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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. T. Lucretius Carus. Oxford, 1682.

First edition, first issue, in English of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history, with Creech's controversial Preface, omitted from future editions, along with his "Life" of Lucretius." Creech's translation is heralded for introducing the West to Lucretius' nearly lost masterpiece that offered "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, a splendid copy handsomely bound in full morocco. $13,500.

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SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN

GERSHWIN, George and Ira. Typed contract signed. New York, circa 1935.

Important mimeographed contract leasing Porgy and Bess rights to Europe, signed by author DuBose Hayward, Theatre Guild representative Warren P. Munsell, and composers George and Ira Gershwin. The Sang copy. $12,000.

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"THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN ROCK JOURNALISM"

NELSON, Paul; PANKAKE, Jon, editors. The Little Sandy Review. Minneapolis, 1959-65. Thirty volumes.

First editions of the complete 30-volume run of the groundbreaking folk music fanzine The Little Sandy Review. From the collection of contributing writer Tony Glover, who was also a harmonica player and a close friend of Bob Dylan from their days in Dinkytown on the campus of the University of Minnesota. $7800.

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COSTUMES FOR TCHAIKOVSKY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY, WITH 56 MOUNTED COLOR PLATES BY LÉON BAKST AND PORTRAIT OF BAKST BY PICASSO, SIGNED BY BAKST: LARGE FOLIO LIMITED EDITION

BAKST, Léon. L'Oeuvre de Leon Bakst pour La Belle au Bois Dormant. Paris, 1922.

Signed limited first French edition, number 308 of only 500 copies signed by both Bakst and publisher Maurice de Brunoff, with 56 mounted color plates (54 full-page costumes and sets for the Ballet Russes, with letterpress tissue-guards), and a portrait of Bakst by Picasso. $7500.

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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. Titus Lucretius Carus. Oxford, 1683.

Exceedingly rare second edition in English, first "corrected and enlarged" edition of the previous year's elusive first edition, of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history offering "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius, owned an edition of Creech's translation, and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, with copper-engraved frontispiece, handsomely bound. $7500.

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FONDLY INSCRIBED BY GEORGE GERSHWIN TO RENOWNED FOX PRODUCER WINFIELD "WINNIE" SHEEHAN, "WHO MADE MY FIRST VENTURE INTO MUSICAL TALKIES A GREAT PLEASURE"

(GERSHWIN, George) GOLDBERG, Isaac. George Gershwin: A Study in American Music. New York, 1931.

First edition of this early biography of George Gershwin, inscribed by the composer on the verso of the frontispiece portrait in blue ink to an important Fox Film Corporation producer who helped persuade Gershwin to write scores for movies: "For Winnie Sheehan, who made my first venture into musical talkies a great pleasure. George Gershwin, Sept. 24, 1931." $6800.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK OF AMERICAN NEGRO SPIRITUALS, INSCRIBED BY JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

JOHNSON, James Weldon. The Book of American Negro Spirituals. New York, 1925.

First edition, presentation copy, of the Harlem Renaissance classic, inscribed to a famous sports columnist and short story writer: "For Ring W. Lardner with sincere regards—James Weldon Johnson." $6000.

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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. Titus Lucretius Carus. London, 1683.

Rare 1683 3rd edition in English, first issued the previous year, of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history offering "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius, owned an edition of Creech's translation, and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, with copper-engraved frontispiece, handsomely bound. $5200.

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“THE FINE BALANCE BETWEEN UNITY AND INFINITE VARIETY”

HAYDN, Joseph. Complete String Quartets. Paris, 1802. Four volumes.

First collected edition, early issue, of Haydn’s complete string quartets, beautifully engraved and bound in handsome contemporary morocco and boards. Haydn was particularly pleased with what he called this “exceptionally beautiful edition of the quartets.” $5000.

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