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In CC this May: Nineteenth-Century Gems

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

Here are just a few of the treasures we have available for the book sale this May.

This first edition, first printing of Mark Twain's Eve's Diary (BAL 3489), with more than fifty black and white prints by Lester Ralph, is this beautiful on each and every page.

When told that the Charlton Public Library in Worchester, Massachusetts, had banned the book based on its pictures of Eve in the altogether Twain said, “... when a library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn’t anger me.”

Jean Pascal Sébah. Albumen prints, late 1880s.The nineteenth century saw tourist holidays to Egypt grow in popularity alongside the rise of Egyptology as an academic—and amateur—pursuit. Tourists took to buying albums full of photographs from professional studios as souvenirs, and Sébah’s Cairo studio was highly regarded; indeed, the firm was named the Photographers by Appointment to the Prussian Court in 1889. For the spring sale we have two albumen prints, both of them signed on the negative by J.P. Sébah.


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