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“THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT… IN THE HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles, FITZROY, Robert, and KING, Philip Barker. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle. London, 1839. Four volumes.

First edition of the account of the most famous voyage in the history of biological science and modern thought. Volume III is the first issue of Darwin's Journal, his first published book, containing the observations and fieldwork that form the basis for On the Origin of Species. $46,000.

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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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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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“TIME SPENT WITH CATS IS NEVER WASTED”

NAM, Jacques Lehmann and COLETTE, (Sidonie-Gabrielle). Chats. Paris, circa 1935-38.

Limited first edition of this portfolio of five wonderful large color lithographic portraits of cats, each signed and numbered by Jacques Nam, accompanied by amusing commentaries by Colette, this copy one of only 25 issued on Imperial Japon paper with multiple original watercolors of cats in the margins of each leaf of text, initialed by Nam, as well as a lovely original charcoal and watercolor drawing on the half title inscribed and signed by Nam, "A Lucien Jonas, en témoignage de ma ___ amitie, Jacques Nam" [For Lucien Jonas, a token of my friendship]. This copy additionally with a splendid large (17-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches) original gouache watercolor painting inscribed and signed by the artist laid in, not called for on the limitation leaf. $28,000.

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“YO-HO-HO, AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!”

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. London, 1883. First edition, first issue of Stevenson's swashbuckling yarn of piracy, mutiny and courage, "the finest tale of maritime adventure that has been told since Defoe" (Prideaux, 28), an exceptionally lovely copy, far more beautiful than usually found. $27,000.

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“AMONG THE TRUE HIGH POINTS OF MAN’S EFFORTS TO BRING REASON AND DIGNITY TO HIS WORLD”

PLATO. Republic. Glasgow, 1763.

First edition in English of the greatest of Plato’s dialogues, printed at the Foulis Press, one of a scant number of large-paper copies published by Glasgow’s renowned Foulis brothers, a handsome copy. $25,000.

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BEAUTIFUL, VERY LARGE (ANTIPHONAL-SIZED) 16TH-CENTURY GERMAN ILLUMINATED PAINTING OF THE VIRGIN MARY AND CHILD

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Illuminated Painting of the Virgin Mary. Germany, 16th century.

Splendid and very large—antiphonal sized, though not from an antiphonal—16th-century hand-painted illuminated portrait of the Virgin Mary praying over Jesus as a baby, handsomely framed. $22,000.

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BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED SET OF DICKENS’ WORKS, ONE OF ONLY 100 SETS PRODUCED, WITH MANY HAND-COLORED PLATES

DICKENS, Charles. The Works. London, circa 1900. Thirty-one volumes.

Magnificent set of Dickens’ works, the "Manuscript Edition," number 8 of only 100 sets produced, richly illustrated with over 1000 captioned tissue-guarded plates by Kyd, Phiz, Cruikshank and others, many delicately and vividly hand-colored. $22,000.

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“ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR AN AMERICANA COLLECTION”

GASS, Patrick. A Journal of the Voyages and Travels. Pittsburgh, 1807.

First edition of the "earliest full first-hand narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition, preceding the official account by seven years" (Howes), "one of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter). $22,000.

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ONE OF THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED WORKS ON AFRICA AND AN EARLY ENGLISH SOURCE ON THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT

OGILBY, John. Africa. London, 1670. First edition of the most authentic and comprehensive work in English on Africa published during the 17th century, superbly illustrated with 13 double-page maps, 30 double-page copper-engraved plans and views, eight full-page plates (including an engraved frontispiece), more than 40 in-text engraved vignettes by Hollar and others, and a large folding map of the entire African continent (measuring 18 by 23 inches when open). Handsomely bound in elaborately gilt-decorated period-style calf. A magnificent volume. $20,000.

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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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“THE BISHOPS’ BIBLE,” 1575 FIRST SMALL FOLIO EDITION

(BIBLE). The Holy Byble. London, 1575.

Sixth edition (first small folio edition) of the “Bishops’ Bible”—the Anglican translation commissioned to check the Geneva Bible’s influence and “considered one of the great achievements of the 16th century” (J. Paul Getty Museum, A Thousand Years of the Bible, 70)—with much woodcut ornamentation, complete in contemporary reverse paneled calf boards. $19,000.

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THE AUTOGRAPH EDITION OF HAWTHORNE’S WORKS, SPLENDIDLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS HAND-COLORED PLATES,WITH AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SIGNED BY HAWTHORNE

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Works. Boston and New York, 1900. Twenty-two volumes.

The Autograph Edition of Hawthorne’s Works, number 299 of only 500 copies signed by both Hawthorne’s daughter, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, and the publisher. One of only a select number of sets issued with a Custom House document signed by Hawthorne bound into Volume I. This is also one of only five sets splendidly bound by the Riverside Press in an elaborate Roger Payne-style morocco-gilt binding, and one of a select number of sets with frontispieces in double suite, each one beautifully hand-colored and signed by the artist, including such noted illustrators as Jessie Willcox Smith, Howard Pyle and Childe Hassam. $18,000.

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“NEVER ANY YOUNG ADVENTURER’S MISFORTUNES… BEGAN SOONER OR CONTINUED LONGER THAN MINE”

DEFOE, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, 1719. Two volumes.

Third edition, first issue, of Defoe’s masterpiece, published within two months of the extremely rare first edition, with the engraved frontispiece portrait of Crusoe by Clark and Pine, together with a scarce first edition, second issue of the second part, with folding map of the world, beautifully bound. $17,000.

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INSCRIBED BY SEUSS

SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat. New York, 1957. First edition of this rare and important children’s classic, “a turning point… in the career of Dr. Seuss… [and] in the reading habits of American children,” inscribed by the acclaimed author-illustrator with his characteristic flourish, “for ANDY, Dr. Seuss.” $16,500.

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ALBUM SIGNED BY IMPRISONED GENERAL JOHN HUNT MORGAN AND HIS RAIDERS JUST BEFORE THE MOST DARING JAILBREAK OF THE CIVIL WAR

MORGAN, John Hunt, et al. Autographs of Genl. John H. Morgan and other Confederate Officers Confined in the Ohio Penitentiary at Columbus. Columbus, OH, September, 1863.

Very rare 1863 autograph album signed by imprisoned Confederate general John Hunt Morgan and 68 of his raiders in the Ohio Federal Penitentiary just two months before undertaking the most daring jailbreak of the Civil War in November, 1863. $16,500.

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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species. New York, 1860.

First American edition, first issue, of "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman)—the book that introduced the idea the world would come to know as "evolution"—published just one year after the London first edition. An exceptionally lovely unrestored copy. $16,000.

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"THE FILM INDUSTRY OUGHT TO HAVE BOUGHT ALL MY BOOKS BUT IN FACT, THOUGH THEY HAVE BOUGHT ALL MY BOOKS BUT IN FACT, THOUGH THEY HAVE BOUGHT 'CASINO ROYALE' AND 'MOONRAKER', THEY HAVE NOT PLUCKED UP ENOUGH COURAGE TO HAVE A BASH"

FLEMING, Ian. Typed letter signed. London, September 29, 1959.

Humorous 1959 typed signed letter from Ian Fleming to Ray Russell, the executive editor of Playboy, thanking him for his letter and for sending an issue of Playboy; discussing the film industry's limited purchases of rights to his books (confined to "Casino Royale," "Moonraker," and one original story); and promising to send self-portrait photographs, but apologizing for their waist-up nature. $15,000.

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“A SPLENDID WORK… ORNAMENTED WITH FINE ENGRAVINGS”

(BIBLE). Holy Bible. London, 1800. Six volumes. Magnificently illustrated first edition of the Macklin Bible, handsomely bound by C. Kalthoeber of London in six massive volumes and illustrated with 70 splendid full-page copper-engraved plates after Artaud, Cosway, Fuseli, Reynolds, Stothard, Westall and other noted artists, and over 100 additional vignette head- and tailpieces. $15,000.

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SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG, THE SAMUEL HEIMAN COPY, WITH MILNE’S PERSONAL SIGNED BOOKPLATE
AND FINE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR ERNEST SHEPARD REGARDING ORIGINAL DRAWINGS FOR THE POOH BOOKS

MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young. London, 1924.

First edition, first issue, of Milne’s first children’s book-the scarcest of the “Pooh Quartet”—in original dust jacket, with autograph letter signed by illustrator Ernest H. Shepard regarding original drawings for When We Were Very Young and Winnie-the-Pooh, as well as Milne’s bookplate, signed by him, on the front pastedown. The copy of noted bibliophile Samuel Heiman. $15,000.

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ELEGANTLY BOUND “STANDARD EDITION,” 1762, OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE

BIBLE. The Holy Bible. Cambridge, 1762. Two volumes.

1762 “Standard Edition” of the King James Bible, with engraved allegorical frontispiece, distinctively bound in contemporary, elaborately gilt-tooled morocco. $15,000.

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“A FEW DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH… HE GAVE ORDERS TO DESTROY ALL HIS MANUSCRIPTS, EXCEPTING SOME DETACHED ESSAYS, WHICH HE ENTRUSTED TO THE CARE OF HIS EXECUTORS”

SMITH, Adam. Essays on Philosophical Subjects. London, 1795.

First edition of this scarce posthumous collection of Smith's essays, featuring the important first publication of History of Astronomy that seeks "to explain what drives 'philosophers' to ask the questions they do," an impressive wide-margined volume, handsomely bound. $14,500.

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“THE FIRST AND RAREST OF ALL EDITIONS”

(CARADOC OF LLANCARFAN). The Historie of Cambria. London, 1584.

First edition of this rare and important history of Wales and Welsh royalty, illustrated throughout with woodcut portraits. This work was the first to attribute the original discovery of America to the Welsh in the 12th century and contains two very early references to King Arthur, including a description of the discovery of the bones of King Arthur and his queen: “the bones were of marvelous bignes, and in the scull were ten wounds, of which one was great, and seemed to be his deaths wound: the Queenes haire was to the light faire and yellowe, but as soone as it was touched it fell to ashes” (page 238). Handsomely bound. $14,000.

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WITH A LOVELY ORIGINAL ETCHING SIGNED BY MATISSE

MATISSE, Henri. Cinquante Dessins. Paris, 1920.

First edition, number 236 of only 1000 copies with a lovely original etching by Matisse of a woman’s face, entitled “Mlle. M. M,” signed by him. Presentation copy from Matisse's youngest son, Pierre, and his first wife Alexina "Teeny" Sattler, inscribed on a front flyleaf, "For Dr. Bartlett from Pierre and Teeny Matisse." Beautifully bound. $13,500.

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DOCUMENT APPOINTING A CHEVALIER OF THE FRENCH EMPIRE, WITH ILLUMINATED COAT OF ARMS, BOLDLY SIGNED BY NAPOLEON

NAPOLEON. Document signed. Saint-Cloud, June 11, 1810.

Large and striking manuscript document on vellum, naming Jean Jacques Noyelle a chevalier (or nobleman) of the French Empire, boasting fine calligraphic detail, an illuminated coat of arms, and Napoleon's bold signature, beautifully silk-matted and elaborately framed. $13,500.

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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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PHILIP PULLMAN’S HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY, FIRST EDITIONS SIGNED BY HIM IN ALL THREE VOLUMES

PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials Trilogy. London, 1995, 1997, 2000. Together three volumes.

First editions of Pullman’s celebrated trilogy—including the very scarce first volume, Northern Lights—each volume signed by Pullman on the title page. $13,000.

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“THE IMAGINATION IS NOT A TALENT OF SOME MEN, BUT IS THE HEALTH OF EVERY MAN”

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Complete Works. Cambridge, 1903-04. Twelve volumes.

“Autograph Centenary” edition, number 37 of 600 copies, illustrated with 56 photogravures, with original manuscript leaf in Emerson’s hand discussing poetry and imagination mounted in Volume I, handsomely bound. $12,500.

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“A SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION… FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE”

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer. Cambridge, 1762. Cambridge 1762 folio 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—in royal armorial binding featuring King George III’s coat-of-arms as a gilt centerpiece on both covers and his royal cipher on the spine, with an early manuscript notation describing the book as a gift from King George III to his young son, later King George IV. $12,000.

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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 FIRST AND GREATEST CLASSIC OF MODERN ECONOMIC THOUGHT”

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London, 1786. Three volumes.

1786 edition (fourth edition overall) of Smith's landmark work on the individual's right to the free exercise of economic activity—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM)—this edition published only ten years after the virtually unobtainable first edition, a handsome copy in contemporary tree calf boards. $12,000.

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WITH 24 SUPERB HAND-COLORED FOLIO ACKERMANN AQUATINTS OF SCENES ALONG THE RHINE, 1820

(ACKERMANN, Rudolph) GERNING, Baron Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine. London, 1820.

First edition, first issue, of one of Ackermann’s wonderful Picturesque Tours, beautifully illustrated with 24 hand-colored folio aquatints and large folding map. A lovely copy. $11,000.

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“AMONG THE GREATEST OF FLOWER PAINTERS”

(RÉDOUTÉ, Pierre-Joseph) ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. Botanique. Paris, 1821.

Second large quarto edition of this splendid early 19th-century botanical work, with 65 lovely stipple-engraved tissue-guarded plates by Rédouté (of flowers, fruit, etc.) and engraved by Bouquet, Chailly, Delelo, Gabriel, de Gouy, and others, printed in colors and finished by hand. $11,000.

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

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

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

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BEAUTIFUL LARGE, LIMITED EDITION FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PORTFOLIOS, A COMPLETE SET OF ALL THREE PORTFOLIOS

WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. Selected Drawings Portfolios. New York and Tokyo, 1977, 1980, 1982. Three volumes.

Limited first editions of the complete Selected Drawings Portfolios, with a total of 150 color plates illustrating the range and vision of the great American architect. $9800.

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“WITH KIND WISHES OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, MAY 21, 1902"

WASHINGTON, Booker T. Up From Slavery. New York, 1901.

First edition of Washington's landmark autobiography, a distinctive presentation/association copy inscribed by him the same day its recipient and a group of Northern congressman met Washington at Tuskegee, "To Judge Fuller, with kind wishes of Booker T. Washington, May 21, 1902 [with his flourish]," with frontispiece portrait of Washington, a splendid copy. $9800.

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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, in original dust jacket. $9500.

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“IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES”

DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. London, 1859.

First edition, first issue, bound from parts, of Dickens' second historical novel, one of his most enduring works—a powerful tale of self-sacrifice and rebirth amid the turmoil of the French Revolution—handsomely bound in full calf-gilt by Morrell. $9200.

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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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"THERE IS SO MUCH COMING AND GOING OF STRANGERS AMONG US''

WORDSWORTH, William. Complete Poetical Works. Boston and New York, 1910. Ten volumes.

Limited edition, number 173 of only 500 sets, illustrated with photogravures and hand-colored frontispieces, with a three-page autograph letter signed by Wordsworth. $8500.

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“HAMMETT DID IT FIRST BUT CHANDLER DID IT BETTER”

CHANDLER, Raymond. High Window. New York, 1942.

First edition of Chandler's seminal third novel, the "hauntingly memorable" noir classic that confirmed his legendary status, a splendid copy in the original dust jacket. $8500.

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“ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE PHILOSOPHICAL POEMS IN THE WORLD”

WILKINS, Charles, translator. Bhagvat-Geeta, or Dialogues of Kreeshna and Arjoon. London, 1785.

First edition in English of “one of the greatest and most beautiful of the Hindu scriptures.” An uncut copy in original boards. $8500.

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“A GREAT SLOB OF A MAN IN VIOLENT REVOLT AGAINST THE ENTIRE 20TH CENTURY”

TOOLE, John Kennedy. Confederacy of Dunces. Baton Rouge and London, 1980.

First edition of Toole's posthumously published, Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical novel—"nothing less than a grand comic fugue"—one of only 2500 copies printed, a fine copy. $7500.

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INSCRIBED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT

ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Photograph inscribed. No place, circa 1898.

Striking and large photographic portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt, circa 1904, inscribed by him in the top right corner, "with regards of Theodore Roosevelt Feb 17th 1904." Beautifully framed. $7500.

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“ONE OF THE GREAT EXPERIMENTAL SCIENTISTS IN THE BACONIAN-NEWTONIAN EMPIRICAL TRADITION”

PRIESTLEY, Joseph. The History… Vision, Light, and Colors [Optics]. London, 1772.

First edition of Priestley's pioneering History of Optics, companion to his 1767 History of Electricity, featuring extensive sections on Newton's Optics and Priestley's own theories, containing engraved folding frontispiece and 24 folding plates. $7000.

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BEN SHAHN’S SIGNED LIMITED FOLIO HAGGADAH, WITH ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPH ALSO SIGNED BY HIM

(HAGGADAH) SHAHN, Ben. Haggadah for Passover. Paris, 1966.

Beautiful large limited folio Passover Haggadah, number 92 of only 228 copies (out of a total edition of 292) on Arches Vergé paper, illustrated by Ben Shahn with 21 color pictorial borders and line drawings and an additional beautiful double-page color lithograph also signed by him. $6500.

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MAGNIFICENTLY BOUND 1678 KING JAMES BIBLE AND BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

BIBLE. Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New. London, 1678.

17th-century editions of the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, hand-ruled in red, with additional engraved title page, splendidly bound together in full contemporary Restoration binding, possibly the work of either the Queen's binder A or the Queen's binder B. $6500.

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“CROMWELL COMPLETELY CHANGED THE ANCIENT FRAME OF GOVERNMENT”

GARDINER, Samuel Rawson. Oliver Cromwell. London, 1899. One volume bound as two.

Limited edition of Gardiner’s highly regarded biography of Cromwell, number 343 of 1475 wide-margined copies printed on fine paper, illustrated with lithographed color frontispiece portrait, 44 engravings (most full-page) and manuscript facsimiles, richly extra-illustrated with over 100 extra plates, most hand-colored (and two folding). Handsomely bound by Bayntun Riviere. $5800.

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“STIMULATED CURIOSITY CONCERNING ROUTES TO THE PACIFIC LATER SATISFIED BY MACKENZIE AND LEWIS AND CLARK”

CARVER, Jonathan. Travels through the Interior Parts of North-America. London, 1778.

First edition of this early history of exploration of the American west, with two large folding maps and four copper-engraved plates, one of which is a view of the Falls of St. Anthony, the first illustration of both the Falls and what is now the site of Minneapolis, a handsome copy in contemporary marbled boards. $5500.

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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

(DECARAVA, Roy) HUGHES, Langston. Sweet Flypaper of Life. New York, 1955.

First edition of this landmark collaboration between Hughes and DeCarava, featuring Hughes' text and 141 photogravures by DeCarava, the preferred softcover edition, a distinctive presentation/association copy boldly inscribed on the verso of the front wrapper by Hughes to the influential producer who produced one of his most successful Off-Broadway plays and was "one of the first producers to use integrated casts" (New York Times). In Hughes' inscription, dated the year of publication, he writes: "Especially for Stella Holt, with thanks for so many fine plays, Sincerely, Langston Hughes, New York, Nov. 30, 1955." $4900.

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"A STANDING ARMY IS SLAVERY"

(TRENCHARD, John). Short History of Standing Armies in England. London, 1698.

Third edition, issued same year as similarly rare earlier editions, of Trenchard's electrifying work that shaped American revolutionary thought and fundamentally "played a part in the indictment of Great Britain, in the Declaration of Independence, in the coming of the Revolution, and in the creation of a Constitution with a Bill of Rights," with Benjamin Franklin possessing a copy in his library. $4600.

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ROWLANDSON’S “GREATEST SUCCESS AS AN ILLUSTRATOR”

[COMBE, William]. The Three Tours of Doctor Syntax. WITH: Poetical Sketches of Scarborough. London, 1813, 1820, 1821, 1813. Four volumes.

Early and first editions in book form of Combe's three-volume parody (First Tour third edition, Second and Third Tours first editions), profusely illustrated with two vignette title pages and 78 fine hand-colored aquatints by Rowlandson. Together with a second edition of Poetical Sketches of Scarborough, with a further 21 hand-colored aquatints, the four volumes uniformly and beautifully bound by Riviere & Son in full morocco-gilt. $4500.

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THE "FIRST AND MOST FAMOUS WORK" OF ERIC R. EDDISON, TO J.R.R. TOLKIEN "THE GREATEST AND MOST CONVINCING WRITER OF INVENTED WORLDS THAT I HAVE READ"

EDDISON, E.R. Worm Ouroboros. London, 1922.

First edition of E.R. Eddison's classic novel, an epic "tale of magic and wizardry," whose influence "is seen in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings," featuring frontispiece and five full-page illustrations by Scottish artist Keith Henderson, an exceptional copy in the original dust jacket. $4500.

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“ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED WRITERS OF ANY AGE”

JOHNSON, Samuel. Irene: A Tragedy. London, 1749.

First edition of Johnson’s historical tragedy, written early in his career and produced at Drury Lane Theatre in February 1749, handsomely bound by Bedford. $4000.

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THE FIRST COMPLETE MAP OF THE ROYAL NECROPOLIS OF THEBES, 1830

WILKINSON, John Gardner. Topographical Survey of Thebes, Tapa, Thabe, or Diasopolis Magna. London, 1830.

First edition of this important survey map of the royal necropolis of Thebes by noted Egyptologist Wilkinson, including an insert map of the pyramids of Giza. $4000.

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"THE KIND OF FRIEND THAT SUSTAINS THE WEARY TRAVELER SEEKING A CITY": PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF THEY SEEK A CITY, INSCRIBED BY ARNA BONTEMPS AND JACK CONROY TO MAX BODENHEIM

(BODENHEIM, Max) BONTEMPS, Arna and CONROY, Jack. They Seek A City. Garden City, 1945.

First edition of the signal first collaboration between Harlem Renaissance writer Bontemps and proletariat writer Conroy, a defining work about African American migration from before the Civil War to WWII, a unique presentation/association copy inscribed to avant-garde writer Bodenheim that unites these key figures whose works represent three major literary movements of the 20th century. With Bontemps' inscription, dated the month after publication, "To Max—the kind of friend that sustains the weary traveler seeking a city—with warm regards and deep appreciation—Arna 6/13/45," followed on the same page by Conroy's inscription in different ink, "Jack* *who makes Max's pleasant joint his headquarters." $3800.

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“WE LIVE OUR LIVES WITH ROGUES AND FOOLS, DEAD AND ALIVE, ALIVE AND DEAD”

[BURTON, Richard F.]. The Kasidah. London, 1894.

Limited second edition of this distillation of Sufi thought, generally considered to have been written by Burton, rather than just translated by him as claimed on the title page—copy number 5 of only 100 printed. Preceded only by the similarly rare 1880 edition published by Bernard Quaritch in an edition of just 200 copies. $3800.

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"IT IS A JOY TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE SHARING AND FINDING CHRIST IN THE PLACE OF DEEPEST NEED"

(MOTHER TERESA) MUGGERIDGE, Malcolm. Something Beautiful for God. WITH: Typed letter signed. London, 1972.

Early softcover edition of this definitive Catholic biography of Mother Theresa, with photographic illustrations of Mother Teresa working with the poor in India, signed on the author's summary by Mother Teresa, accompanied by a donation receipt and typed "thank you" letter from the Missionaries of Charity to a British donor, also inscribed by Mother Teresa: "God bless you M Teresa MC." $3750.

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“THAT CAT IS A BAD ONE, THAT CAT IN THE HAT”

SEUSS, Dr. Cat in the Hat Comes Back. (New York), 1958.

First edition of the further antics of Seuss’ most iconic character, inscribed by the beloved author-illustrator with his characteristic flourish, “For Marsha—Best wishes . . . Dr. Seuss.” $3500.

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