Desastres de la Guerra

GOYA'S MASTERPIECE DESASTRES DE LA GUERRA: EXTRAORDINARY 1863 FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE, COMPLETE WITH 80 ORIGINAL ETCHINGS

GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de. Desastres de la Guerra. Madrid, 1863. Total of 80 numbered and titled copperplate etchings done with drypoint, burin, aquatint and lavis, on wove paper with watermark J.G.O. and palmette.

First edition, second issue, of "the most brutally savage protest against cruelty and war which the visual imagination of man has conceived"—one of only 500 copies in the first printing. Fine, early impressions, with tonal variations in the lavis that disappear in later editions. $175,000.

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Advice to Shepherds and Owners of Flocks

AN EXCEPTIONAL AMERICAN RARITY

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) DAUBENTON, Louis-Jean-Marie. Advice to Shepherds and Owners of Flocks. Boston, 1811.

Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of this guide to sheep farming—one of Jefferson's primary agricultural interests—containing Jefferson's characteristic and distinctive ownership mark, presented to Jefferson by the widow of the book's translator, James Bowdoin, Jefferson's minister to Spain, with the inscription: "President Jefferson with Mrs Bowdoin's respectful compliments. 24 May 1812." Second edition in English, with three illustrated plates appearing for the first time in this edition, in contemporary mottled calf.

$78,000.

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Trois Trios pour le Piano-Forte (Op. 1)

“A SERIOUS, STORMY, ELEVATED, AND DIFFICULT WORK

BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. Trois Trios pour le Piano-Forte (Op. 1). Vienna, 1795.

First edition, earliest issue, fully engraved, of Beethoven's Opus 1, the earliest compositions Beethoven considered to be "worthy of publication with an opus number and to proclaim his name" (Thayer), one of the earliest and rarest Beethoven first editions, one of very few complete copies extant. The jewel in the crown of any important music collection. $60,000.

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Document signed

SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN: RARE OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT DATED JULY 7, 1863—ONLY DAYS AFTER GETTYSBURG AND VICKSBURG, AND THE SAME DAY HE DECLARED IN A SPEECH "ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL"—ORDERING NEW YORK TO DRAFT THOUSANDS UNDER THE UNPOPULAR 1863 CONSCRIPTION ACT THAT TRIGGERED, LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER THIS DOCUMENT, THE BLOODY NEW YORK DRAFT RIOTS

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. City of Washington, July 9, 1863.

Fine July 7, 1863 official presidential order signed by Lincoln shortly after the Union's powerful but costly victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, here calling for New York to draft thousands of men under the controversial March 3, 1863 Conscription Act, a law that would provoke the bloody New York draft riots that erupted only six days after the date of this rare Civil War signed document. Handsomely framed with a portrait of Lincoln. $49,000.

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Happy Prince and Other Tales

SIGNED BY OSCAR WILDE: “WHEN I WAS ALIVE AND HAD A HUMAN HEART,I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TEARS WERE”—THE SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITIONOF THE HAPPY PRINCE, ONE OF ONLY 75 LARGE-PAPER COPIES

WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales. London, 1888. Large-paper limited first edition, number 21 of only 75 copies on handmade paper, signed by Oscar Wilde and the publisher David Nutt. Extraordinarily rare. $48,500.

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Typed letter signed

TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY ALBERT EINSTEIN WITH IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC CONTENT, MAKING HISTORIC CONNECTIONS BETWEEN KEPLER'S WORK AND HIS OWN

EINSTEIN, Albert. Typed letter signed. Princeton, November 3, 1942.

An exceptional typed letter signed by Einstein on precursors like Johannes Kepler's work to his Special and General Theories of Relativity, $38,000.

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Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston

"IT WAS NOT EXPECTED… THAT SUCH AN OUTRAGE AND MASSACRE…WOULD HAVE BEEN PERPETRATED: RARE AND IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE 1770 BOSTON MASSACRE, THE EARLIEST BOSTON PRINTING TO BE SOLD IN AMERICA

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (BOWDOIN, James). A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston. Boston, Printed, by Order of the Town, by Messirs. Edes and Gill; And Re-printed for W. Bingley… London, 1770. [Actually printed in Boston by Edes and Gill in July, 1770].

Extremely rare and important July 1770 Boston printing of this contemporary and influential account of the Boston Massacre, originally commissioned and ordered to be printed by the Town of Boston. Though the title page bears a London imprint, this edition was actually printed and sold in Boston to circumvent the American distribution ban (put in place so as not to prejudice the jury hearing the trial of the soldiers), and as such was the earliest Boston printing to be sold in America. $35,000.

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Manuscript document signed

RARE LAND GRANT DOCUMENT SIGNED BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Manuscript document signed. Philadelphia, March 12, 1788.

Exceptional original manuscript document in a secretarial hand, a deed conveying to "Peter Baker a certain tract of land called 'Baker's Delight' situate[d] in Antrim Township Franklin County," boldly signed by Benjamin Franklin as President of Pennsylvania, countersigned by Secretary Charles Biddle, and with the fragile paper seals of Pennsylvania present and intact. $34,000.

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Plan of the New Constitution for the United States of America

"SO NEAR TO PERFECTION… I THINK IT WILL ASTONISH OUR ENEMIES"

(AMERICAN CONSTITUTION). Plan of the New Constitution for the United States of America. London, 1787.

Very rare first printing in England of the American Constitution, printed shortly after news arrived in London in early November 1787, an exceptional document in Anglo-American history. $26,000.

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Miscellaneous Poems

“HAD WE BUT WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME”

MARVELL, Andrew. Miscellaneous Poems. London, 1681.

First and only collected edition of Marvell's poetry to be published in his own century, containing the first printing of many poems, including "To His Coy Mistress," with scarce engraved frontispiece portrait. A wide-margined copy handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son. $25,000.

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Vorlesungen zur Einfuhrung in die Psychoanalyse

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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History of the River Thames (Principal Rivers of Great Britain)

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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Illuminated Miniature of the Resurrected Christ

BEAUTIFUL ILLUMINATED MINIATURE FROM A 15TH-CENTURY FRENCH BOOK OF HOURS DEPICTING THE RESURRECTED CHRIST

(ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT). Illuminated Miniature of the Resurrected Christ. Paris, circa 1460.

Stunning 15th-century illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours with a depiction of the resurrected Christ—a rare image for a Book of Hours—very handsomely framed. $22,000.

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Autograph letter signed

"ALL THE OBVIOUS STUFF OF ROMANCE & MYSTERY, WHILE IT IS AT THE SAME TIME THE BEST STUFF, HAS IN THE LAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS BEEN PRETTY WELL PAWED OVER BY NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITERS AND DETECTIVE STORY SHAKESPEARES"

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Autograph letter signed. St. Paul, Minnesota, circa May 9, 1922.

Exceptional signed two-page autograph letter with excellent literary content, written entirely in F. Scott Fitzgerald's hand, to Harford Powell, an editor at Collier's, concerning mystery stories and publishing "Benjamin Button," along with other novelettes and his earlier collection Flappers and Philosophers. Accompanied by Powell's typed one-page letter in response. $22,000.

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Animal Farm

"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS"

ORWELL, George. Animal Farm. London, 1945.

First edition, first printing, of Orwell’s "savagely ironical allegory" (Clute & Grant) on the gap between radical ideals and reality, his most famous and widely read work, a handsome copy in original dust jacket. $22,000.

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Journal of the Voyages and Travels

“ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR AN AMERICANA COLLECTION”

GASS, Patrick. A Journal of the Voyages and Travels. Pittsburgh, 1807.

First edition of the "earliest full first-hand narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition, preceding the official account by seven years" (Howes), "one of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter). $20,000.

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Journal of a Voyage

PARKINSON’S JOURNAL OF COOK’S FIRST VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH SEAS—A FINE, LARGE FIRST EDITION, WITH NUMEROUS COPPER-ENGRAVED PLATES

PARKINSON, Sydney. Journal of a Voyage. London, 1773.

First edition, first issue, of Parkinson's richly illustrated account of Cook's first expedition, a substantial large-paper edition with a frontispiece portrait, map of New Zealand, and 26 copper engraved plates from this landmark Pacific voyage. A handsomely bound wide-margined copy. $18,500.

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Two Autograph Letters Signed

"THIS FALL, WINTER AND NOW SPRING… IS THE BEST APPRENTICESHIP I'VE EVER SERVED": TWO SUPERB HEMINGWAY AUTOGRAPH LETTERS TO HIS BIOGRAPHER CHARLES FENTON

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Two Autograph Letters Signed. Kenya, December 5, 1953 (both letters written on the same day, one at "1500" hours, the other at "1700").

Two superb Hemingway autograph letters signed (as "Ernest Hemingway" and "E.H.") to Charles Fenton at Yale University, in which he discusses his safari, the Masai, the Nobel Prize, writing and criticism. Hemingway had taken a copy of Fenton's dissertation, titled "The Literary Apprenticeship of Ernest Hemingway," with him on his safari in Africa; the following year Fenton published this work as a book under the same title. $18,500.

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Auncient Historie and Exquisite Chronicle of the Romanes Warres

“ALL THE DEGREES OF SEDITION, AND ALL THE EFFECTS OF AMBITION”

APPIAN OF ALEXANDRIA. Auncient Historie and Exquisite Chronicle of the Romanes Warres. London, 1578. Two parts bound in one volume.

First edition in English of one of the classic works on ancient Rome, with the rare third state general title page. An excellent copy, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere. Scarce and desirable. $18,500.

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"Justice as Fairness." FROM: The Philosophical Review. WITH: Typescript signed ["Justice as Reciprocity"]

"* LONGER VERSION OF 'JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS'"

RAWLS, John. "Justice as Fairness." FROM: The Philosophical Review. WITH: Typescript signed ["Justice as Reciprocity"]. Bruges, Belgium, circa 1958.

First separate edition of Rawls' landmark paper on the relationship between justice and fairness, accompanied by a typescript of his expanded and retitled version of the same paper, signed on the first page by Rawls and with an annotation in his hand reading: "* Longer Version of 'Justice as Fairness' Phil Rev Apr 1958." $18,500.

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Songs
from "Now We Are Six."

"AND PLEASE DON’T SAY IF I SHOULD SING FLAT,/ WAS THAT A BICYCLE, OR NEXT DOOR'S CAT?"

MILNE, A.A. (words). FRASER-SIMSON, H. (music). SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrations). Songs from "Now We Are Six." London, 1927. First trade edition of this collection of songs based on Milne's beloved poetry for children, with music by H. Fraser-Simson and illustrations by E.H. Shepard. An exceptional presentation copy with a long personal and playful inscription by Milne: "For Peter with care from A.A. Milne Christmas, 1927./ I'm singing./ Stand back all of you, and please hold tight,/ I'm going through these if I take all night./ And please don't say if I should sing flat,/ 'Was that a bicycle, or next door's cat?/ 'No, I think it's Peter singing./ 'Yes, it must be Peter singing./ 'That's what he's doing./ 'Singing." $18,500.

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Sense and Sensibility

"RELATIVELY FEW COPIES OF THE 1832-33 PHILADELPHIA EDITIONS ARE KNOWN TO SURVIVE"

AUSTEN, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. Philadelphia, 1833. Two volumes bound in one.

First American edition—an edition of only 1250 copies—of Jane Austen's first novel, on "the twin themes of prudence and benevolence, reason and passion, head and heart, or sense and sensibility," sumptuously bound. $18,000.

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Constitutions of the United States

"CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW"

(CONSTITUTION) UNITED STATES CONGRESS. The Constitutions of the United States. Philadelphia: 1791.

First edition to assemble a printing of the 1787 U.S. Constitution together with 12 proposed amendments, the first collected printing of the Vermont constitution and those of the 13 original states, including that of Massachusetts—"the oldest functioning written constitution in the world." $16,000.

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History of Virginia

“THE FIRST PUBLISHED HISTORY OF A BRITISH COLONY BY A NATIVE OF NORTH AMERICA”

(BEVERLEY, Robert). History of Virginia. London, 1705.

First edition of Jamestown's Robert Beverley's history of Virginia—"after John Smith, the first account of this colony, the first one penned by a native and the best contemporary record of its aboriginal tribes and of the life of its early settlers" (Howes)—wonderfully illustrated with engraved armorial frontispiece and 14 full-page "fine engravings" (Sabin) after Gribelin. $16,000.

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United States Gazetteer

THE FIRST GAZETTEER OF THE UNITED STATES, 1795,
CONTAINING ALL 19 FOLDING MAPS AS ISSUED

SCOTT, Joseph T. United States Gazetteer. Philadelphia, 1795.

First edition of the scarce first gazetteer of the United States, with engraved title page and 19 folding maps—some with outlining in color—delineating the United States and the various individual states, including some of the most important early maps of the new “western” territories, as well as extremely accurate depictions of the eastern states. $15,000.

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Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God

"SATAN SEEMED TO BE MORE LET LOOSE, AND RAGED IN A DREADFUL MANNER"

EDWARDS, (Jonathan) Revd. A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. Boston, 1738.

First American edition of this important account of the beginning of "The Great Awakening" by one of the most famous American religious figures, creator of "the first great religious revival of modern times" (ANB). Bound with Edwards' Discourses on Various Important Subjects, a collection of five sermons. $15,000.

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Personal History of David Copperfield

"WHETHER I SHALL TURN OUT TO BE THE HERO OF MY OWN LIFE…."

DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield. London, May 1849 to November 1850.

Scarce first edition in the original parts of Dickens' "largely autobiographic" masterpiece, with additional vignette title-page, frontispiece and 38 etched plates by Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"). An excellent copy in the original wrappers, with most advertisements present. From the library of Danish-American actor and noted bibliophile Jean Hersholt, with his signed bookplate and shelf label. $15,000.

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Of the Law of Warre and Peace...

"THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN INTERNATIONAL LAW" AND AN IMPORTANT INFLUENCE ON THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

GROTIUS, Hugo. Of the Law of Warre and Peace… London, 1654.

First edition in English of this cornerstone treatise on law and government, with engraved frontispiece portrait, in contemporary calf. $14,500.

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Essay on the History of Civil Society

"CIVIL LIBERTY WAS THE GREAT OBJECT OF FERGUSON'S ENTERPRISE"

FERGUSON, Adam. An Essay on the History of Civil Society. Edinburgh, 1767.

First edition of Ferguson's authoritative work, drawing on a Machiavellian "understanding of virtue" and positioned "between Montesquieu and Tocqueville" in its profound influence, with Jefferson owning a personal copy and Madison, who purchased his own copy in 1775, naming the Essay, with Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, as essential "for the use of the U.S. in Congress assembled." Handsome in contemporary calf. $14,000.

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Howitzer for 1915

WEST POINT CLASS OF 1915 YEARBOOK, SIGNED BY DWIGHT EISENHOWER AT HIS ENTRY

EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The Howitzer for 1915. New York, 1915.

First edition of the West Point yearbook for 1915, boldly inscribed by Eisenhower in the top margin of his full-page entry and photograph: "For Milton Baker, with warm regard, Dwight D. Eisenhower." This copy specially bound for, and from the collection of, the recipient General Milton Baker, founder of Valley Forge Military Academy. $12,800.

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Hound of the Baskervilles

"NOT SUCH A HOUND AS MORTAL EYES HAVE EVER SEEN"

CONAN DOYLE, Arthur. 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. $12,500.

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Historie of Cambria

“THE FIRST AND RAREST OF ALL EDITIONS”

(CARADOC OF LLANCARFAN). The Historie of Cambria. London, 1584.

First edition of this rare and important history of Wales and Welsh royalty, illustrated throughout with woodcut portraits. This work was the first to attribute the original discovery of America to the Welsh in the 12th century and contains two very early references to King Arthur, including a description of the discovery of the bones of King Arthur and his queen: “the bones were of marvelous bignes, and in the scull were ten wounds, of which one was great, and seemed to be his deaths wound: the Queenes haire was to the light faire and yellowe, but as soone as it was touched it fell to ashes” (page 238). Handsomely bound. $12,500.

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Jane Eyre

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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Carte-de-visite photograph

"SOJOURNER TRUTH STRIDES THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY LARGER THAN LIFE"

TRUTH, Sojourner. Carte-de-visite photograph. Washington, D.C. 1864.

Rare vintage 1864 carte-de-visite photographic portrait of Sojourner Truth, her favorite and "most famous" portrait, the iconic image personally chosen by her as the engraving and cover image for the 1875 edition of her Narrative, a handsome portrait containing the distinctive printed caption below the image and printed copyright on the card verso. $12,500.

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Voyage Round the World

DIXON’S CRUCIAL ACCOUNT OF NORTHWEST AMERICAN DISCOVERY, 1789, WITH 16 PLATES, FOUR CHARTS AND LARGE FOLDING MAP

DIXON, (George, editor). Voyage Round the World. London, 1789.

First edition, first issue, of this important illustrated fur trade narrative, one of the essential early accounts of the American Northwest. With 16 copper-engraved plates (three folding), one plate of printed music, four folding charts, and large folding map, in full contemporary calf-gilt. $11,000.

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Writings

“A SUPREME NOVELIST IN THE AGE OF GREAT NOVELISTS”

ELIOT, George. Writings. Boston and New York, 1908. Twenty-five volumes.

Splendid large-paper edition of Eliot’s writings, number 29 of only 750 sets produced, with over 150 illustrations including hand-colored frontispieces in double-suite, with a signed autograph letter by Eliot bound into Volume I. $11,000.

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Voyage Round the World

1789 FIRST EDITION OF PORTLOCK'S ILLUSTRATED VOYAGE, WITH LARGE FOLDING MAP OF "NORTH WEST AMERICA

PORTLOCK, Nathaniel. A Voyage Round the World. London, 1789.

First edition of Portlock's account of his voyage to explore and survey America's northwest coast (including British Columbia, Alaska, Vancouver and Queen Charlotte's Island), featuring large folding map (20 by 36 inches) of America's northwest coast, five additional folding maps, and 14 copper-engraved plates, including frontispiece portrait of Portlock. An attractively bound copy. $11,000.

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Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea

"A VERY IMPORTANT AND MUCH PRIZED WORK"

KOTZEBUE, Otto Von. A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea. London, 1821. Three volumes.

First edition in English of this "much prized" narrative of the second Russian expedition into the Pacific for scientific exploration and to find a northeast passage to the Arctic Ocean. With seven maps on five folding plates and nine engraved illustrations, eight of which are finely hand-colored. $9500.

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Kidnapped

“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT ADVENTURE STORIES OF ALL TIMES”

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. [London], 1886.

First edition, first issue of one of Stevenson’s most enduring works, with the wonderful, large color map tracing “David Balfour’s Wanderings.” From the library of renowned collector Frank Hogan, with his bookplate. $8200.

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Treatise of Painting

DA VINCI'S IMPORTANT TREATISE OF PAINTING

DA VINCI, Leonardo. A Treatise of Painting. London, 1721.

First edition in English of Da Vinci's treatise on "the force of light and shadow, the management of the pencil, and the mixture of colors, with the knowledge of perspective," illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait and 35 finely engraved plates (four folding). $8200.

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Charge of Sir Francis Bacon... Touching Duels

"IT BRINGS CALAMITY UPON PRIVATE MEN, PERIL UPON THE STATE, AND CONTEMPT UPON THE LAW"

BACON, Francis. The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon… Touching Duels. London, 1614.

First edition of Bacon's essay against the practice of dueling, a custom that was gaining ground at the time and that Bacon, as newly appointed Attorney General, set out to eradicate. Handsomely bound by Aquarius. $8200.

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Three Voyages of Captain James Cook

HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED OCTAVO SET OF THE THREE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK

COOK, James. The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook. London, 1821. Seven volumes.

Early octavo edition of Captain Cook's complete voyages, with frontispiece portrait by George Dance, folding map of the world showing the courses of Cook’s travels, and 24 aquatint plates, beautifully bound. $7800.

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Ascent of Everest

THE ASCENT OF EVEREST,SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY AND 43 OTHER “EVERESTERS”

HUNT, John. Ascent of Everest. London, 1953. First edition, signed by Sir Edmund Hillary and 43 other Everest climbers on the half title, dedication and title pages. With eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and a number of in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. $7500.

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Bishop Percy&Quot;s Folio Manuscript

“STIMULATED AN EXTENSIVE REHABILITATION… OF ENGLISH BALLADRY”

PERCY, Thomas. Bishop Percy"s Folio Manuscript. London, 1867-68. Four volumes.

First edition of this important publication of the original folio manuscript that “stimulated an extensive rehabilitation of the repute of English balladry,” expertly edited by Hale and Furnivall, beautifully bound in full brown morocco-gilt. $6000.

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Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour

“THE INCOMPARABLE ARMOURY” (SIR WALTER SCOTT)

MEYRICK, Samuel Rush. A Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour. London, circa 1832. Three volumes.

Early edition—issued sometime after the 1824 first edition, but preceding the 1842 revised "second" edition—of Meyrick's beautifully illustrated work on arms and armor, in three folio volumes with 70 richly hand-colored plates, ten etched plates, and 27 brightly illuminated and hand-colored historiated initials. "Practically the first on the subject… [one that] remains an authority." $6000.

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Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea

“ONE OF THE MOST TERRIBLE JOURNEYS ON RECORD”

FRANKLIN, John. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea. London, 1823.

First edition of Franklin's first overland Arctic expedition, illustrated with 30 engraved plates—11 hand-colored—along with four large folding maps. "A classic book of Arctic hardship" (Stam & Stam 3.1). $6000.

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London: A Pilgrimage

“THE GREATEST VISUAL EXPRESSION OF THE SOCIAL CLASS STRUGGLE EVER PUBLISHED”

DORÉ, Gustave and JERROLD, Blanchard. London: A Pilgrimage. London, 1872.

First edition of Doré and Jerrold’s London, “superb, and noble in sentiment” (van Gogh), with 54 striking full-page wood-engravings and 126 in-text vignettes of “all segments of London society” by Doré. $5800.

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Essays of Montaigne

"HOW FAR HIS INFLUENCE HAS EXTENDED IS INCALCULABLE"

MONTAIGNE. Essays of Montaigne. London, 1685-86. Three volumes.

First edition of Cotton's highly regarded English translation of Montaigne's essays, considered "among the masterpieces of translation" (DNB), with frontispiece portrait, in contemporary calf boards. $5500.

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Dandelion Wine

COLORFULLY INSCRIBED BY RAY BRADBURY WITH A SKETCH OF A DANDELION

BRADBURY, Ray. Dandelion Wine. Garden City, 1957.

First edition of Bradbury's semi-autobiographical novel, boldly inscribed by him using several colors of pencil over the entire front free endpaper: "For Matthew Stiller!?!!! This dandelion! [sketch of dandelion] With good wishes! from Ray Bradbury, Oct. 4, '92." $4900.

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My Life on the Plains

FIRST EDITION OF CUSTER'S CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF MY LIFE ON THE PLAINS

CUSTER, George A. My Life on the Plains. New York, 1874.

First edition of this classic of western Americana, illustrated with eight full-page wood-engravings by A. Roberts, including a portrait of Custer and four portraits of chiefs, a very nice copy in the original cloth. $4800.

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Irish Fairy Tales

DELUXE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF RACKHAM’S ILLUSTRATEDIRISH FAIRY TALES, ONE OF ONLY 520 SIGNED BY RACKHAM

(RACKHAM, Arthur) STEPHENS, James. Irish Fairy Tales. London, 1920.

Deluxe signed limited first edition, one of only 520 copies signed by Rackham, with 16 wonderful color plates mounted on cream stock and 21 in-text line illustrations. $4600.

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Picturesque Scenery in the Holy Land and Syria

WITH 19 LOVELY HAND-COLORED AQUATINT VIEWS OF THE HOLY LAND

SPILSBURY, Francis B. Picturesque Scenery in the Holy Land and Syria. London, 1823.

Third edition, the first quarto edition of English naval surgeon Francis Spilsbury's account of his travels in the Holy Land and Syria during the Napoleonic campaigns there, with 19 finely hand-colored aquatint views. $4200.

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Tempest

SHAKESPEARE’S TEMPEST, ILLUSTRATED AND SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

(RACKHAM, Arthur) SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest. London and New York, [1926].

Deluxe signed limited first edition, number 107 of only 520 copies, with 21 full-page mounted color illustrations and 25 in-text line cuts, signed by Rackham, uncut and unopened, in scarce original dust jacket. $4200.

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Danish Fairy Legends and Tales

"THE WORLD'S FIRST GREAT FANTASY STORYTELLER"

ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Danish Fairy Legends and Tales. London, 1846.

One of the earliest translations of Andersen's fairy tales into English, published the same year as the first English translation, with several tales appearing in English for the first time (including "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Nightingale"). Handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt. $4200.

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Conjure Woman

"AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT BLACK NOVELIST"

CHESNUTT, Charles W. Conjure Woman. Boston and New York, 1899.

First edition of the very elusive first book by Chesnutt—"among the major American fiction writers of the 19th century"—a key volume of seven stories fusing "tradition with new forms… ancient mythology with African American folklore," in colorful original cloth. $4000.

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Elmer Gantry

"WHAT IS LOVE?… IT IS THE MORNING AND THE EVENING STAR": FIRST EDITION OF ELMER GANTRY

LEWIS, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. New York, 1927.

First edition, very scarce first issue of the controversial bestseller by Nobel laureate Sinclair Lewis, whose works "changed the shape of American culture" (New York Times), in original dust jacket. $4000.

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Slaughterhouse-Five

"LISTEN: BILLY PILGRIM HAS COME UNSTUCK IN TIME": FIRST EDITION OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE

VONNEGUT, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York, 1969.

First edition of Vonnegut's masterpiece—his "most powerful novel"—a modern classic of time travel, metaphysics and the morality, or lack thereof, of war. $3800.

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Poetical Works

EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ALDINE EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE'S POEMS, EXQUISITELY BOUND

SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poetical Works. New York and London, 1892.

Later Aldine edition of the Bard's poems, with portrait of the poet and extra-illustrated with five window-mounted engravings, two hand-colored, splendidly bound in full morocco-gilt with multi-colored morocco inlays in floral designs. $3800.

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Last Picture Show

“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 minor [?] novelists is both admirable and rare—with my Best Wishes—Larry McMurtry. 1-8-72." $3000.

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Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England...

WITH 48 FINE ENGRAVINGS OF SOUTHERN ENGLAND BY TURNER

(ENGLAND) TURNER, J.M.W. Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England… London, 1826. Two volumes in one.

First edition of this picturesque tour of the southern coast of England, with 48 full-page copper-engravings—38 after drawings by J.M.W. Turner—and 32 copper-engraved vignettes (two after Turner), desirable in full contemporary calf-gilt. $2800.

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