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Pair of Blue Eyes

HARDY, Thomas

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First Edition of Hardy's Scarce Third Novel HARDY, Thomas. A Pair of Blue Eyes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1873. First edition in book form (first published in Tinsleysí Magazine from September 1872 to July 1873). One of presumably 500 copies printed. Three small octavo (6 5/8 x 4 3/8 inches; 168 x 110 mm). [4], 303, [1, blank]; [4], 311, [1, blank]; [4], 262 pp. Bound without half-titles. Late nineteenth-century half blue morocco over marbled boards. Boards ruled in gilt. Spines stamped and lettered in gilt, and with gilt roses in four compartments. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Occasional light staining. Overall a very nice set in a handsome binding. Hardyís third published novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes tells the story of the young woman Elfride and her competing lovers; after an aborted elopement with one of her suitors, Elfride determines to marry the other, whom she feels she truly loves. After he discovers her the extent of her previous romantic entanglements, however, he breaks off their ... Read more

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John Miltonís ìParadise Lostî with John Martinís Illustrations, One of 50 copies MILTON, John. The Paradise Lost of Milton. With Illustrations, Designed and Engraved by John Martin. London: Septimus Prowett, 1827. First (Imperial Quarto) edition. One of only 50 copies with the smaller set of engravings. According to Campbell there were two issues of the Imperial Quarto Edition: "(2) Imperial Quarto Edition, measuring 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 in., with fully lettered prints from the larger set of plates, at £10 16s.(3) Imperial Quarto Edition, measuring 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 in., containing lettered proofs of the smaller set of the engravings: limited to 50 copies, at 12 guineas for the complete publication." Thus even though the images were smaller, this edition was more expensive upon publication. Campbell states "only three copies of the Imperial Quarto edition containing proofs from the smaller set of engravings are now known" (this was in 1992). Two volumes bound in one. Large quarto (14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in ... Read more

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Parrots in Captivity

GREENE, W.T.

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With Eighty-One Wood-Engraved Ornithological Plates, Printed in Colors and Beautifully Finished by Hand GREENE, W.T. Parrots in Captivity. With notes on several species by the Hon. and Rev. F.G. Dutton. Illustrated with coloured plates. London: George Bell and Sons, 1884-1887. First edition. Three large octavo volumes. x, 144 [i.e., 146, with two additional pages numbered 50* and 50**], [2, blank]; xiv, 114, [2, blank], viii, 144, [2, blank]pp. With eighty-one wood-engraved plates (twenty-seven in each volume, including frontispieces) by Benjamin Fawcett after A.F. Lydon, printed in colors and beautifully finished by hand. Publisherís second issue binding of original dark teal cloth dated 1892 at foot of spines. Front covers stamped with central gilt parrot vignette. Teal coated endpapers. Spines lettered in gilt. Spines with very light rubbing to extremities, corners a little rubbbed. Overall, a fine copy with all the plates extremely clean and bright. ìA treatise on 81 species of parrots, ... Read more

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"The Inventor Of Satirical Dialogue" LUCIAN. Part of Lucian Made English From the Originall. In the Year 1638. By Jasper Mayne the Master of Arts, and one of the Students of Christ Church. To Which are adjoyned those other Dialogues of Lucian as they were formerly translated by Mr. Francis Hicks. Oxford: Printed by H. Hall for R. Davis, 1664. [Bound together with] LUCIAN. Certain Select Dialogues of Lucian: Together With His True History, Translated from the Greek into English By Mr. Francis Hickes. Whereunto is added the life of Lucian, Gathered out of his own Writings, with brief Notes and Illustrations upon each Dialogue and Book, by T.H. Mr. of Arts of Christ Church in Oxford. Oxford: Printed for Richard Davis, 1663. First English editions, second issue of volume I. Two folio volumes in one (10 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches; 276 x 181 mm). [16], 398, [17], [1, blank], 200 pp. With engraved frontispiece of Lucian signed W. Faithhorne. According to the ESTC, this version with the 1664 date on the title-pa ... Read more

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Particeps Criminis

CHAPMAN, Ervin S.

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"Particeps Criminis" Inscribed by the Author CHAPMAN, Ervin S. Particeps Criminis. The Story of a California Rabbit Drive. With Full page half-tone cuts from photographs taken upon the field during different stages of the drive...Illustrated by Harry Graydon Partlow. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1910. First edition. Octavo. 107 pp. Presentation copy, inscribed on front free endpaper, "With best-wishes/ Ervin Chapman/ Los Angeles/ Oct. 1911/ Math (sp?) 8:14." Full orange cloth, lettered in black on front cover and spine, dust jacket. Photographs of slaughtered bunnies throughout. Cloth extremities rubbed, jacket sunned with small chip to headcap. Very good. HBS 66681. $125

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A Beautiful and Complete Set of Paxton's Magazine PAXTON, Joseph. Paxton's Magazine of Botany and Flowering Plants. London: Orr & Smith/William S. Orr & Co., 1834. Sixteen octavo volumes (9 ? x 6 Ω inches; 236 x 166 mm). With 717 hand-colored engraved or lithographed plates. Numerous wood engravings in the text. Including the rarely present volume XVI. Half green morocco over green cloth boards. Gilt decoration and lettering on the spine. Spines lightly sunned and extremities slightly bumped. Overall a very good complete set. Joseph Paxton was the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire for whom he cultivated and developed one of the most famous European gardens. Nissen 2351 HBS 64304. $20,000

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Pearl of Great Price

SMITH, Joseph

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First Edition of "The Pearl of Great Price" SMITH, Joseph. The Pearl of Great Price. Being a Choice Selection from the Revelations, Translations, and Narrations of Joseph Smith, First Prophet, Seer, and Revelator to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Liverpool: Published by F.D. Richards, 1851. First edition. Octavo. 56 pp. Contemporary quarter black morocco over marbled boards, gilt-stamped spine. Complete with all three plates, including a three-part folding plate. Covers rubbed and corners bumped. Some foxing, very faint water stain to bottom right corner of the first few pages. Overall, very good copy with no writing. Very scarce. The Pearl of Great Price is considered one of the four standard works of the Mormon Church. The others being The Book of Mormon, The Holy Bible and Doctrine and Covenants. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Abraham from papyri found in mummies that was purchased from a traveling exhibition in 1836. The book relates Abraham's journeys in Egypt, containing ... Read more

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First Book to Use a Shakespeare Quote on the Title-page [D'URFEY, Thomas, attributed]. Pendragon; Or, The Carpet Knight His Kalendar. London: Printed for John Newton, 1698. First edition. Octavo (6 7/16 x 4 3/8 inches; 164 x 111). [8],186, [2, ads] pp. With three leaves of ads at the front and one leaf at the back. With a quote from Hamlet on the title-page. Full speckled calf, rebacked to style. Boards ruled in blind. Edges of boards lightly rubbed. A very small rust hole to outer margin of leaf G5. A pencil note on the front paste down says "The Britwell Copy." Overall a very nice copy with large margins. In a quarter red morocco over red cloth clamshell case. "A poem in Hudibrastic measure, intended as a satire on that active and mercenary writer in the cause of arbitrary power, Sir Roger L'Estrange." (Lowndes, 1821). This book is said to be the first to include a quote from Shakespeare on the title-page. It contains the following quote from Hamlet on the title page: "Why, let the stru ... Read more

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Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales

BASILE, Giambattista

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The ìPentameronî Translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton BURTON, Sir Richard Francis, [translator]. [BASILE, Giambattista]. [SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binder]. Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales. Being a translation by the Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G., of Il Pentamerone; overo Lo Cunto de li Cunte, Trattenemiento de li Peccerille, of Giovanni Battista Basile, Count of Torone (Gian Alessio Abbattutis). In two volumes. London: Henry and Co., 1893. First edition translated by Burton. Two octavo volumes (8 7/16 x 5 3/16 inches; 215 x133 mm). xvi, 282; vi, [283]-562 pp. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full tan calf. Boards ruled in gilt. Each spine with two black calf spine labels lettered in gilt. Spine heavily stamped in gilt with inlaid black calf flowers. Gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Gilt decorated endpapers. Original cloth covers bound in at the back of each volume. Rust spot on front free endpapers of volume one. Spine label of volume two lightly chipped. Otherwise a near fine set. I ... Read more

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Stevensonís Very Rare First Book [STEVENSON, Robert Louis]. Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666. Edinburgh: Andrew Elliot, 1866. First edition of Stevensonís first work, published when he was only sixteen years old. Twelvemo in fours (6 5/8 x 4 11/16 inches; 168 x 120 mm.). 22 [2] pp. Wrappers are part of collation. Publisherís original printed green wrappers, sewn (as issued). Front lightly dust soiled. Back wrapper with a light crease. Previous owner's bookplate on inside of front wrapper. Chemised and in a quarter red morocco slipcase with gilt spine lettering. An excellent copy of this fragile item. ìThis little pamphlet, which was written when Stevenson was barely sixteen, was the outcome of the interest taken by him in the stories of the Covenanters that he had learned in childhood from his nurse, and that, at an even earlier age, he had endeavored to express in the form of fiction. It was published at the end of 1866, in a small edition, of which the greater number of copies were ... Read more

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Persian Manuscript

PERSIAN MANUSCRIPT

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Beautifully Hand-Painted Persian Manuscript [PERSIAN MANUSCRIPT]. Illuminated Manuscript Leaf in Arabic. [No place:, no date, ca. early 1800s]. Original full-page water color drawing on manuscript page (ie. manuscript above and below and along fore-edge of painting and on verso of leaf). Single leaf in Arabic on paper (11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; 290 x 215 mm.). Image area ( 11 x 7 inches; 280 x 180 mm). With three rows of Arabic on recto, above the image and four rows of Arabic below the image. Manuscript along fore-edge of recto and on verso of the leaf as well. Image ruled in black, gilt and blue. A polychromatic image heightened in gilt. Two small pieces of tape along top edge, not affecting painting. Matted, framed and glazed. Over all a very nice, beautiful painting. Painting depicts a few scenes of leisure, with men drinking and dancing. Two men sit near a tent with a horse. HBS 65730. $450

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Personal Reminiscences

DICKENS, Charles

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Typescript Lecture of Charles Dickens's "Personal Reminiscences" DICKENS, Charles. Personal Reminiscences (of his Father) Miss Dickens's Type Writing Office, [N.p.: N.d., ca. 1934]. Typescript of a lecture, 118 pp. On one side only. Quarto. With about twenty hand changes in text. The lecture was published in a supplement to the Christmas number of the Windsor Magazine for 1934, under the title "An Important Literary Discovery" and with a forward by Mary Angela Dickens, Charles Dickens's grand-daughter. This typescript was done at "Miss Dickens" typewriting office, and according to a pencil note, "She was one of the pioneers of Typewriting in London. She charged 1/2d a folio." Half brown morocco over brown pebbled cloth, gilt-stamped on spine with five raised bands. Many period corrections throughout. Edges rubbed, small spot to front cover. Very good. HBS 66157. $1,500

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First Edition, First Issue of "The Personal History of David Copperfield" In Book Form DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield....With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850. First edition, first issue in book form. Octavo. [i-vii]viii[ix]x-xii[xiii]xiv[xv-xvi], [1]2-624. Forty inserted plates, including the frontispiece and the vignette title page and the second of Browne's famous "darkplates.". Contemporary three-quarter smooth black calf over patterened brown cloth, decoratively gilt-stamped on spine, marbled edges. Very good. Text and plates generally clean. Overall, a very good copy of this title, scarce in the first edition and first printing. Smith, Dickens, I,9. HBS 67052. $2,000

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Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents BARTLETT, John. Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents. In Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua, Connected with The United States and Mexican Boundary Commision, During the years 1850-, 51, 52 and 53... In Two Volumes with Maps and Illustrations. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1854. First edition, issued simultaneously with the two volume edition. Octavo. Two volumes bound in one. Publisher's original brown cloth, decoratively blindstamped. Illustrated with 2 folding frontispieces, large folding map of US and Mexican border area, 14 tinted lithograph plates (including the Tucson plate not called for), 29 full-page woodcuts, and many smaller text cuts throughout. Spine rubbed along extremities, edges bumped. Overall, a very good copy of a very thick book. Howes. Howes. Streeter. Streeter. HBS 66997. $1,250

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The Peter Force Declaration of Independence [DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE]. [FORCE, Peter]. [STONE, William J.]. Declaration of Independence. From the American Archives. [Washington, D.C.: ìW. J. STONE SC WASHnî William Stone for Peter Force, c.a. 1833]. The Peter Force Edition of the "Declaration of Independence." Originally found in Force's America Archives. Large folio broadside (28 7/8 x 25 1/2 inches; 732 x 650 mm) Rice paper. Printed in black ink on recto only. This is often found with a very tight margin on at least one side, as it was bound into the book, but present copy has large margins on all four sides, never touching the text. Sheet with folds, consistent with having been issued in the Force American Archives Fifth Series, volume I. Some minor, nearly invisible repairs to closed tears in some of the creases, with no loss of text. Housed flat in a mylar sleeve. Overall an about fine copy. Less than 50 years after the original draft of the Declaration, the document was beginning to degra ... Read more

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Peter Ibbetson

DU MAURIER, George

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Limited Deluxe Edition Inscribed by Deems Taylor and George Fischer, With an ALS by Taylor Laid In TAYLOR, Deems, [composer]. DU MAURIER, George. Peter Ibbetson. Lyric Drama in Three Acts. From the Novel by George du Maurier. J Fischer & Bro.: New York, 1930. Deluxe limited edition, one of 12 presentation copies out of a total of 110 copies, this being letter "K". Inscribed by Deems Taylor to the publisher George Fischer. "For George Fischer/- and what on earth/would I do without him?/ Deems Taylor." In turn, this copy was then inscribed by the publisher George Fischer to his son Eugene Henry. "This copy of Peter Ibbetson/I present to my son/Eugene Henry/who assisted materially/in the completion of this/vocal score/January 8th 1937 G Fischer." Quarto (11 3/8 x 7 13/16 inches; 287 x 197 mm). x, 329, [1, blank] pp. With an additional colored title-page. Also laid in is a autographed signed letter by Deems Taylor to George Fischer discussing his progress on Peter Ibbetson and the casting of the show. ... Read more

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Peter Pan Portfolio,

BARRIE, J.M.

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"The Peter Pan Portfolio" In the Original Publisher's Box [RACKHAM, Arthur]. BARRIE, J.M. The Peter Pan Portfolio, by Arthur Rackham, from ìPeter Pan in Kensington Gardens,î by J.M. Barrie. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [n.d., 1912]. One of 500 numbered copies, signed by the Publishers and Engravers/Printers, out of a total edition of 600 copies, this being number 330. Large quarto (21 3/16 x 19 5/8 inches; 539 x 500 mm.). [4] pp. Including engraved title-page and limitation statement. Twelve large proof size color plates mounted in mats with descriptive tissue guards. Original half vellum over light sage green cloth boards. Front cover lettered in gilt. New silk ties. All tissue guards present. Housed in the publisher's original printed box, missing one bottom panel flap and a few small chips to side flaps, some rubbing, especially to the top lid and a bit of old tape repair. Overall, a near fine copy. Of the 600 copies of this portfolio (which preceded the American portfolio by two years), one ... Read more

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Petit Fabuliste

MINIATURE BOOKS

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A Charming Miniature with Thirteen Fables and Six Woodcut Illustrations [MINIATURE BOOKS]. Petit Fabuliste. Paris: [Firmin Didot, n.d.c.a. 1840]. (24 x 20 mm). [1]-87, [1, blank] pp. With engraved title-page and 6 full-page illustrations. Text in French. Blue silk spine over enamel tortoise-shell boards. Blue silk endpapers. All edges gilt. Very good. A charming miniature illustrated book with thirteen fables. HBS 65959. $300

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Rare First Edition of Hume's "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" HUME, David. Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding. By the Author of the Essays Moral and Political. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1748. First edition. Twelvemo.(166 x 95 mm). iv; 256; [4, ad] pp. Contemporary brown calf, expertly rebacked to style, spine gilt-stamped with black and red morocco labels, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Some mild toning. Very good. Better known as An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding under which title the Philosophical Essays was reprinted in 1758, the book is a reworking of the first part of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature, with the addition of his notorious essay On Miracles, which denies that a miracle can be proved by any amount or kind of evidence. The Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding is "an attempt to define the principles of human knowledge. It presents in logical form the significant questions about the nature of all reasoning in regard to matters ... Read more

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Second Edition in English PROCLUS. [TAYLOR, Thomas]. The Philosophical and Mathematical Commentaries of Proclus on the first book of Euclidís Elements. To which are added, a history of the restoration of Platonic theology, by the latter Platonists: and a translation from the Greek of Proclusís theological elements. In two volumes. ... London: Printed for the Author, 1792. Second edition in English. Two quarto volumes (10 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches; 267 x 211 mm). [14], cxxx, [2], 283, [1, blank]; [4], 444 pp. Bound without one leaf containing advertisements and errata. With vignette title-pages dated 1792 in both volumes as well as the canceled title-page for the 1788 edition in volume I. This edition was a reissue of the 1788-89 edition, with cancel title-pages. With numerous mathematical diagrams in the text. No copy of this second English edition or the first English edition of 1788-89 have come up for auction in at least 50 years. Contemporary full tree calf, rebacked to style. Each volume with a r ... Read more

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