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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. $65,000.

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"ONE OF THE FEW BOOKS THAT HAVE PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED THE COURSE OF HISTORY"

CALVIN, John. Institution of Christian Religion. London, 1561.

Exceedingly rare first edition in English of Calvin's magnum opus—"a comprehensive theological system rivaling those of the Middle Ages, particularly Thomas Aquinas"—of paramount importance in ultimately supporting a global "movement for liberty and independence" (PMM), Calvin's first theological publication in a massive folio volume with woodcut-engraved title page, handsomely bound in paneled calf. $53,000.

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"FLEE FAR FROM BABYLON… BEWARE OF THAT GREAT HARLOT, THAT IS TO SAY, THE PESTIFEROUS SEA OF ROME, THAT SHE MAKE YOU NOT DRUNK WITH HER PLEASANT WINE"

CRANMER, Thomas. A Defence of the True and Catholike Doctrine. London, 1550.

Exceedingly rare first edition of the book that brought Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer to martyrdom, the first full-length book to bear his name, in which he repudiates the essential Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son. The W.A. Foyle copy, with his Beeleigh Abbey morocco bookplate, and also from the collection of George Goyder, noted collector of the literature of the English Reformation. $35,000.

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“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION”

HOBBES, Thomas. Leviathan. London, 1651.

First edition, first issue of one of the most controversial and important tracts ever written in political philosophy—"a model of vigorous exposition, unsurpassed in the language"—and a major influence on the framers of the American Constitution. $27,000.

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“TO JIM BARNES CHRISTMASTIDE 1944 FROM FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT”

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. D-Day Prayer. Washington, D.C. December, 1944.

Limited edition, number 60 of only 100 copies, President Roosevelt's final Christmas Book, inscribed by FDR for presentation to close friends: "To Jim Barnes Christmastide 1944 from Franklin D. Roosevelt" with his penned "60" on the colophon page. Roosevelt died in office less than four months later. Especially "difficult to obtain today… FDR's Christmas Books are prime collector's items… nearly all of them were distributed exclusively to close friends of the family" (Halter, 194). $26,000.

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SPLENDID EARLY 1767 THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, WRITTEN WHEN HE WAS ONLY 24 YEARS OLD TO HIS COLLEGE FRIEND JOHN PAGE, MENTIONING HIS OWN WIFE AND FAMILY, HIS PLANS TO PRACTICE IN THE GENERAL COURT, HIS CLOSE FRIEND AND BROTHER-IN-LAW "CARR," HIS GUARDIAN "WALKER," MUTUAL FRIENDS, BUSINESS AND TRAVEL PLANS

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed. Williamsburg, VA, April 17, 1767.

Outstanding example of a very early Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter, penned by him when he was just 24 years old, shortly out of law school. A warm, effervescent, at times jocular, and at times serious letter addressed to his close collegiate friend, John Page, with whom he remained a close friend for the rest of his life. In the letter Jefferson mentions his own wife and family, his close friend and brother-in-law "Carr," his guardian "Walker," business plans, mutual friends, and travel plans. An incredible piece: only nine years later the author would produce the Declaration of Independence. $25,000.

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"A WORK AS LICENTIOUS AS IT IS ORIGINAL AND ELABORATE"

(OVID) OVIDIUS NASO, Publius. De Arte Amandi et de Remedio Amoris. BOUND WITH: Epistolae Heroides. Venice, July 5, 1494; Jan. 24, 1497. Two volumes bound in one.

Two very scarce and desirable incunable printings of Ovid on the art of love—The Art and Remedy of Love, along with The Heroides—finely printed in Venice by Johannes Tacuinus in 1494 and 1497, the second work with an attractive woodcut-illustrated title page, bound together in one volume. $23,500.

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RARE, EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENT SIGNED BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Manuscript document signed. Philadelphia, October 13, 1787.

Exceptional original manuscript document in a secretarial hand, a deed conveying a "Tract of Land called 'Tinsley's Fortune'" to William Tinsley, boldly signed by Benjamin Franklin as President of Pennsylvania, and with the fragile paper seals of Pennsylvania present and intact. This rare official document is dated less than a month after the Constitutional Convention, at which Franklin played a key role: "His closing speech supporting the Constitution was the most effective propaganda for its ratification. Franklin's presence and argument contributed more than any other element to harmonize the delegates and to persuade 39 of the 42 members present to sign the formal document" (ANB). $22,000.

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“THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE REVOLUTION FROM THE BRITISH SIDE”

STEDMAN, Charles. History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War. London, 1794. Two volumes.

First edition, wide-margined copy, of Stedman's massive contemporary two-volume History of the American Revolution—"the standard work on the subject"—containing 15 military maps and plans (11 folding, the largest nearly 20 by 30 inches), beautifully bound in contemporary tree calf. $22,000.

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“NO OTHER ORNITHOLOGIST HAS EVER EXCEEDED THE MAGNITUDE AND SPLENDOR OF HIS FOLIO PUBLICATIONS”

GOULD, John. Monograph of the Pittidae. London, 1880. Two parts in one, Part I with plates and text, Part II text only, all published.

First edition of this lovely Gould monograph, with ten beautiful hand-colored plates, in original printed boards as issued. $22,000.

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“NOW, MY DEARS… DON’T GO INTO MR. MCGREGOR’S GARDEN”

POTTER, Beatrix. Tale of Peter Rabbit. London and New York, 1902.

First trade edition—among the earliest issues, with first-state text and earliest endpapers—of Potter’s first book, one of the most popular of not only her but also all children’s tales, with 30 charming color illustrations. $20,000.

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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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FULKE’S POLEMICAL PARALLEL EDITION OF THE RHEIMS NEW TESTAMENT AND THE BISHOPS’ BIBLE, 1589

BIBLE. The Text of the New Testament of Jesus Christ. London, 1589.

First edition of Fulke's parallel presentation of the Rheims New Testament and the Bishops' Bible—"an invaluable assistant to the Protestant divine" (Allibone, 641)—intended to show the superiority of the latter to the former but inadvertently setting the stage for the Rheims Testament's influence on the King James Bible. Handsomely bound in full 17th-century calf-gilt. $18,500.

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WHITE FANG, INSCRIBED BY JACK LONDON

LONDON, Jack. White Fang. New York, 1906.

First edition, second issue (as usual), of London's timeless classic, inscribed by him from his beloved Northern California ranch: "Dear Kittie: Fondly and affectionately thine. Jack London, Glen Ellen, Nov. 15, 1910," a handsome copy illustrated with eight color plates by Charles Livingston Bull. $18,000.

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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.

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“FOR MY SON THOM, WHO IS SWEET ALSO, FROM FATHER, JOHN STEINBECK”

STEINBECK, John. Sweet Thursday. London, 1954. First English edition of this sequel to Cannery Row, “an emphatic and clear-cut statement of Steinbeck’s greatest single theme” and basis for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream. This copy warmly inscribed by the author to his son, who was ten at the time, “For my son Thom, who is sweet also, from father, John Steinbeck.” From the celebrated Steinbeck collection of Harry Valentine. $16,500.

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“OVERFLOWED WITH ANECDOTES OF LUST, VIOLENCE, AND IDIOSYNCRASY”

SUETONIUS. The Historie of Twelve Caesars, Emperours of Rome. London, 1606.

First edition in English of Suetonius’ dramatic biographies of the Caesars, the important Holland translation. An excellent copy in contemporary vellum binding. $16,000.

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“ONE OF THE GREAT OBSERVATIONS IN WESTERN MEDICINE”

FLEMING, Alexander. On the Antibacterial Action of Cultures of a Penicillium. London and Toronto, June 1929.

First edition, from the journal issue (and thus virtually the earliest obtainable—only a few copies of the offprint are known), of Fleming's "On the Antibacterial Action of Cultures of a Penicillium…," the groundbreaking research that led to the development of the first antibiotic, an important association copy from the library of the renowned cardiologist Meyer Friedman, an "an originator of the theory linking heart attacks to impatient, angry 'Type A' behavior" (New York Times). $15,000.

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“CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW”

(CONSTITUTION) UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Constitutions of the United States. Philadelphia, 1791.

1791 edition of the Constitutions, very scarce first collection of state constitutions published after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the first to assemble a printing of the U.S. Constitution together with 12 proposed amendments, and the first to include the constitution of Vermont along with those of the 13 original states, including that of Massachusetts—"the oldest functioning written constitution in the world." $15,000.

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“AN EPIC STUDY OF THE PHYSICAL STATE OF THE NATION DURING THE DECADES OF THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT”

DRAKE, Daniel. A Treatise on the Diseases of North America. Cincinnati and Philadelphia, 1850-54. Two volumes.

First edition, presentation copy, of Drake's groundbreaking study of North American diseases, with 19 maps (one folding) and numerous in-text tables, inscribed on the title page of Volume I in the year of publication to his friend Dr. Alfred Stille, a leading Philadelphia doctor known for his work differentiating typhus and typhoid fever and his landmark text on pathology: "To Dr. Alfred Stille with the regards of his friend, Cincin[nati]. May 11th, 1850, Dan Drake," and with an additional pencil inscription on the dedication leaf reading: "To Dr. Stille with the respects of the author." Complete two-volume sets of this work are quite rare, particularly in contemporary calf. $14,500.

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THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ECONOMIC TREATISE OF THE 20TH CENTURY, FIRST EDITION IN THE SCARCE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET

KEYNES, John Maynard. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936.

First edition of Keynes' last major work, considered the most influential economic treatise of the 20th century, rarely found in the original dust jacket. $14,000.

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SIGNED BY ANSEL ADAMS

ADAMS, Ansel. Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. Berkeley, 1938.

Signed limited first edition, number 40 of only 500 copies signed by Adams, who “realized in his pictures what Walt Whitman celebrated in his poetry,” featuring 50 luminous mounted halftone prints including “Half Dome,” very scarce in original cloth. $14,000.

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“THE MOST INFLUENTIAL TRACT OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) [PAINE, Thomas]. Common Sense. Philadelphia, Printed; London, Re-Printed, 1776.

Rare early 1776 London edition of Paine’s Common Sense, printed within months of the first American edition. An exceptional copy with the points of the fourth London edition. $13,500.

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DALÍ’S LARGE FOLIO ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, SIGNED BY HIM, WITH AN ORIGINAL ETCHING AND 12 FULL-PAGE COLOR PHOTOGRAVURES

(DALÍ, Salvador). CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. New York, 1969.

Beautifully printed limited edition of the brilliant and beloved children’s classic, number 2439 of 2500 copies signed by Salvador Dalí on the title page, with an original etching and 12 full-page color photogravures after his paintings—as breathtakingly imaginative as the text they illustrate. $13,500.

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AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM FROM A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES, WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S HAND AND SIGNED BY HIM

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Autograph manuscript poem signed. Paris, France, August 18, 1886.

Autograph manuscript of the published version of the poem, "To Mrs Will H. Low," first published a year later in A Child's Garden of Verses and Underwoods, signed and dated by Robert Louis Stevenson. The copy of Mrs. Low, accompanied by the autograph explanatory note extracted from the back of the original 19th-century frame. $12,500.

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“THE BIBLE OF CHRISTMAS”

DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas Books. London, 1843-48. Together, five volumes.

First editions of all but one of Charles Dickens’ Christmas books, including a first edition, second issue of A Christmas Carol— the veritable “Bible of Christmas”— illustrated with 63 engravings altogether, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer. A lovely set, beautifully bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. $12,000.

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"LITTLE LAMB, WHO MADE THEE?"

BLAKE, William. Songs of Innocence. Edmonton, 1885.

Limited edition of this beautiful and faithful reproduction in the original size and color of Blake's famous illuminated book, one of only 50 copies—this copy numbered "O" and one of only five reserved for review. With an autograph letter signed by the editor William Muir describing his labor of love in producing this facsimile, and with his inscription "To the Academy with compliments of the Editor" on the colophon. From the collection of novelist Hugh Walpole. $12,000.

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FIRST EDITION OF MOONRAKER, SIGNED BY DUST JACKET ARTIST KENNETH LEWIS

FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker. London, 1955.

First edition of Fleming's third novel, in which Bond must foil the attempt of a British industrialist to destroy London with a nuclear weapon, in first-issue dust jacket, this copy signed by Kenneth Lewis (who designed the dust jacket with Fleming) on the front free endpaper: "Kenneth Lewis, artist to James Bond." $11,000.

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“BOVARY C’EST MOI”

FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary. Paris, 1857. Two volumes in one. Rare first edition, first issue in book form of Flaubert’s literary masterpiece, “the definitive model of the novel” (Émile Zola) and the work that “ushered the age of realism into modern European literature.” $9500.

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FIRST WORK ON MIDWIFERY BY AN ENGLISHMAN, 1653

HARVEY, William. Anatomical Exercitations, Concerning the Generation of Living Creature. London, 1653.

First edition in English, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Harvey by William Faithorne (often missing). The chapter on midwifery in this book is the first work on that subject to be written by an Englishman" (Garrison & Morton). $9500.

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“NO WORK IN OUR TIME GAVE SUCH A BLOW TO THE PHILOSOPHICAL MIND OF THE COUNTRY” (HAZLITT)

GODWIN, William. Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. London, 1793. Two volumes.

First edition of Godwin' revolutionary masterwork—"his passionate advocacy of individualism, his trust in the fundamental goodness of man, and his opposition to all restrictions on liberty have endured" (PMM)—a profound influence on Thomas Jefferson, who had the first American edition in his library and is viewed as Godwin's "American born counterpart," a handsome wide-margined copy in contemporary calf boards. $9200.

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DECISIVE MOMENT, INSCRIBED BY CARTIER-BRESSON

CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Decisive Moment. New York, 1952.

First edition in English, published simultaneously with the French, wonderfully inscribed on the title page by him, “á Madame Mary Ruth Jones, avec mon respectueuse souvenir, Henry Cartier-Bresson," with 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers,” with laid-in caption book, dust jacket cover design by Matisse. $9200.

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“HOW AM I BLEST IN THUS DISCOVERING THEE? TO ENTER IN THESE BONDS, IS TO BE FREE”

DONNE, John. Poems. Savoy [London], 1669.

Fifth edition of Donne's poems: the best, most complete and last of the 17th-century editions, with two important elegies by Donne not appearing in any of the previous editions, "Love's Progress," and "To his Mistresse going to bed." $9000.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S BIG GAME HUNTING IN THE ROCKIES, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION

ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains. New York and London, 1899.

Signed limited first edition, number 786 of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait. With 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Sanford and others, including four etchings by R. Swain Gifford, and numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. $8800.

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“GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, AND TO THE SON: AND TO THE HOLY GHOST”

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Northwest France, circa 1450-75.

Exquisite illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, an exceptional, large, domed, hand-colored image depicting the Crucifixion, with the Latin text of the Ave Maria on the verso, most rare. $8800.

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“THE ABLEST MASTER OF POLITICAL ARITHMETIC” (HAMILTON)

POSTLETHWAYT, Malachy. Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. London, 1766. Two volumes.

Third edition of this massive folio Dictionary, the “most influential source” for Alexander Hamilton in crafting America’s financial system and the “inspiration for U.S. industrial policy” in its impressive two-volume assemblage of international treaties and laws of manufacturing, maritime commerce and much more, complete with 26 folding tables and 24 large folding maps, including many of North and South America, as well as those of Europe, Asia and Africa. $8500.

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"THIS COMES AT THE END OF THE MOST CRITICALLY TROUBLED PERIOD OF MY LIFE… I BELIEVE I CAN WRITE A GOOD NOVEL, PERHAPS MY GREATEST"

GREY, Zane. Manuscript notebook ("Baggage Notebook May 1932 33 New Zealand & Tahiti"). New Zealand and Tahiti, 1933.

Manuscript diary, written entirely in Zane Grey's hand, including a 32-page packing list for Grey's 1932-33 trip to New Zealand and Tahiti focusing on fishing gear, as well as a writing log maintained during the trip tracing the daily progress of Twin Sombreros, Ride the Man Down, 30,000 on the Hoof, and "Horse Thief" and sharing Grey's in-depth thoughts at the completion of each work. $8500.

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“ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING BOOKS EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”

GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. London, 1908.

First edition of the beloved children's novel, which author A.A. Milne once referred to as a "household book," "one of the classic read-aloud books that should not be missed by any family" (Silvey). $8500.

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“A PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON REVOLUTIONARY IDEOLOGY”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (GORDON, Thomas) (TRENCHARD, John). Cato's Letters. London, 1748. Four volumes.

1748 edition of Trenchard and Gordon's famed essays, the same as that in Jefferson's own library, a major influence on the American Revolution—"ranked with the treatises of Locke as the most authoritative statement on the nature of political liberty and above Locke as an exposition of the social sources of the threats it faced" (Bailyn). A direct and important influence on many of the founding fathers and major writings of the American Revolution, including writers such as Franklin, Dickinson, Livingstone, John Adams and Zenger, and such seminal works as the Federalist, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. $8500.

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“ONE OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS OF ENGLISH NAVIGATORS”

ANDERSON, George William. New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World. London, 1784-86. Richly illustrated first edition account of the "first really scientific navigator," with engraved frontispiece portrait of Cook, 124 magnificent full-page plates of elevations, views, inhabitants, utensils, flora and fauna, and 31 maps and charts—including a large folding map of the world. $8000.

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“1938-1971 IS A RESPECTABLE STRETCH, ISN’T IT”: EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF WALKER EVANS’ AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHS, WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY EVANS

EVANS, Walker. American Photographs. New York, 1938.

First edition of Evans' landmark photo-book, an exceptional presentation/association copy inscribed by him to longtime friend, journalist William McK. Chapman, “To Bill Chapman, (1938-1971 is a respectable stretch, isn’t it. Congratulations!) Walker,” this copy also with a vintage black-and-white photographic print (4-3/4 by 6-3/4 inches) captioned by Evans and signed by him, “Eliza Hobson with love to Bill Chapman, W. Evans,” with the print tipped to the front free endpaper above Evans’ inscription to Chapman. $8000.

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“THE INCOMPARABLE ARMOURY” (SIR WALTER SCOTT)

MEYRICK, Samuel Rush. Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour. London, 1842. Three volumes. Improved and enlarged second edition of Meyrick’s beautifully illustrated work on arms and armor, with hand-colored frontispiece, 80 numbered plates (70 richly colored), and 27 illuminated initial letters. “Practically the first on the subject… [one that] remains an authority” (DNB). $7500.

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"IT IS WHISPERED THAT THE HON. MR. TROLLOP HAS GONE OVER TO THE PIRATES…"

TWAIN, Mark and WARNER, Charles Dudley. Gilded Age. Hartford, 1873.

First edition, with the 1874 title page, of Twain's first book-length piece of fiction and also the only one he wrote jointly, with two manuscript leaves inserted, one fully in Twain's hand (from Chapter 43), the other in Warner's. $7500.

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BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Shakespeare. London, 1899. Twelve volumes.

Fine set of the "Larger Temple Shakespeare," number 92 of only 175 sets printed on handmade paper, beautifully illustrated with 40 full-page plates (30 hand-tinted), and copious in-text line cuts. $7500.

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"THE TRACT ON ELECTRICITY WAS THE FIRST IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE"

BOYLE, Robert. Experiments, Notes, &c. about the Mechanical Origin or Production of Diverse Particular Qualities. London, 1676.

First edition (second issue as usual with canceled title page dated 1676 instead of 1675) of this collection of 11 pamphlets by the pioneering experimental scientist Robert Boyle, including the important first tract in English on electricity, which "brought the term into common usage," as well as papers on taste and smell that constituted "the first monographs to be devoted entirely to these subjects." Handsomely bound. $7200.

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“THE GREATEST GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY IS INSEPARABLE FROM THE LIBERTY OF THE INDIVIDUAL”

MILL, John Stuart. On Liberty. London, 1859.

First edition of Mill's most famous work—"the final stage in the growth of Utilitarian doctrine… His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought or speech have never been improved on" (PMM), in original cloth. $7200.

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PHOTOGRAPH OF MUHAMMAD ALI FIGHTING CLEVELAND WILLIAMS, ONE OF ONLY 350 COPIES SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER NEIL LEIFER, THIS COPY ADDITIONALLY SIGNED BY ALI

(ALI, Muhammad) LEIFER, Neil. Photograph signed. No place, November 1993.

Extraordinary poster-size color photograph taken from overhead of Muhammad Ali returning to his corner with his fists raised over his head in triumph, leaving behind a sprawled-out Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams, one of only 350 copies printed and signed by the photographer Neil Leifer, this copy additionally signed by Ali. $7200.

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“AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION, IT IS FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE”

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. Book of Common Prayer. London, 1638. 1638 edition of the Book of Common Prayer— the magisterial treasury of ritual, prayer and Scripture that has indelibly shaped the piety and literature of the English-speaking world— finely printed in extensively ornamented Gothic type and handsomely bound in contemporary calf-gilt. $6800.

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ONE OF ONLY 100 COPIES SIGNED BY IVAN ALBRIGHT, MARC CHAGALL, WILLEM DE KOONING, JOAN MIRÓ, AND GEORGIA O'KEEFFE

FELDSTEIN, Janice J., editor. The Art Institute of Chicago. 100 Masterpieces. Chicago, Illinois, 1978.

Deluxe signed limited first edition of this work celebrating the first 100 years at the Art Institute and its 100 most beloved masterpieces, number 26 of only 100 copies signed by Ivan Albright, Marc Chagall (actually inscribed: "Pour Art Inst. Chicago Marc Chagall 1979"), Willem de Kooning, Joan Miró, and Georgia O'Keeffe, strikingly illustrated with 100 color folio reproductions of the Art Institute's finest works, beautifully bound in full padded morocco and in publisher's morocco-gilt clamshell box. $6500.

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“THE SAME RELIGIOUS FORCE AS THE BIBLE ITSELF”

CHAGALL, Marc. Illustrations for the Bible. New York, 1956.

Scarce first American edition, published the same year as the first Paris edition, of Chagall’s extraordinary illustrations for the Hebrew Bible, with 105 etchings reproduced in heliogravure, as well as 12 black-and-white and 16 color lithographs prepared by Chagall especially for the present work and printed by Mourlot Frères, in very scarce original dust jacket. $6500.

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GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON JR.'S PERSONAL COPY OF MAHAN'S FROM SAIL TO STEAM, BOLDLY SIGNED BY HIM

(PATTON, George S.) MAHAN, A.T. From Sail to Steam. London and New York, 1907.

First edition of esteemed military historian A.T. Mahan's memoirs—this memorable association copy belonging to General George S. Patton Jr., boldly signed by him in pencil on the front free endpaper and dated "Aug 1931." There are also two penciled marginal markings by him indicating that he read this volume. $6500.

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WITH EDISON AT SCHENECTADY, 1892, WITH 24 STRIKING MOUNTED PHOTOGRAPHS

(EDISON, Thomas A.) BUTLER, William H. With Edison at Schenectady. Schenectady, 1892.

First edition, with 24 large black-and-white photographs mounted to heavy cardstock, portraying Edison's operations in Schenectady just as they were about to become General Electric. $6500.

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"IN POLITICAL ECONOMY I THINK SMITH'S WEALTH OF NATIONS THE BEST BOOK EXTANT" (THOMAS JEFFERSON)

SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London, 1791. Three volumes.

Sixth edition of Smith's landmark work, the first published after his death—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM 221)—a handsome copy in contemporary calf boards. $6500.

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“HIS SOUL IS MARCHING ON”

BROWN, John. Life and Letters of Captain John Brown. London, 1861.

First edition of one of the very first biographies of John Brown, published in the first year of the Civil War, including writings by Emerson and William Lloyd Garrison, correspondence, and the text of an interview with Brown after the raid at Harper’s Ferry—“with the gallows staring him in the face”—with mounted vintage albumen frontispiece of Brown containing his printed facsimile inscription underneath, in original cloth. $6000.

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"WITH FRIENDSHIP AND WITH THANKS FOR A… BEAUTIFUL CHAIR AND WITH THE HOPE THAT THE BOOK I WRITE IN IT WILL HAVE ITS GOOD PROPORTIONS": EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE PRESENTATION FIRST EDITION OF TIME AND THE RIVER, INSCRIBED PRIOR TO PUBLICATION BY THOMAS WOLFE

WOLFE, Thomas. Of Time and the River. New York, 1935.

First edition of Wolfe’s brilliant sequel to Look Homeward, Angel, an exceptional presentation copy wonderfully inscribed prior to publication by Wolfe to noted concert pianist Stell Anderson and author Esther Morgan McCullough, "For Esther McCullough and Stell Anderson, With friendship and with thanks for a ['good and' crossed over] beautiful chair, and with the hope that the book I write in it will have its good proportions, Thomas Wolfe, Feb 28, 1935," in scarce dust jacket. $6000.

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“O ELOQUENT, JUST, AND MIGHTY DEATH!”: 1621 EDITION OF RALEIGH’S HISTORY OF THE WORLD, WITH FINE DOUBLE-PAGE MAPS

RALEIGH, Walter. The History of the World. London, 1614 (colophon dated 1621).

Third edition of Raleigh's monumental history of the world, his last work, written during his long imprisonment in the Tower of London. With handsome engraved title page, engraved portrait on the letterpress title page, eight double-page maps, as well as tables, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initial letters. $5800.

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“HUMAN LIFE… SOMEHOW LARGER AND BRIGHTER THAN THE REALITY”

DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London, 1838-1839. Twenty parts in nineteen.

First edition, mixed issue, in original parts of one of Dickens’ most popular works, illustrated with 39 engraved plates by Hablot K. Browne (“Phiz”). $5500.

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“U. S. GRANT GENERAL, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 30TH 1866”: HANDSOMELY MATTED AND FRAMED AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY ULYSSES S. GRANT WITH CARTE-DE-VISITE PORTRAIT OF HIM

GRANT, Ulysses S. Autograph note signed. Framed with carte-de-visite. Washington, D.C. 1866 / 1885.

1866 Autograph note signed by Ulysses S. Grant and dated by him "July 30th, 1866"—only four days after Congress established the rank of "General of the Armies of the United States," making Grant the first American to hold that distinction since Washington, handsomely matted and framed with a vintage carte-de-viste of Grant in uniform, circa 1865, and three printed memorial cards honoring Grant after his death in 1885. A splendid framed presidential piece. $5500.

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ILLUSTRATED FIRST EDITION OF THE DISCOVERY OF KING TUT’S TOMB

CARTER, Howard and MACE, A.C. Tomb of Tutankhamen. London, 1923-33. Three volumes.

First edition of Carter's account of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb, including the scarce third volume, a distinctive association copy with the armorial bookplates in Volumes I & II of British chemist, archaeologist and collector Sir Robert Mond, who was present when the lid to the sarcophagus in the Tomb of Tutankhamen was raised and they first glimpsed the "golden effigy of the young boy king." With 247 dramatic illustrations, in original gilt-stamped cloth. $5500.

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"IN REMEMBRANCE OF OLD SOLOMON ISLANDS DAYS AND OF THE LAST WILD, HEROIC, PERISHING DAYS OF PENDUFFRYN"

LONDON, Jack. When God Laughs. New York, 1911.

First edition of this collection of Jack London stories, wonderfully inscribed and signed by London in the year of publication on the front free endpaper: "Dear Darby: In remembrance of old Solomon Islands days and of the last wild, heroic, perishing days of Penduffryn. Affectionately yours, Jack London. Glen Ellen, California, March 10, 1911." $5200.

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FIRST EDITION OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, IN RARE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER’S CLOTH

DICKENS, Charles. Personal History of David Copperfield. London, 1850.

First edition, first issue in book form, of Dickens’ “most popular success,” with 40 etchings by Hablôt Knight Browne (“Phiz”), including frontispiece, vignette title page and the second of Browne’s famous “dark plates,” in exceedingly rare original cloth. $5000.

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“WELCOME TO THE WEIRD WEST!”: GUNSLINGER INSCRIBED BY STEPHEN KING

KING, Stephen. Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. West Kingston, Rhode Island, 1982.

First trade edition, issued simultaneously with a signed limited edition, of the first book in King's epic Dark Tower series, boldly inscribed by him on the half title in the year of publication, "For D— Welcome to the weird west! Stephen King, 7/17/82," with five full-page color illustrations, color endpapers and vignettes by acclaimed fantasy artist Michael Whelan, a splendid copy. $4500.

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FIRST EDITION OF DE QUINCEY’S CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER, 1822

DE QUINCEY, Thomas. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. London, 1822.

First edition of De Quincey's autobiographical classic, a pioneering personal account of drug addiction, scarce in original boards. The De Berkeley Parsons copy. $4500.

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SIGNED BY JACKIE KENNEDY, AGE 10

(KENNEDY, Jacqueline) UNTERMEYER, Louis, editor. The New Modern American & British Poetry. New York and Chicago, 1939.

Revised edition of Untermeyer's anthology of modern Anglo-American poetry, used by Jacqueline Kennedy, neé Bouvier, as a fifth-grader at Chapin School and signed in print: "Jacqueline Bouvier Class 5 1939." $4500.

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RACKHAM’S MIDSUMMER-NIGHT’S DREAM

(RACKHAM, Arthur) SHAKESPEARE, William. Midsummer-Night's Dream. London and New York, 1908.

Signed limited first edition, number 138 of 1000 copies signed by Arthur Rackham, one of his most desirable and most profusely illustrated works, with 40 full-page mounted color plates and numerous pen-and-ink line cuts, handsomely bound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf. $4500.

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“HIS STRONGEST ILLUSTRATIONS”: LIMITED, FIRST ONE-VOLUME EDITION OF BEARDSLEY’S ILLUSTRATED KING ARTHUR

(BEARDSLEY, Aubrey, illustrator) MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur. London, 1909.

Limited second edition, the first one-volume edition, of Beardsley's magnificently illustrated Le Morte D'Arthur, one of only 1500 copies printed, in original cloth and dust jacket. $4200.

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INSCRIBED BY RFK TO COMMANDER HANK HIRSCHY

KENNEDY, Robert. The Enemy Within. New York, 1960.

First edition, early printing of Robert Kennedy's account of his battle to rid the American labor movement of corruption, inscribed and signed by him on the front free endpaper to a White House staff member: "For Cmdr Hank Hirschy, Best Wishes, Robert Kennedy." With Kennedy's U.S. Senate mailing slip addressed to Hirschy laid in. $4000.

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SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF RACKHAM’S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

(RACKHAM, Arthur) MOORE, Clement C. Night Before Christmas. London, 1931.

Signed limited first edition, number 264 of only 275 copies printed for England (out of a total edition of 550 copies), with four color plates and 17 in-text line cuts, signed by Arthur Rackham, a lovely copy in handsome publisher's vellum. $4000.

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INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ONLY PLAY

RAND, Ayn. Night of January 16th. New York and Cleveland, 1968.

First definitive edition, signed and inscribed by Rand to the stage manager of this, her only play, on opening night: "To Arthur Silber—on opening night, with many thanks—Ayn Rand, 2/22/73." $3800.

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THE STORY OF FERDINAND, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY MUNRO LEAFWITH LOVELY ORIGINAL INK SKETCHES

LEAF, Munro. Story of Ferdinand. New York, 1966.

Later printing, wonderfully inscribed by Munro Leaf: “For Donna with best wishes of Ferdinand and Munro Leaf.” Next to each name in the inscription Leaf has sketched in ink a representative face, including his own and that of Ferdinand with a flower. $3800.

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WITH 20 FOLDING HERMAN MOLL MAPS OF THE AMERICAS, AS WELL AS AN EARLY ENGLISH MAP OF AUSTRALIA

(MOLL, Herman). Atlas Geographus [Volume V]. In the Savoy [London], 1717.

First edition of Volume V (of five) of this renowned early 18th-century atlas—an important and desirable volume covering the Americas and Australia, often offered separately—with 21 engraved maps (20 folding) by Herman Moll. This volume contains ten folding maps of South America, and ten folding maps of Central America, North America, and the islands of the Caribbean. Included in this volume on the Americas is a 22-page chapter on "Terra Australis Incognita, or the Unknown Southern Land," which features an early map of "New Guinea, New Britain, and New Holland"—i.e., an early English map of the Australian continent. $3800.

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“ONE OF THE LEAST FORGETTABLE CHARACTERS IN MODERN FICTION”

FLEMING, Ian. Dr. No. London, 1958. First edition of the sixth Bond thriller, introducing Dr. No, perhaps the most famous of the Bond villains and the first to appear on film, this copy with the desirable silhouette of a dancing girl brown-stamped on the front cover. $3800.

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"THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN HOLY LAND NARRATIVE": EXCEPTIONAL FIRST EDITION OF DAVID DORR'S COLORED MAN ROUND THE WORLD, 1858,

(AFRICAN AMERICAN) (DORR, David). Colored Man Round the World. Cleveland, 1858.

First edition of fugitive slave David Dorr's first and only book, a remarkable account of his extensive travels in Europe and the Near East while a slave, self-published anonymously after escaping his owner on returning to America, with engraved frontispiece. A striking copy in original cloth. $3800.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST WORK PUBLISHED BY THE BRONTË SISTERS

(BRONTE, Charlotte, Emily and Anne). Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. London, 1846 [1848].

First edition, second issue (as virtually always), of the Brontës' first published work, in original cloth. Only 39 copies with the first-issue title page were sold; this is one of the remaining 961 copies issued with a cancel title page. $3800.

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"THE CENTRAL FIGURE OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT"

VOLTAIRE [Arouet, François-Marie], M. De. Ignorant Philosopher. London, 1767.

First edition in English, preceded only by the previous year's anonymous French first edition, of one of Voltaire's most important late works, joining with his Lettres philosophiques and Letters Concerning the English Nation in highlighting the importance of Locke, and hints of Voltaire's hope for America—"the birth of a new nation founded on principles he had long been advocating"—richly bound in full crimson morocco by Zaehnsdorf. $3500.

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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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SLOANE’S ILLUSTRATED LIFE OF NAPOLEON, HANDSOMELY BOUND

(NAPOLEON) SLOANE, William Milligan. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. New York, 1896. Four volumes.

First edition of Sloane’s monumental account of Napoleon’s personal and military life, with over 300 illustrations, portraits and maps, many in color. $3000.

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"NOTORIOUS": BEARDSLEY'S ILLUSTRATIONS FOR WILDE'S SALOME, WITH 17 FOLIO PLATES INCLUDING ILLUSTRATIONS NOT IN THE 1894 EDITION

(WILDE, Oscar) BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. Portfolio of Aubrey Beardsley's Drawings Illustrating "Salome" London, 1906.

Scarce folio collection, circa 1906, of Beardsley's controversial illustrations for the 1894 first edition in English of Wilde's Salome, featuring 17 splendid folio plates, including the censored first version of "The Toilette of Salome" (XIII), deemed too scandalous for inclusion in the 1894 edition, in original half vellum and gilt-stamped portfolio. $3000.

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LIMITED EDITION OF CORALINE, SIGNED BY NEIL GAIMAN AND DAVE MCKEAN

GAIMAN, Neil. Coraline. New York, 2002.

Limited edition of Gaiman's award-winning book, issued the same year as the first trade edition, signed by him on the half title and signed on the title page by McKean, with frontispiece and 14 full-page illustrations by McKean, along with special material for this edition including color plate, three additional illustrations and facsimile pages from Gaiman's notebook. $950.

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