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Aesop's Fables with Upwards of One Hundred and Fifty Engravings on Wood.
London, Joseph Booker; G.B. Whittaker; J. Duncan; Simpkin and Marshall; John Martin; and C. Whittingham, 1828. Leather bound. Finely bound in polished green leather covers with gilt borders and gilt edges; spine with elaborate gilt decorations and raised bands, and gilt title to brown leather spine label. 32mo (4 7/8 in. tall); xii 228 pp. Preface about Aesop by S. Croxall. One hundred and ten fables. Includes The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Hare and the Tortoise, and The Fox and the Grapes. Beautiful wood engravings. Colophon indicates printing by the Chiswick Press. Green ribbon marker. Marbled endpapers. Spine ends and shoulders worn, corners rubbed, boards scuffed, pages with trace stains. Ancient Greek storyteller Aesop (circa 620-560 BCE) is thought to have created Western civilization's first morality tales. Very Good+ in no dust jacket as issued.
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Book number: 748
USD 322.00 [Appr.: EURO 305 | £UK 258.5 | JP¥ 36111]

Bewick's Select Fables of Aesop and Others.
London, Bickers and Son, [1871]. Full leather. Bewick's Select Fables of Aesop and Others. In Three Parts. I. Fables Extracted from Dodsley's. II. Fables with Reflections in Prose and Verse. III. Fables in Verse. To Which are Prefixed The Life of Aesop, and an Essay upon Fable by Oliver Goldsmith. Faithfully Reprinted from the Newcastle Edition Published by T. Saint in 1784. With the Original Wood Engravings by Thomas Bewick, and an Illustrated Preface by Edwin Pearson. 12mo (7 1/4 in. tall); xl 312 pp. Full green morocco with elaborately gilt bordered panels with gilt turn-ins plus spine with gilt decorated compartments and raised bands. All edges gilt. Frontispiece, preface illustrations, vignette per fable and tailpieces are wood engravings from the original blocks by Thomas Bewick. Opens with Preface to 1871 Edition. Closes with Index. Marbled endpapers. Appears unread. Protected in clear wrapper. Spine shoulders rubbed, half-title gutter foxed, preliminaries and rear pages with trivial foxing. Regarded the father of modern wood engraving, Thomas Bewick brought new expressive possibilities to the declining art. Ancient Greek storyteller Aesop (circa 620-560 BCE) is thought to have created Western civilizations first morality tales. Near Fine with no dust jacket.
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Book number: 749
USD 374.00 [Appr.: EURO 354.25 | £UK 300.25 | JP¥ 41943]
Catalogue: Fine Bindings

Peter Pan
N.p. Micawber Fine Editions, 2004. First Thus. Leather bound. 4to (10 in. tall); 130, 60, 81, 12, 16, [1] pp. Presentation copy from publisher to Colorado Ballet artistic director as printed on limitation page. Limitation page includes signature register: illustrator, 1st choreographer, 2nd choreographer, Colorado Ballet artistic director, author of afterword, and publisher. Limited to 25 copies, this is an unnumbered presentation copy. Gilt lettered leather label to spine and inlaid pictorial label to cover over blue leather. Full leather binding, not skived. Hand-sewn signatures. Marbled endpapers. Gilt woven place marker. Two loose full-page original color renderings each numbered 1 of 10 and signed by award-winning artist Griff Jones are included in an illustrated paper folder numbered 1 of 10. Peter Pan the story (1911) includes full-page color renderings by Griff Jones. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens the story (1906), includes full-page color reproductions by iconic illustrator Arthur Rackham. Peter Pan the play (1904) includes full-page color reproductions by various artists. The afterword includes in-text color and black and white reproductions by various artists. The ballet essay includes full-page and in-text color photographs, three of which are tipped-in, archived by the Colorado Ballet. Fine green and yellow fabric covered slipcase with inlaid pictorial label. Fine press production of J. M. Barrie's imaginative play. Fine. No jacket as issued Signed by Contributor(s).
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Book number: 696
USD 850.00 [Appr.: EURO 805 | £UK 682 | JP¥ 95325]
Catalogue: Fine Press

New York, Viking, 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo (8 1/2 in.tall); 341 p. Stamped blue cloth. Blue topstain. Appears unread. Unclipped dust jacket in Brodart archival protector. First publication in 1964 stated on copyright page. First printing with no additional printings noted. First issue with first letter of each chapter not solidly printed. Jacket $5.75; "Jacket design by Mel Williamson" on flap. An autobiographical novel, Herzog won the National Book Award for Fiction and the Prix International. Saul Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. Jacket extremities with light color loss; flap edges with touch of sunning. Parker and Kermode p. 678-9. Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 705
USD 305.00 [Appr.: EURO 289 | £UK 244.75 | JP¥ 34205]

The Dog Bite a Dream Narrative with Twenty Linoleum Blocks
New York, Plain Wrapper, 1970. First Edition. Loose Pages. N.d. 1970. Folio (14 in. tall). Signed and limited #39/150. Artist portfolio, with 21 loose gatherings housed in a cardboard box covered in a delicate black paper skin. 19 linocuts printed on double leaves, each linocut signed by the artist in pencil. Heavy stock, cream, textured pages. Appears unread. Box cover with light chipping to edges and minor stress wrinkles. The Westbeth studio, where Benes lived for more than 40 years, has been reassembled at the North Dakota Museum of Art as a permanent installation. Near Fine. No jacket as issued Signed by Artist(s), Author(s).
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Book number: 688
USD 638.00 [Appr.: EURO 604.25 | £UK 512 | JP¥ 71550]

The Decameron of Boccaccio
London, Chatto & Windus, 1924. Hardcover. Printed in Great Britain at the Ballantyne Press. 8vo (8 1/4 in. tall); xxxii 553 pp. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Top edge trimmed; others untrimmed. Fine color double frontispiece plus ten color plates by Thomas Derrick. Some pages unopened. Between the backstrip and text block is a gap, front cover with light soiling and small pucker, page corner lacking, lower edge with dissipating spot. A masterpiece of Italian classical prose, The Decameron greatly influenced Renaissance literature throughout Europe. Thomas Derrick was an instructor of decorative painting at the Royal College of Art. Very Good. No dust jacket .
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Book number: 736
USD 67.00 [Appr.: EURO 63.5 | £UK 54 | JP¥ 7514]

New York, Grove Press, 1962. First American Edition. Hardcover. N.d. 1962. 8vo (8 1/4 in. tall); 174 pp. First printing stated. Top edge tan. Unclipped 1st issue dust jacket, with no "ia" on rear panel, in Brodart archival protector. Spine ends lightly worn. Jacket with light wear, two 1/2 in. closed tears with one creased, flap edges sunned. Borges' most popular and best introduction to his work. Near Fine/Very Good.
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Book number: 625
USD 344.00 [Appr.: EURO 325.75 | £UK 276.25 | JP¥ 38579]

Jane Eyre an Autobiography
London, et al. Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1905. Leather bound. N.d. 16mo (6 1/4 in. tall); 517 pp. Fine binding: full morocco with gilt decorated and lettered spine plus gilt bordered covers with gilt turn-ins. All edges gilt. Frontispiece in black and white with tissue. New Century Library series. Light brown endpapers. Thin pages. Head 1/16 in. worn, lower corner worn, front shoulder and fore-edge scuffed, preliminaries, terminals and fore-edge occasionally foxed. English author Charlotte Bronte is thought to have revolutionized fiction with this novel, which relates the inner consciousness. A literary success originally published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Jane Eyre is characterized by classism and proto-feminism. Very good with no dust jacket.
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Book number: 760
USD 115.00 [Appr.: EURO 109 | £UK 92.5 | JP¥ 12897]

Poetry of the Age of Fable Collected by Thomas Bulfinch
Boston, J. E. Tilton, 1863. 1/2 Leather. 16mo (6 1/2 in. tall); ix 251 [4 ads]. Finely bound in tan half morocco over marbled paper covered boards, plus gilt titled and double-bordered compartments on brown morocco spine. Top edge gilt; fore-edge untrimmed. Tissued frontispiece, two decorated pages and six in-text illustrations. Marbled endpapers. Ribbon marker. Opens with Preface and Index. Closes with List of Authors. Appears unread. Extremities lightly worn, illustrated bookplate, rear fly-leaf stamped 117. Poems are dedicated to The Legends of Classical Mythology, including Cupid, Icarus, Pandora, Prometheus, Styx and others. Poetry by Keats, Machiavelli, Milton, Shakespeare, Virgil and others. American writer Thomas Bulfinch is best known for his collections of mythology and fables. Very good+ in no dust jacket.
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Book number: 756
USD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 236.75 | £UK 200.75 | JP¥ 28037]

The Stranger
New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. 12mo (71/2 in. tall); 154 [1]. Top edge stained brown; others untrimmed. Tan cloth with red lettering and decoration to spine. Title page with red and black lettering and decoration. Appears unread. Dust jacket, designed by Warren Chappell, in clear protector. Dust jacket clipped, spine ends chipped, leading edge with wear, rear panel lightly soiled. No introduction by Connoll, and first issue dust jacket with no reviews on front flap. Camus won the Nobel Prize in Literature in "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times. Fine/Vey Good.
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Book number: 730
USD 665.00 [Appr.: EURO 629.75 | £UK 533.75 | JP¥ 74578]

The Hunting of the Snark and Other Poems and Verses
New York and London, Harper & Brothers, 1903. First Thus. Hardcover. First edition illustrated by Peter Newell. First printing stated. 8vo (9 in. tall); xiii 248 pp. Cream vellum-like paper covered boards with gilt lettering and decoration and spine with gilt lettering. Top edge gilt; others untrimmed. Color frontispiece with tissue guard plus 39 full-page toned black and white glossy plates by Peter Newell. All text pages with pictorially decorated borders in pale green by Robert Murray Wright. Spine sunned with ends rubbed, covers soiled with gilt decoration abraded, two leaves with faint stain, margin with 1 in. closed tear, 1903 initials and matching name, untrimmed edges toned. Includes poems and verses from Carroll's classics, such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Very good with no dust jacket.
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Book number: 752
USD 234.00 [Appr.: EURO 221.75 | £UK 187.75 | JP¥ 26242]

The Hunting of the Snark an Agony in Eight Fits.
London, Macmillan, 1876. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo (7 1/4 in. tall); xi 83 pp. [1 ad]. Publisher's buff cloth with pictorial front and rear covers with lettered spine. All edges gilt. Cover art, frontispiece and eight plates in black and white by artist Henry Holiday. Black endpapers. Head with some loss, tail creased. Front endpaper with bookseller's blind stamp, frontis and title page toned by lightly chipped tissue, graceful name, few minor marks, few signatures strained. Poem considered an allegory for the search for happiness. NCBEL 978. Osborne p. 60. Very Good+. No jacket .
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Book number: 718
USD 1365.00 [Appr.: EURO 1292.5 | £UK 1095.25 | JP¥ 153081]

Honor Redivivus or an Analysis of Honor and Armory
London, Henry Herringman, 1660. Leather bound. 16mo (6 1/4 in. tall); [x], 251 pp. "to be sould by Henry Herringman at the Ancker on the lowest side of the New-Exchange." 48 engraved title, frontispiece, portraits and armorial woodcuts in text by Richard Gaywood. Leather joint end cracks. Minor page tip lacking; light early marginalia; early name. Author Matthew Carter was a key figure in the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660. Honor Redivivus (misspelled Rediviuus) became the most influential English heraldic reference of its time. There are sections on honor, titles of rank and nobility, the Knights of Europe (including the Knights of the Round Table, the Knights Templar, and the Crusader Knights of St. John), coats of arms and heraldic badges, and inns of court. DNB; ESTC R209970. Very Good+ .
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Book number: 698
USD 964.00 [Appr.: EURO 912.75 | £UK 773.5 | JP¥ 108110]
Catalogue: Heraldry

Golden Tips. A Description of Ceylon and Its Great Tea Industry.
London, et al. Cassell & Company, 1904. Third Edition. Hardcover. 8vo (8 1/2 in. tall); xiv 476 [1 ad]. Cream cloth with gilt-stamped pattern of tea leaves over covers with beveled edges, plus gilt-stamped pattern of tea leaves over spine with gilt lettering. All edges gilt. 235 illustrations include a tissued portrait plus black and white photographs by the author. Forest green endpapers. Glossy heavy-stock pages. Exterior with trace soiling, inscription to half-title, two folds carelessly opened with tears, small address label plus barely perceptible place and date. Sought after photographer, Henry W. Cave describes the the landscape and people of Ceylon with regard to its tea industry. Near Fine in no dust jacket.
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Book number: 757
USD 173.00 [Appr.: EURO 164 | £UK 139 | JP¥ 19401]

Epitheta M.T. Ciceronis Collecta a P. Ioanne Nunnesio Valentino Cum Privilegio
Venice, Aldus Manutius, Paulli F. Aldi N. [Aldo Manuzio the younger (Paolo's son) / Aldine Press], 1570. Vellum. 24mo (5 1/2 in. tall); [16], 627, [5] pp. Vellum over paste boards. Flat spine, with three sewing bands, head lettered Epitheta M. T. Ciceronis Ald. 1570. Buff thread head and tail bands, over twisted gut, drawn and cut out into covers at hinges. Blue stained edges. White laid endpapers. Woodcut Aldine device on title page. Decorated initial on first page. Printed in italics. Covers slightly chipped, spine with light insect damage. Faint name, dissipating inner corner dampstain, small penciled number, page corner lacking. A classic work in Latin compiled by the Spanish Renaissance humanist Juan Pedro Nunez (Nunnesius). A compact edition devoted to epithets in Cicero's writings with reference to their location, interspersed with Greek quotations. Very Good+.
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Book number: 677
USD 977.00 [Appr.: EURO 925.25 | £UK 784 | JP¥ 109568]

The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, with a Biographical Account of Defoe, Illustrated with Twelve Characteristic Engravings
Auburn and Buffalo, NY, John E. Beardsley, c.1850. Hardcover. N.d. New Edition. 8vo (7 7/8 in. tall); xx, 21-612 pp. [4 ads]. Gray cloth with decorative spine and blind stamped boards. Frontispiece plus eleven black and white engraved plates. Spine faded and worn. Graceful name, moderately foxed throughout, some corner creases, ad with tape. Historical fiction by Daniel Defoe, including his biography. Robinson Crusoe is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. Good+. No jacket .
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Book number: 722
USD 216.00 [Appr.: EURO 204.75 | £UK 173.5 | JP¥ 24224]

The Einstein Intersection
London, Victor Gollancz, 1968. First Hardcover Edition. Hardcover. 12mo (moderate 7 1/2 in. tall); 159 pp. Red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. First UK edition contains one more chapter than US Ace edition of previous year. Signed by author Samuel R. Delany, Chip Delany to his friends, "Best to thee, / and more besides, / Chip Delany / N.Y.C. / '68." Tight binding. Pages pristine and unmarred, aside from small faint name, with no bookplate, annotations, foxing, marks, tears or folds; no loose pages. Appears unread. Unclipped dust jacket in Brodart archival protector. Spine lettering a bit faded; jacket spine and edges sunned. The Einstein Intersection, a science fiction novel, was a Nebula winner in 1967 and Hugo nominated in 1968. Very good+/very good, Inscribed by Author(s).
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Book number: 762
USD 1641.00 [Appr.: EURO 1553.75 | £UK 1316.75 | JP¥ 184033]
Catalogue: Science Fiction

Cleopatra a Romance
New York, Appleton, 1894. Hardcover. 2 volume set. 16mo (6 1/2 in. tall); viii 302 [8 ads]; 296 [4 ads]. Olive cloth with gilt lettered and decorated spine and gilt lettered cover decoratively bordered in black. Endpapers colored light brown. Spine ends creased, corners barely rubbed, few faint spots, 1/4 in. tear, same graceful name to each. Egyptologist Georg Ebers discovered the Ebers Papyrus, one of the two oldest medical manuscripts. Ebers sought to popularize Egyptian history by writing historical novels, and was highly successful. Very good+ in no dust jacket .
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Book number: 742
USD 142.00 [Appr.: EURO 134.5 | £UK 114 | JP¥ 15925]

London, Faber & Faber, 1929. First Edition. Soft cover. Issued as Ariel Poem #23. 3000 copies printed. N.d. 12mo (7 1/4 in. tall); 3 pp. As often, this issue preceded the limited printing by almost three weeks. Two wood engravings by Gertrude Hermes, including pictorial wrapper. Appears unread. Wrapper with faintest dustiness. This copy has been specially signed by Eliot under his printed name at the conclusion of the poem. Uncommon thus. Gallup A14a. Near Fine Signed by Author(s).
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Book number: 716
USD 1285.00 [Appr.: EURO 1216.75 | £UK 1031.25 | JP¥ 144109]
Catalogue: Signed Books

The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church... Together with... Proper Lessons to Be Read at Morning and Evening Prayer on the Sundays and Other Holy-Days Throughout the Year.
London, Oxford University P. 1853 and 1852. Leather bound. Two volumes. 24mo (5 1/2 in. tall); unpaginated. Finely bound in full dark brown morocco with gilt design and lettering, all edges gilt, signed by Hayday. Common Prayer lacking ribbon marker, Proper Lessons with front cover scuff and fore-edge lightly marred creating short tears, each volume with light wear and 19th c. inscription. Full dark brown morocco case, somewhat rough where lid was removed, still presentable. Common Prayer and Proper Lessons well protected in matching leather case. Very Good+ in Fair case.
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Book number: 734
USD 309.00 [Appr.: EURO 292.75 | £UK 248 | JP¥ 34653]

Light in August
New York, Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo (8 1/4 in. tall); 480 pp. Deckle fore-edge. Title page illustrated by Rockwell Kent. First printing stated. First issue with tan cloth stamped orange on front cover, blue with orange star on spine, top edge stained pale orange, and "Jefferson" on p. 340 line 1. Head with gap, spine faintly sunned. Small stain fades over seven leaves, handful short closed tears, fore-edge misfold fades pp. 435-476. Faulkner's more balanced contrast of the positive and negative forces of life. Hart 272. Very Good+. No jacket .
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Book number: 610
USD 452.00 [Appr.: EURO 428 | £UK 362.75 | JP¥ 50690]

The Fairy Goose and Two Other Stories
New York and London, Crosby Gaige / Faber & Gwyer, 1927. Limited Edition. Hardcover. #969/1190. 16mo (6 1/4" tall); 58 pp. Signed by author under half-title. Delicate quarter linen and patterned paper binding with paper label to spine. Fore and lower deckle edges. Three short stories. Spine edge and corners worn, lower fore-edge corners worn. Pages lightly soiled. Liam O'Flaherty was a significant Irish writer, along with William Butler Yeats and others, in the Irish literary renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th century. Very Good. No Jacket Signed by Author(s).
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Book number: 642
USD 57.00 [Appr.: EURO 54 | £UK 45.75 | JP¥ 6392]

The Necromancer: Or the Tale of the Black Forest Founded on Facts
London, Robert Holden, 1927. First Thus. Hardcover. 8vo (moderate 8 in. tall); 232 pp. Yellow pictorial paper over boards and spine. Yellow binding represents the highly commercial Victorian yellowback, which marketed entertaining reading such as sensational fiction. Binding illustration by Paul Rotha. Edges untrimmed. First in this format since Peter Teuthold's translation of 1794. New introduction by Montague Summers. Clear protective cover. Tight and square binding. Pages largely clean and unmarred with no bookplate, writing, marks, tears or folds; no loose pages. Appears unread; twenty-two folds uncut. Spine ends worn; covers lightly edgeworn; front and rear pages and fore-edge lightly foxed. Well-preserved first thus of a lurid and mysterious example of Gothic horror. One of seven "horrid" novels mentioned in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, parody of the popular Gothic novel. Very good .
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Book number: 765
USD 239.00 [Appr.: EURO 226.5 | £UK 192 | JP¥ 26803]
Catalogue: Horror

A Way out a One Act Play
New York, Harbor Press, 1929. First Separate Edition. Hardcover. Limited #226/485. Signed by Frost at the end of his prefatory note. Appeared as part of an anthology in 1927. 8vo (8 in. tall); 17 pp. Gilt titling to spine and gilt decoration to covers on black quarter cloth with salmon paper sides. Appears unread. Scarce glassine wrapper in clear archival protector. Book with touch of shelf wear. Wrapper with faint trace of scratches and chipping. Considered Robert Frost's best play, A Way Out is "as complex as the best of his dramatic poems." Fagan p. 352. Near Fine/Near Fine, Signed by Author(s).
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Book number: 717
USD 972.00 [Appr.: EURO 920.5 | £UK 780 | JP¥ 109007]
Catalogue: Signed Books

Painted Shadows
Boston, Little, Brown, 1904. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Precedes English edition by four years. 12mo (7 1/2 in. tall); 339 [4 ads]. Monogrammed binding designed by Lee Thayer of Decorative Designers. Publisher's gray cloth with gilt lettered pictorial cover plus gilt lettered and decorated spine. Top edge gilt. Signed presentation copy. Warmly inscribed, "To Charles Battell Loomis: / These shadows in exchange for the / beautiful reality of his laughter; / with the admiration of Richard Le Gallienne. / New York: April, 1905." Distinguished English author and poet, Richard Le Gallienne presented this book to American author, Charles Battell Loomis, whose books were well appreciated for their humor. Extremities rubbed, front shoulder with minor insect damage, lower rear cover bumped affecting text block, intermittent trace foxing, short closed tear. Noted critic, lecturer and author, Le Gallienne was a regular contributor to The Yellow Book. Very good in no dust jacket. Inscribed by Author(s).
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Book number: 758
USD 425.00 [Appr.: EURO 402.5 | £UK 341 | JP¥ 47662]
Catalogue: Signed Books

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