The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the uncorrected text in Vol. I and with the list of errata on the verso of the title-page in Vol. II. Freeman observes that “there are important textual differences” between the two issues of the first edition. One of these, later rectified with the removal of long passages from the second issue, is pointed out in the first issue’s inserted slip referring to “a serious an unfortunate error, in relation to the sexual differences of animals.”
Economics: An Introductory Analysis.. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948
First edition of the greatest and most influential modern economics text-book. Inscribed by Samuelson for Eric Roll. Roll, professor of economics and later chairman of S. G. Warburg & Co., wrote the classic History of Economic Thought (1938, 4th ed., 1973).
Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF - 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spyISRAEL
Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. Israel, 1948 -1949
This splendid collection of dramatic photographs documents the activity of the IDF during the second stage of the War of Independence, following the second cease-fire.
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Nos. I-VII. New York: Van Winkle, 1819-1820
FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. The Sketch Book contains the first printings of the immortal tales “Rip Van Winkle” (in Part I) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (in Part VII), among others. This series of tales, published in seven parts in 1819-20, brought Washington Irving instant fame and made him America’s first international literary star. This set contains the uncorrected text points indicating the first printings, as noted in BAL.
ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN
Nye Eventyr. [-Anden Samling]. Copenhagen: Reitzel, 1844-45
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (i.e. title dated 1844 and without indication of later parts or a general title page). A landmark of world literature, this collection contains the first printings of the works that brought Andersen international fame, including “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Snow Queen.”
MALTHUS, THOMAS ROBERT
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, a View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occasions.. London: J. Johnson, 1803
Second edition, expanded to four times the length of the 1798 edition. This is the first edition to have Malthus’s name on the title and the first to present data supporting his argument that population increases geometrically while food increases only arithmetically.
KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD
General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936
FIRST EDITION of this classic of modern economics, “on which his fame as the outstanding economist of his generation must rest” (DNB). World-wide depression induced Keynes to re-examine classical approaches to economics. Urging the use of a national budget as a principal instrument of the planning of the national economy, Keynes placed responsibility for regulation of the economy squarely in the hands of the government.
Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas in the celebrated campaign of 1858, in Illinois. Columbus: Follett, Foster & Co., 1860
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with no rule on copyright page, no advertisements, and with sig. 2 on p. 17). There were many issues of this widely reprinted and highly influential book. This is the first.
ELSHOLTZ ,JOHANN SIGISMUND
The Curious Distillatory. London: Printed by J. D. for Robert Boulter, 1677
First edition in English. Elsholtz (1623-1688), who studied at Padua, was physician to Elector Friedrich Wilhelm and director of the botanical garden at Brandenburg.