London: Van Voorst, 1851. First edition. Read More about Fly-Fishing in Salt and Fresh Water
The mid-November list from James Cummins Bookseller is a wide-ranging miscellany of newly catalogued inventory, including the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare’s Plays (1685), the second edition of Anne Bradstreet’s Poems (1758), Ricky Jay’s copy of The Life of Captain James Whitney (1693), the second edition of Beowulf, J.S. Mill’s Principles of Political Economy (1848), a typescript selection from Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth (ca. 1933), Dieter Roth’s Copley Monograph (1965), a signed copy of Wilfrid Thesiger’s The Life of My Choice (1987), and a photograph of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at home which bears a long inscription by Sylvia to Ted's parents on the reverse.
London: Van Voorst, 1851. First edition. Read More about Fly-Fishing in Salt and Fresh Water
One of three copies for the family. One of 3 Copies. Rare collection of photographs taken and, likely, developed and assembled all by Avedon himself, rather than by his studio, and characteristic of his private life, but not of his public oeuvre. The negatives are said to have been destroyed..... Read More about Saroyan family album
Philadelphia: Holmes & Co, 1869 [copyright date]. The plates comprise:  Base Bawler [a crying girl smashing a doll and drum]  Pitcher [a man being thrown out a window with a broken pitcher on the ground beneath him]  Batter [a chef with a large mixing bowl attempting to..... Read More about Our National Game [wrapper title
Copenhagen: Trykt hos Andreas Seidelein, 1820. First edition in Danish, and the second complete translation in any language. The second translation of Beowulf, Very Scarce. A handsome first edition copy of N.F.S. Grundtvig's (1783-1872) Danish translation of the classic epic poem Beowulf. Grundtvig was a bishop and the first great..... Read More about Bjowulfs Drape. Et gothisk helte-digt fra forrige aar-tusinde, af angel-saxisk paa danske riim
Kiöbenhavnime [Copenhagen]: C.F. Skubartimit, 1827. Third edition. The New Testament in Greenlandic. The third edition of Otho Fabricius' translation of the New Testament into Kalaallisut, or West Greenlandic, revised by Niels Giessing Wolf. Fabricius first published his translation in 1794, improving on Poul Egede's 1766 translation, the first appearance of..... Read More about Testamente Nutak Kaladlin Okauzeennut Nuktersimarsok, Nar'kiutingoaenniglo Sukuïarsimarsok
New York & Washington: The Neale Publishing Company, 1909-1912. First edition, Number 22 of 250 copies, signed by the author "with compliments of AMBROSE BIERCE on ffep of Volume One. Signed by the Author. After fighting in the Civil War and traveling exstensively throughout the Americas, Bierce found his fame..... Read More about The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce
New York: Mail and Express Job Print, 1904. First edition. Inscribed. Inscribed opposite the title “Compliments of the author J.R. Bradley” Big Game hunting by the author and his friend T.T. Reese in the Stickeen (sic) River Country. The trials of traveling consume the first 28 pp., after which are..... Read More about Hunting Big Game in Northwest British Columbia
Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1897. First edition. Author's own copy with his annotations throughout. Michel Bréal (1832-1915) was a classical philologist. He studied Indoeuropean languages under Franz Bopp and Albrecht Weber, and translated into French Bopp's main work, Vergleichende Grammatik des Sanskrit, Zend, Griechischen, Lateinischen, Litauischen, Gotischen und Deutschen..... Read More about Essai de sémantique (Science des significations
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., Cornhill, 1847. First edition, without publisher's adverts or notice for the Calcutta Review found in some copies. The rare first edition, with half-titles. The first published novel by the Brontë sisters, done in a small edition of about 500 copies. It was immensely popular, and..... Read More about Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. In Three Volumes
1930s-70s. An assortment of Pearl S. Buck ephemera, including two copies of annotated typescript. Pearl S. Buck (b.1892 - d.1973) was the daughter of American missionaries to China, and an author whose 1931 novel 'The Good Earth' won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, Buck won the Nobel Prize..... Read More about Pearl S. Buck Collection
[Chicago]: Harry E. Burgess, 1916. First edition. Presentation copy inscribed to Pawnee Bill. Inscribed to Pawnee Bill. Inscribed in the upper wrapper: "To Major Gordon W. Lillie ('Pawnee Bill') – the last and best of the plainsman hero band, from his true friend, the Author." Uncommon. OCLC locates only four..... Read More about God Before the White Man Came. The Indian Paradise Invaded by Emissaries of Foreign Gods ... A...
London: Grant Richards, 1903. First edition. The Author’s Most Famous Book. Butler's posthumously-published semi-autobiographical novel, a satire of Victorian mores that ensured his lasting fame. A.A. Milne called it “the second-best novel in the English language” (“A Household Book”, Not That It Matters, 1919). With an elaborate mock heraldic bookplate..... Read More about The Way of All Flesh
London: Printed for John Murray, 1815. First edition, first issue with Roger's “Jacqueline” and Campbell's “Selected Beauties” listed second and third on the second page of advertisements. Includes extra half-titles and title-pages at rear, allowing the poems to be bound in two volumes. Read More about Hebrew Melodies
[Rochester, NY ?]: 1899. First edition and apparently unrecorded. A manuscript slip, " 'Compliments of the 'Children,' " is tipped in before the first leaf. UNRECORDED. Illustrated diary of William B. Burke's three-week hunting and fishing trip up the Saguenay River into the country south of Chicoutimi in early October..... Read More about Memories of Chicoutimi
August 3, 1950. Published: Mademoiselle, April 1951. Collected in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958). The Mademoiselle magazine file copy of the typescript, with editorial corrections, of Truman Capote’s acclaimed story, “House of Flowers”, the story of Haitian prostitute Ottilie, beautiful and strong-willed yet doomed by circumstances. With a short typed note..... Read More about The House of Flowers. Corrected Typescript
New York: Random House, . First edition, first printing. Inscribed for Anya and Harold Arlen. Inscribed by Capote "For Anya and Harold [Arlen]/with much love from/Truman Capote [this crossed out] (ha ha)" on the half-title. Dated below in pencil Apr 26-67. And with a Random House compliments slip laid-in "The..... Read More about In Cold Blood. A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
[Philadelphia]: . First edition. The First Distinctly American Pattern Book. Founded in 1724 as a commercial guild based on the Worshipful Carpenters of London, the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia (CCCCP) is oldest extant craft guild in America. Designed by renowned Philadelphia architect and CCCCP member..... Read More about Articles of the Carpenters Company of Philadelphia and their Rules of Measuring and Valuing House...
Philadelphia: Printed by W. Hall, Jun. & G. W. Pierie, 1809. First edition. Early American Penmanship Manual. A protégé (?) of famed American writing master John Jenkins, the work closely follows the theories and practices laid out in Jenkins's The Art of Writing (Boston: 1791). Indeed some have gone so..... Read More about A New and Easy Introduction to the Art of Analytical Penmanship, on an Improved Plan of...
Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1787-8. First Worcester editions. Gorgeous Copies of a Children’s Classic. Isaiah Thomas’ edition of History of Little Goody Two Shoes, the famed nursery classic and “the most celebrated of all the books in John Newbery’s Lilliputian library” (Rosenbach), together with A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, “one of the..... Read More about History of Little Goody Two Shoes [and:] The Juvenile Biographer; containing the Lives of Little...
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1899. First edition, first printing, second state with single quotation mark on p. 459. Read More about The River War. An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. Edited by Col. F. Rhodes
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. First edition, first state binding. The first part of this work, A True Story, was first published in the Atlantic in November 1874. The story is a retelling of the experiences of Mary Ann Cord (renamed “Aunt Rachel” in the story), the African-American..... Read More about A True Story, and the Recent Carnival of Crime. By Mark Twain
Princeton, NJ: Privately printed, 1902. One of 60 copies, “LX Exemplarum in Usum Amicorum”. The text of this essay by President Cleveland originally appeared as an article in The Saturday Evening Post. Read More about A Defense of Fishermen
Cambridge: John Owen, 1842. First edition. "In 1799 [Cleveland] visited the northwest coast, including Alaska, and in 1803 California ... [he] was at the Old Sitka site of the first Russian establishment the day following Baranov's making a deal with Katleut, a Sitkan chief, which enabled him to start building..... Read More about A Narrative of Voyages and Commercial Enterprises
[Genoa: No date, but circa 1893]. One of 25 copies on vellum: XXV tantum exemplaribus membranaceis non venalibus. A facsimile of the Rome 1493 edition of the Columbus printed by Stephan Plannck, the first edition in Latin. Read More about Epistola Christofori Colom: cui ętas nostra multũ debet: de Insulis Indię supra Gangem nuper...
London: Smith, Elder & Co.; Cambridge, [Printed at the University Press], 1858, 1877. First editions. Original editions of the rare poems of William Johnson Cory (1823-1892), one of the precursors of the Uranian Poets, was master at Eton from 1845 to 1872. He had “not only the superficial renown of..... Read More about Ionica. [And:] Ionica II
London: Charles Brome, 1687. Fourth edition, first published in 1674 as The Compleat Gamester. Read More about Instructions how to play at billiards, trucks, bowls, and chess. Together with all manner of...
London: Published by George Hogarth Turner, [1870-1874]. Only edition. Deerstalking in Scotland in the 1870s: Crealock’s magnum opus. A superb set of the rare deerstalking albums of career soldier Henry Hope Crealock (1831-1891), who served in Crimea, India, China, and in the war in Zululand. His sketches from the field..... Read More about Deerstalking Portfolio, comprising:] Among the Red Deer, Sketches from Nature in the Forest...
Los Angeles: 1918. Unique. A delightful memoir of a camping trip to Parmachenee Lake, Maine, in 1871, prepared for the author’s grandson, to whom the preface is addressed, with a series of oval watercolors of outdoor scenes throughout the text. Unique and charming record. Read More about A Trip to Parmachenee Lake, Maine
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1840. First edition, presumed second printing with “i” on copyright page undotted and headline on broken running head on p. 9. Read More about Two Years Before the Mast. A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
[Upper Montclair, New Jersey]: The Nutmeg Point District Mail, 2022. First edition, one of 25 copies for members and friends of the Avram Davidson Society (edition of 160). Publications of the Avram Davidson Society, number six. Published in Napoli on 11 September 2022. NAPLES is a fine press edition of..... Read More about Naples
London: Printed fort J. Johnson by Biggs and Cottle, Bristol, 1800. First edition of his first book. Landmark of Anesthesiology in Boards. "Davy, apprenticed as a surgeon-apothecary, published the above at age 22. Two years earlier, he experimented with various gases at the Medical Pneumatic Institution in Bristol, to determine..... Read More about Researches, Chemical and Philosophical; Chiefly Concerning Nitrous Oxide or Dephlogisticated...
New York: D. Appleton, 1866; London and New York: Macmillan, 1872. First edition, second issue of Adventures; first edition of Looking-Glass, first issue with "wabe" misspelled. The Immortal Alice. An attractive set of the Alice books, with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the first printing, second issue, comprising the sheets..... Read More about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. [And:] Through the Looking-Glass, or What Alice Found There. By...
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1857. First Edition. "When the Wilmot Proviso against slavery in the territories acquired from Mexico produced angry debates, Benton denounced the proviso, but he also refused to support the southern demand for territorial expansion. He insisted that slavery where it existed was in no..... Read More about Historical and Legal Examination of that part of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United...
[New York]: Societé Anonyme, Inc, . First edition. First report of the Société Anonyme – Duchamp, Stella, Hartley, Man Ray, et al. The first annual report of the Société Anonyme, founded in 1920 by Katherine S. Dreier, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Henry Hudson and Andrew McLaren, listing members (including Duchamp..... Read More about Société Anonyme, Inc. (Museum of Modern Art). Report 1920 – 1921
1955-57. A fine collection of correspondence between President Eisenhower and publisher Seymour Berkson. Seymour Berkson (b.1905 - d.1959) was an American publisher of The Journal-American, a now defunct NYC daily newspaper, and was husband of fashion publicist and founder of New York Fashion Week, Eleanor Lambert. In this collection of..... Read More about Collection of T.L.S. correspondence from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Seymour Berkson
New York: Terence & Elsa Holliday, 1932. First edition, Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed, limited edition. Read More about John Dryden. The Poet, The Dramatist, The Critic, Three Essays
San Francisco: W. M. Hinton & Company, 1885. With the Map of Chinatown. This inflammatory report submitted by W.B. Farwell and John E. Kunkler of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors depicted Chinatown as overpopulated with opium dens and prostitution. The report was issued in three versions: 1) as a...... Read More about Report of the Special Committee of the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco on the Condition of...
London: Jonathan Cape, 1954. First edition, first impression, first issue, first state. A very pretty copy of Fleming’s second novel, written in just two months at his Goldeneye estate, before the reviews of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, landed. Read More about Live and Let Die
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. First edition, first impression. A nice, unrestored, copy of the third Bond novel, with a great dinner scene that belies the later movie myth that Bond was just a martini man. Noel Coward read the proofs in Jamaica and called it “the best thing he has..... Read More about Moonraker
London: Published by Printed for David Henry, and sold by Francis Newbery, 1769; London: [William Bowyer], 1764. The fourth edition, being the first collected edition and by far most desirable edition, containing for the first time complete notes on all the experiments, as well as correspondence between Peter Collinson, Franklin..... Read More about Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America. To which are added,...
London: J. Johnson, 1779. First edition. "First edition of a noted selection of Franklin's essays published in London during the American Revolution, edited by his close friend Benjamin Vaughan. This is the 'only edition of Franklin's writings (other than his scientific), which was printed during his life time; [and] was..... Read More about Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces
[Great Britain]: [circa 1761]. Towards the end of the French and Indian War, William Pitt started a specie grant program to reward colonies for raising troops, thus putting the colonies in competition with each other for a share of an annual 200,000 pounds. With specie scarce in the colonies, the..... Read More about Manuscript document signed "George R" authorizing payment of £60,634 to the Province...
London: Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1930. First English edition. The International Psycho-Analytical Library No. 17. In Dust Jacket. Freud’s masterful meditation on the human condition, and one of his last works. No. 17 of The International Psycho-Analytical Library, edited by Ernest Jones. Freud’s work occupied a...... Read More about Civilization and Its Discontents. Authorized Translation by Joan Riviere
Troy, N. Y: From the Press of N. Tuttle, 1845. First edition thus, third edition (enlarged) [Ferguson No. 4033]; 1845 enlarged edition (with 78 pages of text) [originally published in 1843 as an eight-page address, entitled 'A Reply to clerical opposition; or Washingtonian societies defended on scripture grounds in an..... Read More about The Disenthralled: Being Reminiscences in the Life of the Author; His Fall From Respectability,...
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968. One of 300 copies. Tripping in Wales: The Poet and the Publisher. The publisher’s copy inscribed to him at the conclusion of the poem, “For Tom Maschler from Brother Allen Ginsberg” with a drawing of an arrow through a heart. At the foot of the..... Read More about Wales - A Visitation July 29th 1967
New York: Harmony Books, . First edition. Inscribed. Inscribed on the half title, “For Robert Silvers, with thanks for a long association, Steve / Stephen Jay Gould”. Read More about Dinosaur in a Haystack
Boston: Printed by Edes and Gill, in Queen Street, 1774. First edition. To "perpetuate the memory of that wanton and bloody massacre to all Generations", Bostonians fanned the flames of Revolution by holding an oration each year on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre. In 1774, just a few months..... Read More about An Oration; Delivered March 5, 1774, at the Request of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston: to...
Boston: Samuel T. Armstrong, 1819. "A sermon preached at the ordination of two missionaries just prior to their departure as members of the first 'company' of missioanries ... to the Hawaiian Islands" (Forbes). Includes "Instructions from the Prudential Committee of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the..... Read More about The promised land. A sermon, delivered at Goshen, (Conn.) at the ordination of the Rev. Messrs....
Boston: March 15, 1833. This circular was sent to the missionaries at Bombay, Ceylon, Siam, China, Syria, Constantinople, Greece, Malta, Sandwich Islands and the Washington Islands, and is comprised of a series of 48 questions regarding their experiences. The questions relate to languages spoken, geography and demographics, schools and education..... Read More about Circular. To Missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Honolulu: 1839. The Women and Children of the Early Missionaries to Hawaii. "Under the name of each member are listed the names and birth dates of her children ... The printed minutes of the 1840 General Meeting record an edition of 250 copies" (Forbes). The 1839 edition is scarce with..... Read More about Names of Members and Children, Belonging to the Maternal Association of the Sandwich Island'...
London: sold at No. 13, Castle-Street, Leicester-Square [i.e. the author], 1786. First edition, the variant with p. 134 ending "spasmodic/ affection," no known priority. A seminal work on the subject by one of the foremost physicians of his day, a teacher of, and collaborator with, Edward Jenner. Unfortunately Hunter's hypothesis..... Read More about Treatise on the Venereal Disease
New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1916. First American edition, English sheets. First American edition, from English sheets. The first American edition of Joyce's seminal short story collection, one of 504 copies bound up from sets of the sheets of the English edition, which appeared in 1914. Read More about Dubliners
[Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894]. One of 250 paper copies. from William Morris to Edward Burne Jones. Presentation copy, inscribed “to Edward Burne-Jones from William Morris August 10, 1894” This was the only Kelmscott Press book to contain type not created by Morris, a Greek font designed by Selwyn Image for..... Read More about Atalanta in Calydon: A Tragedy
1493 3/4 Allison [Ave.], Los Angeles 26: [n.d., ca. 1955]. One of Kesey’s earliest short stories. Beginning after his sophomore year at the University of Oregon, Kesey spent his summers in Los Angeles, trying to break into Hollywood as an actor, and later as a screenwriter. Starting in July 1955..... Read More about Typescript entitled "The Street in the Forest"
New York: Doubleday, 1978. First edition. Choice copy of King’s dark dystopian tale, here inscribed by the author: “For Stan with all good wishes, Stephen King”. Read More about The Stand
London: Macmillan, 1894 & 1895. First editions. A nicely-matched set of the two Jungle Books. Read More about The Jungle Book & The Second Jungle Book
American Artist Group, ca. 1930s. A Collection of J.J. Lankes Woodcut Holiday Cards. Julius John "J.J." Lankes (b.1884 – d.1960) was an illustrator, a woodcut print artist, author, and college professor. He illustrated works for many notable authors, including poet Robert Frost, American author Sherwood Anderson, and British author Beatrix..... Read More about J.J. Lankes Card Collection
London: May 24, 1862. Rare photograph of the London Underground before it opened. "Edgware Road Station" along with an open railroad car filled with dignitaries including Lord Richard Grosvenor, Earl (Sixth) Macclesfield, Mr. Chas Wood, Amsburey, Lord Werlock(?), Sir Stephen Elgin, Mr. Gladstone, M.P., Mr. I Fowler (Engineer) in white..... Read More about The First London Underground Trip
[N.p., Providence and North Montpelier, Vermont: n.d., ca. 1933]. Lovecraft’s ‘Evening Star’ and other Fungi from Yuggoth. A nice private compilation of poems by H. P. Lovecraft, eleven sonnets in the Fungi from Yuggoth cycle, including his celebrated “Evening Star”, “The Port”, and “Antarktos”. The eleven poems are stapled in..... Read More about Selected Sonnets in the Fungi from Yuggoth cycle]. [Cover title:] Poems / Lovecraft
[St. John’s Wood, London: 1926]. Published by Spurr & Swift in 1926, in an edition of 265 copies signed by the author. A choice and lengthy Machen holograph manuscript from the middle 1920s, at the apogee of his celebrity, in which he looks back at some of the ideas from..... Read More about Autograph Manuscript, signed (“Arthur Machen”), of the “Prospectus” Introduction to his...
Albany: Printed by Henry C. Southwick, 1815. First American Edition and the first edition of any work by Machiavelli published in America. First Machiavelli in America — With Fulton’s Torpedo Warfare. First published in 1521 by the founder of the science of modern politics, in The Art of War Machiaveli..... Read More about The Art of War. In Seven Books ... To which is added, Hints Relative to Warfare, By a Gentleman...
[Quebec]: 1886-1888. Record of three seasons at the Micmac Salmon Club on the Matapedia where it joins the Restigouche river with 178 records of daily weather and river conditions, participants and pools fished, salmon and grilse caught (as well as the ones that got away), weights, flies used, and other..... Read More about Fishing Record 1886 [Cover title
New Haven: [Dana and Silliman] ... Printed by Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, June 1871. "The most prominent woman professor ... and the first real 'scientist' since Jane Colden in the 1750s, in that she published at least seven scientific articles, was the astronomer Maria Mitchell, certainly the most important woman..... Read More about On Jupiter and Its Sallites ... [within The American Journal of Science and Arts, Third Series,...
Cambridge: [Cornelius Crownfield AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS], 1713. The second edition, expanded and corrected, and the first to include the General Scholium in which Newton gives a general resumé of the work. One of about 750 copies printed, of which 250 were sent to Holland and France. The Second Principia..... Read More about Philosophiae naturalis Principia mathematica. Auctore Isaaco Newtonio Equite Aurato. Editio...
London: Jonathan Robinson, 1697. First edition. Account of the demonic possession of Richard Dugdale, formerly employed as a gardener and servant in Yorkshire, who became notorious and was visited by thousands. For a year, attempts at exorcism were performed without success. Dugdale was reported to speak in languages of which..... Read More about The Surey Demoniack: or, An Account of Satans Strange and Dreadful Actings, In and about the Body...
New York: n. p, 1971. First edition, stamped "Copyright 1972 / By Yoko Ono" (Most cataloguers note this erroneously and unironically as being published in 1971, and by MoMa, who had nothing to do with this publication). Elusive artist's book. In 1971, "Yoko Ono staged an 'intervention' at MoMA without..... Read More about Museum of Modern [F]art. Yoko Ono – one woman show. Dec. 1st – Dec. 15th. For Information...
New York: New York Office 309 Broad Street, . Club book of this famed sporting club, with 36 members in 1916 (ten of whom are identified as shareholders). The club held the lease of more than 120,000 acres at Lake Parmachenee in Magalloway, Maine. With records of fish caught 1905..... Read More about Constitution, By-laws, Rules and List of Officers and Members, 1916 Parmachenee Club
[Boston: Lawrence Durborow, Inc, n.d., ca. 1920s]. First edition. Founded in 1890 with a lease of 120,000 acres, Parmachenee Club is one of the oldest and most exclusive of the Maine fishing clubs. The Parmachenee Belle fly was invented by Henry P. Wells, a member since the 1890s. Rare... Read More about The Story of the Parmachenee Club. Parmachenee Lake, Maine
Salem: Peabody Museum, 1938. First edition. Number 58 of 100 copies Numbered on Hurlbut Permanent Book paper. Printed at the Southworth-Anthoensen Press. One of 100 Copies. Posthumously printed volume of on the history and natural history of Wenham Great Pond, the Massachusetts landscape much loved by sportsman, naturalist, and bibliographer..... Read More about Wenham Great Pond
December, 1958. Coyne, James, photo. Unseen photo, with long note to Hughes’ parents. Unknown outtake from a session taken by James Coyne for "Four Young Poets" (Corrine Robins, Mademoiselle, January 1959), which featured the couple's life in Boston, and reproduced Plath's poem "The Times are Tidy" and Hughes' poem "Pennies..... Read More about Photograph of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at Home in 1958, inscribed at length by Plath to Edith...
New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. First edition, with half-title. First Edition. Students all over the world know of the title poem, and many know others as well: "The Conqueror Worm", "Eulalie", "Leonore" "To Helen", etc. "The most important volume of poetry that had been issued up until that time..... Read More about The Raven and Other Poems
London: Printed for J. Willford, ; . First edition. Read More about An Essay on Man. Address’d to a Friend. Part I [Large Paper Copy]. [Bound with:] An Essay on...
London: Faber & Gwyer, . First, limited edition, one of 100 copies signed and numbered by Pound. A lovely copy of this collection, featuring a lengthy introduction on Pound's work by T.S. Eliot. This edition collects all but 16 of Pound's poems from Personae (1926), and adds five early poems..... Read More about Selected Poems. Edited with an Introduction by T.S. Eliot
London: Printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803. First edition. Extraordinary Copy in Original Boards. Rejecting the formalism of his predecessor Lancelot Brown, Repton adopted a more natural and varied style of ornamentation which has been described as combining “artistical knowledge...with good taste and good sense.” Compiled chiefly from..... Read More about Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. Including Some Remarks on Grecian...
[Boston]: [Printed by T. & J. Fleet and Edes & Gill], . Paul Revere. Colonial Amanac with Revere Engravings. The cuts include portraits of the dwarf Emma Leach, "The Patriotic American Farmer" John Dickinson and Catharine M'Caulay. The unsigned cuts are attributed to Revere based on the style and charges..... Read More about An Astronomical Diary; or Almanack for the Year of our Lord Christ 1772
N.p. [Washington, D.C.?]: n.d. [1940?]. Rare FDR Log: A Radio Message from Ernest Hemingway. A log of FDR’s inspection cruise of naval bases in the British West Indies. The log is a detailed narrative of the President’s activities and the progress of the ship he traveled on, the Tuscaloosa. As..... Read More about Log of the President’s Inspection Cruise through the West Indies on Board the U.S.S....
Chicago: William and Norma Copley Foundation [Printed by Lund Humphries], 1965. First edition. Dieter Roth’s enigmatic "Copley Book" Dieter Roth (1930 - 1998) was a Swiss-German artist known for his artist's books and sculptures. In 1960 he won the William and Norma Copley Award from a jury that included Marcel..... Read More about Dieter Roth. The Copley Book [Diter Rot Monograph
Philadelphie [but Amsterdam? Zurich? Paris?]: chez John Robert, imprimeur du Congrès général, 1775. First "American" edition. ‘Man is born free, and he is everywhere in chains’. Mitch Fraas, in his Don't Believe that Imprint (blog post on June 13, 2013, http://mappingbooks.blogspot.com) cites an "explosive increase" of false American imprints appearing..... Read More about Du contract social; ou, Principes du droit politique. Avec le Discours sur l’e’conomie [sic]...
London: Day and Son, [circa 1866]. First edition. Large paper deluxe hand-colored issue. VERY RARE LARGE PAPER, HAND COLORED ISSUE. The advertisements in the rear for "Choice Gift-Books" published by Day and Son include the present work, described as follows: "A history of Submarine Telegraphy, including an Account of the..... Read More about The Atlantic Telegraph
Boston: Printed by R. and S. Draper, for the Honorable and Reverend the President and Fellows of Harvard-College, 1763. This copy bears the ownership signature of "David Pulsifer, 3d. 1830. Mar. 4." on the front free endpaper. Pulsifer (1802-1894) a noted antiquarian, historian, and expert in chirography, was born in..... Read More about An Hebrew Grammar, Collected chiefly from those of Mr. Israel Lyons...and the Rev. Richard...
Urbana, [Illinois]: The University of Illinois Press, 1949. First Edition. Scarce in Jacket. The first hardcover edition of Shannon's most important work. It reprints "the Mathematical Theory of Communication" by Claude Shannon, first published in the Bell System Technical Journal in 1948, with minor corrections and additional references. Also includes..... Read More about The Mathematical Theory of Communication
New York: William Morrow, 1957. First American edition. INSCRIBED TO HIS WIFE. The acclaimed novel of Australians facing the consequences of a nuclear war in the northern hemisphere. Filmed in 1959 starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire. Inscribed by the author to his wife on the front flyleaf..... Read More about On the Beach
Melbourne: Heinemann, . First Australian edition. Inscribed to His Wife. Inscribed “For Frances from Nevil with love April 1955” and signed on the title page with his full name, Nevil Shute Norway. Read More about Requiem for a Wren
New York: Random House, 1960. First American edition, first printing. Inscribed to “Big Bob” Silvers. Inscribed on the flyleaf: "To Big Bob, best of luck, Terry." Terry Southern, acclaimed satirist and screenwriter, was a regular contributor to the Paris Review from its launch in 1953, and among his contributions were..... Read More about The Magic Christian
London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1886. First English edition, issue with the “6” in the date on upper wrapper changed by hand from “5”. A Masterpiece of Horror. An attractive copy of this classic of English literature, and one of the greatest of all masterpieces of psychological and moral horror..... Read More about Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
London: Alfred Miller, 137, Oxford Street, 1831. First edition. Surtees' First Book. Surtees' first book, and the only one to bear his name; it was written when the novelist-to-be was, somewhat off-handedly, practicing law in London. It deals in a straightforward way with the laws of horse-dealing and soundness, a...... Read More about The Horseman’s Manual. Being a Treatise on Soundness, The Law of Warranty, and Generally on the...
Dublin; London: Maunsel & Co., Ltd.; Elkin Mathews, 1907. Yeats, Jack B. Large paper edition, number 107 of 150 copies printed on handmade paper, signed by Jack B. Yeats. Large Paper Copy of ‘the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival’. Following the advice given to him by Yeats..... Read More about The Aran Islands: by J. M. Synge. With Drawings by Jack B. Yeats
New York: George H. Doran Company, . First edition. INSCRIBED. Inscribed by the author, “To Mrs. Redmond with every perfect wish, from Alfred Payson Terhune”. Read More about Now That I'm Fifty
London: Longmans, 1959. First edition. "I went to Southern Arabia only just in time." Signed on the title page. Arabian Sands is Thesiger's first and most important work, recounting his crossing of the Empty Quarter under the aegis of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit: first in 1946-7, on a 2000..... Read More about Arabian Sands
London: Collins, 1987. First edition. Signed by the Author. “Journeying at a walking pace under conditions of some hardship, I was perhaps the last explorer in the tradition of the past.” Thesiger's autobiography, signed on the title page. Read More about The Life of My Choice
London: Longmans, 1964. First edition. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Signed by the author in 2000. The Marsh Arabs is an account of Thesiger's time in the marshes of southern Iraq where he lived from the end of 1951 until June 1958. He writes in the introduction: "From my recollections, helped..... Read More about The Marsh Arabs
The first drawing is entitled "Impotence" (not cited under this title in Bowden, who lists known Thurber drawings). The drawing depicts a very large, kneeling dog-like figure who is staring into the eyes of a submissive, crouching man; the man is much smaller in size than the imposing dog-like figure..... Read More about Two Pencil Drawings, one entitled, "Impotence"
Philadelphia: Printed for the Navy Department, by T.K. and P.G. Collins, 1852. First American Uniform Book for the U.S. Navy. A rare color plate book describing and illustrating the uniforms and dress of officers in the United States Navy and Marines. Contains several pages of detailed regulations on the dress..... Read More about Regulations for the Uniform & Dress of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States
London: George Routledge and Sons, Ltd, 1939. First edition. In rare dust-jacket. Friedrich Von Hayek (1899-1992) was an Austrian-British economist who spent much of his career at the London School of Economics. With Gunnar Myrdal he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1974 for work "on money and..... Read More about Profits, Interest and Investment and Other Essays on the Theory of Industrial Fluctuations
London: Sampson Low, Marston [etc, 1888. The Lea and Dove (First Marston) Edition. No. 78 of 250 copies of the Royal Quarto Edition De Luxe, signed by R.B. Marston. With Emerson Photogravures. One of the most celebrated of photographically illustrated books, the “so-called 100th edition is a reissue of the..... Read More about The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation … and Instructions How to Angle for...
Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin, [circa 1800]. Large Broadside Printing of Washington's Farewell Address. Written largely by Alexander Hamilton, Washington's famed Farewell Address was first printed in newspapers in September 1796 at the end of his second term as President, emphasizing the importance of unity and morality, the dangers of political..... Read More about Address of the late General George Washington, To the Citizens of the United States, on declining...
New York: Holt, 1895. First edition, first issue, with H.S. Wells on title page. First edition. In The Time Machine, H.G. Wells’ time traveler visits the distant future and brings back a report that human society has diverged into the Eloi, who appear to live an idle, pastoral existence, and..... Read More about The Time Machine
London: Medici Society, 1926. First edition. Copy number 6 of 130 numbered copies (of which 100 were for sale). Inscribed to French friends, Paul & Minnie Bourget. The bibliography notes only copies with a facsimile signature on p.ii, which suggests that this is one of the 30 copies retained by..... Read More about Twelve Poems
Boston: Printed by Richard and Samuel Draper, 1763. First edition. Streeter Copy. The first installment in Eleazar Wheelock's series of publications giving the history of the first Indian school in America. This volume covers 1754-62 and was followed by eight more such reports, taking the story up to 1775. Wheelock..... Read More about A Plain and Faithful Narrative of the Original Design, Rise, Progress and Present State of the...
Philadelphia: Johnston and Coulston, March 11, 1880. First edition. The author/artist's own copy. Signed by Johnston on the portrait and additionally signed and dated Camden, June 25, 1891 on the front endpaper. Printed in Hectograph and with Original Contributions by Walt Whitman. The hektograph printing process, was introduced in the..... Read More about The Studio Souvenir of John R. Johnson [sic] Artist