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Constance: A Novel, The First Literary Attempt of a Young Lady

HAWKINS, LAETITIA-MATILDA] 4 vols, 12mo, contemporary dark blue roan, gilt rules and lettering, a.e.g. Three pages of publisher’s terminal advertisements in volume 4. Errata pasted in on the final blank of each volume. The first novel by Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins (circa 1759-1835), a coming-of-age story centering on a young lady about which a reviewer in the Monthly Review wrote: "The characters in this novel are discriminated with considerable degree of spirit and propriety, but they are not thrown into situations so various or interesting as wholly to prevent languor. It is, however, one of the best written productions of this sort that hath appeared since Cecilia" – quoted in Garside, Raven and Sch?werling. Hawkins was the daughter of Sir John Hawkins, friend, editor and biographer of Samuel Johnson, the latter whom the young Laetitia knew well in her youth. Like Fanny Burney, Laetitia Hawkins wrote her early works in secret to keep her literary activity from her disapproving father, and only recently have the titles of her first six novels been correctly identified. Constance has traditionally been attributed to Eliza Kirkham Mathews (1772-1802), which was somewhat improbable considering that she would have been 13 the year of publication. After her father’s death in 1789, Hawkins published several other novels under her name. See Wolff and Block, and Jan Fergus in Notes and Queries, vol. 54, issue 2, "Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins’s Anonymous Novels Identified.". Bindings rubbed and somewhat worn, but sound; some foxing; very good copy. Garside, Raven and Sch?werling 1785:38; ESTC T66880 (BL, BibliothËque Nationale, Sorbonne, Brown, HEH, Ohio State, LC, Illinois, Michigan, Penn, UVa, Yale, Western Ontario); Hardy, Catalogue of English Prose Fiction, 630. All the preceding citations attribute the authorship to Eliza Kirkham Mathews
La Prose du TranssibÈrien et de la Petite Jehanne de France

La Prose du TranssibÈrien et de la Petite Jehanne de France, Couleurs simultanÈes de Mme. Delaunay-Terk [caption title]

CENDRARS, BLAISE AND SONIA DELAUNEY 78.25 x 14.25 inches, folded accordion style once vertically and 21 times horizontally to create a 7.25 x 3.625 inch "book" that is enclosed in painted vellum wrappers, with a separate essay by Kitty Marryat, proprietor of the Two Hands press, on the history of La Prose du TranssibÈrien. A seminal avant-garde artist book of the 20th century. Of the 11 copies of the original edition that have sold at auction in this century, the average price realized has been about $200,000. This is the first true facsimile, using similar methods and materials as the first edition of 1913. ? La Prose du TranssibÈrien was written, designed and printed by letterpress and illustrated by pochoir in an edition that was stated to be 150 copies (in three subsets, in the French manner). The actual number completed has long been in dispute, as has the number of surviving copies. A census by Kitty Marryat of the Two Hands Press located 40 copies; a French scholar claims to have recorded 73 copies, but will not produce his list for examination. The poem by Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), Swiss-born modernist poet and novelist, is a free verse, free wheeling look at the poet’s life and the events of the Russian Revolution as contemplated during a journey on the Trans-Siberian railway, followed by a short poem about Paris. The letterpress text is printed in over 38 typefaces in four colors, printed in 22 panels on a narrow, long sheet. Cendrars’s collaborator, the artist Sonia Delaunay-Terk (1885-1979), interwove the text with colorful abstract pochoir, that when folded made a relatively small accordion book, but when fully opened was 78.25 x 14.25 inches. Cendrars and Delaunay-Terk called it the "first simultaneous book." It created a sensation among those who saw it when it was first displayed, particularly among those who were involved in the avant-garde artistic movement. First Two Hands Press edition, a facsimile – or "recreation" as the press prefers to describe it – of the first edition of 1913, letter "J" of 30 lettered copies hors de commerce; there are also 150 numbered copies, for a total edition of 180 copies.
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Miscellanies in Prose and Verse . .

SWIFT, JONATHAN, ALEXANDER POPE AND OTHERS 3 vols, 8vo, contemporary polished paneled calf, marbled paper endpapers, brown morocco labels, gilt rules, decorations and lettering. Engraved monogram device in each title-page. A collection of various writings in prose and verse compiled and issued as a salvo in the ongoing battle over piracy and forgery with bookseller Edmund Curll and other unscrupulous members of the trade who might have been profiting from Curll’s venomous example. The preface to volume one, signed by Swift and Pope, states that the justification for the collection is to protect themselves and their reputations against the ill-treatment against not only the unauthorized publication of their writings, but also the attribution of works to them that they did not write, i.e. forgery, for which Curll was infamous. The majority of the works are by Swift, including some Gulliveriana pieces and 16 poems collected for the first time; there are 13 poems by Pope collected here for the first time and minor pieces by their friends John Arbuthnot and John Gay. Contemporary ink signature on each title-page in the upper margin; bookplate of the BibliothËque de Champvieux on each front paste-down. Scattered foxing and minor browning; edges a little rubbed; overall an attractive, fine copy in contemporary state. Rothschild 1421; Teerink 25 (1b, 2a & 3b-d); Griffin 184, 185 & 197; ESTC T39458. Volume one has the cancelled forms of K7-8 and L6-7; volume three is Teerink’s 3b, but also includes the errata leaf usually found in Teerink 3d
The Life of the Thrice Noble

The Life of the Thrice Noble, High and Puissant Prince William Cavendishe, Duke, Marquess, and Earl of Newcastle; Earl of Ogle; Viscount Mansfield; and Baron of Bolsover, of Ogle, Bothal and Hepple . . . Written by the Thrice Noble, Illustrious, and Excellent Princess, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle, His Wife

CAVENDISH, MARGARET, DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE Folio, 19th century panelled calf period style, skillfully rebacked, dark brown morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. The famous biography of William Cavendish (1616-1684), the Earl of Newcastle, by his famous literary wife, Margaret Lucas Cavendish (1623-1673), the first English woman to publish extensively. Cavendish’s biography was widely read and admired when first published, and its details and descriptions of the English Civil War and the Cavendishs’ life in exile in Europe have held up to historical scrutiny. Literary opinion of Cavendish’s Life have always been high, with praise coming from Charles Lamb, Coleridge and Virginia Woolf, among others. Ink deletions on pages 9 and 26, as usual, and a manuscript correction to the name "Banaum" on page 60, which is present in other copies and has been attributed to the author herself. Cavendish’s biography is occasionally accompanied by a portrait, but the portrait was engraved after this book was published and is not called for. Bookplate of Robert Crewe-Milnes on the front paste-down and gilt ornament on the upper board. Binding a little rubbed and chafed; a few minor stains in the text; very good copy. Wing N-853; Wither to Prior 151; NCBEL I, 2252
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Documents Relating to New-England Federalism. 1800-1815

ADAMS, HENRY [BROOKS], EDITOR 8vo, original rust-brown cloth, gilt lettering. The first major work by Henry Adams (1838-1918), and a precursor to his famous histories of the United States. Documents of New England Federalism is a remarkable chronicle of the events and correspondence involving the rise and fall of the Federalist Party, which supported Alexander Hamilton’s fiscal policies and a strong central government. The Federalist Party was out of power by 1820, but left an important legacy. The only president to serve as a member of the party was John Adams. Prominent among those discussed in Documents of New England Federalism is George Cabot (1752-1823), the well-known New Englander and the great grandfather of historian and politician Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924). Lodge and Adams were lifelong friends from their days at Harvard. Lodge is acknowledged in the second paragraph of Adams’s preface as the author of the Life and Letters of George Cabot. This is the copy presented to Lodge by Adams: inscribed on the front blank "H.C.L. / from / H.A. / Dec. 20th 1877." Bookplate of Henry Cabot Lodge on the front paste-down, and notes in pencil on the rear blank, presumably Lodge’s. The December 20th date is two days earlier than the inscribed copy noted in BAL. Henry Adams presentations are uncommon, particularly on his earlier works. Cloth a little worn; text block slightly browned; very good copy, enclosed in a clamshell box.