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  • JOYCE, JAMES

    (English) Autograph Manuscript Signed from the Anna Livia Plurabelle Section of Finnegans Wake. Paris, October 6, 1930

    JAMES JOYCE EXPERIMENTS WITH FINNEGANS WAKE. In this splendid manuscript Joyce improvises on key lines from the melodic “Anna Livia Plurabelle” chapter of what became Finnegans Wake. ALP, as he called it, was the author’s favorite chapter and the most-published and best-loved section of the book. Joyce selected this passage to begin his famous 1929 recording.

    $100,000

  • MACHIAVELLI, NICCOLÒ

    (English) Nicholas Machiavel’s Prince. … Translated out of Italian into English; By E[dward]. D[acres].. London: R. Bishop for William Hils & Daniel Pakeman, 1640

    $80,000

  • SWIFT, JONATHAN

    (English) Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World . . . by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benj. Motte, 1726

    FIRST EDITION. This is a handsome set of Teerink’s A edition, the true first edition.

    $80,000

  • BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM

    (English) Commentaries on the Laws of England. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1765-1769

    First edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries, a monument of the Anglo-American legal and political system and one of the key influences on the thought of the Founding Fathers and the shaping of the Constitution.

    $68,000

  • TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE

    (English) De la Democratie en Amerique. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, 1840

    FIRST EDITIONS. The most influential commentary on America in the nineteenth century, Democracy in America was based on Tocqueville’s travels in the United States in 1831 and 1832. Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system on behalf of the French government. The book resulting from these investigations is generally considered the 19th century’s most insightful commentary on the development of our unique American culture and political system.

    $62,000

  • CARROLL, LEWIS

    (English) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: D. Appleton, 1866

    FIRST EDITION, second (i.e., American) issue, comprising sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice with new title-page.

    $48,000

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    (English) Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840

    FIRST EDITION, one of only 750 sets printed. Poe’s first collection of prose, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque contains many of Poe’s finest tales including “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “MS. Found in a Bottle.”

    $48,000

  • WRIGHT, WILBUR

    (English) Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Offprint from: Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8 [misprinted “III” on front wrapper], no. 4 (August, 1903). [Chicago], [1903]

    FIRST EDITION, offprint issue. Presentation copy with the stamp of the Wrights’ advisor, mentor, and chief promoter, aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. Chanute was the most important figure in aviation from 1890 to 1910

    $44,000

  • ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES

    (English) Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762

    FIRST EDITION, type B, the definitive authorized version. Observing in his opening words that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” Rousseau offered this work as a yardstick with which to judge existing governments. He argued that the central problem is to “find a form of association which can defend and protect with all the power of the community the person and possessions of each associate, and by which each person unites himself with all, but only obeys himself and thereby remains as free as before.”

    $42,000

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    (English) 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.

    $35,000