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  • TWAIN, MARK

    The Prince and the Pauper. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882

    FIRST EDITION. A departure from Twain’s previous novels, this tale of sixteenth-century England was intended as a work for children and the family circle. The book is illustrated with nearly 200 wood engravings. Twain declared that the boys in those illustrations “look and dress exactly as I used to cast them in my mind … It is a vast pleasure to see them cast in the flesh, so to speak.”

    $3,800

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Leaves of Grass. New York: [for Walt Whitman], 1867

    This is the fourth Leaves of Grass. The failure of Thayer & Eldridge, publisher of the third edition (Boston, 1860), left Whitman in search of a publisher. The poet decided that the events of the Civil War called for another reimagining of Leaves of Grass. Whitman returned to his earlier practice and financed the publication himself, engaging the New York printer William E. Chapin. For the first time, the 1867 Leaves opened with the poem “Inscription,” which introduced the book in subsequent editions.

    $3,500

  • DICKENS, CHARLES

    Works. Chapman and Hall, [1870s]

    A very handsome set of the famous “Illustrated Library Edition,” here in an early printing. The dedication at the front of the first volume (Pickwick Papers) states, “This the best edition of my books is, of right, inscribed to my dear friend John Forster, biographer of Oliver Goldsmith, in affectionate acknowledgment of his counsel, sympathy, and faithful friendship during my whole literary life.” “The Library Edition came about largely because of the suggestion of Forster that while Dickens’s works were available in volumes in the Cheap Edition and in reprints of the serial parts, there was no high-quality edition that would appeal to the wealthy. Dickens eventually came round to the idea that an elegant edition could raise the stature of his writings.

    $3,500

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Purloined Letter” in The Gift … for 1845. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845 [1844]

    FIRST EDITION. Contains the first printing of “The Purloined Letter,” perhaps the greatest of Poe’s detective stories” (Mabbott). As was customary, this gift book was offered in October or November in time for the holiday trade. This allowed for the printing of an abridged version of the tale in Chamber’s Edinburgh Journal of November 30, 1844. This is a handsome copy of the annual that Heartman and Canny called “outstanding among the annuals for its sumptuous appearance.”

    $2,200

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass. Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass, 1891

    FIRST EDITION. This form of Good-Bye My Fancy is not in Myerson.

    $1,200

  • SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM

    Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, Being a reproduction in facsimile of the First Folio Edition 1623 from the Chatsworth copy in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire, K.G. With Introduction and Census of Copies by Sidney Lee. Oxford: Clarendon Press, Oxford University, 1902

    FIRST EDITION of this noteworthy photographic facsimile for the Chatsworth copy of the First Folio. One of 1000 numbered copies signed on the limitation page by leading Shakespeare scholar Sidney Lee.

    $1,200

  • VOYNICH, WILFRID

    Long run of Voynich rare book catalogues dating to the founding of the firm. London: Voynich, 1898-c.1914

    This is an excellent run of the atalogurs of Wilfrid Voynich, one of the leading rare book dealers of the first part of the 20th century.

    $1,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Philadelphia, April 1844

    This contains the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” a tale combining the themes of reincarnation and mesmerism. Quinn wrote of this important tale:  “The realistic treatment of the supernatural was rarely better done by Poe.” This tale is set near the University of Virginia where Poe had been a student in 1826-7.

    $1,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Daguerreotype” in Alexander’s Weekly Messenger. Philadelphia, May 6, 1840

    First printing of this notice on the Daguerreotype. Poe notes of photography, “until the transcript can be produced on paper, its use can never prove detrimental to the interests of the engraver. This is true in part, but then the production of the Daguerreotype effects on paper is likely to be soon accomplished.”

    $1,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Conqueror Worm” in Graham’s Magazine. Philadelphia, January 1843

    First printing of Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm,” the only poem Poe published in 1843. Mabbott describes this poem as “unsurpassed in its power and pessimism.”  This issue also contains the first printing of Longfellow’s “The Belfry of Bruges” and William Cullen Bryant’s “A Northern Legend.”

    $800