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The Great Men of the World

The Great Men of the World

World War II (World War II). The Great Men of the World. Shi Jie Ge Guo Wei Da Xian. 1945. Printed in Shanghai, circa 1945-1946. Printed pictorial colored poster titled in English and Chinese on top banner, flanked by the flags of the United States and Nationalist China on either side. Depicting 30 portraits of heads of state, prominent men and international allies with China after World War II. Also 30 portraits of Kuomintang Nationalist Generals, Politicians and Diplomats in the middle ground, including Chiang Ching-Kuo (who became president of Taiwan and made democratic and economic headway), Li Tsung Jen, Marshall Feng Yu Shiang, General Ho Ying-Chin, Sun Fo, Bai Chongxi, and Cheng Chen among others. The background shows land, sea and air combat. Measures 30-1/2 x 21 inches, in very good condition, except for creases where once folded. Very Rare poster depicting Prominent men and Statesmen, including: Top row L-R: US President Harry Truman, FDR, General Charles de Gaulle, General Douglas MacArthur, Clement Attlee (first Deputy Prime Minister of England 1942-1945), Russian Top Leader Josef Stalin, Special Envoy to China George Marshall and Chairman of the Chinese National Government Chiang Kai-Shek. Left Flank and Right are bordered by other notable men at the time, including Gandhi, Halifax, Secretary of State James F Byrnes, etc., Russians, including Kliment Voroshilov; while the lower border includes General Eisenhower, Vyacheslav Molotov, Former Ambassador to China Nelson T Johnson, Chinese Ambassador Kuo Wei Chiun, Lord Winston Churchill, Papa Kaioszu, Franco and Polish Prime Minister in exile Tomasz Arciszewski.
The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937

The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937

Ah Fong Vintage Photographs of the Bombing of SHANGHAI (Sino-Japanese War).  AH FONG:  The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937. Shanghai.    Photo by Ah Fong, 819 Nanking Road, Shanghai, [1937].     Album of 110 original gelatin silver prints, two in a panoramic format (2 x 7-1/2 inches, 4.7 x 19 cm), the remainder 2-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches (5.5 x 8.3 cm), a few titled in the negative, five images (including one panorama) toned red to represent Chapei district burning at night, all prints numbered on mounts according to a printed index with captions tipped in at front.  Oblong 8vo, [47] pp. with tissue guards between facing images; black paper boards with black cord tie (corners a litlte rubbed), the upper cover stamped in silver illustrating a city skyline ravaged by Japanese aircraft dropping bombs and tanks crashing into buildings, with a warship seen in the far background. Following the Mukden (or Manchurian) Incident in September 1931 when the Japanese invaded the north-eastern part of China, a boycott was declared on all Japanese products.  The Japanese responded with the landing of 70,000 troops in Shanghai in January 1932.  Following years of skirmishes and localized incidents, full-scale war broke out in August 1937.  By October the Japanese claimed major victories after heavy fighting, their army being better equipped, supported by naval and aerial bombardment. This detailed record includes evocative images of the Royal Navy, United States, Russian, Japanese and Italian warships; General Chiang Kai-shek and Yeng Jei Ih; refugees fleeing from the ruins of Pei Sing Tsin village; victims and destruction caused by the Cathay Hotel bombing; bomb victims receiving first aid; and the bombing of the Tsun Tsin Training Camp.  The commercial photographer Ah Fong had studios in Shanghai and Weihai. Assembled albums still complete and intact are believed to be quite rare.
UNCLE SHELBY’S ABZ BOOK / a primer for tender young minds

UNCLE SHELBY’S ABZ BOOK / a primer for tender young minds

SILVERSTEIN (Shel) - Manuscript SILVERSTEIN (Shel): “UNCLE SHELBY’S ABZ BOOK / a primer for tender young minds”. ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT for Silverstein’s first “children’s” book comprising 76pp of original drawings and text including a title-page identifying the author/illustrator and giving the imprint of the soon-to-be published volume: “Simon and Schuster * New York * 1961”. Folio (measuring 12 x 9 inches), [73]ff with designs chiefly on one side only (leaves often glued back-to-back, though many now separated, glue residue “bleeding” through the outer margins of most leaves); disbound within pink paper (over black paper) wrappers with manuscript lettering on the front cover: “Uncle Shelby’s ABZ book by Shel the Sheller”, and “by Uncle Shelby” on the rear wrapper (spine defective, chipped edges, light spotting). Original manuscript for Silverstein’s wickedly amusing ABC book, published by Simon & Schuster in 1961. It is a clever send-up of the dull “Dick and Jane” type readers. This is Silverstein’s first “real” book, preceded by two collections of cartoons: Take Ten (1955), and Here’s My Plan (1960), as well as John Sack’s Report from Practically Nowhere (1959) with comic vignettes by Silverstein. Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book originated as a contribution to Playboy magazine (August 1961, pp[70-73]). Our manuscript is based on these Playboy designs, but there are many significant differences: the pictures have been redrawn and the original color is now gone, the format is considerably expanded (from 36 panels on four pages, to 76 pages) adding several new letter images (and stretching many of the pictures over two pages) and now with 25 special [i.e., non-ABC] features rather than the nine present in the magazine (one of which is gone). In addition, a few letters are now illustrated with different designs and texts. Two of the major changes in illustrations support the idea that the published book would now be marketed for children: “J is for Junkie” has become “J is for Joke” and “U is for Uncle Charlie” is now “U is for Uncle Shelby” (Uncle Charlie had been mother’s secret boyfriend). The book (and manuscript) also add a dedication to child readers commencing “A Book for You / Many of my little friends have asked old uncle Shelby why he has written this book and why he loves children so dearly ”. We believe that our manuscript represents Silverstein’s first draft of the expanded book version of Uncle Shelby’s ABZ, which he then redrew for final reproduction. The illustrations in the published book follow our manuscript quite closely (with only a small number of alterations). The calligraphic text in the book is clearly rewritten, essentially with an eye toward clarity. Our manuscript contains every picture and text in the published book, except for the pictorial wrappers. Included here with this original manuscript is a copy of Playboy magazine (August 1961) containing the original ABZ, a 15th printing of the original 1961 Simon & Schuster version, and a more recent printing (32nd) now “for adults only”. It is very rare that one is able to acquire an early manuscript of such high quality by a major children’s book figure such as Shel Silverstein.
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JOHN GILPIN,

COWPER (William) JOHN GILPIN: a collection of early editions composed by William Cowper: The Life of John Gilpin, taken from divers Manuscripts now published for the first time to which is added, by way of Appendix, the celebrated history of his Journey to Edmonton. Dublin: Lurnet, White, Burton, H Whitestone, Byrne, Cash, M’Donnel and Marchbank, 1785. 8vo, viii 144pp lacking blank endleaves; contemporary calf (scuffed and a bit chipped) * Facetious History of John Gilpin. Newburyport: W & J Gilman, 1806. With 9 woodcuts. 12mo, 18-[18]pp including “Hunting in Chevy Chase” separately paginated; printed paper wrappers (worn and a bit soiled). Early Massachusetts chapbook version * History of John Gilpin of Cheapside, a droll story. And the Historical Ballad of the Children in the Wood. Philadelphia: Jacob Johnson, 1807. Eight page engravings including lettered title-page with vignette. 12mo, 52pp but erratically numbered without pp 7/8, 15/16, 41/42, 49/50 though sometimes illustrated leaves are counted in pagination, other times they are not; old marbled paper wrappers quite worn and contents loose * Diverting History of John Gilpin. London: Charles Tilt, 1828. With 6 page woodcuts by George Cruikshank. Square 12mo, 20pp+ [4] adverts, the Cruikshank plates not included in the pagination; printed paper wrappers * John Gilpin. Aunt Louisa’s London Toy Books. London: Kronheim for Frederick Warne, circa 1870. Six colored plates with 15 woodblocks/ Square 4to, [6]ff text double-columned; printed color wrappers * Diverting History of John Gilpin. New York: E P Dutton, London: J M Dent, 1899. Illustrated by Charles E Brock with 10 page designs and 14 vignettes. 8vo, [50]pp; decorative gilt blue cloth * Jean Gilpin [translated into] Francisée par Mrs Gutch. With four illustrations. London: T Werner Laurie [1924]. 8vo, 63pp; lettered cloth (spotted). Also included “John Gilpin: a note on the pictorial history of a famous horseman” by H T Kirby, pp 167-186, as published in Print Collector’s Quarterly, vol. 23:3, London: Dent, July 1936 with 12 illustrations. Complete issue, printed wrappers. Altogether, 8 volumes offered together as a collection.
POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare. Gent.

POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare. Gent.

SHAKESPEARE (William) SHAKESPEARE (William): POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare. Gent.  London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard, 1640. 8vo, engraved Portrait Frontispiece by William Marshall after Droeshout, with verses below. Two letterpress title pages, both with woodcut printer’s device, the second undated, title-page extended and remargined at bottom, tiny abrasion at top of frontispiece, catchword *3 carelessly printed and punched through, final leaf (M4) extended; russet morocco by Bedford, covers gilt paneled, marbled endpapers, spine and edges gilt. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. This edition by Benson brings together all but eight of the sonnets: “A Lover’s Complaint”, “The Passionate Pilgrim” (mostly not by Shakespeare), “The Phoenix and the Turtle” (attributed to Shakespeare), and elegies and other poems honoring Shakespeare by Jonson, Milton, Digges, Herrick, Strode, Carew, and others. Benson famously reorganized the sonnets, probably out of concern that an old-fashioned sonnet sequence would not appeal to the generation of the Cavalier Poets. Many are run together to form poems of twenty-eight lines or more, and all are given titles. Benson also made some effort to disguise the homoerotic content of some sonnets, perhaps most strikingly in his changes to Sonnet 101 (“O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends”), which he runs together with Sonnet 100 under the title “An invocation of his Muse” while he also switches the gender of the pronouns to make the poet’s lover female. References: STC 22344; ESTC S106377; Bartlett 27; Grolier/Langland to Wither 84; Hayward 30; Pfozheimer 880 Provenance: Alfred Henry Huth (Morocco label) – Christie’s New York, 18 November 1977, lot 115 (undesignated consignor) – Sotheby’s London, 26 April 1982, lot 439 (“Property of a Gentleman”) – Robert S. Pirie, purchased at the foregoing sale through Bernard Quaritch – Sotheby’s New York, 3 December 2015, lot 729 (“Collection of Robert S Pirie”)
PETER RABBIT MUSIC BOOK. Book I

PETER RABBIT MUSIC BOOK. Book I, Six Easy Pieces for Pianoforte by Christopher Le Fleming.

POTTER (Beatrix): The Peter Rabbit Music Books, comprised of Potter’s autograph manuscript for the foreword and a letter Potter wrote to the composer, Christopher Le Fleming. AMS signed “Beatrix Potter,” one page, 5 x 8, no date. The foreword of the book, in full: “The rippling melody of this pretty music calls back many little friends. Again the Puddle ducks pass: pit pat paddle pat; while kittens squirrels rabbits frisk and gambol. Tiddly widdly widdly! Mrs. Tittlemouse with a mop follows the big dirty footprints of Mr. Jackson. And Lucie sips her tea, while dear Mrs. Tiggy heats her smoothing iron. Good luck to the merry company of Christopher Le Fleming’s tuneful numbers, and to those lucky Little People who will learn to play them some day.” Also, an ALS signed by Ms Potter using her married name, “H. B. Heelis,” one page, lightly-lined, 7.75 x 9.75, August 18, 1935. Letter to Le Fleming, in part: “I too have been away for a very brief holiday and more than ever busy since coming home—I sent 2 or 3 samples to Messrs. Warne as I am not sure about size and style of drawing for lithography—I have not had a reply—it is just as likely that Mr. Stephens [Arthur L., Managing Director of Warne] is away from London. I shall go on in the mean time drawing when ever I can. I am quite keen on the work and do not reject it—but my hand does shake I had nice kittens from Elizabeth & her mother. You shall have the drawings to look at.” In overall very good condition, with moderate overall creases and soiling to the manuscript and intersecting folds, light creases, and a rusty paperclip mark to the letter. Accompanied by the published book: softcover, 9.5 x 12, 17 pages. Partial splitting to the spine, otherwise fine condition. With their playful plots, imaginative critters, and some of the liveliest illustrations in children’s literature, Beatrix Potter’s little books—23 in total, published over the course of two decades—were an instant and enormous success. By 1935, the 69-year-old had all but given up her writing career, focusing on her farming and sheep breeding above all else. But despite her weakening eyes and a tremble in her hand, she cheerfully embarked on a new project when a young Mr. Le Fleming—‘a rather peculiar visitor,’ as she called him in a letter to a friend—approached her with a set of piano pieces he had written, inspired by her stories and suitable for children. This extraordinary collection of items pertains to what would become The Peter Rabbit Music Books (including this first volume, which is quite collectible in its own right and the author’s final lifetime publication), is a charming collection; any extensive handwritten material from Potter is highly sought-after, and with its “pit pat paddle pat,” “tiddly widdly widdly!” and mentions of the beloved Puddle ducks, Mrs. Tittlemouse, and Mrs. Tiggy, this is of utmost desirability.