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Atlas Shrugged

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Description: FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of Ayn Rand's masterpiece, one of the most influential books of the century. A FINE COPY. The enormously popular "Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus. Not only is it her fullest presentation of her philosophy, it is the one novel, she said, that is 'completely my sense of life, without reservations'" (Robert Mayhew, Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged). New York: Random House, 1957. Thick octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. A beautiful, outstanding copy with the dust jacket extraordinarily bright. A FINE COPY - the nicest we've handled.

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The Idler

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Description: FIRST COLLECTED EDITION; a classic of English literature offering Johnson's advice, observations, wit, and wisdom, all in Johnson's inimitable style. "The Idler was the last of Johnson's periodical writings. It appeared weekly in the Universal Chronicle, published by the famous Newbery. Beginning in April, 1758, Johnson wrote the one hundred and three essays in the next two years" with the collected edition appearing in 1761. (Osgood, ed. Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson). As Boswell explains in his Life of Johnson: "The Idler is evidently the work of the same mind which produced the Rambler, but has less body and more spirit. It has more variety of real life, and greater facility of language. He described the miseries of idleness, with the lively sensations of one who has felt them; and in his private memorandums while engaged in it, we find 'This year I hope to learn diligence'." Provenance: With handsome bookplates in each volume associated with the British noble family the Howards of Effingham depicting two lions and the motto "Virtus Mille Scuta". London: J. Newbery, 1761. Small octavo, contemporary full calf; housed in custom case. Two volumes. Rubbing to spines and boards, particularly near the edges. (Rubbing to spines of box as well.) Browning to title pages from binding, otherwise text fine with wide margins. A rare set in unrestored contemporary bindings.

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Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Turing's groundbreaking PhD thesis, "one of the key documents in the history of mathematics and computer science." "Between inventing the concept of a universal computer in 1936 and breaking the German Enigma code during World War II, Alan Turing, the British founder of computer science and artificial intelligence, came to Princeton University to study mathematical logic. Some of the greatest logicians in the world -- including Alonzo Church, Kurt Gödel, John von Neumann, and Stephen Kleene -- were at Princeton in the 1930s, and they were working on ideas that would lay the groundwork for what would become known as computer science." While at Princeton, Turing earned his PhD, and his "fascinating and influential 1938 Princeton PhD thesis [is] one of the key documents in the history of mathematics and computer science.” "A work of philosophy as well as mathematics, Turing's thesis envisions a practical goal -- a logical system to formalize mathematical proofs so they can be checked mechanically. If every step of a theorem could be verified mechanically, the burden on intuition would be limited to the axioms. Turing's point is that mathematical reasoning can be done, and should be done, in mechanizable formal logic. Turing's vision of 'constructive systems of logic for practical use' has become reality: in the twenty-first century, automated 'formal methods' are now routine" (Alan Turing's Systems of Logic: The Princeton Thesis, ed. Andrew W. Appel). IN: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Series 2., Vol. 45., Part 3., 21 March, 1939, pp. 161-228. London: C.F. Hidgson & Son, 1939. Tall octavo, modern three quarter red cloth over linen boards, original wrappers bound-in. A beautiful, fine copy with full margins and no institutional stamps. RARE.

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An Autobiography

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Description: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, number 44 of only 250 copies signed by Avedon; complete with special engraver's proof (10.5 x 13.5 in) of Marilyn Monroe laid-in. Lavishly illustrated with 284 photographs documenting Avedon's career from the 1940's to the 1990's. On his portrait of Marilyn - one of the most famous portraits of the icon ever taken - Avedon explained: “For hours she danced and sang and flirted and did this thing that’s—she did Marilyn Monroe. And then there was the inevitable drop. And when the night was over and the white wine was over and the dancing was over, she sat in the corner like a child, with everything gone. I saw her sitting quietly without expression on her face, and I walked towards her but I wouldn’t photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying no" (Richard Avedon Portraits). New York: Random House, (1993). Folio, original white cloth with gray and black lettering, original slipcase, original publisher's shipping box. Just a hint of toning to spine, a touch of rippling to cloth on front cover (much less than usual). An outstanding copy, as fine as we've seen.

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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine

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Description: FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY VONNEGUT on front free endpaper: "Kurt Vonnegut / Oct 3 1993 / Sagaponack NY." Vonnegut's "fifth novel, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, is the story of a tenderhearted but hapless millionaire who hopes to create a better world by being intensely sympathetic to all of his fellow human beings; it was published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston in 1965… Reviewer Martin Levin, writing for the New York Times, described Mr. Rosewater as 'a book that is devoid of anything as square as a plot, its text broken up into short epiphanies, like poetic cantos, with typographical squiggles for segues'. Levin describes here the start of the style that would mark Vonnegut's work for the next several decades. Mr. Rosewater is also the novel that introduces Vonnegut's recurring character and sometime alter ego, science fiction writer Kilgore Trout. Despite his reluctance to characterize the book as a proper novel, Levin nevertheless praises Vonnegut as 'a writer with an excellent ear, a knack for arresting imagery, and a Message'"" (Farrell, Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut). The book was inscribed at Sagaponack, NY, where Vonnegut lived for many years. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965. Octavo, original half-cloth and color-patterned boards, original dust jacket. Book near-fine with some wear to spine and a very minor brown spot in the extreme margin of three leaves; dust jacket near-fine with only light, general wear. An exceptionally nice copy of one of the more challenging Vonnegut first editions to find in good, collectible condition and with a particularly strong Vonnegut signature.

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The Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill, The Centenary Edition [The Second World War, The World Crisis, Speeches, etc.]

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Description: STUNNING 34-VOLUME CENTENARY EDITION of Churchill’s Collected Works. With extra subscribers’ proof copy of volume I. “Produced with the approval and co-operation of the Churchill Centenary Committee and family, it reproduces all Churchill’s fifty books in thirty-four volumes... The books are printed on Archive Long Life Text, all edges gilt, and bound in full vellum with 24-carat gold blocking” (Woods). Although the limitation notes that 3000 sets were produced, only about 1750 were actually completed. With Preface by the Baroness Spencer-Churchill. This set with bookplate designating it set number 381 and published for “Mr. A.R. Knight”. WITH AN EXTRA SUBSCRIBERS’ PROOF of volume one and stamped for Mr. Knight with the instructions for it to be returned to The Library of Imperial History. Note: Four volumes of Essays were published three years later in matching format and were not issued with this set. London: Library of Imperial History in association with the Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd, 1973. 35 volumes (34 + extra proof copy). Octavo, original full calfskin vellum with 24-carat gold blocking, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; original slipcases with gilt-stamped Churchill coat-of-arms. Natural age-toning to vellum, slipcases with wear from sticking to each other (very common with this set). An absolutely beautiful set.

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Great Contemporaries

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Description: RARE ADVANCE PROOF COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. One of Churchill's most enduring works, Great Contemporaries contains Churchill's candid and insightful portraits of some of the most influential and intriguing individuals of his time. Includes essays on Shaw, Chamberlain, Balfour, Clememceau, T.E. Lawrence, Hitler, and others. Illustrated with full-page photographic portraits of each subject. Excerpts: On T.E. Lawrence: "Lawrence was one of those beings whose pace of life was faster and more intense than the ordinary. Just as an aeroplane only flies by its speed and pressure against the air, so he flew best and easiest in the hurricane. He was not in complete harmony with the normal." On George Bernard Shaw: "Few people practise what they preach, and no one less so than Mr. Bernard Shaw... The world has long watched with tolerance and amusement the nimble antics and gyrations of this unique and double-headed chameleon, while all the time the creature was eager to be taken seriously." On Hindenburg: "We may be sure that the renowned veteran had not motive but love of country, and that he did his best with declining mental strength to cope with problems never before presented to a ruler." London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1937. Octavo, original wrappers; custom silk box. Some soiling to wrappers (particularly to spine); small blemish on rear wrapper. An excellent copy of the rare proof.

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In the American West

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Description: FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY AVEDON on front free endpaper: “Avedon ’85”. Often considered Avedon's masterpiece, In the American West is sumptuously illustrated with over 100 large duotone plates depicting a startling variety of men and women Avedon encountered during his travels in the American West from 1979-1984. Designed by Marvin Israel and Elizabeth Avedon and with essay by Laura Wilson.?? New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1985. Folio, original pictorial cloth, original acetate. A FINE COPY.

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My African Journey

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Description: FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PICTORIAL CLOTH of Churchill stirring account of his African travels. Complete with 61 photographic illustrations and three maps. "In autumn 1907 [Churchill] set out on a tour of east Africa which began as a hunting expedition but turned into a semi-official inquiry into colonial affairs. In Kenya he went big-game hunting and investigated the conditions of African contract workers. In Uganda he visited Christian missions, took tea with Daudi Chewa, the eleven-year-old kabaka of Buganda, and took up with great enthusiasm the project for a dam across the Ripon Falls" (Dictionary of National Biography). "Living more by his pen than his ministerial salary, Churchill contracted to write a series of articles for the Strand Magazine. These were expanded into a book, My African Journey, published in 1908… My African Journey gives a vivid and sometimes exciting picture of Africa and the author's progress. It is also instructive, as befits Churchill's instincts as an itinerant politician" (Sandys, Chasing Churchill: The Travels of Winston Churchill). London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. Octavo, original pictorial red cloth. Publisher's catalog bound in rear (as issued). Mild fading to spine (less than usual), slight lean to binding, a little foxing to text block edges (text exceptionally clean). A handsome copy with front cover colors particularly strong.

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Personal Badges for the 1960 Democratic National Convention; with Typed Letter Signed

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Description: ELEANOR ROOSEVELT’S OFFICIAL CONVENTION BADGES FOR THE 1960 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION. With a signed letter from Roosevelt to her good friend Mayris Chaney concerning her arrival at the convention. TWO BADGES: Decorative medals held with red-white-and-blue ribbon, the first reading “Mrs. F.D. Roosevelt / Former First Lady” on two metal bars, between beautiful engraved patriotic designs at the top and bottom surrounding the text “United States of America” and “1960 Democratic National Convention Los Angeles”; the second badge, again with the beautiful patriotic emblems, reads “Honored Guest”. The medals include the original box. On July 10, 1960, the day before the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, Eleanor Roosevelt refused to ride in a limousine to a reception, preferring to walk half a mile with reporters. The absence of former President Harry Truman underscored the Democrats’ break with the past and cast a warm light on former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who attended the convention to support the faltering and ultimately doomed Presidential Campaign of Adlai Stevenson. In speaking for Stevenson, Roosevelt questioned whether Kennedy’s Catholic faith might cost him votes and said he didn’t have the support of African Americans. Instead, she backed a Stevenson-Kennedy political ticket. This trip in 1960 proved to be the final Political Convention which she attended. After the election, Roosevelt chaired the John F. Kennedy administration's ground-breaking Committee which helped start Second-wave Feminism, the “Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.” In 1999, she was ranked in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. Her letter to Mayris Chaney (included in this collection) is typed on Roosevelt’s personal New York City letterhead and reads in full: June 24, 1960 Dearest Tiny: I have had another change in plans and will arrive the night of July 10th getting in at 7:30 p.m. but you need not meet me as Frankie is having a car and driver at my disposal. Let’s hope this is the last change! Anyhow, it means I will be able to come to you sooner than I expected and this is a joy. With much love, Devotedly, [signed] E.R. [handwritten] Frankie is meeting me & - if avail we can come for you later after dinner. Mayris Chaney (Mrs. Hershey Martin), was a renowned dancer who worked with Roosevelt in the Office of Civilian Defense, and one of her closet friends for almost twenty years. Their friendship began in the early thirties after Roosevelt's bodyguard Earl Miller introduced his charge to Chaney and her dance partner Eddie Fox. Roosevelt felt so at ease with Martin that she quickly nicknamed her "Tiny," included her in the close circle of friends with whom she could relax in private (at Val-Kill and the White House, in their homes, and on vacation) and served as Godmother to Martin’s daughter Anna Eleanor (named after Eleanor Roosevelt). The letter includes the original mailing envelope. ?A REMARKABLE HISTORICAL ARTIFACT.

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Some Memories of Drawings

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Description: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 20 PRESENTATION COPIES (out of a total edition of 120), signed by O’Keeffe and the book’s designer Leonard Baskin. AN EXTRAORDINARY COPY: Given by O’Keeffe’s long-time agent Doris Bry to her friend and noted psychiatrist Dr. Lucie Jessner. With letters from Bry to Jessner discussing O’Keeffe’s health and the origins of this book, with proofs of the pre-publication text and proof photos for some of the plates in the book. In a typed signed letter in this collection dated December 1, 1972, Doris Bry writes to Lucie Jessner about the origins of this book, “Some Memories of Drawings”: “You probably don’t remember -- but when I did the big O’K Drawings portfolio (which you have) -- and which has ten drawings -- I also intended to do a second volume of another ten -- which I never did -- and probably will never be able to do. -- But I also wanted to do a little and inexpensive paperback of the 20 drawings available to anyone -- with perhaps a little something by O’K about them -- and a one page biography and bibliography in the back -- well designed and well printed, etc. -- about 8 x 6 or 6 x 5” -- something like that. “Now O’K has given me her comments -- text for the first ten -- she forgot about the second ten -- and I enclose a Xerox [included here]. -- If it isn’t imposing on you, I’d be interested in your reaction -- if you have time to react. (This is text for the ten you have) “I feel one needs 20 to make a booklet that can be bound neatly -- and that ten doesn’t work physically -- also it would be interesting if she would do another ten. “This was just given to me as a fait accompli -- we did not talk about it or work on it -- Some of the material under I (the first two pages of her text) -- she has said to me at times somewhat differently -- and perhaps better -- and I am tempted to try to get her to expand it a little -- but then I also think it might be best just to take it as it is. -- “as a reader would you be interested in this little book? or is it too sparse? or???" In 1973, Bry did succeed in getting the book produced and the result is a masterful collection of drawings O'Keeffe created between 1915 and 1963; illustrated with 21 charcoal and pencil drawings reproduced on Arches Silkscreen in 300-line screen offset lithography, each laid into a lettered folded leaf of Arches paper. Most drawings are accompanied by O'Keeffe's commentary -- her first writing intended for book publication -- explaining the details, setting, or inspiration for each work. Elegantly designed by Leonard Baskin and printed at The Meadows Press. ??Also noteworthy in Bry’s letters is a discussion of O’Keeffe’s health, specifically her battle with macular degeneration, which began to strip O’Keeffe of her central vision in 1972. In an autograph letter dated May 8, 1972, Bry writes: “Much is quite terrible -- beyond words -- and then O’K remarkable and just acts, insofar as possible -- as if she can see. -- But the problem that it doesn’t seem to stay static, but all worsens weekly for her rather inexorably...” In her December 1, 1972 letter, she notes: ”I was glad to see O’K -- which I hadn’t since early May -- as she seemed very much better in many ways than then. -- Generally in better health, better spirits (quite cheerful actually) -- and I did not have that terrible sense I had last spring of desperation and fatigue and tension which really worried me so much. -- She says her eyes are no better, though I feel from things she sees and says unconsciously that she is seeing more, and so does everyone around her. -- but she says it is that she has adapted to it. -- And yet I hope things will change for the better somehow. -- Her courage and attitude are remarkable -- and somehow I think she will find some way of painting again some time -- though she says not. -- but she does now begin to think of writing, using the little tape recorder -- so I hope something will come of this, and certainly encouraged it.” Note: The Xeroxed proofs of O’Keeffe’s text differ from the final version. The nine 8x10 inch proof photographs are loose in an envelope addressed to “Miss Georgia O’Keeffe c/o Bry”. With two additional postcards from Bry to Jessner, a catalog illustrated with O’Keeffe’s works (which Bry mentions in a letter to Jessner) in celebration of O’Keeffe being awarded the 1971 M. Carey Thomas Award by Bryn Mawr College, and a brochure for an O’Keeffe exhibition at The Downtown Gallery (1958). Some Memories of Drawings. New York: Atlantis Editions, 1974. Octavo, contents loose as issued in original publisher's presentation issue box (which is more substantial and handsome than the regular issue). One plate (#21) with light foxing on image; Blue Lines (#1) with a few very light spots of foxing on matting edge. Letters, proofs, additional material fine. A MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION.

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Histoire d'Édouard Manet et de Son Oeuvre

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Theodore Duret's catalog raisonné of Manet's paintings and pastels. Complete with TWO ORIGINAL MANET ETCHINGS (L'Olympia and Le Gamin au Chien). One of 600 unnumbered copies. Profusely illustrated with 21 full-page engravings by Beltrand after Manet, several colored in pochoir, and additional in-text illustrations. With illuminating text by Theodore Duret. Paris: Floury, 1902. Quarto, contemporary half red morocco, marbled boards. With original wrappers bound-in. A few scuffs to binding, interior fine. An exquisite volume. Rare.

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Color 1941-1980

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Description: FIRST EDITION containing color reproductions of Callahan's works from 1941 through 1980. "I started color almost as soon as I got started going -- around 1941... And a lot of times that would happen to me. I would do something and I'd think, 'that would be nice in color'. I think I remember now... reality seemed kind of dumb in those days. I'd try to do abstract things like torn signs and pieces of signs -- imitating paintings or something. It's like when I wanted to deal with reality I'd use black and white." -- Harry Callahan. Note: This copy comes with its original shipping box. Because it has been stored in the box, it has not experienced the spine fading usually associated with this title. Providence: Matrix Publications, 1980. Folio (14.25" x 14.25") in original sage green cloth-covered slipcase, title stamped in yellow on front; original shipping box. Containing 96 color plates and one duotone. Some rippling to text, otherwise fine.

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Bottoms Up: 52 Cock-Tail Spins for High Flyers

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Description: RARE CLASSIC PROHIBITION-ERA COCK-TAIL BOOK, WITH THE RARE ORIGINAL CORKSCREW. “This rare Prohibition Era cocktail recipe book, die-cut in the shape of a cocktail shaker, was published in the U.S. in 1928, at the height of the Prohibition Era, flaunting the ban on alcohol with cocktail recipes by famous silent film stars, vaudeville performers and musicians, including W. C. Fields, Fanny Brice, Florenz Ziegfield, Ted Lewis and George Gershwin. “Bottoms Up is notable for two reasons.  It was one of only a few cocktail books published in the U.S. during Prohibition, and it's the earliest known example of a book of cocktail recipes of famous celebrities. This is a natural pairing.  While most Americans found it difficult or impossible to obtain alcohol during Prohibition, celebrities, especially in the entertainment business, thrived on the underground cocktail culture. “It's significant that "Tex" Guinan is included. Mary Louise "Texas" Guinan made her silent film debut in 1917 in The Wildcat, becoming America's first movie cowgirl, "The Queen of the West". “However Tex's importance in this cocktail book was her notorious reputation as the owner and manager of a Prohibition Era speakeasy called the 300 Club at 151 W. 54th Street in New York City. Her club was routinely raided by the police, but Tex always claimed that the patrons had brought the liquor in with them.  The 300 Club was the gathering spot of New York's wealthy and famous, including George Gershwin, Reggie Vanderbilt, Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, Irving Berlin, John Barrymore and Rudolph Valentino.  Ruby Keeler and George Raft were discovered as dancers at Tex's 300 Club. “Each of the celebrity cocktail recipes concludes with a nostalgic "Do You Remember?" reminiscence of the grand bars, hotels and casinos that had once flourished before Prohibition. “The book also contains a page of Antidotes and Pick-me-ups, Helpful Hints for making cocktails, Rules of the International Bar Flies, The Amalgamated Order of Beer Shifters, and The Code of the Bar Flies. “Today's tradition of American cocktails primarily developed during, and because of, Prohibition.  Cocktail books before this era were usually trade publications intended for professional bartenders.  Then the 1920s and early 30s saw the emergence of do-it-yourself cocktail books, mostly published in England, France, Canada and Cuba, featuring the new explosion of cocktails that developed during Prohibition.  Very few cocktail books were published in the U.S. at this time, since the ingredients weren't available, and Bottoms Up is the rarest of them all.  So far, only two copies of this book are known to have survived” (Richard Powers, stanford.edu). Although rare, it is our experience that there are significantly more than two copies in existence. NOTE: Includes the very rare original corkscrew (which has been polished and cleaned). Chicago: The Buzza Company, 1928. 41 pp. Illustrated with photographs. 22.5x16 cm in the shape of a cocktail shaker, illustrated wrappers, string bound; custom olive-green silk box. Wear and a few chips to edges, minor pencil marks on a few blanks. A well-preserved copy of a very rare and fragile item.

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Day of Paris

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Description: FIRST EDITION, complete with 103 evocative black and white Kertész photographs and the rare original dust jacket designed by Alexey Brodovitch. “In 1945, when André Kertész published Day of Paris, his first book in America, he’d been living in New York for nearly a decade. Like so many other exiled European artists, he’d left Paris before the German invasion, so the photographs in his book were all taken in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Arranged in a loose progression from morning to afternoon to night, these pictures of a peaceful, bustling city were particularly poignant, coming as thy did at the end of the war, and their nostalgia was certainly part of their appeal. Though Day of Paris is full of cityscapes... the photographer is always alert to the human heart of the city, and even his pictures of figures passing on the street are engaging... Some of Kertész’s most famous photos (the disconcertingly fragmented view through a glass clock face at the Louvre, the surreal suburban scene with viaduct and toylike train) are included here.” Alexey Brodovitch “provides a leisurely understated design that allows for double spreads. shrewd juxtapositions, and unexpectedly grand expanses of white space for this small format” (Roth 101). Parr/Badger, Vol I, p.200. New York: J.J. Augustin, 1945. Quarto (242x110mm / 9.5x7in), original cloth, original dust jacket; custom box. Neat owner signature on front free endpaper. Cloth near-fine with a few spots of foxing to rear board, a little browning on free endpapers (offset from dust jacket flaps, as usual); dust jacket with minor edgewear and creasing, light soiling to rear panel. An excellent copy of a notoriously difficult book to find in collectible condition.

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Oda a Joan Miro

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Description: FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY JOAN MIRO AND JOAN BROSSA. One of 350 copies (out of a total edition of 535 copies, all signed). A beautiful and fascinating collaboration, with highly original "visual poems" by Brossa, including designs in tissue and string, surrounded by lithographs by Miro (13 lithographic Miro pages at front; 10 at rear, all but three in black and white). Barcelona: Edicions Poligrafa, 1973. Folio (approx. 10 x 14 inches), original pictorial cloth designed by Miro. A few tiny spots of soiling to cloth. A FINE COPY.

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Inside World

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Description: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, number 68 of only 250 copies, SIGNED BY PRINCE AND WITH ACCOMPANYING HANDWRITTEN JOKE, ALSO SIGNED. An exhibition catalogue/artist’s book published on the occasion of a 1989 Kent Gallery show, co-curated by Richard Prince and Thea Westreich. Including images by Prince interspersed with those of Richard Artschwager, Troy Brauntuch, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol; each copy with its own personalized joke penned by Prince. Signed by Prince on the limitation page with accompanying handwritten joke, also signed, reading: "What a kid I was. I remember practicing the violin in front of a roaring fire. My old man walked in on me. He was furious. We didn't have a fireplace." New York: Thea Westreich, 1989. Octavo (12 5/8" x 8 3/4"), original red cloth, original slipcase. Signed joke laid in (as issued). A FINE COPY.

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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club [Pickwick Papers]

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Description: FIRST EDITION in book form of Dickens's first great success; one of his most beloved works. IN EXTREMELY RARE PUBLISHER'S DELUXE MOROCCO BINDING. "In February 1836, just after the appearance of the two-volume Sketches by Boz, two young booksellers who were moving into publishing, Edward Chapman and William Hall, approached Dickens to write the letterpress for a series of steel-engraved plates by the popular comic artist Robert Seymour depicting the misadventures of a group of cockney sportsmen, to be published in twenty monthly numbers, each containing four plates. They offered Dickens £14 a month for the work, an 'emolument' that was, as he wrote to Catherine, 'too tempting to resist' (Letters, 1.129). He accepted the commission ... but stipulated that he should be allowed to widen the scope of the proposed subject 'with a freer range of English scenes and people.' He then, he later recalled, 'thought of Mr Pickwick, and wrote the first number' (Preface to the Cheap Edition of Pickwick, 1847). This appeared on 31 March 1836 ... On 20 April Seymour committed suicide but the publishers boldly decided to continue the series, despite disappointing initial sales. Seymour was replaced, after the brief trial of R. W. Buss, with a young artist, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), who was Dickens's main illustrator for the next twenty-three years. In recognition of the fact that Dickens was now very much the senior partner in the enterprise, the number of plates was halved, the letterpress increased from twenty-eight to thirty-two pages, and his monthly remuneration rose to £21. With the introduction of Sam Weller in the fourth number sales began to increase dramatically and soon Pickwick was the greatest publishing sensation since Byron had woken to find himself famous, as a result of the publication of the first two cantos of Childe Harold, in 1812. By the end of its run in November 1837 Dickens's monthly serial had a phenomenal circulation of nearly 40,000 and had earned the publishers £14,000..." (DNB). First edition, early issue. With additional engraved title (first state with "Veller" on sign), etched frontispiece (first state), and 43 plates by Phiz, Buss, and R. Seymour (most in first state and including the suppressed Buss plates). First state issue point for text (as cited in Smith): "F" in the word "OF" imperfect in the headline on page 432. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. Octavo, publisher's deluxe three-quarter green morocco, marbled edges and endpapers. Toning to engraved title and frontispiece; occasional foxing to plates (generally at edges and less than usual); text exceptionally clean. COPIES IN THE PUBLISHER'S MOROCCO ARE EXTREMELY RARE.

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Plant Drawings

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Kelly's Plant Drawings, with essay by John Ashbery. Number 31 of 100 (of a planned but unrealized 150) hardbound copies SIGNED BY KELLY AND ASHBERY. “I think what we all want from art is a sense of fixity, a sense of opposing the chaos of daily living. This is an illusion, of course. What I’ve tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art an open, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture of seeing.” -- Ellsworth Kelly Produced for an exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery in the Fall of 1992, Ellsworth Kelly's Plant Drawings presents nearly half a century of botanical portraiture, consisting mainly of contour drawings of leaves, stems, and flowers. Relying on line alone to convey depth, Kelly's drawings are reductive yet pronounced. In fact, Kelly insists that his drawings are “portraits of flowers, not anonymous”, with each panel corresponding to a specific plant found in his travels. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 1992. Octavo (9 3/4" x 12 1/4"), original white cloth, original dust jacket, numbered and signed by Ellsworth Kelly and John Ashbery, this being number 31 of 100 such copies. A wonderful reflection on abstraction in the natural world. A fine copy. RARE.

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Lolita

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Description: FIRST EDITION of one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. WITH IMPORTANT PROVENANCE: From the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin, Nabokov's literary agency who was instrumental in its publication. "Vladimir Nabokov is an artist of the first rank, a writer in the great tradition ... [and] Lolita is probably the best fiction to come out of this country (so to speak) since Faulkner's burst in the thirties. He may be the most important writer now going in this country. He is already, God help him, a classic" (Critic Conrad Brenner, in 1958). Controversial since its conception, Lolita was rejected by American publishing houses until finally accepted by the avant-garde Olympia Press in Paris and published in a fragile two-volume format. First issue, with 900 Francs on rear wrappers and no evidence of later price sticker. WITH IMPORTANT PROVENANCE: with stamp of the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin, Nabokov's literary agency, on front free endpaper of each volume. Nabokov on the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin and the publication of Lolita: "Lolita was finished at the beginning of 1954, in Ithaca, New York. My first attempts to have it published in the US proved disheartening and irritating. On August 6 of that year, from Taos, New Mexico, I wrote to Madame Ergaz, of the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin, Paris, about my troubles. She had arranged the publication in French of some of my Russian and English books; I now asked her to find somebody in Europe who would publish Lolita in the original English. She replied that she thought she could arrange it. A month later, however, upon my return to Ithaca (where I taught Russian Literature at Cornell) I wrote to her saying I had changed my mind. New hopes had arisen for publication in America. They petered out, and next spring I got in touch with Madame Ergaz again, writing her (Feb. 16) that Sylvia Beach 'might perhaps be interested if she still publishes.' This was not followed up. By April 17 Madame Ergaz had received my transcript. On April 26, 1955, a fatidic date, she said she had found a possible publisher. On May 13 she named that person. It was thus that Maurice Girodias, [founder of The Olympia Press], entered my files…" (Nabokov in Strong Opinions). Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. Octavo, original green paper wrappers; custom box. Two volumes. A little edgewear and a few spots of soiling, usual spine creases. An excellent copy with an important provenance of the rare first issue.

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Our Mutual Friend

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Description: FIRST EDITION in book form of one of Dickens's greatest works. IN RARE PUBLISHER'S MOROCCO BINDING. "For Our Mutual Friend [Dickens] reverted to his traditional form of publication in twenty monthly numbers (May 1864–December 1865) and at first felt 'quite dazed,' he told Wilkie Collins, by the return to 'the large canvas and the big brushes' (ibid., 10.346). The illustrator chosen for the work was the orphaned son of an old artist friend, young Marcus Stone, who worked in the sentimental-realist style of 1860s book illustration, quite different from the caricatural style of Cruikshank and Browne. The novel with its panoramic treatment of contemporary society, complex plotting, scathing social satire, and masterly emblematic art recalls both Bleak House and Little Dorrit. It differs from these predecessors in a number of important ways, however. Most notably, both of the love stories at the heart of the book (the earlier novels each have only one main love story) end on a very positive note, neither involving retreat from the city as in the case of Esther and Alan Woodcourt in Bleak House, nor yielding themselves up to it as in the case of Little Dorrit and Arthur Clennam in Dorrit. Our Mutual Friend had a mixed reception (the young Henry James's harshly dismissive review in The Nation is notorious), but its stock has risen dramatically in recent years, and it is now generally regarded as one of his very greatest works" (DNB). First edition. Complete with 40 illustrations (20 plates per volume) engraved by Dalziel Brothers and W.T. Green. London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. Octavo, publisher's deluxe morocco, gilt-ruled and blind-stamped boards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Two volumes. Some scuffing to binding extremities. Text and plates exceptionally clean. An exquisite set, very rare in publisher's morocco.

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Autograph Letter Signed [ALS]

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Description: SIGNED LETTER FROM HENRY JAMES ON HIS BROTHER WILLIAM'S RECENT DEATH In response to Robert Underwood Johnson's request for an obituary of William James (to be published in Johnson's Century Magazine), Henry James, William's younger brother, writes on January 26, 1911: Dear R.U. Johnson, I am obliged to you for your invitation in respect to my Brother but can only reply that it's quite out of the question I should prepare for the Century a snippet of 3000 'popular' words on a subject which, when I do address myself to it I hope to be able to treat seriously and for readers who shall really care to know something about it. I must reserve myself for that [underlined] interesting work wholly, & am yours very truly [signed] Henry James. The brothers—Henry, a great novelist and William, the celebrated American psychologist—were known for their mutual admiration. When William died (just a few months before this letter was written), Henry was at his deathbed: "William died at his summer home in Chocorua, New Hampshire [on August 26, 1910] with Henry at his bedside. Only a week earlier Henry had arrived from England with William and his wife, Alice, along with their son Henry (familiarly known as Harry), all of whom, despite William’s own dire heart condition, had crossed the Atlantic in an attempt to nurse Henry back to health. 'He had an inexhaustible authority for me,' [Henry] wrote to H.G. Wells on 10 September 1910, 'and I feel abandoned and afraid, even as a lost child.' Henry made good on his words to Underwood to write something more substantial on William for it has often been assumed that the death of William was the strongest incentive for Henry's autobiographical work, A Small Boy, and in his immensely useful compilation, A Henry James Encyclopedia, Robert Gale maintains that William is 'the hero of James’s autobiography, especially its earlier parts.' James had himself indicated as much when he first discussed a 'family book' with William’s heirs during the months, stretching to nearly a year, when he stayed with them at their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was in the unaccustomed role of head of the family. In a letter to William's widow, he assured her that it was to be 'a book of recollections about the James family,' and on his return to London he wrote to his nephew Harry of 'the yearning effort really to get more surely and swiftly now, up to my neck into the book about WJ and the rest of us . . . almost a brotherly autobiography, a filial autobiography'" (Richard Poirier, in London Review of Books). New York: January 26, 1911. 2 1/4 pages on black engraved black bordered mourning stationery, 4 1/2 x 7 inches. Light crease where folded. In very good condition.

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IVANHOE

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Description: FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE IN ORIGINAL BOARDS complete with half-titles and publisher's ads. Walter Scott’s most popular and influential novel, Ivanhoe has been credited with reviving an interest in Romanticism. In fact it was John Henry Newman who said that Scott "had first turned men's minds in the direction of the middle ages". Additionally, much of what we now understand as the Robin Hood legend originated in Ivanhoe. First Issue: First volume with with pagination error at p. 158 and final page numbered 298. With 4pp ads vol 1, 3pp ads vol 3. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co., 1820. Octavo, original boards rebacked. Some wear to boards, text extremely clean. Faint signature and date (1820) of "Sophia Tathwell" on half-titles. Tiny faint library stamp on advertisement leaf of volume I and second half-titles of volumes 2 and 3.

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Essays [First Series]

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Description: FIRST EDITION of one of the most influential works of nineteenth-century American literature; an exceptionally fine copy in beautiful early binding. Emerson’s essays “firmly established him as a major literary figure. Essays (1841) include ‘History,’ ‘Self-Reliance,’ ‘Compensation,’ ‘Spiritual Laws,’ ‘Love,’ ‘Friendship,’ ‘Prudence,’ ‘Heroism,’ ‘The Over-Soul,’ ‘Circles,’ ‘Intellect,’ and ‘Art.’ Emerson puts forth many of his basic ideas in this book. Self-reliance is, in his view, the belief that since all people contain a spark of divinity within them, the nurturing of this divinity by ignoring the conformist demands of society would result not only in self-reliance but god-reliance as well. Here Emerson states, ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,’ showing his belief that life is always changing and that our beliefs should reflect this. (‘Self-Reliance’ is Emerson's most famous essay and the one most widely reprinted.) Compensation is a sort of Newtonian law of morality, that for every negative event there is also a positive one. Friendship is the art of taking the best your friends have to offer as a means of enhancing self-development. In "Circles," Emerson proposes the circle as a metaphor for all human existence, with the individual as the first circle, who spends his or her life investigating the ever-expanding circles of knowledge, and the final circle always being beyond our grasp. All of these ideas fit Emerson's philosophy of continuous development or progression--the belief that we must always continue to grow and learn about ourselves, rather than patterning ourselves on an external and fixed model...” (American National Biography). "All of Emerson's early God-driven thought, from Nature, 'The American Scholar,' and 'The Divinity School Address,' reaches its climax in Essays: First Series. The theme is always the same, exultantly repeated, varied and even ornamented with extraordinary finesse and the fiercest personal eloquence. This was a great writer who turned the essay into a form all his own…" (Alfred Kazin, Introduction to The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson). Provenance: With handsome bookplate on front pastedown of Robertson Trowbridge, noted New York poet (active c.1900). Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1841, Octavo, early 20th-century black polished calf, gilt-ruled and blind-stamped spine, boards with gilt ruling surrounding a finely-executed blind-stamped pattern, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, silk bookmark. With spine from the original cloth bound-in. Text remarkably clean. A beautiful, exquisite copy in fine condition.

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The Rough Riders

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Description: FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ROOSEVELT on front free endpaper. A best-seller upon its release, The Rough Riders, Roosevelt's stirring account of his adventures during the Spanish-American War, remains one of his most engaging and enduring works. Illustrated with 40 photographic plates (complete). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1899. Octavo, original gilt-stamped cloth; custom box. Spine slightly faded; cloth with only trivial wear. An outstanding copy, extremely rare signed.

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Francis Bacon: Derriere Le Miroir, Special Issue No. 162

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Description: LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 150 COPIES on Vélin de Rives. Dedicated to Francis Bacon and complete with five single-sheet color lithographs and one fold-out color triptych by Bacon. Published in 1966 for the exhibition of 17 paintings at the Galerie Maeght. Text by Michel Leiris and interview with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester. In addition to the lithographs, the volume contains several color and black and white illustrations of Bacon's work. NOTE: The limited edition is of vastly superior quality than the corresponding trade issue of Derrière Le Miroir. Paris: Maeght, 1966. Folio, loose sheets in original pictorial wrappers (as issued); original box and chemise. Issue fine, spine fading and a touch of wear to box and chemise. A beautiful copy. Rare.

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The Dharma Bums

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Kerouac's highly influential sequel to On the Road. "The core of the Beat writers coalesced for a moment in 1956 in San Francisco, and Jack Kerouac captured it in his novel The Dharma Bums (1958). Its central character is the poet and Zen student Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder), whom the narrator Ray Smith (Kerouac) idolizes for his 'Zen lunatic' lifestyle, combining Zen discipline and aesthetics with freewheeling sensuality. One scene in the novel recounts the Six Gallery poetry reading, at which Snyder, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, and Philip Lamantia read, and Allen Ginsberg's incantation of Howl did, indeed, scream for a generation about the agonies of 1950s fear and conformity (and fear of conformity, and conformity as a form of dealing with fear). The Dharma Bums, coming fast on the heels of Kerouac's bestselling On the Road (1957), drew a huge readership of the young and aspiring hip, who saw in Ryder/Snyder a new template for living, a chance to go beyond the confines of suburban expectations" (Micozzi, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine). New York: The Viking Press, 1958. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book near-fine; very good dust jacket with some of the rubbing almost ubiquitous with this jacket, tape reinforcements and a small amount of light dampstaining to verso (not visible from the front of the jacket).

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Certain Topics in Telegraph Transmission Theory

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Description: EXTREMELY RARE FIRST PRINTING IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of one of the foundational works of information theory: the Nyquist Sampling Theorem, essential to digital communication. “The beginnings of modern information theory are found in the body of [Nyquist’s] work. In a 1924 paper in the Bell System Technical Journal, Nyquist first referred to what was transmitted by telegraphers as ‘information.’ He suggested that two factors determined the ‘maximum speed of transmission of intelligence.’ “Those factors were the signal's shape (a square wave was deemed superior to a sine wave) and the choice of code used to represent the intelligence. Using maximum Morse-code telegraphy speed as a starting point, Nyquist eventually determined that the maximum speed of intelligence transmission is proportional to the logarithm of the number of symbols that need to be represented. “Nyquist's most significant work was his 1928 paper, ‘Certain Topics In Telegraph Transmission Theory.’ It refined his earlier work on improving transmission speed. More importantly, though, it brought into focus Nyquist's theoretical work on the bandwidth requirements for data transmission and the basics of sampling continuous analog signals and converting them to digital form, now better known as the Nyquist Sampling Theorem. “According to the Sampling Theorem, an analog signal must be sampled at regular intervals over time and at twice the frequency of its highest-frequency component to be converted into an adequate representation of the signal in digital form. Thus, the ‘Nyquist frequency’ is the highest frequency that can be accurately sampled. It represents one-half of the sampling frequency. Adhering to the Nyquist Sampling Theorem ensures no lost data upon reconstruction in the analog domain. “Once again, Nyquist drew upon Morse code as a model to establish a way to digitally encode an analog signal using ones and zeros. A side benefit of this work was his invention of the codec circuit used to perform the coding and decoding of the analog signal. “Nyquist's work was enormously influential to the communication engineers that followed him. This was especially true of his Bell Labs colleague, Claude Shannon, considered by many to be the father of information theory. Nyquist's 1924 and 1928 papers were cited in the first paragraph of Shannon's own claim to greatness, the 1948 paper titled ‘The Mathematical Theory of Communications.’ “Numerous experts say that Nyquist stated the Sampling Theorem, and Shannon later mathematically proved it. Moreover, many believe that Nyquist and Shannon are responsible for virtually all theoretical advances in modern communications” (Maliniak, “Harry Nyquist: A Founding Father Of Digital Communications,” Electronic Design). IN: Quarterly Transactions of the American Institute of Engineers, pp. 617-644, Vol. 47, April 1928. Quarto, original wrappers; custom box. Corners bumped, upper outer corner of first few leaves a bit wrinkled but nowhere near text, spine ends a bit worn. EXCEEDINGLY RARE: This is the only copy we are aware of in original wrappers that has been on the market.

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Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed by the Government of the United States, in the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. By Captains Lewis and Clarke. Published from the Official Report, and Illustrated by a Map of the Route, and other Maps

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Description: FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of the definitive account of the travels of Lewis and Clark, the most important expedition in the history of the American continent. Although preceded by the Philadelphia printing of 1814 (published as History of the Expedition), this London edition of the same year was printed on larger, finer paper and in both typography and format is considered the superior edition. "The most important of all overland narratives. . . . American explorers had for the first time spanned the continental United States and driven the first wedge in the settlement of our new far western frontier” (Grolier 100 American Books).  London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814.  Quarto, contemporary marbled boards superbly re-backed to style in modern three-quarter calf. A FINE COPY: text very clean, map with slight offsetting but otherwise fine with no tears. Rare in such good condition.

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A Method for the Calculation of the Zeta-Function

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Turing’s work outlining a method (which he hoped could be performed by a machine) to solve one of mathematics’ most perplexing issues: the calculation the zeros of the Riemann zeta-function. “Having worked on the zeta-function since his Ph.D.-thesis but never having published anything directly on the topic, Turing began working as chief cryptanalyst during the Second World War and thus postponed this important work till after the war. Thus, it was not until 1943 that he was actually able to publish his first work on this most important subject, namely the work that he had presented already in 1939, the groundbreaking ‘A Method for the Calculation of the Zeta-Function’, which constitutes his first printed contribution to the subject” (Andrew Hodges). “The Turing archive contains a sketch of a proposal, in 1939, to build an analog computer that would calculate approximate values for the Riemann zeta-function on the critical line. His ingenious method was published in 1943”... Although he received a grant “to build a special-purpose analog computer using his electromechanical relays to compute values of the Riemann zeta function, [he] never completed this project.” (Downey, Turing’s Legacy; Modern Mathematics). Turing not only designed a machine to calculate the zeros of the zeta function, but “did his own engineering work [and] hence, got involved in all the fine details of constructing this machine. He planned on eighty meshing gear wheels with weights attached at specific distances from their centers. The different moments of inertia would contribute different factors to the calculation, and the result would be the location of and an enumeration of the zeros of zeta. “Visitors to Turing’s apartment would be greeted by heaps of gear wheels and axles and other junk strewn about the place. Although Turing got a good start cutting the gears and getting ready to assemble the machine, more pressing events (such as World War II) interrupted his efforts. His untimely death prevented the completion of the project” (Krantz, Mathematical Apocrypha Redux). IN: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Series 2., Vol. 48., Part 3., December 15, 1943, pp. 180-197. London: C.F. Hodgson & Son, Ltd., 1943. Tall octavo, modern three quarter red cloth over linen boards, original wrappers bound-in. A beautiful, fine copy with full margins and no institutional stamps. RARE.

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Ink Self-Portrait Drawing with Signature

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Description: STRIKING LARGE ORIGINAL DRAWING BY KURT VONNEGUT. Full 8.5" x 11" high rag art paper (similar to canvas) black ink drawing of Vonnegut (profile) smoking a cigarette surrounded by stars. Date: 8/21/03. Fine condition. Such beautiful examples on Vonnegut's artwork outside of book inscriptions are extremely rare on the market.

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Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph. Promotional Poster

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Description: EXTREMELY SCARCE PROMOTIONAL POSTER for the first edition of Diane Arbus’s classic collection of photographs. Following Arbus's suicide in 1971, the curator of MOMA, John Szarkowski, began work on staging a major retrospective of Arbus's work. At first there was little interest in the project and the proposal for the accompanying catalog was rejected by every major publishing house before Aperture magazine's Michael E. Hoffman agreed to print the book. The resulting MOMA retrospective was a huge success, traveling throughout North America and attended by over seven million people; the corresponding book, Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, has since become one of the most influential photography books ever produced, cementing Arbus's reputation as one of the most original and expressive photographers of her time. Roth 101. The promotional poster shows the cover image of the twins, perhaps Arbus’s most iconic photograph. Millerton, New York: Aperture, 1972. Poster (approx. 24x18 in.). In fine condition. RARE.

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They That Go Down to the Sea [Bookends]

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Description: Large (8.5 inches tall) gray metal bookends by Jennings Brothers (marked JB 2353), and copyright by the sculptor Leonard Craske. Craske is most famous for his large sculpture, the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial (U.S. National Register of Historic Places), which these bookends closely resemble. Fine condition.

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A Boy's Will

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Description: FIRST EDITION, in the extremely rare first-issue binding ("binding A"), of Robert Frost's first book of poetry. "By 1911 Frost was fighting against discouragement. Poetry had always been considered a young person's game, but Frost, who was nearly 40 years old, had not published a single book of poems and had seen just a handful appear in magazines. In 1911 ownership of the Derry farm passed to Frost. A momentous decision was made: to sell the farm and use the proceeds to make a radical new start in London, where publishers were perceived to be more receptive to new talent. Accordingly, in August 1912 the Frost family sailed across the Atlantic to England. Frost carried with him sheaves of verses he had written but not gotten into print. English publishers in London did indeed prove more receptive to innovative verse, and, through his own vigorous efforts and those of the expatriate American poet Ezra Pound, Frost within a year had published A Boy's Will (1913). From this first book, such poems as 'Storm Fear,' 'Mowing,' and 'The Tuft of Flowers' have remained standard anthology pieces" (Britannica). London: David Nutt, 1913. Octavo, original bronzed brown cloth with upper cover title in gilt. A little fading to spine, otherwise fine. RARE.

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Typed Letter Signed

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Description: Typed letter, in Hebrew, signed "D. Ben-Gurion" as Minister of Defense on State of Israel letterhead, one page, 6" x 8", August 26, 1955. Translation of the Hebrew text: "I have no doubt that the problem of security disturbs your rest. True, the problem of security, at this time, is the principal problem of the State. Any person - just like an entire nation - can feel the danger waiting at his door. We are a small nation, and any boasting we do will only make a laughingstock out of us. But we are not powerless, not in the military sense, and certainly not in the moral and political sense. I, however, am calm and certain that, when it comes to the test, the Israel Defense Forces will be able to defend our peace and our sovereignty - the Israel Defense Forces is the army of the people, and of all its circles and factions..." File holes along right margin, otherwise fine condition. A dramatic letter with excellent content from the first Prime Minister of Israel.

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Images 1923-1974

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Description: FIRST EDITION, DELUXE ISSUE, one of 1000 copies signed by Ansel Adams and with additional silver print signed by Adams. A FINE COPY. A magnificent production, illustrated throughout with duotone reproductions of Ansel Adams?s evocative photographs. Foreward by Wallace Stegner. With the rare signed silver print ?Fern Spring, Dusk, Yosemite Valley, California? (12.25 x 9 inches) loose and mounted as issued. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1974. Oblong folio, original black cloth, original photographic dust jacket; housed in original silver-stamped clamshell box and original shipping box. In fine condition with book still shrink-wrapped.

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I Want to Take Picture

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Description: FIRST EDITION of one of the seminal photobooks of the 1980's. SIGNED BY BURKE INSIDE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF HIS HAND. One of only 1000 copies printed of the first edition. "Bill Burke has become known for his large-format portraits shot on Polaroid Land film, which have the formality and feel of nineteenth-century photographs whilst remaining acutely modern in their sensibilities. In his best book, I Want to Take Picture, this technique is entirely appropriate, since it records his personal pilgrimage to southeast Asia, duplicating the enterprise of the old colonialist photographers but adding a contemporary twist... "Although the pictures have a nineteenth-century feel, the book is also a diary that records a twentieth-century experience. Burke not only uses his photographs, but also employs documents- reproductions of ephemera like money and bus tickets- and collages them with handwritten captions. The result is a kaleidoscopic impression of his journeys, taking the book out of the documentary realm and into that of the personal road trip. However, this particular sojourn does not merely connate the search for self that occupies so much of late twentieth-century American photography. It also represents a moving attempt to come to terms with some of the events that haunted his generation" (Parr/Badger, The Photobook). Roth 101. Atlanta: Nexus Press, 1987. Folio, photo-pictorial boards. A fine copy. Rare signed.

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Psycho

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Bloch's masterpiece, the basis for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. "There was a murder case in a small Wisconsin town near the one where I lived -- I had no details concerning it at the time, but I knew that it involved a middle-aged man who murdered several women. Realizing how much gossip there is in a small town and how neighbors tend to pry into every else's affairs, I wondered just what kind of man, and what circumstances, might be involved in such a crime without anyone suspecting, working from these questions, I came up with the plot of PSYCHO. Years later I learned that I'd come pretty close to the actual situation, as brought out after investigations were completed -- except that the actual murderer was also a cannibal, and even more disturbed than my imaginary character" (Robert Bloch). New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959. Octavo, original half-cloth, original dust jacket. Browning to paper as always (poor paper stock); just a hint of edgewear to beautiful dust jacket. An outstanding copy. $2800.

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Poems

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Description: FIRST EDITION, one of only 750 copies, of Bryant's first collection of poems, including "Thanatopsis", the poem that made Bryant famous at the age of 17. With steel-engraved portrait of Bryant, signed & dated, "December 20th, 1875," by William Cullen Bryant mounted to front paste-down. Bryant’s “first collection of verse, simply titled Poems... appeared in 1821. This was the first of many collections of his work. It contained the enlarged and revised version of "Thanatopsis," Bryant's major work in blank verse... Bryant's place in American letters was largely established through this early poetry. While evoking the natural beauty of the American landscape by naming specific places and species of wildlife, his contemplations held to a solemn piety and serious moralism, which prepared the way for the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, both of whom would later pay tribute to his role in American letters” (American National Biography). Cambridge, MA: Hilliard and Metcalf, 1821. Small octavo, original printed boards; custom half-morocco slipcase and chemise. Early owner's ink signature at head of title page. A few stray marks to boards, light wear to spine; foxing to endpapers. An attractive copy in original boards. $1900.

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A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way

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Description: FIRST EDITION, one of only 700 copies, of Barnard’s magnificent star atlas, containing the first photographs to show the structure of the Milky Way. Complete with 51 mounted silver prints (as issued) and 50 charts and tables. RARE. "The greatest photographic legacy of Barnard was his magnum opus: A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way? To capture the Milky Way in all its glory, Edward Barnard used the Bruce photographic telescope of the Yerkes Observatory, Chicago. Finance for the telescope had been given to the University of Chicago by Miss Catherine W. Bruce. The Bruce telescope actually consisted of three individual tubes bound rigidly on the same mounting: two photographic telescopes of 10-inch and 6 1/4-inch aperture, and a 5-inch aperture visual telescope used for tracking (guiding) of the stars as the Earth rotates. The great importance of the photographic telescopes lay in their wide-field coverage; the 10-inch had a 50-inch focal length and, to quote Barnard, gave 'exquisite definition' over a field of about 7 degrees (or 14 full moons). The plate-holder for the 10-inch carried glass negative 12 inches square, while that for the 6 1/4-inch carried glass plates measuring 8 x 10 inches. "The scale of the photographs secured with the 10-inch was exceptionally well adapted to revealing the structure of the Milky Way; every inch covered just over one degree of sky. George Ellery Hale, director of the Mount Wilson Solar Observatory owned by the Carnegie Institute of Washington, invited Barnard to Mount Wilson in 1905. A generous grant from Mr. J.D. Hooker of Los Angeles allowed Barnard to transport the Bruce telescope to the Mount Wilson site. Barnard secured forty of his fifty photographs for his Atlas, from one of the world's premier observing sites, in a period spanning February to September, 1905? "The Atlas was completed by Edwin Frost, Director of the Yerkes Observatory in Chicago, and by Barnard's niece, Mary Calvert. Barnard had, however, personally examined 35 700 photographic prints to select only the best to feature in his Atlas, of which seven hundred were produced. The two volume Barnard Atlas is today an exceedingly rare jewel?" (Block and Freeman, Shrouds of the Night). Provenance: With presentation inscription in each volume, ?To my friend Gust. Soderberg / With Compliments of John C. Deagan / Chicago December 16 1929 / [signed] John C. Deagan". John Calhoun Deagan (1851-1934), the founder of the J.C. Deagan Company, was, in addition to being an amateur astronomer, a noted musician and manufacturer who became a pioneer in developing scientific tuning mechanisms. Washington DC: Carnegie Institution, 1927. Oblong quarto (Vol 1: 11x11x1.25 inches; Vol 2: 11x10 x1.75 inches), original cloth; housed in custom box. Two volumes. With portrait frontispiece, plate of the Bruce Photographic Telescope, 51 mounted silver prints, 50 charts and tables. A few scratches and stray marks of soiling to cloth; a little rubbing to extremities. Offsetting from portrait (as always, even with the tissue guard). An outstanding copy of a book usually found ex-libris and in terrible condition.

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The War Speeches: Into Battle, The Unrelenting Struggle, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches

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Description: COMPLETE FIRST EDITION seven-volume set of Churchill's War Speeches. "In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone ? and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life ? he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.? So spoke President John F. Kennedy of Winston Churchill as the United States declared the former prime minister an honorary american citizen in 1963. London: Cassel and Company Ltd., 1941-1946. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jackets. Books with mild foxing to edges (much less than is usual); dust jackets with slight discoloration and minimal edgewear, otherwise bright and clean copies. Into Battle with tape on inside of dust jacket running along top edge; The Unrelenting Struggle is neatly price clipped at bottom right corner of dust jacket; The Dawn of Liberation with light spotting along right side of front panel; Secret Session Speeches with trivial spotting on top left corner of front panel and on left side of back panel as well. Note: The first editions of the War Speeches were printed on cheap wartime paper, bound in coarse cloth, and with fragile dust jackets, making very good collectible copies such as these extremely difficult to find.

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The Second World War

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Description: FIRST ENGLISH EDITIONS (the preferred editions) in original dust jackets of Churchill's masterpiece. An outstanding set. ?In order to write The Second World War Churchill assembled a team of researchers under the leadership of his pre-war assistant, the Oxford historian William Deakin. Churchill and his team enjoyed the full co-operation of the cabinet secretary, Norman Brook, who gave them almost unlimited access to wartime files. In return Churchill submitted drafts of the book to be vetted by Whitehall, thus turning it into a semi-official history. His method was to have all the relevant documents set up in galley proof so that he could then insert linking passages or narratives of events. The tone and structure of the final text were unmistakably Churchillian, and so too were his personal recollections... Appearing in six volumes between 1948 and 1954, The Second World War was published in hardback in fifteen countries and translated into eleven languages. It was not history, Churchill insisted, but a contribution to history. Nevertheless he imprinted his version of events on the minds of a generation? (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Comprising: The Gathering Storm (Vol 1); Their Finest Hour (Vol 2); The Grand Alliance (Vol 3); The Hinge of Fate (Vol 4); Closing the Ring (Vol 5); Triumph and Tragedy (Vol 6). London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., (1948-54). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. Six volumes. Books remarkably fine, with spine gilt extremely bright and red top stain rich and unfaded. Dust jackets in outstanding condition with volume titles strong on all spines (very rare with this set). An extraordinary set, one of the nicest we?ve seen.

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Typed Letter Signed

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Description: AN INTERESTING SIGNED LETTER PROVIDING INSIGHT INTO WODEHOUSE'S WRITING METHODS FOR ONE OF HIS MOST POPULAR WORKS. The letter, on Wodehouse?s Remsenburg New York stationery and dated Jan 14, 1962, reads in full: Dear Mr. Chapple. Thank you so much for your letter. I?m so glad you have enjoyed my books. I have just finished a short version of a new Jeeves novel -- short because the magazines over here won?t use long serials any more -- and I am now faced with the task of expanding it to book publication length. I think I shall manage it all right, as I condensed the short version very much, and there is a lot of Bertie-Jeeves chit chat I want to put in. Yours sincerely [signed] P.G. Wodehouse Wodehouse in this letter is almost certainly referring to his classic, Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, which first appeared in serial form in Playboy before being published in book form in the U.S. on March 22, 1963 and in the U.K. on August 16, 1963. Remsenburg, NY: January 14, 1962. One page (6x7 inches). Horizontal fold, otherwise fine. With original envelope to the recipient.

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Abraham Lincoln

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Description: EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE: ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES PRINTED of John Nicolay’s separately published biography of Abraham Lincoln prepared for the Ninth Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Precedes Nicolay and Hay’s monumental biography of Lincoln by eight years. From the collection of Henry W. Poor, noted American financier and founder of what would become Standard and Poor’s. “Nicolay became active in Republican party politics and soon became a political lieutenant for one of the capital's leading citizens, Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln was nominated by the Republican party for the presidency in 1860, he named Nicolay his private secretary... Nicolay [along with John Hay] went to Washington with Lincoln in 1861. The two men shared a room at the White House and had an exceptionally close relationship with Lincoln... “They served Lincoln for four years, performing a wide variety of political and personal duties and remaining close friends throughout, a working friendship that became the foundation for an important literary collaboration in later years. After Lincoln won reelection in 1864, Nicolay served as American consul in Paris, remaining in that post until 1869. In 1872 Nicolay became marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court, a position he held until 1887. During much of his time as marshal, Nicolay worked with Hay on a ten-volume biography entitled Abraham Lincoln: A History, eventually published in 1890; it was this biography that brought them lasting fame” (American National Biography). The biography of Lincoln prepared by Nicolay for the Encyclopedia Britannica reflects the unprecedented access Nicolay had (through Lincoln’s son) to the president’s papers and preceded the completed 10-volume work by eight years. According to Lincoln’s bibliographer Monaghan, it was printed as a separate publication in Boston in a scant edition of 50 copies “for copyright purposes.” Monaghan 699. Provenance: From the collection of Henry W. Poor, with his morocco bookplate on the inside of the front wrapper. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1882. Thin octavo (21 text pages), original printed wrappers; custom morocco box. A few spots, split at top of front wrapper (everything holding secure), impression of Poor’s bookplate evident on front cover and offset to title. RARE.

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The Americans

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Description: FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF FRANK'S MASTERPIECE, possibly the most influential of all American photobooks, SIGNED BY FRANK on half-title. With introduction by Jack Kerouac. In 1955, Frank "was at work on a project supported but the Guggenheim Foundation that was to present a radically different vision of America and the world? Frank's photographs--taken during travels across the United States in 1955 and 1956--would arguably become the most influential achievement of the entire postwar period in terms of their impact on photographers, artists, and writers. ??"Frank's book was called, simply, The Americans. It was first published in France in 1958 and then in America in 1959 with a preface by Frank's friend, writer Jack Kerouac. Frank depicted America as a society with a deep-rooted sense of psychological isolation, what sociologist David Riesman called 'the lonely crowd.' America for Frank was a melancholy, even bleak or frightening place marred by racial and class divisions and enlivened only occasionally by a glimpse of lyrical sadness or joy. Frank's photographs, shot in black and white with a 35mm camera, seemed deliberately casual. The lighting and composition of the images were highly unconventional compared to most photojournalism or fine art photography at the time. Frank was after something more personal, more immediate and spontaneous" (Goldberg and Silberman, American Photography).?? "Even the design of the text was somewhat revolutionary. Reflecting Walker Evans's book American Photography, Frank's book was sparse and the photographs were only printed on the right-hand side of the pages. The left-hand side was blank except for the page numbers. Thus, from Frank we get a vision of a foreigner's response to his adopted country that is a kind of 'anguished visual poetry rather than graphic art.' Jack Kerouac? wrote in the introduction to the book 'he sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world'" (Encyclopedia of Twentieth-century Photography). ??New York: Grove Press, 1959. Oblong quarto, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket price-clipped and with some edgewear. An exceptionally good copy with a particularly strong Frank signature of a book that is notoriously difficult to find in collectible condition.

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The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication

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Description: FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE IN ORIGINAL CLOTH of Darwin’s sequel to the Origin of Species, including his first use of the term “survival of the fittest”. “The Variation was a full statement of the facts on which the theories of the Origin were based... “After the Origin's publication Darwin embarked on two broad lines of research: botanical experiments, and studies of variation, sexual selection, and emotional expressions in humans and mammals. In 1860 he began recycling the early, as yet unpublished, chapters of ‘Natural selection’ and studying the osteology of domestic pigeons, ducks, and geese for a book on how breeders and horticulturists modify species. This was The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (1868)... Its two volumes were intended to provide overwhelming evidence for the ubiquity of variation, although they would also incidentally answer Lyell and Gray, who maintained that variations had not occurred purely by chance but were providentially directed. Darwin showed that breeders indeed selected from a vast array of minute random variations. He gave numerous instances of the causes of variability, including the direct effect of the conditions of life, reversion, the effects of use and disuse, saltation, prepotency, and correlated growth. “The Variation also addressed a key criticism of the Origin of Species: that it lacked an adequate understanding of inheritance. Darwin's ‘provisional hypothesis of pangenesis’ was constructed to explain how heritable traits were passed from parents to offspring. He supposed that each part of a parent organism throws off minute particles, or ‘gemmules’, which circulate in the body and collect in the sexual organs to be transmitted in reproduction. Because gemmules are received from two parents, the offspring develop to resemble them both more or less. ‘The child, strictly speaking, does not grow into the man, but includes germs which slowly and successively become developed and form the man’ (Darwin, Variation). “The term ‘survival of the fittest’ (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) first appeared in the Variation... It was a partial substitute for Darwin's more anthropomorphic ‘natural selection’, which many critics took to imply the existence of a ‘selector’. Mistaking Darwin's metaphor, they concluded that intelligence lay as much behind nature's selecting as behind a pigeon fancier's. Nevertheless Darwin defended his use of ‘natural selection’ while conceding that he had personified it too much” (Dictionary of National Biography). First issue: with 1-line publisher’s imprint on cloth at base of spines, 4 errata in vol. I and 9 errata in vol. II. Provenance: Early owner signature and/or stamp of Welsh businessman and philanthropist J.W. Stokes, Pengwern, to front endpapers, title pages of both volumes and first page of chapter I (vol. I) and contents (vol. II). Blind stamp of the prestigious nineteenth-century Cambridge bookseller and publisher Rivingtons on front free endpaper and flyleaf of vol. I. Complete with 32 pages of ads dated April 1867 at rear of vol. I, 2 pages of ads dated February 1868 at rear of vol. II (as issued) and 43 in-text wood engravings. London: John Murray, 1868. Octavo, original cloth. Ownership signatures and stamps (see above). Cloth in outstanding condition with only a few spots of bubbling and spine gilt exceptionally bright. Occasional light foxing, but text generally extremely clean. Much of vol. II with text unopened. Rare with cloth in such good condition.

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Works of John Locke

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Locke's collected works, including such canonical writings as the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Two Treatises of Government, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, and his Letters Concerning Toleration. Also including works by Locke only acknowledged in his will, appearing here for the first time under his name. London: for John Churchill and Sam. Manshhip, 1714. Folio, contemporary full calf, rebacked in period style by Bernard Middleton; edges sprinkled red. Three volumes. Complete with engraved frontispiece portrait by George Vertue in Volume I and engraved plate of Locke's funeral monument. With armorial bookplate of Sir John Vanhattem in each volume. General light wear to bindings; text extremely clean with large margins. A beautiful set.

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Description: EXTREMELY RARE LITHOGRAPH SIGNED BY GARTH WILLIAMS of one of the most enduring images from Charlotte’s Web. Printed on Rives BFK paper by hand from the original drawing by Williams. Marked “Bon à Tirer” (“ready for press”) by the printer. Williams died in 1996 just after this “ready for press” lithograph was printed; therefore no copies of the final printing of approximately 300 were signed. The original ink drawing of this image sold at auction for $95,600 in 2010. 11.25 x 15 inches. FINE CONDITION.

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On a Peculiar Class of Acoustical Figures; and on certain Forms assumed by groups of particles upon vibrating elastic Surfaces

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Description: FIRST PRINTING IN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL SHEETS of one of Faraday’s most important papers: his experiments with sound vibrations that facilitated his revolutionary discovery of the production of electricity by electromagnetic induction. ?In the spring of 1831 Faraday began to work with Charles (later Sir Charles) Wheatstone on the theory of sound, another vibrational phenomenon. He was particularly fascinated by the patterns (known as Chladni figures) formed in light powder spread on iron plates when these plates were thrown into vibration by a violin bow. Here was demonstrated the ability of a dynamic cause to create a static effect, something he was convinced happened in a current-carrying wire. He was even more impressed by the fact that such patterns could be induced in one plate by bowing another nearby. Such acoustic induction is apparently what lay behind his most famous experiment? (Britannica). ?Faraday was a music lover and, between 1828 and 1830, had delivered a series of Friday Evening Discourses on the physics of sound and musical instruments. Again, a wave phenomenon, this time in the form of airborne vibrations. To enhance the lectures, Charles Wheatstone introduced Faraday to Chaldni figures: symmetric, stationary patterns created when a plate of sand or powder is rapidly vibrated. (The vibration was accomplished with a violin bow.) Faraday may have been particularly intrigued by the demonstration that a vibrating plate induces a similar pattern on an adjacent plate, the vibratory power having passed like sound waves through the air. Perhaps he recognized that he has witnessed the audio analog of what he sought to do with electricity: to make one current induce another through some invisible linkage through space. In any event, Faraday became so enamored of the acoustical figures that he conducted an intensive investigation of the phenomenon, working this time with water, egg white, and various oils. During the six months just prior to his induction experiment, he was steeped in the transmission of vibrations and waves, suggesting connections between those he could see or hear and the invisible variety that might arise in the electromagnetic realm: ?I am inclined to compare the diffusion of magnetic forces from a magnetic pole, to the vibrations upon the surface of disturbed water, or those of air in the phenomena of sound...?? (Hirshfeld, The Electric Life of Michael Faraday). NOTE: This copy is in the extremely rare original state. It has never been bound and exists in the original eight-page large folded sheets, just as they would have come off the printer in 1831. IN: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 121 for the Year 1831 (Parts I and II), pp. 299-340. The entire Vol. 121 offered, 510 pages. London: Richard Taylor for The Royal Society, 1831. Quarto, original sheets (never bound); custom box. Occasional hints of browning to page edges, foxing to a few plates (not part of Faraday paper). A FINE SET: A REMARKABLE SURVIVAL IN THE ORIGINAL STATE.

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ABC -- We Print Anything -- In The Cards

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Carolee Schneemann's ABC -- We Print Anything -- In The Cards, documenting the emotional chaos of two tangled relationships. Printed on 156 index cards, each with an accompanying image card (this copy without text card for page 28, image card for 58, and text card for 120). One of 151 copies. Printed on 156 coded index cards, each with an accompanying image card, Carolee Schneemann's ABC -- We Print Anything -- In The Cards details the artist's experience following her breakup with Anthony McCall and subsequent relationship with Bruce McPherson in 1976. The cards are color coded, with the pink index cards containing comments and advice by friends of Schneemann during that year, the yellow cards containing diary and dream extracts, and the blue cards containing comments by A (Anthony, the artist's soon-to-be ex), B (the artist's new lover, Bruce) and C (the artist herself). Intended as a multimedia performance piece, in which Schneemann would read the cards aloud to an audience while images were projected on a screen behind her. Shuffled by the slide projectors, the image cards present a non-linear narrative whose complexity and contradictions mirror the shifting, inter-connected relationships that are their subject. The work was first performed at Franklin Furnace in New York, in November of 1976. The following year Schneemann presented the work in both Holland and Amsterdam. After this the artist became "dissatisfied with the static nature of the reading", preferring the random shuffled structure of the boxed work. Beuningen, Holland: Brummense Uitgeverij Van Luxe Werkjes, 1977. 158 pp., [loose leaves], 112 x 30.5 x 5 cm., in handmade blue cloth box, gold-stamped with title and tied with a ribbon. Fine condition. RARE.

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