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A Boy's Will

FIRST EDITION, in the rare first-issue binding ("binding A"), of Robert Frost's first book of poetry. "By 1911 Frost was fighting against discouragement. Poetry had always been considered a young person's game, but Frost, who was nearly 40 years old, had not published a single book of poems and had seen just a handful appear in magazines. In 1911 ownership of the Derry farm passed to Frost. A momentous decision was made: to sell the farm and use the proceeds to make a radical new start in London, where publishers were perceived to be more receptive to new talent. Accordingly, in August 1912 the Frost family sailed across the Atlantic to England. Frost carried with him sheaves of verses he had written but not gotten into print. English publishers in London did indeed prove more receptive to innovative verse, and, through his own vigorous efforts and those of the expatriate American poet Ezra Pound, Frost within a year had published A Boy's Will (1913). From this first book, such poems as 'Storm Fear,' 'Mowing,' and 'The Tuft of Flowers' have remained standard anthology pieces" (Britannica).Octavo, original bronzed brown cloth with upper cover title in gilt. A fine copy. RARE. 

$9,500

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.

$17,000

Antlitz der Zeit

FIRST EDITION of Sander’s classic, one of the most influential photobooks of the early twentieth-century. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY SANDER.August Sander “was part of a coterie of photographers who established the photographic book as an aesthetically and commercially viable art form in the 1920s. Though Sander had published one such book in 1924, Unsere Heimat, Hannover, it was the 1929 publication of Antlitz der Zeit (The Face of Our Time) that propelled him into enduring fame” (Warren, Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography). “Many of his classic images are included in this seminal photobook, and the essential qualities of Sander’s vision can be seen. He took typical examples of professions, trades and social classes in Weimar Germany, and photographed them in their familiar environments in order to build up, piece by piece, a dispassionate image of the ‘face’ of society… One of his work’s miracles is how, despite his nominal objectivity, his political view shines through… His work is not neutral. It is not just penetrating, but was seen as positively dangerous, a little too acute in its analysis of society and class, by those with certain vested interests. This is made clear by the fact that when the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, publisher’s copies of Antlitz der Zeit were seized, the plates destroyed, and the negatives confiscated by Hitler’s Ministry of Culture” (The Photobook, I.124). Roth 52. Quarto. Original yellow cloth, original dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by Sander. Scarce original dust jacket with small chips at spine ends and extremities, and significant tears with loss at bottom portion of spine and front cover and at top of dust jacket rear (1"x4"). 

FRAGMENTEN UIT HET DAGBOEK VAN ANNE FRANK [Het Achterhuis; The Secret Annex; Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl]

“[Anne Frank] became the most memorable figure to emerge from World War II--besides Hitler, of course, who also proclaimed his life and his beliefs in a book. In a way, the Holocaust began with one book and ended with another. Yet it was Anne's that finally prevailed--a beneficent and complicated work outlasting a simple and evil one.” -Roger RosenblattTHE EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST APPEARANCE OF ANY PART OF THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; PRECEDING THE BOOK EDITION. A BEAUTIFUL COPY IN SCARCE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS. "The diary written by Anne Frank is probably the single most widely read book to come out of the Holocaust... Millions of readers have read the story of the teenage girl's two years in hiding. It has been translated into more than thirty-five languages and published in as many countries. Her diary was also the foundation for a successful drama performed worldwide (The Diary of Anne Frank, 1956) and a film of the same title (1959). Especially in the last twenty years, many schoolchildren and adults alike have had their first exposure to the effects of Adolf Hitler's war through Anne's writing. Anne's diary so captured the attention of the world that her name has become symbolic of the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah…
"To many, Anne Frank has become a symbol of the strength and optimism of the human spirit in the midst of tragedy. In July 1944 Anne wrote what was to become the most famous line of her diary and the one most often used to symbolize her spirit. 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart'… Anne's writing put a human face to the unfathomable statistics of the millions of individuals who suffered and died" (Sarita Cargas, Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature).On the publication in De Nieuwe Stem:The Diary, although now recognized as such an important historical document, almost never found its way into print. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, gained possession of the manuscript after the war. By April 1946, the diary already had been rejected by several publishers and Otto Frank was having doubts about continuing to pursue publication. It was at this time that “he gave one typed copy to a friend, who lent it to Jan Romein, a professor of modern history. Much to Otto Frank’s surprise the professor devoted an article to it in a Dutch newspaper, Het Parool... Romein’s article appeared on April 3, 1946, hailing the diary as an outstanding example of wartime documentation by a remarkably talented Jewish girl (whose name was not disclosed)... His friends now urged Otto Frank to have Anne’s diary published as she herself had wished” (quoted in Jeffrey Shandler, From Diary to Book).Jan Romein was so impressed by the diary that, as one of the editors of the new left-leaning journal De Nieuwe Stem, he was able to arrange for the publication of excerpts from the diary in the journal’s sixth issue, appearing in June 1946. These five excerpts (to "Kitty") begin on July 11, 1942, and conclude on April 11, 1944 and “mark the first publication of Anne’s writing” (ibid), preceding the book edition, ultimately published in 1947 with a preface by Jan Romein’s wife, Anne Romein-Verschoor.Octavo, original wrappers; custom box. Text in Dutch. Light chipping to wrapper edges; overall a remarkably well-preserved copy.

$9,500

Les Chiens ont Soif

LIMITED EDITION, WITH TWO SIGNED COLOR ETCHINGS BY MAX ERNST, and 25 additional color lithographs; one of only 250 copies (out of a total edition of 320). An evocative collaboration between the surrealist poet Prevert and the surrealist artist Ernst. The Livre d'Artiste in the Twentieth Century 46. Large folio, loose as issued in original lithographed paper wrappers; original buckram clamshell box. Fraying to box edges, some foxing to wrappers; interior and plates fine.

$3,000

Ondes et Mouvements [Waves and Motions]

FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of de Broglie’s presentation of his revolutionary theory of the wave-particle duality of matter. PMM 417.De Broglie’s work “served as the basis for developing the general theory nowadays known by the name of wave mechanics, a theory which has utterly transformed our knowledge of physical phenomena on the atomic scale.”Octavo, original printed wrappers; custom cloth box. Modest bookplate on inside front wrapper; tape repair to initial blank. Minor discoloration to wrapper edges; an excellent copy.

$2,500

Poems

SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, one of 220 copies signed by Wilde. Elegant signed limited edition using the sheets from David Bogue’s fifth edition of 1882 which incorporated many significant textual changes.London: Chiswick Press for Elkin Matthews & John Lane, 1892. Octavo,original gilt-decorated cloth designed by Charles Ricketts. Mason 309. A lovely copy, clean inside and out with only very trifling wear at spine ends.

The Anatomy of Melancholy

LIMITED EDITION, one of 750 copies. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Times; color: #424242; -webkit-text-stroke: #424242} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} All I can say is that most modern books weary me, but Burton never does...His writing is like talk, learned but earthy, and once he starts, he is hard to stop...That he was a humorist in our sense of the word we need no biographical facts to attest: The Anatomy of Melancholy is, by a magnificent and somehow very English irony, one of the great comic works of the world.— Anthony Burgess   Two volumes. Quarto. Original vellum-backed decorative
boards. Printed on Dutch paper. An excellent set, clean throughout. 

$500

The Spy Who Loved Me

FIRST EDITION of the tenth book in the James Bond series.Octavo. Original cloth, original dust jacket. Book near-fine, leaning slightly; with elegant bookplate on front pastedown. Dust jacket bright with very light toning and very trivial traces of wear. A lovely copy.

$700

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.)

$1,700

Wessex Tales

FIRST EDITION, 1/634 COPIES, IN THE PUBLISHER'S CLOTH BINDING. Two volumes. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt spine titles. Edges uncut. Light wear to cloth at oints and extremities, corners slightly bumped, spine somewhat cocked. Elegant bookplate at front pastedowns. Cloth clean and bright, text clean. An excellent copy housed in custom slipcase and chemise.

$2,500
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