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.
NAPOLEON I. Autograph manuscript notes on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.
Valence : 1791Napoleon was in garrison at Valence with the 4th Artillery Regiment from 16 June to 31 August 1791. He used his spare time to read the first volume of the French translation of Smith's Wealth of Nations by the poet Jean-Antoine Roucher (1745-1794), made from the fourth English edition (London, 1786), which had been published in 1790. Napoleon has written... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 136833
JUNG, Carl G. Zur Psychologie und Pathologie sogenannter occulter Phänomene.
Leipzig : 1902First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author at the head of the front board, "Herrn Dr. Hoch mit den besten Grüssen, der Verfasser." This is the true first edition of Jung's doctoral dissertation, published in advance of the book version issued later the same year.
A superb association: the recipient Dr August Hoch (1868-1919)... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 128837
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First 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.
Twenty Drawings... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 137819
GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Prophet.
New York : 1923First edition, first printing, a very scarce presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Brander Matthews with real admiration from Kahlil Gibran, October 1923". The recipient, Brander Matthews (1852-1929), was an American writer and educator. The first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university, he played a... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 138457
EINSTEIN, Albert. Signed photograph.
1932Signed 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 the... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 135297
LEWIS, C. S. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.
1963A 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... Learn More£200,000.00
Stock Code: 134030
HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.
London : 1989First 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