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Observations Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients

Observations Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients

by BARRY Edward

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1775. First Edition . BARRY, Edward. Observations Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients. And the Analogy between Them and Modern Wines. With General Observations on the Principles and Qualities of Water, and in Particular on Those of Bath. London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1775. Quarto, contemporary full tree calf, black morocco spine label. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box. $5200.First edition of this landmark work on wine, with engraved frontispiece depicting the thermopolium from Baccius’ work, and vignette title page. A lovely copy in contemporary tree calf.Sir Edward Barry, born in Ireland in 1696 and a physician by training, ""was the first who treated the subject of wines in this country scientifically"" (DNB). In this volume he reviews wines from a historical perspective, discusses wine storage and the construction of wine cellars, evaluates critically the wines of various regions and qualities of water in wine-making, and ultimately… Read More
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Odes and Epodes

Odes and Epodes

by HORACE

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1901. HORACE. Odes and Epodes. Boston: Bibliophile Society, 1901. Seven volumes bound as nine. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter green morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. Housed in publisher's original chemises and slipcases. $5000.Limited illustrated edition, one (unnumbered) of 467 sets, with title page decoration by Howard Pyle and 12 double suite etchings by W.H.W. Bicknell, James Fagan and Edmund H. Garrett, signed in pencil by the respective artist on one impression, including a Bicknell etching after a Pyle painting, signed in pencil by Pyle, beautifully bound and in fine condition.Latin text edited by Clement Lawrence Smith of Harvard University, who also provides a life of the Roman poet. Translations are provided as ""versions, paraphrases and explanatory notes by eminent scholars, statesmen and poets."" Each poem is additionally decorated with numerous woodcut vignettes, borders and… Read More
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by KESEY Ken

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1962. First Edition . Signed. KESEY, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. New York: Viking, (1962). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $12,500.First edition of Kesey's most ""popular and enduring"" work, a distinctive presentation copy inscribed by him in red and black ink, ""for N— Ken Kesey,"" in original dust jacket, housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.""Ken Kesey's first novel remains his most popular and enduring…Cuckoo's Nest resonates with the classic theme of the individual rebelling against the controlling forces of society"" (Books of the Century, 98). On publication in 1962, ""Time magazine called Cuckoo's Nest 'a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them"" (New York Times). Adapted to the stage in 1963, with Kirk Douglas in the lead, the novel was the basis for… Read More
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Oration delivered at the State-House

Oration delivered at the State-House

by AMERICAN REVOLUTION ADAMS Samuel

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1776. First Edition . (AMERICAN REVOLUTION) ADAMS, Samuel. An Oration Delivered at the State-House, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Printed; London, Re-printed for: J.Johnson, 1776. Slim octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards; pp.(2), 1-42. $6750.First edition of a fascinating Revolutionary work of deliberate political misdirection, misattributed to Samuel Adams, firebrand of the Boston Tea Party, published in the wake of the Declaration ""to show that the colonies were bent on independence,"" issued in London despite the imprint of a fictional Philadelphia printing.This first edition of a 1776 Revolutionary War pamphlet, with its forged misattribution to Samuel Adams and issued in the wake of the Declaration of Independence, is an intriguing example of a key turning point in political rhetoric. It stands out from similar strategies of misdirection—even at a time when there was a rise in ""the volume of propaganda emitted during the years… Read More
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Oriental Collection

Oriental Collection

by BROWN G.M.L. FOLIOPHILES

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1928. First Edition . BROWN, G.M.L. Oriental Collection. New York: Foliophiles, 1928. Folio, 24 folders with descriptive text containing 39 leaves (1 scroll leaf in separate box), housed in original cloth box. $11,000.First edition of this classic Foliophiles leaf book, number 1 of only 45 copies, with 39 individual leaves from the 12th to the 19th centuries, representing all the major Asian writing systems.""In its usual form, a leaf book contains an original leaf from a significant manuscript or printed book, accompanied by an essay written by a knowledgeable, or at least prominent, author… Although many private collectors tipped in leaves from other books as part of the process of 'extra-illustration,' these individually created books are not considered to be leaf books. Standard sources on book collecting and leaf books trace the true beginning of the genre to 1865, with the publication of Francis Fry's A Description of the Great Bible… [which] included 14 original… Read More
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Origin and History of Beer and Brewing

Origin and History of Beer and Brewing

by ARNOLD John P.

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1911. First Edition . Signed. ARNOLD, John P. Origin and History of Beer and Brewing. From Prehistoric Times to the Beginning of Brewing Science and Technology. Chicago: Alumni Ass'n of the Wahl-Henius Institute of Fermentology, 1911. Tall quarto, original pictorial orange- and black-stamped green cloth, patterned endpapers. $3200.First edition of Arnold's widely praised and comprehensive history of beer, spanning the prehistoric era through the late 18th century, inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf: ""With compliments to the Misses ___, by the author John P. Arnold."" With rare publisher's 16-page prospectus laid in.Written for the 25th Anniversary of Chicago's famous Wahl-Henius Institute, this is widely regarded as the first comprehensive book on beer-making. Its author, John P. Arnold, was a writer and editor for Der Braumeister and Siebel Technical Review, two Chicago brewing journals. He skillfully orients the history of beer within the larger… Read More
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Original animation cel inscribed [Simple Gifts]

Original animation cel inscribed [Simple Gifts]

by SENDAK Maurice

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1979. Signed. SENDAK, Maurice. Original animation cel inscribed [Simple Gifts]. [Ridgefield, Connecticut],1979. Color animation cel, measuring 12-1/2 by 10 inches; handsomely matted and framed, entire piece measures 13-1/2 by 13-1/2 inches. $5500.Beautiful original animation cel from the Christmas television special, Simple Gifts, featuring a boy in tattered historical dress, inscribed by Sendak to a close friend and neighbor: ""For Elizabeth, Happy Birthday! Maurice Sendak. Oct: 79.""This animation cel was created for the 1977 television special, Simple Gifts, a collection of six short films narrated by Colleen Dewhurst that were meant to encourage viewers to think about the meaning of Christmas. Sendak was responsible for the animated sequence entitled, ""Prologue."" Set to melancholy piano music, it tells the story of a boy in tattered 18th-century-esque dress struggling to walk through wind and cold before sprouting a single candle from his head and… Read More
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Original drawing inscribed [Mickey Mouse]

Original drawing inscribed [Mickey Mouse]

by SENDAK Maurice

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1975. Signed. SENDAK, Maurice. Original drawing inscribed [Mickey Mouse]. Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1975. Pen-and-ink illustration, measuring 5-1/4 by 6-3/4 inches; handsomely matted and framed, entire piece measures 8-3/4 by 10-3/4 inches. $9500.Beautiful original drawing of Mickey Mouse—who shared Maurice Sendak's birthday—with a speech balloon reading: ""One Mickey Mouse Birthday deserves another!"", additionally inscribed to a close friend and neighbor: ""For Betty—All best wishes to you! Maurice Sendak. July 12, 75.""Sendak and Mickey Mouse were both ""born"" in 1928 and Sendak maintained a deep affinity for his cartoon counterpart. ""Sendak credited his decision to become an illustrator to watching the Walt Disney film 'Fantasia' when he was 12"" (Penn Live Patriot News). He was also an enthusiastic Mickey collector for much of his life and his impressive and valuable collection was sold at… Read More
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Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache painting, signed

Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache painting, signed

by BARBIER George

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1919. Signed. BARBIER, George. Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache painting, signed. [Paris]: 1919. Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache, heightened in silver gilt, on card, measuring 8 by 10-1/2 inches; matted and framed, wntire piece measures 14 by 18 inches. $6900.Striking original pencil, watercolor, and gouache design, highlighted in silver gilt, by legendary fashion designer George Barbier, of a ""Gypsy"" with tambourine, possibly relating to costumes designed by Barbier for the Gypsy ballet ""Amarilla,"" danced by the Anna Pavlova and Alexandre Volinine at Drury Lane in 1920, signed and dated by Barbier.""George Barbier is one of the most valuable and most significant artists of our time, so rich in all kinds of talent and original ideas. When our age is past… it will just take a few drawings of Barbier to revive the taste and spirit of our time… When I look at Barbier's costumes for the stage, I see the characters of… Read More
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Original illustration for Little Fur Family by Garth Williams

Original illustration for Little Fur Family by Garth Williams

by WILLIAMS Garth BROWN Margaret Wise

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1946. Signed. WILLIAMS, Garth. Original illustration for Little Fur Family by Garth Williams. No place, 1946. 12mo, original pencil illustration (3 by 4-1/2 inches). In original velvet shadowbox frame. $9500.Original illustration for Little Fur Family by Garth Williams, of the “Little Fur Child” for the book’s endpapers, signed by him and dated the year of publication. From the collection of Ursula Nordstrom, his legendary editor at Harper's.Margaret Wise Brown's most whimsically designed book, Little Fur Family, follows the adventures of a ""little fur animal"" as he explores his world. Its illustrator, Garth Williams, was working for The New Yorker in 1945 when he was chosen by his colleague, E.B. White, to illustrate Stuart Little. The result was so successful that Williams decided to focus on children's book illustration full-time, and worked closely with celebrated book editor Ursula Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys… Read More
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Original watercolor

Original watercolor

by MILLER Henry

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1944. Signed. MILLER, Henry. Original watercolor. No place, 1944. One leaf, measuring 9 by 12 inches; handsomely matted and framed, entire piece measures 14-1/2 by 18-1/2 inches. $6200.Original watercolor of human figure standing in a town, featuring a presentation inscription: ""For Cecilia Draeger from Henry Miller 1944.""Miller began painting watercolors in the 1920s and continued throughout his life. After spending years in Europe, Miller moved to Big Sur in 1942, where he lived a modest existence. This watercolor, painted during the Big Sur years, depicts a person with a gentle facial expression and closed eyes with a town in the background and a blue sun overhead. Although Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn were published in Paris in the 1930s, it was not until the easing of censorship in the early 1960s that his work was published in the United States. Fine condition.
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Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

by DICKENS Charles

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1865. First Edition . DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. London: Chapman and Hall, 1864-65. Twenty parts in nineteen. Octavo, original green printed paper wrappers. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $6200.First edition in original parts of this Dickens favorite. A very nice copy in original wrappers, complete with all advertisements, handsomely boxed by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.With Our Mutual Friend, ""Dickens has for the first time given serious consideration to the theme of unrequited love. In earlier books it may have been secret or ill-timed, but there was always an equilibrium in which both parties seem to accept that they loved or can be loved; and that, when eventually they declare their love, it is not rejected."" But in Our Mutual Friend ""there is torture in love, and despair, and madness. There is some necessary connection between courtship and death… it is possible to trace the strange curve of Dickens' temperament exploring… Read More
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