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RARE PRESENTATION FIRST EDITION OF THE MALTESE FALCON, INSCRIBED BY HIM TWO WEEKS BEFORE PUBLICATION

HAMMETT, Dashiell. Maltese Falcon. New York and London, 1930.

First edition of Hammett's most famous and influential novel, inscribed by him two weeks before publication, "To Evelyn Austin with best regards Dashiell Hammett January 31, 1930." $75,000.

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TOM SAWYER, BOLDLY SIGNED BY MARK TWAIN

TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford, 1899.

Later edition in original cloth of one of the universally recognized masterpieces of American literature, Twain’s irrepressible and unforgettable “true boy’s book,” boldly signed by Twain on the front free endpaper. $22,000.

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“THE LAST GREAT ASIAN EXPLORER”

HEDIN, Sven. Southern Tibet. Stockholm, 1917-22. Nine quarto text volumes and three folio map volumes.

First edition of this extraordinary and lavish production by one of the greatest explorers of the 20th century, profusely illustrated with many hundreds of maps—many of which are folding, folio, or in color—charts, photographs and tables. With the very scarce prospectus, and with original wrappers bound in. $20,000.

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“NO NATION IN EUROPE… HAS… PLUNGED SO DEEPLY INTO THIS GUILT AS GREAT BRITAIN” (WILLIAM PITT THE YOUNGER)

(SLAVE TRADE). The Assiento, or Contract. London, 1713.

First edition of the extremely rare 1713 Assiento that stands at the heart of the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, granting Britain a highly coveted 30-year monopoly contract for trafficking in slaves—“the greatest prize, the El Dorado of commerce”—that shifted European power and firmly established British rule over the 18th-century slave trade. $16,000.

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"THEY ARE THE STARS OF THE EARTH, AND SHINE IN COMPETITION WITH THOSE OF THE FIRMAMENT"

[CHAPPUZEAU, Samuel]. The History of Jewels. London, 1671.

First edition in English of this rare and important early work, which provides some of the first reliable information on the international jewelry trade, with information on trade in America and the West Indies and mining in Peru. The copy of Sir Charles Mordaunt, Earl of Petersborough and Monmouth, with his bookplate, in contemporary calf. $12,500.

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"ROBBED OF THEIR LANDS, AND STILL WORSE, OF THEMSELVES"

ARMISTEAD, Wilson. Tribute for the Negro. Manchester, 1848.

Limited first edition of the English abolitionist's major work against "the most extensive and extraordinary system of crime the world ever witnessed," one of an unspecified number in publisher's morocco, a rare association copy featuring the owner signature and inscription of 19th-century Black leader John Wesley Cromwell, born enslaved, who became a leading attorney, author and publisher, signed by him with his date of 1914, with the inscription honoring his daughter, reading: "Bought in London by Otelia Cromwell when visiting that city during the first month of the great war—a present to her father," additionally signed below by his granddaughter Adelaide Cromwell Hill. Armistead's exceptional volume features over 50 biographies of leaders such as Olaudah Equiano, Phillis Wheatley and Frederick Douglass, along with engraved frontispiece and eleven engraved plates including portraits of Equiano, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Douglass and Cinque of the Amistad, a facsimile of a letter signed by Toussaint and this limited edition's two additional places, original morocco with gilt vignette on the front board of a manacled slave with the abolitionist motto, "Am I Not A Man And A Brother.” $12,500.

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SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN

GERSHWIN, George and Ira. Typed contract signed. New York, circa 1935.

Important mimeographed contract leasing Porgy and Bess rights to Europe, signed by author DuBose Hayward, Theatre Guild representative Warren P. Munsell, and composers George and Ira Gershwin. The Sang copy. $12,000.

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"A CLASSIC OF ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE": VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF JOHN OKADA'S NO-NO-BOY

OKADA, John. No-No Boy. Rutland, Vermont / Tokyo, Japan, 1957.

First edition of Okada's only published novel—"there is no other novel like it about Japanese Americans… a close literary kin to Richard Wright's Native Son"—one of a very small number printed in English in postwar Japan in 1957, long forgotten until the 1971 first American edition issued after Okada's death, an especially rare copy in the original dust jacket. $10,500.

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SIGNED BY THOMAS EDISON

(EDISON, Thomas Alva) RAMSAYE, Terry. Million and One Nights. New York, 1926. Two volumes.

Signed limited first edition of one of the most important histories of cinema, number 8 of only 327 sets signed by Ramsaye and Thomas Edison, an exceptional association copy containing a laid-in typed letter by award-winning film scholar and author Dr. Donald Crafton, this rare copy a gift to him from "film aficionado and collector… Spencer Berger." With over 100 illustrations, a splendid copy in publisher’s leather and Japanese patterned paper boards. $10,500.

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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,” in marbled boards by Thierry de Petit-Simier. $10,500.

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RARE COMPLETE "SHOULDER STRAP" SET OF CIVIL WAR MEMOIRS, PUBLISHED BY MARK TWAIN

(SHOULDER STRAP SET) GRANT, Ulysses S. Shoulder Strap Set. New York, 1885-1892. Eleven volumes altogether.

Complete Shoulder Strap set of seven Civil War histories printed by Twain's publishing house in its short-lived but impressive decade of operation, featuring Grant's Memoirs (1885-6), McClellan's Own Story (1887), Crawford's Genesis of the Civil War (1887), Custer's Tenting on the Plains (1889), Hancock's Reminiscences (1887), Sheridan's Personal Memoirs (1888), Sherman's Memoirs (1892)—as well as Adam Badeau's biography Grant in Peace (1888), not published by Webster but in a binding uniform with the rest of the set—each volume with the trademark gilt-decorated "shoulder strap" on the spine. $9200.

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“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LITHOGRAPHS POSSIBLE”

(CIVIL WAR) UNITED STATES ARMY. Flags of the Army of the United States, 1861-1865. Philadelphia, 1887.

First edition, publisher's special large folio edition containing two additional chromolithographed plates of Regimental Colors and the Engineer Battalion, along with the lithographed title and 87 chromolithographed plates designating flags carried by the U.S. Army during the Civil War and double-page title for Tabular Statements Showing the Names of Commanders of Army Corps, Divisions and Brigades. $8800.

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LARGE-PAPER EDITION OF STRUTT’S ENGLISH COSTUMES, WITH 153 LOVELY HAND-COLORED AND GOLD-HIGHLIGHTED PLATES

STRUTT, Joseph. Complete View of the Dress and Habits of the People of England. London, 1842. Two volumes.

Splendid limited large-paper edition of this treasury of English costume beginning with the Saxons, illustrated with 153 hand-colored copper-engraved plates of costumes, armor, seals, and everyday objects— one of only 25 copies additionally highlighted in gold and silver, handsomely bound in three-quarter morocco-gilt. $8800.

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BEAUTIFUL COLOR LITHOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF JOHN F. KENNEDY, ONE OF 2500 COPIES SIGNED BY NORMAN ROCKWELL, IN ORIGINAL MOROCCO-GILT PORTFOLIO

(KENNEDY, John F.) ROCKWELL, Norman. Lithograph signed. Los Angeles, 1976.

Poignant 11-color lithograph of John F. Kennedy, number 121 of 2500 prints signed by Norman Rockwell, in original morocco portfolio featuring the presidential seal and Kennedy's and Rockwell's facsimile signatures in gilt. Accompanied by a collector's booklet and a certificate of authenticity. $8200.

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WITH SPLENDID HAND-COLORED PLATES BY CRUIKSHANK

(NAPOLEON) IRELAND, William H. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. London, 1828. Four volumes.

First edition, second issue of the first illustrated life of Napoleon printed in England, with 27 folding engravings and aquatint plates (24 fully hand-colored) by George Cruikshank, handsomely bound. $8000.

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“THE GRANDFATHER OF CIVIL WAR HISTORIES”

MILLER, Francis Trevelyan, editor. Photographic History of the Civil War. New York, 1912. Ten volumes.

Second 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.” Splendidly bound in the very scarce publisher’s morocco. $7800.

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“TELL US, MY SISTER, SOME OF YOUR TALES OF MARVEL…”

MARDRUS, J.C. Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night. New York, circa 1923. Eight volumes.

Limited “Sultana” Edition of this unexpurgated and unabridged translation, number 41 of only 100 sets from the first American printing, with 24 hand-colored plates by Roderick McRae, signed by publisher Whitman Bennett, who also executed the beautiful deluxe morocco-gilt bindings. A stunning set. $7800.

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THE MOST FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH OF MUHAMMAD ALI, ONE OF ONLY 350 SIGNED BY BOTH ALI AND PHOTOGRAPHER NEIL LEIFER

(ALI, Muhammad) LEIFER, Neil. Photograph signed (vs. Sonny Liston). No place, November 8, 1993.

Extraordinary poster-size color photograph of Muhammad Ali towering over a knocked-out Sonny Liston during their May 25, 1965, championship match—generally considered one of the greatest sports photographs of all time—number 61 of only 350 copies signed by Ali and the photographer Neil Leifer. $7500.

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"SO LET US HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE THAT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY DID NOT LIVE—OR DIE—IN VAIN"

JOHNSON, Lyndon Baines. Address of the President of the United States. Washington, 1963.

First edition of Lyndon Johnson's first presidential address before Congress, inscribed: "To Bob O'Brien With appreciation from his old friend, Lyndon B. Johnson. Jan 15, 1964." $7500.

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INSCRIBED BY HUEY P. NEWTON

NEWTON, Huey P. To Die for the People. New York, 1972.

First edition of this early collection of writings by Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, whose "flamboyance, vision and passion came to symbolize an entire era," boldly inscribed by him, "For R— my own voice and the voice of the People finding the clarity of our situation, From Huey," with 16 pages of illustrations, in original dust jacket. $6800.

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THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES IN SCARCE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET

CHURCHILL, Winston. Thoughts and Adventures. London, 1932.

First edition of this fine collection of essays, with photographic frontispiece portrait, illustrated with seven political cartoons, in original cloth and with scarce original dust jacket. $6300.

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"THE FATES SAID TO THEM BE KINGS OF TALENT, BUT NOT OF TALENT ENOUGH" (THOMAS CARLYLE)

FOSTER, J.J. Stuarts. London, 1902. Two volumes.

Signed limited first "Edition de Luxe," number 153 of only 175 copies signed by the author, with two hand-colored frontispiece portraits, over 90 folio plates (two hand-colored), and numerous in-text illustrations, beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf. $6000.

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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." $6000.

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WITH 182 BEAUTIFULLY HAND-COLORED FOLIO ENGRAVINGS OF FRENCH COSTUME, ARMS, INSTRUMENTS, FURNISHINGS AND ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS

WILLEMIN, Nicholas Xavier and POTTIER, André. Monuments Francais Inedits. Paris, 1839. Two volumes.

First edition of this wonderful collection of masterpieces of French decorative arts culled from early medieval to late Renaissance—costumes, weapons, musical instruments, furniture, furnishings, stained glass, interior and exterior architectural details—with 300 intricately detailed folio engraved plates, 184 of them with brilliant and delicate hand-coloring. $6000.

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"AN ENDURING FIGURE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND LITERATURE"

BROWN, W[illia]m Wells. American Fugitive in Europe. Sketches… Boston / Cleveland / New York, 1855.

First edition of Brown's substantially revised and expanded Three Years in Europe (1853), newly titled as American Fugitive in Europe with 12 new chapters, issued withing months of his return from years of exile, determined to continue his work as a soldier "against the prison-house of slavery," a core work in Brown’s "substantial legacy," with striking engraved frontispiece portrait, especially elusive in original cloth. $5800.

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“I WAS NOT BORN WITH A HUNGER TO BE FREE. I WAS BORN FREE”

MANDELA, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. Boston, 1994.

First American edition, first printing, of the stirring autobiography of the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize winner and South Africa's first black president, inscribed on the title page, "To Micheal, Best Wishes, NMandela 6.4.2000." $5500.

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"IT'S A PERFECTLY SANITARY WAR"

JONES, David. In Parenthesis. London, 1937.

First edition, first printing, of this epic poem about the First World War, lauded by Yeats, Eliot, and Auden in its time, and increasingly recognized as one of the great works of modernism, with two illustrations and a map by the author. One of 1500 copies printed. $5500.

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ONE OF RACKHAM’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER TITLES, SIGNED BY HIM

RACKHAM, Arthur. Mother Goose. London, 1913.

Signed limited edition, number 813 of 1130 copies signed by Rackham, with 13 splendid color plates mounted on brown stock and 85 in-text line cuts, beautifully bound in full green morocco-gilt at the Chelsea Bindery. $5000.

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PRINTED IN 1757 BY FRANKLIN AND HALL, EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF TWO MAJOR QUAKER WORKS IN ONE VOLUME,

(FRANKLIN PRINTING) BARCLAY, Robert. Anarchy of the Ranters. WITH: Epistle to… Quakers. Philadelphia, 1757.

First American edition of this collection of two key Quaker works, published by the printing firm of Benjamin Franklin and David Hall “on behalf of the Society of Friends” (Miller 655), featuring Scottish-born Barclay’s influential Treatise on Christian Discipline, issued under its original title of Anarchy of the Ranters (1676)—“one of the most impressive theological writings of the century”—with An Epistle (1726) by Irish-born Quaker Pike, rare in contemporary sheep. $4800.

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“UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE GREAT FIGURES IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL”

STAGG, Amos Alonzo and WILLIAMS, Henry L. Scientific and Practical Treatise on American Football. Hartford, Connecticut, 1893.

Scarce first edition of one of the first and most important works on American football, with numerous play diagrams, inscribed by co-author Amos Alonzo Stagg, who is largely credited with the invention of the sport as we now know it: "To our staunch supporters of athletics at the University of Chicago. Gratefully, A.A. Stagg." $4800.

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LOVELY EDITION OF JANE AUSTEN'S COLLECTED NOVELS AND LETTERS, FINELY BOUND

AUSTEN, Jane. Works. Boston, 1902-03. Twelve volumes.

Later edition of Austen's collected novels and selected letters, with a frontispiece illustration in each volume, "bound in England" in lovely contemporary morocco-gilt for renowned American bookseller Charles E. Lauriat. $4400.

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“SOME OF THE GREATEST NOVELS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE”

BRONTE, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Life and Works of the Sisters Bronte. London, 1899-1900. Seven volumes.

“Thornfield Illustrated Edition” of the Brontë sisters’ admired novels, illustrated with frontispiece portraits and numerous photographic plates throughout, beautifully bound in contemporary tree calf-gilt by Oxford. $4200.

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SUPERB TYPE-FACSIMILE OF SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIO, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED

SHAKESPEARE, William. National Shakespeare. London, 1888-89. Three volumes.

First edition, “special” issue, of this handsome illustrated type-facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio in three large volumes: Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. $4200.

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"THE FATHER OF MODERN LINGUISTICS"

CHOMSKY, Noam. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1965.

First edition of Chomsky's elusive first book, "the first concerted approach to investigating the human mind through a systematic study of how people produce and understand sentences… equated with Darwin's theory of evolution and Freud's theory of the unconscious in terms of its importance in the history of ideas"—a very nice copy in the original dust jacket. $4200.

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"NEVER WERE ANY PEOPLE POSSESSED OF A FINER COUNTRY, OR MORE HAPPILY SITUATED"

(COLONIAL AMERICA). The History of the British Dominions in North America. London, 1773. Two volumes bound together.

First edition of this anonymous history of Britain's North American colonies, with large folding map by Peter Bell hand-colored in outline. Attractively bound. $4000.

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THE LOVELY DOVES PRESS JULIUS CAESAR

(DOVES PRESS) SHAKESPEARE. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar. Hammersmith, 1913.

Limited private press edition of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, reprinting the text of the First Folio edition of 1623, one of 200 copies on paper (total printing of only 212), bound by Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery. $4000.

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WALTER CRANE ON THE EVOLUTION OF BOOK ILLUSTRATION, ONE OF ONLY 130 COPIES—BEAUTIFULLY BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO-GILT BY THE CLUB BINDERY

CRANE, Walter. Of the Decorative Illustration of Books Old and New. London, 1896.

Limited first edition of Walter Crane's delightful survey of book illustration from the dawn of printing through the renewed interest in the art of the woodcut, with 150 illustrations, most full-page, this copy number 108 of only 130 finely printed at the Chiswick Press on Japanese vellum—a splendid uncut copy beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt the year following publication by the renowned Club Bindery. $3200.

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"AS PERENNIALLY FASCINATING AS A FAIRY TALE"

(MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS) SKELTON, John. Mary Stuart. London, 1893.

Limited first edition of Skelton's sumptuous work, number 254 of only 300 copies, with splendid full-color frontispiece portrait and 41 etchings and photogravures, this copy with 25 of which are present in double-suite, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf with gilt-stamped armorial insignias of Mary Queen of Scots on both covers and thistles on the spine and covers. $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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THE ORIGINS OF THE GOODYEAR BLIMP

ALLEN, Hugh. The Story of the Airship. Akron, 1931.

Early edition of this guide to zeppelins, balloons, and blimps, with 129 photographs and an introduction by Goodyear president P.W. Litchfield, signed by pioneer aviator Billy Parker and over three dozen of his aviators at the 1931 National Air Races in Cleveland. $2900.

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SIGNED BY WALTER CRANE

CRANE, Walter, illustrator. WARR, George C. Echoes of Hellas. London, 1887. Two volumes.

Signed limited first edition of these English adaptations of Homer and Aeschylus, with each of its 82 pages designed and illustrated by Crane in black and red on handmade paper, and with covers and endpapers also decorated by Crane—this copy number 145 of an unknown limitation signed by Crane. Complete with companion volume of music written to accompany the text, signed at a later date (1901) by principal composer Otto Goldschmidt next to his name on the title page. $2800.

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"YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IT, BUT HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED…"

STONE, Rosetta. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! (New York), (1975).

First edition, first printing, of Dr. Seuss' first Beginner Book, his whimsical tale of chain reactions, the first and only Seuss book issued under the pseudonym of Rosetta Stone, with color illustrations by Michael Frith. $2650.

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"SELECTED STATISTICS FOR THE 120,313 PERSONS OF JAPANESE DESCENT WHO CAME UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE WAR RELOCATION AUTHORITY"

(JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT) UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, WAR RELOCATION AUTHORITY. The Evacuated People. Washington, DC, 1946.

First edition of this extensive and revealing compilation of statistics about the Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II, with folding table, in the original wrappers. $2200.

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ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY OF QUEEN VICTORIA, FINELY BOUND

(VICTORIA) HOLMES, Richard. Queen Victoria. London and Paris, 1897.

First edition of this magnificent biography of Queen Victoria, illustrated with 41 photogravure and engraved plates, including color frontispiece portrait, beautifully bound in full crimson morocco by Palmer Howe. $1500.

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