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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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SIGNED BY GEORGE WASHINGTON AS PRESIDENT, 1794

WASHINGTON, George. Document [Letters Patent] signed. Philadelphia, PA, February 14, 1794.

Very rare George Washington Letters Patent, boldly signed by him as President, for a Yale graduate and participant in the American Revolutionary War. A beautifully preserved, large signed document with fragile paper seal intact. $28,000.

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“LUSH, LYRIC… AN ENDORSEMENT OF THE ARTISTIC CALLING”

STEINBECK, John. Cup of Gold. New York, 1929.

First edition, first issue, of Steinbeck's ambitious first novel, now extraordinarily scarce. An essential addition to any Steinbeck collection. $23,000.

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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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“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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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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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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“AN’ YOU GET TO TEND THE RABBITS”

STEINBECK, John. Of Mice and Men. New York, 1937.

First edition, first issue, of Steinbeck's "beautifully written [and] marvelous picture of the tragedy of loneliness" (Eleanor Roosevelt), in scarce original dust jacket. Presentation copy inscribed by Steinbeck on the front free endpaper: "For Harold —- Winsey, John Steinbeck." $11,000.

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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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"A WORK OF ART… OF ORIGINAL AND THEREFORE STRANGE BEAUTY": LIMITED EDITION OF KEW GARDENS, SIGNED BY BOTH VIRGINIA WOOLF AND HER SISTER, VANESSA BELL, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES

WOOLF, Virginia. Kew Gardens. London, 1927.

Scarce signed limited edition of this wonderful collaboration between Virginia Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell, number 88 of only 500 copies signed by both of them, in original pictorial boards. $8500.

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“ONE OF THE FOUR OR FIVE FUNNIEST COMIC NOVELS WRITTEN IN THIS CENTURY”

AMIS, Kingsley. Lucky Jim. London, 1953.

First edition of Amis' first and most famous novel—"brilliantly and preposterously funny" (Guardian). $6800.

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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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"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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"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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“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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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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VIZETELLY’S COPIOUSLY ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF CHAMPAGNE, 1882

VIZETELLY, Henry. A History of Champagne. London, 1882.

First edition, illustrated with lithographic frontispiece, five engraved plates, folding color lithographic map of vineyards, and hundreds of in-text engravings. $2800.

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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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“I DREW THESE TIDES OF MEN INTO MY HANDS AND WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS”

LAWRENCE, T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. London, 1935.

First trade edition of Lawrence's account of his legendary part in the Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, in fragile original dust jacket. $1650.

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LE MORTE D’ARTHUR, WITH LOVELY COLOR PLATES BY FLINT

(FLINT, W. Russell) MALORY, Thomas. Morte D'Arthur. London, circa 1929.

Early edition of William Russell Flint's splendidly illustrated Morte D'Arthur, with 24 color plates, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt. $1500.

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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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