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"I HAVE LONG EARNESTLY WISHED FOR A NEW EDITION OF THE ORIGIN IN THE UNITED STATES"

DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed. WITH: On the Origin of Species. Kent, United Kingdom and New York, 1869-70.

Very rare and desirable signed autograph letter from Charles Darwin to American publisher D. Appleton's London agent, Charles Layton, agreeing to a second American edition of the Origin of Species, with a slightly raised price, but requiring that Appleton also commit to an American edition of The Descent of Man. Accompanied by the second American edition of Origin of Species in original cloth. $125,000.

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"THE TEST OF WHETHER A BOOK IS ANY GOOD IS HOW MUCH GOOD STUFF YOU CAN REMOVE FROM IT"

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Typed letter signed. Finca Vigia, Cuba, 29 September 1949.

Extraordinary typed and heavily annotated letter from Hemingway in Cuba to friend and fellow author and screenwriter Peter Viertel in Malibu, California, a long, lively letter discussing his writing progress, a proposed trip, hunting and shooting pigeons, drinking, baseball and a new whore in town, with over 150 words of additional notes written in the margins and on the verso of the second page in blue ink by Hemingway. Twice signed as 'Papa.'. $42,000.

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RARE FIRST EDITIONS OF POPE’S FAMOUS TRANSLATIONS OF HOMER’S ILIAD AND ODYSSEY, 1715-1726

(POPE, Alexander) HOMER. Iliad of Homer. WITH: Odyssey of Homer. London, 1715-26. Together, eleven volumes.

First editions of Pope’s famous illustrated translations, the most desirable subscribers’ quarto issue on thick paper, esteemed by Samuel Johnson as “certainly the noblest version of poetry which the world has ever seen,” with frontispiece bust portrait of Homer by Vertue, handsomely and uniformly bound in contemporary calf covers, beautifully restored. $39,000.

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COMPLETE SET OF THE SIX SIGNED LIMITED AMERICAN EDITIONS OF YEATS' WORKS

YEATS, William Butler. Later Poems; Plays in Prose and Verse; Plays and Controversies; Essays; Early Poems and Stories; Autobiographies. New York, 1924-27. Six volumes.

Complete set of the six separately issued signed limited American editions of Yeats' poems, stories, plays, essays, and autobiographies, each volume one of only 250 copies signed by Yeats. An exceptional set, rarely found together and in such beautiful condition. $22,500.

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ONE OF ONLY SEVEN SETS WITH THE ILLUSTRATIONS IN QUADRUPLE SUITE: WONDERFULLY BOUND 16-VOLUME SET OF STRICKLAND'S LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND, WITH HAND-PAINTED PORTRAITS INSET INTO THE FRONT COVER OF EACH VOLUME

STRICKLAND, Agnes. Lives of the Queens of England. Philadelphia, 1902-03. Sixteen volumes.

Beautifully bound and richly illustrated "Alexandra Edition" of Strickland's detailed history, number 6 of only 7 sets copies printed on Japan vellum, with each of the approximately 250 illustrations printed in quadruple suite: one on Holland handmade paper and hand-colored, on on India paper, one on papier de Chine, and one on Japanese vellum, including portraits, scenes and views. Each volume bound in full morocco, with a hand-painted portrait of one of the queens set into the full morocco doublure inside the front cover. $22,000.

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“INSTINCT WITH THE VERY SOIL OF ENGLAND”

HARDY, Thomas. Works. London, 1919-20. Thirty-seven volumes.

Handsome “Mellstock Edition” of Hardy’s prose and poetry, one of only 500 sets signed by the author in Volume I, very handsomely bound by Bayntun, with an autograph letter signed by Hardy tipped into Volume I. $22,000.

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"REVEALED A STRANGE AND UNKNOWN WORLD, FULL OF EXCITING WONDERS"

LEWIS, Meriwether, and CLARKE, William. Travels to the Source of the Missouri River. London, 1815. Three volumes.

Second English edition, "a reproduction, in larger type and better paper, of the Philadelphia [first] edition of 1814" (Sabin), published one year after that edition, with large folding map and five additional maps. $18,500.

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“THE FIRST FLIGHT OF A FINE WRITING TALENT”: SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF STEINBECK’S SECOND BOOK, PASTURES OF HEAVEN

STEINBECK, John. Pastures of Heaven. New York, 1932.

First edition, first issue, one of a scant 650 copies sold, of Steinbeck’s lyrical and incisive portrait of the verdant heart of California and its people—“points the way to most of his subsequent writing”—in scarce original dust jacket. $18,000.

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

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

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

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LIMITED EDITION SET OF BRINKLEY’S ILLUSTRATED WORKS ON JAPAN AND CHINA

(JAPAN) (CHINA) BRINKLEY, Capt. Frank. Oriental Series. Japan and China. Boston and Tokyo, 1901-02. Twelve volumes.

Imperial edition, letter "I" of only 26 sets, of Brinkley’s comprehensive and finely illustrated studies of Chinese and Japanese art, history and culture, with 12 hand-painted silk watercolor frontispieces, 13 woodblock prints, seven watercolor paintings of Japanese birds, richly illustrated with more than 200 full-page plates, including photogravures (many tinted and color-finished by hand) and color-printed plates, and two large folding maps in color. A beautifully bound set, with lovely morocco doublures. $14,500.

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"LIVING PROOF OF THE HORRORS OF THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE"

(SLAVERY) ADAMS, John Quincy. Argument. New York, 1841.

First editions of John Quincy Adams' eloquent Argument in the landmark Amistad Case presented before the Supreme Court in 1841—"an astounding saga for the case that truth is more powerful than anything the imagination could invent" (Blockson). $11,500.

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"THE FINEST SERIES OF ARCTIC VIEWS THEN PUBLISHED"

(ARCTIC) ROSS, John. A Voyage of Discovery. London, 1819.

First edition, illustrated with 32 engraved plates, charts and maps (13 folding), including 15 magnificent hand-colored aquatints by Havell & Son (four folding) depicting icebergs, a "bear plunging into the sea" and the ship's "passage through the ice" among other dramatic images. $11,500.

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“SO WE BEAT ON, BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT, BORNE BACK CEASELESSLY INTO THE PAST”

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, 1925.

First edition of this landmark of 20th-century fiction, Fitzgerald's haunting tale of "empty elegance and impossible love" in the Jazz Age (Julie Bosman) and one of America's greatest novels. $11,000.

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SPLENDIDLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED LIMITED EDITION OF DISRAELI'S WORKS IN FULL MOROCCO-GILT, ONE OF ONLY 100 PRODUCED

DISRAELI, Benjamin. Works. New York and London, 1904. Twenty volumes.

The "Imperial Edition," one of only 100 sets produced, this one unnumbered, splendidly bound and illustrated with over 60 plates in double suite, many finished in color by hand. A sumptuous production in fine condition. $9800.

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SCARCE COMPLETE 12-VOLUME COLLECTION OF FIRST EDITIONS OF CHURCHILL’S WWII AND POST-WAR SPEECHES, 1941-61

CHURCHILL, Winston S. War Speeches and Post-War Speeches. London, 1941-61. Together, 12 volumes. First editions of Churchill's separately published World War II and post-war speeches, including his rare last book, handsomely bound. $9500.

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"A MASTERPIECE OF DESCRIPTIVE TRAVEL"

ANSON, George. A Voyage Round the World. London, 1748.

First edition of the first official account of Commodore Anson's hard-pressed but ultimately successful challenge to superior Spanish seapower, illustrated with 42 folding engraved plates, maps, plans and charts, several over 35 inches wide. An engaging narrative of wide-ranging travel and military adventure—"a model of what such literature should be." $9500.

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"FOR C.S. FROM M.S. JANUARY 23, 1963"

[SHAW, Mark]. That Palm Beach 50. No place, 1963.

Rare Kennedy photograph album, one of only a few known copies produced by White House photographer Mark Shaw, specially bound in brown calf-gilt with a presentation stamped in gilt on the front board: "For C.S. [Kennedy aide Charles Spalding] from M.S. [Mark Shaw]. January 23, 1963." $8500.

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"HISTORICALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT SERIES OF AMERICAN POLITICAL DEBATES"

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES LINCOLN, Abraham. Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln. Columbus, 1860.

First edition, first issue, of the most famous debates in American history, the event that transformed Lincoln into a national presidential candidate, in original cloth. $8500.

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INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE ELIE WIESEL

WIESEL, Elie. Night. New York, 1960.

First American edition, signed by Elie Wiesel on the half title: "For James Murray. All good wishes, Elie Wiesel. July 2012. P.S. and thanks for your letter." Signed copies of Night are extremely scarce. $7500.

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FIRST REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION OF HEMINGWAY’S IN OUR TIME

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. In Our Time. New York, 1930.

First revised and expanded edition of In Our Time, first Scribner’s edition of the first of Hemingway’s books published in the United States, newly featuring his “Introduction by the Author” (later retitled as “On the Quai at Smyrna”), along with revisions to two short stories, in rarely found dust jacket with the dramatic gold and black printed design by Cleonike. $7000.

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WITH 175 SIGNATURES OF YANKEES PLAYERS, MANY SIGNING MULTIPLE TIMES, INCLUDING YOGI BERRA, PHIL RIZZUTO, HANK BAUER, CATFISH HUNTER, DON MATTINGLY, AND MANY MORE

(BERRA, Yogi, RIZZUTO, Phil et al.) HONIG, Donald. New York Yankees. New York, 1987.

First revised edition of Honig’s profusely illustrated history of the New York Yankees, with 175 signatures of Yankees players—many signing multiple times—including numerous Hall of Famers. $7000.

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HANDSOME PAIR OF 19TH-CENTURY PORTRAITS OF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON, IN ORIGINAL OVAL GILT FRAMES

(WASHINGTON, George and Martha) MIDDLETON, E.C. Pair of framed portraits. Cincinnati, 1862. Two portraits.

Mid 19th-century chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington, both laid on canvas, in a original gilt frames. $6500.

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SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY AND 25 OTHER "EVERESTERS" AND MOUNTAINEERING LEGENDS

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

First edition, signed by Sir Edmund Hillary and 25 other Everest climbers and mountaineering greats on the title page and dedication leaf. With eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and a number of in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. $6500.

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“THE MOST FAMOUS METHODOLOGICAL PIECE WITHIN 20TH CENTURY ECONOMICS”

FRIEDMAN, Milton. Essays in Positive Economics. Chicago, 1953.

First edition of the work containing the first appearance of Friedman's pivotal essay, "Methodology of Positive Economics," hailed as "the most cited, influential, and controversial piece of methodological writing in 20th-century economics," in very scarce dust jacket. $5750.

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NOTRE DAME EDITION OF KNUTE ROCKNE’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

ROCKNE, Knute. The Autobiography. South Bend, Indiana, (1931).

Notre Dame Edition of Rockne’s illustrated autobiography, number 73 of 2400 copies signed by Mrs. Rockne and Father Cavanaugh with a facsimile of Knut Rockne’s signature, featuring a folding facsimile of Rockne’s family tree, with rare original slipcase. $5500.

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"FULL MANY A GEM OF PUREST RAY SERENE": ALDINE EDITION OF GRAY'S POETICAL WORKS, IN ELEGANT COSWAY-STYLE BINDING BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE

GRAY, Thomas. The Poetical Works. London, 1841.

Aldine edition Gray's poems, beautifully bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in an exquisite full morocco Cosway-style binding, inset on the front doublure with a wonderful watercolor portrait of Gray. $5500.

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SPLENDIDLY BOUND COLLECTION OF POE'S WORKS IN LOVELY ART NOUVEAU VELLUM-GILT BINDINGS

POE, Edgar Allan. Works. Chicago, 1894-1895. Ten volumes.

Limited large-paper edition of Poe's complete works, number 46 of only 250 sets printed for America, illustrated with 19 full-page engravings by Albert Edward Sterner and with 10 portraits of Poe, finely printed on India paper and mounted, in elaborate publisher's vellum-gilt. $5400.

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“CECILY PARSLEY LIVED IN A PEN, AND BREWED GOOD ALE FOR GENTLEMEN…”

POTTER, Beatrix. Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes. London and New York, circa 1922.

First edition of Potter’s second and last book of rhymes, and the last of her books to be published in the familiar "Peter Rabbit" format, in the very rare dust jacket. $4800.

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THE SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATION FOR RADIO, TELEVISION AND RADAR: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF HERTZ’S EXPERIMENTS IN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY

HERTZ, Heinrich. Electric Waves. London and New York, 1893.

First edition in English of Hertz’s important discoveries in wireless telegraphy, published just one year after the first German printing. $4800.

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"THE MOST IMPORTANT [PAPER] ON RELATIVITY SINCE MY OWN ORIGINAL PAPER APPEARED" (EINSTEIN)

GODEL, Kurt. Example of a New Type of Cosmological Solutions of Einstein's Field Equations of Gravitation IN: Reviews of Modern Physics. Lancaster and New York, July, 1949.

First printing of Godel's groundbreaking work on relativity introducing the possibility of time travel. This special issue of Reviews of Modern Physics—a celebration of Einstein on his 70th birthday—also includes articles by many of the 20th century's most distinguished scientists including Feynman, Born, Millikan, De Broglie, Gamow, Dirac, and over twenty others. $4500.

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"THREADED THROUGH WITH GLOWING IMAGES AND TENDER BEAUTY": ALDINE EDITION OF GOLDSMITH'S POETICAL WORKS, IN ELEGANT COSWAY-STYLE BINDING BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE

GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Poetical Works. London, 1831.

Aldine edition Goldsmith's poems, beautifully bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in an exquisite full morocco Cosway-style binding, inset on the front doublure with a wonderful watercolor portrait of Goldsmith. $4500.

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"SOME OF THE GREATEST NOVELS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE"

BRONTE, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Life and Works of the Sisters Bronte. London, 1899-1900. Seven volumes.

"Haworth Edition" of the Brontë sisters' admired novels, illustrated with frontispiece portraits and numerous photographic plates throughout, finely bound by Riviere & Son. $4000.

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“UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE THE BEST COOK BOOK EVER WRITTEN”

BEETON, Isabella. Mrs. Beeton's Household Management. London, 1861.

Scarce first edition of this landmark of cookery and home economics, richly illustrated with a chromolithographic frontispiece, title page, and 12 plates, each depicting multiple dishes. $3800.

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"ONE OF THE FATHERS OF AFRICAN NATIONALISM"

(CROMWELL HILL, ADELAIDE) CRUMMELL, Alex[ander], Rev. Relations and Duties of Free Colored Men… to Africa. Hartford, 1861.

First edition of a groundbreaking work by Crummell, an "intellectual idol of W.E.B. Du Bois," published as America erupted into Civil War, pivotal in asserting all men "hold some relation to the land of their Fathers," especially "the sons of Africa in America," an exceptional association copy with the owner signature on the title page of preeminent 20th-century Black American scholar and activist Adelaide Cromwell Hill. $3200.

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