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Autograph letter from Rev. Thomas Raffles to Mr. (William) Bullock, lending him a catalogue of his autograph collection
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Autograph letter from Rev. Thomas Raffles to Mr. (William) Bullock, lending him a catalogue of his autograph collection

By Raffles, Rev. Thomas (1788-1863)

Liverpool, 1845. A letter from Rev. Raffles, a Congregational minister in Liverpool, abolitionist, historian, 1st cousin to Sir Stamford Raffles of Singapore fame and autograph collector, to Mr. Bullock, most likely William Bullock, (c. 1773-1849) an English traveler, naturalist and antiquarian. In 1795, Bullock founded a Museum of Natural Curiosities in Liverpool. In 1801, he published a descriptive catalogue of the works of art, armoury, objects of natural history, and other curiosities in the collection, some of which had been brought back by members of James Cook's expeditions. The text reads: Sir, If you will take the trouble to call at No. 25 Gower Street in (Barke's?), you will find a parcel there for you containing the catalogue of autographs I'm desire (to see.)? It is included in the formal catalogue of the Exhibition. I have no list separate from that. I shall be glad of its return at your convenience. I am, Sir. V. Revd. (...?) Tho Raffles. Mr. Bullock, Esq. P.S. The autographs in this catalogue are a very small portion of my collection." The Thomas Raffles Collection was purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Augustina Rylands at Sotheby's auction of Thomas Raffles' collection of European and American autograph letters and historical documents in June-July 1891. It now resides in the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester. Amongst many other items, Mrs. Rylands purchased the substantial bound autograph collections (lots 545-550, Eng MSS 351-387). ALS, 4pp, (2 blank), 4 1/4 x 7", period folds flattened. With a steel engraved portrait of Raffles published by Fisher in 1822.

$125.00

Norman Mailer Autograph
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Norman Mailer Autograph

1980. Very good overall. Strong ball point pen signature of the author on lined index card, 8 x 5". Signed on the unlined side. Slight toning to paper due to matting, now removed.

$75.00

Five Plays. Signed

By Sartre, Jean Paul

Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1978. Limited edition. Hardcover. Fine. Signed First Franklin Library limited edition. Signed by Sartre as issued, with the "Special Message" to subscribers by Sartre for this edition. Illustrated by Robert Borja. 8vo, 484pp. Gilt stamped red leather, all edges gilt, satin page marker, tissue insert for signed page. Very bright and clean.

$175.00

Hudson River Villas - signed
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Hudson River Villas - signed

By Zukowsky, John and Robb Pierce Stimson

New York: Rizzoli International Publications Inc., 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. Signed copy by Robbe Pierce Stimson. Documents 123 sumptuous historical residences between Albany and New York City, many designed by famous architects. Includes index of houses, glossary of architects & selected bibliography. A beautiful volume cataloging these historical homes in the Hudson valley of New York. 4to square, 224 pp., profusely illustrated in color and black and white. With the loosely inserted map of Hudson River pinpointing the villas, often missing. Gilt titles on spine. Blue cloth boards, gilt title, in original colored dust jacket, dj slt. sunned and ruffled at spine head.

$225.00

1937 Tennis Match of Ellsworth Vines v. Fred Perry, Palm Beach, Florida. A commemorative photograph signed by both
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1937 Tennis Match of Ellsworth Vines v. Fred Perry, Palm Beach, Florida. A commemorative photograph signed by both

By Kirkton, J.F. (Photographer); Vines, Ellsworth; Perry, Fred

Florida, 1937. Very good condition. A signed photograph of a tennis match with the caption in the photo entitled 'Palm Beach Presentation' with Ellsworth Vines of United States, World's Professional Champion vs. Fred Perry of England, World's Amateur Champion, at the Everglades Club on February 1st, 1937.' Signed in pen by both players. A full court shot taken from the stands with Perry in foreground and Vines in background. Vines [1911-1994] was a winner of 3 Grand Slams: Wimbledon 1932, U.S. 1931, 1932, World's No. 1 player 1932, 1935-37. He became a professional tennis player in 1934 and later in his career a professional golfer. Fred Perry [1909-1995] was a World Champion table tennis player and the World's No. 1 amateur tennis player 1934-1936, Wimbledon champion 1934-36, U.S. Singles Champ 1933, 1934, 1936, and Australian Singles Champ 1934. Perry began his professional tennis career in January of 1937, so this match photo is an early part of the Vine vs. Perry tour. 10 x 8", b&w, signed in pen, with title superimposed over the image. Several marks on center and upper margin of image, slt. sunned at left, still a pleasant photo.

$375.00

The Voyage of the "Scotia".  Being a Record of the Voyage of Exploration in the Antarctic Seas - Signed Copy
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The Voyage of the "Scotia". Being a Record of the Voyage of Exploration in the Antarctic Seas - Signed Copy

By [Antarctic] Brown, Robert N. Rudmose, Robert Mossman & J. H. Harvey Pirie

Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1906. First edition. Presentation copy, signed on the half-title to his fellow Scottish scientist; "To John Mathieson Esq. thanking him for much valuable help in Polar Research & in token of friendship from Wm. S. Bruce...1 January 1910. Edinburgh". With a loosely inserted folded sheet of cream paper printed "With The Directors' Compliments. Scottish Oceanographical Laboratory, Edinburgh." The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902 was lead by William Speirs Bruce who had just turned down Capt. Scott's invitation to be the naturalist on the Discovery expedition. The expedition conducted the first oceanographic exploration of the Weddell Sea and discovered the northern part of the Caird Coast. Bruce refused to write the popular account, and "instead the authorship of a popular narrative was taken up by three of the scientific staff, who wrote this outstanding account." (Rosove). In 1909, John Mathieson served as chief surveyor on the Scottish scientific expedition to Svalbard, led by William Bruce. The expedition was sponsored partly by Prince Albert of Monaco to continue the survey of Prins Karls Forland begun by Bruce, and partly by the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate, to examine the company's mineral claims there and in the Isfjorden region. Mathieson led the surveying party on Prins Karls Forland, and during the summer completed Bruce's survey, leaving only some details for later verification or amendment. (Scott Polar Institute). Spence 193. Rosove 50.A1. Royal 8vo, (xxiv) 375 pp., 59 plts. and 3 maps. Original pictorial covers w/ some wear & bumped at corners, the white title on the spine faded, white title and illustrations on the cover slightly rubbed but overall intact. Fold. map w. sml. tears at hinge o/w internally clean, tight & sound. Overall a very nice desirable copy in Good+ condition. Items signed by Bruce are uncommon.

$2750.00

The Circus of Dr. Lao

By Finney, Charles G.; Van Fliet, Claire (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1982. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. With an introduction by Edward Hoagland. Illustrated with relief etchings by Claire Van Vliet. Number 1926 of 2,000 printed, signed by Van Vliet. 4to, 123pp, original patterned cloth boards, orange cloth slipcase with very slt. marks and one rubbed corner. Very clean throughout.

$75.00

A Voyage to Brobdingnag Made By Lemuel Gulliver in the Year MDCII (and) A Voyage to Lilliput By Dr. Lemuel Gulliver MDCIC
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A Voyage to Brobdingnag Made By Lemuel Gulliver in the Year MDCII (and) A Voyage to Lilliput By Dr. Lemuel Gulliver MDCIC

By Swift, Jonathan

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Two volume set, elephant folio, 160pp, 12mo,151pp with red cloth spines, gilt text and map illustrated boards, gilt spine text, cover text in red/black. Signed by the designer Bruce Rogers, number 822 of 1500 printed. Folio vol. spine dusty otherwise binding and text clean and bright. 16mo in original glassine slt. chipped, clean and bright. Both vols in brown slipcase, slt. sunned, chipped, rubbed at edge, slt. marked.

$325.00

Far Away and Long Ago. A History of My Early Life
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Far Away and Long Ago. A History of My Early Life

By Hudson, W.H.; Rosarivo, Raul (ills)

Buenos Aires: Limited Editions Club, 1943. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Memoir of William Henry Hudson, ornithologist, author, and naturalist. 4to, cream leather on top half, lower half steer hide with tan and white fur (somewhat worn) and rawhide stitching around edges. Suede endpapers, 307pp, signed by designer and illustrator, number 822 of 1500 printed. Text clean and bright, lacking slipcase. With Monthly Letter of the Limited Editions Club from October 1943 loosely inserted.

$145.00

Walden or Life in the Woods

By Thoreau, Henry David; Steichen, Edward (photographer)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1936. Limited edition. Very good +. Illustrated with Photographs Taken at Various Seasons at Walden Pond by Edward Steichen, and with an Introduction by Henry Seidel Canby. 8vo, 320pp, binding decorative blue green handmade paperboards with black linen spine, text in gold. Small chip in hinge 1" above bottom of front cover. Original slipcase, front corner 1" split, no glassine. Number 822 of 1500 printed. Signed by photographer.

$650.00

Treasure Island

By Stevenson, Robert Louis; Wilson, Edward A. (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1941. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Signed lithograph of Long John Silver by illustrator Edward Wilson. Number 822 of 1500 printed. Flexible blue cloth covered boards, 4to, 273pp, slt. sunned spine, in original yellow slipcase with title label on spine slt. dusty and bumped at top. Otherwise clean and bright.

$175.00

The Possessed

By Dostoevsky, Fyodor; Eichenberg, Fritz (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1959. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett, with an introduction by Marc Slonim. Two vols, large 8vo. Volume I is red decorative cloth, Volume II is blue decorative cloth. Number 822 of 1500 printed, signed by illustrator. With original black slipcase, silver title label on spine, dusty and one crack along bottom edge. Monthly Letter of the Limited Editions Club from Oct. 1959 loosely inserted.

$110.00

Crainquebille

By France, Anatole; Lamotte, Bernard (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1949. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Translated by Jacques LeClercq. Signed by the illustrator, number 822 of 1500 printed. 4to, bound in burlap like cloth, red titles at front and spine, spine slightly sunned. In original maroon slipcase with gilt title at spine, slt. bumped at corners.

$60.00

The Brothers Karamazov

By Doestoevsky, Fyodor; Eichenberg Fritz (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1949. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Two volumes, 4to, 1/2 red buckram and red cloth with silver titles. Number 822 of 1500 printed, signed by the illustrator. Bright and clean in dusty original green slipcase with title label rubbed and slt. marked.

$125.00

Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard

By Gray, Thomas; Parker, Agnes Miller (ills)

London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Illustrated with 32 full-page striking wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. Small 4to, green buckram with relief design on front stamped in silver. Number 822 of 1500 printed, signed by the illustrator. Spine slt. sunned, with remnants of glassine in original blue slipcase slt. sunned.

$125.00

Carmen

By Merimee, Prosper; Charlot, Jean (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1941. Limited edition. Very good +. 4to, light green cloth spine with red text, decorative boards, in green slipcase slightly sunned, number 822 of 1500 printed, signed by the illustrator.

$60.00

Fathers & Sons

By Turgenev, Ivan; Eichenberg, Fritz (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1951. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Translated by Constance Garnett. Small 4to, cream cloth and black buckram with gilt decoration on cover, spine label in gilt. Wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg, number 822 of 1500 printed, signed by illustrator. Remnants of original glassine, black slipcase with spine label slt. dusty.

$85.00

The Essays of Francis Bacon
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The Essays of Francis Bacon

By Bacon, Francis; Rogers, Bruce (designer)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1944. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. With an introduction by Christopher Morley. Signed by book designer, number 822 of 1100 printed. Folio, 190pp, 1/4 blue cloth and decorative gilt paper boards, gilt title at spine. One small mark on front cover. Original glassine intact, clamshell slipcase slt. sunned at edges. Text clean and bright. With Monthly Letter of the Limited Editions Club from March 1944 loosely inserted.

$65.00

Poems of Emily Dickinson

By Dickinson, Emily; Sewell, Helen (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1952. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Commentary by Louis Untermeyer. 4to, 286pp, signed by the illustrator, number 822 of 1500 printed. Black leather boards with title labels on front and spine. Spine slt. rubbed, text clean and bright, slipcase very slt rubbed at label.

$150.00

The Tales of Hoffman

By Hoffmann, E.T.A.; Steiner-Prag, Hugo (ills)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1943. First edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Introductory essay by Arthur Ransome and prologue by illustrator. Small 4to, black cloth binding, title label on spine, with gilt decoration on front. Signed by illustrator, number 822 of 1500 printed. In original green slipcase, somewhat sunned, cracked at top, rubbed.

$75.00

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