A Choice Alken Watercolor. From the collection of John P. Kane, whose library and artwork were sold by American Art/Anderson Galleries on February 26-27, 1931. Read More about Coaching scene, an original watercolor drawing by Alken
James Cummins Bookseller is proud to present a list of newly catalogued inventory. From a rare collection of photographs likely developed and assembled all by Avedon himself to the first printing of Ulysses, you are sure to find something of interest in this list. We invite you to take a look at the highlights below and make sure to check out the entire catalogue.
A Choice Alken Watercolor. From the collection of John P. Kane, whose library and artwork were sold by American Art/Anderson Galleries on February 26-27, 1931. Read More about Coaching scene, an original watercolor drawing by Alken
Philadelphia: Francis Bailey, 1780. First Edition. The Discovery of Benedict Arnold's Treason. Extremely rare first edition, complete with the half-title, of the trial of the British spy Major André, which led directly to the discovery of Benedict Arnold's treason. "The discovery of Benedict Arnold's ploy to betray West Point was..... Read More about Proceedings of a board of general officers, held by order of His Excellency Gen. Washington,...
London: George Allen Ruskin House 156 Charing Cross Road, [March, 1895]. Thomson, Hugh. Reprint of the 1894 edition. Thomson's Iconic Binding in Immaculate Condition. In the late 1880's and through the 90's, a remarkable illustrator made his appearance on the London scene: Hugh Thomson (1860-1920), perhaps the pre-eminent representative of..... Read More about Pride and Prejudice with a Preface by George Saintsbury
Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, (1985; 1986; 1986). First editions (City of Glass is a second printing). Inscribed to Poet Clark Coolidge. The complete New York Trilogy, Paul Auster's classic meta-fictional detective story, with each copy inscribed by the author to poet Clark Coolidge. This was Auster's second work..... Read More about The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room
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
Montreal: Beauchemin & Valois, 1878; 1878-1880. Bishop Baraga, an Austrian Oblate missionary, came to this country in 1830 and spent the rest of his life among the tribes in and about Michigan, dying at Marquette in 1868. His Theoretical and Practical Grammar was first published in Detroit in 1850 and..... Read More about A Theoretical and Practical Grammar of the Otchipwe Language for the use of Missionaries and...
Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, 1970. First edition. Inscribed by Barber. Read More about LSD, Marihuana, Yoga, and Hypnosis
New York: Baker & Godwin, Printers and Publishers, Printing-House Square, Opposite City Hall, 1863. First edition. Presentation copy with compliments slip tipped to the front endpaper and owner's name in gilt on the upper cover (Hon. Abraham X. Parker, a member of the NY State Assembly). NYC Draft Riots, 1863..... Read More about The Draft Riots in New York. July, 1863. The Metropolitan Police: Their Services During Riot...
London: Privately Subscribed by Eric Partridge Ltd, 1930. First edition, one of 560, 525 of which are for sale, of which 25 are signed and numbered. Natalie Barney (1876-1972) was the model of the expatriate woman Modernist, an heiress who was educated by French governesses and in boarding schools, who..... Read More about The One Who is Legion or A.D.'s After-Life
Milan: Gotardo da Ponte, 1510. First Edition. Uncut and Bound in Red Morocco. The first edition of the chronicler's biography of St Francis, written in 1399 by the Italian Franciscan Bartolomeo da Rinonico (Pisa, d. 1401), and presenting an extended comparison of each aspect of his life with that of..... Read More about Liber Conformitatum (vitae beati Francisci ad vitam Domini Iesu
New York: Baker & Taylor Co, 1907. First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Barton. PRESENTATION COPY. Inscribed by Barton on the front endpaper: “To Mrs. Charles M. Sears. May I venture to make so small an offering as this tiny booklet to one whom I hold in such high regard..... Read More about The Story of My Childhood
New York: Grove Press, . First edition in English (translated by the author), preceding the British edition. Beckett’s Masterpiece, Inscribed. Inscribed by Beckett, "for Dan Pope from Sam Beckett". Additionally signed by Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset. The preferred issue of the English text of the Nobel Prize winner's most..... Read More about Waiting for Godot. Tragicomedy in 2 acts
New York: Collins and Co, 1814. Hamilton Family Bible. Inserted vellum leaves between the Old Testament and the Apocrypha contain the family register of Philip Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's son and youngest child, kept by his wife Rebecca. Rebecca McLane Hamilton (1813-1893) inherited the bible from her Aunt, Lydia Cantwell Milligan..... Read More about The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments: Together with the Apocrypha
London: Eveleigh Nash, 1907. First edition. Inscribed to Close Friends, with Annotations. Blackwood's second collection of supernatural fiction, containing “The Willows”, esteemed by H. P. Lovecraft and called by Bleiler “one of the classics of supernatural fiction and the finest single short story”. This copy is an outstanding presentation to..... Read More about The Listener and Other Stories
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949. First edition. Inscribed to Edward Steichen. Inscribed on the half-title: "For Edward Steichen/ I couldn't do a book/ without sending it to you./ Maggy." Read More about Halfway to Freedom. A Report on the New India in the Words and Photographs of …
New York: M.B. Brady, F. d’Avignon, C. Edwards Lester, 1850. First edition. A complete example of this famous and rare book, a series of remarkable and compelling lithographic portraits after daguerreotypes by Mathew B. Brady (c.1823-1896, photographer). Although advertised as being complete in twenty-four lithographed portraits after Brady’s daguerreotypes, only..... Read More about The Gallery of Illustrious Americans, containing the portraits and biographical sketches of...
New York: The Aldine Book Company, 1903. First edition. Author's Edition, printed throughout on imperial Japanese vellum, and full bound in crushed levant, limited to 75 numbered copies signed by the author. Additionally inscribed by the author to Henry Clay Frick II, "In memory of the grandfather whose name he..... Read More about History of Carnegie Steel. An Inside Review of Its Humble Origin and Impressive Growth
London: Smith and Elder, 1848. Second edition, with half-titles. Second Edition, in Original Cloth. Now dedicated to Thackeray and with the addition of a new preface. Read More about Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. By Currer Bell
London: Smith and Elder, 1857. First edition, with half-titles, 8 pages of ads for uniform edition of earlier works by the Brontes at end of vol. II. Her Last Novel. Posthumously published, the same year as Mrs. Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Brontë. Read More about The Professor by Currer Bell
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 82 Cliff Street, 1848. First American edition. Beautiful Copy. First American edition of Wuthering Heights following the London edition of 1847. "Wuthering Heights was published simultaneously in cloth (75¢) and in paper covers (2 parts 25¢ each) on April 21, 1848. Both bindings contain..... Read More about Wuthering Heights. A Novel. By the Author of “Jane Eyre.”
Chicago: Hutchinson, n.d. Rupert Brooke in Chicago. A casual head and shoulders portrait of Rupert Brooke in an open collar shirt, a variant from the same sitting that yielded the portrait in profile used as the frontispiece to the John Lane Collected Poems of 1915. The jacket Brooke wore in..... Read More about Portrait Photograph of Rupert Brooke, ca. May 1914
New York: Eckstein, Hoffmann & Porr, 1883. The opening of the Brooklyn Bridge was a major event. The New York Times reported: “The pleasant weather brought visitors by the thousands from all around. … It is estimated that over 50,000 people came in by the railroads alone, and swarms by..... Read More about All Hail the Happy Day! May 24, 1883. New York and Brooklyn Suspension Bridge ......
Paris: YMCA Press, 1967. First edition. The first publication of this now celebrated satirical novel (after serialization in two issues of a Russian language periodical). The tiny marginal notations appear to correspond to the page numbers in the Harper and Row proofs of the American edition, suggesting the hand of..... Read More about Master i Margarita. Roman [Title in Russian]. [The Master and Margarita
[Canada]: [circa 1800]. Along the falls of a tree-lined river, two First Nations men are pulling a canoe into the water, directed by another in an elaborate feather headdress; a wigwam with mother and child is on the same shore to their left; across the river a longhouse and structure..... Read More about An original watercolor of a First Nations fishing encampment along a river
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...
Paris: chez l'auteur ... et chez Ponce, 1788. First editions. First editions, beautifully and fully engraved. The first volume is on the life of Confucius, the second details notable events in the reigns of various Chinese emperors. The plates were made after a series of drawings by the Jesuit missionary..... Read More about Abrégé Historique des Principaux Traits de la Vie de Confucius, Célèbre Philosophe Chinois....
New York: Ramparts / McGraw-Hill, (1968). Inscribed to Dr. Philip Shapiro. First edition. Introduction by Maxwell Geismer. Nicely Inscribed by Cleaver: "To Dr. Shapiro, a comrade in the struggle for Human Rights and Dignity. I always see you at the right places at the right times. Keep on pushing, baby!"..... Read More about Soul on Ice
New York: Privately Printed [at Derrydale Press] … for the Anglers’ Club of New York, 1927. First edition, one of 100 [actually 89] copies, this being copy No. 25 and signed by the author on the colophon page. Connett Family Copy. The first work to bear the Derrydale imprint. Connett..... Read More about Magic Hours. Wherein we cast a fly here & there As we wade along
New York: Julien Levy Gallery, 1936. Catalog designed by Dalí for his exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery, 602 Madison Ave., New York, 15 December 1936 - 15 January 1937. On the recto that promises "Disturbing images," "The epidermis of orchestras," and "Saliva sofas," is an image of a hairy..... Read More about Dalí Paints the "Invisible Straight from Nature", Souvenir-Catalogue
New York: [The De Vinne Press] Printed for Private Distribution to the Author’s Friends, 1908. First edition. One of 100 copies, printed on Imperial Japan paper. Choice Copy. A splendid work of unsurpassed, almost lyrical, prose, and superb photogravures. Rare. Read More about Woodcock Shooting
London: Doves Press, 1903-1905. One of 500 copies on paper. Of the fifty or so publications of the Doves Press, the Bible is by far and away the most impressive work. The great red initial--and what a red it is!--and first line of the first chapter of Genesis demonstrate a...... Read More about The English Bible. Containing The Old Testament & The New Translated out of the Original...
[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
7 Rue Lemaître, Puteaux (Seine): 15 September 1915. Duchamp Villon on His Sculptures. Sculptor Raymond Duchamp Villon (1876-1918), brother of Jacques Villon and Marcel Duchamp, writes to New York art collector John Quinn, concerning his plaster and bronze sculptures, and acknowledging receipt of Quinn’s payment: “I have your letter, with..... Read More about Autograph letter, signed (“R Duchamp Villon”), to John Quinn, 15 Septmber 1915
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1922. First edition, first issue, first state, no. 184 of 1000 copies (of which c. 500 are first issue). Superb copy of The Waste Land. First edition, first issue, first state, of this landmark modernist poem. T.S. Eliot, whose literary reputation was established with his..... Read More about The Waste Land
[Japan: ca. 1790]. Illustrated Manuscript on Horses. Read More about Japanese Manuscript Book on Horsemanship
Horsham [althouth perhaps Lewes?]: Printed by Arthur Lee; and Sold by J. F. and C. Rivington, 1784. First edition. Published anonymously by a British agent of the East India Company returning from India by the desert route, this very scarce Journal has been attributed by some to Charles Eversfield (one..... Read More about A Journal, kept on a Journey from Bassora to Bagdad; over the Little Desert, to Aleppo, Cyprus,...
Pasadena, California: January to March 1951. Prepared by Carl W. Helstrom, Malvin A. Ruderman, and William Karzas. A bound volume containing a mimeographed set of lecture notes made by students of Richard Feynman very early in his academic career. Preceding the famous Lectures on Physics by a decade, this is..... Read More about High Energy Phenomena and Meson Theories: Notes on a Course… at the California Institute of...
[Portland, Maine]: Privately printed [by the Southworth-Anthoensen Press], 1941. First edition, on tipped in calligraphic colophon page: "No. 5 of This Private Edition of the Tuscarora Club's Forty-Year History was prepared for F. Seymour Barr December 12, 1941..." of 100 copies. There is also a printed colophon at the back..... Read More about Tuscarora Club's Forty-Year History, 1901-1941. With articles by Dr. Homer E. Fraser, Henry A....
London: printed for Rodwell and Martin, Bond Street, 1820. First edition, Large Paper Issue. Large Paper Copy. Scotsman James Baillie Fraser (1783-1856)and his brother William made the journey through Northern India, Nepal & Tibet. Both were significant artists. James he was the first European to reach Gangotri. They tried to..... Read More about Journal of a Tour through part of the Snowy Range of the Himala Mountains, and to the sources of...
[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...
Tampa, Florida: Graphicstudio; New York: Haywire Press, 1975 [printed December 1974 and January 1975]. No. 63/70 from a total edition of 100, each image signed and numbered by Friedlander. The plates are as follows: Wall of Potted Plants, and Trees / Putney, Vermont 1972 Roses in Vase / New York..... Read More about Photographs of Flowers
New York: Henry Holt and Company, . First printing. With Poem. Frost has written out his poem "Come In" 16 lines with a variant of line 1 form from the published poem, signed Robert Frost for the Clyde Tulls October 1940. Read More about Collected Poems of Robert Frost 1939
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Grossman, Edith, trans. First American edition, limited to 350 copies, numbered and signed by Máquez, this one number 7. Signed, Limited Edition. Thomas Pynchon, writing in the New York Times, called it a "shining and heartbreaking novel," and that Márquez "writes with impassioned control..... Read More about Love in the Time of Cholera. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
New York: 1 March 1921. Mary Garden Remembers James Huneker. Soprano Mary Garden (1874-1967), writes to literary patron John Quinn, after the death of James Huneker, “Oh! if only you had told me of the need Mrs Huneker was in right after the death of my dear Mr. Huneker …..... Read More about Autograph Letter, signed (“Mary Garden”), to John Quinn, lamenting the death of James Huneker
London: Printed by Adam Islip Ioice Norton and Richard Whitakers, 1633. Second edition overall and first Johnson edition. "This is the first edition enlarged and edited by Thomas Johnson (1595-1644) who corrected many of Gerard's more gullible errors, and improved the accuracy of the illustrations by using Plantin's woodcuts" (Hunt)..... Read More about The herball or Generall historie of plantes. Gathered by Iohn Gerarde of London Master in...
London: The C. W. Daniel Company, 1925. First English edition. Signed by Goldman on the endpaper. SIGNED BY EMMA GOLDMAN IN DJ. First published New York, 1923, the work did not include significant portions of the original manuscript, which were subsequently published as My Further Disillusionment in Russia. This edition..... Read More about My Disillusionment in Russia ... With an Introduction by Rebecca West
New York: Rinehart, 1953. First Edition. Inscribed. Inscribed on the ffep to Fletcher & Inga Pratt by the author Nov. 1953. By the same author as Nightmare Alley. This about the world of the carny. Novelist, historian, and bon vivant Fletcher Pratt (1897-1956) was dean of nonfiction at the Bread..... Read More about Monster Midway. An Uninhibited Look At the Glittering World of the Carny
Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies: May 28, 1975. In part: "... The sundry publishing and television folk are really on my ass. Roots has got to be published during February 1976, a week or two before the premiere of the television series that's to be filmed this summer and fall. I'm..... Read More about Typed letter signed, "Alex" to publisher Barney Rosset ("Dear Barney") on...
Paris: Chez Buisson, Libraire, rue Hautefeuille, 1792. Second edition overall and first French. Variant issue. Second edition: The ‘Federalist’ in the French Revolution. The first French edition of Hamilton, Madison, and Jay's celebrated collection of articles supporting the ratification of the United States Constitution. The other issue of this printing..... Read More about Le Fédéraliste, ou Collection de quelques Écrits en faveur de la Constitution proposée aux...
Philadelphia: Printed for John Fenno, by John Bioren, 1797. First edition. Hamilton Confesses to His Affair with Mrs. Reynolds. The first edition of the infamous "Reynolds pamphlet," in which Hamilton describes his affair with Maria Reynolds and admits to paying off a blackmailer. In the pamphlet Hamilton takes the extraordinary..... Read More about Observations on certain documents contained in No, V & VI of “The History of the United...
c. late 1930s. Subjects include: Portraits of Yves Tanguy (two, different), Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Robinson Jeffers; six color and black and white portraits; three surrealist photo collages (one with a severed head and two others incorporating Pueblo art); a group of nudes; three commercial images; and a group of..... Read More about Portfolio of early photographs
Bombay: printed at the American Mission Press [E.A. Webster, Printer, Jail Road], 1838. First edition. The First Edition, Printed in Bombay. Very interesting account of Harris' explorations in southern Africa, giving a view of the land and the abundance of game at the earliest stages of the Boer emigration from..... Read More about Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837, from the Cape...
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
New York: J.C. Riker, 1843. "Lucy Hooper, a Brooklyn poet who died at a tragically young age, perfected the formula of the gift book with this work, which first appeared in 1842 and went through numerous editions" (Reese). The number of plates seem to vary; this example with an unusually..... Read More about The Lady's Book of Flowers and Poetry
London: Chapman and Hall, 1892. First edition. Presentation Copy. Inscribed on the front flyleaf: "To Miss C.V. Hall/ with kindest regards/ from/ W.H. Hudson/ June 1894." A celebrated work on natural history and travels in the Argentine. Read More about The Naturalist in La Plata
New York: Published for the Booksellers, 1841. First edition. The Second Wall Street Novel -- Rare. A very early — in fact, the second — Wall Street novel about a young broker who fails on the street. It explains all the chicanery, stock manipulation, scams and even a faked panic..... Read More about A Week in Wall Street. By One Who Knows
Springfield, [Mass.]: Reprinted for Dr. Samuel Cooley, by Ashley & Brewer, 1802. First American edition. Rare first American edition of Jenner's work: "the basis of the modern science of immunology" (PMM) and "one of the great triumphs in the history of medicine" (Garrison-Morton). "Soon after Inquiry was published, Benjamin Waterhouse..... Read More about An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, a Disease Discovered in some of...
New York: Roaring Fork Press; Aspen Communications Inc, 1965 - 1971. The Complete Aspen Magazine, a scarce survival. One of the boldest and most notorious ventures in commercial magazine publishing, Aspen was conceived by Phyllis Johnson, former editor of Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Each issue, guest edited and..... Read More about Aspen: The Magazine in a Box. Complete Run of Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5+6, 6a, 7, 8, 9, 10
Cambridge, (England): The Orthological Institute/ (Made in England by Gramophone Co. Ltd.), [circa 1929]. First pressing. Original Recording of James Joyce Reading 'Anna Livia Plurabelle' : Signed by Joyce. With inscribed slip by Joyce, to Jean [E. Mison], a freelance journalist based in Cambridge from approximately 1927 to 1964. Recorded..... Read More about James Joyce Reading "Anna Livia Plurabelle" (Parts I & II
Paris: Shakespeare and Co, 1922. First edition, one of 750 copies on handmade paper (total edition, 1000 copies). A Beautiful Unrestored Copy. The first printing of Ulysses comprises 1000 copies in three limitations: the first 100 on Dutch handmade paper, numbered, and signed by Joyce, price 350 francs; 150 large..... Read More about Ulysses
New York: L.H. Frank, Publisher and Printer No. 432 Broome Street, 1867. Ninth (Stereotype) edition. The first Haggadah of Passover published in America appeared in 1837, published in New York by S. H. Jackson with an English translation by David Levi of London. Henry Frank first issued a Haggadah, based..... Read More about Seder Haggadah Shel Pesach. Service for the Two First Nights of Passover, with an English...
New York: Grove Press Inc, 1959. First edition. Larry McMurtry's Copy. Larry McMurtry's copy, with his ownership signature to the ffep. Read More about Dr. Sax
Paris: Claude Lamesle, 1742. First edition. ‘…there is scarcely a better book’ — D.B. Updike. Fine specimen book from Lamesle’s firm, who took over the foundry of Pierre Lot in 1737 and five years later, issued this “extremely handsome and dignified specimen … This book, both in type and ornaments..... Read More about Épreuves Générales des Caractères qui se trouvent chez Claude Lamesle
Damascus: 1918. Lawrence in Triumph and Renunciation. Choice contemporary portrait of T.E. Lawrence in Damascus in October, 1918, after the series of victories which reshaped the map of the Middle East. At his moment of triumph, Lawrence resigned his position in the Arab army. A similar example of the portrait..... Read More about Portrait photograph of T.E. Lawrence in traditional Arab dress, with kufiyah and four band iqal,...
New York: The Limited Editions Club, . One of 50 copies. The prints illustrate the King James version of the Book of Genesis. Bearing captions lithographed from mylars handwritten by the artist, this "exhibition portfolio" format is much larger than the regular edition of Eight Studies for the Book of..... Read More about Eight Studies [for the Book of Genesis
London: Golden Cockerel Press, . First edition, Number 367 of 1000 copies. Nice copy of a Notable Book. Read More about Secret Despatches from Arabia by T. E. Lawrence. Published by Permission of the Foreign Office....
London: Grant Richards, 1897. First edition. in a wooden latticework binding. Read More about Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. A Paraphrase from Several Literal Translations
New York: University Books, 1964. First edition. Read More about The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
1A Gloucester Walk, Church Street, Kensington, London: 8 January 1919. ‘kindness and zeal’. A substantial letter from the controversial author and artist Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), an artistic statement on a group of new work shortly before his first one-man show, Guns. To John Quinn, New York art collector and patron..... Read More about Typed Letter, signed (“Yrs, Wyndham Lewis”), to John Quinn, 8 January 1919, with a four-page...
Washington, D.C: April 15, 1861. Lincoln's First Presidential Proclamation and De Facto Declaration of War. President Abraham Lincoln's first proclamation, calling for troops to suppress the rebellion of the secessionist states and "maintain the existence of our National Union," issued two days after the fall of Fort Sumter. A document..... Read More about By the President of the United States. A Proclamation. Whereas the laws of the United States have...
Washington, D.C: [Government Printing Office], November 9, 1904. First Woman to Argue Before the Supreme Court. In 1873, Belva Lockwood graduated from the National University Law School (now George Washington University Law School), though the school granted her a diploma only after she petitioned President U.S. Grant. In 1879 she..... Read More about In the United States Court of Claims. The Cherokee Nation vs. The United States ... Reply Brief...
London: Rowland Ward, 1908. First edition. Sport and Conservation in the Potocki Preserve. In his preface, the noted sportsman Potocki (author of Sport in Somaliland, etc.) recounts how he started the preserve at Pilawin to provide a wild habitat for the breeding of elk and that his success encouraged him..... Read More about A Trip to Pilawin: The Deer-Park of Count Joseph Potocki in Volhynia Russia
Boston: David R. Godine, 1970. Hidy, Lance. First edition, one of 100 copies, of which this copy is signed by the artist and numbered 25. Beautiful Early Godine Printing. “The source of the text is the Harvard University Press reprint of the unique 1681 copy in the British Museum of..... Read More about The Garden
London: R. H. Porter, February 1889 - August 1902. First edition. The Foundation Work for Mayan Studies. Although the Mayan ruins of Central America were made famous by Stephens's and Catherwood's early explorations, scientific and serious archaeological study began with Alfred Maudslay. A Cambridge polymath who became intrigued by the..... Read More about Biologia Centrali-Americana; Contributions to the Knowledge of the Fauna and Flora of Mexico and...
Washington, D.C: By the Author, 1922. First edition. Siegel Copy of a Rare Angling Title. Read More about Where We Used to Fish. [Snyder's Bayou, Conner's Mill, The Bloomer Hole
Toronto: McLuhan, 1954. First edition. Original Self-Published Version. The preliminary self-published edition of this text by McLuhan that was later expanded and republished commercially in 1969. Read More about Counterblast
New York: Walter Neale, 1928. First edition. Henry Mercer’s Ghost Stories, 1928, in Dust Jacket. A sharp copy in dust jacket of this rare collection of ghost stories by the Pennsylvania archaeologist, ceramicist, and polymath Henry C. Mercer (1856-1930), who was educated at Harvard (Class of 1879) and as a...... Read More about November Night Tales. A Book of Short Stories
New York: Universal Publishing and Distributing Company, 1951. First edition. Read More about Marijuana Girl
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press Cambridge, 1938. First edition, signed by editor and with manuscript leaf; signed by Linnie Marsh Wolfe on the half-title page, signed by Wanda Muir Hanna on the dedication page and with an eight-line manuscript leaf in ink holograph of John Muir (tipped in..... Read More about John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir. Edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe....
New York: D. Appleton, 1892. First edition, Second State (with the misspelling Georgias" [for "Gorgias"] on the verso of the third leaf, corrected). “While at Johns Hopkins, Osler wrote THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF MODERN MEDICINE, which continues to be an object of interest and admiration more than a century..... Read More about The Principles and Practice of Medicine. Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of...
Incredible Memento Of Peary's North Pole Expedition. This elaborately bound volume of guest autographs was commissioned for the yacht Sheelah, owned by millionaire industrialist Charles Ross (1848-1913). Originally from Scotland, Ross emigrated to North America in 1868 and built a fortune as a railway engineer, settling finally in Montreal. In..... Read More about Guest book of yacht Sheelah, signed by Robert E. Peary, 21 September 1909, upon his return from...
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; Philadelphia: Mr. Quarré; George R. Graham, 1842. FIRST PRINTING OF THE MASK OF RED DEATH. Contains the First Printings of Poe’s “Life After Death” (April, 1842, pp. 200-201), “The Mask of the Red Death. A Fantasy” (May, 1842, pp. 257-59), and “The Poetry of Rufus Davies” (October, 1842..... Read More about The Artist, September, 1842-January, 1843 [And:] Graham's Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine....
London: S. and J. Fuller at the Temple of Fancy, 1810 [altered in manuscript to 1812]. The author served as the drawing master at Rugby School and here offers lessons illustrated with progressive plates of flowers and floral arrangements. "The necessity of an Improved Essay on Flower Painting is obvious..... Read More about A Practical Essay on Flower Painting in Water Colours
New York, Paris, and St. Germain en Laye: 1922-1924. Two Great Collectors. A notable group of correspondence documenting the collecting activities of John Quinn (1870-1924), New York attorney, patron of literary modernism and a discerning art collector. Alphonse Kann (1870-1948) was a friend of Marcel Proust and a noted collector..... Read More about Correspondence with John Quinn, New York attorney and art collector
London: Printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803. First Edition. 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 the his Red Books --..... Read More about Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. Including Some Remarks on Grecian...
New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, . First Edition. AN ULTIMATE COPY, INSCRIBED TO ARCHIBALD COX. Incsribed on the half-Title: To Archie (Cox) with warmest regards and great Admiration Elliot." While serving as Nixon's Attorney General, Richardson insisted on appointing Archibald Cox as Special Prosecutor for the Watergate break-in case..... Read More about The Creative Balance. Government, Politics, and The Individual in America's Third Century
Brooklyn: Daily Eagle Print, 1870. Second edition. Scarce. Posthumously-published second edition of Roebling’s seminal 1867 report that laid the framework for building the Brooklyn Bridge. John Augustus Roebling (1806–1869) was the most famous American bridge builder of his day and pioneered the suspension bridge. Completed by his son in 1883..... Read More about Report of John A. Roebling, C.E., to the President and Directors of the New York Bridge Company,...
Oyster Bay or New York City: 1905-1917. TR in 1917 : ‘more and more of an anti-German’. An interesting clutch of correspondence between Theodore Roosevelt and John Quinn, Irish-American attorney and great patron of the arts and literature, touching on the Irish question, literature, and international politics. The first two..... Read More about Group of seven Typed Letters, signed, to John Quinn, 1905-17, with four autograph letters,...
New Haven: Ives-Sillman, 1958-1964. Number 82 of 250 copies signed Diter Rot. "Each page of the book features a series of cut slots: thick and thin, single and multiple, at various angles. Turning the page is a distinctly kinetic experience as one cut sheet piles on top of another, with..... Read More about Book AC
Windsor, VT: 1985. Where, when, and what time of day or night were you born …? J. D. Salinger first met poet Celia Bland when she was an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and a friend of Sophie Pratt, another Sarah Lawrence student who lived near Salinger in New England..... Read More about Two typed letters, signed "xxJDS" and "JDS", to poet Celia Bland, 17 May and...
Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. First edition. Salinger’s Classic, Finely Bound. "In American writing, there are three perfect books, which seem to speak to every reader and condition: Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye. Of the three, only Catcher defines an entire region of human experience..... Read More about The Catcher in the Rye
London: William Miller, 1809 [but T. Mc'Lean, circa 1822]. First edition, later issue. One of the Largest and Most Beautiful Hand Colored Plate Books. A very fine set of views after drawings by Henry Salt. Salt left London in 1802 for an eastern tour with Lord Valentia, visiting Indian and..... Read More about Twenty four views taken in St Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, Abyssinia & Egypt
Great Britain: 1855-1872. The Author’s Revisions for the Second Edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in..... Read More about Heavily-corrected proofs for the second edition of Salvin's Falconry in the British Isles, with...
Andover: Printed by Flagg, Gould, and Newman, 1833. First edition. Inscribed on the upper cover, "Oliver Holden, Esqr. from his sincere friend the Author" "Joshua Seixas, the son of Gershom Mendes Seixas (the minister of New York's Shearith Israel congregation), was born in New York in 1802. Little is known..... Read More about A Manual of Hebrew Grammar
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...
London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate; E. Curll at the Dial and Bible, 1709, 1710. First octavo edition of Shakespeare. The First Octavo Shakespeare, with the Poems. “In importance and interest, this edition ranks second perhaps to the editio princeps. It is the first manual text, the first..... Read More about The Works. Revis’d and Corrected, with an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author by N....
Most from Chicago: [1930s; last is dated 1969]. Early Letters from William Shawn. Excellent group of correspondence from William Shawn (1907-1992) Marshall A. Best was Editor of Viking Press. He came to Viking in 1925 when B.W. Huebsch was absorbed by Harold Guinzburg's Viking Press and became Chairman of the..... Read More about Collection of 3 Typed Letters, signed, and 4 Autograph letters, signed, to editor Marshall Best,...
Chicago: Jevne & Almini, 1866-1867. First Edition. Plates Documenting Chicago Before the Fire, with the Original Prospectus. A marvelous collection of views of Chicago - drawn, described, and published by Chicagoans - providing the best visual description of the city before the destruction wreaked by the Great Fire of 1871..... Read More about Chicago Illustrated. 1830. 1866. Literary Description by James W. Sheahan Esq. Illustrations by...