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Sicilian Scenery

Sicilian Scenery

LIGHT William LIGHT, William. Sicilian Scenery from Drawings by P. DeWint, the Original Sketches by Major Light. London: Rodwell & Martin, 1823. Quarto, late 19th-century full deep red straight-grain morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and cover border, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $2800.First edition, large paper copy, of this splendid compilation of Sicilian views, with frontispiece vignette, engraved pictorial title page, and 60 detailed full-page plates of landscapes, cityscapes and classical ruins, each with a leaf of descriptive text in both English and French.From 1814 to 1821 Colonel William Light served in Scotland and Ireland, and managed to travel to Sicily, Florence and Turin, during which tours he made the intricate drawings that appear in Sicilian Scenery. Re-drawn by Peter DeWint, one of the finest 19th-century watercolor painters of the English school, Light’s sketches of the landscapes, cityscapes, and ancient classical ruins of Sicily, including the temples of Juno, Jupiter Olympius and Concord and the amphitheater at Syracuse are here preserved in rich full-page plates by such noted English engravers as Heath, Askey, and Hobson. Years later, while Light was on one of his many trips, his house at Thebarton was destroyed by fire, consuming most of his paintings, sketches, diaries and notebooks. This, then, is the only record of his Sicilian images. Much of the beauty of these plates is owed to DeWint. "No artist ever came nearer painting a perfect picture than did Peter de Wint" (Alfred William Rich). Armorial bookplate. Gift inscription within the Grantham family on the half title.Occasional light patches of foxing, faint offsetting of plates to text. An about-fine copy, handsomely bound.
United States Exploring Expeditions. Voyage of the U.S. Exploring Squadron

United States Exploring Expeditions. Voyage of the U.S. Exploring Squadron

WILKES Charles JENKINS John S. (WILKES, Charles) JENKINS, John S. United States Exploring Expeditions. Voyage of the U.S. Exploring Squadron, Commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes. Auburn: James M. Alden, 1850. Thick octavo, original slate gray cloth gilt. $2800.Condensed edition of "the beginning of accurate western cartography," the narrative of Wilkes’ landmark Pacific expedition (Goetzmann, 57), with seven full-page steel-engravings and one map. Presentation/dedication copy from "the Author" to New York attorney Isaac Fryer, to whom the book is dedicated.Wilkes stands alongside James Cook as the most important explorer of the Pacific; he is certainly the most important naval scientist in American history. Between 1838 and 1842 his six-vessel expedition carefully charted the expanse from the northwest coast of North America to the shores of Antarctica, from the western coast of South America to the South Pacific islands. He surveyed nearly 300 islands along with 1500 miles of the Antarctic coastline. Wilkes also encountered natives of various cultures, many of whom are pictured in the plates. Upstate New York lawyer John Jenkins prepared this condensation of Wilkes’ original six-volume work (1844) "as it might be of interest to the general reader." Added to Wilkes are accounts of the expeditions of d’Urville, Ross and Lynch. Hill 884. Ferguson 5404. Sabin 36014. See also Howes W414; Eberstadt 119:184; Streeter 3324. Owner signature.Interior near-fine, moderate rubbing to original cloth. A very desirable presentation copy.
True Glory. WITH: modern DVD of the original

True Glory. WITH: modern DVD of the original

WORLD WAR II KANIN Garson (WORLD WAR II) KANIN, Garson and REED, Carol. The True Glory. Waterloo: Universal Video, [1945]. Three items. Two 16mm reels in original tins (14 inches in diameter); modern DVD. $2500.Rare original print of the epic Second World War documentary film The True Glory, "an account of the really important men in the campaign— the enlisted soldiers, sailors and airmen" (Eisenhower).This original print of the 1945 Oscar-winning full-length documentary The True Glory, chronicles the campaign to liberate Europe, covering everything from the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy to the fall of Berlin, including the unsuccessful "Operation Market Garden"— the failed northern thrust into Holland in the fall of 1944. A segment on pre-invasion preparations focuses on work in munitions and heavy equipment plants. British filmmaker Carol Reed and American playwright Garson Kanin assembled The True Glory from more than 10 million feet of actual footage captured by over 1,400 cameramen from a dozen countries. The film opens with an introduction by Dwight D. Eisenhower: "As far as possible [this] is an account of the really important men in the campaign— the enlisted soldiers, sailors and airmen that fought through every obstacle to victory." The principal narrative, delivered by Robert Harris and Peter Ustinov, is punctuated with the voices of actual servicemen, who give their own first-hand accounts of events—making the viewing of this film an especially poignant experience. The accompanying DVD was produced in 2009 by the British Imperial War Museum. This original print of The True Glory belonged to Belgian architect Hugo van Kuyck, who during the war was responsible for aerial photographs of the proposed D-Day landing areas, using colored lenses that revealed the underwater contours of the beaches (which differed from the prevailing British hydrographic maps of the English Channel). An accompanying photocopy of a letter by former General Arthur G. Trudeau documents van Kuyck’s critical observation: "The French data had never been checked before, and when you consider that the beaches we were to land on in France had a very flat slope, and the difference between high and low tide sometimes made a difference of about a mile and a half between the actual shore line, it could have been very, very embarrassing if this hadn’t been found out, because there would have been many more ships that would have foundered or gotten hung up."Film still very flexible and well preserved, DVD unopened. A very desirable masterpiece of documentary filming.
Pictures in the Collection. British and Modern French Schools
Set of six original pencil drawings of the crab Daphnella Brachyura

Set of six original pencil drawings of the crab Daphnella Brachyura

WEISMANN August WEISMANN, August. Set of detailed anatomical drawings of the crab, Daphnella Brachyura. [Lake Bodensee, Austria], 1877. Six original pencil drawings on stiff paper, the largest measuring 12 by 8-1/2 inches, the smallest 6-1/2 by 4-3/4 inches. $1800.Six intricate pencil drawings of the crab Daphnella Brachyura used to produce the five plates in Gruber and Weismann’s 1877 monograph, Ueber einige neue oder unvollkommen gekannte Daphniden.Neo-Darwinian and one of the founders of the science of genetics, August Weismann, is perhaps best known for his theory of "germ plasm," forerunner of DNA theory, in opposition to the prevailing doctrine of the inheritance of acquired traits. Germ plasm, he contended, is not affected by anything the body learns during its life, and therefore has no information to pass on to the next generation. This came to be called the "Weismann barrier." In his capacity as professor of zoology at the University of Freiburg, Weismann published numerous memoirs on insect embryology, small crustaceans and hydrozoa (DSB). This series of intricate anatomical pencil drawings of the crab specimen, Daphnella Brachyura, taken from Lake Bodensee (Constance) in Austria, is finished and keyed, ready for the engraver. They were used to produce the five folding plates that illustrate Gruber and Weismann’s Ueber einige neue oder unvollkommen gekannte Daphniden (1877). According to the authors, Daphnella belongs to the group Brachyura, which included the majority of Crustacea, although more recent discoveries suggest that this specimen resembles the classification Anomura, characterized by a stunted fifth pair of legs. "The fifth pair of legs is generally weak, not fit either for walking, swimming, or grasping food or prey I am not aware that any function has ever been assigned to the fifth pair of legs in this section of the Anomura, though in another family, the Lithodidae [stone crabs], where the fifth pair of legs are slender, chelate, and folded in the branchial chambers, they may be used to keep the branchial clear of parasites and thus be of advantage to the animal" (T.R.R. Stebbing). Two drawings contain manuscript notations in German. Two drawings contain manuscript notations in German. Extremely good condition.
Deseret furst bok [First Book]

Deseret furst bok [First Book]

YOUNG Brigham MORMON (YOUNG, Brigham) DESERET UNIVERSITY. [The Deseret furst bok by the Regents of the Yionivursti]. [Salt Lake City: Deseret University], 1868. 12mo, original half brown cloth, printed paper boards; pp. 36. $1650.Scarce first edition of the first book printed in Brigham Young’s experimental "Deseret Alphabet," illustrated with wood-engraved title page and 23 in-text woodcuts.In 1852, a committee called by Brigham Young, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began preparing a new alphabet. "President Young hoped to simplify English spelling in order to speed literacy learning by immigrants and children. The committee consisted of Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Heber C. Kimball, George D. Watt and others. (Watt had learned shorthand in England, which proved influential.) After two years, the group came up with a set of 38 characters. Every character had ‘a fixed and unalterable sound and every word is spelled with reference to given sounds.’ A type font was manufactured in St. Louis and used in Salt Lake to publish a few items during the 1850s and 1860s. Despite lack of enthusiastic response from the public, the project crept along, culminating in 1869 in the printing of the entire Book of Mormon" (Brigham Young University). Two school readers, of which the present volume is the first, preceded the Book of Mormon, each of which was published in an edition of 10,000 copies. "Although few of these books were sold, some Sunday schools as well as territorial schools used them. In 1873 Pratt estimated the cost of printing a meager library of 1000 titles at $5 million—prohibitively expensive for a sparse population in a subsistence economy. Those already literate had little incentive to learn the Deseret Alphabet, while illiterates would have had very little to read. The death of President Young in 1877 marked the end of efforts on its behalf" (Encyclopedia of Mormonism). With wood-engraved title page and 23 in-text woodcut vignettes, mostly depicting children at work, school and play. Flake & Draper 2817. Typed letter regarding bibliography affixed to front pastedown.A very nearly fine copy.
Narrative of an Expedition to the Polar Sea

Narrative of an Expedition to the Polar Sea

SABINE Edward WRANGEL Ferdinand von (WRANGEL, Ferdinand von.) SABINE, Edward, editor. Narrative of an Expedition to the Polar Sea, in the Years 1820, 1821, 1822, & 1823. Commanded by Lieutenant, now Admiral, Ferdinand von Wrangell, of the Russian Imperial Navy. London: James Madden, 1840. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter green morocco. $1500.First edition in English of this report of a Russian naval expedition in the Arctic Sea, with a large folding map of Northeastern Siberia.Von Wrangel (whose name also appears in transliteration as Vrangel or Wrangell) headed a Russian government expedition to survey the coast eastward from the Kolyma River and northward in the East Siberian Sea for new land. The expedition was able to establish that north of Cape Shelagsky was only open sea, and not land; charted the Siberian coast from the Indigirka River to Kolyuchinskaya Bay; and collected data on climate, geomagnetics, glaciers, natural resources and population. "These explorations seemed to confirm the existence of an open and navigable sea deep in the Arctic" (Hill 1916). Von Wrangel went on to become the Russian government’s chief administrator of Russian settlements in North America, and later president of the Russian-American Company and the Minister of the Russian Navy. He opposed the 1867 sale of Alaska to the United States. This edition is a translation from the 1839 German edition "with some abridgement of text, and the omission of meteorological tables in appendix" (Arctic Bibliography 18994). Sabine was himself an arctic explorer, having served in expeditions under John Ross and Edward Parry; the text of this edition was translated by Sabine’s wife Elizabeth. The Russian edition, with the title Expedition Along the North Siberian Coast and in the Arctic Sea during the Years 1820-1824, was not published until 1841. Fitzgerald 760. Ex-library, with library bookplate. Bookseller ticket.Light soiling and finger marks to text, with embrowning of preliminary and concluding leaves, including folding map. Map backed in silk. Light rubbing to binding. A near-fine copy of a scarce polar title.
In the Days of the Comet

In the Days of the Comet

WELLS H.G. WELLS, H.G. In the Days of the Comet. London: MacMillan, 1906. Octavo, original green cloth gilt. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $17,500.First edition, second issue (as always), first state, presentation copy humorously inscribed by H.G. Wells to Richard Gregory, his close friend and scientific advisor, "To dear old Griggalorums. From H.G."Wells was a devoted member of the Fabian society and a utopian socialist; his novels often explore potential utopias and dystopias of the future, and how they may be brought about. In the present work, "the wondrous change in human personality is brought about by the gases in a comet’s tail, through which the Earth is fortunate enough to pass," a concept that has been adopted by numerous utopian societies in the years since this novel’s pubication (Clute & Nicholls, 1314). Second issue, as usual (only one copy of the first issue is known: the British Library copy), first state, with integral title page. Without scarce original dust jacket. Currey, 419. Hammond B10. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells’ lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. In Wells’ first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his "dearest friend." The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells’ behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous "scientific romances." After Wells’ death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend’s body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—"It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work," he once declared—and "an optimist about man’s future" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).Interior fine, only very minor wear to cloth extremities, gilt bright. A nearly fine copy with a great association.
Autograph postcard signed

Autograph postcard signed

WHITMAN Walt WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph postcard signed. Camden, 1885. Autograph postcard measures 3 by 5 inches. $8000.Original autograph postcard confirming the purchase of Leaves of Grass, written and signed by Walt Whitman. Finely window-framed with a portrait of Whitman.The postcard, written entirely in Whitman’s hand, is addressed to "John K. Randall, Mercantile Library, Baltimore Md." and reads: "328 Mickle Street, Camden New Jersey. Aug. Sept. 6. I send the two Vols, Centennial Ed’n, as requested, Price #10-Please remit by post office order-Will send a parcel of minor stuff in a few days. Walt Whitman." The postcard refers to the Centennial Edition of Leaves of Grass, which was the first edition in which Whitman placed his political poems in a first volume and his spiritual poems and prose in a second volume. Although he was "one of the greatest American poets and the central one in terms of influence on 20th-century American poetry," Whitman did not attain true worldwide recognition until this edition, when his European editor William Michael Rossetti encouraged a number of famous literary personalities including John Ruskin, Edmund Gosse, George Saintsbury, Alfred Tennyson, and Edward Dowden to become subscribers (ANB). The British support was enough to prompt purchasing of Whitman’s works by American intellectuals and institutions such as the mercantile Library, to which this postcard is addressed. Postcard engraved with vignette illustration reading "Post Card" and one-cent stamp. Postal stamps dated "Sept 1885" and very faint purple stamp of the Mercantile Library.A splendid autograph postcard in fine condition, boldly written and signed.
Autograph postcard initialed

Autograph postcard initialed

WHITMAN Walt JOHNSON Thomas WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph postcard, initialed by Whitman. Camden, October 2, 1877. Original postcard measures 5 by 3 inches); handsomely window framed with portrait, entire piece measures 18 by 12-1/2 inches. $4500.Original autograph postcard to fellow poet Edward Carpenter: "Camden, New Jersey, US America. Oct 2 [1877]— I merely write to say at once that your letter & the postal or[der] have both been safely rec’d.— The books (to the address given) will be sent immediately.— I am well for me— H[erbert] G[ilchrist] is at John B[urroughs]’s on the Hudson— Mrs. G[ilchrist] is ill in bed— Harry [Stafford] is well— Will write more fully soon. Thanks & love, WW." Framed together with a portrait of Whitman.On October 2, 1877, Whitman wrote this postcard to his friend British poet Edward Carpenter, whose best-known poem "Towards Democracy" clearly shows Whitman’s influence, informing him of a shipment of books, probably copies of the second printing of Two Rivulets. Two Rivulets had first appeared a year earlier, "partly as my contribution to our National Centennial," and was reissued in September of 1876. Whitman’s reference to Herbert Gilchrist’s visit with John Burroughs took place at "Slabsides," Burroughs’ "hermit’s retreat" on the banks of the Hudson. Herbert’s mother, Anne Gilchrist was one of Whitman’s greatest admirers. Her appreciative article on Leaves of Grass was praised by William Rossetti as "the fullest, farthest, and most eloquent," and Whitman thought there was "no eulogium so magnificent." In December of 1877 she wrote a friend that she was still recovering from "a somewhat severe operation (under ether) to cure an injury received at the birth of one of my children" (Kaplan, 366). Harry Stafford was Whitman’s "young man," whom he had met "at the Camden print shop, where Whitman saw Two Rivulets through the press" (Kaplan,359). Postcard lightly embrowned, expert repair to vertical tear. Very desirable Whitman item with revealing content.
Complete Digest of the Theory

Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws and Practice of Insurance

WESKETT John WESKETT, John. A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws and Practice of Insurance Compiled from the Best Authorities in Different Languages. London: Richardson & Urquhart, et al., 1781. Folio (10 by 15 inches), modern full brown morocco, raised bands, red morocco spine label. $3500.First edition of this scarce and important work on insurance law, proposing several reforms in its introductory essay, and with numerous references to America.Weskett’s book begins with a critical 80-page essay on insurance law and practice in England that proposes several reforms. The main body is a remarkably comprehensive legal and historical digest concentrating on marine insurance, but also discussing life and fire insurance, with important topics and concepts listed alphabetically. There are frequent references to America, and considerable discussion of international law, the laws of war and the work of such important economists and theorists as Cantillon, Child, Cary, Postelthwayt, De Moivre and Price. A second, and final, London edition was published in 1783. Dublin reprints were issued in 1783 and 1794, and a German translation in 1782-87. Goldsmiths 12207. Sweet & Maxwell I:528. A few early leaves reinforced with cloth at inner hinges, some edge-wear and soiling to title page, some offsetting to final leaves, text generally clean. Light rubbing to extremities. A very good copy of this scarce and important work on insurance.
Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy

Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy

WILLIAMS Tennessee WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. A Book of Stories. Hartford, [New York]: New Directions, (1954). Tall octavo, original half brown cloth, original slipcase. $3200.Signed limited edition, published the same year as the first edition and including the story "The Kingdom of Earth," not included in the trade edition, number 17 of only 100 numbered copies (out of a total of approximately 135), signed on the copyright page by Tennessee Williams.One of four collections of short fiction by Tennessee Williams. At the time the first edition of Hard Candy was published, Tennessee Williams wanted to include Kingdom of Earth, a story about "relations among a dying transvestite, his sluttish bride, and his brother" (Hart, 831). However, his publisher, fearing an obscenity-based backlash, encouraged him to accept a compromise. Eventually Williams agreed to publish the first edition of this collection without Kingdom of Earth, but demanded that a special signed limited edition including the story be published that same year. Thus, this signed limited edition uses the original sheets from the first edition of Hard Candy, but bears a cancel title page with a signed limitation statement on the verso and contains Kingdom of Earth at the end. While the limitation page claims that 100 copies of this work were published, that number is believed to refer to the number of copies intended for Williams’ own private distribution, of which this copy is number 17. Approximately 35 additional copies, some signed, were published for the use of the publisher, but those are all believed to contain various non-numeric notations on the limitation page. Most of the original 100 copies were later destroyed, making this the rarest of Williams’ works. Crandell A13.I.b. Owner signature in yellow felt pen.Text fresh with only tiny bit of spotting to one leaf (227-8), expert repair to inner paper hinges, faintest edge-wear to boards; expert archival repair to slipcase. A highly desirable extremely good copy.
Archive: World War II-era reports

Archive: World War II-era reports, photographs, and medals

WORLD WAR II YORKTOWN U.S.S. "(WORLD WAR II) (U.S.S. YORKTOWN). Archive: World War II-era reports, photographs, and medals. Pacific Ocean: November 1943-February 1944. Nineteen pages of documents, four photographs, five service medals and Navy aviator’s badge, various sizes. $3000.Archive of contemporary documents, photographs, and service medals from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown, chronicling the carrier’s cruise to the Gilbert Islands in November 1943 to support the Allied invasion of the island of Tarawa, as well as the attack on the main Japanese anchorage at Truk Atoll in February 1944. The archive also includes a series of World War II service medals including American Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, and World War II, as well as the Air Medal (with one star) and a Navy aviator’s badge. The archive includes 13 contemporary mimeographed battle reports submitted by various pilots of Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5) aboard the Yorktown during Operation Hailstone, a major U.S. raid on the main Pacific Japanese naval base at Truk staged in February, 1944.Nicknamed "The Gibraltar of the Pacific" by the Allies, the Truk Islands served as the main Pacific base for the Imperial Japanese Navy. In February of 1944 the U.S. planned and carried out a raid on the base, code-named Operation Hailstone. The Japanese received advance warning of the raid and managed to evacuate their heavy battleships and carriers, but the raid nonetheless destroyed 12 smaller warships as well as 32 merchant vessels which significantly weakened the installation’s ability to support Japanese naval efforts in the South Pacific. As the U.S. advanced toward Japan, the base at Truk became increasingly isolated, but did not surrender until August, 1945, although the garrison was near starvation by that point.Lt. (jg) W. Laliberte’s after-battle report is one of the more interesting accounts. After taking off at 1300 local time, he rendezvoused with his squadron and climbed to 14,000 feet before mounting a diving attack on his target, a "fat little AK At the bottom of my dive I was making 36 knots " Laliberte’s bombs fell short, but as he was pulling away he noticed "what appeared to be a little ship towing an even smaller one, but the wake showed a speed of nearly 20 knots. Upon closer investigation these two little ships turned out to be a submarine. I immediately attacked, and dropped one 500# bomb which either landed on top of or directly below the just submerged submarine. A terrific explosion resulted and a large oil slick covered the surface for about 20 yards. When I got back to the ship I was informed that while attacking the submarine a Tony [Kawasaki, Ki-61, Hein Army Type 3 Fighter] made a run on me, which I didn’t know anything about at the time " (Interestingly, the official list of sunken and damaged vessels from that raid does not include a submarine.) Lt. Commander R. Upson’s account provides an excellent account of the action below him as he circled above Truk at 14,000 feet, and reads, in very small part: "One heavy cruiser and two destroyers were sighted just south of North Pass, maneuvering and firing AA guns. There were two destroyers approaching the cruiser’s position from the south. One or possibly two fighters were strafing the cruiser at that time A large number of fires, presumably airplanes, were seen on the western side of the Moen bomber strip The break-up of the bombers and torpedo planes occurred almost directly over Eten Island. Divers made toward the northeast. Torpedo planes went into their dives at almost the same time that the bombers went in, 0835, and in the same direction My drop was interfered with by the cross-wind, which was stronger than I had anticipated." Much more fine content is included in this archive, with four excellent contemporary photographs documenting the Truk Island strikes.The archive also concerns an earlier mission conducted in support of the U.S. Marine landings at Tarawa, which took place between November 20 and 23, 1943, and include daily schedules for the Yorktown’s crew for November 15, 19, 20 and 21, 1943, as well as two pages of teletype news from the fleet’s radar station, dated in pencil "26 Nov. 1943 1900 [hrs.]" The carrier, on its return from the Gilbert Islands encountered "BOGIES AT 040 AT 40 MILES CROSSING., OUR COUSRE.,.BOGEYS STILL ORBITING AT 040 DIST 40 MI.,.BOGEY ABLE AT 048 DIST 38 MI TWO WHIE FA XX FLARES SIGNTED 15 MI., ON S .BOGEY DOG AT 107 DIST 19 MI." The radar continued to track the enemy planes until "BOGEY ABLE FADED FROM SCREEN." Another one appeared soon afterwards which "LOOKS TO US LIKE SNOOPER WHO HAVE,.PASSED AHEAD OF DISPOSITION." Soon after the "LEXINGTON REPORTS SAME BOGEY AS SURFACE.,CONTACT," the "ENTERPRISE HAS JUST REPORTED UNDER FAIRLY,.HEAVY AIR ATTACK . ENTERPRISE POSITION. AT PREP XX PRESENT TIME APPROX 23 MI.,WEST OF TARAWA.,.SURFACE CONTACT ONLY INDICATION AT PRESENT.,ON RADAR SCREEN., CORRECTION – SARATOGA AND PRINCETON., – NOT ENTERPRISE – ARE UNDER ATTACK." File holes, very light toning, else fine condition overall."
Age of Scandal

Age of Scandal

WHITE T. H. WHITE, T. H. The Age of Scandal. An Excursion through a Minor Period. London: Jonathan Cape, (1950). Octavo, original red cloth. $2800.First edition, author T.H. White’s own copy, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: "The property of T.H. White. Please don’t steal this my last copy. T.H. White." This copy then further inscribed and presented by White from his library in 1957—White has crossed out this earlier inscription, initialed the hash marks, and penned beneath this, "Presented [and] released to John Gloag by T.H. White in person on May 29th, 1957. T.H.W. i.e. honestly come by." This copy also with two lengthy footnotes to the text added by White in black ink and initialed by him.The first footnote penned by White covers the lower margins of pages 42-43, and reads "It may be a point worth mentioning that, to a gentleman of Walpole’s period, London itself was a brand new town—as new as Chicago is to a gentleman of our own day. It had been burned to the ground only 50 years before the birth of Walpole, and re-created by Sir Christopher Wren in what was then the height of modernity. T.H.W." The second footnote, on page 44, reads "‘Do everything,’ Lord Chesterfield had written to his son, ‘in minuet-time; speak, think and move always in that measure.’ T.H.W." Recipient Gloag was an English writer on furniture design and architecture; he also wrote several science fiction novels and historical fiction, including Artorius Rex (1977), set in the Arthurian milieu that White portrayed so memorably in The Once and Future King. "This is the first of his two volumes studying a minor period of the 18th century, between the Age of Reason and the Romantic Revival. The book deals mostly with historical characters an such well-known eccentrics as Horace Walpole, the Marquis de Sade, Dr. Johnson, George Selwyn, Admiral Byng and Queen Caroline Matilda of Denmark" (Gallix). Without scarce original dust jacket. Gallix A15. Bookplate of recipient. Old newspaper illustration tipped to rear pastedown.Spine gently sunned. A near-fine copy, with a very nice presentation from White to a fellow writer.
Under the North Pole

Under the North Pole

WILKINS George Hubert WILKINS, George Hubert. Under the North Pole: The Wilkins-Ellsworth Submarine Expedition. [New York]: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, (1931). Octavo, original three-quarter blue cloth gilt, gray paper-covered boards, gray endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. $2500.Limited deluxe first edition of this plan to explore Arctic waters in a submarine, number 159 of 275 copies signed by expedition leader Wilkins and submariner Sloan Danenhower. With fine original silver gelatin photographic frontispiece portrait of Wilkins, one map, 30 photographic plates, and two plans. A beautiful copy.Wilkins, a seasoned polar explorer and a veteran of the Australian Flying Corps, made his reputation when he "successfully carried out a remarkable program of pioneering air exploration which culminated in his historic flight with Carl Ben Eielson as pilot from Barrow in Alaska, eastward over the Arctic Ocean, to Spitsbergen, in April 1928 In 1931 came his famous venture by submarine in Arctic waters made with the twofold purpose of exploring the region from Spitsbergen westward via the North Pole to the Siberian coast and experimenting with the craft as a weather station, both above and below the ice and in radio contact with the outside world. A series of mishaps and mechanical breakdowns caused the expedition of the Nautilus to be abandoned, but not before it had been shown that a submarine could operate safely beneath the polar ice" (DNB). "A work unusual in Arctic literature, Wilkins’ volume anticipates rather than reports the 1931 expedition of the Nautilus, an under-ice polar experiment led by George Hubert Wilkins. Under the North Pole is a work of composite authorship put together by Wilkins and drawing on the best polar expertise available; with contributions by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Simon Lake, Sloan Danenhower, and Harald U. Sverdrup, with Wilkins contributing the chapters on the planning of the expedition. The volume also provides a facsimile of the prophetic chapter on under ice submarines in John Wilkins’ Mathematicall Magick (the 17th-century author was apparently an ancestor of this Wilkins). Advance publication proved a wise precaution in that the expedition itself was largely a failure, remaining under ice for scarcely one hour The submarine (renamed Nautilus in homage to Jules Verne) was lent to the expedition by the United States Navy but suffered some mysterious mechanical damage en route to Europe When it reached the ice Wilkins found that the crew had sabotaged the ship by disabling its diving rudders, but he did force the Nautilus under the ice via other means if only for a limited duration, far short of his goal of reaching Siberia via the lower depths of the North Pole" (Stam & Stam 8.5). Issued simultaneously in a "Contributor’s Edition" of 29 copies and in a trade edition. With errata slip. See Arctic Bibliography 19493; Fitzgerald 747. A fine copy.
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New Machiavelli

New Machiavelli

WELLS H.G. "WELLS, H.G. The New Machiavelli. London: John Lane, the Bodley Head, 1911. Octavo, original red cloth. $2000.First English edition of this roman a clef, inscribed by Wells on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "R.A.G.s from H.G. 1911" Presented to and from the collection of Wells’ close friend and frequent scientific adviser, Sir Richard Arman Gregory."The narrator, Remington, is a version of Wells, as is Wilkins the novelist, who had previously made a cameo appearance in Ann Veronica and who would appear in several later novels. Among other recognizable figures, Isabel Rivers is based on Amber [with whom Wells was having an affair], Oscar and Altiora Baileys on the Webbs, Willesley on Wallas, Evesham on Balfour, Cossington on Harmsworth and the Cramptons on C.P. and G.M. Trevelyan. For contemporary readers, this was history hot from the press, enlivened by scathing pen portraits. Wells offered the book to Macmillan in October 1909, assuring him that it was a political novel that contained nothing morally controversial Macmillan told Wells that there was twice as much reason to reject The New Machiavelli as there had been to reject Ann Veronica" (Sherborne, 210). "The opening chapters of The New Machiavelli are notable for their description of Bromley at the time of the author’s childhood" (Hammond). First published in New York in 1910. Hammond A7. Wells 40. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells’ lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. In Wells’ first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his "dearest friend." The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells’ behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous "scientific romances." After Wells’ death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend’s body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—"It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work," he once declared—and "an optimist about man’s future" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).A bit of foxing to first few and last few leaves; spine sunned. An exceptionally good presentation-association copy."
Experiment in Autobiography

Experiment in Autobiography

WELLS H.G. WELLS, H.G. Experiment in Autobiography. Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866). London: Victor Gollancz and The Cresset Press, 1934. Two volumes. Octavo, original orange cloth. $1500.First edition, illustrated with many portraits, photographs and drawings, inscribed by Wells on the half title of Volume I to his close friend and scientific advisor, "RAGS FRS from HG as ever."Descriptions of the late-Victorian social scene from the standpoint of the servants’ hall are followed by impressions of Arnold Bennett, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, George Gissing and other contemporaries" (H.G. Wells Society 120). Without scarce dust jackets. Hammond E32. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells’ lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. Gregory is mentioned in two places in this autobiography, most notably on page 237 where Wells references Gregory as one of his "faithful associates" who "kept me from becoming a failure absolutely." In Wells’ first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his "dearest friend." The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells’ behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous "scientific romances." After Wells’ death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend’s body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—"It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work," he once declared—and "an optimist about man’s future" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).Scattered light foxing to text; cloth with light expert restoration. A very good copy with notable provenance.
Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN Walt "WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, New York: 1855. Quarto, late-19th-century three-quarter green morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and full morocco pull-off case. $45,000.Extraordinarily scarce and important first edition of the most important volume of American poetry. "In Whitman we have a democrat who set out to imagine the life of the average man in average circumstances changed into something grand and heroic There has never been a more remarkable poem" (Callow). Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. In a handsome morocco binding by James MacDonald of New York."No one knows for certain how Whitman raised the money to pay for the first Leaves of Grass Whitman had taken his manuscript to a couple of friends, the brothers James and Thomas Rome, who had a printing shop at the corner of Fulton and Cranberry Streets. Possibly the author had tried a commercial publisher first and had the book rejected. If so, he kept quiet about it. The Romes did print a few books but specialized in the printing of legal documents. Whitman, a proud and skilled printer, moved in on them to oversee the production of Leaves. They allowed him to set type himself whenever he felt like it. Ten pages or so were his own work. He had a routine and a special chair over in the corner [The] engraved portrait facing the title page [showed] a person who looked as if he might be the printer rather than the author. He was unnamed Before a reader reached the dozen untitled poems there stood the barrier of the preface, an off-putting obstacle of ten pages of weirdly punctuated prose in close print, set in double columns. The poems themselves were in a more readable type, laid across a wide format to accommodate the strangely long and irregular lines The inking was spotty and must have given Whitman some qualms, but he had no money to spare for anything better The centerpiece of his strange book, in the ‘rough and ragged thicket of its pages,’ was a sustained poem of fifty-two sections called ‘Song of Myself’ If Emerson is, in John Dewey’s words, the philosopher of democracy, then Whitman is indisputably its poet In Whitman we have a democrat who set out to imagine the life of the average man in average circumstances changed into something grand and heroic He claimed that he had never been given a proper hearing, and spent his whole life trying to publish himself. A hundred years after his death, the strange fate of his book is known. He said often enough that it had been a financial failure, signing it and himself over to posterity, a ‘candidate for the future’ There has never been a more remarkable poem" (Callow, From Noon to Starry Night). "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy In a sense, it is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual" (PMM 340). The most important and influential volume of poetry written in America, Whitman’s literary masterpiece, Leaves of Grass is "one of the most magnificent fabrications of modern times he never surrendered his vision of himself as one who might go forth among the American people and astonish them " (DAB). The first edition of Leaves of Grass was a failure with the public, but upon receiving a copy, Emerson responded with his famous letter. "I find it [Leaves of Grass] the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed I greet you at the beginning of a great career." Only 795 copies of the first edition were printed; this copy was rebound sometime after 1880 by renowned bookbinder James MacDonald, born and trained in Scotland, who became one of the premier bookbinders in the United States, flourishing between 1880-1910. Second state of copyright page, with printed copyright notice (virtually all copies are in second state—only a handful have been seen without the notice); second state of p. iv, as usual, with "cities and" printed correctly in column 2, line 4; second state of line 2 of page 49, "And the day and night are for you and me and all" (see Gary Schmidgall, "1855: a Stop-Press Revision" in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 18, Fall/Summer 2000). With the insertion of the eight pages of press notices included in some (typically later issue) copies. In this copy, the portrait has been trimmed to 3-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches, and mounted onto heavy stock, which does not conform with any of the states of the frontispiece described by Myerson; this was possibly done at an early date, perhaps at the time of binding, as this leaf has since been remounted and rehinged. Myerson A2.1.al. BAL 21395. Wells & Goldsmith, 3-4. Grolier American 67. Light pencil underlining and annotations; number "3064" written in ink below the title.Faint crease and evidence of dampstain to title page, with small repair to inner hinge. Front joint repaired, a bit of edgewear to slightly toned morocco. A very good copy of this important American literary landmark."
Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence

BLAKE William "BLAKE, William. Songs of Innocence. Edmonton: William Muir, 1885. Quarto, original printed pale blue paper wrappers and white paper spine, with hand lettering on the front wrapper, uncut. Housed in custom cloth chemise and slipcase. $12,000.Limited edition of this beautiful and faithful reproduction in the original size and color of Blake’s famous illuminated book, one of only 50 copies—this copy numbered "O" and one of only five reserved for review. With an autograph letter signed by the editor William Muir describing his labor of love in producing this facsimile, and with his inscription "To the Academy with compliments of the Editor" on the colophon. From the collection of novelist Hugh Walpole.Blake’s great talents extended beyond poetry. He engraved, hand-printed and hand-colored a very small number of copies, which were remarkable for their great beauty; this facsimile is based on one of those copies, and one which he gave to his very close friend and fellow artist, John Flaxman. The excellent 450-word signed letter penned by editor William Muir describes his labor of love: "I want to publish all his books and his best plates I began copying Blake’s originals because of my own liking for them and the thing grew gradually The first copy of the S. of Innocence took 6 months I do not advertise—you can quite see that the enterprise can’t afford it." The Flaxman copy on which this edition is based is now at the Pierpont Morgan Library; it was part of publisher John Pearson’s library at his death in 1884. Though Pearson’s name is still listed as the publisher on the colophon and dated 1884, it was in that year that Bernard Quaritch took over publishing this and other Blake facsimiles on behalf of Muir. Bentley, Blake Books, 249A. Keynes 217a. With "Brackenburn" bookplate of English novelist Hugh Walpole on verso of front wrapper. From renowned mid-20th-century New York rare bookseller Philip C. Duschnes, with his label on chemise and typewritten description laid in.Faint ink marks to colophon; all tissue guards present, plates clean, lovely and fine. Light wear and minor splits beginning at spine. Still a fine presentation copy of this lovely and painstakingly produced facsimile in the original wrappers, with excellent provenance."
Archive: World War II-era Pacific Maps

Archive: World War II-era Pacific Maps

WORLD WAR II YORKTOWN U.S.S. (WORLD WAR II) (U.S.S. YORKTOWN). Archive: World War II-era Pacific Theatre Maps. Pacific Ocean: 1943-45. Sixteen maps, many folding, various sizes. $6000.Important archive of contemporary maps, including a hand-drawn map of Okinawa during World War II, some of which were used in planning the daring U.S. raid on the main Japanese naval base in the Pacific at Truk Atoll. This superb collection of 16 maps, together with related documents, mostly date between 1943 and 1945 and were used by members of a torpedo squadron based aboard the carrier U.S.S. Yorktown.Of particular interest are a pair of large 17 by 16-inch target maps of the Truk Islands, marked "RESTRICTED" and prepared by the Joint Intelligence Center on February 4, 1944 and used in the planning of the daring U.S. raid on the island—code named "Operation Hailstone." Nicknamed "The Gibraltar of the Pacific" by the Allies, the Truk Islands served as the main Pacific base for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Japanese received advance warning of the raid and managed to evacuate their heavy battleships and carriers, but the two-day American raid destroyed 12 smaller warships, as well as 32 merchant vessels, which significantly weakened the installation’s ability to support Japanese naval efforts in the South Pacific. As the U.S. advanced toward Japan, the base at Truk Atoll became increasingly isolated, but did not surrender until August 1945, although the garrison was near starvation by that point. The highly detailed map, printed in black, bears updated intelligence comments in purple ink noting the locations of the main anchorage, known radar and anti-aircraft installations, airfields, seaplane bases, as well as the passes used by Japanese ships in and out of the coral reef which surrounds the island group. The second map offers a detailed analysis of the various anti-aircraft guns and fortifications guarding the island as well as comments on searchlights and electric generators that merited targeting. The collection also includes several other smaller maps covering the same general region.Another map, titled "TARGET LOCATION MAP KWAJALEIN ATOLL," together with 15 pages of mimeographed areal photos and commentary (many of which are stamped "CONFIDENTIAL" on the verso), was used in the planning of the American attack on that island installation known as Operation Flintlock (January 29 – February 4, 1944). The accompanying aerial images offer precise locations of a variety of targets including anti-aircraft guns, radar installations, barracks, shops, warehouses, anchorages, piers, ammunition storage, fuel tanks, hangers and more. The collection also features an unusual clear plastic overlay map (14-1/2 by 14 inches) of a portion of the Marshall Islands, including the Kwajalein Atoll.The collection also features a beautifully hand inked and colored oilcloth map of the Island of Okinawa, in which the U.S.S. Yorktown played a supporting role in 1945. Signed at the lower right, "Drawn by D-Haydon 9/10/45 China," the map shows the various Marine divisions that took the island during the epic Spring 1945 battle for the island. Beside a large National Geographic folding map of the Pacific (1936) which makes for excellent reference, are a set of eight 8 by 10-inch photographs depicting various theatres of the Pacific Theater of Operations. Complied by the Associated Press, each photo has a small printed explanation tipped to the verso explaining the details of each map. Light soiling, folds, and other minor wear consistent with use—overall very good condition. Scarce and desirable.
Archive related to the sinking of Japanese Submarine I-52

Archive related to the sinking of Japanese Submarine I-52

WORLD WAR II "(WORLD WAR II). Archive related to the sinking of Japanese Submarine I-52. No place: 1944. Various sizes and formats, mostly quarto, many items staple-bound or in original wrappers. $5500.Historically important archive of documents concerning the June 24, 1944 sinking by a U.S. bomber of the Japanese Submarine I-52, which had left Japan for Nazi-occupied France on March 10, 1944, with a cargo which included over two tons of gold bullion and three tons of opium. Includes signed statements of military and civilian personnel involved in the attack, including the statement of Lt. William Gordon, one of the two pilots credited with the sinking of Japan’s "Golden Submarine."Lost Japanese Sub With 2 Tons of Axis Gold Found on Floor of Atlantic" headlined the March 18, 1995, New York Times article by William J. Broad. The Japanese submarine I-52 was part of a secretive exchange of raw materials and technologies between Hitler and Emperor Hirohito. With Allied attacks making surface transport impossible, the Axis powers resorted to submarines sneaking half way around the globe. Longer than a football field, I-52 was a cargo submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy used during World War II for a secret mission to Lorient, France, then occupied by Germany. The I-52 had left Japan in March 1944, with 2.2 metric tons of gold on board, then stopped in Singapore to pick up the other raw materials including 228 tons of tin, molybdenum, and tungsten, 54 tons of raw rubber, and 3 tons of quinine. She also carried 109 men, including 14 experts from such concerns as the Mitsubishi Instrument Company, who were along to study and procure German technology. In late April, she set out again, traveling through the Indian Ocean and around Africa, bound for the seaport of Lorient in Nazi-held France. She traveled the usual way, submerged during the day and surfaced at night, charging batteries. Unbeknownst to Tokyo and Berlin, the I-52’s route and cargo were known to the Allies, who had broken a host of Axis ciphers for secret communications, including German military orders and Japanese naval codes. On the moonless night off June 23, 1944, under a clear sky, the Japanese sub rendezvoused with a German sub in the mid-Atlantic. Food fuel, and two German technicians were taken aboard, as well as a radar detector meant to help the Japanese submarine evade enemy planes as she neared Europe. Near midnight, just after the rendezvous, Lt. Cmdr. Jesse D. Taylor, flying as part of a naval task force, took off from the aircraft carrier "Bogue" in an Avenger bomber. He picked up the I-52 on his radar. Zeroing in, he dropped flares and two 500-pound bombs and watched as the submarine desperately sought to dive. Taylor, listening to undersea sounds radioed by acoustic buoys, heard an explosion and a metallic groan as the submarine lost air and sank with more than 100 men. AS Taylor’s patrol ended, he was relieved by Lt. William Gordon who, hearing faint propeller noises, dropped a second acoustic torpedo.Far away, both the "Bogue" and the escaping Nazi submarine saw the flares of the distant battle, and both of them noted the position of the blaze above the I-52’s grave. The U.S. Navy credited both Taylor and Gordon with the sinking of Japan’s "Golden Submarine." The I-52’s sunken gold consisted of 146 bars packed in 49 metal box, according to a manifest that was radioed from Tokyo to Berlin and decrypted by its American interceptors.The archive includes:(1) Lieutenant (jg) William D. Gordon. Typed manuscript, not signed but with 30 words, as edits, in his hand including initials "W.D.", four separate pages, 8 by 10-1/2 inches, stapled in upper left corner [June 30, 1944]. Marked "Top Secret" on each page. In part, it reads, "On the morning of 24 June 1944 at 0028½, I was launched from the USS BOGUE [aircraft carrier] I was vectored 226º 54½ miles to the scene of Lt. Commander Taylor’s attack against an enemy submarine, with orders to drop a Mark 24 Mine if sonobuoy [a buoy that emits a radio signal on receiving an underwater signal from a vessel] indications revealed the presence of a submarine in the area. At about 0055, Mr. Price Fish, a Civilian Technician and underwater sound expert, who had been requested to accompany me, informed me that he was hearing faint propeller noises on the orange and yellow sonobuoys I informed Mr. Taylor that I had been sent out to the area to relieve him and that he was to return to the ship "(2) Three groups of identical statements, each personally signed; 44 signatures in all. One is marked in ink at top corner of the cover page "Copy 13" and the other, "Copy 14." The third cover page indicates that it is an incomplete set; but it is not. The Scale Map and stamping on verso of the map, "U.S.S. Bogue, dated June 30, 1944" is present but not attached. However, this set has a duplicate signed statement of Quentin R. Kelso."Attack of Lt. (jg) William D. Gordon 24 June 1944," 19 separate mimeographed pages, 8 by 10-1/2 inches, stapled together at top. Each page is marked "TOP SECRET." Each statement is individually signed at its conclusion. Includes:(a) Statement of Lt. (jg) W.D. Gordon, signed "W D Gordon" and by interrogator "William H. Earl," Ensign, A-V(S), USNR.(b) Statement of Mr. Price Fish, "Civilian Technician from Columbia University, Division of War Research, United States Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory, New London, Connecticut," signed "Price Fish" and by interrogator "William H. Earl," Ensign, A-V(S), USNR.(c) Statement of Lieutenant (jg) A. Hirtsbrunner signed "Arthur L. Hirtsbrunner" and by interrogator "William H. Earl," Ensign, A-V(S), USNR.(d) Statement of Lieutenant (jg) Francis L. Brady signed "Lt. (jg) Francis L. Brady A-V(N)" and by interrogator "William H. Earl," Ensign, A-V(S), USNR.(e) Statement of I.E. Martin, ARM2c, USNR, signed "I.E. Martin" and by interrogator "William H. Earl," Ensign, A-V(S), USNR.(f) Statement of D.P. Knox, ARM1/c, USN, signed "Donald Phillip
Fort Hood Photo Archive

Fort Hood Photo Archive

WORLD WAR II UNITED STATES ARMY "(WORLD WAR II). Photographic archive of Fort Hood Opening Day. Killeen, Texas: U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1942. Oblong folio (11 by 14 inches), 90 leaves of cardstock, each with gelatin silver black-and-white or sepia-toned photographic print on glossy paper stock affixed (88 measuring 8 by 10 inches, 2 measuring 4 by 6 inches), ring-bound; 12 additional photographic prints (9 on glossy paper stock, 3 on matte; each measuring 8 by 10 inches) laid in loose. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $4500.Vintage archive of 102 black-and-white and sepia-tinted photographic prints (90 mounted on thick card stock, another dozen loose) documenting the September 1942 opening ceremonies of the United States Army’s groundbreaking tank destroyer training center at Camp Hood, with numerous intriguing views of anti-tank artillery, troop exercises and Army officials and important visitors from Washington, D.C. and Hollywood. A unique, visual primary source of American military history.In 1942, while World War II raged, the United States Army developed 108,000 acres of central Texas farm land into Camp Hood, later Fort Hood. The new base became home to a tank destroyer tactical and firing center and some 38,000 troops (a figure that would swell to almost 95,000 in less than a year). The Army designed Camp Hood to house its newly created Tank Destroyer battalions: mobile anti-tank guns on armored half-tracks to combat Nazi Germany’s Panzers, which had overrun so much of Europe. Generals Andrew D. Bruce and Lesley J. McNair (both pictured in several of the photographs in this album) organized the units, quickly training "scores of officers and men," as the New York Times reported, "in the tough business of ‘tank busting’ The mission of the tank destroyer is best epitomized by the motto the new battalions have adopted, ‘Seek, attack, destroy!’" This remarkable archive of vintage photographs documents the ceremonies marking the base’s opening day, September 18, 1942. Highlights include the presentation of colors and the review of troops; inspections of such equipment as .30 caliber machine guns, the 37 mm tank gun towed by a Jeep, 75 mm guns mounted on the M3 GMC and M10 GMC half-tracks, and M2A4 Light Tanks; practical demonstrations of the quarter-ton reconnaissance car, Molotov cocktails and "Sticky Bomb" grenades (the latter improvised from dynamite, nitroglycerin and GI socks), trench warfare and unarmed combat; mock Nazi villages and simulated Japanese formations that served to simulate tank hunting under actual combat conditions; the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps detachment; Fort Hood’s military personnel as well as visiting officers and government dignitaries; and several photographs of Hollywood starlets and popular pin-up subjects Anne Gwynne, Martha O’Driscoll and Joan Blondell, as well as Miss America 1942, Jo-Carroll Dennison (shown playing with the 899th Tank Destroyer battalion’s puppy mascots, visiting with Will Rogers, Jr., and firing a Tommy Gun). Neat manuscript ink annotations and ruling to leaf margins. Some photographs with previous, unobtrusive hole-punches at edges.Occasional closed tears to leaves, not affecting mounted photographs. Light curling to loose photographs. A unique and engrossing archive of vintage photographs, depicting a significant development in America’s military might."
Romemot El

Romemot El

JUDAICA ALSHEKH Moses (JUDAICA) ALSHEKH, Moses. Romemot El. Amsterdam: Printed in the house of David de Castro Tartas published by Eliezer ben Haninah, 1695. Small quarto, period-style full red morocco gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, black morocco spine label; ff. 94. $3500.Second edition, the first Amsterdam edition, of Alshekh’s esteemed commentary on the Psalms, beautifully bound.Alshekh (d. after 1593), rabbi and Bible commentator, was born in Adrianople, studied in Salonika, and then emigrated to Erez Israel, settling in Safed, where he gained prominence as an halakhic authority, a teacher in two talmudic academies, and a preacher. He was active in communal affairs and was a member of the rabbinical court of Joseph Caro, who ordained him. This is the text that Hayyim Alshekh published in Venice in 1605, claiming that it was his father’s authoritative text and not merely a preliminary draft (which had been published a decade earlier in Constantinople under the title Tappuhei Zahav). Alshekh’s Biblical commentaries, which are permeated with religious-ethical and religious-philosophical ideas supported by ample quotations from talmudic and midrashic sources, became quite popular and have often been reprinted.With an introduction by the publisher citing Ephraim Luntschitz on the importance of the work and quoting the author’s intentions in originally presenting this book to the public. Approbation on last leaf by Moses Judah ben Kalonymus Kohen (known as Leib Harif), the Ashkenazic Rabbi of Amsterdam. In addition, the publisher adds after the first approbation: "Also by the authority and with the permission of the great sage, the head of the rabbinical court of the Sephardim, our master and teacher Jacob Sasportas who has not however added his signature to the approbation due to a lack of time." The importance of receiving, even without an actual signed approbation, the blessing or perceived blessing of both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic authorities suggests the sharp divide between the two Amsterdam Jewish communities. With three leaves of text (ff. 10-12) replaced in neat facsimile. Vinograd Amsterdam 637. Steinschneider 6431:13. A few early ink marginalia.Tiny repair to corner of title page, not affecting border, and first two leaves. A splendidly bound volume.
Autograph letter signed

Autograph letter signed

YOUNG Brigham YOUNG, Brigham. Autograph letter signed. Great Salt Lake City, Utah, June 1, 1853. Single sheet of blue stationery, measuring 7-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches; p. 1. $3250.Exceptional autograph letter written entirely in Brigham Young’s hand agreeing to provide an admirer with an example of his signature, signed by him.The letter, addressed to "Mr. Wm H. Sweetler , Charlestown Mass," reads: "G.S.L. City, Utah, June 1st, 1853. Sir, Being fond of obliging all persons, as far as consistant [sic], in compliance with your regard I furnish you these my autographs. Brigham Young." The year that this letter was written, 1853, was a pivotal year for Brigham Young and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Crucially, in April, the Church broke ground on what would become the magnificent Salt Lake Temple, still Salt Lake City’s most recognizable landmark. In 1853, Young also made the Church’s first statement on polygamy since the Church’s move to Utah. Polygamy—controversial even then—remains one of the best known tenets of Mormonism, even a decade after its abolition within the Church. Thus, this letter was written at a time when the Mormon Church was truly beginning to shape its identity with Young at the very center of its transformation. True Brigham Young signatures—as opposed to those by his scribes—are rather rare and do not appear on the market as often as might be expected given their desirability. Original foldlines and tiny circle stain, signature clear and legible. Fine condition.
Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch

WYETH Andrew TOLNAY Charles de (WYETH, Andrew) (BOSCH, Hieronymus) TOLNAY, Charles de. Hieronymus Bosch. New York: Reynal and Company, in association with William Morrow, (1966). Folio ( by inches), original white cloth, original dust jacket. $3200.First American edition of this lavishly illustrated tribute to the startlingly unconventional 15th-century Dutch artist. This copy presented by American artist Andrew Wyeth to his aunt and cousin, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: "Dearest Miss Herr and her lovely daughter Mary—This is a world I love and I think you will also—All my love, Andy."Andrew Wyeth’s aunt Elizabeth Bockius Sargent and her daughter Mary lived in Lancaster County, and Wyeth would visit them with some regularity. From correspondence it would appear that Andrew Wyeth at times referred to his Aunt Elizabeth as "Miss Herr," jokingly referring to himself as "Mr. Herr" or "H. Herr." Wyeth’s family was related to the descendants of Hans Herr of the Hans Herr House, a famous 1719 Lancaster County farmhouse, now part of a museum. Wyeth painted the Herr House, and the sale of reproductions of this painting helped finance renovations to the building, which is now part of a museum complex devoted to the Mennonite heritage of Lancaster County. Preceded by the German first edition of 1965. Mild wear to spine head only of price-clipped dust jacket. Near-fine, with a nice artistic association.
Babes in the Darkling Wood

Babes in the Darkling Wood

WELLS H.G. WELLS, H.G. Babes in the Darkling Wood. London: Secker & Warburg, 1940. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $3000.First edition of Wells’ wartime novel, inscribed by him on the title page to his close friend and scientific advisor Richard Gregory, "To RAGs oldest friend of all. From H.G. 22-1-14."In his introductory essay to Babes in the Darkling Wood, H.G. Wells describes this story of young people in wartime as a novel of ideas dedicated to "the tradition of discussing fundamental human problems in dialogue form." Currey, 416. Hammond A28. Wells, 41. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells’ lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. In Wells’ first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his "dearest friend." The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells’ behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous "scientific romances." After Wells’ death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend’s body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—"It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work," he once declared—and "an optimist about man’s future" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).Scattered light foxing; original cloth with fading to spine, faint stain to top board. Price-clipped dust jacket with chips to spine ends. An extremely good copy with notable provenance.
Typed Letter Signed.

Typed Letter Signed.

WHITE Stanford WHITE, Stanford. Typed Letter Signed. New York: May 25, 1896. Quarto, two pages on imprinted McKim, Mead & White stationery, framed with a sepia-toned photograph. Entire piece measures 27 by 16 inches. $3000.Fine two-page typed letter signed by American architect Stanford White to the American sculptor Frederick MacMonnies, discussing the controversial nude statue of Diana that he commissioned for the top of Madison Square Garden. Handsomely framed with a portrait.The letter is in typescript on the rectos of two sheets of paper with McKim, Mead and White letterhead. Dated May 25th, 1896, it begins with the salutation "Dear Mac" in White’s large bold handwriting, and continues, in typescript: "I have yours of the 13th and 14th. One half the things in the newspapers were inventions of the Reporters, and I do not believe that Larned said one quarter of what was attributed to him. He is really a good fellow, but a perfect idiot as far as art is concerned, and the Commander and all the rest of the Officers on the Board are always in a state of amusement at his art antics. They hadn’t the faintest idea of assenting to his judgment in the matter. If I had not been greatly disturbed by the size of it, there would have been nothing further said about the matter. The new one is a great success, and everybody is tickled to death. For God’s sake, do not misunderstand me about the Madison Square Garden decoration. My being disturbed in the matter was only about you, should any asinine criticism occur about it. Please go ahead and do it, and if there is the slightest trouble we will build a place for it ourselves."I am sorry for the ‘Loidy,’ for she is a very sweet and lovely one, and had set her heart on getting an out-of-door nude, and would have paid a stiff price for it, but I will be damned if I am going to give her one of mine, in spite of her loveliness. Much obliged about the tapestries. The photographs have not come, but I suppose they will turn up. "In regard to Mrs. S.V. White, I will do what I can to jolly her along, and you do the same. At the same time, she has not paid the slightest attention to the letter which I wrote her, and you must bear in mind also that nearly all the men over there think her very unreliable in regard to her highfalooting ideas regarding the Monument. "I go fishing on Friday for six weeks, in Canada, so that if anything important happens that you wish me to answer, direct your letters to the Restigouche Salmon Club, Metapedia, P.Q., Canada."I do not think that St. Gaudens will go this Spring as he intended. He has put it off until the Fall, but I am sure he will not go then. The Shaw, of course, is not finished. Nobody here has sold anything this Winter, everybody is hard up and the times are pretty bad. You are the only person I know of who is boiling along in glory and work. "I was glad to hear from you, as I was afraid you were sick, or something had happened, and it was for that reason I telegraphed you. "Bessie fell from her bicycle last week and broke a ligament in her leg and now has water on the knee, and is lying, poor girl, with her leg in plaster, and the probabilities are she will have to use crutches for six weeks or two months. "I hope that Mrs. MacMonnies and the babe are well. Give them both my love, and much of it to you, old man. Come over soon." White has signed the letter in his own hand, with an elaborate flourish, "Affectionately, Stanford W." The scandalous sculpture to which White refers in this letter is the controversial nude Diana, which graced the top of White’s new Madison Square Garden central tower like a weathervane. Cast by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, it was originally installed in 1891, and then was re-cast as White felt its size was out of proportion to the building. (It was taken down in 1925, and now resides at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.) White’s assessment that New Yorkers were "tickled to death" represented the view of at least some residents as a newspaper of the time remarked dryly that "The Square is now thronged with clubmen armed with field glasses. No such figure has ever before been publicly exhibited in the United States." It was at a Madison Square Garden party that White was shot dead by the Pittsburgh millionaire Harry K. Thaw, in a rage over Thaw’s wife, the former chorus girl and White mistress Evelyn Nesbit. The sensational Thaw murder trial was called at the time the "trial of the century." Two small holes near bottom of pages, affecting two letters of typescript on first page only; otherwise fine condition.
Marriage

Marriage

WELLS H.G. "WELLS, H.G. Marriage. London: Macmillan, 1912. Octavo, original green blind-stamped cloth, top edge gilt. $2250.First edition of this novel, inscribed by Wells on the front free endpaper, "R.A.G. from H.G." Presented to and from the collection of Wells’ close friend and frequent scientific adviser, Sir Richard Arman Gregory."The marriage in question is that of Marjorie Pope to Richard Trafford, a scientific researcher who dramatically enters her life when his plane crashes on a vicarage lawn. Marjorie’s expensive tastes force Trafford to give up pure research and work in industry. Wealthy but unfulfilled, the couple eventually retreat to a hut in Labrador where Trafford is injured by a lynx, but Marjorie nurses him back to health and the two resolve to embark on a new way of life serving human progress. For this big, serious novel Wells had taken [Henry] James’ advice and switched to the third person to increase perspective James told Wells that the story was interesting, but it was the story of Wells’ ongoing life and thought that interested him rather than those of the characters" (Sherborne, 215-16). With eight pages of publisher’s advertisements at rear. Hammond A8. Wells 46. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells’ lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. In Wells’ first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his "dearest friend." The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells’ behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous "scientific romances." After Wells’ death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend’s body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—"It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work," he once declared—and "an optimist about man’s future" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).A clean, fresh, about-fine inscribed association copy."
Book of Catherine Wells

Book of Catherine Wells

WELLS H.G. "WELLS, H.G. The Book of Catherine Wells. With an Introduction by her Husband H.G. Wells. London: Chatto & Windus, 1928. Octavo, contemporary full green morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. $1850.First edition of H.G. Wells’ "deeply moving" tribute to his wife, inscribed by him on the half title to his close friend and advisor Richard Arman Gregory, "RAGs. Old friend from H.G." Handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf."’Jane’ Wells (Amy Catherine Robbins) died in 1927, and this deeply moving work, containing a number of her own notes and jottings, is Wells’s tribute in her memory. ‘Gentle, faithful, wise and self-forgetful, she was the maker of a kind and free and hospitable home ‘ A seven-page booklet, In Memory of Amy Catherine Wells (Jane Wells), was printed privately in 1927 and consists of the funeral address ‘read for Mr. Wells by Dr. T.E. Page’" (H.G. Wells Society 104). That pamphlet is laid into this copy. With four tipped-in photographic plates. Hammond K28. Not in Currey. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells’ lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. In Wells’ first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his "dearest friend." The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells’ behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous "scientific romances." After Wells’ death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend’s body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—"It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work," he once declared—and "an optimist about man’s future" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).Interior fine, toning to spine of morocco-gilt binding. A near-fine inscribed copy."
Decoration of Houses

Decoration of Houses

WHARTON Edith WHARTON, Edith and CODMAN, Ogden, Jr. The Decoration of Houses. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1897. Quarto, original marbled paper boards, original paper spine label, top edge stained olive, uncut. $4200.First edition of Wharton’s influential first published book, illustrated with 56 plates, scarce in original marbled boards.Considered the first American handbook of interior decoration, Wharton’s beautifully illustrated Decoration of Houses, her first published book (her Verses appeared privately in 1878), contains chapters on every aspect of interior design (including rooms in general, walls, doors, windows, fireplaces, ceilings and floors, gala rooms, bedrooms, the dining-room and library), as well as a survey of historical traditions and a detailed bibliography. The indirect result of Wharton’s collaboration with Ogden Codman on the decoration of "Land’s End," her estate in Newport, Decoration of Houses advocates continental rather than English models, and "remains even today a bible for classical and elegant taste in interior decoration" (Metcalf, Ogden Codman). Wharton notes in her conclusion: "Modern civilization has been called a varnished barbarism: a definition that might well be applied to the superficial graces of much modern decoration. Only a return to architectural principles can raise the decoration of houses to the level of the past." With 56 half-tone plates; without extremely rare dust jacket. Garrison A2.1.a., binding B, no priority determined. Melish, 1-2. Bookplate, contemporary owner signature.Interior fine. Light toning to spine, as often. An extremely good copy.
Essay Concerning Humane Understanding

Essay Concerning Humane Understanding

LOCKE John "LOCKE, John. An Essay concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. London: Printed by Eliz. Holt, for Thomas Basset, 1690. Folio (8 by 13 inches), period-style full dark brown calf, morocco spine label, raised bands. $65,000.Rare first edition, first issue, of Locke’s remarkable study of the nature of knowledge, a fundamental work in the history of Western thought. Locke’s investigation was continued by David Hume and Immanuel Kant; John Stuart Mill considered Locke to be the founder of the analytic philosophy of mind. An excellent, wide-margined copy of Locke’s most famous work, a touchstone of the Age of Enlightenment, with extensive marginalia in a neat early hand indicating that this copy was well-read."Locke was the first to take up the challenge of Bacon and to attempt to estimate critically the certainty and the adequacy of human knowledge when confronted with God and the universe" (PMM 164). Locke’s conclusion—that while man can never attain a perfect and universal understanding of the world, he can gain sufficient knowledge to secure his own well being—became a touchstone for the Age of Enlightenment. With the Essay Locke initiated the criticism of human knowledge and further opened the discourse on free inquiry. "The Essay Concerning Humane Understanding was the first attempt on a great scale, and in the Baconian spirit, to estimate critically the certainty and the adequacy of human knowledge" (Fraser). "Locke’s philosophy has not only had a profound effect upon philosophical and political thought, but also laid the foundations of modern psychology, dominating the field until well into the 19th century" (Norman). "The importance of few philosophical books have been so quickly recognized as was the case with the present [Essay Concerning Humane Understanding]. It passed through many editions in English and has several times been translated" (Pforzheimer). First issue, with "printed by Eliz. Holt" in the imprint on the title page (rather than "sold by Edw. Mory"). "Peter Nidditch has estimated about 900 copies were published, chiefly of the Holt issue. But it is possible there were as few as 500" (Yolton, 69-70). PMM 164. Yolton 61A. Norman 1380. Wing L2738. Pforzheimer 599. Wither to Prior 527. Early owner signatures of R. Styleman on title page and Robert Dixon on front and rear free endpapers. Marginal ink notes in an early, neat, and legible hand on virtually every page of the first three (of four) books, indicating that this copy was very carefully read and studied.Text generally quite clean, period-style calf near-fine. An excellent wide-margined copy of this rarity."