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“IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED, THAT A SINGLE MAN IN POSSESSION OF A GOOD FORTUNE MUST BE IN WANT OF A WIFE”

AUSTEN, Jane. Novels and Letters. New York and Philadelphia, 1906. Twelve volumes.

Stoneleigh edition of Austen’s writings, number 1201 of 1250 copies, illustrated with over 60 color plates by C.E. and H.M. Brock. $7500.

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BACON, Sir Francis. The Essayes. London, 1639.

Scarce 1639 edition of Bacon’s Essays, a classic work of English literature, this copy one of those remaining from the suppressed Beale edition, which was confiscated when his “right to the title was disputed and his press taken down” (Pforzheimer 29). Attractive in contemporary calf covers. $2000.

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“HEAR THE VOICE OF THE BARD! WHO PRESENT, PAST, & FUTURE, SEES”

BLAKE, William. Writings of William Blake. London, 1925. Three volumes.

Limited Nonesuch Press edition of Blake’s Writings, number 60 of 1575 copies printed on Vidalon handmade paper, the first complete edition of the poet’s writings. $1750.

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URRY’S 1721 ILLUSTRATED FOLIO EDITION OF CHAUCER, IN CONTEMPORARY CALF BOARDS

CHAUCER, Geoffrey (URRY, John, editor). The Works. London, 1721.

First edition of Urry's folio edition of Chaucer's works, the first collected Chaucer in the easier-to-read Roman typeface, with three previously unpublished tales, beautifully illustrated with fine copper-engraved portraits, one of Chaucer by Vertue and one of Urry by Pigue, as well as a handsome title page vignette and numerous in-text copper engravings of the various Canterbury pilgrims. A handsome copy. $5200.

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HANDSOME SET OF DICKENS’ WORKS, ILLUSTRATED FROM THE ORIGINAL ENGRAVINGS

DICKENS, Charles. The Works. New York, 1902. Together, 36 volumes.

American issue of the Gadshill Edition of Dickens Works, illustrated with full-page plates from the original engraved illustrations by various artists including Cruikshank, Phiz, Graves, and Tenniel. Handsomely bound. $4800.

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“WHETHER I SHALL TURN OUT TO BE THE HERO OF MY OWN LIFE….”

DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield. London, May 1849 to November 1850. Twenty parts in nineteen.

Scarce first edition in the original parts of Dickens' "largely autobiographic" masterpiece, with additional vignette title page, frontispiece and 38 etched plates by Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"). $13,800.

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“TORTURE IN LOVE, AND DESPAIR, AND MADNESS”

DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. London, 1865. Two volumes.

First edition, bound from parts, of this classic Dickens novel about liars, deceivers, and pretenders, with 40 illustrations by Marcus Stone, handsomely bound and with an elaborate bi-directional fore-edge painting of Charles Dickens. $2800.

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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," handsomely bound by W. Pratt. $9000.

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“ONE OF THE GREATEST, MOST NOBLE AND SUBLIME POEMS WHICH EITHER THIS AGE OR NATION HAS PRODUCED”

MILTON, John. Paradise Lost. London, 1669.

First edition, fifth title page, of Milton's poetic masterpiece, his dramatic vision of Satan's expulsion from Heaven and the temptation of Adam and Eve. The excellent Macclesfield copy, with the arms of the Earls of Macclesfield in gilt on the front cover of the morocco binding by Hatton. "Rare" (Wickenheiser). $45,000.

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"I KISSED THEE ERE I KILLED THEE"

SHAKESPEARE. King Lear. Othello. Anthony and Cleopatra. London, 1632.

The complete text of three of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, King Lear, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra, from the rare and important Second Folio, on 43 original leaves, attractively bound in modern half morocco-gilt. $33,000.

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THE SPLENDID KELMSCOTT SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE. The Poems of William Shakespeare. Hammersmith, 1893. The superb Kelmscott Press edition of Shakespeare’s poems, one of 500 copies printed by William Morris, in lovely original vellum binding. Beautifully printed in red and black type and decorated with woodcut borders and initials. $8800.

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FULL FIRST EDITION OF TRISTRAM SHANDY: THRICE SIGNED BY STERNE—THE HUTH COPY

STERNE, Laurence. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy. London, 1760-67. Nine volumes.

First editions of all nine volumes of Tristram Shandy, signed by Laurence Sterne in three volumes, handsomely bound in polished calf-gilt by Bedford. From the esteemed Huth collection, with its morocco-gilt bookplate, begun by Henry Huth in the 19th century and continued by his son Alfred H. Huth. $22,000.

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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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“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), in beautiful, unrestored, full contemporary calf bindings. Exceptionally rare in first issue, and most rare and desirable in contemporary bindings. Almost never seen in such beautiful condition. $182,000.

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“ON THE LIBRARY WALL… HANG TWO CROSSED SWORDS”

THACKERAY, William Makepeace. Virginians, a Tale of the Last Century. London, 185759.

First edition in original parts, first issues, with all plates and most advertisements, of Thackeray's tale of brethren divided during the American Revolution, the last book the author himself illustrated. $1750.

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