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  • CLARENDON, EDWARD HYDE, Earl of

    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King’s blessed Restoration. Oxford: Printed at the Theater, 1702-1704

    FIRST EDITION. A magnificent set of Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion, “the most valuable of all the contemporary accounts of the Civil Wars. … His characters are not simply bundles of characteristics, but consistent and full of life, sketched sometimes with affection, sometimes with light humor” (DNB).

    $7,800

  • KNIGHTS OF MALTA

    Statuta Hospitalis Hierusalem. Rome: Tipografia del Popolo Romano, 1588

    FIRST EDITION of this revision of the Statutes of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Established in 1085 to care for the sick at the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, the order became a military order, defending crusader territory in the Holy Land and protecting pilgrim routes. The Knights, drawn from the great families of Europe, became immensely  wealthy. They relocated to Malta in 1530, where they were ruled by a Grand Master answerable only to the Pope. The engraved map of Malta shows the great siege of 1565 in which knights under John de Valetta defeated a great Turkish fleet. This event led to the alliance of the kings of Europe against the Ottomans, previously thought nearly invincible.

    $7,500

  • LISSITZKY, EL (Lazar)

    [Poster.] Nuzhno usilit’ i ukrepit’ internatsional’nye proletarskie sviazi rabochego klassa SSSR a rabochim klassom burzhuaznykh stran [“We Must Reinforce and Consolidate the International Proletarian Links of the Working Class of the USSR with the Working Class of the Bourgeois Countries” – Stalin]. Moscow, Izostat, 20 October 1940

    This dramatic poster, similar in style to the Socialist Realist graphics found in USSR In Construction, exhorts the people to support MOPL, the International Organization of Helpers of Fighters for the Revolution. The figures represent international workers united with the Soviets in the heroic struggle for the Revolution. The poster was printed during the last year of Lissitzky’s life while he worked for the Soviet state with the sure knowledge that his friends and colleagues were the victims of Stalin’s purges.

    $6,800

  • Niyaz Ali Beg Nikhat Dihlavi

    Makhzan-i-Fawaid. Delhi, 1845

    This is a rare collection of Hindustani idioms and proverbs with commentary and quotations from Hindustani poets, printed in Urdu with lithography.

    $6,500

  • MEIR, GOLDA

    Typed letter signed “Golda Meirson” to Abba Kovner. Jerusalem: Ministry of Labour, November 21, 1954

    Golda Meir, a founder of the modern state of Israel, writes to Abba Kovner, who led the Vilna Ghetto Uprising and later became one of Israel’s leading poets.

    $5,200

  • St. Peter's ,Rome

    View of Rome from the Tiber River with Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Rome, ca. 1870

    A fine 19th century photograph of landmarks of Rome.

    $4,500

  • (THAILAND)

    Revised draft of the proposed Penal Code for the Kingdom of Siam, April, R.S. 126. [Bangkok], [1907]

    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.

    $3,800

  • LASKI, HAROLD

    Autograph manuscript signed, “Palestine: The Economic Aspect”. No place, 1946

    In this long essay Harold Laski, one of the most influential public intellectuals of the 20th century, discusses the economic future of Palestine and the Jews immigrating there following World War II. Laski’s greatest influence came as a prolific author, professor at the London School of Economics, and leading advisor to the Labour Party. “Laski was a writer who exercised enormous influence in the turbulent environment of the early to mid-twentieth century. Though normally regarded as a political theorist, Laski frequently wrote on the problems of international politics” (Peter Lamb).

    $3,800

  • (LONDON.) Homann Heirs

    [Plan of London.] Urbium Londini et Westmonasterii nec non Suburbii Southwark. Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, 1736

    This famous three-sheet plan of London, Westminster, and Southwark gives names of streets, drainage, parish boundaries, buildings, parks and other places. The right sheet has inset views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. James Square, Custom House and the Royal Exchange on right sheet.

    $3,200

  • (JERUSALEM.)

    Bird’s Eye View of Holy Jerusalem. Odessa, 1902

    This vibrant chromolithograph bird’s eye view was published in Odessa for the tourist market.

    The foreground is dominated by the Dome of the Rock, behind the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. In the background appear houses of the Old City and the holy sites. Captions in Russian describe selected sites. The title of the lithograph appears in the margins, in Russian, English and French.

    $2,400