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Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide. 1885

Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide. 1885

Spalding, A. G. First edition. Original publisher's tan printed wrappers. A very good copy with some wear and minor loss to the spine ends, some stains to the rear wrapper, small former owner signature to the lower edge of the front wrapper, pages toned throughout. Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide was an annually issued baseball guide first published in 1877 by sporting goods magnate A. G. Spalding's American Sports Publishing Company. During the 19th century, Spalding and Reach's guides were the primary source of sports statistics and analysis of the prior year; they also included the rules and regulations for playing the game. Spalding and Reach fully merged by 1942 to form The Sporting News. The 1885 guide includes statistics for 1884, Major League Baseball plays its first World Championship Series ("World Series") between the New York Metropolitans and the Providence Grays, though the 1903 World Series is considered the first modern era World Series with the inclusion of the American League, which started in 1901. Notable statistics include Hall of Fame legends Mike "King" Kelly and Cap Anson leading the league in batting average and runs batted in (RBI) respectively. 1884 was especially an impressive season for baseball in that 6 of the top 10 single season strikeout records were set by Hugh Daily and Old Hoss Radbourne, which still stand today. It wasn't until over 80 years later Sandy Koufax (1965) and Nolan Ryan (1973) joined the top 10.
Goldfinger

Goldfinger

Fleming, Ian First edition, first impression, first issue, second state (second state lacks the 3mm. diagonal line detail in the upper left area of the skull stamped to the front board, else identical to first state). Publisher's black cloth stamped in blind to front board with a line-drawing of a human skull with fifty-dollar gold pieces to each eye socket, lettered in gilt to spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping with the illustration of a human skull with gold coins in the eye sockets and a single red rose held between its teeth. About fine with former owner's signature to front endpaper, corners lightly bumped; in an unclipped dust jacket with some light wear and minor chips to the spine ends, spine a bit toned, else very good or better. Gilbert A7a (1.2). Goldfinger features the villain Auric Goldfinger, the richest man in England whose wealth is stored in his namesake mineral- gold. Indeed, the symbol of gold plays an important role throughout the text; the name "Auric" comes from the chemical element symbol for gold "Au," and Goldfinger murders his ex-girlfriend by covering her body completely in gold. In this novel, Bond must stop Goldfinger from completing Operation Grand Slam, a gold-smuggling plot that would cripple the world economy and give the Russian spy organization SMERSH total power over the West. Goldfinger also introduces one of the most memorable villainous sidekicks, Oddjob, whose deadly aim and razor-edged bowler hat make him a force to be reckoned with.
Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Orwell, George First edition, first printing. Publisher's light green cloth, top edge stained red; in the original green dust jacket designed by Michael Kennard (issued simultaneously in green, without any priority between them), lettered in white. Near fine with some light fading along edges and a few minor spots to the fore-edge; in an unclipped jacket with some wear and rubbing to the spine, spine chipped with some minor loss, several small chips along upper panel edges and rubbing along folds. A very good, completely unrestored copy. Fenwick A12.a Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel about a dystopian future in the year 1984. In the future Orwell has created, the totalitarian government controls the civilian population with a detailed system of mental and physical control, including omnipresent two-way TV screens that keep the citizens under constant surveillance. Any criticism of the government is strictly illegal, and independent thought is persecuted as a "thoughtcrime." Even the newly adopted language, "newspeak," which abbreviates many phrases and eliminates words deemed inessential, served "not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view" of the new totalitarian regime, but also "to make all other modes of thought impossible . that is, a thought diverging from the [state approved] principles should literally be unthinkable, in so far as though is dependent on words." This first British edition was published five days before the first American edition.
M. T. Ciceronis Orationum Volumen Primum. Pars II Cum correctionibus Pauli Manutii. Pars III.

M. T. Ciceronis Orationum Volumen Primum. Pars II Cum correctionibus Pauli Manutii. Pars III.

Cicero, Marcus Tullius First edition of Volume I (January 1519); later editions of Volume II (1554) and Volume III (1546) [originally May and August 1519]. Woodcut Aldine device to titles and additionally to verso of colophons of Vol II and III, Vol III with title device hand-colored, italic type, initial spaces with guide letters. Collation: Vol I: [11], 350, [1]; Vol II: [3], 295, [1]; [3] 271 leaves. Uniformly bound in 18th century polished calf, with five raised bands to spines, spines decorated with gilt flowers and leaves, title and volume in gilt to dark brown morocco labels, boards ruled in gilt, edges stained red, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. A very good set, hinges cracked and holding, spine ends and corners rubbed, spine heads with some chipping (most notably to Vol I), a few scattered stains to calf but bindings generally very clean, interiors bright and clean with very light foxing to rear endleaves only, silk bookmarks intact, bookplate of Alexandre Paul Rosenberg to each volume on front pastedowns, Vol I with former owner inscription and small hole to front endpaper, faded former owner inscription to title. USTC 822103. Provenance: From the library of Alexandre Paul Rosenberg, with his bookplate, which was designed by Pablo Picasso. This set contains all three volumes of Cicero's Orations, printed in Venice by the Aldine Press. The first volume is the rare first edition, printed by Aldus Manutius' business partner Andrea Torresani and his sons, shortly after Manutius' death in 1515. Volumes II and III were printed by Aldus' son Paulus Manutius, once he became old enough to take over the press. Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959) was a French art collector and dealer, who represented early modern painters in Paris and New York. Pablo Picasso was present at his son Alexandre Paul Rosenberg's birth in 1921. Alexandre became a gallerist and founding president of the Art Dealers Association of America. He and Picasso remained lifelong friends; Picasso gifted this bookplate design, as well as the original woodblocks, to Alexandre around 1935.
A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

Hemingway, Ernest First edition, first printing, with publisher's code A-3.64 [H] to the copyright page. Publisher's quarter burnt orange cloth and gray paper-covered boards, lettered in gilt to spine and stamped in gilt with the author's facsimile signature to front board, gray endpapers, top edge stained gray; in the original pictorial dust jacket, front panel illustrated with an oil painting of Pont Neuf, Paris by Hildegard Rath, rear panel illustrated with an oil portrait of the author by Henry Strater. A fine copy in a near fine unclipped with very slight wear to the spine ends, a few small spots and very mild soiling to the rear panel, crease to the front flap. Overall, a very attractive, near fine copy. Hanneman A31a. A Moveable Feast is Hemingway's posthumously published memoir about his life in Paris between the years of 1921-1926. During this time period, young Hemingway developed his writing skills and socialized with contemporary creative minds, including James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miró, among others. In reaction to the social and emotional implications of World War I, many young writers and artists settled in Paris, which was not only the literary center of the world in the early 20th century but also attractive for its general openness to experimentation and innovation. The biographical sketches that comprise A Moveable Feast contain as much insight into the author's early years as it does into the history of "The Lost Generation." The title A Moveable Feast comes from a quote by Hemingway, as remembered by his friend and fellow author A. E. Hotchner, and is reprinted on the title page: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." The idea of Paris' long-lasting influence on one's life is emphasized by the final chapter of A Moveable Feast: "There is Never Any End to Paris." Among the ex-patriates living in Paris in the 1920s was Henry Strater, an artist who shared Hemingway's love for bullfighting, and whose portrait of Hemingway adorns the rear panel of the dust jacket.