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Abu Dhabi

Our catalogue, compiled for the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, presents two selections of rare books and manuscripts: one of material relating to the Islamic and Arabic-speaking world, the other of highlights of western literature.

 

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  1. Signed photograph.
    EINSTEIN, Albert. Signed photograph.

    1932

    Signed by Einstein in ink below the image, "Albert Einstein, 1932". The photograph, showing Einstein in a pale pinstriped suit, wing collar, and plain necktie, was taken at a press conference on the occasion of Einstein's first visit to Caltech in Pasadena on 2 January 1931. Einstein wintered at Caltech in 1931, 1932, and 1933.

    Provenance: from... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 135297

  2. Twenty Drawings.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.

    New York : 1919

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by Gibran on the front free endpaper, "To Margarrite Marguerite? Harrison Day, with kindest thoughts from Kahlil Gibran, 1923". The recipient has proved unidentifiable, though it is tempting to think her some relation of Gibran's early creative mentor the Boston photographer Fred Holland Day.

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    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 137819

  3. A Brief History of Time.
    HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.

    London : 1989

    First UK edition, later impression. The title page with a thumb print of Hawking, next to which his personal assistant has inscribed in blue ink, "Thumb print of, S. W. Hawking, witnessed by, Susan Masey."

    One of the most important scientific works of the second half of the 20th century and a masterpiece of scientific popularisation, A Brief... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 134236

  4. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
    HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.

    London : 1841-43

    An exceptionally well-preserved copy, presented here in an American naval officer's portable book box - as such remarkably uncommon - with the additional appeal of a series of original holograph coastal profiles. This is the fifth edition of this important publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 126537

  5. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.
    LEWIS, C. S. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.

    1963

    A remarkable and rich archive of 29 autograph letters from C. S. Lewis to the Kilmer children, dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew. This highly desirable archive is the most extensive collection of letters by Lewis to have come to market in recent years.

    The letters, three of which are unpublished, were written over nine years from 1954 to 1963.... Learn More
    £200,000.00

    Stock Code: 134030

  6. Autograph manuscript notes on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.
    NAPOLEON I. Autograph manuscript notes on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.

    Valence : July 1791

    An exceptional manuscript in Napoleon's hand revealing his initial response to Smith's Wealth of Nations, captioned in the margin: "Notes diverses. Richesse des nations - Smith traduit par Roucher. Tome 1er. Valence juillet 1791". The manuscript is remarkable in establishing that Napoleon's first unguarded reaction to Smith's ideas was not in fact disdain,... Learn More
    £250,000.00

    Stock Code: 136833

  7. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.
    PICASSO, Pablo - BALZAC, Honoré de. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.

    Paris : 1931

    Limited edition, number 171 of 240 copies printed on Rives paper, from a total edition of 340 copies (of which 65 were printed on imperial japon and signed, and 35 for private distribution and numbered using roman numerals).

    In 1926 Picasso was commissioned by the publisher Ambroise Vollard to do a series of illustrations for Balzac's novella... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 136550

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