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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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“HER GREATEST NOVEL”

AUSTEN, Jane. Emma. London, 1816. Three volumes.

First edition of the last novel Austen published in her lifetime, her exquisitely comedic and unerringly insightful social satire—"artistry… as elaborate as any novelist has ever achieved," in nicely restored contemporary calf and marbled boards. $35,000.

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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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INSCRIBED DEDICATION COPY OF ELIOT’S CRITICISM OF THE 19TH-CENTURY POETIC TRADITION

ELIOT, T.S. Homage to John Dryden. London, 1924.

First edition, dedication copy, of Eliot's attack on 19th-century poets by making "invidious comparisons" to 17th-century literature and criticism, with cover illustration by Vanessa Bell, inscribed in the year of publication to the dedicatee, Eliot's close friend and quasi-mentor, author George Saintsbury: "Homage to George Saintsbury! from his sincere admirer. T.S. Eliot 13.xi.24." $28,000.

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“MUCH RIDICULED BUT LIVELY AND INFORMATIVE”

CORYATE, Thomas. Coryats Crudities. London, 1611.

Rare first edition of the legendary traveler Thomas Coryate’s “lively and informative” account (Baugh et al., 623) of his prolific travels through the major cities of 17th-century Europe, “the first English handbook on continental travel,” long coveted by collectors, illustrated with six woodcut plates (two folding), handsomely bound by Bedford. $28,000.

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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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“YO-HO-HO, AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!”

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. London, 1883. First edition, first issue of Stevenson's swashbuckling yarn of piracy, mutiny and courage, "the finest tale of maritime adventure that has been told since Defoe" (Prideaux, 28), an exceptionally lovely copy, far more beautiful than usually found. $27,000.

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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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