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Giaour

Giaour

by BYRON

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1813. First Edition . BYRON, George Gordon, Lord. The Giaour, A Fragment of a Turkish Tale. London: T. Davison for John Murray, 1813. Thin octavo, original drab wrappers neatly respined; pp. (vi), 41, (1). Housed in a custom clamshell box. $6000.First edition, scarce first issue on heavy watermarked paper, one of 12 copies requested of the publisher by Byron for personal distribution (second variant with Byron's name on the title page). The first of Byron's ""Oriental romances,"" including an early Westernized version of the vampire myth, in original wrappers.Byron's ""Fragment of a Turkish Tale"" became a publishing phenomenon, going through eight editions in its first year. The first of his ""Oriental romances"" or ""Turkish tales,"" The Giaour was followed soon after by ""The Bride of Abydos"" (1813), ""The Corsair"" (1814) and ""Lara"" (1814).… 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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Golden Booke of Marcus Aurelius

Golden Booke of Marcus Aurelius

by BOURCHIER John MARCUS AURELIUS

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1586. (BOURCHIER, John) AURELIUS, Marcus. The Golden Booke of Marcus Aurelius, Emperour, and eloquent Oratour. London: Thomas East, 1586. Small thick 12mo, early 20th-century full red morocco, raised bands. $6000.Later edition of Bourchier's translation of Antonio de Guevara's Libro aureo, his collection of incidents and letters from the life of Marcus Aurelius, one of the most widely read and translated books of the 16th century.Antonio de Guevara, a Spanish bishop, served as the royal chronicler Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. His 1528 Libro áureo, a history of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius that included letters and works by him, was one of the most popular works in the 16th century in Europe; it was almost immediately translated into many other languages, and was one of the main engines for the renewed focus on the Roman philosopher king. John Bourchier's translation was first published in 1534; it precedes Meric Causubon's esteemed translation of Marcus Aurelius'… Read More
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Grand Instructions to the Commissioners Appointed to Frame a New Code of Laws

Grand Instructions to the Commissioners Appointed to Frame a New Code of Laws

by CATHERINE THE GREAT TATISCHEFF Michael

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1768. First Edition . CATHERINE THE GREAT. The Grand Instructions to the Commissioners Appointed to Frame a New Code of Laws for the Russian Empire: Composed by Her Imperial Majesty Catherine II. Empress of All the Russias. To which is prefixed, A Description of the Manner of opening the Commission, with the Order and Rules for Electing the Commissioners. London: T. Jefferys, 1768. Quarto, contemporary marbled boards rebacked in period-style calf-gilt, red morocco spine label, raised bands; pp. (i-v), vi-xxiii, (1), 3-258. $7200.First edition in English of the celebrated Nakaz of Catherine the Great, drawing extensively on Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws, heralded by Voltaire and Diderot, initially issued in Russia in 1767 —""the single piece of Russian legislative material best known abroad""—aligned with the later American constitution for its ""shared characteristics and techniques,"" highly elusive in contemporary boards.""Born into… Read More
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Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby

by FITZGERALD F. Scott

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1925. First Edition . FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Octavo, original blue-green cloth. $11,500.First edition of this landmark of 20th-century fiction.Noted critic Cyril Connolly called Gatsby one of the half dozen best American novels: ""Gatsby remains a prose poem of delight and sadness which has by now introduced two generations to the romance of America, as Huckleberry Finn and Leaves of Grass introduced those before it"" (48). First printing, with ""sick in tired"" on page 205 and all other first issue points. Without extremely rare original dust jacket. Bruccoli A11.1.a. A bit of foxing to first few leaves, small faint stain along text block outer edge; cloth exceptionally bright and fine. A beautiful copy.
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Great War

Great War

by WILSON H.W. HAMMERTON J.A.

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1914. First Edition . (WORLD WAR I) WILSON, H.W.; HAMMERTON, J.A. The Great War. The Standard History of the All-Europe [later volumes: World-Wide] Conflict. London: Amalgamated Press, 1914-19. Thirteen volumes. Large quarto, contemporary three-quarter tan calf, raised bands, black morocco spine labels. $5500.First edition of this comprehensive, richly illustrated contemporary history of World War I, compiled as the war progressed, with thousands of photographs, portraits, maps and artistic renderings. An impressive and handsomely bound set.This history focuses on the ground war and the armies, but also covers in detail the naval engagements and the use of submarines, the relatively novel development of air power, and the war's devastating effects on civilian populations and infrastructure. The first nine volumes use the title ""Standard History of the All-Europe Conflict""; by Volume X it was clearly necessary to change this to ""World-Wide Conflict."" The… Read More
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Gremlins

Gremlins

by DAHL Roald DISNEY STUDIOS

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1943. First Edition . Signed. DAHL, Roald. The Gremlins. A Royal Air Force Story by Flight Lieutenant Roald Dahl. New York: Random House, (1943). Slim quarto, original half red cloth, pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in custom pictorial clamshell box. $13,500.Presentation first edition of Dahl's rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions, twice inscribed by him: on the half title, ""To Joe and Steve with love from Roald Dahl 10/5/47,"" and opposite the half title, ""One by one a cow came by/ Howling around for the moon/ They asked me where the hell it was/ I said it's gone you dopes—you're much too soon. R."" An exceptionally elusive and desirable Dahl first edition in any condition, particularly in the original dust jacket and inscribed by him.Dahl was sent to Washington in 1942 as an assistant air attaché for the British Embassy. After having a story published… Read More
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