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Pair of framed portraits

Pair of framed portraits

by WASHINGTON George MIDDLETON E. O. WASHINGTON Martha

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1862. (WASHINGTON, George and Martha) MIDDLETON, E.C. Pair of framed chromolithographic portraits. Cincinnati: E.C. Middleton, 1861-62. Two portraits. Paper on canvas, oval image measures 13 by 16 inches; in original wood and plaster-gilt frame, each piece measures 19 by 22 inches. $6500.Mid 19th-century chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington, both laid on canvas, in a original gilt frames.Cincinnati engraver Elijah C. Middleton used a unique method of lithography—printing on canvas-backed paper in oil-based inks—to produce color images of unusually high quality that were still affordable. Starting around 1861, his portraits—often of figures such as George and Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster or General Grant—were prized not just locally, but even drew the attention of East Coast markets and competitors. Minor expert restoration to portraits and to original frames. Extremely good condition.
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Panorama de Constantinople

Panorama de Constantinople

by FETTEL C.J.

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1890. (CONSTANTINOPLE) (ISTANBUL) FETTEL, Constantine J. Panorama de Constantinople [cover title]. (Constantinople: C.J. Fettel, 1882). Oblong folio (15 by 13 inches), original half red morocco, gilt-decorated red cloth, accordion-fold (leporello) panorama of ten vintage albumen prints (each measures 10-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, for a total panoramic view of 8-3/4 feet); mounted on card stock, with cloth hinges. $5200.Rare exceptionally large photographic panorama of Constantinople from 1882, by Constantine J. Fettel, with ten mounted vintage albumen prints linked together to offer a wonderful accordion-fold panoramic image of the city spanning nearly nine feet in length—an exceptional view of majestic mosques, churches and palaces—in original gilt-stamped cloth binding.This splendid gilt-stamped Panorama album of Constantinople contains an exquisite accordion-fold panoramic view of the city, dated 1882 on the rear board. Created by the Mideast studio of Constantine J. Fettel, the album displays… Read More
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Peanuts Treasury. WITH: Typed letter signed

Peanuts Treasury. WITH: Typed letter signed

by SCHULZ Charles M.

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1968. First Edition . Signed. SCHULZ, Charles M. Peanuts Treasury. WITH: Typed letter signed. [New York]: (United Feature Syndicate, 1968); Sebastopol, California, October 14, 1968. Quarto, original gray cloth, original dust jacket; Single leaf of Peanuts stationery measuring 6-1/2 by 7 inches. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $11,000.First edition on this wonderful collection of Peanuts comic strips, inscribed by the cartoonist with a scarce full-page sketch of Lucy: “For Addie with every best wish—Charles Schulz,” and accompanied by an original typed note on Schulz’s own Peanuts stationery empathizing with a Mrs. Peppard over an illness, expressing regrets that they did not meet at a hockey game at which Bobby Hull played, offering her this Peanuts, and expressing kindest regards, signed by Charles Schulz.The Peanuts Treasury collects hundreds of black-and-white daily and Sunday strips from Schulz's classic comic. Accompanying this copy is a typed signed letter written on… Read More
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Peanuts Jubilee

Peanuts Jubilee

by SCHULZ Charles M.

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1975. First Edition . Signed. SCHULZ, Charles M. Peanuts Jubilee: My Life and Art with Charlie Brown and Others. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1975). Oblong folio (11-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches), original aluminum-covered boards, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $9800.First edition, presentation copy of this celebration of Peanuts’ silver anniversary, wonderfully inscribed on the half title with a sketch of Snoopy, "" For Charlton Heston with friendship and every best wish—Charles M. Schulz."" With an additional typed letter signed by Schulz to Heston, remarking that ""I think you and Snoopy would do well as a team in an olympic chariot race.""In this treasury of his classic comic strips, Schulz reflects on his life and career, stating, ""It really does not matter what you are called, or where your work is placed, as long as it brings some kind of joy to some person someplace. To create something out of nothing is a… Read More
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People's History of the United States

People's History of the United States

by ZINN Howard

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1980. First Edition . Signed. ZINN, Howard. A People's History of the United States. New York: Harper & Row, (1980). Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. $5200.First edition of Zinn's controversial work that challenged ""a generation to rethink America’s past,"" signed and dated by him across the expanse of the title page, in very scarce dust jacket.Zinn, who died in 2010, was ""proudly, unabashedly radical,"" a lifelong activist and groundbreaking historian whose People's History peeled back ""the rosy veneer of much of American history to reveal sordid realities that had remained hidden for too long."" Writing of Andrew Jackson, he said: ""If you look through high school textbooks and elementary school textbooks in American history, you will find Jackson the frontiersman, soldier, democrat, man of the people—not Jackson the slaveholder, land speculator, executioner of dissident… Read More
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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

by RACKHAM Arthur BARRIE J. M.

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1906. First Edition . Signed. (RACKHAM, Arthur) BARRIE, J.M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1906. Quarto, original full pictorial vellum gilt, cartographic front endpaper, top edge gilt, uncut. Housed in a custom slipcase. $15,000.Signed limited first separate edition, number 476 of only 500 copies signed by Rackham, with 50 mounted color illustrations.Peter Pan wasn't always the boy from Never Land who lost his shadow and fought Captain Hook. The character's first name ""came from Peter Llewelyn Davies, who when still a baby became the subject of stories told by Barrie to [Peter's older brothers]. According to these stories Peter, like all babies, had once been a bird and could still fly out of his nursery window and back to Kensington Gardens, because his mother had forgotten to weigh him at birth. From these stories came the 'Peter Pan' chapters in The Little White Bird [published 1902], afterwards re-issued with Arthur Rackham… Read More
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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

by RACKHAM Arthur BARRIE J. M.

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1906. First Edition . Signed. (RACKHAM, Arthur) BARRIE, J.M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1906. Quarto, early half vellum gilt over light grey boards, brown morocco spine label, top edge gilt, uncut. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box. $26,000.Signed limited first separate edition, number 128 of only 500 copies signed by Rackham, with 50 mounted color illustrations. A superb association copy, inscribed on the illustrated original endpaper by J.M. Barrie to Pauline Chase, who played Peter Pan in the original London production of the play, ""To Pauline Pan, a great Peter, from a grateful JMB.""Peter Pan wasn't always the boy from Never Land who lost his shadow and fought Captain Hook. The character's first name ""came from Peter Llewelyn Davies, who when still a baby became the subject of stories told by Barrie to [Peter's older brothers]. According to these stories Peter, like all babies, had once been a bird… Read More
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Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime

Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime

by BURKE Edmund

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1757. First Edition . (BURKE, Edmund). A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1757. Octavo, contemporary full dark brown calf rebacked with original spine and spine label neatly laid down, raised bands. $5200.First edition of Edmund Burke's influential work on ""themes that dominated Burke's thinking,"" a touchstone in the development of British Romanticism and the theoretical foundation for his celebrated 1790 work, Reflections on the Revolution in France, scarce in contemporary calf.Edmund Burke's Philosophical Enquiry ""might well be said to signalize the point at which aesthetic taste in England changed from the classical formalism of the earlier years of the 18th century to the romanticism of the later years"" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy I, 430). One of the single greatest influences on British Romanticism and the rise of the Gothic, Burke's landmark essay propelled by… Read More
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Photograph inscribed

by TRUMAN Harry

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1956. Signed. TRUMAN, Harry. Photograph inscribed. No place, August 12, 1956. Black-and-white photographic print, measuring 13 by 10-1/2 inches; matted and framed, entire piece measures 21-1/2 by 19 inches. $12,500.Large photographic print showing Truman smiling and holding up the famous issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune in which his loss to Dewey was erroneously predicted based on incomplete returns, inscribed: ""To Courteney Darber with happy memories! 8/12/56 Harry Truman.""This inscribed photograph captures Truman gleefully holding up the Chicago Daily Tribune, which erroneously announced his electoral defeat. During the 1930s and 1940s, editor and publisher Robert ""Bertie"" McCormick used the Chicago Daily Tribune's editorial pages to promote his conservative agenda. The Tuesday, November 2, 1948 headline was ""Go to the Polls Today! / Landslide / for Dewey / is Expected / Democrats Cling / to Wisp of Hope."" Most polls in the… Read More
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Photograph signed

by GARVEY Marcus

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1915. Signed. GARVEY, Marcus. Photograph signed. No place: circa 1920. Contemporary sepia-toned photograph (8 by 10-inches), inked signature. $18,500.Photograph circa 1920 of Jamaican-American leader Marcus Garvey—""an important link between early 20th-century black leaders and modern spokesmen""—an exceptional photographic portrait signed by Garvey with his bold inked signature along the lower portion of the sepia-toned image.Born in Jamaica in 1887, the descendant of ""Jamaica's African ex-slaves who successfully defied the slave regime,"" Garvey arrived in New York in 1916 (Martin, Race First, 4). There Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association and his campaign for African American rights became ""world-wide in scope and his organization had members scattered from Africa to California… Garvey was part of the American scene for only a decade, but he influenced the life and thinking of his people during that decade as… Read More
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Photograph signed

by EDISON Thomas Alva

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1910. Signed. EDISON, Thomas Alva. Photograph signed. No place, circa 1920. Vintage silver print, measures 6-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, mounted on heavy card, mount measures 10 by 12 inches; framed, measures 12 by 14 inches. $9200.Very scarce vintage photographic portrait of Edison seated in a library, inscribed and signed by him with a bold flourish on the mount: ""To Mrs. Blauvelt, from a believer in woman suffrage, Thos A Edison.""This scarce vintage photographic portrait of Thomas Edison is an especially splendid portrait of ""the patron saint of electric light"" (Stross, Wizard of Menlo Park 1:284). The ""father of many new industries, including phonograph and sound recording; dictating machines; electric lighting and associated electric utilities; electrical manufacturing; and motion pictures… Edison stands tall among the pantheon of American heroes"" (ANB). Recipient Adele Picot Wilson Blauvelt (1867-1938) lived in Syracuse, NY, where… Read More
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Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine... BOUND WITH: Picturesque Tour of the Seine

Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine... BOUND WITH: Picturesque Tour of the Seine

by ACKERMANN Rudolph GERNING Baron Johann Isaac von SAUVAN Jean-Baptiste-Balthazar

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1820. First Edition . (ACKERMANN, Rudolph) GERNING, Baron Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne. BOUND WITH: SAUVAN, [Jean-Baptiste-Balthazar]. Picturesque Tour of the Seine, from Paris to the Sea. London: R. Ackermann, 1820, 1821. Thick folio (11-1/2 by 13-1/2 inches), period-style full tan polished calf gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers and edges. $19,500.First edition, first issue, of Ackermann's wonderful picturesque tour along the Rhine, beautifully illustrated with 24 hand-colored folio aquatints by Daniel Havell and Thomas Sutherland after paintings by Christian Georg Schutz (and large folding map), bound together with his equally beautiful illustrated tour along the Seine, with hand-colored vignette title page and 24 beautiful folio aquatint views of the river and surrounding countryside after drawings by Augustus Charles Pugin and John Gendall, for a total of 48 very finely and vividly hand-colored aquatint folio views. A lovely copy.In the… Read More
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Picturesque Voyage to India

Picturesque Voyage to India

by DANIELL Thomas and William

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1810. First Edition . DANIELL, Thomas and William. A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the Way of China. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, and William Daniell, by Thomas Davison, 1810. Folio (10-1/2 inches by 14 inches, with actual images measuring 7-1/2 inches by 5 inches), period-style full blue straight grain morocco with elaborately gilt decorated spine and boards, raised bands, marbled endpapers and edges. $16,000.First edition of one of the finest and most popular hand-colored aquatint plate books of the 19th century, with 50 magnificent mounted hand-colored aquatints of views and inhabitants of China and India, with descriptive text.Originally issued in ten parts, “the aquatints of India by Thomas and William Daniell have been continuously popular ever since their publication between 1795 and 1810… A Picturesque Voyage consisted of 50 aquatints depicting the places visited by the artists on their various journeys to and from China and to India. Five views show their approach to… Read More
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Picturesque Scenery in the Holy Land and Syria

Picturesque Scenery in the Holy Land and Syria

by SPILSBURY Francis B.

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1823. First Edition . SPILSBURY, Francis B. Picturesque Scenery in the Holy Land and Syria, Delineated during the Campaigns of 1799 and 1800. London: S. Tregear, 1823. Quarto, 19th-century full olive morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $4200.Third edition, the first quarto edition of English naval surgeon Francis Spilsbury's account of his travels in the Holy Land and Syria during the Napoleonic campaigns there, with 19 finely hand-colored aquatint views.Spilsbury was surgeon on board HMS Tigre during the campaigns of 1799 and 1800. The Tigre brought Sir William Sidney Smith to defend Acre against Napoleon's siege, and led a naval force in support of Turkish armies which finally relieved Acre, and his text gives some account of the military campaigns and the Turkish dignitaries. In his reminiscences Napoleon accused Smith of making him miss his destiny, as Smith's timely appearance thwarted Napoleon's drive to invade Syria and… Read More
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Plays and Essays

Plays and Essays

by MAETERLINCK Maurice

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1907. Signed. MAETERLINCK, Maurice. The Plays and Essays. New York: Dodd, Mead, (1907-22). Twenty-four volumes. Octavo, contemporary full burgundy polished morocco gilt, raised bands, top edges gilt. $3200.""Autograph Edition"" of Maeterlinck's collected plays and essays, twice signed by Maeterlinck—on a tipped-in leaf in the first volume of Essays and again in the first volume of Plays—handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt.The Belgian symbolist writer Maeterlinck won the 1911 Nobel Prize for literature. ""He made his reputation with his allegorical and romantic plays, mostly produced at the Théâtre de l'oeuvre, the nursery of the Symbolist drama"" (Harvey & Heseltine, 435). In 1905, ""Maeterlinck enjoyed one of his greatest theatrical successes with L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird). Like most of Maeterlinck's early symbolist dramas, it was inspired by several fairy tales, and more particularly by J.M.… Read More
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Plea of Clarence Darrow In Defense of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold

Plea of Clarence Darrow In Defense of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold

by DARROW Clarence

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1924. First Edition . Signed. DARROW, Clarence. Plea of Clarence Darrow, August 22nd, 23rd & 25th, 1924, In Defense of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. on Trial for Murder. Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, [1924]. Octavo, original red- and black-printed front wrapper, plain rear wrapper. $6500.First edition, “authorized and revised” by Darrow from the trial speech, of his passionate defense of teenage murderers Leopold and Loeb, a presentation copy inscribed in the year of publication by him to the widow of his friend and legal colleague famed for a plan on permanent government ownership of the rails, ""To Marie Plumb from a long time friend and admirer of her and her husband Glenn Plumb with the best wishes of Clarence Darrow Oct 9, 1924,"" in fragile wrappers.""A tragedy of three young lost lives, a dead 14-year-old victim and the imprisonment of two teenage killers, unfolded in Chicago in 1924. The murder trial of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold… Read More
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Poems, &c. on Several Occasions

Poems, &c. on Several Occasions

by WILMOT John

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1691. First Edition . WILMOT, John, Earl of Rochester. Poems, &c. on Several Occasions: with Valentinian, a Tragedy. London: Jacob Tonson, 1691. Octavo, 18th-century full paneled calf rebacked, raised bands, black morocco spine label, endpapers renewed. $5500.First authorized edition of the Earl of Rochester's scandalous poems, edited by Thomas Rymer. The first edition to appear with Rochester's name on the title page, and the first to include his drama Valentinian.""It has been difficult to obtain a proper understanding, much less a proper evaluation, of Rochester's poetry. The obstacle has been its repeated disparagement. This, beginning with John Dryden and Samuel Johnson, reached its apogee in Sir Edmund Gosse. It is based on several misconceptions: the autobiographical fallacy and the charges of plagiarism, blasphemy, and obscurity… Dismissing Rochester's verse as blasphemous and obscene misses the most important point. Impelled by the new science,… Read More
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Poems of Lord Byron

Poems of Lord Byron

by BYRON

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1923. BYRON. Poems of Lord Byron. London: Chatto and Windus, 1923. Octavo, 20th-century full blue morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards with Cosway-style portrait on front board, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. $10000.Handsomely printed edition of Byron's poems, beautifully bound by Asprey in a Cosway-style binding with a portrait of Byron inset on the front board. Cosway bindings (named in 1909 for renowned 19th-century English miniaturist Richard Cosway) were the brainchild of John Harrison Stonehouse, managing director of London booksellers Henry Sotheran & Company, who in 1902 struck on the idea of embedding miniature paintings in the covers of richly-tooled bindings. He engaged the famous Rivière bindery to execute his idea in accordance with his own designs. Rivière brought into its employ Miss C.B. Currie with instructions to faithfully imitate Richard Cosway's detailed watercolor style of miniature painting. These delicate and… Read More
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Poets of America

Poets of America

by STEDMAN Edmund Clarence

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1885. First Edition . STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence. Poets of America. Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1885. Two volumes extended to six. Octavo, early 20th-century full crushed maroon morocco gilt, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, top edges gilt. $19,000.First edition, number 84 of 150 large paper copies, extra-illustrated with many engraved portraits and an extraordinary collection of autograph material from 54 different authors bound in. Very handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by the Monastery Hill Bindery.This extra-illustrated set, assembled by a Mr. Blauvelt of Paterson, New Jersey, contains an extraordinary collection of autograph material that includes almost all of the major American writers of the latter part of the 19th century, including Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sarah Orne Jewett, William Cullen Bryant, George Washington Cable, Edward Everett, Horace Greeley, Julian Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, James Russell Lowell, S. Weir… Read More
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Popular Treatise on the Art of Photography, including Daguerreotype

Popular Treatise on the Art of Photography, including Daguerreotype

by HUNT Robert

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1841. First Edition . HUNT, Robert. A Popular Treatise on the Art of Photography, including Daguerréotype, and All the New Methods of Producing Pictures. Glasgow: Richard Griffin, 1841. Octavo, early plain blue paper wrappers and endpapers. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $6500.First edition of Hunt’s landmark photographic work, with 29 in-text illustrations and frontispiece featuring one of the earliest representations of a negative print.In the dramatic years of photography's early growth, with Niépce developing heliography, Daguerre the daguerreotype and Fox Talbot the calotype, Robert Hunt (1807-87), a British chemist, geologist and photographer, broke new ground with this ""very first general treatise on photography"" (Reilly, Albumen & Salted Paper Book). A pioneering text, it successfully broadened the influence, art and scientific uses of photography while also exploring new photographic processes. ""On the discovery of… Read More
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