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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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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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“A SAGA OF HARD PHYSICAL WORK IN CONFLICT WITH NATURAL FORCES”

KIPLING, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. London, 1897.

First English edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing and faith in hard work, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber, signed by Kipling on the title page with his name crossed out and dated "1922" by Kipling on the last page of text. One of the few copies of this work signed by Kipling that we are aware of. $38,000.

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"PROF. EPSTEIN IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT LIVING THEORETICAL PHYSICISTS OF THE GERMAN-SPEAKING WORLD"

EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph letter signed. No place, August 14, 1921.

Rare heartfelt autograph letter of recommendation written and signed by Einstein in German, enthusiastically recommending his friend and colleague, physicist Prof. Dr. Paul Epstein, for a German academic position. $35,000.

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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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“ALL MODERN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN”

TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [sheep]. New York, 1885.

First edition, in unrestored publisher’s deluxe sheep binding, with all first-state points, including the extraordinarily rare “curved fly” illustration. Most rare, one of approximately 2500 copies issued in this binding, one of the first copies to be printed in the “original state,” before the above illustration was altered. This unaltered leaf appears in only some of the publisher’s deluxe bindings and never in the cloth-bound copies. $32,000.

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"PRIME COLLECTOR'S ITEMS… NEARLY ALL OF THEM WERE DISTRIBUTED EXCLUSIVELY TO CLOSE FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY"

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Proceedings at the Ceremony in Commemoration… Washington, D.C. 1939.

Limited edition, one of an unknown number of copies of President Roosevelt Christmas Book for 1939, inscribed by FDR for presentation to close friends and family, here inscribed to his eldest son, James: "James from FDR 1939." $32,000.

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WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF EINSTEIN INSCRIBED BY HIM TO HIS PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

(EINSTEIN, Albert) TYCKO, Aaron. Photograph inscribed. No place, circa 1934.

Wonderful photographic portrait of Einstein, inscribed and signed by him on the mount to his New York personal physician, "Herr Dr. Harry Stein mein Hilfreicher, Albert Einstein 1934." $26,000.

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FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS OF FREUD'S INTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON PSYCHOANALYSIS, WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED BY FREUD TO HIS COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND RUDOLF REITLER, THE FIRST PRACTITIONER OF PSYCHOANALYSIS AFTER FREUD

FREUD, Sigm[und], Prof. Dr. Vorlesungen zur Einfuhrung in die Psychoanalyse. Leipzig und Wien, 1916-17. Three volumes.

First edition in original wrappers of all three volumes of one of Freud's most popular works, the Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, inscribed in Volume II on the front wrapper to Rudolf Reitler, a friend and colleague of Freud who was instrumental in the development of psychoanalysis as a discipline and the first person after Freud himself to perform analysis on patients: "Herr Dr. R. Reitler mit herzlichen Gruss. Verf[asser]" [Dr. R. Reitler with warm regards. The Author.]. $25,000.

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"YOU MADE ME A TREMENDOUS PLEASURE WITH YOUR GOOD FEETED SANTA CLAUS"

EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph letter signed. Princeton, December 25, 1941.

Lovely original autograph Christmas 1941 letter written and signed by Einstein thanking his correspondent, Jane, for sending a "feeted Santa Claus" [possibly a figurine] and sending a small toy in return. $25,000.

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BEAUTIFUL LARGE FOLIO, WITH 76 HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS OF SCENERY ALONG THE THAMES

(BOYDELL, John and Josiah). [COMBE, William]. An History of the River Thames (Principal Rivers of Great Britain). London, 1794-96. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of this wonderful visual record of the River Thames, with 76 lovely folio hand-colored aquatints by Stadler after Farrington of prospects along the banks—including three very large folding plates—and a large folding map by John Cooke of “The Course of the River Thames from Its Source to the Sea.” An excellent copy in contemporary calf. $23,000.

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"NOTHING MORE IS NEEDED THAN TO AWAKEN THE ATTENTION TO THE PUBLIC TO AN EXPOSÉ OF THE SLAVE LAW SYSTEM"

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. Autograph letter signed. Andover, Massachusetts, October 27, 1852.

Fascinating autograph letter written and signed by Harriet Beecher Stowe discussing slavery laws, penned at the height of Uncle Tom's Cabin's popularity. $22,500.

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"THE CLEAREST OF ALL EXPOSITIONS OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY" (PMM): PAINE'S RIGHTS OF MAN, PARTS I & II, 1791-1792

PAINE, Thomas. Rights of Man. WITH: Rights of Man; Part the Second. London, 1791, 1792. Two volumes.

Extremely rare editions of both parts of Paine's revolutionary classic Rights of Man, featuring the rare and desirable Jordan second edition, first issue of Part I, issued mere days after his first edition, together with the Jordan sixth edition of Part II, issued same year as the first. Paine's Rights of Man, one of his most important, influential, and best-selling works, is "the clearest of all expositions on the basic principles of democracy" (PMM), and remains "one of the most ardent and clear defenses of human rights, liberty, and equality in any language" (Fruchtman). Paine hoped the work "would do for England what his Common Sense had done for America" (Gimbel), but it resulted in the prosecution of Paine, his publishers & booksellers, and forced him to flee to France. $22,000.

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"THE LAST MAJOR WESTERN WORK ON JAPAN BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE COUNTRY"

(JAPAN) TITSINGH, Isaac. Illustrations of Japan. London, 1822.

First English edition of this rare and important work, with a hand-colored line-engraved frontispiece and 12 hand-colored line-engraved and aquatint prints, including a folding panoramic strip of a funeral procession on three attached leaves, “faithfully copied from Japanese original designs,” and printed by Rudolph Ackermann. $22,000.

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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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“ONE OF THE GREATEST MASTERPIECES OF POLITICAL THEORY”

MONTESQUIEU, [Charles Louis] de Secondat, Baron de. Spirit of Laws. London, 1750. Two volumes.

First edition in English of Montesquieu's classic De L'Esprit Des Loix, an enormous influence on American and French revolutionary thought, translated by Thomas Nugent and published just two years after the first French edition, a beautiful copy in contemporary calf gilt. $21,000.

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PHOTOGRAPH OF MARCUS GARVEY, BOLDLY SIGNED BY HIM

GARVEY, Marcus. Photograph signed. No place, circa 1920.

Photograph circa 1920 of Jamaican-American leader Marcus Garvey—"an important link between early 20th-century black leaders and modern spokesmen"—an exceptional photographic portrait signed by Garvey with his bold inked signature along the lower portion of the sepia-toned image. $18,500.

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SIGNED BY MAURICE SENDAK: AN ORIGINAL LARGE DRAWING OF MAX AND A WILD THING

SENDAK, Maurice. Original drawing signed. No place, no date.

Original large pencil drawing of Max, dressed in his monster suit, playing with the wild thing “Moishe” from Where the Wild Things Are, signed by Sendak. $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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A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES OF THE MOST FAMOUS HIGHWAYMEN, MURDERERS, STREET-ROBBERS, &C, 1736 SECOND EDITION, WITH 26 FOLIO COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS

JOHNSON, Charles. General History of the Lives and Adventures of the Most Famous Highwaymen. London, 1736.

Second—and often preferred—edition of this scarce pirate history, with frontispiece and 25 copper-engraved plates, wonderfully bound by Zaehnsdorf in full morocco with gilt skull motifs. $16,800.

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BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

KING Jr., Martin Luther. Stride Toward Freedom. New York, 1958.

First edition, first printing, of Dr. King's first book, an account of the Montgomery bus strike, inscribed by the civil rights leader on the front free endpaper with his bold flourish: "Best Wishes Martin L. King Jr." $16,800.

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"A CLASSIC AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN NOVELS"

(CRUMMELL, Alexander) HARPER, Frances E.W. Iola Leroy. Philadelphia, 1893.

Exceptional 1893 edition of Iola Leroy—"the climax of Harper's literary career… representing the transition from the antebellum period to the Harlem Renaissance"—an especially rare and memorable association copy with the contemporary owner inscription of Alexander Crummell, the "intellectual idol of W.E.B. Du Bois," and a defining early Black nationalist with Delany and Garnet, dedicated "to the creation of a commercially viable Black nation," with frontispiece portrait of Harper, very elusive in original cloth. $16,500.

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"WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE POWER TO GRANT REPRIEVES AND PARDONS"

LINCOLN, Abraham. Amnesty Proclamation and Third Annual Message. Philadelphia, 1863.

First and very rare printing of one of Lincoln's greatest reconciliation efforts with the Confederacy, printed along with his third State of the Union Address, highly elusive in fragile original wrappers. $16,000.

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"SYMBOL OF THE FREE PRESS AS A BULWARK AGAINST TYRANNY"

(ZENGER, John Peter). Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger of New-York. London, 1738.

Second English edition (first published in New York in 1736) of the landmark trial of John Peter Zenger—“one of the famous decisions in legal history, establishing the epochal doctrine of the freedom of the press” (Howes)—“one of the most important events of colonial times” (Church), a splendid wide-margined copy handsomely bound. $16,000.

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“NOT SUCH A HOUND AS MORTAL EYES HAVE EVER SEEN”

CONAN DOYLE, Arthur. The Hound of the Baskervilles. London, 1902.

First edition, first issue, of the third Sherlock Holmes novel, widely regarded as the best of the series and "one of the most gripping stories in the English language," with 16 illustrations by Sidney Paget. A beautiful copy. $15,000.

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“HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS”

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1850. Two volumes.

Important and preferred second edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poems, containing the first appearance of her famous love poems to her husband, Sonnets from the Portuguese, which did not appear in the 1844 first edition of Poems. A lovely copy. $15,000.

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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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"IMMEDIATELY BECAME THE BASIS FOR MANY OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS OF MEXICO"

(MEXICO) LINATI, (Claudio). Costumes et Moeurs du Mexique. London, 1830.

First English edition of this early lithographic plate book on Mexico, with 33 vibrantly hand-colored lithographs of Mexican costumes, customs, and historic personages, in nicely restored original cloth. $12,500.

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RARE SECOND EDITION OF JANE EYRE,“THE MOST FAMOUS SECOND EDITION IN THE CHRONICLE OF VICTORIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY”, WITH THE FIRST APPEARANCEOF BRONTE’S FAMOUS DEDICATION TO THACKERAY

[BRONTE, Charlotte] BELL, Currer. Jane Eyre. London, 1848. Three volumes. Important second edition of Jane Eyre (printed only three months after the first edition), containing the first appearance of Bronte’s famous dedication to Thackeray, which contributed greatly to the success of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. $12,500.

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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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"SOJOURNER TRUTH STRIDES THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY LARGER THAN LIFE"

TRUTH, Sojourner. Carte-de-visite photograph. Detroit, circa 1882.

Exceedingly rare carte-de-visite photographic portrait of Sojourner Truth, taken by Detroit photographer Corydon C. Randall in one of three sessions from June 1881 to April 1882, one of the very last portraits sanctioned by her before her death in 1883, an unforgettable image that captures Truth in a pensive moment, gazing directly at the camera with luminous resolve. Containing her trademark printed caption and name below the image; copyright printed on the verso. $12,000.

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“THE MOST WORTHY OF THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS”

LOCKE, John. The Works. London, 1714. Three volumes.

First edition of the collected works of Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers,” with exquisite copper-engraved frontispiece portrait by George Vertue and full-page memorial plate, scarce in contemporary paneled calf. $11,800.

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“A SYMBOL AND A BATTLE CRY AGAINST OPPRESSION”

(MAGNA CARTA) BLACKSTONE, William. The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest. Oxford, 1759.

First Blackstone edition, large-paper copy, of one of the finest productions of the Clarendon Press, the monumental edition of the Magna Carta under the editorship of eminent jurist Sir William Blackstone—his "first important work." $11,500.

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"O LORD, OPEN THOU MY LIPS AND MY MOUTH SHALL DECLARE THY PRAISE"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Bruges, Belgium, circa 1460-79.

Beautiful illuminated leaf from a 15th-century Belgian Book of Hours—likely for English use—featuring a very large floriated initial; a lovely, detailed miniature of the Agony in the Garden; and an elaborate floral border. $11,500.

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“THE BIBLE OF ENGLISH HERBALISTS”

GERARDE, John. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. London, 1633.

Important second edition—“in every respect immeasurably superior” to the first—of Gerarde’s esteemed Herball, skillfully edited by Thomas Johnson, boasting more than 2700 delicate in-text botanical woodcuts and elaborate engraved title page. This second edition includes the first illustration of bananas to be published in England. $11,000.

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"IF IT WERE LEFT TO ME TO RECOMMEND THE PROCESS BY WHICH A NATION SHOULD BE RAISED TO THE HIGHEST STANDING OF MILITARY FAME… I SHOULD COMMENCE BY INSTITUTING MILITARY ACADEMIES FOR ITS WOMEN, FOR THE DAUGHTERS WHO WILL ONE DAY TO BECOME THE MOTHERS OF ITS ARMIES"

BARTON, Clara. Autograph letter signed. South Carolina, 1863.

Wonderful rare autograph letter signed by Clara Barton advocating military training for women, so they can raise a superior future generation of soldiers. $10000.

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WITH 39 SUPERB HAND-COLORED AQUATINT VIEWS OF NORTH WALES, 1820 EXPANDED SECOND EDITION

(WALES) [COMPTON, Thomas]. The Northern Cambrian Mountains. London, 1820.

Second and enlarged edition, with 39 magnificent hand-colored aquatint plates of views of North Wales—nine more than the 30 found in the first edition—with descriptive text, handsomely bound. $9800.

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“OF CARDINAL IMPORTANCE FOR ITS INFLUENCE ON THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND THOUGHT"

BIBLE. Bible, that is, the holy Scriptures. London, 1599.

Early 17th-century illustrated edition (dated London 1599, but likely printed later, in Amsterdam) of the Geneva Bible—popularly known as the “Breeches Bible” or “Elizabethan family Bible” and arguably the most significant Protestant translation of Scripture prior to the King James—with four woodcut maps and 26 in-text woodcut illustrations. A beautiful copy in an elaborately gilt contemporary binding. $9800.

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OFFPRINTS OF ALL THREE PARTS OF THE GENETIC CODE, 1962-66, ONE INSCRIBED BY MARSHALL NIRENBERG AND TWO SIGNED BY FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis and NIRENBERG, Marshall W. The Genetic Code. San Francisco, California, 1962-66. Three offprints.

First offprint editions of a three-part article on DNA by Francis Crick and Marshall Nirenberg originally published in Scientific American, with Parts I and III signed by Francis Crick and Part II inscribed: "with best wishes Marshall Nirenberg." $9500.

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FIRST WORK ON MIDWIFERY BY AN ENGLISHMAN, 1653

HARVEY, William. Anatomical Exercitations, Concerning the Generation of Living Creature. London, 1653.

First edition in English, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Harvey by William Faithorne (often missing). "The chapter on midwifery in this book is the first work on that subject to be written by an Englishman" (Garrison & Morton). $9500.

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“THE MOST IMPORTANT TEXT EDWARDS WROTE IN THE STOCKBRIDGE YEARS, AND THE ONE OFTEN USED TO MARK HIS PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF IDEAS”

EDWARDS, Jonathan. Careful and Strict Enquiry into… Freedom of Will. Boston, 1754.

Rare first edition of the famous 18th-century American theologian's treatise arguing for the centrality of freedom of will, in contemporary binding. $9200.

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“THE FOUNDER OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE”

OCCOM, Samson. Sermon, Preached at the Execution of Moses Paul. New-London, 1772.

Second edition, issued mere weeks after the exceedingly rare first edition—"the first monograph to be published by a North American Indian in English"—Occom's fiery 1772 Sermon, authored at the request of the condemned Moses Paul "to publicize the racial injustice of his murder trial and subsequent execution," delivered by Occom in Connecticut with America on the brink of Revolution, with woodcut-engraved "death's head" on title page. An exceptional copy. $9200.

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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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JOHN C. MASON'S PRESENTATION COPY OF THE CONSTITUTION, 1852, SIGNED BY HIM AND THE MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF THE 32ND U.S. CONGRESS

(MASON, John C.). The Constitution of the United States of America. Washington, 1852.

Later edition of this collection of important American founding documents, including the Constitution, U.S. Representative from Kentucky John Calvin Mason's presentation copy, signed by him in pencil on the title page, and signed by the majority of members of the 32nd U.S. Congress, including Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin, Charles Sumner, William Seward, Salmon Chase, Stephen Douglas, Sam Houston, and Alexander Stephens. Bound for Mason in contemporary morocco with his name gilt-stamped on the front cover. $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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"THUS I HOLD UP GREAT VIRTUES TO THE IMITATION OF YOUTH"

(WASHINGTON, George) WEEMS, Rev. M.L. Life of Washington. Philadelphia, 1800.

Very early edition of Weems’ beloved Life of Washington, with frontispiece portrait, likely published within months of the virtually unobtainable first edition and likewise within months of Washington's death. $8800.

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“IT IS MY BUSINESS TO KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DON’T KNOW”

CONAN DOYLE, Sir Arthur. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. WITH: Memoirs. London, 1892, 1894. Two volumes.

First editions in book form of these classic stories starring literature’s most famous detective, illustrated by Sidney Paget, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Bayntun-Rivière. $8500.

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"ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING FIGURES IN ALL OF AMERICAN HISTORY"

HAMILTON, Alexander. The Works. New York and London, 1904. Twelve volumes.

“Connoisseur’s Federal Edition,” number 3 of only 400 sets, the definitive Works of Hamilton, containing The Federalist, extensive correspondence, and key state papers by the founding father whose pivotal works crafted “a clear and prescient vision of America’s future political, military, and economic strength” (Ron Chernow). $8500.

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“IT WILL LIVE AS LONG AS AESOP’S FABLES”

HARRIS, Joel Chandler. Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. New York, 1881.

First edition, first state, of the first and most beloved Uncle Remus book by Harris, the one American writer of the Reconstruction who "has made the most permanent contribution," with eight plates and numerous text illustrations by Church and Moser, in original cloth-gilt. $8500.

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EDWARD ORME’S DRAMATIC COLLECTION OF 40 SUPERB HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS ILLUSTRATING EVENTS OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS

(NAPOLEON) ORME, Edward, editor. Historic, Military and Naval Anecdotes of Personal Valor. London, circa 1835.

First edition, second issue, of this vivid visual documentation of notable British victories, with 40 beautifully hand-colored aquatints, including extraordinary views of the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon’s Russian campaign and the Battle of Trafalgar. Attractively bound. $7800.

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SIGNED BY MARK TWAIN

TWAIN, Mark. Photograph signed. Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1892.

Lovely sepia-toned photographic portrait of a middle-aged Mark Twain, seated at his desk and holding a pen, signed on the mount by Mark Twain for presentation to the wife of his illustrator, Daniel Carter Beard. $7800.

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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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"THE WORST SPATE OF RACE RIOTS AND LYNCHINGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY"

(BROWN, Will) Anonymous. Omaha's Riot. Omaha, Nebraska, circa 1919.

First edition of an extraordinary photographic account issued anonymously circa 1919, one of the first separate accounts known, documenting the September 1919 "reign of terror" in Omaha, Nebraska, where thousands in an enraged white mob attacked Black citizens, lynched a Black man, burned his corpse, and set blocks of the city on fire, with 15 full-page photographic illustrations and photographic title page, exceedingly rare in fragile original wrappers. $7800.

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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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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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“THE PLACE OF ANY STAR IN THE PRIMITIVE SPHERE”

NEWTON, Isaac. Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended. London, 1728.

First edition, scarce large-paper issue, of Newton’s posthumously published work, demonstrating the value of the Ptolemaic system in his “startling revision of long accepted historical dates,” with three folding diagrams of Solomon’s Temple. A most desirable large-paper copy issued on thick paper, scarce in contemporary boards. $6800.

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FIRST EDITION OF CARTIER-BRESSON'S DECISIVE MOMENT

CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Decisive Moment. New York, 1952.

First edition in English, published simultaneously with the French, with 126 photographic illustrations by "the Raphael of 20th-century photographers," an association copy with the owner signature of award-winning American artist Edgar A. Batzell, a splendid copy with laid-in original caption book and the colorful dust jacket with design by Matisse. $6500.

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WARMLY INSCRIBED WITH WITH TEN LINES OF HUMOROUS VERSE BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN

SILVERSTEIN, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. New York, 1974.

Rare first edition, presentation copy, of Silverstein’s first collection of witty and whimsical poetry (in a later issue dust jacket), warmly inscribed by him on the front free endpapers with ten lines of humorous verse "For Gloria," quite possibly the New York artist and Harper & Row designer Gloria Bressler, mentioned on the acknowledgements page. $6500.

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“NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW”

(CHURCHILL, Winston). Poster: Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few. London, circa 1940.

Dramatic original World War II poster depicting five Royal Air Force fighter pilots, with Prime Minister Churchill's famous words from his speech of August 20, 1940 in the sky above them. $6500.

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WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF 17TH-CENTURY WRITINGS

MODENA, Leon of. History of the Rites, Customes, and Manner of Life of the Present Jews. London, Saint-Leger, and Paris, 1650, 1665, 1665.

Seventeenth-century sammelband, comprising a 1650 edition in English (published the same year as the first in English) of Leon of Modena's very rare account of Jewish life and customs; a rare first edition of a 1665 biography in French of an important early church figure, Bishop Melito of Sarda; and a 1665 early edition of a work praising Louis XIV's establishment of the French East India Company with a frequently co-bound work on the Articles and Conditions to acquire a merchant grant from the Company. $6500.

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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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"FOR THE STRENGTH OF THE PACK IS THE WOLF, AND THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS THE PACK"

KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book. WITH: The Second Jungle Book. London and New York, 1894-95. Two volumes.

First editions of Kipling's classic Jungle Books, "replete with adventure and excitement," handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Bayntun, with original cloth covers and spines bound in. From the library of Eugene Field. $6250.

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"AFTER ALL THE VEHEMENT CRY FOR LIBERTY, WHAT MORE LIBERTY CAN YOU HAVE?… STAND AND CONSIDER BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE"

WESLEY, John, M.A. Calm Address. London, 1775.

First London edition of Wesley's provocative and deceptively titled Calm Address, this very rare edition the first with his revisions to the Bristol first edition issued barely two weeks earlier, with Wesley boldly refuting "American claims that their constitutional rights were being violated" and echoing Samuel Johnson's position in Taxation No Tyranny that Parliament had the clear "right to tax all the English Colonies," in fragile original self-wrappers. $5500.

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SHAKESPEARE IN HARLEM, INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Shakespeare in Harlem. New York, 1942.

First edition of Hughes' major book of poetry—"a work of genuine talent and artistry"—a distinctive presentation/association copy inscribed by him in the year of publication to groundbreaking Black labor leader Helene Powell of California's ILWU and her daughter Joy, with Hughes' warm inscription reading, "Inscribed especially for Helene and Joy, from Louise, with sincere best regards from—Langston Hughes, Chicago, March 8, 1942,” with frontispiece and 12 full-page illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer. $5200.

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CHARLOTTE’S WEB INSCRIBED BY E.B. WHITE

WHITE, E.B. Charlotte's Web. New York, 1957.

Later printing of one of the most delightful and beloved of children's books, a cornerstone of any collection of modern children's literature, a rare copy inscribed on the half title: "For Ducky Goodbody with greetings from E.B. White." $5200.

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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Famous American Negroes. New York, 1954.

First edition of this collection of 17 short biographies of famous African Americans such as Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, boldly inscribed in the year of publication by Langston Hughes to an old high school friend who later became a prominent labor historian: "Especially for Henry Kraus—with sincere regard—Langston Hughes. New York 2/26/54." $4800.

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FEATURING AN ACCOUNT OF THE REVOLT ON THE SLAVE SHIP AMISTAD AND A NARRATIVE OF THE BURNING OF THE CAROLINE

BROOKE, Henry K., editor. Piracies and Murders. Philadelphia and New York, 1841.

Rare first edition of this 19th-century collection of piracy narratives, including chapters about the slave uprising on the Amistad and the burning of the Caroline by British soldiers, with numerous engraved plates and in-text illustrations, in original cloth. $4500.

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EXTREMELY LARGE BROADSIDE LISTING MISSING CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS BY STATE, PART OF AN INTIATIVE SPEARHEADED BY CLARA BARTON

(BARTON, Clara). Broadsheet ["Roll of Missing Men.——No. 4."]. Washingto, 1866.

Fascinating broadside listing the names of missing Civil War soldiers, one of several such broadsides published by Clara Barton, who ultimately located more than 22,000 missing men. $4500.

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“AND THE TURTLES, OF COURSE… ALL THE TURTLES ARE FREE AS TURTLES AND, MAYBE, ALL CREATURES SHOULD BE”

SEUSS, Dr. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. New York, 1958.

First collected edition of three of Seuss’ most memorable moral fables, inscribed on the verso of the front free endpaper, "for Juanito with Best Wishes—from Dr. Seuss." $4200.

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“THAT CAT IS A BAD ONE, THAT CAT IN THE HAT”

SEUSS, Dr. Cat in the Hat Comes Back. (New York), 1958.

First edition of the further antics of Seuss’ most iconic character, inscribed by the beloved author-illustrator with his characteristic flourish, “For Terry C—— —Best Wishes—Dr. Seuss.” $3800.

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“THE PLACE WHERE YOU MADE YOUR STAND NEVER MATTERED. ONLY THAT YOU WERE THERE… AND STILL ON YOUR FEET"

KING, Stephen. Stand. Garden City, 1978.

First edition of King's Hugo-nominated epic tale of apocalyptic terror, boldly inscribed on the title page, "To Jeff and Brandi—With good wishes—Stephen King, 9/08/79." $3800.

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WITH SEVEN ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS, SIGNED BY CHAGALL

(CHAGALL, Marc). Derriere le Miroir. Paris, 1957.

First edition of this lavish production, with seven original Chagall lithographs, four of which are in color and two of which are double-page, boldly signed by Chagall on the first page of text. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and friend of Chagall. $3500.

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