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The Works of William Shakspeare

The Works of William Shakspeare

The spelling of Shakespeare’s name was never consistent until well into the 20th century.  As with this volume of his works, published in 1854, the spelling could be Shakspeare – or even Shakespear, Shakspere or Shake-speare. His own signature also varied (Wikipedia shows several different variations) and sometimes the hand-written signature did not even match the printed version.

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Peking

Peking

Author Juliet Bredon penned a landmark guidebook to China’s capital in 1922, at a time when such information was scarce. She aimed to let the reader know “the true atmosphere of the city, so powerful and yet so illusive, to be absorbed into mind and spirit.” Mission accomplished in this hard-to-find collector’s volume.

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India

India

Pierre Loti was possibly the most prolific writer of exotic tales of his time. Famous for both his far-flung adventures and his masterful prose, Loti nevertheless spent his career as a French naval officer traveling the world. A volume of his work from circa 1910 in this condition is a prize to own.

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Foucault’s Pendulum

Foucault’s Pendulum

In a virtuoso performance, Umberto Eco weaves memory and mystery into an ingenious falsehood that evolves into something of greater weight and higher consequence. It’s held between covers decorated in 24K gilt and meant to show off on a bookshelf. Yours, perhaps?

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Giving

Giving

In this volume signed by the former president, Bill Clinton outlines how those from every walk of life can find fulfillment in giving. He shows how philanthropy goes beyond money alone to encompass vision, time, and passion for worthwhile causes, large and small.

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