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“NO ARCHITECTURE BOOK HAS EVER HAD WIDER INFLUENCE”

PALLADIO, Andrea. Architecture of A. Palladio in Four Books. London, 1715. Four volumes.

Rare first edition in English of Palladio's enormously important treatise on architecture, including essays on building materials, the classical orders and decorative ornaments, with copper-engraved allegorical frontispiece and full-page portrait of Palladio by Picart, and 218 magnificent copper-engraved plates (15 double-page) on 203 sheets, and 12 in-text engravings—all after drawings by Giacomo Leoni. $38,000.

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“HIS SOUL SWOONED SLOWLY AS HE HEARD THE SNOW FALLING FAINTLY THROUGH THE UNIVERSE AND FAINTLY FALLING, LIKE THE DESCENT OF THEIR LAST END, UPON ALL THE LIVING AND THE DEAD”

JOYCE, James. Dubliners. London, 1914.

Rare first edition of Joyce's first prose work, his great collection of short stories. One of only 1250 sheets printed (499 of which were sunk en route to America). $28,000.

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"WITH THANKS FOR A VERY PLEASANT DAY AND GOOD THINKING, JOHN STEINBECK"

STEINBECK, John. Tortilla Flat. New York, 1935.

First edition, clothbound issue, of Steinbeck's first popular success, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to a close friend and fellow author, "For Thad St. Martin with thanks for a very pleasant day and good thinking, John Steinbeck." Accompanied by an autograph letter signed by Steinbeck to Dr. St. Martin, praising the latter's novel Mme. Toussaint's Wedding Day—"This is a remarkable book… I do not know these people nor their lives and yet I know this book is true not only in detail but in spirit and tone too"—and noting "I sent you a copy of Tortilla Flat which I hope you got." $22,000.

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RARE AND COMPLETE 1483 BIBLE IN LATIN FROM VENICE, AN IMPORTANT CORRECTED EDITION, WITH INITIALS RUBRICATED IN RED AND BLUE

(BIBLE). Biblia Latina. Venice, 1483.

Beautiful and complete 1483 incunable edition of the Bible, bound in early vellum, with initials rubricated in red and blue throughout. One of the important 'Fontibus ex Graecis' editions, which provide a corrected text of the Vulgate Bible. $22,000.

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“LUTHER MADE THE EXPOSITION OF THE PSALMS THE CORNERSTONE OF HIS EXEGETICAL WORK”

LUTHER, Martin. Commentarie Upon the Fiftene Psalmes. London, 1577.

Rare first edition, first issue in English of Luther's classic commentary on the gradual psalms, in a beautiful contemporary vellum binding. $19,500.

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"THEY REMAIN UNSURPASSED FOR THEIRARTISTIC BEAUTY AND SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY"

ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried. Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body. London, 1749.

First edition in English of one of the most famous anatomical atlases of the 18th century, with 51 superb atlas folio copper-engraved plates (measuring approximately 18 by 26 inches), drawn and engraved by Jan Wandelaar. $19,500.

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A PILGRIMAGE TO EL-MEDINAH AND MECCAH, BURTON’S RAREST TITLE

BURTON, Richard Francis. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. London, 1855-56. Three volumes.

First edition of "a most remarkable work of the highest value" (T.E. Lawrence), Burton's scarce and important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. Handsomely bound. $16,000.

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SCARCE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF GEORGE ORWELL'S FIRST BOOK, IN RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET

ORWELL, George. Down And Out In Paris and London. New York and London, 1933.

First American edition of George Orwell's first book, an exceptional copy in rare original dust jacket. $15,000.

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“THE FOUNDATION FOR LATER ARTISTIC GREATNESS”

STEINBECK, John. To a God Unknown. New York, 1935.

First edition, exceptionally rare first issue of Steinbeck’s first California novel, one of only 598 first issue copies bound and sold, his third published novel—“Steinbeck invested his essential self in it”—a lovely copy in the rarely found original dust jacket. $12,500.

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"IT'S ALL TRUE"

HOUDINI, Harry. A Magician Among the Spirits. New York, 1924.

First edition of Houdini's controversial attack on fraudulent mediums and psychics, a work he described as his "monument," an exceptional and desirable presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Rabbi I. Jesse Bienenfeld, Best wishes & regards from Houdini, October 30, 1925, 'and it's all true.'" Additionally boldly signed with a flourish by Houdini on the dedication page, and again on page 270, the final page of text. With a handwritten comment on page 210 that reads, "Zancig [another magician] has given me a sworn to letter that he fooled Sir A C Doyle and tells me how he did it in spite of the fact that ACD said it was real telepathy. H." Page 264 includes a marginal comment "died 1924 – H.H." And finally on page 206 Houdini has crossed out text from the book and initialed his correction "H.H." $12,500.

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FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF INHIBITION, SYMPTOM AND ANXIETY, 1927, BOLDLY SIGNED AND DATED 1933 BY FREUD THE YEAR HE FLED HITLER

FREUD, Sigmund, Prof. Inhibition, Symptom and Anxiety. Stamford, Conn. 1927.

First edition in English of the major work that introduced Freud's radical new theory of anxiety, offering the "unmistakable ring of psychoanalytic truth; that is, no wish will be denied," boldly signed by Freud with his date of 1933, the year Hitler rose to power and Freud fled to London "to die in freedom." $12,000.

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“AN’ YOU GET TO TEND THE RABBITS”

STEINBECK, John. Of Mice and Men. New York, 1937.

First edition, first issue, of Steinbeck's "beautifully written [and] marvelous picture of the tragedy of loneliness" (Eleanor Roosevelt), in scarce original dust jacket. Presentation copy inscribed by Steinbeck on the front free endpaper: "For Harold —- Winsey, John Steinbeck." $11,000.

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“FUTURE TRAVELERS WILL DO WELL NOT TO THINK THAT THEY ARE SETTING OUT UPON A MERE PROMENADE”

(AFRICA) BURTON, Richard F. Lake Regions of Central Africa. London, 1860. Two volumes.

First edition of Burton's account of his journey to Lake Tanganyika, with folding map, 12 full-page tinted plates and additional in-text woodcuts. A very desirable copy in the rare first-issue plum cloth. A lovely copy. $10,500.

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“IT’S THE BASIC CONDITION OF LIFE TO BE REQUIRED TO VIOLATE OUR OWN IDENTITY”

DICK, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Garden City: 1968.

First edition of one of science fiction's most famous and influential novels (and inspiration for the landmark futuristic film noir, Blade Runner), Dick's masterful vision of the struggles between technology and humanity, entropy and empathy, in a post-apocalyptic world. $10,500.

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“THAT GASP OF WONDER THAT WAS THE ASIMOVIAN GRAIL”

ASIMOV, Isaac. Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation. New York, 1951-53. Three volumes.

First editions, first issues, preceding the first collected edition by over a decade, of "one of the most influential works of modern science fiction" (Chronology of American Literature), with a bookplate signed by Asimov laid into the first volume. $10,500.

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“GREAT GLORY NECESSARILY PROCEEDED FROM PROJECTS THAT WERE CONCEIVED WITH PROFOUND WISDOM”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) TARLETON, Sir Banastre. History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781. London, 1787.

First edition of Tarleton's significant account of the southern campaigns in the American Revolution, illustrated with five detailed maps (three large folding) with hand-colored outlines of routes and positions, in original marbled boards. $9700.

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VERY RARE VOLUME SIGNED AND PRESENTED BY FRANKLIN PIERCE, INSCRIBED BY HIM ON THE DAY HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT: FIRST EDITION OF STANSBURY’S ILLUSTRATED UTAH EXPLORATIONS

(PIERCE, Franklin) STANSBURY, Howard. Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Philadelphia, 1852.

First edition, first issue (official Senate issue), with folding map and 57 lithographic plates (34 tinted and three folding panoramas), of western scenes and zoological illustrations. This copy a very rare and desirable presidential association copy, inscribed on the front flyleaf by fourteenth president Franklin Pierce on the day he was elected President: "For Prof. Sanborn respects of Franklin Pierce—November 2d. 1852." Books signed by Pierce are quite scarce. $9500.

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“THAT MUSICAL CRYSTAL-CLEAR STYLE, BLOWN LIKE GLASS FROM THE WHITE-HEAT OF VIOLENCE”

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Farewell to Arms. New York, 1929.

First trade edition, first issue, of the novel that "placed Hemingway, early, among the American masters," in scarce unrestored first-issue dust jacket. A beautiful copy. $9200.

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"THE GREATEST NOVEL YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF"

WILLIAMS, John. Stoner. New York, 1965.

First edition of Williams' long-neglected masterpiece, inscribed by him on the half title, "For Max—with warm regards—John Williams. Denver, Dec. 17, 1972." $8600.

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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.

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“ITS APPEARANCE FORMED A NEW ERA” IN POLITICAL ECONOMY

RICARDO, David. On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation. Georgetown, D.C, 1819.

First American edition, one of only 500 copies, of this most important work by Ricardo—"the first 'scientific economist" (PMM)—based on the first London edition of 1817, uncut and partially unopened. $8500.

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THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF JOHN OVERTON'S WONDERFULLY DETAILED, EARLY, AND LARGE 17TH-CENTURY FOLDING MAP OF AMERICA, DEPICTING CALIFORNIA AS AN ISLAND, AS WELL AS HIS SPLENDID MAPS OF AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE

ROBERTS, Lewes. The Merchants Map of Commerce. London, 1671.

Second, expanded edition of Roberts' major work, "one of the earliest systematic treatises on its subject in English" (DNB)—this is the first edition to include John Overton's four splendidly detailed and large engraved folding maps of America, Africa, Asia and Europe, and in this edition "the description of 'America and the Provinces thereof,' pp. 47-64, contains much fuller accounts of New England, New Netherland, and other places, than that in the first edition" (Sabin). Handsomely bound in period-style paneled calf. $8500.

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"JUSTLY ESTEEMED ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE AMONGST THE ANCIENTS"

CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius. (GREIVE, James). A. Cornelius Celsus Of Medicine. London, 1756. Scarce first edition in English, Greive's "fine and scholarly" translation (DNB) of "the greatest medical treatise from ancient Rome." $8000.

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“WITHOUT PARALLEL IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH”

THOMSON, C. Wyville. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger. London, 1885, 1882. Two volumes bound in three.

First edition of the illustrated Narrative section of the report on the Challenger—a voyage “without parallel in the history of scientific research” (Britannica)—with 37 full-page photographic plates (two folding panoramas), 14 fine full-page chromolithographs, 66 charts and diagrams (20 folding), large folding map and numerous in-text wood engravings, handsomely bound by Donnelley. The binder’s own copy, with his bookplates. $8000.

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RARE 1747 FIRST EDITION OF ALEXANDER CAMPBELL'S SUPPRESSED ACCOUNT OF THE 1741 WAGER SHIPWRECK IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, A DISASTER VERY FEW SURVIVED

CAMPBELL, Alexander. The Sequel to Bulkeley and Cummins's Voyage to the South-Seas. London, 1747.

Rare first edition of Campbell's account of the survival of the crew of the privateer ship Wager after being shipwrecked off the coast of Chile in 1741, a "counterblast" to the account published in 1743 by Bulkeley and Cummins, this edition "recalled soon after it was published and suppressed, so that few copies are to be found." $8000.

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OLIVER SACKS' OWN COPY OF AWAKENINGS, WITH HIS AUTOGRAPH ANNOTATIONS FOR THE REVISED EDITION

SACKS, Oliver. Awakenings. New York, 1974.

First American edition, published just one year after the British first, of Sacks' moving work on treating Parkinson's Disease. Sacks' own copy with his owner signature and dozens of autograph annotations, made in preparation for a 1991 revised edition presumably intended to capitalize on the popularity of Robin Williams' critically acclaimed film. $7800.

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“THE SUPREME EXPRESSION OF EDWARDS’ PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION”

EDWARDS, Jonathan. Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Boston, 1746.

First edition of this central work of "The Great Awakening" by one of America's most famous theological figures—"we can hardly understand Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Melville, unless we comprehend" the formative role of the revival and Edwards' pivotal influence (Perry Miller)—with a major contemporary provenance with the owner inscription and notations of Harvard alumnus and ordained minister Peres Fobes, who served as vice president of Rhode Island College (now Brown University). $7500.

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“AN ACT MAKING COMPENSATION TO MESSRS. LEWIS AND CLARK”: SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF VOLUME VIII OF LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1807

(LEWIS AND CLARK) (JEFFERSON, Thomas) UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Laws of the United States of America. Volume VIII. Acts Passed at the First… Second Session of the Ninth Congress. Washington City, 1807. One Volume.

First edition of Volume VIII of Laws of the United States, "published by authority," containing the official Acts passed during the 5th and 6th years of Jefferson's presidency in the First and Second Sessions of the Ninth Congress, featuring the crucial March 3, 1807 Act authorizing compensation to Lewis & Clark and members of their expedition, and the landmark March 2, 1807 Transatlantic Slave Act. $6800.

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“INCOMPARABLY THE BEST TRANSLATION OF MARCO POLO’S TRAVELS

(POLO, Marco) MARSDEN, William. The Travels of Marco Polo. London, 1818.

First edition of "incomparably the best translation of the celebrated travels of Marco Polo" (Allibone), with large engraved folding map by Walker & Sons under the direction of Rennell. Attractively bound. $5800.

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“WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE THEN, EH?”

BURGESS, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. London, 1962.

First edition of Burgess’ controversial classic, with the original last chapter (in contrast to the first American edition), in rarely found first-issue dust jacket. $5000.

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"THE GROTESQUE, THE STRANGE, AND THE EXOTIC"

CALDWELL, Erskine. God's Little Acre. New York, 1933.

First edition of Caldwell's most popular novel, censored in New York, banned in Boston, and so controversial that its author was prosecuted for disseminating pornography. A fine copy in rare entirely unrestored original dust jacket. $4000.

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“SYNONYMOUS WITH EVERYTHING SUBVERSIVE”

GOLDMAN, Emma. Living My Life. New York, 1931. Two volumes.

First edition of the famous radical's autobiography, with frontispiece portraits and eleven additional photogravures of Goldman, fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman and others, in very rare original dust jackets. $3500.

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“A POEM, A STINK, A GRATING NOISE, A QUALITY OF LIGHT, A TONE, A HABIT, A NOSTALGIA, A DREAM”

STEINBECK, John. Cannery Row. New York, 1945.

First edition, in first-state cloth binding, of Steinbeck’s “fine small art, a miniature gem, a verbal minuet” (A.C. Spectorsky, contemporary review), in scarce original dust jacket. $3500.

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"THAT DREADED RETREAT OF LAWLESS FREE-BOOTERS, THE TERROR OF THEIR NEIGHBORS… THIS NEST OF WASPS, THIS DEN OF THIEVES"

MORGAN, J[oseph]. A Complete History of Algiers. London, 1728-29. Two volumes.

First edition of this history of Algiers and the Barbary Coast—notorious for its pirates—focusing on the Ottoman Empire's 16th-century conquest and subsequent rule over the region, attractively bound. $3200.

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“HARD WORK, UNUSUALLY STRICT DISCIPLINE, AND A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT HORIZON”

KLARMAN, Seth A. Margin of Safety. New York, 1991.

First edition, first printing, of this influential guide by Klarman—"a giant within investment circles"—outlining how to avoid the pitfalls of fad investing and become a value investor. $3200.

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“THE MOST INTELLIGENT PIECE OF ENGLISH DRAMATIC WRITING OF OUR DAY”

WILDE, Oscar. A Woman of No Importance. London, 1894.

First edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies, in original decorative cloth designed by Charles Shannon, with the bookplate of famous book collector Carroll Atwood Wilson. $2500.

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