“Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies":; First Portuguese edition of Voltaire's Tragedies: Sofonisba, Mariamne, and Orestes
Sofonisba, Mariamne, Orestes: Tragedia de Mr. de Voltaire: Traduzida Em Portuguez.
Voltaire (Arouet, François-Marie).$750.00
Item Number: 88112
Lisboa: Na Officina de Simao Thaddeo Ferreira, 1790.
First Portuguese edition of Voltaire’s three tragedies translated into Portuguese. Octavo, bound in full period calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red spine label, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. A nice example.
One of the most influential thinkers of the French Enlightenment, François-Marie Arouet, know by the nom de plum Voltaire, was a resourceful and prolific writer. His works touched nearly every literary form including plays, poems, novels, theoretical essays, and scientific treatises. A forthright and candid advocate of civil liberties, he frequently criticized the institutions of religious dogma and classism prevalent in 18th century France, often doing so through satire to avoid censorship and imprisonment.
Other Books by this Author
London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1752.
Second edition of Voltaire’s history of the reign of Louis XIV. Octavo, two volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, raised ruled bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, dentelles, engraved frontispiece portrait of Louis XIV in Volume I, engraved frontispiece of a scene from Virgil’s Aeneid in Volume II. In very good condition.
"No character in the literary world is so universally known": Finely Bound example of the Life of Voltaire
Historical Memoirs Of The Author Of The Henriade. With Some Original Pieces. To Which are Added, Genuine Letters Of Mr. De Voltaire. Taken from His Own Minutes.
London: Printed for T. Durham, 1777.
Finely bound example documenting the life of one of the most important minds of the French Enlightenment taken from his own minutes and including the first appearance of many of his letters and original pieces. Translated from the French and published one year before the death of Voltaire. Ocatvo, original period full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, spine gilt with triple bands and floral inlays, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Period bookplates to the pastedown and front free endpaper. A nice example.
London: J. Nourse, 1756.
Early printing of Voltaire’s history of the War of 1741. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label. In very good condition.
"The effect of great literary reputation is such that the world is better pleased with anecdotes": First edition of the Historical Memoirs of Voltaire
London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1786.
First edition of the memoirs of one of the most pivotal figures in the French Enlightenment, interspersed with anecdotes and poetical pieces never before published in English, particularly the Life of the Celebrated J. B. Rousseau. Translated from the French of Dom Chaudon. Octavo, bound in full period calf, rebacked, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt tooling to the front and rear panel. In good condition.
Lausanne: Chez Francois Grasset & Comp, 1772.
Early edition of Voltaire’s biography of one of the most influential and widely translated writers of all time. Octavo, bound in full sprinkled sheepskin. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, pictorial endpapers, all edges red, ribbon bound in. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Tasteful period bookplate.
“Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television”: Rare Artist's Sketch of Woody Allen; Signed by Woody Allen
Rare graphite artist’s sketch of American director and comedian Wood Allen. Signed by Woody Allen in the upper left corner of the sketch. Additionally signed by the artist, P.B. Socci. Active in the mid 1970s, American artist Pat B. Socci gained a reputation for seeking out Hollywood icons to sign his sketched portraits. The drawing measures 8.75 inches by 11.5 inches. A unique example.
"I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land": Rare Theodor Herzl Shana Tova Postcard and Embroidered Silk Handkerchief from the Second Zionist Congress
Rare 19th century Shana Tova postcard from the Second World Zionist Congress featuring a central portrait of Theodor Herzl flanked by other Zionist leaders Bernard Lazare, Max E. Mandelstamm, Theodor Gaster and Max Nordau. Below the portraits is a biblical verse in Hebrew from Ezekiel 37:21, “Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land” with images of a farmer in Eretz Israel and figures praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Paired with a rare silk handkerchief with floral embroidery and an engraved portrait of Herzl flanked by New Year’s greetings in Yiddish. Both items are in near fine condition. The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The handkerchief measures 10 inches by 10 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Judaica.
"A charming record of the personality of a vanished race and a vanished day"(Eudora Welty): First edition of Nabokov's memoir of his early life
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.
First edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s brilliantly written memoir of his youth. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown and foot of the spine.
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me": First edition of Daphne du Maurier's masterpiece Rebecca
London: Victor Gollancz Limited, 1938.
First edition of du Maurier’s masterpiece later made into the Oscar-winning 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with one small closed tear and light rubbing to the extremities. A nice example.