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  • Edition: 1st Edition
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xliv, 304 pp. Contemporary black paper boards, old manuscript spine label. Spine and edges rubbed. FIRST EDITION of the complete Tao Te Ching to be published in a Western language. The founding work of Taoism, the Tao-te Ching is said to have been written in the 6th century BCE by Lao-Tzu (or Laozi, "Old Master"), a contemporary of Confucius and a central figure of Chinese culture and history. The book was first a philosophy, but it evolved into a religion when it was adopted officially in 440 CE, when Lao-Tzu was venerated as a deity. Lao-Tzu's famously cryptic Tao-te Ching is one of the Five Chinese Classics and one of the most widely read books in history. Apart from the Bible, it is likely the most-translated classic ever published.

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Le Juif Errant

Sue, Eugene

  • Edition: 1st Edition
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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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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

  • Edition: 1st Edition
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First edition, one of only 200 copies of the first issue of Whitman's Leaves of Grass. "The importance of the first edition of Leaves of Grass to American literary history is impossible to exaggerate. The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the world of his imagination Americans have learned to recognize and possibly understand their own. As Leaves of Grass grew through its five subsequent editions into a hefty book of 389 poems (with the addition of the two annexes), it gained much in variety and complexity, but Whitman's distinctive voice was never stronger, his vision never clearer, and his design never more improvisational than in the twelve poems of the first edition" (Ivan Marki). "If one attempts to list the artistic achievements of our nation against the background of Western tradition, our accomplishments in music, painting, sculpture, architecture tend to be somewhat dwarfed. †... Read more

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This set of the privately-published author's edition, is inscribed by Whitman in each volume: "Godfrey Lushington from the author." Leaves of Grass is additionally signed by Whitman on the title-page, and Two Rivulets is signed "Walt Whitman born May 31 1819" on the frontispiece mounted albumen photograph. Godfrey Lushington (1832-1907), the recipient of these volumes, was a British civil servant and reformer who rose to Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office in 1885. The set is accompanied by the original autograph note by Whitman, sending the books: "I to-day forward to you by mail … a set of my Books – Two Vols. Please let me know … if they reach you safely. Another set, same Vols. Will be sent you soon." Leaves of Grass is today recognized as "America's second Declaration of Independence" (Bloom) and greatest work of 19th-century poetry, but in his time Whitman struggled to achieve wide recognition. By the 1870s Whitman was impoverished. William Michael Rossetti issued in England a circular de ... Read more

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One page. Engraved stationery of J. P. Morgan & Co., New York. Fine condition. Archivally framed with a portrait of Morgan. In this letter on J. P. Morgan & Co. letterhead, Morgan writes to his friend financier Levi P. Morton, the governor of New York, "I enclose a bill in which I am greatly interested. Can you let me know through your Secretary or by wire its present condition and prospects. With much love, Yours always J. Pierpont Morgan." J. Pierpont Morgan dominated American finance and business for years, overseeing the formation of General Electric and United States Steel, among many others. Levi P. Morton, whose "banking activities [were] generally regarded as second only to J. P. Morgan" (ANB), was one of the wealthiest men in America. After his term as governor of New York, he formed the Morton Trust Company, which became part of Morgan Guaranty Trust in 1910. Drexel, Morgan & Co. was renamed J. P. Morgan & Co. in 1895, the year Morgan wrote this letter. The month before writing this letter Morgan fa ... 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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The Life of Franklin Pierce

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

  • Edition: 1st Edition
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FIRST EDITION. AN ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE GREATEST INTEREST, inscribed and signed by the subject of the book, President-elect Franklin Pierce, lifelong friend of the author. Pierce has inscribed the book to the Ohio newspaper publisher Washington McLean: "For Washington McLean from Frank. Pierce Concord N.H. Feby. 5. 1853." Hawthorne and Pierce met at Bowdoin College and developed a close friendship. In 1846 Pierce played an important role in obtaining for Hawthorne the position of Surveyor of the Custom House is Salem with a salary of $1200 per year. Six years later, Hawthorne wrote this Life of Franklin Pierce, the campaign biography which helped win Pierce the 1852 presidential election. After the election, Pierce made Hawthorne American Consul to the Port of Liverpool. This position allowed Hawthorne a substantial income and provided the inspiration for later works such as The Marble Faun, Our Old Home, and the Italian and English Notebooks. In 1863 Hawthorne dedicated his Our Old Home to Pierce. His publ ... Read more

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FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE, in the original deluxe binding. The first state has the illustration of Twain's head and urn in flames at page 441 and the "St. Louis" caption on p. 443. Twain's wife Livy had objected that the illustration, which came at the end of a chapter on cremation, was "morbid." In the second state the illustration is lacking. This is a very appealing copy of Twain's autobiographical narrative of his days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. BAL 3411. Original three-quarter calf gilt, deluxe publisher's binding. Minimal wear. A fine copy.

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The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien, J.R.R.

  • Edition: 1st Edition
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Three volumes. Folding map in each volume. Return of the King is second state with sig. 4 and slipped type on p. 49 (this was formerly Hammond's first state, but the bibliographer has revised his opinion). Original red cloth and printed dust jackets. Bookplate. Fine in very good fine dust jackets with slight wear, minor stains, tanning to the spines. An attractive set. FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. This is a very attractive set of the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies). Tolkien worked on this epic, not so much a trilogy as a long novel, from the publication of The Hobbit (1937) until the early 1950s. Beginning with the appearance of the second edition of 1966 and the nearly simultaneous appearance of the paperback edition in America, The Lord of the Rings became one of the best-selling works of fiction of the century. This is the "paradigmatic work of modern ... Read more

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The Love Letters of Mark Twain

Twain, Mark (Clemens, Samuel L.)

  • Edition: 1st Edition
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Original black cloth, dust jacket. Slipcase. A fine copy. First edition of Samuel Clemens's wonderful love letters to his wife Livy, signed by the author both "S. L. Clemens" and "Mark Twain" on the tipped-in limitation sheet. This is one of 155 numbered copies of the deluxe limited edition. The leaf also bears the notice, "these signatures of Mark Twain have been in the possession of Harper & Brothers for fifty years. There are no more." These letters span the years from the couple's initial courtship in 1868 through Livy's death in 1904. In his long first letter to Livy, who had rebuffed him, Clemens writes in small part, "I do not regret that I have loved you, still love & shall always love you. I accept the situation, uncomplainingly, hard as it is. Of old I am acquaint- ed with grief, disaster & disappointment, & have borne these troubles as became a man. So, also, shall I bear this last & bitterest, even though it break my heart. I would not dishonor this worthiest love that has yet been born within me ... Read more

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