Leaves of Grass: “It is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political; this of 1855 intellectual.” – PMMWHITMAN, WALT
Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, 1855
First edition, one of only 200 copies of the first issue of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
On the Road. New York: The Viking Press, 1957
FIRST EDITION. With a long inscription from Kerouac to William Targ, noted bookman, editor, and publisher: “To William Targ From Jack Kerouac 12/9/68. How about a first edition of Compleat Visions of Cody to be published by Putnams 1969??? — or, maybe A Nest of Ninnies be better??? Regards, JK.”
“Gulliver’s Travels has given Swift an immortality beyond temporary fame” --Printing and the Mind of ManSWIFT, JONATHAN
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.
The Portrait of a Lady. London: Macmillan, 1881
First edition, first printing of this classic of 19th-century literature. This is one of only 750 sets, many of which were consumed by English circulating libraries. The much more common American edition appeared later and is dated 1882.
A Dictionary of the English Language. London: W. Strahan for J. & P. Knapton, 1755
First edition of this enduring classic of English literature. This is Johnson’s “audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue … combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought” (Hitchings).
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).
POE, EDGAR ALLAN
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.”
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.