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Sepher Maphteah Shelomo (Book of the Key of Solomon) An Exact Facsimile of An Original Book of Magic in Hebrew

Gollancz, Hermann (ed. and trans.) 1/300. Large quarto. 9×11.5". (xxiii) 78 double-sided unapginated leaves. Red buckram boards with black lettering on the front cover, gilt lettering on the spine. This publication is a full facsimile reproduction of the famous Renaissance-era book of magic (in manuscript form) falsely attributed to the biblical King Solomon. The manuscript, written in Hebrew, is reproduced in b/w collotype images of all the leaves and is accompanied by an introduction and table of contents in English. The introduction on the initial text pages by Hermann Gollancz contains a brief history of the manuscript and a translation of the contents. Errata sheet bound in at the first page of the introduction. The first manuscript that was known to exist was in Latin, and later followed by a copy in Hebrew. This second Hebrew manuscript copy was found in the library of Rabbi Samuel Marcus Gollancz, and was translated and published by his son Hermann in 1903. This publication from 1915 was the first time it had actually been reproduced in facsimile. This ex-library copy, has a sticker spine. Binding with light rubbing, bumping and chipping to extremities. Interior front cover with library bookplate, ink stamps on the verso of the title page and in the bottom margin of the final leaf. Starting at a number of the pages throughout. Binding in good+, interior in very good- condition overall. Hebrew title: ??? ???? ???? *Sir Hermann Gollancz (1852-1930) was among the most prominent British rabbis and Jewish scholars of his era. He was the first Rabbi to be given a knighthood. He served as rabbi of the Bayswater Synagogue, in London and was a Professor of Hebrew at University College London from June 1902 to 1924. He served as president of the Jewish Historical Society of England from 1905 to 1906.
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The Toilers of the Sea [SIGNED BY ENGRAVER AND PRINTER]

Hugo, Victor; Isabel F. Hapgood (Translated by); Tranquillo Marangoni (Wood-engravings illustrated by) 1/1500. Quarto. (xx), 579pp, [1]. Sage colored slipcase, dark green border with dark green lettering on spine. Tan dust jacket, dark green border with dark green lettering on spine. Binding with black fabric over patterned grey and green paper covered boards. Spine and bottom of book block beveled. Top of book block light grey. This limited edition, #87/1500 hand signed by engraver Tranquillo Marangoni and printer Giovanni Mardersteig, contains b/w reproduced illustrations of the original wood-engravings throughout. "Toilers of the Sea (French: Les Travailleurs de la mer) is a novel by Victor Hugo published in 1866. The book is dedicated to the island of Guernsey, where Hugo spent 15 years in exile.[1] Hugo uses the setting of a small island community to transmute seemingly mundane events into drama of the highest calibre. Les Travailleurs de la Mer is set just after the Napoleonic Wars and deals with the impact of the Industrial Revolution upon the island.[2] The story concerns a Guernseyman named Gilliatt, a social outcast who falls in love with Deruchette, the niece of a local shipowner, Mess Lethierry. When Lethierry’s ship is wrecked on the Roches Douvres, a perilous reef, Deruchette promises to marry whoever can salvage the ship’s steam engine. Gilliatt eagerly volunteers, and the story follows his physical trials and tribulations (which include a battle with an octopus), as well as the undeserved opprobrium of his neighbours." – Wikipedia Slipcase with staining to covers. Sc chipping along opening. Sc separating at top and bottom right of sc opening. Dust jacket with crease center right on front cover, chipping at head of spine, close tears at lower left and lower right of back cover. Dj spine sunned with water stains. Binding with sunning to spine. Slipcase in good+, dustjacket in good-, binding and interior in near fine condition overall.
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Around the World in Eighty Days [SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]

Verne, Jules; Edward A. Wilson (Illustrations by) 1/1500. Quarto. (xiv), [1], 268pp, [1]. Blue paper covered cardboard slipcase with tan top and bottom, tan label with blue border and blue lettering mounted on spine. Original glassine dust jacket. Binding with cream colored leather over blue decorative paper covered boards, gilt label with black border and black lettering mounted on spine. Top of book block in blue. Gravure colored reproduced lithographic frontispiece. This limited edition, #87/1500 is hand numbered and hand signed by illustrator Edward A. Wilson, contains beautiful colored lithographic reproductions throughout. "Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (£2,221,600 in 2018) set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne’s most acclaimed works." – Wikipedia Slipcase with shelf wear on covers, some staining to top and bottom and some sunning on covers and spine. Glassine dust jacket with sunning on front cover, torn in a few places on front cover. Binding with minor rubbing to corners. Slipcase in very good-, glassine in good-, binding and interior in near fine condition overall.
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Kim [SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]

Kipling, Rudyard; Robin Jacques (Illustrations by) 1/1500. Quarto. (x), [2], 284pp, [1]. Tan slipcase, label with brown border and lettering on spine. Binding with brown leather over light tan cloth boards with debossed gilt labyrinth style design on front and back cover. Gilt lettering and motifs on spine. Decorative end papers. Illustrated Frontispiece. Top of book block is brown. This limited edition, #87/1500 hand numbered and hand signed by illustrator, has b/w and color illustrations throughout. "Kim is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author Rudyard Kipling. The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. The novel made the term "Great Game" popular and introduced the theme of great power rivalry and intrigue. It is set after the Second Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the Third, probably in the period 1893 to 1898. The novel is notable for its detailed portrait of the people, culture, and varied religions of India. "The book presents a vivid picture of India, its teeming populations, religions, and superstitions, and the life of the bazaars and the road." – Wikipedia Slipcase with light scratches on covers, water staining to top and bottom of slip case water stain at tail of spine. Binding with light rubbing at head of spine. Slipcase in very good-, binding in very good+, interior in near fine condition overall.
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Cornelius Cole, California Pioneer and United States Senator: A Study in Personality and Achievements Bearing upon the Growth of a Commonwealth. [SIGNED BY AUTHOR]

Phillips, Catherine Coffin Quarto. (vii), [1], 379pp. Multicolored paper covered cardboard slipcase. Multicolored paper covered boards with beveled pages to side and bottom book block, blue label with gilt lettering mounted on spine. Facsimile foldouts of letters of Schuyler Colfax & Julia Dent Grant at front of book. B/w illustrated frontispiece. Erratum at rear. B/w facsimile photographic reproductions, sketches and documents throughout. "The American pioneers fought for this land, cleared it and planted hopefully through a long period of germination, in order finally to lay it open to the sun of permanent achievement. To their descendants is presented herein the portrait of Cornelius Cole, pioneer, citizen and statesman, who, at the time of his death in Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-Four, had lived during the lifetime of every President of the United States with the exception of George Washington. His activities were and integral part of the history of the Unites States for three-quarters of a century, and the events in which he participated portray the colorful story of California from the time of the gold seeker to that of the realtor. This volume presumes to furnish only the canvas and frame for the portrait of himself which Cornelius Cole has given the world in his own words and deeds. Only those events have been touched upon which are essential as background for a true and consistent characterization and which help to reach beyond the form of his life into its substance and spirit" – Introduction Slipcase with light sunning on cover. Binding with rippling to covers. Slipcase in very good, binding in very good-, interior in very good+ condition overall.
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G. Braque

Ponge, Francis; Pierre Descargus; André Malraux Square Quarto. 261 (6)pp. Original illustrated blue cloth with black lettering on cover, white on spine, in original illustrated dustjacket, white lettering on spine. Illustrated endpapers. "This handsome volume pays tribute to the genius of Georges Braque. The whole astonishing range of his oeuvre is represented, from the early Fauvist masterpieces, through the daring experiments with which he and Picasso launched the Cubist revolution in modern art, to the classically inspired canvases of the 1920s and the lyrical abstractions of his later years. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, frescoes, collages, graphic works, stained-glass windows-all conceived and executed with that elegance and élan which characterize the style of Braque-are reproduced here with infinite care. And, thanks to the cooperation of the artist’s estate, the wealth of illustrations (including 96 plates in full color) includes a number of major works never before published." (Publisher). Beautifully illustrated with color and b/w reproductions of his work throughout, including two gatefolds, one of them the three-panel color reproduction of "The Three Bathers." Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Brassai, Man Ray, Daniel Frasnay, and others. DJ with minor ware along edges, and remnants of removed price sticker on inside front flap. Light age-toning along edges of block, not affecting images. DJ, binding and interior in overall very good condition.
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Hawaiian antiquities (Moolelo Hawaii)

Malo, David (Text by); Dr. N. B. Emerson (Translated from the Hawaiian by) Quarto (10 x 7"). 366pp. Original printed wrappers. Frontispiece portrait of the author. Rare first edition of "Hawaiian antiquities (Moolelo Hawaii)" by David Malo (1793-1853), a leading Native Hawaiian historian of the Kingdom of Hawaii who became a Christian minister and founded a church. "In this work, the author provides an important and authentic source on the ancient beliefs and practices of Hawaiians. Malo was among the first Hawaiians to study reading and writing with the missionaries. Although he was influenced by Christian teachings, he had been brought up under the traditional Hawaiian kapu system and his writings embody a worldview steeped in Hawaiian tradition. "Hawaiian Antiquities: Moolelo Hawaii," is a singular account of Hawaiian culture and society in pre-Christian times. This engrossing study, tells of the material world of Hawaiians, as well as their origins, myths and beliefs." (From Cambridge University Press). Ex-library copy, with stickers at lower and upper left corners of front cover, with bookplate on inside of front cover, and stamp on title page and at top and bottom edges. Wrappers age-toned and partly chipped along fore-edge (not affecting lettering. Previous owner’s name and inscription in ink at upper margin of front and back cover, dated September 5, 1925. Wrappers in overall fair, interior in very good condition.
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Ebrietatis Encomium or The Praise of Drunkenness

n/a Quarto. 177pp. Original brown paper-covered boards with gilt-stamped illustration and ruling on cover and gilt lettering on spine, in brown dustjacket with gilt lettering on spine. Two frontispiece engravings. Reprinted from the scarce London edition of 1723. Publisher’s device on title page. Contains original title page in facsimile. "Robert Samber, who had translated La Motte’s "Court Fables" for E. Curl, the London publisher, advertised himself in the "Country Journal", July 15, 1727, as having been the author of "Ebrietatis Encomium." Moreover, there is in existence the original contract between Curl and Samber fixing his compensation for the Ms. of this volume, which is therin expressly stated to be of his own composition. In spite of this attempt to deceive, which is supposed to have been connived in by Curl, this work was a free translation of "L’Eloge de L’Yvresse," which was first published at La Haye in 1714. The author was Albert Henri de Sallengre, who was an advocate in the court of Holland and who became auditor-surveyor of the Bank of Holland." (Lewis M. Thompson). Includes author’s preface. Printed to heavy handmade paper, uncut at bottom and foredge. DJ with light wear along edges. Binding with very light wear along edges, except one inch closed tear at bottom front joint, minor chips. DJ, binding and interior in overall very good condition.
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The Confessions of St. Augustine

St. Augustine; J. G. Pilkington (Translation by); Edy Legrand (Illustrated paintings by) 1/1500. Quarto. (xxx), [1], 296pp, [1]. Red paper covered cardboard slipcase, black label with gilt lettering mounted on spine. Binding with black leather over tan fabric boards, black label with gilt border and gilt lettering mounted on front cover and gilt lettering on spine. Color illustrated end papers. This limited edition, #87/1500 hand numbered and hand signed by the illustrator Edy Legrand, contains beautiful color illustrations throughout. "Confessions (Latin: Confessiones) is the name of an autobiographical work, consisting of 13 books, by Saint Augustine of Hippo, written in Latin between AD 397 and 400. The work outlines Saint Augustine’s sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity. Modern English translations of it are sometimes published under the title The Confessions of Saint Augustine in order to distinguish the book from other books with similar titles. Its original title was Confessions in Thirteen Books, and it was composed to be read out loud with each book being a complete unit. Confessions is generally considered one of Augustine’s most important texts. It is widely seen as the first Western autobiography ever written, and was an influential model for Christian writers throughout the Middle Ages. Professor Henry Chadwick wrote that Confessions will "always rank among the great masterpieces of western literature"." – Wikipedia Slipcase with some rubbing and scratches to covers and extremities. Binding with small tear at tail of spine, and small nicks along spine. Slip case in good+ to very good-, binding in very good+, interior in very good+ to near fine condition overall.
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The History of Rome. 2 Vols

Livius, Titus; George Baker (transl.) Octavo. xi, (1)624, (4) 585pp. Original morocco with gilt and blind-stamped ruling on covers, gilt lettering on label and decorative ruling on spine. Speckled edges. Marbled endpapers. Frontispiece engraving by S. Freeman, with tissue guard. "Titus Livius, the illustrious author of Roman history, descended from a noble family in Rome, was born at Patavium, now called Padua, in Italy, in the 694th year of Rome, fifty-eight years before the commencement of the Christian era. Like many other literary men, his life was contemplative, rather than active; very few particulars, therefore, concerning him, have come down to us. He resided at Rome for a considerable time, where he was much noticed, and highly honoured, by Augustus; to whom he was previously known, it is said, by some writings which he had dedicated to him. Seneca, however, is silent upon the subject of his supposed dedication, though he mentions the work itself, which, he says, consisted of moral and philosophical dialogues." (Preface). Light wear along edges of binding, with three scuffs on front cover of first volume, two small on back cover of second volume, light rubbing along joints. Illustrated Ex-Libris of Eric Havemann on both inside covers. Some foxing of first and last few pages, including frontispiece. Binding in overall good+, interior, except mentioned foxing, in very good condition.
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A Grammar of the Persian Language, to Which is Added, a Selection of Easy Extracts for Reading; Together with a Vocabulary and Translations

Forbes, Duncan Quarto. (ii) vi, 176, 40, 22, 8pp. Original green cloth with blind-stamped lettering and ruling on cover, gilt lettering on spine. Speckled edges. Black endpapers. English and Persian text on title page with publisher’s info on narrow slip, pasted to lower title page. "The object of the following Work is to facilitate the acquisition of a language universally allowed to be the richest and most elegant of those spoken in Modern Asia. To the general scholar, the Persian recommends itself, from its vast stores of graceful and entertaining literature. To the traveller in the East, a knowledge of it is as essential as that or the French used to be in Europe. Lastly, to our British Youth, who annually resort to India, destined to become, in due time, the guardians of our Eastern Empire, an acquaintance with Persian is of the utmost importance." (Author). Text in English with Persian interspersed, translations of the Poetical Extracts, notes and illustrations-History of Dr. Franklin’s Supplementary Chapter to the Book of Genesis-Doctrines of the Sufi Sect, p. 152. Forty pages of text in Persian, and vocabulary in Persian and English, 22 pages. Advertising of books and manuals for students in Oriental languages at rear. Binding with some wear along edges, chips and small tears, rubbed. Typical library markings, barcode, sticker, library plates, pocket and stamps. Reinforced with white library tape at gutter of front free endpaper and title page. Block slightly age-toned. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good+ condition.
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Achtung! O?wi?cim

Doma?ski, Jerzy (Ed.); Jadwiga Bezwi?ska, Tadeusz Ho?uj (Text by); W?odzimierz Buczek (Illustrations by); Stanis?aw Kolowka; Stanis?aw Mucha, Dawid Szmulewski, Archiwum Pa?stwowego Muzeum w O?wi?cimiu (Photographs by); Paul Eluard (Poem by) Duodecimo. 6 1/2 x 4 3/4". Unpaginated. [64]. Original photo-illustrated wrappers, with white lettering to back cover. Decorative title page. Published 12 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, this poignant Polish monograph is illustrated throughout with 34 photographs reproduced in striking b/w photogravure, as well as 4 lithographic illustrations in black and purple by Polish artist W?odzimierz Buczek. While most of the photographs were taken shortly after the camp was liberated by the Red army (January 27, 1945) as they show piles of corpses, crematoria ovens still in working order, piles of shoes and clothing, as well as prosthesis, some must have been taken by the Nazis themselves, as they depict inmates at work, and others stripped naked and about to be murdered. A few photographs show the state of the abandoned camp at the time of the book’s publication. Text in Polish. Wrappers with light rubbing and/or minor creasing to extremities. Interior front cover with a few notes in ink. A few pages with sporadic minor creasing. Wrappers in very good-, interior in overall near fine condition. Scarce. Wrappers protected by modern mylar.
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The Call of the Wild [SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]

London, Jack; Henry Varnum Poor (Illustrations by) 1/1500. Quarto. (xv), 158pp, [1]. Green and black tartan patterned wool covered slipcase with black cloth lift attached to top of interior. Binding with green and black tartan patterned wool covered boards, tan label with gilt lettering mounted on spine. Beveled binding. Pebbled book block. This limited edition, #87/1500 hand numbered and hand signed by illustrator Henry Varnum Poor, contains single shade (i.e. black and green, black and red, black and blue, etc.) color illustrations throughout. "The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization, and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild." – Wikipedia Slipcase with evidence of insect activity, cloth largely intact. Binding with visible insect activity at the front and rear edges. Slipcase and binding in good+ to very good-, interior in very good+ to near fine condition overall.
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The Magic Mountain [SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR] [2 vols complete]

Mann, Thomas; H. T. Lowe-Porter (Translated by); Felix Hoffmann (Wood engravings illustrated by) 1/1500. Quarto. Vol 1: (xvi), 343pp. Vol 2: (v), [1], 366pp, [1]. Grey, paper covered cardboard slipcase, light grey label with dark grey border and lettering mounted on spine. Bindings with light grey buckram over grey paper covered boards, debased motif on front covers with gilt letter "M" in the center of the motif. Bindings with brown label, gilt border and gilt lettering mounted on spines. Book blocks in forest green. This limited edition, #87/1500 hand numbered and hand signed by illustrator Felix Hoffmann, contains beautiful color reproductions of the original wood engravings. "The Magic Mountain (German: Der Zauberberg) is a novel by Thomas Mann, first published in German in November 1924. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of twentieth-century German literature. Mann’s vast composition is erudite, subtle, ambitious, but, most of all, ambiguous; since its original publication it has been subject to a variety of critical assessments. For example, the book blends a scrupulous realism with deeper symbolic undertones. Given this complexity, each reader is obliged to interpret the significance of the pattern of events in the narrative, a task made more difficult by the author’s irony. Mann was well aware of his book’s elusiveness, but offered few clues about approaches to the text. He later compared it to a symphonic work orchestrated with a number of themes. In a playful commentary on the problems of interpretation, he recommended that those who wished to understand it should read it through twice. – Wikipedia Slip case with some water staining and foxing to covers. Sc separating at top right. Bumping to sc corners at the opening. Interior with offsetting to opposing pages of illustrations, not affecting the illustrations themselves. Slipcase in good+, bindings and interior in very good+ to near fine condition overall.
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The Book of the Dead (2 vols complete)

Faulkner, Raymond O. (Edited and Translated by) Small folio. Vol 1: (xxv), 157pp, [1]. Vol 2: [4], 24 plates, [2]. Wood simulated, paper covered cardboard slipcase, top and bottom in black, with black fabric lift inside, black label with tan lettering mounted on sc spine . Vol 1: Black buckram with red colored Eye of Horus with red and gilt motifs on covers, red spine with gilt lettering. Vol 2: Red buckram with black colored Eye of Horus with black and gilt motifs on covers, black spine with gilt lettering. Original glassine wrappers. Both volumes with illustrated title page. Two volume set, #1179/1500, Volume 1 contains the spells, Volume 2 contains the plates. The plates in volume 2 foldout to one solid piece, allowing the reader to view the plate in full once fully unfolded. Descriptions of the scenes at rear of volume 2. "The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text, used from the beginning of the New Kingdom (around 1550 BCE) to around 50 BCE.[1] The original Egyptian name for the text, transliterated rw nw prt m hrw,[2] is translated as Book of Coming Forth by Day[3] or Book of Emerging Forth into the Light. "Book" is the closest term to describe the loose collection of texts[4] consisting of a number of magic spells intended to assist a dead person’s journey through the Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife and written by many priests over a period of about 1000 years. The Book of the Dead was part of a tradition of funerary texts which includes the earlier Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts, which were painted onto objects, not papyrus. Some of the spells included were drawn from these older works and date to the 3rd millennium BCE. Other spells were composed later in Egyptian history, dating to the Third Intermediate Period (11th to 7th centuries BCE). A number of the spells which made up the Book continued to be inscribed on tomb walls and sarcophagi, as had always been the spells from which they originated. The Book of the Dead was placed in the coffin or burial chamber of the deceased. The finest of examples we have of the Egyptian Book of the Dead in antiquity is the Papyrus of Ani, an Egyptian scribe. It is at the British Museum in London, and was discovered by and was taken out of Egypt in 1888 by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, and was brought to the British Museum, where it currently resides." – Wikipedia Slipcase separating on left side of spine, some chipping to extremities. Glassine dust jacket on volume 1 torn on front and back cover and on spine. Glassine dust jacket on volume 2 is intact. Slipcase in very good-, glassine dust jackets in poor to very good+, bindings and interiors in very good+ to near fine condition overall.
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N. V. A. Benefit Fund Under the Auspices Vaudeville Managers’ Protective Association May 2, 1926. Tenth Anniversary Jubilee

n/a Folio. Unpaginated. Original burgundy buckram decorative with blind-stamped border and gilt N.V.A. emblem with embossed lettering on cover, embossed lettering on spine, crediting the Metropolitan Opera House, Keith-Albee’s N. Y. Hippodrome, Manhattan Opera House, New Amsterdam Theatre, and the Century Theatre. Textured burgundy endpapers. Half-title and title page with N.V.A. emblem in color. Decorative red border with "NVA The Tenth Anniversary" printed at top throughout block. Full page lithographs of the late B. F. Keith and the late A. Paul Keith, dedicated to the memory of E. F. Albee, with tissue guards and gilt decorative border following title page. Tenth Anniversary Jubilee with written contributions and an abundance of b/w and some color offset reproductions of photographs of actors represented by various agencies, caricatures and theater venues. includes six color photographs of the "Million Dollar Home" of the New York City and Chicago branches with President’s Message and program printed to light blue paper. Binding with light wear along edges and spine, some scuffing at joints and light fraying at head and tail of spine. Two inch scuffed streak on front cover. Very light bleeding of cover color along top of first signature. First signature slightly loosened. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition.
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Abyssinia:Through the Lion-Land to the Court of the Lion of Judah

Vivian, Herbert Octavo. xvi, 342pp., 16 plates, 2 folding maps. Bound in light brown three-quarter leather over marbled boards with gilt ruling on cover, gilt-stamped vignette, lettering and ruling on spine; raised bands. Gilt top edge. Marbled endpapers. "The Queen of Sheba made a long journey to visit Solomon, wisest of kings. To-day whoso is wise will wish to explore the land of her descendant, Menelik, King of the Kings of Ethiopia, Conquering Lion of Judah. Tourists have exhausted the interest of modern lands; they have penetrated the fringe of countries, like Turkey and Morocco, where the Middle Ages still survive; but it has not yet occurred to them to go a step further back, and observe for themselves how men lived and thought forty centuries ago. How differently would Pompeii convince us if it had been preserved with all the ancient buildings unimpaired and the populace still pursuing their daily avocations. That is the way in which Ethiopia brings home to us daily life of Bible kings and patriarchs. We are not left to grope among ruins, but we rub shoulders every hour with men and women whose manners and thoughts, cares and pleasures have remained practically unaltered by the lapse of time." (Vivian). In-depth treatise of Abyssinia in eleven chapters. Illustrated throughout with magnificent in-text and sixteen full-page b/w photographs and two folding maps at rear. Appendices of Itinerary and description of outfit at rear. Typical library markings, barcode, sticker, library plates, and stamps. Binding with very light wear along edges. Binding and interior in overall very good+ condition.
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The Guide of the Perplexed

Maimonides, Moses; Shlomo Pines (Translated with an Introduction and Notes by); Leo Strauss (with an Introductory Essay by) Quarto. (cxxxiv) 658pp. Original beige dust jacket with black and brown lettering on the front cover and spine. Beige cloth boards with gilt lettering on a red label on the spine. Printer’s device on title page. This monument of rabbinical exegesis, written at the end of the 12th century, has exerted an immense and continuing influence upon Jewish thought. It has also been a formative element in the thinking of leading Christian writers and philosophers down through the 17th century. Dust jacket with some sunning, scratches and light smudging to the covers and spine. Tail of spine with some water stains. Light chipping at the head of the spine. Binding with minor bumping to the tail of the spine. Interior with some minor smudges on the rear free endpaper. Dj in good-, binding and interior in near fine condition overall. Rabbi Moses Maimonides (Rambam) was a 12th century Jewish philosopher and halachic legal scholar. A highly controversial figure, both during his lifetime and after his death, but generally acknowledged as the preeminent Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages. He was born in Córdoba, Spain but fled as a child from the Almohad persecution. He eventually settled in Egypt where he served as a rabbi, physician and philosopher. His fourteen-volume Mishneh Torah, his only work not in Arabic, still carries canonical authority, particularly within the Yemenite Jewish community, as the codification of Talmudic law. His other work includes a commentary on the Mishnah entitled Kitab al-Siraj, Kitab al-Fara’I, a book on precepts, and the philosophical work Dalalat al-Ha’irin, known in Hebrew as the Moreh Nevukhim, The Guide to the Perplexed. The major premise is an attempted philosophical/theological reconciliation of the Hebrew Bible and Greek knowledge. This work came to play a central role in all subsequent major controversies over philosophy within the Jewish community during the Middle Ages.