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  • 1693 VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM Ecclesiastical History VELLUM Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze) by Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze) 1693 VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM Ecclesiastical History VELLUM Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze)
    Stephanus Baluzius (Étienne Baluze)

    VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM: Hoc Est HISTORIA PONTIFICUM ROMANORUM Qui in Gallia Sederunt AB Anno Christi MCCCV Usque Ad Annum MCCCXCIV. By STEPHANUS BALUZIUS (Étienne Baluze). TOMUS PRIMUS / TOMI PRIMI (Tome One). VELLUM BOUND Ecclesiastical Papal History. VERY SCARCE 1693 FIRST EDITION. PARISIIS (Paris) : Apud Franciscum Muguet Regis, Cleri Gallicani. MDCXCIII (1693). First Edition. The book was reprinted, most notably in 1916 and 1928. Those later editions can be found, but the 1693 first edition is almost impossible to find outside of a few Rare Book Rooms of Major Universities and National Libraries. Vellum Covers, manuscript titling on the spine, 8" x 10". Pagination: [1 leaf] front free endpaper, [1] title page, [1] blank verso, [4] Epistola, [16] Prefatio,…

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    VITAE PAPARUM AVENIONENSIUM: Hoc Est HISTORIA PONTIFICUM ROMANORUM Qui in Gallia Sederunt AB Anno Christi MCCCV Usque Ad Annum MCCCXCIV. By STEPHANUS BALUZIUS (Étienne Baluze). TOMUS PRIMUS / TOMI PRIMI (Tome One). VELLUM BOUND Ecclesiastical Papal History. VERY SCARCE 1693 FIRST EDITION. PARISIIS (Paris) : Apud Franciscum Muguet Regis, Cleri Gallicani. MDCXCIII (1693). First Edition. The book was reprinted, most notably in 1916 and 1928. Those later editions can be found, but the 1693 first edition is almost impossible to find outside of a few Rare Book Rooms of Major Universities and National Libraries. Vellum Covers, manuscript titling on the spine, 8" x 10". Pagination: [1 leaf] front free endpaper, [1] title page, [1] blank verso, [4] Epistola, [16] Prefatio, [1] blank, [1] PLATE of PAPAL COINAGE, 1,478 numbered columns / 739 pages (text pages numbered by column only, two columns per page), [30] Index and Errata. Collated page for page with the 1693 First Edition Copy in the Rare Book Holdings of the Montserrat Abbey Library. That copy was digitized in 2011. There is a label size bookplate of Jacobi Manzoni at the upper corner of the front pastedown.

    Jacobi Manzoni / Giacomo Manzoni, was an important Italian book collector. Manzoni was born in 1816 in Lugo, Romagna, into an aristocratic family. He was involved in many aspects of Italian life, but his main pursuit, which he began at a very early age, was collecting books and manuscripts. At the time of his death in 1889, he left a library of approximately 25,000 rare and highly valued volumes. This is one of those volumes. Condition: The Vellum Covers have yellowed and toned, the spine has substantially darkened, there is some peeling and cracking to the covers' edges and 2" of splitting at the top and bottom of the spine folds, the edges and spine ends are shelf worn and rubbed through at places, nonetheless the covers are solid, doing their job well, and attractive in a Harry Potter's Hogwarts Library way. There is a bit of writing on the endpapers, a small bookplate to the front pastedown (as noted above) and a small label with numbers to the rear pastedown;

    the front free endpaper is creased, the title page has some edge wear and small edge chips, there is light toning and foxing throughout, overall the inner pages are very nice - tight, bright, clean, and unmarked.

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  • 1726 GERMAN PHILOSOPHICAL LEXICON First Edition SIGNED by J. F. CLASSEN Important Association Copy in Vellum Covers by Johann Georg Walch 1726 GERMAN PHILOSOPHICAL LEXICON First Edition SIGNED by J. F. CLASSEN Important Association Copy in Vellum Covers
    Johann Georg Walch

    PHILOSOPHISCHES LEXICON: Darinnen Die in allen Theilen der Philosophie, als Logic, Metaphysic, Physic, Pneumatic, Ethic, natu?rlichen Theologie... by Johann Georg Walch.

    LEIPZIG: Verlegts Joh. Friedrich Gleditschens seel. Sohn, 1726. FIRST EDITION.

    Vellum Covers, spine tooled in gilt, all edges stained red, [21], 3048 (columns), [90] pp., frontispiece portrait of Walch plus engraved initials and headpiece in the Introduction, 5.5x8.5 inches (14x21.5cm).

    The first major philosophical dictionary in German, with words from "Abend" to "Zwietracht".

    SIGNED and DATED by JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (aka J. F. Classen), with his SIGNATURE and the date 1753 at the bottom corner of the front free endpaper.

    GOOD PLUS Condition: Soiling and light wear to the vellum covers, spine gilt somewhat faded; inner pages age toned…

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    PHILOSOPHISCHES LEXICON: Darinnen Die in allen Theilen der Philosophie, als Logic, Metaphysic, Physic, Pneumatic, Ethic, natu?rlichen Theologie... by Johann Georg Walch.

    LEIPZIG: Verlegts Joh. Friedrich Gleditschens seel. Sohn, 1726. FIRST EDITION.

    Vellum Covers, spine tooled in gilt, all edges stained red, [21], 3048 (columns), [90] pp., frontispiece portrait of Walch plus engraved initials and headpiece in the Introduction, 5.5x8.5 inches (14x21.5cm).

    The first major philosophical dictionary in German, with words from "Abend" to "Zwietracht".

    SIGNED and DATED by JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (aka J. F. Classen), with his SIGNATURE and the date 1753 at the bottom corner of the front free endpaper.

    GOOD PLUS Condition: Soiling and light wear to the vellum covers, spine gilt somewhat faded; inner pages age toned with scattered faint marginal soiling and foxing, text largely unaffected. Overall a complete, fully legible, and amazingly solid copy of this 1726 philosophical dictionary / lexicon.

    RARE 1726 FIRST EDITION and an IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY with the Signature of J. F. Classen. Books with the stamp and marks of the Classen library that was built after his death are not uncommon, but books with his actual signature are rarely seen.

    About JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (from Wikipedia):

    ******Johan Frederik Classen, frequently known simply as J. F. Classen, b.1725 d.1792, was a Danish-Norwegian industrialist, major general, landowner and founder of Det Classenske Fideicommis. He served as chancellery adviser to King Frederik V.

    A patron of literature, Classen bought books at home and abroad until he had amassed a large library. In his will Classen left all his assets and possessions to a charitable foundation, Det Classenske Fideicommis. It was to be used "to educate good people...and to help to alleviate poverty and misery." The fund still has considerable assets.

    The Classen Library (Danish: Det Classenske Bibliotek) in Amaliegade in Copenhagen was built at the time of Classen's death in 1792 to house his extensive library of some 20,000 volumes. It was a public library in Copenhagen, Denmark, the third largest library in the city, surpassed only by the Royal Danish Library and Copenhagen University Library. It existed until 1867 when it was merged with the Copenhagen University Library.****** (Read much more about J. F. Classen on his Wikipedia page.)

    INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: This book is heavy and will require additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the additional charges and be able to accept or reject them before your payment is processed. Or you can contact us ahead of time to find out the shipping charge to your country. Thanks.

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  • 1751 GERMAN SCIENCE JOURNAL 6 Issues in 1 Volume IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach 1751 GERMAN SCIENCE JOURNAL 6 Issues in 1 Volume IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach

    Hamburgisches Magazin, oder gesammlete Schriften zum Unterricht und Vergnügen aus der Naturforschung und den angenehmen Wissenschaften überhaupt. Achtes Bandes (Volume 8).

    Published by Georg Christian Grund and Adam Heinrich Holle, Hamburg and Leipzig, Germany, 1751.

    Six issues bound in one volume, hardcovers, leather covered boards, gilt coat-of-arms embossed on the front and rear covers, six spine bands, gilt decorations on spine, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, 12 mo., 4.5x7 inches (10.5x18 cm), 658 + [14] pages. Illustrated with one folding plate, engravings on the title page of each issue, and tail pieces.

    The Hamburgisches Magazin was a scientific journal containing essays, letters to the editor, etc., on the natural and physical sciences, often highlighting work from foreign scientists translated into…

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    Hamburgisches Magazin, oder gesammlete Schriften zum Unterricht und Vergnügen aus der Naturforschung und den angenehmen Wissenschaften überhaupt. Achtes Bandes (Volume 8).

    Published by Georg Christian Grund and Adam Heinrich Holle, Hamburg and Leipzig, Germany, 1751.

    Six issues bound in one volume, hardcovers, leather covered boards, gilt coat-of-arms embossed on the front and rear covers, six spine bands, gilt decorations on spine, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, 12 mo., 4.5x7 inches (10.5x18 cm), 658 + [14] pages. Illustrated with one folding plate, engravings on the title page of each issue, and tail pieces.

    The Hamburgisches Magazin was a scientific journal containing essays, letters to the editor, etc., on the natural and physical sciences, often highlighting work from foreign scientists translated into German.

    GREAT ASSOCIATION COPY. There is an OWNERSHIP BOOKPLATE of JOHANN FRIEDRICH BLUMENBACH, b.1752 d. 1840, on the front pastedown. Blumenbach was one of Germany's most important and influential early anthropologists. The bookplate has his PRINTED SIGNATURE on its face. I feel the Signature is PRINTED even though others claim it is HAND SIGNED / AUTOGRAPH. The two copies I found online, one held by a noted HISTORY OF SCIENCE bookseller and another held by the important Herzog August Bibliothek (Herzog August Library), claim that the signature on Blumenbach's bookplates is HAND SIGNED. However, the signatures on both the examples presented online, and mine, are EXACT in even the minutest details, and convince me that this is a printed signature. I have seen his signature on documents in the past and, like all signatures, they all had noticeable, even if sometimes small, deviations. These three examples have none that I can detect. A RARE BOOKPLATE and IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

    GOOD MINUS CONDITION: The front cover is detached but present, the rear cover is just holding on with the cord bindings, the leather spine title labels are missing and the spine gilt has substantially worn off, the leather covered boards are rubbed and scraped, the gilt coat-of-arms on the front and rear covers is bright but scratched and rubbed; the marbling on the top edges has faded away but is visible on the front and bottom page edges; internally, there is light browning and spotting throughout but the text is always clear and fully legible, overall the pages remain tightly bound, clean and unmarked. A complete, presentable copy with a detached front cover.

    This publication is often found disbound with the various articles sold separately. It is hard to find a complete volume (i.e. 6 bound issues).

    RARE with the ownership bookplate of the great natural scientist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach.

    About JOHANN FRIEDRICH BLUMENBACH (from Wikipedia):

    ******Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, b.1752 d.1840, was a German physician, naturalist, physiologist, and anthropologist. He is considered to be a main founder of zoology and anthropology as comparative, scientific disciplines. He was also important as a race theorist.

    He was one of the first to explore the study of the human being as an aspect of natural history. His teachings in comparative anatomy were applied to his classification of human races, of which he claimed there were five, Caucasian, Mongolian, Malayan, Ethiopian, and American. He was a member of what modern historians call the Göttingen School of History.

    Blumenbach's contemporaries considered him one of the great theorists of his day and a leading light of German science. Kant and Friedrich Schelling both called him "one of the most profound biological theorists of the modern era". In the words of science historian Peter Watson, "roughly half the German biologists during the early nineteenth century studied under him or were greatly influenced by him".******

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  • 1807 POETIC LATIN REPHRASING of THE PSALMS by GEORGE BUCHANAN, SCOTTISH SCHOLAR by Georgii Buchanani Scoti, George Buchanan 1807 POETIC LATIN REPHRASING of THE PSALMS by GEORGE BUCHANAN, SCOTTISH SCHOLAR
    Georgii Buchanani Scoti, George Buchanan

    Georgii Buchanani Scoti, POETARUM SUI SECULI FACILE PRINCIPIS, Paraphrasis Psalmorum Davidis Poetica. Ad Optimam Editionem Thomae Ruddimani, A.M. Summo Studio Recognita et Castigata. Praemissa Est Accuratior Quam Antehac Carminum Explicatio. EDINBURGH : Excudebat C. Stewart, Academiae Typographus, Apud Mondell, Doig & Stevenson, 1807. Small Format Hardcover Book, leather covered boards that are DETACHED but present, 3.5x5.5 inches, xiv + 234 pages, plus 2 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear. In LATIN. The book is a POETIC LATIN REPHRASING / PARAPHRASING of the PSALMS by the great SCOTTISH Latin Scholar and Poet GEORGE BUCHANAN. ASSOCIATION COPY. The book has two interesting associations: (1) There is a signature on the title page of (?) BRAZER DAVIS. The question mark is because…

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    Georgii Buchanani Scoti, POETARUM SUI SECULI FACILE PRINCIPIS, Paraphrasis Psalmorum Davidis Poetica. Ad Optimam Editionem Thomae Ruddimani, A.M. Summo Studio Recognita et Castigata. Praemissa Est Accuratior Quam Antehac Carminum Explicatio. EDINBURGH : Excudebat C. Stewart, Academiae Typographus, Apud Mondell, Doig & Stevenson, 1807. Small Format Hardcover Book, leather covered boards that are DETACHED but present, 3.5x5.5 inches, xiv + 234 pages, plus 2 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear. In LATIN. The book is a POETIC LATIN REPHRASING / PARAPHRASING of the PSALMS by the great SCOTTISH Latin Scholar and Poet GEORGE BUCHANAN. ASSOCIATION COPY. The book has two interesting associations: (1) There is a signature on the title page of (?) BRAZER DAVIS. The question mark is because I cannot make out the first word, perhaps it is a first name or a military rank? There is a lot of historical information about a John Brazer Davis, also known as Colonel John Brazer Davis, an early American military man who is even mentioned several times in the memoirs of John Adams. Is this him? I do not know because, though Brazer Davis is written neatly and clearly, the word or title preceding Brazer Davis does not look like John or like Colonel, nor does it look like anything that I can figure out. (2) The book was deaccessioned from the Tufts College Library, and there is a printed signed note laid in that states the book was a gift of REV. CONVERS FRANCIS of CAMBRIDGE and was donated by him in 1861. The slip has his signature. Looking into both Convers Francis and John Brazer Davis one finds that they are often mentioned as being in the same fraternities and organizations at the same time, which is interesting. I HAVE PROVIDED IMAGES of the SIGNATURE THAT IS ON THE TITLE PAGE and of the laid in DONATION SLIP so that you can determine for yourself if the associations hold water or not. You can find information about both John Brazer Davis and Rev. Convers Francis on the Internet. CONDITION: Disbound Covers, as noted above; there are some library markings, including withdrawn stamps, here and there; there are relevant handwritten pencil notes in the margins and among the text, most are light and hard to read; there is offsetting to the margins of the first and last few pages; the first few pages have some water staining to the bottom margin; overall the inner pages are complete, remain nicely bound together, and have printing that is bright and clear. A very suitable copy for rebinding, should you desire to do so. About the author GEORGE BUCHANAN (from Wikipedia): ****** George Buchanan, b. 1506 d. 1582, was a Scottish historian and humanist scholar. According to historian Keith Brown, Buchanan was "the most profound intellectual sixteenth century Scotland produced." His ideology of resistance to royal usurpation gained widespread acceptance during the Scottish Reformation. Brown says the ease with which King James VII was deposed in 1689 shows the power of Buchanan's ideas. For mastery of the Latin language, Buchanan has seldom been surpassed by any modern writer. His style is not rigidly modelled on that of any classical author, but has a freshness and elasticity of its own. Hugh Trevor-Roper called him "by universal consent, the greatest Latin writer, whether in prose or in verse, in sixteenth century Europe". He wrote Latin as if it were his mother tongue. Buchanan also had a rich vein of poetical feeling, and much originality of thought. His translations of the Psalms and of the Greek plays are more than mere versions; his two tragedies, Baptistes and Jephthes, enjoyed a European reputation for academic excellence. His Pompae verses were written for performance at the court entertainments of Mary, including the Offering of the Rustic Gods sung during a masque devised by Bastian Pagez for the baptism of King James.******

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  • 1827 4 Vol Set THOMAS CARLYLE GERMAN ROMANCE Goethe, Richter - From the CARLYLE COLLECTION of Dr. Samuel A. Jones by THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe, Richter, Schiller 1827 4 Vol Set THOMAS CARLYLE GERMAN ROMANCE Goethe, Richter - From the CARLYLE COLLECTION of Dr. Samuel A. Jones
    THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe, Richter, Schiller

    GERMAN ROMANCE: Specimens of Its Chief Authors; with Biographical and Critical Notices by the Translator of Wilhelm Meister and the Author of The Life of Schiller (i.e. THOMAS CARLYLE). FOUR VOLUMES (Complete in These 4 Volumes). Edinburgh: William Tait, Prince's Street, and London: Charles Tait, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXVII (1827). FIRST EDITION. Original hardcovers, gray paper covered boards, brown paper covered spines, printed title information on spines, 5" x 8", 337, 317, 309 and 352 pages respectively.

    Each Volume is complete with a half title and engraved title page. Early Thomas Carlyle book appearance, this was only his fourth work in book form. Carlyle greatly admired German writers and was instrumental in introducing them to the England through this, his 4…

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    GERMAN ROMANCE: Specimens of Its Chief Authors; with Biographical and Critical Notices by the Translator of Wilhelm Meister and the Author of The Life of Schiller (i.e. THOMAS CARLYLE). FOUR VOLUMES (Complete in These 4 Volumes). Edinburgh: William Tait, Prince's Street, and London: Charles Tait, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXVII (1827). FIRST EDITION. Original hardcovers, gray paper covered boards, brown paper covered spines, printed title information on spines, 5" x 8", 337, 317, 309 and 352 pages respectively.

    Each Volume is complete with a half title and engraved title page. Early Thomas Carlyle book appearance, this was only his fourth work in book form. Carlyle greatly admired German writers and was instrumental in introducing them to the England through this, his 4 volume set of books. The four volumes are: Vol. I: Musaeus and Fouqué; Vol II: Tieck and Hoffman; Vol. III: Richter; and Vol. IV: Goethe (this 4 volume set is most renowned for this volume entirely on Goethe). All four Volumes were previously part of the CARLYLE COLLECTION of DR. SAMUEL A. JONES, with a decorative rubber stamp that states "CARLYLE COLLECTION

    / SAM'L A JONES" on the

    front free endpaper of each volume, and a second such stamp on the front pastedown of the first volume. In addition, each volume is hand numbered according to its place in the collection.

    The volumes are hand numbered 20, 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Dr. Samuel A. Jones was renowned collector of Thomas Carlyle. His entire collection was catalogued by the University of Michigan in 1919. The association gives this set a rather wonderful provenance. CONDITION: Volume I has a disbound front cover and is missing its spine covering. The spine covering of Volume II is almost completely chipped away, the spine coverings of Volumes III and IV are chipped, rubbed and worn, with the spine lettering only partially legible.

    The covers of all 4 Volumes are worn at the edges, with most edges worn through, and the paper starting to peel away at a number of places. Volume I has a clipping from an old bookseller's catalogue pasted to the front pastedown. The clipping lists a similar set of Carlyle books for 1 pound 5 shillings. The bookseller was Alfred Russell Smith (Soho, London). Internally, there is foxing, offsetting, some spotting and some shorelining, mainly to the first and last few pages of each Volume, otherwise the inner pages are pretty nice - complete, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. SCARCE FIRST EDITION SET OF THIS IMPORTANT THOMAS CARLYLE WORK with a WONDERFUL ASSOCIATION to one of the most notable COLLECTOR'S OF CARLYLE.

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  • 1829 ORIGINE des PROVERBES copy of WILLIAM STIRLING MAXWELL in a CUSTOM BINDING by M. C. BOURDONNÉ 1829 ORIGINE des PROVERBES copy of WILLIAM STIRLING MAXWELL in a CUSTOM BINDING
    M. C. BOURDONNÉ

    ORIGINE des PROVERBES EXPLICATIONS CURIEUSES et INSTRUCTIVES de L'ORIGINE des PHRASES PROVERBIALES qui sont USITÉES de NOS JOURS, par M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professeur de Langue Française. (ORIGIN of PROVERBS CURIOUS and INSTRUCTIVE; Explanations of the ORIGIN of the PROVERBIAL PHRASES which are USED TODAY, by M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professor of French Language.) PARIS: Garnier Libraire, 1829. First Edition. TEXT IN FRENCH. Small Format Book in Custom Leather Binding, gilt top edges, 32mo, 2.5x4 inches, [4], iv, [4], 116 pages. Pagination as follows: blank leaf; half title page, printer information on verso; title page, blank verso; I-IV; Errata page, blank verso; ad for author's previous book, blank verso; 1-116 (text and index); blank leaf. This volume is from the library of…

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    ORIGINE des PROVERBES EXPLICATIONS CURIEUSES et INSTRUCTIVES de L'ORIGINE des PHRASES PROVERBIALES qui sont USITÉES de NOS JOURS, par M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professeur de Langue Française. (ORIGIN of PROVERBS CURIOUS and INSTRUCTIVE; Explanations of the ORIGIN of the PROVERBIAL PHRASES which are USED TODAY, by M. C. BOURDONNÉ, Professor of French Language.) PARIS: Garnier Libraire, 1829. First Edition. TEXT IN FRENCH. Small Format Book in Custom Leather Binding, gilt top edges, 32mo, 2.5x4 inches, [4], iv, [4], 116 pages. Pagination as follows: blank leaf; half title page, printer information on verso; title page, blank verso; I-IV; Errata page, blank verso; ad for author's previous book, blank verso; 1-116 (text and index); blank leaf. This volume is from the library of SIR WILLIAM STIRLING-MAXWELL (b. 1818 d. 1878) 9th Baronet KT of Pollok, a historian, politician, and a renowned collector of books on proverbs. This book has his bookplate on the front pastedown and the bookplate of his Keir Collection of Books on Proverbs on the rear pastedown. This book is described by Stirling-Maxwell on page 10 of the book he wrote titled "An essay towards a collection of books relating to proverbs, emblems, apophthegms, epitaphs and ana, being a catalogue of those at Keir" (privately printed 1860). This book was Custom Bound for Sir William Stirling Maxwell by Maclehose, Glasgow. The binder's name is printed at the top of the front pastedown. This custom binding has Stirling's coat of arms and motto blind embossed on the front cover, and his monogram on the rear cover. A little research shows that William Stirling Maxwell used many different coats of arms and monograms on his bookplates and books over time. CONDITION: THE FRONT COVER IS DETACHED (i.e. laid on loosely), the covers are worn at the folds, corners and edges, the rear hinge is split but the rear cover is holding by the sewn binding; internally, there is foxing throughout but the pages and printing remain bright and clear; there is wear and roughness to some of the bottom page edges, possibly from being cut open roughly, not affecting text, there is a small silver bookstore label of LILLIPUT BOOKS / TOKYO on the rear pastedown with a price of 84,000 yen, equal to $758 as I type this (Lilliput Books, Tokyo, was the first bookstore in the world dedicated exclusively to miniature books, it closed in 2015). Overall, a quite nice copy with a detached front cover. RARE BOOK (WorldCat shows only one copy of this title, and that copy is held at

    the Bibliothèque Nationale de France / the National Library of France), made ESPECIALLY RARE with the CUSTOM BINDING and BOOKPLATES of the proverb collector WILLIAM STIRLING MAXWELL. About William Stirling Maxwell (from Wikipedia): ******Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Baronet KT, of Pollok (8 March 1818 - 15 January 1878), was a Scottish historical writer and art historian, politician, and virtuoso. UNTIL 1865 HE WAS KNOWN AS WILLIAM STIRLING, and several of his books were published under that name. He was Chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 1875 until his death and was also a Knight of the Thistle, considered the highest honour which can be conferred by the Crown on a Scotsman.******

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  • 1893 PAPERS RELATED to the ANNEXATION of the HAWAIIAN ISLANDS to the UNITED STATES First Edition IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY SIGNED 1893 PAPERS RELATED to the ANNEXATION of the HAWAIIAN ISLANDS to the UNITED STATES First Edition IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY SIGNED

    PAPERS RELATED TO THE ANNEXATION OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS TO THE UNITED STATES

    WASHINGTON: Government Printing Office, 1893. First edition.

    Important Association Copy:

    Copy of HENRY N. CASTLE, with his SIGNATURE on the title-page. Henry N. Castle was an important figure in the overthrow of Queen Lilinokalani and the formation of the New Republic of Hawaii. He was owner of The Honolulu Advertiser, the oldest and most influential paper in Hawaii. HIS BROTHER WILLIAM R. CASTLE was a WRITER and SIGNER of the 1893 DRAFT ANNEXATION TREATY. He is referenced in a number of places in this book

    In 1895 while returning to Hawaii to support the Islands' revolutionaries he and his four year-old daughter were on the ship…

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    PAPERS RELATED TO THE ANNEXATION OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS TO THE UNITED STATES

    WASHINGTON: Government Printing Office, 1893. First edition.

    Important Association Copy:

    Copy of HENRY N. CASTLE, with his SIGNATURE on the title-page. Henry N. Castle was an important figure in the overthrow of Queen Lilinokalani and the formation of the New Republic of Hawaii. He was owner of The Honolulu Advertiser, the oldest and most influential paper in Hawaii. HIS BROTHER WILLIAM R. CASTLE was a WRITER and SIGNER of the 1893 DRAFT ANNEXATION TREATY. He is referenced in a number of places in this book

    In 1895 while returning to Hawaii to support the Islands' revolutionaries he and his four year-old daughter were on the ship Elbe which crashed and sank. They both drowned. His wife and infant daughter, Elinor, were not on the ship.

    Subsequent to the death of Henry N. Castle, his wife, MABEL WING CASTLE, SIGNED and INSCRIBED this book to his daughter, ELINOR CASTLE NEF. The book is inscribed on the front free-endpaper: "To Elinor Castle Nef / Henry Castle's daughter / M.W.C. [Mabel Wing Castle]".

    Subsequent to that the book was donated to the University of Chicago by Elinor Castle Nef and her husband John U. Nef. There is a University of Chicago bookplate on the front pastedown with the following printed information: "FROM the LIBRARY of / ELINOR CASTLE NEF / and / JOHN U. NEF".

    Also, on the verso of the title page, is the printed statement: "Gift of / John U. Nef".

    Hardcover book, leather spine and corners with marbled paper covered boards, 6x9 inches, 69 and 192 pages. There is a bookbinder's label at the bottom the front pastedown: " Haw'n Gazette Co. / Publishers, Printers and Binders / Honolulu, H.I."

    Contains two important Senate reports from the 52nd Congress, 2nd Session, relating to the Annexation of Hawaii.

    The first report is subtitled: "A treaty of annexation concluded on the 14th day of February 1893, between the United States and the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands". Dated February 15, 1893. 69 pages.

    The report begins: "To the Senate / I transmit, herewith, with a view to its ratification, a treaty of annexation concluded on the 14th day of February, 1893, between Hon. John W. Foster, Secretary of State...and Lorrin A. Thurston, W. R. CASTLE, W. C. Wilder, C. L. Carter, and Joseph Marsden, the commissioners on part of the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands." The introductory remarks are followed by the FULL DRAFT ANNEXATION TREATY.

    The second report is subtitled: "Correspondence respecting relations between the United States and the Hawaiian Islands from September, 1820 to January, 1893". Dated February 17, 1893. 192 pages.

    Condition: The covers are well-worn, the front and rear boards are disbound (i.e. laid on loosely), worn through at the corners and edges, scraped, and the leather is chipping and peeling at places; the spine covering is chipped at the ends, scraped, and has a horizontal split; nonetheless the covers and spine covering are present and bright, and certainly worthy of rebacking / repair. EX-LIBRARY, deaccessioned from the University of Chicago Library (which holds the archives of Henry N. Castle), with a library bookplate on the front pastedown (as noted above) and a library stamp on the verso of the title page, both over-stamped WITHDRAWN; the front free endpaper (with the presentation inscription from Mrs. Castle to Elinor Castle Nef) is split for 3 inches at its gutter edge and is very tender but holding; the second report has margin marks and a bit of underlining here and there throughout noting passages, perhaps made by Henry N. Castle; the pages are lightly age toned, there is some edge wear here and there, overall the inner pages remain bright, clean, clear and fully legible. A complete copy deserving of rebinding.

    Read about HENRY NORTHRUP CASELE and WILLIAM RICHARDS CASTLE at various places on the Internet.

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  • 1920 GEORGE STERLING **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** ROSAMUND Association Copy Inscribed to the English Female Sculptor and Adventuress CLARE SHERIDAN Limited First Edition #188 of 500 by George Sterling 1920 GEORGE STERLING **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** ROSAMUND Association Copy Inscribed to the English Female Sculptor and Adventuress CLARE SHERIDAN Limited First Edition #188 of 500
    George Sterling

    ROSAMUND: A DRAMATIC POEM, by GEORGE STERLING.

    Published by A. M. Robertson, San Francisco, 1920. First edition, first printing, with the date 1920 on both the title page and copyright page with no indication of additional printings.

    Limited Edition of only 500 copies, this being hand numbered copy 188, as shown on the limitation page (the last page).

    Softcovers, 5.5x8.5 inches, 120 pages.

    SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by GEORGE STERLING to CLARE SHERIDAN on the front free endpaper: "For Clare Sheridan, This melodrama of another 'golden lily,' without apologies for her conduct. George Sterling. San Francisco, Oct. 11th, 1921."

    Clare Consuelo Sheridan (née Frewen) b.1885 d.1970, was an English sculptor, journalist and writer known primarily for creating busts of…

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    ROSAMUND: A DRAMATIC POEM, by GEORGE STERLING.

    Published by A. M. Robertson, San Francisco, 1920. First edition, first printing, with the date 1920 on both the title page and copyright page with no indication of additional printings.

    Limited Edition of only 500 copies, this being hand numbered copy 188, as shown on the limitation page (the last page).

    Softcovers, 5.5x8.5 inches, 120 pages.

    SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by GEORGE STERLING to CLARE SHERIDAN on the front free endpaper: "For Clare Sheridan, This melodrama of another 'golden lily,' without apologies for her conduct. George Sterling. San Francisco, Oct. 11th, 1921."

    Clare Consuelo Sheridan (née Frewen) b.1885 d.1970, was an English sculptor, journalist and writer known primarily for creating busts of the famous (including her cousin Winston Churchill) and writing diaries recounting her worldly travels. She enjoyed travelling around the world; and among her circle of friends were Princess Margaret of Sweden, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Lady Diana Cooper, Vita Sackville-West and Vivien Leigh. She led an adventurous life. Please read all about her on her Wikipedia page.

    GOOD MINUS condition: The covers are worn at the corners and edges, the spine covering is missing its top 1 inch, has some scrapes, and is splitting at the bottom rear fold for about 2 inches, the front cover has a stiff and tender crease where it was attached to the front free endpaper, nonetheless these original covers are still holding and doing their job; there is a crease to the upper front corner of the book leaving a crease at that corner of the covers and inner pages; internally the staples binding the text block are rusting, the pages are tight, bright, clean and clear. A used copy that remains solid and presentable.

    A wonderful Signed and Inscribed copy with a great Association to an impressive English woman.

    About George Sterling (from Wikipedia):

    ******George Sterling, b.1869 d.1926, was an American writer based in the San Francisco, California Bay Area and Carmel by the Sea. He was considered a prominent poet and playwright and proponent of Bohemianism during the first quarter of the twentieth century. His work was admired by writers as diverse as Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Theodore Dreiser, and Sinclair Lewis.

    In 1905 Sterling moved to Carmel by the Sea, California, an undeveloped coastal area, and soon established a settlement for like minded Bohemian writers. Carmel had been discovered by Charles Warren Stoddard and others, but Sterling made it world famous.

    Sterling joined the Bohemian Club and acted in their theatrical productions each summer at the Bohemian Grove. For the Grove play of 1907 the Club presented Sterling's "The Triumph of Bohemia".

    Sterling carried a vial of cyanide for many years. In November 1926, Sterling used it while at his residence at the San Francisco Bohemian Club. Kevin Starr wrote that "When George Sterling's corpse was discovered in his room at the Bohemian Club... the golden age of San Francisco's bohemia had definitely come to a miserable end."******

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  • 1924 Die Insel der Grossen Mutter / Island of the Great Mother ASSOCIATION COPY with SIDNEY H. SIME BOOKPLATE by Gerhart Hauptmann 1924 Die Insel der Grossen Mutter / Island of the Great Mother ASSOCIATION COPY with SIDNEY H. SIME BOOKPLATE
    Gerhart Hauptmann

    Die Insel der Grossen Mutter oder Das Wunder Von Ile Des Dames : Eine Geschichte aus dem Utopischen Archipelagus (The island of the Great Mother or The Miracle of the Island of Women : A Story from the Utopian Archipelago), by Gerhart Hauptmann. BERLIN: S. Fischer Verlag, 1924. Erste bis Funfundzwanzigste Auflage (First to Twenty-Fifth Printing). GERMAN BOOK, TEXT IN GERMAN. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, beautifully illustrated paper covered boards, 4.5x7.5 inches, 373 pages. BOOKPLATE by the artist SIDNEY SIME is on the front pastedown. The bookplate has the printed name of MONTGOMERY EVANS II, a Pennsylvania aristocrat who was friends with many literary figures, including Lord Dunsany A quite lovely and rare bookplate. Sidney Herbert Sime (b. 1867 d.…

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    Die Insel der Grossen Mutter oder Das Wunder Von Ile Des Dames : Eine Geschichte aus dem Utopischen Archipelagus (The island of the Great Mother or The Miracle of the Island of Women : A Story from the Utopian Archipelago), by Gerhart Hauptmann. BERLIN: S. Fischer Verlag, 1924. Erste bis Funfundzwanzigste Auflage (First to Twenty-Fifth Printing). GERMAN BOOK, TEXT IN GERMAN. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, beautifully illustrated paper covered boards, 4.5x7.5 inches, 373 pages. BOOKPLATE by the artist SIDNEY SIME is on the front pastedown. The bookplate has the printed name of MONTGOMERY EVANS II, a Pennsylvania aristocrat who was friends with many literary figures, including Lord Dunsany A quite lovely and rare bookplate. Sidney Herbert Sime (b. 1867 d. 1941, often S. H. Sime) was an English artist in the late Victorian and succeeding periods, mostly remembered for his fantastic and satirical artwork, especially his story illustrations for Irish author Lord Dunsany. The bookplate is printed with the name MONTGOMERY EVANS II, a Pennsylvania aristocrat who was friends with many literary figures, including Lord Dunsany. Montgomery Evans II was born on March 12, 1901 in Norristown, Pennsylvania to a wealthy lawyer and banker. Evans was an aspiring writer and aristocrat formed many friendships with literary figures of the 1920s. He was friends with Hunter Stagg, an editor of the Southern literary magazine, The Reviewer. It was through him that Evans was able to network and associate with literary figures such as Augustus John, Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Walter de la Mare, and Aleister Crowley. Evans and Stagg went on a European tour in 1924 during which he spent time with Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Pankhurst, and Sylvia Beach. He died in 1954 from a head fracture due to a fall when he was drunk. CONDITION: VERY GOOD book, minor chipping to the bottom of the spine, toning to the covers edges, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. In a POOR dustjacket that is almost completely split along all its folds (a light tug and it will be split into several tugs), has several long closed tears, and s chipped along the edges and folds; nonetheless this original dustjacket is very scarce in any condition. Scarce Edition in a Scarce Dustjacket with a Scarce Bookplate and a Scarce Association.

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  • 1935 RUTH PITTER Poet MAD LADY'S GARLAND - SIGNED and INSCRIBED by JOHN HOLMES to JOHN CIARDI, a Presentation Copy by Ruth Pitter (John Holmes, John Ciardi) 1935 RUTH PITTER Poet MAD LADY'S GARLAND - SIGNED and INSCRIBED by JOHN HOLMES to JOHN CIARDI, a Presentation Copy
    Ruth Pitter (John Holmes, John Ciardi)

    A MAD LADY'S GARLAND, by RUTH PITTER. Published by the Macmillan Company, New York, 1935. A book of poems. INSCRIBED, SIGNED and DATED by JOHN HOLMES, Poet and Tufts University Professor of Literature and Poetry, and PRESENTED to his then student JOHN CIARDI. "John Ciardi, HIS Book, / on and after Dec. 7, 1937 / from John Holmes". Clearly this was John Holmes' personal copy which he was gifting to John Ciardi. Ruth Pitter must have a favorite poet of both of these male poets. Several of the poems have brief handwritten pencil notes and marks beside and on them, likely by either John Holmes or John Ciardi. FAIR condition, the covers are soiled, the spine is sunned / darkened…

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    A MAD LADY'S GARLAND, by RUTH PITTER. Published by the Macmillan Company, New York, 1935. A book of poems. INSCRIBED, SIGNED and DATED by JOHN HOLMES, Poet and Tufts University Professor of Literature and Poetry, and PRESENTED to his then student JOHN CIARDI. "John Ciardi, HIS Book, / on and after Dec. 7, 1937 / from John Holmes". Clearly this was John Holmes' personal copy which he was gifting to John Ciardi. Ruth Pitter must have a favorite poet of both of these male poets. Several of the poems have brief handwritten pencil notes and marks beside and on them, likely by either John Holmes or John Ciardi. FAIR condition, the covers are soiled, the spine is sunned / darkened and its lettering is no longer visible; internally there is glue remnant to the front free endpaper likely from the removal of a bookplate, light toning to the pages, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. A solid copy. An interesting intersection of John Holmes, John Ciardi, and Ruth Pitter, all in one place. About RUTH PITTER (from Wikipedia): ******Emma Thomas "Ruth" Pitter, CBE, FRSL, b.1897 d.1992, was a 20th century British poet. She was the first woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, and was appointed a CBE in 1979 to honour her many contributions to English literature. In 1974, she was named a "Companion of Literature", the highest honour given by the Royal Society of Literature. She was a good friend of C. S. Lewis, who admired her poetry. He often invited her critique of his poems. Pitter is considered by many Lewis scholars to have had an effect on his writing in the 1940s and 1950s. W. B. Yeats, Robin Skelton and Thom Gunn also appreciated Pitter's work and praised her poetry. Lord David Cecil once remarked that Pitter was one of the most original and moving poets then living. Despite some praise Pitter has been mostly overlooked. It is only in recent years that there has been a renewed interest in her work.****** About JOHN HOLMES (from Wikipedia): ******JOHN HOLMES, b.1904 d.1962, was a poet and critic. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, and both attended and taught at Tufts University where he was a professor of literature and modern poetry for 28 years. His students included Anne Sexton, Richard Wilbur, May Sarton, John Ciardi, Maxine Kumin, and many others. He wrote ten volumes of poetry, but it was his influence on a generation of poets that was his greatest contribution to poetry.****** About JOHN CIARDI (from Wikipedia): ******John Anthony Ciardi, b.1916 d.1986, was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children's poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and longtime poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. In 1959, Ciardi published a book on how to read, write, and teach poetry, How Does a Poem Mean?, which has proven to be among the most used books of its kind.******

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  • 1945 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY ANNA & KING OF SIAM Presentation Copy to HERBERT RYMAN by Talbot Jennings 1945 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY ANNA & KING OF SIAM Presentation Copy to HERBERT RYMAN
    Talbot Jennings

    ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM. SCREENPLAY by TALBOT JENNINGS. PRESENTATION COPY to HERBERT RYMAN, the Great Disney Imagineer. Handwritten in pencil on the front cover is: "to herbert Ryman / July 7, '45". I don't know who presented this copy to Ryman, whether it was Talbot or?? Carbon typescript. Paper Covers, bound with 2 brass brackets, 8.5x11", printed on one side only (rectos), pages numbered in three parts - 87, 74 and 32 pages (193 total pages). Cover has a typed title and author. The script does not have a printed date, but the written presentation on the cover is dated July 7, 1945, and clearly this is a draft that was written prior to Sally Benson being brought…

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    ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM. SCREENPLAY by TALBOT JENNINGS. PRESENTATION COPY to HERBERT RYMAN, the Great Disney Imagineer. Handwritten in pencil on the front cover is: "to herbert Ryman / July 7, '45". I don't know who presented this copy to Ryman, whether it was Talbot or?? Carbon typescript. Paper Covers, bound with 2 brass brackets, 8.5x11", printed on one side only (rectos), pages numbered in three parts - 87, 74 and 32 pages (193 total pages). Cover has a typed title and author. The script does not have a printed date, but the written presentation on the cover is dated July 7, 1945, and clearly this is a draft that was written prior to Sally Benson being brought on as a co-writer, so early 1945 is most likely the date of this version of the film script. CONDITION: The covers are very worn, the edges have chips, tears and creases, the covers have some stiff creases and lighter creases from handling, nonetheless the covers are still doing their job well, and the typed titling and written presentation on the front cover are bright and fully legible. Internally, the title page has torn from its upper bracket, is coming loose, and has numerous creases; the next couple of pages have a few crease but are still sturdy and in place; all the pages are lightly toned / browned with age; otherwise the pages are just lightly used and still complete, bright, clean and unmarked. A VERY RARE EARLY DRAFT of ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM with the GREAT ASSOCIATION to HERBERT RYMAN. You can read about Talbot Jennings on Wikipedia and about Herbert Ryman on Wikipedia and many other online sites.

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  • 1954 SHAKESPEARE LITERARY CRITICISM Presentation Copy SEAFORD COLLEGE to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. by LESLIE HOTSON 1954 SHAKESPEARE LITERARY CRITICISM Presentation Copy SEAFORD COLLEGE to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR.
    LESLIE HOTSON

    THE FIRST NIGHT OF TWELFTH NIGHT, by LESLIE HOTSON. Deciphering the Coded Connections, Mysteries and Clues embedded in The Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare. Leslie Hotson was a noted Harvard Professor, b.1897 d.1992, who was known for unravelling mysteries he found hidden in numerous Elizabethan literary works. PRESENTATION COPY to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS (JR.) from SEAFORD COLLEGE. There is a printed presentation sheet on the front pastedown that reads: "Any Questions / November XII

    MCMLIV / Seaford College / to / Douglas Fairbanks / with grateful thanks"; AND there is Douglas Fairbanks (Jr.) personal bookplate on the front free endpaper. Published by Rupert Hart Davis, London, 1954. First Edition, First Printing, with the date 1954 on the title page and no…

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    THE FIRST NIGHT OF TWELFTH NIGHT, by LESLIE HOTSON. Deciphering the Coded Connections, Mysteries and Clues embedded in The Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare. Leslie Hotson was a noted Harvard Professor, b.1897 d.1992, who was known for unravelling mysteries he found hidden in numerous Elizabethan literary works. PRESENTATION COPY to DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS (JR.) from SEAFORD COLLEGE. There is a printed presentation sheet on the front pastedown that reads: "Any Questions / November XII

    MCMLIV / Seaford College / to / Douglas Fairbanks / with grateful thanks"; AND there is Douglas Fairbanks (Jr.) personal bookplate on the front free endpaper. Published by Rupert Hart Davis, London, 1954. First Edition, First Printing, with the date 1954 on the title page and no indication of later printing on the copyright page. Hardcover book in dustjacket, 5.5x8.5 inches, 256 pages. Condition: GOOD book, the covers corner tips are bumped and there are a few indents to the edges; internally the pages are lightly toned, there is some foxing here and there, and the upper corner of the pages is creased; otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. In a FAIR dustjacket that is torn and frayed at the top of the spine and lesser so at the bottom of the spine, creased with tears along the edges, toned and soiled; nonetheless the dj is still doing its job. Interesting DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS Association and SEAFORD COLLEGE Presentation.

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  • 1973 ALAN PRYCE-JONES : THREE POEMS - Lovingly SIGNED & INSCRIBED (to his Sister-in-Law LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD?) by Alan Pryce-Jones 1973 ALAN PRYCE-JONES : THREE POEMS - Lovingly SIGNED & INSCRIBED (to his Sister-in-Law LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD?)
    Alan Pryce-Jones

    THREE POEMS, by ALAN PRYCE-JONES. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by ALAN PRYCE-JONES to LILIAN (possibly LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, his sister-in-law): "For Lilian, / from / Alan, / with love". (Therese Fould-Springer, wife of Alan Pryce-Jones from 1934 until her death in 1953, was the sister of Liliane de Rothschild, née Fould-Springer, wife of Baron Élie de Rothschild. Alan Pryce-Jones remained close to Liliane for his entire life, even after the death of his wife, her sister.) Self-Published in a limited but unstated number. Printed by The Third & Elm Press, Newport, Rhode Island, December 1973. First Edition, First Printing. Thin Booklet / Chapbook, orange paper covers, French folds, sewn binding, 8 pages. VERY GOOD condition, just light signs of handling, overall…

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    THREE POEMS, by ALAN PRYCE-JONES. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by ALAN PRYCE-JONES to LILIAN (possibly LILIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, his sister-in-law): "For Lilian, / from / Alan, / with love". (Therese Fould-Springer, wife of Alan Pryce-Jones from 1934 until her death in 1953, was the sister of Liliane de Rothschild, née Fould-Springer, wife of Baron Élie de Rothschild. Alan Pryce-Jones remained close to Liliane for his entire life, even after the death of his wife, her sister.) Self-Published in a limited but unstated number. Printed by The Third & Elm Press, Newport, Rhode Island, December 1973. First Edition, First Printing. Thin Booklet / Chapbook, orange paper covers, French folds, sewn binding, 8 pages. VERY GOOD condition, just light signs of handling, overall tight, bright and clean. UNCOMMON Alan Pryce-Jones chapbook made SCARCE with his SIGNATURE and INSCRIPTION.

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  • 1991 HAROLD MOROWITZ SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY 'BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE" by Harold Morowitz 1991 HAROLD MOROWITZ SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY 'BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE"
    Harold Morowitz

    HAROLD J. MOROWITZ - SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY of METABOLISM RECAPITULATES BIOGENESIS - THE BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE. DRAFT COPY. No Publisher or Publication Date. VeloBound in Yellow Paper Covers, plain white copy-machine printed papers, 8.5" x 11", pages numbered in numerous sections (the draft was being put together into a complete work), approximately 250 total pages. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED on the Front Cover: "Gift from Harold Morowitz / at night of recording / at Bottom Line N.Y.C. / 5-23-91". Though not named in the inscription, this Draft was inscribed by Morowitz to the Poet MICHAEL McClURE. McClure was a longtime admirer of Morowitz's work, and Morowitz was an amateur poet and admirer of McClure's poetry. They corresponded frequently,…

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    HAROLD J. MOROWITZ - SIGNED INSCRIBED DRAFT COPY of METABOLISM RECAPITULATES BIOGENESIS - THE BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE. DRAFT COPY. No Publisher or Publication Date. VeloBound in Yellow Paper Covers, plain white copy-machine printed papers, 8.5" x 11", pages numbered in numerous sections (the draft was being put together into a complete work), approximately 250 total pages. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED on the Front Cover: "Gift from Harold Morowitz / at night of recording / at Bottom Line N.Y.C. / 5-23-91". Though not named in the inscription, this Draft was inscribed by Morowitz to the Poet MICHAEL McClURE. McClure was a longtime admirer of Morowitz's work, and Morowitz was an amateur poet and admirer of McClure's poetry. They corresponded frequently, especially during the early 1990s (refer to the Morowitz archives, held at George Mason University). Apparently this DRAFT of one of Harold Morowitz's most important works, was Inscribed to Michael McClure during a recording of some sort that they did together at the Bottom Line Nightclub in New York City on May 23, 1991. I cannot find information about the recording of this performance, perhaps it was never released. However, it is well reported that Michael McClure held numerous performances at the Bottom Line, often in concert with others (e.g. with Ray Manzarek - keyboardist of THE DOORS), so it is not unlikely that he did a performance in conjunction with Harold Morowitz. When McClure was in New York City he stayed at the Chelsea Hotel, a favorite of Beat Poets. "Chelsea Hotel" is handwritten at the bottom of the front cover, perhaps written by Morowitz as a delivery address for McClure. Written in pencil in another hand is "McClure's copy", also on the front cover. VERY GOOD condition: There is some rubbing and scraping to the bottom margin of the front cover, a small area is inked out prior to "Chelsea Hotel" on the front cover (perhaps the beginning of an actual street address?), the front cover has some corner creases and light edge wear; otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A SCARCE DRAFT COPY of an IMPORTANT WORK by a great BIOPHYSICIST - SIGNED and INSCRIBED IN 1991 to a great POET. (The final BOUND BOOK was published by Yale University in 1992, with the title repositioned as: "BEGINNINGS OF CELLULAR LIFE - Metabolism Recapitulates Biogenesis"). Find much more about HAROLD MOROWITZ and about the poet MICHAEL McCLURE on Wikipedia.

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  • 2 Rare BILLIARDS & ARMORIAL BOOKPLATES from NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE in 1834 Book 2 Rare BILLIARDS & ARMORIAL BOOKPLATES from NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE in 1834 Book

    POESIES DE SAINTE-BEUVE. Published by E. Laurent, BRUXELLES, 1834.

    Lovely Small Format Book, 2.25" x 4", leather spine and marbled paper covered boards, spine titled and lined in gilt, marbled endpapers, 384 pages. Text in French.

    What makes this book special and desirable are the TWO RARE & LOVELY BOOKPLATES, one on the Front Pastedown and one on the Front Free-Endpaper. Both Bookplates are from Historical Men of NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE, with the word "Nevers" printed on each plate.

    One is an Armorial / Heraldic Bookplate that states: D.-A. DUFETRE, Eveque de Nevers (D-A Dufetre, BISHOP of NEVERS).

    From Wikipedia: ******Dominique Augustin Dufêtre (Lyon, 17 April 1796, Nevers, 6 November 1860) was the BISHOP of the…

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    POESIES DE SAINTE-BEUVE. Published by E. Laurent, BRUXELLES, 1834.

    Lovely Small Format Book, 2.25" x 4", leather spine and marbled paper covered boards, spine titled and lined in gilt, marbled endpapers, 384 pages. Text in French.

    What makes this book special and desirable are the TWO RARE & LOVELY BOOKPLATES, one on the Front Pastedown and one on the Front Free-Endpaper. Both Bookplates are from Historical Men of NEVERS, NIEVRE, FRANCE, with the word "Nevers" printed on each plate.

    One is an Armorial / Heraldic Bookplate that states: D.-A. DUFETRE, Eveque de Nevers (D-A Dufetre, BISHOP of NEVERS).

    From Wikipedia: ******Dominique Augustin Dufêtre (Lyon, 17 April 1796, Nevers, 6 November 1860) was the BISHOP of the ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE of NEVERS from 1842 to 1860.******

    The Second Bookplate has a BILLIARDS design, with the name ALFRED MASSÉ on the edges of the design. The bookplate design is Very Cool! There is also a name / address label of M. Massé on the front pastedown, below the Bishop Dufetre bookplate.

    Excerpted from French Wikipedia: ******Alfred Massé, 1870 - 1951, was involved in the regional politics of Nevers, Nievre, France, during most of his life. There is a street in Nevers named after him, Rue Alfred Massé. He was born and died in the Commune of Nievre.******

    This lovely, miniature size book, is in VERY GOOD condition, the covers have a few rubs, there is a bit of foxing to the inner pages, overall tight, bright, clean and unmarked. The two bookplates of historic Nevers, Nievre, France, men make this book quite a gem.

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  • 2005 Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION **INSCRIBED to CONDOLEEZZA RICE** by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, editor 2005 Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION **INSCRIBED to CONDOLEEZZA RICE**
    Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, editor

    CULTURAL CONTACTS IN BUILDING A UNIVERSAL CIVILISATION: ISLAMIC CONTRIBUTIONS. Number 11 in the Studies and Sources on the History of Islamic Civilisation Series. Edited by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Published by the O.I.C. Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by IHSANOGLU to CONDOLEEZZA RICE: "To Dr. Condoleezza Rice / I present this book as one step towards better understanding / with my best regards / The editor / Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (signed) / 17.9.2005 / New York". Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 6.5x9.5 inches, 413 pages. Condition: NEAR FINE book, a light pea size stain to the front page edges (page edges of the closed book), otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked;…

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    CULTURAL CONTACTS IN BUILDING A UNIVERSAL CIVILISATION: ISLAMIC CONTRIBUTIONS. Number 11 in the Studies and Sources on the History of Islamic Civilisation Series. Edited by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Published by the O.I.C. Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by IHSANOGLU to CONDOLEEZZA RICE: "To Dr. Condoleezza Rice / I present this book as one step towards better understanding / with my best regards / The editor / Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (signed) / 17.9.2005 / New York". Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 6.5x9.5 inches, 413 pages. Condition: NEAR FINE book, a light pea size stain to the front page edges (page edges of the closed book), otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has creasing to its top edge, otherwise is solid and bright. About the Editor EKMELEDDIN IHSANOGLU (from Wikipedia): ****** Ekmeleddin Mehmet Ihsanoglu is a Turkish academic, politician and diplomat who was Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation from 2004 to 2014. He is also an author and editor of academic journals and advocate of intercultural dialogue.******

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  • LIVRE DE PRIÈRES Filled with CHROMOLITHOGRAPH PLATES & ORNAMENTAL BORDERS 1858 & 1862 TWO VOLUMES by Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis LIVRE DE PRIÈRES Filled with CHROMOLITHOGRAPH PLATES & ORNAMENTAL BORDERS 1858 & 1862 TWO VOLUMES
    Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis

    LIVRE DE PRIÈRES - Illustré à l'aide des Ornements Des Manuscrits du Moyen Age / classés dans l'ordre chronologique et selon les styles divers qui se sont succédé depuis le huitième siècle jusqu'au seizième.

    (BOOK OF PRAYERS / BOOK OF HOURS - Illustrated with Ornamentations from Manuscripts of the Middle Ages...)

    By Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis.

    Published by Charles Mathieu and Printed by Chez J. Renouard, PARIS, 1858 and 1862.

    Two Volumes, full calf leather, front and rear covers blind stamped, spine titled in gilt, five raised spine bands, all edges gauffered and gilt, dentelles in blind with corner fleurons, marbled endpapers, 5x7 inches (13x18 cm). Pagination: 149, [13]; 250 pp. Text in French.

    Volume I illustrated…

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    LIVRE DE PRIÈRES - Illustré à l'aide des Ornements Des Manuscrits du Moyen Age / classés dans l'ordre chronologique et selon les styles divers qui se sont succédé depuis le huitième siècle jusqu'au seizième.

    (BOOK OF PRAYERS / BOOK OF HOURS - Illustrated with Ornamentations from Manuscripts of the Middle Ages...)

    By Bernard Charles Mathieu and Ferdinand Denis.

    Published by Charles Mathieu and Printed by Chez J. Renouard, PARIS, 1858 and 1862.

    Two Volumes, full calf leather, front and rear covers blind stamped, spine titled in gilt, five raised spine bands, all edges gauffered and gilt, dentelles in blind with corner fleurons, marbled endpapers, 5x7 inches (13x18 cm). Pagination: 149, [13]; 250 pp. Text in French.

    Volume I illustrated throughout with gorgeous chromolithographs. Volume II a text volume with b&w ornamental framing.

    A beautiful prayer book.

    Volume I, the most important of the two volumes and published two years prior to Volume II, is exquisitely embellished throughout with chromolithograph borders and plates depicting medieval manuscripts. Preliminary pages of this volume give details of the border ornamentations:. Byzantine for the Morning Prayers, Carolingian for the Evening Prayers, etc. Each section of prayers has a chromolithograph frontispiece. At the end there is also The Mass for Marriage. The lithography is by Charles Mathieu. Simply GORGEOUS.

    Volume II contains a history of European decorative manuscript painting from antiquity through the Gothic period. The text is written by Ferdinand Denis.

    Provenance: A great association copy. Both volumes have the bookplate of ROBERT ORMES DOUGAN, b.1904 d.1999, on the front pastedown. His signature is also on the blank verso of the front free endpaper of Volume I. Dougan was the director of the Dublin Library and later Chief Librarian of the Huntington Library. He was renowned for his knowlege of The Book of Kells. He donated many books and medieval manuscripts to Occidental College, as well as to other universities. Tipped in OVER the Dougan bookplates is an Occidental College bookplate which has a "Released" notice printed at its bottom. The OC bookplate can be lifted up to fully reveal Dougan's bookplate below. Obituaries that detail Dougan's life can easily found online at The Guardian, The Independent, and L.A. Times websites.

    Condition: The covers of both volumes have some rubbing and there are nicks to the leather along the spine folds, but they remain solid and lovely. Internally, Volume I has some foxing and toning throughout, heaviest to the early and later pages, otherwise both volumes are tight, bright clean and unmarked.

    Volume I, with its gorgeous chromolithograph plates and ornamental borders, has become almost impossible to find.

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  • MARK TWAIN DAY-BY-DAY Volumes I & II **SIGNED & INSCRIBED to HAL HOLBROOK who PERFORMED AS MARK TWAIN for 60 YEARS** by David H. Fears MARK TWAIN DAY-BY-DAY Volumes I & II **SIGNED & INSCRIBED to HAL HOLBROOK who PERFORMED AS MARK TWAIN for 60 YEARS**
    David H. Fears

    MARK TWAIN DAY BY DAY - Volume I and Volume II, covering the years 1835-1885 and 1886-1896.

    Each Volume is SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by the AUTHOR to HAL HOLBROOK, as follows:

    Vol. I: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation for his performances / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Vol II: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation of his style / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Two volumes of four volumes, the final two being published in later years.

    Hardcover books, no dustjackets as issued, cloth covered boards, front covers titled in gilt, spines titled in black, 8x11 inches, thick and heavy volumes, 1150 and 1281 pages respectively.

    This work is…

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    MARK TWAIN DAY BY DAY - Volume I and Volume II, covering the years 1835-1885 and 1886-1896.

    Each Volume is SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by the AUTHOR to HAL HOLBROOK, as follows:

    Vol. I: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation for his performances / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Vol II: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation of his style / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Two volumes of four volumes, the final two being published in later years.

    Hardcover books, no dustjackets as issued, cloth covered boards, front covers titled in gilt, spines titled in black, 8x11 inches, thick and heavy volumes, 1150 and 1281 pages respectively.

    This work is considered to be the most comprehensive chronological examination of the life of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). It is incredible in its minutiae, and the research is exhaustive.

    Published by Horizon Micro Publishing, LLC, Banks, Oregon. Volume I is a second printing, published in 2009; Volume II is a first printing, also published in 2009. Both volumes were printed in a very limited number, and each volume has a small handwritten number in the upper corner of the rear pastdown. Vol. I is #103, and Vol. II is #75. The publisher is actually a dba of the author.

    I spoke to the author, David Frears, in May 2022. He was 79 and had recently undergone 5-way heart bypass surgery. He sounded good. I asked him about the volumes which he signed to Hal Holbrook. He said he presented these two volumes to Holbrook personally, and subsequently he and Holbrook corresponded for awhile. He treasured the handwritten letters he received from Holbrook. Fears said that in 2009 when he presented these two volumes to Hal Holbrook they were the only two he had written, that's why there are only two. He was working on Volume III at the time and wasn't even aware he would write a Volume IV. Frears also told me that the volumes were printed in a very limited number, about 100-125 copies each, and that he numbered them. He added that most of the volumes were sold before they were printed, primarily to Universities and Twain scholars. He said he didn't print many copies because he didn't want to end up with extras of these heavy books, that he was too old for that. He said I was very lucky to have the Holbrook copies.

    CONDITION: Both volumes are in VERY GOOD condition, the cover corners are lightly bumped, there is some soiling to the page edges (page edges of the closed book), and there are light signs of handling and use; overall the volumes are tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. Solid, nice, very presentable copies.

    RARE, especially with the presentation to HAL HOLBROOK

    About HAL HOLBROOK (from Wikipedia):

    ******Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr., b.1925 d.2021, was an American actor, television director, and screenwriter. He first received critical acclaim in 1954 for a one man stage show he developed, Mark Twain Tonight!, performing as Mark Twain. He won the Tony Award for "Best Actor in a Play" in 1966 for his portrayal of Twain. He would continue to perform his signature role for over 60 years, only retiring the show in 2017 due to his failing health. Throughout his career, he also won five Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on television and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in film. It is estimated that there were over 2,100 performances of Mark Twain Tonight! Holbrook portrayed Mark Twain for longer than Samuel Clemens did.******

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  • SYLVIA PLATH - ARIEL - SIGNED by ROBERT PENN WARREN whose TRIBUTE is Printed on the Dustjacket by Sylvia Plath SYLVIA PLATH - ARIEL - SIGNED by ROBERT PENN WARREN whose TRIBUTE is Printed on the Dustjacket
    Sylvia Plath

    ARIEL, by Sylvia Plath.

    A unique copy of Sylvia Plath's second and last poetry collection, written in the final months of her life and posthumously published after her suicide.

    SIGNED by ROBERT PENN WARREN on a bookplate on the front free endpaper. Robert Penn Warren was, as was Sylvia Plath, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet. HIS REVIEW is printed on the front flap of the dutjacked. A GREAT ASSOCIATION COPY.

    Published by Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, copyright 1966. A later, but still early printing of the U.S. edition, with the dustjacket price of $8.95 at the top of the front flap and the code 0666 at the bottom of the front flap, and no statement of additional printings…

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    ARIEL, by Sylvia Plath.

    A unique copy of Sylvia Plath's second and last poetry collection, written in the final months of her life and posthumously published after her suicide.

    SIGNED by ROBERT PENN WARREN on a bookplate on the front free endpaper. Robert Penn Warren was, as was Sylvia Plath, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet. HIS REVIEW is printed on the front flap of the dutjacked. A GREAT ASSOCIATION COPY.

    Published by Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, copyright 1966. A later, but still early printing of the U.S. edition, with the dustjacket price of $8.95 at the top of the front flap and the code 0666 at the bottom of the front flap, and no statement of additional printings on the copyright page.

    Hardcover book in dustjacket, black cloth covered boards embossed with Harper's iconic colophon embossed in blue on the front cover and blue titling embossed on the spine, 5.5x8 inches, 85 pages.

    Condition: NEAR FINE book, light foxing to the top page edges (page edges of the closed book), otherwise sharp cornered, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a GOOD dustjacket that is toned, has a chip to the top edge of the front panel, a bit of wear to the spine ends and corner tips, and some creasing to the top edge of the rear panel. A solid, presentable copy.

    "Ariel is a unique book - it scarcely seems a book at all, rather a keen, cold gust of reality as though somebody had knocked out a window pane on a brilliant night. It is a plangent, painful book, with all the pain translated into beauty, nothing less. Poem after poem seems to have been waiting there always to be recognized." - Robert Penn Warren, from his tribute on the front dj flap.

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  • TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies by Daniel Gregory MASON TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies
    Daniel Gregory MASON

    TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies. (1) TUNE IN AMERICA, by DANIEL GREGORY MASON. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1931. First Edition, so stated. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by the AUTHOR to PIANIST HARRY KAUFMAN and his wife: "Cordial regards to / Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kaufman / Daniel Gregory Mason / June, 1932." Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5" x 7.5", 206 pages. Condition: VERY GOOD book, the covers have some toning to the edges and spine, there is a newspaper review taped onto a blank prelim page that has offset and left pieces of tape to the page and the facing page, otherwise tight, bright, clean…

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    TWO BOOKS by COMPOSER DANIEL GREGORY MASON - SIGNED & INSCRIBED Association Copies. (1) TUNE IN AMERICA, by DANIEL GREGORY MASON. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1931. First Edition, so stated. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by the AUTHOR to PIANIST HARRY KAUFMAN and his wife: "Cordial regards to / Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kaufman / Daniel Gregory Mason / June, 1932." Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5" x 7.5", 206 pages. Condition: VERY GOOD book, the covers have some toning to the edges and spine, there is a newspaper review taped onto a blank prelim page that has offset and left pieces of tape to the page and the facing page, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a FAIR dustjacket that is heavily sunned at the spine and margins, has a couple closed tears across the spine, is chipped with tears at the spine ends and corners, and has spotting, but is still in one piece and doing its job. (2) THE CHAMBER MUSIC OF BRAHMS, by DANIEL GREGORY MASON. Published by the Macmillan Company, New York, 1933. First Edition, with the date 1933 on the title page, the statement "Published May, 1933" on the copyright page, and with no indication of additional printings. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper by the AUTHOR to PIANIST HARRY KAUFMAN: "Why you read this, remember / our playing the G major / Violin Quintet, at Westport, / September 7, 1933. / To Harry Kaufman / Daniel Gregory Mason." Hardcover Book, no dustjacket, 6.5" x 9.5",

    276 pages. GOOD condition: The covers are worn through at the spine ends and corner tips, have spotting and rubbing at the margins, and lightly bumped corners; internally the pages are lightly toned, as normal, otherwise tight, bright clean and unmarked. A solid copy. Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953) was an American composer and music critic. Harry Kaufman (1894-1961) was a CONCERT PIANIST and MUSIC TEACHER at the CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC, Philadelphia. For 17 years he headed the Institute's Department of Accompanying. During this time his former piano teacher JOSEF HOFMANN was director of the Institute.

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