Click to View Full Book Details

"FROM HER CORRUPTER, F. SCOTT FITZGERALD"

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. WITH: Autograph poem signed. New York, 1925.

Extraordinary presentation first edition, second printing (as almost always with inscribed copies), in the famous first-issue dust jacket, inscribed on the front free endpaper to actress Carmel Myers: "To Carmel Myers from her Corrupter, F. Scott Fitzgerald 'Don't cry, little girl, Maybe someday someone will come along who'll make you a dishonest woman.' Los Angeles." Offered together with a delightful four-line autograph poem, boldly signed, dated and presented by Fitzgerald to Myers, thanking her for her hospitality, additionally inscribed and signed by director Joseph Mankiewicz and actor George E. Stone, among others.

$345,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“WITH THE KIND REGARDS OF THE AUTHOR”

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

Very rare presentation first edition, first issue, inscribed by Darwin on the front flyleaf: "With the kind regards of the author” to Charles Loring Brace. The only one of Darwin’s books to be illustrated with heliotype photographic plates—a pioneering innovation in scientific photography. Offered together with two 1872 autograph letters signed by Darwin to the recipient of this copy. Presentation copies of Darwin's works are almost always found with the inscription in a secretarial hand; books with the presentation in Darwin's actual hand, as with this copy, are quite uncommon.

$127,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE FIRST MODERN ATTEMPT TO ANALYSE HUMAN KNOWLEDGE”

LOCKE, John. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. London, 1690.

Rare first edition, first issue, of Locke's remarkable study of the nature of knowledge, a fundamental work in the history of Western thought. Locke's investigation was continued by David Hume and Immanuel Kant; John Stuart Mill considered Locke to be the founder of the analytic philosophy of mind. An excellent, wide-margined copy of Locke's most famous work, a touchstone of the Age of Enlightenment, with extensive marginalia in a neat early hand indicating that this copy was well-read. $65,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT AMERICA, AND THE MOST PENETRATING BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT DEMOCRACY”

TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. Democratie en Amerique. Paris, 1835. Two volumes.

First edition presentation copy in the original French of the first two volumes of Tocqueville's classic work, one of no more than 500 copies published, inscribed by Tocqueville in Volume I "Donne par l'Auteur, 1836." "One of the most important texts in political literature" (PMM 358). Accompanied by the two volumes of the second edition of Part II in a contemporary binding. $62,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

OGILBY’S REMARKABLE 1671 AMERICA, SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED

OGILBY, John. America. London, 1671.

First edition of one of the greatest illustrated English works on the New World, with 51 splendid double-page engraved views and maps, six full-page portraits, frontispiece, and 66 illustrations in the text. The work contains "the first extensive account of Maryland" and one of the earliest views of New York City. A handsomely bound, wide-margined copy. $55,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"I WOULD STAND UPON FACTS. WHY NOT SEE, USE OUR EYES? DO MEN KNOW NOTHING?"

THOREAU, Henry David. Writings. Boston and New York, 1906. Twenty volumes.

Manuscript Edition, beautifully bound and illustrated, number 12 of 600 copies, with a remarkable manuscript leaf with over 900 words in Thoreau's hand from his first letter to Harrison Blake, arguably Thoreau's most important correspondent, echoing many of the themes of Walden. $37,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"TO THE NAVIGATOR OF AMERICAN WATERS IN THAT PERIOD, IT WAS HIS BIBLE"

MOUNT, John and PAGE, Thomas. The English Pilot. The Fourth Book. WITH: Original captains's logbook. No place, 1846-49.

1773 edition of the "the first significant collection of charts exclusively of the American coast to be published in England," with 25 (of 26) maps and charts (12 folding, 8 double-page, 1 single-page and 4 in-text) and more than 200 in-text coastline profiles. Together with a captain's logbook for 1846-49. $35,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"OUR CAUSE IS JUST: OUR UNION IS PERFECT … BEING WITH ONE MIND RESOLVED TO DIE FREEMEN, RATHER THAN TO LIVE SLAVES"

(JEFFERSON, Thomas and DICKINSON, John). Declaration… [on] Taking Up Arms. [Newspaper printing]. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vol. VII. Numb. 365., July 21 – July 27, 1775.

An extraordinarily rare July 1775 Massachusetts newspaper printing (occupying the entire front page) of one of the greatest state papers of the American Revolution and the most important forerunner to the Declaration of Independence: the July 6, 1775 "Declaration… Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms," written by Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson for the Second Continental Congress. $28,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

STAUNTON’S “REMARKABLE ACCOUNT OF CHINESE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS AT THE CLOSE OF THE 18TH CENTURY” (HILL)

STAUNTON, George Leonard. Authentic Account of an Embassy… to China. London, 1797. Three volumes altogether.

First edition of this splendidly detailed description of 18th-century China, with engraved frontispiece portraits of the Emperor Tchien Lung and Lord Macartney, a wonderful full-page engraving of the Camellia and 25 additional in-text engravings, together with the Atlas plate volume containing nine large folding charts—among the earliest accurate charts of the interior of China—and 35 folio engravings by William Alexander. A beautiful copy in splendid calf-gilt. $27,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

INSCRIBED BY MUNRO LEAF WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING OF FERDINAND THE BULL

LEAF, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. New York, 1936.

Rare first edition of one of the most popular and enduring children's books ever written, inscribed by the author: "For Howard Stewart with all the best from Ferdinand and Munro Leaf," with an original drawing of Ferdinand also by Leaf. $26,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“WISHING YOU GOOD READING AND LOVE AND JOY ALWAYS!”

FARLEY, Walter. The Black Stallion. New York, 1941. Extremely rare first edition of the first novel in Farley’s beloved “Black Stallion” series, accompanied by an autograph presentation letter on Black Stallion stationery signed by the author: “For all our good friends attending the Special Education School in [Corpus] Christi [?], Texas—wishing you good reading and love and joy always! Walter Farley and The Black Stallion.” Exceedingly rare. $22,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”

MILNE, A.A. Four Pooh Books. London, 1924-28. Four volumes.

First editions of Milne's charming "Pooh Quartet"— the volumes of verses and tales that immortalized Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and their friends from the Hundred Acre Wood— enchantingly illustrated by Ernest Shepard, in original dust jackets, signed on the title page of Now We Are Six by both Milne and Shepard. $21,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MANUSCRIPT PRESIDENTIAL PARDON, 1800, SIGNED BY JOHN ADAMS

ADAMS, John. Manuscript presidential pardon signed. Philadelphia, April 7, 1800.

Extremely rare manuscript presidential pardon, dated April 7, 1800, pardoning John Cassin, the master of the Brigantine, for offenses related to the illegal importation of a bag of Cuban sugar at time when the United States was considering the acquisition of Cuba, signed by both John Adams and Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. $19,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON ALL SUBSEQUENT THOUGHT ON MAN’S PLACE IN NATURE”

TYSON, Edward M.D. Orang-Outang: or the Anatomy of a Pygmie. London, 1699.

First edition of Tyson's "epoch-making" anatomical study that laid a foundation for the theory of evolution, "the first work to demonstrate scientifically the structural relationships between man and anthropoid ape" (Norman), heralded as a "forerunner of Blumenbach, Buffon, Huxley and Darwin" (PMM), with eight striking copper-engraved folding plates. A handsome wide-margined volume in contemporary paneled calf boards. $18,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

STRIKING ORIGINAL PAINTING, “WAR ORPHANS” BY ARTHUR SZYK

SZYK, Arthur. War Orphans. London, 1940.

Extraordinary signed original watercolor and gouache painting of two young Jewish refugees, huddled together, by anti-Nazi caricaturist Arthur Szyk, whose wartime portrayals of brutality, heroism and suffering strongly influenced American attitudes toward the war effort. $18,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"BY DESIRE OF THE OWNER OF THIS BOOK, I APPEND MY NAME, WITH PLEASURE"

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1844. Two volumes.

First edition, mixed issue, one of only 1500 copies printed, warmly inscribed by Barrett's husband, the poet Robert Browning, after her death: "By desire of the owner of this book, I append my name, with pleasure. Robert Browning. March 25-'86." The copy of Louise Whitfield Carnegie, a prominent philanthropist and the wife of Andrew Carnegie, with her bookplates, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Zaehnsdorf. $17,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

INSCRIBED BY DYLAN THOMAS TO U.S. POET LAUREATE STEPHEN SPENDER

THOMAS, Dylan. Twenty-five Poems. London, 1936.

First edition, first printing, presentation copy of Dylan Thomas' second book of poetry, inscribed to prominent literary figure and United States Poet Laureate Stephen Spender: "Stephen Spender. Dylan Thomas." $17,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF SIR DOUGLAS MAWSON’S HOME OF THE BLIZZARD, BOTH VOLUMES INSCRIBED BY HIM IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION

MAWSON, Douglas. Home of the Blizzard. London, 1915. Two volumes.

First edition of this classic account of Antarctic exploration, an exceptional presentation/association copy inscribed in both volumes in the year of publication to a fellow Australian, the Premier of New South Wales—in Volume I, "To the Hon. W.A. Holman with deep appreciation of assistance and support rendered the Expedition and with kind regards Douglas Mawson, June 1915," and in Volume II, "To W.A. Holman from the author—Douglas Mawson, June 1915." Mawson honored Holman's importance to the expedition by naming Holman's Dome after him. This copy also notably from the library of Australian historian and bibliophile Dr. George Mackaness with his bookplates. Profusely illustrated with 18 color plates, hundreds of black-and-white plates, numerous in-text illustrations and three color folding maps. $17,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE BISHOPS’ BIBLE,” 1575 FIRST SMALL FOLIO EDITION

(BIBLE). The Holy Byble. London, 1575.

Sixth edition (first small folio edition) of the “Bishops’ Bible”—the Anglican translation commissioned to check the Geneva Bible’s influence and “considered one of the great achievements of the 16th century” (J. Paul Getty Museum, A Thousand Years of the Bible, 70)—with much woodcut ornamentation, complete in contemporary reverse paneled calf boards. $17,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"LEARN ROUTINE. FOLLOW ROUTINE. BREAK ROUTINE"

(LEE, Bruce) ACCAS, Gene, ECKSTEIN, John H., and HOOVER, J. Edgar. How to Protect Yourself on the Streets and in Your Home. New York, 1965.

First edition of this commonsense guide to preventing crime, inscribed on the verso of the front wrapper by one of America's great martial artists to his close friend, best man, and pallbearer: "To Taky, Bruce [Chinese signature]," with his advice also handwritten in Chinese below: "Learn routine. Follow routine. Break routine." $17,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SIGNED BY ALBERT EINSTEIN

EINSTEIN, Albert. Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston, Illinois, 1949.

Signed limited first edition of this study of Einstein's life and beliefs, number 409 of 760 copies signed and dated by Einstein, uncut and mostly unopened. This is an editor's presentation copy, inscribed by the editor of this work, founder of the Living Philosophers series and former president of the American Philosophical Association, Paul Schlipp. $16,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

TWICE INSCRIBED BY SUSAN B. ANTHONY

(ANTHONY, Susan B.) HARPER, Ida Husted. The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony. Indianapolis and Kansas City, 1899, 1898. Two volumes.

First edition of the first two volumes of this biography of America's pioneering reformer—the only volumes published during her lifetime, inscribed and signed by her in each volume. Inscribed in Volume I: "Mrs. Olivia B. Hall, Ann Arbor—Michigan—From her affectionate friend & coworker Susan B. Anthony. Rochester, N.Y. Jan. 1, 1899," and in Volume II: "Mrs. Olivia B. Hall, Ann Arbor—Michigan—May the New Year bring added causes for happiness to her and all the loved ones of her home circle & to all homes—is the wish of her affectionate friend and coworker, Susan B. Anthony. Rochester, N.Y. Jan. 1, 1899." $16,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"PRODUCED A GREAT EFFECT UPON THE MIND OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS DURING THE REVOLUTION"

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) BURGH, James. Political Disquisitions. Philadelphia, 1775. Three volumes.

Rare first American edition of this important political work, a significant influence on America's Founding Fathers. Washington, Jefferson, Hancock and other leaders of the Continental Congress were subscribers to this edition, and both The Federalist Papers and Common Sense refer to it. Edited by Burgh's close friend, Benjamin Franklin. This copy is from the library of Randolph G. Adams, renowned bibliographer and librarian of books and documents key to the American Revolution. Handsomely housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $16,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"IN POLITICAL ECONOMY I THINK SMITH'S WEALTH OF NATIONS THE BEST BOOK EXTANT" (JEFFERSON): 1791 EDITION OF WEALTH OF NATIONS WITH 1792 EDITION OF HIS THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS, THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE "INVISIBLE HAND"

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth.of Nations… WITH: Theory of Moral Sentiments. London / Edinburgh, 1791, 1792. Five volumes.

Splendid set of Smith's Wealth of Nations, the first published after his death, sixth edition—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), together with Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, his first book, seventh edition—"Smith himself ranked it above Wealth of Nations"—rarely found together, a memorable five volumes from the library of leading German Neo-Kantian Heinrich Rickert, beautifully bound in contemporary tree calf gilt. $15,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“PERHAPS THE BEST-PRODUCED SHAKESPEARE EDITION OF THE 18TH CENTURY”

SHAKESPEARE. The Works of Shakespear. Oxford, 1770-71. Six volumes.

Expanded second edition of Hanmer's famous illustrated set of Shakespeare, with 36 full-page copper-engravings (one for each play) by Hubert Gravelot after Francis Hayman, along with frontispiece portrait after Chandos, and two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments. Considered by many to be superior to the 1744 first edition which was issued in a small printing. $15,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE FAMOUS PIRATE"

KIDD, William (MITCHELL, John). Full Account of the Proceedings in Relation to Capt. Kidd. London, 1701.

First edition of one of the earliest works to tell the legendary story of Captain Kidd, published the same year the notorious pirate was hanged for murder. $15,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“A SPLENDID WORK… ORNAMENTED WITH FINE ENGRAVINGS”

(BIBLE). Holy Bible. London, 1800. Six volumes. Magnificently illustrated first edition of the Macklin Bible, handsomely bound by C. Kalthoeber of London in six massive volumes and illustrated with 70 splendid full-page copper-engraved plates after Artaud, Cosway, Fuseli, Reynolds, Stothard, Westall and other noted artists, and over 100 additional vignette head- and tailpieces. $15,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"THE OLDEST FUNCTIONING WRITTEN CONSTITUTION IN THE WORLD"

(ADAMS, John). Constitution or Frame of Government… Massachusetts-Bay. Boston, 1780.

First edition of the landmark 1780 Massachusetts Constitution, "one of the great, enduring documents of the American Revolution." Chiefly authored by Founding Father John Adams, this "ideal of a 'perfect constitution'" (Wood) notably contains the Massachusetts' constitutional convention's revision of his initial wording—that all men are "born equally free and independent"—to "All men are born free and equal," reflecting Jefferson's timeless phrase in the Declaration. Handsomely housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $14,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“I HERE WITH PEN AND INK APPEND MY NAME”

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. [Camden, New Jersey, 1889].

One of only 300 copies of Leaves of Grass printed in commemoration of Whitman's 70th birthday, boldly signed by Whitman on the title page, with six portraits of Whitman, including the famous original mounted frontispiece photograph with a butterfly resting on his finger. $14,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"A FORMATIVE INFLUENCE ON THE PRINCIPLES OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND OF THE EARLY STATE CONSTITUTIONS"

LOCKE, John. Two Treatises of Government. London, 1698.

Third edition of Locke's classic Two Treatises of Government—"credited with great influence on American constitutionalism"—beautifully bound. $14,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"ONE OF THE SOURCES OF JEFFERSONIAN THOUGHT"

BURLAMAQUI, Jean Jacques. Principles of Natural Law. WITH: Principles of Politic Law. London, 1748, 1752. Together, two volumes.

First editions in English of Burlamaqui's Principles of Natural Law and his Principles of Politic Law, two seminal works with a profound influence on America's Founders, in particular on Alexander Hamilton and on Thomas Jefferson's use of "pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence. $13,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

TRUE FIRST EDITION OF PLATH’S ONLY NOVEL THE BELL JAR

(PLATH, Sylvia) LUCAS, Victoria. The Bell Jar. London, 1963.

First edition of Sylvia Plath's only novel, published pseudonymously only one month before her death, her powerful exploration of a brilliant yet fragile mind, in very scarce original dust jacket. $13,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND FAR-REACHING PHOTOBOOKS
IN THE MEDIUM’S HISTORY”

THOMSON, John. Street Incidents. London, 1881.

First abridged edition of the “first concerted body of work to deal with life on the streets,” with 21 mounted brown-tone Woodburytypes from the original glass plates. $12,800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

PICTORIAL DOCUMENTATION OF WELLINGTON’S DEFEAT OF NAPOLEON, THE MARTIAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1799-1815, WITH 54 SPLENDID HAND-COLORED FOLIO AQUATINTS

JENKINS, James. Martial Achievements of Great Britain. London, 1814-15.

First edition, first issue, of this dramatically illustrated record of British military action during Lord Wellington’s Peninsular Campaign, with hand-colored frontispiece, vignette title page, scarce hand-colored portrait of Wellington and hand-colored dedication page not present in all copies, and 51 vividly hand-colored aquatints of battle scenes by Thomas Sutherland after drawings by William Heath. A beautiful production in lovely contemporary calf. $12,800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE FIRST OF ITS KIND”: RARE FIRST COMPLETE DIVINE COMEDY IN ENGLISH, 1802

DANTE. (BOYD, Henry, translator). The Divina Commedia. London, 1802. Three volumes.

First edition of the first English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, significant for "assisting to reestablish an audience for Dante, whose reputation had suffered a decline in the previous century" (ODNB), with frontispiece portrait of Dante by Thomas Stothard, in attractive calf-gilt. $12,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“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.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

TWO BEAUTIFUL, LARGE, VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF SIOUX CHIEFS BY FRANK A. RINEHART

(RINEHART, Frank A.). Two Large Native American Photographic Portraits. Omaha, 1896.

Two splendid large photographic portraits of Native American (Sioux) chiefs—Chief Hollow Horn Bear of the Lakota Sioux, on the left, and Chief Afraid of Eagle, of the Oglala Sioux, who participated in the Battle of Little Bighorn, on the right—by renowned photographer Frank A. Rinehart. Both images are vintage enlarged negatives (internegatives) that would have been used by Rinehart or his studio for producing large prints, and show remarkable detail, clarity, and fine tonal gradation. $12,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"THE REALITY OF THE SLAVE TRADE SET OUT IN ALL ITS HORROR"

CLARKSON, T[homas]. Letters on the Slave-Trade. London, 1791.

First edition of a seminal volume of 1789-1790 letters by Clarkson—"the heart and soul of the campaign for abolition"—written to French statesman Mirabeau at the time of the French Revolution, featuring "the most concrete details of the Middle Passage and the punishments inflicted on captives," with two copper-engraved plates of enslaved Africans bound by torturous wooden yokes, along with a large engraved folding map of an African coastal region and the engraved folding plan of an African village, in contemporary three-quarter brown calf and marbled boards. $11,800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“FATED TO OCCUPY NO TRIFLING PLACE ON THE RECORDS OF AFTER TIMES”

(RUSSIA) LYALL, Robert. The Character of the Russians. London: 1823.

First edition, with 23 plates, including 13 beautiful hand-colored aquatints (three folding, many views of Moscow), a large folding map of Moscow, and a mounted engraved portrait of the author, not issued with this work. A scarce and desirable presentation copy, inscribed on the front flyleaf by the author: "To Dr. Hume, A Memorial of Gratitude and Friendship, from the Author." $9800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE ONLY SPANISH TRANSLATION OF THE HAGGADAH TO BE PRINTED IN LONDON”

(HAGGADAH). Orden de la Agada de Pesah, en Hebraico y Espanol. London, A.M. 5573 [i.e., 1813].

First and only edition of the only Spanish translation of the Haggadah to be printed in London, illustrated with eight engraved plates and four engraved folding maps. $9500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“A LOVELY AND MOST CHARMING JOB”:EXTRAORDINARY SUITE OF 11 ORIGINAL CALDER ETCHED PROOFSFOR LA FONTAINE’S FABLES, USED TO CREATE THE LINE-CUTS FOR PRINTING

CALDER, Alexander. Collection of Original Etchings for La Fontaine's Selected Fables. New York, 1948. Fifteen items altogether.

An extremely important suite of 11 splendid original etchings by Calder for La Fontaine’s Fables—apparently the only surviving original etchings for this work. With the trade edition of the book, accompanied by the original prospectus, sample pages and letter of transmittal. $9500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

FROM ABERVADINE TO ZERDA

MARTYN, William Frederic. New Dictionary of Natural History. London, 1785. Two volumes.

First edition of Martyn’s illustrated dictionary of natural history, with 100 splendid hand-colored plates of birds, fish, whales and other animals. A beautiful copy of this scarce work in contemporary tree calf. $9000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

DESSINS, WITH A WONDERFUL ORIGINAL DRAWING BY COCTEAU

COCTEAU, Jean. Dessins. Paris, 1923 [i.e. 1924].

Signed limited first edition, number 44 of only 625 copies, this being one of only 50 copies “sur Hollande Van Gelder,” with a large laid-in original pen-and-ink drawing by Cocteau entitled “Hommage a Paul Morand,” depicting a wealthy woman reclining in a lounge chair, a copy of one of Morand’s books dangling from her hand. $9000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

KATHE KOLLWITZ’S CLASSIC IMAGE, FAMILLE II, ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

KOLLWITZ, Käthe. Original Lithograph. Berlin, 1931.

Lovely and famous original Kollwitz lithograph of a family, depicting a baby reaching over its father’s shoulder for its smiling mother, signed by the artist in pencil in the lower right corner. $9000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"ORGANIC (OR INTRINSIC) ARCHITECTURE IS THE FREE ARCHITECTURE OF IDEAL DEMOCRACY"

WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. Typed manuscript inscribed. Taliesin West, February, 1953.

Original 11-page typed manuscript on "The Language of Organic Architecture," inscribed by its author, Frank Lloyd Wright, to his friend, the architecture critic Lewis Mumford, "For Lewis, F.L. Wright." With Mumford's annotation in the top right corner, "Feb 1953." The distinctive type face and spacing of the text invite the possibility that Wright typed this himself. $8800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

WARMLY INSCRIBED BY BRAM STOKER

STOKER, Bram. Mystery of the Sea. New York, 1902.

First edition, pre-publication presentation copy, of this combined political thriller and gothic novel by the acclaimed author of Dracula, warmly inscribed to Stoker's longtime friend, Elihu Root, a lawyer and former U.S. Senator from New York serving as Secretary of War for President Theodore Roosevelt: "Elihu Root, U.S. Secretary for War, from his old friend Bram Stoker 22.3.02." $8500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SHERATON’S CLASSIC WORK ON FURNITURE DESIGN, RARE 1791 FIRST EDITION, SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED

SHERATON, Thomas. Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book. London, 1791, 1793.

First edition, magnificently illustrated with frontispiece engraving and 66 copper-engraved plates (seven folding). Bound together with the scarce Appendix, containing an additional 33 copper-engraved plates (four folding), and the Accompaniment, with a further 14 plates (eight folding). $8500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

THE FIRST COMPLETE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF GOGOL’S DEAD SOULS, 1886

GOGOL, Nikolai V. Dead Souls. New York, 1886. Two volumes.

First edition of the first complete English translation of the Russian novelist’s unfinished masterwork, “the first novel from which the world began to form its ideas of 19th-century Russia” (Hornstein, 139). $8500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL WRITING OF THE REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD"

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (FRANKLIN, Benjamin) (DICKINSON, John). Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania. London, 1768.

First English edition of the famed revolutionary work by John Dickinson, "Penman of the Revolution,” the work that helped spark repeal of the Stamp Act by calling it "pernicious to freedom," one of only 500 copies, featuring the first appearance in print of Franklin’s prefatory British Editor to the Reader, not in the same year’s first American edition or the 1774 second English edition, with Franklin calling for restraint, urging Britain to never be “so angry with her colonies as to strike them." $8500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

CHURCHILL’S FIRST BOOK, THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE

CHURCHILL, Winston. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. London, 1898.

First edition, first issue, of Winston Churchill’s first book, an account of his service with the Malakand Field Force in India, with frontispiece portrait of Sir Binden Blood and six maps, two of them folding and in color. $8000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

WONDERFUL TYPED LETTER WRITTEN AND INITIALED BY FDR AS PRESIDENT

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typed letter initialed. Washington, 1942.

Fascinating typed and hand-initialed letter written during World War II from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to his uncle, the Honorable Frederic A. Delano, thanking his uncle for sending a clipping on Tom Paine and stating that Paine's principal mistake was opposing Washington in the election of 1796. $7500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“NOW THE LEAVES ARE FALLING FAST…”: AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF AUDEN’S POEM AUTUMN SONG, SIGNED BY HIM

AUDEN, W. H. Autograph manuscript poem signed. No place, no date.

Autograph manuscript of the first published version of Auden’s classic poem “Autumn Song” (here untitled) in Auden’s hand, signed by him and with an interesting correction. When Auden initially wrote out the poem, he mistakenly omitted the third verse. He then went on to include this verse beneath his signature, drawing an arrow to its proper place, with his note “Sorry, I forgot this verse (I have no copy here). W.H.A.” $7200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

CHURCHILL'S MARLBOROUGH, INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL IN THE FIRST VOLUME

CHURCHILL, Winston. Marlborough: His Life and Times. London, 1949. Two volumes.

Later two-volume edition, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles, inscribed by Churchill in Volume I, "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill, 1952." With the owner signature of Rufus Clarke, a close friend of Churchill's daughter Mary and her husband Christopher Soames, who served as the best man at their wedding in. $6700.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY, TENZING NORGAY, CHARLES WYLIE AND WILFRED NOYCE

(HILLARY, Edmund) HUNT, John. Ascent of Everest. London, 1953.

First edition, with eight color photographic plates, 48 black-and-white plates, and a number of in-text illustrations, signed by the first two men to reach the summit of Everest, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, and two other members of their historic 1953 Everest expedition team, Charles Wylie and Wilfred Noyce. $6200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SIGNED BY FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AS PRESIDENT

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Democratic Book 1936. No place, 1936.

Signed limited first edition, number 539 of an unknown limitation signed by President Roosevelt, with illustrated title and limitation pages, 19 full-page portraits, dozens of in-text half-tones and illustrations, and a facsimile of the Constitution. $6200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"THE BEST OF ALL THE BOOKS ON WALES"

[PUGH, Edward]. Cambria Depicta. London, 1816.

First edition of this wonderfully illustrated tour of North Wales, written in "a lively and entertaining style," with 71 fine hand-colored aquatints. This copy richly extra-illustrated with the inclusion of 23 hand-colored aquatints from Compton's Northern Cambrian Mountains of 1820, for a total of 94 hand-colored aquatint plates. A handsomely bound copy. $6200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“ROME SWEET ROME”

KLEIN, William. Rome. Paris, 1959.

First edition, French issue, the second volume in Klein’s acclaimed series of four “city” books, a distinctive association copy inscribed on the page before the title page to longtime friend, fellow photographer Peter Turnley, “To Peter, ROME SWEET ROME, en toute amitié, William [line drawn] William Klein Paris 2005,” with over 130 vivid, high-contrast heliogravures (many double-page), scarce in original dust jacket. $6000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’S REVOLT IN THE DESERT

LAWRENCE, T.E. Revolt in the Desert. London, 1927.

Limited first edition, number 164 of only 315 large-paper copies, illustrated with 19 plates (11 in color) and a folding map. A very nice copy in the scarce original dust jacket. $6000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"TO MICHAEL, OF ST. THOMAS, WHERE I HAVE ALSO HAD WONDERFUL MOMENTS OF LIFE"

MACLEAN, Norman. River Runs Through It. Chicago and London, 1976.

First edition, first printing, of Norman Maclean's first book, warmly inscribed by him in the year of publication: "University of Chicago. May 19, 1976. To Michael, of St. Thomas, where I have also had wonderful moments of life. Norman," a beautiful copy. $6000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"ONE OF THE MOST FREQUENTED POINTS FROM WHICH A SPECTATOR MIGHT OBTAIN A GOOD VIEW OF PARIS"

(SAMS, William). A Tour through Paris. London, 1825.

Second edition of this vividly illustrated tour of the streets and inhabitants of early 19th-century Paris, with 21 finely hand-colored folio aquatint plates. $5800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

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

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

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

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, INSCRIBED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR

(BURKERT, Nancy Eckholm, illustrator) DAHL, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. New York, 1961.

Scarce first edition of Dahl’s “little classic,” with beautiful illustrations (many full-page and in color) by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, inscribed by her, “To all the dear Spencers and Ollmanns, large and small! Nancy Ekholm Burkert.” $5500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

IRVING FISHER’S “STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL PH.D. THESIS,” INSCRIBED BY FISHER TO ECONOMIST OTTO GRESSENS

FISHER, Irving. Mathematical Investigations in the Theory of Value and Prices. New Haven, 1926.

Photo-engraved later printing of Irving Fisher’s groundbreaking doctoral dissertation at Yale, presentation/association copy, with numerous diagrams for the design of a hydraulic mechanism demonstrating equilibrium prices in a multi-market economy, inscribed to a famous economist: “To Mr. O. Gressens with the compliments of Irving Fisher. February, 1927.” $5500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SIGNED BY SEVEN PIONEERS OF MANNED FLIGHT

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

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

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

EXCEPTIONAL FIRST FOUR ISSUES OF VERVE, AMERICAN EDITION, 1937-1939

TÉRIADE, Efstratios (ELEFTHERIADES, Efstratios). Verve. Paris, 1937-1939.

First American editions of the first four issues of Verve, published in Paris from 1937-1939, featuring cover art by Matisse, Braque, Bonnard and Rouault, original lithographs by Picasso, Léger, Miró, Chagall, Maillol, Derain, Kandinsky and Klee, along with numerous héliogravure photographs (including Man Ray, Bill Brandt and Brassaï), first appearances of select writings by Hemingway and Joyce, and articles by Lorca, Dos Passos, Sartre, Gide, Bataille, Malraux and Valéry. Assembled in a single folio volume with the four original lithographic front covers bound in. $4800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

HANDSOMELY BOUND OXFORD KING JAMES BIBLE, 1724,WITH CONTEMPORARY PRAYER BOOK, ILLUSTRATED WITH OVER 200 FINE ENGRAVINGS AFTER JOHN STURT

BIBLE. Holy Bible; Book of Common Prayer. London and Oxford, 1724, 1719, 1724.

Early 18th-century edition of the King James Bible, copiously illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait of George II, 204 delicate copper-plates (four each on 51 interleaved sheets) re-engraved by John Cole after images created by master engraver John Sturt, in handsome contemporary calf. $4500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

FINE VIEWS OF THE HOLY LAND AND EGYPT

(MIDDLE EAST) WILSON, Colonel Charles. Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt. New York, 1881-83. Two volumes.

First edition, American issue, of this handsome pictorial survey of the Holy Land and Egypt, with lovely additional engraved title pages, 39 fine full-page steel engravings and over 600 in-text wood-engravings, in original publisher’s deluxe morocco-gilt. $3900.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SIX ORIGINAL MIRÓ LITHOGRAPHS: LIMITED EDITION LARGE FOLIO SIGNED BY MIRÓ

MIRÓ, Joan. Peintures Murales. Paris, 1961.

Special signed limited edition of Derriere le Miroir, number 55 of only 150 copies signed by Miró in pencil, with his original cover design and six original lithographs (one double-page, one folding), all printed by Maeght. A beautiful production in fine condition. $3800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

1813 TRAVELLING SKETCHES IN RUSSIA AND SWEDEN, WITH OVER 30 PLATES

(RUSSIA) (SWEDEN) PORTER, Robert Ker. Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden. London: 1813. Two volumes bound in one.

Second edition of this epistolary travelogue through Russia and Sweden at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, with 30 hand-colored plates (two folding), 12 hand-tinted aquatints (one folding), and one uncolored etching. $3800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

IRISH SCENERY: HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED SET

HALL, Samuel Carter and HALL, Anna Maria. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, etc. London, 1841-43. Three volumes.

First edition, with dozens of steel-engraved plates of landscapes and scenery, 18 engraved maps of the counties of Ireland, and hundreds of wood-engraved in-text illustrations, beautifully bound. $3200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

WITH 24 STRIKING HAND-COLORED FOLIO COSTUME PLATES

MEYRICK, Samuel Rush. The Costume of the Original Inhabitants of the British Islands. London, 1821.

Second edition of Meyrick and Smith’s exquisite work on the ancient costume of the British Isles, with hand-colored engraved title page and 24 beautiful hand-colored illustrations of ancient British and Baltic inhabitants, an attractive copy in full contemporary morocco-gilt. $2800.

Read More