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Paradise Lost. A Poem, in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain’d. A Poem in Four Books.

Milton, John Elaborately bound and illustrated edition of Milton's epic poems Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain'd, edited by Bishop Thomas Newton and dedicated by him to the Earl of Bath, at whose expense this edition was published and with a critique of the work by Addison. Quarto, three volumes, bound in full contemporary calf with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With twenty steel-engraved plates by Francis Hayman including two frontispiece portraits of Milton. From the library of Dr. J. Woodward with his marginal commentary and several pages of bound manuscript notes, as well as his ownership signatures to Volumes II and III. Armorial bookplates to the pastedown of each volume. In near fine condition. An exceptionally handsome set of Milton's epic works, finely illustrated. First published in 1667, "Paradise Lost is generally conceded to be one of the greatest poems in the English language; and there is no religious epic in English which measures up to Milton's masterpiece. Milton performed an artist's service to his God" (Magill, 511, 515). It is considered by critics to be Milton's major work, and it helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time. The poem concerns the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose, stated in Book I, is to "justify the ways of God to men." The present edition, edited by Bishop Thomas Newton and dedicated by him to the Earl of Bath, at whose expense this edition was published, remains Newton's best known work.
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Liber Scriptorum. The First Book of the Authors Club.

Twain, Mark, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie, et al First edition, number 140 of only 251 numbered copies signed by each of the 109 contributors, the most prominent being Mark Twain ("The Californian's Tale," page 161--the first appearance of this story), Theodore Roosevelt ("A Shot at a Bull Elk," page 487) and Andrew Carnegie ("Genius Illustrated from Burns," page 99). An altogether impressive collection of the works and signatures of leading late-19th century literary figures. Thick folio, publisher's full dark brown morocco, ornately blind- and gilt-tooled spines and boards, top edge gilt. In fine condition. Uncommon in this condition. "The Authors Club of New York, organized in 1882, was a social club for like-minded men and a support group for younger writers. In 1891, club members conceived Liber Scriptorum as a means to raise money for a suitable permanent home. Each member contributed an original essay, story or poem that would never be published elsewhere. Each author signed 251 copies of his entry, and the books were then bound. The book, published and printed by club member Theodore Low De Vinne, sold for $100--almost $2000 in 2002 dollars. De Vinne donated the work at cost, and the club enjoyed a profit of $10,500. By the time the book was finished and the profit realized, Andrew Carnegie had given the club a suite of rooms in his building at 57th and Seventh Avenue, and the publication proceeds were used to furnish the rooms" (Carnegie Mellon University). Liber Scriptorum marks the first appearance in print of Twain's tale about an unfortunate man's undying devotion to his wife; contrary to the club's original plans, this story was later included in The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories (1906). Other contributors include De Vinne, William Dean Howells, Henry Van Dyke and Frank R. Stockton. Though "there are presumed to be 251 copies of the book; actually, over 30 of these were not bound but were sold as separate articles" (Johnson, 128). BAL 3438.
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Ernest Rutherford Signed SS Euripides Photograph.

Rutherford, Ernest, Mary, Rutherford, Thomas Hudson Beare, Charles W. Kimmins, John Layard, Henry Tizard, et al Rare original photograph of the SS Euripides signed by the father of nuclear physics, Ernest Rutherford and 21 other scientists and crew members present on the 1914 voyage from England to Australia for the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Signed by Rutherford, his wife Mary Rutherford, engineer Thomas Hudson Beare, psychologist Charles W. Kimmins, anthropologist John Layard, physicist Joseph Petavel, neurologist and psychologist W. H. R. Rivers, chemist Henry Tizard, and the ship's surgeon C.L. Wigam among others. In near fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 16 inches by 15 inches. Rare and desirable, signed in the year of the outbreak of the first World War, which the members of the voyage only learned of upon arrival in Australia. One of the greatest experimentalists in the history of science, New Zealand-born British physicist Ernest Rutherford came to be known as the father of nuclear physics and was awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances", for which he was the first Canadian and Oceanian Nobel laureate. Rutherford traveled in 1914 with a selection of the most renowned British scientists aboard the SS Euripides to Australia for the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Scheduled with the intent to promote the sciences, the event was somewhat overshadowed when, after travelling thousands of miles from their home in England, the members arrived to discover that the world was at war.
The Story of Ferdinand.

The Story of Ferdinand.

Leaf, Munro. Illustrated By Robert Lawson Early printing of Munro Leaf's beloved children's classic. Octavo, original half tan cloth, illustrated endpapers. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the half-title page with three drawings, "For Ruth with all best wishes of Ferdinand and Muro Leaf." Inscription opposite the author's inscription, near fine in a good price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. "This is perhaps one of the finest 20th-century examples of the inspired wedding of a text and illustrations to make a children’s book that as a whole is even greater than the sum of its parts-which are in themselves very fine indeed. The simple, delightful Leaf story about a Spanish bull who prefers the fragrance of flowers to the roar of the bull-ring is lovingly illustrated by Robert Lawson. The overworked word ‘classic’ is well deserved here. Children have adored The Story of Ferdinand ever since the book was published" (Early Children’s Books and Their Illustrations). Translated into over 60 languages, Munro Leaf's classic became a number one bestseller in 1938 and has never gone out of print since. Despite its beloved place in children's literature, the book was banned in many countries including Spain and Nazi Germany who denounced it as a pacifist work and 'democratic propaganda.' Following the 1945 defeat of Germany during the Second World War, 30,000 copies were published to be given to the children of Germany in an effort to encourage peace. The book was adapted by Walt Disney into the classic short animated film Ferdinand the Bull in 1938, and more recently into the feature-length computer animated film, Ferdinand, produced by 20th Century Fox Animation.
Walt Disney Signed Production Cel.

Walt Disney Signed Production Cel.

Disney, Walt Rare original production cel featuring Mickey Mouse and Chip the chipmunk in a wintry scene from the short film Squatter's Rights. Boldly signed on the mat by Walt Disney. Produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and directed by Jack Hannah, the animated short film Squatter's Rights premiered in theaters on June 7, 1946. The story centered on a confrontation between Mickey Mouse's dog Pluto and chipmunks Chip and Dale who had taken up residence in Mickey's hunting shack. The short film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 19th Academy Awards, but ultimately lost to The Cat Concerto, an MGM Tom and Jerry film, which shared one of 7 Oscars for the Tom and Jerry series. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 17.25 inches. Rare and desirable featuring Disney's most recognizable character. American entrepreneur, animator, and film producer Walt Disney is arguably the most important figure in the history of animation. A national cultural icon, his innovative spirit and vision revolutionized the genre of animated cartoons, making them a major part of mainstream popular entertainment. Founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923 and incorporated as Walt Disney Productions in 1929, Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced 57 feature films. For much of its existence, the studio was recognized as the premier American animation studio; it developed many of the techniques, concepts and principles that became standard practices of traditional animation.