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“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today": Rare Ten Volume Set of Wilson's The History of the American People; Signed by Him
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.
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.
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.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times": First Edition of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
London: Chapman and Hall, 1860.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring work, 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.
"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, 1860.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring work, 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.
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.
"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?": Finely bound Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
London: MacMillan and Co, 1872.
Octavo, two volumes, uniformly bound by Bayntun Riviere in full crushed red morocco, all edges gilt, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, emblematic gilt spine compartments, raised bands, gilt turn-ins, inlaid panel of black, white, green, purple, and brown of Father William on the cover of Alice in Wonderland, inlaid figure of the Mad Hatter on front cover of Through the Looking Glass. Marbled endpapers, original cloth bindings tipped in to rear of each volume. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an early printing. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There is a first edition, first issue with ‘wade’ for ‘wabe’ on page 21. Illustrated by John Tenniel, text illustrated. A stunning set.
"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
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.
Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1869.
First edition printed in America of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original red cloth, all edges gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, triple gilt ruled to the front and rear panels. Illustrated by John Tenniel, text illustrated. In near fine condition, bookplates. An exceptional example.
“Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another": Finely Bound Volume of Adam Smiths Masterpiece The Wealth of Nations
Edinburgh/ London: Adam & Charles Black, and William Tait, 1846.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. With a life of the author, an introductory discourse, notes, and supplemental dissertations by J. R. McCulloch. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. A nicely bound example of this classic work.
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.
Beautiful Britain Complete Set: Wessex, Channel Islands, Ireland, English Lakes, Oxford, Scenery of London, Happy England, Surrey, Familiar London, Warwickshire, Bonnie Scotland, Cambridge, Sussex, Vanishing London, and Wales.
London: Cambridge Corporation and A&C Black, 1906.
First edition of the complete set of Beautiful Britain. Octavo, 15 volumes, original pebbled leather, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt. Each volume with illustrated color frontispiece and numerous illustrated color plates, 6 volumes with folding maps at rear. Each volume profusely illustrated by a different artist. With an inscription on blank page at the front of the Ireland volume: “Elmwood. Presented from the Library of the Hon. Thomas Ahearn.” Volumes Include: Wessex, Channel Islands, Ireland, English Lakes, Oxford, Scenery of London, Happy England, Surrey, Familiar London, Warwickshire, Bonnie Scotland, Cambridge, Sussex, Vanishing London, and Wales. In near fine condition. Rarely found as a complete set.
Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England.
Cambridge: John Baskerville, 1762.
Finely bound example of The Book of Common Prayer. Quarto, bound in full contemporary gold-tooled calf, gilt decorated with floral and crown tools and foliate roll-tooling, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt decorated, board edges gilt, turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
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.
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.
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.
London: Morgan & Scott, 1875-1878.
First editions of these works edited by J. Hudson Taylor regarding information on Chinese life. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in original pictorial cloth, frontispiece, illustrated throughout, maps, gilt edges. Volume one covers July 1875 to December 1876. Volume two covers January 1878 to December 1878. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
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.
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.