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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Twain Mark FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING with the very early issue points: "was" for "saw" on p.57; the Illustrations list p.[13] showing the "Him and another Man" plate as appearing on p.88; p. 9 with 'Decided' in the heading to Chapter VI, later corrected to 'Decides'; p. 155 with the final "5" dropped, the final leaf blank, no signature mark to p. 161. With 174 black and white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Square 8vo, publisher’s original green cloth elaborately decorated in gilt and black on the covers and spine, now housed in a custom slipcase with wraparound chemise. 366 pp. A handsome, well preserved and pleasing copy of this enduring classic. The cloth still nice and dark green with the gilt and black still strong on the upper cover, the giltwork on the spine well preserved, only very minor evidence of age or use to the tips and edges, the text-block very clean and the binding tight and firm. A fine survival of a cornerstone work, with some very skillful and near invisible sophistication, in collector's condition. THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND GREATEST BOOKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. "ALL MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN CALLED HUCKLEBERRY FINN"--Ernest Hemingway. Along with TOM SAWYER, HUCKLEBERRY FINN is considered the stepping stone to modern American literature. And along with Tom Sawyer, for the first time, the hero of the novel was a boy. These books are landmarks and Hemingway often offered his opinion that the modern novel would have been impossible without them. With Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS and Melville’s MOBY DICK, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future.
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  • $10,450
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GOOD-BYE, MR. CHIPS

Hilton James First edition, and first printing other than when issued as a supplement to 'The British Weekly'. With four full-page illustrations by "B.P." [Bip Pares] printed in black and with chapter headings decorated in blue. 8vo, publisher's original bright blue cloth, the upper cover and spine gilt lettered, endpapers decorated in blue, and in the original dustjacket. The jacket with the extra printed paper wraparound announcing the book being chosen as the Evening Standard Book of the Month (but not a book-club issue). 128 pp. A very pleasing and attractive copy, the book is quite fine indeed, the blue cloth bright with vivid gilt, the textblock with a bit of the usual foxing in a few places, the edges with some of the usual spotting, the white dustjacket with a bit of mellowing and age evidence but still very attractive and complete, a cellotape repair to the verso, the very scarce and seldom seen Evening Standard announcement wrap-around still in nice condition with a bit of age evidence. FIRST EDITION IN DUSTWRAPPER AND AN UNCOMMONLY NICE COPY OF THIS PERENNIAL FAVORITE. GOOD-BYE MR. CHIPS is "a tender and gentle story as warming to the heart and a nourishing to the spirit as any I can remember. It is a public duty and no small pleasure to pass word along from house to house when anyone gives the world something as deeply satisfying as ‘GOOD-BYE, MR. CHIPS!’" - Alexander Woollcott in The New Yorker. MR. CHIPS is also one of the greatest 'school-days' stories and was made into highly memorable films in 1939 and 1969, the later starring Peter O'Toole.
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ADMIRAL OF THE OCEAN SEA: A Life of Christopher Columbus

Morison Samuel Eliot 2 volumes. First edition, first printing. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON, and an advance review copy with the publisher's tipped-in request that the book not be circulated prior to February 24, 1942. With numerous illustrations, including maps by Erwin Raisz, including a large fold-out map, and drawings by Bertram Greene. 8vo, publisher’s original terracotta polished buckram, the spines lettered in gilt on a blue gilt ruled field, the upper covers with gilt and blue "Compass Rose" at the center, cartographic endpapers, top edges died blue. The volumes still housed in the publisher's scarce original slipcase and preserved in the scarce dustjackets. xlv, 448; vii, 445. Index. A brilliant set, inscribed by the author and advance copies of the first issue. The volumes with text and cloth both still pristine, the very scarce dustjackets with only a touch of mellowing to the spine panels and the lightest of wear at the tips or edges, the very scarce original slipcase still present and still attractive though a bit worn as to be expected. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR; "For. with the appreciation & thanks of Samuel Eliot Morison" AND A HANDSOME ADVANCE SET OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS CORNERSTONE WORK. According to Morison in the preface, "this book arose out of a desire to know exactly where Columbus sailed on his Four Voyages, and what sort of a seaman he was. No previous work on the Discoverer of America answers these questions in a manner to satisfy even an amateur seafarer." Whether or not one is in accord with the idea that Columbus "discovered" America, this book constitutes a foundation study of the most famous of Renaissance mariners. Though the one-volume edition is relatively common, this first edition is becoming more and more difficult to acquire. A set in such remarkable state of preservation, and being and advance copy inscribed by the author is indeed a very rare and desirable find.
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CHRISTMAS GARLAND

Beerbohm Max First edition. 8vo, publisher's original royal blue cloth, the upper cover gilt bordered and lettered and decorated with a garland wreath in gilt, the spine gilt ruled at the tips and gilt lettered. vi, 197 pp. internally the text is very fresh and clean, a little marking to the prelims, final blank with tidy repair, the pastedown and free-fly with evidence of separation, the binding tight, the cloth bright, some markings to the cloth and a little darkening of the blue at the spine, the gilt fresh and vivid. FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF AUTHOR PARODIES. Yale University Press, when producing a modern reprint of the title called Beerbohn's CHRISTMAS GARLAND "perhaps the best collection of parodies ever written in English." In these seventeen stories Beerbohm parodied the style of popular writers of his day; those being Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, George Meredith, John Galsworthy, G. K. Chesterton, George Moore, Edmund Gosse, Maurice Hewlett, Hilaire Belloc, G. S. Street, Arnold Bennett, Frank Harris, and A. C. Benson. Beerbohm's parodies of their work are intermixed with a Christmas theme, and are quite rich with the inventiveness of Beerbohn's own comic talents. Henry James, the first author parodied, read A CHRISTMAS GARLAND with "wonder and delight" and called the book "the most intelligent that has been produced in England for many a long day." Many years later, John Updike said, "A Christmas Garland is surely the Liber Aureus of prose parody. What makes Max, as a parodist, incomparable – more than the calm mounting from felicity to felicity and the perfectly scaled enlargement of every surface quirk of the subject style – is the way he seizes and embraces, with something like love, the total personality of the parodee. He seems to enclose in a transparent omniscience the genius of each star as, in A Christmas Garland, he methodically moves across the firmament of Edwardian letters."
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AMERICAN CAESAR. Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

MacArthur, Douglas]; Manchester William First Edition. Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps throughout. 8vo, publisher's original black cloth, blocked and lettered in silver and gold on the spine panel and in blind on the upper cover, in the decorated dustjacket. xvii, 793 pp. A fine copy, the book is clean and tight and sound, the dustjacket shows only very minor evidence at the extremities of age or use. FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT HISTORICAL WORK ABOUT ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST REVERED MILITARY FIGURES. Manchester wrote of MacArthur that "[he] was a great thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy the best of men and the worst of men, the most protean, most ridiculous, and most sublime. No more baffling, exasperating soldier ever wore a uniform. Flamboyant, imperious, and apocalyptic, he carried the plumage of a flamingo, could not acknowledge errors, and tried to cover up his mistakes with sly, childish tricks. Yet he was also endowed with great personal charm, a will of iron, and a soaring intellect Unquestionably he was the most gifted man-at-arms this nation has produced." MacArthur the military genius was capable of masterpieces of strategy (the Bataan retreat, Hollandia, the landing at Inchon) and inexplicable lapses.a man so economical of human life in his campaigns that his total casualties from Australia to V.J. Day were fewer than Eisenhower's in the single Battle of the Bulge. In his years as American viceroy in Japan, he introduced the Japanese to civil liberties, labor unions, equal rights for women and land reform, and as he said of himself, "I am a one hundred percent disbeliever in war" and who, on his deathbed begged Lyndon Johnson to stay out of Vietnam.
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ARAB AWAKENING The Story of the Arab National Movement

Arabia]; Antonius George Scarce First Edition. With five maps printed in colour, three of which are fold-out. 8vo, publisher's original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. 471 pp. A good copy Clean and tight internally, the text-block in fine order, the binding with some sunning and evidence of age and use. IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST STUDY OF THE ARAB NATIONAL MOVEMENT EVER TO HAVE BEEN WRITTEN. Antonius chronicles the long history of the various movements which were active in the ancient Arab dominions from before and during the Ottoman conquests. There is a good history here, providing a good deal of overview information concerning the entire region leading up to the crucial events of the early twentieth century when during the First World War, the Arab tribes, led by Faisal, in league with T.E. Lawrence and the British forces, provoked and ultimately succeeded in diminishing and finally defeating the Turks and Germans through some extraordinary actions and some of the earliest guerilla warfare tactics. As well, the author provides a very succinct and readable history of the affairs and events that followed the peace and divisions and mandates agreed to by the active parties to the war. There is a good discussion of the how the various mandates led to the forming of the modern Middle East and the subsequent division of the Arab lands into national states as well as a discussion of the special case of Palestine.
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ROYAL COMMENTARIES OF PERU, IN TWO PARTS. The First Part: Treating of the Original of their Incas or Kings; the Second Part: Describing the manner by which that new World was conquered by the Spaniards. Translated by Sir Paul Rycaut.

Vega Garcilasso de la, the Inca First Edition in English. This copy has two title pages, one with the Tonson imprint rubricated (black and red), the other with the Heyrick imprint in black only. Sabin states: "As some copies have only the black titles and some only the rubricated ones, while others have both, it seems possible that all the issues were originally published with two titles." Engraved portrait frontispiece of translator Paul Rycaut, the rubricated title page in red and black, and 10 copperplate engravings. Folio , an especially handsome copy, bound in its original contemporary speckled English calf, the spine with raised bands, the compartments with floriated panels decorated in gilt, red morocco lettering piece gilt, the covers with a border decorations rolled in blind and double-filleted rules at the borders. 1019. A superb copy of this rare and early work. The book remains in its original binding. The text-block is crisp, clean and unpressed, The engraved illustrations are all in excellent condition. A truly wonderful copy and especially fine survival of a book rarely if ever found in such condition. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT EARLY HISTORY OF THE INCAN CIVILIZATION AND OF THE CONQUEST OF PERU BY THE SPANISH. De la Vega was a prince of Incan royalty by virtue of his mother, who was descended from the last Incan King of Peru. He took great pride in his Incan ancestry, styling himself "Garcilasso Inca" and becoming a dedicated student of the Peruvian language and traditions. However, the translator also tells us that "the Spanish humour was most prevalent in him, so that he delighted much to tell us, as in diverse places, that he was [also] the son of Garcilasso de la Vega, one of the first Conquerours of the new World." Such an illustrious ancestry provides for a rendering of the history of the Incan civilization from a unique point of view. The first section of the text details the early history of the Incas before the Spanish conquest, including their laws and government and other "particulars relating to their Empire and Policies." The second part details the Spanish conquest and the various civil wars and rebellions that came along with them and after them. The first part was published in Lisbon in 1609, and the second part in 1617. This edition is the first English translation by Sir Paul Rycaut. This is a classic work, comprehensive and painstakingly researched, and remains today one of the chief authorities on the subject of ancient Peru.
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HISTORIE OF THE WORLD, COMMONLY CALLED THE NATURAL HISTORY OF C. PLINIUS SECUNDUS. Translated into English by Philemon Holland, Doctor of Physick.

Pliny] Plinius Secundus C. (A.D. 23-79) 2 volumes bound in one. First Edition in English. First Issue with the Original Title-Page and Adam Islip as Printer. With handsome engraved title-pages to each volume. Folio, contemporary full calf, sometime rebacked, the spine panel with raised, one compartment lettered in gilt, the original covers refurbished with new leather along the edges as required, portions of the original clasps are still present, end-leaves replaced, Initial blank, Title,preface & table of contents 60 pp., 614, 42 index; [10, Second Title, To the Reader, Explanation of Words], 632, index, errata, final blank. Complete. A handsome and pleasing copy of this rare first edition, the endleaves renewed and the original binding refurbished at the edges and at the back, the first few leaves and the last few with some aging or toning and rubbing or time-wear to the edges, the textblock quite clean throughout, unpressed, sturdy and quite fresh, the binding with some general restoration as noted RARE FIRST EDITION OF PHILEMON HOLLAND'S GREAT TRANSLATION. The first full English translation of this important book. First published in Venice in 1469, "The ‘Natural History" of Pliny the Elder is more than a natural history: it is an encyclopaedia of all the knowledge of the ancient world. .He was a compiler rather than an original thinker, and the importance of this book depends more on his exhaustive reading (he quotes over four hundred authorities, Greek and Latin) than on his original work. All the spare time allowed him by a busy administrative career was devoted to reading; he began long before daybreak, his nephew the younger Pliny recorded, and grudged every minute not spent in study; no book was so bad, he used to say, as not to contain something of value. When he died the 'Natural History' (the sole extant work out of one hundred and two volumes from his pen) was still incomplete. It comprises thirty-seven books dealing with mathematics and physics, geography and astronomy, medicine and zoology, anthropology and physiology, philosophy and history, agriculture and mineralogy, the arts and letters. He is scrupulous in his acknowledgment of his sources (you must, he wrote, with honest humility, declare those from whom you have profited), and the whole of the first book is devoted to the tables of contents and authorities which bear witness to his method. The Historia soon became a standard book of reference: abstracts and abridgments appeared by the third century. Bede owned a copy, Alcuin sent the early books to Charlemagne, and Dicuil, the Irish geographer, quotes him in the ninth century. It was the basis of Isidorets Etymologiae and such medieval encyclopedias as the Speculum Majus of Vincent of Beauvais and the Catholicon of Balbus. One of the earliest books to be printed at Venice, the center from which so much of classical literature was first dispensed, it was later translated into English by Philemon Holland in 1601, and twice reprinted (a notable achievement for so vast a text). . More recently, scholars as various as Humboldt and Grimm have praised and acknowledged their debt to it. Over and over again it will be found that the source of some ancient piece of knowledge is Pliny. (PMM) The standard of reference for scholars since the 15th century, Holland’s translation made it available to the English speaking world for the first time.
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  • $20,625
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LOCOS A Comedy of Gestures

Alfau Felipe LIMITED First Edition, one of only 1250 copies printed SIGNED AND HAND-NUMBERED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo, in the publisher's original red cloth lettered on the upper cover and spine in silver, the spine with silver ruled bands, in the very scarce original dustjacket. xiv, 307 pp. An attractive copy of this rarely encountered book, the red cloth is fine and fresh, the text-block with a light bit of the mild mellowing associated with paper of the depression era. The elusive and seldom seen dustjacket, with some wear and a few closed tears, chips to the spine tips, and some separation along the fold lines. William Soskin's New York Times Book Review of March 29, 1936 neatly affixed to rear blanks, a second book review by Jonathan Daniels laid in. LIMITED FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, RARELY ENCOUNTERED, AND ESPECIALLY SO WITH THE CLOTH SO BRIGHT AND THE JACKET INCLUDED. One of the author's two novels written in English; LOCOS is by "an author at the mercy of his characters" and is a metafictional collection of related stores set in Spain involving several characters that defy the wishes of the author, write their own stories, and even assume each other's roles. Originally published in this LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, the work won critical praise but was largely overlooked by the book-buying public and was not reprinted until it was rediscovered in 1987 by an editor for the Dalkey Archive Press. That new edition's positive reception then led to the publication of Alfau's second English-language novel, CHROMOS, in 1990 (when the author was 88 years old) from a manuscript which had been tucked in a drawer since 1948. Upon publication, the book was nominated for the National Book Award for 1990.
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LIFE. John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition Including His Biography and His Most Enduring Words [and] LIFE [with Five Features on the Recent Death and Funeral of President John F. Kennedy]

Presidential; Kennedy John F.] Together two issues. Special Issue of Life Magazine featuring, "All of LIFE’s Pictures and Text on the Most Shocking Event of Our Time and included with Volume 55 number 23 of this most famous of American weekly magazines. This was the first issue published after Kennedy’s funeral. Illustrated on every page in color and black and white with the outstanding photography for which LIFE magazine has been world renown. Folio magazine sheets, each staple bound in its original paper wrappers, one featuring a color portrait of JFK on the front cover and an iconic view of Mrs. Kennedy, Caroline and John Jr. on the rear and the other with its front cover featuring the famous photograph of Mrs. Kennedy, Caroline and John Jr. awaiting the funeral procession at the Capital. 42 leaves and wrappers, unpaginated [and] 160pp. The Memorial issue is quite well preserved with a bit of edge wear or bumping of the corners and some splitting along the spine of the wrapper, some corners a bit dog-eared but for the most part still very fresh and impressive. Issue 23 is a very nice and collectable copy with only a bit of expected mellowing, subscriber’s mailing label at the bottom corner of the cover, occasional mild edge wear. A SPECIAL ISSUE OF LIFE MAGAZINE FEATURING SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC AND MEMORABLE IMAGES OF THE 1960s offered together with ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE AND MOVING ISSUES OF AMERICA’S GREAT AND FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH MAGAZINE. The Memorial issue Includes a nine photo series of Kennedy’s assassination, photos from his funeral service including the unforgettable image of John Jr. saluting, images from Kennedy’s life and career, the general public in response to hearing of the assassination, the swearing into office aboard Air Force One of Lyndon Johnson and many, many other equally powerful and memory evoking photographs. The regular issue but the first to be released after the President's assignation features a long editorial by George P. Hunt on the Kennedy tragedy, extensive coverage of Kennedy’s funeral, coverage of the mourning from around the world, an epilog on Kennedy by Theodore H. White and the very famous photo of John Jr.
  • $105