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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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“ONE OF THE GREATEST, MOST NOBLE AND SUBLIME POEMS WHICH EITHER THIS AGE OR NATION HAS PRODUCED”

MILTON, John. Paradise Lost. London, 1669.

First edition, fifth title page, of Milton's poetic masterpiece, his dramatic vision of Satan's expulsion from Heaven and the temptation of Adam and Eve. The excellent Macclesfield copy, with the arms of the Earls of Macclesfield in gilt on the front cover of the morocco binding by Hatton. "Rare" (Wickenheiser). $45,000.

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“IT WOULD CORRESPOND WITH MY MASCULO-FEMININE TEMPERAMENT”

(BURTON, Richard F.) SYMONDS, John Addington. A Problem in Greek Ethics. WITH: Two autograph letters signed.

Limited first edition, number 6 of only 10 privately printed copies, of “the first extended historical and literary study of homosexuality in English,” the copy of explorer and author Richard F. Burton; together with a fine signed autograph presentation letter from author John Addington Symonds to Burton and with an unpublished four-page signed autograph letter from Burton to Symonds—written just two months before Burton’s death—acknowledging receipt of the book and discussing its content. With a number of ink emendations to the book, presumably in Symonds’ hand, along with pencil underlining and occasional marginal notations presumably in Burton’s hand. $45,000.

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"I KISSED THEE ERE I KILLED THEE"

SHAKESPEARE. King Lear. Othello. Anthony and Cleopatra. London, 1632.

The complete text of three of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, King Lear, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra, from the rare and important Second Folio, on 43 original leaves, attractively bound in modern half morocco-gilt. $33,000.

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“THE BIBLE OF CHRISTMAS”

DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas Books. London, 1843-48. Together, five volumes.

First editions of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books—chief among them a first issue of his immortal Christmas Carol, the veritable "Bible of Christmas"—illustrated with 63 engravings, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer, all books in the original gilt-decorated cloth. A lovely set. $28,000.

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IMPORTANT SECOND APPEARANCE OF SHAKESPEARE’S COLLECTED POEMS, 1709, IN BEAUTIFUL COSWAY BINDING

SHAKESPEARE, William. A Collection of Poems. London, 1709.

Scarce first issue of the second appearance of a collection of Shakespeare's poems, preceded only by the very rare 1640 edition; this is the first collection to include "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece," omitted in the 1640 edition. Splendidly bound by Riviere & Son in a Cosway binding with watercolor miniature portrait of Shakespeare—after the Droeshout portrait of 1622—inset into front cover, as well as a depiction of Venus and Adonis inset into the rear cover, both finely hand-painted on ivory by Miss C.B. Currie, one of the inventors of this style of binding, and protected by glass. $25,000.

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FIRST EDITION OF BOSWELL’S LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, WITH ORIGINAL 1791 AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM BOSWELL TO HIS SCOTTISH CARETAKER

(JOHNSON, Samuel) BOSWELL, James. Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London, 1791. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue of the greatest of literary biographies, beautifully bound. With an autograph letter signed by James Boswell, addressed to Andrew Gibb, caretaker of his family estate, dated “30 April 1791” and signed by Boswell on the verso, written only two weeks before publication of his masterpiece. $23,000.

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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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“A SUPREME NOVELIST IN AN AGE OF GREAT NOVELISTS”

ELIOT, George. Collection of 12 first editions, uniformly bound. London, 1858-84. Thirty volumes.

Beautiful set of Eliot first editions, comprising all of her major works, including the scarce Scenes of Clerical Life (1858), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871) and Mill on the Floss (1860), with a first edition of her husband's George Eliot's Life, beautifully bound in three-quarter morocco-gilt by Birdsall. $16,000.

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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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