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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
First edition of Acts Passed at the Second Congress of the United States of America: Begun and Held at the City of Philadelphia, On Monday, the Twenty-fourth of October, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-one.
Acts Passed at the Second Congress of the United States of America: Begun and Held at the City of Philadelphia, On Monday, the Twenty-fourth of October, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-one.
Philadelphia: Francis Childs and John Swaine, 1793.
First edition of this volume outlining acts passed by the 2nd United States Congress on October 24th, 1791, which ultimately established Washington, D.C. and the United States Executive Mansion. Octavo, bound in full calf with the original gilt red morocco spine labels, index. In very good condition. Rare, offering a detailed insight into laws passed during the presidency of the first President of the United States, George Washington.
African Hunting From Natal to the Zambesi Including Lake Ngami, the Kalahari Desert, &c From 1852 to 1860.
London: Richard Bentley, 1863.
First edition of Baldwin’s account of his 8-year hunting expedition throughout South Africa. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments between raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of Baldwin with tissue guard, with illustrations by James Wolf and J.B. Zwecker, folding map of South Africa with Baldwin’s route marked, illustrated advertisements at rear. In near fine condition. A very nice presentation. Rare and desirable.
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.
"How doth the little crocodile improve its shining tail, and pour the waters of the Nile on every golden scale": First Edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground; Inscribed By The Author to his Cousin May Knight
London: Macmillan and Co, 1886.
First edition of the original manuscript in facsimile which was later expanded and published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Octavo, original scarlet cloth, elaborate gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the rear panel, triple gilt ruled. All edges gilt, black endpapers, text printed in the author’s handwriting including thirty-seven illustrations in facsimile, advertisements at rear. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to his cousin, “May Knight from the Author Jan. /87.” In very good condition with some toning to the spine. An excellent association.
Willard Espy's Words at Play Finely Bound; Presentation copy with a Typed Letter Signed by the author laid in
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc, 1975.
Early printing of Espy’s work on wit in wordplay. Quarto, bound in half morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red spine labels, marbled endpapers. Presentation copy, from the library of Jonathan Goodman with his embossed library stamp to the front free endpaper. Enclosed is a typed letter signed by the author to the recipient date March 7, 1977 in the original envelope. The letter reads in part, “First time any correspondent has mentioned giving the Almanac the leather treatment. Next time I’m in London I must call to learn whether you really did it…Sincerely, Willard R. Espy.” In near fine condition. A nice association with noted provenance.
“Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another": Finely Bound Set of Adam Smiths Masterpiece The Wealth of Nations
London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, 1799.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in full contemporary tree calf, morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition, with the text clean, From the library of explorer and parliamentarian Alexander Forrest with his nameplate to the pastedown. An exceptional set of this classic work.
Aphrodite, Les Chansons de Bilitis, Psyche, Le Femme et Le Pantin, Les Aventures Du Roi Pausole, Poèmes Libris.
Paris: Les Editions De L'Ibis, 1925.
Limited edition of Louÿs’ pseudo-translated erotic poetry collection. Quartos, 6 volumes bound in full morocco with gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled compartments, raised bands, gilt decorations within gilt frames to the front panel of each volume, silk endleaves, top edge gilt, each volume illustrated with colored engravings by Gau Sala, Hilaire, Brenot, Letellier, Doré, and Joffrin. Limited edition, one of 4800 sets. Each volume in near fine condition and housed in a custom cardboard silk-covered slipcase. Rare and desirable.
London: Joseph Thomas, 1841.
Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. With eight illustrations from design by Tony Johannot. Translated by Joseph Thomas. In fine condition.
Rare First Edition of Edmond Halley's Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets
Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets.
London: Printed for William Innys, 1752.
First edition in English of Halley’s classic work. Quarto, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt embossed stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet on the front and rear panel, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. Edited by John Bevis. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.