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Le Poison des Pierreries
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Le Poison des Pierreries

by Mauclair, Camille

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Used - Bound in full blue crushed levant, gilt stamped spine in 6 compartments, covers decorated in an open double fillet border, inter
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Paris: Librairie des Amateurs, A. Ferroud, 1903. Number 49 of 60 copies printed on Japan Paper, with the etched plates in three states, two of which are colored by hand, with an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR FOLLOWING THE TITLE, SIGNED BY ROCHEGROSSE. 18 compositions de Georges Rochegrosse gravés à l'eau-forte en couleurs par E. Decisy. iii, 82 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Bound in full blue crushed levant, gilt stamped spine in 6 compartments, covers decorated in an open double fillet border, interlaced to form lozenges of various shapes, outer border of 4 fillets; doublures of brown levant morocco decorated with fan shaped gilt tooling, endpapers of brocade silk, gilt over rough edges, original covers bound in, each leaf mounted on separate hinge, by Affolter. In half blue morocco slipcase and chemise. Bookplate of Thomas B. Lockwood. Number 49 of 60 copies printed on Japan Paper, with the etched plates in three states, two of which are colored by hand, with an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR FOLLOWING THE TITLE, SIGNED BY… Read More
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Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant
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Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant

by Shaw, George Bernard

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Used - Original green cloth, t.e.g. Minor soiling, else very good, in a green quarter morocco slipcase with chemise
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First edition
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London: Grant Richards, 1898. First edition. Photogravure portrait frontispiece. 2 vols. 8vo. Original green cloth, t.e.g. Minor soiling, else very good, in a green quarter morocco slipcase with chemise. First edition. Photogravure portrait frontispiece. 2 vols. 8vo. Presentation Copy. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED on the half-title: "Inscribed for James Wells / G. Bernard Shaw / London 10th January 1929." JC-NY/BL
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The Story of Little Black Sambo

The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen

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Used - Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner's signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hin
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First edition
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London: Grant Richards, 1899. First edition. Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo. Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner's signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hinge repaired, some rubbing and soiling of covers, a few spots in margins. Overall, a good copy of this notoriously fragile book. In green half morocco slipcase and chemise. First edition. Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo. First edition of one of the most celebrated titles in children's literature, a work whose small illustrated format heralded a change in children's publishing, and a book that has achieved classic status while remaining explosively controversial. Hay, Sambo Sahib (Paul Harris, 1981); Schiller, "The Story of Little Black Sambo," in The Book Collector 23, No. 3 (Autumn 1974), pp. 381-386; Blockson 101, no. 50
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Pritt, the True Story of a Deaf Cat and Her Family

Pritt, the True Story of a Deaf Cat and Her Family

by (Hepburn, Katharine) Moon, Susan E. and Susie TRACY

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Used - Printed pictorial wrappers, with color reproduction of Pritt on upper cover
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First edition
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Los Angeles: Bright Dot Publications, 1980. First edition. Photographs in color by Susie Tracy (daughter of SPENCER TRACY). 1 vols. 8 X 8 inches. Printed pictorial wrappers, with color reproduction of Pritt on upper cover. First edition. Photographs in color by Susie Tracy (daughter of SPENCER TRACY). 1 vols. 8 X 8 inches. From Hepburn to her Agent: Tracy's Daughter's Cat Photos. A touching copy, rich with Tracy-Hepburn associations, featuring the photographs of Spencer Tracy's daughter Susie (b. 1934), to illustrate the life of a favorite deaf cat. This copy is inscribed by Hepburn to her agent, Freya Manston: "For Freya & her Cats "with affection "Kate" Spencer Tracy's first-born son, John, was born deaf; Tracy's wife Louise, with Spencer's support and encouragement, founded the famous John Tracy Clinic in honor of their son. It opened in 1942, the same year that Hepburn and Tracy began their legendary association.
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Ethiopic Manuscript Prayer Book on Vellum. [Miracles of the Virgin Mary and the Saints]
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Ethiopic Manuscript Prayer Book on Vellum. [Miracles of the Virgin Mary and the Saints]

by (Ethiopic Manuscript)

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Used - Hide backed wooden boards. Upper board split in half, joined with old cord repair. Occasional irregularities in skins, lower cor
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[Ethiopia, late 19th century]. 2 [blank], 67 ff. Lettered in Ge'ez in black and red in double columns of twenty-one lines, two ornamental headings. 1 vols. 8 x 10 inches. Hide backed wooden boards. Upper board split in half, joined with old cord repair. Occasional irregularities in skins, lower corners thumbed with some soiling. 2 [blank], 67 ff. Lettered in Ge'ez in black and red in double columns of twenty-one lines, two ornamental headings. 1 vols. 8 x 10 inches. A representative manuscript collection of miracles, including a selection of miracles of the Virgin Mary, and miracles of the saints George, Gabra Manfas Qeddus, and the archangel Michael; the sections record several names of those commissioning the manuscript, Walda Śellāsē, Ḫāyla Śellāsē, and Walda Tenśā'ē. The last gathering of ten leaves appears of slightly later production (20th century?).
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[Idyllia] [and other texts]
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[Idyllia] [and other texts]

by Theocritus; Hesiod

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Used - Bound in early 18th-century mottled calf, spine in 7 compartments with citron morocco lettering piece in one and ornamental tool
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First Aldine edition, and the first complete edition of Theocrit
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[Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1495. First Aldine edition, and the first complete edition of Theocritus (printing 12 of the 30 Idylls here for the first time); the first edition of HESIOD'S THEOGONY; second edition of his WORKS AND DAYS; and first editions of most of the other minor works (enumerated below); and first setting of quires £I °E F and £K °E G.. Title in Greek and Roman, introduction by Aldus in Latin;, text entirely in Greek. Woodcut decorated initials and floral or strapwork headpieces, ILLUMINATED THROUGHOUT IN COLORS AND GOLD IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND. [140] leaves. 1 vols. Folio, (315 x 210 mm.). Bound in early 18th-century mottled calf, spine in 7 compartments with citron morocco lettering piece in one and ornamental tooling in the rest; title soiled and shaved along fore-edge, extensive neatly penned marginalia in Greek and Latin, in two different hands; gilt edges, gauffered to all-over pattern of intersecting diagonal fillets and fleurons. Bookplate of St. Benedict's Abbey, Fort… Read More
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Typed Postcard

Typed Postcard

by Cummings, E.E.

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Used - Surface abrasion, not affecting text
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Silver Lake, NH, 1962. Surface abrasion, not affecting text. Airmail postcard to Howard Rothschild in London, dated shortly before Cummings' death: "thanks immensely for the priceless information about Norway - & for the 2handedswordlifting Swedish hero. Let us know how you like guided tours in the proletarian paradise; & don't miss Lenin! Marion sends love." [With:] Four page Autograph Letter, signed, from Cummings' wife, Marion Morehouse, reading in part: "Thanks so much for the clipping, though I'm always dismayed by the way journalists misquote. C did say to Sonia [Orwell] that artists should be in the opposition but as for saying he'd not been happy since Roosevelt was elected, not only did he not say it but it's no the sort of thing he would say ...".
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Watercolor of Lady on a horse on the back of a postcard sent to Paul W. Miller

Watercolor of Lady on a horse on the back of a postcard sent to Paul W. Miller

by Penfield, Edward

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Used - Some browning at edges
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Ny, 1905. 12mo. Some browning at edges. 12mo.
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Biblia, das ist: die Ganze Göttliche Heilige Schrift Alten und Neuen Testaments, nach der...
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Biblia, das ist: die Ganze Göttliche Heilige Schrift Alten und Neuen Testaments, nach der Deutschen Uebersetzung D. Martin Luthers ..

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Used - Contemporary sheep, red morocco spine label. Clasps lacking, boards lightly scuffed, hinges with old cellotape repair, textblock
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Reading: Gottlob Jungmann, 1805. [iv], 1008, [6 (family records)], 277, [3] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Contemporary sheep, red morocco spine label. Clasps lacking, boards lightly scuffed, hinges with old cellotape repair, textblock dampstained, toned and foxed. Bookplate of C. G. Weissman. [iv], 1008, [6 (family records)], 277, [3] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Important German-American Bible. A landmark in American bible printing, this is the first German-American Bible printed outside of Philadelphia, and the first Bible printed in Reading. A significant edition, both in size and scope, this marked the spread of German printers and the more local production of bibles in the Pennsylvania-Dutch back country. With family record leaves accomplished in contemporary manuscript, earliest date 1812. Shaw & Shoemaker 7984; Bötte & Tannhof 1467; O'Callaghan pp. 78-79
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by [Clemens, Samuel L.]

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Used - Bound in full modern brown calf
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First American edition, later Issue
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New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American edition, later Issue. With One Hundred and Seventy-Four Illustrations by E.W. Kemble. 366pp. 1 vols. Square 8vo. Bound in full modern brown calf. First American edition, later Issue. With One Hundred and Seventy-Four Illustrations by E.W. Kemble. 366pp. 1 vols. Square 8vo. Issue points: Title-page BAL #2 of 3 p.13-BAL2 p.57-BAL 2 p.282-BAL4 p.155-BAL 3 Portait-BAL3. BAL 3415
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The House at Pooh Corner
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The House at Pooh Corner

by Milne, A.A.

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Used - Original salmon cloth stamped in gilt, illustrated endpapers, t.e.g., illustrated dustjacket. Endpapers toned from jacket flap,
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First edition
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London: Methuen, 1928. First edition. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 8vo. Original salmon cloth stamped in gilt, illustrated endpapers, t.e.g., illustrated dustjacket. Endpapers toned from jacket flap, some darkening and wear to jacket, very good. E.H. Shepard. First edition. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 8vo. First Edition. First edition of the second collection of Pooh stories.
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. [And:] Through the Looking-Glass, or What Alice Found There. By...
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. [And:] Through the Looking-Glass, or What Alice Found There. By Lewis Carroll

by [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]

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Used - Original red cloth gilt. Adventures expertly rebacked with original spine laid down, Looking Glass lightly rubbed, lower inner h
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First edition, second issue of Adventures; first edition of Look
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New York: D. Appleton, 1872. First edition, second issue of Adventures; first edition of Looking-Glass, first issue with "wabe" misspelled. Illustrations by John Tenniel. 2 vols. 8vo. Original red cloth gilt. Adventures expertly rebacked with original spine laid down, Looking Glass lightly rubbed, lower inner hinge tender. Very good plus overall. Housed together in half morocco clamshell box. First edition, second issue of Adventures; first edition of Looking-Glass, first issue with "wabe" misspelled. Illustrations by John Tenniel. 2 vols. 8vo. The Immortal Alice. An attractive set of the Alice books, with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the first printing, second issue, comprising the sheets of the original London printing of 1865 sent to America with new title pages bearing the Appleton imprint. This printing had been rejected by Dodgson because illustrator John Tenniel strongly disliked the way the illustrations were printed, but it is the earliest obtainable edition (only about 15 copies are… Read More
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Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
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Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

by Tolkien, J.R.R., and E.V. Gordon

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Used - Green cloth. Spine lightly sunned, occasional foxing. Neat pencil annotations throughout. Ownership signature and address to fro
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First edition
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Oxford: Clarendon, 1925. First edition. 8vo. Green cloth. Spine lightly sunned, occasional foxing. Neat pencil annotations throughout. Ownership signature and address to front free endpaper. First edition. 8vo.
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Leaves of Grass
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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Used - Original green cloth, boards with floral decorations in blind, gilt-lettered ornamental title within a triple-fillet border, spi
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First edition, first issue
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Brooklyn, New York, 1855. First edition, first issue. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Whitman by Samuel Hollyer after a photograph, printed on thick paper. xii, [13]-95 pp. 1 vols. Small folio (11-1/8 x 7-3/4 in.; 284 x 197 mm). Original green cloth, boards with floral decorations in blind, gilt-lettered ornamental title within a triple-fillet border, spine gilt with title and floral ornaments, marbled endsheets, a.e.g. Title-page very lightly toned, gilt title of upper board a bit dull. Tiniest of repairs to spine (scuffs at center and ends, conserved with no loss). Old description slip tipped to front flyleaf. A fine copy. Half green morocco slipcase, chemise. First edition, first issue. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Whitman by Samuel Hollyer after a photograph, printed on thick paper. xii, [13]-95 pp. 1 vols. Small folio (11-1/8 x 7-3/4 in.; 284 x 197 mm). 'I see and hear the whole'. "He was and is the poet and prophet of democracy, and the intoxication of his immense affirmative, the… Read More
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Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung [Little Red Book]
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Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung [Little Red Book]

by Mao Tse-Tung

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Used - Red plastic, stamped in blind on upper cover. Fine
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First edition in English
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Peking: Foreign Language Press, 1966. First edition in English. Portrait with tissue guard, illustration of calligraphy in facsimile with translation on verso. [viii], 312, [1, imprint] pp. 1 vols. 16mo. Red plastic, stamped in blind on upper cover. Fine. First edition in English. Portrait with tissue guard, illustration of calligraphy in facsimile with translation on verso. [viii], 312, [1, imprint] pp. 1 vols. 16mo. First Edition in English. First edition in English of Mao's Little Red Book. 720 million copies of the Chinese text of Mao's Little Red Book were printed over a four-year period beginning in 1964; only the Bible has had a larger print run. "Its idea was originally conceived by Lin Bao (1907-71) as a book of inspirational reading... For several years Lin promoted a campaign that everyone should study Chairman Mao's thoughts, and the PLA [People's Liberation Army] newspaper printed daily extracts from his selected texts that often formed topics for evening discussion groups"… Read More
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