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“THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT”

JOHNSON, Samuel. Dictionary of the English Language. London, 1755. Two volumes.

First edition of the first great dictionary of the English language, Johnson’s “audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue… combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought” (Hitchings, 3)—“Johnson’s writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton’s discoveries had in mathematics.” An unusually tall, wide-margined copy, beautifully bound. $36,000.

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

PLATO. The 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, desirable in contemporary binding. $25,000.

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INSCRIBED BY GRAHAM GREENE TO FILM AND THEATER CRITIC CLIVE HIRSCHHORN

GREENE, Graham. Power and the Glory. London and Toronto, 1940.

First edition of Greene's masterpiece, inscribed on the title page to respected journalist and film and theater critic Clive Hirschhorn, wildly known for his massive collection of modern first editions: "For Clive from Graham Greene," in scarce original dust jacket. $20,000.

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"FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY THE CHIEF SOURCE OF WESTERN KNOWLEDGE OF THE COUNTRY"

(JAPAN) KAEMPFER, Englebert. The History of Japan. London, 1727. Two volumes in one.

First edition of “the most authoritative account” of Japan in the early stages of its commerce with the West, with engraved additional title page and 45 striking large copperplate engravings (most of which are double-page or folding) including maps, views, and detailed illustrations of temples, palaces, ships, animals and plants. $20,000.

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“A PEAK OF VISIONARY AND CREATIVE INTOXICATION”

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, New York, 1856.

Rare and enlarged second edition, one of only 1000 copies printed, with frontispiece portrait of Whitman and advertisement leaf following text, featuring 20 additional poems not appearing in the 1855 first edition, including “A Woman Waits for Me” and “Who Learns My Lesson Complete?” The copy of Pennsylvania merchant and book collector William F. Gable, with a tipped-in leaf containing a series of beautiful autograph notes to him written by some of Whitman's closest friends and admirers: Dr. Gustave P. Wicksell, Ellen M. Calder, and Horace Traubel (Whitman's literary executor). $19,500.

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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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“WE ARE SPELL-BOUND, WE CANNOT CHOOSE BUT READ”

BRONTE, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York, 1848.

Extraordinarily important first American edition (published less than five months after the virtually unobtainable London first edition) of Emily Brontë's passionate masterpiece, scarce in the original cloth. $15,000.

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“A WOMAN MUST HAVE MONEY AND A ROOM OF HER OWN IF SHE IS TO WRITE FICTION”

WOOLF, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. London, 1929.

First trade edition, printed by the Woolfs' Hogarth Press, signed by Virginia Woolf on the front free endpaper in her characteristic purple ink, in the scarce original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell. The first trade edition is rarely found signed, and this is a lovely, rare, and desirable signed copy. $14,800.

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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. $12,000.

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“THE IMPACT UPON 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE AND THOUGHT CAN HARDLY BE OVERSTATED”

EINSTEIN, Albert. Relativity. The Special & The General Theory. London, 1920.

First edition in English of Einstein's own explanation of his special and general relativity theories, including the first appearance of "The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity" written by Einstein specially for this translation, in rare original dust jacket. $11,000.

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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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