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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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"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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“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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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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“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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“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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