“The urge to escape from selfhood and the environment is in almost everyone almost all the time": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1954.
First American edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Dr. Rinkel in memory of a very pleasant meeting at Atlantic City Aldous Huxley 1955.” The recipient Dr. Max Rinkel was the first doctor to bring LSD to North America. Rinkel, who worked for the Boston Psychopathic’s Department of Research, thought that the schizophrenia-like state that LSD seemed to induce might come in handy for researchers; if they could find an antidote to the drug, they might also find the cure for a range of mental illnesses. The first conferences focusing on LSD and mescaline took place in Atlantic City and Princeton, N.J. in 1955, which is where Huxley met Rinkel and inscribed this book. Huxley is reported to have first taken LSD in 1955 and, like his experiences with mescaline which he detailed in this book, he later described his LSD experiences in ‘Heaven and Hell’, where he adds on the basic premise conceived in this book, that two contrary mystical experiences potentially await when one opens the “doors of perception”. Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association copy.
The Works of the Famous Nicholas Machiavel, Citizen and Secretary of Florence. Written originally in Italian, and from thence newly and faithfully translated into English.
London: Printed for J. S., to be sold by Robert Boulter at the Turks-head in Cornhil, against the Royal Exchange, 1675.
First edition in English of the works of Machiavelli, an important work of political science which includes The Prince. Folio, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panel, crimson morocco spine label, gilt edges. Includes: The History of Florence; The Prince; The Discourses of Nicholas Machiavel, Upon the First Decade of Titus Livius; and The Art of War (this last work is incomplete in this copy). Each with a separate dated title page but pagination and register are continuous. Also includes “Nicholas Machiavel’s letter to Zanobius Buondelmontius”, which is not in fact by Machiavelli but by Henry Neville. Translation attributed Henry Neville. Wing M128. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
First Subscribers Edition of The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf "one of the most magnificent books in the entire library of golf"
London: Published for Golf Illustrated, Ltd. by London & Counties Press, 1912.
First Subscribers Edition. Folio, original full red morocco, all edges gilt, gilt titles to the spine, gilt-tooled pictorial lion emblem lettered “Far & Sure” to the front panel. Three full-color plates (including frontispiece) and 2 photogravures; tissue guards present. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
"For Francis, the first of us to think sensibly as to what the Central Dogma tells us about the origin of life, from Jim, upon the 35th anniversary of the Double Helix"
Cold Spring, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1987.
First edition. Foreword by James D. Watson. Quarto, original red cloth, illustrated with photographs, diagrams. Inscribed by James Watson to Francis Crick on the front free endpaper, “For Francis, the first of us to think sensibly as to what the Central Dogma tells us about the origin of life, from Jim, upon the 35th anniversary of the Double Helix. April 10, 1988.” Also signed by Francis Crick. A unique piece of history between arguably the two most influential biologists of the twentieth century, co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Large Lithograph of Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Albert Schweitzer; Signed by Him and Artist William Sharp
Signed by the artist William Sharp in pencil. Inscribed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, “A Mr John Zuber avec mes bonnes pensees Albert Schweitzer. Lambarene 13. Juin 1960.” The translation reads, “To Mr John Zuber with my good wishes Albert Schweitzer Lambarene 13th June 1960.” Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa. The lithograph measures 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 22.5 inches. A unique piece, rare and desirable.
"unscrew the locks from the doors! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!": Rare Mimeographed Sheets of The Howl Produced for its First Reading. Preceding the First Edition and signed by Ginsberg and five others present at the Six Gallery in October of 1955
Two sheets from an exceptionally rare privately produced mimeographed printing of Howl, preceding the first edition. One of 25 copies printed on rectos only in purple ink typed by the poet Robert Creeley and printed by Marthe Rexroth at S.F State, where she was a secretary, for the famous Six Gallery reading (also known as Six Angels in the Same Performance). This event, which took place at 3110 Fillmore Street in San Francisco on October 7, 1955 was the first important public poetry exhibition heralding the West Coast literary revolution of the Beat Generation. At the reading, five talented young poets—Allen Ginsberg, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen presented some of their latest works. They were introduced by Kenneth Rexroth, who was a kind of literary father-figure for the younger poets. It was at this reading that Allen Ginsberg performed the piece in public, which had been advertised by a postcard proclaiming: “Remarkable collection of angels all gathered at once in the same spot. Wine, music, dancing girls, serious poetry, free satori.” The exuberant audience included Neal Cassady, who passed around the wine jug and a collection plate and a drunken Jack Kerouac, who refused to read his own work but cheered the other poets on, and later wrote an account in his novel The Dharma Bums. He fictionalized the event with a description of circulating gallon jugs of California burgundy among the increasingly raucous crowd, “getting them all piffed so that by eleven o’clock when Alvah Goldbrook (Ginsberg’s stand-in in the novel) was reading his wailing poem ‘Wail’ (‘Howl’) drunk with arms outspread everybody was yelling ‘Go! Go! Go!’” Also in attendance was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who telegrammed Ginsberg the following day offering to publish his work, saying ” I greet you at the beginning of a great career. When do I get the manuscript?” He published in 1956 through his City Lights Press, but customs agents seized Howl and Other Poems when it arrived from its London-based printer on grounds that it was indecent and obscene. Ferlinghetti and his store manager Shigeyoshi Murao were acquitted of the obscenity charges in October 1957. The title page is signed by Allen Ginsberg, with the signature and a note by Marthe Rexroth, which reads, “I cranked the ditto master at S F State the first time around -and! was at the reading.” On the verso of the title, McClure has written the lengthy note, “This first long poem of Allen’s was read at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in October 1955. I was 22 years old and gave my first reading also that night. I read a poem titled FOR THE DEATHS OF 100 WHALES and other poems of nature and new consciousness. Our co-readers that night were Whalen, Snyder, & Lamantia. Kenneth Rexroth was M.C. I met Jack Kerouac that night. The group of us – minus Lamantia – read again in Berkeley, March 1956, on a rainy evening. It was a fine evening for poetry and I remember my pleasure in Allen’s comic ‘America’. I read mostly from a huge notebook of experimental poems of consciousness. Michael McClure.” On the dedication page are the signatures of Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and an inscription by David Meltzer: ” When Allen first read Kaddish in SF, I read too. I was 22.” Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 20 inches by 26 inches, with an opening in the back of the frame to view McClure’s statement. Only one other similar printing of this edition has surfaced, which fetched $118,750 at auction in 2013, although this copy did include all of the pages. An exceptionally rare item of this important work and cornerstone to American thought and culture.
"There, I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles!": Bold Signature of Founding Father John Hancock
Signature of John Hancock. Signed, “Your most hum Sevt, John Hancock Presid.,” on an off-white 3.5 inch by 1 inch slip clipped from a letter. Matted and framed with a portrait of Hancock. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 13.25 inches. In excellent condition with a few creases signature and some mild toning. Rare and desirable.
“The sandy beach reminded Harold of picnics": Rare First Edition of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955.
First edition of the first book in Crockett Johnson’s Harold series. 12 mo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in this condition.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
The Works of Theodore Roosevelt. Small octavo, 15 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt top edge, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Frontispiece to each volume. The set includes, The Naval War of 1812 in two volumes, The Wilderness Hunter, American Ideals, The Winning of the West in six volumes, Hunting the Grizzly, Hunting Trips on the Prairie, Hunting Trips of A Ranchman, The Rough Riders. In near fine condition.
First Edition of Harry Houdini's Miracle Mongers and Their Methods; Inscribed by Him To Fellow Illusionist Raymond Gallatovich
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1920.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Raymond Gallatovich Best wishes and good luck Houdini Feb 5/ 1921.” The recipient was a fellow illusionist and magician Raymond Gallatovich. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box and chemise.
“HE WHO FEARS HE SHALL SUFFER, ALREADY SUFFERS WHAT HE FEARS”: RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF MONTAIGNE'S THE ESSAYS
The Essayes or Morall, Politike, and Militarie Discourses of Lord Michael de Montaigne (Essays of Montaigne).
London: Val. Sims for Edward Blount, 1603.
First edition in English of the author’s magnum opus and one of the most important philosophical books of Western civilization. Folio, contemporary brown leather with gilt arabesque centerpiece and monogram. Translated by John Florio. In very good condition with some browning to the page edges, two leaves of verses to Florio and errata in the preliminaries, and blank 2Q4; lacks one-word correction slip on B1r and second of 2 errata leaves at end. First editions in English are rare.
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