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“WITH THE KIND REGARDS OF THE AUTHOR”

DARWIN, Charles. The Expression of the Emotions. London, 1872.

Very rare presentation first edition, first issue, inscribed by Darwin on the front flyleaf: "With the kind regards of the author” to Charles Loring Brace. The only one of Darwin’s books to be illustrated with heliotype photographic plates—a pioneering innovation in scientific photography. Offered together with two 1872 autograph letters signed by Darwin to the recipient of this copy. Presentation copies of Darwin's works are almost always found with the inscription in a secretarial hand; books with the presentation in Darwin's actual hand, as with this copy, are quite uncommon.

$127,000.

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“BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT AMERICA, AND THE MOST PENETRATING BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT DEMOCRACY”

TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. Democratie en Amerique. Paris, 1835. Two volumes.

First edition presentation copy in the original French of the first two volumes of Tocqueville's classic work, one of no more than 500 copies published, inscribed by Tocqueville in Volume I "Donne par l'Auteur, 1836." "One of the most important texts in political literature" (PMM 358). Accompanied by the two volumes of the second edition of Part II in a contemporary binding. $62,000.

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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 WOULD STAND UPON FACTS. WHY NOT SEE, USE OUR EYES? DO MEN KNOW NOTHING?"

THOREAU, Henry David. Writings. Boston and New York, 1906. Twenty volumes.

Manuscript Edition, beautifully bound and illustrated, number 12 of 600 copies, with a remarkable manuscript leaf with over 900 words in Thoreau's hand from his first letter to Harrison Blake, arguably Thoreau's most important correspondent, echoing many of the themes of Walden. $37,500.

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"OUR CAUSE IS JUST: OUR UNION IS PERFECT … BEING WITH ONE MIND RESOLVED TO DIE FREEMEN, RATHER THAN TO LIVE SLAVES"

(JEFFERSON, Thomas and DICKINSON, John). Declaration… [on] Taking Up Arms. [Newspaper printing]. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vol. VII. Numb. 365., July 21 – July 27, 1775.

An extraordinarily rare July 1775 Massachusetts newspaper printing (occupying the entire front page) of one of the greatest state papers of the American Revolution and the most important forerunner to the Declaration of Independence: the July 6, 1775 "Declaration… Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms," written by Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson for the Second Continental Congress. $28,000.

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STAUNTON’S “REMARKABLE ACCOUNT OF CHINESE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS AT THE CLOSE OF THE 18TH CENTURY” (HILL)

STAUNTON, George Leonard. Authentic Account of an Embassy… to China. London, 1797. Three volumes altogether.

First edition of this splendidly detailed description of 18th-century China, with engraved frontispiece portraits of the Emperor Tchien Lung and Lord Macartney, a wonderful full-page engraving of the Camellia and 25 additional in-text engravings, together with the Atlas plate volume containing nine large folding charts—among the earliest accurate charts of the interior of China—and 35 folio engravings by William Alexander. A beautiful copy in splendid calf-gilt. $27,000.

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INSCRIBED BY MUNRO LEAF WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING OF FERDINAND THE BULL

LEAF, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. New York, 1936.

Rare first edition of one of the most popular and enduring children's books ever written, inscribed by the author: "For Howard Stewart with all the best from Ferdinand and Munro Leaf," with an original drawing of Ferdinand also by Leaf. $26,000.

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“WISHING YOU GOOD READING AND LOVE AND JOY ALWAYS!”

FARLEY, Walter. The Black Stallion. New York, 1941. Extremely rare first edition of the first novel in Farley’s beloved “Black Stallion” series, accompanied by an autograph presentation letter on Black Stallion stationery signed by the author: “For all our good friends attending the Special Education School in [Corpus] Christi [?], Texas—wishing you good reading and love and joy always! Walter Farley and The Black Stallion.” Exceedingly rare. $22,000.

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“AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”

MILNE, A.A. Four Pooh Books. London, 1924-28. Four volumes.

First editions of Milne's charming "Pooh Quartet"— the volumes of verses and tales that immortalized Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and their friends from the Hundred Acre Wood— enchantingly illustrated by Ernest Shepard, in original dust jackets, signed on the title page of Now We Are Six by both Milne and Shepard. $21,000.

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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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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, FINE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY GARCIA MARQUEZ AND TRANSLATOR RABASSA

GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York, 1970.

First edition in English, first issue, of one of the most acclaimed novels of the post-war era, inscribed by García Márquez on the dedication page with a flourish: "Para Joel García, con un abrazo del otro García, Gabriel." Additionally inscribed on the title page by renowned translator Gregory Rabassa, quoting the last line of the novel: "…because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth. Gregory Rabassa." $16,000.

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"IN POLITICAL ECONOMY I THINK SMITH'S WEALTH OF NATIONS THE BEST BOOK EXTANT" (JEFFERSON): 1791 EDITION OF WEALTH OF NATIONS WITH 1792 EDITION OF HIS THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS, THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE "INVISIBLE HAND"

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth.of Nations… WITH: Theory of Moral Sentiments. London / Edinburgh, 1791, 1792. Five volumes.

Splendid set of Smith's Wealth of Nations, the first published after his death, sixth edition—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), together with Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, his first book, seventh edition—"Smith himself ranked it above Wealth of Nations"—rarely found together, a memorable five volumes from the library of leading German Neo-Kantian Heinrich Rickert, beautifully bound in contemporary tree calf gilt. $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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“PERHAPS THE BEST-PRODUCED SHAKESPEARE EDITION OF THE 18TH CENTURY”

SHAKESPEARE. The Works of Shakespear. Oxford, 1770-71. Six volumes.

Expanded second edition of Hanmer's famous illustrated set of Shakespeare, with 36 full-page copper-engravings (one for each play) by Hubert Gravelot after Francis Hayman, along with frontispiece portrait after Chandos, and two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments. Considered by many to be superior to the 1744 first edition which was issued in a small printing. $15,000.

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“I HERE WITH PEN AND INK APPEND MY NAME”

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. [Camden, New Jersey, 1889].

One of only 300 copies of Leaves of Grass printed in commemoration of Whitman's 70th birthday, boldly signed by Whitman on the title page, with six portraits of Whitman, including the famous original mounted frontispiece photograph with a butterfly resting on his finger. $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. $12,500.

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"SLAVERY UNDER AN AMERICAN CONGRESS"

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (SEABURY, Samuel). View of the Controversy. New-York, 1774.

First edition of Seabury's pivotal work in a legendary exchange of pre-Revolutionary essays with Alexander Hamilton that would propel the 17-year-old Hamilton into history—“Hamilton had found his calling… a true child of the Revolution"—with Seabury, writing under the pseudonym of A.W. Farmer, striking back at Hamilton in a brilliant debate that, to historians, “starkly differentiates the colonial political mind from the British.” $7800.

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