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 ABERCROMBIE, JOHN, The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings
ABERCROMBIE, JOHN
The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings
London, John Murray, 1833. 8vo (8.5" 21.6cm). xv, [1], 244pp, lacks blank. First edition: A highly published chief physician and teacher, Abercrombie was highly observant and particularly interested in the mind. His treatise was highly regarded with ten English editions produced in a decade and in use as a textbook as of 1860. Abercrombie, described as a man of great energy and social conscience, was associated with the public dispensary; he assigned medical students under his supervision to different sectors of the poor in Edinburgh. He closely observed the moral and physical conditions of the poor, and based his knowledge on well-tested facts as opposed to theories. BMC p.14. DNB, I, p.37-38. Contemporary full calf; sides with decoratively blind-stamped and gilt-ruled border; spine with decorated raised bands, blind bordered compartments and gilt-stamped title; top of spine with loss. All edges marbled with marbled endpapers. Blank leaf at front lacking. Clean pages. Very good .
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Book number: 870
USD 95.00 [Appr.: EURO 84.25 | £UK 73.25 | JP„ 10821]
Keywords: First Editions Social Thought
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 AESOP, ET AL., Bewick's Select Fables of Aesop and Others
AESOP, ET AL.
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. 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 civilization's first morality tales. Near Fine .
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Book number: 749
USD 225.00 [Appr.: EURO 199.25 | £UK 173.25 | JP„ 25629]
Keywords: Fine Bindings Illustrated
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 ANONYMOUS, La Vie de Jeanne D'Arc
ANONYMOUS
La Vie de Jeanne D'Arc
No place, No publisher, 1900. Miniature (1.1", 3 cm); Frontis, [9] pp. illus. Highly decorated and detailed miniature contains a frontispiece and eight images from the life of Joan of Arc. A title page plus the images form a leporello enclosed in a tiny brass case resembling a book. A portrait of Joan appears on the case front with "Jehanne d'Arc" framed by four fleurs de lis below "vive labeur." Lilies and a sword under a crown with two fleurs de lis are framed by four fleurs de lis below "1412-1431." Working clasp at bottom. The top has a small hole, suggesting that the keepsake was originally part of a necklace. Brass lightly dust-stained. Leporello folds barely rubbed. Very good+ .
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Book number: 863
USD 245.00 [Appr.: EURO 217 | £UK 188.5 | JP„ 27907]
Catalogue: Women's History
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 BEECHER, CATHARINE E., HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, The American Woman's Home: Or, Principles of Domestic Science; Being a Guide to the Formation and Maintenance of Economical Healthful, Beautiful, and Christian Homes
BEECHER, CATHARINE E., HARRIET BEECHER STOWE
The American Woman's Home: Or, Principles of Domestic Science; Being a Guide to the Formation and Maintenance of Economical Healthful, Beautiful, and Christian Homes
New York, J. B. Ford, 1869. Large post 8vo (8", 20.3 cm); Frontis, illustrated title-page, xii, 500, 12 pp. ads. illus. Second printing: Catharine was Harriet's eldest sibling, who opened the Hartford Female Seminary, soon attended by Harriet. Catherine was an educator and women's rights advocate. The sisters collaborated on this book, dedicated, "To the women of America, in whose hands rest the real destinies of the republic.." BAL 19453. Feminist Companion pp. 77, 1036. Green cloth with gilt decorated and lettered spine, blind-stamped sides with gilt lettering; slight wear to front cover. Brown coated endpapers. In-text illustrations throughout. Clean pages. Frontis tissue toned with closed tear. Near fine .
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Book number: 865
USD 75.00 [Appr.: EURO 66.5 | £UK 57.75 | JP„ 8543]
Catalogue: Women's History
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 BENES, BARTON LIDICE (ARTIST, AUTHOR), EMILY HAHN (FOREWORD), The Dog Bite a Dream Narrative with Twenty Linoleum Blocks
BENES, BARTON LIDICE (ARTIST, AUTHOR), EMILY HAHN (FOREWORD)
The Dog Bite a Dream Narrative with Twenty Linoleum Blocks
New York, Plain Wrapper, 1970. First Edition. Loose Pages. 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. 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. Signed by Artist, Author. Near Fine with gold string lacking .
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Book number: 688
USD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 443 | £UK 384.5 | JP„ 56954]
Catalogue: Americana
Keywords: Signed First Editions
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 BIBLE, The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments; Translated Literally from the Original Tongues
BIBLE
The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments; Translated Literally from the Original Tongues
Hartford, American Publishing, 1876. 8vo (9.6", 24.4 cm). [2], 892, 276 pp. First and only edition translated by Julia Evelina Smith (1793-1886), the first woman to translate the entire Bible. The author was an outspoken worker for women's rights, such as suffrage and taxation of unenfranchised women, and the abolition of slavery. The most talented of her sisters, themselves noted for their exceptional talents according to the Hartford Times, Smith relates in her preface that she wrote out the text "five times, twice from the Greek, twice from the Hebrew, and once from the Latin." Hills 1876. DAB p.233. Publisher's pebbled brown cloth front panel with gilt-stamped title within blind-stamped borders, gilt-titled spine recently rebacked with original cloth cockled, one corner restored. Hinges neatly reinforced, front pastedown affixed with newspaper article on the Smith sisters, with no shadow. One page has lower edge with short tear, not affecting text; clean pages. Very Good+ .
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Book number: 868
USD 3000.00 [Appr.: EURO 2656.75 | £UK 2307 | JP„ 341723]
Catalogue: Women's History
Keywords: First Editions Religion
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 CARSON, RACHEL, Silent Spring
CARSON, RACHEL
Silent Spring
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1962. 8vo (8.3", 21.1 cm). xvi, 368 pp. First edition: stated, no book-of-the-month club blind stamp, DJ priced $5. Blue cloth with gilt lettered spine and sides. Jacket design and drawings by Lois and Louis Darling. Yellow topstain. Blue striped endpapers. An author-biologist's in-depth examination of environmental subjects including pesticides, chemicals and cancer. Corners lightly rubbed, half-title with owner blind-stamp; dust jacket extremities lightly rubbed and chipped. Well-preserved and important first edition. Near fine in near fine dust jacket .
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Book number: 875
USD 1000.00 [Appr.: EURO 885.75 | £UK 769 | JP„ 113908]
Keywords: First Editions Social Thought
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 CAVE, HENRY WILLIAM, Golden Tips. A Description of Ceylon and Its Great Tea Industry
CAVE, HENRY WILLIAM
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 75.00 [Appr.: EURO 66.5 | £UK 57.75 | JP„ 8543]
Catalogue: Illustrated
Keywords: History
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 THOREAU, HENRY DAVID; [SOPHIA THOREAU, WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING AND RALPH WALDO EMERSON (EDITORS)], A Yankee in Canada with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers
THOREAU, HENRY DAVID; [SOPHIA THOREAU, WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING AND RALPH WALDO EMERSON (EDITORS)]
A Yankee in Canada with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers
Boston, Ticknor and Fields, 1866. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo. 7 in (18 cm) tall; 286 p. Green publisher's cloth with gilt-stamped lettering and decoration to spine; blind-stamped decorative borders and centered wreath to sides. Green topstain. Tight, clean and square binding. Intact spine. Square corners. Pages bright; no foxing. Brown-coated endpapers. Clean edges. Clear, protective cover. Front pastedown with two library rule plates of the period. Spine with faded spot. Front hinge with top inch paper tear, margins with intermittent smudges, few corner folds. First book appearance of "Civil Disobedience," which motivated Mohandas Gandhi to overthrow the British government, Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead the civil rights movement, and many others. Henry David Thoreau believed that when faced with an unjust government, it is a citizen's duty to break the law, to stop paying taxes, to go to jail, and to start a revolution if necessary. A lifelong abolitionist, Thoreau and his family participated in the Underground Railroad. After leaving Walden, Thoreau gave a lecture against slavery and against American imperialism in the Mexican-American War. This lecture would become the essay, "Civil Disobedience," emphasizing an individual's right to be true to their conscience. BAL 20117. Very good in no dust jacket if issued.
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Book number: 814
USD 1250.00 [Appr.: EURO 1107 | £UK 961.25 | JP„ 142385]
Catalogue: Americana
Keywords: First Editions Social Thought
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 COLERIDGE, SAMUEL TAYLOR; WILLY POGANY (ILLUSTRATOR), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Seven Parts
COLERIDGE, SAMUEL TAYLOR; WILLY POGANY (ILLUSTRATOR)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Seven Parts
London, George G. Harrap, 1920. Full leather. Deluxe edition. Stunning work of art. Quarto. 9 3/4 in (25 cm) tall; unpaginated. No date, circa 1920. Printed by H. & J. Pillans & Wilson, Edinburgh. Fine binding in olive green morocco with bright gold-stamped ornamentation, lettering and jewel-toned accents to front cover; bright gold-stamped illustrations and letters to spine. Hand sewn headbands. Top edge gilt; others untrimmed. As befitting Coleridge's dramatic epic poem, Willy Pogany has extensively gilt tooled the spine and front cover with pictures including a ship of color leather inlays and has fully decorated every page. To paraphrase Vadeboncoeur, "Willy Pogany's art nouveau masterpiece. The large format allowed Pogany to pull out all the stops. Each page is at least two colors, sometimes with a gilt plate and usually an intricate border added. Extra-elaborate initials started each page, with simply ornate capitals for the beginning of each line. An illuminated title page, 20 tipped-in color plates, the second color added to the black and white plates, the flowing calligraphic text, and the numerous pen & ink drawings throughout make this special." Tight binding. Square corners. Fine tipped-in plates. Heavy stock, cream pages largely clean and unmarred with no bookplate, writing, salient marks, or tears; no loose pages. Clear protective cover. Crown and top corners chafed, rear cover with minor scratch, pastedowns outer edges show paste action, blanks foxed, pages and edges with intermittent light foxing, opening pages with light crease. Well-preserved, finely bound, epic poem lavishly illustrated by Willy Pogany. Vadeboncoeur, bpib online. Very good+. No Jacket as issued .
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Book number: 827
USD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 443 | £UK 384.5 | JP„ 56954]
Catalogue: Fine Bindings
Keywords: Illustrated
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 SPANISH CORTES, Discusion Del Proyecto de Decreto Sobre El Tribunal de la Inquisicion
SPANISH CORTES
Discusion Del Proyecto de Decreto Sobre El Tribunal de la Inquisicion
Cadiz, Imprenta Nacional, 1813. 4to (21 cm, 8.3"). [4], 694 pp. lacks frontis. The Spanish Inquisition was established in the 13th-century. The power of the Spanish Inquisition wavered over the centuries and was limited to the censorship of books and free speech by the early 1800s; it was abolished in 1812. Here is a discusion regarding the reinstatement of the Inquisition by the Spanish Cortes and their decision against it as of 1813. Palau 74471. Contemporary quarter speckled leather with gilt tooling on the spine and marbled paper over boards on sides, the binding showing age and handling, plus wear to joints and fore-edge corners. Red-speckled edges with top edge dusty. As usual, lacks the frontispiece. Scattered light foxing. Describes an important point in history. Good+ .
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Book number: 869
USD 425.00 [Appr.: EURO 376.5 | £UK 327 | JP„ 48411]
Catalogue: History
Keywords: Social Thought
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 COSTELLO, LOUISA STUART (EDITOR, TRANSLATOR), The Rose Garden of Persia
COSTELLO, LOUISA STUART (EDITOR, TRANSLATOR)
The Rose Garden of Persia
London, Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1845. First Edition. Fine Binding. 8vo (7 1/2 in, 19 cm tall). [2] xvi 193 [1] pp. Green morocco with lavishly gilt-decorated spine and sides with red accents; tail gilt-stamped 1845; gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. 11 illuminated pages with Persian motifs: half-title plus opening each of 10 chapters. Text pages with red border designs. "It is richly embellished in the Oriental taste; glittering with golden arabesques, in every fanciful form and changing rainbow-hue," according to Tait's Edinburgh Magazine XII p. 808. Marbled endpapers. Silk placeholder. Provenance: front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Edmund Sydney Williams; front free endpaper with illustrated bookplate of J.J.H. by bookplate artist William Fowler Hopson; rear pastedown with small label of American collector Albert A. Howard as AHA; rear free endpaper with 20th-century penciled ownership. Mildly rubbed along extremities. Costello (1799-1870) was an accomplished Anglo-Irish artist and prolific, critically acclaimed and professional poet and author. These works by Persian poets include the first English-language appearance of Omar Khayyam's quatrains, preceding Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat by 14 years. Well-preserved, luxuriously decorated first edition. Copac. NCBEL III 374. DNB XII. Near fine .
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Book number: 857
USD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 664.25 | £UK 576.75 | JP„ 85431]
Catalogue: Fine Bindings
Keywords: Women's History First Editions
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 COSTELLO, LOUISA STUART, The Rose Garden of Persia
COSTELLO, LOUISA STUART
The Rose Garden of Persia
London and Edinburgh, T.N. Foulis, 1913. First Thus. Fine Binding. Costello (1799-1870) was an accomplished Anglo-Irish artist and prolific, critically acclaimed and professional poet and author. These works by Persian poets include the first English-language appearance of Omar Khayyam's quatrains, preceding Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat by 14 years. First Foulis edition. 12mo. 7 3/4 in (19.5 cm) tall; [xiv] 189 [1] adverts pp. Publisher's blue morocco with four raised bands; rich gilt decorations to spine and to paper-covered boards. Top edge gilt; other edges untrimmed. 12 title and section illuminated pages and 4 tipped-in color plates from paintings by Frederick Gardner with captions; all with tissue guards. Decorated headpieces and tailpieces. Marbled endpapers. Printed on Japanese vellum. About 30 pages unopened. Introduction and chapter about Persian ornament followed by descriptive passages and translations of "all the most important Persian poets by various translators." Clear protective cover. Corners slightly bruised, verso of front free endpaper with small owner label, first blank with blind owner stamp. Well-preserved and luxuriously decorated. DNB XII. Elfick and Harris 73. Near fine with no dust jacket .
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Book number: 831
USD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 443 | £UK 384.5 | JP„ 56954]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Fine Bindings Women's History
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 EBERS, GEORG; MARY J. SAFFORD (TRANSLATOR), Cleopatra a Romance
EBERS, GEORG; MARY J. SAFFORD (TRANSLATOR)
Cleopatra a Romance
New York, D. 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; same graceful name to each front free endpaper. Spine ends creased, corners barely rubbed, few faint spots, 1/4 in. tear. 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 65.00 [Appr.: EURO 57.75 | £UK 50 | JP„ 7404]
Catalogue: Women's History
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 ELIOT, T.S., Animula
ELIOT, T.S.
Animula
London, Faber & Faber, 1929. First Edition. Pamphlet. 12mo (7 1/4 in. tall); 3 pp. Ariel Poem #23. 3000 copies printed. Sewn wrappers. As often, this printing preceded the limited printing by almost three weeks. Two wood engravings by Gertrude Hermes, including pictorial wrapper. Signed by Eliot under his printed name at the conclusion of the poem. Gallup A14a. Signed by Author. Fine .
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Book number: 716
USD 1250.00 [Appr.: EURO 1107 | £UK 961.25 | JP„ 142385]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Signed First Editions
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 FAUSTO, SEBASTIANO, Delle Nozze: Trattato Del Fausto Da Longiano, in Cui Si Leggono I Riti, I Costumi, Gl'Instituti, le Cerimonie, Et le Solennita Di Diversi Antichi Popoli, Ende Si Sono Tratti Molti Problemi; and Aggiuntiui, I Precetti Matrimoniali Di Plutarco
FAUSTO, SEBASTIANO
Delle Nozze: Trattato Del Fausto Da Longiano, in Cui Si Leggono I Riti, I Costumi, Gl'Instituti, le Cerimonie, Et le Solennita Di Diversi Antichi Popoli, Ende Si Sono Tratti Molti Problemi; and Aggiuntiui, I Precetti Matrimoniali Di Plutarco
Venice, Plinio Pietrasanta, 1554. First Edition. 4to (8.3", 21 cm); 45, [3] pp. First edition: "Original edition of this study on marriage in antiquity, dealing with its institution, ceremonies and nuptial costumes, and the rights and duties of married women. The book is dedicated to Virginia Fieschi, who married Jacopo VI Appiano, lord of Piombino, in 1547. Title contained in a beautiful frame engraved on wood populated with muses, satyrs and putti." - Alde 10/04/2013. Pietrasanta prints the text in italic with 8- and 10-line historiated woodcut initials. Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only three copies in U.S. libraries. Adams F182. Alde, Photographies, Livres Anciens du XIXE Siecle, 280. Half-vellum over boards, printed paper sides; spine with wormhole near top, back cover cracked across top corner, repaired (at the time?) and now strong, front cover creased across top corner. Front pastedown with faint indication of a small bookplate's removal and with old pressmark "26.1.88" in upper left corner. Minor worming in inner margin, well removed from text; brief old graceful note on front free endpaper and on p. [2] at rear, recent penciled reference notes on verso of front free endpaper and more so on rear pastedown; gathering "C" toned. Very good .
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Book number: 860
USD 1250.00 [Appr.: EURO 1107 | £UK 961.25 | JP„ 142385]
Catalogue: Women's History
Keywords: First Editions 16th Century
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 FRANK, ANNE; B. M. MOOYAART-DOUBLEDAY (TRANSLATOR); ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (INTRODUCTION), Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
FRANK, ANNE; B. M. MOOYAART-DOUBLEDAY (TRANSLATOR); ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (INTRODUCTION)
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1952. First American Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First English language edition translated from the original Dutch. 7 1/2 in (18.5 cm) tall; 285 p. 1952 stated. First edition stated on copyright page and $3.00 on jacket flap. Top edge red. Publisher's black cloth with silver lettering to spine. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Lower rear board with shallow dent, front pastedown with neat last name under jacket flap, verso of front free endpaper with tidy name dated 1952, margin with closed tear, pages slightly toned. Jacket spine somewhat sunned, head with shallow chipping, lower rear panel with short closed tear. Anneliese Frank's diary documents her life in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Holland beginning in 1942. A well-preserved copy of a compelling book. Near fine/very good+.
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Book number: 800
USD 1250.00 [Appr.: EURO 1107 | £UK 961.25 | JP„ 142385]
Keywords: Social Thought
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 FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN; PENN, WILLIAM; MORE, HANNAH; WAKEFIELD, PRISCILLA; ROSCOE, [WILLIAM], Franklin's Way to Wealth, and Penn's Maxims
FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN; PENN, WILLIAM; MORE, HANNAH; WAKEFIELD, PRISCILLA; ROSCOE, [WILLIAM]
Franklin's Way to Wealth, and Penn's Maxims
New York, Mahlon Day, 1852. Cloth. Pot 12mo. 4 3/8 in (11 cm) tall. [5] 6-260. Blue cloth with sides decorated in blind and spine with gilt lettering. Tight, square and clean. Corners rubbed, spine edge with small mar, legible text with two small spots. Advice from wealthy founding father, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), and from politically active Quaker leader and progressive founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn (1644-1718). Included are Parley the Porter: An Allegory by Hannah More, a biography of William Penn by Priscilla Wakefield, and a poem by William Roscoe. Near fine .
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Book number: 846
USD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 221.5 | £UK 192.25 | JP„ 28477]
Catalogue: Americana
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 FROST, ROBERT, A Way out a One Act Play
FROST, ROBERT
A Way out a One Act Play
New York, Harbor Press, 1929. First Separate Edition. Hardcover. Limited #226/485. Signed by Robert 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. Considered Frost's best play, A Way Out is "as complex as the best of his dramatic poems." Fagan p.352. Signed by Author. Near Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 717
USD 550.00 [Appr.: EURO 487.25 | £UK 423 | JP„ 62649]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Signed
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 LE GALLIENNE, RICHARD, Painted Shadows
LE GALLIENNE, RICHARD
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 small worm hole, 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. Inscribed by Author. Very good in no dust jacket .
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Book number: 758
USD 60.00 [Appr.: EURO 53.25 | £UK 46.25 | JP„ 6834]
Keywords: Signed First Editions
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 GANDHI, MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND (MAHATMA); MAHADEV DESAI (TRANSLATOR), Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
GANDHI, MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND (MAHATMA); MAHADEV DESAI (TRANSLATOR)
Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Washington, D.C. Public Affairs, 1948. Hardcover. 8.5 in (21.5 cm) tall; xi, 640 p. English edition originally published in separate volumes in 1927 and 1929. Includes index. Pages clean and unmarred. Appears unread. Illustrated endpapers. Spine lightly sunned and slightly rolled. M. K. Gandhi (1869-1948) famously employed nonviolent civil disobedience to attain India's self-rule in 1947. Describing his early childhood through 1921, Gandhi relates his experiments with truth and morality rather than politics. Near fine in no dust jacket.
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Book number: 805
USD 200.00 [Appr.: EURO 177.25 | £UK 154 | JP„ 22782]
Keywords: Social Thought
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 GARLAND, HAMLIN; W. D. HOWELLS (INTRODUCTION), Main-Travelled Roads
GARLAND, HAMLIN; W. D. HOWELLS (INTRODUCTION)
Main-Travelled Roads
New York and London, Macmillan, 1899. Hardcover. 12mo (7 3/4 in. tall); ix, [1], 299 pp. Signed prologue, "Hamlin Garland / Boston 1891 / Onteora 1930." New edition with additional stories. Gilt designs and titling over bronze cloth. Top edge gilt; others partially trimmed. Spine ends creased, corner lightly worn, preliminaries and terminal pages slightly foxed, text with bare trace fox spots, small misfold. Later to win a Pulitzer Prize, Garland's first major success was this collection of semi-autobiographical short stories portraying the "overwhelming forces in nature and social injustices" of rural life. Grolier American Hundred 95. Merle Johnson p.200. Signed by Author. Very Good. No Jacket .
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Book number: 624
USD 71.00 [Appr.: EURO 63 | £UK 54.75 | JP„ 8087]
Catalogue: Americana
Keywords: Signed
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 GENLIS, STÉPHANIE FÉLICITÉ COMTESSE DE, Memoires Inedits de Madame la Comtesse de Genlis, Sur le Dix-Huitième Siècle Et la Révolution Française, Depuis 1756 Jusqu'à Nos Jours
GENLIS, STÉPHANIE FÉLICITÉ COMTESSE DE
Memoires Inedits de Madame la Comtesse de Genlis, Sur le Dix-Huitième Siècle Et la Révolution Française, Depuis 1756 Jusqu'à Nos Jours
A Paris, Chez Ladvocat, Libraire de S.A.R. Monseigneur le duc de Chartres, au Palais-Royal, 1825. First Edition. 1/2 Leather. 10 volumes. 4 and 2 volume sets released by same publisher in same year, no priority. Demy 12mo. 71/4 in (19 cm) tall. vii xix 399, xx 380, xxiii 374, xi 370, xvi 375, xi 367, xii 387, xi 368, xi 414, viii 400. Contemporary half calf, sides overlaid with green paper and marbled paper corners; spine with two tan compartments plus gilt rules, decoration and title. Volume 1 with two portraits of Madame de Genlis, at 25 and 80 years of age, by Miss Coignet and Deveria. Bindings worn and chipped, pages foxed. Though she herself mocked the taste for autographs, Madame de Genlis consented to a facsimile note, bound into volume 1. Madame la Comtesse de Genlis (1746-1830) wrote 120 published works for a large audience in Europe. Genlis had extensive influence on women writers, read by Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Hannah More and Frances Burney. An early feminist, Genlis campaigned for education, especially female education. Self-taught, Genlis was the first woman to be appointed "governor" to royal children, including the future King of France. Well-preserved first edition offers first person insight into an important period of French history. [Volume 10 encloses an undated letter, written by M Ed Volm of Dutch patisserie B.Lem Gerodias, addressed to Madame Labouchere, which appears to be an exasperated request for payment.] Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe sičcle p. 990. Bibliotheque Nationale ark:/12148/bpt6k480231r. Copac. Very good .
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Keywords: Women's History Social Thought
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 [GOSSE, HENRI-ALBERT], Le Petit Geometre Familier, Ou Abrege D'Arithmetique, D'Algebre & de Geometrie, Mis a la Portee de Tout le Monde
[GOSSE, HENRI-ALBERT]
Le Petit Geometre Familier, Ou Abrege D'Arithmetique, D'Algebre & de Geometrie, Mis a la Portee de Tout le Monde
Geneve, H. A. Gosse, 1758. First Edition. 1/2 Leather. Crown 12mo. 6 1/2 in (16.5 cm) tall. [3] 4-78 [1] 6 tables. Contemporary speckled half calf with similarly patterned paper sides and gilt lettered label to spine. All edges speckled. 6 folded plates; decorated title page, headpieces, tailpieces and decorated capitals. French language; published in Switzerland. Tight, clean and square. No bookplates, writing, tears or creases. Covers bumped at fore-edge, page fore-edges a trace foxed, endpaper corners show paste action. Well-preserved copy of a scarce book. Bibliothčque des sciences et des beaux arts p. 281. Blbliotheca busiana, sive catalogus librorum 373. Catalogue de la bibliothčque publique de Genčve 664. Near fine .
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 GRAY, (THOMAS), Odes
GRAY, (THOMAS)
Odes
Pall-Mall, [London], Pr. at Strawberry-Hill for R. and J. Dodsley, 1757. 4to (8.8", 22.4 cm). [30 blanks], [4], 5-21, [1]; illus. The first edition, first issue (p.8 line 19: "Ilissus;" p.16 line 20 "Swarm,") of the first book to be printed at the most famous 18th-century private press, established by Horace Walpole in his villa Strawberry Hill. Walpole describes Gray's two Odes as "the first-fruits of my press." Provenance: Front pastedown with small calligraphic bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim, American collector of major fine English presses. ESTC T42023. NCBEL 579. Northup 180. Lowndes p. 931. Cave pp. 31-34. Later crimson crushed levant morocco, gilt-titled and dated spine with gilt-decorated compartments, triple-ruled borders to covers, double-ruled cover edges with wide turn-ins by Riviere & Son. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Extra-illustrated throughout with 13 late 18th- and early 19th-century engravings of portraits and views. Trace of bookplate on verso of front free endpaper. Vignette on title-page. Half-title present. Marginalia on pp. 7, 14 and 15. Partial migration of turn-ins and illustrations to adjacent pages as expected, with a blank leaf opposite each image. A stunning production. Near fine .
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