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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,” a rare uncut copy with all half titles in contemporary three-quarter vellum and boards. $42,000.

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

JOHNSON, Samuel. Dictionary of the English Language. London, 1755. Two volumes.

First 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)—“Johnson’s writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton’s discoveries had in mathematics.” An unusually tall, wide-margined copy, beautifully bound. $36,000.

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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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“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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“WE ARE SPELL-BOUND, WE CANNOT CHOOSE BUT READ”

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

Extraordinarily important first American edition (published less than five months after the virtually unobtainable London first edition) of Emily Brontë's passionate masterpiece, scarce in the original cloth. $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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“TO CURDLE THE BLOOD AND QUICKEN THE BEATINGS OF THE HEART”

SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, bound with Ghost-Seer vol I. London, 1831.

Third edition of Mary Shelley's masterpiece of horror, the first with her own revisions and introduction—prepared especially for this edition, relating the circumstances surrounding the novel's creation—and the first edition with illustrations. $14,200.

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