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"Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions": Rare First Edition of John Lockes Two Treatises of Government
London: Printed for Awnsham Churchill, At the Black Swan In Ave-Mary-Lane, 1690.
First edition, first issue with quire Q in the first setting. Octavo, full brown calf. In very good condition with some toning to the leaves and some light edgewear. The Pirie Sotheby’s copy brought $274,000. First editions are rare.
"The Most Important Work of Modern Times": One of the Earliest Presentation Copies of James Joyce's Ulysses; Inscribed by Joyce to Lewis Galantiere
Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.
First edition, one of 750 numbered copies, this example is number 282. Quarto, original blue wrappers as issued. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Lewis Galantiere James Joyce Paris 11 February 1922.” Ulysses was scheduled for publication on Joyce‘s fortieth birthday (February 2, 1922), but only two copies were ready on that date due to technical difficulties in printing the cover, the color of which Joyce wanted to match with the blue of the Greek flag. One of these was the copy delivered by Sylvia Beach to Joyce on February 2, which he then inscribed to his wife Nora, being the only known presentation copy to predate Galantiere’s. The present copy in turn predates by two days the three copies presented to Sylvia Beach, Harriet Shaw Weaver and Margaret Anderson, and by three days the copy inscribed to Robert McAlmon, who helped Joyce prepare the final typescript. Galantiere was an American translator of French literature, writer, playwright and journalist. From 1920 to 1927 he was secretary of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, and came to know most of the literary figures of the day, including Hemingway. In a letter to Harriet Weaver of 17 April 1926, Joyce writes: “I am to read [from Finnegans Wake] … to a small group, this time including … a young American Galantiere who is preparing a course of lectures of Ulysses” (Joyce Letters vol 3, p 140). Slocum & Cahoon A17; Connolly The Modern Movement 42. In excellent condition with light rubbing, rebacked without the folding flaps. With Galantiere’s marginal markings in pencil and in ink. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional rarity of this twentieth century milestone.
FIRST EDITION OF ANDREAS VESALIUS' "EPOCHAL PUBLICATION, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SCIENTIFIC BOOKS EVER PRINTED": DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA LIBRI SEPTUM; ON THE FABRIC OF THE HUMAN BODY
Basel: Ex Officina Joannis Oporini, 1543.
First edition”epochal publication, one of the most beautiful scientific books ever printed”(Grolier/Horblit). Folio, bound in full 18th century calf, woodcut title page with Vesalius performing a dissection, woodcut portrait of the author, over 200 woodcut anatomical illustrations, including 21 full page and 2 folding-sheet figural woodcuts of the skeletal, muscular, vascular and nervous systems. In very good condition with some light dampstaining to several pages. Garrison-Morton 375; Grolier/Horblit 98; Norman 2137, PMM 71; Adams V-603; Choulant-Frank 178; Durling 4577; Wellcome 6560. Rare.
First edition of the Ian Flemings first book Casino Royale which introduced the world to 007: Inscribed by Ian Fleming to his secretary "who helped in the birth-pangs"
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.
First edition of the first novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Edwina who helped in the birth-pangs. From The Author.” With a letter of provenance from the original owner, who was a bilingual secretary to the Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers, who was Ian Fleming.” When Fleming was writing Casino Royale, Smith notes that “this copy was acquired on the first day of its publication.” Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the lightest of rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author opposite the title page, “To Ned Thompson with all good wishes J.D. Salinger Windsor, VT Nov. 5, 1961.” Lightly rubbed, near fine in a bright near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine and some minor rubbing. Salinger’s signature is scarce and signed copies of Catcher in the Rye are rare; signed firsts are exceptionally scarce. Until Salinger died in 2010, we had not seen a signed first printing of The Catcher in the Rye since the Phoenix Book Shop sold one from Howard Moss’s library in 1984 — a span of more than a quarter century. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Complete Set of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series, Including the Rare First Issue of Philosopher's Stone
Complete Set of Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows.
London: Bloomsbury, 1997-2007.
First editions of each book in Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Octavo, 7 volumes. All are first issues, including the first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The copyright page has the full print number string 1 through 10 and has the Wendy Cooling quote at the base of the front board. Also shows the young Wizard to the rear board and the misprint on page 53 with ‘wand’ appearing twice on Harry’s shopping list for Diagon Alley. In excellent condition that shows some light rubbing to the boards and some slight toning to the spine. Volumes 2-6 are all first editions and are fine in fine dust jackets. Each volume is signed by J.K. Rowling and each are housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable.
London: Macmillan & Co., Limited , 1936.
First edition of the economist’s masterpiece, generally regarded as the most influential social science treatise of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Walter Salant Affectionately J.M. Keynes.” The recipient, Walter Salant was an economist who helped bring the message of the Keynes’ The General Theory to the United States, before its publication in 1936. Near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some minor wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions of The General Theory signed and inscribed by Keynes are exceptionally rare.
London: Printed for H. Herringman, and are to be sold by Joseph Knight and Francis Saunders, 1685.
First edition of the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare. Bound in full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine. The fourth folio is the final and most magnificent of the four 17th-century folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The Fourth Folio “contains the additional seven plays that first appeared in the 1663 edition [including the authentic Pericles, Prince of Tyre], as well as a good deal of correction and modernization of the text designed to make it easier to read and understand” (Folger’s Choice). Old paper repair to verso of title-page, several other very minor paper repairs. Some browning and minimal staining, a very good example. As in some other copies, as Greg notes, number of errors in signatures have been corrected in manuscript, presumably at the time of publication. Although there is no accurate census of the number of folios still extant today, it is believed that copies of each printing number only in the hundreds. The rarest form of the fourth folio. This is the rare Knight and Saunders issue, with their names on the title-page. W. W. Greg observes, “Since the title is entirely reset it is presumably a cancel printed after the volume was complete and perhaps republished, and designed for those copies that Herringman chose to issue through his own booksellers” (Greg III, 1121). In 1684, Herringman turned over the retail side of his business to Francis Saunders and his partner Joseph Knight. Fourth Folios almost invariably bear the imprints “Herringman-Brewster-Bentley” or “Herringman-Brewster-Chiswell-Bentley.”
“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind”: First Edition of one of the earliest and most influential detective novels ever written; Dashiell hammett's the maltese falcon in the rare original dust jacket
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc, 1930.
First edition of one of the earliest and most influential detective novels ever written. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine unrestored dust jacket with a few minuscule chips to the spine, price clipped as all examples are with a touch of rubbing to the bottom cloth. A superior example. Rare and desirable in this condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTING, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST ILLUSTRATED BOOKS EVER PUBLISHED: 1493 FIRST EDITION OF THE MONUMENTAL “NUREMBERG CHRONICLE”
Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493.
First edition. Tall folio, bound in full blind-tooled calf, metal clasps, raised bands. With the xylographic title and double-page map of Europe, and hundreds of city and town views and portraits. Text complete with leaves 1-299 each numbered and present. Minor wear and contemporary marginal notes and a few small repairs. A near fine example of this monumental achievement in printing.
"Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home": First Edition of Ulysses; One of 750 Numbered Copies
Paris: Shakespeare & Company, 1922.
First edition. One of 750 numbered copies on handmade paper from a total edition of 1000 copies. Thick quarto, original blue and white wrappers. A near fine copy, internally fresh and largely unopened, the wrappers not significantly soiled or faded, and completely unrestored. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This is copy #992, and has laid in the front panel of the original prospectus with the tipped-on reproduction of the 1918 photo of Joyce by C. Ruf. The front panel of the prospectus has been amended, as often, to indicate the book “is now ready,” and the original buyer must have jumped at the opportunity, as the order panel of the prospectus has been neatly cut away. Sisley Huddleston’s 5 March 1922 review from The Observer is also laid in (though both items are in prophylactic sleeves that have prevented any offsetting). Also laid into the slipcase is some correspondence relating to the sale of this copy in 1972 by Duschnes in New York City. A very sharp example with exceptional provenance.
First Edition of the Ayn Rand's Magnum Opus The Fountainhead; Inscribed and dated in 1949 by Her and In the Scarce First Issue Dust Jacket
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943.
First edition, first issue with first edition stated on the copyright page of the author’s first major novel, as well as her first best-seller. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eugene Walker- Cordially- Ayn Rand July 24, 1949.” An excellent copy with some rubbing and toning to the extremities in a near fine first issue dust jacket with some light fading to the spine and small chip to the crown fold. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially without the usual restoration that is encountered with this dust jacket.
The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated into English by Andrew Motte. To which are added, the Laws of the Moon’s Motion, according to Gravity.
London: Benjamin Motte, 1729.
First edition in English of Isaac Newton’s Principia. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in full calf, gilt titles and stamping to the spine. With forty-six folding engraved plates and two folding charts. A few leaves with light foxing, pages lightly toned; an excellent near fine example of this landmark work.
"If you liked The Great Gatsby, for God's sake read this. Gatsby was a tour de force but this is a confession of faith": First Edition of Tender Is the Night; Inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald To Hollywood Producer Harry Joe Brown
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
First edition of the work which Fitzgerald considered to be his finest. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with a full page inscription, For Harry Joe Brown – late of the 17th Infantry Brigade. Wounded in Hollywood 1920-1940. – from his fellow dough boy F Scott Fitzgerald Encino, 1939.” The recipient Harry Joe Brown was a Hollywood producer, who Fitzgerald noted meeting in late 1939: “Somewhere around this time [September 1939] Harry Joe Brown called me over to Twentieth Century Fox on a Sonja Heine picture” (letter to the Berg-Allenberg Agency, 23 February 1940). Fitzgerald had been contracted as a writer by Metro Goldwyn Meyer Studios in the July of 1937, initially for six months. His contract was then extended for another year, but when this lapsed in December 1938 MGM did not renew it. Over the next two years, Fitzgerald freelanced for numerous studios on a number of films, including Everything Happens at Night for which Brown was an associate producer. An excellent near fine example in a very good first issue dust jacket with some fading and chips to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"It is not down on any map; true places never are": Rare First Edition Of Herman Melville's Moby Dick
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851.
First edition. Octavo, original publisher’s brown cloth. A near fine condition with some of the usual light foxing and light shelfwear to the spine tips. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A completely unrestored example of this cornerstone. A superior example.
"One need not be a prophet to be aware of impending dangers. An accidental combination of experience and interest will often reveal events to one man under aspects which few yet see": Rare First English Edition of The Road To Serfdom; Signed by F.A. Hayek
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the title page. Light rubbing, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some expert restoration. The British edition (which this copy is) was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.
Edinburgh: J. Cochran and Company, 1743.
First edition of the first book devoted to golf. Thin octavo, bound in contemporary calf. In very good condition with some light browning to the text. A cornerstone of any golf library. Rare and desirable.
"He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession": First Edition of the Novel which Introduced the World to 007; In the Original Dust Jacket
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.
First edition of the author’s first book that introduced James Bond to the world. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a bright near fine first issue dust jacket with just a touch of rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional copy; one of the nicest to appear on the market in recent years.
"If you liked The Great Gatsby, for God's sake read this. Gatsby was a tour de force but this is a confession of faith": First Edition of Tender Is the Night; Inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
First edition of the work which Fitzgerald considered to be his finest. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For the unknown, unmet parents of Clare (note: double underlined). Knowing her, I hope you will find something to like in this present. Best wishes, F. Scott Fitzgerald.” A very good example with some wear to the crown and foot of the spine, extremities of the cloth in a very good unrestored first issue dust jacket that has some chips and inner strengthening. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
FIRST EDITION OF RICARDOS FUNDAMENTAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCIENCE OF ECONOMICS: ON THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL ECONOMY AND TAXATION
London: John Murray, 1817.
First edition, without the publishers advertisements at the end. One of 750 copies. Octavo, contemporary half calf. Bookplate of John Hales Calcraft, member of Parliament in the late 18th century. Calf lightly rubbed, a near fine example. Rare in contemporary calf.