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Recent Catalogues


Johnsoniana, on the Occasion of the Tercentenary of Samuel Johnson’s Birth

A Dictionary of the English Language.  Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London; J. Johnson, C. Dilly et al.; 1799; 8th edition. Two volumes, contemporary plain brown morocco with double ruled borders, gilt spines carefully rebacked with 5 raised bands, 6 compartments, lettering pieces in red and blue and elaborate gilt designs. Both volumes bear the armorial bookplate of Sir Charles Cockerell, Bart.(1755-1837). $2750

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Arthur Murphy, Esq.London; Johnson, Nichols, et al.; 1806; “A New Edition in Twelve Volumes.” Twelve volumes in contemporary speckled calf, gilt spines with black and green lettering pieces. Frontispiece Vol. 1, new endpapers Vol. 1. $750

Life of Johnson.  James Boswell. London; Macmillan; 1906. Half-red morocco with gilt lettering piece; top edge gilt. $100

Life of Johnson. James Boswell. Oxford; Pickering; 1826. Four volumes in burgundy creased cloth; new endpapers; all edges gilt. Ex-library, with few markings. $450

The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets.  Samuel Johnson. London; Bathurst et al.; 1781. First London edition; 4 volumes in full calf; gilt spine with red lettering pieces; raised bands; engraved frontispiece. Water stains on the bottom of the pages in volume 1; last 2 pages of volume 4 missing (replaced with copies). $650

A Journey to the Western Islands.  Samuel Johnson. Dublin; Williams; 1775. First Dublin edition. Contemporary calf, gilt spine with red lettering piece. $350

The Prince of Abissinia.  Samuel Johnson. London; Strahan, et al.; 1766. Fourth edition; two volumes; later full-calf with repaired joints; gilt boards and spine with red and black lettering pieces. $245

Observations and Reflection Made in the Course of a Journey through France, Italy and Germany.  Hester Lynch Piozzi. London; Strahan and Cadell; 1789. First edition; two volumes in contemporary half-leather with marbled boards, raised bands. Ads present in volume 2. $550

The Adventurer.  Samuel Johnson and John Hawkesworth. London; Strahan et al.; 1770. Four volumes, recent half-morocco with new end papers, gilt spine, no head bands. Ex-library with few markings. $300

Rasselas & Dinarbas.  S. Johnson and C. Knight. London; Walker, et al.; 1817. Small (12mo), blue cloth volume with engraved frontispiece and title page. Ex-library with two stamps. $50

Dinarbas; A Tale.  Cornelia Knight. London; Dilly; 1790. First edition. Half-calf with raised bands, repaired hinges. This is Knight’s first published work. $300


The Memoirs of the Duke of Saint Simon on the Reign of Louis XIV, and the Regency.  Bayle St. John. London; Chapman & Hall; 1857. First and Second Series; 4 volumes; half-red morocco over marbled boards, with raised bands and beautiful gilt lettering and design on spines, marbled end papers.$425

The Constitutional History of England  from the Accession of Henry VII to the Death of George II.  Henry Hallam. London; John Murray; 1827. First edition. Two volumes, contemporary calf, gilt spines, raised bands, marbled edges. $500

Sketches from Venetian History.  London; John Murray; 1831. Two volumes, vol. 2 is 3rd edition (1838.) Contemporary vellum, with gilt spines and lettering pieces. All engravings, including foldout map, present. $120

Memoirs of the Protectorate House of Cromwell.  Mark Noble. Birmingham; Pearson and Rollason; 1784. First edition. Two volumes, three-quarter calf over marbled boards, with marbled endpapers, raised bands. Engraved frontispiece in both volumes. Volume 1 is dated MDCCXXXLIV rather than “MDCCLXXXIV”as volume two correctly reads. $650

The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England.  Edward, Earl of Clarendon. Oxford; Clarendon Press; 1826. Eight volumes, including an index. Contemporary full calf, with gilt boards and spine, raised bands and marbled endpapers. $900

Invasion of the Crimea.  Alexander Kinglake. Edinburgh and London; Wm. Blackwood; 1863-1887. Eight volumes with Vols. 1& 2 being 3rd editions, Vols. 3 & 4 2nd editions. and Vols. 5-8 1st editions. Three-quarter red leather over red cloth, gilt design and lettering on spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers. $1,250  SOLD

Napoleon.  Theodore Ayrault Dodge, Lt.-Col. United States Army. Part of the “Great Captains” Series. Boston and New York; Houghton, Mifflin; 1901. First edition. Four volumes, maroon cloth. Dodge has been described as the “greatest American historian.” He also served in the Civil War. $600.

The History of the Reign of Charles V.  William Robertson. London; Strahan; 1769. First edition. Three volumes recently bound in green half-leather with gilt spines and raised bands. Ex-library with gilt number on spines but few other markings. $450

England Under Queen Anne.  G.M. Trevelyan. London; Longmans Green; 1931. Two volumes, green cloth with gilt lettering. From the Library of Herbert Claiborne Pell, U.S. Representative from New York, Minister to Portugal and Hungary. $60

History of the Reign of George III.  Robert Macfarlan. Edinburgh; Brownlie; 1810-1812. Four volumes, all first editions, in quarter-leather over marbled boards. Scarce. Vol. 1, 1810; Vol.2, 1811; Vols. 3 & 4, 1812. $295

The History of the Revolutions in Sweden and Portugal.  The Abbe Vertot. Dublin; Grierson; 1727. Early leather; gilt spine; missing lettering piece, raised bands. Bookplate of Henry Maxwell, 7th Baron Farnham (1799-1868), MP. $195

The Illustrated History of the War Against Russia.  E. H. Nolan, Ph.D., LL.D. London; Virtue; probably 1857. Two volumes, dark green cloth. All six double-page foldout maps present. $300


Grant and Sherman; Their Campaigns.  J. T. Headley. New York; E. B. Treat; 1865. Full leather; black lettering pieces on spines. “With Numerous Fine Steel Portraits, Battle Scenes, & Maps.” $250

The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield, Our Martyred President.  James D. McCabe. Cincinnati; Jones Brothers; 1880. Full leathertop board loose; marbled endpapers. $50

Around the World with General Grant 1877, 1878, 1879.  John Russell YoungNew York; American News Co.; 1879. Two volumes, three-quarter leather over marbled boards, with marbled endpapers and edges; “with eight hundred illustrations.” $150

The History of the Seventh Regiment of New York 1806-1890.  Colonel Emmons Clark. New York; The Seventh Regiment; 1890. Two volumes; blue cloth with gilt design and lettering. Rebacked, with original backstrip retained. $250

The Crisis of the Old Order; The Coming of the New Deal; The Politics of Upheaval.  Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. New York; Houghton Mifflin, 1957, 1959, 1960; Book of the Month Club editions. All with dust jackets in mylar. $35

The Voyages and Discoveries of the Companions of Columbus.  Washington Irving. Philadelphia; Carey, Lea et al.; 1835. Second American edition, contemporary leather with repaired hinges. $140

American Conflict:  A History of the Great Rebellion.  Horace Greeley. Hartford; O.D. Case; 1864-66. Two volumes, full leather, rebacked with original backstrip retained. “Illustrated by portraits on steel of Generals, Statesman and other Eminent Men: Views of the places of historic interest: Map, Diagrams of Battle-Fields, Naval Actions, etc.: from Official Sources.” $250

The Great Rebellion; A History of the Civil War in the United States.  J. T. Headley. Hartford; Hulbut, Scranton; 1864. Two volumes, elaborately blind-tooled boards, rebacked with original backstrips retained, marbled endpapers and edges. “With numerous fine steel engravings.” $125

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.  H. W. Brands. New York; Doubleday; 2000. First edition. Dust jacket in mylar cover. $25

On Active Service in Peace and War.  Henry L. Stimson and McGeorge Bundy. New York; Harper & Brothers; 1948. First edition. In mylar protected dust jacket. $65

Roosevelt: From Munich to Pearl Harbor.  Basil Rauch. New York; Creative Age Press; 1950. First edition, mylar protected dust jacket. $30

Life and Times of Washington.  Schroeder-Lossing. Albany; M.M. Belcher; 1903. Four volumes in two, dark green cloth with gilt lettering on spines. Inscribed “Best Wishes Eugene M. Gravis State Comptroller 1915-1916.” $75

The Growth of the American Republic.  Morison, Commager and Leuchtenburg. New York; Oxford Univ. Press; 1969. Two volumes, black cloth. $35

Jefferson Davis:  A Memoir by His Wife.  Varina Jefferson Davis. New York; Belford Co; 1890. Two volumes, red cloth, chipped black lettering pieces on spines. $150

Sitting Bull and the Indian War.  W. Fletcher Johnson. Edgewood Pub. Co.; 1891. First edition; “Profusely Illustrated.” Green decorative cloth. $165

Compendium of the Impending Crisis of the South.  Hinton Rowan Helper. New York; Burdick; 1860. Ex-library. Brown cloth. $95  SOLD

A South-Side View of Slavery or Three Months at the South in 1854.  Nehemiah Adams. Boston; T. R. Marvin; 1854. Ex-library. Discolored blind-tooled cloth boards. $95  SOLD

The Sable Cloud:  A Southern Tale with Northern Comments.  Nehemiah Adams. Boston; Ticknor and Fields; 1861. Ex-library. Blind-tooled cloth boards. $65  SOLD

The History of the Antislavery Cause in State and Nation.  Rev. Austin Willey. Portland; Brown Thurston, et al.; 1886. Cloth boards with gilt design on top board and the words “Go Free” $100  SOLD

North Haven Annals:  A History of the Town from its Settlement 1680 to its First Centennial 1886.New Haven; Lee & Adkins; 1892. Black cloth with gilt lettering. $150

Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.   Boston; Charles C. Little and James Brown; 1843. Volume VIII of the 3rd Series. Blue publisher’s boards with beige spine. $125

Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Boston; Samuel Hall; 1800. “Volume VI, For the Year M,DCC,XCIX. Blue publisher’s boards with beige spine. Top board detached. $350


Life of Lord Kitchener.  Sir George Arthur. London; Macmillan; 1920. Three volumes, blue cloth with gilt lettering. All photographs and maps present; 4 of the 6 maps are foldout. $150

Goethe – The History of a Man.  Emil Ludwig. London, Putnam 1928. First American edition. Two volumes, blue cloth with gilt lettering. $75

This I Remember.  Eleanor Roosevelt. New York; Harper; 1949. First edition (so stated). In unclipped dust jacket. $65

William Booth:  Founder of the Salvation Army.  Harold Begbie. London; Macmillan; 1920. Two volumes, blue cloth with gilt lettering. $50

Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Mrs. Hannah More.  William Roberts. London; Seely & Burnside; 1834. Four volumes, ? first edition, contemporary half calf, rebacked with backstrips retained, marbled boards, edges and endpapers. Bookplate of Thos. Ashton, 1st Baron of Ashton & Hyde. $200

Lives of the Sheridans.  Percy Fitzgerald. London; Bentley; 1886. Two volumes in full calf, board reattached retaining original backstrip, gilt boards and spines, with raised bands. Bookplate of George J. Gould, son of financier Jay Gould. $125

Life of Napoleon.  Baron Jomini. New York; D. Van Nostrand; 1864. First American edition. Five volumes, including the Atlas, maroon cloth. Translation & notes by H. W. Halleck. From the Library of The Commandery of the State of Illinois; Inscribed by Gen. William Vandever, Civil War General. $1,250

Memoirs of Celebrated Etonians.  Heneage Jesse. London; Bentley; 1875. Two volumes, three-quarter blue calf over blue boards, marbled endpapers and pages, ornate gilt spines with red lettering piece and raised bands. Contents includes Henry Fielding, Earl of Chatham, Horne Tooke, Horace Walpole, Lord North, and many others. $175

The Life and Times of Cavour.  Wm. Roscoe Thayer. Boston; Houghton Mifflin; 1911. Two volumes, green cloth with plates and a foldout map. $50

The Life of the Late Earl of Chesterfield: or The Man of the World . . . Delivered in a Series of Letters to His Son.  London; J. Bew; 1774. Two volumes in full contemporary leather, red lettering pieces. $375

George Washington Carver:  An American Biography.  Rackham Holt. Garden City; Doubleday Doran; 1943. Blue cloth. $25

Booker T. Washington:  Builder of a Civilization.  Emmett Scott, Lyman Beecher Stowe. Garden City; Doubleday Page; 1916. Green cloth. $45


British Fresh-Water Fishes.  W. Houghton, M.A., F.L.S. London and Dublin; Mackenzie; n.d. [1879]; 1st edition. Reddish- brown cloth boards with gilt and black titles on front boards ; elaborate gilt pictorial covers with fisherman standing in stream holding a fish. Gilt and black decorative spines, complete with 41 beautiful color plates. $1,500Lloyds Natural History:  

The following four sets are uniformly bound in maroon cloth with sunned spines, black and gilt lettering.Mammals

R. Lydekker. London; Lloyd; 1896. One volume. All 32 color plates present. $75Handbook of Game-Birds

Ogilvie-Grant. London; Lloyd; 1896. Two volumes. All color plates present. $125

A Handbook to the Birds of Great Britain. Bowdler Sharpe. London; Lloyd; 1896. Four volumes. All color plates present. $250

Handbook to the Order Lepidoptera. Kirby. London; Lloyd; 1896. Five volumes. All color plates present (158 total.) $595

Familiar Wild Birds.  W. Swaysland. London; Cassell; 1902.Two volumes with three-quarter leather over green cloth, marbled endpapers and edges. All 160 color plates present. $185

Familiar Trees.  G. S. Boulger. London; Cassell; ca. 1906. “Entirely New Edition Revised Throughout and Enlarged. Three volumes, half calf over red boards, with gilt spines. All plates present in all three volumes including 114 color plates and 114 black and white plates. $135

Country Life Library of Sport:  Fishing.  Horace G. Hutchinson. London; Newnes; 1907. First edition. Two volumes, red cloth with gilt lettering. Hundreds of black and white photographs. $95

Angling in British Art.  Walter S. Sparrow. London; John Lane;1923. Blue cloth with gold lettering, 288 pages with index. All plates present, including 39 in color. $250

The Cherries of New York.  U. P. Hedrick. New York; New York Agricultural Experiment Station; 1915. Green cloth. All plates present. $275

Index Entomologicus or a Complete Illustrated Catalogue Consisting of Upwards of Two Thousand Accurately Coloured Figures of the Lepidopterous Insects.  W. Wood, F.R.S, & L.S. London; Willis; 1854. Three-quarter calf over marbled boards, with marbled endpapers, ornate gilt spine with raised bands. All 59 plates present. $500

Pheasants – Their Lives and Homes.  William Beebe. New York; Doubleday, Doran; 1936. Two volumes in one; green cloth with gilt medallion on front board. All plates present. $95

Nouveau Dictionnaire d’histoire naturelle, appliquee aux arts, principalement l’agriculture et l’economie rurale et domestique. Par une societe de naturalistes et d’agriculteurs: avec des figures tirees des trois regnes de la nature.  Paris; De L’Imprimerie de Crapelet; 1803. Twenty-four volumes. Bookplate of The Duchesse de Courland, also known as the Duchess de Dino. The Duchess de Dino was the wife of Talleyrand’s nephew and she was also Talleyrand’s mistress. $1,750

Cattle; Their Breeds, Management and Diseases, with an Index.  London; Baldwin and Craddock; 1834. First edition. Publisher’s boards. $125

The Complete Angler; To which are added, an introductory essay; the Linnaean arrangement of the various river-fish delineated in the work; and illustrative notes.  Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton. London; John Fleet; 1823. The first “Major Edition” of the Angler, based on the fifth edition (1676), with an introductory essay, revised notes, etc. by John Major; notable particularly for the engraved illustrations. Three-quarter leather over brown cloth; gilt decorative spine. $350

The Angler’s Guide Being A Plain and Complete Practical Treatise of the Art of Angling for Sea, River and Pond Fish.  T. F. Salter. London; James Maynard; 1841. Ninth edition (1st edition was published in 1820.) “Illustrated with eighty-nine Fine Cuts.” Brown cloth boards with elaborate gilt design on front board, blind-tooled design on rear board, and gilt-designed spine, with all edges gilt. Fold out illustration present. $300


The Collected Works of George Moore.  New York; Boni and Liveright; 1922; the Carra Edition. 20 volumes complete. This edition consists of 1000 numbered sets. The first volume is numbered and signed by the author. This set is number 475 of the 1000. There are 20 volumes and the last volume states that, although originally planned as a 21 volume set, volume 20 is the final volume. Cloth boards with dust jackets.$1,000

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Lewis Carroll. Macmillan, 1903. Copyright page states “First Edition Sixpenny Series published 1898. Reprinted, 1899 (twice), 1900, 1902, 1903.” Full leather, prize binding with insignia of Kimbolton School in gilt. Contains 42 illustrations by John Tenniel. $150

The Complete Works of Tolstoy.  Boston; Dana Estes; 1904; The Illustrated Cabinet Edition. Volumes I through XXIV are translated from the Original Russian and Edited by Leo Weiner and are consecutively numbered. The final four unnumbered volumes are Tolstoy’s posthumous works with three edited by Hagberg Wright (The Light that Shines in the Darkness; Father Sergius; The Forged Coupon) and their fourth, Hadji Mura, translated by Aylmer Maude. Blue cloth with gilt design and spines and gilt signature on front board; TEG. $1,250

The Works of Charles Dickens.  Boston; Dewolfe, Fiske; n.d. Thirty volumes complete, full leather with two black lettering pieces on spines, blind stamps on spine and raised bands, marbled endpapers, top-edges gilt.  $500

Hawthorne’s Works.  Cambridge; Riverside Press; 1863; large paper edition with illustrations. Two hundred fifty copies printed. This is copy 206. Twelve volumes complete, Beige cloth boards with paper label on spine. Some pages uncut. $600

The Writings of Mark Twain.  Hartford; The American Publishing Company; 1899. “The Edition DeLuxe ,” limited to 1,000 copies. This is copy No. 293. Twenty volumes were issued between 1899-1900. Three more volumes were issued between 1900 and 1907, but this 22 volume set was the complete set as initially offered. Green cloth with paper labels on spines.  $1,100

Gulliver’s Travels.  Jonathan Swift. London; Joseph Wenman; 1780. Three volumes bound in one 12mo volume. Full leather with engraved frontispiece for each volume.  $435

The Select Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D.  London; Hector McLean; 1826. Five volumes in full brown morocco with gilt border on boards, gilt spines and gilt dentelles. $1,000

The History of Tom Jones.  Henry Fielding. London; Cooke; n.d. [?1792 or 1794]. Four volumes, contemporary quarter-calf over marbled boards, with gilt spines and red lettering pieces. $295

Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea.  Charles Johnston. London; T. Becket; 1766-67. Four volumes rebacked with brown leather, with gilt lettering. Mixed set with volumes 1 & 2 being the 5th edition and volumes 3 &4 being the 2nd edition. $265

The Citizen of the World.  Oliver Goldsmith. Edinburgh; Oliver & Boyd; 1809. Two volumes, modern rebinding with half-morocco.  $90

The World.  Adam Fitz-Adam [Edward Moore]. London; Parsons; 1794. Four volumes in contemporary tree calf, gilt spines with red and black lettering pieces. $250

The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews.  Henry Fielding. London; Symonds; 1794. Two volumes disbound, placed in blue cloth-covered cases. $250

A Tale of a Tub.  Jonathan Swift. London; Thomas Tegg; 1811. Recently rebound in full brown morocco. Seven illustrations including the frontispiece. $125

The Redskins; or Indian and Injin.  J. Fenimore Cooper. New York; Burgess and Stringer; 1846; 1st American edition published in the U.K. the same month. Two volumes in one. Half-leather over marbled boards. $295

The Bravo.  J. Fenimore Cooper. London; Colburn and Bentley; 1831. Three volumes, quarter leather over marbled boards and endpapers. Book plate of Louisa Craven with an Earl’s coronet. Louisa Elizabeth Frederica was the 1st and only daughter of the 1st Earl of Craven. $250


Sappho.  Rare 1st edition of 12 graceful etchings by Renee Sintenis illustrate works of the Greek poetess, Sappho, in this 1921 limited edition. It contains twenty-two poems or fragments, elegantly etched in Greek by Sintenis’ husband, E. R. Weiss. Signed by both Sintenis and Weiss, it is #178 of 185 copies printed on hand-made Dutch Butten paper. Printed by Alfred Ruckenbrod, Berlin . In worn and torn dust-jacket. $500

The Longest Day.  Cornelius Ryan. New York; Simon and Schuster; 1959; 2nd edition. With dust jacket. Inscribed by Ryan and signed “Cornelius – Connie to you – Ryan December 1959.” $250

Wartime Correspondence between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII.  With an Introduction and Explanatory Notes by Myron C. Taylor. New York; Macmillan; 1947. White cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine; top edge gilt; in book box. Inscribed by Taylor to “Mr. And Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt [Jr.?] with friendly regards” and dated April 12, 1947.

Kennedy.  Theodore C. Sorensen. New York; Harper & Row;1965. Limited edition of the 1st edition; 1963 copies printed; this is copy number 1683; signed by Sorensen. Blue cloth with mylar cover; book box. $195

Autopsy of an Empire.  Jack F. Matlock, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow. New York; Random House; 1995; 1st edition. Inscribed to Hal Friedlander, signed by Matlock and dated January 19, 1996. Book in dust jacket with mylar protector. $50

Ah, Wilderness!  Eugene O’Neill. New York; Random House; 1933.This edition was limited to 325 copies, printed on rag paper and signed by the author. This is copy number 5. Full navy blue leather with light blue and red lettering pieces on the spine; top edge gilt. $200

The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto 1941-1944.  Lucjan Dobroszycki, editor. New Haven; Yale University Press; 1984. Dust jacket with mylar cover. Inscribed to Dr. Pierre C. Haber from the editor and dated September 11, 1984. $40

The Supreme Court of the United States: Its Beginnings & Its Justices 1790-1991.  Preface by William Rehnquist. Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. Portrait on top board. Has taped in card stating “Supreme Court of the United States Washington, DC 20543” and signed by William H. Rehnquist.  $125

The Battle of Waterloo.  G.W. Picton. London; R. Edwards; n.d. [?1816]. Contemporary leather; rebacked with original backstrip retained. Six color plates; two foldout maps; three black and white portraits. The inscription reads: “Mrs. Carter’s Book, given to her by her son Phillip Carter, who served in the Horse Guards and engaged at the Battle of Waterloo, June 18, 1815 for Elizabeth Carter.” $450

A Man in Full.  Tom Wolfe. New York; Farrar Straus; 1998; 1st Trade E edition. Dust jacket in mylar cover. Signed by Tom Wolf. $75

In Spite of Myself: A Memoir.  Christopher Plummer. New York; Knopf; 2008; 1st edition. Inscribed by the author to Leonard and Evelyn (?Lauder) and signed. $75

With Lawrence in Arabia.  Lowell Thomas. Garden City; Doubleday; 1967; “New Enlarged Edition.” Dust jacket in mylar cover. Insribed “Dear Vince: – without you I never would have turned out this all important epilougue! And signed Lowell Thomas. $95

Amelia Earhart; Photograph and signature on paper in pencil, undated; matted and framed. Also includes a copy of The Sound of Wings by Mary S. Lovell. New York; St. Martin’s Press; 1st edition. $375

Mountbatten of Burma.  A typed letter on Broadlands stationery, dated 8th January 1969. “Dear Mr. Sterrett, I have kept the snapshot you took of our wedding photo at Pickfair and return the other enclosures. Thank you for the offer of a birthday cake but I receive such a surprising number of offers of gifts that I have had to make a rule to decline them except from friends. Yours sincerely,” and signed in ink Mountbatten of Burma. $500


An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.  Adam Smith. Dublin; W. Colles, R. Montcrieffe; 1785; 4th edition (2nd Dublin ed.). Two volumes, full leather, vi-xiiv.498; (viii),489,(58), (appendix & index), with half-titles. $1,250.  SOLD

Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World.  Charles Darwin. London; John Murray;1845;2nd edition. Red cloth, blind tooled boards, $650

The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms with Observations on their Habits.  Charles Darwin. New York; Appleton; 1882; 1st U.S. edition. Orange cloth boards with black design, gilt lettering on spine. $295

The Measures of the Imagination.  Mark Akenside. London; Cadell and Davies; 1803. Contemporary full leather, all edges gilt, with fore-edge painting. $250

Eighty-five non-consecutive issues of The Observator, a periodical written by Roger L’Estrange, bound in 19 th Century calf, the dates span Dec. 3, 1681 to July 4, 1685. The Observator was issued as a single, folio-size leaf, printed on both sides, and published from 1681-1687. Fifty-four of the issues (Dec. 1681- Jan. 1684) were published by Joanna Brome. L’Estrange was an outspoken Royalist, prominent journalist, translator of some Greek and Latin classics, and at certain periods exerted considerable control, via censorship, over the English press.  Following are the issues:

Dec. 3, 1681 #77 trimmed to edge of text; Feb. 4, 1681 #96; Mar. 10, 1681 #109; Mar. 25, 1681 #115; Apr. 19, 1682 #124; July 12, 1682 #169; July 13, 1682 #170; Dec. 23, 1682 #263; Dec. 27, 1682 #264; Dec. 30, 1682 #265; Jan. 3, 1682 #267; Jan. 6, 1682 #268; Jan. 10, 1682 #269; Jan. 15, 1682 #277; Feb. 24, 1682 #294; Feb. 28, 1682 #296; Mar. 21, 1682 #306; Feb. 16, 1683 #16 two holes, 1-2 cm.; Feb. 17, 1683 #18; Apr. 14, 1683 #319; Apr. 26, 1683 #327; Apr. 30, 1683 #330; May 2, 1683 #331; May 3, 1683 #332; July 14, 1683 #374; July 21, 1683 #378; July 23, 1683 #379; Aug. 11, 1683 #385; Aug. 23, 1683 #391; Aug. 24, 1683 #392; Aug. 27, 1683 #393; Aug. 29, 1683 #394; Sept. 5, 1683 #398; Sept. 6, 1683 #399; Sept. 8, 1683 #400;Sept. 10, 1683 #401; Oct. 20, 1683 #423; Oct. 22, 1683 #424; Oct. 25, 1683 #426; Nov. 1, 1683 #430; Nov. 3, 1683 #431; Nov. 5, 1683 #432; Nov. 8, 1683 #434; Nov. 28, 1683 #445; June 2, 1683 #349;Dec. 6, 1683 #451; Dec. 10, 1683 #453; Dec. 12, 1683 #454; Dec. 15, 1683 #456; Dec. 27, 1683 #463; Dec. 29, 1683 #464; Dec. 31, 1683 #465; Jan. 2, 1684 #466; Jan. 3, 1684 #467; May 21, 1684; #65; June 9, 1684 #77; July 10, 1684 #95; July 12, 1684 #96; July 21, 1684 #101; Aug. 7, 1684 #111; Aug. 9, 1684 #112; Aug. 16, 1684 #116; Sept. 8, 1684 #129; Sept. 27, 1684 #140; Oct. 20, 1684 #153; Oct. 29, 1684 #158; Oct. 30, 1684 #159; Nov. 1, 1684 #160; Nov. 8, 1684; #164Nov. 12, 1684 #166; Dec. 3, 1684 #177; Dec. 20, 1684 #187; Dec. 22, 1684 #188; Dec. 29, 1684 #191; Dec. 31, 1684 #192; Jan. 12, 1684/5 #199 ; Jan. 19, 1684/5 #203; Mar. 26, 1685 #21; Mar. 30, 1685 #23; Apr. 29, 1685 #35; May 2, 1685 #36May 4, 1685 #37June 29, 1685 #52June 1, 1685 #53 July 4, 1685 #54.  $900.

A History of the New York Stage from the First Performance in 1732 to 1901.  T. Allston Brown. New York; Dodd, mead; 1903; 1st edition; 358 copies printed, 52 on Japan Paper and 305 on deckle-edge paper; this is copy number 82. Three volumes, green cloth with papers labels on spines. Each volume contains an inscription from Louise Arzula Sully, who was married to Daniel Sully, the main clown in the Humpty Dumpty Circus, and noted in the index to these volumes. $500

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.  John Locke. London; Arthur Bettsworth and Charles Hitch, et al.; 1731; 10th edition. Two volumes, contemporary calf, raised bands, brown and red lettering pieces. $500

The Diseases of Women with Child and in Child-Bed.  Francis Mauriceau; translated by High Chamberlen. London; T. Cox; 1736. Full calf, beautifully rebacked with five raised bands, gilt details on compartments, red lettering piece.  $500


Art, Music, Nature & Illustrated

Flowers: Their Use and Beauty in Language and Sentiment; Edited by Arthur Freeling. London; Darton & Co., 1851. All edges gilt, 251 pp., gilt embossed boards, all plates present including 9 hand-colored plates. $95  SOLD

Popular British Entomology; Maria E. Catlow. London; Reeve, Benham, and Reeve, 1848. Red embossed boards with gilt design, 269 pp., all plates present including 16 hand-colored plates. $225

A Hand-Book to the Order Lepidoptera; W. F. Kirby. London; Edward Lloyd, Ltd., 1896. Five volumes, red cloth, spines sunned, all plates present including 158 color plates. $595

An Introduction to Entomology; Elements of the Natural History of Insects; William Kirby. London; Longman, Hurst, et al., 1818. Four volumes, original publisher’s boards, all plates present (30) plus some hand-colored drawings by a previous owner. $495

The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio Roger Tory Peterson. Price-clipped dust jacket. Mylar-protected; 15×12, 435 pp. + Concordance and Index. 435 colored plates. Reprint of 1981 Abbeville production. An Artabras Book.  $200

Fly-Fisher’s Entomology; Trout and Grayling Fishing; Alfred Ronalds. London; Longmans, Green & Co., 1877. Black embossed cloth boards, 132 pp. + ads. All color plates (20) present. $375

Phytologia; or the Philosophy of Agriculture and Gardening; Erasmus Darwin. London; T. Bensley, 1800, 1st edition. Half-vellum, deckled edges, Twelve engraved plates. $750

The Veterinary Surgeon or Farriery Taught on a New and Easy Plan; John Hinds. Philadelphia; Gregg & Elliot, 1843. Full leather, 224 pp., including Index + ads, 3 folding plates. $85Lures; The Guide to Sport Fishing; Keith Schuyler. Harrisburg; Stackpole Co., 1955. Half-leather, 276 pp., including Appendix. $50

The Sea-Fisherman; J.C. Wilcocks. London; Longmans, Green & Co., 1868. Three-quarter leather with red lettering piece on spine and raised bands with gilt design, 303 pp., including Index, “Profusely illustrated with woodcuts of leads, baited hooks, knots, nets, and Boats, etc. etc., and detailed descriptions of the same.” $165

Lady Suffolk – The Old Grey Mare of Long Island; John Hervey. New York; Derrydale Press, 1936. Limited edition, No. 231 of 500. Beige cloth. $150

Riding and Schooling HorsesLt. Col. Harry D. Chamberlin. New York; Derrydale Press, Limited edition No. 496 of 950. Green and black cloth. $95

The Moon in Waning; Scott Hart. New York; Derrydale Press, 1939, Limited edition, No. 337 of 950, blue cloth. Signed by the author. $200

The Practical Grocer; A Manual and Guide for the Grocer the Provision Merchant and Allied Trades; London; W.H. Simmonds. The Gresham Publ. Co, 1906. Green cloth boards with gilt design, four volumes. $250

Souvenirs Entomologiques; J.-H. Fabre. Paris; Delagrave, 1925. “Edition Illustre”, ten volumes complete; three-quarter leather with marbled boards and endpapers; Does not include the Supplemental volume on the Life of Fabre. $1,000

Wood’s Index Entomologicus; W. Wood and J.O. Westwood. London, G. Willis, 1854. “”A Complete Illustrated catalogue consisting of Upwards of Two Thousand Accurately Coloured Figures of the of the Lepidopterous Insects of Great Britain.” Three-quarter leather, marbled boards and endpapers. All 59 color plates present. Ex-library, minimal markings. $500

All the Extant Works of Francois Rabelais; An American Translation with a Critical Text Variant Readings, Variorum Notes & Drawings Attributed to Rabelais; Samuel Putnam. New York; Covici-Friede, 1929. Cloth with faded buckram spines, three volumes, color illustrations by Jean de Bosschere. Limited edition, Number 3 of 1300. $295

Animal Painters of England from the year 1600; Sir Walter Gilbey. London; Vinton & Co., 1911. Volume III only. Beige cloth with black and gilt Lion’s Head on front board, with 30 illustrations. Scarce. $100

Eaux=Fotes Mezzotintes et Pointe=Seches Modernes; Paris; Editions Du “Studio,” 1913. “Numero Special du “Studio” Hiver 1912. Three-quarter leather over marbled boards, 279 pp., with hundreds of color and black & white reproductions. $95

Rembrandt’s Etchings; Arthur M. Hind. London; Methuen and Co., 1912. Two volumes, blue cloth, “with thirty-four plates Illustrating the Drawings & a Complete Series of Reproductions (330) of the Etchings.” $125

Wenceslaus Hollar and His Views of London and Windsor in the Seventeenth Century; Arthur M. Hind. London; John Lane, 1922. Beige cloth with brown dust jacket, folio, with frontispiece and 96 illustrations, uncut. $125

Selections from the Exhibition of Japanese Old Art Treasures in the Tokyo Olympic Games Tokyo National Museum, 1964. Folio, green cloth with gilt titling, dust jacket, 437 pp. With 400 illustrations, text in Japanese, French and English. $195

An Introduction to a History of Woodcut with a Detailed Survey of Work done in the Fifteenth Century; Arthur M. Hind. New York; Houghton Mifflin, 1935. Two volumes, orange cloth with black lettering piece, “with frontispiece and 483 illustrations in the text.” $200

The Leaders of the English Pre-Raphaelites: Hollman Hunt, Rossetti, Millais; Mary E. Coleridge. London; T.C. & E.C. Black. Illustrated with eight color reproductions. Mauve cloth with gold design and titling. $50

English Goldsmiths and Their Marks; Sir Charles James Jackson. London; MacMillan and Co., 1921. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Green cloth, 747 pp. including index. $125

Sacred and Legendary Art; Mrs. Jameson. London; Longmans, Green, and Co. 1874, 7th edition. Six volumes, three-quarter leather over marbled boards, marbled end papers, hundreds of illustrations. $250

Half Hours with the Best Composers; Edited by Karl Klauser. Boston; Musician’s League of America, 1913. Six volumes, blue cloth, gilt titling on top board and spine. $65

Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World; Charles Darwin. London; John Murray, 1845 (2nd edition). $650

Ancient Classics & History

Tiryns; Troy and its Remains; Troja; Ilios; Mycenae; Heinrich Schliemann. Arno Press, NY, reprinted in 1976. All five volumes in matching orange-brown cloth covers with black & gilt print on spines. We hate to sell this one – it will be hard to replace! $200

Platonis Dialogi; Plato as edited by Bekker. Oxford or Berlin; Reimer, 1816-1823. Ten volumes in Latin and Greek; consisting of 8 volumes of Plato’s works and 2 volumes of commentaries. Half leather, spine gilt, with red and black lettering pieces, marbled boards, newly rebacked preserving original backstrips. $750

Variae Historiae, Libri XIII; Aelian. Frankfort; Johannes Tornaesium, 1604. Greek and Latin. Newly recovered in half-calf with paper boards, raised bands, two lettering pieces, gilt spine. $500

Syriac Bible; Hamburg, 1663, 1667. New Testament in Syrian (1663) plus Syriac Lexicon (1667). Vellum with all edges gilt. $1,000

Ecclesiastical History and The Life of Constantine In Six Books; Eusebius. Mainz; Henry Valesius, 1672. Folio, 18th Century tree-calf; Greek and Latin; gilt emblem of the City of Delft on both front and rear boards; six raised bands. $500

The Nature of Things; Lucretius ; edited by John Mason Good. London; Longman, et al., 1804. Two volumes, large quarto, half-leather, marbled boards and endpapers. $450

Lactantius Opera; Cambridge; J. Hayes, 1685. Modern rebinding, half-calf with red lettering piece, new end papers. Missing the last page of the Index. Text in Latin. $600

The Works of Tobias Smollett; London; Law, Johnson, and Dilly, et al., 1797. Full leather, Zaehnsdorf binding, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, two boards re-attached. Eight volumes, beautiful binding. $750

Memories Historiques, Litteraires et Anecdotiques ou Correspondance Philosophique et Critique Adressee au Duc de Saxe Gotha par Le Baron Grimm et Par Didero; London; Colburn, 1824. Scarce, text in French. Seven volumes, full leather. Bookplate of Hampstead Library, otherwise no markings. $450

Pindari Carmina; Edited by Heyne. Oxford; Bliss, 1807-1809. Text in Geek and Latin. Contemporary calf with marbled boards, raised bands, gilt spine, black lettering piece. $375

C. Crispus Sallustus et L. Anneus Feorus Birmingham; Baskerville, 1773. Contemporary diced calf, rebacked. Text in Latin. $600

Julii Caesaris quae extant Ex emendatione Jos. Scaligeri. [Works of Julius Caesar: The Gallic War; Civil War, etc. edited by J. Scaliger]Amsterdam; Danielis Elzevirii; 1675. Cloth boards, 12mo, 456 pp. plus index, engraved frontispiece, all three folding maps present. $375

Adventure & Travel

Stockholm; Album with 53 views of Stockholm, ca. 1900; all tissue guarded; sepia-toned prints. $50  SOLD

Album von Berlin; Charlottenburg und Potsdam; ca. 1900; 36 sepia-tones prints with tissue guards. $50  SOLD

The Great Trek; Eric Walker. London; A. & C. Black, 1948. Blue cloth boards, dust jacket with Mylar cover. 3rd edition, 389 pp., including index. Four b/w plates and all 3 maps (2 foldout) present. Signed by the author. $65  SOLD

The Todas; W.H. R. Rivers. London; MacMillan, 1906, 1st ed.. Three-quarter leather over marbled boards, gilt lettering and designs on spine, raised bands, 755 pp., including index, multiple illustrations, 20 fold-out genealogical charts. $225

The Letters of Gertrude Bell; Selected and edited by Lady Bell, D.B.E. London; Ernest Benn, 1927. 1st edition, 1st printing. Two volumes, cloth, with foldout map in rear of vol 2. Letters cover the life of the first female to ever take a first-class degree in Modern History at Oxford, learned Farsi and Arabic in her youth, traveled around the world twice, was called “the best of all mountaineers”, and traveled extensively in Persia, Syria, the Euphrates region, eastern Turkey, Assyria, and into uncharted Arabia. $150  SOLD

Cuba Must Be Free; Why Do We Hesitate?; Charles H. Butler. Pamphlet, 1898, 15 pp. Signed by the author. Rare. $50

In Darkest Africa or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria Henry M. Stanley. New York, Scribner’s and Toronto, Presbyterian News Co., 1890. Printed and bound by James Murray and Co., Toronto. Three-quarter calf with marbled boards, endpapers and edges. Two volumes with all three color maps present in pockets in the rear of each volume. $375

All in a Lifetime; Frank Buck. New York, McBride & Co. 1941. Orange cloth, no DJ, 1st ed. Inscribed to Truman Talley with best wishes and sincere regards, Frank Buck.. $50

Congorilla- Adventures with Pygmies and Gorillas in Africa; Martin Johnson. New York; Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. 1st ed. Blue cloth, no dust jacket, inscribed to Truman Talley with best wishes from Martin Johnson. $100

Amelia Earhart; Photograph and signature on paper in pencil, undated; matted and framed. $350


Nicholas Nickleby;Charles Dickens. London; Chapman and Hall, 1839. 1st edition, 1st issue, in book form. Half burgundy calf, burgundy boards, raised bands, gilt spine with lettering pieces, with rare half-title. Thirty-nine engraved plates by Phiz. $500Dombey and Son; Charles Dickens. London; Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 1st edition in book form. Half contemporary calf, gilt spine, black lettering piece, marbled boards, two engraved frontispieces and title page, 35 plates by Phiz. $500

John Brown’s Body Book of the Hudson; Washington Irving. New York; Putnam, 1849. Green embossed cloth, 1st Edition, 1st Printing containing, among other stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” $250

A Tale of a Tub; Jonathan Swift. London; Benj. Motte, 1733, 8th edition. Modern half-calf with gilt spine and raised bands, marbled boards, engraved frontispiece, seven other engravings. $275

Im Westen Nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front); Erich Maria Remarque. Berlin; Im Propylaen-Verlag, 1928. 126.-150 Tausend. 1st German edition of All Quiet on the Western Front, banned and burned by the Nazi’s in 1933. Tan buckram cloth, lettering on spine and front board in red and black. $295

The Naked and The Dead; Norman Mailer. New York; Rinehart & Co., 1948. Black cloth, letters in white original dust jacket with Mylar cover. 1st edition, 1st printing with correct state and issue points on pp. 125 and 174. $195

The Works of Charles Dickens; New York; Books, Inc., Cleartype Edition, with illustrations. Mauve cloth with gilt and black on spine, twenty volumes complete. $250  SOLD

The Warden; Anthony Trollop. New York; Limited Editions Club, No. 1153, illustrated by Fritz Kreidel and signed by him. Blue cloth in blue slipcase. $75

The Idiot; Fyodor Dostoevsky. New York; The Limited Editions Club, No. 1477, 1956. Illustrated with wood-engravings by Fritz Eichenberg and signed by him. Maroon cloth with silver and gilt design on top board, gilt titling on spine, marbled slip case. $125

The Bravo; James Fenimore Cooper. London; Colburn & Bentley, 1831, 1st English edition. Three volumes, three-quarter leather over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Book has been trimmed but there is no loss of text. Book plate of Louisa Craven, with Earl’s coronet, only daughter of the 1st Earl of Craven. $250

Novels of Victor Hugo; Philadelphia; James Barrie, ca. 1894. Fourteen volumes, full red leather, gilt dentelles, top-edged gilt, marbled end papers. Holland paper edition of 1000 copies, of which this is number 531. This copy was subscribed for by Fannie E. Crocker whose initials are in gilt on the front boards. Engraved frontispiece to each volume and engraved vignettes for most chapter of each volume, all with tissue guards. $500

History and Economics

Miscellaneous Pieces of M. De Secondat, Baron De Montesquieu; London; printed for D. Wilson and T. Durham, 1759. First (and only) edition of first English translation of this work. Contemporary full leather, raised bands, with damp-staining of some edges, final blank missing, and some early repairs. $695

Essays of Michael seigneur de Montaigne in three books; Charles Cotton, translator. London, for T. Basset(t), 1685. First edition of the Cotton translation. Three volumes (dated 1685, 1686,and 1685) in contemporary leather, some boards detached, each volume individually protected in new customized archival boxes with gilt lettering and dates. $1100

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations; Adam Smith. Dublin; W. Colles, R. Montcrieffe. 4th edition. (2nd Dublin ed.), 1785. Full leather, two volumes, vi-xiiv.498; (viii),489,(58), (appendix & index), with half-titles. $1,250   SOLD

Sociology or the Reconstruction of Society, Government, and Property; Lewis Masquerier. New York; published by the Author, 1877. Green cloth. $75

The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte; With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution Sir Walter Scott. Edinburgh; Longman, Rees, et al., 1827. 1st edition. Three-quarter vellum over marbled boards, nine volumes, wilt gilt crest (“Nobilis Ira”) of the Stewart family and bookplate from Aldenham Abbey. $350

Napoleon – A History of the Art of War from the Beginning of the French Revolution to the End of the 18th Century with a Detailed Account of the Wars of the French RevolutionTheodore A. Dodge. Boston & NY; Houghton, Mifflin, four volumes complete. Maroon cloth with gilt titling. 1st edition. Dodge is considered one of America’s greatest historians after having served in the Civil War. From the Library of the Commandery of the State of Illinois. $600

An Essay on a Congress of Nations for the Adjustment of International Disputes without resort to Arms Containing the substance of the Rejected Essays on that Subject with Original Thoughts and Copius Appendix William Ladd. Boston; Whipple and Damrell, 1840. Beige cloth, 192 pp. including appendix. Very scarce. $250

Fifteen Decisive Battles (from Marathon to Waterloo); Edward Creasy. London; R. Bentley; 1862. 12th edition. Cont. calf prize binding, marbled endpapers and edges, gilt dentelles. $125

Memoirs of the Protectorate-House of Cromwell; Mark Noble. Birmingham, Baldwin, 1784, 1st edition. Two volumes, three-quarter calf with marbled boards and endpapers, five raised bands. Engraved frontispiece both volumes, foldout in volume 1. $650


A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ; Being a Second and Revised Edition of a Manual of the History of New Testament Times. Emil Schurer. Hendrickson Publishers, 5th printing March 2008, reprinted from the edition originally published by T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh, 1890. Five volumes, appears to be unread. $95

Imperfect Justice – Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War IIStuart E. Eizenstat, with a forward by Elie Weisel. New York; Public Affairs, 2003. 1st ed. with dust jacket and signed by the author. $50

The Book of Job – The 18th Book of the Old testament with the Twenty-Two Engravings of William Blake.London; Ernest Benn, 1927. Brown cloth with gilt border. $50

The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto 1941-1944; Edited by Lucjan Dobroszycki. New Haven; Yale U. Press. 1984. 1st edition, with dust jacket and signed by the editor. $40

Primitive Devotion in the Feasts and Fasts of the Church of England; Edward Sparke. London; Battersby, 8th ed., 1700. Paneled calf, raised bands, with engraved frontispiece and an engraving placed before each Feast day. $225

Sermons on Several Occasions; John Wesley. London; 1787-1800; all 1st editions. Nine volumes, contemporary speckled calf, red lettering pieces. $1,000

Josephus-Opera Omnia; Edited by Havercamp. Schwickert, 1782, 1783, 1784. Three volumes, half calf, blue lettering pieces. In Greek and Latin. $400

The Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; Charles Wheatly. London; John Norse, 1738. Full leather, recently rebacked, 448 pp. plus Table and Index. From the Library of Bishop Phillpotts, Truro. $250


The Diseases of Women; Francis Mauriceau; translated by Hugh Chamberlain. London; Cox & Clarke, 1736 (7th edition). Full leather, rebacked, red lettering piece, gilt, raised bands; original endpapers; nine figures, seven of which are foldout. $500

Appendix to the Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Regulations affecting the Sanitary Conditions of the Army, and the Organization of military Hospitals, and the Sick and Wounded – Appendix LXXIX; Florence Nightingale and Sidney Herbert. “Presented to the Royal College of Surgeons of England Robert Hooper late Surgeon to the 4th Dragoon Guards.” Consisting of “Letters Written and received by the Director general of the Army Medical Department . . . Relating to the Health of the Troops, and the Sanitary Conditions of Hospitals in Bulgaria, the Crimea, during the War in the East, 1854-1856.” Contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, folio, 212 pp. Top board detached. $400

Symptoms and Treatment of Malignant Diarrhea Better Known by the name of Asiatic Cholera; William Marsden, M.D. London; Wyman and Sons, 1871, 4th edition. Maroon blind-tooled cloth boards, black spine with new lettering piece. $125

An Essay on the Shaking Palsy; James Parkinson. London; Whittingham and Rowland, 1817. Facsimile reprint. $25

Variations on a Theme by Sydenham; Small- Pox; P.B. Wilkinson. Bristol; John Wright and Sons, 1959. Green cloth with gilt titling, with 69 illustrations. $100

The History of Physick from the Time of Galen to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century; J. Freind, M.D. London; J. Walthoe, 1726. Two volumes, full calf with new green lettering pieces. First English history of medicine. $950

On Poisons; Alfred Taylor. London, Churchill, 1859, 2nd edition. Half-calf, marbled boards, recent recovering with new endpapers. $195

AmericanaTravels in America in 1806;Thomas Ashe. London; Richard Phillips, 1809. 2nd edition. Recently recovered in half-calf with raised bands and gilt spine; marbled boards, new end papers. $395

John Locke: Some Familiar Letters Between Mr. Locke and Several of His Friends London; A. And J. Churchill, 1708. 1st edition. Rebound in library cloth binding. Ex-library, U. Of Chicago, with minimal markings. $350

Life of Sitting Bull and the History of the Indian War of 1890-1891;W. Fletcher Johnson. Edgewood Publishing Co., 1891, 1st edition. “Profusely illustrated.” Green decorated cloth. $165

Connecticut Historical Collections . . . History and Antiquities of Every Town in Connecticut. Illustrated with 180 Engravings; John Warner Barber. New Haven; John W. Barber, 1836. Full red leather with marbled end papers, gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. Top board has gilt owner’s name “Ellsworth Eliot M.D.” Foldout map. $200

Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Vol. VIII of the Third Series; Boston; Little and Brown, 1843. Blue and white cloth, deckled edges, 348 pp. $125

Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, for the Year M,DCC,XCIX (1799), Vol. VI; Boston; Hall, 1800. Blue and white cloth, deckled edges, 288 pp. $175

The Life of Oliver Hazard Perry with an Appendix; John M. Niles. Hartford; Oliver Cooke, 1821. “2nd edition, enlarged and improved.” This edition contains the Navy registry which the 1st edition does not. Full leather. $95

The Discovery of America by C. Columbus London; W. Wetton, ca. 1820. Contemporary full leather, 176 pp, with four woodcuts. $75

North Haven Annals: A History of the Town from its Settlement in 1680 to its First Centennial 1886; Sheldon B. Thorpe. New Haven; Lee & Adkins, 1892. Black cloth, 422 pp. including appendix. $150

The Conqueror: Being the True and Romantic Story of Alexander Hamilton; Gertrude Franklin Atherton. New York; MacMillan, 1902. 1st edition, 1st issue (with the number 546 in the upper left hand corner). Maroon cloth decorated in silver and gilt with laid in ALS signed by the author. $200

The Riders of the Plains: Adventures and Romance with the North-West Mounted Police 1873-1910; A. L. Haydon. Chicago; McClurg, 1910. 1st edition. Orange cloth with gilt titling, 385 pp. folding map and diagram present. $85

The Writings of George Washington; Edited by Jared Sparkes. Boston; Little, Brown & Co., 1858. Twelve volumes, three-quarter leather with marbled boards, endpapers and edges. A lovely and unusual set. $500

The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge; New York; Cosmopolitan Book Corp., 1929. Green cloth. Inscribed by Calvin Coolidge: “To the Grandson of Mrs. Al. C. Blodget With Best Wishes Calvin Coolidge.” $1,000

The Supreme Court of the United States Charles Evans Hughes. Garden City; 1936. Red cloth, 269 pp. Incl. Index. Calling Card from the Supreme Court signed by Charles Evans Hughes. $350  SOLD

Pre-17th Century

Platonis Dialogi [Plato]; Reimer, Oxford or Berlin, 1816-1823; Edited by Bekker; 10 volumes in Latin and Greek; consisting of 8 volumes of Plato’s Work and 2 volumes of commentaries.  Half leather, spine gilt, with red and black lettering pieces, marbled boards, newly rebacked preserving original backstrips.  $750.00.  SOLD

Aelian; Variae Historiae Libri XIII; Johannes TornaesiumFrankfort, 1604; Greek and Latin.  Newly recovered in half-calf with paper boards, raised bands, 2 lettering pieces, gilt spine.  $500.00.

SYRIAC BIBLE – New Testament in Syrian (1663) plus Syriac Lexicon (1667).  Hamburg, 1663, 1667.  Vellum with all edges gilt. $2,000.00.

EUSEBIUS; Ecclesiastical History  and The Life of Constantine in 6 BooksHenry Valesius.  Greek and Latin.  Folio, Mainz, 1672. 18th Century tree-calf; gilt emblem of the City of Delft on both front and rear boards; 6 raised bands.  $500.00. SOLD

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LUCRETIUS – The Nature of Thingsedited by John Mason Good.  London, Longman, et al., 1804.  Two volumes, large Quarto, half-leather, marbled boards and endpapers.  $450.00.

JOSEPHUS– Opera Omnia.  Edited by Havercamp.  Schwickert, 1782, 1783, 1784.  Three volumes, half calf, blue lettering pieces.  In Greek and Latin.  $400.00.  SOLD

Euripides Fabulae; Sophoclis Fabulae; 3 volumes uniformly bound in half-leather with marbled endpapers; Clarendon Press, Oxford, ca. 1950.  Two volumes of Euripides,  by Gilbert Murray; one volume of Sophoclis by A.C. Pearson; top edges gilt.  Text in Greek with Latin notes.  All 3 volumes $175.00

Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus; 16 mo; London, Pickering, 1826, 192 pages; Zahnsdorf binding with silk endpapers, engraved frontispiece, full red Morocco; top edge gilt.  $225.  SOLD

Paleopathological Diagnosis and Interpretation:  Bone Diseases in Ancient Human Populations; R. Ted Steinbock; Charles Thomas; 1976; maroon cloth with gilt titling; near perfect condition; mylar cover.  $95.  (No Picture – email if you would like one)

History of the Battle of Agincourt (and of the Expedition of Henry the Fifth into France in 1415; to which is added the Roll of the Men at Arms in the English Army); by Sir Harris Nicolas, K.H.; London, Johnson & Co.; 1833. Three-quarter leather; ex-library with library numbers  on spine; with folding color map in front, color map p. 94, color map, 2 color plates and 2 black and white plates in rear.  $250.00

Isocrates; Isocrates Scripta; Basel; 1614; 18th Century calf with elaborate paneled boards; raised bands; Edited by Wolf; In Greek and Latin.  $500.00

The George A. Hearn Collection of Carved Ivories.  This self- published book describes in detail the author’s carved ivory collection, with an illustration for each item.  Author’s business card with the words “Compliments of ”  inside.  Full leather with decorated gilt boards and spine; gilt dentelles on inside of boards; silk endpapers.  $125

The Legendary History of the Cross:  A Series of 64 woodcuts from a Dutch book published in 1483.  T. Fisher Unwin, 1887.  Preface by S. Baring-Gould, introduction by John Ashton.  Simulated parchment boards with printed medieval design, brass clasps, top edge red, remainder deckle-edge, heavily uncut.  $125.

Mrs. Jameson; Legends of the Monastic Orders – As Represented in the Fine Arts.  London, Longmans, 1872.  Fifth edition.  Numerous full page illustrations and smaller drawings grace this history of the lives of the early Saints.  $50.  SOLD

Thomas A Kempis; Of the Imitation of Jesus Christ (in three books).  Edited by Thomas Frognall Dibdin.  Ex-library (Harvard); London; Pickering; 1828.  One of 750 copies.  Contemporary burgundy morocco with gilt spine and borders of boards; red silk endpapers; blind tooled compartments on spine; top edge gilt; engraved frontispiece plus six small engravings.  $185.00

Charles Herbert Moore; Development and Character of Gothic Architecture.  New York, Macmillan.  1899, 2nd edition; Blue cloth, with ten plates and 242 illustrations.  Ex-library.  $55.00

Anthony Wood; An Exact History of All the Writers and Bishops of Oxford 1500-1695.  Knaplock, London, 1721, 2nd edition.  Half leather, raised bands; no free endpaper volume 1.  Folio, 2 volumes.  Library copy with minor markings.  $600.00.  SOLD

Early Netherlandish Painting; Erwin Panofsky.  Harvard U. Press, 1996, 4th edition; 2 volumes with dust jackets.  $175

The Old English Version of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People; 1959 reprint (first published in 1890); 2 volumes $125.  SOLD

Paidea translated by Gilbert Highet.  Oxford University Press; volume 1 2nd edition; volume 2 1st edition, 2nd printing; volume 3 1st edition; all with dust jackets.  $87.50

On Anglo-Saxon Versification; Edwin B. Setzler; Publisher’s boards; Baltimore, Furst Co., 1904.  Includes typed signed letter from author.  $100.00

Aelian; Varia Historia et Fragmenta; (In Greek) half-calf; recently rebacked; marbled boards and eps; engr. frontis.; 2 vols. Perizoni, Leipzig; 1780.  $200

Hippocrates; Aphorismi bound with Celsus (30pp).Contemporary vellum with 2 title pages, the 1st title page with an engraving of Hippocrates; Amsterdam, Wetsterium, 1685.     $150  SOLD

Justinus; Historiarum Ex Trogo Pompeio; contemporary vellum; Rouen, 1777.      $150

Plautus; Comoediae; (in Latin) recently rebacked; engr. tp. Elzevir; 1652.  $125

Paterculus; Historiae Romanae; (in Latin) Contemp. vellum w/gilt spine; gilt emblem on boards; engr. frontis. Luchtmans, Leiden, 1744. $500

Nizzoli; Lexicon Ciceronianum; LatinFolio,  recently recovered in black buckram; Padua, 1734.  $300

Plutarch’s Lives with notes by M. Dacier; Contemporary full calf with gilt-edged boards; Tonson, 1727.   $450

Maguerite D’Angouleme;  The Heptameron 1/2 morocco, gilt board edges, gilt spine, raised bands, TEG Geo. Barrie, Phila., n.d., 2 volumes. $250

Lewis Ellis; Du Pin A New Ecclesiastical History of the 16th Century Contempt. paneled calf, worn with no label on spine; 2nd edition, 2 volumes in 1. Child, London, 1710 .$500

Thomas More; edited by Thomas F. Dibdin Utopia; 2 vols, octavo Cont. calf; previously rebacked; gilt -edged boards w/gilt dentelles; AEG; gilt spine w/raised bands; marbled e.p.; engr. frontispiece; Presentation copy from Dibdin: “ex dono editoris 10 July 1808” Wm. Bulmer; 1808; 1st ed.   $500

Aristotle; trans. John Gillies Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics; 2 vols. quarto Cont. 1/2 black calf; recently rebacked; Strahan; 1797; 1st ed. $500

Eilhard Lubin; Clavis et Fundamenta Graecae Linguae; in Greek and Latin ?Cont. vellum; more recent gilt lettering piece; engr. frontispiece Louis Elzevier; 1651; 1st ed. $385

Aesop;  Select Fables of Esop Cont. leather; rebacked; gilt spine; true raised bands; extensive foxing; engr. frontispiece Dodsley; printed by Baskerville; 1764; 1st ed., 2nd printing.  $395

Henry Humphreys; Ancient Coins and Medals; Illustrated by numerous facsimile examples in actual relief and in the metals of the respective coins. Pages/plates all re-glued; new backstrip added; original beautifully embossed cloth-covered boards retained. The coins are reproduced by the Barclay process, a form of electrotype. Grant & Griffith; 1850; 1st ed. $585

Josephus Ben Gorion; The Wonderful and Most Deplorable History of the Latter Times of the Jews; Cont. leather; red l.p. Thomas; Leominster, MA; 1803. $600   SOLD

Pliny;  (trans. Melmoth) Letters of Pliny the Consul Cont. sprinkled calf w/ gilt spine; raised bands Dodsley; 1757; 4th edition,  $175

IHomer; ed. by Heyne;  Iliad; in Greek and Latin Gilt vellum; ties missing Weidmann; 1804.  $250 SOLD

Herodian; translated by Politiano;  De Romanorum Imperatorum Later 1/2 leather (?goat) w/ gilt spines, brown lp. Brigonci, Padua, 1685.  $750

Cornelius Nepos; De Vita Excellentum Imperatorum; 18th century calf w/ elaborate gilt spine, but missing lps; marbled eps, engr, title page F. Leonard, Paris. 1675.  $250.  SOLD

Torquato Tasso; Jerusalem Delivered; translated by Edward Fairfax Contemp. calf, gilt boards and spines. R. Triphook; 1817; 2 volumes. $250

Cornelius Tacitus; The Works translated by Arthur Murray; Contemp. paneled calf; gilt boards and spine; blind tooling on boards Stockdale; 1811; 8 volumes; 5 fold out maps & illustrations present.  $450

Terence; Comedies; Contemporary tree calf with gilt spine and gilt-edged boards; rebacked, boards reattached, original backstrip retained.  2 engraved frontispieces.  Wetntenios & Smith, 1727.   $350.00

Poetae Elegiaci Romanorum; translated by D. F. Koreff.  In Latin and German.  Half-morocco, papered boards, gilt spine.  Appears  to be inscribed “Dem Herzog von Dalberg . . . vom Koreff”.  $500.00

Galen; Opera.  Contemporary vellum, with later vellum rebacking; engraved title page with red and black printing.  Folio; Caffin & Plaignard, 1643.  $400.00  SOLD

Quintilian; Quinctiliani de Institutione Oratore.  Contemporary vellum, red lettering pieces.  Burmanns, Padua, 1736.  $300.00

Sallust; Opera Omnia.  Vellum; Hackiana, 1677.  $200.00

Cicero; Cato and Laelius; translated by William Melmoth; Contemporary tree calf, gilt spine with red and green lettering pieces, sprinkled edges.  2 volumes,  Dodsley, 1795.   $175.00

Seneca; Tragedies; Contemporary calf, gilt spine, raised bands, engraved title page.  Moyardi, 1651.  $200.00

Homer; Ilias; Edited by Heyne.  Contemporary calf, gilt spine and gilt-edged boards, rebacked, original backstrips retained.  Oxford, 1821.   2 volumes.  $125.00     SOLD

Aelian; Operum (in Greek); Contemp. vellum; tp with vignette Hekel, Dresden, 1746; vol. I (there never was a Vol. 2).  $200

Epistola, Dialogi Breves, Oratiunculae, Poematia; edited by Henricus Stephanus; Estiene, 1577. This is the Greek volume only, octavo, 176 pp. (volume 2 is in Latin). Vellum (contemporary?), ties gone. $395

Sophocles Tragoediae Septem; seven volumes, published by Fleischer, Leipzig, between 1802-1825. 1st edition. Edited by Erfurdt who died prior to the publication of the 7th volume in 1825. Original wrappers with inked labels. In Greek. $595

Isocrates – incl. Hesiod Orationes III; in Greek and Latin Later vellum; false headbands; hollow back Schudt; 1684; 1702.  $260

Cornelius Nepos; De Excellentibus Viris (in Latin); Contemp. vellum Weidnmann, Leipzig, 1771.  $95

Aurelii; Prudentii Clementis Opera (in Latin); 18th C morocco, gilt-edged boards & spines, 5 raised bands; gilt dentelles; AEG; engr. frontis. Thiboust; 1687. $700

Interested in ancient languages?  Link to www.handheldclassics.com. “Dedicated to the development and free distribution of ubiquitous tools for the study of ancient languages.”  John Jackson, Handheld Classics.com

17th Century

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THE REIGN OF QUEEN ANNE; by Mrs. Oliphant; New York, The Century Co., 1894; 33 illustrations; beautifully ornate books; front and rear boards elaborately decorated with gilt design; gilt spine; deckled edges; top edge gilt.  $95.

John Locke; Some familiar Letters Between Mr. Locke and Several of His Friends.  London, Churchill, 1708.  Ex Library (U. of Chicago), modern cloth.  $350.00.

John Bunyan; Bunyan’s Select Works.  Glasgow, W. Collins, 1867.  Full morocco with embossed boards, raised bands, gilt spine with gilt medallions on front board, all edges gilt.  Contains many wood engravings and chromolithographs.  $375.00.

M. B. Synge; A Book of Discovery  Blue boards lettered and decorated with gilt with a paper inlay of Ptolemy’s map of the World.  Illustrated with color frontispiece and seven other color plates, sixteen black & white plates and many other illustrations in the text.  Chapters include Ptolemy’s maps, Medieval exploration, Vasco Da Gama, Balboa, Polar explorations and more.  London, Thomas Nelson, no date.  $65.SOLD

Edward Sparke;  Primitive Devotion in the Feasts and Fasts of the Church of England.  London, Battersby.  Contemporary calf, raised bands, with engraved frontispiece and before each feast day.  1700, 8th edition.  $225.00

Shakespeare; As You Like It.    A facsimile of the First Folio Text.  London, Chiswick Press, [1929].  Signed by what appears to be the cast of the play at Stratford.  Signatures include Anthony Quayle, Michael Bates, Leon Quartermaine, Robert Shaw and Diana Wynward – among many others.  $175.

William Shakespeare; The Works of Shakespeare; Imperial Edition; London, Virtue & Co., no date; circa 1876; Gilt blue cloth, all edges gilt; 39 full page engravings; 2 title pages; folio, 2 volumes bound as 4.  $500.  SOLD

Samuel Pepys; Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys;  New York, 1884.  Full Morocco, internally green and externally burgundy, with gilt spines and raised bands; top edges gilt; silk fee end papers; elaborately gilt engraving inside all boards with Pepys’ motto and insignia. Dodd, Mead & Co.,  This set is number 99  of 150 copies printed on Holland paper and signed by Theodore DeVinne.    $1750  SOLD

James Usher: The Principles of Christian Religion; with a large body of divinity, methodically and familiarly handled, London, 1678.  Contemporary leather.  This is the 7th edition; first edition was 1645.  It includes Immanuel, which apparently was often omitted in the various editions, and some twenty sermons, in addition to the principal text.  Usher was Professor of Divinity, Trinity College, 1607, and the Archbishop of Armagh, 1625.  He was Chaplain to Charles I, and he was the one who calculated the world was created in 4004 BC.   Recently rebacked; $375.    SOLD

A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration; W. W. Greg.  4 volumes, all  1st editions. Vol. 1, 1939, vol. 2, 1951, vol. 3, 1957, vol. 4, 1959.  London, The Bibliographical Society,  Wheat-colored linen backstrips.        $500

Ben Jonson; The Works; Contemp. calf, previously re-backed, gilt spine, red& black lps; boards w/ gilt border and central medallion of the New Zealand General Assembly (ex-library); G. & W. Nicol, 1716; London, 1st edition, 9 volumes. $1,250

Anonymous; The Lives of the Princes of the Illustrious House of Orange; Contemp. calf, gilt edged boards, gilt lp and spine; 5 raised bands, engr. frontis. plus one other; one foldout genealogical table. Bookplate showing the crest and motto of Baron Carbery for W. Mears, 1734.; 1st edition.  $400

Miguel De Cervantes; The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote;Contemp. tree calf w/ gilt; 28 engr. plates after Hayman. Strahan, et al., London, 1782, 5th edition, 4 volumes . $485  SOLD

Samuel Pepys; Memoirs of Samuel Pepys Beautifully rebound by Larkin; TEG Henry Colburn; London; 2nd edition; 5 vols; 1828.  $1,350  SOLD

Francis Bacon; Opera Omnia Cont. calf; paneled boards, raised bands, red lp; title page w/engr.; endpapers missing; extensive notations on the following blank pages relate to the publication of Bacon’s early works; half-title present w/ tear mended. Schonwetteri, Frankfort, 1665.  $750

Izaak Walton; The Complete Angler Cont. calf w/ gilt -edged boards; rebacked John Major; 1824; 2nd edition thus.  $295.  SOLD

18th Century

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10 volume set of the Complete Works of John Locke; London, Tegg et al., 1823. Library binding with usual markings.  Hard to find.  $950.00

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Nouveau Dictionnaire d’histoire naturelle, appliquee aux arts, principalement à l’agriculture et à l’economie rurale et domestique. Par une societe de naturalistes et d’agriculteurs: avec des figures tirees des trois regnes de la nature; Paris, 1803; 24 volumes. complete.  Bookplate of The Duchesse de Courland, also known as the Duchess de Dino.  The Duchess de Dino was the wife of Talleyrand’s nephew and she was also Talleyrand’s Mistress.  $1,750.00.  SOLD

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History of the United States of America; by Taliaferro Preston Shaffner, LL.D., London Printing and Publishing Company, 1863, 2 volumes, all prints and maps present.  $250.00

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Age of Lewis the XIV; by Voltaire; London, Dodsley; 1752; 2 volumes; full leather; recently rebacked; ex-library with library numbers on spine.  Frontispiece in each volume.  $250.00

The Life of Nelson; by Archibald Duncan, Esq.; London, Cundee, 1806. Three-quarter leather with marbled boards.  2 prints missing and three prints are half missing.   Very scarce, only one other copy online, also with prints missing.  $350.00.

Edward Gibbon; Miscellaneous Works.  London, Strahan et al., 1796.  two volumes, library cloth with library markings.  frontispiece volume 1.  1st edition ( a third volume was published in 1815).  $295.00.

Charles Johnson; Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea.  London, Becket, 1766-1767.  4 volumes.  Leather; rebacked. Volumes 1 and 2 are the 5th edition and volumes 3 and 4 are the 2nd edition.  $265.00

Bernard Mandeville; Free Thoughts on Religion the Church and National Happiness.  London, Tauncey, 1720.  1st edition. One volume; paneled calf; rebacked.  $785.00

Thomas Stackhouse; A New History of the Holy Bible.  London, Austen, 1742-1744.  2nd edition. Two volumes.  Leather, 6 raised bands,; 34 maps and plates.  $735.00.SOLD

Richard Hooker; The Works in Eight Books of Ecclesiastical Polity with Several Other Treatises and an Account of his life and Death.  Dublin, Sadleir, 1721.  One volume; 1st Irish Edition.  Contemporary calf, raised bands.  $325.00.  SOLD

Robert Beatson; Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain from 1727 to 1783.  London, Longman, Hurst, et al., 1804, 2nd edition, 6 volumes.  Contemporary tree calf with gilt spine and black lettering pieces.  Previous owner’s name in each volume is “John N. Macomb”.  Macomb (1811-1889) was an 1832 graduate of West Point and was one of the original members of the Corps of Topographical Engineers that explored parts of New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, including the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.  He was also part of the group that surveyed the Great Lakes region circa 1850.  Very scarce.  We are not aware of any complete sets for sale. Details of book condition and pictures available upon request. $875.

Kenneth Roberts; The Battle of Cowpens.  . Illustrated with two black and white portraits and map, with map endpapers.  How 900 ill-fed and ill-clothed sharpshooters routed the British regulars in a turning point in the American Revolution.  Doubleday, 1958, First edition.  $65.  SOLD

Henry Maundrell; from Aleppo to JerusalemOxford; 1714; 3rd edition.  Contemporary paneled calf with raised bands; 7 foldout and 5 single page illustrations.  $400.00

Jeremy Taylor;  The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living; The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying.  London, Brown, et al.  Two volumes in one; 1727; 24th edition.  Black leather with gilt board and spines, raised bands; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; engraved frontispiece, plus two page engraving in each book.  Signed by the Princess Augusta Sophia, daughter of King George III.  The section on Chastity in the first book has been carefully removed and the pages at the beginning and end of that chapter covered with plain paper.  $185.00  SOLD

George Birkbeck Hill; In the Footsteps of Dr. Johnson; London, Sampson Low et al.; Chiswick Press, 1890.    25 plates;  22 by Lancelot Speed; 18 of the 22 are in duplicate with one being a copy and one being an original signed by Speed.  Limited Edition, 88 of 150.  Half Morocco with gilt spine.  $450  SOLD

History of the Jews in Russia and Poland – From the Earliest Times to the Present Day; S. M. Dubnow.  green cloth, 3 volumes; The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1916, 1918, 1920 (all 1st editions).    $150.00

Kames, Henry Home, Lord; Sketches of the History of Man, Considerably Enlarged by the Last Corrections of the Author.  Contemporary calf, gilt spines, brown lettering pieces (missing on volume 3, torn on volume 4), half title in volume 1, one page of advertisements in volumes 1 and 2; Strahan and Cadell, 1778, 2nd edition; 4 volumes.  $600

 The History of America; William Robertson.  Large quarto; Half leather; 2 fold out maps. London;  Strahan, Cadell, Balfour, 1778.  2 volumes.  $500

The Works of Laurence Sterne; J. Johnson, et al.; 1808.  1st illustrated edition.  Contemporary warn calf, gilt spine, new lettering pieces.  9 full page engravings, and vignettes on each title page.  4 volumes.  $500

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. , A New Edition with an Essay on His Life and Genius by Arthur Murphy.  Hard to find  complete 12 volume set.  Contemporary speckled calf with black and green lettering pieces; engraved frontispiece.  London; Johnson & Nichols, 1806.  $750

Common Sense: portrait frontispiece, lacks title page (may never have had one); The Rights of Man I and The Rights of Man II; Symonds, 1792; Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal; Ridgway, 1792; Miscellaneous Articles; Ridgway, 1792; Letter Addressed to the Addressers; Symonds, 1792.  Full contemporary leather; rebacked with new title piece; bottom board taken from another contemporary volume.  $1,000.   SOLD

The History of Scotland; William Robertson;  A. Millar, London, 1760.  3rd edition.  Contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt spines, black lettering pieces, gilt edged boards with marbled edges and end papers, gilt dentelles.  $550  SOLD

Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence; W. Brown & C. Peters, Philadelphia, 1828; 2nd edition, revised.  5 volumes;  Contemporary calf; all volumes rebacked.  All engravings present.     $350  SOLD

M. A. Thiers; The History of the French Revolution.  Half contemporary calf w. gilt spines and rasied bands, brown labels, marbled baords and edges.  All 41 engravings present.  London, bentley, 1838, 5 volumes.     $500.

The American Revolution (3 volumes) and George III and Charles Fox (the Concluding Part of the American Revolution (2 volumes); Sir George Otto Trevelyan.  London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1908-1927.   Cloth, top edges gilt, engraved frontispiece, six folding maps.   $100

James Boswell; The Life of Samuel Johnson, LLD;  Recovered in creased maroon cloth, aeg, new eps, engraved frontis., two facsimile foldouts; Ex-Library with only small marking; Oxford, Pickering, 1826.        4 volumes.  $450

Lieut.-Gen. Count Mathieu Dumas Memoirs of His Own Time (including the Revolution, the Empire and the Restoration) 1/2 red Morocco; marbled boards and eps; TEG; gilt spine, raised bands, gilt decorations; portrait frontis. both volumes (Lafayette, Napoleon) R. Bentley, London, 1839; 2 volumes, 1st edition.  $250

Thomas Gray; The Works of Thomas Gray; Contemp. diced calf, gilt boards, spine, dentelles Vernor, Hood, et al., London, 1807; 3rd edition ; 2 volumes.  $150

Edward Gibbon; History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empireedited by Thomas Bowdler “In this edition the indecent expressions and allusions of an improper tendency have been omitted.”  Buckram w/leather labels Longman, Rees, et al.; 1826.  $350

Adam Fitz-Adam (Edward Moore);  The World Contemp. tree calf, gilt spine, red & black lps. Parsons, London, 1794; 4 volumes.  $250

Cervantes; Don Quixote; 4 vols.; 12 mo. Tree calf; gilt; 28 engr. plates after Hayman; some damp staining vol. 1  Strahan, et al.; 1782; 5th edition.  $485

Wm. Robertson; The History of America; 2 vols.; quarto Rebacked w/hollow; creased red morocco; some pages uncut; 2 foldout maps Strahan, et al.; 1778; 2nd edition. $500

Edmund Spenser; The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser; 5 vols. Cont. embossed calf w/ gilt spine and board borders; marbled edges and eps.; rebacked Pickering et al.; 1st edition thus; 1825.  $375

Lord Bolingbroke; The Philosophical Works of the Right Honourable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke; 5 vols. Cont. speckled calf; gilt spine with lettering pieces., David Mallet; 1754-1777; 1st collected edition.  $475

Henry Fielding; The Adventures of Joseph Andrews; 2 vols. in 1 Newly recovered w/gilt spine & red l.p. C. Cooke; circa. 1790’s.  $110

Henry Fielding; Tom Jones; 4 vols. 1/4 cont. calf w/ gilt spine, red l.p. C. Cooke; 1794. $295

Edward Creasy; Fifteen Decisive Battles (from Marathon to Waterloo) Cont. calf prize binding;  R. Bentley; 1862; 12th edition.   $125   SOLD

Samuel Smiles; Story of the Life of George Stephenson Cont. calf w/gilt bordered boards John Murray; 1873.  $125

Samuel Johnson & John Hawkesworth; The Adventurer; 4 vols.; 1/2 moroccan; tan w/gilt spine; recent boards; new eps. W. Strahan; 1770. $300

Antiochus Cantemir; Satires, including a life of the author. In Russian;  Cont. calf w/gilt spine and lp. Library stamp of Tsarskoe Selo – Imperial residence of the Tsars; bookplate of Denis Roy Bentham, notable collector of rare books and manuscripts. St. Petersberg, 1762.  $750  SOLD

James Boswell; The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Contemp. tree calf, gilt spine; engr. frontis; facsimiles present in vols. 2 & 3. Cadell & Davies; 1804; 4th edition; 4 volumes.  $600

19th Century

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Heinrich Schliemann; TIRYNS; TROY AND ITS REMAINS; TROJA; ILIOS; MYCENAE.  Arno Press, NY, reprinted in 1976.  All 5 volumes in matching orange-brown cloth covers with black & gilt print on spines.  All 5 volumes $200.00.  SOLD

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The Works of Tobias Smollett8 volumes, London, Law, Johnson,  and Dilly, et al., 1797.  Zaehnsdorf binding, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers.  Two boards re-attached.  Beautiful binding.  $750.00  SOLD

In Darkest Africa or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria  by Henry M. Stanley.  New York, Scribner’s and Toronto, Presbyterian News Co., 1890.  Printed and bound by James Murray and Co., Toronto.  Three-quarter calf with marbled boards, endpapers and edges.  Two volumes with all three color maps present in pockets in the rear of each volume.    $375.00

Dibdin’s Library Companion; 2nd edition; 1825; London, Hardiing, Triphook et al.  Full contemporary leather.  With manuscript letter inserted from Lord Spencer (John Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer 1792-1845), the founder of the Althorpe Library where Dibdin spent many hours researching. $550

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The Collected Works of George Moore; New York, Boni and Liveright, 1922; the Carra Edition.  20 volumes complete.  This edition consists of 1000 numbered sets.  The first volume is numbered and signed by the author.  This set is numbered 475 of the 1000.  There are 20 volumes and the last volume states that, although originally planned as a 21 volume set, volume 20 is the final volume.  Cloth boards with dust jackets.  $1,000.00

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Macmillan, 1903. Copyright page states “First Edition Sixpenny Series published 1898.  Reprinted, 1899 (twice), 1900, 1902, 1903.”  Full leather, prize binding with insignia of Kimbolton School in gilt.  Contains 42 illustrations by John Tenniel.  $150.00.  SOLD

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Oeuvres Completes de Colette de l’Academie Goncourt.  Paris, Le Fleruon, 1948-1950.  In 15 volumes complete.  Each volume has a glassine cover over the soft paper cover.  Some of the glassine covers have pieces missing, but none of the covers themselves are chipped or missing.  The pages in each volume are mostly uncut.  Limited first collected edition of the works of Colette, number 2074 of 5500 copies.  We estimate the cost of mailing to Europe to be approximately $105 by International Priority Mail.

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Baron Jomini’s Life of Napoleon; D. Van Nostrand, N. Y., 1864. Hard Bound.  First American Edition. 10″ x 6.75″. Five volumes: Translation & notes by H. W. Halleck.  Scarce with Atlas; from the Library of The Commandery of the State of Illinois; Inscribed by Gen. William Vandever, Civil War General.  $1,250.00

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Schliemann, Henry; Ilios The City and Country of the Trojans; The Results of Researches and Discoveries on the Site of Troy and throughout the Troad in the Years 1871-72-73-78-79; Including an Autobiography of the Author …with a Preface, Appendices, and Notes. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1881. 1st American edition.  Quarto, pp. xvi, 800, frontispiece, 6 folded maps and plans  and 32 plates, as called for, in rear of the book, plus “about 1800 illustrations.”
The work is complete and in the original decorative cloth with gilt cover vignettes and gilt titles. The binding was recently tightened.  The spine has chips and tears .   The text and plates are clean and in good condition.  $95.00  SOLD

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Writings of John Burroughs; 15 Volumes; includes original Burroughs Nature Club mailings from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin; top edges gilt.  $375.00  SOLD

The Alhambra by Washington Irving with illustrations by Pennell; London, MacMillan, 1896; beautiful gilt-designed boards; all edges gilt; $110.  SOLD

Horace Greeley; The American Conflict.  Hartford, Case, 1865, 1866.  Two volumes; volume 2 recently rebacked.  $195.00

Bayle St. John; The Memoirs of the Duke of Saint Simon.  London, Chapman 7 Hall, 1857.  Four volumes; 1/2 red morocco with raised bands, gilt spines and boards, marbled endpapers and boards.  $425.00

Sir Walter Scott; The Vision of Don Roderick;  John Ballantyne and Longman, et al., 1811; 1st edition, 1st issue.  In scarce original cloth boards; deckled edges.  Missing advertisements at end.    $150.

Selected Speeches on Foreign Policy:  1738 -1914.  Speeches by Pitt, Sheridan, Canning, Peel, Russell, Palmerston, Brougham, Gladstone, Bright, Disraeli and others.LondonHumphrey Milford,  [no date].  $15  SOLD

Washington Irving; Life of Mahomet and Lives of the Successors of Mahomet; two volumes in one.  Mahomet; Bell & Daldy, London, 1864; Successors, Bohn, New York, 1859.  Frontispiece. Half leather, marbled boards, new gilt lettering piece on spine.    Irving used the Spanish source by Abu al-Fida as well as the works of Gagnier and Weil for his life portrayal.  $100

Washington Irving; A Tour of the Prairies.  London, John Murray1835, 1st edition.  Contemporary half calf, gilt spine, marbled boards; rebacked.   May be missing half title.   $275.00

Lord Henry Brougham; Historical Sketches of Statesmen of George III.  London, Charles Knight 1839-1843.  3 volumes; half red morocco, gilt spines with raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilt.    Contains many engravings including George Washington, Lord North, The Emperor Joseph, Madame de Stael, Catherine the Great, Benjamin Franklin.  $275

Frederick Floyd;  History of the Fortieth (Mozart) Regiment, New York Volunteers; Boston, Gilson Co., 1909.  “A Superior unit history, based on wartime letters and diaries; highly useful for personal insights into the Army of the Potomac.”  $135  SOLD

Thomas Frognall Dibdin;   The Library Companion.  London, Harding et al.; 1824; 1st edition.  Half morocco, marbled boards and endpapers; gilt spine; tope edge gilt.  $310.00  SOLD

Lord Macaulay; The Lays of Rome.  London; Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer.  Illustrations by George Scharf, Jun.  Binding by Bickers and Son, London.  Green leather with intricate gilt decoration; All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles , with five raised bands with gilt devices in compartments.  $75

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; The Annotated Sherlock Holmes:  The Four Novels and Fifty-Six Short Stories; Edited by William S. Baring-Gould.  Two larges volumes with dust jackets.  $75SOLD

Taine, Hippolyte; History of English Literature; NY, Worthington, 1891 (originally published in French in 1863); raised bands, top edge gilt, half morocco with marbled boards; 4 volumes.  $150

John Robinson; An Abridgement of Hume & Smollet’s History of England; New York, Robinson & Pratt. contemporary calf, engraved frontispiece and several wood engravings.  1839.  $60

Arthur James Balfour by Blanche  E.C. Dugdale; London, Hutchinson & Co., cloth with dust jackets; 1939; 2 volumes.  $65  SOLD

The Poems, Letters and Land of Robert Burns:  Pictures and Portraits of the Life and land of Burns; Illustrated by Bartlett and others.  London, Virtue & Co.  Maroon cloth, marbled end papers; 91 plates including frontispieces.  Ex-library.  2 volumes.  $400.

The Illustrated Exhibitor “Comprising Sketches by Pen and Pencil of the Principal Objects in the Great Exhibition of the Industry of all Nations 1851”; 30 issues bound in original blue cloth with gilt medallion on top board; 10 foldout engravings and hundreds of drawings.  All edges gilt.  $250

Samson and Delila; Saint-Saens; Paris, circa 1872.  Half Morocco, marbled boards and end papers; raised bands, gilt spine, some fixing throughout.  The book is a piano transcription of the Opera and is printed in German and French.  This copy contains an engraved dedication to Madame Viardot-Garcia from the composer and librettist.  In addition, this copy belonged to Madame Marthe Duvivier.  The initials “M.D.” are impressed in gilt on the spine.  The book is sold along with a framed photograph  and manuscript letter of Madame Viardot.  $750  SOLD

Edgar A. Poe – Memorial edition; The Muse Anthology, “Commentary, Studies, Essays and Poetic Tributes”.  Blue Cloth, 866 pp, incl. several facsimiles.  Deluxe edition, #606 of 3,000.  Inscribed by the Compiler, Devora Lovell, to Christopher Morley.  $250.00

A Commentary on Newton’s Principia; J.M.F. Wright.  Contemporary calf, gilt spine with gilt-edged boards and gilt medallion; marbled edges, new lettering pieces.  Tegg, 1833.  2 Volumes.  $300

Garibaldi and the Thousand; Garibaldi and the Making of Italy; Garibaldi’s Defense of the Roman Republic;  George Macaulay Trevelyan.  All 3 volumes in red cloth.  London, Longmans, 1910-1911.  $100 SOLD

Garibaldi’s Defense of the Roman Republic;  George Macaulay Trevelyan.;   Full blue calf leather; prize binding; gilt dentelles, marbled end pages.  London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1914.     $125 SOLD

G. Rossini Il Barbieri de Siviglia (the Barber of Seville); Transcribed for Piano and vocal 1/2 Morocco, marbled boards, gilt spine Marquiere Freres, Paris, 1859.  $150

John Brady; Clavis Calendaria; Half morocco w/ marbled boards London; Longman, Hurst 1st ed. 1812. $200

Sir Walter Scott; The Waverly Novels; Beautifully bound set in half leather with marbled boards;  Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1871; 25 volumes.  $1,250

Charles Dickens; Dombey and Son;  1st edition.  Half contemporary calf with gilt spine and black letter piece, marbled boards, 2 engraved frontispieces and title page, 35 engraved plates by Phiz.  Bradbury & Evans, 1848.  $600  SOLD

Charles Dickens; Nicholas Nickleby;  1st edition.  Half burgundy calf with burgundy boards, raised bands, gilt spine with gilt lettering pieces, with rare half-title.  39 engraved plates by Phiz.  $600.

George Head; Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America Being a Diary of a Winters Route from Halifax to the Canadas; 1/2 contemporary leather; marbled boards and edges, gilt spine. John Murray, London, 1829.  $200

James Mills; The History of British India; 6 vols. Publisher’s boards w/printed labels; deckled edges, uncut; large foldout maps vols. 1 and 3;  Baldwin et al.; 1826; 3rd edition.  $475

Washington Irving; A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus; 4 vols. Cont. diced calf w/gilt boards & spine; rebacked; two foldout maps. John Murray; 1828; 1st edition.  $500

Washington Irving; The Voyages and Discoveries of the Companions of  Christopher Columbus.  Leather, spine illegible; joints cracked; edges worn.  No half title.  Philadelphia; Carey, :ea & Blanchard, 1835.  2nd edition.  $140  SOLD

Thomas Ashe; Travels in America in 1806; Recently recovered in 1/2 calf w/ raised bands and gilt spine; marbled boards, new eps. Richard Phillips; 1809; 2nd edition. $395

Washington Irving; The Alhambra; Recently rebacked Colburn  & Bentley 1832; 1st Edition.  $215

George Bernard Shaw;  Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant; 1/2 green morocco; gilt spines; TEG Herbert Stone; NY; 1904. $80

Henry Ellis;  The Elgin and Phigelian Marbles; 2 vols. in 1 Cont. red calf prize binding Nattali; 1846. $195

Swinburne;  Erectheus; Cont. dark green calf; gilt spine; marbled eps and edges Chatto & Windus; 1876; 1st edition. $155

Wm. H. Russell; The British Expedition to the Crimea; Cont. calf; gilt bordered boards; gilt spine; 10 maps; Routledge; 1858.  $295   SOLD

Patrick Tyler; Historical View of the Progress of Discovery of the More Northern Coasts of America; Recently re-backed din 1/2 brown morocco, w/gilt spine and raised bands; marbled edges; fold-out map and 9 engravings. Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1833.  $200

William Roberts; Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Mrs. Hannah More; Contemp. half calf, gilt spine w/ brown and black lps; marbled boards, edges and eps.; bookplate of Thomas Ashton, 1st Baron of Ashton & Hyde. Seely & Burnside; 1834; probable 1st ed.  $200 SOLD

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The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge; New York, Cosmopolitan Book Corp., 1929.  Green cloth.  Inscribed by Calvin Coolidge:  “To the Grandson of Mrs. Al. C. Blodget With Best Wishes Calvin Coolidge.”  $1,000.00  SOLD

P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster In The Great Sermon Handicap in 91 languages in 6 volumes.  Heineman, Inc., NY, 1993; illustrated by William Hewison.  All 6 volumes with dust jackets and al in near perfect condition.  All 6 volumes for $100.00.  This is an unusual set too – for the Jeeves fan who thinks he already has seen it all! SOLD

Lures – The Guide to Sport Fishing; Keith S, Schuyler; The Stackpole Co, PA., 1955.  Three-quarter leather; raised bands.  $50.00

The Fly-Fishers Entomology – Trout and Grayling Fishing;  Alfred Ronalds; London, Longmans, Green; 1877; eighth edition; with 20 color plates (all present).  $375.00  SOLD

A Handbook of the Order Lepidoptera; Lloyd’s natural History; W.F. Kirby, F.L.S.; London, Edward Lloyd, Ltd. 1896; 5 volumes with 158 color plates (all present); spines sunned.  $595.00.  SOLD

Souvenirs Entomologiques; J.-H. Fabre; “Edition Illustre”  10 volumes complete; three-quarter leather with marbled boards and endpapers; Paris, Delagrave, 1925.  Does not include the Supplemental volume on the Life of Fabre.  $1,000.00.

Rare 1st edition ofA History of the New York Stage From the First Performance in 1732 to 1901 by T. Allston Brown; Dodd, Mead and Company; 1903; Limited to 358 copies this copy being No. 82. (see photograph). Three volumes, Vol. 1523 pp.; Vol. 2652 pp.; Vol. 3 671 pp. including index; top edges gilt (see photograph).Paper labels on spine (see photograph); some spotting to front and rear boards (see photographs); pages clean (see photograph); spines tight. SOLD

Each volume contains an inscription from Louise Arzula Sully, who was married to Daniel Sully, the main clown in the Humpty Dumpty Circus, and noted in the index to these volumes.

We could find no 1st editions on line for sale and only two copies of the 1964 reprint.  $500  SOLD

Rare 1st edition of 12 graceful etchings by Renee Sintenis illustrate works of the Greek poetess, Sappho, in this 1921 limited edition.  It contains twenty-two poems or fragments, elegantly etched in Greek by her husband, E. R. Weiss.  Signed by both Sintenis and Weiss, it is #178 of 185 copies printed on hand-made Dutch Butten paper.  Printed by Alfred Ruckenbrod, Berlin .  In worn and torn dust-jacket.  $500.

ANDY BLAKE’S COMET COASTER; by Leo Edwards; Grosset & Dunlap; 1928. With dust jacket. Inside of dust jacket lists only Andy Blake and Andy Blake’s Comet Coaster in this series. Red cloth boards clean with clean gilt lettering. Inscription dated “Merry Xmas 1928.”  $175.00  SOLD

Ah, Wilderness!  New York, Random House, 1933.  Edition limited to 325 copies (this is copy No. 5) on all-rag paper and signed by Eugene O’Neill.  Full blue leather with two lettering pieces on spine.  $200.00.  SOLD

The Complete Works of Tolstoy; Boston, Dana Estes, 1904; The Illustrated Cabinet Edition. Volumes I through XXIV are translated from the Original Russian and Edited by Leo Weiner and are consecutively numbered.. The final four unnumbered volumes are Tolstoy’s posthumous works with three edited by Hagberg Wright (The Light that Shines in the Darkness; Father Sergius; The Forged Coupon) and Hadji Mura translated by Aylmer Maude. Blue cloth with gilt design and spines and gilt signature on front board; TEG. $1,250.00.  SOLD

The Iron King and the Strangled QueenBy Maurice Druon. Published by Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1956.  The Iron King is a 1st edition, 2nd printing  and the Strangled Queen is a 1st edition, 1st printing.  These are the first two books in the Accursed Kings series. There is a “Foyles” bookseller sticker on the inside front board of each book but no other markings in the book.  269 pages and 213 pages.  The dust jackets have few markings on them but are otherwise in good condition with the price, “15s net”, unclipped on both jackets. $100.00 for both volumes.SOLD

Such Things Happen in the World:  Deixis in Three Short Stories by N.V. Gogol;by P.M. Waszink.  Rodopi, 1988.  Part of the “Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics” Series, Volume 12; edited by J.J. van Boak, R. Grubel, A.G.F. van Holk, W.G. Weststejin. Soft cover, 328 pp. including index.   Contains letter entitled “Guidelines for Reviewers” (see photograph) indicating that this copy was sent to a reviewer. $75.00.

Otto Wagner; The Expanding City:  The Beginning of Modern Architecture.  New York, Praeger, 1970.  Hundreds of illustrations, some in color.  With dust jacket.  $65.  SOLD

The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Horizon Press, 1965 edition.   The life-work of Frank Lloyd Wright with introduction by Wijdeveld and many articles by European architects and American writers.  Fully illustrated in black and white with plans, drawings and photographs.  Printed as the original, on double-fold pages with specially hinged binding.  Oatmeal cloth with red label to spine.  Slip case with label stating “The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright – The Great Wendingen Edition”  $195.SOLD

A History of Technology;  Edited by Singer, Holmyar and Hall.  New York and London, Oxford University. Press, 1954-1958.  Five volumes.  Five color frontispieces, 204 plates, 8 maps, chronological tables. A “massive study intended to provide a perspective on the development of technical knowledge . . . written in plain language.”  Blue cloth.  $350.

Joan Ramsay; Horns in Velvet. The Harbor Press, New York, 1930.   First edition of her first book by the winner of the Harbor Press Poetry Contest of 1930.  $95.

James Lipton; An Exaltation of  Larks.  New YorkGrossman,  1968.  “Terms of venery”  such as “exaltation of larks,: “lepe of leopards,”  “parliament of owls”  — phrases we have come to know as collective nouns.  Plates accompany poetry and prose.  $25.00

Alex W. Bealer; The Art of Blacksmithing.  A detailed account of the equipment and techniques developed over 6,000 years.  1976; new and revised edition, with more than 500 illustrations.  With dust jacket.  $35.  SOLD

Thomas Bewick; A General History of Quadrupeds.  London, Ward Lock, 1970.  Hardback with dust jacket, figures engraved on wood.  $65.  SOLD

Francis Trevelyan Miller; The World in the Air . The story of flying in pictures, including the “First historic collection of official prints and photographs from government archives and private collections recording 5000 years of man’s struggles to conquer the air.”   New York and London, Putnam’s Sons,1930.  Two volumes, blue cloth.  $75.

Earl of Birkenhead; Famous Trials of History.   High profile trials in history, including the trial of Mary Queen of Scots.  New York, Clark Boardman, 1929.  2 volumes, blue cloth.  $65

Helen MacInnes; Above Suspicion.  Signed by the author.  First edition, 4th printing.  No dust jacket.  $95.00  SOLD

Anne Morrow Lindbergh; North to the Orient.  New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1935.  First edition, first issue in first state dust jacket of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s account of her journey to Alaska and along the Arctic Circle to Russia, China and Japan.  $300

William Beckford; Vathek A new translation by Herbert Grimsditch; with illustratiosn by Marion V. Dorn; NonesuchPress, 1929, Limited edition of 1050.  This book  is # 918.  $60.SOLD

T. E Lawrence; Revolt in the Desert.  First edition.  New York, Doran Co., 1927.  Decorative cloth.  No dust jacket.  $200

Edgar Rice Burroughs; Tanar of Pellucidar. .  Metropolitan Book Publishers, 1930.  Frontispiece by Paul F. Berdanier.  Blue cloth with front and spine stamped in black.  First edition.  No dust jacket.  $200  SOLD

Nathaniel Hawthorne; The Marble Faun.  Boston, Ticknor and Field, 1860.  First edition 4th or 5th printing.  Original brown cloth with gilt lettering and horizontal blind-stamped rules to spines.  $150.

Jared van Wagenen, Jr.; The Golden Age of Homespun.  Cornell U. Press; 1953; hard cover with dust jacket; 1st editionsigned by the author.  “A readable account of how farms were created and homes built, and how each family fed, clothed, shod and warmed itself.”  $50  SOLD

The Interpreter’s Bible; Edited by George Buttrick et al.; 12 volumes; New York; Abingdon-Cokesbury Press; 1952.  $200.

The Wilderness Colors of Tao-Chi; Metropolitan Museum of Art; orange cloth, in slip case.  Illustrates and discusses the author and his paintings from the mid-17th Century.  $50.00

City of Cambridge:  A survey and Inventory by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments. 1959.  Two volumes with dust jackets and mylar covers.  $100.00.

Charles H. Peck; Edible Fungi of New York 1895-1899.  Memoir of the New York State Museum, No.4, Vol.3, November 1900.  Albany, SUNY, 1900.  Contains 25 chromolithographed plates.  $100

Eric Sloane American Barns and Covered Bridges.  New York; Funk and Wagnalls; 1954; later printing; hard cover with dust jacket.  An early book by Sloane including his now famous sketches of barns and covered bridges.  $50  SOLD

Eric Sloane A Museum of Early American Tools. New York; Wlfred Funk; 1946; hard cover with dust jacket; “a wonderful collection of pen-and-ink sketches illustrating more than a hundred folk tools and artifacts.”  $50  SOLD

Modes & Manners: Ornaments. London & Toronto, Dent & Sons. 1929. Supplementary volume to von Boehn’s great series on European historic costumes. This volume deals with accessories, including “lace, fans, gloves, walking-sticks, parasols, jewelry and trinkets.” Sixteen color plates and 241 black and white photographs and drawings. Decorated cloth. $75.

John Steinbeck; The Red Pony.  New York, Viking Press, 1945.  Beige cloth with Wesley Dennis color drawing of the Red Pony on the front.  Front and rear endpapers have watercolor drawing of running horses. Book contains 11 other color illustrations by Wesley Dennis.  $45  SOLD

Gertrude Aretz; The Elegant Woman from the Rococo Period to Modern Times. London, Harrap, 1932. With six illustrations in color and 57 in “collotype.” The history of feminine elegance from the mid 18th Century, Decorated cloth. $35.

Ben Shahn; Love and Joy About Letters; New York; Grossman Publishers, 1963. Illustrated throughout including 29 full color illustrations. In slip case. $65. SOLD

Harry T. Peters; Currier & Ives – Print Makers to the American People; New York, Doubleday, 1942. Profusely illustrated with Currier & Ives prints in black & white and color. $25.

E.R. and J. Pennell; The Life of James McNeill Whistler; William Heinemann, London; Lippincott, Phila.; fifth revised edition, 1911.Profusely illustrated. $95.

David Mackenzie; Goat Husbandry; London,Faber and Faber. Concise and informative book on goat husbandry including information on goat farming, goat milking and goat breeding. $22.50.  SOLD

Rex Brasher; Birds and Trees of North America: Rowman & Littlefield, NY, 1962, 4 volumes. 875 full color plates, 1094 species and sub-species of birds; 383 species of trees, with explanatory text by the artist. Edited and annotated by Elizabeth McGaw. Deluxe edition, all edges gilt, brown and green morocco with gilt bird on front boards; Italian paper endpapers.Ex-Library. $385.  SOLD

C. S. Forester; Captain Horatio Hornblower.  Boston, Little ,Brown, 1939.  First edition, later printing, with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth, with color dust jacket by Wyeth.  Contains Beat to Quarters, Ship of the Line and Flying Colours.  $75.

C. S. Forester; Hornblower and the Atropos. Boston, Little Brown, 1953.  First edition, third  printing with dust jacket by Coleman.  $75

U.P. Hedrick; The Peaches of New York.  Albany, J.B. Lyon, 1917. A survey of peaches grown in New York state.  92 color plates of varieties of peaches and peach blossoms.  $225.00  SOLD

U.P. Hedrick; The Cherries of New York.  Albany, J.B. Lyon, 1915.  A survey of cherries grown in New York state.  56 color plates of varieties of cherries and cherry blossoms.  $225.00    SOLD

 Leonard Cohen; Let Us Compare Mythologies; Signed by the author; 1st edition with dust jacket.    $650.  SOLD

Theodore Roosevelt; The Foes of our Own Household.  Doran, New York, 1917; red cloth, gilt titles on spine and boards, 1st edition, 1st issue, no dust jacket.  $75. SOLD

Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge; Hero Tales from American History.  Stories of George Washington, Daniel Boone, Gouverneur Morris, the Battle of Trenton, the Conquest of the Northwest by Lewis & Clark.  The Century Co., New York, 1895.

Theodore Roosevelt; An Autobiography.  New York, Macmillan; 1913, 1st edition.     $100  SOLD

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt;  Edmund Morris.  New York, Coward McCann, 1979.  1st edition, 3rd impression, with dust jacket.     $95  SOLD

Signed Firsts

UPDATED:  September 1, 2015

Following is just a sample of the many first editions and signed books that we have. We also have  several autographed items, including cards or letters signed by Pablo Casals, Douglas fairbanks, Jr., Eugene Ormandy, jerome Hines, Mary Pickford, Leontyne Price, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Van Cliburn. For more details contact us at 607-538-9080 or whabooks@stny.rr.com.


“Modern Firsts”

Life on the Mississippi; Mark Twain. Boston; Osgood, 1883. Three-quarter leather with marbled endpapers. True 1st edition, 1st state, with tail piece on page 441 with flames and picture of Mark Twain and page 443 with caption “St. Louis Hotel” With over 300 illustrations. $350.00.  SOLD

Rebecca; Daphne du Maurier.  Doubleday, 1938, stated 1st edition.  Unclipped dust jacket with tears (see photograph).  This  book is not signed.  $500.

Blue Plate Special by Damon Runyon.  Ferderick Stokes, 1934.  1st edition, 1st printing.  No dust jacket.  $500.

So Big by Edna Ferber.  Doubleday, Page, 1924.  Stated 1st edition.  No dust jacket.  

Small Beer; Ludwig Bemelmans; Viking, 1939.  “One Hundred and Seventy-Five copies of the first edition have been specially bound with an original illustration in color.  This is copy Number 152.”  Book comes in slip case.  $450.00  SOLD

DUNE, Frank Herbert, is a stated 1st edition with an unclipped dust jacket.  There is a 2-3 inch tear in the DJ ) and there is black marker on the top edge.  We have been advised that the DJ is  a 1st state DJ.   Please call for additional details or pictures.  Price:  $500.00. SOLD

Cather, Willa; O Pioneer!We have 2 versions of this book.  We have a 1st edition 1st printing, Houghton Mifflin, 1913, no dust jacket, for $495;  and we have a 1st edition but not a 1st printing, with no dust jacket, for $350.

Cather, Willa; Obscure Destinies: Three New Stories of the West; New York, Knopf, 1932. 1st edition in price-clipped dust jacket. $125.

Compton-Burnett, Ivy; Dolores; London & Edinburgh, Wm. Blackwood and Sons, 1911. 1st edition, 1st printing of the author’s first novel; only 1400 copies printed. No dust jacket; blue cloth with gold lettering; spine lettering faded. $800.

McMurtry, Larry; Lonesome Dove; New York, Simon & Schuster, 1885. 1st edition, 1st state in an unclipped dust jacket. $100.  SOLD

Morrison, Toni; Jazz; New York, Knopf, 1992. 1st trade edition in unclipped dust jacket. $95.

Oates, Joyce Carol; With Shuddering Fall; New York, Vanguard Press, 1964. Unclipped dust jacket. $95.

Walker, Alice; Possessing the Secret Joy; New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. 1st edition in unclipped dust jacket. $30.

Welty, Eudora; The Golden Apples; New York, Harcourt Brace, 1949. In an unclipped duct jacket. $100.

Welty, Eudora; Delta Wedding; New York, Harcourt Brace, 1946. 1st edition in unclipped dust jacket. $95.


Stephen Vincent Benet. Garden City; Doubleday, Doran, 1928. 1st Edition, Limited Edition of 201, this being Number 66 and signed by Stephen Vincent Benet. Beige cloth, brown slip case. $200.00.  SOLD

Home to India; Santha Rama Rau. Harper & Brothers, 1945.  Signed by the author.  Book and dust jacket in good condition.  $150.00.  SOLD

On Forsyte Change by John Galsworthy.  Scribners, 1930.  Signed and with Dust Jacket.  With Scribner’s insignia on copyright page and no editions or printings noted. $200.

The Chronicle of Clemendy.Signed edition, limited to 100 copies.  Also has a collectible bookplate.  $300.

The Street of the Islands.  Stark Young.  Scribner, 1930.  1st edition with Scribner’s “A” on copyright page.  Dust jacket.  Signed by Stark Young.  $125.00

The Three Sisters; Anton Chekhov.  Translated by Stark Young and inscribed by Stark Young in 1941. Soft cover, Samuel French, 1941. $50.00

Mildred Pierce, 1st edition (stated on copyright page).  Unclipped dust jacket with $2.50 price.  Dust jacket has a tear on the front and a piece missing at the top of the spine (see photographs).  Signed on front free endpaper by James M. Cain.  $1,000.  SOLD

J R by William Gaddis.  Uncorrected proof copy signed by Gaddis.  Rare.  $500.  SOLD

First Impressions of Greece; Henry Miller. Limited edition of 250 signed by Miller.  $150.  We have several other 1sts signed by Miller.  SOLD

Haroun and The Sea of Stories; Salman Rushdie. Limited edition of 251 (copy no. 143) and signed by Rushdie.  $250 SOLD.  We have several other books signed by Rushdie, including a paperback copy of Satanic Verses.  (Satanic Verses SOLD).

Death Likes it HotEdgar Box (Gore Vidal).  Heinemann, 1979.  Signed by Box/Vidal.  Unclipped dust jacket.  $65.  SOLD


Indignation Philip Roth.  1st edition, signed by Roth.  Unclipped dust jacket.  $50.

On Chesil Beach; Ian McEwan.  Limited edition in slipcase,  1194 of 1200 copies signed by McEwan.  $150,   SOLD

The Muses Are Heard;  Truman Capote.  Random House.  Stated First Printing.  Unclipped dust jacket. $100.  This book is not signed.


The Mission Song;  John LeCarre.  Signed limited edition of 500.  Book and slipcase still in shrink warp.  $125.   SOLD

Hawaii; James A. Michener.  “This first edition of HAWAII is limited to four hundred copies signed by the author.”  This is copy 183.  Acetate cover on book, which comes in a slipcase.  $650.  SOLD

Caribbean; James A. Michener.  Stated 1st edition with signed bookplate of Michener.  Unclipped dust jacket.  $110.

Mexico; James A. Michener.  Stated 1st edition with signed bookplate of Michener.  Unclipped dust jacket.  $110.

Caravans; James A. Michener.  Stated 1st printing signed by Michener on front free endpaper.  Unclipped dust jacket.  $150.

Losing Battles; Eudora Welty.  Signed by Welty.  Unclipped dust jacket.  $150.

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The Leaning Tower and Other Stories; Katherine Anne Porter.  Signed by Porter and dated 9th May 1958.  Price clipped dust jacket.  $200.  SOLD

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Servant of the Bones;  Anne Rice. “Of this first edition of Servant of the Bones four hundred twenty-five numbered, fifty deluxe & twenty-six lettered copies, all specially bound, have been signed by the author.  This is letter F.”  Signed by Anne Rice and Stan Rice, cover artist.  Slipcase and book.  $195.  

The Bone Setter’s Daughter; Amy Tan.  Signed limited edition of 200.  Book in slipcase still in shrink wrap.  $150.  SOLD

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Fantastic Voyage II:  Destination Brain; New York, Doubleday, 1987.  1st edition and signed by Isaac Asimov.  Dust jacket fine on the outside but stained on the inside.  Book in good condition.  $150.  SOLD

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Marshall, Paule; Praisesong for the Widow; New York, Putnam, 1983. In unclipped dust jacket. Signed by the author. $50.

Michener, James; Tales of the South Pacific; New York, Macmillan, 1977.  26th printing. Dust jacket.   Signed by Michener.  $195

Michener, James; Return to Paradise; New York, Random House, 1951. No dust jacket. Inscribed “To Mary & William Blood with warm best wishes to a pair of good neighbors . . . the first a WAVE. Jim Michener USNR. Ret.” $100.  

O’Brien, Edna; The Lonely Girl; New York, Random House, 1965. 1st edition, in unclipped dust jacket. Signed by the author. $75.

Oates, Joyce Carol; By The North Gate; New York, Vanguard Press, 1963. Unclipped dust jacket. 1st edition of her first book. Signed by Oates. $150.

Reed, Ishmael; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down; London, Allison Busby, 1969.  Unclipped dust jacket.  Inscribed by the author.  $45.

Reed, Ishmael; The Last Days of Louisiana Red; New York, Random House.  1st edition in unclipped dust jacket.  Inscribed by the author.  $45. 

Sontag, Susan; Death Kit; New York, Farrar Straus & Grioux, 1967. 1st edition, 1st printing in unclipped dust jacket. Signed by Sontag. $75. SOLD   

Valenzuela, Luis; Clara; New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. 1st english translation in unclipped dust jacket. Inscribed and signed by the author “To David with best wishes.” $100.

Recent Aquisitions

UPDATED:  July 8, 2022

A Compleat and Humorous Account of all the Remarkable Clubs and Societies in the Cities of London and Westminster, from the R——L S——y Down to the Lumber Troop, &c. Their original with Characters of the most noted Members, containing great variety of entertaining Discourses, Frolicks, and Adventures of the principal managers and members, a work of great use and curiosity. Compil’d from the original papers of a Gent. who frequented those places upwards of twenty years;  Edward Ward; London; Printed for the Author and sold by Joseph Collier at Shakspear’s Head in Ludgate Street; 1745. Full leather.  Very rare.  $995.00 


A Treatise on Fractures and Luxations and Other Affections of the Bones; P.J. Desault, 3rd edition, Philadelphia, Kimber & Sharpless, 1817; three full-page plates.  Full tree calf.  Previous owners signtaure of “Jno. Ridgely,” probably John Ridgely a surgeon in both the American-Mexican War and the Indian Wars.  $300.

Domestic Medicine; or the Family Physician; William Buchan, M.D., PhiladelphiaPrinted by John Dunlap for R. Aitken, at his Book-Store, nearly opposite the London Coffee-House in Front Street; 1st American edition, 1772bound with A Dissertation on the Gout and All Chronic DiseasesWilliam Cadogan; Philadelphia, Printed for and Sold by Aitken at his Book-Store, nearly opposite the London Coffee-House in Front Street; 1772. Full leather, lacking the final page with two paragraphs of printing. These two books were bound together in the American printings. Copies with the two books bound together can be found in libraries but we have been unable to find any copies for sale.  There is one copy of the Dissertation on Gout for sale but it is not bound with the Domestic Medicine.  $600.


Johnsons’ Dictionary; London, Knapton  et al., 1760, 2 volumes:  A Dictionary of the English Language . . . in Two Volumes, The Second Octavo Edition, corrected.  Recently rebound in full leather, with gilt labels on spines.  $1,500.00.

The History of Miss Pittborough in a Series of Letters; By A Lady – In Two Volumes;  London, A. Millar, et al., 1767.  Recently rebound in full leather, with gilt labels on spines.   Very Rare. Author unknown.  $500.00

SMITH, ADAM:  Moral Sentiments “Towards an Analysis of the Principles by which Men Naturally Judge Concerning the Conduct and Character, First of Their Neighbours, and Afterwards of Themselves.  To which is added, A Dissertation on the Origin of Languages.”  1ST U.S. EDITION; Anthony Finley, Philadelphia, 1817.  $1,500.  Please call for a description of the condition. 

Henry Care; English Liberties: Or, The Free-Born Subject’s Inheritance, Containing I. Magna Charta. . . ,  the Habeas Corpus Act; and several other Statutes, with comments upon each of them.  London, Printed by Eliz. Nutt  . . .For Arthur Bettesworth, 4th edition, 1719.  $4,000  

Commentarii linguae Graecae, Gulielmo Budaeo, consiliario Regio, supplicúmque libelloru[m] in Regia magistro, auctore.  Ab eodem accuratè recogniti, atque amplius tertia parte auctiGuillaime Bude; Estienne, Paris, $1548. 

First Robert Estienne edition of this important work by the most influential of the French humanist scholars of the early 16th century. The book was instrumental in spreading the study of Greek throughout France. The first edition was originally published in 1529, but this definitive edition is enlarged by more than one-third from notes left by Guillaume Budé, one of the greatest Renaissance contributors to the study of Greek antiquity. Indeed, Budé’s “Commentarii” formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France and served as the basis of Henri Estienne’s “Thesaurus Graecae linguae” (Schreiber). Provenance:  Bookplate of Panshanger, the estate of the Earls of Cowper.  Emily Lamb married the 4th Earl of Cowper in 1805.  Her bother was William Lamb, whose signature and the date October 1807 appear on Title Page.  William Lamb later became the 2nd Viscount Melbourne, favorite Prime Minister of Queen Victoria. Folio Original bind-stamped vellum, with two clasps.  $3,500.00  


Classen, Albrecht: Reading Medieval European Women Writers: Strong Literary Witnesses from the Past. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016. First edition. 8vo., pp. 236. Hardback: laminated decorative boards. Unused, a hint of shelfwear only otherwise as new. $60.00.

Lockwood, Dean Putnam: Ugo Benzi. Medieval Philosopher and Physician 1376-1439. The Univesity of Chicago Press, 1951. First edition. 8vo., pp. xvi, 441. Cloth, gilt-lettered, spine slightly cocked, top edge inked red, edges lightly dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, 2.5cm closed tear to bottom edge of upper wrapper, a bit soiled, a bit of shelf wear, still good. Ownership inscription in pen of ‘Miriam Ervin Reeve 1955’ to f.f.e.p. $70.00

Moore, Norman: The History of the Study of Medicine in the British Isles. The Fitz-Patrick lectures for 1905-6 delivered before the Royal College of Physicians of London. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908. First edition. 8vo, pp. vi, [2], 202 + illustrated frontispiece and 10 plates. Slightly toned, else a very good copy. Green cloth, title gilt-stamped to spine, head and foot of spine a bit worn, spine slightly browned. $70.00

Pettegree, Andrew: Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation. New York: Penguin Press, 2017. First edition. 8vo., pp. xvi, 381. Hardback: quarter brown cloth-backed buff boards, spine redlettered. Dust-jacket. Unread: as new. $40.00

Stoddart, Anna M.: The Life of Paracelsus: Theophrastus von Hohenheim 1493-1541. London: John Murray, 1911. First edition. 8vo., pp. xv, 309 + 6 plates + [ii] publisher’s ad. at rear. Tissue-guarded frontis. Hardback: green cloth, gilt-lettered to spine with a Star of David gilt to spine and one to centre of upper board. Top edge gilt. No dust-jacket. Front endpaper split along length of hinge but binding entirely secure. Spine very slightly cocked, edges a little dusted, light signs of shelf-wear, still a good copy. Bookplate of Lucy A. Hodgkin to front pastedown. $150.00.

Warner, Lawrence: The Lost History of Piers Plowman: The Earliest Transmission of Langland’s Work. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 117. Hardback: blue cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Unread, a hint only of shelf-wear: almost as new. $65.00.

************************************************************************************************************************************************************[Annual] Roscoe, Thomas: (Prout, S., illus.:) (The Landscape Annual for 1830:) The Tourist in Switzerland and Italy. London: Robert Jennings, 1830. 8vo., pp. [vii], 278, [ii] + 26 plates including additional engraved title-page, as called for. Each plate protected by a slightly foxed tissue, but only very occasional spots of foxing elsewhere. Slight separation at gutter between frontis and engraved title. Green textured sheepskin, gilt title to spine, a.e.g.. Spine faded, a bit rubbed, lower corners bumped but a very good, sound copy overall. Signed to preliminary blank by the illustrator to his eldest daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth (b.1813). Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep. Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a master of architectural watercolour painting, and sometime teacher of John Ruskin. He was appointed ‘Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary’ to King George IV in 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria. The plates in this volume were engraved under the direction of the celebrated engraver Charles Heath (1785-1848).  $160.00

Athanasius of Alexandria; Swedenborg, Emanuel: De Athanasii Symbolo. The Athanasian Creed. An Unpublished Manuscript. London: Swedenborg Society (Inc.), 1954. 8vo., pp. [iv], 93, [iii]. Latin and English parallel texts. Internally clean and bright. Green cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board with gilt coat of arms. A little rubbed, near fine. $50.00

Goldsmith, Oliver: (Dobson, Austin, ed.; Jellicoe, John & Railton, Herbert, illus.:) The Poems and Plays. London: J.M. Dent and Co., 1889. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [viii], 234; xxix, [i], 197, [iii] + frontispiece to each volume and 4 further plates. Half faux vellum, sage green cloth boards, red titles to spines, edges uncut. A bit rubbed, spines slightly grubby, endpapers very toned, but still very good copies overall. Large paper limited edition, of which 150 sold in England and 100 in America. This copy number 55.

Justinus, Marcus Junianus: (Graevius, Joannes Georgius, ed.:) Historiae Philippicae. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Henricum Wetstenium and Traiecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: Guillelmum van de Water, 1694. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 378, [cxxxviii] + engraved frontispiece. Contemporary tan speckled calf, gilt spine with tan morocco label, edges sprinkled red. Spine crackled with a few small chips, joints and edges a little worn, corners bumped. 20th-century bookplate of ‘J.E.’ to front pastedown. Ms library code to f.f.e.p.. A variorum with the additional notes of Faber (1615-72), Vorst (1623-76) and Scheffer (1621-79), this volume forms part of the twenty-year run of editions of Justinus from 1683, although this particular edition goes unnoticed by Dibdin. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 139 (for the other editions). $295

[Quintilian] Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: (Spalding, Georg Ludwig, ed.:) De Institutione Oratoria libri duodecim ad codicum veterum fidem recensuit et annotatione explanavit Georg. Ludovicus Spalding A.M. Gymnasii Berolino-Coloniensis professor […] Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Sumtibus Siegfried Lebrecht Crusii (Vols. I-IV); Sumptibus Frid. Christ. Guil. Vogelii (Vols. V-VI), 1798-1834. 6 vols., 8vo., pp. lxxxvi, 628, [iv]; viii, 652, [ii]; xii, 646, [ii]; xviii, [iv], 718, [ii]; xxviii, 478, [ii]; lxxxiv, 1042, [ii]. Publisher’s list to final page verso, vol. I. Vol. VI has additional titlepage facing t.p. proper: ‘Lexicon Quintilianeum edidit Eduardus Bonnellus Gymnasii Berolinensis professoris’. Occasional spots of foxing but generally bright, small closed tear to vol. IV title-page. Mid 20th-century half light tan calf, red morocco spine labels, red marbled paper boards, edges lightly sprinkled brown, contrasting marbled endpapers. Some patchy colour variation to spines (possibly from injudicious use of leather dressing), a little rubbed but a very good set. To the flyleaf of each volume, ‘David M. Gaunt (Re-bound, Jan. 1968)’. This is likely the classicist David Martin Gaunt who served at Bletchley Park during WWII (see the ‘Roll of Honour’ on the Bletchley website) and published an edition of Quintilian in 1952. An additional crossed-through ownership inscription to vol. I. An edition much praised by Dibdin (writing of the first four volumes): ‘It was wish of Ernesti that some ingenious and erudite scholar, “florens adhuc aetate,” would favour the classical world with a complete edition of Quintilian […]. The above excellent production of Spalding seems to have realised this wish.’ Dibdin II 4th edn. 371.  $550

Schneider, J.G.: Historia Amphibiorum, Naturalis et Literariae Fascisculus Primus […] (&) Secundus […] Amsterdam: A.Asher & Co., 1968. Facsimile reprint of 1799-1801 edition. 2 vols. in 1. 8vo., pp.xiii, [i], 264, [viii including 2 illustrations, one fold-out.]; vi, 364 + 2 fold-out illustrations. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering, slightly shelf-worn but still a very good copy. Descriptions of frogs, toads, salamanders, crocodiles, snakes, etc. $95

(Thackeray, Francis St John & Stone, Edward Daniel, ed.:) Florilegium Latinum. Translations into Latin Verse: Pre-Victorian Poets. London & New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1899. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xvi, [ii], 244; xvi, 299. Occasional light foxing. Dark blue publisher’s cloth, gilt title and illustration to spines and upper boards, top edges gilt and other edges uncut. Spines sunned, endcaps a bit tattered, cloth at head of upper joint vol.II just starting to split, a few small marks, endpapers and edges lightly toned, still a very good set. The Bodley Head Anthologies series, edited by R.H. Case. $95


Life of Washington by John Marshall.  5 Volumes, all 1st editions.  Vols 1-3 1804; Vol. 4 1805; Vol. 5 1807. 

Philadelphia, Wayne.  Portrait frontispiece Volume 1.  The 1st US edition published the maps in a separate Atlas.  

The Atlas is not included in this set.        $1,500


  De Republica Hebraeorum, Libri III, Editio Novissima; CunaeusAmsterdam, Waesbergen & Weyerstraet, 1666.  

16mo., contemporary vellum, engraved title page.  $495.

Euclid, Sex Primi Elementorum Geometricorum Libri, George Fournier.
Cantabridgiensis, 1654. Fournier was a French Jesuit Priest, geographer and mathematician,
and teacher of Rene Descartes. Beautifully rebound. $1,250.

1st Printing of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.  Stated 1st printing, random House,1957.  Green cloth.  No dust jacket.  $200.00  SOLD

Churchill:  London to Ladysmith via Pretoria, Longmans, Green, 1900.  

1st US edition printed the same year as the UK edition.  All maps present.  $125. 

Churchill:  Ian Hamilton’s March, Longmans, Green, 1900.  

1st US edition printed the same year as the UK edition.  All maps present.  $175.  SOLD

Churchill:  Malakand Field Force 1897, Longmans, Green, 1898.  

1st edition, 1st printing, without errata insert and advertisements dated 12/97.  

All maps present. $3,500.  SOLD

Summa Theologica: In qua Ecclesiæ Catholicæ Doctrina Universa. Saint Thomas Aquinas. 

Douai 1614.  $1,250. SOLD

Cyrianus Anglicus:  History of the Life and Death of William, Archbishop of Canterbury; 

by P. Heylen; London, A Seile; 1668; beautifully rebound.  $850.00

Livy’s Historiarum Quod Extat, Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1678. 

Second issue of this title with “quod extat” and s.p.q.r. on the shield. W1548; Copinger 2875. Fine binding (ca. 1800).  (Bookplate of T. Douglas Murray, possibly the editor of Jeanne d’Arc, Maid of Orleans, deliverer of France: Being the Story of her Life, her Achievements, and her: Death, as attested on Oath and Set forth in the Original, and author of Sir Samuel Baker; a memoir).  $600.

Nouveau Voyage dans l Amerique Septentrionale en l’Annee 1781 Et Campagne de l’Armee de M. Le Comte 

de Rochambeau; L’Abbe Charles Cesar Robin; Philadelphia and Paris (printed in Paris), Moutard, 1782. First edition; Abbe Robin was a chaplain with Rochambeau’s army. This is his account of the pivotal southern campaigns of Rochambeau and Washington, who had joined forces in June to march on Yorktown and then Chesapeake Bay. $500.

The Life and Times of John Calvin, Paul Henry (translated from German by Henry Stebbing), 

Carter, 1854. Second edition, two volumes in one. $100.   

L’Esprit Des Lois, Ou Du Rapport Que Les Loix Doivent Avoir Avec La Constitution 

De Chaque Gouvernement, Les Moeurs, Le Climat, La Religion, Le Commerce, & C. , 

a Quoi D’Auteu a Ajoutee Des Recherches Nouvelles. Montesquieu, Charles De Secondat, 

Baron De 1689-1755.  Barrillot et Fils, Geneve, 1749.  Two volumes bound in one, 

with two title pages both dated 1749.  Foldout map present behind table of contents of Volume 2. $3,500.  The author is not identified in the early printings.  Bookplate of Hugh Percy.  $3,500.

Absalom and Achitophel. A poem. The seventh edition; augmented and revised.  

John Dryden; London, Tonson, 1692. Trimmed down from quarto.  $500. SOLD

Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis. Translated into English Verse by Mr. Dryden, and several other Eminent Hands. Together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus. Made English by Mr. Dryden. To Which Is Prefixid a Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire by Mr. Dryden. London, Tonson, 1697, early issue (first edition 1693, fourth edition 1711). 17 plates, including frontispiece, all present. $450.

Livy, Historiarum, in six volumes, Clarendon, 1813. Full leather, contemporary binding, text in four volumes, volume five containing extensive index plus another work, De Gentibus et Familiis Romanorum of Richard Streinnio (separately paginated and first published in 1571), and volume six being a glossary. $400.

Hesiod, his works, published by Franz Hacke in 1657, the same year as the Elzevir edition, with a vocabulary, extensive notes by Lambert Barla, and a similar title page; bound in contemporary vellum. $500

Miscellaneous Pieces of M. de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, first and only English edition, Wilson and Durham, 1759, contemporary full leather, includes his A Defence of the Spirit of Laws.  $600.

The Odyssey, 1655 quarto edition by Elzevir, notes by Didymus, with Batrachomyomachia,  Hymns, and Homeric index. Full leather, rebacked. Ex-library. $500.

A Compleat System of Husbandry and Gardening; Or The Gentleman’s Companion In The Business and Pleasures Of A Country LifeShewing. 1. The several New and mostt Advantagious Ways of  Tilling Planting Sowing Manuring Improving Gardens Orchards Woods and Coppices. I. The Husbandman’s Monthly Directions. III. The Interpretation of Rustick Terms with an Account of the Several Instruments and Engines Used in the Profession. By John Worlidge.  London, Pickard, Fifth edition, 1716, with one folding plate. $1,500.


1. Euripides Tragedies – 3 volumes (1889-1892), all in Greek with Latin commentary; newly bound in standard library cloth – $125 

2. Horace, opera omnia – this is #58 of a thousand copies printed by the Medici Society, 1910, full leather, top edge gilt; all Latin – $125 

3. Aelian, varia historia – 2 volumes, half leather, rebacked, 1780, Greek with extensive Latin notes (the Greek is the nice old-style font) and a number of small engravings – $200 

4. Longinus on the Sublime – a 1907 Cambridge Univ. printing in Greek of the famous book on rhetoric with scholarly notes in English, cloth binding, many pages uncut – $95 

5. Aristophanes comedies – 2 volumes (4 volumes in 2), 1810, Oxford Univ. edition, rebacked with original backstrips retained, Greek with Latin notes – $145 

6. Demosthenes – 2 volumes, 3/4 leather, 1859/1868, Greek with notes in English (some underlining and marginal notes), given as a school prize – $100

7. Herodotus – 2 volumes, new cloth but published by Oxford Univ. in 1810, Greek with notes in Latin – $125.

Harriet Beecher Stowe; A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Jewett, 1853.  Soft cover.  $295.  

The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians.  Sir Gardner Wilkinson, London, John Murray.  Six volume set.  The first three volumes are “Their Private Life, Government, Laws, Arts, Manufactures, Religion and Early History.”  Published in 1842, the Second edition.  All 17 plates (some in color) are present.  The second three volumes are entitled “Their Religion, Agriculture & etc.”  Published in 1841.  There are two volumes of text and one of plates along with an index.  The plates are numbered sequentially from the first set and start at number 18 and end at number 88.  All plates, including some in color and foldout plates, are present.  3/4 leather over marbled boards, with marbled endpapers and top edges gilt.  Contact us for additional details on condition and for more photographs.  $1,500.00

The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians.  Sir Gardner Wilkinson, London, John Murray.  Six volume set.  The first three volumes are “Their Private Life, Government, Laws, Arts, Manufactures, Religion and Early History.”  Published in 1842, the Second edition.  All 17 plates (some in color) are present.  The second three volumes are entitled “Their Religion, Agriculture & etc.”  Published in 1841.  There are two volumes of text and one of plates along with an index.  The plates are numbered sequentially from the first set and start at number 18 and end at number 88.  All plates, including some in color and foldout plates, are present.  3/4 leather over marbled boards, with marbled endpapers and top edges gilt.  Contact us for additional details on condition and for more photographs.  $1,500.00.