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  1. JACOB, William.

    An Historical Inquiry into the production and consumption of the precious metals …

    London, John Murray, 1831.

    First edition. William Jacob (1762?–1851) was appointed to the comptrollership of corn returns in 1822. ‘On the suggestion of Huskisson, [Jacob] undertook an inquiry into the production and consumption of the precious metals. This work shows great research, but is defective, which may be attributed...

    £400

  2. JACOBS, H. W.

    Betterment Briefs. A Collection of Published Papers on Organized Industrial Efficiency.

    New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1909.

    Second, definitive edition. ‘The nucleus of the present volume is a series of four articles published by Mr Jacobs in The Engineering Magazine from September, 1906, to January, 1907, under the title “Organization and Economy in the Railway Machine Shop”. This was followed in June by a paper on...

    £220

  3. JANSSEN, Pierre Jules César.

    A Collection of 58 Offprints.

    Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1874-95

    an outstanding collection of offprints of janssen’s important work in physical astronomy and spectroscopy, including the first description of his photographic revolver.

    £11000

  4. JOHNSON, Alvin Saunders.

    Rent in modern economic theory: an essay in distribution.

    Columbia University, 1903.

    First edition of Johnson's doctoral dissertation. This work ‘showed unusual skill in solving problems by the dexterous use of classification. Many thinkers, he said were impressed by economic developments which seemed to foretell a new monopolistic order of society. Actually, competition had simply...

    £80

  5. JOHNSON, Samuel.

    Mr. Johnson’s Preface to his Edition of Shakespear’s Plays.

    London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson [and eleven others] ... 1765.

    First separate edition. ‘The separate Preface seems to be scarce. It is possible that the publishers were reluctant to let people read Johnson’s preface without paying for his edition ... and while unable in decency to resist the public demand--or the author’s request--protected themselves by printing...

    £1500

  6. [JOHNSTONE, Charles].

    The Reverie: or, a Flight to the Paradise of Fools … Published by the Editor of the Adventures of a Guinea....

    London, Printed for T. Becket, and P. A. Da [sic] Hondt … 1763.

    Loeber & Loeber J45; Raven 724.

    £450

  7. KOROLEVICH, Vladimir.

    Sady Dofina [The Gardens of the Dauphin].

    Moscow, [“Sinema”,] 1918.

    First (and only?) edition. The poems are divided into two sections: ‘The Gardens of the Dauphin’ and ‘Sacred Spring’. Aside from these restful, often religious lyrics, Korolevich evidently had an interest in the cinema; he later published works on director Erich von Stroheim and silent-film actress...

    £150

  8. KUNCKEL VON LÖWENSTERN, Johann.

    Collegium physico-chemicum experimentale, Oder Laboratorium Chymicum, In welchem Deutlich und...

    Hamburg and Leipzig, Samuel Heyl, 1716.

    the rare first edition of a famous chemical handbook, the most important work of the leading german chemist of the second half of the seventeenth century. Partington, devoting pp. 361-77 of vol. II to Kunckel, gives ‘a nearly complete bibliographical account with comment’ (Marie Boas Hall in DSB),...

    £4000

  9. KUSIKOV, Aleksandr Borisovich, pseud. [i.e. Boris Kusikian].

    Koevangelieran [Ko-gospel-ran].

    Moscow, “Imazhinisty”, 1920.

    First edition. It is difficult to piece together a cohesive picture of Aleksandr Kusikov. His romanticized self-image was one of a wild mountain-dweller, and the Circassian trappings with which he surrounded himself (he was born in 1896 in Armavir to a large Armenian family called Kusikian) were clearly...

    £100

  10. KUSIKOV, Aleksandr Borisovich, pseud. [i.e. Boris Kusikian].

    Al’-barrak. Poemy.

    Berlin, “Skify”, 1922.

    First edition, containing five poems on Islamic themes: ‘Al-Barrak’, ‘Al-Kadr’, ‘Julfikar’, ‘Iskandar Namah’ (1921), and ‘Ko-gospel-ran’.

    £150

  11. [LAWRENCE, George Alfred].

    Barren Honour. A Tale. By the Author of ‘Guy Livingstone.’ In two Volumes ...

    London: Parker, Son, and Bourn ... 1862.

    First edition. Lawrence has been grouped with Kingsley and Hughes in the ‘muscular’ school of Victorian fiction with its sturdy heroes and Christian Socialism. Barren Honour is ‘a study of magnificently chivalrous self-destruction’ on the part of its hero Sir Alan Wyverne, ‘a thoroughbred’...

    £350

  12. LEBEDEV, V. P.

    175 godovshchina Pervago Kadetskago korpusa. 17 fevralia 1907 g. [175th Anniversary of the First Corps of Cadets,...

    [St Petersburg,] Press of the First Corps of Cadets, 1906.

    Only edition of this collection of poems commemorating the 175th anniversary of the First Corps of Cadets, set up under Anna Ivanovna. Each of the ten ‘scenes in verse’ is narrated by a cadet, once for each Tsar under which the Corps has served.

    £180

  13. LEONOV, Leonid Maksimovich.

    Begstvo Mistera Mak-Kinli. Kinopovest’ [Mr MacKinley’s Flight. A Screen-play].

    Moscow, Sovetskaia Rossiia, 1963.

    First edition: Leonov’s screen-play satirising Western capitalist society, used by Mikhail Shveister in 1975 for his film of the same name.

    £100

  14. LIEBER, Francis.

    Autograph letter in French, signed ‘François Lieber’, to Joseph Bonaparte, comte de Survilliers, Napoleon’s...

    Columbia, South Carolina, 9 May 1836.

    The German-American political scientist Francis Lieber (1800–1872) was a prolific theorist of political ethics and jurisprudence. He emigrated to Boston in 1827, where he impressed John Quincy Adams, and became Tocqueville’s principal informant for Democracy in America (1835–40). In 1835 he was...

    £425

  15. [PIRANDELLO, Luigi.]

    LO VECCHIO MUSTI, Manlio. Bibliografia di Pirandello.

    Verona, Mondadori, 1937.

    First edition of this authoritative bibliography of Pirandello, published just a year after his death. It includes a long introductory essay by Massimo Bontempelli.

    £100

  16. LONG, Clarence D.

    The Labor Force under Changing Income and Employment.

    Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1958.

    First edition.

    £40

  17. LONG, Clarence D.

    Wages and Earnings in the United States 1860–1890.

    Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1960.

    First edition. ‘Industrial wages are one of the critical factors to be considered in judging whether the U.S. economy will experience further inflation. Their impact on employment, income distribution, incentives to work, and labor mobility is equally important, and interest in wages has never been...

    £50

  18. LUCIAN, of Samosata.

    Deorum dialogi... una cum interpretatione e regione latina nusquam antea impressi...

    Strassbourg, Johannes Schott, 1515.

    First edition edited and translated by the German humanist (and musician) Ottmar Nachtgall.

    £2100

  19. LYTTON, Rosina Doyle Bulwer, Dowager Lady Lytton.

    Shells from the Sands of Time.

    London: Bickers and Son … 1876.

    First edition of a collection of essays by the Limerick-born novelist, on Pepys, masques, pity, essays, servants, Macaulay, and other subjects, with two ghost stories at the end.

    £150

  20. MADELENET, Gabriel.

    Carminum libellus. Parisiis, apud Claudium Cramoisy... M. DC. LXII.

    Paris, 1662.

    First edition, the author’s only book, edited after his death by Loménie de Brienne, this copy ruled in red and bound for the editor with his arms.

    £2250