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"the most celebrated biography in the English language": Rare First Edition of Boswell's The Life of Johnson
London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, in The Poultry, 1791.
First edition, first issue of both volumes of the most celebrated biography in the English language, which was published on May 16, 1791 in a print run of only 1,750 copies. Quarto, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Frontispiece portrait of Samuel Johnson, engraved by J. Heath after the Sir Joshua Reynolds (1756) painting. Volume one is the first state with the word “give” reading on page 135, line 10. First state of volume two, with two engraved illustrations, “The Round Robin” at p. 92, and the “facsimiles” of Dr. Johnson’s handwriting on p. 588. In near fine condition with light toning, an excellent example of this landmark work.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 80005
Droits de L’Homme; En Reponse a L’Attaque de M. Burke Sur La Revolution Francois. [Rights of Man: Part the First Being An Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attach on the French Revolution].
Chez F. Buisson: Paris, 1791.
First French edition of Thomas Paine’s classic statement of faith in democracy and egalitarianism. Octavo, bound in contemporary one quarter calf over marbled boards. In very good condition. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 96176
“All the sacred rights of humanity are violated by insisting on blind obedience”: First edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's landmark work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
London: J. Johnson, 1792.
Rare first edition of this landmark work in both Enlightenment philosophy and the history of feminism. Octavo, bound in full morocco, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition with some light toning to the text, contemporary name to the title page. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 110854
“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good": First Edition of Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man
London, Printed: New-York: reprinted for Berry, Rogers, and Berry, no. 35, Hanover-Square, 1792.
First edition of Paine’s Rights of Man. Octavo, contemporary brown calf. In good condition with some rubbing and wear.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 3989
Writings of Thomas Paine: Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Congress of the United States of America, in the Late War.
Albany, New York: Charles R. & George Webster, 1792.
Nine of Paine’s writings gathered, each pagination with a separate title page. Octavo, bound in contemporary calf. One of at least four issues with variant title pages for this work, this apparently the first, without the addition of “Rights of Man, Part the Second. In very good condition with some light foxing. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 81112
“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good": Finely bound sammelband collection of Paine's Rights of Man Part the First and Part the Second
Rights of Man: Part the First Being An Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution and Part the Second Combining Principle and Practice.
London and New York: London, Printed: New-York: Reprinted for Berry, Rogers, and Berry, no. 35, Hanover-Square, 1792-1793.
Finely bound sammelband collection of Paine’s Rights of Man Part the First and Part the Second. Octavo, elaborately bound in full calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt Greek-key ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and topstain, marbled endpapers. With the textual error to the date of publication to Part the First reading 1742. In near fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 114494
"These are the times that try men's souls": Rare 1792 variant of Paine's writings containing the scarce and important first collected American edition of The Crisis
The Writings of Thomas Paine, Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Congress of the United States of America, in the Late War [Including: Common Sense, The Crisis, Rights of Man].
Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792.
Rare 1792 variant of Paine’s writings containing the scarce and important fist collected American edition of The Crisis. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling and a red morocco spine label lettered in gilt to the spine. Containing: 1. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of North-America (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1791); 2. The Crisis: In Thirteen Numbers (Albany: Printed & Sold, by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792); 3. Public Good: Being an Examination into the Claim of Virginia, to the Vacant Western Territory (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 4. Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North-America (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 5. Letters, by the Author of Common Sense. First, to the Earl of Shelburne…Second, To Sir Guy Carlton…Third, To the Authors of “The Republican,” a French Paper…Fourth, To the Abbe Syeyes (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792). 6. Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution. The Fourth American Edition (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, [n.d.]). 7. Rights of Man. Part the Second. Containing Principle and Practice (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1794). 8. Letter, To Mr. Secretary Dundas. London, June 6, 1792 (caption title). In very good condition.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 103202
Rare first edition of James Bolton's magnificently illustrated Harmonia Ruralis; containing eighty copper-plates of life-size male and female songbirds drawn, engraved, and coloured by the author
London: Printed For and Sold By the Author, 1794.
Rare first edition of Bolton’s magnificently illustrated work on British songbirds. First issue with the original plates 7 and 13 which differ in later issues. Quarto, two volumes bound into one in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, illustrated with eighty copper-plates of life-size male and female songbirds drawn, engraved and colored by the author, index. In near fine condition. First editions are rare, with only a handful appearing at auction in the last 100 years.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 111071
“THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE REVOLUTION FROM THE BRITISH SIDE”: STEDMAN’S HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WAR, WITH 15 LARGE MAPS (11 FOLDING) OF “GREAT INTEREST AND VALUE”
London: Printed for the Author and Sold by J. Murray, et al, 1794.
First edition, wide-margined copy, of Stedman’s massive contemporary two-volume History of the American Revolution— “the standard work on the subject” —containing 15 military maps and plans (11 folding, the largest nearly 20 by 30 inches). Two volumes, handsomely bound in contemporary calf, green morocco labels, half-titles to both volumes. In very good condition, rebacked laying down the original backstrips. Rare and desirable with the half-title pages.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 99225
First edition of the first book published in English to include portions of the writings of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
A General and Introductory View of Professor Kant’s Principles Concerning Man, the World and the Deity.
London: J. Downes, 1796.
First edition of the first book published in English to include portions of the writings of German philosopher Immanuel Kant including his Critique of Pure Reason. Octavo, bound in full contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels. In very good condition with some light browning throughout and blank head of title page restored.
Price: $2,850.00 Item Number: 82397
“THE TRUTH MAY BE STRETCHED THIN, BUT IT NEVER BREAKS, AND IT ALWAYS SURFACES ABOVE LIES, AS OIL FLOATS ON WATER”: Finely Bound Set of Cervantes' Masterpiece Don Quixote
Dublin: John Chambers, 1796.
Early example of Cervantes’ masterpiece. Octavo, 4 volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, burgundy and black spine labels, engraved frontispiece to volume one. Translated by T. Smollett. In near fine condition. A nice example of an early edition of Don Quixote.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 103412
Observations on Certain Documents Contained in No.V & VI of “The History of the United States for the Year 1796,” in which the Charge of Speculation against Alexander Hamilton, Late Secretary of the Treasury, is Fully Refuted.
Philadelphia: John Bioren for John Fenno, 1797.
Rare first edition of one of the major causes célèbres in American governmental history. Octavo, bound in contemporary morocco, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. This first edition of 1797 is rare as it was bought up by the Hamilton family in an effort to suppress it, but was ultimately reprinted in 1800 by Hamilton’s political enemies. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 52680
Madrid: Gabriel de Sancha, 1797-98.
First edition of the first annotated edition of Don Quixote. Octavo, five volumes, bound in contemporary tree calf, covers with a swashed diagonal cross, edged with a gilt roll, gilt bands and green lettering pieces, marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges. With 2 engraved portraits, 2 engraved headpieces, 3 folding maps, and 31 engraved plates executed by P. Duflos and Moreno Tejada after R. Ximeno, A. Navarro, Monnet and Camaron y Paret. In near fine condition. “This beautiful edition, which is printed on excellent paper, is of the highest importance for Pellicer’s erudite notes and commentary, and for his painstaking corrections of the text” (Ruis). By focusing his attention on the authentic Spanish folklore that Cervantes would have drawn upon, Pellicer set the precedent for modern editorial methods. The present edition is illustrated with numerous fine plates, described by Ashbee as “among the finest produced in Spain.” Palau 52030; Salva 1568; Mas II, 446; Ruis I, 59; Ashbee Iconography of Don Quixote 93.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 62015
First Edition of "one of the classical works in the history of economics" and "the beginning of sociology": Frederic Morton Eden's The State of the Poor
The State of the Poor: Or an History of the Labouring Classes in England, from the Conquest to the Present Period; in Which are Particularly Considered Their Domestic Economy with Respect to Diet, Dress, Fuel and Habitation.
London: J. Davis, for B. & J. White, G. & G. Robinson, T. Payne, 1797.
First edition of this classic work. Quarto, 3 volumes, bound mottled full calf, raised bands, gilt titles to the spine, gilt lined, black morocco spine labels. In excellent condition with the folding table facing p. viii of the appendix in Volume III.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 20029