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Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
"No Doubt, the most interesting part of our visit here to-day consists in looking at the great ships and learning a little of how they are built": Arthur O. Cooke's The World at Work: A Day in a Shipyard
New York: Hodder & Stoughton, c. 1912.
First edition of Arthur O. Cooke’s The World at Work: A Day in a Shipyard. Small octavo, original illustrated boards with pictorial pastedown, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with engravings from photographs, three full-page colored plates including frontispiece, mechanical charts. In near fine condition. Rare.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 104861
"Here Nature has contrived to unite conditions of soil and climate in a manner most delightful": Rare first edition pamphlet of Fort Lauderdale, Florida: "Gateway to the Everglades"
Fort Lauderdale: Snyder & Hortt, Real Estate and Investments, c. 1915.
Rare first edition promotional brochure for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Octavo, profusely illustrated with photographs taken c. 1914-1915 of the business district, boulevards, markets, railways, farms, orange groves, beaches, marinas, streams, and homes of Fort Lauderale. Map of Florida on the final page. In near fine condition. Scarce, OCLC/WorldCat locates only one other example housed in the Alachua County Library which lists the publication date as 1915, the year Fort Lauderdale was designated the county seat of the newly formed Broward County.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 103801
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline “Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous”, a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Articles featured on the front page include, “Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon”, “Kennedy Charged in Crash”, and “Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 21 inches. Rare a desirable signed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
Ice axe boldly signed by both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Circa 1955. Wood and steel shaft measures 35 inches; steel blade measures 12 inches.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 104783
"China, with her five thousand years of history, her vast territory and her enormous population stands like a mountain peak among the nations of the world": Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea during the period of Japanese occupation
Japan: c. 1930.
First edition, oblong quarto, original boards. Gilt-lettered cloth, string-bound. Text in Japanese with captions in both Chinese and English. Illustrated with photographs throughout, large folding panorama of the Great Wall of China; folding map of Korea, Manchuria and portions of northeastern China. A unique record of history.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 60076
London: Sold by W. & S. Jones, c. 1795.
Rare late 18th Century Wright family terrestrial globe. The globe measures 8 inches in diameter with a brass meridian and 14 inch mahogany horizon ring which is decorated with hand colored paper gores. Mounted on an English style ebonised oak stand. The horizontal ring is held by 4 brass spokes and is connected to the pedestal with a turned brass finial hub. Hand colored paper gores over a plaster sphere with a tiny pointed bushing to the north pole. Native to London, the Wright family’s lineage included five generations of Thomas Wrights between 1718 and 1842, this globe was likely produced by Thomas Wright II. The entire piece measures 13 inches tall. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 96537
New York: Warren & Wetmore Architects, c. 1925 .
Rare original blueprint portfolio for Warren & Wetmore’s iconic “Hotel at Waikiki Beach”, later named the Royal Hawaiian. Folio, containing 30 sheets bound and bradded. In very good condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114203
Cairo, Egypt: Cairo Postcard Trust, c. 1920.
Accordion-fold album of photographic views, showing landmarks of old Cairo, including: General View and the Great Mosque Sultan Hassan; Procession of the Holy Carpet; Blue Mosque; Soliman Pasha Street; British Soldiers Traversing Kamel Street; Kursaal Casino; Continental Hotel; Shepheard’s Hotel and The Matarieh Holy Tree. Small octavo, original maroon morocco, stamped in white and gilt, mounted view on cover.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 89212
1964: William Morrow & Company, New York.
First edition of Huxley’s authoritative report on the rapidly changing political climate of post-colonial East Africa. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with maps and drawings by Jonathan Kingdon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joe Ferrier with my best wished Elspeth Huxley.” Laid in is the original typed transmittal letter, an autograph card and photograph of Huxley; all three signed by her to Ferrier. The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a lifelong fan and pen pal of Huxley’s. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Harsh-Finegold.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 96083
Paris: Sold by W. & S. Jones, c. 1845.
Rare mid-19th century Charles Dien celestial table globe. The globe measures 11.5 inches in diameter with an engraved longitude ring and brass latitude ring. Mounted on brass and mahogany stand. The globe contains twelve bodies including the sun and earth with its moon. The entire piece measures 18 inches in height. French astronomer and cosmographer Charles Dien published highly detailed atlases, works on astronomy, and both celestial and terrestrial globes in Paris throughout the 1840s and 1850s. Dien was also renowned for the sophisticated engravings he designed for the many books produced by his father’s publishing house Delamarche. In very good condition with a few areas rubbed and slight bend in the longitude ring. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 97888
First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber
J.A. Preuss, and London: H. Rothe: Zurich, n.d. (ca. 1880).
First edition of this extensive gallery of photographs of Switzerland. Quarto, original publisher’s full decorative vellum with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate gilt central motif to the front panel depicting an alpine postal carriage, all edges gilt, gilt patterned endpapers, illustrated with one hundred collotypes displaying views of Switzerland. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription from Queen Victoria to Horatia Stopford, a Lady of her Bedchamber, “To dear Horatia Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 109082
"one of the most decorative maps of the Holy Land of the 17th century": Rare engraved hand-colored map of the Holy Land
Amsterdam: Blaeu, W, 1634.
Copper engraved, hand-colored map of one of the most decorative map of the Holy Land of the 17th century. One page with hand-colored borders, the map depicts the tribes of Israel and the route the Israelites took from Egypt through Sinai into Canaan. In the sea there are three sea monsters, one of which has targeted a fishing vessel. The title cartouche is guarded by two dogs, draped with fruit, and flanked by Moses inscribing the ten commandments and a Jewish high priest. In fine condition. Double matted and framed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 101741
"A Pike is a Prince of his own liquid country, and like a universal monarch, can command all the regiments of the scaled army": Scarce first edition of the art of trolling from the library of Alfred Dennison
London: Printed for T. James for Tho. Helder, 1682.
Rare first edition of Nobbes’ authoritative work on the history and methods of trolling. First issue with the engraved hook on page 37 pointing to the right and two woodcut illustrations in the text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Lord Spencer’s copy with his ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper, “From Lord Spencer’s Library 18/”. From the library of renowned angling collector Alfred Denison with his gilt leather bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Denison’s angling collection of over 3,000 books was the basis of Thomas Westwood’s historic and distinct library of English angling books, the Bibliotheca Piscatoria. In very good condition. A nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 89160
London: R. Baldwin, 1698.
First edition of this work. Octavo, bound in modern wrappers, 28 pages. In very good condition with some browning and toning to the text. Rare, with no other examples appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 112625
“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison": Rare First Edition of Jonathan Swifts's Classic Work Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first Surgeon, and then Captain of several Ships (Gulliver’s Travels).
London: Benjamin Motte, 1726.
First editions of Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels. Octavo, bound in three quarters contemporary calf over marbled boards, engraved frontispiece of Lemuel Gulliver, woodcut initials, five engraved maps, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. Bookplate to the pastedown and period ownership signature to each volume. Both volumes are the Teerink B edition. A very nice example of this classic in English literature.
Price: $18,000.00 Item Number: 95317
"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 Jonathan 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 Item Number: 36011
Rare first edition in English of A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars
A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars. Together With a Description of the Countries They Inhabit.
London: Printed for J. and J. Knapton, J. Darby, A. Bettesworth, et. al., 1729-1730.
Rare first edition in English of one of the earliest sources on the Turks, Moguls, and Tartars. Octavos, two volumes. Bound in full polished calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, all edges speckled red, engraved headpieces and tailpieces, folding map to each volume. From the library of Reginald C.L. Powys-Lybbe with his bookplates to the pastedowns. In very good condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 109632
"Great Britain is, without contradiction, the largest, finest, and most considerable land in Europe: Nay, one might venture to affirm, she holds the first rank among all the isles of the known world": Second edition of Nichoals Tindal's English translation of Paul de Rapin's monumental History of England
THOYRAS, Rapin de [Paul de Rapin]. Translated into English with Additional Notes by Nicholas Tindal.
London: Printed for James, John, and Paul Knapton, 1732.
Second edition of Tindal’s translation of Paul de Rapin’s monumental history of England. Folio, Volume I., bound in full contemporary calf, illustrated with engraved folding maps and genealogical charts, headpieces, tailpieces, and initials. In good condition.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 116744
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST PRINTED ATLAS OF RUSSIA, AND ONE OF PETER THE GREAT'S MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS
Russischer Atlas welcher in einer General-Charte und neunzehen Special-Charten das gesamte Russische Reich und dessen angräntzende Länder.vorstellig macht.
St. Petersburg: Entworffen bey der Kayserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1745.
Rare first edition of the first atlas printed of Russia. Folio, bound in full leather, 19 double-page maps, one large folding general map. In excellent condition with light toning. An exceptional example.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 105840
Rare 18th century Homann Heirs map of the Western Hemisphere. One page, the map depicts in detail North and South America as well as western portions of Europe and Africa with a large decorative cartouche. Homann’s second map of the Western Hemisphere, the present map provided new details in the interior of North America particularly along the Mississippi River. At the time of publication the Northwest coast of America and the Northwest Passage were still undiscovered. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120497
"THE STUDY OF COOK IS THE ILLUMINATION OF ALL DISCOVERY": first edition complete set of Cooks Voyages
Cook’s Voyages: An Account of the Voyages Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere; South Pole and Round the World; A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and the Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. The First, Second and Third Voyages.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784.
Rare first edition set of the official accounts of Captain James Cook’s voyages, “the foundation of modern knowledge of the Pacific and a cornerstone of the literature of travel and exploration” (Beddie 648, 1216, 1543; Hill 782, 358, 361). Nine volumes altogether. Quarto, bound in full calf with morocco spine labels, elaborate gilt titles to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands. Large folio atlas bound in the same manner. The First Voyage is comprised of three volumes edited by John Hawkesworth. “An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… In the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour.” The Second Voyage includes two volumes, published in 1777: “A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty’s Ships Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775”. First edition. Portrait frontispiece and 63 plates and charts (several folding or double-page). The Third Voyage was published in 1784: “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe.” Four volumes, first edition. The text with 24 plates and charts as called for, with two large folding maps and 61 plates. An exceptional set.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 112342
FALKNER'S DESCRIPTION OF PATAGONIA, SCARCE 1774 FIRST EDITION, WITH TWO LARGE (30 BY 20 INCHES) FOLDING MAPS
Hereford: Printed by C. Pugh; and sold by T. Lewis, 1774.
First edition of this fascinating 18th-century account of Patagonia and South America, with two important large folding maps by Thomas Kitchin of South America, both measuring approximately 30 by 20 inches. Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 112546
"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.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 81166