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"The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven": exceptionally rare 18th Century Map of the holy city of jerusalem
18th century etching depicting the ancient city of Jerusalem, “Capital city of the Holy Land and of the Kingdom of Judah.” Annotated in French with various numbered landmarks including the Tower and Palace of David, Temple of Solomon, Church of Saint Sepulchre of Jesus Christ, and Cavern of Saint Pierre. A remarkable piece of history.
A Journey Through Kansas; with Sketches of Nebraska: Describing the Country, Climate, Soil, Mineral, Manufacturing, and Other Resources.
Cincinnati : Moore, Wilstach, Keys, 1855.
Rare wrapper-bound issue of the second book on Kansas. Octavo, original wrappers, with a folding map of Nebraska and Kansas by Boynton. The pictorial advertisement for the publisher on the rear wrapper features a picture of the establishment. With “Sixth Thousand!” printed at the top of the front wrapper. In good condition with some wear to the spine and extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. Rare and desirable.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co, 1912.
First edition of this landmark work. Octavo, original blue cloth with portrait of Henson to the front panel, frontispiece, 3 double-sided leaves of plates. Foreword by Peary and an introduction by Booker T. Washington. In fine condition. Rare in this condition.
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1958.
First American edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Although not marked this copy is from the library of travel collector, Mary Anna Marten, who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum.
“The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts": First Edition of John Muir's A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, color pictorial cover label, lettered in white, top edge gilt. Edited with an introduction by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including a frontispiece portrait with tissue guard; map. In excellent condition in the original dust jacket with some chips and tears. First editions in the original dust jacket are exceptionally rare.
“the feeling of being lost in time and geography with months and years hazily sparkling ahead in a prospect of inconjecturable magic": First Edition of Each Work in Patrick Leigh Fermor's Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
London: John Murray, 1977-2013.
First editions of each volume in Leigh Fermor’s trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water are signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. The Broken Road, which was published posthumously is signed by editors Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper on the title page. Jacket artwork by John Craxton. Near fine in a near fine to fine dust jackets.
"Paradox reconciles all contradictions": First American Edition of A Time of Gifts; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
First American edition of the author’s masterpiece, which ranks among the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some rubbing to the extremities.
London: John Murray, 1957.
First edition of the author’s third book, regarding his experiences in various monasteries. Octavo, original blue cloth. Illustrated by John Craxton. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Mary Anna with love from Paddy 2.6.88.” The recipient was Mary Anna Marten (with her bookplate to the inside gutter), who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a chip to the crown of the spine and overall wear.
London: The Queen Anne Press, 1953.
First edition, one of 500 numbered copies, this being number 25. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear. Rare, especially in the original dust jacket. With four decorations by the artist John Craxton.
"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.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
First Edition of The illustrated edition of Peter Mayle's A Year In Provence; Signed by Both Him and the Illustrator
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1992.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work of Mayle’s A Year in Provence. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout by Paul Hogarth. Signed by both Peter Mayle and Paul Hogarth on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.
"There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men": First Edition of Maurice Herzog's Annapurna; Inscribed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1952.
First edition in English, preceding the American edition by one year. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author who has added “June 3rd 1950” the day the summit was reached. Some light foxing to the page edges in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities.
"This is one of those books which makes a permanent difference to ones view of the world": First Edition of Arabian Sands; Signed by Wilfred Thesiger
London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1959.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page, with a contemporary signature. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown.
"This is one of those books which makes a permanent difference to ones view of the world": Arabian Sands; Signed by Wilfred Thesiger
London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1959.
First edition, second printing of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown.
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.
"The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other": First Folio Edition of Between the Woods and the Water; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
London: The Folio Society, 2006.
First Folio edition of the author’s second book in the author’s trilogy that began with A Time of Gifts. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine slipcase. Illustrated by Mary Kuper.
"The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other": First Edition of Between the Woods and the Water; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
London: John Murray, 1986.
First British edition of the author’s second book in the author’s trilogy that began with “A Time of Gifts”. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.A very sharp example.