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Views of St. Helena

Views of St. Helena

by BELLASIS George Hutchins

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1815. BELLASIS, George Hutchins. Views of St. Helena. London: Printed by John Tyler, 1815. Oblong folio (19-1/2 by 14 inches), later half red morocco, morocco label to front board, marbled endpapers. $6800.First edition, large paper copy, with 6 splendid hand-colored folio aquatint plates by Robert Havell after drawings by George Bellasis. This work, on what was then surely the most remote outpost of the British Empire, was produced in 1815 in response to Napoleon's intended exile to the island and the newfound interest it generated; Plate 3 represents ""St. James's Town,"" and includes ""The Briars, the intended residence of Bonaparte."" Bellasis sketched scenes from the island when he spent 8 months there after being forced to disembark due to illness in November, 1804. Each view is accompanied by text leaf. With list of subscribers. Abbey I: 309. Tooley 87. Prideaux, 236. Early (1821) gift inscription and owner signature on title page.Plates fine,… Read More
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Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache painting, signed

Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache painting, signed

by BARBIER George

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1919. Signed. BARBIER, George. Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache painting, signed. [Paris]: 1919. Original pencil, watercolor, and gouache, heightened in silver gilt, on card, measuring 8 by 10-1/2 inches; matted and framed, wntire piece measures 14 by 18 inches. $6900.Striking original pencil, watercolor, and gouache design, highlighted in silver gilt, by legendary fashion designer George Barbier, of a ""Gypsy"" with tambourine, possibly relating to costumes designed by Barbier for the Gypsy ballet ""Amarilla,"" danced by the Anna Pavlova and Alexandre Volinine at Drury Lane in 1920, signed and dated by Barbier.""George Barbier is one of the most valuable and most significant artists of our time, so rich in all kinds of talent and original ideas. When our age is past… it will just take a few drawings of Barbier to revive the taste and spirit of our time… When I look at Barbier's costumes for the stage, I see the characters of… Read More
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Writings

Writings

by ELIOT George

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1908. Signed. ELIOT, George. The Writings. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1908. Twenty-five volumes. Octavo, contemporary full brown crushed morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated boards and spines, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and largely unopened. $11,000.Splendid large-paper edition of Eliot’s writings, number 29 of only 750 sets produced, with over 150 illustrations including hand-colored frontispieces in double-suite, with a signed autograph letter by Eliot bound into Volume I.Eliot, who pioneered the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction, has been praised for the qualities that make her ""a supreme novelist in an age of great novelists"" (Kunitz and Haycraft, 212). The illustrations reproduce original drawings by Charles Brock, Frederick Pegram, Ambrose Dudley, Henry Paget Archibald Hartrick and others, as well as photogravures by C. E. Walmsley, many taken for this edition, of English estates and countryside… Read More
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New Grub Street

New Grub Street

by GISSING George

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1891. First Edition . GISSING, George. New Grub Street. A Novel. London: Smith, Elder, 1891. Three volumes. Octavo, original gilt- and black-stamped green cloth. Housed together in a custom clamshell box. $5200.First edition of the most famous and ""best work"" by Gissing, whose singular perspective on the work of writing and ""the sterling originality of his art, have secured his place in the history of the English novel,"" in original cloth.New Grub Street, Gissing's ""finest novel,"" is widely seen as the ""most significant work of fiction about the business of writing fiction. Q.D. Leavis… singled out New Grub Street as his 'best work'… [and] in an unpublished piece written in 1948, Orwell called it 'Gissing's masterpiece'"" (Matz, George Gissing's Ambivalent Realism). ""The continued relevance of Gissing's work… is undoubted, and his finest interpreters now… Read More
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Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

by TOKLAS Alice B STEIN Gertrude

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1933. First Edition . (STEIN, Gertrude). The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1934. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $3000.First edition of Stein's mischievous ""memoir of that exciting period when Cubism was being invented in paint and a new manner of writing was being patented in words"" (Janet Flanner), with frontispiece after a photograph by Man Ray and 14 full-page illustrations, in scarce original dust jacket.Stein ""was at the cultural heart of Paris for more than four decades. She provided vital patronage for Matisse and Picasso… and the Saturday evening gatherings where she played hostess to those in the know have become legendary… Written in the form of an autobiography of Stein's life partner, the book is in actual fact her own memoir. But given the cast of characters, which range from Matisse, Picasso and Braque to Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound, it has proved a lasting tribute to a… Read More
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Gli Statuti della Sacra Religione

Gli Statuti della Sacra Religione

by BOSIO Giacomo

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1589. First Edition . (MALTA, Sovereign Military Order of) BOSIO, Giacomo. Gli statuti della sacra religione di s. giovanni giersoloimitano. Tradotti di latino in volgare da Jacomo Bosio Agenda della medesima Religione nella Corte di Roma… BOUND WITH: CLEMENS VIII, Pope. Bulla s.mi d. n. d. clementis papae viii. Confirmationis Privilegiorum Religionis S. Joannis Hierosolymitani (ff. 4). Roma: Giacomo Tornieri, 1592; (Papal bull) Paulum Bladum, 1592. Quarto, contemporary limp vellum. $12,500.The first Italian edition of an important work concerning the privileges and investiture ceremony of the Knights Hospitaller of Malta, written by the first historian of the Order, with woodcut arms of Cardinal Hugues Loubens de Verdalle, Grand Master of the Order, on the title page. This copy bound with an eight-page Papal bull ""Ad futuram rei memoriam"" reconfirming the privileges of the order under Pope Clement VIII, with the imprint of the Papal printer Paolo Blado and several coats of… Read More
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Calculus of Consent

Calculus of Consent

by BUCHANAN James M. TULLOCK Gordon

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1962. First Edition . BUCHANAN, James M. and TULLOCK, Gordon. The Calculus of Consent. Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, (1962). Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $6200.First edition of this cornerstone of 20th-century economics and political theory, focusing on the concept of ""public choice"" in government.The Calculus of Consent ""is one among a handful of contributions to public choice that can truly be called a classic. It was one of the building blocks laying the foundation for what would become an immense research program falling under the heading of public choice… Perhaps the most important and lasting contribution of the book… is the introduction of a two-stage process for collective decision-making. In the first, the constitutional stage, the rules of the political game are chosen. In the second, the post-constitutional stage, the 'in-period' political game plays… Read More
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Declaration of the People's Natural Right

Declaration of the People's Natural Right

by SHARP Granville

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1775. SHARP, Granville. A Declaration of the People's Natural Right to a Share in the Legislature; Which is the Fundamental Principle of the British Constitution of State. London: Printed for B. White, 1775. Octavo, original blue-gray paper boards rebacked period-style in white paper spine with replica paper spine label, entirely uncut; pp. (4), (i-xl), 1-278 (279), (1), 2-4. $5250.Rare true expanded ""Second Edition,"" with same initial collation as a virtually unavailable 1774 edition ""made for the purpose only of being given among the Author's friends,"" combining the sheets of that work with text substantially added to assert rights such as trial by jury, the fallibility of kings, the ""people's right of representation"" and the dire effect of slavery on America's struggle for independence, noting the colonies' ""toleration of it greatly weakens the claim or natural right of our American brethren to… Read More
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Natural History of Barbados

Natural History of Barbados

by HUGHES Griffith

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1750. First Edition . (BARBADOS) HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados. In Ten Books. London: for the Author, 1750. Folio (9-1/2 by 13-1/2 inches), contemporary full calf rebacked in calf-gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine label; pp. [20], v, [1], 314, [15]. $5500.First edition of this important work on the flora and fauna of Barbados, with folding map of the island by Thomas Jefferys and 30 folio engraved plates, 12 after renowned botanical artist G.D. Ehret, one of the greatest botanical painters of the 18th century.""The book is handsomely printed, and the plates are finely executed from drawings by Ehret"" (Sabin). ""Not a great deal is known concerning Griffith Hughes… While rector of St. Lucy's parish in the north of Barbados, he brought out his Natural History of the island. At that time he was a member of the Royal Society and obviously a competent botanist. The book is one to place beside Catesby's Natural History (1731-[47]), which… Read More
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28th Zionist Congress

28th Zionist Congress

by BEN GURION David

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1973. Signed. (BEN GURION, David). 28th Zionist Congress commemorative album. Israel, 1967-73. Album (octavo, later red cloth, patterned endpapers) comprising a booklet, book excerpts, a facsimile of the Independence Scroll, first day covers, and photograph; ll. 16. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box. $15,000.Rare commemorative album celebrating Israeli statehood and the 28th Zionist Congress, comprising a booklet explaining the congress, book excerpts from the book, ""Three Days,"" describing the declaration of statehood, two sheets of Israeli first day covers, a photograph of Ben Gurion on the same sheet as two Israeli historical stamps, and a facsimile of the Independence Scroll signed in pen by Ben Gurion.This bound volume compiles a number of interesting and important items either from the 28th Zionist Congress and celebrating Israeli statehood. The volume begins with a booklet (The 28th Zionist Congress, 18-27 January 1972, Binyanei Haooma Jerusalem, Tel Aviv:… Read More
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Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

by FLAUBERT Gustave

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1857. First Edition . FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary. Moeurs de Province. Paris: Michel Lévy Frères, 1857. Two volumes. 12mo, contemporary half brown morocco, marbled boards and endpapers. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. $9500.Rare first edition, first issue in book form, of Flaubert’s literary masterpiece, “the definitive model of the novel” (Émile Zola) and the work that “ushered the age of realism into modern European literature,” in contemporary binding.Upon publication of Madame Bovary, both Flaubert and his publisher were brought to trial on charges of immorality and narrowly escaped conviction (the same tribunal found Charles Baudelaire guilty on the same charge six months later). Although purportedly based in part on the circumstances of Flaubert's friend Louise Pradier, the author's claim that ""Madame Bovary is myself,"" with his unrelenting objectivity and deep compassion for his characters, earned him a… Read More
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