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Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill

(SAN FRANCISCO.) Muybridge, Eadweard

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This iconic, 7-foot long image of San Francisco is one of the landmarks of 19th-century American photography. "The photographs show the extraordinary extent of a city that had come into existence a mere thirty years before and which would be destroyed by earthquake and subsequent fires thirty years later" (Getty Museum Journal). Seamlessly combining a series of eleven photographs, Muybridge created a 360 degree view of the city, producing what Rebecca Solnit calls "an impossible sight, a vision of the city in all directions, a transformation of a circular space into a linear photograph." Eadweard Muybridge was one of the greatest photographic innovators of the 19th century. He is famous for his views of San Francisco and the American West and for his images of people, horses, and other animals in motion. Muybridge emigrated from England to San Francisco in the 1850s, and he soon became one of the foremost practitioners of the new art of large-format photography. One of his greatest early achievements was this ... Read more

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Folio. 2 engraved portraits, 2 maps, one folding, 1 plate. Contemporary paneled calf. Extremities rubbed, spine chipped at head and foot. A very good copy in an appealing period binding. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Alvarez Semedo (or Semmedo) served as Portuguese Procurado General for China for many years. First published in Latin in 1642, this work is based on the author's observations and is "as yet unaffected by the later racialist or colonialist mythologies" that pervaded the work of later authors (Lust). "Semedo gives more detailed information about the Chinese language than Gonzalez de Mendoza (1585) and Trigault (1615)" (Lowendahl). A splendid Jewish-American association copy from the library of Joseph Solomon Ottolenghe (1711-1775), ink stamp on title, marginalia. Ottolenghe, born Giuseppe Salomone Ottolenghi i Casale Monferratto in Italy in 1711, was invited to England by his uncle. He converted from Judaism to English Protestantism and emigrated to Savannah, Georgia in 1751, first to work as a mission ... Read more

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
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A handsome and COMPLETE copy of the SECOND FOLIO, FIRST ISSUE, FIRST STATE OF THE IMPRINT [Todd 1a]. This is the second edition of Shakespeare's collected plays, "incomparably the greatest work in the English language" (Jackson, Pforzheimer Catalogue). The Second Folio includes John Milton's "An Epitaph on the admirable Dramaticke Poet, W. Shakespeare," the author's first appearance in print. There are five variants of the first issue, three substituting the names and addresses of other publishers for Allot's. "These publishers were all proprietors of one or more of the copyrights of Shakespeare's plays," observes Jackson, "but their interests were much less than Allot's and consequently the proportion of copies issued with their names in the imprint was much smaller." All the variants have the same colophon: "Printed at London by Thomas Cotes, for John Smethwick, William Aspley, Richard Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot, 1632." Folio. Title with engraved portrait by Martin Droeshout. "To the Reader" ... Read more

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  • Edition: Ten volumes. Contemporary calf, gilt lettering pieces stating "C
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FIRST EDITION of Shakespeare's plays edited by Edward Capell, who assembled an enormous collection of Shakespeare quartos and folios in his attempt to establish the best text for the plays. "Scientific criticism of the text [of Shakespeare] begins with Edward Capell. He was the first to base his text actually on the quartos and folios; and later editors, even when they go back to original authorities, owe an incalculable debt to his painstaking and remarkably accurate collation of the old copies. . . . He is said to have transcribed the whole of Shakespeare ten times" (Cambridge History of English Literature).

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A Crowded Shanghai Street

Shanghai, China

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A crowded street in the Old City of Shanghai, the former Nanshi district. Albumen print, mounted. 8 ¼ x 10 ½ inches. Manuscript caption in ink on mount: "Straat in Shanghai" This is a fine photograph of a bustling street in the Old City of Shanghai, the former Nanshi district. The Old City, also known as the Chinese City, is the traditional urban center of Shanghai. Defensive city walls built during the Ming Dynasty marked the district's boundaries until their destruction in the 20th century. Parts of the city walls remain. This early photograph shows a commercial street in the Nanshi district crowed with several rickshaws and large numbers of pedestrians. A man is pictured pushing a wheelbarrow carrying goods down the road. This photograph offers a glimpse of Chinese urban life in 19th century in Shanghai.

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
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First edition, third issue. This is an outstanding copy of a foundational work of American history, from the library of the Calverts, the original Proprietors and colonial governors of Maryland. Folio. Engraved title page (Sabin's third state), folding plate with map of Ould Virginia (fourth state), folding map of Virginia (tenth state), folding map of the Summer Isles (third state), and folding map of New England (Sabin's eighth state), expertly mounted repairing a few old tears. This copy without the errata occasionally found pasted to foot of final page. Title a little soiled, minor stains. 17th-century blind-tooled calf, red morocco label, minor repairs, later endpapers. Half morocco case. A fine, fresh copy. This American classic is "the foundation of England's knowledge of America during the early period of colonization" (PMM). John Smith was one of the original settlers of the Jamestown colony and a member of its governing council. After exploring the region for a year, Smith returned to find the settl ... Read more

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Editio princeps of the seven surviving complete plays of Sophocles, the greatest of the Greek tragedians. This volume contains the first printing of Oedipus Rex, generally considered the greatest Greek tragedy. This edition served as the fundamental text for more than three hundred years. Sophocles (497-406 BC) was not only a playwright, but also a leading citizen of Athens during the greatest period of its history. This period brought the military supremacy of Athens after the defeat of Persia in 478 as well as the building of the Parthenon, the great Temple of Athena, and the stone theater of Dionysus. Sophocles was a general with Pericles during the revolt of Samosin in 441, a state supervisor of tribute from the Athenian empire, and finally one of the ten (probouloi) commissioners over the Council of Five Hundred of the oligarchy after the coup of 411. Sophocles wrote more than 120 plays; those in this volume probably owe their survival to their selection for use as an educational textbook. These seven pl ... Read more

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The Birth of the American Space Program A One-of-a-Kind Collection of Signed Mercury Mission Launch Photographs. Brilliant color photographs, each 10 Âľ x 14 in, matted. Fine. A MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION of photographs of all six manned Mercury missions, with each Mercury astronaut inscribing his launch photograph to fellow astronaut Walter Cunningham, later the Apollo 7 lunar module pilot. Project Mercury, which began on October 7, 1958, one year after the launch of Sputnik I, aimed to put a man in orbit, to study the effects of space flight on humans, and to return men safely to earth. The collection is accompanied by a typed letter signed by astronaut Walter Cunningham stating, "This collection of six launch pad photos, one for each of the manned Mercury missions, were obtained by me personally shortly after being selected as an Astronaut [October 1963]. It was tangible proof to any visitors or old friends that I was actually acquainted with these 'heroes' and could bask in their reflected glory. The time wou ... Read more

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Eleven albumen prints (6 x 8 in.), mounted and captioned in a contemporary hand. Very good condition. This remarkable collection of early Florida photographs documents two of the most important early structures in Florida history: the fort Castillo de San Marcos and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Built in 1672 the fort is the only extant 17th-century military structure in the continental United States. The church, located in the oldest parish of the United States (founded in 1565), was built in the 1790s. The eight photographs of Castillo San Marcos are: 1. Interior of Fort St. Marco. South West Corner showing entrance to Indian Prison. Old Well in the foreground. St. Augustine. Fla. 2. Interior of Fort St. Marco Showing entrance to Chapel. St. Augustine. Fla. 3. Interior of Fort St. Marco. Southeast Corner showing entrance to Dungeons. Chapel on the left. St. Augustine. Fla. 4. Fort St. Marco. South Front. Showing Drawbridge and Moat. St Augustine. Fla. 5. Doorway. Fort St. Marco. St. Augustine. Fl ... Read more

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In Darkest Africa

Stanley, Henry M.

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Two volumes. xv, 529 pp; xv, 472 pp. 6 etchings, 150 woodcut illustrations and maps, 2 facsimiles of pages from Stanley's notebooks, 2 large folding color maps mounted on linen. Original half dark brown morocco, vellum boards stamped in gilt. Some wear and soiling. Very good. EDITION DE LUXE, one of 250 large paper copies signed by Stanley. This beautiful production is superior in every respect, including the quality of the binding, the paper, and the illustrations, to the ordinary trade edition. Stanley, best remembered for finding Dr. Livingstone, was the greatest journalist-explorer of the nineteenth century. This book tells the harrowing story of his third expedition to central Africa, facing nearly insurmountable obstacles and dangers passing through the almost impenetrable jungle of the great Congo Forest. Stanley set off with 646 men but only 246 survived. The expedition helped lead to the foundation of British East Africa, and in along the way, the Ruwenzori mountain range and Lake Albert Edward Nyanz ... Read more

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Liberty's Torch in Madison Square Park

(STATUE OF LIBERTY, Central Park).

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Gelatin silver print. 11 x 14 in. Tear and crease at upper left. The torch of the Statue of Liberty was exhibited in Madison Square Park, New York to raise funds for the statue's completion. The torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882. "Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who is said to have commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. He may have been minded to honor the Union victory in the American Civil War and the end of slavery. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the site and build the pedestal. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions. "The torch-bearing arm was ... Read more

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Oval, 7½ x 9 ½ in. Carbon print on original mount. Some minor browning. Fine condition. This photograph is the first view from W. J. Stillman's, The Acropolis of Athens, a series of 25 photographs taken in 1869 and published together the following year. The 25 photographs open with four longer views of the Acropolis, eventually spiraling in toward the Parthenon. Scholar Andrew Szegedy–Maszak notes that this well–known first photograph in the series "exemplifies [Stillman's] pictorial practice." The Athenian Acropolis, one of the most famous landmarks of Ancient Greece, has been an important cultural and religious location since the 3rd millennium BCE. The most prominent building on the Acropolis, the Parthenon, was constructed between 447 and 438 BCE as a temple to Athena, although it eventually went on to serve as both a Christian church and a Muslim mosque. In this photograph, one can see a bell tower that was added by the Christian Franks in the 13th century. It was torn down only five years after St ... Read more

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Le Juif Errant

Sue, Eugene

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First edition of Sue's The Wandering Jew. This is the rare first edition in book form, preceding the far more common illustrated and popular editions that soon followed. Sue's Le Juif Errant, a classic of French nineteenth-century popular fiction, was written at the height of the age of Balzac, Dumas, and Hugo. According to Sue's novel the Huguenot Rennepont family lost its wealth during the French Catholic persecution. What little remained was entrusted to the Jewish banker Samuel who, with his heirs, turned the money into a fortune over 150 years. The terms of the arrangement called for the descendants to meet at a certain address in Paris in 1832 to divide the inheritance. This book is the story of the seven remaining members of the family and the efforts of the Jesuits to eliminate them and claim the fortune for themselves. The old Jewish banker appears at the novel's end proclaiming an end to the curse of the Wandering Jew. "Eugene Sue wrote his Juif Errant in 1844. From the latter work … most people d ... Read more

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The Supreme Court

(SUPREME COURT.) Clark, Ed

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Enormous color photograph of the Supreme Court at the height of the school desegregation movement. Completed in 1935, the magnificent neoclassical Supreme Court Building features the motto "Equal Justice Under the Law" on the west facade, which serves as the front of the building. This splendid, enormous color photograph was taken by famed LIFE magazine photographer Ed Clark. The standard work on Clark notes: "Black Church Leaders pray on the Supreme Court steps for integration to succeed" (Herrera, Frank, Ed Clark: Decades). "We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment" (Supreme Court of the United States, Brown v. Board of Education, 1954). Provenance: Ed Cl ... Read more

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FIRST EDITION. This is an outstanding untouched example of Teerink's A edition, the true first edition, preceding the AA and B editions. As Sir William Temple's secretary at Moor Park, the young Swift had access to many travel accounts in Temple's library. A frequent reader of such books during his formative years, Swift began working in 1714 on his own fictional account of the travels of Martin Scriblerus. The success of Robinson Crusoe (1719) helped spur on the writing of the book, a satire not only of travel narratives but of many aspects of eighteenth-century life including politics, science, commerce, and society. By the 1720s that work had become Gulliver's Travels. In March 1726 Swift came to England for the first time since 1714, bringing the manuscript of Gulliver's Travels. "To preserve his anonymity, Swift dealt with Motte by post and through intermediaries. … It has always been assumed that political prudence was the main reason for Swift's so carefully preserving the secret of his authorship. C ... Read more

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A Grand Panorama of Sydney

(SYDNEY.) [Robinson, Francis Whitfield.]

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This tremendous 360-degree panoramic view of Sydney, inspired by Holtermann's famous 1875 panorama taken from the North Shore, surpasses that view in its detailed depiction of Sydney's architecture. It was likely taken from the rooftop of the Government Printing Office, which stood on the corner of Bent and Phillip Streets. The photograph is by Francis Whitfield Robinson, according to the National Library of Australia. Left section (left to right) – Spires of St. James's Church and St. Stephen's Church, tower of the Town Hall on the horizon, GPO clocktower still under construction, domed roof of the Lands Department building, lower end of George Street and The Rocks area, the Hotel Metropole, Circular Quay, terraces and bond stores of lower Phillip Street and Albert Street. Right section (left to right) – area around corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets with the Colonial Secretary's buildings, Conservatorium of Music, Farm Cove, Fort Denison in the distance, Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street to the corner ... Read more

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