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"Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these": Exquisite first edition large paper set of Loddiges' Botanical Cabinet; containing 2000 numbered hand-colored botanical plates by George Cooke
London: John & Arthur Arch; Hackney: Conrad Loddiges & Sons, et al, 1818–1833.
Rare first edition, large paper issue set of Loddiges’ renowned Botanical Cabinet with 2000 numbered hand-colored plates by George Cooke. Octavos, 20 volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, all edges marbled. Illustrated with 2000 numbered hand-colored botanical plates by George Cooke. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplates. An exceptional collection, most rare and desirable in a complete set.
Price: $32,500.00 Item Number: 109061
"One the most important works on British butterflies and moths": Rare second edition of Benjamin White's Magnificent One Hundred and Twenty Copper Plates of English Moths and Butterflies
One Hundred and Twenty Copper Plates of English Moths and Butterflies Representing Their Changes into the Caterpillar, Chrysalis, and Fly States and the Plants, Flowers, and Fruits, Wheron They Feed. Coloured with great Exactness from the Subjects themselves.
London: Printed for Benjamin White, 1773.
Rare edition of one the most important works on British butterflies and moths. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, decorative ruling to the panels stamped in blind, illustrated with 120 exquisite hand-colored engraved plates depicting the development butterflies and moths with the plants on which the feed after drawings by George Ehret and Jacob van Huysum. With a natural history of the insects and plants, index, and the list of subscribers gleaned from the original 1747-79 edition including Joseph Dandridge who assisted Wilkes and gave him open access to his private collection of entomological specimen. In very good condition with the hand colored-plates exceptionally clean and bright. Rare and desirable.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 112674
“I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck": First Edition of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim At Tinker Creek; Signed by Her
New York: Harper's Magazine Press, 1974.
First edition with all points present of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original brown cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Annie Dillard on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Sheila Berger. Line drawing by Annie Dillard. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 99768
"AN ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE FIELD OF ANTHROPOLOGY ON PAR WITH CHARLES DARWIN'S ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES": FIRST PAPERBACK EDITION OF COMING OF AGE IN SAMOA; SIGNED BY AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST MARGARET MEAD
New York: The New American Library of World Literature, Inc, 1949.
First paperback edition, first printing of Mead’s pioneering work which, upon publication, established her as the most famous anthropologist in the world. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Margaret Meade November 1949.” In near fine condition. Jacket design by Robert Jonas. Rare, particularly signed.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117021
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1932.
Early printing of Mead’s pioneering work which, upon publication, established her as the most famous anthropologist in the world. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket, which is in good condition. Foreword by Franz Boas.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117912