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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Clemens, Samuel) Illustrated by Edward Windsor Kemble. First edition, first state with 32 page catalogue dated October 1884, and preceding the American edition by three months. Finely bound by Bayntun in full red polished calf, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, gilt borders to covers, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. An excellent copy with two small repairs to catalogue pages 21/22 and 23/24, original publisher's cloth bound-in at rear, otherwise an extremely fresh and clean in a beautiful binding. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a pseudo companion novel to Twain's highly successful The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876); although both are set in the antebellum South, Tom Sawyer is the tale of a young boy's mischievous adventures, while Huckleberry Finn involves a disenfranchised youth's moral dilemmas about social conflict. Specifically, Huckleberry Finn runs away from his alcoholic father and befriends Jim, a run-away African-American slave seeking freedom in the North. The dialog of the text features local dialects drawn from Twain's experiences living in the South. When it was first published in the United States in 1885, Huckleberry Finn was highly scrutinized and was banned by several libraries. Interestingly, the text was banned not for its saturation of racist vocabulary and prejudiced world-views, but for its depiction of criminal, lower class white Americans. Although it continued to be challenged in the 20th century for its depiction and treatment of African-Americans, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains one of the Great American Novels. Indeed, Ernest Hemingway proclaimed that it was the beginning of American literature: "There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Dickens, Charles First edition. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Brown (published under the pseudonym Phiz). Very finely bound by Bayntun in full dark blue crushed morocco with gilt lettering and decorations to spine, gilt Dickens portrait to front cover and Dickens' signature replicated in gilt to rear cover, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, and marbled endpapers. An excellent and nearly fine copy with only toning to a few leaves and plates. David Copperfield was the author's eighth novel, originally published serially in nineteen monthly installments in a total of twenty parts (one double issue) from May 1849 - November 1850. The novel follows the life of David Copperfield from youth to adulthood, the events of which are said to mirror those of Dickens' own life, leading some to refer to the text as pseudo-autobiographical. Regardless of whether or not he intended this similarity, Dickens definitely showed an unusual attachment to David Copperfield, which he referred to as his favorite novel. This copy includes the forty illustrations, including a frontispiece and vignette title page, by H.K. Browne, who had also designed the cover illustrations for the serialized story. All but three of the illustrations, which include one dark plate with high black-and-white contrast and twenty-one horizontal illustrations, are clearly signed by the illustrator's pseudonym Phiz. David Copperfield is the second Dickens novel in which Browne uses the dark plate and horizontal illustration techniques.
African Game Trails

African Game Trails

Roosevelt, Theodore First edition, first printing. Presentation copy; signed and inscribed by Roosevelt on the front endpaper to Zoologist and Ornithologist, Arthur Lennox Butler: "To A.L. Butler Esq/ with the thanks and/ regards of Theodore Roosevelt/ Nov. 1st, 1910". With a two-page autograph letter from Roosevelt to Butler. Original publisher's brown gilt-stamped cloth. Some fading and dampstaining to spine, split to lower spine at rear joint, else very good. Housed in a quarter-leather custom folding box. Arthur Lennox Butler (1873-1939), son of ornithologist and bird collector E. A. Butler (1843-1916), was Curator of Selangor State Museum, Malaya and had one bird and four species of reptiles named in his honor, including the East African venomous snake, Chilorhinophis butleri, or Butler's two-headed snake. It was during his appointment as Superintendent of Game Preservation in Sudan (1901-1915) that he met Roosevelt as he led the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition in 1910. Roosevelt's two-page autograph letter is written from Gondokoro (Southern Sudan) on 27 February 1910: "Dear Mr Butler/ We have obtained white/ rhino, giant eland, buffalo,/ roan &c. We'll have little/ time to hunt now / Mohammed has proved/ excellent; just what we/ needed. I'll send you the 100 piastre/ you so kindly advanced/ as soon as I can get/ a check book"./ With hearty thanks,/Sincerely yours/ Theodore Roosevelt." Only three weeks after he was succeeded as president by William Howard Taft in 1909, Theodore Roosevelt embarked to British East Africa on The Smithsonian East Africa Expedition. Roosevelt was accompanied by his son Kermit, who served as official photographer and to whom this text is dedicated. The expedition collected over 20,000 specimens, which would take the Smithsonian over eight years to catalog. During the yearlong trip, Roosevelt wrote monthly report articles about the expedition for Scribner's Magazine; in 1910, the articles were published in book format as African Game Trails.
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The Diary of T. E. Lawrence, 1911

Lawrence, T. E. First edition, limited issue of 203 copies of which only 150 were for sale. This copy is number 35, marking it one of 40 printed on handmade Medway paper and bound in vellum. Illustrated with reproductions of photographs by T. E. Lawrence. Publisher's full vellum, lettered in gilt to front board and spine, stamped in gilt with publisher's device to rear board, two white silk ties, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed; housed in the original white protective slipcase. About fine with just a few scuffs to the spine and foxing to tissue guards, silk ties with a few loose threads; slipcase significantly worn and split to top edge. Overall, an exquisite copy of this rare, beautifully produced book. While on a short break from an archaeological dig in Syria, Lawrence embarked upon a lone walking tour of the area. This limited edition publication takes its text directly his travel diary. Lawrence was an archaeologist, diplomat, army officer, and writer, and earned international fame for his well-written accounts of his travels and various roles in Middle Eastern conflicts during World War I. In 1962, his life was the subject of the Oscar-winning historical drama film Lawrence of Arabia. His accounts of the Ottoman region are undoubtedly informative and beautifully written, and contributed greatly to his later writing on the history and architecture of the area. The note from the publisher reads: "This diary was kept while the author was journeying through Northern Syria during 1911. It consists of notes jotted down whenever he had a moment to rest. As he travelled to most places on foot and was extremely ill the greater part of the time, the consistency of writing and spelling cannot be relied upon, especially as the original manuscript was kept in pencil in a small canvas-backed note-book and was never revised." The Corvinus Press was founded by typographer and book collector Viscount Carlow. The Diary is widely considered to be the most impressive and striking work ever published by Corvinus.