Twain Mark FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING with the very early issue points: "was" for "saw" on p.57; the Illustrations list p. 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, publishers 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 Whitmans LEAVES OF GRASS and Melvilles MOBY DICK, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future.
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.
Forster E. M First edition and issue. 8vo, publisher's original black cloth lettered on the spine in gilt, and in the original dustjacket. xi, 241 pp. A fine copy, essentially as pristine, but for a touch of rubbing to the extremities. FIRST EDITION OF FORSTER'S POSTHUMOUSLY PUBLISHED NOVEL. The author chose to not have the work published until after his death due to the subject matter; a tale of homosexual love in early 20th-century England. Written in 1913/14 and revised in both the 1930s and 1950s, the homosexual content was the reason why for so many decades it remained unpublished. But, "Maurice cannot be defined by its purpose nor by its theme. It was written by a great novelist at the height of his powers- as those who read it will surely find evident"- Dustjacket. Although he wouldn't publish it, nor perhaps could he have, Forster showed the novel to a select few of his trusted friends, such as Lytton Strachey, Edward Carpenter, Christopher Isherwood, and Xiao Qian. There has been speculation that Forster's unpublished manuscript may have also been seen by D.H. Lawrence and influenced his 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, which also involves a gamekeeper becoming the lover of member of the upper classes. However, this remains an unsubstantiated tale.
Forster E. M First American edition, an early issue just a few months after the first. 8vo, publisher's black cloth lettered in yellow on the upper cover and spine. 322 pp. A nicely preserved copy, the spine very lightly mellowed otherwise near fine. A VERY EARLY ISSUANCE OF THIS GREAT WORK OF 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE. Time magazine included A PASSAGE TO INDIA in its "All Time 100 Novels". Deriving the title from Walt Whitman's poem, the novel is based on the author's own experiences in India. Set against the backdrop of the Indian independence movement in the1920's, Forster's novel departed from typical narratives about colonizer-colonized relationships and in doing so created one of the seminal texts in the postcolonial Orientalist discourse.
Custer Elizabeth B. First edition, best issue with the frontispiece of Custer. Portrait frontispiece and a map. 8vo, mustard-tan cloth extensively decorated on the cover with gilt and black, the spine decorated and lettered in black and gold. 312. An acceptable copy of this increasingly hard to find book. Evidence of old damp to the cloth, especially along the bottom edge, as well as the text to varying degrees; this is reasonably light and unobtrusive. Otherwise the text is quite clean, with no foxing found within at all. FIRST EDITION OF ELIZABETH CUSTER'S CLASSIC TALE OF LIFE IN AN ISOLATED CAVALRY POST WITH HER HUSBAND; GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER. Libby Custer's well written narrative gives the reader an unforgettable look into frontier life of the northern plains. BOOTS AND SADDLES offers a unique and intimate view of day-to-day camp and garrison life in the few years leading up to the Battle of Little Big Horn.
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, publishers 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.
Beckett Samuel First Edition in English. 8vo, in the publisher's original black, blue and green printed wrapper over stiff white covers. 241 pp. A fine copy with just a touch of rubbing along the edges. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THE FIRST MOLLOY BOOK. Becketts highly distinctive, despairing and yet curiously exhilarating voice has earned him a vast and diverse following. Molloy was originally written in French, the author collaborated with Patrick Bowles for this translation, whereas the later Molloy books were translated only by the author. MOLLOY marks the beginning of an influential trilogy.
Amis Kingsley First edition. 8vo, publisher's original salmon cloth lettered on the spine in gilt, in the scarce original dustjacket of yellow paper printed in black and red. 320 pp. A very nice copy, the text just slightly mellowed due to the paper used in production, a bit of spotting at the prelims, the cloth fresh and bright and very nicely preserved, the jacket bright with some general mellowing and a little rubbing at the tips. A VERY BRIGHT FIRST EDITION OF THIS COMIC NOVEL, by, "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." - Zachary Leader. The plot of TAKE A GIRL LIKE YOU follows traditional realistic conventions and has been compared to that of Samuel Richardson's 1748 novel CLARRISSA. Like Clarissa, our heroine is young, beautiful and virtuous and attempts to defend her virginity, but while providing every opportunity for the next assault on it.
Beckett Samuel First Edition published in the United Kingdom. 8vo, publisher's original black cloth lettered on the spine in gilt. In the original dustjacket. 120 pp. A very fine copy in a jacket nearly as nice with just a hint of age mellowing. A LOVELY COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. MALONE DIES contains the famous line, "Nothing is more real than nothing" a metatextual echo of Democritus' "Naught is more real than nothing." Written immediately after the completion of MOLLOY, and finished in the summer of 1948, MALONE DIES is the second novel in Beckett's Parisian Trilogy. It furthers Becketts project to "empty the novel of its usual recognizable objectsplot, situation, charactersand yet to keep the reader interested and moved."
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."
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.
Forster E. M First edition and impression, the second issue with the 8 page publisher's advertisements. 8vo, original maroon ribbed cloth lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine. 343,  ads + 8 ads. pp. A clean and bright copy with only slight aging to the tips and extremities, the maroon cloth in pleasing condition with far less wear or mellowing than is normally encountered, the gilt bright on both the cover and the spine. The text fresh and clean with just a few spots at the prelims. FIRST EDITION. VERY SCARCE. Forsters novel which at last established his reputation as one of Englands finest writers. It is also ranked 38th on Modern Librarys "100 Best" English-language novels of the 20th century. As a result of the book's publication, Forster was introduced to the literary establishment of his time and enjoyed its approbation. The novel takes place in a house that Forster created mostly from happy childhood memories of his years at Rooksnest, Stevenage. Basing HOWARD'S END on his childhood home from 1883 to 1893 Forster was at the forefront of a new genre called the "condition of England" novel.
GULAG ARCHIPELAGO 1918-1956. An Experiment in Literary Investigation I-II. Translated from the Russian by Thomas P. Whitney.Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr I First Edition. Large 8vo, publishers original black cloth lettered on the spine in gilt, in the original dustjacket. xii, 660 pp. A bright and handsome copy, with minimal evidence of age. The dustjacket well preserved and in pleasing condition, light mellowing to the red of the spine panel. FIRST EDITION BY NOBEL PRIZE WINNER ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN. A masterpiece of research and consideration and personal experience in words. A book that enlightened the rest of the world to the gulag of the old Soviet Union. "This is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork: extraordinary in its literary power and historical vision; in structure, scale, multiplicity of incident and characters, emotional range, and above all in the staggering magnitude of its underlying concept.The author has used the testimony of some 200 survivors as well as recollections of his own eleven years of labour camps and exiles and for the first time a great deal becomes blindingly clear, including the mystery of the confessions made during the notorious trials of the thirties."
Styron William First Edition, first printing. 8vo, publishers original black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, silver and orange on the spine and upper cover. In the original orange dustjacket. xvi, 428, (1). A very fine copy of the book, the dustjacket also in fine condition with the orange of the spine panel barely touched by the sun and with very little evidence of age or use. FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION DUSTJACKET. "In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery.the revolt was led by a remarkable Negro preacher named Nat Turner, an educated slave who felt himself divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region. THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER is not only a masterpiece of storytelling; it also reveals in unforgettable human terms the agonizing essence of Negro slavery. Through the mind of a slave, William Styron has re-created a catastrophic event, and dramatized the intermingled miseries, frustrations--and hopes--which which caused this extraordinary black man to rise up out of the early mists of our history and strike down those who had held his people in bondage." RH. Today, the book is considered one of the classics of 20th century American literature.
ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH. Translated by Max Hayward and Ronald Hingley. Introduction by Max Hayward and Leopold LabedzSolzhenitsyn Alexander First American Edition., and First of the Translation. 8vo, publisher's original black cloth decorated in white on the upper cover, the spine lettered in gilt and white and with a star in red, in the original dustjacket. xvii, 210 pp. The book is quite fine, the jacket remains fresh and attractive with just a touch of the general aging one would expect for white paper, the edges lightly mellowed. THE FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE UNITED STATES OF SOLZHENITSYN'S CLASSIC NOVEL OF ONE DAY OF LIFE IN STALIN'S FORCED LABOR CAMPS, IT WAS HIS FIRST WORK TO BE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH. ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH first appeared in the November 1962 issue of Novy Mir, a Russian literary magazine. By November 20, all 94,000 copies of the magazine had sold out. After disparaging Stalin in a letter to a friend, Solzhenitsyn became a prisoner in one of the camps where he spent eight years before writing this book. When the novel was published, shock waves swept through Russia and the world because "Nothing like it has ever appeared in Soviet writing." Eventually the Russian government convicted Solzhenitsyn of treason, stripped away his citizenship and expelled him from the country. An important piece of literature, the "Authorized" edition by Dutton came out the same year.
Shaw Bernard First Edition of each book. Illustrated title page. Large 8vo, publisher's original sienna cloth lettered in gilt on spines, PREFACES in its original pictorially designed dustjacket. viii, 777, index; v, 1131 pp. Both volumes are in pleasing condition, the dustjacket on PREFACES shows only minimal evidence of age or use, the cloth of the PLAYS volume with a bit of light rubbing to the tips of the spine panel. FIRST EDITION OF EACH VOLUME. PREFACES provides access to Shaw's best writings in the fields of sociology, politics, religion and biography. Important and long respected works such as Man and Superman, Imprisonment, The Apple Cart, Androcles and the Lion, Saint Joan, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, Autobiography of a Supertramp, The Sanity of Art, Plays Pleasant and Plays Unpleasant along with many other writings are provided here. Shaw looked to the future and future generations to make life better for all people. He had all but given up on his own generation, its politicians, its respectables and its reverands.
Manchester William First Edition, first impression. 8vo, publishers original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, in the original printed dustjacket. xvi, (2), 710 pp. A fine copy in a very pleasing and well preserved dustjacket. FIRST EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC WORK. A world-renown historian, William Manchester, at the request of "Mrs. John F. Kennedy", accepted the task of researching and relating the story of the assassination of President Kennedy. At the invitation of the Chief Justice, Mr. Manchester was a privileged observer of the Warren Commission inquiry. Operating out of headquarters in the National Arhcives, for two years he worked twelve to fifteen hours a day, conducting a major historical investigation throughout Texas and elsewhere, accumulating forty-five volumes and portfolios of transcribed tapes, shorthand, documents and exhibits, all of which were to be deposited in the Kennedy Library. The book is a powerful narrative and a significant contribution to history.
Churchill, Winston S.]; Manchester William First Edition, first issue. Illustrated throughout with maps and plates from black and white photographs. 8vo, publishers original black cloth, pictorially blocked in blind on the covers with images of lions rampant, the spine lettered in gilt and with label blocked in red and lettered in gilt, and with its original pictorial dust-jacket. [xviii], 973 pp. A fine, bright, clean and tight copy, the dustjacket also fine and very well preserved, in all, a near as pristine copy. FIRST EDITION OF A SUPERB HISTORICAL WORK BY AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN HISTORIAN. Manchester had met Churchill when, as a young foreign correspondent, he found himself in the stateroom on the Queen Mary adjacent to the prime ministers suite. A mutual friend introduced them. Churchill was intrigued by Manchesters assignment: the Middle East and India. Manchester worked with diaries, memoranda, government documents, the private correspondence of Churchill and others, interviewed Churchills surviving colleagues and members of his family. He had a profound grasp of British history. He served for many years as a professor of history and was the author of many other important works including THE DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, AMERICAN CAESAR, THE ARMS OF KRUPP and THE GLORY AND THE DREAM.
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.
Churchill, Winston S.]; Manchester William First Edition, first issue. Illustrated throughout with a vast profusion of maps, charts, facsimiles, photographs and other renderings. 8vo, publishers original black cloth, pictorially blocked in blind on the covers with images of lions rampant, the spine lettered in gilt and with label blocked in red and lettered in gilt, and with its original pictorial dust-jacket. [xviii], 973 pp. A bright, clean and tight copy showing only very minor evidence of use. FIRST EDITION OF THIS SUPERB HISTORICAL WORK BY AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN HISTORIAN. Manchester had met Churchill when, as a young foreign correspondent, he found himself in the stateroom on the Queen Mary adjacent to the prime ministers suite. A mutual friend introduced them. Churchill was intrigued by Manchesters assignment: the Middle East and India. Manchester worked with diaries, memoranda, government documents, the private correspondence of Churchill and others, interviewed Churchills surviving colleagues and members of his family. He had a profound grasp of British history. He served for many years as a professor of history and was the author of many other important works including THE DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, AMERICAN CAESAR, THE ARMS OF KRUPP and THE GLORY AND THE DREAM.
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.
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, Hollands translation made it available to the English speaking world for the first time.
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.
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 LIFEs 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 Kennedys 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, subscribers 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 AMERICAS GREAT AND FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH MAGAZINE. The Memorial issue Includes a nine photo series of Kennedys assassination, photos from his funeral service including the unforgettable image of John Jr. saluting, images from Kennedys 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 Kennedys 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.
Bannerman Helen An early printing of this classic. Illustrated in colour throughout with all chromolithographs on separate leaves and text on separate pages, endleaves also illustrated with chromolithographs. 12mo, bound in the publishers original blue boards printed in black, with a pictorial paste-down on the upper cover. 113 pp. An especially well preserved copy showing very little evidence of age or use, a well cared for copy of a book seldom seen in such pleasing condition. AN EARLY PRINTING AND A RARELY SEEN ISSUE OF THIS CLASSIC. Bannerman wrote her stories to entertain her own children. LITTLE BLACK SAMBO was their favorite. The author never intended the book for publication, but through the encouragement of her children and friends the manuscript was shown to E.V. Lucas who agreed to publish it as the fourth title in his series of The Dumpy Books for Children" (Schiller, p. 381) Together with Beatrix Potter, Helen Bannerman established the genre of childrens books that gave pictures and text equal importance. Very few copies of the original printing have survived, and of the copies known, most have been badly worn because the small book was unable to withstand the constant handling of children. "Should a census eventually be attempted, there would probably be fewer copies located than of the notoriously rare and suppressed 1865 Alice" (Schiller, p. 386)