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A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions; Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage Between the Atlantic and Pacific.
London: John Murray, 1818.
First edition of the prolific author’s detailed account of the history of early voyages to the arctic, from the sixteenth century through 1818 and the voyages of Ross, Kotzebue, Buchan, Parry and Franklin. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, exquisite folding map of the arctic regions, appendix illustrated with engravings. In very good condition.
London: Imprinted by Thomas Dawson for John Harison and George Byshop, 1577.
First edition in English of John Calvin’s commentaries on the Pauline Epistles. Octavo, bound in full speckled calf with raised bands to the spine, all edges red, rebacked. Title within architectual woodcut border, woodcut initials. In very good condition. First editions are rare.
"Nothing was too wildly extravagant, nothing too monstrously cruel, to be prescribed by mad-doctors": First edition, first issue of Charles Dickens' A Curious Dance Round a Curious Tree
London: St. Lukes Hospital, 1860.
First edition, first issue of Charles Dickens’ article on Saint Luke’s Hospital “for the gratuitous treatment of the insane poor.” Octavo, loosely bound in wrappers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco and chemise pull-off box. Rare.
A Dictionary of the English Language Exhibiting the Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definition of Words According to the Prevailing Usage of Correct Writers and Speakers.
London and Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, 1861.
First edition of Cooley’s Dictionary of the English language. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, black spine label, raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers. Author’s preface. In very good condition.
"THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT": RARE FIRST EDITION OF JOHNSONS LANDMARK DICTIONARY; From the Library of Sir John Hobhouse
A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which The Words are deduced from their Originals, And Illustrated in their Different Significations By Examples from the best Writers. To Which Are Prefixed, A History of the Language, And An English Grammar.
London: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. & P. Knapton, et al, 1755.
First edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary of the English language. Folio, 2 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels. From the library of Sir John Hobhouse with his bookplate. Hobhouse was an English politician and diarist. Hobhouse is credited with the invention of the phraseHis Majesty’s (Loyal) Opposition made in 1826 during a speech in the House of Commons. After the Whigs gained power in 1830 he served under Lord Grey as Secretary at War between 1832 and 1833, as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1833 and as First Commissioner of Woods and Forests in 1834. He was later President of the Board of Control under Lord Melbourne between 1835 and 1841 and under Lord John Russell between 1846 and 1852. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1832 and raised to the peerage as Baron Broughton, of Broughton-de-Gyfford in the County of Wiltshire, in 1851. In 1852 he was also made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. In very good condition with light toning to the text, rebacked. An exceptional example of this landmark work, rare and desirable in contemporary calf and with noted provenance.
Signed limited edition of J. Stanley Reeve's The Foxhunter's Journal; one of 550 copies signed by the author
Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, 1952.
Signed limited edition of Reeve’s authoritative work on fox hunting. Octavo, original red cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, Cheshire Fox Hunters emblem to the front panel, colored engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated with engravings. One of only 500 copies signed by the author, this is number 33. Additionally inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Miriam with best regards from the author J. Stanley Reeve.” In near fine condition. A sharp example.
First edition of the first book published in English to include portions of the writings of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
A General and Introductory View of Professor Kant’s Principles Concerning Man, the World and the Deity.
London: J. Downes, 1796.
First edition of the first book published in English to include portions of the writings of German philosopher Immanuel Kant including his Critique of Pure Reason. Octavo, bound in full contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels. In very good condition with some light browning throughout and blank head of title page restored.
“All he wanted was toleration, and by the enlightened use of the dispensing power to be the true father of all his people": Finely Bound First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, finely bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition. A very sharp set.
"I HAVE FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY THE HEAVY BURDEN": A KING'S STORY, ONE OF ONLY 385 COPIES SIGNED BY EDWARD, THE DUKE OF WINDSOR
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1951.
Signed limited first edition, number D (A-Z were gifted to publishers) of only 385 copies signed by Edward, a sumptuous edition bound in publisher’s full crimson morocco with gilt-stamped armorial insignias to front board. Large octavo, original full crimson morocco gilt, raised bands, front cover gilt armorial devices, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut, original cloth slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
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.
"This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; Finely Bound by Asprey
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
First edition with “A-3.64[H]” present on copyright page. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Asprey, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, original dustjacket bound in at back.
First edition of Robert Campbell's A Pilgrimage to My Motherland: An Account of a Journey Among the Egbas and Yorubas of Central Africa in 1859-60; in the rare original cloth
A Pilgrimage to My Motherland: An Account of a Journey Among the Egbas and Yorubas of Central Africa in 1859-60.
New York: Thomas Hamilton, 1861.
First edition of Robert Campbell’s account of his journey throughout Central Africa. Octavo, original blind stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine, complete with the lithographic frontispiece portrait of Campbell with tissue guard, and the original lithographic folding map. In very good condition with light rubbing. Scarce and desirable in the original cloth.
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1929.
First Nonesuch press edition of de Fontenelle’s A Plurality of Worlds. Octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum with gilt titles to the spine, hand-colored gilt headers to each chapter, top edge gilt, others uncut. Translated by John Glanvill. Prologue by David Garnett. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase.
"The contemplation of a magnificent structure and of an extensive work are objects exceedingly pleasing to the imagination": John Campbell's A Political Survey of Britain
A Political Survey of Britain: Being a Series of Reflections on the Situation, Lands, Inhabitants, Revenues, Colonies, and Commerce of This Island.
Dublin: T. Ewing and C. Jenkin, 1775.
Rare second edition of John Campbell’s classic survey of late sixteenth century Britain. Octavo, four volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels, gilt titles. In good condition.
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
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.
First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Song of The English; With 30 Mounted Color Plates by W. Heath Robinson
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by Robinson. Quarto, original blue cloth, gilt pictorial to the front panel, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson with 30 mounted color plates, lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times": First Edition, First Issue of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring works, 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 full leather, gilt titles to the spine, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt embossed portrait of Dickens to the front panel, gilt signature to the rear panel, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In fine condition.
"You have been the last dream of my soul": First Edition, First Issue of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring works, 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 contemporary calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear, bookplate. An exceptional example of this Dickens classic.
"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
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.