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Book Description: Wm. H. Wise & Co., 1897, 1897. Good+ / None. Hardcover; 15 books of a 21 volume set. Missing 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18. blue cloth boards with paper title pieces; sunning and some yellowing to title pieces; light shelf rub and a few small spots otherwise very good; volume 20 has some paper residue on front board Inside: clean and unmarked; illustrations. Binding; very good. Testimonial edition originally collected by Thomas Mosher newly enriched with 100 illustrations and specially prepared for Marion H. Platt. Size: 6 x 4 3/4. Sold as a set of 15 books. Bookseller Inventory # 05633

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BREATHING ROOM

Davison, Peter
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Book Description: Knopf, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine in Fine Dust Jacket. First edition. The eleventh collection from the poet/editor. Fine in Fine DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 1255

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WALLACE STEVENS PERSONAL ART COLLECTION (Sold Only As a Group)

Stevens, Wallace
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Book Description: Non-Book. ORIGINAL ART WORK. 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 Renoir sketch, a pair of 19th century miniature jade 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. ; 8vo; 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). In addition, there are numerous articles written about Stevens and his interest in painting. Use keywords "Wallace Stevens" and "art" in Google and be dazzled by his influence! 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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Remarkable Collection of 497 vintage

MAO Tse-Tung, Tse Tung or Zedong
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Book Description: Peking Beijing Shanghai Hunan Tianjin New York 1964 to 1977, 1964. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Truly an UNIQUE and unrivalled collection of vintage “Little Red Books” produced during the professional career of MAO Tse-Tung, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and exalted leader of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to 1976. Assembled within mainland China over many years and recently exported, enhanced and catalogued, this collection comprises: QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO Chinese Language: 42 different printings, including ten (10) copies of the original 1964 FIRST EDITION (30 chapters) as published simultaneously in various provinces and for specific military sections of the People’s Liberation Army, with eight of these first editions still retaining the Lin Biao endorsement leaf, also including copies of the very rare March 1965 Second Edition (expanded to 32 chapters), August 1965 Third Edition (1st Complete version, now with 33 chapters), &c ; Translations: 76 different printings translating this seminal text by Chairman Mao into 40 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES: English (12), English-Chinese(1), Russian(3), French(2), Spanish(1), German(1), Japanese(2), Uygur(1), Korean(1), Braille(3), Sinhalese(1), Esperanto(2), Albanian(2), Arabian(2), Persian(1), Hausa(2), Mongolian(2), Burmese(2), Nepali(2), Swahili(2), Tamil(2), Thai(2), Italian(2), Hindi(2), Indonesian(2), Vietnamese(2), Hungarian(2), Czech(1), Laotian(2), Romanian(2), Kazak(1), Polish(1), Bulgarian(2), Bengali(2), Serbo-Croatian(1), Filipino(1), Norwegian(1), Urdu(1), Greek(1), Tibetan(1); Continuations: other titles related to Mao’s QUOTATIONS, including Song Books of the Quotations of Chairman Mao * Long Live The Great Success Of Chairman Mao’s Thoughts * Highest Instructions * Latest Instructions (both of which comprise additional “Quotations” extracted from Mao’s later speeches and writings), &c. Imitations: 20 different books inspired by a recognition of what Mao’s dictums represent, so titled and in many instances also presented in a red binding: Quotations from Chairman Bill, Chairman Calvin, Chairman Cherry, Chairman Diefenbaker, Chairman S. I. Hayakawa, Chairman Jean, Chairman Jesus, Chairman L B J (a pirated printing from Taipei), Chairman Lamport, Chairman Sam, Chairman R. U. Sirius, Chairman Zalm; Quotations From The Would-Be Chairman (Richard Nixon, 1968); Quotations of Chairman Alvin, Chairman Greenspan, Chairman Jesse, Chairman Ralph, The Little Red Book of Adobe Livemotion, CMS Records #105 Quotations From The Chairman (1968) read by Martin Donegan, and an abridged version of the conventional 1967 English text translation of “Quotations From Chairman Mao” issued by the Voice of Americanism warning “This Book Is Communist Propaganda”. SELECTED WORKS OF CHAIRMAN MAO This includes the texts issued as four separate volumes, also the thin paper one-volume editions, and various individual texts by Chairman Mao On The People’s War, Serve The People, Selected Military Writings, various versions and editions (Chinese text) of Chairman Mao’s POETRY, &c. ADDITIONAL TEXTS include: QUOTATIONS of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Lin Biao, Lu Xun, and Lei Feng; GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS such as Collection Of The Important Documents On The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1970), Collection Of The Documents Of The Ninth National Congress Of The Communist Party Of China (1969), &c. MEDICAL REFERENCE BOOKS such as the Handbook of Barefoot Doctors, Handbook of Common Herbal Therapies, Cure and Treatment for the Injury of Atomic Chemical Weapons, &c. REVOLUTIONARY MODEL OPERA books including Select Tunes Of Revolutionary Modern Model Operas, Main Arias Of The Revolutionary Modern Peking Operas, Taking The Tiger Mountain By Strategy, The Red Lantern, Sha Jia Bang; and REVOLUTIONARY NOTEBOOKS. This brief list cannot begin to convey the riches that this collection can offer any serious scholar, collector or research institute focusing on the early printing and publishing history during and just before the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Bookseller Inventory # lrbcart

Book 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 t. Bookseller Inventory # 108246

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ALBUM OF THE 36 POETRY IMMORTALS [SANJU^-ROKKASEN]

SHO^KADO^ SHO^JO^, artist
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Book Description: 1628. SHOKADO SHOJO, artist. ALBUM OF THE 36 POETRY IMMORTALS [SANJU-ROKKASEN]. n.p. [Kyoto?] Kan'ei 5 [1628]. 25.6 X 12.3 cm. 37 miniature paintings with gold and mineral pigments, mounted with calligraphed poems on underpainted poetry papers. The portraits and accompanying poems represent the 36 poetical geniuses in the Japanese literary canon. This album was recently exhibited at the National Institute of Japanese Literature as part of their exhibit KASEN'E OF THE EDO PERIOD (1600-1868) The Transformation and Originality of the Courtly Beauty in Ehon (Illustrated Books). The description of the album (#6 in the exhibit and in its sumptuous catalogue) written by the curator, Doctor Jun Suzuki, is roughly translated below: Shokado Shojo (1582-1639) Japanese calligrapher and painter 36 POETRY IMMORTALS (Poets and Portraits) completed in 1628. Thirty-six paintings and poems mounted as an accordion album. Paintings: ink and color on paper, poems; ink and gold on paper. Length 25.6 cm. Width 12.3 cm. Front & back original 17th century woodblock color diamond pattern with blue and orange design. Front page has the calligraphic title / introduction "This Immortal 36's Poetry / Poems Copied." [Date] Kanei 5. With an image of a bell on red stamp indicating that this was written by a monk. The first accordion page has images of the three Shinto Shrines: Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka, Tamatsushima Shrine in Wakayama and Kitano Shrine in Kyoto. The top panel of each page contains the calligraphic name and a famous poem by the Poet. The bottom panel contains the portrait of the Poet. The 36 Immortal Poets are listed below: 1. Kakinomoto no Hitomaro 2. Ki no Tsurayuki 3. Oshikochi Mitsune 4. Lady Ise 5. Otomo no Yakamochi 6. Yamabe no Akahito 7. Ariwara no Narihira 8. Henjo 9. Sosei 10. Ki no Tomonori 11. Sarumaru no Taifu. Bookseller Inventory # 85903

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The Cocktail Party. A Comedy.

ELIOT, T. S.
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Book 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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Book Description: Naples, Felice Mosca, 1725., 1725. 12mo, pp. 270, [12]; with woodcut initials and head- and tailpieces; lines 11-13 on the licence leaf (M8v) corrected with a pasted-over slip, scattered contemporary (authorial?) manuscript additions throughout, largely in the margins, the odd word underlined; a couple of small holes and a light marginal waterstain to the final leaf, which has been guarded, presumably when the book was rebound; an uncut copy, sympathetically washed and recased in old vellum. Scarce first edition of Vico’s Principj di una Scienza Nuova. ‘The "Principles of a New Science regarding the Character of Nations" has justly been called "the vehicle by which the concept of historical development at last entered the thought of western Europe"’ (PMM).‘Vico was of very humble parentage. He became a professor of rhetoric at Naples and Historiographer-Royal in 1735. Working in virtual isolation he laid the foundations of our modern concept of sociology. He boldly attacked the widely accepted theories of Descartes that mathematical proof was the one criterion of truth in every sphere of thought. Natural phenomena, he maintained, are the works of God; mathematics is an arbitrary human invention and there is no reason to suppose that God observes its principles.Vico believed that a genuine if limited knowledge of the external world was possible to man and he did not despise the use of mathematical method; but the Cartesian idea that full and perfect knowledge of the universe awaited only the perfection of geometrical knowledge was quite unacceptable to him. Human knowledge of the universe could never be perfect, owing to the imperfection of our nature and our limited powers of observation. Only to God was perfect knowledge possible.Again, in direct contrast to Descartes, Vico taught that our knowledge of history could approach much nearer to perfection than our knowledge of the phenomena treated by the natural philosophers. The past history of the human race, unlike the history of the physical universe, is due to the actions of creatures like ourselves. We can project our minds into theirs, and by patient record and interpretation we can reconstruct the series of cause and effect by which modern societies developed. Historical study of what man has done is as much entitled to the status of a science as is natural science Vico was the first to recognize the importance of language, myth and tradition as a source for understanding the primitive stages of man’s history, before intellectual and historical consciousness developed. Poetry, for example, enshrines much early history, and historical facts can be deduced from philology.’ (ibid.).Vico’s work had originally been conceived as a monumental ‘two quarto volumes’, to be printed in Florence at Cardinal Lorenzo Corsini’s expense. When Vico’s manuscript was presented to Corsini ready for publication, the prelate felt that he could not meet the printing expenses and declined his patronage. Vico, faced with the prospect of a self-financed publication (which may explain the poor quality paper) and forced to cut the Scienza Nuova down to a quarter of its original size, reorganised his material in a way that, in the end, seemed to him to be a demonstration more cogent than the initial version. One thousand copies were printed, plus twelve copies on fine paper, with large margins. Nicolini states that Vico signed, dedicated and annotated several copies before sending them off to friends and libraries. The extensiveness of the annotation varies from around two hundred (mostly typographical corrections) to just a few, recorded by Nicolini. ‘The concept of a history of human ideas, the principles of a universal history and its philosophical criticism, a recognition of the importance of social classes, all begin with Vico. Many twentieth-century notions of anthropology, comparative law, literature, religion and linguistic philosophy can be found in the pages of this book’ (PMM).Croce I, p. 1; Nicolini, Bibliografia Vichiana, Bookseller Inventory # H2524

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Ihesus. The floure of the commaundements of god.

Ten Commandments]
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Book Description: London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1521. 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.L1113. Bookseller Inventory # 16031

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Three Stories & Ten Poems.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest.
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Book Description: Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923, 1923. Octavo. Original blue-grey wrappers printed in black. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box made by The Chelsea Bindery. Contents very lightly toned, backstrip rubbed and with some signs of tape removed from the backstrip but a very good copy. First edition, sole printing, apparently one of 300 copies; the author's first book. Signed presentation copy, inscribed on the second blank leaf, "To Don Marquis from Ernest Hemingway". The recipient was Donald Robert Perry Marquis (1878–1937), the author and newspaper columnist best known for the creation of Archy the cockroach, the reincarnation of a free verse poet. Marquis travelled to England and on to Paris in October 1923. The book had been published sometime that summer. Bookseller Inventory # 62758

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Thematic Patterns of Emily DickinsonÆs Poetry

Neeru Tandon
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Book Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Shipped promptly and delivered within 3 to 5 working days. For PO, APO, FPO and Puerto Rico addresses delivery done in 8 to 10 working days. Serving customers since 2006. Thousand of satisfied customers!. Bookseller Inventory # Own_9788126909292_Atlan_20

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Indian Poetry in English

Birendra Pandey
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Book Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Shipped promptly and delivered within 3 to 5 working days. For PO, APO, FPO and Puerto Rico addresses delivery done in 8 to 10 working days. Serving customers since 2006. Thousand of satisfied customers!. Bookseller Inventory # Own_9788126900329_Atlan_20

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LA DIVINA COMEDIA, [CON LA VITA DI DANTE E IL COMMENTO DI CRISTOFORO LANDINO]

Dante Alighieri
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Book Description: Venezia Matteo di Codecha du Parma 29 November, 1493, 1493. RARE ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE COMMEDIA PRINTED IN VENICE, ONLY THE THIRD EDITION OF THE DANTE WITH THESE ILLUSTRATIONS AND ICONOGRAPHY which were previously printed in two editions of 1491. This is the most uncommon of the primary printings, 1491, 1493 and 1497. Illustrated with 4 splendid full-page pictorial engravings (one repeated) and with 97 engraved pictorial vignettes throughout the body of the text. Folio (305 by 210 mm), in fine 17th century full calf, richly blind tooled on the boards in geometric pattern. ff. 309. (10), I-CCXCIX, (1), quire X with seven leaves as is normal (the text is complete), pp. A very handsome and pleasing copy, tall and wonderfully preserved, a few leaves with wormholes neatly restored. THE VERY RARE 1493 VENETIAN ILLUSTRATED EDITION AND THE SCARCEST TO USE THESE PLATES AND ENGRAVINGS. The highly important commentary throughout of Christoforo Landino who was a member of the literary circle which surrounded Lorenzo de' Medici is of great importance. This commentary continues to be reprinted and affixed to editions of THE DIVINE COMEDY even up to the present day. "Dante’s theme, the greatest yet attempted in poetry, was to explain and justify the Christian cosmos through the allegory of a pilgrimage. To him comes Virgil, the symbol of philosophy, to guide him through the two lower realms of the next world, which are divided according to the classifications of the ‘Ethics’ of Aristotle. Hell is seen as an inverted cone with its point where lies Lucifer fixed in ice at the centre of the world, and the pilgrimage from it is a climb to the foot of and then up the Purgatorial Mountain. Along the way Dante passes Popes, Kings and Emperors, poets, warriors and citizens of Florence, expiating the sins of their life on earth. On the summit is the Earthly Paradise where Beatrice meets them and Virgil departs. Dante is now led through the various spheres of heaven, and the poem ends with a vision of the Deity. The audacity of his theme, the success of its treatment, the beauty and majesty of his verse, have ensured that his poem never lost its reputation. The picture of divine justice is entirely unclouded by Dante’s own political prejudices, and his language never falls short of what he describes." PMM These very early printings of the COMMEDIA are rare and precious. Such rare Venetian printings as this of 1493 were printed in a very small numbers and are seldom encountered. Bookseller Inventory # 25181

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Book Description: Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896, 1896. One of 425 copies of a total edition of 438. Printed on Perch handmade paper. This the Jean Hersholt copy with his signed bookplate laid in along with the original linen from the spine with paper labels and a note, likely from the binder to a later owner, that they belong with the Chaucer. 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), bound in full rich pumpkin morocco in a style fitting the Arts and Crafts movement, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, with borders and geometric dentelles also stamped in blind. Front board with large diamond leather inlay in a deep orange, with "Chaucer's Works" stamped in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, deep orange morocco title label stamped in gilt, and compartments containing vertical lines stamped in blind. Marbled endpapers. Leaves untrimmed. Laid in is original linen spine, with remnants of original paper label 554 pp. A handsome copy, the text is fresh and bright and fine and virtually free of the spotting with which the Kelmscott Chaucer is sometimes afflicted. FIRST EDITION AND 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 the Jean Hersholt copy, with his signed bookplate laid in. Jean Hersholt (1886-1956), the Danish-born actor who had a lengthy and successful Hollywood career which spanned the years 1913 to 1955, is, perhaps, best known for his performance as Shirley Temple's grandfather in Heidi. He helped form the Motion Picture Relief Fund which assisted in-need members of the film community, and he served as president of the American Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for four years. Bookseller Inventory # 25183

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Correspondence with Lütfi Özkök.

Char, René
(Lund, SKA, Sweden)
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Book Description: A collection of original letters, postcards and telegrams sent to the poet and photographer Lütfi Özkök. The collection consists of 84 letters, 14 postcards, 4 poems in handwriting, 7 telegrams and a few miscellaneous items, such as a letter to Özkök from Marie-Claude, the last woman in Char's life. Özkök met with Char for the first time through Michel Deguy in 1961. The meeting resulted in a photo session in Char's Paris apartment, and their more than 25-year long correspondance began shortly thereafter. Özkök's next visit, to Char's home in l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, was made in 1967, when they started to make plans for a cooperation on a photo book on the Vaucluse area, where Char lived and where he also grew up. It resulted in a short film by Özkök on Char's poetry, released in 1972 and broadcast by Swiss-Italian television. Özkök made several trips to l'Isle-surla-Sorgue during the following years, as the friendship developed between the two. The last visit was made in July 1987, shortly before the death of Char. Özkök is the photographer behind several of the wide-spread portraits of Char, who refers to a photo by Özkök in one of the letters, saying that he wishes to be remembered exactly the way he appears on that photo. A full listing will be sent upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 21746

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A Raymond Chandler Collection

Chandler, Raymond
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Book Description: Various Publishers/ Various Places. Hardcover. Book Condition: Wie neu. Dust Jacket Condition: Wie neu. 1. Auflage. On offer is a comprehensive collection based on the writings of Raymond Chandler brought together over the last fifteen years. The collection includes mostly fine original publications of twenty-two of the twenty-four stories the author published in different magazines like Black Mask or Dime Detective (including his very first novelette "Blackmailers Don't Shoot"); over thirty first editions of Chandler's books, many in fine condition in fine (dust) wrappers, original publications in various magazines; a superb 1957 autograph postcard to his publisher Hamish Hamilton, discussing Marlowe's marriage to the "8 million dollar girl" (see picture), various editions of his letters, notes and papers; three books from Chandler's own library; a fascinating selection of books and writers mentioned in the Marlowe novels, including a rare signed first edition of T.S. Eliot's Poems (1920); works on Chandler; some movies, comics and memorabilia. While we intend to sell the collection as a whole, we are willing to part with some items that may catch your interest. Price for the whole collection is CHF 85'500. You can download an illustrated catalogue (and e.g. enjoy photographs of all the original covers of all the stories) from us at ygrbooks.ch. Signatur des Verfassers. Bookseller Inventory # 000519

17.

1963 edition of the He Xiangning Poetry and set India(Chinese Edition)(Old-Used)

BEN SHE.YI MING
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Book 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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Book Description: paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Hong light ink wonderful (DONG QICHANG poetry and painting posts) letter installed Taisho 2008 (1919)Four Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back. Bookseller Inventory # RQ020456

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Book 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

20.

The Hui nationality collection book (235)(Chinese Edition)

BEN SHE.YI MING
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Book 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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MAX JACOB. Double Signed Litho.

Picasso. Max Jacob.
(Montreal, QC, Canada)
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Book 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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Book Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Paperback. Pub Date: 1955 Publisher: Rong Bao Zhai 31.5 x 49cm. these eight pieces of hardcover book. Li Fang Ying Qing Dynasty (1695 to 1755) and poet-painter. Words Qiu Chung. No. Clear Jiang. alias Qiuchi suppression Park. white Hermit. nicknames Dragon Horn. Tongzhou (now Jiangsu Nantong). Zeng Ren Lean county magistrate. the magistrate Lanshan. hill magistrate. agents Chuzhou know the state and other staff. be dismissed from office because it was a false accusation. Quguan apartment Yangzhou by Park. since the number by the park owner to sell paintings for a living. With Li Shan Jin Nong. Zheng Xie between. Workers poetry. calligraphy and painting. trespassing plum. orchid. bamboo. chrysanthemum. pine. fish. etc. focus on imitating traditional and learning from nature can be sui generis. its vigorous brush method old thick. cut simple. informal shape. lively. as Yangzhoubaguai one.Four Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back. Bookseller Inventory # RL008624

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LA DIVINA COMEDIA, [CON LA VITA DI DANTE E IL COMMENTO DI CRISTOFORO LANDINO]

Dante Alighieri
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Book Description: Venezia Bernardino Benali and Matteo Capcasa 3 Marzo, 1491, 1491. THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION WITH ILLUSTRATIONS TO PARADISO. THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY PRINTED IN VENICE. FIRST EDITION OF THE DANTE WITH THESE PARTICULAR ILLUSTRATIONS AND ICONOGRAPHY which were subsequently used in the Cremonese edition printed in November of 1491 and in the editions of 1493 and 1497. It is THE FIRST EDITION WITH THE COMMENTARY OF CRISTOFORO LANDINO REVISED BY PIETRO DA FIGHINE. The COMMEDIA is followed by Credo, Dieci Comandamenti, Sette Salmi, Pater Noster and Ave Maria. Illustrated by 97 woodcut vignettes and by 4 full-page woodcuts - one at the beginning of each section of the poem - with decorated borders (the one concerning the Purgatory repeated). A great number of woodcut decorated initials on black ground throughout the text. Folio (mm 310 x 218), bound in antique vellum; half-morocco protective slipcase. (11. 12-301 numbered II-CCLXXXXI) A very pleasing and handsome copy with some minor spotting as to be expected; two leaves probably from another copy and remargined. THE FIRST EDITION TO BE COMPLETELY ILLUSTRATED. IT CONTAINS THE CYCLE OF WOODCUTS DEPICTING THE PARADISE. The 1487's edition printed at Brescia had only the woodcuts relating to Inferno and Purgatory. THE FIRST EDITION WITH CRISTOFORO LANDINO'S COMMENTARY REVISED BY PIETRO DA FIGHINE. A Highly Important Copy with Manuscript Annotations. These very early printings of the COMMEDIA are rare and precious. This rare Venetian printing of 1491 was printed in a very small number and is seldom encountered. The 1491 printing is noted for its very beautifully engraved illustrations and generally for the quality of its iconography. It uses for the first time these illustrations which were subsequently used again in the Cremona edition of the same year and in the illustrated editions of 1493 and 1497. "Dante’s theme, the greatest yet attempted in poetry, was to explain and justify the Christian cosmos through the allegory of a pilgrimage. To him comes Virgil, the symbol of philosophy, to guide him through the two lower realms of the next world, which are divided according to the classifications of the ‘Ethics’ of Aristotle. Hell is seen as an inverted cone with its point where lies Lucifer fixed in ice at the centre of the world, and the pilgrimage from it is a climb to the foot of and then up the Purgatorial Mountain. Along the way Dante passes Popes, Kings and Emperors, poets, warriors and citizens of Florence, expiating the sins of their life on earth. On the summit is the Earthly Paradise where Beatrice meets them and Virgil departs. Dante is now led through the various spheres of heaven, and the poem ends with a vision of the Deity. The audacity of his theme, the success of its treatment, the beauty and majesty of his verse, have ensured that his poem never lost its reputation. The picture of divine justice is entirely unclouded by Dante’s own political prejudices, and his language never falls short of what he describes." PMM. Bookseller Inventory # 25249

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Marguerites de la Marguerite des Princesses, tres illustre Royne de Navarre.

MARGUERITE, REINE DE NAVARRE (1492-1549).
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Book 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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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt
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Book Description: New York, 1855. FIRST EDITION, First issue. 4to. xii, 95, [8], pp. With frontispiece portrait Half morocco on marbled boards with original front cover bound inside (at the back). First edition, first issue binding (BAL’s and Myerson’s Binding A), first state of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper), second state of the copyright page as usual, second state of p. iv. According to the description in Christie’s (New York) catalogue of their sale of the same edition on December 4, 2009 (lot 196 of Sale 2153, which brought $218,500.00), "Whitman was spending nearly every day there [at the printing office of James and Thomas Rome in Brooklyn] that spring [of 1855], writing, revising, reading proof, even working at the type case, just as he had done twenty years earlier as an apprentice printer. Altogether he set in type about ten of the ninety-five pages of a book that he also designed, produced, published, promoted . . . The 795 copies the Romes ran off on their hand press and delivered to the binder were all there were or could be of the first edition. No plates were made; the book was printed from type, and the type distributed" (Justin Kaplan, Walt Whitman: a Life, Toronto: Bantam Books, 1982, p. 198). Myerson notes that 795 copies were bound: 337 in Binding A in June and July 1855; 262 in Binding B in December 1855 and January 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Whitman "ushered in a new era in American letters, describing specifically American experiences in a distinctly American idiom." "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" (PMM).BAL, 21395; Grolier, American 67; Myerson A2.I.a1; Printing and the Mind of Man 340. Bookseller Inventory # 13707

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Poesies. (Illustrated with 29 original etchings by Matisse)

Mallarme Stephane, Henri Matisse Illustrator
(RESTON, VA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Lausanne: Albert Skira, 1932. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Limited Edition. Illustrated with 29 original etchings by Matisse, of which 23 are full-page. Original publisher's printed wrappers, chemise and slipcase. From the edition limited to 145 copies, of which ours is one of the 95 copies of Velin d'Arches, signed in ink on page justification. Matisse used his extraordinary ability to master lines pure and essential to realizing the 29 drawings from which the etchings derive. Using the economy of the thin, engraved lines with no shading in order to not overpower the ethereal quality of Mallarme poetry Ref: Duthuit books#5, Artist and the Book#196, Rauch#168. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9586622130

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THE MARBLE FAUN

FAULKNER, William
(Henley on Thames, OXO, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Boston Four Seas Company, 1924. First edition. Original olive marbled paper covered boards, with printed paper labels on upper cover and spine, in the original dustwrapper, which is printed in green. A couple of millimetres of fraying to the top of the spine but a very good copy indeed in a near fine dustwrapper, which is clean and complete with just a little fraying and a couple of short closed tears to the spine, and some minor marks. Overall an extremely well preserved copy of a rare and fragile book. The author's very rare first book, printed in an edition of about 500 copies, of which it is estimated barely 100 now exist. A collection of verse in a pastoral cycle, of which Phil Stone prophetically said in his preface, "these are primarily the poems of youth and a simple heart. It is seldom that much can be truthfully said for a first book beyond that it shows promise. And I think these poems show promise.". Bookseller Inventory # 27866

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Paradise lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books By John Milton.

MILTON, John.
(London, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker, Robert Boulter, and Matthias Walker, 1667, 1667. Quarto (181 × 133 mm). Early 20th-century full crushed red morocco by Riviere & Sons, sides with double frame in gilt and blind enclosing central gilt cartouche, spine lettered gilt in two compartments, others with gilt motifs, blind and gilt rules either side of raised bands gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Red morocco-backed folding case. Joints expertly restored, front free endpaper reattached at inner margin. Ownership inscription washed from head of title, title leaf with very slight loss at outer top edge not affecting printed area, text faintly and evenly toned throughout, a very good copy. Without initial blank. The C. W. Clark–Silver–Webster copy, with the book label of Paul Francis Webster. First edition, first state title-page. The contract for the publication of Paradise Lost between Milton and the stationer Samuel Simmons is the earliest agreement between an author and a publisher for which there exists documentary evidence. Sealed on 27 April 1667, it specifies a first edition of 1,300 copies. The first edition did not finally sell out until the spring of 1669, and six successive title-pages were used to promote its sale in that time. These are traditionally described as six distinct issues, though there is no discernible relationship between the states of the titles and the settings of the preliminaries, and so "issue" is over-specific. The present is the traditional first state title-page, dated in the year of publication: Simmons registered for his copy on 20 August 1667 and the book was published late in October or early in November. This copy has the earliest setting of the preliminaries, without the note The Printer to the Reader. Grolier English 33; Grolier W–P 599; Hayward 72; Pforzheimer 716; Wing M2138. Bookseller Inventory # 73484

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The Wonderful World of Fleming-Joffe, Drawings by Andy Warhol.

WARHOL. Nash, Ogden.
(London, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Fleming-Joffe Ltd., New York., 1961. Folio. [12 unnumbered leaves]. Title leaf with poem ('The New Eden') by Ogden Nash, offset lithograph drawing by Andy Warhol and publisher's information, 10 offset lithographs on 11 sheets including one double-page each with printed title in the lettering of Warhol's mother Julia Warhola, of which five have additional coloured snakeskin or lizardskin collage in the form of hearts, tulips and butterflies. A 4cm tear in right margin of first two plates, offsetting from leather appliqués as usual. Original publisher's colour printed cardboard wrappers designed by Warhol. The exceptionally rare colouring book for presentation produced by Warhol for Fleming-Joffe. Produced in very limited numbers, The Wonderful World of Fleming-Joffe was used by the firm Fleming-Joffe (for whom Warhol had worked as a designer, particularly in the promotion of their shoes) as a corporate gift - clearly intending the subversion of the children of clients - in an effort to promote the company's new line in animal skins. The book is presented as a colouring book: 'For children of all ages to colour and paint. Here are some animals which Fleming-Joffe tans onto leather. You will want to frame these or perhaps send them to someone you want to make happy.' Each of the images in the book represents an animal that the company used for belts, gloves, shoes or handbags, rendered in characteristic Warholian style and with lettering by Warhol's mother. Unusually five of the plates feature additional collage with sections of snakeskin, lizardskin or alligator skin pasted on to the offset lithograph images. Also unusual is the use of a poem by Ogden Nash (although he had composed poetry for Fleming-Joffe as early as 1954), 'The New Eden': 'The serpent that deluded Eve / Would find it difficult to believe / That in America all the breaks / Go to the ladies, not the snakes, / For modern girls at serpents scoff / And buy their skins from Fleming-Joffe.'. Bookseller Inventory # 41363

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Memoir, Letters, and Poems of Bernard Barton.

Fitzgerald, Edward.
(Garrison, NY, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Lindsay and Blakiston,, Philadelphia:, 1850. Hardcover. First American edition. Edward Fitzgerald's first book, edited by Barton's daughter. Fitzgerald was the translator of a collection of Persian poems which he named the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Dark blue blind stamped cloth with gilt title at spine. Corners slt rubbed, o/w very good. Internally, light scattered fox spotting, owner signature at title page, o/w very good. 8vo, ads at front end papers, xii, 405pp. Bookseller Inventory # 14312

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