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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," with all half titles, in a lovely contemporary binding. $40,000.

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OSCAR WILDE’S OWN COPY OF SALOMÉ, SIGNED BY HIM

WILDE, Oscar. Salome. Drame en un Acte. Paris and London, 1893.

First deluxe edition of the controversial play, Salomé, Wilde's own copy from his personal library, number 10 of only 50 copies printed on Van Gelder handmade paper and numbered and signed by Oscar Wilde, in original purple paper wrappers. With a laid-in signed autograph letter of provenance from Caroline Morse, daughter of Colonel W.F. Morse, British talent agent Richard D’Oyly Carte’s representative in the U.S., and friend to Wilde. Also with two hand-stitched purple ribbon bookmarks, presumably Wilde’s own. $37,500.

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FIRST COLLECTED AND FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE NOVELS OF JANE AUSTEN, 1833

AUSTEN, Jane. Novels. London, 1833. Five volumes.

Important first collected and first illustrated edition of the novels of Jane Austen, "mother of the English 19th-century novel" (Kunitz & Haycraft), printed from the plates of Bentley's "Standard Novel" editions of 1833, each volume with engraved frontispiece illustration and vignette title page, finely bound. "Very rare in any state" (Gilson). $28,000.

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“INSTINCT WITH THE VERY SOIL OF ENGLAND”

HARDY, Thomas. Works. London, 1919-20. Thirty-seven volumes.

Handsome “Mellstock Edition” of Hardy’s prose and poetry, one of only 500 sets signed by the author in Volume I, very handsomely bound by Bayntun, with an autograph letter signed by Hardy tipped into Volume I. $22,000.

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MONUMENTAL 1802 BOYDELL ILLUSTRATED SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE, William. Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. London, 1802. Nine volumes.

The monumental 1802 Boydell-Steevens edition of Shakespeare's Works, complete with two engraved frontispieces and the full complement of 94 fine full-page copper engravings after paintings by the leading English artists of the time. Edited by Boydell and revised by renowned 18th-century Shakespearean scholar George Steevens. Sumptuously bound in full contemporary morocco-gilt. $21,000.

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“IF WE SHADOWS HAVE OFFENDED”

SHAKESPEARE. A Midsummer Night's Dream. London, 1664.

Nine original leaves from the rare and important Third Folio, containing the complete text of Shakespeare's festive, fantasy-filled comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Splendidly bound in elaborately gilt-decorated period-style morocco. $19,500.

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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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“IF YOU PRICK US, DO WE NOT BLEED?”

SHAKESPEARE. The Merchant of Venice. London, 1664.

Eleven original leaves from the rare and important Third Folio, containing the complete text of Shakespeare's landmark comedy, The Merchant of Venice. Splendidly bound in elaborately gilt-decorated period-style morocco. $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 in fine contemporary calf-gilt. $15,000.

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"EMOTION RECOLLECTED IN TRANQUILITY"

WORDSWORTH, William and COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Lyrical Ballads. London, 1800. Two volumes.

Second, definitive, and first complete edition of this touchstone of English Romanticism, containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark Preface, defining his revolutionary theory of poetry, "his revolt against 18th-century artificiality" (PMM), attractively bound by Zaehnsdorf. $12,500.

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