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Auction Description for Profiles in History: Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction 55

Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction 55

by Profiles in History

Platinum House

170 lots with images

July 10, 2013

Live Auction

26901 Agoura Road

Suite 150

Calabasas Hills, CA, 91301 USA

Phone: 310-859-7701

Fax: 310-859-3842

Email: Info@profilesinhistory.com

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Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women; Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. With Little Women; Part Second.

Lot 1: Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women; Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. With Little Women; Part Second.

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Description: Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women; Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. With Little Women; Part Second. Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1868, 1869. Two volumes. First editions, (4.6 x 6.8 in.; 117 x 173 mm.), in original gilt-stamped green cloth, brown coated endpapers. Interiors clean. Slight expert restoration to original cloth along the hinges of both volumes; gilt bright. A fine first edition pair in matching original bindings. Scarce. Housed as a pair in a modern quarter morocco clamshell box.First editions of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. First editions of Louisa May Alcott’s classic. First printing of part one (without note on p. 341 regarding Little Women, Part Two, without statement Part One on the spine, and with the price of Little Women listed as $1.25 on the third page of ads at the end); second state of Little Women, Part Second (with notice for Little Women, Part First at p. iv, and with 8 pp. of advertisements at the end). “Part one did not sell at first. Part second was therefore also issued in a small edition, but it went like wildfire, and pulled part one along with it. The result was that the original issues of each part…are scarce…part second, the scarcer” (Grolier American 100). “[Alcott’s] books…still retain their appeal to youthful readers. Their charm lies in their freshness, humor, and true understanding of the feelings and pursuits of boys and girls. Her characters are full of the buoyant, free, and hopeful spirit characteristic of their creator” (DAB I: 141-2).

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Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Lot 2: Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese.

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Description: Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese. Robt. Rivière & Son, LTD, London, (ca. 1936). A beautiful reissue bound in full red morocco by famed English bindery Rivière. Blocked and page edges all in gilt, spine with raised bands, marbled endpages. Very fine.

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Eckel, John C. The First Editions of Charles Dickens.

Lot 3: Eckel, John C. The First Editions of Charles Dickens.

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Description: Eckel, John C. The First Editions of Charles Dickens. Chapman & Hall, London, 1913. Hardcover. First Limited “Large Paper Copy” Edition (copy no. 182 of only 250 copies), (8.4 x 10.25 in.; 213 x 260 mm.), 296pp., quarter vellum, green cloth, gilt top page edges, untrimmed, with original dust jacket. Signed by Eckel, and Arthur Waugh for the publishers. Eckels’ acclaimed bibliography was essential to collecting Dickens, and is still useful for identifying certain materials, as well as providing an important historical view of their rarity and value. Dust jacket is torn on spine and along front hinge. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Dickens, Charles. A Child's History of England. First editions, first issues.

Lot 4: Dickens, Charles. A Child's History of England. First editions, first issues.

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Description: Dickens, Charles. A Child’s History of England. Bradbury & Evans, London, 1852, 1853, 1854. Hardcover. In three volumes. First editions, first issues, (5.1 x 6.25 in.; 130 x 159 mm.), in original brick red ribbed cloth, gilt lettering on spine and pictographs on front covers. Frontispiece by F. W. Topham in each volume. Marbled edges and endpapers. First state ads in vols. I and III and no page number on page xi in vol. I. Slight rubbing and sunning to spine. Housed in a modern cloth box. Certainly, one of the most exquisite sets extant.

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Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. A Complete Set of Dickens' Christmas Books in 5 volumes.

Lot 5: Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. A Complete Set of Dickens' Christmas Books in 5 volumes.

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Description: Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. A Complete Set of Dickens’ Christmas Books in 5 volumes. Chapman & Hall, London, 1843 through 1848. Hardcover. All first editions, first printing (save The Battle of Life: A Love Story which is a second issue), (4.4 x 5.6 in.; 112 x 142 mm.), in original reddish brown cloth with vertical grain, and gilt edges. Light soiling and rubbing to covers. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.A complete set of first editions of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books — including a first issue of A Christmas Carol.1) A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas. With illustrations by John Leech. London, 1843. First edition, first printing. Features title page printed in red and blue and uncorrected “Stave I” (later corrected to “Stave One”).2) The Chimes: A Goblin Story Of Some Bells That Rang An Old Year Out And a New Year In. Illustrations by Doyle, Maclise, Leech and Stanfield. First edition, first printing. London, 1845.3) The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home. Illustrated. First edition, first printing. London, 1846.4) The Battle of Life: A Love Story. Illustrated. First edition, second printing. London, 1846.5) The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. Illustrated. First edition, first printing. London 1848.There are only three known copies of the first printing of The Battle of Life: A Love Story; therefore, this set is as fine a collection of the first editions of Dickens’ Christmas Books as the collector can ever hope to possess.

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Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With illustrations by H.K. Browne. First Edition.

Lot 6: Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With illustrations by H.K. Browne. First Edition.

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Description: Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. With illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman & Hall, 1859, 1859. First Edition; first issue; complete in the original 8 parts in 7 (the final two were combined into one), (5.63 x 8.75 in.; 143 x 222 mm.), in original blue wrappers, as issued. Engraved frontispiece and engraved title are both present, and in earliest state, as the script is entirely legible and not badly worn as is true in most copies. A fine complete copy. Free of restoration, the backstrips have not been mended, although there are slight chippings at edges. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.A Tale of Two Cities first edition, first issue in the original parts, with advertisements. A complete set with all wrappers and ads; features misnumbered page 213 (as 113), of which but few copies are said to exist. Features the “Tale of Two Cities Advertiser” to each part; the yellow slip in Part I announcing the discontinuance of “Household Words”; the yellow slip in Part V announcing “One of Them”; the white leaf in Part VI announcing “The First Volume of All the Year Round”, and (page 3 of advertiser) of “A New Periodical, Edited by Thackeray.” Parts VII & VIII advertiser announces this new periodical as “The Cornhill Magazine;” the last part also has the 2-page rusty-colored advertisement regarding “The Cornhill Magazine” and “a letter from the editor.”

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Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; Or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By

Lot 7: Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; Or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." First edition.

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Description: Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; Or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. By “Boz.” In three volumes. Richard Bentley, London, 1838. First edition, first issue, of the first novel to feature a young child as a protagonist, (5.25 x 8.25 in.; 133 x 210 mm.), with 24 plates by George Cruikshank. Original publisher’s binding of brown fine-diaper cloth, blind arabesque blocking on the boards, spines in five blind-ruled compartments, gilt lettered, imprint at foot, yellow endpapers. Rubbing and handling to covers with spines a tad faded. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box. Rare first edition, first issue of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, in three volumes.Rare first issue with the suppressed plate facing page 313 in Volume III. Only a few copies were sent out with this cancelled “Fireside” plate. Dickens objected to it and had another plate substituted in the remaining volumes depicting the “Scene at Agnes’s Tomb.” The title also has the words “Or, The Parish Boy’s Progress” which were later omitted. The Pseudonym “Boz” was altered later also.

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Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. First edition.

Lot 8: Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. First edition.

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Description: Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. Chapman and Hall, London, May 1864 through November 1865. First edition, set of original 20 issues in 19 serialized monthly installments, published as were most of Dickens’ other 19th-century first-edition novels, (5.5 x 8.75 in.; 140 x 222 mm.), in original green decorated wrappers. Set of each issue featured 32 pages of text, two full-page woodcut plates by Marcus Stone, and a plethora of advertisement pages introducing items such as light-brown cod liver oil; ladies’ crinolines; bedroom furniture; Queen Insurance based in Liverpool and numerous other insurance offerings; other books and some music periodicals published in the era, plus many other items common in that century. Explanatory slip regarding the title is bound before page 1 of the first part. Part 20 has the Dicken’s Postscript. Part XII features an illustrated advertisement for “The People’s Pickwick”. Usual minor chipping on wrap edges and spine ends. Some spines and edges on wrappers have been expertly restored. Contents are clean and supple with occasional foxing spots and dinginess of most outer page edges. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box. The true story of the development of Dicken’s last novel, considered by some to be his best, is almost as dramatic as the work of fiction. In May of 1864, Dickens was working toward the 16th serial deadline. He was involved in the traumatic Staplehurst rail crash that nearly took his life. While tending to the injured among the dead and dying, he returned to the wrecked train to rescue the manuscript. He did write a poignant narrative about his “saving Mr. and Mrs. Boffin from the terribly destructive accident on the South-Eastern Railway”. It was said that he never did recover from the trauma of the accident and the stress of finishing the one-a-month episodes. 

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Dickens, Charles. The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observations of David Copperfield.

Lot 9: Dickens, Charles. The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observations of David Copperfield.

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Description: Dickens, Charles. The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observations of David Copperfield. Bradbury & Evans, London, May 1849 to November 1850. Twenty parts in nineteen. First edition in original parts, (5.6 x 8.8 in.; 142 x 224 mm.), in original green printed paper wrappers. Plates, text and wrappers very clean with all spines intact and unrestored; light wear to wrapper in part 1. Housed in modern quarter morocco clamshell box. Superb first edition in original parts of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield — one of the most desirable and difficult titles to obtain in parts.First edition in original parts, with 40 plates by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”). Complete in twenty original numbers (in nineteen parts). With all first issue wrappers and almost all of the more than 50 first issue advertisement inserts: missing only one slip (in part 12); with most of the “particularly scarce” advertisement for “Lett’s Diaries” in part 8 (with the specimen leaves but without the sheet folded in five); and without the first issue point on page 3 of the “Copperfield Advertiser” in part 8; all other ads and slips present. “With many lovers of the author’s works David Copperfield ranks as the finest of his writings. With a book which gave to the world such characters as Betsy Trotwood, Micawber, the Pegottys and Mr. Dick…it would be strange if it had been otherwise” (Eckel, 77). An exceptionally fine copy of one of Dickens’ finest novels, most desirable and very difficult to obtain in original parts.

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[Dickens, Charles]. Browne, Hablot Knight. Original printing plate for David Copperfield.

Lot 10: [Dickens, Charles]. Browne, Hablot Knight. Original printing plate for David Copperfield.

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Description: [Dickens, Charles]. Browne, Hablot Knight (a.k.a. “Phiz”). Original steel engraved printing plate entitled “I make myself known to my Aunt” for Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield, (5.63 x 9 in.; 143 x 229 mm.). The steel plate is engraved with the charming image depicting the young David Copperfield meeting his eccentric aunt, Betsey Trotwood, outside her home with the countryside of Dover in the background. Accompanying the plate is a typed letter of authenticity on “Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 11 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C.2” letterhead signed by the managing director. The letter states in full: The steel plate opposite entitled “I make myself known to my Aunt” is one of the steel plates engraved by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne) himself for DAVID COPPERFIELD. It has been preserved ever since the artist’s death in the strong room at the disposal of the firm of Chapman & Hall, Limited, by whom its authenticity is hereby guaranteed. Housed in a quarter morocco box.

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Kipling Rudyard. The Day's Work. First English edition.

Lot 11: Kipling Rudyard. The Day's Work. First English edition.

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Description: Kipling Rudyard. The Day’s Work. Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1898. Hardcover. First English edition (preceded by the U.S. edition), (5.4 x 7.9 in.; 137 x 200 mm.), in original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt. Slight sunning on spine, starting. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Barrack Room Ballads and Other Verses. First edition.

Lot 12: Kipling, Rudyard. Barrack Room Ballads and Other Verses. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Barrack Room Ballads and Other Verses. Methuen and Co., London, 1892. Hardcover, first edition, (5 x 7.75 in.; 127 x 197 mm.), finely bound in original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Top edges gilt, others deckle. Mild tip wear, pages lightly browned. Near fine. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. Hardcover. First edition.

Lot 13: Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. Hardcover. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1897. Hardcover. First edition, preceded by serialization in Pearson’s Magazine, (5.1 x 7.5 in.; 130 x 191 mm.), in original beautiful blue cloth covers with gilt lettering and pictographic designs to front cover and spine and gilt page ends at top, bottom and side. Written while the newlywed Kipling lived in Vermont – his only novel about America. Hinges torn, minor wear to covers, slight sunning to spine. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Collection of (4) Kipling verse pamphlets.

Lot 14: Kipling, Rudyard. Collection of (4) Kipling verse pamphlets.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Collection of (4) Kipling verse pamphlets : “Justice,” “For All We Have & Are,” “Hymn Before Action, “The Holy War” and “Recessional”. Each by Methuen & Co. LTD., London [n.d.], Printed in heavy stock paper, (3) measure (4.25 x 6.75 in.; 108 x 171 mm) and are bi-fold; (1) “Justice” is a single leaf measuring 5.5 x 8 in.; 140 x 203 mm. with text on recto and verso. Fine. Housed in a linen slipcase.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Departmental Ditties and Other Verses. First edition.

Lot 15: Kipling, Rudyard. Departmental Ditties and Other Verses. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Departmental Ditties and Other Verses. The Civil and Military Gazette Press, Lahore, 1886. First edition, being Kipling’s first published book, tall thin (4.5 x 10.75 in.; 114 x 273 mm.), publisher’s printed tan wrappers in the form of a governmental envelope as issued, with envelope flap intact. Spotting on wrappers and along crease where binding holes are present, some loose pages, minor notations in ink on contents page. Housed in a modern full morocco slipcase.

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Kipling, Rudyard. In Black and White. First Indian edition.

Lot 16: Kipling, Rudyard. In Black and White. First Indian edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. In Black and White. A.H. Wheeler & Co. Allahabad, 1888. First Indian edition, (5.5 x 8.75 in.; 140 x 222 mm.), in original pictorial wrappers on front and back and “A.H. Wheeler & Co’s Indian Railway Library No. 3 One Rupee”. Contains four leaves of advertisements at the back and without date on title page. Backstrip chipped with light soiling on wrappers. Owner’s name in ink above graphics on cover. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories for Little Children. First edition.

Lot 17: Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories for Little Children. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories for Little Children. Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1902. Hardcover. First edition, (7.25 x 9.5 in.; 184 x 241 mm.), in original red cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and upper board in black and white. Illustrated throughout by the author, this is Kipling’s famous collection of twelve stories and twelve poems, including “How the Camel Got His Hump” and “How the Leopard Got His Spots.” An exceptional copy exhibiting only slight wear in the covers. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Kim. Hardcover. First edition.

Lot 18: Kipling, Rudyard. Kim. Hardcover. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Kim. Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1901. Hardcover. First edition, (5.1 x 8 in.; 130 x 203 mm.), in original red cloth with gilt medallion on front cover and gilt lettering on spine and gilt upper edges. Black and white frontispiece and illustrations by Lockwood Kipling. A very good copy of what is viewed as Kipling’s masterpiece and in some circles as the first modern espionage novel. Corners and edges worn with light scuffing, hinges torn. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Letters of Marque. A. H. Wheeler

Lot 19: Kipling, Rudyard. Letters of Marque. A. H. Wheeler

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Letters of Marque. A. H. Wheeler and Co., Allahabad, 1891. Hardcover. First Indian edition, (5.63 x 8.87 in.; 143 x 225 mm.), with the publisher’s rubber-stamp on the front free endpaper giving the price Rs. 2. 8. 0 and date of issue 5. OCT. ‘91. The book was suppressed by the author. In original blue and red cloth binding, with gilt lettering to the spine and front board. 1,000 copies were originally printed, of which only about 100 survive. Torn hinge with loose binding, damp stains with some cloth bubbling and spotting on cover, corners bumped. Previous owner’s name in ink on corner of title page. Good example of a scarce issue. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Plain Tales From the Hills. Hardcover. First edition.

Lot 20: Kipling, Rudyard. Plain Tales From the Hills. Hardcover. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Plain Tales From the Hills. Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta, 1888. Hardcover. First edition, (5.1 x 7.4 in.; 130 x 188 mm.), in original olive green cloth with black lettering & design on front cover & gilt lettering on spine. Slight bumps to corners, minor staining on covers, starting. 1889 ink inscription on free endpaper. Housed in a red cloth clamshell box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Putnam. First available edition.

Lot 21: Kipling, Rudyard. Putnam. First available edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Putnam. (“Life of George Haven Putnam. A Biography and an Appreciation of Mr. Putnam’s kindly interest in the matter of the sale of unauthorized editions of Kipling’s works.”) Kipling’s home hand press, Nottingham, 1900. First available edition (research has shown there are only 2 known copies of the first edition actually printed by Kipling, this being a facsimile, one of 50.) Printed on crepe two-ply toilet paper, 2 leaves (4.5 x 5.5 in; 114 x 140 mm.), serrated edges. Humorous one-page text printed by Kipling on a hand press at his home in Nottingham in 1900, according to the printed facsimile note on the second page. The fictional text, ostensibly a biographical sketch of publisher George Haven Putnam, is a parody of the conventional admiring biography; it also pokes fun at publishers. Minor toning along edges.

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Kipling, Rudyard. Soldier Tales. First edition.

Lot 22: Kipling, Rudyard. Soldier Tales. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. Soldier Tales. Macmillan and Co. Ltd., London, 1896. Hardcover. First edition, (5.1 x 7.5 in.; 130 x 191 mm.), a near-fine copy in publisher’s original dark blue cloth with gilt spine lettering and a lovely image in gilt on the front panel of two young soldiers, a drummer and a fife player. With book plate. Slight wear to tips and spine, with all edges gilt and minimal edge wear, spine lightly sunned. 21 full-page black and white illustrations decorate the pages, which contain seven Kipling short stories (all published previously between 1888 and 1890). Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. The Benefactors.

Lot 23: Kipling, Rudyard. The Benefactors.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. The Benefactors. Privately Printed, New York, 1930. Hardcover. Limited to 91 copies (being numbered “5”, in ink), (6.2 x 8.6 in.; 157 x 218 mm.), in original burnt orange boards with black spine exhibiting tiny gilt lettering. All pages except free endpapers are unopened, deckled edges. Toning on edges of covers.

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Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. First edition.

Lot 24: Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. MacMillan and Co. 1894, 1895, London, 1894. Hardcover, First Edition Set, (5.13 x 7.5 in.; 130 x 190 mm.), both nice copies in original blue boards with gilt linear design and gilt pictorial design of elephants (Jungle Book) and boa constrictor (Second Jungle Book). All edges gilt. Torn hinge on first book and bumping to covers and spine; lower spine of second book has older color restoration. Pair housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Kipling, Rudyard. The Phantom 'Rickshaw & Other Eerie Tales. First edition.

Lot 25: Kipling, Rudyard. The Phantom 'Rickshaw & Other Eerie Tales. First edition.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. The Phantom ‘Rickshaw & Other Eerie Tales. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, 1888. First Indian edition, (5.38 x 8.75 in.; 137 x 222 mm.), issued in green-grey paper wrappers with lithographed design on front and back and “A.H. Wheeler & Co’s Indian Railway Library No. 5 One Rupee”. Printed on verso of the title page, “Reprinted in chief from The Week’s News”. Front and rear covers exhibit wear and are detached, page corners show wear. Cover lithography is bright and internal text is quite clean. Housed in a modern quarter morocco slipcase.First Indian Edition of The Phantom ‘Rickshaw & Other Eerie Tales.This edition contains four stories, of which only one was originally printed in the The Week’s News: “The Phantom ‘Rickshaw,” The Quartette, 1885; “My Own True Ghost Story,” The Week’s News, No. 8, February 15, 1888; “The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes,” The Quartette, 1885; “The Man Who Would Be King” (had not appeared before).

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Kipling, Rudyard. The White Man's Burden.

Lot 26: Kipling, Rudyard. The White Man's Burden.

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Description: Kipling, Rudyard. The White Man’s Burden. Printed for Private Circulation, London, 1899, (5 x 7.25 in.; 127 x 184 mm.), issued in grey paper wrappers, 8 pp. Stated on verso of title page, “Copyright, 1899, by Rudyard Kipling, in the United States of America”. This first separate issue was probably printed for copyright purposes. A very fine copy of this very scarce publication. Very slight creasing on wrappers. Housed in a modern quarter morocco slipcase.“Private Circulation” copy of Kipling’s The White Man’s Burden. The poem was originally published in the popular magazine McClure’s in 1899, with the subtitle The United States and the Philippine Islands. The seven-stanza poem, following a regular rhyme scheme, was written to reflect the subject of American colonization of the Philippines recently won from Spain in the Spanish-American War. A century after its publication, the poem still rouses strong emotions as it has become emblematic of both Eurocentric racism and of Western aspirations to dominate developing countries.

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[Kipling, Rudyard]. Printed memorial program to Rudyard Kipling.

Lot 27: [Kipling, Rudyard]. Printed memorial program to Rudyard Kipling.

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Description: [Kipling, Rudyard]. Printed memorial program to Rudyard Kipling. Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. Art Publishers to His Majesty the King and to Her Majesty Queen Mary Printed in England, (5.4 x 8.1 in.; 137 x 206 mm.), printed on behalf of The Kipling Society on heavy stock paper holding on bi-fold page within the covers by black tasseled cord. Printed on the cover, “The Kipling Society” (surrounded by a wreath and ribbon) and at the lower left, “In Memoriam R.K. 18th Jan. 1936.” Within printed images depict the Kipling’s grave marker seated in the floor of “Poet’s Corner” in Westminster Abbey. Accompanied by a typed letter signed by Marston E. Drake, rare-book seller, dated February 23, 1937, conveying the memorial program to a Kipling collector. Excellent.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses. First edition, first impression.

Lot 28: Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses. First edition, first impression.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child’s Garden of Verses. Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1885. Hardcover. First edition, first impression. (4.5 x 6.5 in.; 114 x 165 mm.), in original blue cloth with beveled edges, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Bookplate. Lightly rubbed at extremities, sunning on spine, endpapers lightly tanned, breaks in crease. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box. One of only 1000 copies published. This volume of poetry has provided us with some of the best loved verses for children, including “Bed in Summer”, “The Land of Nod”, “My Shadow” and “The Land of Counterpane”.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. An Inland Voyage. First edition.

Lot 29: Stevenson, Robert Louis. An Inland Voyage. First edition.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. An Inland Voyage. C. Kegan Paul & Co., London, 1878. Hardcover. First edition, (5.2 x 7.6 in.; 132 x 193 mm.), bound in the publisher’s original blue cloth with gilt pictorial decoration to front cover and gilded spine. Minor rubbing on cover, spine sunned. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box (box scuffed on a single side on leather). First printing of Stevenson’s second book, a description of his experiences traveling by canoe in Belgium and France with Sir Walter Simpson. The edition is reported to have been limited to only 750 copies, and few copies in collectible condition come on the market.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. An Object of Pity; Or, The Man Haggard. A Romance. With: Objects of Pity.

Lot 30: Stevenson, Robert Louis. An Object of Pity; Or, The Man Haggard. A Romance. With: Objects of Pity.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. An Object of Pity; Or, The Man Haggard. A Romance. “By Many Competent Hands” 75 pp. With: Objects of Pity; Or, Self and Company. “By a Gentleman of Quality”. 55 pp. “Imprinted in Amsterdam, [1892]. First editions of both volumes (only the first includes parts written by Stevenson), (5.1 x 7 in.; 130 x 178 mm.), on heavy stock paper boards wrapped in vegetable-parchment paper with diagonal gilt title in gothic script. Edges cut and gilt. Bookplate of same owner present in each. Minor chipping to wrappers. Each housed in modern quarter morocco slipcase.An Object of Pity is, in actuality, something of a practical joke — and Objects of Pity is the target’s reply. In August 1892 the Countess of Jersey visited Apia, the capital of the Samoan island group, and spent three weeks there with the British Land Commissioner, Mr. Bazett Michael Haggard [who incidentally was the brother of author H. Rider Haggard]. She was accompanied by her young daughter Lady Margaret Villiers, and her brother Capt. the Hon. Rupert Leigh. At that time Robert Louis Stevenson was residing at Vailima with his wife and her children, Lloyd Osbourne and Isobel Osbourne Strong, and his cousin Graham Balfour, who later became his biographer. The two households soon became intimate, and amongst other amusements carried on in common was the production of a joint-stock novel in which each author agreed to introduce his or her own portrait, while all were to imitate the style of Ouida. [Maria Louisa Ramee, “Ouida” as she pronounced her middle name as a child, was at the time the epitome of the sensationalistic, romance novelists.] Mr. Haggard was adopted as hero [i.e., target] and many of the allusions in the story were harmless jokes well understood and never resented. There is no plot, but while everything is hopelessly travestied, the incidents recounted are taken from actual occurrences. Bazett Haggard quickly retaliated with Objects of Pity, turning the tables on the conspirators who had written the spoof about him.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu.

Lot 31: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu. Privately printed, Sydney, 1890. First edition. No wrappers. One of only 25 copies privately issued by the author to be distributed among friends prior to the appearance of the letter in The Scots Observer of May 3rd & 10th, 1890. 32pp. Features a pencil correction by the author on pg. 13. With ink notation at upper right of title, “A. Liveridge from the author, June 5. 1890.” Foxing. Accompanied with an Autograph letter signed (“R.L. Stevenson”), 1 page, oblong (7 x 4.5 in.; 178 x 114 mm.) on blind-stamped “Union Club Sydney” letterhead. Stevenson writes in ink: “Dear L. I am in the Smoking Room when you are ready…” Housed in a modern cloth case. On the Stevensons’ voyage to the South Pacific they had visited the leper colony on Molokai, founded by Dr. Damien (who had himself died of leprosy the year before they arrived). A missionary named Hyde had written a recent letter denouncing Damien; this piece is Stevenson’s open reply to Hyde, which Stevenson boasted of as being blatantly libelous. A Stevenson rarity.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Moral Emblems.

Lot 32: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Moral Emblems.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Moral Emblems a Collection of Cuts and Verses and a Presentation copy of Moral Emblems a Second Collection of Cuts and Verses. S.L. Osbourne & Company, Davos-Platz, [1882]. Both first editions, (First Collection is 3.25 x 5 in.; 83 x 127 mm.; Second Collection is 3.5 x 4.75 in.; 89 x 121 mm.), stitched pages, as issued. Fine. These excessively rare copies each feature 5 woodcuts with verses printed on the opposing pages. The Second Collection is a presentation copy by Stevenson, inscribed in ink: “S.E.P. from R.L.S.” Accompanying the booklet is a 1-page autograph letter signed from Edmund Gosse, dated November 17, 1896, in which he tells of having secured this copy from its original owner. Each booklet is accompanied with a single-leaf advertisement from Osbourne & Co. for these publications. Moral Emblems I and II are each housed in a modern quarter morocco slipcase and the two advertisements in a single quarter morocco slipcase.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. More New Arabian Nights. First edition.

Lot 33: Stevenson, Robert Louis. More New Arabian Nights. First edition.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. More New Arabian Nights. The Dynamiter. Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1885. Hardcover. First edition. Original rose cloth, titled and ruled in black with grey endpapers. Spine sunned. An exceptional copy. A collection of weird and wonderful short stories written in collaboration with Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson, serving as more fantasy-mystery tales from the “New Arabian Nights” canon. Housed in a modern cloth clamshell box.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. New Arabian Nights Volumes I & II. First edition, first printing.

Lot 34: Stevenson, Robert Louis. New Arabian Nights Volumes I & II. First edition, first printing.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. New Arabian Nights Volumes I & II. Chatto & Windus, London, 1882. First edition, first printing, (5.5 x 7.25 in.; 140 x 184 mm.), as issued in original cloth, gilt lettered spine, deckled pages. This first edition, first issue has page 155 of Volume II misnumbered “55”, and “Maletroit” is misspelled “Maledroit” on page 179 of same volume. Rubbed and light soiling on covers with wear to tips, splitting on endpapers near hinge on Vol. II. Very difficult book to find in this condition with original binding. Each volume housed in modern quarter morocco box.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Prince Otto. First edition.

Lot 35: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Prince Otto. First edition.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Prince Otto. 1885. Chatto & Windus, London, 1885. 32 pp ads dated April 1885. First edition, which consisted of 1000 copies, (5.4 x 7.75 in.; 137 x 197 mm.), issued in original blue-grey cloth decorated in red floral motif. Bumped in corners and spine exhibits sunning. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box. Prince Otto is one of Stevenson’s least-known works. This copy has ads dated April 1885, one of several dates to be seen in this book (January, April, July); however, the book was not actually published until November, so the variation in ad dates was undoubtedly due to the binder randomly using up surplus ad catalogues, rather than being a measure of precedence.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Private printed circular, S.L. Osbourne & Co., Davos-Platz, 1882.

Lot 36: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Private printed circular, S.L. Osbourne & Co., Davos-Platz, 1882.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Private printed circular, S.L. Osbourne & Co., Davos-Platz, 1882., folded to make 4 pages, (3.25 x 3.5 in.; 83 x 89 mm.), with imprinted greeting: “To M.I. Stevenson Feb. 11, 1882 from R.L. Stevenson and S.L. Osbourne.” It opens to reveal a charming woodcut of a woman in a dress raising her arms in the countryside. The facing page features the following caption, “The Marguerite. Lawks! What a beautiful flower!! T.S.”, with ornamental flourish printed below. Printed on the back page, “Printers: S.L. Osbourne & Co. Davos-Platz 1882”. Light handling to a very scarce private publication by Stevenson, a year before his first major success, Treasure Island. Housed in a full morocco slipcase.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Lot 37: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1886. First U.K. and first hardcover edition. Preceded by the U.S. edition published four days earlier in the same year, (4.75 x 7.3 in.; 121 x 185 mm.), in original issued salmon cloth. With “Harvey Murphy / Middle Temple” rubber stamp dated “1-Jan. 86” on both endpapers. An exceptional copy with slight scuffing and rubbing on covers. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box. A classic of English literature and one of the greatest of all masterpieces of psychological and moral horror. The good doctor makes out his mysterious will advising his lawyer that in the event of his death all his possessions should pass into the hands of his “friend and benefactor Edward Hyde.” It precedes Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), which in some respects it resembles, by five years, and is the prototype of all stories of multiple personality, transformation and possession; in some respects it is also a tale of drug dependency.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Graver & The Pen, or Scenes from Nature with Appropriate Verses.

Lot 38: Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Graver & The Pen, or Scenes from Nature with Appropriate Verses.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Graver & The Pen, or Scenes from Nature with Appropriate Verses. S.L. Osbourne & Company, Edinburgh, [1882]. First edition, (4.4 x 5.7 in.; 112 x 145 mm.), 24pp. Issued in greenish-grey wrappers with title printed in red, stitched. Stated below is the publisher’s information: “It was only by the kindness of Mr. Crerar of Kingussie that we are able to issue this little work—having allowed us to print with his own press when ours was broken.” Very scarce. Fine. Housed in a modern quarter morocco slipcase.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666. First edition.

Lot 39: Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666. First edition.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666. Andrew Elliot, Edinburgh, 1866. First edition, (4.7 x 6.6 in.; 120 x 168 mm.), in original green wrappers. Light creasing to the uppermost edge of wrappers. An extraordinary example of this fragile item. Housed in a quarter morocco slipcase. First edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s very rare first book — The Pentland Rising — published when he was only 16 years old. “This little pamphlet, which was written when Stevenson was barely sixteen, was the outcome of the interest taken by him in the stories of the Covenanters that he had learned in childhood from his nurse, and that, at an even earlier age, he had endeavored to express in the form of fiction. It was published at the end of 1866, in a small edition, of which the greater number of copies were bought up by his father. In a short time it had become exceedingly scarce” (Prideaux). The Stevenson family eventually sold twenty copies in 1899 through Sotheby’s. By any estimation, Stevenson’s scarcest work.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Pocket R.L.S. Being

Lot 40: Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Pocket R.L.S. Being

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Pocket R.L.S. Being Favourite Passages From the Works of Stevenson. Chatto & Windus, London, 1903. Hardcover. Fourth edition, (3.5 x 5.25 in.; 89 x 133 mm.), rebound by the Knickerbocker Press Bindery in half morocco with gilt trim, lettering and flourishes on raised spine, marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Penned in ink by an unknown hand on the flyleaf, “A true love is a joy forever, a possession as solid as a landed estate, a fortune which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year revenue of happiness and contentment. To have such is to be spiritually rich. R.L.S.” Fine.

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes. First edition, first printing.

Lot 41: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes. First edition, first printing.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes. C Kegan Paul & Co., London, 1879. Hardcover. First edition, first printing, (5.2 x 7.6 in.; 132 x 193 mm.), as issued in decorative blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. The work is a travelogue describing his 1878 walking tour with a donkey in the Cevennes region of southern France. This first printing consisted of only 750 copies. Rubbing, torn hinges, wear to heel and crown of spine. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.Novelist George Meredith’s copy of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes.A volume of the highest association, as it was formerly the property of George Meredith, thus forming a union of two of the greatest novelists of the time. Meredith evidently acquired the book at the time of its publication and after his death it became the property of his son, William Meredith, from whom it now (indirectly) comes. On the flyleaf the author has signed in ink, “George Meredith”, in his earlier and finer handwriting (in his later years he wrote in a larger and coarser hand, hence, it can be taken that he acquired the book when it was issued).

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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers. First edition, first issue.

Lot 42: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers. First edition, first issue.

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Description: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers. C. Kegan Paul & Co. London, 1881. Hardcover. First edition, first issue, (5.25 x 7.75 in.; 133 x 197 mm.), issued on burnt orange cloth trimmed in black, gilt letters on spine, black free endpapers. Soiling on cover and spine darkened. Very light foxing. Twelve essays by Stevenson with his famous title essay on love and marriage. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.

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Clemens, Samuel Langhorne. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. First edition.

Lot 43: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. First edition.

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Description: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade). Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. Hardcover. First edition, (7 x 8.6 in.; 178 x 218 mm.), original gilt-and black-stamped green pictorial cloth. A superior copy. Housed in a modern quarter morocco box.Superb first issue of one of the most important and greatest books in American literature — Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. First edition of Clemens’s classic tale, critics regard The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as his fictional masterpiece which paved the way for modern American literature. This copy has all the agreed-upon first issue points for cloth copies: title leaf a cancel, with copyright notice dated 1884: illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; eleventh line from the bottom of page 57 reading “with the was”; no signature mark on page 161; and final leaf blank. Some bibliographers have additional issue points, and this copy has the following points also considered to be first issue: page 155 missing the final 5; page 143 with the “l” missing in “Col.” At top of illustration, “b” in “body” in line seven broken; page 283 bound in, with a straight vertical fly as in all cloth copies (the curved fly has been found only in prospectuses and a few publisher’s leatherbound copies, and no copy had been found with the defaced plate). The frontispiece portrait shows scarf under the bust and bears the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Company stamp (frontispiece not an issue point as it was inserted later in all copies). McBride, 93. BAL 3415. Grolier American 100: 87. Written over an eight-year period, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was blasted by critics from the moment of publication. “If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses, he had best stop writing for them,” declared Louisa May Alcott. The public outcry reached its peak with the banning of the novel by the Concord Public Library. “They have expelled Huck from their library as ‘trash and suitable only for the slums,’ Twain remarked. “That will sell 25,000 for us, sure.” As he predicted, sales increased and insured the novel’s lasting success. “It’s the best book we’ve had,” Hemingway wrote. “All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

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Adams, John. Autograph letter signed as President.

Lot 44: Adams, John. Autograph letter signed as President.

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Description: Adams, John. Autograph letter signed at President, 1 page, (9.75 x 8 in.), to New York Mayor Richard Varick, “Phyladelphia”, dated 7 February 1800; light browning, faint mat-burn at edges, tiny chip to left-hand edge, otherwise in fine condition.President Adams praises Gov. Morris’ eulogy of George Washington.Adams writes in full: Sir, I have received your favour of the 28th of last month, with two copies of Mr. Morris’s oration on the Death of General Washington and I pray you to present my Thanks to the common Council of your City for this obliging Mark of their attention. I had before read with much pleasure this Oration and found it distinguished, among the multitude of Productions on this melancholy occasion which I have read, for its Judgement and Candor as well as its elegance and Pathos. I have the Honor to be with great respect, your very humble servant John AdamsPresident Adams formally acknowledges receipt of copies of Governor Morris’s eulogy on George Washington, delivered at the request of the New York City Corporation on December 31 in St. Paul’s Church (the same church which Washington had attended during his residence in New York). The copies had evidently been sent to the President by New York Mayor Varick and the New York City Council.The death of General Washington, on 14 December 1799 “called forth a spectacle of universal grief which was remarkable in its magnitude even by modern standards,” and Governor Morris, a dedicated Federalist, was “among the more prominent speakers” who delivered eulogies on the occasion (J.A. Carroll & M.W. Ashworth, First in Peace, pp.651-652). President Adams was first informed of Washington’s death in a letter from Tobias Lear, Washington’s secretary, which he accordingly transmitted to Congress, explaining that “it has pleased divine Providence to remove from this life our excellent fellow-citizen, George Washington, by the purity of his character and a long series of services to his country rendered illustrious through the world.”

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Adams, John Quincy. Autograph original poem signed.

Lot 45: Adams, John Quincy. Autograph original poem signed.

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Description: Adams, John Quincy. Autograph original poem signed, 1 page, (5.6 x 7.4 in.; 142 x 188 mm.), Washington, 9 June 1842, headed with a lovely wood-cut printing, in vibrant color [hand-tinted], of a Eurasian Bullfinch perched on a sprig of holly. Slight soiling on edges.Adams writes in full:Not Solomon the wise, in all his gloryBright bird of beauty, was array’d like thosAnd thou like him shalt be renown’d in story - Bird of the wise, the valiant and the free.Borne on thy pinions, down the flight of TimeColumbia’s chosen sons shall wing their way;United here, in harmony sublimeTo teach mankind the blessings of her sway.Oh! counst thou bid the floods of discord ceaseAnd to the ark return, like Noah’s dove.Thy voice would turn, surest Harbinger of PeaceThis world of sorrow, to a world of LoveJohn Quincy Adams Washington 9. June 1842.President of the United States, esteemed statesman, and distinguished member of the House — John Quincy Adams was widely known as all of these. Not so well known, however, is Adams poetry, given here in a most desirable form. A rare example of Adam’s poetic verse; perfect for display.

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Astor, John Jacob. Autograph letter signed.

Lot 46: Astor, John Jacob. Autograph letter signed.

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Description: Astor, John Jacob. Autograph letter signed, 1 page, (9.75 x 8 in.), to Vice President Aaron Burr, dated 22 March 1804, New York; and autograph receipt dated March 20, 1804, to Burr and Astor; minor losses, spotting and mounting remnant on verso of both pages, but text unaffected and in fine condition.Financier John Jacob Astor writes to Vice President Aaron Burr to inform him that he has settled a debt on his behalf.Astor writes in full: Sir I have settled with Mr. Cutting and on the other side you will please find statement of the transaction which thus you will find right. You will also find enclosed your Senate oblication [sic] to me I am sir with very great Respect your most obst John Jacob AstorIncluded is the receipt for the transaction with Mr. Cutting, addressed to Burr.

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Ashbery, John. A comprehensive archive of works.

Lot 47: Ashbery, John. A comprehensive archive of works.

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Description: Ashbery, John. A comprehensive archive of the works of one of the greatest 20th-century American poets comprising more than 80 items and including all of his most important early works. Ashbery has won nearly every major American award for poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Award and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Ashbery’s poetry challenges its readers to abandon all presumptions about the aims, themes and stylistic structures of verse of a literature that reflects upon the limits of language and the volatility of consciousness. Ashbery’s first book, Some Trees, 1956, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize judged by none other than W.H. Auden. Ashbery proceeded a spate of successful and influential collections including The Tennis Court Oath, 1962, The Double Dream of Spring, 1970, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, 1975, and Houseboat Days, 1977. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, considered by most to be Ashbery’s masterpiece, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, an unprecedented set of accolades in the literary world. A meditation on Francesco Parmigianino’s painting of the same title, the narrative poem showcases the influence of visual art on Ashbery’s style, as well as introducing one of his major subjects — the nature of the creative act — particularly as it applies to the writing of poetry. Critics have consistently noted how Ashbery’s verse has taken shape under the influence of abstract expressionism, a movement in modern painting stressing nonrepresentational methods of picturing reality. Ashbery’s experience as an art critic in France during the 1950s and 1960s and then in New York surely strengthened his ties to abstract impressionism. Yet, Ashbery’s poetry has evolved under a variety of influences besides modern art, becoming in the end the expression of a voice unmistakably his own. Intensely prolific, Ashbery has published over eighteen books of poetry since Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. The present archive constitutes the most comprehensive collection of Ashbery’s body of work to be sold at auction. Highlights from the archive include:Turnandot and Other Poems (chapbook). Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1953. First edition limited to 300 copies inscribed and signed by Ashbery.Some Trees. Yale University Press, 1956. Proof copy. In addition, two copies published by Corinth Books, 1970, one hardcover copy signed and a softcover copy inscribed to Virgil Thomson and signed by Ashbery.The Tennis Court Oath. Wesleyan University Press, 1962.Autograph postcard signed, 16 November 1964, to Ted Berrigan, on poetry.Rivers and Mountains. Holt, NY, 1966.Selected Poems. J. Cape, London, 1967.Sunrise in Suburbia. Phoenix Bookshop, NY 1968. One of six copies of uncorrected page proofs preceding publication of the book.A Nest of Ninnies. Dutton, NY, 1969. Uncorrected page proofs inscribed and signed by Ashbery and actual copy of the book inscribed and signed by the author.The Double Dream of Spring. Dutton, NY, 1970. Two copies one of which is inscribed and signed by Ashbery.The Vermont Notebook. Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara, CA, 1975.Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Viking, NY, 1975. Unrevised proofs. In addition, two copies of the book, one of which is inscribed and signed by Ashbery. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Arion Press, San Francisco, CA, 1984. One of 175 with 8 prints signed and numbered by Richard Avedon, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jim Dine, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, R. B. Kitaj and Larry Rivers; a 33 1/3 rpm recording of Ashbery reading the poem with a foreward and essay by Helen Vendler as liner notes, the album cover reproducing the sixteenth–century painting by Parmigianino of the same title. All prints and thirty-two text pages printed on circular 18–inch sheets, laid into a stainless steel canister with a convex mirror on the lid.Houseboat Days. Viking, NY, 1977.Typed letter signed, 1 page, quarto, to David Spicer of Racoon noting he regrets he has nothing to send him at the moment.Three Plays. Z Press, Calais, VT, 1978.As We Know. Viking, NY, 1979.Paradoxes and Oxymorons/50 Lyrics. Viking, NY, 1981. Unrevised, unpublished proofs.Shadow Train. Viking, NY, 1981.Appartitions. Lord John Press, Northridge, CA, 1981. Two copies, both signed by Ashbery.A Wave. Viking, NY, 1984. Two copies one of which is signed by Ashbery.Selected Poems. Viking, NY 1985. Unrevised and unpublished proof suppressed according to the production supervisor at Viking .........because it was riddled with errors. The entire print run was pulped and never redone.Selected Poems. Viking, NY, 1985.April Galleons. Penguin, NY, 1987. Review copy and softcover copy.Flow Chart. Knopf, NY, 1992.Hotel Lautréamont. Knopf, NY, 1992. Two copies of the uncorrected proofs, a soft cover copy and a hardcover copy signed by Ashbery.And the Stars Were Shining. Farrar, Straus, Grioux, NY, 1994. Two copies one of which is signed by Ashbery.Can You Hear Bird? Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY, 1995. Signed by Ashbery.Wakefulness. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY, 1998. Two copies one of which is signed by Ashbery.Girls on the Run. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY, 1999. Reviewer’s copy, softcover copy and hardcover copy signed by Ashbery.Where Shall I Wander? HarperCollins, NY, 2005. Two copies.Additional works and two early works translated by Ashbery are included in the archive in addition to numerous periodicals containing Ashbery’s poetry, numerous anthologies and two cassettes of poetry readings by Ashbery.

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Bell, Alexander Graham. Extraordinary historic aviation archive.

Lot 48: Bell, Alexander Graham. Extraordinary historic aviation archive.

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Description: Bell, Alexander Graham. Extraordinary historic aviation archive including 217-page handwritten and extra-illustrated laboratory journal and over 950 photographs documenting his early experiments with tetrahedral kites in Bell’s pursuit of manned flight. The 217-page laboratory journal (8 x 10.5 in.; 203 x 267 mm.), is dated 18 June 1903 through 12 December 1903, from Bell’s Beinn Bhreagh laboratory on the property of his summer home near Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The journal is dated on the top of each page containing from 1 to 3 (3 x 4 in.; 76 x 102 mm.) very sharp photographs (contact prints) exhibiting the construction and experimentation of tetrahedral kites in numerous configurations (total number of journal prints exceeds 400). Thousands of words penned by Bell captioning the photographs (many signed with his initials), as well as hand-drawn sketches, diagrams, schematics and weight-to-surface area calculations, etc. Also included in the archive are (8) Kodak albums (7 x 9 in.; 178 x 229 mm.) dated on the spine of each beginning “May 1902” through Nov.-Dec. 1905” containing a total of over 480 (3 x 4 in.; 76 x 102 mm.) sharp photographs (contact prints) of Bell’s tetrahedral kites experiments. Two of the albums are marked, in ink, in Bell’s hand, “Kite Photographs – Property of Alexander Graham Bell / 1331 Connecticut Avenue / Washington D.C.” The photographs are mounted on rigid heavy stock album pages with scores of pages containing Bell’s handwritten captions beside the images. Also included are an additional (67) photographs ranging from 3 x 4 in. (76 x 102 mm.) to 4 x 5 in. (102 x 127 mm.) of Bell’s kite experiments. To further distinguish this collection, present are (8) wooden tetrahedral kite sections (cells) from Bell’s workshop, with spars measuring 10 in. (254 mm.) each and joined together with metal fitments. Notebook exhibits usual chipping around edges and the photographs exhibit varying degrees of silvering; as a whole, the archive remains in remarkable condition.Alexander Graham Bell’s quest for manned flight: Incredibly historic archive featuring Bell’s 217-page laboratory journal with extensive handwritten notes schematics and calculations, plus more than 950 mostly unpublished photographs documenting his early experiments with tetrahedral kites.Alexander Graham Bell made outstanding contributions to aviation through his development of tetrahedral kites, the investigation of their application to personnel carrying aircraft, and his enlistment of talented associates who aided significantly in the progress toward accomplishing powered flight. Although his greatest scientific accomplishment was the invention of the telephone, Dr. Bell deserves wide recognition for his promotion of aeronautics. His interest in aeronautics spanned almost all of his mature life. In 1877 he studied the flight of crows. In 1885 he studied a heavier-than-air machine. After decades of aeronautical experimentation, he developed a sense of urgency about his work. He tested numerous structures for lift and stability. His final solution was the tetrahedral cell, composed of four triangular faces, two of which were covered by silk to form a lifting surface. On April 23, 1903, eight months before the Wright Brothers made man’s first flight in a heavier-than air machine and 27 years after he invented the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell wrote to the National Academy of Sciences. His communication was revised for publication in the June 1903 issue of “The National Geographic Magazine.” Bell, President of the National Geographic Society, titled the 33 page article, illustrated with drawings and photographs, “The Tetrahedral Principle in Kite Structure.”He began thusly, “In 1899, at the April meeting, I made a communication to the Academy upon the subject of ‘Kites with Radial Wings;’ and some of the illustrations shown to the Academy at that time were afterwards published in the ‘Monthly Weather Review.’ Since then I have been continuously at work upon experiments relating to kites. Why, I do not know, excepting perhaps because of the intimate connection of the subject with the flying-machine problem. We are all of us interested in aerial locomotion; and I am sure that no one who has observed with attention the flight of birds can doubt for one moment the possibility of aerial flight by bodies specifically heavier than the air. In the words of an old writer, ‘We cannot consider as impossible that which has already been accomplished.’“I have had the feeling that a properly constructed flying-machine should be capable of being flown as a kite; and, conversely, that a properly constructed kite should be capable of use as a flying-machine when driven by its own propellers. I am not so sure, however, of the truth of the former proposition as I am of the latter. Given a kite, so shaped as to be suitable for the body of a flying-machine, and so efficient that it will fly well in a good breeze (say 20 miles an hour) when loaded with a weight equivalent to that of a man and engine; then it seems to me that this same kite, provided with an actual engine and man in place of the load, and driven by its own propellers at the rate of 20 miles an hour, should be sustained in calm air as a flying-machine…”His summer home at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, afforded excellent conditions for his scientific interest in flying kites. This research led to a large kite in which on December 6th, 1907, his associate, Lt. Thomas Selfridge, flew to a height of over 160 feet. Believing that the substitution of an engine and propeller attached to the kite might permit free man-carrying flight, dispensing with the tethering line, Dr. Bell and Lt. Selfridge secured the services of Glenn H. Curtiss. Curtiss helped them to construct a proper engine, and they also engaged the assistance of J.A.D. McCurdy and F. W. Baldwin. These five men formed the Aerial Experiment Association for the stated purpose of “getting into the air”. Beginning with a parallel-surfaced biplane glider, this group developed successively improved airplanes whose flight performances advanced from a few hundred feet in 1908 to twenty miles in 1909. These airplanes achieved several feats, including the winning of the Scientific American Trophy for a flight of over a kilometer, the first flight in Canada, and a total flight distance of over a thousand miles. The group was also responsible for the development of the aileron. Although Dr. Bell’s powered and manned tetrahedral aircraft did not fly, his experiments served as a valuable stepping stone in aviation history due to the accomplishments of the five men of the Aerial Experiment Association—a group formed in carrying out these kite experiments with Bell serving as their inspiring counsel.The Library of Congress possesses a similar journal of Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral kite experiments. Worthy of inclusion in the finest aviation collections. Provenance: Paul Edward Garber, the first head of the National Air Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., acquired the archive for his personal use from the family of Alexander Graham Bell (ca. 1955) in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1991 Garber gifted the archive to the current owner.

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Boone, Daniel. Autograph letter signed.

Lot 49: Boone, Daniel. Autograph letter signed.

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Description: Boone, Daniel. Autograph letter signed, 1 page, (6.5 x 7.5 in.; 165 x 191 mm.), dated 6 May 1803; light toning and general browning, but in overall fine condition. Comes with a signed certification from noted autograph expert Charles Hamilton attesting to the authenticity of the document and continues by stating the letter was “subsequently retouched on the numeral 3 and the flourish under the signature of Boone…”Boone traveled the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and the Allegheny Mountains, and built three settlements along the way. In later years, he moved his family to St. Charles County in Missouri, at which time this letter was penned in an attempt to recoup funds due to him.Boone writes in full, misspellings uncorrected:To the Worshiped Cort of the District of St. Charls gentelmen it is imposable for me to Recalect the time the Difinent Sumenses Was given But Luckely the two first Sumensis that Was givin When Crump Warrented Hayes hapen to be Safe Which Brought the Date to my memerry However I Can ashure the Corte that the Withen Bill Is Just and ought to Be paid I am gentelmen your Most obedent omble Sarvint Daniel Boone

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Bryan, William Jennings. Autograph letter signed.

Lot 50: Bryan, William Jennings. Autograph letter signed.

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Description: Bryan, William Jennings. Autograph letter signed (“W.J. Bryan”), 1 page, (11 x 8.5 in.), on The Commoner newspaper stationery, to Mr. James English Lowden of Elizabeth, New Jersey, dated 19 September [no year], Lincoln, Nebraska; slight chipping, not affecting text, in overall very fine condition.Bryan expresses his pleasure at the news of a Democratic club being founded in New Jersey.Bryan writes in full: My dear sir — I am pleased to learn of the organization of a Democratic Club there. May it propagate Democratic Truth, pure and undefiled, and prove a power for good in the community. Yours truly W.J. BryanThe Commoner was a Democratic newspaper founded by Bryan and his brother, future Governor of Nebraska, Charles W. Bryan. It printed from 1901 to 1923, with William Jennings Bryan serving as founder and publisher before handing the role to his brother and moving to the title of Editor and Proprietor of the monthly publication.

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