“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First Edition of George Orwell's Classic Nineteen Eighty-Four
London: Secker & Warburg, 1949.
First edition of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise case. A superior example.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF CHARLES DARWIN'S THE DESCENT OF MAN; From the library of Egyptologist Percy E. Newberry
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In good condition, rebacked, marbled board slipcase. Publisher’s embossed presentation stamp on titles; contemporary signature of Neville Goodman on half-titles; bookplates of the Egyptologist Percy E. Newberry. Newberry served on the Tutankhamun excavation team for several seasons. His speciality was the botanical specimens from the tomb, on which he would briefly report in the second volume of Carter’s The Tomb of Tutankhamen. on the front pastedowns. With noted provenance.
“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for”: The complete writings of George Washington; Bound in Full Contemporary Calf
The Writings of George Washington Being His Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private.
Boston: American Stationers Company. John B. Russell, 1836-1837.
The complete writings of George Washington. Large octavo, 12 volumes, uniformly bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Frontispiece of Washington to volumes 1-3; engraved by J.W. Paradise from a painting by J.G. Chapman after a painting by C.W. Peale; frontispiece in volumes 2 and three engraved by A.B. Durand, the first from a painting by Gilbert Stuart; frontispiece in volume 12 of Martha Washington engraved by J. Cheney. Editor Jared Sparks was a noted early American historian and President of Harvard College. Sparks worked as editor of the North American Review and a Unitarian pastor in Baltimore. His most notable work was his Writings of George Washington. An attractive set.
"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.
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy": First Modern Library of The Great Gatsby; Inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald
New York: The Modern Library, 1934.
First Modern Library edition of the author’s masterpiece, with the first appearance of Fitzgerald’s new introduction. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Lillian Abercrombie at the beginning of a tour of work F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities and some small chips. Housed in a full custom morocco box. The first Modern Library edition of The Great Gatsby was a resounding commercial failure, and many copies were remaindered with the caption “discontinued title” printed on the jacket’s front panel. The present copy represents one of the earlier, non-remaindered copies, and like all of the first Modern Library editions of The Great Gatsby, features Fitzgerald’s new introduction, with his own, now-famous take on his masterwork: “I think it is an honest book, that is to say, that one used none of one’s virtuosity to get an effect, and, to boast again, one soft-pedalled the emotional side to avoid the tears leaking from the socket of the left eye, or the large false face peering around the corner of a character’s head. If there is a clear conscience, a book can survive — at least in one’s feelings about it. On the contrary, if one has a guilty conscience, one reads what one wants to hear out of reviews. In addition, if one is young and willing to learn, almost all reviews have a value, even the ones that seem unfair.”
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.
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities and bottom of the cloth, spine gilt bright.
"Colonel Saito. Do not speak to me of rules. This is war!": First Edition of The Bridge Over the River Kwai; Signed by Pierre Boulle and Actor William Holden
New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc, 1954.
First edition of the novel that was the basis for the film of the same name, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest films in history. Octavo, original cloth. Translated from the French by Xan Fielding. Signed by Pierre Boulle and actor William Holden, who starred in the film. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. This novel is rare signed by Boulle, with none appearing at auction in the last 60 years; most likely unique signed by both the author and legendary actor William Holden.
"What is it that characterizes a civilization? Is it the exceptional genius? No, it is everyday life": First Edition In English of Pierre Boulle's The Planet of the Apes; Signed by Him
New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc, 1963.
First edition in English of Pierre Boulle’s chilling novel that launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Pierre Boulle on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Translated from the French by Xan Fielding. Most rare and desirable signed.
"I AM FOREVER walking upon these shores, Betwixt the sand and the foam, The high tide will erase my foot-prints, And the wind will blow away the foam": Signed Limited First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's Sand and Foam
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.
Signed limited edition of the author’s classic work. Number 75 of 95 copies, signed by Kahlil Gibran. Illustrated with seven drawings by the author. In near fine condition, two small names to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom made slipcase. A very sharp example.
First Edition in English of "One of the Most Important Texts of the Twentieth Century" Martin Heidegger's Being and Time; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1962.
First edition in English of the book that “changed the course of philosophy” (Richard Rorty). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Martin Heidegger on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the rear panel. Translated by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed, as no signed examples have appeared at auction in the last 50 years.
London: Constable & Company, 1922.
First edition of this classic memoir of the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition. Octavo, two volumes, original half white cloth, gray paper boards. Inscribed by Apsley Cherry-Garrard in each each volume. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. In very good condition with some of the usual toning to the spines. First editions signed and inscribed are of exceptional rarity.
Vintage glossy photograph of the The Beatles taken while filming their 1965 feature film Help! Signed by all four Beatles, “John Lennon,” “Paul McCartney”, “George Harrison”, and “To Diane, love from the Beatles, Ringo Starr”. In very good condition with some creasing. The photograph measures 6.5 inches by 4.75 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. Items signed by all four Beatles from the latter half of the 1960s are scarce.
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