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“A MAJOR OUTSTANDING ITEM, THE RARITY OF WHICH IS BY NO MEANS FULLY APPRECIATED”

(VIRGINIA) BEYER, Edward. Album of Virginia. Richmond, 1858.

First edition of one of the greatest American view books of the 19th century, with beautiful lithographic vignette title page and 40 extraordinary tinted lithographic plates of Virginia, handsomely bound. This copy from the prominent Wickham family of Virginia, with the contemporary owner signature of William Fanning Wickham on the title page. $45,000.

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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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MAGNIFICENT COPPER HALF-RELIEF OF NELSON, THE HERO OF TRAFALGAR, FABRICATED FROM THE COPPER HULL SHEATHING OF THE H.M.S. VICTORY, HANDSOMELY FRAMED

NELSON, Horatio. Copper half-relief of Horatio Nelson. Society for Nautical Research, circa 1910.

Striking copper half-relief bust portrait of Horatio Nelson in military uniform, fashioned out of copper hull sheathing from the flagship where he fell, the H.M.S. Victory, captioned "Nelson" in the relief, handsomely framed in simple birdseye maple. $25,000.

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"IT SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE WORRIED WITHIN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, EVERY TIME THE ANGER AND DESPERATION INCREASES…"

CASTRO, Fidel. Autograph manuscript. No place, circa 1960-61.

Compelling autograph speech notes, written entirely in Fidel Castro's own hand, emphasizing Cuba's strength in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion and likely for a speech delivered before the United Nations. Text in Spanish. $25,000.

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BEAUTIFUL LARGE FOLIO, WITH 76 HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS OF SCENERY ALONG THE THAMES

(BOYDELL, John and Josiah). [COMBE, William]. An History of the River Thames (Principal Rivers of Great Britain). London, 1794-96. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of this wonderful visual record of the River Thames, with 76 lovely folio hand-colored aquatints by Stadler after Farrington of prospects along the banks—including three very large folding plates—and a large folding map by John Cooke of “The Course of the River Thames from Its Source to the Sea.” An excellent copy in contemporary calf. $23,000.

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1753 FOLIO EDITION OF CAESAR’S COMMENTARIES, “BEAUTIFULLY PRINTED AND RICHLY ADORNED,” WITH FAMOUS BULL PLATE

(CAESAR, Julius). DUNCAN, William. The Commentaries. London, 1753.

First edition of Duncan’s famous translation of Caesar’s Commentaries, sumptuously illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Caesar, six double-page maps, and 78 splendid plans and plates (most double-page). This copy with the famed double-page bull plate, often not present. An excellent, wide-margined copy, beautifully bound. $18,500.

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“FOND ADHERENCE TO THEIR PRIMITIVE GARB”

MCIAN, Robert Ronald and LOGAN, James. Clans of the Scottish Highlands. London, 1845-47. Two volumes.

First edition of the first illustrated encyclopaedia of traditional Scottish tartans, with two chromolithographic heraldic frontispieces and 72 vibrant, hand-colored lithographic plates after the celebrated paintings of Robert Ronald McIan of the great chiefs and highlanders. A beautiful copy in the publisher's elaborately gilt-decorated morocco bindings. $17,000.

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"TO DEAR MARK TWAIN WHO CHEERED MANY A HEAVY HEART BEFORE HE REACHED MINE"

(TWAIN, Mark) HAMMOND, Mrs. John Hays. A Woman's Part in the Revolution. London, 1897.

First edition, presentation copy, of this inside account of the Jameson raid—an important precursor to the Boer War—written by the wife of John Hays Hammond, a leading member of the Johannesburg Reform Committee who was implicated in the plot and jailed, inscribed by the author on the verso of the title page, "To dear Mark Twain who cheered many a heavy heart before he reached mine. From the Author, April 1897." With Twain's copious annotations throughout in both ink and pencil, amounting to almost 150 words on 18 different pages, the book was cited by Twain repeatedly in Following the Equator. $15,000.

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"THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE FAMOUS PIRATE"

KIDD, William (MITCHELL, John). Full Account of the Proceedings in Relation to Capt. Kidd. London, 1701.

First edition of one of the earliest works to tell the legendary story of Captain Kidd, published the same year the notorious pirate was hanged for murder. $15,000.

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