July 2017 Catalogue

Browse the recent inventory in our Exceptional New Acquisitions Summer 2017 Catalogue

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"I GIVE YOU THIS HINT IN CONFIDENCE TO ENABLE YOU THE BETTER TO FORM AN ESTIMATE OF THE TRUE NATURE OF THE OFFICE"

HAMILTON, Alexander. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, March 20, 1791.

Excellent, unpublished Alexander Hamilton autograph letter signed, with extraordinary content, written to his friend, confidant, and long-time correspondent Edward Carrington regarding his recent appointment to Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of Virginia, newly discovered after 200 years, having been bound into a book sometime in the 1870s. $58,000.

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“THEY WILL WONDERFULLY MEND THE WORLD”

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

An exceptional copy of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in all of English literature, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, six plates (four maps and two plans), as well as numerous woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, beautifully bound by Riviere & Son. Exceptionally rare in first issue. $48,000.

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"BY THE KING": FINE MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT BOLDLY SIGNED BY KING HENRY VIII

HENRY VIII. Manuscript document signed. Greenwich, May 12, 1514.

Lovely 1514 manuscript document, an order for 25 pounds to be paid to Henry Smythe for the loss of his vessel, boldly signed by Henry VIII as King of England. With original paper seal. $45,000.

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"TO PROHIBIT US FROM THE BENEFIT OF FOREIGN LIGHT, IS TO CONSIGN US TO LONG DARKNESS"

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Letter signed. Monticello, Virginia, September 28, 1821.

Fantastic Thomas Jefferson signed letter, with four corrections also in his hand, a circular letter addressed to Dr. Samuel Brown, the first professor of medicine west of the Alleghenies at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, with wonderful content regarding the effect of high import tariffs on books on American education and scholars. "Science is more important in a republican than in any other government… Of many important books of reference there is not perhaps a single copy in the United States; of others but a few, and these too distant often to be accessible to scholars generally." $40,000.

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“THE WESTERN WORLD HAS BEEN FREED OF EVIL FORCES”

TRUMAN, Harry. Proclamation. Washington, D.C. May 8, 1945.

Large elaborate signed three-color broadside of President Truman’s proclamation upon the Nazi surrender to the allied forces, praising the armed forces and designating a day of prayer to offer “joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that He will… guide us into the ways of peace.” Handsomely set in Gothic type and boldly signed in ink “Harry Truman.” $25,000.

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“IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT…”: FIRST EDITION OF SALINGER'S CATCHER IN THE RYE

SALINGER, J.D. Catcher in the Rye. Boston, 1951.

First edition of Salinger's first book—the now-classic novel that defined the voice of young America for a generation—in first-issue dust jacket with photograph of the author on the back panel. $19,800.

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EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MANUSCRIPT PRESIDENTIAL PARDON, 1800, SIGNED BY JOHN ADAMS

ADAMS, John. Manuscript presidential pardon signed. Philadelphia, April 7, 1800.

Extremely rare manuscript presidential pardon, dated April 7, 1800, pardoning John Cassin, the master of the Brigantine, for offenses related to the illegal importation of a bag of Cuban sugar at time when the United States was considering the acquisition of Cuba, signed by both John Adams and Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. $19,500.

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FINE 1860 ABRAHAM LINCOLN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, WRITTEN JUST 75 DAYS AFTER SECURING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed. Springfield, Ill. Aug. 1, 1860.

Fine Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed, penned entirely by Lincoln only 75 days after the Republican National Convention, where he secured the nomination to represent the relatively new Republican Party in the presidential campaign which he went on to win. $19,500.

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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 in original cloth. A beautiful copy. $18,500.

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"WITH THE KINDEST REMEMBRANCES OF HIS MUCH OBLIGED AND ATTACHED FRIEND, DAVID LIVINGSTONE"

LIVINGSTONE, David. Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa. London, 1857.

First edition, first issue, of Livingstone's first book, a rare presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication by Livingstone on a tipped-in leaf (as is commonly the case with this work): "Major General Charles Murray May with the kindest remembrances of his much obliged and attached friend David Livingstone, London 29th Octr. 1857." Splendidly illustrated with folding color lithographed frontispiece and 24 engraved plates (including portrait and two tinted lithographs), numerous in-text woodcuts, two folding maps with Livingstone's routes hand-colored, and folding elevation chart of South Central Africa. $18,500.

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INSCRIBED BY SALVADOR DALÍ

DALÍ, Salvador. Diners de Gala. New York, 1973.

First edition of this extravagant, lavishly illustrated cookbook created by Dalí in honor of his wife Gala, an exceptional copy boldly inscribed in black felt pen by Dalí across two pages preceding title page, with his sketch of a crown above his name, "Dalí, 1979." $16,500.

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SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. Washington, April 7, 1864.

Splendid Lincoln Civil War document appointing Randolph Monteith as Second Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Artillery, countersigned by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, with fragile paper seal present, beautifully framed. $16,500.

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DOCUMENT NAMING A CHEVALIER OF THE FRENCH EMPIRE, WITH ILLUMINATED COAT OF ARMS AND LARGE WAX SEAL, BOLDLY SIGNED BY NAPOLEON WHILE ON HIS HONEYMOON

NAPOLEON. Document signed. Anvers [Antwerp], May 3, 1810.

Large and striking manuscript document on vellum, a patent of arms conferring the order of Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur on Charles Louis Bourgeois de St. Paul—issued while the Emperor and his new bride Marie-Louise of Austria were visiting Antwerp on their honeymoon—boasting fine calligraphic detail, an illuminated coat of arms, a large wax seal and Napoleon's bold signature ("Nap"). $16,000.

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IMPORTANT NEW YORK EDITION OF HENRY JAMES’ WORKS, WITH PHOTOGRAVURES BY ALVIN LANGDON COBURN

JAMES, Henry. Novels and Tales of Henry James. New York, 1907-17. Twenty-six volumes. Important “New York Edition” (trade issue) of Henry James’ works, with 26 beautiful frontispiece photogravures by Alvin Langdon Coburn and special prefaces prepared by James specifically for this edition, handsomely bound. $16,000.

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MAXWELL’S TREATISE ON ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM, 1873

MAXWELL, James Clerk. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism. Oxford, 1873. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of Maxwell’s most detailed and comprehensive work, advancing ideas that would become essential for modern physics, including the landmark hypothesis that light and electricity are the same in their ultimate nature. $16,000.

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"PURCHASE ALL THE GOOD RIFLES YOU CAN MEET WITH"

WAYNE, Anthony. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, February 24, 1776.

Exceptional February 1776 autograph signed letter from "Mad" Anthony Wayne to Captain John Lacey, ordering that Lacey—his longtime adversary—recruit men and round up enlistees in Bucks County; arrange for a commissioned officer to train those men at Darby; and purchase good rifles in preparation for marching toward New York in the build up for the Battle of Trois-Rivières. $15,500.

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“THE MOST FAMOUS AMERICAN BOOK OF COLONIAL TIMES AND THE INDISPENSABLE SOURCE FOR COLONIAL SOCIAL HISTORY”

MATHER, Cotton. Magnalia Christi Americana. London, 1702.

The exceptionally rare and exceedingly significant first edition of Cotton Mather's salvation history of colonial Massachusetts, the "most important 18th-century American book" (Howes M391), including the earliest 18th-century general map of New England (often not present). $15,000.

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“FOR 160 DAYS WE MARCHED THROUGH THE FOREST, BUSH AND JUNGLE”

STANLEY, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. New York, 1890. Two volumes.

Deluxe signed limited first edition, American issue, number 148 of only 250 copies signed by Stanley, of the classic 19th-century account of African exploration. Profusely illustrated with engraved frontispieces, 38 mounted plates on India paper, six additional full-page etchings (each signed by the artist), three color folding maps (two backed in cloth), a folding table of comparative vocabularies, and numerous mounted, in-text India-prints. $15,000.

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FIRST OCTAVO EDITION OF WEALTH OF NATIONS, 1784, THE FIRST EDITION TO INCORPORATE SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONS AND REVISIONS BY SMITH

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London, 1784. Three volumes.

First octavo edition (third 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 221), a splendid copy in contemporary calf boards. $12,500.

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"LORD REBUKE ME NOT IN THY FURY"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Probably Chalons-en-Champagne, France, circa 1480.

Exquisite illuminated miniature from the French Cortanvaux-Elmhirst Book of Hours, an exceptional, large, hand-colored image depicting King David in Prayer, with two lines of Latin text from Psalm 6 in batarde script and one two-line initials beneath the image, beautifully bordered in burnished gold with flowers, strawberries, leaves, and painstakingly rendered birds and owls on three sides. Lovely and most rare. $12,500.

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GEORGE PATTON'S PERSONAL COPY

(PATTON, George S.) (MARBOT, Jean Baptiste Antoine Marcellin de) THOMASON, John W., Jr., editor and illustrator. Adventures of General Marbot. New York, London, 1935.

Fantastic association copy of the first edition of this richly illustrated memoir of Napoleonic general Marbot—General George Patton's own copy, signed and dated by him in ink on the front free endpaper—"G.S. Patton Jr. / May 8, 1936"—and with pencil marginal annotations, markings and underlinings on more than 20 pages in his hand throughout the text, indicating that he carefully read and studied this copy. $12,000.

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FIRST ISSUE OF ELIOT’S THE WASTE LAND

ELIOT, T.S. The Waste Land. New York, 1922.

First edition, first issue, of this undisputed landmark of modern poetry, number 488 of only 1000 copies and one of the first 500 copies printed, in the earliest binding, with remnants of the extremely rare original glassine laid in. $12,000.

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THE TOMBS AT THEBES

(EGYPT) DAVIES, Norman de Garis. Robb de Peyster Tytus Memorial Series. New York, 1917-27. Five volumes.

Limited first edition of this catalogue of the tombs at Thebes published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1917-27, one of 500 atlas folio sets beautifully printed on handmade Van Gelder paper, with five frontispieces (four in color), 178 plates (21 in color), and numerous figures. A magnificent uncut set. $12,000.

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“THE THING IN THE COFFIN WRITHED; AND A HIDEOUS, BLOOD-CURDLING SCREECH CAME FROM THE OPENED RED LIPS”

STOKER, Bram. Dracula. Westminster, 1897.

First edition, very early issue, of Stoker's masterpiece of horror, handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full morocco to match the original cloth binding. $12,000.

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FOUR SCIENTIFIC OFFPRINTS ON DNA, EACH SIGNED BY FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis. Four Scientific American offprints signed. San Francisco, California, 1954-66. Four offprints.

First offprint editions of four articles on DNA by Francis Crick originally published in Scientific American, each signed on the front wrapper by Francis Crick, with The Structure of the Hereditary Material additionally signed on the first page of text. $10,500.

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"ITS BEEN GREAT TO WORK WITH YOU ON THE BOOK"

(CLAPTON, Eric) (HARRISON, George) BLAKE, Peter; TAYLOR, Derek. 24 Nights. Guildford, England, 1991.

Signed limited first edition of a lavish production issued to commemorate Eric Clapton's record 24-night performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1991, this unique and most desirable copy warmly inscribed by both Eric Clapton and George Harrison to the illustrator, renowned British pop artist Peter Blake—inscribed by Clapton on the title page, "Dear Peter, it's been great to work with you on the book, Eric Clapton '91," and by Harrison on the title page verso, "To Peter with lots of love George Harrison, 1991" with Harrison's sketch of a smiling face. This is number 1049 of 3500 copies signed on the limitation page by Clapton (dated "91") and illustrator Blake. Includes a folio-size scrapbook illustrated with numerous photographs and collages (most full-page and in color), and drawings by Blake—best known for his sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band—a companion volume of commentary by Derek Taylor, as well as two audio compact discs featuring Clapton and his band playing live at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1991. $10000.

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GEORGE PATTON'S PERSONAL COPY, THRICE SIGNED AND ANNOTATED BY HIM

(PATTON, George S.) BARRES, Jean-Baptiste. BARRES, Maurice, editor. Memoirs of a Napoleonic Officer. New York, 1925.

Fantastic association copy of the first American edition of the memoir of Napoleonic officer Jean-Baptiste Barrès—General George Patton's own copy, thrice signed by him—on the front cover, the spine, and "G S Patton Jr. 1928" in blue pencil on the front free endpaper—and with six penciled marginal annotations, two quite extensive, in his hand through the text, indicating that he carefully read and studied this copy. $9800.

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“THE GREATEST RELIGIOUS MUSICAL WORK SINCE BACH”

BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. Missa Solemnis. Mayence et Paris, 1827. First edition, fully engraved, of the piano-vocal score of Beethoven’s choral masterwork, the Missa Solemnis, published in the year of his death, the same year as the publication of the full score. $9500.

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"LIKE THE SUDDEN, MORTAL JAB OF AN ICE PICK" (STEPHEN KING): FIRST EDITION OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. New York, 1886.

First edition, preceding the English edition by four days, of Stevenson's chilling "tale of mystery and horror," one of only 1250 copies in original cloth, a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone work. $9200.

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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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SCARCE LIMITED EDITION OF THE WORKS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES, AN EXCEPTIONAL 33-VOLUME SET HANDSOMELY BOUND

SCOTT, Walter. Works of Walter Scott. London, circa 1900. 33 volumes.

Scarce Edition de Grande Luxe set of Scott's Works, a splendid limited edition, number 29 of only 500 copies, with over 1,000 full-page illustrations, handsomely bound in contemporary three-quarter crushed morocco. $8200.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE GODFATHER, INSCRIBED BY MARIO PUZO

PUZO, Mario. The Godfather. New York, 1969.

First edition, first printing, in first issue dust jacket, of Puzo's Cosa Nostra classic, boldly inscribed by the author on the half title, "For E— O— With my very best wishes Mario Puzo." $7600.

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“AMONG THE VERY GREAT NOVELISTS IN THE LANGUAGE”

CONRAD, Joseph. The Collected Works. Garden City, 1925-26. Twenty-three volumes.

Signed limited "Memorial Edition," number 57 of only 99 sets signed by Conrad, with engraved frontispiece plate in each volume. Sets of the complete works of Conrad are scarce; signed sets are particularly rare. A beautiful set in the original dust jackets.

$7500.

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96 FOLIO ENGRAVINGS FOR BOYDELL’S SHAKESPEARE, WITH EARLY STATE PROOF IMPRESSIONS

(SHAKESPEARE) BOYDELL, John. Boydell’s Graphic Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. London, 1804. Magnificent 1804 impressions of the 96 engravings for the sumptuous Boydell Shakespeare, after paintings by the period’s most eminent English artists— including Reynolds, Romney, Smirke, Stothard, Fuseli and Westall—with an engraver’s etched working proof for nearly every plate. $7500.

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“AN ARTIST AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWERS”

FRANK, Robert. Flower Is. Tokyo, 1987.

Limited first edition of Frank’s memorial volume to his daughter, one of 500 unnumbered copies, with 81 finely screened full-page halftones. $7200.

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SONGS BY GEORGE HARRISON: TWO ELABORATELY ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, COMPLETE WITH CDS, BOTH VOLUMES SIGNED BY HARRISON

HARRISON, George. Songs by George Harrison. Surrey, England, 1987, 1992. Two volumes.

Signed limited editions of both volumes of lyrics to Harrison's songs, each number 1049 of 2500 copies, lavishly illustrated with watercolors by Keith West, many full-page, four double-page and folding, and including 16 photographic montages, and mounted illustrated limitation pages signed by Harrison. Also signed by West in each volume on a tipped-in illustrated bookplate. With two CDs of Harrison singing a total of eight songs. A wonderful production. $7200.

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“YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND WHO I AM OR WHAT I AM… BY HEAVEN! I’LL SHOW YOU”

WELLS, H.G. Invisible Man. London, 1897.

First edition of Wells’ popular and significant cautionary fable of overreaching scientific ambition. $7000.

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“ONE OF THE CLASSICS OF ANTARCTIC LITERATURE”

CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. Worst Journey in the World. London, (1922). Two volumes.

First edition, rare first issue, of Cherry-Garrard's firsthand account of the most famous of Antarctic expeditions, richly illustrated with reproductions of sketches and photographs made by members of the crew (a number printed in color), five maps and ten folding panoramas. $6800.

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"I'M OVERWHELMED WHEN I SEE, IN AN IMMENSE SKY, THECRESCENT OF THE MOON, OR THE SUN"

MIRÓ, Joan. Je Travaille comme un Jardinier. Paris, 1963.

Signed limited first edition, number 96 out of only 145 copies, boldly signed by Miró on the limitation page, with a total of nine original lithographs, including one on the publisher's clamshell box. $6500.

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GEORGE PATTON'S PERSONAL COPY, SIGNED BY HIM IN 1941

(PATTON, George S.) WINTRINGHAM, T.H. Mutiny. New York, circa 1936.

Great association copy of this history of mutinies from Spartacus to Invergordon—General George Patton's own copy, twice signed by him—once on the spine ("Patton"), and "G S Patton Jr., Mar 28 '41" in blue ink on the front free endpaper. Copies of books from Patton's library acquired and signed by him during the war years—though the U.S. had yet to enter the war at this point—are quite rare. $6500.

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"ONE OF THE BEST ENGLISH NOVELISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY"

(YORKE, Henry) GREEN, Henry. Living. London and Toronto, 1929.

First edition of Green's second novel—"a work of astonishing maturity and brilliance"—an exceptionally fine copy in the original dust jacket. $6200.

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INSCRIBED BY RFK TO DAVID ORMSBY-GORE, KENNEDY FAMILY INTIMATE AND AMBASSADOR FROM GREAT BRITAIN

KENNEDY, Robert F. To Seek a Newer World. Garden City, NY, 1967. First edition of Robert Kennedy’s collection of essays outlining his vision for America’s future, published less than seven months before his assassination, inscribed by him on the half title to David Ormsby-Gore, a long-standing Kennedy family intimate friend and Ambassador to the United States from Great Britain during the Kennedy administration: "For David with the highest regard of his friend Bob Kennedy." $6000.

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"I WANT TO CALL SOON & SPEND AN HOUR AT YOUR HOUSE & BRING BACK YOUR BOOKS"

WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph letter signed. Camden, December 2, 1883.

Original autograph letter, dated 1883, written entirely in Walt Whitman's hand and signed by him, thanking a friend, Mr. Donaldson, for an invitation to a breakfast reception, but expressing his regrets, and also promising to visit Donaldson at home later and bring back his books, attractively matted and framed with a photographic portrait of Whitman. $6000.

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GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON JR.'S PERSONAL COPY OF GENERAL HAGOOD'S MEMOIR OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, THRICE SIGNED BY PATTON

(PATTON, George S.) HAGOOD, Johnson. The Services of Supply. Boston and New York, 1927.

First edition of General Johnson Hagood's memoir of the Great War—a memorable association copy belonging to General George S. Patton Jr., signed by him on the front cover, the spine, and signed and dated "Nov 1928" by him on the front flyleaf. $5800.

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“THE DOCTOR AND MRS. IVES ROSE FROM THEIR SEATS INVOLUNTARILY, AND STOOD EACH FOR A MOMENT AS IF LOST IN AN ASTONISHMENT THAT WAS MINGLED WITH GRIEF”

COOPER, James Fenimore. Precaution, a Novel. New York, 1820. Two volumes.

First edition of Cooper's first novel, published anonymously, handsomely bound by Bennett. $5500.

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"ARGUABLY THE CENTRAL TEXT OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE AND BY MOST RECKONINGS ONE OF THE DOZEN KEY DOCUMENTS THAT BEST REFLECT THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE"

(JOHNSON, James Weldon). Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Boston, 1912.

First edition of the anonymously published work that sparked the Harlem Renaissance, the only novel by Johnson, considered the father of the African American literary tradition, widely praised as the "link between 19th and 20th African American narratives… as an important revision of the slave narrative and a forerunner of black protest fiction." $4800.

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PRESENTATION FIRST EDITION OF BANJO, INSCRIBED BY CLAUDE MCKAY

McKAY, Claude. Banjo. New York and London, 1929.

First edition of McKay's major second novel, the controversial Harlem Renaissance work, set in the French port of Marseille, that marked "an important milestone" for McKay and African American literature, an exceptional presentation copy inscribed by him, "For one who has been in Marseille—this souvenir of the Docks, Claude McKay." $4800.

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“ONE OF THE WORLD’S LITERARY MASTERPIECES”

CONRAD, Joseph. Lord Jim. Edinburgh and London, 1900.

First edition, first issue, of Conrad’s brilliant exploration of morality and the torment of guilt, "second only to Heart of Darkness in renown," in original cloth. $4500.

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INSCRIBED BY RFK TO DAVID ORMSBY-GORE, KENNEDY FAMILY INTIMATE AND AMBASSADOR FROM GREAT BRITAIN

KENNEDY, Robert. 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 by him to David Ormsby-Gore, a long-standing Kennedy family intimate friend and Ambassador to the United States from Great Britain during the Kennedy administration: "For David Ormsby-Gore with warmest regards from his friend Bob Kennedy." $4500.

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"THE PIONEERING FOUNDER OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY"

JUNG. C.G. Modern Man in Search of a Soul. London, 1933.

First edition in English of Jung's breakthrough collection of eleven early works, marking the line "between his own and the other schools of psychology and psychotherapy" (New York Times), with eight appearing in English for the first time. $4200.

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"TRULY, THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN SHOULD BE PUT UPON A FOOTING WHICH WILL PERMIT AND ENCOURAGE AMBITION"

CURTIS, Edward. Typed letter signed. Los Angeles, 1923.

Long typed letter signed by renowned photographer Edward Curtis on the economic plight of Native Americans, the activities of the Indian Welfare League, and the struggle to gain full American citizenship for Native Americans. $4000.

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"ACHEBE IS GLORIOUSLY GIFTED, WITH THE MAGIC OF AN EBULLIENT, GENEROUS, GREAT TALENT" (NADINE GORDIMER)

ACHEBE, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. WITH: No Longer at Ease. WITH: Arrow of God. London, 1958, 1960, 1964.

First editions of Achebe's internationally renowned post-colonial trilogy about the break-up of tribal life in the pre- and post-colonial period of late 19th-century Nigeria. $3900.

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“PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT LANDMARK IN DORÉ’S CAREER”

(DORÉ, Gustave). The Holy Bible. London, Paris, and Melbourne, circa 1892.

Later edition of Gustave Doré’s great illustrated Bible, splendidly illustrated by him with 194 full-page wood-engravings and beautifully bound in contemporary, elaborate morocco-gilt. A lovely copy. $3800.

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"THE FIRST NOVEL OF AN EXCEPTIONAL WRITER"

(YORKE, Henry) GREEN, Henry. Blindness. London & Toronto, 1926.

First edition of the first novel by Henry Yorke, best known by his pen name of Henry Green, written at 18, in original dust jacket. $3800.

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“NONE BUT ALEXANDER COULD PERFORM WHAT ALEXANDER HATH DONE”

(ALEXANDER THE GREAT) CURTIUS RUFUS, Quintus. (CODRINGTON, Robert, translator). Life and Death of Alexander the Great. London, 1674.

1674 edition of Robert Codrington's esteemed translation into English of this life of Alexander the Great, with engraved frontispiece of Alexander, handsome in contemporary calf. $3200.

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“THE POET’S POET”: SPENSER’S WORKS, 1679 THIRD COLLECTED EDITION, HANDSOMELY BOUND

SPENSER, Edmund. The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. London, 1679.

Third folio edition of Spenser's collected works, complete with full-page frontispiece engraving of Spenser's tomb and title page printed in red and black, handsomely bound. $2700.

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"FOR ALL MY BELIEF IN CHANCE I AM NOT EXACTLY A PAGAN"

CONRAD, Joseph. Chance. A Tale in Two Parts. London, 1914.

First edition, first printing, second state with canceled title page (as usual), of Conrad’s classic novel. $1800.

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