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“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition In Parts of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; from the library of Steve and Peggy Fossett
London: Bradbury and Evans, May 1849 - November 1850.
First edition in the original monthly parts of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, original blue-green illustrated paper wrappers, twenty parts in nineteen, frontispiece, vignette title-page and thirty-eight additional inserted plates. In near fine condition, an unrestored example of Dickens’ classic work which is virtually complete with all preliminary advertisements with the exception of the slips after plates parts 9, 13, 14, and 16; all front advertisements in part 11 and the “Household Words” advertisement in part 15. With all of the rear advertisements with the exception of “The Theory of Musical Composition”, “Illustrated Weekly Journal” and “Penny Maps” in part 15, and all advertisements in parts 2 and 8. Housed in two custom full morocco and chemise boxes. From the library of Peggy and Steve Fossett with their bookplate to the pastedown. Scarce and desirable in the original parts which were “much read and roughly handled,” with “fine, clean and unrepaired copies difficult to procure” even in 1932 (Hatton & Cleaver pp.253-272; Sadleir 686; Yale/Gimbel A121).
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 96035
"The secret of my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day": CHUCK YEAGER BELL X-1 SPEED OF SOUND SIGNED AUTO ROCKET
Model of the Bell X-1, boldly signed by pilot Chuck Yeager. The piece measures 14 inches in length, 10 inches in height and 11 inches in width. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 100398
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives": Rare Black and White Photograph of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson; signed by him
Rare black and white photograph signed by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, Jackie Robinson. Inscribed by the baseball legend in the bottom left corner of the photograph, “To John, best wishes, Jackie Robinson.” In near fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 8.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Photographs signed by Robinson are scarce.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 107856
Rare hand-illuminated apostolic benediction signed by Pope Pius XI with a circular portrait of him. The blessing in elaborate script reads, “Most Holy Father, Margaret, Katherine, Regina, John, Leo and Charles Lougrhan, humbly prostrate at the feet of Your Holiness beg one special blessing.” Signed by the pope at the conclusion, “Pope PP. XI.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 19 inches. Uncommon signed by Pope Pius XI.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 88158
Venice: Aldus Manutius, September, 1502.
Rare first edition of Herodotus‘ history of the Persian Wars, one of the most important texts edited by the great scholar-printer-publisher. Folio, bound in contemporary vellum, woodcut title in Greek and Roman letter, verso with dedication in Latin, text in Greek letter throughout with spaces for capital letters, woodcut device on title and last page. Aldus claims in the dedication that he corrected the text from multiple exemplars, one of the few instances where such a claim by him is justified and can be verified. He was the first to have access to the ‘Florentine’ codices, where Valla had used the so-called Roman family of manuscripts for his translation. The printer’s copy was discovered in Nuremberg by Brigitte Mondrain in 1993 (Scriptorium 49 , pp. 263-273). The History was designed to match the Aldine Thucydides of four months earlier: they share a paper stock, all types and the number of lines per page. Ahmanson-Murphy 50; Isaac 12782; Laurenziana 64; Renouard, Alde 35:8; Sansoviniana 67. In excellent condition with light rubbing and wear, bookplates to the pastedown, some light toning to the text, occasional Greek and Latin annotations in a c.17th-century hand, small repairs to the final four leaves. An exceptional example of this landmark work, rare and desirable in contemporary vellum.
Price: $32,000.00 Item Number: 96588
"I fear neither you nor all the sachems": Scarce printing of John Elliot, The Apostle to the American Indians
Philadelphia: Published by the Sunday and Adult School Union, nd.
Scarce printing of the biography of John Eliot. Octavo, one of 50 brief dialogues, biographies, and tracts bound as one in full contemporary tree calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, illustrated with woodcut engravings including an illustration of Eliot. In near fine condition. Scarce with only 2 copies traced in OCLC.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119423
"Reader if thou wilt do the fame, thy profit will be as great as mine": Exceptionally rare printing of Benjamin Franklin's An Old Man's Experience, or Poor Richard's Maxims Improved
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Rare printing of Benjamin Franklin’s An Old Man’s Experience, or Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved, published under the pseudonym Richard Saunders in full, “An Old Man’s Experience, or, Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved. Reader, if you buy this Book, and seriously consider its contents, though it cost thee but a Trifle, it may save thee Many Pounds.” Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. No publisher or date listed. In very good condition with tape repair to the spine and rear panel. Exceptionally rare, no other copies matching this title and pagination have come to auction.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 96182
Rare First Edition of H. Graham Aldous' The Beer Duty; Containing analyses and discussions on the taxation of beer
London: Privately Printed, c. 1901.
Rare first edition of this collection of discussions and charts analyzing the effects of taxation on the beer trade in early 20th century England, in the midst of the Temperance Movement. Octavo, original leatherette covered boards with gilt titles to the spine, all edges marbled, illustrated with charts, tables and graphs including a diagram showing the upward or downward movement of Trade, Drink and Crime. Appendix. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 100125
Rare Society of the Cincinnati membership certificate signed by George Washington as president of the society of the Cincinnati
Philadelphia: May 5th, 1784.
Rare autograph document signed by George Washington as President of the Society of the Cincinnati during the first general meeting of the Society and 5 years prior to his election and inauguration as the first President of the United States of America. One page partially printed on vellum with engraved vignettes by Auguste L. Belle after Jean-Jacques Andre LeVeau depicting America in knight’s armor trampling upon the British standard and the American eagle casting the British lion and Britannia out to sea with thunderbolts, engraved seal of the Order of the Cincinnati. The document reads: Be it known that Lieutenant William Andrews is a member of the society of the Cincinnati instituted by the Officers of the American Army at the Period of Dissolution, as well to commemorate the great Event which gave Independence to North American, as for the laudable Purpose of inculcating the Duty of laying down in Peace Arms assumed for public Defence, and of uniting in Acts of brotherly Affection and Bonds of perpetual Friendship the Members constituting the same. In Testimony whereof I, the President of the said Society have hereunto set my hand at Philadelphia in Pennsylvania this fifth day of may in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Four and in the Eighth Year of the Independence of the United States. By Order, ” “H.Knox” Secretary “G. Wahsington” President. William Andrews was commissioned a lieutenant on 1 January 1777 with the Third Continental Artillery. His regiment wintered at Valley Forge, andthe following June, Andrews was captured and held by the British in New York until he was exchanged in September 1781. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Washington. The entire piece measures 36 inches by 23 inches. An exceptional example.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 101412
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success": Photograph of Henry Ford; Signed by Him
Photograph of Henry Ford, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 102482
"Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey": The Poetical Works of Lord Byron; Finely Bound
London: Frederick Warne and Co, c. 1890.
The Poetical Works of Lord Byron. Octavo, bound in half vellum over cloth, frontispiece, morocco spine label, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers top edge gilt. In near fine condition. An attractive set.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 111329
London: Hodder & Stoughton, c. 1911.
Finely bound by Asprey. Quarto, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Illustrated with 25 tipped in color plates by Hugh Thompson. In near fine condition.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 61082
Rare first edition of Lord Houghton's Opening Address before the Norwich congress; warmly inscribed by him
Rare first edition of Lord Houghton’s Opening Address before the Norwich Congress of the Social Science Association. Octavo, bound in three quarters contemporary calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “with the best regards of Houghton.” In very good condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 112568
"The establishment of peace on earth is a fundamental belief of universal Judaism with its principles of one universal God and one humanity": Rare type-written manuscript signed and hand-corrected by Palestine's first attorney general Norman Bentwich
Rare manuscript written by Mandatory Palestine’s first attorney general, British Zionist Norman Bentwich. 21 pages, type-written with copious corrections and revisions in Bentwich’s hand throughout, signed by Bentwich at the conclusion of the last page. Developed during his term as Chairman of the United Restitution Organization, the manuscript contains content and notes which would later be published as Bentwich’s 1959 book: The Religious Foundations of Internationalism; A Study in International Relations Through the Ages. Also included at the conclusion of the text is a list of suggested reading. In very good condition. A rare and desirable signed manuscript.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 81253
London: Simpson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd, nd .
First edition of Meredith’s entertaining collection of tales of the London Stock Exchange. Octavo, original cloth, engraved frontispiece portrait of Meredith. In near fine condition.
Price: $75.00 Item Number: 119496
"The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 104856