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  • First American Edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

    Dickens, Charles.

    A Christmas Carol.

    Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843.

    First American edition of Dickens’ classic work, A Christmas Carol. Small octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, with colored illustrations, eight illustrations in all, the frontispiece plate is “Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball,” as in the first London edition. In near fine condition.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • Rare Ten Volume Set of Wilson's The History of the American People; Signed by Him

    Wilson, Woodrow.

    A History of the American People: Documentary Edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1918.

    First edition. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in the publisher’s three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, contains numerous plates and illustrations. One of 400 copies, signed by President Wilson on the limitation page.  An excellent set of this scarce edition of Wilson‘s history of the American people, first published in 1902, this expanded edition was published at the start of his second term as President of the United States. Rare.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • Rare First Edition of first Dictionary of American Law: Bouvier's Law Dictionary

    Bouvier, John.

    A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Several States of the American Union, with Reference to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law.

    Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson, 1839.

    First edition of this cornerstone of American law. Quarto, 2 volumes bound in period style calf, gilt titles and tooling. First editions are rare,  with no examples appearing at auction in the last 80 years.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • A Short History of St Bartholomew's Hospital, Specially Bound on the Occasion of the 800th Anniversary of Its Foundation; From the Library of Edward, The Duke of Windsor

    Power, Sir D'Arcy and H.J. Waring.

    A Short History of St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1123-1923, Specially Bound on the Occasion of the 800th Anniversary of Its Foundation.

    London: Charles Whittingham and Griggs, Ltd, 1923.

    Elaborately bound presentation copy. Octavo, full tan morocco, elaborately gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with black morocco inlays, cornerpieces of thistles and flowers, front panel with central crown and gilt medallion portraits of Rahere and Harvey, silk endpapers. Full-color frontispiece illustration of The Tomb of Rahere in the Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great, thirty-four black and white plates with tissue guards. Presentation plate to rear free endpaper, “Presented on the Occasion of the Eight Hundredth Anniversary of the Foundation of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Stanmore, Treasurer. On Behalf of the Governor’s of the Hospital. June 1923.” From the Library of the Edward, The Duke of Windsor. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $1,800.00

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  • "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times": First Edition of A Tale Of Two Cities

    Dickens, Charles.

    A Tale of Two Cities.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1860.

    First edition, second issue. Octavo, bound in full red 19th century morocco. From the library of stockbroker Henry William Poor, with his bookplates. The firm that he and his father established in 1868, H. V. & H. W. Poor, was a predecessor to the business that eventually became Standard & Poor’s. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, inner dentelles, topedge gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition with the joints and corners rubbed. With 16 plates by H.K. Browne. A nice example with provenance.

    Price: $3,200.00

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  • "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times": First Edition of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities

    Dickens, Charles.

    A Tale of Two Cities.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1860.

    First edition, first issue with p. 213 misnumbered “113,” the signature mark “b” at the foot of the plate list, and the misspelling “affetcionately” on line 12, p. 134. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In very good condition with some dampstaining to lower right margin, text and plates.

    Price: $4,000.00

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  • "I WAS MUCH SURPRISED TO HEAR FOWLS SPEAK, AS THEY WERE TO SEE SUCH A MONSTER AS I APPEARED TO BE": RARE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST PROTO-SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS: A VOYAGE TO CACKLOGALLINIA

    Brunt, Samuel.

    A Voyage to Cacklogallinia: with a Description of the Religion, Policy, Customs and Manners of that Country.

    London: J. Watson, 1727.

    First edition of this early 18th century satire published in imitation of Johnathan Swift’s masterpiece Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, or, Gulliver’s Travels. Octavo, bound in full brown morocco by Charles Thurman, Binder. Raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, embossed front and rear panels, engraved frontispiece. From the library of NASA scientist and science fiction expert Frederick I. Ordway III, best known for his contribution to the development of close personal friend, Stanley Kubrick’s, epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rare.

     

     

     

    Price: $7,800.00

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  • "Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition": Rare First Edition of A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Madeleine L’Engle

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Wrinkle In Time.

    New York: Ariel Books, 1962.

    First edition of the author’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For another Meg, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” A beautiful presentation.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • Dubois, Marcel & Guy, Camille.

    Album Géographique. Tome I : Aspects Généraux de la Nature. Tome II : Les Régions Tropicales. Tome III : Les Colonies Françaises. Tome IV : La France. Tome V: Aspects Generaux De La Nature.

    Paris, Armand Colin & Cie, 1896-1906..

    First edition. Folio, 5 volumes. Three quarters leather with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Top edge gilt. In very good condition.

    Price: $350.00

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  • "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?": First Editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

    Carroll, Lewis. [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge].

    Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

    London: MacMillan and Co. 1866 &, 1872.

    First editions. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in early 20th-century full red morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Gilt vignettes to front and rear panels of each volume, gilt tooling on spine. All edges gilt, silk endpapers. Original cloth covers and spine bound in at rear. In fine condition. A very attractive pair.

    Price: $10,000.00

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  • First Edition of Noah Webster's Dictionary

    Webster, Noah.

    American Dictionary of the English Language.

    New York: Published by S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, 1828.

    First edition of this landmark work. Quarto, two volumes, bound in full period-style calf, morocco spine label, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panel. In near fine condition, light toning to the text. A very nice example.

    Price: $19,500.00

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  • “Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another": Finely Bound Set of Adam Smith’s Masterpiece The Wealth of Nations

    Smith, Adam.

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

    London: J. Maynard, 1811.

    Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very condition with some rubbing to the bindings.

    Price: $1,600.00

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  • “Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another": Finely Bound Set of Adam Smith’s Masterpiece The Wealth of Nations

    Smith, Adam.

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

    London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1793.

    Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in full contemporary tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In very condition with some light rubbing to the bindings, contemporary armorial bookplate to each volume, contemporary signatures.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • “A word in earnest is as good as a speech": First Edition of Charles Dickens' Bleak House

    Dickens, Charles.

    Bleak House.

    London: Bradbury Evans, 1852.

    First edition, bound from the original parts. Octavo, bound in full tan calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, burgundy morocco lables, top edge gilt. Illustrated with 40 plates by H.K. Browne (“Phiz”), including the frontispiece and additional title-page. There are 10 “dark plates”. With all three typographical errors called for in the first edition: pp. 19, line 6: “elgble”; pp. 209, line 23: “chair” instead of “hair”; and pp. 275, line 22: “counsinship” instead of cousinship.” Half title present. Original wrappers for all parts bound in at rear, 7 slips advertising Household Words and 4 page ad for Allsopp’s Pale or Bitter Ale also present. Hatton & Cleaver p.275; Smith I, 10. A nice example.

    Price: $1,350.00

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  • Rare Early Twentyfour Year Run of Bugantics: Bugatti Owner's Club Manuals

    Bugatti.

    Bugantics: Bugatti Owner’s Club.

    London: Bugatti Owner's Club, 1931-1955.

    One Hundred Issues of Bugantics. Octavo, 9 Volumes, bound in the original publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decorated tooling. Profusely illustrated with photographs, tables, brilliant period advertising and drawings. These bound volumes, prepared by the Bugatti Owner’s Club by special subscription, were compiled without covers, the design of which has remained the same since its inception. The run extends: Volume 1 No.2 (September 1931); Volume 18 No. 4 (December 1955). The last pre-war issue was Volume 8 No. 6 (November 1939). Publication was then halted due to the Second World War and resumed publication with Volume 9 No. 1 in January 1946. But for the missing, extremely rare Volume 1 No. 1, this is a complete 24 year run. In near fine condition with only light wear. An exceptional set of these rare early issues.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • Cassell, John.

    Cassell’s Illustrated History of England.

    London: London: Cassell and Company, 1901.

    Quarto, 8 volumes. Three quarters dark blue leather, raised spines, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Marbled endpapers, marbled edges to the text block. Complete set of Cassell’s Illustrated History of England. In very good condition with light wear.

    Price: $650.00

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  • Inscribed by P.A.B. Widener to George Jay Gould

    Widener, P.A.B.

    Catalogue of Paintings Forming the Private Collection of P. A. B. Widener. Asbourne – Near Philadelphia. Part I: Modern Paintings; Part II: Early English and Ancient Paintings.

    Paris: Manzi, Joyant & Company, 1885-1900.

    First edition. Quarto, original leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panels, all edges gilt. Inscribed by the author in volume one, “Mr. George J. Gould with compliments of P.A.B. Widener.” The recipient was George Jay Gould, who was a financier and the son of Jay Gould. He was a railroad executive, leading both the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Western Pacific Railroad. A nice association. In very good condition.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • Rare Limited Edition of Chakkar: Polo Around the World

    Edited by Herbert Spencer; Photography by Fred Mayer.

    Chakkar: Polo Around the World.

    1971.

    First edition. Quarto, original leatherette binding, illustrated throughout. No 92 of 600 limited edition printed and bound especially for noted Olympic Equestrian family with a portfolio of 10 historic polo photographs. Contains essays by Prince Philip, Hanut Singh, Earl Moutbatten, Juan Carlos Harriott, Cecil Smith, Ricardo Santamarina, Baron de Rothschild and Robert Skene. Rare.

    Price: $800.00

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  • Claudius Claudianus; Nicolaas Heinsius; L'Ancien Pieter Burman.

    Claudii Claudiani Opera, Quae Exstant, Omnia Ad Membranarum Veterum Fidem Castigata.

    Amstelaedami: Ex Officina Schouteniana, 1760.

    Quarto, original vellum. Gilt tooling and stamping to the front and rear panels and spine. A clean very good copy with light rubbing. Presents nicely.

    Price: $850.00

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  • Cosway Style Binding by Bayntun of John Fyvie's Comedy Queens of the Georgian Era

    Fyvie, John.

    Comedy Queens of the Georgian Era.

    London: Archibald Constable, 1916.

    Octavo, bound in full dark blue morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun. Both the front and rear panels with a double gilt fillet border around an inner border incorporating ornamental cornerpieces, upper cover set with an oval portrait miniature of an actress under glass, within an ornamental gilt border, lower cover with panel border; raised bands, gilt lettered in two compartments, a repeated ornamental panel in the rest; board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and both endpapers of dark blue watered silk, all edges gilt. Extra-illustrated with 10 additional plates. Housed in a felt-lined modern cloth box.

    Price: $7,800.00

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