Washington DC: DC History Center, 2020. Special issue. Meeting the Moment: Commentary on 2020 “Meeting the Moment” came together in the summer of 2020 as a response to the global pandemic and ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. Washington History challenged DC historians to look back into their research and ask: what could DC’s past tell us about how we arrived at this moment? What are this moment’s implications for our next steps as a community? These essays probe the old structures and experiences, dating back to the District’s founding, that shape our present.
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London: Edward Moxon, 1851. New Edition. Set of two thick octavosin 3/4 red leather and marble hardcovers; VG; some soiling on boards and shelf wear on bottom edges; large stains on first pages of vol. II caused by water damage; paper faded; text clean; pp. 645 and 720; shelved in drama; please contact us for shipping costs.
New York: Acanthus Press, 2007. First Edition. Quarto, 384 pages; VG/VG-; full binding of cream cloth; spine white with maroon lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering; dust jacket faded at spine; mild shelf wear; contains black and white and full color photos; inscribed by Abbott at title page; pages clean; EF consignment; shelved Case 11.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1819. Second Edition. Quarto, xvi, 420,  pages; VG; bound in contemporary straight-grain morocco, gilt and blind border rolls, rebacked with majority of spine preserved, missing part of head of spine; some rubbing to boards, primarily corners; bookplate to front and rear pastedown; illustrated with 10 black and white lithograph plates, 7 hand colored aquatint plates (including frontispiece), 4 maps (of which 3 are folding); with errata leaf in rear; VG consignment; shelved case 9.
Charlottesville, Virginia: The Professional Photography Division of Eastman Kodak Company and Thomasson-Grant, 1990. First Edition, First Printing. oblong quarto, 171 pages; VG/VG; spine white with black lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering; very mild wear to dust jacket; profusely illustrated; shelved photography.
New York: Scheba Publishing Company, 1937. First Edition. Octavo, 344 pages; G+; fully bound in red cloth, front cover and spine have faded gilt lettering binding has moderate wear, with the top and bottom edges of the spine worn off, has bumping and minor fraying on the fore edge corners, has minimal rubbing on both covers; pages have minor age toning, have minor to severe detachment in several locations, occasionally illustrated; shelved case 13.
London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1944. First Edition. Quarto 221 pages, VG/G+; spine is beige with black lettering; dust jacket is in a mylar covering, has moderate wear along the top and bottom edges, with chipping at the top and bottom of the spine, has several small closed and open tears, has several pieces of tape on the inside, has rubbing and discoloration throughout; binding has minor wear along the top and bottom edges, has heavy bumping on the fore edge corners, boards have minor warping; pages have minor age toning and warping; profusely illustrated with maps and photographs; contains a two part separate map of the master plan; shelved case 12.
Ṿilna [Vilnius]: Defus Sh. Y. Fin, A. Ts. Rosenḳrants, M.M. Shrifṭzeṭtser, 1881. Quarto, 292 pages; VG-; newly rebound in quarter blue leather, blue cloth covered boards, paneled spine with burgundy label and gilt titling; page edges brittle, pages age-toned; upper fore corner of first 96 pages clipped; text in Yiddish; scarce; shelved case 4.
A map of the Tartar Kingdom, extending from the Caspian Sea in the west to North America in the east. This map was the work of Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), one of the most famous 16th century cartographers, and was published in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern world atlas. This copy is delicately colored. Condition: Very Good. Age toning and a few age spots; a central crease which shows no wear. Framed and matted. Dimensions w 26 in x h 21 1/8 in.
Based on material collected by the Dutch Astronomer Peter Laicksteen, who travelled to the Holy Land in 1556. Christian Sgrooten (here written “Schrot”), royal geographer to King Phillip II of Spain produced a nine-sheet map of Palestine in 1570 from Laikstain’s information. This map was condensed into the present form by Abraham Ortelius. Ortelius, the creator of the first modern atlas, collected and edited maps from all over Europe for his book. Many of the original mapmakers rose to fame solely through Ortelius’s decision to include their maps in his atlas. Laicksteen took thorough and accurate notes, and the original Laicksteen and Sgrooten map contained improvements over earlier maps. For instance, the River Kishon is here shown as flowing from the mountains near the Sea of Galilee, not, as was previously thought, from the Sea of Galilee itself. However, the Levantine coastline Sgrooten (and Ortelius) depicted is hardly recognizable to modern eyes. The map is replete with fanciful bays and peninsulas, though some of the most recognizable features of the coastline, such as the outcrops of land at Haifa and Beirut are absent. Ortelius had originally used another map of the Holy Land (by cartographer Tilleman Stella) in the early editions of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. It covered a far more extensive territory, including part of Egypt and Syria. Oddly, the coastline in this first map was much more accurate than in the Sgrooten map. Laicksteen and Sgrooten’s original map included a small inset with an extended geography. However, their mapping of the Dead Sea and surrounding areas was so controversial that Ortelius chose to leave out this region completely. The strange anecdote written in the Dead Sea is Ortelius’s own addition. It describes how the Dead Sea was once a fertile valley, but was transformed by an act of God into a barren sea to punish the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the bottom left hand corner is a hand colored illustration of the story of Jonah. Above the luscious cartouche Ortelius has added three miniatures featuring the Crucifixion, the Nativity, and the Resurrection of Christ. The French text on the verso, a long-winded description with little relevance to the map, was changed to a more “reader-friendly” version shortly after the publication of this edition. 525 copies were made of this edition of Ortelius’s map. Condition: Very Good. Age toning; central crease. Matted and framed between two panes of glass so that the text on the reverse of the map is visible. Dimensions w 27.75 in x h 22 7/8 in.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1969. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 798 pages; VG/G; tan spine with blue and red lettering; dust jacket protected by a mylar cover; price uncut "$15.00"; some shelf wear and chipping to the edges of the dust jacket, shaken spine, pages clean; signed and inscribed by Dean Acheson on the ffep; shelved in case 5.
New York: Random House, 1990. First Edition, Second Printing. Octavo, 331 pages; VG/VG; quarter binding of yellow cloth, covers in green paper; spine forest green with white lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering; price uncut '$19.95'; mild shelf wear; inscribed at half title by Ackerman; pages clean; shelved Science.
London: Methuen, 1973. reprinted edition; signed. Small octavo in black hardcovers with pink DJ in brodart; VG/VG; DJ has two tiny minor stains in front; strong binding; minimal soiling; author's dedication on ffep; contains 16 black and white illustrations; text clean; pp. 327; shelved in arts biographies section.
London: W. Thacker & Co., 1899. First edition. Octavo, 285pp. Hardcover without jacket. Bumping and shelf-wear. Soiling and sunning to cloth-bound boards. Light, scattered foxing throughout text. Moderate age-toning to margins of endpapers. Spine cocked. Rear hinge cracked. Spine cracked in several places. Fold-out map in rear perfectly intact. Good copy only. Shelve: CASE #9. Spine is brown cloth with black text in dark green box.
New York: Umbrage Editions, 2008. First Edition, first printing. Quarto; VG; Black jacket spine with gray lettering; 224 pages; Some minor wear to the jacket, light scuffing; Boards have light edge wear, corners bumped, especially top right corner, which is creased; Binding tight; Text block clean; Shelved front tables.
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1977. Octavo; VG/VG-; black spine, white and orange lettering; dust jacket has general shelfwear, minor edgewear, rubbing on fore corners and spine edges, folding on rear interior flap, slight age toning in interior along edges; boards strong, minor edgewear on tail edge, very minor rubbing on fore corners and spine edges; text block age toned; 100pp.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842. Second Edition. Octavo, 559 pages; VG; bound in 3/4 dark green calf, marbled paper covered boards, paneled spine with gilt titling; marbled endpapers; mild wear, including small chip to spine, slight rubbing and bumping to corners, hinges beginning to show wear; 6 plates, including frontispiece, title page with engraved vignette illustration; TP consignment; shelved case 7.
London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, 1736. Fifth Edition. 12mo., 304pp., 8pp. Index; VG; spine paneled brown leather with red label and gilt lettering; 3/4 bound with orange-brown cloth boards; top edge of title page slightly cut, does not impact text; interior clean; minor shelfwear and bumping to boards, corners; shelved case 9.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1721. First Edition. Quartos rebound in dark brown embossed leather with six-band spine; VG; moderate fraying and shelf wear on boards; original paper age-toned, slightly wobbly, with moderate discoloration or foxing; vol. 1 contains six plates of sets of medals illustrated by the ancient poets; vol. 4 title page and first page repaired and creased at bottom right; in good condition; shelved above US Bios please contact us for shipping costs; GP consignment.
London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1905. 1905 Reprint. 16mo; xi, 310 pg; VG; bound in 3/4 dark blue leather on blue cloth; gilt lettering on the spine; gilt seal on front cover; gilt seams between the leather and cloth; top edge of text block gilt; boards have mild wear including some rubbing to the joints as well as the corners; cloth is beginning to lift on the top and bottom of the rear board; browning to the textblock; shelve front case.
New Rochelle, NY: Elston Press, 1906. first limited edition (120 copies). Thin, small octavo in ivory hardcovers with vinyl cover; VG; covers are very discolored and soiled; book slanted upwards; open gutter in front; ex-libris plate inside front cover; parchemin paper in good condition; red and black ink print clean; frontispiece decoration; blank end pages; shelved in case # 4.
[Washington, D.C.]: US Printing Office, 1968. First Edition. Quarto, 347 pages; VG-; in blue paper wraps, dark blue lettering; cracked spine; mild wear and rubbing, particularly to corners; Inscribed on front cover by General Westmoreland, dated 17 Aug. 1973; small math problem in blue ink to last page; shelved case 1.
Philadelphia: Conrad and Co., 1807. first edition. 12mo in brown moire leather boards with six-band spine; small burgundy band on spine; VG; boards show some soiling on the back, and general shelf wear; binding strong; open gutter in front; inscription and previous owner's label on ffep; paper heavily discolored; text in very fine print; tiny occasional pencil mark on margin; edges dusty; pp. 295; this is a translation of a thirteenth and fourteenth century text in Latin; shelved in Case 0.
Basileæ: In Officina Heruagiana [Johann Herwagen]; [Johannes Froben], 1538/1518. Octavo, a-x8, y7, A8, B4; VG; bound in 17th century calf, plain paneled spine; some rubbing and wear to binding, minor worming to binding; mild soiling to interior; Lacking y8-z8; The wanting leaves of the 1538 edition substituted after 350 with new pagination of 106-126 with the Galeomyomachia in Greek only from the 1518 Froben edition of Aesopi Phrygis vita et fabellæ, cum latina interpretatione. Early substitution, (i.e. 17th century or earlier) as the textblock is integral and the binding unrestored; Printer's device on title page and on verso of last leaf.; Wide margins; Second title page trimmed at top; small holes in upper and lower gutters of the entire first part from previous binding; Text in Greek and Latin on facing pages for the Aesop, Greek only for the Galeomyomachia Provenance to the recto and verso of the ffep, Fitzwilliam family provenance in several early hands, the largest stating playfully: "William Fitzwilliam not his Book, but John Fitzwilliam his booke"; Scattered marginalia and underlining, including extensive minute annotations in an early faded 16th century hand around the rear printer's mark, other minor annotations throughout, notably in English on Midas on page 315.; Scarce; PD consignment; shelved case 3.
A signed abstract watercolor by Italian painter Afro Libio Basaldella (1912-1976), known as Afro. Signed “Afro” in lower right corner. Condition: very good. Minor denting and creasing to edges of painting, not impacting images. The edges of the sheet are unevenly trimmed. Slight marking to mat. Matted but not framed. Dimensions mat w 16 in x h 12 in sheet w 11 7/8 in x h 9 1/8 in.
Dhaka, Bangladesh: ARCASIA, 2010. First Edition, First Printing. large square 4tos., 278 pp. [Vol. 1], 301 pp. [Vol. 2]; VG/VG; house in VG- slipcase; off-white cloth-covered spines and boards; very slight cocking to spines; soiling to boards of Vol. 1, incl. fingerprint marks and smudging to top corner of front board; interiors clean; creasing to bottom corners of pp. 275-278 [Vol. 1]; shelfwear to paper dust jackets, incl. chipping and tearing to head and tail of spine, bumping to corners [Vol. 1], bumping to edges and corners [Vol. 2]; white cloth-covered cardboard slipcase with vertical paper strip stating publisher affixed to spine, black text; moderate shelfwear and a torn orange paper insert partially repaired with tape; shelved under review table.
London: George Routledge & Co., 1857. First Illustrated Edition. Octavo, 296 pages, VG-; rebound; three-quarter-bound, navy blue spine/corners, light blue buckram boards; gilt lettering to five-paneled spine and gilt star motif to four compartments, gilt borders to boards: front board detached; spine age-toned black, gilt clear and bright; mild wear to text-block, gilt top, age-toning to fore- and bottom-edges; marbled endpapers, ex-libris bookplate to front paste-down; light age-toning/scattered foxing to interior, black text clear and legible; notations in pencil to page 296; original red cloth spine and cloth covers to boards bound-in to rear of volume; shelved Front Case.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015. First Edition, Third Printing. Octavo, 272 pages; VG/VG; spine is white with black lettering; dust jacket is in a mylar covering, has price uncut, "$24.95", has minimal shelf wear along the top and bottom edges; binding and pages clear; signed by Robert J. Shiller on the title page; shelved case 10.
Oxford University Press, 1980. First edition. Folio in dark green cloth hardcovers with black DJ in brodart; white letters on spine; VG/VG; minimal soiling; maps on end pages; paper and text clean; pp. 268; plates of photographs and art at the end; shelved under review table; please contact us for shipping costs.
Solana Beach, CA: Verde Publishers, 1970. First Edition thus. Quarto, 229 pages; VG; light gray spine with dark gray lettering; light gray boards with gray-scale photo; chipped clear protective dust jacket; bumping to foot and crown of spine, shaken spine, staining to rear board; shelved in civil war.
Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2020. Limited Edition, #74/900. Octavo, 370 pages; VG; bound in fine gray genuine leather with bright gilt spine title and gilt motif on covers; gilt text blocks; silk endpapers; silk ribbon; SIGNED on limitation page by Madeleine Albright, #74/900; Certificate of Authenticity loose within; shelved case 9 3/4.
Boston: George W. Briggs & Co., 1855. First Edition. 8vo., 182pp.; G+; bound in original blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering; cover of tail of spine coming loose, head of spine missing, chips to rest of spine; rubbing, bumping, and fraying to corners, board edges; some water damage, cloth on boards has some waviness and air-pockets, lower edge of ffep through title page, page 174-end; water damage to the corners and lower edges of plates; pencil writing to endpapers; colored frontis and five b/w plates; Alcott's first book, a collection of fables about nature she wrote at age 16 for her friend and neighbor Ellen Emerson, the daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was published in an edition of 1600 copies.; KS consignment; shelved case 7.
London: John B. Day, 1876. First Edition, Second Issue. Quarto, 91 pages; VG-; bound in publisher's green cloth blocked in gilt and black; rebacked, with spine preserved; mild rubbing and wear to boards, beveled edges; with two chromolithograph plates after James Poole, 2 completed flies and 23 flies with dressing materials displayed in 22 sunken mounts on six leaves, all present; SG consignment; shelved case 10.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1926. Limited Signed First Edition [#60/150]. tall 8vo., 112 pp., VG/G+; golden yellow DJ, black lettering: chipping/creasing to edges of DJ with material loss to bottom margin of front cover, head, tail, and corners; mild foxing to back; mild age-toning to top margin of covers, DJ protected by mylar; black cloth boards, gold lettering: bumping to top corners, mild grayish mottling to boards; mild age-toning to text-block, deckled fore- and bottom-edges; SIGNED by author to limitation page, No. 60 out of 150 signed copies; shelved Case 0.
Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 1997. Limited Edition, #658/3,000. Octavo, 312 pages; VG; full binding of genuine dark blue leather, bright gilt spine title and gilt motif on covers; mild shelf wear; all edges gilt; silk end-papers; signed flat by Buzz Aldrin on the limitation page; pages clean; with CoA; shelved case 9 3/4.
New York: Random House, 1973. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 338 pages; VG/VG; spine black with blue and white titling; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$7.95,' small sticker residue next to price, crease running from upper rear cover across spine to lower front hinge; spine slighty cocked; Signed flat by Buzz Adrin upside-down on the rear endpaper; shelved case 5.
London, Ontario: The Jewish Observer, 1948. Folio (about 12.5" tall) hardcover in dark brown boards, Good+/No DJ: minor shelfwear, light bumping to head and tail of spine, minor rubbing to green text and tooling on front board and spine, binding shaken, splits start at paper overlay, some age-toning to edges of text block, pages 305-336 more heavily age-toned. Includes lyrics, music, illustrations, black-and-white photographs, all of which are clean. Text clean as well. [Spine has brown background and green text. Shelved in Judaica].