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“THEY WILL WONDERFULLY MEND THE WORLD”

SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. London, 1726. Two volumes.

An exceptional copy of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in all of English literature, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, six plates (four maps and two plans), in beautiful, unrestored, full contemporary calf bindings. Exceptionally rare in first issue, and most rare and desirable in contemporary bindings. Almost never seen in such beautiful condition. $182,000.

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“THEY WILL WONDERFULLY MEND THE WORLD”

SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. London, 1726. Two volumes.

First edition, scarce second issue (Teerink "AA") of Swift's classic satire—"at once a favorite book of children and a summary of bitter scorn for mankind"—with engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, six plates (four maps and two plans), as well as numerous woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, in beautifully restored contemporary calf covers. $19,800.

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"BY DESIRE OF THE OWNER OF THIS BOOK, I APPEND MY NAME, WITH PLEASURE"

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1844. Two volumes.

First edition, mixed issue, one of only 1500 copies printed, warmly inscribed by Barrett's husband, the poet Robert Browning, after her death: "By desire of the owner of this book, I append my name, with pleasure. Robert Browning. March 25-'86." The copy of Louise Whitfield Carnegie, a prominent philanthropist and the wife of Andrew Carnegie, with her bookplates, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Zaehnsdorf. $17,500.

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“THE UNFOLDING OF A MIND OF GENIUS IN DIALOGUE WITH ITSELF”

MONTAIGNE. Essayes Written in French. London, 1613.

Second edition in English of Montaigne’s seminal masterpiece, with the important Elizabethan translation of John Florio used by Shakespeare as a source for The Tempest (circa 1611), a work profoundly influenced by Lucretius, who is quoted almost a hundred times in the work, a splendid folio volume in contemporary calf boards. $16,000.

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“HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS”

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1850. Two volumes.

Important and preferred second edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poems, containing the first appearance of her famous love poems to her husband, Sonnets from the Portuguese, which did not appear in the 1844 first edition of Poems. A lovely copy. $15,000.

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“ONE OF THE FIRST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL OF ENGLISH NOVELS”

FIELDING, Henry. The History of Tom Jones. London, 1749. Six volumes.

First edition, first issue of Fielding's mock-heroic "milestone in the development of the English novel" (An English Library, 21), one of a first printing of only 2000 copies, a lovely and desirable copy in contemporary calf-gilt. $15,000.

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“WE ARE SPELL-BOUND, WE CANNOT CHOOSE BUT READ”: RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF WUTHERING HEIGHTS

BRONTE, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York, 1848.

Extraordinarily important and rare first American edition (published less than five months after the virtually unobtainable London first edition) of Emily Brontë's passionate masterpiece. Handsomely bound, with the original cloth bound in. $14,000.

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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. T. Lucretius Carus. Oxford, 1682.

First edition, first issue, in English of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history, with Creech's controversial Preface, omitted from future editions, along with his "Life" of Lucretius." Creech's translation is heralded for introducing the West to Lucretius' nearly lost masterpiece that offered "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, a splendid copy handsomely bound in full morocco. $13,500.

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“THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT”

JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language. London, 1765. Two volumes.

Third edition of the first great dictionary of the English language, Johnson's "audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue… combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought" (Hitchings, 3), in beautiful contemporary calf-gilt. $13,500.

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AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM FROM A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES, WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S HAND AND SIGNED BY HIM

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Autograph manuscript poem signed. Paris, France, August 18, 1886.

Autograph manuscript of the published version of the poem, "To Mrs Will H. Low," first published a year later in A Child's Garden of Verses and Underwoods, signed and dated by Robert Louis Stevenson. The copy of Mrs. Low, accompanied by the autograph explanatory note extracted from the back of the original 19th-century frame. $12,500.

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