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Featured Rare Books
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Peter Beard’s stunningly beautiful debut is a monument to the waning richness of Kenya, introducing the mixed-media, scrapbook aesthetic that would henceforth become Beard’s signature style. At the core of the book is an account of a land ravaged by poaching, a stirring call to action which attests to the author’s academic background. Beard surrounds this text with images at once horrific and alluring, embellishing (and sometimes eclipsing) the words to create a more ambiguous meditation on the process of discovery and destruction. As remarkable an accomplishment now as upon its publication in 1965, The End of the Game foretells the widespread influence of its author.
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The first appearance of iconic characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer has been in continuous publication since 1876, and continues as one of the most beloved works in all of American literature. Surprisingly, however, the first edition of this most American of novels was published in London, preceding the American edition by several months. This is a the true first edition of the book that has become inseparable from the American idea of childhood, and established Twain's as one of America's most talented and beloved writers.
Limited Signed Edition, Signed by HirschfeldBuy Now
Traversing the back alleys of the minds of its three primary characters, Tennessee Williams’s landmark drama A Streetcar Named Desire ponders the conflicts between dreams and reality, civility and brutality, Old South and New South. In this limited edition, Al Hirschfeld, best known for his pithy caricatures of celebrities, gives his own illustrative illumination to the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Behind the deceptively demure floral cover, Hirschfeld’s sinuous drawings perfectly reflect the impassioned atmosphere of the play – dark, sensual, and full of longing. This is one of 2000 numbered copies signed by Hirschfeld.
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“Photography is not like painting,” Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, explaining the concept of the Decisive Moment. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture... The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” Armed with his beloved Leica camera and an unrivaled eye, Cartier-Bresson traveled the world capturing perfect moments amidst the frenetic movement and transition of city life. This collection, with cover design by Henri Matisse, spans 20 years of his influential career. This is the first American edition, published in 1952, with English captions booklet laid in.
Limited Signed PortfolioBuy Now
A leading brush in the post-Johns, post-Rauschenberg era, Terry Winters became a fundamental force in the revitalization of abstract art at the end of the 20th century. Field Notes represents the culmination of Winters's studies of the 1980s, focusing on forms arising in the natural world while incorporating the serial practice so integral to his work as a whole. This stunning collection comprises a complete suite of 25 copperplate etchings, each signed and numbered by the artist. This is a fine copy of this important collection, published in 1992.
Limited Edition Specimen BookBuy Now
Charles F. Durant not only authored this important book on the history of New York's botany, but was also the first American aeronaut (making the first balloon flight by an American on September, 9, 1830), as well as the man who introduced the silkworm to the U.S. This 1850 specimen book, limited to just 50 copies, features 195 mounted algae specimens collected together in a handsome leather binding.
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Illustrated by Hugh Thomson
A beautiful example of the golden age of illustration, this 1909 edition of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy features 40 exquisite color plates by master illustrator Hugh Thomson. Handsomely bound in full vellum with gilt decoration and original ribbon ties, this is one of a limited edition of 500 copies, signed by Hugh Thomson.
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Signed by Ellsworth Kelly
Stéphane Mallarmé's last major work, Un coup de dés is a tour de force of French Symbolist literature, showcasing Mallarmé's notoriously experimental style and in particular his attention to the visual arrangement of the poem, which allows the work to be 'read' as both image and text. In this beautiful volume, the pictorial structure of Mallarmé's poetry is deftly interpreted and amplified by Ellsworth Kelly in 11 stark black and white lithographs. Published by the Limited Editions Club, this is one of just 200 copies, finely bound in full black leather, and signed by Kelly on the limitation page.
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Once upon a time in 1862, Reverend Charles Dodgson began an extemporaneous yarn to liven up a five mile boat trip for three little girls named Lorina, Edith, and Alice. Though Dodgson had often told tales to pass the time away, according to his diary, young Alice insisted that this one in particular “might be written out for her.” The resulting books are now among the most beloved classics of children's literature. This beautiful two volume set comprises an early printing of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1870), and the first edition of Through the Looking Glass (1872), each finely bound in early 20th century red morocco, with pictorial inlays on each front cover depicting the fish and frog footmen from the iconic illustrations by John Tenniel.
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