March 2017: Banned, Burned & Censored Books

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“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. $75,000.

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“THE PROOF OF A POET IS THAT HIS COUNTRY ABSORBS HIM AS AFFECTIONATELY AS HE HAS ABSORBED IT”

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, New York, 1855.

Extraordinarily scarce and important first edition of the most important volume of American poetry. "In Whitman we have a democrat who set out to imagine the life of the average man in average circumstances changed into something grand and heroic… There has never been a more remarkable poem" (Callow). Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. In a handsome morocco binding by James MacDonald of New York. $45,000.

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LOVELY FIRST EDITION OF SALINGER’S CLASSIC, REVIEW COPY,WITH UNRECORDED SALINGER BROADSIDE

SALINGER, J.D. Catcher in the Rye. Boston, 1951. First edition of Salinger’s first book, in first-issue dust jacket with photograph of Salinger on the back panel. With review slip and Salinger broadside laid in. A lovely copy. $39,500.

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“THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER WRITTEN”

GIBBON, Edward. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London, 1776-88. Six volumes.

Rare full first edition set, second state of Volume I, with portrait of Gibbon by Joseph Hall after Joshua Reynolds and three engraved folding maps by Kitchin of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire and of Constantinople, attractively bound. $32,000.

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“WHEREVER THEY’S A FIGHT SO HUNGRY PEOPLE CAN EAT, I’LL BE THERE”

STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York, 1939.

First edition of Steinbeck's most important novel, his searing masterpiece of moral outrage and "intense humanity," winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to a close friend, "For again Dr. St. Martin with respect and great pleasure, John Steinbeck." Accompanied by an autograph letter signed by Steinbeck to Dr. St. Martin and his wife, penned on Steinbeck's embossed letterhead stationery. $29,500.

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1582 FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST ROMAN CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT IN ENGLISH, NOTED THEOLOGIAN JOHN EADIE’S PERSONAL COPY

BIBLE. New Testament of Jesus Christ. Rhemes, 1582. Very scarce first edition of the important Rheims New Testament, the first Roman Catholic version in English, translated from the Vulgate. The copy of noted biblical scholar and pastor John Eadie. $29,000.

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ULYSSES, WITH EXTREMELY RARE INSCRIPTION BY JAMES JOYCE

JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris, 1924.

Fourth Shakespeare and Company printing of Ulysses, issued just two years after the first, inscribed on the front flyleaf, “To A.K. Griggs, James Joyce, Paris 16.vi.934.” With original wrappers bound in. Any copies of Ulysses inscribed by Joyce are extremely rare. $25,000.

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THE BIRTH OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD: RARE FIRST EDITION OF FRANCIS BACON’S NOVUM ORGANUM, 1620

BACON, Francis. Novum Organum. London, 1620.

First edition of Bacon's Novum Organum (a "new instrument" to replace the old Organon of Aristotle), which had a revolutionary impact on early modern science by laying the foundation of the inductive method. $25,000.

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“THEY WILL WONDERFULLY MEND THE WORLD”

SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. London, 1726. Two volumes.

First edition, scarce second issue (Teerink “AA”) of Swift’s classic satire—“at once a favorite book of children and a summary of bitter scorn for mankind”—with engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, six plates (four maps and two plans), as well as numerous woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Handsomely bound. $19,500.

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MONUMENTAL 1802 BOYDELL ILLUSTRATED SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. London, 1802. Nine volumes.

The monumental 1802 Boydell-Steevens edition of Shakespeare's Works, complete with two engraved frontispieces and the full complement of 94 fine full-page copper engravings after paintings by the leading English artists of the time. Edited by Boydell and revised by renowned 18th-century Shakespearean scholar George Steevens. Sumptuously bound in full 19th-century morocco-gilt. $17,500.

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VERY SCARCE 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 very scarce and important printing of a seminal work in economic and political thought. $17,000.

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INSCRIBED BY EDMUND BURKE

BURKE, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France. London, 1790.

Rare third edition, published within weeks of the first edition, of Burke's important and controversial attack on the French Revolution, presentation/association copy, inscribed in Burke's hand "From the author" on the title page above the owner signature of prominent British statesman, financier and close Burke associate Stephen T. Adey, with Adey's owner signature also on the first text leaf. A handsome copy in contemporary calf. $16,500.

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“THE UNFOLDING OF A MIND OF GENIUS IN DIALOGUE WITH ITSELF”

MONTAIGNE. Essayes Written in French. London, 1613.

Second edition in English of Montaigne’s seminal masterpiece, with the important Elizabethan translation of John Florio used by Shakespeare as a source for The Tempest (circa 1611), a work profoundly influenced by Lucretius, who is quoted almost a hundred times in the work, a splendid folio volume in contemporary calf boards. $16,000.

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“HAD MORE TO DO WITH PREPARING THE MINDS OF AMERICAN COLONISTS FOR THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION THAN… COKE, SIDNEY AND LOCKE”

(CARE, Henry). English Liberties. London, 1682.

Rare first edition, containing printings of the Magna Charta and other seminal documents on the separation of church and state, the right to religious liberty, trial by jury and other founding principles. It was designed to "slip into one's pocket… [and] had more to do with preparing the minds of American colonists for the American Revolution than the larger but less accessible works of Coke, Sidney and Locke" (Hudson, 580-85). Care's influence is clear "in the writings of the founding fathers of the United States—Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Dickinson and Alexander Hamilton… Jefferson added two copies of English Liberties to his library and arranged that it be included in the library of the University of Virginia" (Schwoerer, 231-5). A handsome copy in contemporary sheep. $16,000.

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“LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!”: FIRST EDITION OF WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

SENDAK, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. New York, 1963.

First edition, in first-issue dust jacket, of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children's literature. $15,000.

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"THE GREATEST WORK IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE"

NEWTON, Isaac. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. Amsterdam, 1723.

Second Amsterdam edition (the second continental printing), based upon the 1713 second edition, with the addition of the Analysis per Quantitatum Series, Fluxiones, ac Differentias: cum Enumeratione Linearum Tertii Ordinis, in contemporary paneled calf boards. $15,000.

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“LAUD’S LITURGY”

(BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER). The Book of Common Prayer. Edinburgh, 1637, 1636. First edition of the first Scottish Book of Common Prayer—the book that became a harbinger of the English Civil War—beautifully printed in Gothic type, with decorative woodcut initials throughout, handsomely bound. $13,500.

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SIGNED BY SOLZHENITSYN

SOLZHENITSYN, Alexander. One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich. New York, 1963.

First edition in English of the Nobel Prize-winner's first published work, signed on the half title by Solzhenitsyn in Cyrillic, along with an inscription in English in an unidentified hand, "For the C— Family." $12,000.

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“THE SOCIAL IMPACT WAS GREATER THAN ANY BOOK BEFORE OR SINCE”

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Boston and Cleveland, 1852. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of Stowe's classic and vastly influential novel, with title vignettes and six wood-engravings, in unrestored original cloth. $12,000.

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“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

ORWELL, George. Animal Farm. London, 1945.

First edition, first printing, of Orwell's "savagely ironical allegory" (Clute & Grant) on the gap between radical ideals and reality, his most famous and widely read work. $11,000.

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“THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN AMERICAN OF THE 19TH CENTURY”

DOUGLASS, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Boston, 1845.

First edition of Douglass' powerful autobiography, published only seven years after his escape from slavery, with engraved portrait of Douglass, in original cloth. $9800.

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“PLEASE, SIR, I WANT SOME MORE”

DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist. London, 1838. Three volumes.

First edition, first issue, of Dickens’ classic, with the “Fireside” plate and “Boz” title pages, uncut with original cloth bound in. $9500.

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"THIS MASTERPIECE IS A SOUL UNDER GUISE OF A BOOK"

PROUST, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past. London, 1922-31. Eleven volumes.

First edition in English of Proust's masterpiece. Issued over a number of years by two different publishers, complete sets are quite rare. $9200.

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SIGNED BY PICASSO

(PICASSO, Pablo) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata. New York, 1934.

Signed limited edition, number 848 of 1500 copies signed by Picasso, with six original etchings—"among his most important in the classical style"— and 34 in-text lithographs. $9200.

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“STORIES OF FOLK GONE BEFORE AND ADMONITORY INSTANCES OF THE MEN OF YORE”

BURTON, Richard F. Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. London, 1897. Twelve volumes.

Illustrated “Library Edition” of Sir Richard Francis Burton’s lively (and often daring) translation of The Arabian Nights—the enduring, irresistible folk tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and many more heroes and heroines of adventure, romance, mystery and magic—with 71 lush and lovely plates after the iconic paintings of Albert Letchford, handsomely bound in morocco-gilt using Arabic designs. This among the earliest complete editions of Burton’s famed translation. Housed in the original wooden box with hinged lid, upon which the title in Arabic is gilt-stamped: Alf Laylah wa Laylah, “Thousand Nights and a Night.” $9000.

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HARPER LEE

LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia and New York, 1960.

First edition, fourth printing, of Lee’s cherished masterpiece—“the Huckleberry Finn of the 20th century”—warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication, signing as Nelle Harper Lee, a form of her signature she used only for close friends and family: “To Marion —— —— with my best wishes, Nelle Harper Lee, September 12, 1960.” $8800.

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“IT WILL LIVE AS LONG AS AESOP’S FABLES”

HARRIS, Joel Chandler. Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. New York, 1881.

First edition, first state, of the first and most beloved Uncle Remus book by Harris, the one American writer of the Reconstruction who “has made the most permanent contribution,” with eight plates and numerous text illustrations by Church and Moser, in original bright gilt cloth. $8500.

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INSCRIBED BY KURT VONNEGUT WITH HIS SELF-PORTRAIT SKETCH

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

First edition of Vonnegut’s “most powerful novel,” boldly inscribed on the half title by him: "For Joey Wolff—Kurt Vonnegut, May 8 1994," with his full-page self-portrait sketch and his characteristic embellishments. $8500.

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OVID’S ART OF LOVE, SIGNED AND ILLUSTRATED BY ARISTIDE MAILLOL

(MAILLOL, Aristide) OVID. L'Art de Aimer. Lausanne, 1935.

Signed limited edition of this French prose translation of Ovid’s love poetry, illustrated with 15 original in-text woodcuts and 12 full-page original lithographs—six printed in sanguine—by renowned artist and sculptor Aristide Maillol. This copy number 145 of only 225 copies signed in pencil by Maillol on the limitation page (from a total edition of 275). $7500.

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“THE MOST WIDELY READ OF ALL AMERICAN AUTOBIOGRAPHIES”

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Memoires de la Vie Privee de Benjamin Franklin. Paris, 1791.

True first edition (preceding the first English edition by two years), in two parts, of Franklin’s renowned autobiography, “the most widely read of all American autobiographies,” scarce in contemporary calf. $7000.

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INSCRIBED WITH A SELF-PORTRAIT SKETCH BY MAURICE SENDAK

SENDAK, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen. New York, 1970.

Scarce first edition, advance review copy, of this wonderfully illustrated classic, inscribed for Burt Britton, the avid book collector and co-founder of Books & Co: "For Burt—Mazel-Tov! Maurice Sendak. Dec. '70," with a small self-portrait by Sendak (presumably casting himself as Mickey). With publisher's advance review slip laid in. $6500.

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“THE HIGH PITCH OF PERFECTION TO WHICH HE BROUGHT THE ART OF NARRATION IN VERSE” (RALEIGH)

CHAUCER, Geoffrey. Works. London, 1687.

Third Speght edition of Chaucer’s works, the last edition to be set in Gothic type, with engraved frontispiece “Progeny of Chaucer,” incorporating a full-length portrait of the author and an image of his tomb. A beautiful volume in period-style calf-gilt. $6500.

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“HISTORY IS TO ASCRIBE THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION TO THOMAS PAINE” (JOHN ADAMS)

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PAINE, Thomas. Genuine Trial… BOUND WITH: Rights of Man [Parts I & II]. London, 1792.

First edition of one of very first accounts of the infamous British trial accusing Paine of seditious libel and declaring him an outlaw for The Rights of Man, Part Two—"his most important statement of political principles" (New Yorker)—bound together with the same year's very early London editions of Rights of Man, and Rights of Man, Part Two, in contemporary boards. $6500.

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WHITE, E.B. Charlotte's Web. New York, 1952.

First edition of one of the most delightful and beloved children's books, with an autograph letter signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh tipped to the half title presenting the book to a close friend and neighbor, "Dear John, I do so much want Charlotte and Fern and Wilbur—and even Templeton!—to be with you Christmas Eve. Anne." $6000.

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“PERHAPS THE MOST WONDERFUL ‘MINE OF IDEAS’ IN EXISTENCE”

NIETZSCHE, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra. New York, 1896.

First American edition and presumed first edition in English of Nietzsche's magnum opus, "the first comprehensive statement of his mature philosophy," uncut and largely unopened in original gilt-lettered cloth. $5900.

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FIRST EDITION OF CARRIE, STEPHEN KING’S FIRST NOVEL, TWICE INSCRIBED BY HIM

KING, Stephen. Carrie. Garden City, 1974.

First edition of the novel that launched King’s phenomenal career, boldly inscribed by him, "For M— D— with best, Stephen King 9/24/80." $5500.

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EXTRAORDINARY 1911 DIRECTORY (“BLUE BOOK”) OF NEW ORLEANS PROSTITUTES

(NEW ORLEANS). Blue Book. New Orleans, circa 1911.

Early directory of the “fast women” of New Orleans, apparently published by principal advertiser restaurateur Tom Anderson, and compiled by Billy Struve, manager of Anderson’s Annex Café. Contains the warning, “This book must not be mailed,” and the advisory, “Read all the ads.” $5500.

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1680 SECOND EDITION IN ENGLISH OF MACHIAVELLI’S WORKS

MACHIAVELLI, Niccolo. The Works. London, 1680.

Second edition of Henry Neville’s English translation of the great Italian statesman’s most important writings, including The Art of War, Discourses on Livy, and his primer of power politics, The Prince, in contemporary boards. $4700.

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FIRST EDITION OF GARCIA LORCA’S POET IN NEW YORK

GARCIA LORCA, Federico. The Poet in New York. New York, 1940. First edition of García Lorca's last cycle of poems, in the original Spanish with facing English translation by Rolfe Humphries. $4500.

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“ONE OF THE GREAT AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL REVELATIONS WHICH THE AGES HAVE LEFT US”

CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Jacques. The Memoirs of Casanova de Seingalt. London and New York, 1929. Twelve volumes.

Deluxe limited edition of Arthur Machen’s unabridged 1894 translation, expanded with the additional chapters discovered by Arthur Symons, a supplement and a bibliography, one of only 550 large-paper sets produced for subscribers, handsomely bound by Whitman Bennett of New York. $4000.

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“THAT’S SOME CATCH, THAT CATCH-22”

HELLER, Joseph. Catch-22. New York, 1961.

First edition, first printing, of Heller’s extraordinary first novel whose title has come to define an unwinnable situation— an “explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant book.” $3800.

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“FOR THOSE AMONG COLLECTORS WHO ALSO USE BOOKS FOR READING”

(BOTTICELLI) DANTE. La Divina Commedia or the Divine Vision. New York, 1928.

Splendid private-press limited edition, number 672 of 1475 copies, designed by Francis Meynell, with 42 collotypes (34 double-page) after Botticelli's magnificent drawings. $2600.

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“TOWARD A DEFINITION OF THE DEVIL AS A MOTOR OF HISTORY”

(DEFOE, Daniel). The Political History of the Devil. London, 1726.

First edition of the first work in an important trilogy on the supernatural by Defoe, anonymously published in 1726, arguing that notions of the "Devil as a Person being in Hell, as a Place, are infinitely absurd and ridiculous," with engraved frontispiece, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Stern & Dess. $2500.

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"AFTER ALL, IT IS ONLY A DREAM"

FREUD, Sigmund. New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis. London, 1933.

First edition in English of Freud's important introductory lectures on psychoanalysis, published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at their Hogarth Press, in original dust jacket. $2200.

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“OFTEN CENSURED FOR HIS LAPSES INTO GROSS INDECENCY”

RABELAIS, Francois. Works of Rabelais. London, 1750. Five volumes. Early edition of the first English translation of Rabelais, the first edition with the set of 28 copperplate engravings (24 folding), very handsomely bound. $1850.

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