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HISTORY 

Lot 16

MACHIAVELLI. NICCOLO.

THE FLORENTINE HISTORIE.

Written in the Italian tongue, by Nicholo Macchiavelli, Citizen and Secretarie of Florence. And translated into English by T. B. [Thomas Bedingfield] Esquire.

Published: Printed by T.C. (Thomas Creede) for W. P.(William Ponsonby), London, 1595.

Edition: First English Edition

A lovely copy in a fine period style binding of this rare work.

"The first example in Italian literature of a national biography" (Britannica). 

"In the ‘Florentine Histories’ Machiavelli has the chance to make the protagonists speak in their own voices to persuade or dissuade their fellow-citizens to uphold or reject a course. He can show deliberative rhetoric in action, and make ancient Florentines speak to the Florentines of his times to urge them with powerful and wise words not to imitate the errors that caused the decline of the city."- Maurizio Viroli. Estimate: $16,500

MODERN FIRST EDITIONS 

Lot 51 
Presentation Copy
Ernest Hemingway
Green Hills of Africa

Published:
 Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1935
Edition:
 First Edition

Presentation copy signed and inscribed by Hemingway to close friend, Guy Hickock:

"For Guy (look what/ I got out of your scrapbook/ now) with much/ affection, respect and the/ wish to be drunk with soon/ again/ Ernest". Estimate: $20,000-25,000

Lot 17
William Burroughs

The Naked Lunch

Published: The Olympia Press, Paris, 1959

Edition: First Edition 

Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page: 
"For David / William Burroughs".
The Naked Lunch was first published in Paris as part of The Olympia Press' The Traveller's Companion series, which included other literary classics like Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita (1955) and Henry Miller's Quiet Days in Clichy (1956), among others.

"What Burroughs is writing about is not only the destruction of depraved men by their drug lust, but the destruction of all men by their consuming addictions, whether the addiction 
be drugs or overrighteous propriety, lasciviousness or sixteen-year-old girls
." 
Review for The Saturday Review, June 1959. Estimate: $2500-3500

Lot 18

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Beasts of Tarzan

Published: A.C. McClurg and Company, Chicago, 1916

Edition: First Edition

In the extremely uncommon and completely unrestored first issue dust jacket.

Beasts of Tarzan is the third novel in Burroughs' series of Tarzan adventure stories.

In addition to the colour pictorial dust jacket, this volume contains 
a frontispiece and illustrated title piece by St. John as well as numerous black and white illustrations throughout the text. Estimate: $6000-8000

Lot 8
SEWELL. ANNA.

BLACK BEAUTY. 
His Grooms and Companions. 
The autobiography of a Horse.
 
Translated from the original Equine by Anna Sewell 
Published:
 Jarrold and Sons. London., Not Dated (1877).

Edition: First Edition. Estimate: $5500

Lot 49
Samuel Beckett

En Attendant Godot

Pièce en Deux Actes
Published: Les editions de Minuit, Paris, 1952

Edition: First Edition

World famous, En attendant Godot is an absurdist play about two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who converse in witty and amusing banter while they wait for Godot, who ultimately never arrives. 

Beckett, an Irish author and native English speaker, moved to France and subsequently transitioned from writing in English to French, including this play
In 1954, Beckett translated this text from its original French into English, and it was published in London by Faber and Faber in 1956 under the English title Waiting for GodotThe play originally premiered in Paris at the Théâtre de Babylone in January 1953, and this true first edition uses the text from that productionEstimate: $3000-3500

ART  

Lot 254 

Jaime Sabartes

PICASSO - TOREROS - With 4 Original Lithographs
Published: Zwemmer & A. Sauret, London & Monte Carlo, 1961

Edition: 1st. English. Estimate: $1400 - 1600

TRAVEL & EXPLORATION

Lot 138
Barrow, John, F R S; author of "Travels in China"

Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa
In which are described the character and the condition of the Dutch colonist of the Cape of Good Hope, and of the several tribes of natives beyond its limits . . . natural history of the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms . . . geography . . . topographical and statistical sketch . . . importance as naval and military station, commercial emporium and territorial possession
Published
: T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1806

Edition: Second
2 vols, near fine set of 2nd [and best] edition, 1806

 For this edition, the sole dedicatee was Viscount Melville, "under whose auspices the extensive and important colony of the Cape of Good Hope was acquired an annexed to the British Empire" etc. In a 12 pp preface, the author thanks the public for their reception of the "unusually large" first edition. Estimate: $4000/6000

RELIGION 

Lot 14
KING JAMES BIBLE.

THE HOLY BIBLE.

Containing the Old and New testaments: Newly translated out of the Original Tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty's special command. Appointed to be read in Churches. --- The Standard Edition.
Published:
 1762

Edition: First "Standard Edition".

A superior set of this uncommon and important Bible in fine quality and decorative eighteenth century leather bindings. Estimate: $4500

SCIENCE

Lot 42
RIVIERE, Lazare 
(1589-1665)

The Practice of Physick, in Two Volums, 
Very much Enlarged.

Wherein is plainly set forth, The Nature, Cause, Differences, and Several Sorts of Signs: Together with the Cure of all Diseases in the Body of Man. In Twenty and Four Books. ... Written in Latin, and in English, By Lazarus Riverius, Counsellor and Physitian to the King, &c. Nicholas Culpeper, 
Physitian and Astrologer. Abdiah Cole, Doctor of Physick. And W[illiam] R[owland]

Published: Printed by Peter Cole, London, 1658

Estimate: $2000 - 2500 

MILITARY 

Lot 11
CHURCHILL. WINSTON SPENCER.

THE RIVER WAR.

An Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan.

Published: Longmans, Green & Co. London.,, 1899

Edition: First edition.

1899. FIRST EDITION. First Printing, second state. Two volumes. 
With the second state corrected text -- inverted comma present on page 459 of volume 2. Estimate: $4000

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Lot 15

MILNE. A. A.

THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.

With Decorations by Ernest. H. Shepard.

Published: E. P. Dutton & Co, Inc. New York., 1928.

Edition: Signed, Limited First Edition.

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Large paper limited edition issue on hand made paper. 
One of only 250 copies, numbered and signed by both Milne and Shepard. Estimate: $3000

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