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Illuminations

Illuminations

by RIMBAUD Arthur LEGER Fernand

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1949. Signed. (LÉGER, Fernand) (MILLER, Henry) RIMBAUD, Arthur. Les Illuminations. Lithographies Originales de Fernand Leger. Lausanne: Grosclaude, Editions des Gaules, (1949). Folio (10 by 13 inches), contemporary full brown morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, original printed paper wrappers bound in. Housed in matching leather-edged marbled slipcase. $5900.Lovely signed limited illustrated edition of one of Rimbaud's most important poetical works, with 15 splendid original full-page lithographs by Fernand Léger—12 vividly hand-colored using the pochoir technique—one of only 275 copies on handmade paper (from a total edition of 395), signed on the limitation page by Léger and publisher Louis Grosclaude. With Preface by Henry Miller. Handsomely bound in full morocco with original paper wrappers bound in.""Arthur Rimbaud, a poet of precocious genius and violent, unstable character, began writing at 15 and abandoned literature some five,… Read More
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In Darkest Africa

In Darkest Africa

by STANLEY Henry M.

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1890. First Edition . STANLEY, Henry M. In Darkest Africa or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. Two volumes. Large thick quarto (10 by 12 inches), publisher's three-quarter dark brown morocco, raised bands, vellum boards, top edges gilt, uncut. $15,000.Deluxe signed limited first edition, American issue, number 39 of only 250 copies signed by Stanley, of the classic 19th-century account of African exploration. Profusely illustrated with engraved frontispieces, 38 mounted plates on India paper, six additional full-page etchings (each signed by the artist), three color folding maps (two backed in cloth), a folding table of comparative vocabularies, and numerous mounted, in-text India-prints.Perhaps no adventurer is more closely connected with Africa than Lord Stanley, whose various expeditions did more to reveal the nature of that continent than any modern explorer. His 1887 mission to relieve the besieged governor of Egypt, his… Read More
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In Parenthesis

In Parenthesis

by JONES David

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1937. First Edition . JONES, David. In Parenthesis. Seinnyessit e Gledyf ym Penn Mameu. London: Faber & Faber, (1937). Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $5800.First edition, first printing, of this epic poem about the First World War, lauded by Yeats, Eliot, and Auden in its time, and increasingly recognized as one of the great works of modernism, with two illustrations and a map by the author. One of 1500 copies printed.Winner of the prestigious Hawthornden prize and lauded by Yeats and Eliot, In Parenthesis narrated the First World War from the perspective of John Ball, a private in an English-Welsh regiment, from his departure from Britain through the Battle of the Somme. Auden called In Parenthesis ""the greatest book about the First World War,"" while Graham Greene placed it ""among the great poems of the century."" Told in verse and prose and employing a number of modes of speech ranging from British dialects to military jargon,… Read More
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Inaugural Address

Inaugural Address

by LINCOLN Abraham

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1861. First Edition . LINCOLN, Abraham. Inaugural Address of the President of the United States on the Fourth of March, 1861. Special Session. Senate. Executive Document No. 1. [Washington: Government Printing Office], March 8, 1861. Slim octavo, disbound; pp. 10. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box. $8800.Rare second printing of Lincoln's important first inaugural address, printed by order of the Senate four days after its delivery.On the morning of March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was escorted with little fanfare to his inauguration. Anticipating violence, General Winfield Scott had stationed riflemen on housetops along the parade route, as well as platoons and cavalry in the streets. On the platform erected at the Capitol's east portico, ""Lincoln put on a pair of steel-bowed spectacles and began reading his inaugural address in a clear, high-pitched voice that carried well out to the crowd of 25,000. The address was a document of inspired statesmanship. He reminded the… Read More
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Institutiones linguae Arabicae

Institutiones linguae Arabicae

by METOSCITA Petrus

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1624. First Edition . METOSCITA, Petrus. Institutiones linguae Arabicae ex diversis Arabum monumentis collectae, & ad quammaximam fieri potuit brevitatem, atque ordinem revocatae. Rome: Stefano Paolini, 1624. Octavo, original stiff paper boards, old paper spine label with ink manuscript shelf numbers, uncut and unopened; pp. [xvi], 256. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $6000.First edition of Metoscita's (al-Matushi's) elementary grammar in Latin and Arabic to assist in the teaching of Arabic. A fine, uncut and unopened copy in the original stiff paper boards.Metoscita (al-Matushi), a Maronite from Cyprus, was one of the first pupils of the Maronite College in Rome and joined the Society of Jesus in 1597. He composed this elementary grammar in Latin to assist in the teaching of Arabic. On page 227 ""we find one of the first examples of a classical Arabic poem quoted and translated"" (Smitskamp). This book is dedicated by the publisher, Stefano Paolini, to Cardinal… Read More
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Interpretation of Dreams

Interpretation of Dreams

by FREUD Sigmund

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1913. First Edition . FREUD, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams. Authorised Translation of Third Edition with Introduction by A.A. Brill. New York: Macmillan, 1913. Octavo, original blue cloth gilt. $4800.First edition in English of arguably the greatest book in the history of psychoanalysis.""Unquestionably Freud's greatest single work. It contains all the basic components of psychoanalytic theory and practice: the erotic nature of dreams, the 'Oedipus complex,' the libido and the rest; all related to the background of the 'unconscious,' later to be called the 'sub-conscious"" (PMM 389). First published in German in 1899 (postdated on the title page as 1900, to mark the book's epochal significance), Die Traumdeutung has ""ranked Freud with Darwin and Marx… This book remained for Freud his greatest achievement."" He later wrote that it contains ""'the most valuable of all the discoveries it has been my good… Read More
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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

by ELLISON Ralph

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1952. First Edition . Signed. ELLISON, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Random House, (1952). Octavo, original black and tan cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box. $6000.First edition, third printing of Ralph Ellison’s great American novel, inscribed by Ellison on the half title: ""For Richard Swanston, whose grandfather Thomas Talley is responsible for some of the insights that appear herein. Sincerely, Ralph Ellison.""""It is a resolutely honest, tormented, profoundly American book"" (Wright Morris, New York Times, 1952). Winner of the 1952 National Book Award, Ellison's matchless first novel is ""one of the most important works of the 20th century"" (New York Times). This is a work in which Ellison's ""visionary genius achieved a perfection"" (Harold Bloom, Genius)—and the only novel published in his lifetime—Invisible Man is a ""magnificent… Read More
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Itineraire Pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson

Itineraire Pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson

by MILBERT Jacques-Gerard

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1829. First Edition . MILBERT, Jacques-Gerard. Itineraire Pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson et des parties laterales de l'Amerique du Nord. Paris: Henry Gaugain et Cie., [1829]. Folio (21 3/4 by 14 1/4 inches), original three-quarter red diced calf and red paper-covered boards, gilt-stamped spine. $16,800.First edition of this outstanding series of American views, which ""constitute a unique and valuable record"" (Sherman) of the natural splendors to be seen along the Hudson River, in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and at Niagara Falls, with lithographed title page, 54 lovely lithographed views, and large double-page hand-colored map. ""The painter Milbert set out for the United States in 1815 as a correspondent of the Museum of Natural History in Paris. He remained for seven years, sending back to France almost 8000 specimens of American flora and fauna. He also brought home many sketches from which… lithographs for his book were made by such artists as Adam,… Read More
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Ivan Groznyi (Ivan the Terrible)

Ivan Groznyi (Ivan the Terrible)

by EISENSTEIN Sergei

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1944. First Edition . Signed. (EISENSTEIN, Sergei). Ivan Groznyi (Ivan the Terrible). Moscow: Goskinozdat, 1944. Octavo, original brown paper boards. Housed in a cutom clamshell box. $15,000.1944 Moscow edition of Eisenstein's script for Ivan Groznyi (Ivan the Terrible), featuring eight full-page illustrations of scenes from the film, published the same year as the Moscow premier of Part I, an exceptional presentation copy boldly inscribed in Russian by him (English translation), ""To Arthur, in whose interpretation this script benefited so much… Thankfully, Eisenstein."" Text in Russian.Eisenstein remains ""one of the world's most creative, pioneering and influential filmmakers… his films, as well as his writings and his theory of montage, have shaped how cinema is made and understood."" From Battleship Potemkin (1925) to Ivan the Terrible, his films ""still shock with their extraordinary beauty and invention"" (University… Read More
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