Recent Catalogs from Charles Agvent
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SPRING MISCELLANY 2018 Our new catalog--SPRING MISCELLANY 2018--contains 46 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights include several limited signed art portfolios including a Lynd Ward woodcut portfolio of only 44 copies; a First Edition of Jane Austen's NORTHANGER ABBEY; De Bruyn's VOYAGE AU LEVANT, 1725; Frederick Douglass's 1845 NARRATIVE; exceptional Association copies of ANGELA'S ASHES and John McPhee's First Book; a signed photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson; and signed books and letters by Henry Beston, Elizabeth Bishop, Andrew Carnegie, Winston Churchill, T. S. Eliot, Robert Kennedy, William Osler, Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, etc.; a selection of fine bindings and illustrated books, and much more.
SUMMER MISCELLANY 2017 Our new catalog--SUMMER MISCELLANY 2017--contains 85 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields, especially African-Americana, Botany, Japan, Ornithology, and Poetry. Highlights include THE FIRST COOKBOOK WRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN (1829); an 18th Century Illustrated Japanese Manuscript of Floral Arrangements; Latham's GENERAL HISTORY OF BIRDS with 193 hand-colored engravings; Ninagawa's study of Japanese pottery with 125 hand-colored plates; Randall Jarrell's THE SEVEN-LEAGUE CRUTCHES with a MANUSCRIPT VERSE; signed books and documents by Louis Armstrong, Charles Chesnutt, T. S. Eliot, Joel Chandler Harris, Dorothy Parker, Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Booker T. Washington, etc.; a selection of fine bindings and illustrated books, and much more.
WINTER MISCELLANY 2017 Our new catalog--WINTER MISCELLANY 2017--contains 61 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights Bickham’s 1741 entirely engraved THE UNIVERSAL PENMAN; SCARCE German and Japanese bookplate collections; Plattes’s 1639 A DISCOVERY OF INFINITE TREASURE; signed books & documents by Fidel Castro, Florence Nightingale, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Elizabeth Bishop, Samuel Beckett, etc.; a selection of fine bindings and illustrated books, and much more.
126 BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF POET WILLIAM MEREDITH All 126 items in our new catalog are from the library of William Meredith with nearly all INSCRIBED to the poet. Writers include Vonnegut, Updike, Ginsberg, and many luminaries of poetry. William Meredith began writing while a student at Princeton University where he wrote a senior thesis on Robert Frost. His first volume of poetry, LOVE LETTER FROM AN IMPOSSIBLE LAND, was selected by Archibald MacLeish for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1944. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for PARTIAL ACCOUNTS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS and a National Book Award in 1997 for EFFORT AT SPEECH. From 1978 to 1980, Meredith was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the position which in 1985 became the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the first gay poet to receive this honor. He died in 2007 at the age of 88.
WINTER MISCELLANY: 60 Fine Rare Books & Autographs Our new catalog--WINTER MISCELLANY--contains 60 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights include beautiful hand-colored plate books (McIntosh's FLORA AND POMONA, 1829 and GALLERIA STORICA DELL'ITALIA, 1846; signed presidential books (James Polk, Benjamin Harrison, Millard Fillmore, Barack Obama, etc.); signed books by Thomas Hardy, Margaret Sanger, Daniel Webster, W. H. Auden, etc.; first editions of Emerson's ESSAYS, Herman Hesse's SIDDHARTHA, etc; a selection of fine bindings, and much more.
SPRING MISCELLANY 2015: 60 Select Items Our new catalog--SPRING MISCELLANY 2015--contains 60 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights include fine Cookery items, including the second American cookbook and Alice B. Toklas's cookbook inscribed to Eleanor Roosevelt; the true First Edition of SIDDHARTHA signed by Hesse; Thoreau's WORKS with a leaf of manuscript; the first American botanical book; Robert Lowell's first book inscribed to Randall Jarrell; Paul Muldoon's virtually unknown first book; several signed books by Theodore Roosevelt including his scarce Inaugural Address; signed books and letters by Elizabeth Bishop, T. S. Eliot, Henry Ford, Billie Holiday, W. H. Taft, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf; and much more.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the five Fireside Poets, was the most popular American poet of the 19th century, best known for works like EVANGELINE, THE SONG OF HIAWATHA, and "Paul Revere's Ride." He was also the first American to translate Dante's THE DIVINE COMEDY. We have just uploaded to our website 37 select items by Longfellow, including many SIGNED items: letters, photographs, and books, with some fine association copies, nearly all new arrivals.
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