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Featured Rare Books
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Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain’s chronicle of his love affair with the Mississippi river, from his antebellum youth as a steamboat navigator, to his passage down its much-changed face as a worldly tourist many years later. He finds the whole breadth of American virtue and vice on the river, recounted through anecdotes, history, and a few tall tales, all sparkling with his unmistakable wry wit. Published in 1883, Life on the Mississippi is also said to be the first book submitted to a publisher as a typewritten manuscript. This is the second state of the first edition.
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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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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.
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Cormac McCarthy first made his name writing brooding, violent stories of a murky America in the throes of self-creation and self-destruction. In No Country for Old Men, he carries his themes of human fallacy and potential for evil into more recent times, in a tightly paced story of pursuit set in 1980 that shows a desert west as alluring and ruthless as it was a hundred years before. The basis for the Oscar-winning film of the same name, this is a very nice first edition copy, signed by the elusive Mr. McCarthy on a tipped in leaf.
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From a first edition of just 12 poems in 1855, Leaves of Grass was gradually revised and enlarged by Whitman over the next 37 years, so that it became an ongoing record of his life, and of the life of America. This edition, published in 1891, has been rebound in 20th century morocco leather over marbled boards—a beautiful edition of an American classic.
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Though mostly known for his large-scale paintings Johns also began experimenting early on in his career with printmaking. This is just one example of the cross-hatch motif that is seen throughout his prints.
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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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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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