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Quakerism: A New Nick-Name for Old Christianity, Being an Answer to a Book, Entituled, Quakerism No Christianity; Subscribed by J. Faldo.
[Andrew Sowle]: [London] 1672.
First edition of William Penn’s reply to Faldo and defense of his first work of Quaker theology: The Spirit of Truth Vindicated. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments, elaborate gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, rebacked. In near fine condition. Scarce.
"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.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons 1914.
First edition of this classic adventure taken by Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated from photographs taken by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition, frontispiece with tissue-guard; 3 maps, including 1 folding in the rear. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed for Master Coleman Williams with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt January 21st 1916.” With Williams’s bookplate above, a portrait of Roosevelt to the pastedown, and another inserted opposite copyright page. In very good condition with some wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed.
“REALITY PROVIDES US WITH FACTS SO ROMANTIC THAT IMAGINATION ITSELF COULD ADD NOTHING TO THEM”: FINELY BOUND SET OF THE WORKS OF JULES VERNE
London: George Routledge & Sons; Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington 1911.
The Works of Jules Verne. Octavo, 17 volumes, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. The following titles are present: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Round The World in Eighty Days, Journey To The Center of the Earth, A Voyage Around the World, A Floating City, The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians In Southern Africa, From the Earth to the Moon Direct and Round the Moon, The Fur Country, The English at the north Pole, The Field of Ice, The Mysterious Island (first illustrated edition, 1886), Dick Sands, Five Weeks in a Balloon (first illustrated edition), Michael Strogoff, Dr. Ox’s Experiment (Author’s Illustrated Edition, 1884), A Winter Amid the Ice, The Steam House, parts I and II, The Begum’s Fortune, The Tribulations of a Chinaman (Author’s Illustrated Edition), The Green Ray, Godfrey Morgan, Hector Servadas, The Giant Raft, Keraban The Inflexible, The Child of the Cavern (Author’s Illustrated Edition), The Archipelago on Fire, Martin Paz (First Illustrated Edition 1886), The Survivors of the Chancellor (Author’s Illustrated Edition, 1887). In near fine condition.
“A NATURAL HISTORY MUST BE A VAST COLLECTION OF RELIABLE FACTS— PLUS A PERSONALITY”: SETON’S LIVES OF GAME ANIMALS, WITH 1,500 ILLUSTRATIONS
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page 1925-28.
Signed limited first edition, number 95 of only 177 sets, of Seton’s illustrated zoology of “land animals in America, north of the Mexican border,” with 1,500 illustrations and 50 maps showing distribution, signed by Seton on the frontispiece of Volume I. Large Quarton, Four volumes, original brown and tan gilt-stamped cloth, top edges gilt.
Rare French Military Artillery and Fortification Manual with text in manuscript and technical drawings throughout
Metz: Ecole Royale de l'Artillerie et du Genie 1818-19.
Rare early 19th century French military manual created in manuscript for the Ecole Royale de ‘Artillerie et du Genie (School of Application of Artillery and Engineering of Metz) containing lessons and technical drawings in the mechanics of artillery and construction of temporary and permanent military fortifications. Quarto, ten volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine and front panels, text in manuscript with technical drawings throughout. In near fine condition, internally exceptionally clean. A rare and desirable piece of 19th century French military history.
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on May 27, 1963 by Columbia Records, boldly signed by Dylan. Whereas his self-titled debut album Bob Dylan had contained only two original songs, Freewheelin‘ represented the beginning of Dylan’s writing contemporary words to traditional melodies. Eleven of the thirteen songs on the album are Dylan’s original compositions. The album opens with “Blowin’ in the Wind”, which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary soon after the release of Freewheelin‘. The album featured several other songs which came to be regarded as among Dylan’s best compositions and classics of the 1960s folk scene: “Girl from the North Country”, “Masters of War”, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”. Dylan’s lyrics embraced news stories drawn from headlines about the Civil Rights Movement and he articulated anxieties about the fear of nuclear warfare. Balancing this political material were love songs, sometimes bitter and accusatory, and material that features surreal humor. Freewheelin‘ showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time, propelling him to national and international fame. The success of the album and Dylan’s subsequent recognition led to his being named as “Spokesman of a Generation”, a label Dylan repudiated. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Bob Dylan.
"One of the best-written and convincing pieces in the Anti-Federalist canon": Rare First Edition of Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government from the Federal Farmer to the Republican
Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government, Proposed by the Late Convention; and to Several Essential and Necessary Alterations in it. In a Number of Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican.
New York: 1787.
Rare first edition of the definitive and most important work in the Anti-Federalist canon; the antithesis of the The Federalist Papers. Octavo, bound in the original calf over original boards with six raised bands, edges speckled red. In very good condition. An exceptional example.
"There's no one thing that's true. It's all true": First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls; Signed by Ernest Hemingway
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1940.
First edition, early printing of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ernest Hemingway on the page following the front free endpaper. Fine in a excellent near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographers name to the rear panel with some expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Hemingway.
New York: Random House 1956.
Signed limited first edition of this boyhood memory, number 140 of 600 copies. Slim octavo, original green cloth gilt, original acetate, original slipcase with mounted cover label. Fine in a fine slipcase.
“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look it right”: First Edition of Grateful Dead Comix; one of only 500 copies signed by Jerry Garcia
New York: Kitchen Sink Press 1992.
First edition, signed limited edition of this graphic novel depicting the legendary psychedelic rock band’s greatest hits and behind-the scene personal accounts. Quarto, original cloth with embossed silver deadhead skull and crossbones to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, pictorial endpapers, illustrated by Tim Truman, Nina Paley, Frank Gresham, Wayno, Dan Steffan, Rand Holmes, Dan Burr, Fred Carlson, Mary Fleener, and Pat Redding. One of 500 numbered copies signed by Jerry Garcia on a tipped-in limitation plate, this is number 185. Fine in the original slipcase which is in fine condition. Rare.
Lausanne and Geneva: Aoud Marcum-Michaelem Bousquet & Socios 1744.
First edition of the first collected edition of Newton‘s writings, which has been hailed as “a fine piece of bookmaking” (Babson). Quarto, bound in contemporary velum, contains 64 folding engraved plates; 2 folding letterpress tables. In very good condition. Small stamps to the spine and title pages. Rare in contemporary binding.
“Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine": Trollope's Barchester Towers
London: Robert Hayes 1925.
Finely bound example of this classic work. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with eight plates by F.C. Tilney. In very good condition, bookplate.
First Edition of The 9/11 Commission Report; Signed by George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Thomas Kean, Lee Hamilton and Alvin Felzenberg
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
New York: W.W. Norton & Company 2004.
First edition of this “document of historic sweep and almost unprecedented detail” (The Washington Post). Octavo, original boards. Signed on the half-title page by President George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, inscribed by Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice-Chairman Lee H. Hamilton and signed twice by Deputy for Communications Alvin S. Felzenberg. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Archie Ferguson. Rare and desirable with this collection of signatures.
"A friend is someone you have things in common with, Charlie Brown": First Edition of I Need All The Friends I Can Get; Signed by Charles M. Schulz
San Francisco : Determined Productions, Inc 1964.
First edition of this charming ‘little classic’ featuring Charles Schulz’s endearing Peanuts characters. Small octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Charles M. Schulz on the front free endpaper. Book design by Jim Young. Photograph by John Arms. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
J.R.R. Tolkien's schoolboy copy of Mackail's Latin Literature; with two of the young Tolkien's ownership signatures from 1907 and 1909
London: John Murray 1906.
First edition, early impression of Mackail’s standard Latin textbook. J.R.R. Tolkien’s copy with two ownership inscriptions to the front free endpaper, the first of which is in an early hand in all capital letters, “J.R.R. Tolkien Class I. KEHS October 1st 1907” and a later inscription with a cursive signature, “Oct. 1909 J.R.R. Tolkien.” Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Tolkien was raised in Edgbaston, Birmingham and attended King Edward’s School from 1900-1911. The dates of the inscriptions are of particular importance as they mark the flowering of Tolkien’s interest in language; during these years he would begin the development of his first fictional languages, based largely on his studies of Anglo-Saxon and Latin with the present volume. In very good condition. The text has been crossed out by a subsequent owner. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A scarce a desirable illustration of the young Tolkien’s early linguistic education, interest, and development.