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The Daily Rare – 2/4/19

InBiblio tracks new arrivals from hundreds of leading rare book dealers all around the world. Weekdays we publish a curated list of the finest and most fascinating new offerings.


Today’s list includes an early 19th-century Whaling Scroll ($22,500), the first Braille edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, signed by Rowling (£6,750), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with illustrations by Salvadore Dalí ($10,000), the first edition of A Wrinkle in Time ($9,500) and more. Enjoy.


“A terrific double association”

William S. Burrough’s Letter from a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs – “First separate printing of this long statement by Burroughs on his experiments with various drugs and different types of addiction cures. Limited to 50 copies. This copy belonged to Terence McKenna, one of the foremost authors on psychedelic drug experience, especially psychoactive mushrooms, whose works include The Invisible Landscape, Food of the Gods, and True Hallucinations. McKenna and his wife, Kat bought this ca. 1986 at an auction of material from William Burroughs’ personal archive that consisted of original file folders marked in Burroughs’ hand filled with items from his archive—among them was this copy. Thus a terrific double association—Burroughs’ own copy, then McKenna’s.” ($3,500) from Skyline Books

Illustrations by Salvador Dali, 1/2500 signed copies

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “signed by Salvador Dali on the title page, containing twelve color illustrations… Quite an exquisite copy, virtually as new, with leather straps and horn claps in excellent condition ($10,000) + First edition of Kahlil Gibran’s Twenty Drawings, signed and inscribed by Gibran ($8,000) + Limited deluxe issue of Leonard Cohen’s Stranger Music, 1/100 copies signed by Cohen ($3,500) + John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night, inscribed first edition ($2,000) + more from Burnside Rare Books


19th-century Whaling Scroll “very finely illustrated”

Early 19th-century Whaling Scroll – “A long, dramatic, and very finely illustrated scroll on paper” ($22,500) + Keiga Kawahara’s Somoku kajitsu shashin zufu – “A fine copy of this famous book; this is the first edition to contain color illustrations” ($22,500) + 1858 first edition of Kondo Naoyoshi’s Tassei zusetsu [Parturition Illustrated] ($6,000) + more from Jonathan Hill


Schumann’s Symphonie No. IV, inscribed by Robert Schumann

1853 First edition of Robert Schumann’s Symphonie No. IV. …”With an autograph inscription signed by the composer to title: “A Monsieur Seghers par R. Schumann” ($10,000) + Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest, autograph musical manuscript “extensive autograph corrections and revisions, cancels, and overpastes, including a significant quantity of music composed and discarded” ($15,000) + more from J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians


Alexandre Dumas, Madeleine L’Engle, Mark Twain

The international limited edition of the works of Alexandre Dumas – “One of only 1,000 sets, this is number 964. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection.” ($9,800) + First edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time ($9,500) + First edition of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court ($1,250) + 1558 first edition of Commandino’s commentary of Ptolemy’s Planisphaerium… Octavo, two volumes bound into one in eighteenth century vellum, all edges speckled red, Aldine device on both titles and both final pages, woodcut initials, numerous woodcut diagrams” ($8,800) + more from Raptis Rare Books


J.K. Rowling, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 1998 first Braille edition “signed by the author on the front cover of each volume, with the authentication hologram to inside front cover of each” (£6,750) + Jorge Luis Borges’ Leopoldo Lugones, ;presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the title page, “Para Vicente Barbieri, afectos y un abrazo, Jorge Luis Borges”. Barbieri (1903-1956) was a notable Argentine poet, posthumously awarded the National Prize for Poetry’ (£5,000) + 1934 typed letter signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald to Gilbert Seldes (£8,750) from Peter Harrington


A superb edition of Homer’s Odyssey

1932 limited edition of The Odyssey of Homer, published by Bruce Rogers – “It was Rogers who, upon reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom, decided that T. E. Lawrence would be an ideal translator for a new edition of the Odyssey, a process that was expected to take two years and ended up taking four. The famous gold roundels—one of the signature features of this edition—were based on Rogers’s drawings of figures from Greek vases, each one depicting a scene from Homer’s epic” ($6,500) + more from Bromer Booksellers


Maps by Mathew Carey

1795 Mathew Carey map of Tennessee “complete with public roads, mountain ranges, rivers, forts, “Indian towns” and “Indian Boundaries” ($2,500) + three other 1795 Carey maps (New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire) from Back of Beyond Books


The California Book Fair opens this Friday, with nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Learn more.


New catalogues & lists

from Daniel Crouch Rare Books (“The Middle Kingdom”), Blackwell’s Rare Books (California Book Fair list), Bauman Rare Books (“New Arrivals in Science”) and others. View the list

(updated 2/1/19)