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1 Shelley, Percy Bysshe and Thomas Carlyle. A Selection of Poems, bound with The Life of Friedrich Schiller.

Leipzig: Bernard Tauchniz. The first is edited by Mathilde Blind, with a memoir, pp. XL, 334, 1872. The second is pp. vii, 344, the copyright edition, 1869. Separate half titles and titles. Leather spines, raised bands, gilt-decorated, and green paper boards. The Carlyle has the preface and introduction (in German) by Goethe from the first German edition of 1830 and is Tarr's A3.6.a. Paper has flaked off of edges, rubbing to leather, paper browned, some damp-staining to some pages. Ownership signature dated 1872. A Good, sound copy. 
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2 [Carlyle, Thomas] Autograph Letter, Signed, reporting Thomas Carlyle's death.

Dated 24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, 5 Feb - 1881. From Carlyle's niece, Mary Carlyle, to his solicitor, "Mr. Ouvry" (Frederic): "This is only to tell you what most likely you already know, that my Uncle died this morning at half past eight o'clock. Yours very truly, Mary Carlyle." She was at his bedside during for the final days. From "Moral Desperado: A Life of Thomas Carlyle", 1995, p.383 - "He was unconscious for much of the last few days, though he asked for his father, his mother....and he threw his arms around Mary's neck, thinking she was his mother....At half past eight the breathing quietly ceased (as it had done before); she ran to him and listened and the lungs moved once or twice again very gently and then stopped -- forever." On mourning stationery, two conjugate leaves, one page, a small stain at the top margin. Pasted to a larger album leaf. In Fine condition. 
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3 Carlyle, Thomas. Autograph Letter, Signed, to Frederick M. White, Esq.

Dated Chelsea, 8 Septr, 1853. F.W. White, of Portsmouth, has written to get Carlyle's opinion of the desirability of publishing a translation of Goethe's Die Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective Affinities), perhaps one that he has in hand or that he proposes to undertake. "It is many years since I read the Wahlverwandtschaften, and the impression, never very vivid or agreeable, which it left upon me, is now grown somewhat dim and uncertain." He discourages the project, which would put White "...much exposed to the risks you anticipate..." and "it could not well forward the real understanding of Goethe's merits among us, or be of much use to England at present. A friend of mine has done a complete translation of this work; but keeps it lying by him as a thing not to be published." We have not been able find that White’s project went forward. Carlyle's friend may have been Robert Farie, who had apparently shown the Carlyles a manuscript of his translation of Wahlverwandtschaften in 1850 (The Carlyle Letters Online [CLO], Ed. Brent E. Kinser, September 14, 2007 Accessed May 24, 2015. See Carlyle to his wife, 7 October, 1850, and her return letter, 8 October, 1850). Farie was translator of at least one German work - Goethe’s Campaign in France in the Year 1792, 1848. But the maker of the first English version of Elective Affinities was also Carlyle's friend - James Anthony Froude. They had met in June, 1848. Froude is credited with the title translation “Elective Affinities”; he contracted with publisher Henry Bohn for the translation in 1851 and finished it the next year, but Bohn didn't issue it until 1854 – it was printed in Novels and Tales of Goethe..., Translated Chiefly by R.D. Boylan (Ciaran Brady, James Anthony Froude, 2013, p.178). Curiously, Carlyle used the phrase "elective affinity" in a letter to Emerson in 1843 ([COL] 17 November, 1843); it was a term in chemistry, thought by the Oxford English Dictionary to have originated in 1831 (quoted in Olive Classe, ed., Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English, v.1, 2000, p.543). One sheet, two pages, folded for mailing, with original mailing envelope. Paper browned, contemporary stains and soiling to envelope. In Very Good condition. 
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4 Carlyle, Thomas. Autograph Letter, Signed, to Robert Peel, Prime Minister.

Dated Chelsea, 19 June, 1846. Carlyle sends a copy of his "Oliver Cromwell...", calling him "the noblest Governor England ever had", and suggesting that "his story "..may well have interest for all Governors of England..". He is profusely complimentary and grateful for Peel's "valiant labours", presumably his successful repeal of the Corn Laws, which was passed in Parliament on May 15. This is designated "copy" in Carlyle's hand above the salutation, and contains some differences from the version of the same date published in the Carlyle Letters Online [COL]. Some words are crossed out, but still legible, and replaced with alternates which are kept in the [COL] version; there are two suggested revisions in pencil in another hand, neither being adopted in the COL version; and there are a few punctuation differences. From the source note in [COL]: "Froude says: 'There are two versions of this letter among Carlyle's papers, not quite identical,' but neither version now appears to be in the NLS, nor were they listed in the main sale of TC's books and MSS belonging to A. Carlyle, at Sotheby's, 13-14 June 1932. They are at present untraced." One sheet folded to make four pages, each measuring 7 1/4 x 9 inches, three are used; folded once horizontally, then twice vertically. Some folds toned, else Fine. 
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5 [Carlyle, Thomas] Robert Hogg. Autograph Letter, Signed, to Thomas Carlyle.

Dated London, Feby 6, 1872. Notifying Carlyle of the sudden death of his friend and neighbor, Rev. Thomas Alexander, having been "seized with apoplexy in a cab, and after lingering for two days in a state of unconsciousness he died...this evening at ten minutes to nine o'clock". Two conjugate leaves, two pages, on the blank page four Carlyle has annotated, in the severely shaky hand of his elder years, and difficult to make out: Rev T. Alexander in death! Feb 1872. - This wretch printed my (four more words, illegible). Alexander was "a genial, sailor-like Scotsman...on excellent terms with his neighbors in Cheyne Row." Alexander once asked Carlyle for his autograph, which resulted in a "versicle" a nursery rhyme, beginning "There was a Piper had a Cow". When Alexander died, "Mr. Carlyle sent a touching letter (not in Carlyle Letters Online) of condolence to Dr. Hogg, one of the elders of the (Presbyterian) congregation, which was read at the funeral" (Wylie, "Thomas Carlyle; The Man and His Books"..., 1881, pp. 344-5). With a cabinet card photograph of Carlyle near the end of his life, no imprint. The letter with a few smudges, Very Good; the cabinet card a little toned with some wear at the corner, Very Good. 
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6 Carlyle, T. Thomas. Autograph Quotation, Signed.

Dated London, 5 April, 1851. A four line nonsense rhyme: "Simon Brodie had a cow, / He lost his cow and he could not find her. / When he had done what man could do, / The cow came home and her tail behind her.". Carlyle would sometimes respond in this way to requests for his autograph using this or some other seemingly nonsensical rhyme, perhaps remembered from his rural Scottish origin (see Carlyle Letters Online, letter to Carlyle from his wife dated 14 September, 1851, footnote 2. The letter points to a useful moral). One page, three folds, mounting adhesions along one edge of the obverse. In Very Good condition. 
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7 [Carlyle, Thomas]. Raymond Clare Archibald. Carlyle's First Love; Margaret Gordon, Lady Bannerman.

An Account of Her Life, Ancestry, and Homes, Her Family and Friends. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head. New York: John Lane, 1910. First edition. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, ruled in white, top edge gilt, others uncut, title in green and black, with 21 illustrations including one in colour, 214 pp., 2 pp. of ads. Offsetting to the half-title from something laid in; frontis tissue guard with a small tear. A Fine copy. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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8 Carlyle, Thomas. Carte de visite Photograph of Thomas Carlyle.

Imprint of Elliott and Fry. Carlyle is about 65, head and shoulders, resting his head on his right hand. In Fine condition. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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9 Carlyle, Thomas. Carte de Visite Photograph of Thomas Carlyle.

No imprint, Carlyle is about 65, resting his chin on his left hand. In Fine condition. 
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10 Carlyle, Thomas. Carte de Visite Photograph of Thomas Carlyle.

No imprint. Carlyle is about 65, head and shoulders, looking to his left. In Very Good condition. 
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11 Carlyle, Thomas. Chartism.

Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1840. First American edition (Tarr, A11.2). Original tan printed wrappers (Tarr's binding D), 113 pp. A contemporary gift inscription from Boston merchant Joseph S. Ropes to the American Congregational Association, with its ownership embossing on the title. Some soiling and staining, spine panel eroding at ends. A Very Good copy. 
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12 Carlyle, Thomas. Chartism.

London: James Fraser, 1840. First edition, first printing. Original blind-stamped black cloth, gilt, Tarr's binding B, no priority established (Tarr A11.1.a). There were 1,000 copies, published in December, 1839, followed by a second printing of 1,000 copies in April, 1840. Association copy: "John S. Blackie to Alex. Mackay. Edinburgh 1867". John Stuart Blackie was elected to the Greek Chair at Edinburgh University in 1852. He published verse, prose, and translations, including Homer and Goethe. His translation of Faust (1834) was praised by Carlyle. In 1867-8 he debated, in print, Chartist politician Ernest Charles Jones, who was, by this time, continuing to beat a long dead horse. Alexander Mackay may have been one of Blackie's students. Some wear. Light damp-stain to front board, and a private library sticker there. A Very Good copy. 
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13 Carlyle, Thomas. Chartism.

London: James Fraser, 1840. First edition, second printing (Tarr, A11.1.b). Original dark green vertical ribbed cloth, gilt, decorated in blind. With "Second Edition" on the title page and in gilt at the top of the spine cloth, which Tarr did not see until the third printing of 1842, and the same page of ads on leaf G4 as in the first printing, which Tarr noted as cancelled in the second printing. Ownership signature of Cornelius Paine, a 19th century collector who competed in the auction houses with Henry Huth, and a later signature, and a collector's annotation on the pastedown, "1st ed., scarce". Some wear, front board a little bowed, front gutter beginning to crack, but a Very Good, attractive copy. 
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14 Carlyle, Thomas. Chartism.

Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1840. First American edition (Tarr, A11.2, binding D). Original printed wrappers. John Sullivan Dwight's copy, his ownership signature (J.S. Dwight) on the front flyleaf. Dwight, along with most other early Transcendentalists, watched eagerly for Carlyle's new publications. This one interprets the Chartist movement of working class reformers. Spine panel nearly gone, some clear glue applied there in an attempt to prevent further loss. Light foxing. A Good copy. 
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15 Carlyle, Thomas. Collectanea, 1821-1855.

Canton, PA: The Kirgate Press, 1903. First edition. Original green cloth, paper label and gilt decorations. Edited by Samuel Arthur Jones. One of 500 copies on Old Stratford paper of a total edition of 640. Periodical appearances, mostly early, never before collected. Two engraved bookplates of William C. McMillan. A little dust soiling, else Fine. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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16 Carlyle, Thomas. Critical and Miscellaneous Essays.

Boston: James Munroe, 1839. In Four Volumes, complete. First edition, second printing of volumes 1 and 2, first printings of volumes 3 and 4 (Tarr, A10.1.I-IV, the American issue, binding C. Edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Myerson F1). Original black cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt, decorated in blind. This copy with a gift inscription in each volume, "A.O. Gay, 1843, from his Mother". With a later holograph note laid in, giving some of the genealogy of this prominent Massachusetts family, descended from William Bradford and James Otis. Arthur Otis Gay was the 11th of 12 children of Ebeneezer and Mary Allyne Otis Gay. Their second son was Martin Gay (b. Feb. 16, 1803) who, as a freshman at Harvard, innocently inspired Emerson to infatuation in his junior and senior years, though they exchanged less than a dozen words and a couple of lengthy stares during that time (Rusk, 1939). Emerson wanted to bring these essays to the young, liberal, well-educated Americans who were hungry for them, and he wanted to provide the Carlyles with much needed income. The English soon followed with a similar edition of five volumes (1840). A little chipped at 3 spine tops, v.3 badly chipped there. A little wear to the other edges. Most covers with slight random damp-stains. A few gatherings starting. Moderate foxing. A Good, sound copy. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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17 Carlyle, Thomas. Critical and Miscellaneous Essays: Collected and Republished.

London: James Fraser, 1840. In Five Volumes. First English edition (Tarr, A10.2.I-V.a). Later green cloth, brown cloth labels, gilt-lettered, gilt rules and volume numbers. Some rubbing, fraying. Some labels a little chipped. Rear endpapers cracked in v.1. Contemporary ownership signatures in each volume. A Very Good copy. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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18 Carlyle, Thomas Early Letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle...all hitherto unpublished.

London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1889. First edition, only printing (Tarr, G2). Original dark green cloth, gilt. Edited by David G. Ritchie. Light rubbing and soiling, a Very Good copy. 
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19 Carlyle, Thomas. Early Letters of Thomas Carlyle, and Letters of Thomas Carlyle, 1826-1836.

London: Macmillan, 1886, and London: Macmillan, 1889. Two volumes, uniformly bound, original green cloth, gilt- and black-stamped. First editions in the single volume format, there were 1200 printed of the first and 1250 of the second (Tarr, A37.2.a and A42.2.a). Edited by Charles Eliot Norton. Some fraying to tops of spines. Very Good copies. 
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20 Carlyle, Thomas. Latter-Day Pamphlets, No. IV, "New Downing Street".

London: Chapman and Hall, 1850. First edition, the fourth of eight pamplets (Tarr A21.1.IV.a). Original printed wrappers, spine panel perished, else Very Good. 
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