“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us": First Edition of Jurassic Park; Signed by Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
First edition of Crichton’s gripping, bestselling scientific thriller. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg on the title page. Spielberg directed the 1993 film bearing the same name. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Rare and desirable signed by Crichton and Spielberg.
LIMITED DELUXE FIRST EDITION OF ERNEST SHACKLETON’S HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC AND THE ANTARCTIC BOOK: SIGNED BY HIM AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDITION; AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY SHACKLETON
London: William Heinemann, 1909.
Rare first edition, Special Limited Large Paper Issue of Shackleton’s account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, number 97 of only 300 copies printed. Quarto, bound in full (Heart of the Antarctic) and half (Antarctic Book) vellum, top edges gilt. First and only edition of The Antarctic Book, with the signatures of every member of the party, including Ernest Shackleton. Additionally inscribed by Shackleton in volume one on the front free endpaper, “To Sir Edward Goschen with kindest regards from the author E.H. Shackleton Berlin 1911. The recipient Sir Edward Goschen, 1st Baronet was a British diplomat, who served as an ambassador to Belgrade, Copenhagen, Belgrade, Vienna and Berlin. With 16 mounted color plates, photographic frontispieces and over 200 additional illustrations including drawings and photographic plates. Three folding maps and a folding panorama enclosed in the rear pocket of Volume II. The Antarctic Book, which includes the 16 signatures of the shore party, was issued only with this Limited Edition of The Heart of the Antarctic and has never been reprinted. It contains reproductions of drawings done by the party, including four mounted color portraits, the poem “Erebus” by Shackleton and the whimsical story “Bathybia” by Douglas Mawson, also a member of the party. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In fine condition with a touch of wear. A superior example, rare and desirable signed twice by Shackleton.
"When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints": The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau; In the Original Binding
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906.
The manuscript edition of the writings of Henry David Thoreau. With the original manuscript sheet by Thoreau from his journal tipped-in to volume 1. The two page manuscript fragment comprises 58 lines from “Autumnal Tints,” in altered form, published in the Atlantic Monthly, October 1862, and collected in Excursions the following year. The fragment concludes with the line containing the title phrase: “When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints […].” Octavo, 20 volumes. Bound in the publisher’s three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards, spine elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Signed by the publisher. Illustrated in each volume with a photograph of flowers and a hand-colored scenes used as frontispieces and additional plates inserted throughout. In fine condition without wear.
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for": Exceedingly Rare First Edition of The Brothers Karamazov
New York: Macmillan, 1912.
First American edition of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, described by Freud as “the most magnificent novel ever written.” Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt. Translated into English by Constance Garnett. In very good condition. A nice example of this cornerstone of world literature, rare and desirable.
"It Is Very Queer That The Unhappiness Of The World Is So Often Brought On By Small Men": First Edition of All Quiet On The Western Front; Inscribed twice by Erich Maria Remarque
Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1929.
First American edition of this landmark novel of the 20th century. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication in German on the front free endpaper and additionally inscribed note signed by author opposite the title page confirming the present copy as a first edition. The recipient was the daughter of filmmaker Carl Laemmle, German emigre, early Hollywood tycoon and founder of Universal Studios (Carl Laemmle, Jr., produced the film version of the book in 1930). The inscription (in translation) reads, “To Mr. and Mrs. Bergerman, with very heartfelt and friendly greetings in memory of beautiful days in Berlin Erich Maria Remarque Aug 18, 1929.” Bookplate of the recipient, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Wenck. Translated by A.W. Wheen. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Inscribed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards, cornerpieces and centrepiece to front board of silver metal with blue faux gems, metal clasp, green silk bookmark. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children, selected through a lottery, attended the signing.
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Paris: Appresso Giacomo Langlois, 1651.
First edition, the preferred work in Italian of da Vinci’s work on painting. Folio, Bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, engraved portrait, engraved vignette on title, engraved initials, head and tail pieces, engraved text illustrations. In very good condition with some dampstaining to the page edges. First editions are rare.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.
First edition of Dr. Alister J. Mackenzie's Golf Architecture: Economy in Course Construction and Green-Keeping; in the rare original dust jacket
London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1920.
Rare first edition of this important work on golf architecture by one of the world’s most influential golf architects, Dr. Alister J. Mackenzie. Small octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs and maps. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which shows chipping and rubbing. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951.
First edition of the author’s first book, one of the great novels of World War II. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Joe Greadagno With Best Wishes James Jones.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by SKA. Jacket photograph by Pat Maestro. A bulky book, usually found in inferior condition, this is a superior example.
“Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?”: Rare First Edition of Mary Poppins; Signed by P.L. Travers
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1934.
First American edition of this children’s classic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 27 line cuts (13 full-page) and chapter tailpieces by Mary Shepard. Boldly signed by P.L. Travers on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. Rare and desirable signed.
New York: Atheneum, 1968.
First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Signed by all three laureates on the title page, James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. Octavo, original blue cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. We have never seen another example signed by all three contributors; exceptionally rare.
"A man, a real man, must never be an agent, a tool, or a gambler acting for himself or for others he must employ such. A real man a financier is never a tool. He used tools. He created. He led": First Edition of Theodore Dreiser's The Financier; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1912.
First editions of the first novel of the author’s acclaimed Trilogy of Desire. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Theodore Dreiser N.Y. Jan. 1938.” Bookplate removal to the pastedown, in near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
"In order to consult the oracle with advantage, the enquirer must state the nature of his question to and Lady in the company": Rare first edition of Madame le Normande's The Oracle of Human Destiny
The Oracle of Human Destiny; Or, Book of Fate: Being an Unerring Fortune-Teller and Accurate Interpreter of Mystical Signs & Heavenly Bodies.
London: Printed for the Wholesale Booksellers, 1854.
Rare first edition of this early book of fortune telling and divination through card reading. Octavo, bound in original cloth, folding hand colored chart of a card spread, hand-colored frontispiece portrait of Madame Le Normande, wood engraved pictorial borders. In very good condition. Scarce.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.
First edition, first issue with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page of the author’s classic novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Near fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket with Gone with the Wind listed in the second column of the booklist on the back panel, with $3.00 cost on the front flap. Housed in a full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
"I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing": First Edition in English of The Republic of Plato
The Republic of Plato. In Ten Books. Translated from the Greek by H. Spens. With a Preliminary Discourse Concerning the Philosophy of the Ancients by the Translator.
Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1763.
First edition in English of one of the cornerstones of Western philosophy and politics. Quarto, period style full calf, red morocco spine label, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels. In near fine condition. An exceptional example of this landmark work.
The History of the British Empire in India; From the library of Charles Dickens with his bookplate to each volume
London: John Murray, 1830-1835.
Finley bound first edition set of Gleig’s history the British Empire in India from the library of Charles Dickens. Octavos, 4 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portraits in each volume, folding map in volume I. From Charles Dickens’ library with his bookplate and library label in each volume, which reads, “From the Library of Charles Dickens, Gadshill Place, June, 1870″ to the pastedown. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco box with Dickens’ gilt insignia. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912.
First edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “robust adventure story,” illustrated with eight tipped-in plates, including frontispiece photographic portrait of “the members of the exploring party.” Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt vignette of Professor Challenger to the front panel, photographic frontispiece and seven additional plates; two full-page maps. Bookplate, in very good condition with moderate shelfwear. A nice example.
“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition In Parts of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield
London: Bradbury and Evans, May 1849-November 1850.
First edition in parts of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Original serial issue. Twenty parts in nineteen, octavo four to thirty-two pages of preliminary advertisements; text continuously paginated 1-624; eight leaves of preliminaries follow text in final part. Frontispiece, vignette title-page and thirty-eight additional inserted plates, the majority with tissue inserts as issued. Original blue-green illustrated paper wrappers. Several backstrips chipped at head and foot; some light soiling, wear at hinges; some parts skewed. In excellent condition, an unrestored example of Dickens’ classic work. Includes the scarce insert “Lett’s diaries” advertisement at end of Part VIII, which unfolds to a 26 inches, with ten specimen diary leaves. According to Hatton & Cleaver, this is a “particularly scarce” insert. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 253-272. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. A very nice example.
First Edition of the Ayn Rand's Magnum Opus The Fountainhead; Signed 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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Laura Roberts- with my thanks- Affectionately, Ayn Rand.” Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example, most rare and desirable in this condition and inscribed.
Lausanne and Geneva: Aoud Marcum-Michaelem Bousquet & Socios, 1744.
First edition of the first collected edition of Newton‘s writings, which has been hailed as “a fine piece of bookmaking” (Babson). Quarto, bound in contemporary velum, contains 64 folding engraved plates; 2 folding letterpress tables. In very good condition, wide margins. Rare in contemporary binding.
Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant, Lt. Gen.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 8.5 inches. In fine condition.
“ONE OF THE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY”: Von Neumann and Morgenstern's Classic Work Theory of Games and Economic Behavior; Signed by John Neumann
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1947.
Second edition of von Neumann and Morgenstern’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Von Neumann. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by von Neumann are rare.
Exceptionally rare autograph album signed by President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet including Salmon P. Chase and William H. Seward
Exceptionally rare finely bound autograph album signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln as well as his cabinet and 225 senators, representatives, and delegates of the 37th Congress, 1861-1863. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with the name “Lizzie F. Harlow” gilt on the front panel. Singed by Abraham Lincoln on the first page of the album, “Yours truly, Abraham Lincoln.” Additionally signed by William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, M. Blair, Edward Bates, J. P. Usher and S. P. Chase. Collected between the years of 1862 and 1863 by James McCain, a young patent officer at the United States Patent Office. McCain presented the custom-bound album to his sweetheart, Lizzie F. Harlow, who, despite not marrying the young clerk, passed it down to her heirs. In near fine condition. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.
"who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis": First Edition of Mario Puzos The Godfather; Inscribed by Him with a Full Page Inscription
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Hollywood screenwriter Barry Beckerman and his wife, “For Susan – the only wife in the world who would let her husband make a movie in Sweden and so lovely that she has nothing to fear from the competition- & Barry- who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis. From your fellow Chinese Food addict, Mario.” Recipient Barry Beckerman wrote the screenplays for the films Shamus, A Matter of Wife…and Death and St. Ives; he was also a studio executive and producer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional association copy.
First Edition of Paul Theroux's The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia; Signed by Him; From the Library of V.S. Naipaul
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975.
First edition, first issue binding with “By Rail Through Asia”. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Signed by Paul Theroux on the title page. Ownership signature to the front free endpaper of Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul. Naipaul was a close friend of Theroux for many years. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Front cover collage by Joe Hendrick. A unique example.
London: Sampson Low Marston and Co. Ltd, 1903.
One volume containing four parts: Colombo and the Kelani Valley; Kandy and Peradeniya; Nuwara Eliya and Adam’s Peak and The Ruined Cities. Quarto, bound in the full publishers morocco, gilt titles to the spine, elaborate tooling to the spine, front and rear panel, raised bands, inner dentelles, silk endpapers, all edges gilt, over 150 illustrations, many full page. An exceptional presentation.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph
Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.
“And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past": First Edition of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc , 1951.
First American edition, which preceded the British edition of Wyndham’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by John Wyndham on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust dust jacket. Jacket design by Whitney Bender.
"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.
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man": Rare Autograph Note Signed by Charles Darwin
Rare autograph note signed by Charles Darwin to fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. The note reads, “Oct. 27 Down, Beckenham Kent Can you tell me Mr. Fr. Geach’s address? I want to send him my book.” With the address in Darwin’s had on the verso: “A.R. Wallace The Dell Grays Essex.” The two leading figures in the development of the theory of evolution through natural selection, Darwin and Wallace’s theories differed slightly. Darwin argued that competition between members of the same species led to adaptation, while Wallace asserted that environmental pressures led populations of various locations to diverge. In 1858, Darwin and Wallace published a joint publication: On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection,’ the content of which Darwin would develop into his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species, published the following year. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Darwin. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 13.5 inches. An exceptional example linking two of the leading minds in the theory of evolution.
Rare First Edition of David Hume's Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding By the Author of the Essays Moral and Political
Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding By the Author of the Essays Moral and Political.
London: Printed For A. Milar, 1748.
First edition of this landmark of Enlightenment thought. 12mo, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red spine label, raised bands, gilt ruled. In very good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities, contemporary name to the title page, bookplate. A very nice example of this important treatise.
SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF JOHN BROWN’S LIFE AND LETTERS, 1861, WITH THE ORIGINAL MOUNTED VINTAGE ALBUMEN FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT OF JOHN BROWN
The Life and Letters of Captain John Brown, Who Was Executed at Charlestown, Virginia, Dec. 2, 1859, For an Armed Attack upon American Slavery; With Notices of Some of His Confederates.
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1861.
First edition of one of the earliest biographies of profoundly influential American abolitionist, John Brown; published in the first year of the American Civil War. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt titles to the spine, original mounted albumen photograph frontispiece portrait of brown with facsimile inscription. From the collection of Hookham’s circulating library, one of the two largest libraries in 19th century London, bearing the original library label, “Hookhams Library Old Bond Street: Bookselling & Stationary.” In very good condition with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spine. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.
New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition, first issue with the publisher’s logo on the half title page of Kesey’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed by Ken Kesey on the front free endpaper, who has filled the entire page with a drawing in purple, blue and green. Near fine in a very good price-clipped first issue dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example.
"A Pike is a Prince of his own liquid country, and like a universal monarch, can command all the regiments of the scaled army": Scarce first edition of the art of trolling from the library of Alfred Dennison
London: Printed for T. James for Tho. Helder, 1682.
Rare first edition of Nobbes’ authoritative work on the history and methods of trolling. First issue with the engraved hook on page 37 pointing to the right and two woodcut illustrations in the text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Lord Spencer’s copy with his ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper, “From Lord Spencer’s Library 18/”. From the library of renowned angling collector Alfred Denison with his gilt leather bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Denison’s angling collection of over 3,000 books was the basis of Thomas Westwood’s historic and distinct library of English angling books, the Bibliotheca Piscatoria. In very good condition. A nice example with noted provenance.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926.
First edition of Faulkner’s first book in the rare first state dust jacket with An American Tragedy as the first of five titles listed on the rear jacket panel. Octavo, original cloth. Bookplate, near fine in an exceptional dust jacket with light toning and wear. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Scarce in this condition.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA AND CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Royal Christmas card bearing a full-color family photograph of Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and the infant Prince William. Inscribed by Diana, Princess of Wales, “Cyril, from Diana” and Charles, Prince of Wales, “Charles.” The recipient, Cyril Dickman, served as the head steward at Buckingham Palace for over 50 years and became a close personal friend of Princess Diana with whom she often corresponded. The Christmas card measures 14 inches by 6 inches, embossed with the Royal Order of the Garter motto and Spencer family coat of arms. In fine condition. A desirable rarity with noted provenance.
"The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mills On Liberty
London: John W. Parker and Son, 1859.
First edition of this classic work, which remains the basis of much liberal political thought. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, rebacked, ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A nicer than usual example.
New York: Random House, 1941.
First edition of what many consider one of the most important novels on Hollywood and the film industry. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Budd Schulberg on the front free endpaper. Near fine in an excellent first-issue dust jacket, with the rear panel with the blurbs by F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara, with some professional restoration. A nice example.
“The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm": Rare Autograph Note Signed by the founder of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale
Rare autograph note signed by the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The note reads, “A verbal answer, please, by messenger, ever yours sincerely, F. Nightingale.” Double matted and framed with an engraved photographic portrait of Nightingale. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 12 inches. A nice presentation.
Full length photograph of Babe Ruth swinging a baseball bat. Inscribed by him, “To my good friend Jack Musante Sincerely Babe Ruth 3-12-47.” Triple matted and framed. The photograph measures 9 inches by 7 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional photograph, rare and desirable signed by Ruth.
“There's things that happen in a person's life that are so scorched in the memory and burned into the heart that there's no forgetting them": First Limited Edition of Mutiny On The Bounty; Signed by Marlon Brando, Director Lewis Milestone, Producer Aaron Rosenberg and in the scarce original glassine
Nordhoff, Charles and James Norman Hall. Illustrated by Fletcher Martin. (Marlon Brando, Lewis Milestone, Aaron Rosenberg).
New York : Limited Editions Club, 1947.
First limited edition of this epic historical drama made into the 1962 film starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris. The film was the first widescreen motion picture ever produced. One of only 1500 copies. This is number 426. Signed on the front free endpaper in the year of the film’s production by Marlon Brando (cast as First Lieutenant Fletcher Christian), Lewis Milestone (the film’s director), Tarita Teriipaia (Princess Maimiti), and inscribed by the film’s producer Aaron Rosenberg, “To Phil Corrin, Hope the picture lives up to your expectations. Most sincerely, Aaron Rosenberg.” Additionally signed on the verso by twelve additional cast members including Richard Harris and Duncan Lamont. Octavo, bound in full pebbled sheepskin, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, in the scarce original glassine and original slipcase. An extraordinary example, most rare and desirable signed by Brando and the cast.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
Tenth printing of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, published a few months after the first edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Housed in a custom slipcase.
“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 an excellent dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell. A nice example.
“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing”: The Fountainhead; Signed by Ayn Rand
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943.
Later printing of the Rands’s breakthrough work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Ayn Rand, 1/17/66.” Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. The signature was obtained at a Rand lecture held at the Sheraton Hotel on that date. Desirable signed.
“All men, however highly educated, retain some superstitious inklings": First Edition of H.G. Wells The Invisible Man; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Novelist William Pett Ridge
London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1897.
First edition, first issue, with the title page printed in orange and black and pages 247 and 248 being publisher’s ads. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “W. Pett Ridge from H. G. Wells.” The recipient William Pett Ridge was a fellow novelist and friend of Wells. In 1924, novelist Edwin Pugh recalled his time with Wells and Ridge, “I see him most clearly, as he was in those days, through a blue haze of tobacco smoke. We used sometimes to travel together from Waterloo to Worcester Park on our way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening with H. G. Wells.” Hammond B4. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association copy.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
Fourth printing of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Wini with my best wishes, Harper Lee September 14, 1960.” The recipient was a neighbor of Lee’s in Monroeville, Alabama where she resided. The publication date of the first printing was July 11, 1960, this example was signed two months after the initial publication. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith.
“It's necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live": First Edition in English of Dumas The Count of Monte-Cristo
London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.
First edition in English of the author’s masterpiece, published just one year after the original French edition and before the American first. Octavo, 2 volumes. Bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine. Twenty wood-engraved plates after Henry Valentin. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925.
First edition, second printing of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper,“For Esther Sidman on her 21st birthday from her admirer. F Scott Fitzgerald, Hollywood, 1938.” In near fine condition with a touch of wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Great Gatsby’s signed and inscribed by Fitzgerald are rare.
"All human wisdom is contained in these two words--"Wait and Hope": First Edition in English of Dumas The Count of Monte-Cristo; In the Rare Original Cloth
London: London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.
First edition in English of the author’s masterpiece, published just one year after the original French edition and before the American first. Octavo, 2 volumes, original publisher’s terracotta cloth, decoratively blind-embossed, gilt titles to the spine. Twenty wood-engraved plates after Henry Valentin. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the extremities and toning. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original cloth are exceptionally rare.
“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.
"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.
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