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[Idyllia] [and other texts]
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[Idyllia] [and other texts]

by Theocritus; Hesiod

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Used - Bound in early 18th-century mottled calf, spine in 7 compartments with citron morocco lettering piece in one and ornamental tool
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First Aldine edition, and the first complete edition of Theocrit
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[Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1495. First Aldine edition, and the first complete edition of Theocritus (printing 12 of the 30 Idylls here for the first time); the first edition of HESIOD'S THEOGONY; second edition of his WORKS AND DAYS; and first editions of most of the other minor works (enumerated below); and first setting of quires £I °E F and £K °E G.. Title in Greek and Roman, introduction by Aldus in Latin;, text entirely in Greek. Woodcut decorated initials and floral or strapwork headpieces, ILLUMINATED THROUGHOUT IN COLORS AND GOLD IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND. [140] leaves. 1 vols. Folio, (315 x 210 mm.). Bound in early 18th-century mottled calf, spine in 7 compartments with citron morocco lettering piece in one and ornamental tooling in the rest; title soiled and shaved along fore-edge, extensive neatly penned marginalia in Greek and Latin, in two different hands; gilt edges, gauffered to all-over pattern of intersecting diagonal fillets and fleurons. Bookplate of St. Benedict's Abbey, Fort… Read More
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The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, being a discourse of Fish and Fishing,...
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The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, being a discourse of Fish and Fishing, not unworthy the perusal of most anglers

by [Walton, Izaak]

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Used - Bound without terminal blank R4; leaves F4, Q6-8 and R1-3 in facsimile, a few headlines just shaved; washed and pressed. Early 2
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First edition
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London: Printed by T. Maxey for Rich. Marriot, 1653. First edition. Engraved cartouche of fish on title, ten engraved vignettes of fish in text. Title within engraved piscatorial cartouche, 6 engravings of fish within text variously attributed to Lombart, Faithorne or Vaughan, 2 pages of music for "The Angler's Song" by Henry Lawes with one page printed upside down as intended to enable two singers to sing facing each other, type-ornament headpieces, woodcut initial. 1 vols. Small 8vo (5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches). Bound without terminal blank R4; leaves F4, Q6-8 and R1-3 in facsimile, a few headlines just shaved; washed and pressed. Early 20th-century olive morocco gilt, paneled sides with corner fleurons and central lozenge, gilt spine with two red leather labels, edges gilt on the rough. In red morocco-backed slipcase with chemise, spine tooled in gilt with crest and motto "veritas", by James McDonald, New York. First edition. Engraved cartouche of fish on title, ten engraved vignettes of fish in text.… Read More
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Alaric at Rome. A Prize Poem, Recited in Rugby School, June XII, MDCCCXL
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Alaric at Rome. A Prize Poem, Recited in Rugby School, June XII, MDCCCXL

by Arnold, Matthew

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Used - Publisher's printed pink wrappers. Faint vertical crease at center, light edgewear. In custom red morocco pull-off case
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First edition
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Rugby: Combe and Crossley, 1840. First edition. 8vo. Publisher's printed pink wrappers. Faint vertical crease at center, light edgewear. In custom red morocco pull-off case. First edition. 8vo. Arnold's Debut, Inscribed. The first edition of Matthew Arnold's first work, his Rugby School prize poem on the conquest of Rome by the Visigoth Alaric I in 410 AD. Unusual for a prize poem, the work was published anonymously and was not identified as Arnold's until Edmund Gosse made the attribution in 1888. One of the rarest literary debuts, of which Wise noted "Alaric at Rome holds a high place in the rank of modern poetical rarities." This copy inscribed on the front wrapper, "E. Armitage Esqr. from the Author." The recipient, Edward Armitage, was a fellow pupil at Rugby. Arnold had entered Rugby in 1837, where his father was headmaster. The only other copy known to bear an inscription by Arnold ("Miss Ward, 1840") is at the Morgan Library. It is difficult to take an accurate census of copies, as Wise… Read More
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Lolita
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Lolita

by Nabokov, Vladimir

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Used - Green printed wrappers, priced Francs : 900 on back wrappers. Spines toned, lower portion of spine of first volume worn with sma
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First edition
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Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First edition. 188, [2]; [3]-223, [1] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. Green printed wrappers, priced Francs : 900 on back wrappers. Spines toned, lower portion of spine of first volume worn with small loss. Dated 1.X.1955 on the flyleaf of volume I in an unknown hand. Very good. Morocco backed slipcase, cloth chemises. First edition. 188, [2]; [3]-223, [1] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. The Nabokov Cousins: 'Lolita' Signed. This copy with ownership signatures of composer and cosmopolitan Nicolas Nabokov (1903-1978) on the flyleaf of each volume. With the signature of his first cousin the author on the flyleaf of the first volume: "Vladimir". The cousins got to know each other when the aristocratic Nabokov family arrived in Yalta in the aftermath of the Bolshevik coup, and their paths crossed repeatedly during their new lives in exile. Vladimir invented himself as one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century; Nicolas pursued his musical studies and achieved renown as a composer.… Read More
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Autograph Letter, Signed (George), to his brother, giving his eye-witness account of the...
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Autograph Letter, Signed ("George"), to his brother, giving his eye-witness account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14th, 1865

by (Lincoln Assassination) Todd, George B., M.D.

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Montauk, Montauk Navy Yard, Wash D.C., 1865. 4pp. 8vo. Slight soiling and minor tears along old folds, otherwise in very good condition. 4pp. 8vo. The Surgeon of the 'Montauk' Gives an Eye-Witnesses Account. ...About 10:25 P.M. a man came in and walked slowly along the side ... A remarkably clear and dramatic eyewitness account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln from a naval surgeon who was close to the President's box at Ford's theater on that fateful night of April 14, 1865. In this letter to his brother written the night after the assassination, while the details were still fresh in his memory, Dr. George B. Todd, surgeon aboard the U.S. "Montauk" at anchor in the Navy Yard that day, recounts the terrible event with a clarity of observation one might expect of his profession - a rarity among confused eyewitness accounts. The text of Todd's letter - one of only 7 eyewitness accounts written within 24 hours of the assassination - reads: "The few hours that have intervened since that most… Read More
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Animal Locomotion. An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements
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Animal Locomotion. An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements

by Muybridge, Eadweard

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Used - Black half morocco clamshell boxes
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Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1887. [Group of 120 plates from Animal Locomotion. An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements]. Philadelphia: The University of Philadelphia, 1887. Folio. 120 collotype plates by Muybridge, printed by the Photo-Gravure Company. Includes the following plate numbers: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 24, 46, 73, 134, 166, 175, 176, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 185, 198, 213, 223, 231, 239, 241, 247, 251, 254, 259, 269, 271, 279, 284, 286, 287, 288, 292, 293, 294, 300, 302, 311, 314, 317, 318, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328, 333, 340, 342, 343, 345, 349, 351, 352, 392, 393, 394, 395, 397, 399, 400, 401, 403, 405, 408, 410, 412, 414, 418, 420, 434, 436, 446, 465, 466, 468, 476, 477, 478, 480, 481, 484, 486, 489, 490, 493, 496, 497, 502, 503, 505, 507, 509, 511, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 525, 526, 527, 537, 538, 539, 543, 549, 556, 561, 573, and 666. 1 vols. Folio. Black half morocco clamshell boxes. [Group of 120 plates from… Read More
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Graecae Grammaticae Westmonasteriensis Institutio Compendiaria In usum juventutis civitatibus...
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Graecae Grammaticae Westmonasteriensis Institutio Compendiaria In usum juventutis civitatibus Americanis Studiosae

by (Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)) Ross, J.[ames] A. (1743-1827)

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Contemporary speckled calf, flat spine ruled in gilt (joints cracked but holding).  Housed in a morocco backed cloth box. Prove
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Second edition
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Philadelphia: Gulielmi Fry (William Fry), sumptibus auctoris, 1817. Second edition. viii, 100 pages. 12mo (4 x 7 inches). Contemporary speckled calf, flat spine ruled in gilt (joints cracked but holding).  Housed in a morocco backed cloth box. Provenance: Thomas Jefferson (presentation inscription from the author, initialed ownership mark on page 97); Jefferson estate (sale, Poor, 27 February 1829, lot 840); Rapin E. Smith (booklabel); Bookplate of Charles Francis Jenkins on free front endpaper. (Jenkins [1867-1934], an American pioneer of cinema and one of the inventors of television, founded the Society of Motion Picture Engineers. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences named one of the Emmy awards after him: the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award.). Second edition. viii, 100 pages. 12mo (4 x 7 inches). Thomas Jefferson's Copy. Thomas Jefferson's copy of an important American Greek grammar: "...to read Latin & Greek authors in their original is a sublime luxury" -- Thomas Jefferson.… Read More
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Autograph Manuscript leaf from working draft of WALDEN, chapter III, OF READING [inserted in:]...
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Autograph Manuscript leaf from working draft of WALDEN, chapter III, "OF READING" [inserted in:] The Writings in Twenty Volumes, Manuscript Edition

by Thoreau, Henry David

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[N.p., Concord, 1853. 2 pages on a single sheet, inlaid and folded. 8vo. Fine. Some spines of set faintly toned. 2 pages on a single sheet, inlaid and folded. 8vo. 'The best books are not read even by those who call themselves readers'. The deluxe binding of the 1906 Houghton Mifflin Manuscript Edition in three quarter dark green levant gilt, here with a leaf from a resonant passage in Thoreau's Walden, from a draft of Chapter III, "Of Reading" (here in an undetermined state varying slightly from the final published text, where it appears as pp. 114-6). The manuscript is in ink, with additions in pencil. Shanley notes that the "first draft" manuscript is missing three pages at this chapter and he identifies no other manuscript source for the passage. Thoreau laments the absolute scarcity of readers, noting that even in Concord, there is little effort made to read the great books of English literature, and "as for the recorded wisdom of mankind - the ancient classics ... - there are the feeblest… Read More
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Eight Studies [for the Book of Genesis]
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Eight Studies [for the Book of Genesis]

by Lawrence, Jacob

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Used - Laid into black cloth clamshell dropbox, with red morocco label inset on upper cover. Fine
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Number 27 of 50 copies
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New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1990. Number 27 of 50 copies. 8 large colour silkscreen studies, Signed by the Artist. 2 text leaves. All loose as issued. Printed by George Drexel, Osiris Screen Printing, New York on Whatman Print Matte paper. Folio (25 x 19 inches). Laid into black cloth clamshell dropbox, with red morocco label inset on upper cover. Fine. Number 27 of 50 copies. 8 large colour silkscreen studies, Signed by the Artist. 2 text leaves. All loose as issued. Printed by George Drexel, Osiris Screen Printing, New York on Whatman Print Matte paper. Folio (25 x 19 inches). The prints illustrate the King James version of the Book of Genesis. Bearing captions lithographed from mylars handwritten by the artist, this "exhibition portfolio" format is much larger than the regular edition of Eight Studies for the Book of Genesis. Each print signed and inscribed "HC" in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Stone Press Editions, Seattle, with the blind stamp lower right. Published by the Limited… Read More
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Saroyan family album
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Saroyan family album

by Avedon, Richard

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Used - Bound in full orange calf, stamped in gilt on upper cover "Avedon" and lower right "Saroyans'", by Jack Chitgian of Beverly Hill
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One of three copies for the family
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[New York, 1977. One of three copies for the family. 35 black and white silver prints on 11 x 14 inch heavy paper. Oblong Folio. Bound in full orange calf, stamped in gilt on upper cover "Avedon" and lower right "Saroyans'", by Jack Chitgian of Beverly Hills, with some soiling to covers; photos generally near fine. One of three copies for the family. 35 black and white silver prints on 11 x 14 inch heavy paper. Oblong Folio. One of 3 Copies. Rare collection of photographs taken and, likely, developed and assembled all by Avedon himself, rather than by his studio, and characteristic of his private life, but not of his public oeuvre. The negatives are said to have been destroyed, to make this series irreproducible. The first photo, of the Avedon house in Bolinas, is titled and signed by Avedon. The last, a still life, is signed "27. 28. 29. 77 / Dick / XXX / OOO". The thirty-fifth photo, of Lucy Saroyan, whose set this was, is detached, and cropped at the bottom, with a crack on the image where… Read More
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The Studio Souvenir of John R. Johnson [sic] Artist
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The Studio Souvenir of John R. Johnson [sic] Artist

by (Whitman, Walt) Johnston, John R.

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Used - Contemporary half morocco and cloth boards, spine with raised bands lettered in gilt, Col. John R. Johnston stamped in gilt on t
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First edition. The author/artist's own copy. Signed by Johnston
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Philadelphia: Johnston and Coulston, 1880. First edition. The author/artist's own copy. Signed by Johnston on the portrait and additionally signed and dated Camden, June 25, 1891 on the front endpaper. Woodcut portrait frontispiece, signed in ink by Johnston and dated March 1, 1880. Calligraphic title printed ink blue purple and red inks by G. W. Leids, 128 leaves printed by hectograph recto only including numerous drawings after various artists of Johnston's "Studio". 2 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half morocco and cloth boards, spine with raised bands lettered in gilt, Col. John R. Johnston stamped in gilt on the upper cover, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Minor wear at joints and corners. First edition. The author/artist's own copy. Signed by Johnston on the portrait and additionally signed and dated Camden, June 25, 1891 on the front endpaper. Woodcut portrait frontispiece, signed in ink by Johnston and dated March 1, 1880. Calligraphic title printed ink blue purple and red inks by… Read More
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Several Poems Compiled with great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight ... By a...
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Several Poems Compiled with great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight ... By a Gentlewoman in New-England. The Third Edition, corrected by the Author, and enlarged by an Addition of several other Poems found amongst her Papers after her Death

by [Bradstreet, Anne]

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Used - Modern antique calf, red morocco lettering piece. Trimmed a bit close but without significant losses. Provenance: Samuel Buell (
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Second American edition, and the earliest obtainable one
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[Newport, Rhode Island?]: Re-printed from the second Edition [by Anne Smith Franklin and James Franklin, Jr.?], 1758. Second American edition, and the earliest obtainable one. xiii, [1 blank], 233, [1 blank] pp. Ornamental head- and tail-pieces. 1 vols. 12mo. Modern antique calf, red morocco lettering piece. Trimmed a bit close but without significant losses. Provenance: Samuel Buell (signature on title dated 1773); Polly Buell (signature on original endpaper, now tipped in). Second American edition, and the earliest obtainable one. xiii, [1 blank], 233, [1 blank] pp. Ornamental head- and tail-pieces. 1 vols. 12mo. Poems by the First American Woman Author. Although this edition is traditionally ascribed by Evans and others to have been printed in Boston, Stoddard and Whitesell suggest Newport, Rhode Island, printed by Anne Smith Franklin or James Franklin Jr., based on identification of the printer's ornaments. Bradstreet's poems were first published in London in 1650 under the title The Tenth Muse… Read More
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Leaves of Grass
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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Used - Original green cloth, boards with floral decorations in blind, gilt-lettered ornamental title within a triple-fillet border, spi
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First edition, first issue
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Brooklyn, New York, 1855. First edition, first issue. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Whitman by Samuel Hollyer after a photograph, printed on thick paper. xii, [13]-95 pp. 1 vols. Small folio (11-1/8 x 7-3/4 in.; 284 x 197 mm). Original green cloth, boards with floral decorations in blind, gilt-lettered ornamental title within a triple-fillet border, spine gilt with title and floral ornaments, marbled endsheets, a.e.g. Title-page very lightly toned, gilt title of upper board a bit dull. Tiniest of repairs to spine (scuffs at center and ends, conserved with no loss). Old description slip tipped to front flyleaf. A fine copy. Half green morocco slipcase, chemise. First edition, first issue. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Whitman by Samuel Hollyer after a photograph, printed on thick paper. xii, [13]-95 pp. 1 vols. Small folio (11-1/8 x 7-3/4 in.; 284 x 197 mm). 'I see and hear the whole'. "He was and is the poet and prophet of democracy, and the intoxication of his immense affirmative, the… Read More
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The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories
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The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories

by Audubon, John James

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Used - Recently rebound to style in black half morocco, gilt panelled spines with owl and eagle motifs, contemporary marbled sides, spe
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First octavo edition
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New York & Philadelphia: J. J. Audubon and [vols. I-V] J. B. Chevalier, 1839. First octavo edition. 500 hand-coloured lithographic plates after Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock, R. Trembley and others, printed by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia (plates 1-135, 151-500) or George Endicott of New York (plates 136-150), numerous wood-engraved anatomical figures in text. 7 vols. Royal octavo (250 x 147 mm). Recently rebound to style in black half morocco, gilt panelled spines with owl and eagle motifs, contemporary marbled sides, speckled edges, endleaves renewed. A few plates trimmed by the binder with concomitant shaving of a few captions (encroaching on the plate itself in only one instance). An excellent set. First octavo edition. 500 hand-coloured lithographic plates after Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock, R. Trembley and others, printed by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia (plates 1-135, 151-500) or George Endicott of New York (plates 136-150), numerous wood-engraved anatomical figures in text. 7 vols. Royal octavo (250… Read More
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An Inquiry into the Wealth of Nations
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An Inquiry into the Wealth of Nations

by Smith, Adam

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Used - Contemporary English speckled calf, spines gilt, gilt-lettered lettering-pieces, very skillfully refurbished. Preserved in a fle
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First edition, complete with half-title in vol. II (none issued
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London: Straham and Cadell, 1776. First edition, complete with half-title in vol. II (none issued in vol. I); with cancels M3 and 2Z3 in vol. I.. 2 vols. 4to. Contemporary English speckled calf, spines gilt, gilt-lettered lettering-pieces, very skillfully refurbished. Preserved in a fleece-lined quarter morocco folding case. Despite some scattered foxing at first and last leaves, a very handsome copy in original 18th century binding. First edition, complete with half-title in vol. II (none issued in vol. I); with cancels M3 and 2Z3 in vol. I. 2 vols. 4to. The Most Important Book in the History of Economics. First edition of the "first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM): the first major work on the theory of free trade. "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interests. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-interest" (Adam Smith). "Where the political aspects… Read More
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