First American Edition of Leo Tolstoy's Where Love is, There God is Also
Where Love Is, There God Is Also.
Item Number: 96100
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Publishers, 1887.
First American edition in English of Tolstoy’s short story in reference to the Catholic hymn Ubi Caritas. Small octavo, original cloth with elaborate gilt tooling to the front panel. Translated by Nathan Haskell Dole. In near fine condition. First editions are rare.
Where Love is, There God is Also is the story of Martin Avdeicth, a fine cobbler who works in a basement from which he has one window through which he is only able to see the feet and shoes of passersby. After making a habit of reading the Bible, Avseicth experiences a series of events of near-Biblical proportions. The book was adapted into a short opera by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů as well as A Haitian Creole translation produced by Carrié Paultre.
Other Books by this Author
Boston: L.C. Page & Company, Publishers, 1904.
Finely bound works of the Russian master Leo Tolstoy. Octavo, 14 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition.
Rare halftone photographic portrait of Russian literary master Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Leo Tolstoy) inscribed by him two years before his death at the age of 82 in 1910, “M.A. Pototsky, Lev Tolstoy 1908, 11 October.” Towards the end of his life, Tolstoy became a passionate advocate for the economic thinking of Henry George, incorporating it into his later works including Resurrection of 1899 and A Letter to a Hindu of 1908. Georgian theory had become widely popular in the early 19th century and sparked several reform movements throughout the Progressive Era in the United States; George’s book Progress and Poverty of 1879 sold millions of copies worldwide and provided a critical investigation of the paradox existing between the increase in inequality amid economic progress in the United States. Tolstoy’s 1899 novel Resurrection hinted at these leanings with its heavy criticism of the justice system and suggestions towards collective self-governing communities; his 1908 Letter to a Hindu which outlined his belief that non-violence could be the means for India to gain independence from British colonial rule opened up a correspondence between him and the young Mahatma Gandhi who later referred to Tolstoy as “the greatest apostle of non-violence that the present age has produced” in his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Tolstoy’s correspondence with Gandhi lasted until his death in 1910 and inspired Gandhi to name his second ashram in South Africa the Tolstoy Colony. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 17.25 inches. Rare and desirable signed by not only one of the greatest masters of realist fiction, and one of the earliest influential advocates for the use non-violent resistance.
"Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget": First Edition In English Of Tolstoys Masterpiece Anna Karenina
New York: Thomas J. Crowell & Co, 1886.
First edition in English. Octavo, original cloth, with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition. Translated by Nathan Haskell Dole and with an introduction by him. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example
"Among the most important novels in world literature": First Edition In English Of Leo Tolstoys Masterpiece War and Peace
New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886.
First editions in English of Tolstoy’s masterpiece; one of the most important novels in world literature and widely considered the greatest novel ever written. Small octavo, six volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. Translated into French by ‘A Russian lady’ and from the French by Clara Bell. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. An excellent set of Tolstoy’s masterpiece.
New York: Chrales Scribner's Sons, 1903.
Limited edition of the works of Leo Tolstoy, one of one hundred and fifty copies printed on Ruisdael paper, this is number sixty-eight. Octavo, 25 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, two frontispieces to each volume. In very good condition, with volume one bound upside down.
"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom": Tolstoys Masterpiece War and Peace
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917.
works of Leo Tolstoy. Octavo, six volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and gilt ruling to the spine, top edge gilt. In very good condition.
"For Vivien with all my love and admiration": First Edition of A Time of Gods; Inscribed by Roloff Beny to Actress Vivien Leigh
London: Thames and Hudson, 1962.
First edition of this work by the famed photographer. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpaper, illustrated with 148 photogravure plates. Association copy, inscribed by the author to actress Vivien Leigh, “For Vivien with all my love and admiration always Roloff London Oct. 23/ 63.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Beny was in early days a protégé of Peggy Guggenheim and Herbert Read. The circle of friends around him—actors, artists, collectors, writers—included such figures as Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Stephen Spender, Rose Macaulay, Bernard Berenson, Jean Cocteau, Henry Moore, and other luminaries of art and literature. An exceptional association copy.
"Vogue has sometimes been called a civilizing force. If that is true, perhaps it is because a civilization, to endure, needs voices to sing its praise": The World in Vogue; inscribed to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton
New York: The Viking Press, 1963.
First edition of this work on the groundbreaking publication Vogue. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton, “Merry Xmas, Vivien darling, with all my love always – Dec. 25/’63.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket with a few tears.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
"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.