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Walden; or, Life In The Woods

Thoreau, Henry David

  • Book condition: Near Fine
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Map. Original brown cloth. Minor wear to spine ends, very minor stains to one board. A near fine copy. Half morocco case. FIRST EDITION. Walden was published in 1854 in an edition of 2000 copies. "The charm of its vignettes of nature was considered its most attractive feature at that time, but its telling satire of the American business economy, its advocacy of the virtues of simple life, and its Transcendentalist endorsement of sturdy individualism have won it an ever-increasing number of readers. . .It has become one of the bestselling American nonfiction classics and has been translated into virtually every major modern language. The word 'Walden' has become a universal synonym for a personal utopia" (ANB). The image of the solitary Thoreau writing in his cabin at Walden Pond is firmly impressed on the American imagination. This book contains "solid chunks of thought, in the midst of a solid chunk of nature. . .For almost a hundred years an inspiration to nature lovers, to philosophe ... Read more

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Albumen print, 8 x 10 ½ inches. A fine 19th century photograph of the Zhengyang Gate, one of the "nine great gates" of ancient Peking, taken from on top of the Tartar Wall. This is a fine early photograph of the Zhengyang Gate, one of the "nine great gates" of ancient Peking, taken from an exceptional vantage point. The Zhengyang Gate was located at the front entrance of the Forbidden City during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and is commonly referred to as the Front Gate. The "nine great gates" of Peking were built in the reign of Ming Emperor Yongle. This photograph taken from on top of the Tartar Wall offers a dramatic view of the dynamic daily life at one of great gates of Peking during late Imperial China. The gate was bustling with carts and the constant flow of traffic from local officials and merchants with their retinues.

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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Two volumes. Original purple-brown cloth. Folding map as frontispiece to Volume I, plate of the JuJu House as frontispiece to Volume II. Spines a touch sunned, light wear, but an excellent set. First edition. This is Burton's first book on his years in West Africa including detailed accounts of his amazing adventures inland. "Newly married and needing employment, Burton approached the Foreign Office for a consular position, hoping for the post at Damascus. Instead, he was offered the consulship at Fernando Po, a small, unhealthy island in the Bight of Biafra on the west African coast. When he accepted the position on 27 March 1861 he requested to retain his commission in the Bombay army, but he was struck from the list, thereby losing not only his half pay but also any prospect of a pension or sale of his commission, an action about which he always complained bitterly. Burton did not permit Isabel to accompany him to Fernando Po, which he described as 'the very abomination of desolation'. He slipped away from ... Read more

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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318 pp. Original cloth and dust jacket. Very good. FIRST EDITION. An important presentation copy inscribed and signed by Lindbergh on the portrait frontispiece to Donald E. Keyhoe. On May 20, 1927, Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field, New York in The Spirit of St. Louis. 33 ½ hours later he landed in Paris to a hero's welcome, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic. This is Lindbergh's book on his great achievement. "We" in the title refers to Lindbergh and his plane. The naval aviator Donald Keyhoe, recipient of this presentation copy, managed Lindbergh's triumphant 48-state tour after the Atlantic crossing. Keyhoe had been a Navy pilot of both balloons and airplanes and in later years was a successful author and test pilot, as well as a leading early authority on UFOs. Keyhoe has signed and inscribed this book. Although signed copies of this book are not uncommon, presentation copies of this quality and interest are rare.

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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RARE 1837 WESTERN DIRECTORY PRECURSOR OF THE YELLOW PAGES. 468 pp. Original brown cloth, paper label (soiled). Surface worming to upper cover. Very good. FIRST EDITION. One of the earliest commercial directories for the west, this unusual book covers towns from Pittsburgh to St. Louis, emphasizing those on the Ohio River including Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, Zanesville, and Wheeling. For each of the major towns, after the descriptive material, there is an extensive section of categorized business ads on colored (pink, yellow, green) paper. The colored paper and geographical and subject arrangement are suggestive of the modern Yellow Pages. "A standard commercial directory and atlas with a number of references to Louisville and Kentucky, and a list of steamboats on the western waters" (Graff). Rare, especially in the original binding.

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Manuscript on paper, Italian Hebrew script. 28 leaves, Hebrew. 12mo (4 ½ x 2 7/8 in.). Title within intricately decorated floriated and scrolled border. A few leaves loose. Old sheep backed paper boards, worn, lacking lower portion of spine. Half morocco case. This delicate and rare manuscript, prepared exclusively for women includes prayers for healthy and righteous children, a comfortable livelihood, the Mikveh, pregnancy, candle lightening, and the separation of Challah. This tiny book is a scarce survival from a period when women were exempt from the obligation to recite the daily prayers. Thus it provides an illuminating practical perspective on the special realm of women's spirituality. This manuscript prayer book is a fine example of the scribal arts employed by the Jewish community in creating sacred books and ritual objects.

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
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FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of this famous history of the Salem witch trials, a classic of colonial American history. Cotton Mather, scion of the notable Boston family, entered Harvard College at twelve and graduated three years later. He was elected a fellow of Harvard in 1690 before he turned thirty. At the time of the Salem trials in 1692, Mather was already one of the most respected divines in New England. Author of over 400 books and tracts, he had an enormous impact on American thought at the turn of the eighteenth century. Wonders of the Invisible World is one of Mather's two best known works, the other being Magnalia Christi Americana. "This is one of the most important and rarest of all Mather's works – his contemporary history of the Salem trials . . . Historically, Mather's report on the trials is the last important exposition of witchcraft that was written while the superstition remained generally unquestioned. Mather described the trials objectively, but from the viewpoint of a firm believer in witch ... Read more

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Works

Dickens, Charles

  • Book condition: Fine
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30 volumes. Reddish-brown 3/4 morocco, spines gilt. Some foxing. Minor spotting to a few spines, minor wear. An excellent set. A handsome set of the famous "Illustrated Library Edition," here in an early printing. The dedication at the front of the first volume (Pickwick Papers) states, "This the best edition of my books is, of right, inscribed to my dear friend John Forster, biographer of Oliver Goldsmith, in affectionate acknowledgment of his counsel, sympathy, and faithful friendship during my whole literary life." "The Library Edition came about largely because of the suggestion of Forster that while Dickens's works were available in volumes in the Cheap Edition and in reprints of the serial parts, there was no high-quality edition that would appeal to the wealthy. Dickens eventually came round to the idea that an elegant edition could raise the stature of his writings. He faced a complication, in that the rights to the works were divided between Chapman and Hall and Bradbury and Evans. Consequently, the ... Read more

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Works

Dickens, Charles

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THE FAMED ILLUSTRATED LIBRARY EDITION OF CHARLES DICKENS'S WORKS 30 volumes. Reddish-brown 3/4 morocco, spines gilt. Some foxing. Minor spotting to a few spines, minor wear. An excellent set. A handsome set of the famous "Illustrated Library Edition," here in an early printing. The dedication at the front of the first volume (Pickwick Papers) states, "This the best edition of my books is, of right, inscribed to my dear friend John Forster, biographer of Oliver Goldsmith, in affectionate acknowledgment of his counsel, sympathy, and faithful friendship during my whole literary life." "The Library Edition came about largely because of the suggestion of Forster that while Dickens's works were available in volumes in the Cheap Edition and in reprints of the serial parts, there was no high-quality edition that would appeal to the wealthy. Dickens eventually came round to the idea that an elegant edition could raise the stature of his writings. He faced a complication, in that the rights to the works ... Read more

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