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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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“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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"JOSEPH WELLS. FROM HIS AFFECTIONATE SON": WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES, 1899, FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY H.G. WELLS TO HIS FATHER

WELLS, H.G. When the Sleeper Wakes. London and New York, 1899.

First edition of Wells’ “robust futuristic romance” of revolution, inscribed on the half title by the author to his father, “Joseph Wells. From his affectionate son. H.G. Wells.” $35,000.

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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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FULL FIRST EDITION OF TRISTRAM SHANDY: THRICE SIGNED BY STERNE—THE HUTH COPY

STERNE, Laurence. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy. London, 1760-67. Nine volumes.

First editions of all nine volumes of Tristram Shandy, signed by Laurence Sterne in three volumes, handsomely bound in polished calf-gilt by Bedford. From the esteemed Huth collection, with its morocco-gilt bookplate, begun by Henry Huth in the 19th century and continued by his son Alfred H. Huth. $22,000.

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“THE SPOKESMAN BEFORE GOD OF A VIRILE, UNCONQUERABLE HUMANITY”

DONNE, John. LXXX Sermons. WITH: Fifty Sermons. London, 1640, 1649. Two volumes bound as one.

Extremely rare first editions of the first two separately published collections of sermons by "the outstanding preacher of his day" and one of the greatest poets in the language (Baugh, et al., 613), two landmarks of English literature and piety bound together in contemporary calf, with engraved additional title page by Merian featuring a portrait of Donne. $22,000.

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