANGING VIEW INTO AMERICAN BREWING IN 1901"

WAHL, Robert; HENIUS, Max. American Handy-Book of the Brewing, Malting and Auxiliary Trades. Chicago, 1901.

First edition of this scarce guide to brewing by the founders of the Wahl-Henius Institute of Fermentology in Chicago. Considered one of the two most important pre-prohibition texts on beer and brewing from that time due to its encyclopedic scope and numerous detailed wood-engraved illustrations. A desirable copy in nicely restored original wallet-flap morocco binding. $5800.

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“IT IS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID BEING THE HERO OF MY OWN STORY”

HANWAY, Jonas. Historical Account of the British Trade over the Caspian Sea. London, 1754. Four volumes.

First edition of Hanway's engaging narrative of his "perilous adventures" in the Caspian mercantile trade through Europe, Russia and Persia, illustrated with engraved frontispieces in each volume, nine folding maps, 15 full-page engravings of views, persons and architecture, and numerous historiated headpieces. $5800.

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“A MASTERPIECE… AN EPIC POEM IN PROSE ABOUT GOD, HUMANITY AND HUGO”

HUGO, Victor. Les Miserables. Bruxelles [Brussels], 1862. Ten volumes bound as five.

Early Brussels edition, issued the same year as the first, of Hugo’s greatest work “and one of the most influential novels ever written.” $5500.

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“HOW GENUINELY AND PROPERLY THEY COMPLY WITH THE TRUTH OF OUR CHRONOLOGIE”

(HEYWOOD, Thomas). The Life of Merlin. London, 1641.

First edition of Heywood's compilation of political prophecies and predictions attributed to King Arthur's celebrated seer, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Merlin, in contemporary calf boards. $5500.

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"MONDAY OR TUESDAY MARKS THE REAL TURNING POINT IN WOOLF'S CAREER"

WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday. Richmond (England), 1921.

First edition of Virginia Woolf's fifth book, bringing together in one volume for the first time eight early stories, five appearing in print for the first time, one of only 1000 copies printed, with cover design and four full-page woodcuts by Vanessa Bell, published by the Woolf's Hogarth Press. $5500.

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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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SIGNED BY SEVEN PIONEERS OF MANNED FLIGHT

MILLER, Francis Trevelyan. World in the Air. New York and London, 1930. Two volumes.

Autograph limited first edition, number 107 of only 500 copies, signed by Miller and seven pioneers of aviation from France, the United States, Great Britain and Germany—Farman, Bleriot, Curtiss, Brown, Scott, Eckener and Dornier—illustrated with over 1200 photogravures of historic images selected by Francis Trevelyan Miller. $5200.

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"PHOTOGRAPHY’S CAPACITY TO 'TAKE THEM THERE'" (PARR & BADGER)

(CONSTANTINOPLE) (ISTANBUL) FETTEL, Constantine J. Panorama de Constantinople. Constantinople, 1882.

Rare exceptionally large photographic panorama of Constantinople from 1882, by Constantine J. Fettel, with ten mounted vintage albumen prints linked together to offer a wonderful accordion-fold panoramic image of the city spanning nearly nine feet in length—an exceptional view of majestic mosques, churches and palaces—in original gilt-stamped cloth binding. $5200.

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INSCRIBED BY BILL WILSON

(ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS) [WILSON, Bill]. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age. New York, 1957.

First edition of Bill Wilson’s early history of Alcoholics Anonymous, warmly inscribed by him: “Dear Harry: With all my gratitude for your example of all that’s AA! Ever Yours, Bill. NY Dec 31/63.” $5000.

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DOYLE'S CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND, WITH 81 VIVID COLOR WOOD-ENGRAVINGS AFTER HIS DRAWINGS—THIS COPY LAVISHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH OVER 450 ENGRAVINGS

DOYLE, James E. (EVANS, Edmund, engraver). A Chronicle of England. London, 1864. One volume expanded to two.

First edition of Doyle's popular history, with 81 intricate in-text color wood-engravings by Edmund Evans, "the greatest wood-engraver of the Victorian era," after Doyle's original drawings. This copy expanded to two volumes by the inclusion of more than 450 engravings, many also colored, depicting dramatic historical scenes, royal portraits, and costume of the times. Handsomely bound by Smith. $4800.

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HANDSOME LARGE CALLIGRAPHIC PORTRAIT LITHOGRAPH OF WASHINGTON CREATED FROM THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

WASHINGTON, George. Declaration of Independence. Iowa, circa 1865.

Original large calligraphic portrait lithograph of George Washington created from the text of the Declaration of Independence, with portions of the text highlighted to create a portrait of Washington clearly visible within the text, surrounded by the Great Seals of the 36 post-Civil War states, designed by W.H. Pratt. $4800.

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THE COSTUME OF TURKEY, 1804, WITH 60 HAND-COLORED FOLIO PLATES

(TURKEY) (DALVIMART, Octavien). The Costume of Turkey. London, 1804.

Second edition, later issue, of this "delineation with fidelity of the various modes of dress and peculiarity of customs" of Turkey, with 60 vividly hand-colored full-page plates after drawings by Octavien Dalvimart. Attractively bound in contemporary morocco. $4700.

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"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN AMERICAN OF THE 19TH CENTURY"

DOUGLASS, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. New York and Auburn, 1855.

First edition of Douglass' second autobiography—his "'true' life story"—with three engraved plates, including the stipple-engraved frontispiece from the classic daguerreotype of Douglass, and printed extracts from his famous speeches, in original cloth. $4600.

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“MATCHLESS, A TIME BOMB THAT’S NEVER BEEN DEFUSED… RAW, KINETIC AND UTTERLY ORIGINAL”

KLEIN, William. Life Is Good and Good for You in New York. London, 1956.

First English edition of Klein’s magnum opus, one of the most celebrated photographic books of the 20th century, containing 188 striking black-and-white photogravures, with rarely found original 16-page booklet and original dust jacket. $4500.

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ONE OF ONLY 500 SETS SIGNED BY HAWTHORNE'S DAUGHTER ROSE AND NUMEROUS
ILLUSTRATORS, INCLUDING JESS WILLCOX SMITH AND HOWARD PYLE

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. The Writings. Boston and New York, 1900[-01]. Twenty-two volumes.

"Autograph Edition" of Nathaniel Hawthorne's works, number 252 of only 500 sets signed by his daughter Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, illustrated with 135 plates, including an engraved frontispiece in each volume in double-suite: hand-colored and black-and-white, the latter state signed by the artist. Contributing artists' signatures include Howard Pyle and Jesse Willcox Smith. An impressive, handsomely bound set. $4500.

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"THE EARLIEST AND THE MOST IMPORTANT AQUATINT BOOK PUBLISHED ON CANADA"

(CANADA) HERIOT, George. Travels Through the Canadas. London, 1807.

First edition, uncolored issue, of one of the most important and beautifully illustrated accounts of North America, illustrated with folding aquatint frontispiece view of Quebec, 26 aquatint plates (five folding), and a folding hand-colored map of the St. Lawrence River region. $4500.

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INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY WARHOL, WITH HIS ORIGINAL SKETCH OF A CAMPBELL'S SOUP CAN

WARHOL, Andy. Philosophy of Andy Warhol. New York and London, 1975.

First edition, first printing, inscribed on the half title: "To A—," and signed by Andy Warhol, with an original full-page sketch of a soup can inscribed "Campell's Tomato Soup" by him, a fine copy. $4500.

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INSCRIBED BY MILLICENT GARRETT FAWCETT, THE LEADER OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AND AN AVID TRAVELLER

FAWCETT, Millicent Garrett. Six Weeks in Palestine. WITH: Our Second Visit to Palestine. London, 1921-22. Two volumes.

First edition of these two privately circulated accounts of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett's interwar travels in the Middle East, inscribed in Volume I: "with grateful memories," and in Volume II: "with all good Christmas wishes to you both M.G.F.," in original wrappers. $4500.

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"NOTHING IS SETTLED EXCEPT I AM TO BE MARRIED IN A CHURCH"

PATTON, George S. Autograph letter signed. West Point, New York, circa 1909.

Wonderful signed autograph letter from George Patton to his father, updating him at events at West Point (including a rowdy but sober party), mentioning difficulties with the Chaplain at the church, and offering vague details of his planned wedding to Beatrice Ayer. $4200.

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"WE MUST CAST OUR LOTS WITH A NON-STATISTICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND ACHIEVE WHATEVER DEGREE OF RELIABILITY OR REPRODUCIBILITY WE MAY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNIQUES OF MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL"

SKINNER, Burrhus Frederic. Behavior of Organisms. New York and London, 1938.

First edition of the foundational work in behavioral analysis and experimental analysis of behavior, in scarce original dust jacket. $4200.

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"THE NIGHTMARE AND HORRORS OF THE CHAIN GANG"

BURNS, Robert E. I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! New York, 1932.

First edition of Burns' searing account of the deadly brutality of Georgia chain gangs, published amidst the Great Depression, basis for the Oscar-nominated 1932 Warner Brothers' film starring Paul Muni that launched a new film genre. $4000.

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“IN THESE LANDS, THE HORSE-THIEF IS THE GREAT ENEMY OF MANKIND”

BURTON, Richard F. City of the Saints. London, 1861.

First edition of this important travel narrative exploring 19th-century America from the civilized East to the Wild West, with an extensive look at the early Mormon community including an interview with Brigham Young, illustrated with a folding plan of Salt Lake City, a folding chart, frontispiece, and eight plates. $3800.

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“ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTOBOOKS EVER PUBLISHED”: FIRST EDITION OF HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES, 1890

RIIS, Jacob. How the Other Half Lives. Studies Among the Tenements of New York. New York, 1890.

First edition of this pioneering work by Riis—"the first photographer to use the power of the image as a tool for reform"—with over 45 illustrations, including 18 halftone photographic images and numerous line drawings, most based on photographs by Riis, in original non-pictorial cloth. $3800.

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"A PHOTOGRAPH IS A SECRET ABOUT A SECRET"

ARBUS, Diane. Diane Arbus. Millerton, New York, 1972.

First edition, first printing of Arbus' highly influential photobook, with 80 finely screened black-and-white photogravure plates, images "at once pitiless and engaged, tough and surprisingly tender… with the power to provoke and disturb" (Roth), in original dust jacket. $3800.

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“ENTRE LES PETITS MAÎTRES DE CE TEMPS”

LEPAPE, Georges. Costumes de Theatre, Ballets et Divertissements. Paris, 1920.

First edition of Lepape’s costume and stage designs for Rip’s ballet-pantomime "Le Coup Manqué" and L’Herbier’s play "L’Enfantement du Mort," with 21 hand-colored plates by Lepape colored using the pochoir technique, applied by celebrated colorist Jean Saudé. $3800.

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PORTFOLIO OF 34 VINTAGE SILVER GELATIN PRINTS OF THE CELEBRATED SAKS FIFTH AVENUE STORE, CIRCA 1924

DURYEA, Drix. Saks Fifth Avenue photographic portfolio. New York, 1924. Fascinating vintage portfolio of 34 silver gelatin prints by Drix Duryea depicting the famous Saks Fifth Avenue department store in New York City. $3500.

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COACHING ADVICE FROM THE NAMESAKE OF THE HEISMAN TROPHY

HEISMAN, John W. Principles of Football. St. Louis, 1922.

Second edition of this classic volume of football strategy by one of the great college coaches of all time, with numerous in-text diagrams of plays, expanded to include a frontispiece portrait and 18 full-page game-play photographs. Scarce and desirable in original dust jacket. $3500.

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“SECOND ONLY TO THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS IN ITS IMPORTANCE TO FREUDIAN THEORY

FREUD, Sigmund. Three Contributions to the Sexual Theory. New York, 1910.

First edition in English of Freud's essays on infantile sexuality and human psychosexual development. Leading psychoanalytic psychiatrist and American Imago editor George Wilbur's copy, with his contemporary title page owner signature. $3500.

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“THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT IN THE FIELD OF LEXICOGRAPHY”

JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language. Dublin, 1775. Two volumes.

Fourth edition—first Irish edition, and first quarto edition—of Johnson's monumental Dictionary, the work that "had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics" (Noah Webster), handsomely bound. $3500.

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“THE MOST HANDSOME BOOK PRODUCED IN THE WHOLE OF THE 19TH CENTURY”

SHAW, Henry. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages. London, 1843. Two volumes.

First edition of this beautifully illustrated study of costumes and decorations by Shaw, one of the greatest illuminators of the 19th century, with 94 plates of finely tailored and crafted French and English Medieval dress and accoutrements, many exquisitely hand-colored. A lovely copy in contemporary morocco-gilt. $3200.

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"ALMOST WITHOUT PARALLEL IN THE HISTORY OF DEFAMATORY LITERATURE"

JUDAH, Samuel B.H. Gotham and the Gothamites. New York, 1823.

First edition of this gossipy satire discussing some of New York's most famous 19th-century personalities, the publication of which sparked a libel suit that landed the author in jail, in original boards. $3200.

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EXCEPTIONAL PRESENTATION ASSOCIATION COPY OF SODDY’S THE INTERPRETATION OF THE ATOM

SODDY, Frederick. The Interpretation of the Atom. London, 1932.

First and only edition, presentation copy, of Frederick Soddy's second book on physics and radioactivity, with two folding tables and dozens of half-tones, inscribed on a tipped-in slip: "J. Joly Esq. F.R.S., Somerset House, Temple Road, Dublin. Thanks for the use of illustrations. FS. October 1932." $3200.

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EACH VOLUME SIGNED BY ANSEL ADAMS

ADAMS, Ansel, and BAKER, Robert. Camera. WITH: The Negative. WITH: The Print. WITH: Polaroid Land Photography. Boston, 1982, 1982, 1983, 1978. Together, four volumes.

First and early printings of the New Ansel Adams Photography Series, four volumes illustrated with hundreds of examples of his own work, each volume boldly inscribed and signed by Adams on the half title, “For John E. Rhoads, Ansel Adams, Carmel, 9-13-83.” $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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SIGNED BY CHARLES DE GAULLE THE YEAR HE BECAME PRESIDENT OF FRANCE

DE GAULLE, Charles. Typed letter signed. Paris, June 22, 1959.

Original June 22, 1959 typed letter in French signed by de Gaulle on his letterhead, dated six months after he became President of France and the same month he visited Mont-Mouchet to pay tribute to the French Resistance in the heroic 1944 battle against Nazi forces, here praising Léon Beer-Gehler for his role in the struggle and for continuing to honor the ideals of the Resistance. $2900.

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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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HANDSOME FIRST EDITION OF COSMONAUT A.A. LEONOV'S 1972 BOOK ON ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, WITH 35 BEAUTIFUL FOLIO COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS BY A.K. SOKOLOV, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY BOTH LEONOV AND SOKOLOV

(SOKOLOV, A.K.) LEONOV, Aleskei Arkhipovich. Kosmicheskie dali. Moscow, 1972.

First edition of Russian cosmonaut A.A. Leonov's work on artificial satellites, with 35 loose color illustrations (17 folding) and 5 additional monochrome red-tone illustrations laid in, signed on the front wrapper by both the illustrator A.K. Sokolov and by Leonov. Text in Russian. $2800.

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JEAN COCTEAU’S PICASSO, INSCRIBED WITH
ORIGINAL DRAWING

COCTEAU, Jean. Picasso. Arcueil, circa 1956.

Later edition of Cocteau’s Picasso, inscribed on the title page, “Le feu jaillit de l’eau, La mer et l’oiseau, amities, Jean Cocteau.” With an original full-page pencil and blue wash drawing of a bird rising from the sea. $2600.

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"A TOUR DE FORCE, ENOUGH TO ESTABLISH ROTHBARD AS ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN HISTORIANS"

ROTHBARD, Murray. Conceived in Liberty. Vols. I-IV. New Rochelle, New York, 1975-79. Four volumes.

First edition of Rothbard's compelling four-volume history of America's beginnings, demonstrating "that libertarian ideas have been an American staple since almost the earliest days, and that the American Revolution was very much a libertarian affair," a splendid set in original dust jackets. $2600.

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PHOTOGRAPH INSCRIBED BY JOSEPHINE BAKER

BAKER, Josephine. Photograph inscribed. New York, circa 1937.

Beautiful and dramatic original photograph of “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw” (Ernest Hemingway) in an evening gown by photographer Murray Korman, inscribed in purple ink, “A Monsieur Pierre Drassac, en souvenir de Josephine Baker, 1940.” $2500.

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EARLY 20TH-CENTURY SALES REPRESENTATIVES’ COLOR
CATALOGUE FOR THE CALIFORNIA PERFUME COMPANY,
NOW KNOWN AS AVON, WITH WONDERFUL FOLIO COLORED PLATES

CALIFORNIA PERFUME COMPANY. California Perfume Company Color Plate Catalog. New York, San Francisco, Luzerne, Montreal and Kansas City, circa 1919.

Vintage sales representative’s catalog of “perfumes, toilet waters, sachet powders, complexion creams” and various other cosmetic items offered by the California Perfume Company, later Avon Products, illustrated by 21 splendid double-sided color plates and a final, single-sided, black-and-white plate celebrating the CPC’s Panama-Pacific Exposition Gold Medal. An extraordinary piece. $2500.

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SIGNED BY PULLMAN IN TWO VOLUMES

PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials (American Editions). New York, 1996-2003. Together, four volumes. First American editions of Pullman's celebrated trilogy—the second two books signed by Pullman on the title pages—together with the companion volume, Lyra's Oxford. $2500.

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INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN

TRUMAN, Harry S. Truman Speaks. New York, 1960.

First edition of a collection of lectures given by Truman at Columbia University from April 27-29, 1959, inscribed on the half title by President Truman in the year of publication, "To my good friend and colleague, thanks & kindest regards from his former boss & friend, 4/21/60 Harry Truman." $2500.

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"WHEN THE CANNOT BECOMES THE SHOULD-NOT"

HAMMETT, Dashiell, editor. (FAULKNER, William; LOVECRAFT, H.P., et al.). Creeps By Night. New York, 1931.

First edition of this anthology of weird horror, selected by Dashiell Hammett, including first book appearances of "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner and "The Music of Erich Zann" by H.P. Lovecraft. $2500.

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INSCRIBED BY NEW YORKER CARTOONIST CHAS ADDAMS TO KITTY CARLISLE WITH AN ORIGINAL SKETCH BY HIM

ADDAMS, Chas. Drawn and Quartered. New York, 1962.

Later edition of this collection of beloved cartoons, inscribed to actress Kitty Carlisle Hart under her real name: “For Cathy with all best Chas Addams 1965,” with an original sketch of a long-haired woman. $2500.

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“TORTURE IN LOVE, AND DESPAIR, AND MADNESS”

DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. London, May 1864 to November 1865. Twenty parts in nineteen.

First edition in original parts of this Dickens favorite, with a substantial complement of the advertisements issued with the original parts. A very nice copy in largely unrestored original wrappers. $2500.

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INSCRIBED BY ISAAC ASIMOV TO SCI-FI AUTHOR DAVID HARTWELL

ASIMOV, Isaac. The Currents of Space. Garden City, New York, 1952.

First edition, presentation copy, of Asimov's third novel, inscribed on the title page to an influential American critic, publisher, and editor of thousands of science fiction and fantasy novels: "To David Hartwell with best wishes. Isaac Asimov." $2400.

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WITH 22 BEAUTIFUL ETCHED PLATES OF NEW YORK STREETSCAPES, ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES SIGNED BY ARTIST BERNHARDT WALL

WALL, Bernhardt. Greenwich Village. New York, 1947.

Signed limited edition, number 17 of only 50 copies signed and numbered by Bernhart Wall on the title page of this collection of 22 etchings of Greenwich Village signed in the plate by Bernhardt Wall. $2300.

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HANDSOME SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS EDITION OF BEDE

BEDE. The History of the Church of Englande. Oxford, 1930.

Beautiful 1930 private-press limited edition, one of only 475 copies, of Stapleton’s 1565 English translation of the Venerable Bede’s History of the Church of England, a valuable sourcebook for Medieval British history and regarded as “a classic among churchmen.” Printed in red and black and illustrated with the four “spirited woodcuts of the original edition” (re-engraved by John Farleigh) and a map of “Bede’s Britain.” Handsomely bound. $2250.

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CHARLES SCHULZ'S EARLY PEANUTS COMICS

(SCHULZ, Charles M.). Tip Top Comics Nos. 173, 184, 185, and 190. [Peanuts]. New York, 1952-55. Four issues.

First edition of these four early comic book appearances of the Peanuts Gang—including their first appearance in Tip Top Comics (No. 173) and their first Tip Top cover (No. 185). Rare. $2200.

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ONE OF 100 BY MILNE, FRASER-SIMSON AND SHEPARD

MILNE, A.A. (words). FRASER-SIMSON, H. (music). SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrations). Teddy Bear and Other Songs. London, 1926. Signed limited first edition of the second collection of songs based on Milne’s beloved poetry for children, number 47 of only 100 copies signed by Milne, composer H. Fraser-Simson and illustrator E.H. Shepard. $2200.

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"MONUMENTS OF INTELLECTUAL WORTH AND GLORY"

(ITALY) BATTY, Elizabeth Frances. Italian Scenery. London, 1820.

First edition of this lovely volume of picturesque views throughout Italy, with 60 fine engraved plates, engraved vignette title page and vignette tailpiece, beautifully bound in contemporary morocco-gilt by Hering, with his binder's ticket. $2000.

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ONE OF ONLY 225 COPIES SIGNED BY RADCLYFFE HALL

HALL, Radclyffe. Well of Loneliness. New York, 1929. Two volumes.

Signed limited edition, number 202 of 225 copies signed by Radclyffe Hall, printed on Van Gelder handmade paper. This is the "Victory Edition," published nine months after the first edition, to celebrate the successful defense of the work against obscenity charges in New York's appellate court. $2000.

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“HIS SINGLE MOST FEROCIOUS ONSLAUGHT AGAINST ENGLAND”

DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit. London, 1857.

First edition, first issue, bound from parts, of one of Dickens’ most outspoken and outstanding novels, with 40 illustrations by Hablôt Knight Brown (“Phiz”), including frontispiece and vignette title page. $2000.

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“SMILEY HAS STARTED TO LOOK LIKE THE BEST LIVING AMERICAN NOVELIST”

SMILEY, Jane. Collection of Novels. New York, 1980-2007. Eleven volumes altogether.

First editions of Smiley’s first eleven novels, from her first work of fiction Barn Blind (1980) to her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres (1991), basis for the acclaimed 1997 film, and culminating in her novel Ten Days in the Hills (2007), with three signed by her on the title page: Barn Blind, Duplicate Keys, Horse Heaven. $1900.

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"THE FIRST PRACTICAL ADVANTAGES OF WALL-PAPER ARE, THE EASE WITH WHICH IT IS APPLIED, AND THE EASE WITH WHICH IT IS RENEWED"

COOK, Clarence Chatham. What Shall We Do With Our Walls? New York, 1880.

First edition of this comprehensive Aesthetic Movement treatise on 19th-century wallpaper selection and application, with five striking plates featuring black-and-gilt wallpaper designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Samuel Colman. $1850.

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"PRECIOUS SOUVENIRS OF THE PAST… JUST AS THEY WERE INSCRIBED BY LOVING HANDS OF MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS"

FOX, Minnie C., compiler, and COBURN, Alvin Langdon, photographer. Blue Grass Cook Book. New York, 1904.

First edition of Fox's classic tribute to African American influence in America's Southern kitchens—"attests to the rich contribution of African Americans to a storied cuisine"—featuring dozens of Blue Grass recipes, illustrated with a full-page image of corn dodgers and biscuits, and 11 full-page photographic images of African American cooks by acclaimed photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn. $1750.

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“OF ANY BEAST NONE IS MORE FAITHFUL FOUND”

WATSON, James D. The Dog Book. New York, 1905. Two volumes.

First edition of this highly detailed treatment of canines by variety, "as distinct members of the large and wonderfully differing family of the dog," illustrated by numerous photographs, paintings, and rare engravings. Two volumes handsomely bound. $1685.

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“AN EXTENSION OF HIS STUDY OF MAN”: DARWIN’S EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS, 1872.

DARWIN, Charles. The Expression of the Emotions. London, 1872.

First edition, second issue, of the volume that founded the study of ethology—the only one of Darwin’s books to be illustrated with photographic plates—a pioneering innovation as the first book to use the heliotype photographic process. $1600.

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“ANNIE, YOU’RE A WONDER… THE BEST TROUPER ANY CIRCUS EVER HAD!”

GRAY, Harold. Pop-Up Little Orphan Annie. Chicago, 1935.

First edition, with numerous in-text black-and-white illustrations and three two-page color “pop-ups” (two of which serve as endpapers) in excellent, working condition. $1500.

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FROM “SPARKY” ADAMS TO TOM ZACHARY

JOHNSON, Harold (Speed). Who"s Who in Major League Baseball. Chicago, 1933.

First edition, containing sepia half-tone portraits, “intimate biographical sketches” and up-to-date statistics for all the then-current major leaguers, as well as various executives, coaches and baseball immortals. $1500.

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"GOFF, OR BANDY-BALL"

(GOLF) ASPIN, J[ehoshaphat]. Ancient Customs, Sports, and Pastimes, of the English. London, 1832.

First edition of this compilation of ancient British sports and pastimes, illustrated with 12 hand-colored copper-engraved plates, plus wood engravings within the text, handsomely bound by Bayntun. $1500.

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"A NAKED ARM SMELLING OF CHANEL NO. 5 SNAKED ROUND HIS NECK…"

FLEMING, Ian. Man With the Golden Gun. London, 1965.

First edition of Fleming’s final Bond novel, published the year after the author’s death, in which 007 travels to Fleming’s beloved Jamaica to neutralize the assassin of the book’s title. $1500.

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SIGNED BY BOTH THE PENNELS, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES

(WHISTLER, James A. McNeill) PENNEL, E.R. & J. Whistler Journal. Philadelphia, 1921.

Autograph Edition, one of only 500 copies, of The Whistler Journal, with autographed frontispiece portraits of both authors, Whistler’s longtime friends, and over 160 illustrations featuring work by Whistler—“one of the finest artists of the 19th century” (New York Times)—with four full-page photogravures not in the trade edition, including Whistler’s Dancing Girl, in original half vellum. $1250.

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"IF THERE’S A LIST OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, FEMININE MYSTIQUE IS ON IT"

FRIEDAN, Betty. Feminine Mystique. New York, 1963.

First edition of Friedan's electrifying and still controversial work—"widely regarded as one of the most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century." $1200.

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SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF THE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL ELOISE, SIGNED BY HILARY KNIGHT

KNIGHT, Hilary. Absolutely Essential Eloise. New York, 1999.

Signed limited first edition of the “Absolutely Essential” Eloise, number 142 of 250 copies signed by illustrator Hilary Knight, including not only the complete text of Kay Thompson’s cherished classic with Knight’s wonderful illustrations, but also a “scrapbook” of information, photographs and art relating to the creation and subsequent history of Thompson’s precocious alter ego. $1100.

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"SERVICE TO OTHERS IS THE RENT WE PAY FOR OUR ROOM HERE ON EARTH"

(ALI, Muhammad) MUHAMMAD, Imam Warithuddin. Prayer and Al-Islam. Chicago, 1982.

First edition, inscribed on the title page, "To Randy Remos from Muhammad Ali. Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth. April 4-84," beneath which Ali has drawn a smiley face. $1100.

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"EARLY IN THE SPRING OF 1750, IN THE VILLAGE OF JUFFURE, A MANCHILD WAS BORN…"

HALEY, Alex. Roots. Garden City, 1976.

First trade edition of Haley's acclaimed historical novel, warmly inscribed in the year of publication by him, "October 1, 1976. B—, my colleague, Kunta's family wishes the very best to you and your family—Sincerely, Alex Haley." $950.

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“AT ONCE A DEFENSE AND A CRITICAL STUDY OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE”

NOBLE, Henry G.S. The Stock Exchange. New York and London, 1933 [i.e. December 1932].

First edition of this timely work by longtime President of the New York Stock Exchange, H.G.S. Noble—"an authoritative voice"—scarce in original dust jacket. $950.

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INSCRIBED BY SENDAK AND AUTHOR SELMA LANES

LANES, Selma G. Art of Maurice Sendak. New York, 1980.

First edition of the first major retrospective of the acclaimed artist-author's career, with 261 illustrations, including 94 color plates and an original Sendak pop-up, inscribed by him in the year of pubication: "To John—Maurice Sendak Dec. '80," with author Selma G. Lanes' signature directly beneath. $950.

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"SEAVER AND THE 1969 METS DEFINED WHAT WAS POSSIBLE. NOT JUST FOR A YEAR, BUT FOR AN ETERNITY"

(TOM SEAVER). Shea 1964-2008. Baltimore, 2008.

Limited edition of a wonderfully illustrated tribute to the Mets and Shea, number 261 of 3000 copies, an exceptional association copy boldly signed on the cover by Tom Seaver—"the thinking man’s pitcher"—who led the Mets to victory in the 1969 World Series in a career that defined the Mets as "Patron Saints of Possibility." $900.

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"ESSENTIAL… THE BEST BOOK ON NEW YORK RESTAURANTS"

JAMES, Rian. Dining in New York. New York, 1930.

First edition of the celebrated New York columnist's witty guide to popular restaurants and celebrity haunts—from Sardi's to the Algonquin, the Cotton Club to the Central Park Casino, and Broadway to Brooklyn—with pictorial endpapers displaying "A Gastronomical Map of Manhattan." $900.

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COCOANUT GEMS, PINEAPPLE SANDWICH CAKE, BARRAMUNDI AU GRATIN, KANGAROO CURRY, GRANADILLA AND PAW PAW SALAD

(COOKERY). The Australasian Cookery Book. London, Melbourne, and Toronto, circa 1918.

Early edition of this comprehensive guide to cooking in Australia and New Zealand using local ingredients, designed for the Australasian home cook, with 17 plates depicting dishes and cooking methods, in original dust jacket. $850.

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A "DECEPTIVELY PROFOUND LITTLE BOOK": LANGSTON HUGHES' FIRST BOOK OF RHYTHMS

HUGHES, Langston. First Book of Rhythms. New York, 1954.

First edition, first printing of the pivotal second work in Hughes' influential series, showing "how all the world is connected by rhythm," a work that also signals the "jazz, blues and Black vernacular speech rhythms in his poetry," with colorful illustrations by Robin King, in bright original dust jacket, a beautiful copy. $850.

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INSCRIBED BY VINCENT PRICE

PRICE, Vincent; PRICE, Mary. Treasury of Great Recipes. New York, 1965.

First edition of Vincent and Mary Price's cookbook, one of the most desirable of celebrity cookbooks featuring hundreds of recipes, sumptuous color plates and restaurant menus, inscribed by Vincent Price on the dedication page: "For J— H— With our warmest wishes for Bon Appetit, Mary and Vincent Price." $750.

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ALPHABET OF CREATION SIGNED BY BEN SHAHN

SHAHN, Ben. Alphabet of Creation. New York, 1954.

Signed limited first edition of a legend from the Sefer Ha-Zohar, a foundational work of the Jewish Kabbalah, number 127 of only 500 copies signed by Shahn (total of 550), with over 40 illustrations from original drawings including his calligraphic images of the alphabet, in original slipcase. $750.

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"THERE IS ASTONISHINGLY LITTLE FROM AFRICA WHICH IS OF FUNCTIONAL IMPORTANCE IN THE PRESENT DAY ACTIVITIES OF THIS ISOLATED NEGRO CULTURE"

WOOFTER, Thomas Jackson, Jr. Black Yeomanry. New York, 1930.

First edition of this early sociological study of African Americans living on a Gullah island off South Carolina, in original dust jacket. $650.

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BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY ALAIN DUCASSE

DUCASSE, Alain. Provence of Alain Ducasse. New York, 2000.

First American edition of this survey of Provence through the eyes of one of the world's most famous chefs, boldly inscribed on the title page: "To John, Ducasse 2015," accompanied by an oversized stationery notecard inscribed: "For John W. Biddinger, Ducasse Paris le 27 —- 1999." $500.

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"THE BEAT OF JEWISH HEARTS HAD EVERYWHERE BEEN QUICKENED BY THE PROSPECT OF RETURN"

EBAN, Abba. Autobiography. New York, 1977.

Signed limited first edition of the memoir of the distinguished statesman and "voice of Israel," one of only 500 copies signed by the author, with 16 pages of photographic illustrations. $450.

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WONDERFULLY COLOR-ILLUSTRATED AND WITH FOUR BEAUTIFUL WORKING MOVABLES BY ILLUSTRATOR-ANIMATOR JULIAN WEHR

[MOORE, Clement C.] WEHR, Julian, illustrator. The Night Before Christmas Animated. United States, 1949.

Mid-20th century edition of this beloved Yuletide poem, with vivid color illustrations and four beautiful innovative movables by Julian Wehr, known for his pioneering use of tabs integrated into the illustrations. $350.

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"I CAN MAKE ALL THE BOYS AND GIRLS HAPPY ON CHRISTMAS DAY"

(CHRISTMAS). Santa Claus in Toyland. New York, 1951.

First edition of this Christmas pop-up book about Santa's workshop, with one pop-up of Santa's elves and five Christmas moveables, with original dimensional wrappers featuring a plastic applique of a snowy roof. $225.

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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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