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The Comical History of the States and Empires of the World of the Moon
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The Comical History of the States and Empires of the World of the Moon

by Cyrano de Bergerac

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Early editont in English
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London: Printed for Henry Rhodes, next door to the Swan-Tavern, near Bride-Lane in Fleet Street, 1687. Early editont in English. Very Good-. First edition in English, part 1 only (of 2), lacking engraved frontispiece, final f upper corner torn with loss of page numbers and repaired, lightly browned, occasional spotting or finger-marking, 20th century buckram But otherwise in very good condition for a book more than 300 years old (Note: The 2 volume set sells for $7500-$9,500). FM.
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The Malay Archipelago
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The Malay Archipelago

by Alfred Russel Wallace

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Second Edition
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London: Macmillan and Co, 1869. Second Edition. Very Good. Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 â€" 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, biologist and illustrator He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection His paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Darwin's writings in 1858This prompted Darwin to publish On the Origin of Species Like Darwin, Wallace did extensive fieldwork; first in the Amazon, and then in the Malay Archipelago, where he identified the faunal divide now termed the Wallace Line, which separates the Indonesian archipelago into two distinct parts: a western portion in which the animals are largely of Asian origin, and an eastern portion where the fauna reflect Australasia This 2 volume set is the second edition, 1869, of his seminal work in the Malay Archipelago Includes half-titles, and one folding color map only (of 2, lacking the Physical Map in vol1), wood-engraved plates, other maps… Read More
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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

by Charles Darwin

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Fifth (Tenth Thousand)
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London: John Murray, 1869. Fifth (Tenth Thousand). Good. Considered one of the most important books every published, any edition (there were six) of The Origin of Species that was published during Darwin's lifetime (he died in 1882) is exceptionally sought after, since the print runs were relatively small for such a significant work Only 10,000 copies were printed cumulatively through this fifth edition (which was for only 2,000 copies) This copy was custom bound in full leather with gilt tooling, but the spine and front board are loose and the back board has detached But the hinge breaks are clean and should be repairable The text block is very sound however, and except for the hinge detachments, the leather binding is in relatively good condition There is modest foxing on the ffeps, but otherwise the contents are in very good condition with only minor age toning The edges are marbled, as are the endpapers.
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The Descent of Man
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The Descent of Man

by Charles Darwin

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London: John Murray, 1871. First edition, first issue. Near Fine. A two volume first edition, first issue (as described by Freeman 937), of this Darwin classic, which is second only to Origin of Species in scientific importance Key points identifying the first issue being: 1) the errata on the verso of the title page of Volume II lists 17 errata for Vol I and 8 for Vol II, 2) the list of nine other works on the verso of the title leaf of Volume I, 3) the Postscript "serious and unfortunate error" page tipped in as ppix-x in Vol 1, (Note: Freeman states the page is in Vol II), 4) the word "transmitted" as the first word on p 297 of Vol 1 Both volumes bound without half titles or publisher's advertisements Attractive modern binding with green cloth spines on marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles on black leather labels on the spines New complementary green endpapers Edges are marbled on three sides Very slight foxing on first and last pages of each volume, but no other marks or damage at all A… Read More
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The River War
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The River War

by Winston S. Churchill

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London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1899. First edition, first impression. Very Good. 2 volumes xxiii, 462 + 32 ad pp; xiii, 499 pp Maps, plates, etc (8vo) later blue cloth with original gilt-stamped cover panels and spine strips laid on, newer endpapers First Edition, First Impression, apparent first state, since it does not have the typographical correction to p459 vol 2 Entirely complete as per Woods, (2a) with portrait frontispiece, all plates and illustrations, all 34 maps, many folding, and 32 page publisher's catalogue at the back of vol 1 The fourth panel of the four fold map at p 80 of the second volume is detached, but still present The set is ex-library, with just very discreet ink stamps on the major plates and maps (to discourage theft and copying I would suppose) being the only indication Light wear to cloth, volumes leaning just a bit; vol 1 with top corner tip of half-title torn away, light crease to top corner tip throughout most of vol 1; Overall very good The author's rare second… Read More
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The Geographical Distribution of Animals
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The Geographical Distribution of Animals

by Alfred Russel Wallace

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First
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London: Macmillan and Co, 1876. First. Near Fine. Geographical Distribution of Animals, with twenty engraved plates and seven colored maps (5 in Vol 1 and 2 in Vol 2) This is an exceptional set of this seminal work in scientific evolution Light pencil notations in margins on at least one plate London: Macmillan and Co, 1876 First Edition Two octavo volumes Original full green cloth with gilt titles and designs in excellent, sound condition, after a professionally done reinforcement of hinges for both volumes, (since these are heavy books), but all of the original binding and brown endpapers are preserved Corners are slightly bumped Slight foxing on first few and last few pages of each volume, but otherwise text is undamaged throughout Mostly unopened Near fine Provenance: Estate of Russell Johanson, Ravenna Rare Books, Seattle, Wa Ink ownership signature on FFEP's of WA Herdman, (Sir William Abbott Herdman (1858-1924) and eminent Scottish marine zoologist and oceanographer in his own right and… Read More
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Genuine and Impartial Memoirs of Elizabeth Canning
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Genuine and Impartial Memoirs of Elizabeth Canning

by Elizabeth Canning

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London: G. Woodfall, 1754. First. Very Good. Elizabeth Canning (1734 â€"1773) was an English maidservant who claimed to have been kidnapped and held against her will in a hayloft for almost a month She ultimately became central to one of the most famous English criminal mysteries of the 18th century She disappeared on 1 January 1753, before returning almost a month later to her mother's home, emaciated and in a "deplorable condition" After being questioned by concerned friends and neighbors she was interviewed by the local alderman, who then issued an arrest warrant for Susannah Wells, the woman who occupied the house in which Canning was supposed to have been held At Wells' house, Canning identified Mary Squires as another of her captors, prompting the arrest and detention of both Wells and Squires London magistrate Henry Fielding (yes, the famous author of Tom Jones!) became involved in the case, taking Canning's side Further arrests were made and several witness statements were taken, and… Read More
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Longsword, Earl of Salisbury: An Historical Romance
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Longsword, Earl of Salisbury: An Historical Romance

by (Thomas Leland)

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First Edition
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London: Printed for W. Johnston, 1762. First Edition. Near Fine. Thomas Leland was an Irish historian, translator and academic and the author of the early Gothic novel "Longsword, Earl of Salisbury: An Historical Romance," published in 1762 It is a medieval romance based on the life of William Longespée, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, the son of Henry II "some would argue that Thomas Leland's 'Longsword, Earl of Salisbury' (1762) - subtitled 'A[n] Historical Romance' - is really the first Gothic novel" Rictor Norton, Gothic Readings : the first wave, 1764-1840 London Leicester University Press, 2000 Both leather-bound volumes of this very scarce first edition feature an illustrated frontispiece Both have been neatly repaired with new spines and endpapers Each text's bindings and hinges are solid and intact Some remnants of library treatments remain visible on the title page and first few pages of each volume A small handwritten note in pencil appears on the first page of the first chapter in each book… Read More
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The Churchill Biography (21 vols.!-Complete 8 vols. of biography and 13 companion vols. of...
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The Churchill Biography (21 vols.!-Complete 8 vols. of biography and 13 companion vols. of Churchill documents)

by Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert

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London: Heinemann, 1966. First editions, first printings all. Fine/Near Fine. This is a complete set of the 8-volume official biography of Winston Churchill, together with the complete 13 companion volumes of Churchill's papers up to 1939 (Four additional volumes of his wartime papers were published later) All 21 volumes are the British first (i.e. "true first") editions, first printing All are in near fine to fine condition, and all include dust jackets There are some minor tears on several dust jackets, apparently from shelf wear, but the books themselves appear unread The companion volumes are all essentially pristine There is really nothing else in print to rival the scale and comprehensiveness of this set, which documents the life of one of the 20th century most important leaders (The last three companion volumes total nearly 5,000 pages by themselves!) In 1966, Winston Churchill's son Randolph began writing a was intended to be a definitive, comprehensive biography of his father However, he… Read More
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Post-War Speeches (5 vols.-Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide and...
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Post-War Speeches (5 vols.-Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide and The Unwritten Alliance)

by Winston S. Churchill

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London: Cassell, 1948. First. Very Good+/Very Good-. A complete set of first editions of all of Churchill's speeches after WWII These volumes are scarcer than his War Speeches, since they were published in smaller quantities These are all the "true first" British editions US editions were published for the first four, but there was no US edition of the last, The Unwritten Alliance All DJ's are in protective mylar covers The Set includes: 1 The Sinews of Peace - 1948, 256 pp Book is fine in orange cloth, with no marks or damage at all Unclipped DJ is near fine, with just slight edge wear at spine ends [Woods A124] 2 Europe Unite - 1950, 506 pp Book is near fine in green cloth, with just very slight bumping at spine ends and extremely slight fading at top spine end Unclipped DJ is very good, with slight chipping at spine ends, and slight darkening on rear [Woods A128] 3 In the Balance, 1951, 406 pp Book is near fine in blue cloth, with just slight bumping on spine ends Cipped DJ is very good, with… Read More
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As You Desire Me (Come Tu Mi Vuoi)
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As You Desire Me (Come Tu Mi Vuoi)

by Luigi Pirandello

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New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1931. First. Near Fine/Good. A near fine copy in burgundy cloth with paper title label on spine Signed by Pirandello on ffep but no other marks at all Minor darkening to endpapers Unclipped DJ has some edge wear and chipping, but overall good Works signed by this Nobel laureate are exceedingly scarce, particularly in dust jacket From Wikipedia: Luigi Pirandello (1867 â€" 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre" He was an Italian nationalist and supported Fascism in a moderate way, at one point giving his Nobel Prize medal to the Fascist government to be melted down as part of the 1935 Oro alla Patria [it] ("Gold to the Fatherland") campaign during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War Pirandello's works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays,… Read More
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A VOYAGE TO NEW GUINEA, AND THE MOLUCCAS, FROM BALAMBANGAN… DURING THE YEARS 1774, 1775,...
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A VOYAGE TO NEW GUINEA, AND THE MOLUCCAS, FROM BALAMBANGAN… DURING THE YEARS 1774, 1775, AND 1776

by Captain Thomas Forrest

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London: Printed by G. Scott; and Sold by J. Robson, 1780. Second. Very Good. 4to, (105" x 85") xxiii, [1], 411, [1] pp + Frontis and 31 plates and maps, most of which are folding Attractively rebound in modern 1/2 calf Some foxing and offsetting particularly to plates, a few short closed tears, else Very Good Second edition An early work on New Guinea, with a Magindano vocabulary at end 412 pp.
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Mars and the Mind of Man
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Mars and the Mind of Man

by Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Bruce Murray, Carl Sagan, Walter Sullivan

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New York: Harper & Row, 1973. First. Near Fine/Near Fine. A near fine copy in red cloth with gilt titles on spine A small water spot on front cover and very slight bumping at corners and spine ends Otherwise, in pristine condition Unclipped DJ is also excellent, with just very slight edge wear Now in protective mylar cover Signed by both Arthur C Clarke and Ray Bradbury on title page A certificate of authenticity is laid inside the front cover Overall an excellent copy signed by two towering figures in science and science fiction "Gift Quality" 143 pp.
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The Selfish Gene
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The Selfish Gene

by Richard Dawkins

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976. First UK edition. Very Good/Near Fine. Richard Dawkins FRS FRSL (b 1941) is a famous and sometimes controversial, British evolutionary biologist and author He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was Professor for Public Understanding of Science in the University of Oxford from 1995 to 2008 In recent years, he has used his role as a public voice for science to criticize religion and all unscientific beliefs But he originally established his scientific reputation on the basis of his first two books, The Selfish Gene, and The Extended Phenotype, both published before he became publicly known The Selfish Gene builds upon the principal theory of George C Williams's Adaptation and Natural Selection (1966) In it, Dawkins uses the term "selfish gene" as a way of expressing the gene-centered view of evolution (as opposed to the views focused on the organism and the group), popularizing ideas developed during the 1960s by W D Hamilton and others From the… Read More
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The Extended Phenotype: The Gene as the Unit of Selection
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The Extended Phenotype: The Gene as the Unit of Selection

by Richard Dawkins

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Oxford and San Francisco: W.h. Freeman & Company, 1982. First UK edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. Richard Dawkins FRS FRSL (b 1941) is a famous and sometimes controversial, British evolutionary biologist and author An emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, he was Professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford from 1995 to 2008 In recent years, he has used his role as a public voice for science to criticize religion and all unscientific beliefs But he originally established his scientific reputation on the basis of his first two books, The Selfish Gene, and The Extended Phenotype, both published before he became publicly known In The Extended Phenotype (1982), essentially a sequel to The Selfish Gene, Dawkins introduced a biological concept of the same name, which presented the idea is that phenotype should not be limited to biological processes such as protein biosynthesis or tissue growth, but extended to include all effects that a gene has on its environment, inside or outside the body of… Read More
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