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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
New York : McClure, Phillips & Co, 1904.
First edition of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ground breaking work and what she considered “her greatest work” (New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To a friend of mine and of progress, Alva Adams, with good will of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1905.” The recipient Alva Adams served three terms as Governor of Colorado where he made significant progress for the labor movement and human rights by establishing the Bureau of Labor Statistics which forbade child labor, and passing a bill that ended public executions in Colorado. In very good condition. An exceptional association copy.
Doubleday, Page & Company: Garden City, NY, 1925.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Anzia Yezierska on the limitation page. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc, 1970.
First edition of the piracy edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece with annotations by Nabokov expert Alfred Appel, Jr. Octavo, original cloth. Photograph portrait of Nabokov to the rear panel by Halsman. Jacket design by Muriel Nasser. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing.