New York: Little, Brown and Company, 208.
First edition of this work on the life of Barack Obama. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout. Signed by Barack Obama on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
"When Barack wasn't studying, he liked to jog along the Hudson River": First Edition of Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope; signed by Barack Obama and thrice signed and inscribed by illustrator Bryan Collier
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008.
First edition of this moving story for young readers of President Obama’s life and work. Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. With the publisher’s review copy information laid in. Signed by Barack Obama on the title page and signed by illustrator Bill Collier on both the title page and mylar to the dust jacket. Additionally inscribed by Collier on the front pastedown, “To Antonia and Gale Moss and Cathebert Thambimutta w/ Blessings Bill Collier 8-29-08.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe": Dreams From My Father; SIGNED BY BARACK OBAMA and Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison
New York: Crown Publishers, 2004.
First edition, first printing of the 2004 reissue of the future President’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barack Obama and by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison on the title page. In discussing Dreams from Father, Morrison called Obama, “a writer in my high esteem” and the book “quite extraordinary.” She praised, “his ability to reflect on this extraordinary mesh of experiences that he has had, some familiar and some not, and to really meditate on that the way he does, and to set up scenes in narrative structure, dialogue, conversation—all of these things that you don’t often see, obviously, in the routine political memoir biography…. It’s unique. It’s his. There are no other ones like that.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket collage by Steven Dana. In 2008 Obama was the first African American elected to President of the United States of America. In 1993 Toni Morrison was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. On May 29, 2012, President Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rare and desirable signed both Obama and Morrison.
"It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate": First Edition of Dreams From My Father; Lengthily Inscribed by Barack Obama
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1995.
First edition of this memoir by the 44th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Barack Obama on the half-title page, “To Ant- It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate. Thanks for your friendship, counsel and support! Warm Regards, Barack Obama.” The recipient worked with Obama in the Senate. Examples are usually encountered with just a signature, association copies of this magnitude are uncommon. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"There is no story that is not true, [...] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others": First Edition of Things Fall Apart; Signed by Chinua Achebe
New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1959.
First American edition of this “true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world” (Barack Obama). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Chinua Achebe on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free": First Edition of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man; Signed by Him
New York: Random House, 1952.
First edition of the author’s landmark first novel, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original black and tan cloth. Boldly signed by Ralph Ellison on the title page. Fine in an near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
“Out of all this struggle a good thing is going to grow. That makes it worthwhile": First Edition of John Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle; Signed by Him
New York: Covici-Friede Publishers, 1936.
First edition of this “dramatically intense, beautifully written novel” (The New Republic); the first book in Steinbeck’s Dustbowl trilogy, which was followed by Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Steinbeck on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a few short tears. Trade editions are rare signed.
"These are the songs of Bob Dylan, the pioneer, the trail-blazer, the innovator, who has disturbed, delighted, dismayed and deepened the thinking of millions of listeners": Rare first edition of the Bob Dylan Song Book; Signed by Bob Dylan
New York: M. Whitmark & Sons.
First edition of this music collection of the songs of Bob Dylan. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers as issued, frontispiece portrait of Dylan after a drawing by Cambert, illustrated. Signed by Bob Dylan on the front free endpaper. Introduction by New York Times folk music critic Robert Shelton. Photographs by Chuck Stewart. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.