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  • TOLKIEN, J. R. R

    (English) The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1955

    FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. This is a very attractive set of the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies).

    $40,000

  • TWAIN ,MARK

    Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: American Publishing, 1876

    A splendid copy  of the first American edition of Tom Sawyer, one of the first great American boy’s books.

    $35,000

  • MATHER, COTTON

    (English) The Wonders of the Invisible World. Being an account of the tryals of several witches, lately executed in New England. Printed first, at Boston in New England, and reprinted in London for John Dunmow, 1693

    FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of this famous history of the Salem witch trials, a classic of colonial American history.

    $35,000

  • JEFFERSON, THOMAS

    (English) Autograph letter signed to Reverend John McVickar of Columbia University. Monticello, 30 March 1826

    Jefferson and the study of political economy: “No country on earth requires a sound intelligence of it more than ours …”

    In this fine unpublished letter, written just months before his death, Jefferson observes that he no longer reads books as demanding as those on political economy, adding, “I rejoice nonetheless to see that it is beginning to be cultivated in our schools.”

    $35,000

  • BENESE, RICHARD

    (English) This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande, as Well of Woodlande, as of Lande in the Felde and Comptynge the True Nombre of Acres of the Same. [edited by Thomas Paynell.]. Southwark: James Nicolson, [1537 or 1538?]

    FIRST EDITION of “the first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying” (Buisseret, Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps). The book focused on practical methods calculating everything from the amount of stone needed to pave a chamber floor to the size of a pasture or field” marking “the beginning of a new interest in measuring not just the assets of the land, but the land itself” (D. K. Smith, Cartographic Imagination in Early Modern England).

    $35,000

  • 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

  • JOYCE, JAMES

    (English) 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.

    $35,000

  • DICKENS, CHARLES

    (English) 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).

    $35,000

  • BELLOW, SAUL

    (English) “By the St. Lawrence,” Autograph manuscript signed. No place, Prob. March 1995

    A MAJOR LATE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SHORT STORY. In this heavily revised manuscript story, Bellow revisits the scenes of his immigrant childhood and reflects on the nature of memory and loss. The story, with important changes from the present manuscript, was published in Esquire (1995) and then in Bellow’s Collected Stories (2001). A reviewer of the latter book observed, “the volume opens with the most recent piece, “By the St Lawrence,” which becomes a kind of retrospective manifesto for the characteristic forms and themes of Bellow’s stories as a whole” (Christopher Tayler, The Telegraph).

    $32,000

  • (CIVIL WAR.)

    (English) An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White, with his signature dated December 23, 1859 in the first volume. Lebanon, Tennessee, 1859-1862

    MORE THAN 100 SOUTHERN BOYS WHO WENT TO WAR. This is a unique photographic record of young men, from across the South, most of whom fought for the Confederacy. The collection comprises 125 rare salt prints made in 1859-1862. All but eight of the men represented in these albums went on to serve in the Confederate military, in a total of 88 units. Four fought for the Union, and four remained neutral. 13 were killed in action, 24 were wounded in action, and 24 became prisoners of war. The men fought in many of the war’s major engagements including Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Shiloh, Chancellorsville, and others.

    $32,000