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MCCARTHY Cormac

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About this Item: 1979. First Edition. "MCCARTHY, Cormac. Suttree. New York: Random House, (1979). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $3500.First edition of McCarthy’s celebrated, searing, semi-autobiographical novel—"like a good, long scream in the ear"—in beautiful condition. Considered by many McCarthy's finest novel, Suttree features "a sensitive and mature protagonist, unlike any other in McCarthy's work Part Stephen Daedalus, part Prince Hal—he is also McCarthy, the willful outcast" (New York Times). Like so much of McCarthy's fiction, the book exemplifies what Saul Bellow (who sat on the committee that awarded McCarthy his 1981 MacArthur Fellowship) called the writer's "absolutely overpowering use of language, his life-giving and death-dealing sentences." In his contemporary review, Jerome Charyn said Suttree's language "licks, batters, wounds—a poetic, troubled rush of debris [McCarthy's] text is broken, beautiful and ugly in spots Suttree is like a good, long scream in the ear." Although his fourth novel to be published, McCarthy began work on Suttree well before his first, The Orchard Keeper, saw print in 1965. This copy not one of the frequently found remaindered copies. Privratsky, 27. Small crease to rear flap of dust jacket. A beautiful copy in fine condition. Scarce.". Seller Inventory # 107156

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STEVENSON Robert Louis

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About this Item: 1922. STEVENSON, Robert Louis. The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Vailima Edition. London: Heinemann, et al. and New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922-23. 26 volumes. Octavo, modern three-quarter red morocco, elaboratedly gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $9500.Vailima Edition of Stevenson’s Works, number 144 of 1000 sets for sale in the United Kingdom, an exceptional 26 volumes handsomely bound by Brentano's in three-quarter crimson morocco gilt.This 26-volume Vailima Edition includes favorites such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses, along with several volumes of letters as well as sketches, criticism, and other miscellanea, including some previously unpublished material. Each volume with frontispiece. Number 144 of 1060 sets printed of the United Kingdom issue: 1000 for sale and 60 for presentation. A fine set handsomely bound. Seller Inventory # 106227

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MACAULAY A.D.C. SMYTH John COLLINS W.A.R.

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About this Item: 1965. First Edition. MACAULAY, A.D.C. Behind the Scenes at Wimbledon. London: Collins, 1965. Octavo, publisher's half green morocco gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. $1750.First edition, the dedication copy, inscribed on the half title, "To Her Royal Highness Princess Mariana, Duchess of Kent. With my grateful thanks, Ma'am, for the encouragement you have always given to me in running Wimbledon. Duncan Macaulay." Also signed on the title page by Duncan Macaulay, Jackie Smyth and W.A.R. Collins.Long-time Wimbledon secretary Duncan Macaulay surveys the history of the world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament since 1922, when the All England Club moved to its famous Church Road location. Macaulay inscribed this copy to the dedicatee, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, longtime president of The All England Club. It may have been specially bound in the Club's colors—a green morocco spine (after the green cloth gilt of the first edition) and purple cloth boards—for presentation. Illustrated with 10 black-and-white photographic plates. Also signed on the title page by Macaulay, Jackie Smyth and W.A.R. Collins. Sir John "Jackie" Smyth was awarded the Victoria Cross during his military service in World War I, and went on to serve in Parliament as well as write on a variety of subjects, including tennis for the Sunday Times. William Alexander Roy Collins, publisher, served on committees overseeing the Wimbledon championships.Spine and spine ends lightly rubbed. A unique inscribed and signed copy in very nearly fine condition. Signed. Seller Inventory # 103697

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JUDAICA ALSHEKH Moses

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About this Item: 1600. JUDAICA. Torat Moshe [Commentary on the Book of Genesis]. Amsterdam: Solomon Proops, 1710. Folio (10-1/2 by 16 inches), contemporary full dark brown calf rebacked in calf gilt, red morocco spine label, raised bands. $5300.Amsterdam edition of Alshekh’s popular commentary on the Book of Genesis, a wide-margined, large folio copy in contemporary calf boards.Rabbi Alshekh reworked his sermons into commentaries on most of the books of the Bible: "Alshekh’s commentaries, which are permeated with religious-ethical and religious-philosophical ideas supported by ample quotations from talmudic and midrashic sources, became very popular and have often been reprinted" (Encyclopaedia Judaica). Alshekh published his commentary on the Book of Genesis during his lifetime in Constantinople circa 1593; Moses’ son Hayyim later expanded his father’s commentary with an index. Text in Hebrew. Vinograd, Amsterdam 925. Light embrowning, beautifully bound. Seller Inventory # 86864

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ANACREON CATULLUS SAPPHO GRAMMATICUS MUSAEUS

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About this Item: 1880. CATULLUS, APOLLONIUS OF RHODES, ANACREON, SAPPHO, THEOCRITUS, PROPERTIUS, LUCIUS, MUSAEUS, TATIUS. [Greek and Latin Classics in French Translation]. Paris: A. Quantin, 1879-89. Eight volumes. 12mo, contemporary full turquoise crushed morocco gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. $2200.Beautiful eight-volume set of French translations of esteemed Roman and Greek classics, including versions of the tales of Hero and Leander, Jason and Medea, The Golden Ass, and the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, finely printed with decorative borders on every page and numerous vignette illustrations, in splendid morocco-gilt by the publisher, Maison Quantin.This lovely set includes Musaeus Grammaticus' Hero and Leander, Achilles Tatius' Adventures of Leucippe and Clitophon, Apollonius of Rhodes' Jason and Medea, poetry of Anacreon and Sappho, Theocritus' Idylls, Propertius' Elegies, Lucius' The Golden Ass (the only ancient Roman novel in Latin to survive in its entirety), and Catullus' Odes to Lesbia and the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis. The vignette illustrations, many printed in color and some highlighted with gilt, are by Méaulle, Avril, Besnier, and Poirson. Text in French. Spines gently sunned. A fine, beautiful set. Seller Inventory # 107262

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MORRIS Rev. F. O. FAWCETT Benjamin

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About this Item: 1865. MORRIS, Francis Orpen. A History of British Birds. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1865. Six volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter navy morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, all edges gilt. $2500.Early edition of Morris’ popular British ornithology, with 358 vividly hand-colored wood-engravings by Benjamin Fawcett from the drawings of Richard Alington. Handsomely bound by William Matthews.Morris is "best known by his works on natural history, which, although 'popular' rather than scientific, had much literary value" (DNB). First published in monthly parts by Richard Groombridge from 1851-57, this first Bell edition of Morris' Birds was reissued in 1870 from the original color wood blocks made by Benjamin Fawcett. The Birds "early obtained considerable popularity on account of its readability and moderate cost" (Zimmer). "The work deals broadly with individual species, for instance as regards their distribution, occurrence in the British Isles, and habits, the birds themselves and their eggs being also described. The number of species included in the work increased gradually as new species were added to British avifauna" (Anker). This second edition was considered by Morris an improvement over the first, with seven additional plates. The plates were made from original drawings by Richard Alington, transferred to wood, engraved and color-printed by Benjamin Fawcett, whose firm specialized in very fine quality xylographs— a color wood-engraving process. Fawcett is generally considered the "father of color printing," having developed a cost-effective method of cutting several color wood blocks for a given plate (these in two blocks of black and gray), thereby reducing the number additional colors to be painted by hand. First published in monthly parts by Richard Groombridge from 1851-57, this reissue of the first edition precedes the 1870 revised second edition. Zimmer, 443. Nissen 645. Sitwell, 125. See Anker 346. Volumes I and II expertly rebacked with original spines neatly laid down, Volume IV with expert joint repairs. Some volumes with very mild dampstaining to lower margin of some leaves, not affecting plate images or text. Near-fine condition, a very handsome set. Seller Inventory # 101863

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HICKS John R.

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About this Item: 1981. First Edition. "HICKS, John R. Collected Essays on Economic Theory. Wealth and Welfare. WITH: Money, Interest and Wages. WITH: Classics and Moderns. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University, (1981). Octavo, original blue, green, and red cloth and paper boards, original dust jacket. $1500.First edition of this collection of essays on money and growth, including two previously unpublished essays.This three-volume series comprises Hicks' most important theoretical papers. It covers topics such as price and income; welfare economics; monetary theory; the differences between Hicks and Keynes; Hicks' views on earlier economists; mathematical economics; and trade. "One of the most important and influential economists of the 20th century, the trail of the eternally eclectic John Hicks is found all over economic theory The quintessential 'economist's economist,' Hicks cannot be said to have founded a 'school If any, his school was 'economics Hicks' scholarly output is a perfect demonstration of how economics should be done: without partisanship for pet theories, without ideological quibbling, his own strictest critic, learning from all and everywhere, constantly searching for new ideas and staying glued to none No economist, before or since Hicks, has achieved such 'Olympian' scholarship" (Fonseca). "Hicks will probably appear in the history of economics as the greatest British theorist of the century" (Niehans, 371). Hicks was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 1972. The essays in these volumes were previously published in a variety of journals and books. Fine condition.". Seller Inventory # 102705

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SOLOW Robert

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About this Item: 1963. First Edition. SOLOW, Robert M. Capital Theory and the Rate of Return. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1963. Octavo, original green paper boards. $1500.First edition of this Nobel prize-winner's De Vries Lectures on economics."These three lectures in the volume under review consolidate and extend Robert Solow's previous examination of the relationship between capital and economic growth. What is crucial is to know the social rate of return on investment; this is the principal theme, and a sound one. Readers of Solow's articles on capital and growth will surely wish to continue with this book. It is also a particularly good introduction to the discussion; prepared for oral delivery, the presentation seems easier to follow than his previous contributions. It would be an injustice, however, to imply that these lectures are merely one more contribution to the current debate over capital and growth; they are more than that. This review can scarcely suggest the breadth of the discussion or the elegance of the theoretical analysis and manipulation of simple models; suffice it to say that the whole volume is highly stimulating" (Denison, American Economic Review). Interior generally fine, slight rubbing to spine ends, mild toning to rear board. A near-fine copy. Seller Inventory # 105294

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HANDY W.C.

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About this Item: 1926. First Edition. "HANDY, W.C., editor. Blues. An Anthology. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1926. Folio (9 by 12 inches), original black and purple cloth. $1500.First edition of this classic jazz anthology featuring text as well as piano/vocal parts, inscribed in the year of publication: "To Miss Lydia G. Fraser, with best wishes, W.C. Handy. 5-10-'26."The editor of this work, W.C. Handy, was a famous jazz musician and composer. Blues: An Anthology was the first book on the blues for a general audience. Handy intended for this illustrated book to be accessible, to contain compelling music and to, above all, foster a love and respect for jazz. His methods work and it was reprinted throughout the 20th century. "Handy may not have 'fathered' the blues nor did he write true 'blues' songs of the type that were performed by country blues musicians. But he did write one of the most popular songs of the 20th century, which introduced blues tonalities and themes to popular music. His influence on stage music and jazz was profound" (ANB). Without scarce original dust jacket. Slightest foxing to interior, minor rubbing mainly to spine. A near-fine inscribed copy.". Signed. Seller Inventory # 106264

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NAIPUL Vidiadhar Surajprasad

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About this Item: 1959. First Edition. NAIPUL, V.S. Miguel Street. (London): Andre Deutsch, (1959). Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket. $1500.First edition of Naipul's powerful collection of stories about colonial Trinidad."Miguel Street by V. S. Naipaul, is a beguiling book about growing up in the West Indies. The sketches are written lightly, so that tragedy is understated and comedy is overstated, yet the ring of truth always prevails. A comparison with "Porgy and Bess" has been suggested. The parallel has at least the merit of reminding us that the whole world is one. In that hospitable mood we might also remember Mark Twain's tales of life on the Mississippi. But Miguel Street, in Trinidad, is not really very much like Catfish Row, nor are reminders of nineteenth-century Missouri prevalent. What is true and, if you will, significant about Mr. Naipaul's book is that it presents a world of its own excellently" (New York Times). Book fine, dust jacket very nearly so. Seller Inventory # 106977

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POLLOCK Walter

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About this Item: 1889. First Edition. (SPORT) POLLOCK, Walter H. Fencing. Boxing. Wrestling. London: Longmans, Green, 1889. Large octavo, original three-quarter navy morocco gilt rebacked, top edge gilt, uncut. $1650.Limited large paper first edition, number 54 of only 250 copies, of this generously illustrated guide to three sports of combat: fencing, boxing and wrestling.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 illustrated instructions on fencing technique from simple attacks to parries and feints; boxing steps and punches; and explanations of such wrestling "chips" as the Hank, the Cross-Buttock and the Cross Click. Illustrated with 42 full-page plates. Front board gilt-stamped with Beaufort coat of arms. Occasional light foxing. Binding with light expert restoration. Extremely good condition. Seller Inventory # 104950

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MEAD Edward Sherwood GRODINSKY Julius

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About this Item: 1939. First Edition. MEAD, Edward Sherwood and GRODINSKY, Julius. The Ebb and Flow of Investment Values. New York and London: D. Appleton-Century, 1939. Octavo, original burgundy cloth, original dust jacket. $1650.First edition of this post-Crash work offering a new theory of investment and investment policy for a surplus economy, in scarce original dust jacket.In this work, written after the post-Crash failure of some of the country's strongest industries, Mead and Grodinsky set out a revolutionary new theory of investment. Attempting to both minimize the risk and simplify investment policy, the pair argue that the sole consideration in investment should be the selection of the industry in which one wishes to invest. Thus, investors must focus their energies on identifying growth industries and then, once stocks are purchased, stay alert for signs of obsolescence and decay. The entire theory, then, is much more manageable than its predecessors as it allows the investor to focus on broad trends in industry rather on the complexities of individual stocks. First printing, with "(1)" on last page of text. Book fine, scarce, bright dust jacket with only a few tape repairs including one to recto and mild toning to spine. A handsome copy in near-fine condition. Seller Inventory # 104550

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CHOLMONDELEY-PENNELL H.

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About this Item: 1885. First Edition. (SPORT) CHOLMONDELEY-PENNELL, H[enry]. Fishing. London: Longmans, Green, 1885. Two volumes. Large octavo, original three-quarter navy morocco gilt rebacked, top edges gilt, uncut. $2000.Limited large paper first edition, numbers 47 (Volume I) and 222 (Volume II) of only 250 copies, of this generously illustrated guide to the science and art of angling.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). Edited and largely written by British naturalist and poet Cholmondeley-Pennell, the first volume covers salmon and trout; the second, pike and other coarse fish. Numerous in-text illustrations. Front board gilt-stamped with Beaufort coat of arms. Thacher, 112-13. Interiors clean. Binding with light expert restoration. Extremely good condition. Seller Inventory # 104922

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SHEPARD Ernest H. MILNE A. A. FRASER-SIMSON Harold

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About this Item: 1926. First Edition. MILNE, A.A. (words). FRASER-SIMSON, H. (music). SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrations). Teddy Bear and Other Songs from "When We Were Very Young" London: Methuen and Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, (1926). Slim folio (10 by 13 inches), original half blue cloth, stiff gray paper boards, printed pictorial cover label, uncut. $2200.Signed limited first edition of the second collection of songs based on Milne’s beloved poetry for children, number 47 of only 100 copies signed by Milne, composer H. Fraser-Simson and illustrator E.H. Shepard.Following the success of Fraser-Simson's first collection of musical settings for Milne's poetry (Fourteen Songs from "When We Very Young", 1925), this volume, again featuring Ernest Shepard's whimsical line illustrations, provides piano scores for 14 more verses from that book, including "The Alchemist," "The Four Friends," "At the Zoo," "If I were King" and the title poem. The book was dedicated to the future Queen Elizabeth II. Cutler & Stiles, 116. Interior generally clean; a few pages roughly opened. An attractive copy in very nearly fine condition. Signed. Seller Inventory # 106384

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CREWS Harry

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About this Item: 1968. First Edition. CREWS, Harry. The Gospel Singer. New York: William Morrow, 1968. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $2400.First edition of Crews’ critically praised first book, boldly inscribed on the half title by him, "For A—, Best Wishes, Harry Crews."Harry Crews’ novels brilliantly fused "comedy and moral outrage, which he combined and lighted on the page like diesel fuel. Their swaggering characters had outsize personalities; so did he Crews came to wide notice with his first novel, The Gospel Singer, published in 1968. The book, about a traveling evangelist who meets a lurid fate in a Georgia town, features characters of the sort that would people his dozen later novels: sideshow freaks, an escaped lunatic and a sociopath or two Despite their teeming decadence, or more likely because of it, Crews’ novels betray a fundamental empathy, chronicling his characters’ search for meaning in a dissolute, end-stage world. His ability to spin out a dark, glittering thread from this tangle of souls gave him a singular voice that could make his prose riveting" (New York Times). "His writing is rooted in the Southern Gothic tradition, but Crews has claimed other influences, notably the British novelist Graham Greene" (New Georgia Encyclopedia). Book fine; tiny bit of tape reinforcement to verso of dust jacket. A scarce about-fine inscribed copy. Signed. Seller Inventory # 91562

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BARRIE J. M. HOLE William

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About this Item: 1895. BARRIE, J.M. Auld Licht Idylls. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1895. Quarto, early 20th-century full polished maroon calf gilt, raised bands, brown morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. $2500.Limited signed edition (tenth overall) of Barrie’s collected sketches rural Scottish village life, number 77 of 550 copies signed by both Barrie and illustrator William Hole, handsomely bound by Root & Son.Originally penned for the London evening paper the St James' Gazette, Barrie's engaging descriptions of "the life and humors of his native village, idealized as 'Thrums'" (Britannica), reflect not only his own childhood observations but also his mother's fond memories of pre-industrial Scotland. These winsome stories are among Barrie's earliest published writings, gems from his literary apprenticeship; they helped establish him as "fashionable and best-selling" (Carpenter & Prichard, 46), and paved the way for the novels and plays—especially those starring his most famous character, Peter Pan—that won him enduring fame. First published 1888. This edition illustrated with title page vignette and 17 full-page engraved plates by William Hole, "best known as an illustrator of Scottish subjects" (Houfe, 178). Binding misdated 1905. Original cloth bound in. Interior crisp and clean. Joints expertly repaired and restored. An elegant signed copy. Signed. Seller Inventory # 107284

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About this Item: 1811. (BIBLE IN ARABIC). The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, in the Arabic Language. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Sarah Hodgson, 1811. Quarto, contemporary full paneled calf sympathetically rebacked in calf-gilt, red morocco spine label. raised bands. $2850.Early 19th-century quarto edition of the Bible in Arabic, printed for distribution by British evangelists in Africa and Asia, in attractive contemporary paneled calf."This edition, produced under the patronage of the Bishop of Durham (Shute Barrington), was at first undertaken by Joseph Dacre Carlyle (1759-1806), Cambridge Professor of Arabic in 1795, and vicar of Newcastle in 1801. On Carlyle's death Henry Ford, Lord Almoner's Reader in Arabic at Oxford, took up the work, and saw the book through the press in 1811. The text is based, apparently, on the London Polyglot of 1655-57. The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel contributed £250 for 1000 copies to be distributed in Africa and Asia. The British and Foreign Bible Society also gave £250, and in addition purchased, or received for distribution, over 1000 copies" (Darlow & Moule). Text in Arabic (and therefore reading right to left, "back" to "front"). Darlow & Moule 1663. Early owner signature, dated 1816.Occasional light foxing, first few and last few leaves with light expert cleaning. Expert restoration to contemporary boards. Seller Inventory # 102983

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COETZEE John Maxwell

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About this Item: 1980. First Edition. "COETZEE, John Maxwell. Waiting for the Barbarians. London: Secker & Warburg, (1980). Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket. $3600.First edition of this novel universalizing a raw and terrible moment in South Africa's history, inscribed: "For John, J.M. Coetzee."I have known few authors who can evoke such a wilderness in the heart of a man Mr. Coetzee knows the elusive terror of Kafka" (The Sunday Times). "Waiting for the Barbarians was written in 1980, during the apartheid regime in South Africa. But what it says about torture remains true today. If the state wants to stand up to barbarity, it cannot validate it by unleashing it on its own prisoners" (NPR). Book fine, dust jacket near-fine, with toning to spine. A handsome inscribed copy.". Signed. Seller Inventory # 107617

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SPENCER Lucy LaFosse Jean-Baptiste SPENCER Lilly

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About this Item: 1853. SPENCER, Lilly Martin. Hand-colored lithograph. "Power of Fashion." New York: W. Schaus, circa 1853. Original lithographic print, colored by hand; in contemporary gilt frame, entire piece measures 20 by 26 inches. $3800.Large hand-colored lithographic print of an original work by popular 19th-century American painter Lilly Martin Spencer.As a woman in the 19th century who made her living painting, Lilly Martin Spencer was a decided anomaly; her unorthodox living arrangements included her husband taking care of their children (who eventually numbered 13) while Lilly earned money painting accessible, sentimental subjects. "Power of Fashion," portraying a young black boy in tattered clothes and an elaborate turban smoking a cigar while sitting next to a dog in an alley, was one of her most popular works, along with the similar "Height of Fashion," which depicted a young black girl playing dress-up while holding a puppy. Engraved by Jean-Baptiste LaFosse (who has signed the plate in the lower left corner), it was sold by William Schaus, the New York agent of the European fine-art publisher Goupil. Contemporary gilt frame with expert restoration. Seller Inventory # 100230

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FROST Robert ROBINSON Edwin Arlington

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About this Item: 1935. First Edition. (FROST, Robert) ROBINSON, Edwin Arlington. King Jasper. A Poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson. WITH: FROST, Robert. Autograph letter signed. New York: Macmillan, 1935. Octavo, original half black cloth, green cloth covers, original glassine, original slipcase with printed paper label. $5000.Limited first edition of Arlington’s final narrative poem, number 64 of only 250 copies, with an Introduction by Robert Frost. This copy signed by Frost on the final page of his Introduction, and further inscribed by him, "For my friend James Patrick J. Murphy, Coconut Grove Florida, February 12, 1936." Accompanied as well by an autograph letter signed by Frost to Murphy, inviting him to send his copy of this book to Frost for him to sign: "I shall be glad to write my name in it for you."Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Edwin Robinson was "the most highly regarded and widely read poet of his generation" (Hamilton, 456). "The first major American poet of the 20th century, [he was] unique in that he devoted his life to poetry and willingly paid the price in poverty" (ANB). This volume is also prized for Frost's perceptive and elegiac Introduction, in which he praises Robinson and mourns his passing, as Robinson died mere hours after he finished revising the galley proofs of this work. "Robinson has gone to his place in American literature and left his human place among us vacant." This essay marks Frost's beginning in literary criticism. In addition to being a poignant tribute to Robinson, it is also a distancing of Frost's own poetry from the Modernist experiments in imagism and the politically influenced experiments in propaganda.The laid-in autograph letter signed by Frost is dated February 1, 1936 (the accompanying envelope is postmarked February 3) just a few days before the February 12 inscription in the book. Following the address and date the letter reads: "Dear Mr. Murphy: If you hurry and send your King Jasper to me it should easily reach me at the above address before I leave for Cambridge Mass on February 15th. I shall be glad to write my name in it for you. And here enclosed is an item of mine you may care to have. Any help I can give you in collecting please let me know. Sincerely yours, Robert Frost." The envelope, addressed to Murphy in Frost's hand, is also present. In addition, a typed letter (not signed) from Frost to Murphy from 1960 is included, in which an 86-year-old Frost apologizes to Murphy for not being able to see him during a recent visit to Bryn Mawr. He writes, "I have always wondered about you and your interest in my books. I believe I have here in Brewster Street some of your collection I have yet to put my hand to. I must tend to it when I get back from my next excursion. Would it be too much to ask you to sort of catalogue what you already have? I try to take care of my collectors sooner or later."Though they never met, Frost and recipient James P.J. Murphy, an aspiring poet and avid collector, corresponded for nearly a quarter of a century. "Murphy was a shy man with a passion for literature and fine printing. He found both in Frost's books. The poet autographed Murphy's copies of his works—often after considerable delay—and sent him his special Christmas cards" (Burch, "Three Unpublished Letters of Robert Frost to James P.J. Murphy," in ANQ, 13:2, 35-40). Unpublished letters between the two—such as the two present letters, one signed—show Frost giving the young poet sound advice on getting his poems published, and promising to get around to autographing copies of his works that Murphy had sent to him for that purpose. Fine condition. Signed. Seller Inventory # 90897

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WASHINGTON George MIDDLETON E. O.

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About this Item: 1864. (WASHINGTON, George and Martha) MIDDLETON, E.C. Framed chromolithographic portraits. Cincinnati: E.C. Middleton, 1864. Together, two framed pieces. Paper on canvas, oval image measures 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches; handsomely framed, each piece measures 19 by 22 inches. $6500.Mid-19th-century chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington, laid on canvas, each in a contemporary 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. A few minor cracks to frames, a few spots of discoloration to Martha Washington portrait, not touching her face. Near-fine condition. Seller Inventory # 107431

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HEINLEIN Robert

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About this Item: 1961. First Edition. "HEINLEIN, Robert. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1961). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $7200.First edition of Heinlein’s most famous and influential novel."An amazing, iconoclastic and complex satire of hypocrisy in sex and religion A radical departure from conventional science fiction" (Patterson, 29, 48). "It reached large audiences farther away from his science fiction roots than anything else [Heinlein] wrote, and inspired insurgencies both right and left" (Anatomy of Wonder II-518). The novel won Heinlein his third Hugo Award—and while it strikes many readers as wildly divergent from his previous Hugo-winning book, Starship Troopers (1959), the author once claimed that the two works explored the same theme: "love and duty—and how they are related to the survival of our race." First issue, in green cloth with code C22 in the gutter of page 408 (Currey, 193). Currey, 193. Smiley, 36. Book extremely good, with mild toning and light soiling to cloth and tiny repair to head of spine. Bright dust jacket with only minor restoration and a bit of toning to spine. A most attractive copy.". Seller Inventory # 106897

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ABBOTT Berenice

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About this Item: 1939. First Edition. "ABBOTT, Berenice. Changing New York. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1939. Quarto, original blue cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $9000.First edition of Abbott's landmark photo-essay on New York City, inscribed by Abbott, "For J— and E— with warmest regards Berenice Abbott Blanchard Maine August '67," featuring 97 brilliant halftone plates that display "the historical importance of the documentary mode its power as a medium of personal expression" (Parr & Badger).After spending the better part of the Twenties in Paris photographing such literary celebrities as James Joyce, Jean Cocteau and Andre Gide, Abbott returned to New York with the intention "to do in Manhattan what Atget did in Paris." Abbott captured the city "with a straightforward style that nodded toward 19th-century classicism while signaling a new sort of stripped-down modernism" (Roth, 100). "Changing New York not only fulfills Abbott's criterion for the historical importance of the documentary mode, but also demonstrates its power as a medium of personal expression" (Parr & Badger I:141), providing "a distinctive interpretation of New York as well as a priceless document thereof" (Icons of Photography, 104). "First Edition" stated on copyright page; first issue with blue topstain. Text by Elizabeth McCausland. With dust jacket based on a design by Abbott that shows her name superimposed on a brick wall from her photograph, "Construction Old and New": "one of three images that had been removed from the book just before publication" (Bonnie Yochelson). Open Book, 130. Images fine, faint foxing to preliminaries, lightest edge-wear to cloth, expert restoration to scarce dust jacket. An extremely good inscribed copy.". Signed. Seller Inventory # 105869

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SOLZHENITSYN Alexander

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About this Item: 1963. First Edition. "SOLZHENITSYN, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1963. Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $12,000.First edition in English of the Nobel Prize-winner's first published work, signed on the half title by Solzhenitsyn in Cyrillic, along with an inscription in English in an unidentified hand, "For the C— Family."The speech denouncing Stalin at the 22nd Communist Party Congress in 1961 emboldened Solzhenitsyn to submit One Day for publication to the Moscow literary journal Novyi Mir. Premier Nikita Khrushchev piloted a special resolution through the Central Committee authorizing its publication; it appeared in November 1962, and Solzhenitsyn found himself catapulted to literary fame by his first published work, not only for its intrinsic merits but for the very fact that the government was allowing fictional treatment of a formerly forbidden topic, life in Stalin's forced-labor camps" (Terras, Handbook of Russian Literature, 437). The novel was based on Solzhenitsyn's eight-year incarceration in a Kazakhstan labor camp. It is the first and perhaps the best example of this Nobel laureate's belief in "the indivisibility of truth and 'the perception of world literature as the one great heart which beats for the concerns and misfortunes of our world'" (Solzhenitsyn, Nobel prize acceptance speech, 1970). This, the first English translation, was faithful to the Russian original and necessarily included the "deliberately muted themes" resultant from Solzhenitsyn's self-censorship required for publication in the Soviet Union in 1962. Translated by Ralph Parker. With a foreword by Alexander Tvardovsky, the editor who accepted the novel for publication in Novyi Mir. Issued simultaneously in English and American trade editions. "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Lightest edge-wear to dust jacket. An about-fine signed copy.". Signed. Seller Inventory # 105470

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LINDBERGH Anne Morrow

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About this Item: 1944. First Edition. "LINDBERGH, Anne Morrow. The Steep Ascent. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1944). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $3200.First edition, inscribed by Charles Lindbergh: "To John Oldrin and Gin Oldrin, from their friend, Charles A. Lindbergh." With an autograph postcard signed "Anne" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, mentioning "working like mad to get my book into galleys" laid in."A fictional account of an actual incident the story of a dangerous flight over the Alps made by a young couple." The 3-1/2 by 5-1/2-inch postcard, dated "Friday, Dec. 8," is penned entirely by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and reads, "Dear John – Thank you so much for letting me see this. I also liked very much the Hymn to Orion — didn't you? The story of Lucy & the shells given to the sand-baby is enchanting — but not surprising. Lard has a little girl, too, born yesterday. I had to share the news with you. 'Thank heaven for little girls!' In haste — I am working like mad to get my book into galleys before we leave for Aspen & Xmas — gratefully, Anne."Book fine; dust jacket with two small chips around head of slightly toned spine, extremely good.". Signed. Seller Inventory # 107311

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PROUST Marcel

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About this Item: 1922. First Edition. "PROUST, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past. London: Chatto & Windus / Knopf, 1922-31. Eleven volumes. Original blue cloth, uncut and mostly unopened; original dust jacket (Volume II of Within a Budding Grove). $9200.First edition in English of Proust's masterpiece. Issued over a number of years by two different publishers, complete sets are quite rare.In a February 1908 letter Proust mentioned wanting to "start a rather long work." Fourteen years and some two million words later, in February of 1922, he wrote, "A la recherche du temps perdu is scarcely beginning." Proust died nine months later, still in the midst of revisions and additions. Of his magnum opus he said, "I have tried to put all my philosophy into it, to make all my `music' resonate." Cocteau described the work as "a giant miniature, full of mirages." In a contemporary review Maurice Rostand said Proust "comes to us speaking the language he alone speaks and which he has created himself to express his soul and this masterpiece, at once so lucid and so mysterious, in which he has found the means to express what seems inexpressible, say what seems unsayable — it is a soul under guise of a book" (Hayman, 274, 489, 387). This set consists of all first editions in English save for Cities of the Plain, first translated in 1927, here represented by the 1929 limited edition (this copy number 767 of 2230 copies); the 1927 edition of Cities of the Plain was published in New York and is not uniform with the English editions, making this combination much preferred. The final volume, Time Regained, the only volume translated by Stephen Hudson, is number 8 of a limited first edition of 1300. Without the very scarce dust jackets for 10 of the 11 volumes. The Romance Literatures III:515. Connolly 23. Contemporary owner signature.Interiors fine, with a bit of scattered foxing in first volume of Swann's Way and The Captive only. Publisher's cloth fine and beautiful; toning and wear to spine of rare dust jacket for Volume II of Within A Budding Grove. A rare set in exceptional condition.". Seller Inventory # 106949

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KESEY Ken

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About this Item: 1962. First Edition. "KESEY, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. New York: Viking, 1962. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $10,500.First edition of Kesey’s most "popular and enduring" work, boldly inscribed by Kesey: "For Maggie, Ken Kesey, 1994.""Ken Kesey's first novel remains his most popular and enduring Cuckoo's Nest resonates with the classic theme of the individual rebelling against the controlling forces of society" (Books of the Century, 98). On publication in 1962, Time magazine called Cuckoo's Nest "a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them." Adapted to the stage in 1963, with Kirk Douglas in the lead, the novel was the basis for the highly successful 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson. First issue, with "that fool Red Cross woman" on page 9, lines 12-13, in first-issue dust jacket containing Kerouac's endorsement on the front flap. Owner gift inscriptions on front free endpaper. Tiny tear to half-title where Kesey's signature pressed through the paper.Book near-fine, with a few spots of foxing to front endpaper and mild toning to bottom edge of cloth. Dust jacket very good, with some wear and light staining mainly to extremities, shallow chipping to spine ends and mild toning to spine. A desirable copy.". Signed. Seller Inventory # 106086

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MOORE Henry Ludwell

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About this Item: 1914. First Edition. MOORE, Henry Ludwell. Economic Cycles: Their Law and Cause. New York: Macmillan, 1914. Octavo, original red cloth. $1500.First edition of Moore’s classic work on economic cycles. The copy of Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Richard Stone.Once a student under Menger and a devoted follower of Leon Walras, Henry Ludwell Moore was the only American member of the Lausanne school of economics. The first econometrician, Moore focused primarily on economic estimation using applied statistics and mathematics. Pencil owner signature of Sir Richard Stone on rear endpaper. Stone was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1984 and the "father of national income accounting." Additional pencil owner signature. A few marginal pencil markings.Only slightest rubbing and soiling to cloth. A near-fine copy, with an exceptional provenance. Seller Inventory # 79471

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MEISSONIER Jean-Louis-Ernest GREARD Vallery

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About this Item: 1897. First Edition. (MEISSONIER, Jean-Louis-Ernest) GRÉARD, Vallery C.O. Meissonier: His Life and His Art. London: William Heinemann, 1897. Large, thick quarto, contemporary full vellum, spine and front cover painted in an Art Nouveau style with green, red, purple and pink, with mother-of-pearl onlays,overlaid with transparent vellum in the vellucent style and finished with gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. $1650.First English edition of this life of the renowned painter and illustrator of Napoleonic and military scenes, beautifully bound by Cedric Chivers of Bath in his characteristic ‘vellucent’ style.Meissonier was a French classicist painter who made a name for himself with his renderings of scenes from the Napoleonic wars and military themes. This richly illustrated biography includes 38 full-page plates of his work—18 in color—and over 200 in-text illustrations. More than half the book is devoted to a very generous selection of passages from the artist’s journals. Includes a catalogue of the artist’s works. Innovative bookbinder Cedric Chivers developed a trademark style of binding known as ‘vellucent,’ in which delicate watercolor paintings on paper would be laid down on the book’s covers and spine, and then covered with vellum specially treated to be transparent. (The word vellucent is a mixture of vellum with translucent.) The vellum would protect the image and any stones that might also be incorporated into the design—such as mother-of-pearl in the present design—and then be tooled with gilt to further enhance the appearance. In devising these vellucent bindings Chivers paid homage to the renowned bookbinder Edwards of Halifax of the 18th century, who achieved similar effects by painting the undersides of transparent vellum. Vellum only slightly darkened. Interior fine. A beautiful volume in fine condition. Seller Inventory # 75123

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KARSH Yousuf

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About this Item: 1976. First Edition. KARSH, Yousuf. Healers of Our Age. Photography and Commentary. (Boston: Oliver Wendell Holmes Endowment of the Francis A. Countway Library), [1976]. Folio (13-1/2 by 18 inches), original gray cloth clamshell box, gilt-stamped brown morocco label affixed to front cover, eight-page unstitched booklet and 12 vintage gelatin silver prints, loose as issued. $1850.Signed limited first edition of this folio collection of stellar portraiture by Karsh, number 106 of only 590 copies, presentation/association copy inscribed on the final text leaf by him: "To: Catherine G. Curran with the best wishes of Yousef Karsh 1980," with 12 vintage gelatin silver prints of portraiture by Karsh, featuring eminent figures such as Albert Schweitzer, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung and Helen Keller.Renowned photographer and portraitist Yousuf Karsh once wrote that his lifelong "fascination with scientists may well stem from my original desire to be a physician. Therefore, it has been especially meaningful to me to portray those men and women who are devoted to the art of healing" (Karsh, 140). This exceptional signed limited folio first edition brings together 12 vintage gelatin silver prints of leading physicians, scientists and healers "of the spirit"—an assemblage of exhibition-size prints that features some of Karsh’s finest work, including his portraits of Einstein, Helen Keller, Albert Schweitzer, Jung, Sir Alexander Fleming and others. See Karsh 144-145. Inscribed to Catherine G. Curran, an active New York patron of the arts, including ballet and photography; as President of the Sidney Gamble Foundation for China Studies she oversaw a collection of early photographs of China taken by her father.Original clamshell box with minor splits at spine foot, slight soiling, light rubbing to spine and corners. Prints and text booklet fine. Signed. Seller Inventory # 89594

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