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Ultramarine

FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY LOWRY TO MONTGOMERY EVANS on the front free endpaper: To Montgomery Evans / from Malcolm Lowry-33 / Inglewood / Caldy Westkirby / Wirral / Cheshire. Provenance: Library of Roger Rechler (lot 203); Montgomery Evans (presentation inscription and bookplate).

$9,500 Net

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

FIRST EDITION in ORIGINAL DUST JACKET of the first book of Lewis's celebrated Narnia Chronicles. With colored frontispiece and illustrations throughout. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book with fading to spine and edges, rare dust jacket in outstanding condition, extremely clean and bright with only usual toning to spine illustration, small chip at top of spine, and internal tape reinforcement to spine ends. One of the nicest copies we’ve seen, particularly rare without any color restoration.

$10,000

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY, of Twain's masterpiece; one of the cornerstones of American Literature. With all the accepted first state points for cloth copies. Frontispiece and 173 text illustrations by E. W. Kemble, photogravure plate of a portrait bust by Karl Gerhardt (first state). With the following state points: page 13 incorrectly lists "Him and another man" on p.88; p.57, 11th line from the bottom reads "with the was"; final "5" missing on p. 155; p.283 a cancel; frontispiece with cloth visible and Heliotype imprint; copyright page dated 1884. BAL 3415. Octavo, original green cloth gilt; custom slipcase and chemise. Front hinge tender, a few small spots of wear to extremities. Gilt bright, cloth clean. An excellent copy.

$12,500

Frank, Robert

LIMITED FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES. A FINE COPY IN THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING BOX. (Tokyo): (Yugensha), (1987). Folio (343x250mm), original pictorial gray silk, original slipcase with mounted photographic reproduction; in the original shipping box. A fine copy.

$7,700

Mardi: and a Voyage Hither

First American edition. Octavo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Two volumes. Provenance: with bookplates of Albert Henry Wiggin, the noted book collector and famous Boston and New York banker who was considered for Time's Man of the Year for 1930 for his work during the Depression; also with attractive bookplates of Sydney Ansell Gimson and Fowler Booksellers. Very light wear at spine ends, usual scattered occasional foxing, pastedowns toned and foxed. Cloth very clean and gilt exceptionally bright: a beautiful copy.

$3,800

Frank, Robert

LIMITED FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES. A FINE COPY IN THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING BOX. (Tokyo): (Yugensha), (1987). Folio (343x250mm), original pictorial gray silk, original slipcase with mounted photographic reproduction; in the original shipping box. A fine copy.

$7,700

Social Graces

SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, illustrated with 69 black and white images of Fink's photographs. One of 250 signed and numbered copies issued with an original photograph, "Tavern on the Green", signed and dated on the back. Millerton, NY: Aperture, 1984. Quarto (262 x 224mm), gilt-lettered brown cloth; matching slipcase. A fine copy. Rare.

$2,600

Lyrical Ballads

FIRST COMPLETE EDITION (comprising the second edition of the first volume, and the first edition, first issue of the second volume). The preferred edition, for the second edition of the first volume contains the first printing of Wordsworth's famous Preface.Small octavo, contemporary full calf with original red and green morocco labels. Two volumes. Housed in custom half-leather box. Evidence of bookplates removed on pastedowns. Light spotting to five leaves in volume two, otherwise text exceptionally clean; a few skillful repairs to bindings, minor surface imperfection (noticeable only up-close, at an angle) to board of volume II. A rare copy in handsome contemporary calf of one of the most important books in English literature.

$14,000

An Examination of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of Mr. Gibbon's History, BOUND WITH: Gibbon's A Vindication Bound w/Davis' "Reply"

FIRST EDITION. With 'Advertisement' after the title page. BOUND WITH: Davis, Henry Edwards.  A Reply to Mr. Gibbon's Vindication of Some Passages in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." London: J.Dodsley, 1779. First edition. Octavo, bound in recent 3/4 calf over marbled boards preserving early spine. Internally clean and sound throughout; a very attractive volume of this rare edition. In 1778 three people, including Henry Edwards Davis, a tutor of Balliol College, Oxford, wrote treatises publicly attacking Gibbon in hysterical terms for the anti-Christian remarks in the fifteenth and sixteenth chapters of his 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', which contain remarks condemning the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. The philosopher David Hume had warned Gibbon that this might happen. It gave Gibbon the opportunity to overmatch Davis with a public reply (here included) which was quite devastating in its superior learning, and its contrasting coolness. Gibbon had it printed in octavo so that it could not be bound with his (quarto) 'History'. Davis' further reply is also included here.

$3,500

Dark Carnival

First edition of Bradbury's first book, one of just 3000 copies issues. Original black cloth, dust jacket. Two corners slightly bumped; jacket with light wear at spine ends. 

$1,000 Net

Commerce of the Prairies

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with only New York in imprint), complete with large folding map. Octavo, original gilt-stamped brown cloth. Two volumes. A clean, bright, un-restored copy in the original cloth: text clean with only light foxing. Scarce and fragile map fine save for one closed tear at the far right hand side, starting at the main horizontal crease and continuing for 2" diagonally upward and to the left; some loss to head and tail of spine of volume I, bindings unusually clean and bright.

$4,900

Ulysses

First authorized American edition, INSCRIBED BY ILLUSTRATOR ERNST REICHL IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION. "Not only designed, but signed, for a good old friend. Ernst Reichl / 1.23.34" Octavo, original oatmeal cloth, presumed first issue dust jacket (with 'Reichl' on lower front wrapper). Book near fine with few marks on covers, dust jacket very good with tape reinforcement at spine head verso, crease and small chips to jacket spine. 

$3,000

Ralph 124C 41+

FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY GERNSBACK. "Sincerely Yours," apparently in
 another hand, was added above his signature. Octavo, original blue cloth
with gilt lettering, original dust jacket. Bookplate of Roy V. Hunt, editor and artist for the science fiction magazine The Alchemist on front pastedown. Book fine with cloth exceptionally bright; original dust jacket with some tape reinforcement at verso edges; closed tear at top of front panel and very minor edgewear. 

$7,000 Net

Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics

FIRST REVISED EDITION, MEMPHIS ISSUE. The 1861 edition was issued in Memphis, Philadelphia and New York; no priority has been established. This copy bears the ownership inscription of Isaac Howard, a Confederate soldier whose extensive correspondence with his father is an important primary source for military historians of the Civil War. The "Howard Papers" are part of the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Memphis: Hutton & Freligh, 1861. 2 vols in 1, as issued. Octavo, original cloth back boards, original label on front cover, with 58 lithographs (complete). Scattered foxing and soiling throughout; some wear and soiling to upper cover. 

$3,500

Ulysses S. Grant: Vellum Document Signed

SIGNED BY ULYSSES S. GRANT AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.Partly-printed vellum document signed, “U.S. Grant,” as president. Military commission appointing H. Schuyler Ross a First Assistant Engineer in the Navy. Countersigned by George M. Robeson as Secretary of the Navy. Washington, 1873. Approximately 19 1/2x16 inches; slightly faded signature, usual folds, minor soiling, seal intact. SOLD AT SWANN in 2008 (March 13, 2008, lot 155.)NOT LISTED ELSEWHERE ONLINE.

$1,500 Net

China Diary

FIRST EDITION, WITH AN ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH SIGNED BY DAVID HOCKNEY. One of only 1000 copies signed by Spender and Hockney. With the original folding five-color lithograph ("Red Square and the Forbidden City") signed in pencil by Hockney loose in printed card sleeve; book with 158 illustrations, 84 in color. Quarto, original red cloth gilt, original card slipcase with printed label. Slipcase very good with some rubbing and spotting; book, lithograph, and folder fine.

$3,600

Lettres D'Odilon Redon

FIRST EDITION, one of only 110 numbered deluxe copies on Vélin d'Arches à la cuve, with 3 original etchings by Redon. Preface by Marius-Ary Leblond. Octavo, original decorative paper wrappers; custom cloth box. Wrappers in remarkable condition; very clean, just one small closed tear; the most minimal wear to the tail of the spine. Internally very clean and partially unopened. A superb and very beautiful copy. Rare.

$3,500

Poems Chosen out of the Works

FIRST KELMSCOTT PRESS EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES ON PAPER (from an edition of 258). The Kelmscott Press "was far and away the most splendid of all private presses... quite without a peer." -Colin Franklin, The Private Presses Beautifully printed in red and black in Golden type. Exquisitely illustrated by William Morris with woodcut title page, first page (borders), and decorated initials throughout. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895 [issued 1896]. Small quarto, original limp vellum, yapp edges, gilt spine title, green silk ties; uncut. One tie loose, else fine.

$2,300
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