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60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 4 - First Collected And First Illustrated Edition Of The Novels Of Jane Austen, 1833 2. AUSTEN, Jane. Novels. London, 1833. Five volumes. Small octavo, modern full brown calf gilt. $28,000. Important first collected and first illustrated edition of the novels of Jane Austen, printed from the plates of Bentley’s “Standard Novel” editions of 1833, each volume with engraved frontispiece illustration and vignette title page, finely bound. “Very rare in any state” (Gilson). “The fact that [Austen] wrote comparatively little and that that little is almost always of the highest quality has resulted in the unique distinction which her reputation now enjoys, that she is the only author of her period whose works can be read, and are read, today with delight in their entirety” (Baugh, et al., 1206). Bentley’s first collected edition of Austen’s novels includes Sense and Sensibility (originally published 1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Emma (1815), Mansfield Park (1814) and Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both published posthumously in 1818). When this edition first appeared, with its memoir of the author by Henry Austen, it triggered an interest in Jane Austen’s works which has never flagged since. Bound without half titles. Gilson D6. Owner ink signatures to engraved title page of Emma and letterpress title page of Pride and Prejudice. A clean, handsomely bound set in fine condition. First Edition Of Austen’s Emma, In Lovely Contemporary Bindings 1. AUSTEN, Jane. Emma: A Novel. London, 1816. Three volumes. Tall 12mo, contemporary three-quarter brown calf gilt, custom slipcase. $40,000. First edition of the last novel Austen published in her lifetime, her exquisitely comedic and unerringly insightful social satire, with all half titles, in a lovely contemporary binding. “Emma was the fourth and last novel which Jane Austen published in her lifetime. When it was written the author was at the height of her powers” (Rosenbach 29:24). “Jane Austen’s fourth novel has a profundity similar to that of Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility… Austen’s self-knowledge, her love of detail… [helped her] to create a proud, self-willed, self-guided, vexing and outrageous Emma and her greatest novel” (Honan, Jane Austen, 356-364). Printed in an edition of only 2000 copies at the author’s expense. With rare half titles in all three volumes. Gilson A8. A few early pencil notations. Scattered foxing to interior, restored binding with light edgewear, renewed corners. An extremely good copy of this scarce and important Austen classic.
60 Great Books - 5 - Bauman Rare Books “Jane Eyre was a triumphant assertion of the inviolability of the individual soul.”—Lyndall Gordon First Edition Of Charlotte Brontë’s Classic Jane Eyre, Beautifully Bound 3. BRONTË, Charlotte, under the pseudonym BELL, Currer. Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. London, 1847. Three volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco gilt. $60,000. Rare first edition of one of the greatest and most popular novels in English literature, in lovely contemporary calf-gilt. Charlotte Brontë’s decision to publish under the pseudonym “Currer Bell” aroused great public curiosity regarding the author’s true identity. Thackeray, Brontë’s literary hero, was sent a prepublication copy, prompting this reply: “It is a fine book… Some of the love passages made me cry… I have been exceedingly moved & pleased by Jane Eyre” (Barker, 535). The demand for Jane Eyre “was almost unprecedented. The first edition… was published on 16 October 1847; it had sold out within three months… By any standard, Jane Eyre was a resounding success” (Barker, 535-37). Bound without half titles and publisher’s advertisements. Wolff 826. Smith 2. Owner ink signature. Volume I expertly rebacked with original spine neatly laid down, text quite clean and fresh. An excellent copy of this rare classic.
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 6 - “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways”: First Appearance Of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets From The Portuguese 4. BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. New Edition. London, 1850. Two volumes. Small octavo, contemporary full crimson morocco gilt, custom clamshell box. $15,000. 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 in fine contemporary calf-gilt. This enlarged edition of Browning’s Poems is rightly considered an entirely separate work from the 1844 first edition. It includes, in addition to the Sonnets from the Portuguese, a number of poems here printed or collected for the first time. “The strange courtship of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, morally chained to amonstrous father, and their subsequent elopement, is one of the most romantic stories in 19th-century literature. What Browning did not know is that while Elizabeth was lying on that famous sofa in her father’s house on Wimpole Street she was pouring out her heart in some of the most remarkable love poetry ever written by a woman. One morning some time later, when they were living in Pisa, Elizabeth Browning pushed a packet under her husband’s arm, asked him to read the sonnets it contained and, should he disapprove, destroy them. Then she rushed from the room. Browning sat there and read with ever-growing wonder. Even before he had finished he hurried to his wife and demanded their publication. To shelter her feelings it was pretended that the sonnets had been translated from the Portuguese” (Great Books and Book Collectors, 239). Bound with half titles. Second state, as usual, with publisher’s address of “193, Piccadilly” on title pages (only four copies are known in the first state, and the title page is presumed to have been reset prior to publication). Barnes A6. Wise 7. Bookplates. Moderate foxing to first and last few leaves only of each volume (blank leaves and half titles), contemporary calf-gilt quite handsome. A lovely copy in excellent, near-fine condition. “Barrett Browning attained sainthood not just as a poet but also as a wife— based on the love story told in Sonnets.”—Jennifer Kingma Wall
60 Great Books - 7 - Bauman Rare Books “Emotion Recollected In Tranquility”: The Important Lyrical Ballads, With Wordsworth’s Famous Preface, The Manifesto Of The Romantics 5. WORDSWORTH, William and COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems. London, 1800. Two volumes. Small octavo, modern full brown morocco. $12,500. Second, definitive, and first complete edition of this touchstone of English Romanticism, containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark Preface, defining his revolutionary theory of poetry, “his revolt against 18th-century artificiality” (PMM), bound by Zaehnsdorf. In the 1798 one-volume first edition of Lyrical Ballads the poets rejected the classical principles of beauty and formal style, choosing instead to elevate the lives of ordinary men and women, and to write in the language of ordinary people. Amazingly, that edition was such a financial disaster that Longman, upon purchasing the printer’s rights from Joseph Cottle, valued it at “nothing” and sent it back to Wordsworth for revision. This is a mixed edition containing the first edition of Volume II and the preferred second edition of Volume I, containing for the first time Wordsworth’s famous Preface, in which he argues that poetry “takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” It should provide access to the emotions contained in memory, and promote “the worth and dignity of individual man.” Moreover, its first principle should be pleasure— through a rhythmic and beautiful expression of feeling— as all human sympathy is based on a subtle pleasure that is “the naked and native dignity of man.” Wordsworth’s Preface became the revolutionary manifesto of the Romantic poets and is now considered to mark the beginning of the Romantic Movement in English literature. Volume I bound without errata and leaf of advertisement. PMM 256. Wise, 6-8. Title pages neatly rehinged. Fine condition, attractively bound. “No poems have ever indicated so exquisite a perception of the beauty of the outer world or a more passionate love and reverence for that beauty.” –Thomas Babington Macaulay
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 8 - Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Complete Set Of The First Editions 6. BACH, Johann Sebastian. Six Concertos composés par Jean Sebastien Bach. Leipzig, 1850. Six volumes and a single-sheet prospectus. Folio, modern three-quarter brown reverse calf gilt, custom clamshell box. $60,000. First edition of Bach’s magnificent Brandenburg Concertos, his greatest orchestral works, fully engraved. The complete set, exceptionally rare. “The Brandenburg concertos are the purest products of Bach’s polyphonic style” (Schweitzer I:406). Although they are unquestionably among Bach’s greatest works, the six Brandenburg Concertos shared the initial fate of most of his music, neglected and considered outmoded for a century after their composition. (His biographer, Forkel, writing in 1802, knew of just 13 printed publications by Bach.) It may seem remarkable that Bach needed “reviving” in the 20th century, but in 1911 Albert Schweitzer was still insisting that the Brandenburgs were indeed “suitable for our concert halls” and hoping that they would “become popular possessions in the same sense as the Beethoven symphonies are” (I:408). This copy may well be the only available complete set; no set of first editions has been offered at auction for several decades. It includes the exceptionally rare single-sheet prospectus for the edition, printed in German and French. BWV 1046-1051 (Schmieder, 583). Owner stamp to title page of No. 3. No. 1 is trimmed a little close with occasional loss of plate numbers; one leaf in both No. 2 and No. 4 with small tape repair; No. 5, title page with small paper repair, ink musical notations to one leaf; No. 6, with erased ink inscription and repair to verso of title page. A few neat marginal paper repairs throughout the set. Exceptionally good condition and exceptionally rare.
60 Great Books - 9 - Bauman Rare Books “A Solitary Masterpiece, With No Immediate Predecessor Or Successor”: First Edition Of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 7. BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. Sinfonie mit Schlus-Chor Über Schillers Ode “An Die Freude” für grosses Orchester, 4 Solo- und 4 Chor-Stimmen. Mainz und Paris, 1826. Folio, modern half burgundy morocco gilt. $48,000. First edition of the full score of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, fully engraved—his first (and only) work to make use of the human voice. “The Choral Symphony (composed 1817-23, performed 1824) can only be treated as a solitary masterpiece, with no immediate predecessor or successor” (New Grove, 18: 455). Beethoven’s first symphony to make use of the human voice, and his last work for a largescale orchestra, the Ninth culminates in an expansive choral setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy. “For almost a quarter of a century Beethoven had nursed the ambition of setting to music Schiller’s Ode to Joy, in which the composer’s own ideal of the brotherhood of all mankind was voiced… but he did not get around to the actual planning and writing of the work until [the Ninth Symphony]. No symphony of his had taken so long to germinate… and in no other symphony had he produced such an all-encompassing feeling of humanity, spirituality, and exaltation” (Cross, 61-62). This, the first edition of the score, was one of the magnificent publications with which the firm of Schott, as “B. Schotts Söhnen,” established its reputation. “The firm first achieved eminence through the connection it formed with Beethoven in 1824” (Krummel & Sadie, 417). The first edition exists in both a regular and a subscribers’ issue, distinguished by the presence of a subscribers’ list. This copy, from the trade issue without the subscribers’ list, is exceptionally fresh, indicating that it is from an early strike of the plates. Without price or metronome marks, and with “frech” instead of “streng” in the first bar of page 207, as called for in Fuld. Fuld, 563. With blindstamp on title page of Michael J. Cipkala and in ink of a London music dealer and of Her Majesty’s Concerts of Ancient Music, founded in 1776 by the Earl of Sandwich (and disbanded in 1848). Only very faint marginal foxing to title page. An extraordinary copy.
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 10 - Very Rare First Edition, First State, Of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz 8. BAUM, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Chicago and New York, 1900. Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, custom clamshell box. $42,000. First edition, rare first state, of “the first truly enduring American fantasy” (Connolly, 38), with 24 color plates by W.W. Denslow. “Among the five Baum titles published in 1900, preeminent even then was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz… The first edition was a picturesque novelty with its 24 color plates and many line drawings; Denslow’s conceptions of the characters and landscapes contributed immeasurably to the book’s popularity” (Fricke, 22). Baum “set out to change children’s books and made a lasting contribution to American literature… The Wizard of Oz has entered American folklore. It reflected and has altered the American character” (Hearn, xiii). This book is bibliographically complicated as the text, color plates and binding were separately produced, and individual books were not assembled in a uniform manner; copies exist with binding, text and plates in various combinations. This copy possesses all first-state points in the text and plates. Cased in binding B (with imprint stamped in red sans serif type). Hanff & Greene, 25-27. Bienvenue, 4-5. Text and plates generally quite clean, very minor expert repair to top of upper joint and spine tail. An exceptionally bright and lovely copy of this notoriously fragile book. “L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz [is] not only the greatest fairy tale that this nation has produced, but one of its great myths.” —Fredrich Buechner
60 Great Books - 11 - Bauman Rare Books “In A Hole In The Ground There Lived A Hobbit”: Unrestored First Edition Of Tolkien’s Classic Fantasy 9. TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. London, 1937. Octavo, original light green cloth, dust jacket, custom clamshell box. $115,000. First edition, first printing, of the fantasy classic—“among the very highest achievements of children’s authors during the 20th century” (Carpenter & Pritchard, 530)—one of only 1500 copies printed, in unrestored dust jacket. “The outstanding British work of fantasy for children to appear between the two World Wars, and the first of a series of books which eventually brought Tolkien world-wide fame… All historians of children’s literature… agree in placing [The Hobbit] among the very highest achievements of children’s authors during the 20th century” (Carpenter & Prichard, 254, 530). “Professor Tolkien’s epic of Middle Earth was begun before the war, in The Hobbit. During and after the war he continued the story… [and] published it as a trilogy [The Lord of the Rings] from 1954 to 1955… [It is considered] one of this century’s lasting contributions to that borderland of literature between youth and age. There are few such books—Gulliver’s Travels, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Robinson Crusoe, Don Quixote, Alice inWonderland, TheWind in theWillows—what else?… [The Hobbit and its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, are] destined to become this century’s contribution to that select list of books which continue through the ages to be read by children and adults with almost equal pleasure” (Eyre, 67, 134-5). All of the book’s illustrations and decorations are by Tolkien: ten black-and-white pen drawings; two maps printed in red and black (appearing as the front and back endpapers); decorations to the cloth binding (mountains, moon, sun and dragon); and the dramatic four-color dust jacket illustration. Publisher’s correction by hand to rear flap of dust jacket. Hammond & Anderson A3a. Currey 385. Early owner signature and address notation. Book with minor darkening to edges of original cloth. Original very bright dust jacket entirely unrestored, with some chipping to spine ends and dust jacket corners. A very good copy of this exceptionally rare first edition. “A book full of adventure, heroism, song and laughter, featuring landscapes that are quintessentially English.”—Alan Lee
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 12 - Rare First Edition Of Mather’s Authoritative History Of Colonial Massachusetts, In Contemporary Boards, Complete With Important Map 10. MATHER, Cotton. Magnalia Christi Americana: or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England, from its first planting in the year 1620, unto the year of our Lord, 1698. London, 1702. Folio, contemporary full speckled paneled dark brown calf rebacked. $15,000. Very rare first edition of Cotton Mather’s salvation history of colonial Massachusetts, the “most important 18th-century American book” (Howes M391), including the earliest 18th-century general map of New England (often not present). No dispassionate chronicle, Mather’s magnum opus is instead a monument of moral urgency and reforming zeal, “a collection of essays, memorials and addresses intended to call a wayward generation back to the principles and practices upon which [New England] was founded” (Magill, 557-58). The book is also renowned for including “the first general map of New England published in the 18th century” (Schwartz & Ehrenberg, 133). The “Mather map,” present in this copy, is often missing. The first American edition of the Magnalia would not appear until 1820. Rare errata provided in facsimile on one leaf; the work is considered complete without it. The errata, “which Mather caused to be printed here after he had received the book from England” (Church 806), was printed well after the book and in America, and was originally printed on two leaves, with the recto of the first and the verso of the second leaf blank. Sabin 46392. Howes M391. Streeter 658. Engraved armorial bookplate of Francis John Stainforth (1797-1866), British Anglican clergyman who served as a curate in London-area parishes and a collector of books, stamps, and shells. Text generally quite clean, folding map with neat three-inch archival repair to verso of one fold only, image clean and fine, light wear to corners, rubbing to board edges. An extremely good, neatly rebacked copy. “Mather’s Magnalia is the most famous American book of colonial times and the indispensable source for colonial social history”—Streeter
60 Great Books - 13 - Bauman Rare Books “Let All New England Rise And Crush Burgoyne” (Washington): Exceedingly Scarce First Edition Of Burgoyne’s Account Of His 1777 Surrender To American Revolutionary Forces At Saratoga, “One Of The Best Sources Of The Campaign” Streeter), With Six Large Hand-Colored Folding Maps Engraved By Faden 11. BURGOYNE, John. A State of the Expedition from Canada, as Laid Before the House of Commons. London, 1780. Quarto, modern three-quarter brown calf, marbled boards and endpapers; pp. i-viii, 1-140, i-lxii, . $13,500. First edition of British officer Burgoyne’s dramatic justification of his 1777 defeat by American Revolutionary forces at Saratoga, “the turning point” in the war that “brought France openly into the struggle” (Wood, American Revolution), containing six large engraved folding maps and plans with hand-colored details, two with hinged overslips illustrating changes in troop positions and movements, handsomely bound. On the “evening of 4 July, the second anniversary of the Declaration of Independence,” Burgoyne’s forces surrounded the Americans at Fort Ticonderoga and pursued the colonial army in its flight up river. Burgoyne’s success seemed certain, until, in August, he wrote of “sinister events” (Weintraub, 114). It was at this point that Washington “saw his opportunity. ‘Now,’ he said, ‘let all New England rise and crush Burgoyne,” and he sent as many troops into the battle as he could spare (Hibbert, 182). In late September, Burgoyne’s army faced 20,000 American soldiers entrenched at Behmus’ Heights, and he led a bloody if futile attack. General Gates, however, “would not allow him to escape; he harassed every mile of the retreat, and at last surrounded him at Saratoga. All Burgoyne’s provisions and ammunition were expended, and he found himself obliged to surrender on October 17, 1777” (DNB). Although Burgoyne’s campaign was intended to end the colonial rebellion, his defeat at “Saratoga was the turning point.” Not only had an American force been victorious in the field, but an American army had defeated a British army. This “brought France openly into the struggle. And it led to a change in the British command and a fundamental alteration in strategy” (Wood, American Revolution, 81). Recognizing that his military reputation had been severely damaged, Burgoyne published A State of the Expedition, in which he defends the campaign’s strategy. “The work is one of the best sources on the campaign” (Streeter). With six large hand-colored folding maps: “part of a series of the battles of the American Revolution engraved and issued by William Faden” (two with hinged overrslips) (Adams 80-12a). Containing an extensive appendix featuring Burgoyne’s letters, speeches, journals and minutes. Howes B968. Sabin 9255. Streeter II:794. Text very fresh, only light offsetting to maps, much lighter than usual, occasional small closed tears at foldlines. A handsome about-fine copy.
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 14 - A Foundational Work: The Proposed Bill Of Rights, One Of Only 700 Copies Printed For The Government 12. (BILL OF RIGHTS) UNITED STATES SENATE. Journal of the First Session of the Senate of the United States of America. Begun and Held at the City of New-York, March 4th, 1789, and in the Thirteenth Year of the Independence of the Said States. New-York, 1789. Folio, modern paper wrappers with the original title-wrapper laid down, custom clamshell box. $95,000. Exceptionally rare first edition of the official 1789 Journal of the Senate, containing one of the earliest official printings of the proposed Bill of Rights, one of only 700 copies printed for members of government—an uncut copy. This is the first official publication of the Journal of the First Session of the Senate. The Journal covers Senate activities from March 4 to September 29, 1789, when numerous key events took place. Foremost was debate on the proposed Bill of Rights. On pages 103-6 appear the 17 amendments originally proposed by the House. On pages 163-164, the 12 amendments passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification appear under “Proposed Amendments.” Subsequently, the first two (a formula for determining the number of Representatives and a rule about congressional pay) were not ratified and the remaining ten became the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Among the other notable items herein are: President Washington’s first address to Congress, debate on the Judiciary Bill and other legislative “firsts.” The Bill of Rights was issued in two 1789 printings, the present version and in the Acts Passed at a Congress of the United States. Both of these printings of the Bill of Rights are of exceptional rarity. Evans 22207. Grolier American 100 20. Contemporary signature of D.A. White on the title page. Title page mounted, only very light scattered foxing. An extraordinarily important landmark in early U.S. history.
60 Great Books - 15 - Bauman Rare Books “This Is By Far The Best Book Ever Written About America”: First Editions In English Of Both Parts Of Democracy In America, With Scarce Folding Map 13. TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Translated by Henry Reeve. London, 1835, 1840. Four volumes. Volumes I-II: Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown calf; Volumes III-IV: Octavo, late 19thcentury three-quarter brown morocco gilt, matching clamshell boxes. $60,000. First editions in English of both parts of Tocqueville’s influential analysis of American democracy—“one of the most important texts in political literature” (PMM)—with scarce folding map colored in outline. Democracy in America is “the first systematic and empirical study of the effects of political power on modern society” (Nisbet). Commissioned by the French government, Democracy in America is the result of Tocqueville’s 1831-32 tour of the United States to examine the American penal system. The first part of the work was published in French in 1835 and the second part in 1840; the present English editions were issued in the same years and precede the American editions of each part. Volume I with folding map and half title. Volume II bound without half title. Howes T278, 279. Sabin 96062, 96063. Volumes I-II with armorial bookplates, small bookseller embossed stamps. Volumes III-IV with small binder inkstamps of “W. Worsfold. London.” Volumes I-II with mere trace of foxing, small bit of archival tape reinforcement to inner verso of folding map, Volumes III-IV fine. An exceptional copy. “One of the few treatises on the philosophy of politics which has risen to the rank of a classic... The more one reads Tocqueville, the more admiration does one feel for his acuteness, for the delicacy of his analysis, for the elegant precision of his reasonings, for the limpid purity of his style; above all for his love of truth and the elevation of his views”—James Bryce
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 16 - An Extraordinary Civil War Collection: A Monumental Biography Of Lincoln, Extra-Illustrated With More Than 140 Civil War Era Photographs And More Than 60 Signatures, Inscriptions, Letters And Documents Of The Most Important Politicians, Military Leaders, And Cultural Figures Of The Civil War, Including Lincoln Twice, Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, Lee, Frederick Douglass, And John Wilkes Booth, With Additional Ephemera, In 20 Finely Bound Volumes 14. (LINCOLN, Abraham) NICOLAY, John and HAY, John. Abraham Lincoln: A History. New York, 1890. Ten volumes bound in twenty. Octavo, modern full red morocco gilt. $135,000. First edition of this magisterial biography, with ten frontispiece portraits of Lincoln, numerous maps and diagrams and over 300 wood-engraved illustrations, mostly portraits of dignitaries—many produced from Mathew Brady photographs—handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. This copy extraillustrated with over 140 original, Civil-War era albumen photographs, including several of Lincoln from cartes-de-visite; engravings (several in color); maps; Civil War ephemera; a handbill from Lincoln’s first presidential election; and with tipped-in signatures, inscriptions, letters and documents of more than 60 important figures in Civil War history, including: an autograph note signed by Lincoln and an autograph document signed by Lincoln; inscriptions of Stephen Douglas, Daniel Webster, Stonewall Jackson, Frederick Douglass, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant (one signature, one inscription), Robert E. Lee, John Wilkes Booth, Ralph Waldo Emerson; signatures of Horace Greeley, Andrew Johnson, and many others. With an extraordinary, unique collection of tipped-in ephemera such as presidential campaign flyers and advertisements (including a Lincoln-Hamlin handbill from the 1860 election); more than 140 contemporary original photographs of the most notable figures in Lincoln’s life and during the Civil War, including many carte-de-visite photographs; engravings of people and battle scenes; maps; and more than 60 autographs. The autograph document signed by Lincoln dates from his days as a lawyer in Illinois on the circuit court, and involves a case of contract law. This document, entirely in Lincoln’s hand, reads: “John Durley vs. Jess Mitts & Japhet A. Ball. Trespass on the case upon promises. Damage $200.00. The clerk of the Sangamon Circuit Court will issue process in the above entitled cause returnable to the next term of said court. Aug. 28 1838. Stuart & Lincoln. For. Plff [plaintiff].” The autograph note signed by Lincoln dates from his presidency, and concerns a request from a young woman for a job. The letter is on the recto, and Lincoln’s note on the verso reads: “I would be very glad for Miss Hebb to be obliged, if it is at all convenient. A. Lincoln. Feb. 23, 1863.” Among the photographs in the collection is the last studio photograph taken of Lincoln, a tender scene of himself with his son Tad, taken by Anthony Berger at Mathew Brady’s gallery on February 9, 1864. A magnificent set in fine condition.
60 Great Books - 17 - Bauman Rare Books Abraham Lincoln John Hay Stephen Douglas Robert Todd Lincoln Salmon P. Chase Horace Greeley Schuyler Colfax Mary Ann Brown Gerrit Smith William Cullen Bryant Samuel H. Treat Hannibal Hamlin Daniel Webster Roger B. Taney Gideon Welles General Thomas L. “Stonewall” Jackson Bayard Taylor Rear Admiral John Dahlgren Major General George Stoneman Brigadier General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel Brigadier General Don Carlos Buell William Gannaway Brownlow Simon Cameron George Bancroft Rear Admiral Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough Brevet Brigadier General Anson G. McCook Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman Major General John Pope Charles Francis Adams Major General George G. Meade George S. Boutwell William B. Allison William H. Seward Major General Philip Henry Sheridan Major General William S. Rosecrans Dr. Henry W. Bellows Frederick Douglass Henry Wolf Andrew Gregg Curtin Henry Wilson Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont General William Tecumseh Sherman Major General James B. McPherson Rear Admiral David G. Farragut Major General John Sedgwick John Bright Lord Palmerston Major General William Buel Franklin General Ulysses S. Grant Brigadier General Robert O. Tyler General Robert Schenck James G. Blaine Horatio Seymour General O.O. Howard Edward Bates Hugh McCulloch General Robert E. Lee General Ulysses S. Grant John Wilkes Booth Andrew Johnson Ralph Waldo Emerson John Townsend Trowbridge This collection contains signatures, signed documents and/or letters of:
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 18 - “One Of The Great Novels Of World Literature”: First Edition Of Tolstoy’s War And Peace, A Remarkable Copy 15. TOLSTOY, Leo. Voina i Mir [War and Peace]. Moscow, 1868-69. Six volumes bound in three. Octavo, 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco-gilt; original front wrappers of parts 2-5 bound in. $48,500. Rare first edition of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, one of the greatest novels ever written, in the original Russian, handsomely bound. Seven years in the writing, War and Peace is undeniably the greatest literary work relating to the Napoleonic wars. “This picture of Russian life, set against a background of Napoleon’s invasion, is one of the great novels of world literature” (Hornstein, Reader’s Companion to World Literature, 555-56). War and Peace has proved remarkably influential. German novelist Thomas Mann noted of the novel, “The pure narrative power of his work is unequaled. Seldom did art work so much like nature.” Unlike Tolstoy’s other masterpiece, Anna Karenina, War and Peace first appeared in full in book form, not in periodicals, though the first two parts did appear under the title “Tysiacha Vosemsot Piatyi God” (“The Year 1805”) in 1865 in the journal Russkii Vestnik. War and Peace was self-published; Tolstoy contracted Ris, advanced 4500 rubles for the printing of 4800 copies, and promised 30 percent of the gross profit to the printer and the proofreader. The enterprise showed a handsome return: the novel retailed for 10 rubles, and quickly went into a second edition following enthusiastic reviews. Kilgour 1195. Prerevolutionary owner’s ink stamps on title pages (Iv.P. Barsukov); discreet owner ink signatures. Only occasional foxing to text, a few instances of faint marginal dampstaining in Volumes I and II, bindings handsome. A beautiful copy, rare and desirable.
60 Great Books - 19 - Bauman Rare Books “The Horror! The Horror!”: Desirable Inscribed Presentation First Edition Of Conrad’s Youth, Containing The First Book Appearance Of “Heart Of Darkness” 16. CONRAD, Joseph. Youth: A Narrative and Two Other Stories. Edinburgh and London, 1902. Octavo, original green cloth, custom clamshell box. $95,000. Very rare presentation-association first edition, first issue, containing the first appearance in book form of Heart of Darkness—“one of the most powerful short novels in the English language” (Farrow, 14), inscribed by Conrad to his friend and adviser: “To Marguerite Poradowska, with the author’s dear love. 20th Nov 1902.” “Youth” and “Heart of Darkness” were the first of Conrad’s stories to attract wider attention. Conrad’s “account of a superman running an ivory business in the heart of the Congo… is a masterpiece of sinister deterioration” (Connolly, Modern Movement 14). “The influence of Heart of Darkness can be traced in writers as diverse as T.S. Eliot, Andre Gide, H.G. Wells, Chinua Achebe, William Golding, Graham Greene, V.S. Naipaul, and George Steiner, while Francis Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now taps some of its rich imaginative possibilities by transposing it to the Vietnam War” (Stringer, 292). Also containing Conrad’s story “The End of the Tether.” The recipient Marguerite Poradowska was related to Conrad by her 1874 marriage to his cousin Aleksandr Poradowski, whom she met in Belgium. The couple lived in Ukraine for ten years before returning to Belgium, where she began a career as a writer, eventually authoring eight novels as well as novellas and short stories. She met Conrad in 1890 and the two began a correspondence that lasted for many years. First issue, with 32 pages of publisher’s advertisements dated “10/02.” Cagle A7a.1. Wise 10. Booklabel in clamshell box. Interior clean, slightest toning to spine, far less than often found, very minor bumping to corners. A beautiful copy, scarce and desirable in this condition and especially so inscribed by Conrad.
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 20 - Wonderful, Extremely Scarce Ink And Watercolor Drawing Of The Little Prince, An Actual Finished Drawing Used For The Book 17a. SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Original ink and watercolor drawing [“The Little Prince”]. New York, circa 1943. Brown ink drawing on white onionskin paper, heightened with red and sepia washes, measuring 8 by 6 inches; beautifully framed, entire piece measures 15 by 13 inches. $45,000. Original finished ink and watercolor drawing SaintExupery executed for his Little Prince, this one showing the Little Prince watching his flower’s first bloom (page 29). The original manuscript in the Morgan Library contains only preliminary drawings and this particular subject is not among them. Saint-Exupery’s talent as an artist is a topic he discusses at length in the beginning of The Little Prince. This is the finished drawing for the illustration on page 29 of The Little Prince, depicting his flower’s first bloom: “Then one morning, exactly at sunrise, she suddenly showed herself.” War pilot Saint-Exupery had fled to New York after the fall of France, where he waited with impatience to find some avenue by which he could rejoin the war effort. He wrote The Little Prince in New York during the remainder of 1941 and throughout 1942. In March of 1943, at about the same time as he received his embarkation papers for North Africa (despite his age and health, he was able to join the American forces as a reconnaissance pilot), The Little Prince was published in New York. Saint-Exupery was lost the following year in a mission over the Mediterranean. Fine. Original material from The Little Prince is rare and in great demand. Signed Limited First Edition Of The Little Prince 17b. SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. The Little Prince. New York, 1943. Small quarto, original tan cloth, dust jacket. $24,000. Signed limited first edition, one of only 525 copies signed by Saint-Exupery. Because the author disappeared in a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean in 1944 signed copies of this, the last work published during his lifetime, are very desirable. Reid, 564. Book about-fine. Scarce price-clipped dust jacket quite bright, with only light creasing, slightest toning and a few small closed tears to extremities, tape repair to verso. An exceptional copy. “The Little Prince is a book that you pass on to your children, grandchildren, friends and loved ones.”—Forbes
60 Great Books - 21 - Bauman Rare Books An Amazing Offering: Garth Williams’ Original Watercolor, Pen And Ink Illustration For The First Edition Dust Jacket Of Charlotte’s Web, From The Collection Of The Book’s Legendary Editor And Ardent E.B. White Supporter, Ursula Nordstrom 18. WILLIAMS, Garth. Original watercolor illustration [Charlotte’s Web dust jacket]. No place, 1952. Octavo (8 by 11 inches, folded to 8 by 6 inches), original watercolor, pen and ink illustration on laid paper; handsomely window-matted and framed, entire piece measures 20 by 17 inches. $65,000. Original watercolor, pen, and ink front cover and spine illustration for the dust jacket of the first edition of Charlotte’s Web by Garth Williams, a preliminary version of the final cover, evidently sent by Williams for approval to Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary director of Harper’s department of children’s books from 1940 to 1973 and the editor of Charlotte’s Web. From the personal collection of Ursula Nordstrom. One of the dynamic forces in children’s publishing of the 20th century, Ursula Nordstrom oversaw the publication of such classics as Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Where the Wild Things Are and the two E.B. White books, Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. In 1952, White unexpectedly showed up in Nordstrom’s office with a newmanuscript, Charlotte’s Web. Nordstrom reportedly asked him if he had an extra copy for her to send to Garth Williams, who had illustrated Stuart. By all accounts, Nordstrom loved Charlotte, as did Williams, and the illustration and production of the book became a great collaboration. Finally, on July 10, 1952, Nordstrom wrote to White: “Here is a rough proof of the jacket. I’ve been hoping to get a corrected proof to send you but guess I’ll send this uncorrected one now. The green will be brighter, and will therefore brighten the entire jacket” (Marcus, 51). This original watercolor by Garth Williams of the front and spine of the dust jacket, from Ursula Nordstrom’s personal collection, is no doubt one of the jacket versions discussed by Nordstrom and White in these letters. This painting differs from the final dust jacket in several respects, but bears strong overall similarity. The verso of the illustration contains notes by Harper artists for creation of a jacket proof copy: “File. EB White Charlotte’s Web. He will give us black plate of jacket (in line) will just 3 colors proof of black (or on blue print of black).” It also includes measurements of the finished jacket. This illustration was lent by Nordstrom’s estate to the Chrysler Museum exhibit “Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustrations,” and is featured in the exhibit’s catalogue. The exhibition label is included with the piece. An extraordinary original drawing with the most important possible provenance, in fine condition. “An unusual and witty story which provides a gentle introduction to questions of mortality, Charlotte's Web is a modern classic.”—BookTrust
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 22 - An Outstanding Fitzgerald Presentation Copy: “From Percy Byshe Shelley…With The Blessings Of F. Scott Fitzgerald” 19. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. New York, 1920. Octavo, original green cloth recased, custom chemise and half leather slipcase. $27,500. First edition, eighth printing of Fitzgerald’s first novel—issued within five months of the first printing—humorously inscribed: “From Percy Byshe [sic] Shelley to Mrs. Humphrey Ward with the blessings of F. Scott Fitzgerald.” The entire first printing of 3000 copies of Fitzgerald’s first novel sold out quickly (ultimately requiring two more printings in April alone), making its author the new literary sensation. Writing about the book in a brief statement prepared for an American Booksellers Association convention in May of that year, Fitzgerald’s “Apology” claims: “I don’t want to talk about myself because I’ll admit I did that somewhat in this book. In fact, to write it took three months; to conceive it—three minutes; to collect the data in it—all my life… My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence: An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.” Contrary to his claim, Fitzgerald began writing the novel in 1917, revising it several times until Scribner’s accepted it for publication in 1919. Eighth printing, as stated on copyright page. Early printings of this novel (April 1920) are exceedingly difficult to obtain. Without extremely scarce original dust jacket. Bruccoli A5.1.a. Bruccoli & Clark I:131. Offsetting from Fitzgerald’s inscription on front pastedown. Mild toning to text block edges, text block expertly recased with expert restoration to original cloth. “It bears the impress, it seems to me, of genius. It is the only adequate study that we have had of the contemporary American in adolescence and young manhood.”— Burton Rascoe
60 Great Books - 23 - Bauman Rare Books “From F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Well-Known Author”: Inscribed Tales Of The Jazz Age 20. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1922. Octavo, original dark green cloth, custom clamshell box. $35,000. First edition, presentation copy, inscribed: “For Jeanette Baker, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, the wellknown author.” Fitzgerald’s second collection of stories includes his masterpieces “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz” and “May Day.” It was Fitzgerald’s claim that he had coined the term “Jazz Age.” Always retaining his affection for this era, Fitzgerald would later write, “It is the custom now to look back on the boom days with a disapproval that approaches horror. But it had its virtues, that old boom: Life was a great deal larger and gayer for most people and the stampede to the Spartan virtues in time of war and famine should not make us too dizzy to remember its hilarious glory” (Turnbull, 225). Nineteen thirty-nine, the year before his death, was a tough year for Fitzgerald. Andrew Turnbull writes of Fitzgerald around this time, “Schooled by suffering—some self-inflicted, some not—he had attained a knowledge of himself and of the human condition that may truly be described as tragic” (Turnbull, 308-309). “Scribners’ records show three printings of The Jazz Age in 1922.” The printings were not differentiated by the publisher, however the textual correction of “and” to “an” on page 232, line 6, “was probably made in the third printing” (Bruccoli), indicating that this copy is from either the first or the second printing. Without original dust jacket. Bruccoli A9.I.a. The recipient, Jeannette Baker, has presented this copy with an ink inscription beneath Fitzgerald’s: “To Jennifer Lee Blair (?), on her birthday, Oct 1, 1964, from her mama, Jeanette Baker Lee, in remembrance of innocent fun of the jazz age 42 years ago.” Upper corner of “A Table of Contents” clipped, just touching letterpress on page [viii]. Front inner paper hinge expertly reinforced; spine head pulled, very faint discoloration to front board. A very good copy, inscription and signature large and clear. Scarce and desirable inscribed. “The eleven stories represent serious effort and distinct achievement. Here is the jazz age, with all its superficial glitter, and underneath a glimpse of the horror in the slow weaving of the pattern.”—Atlanta Journal
60 Great Books Bauman Rare Books - 24 - Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, 1845 First Edition In Original Cloth 21. DOUGLASS, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Boston, 1845. 12mo, original blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth. $38,000. First edition of Douglass’ powerful autobiography about the struggle for freedom, with engraved portrait of Douglass, an excellent copy in original cloth. “The history of African Americans cannot be told without reference to Douglass’ writings” (Cambridge Companion, 2). “The most influential African American of the 19th century, Douglass made a career of agitating the American conscience.” He wrote his Narrative (later expanded into My Bondage and My Freedom in 1855) after escaping from slavery in 1838. William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, who respectively wrote the preface and an introduction to this edition, “had advised Douglass to burn the manuscript unless he would be recaptured and enslaved again,” but he chose to answer those fears with this autobiography, a volume that is “probably the best known narrative of the ante-bellum period” (Blockson, 27). Douglass’ Narrative is a “masterpiece of American literary art… without peer” (Houston A. Baker, Jr). With engraved frontispiece portrait of Douglass. Sabin 20711. Blockson 9739. Work, 474. Interior generally fresh with only light occasional soiling, expert reinforcement to text block and inner hinges, mere trace of rubbing to bright gilt cloth. A very good copy, exceedingly rare in unrestored original cloth. Desirable 1875 Edition Of The Narrative Of Sojourner Truth—The First To Feature Her Engraved Image On The Rare Original Cloth Binding And As Frontispiece, Chosen By Her And Based On Her Iconic Photographic Portrait 22. TRUTH, Sojourner. Narrative of Sojourner Truth. No place, 1875. Octavo (5-1/4 by 7-3/4 inches), original gilt-stamped pictorial russet cloth, custom clamshell box. $25,000. Rare 1875 edition of Sojourner Truth’s powerful account that inspired a nation. This exceptional edition is the first to display her favorite and “most famous” portrait from a carte-de-visite photograph taken circa 1864, personally chosen by her to be featured in the original cloth and as its engraved frontispiece portrait. “A legend inher own time,” Sojourner Truthwas a tireless fighter against slavery and for women’s rights: a figure whose “indomitable will has won her a permanent place in American history” (Blockson 29). This especially rare and important 1875 edition of Truth’s Narrative stands out as the first to display her favorite and “most famous” portrait on the front and rear covers, and as its frontispiece. The image, personally chosen by her for this edition, is from a photograph taken circa 1864. She presents herself “as a model for an emancipated, prosperous African American future” (Grigsby, 73-6). Issued in russet cloth (this copy) and dark brown cloth; no priority established. Containing tipped-in “To the Reader” between title page and preface. Schomburg, 326.92.G. Blockson 3434. Work, 476. This copy possesses a distinctive provenance in containing the laid-in bookplate of a Unitarian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as its inkstamp on the title page. Sojourner Truth made Battle Creek, Michigan her base for nearly three decades, and at her death in 1883 was buried in its Oak Creek Cemetery. “There are at least seven known paths that led slaves from various points in Michigan to the Canadian shore and it is estimated that 200 Underground Railroad stops existed throughout Michigan between the 1820s and 1865s” (Detroit Historical Society). Faint trace of bookplate removal to front pastedown. Interior quite fresh, only lightest edge-wear, trace of faint soiling to bright cloth. A handsome about-fine copy, exceedingly rare in original cloth.
60 Great Books - 25 - Bauman Rare Books Presentation/Association First Edition Of Strength To Love, Warmly Inscribed By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To Renowned African American Singer McHenry Boatwright 23. KING Jr., Martin Luther. Strength to Love. New York, Evanston, and London, 1963. Octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket, custom half morocco clamshell box. $19,000. First edition of an especially memorable presentation/association copy, inscribed by Dr. King to a famous opera singer and former classmate of Coretta Scott King’s: “To McHenry Boatwright, whose beautiful voice has satisfied the musical thirst of thousands. Martin Luther King Jr.,” in original dust jacket. Strength to Love was Dr. King’s first volume of sermons. Copyright page with “First Edition” and code “D-N” indicating printing in April 1963. The recipient of this rare presentation/association copy is McHenry Boatwright. A renowned African-American bass-baritone, he was famed for his opera and classical performances, such as Porgy and Bess, and for his moving renditions of religious music and spirituals. Boatwright was a perennial favorite of accomplished music personalities such as Leonard Bernstein. He also sang for several U.S. presidents at the White House. Throughout his life, Boatwright was frequently recognized for his contributions both to music and to the advancement of African-Americans. Boatwright was, as well, one of Coretta Scott King’s classmates at the New England Conservatory in Boston during the 1950s. Their acquaintance likely led to Boatwright and Martin Luther King Jr.’s later introduction. King and Boatwright attended many of the same events and award ceremonies during the 1960s. Interior very fresh with lightest edge-wear, faint toning to near-fine book, dust jacket bright and fine. A most desirable presentation copy with a wonderful association. “Strength to Love remains a concrete testament to King’s lifelong commitment to preach the social gospel.”—Stanford University