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GURGANUS Allan

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Item Description: 1989. First Edition. GURGANUS, Allan. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Octavo, original half red cloth, original dust jacket. $200.First edition of Gurganus' "extraordinary," prize-winning and best-selling first novel," boldly signed by him."The title of Allan Gurganus' extraordinary first novel. sounds like a tabloid headline, as if the author were spoofing his garrulous narrator, 99-year-old Lucy Marsden. Like one of her more famous bed-bound literary forebears, the dreaming hero of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Lucy Marsden is a vessel of mythic human history. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is an overwhelming performance" (New York Times). Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the book sold over four million copies and has been adapted for television and stage. Dust jacket lightly rubbed, flaps with slight marginal toning; minor creases to rear flap. Book fine. An about-fine signed copy. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 104507

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BRODKEY Harold

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Item Description: 1988. First Edition. BRODKEY, Harold. Stories in an Almost Classical Mode. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $250.First edition of this collection of Brodkey's stories, boldly signed by the author on the title page."This is a remarkable collection of stories. The writing is seriously, often painfully, honest. [One feels] that Brodkey has quite decidedly thrown emotional caution to the wind and permitted himself a degree of risk-taking that leaves the reader breathless with surprise and recognition" (Harvard Book Review). Includes the title story, "The Shooting Range," "Angel," "His Son, in His Arms, in Light, Aloft" and 13 more. These stories first appeared, sometimes in different forms, in magazines, principally The New Yorker. Book fine, dust jacket with small open tear to spine, light wear to extremities. A near-fine copy. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 104828

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ANGELOU Maya

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Item Description: 2004. First Edition. ANGELOU, Maya. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table. New York: Random House, (2004). Octavo, original stiff rose paper boards, original dust jacket. $300.First edition of Angelou's cookbook and memoir, boldly inscribed by her in the year of publication across the half title to a fellow poet, "Poet Mary Rudge, Joy! from Maya Angelou & Mozetta, 10/2004."Angelou celebrates the many connections between memory and food, peppering recipes for such dishes as caramel cake, bread pudding, braised short ribs, pork chops, minestrone soup, gazpacho and chakchouka (Moroccan stew) with always vivid and often moving stories from her life and travels. Illustrated with 15 full-page color photographs. Inscribed to Mary Rudge, beloved poet laureate of Alameda Island.A fine inscribed copy. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 104784

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CHURCHILL Winston

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Item Description: 1938. First Edition. CHURCHILL, Winston. Arms and the Covenant. Speeches by The Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill. London: George G. Harrap, (1938). Octavo, modern three-quarter navy morocco, raised bands, spine compartments decorated with gilt Churchill lion emblems, top edge gilt. $1200.First edition of this collection of Churchill's speeches on foreign affairs and national defense, with a photographic frontispiece portrait, handsomely bound.All but two of the speeches collected here were delivered by Churchill in the Commons in the years leading up to the Second World War. Collected by Churchill's son, Randolph, and revised a second time by Churchill, these represent some of the best written by a man who "devoted more time than any other modern orator to the preparation of his speeches" (Langworth, 190). "The finest (and most ominous) pre-war warning of Winston Churchill occurs on [its] penultimate page. Available in no other Churchill book. the last four paragraphs of that famous speech on 24 March 1938. summarize the theme of this volume, a precursor to the official theme of The Gathering Storm: 'How the English-speaking peoples through their unwisdom, carelessness, and good nature allowed the wicked to re-arm'" (Langworth, 190). Cohen A107. Langworth, 191. Woods A44(a). A fine copy, handsomely bound. Bookseller Inventory # 104442

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ARNOLD Thurman

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Item Description: 1937. First Edition. ARNOLD, Thurman. The Folklore of Capitalism. New Haven and London: Yale University Press and Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1937. Octavo, original red cloth gilt, original dust jacket. $1500.Scarce first edition of Arnold's "exciting and stimulating" case for a revitalized American economic and political "creed," the copy of New Deal economist Alan R. Sweezy.In 1930, Arnold joined the legal faculty at Yale, where he "wrote two influential books, The Symbols of Government (1935) and The Folklore of Capitalism (1937), which catapulted him to the forefront of the national intellectual arena. In Symbols, Arnold argued that laws were not collections of immutable truths but rather mental representations of symbolic thinking. Arnold refashioned that argument and carried it a step further in Folklore, wherein he asserted that social progress was possible only through a pragmatic (rather than experimental) approach to government. Reassuring the nervous brokers on Wall Street that his was essentially a conservative diagnosis of America's economic and social ills were Arnold's assurances that there was no reason to root out capitalism; what civilization needed was fresh folklore for the common man and new vitalized myths." Shortly after Folklore's publication Arnold was appointed assistant Attorney General. "Many historians and commentators have referred to Arnold's tenure at Justice as the most effective of antitrust enforcement in U.S. history" (ANB). "Every reader will find it exciting and stimulating. No student of the theory of government can afford to ignore its novel approach to fundamental problems" (LQR 54:603). NYU, 931. Ownership signature of economist Alan R. Sweezy, who in the 1930s helped establish Social Security and later worked at the Federal Reserve Board. Publisher's reply card laid in.Book fine with spine gilt bright. Original dust jacket with mild toning to spine and light edge-wear. A desirable and very nearly fine copy, with notable economic provenance. Bookseller Inventory # 104124

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BLACKMORE Richard

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Item Description: 1695. First Edition. BLACKMORE, Richard. Prince Arthur. An Heroick Poem. In Ten Books. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695. Folio (8 by 12-1/2 inches), contemporary speckled calf over wooden boards rebacked in calf gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine label. $2500.First edition of Blackmore's first Arthurian epic poem, in handsome contemporary calf boards.A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Blackmore declared he wrote Prince Arthur "with the aim of reforming contemporary poetry from the immorality and impiety of the age. The poem, modelled on Virgil's Aeneid and based on Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britanniae, narrates Arthur's defense of the Britons against the usurping Saxons and his final conquest of London. It displays a transparent political allegory, with the pious Arthur representing William III and his ungodly antagonist symbolizing James II. The poem sold well, reaching a third edition. King William, who had appointed Blackmore as one of his physicians-in-ordinary, was so pleased with the poem as to present him with a medal of gold and then to knight him" in 1697 (DNB), the same year in which Blackmore published his second Arthurian work, King Arthur. Wing B3080. Allibone, 197. Minor marginal worming, occasional slight soiling, a few short closed tears, light edge-wear to first and last few leaves; loss to lower corner of leaf M1, not affecting text. Board extremities with expert restoration. A very good copy in handsome contemporary sprinkled calf boards. Bookseller Inventory # 105443

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DISNEY Walt HABER Heinz

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Item Description: 1956. First Edition. (DISNEY, Walt) HABER, Heinz. The Walt Disney Story of Our Friend the Atom. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956. Quarto, original half black cloth, pictorial stiff paper boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $4500.First edition of this introduction to atomic science for young readers, fully illustrated in color by Disney Studio artists, inscribed on the half title with characteristic flourish, by Walt Disney - "To --, with best wishes, Walt Disney."Walt Disney did more than simply entertain Americans; he also (and often at the same time) educated them, including about science. This generously illustrated volume-a companion volume to "Our Friend the Atom" on the Disneyland television program (and narrated by the author, German astrophysicist Heinz Haber, one of the many former Nazi scientists who came to the United States through "Project Paperclip")-offers young readers an introduction to atomic science: "how the atomic vessel was discovered, how man learned of its many marvelous secrets, how the atomic Genie was liberated, and what we must do to make him our friend and servant." Book with light wear to corners, minor wear and chipping to edges of bright dust jacket. A near-fine copy, most desirable inscribed by Disney. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 101026

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SASSOON Siegfried

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Item Description: 1934. First Edition. SASSOON, Siegfried. Vigils. [Bristol: Privately printed for Douglas Cleverdon], 1934. Small quarto, original half rust cloth, uncut. $6000.Signed limited first edition, number 143 of only 303 copies signed and numbered by Sassoon on the colophon, this copy one of 66 reserved presentation copies and additionally inscribed by Sassoon with his characteristic interlocked double-S initials to Lady Ottoline Morrell, influential member of the famed Bloomsbury group: "O.M. from SS."Recipient Lady Ottoline Morrell, described as a "literary hostess" (ODNB), was friend, muse, and patron to numerous writers and artists, among them Henry James, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, and of course Siegfried Sassoon, who lived at the Morrell's Garsington Manor while recuperating from an injury. These 22 poems "were engraved on copper by Charles Sigrist, and printed May, 1934. The frontispiece was designed and engraved by Stephen Gooden." After production of this limited edition, the plates were destroyed. Best-known for his World War I-era poetry, Sassoon was a solitary individual who surprised his friends by marrying Hester Gatty in December 1933, shortly before this volume was published. Rupert Hart-Davis records that Sassoon "longed for praise and recognition, but he was so instinctively reclusive, so unsure of his gifts and afraid of making a fool of himself, that he preferred his poems to appear first in small and expensive limited editions" (Sassoon, Diaries 1915-1918, 10). Keynes A39. Marginal pencil emendation to one poem.Near-fine condition. An excellent association copy of this scarce Sassoon limited edition. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 105993

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JEAFFRESON John Cordy

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Item Description: 1875. JEAFFRESON, John Cordy. A Book about the Table. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1875. Two volumes in one. Thick octavo, publisher's half black cloth gilt, top edge gilt. $350.Second edition of Jeaffreson's jocular survey of culinary history.Although he published nearly three dozen "adequately successful" novels, Jeaffreson made his true mark with a "a series of historical and literary studies. conceived as anecdotal social history. The formula had a wide appeal. [and] all sold well" (DNB), including this treasury of information about food and feasting through the ages. First published 1874. See Bitting, 245. Bookseller's small blindstamp. Old pencil prices. Owner annotation to title page, occasional marginalia.Text block expertly repaired. Light evidence of label removal to front board. Extremely good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 103875

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KING Captain Charles

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Item Description: 1905. First Edition. KING, General Charles. The Medal of Honor. New York: H.B. Claflin, 1905. Octavo, early three-quarter blue calf gilt, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. $400.First edition, handsomely bound by Bayntun."A story of peace and war," with illustrations by George Gibbs and E.W. Deming. Bookplate.A few leaves soiled, mild toning to top of boards. Near-fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 104298

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MILNE A. A. FRASER-SIMSON Harold

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Item Description: 1928. First Edition. MILNE, A.A. (words). FRASER-SIMSON, H. (music). SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrations). More "Very Young" Songs from "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six." London: Methuen and Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, (1928). Slim quarto, original half tan cloth, brown paper boards, mounted pictorial cover label, original dust jacket. $500.First trade edition of this collection of songs based on Milne's beloved poetry for children, with music by H. Fraser-Simson and illustrations by E.H. Shepard.In 1925, Harold Fraser-Simson set 14 poems from Milne's When We Were Very Young to a piano score. The project proved so successful, Fraser-Simson continued composing songs based on Milne's lyrics, ultimately writing 67 of them. First published in London in 1928, this volume of songs, with Ernest Shepard's charming illustrations, makes Milne's incomparable verses-among them "Us Two," "Knights and Ladies" and "Nursery Chairs"-still more irresistible. Also issued in a signed limited edition of 100 copies. Cutler & Stiles, 116. Book very nearly fine with generally clean interior, mounted cover label lightly foxed. Extremely good dust jacket with spine and panels toned to brown, spine ends lightly worn, panels with mild foxing. A near-fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 106379

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ALCOTT William

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Item Description: 1838. First Edition. ALCOTT, William A. Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, And by Experience in All Ages. Boston: Marsh, Capen & Lyon, 1838. Small octavo (measures 5 by 7-1/2 inches), original brown cloth. $950.First edition of the "best-known book" by Alcott, first president of the American Vegetarian Society and uncle of novelist Louisa May Alcott, citing notables from Plutarch to Benjamin Franklin in emphasizing the value of a "vegetable and fruit diet," very scarce in original cloth.William Alcott, uncle of Louisa May Alcott and cousin to Bronson Alcott, was "America's first vegetarian physician. he wrote numerous books advocating a vegetarian diet, including his best-known book, Vegetable Diet." Not long after the term "vegetarian" was coined, "sometime in the early 1840s in England," Alcott was elected the first president of the newly formed American Vegetarian Society, the "first secular vegetarian society" (Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, 608). In this groundbreaking work, the Yale-educated Alcott calls upon notables from Plutarch to Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin, and presents extensive arguments for the physiological, cultural, economic and medical superiority of a "vegetable and fruit diet." He also highlights its ethical considerations and writes: "If I have a favorite, with the rest, it is the moral argument." Advertisement page between title page and first preface leaf; errata to page xi verso. Bitting, 5-6. Lowenstein 226. Early owner inscription.Text generally fresh with slight scattered foxing (more to earlier leaves), tiny bit of marginal dampstaining to only a few leaves, faint rubbing to boards. A very good copy, very scarce in original cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 103652

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FORD Gerald R. CROSBY Harry COPLEY Helen COPELY Helen

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Item Description: 1981. FORD, Gerald R. Autograph letter signed. Rancho Mirage, California: December 18, [1981]. WITH: Engraved free frank envelope addressed in typescript. WITH: CROSBY, Harry, COPLEY, Helen. Last of the Californios. (La Jolla, California: Copley Books, 1981). Original letterhead leaf (6-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches), manuscript on the recto; original letterhead envelope (4-1/2 by 6-1/2 inches), typescript; tall quarto, original gilt-stamped red cloth, cartographic endpapers, original slipcase. $1500.Scarce December 1981 autograph letter signed by President Ford on his personal letterhead with embossed gilt presidential seal, entirely penned by Ford, thanking publisher Helen Copley, head of San Diego's Union Tribune Publishing Company and CEO of Copley Press, for her holiday gift of the signed limited first edition of Last of the Californios, with letter reading, "Betty and I love the magnificent book-Last of the Californios. We look forward to reading it more carefully. We are most grateful for your thoughtfulness at Christmastime. Betty joins me in wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Jerry Ford," along with letterhead envelope bearing engraved free frank, addressed in typescript to Copley.Penned and signed by President Ford on his personal letterhead, containing his gilt-embossed presidential seal, his letter reads: "Dec. 18th. Dear Helen: Betty and I love the magnificent book-Last of the Californios. We look forward to reading it more carefully. We are most grateful for your thoughtfulness at Christmastime. Betty joins me in wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Jerry Ford." On leaving the presidency, President and Mrs. Ford moved to California, where President Ford died on December 25, 2006. The recipient, Helen Copley, was publisher of Pulitzer Prize-winning San Diego Union-Tribune from 1971 to 2001. Also well-regarded philanthropist, Copley "gave millions to the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. She also underwrote the construction of a library at the University of San Diego" (New York Times). In the printed dedication to this signed limited first edition of Last of the Californios (number 415 of an unspecified limitation), Copley notes it is Copley Books' third book on Baja California, "the 'mother' of the California in which so many millions of us live today. With these books we have striven to enrich the knowledge and renew the relationship and understanding between the peoples of the two Californias." Accompanying envelope containing Ford's engraved free frank with printed letterhead address of "Rancho Mirage, California 92270" addressed in typescript: "Mrs. Helen Copely [sic], Chairman of he Board, Copley Newspapers, P.O. Box 1530, La Jolla, California." Signed limited "Special Edition" of Last of the Californios, number 415 of an unspecified limitation signed by Copley and author/illustrator Harry W. Crosby, with over 60 illustrations and maps, many full page. Book, autograph letter signed and free frank envelope in fine condition. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 100690

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HARRIS Joel Chandler

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Item Description: 1905. First Edition. HARRIS, Joel Chandler. Told by Uncle Remus. New Stories of the Old Plantation. New York: McClure, Phillips, 1905. Octavo, original pictorial red cloth gilt, top edge gilt, uncut. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $1800.First edition of the "last important collection" of Uncle Remus tales, inscribed by the author, "Faithfully yours, Joel Chandler Harris, 10 February 1907."In 1880, Harris published his first book of Uncle Remus stories, setting down old African American folktales in the dialect in which he heard them. Seven more would follow. He "had announced in the preface to Uncle Remus and His Friends [1892] that 'the old man will bother the public no more with his whimsical stories.' But Harris' actual public was more receptive than the one he imagined, and their response called him back for more. [and] he came out in 1905 with his last important collection, Told by Uncle Remus" (Raymond Hedin, Southern Literary Journal15:1, Fall 1982, page 90). The stories "were never meant to be told for the benefit of a white child; rather they were an integral part of the slave culture out of which they grew. Nevertheless, Harris made an important contribution by carefully and accurately preserving" them (Silvey, 296). Illustrated with 18 black-and-white plates. BAL 7156. Spiller et al., 540. See Blockson 6629. Bookseller's small ticket. Small inkstamp to front pastedown.Interior generally clean. Occasional minor marginal paper loss; light creasing to pages 51-78. Original cloth with mild rubbing to spine and front board. An extremely good inscribed copy. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 101904

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COLTON J. H. COLTON George W.

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Item Description: 1864. COLTON, J. H. Colton's Condensed Octavo Atlas of the Union: Containing Maps of All the States and Territories of the United States of America. New York: J.H. Colton, 1864. Octavo, original brown cloth. $1800.First edition of this Civil War-era octavo atlas of the United States, with 25 hand-colored double-page maps, including "the first map of Montana" (Wheat).Though this atlas was published during the Civil War, it ambitiously includes all of the southern and western states and territories. "A Colton map of 1864, published as a sheet in his atlas, is notable for its title: 'Map of Nebraska Dakota and Montana.' The mention of Montana has led to this particular map's being termed 'the first map of Montana'. Not referred to in the title are Colorado and New Mexico, which are shown entire, and Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and Kansas, shown in part" (Wheat). The map of Texas, numbered 31-32, has a curious error, showing the eastern boundary of New Mexico too far east, placing it squarely in Texas proper. The Colton firm emerged before and during the Civil War as the foremost eastern cartographic publisher, filling "the need for new maps created by the establishment of the territories of Colorado, Nevada, and Dakota early in 1861" (Ristow, 459). Wheat, Transmississippi West 1100. Phillips, Atlases 1387. Sabin 14788 (erroneous publication date of 1862). Rear blank expertly reattached. Maps clean and fine, some light expert restoration to spine ends. An extremely good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 106443

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EMERSON Ralph Waldo DOVES PRESS

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Item Description: 1906. EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, with Preface by Thomas Carlyle. Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1906. Small quarto, original full vellum gilt, uncut. $2200.Limited Doves Press edition of Emerson's Essays, one of only 325 copies, beautifully printed from the first English edition by Cobden-Sanderson and Walker, bound in traditional Doves vellum.Originally published in 1841, this renowned collection of essays captures the spirit of Emerson's timelessness "without a trace of dating. The Essays' ethical inspiration and stimulation, their occasional startling phrase, their individualistic idealism, which stirred renascent Yankee New England to its depths, speaks with the same simple power and force in the midst of modern complexities" (Grolier American 100, 47). The Doves Press, founded in 1900 by Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker, was one of the great English private presses. In contrast to Kelmscott, the books of the Doves Press were characterized by a stark simplicity. Its printer's device (the outline of two doves), for example, was used as its watermark rather than printed. Just two years after this edition appeared, Cobden-Sanderson asserted his independence from Walker by throwing the printing type (to which Walker laid claim) into the Thames. The Doves Press Essays contains the original preface by Thomas Carlyle and 12 of Emerson's humanist studies, including his celebrated "Self-Reliance," as well as "History," "Compensation," "Spiritual Laws," "Love," "Friendship," "Prudence," "Heroism," "Over-Souls," "Circles," "Intellect" and "Art." Ransom, Doves 9. Interior fine, vellum quite lovely. An exceptional copy. Bookseller Inventory # 105520

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CHAGALL Marc CAIN Julien

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Item Description: 1960. CAIN, Julien and SORLIER, Charles. The Lithographs of Chagall. Monte Carlo, New York, Boston: André Sauret; George Braziller; Boston Book Shop; Crown Publishers, 1960-86. Six volumes. Folio, original beige cloth, original dust jackets each with original lithograph; Volume I with original cardboard slipcase. $19,000.Mixed first American and French editions of all six volumes in the catalogue raisonné of Chagall's lithographs, richly illustrated with 28 original lithographs (including the dust jackets), inscribed in Volume II, "Marc Chagall, Vence. 1965," surrounded by a large drawing of a tree across the front free endpaper and part of the front pastedown."Chagall's emblematic irrationality shook off all outside influences: color governed his compositions, calling up chimerical processions of memory where reality and the imaginary are woven into a single legend, born in Vitebsk and dreamed in Paris" (Dictionary of Modern Art). For Chagall, the medium of lithography did not come easily. Printer Fernand Mourlot ran a lithography press where such greats as Braque, Matisse, Picasso, Miró and Chagall came to have their designs printed and to learn about this still nascent print-making process. "For many long months Chagall came and worked tirelessly, and his dissatisfaction allowed him to have only a few of his first attempts printed" (Sorlier, 45). Volumes I and II contain 24 of the original 28 lithographs published throughout the series; the dust jackets and frontispieces of Volumes III and IV account for the remaining four. (Volume V was published near the end of Chagall's life, and Volume VI was published posthumously.) All were issued separately over a period of 26 years and are very scarce as a complete set. All volumes published simultaneously in English and French. Volumes I and II also issued in a deluxe signed limited edition of only 100 and 150 copies. In this set, Volumes II is in French; all the other Volumes are in English. Gauss, 391. Freitag 1914. See Cramer, 43, 56, 77, 94. Owner signature in Volume II; owner blindstamp to title page in Volume III.Books fine, with light repair to one pastedown (Volume III), only very minor wear to bright dust jackets of the first four volumes. About-fine condition, most desirable inscribed with a sketch by Chagall. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 105271

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CRICHTON Michael

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Item Description: 1992. First Edition. CRICHTON, Michael. Rising Sun. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $250.First trade edition of Crichton's "widely read and passionately debated novel," signed by the author.Upon its publication, Crichton's "widely read and passionately debated novel" Rising Sun "became an instant lightning rod. Some felt that the book was 'a thriller that doubles as a polemic,' as Robert B. Reich wrote. Some defended Crichton, as the novelist Robert Nathan did. saying that the author was 'no xenophobe, no fool, no ranting bigot.' Crichton, for his part, made no attempt to disguise his intent. He concluded the novel with an afterword that closed with the reminder: 'The Japanese are not our saviors. They are our competitors. We should not forget it'" (New York Times). Preceded by a signed limited edition of unknown size. Adapted to the screen in 1993, starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. Small price stickers to rear panel of dust jacket.Dust jacket price-clipped. A fine signed copy. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 104505

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HOGARTH William

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Item Description: 1768. HOGARTH, William. Hogarth Moralized; A Complete Edition of All the Most Capital and Admired Works of William Hogarth, Accompanied With Concise and Comprehensive Explanations of Their Moral Tendency. London: John Major, 1831. Octavo, twentieth-century three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, all edges gilt. $250.Later edition, with 57 copperplate engravings and 12 in-text wood engravings of Hogarth's works, handsomely bound by Root."Hogarth was one of the greatest comic geniuses that ever lived; and he was certainly one of the most extraordinary men this country has produced" (Hazlitt). Hogarth issued bound collections of his prints as early as 1736; this posthumous octavo collection was first compiled by John Trusler in 1768, who "established a printing and bookselling business upon an extensive and a very lucrative scale. Among his very numerous publications was Hogarth Moralized. This was published with the approval of the widow of the painter" (DNB). Trusler's accompanying commentaries continued to appear in many of the Hogarth editions that appeared in the 18th and 19th centuries. Fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 104853

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ELLWANGER George

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Item Description: 1902. First Edition. ELLWANGER, George H. The Pleasures of the Table: An Account of Gastronomy from Ancient Days to Present Times. New York: Doubleday Page, 1902. Octavo, modern half green morocco gilt, marbled boards, uncut and occasionally unopened. $450.First trade edition, handsomely bound.This "informative and suggestive work" (Bitting, 144) celebrates "the history, literature and aesthetics of the table," surveying such specific subjects as cooking in the ancient world, early English cookbooks, a representative German bill of fare, French sauces and sweet desserts. With 34 illustrations, all but two on halftone plates, "some of them facsimiles of the title pages or rare or famous books, and reproductions of famous pictures on gastronomic subjects selected with discrimination" (Bitting, 144). Also issued in a limited edition of 40 copies on Imperial Japan paper. Cagle & Stafford 233. Gabler, 85. Interior generally clean. Closed tear to plate facing page 248. A few pages roughly opened; loss to upper corner of half title. An about-fine copy. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 103685

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LONGMAN C.J. WALROND H.

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Item Description: 1894. First Edition. LONGMAN, C.J. and WALROND, H. Archery. London: Longmans, Green, 1894. Large octavo, original three-quarter navy morocco gilt rebacked with original spine laid down, top edges gilt, uncut. $800.Limited large paper first edition, number 226 of only 250 copies, of this illustrated guide to the history and the art of the bow and arrow.Henry Somerset, eighth Duke of Beaufort, conceived of the "Badminton Library" (named after his principal country house, not the game) as a comprehensive series of instructional guidebooks, presenting history, rules and strategic hints for pastimes popular among Victorian England's aristocracy. Each chapter boasts expert commentary, accompanied by copious pictures and drawings. Published between 1885 and 1920, "the books provide a rich source of information on the growth and development of sport during the late 19th century in Britain, and are highly sought after by collectors" (Nauright & Parrish, Sports Around the World, 33). This volume includes such chapters as "On Methods of Drawing and Loosing the Arrow," "Scottish Archery," "The Woodmen of Arden" and "Ladies' Archery." With 21 full-page plates and numerous in-text illustrations. Front boards gilt-stamped with Beaufort coat of arms. Scattered light foxing. Light expert restoration to handsome binding. Bookseller Inventory # 105821

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MARX Karl

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Item Description: 1908. MARX, Karl. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1908-09. Three volumes. Thick octavo, original maroon publisher's cloth. $1200.Early mixed multi-volume edition in English, with first edition of Volume III, second editions of Volumes I-II, this work considered the definitive English edition, including the first volume written by Marx and the second and third volumes written by Frederich Engels from Marx's notes, in original gilt-lettered publisher's cloth."It is doubtful that any figure in history has inspired more violently contradictory opinions than Karl Marx. In his funeral eulogy for Marx, Engels concluded that 'Marx was above all a revolutionary" (Downs, 22). Expelled from Paris in 1844, Marx moved to London where, with Engels' support, he endured poverty and family tragedy, spending decades researching his defining analysis of capitalism. Upon publication of Marx's masterpiece in Hamburg, 1867, the International Working Men's Association officially named Das Kapital the "Bible of the working class." Only the first volume of the work was completed and published in Marx's lifetime, with the remainder constructed by Engels from Marx's posthumous papers. "Marx described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik des Politischen Oekonomie, 1859. The 'Athenaeum' reviewer of the first English [edition] later wrote: 'Under the guise of a critical analysis of capital, Karl Marx's work is principally a polemic against capitalists and the capitalist mode of production, and it is this polemical tone which is its chief charm. [Marx] wrote to Engels while the volume was still in the press, 'I hope the bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles all the rest of their lives" (PMM 359). Das Kapital's English translations have a complex history. As Untermann, editor of this edition, notes, "The first English translation of the first volume of Capital was edited by Engels and published in 1886. Marx had in the meantime made some changes in the text of the 2nd German edition and of the French translation, both of which appeared in 1873, and he had intended to superintend personally the edition of an English version. But the state of his health interfered with this plan. Engels utilised his notes and the text of the French edition of 1873 in the preparation of a 3rd German edition, and this served as a basis for the 1st edition of the English translation. Owing to the fact that the title page of this English translation (Swan Sonnenschein [1887]) did not distinctly specify that this was but volume I, it has often been mistaken for the complete work, in spite of the fact that the prefaces of Marx and Engels clearly pointed to the actual condition of the matter. In 1890, four years after the publication of the 1st English edition, Engels edited the proofs for a 4th German edition of volume I and enlarged it still more after repeated comparison with the French edition and with manuscript notes of Marx. But the Swan Sonnenschein edition did not adopt this new version in its subsequent English issues. The American edition will be the first complete English edition of the entire Marxian theories of Capitalist Production. It will contain all three volumes of Capital in full." Untermann does not mention or was unaware that Volume I only of Capital, "Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production," was published in New York concurrent with the London Swan Sonnenschein edition. This three-volume edition contains the first edition of Volume III: second editions of Volumes II-III (preceded respectively by the 1906 and 1907 editions). Owner inkstamps (Vols. I-II).A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 105817

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BRANAGAN Thomas

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Item Description: 1804. First Edition. (SLAVERY) BRANAGAN, Thomas. A Preliminary Essay, on the Oppression of the Exiled Sons of Africa. Consisting of Animadversions on the Impolicy and Barbarity of the Deleterious Commerce and Subsequent Slavery of the Human Species; To which is added, A Desultory Letter Written to Napoleon Bonaparte, Anno Domini 1801. Philadelphia: John W. Scott, 1804. Small octavo (4-1/4 by 6-1/2 inches), contemporary full brown tree sheep rebacked, redmorocco spine label. $2200.First edition of the influential first book by the one-time slave trader turned abolitionist, a seering eyewitness account of the Middle Passage and slavery in the 1700s, containing some "of the most gruesome scenes of cruelty perpetrated," with Jefferson possessing a presentation copy of this edition in his library, featuring woodcut-engraved frontispiece of slave-drivers."The works of Branagan had a tremendous influence. Speaking as a former slave trader, from his own experience and observations, he received widespread attention" (Dumond, 80). The Irish-born Branagan "went to sea at 13, serving at one point on a ship carrying slaves from West Africa to the West Indies. By 1793 he had signed on a British privateer that preyed on the ships carrying French planters and their slaves from Cap Francais and Port-au-Prince to American ports. Soon afterward he accepted a job overseeing a sugar plantation in Antigua," and on immigrating to Philadelphia, became a devout Christian and abolitionist. This record of his firsthand experiences, interwoven with select published accounts, contains some "of the most gruesome scenes of cruelty perpetrated under slavery" (Nash, Forging Freedom, 178). He sent a copy to Jefferson, whose library also included an 1808 Branagan work. "Because of the politically sensitive themes of Branagan's writings, Jefferson never replied to his letters, although in 1805 he asked George Logan to explain his silence verbally to Branagan" (National Archives). While Branagan clearly identified with the victims of slavery in this work, later writings reveal a conflicted racism. With rear leaf of publisher's advertisement. Shaw & Shoemaker 5901. Sabin 7379. Sowerby 1394. Contemporary owner inscriptions.Text fresh with light scattered foxing, gutter-edge tear to frontispiece minimally affecting image, expert restoration to board extremities. An extremely good copy, desirable in contemporary sheep boards. Bookseller Inventory # 106029

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PIOZZI Hester Lynch JOHNSON Samuel

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Item Description: 1788. First Edition. PIOZZI, Hester Lynch, ed. Letters to and from the Late Samuel Johnson. London: Printed for A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1788. Two volumes. Octavo, original drab blue paper boards, uncut. Housed in custom half morocco pull-off box. $2800.First edition of Hester Thrale Piozzi's significant selection of Dr. Johnson's erudite and entertaining letters-"the first publication and canonization of a large body of his correspondence"-uncut in original boards.Samuel Johnson once hailed Hester Thrale, later Piozzi, as "if not the wisest woman in the world. undoubtedly one of the wisest" (Allibone, 1601). She met him in 1765; he became a frequent houseguest, and she "was flattered by the attentions of this literary lion who took her sufficiently seriously as a poet not only to praise and criticize her efforts but also to suggest collaboration. With Johnson she was soon translating Boethius's Consolations of Philosophy. She assisted him in the preparation of his Journey to the Western Islands, and Johnson acknowledged that several of the lives in his Lives of the Poets. owed as much to her conversation as to her skills as amanuensis. Despite the glamour, the wit and the repartee, however, Johnson was an exhausting house guest, demanding, beyond attention to his various physical ailments, a mother love to compensate for his own rather austere upbringing" (DNB). Following her husband's death, her relationship with Johnson became strained; he reacted with fury to her marriage, in 1784, to Italian musician Gabriel Piozzi. Nevertheless, Hester "not only secured her own happiness but also, free from the inhibiting presence of Johnson ('in Johnson's intellect mine was swallowed up and lost'), found her own feet as a writer. For a decade Hester had been Johnson's principal correspondent, and it was natural that she should wish to produce an edition of his letters. Letters to and from the Late Samuel Johnson, representing the first publication and canonization of a large body of his correspondence (some 338 letters), also sold well. Arthur Murphy declared that the edition revealed the great man 'in the undress of his mind'" (DNB). Hester Thrale "elicited from Johnson no fewer than 373 surviving letters, including many of his finest" (Clingham, 224), and their correspondence presents an intimate, fascinating portrait of both the celebrated man of letters and an innovative, significant 18th-century female author. With initial blank, errata slip (in state B). Volume II with leaf [A6] bound before A2. Volume II with restoration to inner paper hinges. Fleeman 88.3L/1. Courtney & Nichol Smith, 168-69. Rothschild 1270. Contemporary owner signature to Volume I title page. Old pencil bibliographic notations.Scattered light foxing. Light, expected age-wear to boards. An excellent copy in about-fine condition, in original boards. Bookseller Inventory # 104129

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WHITMAN Walt

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Item Description: 1882. First Edition. WHITMAN, Walt. Specimen Days & Collect. Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., 1882-83. Octavo, gilt-stamped yellow cloth. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $3500.First edition, first issue, with tipped-in autograph address leaf to Whitman's friend and supporter, the "Critic" editor Jeannette Gilder.Tipped to the front free endpaper is a front envelope panel addressed in Whitman's hand to "J. L. Gilder/ office Critic newspaper/ 75-7 Broadway/ New York City." The lower left corner of the envelope carries the ink stamp "Walt Whitman/ Camden/ New Jersey." Whitman first befriended Jeannette L. Gilder in 1878 when she was with the Herald. In 1881 Gilder co-founded and edited the Critic, which published many of Whitman's pieces. Whitman's time recuperating after two devastating strokes at the homestead of the tenant farming family of Harry Stafford inspired his "delightfully fresh and random book Specimen Days, 'free gossip mostly. He wanted his fragmentary prose to be 'a rapid skimming over the pond-surface of my life, thoughts, experiences." (Callow, From Noon to Starry Night, 342). Myerson's binding "B" (no priority established); single sepia photograph of Whitman on coated paper and butterfly (after page 122), denoted "Sequence A" by Myerson (A.11.1.a). BAL 21422. Bookplate.Spine extremities chipped, inner hinges expertly reinforced, interior clean with the few marginal pencil lines and underlinings. Very good condition. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 106138

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GRANT Ulysses S. MIDDLETON E. O.

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Item Description: 1864. (GRANT, Ulysses S.) MIDDLETON, E.C. Framed Grant portrait. Cincinnati: E.C. Middleton, 1864. Paper on canvas, oval image measures 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches; period-style frame, entire piece measures 17 by 21 inches. $6500.Contemporary chromolithographic portrait of Grant, laid on canvas, in a gilt frame.Cincinnati engraver Elijah C. Middleton used a unique method of lithography-printing on canvas-backed paper in oil-based inks-to produce color images of unusually high quality that were still affordable. Starting around 1861, his portraits-often of figures such as George and Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster or General Grant-were prized not just locally, but even drew the attention of East Coast markets and competitors. Fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 103560

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BROWNING Robert QUILTER Harry

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Item Description: 1898. First Edition. BROWNING, Robert (QUILTER, Harry, illustrator). The Pied Piper of Hamlin. London: Harry Quilter, 1898. Folio (13 by 15-1/2 inches), original elaborately gilt-decorated front cover with two embossed metal panels, inset into later full brown calf; original patterned endpapers, printed on vellum, uncut. $7500.1898 original Harry Quilter illustrated edition of Robert Browning's beloved tale, number 85 of only 100 copies signed by Quilter, finely printed on vellum with elaborate borders and illustrations by Quilter, text lettered by his wife Mary, with two color plates-one printed on silk, the other on vellum-strikingly bound with two embossed metal panels inset into the gilt decorated front cover.In the early 1840s, while living in Hatcham, Browning and actor William Charles Macready became good friends. At that time Browning "produced a series of eight numbers of Bells and Pomegranates. The third of the Bells and Pomegranates series included The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a poem written in May 1842, with the intention of amusing Macready's little son William" (Douglas, Robert Browning, 32). "It is said to have been an impromptu performance. [and] has been translated into French, Russian, Italian and German" (Sharp, Life of Browning, 35n). Browning's much-loved rendition of the medieval German folktale is beautifully rendered in this Quilter first edition, featuring the Quilters' illustrated text with beautifully Art Nouveau ornamenal borders on vellum. Contains 58 folio pages with elaborate decorative borders and illustrations by Harry Quilter; ornamental text by his wife Mary Quilter, and two color plates, one on silk and the other on vellum, printed by Lemercier of Paris. A near-fine copy of the scarce and desirable deluxe signed limited edition, a splendid production. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 103887

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OGILBY John

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Item Description: 1670. First Edition. OGILBY, John. Africa: Being an Accurate Description of the Regions of Aegypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethopia, and the Abyssines, with all the Adjacent Islands. London: Printed by Tho. Johnson for the Author, 1670. Folio (11 by 17 inches), period-style full mottled and paneled calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, red morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. $20,000.First edition of the most authentic and comprehensive work in English on Africa published during the 17th century, superbly illustrated with 13 double-page maps, 30 double-page copper-engraved plans and views, eight full-page plates (including an engraved frontispiece), more than 40 in-text engraved vignettes by Hollar and others, and a large folding map of the entire African continent (measuring 18 by 23 inches when open). Handsomely bound in elaborately gilt-decorated period-style calf. A magnificent volume.The first in what was intended to be a comprehensive series of world atlases, Ogilby's Africa is widely recognized as one of the finest English illustrated books relating to that continent. The text, drawn in part from that of Ogilby's contemporary Olfert Dapper, was the most extensive English account of Africa published to date. The work's primary value, however, lies in its extensive notes on southern Africa and its splendid engraved maps, plans and views-this copy contains 53 plates altogether-as well as its more than 40 in-text vignettes. The 14 maps include the large (18 by 23 inches when opened) folding engraved map showing all of Africa, as well as double-page maps of Egypt, Morocco, southern (or "Aethopia") and western ("Negroland") Africa, the Congo, Madagascar, and the Cape Verde and Canary Islands. Among the superb engraved views and plates are Alexandria and Cairo, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, Algeries, St. Helena, and the pyramids, as well as important depictions of the region's inhabitants and wildlife. The portions of the book relating to southernmost Africa include extensive notes on the rulers and inhabitants of dozens of separate African nations, including Lovango, Angola, Congo, Guinee, Burno, Nubia and many others. These descriptions, among the first in English relating to this part of Africa, opened a window onto a new and largely unexplored world. "Ogilby may be considered as the English De Bry, his works are similar in their objects, compilation, and mode of illustrations" (Cox II, 69). Copies are found with varying plate configurations: in addition to those listed on the plate list at the end of the volume, a series of additional plates is sometimes included. This copy includes all plates called for in the list, with four additional (frontispiece and three other plates, bound at pages 385, 398 and 401). With half title. With 14 of the 18 preliminary pages of place name lists, printed on one side only, called for by Hosken (152). Cox I:361. Wing O163. Lowndes 1719. Allibone, 1450. Text and plates with some leaves expertly cleaned, occasional marginal expert paper restoration, faint marginal dampstaining to a few leaves. A splendid volume, scarce and significant. Bookseller Inventory # 105634

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CONSTITUTION DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

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Item Description: 1781. First Edition. (CONSTITUTION) (DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE). The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America; The Declaration of Independence; The Articles of Confederation Between the Said States; The Treaties Between His Most Christian Majesty and the United States of America. Philladelphia [sic]: Printed by Francis Bailey, 1781. Small octavo (4-1/8 by 6-1/2 inches), rebound in contemporary full brown tree morocco gilt, burgundy morocco spine label. $25,000.Exceedingly rare and important first collected edition of the Constitutions of the 13 American states, one of only 200 copies printed for Congress, containing the "first authorized reprint in book form of the Declaration of Independence," along with key early printings of the Articles of Confederation and major early treaties, handsomely bound.Published by order of Congress, this exceedingly rare and important volume assembles the first authoritative and original printed text of the constitutions of the 13 states, and most notably "contains the first authorized reprint in book form of the Declaration of Independence. Two hundred copies were printed" (emphasis in original, Matyas 81-01). Along with this seminal printing of Declaration and the 13 state constitutions, Constitutions of the Several Independent States contains early printings of the Articles of Confederation, the 1778 treaty of amity and commerce with France (the first treaty between the United States and another country) and the treaty of alliance with France (assuring the French of an alliance should their recognition of the United States lead to war with Britain). "It contains a greater portion of unsophisticated wisdom and good sense, than is, perhaps, to be met with in any other legislative code that was ever yet framed. It is, in short, the book which may be considered the Magna Carta of the United American States" (Monthly Review). Constitutional scholars, such as Adams in First American Constitutions (2001), have demonstrated the vital influence of state constitutions on the 1787 Federal Constitution. First edition: mispagination as issued of page 208 as "108." While the imprint reads Philadelphia, this volume was actually published by Bailey in Lancaster, where he had moved with Congress after the British occupation of Philadelphia began in September 1781. Exceptionally scarce, with copies located in the British Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale of France, the Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Rosenbach Museum, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and Harvard. Sabin 16086. Howes C716. Evans 17390. ESTC W20083. Adams 81-741. NYU Law Catalogue, 47. Contemporary owner signature on first page of text inked out, affecting text on verso.Text expertly cleaned, with occasional faint marginal dampstaining. A beautifully bound copy of this important cornerstone of American constitutional history. Bookseller Inventory # 104750

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Item Description: 1650. (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT). Ta'amra Maryam [The Miracles of Mary]. Ethiopia (Gondarine region), circa 1600. Thick folio (12-1/2 by 14-1/2 inches), contemporary blind-tooled morocco over wooden boards rebacked; 194 vellum leaves. Housed in custom clamshell box. $45,000.Beautiful and complete late 16th- or early 17th-century Ethiopian illuminated manuscript in Ge'ez on vellum of the Ta'amra Maryam (the Miracles of Mary), boasting three glorious full-page miniatures (depicting St. George, the Madonna and Christ Child, and the Holy Trinity), handsomely bound with contemporary blind-decorated morocco over wooden boards.The legendary tales that make up the Miracles of Mary flourished in medieval Europe. During the Crusades, the compilation of stories made its way to the Near East. In Ethiopia, translated from Arabic into Ge'ez as the Ta'amra Maryam, it absorbed local settings and history and quickly established itself as one of the Ethiopian Coptic Church's most important and popular devotional and liturgical texts. The mid-15th century Ethiopian emperor Zär'a Ya'eqob used Marian devotion to unite his subjects-he established over 30 feast days in her honor, for example-and likely encouraged the spread of the Ta'amera Maryam as "part of a plan to combat paganism and the teaching of heretics such as the Stephanites, a group who refused to honor the Virgin" (Joachim Persoon). Traditionally recounting anywhere from 30 to 300 miracles, a uniform version of 33 stories, together with Marian prayers and hymns, achieved canonical status by the mid-17th century, roughly contemporary with the production of this beautiful illuminated manuscript (which may date from as early as the late 16th century). The three bright and beautiful full-page miniatures in this manuscript reflect Western influence, but also exhibit the black lines and autumnal palette of colors associated with devotional art from Ethiopia's northwestern Gondarine region. The recto of leaf 2 presents Saint George-a patron saint of Ethiopia and popular subject of its religious art-riding a white horse and slaying the dragon with his cruciform lance to save a princess, while a group of soldiers (the foremost of whom wears a leopard skin) looks on. The verso of leaf 2 bears the image of the enthroned Madonna holding the Christ Child, attended by two angels; the Child holds a book in his left hand (perhaps the Old Testament he fulfills; perhaps the Gospel he brings) while pointing with three fingers of his right hand (to symbolize the Trinity) toward a burst of light, the Holy Spirit. A small piece of marginal ribbon marker remains attached to the upper corner of this leaf (and others throughout the volume), and the recto of the following leaf is spotted with candle wax, suggesting the Madonna and Child image was used as in worship as an icon. The image of the Trinity is on the verso of leaf 5: God the Father as a bearded and haloed man holding a small seed (perhaps alluding to "Abraham's seed" in Galatians 3.16) in his left hand, raising three fingers of his right hand in Trinitarian blessing. The symbols of the Four Evangelists-counter-clockwise from the top left corner: Matthew (winged man), Mark (lion), Luke (ox) and John (eagle)-surround the picture, which is covered (as presumably the other two were as well) with a brown gauze cloth, now stained and frayed, with a tiny hole. Richly decorated fabrics clothe all the figures in these miniatures. The text in this manuscript is written in three columns of 34 lines each. Leaves 3-5 contain the Prologue to the Miracles of Mary (the Mäs'hafä Ser'at). Text in Ge'ez, written in red and black. The name Diyosqiros appears at points in the manuscript, although the names of Gäbra Sellase and his wife Rahel have been inserted over it. From leaf 164 on, the name Wälda Libanos appears in some texts of blessing. Variations in the manuscript hand suggest the end of the manuscript was possibly written by another, contemporary scribe. Stab holes an. Bookseller Inventory # 104552

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