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“AMERICA’S SECOND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL VOLUME OF AMERICAN POETRY
Brooklyn, New York: For the author by Andrew & James Rome, 1855.
First edition of the most important volume in American poetry, which Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. Small folio, frontispiece engraved portrait of the author by Hollyer after the daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison, mounted opposite the title, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards by MacDonald, New York, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell chemise.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 108540
The Constable Edition of The Works of Shakespeare; one of only 1,000 copies bound by BaynTun in cosway-style binding and elaborately illustrated with original watercolors
Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable; Grant Richards, 1903-1904.
The Constable edition of the works of Shakespeare. Folio, ten volumes. Elaborately bound in full blue morocco by Bayntun Riviere in Cosway-style binding with hand painted portrait medallions under glass to the front panel of each volume, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the spine and front panel, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, raised gilt bands, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, silk endleaves, ribbon bound in. Illustrated with 479 tissue-guarded plates and 531 original illustrations, 525 of which are original watercolors. One of only 1,000 copies, this is number 149. Volume X is signed by Grant Richards, who produced that volume only, on the limitation page. Each volume contains four plays, with the exception of volume ten which contains two plays followed by Shakespeare’s narrative poems and sonnets. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare and desirable. A stunning set.
Price: $38,000.00 Item Number: 95176
"When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints": The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau; In the Original Binding
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906.
The manuscript edition of the writings of Henry David Thoreau. With the original manuscript sheet by Thoreau from his journal tipped-in to volume 1. The two page manuscript fragment comprises 58 lines from “Autumnal Tints,” in altered form, published in the Atlantic Monthly, October 1862, and collected in Excursions the following year. The fragment concludes with the line containing the title phrase: “When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints […].” Octavo, 20 volumes. Bound in the publisher’s three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards, spine elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Signed by the publisher. Illustrated in each volume with a photograph of flowers and a hand-colored scenes used as frontispieces and additional plates inserted throughout. In fine condition without wear.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 97590
"The revolutionary manifesto of the romantic poets”: First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems; containing the first appearance of William Wordsworth's famous Preface defining his theory of poetry
London: Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800.
First complete edition of the manifesto for the English romantic movement containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark preface defining his theory of poetry. Small octavos, two volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine with red and green morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. From the Brother Julian F.S.C. Collection with bookplates to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom cloth chemise case and half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 100532
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary": First Edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven
New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845.
Rare first edition in book form of Poe’s famed work. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In very good condition with some light foxing and usual wear. BAL 16147.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 111538
First edition of Walt Whitman's Two Rivulets: Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India; one of only 100 copies signed and dated by Walt Whitman and with an autograph note signed by him tipped in
Camden, New Jersey: Author's Edition, 1876.
Scarce first edition, first issue with the blank leaf between ‘As a Strong Bird’ and ‘Memoranda’ and single leaf of advertisements for Whitman’s books inserted between the back flyleaves. One of only 100 copies. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentetlles, gilt top stain, marbled endpapers. With the frontispiece sepia photograph of Whitman signed and dated by him, “Walt Whitman 1881.” From the library of Richard Hoe Lawrence with an autograph note by Whitman tipped in. Addressed to Lawrence and dated March 11, 1881, the note reads, “Dear Sir yours of 10th enclosing #10 received – Walt Whitman.” Richard Hoe Lawrence served as president of the Grolier Club from 1906-1908. He was the great-nephew of Grolier Club co-founder and renowned bibliophile Robert Hoe III. With Lawrence’s bookplates to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114654
Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1903.
Autograph Centenary edition with a double sided manuscript in Emerson’s hand bound into volume one. Octavo, 12 volumes, bound in three quarters contemporary morocco over cloth, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Numerous mounted photogravure illustrations. One of 600 copies. In near fine condition.
Price: $7,000.00 Item Number: 104898
"Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey": One of 100 Sets of The Works of Lord Byron
Boston: Francis A. Nicolls and Co, 1900.
The Edition des Amateurs, one of 100 copies signed by the editor of the complete works of Lord Byron. Octavo, 16 volumes. Bound in full contemporary morocco, elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels with central arms, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, frontispieces and plates each in three states. Edited by Richard Henry Stoddard. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 109282
London: Macmillan, 1929.
Signed limited first edition, number 142 of only 525 copies (of which 500 were for sale) signed by Kipling. Quarto, Three volumes. Quarto, three volumes, bound in original full red crushed morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. In near fine condition. Illustrated by Francis Dodd. From the library of Captain Harold Hamilton Broadmead with his bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional set.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 117871
“A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.” First edition, first issue of Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley; one of fewer than 500 copies printed and 300 copies sold
London: Printed for John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824.
First edition, first issue of this collection edited and with a preface by Mary Shelley, containing the first publication of much of Shelley’s work. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt label to the spine, raised gilt bands. One of fewer than 500 copies printed and fewer than 300 actually sold before Mary Shelley reluctantly complied to Shelley’s father’s demands that she publish nothing more about his son during his own lifetime. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom half morocco box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 95137
“BEYOND THE EARTH, BEYOND THE FARTHEST SKIES, I TRY TO FIND HEAVEN AND HELL. THEN I HEAR A SOLEMN VOICE THAT SAYS: "HEAVEN AND HELL ARE INSIDE”: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; One of 550 Copies Signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; In the Original Elaborate Binding
London: Siegle, Hill & Company, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of this work reproduced in color from the manuscript written and illuminated by Francis Sangorski & George Sutcliffe, number 247 of 550 copies signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Folio, bound in publisher’s full vellum, front panel elaborately stamped in gilt in a peacock motif, gilt titles and a floral motif to the spine, brown gilt morocco lettering label, pictorial endleaves. With twelve full-page illustrations inserted throughout. In very good condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 108452
Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1886.
Octavo, three-quarters leather, 14 volumes. Top edge gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, marbled endpapers. One of 500 numbered copies. This is set number 144. It also includes the three volume Final Memorials of Longfellow by Ticknor and Company published in 1887. All volumes are numbered 144 of 300 copies. Each volume contains the bookplate of noted American poet and publisher Scofield Thayer, best known for his art collection, which is housed in the Metropolitan Mueseum of Art. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 3612
Printed for J. Johnson and 25 other firms partnerships and individuals by Bye and Law, 1801 &, 1806.
First Todd edition, consisting of seven volumes along with the Symmons seven volume set. Octavo, 14 volumes. Full contemporary leather, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panel, marbled endpapers. Steel engraved frontispiece of Milton to volume one of the Todd edition. Text in English and Latin. A beautiful set.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 3608
Finely bound collection of the poems of Lord Byron in two volumes; with a double fore-edge painting to each volume
London: John Murray, 1813-1814.
Finely bound set of the poems of Lord Byron. Octavo, 5 volumes bound into two in full straight grain morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in five compartments within raised gilt bands, quadruple gilt ruling and elaborate stamping in blind to the panels, gilt turn ins and inner dentelles, all edged gilt, with double fore-edge paintings to each volume displaying period landscapes. In very good condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119632
"O Daughter of the rose, whose cheeks unite the diff'ring titles of the red and white; which heav'ns alternate beauty well display the blush of morning, and the milky way": First Edition of Fables Ancient and Modern; Translated into Verse, From Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: With Original Poems in Rare Contemporary Binding
Fables Ancient and Modern; Translated into Verse, From Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: With Original Poems.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1700.
First edition of this collection of fables with nearly 12,000 verses translated or paraphrased from various including Homer, Chaucer and Ovid. Quarto, bound in contemporary calf Cambridge binding, tooled and lettered in gilt on spine, raised bands. In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 104852
"The door of death is made of gold, that mortal eyes cannot behold": Rare first edition subscriber's copy of Robert Blair`s The Grave; illustrated by William Blake
London: Printed by T. Bensley for R.H. Cromek, 1808.
Rare first edition subscriber’s copy of Robert Blair`s famous poem, which initiated a fashion for mortuary poems, illustrated with 11 etchings by William Blake. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco, marbled endpapers, with the famous engraved frontispiece portrait of William Blake after the painting by Phillips, engraved title page, with 11 additional plates engraved by Louis Schiavonetti after Blake’s drawings, designed at the request of Cromek. With the poem dedicated to the Queen by Blake, list of subscribers, four-page prospectus for the Procession of Chaucer`s Pilgrims to Canterbury by Thomas Stothard at rear. In very good condition. Ownership inscription. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 109096
London: Richard Bentley, 1866.
Finely bound example of this classic collection of legends, myths, and poetry. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, triple gilt ruling, cornerpieces and central motif to the panels, inner dentelles, all edges gilt with a fore-edge painting of an erotic scene. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118237
"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it": Finely Bound Set of Moliere's Oeuvres Complètes de Molière
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1878.
Finely bound set of Moliere. Quarto, 5 volumes, bound in full red morocco, illustrated with plates, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, original wrappers bound in, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Edited by Adolphe Regnier. With the slipcovers in marbled paper. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 104673
Eighteenth century example of Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain'd. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And Poems upon Several Occasions; Finely Bound
Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain’d. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And Poems upon Several Occasions.
London: Printed for J.F. and C. Rivington et al, 1790.
Eighteenth century example of Milton’s masterpiece, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain’d. Octavo, 4 volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine red morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, ribbons bound in, all edges speckled brown, engraved frontispiece to two volumes. In near fine condition. A desirable example.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 95361
"Who ere while the happy Garden sung, by one man's disobedience lost, now sing": Eighteenth century example of The Poetical Works of Mr. John Milton
London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1720.
Eighteenth century example of Milton’s poetical works including his masterpiece Paradise Lost. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary full brown calf, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, all edges speckled red, engraved frontispieces and title vignettes. In very good condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 95351