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10065 Dr. Johann Caius. DE CANIBUS BRITANNICIS. L: 1729 2nd ed. Text in Latin. Bound in full contemporary vellum. Some soiling to covers; interior clean and fresh; a very good copy overall. SOLD

The second edition of the first book ever written on dogs. The first edition was printed in 1570 and is quite rare.

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17267 Benjamin Harrison. THIS COUNTRY OF OURS. NY: Scribners 1897 1st ed. 360p. Blue decorated cloth. A very good copy. SOLD

WITH HARRISON'S AUTOGRAPH. A small card signed and dated July 21, 1891 is neatly glued to the inside front cover. The autograph is in ink and is very clear and legible.

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2666 Emerson Hough; illustrated by Charles M. Russell. THE STORY OF THE COWBOY. NY: 1897 1st ed. Illustrated by Charles M. Russell. Brown decorated cloth. A fine copy. SOLD

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18372 William Henry Harrison. REMARKS OF GENERAL HARRISON LATE ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AND MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA. Washington: 1830 1st ed. Streeter 1740. 69p. Bound in modern full leather. Some scattered foxing; title page browned; a good copy overall. SOLD

INSCRIBED BY WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON. A presentation copy to one of Harrison's Ohio friends. The ink inscription is found at the top of the title page and reads 'Judge G.P. Torrence of Cincin. from his friend W.H. Harrison'. The book has been poorly trimmed and the final three letters of Harrison's signature have been cropped off. Still Harrison's signature is scarce and signed copies of his books are rare indeed.

The book itself is quite scarce as well. Harrison was appointed US Ambassador to Colombia in 1828. Colombia had recently been carved out of the Spanish Empire and was governed by Simon Bolivar. Harrison proceeded to Colombia and made an almost-instant decision that Boliver was attempting to establish a South American Empire. He aligned himself with the opposition that sought Bolivar's overthrow. This sat well with neither Bolivar nor US President Andrew Jackson and Harrison was removed from office after only seven months in Bogota. The present work was written on his return to the United States as a defense of his actions in South America.

The book is rarely available and the handful of copies which have turned up are generally signed. It is quite likely that only a few copies were printed and mostly distributed by Harrison to his friends. A copy of this book in the Streeter Collection (also autographed but with the signature untrimmed) sold at the Streeter Sale in 1967 for $375. This same copy re-appeared at Sotheby's in 1996 and sold for over $18,000. We know of only one other copy which has appeared in the interim; that copy also had a trimmed signature.

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18003 Theodore Roosevelt. OUTDOOR PASTIMES OF AN AMERICAN HUNTER. NY: 1905 1st ed. Brown decorated cloth. A very good+ copy. SOLD

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11945 E.W. Kemble. ORIGINAL PEN-AND-INK SKETCH. A b/w sketch of an elderly black man who appears frightened. Mounted on old board; appears to be prepared for printing. Image size about 6x5 inches. Very good condition. SOLD

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18369 [John Leech]. JACK THE GIANT KILLER. London: Wm. S. Orr & Co. no date. Bound in full dark maroon leather by the Bayntun Bindery. Small scuff on front cover. A very good copy. SOLD

WITH 12 HAND-COLORED PLATES BY JOHN LEECH. A classic Victorian children's book with numerous illustrations by Leech.

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18389 Jimmy Carter. KEEPING FAITH. NY: 1982 1st ed. One of 2500 numbered and signed copies. Bound in full blue leather. A fine copy in publisher's box. SOLD

SIGNED BY CARTER.

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13293 Marc Chagall. DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLORS FOR THE BALLET. NY: Tudor Publ. 1969 1st Am. ed. With original lithograph. A very good copy in good jacket. The original Chagall lithograph is in fine condition (pictured above). SOLD

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7585 Robert Browning; illustrated by Kate Greenaway. THE PIED PIPER OF HAMLIN. L/NY: Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. no date (ca. 1920s). 48p. Quarto. Pictorial paper-covered boards. A fine copy. $75

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3914 Cecil Aldin. CATHEDRALS AND ABBEY CHURCHES OF ENGLAND. #118 of 375 copies signed by Aldin. Half vellum and boards. A very good copy. SOLD

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10599 Patrick Chalmers; illustrated by Cecil Aldin. A DOZEN DOGS OR SO. First edition. 1/250 signed copies. 4to. 47p; 12 plates. Vellum spine and cloth boards. A very good+ copy. SOLD

ONE OF 250 COPIES SIGNED BY CHALMERS AND ALDIN.

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17621 Herbert Hoover. THE MEMOIRS OF HERBERT HOOVER: THE GREAT DEPRESSION 1929-1941. NY: 1952 1st ed. Inscribed by Hoover. A fine hardcover copy in very good dustjacket. SOLD

INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT HOOVER ON THE FRONT ENDPAPER: 'The Good Wishes of Herbert Hoover to Charles Shook.' This volume is the third and final volume of Hoover's autobiography.

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18362 [Judy Garland]. TYPED LETTER AUTOGRAPHED BY JUDY GARLAND. A one-page typed letter of thanks in response to a fan letter. Boldly signed in ink by Garland and dated May 1 1962. Garland thanks the original writer for his 'warm words after the TV special'. SOLD

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18361 [Harry Truman]. TYPED LETTER AUTOGRAPHED BY HARRY TRUMAN. A one-page typed letter of thanks in response to a fan letter. Boldly signed in ink by Truman and dated 20 Oct 1965. The letter is on his personal stationary. Included with the letter is the $1 bill the original writer enclosed; Truman notes postage is complimentary. SOLD

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14575 Samuel Eliot Morison (editor). THE LIFE & VOYAGES OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. NY: Limited Editions Club 1963. One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the illustrator Lima de Frietas. Blue cloth. Slight touch of wear to spine label; mild discoloration on endpaper where old bookplate was removed; a near fine copy in publisher's slipcase. $150

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12580 A. Edward Newton. THIS BOOK COLLECTING GAME. Boston: 1928 1st ed. Signed limited edition. Yellow cloth and pictorial boards. A fine copy in publisher's slipcase. SOLD

#731 of 950 copies signed by Newton.

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13177 Robert E. Peary. THE NORTH POLE. NY: 1910 1st Am. ed. Blue decorated cloth. A near fine copy. SOLD

One of the classic works of polar exploration.

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18390 N. Pigott. A TREATISE OF COMMON RECOVERIES. L: 1739 1st ed. The Duke of Bedford's copy with his bookplate and signature dated 1740. Bound in full 18th-century calf with the Duke's coat of arms in gilt; joints a bit weak; a good copy overall. Housed in a custom made leather box; the box is stained and in only good condition. $850

An early 18th century English law book.

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