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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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“TO DOROTHY, WITH LOVE. KEN”: EXCEPTIONAL PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF FAMED CRIME WRITER ROSS MACDONALD’S FIRST NOVEL, ISSUED WITH HIS BIRTH NAME OF KENNETH MILLAR, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM TO HIS SISTER-IN-LAW

(MACDONALD, Ross) MILLAR, Kenneth. Dark Tunnel. New York, 1944.

First edition of the first novel by Macdonald, famed for his Lew Archer series, presentation/association copy inscribed by him to his sister-in-law, Dorothy Schlagel, "To Dorothy, with love, Ken," with her owner signature opposite. When Macdonald was struggling with his first Lew Archer novel, Moving Target, Dorothy offered him the quiet of her home when she was at work, and again when he wrote The Way Some People Die. An exceptional rarity, the first inscribed copy we have encountered. $38,000.

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"FLEE FAR FROM BABYLON… BEWARE OF THAT GREAT HARLOT, THAT IS TO SAY, THE PESTIFEROUS SEA OF ROME, THAT SHE MAKE YOU NOT DRUNK WITH HER PLEASANT WINE"

CRANMER, Thomas. A Defence of the True and Catholike Doctrine. London, 1550.

Exceedingly rare first edition of the book that brought Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer to martyrdom, the first full-length book to bear his name, in which he repudiates the essential Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son. The W.A. Foyle copy, with his Beeleigh Abbey morocco bookplate, and also from the collection of George Goyder, noted collector of the literature of the English Reformation. $35,000.

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“LUTHER MADE THE EXPOSITION OF THE PSALMS THE CORNERSTONE OF HIS EXEGETICAL WORK”

LUTHER, Martin. Commentarie Upon the Fiftene Psalmes. London, 1577.

Rare first edition, first issue in English of Luther's classic commentary on the gradual psalms, in a beautiful contemporary vellum binding. $19,500.

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SCARCE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF GEORGE ORWELL'S FIRST BOOK, IN RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET

ORWELL, George. Down And Out In Paris and London. New York and London, 1933.

First American edition of George Orwell's first book, an exceptional copy in rare original dust jacket. $15,000.

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“FOR 160 DAYS WE MARCHED THROUGH THE FOREST, BUSH AND JUNGLE”

STANLEY, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. New York, 1890. Two volumes.

Deluxe signed limited first edition, American issue, number 148 of only 250 copies signed by Stanley, of the classic 19th-century account of African exploration. Profusely illustrated with engraved frontispieces, 38 mounted plates on India paper, six additional full-page etchings (each signed by the artist), three color folding maps (two backed in cloth), a folding table of comparative vocabularies, and numerous mounted, in-text India-prints. $15,000.

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BIOGRAPHY OF NAPOLEON, RICHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH MULTIPLE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY IMPORTANT FIGURES OF THE TIME—INCLUDING AN 1800 LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF WAR BY NAPOLEON AS FIRST CONSUL OF THE REPUBLIC SIGNED "BONAPARTE" AND AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY WELLINGTON—AS WELL AS NUMEROUS ENGRAVED PORTRAITS AND VIEWS

(NAPOLEON) WATSON, Thomas E. Napoleon. New York, 1902. One volume expanded to two.

First edition of this biography of Napoleon, splendidly extra-illustrated and expanded to two volumes with the insertion of 100 signed letters, signed documents, and engraved portraits of the important figures of the era, featuring an 1800 letter by Napoleon to the Minister of War boldly signed "Bonaparte" and an 1836 autograph letter signed by Wellington, handsomely bound. $14,500.

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"HIS INTELLECTUAL ENERGY WAS UNABATED"

HOBBES, Thomas. Decameron Physiologicum. London, 1678.

Rare first edition of Hobbes' final work, a "new set of dialogues on physical questions, in the fashion of the earlier ones, but now with a stroke added at Wallis' doctrine of gravitation," with large folding engraved plate of diagrams and three engraved diagrams in the text. An excellent copy in unrestored contemporary calf. $12,500.

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"LIKE THE SUDDEN, MORTAL JAB OF AN ICE PICK" (STEPHEN KING): FIRST EDITION OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. New York, 1886.

First edition, preceding the English edition by four days, of Stevenson's chilling "tale of mystery and horror," one of only 1250 copies in original cloth, a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone work. $9200.

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“A PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON REVOLUTIONARY IDEOLOGY”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (GORDON, Thomas) (TRENCHARD, John). Cato's Letters. London, 1748. Four volumes.

1748 edition of Trenchard and Gordon's famed essays, the same as that in Jefferson's own library, a major influence on the American Revolution—"ranked with the treatises of Locke as the most authoritative statement on the nature of political liberty and above Locke as an exposition of the social sources of the threats it faced" (Bailyn). A direct and important influence on many of the founding fathers and major writings of the American Revolution, including writers such as Franklin, Dickinson, Livingstone, John Adams and Zenger, and such seminal works as the Federalist, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. $8500.

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LIMITED FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF NOW WE ARE SIX, SIGNED BY MILNE AND SHEPARD

MILNE, A.A. Now We Are Six. New York, 1927.

Signed limited large-paper copy of the first American edition, number 168 of only 200 copies signed by both Milne and illustrator Ernest Shepard. A beautiful copy. $5800.

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“A FULL, BUSTLING LIVE BOOK”: FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF’S THE YEARS

WOOLF, Virginia. Years. London, 1937.

First edition of the most ambitious and successful of Woolf's later novels, often viewed as her masterpiece. $5500.

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RARE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF POE'S WORKS

POE, Edgar Allan. The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe. New York, 1850, 1856 (Volume IV). Four volumes.

First collected edition of Poe's complete works, published one year after his death, with steel-engraved portrait of Poe in Volume I. This set includes the separately published third and fourth volumes, which includes the first edition in book form of Poe's The Literati, his essays on contemporary authors (Volume III), and Rufus Griswold's notorious "Memoir of the Author," a smear penned by Poe's ill-chosen executor. An excellent, complete set in original cloth. $4500.

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"THE FATHER OF MODERN LINGUISTICS"

CHOMSKY, Noam. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1965.

First edition of Chomsky's elusive first book, "the first concerted approach to investigating the human mind through a systematic study of how people produce and understand sentences… equated with Darwin's theory of evolution and Freud's theory of the unconscious in terms of its importance in the history of ideas"—a very nice copy in the original dust jacket. $4500.

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"TO LOREN… STUDYING TO BE A WRITER"

GREY, Zane. The Lost Wagon Train. New York and London, 1936.

First book edition, presentation copy, of the novel of revenge and romance set in the Old West, Zane Grey's own copy with his half title blindstamp, inscribed in the year of publication to his novelist son: "To Loren, In his third year in U.S.C. studying to be a writer, his Dad. Zane Grey." $4500.

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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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"ACHEBE IS GLORIOUSLY GIFTED, WITH THE MAGIC OF AN EBULLIENT, GENEROUS, GREAT TALENT" (NADINE GORDIMER)

ACHEBE, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. WITH: No Longer at Ease. WITH: Arrow of God. London, 1958, 1960, 1964.

First editions of Achebe's internationally renowned post-colonial trilogy about the break-up of tribal life in the pre- and post-colonial period of late 19th-century Nigeria. $3900.

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“LITERATURE AND AMERICANA OF OUTSTANDING CONSEQUENCE”

DANA, Richard Henry, Jr. Two Years Before the Mast. New York, 1840.

First edition, second issue, of Dana's record of his maritime travels from Boston to San Francisco and back again in 1834-36, with a tipped-in autograph letter to a Mr. Wm H. Sweetser of Charlestown that reads: "I find a letter from you my dear lad, written last July, requesting my autograph. I very willingly send it to you, although I have so long neglected doing it. With great regard, Richd H. Dana. Boston, Nov 23rd/52." $3800.

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“THE MOST INTENSE AND POETIC OF ALL HER WORKS”: VIRGINIA WOOLF’S THE WAVES

WOOLF, Virginia. Waves. London, 1931.

First edition of Woolf's most experimental and ambitious novel, exploring "the fluidity of human personality," a handsome copy in the original dust jacket. $3800.

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“ONE OF THE FINEST CHILDREN’S FANTASIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY”

WHITE, Terence Hanbury. The Sword in the Stone. London, 1938. First edition of the original version of White's playful and profound tale of King Arthur's youth, illustrated with numerous linecuts by the author. $3600.

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“THE BRUTAL, VIGOROUS LIFE OF THE FAR NORTH”

LONDON, Jack. The Son of the Wolf. Boston and New York, 1900.

First edition, one of only 2028 first printing copies, of London's first book, his groundbreaking collection of nine tales set against the stark landscape of the Yukon, with frontispiece by Maynard Dixon, a lovely copy in original silver-stamped binding. $3300.

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A "MASTERPIECE OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY"

MAXWELL, James Clerk. Matter and Motion. London/New York, 1876.

First edition of this influential work in natural philosophy, the first to introduce the term "relativity" in physics, in original cloth. $3200.

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"MASTERPIECES OF MODERN FANTASY"

PEAKE, Mervyn. Gormenghast Trilogy: Titus Groan. WITH: Gormenghast. WITH: Titus Alone. London, 1946, 1950, 1959. Three volumes.

First editions of the three volumes of Peake's Gormenghast trilogy, "one of the masterpieces of fantasy, a breathtakingly vivid and incomparably stylish tour de force of the imagination," in lovely original dust jackets designed by Peake. $2800.

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"THE MOST GIFTED PROSE WRITER OF HIS GENERATION"

(YORKE, Henry) GREEN, Henry. Party Going. London, 1939.

First edition of Party Going, "Green's masterpiece" (New York Times Book Review), published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf's famed Hogarth Press, in original dust jacket by modernist artist John Banting, a splendid copy. $2500.

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"HE CALLED ME TO, PREPARED ME FOR, THEN PROTECTED ME DURING THOSE YEARS IN SIBERIA… I HAVE EXPERIENCED HIS HAND AT EVERY TURNING"

CISZEK, Walter J. and FLAHERTY, Daniel L. With God in Russia. New York, 1964.

First edition of an American Jesuit priest's 23-year captivity in Soviet prisons and labor camps, with a Foreword by Thurston Davis, editor-in-chief at America magazine, and with a map tracing Ciszek's journey as a prisoner. $1200.

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