“The best book for young folks that ever was written” – Harriet Beecher Stowe on The Prince and the PauperTWAIN, 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.”
Revised draft of the proposed Penal Code for the Kingdom of Siam, April, R.S. 126. [Bangkok], 
FIRST EDITION. This volume is heavily revised with manuscript changes in at least two hands, some in red ink and others in pencil, and with pasted-on slips. The text has been extensively reworked, with considerable additions, deletions, corrections, revisions, and reorganization.
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.
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.
“I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.” – Darwin on the Cameron portrait(DARWIN, CHARLES.) Cameron, Julia Margaret
Charles Darwin. London, [1880-1890s]
THE GREAT DARWIN PORTRAIT, Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1868 portrait of Darwin is probably the most famous photograph of a 19th-century scientist. Darwin remarked, “I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.”
“Ueber die von der molekularkinetischen Theorie der Waerme geforderte Bewegung von in ruhenden Fluessigkeiten suspendierten Teilchen” in Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, 17 Band, No. 8. Leipzig, 1905
FIRST EDITION. “On the Movement of Small Particles Suspended in a Stationary Liquid Demanded by the Molecular Kinetic Theory of Heat” appears here on pp. 549-560. This landmark paper on Brownian motion is one of the three great papers from 1905, Einstein annus mirabilis.
(EINSTEIN, ALBERT.) Merl LaVoy
Photograph of Einstein holding a home movie camera, pointing it at man operating a movie camera. [possibly Los Angeles], [c. 1931]
This photograph shows Einstein turning a Cine-Kodak home movie camera, the first 16mm camera, on a man operating a large movie camera.
The photograph bears the stamp of noted documentary filmmaker Merl LaVoy. LaVoy was famous for his globe-trotting filmmaking for Pathé News. Einstein stands with his second wife Elsa. Einstein is known to have met LaVoy on several occasions including his 1931 stay in California.
(NEPAL.) KIRKPATRICK, WILLIAM
An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, being the substance of observations made during a mission to that country, in the year 1793. London: William Miller, 1811
FIRST EDITION of the account of the first British mission to Nepal. Kirkpatrick entered the military service of the East India Company in 1771 and, during the course of a career in which he was ultimately promoted to major-general, acquired expertise as a translator and interpreter of Persian.
“the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms” - presentation copy with annotationsBARTLETT, JOHN RUSSELL
Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1848
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed by Bartlett to S. A. Hammett in the year of publication, with a presentation letter and with Hammett’s copious annotations.
This is one of the first great books devoted to American English. Mencken called it “the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms.” This fascinating dictionary incudes a very early entry on the game of poker (“a favorite game of cards among Southern gamblers.”
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