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  • Collected A.A. Writings of Bernard B. Smith [Alcoholics Anonymous]

    By [] Alcoholics Anonymous

    Our Price: $25,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789110724006
    • Publisher: Self-Published
    • Published: New York
    (Self-Published). 8vo. Limited to ONE bound copy, printed for and presented to trustee of the AA General Service Board Bernard B. Smith on the occasion of his retirement from the Chairmanship of the General Service Conference, and SIGNED by most of the 1956 members of the General Service Board, including Bill Wilson and additionally INSCRIBED by Bill Wilson to Bern Smith. A significant and unique AA item. Chip to upper front corner of spine end. Small crack to lower joint of front board. VG.
  • The Writings of Mark Twain Author's Edition De Luxe

    By Mark Twain

    Our Price: $15,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112305364
    • Publisher: Chatto and Windus
    • Published: 1899
    25 Volumes. 8vo. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 600 copies (of total 620). SIGNED by author as both Mark Twain and S. L. Clemens at tipped-in colophon leaf of volume one. Printed at Hartford Press, Hartford Connecticut. Rebound in brick colored half morocco, dark blue title labels at spines; 5 raised bands, marbled paper-over-boards. T.e.g. Negligible rubbing to bottom edges of covers. Minute scrape to spine at bottom band of volume one. Mild narrow abrasion of a few inches at lower margin of general title page in each volume. Occasional light foxing to leaves. VG. THE SET:
  • Folio. 460 x 320 mm. Bound volume containing 147 copperplate engravings in varying early states of the plates which would eventually be published in Marsigli's 1726 masterpiece, Danubius Pannonico-Mysicus, with manuscript title page dated 1712. Full-contemporary leather, worn and chipped. The plates are all early states of the the final engravings as published in 1726, with 3 astronomical plates that do not appear in the published work. None of the plates have volume or plate numbers, and many are missing the text that would have been engraved later. The ornithological plates included (56 plates) have titles provided in manuscript, in a hand closely approximating the printed titles in the finished work. Included are 12 engravings from Tome I (Astronomical, with 3 plates not included in the final work), 38 engravings from Tome II (Roman Antiquities), 32 engravings from Tome IV (Piscatorial), 56 engravings from Tome V (Ornithological), 9 engravings from Tome VI (Miscellaneous, but the anatomical plates included here). One ornithological plate (Ardea Cinerea Major) has a large tear from the top edge (about 10'). Soiling to various other plates, and light soiling in the margins of many plates, but primarily all plates are clean. Many plates have the margins extended (for unifomity within the binding). Ref (for the finished work): Brunet III, p. 1474. Anker 326. Nissen IVB 593. Wood, P. 452. VG.
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [together with] The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    By Arthur Conan Doyle

    Our Price: $15,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111889438
    • Publisher: George Newnes Ltd.
    • Published: 1892 / 1894
    2 volumes. 8vo. 1st editions, earliest issues of both books. With ownership signatures of 'Barnaby Ross' and 'Ellery Queen' on half title of each volume, dated 1940. In original cloth, lightly soiled and rubbed. Minor wear to hinges. Small tear to corner of f.f.e.p. of 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'. Previous owner's ink stamp to front pastedown of 'Memoirs'; additional ownership signature to half title of 'Adventures'. Housed in custom clamshell box, quarter leather over blue cloth. VG in VG box. THE SET:
  • Made in France

    By RIchard Avedon

    Our Price: $12,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery
    Folio. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 100 copies SIGNED and numbered by Avedon, with a limited print also numbered and SIGNED by Avedon, wrapped in glassine and laid into and envelope. Book and envelope housed in original printed wooden slipcase. Minor edgewear to book, with mild rubbins and soiling to spine. Slight rubbing to titles on slipcase. Two stickers from pervious seller on rear of slipcse. NF in NF slipcase.
  • Gone With The Wind

    By Margaret Mitchell

    Our Price: $10,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112301724
    • Publisher: Macmillan Company
    • Published: 1936
    8vo. 1st edition, in 1st issue dust jacket. Mild bumping to spine ends. Dampstain affecting inner half of lower quarter inch of leaves throughout. Minor offsetting to fore-margin of endpapers. Dust jacket front panel bright and clean. Mild soiling to d.j. rear panel and joints. Very slight foxing to d.j. spine, with faint dampstaining at tail of spine and rear joint. Tiny chips to d.j. at spine ends, and quarter-inch closed tear and crease to top of front panel. Housed in custom slipcase backed in straight grain morocco over green cloth, with additional matching green cloth dust jacket. VG/VG.
  • Field Notes

    By Terry Winters

    Our Price: $10,000.00
    • Format: Wrappers
    • ISBN-13: 9789111661775
    • Publisher: Aldo Crommelynck
    • Published: 1992
    4to. The complete portfolio of 25 original intaglio prints each SIGNED and NUMBERED by the artist (this one numbered pp viii/viii, one of 8 proofs reserved for the publisher). Each print laid-in to portfolio, and housed in portfolio with colophon. All in publisher's clamshell box, with all original packaging. Contents and box all Fine.
  • Richard Prince: Jesus [14 prints]

    By Richard Prince

    Our Price: $9,500.00
    • Format: Wrappers
    • ISBN-13: 9789111852197
    • Publisher: Self-published
    • Published: 2001 - 2002
    4to. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, One of 11 copies, SIGNED and numbered by the artist on the verso of final print. One of the rarest of Prince's book items, comprising 14 color prints featuring Jesus (with lozenges). Fine in wrappers, in custom cloth clamshell box.
  • 4 Volumes. Thick 4to. 3 volumes and cloth- over-board case of loose charts and maps. Toning to leaves, occassional foxing. Some toning to charts and maps, slightly darker at folds. Foxing to paastedown of case holding maps and charts; wear to corners. VG with VG charts and maps in VG case. THE SET:
  • Archive of original artwork, ink and water-colors, for The Babar Baby Book

    By Laurent de Brunhoff

    Our Price: $6,000.00
    • Format: Prints
    • ISBN-13: 9789111747820
    • Publisher: n.p.
    • Published: 1990
    Various sizes, but most 360 x 280 mm. An archive of 22 original pen-and-ink and watercolors, Babar drawings by J.C. Suares, most annotated on the verso by Laurent de Brunhoff (noting changes, approvals, etc): final proofs for The Babar Baby Book, which was art directed and drawn by Suares, who did 'ghost-drawing' for the Babar franchise. Includes 17 final proofs, plus 5 sheets of 'spots' and two rough drafts (with a note, 'sketches with Laurent's revisions'). A lovely collection of original Babar art, shedding an interesting light on the process of a literary and artistic institution. VG.
  • Harmonium

    By Wallace Stevens

    Our Price: $6,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111902502
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: 1923
    8vo. 1st edition, 3rd state binding in full blue cloth. SIGNED by Stevens on front free endpaper and with ANs laid-in. Minor fading to margins and spine of cloth; light fraying to spine ends and fore corners. Spine label toned and just slightly edgeworn. Hinges affected by minor tearing, with binding remaining firm. Some toning to margins of leaves. VG/--.
  • Elia: Essays Which Have Appeared Under That Signature in the London Magazine; [together with] The Last Essays of Elia (Two Volumes)

    By [] Charles Lamb

    Our Price: $6,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112244489
    • Publisher: Printed for Taylor and Henry; Edward Moxon
    • Published: 1823; 1833
    2 volumes. 8vo. 1st editions, 1st issues. Presentation copy from Lamb to Shakespeare scholar J. Payne Collier, with Collier's inscription on verso of half-title page in 'Last Essays'. Rebound by Riviere in full dark green straight-grain morocco, with gilt decoration to spine, turn-ins, and margins of boards. A.e.g.; marbled endpapers. Minimal wear to joints. Later owner's bookplate to front paste-down of each volume. Slight foxing to first and last couple of pages in each volume. V2 has small, shallow staining to top edge of first and last couple of pages. V1 has occasional soiling or foxing to leaves, and foxing to fore-edge of textblock. A few leaves in V1 show faint diagonal creases to upper coner of a few leaves, now straightened (probably during rebinding), with tiny amount of loss to upper corner of one leaf. A handsome set overall. VG.
  • Definitive Edition: The Writings of Mark Twain

    By Mark Twain

    Our Price: $4,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112541601
    • Publisher: Gabriel Wells
    • Published: 1922
    35 volumes. 8vo. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION. One of 1,024 copies. SIGNED on tipped-in leaf as Mark Twain and Samuel Clemmons. Two publisher's annoucements laid-in (one split). Soiling to boards with some wear and superficial tearing to edges. Toning to spine. Some toning, chipping and wear to title plate at spine. VG. THE SET:
  • Folio. Bound volume containing some 1,200 signatures, including signatures from the royal family and their spouses such as Victoria, German Empress and Queen of Prussia, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, Princess Beatrice of Battenberg, Victoria Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary), Francis, Duke of Teck, Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, and Prince George, Duke of Cambridge. Ref.: Swann, Autographs, March 9, 1989, lot 190, miscatalogued as Princess Beatrice's Guest Book. Plain blue cloth, all edges gilt with mild soiling and wear to boards including a 3' dampstain to the top of the front joint. Light scratching on the rear board as well as some fraying to the extremities. Slight wear and chipping to the edges of textured white endpapers. Repair to the bottom portion of the final written leaf. VG.
  • The Rape of the Lock, contained in Miscellaneous Poems and Translations

    By Alexander Pope []

    Our Price: $4,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781299664104
    • Publisher: Bernard Lintott
    • Published: 1712
    John Caryll had suggested to Pope that he write a poem about the incident in which Lord Petre had cut off a lock of Arabella Fermor's hair. While none of the characters were mentioned by name, charges of indecency were leveled against the poem, and Pope sought to make amends by undertaking to dedicate the second edition to Arabella Fermor herself. At this stage the poem was only 2 cantos long and the sylphs guarding Belinda had not been introduced. 8vo. 1st edition, 1st printing of Pope's RAPE OF THE LOCK. Frontispiece by E. Kirkall. Contemporary calf, rebacked preserving original spine, tips repaired. Some pencil writing to front and rear pastedowns. From collection of Abel E. Berland with ownership book plate to front pastedown. Some rubbing to joints, and edges. VG.
  • Chinese Porcelain and Hard Stones : Illustrated by Two Hundred and Fifty-Four Pages of Gems of Chinese Ceramic and Glyptic Art

    By Edgar Gorer

    Our Price: $3,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112110821
    • Publisher: Bernard Quaritch
    • Published: 1911
    2 volumes. Thick 4to. Text in English and French. LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION, one of 1000 copies. Gilt decorated cloth boards. T.e.g. Binding somewhat shaken, with headband pulling away to textblock of volume i. Hinges of both volumes neatly repaired/reinforced with cloth tape. Bowing to textblock of both volumes. Soiling and occasional spot-staining to cloth, with some bumping and fraying to spine ends and corners. Creasing to lower fore-corner of leaves of volume ii. Minor and tiny closed tears to edges of blank leaves. Plates clean. THE SET:
  • Illustrations for the Bible

    By Marc Chagall

    Our Price: $3,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111721301
    • Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company
    • Published: 1956
    Tall 4to. With 17 original color lithographs, including covers. A nice, clean copy overall. Minor bumping to extremities. Light offsetting to endpapers. Very slight waviness to textblock, faint yellowing to leaves. Minor chipping to joints and edges of dust jacket, especially at spine ends. A bit of rubbing to panels. Small closed tear to top of front panel. 2.5-inch tear to rear panel near tail of spine, with creasing to surrounding area. VG/VG.
  • Steps to the Temple, Sacred Poems

    By Richard Crashaw

    Our Price: $3,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112251333
    • Publisher: Humphrey Moseley
    12mo. 2nd edition. Rebacked. Contemporary binding. Gilt lettering along backstrip. From the library of Abel E. Berland, with his bookplate on front pastedown. Wear to leatber. Browning and slight wrinkling to leaves. Chips to edges of a few leaves, not affecting text. Partially removed unidentified armorial on verso of title page. Otherwise, tight binding. VG.
  • Tribute to Cavafy [Together with] Tribute to Cavafy (Five Photogravures)

    By Duane Michals

    Our Price: $3,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111494434
    • Publisher: Limited Editions Club
    • Published: 2003
    2 volumes. Folio. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, One of 300 copies, SIGNED by Michals on the colophon with 5 photogravures bound in; sold with 'Tribute to Cavafy (Five Photogravures)', a portfolio from the LEC issued the same year containing the five photogravures each signed and numbered (from an edition of 50, from a total edition of 65). All contents fine, with slight waviness to the mounts. Both volumes fine, in original publisher's clamshell boxes.
  • Another Name / General Instruction

    By Grisha Bruskin

    Our Price: $3,500.00
    • Format: Wrappers
    • ISBN-13: 9789112460155
    • Publisher: Christopher Sweet and Marlborough Graphics
    • Published: 1993
    Thick square 4to. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 10 copies from portfolio edition. SIGNED in pencil by Rubinstein and Bruskin. This edition includes a SIGNED original drawing by the artist. Loose leaves housed in black cloth-over-board clamshell case. Mild rumple to title and colophon leaves at lowerr inner margin. Mild overall rubbing and hint of fading to cloth of clamshell; light rubbing to corners, a little bumping to upper fore-corner of lid. VG/VG.