The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1776-1788
First editions of all six volumes of the most celebrated historical work in English literature. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall covers the thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the fall of Constantinople with unmatched erudition, clarity, and organization. “Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equaled to this day; and the result was clothed in an inimitable prose” (PMM).
BEECHER FAMILY ,portraits
Magnificent Beecher Family Photograph Collection. Various places, 1850s-1880s
This collection comprises an important ambrotype group portrait of the family by Brady Studios, a fine Brady salt print portrait of Lyman Beecher, a hand-colored photograph of Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher as a young lady, and a signed cabinet card photograph of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The collection: $42,000
POE, EDGAR ALLAN
Tales. London: Wiley and Putnam, 1845
FIRST EDITION, ENGLISH ISSUE with the cancel London title page. This is an excellent copy of one of the rarest forms of Poe’s tales, issued in the original cloth from the American sheets with a London title page.
A Tale of Two Cities. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859
FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING, FIRST PRINTING (with page 213 mis-numbered 113 and sig. b present on the list of illustrations, points that were corrected in later copies of this edition).
Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922
FIRST EDITION. This is one of 750 numbered copies (from an edition of 1000) of the most sought-after book of 20th-century literature.
two fine Walt Whitman manuscripts - “The greatest achievement a man achieves in strengthening, purifying, completing himself – and a woman herself.”WHITMAN, WALT
Two autograph manuscripts: Autograph manuscript on the American individual beginning “Or are you one ambitious of great deeds” [and] Autograph manuscript poem fragment signed “Kentucky”. No place, c. 1862
This leaf contains two wonderful Whitman manuscripts. The first is an unpublished manuscript in which Whitman discusses two of the great themes of his writing: the work of strengthening, purifying, and completing oneself and the place of the individual in American democracy. The second, written on the verso of “Or are you ambitious” manuscript, is an unpublished working manuscript from Whitman’s Civil War poem “Kentucky.”
Tragediae Septem cum commentariis. (Edited by Aldus Manutius and John Gregoropoulos). Venice: Aldus Manutius, August, 1502
Editio princeps of the seven surviving complete plays of Sophocles, the greatest of the Greek tragedians. This volume contains the first printing of Oedipus Rex, generally considered the greatest Greek tragedy.
(WHITMAN, WALT.) George C. Cox
An enormous platinum or bromide photograph after the original portrait photograph by George C. Cox. New York, 1887, printed ca. 1890s-1910s
A SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPH OF WHITMAN IN OLD AGE. This famous portrait was taken in George Cox’s New York studio in April 1887. Whitman was celebrating the success of his lecture on Lincoln, delivered on the same visit to the city.