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The pleasure of finding things out [UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF]
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The pleasure of finding things out [UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF]

By Feynman, Richard Phillips, 1918-1988

First edition, advance uncorrected proof issued about one month before the finished book (October 1999), which was reimposed. Rare on the market. Compare e Bay 382596775844 (12 December 2018, another posthumous Feynman proof) sold at $850. -- Collation: 210 x 137 mm, 8¼ x 5¼ inches: 152 leaves paginated (pi)[1–4], [i]–[xvii] [xviii blank], [1]–274 [275–282 blank]. Nine line-illustrations (diagrams, facsimiles). Binding: Printed wrappers. Condition: As new.

$650.00

“Bruce Springsteen: The Boss is a Libra!”
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“Bruce Springsteen: The Boss is a Libra!”

By (Springsteen, Bruce, b. 1949.) Jawer, Jeff, 1946-2015

First edition (only edition), including four pages (about 1200 words) and four halftone illustrations (portraits) devoted to Springsteen. The author was a lifelong professional astrologer, and well regarded, living at the time in Noe Valley. Excessively rare, not in Monmouth. OCLC locates one copy only. -- Collation: In 32 (177 x 128 mm, 7 x 5 inches): 32 leaves paginated [i-ii], [1]-[62]. Binding: Pictorial self-wrappers (portrait of Springsteen), wire-stitched as issued. Condition: Very good. References: OCLC (WorldCat) 55506099 (SFPL only). Not in ViaLibri 2018.12. Unknown to Google 2018.12 (really).

$350.00

Hokhmat ha-milhamah
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Hokhmat ha-milhamah

By Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

First edition in Hebrew, translated by Ephraim Broido (1912–1994), probably from Giles, and published by IDF. This copy belonged to Hashomer Hatzair (the young guard) at kibbutz Mesilot, where it was certainly needed: Iraq had bombed the place in 1948, and terrorists attacked again in 1957. —— Collation: In 8s (167 × 120 mm, 6½ × 4¾ inches): Forty-one leaves paginated [i–ii], [1]–[80]. Twenty-four martial vignettes. Binding: Publisher's quarter green cloth lettered in gilt, textured boards blocked in red, pictorial endpapers (Great Wall, after Shalom Ben-Zvi), all edges trimmed and plain, as issued. Condition: Shaken, else very good as shown. References: NLI 002022661 (one copy); OCLC (WorldCat) 123312082 (Stanford) &c. —— Provenance: Hashomer Hatzair, Mesilot nr Nazareth.

$180.00

The art of war: Military manual written about BC 510, the original Chinese text appended. Translated, with an introduction, by Cheng Lin [pinyin Zheng Lin]
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The art of war: Military manual written about BC 510, the original Chinese text appended. Translated, with an introduction, by Cheng Lin [pinyin Zheng Lin]

By Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

¶ Third and last edition of this translation, which was the first attempted by a native speaker of Chinese. The first edition (Chungking 1945) is practically unobtainable. —— Cover title: The art of war. By Suen Wuu. Series: Sino-international library, no. [1]. —— Collation: 208 × 150 mm (8¼ × 6 inches): 30 leaves, paginated left to right (pi)[1–6], i–iii [iv blank], 1–29 [30 blank], right to left (2pi)[1–2], (3pi)1–4 [5] [6 blank], 1–12. Collated perfect.. Binding: Printed wrappers. Condition: Very good, slightly chipped. References: Sunzi / Griffith (1963) 182; Vittinghoff (2001) 179. OCLC 49038763 (Ann Arbor, Berkeley, and Stanford only).

$350.00

Britain & Japan: Biographical portraits. Volume viii, compiled and edited by Hugh Cortazzi

By (Sun Tzu [pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi], 6th–5th century BC.) (Calthrop, Everard Ferguson, 1876–1915, translator.) The Japan Society (London)

First edition, including a "very good and informative article" by Sebastian Dobson (Sheffield) on E. F. Calthrop, the first English translator of Sun Tzu on The art of war 1905, 1908. —— Collation: Thick octavo (228 × 143 mm, 9 × 5½ inches), paginated [i]–xxxvi, 1–768 [769–772 blank]. Numerous portraits, illustrations. Binding: Publisher's brown boards lettered in gilt, plain wove endpapers, all edges trimmed and plain, as issued. Color-pictorial dust-jacket not priced, as issued. Condition: As new.

$120.00

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"Sonshi: The Chinese military classic. Translated from the original Chinese-Japanese by Major H. R. Gosman . . ."

By Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

First edition (only edition), the FIRST AMERICAN TRANSLATION of Sun Tzu on The art of war, little known and very scarce on the market. The translator was George Henry Rankin Gosman (1876–1958), MD, of Brooklyn (New York), US military attaché at Tokyo 1911–15. This was the only American translation of Sun Tzu for two generations, till 1963. The present copy belonged to the AGF library under Lesley McNair, whom Marshall called "the brains of the army". —— Collation (volume 56, offered complete): [i–iv], [1]–408 pages. Collated perfect. Binding: Red buckram lettered in gilt. Condition: Very good. —— Provenance: (1) US Coast Artillery School (1907–46) library, at Fort Monroe (Hampton, Virginia), accession no. 29155, typical stamps; (2) US Army Ground Forces (1942–48) library, Army War College (Washington, DC), accession no. A7343, bookplate, spine label.

$2200.00

Shaping Eyre: Charlotte Brontë's classic novel in 200 objects: A Rare Book School exhibition curated [sic] by Barbara Heritage. The Rotunda . . . , 15 September 2016 to 15 April 2017

By Rare Book School (Charlottesville, Virginia)

First edition (only edition), signed by the curator. Seventy-two pages, fourteen full-page and seven half-page color illustrations. OCLC (WorldCat) 1032263573. Not in Parsonage.

$45.00

Tzeïn Eür.
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Tzeïn Eür.

By Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855

First edition of the second Jane Eyre in Greek, first issue (priced 4000 drachmae). The translator was probably Vasilis Rotas (1889-1977), after Harry Glickman 1947. The upper cover depicts not Jane but Rochester's mad wife Bertha. Sold as is.

$65.00

Autograph Letter signed, concerning the manuscript of \'First four minutes\' (1955)
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Autograph Letter signed, concerning the manuscript of 'First four minutes' (1955)

By Bannister, Sir Roger Gilbert, 1929-2018

One page oblong 12mo, fifty-five words signed "Roger Bannister", written in blue ink on Bannister's headed cardstock, verso blank, accompanied by the original autograph envelope.

$2200.00

Le professeur.
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Le professeur.

By Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855

First edition in French, January 1858. Symington 43.[2], Parrish 69, OCLC 163030934 (Munich BSB only), 457159605 (Paris BN only). Untrimmed as issued, printed wrappers (somewhat worn).

$500.00

Prose poems from The illuminations of Arthur Rimbaud. Translated by Helen Rootham
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Prose poems from The illuminations of Arthur Rimbaud. Translated by Helen Rootham

By Smith, Patti, b. 1946) Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891

First American edition of the first published translation of Les illuminations in English; comprising some twenty-one poems in English and French on facing pages. -- This is an outstanding association copy, inscribed and signed by Patti Smith, who has more than once been called the reincarnation of Rimbaud. -- -- Collation: In 24 (226 x 149 mm): 24 leaves paginated [1-3] 4-48. Binding: Publisher's blank white wrappers, yellow-cardstock dust-jacket after Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990), priced 50 cents as issued. Condition: Small stain at the foredge of pages [1-2] (half-title), dust-jacket somewhat edgeworn as usual, withal very good.

$650.00

[Riot act.] An act for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters
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[Riot act.] An act for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters

By Great Britain

First edition, one of six copies known; famous for giving us the expression 'to read the Riot Act'. ESTC N53655, OCLC 222780368.

$2000.00

“Casey at the bat”
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“Casey at the bat”

By Thayer, Ernest Lawrence, 1863–1940

First available edition, previously unknown, of "the best baseball poem that was ever written" (Spink); preceded mostly by newspaper printings 1888 etc, all unobtainable. This version comprises eight stanzas; it's set in Boston not Mudville, and it omits the author's name (as usual before 1901). -- In 8s (168 x 111 mm, 6-5/8 x 4-3/8 inches): 162 leaves paginated [i]-[vi], [5]-316 [317-318 blank], collated complete. Publisher's green cloth blocked in gilt, patterned endpapers, 1 + 1 flyleaves, top-edges gilt. OCLC 37000315 (NYPL only). Unknown to Gardner The annotated Casey at the bat (1984). Provenance: Anabel Bowman (Illinois) 1894, signature.

$1200.00

. . . Sonshi: The Chinese military classic. Translated by Capt. E. F. Calthrop, R.F.A.
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. . . Sonshi: The Chinese military classic. Translated by Capt. E. F. Calthrop, R.F.A.

By Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, and the first separate edition in any Western language. Excessively rare.

$65000.00

[Unpublished materials concerning a certain Autograph Manuscript signed by Richard Feynman, entitled "Trying to understand what happens when protons collide"]

By (Feynman, Richard Phillips, 1918-1988.) Dillon, Jay, compiler

A unique dossier of unpublished materials concerning a certain Richard Feynman manuscript "Trying to understand what happens when protons collide"; comprising: (1) a complete transcript of the original owner's letter to Feynman, 124 words; (2) an English translation of the same, 120 words; (3) a complete photocopy (scan) of Feynman's autograph reply (including a Feynman diagram) enclosing the manuscript in question; (4) a complete transcript of the same, 114 words; and (5) a professional description of the manuscript itself (including its date, background, provenance, affiliations, and price), 608 words. Together seven pages quarto, copyrights reserved.

$3000.00

Introducing Austria

By Gedye, George Eric Rowe, b. 1890

London: Methuen & Co Ltd, 1955     ¶ First edition, scarce in America.   ||| Collation: In 8s (196 x 136 mm), paginated [i-iv] v-xiii [xiv], 1-254.  Illustration: Halftone frontispiece and 15 plates (24 halftone views on 15 leaves).  Binding: Publisher's green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, cartographic endpapers.  Condition: Good, spine sunned.  References: LCCN 55036626; OCLC 3819214..

$26.00

Architects design birdhouses. [Exhibition, 23 May - 12 July 1987. Auction, 30 May 1987] for the benefit of The Parrish Art Museum. [Segna Mortimer, Deborah Nevins, co-chairmen; Robert C. Woolley, auctioneer]

By Parrish Art Museum, Southampton (New York)

Southampton (New York), 1997     ¶ ONLY EDITION of this unusual catalogue, presenting fifty-five birdhouses designed for the museum by Michael Graves ("Christopher's Wren House"), Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Cesar Pelli / Diana Balmori, William J. Reese, Robert A. M. Stern, et al.  55 lots, printed estimates.   ||| Collation: In 32 (229 x 152 mm): Thirty-two leaves, paginated [1-64] (ie, not paginated).  Illustration: Fifty-nine halftone illustrations.  Binding: Color-pictorial wrappers.  Condition: As new.  Reference: OCLC 16527912.  Provenance: Deborah Nevins (b. 1947), June 1987.  < Subject headings: (1) Graves, Michael, b. 1934; (2) Meier, Richard, b. 1934; ______. >.

$85.00

Family pictures: A novel

By Miller, Sue

New York: Harper & Row, 1990 ¶ Second printing. ||| Collation: 234 x 154 mm: Pp. viii, 389. Binding: Quarter blue cloth, dust-jacket (price clipped). Reference: 0060163976. .

$6.50

Native American literature. Introduction by Leslie Marmon Silko

By Lopez (Ken), bookseller

Hadley (Massachusetts), 1994     ¶ Only edition of this pioneering catalogue, annotated and priced. Contents: Native American literature: Fiction, poetry, art, items 1-415; Literature with Native American themes by non-native authors, 416-472; Nonfiction, primarily by Native American authors, 473-635.   ||| Collation: 229 x 153 mm: Forty leaves, paginated [1-80] (ie, not paginated). Text continues on lower wrapper recto.  Binding: Pictorial wrappers.  Condition: Fine.  .

$45.00

Her own terms: A novel

By Grossman, Judith

New York: Soho Press, Inc, 1988 FIRST PRINTING (with statement "FIRST EDITION" on the title verso). ||| Collation: 207 x 139 mm. Pp. [vii], 277. Binding: Quarter blue cloth, dust-jacket. Reference: ISBN 0939149117. .

$8.00

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