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Stevens, Wallace

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Item Description: The collection consists of twenty-seven works of art that Wallace Stevens purchased, starting in 1931, while living in Hartford, Connecticut, mostly through the Parisian bookdealers Anatole and Paule Vidal. Included are the still life by Tal-Coat that inspired "Angels Surrounded by Paysans" and Marchand's "Les Oliviers", alluded to in "Connoiseur of Chaos". The collection also contains a Georges Braque color lithograph "Nature Morte III: Verre et Fruit", pulled by Braque himself, an oil painting by Bombois, entitled "Le Loiret a Olivet", a Kandinsky lithograph, a pair of 19th century miniature jade-like carvings of Pekingese dogs, a Chinese woodcarved "Shouxing", and a Korean scroll "Flowers and Birds" and a "Portrait of Emperor Chenghua". In addition there are two portraits of Stevens. In addition to the original art belonging to Wallace Stevens, his very own over-sized walnut bed and matching armoire, his mahogany writing desk and chair, his ornate writing secretary, an exquisitely carved bedside stand, plus additional personal furnishings are included in this offering, including lamps with Asian motifs, Chinese tea tins and many other objects, including his pocket watch and pillbox. Our hope is that a research institution/museum will acquire this monumental collection and will dedicate an entire room for a permanent exhibition of the art that inspired his poetry, which in turn, inspired many great American artists of the mid-Twentieth Century. See references to Stevens' art purchases in "Letters of Wallace Stevens" edited by Holly Stevens. See "The Modernist Response to Chinese Art: Pound, Moore, Stevens" (Virginia, 2002) by Zhaoming Qian for Stevens' interest in Asian art in the article "Stevens as Art Collector" pp. 155-166 which includes photographs of the carving, the scroll, and the Portrait of Emperor Chenghua. Included, too, is a copy of nearly every book that Stevens wrote and the very rare "Stevens Family Portraits" and "Stevens Family" which he had commissioned to be done for him. Also refer to MacLeod's "Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism" (Yale,1993). Provenance: Wallace Stevens-Elsie Stevens-Holly Stevens. IMPORTANT NOTE! ! The correct price for this collection is $2,200,000. Bookseller Inventory # 2556

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Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to: SHAKESPEARE, William

SHAKESPEARE, William

Published by Tho Cotes, for Robert Allot, London (1632)

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Item Description: Tho Cotes, for Robert Allot, London, 1632. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. "A DRAMATIST'S COPY Folio, pp (xx) 303 (i) 232, 419 (i). Text in double column, prefatory matter single, Roman and Italic letter. Ionic head & shoulders engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout on t-p in unusually fine impression (the author’s best known representation), woodcut initials and headpieces. Address "To the Reader" by Ben Jonson) inlaid on blank. Lower outer corner of first 3 ll. slightly soiled. Wine (?) stain to blank outer corner of next three, reappearing very occasionally in text, a few marginal tears and spots, light age yellowing, last leaf dusty. A very good, clean, well margined copy (taller than Pforzheimer's and the same width) in handsome late C17 calf, spine with gilt compartments, morocco label, arms of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle gilt stamped in central panel on covers, joints repaired, directions to binder on rear pastedown. (C17?) Autograph of Thomas Wright in red chalk on fore margin of t1, autograph of Edward Filmer (1717) at head of fly and address to reader, and of Viscount Mersey (1938) on fly. In folding box. A handsome and important copy of the 2nd folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays in the first variant issue and the second authoritative version of the Shakespearian canon. Published 16 years after the authors death it differs very significantly from the quartos and is largely reproduced from the first fol.(1623). It is from this version of the text that all modern versions derive. Were on easked to nominate the two most important works in the English language, culturally, historically and linguistically the Shakespeare folio and the King James Bible would be the obvious choices. As Printing and the Mind of MAn 122 (on the first folio) puts it "the magic of Shakespeare’s poetry is potent only in his own tongue; but the great theatrical scenes, the great dramatic figures are universal. Hamlet’s doubts, the doomed love of Romeo and Juliet, Brutus’ dilemma, the Falstafian image, the characters of Jago, Petruchio and Lady Macbeth are part of the fabric of western (and not only western) civilisation .they are more real to us than the history books." This edition is also notable as containing the first appearance in print of any work of John Milton’s - his prophetic 16 line epitaph on the author that his great lasting monument will "not a starre-y pointing pyramid" but his "unvalued book". A very nice association copy. Filmer was a playwright and author whose tragedy "The Unnatural Brother" was first performed at the theatre in Little Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a place well known to Shakespeare, whom Filmer much admired. When Collier attacked the English stage (including Shakespeare) in print, Filmer defended both in a sensible and well written treatise entitled "The Defence of Plays or the Stage Vindicated" (1707) to which Collier was compelled to reply. It was one of the first significant literary controversies immortalised in print. Henry Clinton 2nd Duke of Newcastle (1720-1744) was one of the great Whig magnates of his day. Though he played no direct part in politics his huge influence in so many parliamentary constituencies meant his political support could not be ignored. For his cousin Sir Henry Clinton he procured the ill fated command of the British forces in North America during the Revolution. At Clumber in Nottinghamshire he created one of the most beautiful parks in England. The house there was demolished in 1938 and the present volume sold from the splendid library the previous year alond with a great Audubon "America" and the Lamoignan Hours. Viscount Mersey formed a remarkable collection of important early books during the mid c.20. Every volume was chosen with care and he recognised the importance of original condition with appropriate binding long before that became common. STC 22274 a. Pforzheimer III 906. PMM 122 (1st). Greg III pp1113-1116. Todd vol V (1952) pp81-108 English". Bookseller Inventory # K1

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Historia Naturalis: PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius

PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius

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Item Description: Edited by Philippus Beroaldus. Roman type, double column, 50 lines per page. Numerous initials & rubrics supplied in red & blue alternately, illuminated with 37 large initials in gold and colors, and a painted border heightened with gold & including a coat of arms on fol. 23. 358 leaves (without first and final blank). Folio (298 x 206 mm.), Italian 17th-century brown morocco (some worming to spine, some wear to joints & top of binding), covers richly gilt with three different borders with floral tools and rosettes at the corners, the second frame decorated with tools forming fans in the corners, in the centre an empty shield formed of two fillets enclosing a painted brown listel with gilt dots, all surrounded by small tools and helmet on top, a.e.g. Treviso: Michael Manzolus, "25 August 1479" [but not before 13 October]. Sixth Latin edition, the second edited by Filippo Beroaldo, of the greatest general scientific and encyclopedic work of antiquity, a storehouse of physical, geographical, and historical knowledge which profoundly affected the Western world's thought for more than 1500 years. It deals with mathematics, physics, geography, astronomy, medicine, physiology, zoology, botany, geology, mineralogy, anthropology, philosophy, history, agriculture, the arts and letters, etc. The Historia naturalis was especially popular among the humanists. One of them was the philologist Filippo Beroaldo the Elder (1453-1505), the most important exponent of humanism in Bologna. He taught rhetoric and poetry at the University of Bologna, and he edited and commented the works of numerous classical authors, as for example, Apuleius, Suetonius, Aulus Gellius, Propertius, and others. The edition of Pliny's Historia naturalis is one of his first major works, first published in Parma 1476 by Stephanus Corallus. The present edition, printed at Treviso by Michele Manzolo or Manzolinus (born in Parma 1420-ca. 1482), is a reprint from the Parma edition. However, it contains on the first two leaves an Apologia of Pliny and a poem by Filippo Beroaldo that are not to be found in earlier editions. The colophon is dated 25 Aug. 1479 but the poem (fol. a3v) is dated "Tarvisii tertio idus Octobres Mcccclxxix" (13 October 1479).ILLUMINATION: Our copy has been splendidly illuminated by a contemporary Italian artist in the distinct tradition of Italian humanist manuscripts of the 15th century, with letters surrounded by "white vine scroll," a form of interlacing plant scroll in which emphasis is on the branch, not on the leaves. The finely drawn and colored decoration comprises an initial with a full border on leaf c1, the beginning of Pliny's text (Book II), and 36 large initials opening the other books. The elaborate border is composed of intricate white vine-scroll on red and green grounds on a blue surround with white triple dots. The lower border incorporating a coat of arms painted on a blue ground with a green frame; it shows a black eagle on gold ground above a red and white (silver) checkerboard pattern (see our Provenance note). The large initials in burnished gold are decorated in the same style, several with extensions into the margins. Interestingly, this decoration is found in several Bolognese manuscripts and incunabula in the period of 1468 until 1500 (see for several examples: Guernelli 2006). Could it be that the editor Beroaldo was somehow instrumental in the link between Treviso, where the book was printed and his hometown Bologna, where the decoration was added?PROVENANCE: The coat of arms inserted in the border on the beginning of Pliny's text shows a black imperial eagle or surmounting chequy argent gule. These are the arms of the counts Ottoni, rulers of Matelica, near Macerata (The Marches). Members of this celebrated Italian family excelled, with the papal army, at the wars of the Papal State against the Italian states and foreign powers. In particular, the illumination of the present Historia naturalis might have been made for Al. Bookseller Inventory # 4794

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De Senectute, De Amicitia, and Paradoxa Stoicorum: CICERO, Marcus Tullius

CICERO, Marcus Tullius

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Item Description: Illuminated manuscript, written in Latin on vellum. Italy, Florence, ca. 1450-1460. 241 x 171 mm. (justification: 157 x 96 mm.), vellum, 42 leaves & modern pastedown with flyleaves in front and back. Collation: I-III10, IV10+2 (added bifolium, fols. 40-41), perpendicular catchwords in lower margin; one column of 28 lines (ruled in blind), written in black ink in a fine Littera Humanistica. The hand tends to write smaller in the 2nd text (see fol. 22 and ff.), rubrics in red by the same hand, in texts and in margins (fol. 3, citations in Greek), 8 three- to five-line golden initials on a field painted in blue, red and green, one penwork initial (fol. 36v) added later, four large, four- to eight-line white vine-scroll initials in gold on red, green and blue grounds (fols. 1r-v, 17r, 32v, on fol. 1: 2 butterflies and a full lower border with 2 deer and a lion in gold, possibly an unidentified coat of arms). Some contemporary annotations and corrections, several different probatio pennae added on final leaves. Binding: modern cedar wood covers, executed by Jean de Gonet (b. 1950), innovative French binder who was honored in exhibitions (New York and Brussels, 1987), most recently, in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France (2013, see Literature, below). PROVENANCE:1. The coat of arms of the first patron, a golden lion on an azure field is unidentified.2. In the 16th century owned by Antonio Lanza of Padua.3. Monogram MF.4. Later collection note "no. CLXXXVI" (fol. 1r, headed by: IC XRI).CONTENTS:Fols. 1-16v: Marci Tullii Ciceronis, De Senectute or Cato Maior de Senectute. Liber feliciter incipit: O Tite, si quid ego adiuero curamve levasso quae nunc te coquit et versat que in pectore fixa,et qua de primeris enquid erit premii? Licet enim Explicit: Haec habui de senectute quae dicerem, ad quam utinam veniatis, ut ea, quae ex me audistis, re experti probare possitis!The text is divided in three main parts: Preliminary or Prohemium, dedication to Titus Atticus, fols. 1r-v; Introductory conversation, fols. 1v-3r; Cato's Defence of Old Age, fols. 3r-16v.Fols. 17r-32r: M. C., De Amicitia feliciter incipit: Quintus Mutius Augur Scaevola multa narrare de C. Laelio socero suo memoriter et iucunde solebat nec dubitare illum in omni sermone appellare sapientemExplicit: Haec habui de amicitia quae dicerem. Vos autem hortor, ut ita virtutem locetis, sine qua amicitia esse non potest ut ea excepta nihil amicitia praestabilius putetis.Fols. 32v-39v: Marcus Tullius Cicero, Paradoxa Stoicorum. Incipit: Animadverti, Brute, saepe Catonem, avunculum tuum, tuum, cum in senatu sententiam diceret, locos graves ex philosophia tractare abhorrentes ab hoc usu forensi et publico, sed dicendo consequi tamen, ut illa etiam populo probabilia viderenturExplicit: Nos vero si nec possumus Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), the great Roman lawyer, orator, philosopher and politician, had an immense influence on the Latin language. In the 14th century, Petrarch (1345) and other Italian humanists rediscovered his works: letters, philosophical texts, and rhetorical books. Together with some poetry, this oeuvre gives us a clear picture of Cicero and his role in the politics and turmoil of his time. After the murder of Julius Cesar (44 B.C.), Cicero pleaded for the restoration of the Republic in his famous Philippics. Declared enemy of the state, he was killed in Rome upon order of Marc Antony (43 B.C.). On Old Age, the first text in the manuscript at hand, bears as full title Cato Maior de Senectute. Written in 45-44 B.C., it is dedicated to Cicero's friend Titus Pomponius Atticus (109-32 B.C.). The earliest surviving manuscripts are Carolingian codices of the 9th and 10th centuries now in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale and Leyden, University Library. The text is written in the form of a dialogue with vivid discussions and some drama. The arguments had comforted Cicero himself, and he hoped they would do the same to his friend Atticus. De Senectute became a popular et. Bookseller Inventory # 4791

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Indian Trees, Palms and Bamboos [cover title: LEAR, Edward (1812-1888)

LEAR, Edward (1812-1888)

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Item Description: [San Remo, Italy, 1882. Folio. (19 x 12 inches). 19 original watercolour drawings (1 of a Jay, 18 depicting various species of Indian, Sri Lankan and Egyptian trees within landscape settings in Shimla, Ratnapura, Kozhikode, Delhi and elsewhere, each after sketches by Lear accomplished between 1854-1874), each on drawing paper and mounted onto larger sheets of the album. (Some toning to the drawings from prior arch-topped passe-partout mounts). Early elaborate red morocco gilt album, covers with inset marbled paper panels, contemporary red morocco lettering-pieces on upper cover and spine Incredible album of original drawings of Indian landscape by Edward Lear. Lear composed these fine watercolours on a trip to India at the behest of Lear's friend Lord Northbrook, Viceroy of India, who supplied him £1,000 of commissions. In 1872, Lear's first attempt to reach the subcontinent was abandoned at Egypt due to ill health, but he tried again the following year. "Lear was in his sixty-second year when he arrived in India on 22 November 1873. He remained there until 11 January, 1875 and was travelling more or less continually . Lear's tour of India was the last of his great expeditions . He died at San Remo on 29 January 1888, after he had finished his projected oils and water colors of India ." (Edward Lear's Indian Journal, Edited by Ray Murphy, Introduction, pp. 34-36). "Lear's trip to India from 1873 to 1875, his last extended journey, made him one of the most notable British artists to visit the subcontinent during the Victorian era" (Dehejia, p. xii). In India, Lear produced thousands of rough sketches on small sheets (referred to by him as "scraps") and a smaller number of larger more finished drawings. Of the latter, some were accomplished in India, particularly, as his journal reveals, on rainy days when he was otherwise prevented from drawing outdoors, and others were reworked in the years following his return to San Remo, which are identifiable by their additional dates. The present album is principally comprised of the more finished, larger drawings dating shortly after his return to Italy. Unlike other artists in India in this period, Lear focussed his work nearly entirely on Indian landscape and not on its architectural monuments. The present album, collected at an early date evidently for its botanical and dendrological content, is representative of his work in the sub-continent, breathtaking majestic mountains vistas and the exotic vegetation of tropical scenery. "Lear described himself as a 'painter of poetical topography' and a friend called him a 'painter of topographical poetry.' . Behind each choice of subject, each drawn line, each wash of colour, we can feel the personal stamp of the amiable, eccentric, and intelligent observer of a wondrous exotic land. The painter and poet were one and the same man" (Dehejia, pp. 111-112). The watercolors present here are comprised as follows (titled as per Lear's captions in the image, the type of tree depicted from later pencil caption on the mount below the image, and with quotes from Lear's Indian Journal relating to the scenes depicted): 1) [Small bird on a branch with an insect flying nearby]. Signed and dated Sept. 1867. 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches. 2) "Simla. 1874." Signed and dated 1878. 15 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. Rhododendron arboreum. 20 April 1874: "The rhododendra are now 100 times more beautiful than 10 days ago, one mass of ineffable colour. The hills, looking south, are particularly beautiful this evening, being all minus their sharp detail, owing to the haze: and the scarlet flowers come off the vast, dim gray distance like nothing one ever saw or imagined. And it must be owned that the natives of these parts are by far the most picturesque of any I have yet seen, especially the womenkind in their floating mantels, many-coloured trousers and vests and surprising nose rings." 3) "Negadeh [Egypt]. Feby. 24, 1854." Signed and dated Feb. 1 1882. 15 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches. Date palm. 4) "Ratnapura. 1874". Sign. Bookseller Inventory # 27060

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Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies: SHAKESPEARE, William

Item Description: London Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685. "Incomparably The Most Important Work In The English Language" The Fourth Folio Edition of 'Shakespeare’s Plays' A Beautiful Tall Copy SHAKESPEAR[E], William. Mr. William Shakespear’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, Never before Printed in Folio: viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London Prodigal. The History of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The Puritan Widow. A Yorkshire Tragedy. The Tragedy of Locrine. The Fourth Edition. London: Printed for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685. The Fourth Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays, first state of the imprint (without Chiswell’s name). Tall copy. Large folio (14 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches; 368 x 233 mm). [12], 96, 99-160, 163-254, 243 [i.3. 253]-272, [1], [1, blank], 328, 303, [3, blank] pp. (page 33 is numbered 23, 107 is numbered 109, 109 is 111, 190 is 186, 191 is 187, 219 is 221, 246 is 234, 253 repeated is 243, and 67 is 76). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout, with ten-line poem by Ben Jonson, entitled "To the Reader," underneath. Woodcut printer’s device on title-page (McKerrow 263). Decorative woodcut initials. A large copy in contemporary full mottled calf, rebacked to style. With spine label, lettered in gilt. Boards stamped in blind. All edges speckled red. With quite generous margins. Small repaired closed tear on leaf F, barely affecting text. Occasional light soiling and a few small stains to title-page. A few tiny holes to leaves G2, affecting one letter and Cccc2 affecting two letters. A light dampstain to bottom outer corner of signature F. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Overall a beautiful copy of this important book. Housed in a custom 19th-century full morocco clamshell. The Fourth Folio was the stateliest of all the folios, being printed on a Royal stock, distinctly larger than the sheets of the Third Folio, which in turn is on a larger sheet than the First and Second. The last edition of Shakespeare’s plays printed in the seventeenth century and the last to be printed before the editorial endeavors of the eighteenth century. First issue, without Richard Chiswell listed in the imprint, as he was listed on the second issue (the third issue lists Herringman alone). For this fourth edition Shakespeare’s text was assigned to three different printers (one of whom has since been identified as Robert Roberts), who typeset their sections simultaneously, thus shortening the time it took to get to market. When the work was finished and the three sections of printed sheets collated, there was a shortage of 17 sheets from the second section (for the full press run), which were hastily reprinted without the characteristic borders around the text. Copies have been found with these second state sheets. In the copy offered here all of the sheets are in the original settings and with the borders. A second anomaly distinguishes this edition: "The copy for this edition was divided among several shops. Some miscalculation apparently occurred so that the equivalent of about one column of additional matter had to be crowded into Sig L [pp. 123/124] which is therefore printed in a much smaller type than the rest of the volume" (Pforzheimer). Although there is no accurate census of the number of folios still extant today, it is believed that copies of each printing number only in the hundreds. Shakespeare’s portrait is in the fourth state, as issued, with verses below (see Blayney, 19). The folios are "incomparably the most important work in the English language" (William A. Jackson). Because of their incalculable impact on the language, thought and literature of our world, they are among the most desirable of all English language books, the prizes of any collection. Bartlett 123A. Greg III, p. 1119. Jaggard, p. 497. Pforzheimer 910. Wing S2915. HBS 67106. $225,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67106

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walter

Whitman, Walter

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Item Description: 1855. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 27.8 x 19.5 cm. An extremely rare first edition copy of Whitman`s famous poem, in the first state of the text and binding (green cloth, triple gilt fillet border on each cover, marbled endpapers, blind-tooled floral designs on each cover, a.e.g.). Whitman`s portrait (with tissue guard) is on card stock. Line 2 of p.49 reads `And the night is for you and me and all` and on the title page verso is the 1855 copyright statement. Only 337 copies were published in the first state of the binding. Spine cracked and text with occasional foxing, two large brown marks on the fly, and a small ink stain on p.vi-vii. Ex-bookseller`s sticker on back pastedown. Front free endpaper to p.iv loose from binding. Otherwise in nice condition. Includes 2 letters from the bookseller Bernard M. Rosenthal to Sensui Shoji, who purchased the book from him in 1980, and two sketches by an unknown artist on loose paper (one portrait signed in pencil `E.M. Bates`). In quarter morocco case and with other Japanese ephemera relating to the book. Extremely scarce. Used book. Bookseller Inventory # 279

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Item Description: "HPL's letters to Long are among the richest and most wide-ranging of all his correspondence . the letters after April 1931 have been lost ." - Joshi, AN H. P. LOVECRAFT ENCYCLOPEDIA, p. 151. "This archive of fifty-five letters from Lovecraft to Frank Belknap Long, almost a dozen years his junior and his "closest friend" (Peter Cannon, Lovecraft Remembered, p. 176), covers a decade (1921-1931) which saw the most important changes in Lovecraft's life: the death of his mother; his first major travels outside Providence; his breakthrough into the professional magazines; the filling out of his pantheon of admired horror fiction writers and the composition of his historic essay on the subject; his marriage to and divorce from Sonia Greene; his move to New York and back to Providence; and, in the midst of all this ferment and confrontation with hard external realities, a fundamental shift in his writing aesthetic which triggered the most mature phase of his writing, deepening all of the forms he worked in: essay, story, poem and epistle. To see the development of his persona from the first of these letters to the last is to see the development of a boy into a man. "In one letter (#7), we discover a possible linchpin between his amateur press activities (which shrank during this decade) and his voluminous correspondence (which grew). In reference to some policy dispute on the United Amateur, he tells Long that if 'our side is defeated we can retire to a free-lance sort of activity -- simply forming an informal circle of such persons as you, Galpin, Loveman, and I, who can write and correspond among ourselves without much regard to associational organization.' In other words, maybe we should look at his correspondence as the continuation of amateur journalism by other means. With its repetition of news and opinions in letters to different friends, and its de facto essays (minor and major), its artwork and poems, and its distribution of his fiction and poetry manuscripts along defined postal circuits, this represented collectively the publication of a handwritten one-man amateur periodical to a by-invitation subscriber base. He customizes each letter with personal touches, inquiries about the recipient's health, travels, etc. but the meat of most of his longer letters is interchangeable from one recipient to another. Here is the essence, perhaps, of 'the Lovecraft circle' and all its permutations over time. "In his next letter, HPL explains at length his 'cosmic' perspective and disdain for everything emotional pertaining to 'the filthy louse called man.' One could say that the first attitude came from looking at the night sky through the correct end of the telescope; and the second came from looking at people on Earth through the wrong end, making them appear tiny and distant. Here is one of his many statements of the main paradox of his life here: the combination of 'wonder, fascination and terror at the unknown' which the first half impels in him; and the 'pure, ice-cold reason' which can relieve the disgusted contemplation of the 'terrestrial and human'. The cosmic and the demonic: this double-sided obsession with the sublime and the sordid is the central paradox of this highly paradoxical man, the Ka'bah hidden away inside the forbidden Mecca of his psyche, a black box that he spent his life and devoted his work to circumambulating, the treasure chest that contained heaven and earth and all of his opposing attitudes towards them: mystical & cynical; logical & sentimental; backward looking culturally & forward looking scientifically; rigorous and lazy; dogmatic & timid; loving New York & hating New York; anti-Semitic & married to a Jew; misanthropic in theory & philanthropic in practice. "In this letter and others we see his establishment of Poe as the pole star in his literary firmament. The two writers exhibited many similar traits, including an aversion to dialogue and an apathy about characterization. Both showed a passion for. Bookseller Inventory # 108246

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ON THE WESTERN CIRCUIT (43pp Original Typescript: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

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Item Description: 1891. Unbound. Book Condition: Very Good. Original Manuscript. Hardy, Thomas. ON THE WESTERN CIRCUIT. Complete original 43-page typescript with Hardy's extensive holograph revisions of this important Wessex short story which was first published in The English Illustrated Magazine (December, 1891), and later collected in Life’s Little Ironies (1894). First page slightly worn and soiled, else Very Good, the typescript consists of 43pp, 4to, one page trimmed to half size, with numerous holograph revisions throughout, many extending to several lines, and one whole page (numbered 27-28) entirely in Hardy's hand. In total, 38 of the 43 pages of this unexpected survival bear Hardy's deletions and insertions, representing an extensive re-working of the short story. While a manuscript version of "On The Western Circuit" was given by Hardy to the Manchester Central Public Library in 1911 under a different title, printer’s marks here indicate this to be the copy used to set the type for its initial periodical appearance. "On The Western Circuit" was composed between the completion of TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES and the beginning of JUDE THE OBSCURE when Hardy was at the height of his fiction writing prowess. Its tragic story of a doomed courtship-by-letters is set in contemporary urban Melchester (Salisbury) and entangles a London lawyer, traveling ‘on the western circuit' of town-to-town judiciary matters, with two Wessex women (one bored and married, the other beautiful and illiterate), pursuing its dark and ironic anti-marriage theme both with an admirable economy of plot and an uncharacteristic sharp stab of realism. Thomas Hardy’s brilliant short fiction has long been hidden in the shadow cast by both his novels and poetry. But "On The Western Circuit" can fairly make the claim to be the best known of Hardy's forty-nine short stories. Under the name "Day After The Fair," it was successfully adapted for the London stage by Harold Pinter with Deborah Kerr in the starring role (1972), later developed into a two-hour BBC film which aired on PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre (1988), and most recently it was strikingly produced as a musical on the New York stage (1999). As Hardy gave away virtually all of his manuscripts while he was still alive, the survival of this revised typescript is no doubt due to the special requirements of its serial publication. The periodical editors of The English Illustrated Magazine characteristically imposed on Hardy certain restraints so he would not, as usual, offend the perceived Victorian taste of the time. Although Mrs. Harnham is here made a widow and there is no mention of Anna's pregnancy (as is found in the final version in Life’s Little Ironies), Hardy uses this revised typescript to do a more substantial exploration of his material. Almost all of the heaviest revision involves new phrases and changes which subtly increase the frankness of the characters' sexuality in counterpoint to his editorial instructions. Most important of all, here he adds in a long handwritten marginal paragraph, the key incident.Raye's accidental and erotic touch of Mrs. Harnham's hand at the crowded fair. which triggers the whole tragic consequence of the story. Provenance: Ex- A.P. Watt, Thomas Hardy's literary agent, who handled the publication of On The Western Circuit both in England (English Illustrated Magazine, December 1891) and in America (Harper's Weekly 28 November 1891). This typescript was sold at Sotheby’s London in December, 1988 (lot 47, GBP 28, 600). In the Collected Letters, Hardy writes Watt thanking him for his services in regard to this story's publication (January, 1892). See Purdy pp.81-86. Housed in a full green morocco folding box. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 001952

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The Praise of Folie. Moriae Encomium A: ERASMUS, Desiderius.

ERASMUS, Desiderius.

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Item Description: [London: in the house of Thomas Berthelet, 1569 [recte 1549], 1569. Small quarto (181 x 130 mm). Nineteenth-century brown crushed morocco by Jenkins & Cecil (their stamp to foot of front free endpaper verso), boards ruled in gilt with crowned thistle and floral tools at corners, banded spine with title gilt and rules and tools in six compartments, turn-ins with elaborate tooling in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Outer leaves slightly browned, small paper repairs to inner margin of last leaf, text not affected, an excellent copy. Title printed within elaborate allegorical woodcut frame, two elaborate 10-line woodcut initials, publisher's device on last leaf verso; black letter text with quotations in italic and proper nouns in Roman types. First edition in English of one of the most notable works of the Renaissance. "The Praise of Folly was written when Erasmus was staying in the house of Thomas More in the winter of 1509–10. Its title is a delicate and complimentary play on the name of his host: its subject matter is a brilliant, biting satire on the folly to be found in all walks of life. The book stemmed from the decision which Erasmus had taken when he left Rome to come to England, that no form of preferment could be obtained at the sacrifice of his freedom to read, think and write what he liked The work was first secretly printed in Paris, and, as in other cases, its immediate success safeguarded him from the consequences of his audacity Whenever tyranny or absolute power threatened, The Praise of Folly was re-read and reprinted. It is a sign of what was in the air that Milton found it in every hand at Cambridge in 1628. His inherent scepticism has led people to call Erasmus the father of 18th century rationalism, but his rationalist attitude is that of perfect common sense, to which tyranny and fanaticism were alike abhorrent" (PMM). First published in Paris in 1511, the Moriae Encomium was reprinted in a large number of editions in its original form before any vernacular translation was published. Pforzheimer suggests that, in light of the intended Latinate audience, the free movement of Latin books and unbound sheets, and the contemporary preference (at least in England) for continental printing, a translation was simply not required. Sir Thomas Chaloner (1520–1565), the English translator, was Cambridge-educated and a notable figure, knighted in 1547, whose fame to the Elizabethans rested "on his Latin poetry, his military and diplomatic service of four Tudor monarchs, and his near escape from drowning after shipwreck off the coast of Algeria" (Miller: see pp. xxix–xlv for The Life of Sir Thomas Chaloner). Chaloner contributed to the Mirror of Magistrates and was the author of other works, although only three were printed during his lifetime, all by Thomas Berthelet, the king's printer who had published three translations of works by Erasmus in the 1520s. Chaloner, whose poetry was praised at the University of Alcala in Spain and knew Vesalius, is also the earliest translator of Ovid and Ariosto into English. The first edition of Chaloner's translation is genuinely rare: Miller is his 1965 census lists 14 copies in institutions worldwide (two are defective) but makes clear the difficulty of distinguishing the first and second editions (the misdated colophon with 1569 is common to both editions, while the titles can be distinguished only by the y in Latyne, the initials T.P. instead of T.B. etc.) and adds the additional difficulty of the misprint in the original STC entry that has created variants that are really ghosts. It seems probable that there are further institutional holdings of this edition, but apparent absences at the Folger Library, the Getty, and the New York Public Library and the dearth of copies at auction since the 1950s indicate the work's rarity. Extensive analysis by Miller suggests that Chaloner used a Cologne edition of the Moriae Encomium from 1526 as the source for his translation, while also consulting Antonio Pellegrini's 1539 edition in Italian. Abov. Bookseller Inventory # 108395

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ERASMUS, Desiderius.

Published by T[homas]. B[erthelet]., (London). (1549)

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Item Description: T[homas]. B[erthelet]., (London)., 1549. Small 4to. (184 x 138 mm). [80 unnumbered leaves: A4, A4 - I4, K4 - T4]. Leaf with printed title within elaborate allegorical woodcut frame, three leaves with Chaloner's preface 'To the Reader' and Erasmus' text with marginal notes, final leaf with publisher's imprint recto and Berthelet's elaborate woodcut device verso. 32-line black letter text with running headline 'The Praise of Folie' throughout with quotations in italic and proper nouns in Roman types, two elaborate ten-line woodcut decorative initials for the preface and text. Sheet size: 181 x 130 mm. Full nineteenth-century brown crushed morocco by Jenkins & Cecil with their stamp to foot of front free endpaper verso, boards ruled in gilt with crowned thistle and floral tools at corners, banded spine with title gilt and rules and tools in six compartments, turn-ins with elaborate tooling in gilt, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. A complete copy of the first edition in English of Erasmus' prose satire, Moriae Encomium: The Praise of Folie. Desiderius Erasmus (1466? - 1536) composed the Latin text of his 'Moriae Encomium' (note the punning title in Greek: ), that 'brilliant and biting satire' (PMM), while staying at the Old Barge, the house of his close friend, Sir Thomas More, during the winter of 1509 - 1510; it is likely that the satire arose out of the Lucianic discussions for their joint translation that led also to the publication of More's 'Utopia'. Erasmus' narrator is the female morosoph 'Folie' ('Stultitia' in the original Latin) who expounds her subversive view in a tone of 'serio ludere' that it is folly that drives the world and the affairs of men and that none, from those that rank the highest in society to the lowest, are free from her influence. Taking his tone from the works of Rabelais, Guyot Marchand and Sebastian Brant, Erasmus and his narrator present a society where those that think themselves the least foolish - and Erasmus includes himself in his text - are proven by 'Folie' to be the most deluded and the most under her considerable influence. First published in Paris in 1511, the Moriae Encomium was reprinted in a large number of editions - several years featured two and even three or more - in its original form before any vernacular translation was published. Pforzheimer accounts for this fact by suggesting that Erasmus' intended educated Humanist audience, the free movement of Latin books and unbound sheets as well as the contemporary preference, at least in England, of continental printing meant that a translation was simply not required. It seems appropriate to add that the message of the book and its consistent undermining of figures of authority, tantamount to lèse majesté, would have garnered little kudos for any translator at a Tudor court riven by rivalry, paranoia and pace Eramus' friend More, accusations of and convictions for treason. Indeed after his death in 1536, Erasmus' reputation, previously of the highest and untarnished, declined and all of his works were proscribed by the Index Auctorum et Librorum Prohibitorum by 1559. Sir Thomas Chaloner (1520 - 1565), the translator, was Cambridge-educated and a notable figure, knighted in 1547, whose fame to the Elizabethans 'rested . on his Latin poetry, his military and diplomatic service of four Tudor monarchs, and his near escape from drowning after shipwreck off the coast of Algeria' (Miller - see pp. xxix - xlv for 'The Life of Sir Thomas Chaloner'). An intimate of George Ferrers, William Baldwin, Thomas Phaer and others of their literary circle, Chaloner contributed to the 'Mirror of Magistrates' and was the author of other works, although only three were printed, and all by Thomas Berthelet - the printer to the king who had published three translations of works by Erasmus in the 1520s - during Chaloner's lifetime; Chaloner, whose poetry was praised at the University of Alcala in Spain and knew Vesalius, is also the earliest translator of Ovid and Ariosto into English. Extensive analysis. Bookseller Inventory # 45001

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Drake, Francis]:

Published by [Nuremberg. ca. 1581]. (1581)

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Item Description: [Nuremberg. ca. 1581]., 1581. Etched illustrated broadside on two joined sheets, 29 x 57 cm. Minor wear at lower left and upper right corners. Small rust spot in the text. Near fine. Framed, glazed, and matted. A very rare portrait of Sir Francis Drake on a German broadside, celebrating his circumnavigation of the world and so most likely published after 1580. It is one of the very few lifetime portraits of Drake and is a marvelous representation. Drake is shown full length, in armor, holding a firearm, standing at a port, also illustrating three men loading a ship, with two columns of German poetry in the center. Another copy of this broadside is in the John Carter Brown Library, a gift of Henry C. Taylor in 1944. The two columns of German poetry in the center refer to Drake's recent return from his voyage and invoke the image in the broadside of him loading his ship with powder to fight the enemies of Christendom. It then warns soldiers not to act as mercenaries for non-Christians. As Drake never fought the Turks nor any non-Christian government, it seems likely that the author of this broadside sought to exploit Drake's fame as a privateer and successful military leader for Queen Elizabeth, as a model for Germans to serve Christendom in the war against the Turks. Andresen ascribes the etching to Balthasar Jenichen (fl. 1563-92, died before 1621), a prolific artist of Nuremberg. Drugulin describes a copy with that artist's name inscribed in the plate, "B. Jenichen fec.," and a copy of the unsigned state appeared in Ludwig Rosenthal catalogue 85 in 1892 as item 427, from which it was sold to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Rosenthal assigned to the etching a date of circa 1568, which seems impossible given the inscription. Our copy is the state without the artist's name, as is the copy at the John Carter Brown. The most extensive discussion of Drake portraiture, in Wagner, does not mention this example. None of the examples reproduced there, painted or engraved, show the same treatment of the face, though the pose and type of armor are reminiscent of the famous "Hondius" portrait. In his discussion of the John Carter Brown acquisition, Lawrence Wroth notes that a copy of the portrait alone is noted in the Gardiner Greene Hubbard collection in the Library of Congress. He also notes that from that copy the portrait was reproduced by John Fiske in his BEGINNINGS OF NEW ENGLAND (1898), the only instance of its use known to Wroth. It is not listed in O'Donaghue's CATALOGUE OF ENGRAVED ENGLISH PORTRAITURE IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM. A fine copy of an extraordinary illustrated broadside, of the greatest interest for the early history of world travel and exploration. JCB, MARITIME HISTORY: A PRELIMINARY HANDLIST (1979) 1103 (dated 1588 by conjecture of L. Wroth). JCB, REPORT 1943/44, pp.23-27. WAGNER, SIR FRANCIS DRAKE'S VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD (1926), p.509, note 62. W. DRUGULIN, HISTORISCHER BILDERATLAS.ZWEITER THEIL (1867) 558. ANDRESEN, DEUTSCHE PEINTRE-GRAVEUR II:58. HOLLSTEIN XVB 162. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 48390

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WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER. From the Ellesmere: Kelmscott Press] Chaucer

Kelmscott Press] Chaucer Geoffrey

Published by Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896 (1896)

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Item Description: Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896, 1896. One of 425 copies of a total edition of 438. With FINE PROVENANCE, having been owned by George Abrams, "Master of Typefaces", an artist and type designer whose distinctive logotypes spelled out household names like B. Altman and Godiva Chocolates. With 87 wood-engravings designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, cut by W.H. Hooper after drawings by Robert Catterson-Smith, superb wood-engraved title page, fourteen very fine large borders, eighteen different woodcut frames around the illustrations, twenty-six nineteen line woodcut initial letters, and numerous initials, decorative woodcut printer’s device all designed by William Morris and cut by C.E. Keates, Hooper and W. Spelmeyer, with shoulder and side titles. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type, double column, headings to the longer poems in Troy type. Folio (424 x 289 mm), original Holand linen-backed blue paper boards, paper label on the spine, housed in a cloth case. iv, 556pp. A very handsome copy, the text is especially clean, crisp, fresh and bright, the binding with some professional and expert refurbishment. A VERY SPECIAL COPY, WITH PROVENANCE, OF THE FIRST EDITION AND A HANDSOME COPY OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PRINTED BOOK IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. The Kelmscott Chaucer is "the most famous book of the modern private press movement, and the culmination of William Morris's endeavor" (The Artist and the Book). "[F]rom first appearance, the Chaucer gained a name as the finest book since Gutenberg. It has held its place near the head of the polls ever since. The terms which critics used in the eighteen-nineties to welcome it simply show us what an impression Morris's printing made upon late Victorian bookmen" (Colin Franklin, The Private Presses, p. 43). Evidence of the esteem in which the book has been held lies in the fact that after the Second World War, during the rebuilding of Japan and its libraries, a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer was the first book presented to the Japanese people by the British Government on behalf of the English nation. The Kelmscott Press produced forty-eight books in its brief life. Morris had toyed with the idea of a Shakespeare in three folio volumes; a suggestion for a King James version of the Bible was in his pending file; and preliminary work had begun on editions of Froissart and Malory, both of which would have formed a triumvirate with the Chaucer. But on October 3, 1896, Morris died, and for all intents and purposes the Kelmscott Press died with him, the Froissart and Malory unfinished. The Chaucer, regretfully, remained the only "titan" among Kelmscott books. Morris dedicated his life to poetry and the decorative arts, but he did not exhibit an active interest in the design and production of books until he was fifty-five years old. He died eight years later, but in that brief fragment of time he established a standard and prestige that still make him one of the most powerful and pervasive influences in book design in the English-speaking, English-reading world. This is George Abrams' copy, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Mr. Abrams and his company, Alphabets Inc., worked with many of the largest advertising and printing agencies. Among his type designs are three known as Abrams Venetian, Abrams Augereau and Abrams Caslon. He created the cover logos for a number of popular magazines, notably the original one for Sports Illustrated in 1954. Others he designed included those for Newsweek (1968), The Saturday Evening Post (1965) and House Beautiful (1949). He was a bibliophile with a large collection of rare books and manuscripts, ranging from incunabula to the Russian avant-garde. He was active in the Grolier Club and the New York Typophiles, and was a fellow of the Pierpont Morgan Library and an honorary fellow of the London Society of Typographic Design. His brother was Harry N. Abrams, founder of the art books publisher by that name. There is earlier provenance of Robert Heysham Sayre, who was vice pr. Bookseller Inventory # 27259

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Ulysses.: JOYCE, James.

JOYCE, James.

Published by Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922 (1922)

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Item Description: Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922, 1922. Quarto (259 × 202 mm). Contemporary purple sheep, dated 1922 in gilt at the foot of the front turn-in, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut; original printed wrappers bound in. Sheep with small areas of wear, purple dye a little sunned and faded on front board, inscribed half-title slightly toned, an excellent copy. First edition, first printing, large paper issue, one of 150 copies on verge d'Arches, this copy number 136, one of three copies of this issue recorded in Sylvia Beach's notebook as sent to James Whitall on 28 March 1922; this copy additionally signed and dated by Joyce on the half-title, "James Joyce, Paris, 27.vi.[1]929". Brought up as a Quaker in Philadelphia, James Whitall (1888–1954) came to England just before the war, cushioned by an independent income. Through John Cournos, whom he had known in the United States, he met the Aldingtons in August 1914. His literary tastes were fairly conservative, but he became particularly friendly with HD, whose lover Bryher was a key financial supporter of Sylvia Beach's bookshop. Whitall never completed any original poetry or prose, but came to make his career as a translator of French and later, for a period, as a reader at Heinemann's. He gives an affectionate account of his friendship with the Aldingtons in English Years (London: Jonathan Cape, 1936). No correspondence between him and Joyce survives, and the book was probably signed for him by Joyce through Sylvia Beach's agency. Though without bookplate, this copy was latterly in the library of John and Janet Jameson, who likely acquired this copy in the 1950s, after Whitall's death. Ulysses was published in imitation of the traditional three-tiered French format aimed at both connoisseurs and readers: 100 copies were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed by Joyce; 150 copies were printed on heavier vergé d'Arches to create this large paper format; and the remaining 750 copies formed a small format trade issue, printed on less expensive vergé à barbes stock. With its generous margins, the large paper format is the most aesthetically pleasing of the three formats. Slocum & Cahoon A17; Horowitz, Census, page 120. Bookseller Inventory # 108979

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La voie d’'enfer et de paradis [The: Anonymous

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. DECORATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN FRENCH ON PAPER, France, Bourges, c. 1460. 212 x 150 mm. 139 folios, watermark in Briquet, missing some leaves at the beginning and end (collation, i8 [of 12?, the first four leaves now lacking] ii-x12 xi10 [of 12, missing the final two leaves]), written in a bâtarde script with elements of cursive on up to 24 long lines (justification, 144 x 98 mm.), ruled in leadpoint, painted initials in red or blue. BINDING: Sixteenth-century binding of reused parchment over pasteboards composed of binders waste (here, documents emanating from the Officialité de Bourges) glued together, verso of parchment covered in writing, pastedowns (partially uncovered) from a thirteenth-century manuscript, smooth spine with inscription, Roman de l'Esperance, placed in a fitted articulated box of black shagreen, with smooth spine and gilt title, Songe de la voie d'Enfer et de Paradis / Manuscrit du quinzième siècle. TEXT: This manuscript contains one of only three copies of this versified work, composed by an anonymous author at the end of the fourteenth century and still unpublished. It appears to be an adaptation of the fourteenth-century allegorical work Voie d'infer et de paradis by Pierre de l'Hopital and belongs to a rich fourteenth-century tradition of allegorical and visionary literature. Set within the framework of a dialogue and dream vision, the poem recounts a clerics visit to the Seven Deadly Sins and his rescue from Hell by Hope, who brings him to Heaven to encounter the virtues and God. PROVENANCE: Most likely copied in Bourges, as suggested by the watermarks. Belonged to Jacques Thiboust (1492-1555), seigneur of Quantilly (near Bourges), who was notary and secretary to Francis I, as well as a celebrated poet, book collector, and patron of the arts; his ownership inscription on the front cover in his own hand and his armorial ex-libris on f. 1. Belonged to Nicolas Xavier Fouvet; his inscription, dated 1718, at the top of f. 1. Unidentified monogram AK pasted on the inside of the articulated box. Sold in Paris, Hôtel de Drouot, 21 November 1969. CONDITION: Articulated box presents a few scratches, first leaves a bit frayed but no text lacking, some stains to paper, but otherwise the manuscript is in fine condition. Full description and photographs available (TM 775). Bookseller Inventory # 775

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Homer. Chapman, George (c. 1559-1634), translator

Published by printed [by Richard Field] for Nathaniell Butter, ca., London: (1612)

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Item Description: printed [by Richard Field] for Nathaniell Butter, ca., London:, 1612. FIRST EDITION.. 28 x 18.5 cm. Folio: [?]1, *6(-*1, bank), A-Ff6, G8 (-Gg8, blank), [?]2. First Edition of Chapman?s Complete Translation. A Peerless Copy First edition of the complete text, in 24 books, of George Chapman?s celebrated landmark translation of Homer?s ?Iliad?, one of the foundational works of Western literature. In this edition, the final 12 books appear for the first time and the first and second books are rewritten. ?The unsigned sheet containing the sonnets to Viscounts Cranborne and Rochester and to Sir Edward Philips is a great rarity, only about six copies having it can be traced.?(Pforzheimer)Chapman published his translation of the first 7 books of the ?Iliad? in 1598. The first 12 books were published ca. 1609; the complete work in 24 books appeared ca. 1612. Chapman would go on to translate Homer?s ?Odyssey?, which he published in two parts, in 1614 and 1615. The ?Iliad? and ?Odyssey? were then published as ?The Whole Works of Homer? in 1616.Chapman was one of the great Elizabethan playwrights and poets, and it can ?and has- been said that his translation of Homer, ?make large claims not only as interpretations of Homer but as English epics.?(Lord)?Chapman was no straightforward translator. Although he taught himself Greek, referring as he worked to Spondanus' parallel Latin translations (1583) and to Scapula's Greek?Latin lexicon (1st ed. 1579), he did not provide literal English versions of his originals; rather, he personalized the epic, appropriating his source and making Homer a writer of the early modern moment. Chapman also digressed from the Greek to stress his own interpretations of the central players. In Hector in the Iliad was found a type who compromises morality to acquire divine spirit. In Odysseus in the Odyssey could be located a humanist protagonist who seeks salvation, regeneration, and enlightenment through stoical dedication.?(Mark Thornton Burnett. ODNB)?The vigour inherent in his lines is Chapman?s greatest achievement. Pope (Chapman?s most famous admirer) chisels a cameo where the Elizabethan hammers out a vast piece of statuary. And the piece of statuary is at once inspired by the great Greek original and an independent poem? Chapman has taken the only path a translating poet can travel: he has determined that it is his business to provide, not a word-for-word version of the original, but a poem that attempts to recreate the spirit of the original in an alien tongue? In all, Chapman?s ?Iliads? must be accounted one of the major poetic achievements of an age rich in achievement. Here is a poet?s echo of a poet ?an Elizabethan Englishman calling across the centuries to ancient Greece.?(Nicoll)"Whatever our views may be on the authorship of the Homeric poems, there is no doubt of their astonishing quality. They combine legends of a very distant past with a lively sense of the living scene, and though their characters are heroes and heroines, they are remarkably real. The story is told with a great simplicity, but this makes its episodes more dramatic, and in their greatest moments they contain some of the greatest poetry in the world. The plot moves with an unusual speed and the climaxes in both poems make an overwhelming impact. The rich, traditional language is ready for every occasion and, despite its richness, helps to maintain the essential simplicity. The poems are variously exciting, humorous, pathetic, and dramatic, and despite their fantastic elements, never far from common humanity. The similes present a whole world of contemporary people and things that lie outside the actual heroic tale, and the description of the shield of Achilles is surely the poet?s vision of his own world, as he knew it in war and peace. The poet or poets fully deserve their place at the beginning of European literature, since they have marked out for succeeding generations what the poetry of action and suffering ought to be." (OCD) STC 13634; ESTC S119234; Pforzheimer 169 Chapman?s complete translation of Homer?s ?Iliad? This. Bookseller Inventory # 3098D

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POE, EDGAR ALLAN.

Published by New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845 (1845)

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Item Description: New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845, 1845. First Edition; first printing (BAL 16146). Bound with the front and back blanks, the half-title and the integral four pages of ads (but not with the additional 16 pages of advertisements) in dark burgundy morocco, decorated in gilt and blind; all edges gilt; raised bands and gilt decorations in compartments; titled in gilt ÒPoeÕs Tales.Ó Later bookplate; the original ownerÕs name, J.A. Cassedy, is gilt stamped at the bottom of the front inner dentelle; his 1856 Ohio pencil ownerÕs inscription on the half-title confirms that this was bound in America not long after the bookÕs publication. Aside from some foxing and minor page stains, overall an excellent copy with wide and tall margins; in a custom clamshell box. The Bibliography of American Literature, a thorough, detailed and authoritative work, notes three printings of this book (although cautioning that the presumed second and third could prove to be states of a single printing), and notes that the repairs in some examined copies made it difficult to definitely determine Òthe relation of printing to binding.Ó However, the first printing was evidently issued only in publisherÕs wrappers. Few copies in those wrappers have survived, and only two have appeared at auction in the last couple of decades or more, one of those in shabby, heavily repaired condition. This cataloguer handled a copy in the distant past that lacked the back wrapper; another copy sold long ago was bound complete with the wrappers and all the ads, and although in fine condition, was considerably trimmed. WeÕve had a couple of other first printing copies much like this one, bound from the wrappers, at least one of which was in a binding dated 1905; the other clearly bound later. Of the twelve stories printed, three are the first three detective stories written (ÓThe Murders in the Rue MorgueÓ was issued in a separate edition in 1843, one of the great rarities of American literature) and this collection is widely considered to be the most important volume of short stories, certainly in American literature, and arguably in the English language. QueenÕs Quorum No. 1; Haycraft-Queen cornerstone (noting its antecedents by Vidocq and Godwin). Born in Boston and unhappily stationed there in the army, PoeÕs first book, Tamerlane, was printed only yards from where this cataloguer sits. However, as with Franklin in the previous century and Bloomberg in the following one, his talents were best exercised elsewhere. Dead at forty, Poe in his short, ferocious career, despite a difficult and even dysfunctional upbringing, a troubled love life, and serious health problems, produced a substantial body of praised prose, poetry, and even criticism. The term ÒgeniusÓ is applied all too often and too easily, but in PoeÕs case there seems to be no other word to adequately describe him. Bookseller Inventory # 34524

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Paul A. Jorgensen

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons. Book Condition: Very Good. Oversize Hardcover with DJ. Very good condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show minor wear. No underlining; no highlighting; no internal markings. DJ is Very Good; light edgewear, slight discolouration. DJ is Very Good with slight discoloration. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1967. Oversize Hardcover with DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 212392

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

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Item Description: Brooklyn, NY, 1855. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. A Very Good copy, rare in the original cloth. This copy has been recased, reversing old repairs and closing some tears to the cloth near the spine that would otherwise have gotten worse. Small blank margin of the frontis portrait chipped and renewed. The title page is frayed at the edges and with some large tears, which have all now been professionally secured. Internal contents show some smudges and wear, but the book is complete and in its original binding. BAL state A binding, with extra gilt and all page edges gilt, state A of the frontis portrait, on thick card-stock, state B of the copyright notice, printing the notice in two lines, and state B of page iv with "and" spelled correctly. Also, with the first state of leaf 49 reading "And the night is for you and me and all." (Gary Schmidgall: "1855: A Stop-Press Revision") Housed in a custom slipcase with chemise. Perhaps the most important collection of poetry in American Literature. Although "Leaves of Grass" was first greeted with derision and even shock - Boston's district attorney attempted to have some of the poems suppressed as obscene and Whitman was fired from his job - it eventually claimed its rightful place in the American canon. Whitman wrote the collection after he was inspired by Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, and the poems in Leaves of Grass are noted for their sensualist focus on nature and the human form. They include some of Whitman's most famous works, including "Song of Myself" and "I Sing of the Body Electric." Despite the collection's fame and success, Whitman re-wrote and edited the collection many times, with the final edition containing over 400 poems. Whitman himself helped pay for the printing of the first edition, the run of which contained only 800 copies, most of which were unbound."Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual." (Printing and the Mind of Man)Unsurprisingly, the book has had numerous admirers. Harold Bloom has called the book the "secular scripture of the United States", and Ezra Pound referred to Whitman as "America's Poet." "The whole body of these Poems-spiritually considered-is alive with power, throbbing and beating behind and between the lines. There is more here than mere oddity, and barbaric indifference to elegant forms of speech; there is a living soul-no matter whether its owner drove an omnibus once, or stands on State street and chaffers greedily every day for gold-and that soul insists on giving itself to its fellows, even if it has to rend the most sacred rules of speech to achieve its larger liberty? It is the texture of the stuff that tells, because it is that which is going to endure." (Contemporary Review of 1860 edition, Boston Banner of Light). Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1533

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BEN SHE.YI MING

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Item Description: paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.1963 edition of the He Xiangning Poetry and set IndiaFour Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back. Bookseller Inventory # RQ009607

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Item Description: paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Paperback. Pub Date: 1711 Publisher: Yangzhou Poetry Office Folio: the 32 Qing Emperor Kangxi of Yangzhou poetry Bureau Block printed Pei Wen Yun] the Taishi even paper; genuine original letter; 17 letter 83; Folio: 22.8 * 14 cm; Xi missing volumes 1-11; Pei Wen Yun government. Zhang Yushu Feng Chi compiled forty-three years of Emperor Kangxi. Emperor Kangxi five decades to pay Li Xu Kanke Yangzhou Poetry Office the book $ Yinshi Fu Yun House Group jade and Ming Ling Chih-Long Five things rhyme Swiss book-based and Boka of books and additions made. One hundred and six rhyme own rhyme government since the cover. this book is the most Haobo 10.252 received word through the water rhyme their pronunciation classified Ming and Qing. This book is vast. vast. rich in content. informative. Save excellent. record: within the government of the Qing Dynasty carved book catalog problem solving 390. Clear within the government carved book illustrated catalog 43. Head of Chinese Rare Books subparts 1079. Not online please telephone 13615187900Four Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back. Bookseller Inventory # EF058784

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.HardCover. Pub Date: 2008 Publisher: Books of the Gansu Culture: Hui collection Britannica Ethnic Minorities in China's first large literature integrated Hui Collection Britannica. Ningxia Academy of Social Sciences. the completion of the large-scale project of ancient books by the Gansu Cultural Press Ningxia People's Publishing House published jointly issued printed 134. published a full set of 235 books will be completed in July this year. Publication of the project. to fill systematically study the the Hui Chinese language of ancient books blank in the history of our country. to carry out at home and abroad Hui cultural studies provide a set of the most original. authoritative. complete a comprehensive large literature. Ancient Books and China The recycling of the major achievements of the rare books engineering. A long time. the original ancient writings by the Hui. mostly stored in bulk in the folk. In 2004. the project by the Government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Ningxia Academy of Social Sciences. libraries. used bookstores. mosques. Muslim settlements across the country wide search CASINO. and the use of digital technology to handle a database-Hui Collection Britannica . has collected a total of Five Dynasties and the Republic of China Hui 532 kinds of more than 3.000 volumes of books. religion class 210 species. 110 kinds of political history. arts. 144 species. 68 kinds of tech. Received is a rare and ancient of this. such as Methodist true Chamber Dun Yuet Tong Markov genealogy ancient books more than 40% are domestic academia print only existing copies off as lost. Since book received wide of the ancient sources. many categories are the most since the founding of New China. therefore the Hui academic. religious and cultural circles hailed. Hui Sikuquanshu. The publication of the book. will research the history of the Chinese Muslim. provides a wealth of information on the history of Islam in China. and to provide useful lessons to play an active role in building a socialist harmonious society and China's religious circles. 1 religion class: collect the Koran decipher. Tianfang Three Character Classic. Dawn. by the Department of pass spectrum . 210 kinds the curiosities and literature of the West to genealogy. the Series literature both rare Iraq aromatic Islam philosophy. doctrines. teachings class writings biography category. The legends classics and an excellent note this. Iraq aromatic Islam the history. philosophy. principles. doctrines. the rite of the system interpretation. 2 political history: include Ma Duanmin public memorials. Wyatt Hall London Markov genealogy. the Markov genealogy. curiosities and ancient Tibetan slips robbed more than 110 kinds. is the study of the successive political system. Borderland History . Hui uprising. Genealogy and Neo-Confucianist precious historical. Arts class: the pooled Sa Tianxi poetry. pottery Love Order. Chuk Yuen Cong words. Sang Yu Yin grass curiosities and classics. 144 kinds involved poetry. Collected Works. Painting and Calligraphy aspects. is an important historical study of Muslim literature and art. Tech: included Tianfang calendar source. Eat a meal was about the Xingyiquan spectrum. important books of 68 kinds of Chinese martial arts sticks Branch the Yi Fang Islamic teaching astronomy and the calendar Yi Fang Islamic to teach medical as well as ancient Chinese water farming. military theory precious historical materials. and foreign traffic. The Hui Collection Britannica is by far the most complete. the most authoritarian large Hui literature. is of great academic value and practical significance. The Beijing Plucking Court bookstoreFour Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back. Bookseller Inventory # RN003601

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Picasso. Max Jacob.

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Item Description: 1910, Montrouge [Paris], 1910. Original Litho. Picasso. Max Jacob. MAX JACOB. Double Signed Litho. Montrouge [Paris] (Seine). 1910. 14" 7/8 X 10" 3/4 on plain paper stock printed in black. Number 17 of only 30 copies. A rare early illustration of Picasso's close friend, Max Jacob, done in celebration of Jacob's conversion to Christianity. Jacob, who had Jewish origins, claimed to have had a vision of Christ in 1909, causing his conversion. The illustration of Jacob [the first of Picasso's drawings of Max Jacob] seated comfortably in a fine armchair, dressed in his three piece suit, his dome appropriately receptive. The printed text: [Top] A mon ami Max Jacob / Picasso .10 / 22 R. Victor Hugo / Montrouge (Seine) - [Middle] L'archange foudroyé n'eut que le temps / de desserrer sa cravate . On aurait sit qu'il / priait encore./ C. Max Jacob. Signed in pencil with his new Christian name: "C. Max Jacob" & by "Picasso" at the bottom. A very good or better example of this rare piece - Max Jacob is regarded as an important link between the symbolists & the surrealists, as can be seen in his prose poems Le cornet à dés (The Dice Box, 1917. Throughout the year of 1901, Picasso traveled to Barcelona & Paris for art exhibitions. During an exhibition in Paris, Picasso met Max Jacob. Max Jacob was a poet, painter, & art critic with connections in the Parisian cultural scene. The two artists developed a friendship after Jacob left an admiring note for Picasso at the art gallery displaying Picasso's work (Richardson Vol. I, 203). Jacob introduced Picasso to the French language and to French theatre; Jacob was also an actor. Jacob took Picasso to see operas which possibly included I Pagliacci & La Bohème (Richardson Vol. I, 338). "At night there were frequent visits to the cabarets of Montmartre such as the Chat Noir, and, when tickets could be found, to the Moulin Rouge" (Penrose Picasso 76). Picasso & his friends also enjoyed the artistic atmosphere of Le Lapin Agile. Artists & writers would congregate at the small café to listen to recitals, exchange ideas & celebrate special occasions such as the opening of an exhibition (Penrose Picasso 117). The walls of the café were lined with work by artists that were used as payment for debts. Theatrical entertainment was a prominent part of Picasso's social life in Paris. By 1904, Picasso had established a foothold in Paris and would remain in the cultural center of Europe for the rest of his life. Picasso & Max Jacob cultivated their talents in a dwelling known as the Bateau Lavoir. According to Penrose, this place was ". . . composed it seemed of nothing but lofts & cellars, all in such a sad state of repair. . . " (Picasso 96). Artists of all endeavors were attracted to this bohemian style of living. Picasso's neighbors included painters, sculptors, writers & actors (Penrose Picasso 102). One of Picasso's most influential friends entered his life in 1905: Guillaume Apollinaire. "From the first encounter, Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire established a creative dialogue that fostered and inspired some of their finest art & poetry". Apollinaire was a poet & playwright, identified as a Surrealist, who kept close connections with literary & artistic figures in Paris including Max Jacob & André Salmon. He was a great source for Picasso to meet writers & theatre artists. Many of Picasso's friends encouraged him to frequent the theatre with artists & poets from Paris (Picasso Penrose 177). Even though Picasso was not in Paris, he managed to find groups of artistic individuals to stay abreast of cultural gossip & happenings. Picasso's connections with writers led him to create several illustrations for books of poetry for friends. For example, during summer 1910 in Cadaques, Catalonia, painting with Derain, Picasso was commissioned to illustrate a poetic novel written by Max Jacob titled Saint Matorel issued by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler in 1911. (Penrose Picasso 179). This was only the first of five collections of poetry by Max Jacob that contain. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 32441

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MARGUERITE, REINE DE NAVARRE (1492-1549).

Published by Lyon: Jean de Tournes, 1547 (1547)

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Item Description: Lyon: Jean de Tournes, 1547, 1547. 2 volumes, 8vo., (6 4/8 x 4 inches). Woodcut devices on title-pages and on the penultimate page of volume one, 11 woodcuts after Bernard Salomon in volume II, including 10 illustrating "La Coche", 6- and 4-line floriated initials, head- and tail-pieces (one or two marginal spots). Fine early 19th-century binding of full red morocco, each cover decorated with borders of triple gilt fillets, the spines gilt decorated in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt lettered in one, the others decorated with fine gilt tools, all edges gilt, silk ties. Provenance: with an early and faded purchase inscription at the head of the title-page of volume one; with an early ink library stamp: "de Bourdigalle" at the foot of the title-page of volume one, and with the motto: "non est mortale quod opio" (no man is weaker than opium); with the engraved monogrammed book label "E.E.O" on the verso of the first blank of volume one; with the engraved armorial book label with the cypher "A.W." on the front paste-down of each volume; with the engraved armorial red morocco gilt book label of Léopold Double, his sale 1863, on the front paste-down of each volume; the red morocco gilt book label of Maurice-Ernst Quentin-Bauchart on each front paste-down and the red cloth gilt book label of Edouard Rahir on the front paste-down of volume one (see his Bibliothèque, 1907, p. 278) One of the landmarks of French poetry, and Renaissance book production. The first collected edition of Marguerite d'Angouleme's poetry, containing many works in their first edition. The volume opens with her notorious 'Miroir de l' âme péchereuse', a devotional poem, in which the soul portrayed as a yearning woman calls out to Christ as her father-brother-lover. First published in 1531, and then again in 1533 it was promptly condemned as unorthodox by the Sorbonne theologians for its expression of ideas associated with the religious reform movement. However since the poem and Marguerite had the support from the King, the work was allowed. This edition was published in 1547, the year of Marguerite's brother Henri I's death, possibly to pre-empt Henry II's more oppressive religious policies, and before her influence was severely reduced. Marguerite continued to encourage reform within the church and the need to reinterpret the Scriptures and translate them into French. She herself habitually retired to meditate and pray, and composed numerous works of devotional poetry, including those published here in the "Marguerites de la Marguerite des princesses" (1547). Other works in the collection include "Discord estant en l'homme par la contrariete de l'Esprit & de la Chair.", "Oraison de l'ame fidele, a son Seigneur Dieu", "Oraison a nostre Seigneur Iesus Christ", "Comedie de l'adoration des Trois Roys a Iesus Christ", "Comedie des Innocents", "Comedie du Desert", "Le Triomphe de l'Agneau", "Complainte pour un detenu Prisonnier", "Chansons spirituelles", "Sonnet", "L'Histoire des Satyrs, et Nymphes de Dyane", letters to her brother Henri I of France, "Les quatre Dames, & les quatre Gentilz-hommes", a "Comedie", a "Farce", "La Coche", "L'Umbre", "La Mort et Resrrection d'Amour", "Chanson", "Les Adieu.", and "Enigme". These lovely volumes were printed by Jean de Tournes on behalf of Simon Silvius (called de La Haye), secretary to the princess, and one of the most influential of the Lyonnese printers. De Tournes combined Granjon's types with illustrations and ornaments by Bernard Salomon to produce some of the most beautiful books of the French Renaissance. Marguerite, sister of Francis I of France, and wife of Henri II of Navarre and grandmother to Henri IV of France. Marguerite became the most influential woman in France during her lifetime when her brother acceded to the crown as Francis I in 1515. Her salon, known as the "New Parnassus", became famous internationally. She and her work were admired internationally: she is said to have influenced the Protestant Reformation in England, th. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib1064

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Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Chapman, George (1559-1634); Spenser, Edmund (c.1552-1599), Jonson, Benjamin (circa 1572-1637); et al.; Allott, Robert (fl. 1600), compiler

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Item Description: For N[icholas] L[ing]. C[uthbert] B[urby]. and T[homas] H[ayes],, London:, 1600. 15 x 9.2 cm. Octavo: [12], 494 [i.e. 510] pp. Collation: A-Z8, Aa-Kk8 (lacking blank leaves A1, A2, and Kk8) One of the Most Celebrated and Most Important Contemporary Anthologies of Elizabethan Poetry. With 91 Extracts from Shakespeare including passages from Romeo & Juliet ?This volume is a compilation of quotations of various lengths, generally with sources noted but not always accurately, taken from the poetical works of some fifty Elizabethan writers. There are included 91 genuine extracts from Shakespeare?s works, mostly (63) derived from ?Venus and Adonis? and ?Lucrece? but all from plays or poems that had been printed before 1600.?(Pforzheimer)?Of the five Shakespeare plays from which extracts are incorporated in the volume (Love?s Labour?s lost, Henry IV, Part I, Richard II, Richard III, and Romeo & Juliet), Romeo & Juliet is the most heavily represented, signaling the play?s popularity, or perhaps utility, in the period.?(Roberts, Companion to Shakespeare?s Works, The Tragedies)The extracts are arranged alphabetically under subject-headings, and the author's name is appended in each case. Spenser is quoted 225 times, Shakespeare 91, Daniell 115, Drayton 163, Warner 117, Chapman 83, Ben Jonson 13, and Marlowe 33.John Payne Collier notes that, in addition to ?Venus and Adonis? and ?Lucrece?, Shakespeare?s ?Loves Labours Lost? is quoted twice, ?Henry IV part One? twice, ?Richard II? five times, ?Richard III? five times, and Romeo and Juliet 11 times.?[Allott?s ?Parnassus?] is a large poetical dictionary with 2350 items, a work Moss claims is ?an attempt to replace the ancient canon of authors and rewrite commonplaces in the language of a new canon of modern poets? (Moss, 210)? Allott, then, was an important agent in the process of redirecting texts that normally circulated in manuscript and found their resting places in private collections of individual compilers into the more public world of print. The poetical and prose collections for which he was directly responsible and those with which he was otherwise connected represent an important moment of late Elizabethan literary anthologizing that signaled print's growing importance as the medium of literary transmission.?(Marotti, ODNB) Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica 1; Grolier, Langland to Wither 3; Hayward 38; Pforzheimer 358; Case, Poetical Miscellanies, 23(a); Bartlett, Shakespeare: Original and Early Editions of the Quartos and Folios, His Source Books, and those Containing Contemporary Notices (Elizabethan Club, Yale), No. 299 Bound in 17th c. blind-ruled sheepskin. A very nice, complete copy with just a little soiling to a few leaves. With an intricate woodcut device on the title page. FIRST EDITION, the issue with the dedication leaf to Thomas Mounson signed R.A. Bookseller Inventory # 3091D

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Heaney, Seamus

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Item Description: 2013. Contains 129 discrete volumes of the Irish Nobel Laureate's primary works of poetry and essays. These titles are represented in their first editions and subsequent issues (English and/or American), as well as some proofs and other variants. In addition to the signed, limited editions, quite a number of the trade publications are signed or inscribed. The collection represents a nearly complete group of the primary works, as listed in the Brandes/Durkan bibliography, as well as all books published after 2003 -- the end date of the bibliography. The collection also contains a number of broadsides, two Christmas cards, an autograph postcard, and many magazine appearances, including two very early pieces. A short title list is available upon request. All items are in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 25799

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Poesies de Stéphane Mallarmé: MATISSE, Pierre; MALLARME,

MATISSE, Pierre; MALLARME, Stephane; HENRI MATISSE

Published by 1932 (1932)

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Item Description: 1932, 1932. MATISSE, Henri. Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé. [2], 153, [8] pp. Illustrated by Henri Matisse with 29 etchings printed in black. Small folio, 340 x 250 mm, bound in original printed wrappers, and housed in the original calf-backed chemise and slipcase. Lausanne: Albert Skira & Cie., 1932. Henri Matisse's etchings for Stéphane Mallarmé's Poésies are renowned for their delicate and pure design. "At the beginning of the decade, the etchings he made to illustrate an edition of Mallarmé's poems had an almost neoclassical quality to their elegant, filament-like lines -- a quality fully appropriate to the mythological themes of antiquity that they introduced into Matisse's art of this period" (Elderfield, Henri Matisse: A Retrospective, p. 357). "When Skira decided to publish fine books decorated by artists his first choice was Picasso, who seemed to never want to finish his interpretation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. However, Matisse was full of visions of his trip to the South Seas, always able to spin out his seductive linear drawings, and fully prepared to endow Mallarmé's poetry with perfect harmony" (Castleman). The artist worked on drawings for this book for a concentrated period of two years. This is considered "Skira's most beautiful book" (Castleman); it represents one of the snowy peaks of the twentieth-century livre d'artiste. This copy is one of 95 copies on velin paper, signed by Matisse, from a total edition of 145. In perfect condition. Duthuit 5. The Artist and the Book 196. From Manet to Hockney 95. A Century of Artists Books 92. Elderfield, Henri Matisse: A Retrospective 295-300. Bookseller Inventory # 148235

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The Cocktail Party. A Comedy.: ELIOT, T. S.

ELIOT, T. S.

Published by London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1950 (1950)

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Item Description: London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1950, 1950. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. An excellent copy in the frayed and slightly chipped dust jacket. First edition, first impression. A major association copy with the author's presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Ez from O. Possum 6. iii. 50." This remarkable survival from the chaotic years of Pound's incarceration at St Elizabeth's hospital in Washington DC was part of a small group of books which passed through the hands of Eileen Lane Kinney, a member of the inner circle of modernist artists and writers based in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. She had been Brancusi's lover before returning to America just as the Second World War loomed. She settled in Washington DC and worked on a number of translations of political studies from French into English. When in 1946 her old acquaintance Ezra Pound was moved to St Elizabeth's, she spared little time in contacting him and arranging visits. The correspondence seems to indicate that contact more or less ceased in 1950, but from the sequence of inscriptions by Pound in her copy of Pisan Cantos it is clear that he made one final and telling gesture of gratitude and friendship at the very point of his departure for Italy in June 1958. It was at this latter date we believe this book to have been given to Lane Kinney. Bookseller Inventory # 82319

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Ihesus. The floure of the commaundements of: TEN COMMANDMENTS

TEN COMMANDMENTS

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Item Description: Wynkyn de Worde, London, 1521. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. A WONDERFUL COPY Folio. Ff (xxiv) 264 (misnumbered 260). Black letter, double column; woodcut initials in various styles (grotesque, naturalistic, etc.) decorative typographical tailpieces. Title within border of woodcuts, depicting Moses (Hodnett 491) and Aaron with followers (Hodnett 492) at the sides, the Pope enthroned with a bishop, friar, king, and laity supplicant before him, beneath (Hodnett 535), a church to the side. On the verso, a most expressive full-page cut of the Crucifixion (Hodnett 465), a fine large cut of the Trinity (Hodnett 451), another smaller with different imagery on folio xiv (Hodnett 362); Christ teaching the 12 Apostles the Lord's Prayer, church and decorative border at side on fol. xxxvi (Hodnett 477). Lovely half-page cut on fol. cxxvii of the Saints in glory before God and the Virgin in architectural setting (Hodnett 538), tracery panels at sides; Caxton's device with de Worde's name inserted on verso of last leaf (McKerrow 46a), on verso covered wagon in landscape 'Chertsey' on the tilt, a curious coat of arms (Chertsey's) above, surrounded by naturalistic panel borders, upper and lower bearing Caxton's monogram (McKerrow 49 & 50). Lower fore edge of t-p a bit frayed, four small clasp holes at outer and corresponding rust marks to that of next, a few small round wormholes to three or four ll., minor age yellowing in places. A very good, clean, well-margined copy in stunning contemp. London calf over oak bds., covers with blank outer border ruled to corners, surrounding double frame roll divided into compartments, containing a column between two half-moon faces, two columns with S-shaped leaves on either side, others conventional foliage & c. (Oldham Shrewsbury 5) enclosing central panel, reversed brass clasps (straps renewed), six raised bands, ruled spine. Alfred Ehrman's, and other bookplates to front pastedown and fly, his monogram and case number on rear paste down, Broxbourne Lib. label beneath. A magnificent copy preserved in _ morocco folding case. One of the final flowerings of the faith and culture of medieval Europe in Tudor England, translated from a French original by Andrew Chertsey (fl. 1502-27). Little is known of Chertsey's life over than he supplied Wynkyn de Worde with a number of English translations of French devotional treatises and works of practical spiritual guidance. Chertsey added his own charming verse prologue to the present work - itself in prose (more largely) and verse - in which he declares his aim to have been one of common spiritual benefit rather than financial gain. The text is split into two parts, the first 126 numbered ll. comprise a very detailed practical commentary on the Ten Commandments, the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Cardinal Virtues; this is addressed to the ordinary reader, and provides a great deal of information on the state of both religious and lay society (as well as beliefs) of the time. The remainder of the work, apart from the very comprehensive opening table, constitutes the "Exemplayre" in which Chertsey gives hundred of examples of divine judgment, wrath, and mercy taken from the Legends of the Saints, the Lives of the Fathers, the Hony of Bees, the Promptuary, and contemporary events of everyday life. They vividly evoke the medieval world in which demons stalked the earth to battle with angels for human souls. However, there is no affectation of piety about Chertsey's English which is expressive, robust, and often colourful. It is much more modern than Chaucer's but certainly not yet Shakespeare's, rather occupying a lovely and much less well-known middle ground between the two. The text is well served too by the handsome and lively gothic illustrations and the binding is one of the most handsome, best quality and best preserved earlier Tudor bindings we have seen. STC 23877. Ames II 186. Lowndes I 505. Wharton, History of English Poetry III 363-4. Hodnett p. 27. Not in Pforzheimer. English. Bookseller Inventory # L1113

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