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RARE LIMITED EDITION OF TWELVE INSTANT IMAGES, ONE OF ONLY 50 PORTFOLIOS ISSUED WITH 12 VINTAGE EXHIBITION-SIZE PRINTS SIGNED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHERS—WALKER EVANS, ANSEL ADAMS, JOSEF SUDEK, DAVID BAILEY, MINOR WHITE, LENNART NILSSON, SARAH MOON, ULRICH MACK, YOUSUF KARSH, KISHIN SHINOYAMA, OLIVIERO TOSCANI, AND JEANLOUP SIEFF

EVANS, Walker; ADAMS, Ansel; KARSH, Yousuf; SUDEK, Joseph; WHITE, Minor et al. Twelve Instant Images on Polaroid Type 105 Positive/Negative Film. Zurich, Switzerland, 1978.

Rare signed limited edition, one of only 50 sets in a signed unnumbered limitation featuring 12 vintage exhibition-size prints, each print signed by the photographer, an exceptional portfolio collection of striking duotones by world-renowned modern masters of photography—Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Joseph Sudek, David Bailey, Minor White, Lennart Nilsson, Sarah Moon, Ulrich Mack, Yousuf Karsh, Kishin Shinoyama, Oliviero Toscani, and Jeanloup Sieff—edited by Allan Porter of Camera for Polaroid Corporation, including Evans' abstract close-up, Toscani's portrait of Andy Warhol, Karsh's portrait of Marshall McLuhan, Adams' "Window, Bear Valley," luminous nudes by Bailey and Sieff, Sudek's still life, richly evocative images by Moon, Mack and Nilsson, Shinoyama's striking nudes, and Minor White's dynamic cityscape. $28,000.

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“THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE PENTATEUCH IN AMERICA”

(HEBREW BIBLE) LEESER, Isaac. The Law of God. Philadelphia, 1845. Five volumes.

First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Five handsomely bound volumes. $18,500.

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“THE EARLIEST CALIFORNIA IMPRINT DEVOTED SOLELY TO WINE-MAKING”

RIXFORD, E.H. Wine Press and the Cellar. San Francisco and New York, 1883.

First edition of “the earliest California imprint devoted solely to wine-making” (Gabler), with frontispiece and numerous in-text illustrations, inscribed to the former mayor of San Francisco opposite the copyright page: "Edward Robeson Taylor, with kind regards of E.H. Rixford." $4800.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY AA FOUNDER BILL WILSON

[WILSON, Bill]. Alcoholics Anonymous. New York, 1962.

The important second edition (a later printing) of the “Big Book”—the indispensable text for the life-changing, worldwide addiction recovery movement—fondly inscribed by “Bill W.” himself, “Dear Lydia, With this, my gratitude for your example of all that's AA. Ever, Bill. NY 7/11/62." $4000.

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"I SHALL SOON BE QUITE DEAD AT LAST IN SPITE OF IT ALL"

(GOREY, Edward) BECKETT, Samuel. Beginning to End. New York, 1988 [1996].

Signed limited first edition, letter N of only 26 copies reserved for Beckett and the publisher (out of a total limited edition of 326 copies) signed on the colophon by both Beckett and Gorey, with illustrations throughout by Edward Gorey. $3600.

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"THE MOST STUPENDOUS ROCK AND ROLL PICTURE BOOK EVER"

(COOPER, Michael) (WYMAN, Bill) (HOCKNEY, David) (BLAKE, Peter) ROYLANCE, Brian, editor. Blinds & Shutters. (Guildford), 1990.

Signed limited first edition of this electrifying tribute to photographer Michael Cooper, number 3497 of 5000 copies, with over 600 images (in color and black-and-white) of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, along with numerous celebrities, writers, painters and musicians, this copy signed on a tipped-in leaf (as issued) by Bill Wyman, David Hockney, Kenneth Anger, Graham Nash, Peter Blake, who co-created the Sgt. Pepper album design, and five others contributors. $3500.

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VICTORIAN AMERICAN FAMILY BIBLE, EXTENSIVELY ILLUSTRATED AND ELABORATELY BOUND

BIBLE. Holy Bible. Albany, circa 1881. Late 19th-century American family Bible, the beloved King James text, extensively illustrated with hundreds of plates, in-text illustrations and maps, in an elaborate, deeply embossed binding with biblical scenes in gilt on the covers and fine sliver clasps and catches. $2700.

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THE POLAR EXPRESS, TWICE SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY VAN ALLSBURG

VAN ALLSBURG, Chris. Polar Express. Boston, 1985.

First edition of Van Allsburg's lushly illustrated, enchanting tale of childlike wonder and hope, winner of the 1986 Caldecott Medal, twice signed and inscribed by him, on the title page, "To M— Chris Van Allsburg," and on the half title, dated in the year of publication, "To M— C— Chris Van Allsburg 11/9/85." $2500.

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"AND BEING ABOUT FIFTY ONE OF HIS AGE, WHEN HE SUBDUED THIS KINGDOM, IT SEEMS BY HIS CONTINUAL ACTIONS, HE FELT NOT THE WEIGHT OF YEARS UPON HIM"

RALEIGH, Walter. An Introduction to a Breviary of the History of England with the Reign of King William the I. London, 1693.

First edition of this unfinished biography of William the Conqueror, purportedly written by Raleigh and then discovered posthumously in the library of a "Person of High Quality," with frontispiece portrait of Raleigh by Frederick Hendrik van Hove. $2500.

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"ONE OF THE PRIME SOURCES OF SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORICAL PLAYS"

HALL, Edward. Hall's Chronicle. London, 1809.

Fine early 19th-century folio edition of this rare and influential history—originally published in 1548 as "The Union of the two noble and illustre famelies of Lancaster & Yorke"—one of the most important sources for Shakespeare's history plays, in addition to containing "the first definite historical account of an English voyage to America" (Rosenbach). Attractively bound. $2000.

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