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WORKS OF MOLIERE, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED

MOLIERE, Jean-Baptiste Pocquelin. Oeuvres de Moliere. Paris, 1734. Six volumes.

Lovely quarto edition of Moliere’s works in six volumes, beautifully illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Moliere by Coypel and 33 copper-engraved plates after drawings by Francois Boucher, “the most successful painter of the day” (Ray), as well as numerous engraved initials, head- and tailpieces, many also by Boucher. Exquisitely bound in lovely full contemporary French calf-gilt. $13,500.

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“WITH ALL GOOD WISHES SAMUEL BECKETT”

BECKETT, Samuel. Whoroscope. Paris, 1930.

Limited first edition, number 130 of only 300 copies issued, an exceptionally rare presentation/association copy of Beckett's "first separately published work," written in Paris in June 1930—"a milestone for Beckett"—inscribed on the limitation page by him, "For William Targ With all good wishes Samuel Beckett (40 years later)," in original wrappers. Famed editor, publisher and bibliophile William Targ, who placed Beckett first in his list of "top ten" authors to collect, was hailed as "a modern Dr. Johnson," and often visited with Beckett on annual trips to Paris. $12,500.

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THE RARE FIRST EDITION OF POPE’S SHAKESPEARE, 1723-25, THE FIRST QUARTO EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE’S WORKS

SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Shakespear. London, 1723-25. Six volumes. The rare and important first quarto edition of Shakespeare’s works, edited by Alexander Pope, one of only 750 sets printed, in beautiful period-style binding. $12,000.

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“THE APPLAUSE WITH WHICH THIS NEW GENRE WAS RECEIVED INDUCED LOPE TO WRITE A GREAT MANY OF THEM, SO THAT HIS NAME BECAME WIDELY KNOWN”

VEGA CARPIO, Lope de, and GÓNGORA, Luis de. Quatro Comedias Famosas. Madrid, 1617.

Earliest obtainable edition of this collection of four popular plays from the Spanish Golden Age, including Lope de Vega’s very first three-act comedy, “La Pastoral de Jacinto” (here under the title “Los Jacintos, y Zeloso de si Mismo”), which created a new theatrical genre that in short order would become the dominant mode in Spain and elsewhere. Also includes “El Lacayo Fingido” by Lope de Vega, “Las Firmezas de Isabela” by Luis de Góngora, and the anonymous “Las Burlas y Enredos de Benito.” From the distinguished collection of the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth, with the Chatsworth bookplate and the Devonshire monogram in gilt on both covers. $11,000.

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“DRAMATIST, FRIEND AND CONTEMPORARY OF SHAKESPEARE”

JONSON, Ben. The Works. London, 1692.

First edition of the "first complete collected edition" of Jonson's Works, with engraved frontispiece portrait and the first collected printing of The New Inn. $8800.

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“THE FIRST EUROPEAN NOVEL”

(ROJAS, Fernando de). Celestina. Leyden, 1599.

Plantin edition of this classic tragicomedy of the Spanish Renaissance—arguably the most important early work of Spanish literature aside from Don Quixote—published within a century of the unobtainable first edition. $8500.

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ONE OF ONLY 340 PRINTED ON VELLUM

BARBIER, George and MIOMANDRE, Francis de. Dessins sur les Danses de Vaslav Nijinsky. Paris, 1913.

Limited first edition of this lavish visual tribute to the great Nijinsky, with 12 striking full-page line blocks by George Barbier, hand-colored en pochoir. This copy number 345 of only 340 copies printed on vellum (out of a total edition of 390 copies). $8200.

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BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Shakespeare. London, 1899. Twelve volumes.

Fine set of the "Larger Temple Shakespeare," number 92 of only 175 sets printed on handmade paper, beautifully illustrated with 40 full-page plates (30 hand-tinted), and copious in-text line cuts. $7500.

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96 FOLIO ENGRAVINGS FOR BOYDELL’S SHAKESPEARE, WITH EARLY STATE PROOF IMPRESSIONS

(SHAKESPEARE) BOYDELL, John. Boydell’s Graphic Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. London, 1804. Magnificent 1804 impressions of the 96 engravings for the sumptuous Boydell Shakespeare, after paintings by the period’s most eminent English artists— including Reynolds, Romney, Smirke, Stothard, Fuseli and Westall—with an engraver’s etched working proof for nearly every plate. $7500.

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“THE GREATEST DRAMATIC MONUMENT THAT TIME AND HUMANITY HAVE PRODUCED”

BEAUMONT, Francis, and FLETCHER, John. Comedies and Tragedies. London, 1647.

First edition of the collected plays of Beaumont and Fletcher—the third great folio collection of Elizabethan drama after Jonson’s (1616) and Shakespeare’s (1623)—with engraved frontispiece portrait of Fletcher by William Marshall, in contemporary calf covers. $7000.

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