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Langston Hughes; Jacob Lawrence (illustrator); [Moses Asch]. One-Way Ticket,
with: The Glory of Negro History.
New York: Knopf, 1949. Octavo, original dust
jacket, illustrations by Jacob Lawrence. Inscribed on front free endpaper: “Especially
for Moe Asch—and our record—Sincerely, Langston / New York, August 15, 1955.”
With: The Glory of Negro History (Folkways FC 7752), first issued 1955, reissued circa
1966, LP in original pictorial sleeve, liner notes by Langston Hughes. $2500.
First edition of Hughes’s poems about the midcentury migration ofAfrican-Americans
to the cities of the north: “I do not need my freedom when I’m dead. / I cannot
live on tomorrow’s bread. / Freedom / Is a strong seed / Planted / In a great need.”
Jacob Lawrence’s stark black-and-white illustrations extend the themes of his 1941
The Migration of the Negro
, the first paintings by a black artist to be acquired
by the Museum of Modern Art. Hughes has warmly inscribed this copy to Moses
Asch, founder of Folkways, the first major independent label dedicated to the
preservation of American folk music and traditions. The book is accompanied
by an early reissue of
The Glory of Negro History
, written and narrated by Hughes
and recorded by Asch in 1955: Hughes traces African-American history from
the forgotten black explorers of the NewWorld, through the slave trade and
emancipation, culminating in the rise of the Civil Rights movement. A remarkable
presentation copy, testifying to the friendship between two American pioneers.
Apuleius; Léonard Gaultier (engraver); C. Chappuys, A. Héroet and M. de
Saint-Gelais (translators). Lamour de Cupido et de Psiché Mere de Volupté, prise
des Cinq & Sixiesme livres de la Metamorphose de Lucius Apuleius philosophe
nouvellement historiée, & Exposée en Vers François.
Paris: Léonard Gaultier, circa
1590. Small folio, nineteenth-century armorial black morocco elaborately decorated in
gilt, engraved title and 32 copper-engraved plates. Bookplates of Schomburg Henry Kerr,
9th Marquis of Lothian, nineteenth-century diplomat and bibliophile, and twentieth-
century collectors Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow. $13,500.
First edition, second issue, of Gaultier’s celebrated series depicting the legend
of Cupid and Psyche. The narrative is drawn from the
of Apuleius,
better known as
The GoldenAss
. That second-century Latin novel was revived in
the fourteenth century, and popularized by way of Boccaccio and countless others:
the forbidden love between Cupid and Psyche, god and mortal, body and soul,
captivated the Renaissance imagination. Léonard Gaultier was the official
engraver to the French court from 1594 to 1617. His delicate, sometimes whimsical
engravings are the culmination of a long pictorial tradition: scenes of note include
Psyche illuminating the sleeping Cupid by lamplight, Venus crossing the ocean
astride a fantastic dolphin, and Psyche feeding the three-headed dog Cerberus.
This copy is second issue, circa 1590, without Gaultier’s name and the date 1586 in
the final plate: both issues are very scarce, and this copy appears to be the largest
on record. Text in French. A beautiful copy of a beautiful book, in an unusual and
ornate armorial binding by Edinburgh binder Orrock & Son.
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