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"ONE OF THE GREAT NOVELS OF WORLD LITERATURE"

TOLSTOY, Leo. Voina i Mir (War and Peace). Moscow, 1868-69. Six volumes bound in three.

Rare first edition of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, one of the greatest novels ever written, in the original Russian. Handsomely bound, with the original printed paper front wrappers of parts 2-5 bound in. $48,500.

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RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF MARX'S MAGNUM OPUS, DAS KAPITAL

MARX, Karl. Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production. London, 1887. Two volumes.

First edition in English of the first part of Marx's landmark Das Kapital, the only part published in his lifetime, containing substantial revisions made by Marx for the first French translation, this two-volume work edited by Engels and translated from the third German edition. A rare and important printing of a seminal work in economic and political thought. $29,500.

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“THE MAN IN BLACK FLED ACROSS THE DESERT,AND THE GUNSLINGER FOLLOWED”

KING, Stephen. Dark Tower, Books I – VII (complete set). West Kingston, Rhode Island and Hampton Falls, New Hampshire / London, 1982-2012. Together, thirteen volumes.

Signed limited first editions, issued simultaneously with the first trade editions, of all seven titles in Stephen King’s masterful Dark Tower series, as well as the signed limited deluxe first editions of the companion volumes The Little Sisters of Eluria and The Wind Through the Keyhole and the English Collector's Edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole, each book with full-page color illustrations and each signed by King and the illustrator. $28,000.

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THREE SIGNED LETTERS FROM RICHARD NIXON TO KHMER PRESIDENT LON NOL, AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT OF HIS PRESIDENCY, THE BEST NIXON LETTERS IN PRIVATE HANDS

NIXON, Richard. Three Typed Letters Signed. Washington, May 19, 1970; June 2, 1973; July 2, 1973.

Three fantastic typed letters signed by President Nixon to Khmer President Lon Nol, among the most important letters of Nixon's presidency, quite possibly the best Nixon letters remaining in private hands. $22,500.

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BASKETT’S MAGNIFICENTLY ILLUSTRATED 1717 ELEPHANT FOLIO “VINEGAR BIBLE”

BIBLE. Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New. Oxford, 1717, 1716.

First edition of the monumental, splendidly illustrated “Vinegar Bible,” a “magnificent edition” (Darlow & Moule) with wonderfully engraved frontispiece, vignette title pages and 60 detailed copper engravings, beautifully bound. $18,500.

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“THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE PENTATEUCH IN AMERICA”

(HEBREW BIBLE) LEESER, Isaac. The Law of God. Philadelphia, 1845. Five volumes.

First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Five handsomely bound volumes. $18,500.

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SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. Washington, July 25, 1863.

Splendid Lincoln Civil War document appointing Thomas M. Vincent as "Captain in the Second Regiment of Artillery," countersigned by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, with fragile paper seal present, beautifully matted and framed with two photographic portraits of Lincoln. $16,800.

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"AND THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF FAIRIES"

BARRIE, J.M. (RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator). Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. London, 1906.

First trade edition of the Arthur Rackham-illustrated Peter Pan, with 50 mounted color illustrations. A superb presentation copy, inscribed on the half title by J.M. Barrie with a quote from the book: "When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. J.M. Barrie." Splendidly bound in full exhibition morocco-gilt in the Arts & Crafts style by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with the original cloth bound in at the rear. $15,000.

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LIBER SCRIPTORUM, SIGNED BY MARK TWAIN, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, ANDREW CARNEGIE AND NUMEROUS OTHER AUTHORS

(TWAIN, Mark, ROOSEVELT, Theodore, et al.). Liber Scriptorum. New York, 1893.

First edition, number 32 of only 251 numbered copies signed by each of the 109 contributors, the most prominent being Mark Twain ("The Californian's Tale," page 161—the first appearance of this story), Theodore Roosevelt ("A Shot at a Bull Elk," page 487) and Andrew Carnegie ("Genius Illustrated from Burns," page 99). An altogether impressive collection of the works and signatures of leading late-19th century literary figures, a beautiful copy in original publisher's morocco-gilt binding. $13,500.

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"AN IMPLACABLE ARCH-ENEMY OF THE AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR SELF-GOVERNMENT"

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (STAMP ACT) BERNARD, Francis; GAGE, Thomas; HOOD, Samuel. Letters to the Ministry. Boston, 1769.

First edition of momentous letters from Bernard that triggered colonial revolt, published without his authority, charging Boston patriots with sedition, issued the same year he was called back to Britain but not before "he firmly established in American minds what Benjamin Franklin later called 'the Grenvillian Notion of a necessary Connexion between Subjection and Taxation.'" $12,500.

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“THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER WRITTEN”

GIBBON, Edward. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London, 1781-1788. Six volumes.

Mixed edition set (Volume I is fourth edition, all others are first editions) of one of the greatest classics of Western thought, with three engraved maps by Kitchin, two of them folding. In handsome contemporary calf boards. $12,000.

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"INCLINE UNTO MY AID O GOD"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Northern France, circa 1470.

Beautiful illuminated miniature from a Northern French Book of Hours, a striking hand-colored image depicting the Annunciation to the Shepherds, with three lines of Latin text from the Hour of Terce in batarde script, a three-line initial and a one-line initial, beautifully bordered with two grotesques, flowers, leaves, and acanthus leaves. $11,500.

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“NOT SUCH A HOUND AS MORTAL EYES HAVE EVER SEEN”

CONAN DOYLE, Arthur. The 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. $11,000.

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"THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICAN LIBERTIES": RARE FIRST EDITION OF CONTINUATION OF THE PROCEEDINGS, 1770, ISSUED IN BOSTON SAME YEAR AS THE BOSTON MASSACRE, DOCUMENTING THE "CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS" PROVOKED BY LT. GOVERNOR THOMAS HUTCHINSON

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (HUTCHINSON, Thomas) (ADAMS, John) (ADAMS, Samuel) (HANCOCK, John). Continuation of the Proceedings. Boston, 1770.

First edition of the momentous work that documents powerful legal and philosophical debates in a stand-off between Boston patriots and Hutchinson over his command to remove the Massachusetts Court from Boston amidst fury over the recent Boston Massacre, causing colonial leaders, chief among them Samuel and John Adams, to rage against "the most valuable of our Liberties from being wrested from us," this rare edition "almost certainly a major cause" of the Declaration of Independence "accusing the King of calling 'together legislative bodies at place… distance from the repository of their public records for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance." $9500.

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JOHN C. MASON'S PRESENTATION COPY OF THE CONSTITUTION, 1852, SIGNED BY HIM AND THE MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF THE 32ND U.S. CONGRESS

(MASON, John C.). The Constitution of the United States of America. Washington, 1852.

Later edition of this collection of important American founding documents, including the Constitution, U.S. Representative from Kentucky John Calvin Mason's presentation copy, signed by him in pencil on the title page, and signed by the majority of members of the 32nd U.S. Congress, including Andrew Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin, Charles Sumner, William Seward, Salmon Chase, Stephen Douglas, Sam Houston, and Alexander Stephens. Bound for Mason in contemporary morocco with his name gilt-stamped on the front cover. $8800.

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ONE OF “THE INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE” (JEFFERSON)

SIDNEY, Algernon. Discourses Concerning Government. London, 1698.

First edition of “the best elementary book of the principles of government… which has ever been published in any language,” one of the primary influences on the Declaration of Independence. A handsome copy in contemporary paneled calf boards. $8500.

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WITH OVER 400 PHOTOGRAPHS, PHOTOGRAVURES, AND ENGRAVINGS

FULTON, John; DE AMICIS, Edmondo; YRIARTE, Charles; LANSDALE, Maria Hornor, et al. The World's Famous Places and Peoples. New York, London, 1901. Twenty-one volumes.

"Edition de Grand Luxe" of this richly illustrated survey of some of the most renowned places and peoples of the world, such as Paris, Rome, Venice, Constantinople, Palestine, the Rhine, Spain, Morocco, and more, with beautiful hand-colored photographic or engraved frontispieces in each volume and a total of more than 400 photogravures throughout on Japan vellum. One of 500 sets produced, this set unnumbered. Beautifully bound. $8500.

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

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. 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. $6800.

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"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN POLITICAL WORK"

HAMILTON, Alexander, MADISON, James and JAY, John. Federalist. Washington, 1818.

Seminal fifth edition of the Federalist Papers—"the most important work in political science that has ever been written"—this distinctive Gideon edition features Madison's revisions and claims of authorship over Hamilton. $6000.

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FIRST EDITION OF DR. SEUSS’S SLEEP BOOK, INSCRIBED BY SEUSS TO LONGTIME FRIENDS

SEUSS, Dr. Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book. New York, 1962.

First edition of this book celebrating the joys of sleep, inscribed with Seuss' characteristic flourish: "for the KAYS. Happy Sleeping on Wonderview Drive! Dr. Seuss." $6000.

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"A REMARKABLE ABILITY TO CAPTURE THE CHARACTERISTIC FEATURE OF THE FACE"

GOURSAT, Georges, a.k.a. "SEM." Four Portfolios. Paris, 1912, 1913, 1914, no date. Four volumes.

First editions of four portfolios of illustrations of French high-society figures and fashions of the Belle Epoque by renowned French illustrator and caricaturist SEM (Georges Goursat), three folio and one quarto, each with color illustrations, many colored by hand using the pochoir, or stencil, technique. $6000.

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“NO MORE GRAPHIC ACCOUNT EXISTS OF ANY AGE”

FROISSART, John; HUMPHREYS, Henry Noel. Chronicles of England, France, Spain. London, 1855. Two volumes.

Later edition of Johnes’ celebrated translation of Froissart’s important history of 14th-century Europe, including a Life of Froissart, an essay on his works, and a critical look at his Chronicles, with illuminated extra title page and 116 in-text wood-engraved illustrations. This copy splendidly extra-illustrated with the complete suite of 72 finely hand-colored chromolithographs—many heightened with gilt and silver—reproduced from miniatures in Froissart manuscript editions by Henry Noel Humphreys, bound in appropriately throughout the text. Two volumes beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Bayntun-Riviere. $5800.

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"ONE OF THE FIRST EASTERN EUROPEAN JEWISH WOMEN AUTHORS WRITING IN ENGLISH"

YEZIERSKA, Anzia. Salome of the Tenements. New York, 1923.

First edition of the controversial first novel by Yezierska—of the major writers "on the immigrant Jewish experience, Yezierska holds a special place… no one has captured so well as she the struggle of the Jewish woman to find her own place in American life" (ANB)— a splendid copy in the extremely elusive original dust jacket. $4800.

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HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED SET OF BRET HARTE’S WORKS, SIGNED BY HIM

HARTE, Bret. Writings. Boston and New York, 1896. Nineteen volumes.

“Autograph Edition” of Harte’s tales, essays and poems, number 31 of 350 sets signed and dated by him, illustrated with vignette title pages, 103 engraved plates—including one signed by Frederick Remington—and two-page color map of the Pacific coast, very handsomely bound. $4800.

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"PROVIDED THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND 2ND AMENDMENT WITH A CAUTIONARY LEGACY… FEAR OF BEING 'DISARMED'… WAS NEVER FAR FROM THE MINDS OF THE FOUNDING GENERATION”

(FERGUSON, Adam). Reflections Previous to the Establishment of a Militia. London, 1756.

First edition of a seminal work by Ferguson, famed as one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s "two Adams," this early anonymously-issued work at the heart of his defense of militias against Adam Smith's support for standing armies, with Ferguson's work profoundly influential in giving voice to American's revolutionary and constitutional defense of militias and the right to bear arms, uncut in original stitching in original self-wrappers. $4500.

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FOURTEEN-VOLUME ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE, HANDSOMELY BOUND

BIBLE. Holy Bible. Boston, 1904. Fourteen volumes.

"Hand-made Paper Edition" of the Authorized (King James) Version of 1611, number 140 of only 480 copies, containing both Testaments and the Apocrypha, illustrated with 70 engravings and photogravures after paintings by notable artists. $4200.

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"THE MOST LEARNED STATEMENT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL GROUNDS FOR COLONIAL RESISTANCE": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN ADAMS’ NOVANGLUS LETTERS

((AMERICAN REVOLUTION) ADAMS, John and LEONARD, Daniel). Novanglus, and Massachusettensis; or Political Essays. Boston, 1819.

First edition of John Adams' Novanglus letters, a series of essays that appeared under his pseudonym in a Boston newspaper just prior to Lexington and Concord, together complete in book form for the first time—"Adams' expansive defense of the colonies' autonomy would play an important role in America's intellectual justification for declaring independence from Great Britain"—uncut in original boards. $4200.

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"THE BEST OF THEM ALL": FIRST EDITION OF SPEECHLY’S TREATISE ON THE CULTURE OF THE VINE, 1790

SPEECHLY, William. A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine. York, 1790.

First edition of Speechly's "excellent work," featuring five copper-engraved plates (three folding) of vineyards, stove plans and growth patterns. $4000.

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"WHERE MEN… PERVERT THEIR POWER TO TYRANNICAL PURPOSES; SUBMISSION… IS A CRIME": RARE FIRST EDITION OF LEADING BOSTON PASTOR ANDREW ELIOT'S 1765 SERMON DELIVERED BARELY TWO MONTHS AFTER PASSAGE OF THE STAMP ACT

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (STAMP ACT) ELIOT, Andrew. Sermon Preached before… Francis Bernard. Boston, 1765.

First edition of the influential Boston pastor's most famous and most controversial work, his May 29, 1765 Election Day Sermon delivered two months after passage of the incendiary Stamp Act—boldly proclaiming "when tyranny is abroad 'submission… is a crime'"—one of only 700 copies published. $3800.

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“MY FIRST INTELLECTUAL CONTACT WITH THE THEORY OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE”

THOREAU, Henry David. Yankee in Canada. Boston, 1866.

First edition, first printing, containing the first book appearance of Thoreau's widely influential essay "Civil Disobedience." One of only 1500 copies printed, in original cloth. $3600.

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"ONE OF THE BEST ACCOUNTS OF HOW RUNAWAY SLAVES MADE THEIR WAY TO FREEDOM"

STILL, William. Underground Rail Road. Philadelphia, 1872.

First edition of the first definitive and groundbreaking history of the Underground Railroad—"the only work on that subject written by an African American"—with engraved frontispiece portrait of William Still, famed as father of the Underground Railroad, profusely illustrated with 23 full-page and numerous in-text engravings, in gilt-stamped original cloth boards. $3500.

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“ONE OF THE GREATEST OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS”

(PARRISH, Maxfield) SAUNDERS, Louise. The Knave of Hearts. New York, 1925. First edition of "one of the greatest of American illustrated books" (Porter, 84), the last and most lavish children's book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, with mounted cover design, pictorial endpapers, 14 full-page color plates, and nine in-text color illustrations. $3200.

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“WE WENT OUT FULL BUT RETURN EMPTY”

FULLER, Thomas. The Historie of the Holy Warre. WITH: The Holy State. Cambridge, 1647-48. One volume.

Third edition of Fuller's Historie of the Holy Warre, the first of his historical works as well as the first to contain an engraved folding map of Palestine, issued with the second edition of his The Holy State and the Profane State, featuring 20 engraved portraits by William Marshall. The "best edition" of each book according to Lowndes. $3200.

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FIRST EDITION OF NORTH OF THE DANUBE, SIGNED BY BOTH ERSKINE CALDWELL AND MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE

CALDWELL, Erskine. North of the Danube. New York, 1939.

First edition of the second photobook co-authored by photographer Bourke-White and novelist Caldwell, signed on the half title by both Caldwell and Bourke-White, with her signing as Margaret Bourke-White Caldwell, possibly very soon after their marriage the same month this book was published, with text by Caldwell and 79 evocative black-and-white photogravures by Bourke-White. $3200.

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"DISCIPLINE, PATIENT ENDURANCE AND IMPETUOUS VALOR"

EMILIO, Luis F. History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment (Brave Black Regiment). Boston, 1891.

First edition of a history of "one of the first black fighting units to see action in the field"—illustrated with 20 photographic plates and nine maps (two folding), in original gilt-stamped cloth. $3000.

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“KING ARTHUR DUBBED THE BRAVE LITTLE TROUBADOUR ‘SIR MICHAEL”

DISNEY STUDIOS. Mickey Mouse in King Arthur's Court. New York, 1933. First edition of an early American pop-up book, published by Blue Ribbon Pleasure Books, the original patent-holder for pop-ups, with four pop-ups, in scarce original dust jacket. $2800.

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"ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FINALES IN WORLD LITERATURE"

(DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor) DOSTOIEFFSKY, Fedor. Idiot. London, 1913.

First edition with the "pioneering" Constance Garnett translation in English that profoundly influenced Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and many others, with Dostoevsky preferring "The Idiot to all his other works," an eloquent and powerful work that "embodies his most intimate, cherished and sacred convictions," in original cloth. $2800.

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FIRST TRADE EDITION OF ONE SPECIAL SUMMER, INSCRIBED BY LEE RADZIWILL AND SIGNED BY HER SISTER, JACKIE KENNEDY

(KENNEDY, Jacqueline and LEE Radziwill) BOUVIER, Jacqueline and BOUVIER, Lee. One Special Summer. New York, 1974.

First trade edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe, inscribed by Princess Lee Radziwill under her maiden name: "For Mr Newman with best regards—Lee Bouvier. May 6th 1975," and signed by her sister, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy. $2800.

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"THE ONE AND ONLY NATION WHERE SLAVERY IS MAINTAINED… AND FOSTERED IN THE HEARTS OF THESE MODERN CHILDREN OF LIBERTY"

MITCHELL J[ohn]. Truth About America…. Electoral System. London, 1860.

First edition of the British journalist's pointed attack on the gulf between America’s Revolutionary ideals and the reality of slavery, targeting the two-party electoral politics of "a slippery country and slippery people," published with America poised at the brink of Civil War, in original gilt-stamped cloth. $2800.

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"UNTIL WE ARE DONE WITH THE IRONIES OF HISTORY… THE IMAGE OF TROTSKY WILL NOT DISSIPATE"

(RUSSIAN REVOLUTION) TROTSKY, Leon. My Life. New York, 1930.

First edition of Trotsky's autobiography—one of "his greatest literary works"—published ten years before his murder, with frontispiece portrait, in the very elusive dust jacket. $2500.

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"A BATTLE IS IN PROGRESS BETWEEN LIBERTY AND SLAVERY"

CLARK, Rufus W., Rev. African Slave Trade. Boston, 1860.

First edition of the American abolitionist's passionate argument against slavery and attempts to reopen the African slave trade, published in Boston shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War, in original cloth with covers displaying the initials of the American Tract Society. $2200.

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AMONG THE FIRST AMERICAN POP-UP BOOKS: LENTZ’ “POP-UP” CINDERELLA, 1933

LENTZ, Harold B., illustrator. Pop-up Cinderella. New York, 1933.

First “pop-up” edition of four famed fairy tales, illustrated with in-text line-drawings and four wonderful pop-ups by Harold B. Lentz, completely intact. $1800.

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"THE BIBLE OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE"

LOCKE, Alain. New Negro. New York, 1925.

First edition of Alain Locke's pioneering collection of writings by Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and other leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, most works appearing in book form for the first time, illustrated with over 25 splendid color- and black-and-white plates by Winold Reiss, Aaron Douglas and Miguel Covarrubias. $1800.

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ALBERTO SANGORSKI'S BEAUTIFULLY ILLUMINATED EDITION OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

(SANGORSKI, Alberto, illuminator). The Sermon on the Mount. London, 1911.

First edition of Alberto Sangorski's fine calligraphic and illuminated rendition of the Sermon on the Mount, each page a lovely color plate, handsomely bound by Bayntun. $1600.

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