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“THE STUDY OF COOK IS THE ILLUMINATION OF ALL DISCOVERY”

(PACIFIC VOYAGES) (COOK, James). Cook's Three Voyages. London, 1773, 1777, 1784. Eight volumes altogether.

Scarce complete set of first editions of Cook's three Pacific voyages, including a first issue of the First Voyage, superbly illustrated with 203 engraved charts, maps and plates, many double-page or folding—including the famous "Death of Captain Cook" plate, drawn by Webber and engraved by Bartolozzi, issued separately and here bound in. A uniformly and very handsomely bound set in eight large quarto volumes. $49,000.

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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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“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION”

HOBBES, Thomas. Leviathan. London, 1651.

First edition, first issue of one of the most controversial and important tracts ever written in political philosophy—"a model of vigorous exposition, unsurpassed in the language"—and a major influence on the framers of the American Constitution. $27,000.

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“TO JIM BARNES CHRISTMASTIDE 1944 FROM FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT”

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. D-Day Prayer. Washington, D.C. December, 1944.

Limited edition, number 60 of only 100 copies, President Roosevelt's final Christmas Book, inscribed by FDR for presentation to close friends: "To Jim Barnes Christmastide 1944 from Franklin D. Roosevelt" with his penned "60" on the colophon page. Roosevelt died in office less than four months later. Especially "difficult to obtain today… FDR's Christmas Books are prime collector's items… nearly all of them were distributed exclusively to close friends of the family" (Halter, 194). $26,000.

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SPLENDID EARLY 1767 THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, WRITTEN WHEN HE WAS ONLY 24 YEARS OLD TO HIS COLLEGE FRIEND JOHN PAGE, MENTIONING HIS OWN WIFE AND FAMILY, HIS PLANS TO PRACTICE IN THE GENERAL COURT, HIS CLOSE FRIEND AND BROTHER-IN-LAW "CARR," HIS GUARDIAN "WALKER," MUTUAL FRIENDS, BUSINESS AND TRAVEL PLANS

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed. Williamsburg, VA, April 17, 1767.

Outstanding example of a very early Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter, penned by him when he was just 24 years old, shortly out of law school. A warm, effervescent, at times jocular, and at times serious letter addressed to his close collegiate friend, John Page, with whom he remained a close friend for the rest of his life. In the letter Jefferson mentions his own wife and family, his close friend and brother-in-law "Carr," his guardian "Walker," business plans, mutual friends, and travel plans. An incredible piece: only nine years later the author would produce the Declaration of Independence. $25,000.

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INSCRIBED BY AYN RAND

RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York, 1957.

First edition of one of the most popular and influential novels of the last 50 years, wonderfully inscribed two months before the publication date, "To J— —with my congratulations on the height you have reached— Ayn. August 20, 1957." $18,000.

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SIGNED BY ANSEL ADAMS

ADAMS, Ansel. Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. Berkeley, 1938.

Signed limited first edition, number 40 of only 500 copies signed by Adams, who “realized in his pictures what Walt Whitman celebrated in his poetry,” featuring 50 luminous mounted halftone prints including “Half Dome,” very scarce in original cloth. $14,000.

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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." $9000.

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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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“ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING BOOKS EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”

GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. London, 1908.

First edition of the beloved children's novel, which author A.A. Milne once referred to as a "household book," "one of the classic read-aloud books that should not be missed by any family" (Silvey). $8500.

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“HITHER CAME CONAN, THE CIMMERIAN… TO TREAD THE JEWELED THRONES OF THE EARTH UNDER HIS SANDALED FEET”

HOWARD, Robert E. Conan series. New York, 1950-57. Together, seven volumes. First editions of all seven books about Conan—Robert E. Howard's iconic, foe-crushing sword-and-sorcery hero—published by Gnome Press, all in original dust jackets. $4200.

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