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v.p., chiefly Hollywood and Palm Desert, California: v.d., 1953-1969. On Friendship, Clam Bakes, Sinatra, and Boozin'. Composer Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-1990) won four Academy Awards and one Emmy in a long career that included such hits as "High Hopes" and "Love and Marriage." Teamed with lyricists Sammy Cahn and Johnny..... Read More about Archive of letters, postcards, photographs, and notes from Crosby to songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen
London: 1824-1826. With the ownership signature on the front endsheet of "J. T. Smith, Keeper of Prints British Museum," who is inferentially the party who oversaw the accretion of this collection of inscriptions, drawings and sentiments of visitors to the Print Room - several of the inscriptions incorporate mention of..... Read More about ALBUM OF ORIGINAL DRAWINGS AND MANUSCRIPT SENTIMENTS
A Lampsaque [Paris]: chez tous les Marchands de Nouveautés, 1802. Erotic Acrobatics of Gods and Mortals. The engravings show the erotic play of Graeco-Roman deities and mythological figures, such as Mars and Venus, Jupiter and Juno, satyrs and nymphs, as well as of mortals such as Antony and Cleopatra, Messalina..... Read More about Les Amours des Dieux Payens [L'Arétin d'Augustin Carrache]. … Tome Premier [Second
London: John Murray, 1871. First edition, first issue (with errata on verso of vol. II title-leaf). Darwin's Descent of Man created an uproar second only to his Origin of the Species; however, “contrary to popular error, prevalent now as well as then, Darwin never said that man was descended from..... Read More about The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1931. Clark, Roland. First edition, one of 535 copies. Inscribed. A lovely copy of a scarce volume that is less a book than a work of art. Roland Clark's matchless drypoints, printed from the plates on fine watermarked deckle edge paper, are luminous--one doesn't have..... Read More about Stray Shots
[London: Published by Chapman and Hall, 1881]. 11 Green & Mahoney Drawings for Little Dorritt. Read More about 11 Original Drawings for the Household edition of Charles Dickens' LITTLE DORRITT
Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844. First American edition. First American Edition. In this issue, the frontispiece, like that of the Tauchnitz edition, is the plate of Marley's Ghost and Scrooge. In the gift-binding issue, the frontispiece plate is "Mr. Fezziwig's Ball," as in the first London edition. Read More about A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas
Leipzig: J. J. Weber, 1844. Leech, John. First German-language edition, translated by E. A. Moriarty. First German Edition of A Christmas Carol. The first German editions of Dickens’ first two Christmas books. Not in the Gimbel collection, and rare on the market. All of John Leech's illustrations for the original English..... Read More about Der Weihnachtsabend. Eine Geistergeschichte
London: Joseph Masters, 1850. PRINTED ON VELLUM, apparently the only copy thus. Printed on Vellum. Following the manuscript tradition, liturgical printing in both the Catholic and Anglican churches frequently employed vellum as well as paper. D.B. Updike writes that economic considerations were also a factor: “As early printed books were..... Read More about A List of Printed Service Books, according to the ancient uses of the Anglican Church
Santo Domingo: May 17, 1870. A fascinating unpublished letter from Buenaventura Báez, President of the Dominican Republic ,concerning the proposed annexation of his country by the United States. Baéz (1812-1884), who served 5 non-successive terms as president, was a staunch proponent of annexation — seeing it as a solution to..... Read More about Autograph Letter Signed ("Buenaventura Baez"), as President to Colonel Joseph W....
ca. 1860s. Possibly a preliminary study for Doré's illustration of the discovery of Moses in the bulrushes from the Old Testament of the Bible (1866). Read More about Untitled pencil sketch of the discovery of Moses in the bulrushes
[London: printed for the author at the Chiswick Press, April 1922]. First separate edition, 25 copies signed by the author, this copy numbered "Fourteen" One of 25 copies, signed. Doughty's private edition of his review of D.G. Hogarth's Arabia (Clarendon Press, 1922), reprinted from The Observer 19 March 1922. David George..... Read More about Hogarth's "Arabia"
New York: Doubleday, Page & Co, 1900. First edition. Dreiser's first novel, published by Doubleday, Page in 1900, over the objections of Frank Doubleday. Fewer than 600 copies of this edition were distributed, and subsequent editions were cut and bowdlerized. Read More about Sister Carrie
Paris: Saillant Desaint, 1768. First Edition. Duhamel du Monceau, polymath and prolific author, became one of the outstanding botanists of the 18th century and made significant contributions to French agronomy with his TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DES TERRES and other studies. All of his works included “ideas as well as..... Read More about Traité des arbres fruitiers; contenant leur figure, leur description, leur culture, &c
1916. Superb and striking original illustration for “The Buried Moon” from Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book: Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations, his 1916 collection of fairy stories from the different Allied lands, published by Hodder & Stoughton as their widely publicized Christmas gift book. "This book received even more attention in..... Read More about The Buried Moon (“In her frantic struggles the hood of her cloak fell back from her dazzling...
1916. Superb and striking original illustration for “The Friar and the Boy” from Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book: Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations, his 1916 collection of fairy stories from the different Allied lands, published by Hodder & Stoughton as their widely publicized Christmas gift book. "This book received even more..... Read More about The Friar and the Boy (“The Friar, bound fast to the post, squirmed and wriggled, showing...
1908. A beautiful watercolor from Dulac's second major gift book commission for Hodder & Stoughton. The Dulac Tempest was issued as part of a projected series of Shakespeare illustrated by contemporary artists that was never completed. "Dulac can be considered a perfect illustrator for Shakespeare because of his tendency always..... Read More about The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2 (Caliban: “Wouldst give me Water with berries in't”
[New York]: ca. 1900. Original Manuscript of a “Mr. Dooley” Piece Concerning TR. Written at the time of the 1900 Presidential Convention, this amusing piece, in “Mr. Dooley’s” Irish dialect, deals with the prospect of Theodore Roosevelt's nomination as McKinley's vice-president, which time has shown to be an epochal event..... Read More about “Mr. Dooley on the Convention.” Original manuscript of this humorous piece concerning...
Wilmington: Ferris Bros., Printers and Binders, 1885. Privately printed edition of 50 copies. The Rarest Du Pont Volume. "These extracts from Du Pont's journal and letters, privately printed for his family by his wife after his death, are a valuable and almost unknown account of U.S. Naval operations in the..... Read More about Extracts from Private Journal-Letters of Captain S.F. Du Pont, While in Command of the Cyane,...
Philadelphia: 1850. Original Sample of California Gold. Included as illustrative material is a sample of genuine gold from the California mines, as well as an inserted leaf illustrating California and Mormon coins, in gilt. The authors were the official assayers for the Philadelphia Mint at the time of this work's..... Read More about New Varieties of Gold and Silver Coins, Counterfeit Coins, and Bullion; With Mint Values
Np, 18 January [circa 1942]. "ALL WOMEN . . . IN THIS REGION . . . WANT . . . TO GET CLOSE TO THE FRONT" A charming letter at a vital time in Eisenhower's career: in the midst of planning the attack that would lead to the defeat of..... Read More about 3 page letter to Mamie
[Leovardiae, i.e. Leeuwarden]: J. Coopmans, 1634. Second edition of the translation by Flitner of Murner’s Der Schelmen Zunfft (1512). Huth Copy. Second edition of this Renaissance emblem book, first published in Frankfurt in 1620. Flitner’s Latin text, from the 1512 German satire of Thomas Murner (1475 - 1537), Der Schelmen..... Read More about Nebulo nebulonum hoc est: Loco-seria vernaculae nequitiae censura, carmine iambico depicta...
New York: Random House, . First edition. Read More about The Unvanquished
Bresciae: Boninus de boninis, 18 June, 1483. A Rare and Important Latin Dictionary, 1483. Sextus Pompeius Festus was a grammarian of the 2nd century A.D., who wrote this abridgement (“epitome”) of the now lost encyclopedic dictionary of his contemporary Marcus Verrius Flaccus — which survives only in fragments and in..... Read More about De verborum significatione] “Augustus locus sanctus ab avium gestu …”