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Undine

LA MOTTE FOUQU…, Friedrich, Baron de

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Limited Edition, Signed by Arthur Rackham RACKHAM, Arthur, [illustrator]. COURTNEY, W.L., [translator]. LA MOTTE FOUQU…, Friedrich, Baron de. Undine. By De La Motte Fouque. Adapted from the German by W.L. Courtney and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, 1909. One of 1,000 copies signed by Rackham, of which this is number 809. Quarto. viii, 136 pp. Fifteen color plates mounted on brown paper with descriptive tissue guards, and thirty black and white text illustrations. Original full vellum. Front cover and spine lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt. With cream silk ties. Brown endpapers. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Vellum a bit rubbed and soiled, bookplate, new ties. Very good. Latimore and Haskell, 34-35. Riall,. HBS 67120. $1,500

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Politique discourses,

LA PLACE, Pierre-Antoine de

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First Edition in English [LA PLACE, Pierre-Antoine de]. RATCLIFFE, Aegremont, [translator]. Politique discourses, treating of the differences and inequalities of vocations, as well publique, as priuate: with the scopes or endes wherevnto they are directed. Translated out of French, by ∆gremont Ratcliffe Esquire London: [by T. Dawson?] for Edward Aggas, 1578. First English edition, a translation of Discours politiques sur la voye d'enter deuÎment aux estats. Small quarto (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 171 x 120 mm). [1]-81, [1, blank] leaves. Title within engraved border and with engraved printer's device. With engraved historiated initials. With final blank. "Anonymous. By Pierre de la Place. Printerís name conjectured by STC" (BL). We could find no copies at auction in the past 35 years. Modern half black morocco over marbled boards. Spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Edges speckled brown. Title-page lightly toned with fore-margin a bit frayed and a small repair to upper, outer corner. Pages trimmed cl ... Read more

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Relation du voyage a la recherche de La PÈrouse,

LABILLARDI»RE, Jacques Julien Houton de

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The Journey in Search of LapÈrouse, with the Rare Atlas of Plates Bound by Courteval LABILLARDI»RE, [Jacques Julien Houton de]. Relation du voyage a la recherche de La PÈrouse, fait par ordre de líAssemblÈe Constituante, pendant les annÈes 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ere. et la 2e. annÈe de la RÈpublique FranÁoise...Paris: Chez H.J. Jansen, An VIII de la RÈpublique FranÁoise [i.e., 1799-1800]. First edition, quarto issue. Two quarto text volumes (11 3/8 x 8 3/4 inches; 290 x 222 mm.) and one folio atlas volume (22 1/4 x 16 3/8 inches; 565 x 415 mm.). xvi, 442; 332, 113, [1, errata] pp. Atlas with engraved title, double-page route map of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceean by Barbie du Bocage and forty-three plates engraved by Copia after drawings by Piron, the expedition artist, and the botanical plates by Redoute. Contemporary French mottled calf [by Courteval]. Covers with borders of rope-and-disc design enclosed between gilt rules, smooth spines divided into sections using wide gilt ... Read more

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…cole de Patience

LABORDE, Guy

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…cole de Patience LABORDE, Guy. …cole de Patience. La Guerre Vue Par Chas Laborde. Avec une Èvocation par Pierre Mac Orlan de l'AcadÈmie Goncourt. Monaco: A La Voile Latine, [1951]. Quarto. 148pp. Limited to 381 copies, of which this is number 119. Illustrated in color and in black and white by Chas Laborde. Printed wrappers, green cloth chemise and matching slipcase. Slipcase and chemise lightly sunned. Fine. HBS 66498. $350

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One of 750 Copies, Signed by the Artist [RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. LAMB, Charles and Mary. Tales from Shakespeare. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1909. Limited to 750 numbered copies, signed by the artist, of which this is number 304. Quarto. [2], xii, 304 pp. Thirteen mounted color plates, two full-page illustrations in black and white, twenty chapter headings, and fourteen tail-pieces. Original white cloth, front cover decoratively stamped in gilt, front cover and spine lettered in gilt. Rose ribbon ties. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial endpapers, lightly marbled. Spine a tad darkened, a few tiny soil spots to covers, edges browned, as usual. With publisher's original note mentioning the extra plate, entitled "Puck." Overall, a near fine copy. Originally published in 1899 with black-and-white illustrations only: "there is an extra colored plate in this edition not included in the trade edition." Riall, 90; see also, 32. Latimore & Haskell, 33-34; see also ... Read more

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Second, Much Expanded Edition, With Over 500 New Recipes and Forty Engraved Plates LAMB, Patrick. Royal-cookery: or, the Compleat Court-Cook. Containing the choicest receipts in all the several branches of cookery, viz. for making of soops, bisques, olioís, terrines, surtouts, puptons, ragoos, forcíd-meats, sauces, pattys, pies, tarts, tansies, cakes, puddings, jellies, &c. as likewise forty plates, curiously engraven on copper, of the magnificent entertainments at coronations and instalments; of balls, weddings, &c. at court; as likewise of city-feasts. To which are added, bills of fare for every month in the year. By Patrick Lamb, Esq; near fifty years master-cook to their late Majesties King Charles II. King James II. King William and Queen Mary, and Queen Anne. The Second Edition, with the Addition of severa; new cuts, and above five hundred new receipts, all disposed alphabetically. London: Printed for J. Nutt and A. Roper, 1716. Second, much expanded edition, with "several new cuts and above fiv ... Read more

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The First English Edition, With All Twenty-One Engraved Plates and a Folding Map LANGSDORFF, Georg Heinrich von. Voyages and Travels in Various Parts of the World, During the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, and 1807...Illustrated by Engravings from Original Drawings. London: Printed for Henry Colburn, 1813 [-1814]. First English edition. Two quarto volumes in one (10 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches; 265 x 214mm). xxi, [3], [1]-362, [6, index]; [8], [1- 8], [11]-386, [6, index], [2, blank] pp. Volume II lacking the half-title. With all twenty-one engraved plates (including frontispieces for each volume), two of which are sheets of music. Also with the folding map. The pieces of music are entitled "Brasilian Air" and "Song of the Native of Nukahiwa." Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spines with two brown morocco labels, lettered in gilt. Spines tooled in gilt. Edges speckled red-brown. Drab green endpapers. Title-pages with some offsetting. Most leaves facing the plates with some offsetting as well. Some ... Read more

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Original Errol Le Cain LE CAIN, Errol. "And then we got a parking fine." Original pen, ink, and watercolor drawing, signed. [N.p.: 1987]. (Image size: 11 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches, framed sixe 28 x 23 in.). Matted, framed and glazed. Original drawing for plate opposite p. 34 in Christmas 1993 or Santa's Last Ride, by Leslie Bricusse (London: Faber & Faber, [1987]). Delightful drawing of a worried Santa standing near his illegally-parked sleigh, while a stern police officer writes out a parking ticket. Fine. HBS 67549. $5,000

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Ordre naturel et essentiel des sociÈtÈs politiques

LE MERCIER DE LA RIVI»RE, Pierre Paul

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An Important and Representative Physiocratic Work [LE MERCIER DE LA RIVI»RE, Pierre Paul]. LíOrdre naturel et essentiel des sociÈtÈs politiques. London: Chez Jean Nourse, Libraire; & se trouvÈ ‡ Paris, Chez Desaint, Libraire, 1767. First quarto edition, published in the same year as the first (twelvemo) edition. (Measures 10 x 7 3/4 inches). [6], [viii], 511pp, [1,blank]. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine elaborately gilt-stamped with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers, all edges red. Previous owner's old ink notes on front free endpaper. Housed in a custom quarter brown morocco clamshell, gilt-stamped. One of the most important French economic texts of the period, representative of physiocratic views and concepts. This work brought about the attack by Mably in his Doutes proposÈs aux philosophes Èconomistes sur líordre naturel et essentiel des sociÈtÈs politiques (1768). Higgs, Bibliography of Economics, 3980. Goldsmithsí 10270. Higgs 3980. Kress 6475 (quarto edition). M ... Read more

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First Edition in Original Printed Wrappers LEESE, Jacob P.. Historical Outline of Lower California. New York: E. S. Dodge & Co., 1865. First edition. Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches; 223 x 146 mm).[1]-46, [2, blank] pp. Original grey printed wrappers. Wrappers chipped along lower portion of the spine and slightly chipped along edges. Some light foxing throughout. Overall a very good copy. "Jacob Primer Leese was a Santa Fe trader who settled in San Francisco in 1836 and engaged in the hide and tallow trade with Yankee ships. He married a sister of General Vallejo and became very wealthy. In 1863, Leese and other promoters founded the Mexican Mining and Colonization Company and obtained a land grant from the Mexican government of some 46,800 square miles between the 24th and 31st parallels of latitude in Baja California. They failed to meet their obligations, however, and the grant was transferred to another party in 1866. The outline was written "in the interest of the Mexican Mining and Colonizat ... Read more

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Leeser's First Issued Work LEESER, Isaac, [translator]. JOHLSON, Joseph [author]. Instruction in the Mosaic Religion. Translated from the German of J. Johlson, Teacher of an Israelitish School at Frankford on the Maine. By Isaac Leeser, Reader of the Portuguese Jewish Congregation in Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Adam Walde, 5590 [1830]. First American edition and first edition in English. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches; 210 x 131 mm). viii, 139, [1, blank] pp. Full contemporary sheep. Red morocco spine label. Marbled endpapers. Page 35 with a large closed tear, professionally repaired with no loss of text. Internally very clean. Overall a very good copy. "Leeser brought with him to Philadelphia his translation of J. Johlson's Instruction in the Mosaic Religion. He had it published there in 1830, appropriately dedicated to his uncle Zalman Rehine. The book is a catechism published in Germany and translated and adapted by Leeser for "the instruction of the younger ... of Israelites of both sexes, who ... Read more

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Law of God

LEESER, Isaac

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The First English Translation of the Pentateuch in America LEESER, Isaac, [translator, editor]. [BIBLE IN HEBREW]. The Law of God. [In Five Volumes]. [The Pentateuch] Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 1845. First edition of the first English translation of any part of the Hebrew Bible in America, the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch means the first five books of the Bible. These books comprise Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Complete with five octavo volumes (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches; 189 x 118 mm). With text in Hebrew and the corresponding English on the facing page. Generally the Hebrew is on the recto, English on the verso. Modern half calf over marbled boards. Calf ruled in blind. Spines with red and brown calf spine labels, lettered in gilt. Spines stamped in gilt. Some unobtrusive creasing to upper corner of final three leaves of volume I. A tiny dampstain to top of text block of volume I, not affecting leaves. Edges very slightly trimmed, as shown by remnants of gilt, but still with large ... Read more

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Extremely Rare 1510 Illustrated Edition of Lefevre's Famous "Recueil des Hystoires Troyennes." The Fairfax Murray Copy LEFEVRE, Raoul. Le recueil des hystoires troyennes. ou est conte nue la genealogie de Saturne [&] de Jupiter... Cy comence le volume intitule le recueil des hystoires de troye compose par... Raoul lefevre prestre chapellain de tresredoubte seigneur monseigneur le duc phillipe de bourgoingne... Lyons: Jacques Sacon, 1510. Extremely rare 1510 illustrated edition (probably a unique example) of Le Fevre's famous Troy Book, first printed by Caxton at Bruges about 1473-4, that being both Caxton's first book and the first book printed in the English language. Caxton's second book was the same work printed at Bruges in French, which may be the first work of French literature ever printed, and one of the first of any texts in the French language. The first edition printed in France is reported as at Lyons in 1486. The second edition in France is reported as printed at Lyons in 1490, the woodcut ... Read more

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Destruction of Troy

LEFEVRE, Raoul

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The Destruction of Troy LEFEVRE, Raoul. The Destruction of Troy. In Three Books. The I. Shewing the Founders and Foundation of the said city, with the causes and manner how it was sacked, and first destroyed by Hercules. The II. How it was re-edited, and How Hercules Flew King Laomedon, and destroyed it the second time: and of Hercules his worthy Deeds, and his Death. The III. How Priamus Son of King Laomedon, re-builede Troy again, more strong than it was before: And for the Ravishment of Dame Helen, Wife to King Menelans of Greece, the said city was utterly destroyed, and Priamus with Hector, all all his Sons Slain. Also mentioning, the rising and Flourishing of divers Kings and Kingdoms, with the decay and Overthrow of Others. With many admirable acts of Chivalry and Martial powers, effected by Valiant Knights, in the Defense and Love of Distressed Ladies. London: Printed for Eben, Tracey, at the Three Bibles on London-Bridge, 1708. 13th edition. Octavo. (Measures 18 1/3 x 13 1/10 mm.). Three books ... Read more

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Bound In Contemporary Limp Vellum [ARISTOTLE]. LEF»VRE DíETAPLES, Jacques. In Politica Aristotelis, introductio Iacobi Fabri Stapulensis: adiecto commentario declarata per Iudocum Clichtoueum Neoportuensem. Item, Oeconomicon Xenophontiss: ‡ Raphaele Volaterrano traductum. Paris: Ex officina Simonis ColinÊi, 1535. First Colines edition (based on the 1516 Estienne edition). Folio (12 3/16 x 8 1/4 inches; 308 x 210 mm.). 38 leaves. [Bound together with:] ARISTOTLE. In hoc libro contenta. Politicorum libri octo. Commentarij. Oeconomicorum duo. Commentarij. Hecatonomiarum septem. Oeconomiarum publ. unus. Explanationis Leonardi in Oeconomica. duo. Paris: Ex officina Simonis ColinÊi, 1543. Second Colines edition (first published by Colines in 1526). Folio. [6], 191 [i.e., 198] leaves. Both titles within Colinesís ìAristotlesî border. Contemporary limp vellum with title in manuscript on spine. Yapp edges. Traces of four pairs of leather ties. Tear to vellum on back cover at spine and to gu ... Read more

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Wall Street Stories

LEF…VRE, Edwin

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First Edition of the Author's First Book LEF…VRE, Edwin. Wall Street Stories. New York: McClure, Phillips & CO., 1901. First edition. Author's first book. Octavo (6 7/8 x 4 5/8 inches; 175 x 118 mm) [8], 224, [5, publisher's ads], [3, blank] pp. Publisher's original dark green cloth. Front board ruled in blind. Front board and spine, lettered in gilt. Some light rubbing to extremities. Endpapers with some very light foxing. Binding slightly skewed. Internally, very clean. Overall about fine. This is the first book by the acclaimed Wall Street journalist, turned novelist. This book is made up of eight short stories pertaining to the happenings on Wall Street. Many of Lefevre's stories were originally printed in McClure's Magazine during 1900. "Eight tales of the habits and customs of Wall Street. Some are thinly-veiled portraits of well-known Wall Street characters such as James R. Keene and Daniel Drew" (Hess Collection). Einaudi. Goldsmiths'. Kress. HBS 67852. $1,850

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Mark Lemon

LEMON, Mark

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LEMON, Mark. Mark Lemon. London: Elliott & Fry, [N.d., ca. 1886]. Carte de visite of Mark Lemon. [London: N.d., ca., 1886]. Card measures 2 1/2" x 4". Lemon was a life long friend of Charles Dickens and first editor of "Punch." He collaborated with Dickens in the farce "Mr. Nightingale's Diary," and a contributor to "Household Words." Very good. HBS 66263. $100

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[Aboriginal Portfolio]

LEWIS, James Otto

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One of the Rarest American Color Plate Books [LEWIS, James Otto]. [The Aboriginal Portfolio]. [Philadelphia]: [1835-36]. First edition. Folio (17 9/16 x 11 1/4 inches; 448 x 285 mm). With seventy-two hand-colored lithographs (out of eighty) by Lehman and Duval and the original folio broadside advertisement for parts one through three bound in. Without the title-page as usual. Contemporary half red morocco over cloth boards. Front board with gilt pictorial centerpiece, an American Indian within an ovular foliate frame. Spine tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Coated white endpapers. All edges gilt. Endpapers slightly soiled and foxed. Old tape repairs to the verso of the plates entitled "Kee-O-Kuck", "Sun-A-Get", and "A Winnebago Squaw". Overall a fine copy housed in a half morocco clamshell. One of the rarest American color-plate books, Lewis's "Aboriginal Portfolio" was one of theearliest grand color printing projects in the United States and the first illustrated book to take on Amer ... Read more

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Edition De Luxe of the "Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition," Limited to 50 Copies LEWIS, Meriwether. CLARK, William. Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 1804-1806. Printed from the original manuscripts...Together with manuscript material of Lewis and Clark from other sources... Edited, with Introduction, Notes, and Index, by Reuben Gold Thwaites. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1904. First edition, first printing. Edition De Luxe, limited to 50 copies, of which this is number 34 printed on Imperial Japan Paper with all volumes marked so on the colophons. Large quarto. The Edition De Luxe contains 33 of the plates (including 7 frontispieces) in two states; black and white and hand tinted in color, all unique to this edition. Fifteen folio volumes including atlas. Original tan buckram, decoratively stamped in gilt. Front covers inset with color portraits of Lewis and Clark. Frontispieces in all volumes with tissue guards. Complete with all 54 maps, as listed. This Edit ... Read more

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Elmer Gantry

LEWIS, Sinclair

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First Edition, First State LEWIS, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., Inc., [1927]. First edition, first issue binding (with ìCantryî spelled incorrectly on spine). With an inscription card tipped in on dedication page reading "-To Louis/Emerson, with/the greetings of/Sinclair Lewis." Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 189 x 133 mm). [viii], 1-432 pp. Original blue cloth. Front board and spine stamped and lettered in orange. Fore-edge uncut. Spine lightly rubbed. Some minor shelf wear to spine extremities and corners. Previous owner's tiny book plate tipped in on front free endpaper. Overall a very good copy. "Elmer Gantry (1927) attacked hypocrisy in the church. Gantry begins his career as a relatively sincere divinity student who is troubled by his strong sexual nature, but he becomes a hypocritical minister and, later, a jackleg traveling evangelist. Some ministers of the day approved of the book as an attack on genuine abuses within their profession, and literary gadfly H. ... Read more

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