Extra-Illustrated Edition of Adolphe Thiers' History of the Consulate and the Empire of France Under Napoleon; elaborately bound by Bayntun
London: Chatto & Windus, 1893-1894.
Extra-illustrated edition of Louis Adolphe Thiers’ history of France under Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavos, 12 volumes. Elaborately bound in three quarters contemporary morocco by Bayntun Bindery over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, emblematic gilt spine compartments, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Originally issued with 36 steel engravings, this extra-illustrated edition contains 120 additional plates, including 12 colored engraved frontispieces with tissue guards. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities, plates exceptionally clean and bright.
Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press, 1956.
First edition of Cohen’s first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45). Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The real measure is the success or fall of the climber to triumph, not over a lifeless mountain, but over themself": First Edition of The Ascent of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Jim Whittaker, Jon Krakauer and Thomas Hornbein
London: Hodder & Houghton, 1953.
First edition of this account of the 1953 British conquest of Everest. Octavo, original blue cloth, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and many in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Signed by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay (on the frontispiece of Norgay opposite the title page), Jim Whittaker, Jon Krakauer and Thomas Hornbein. Hillary and Norgay became the first two individuals to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953 as part of the 1953 British Everest expedition led by British Army officer John Hunt. Hunt named two two-man teams to make the final ascent to the summit and placed Hillary with Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay who had participated as a high-altitude porter in three official British attempts to climb Everest from the northern Tibetan side in the 1930s. Tenzing later wrote that Hillary took the first step onto the summit and he followed. They reached Everest’s 29,028 ft summit – the highest point on earth – at 11:30 am on May 29th 1953. The event marked a culminating moment in mountaineering history, and one of the great achievements of human stamina and will which garnered worldwide attention. American mountaineer Jim Whittaker was the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest as a member of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition led by Norman Dyhrenfurth. American mountaineers Thomas Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld were the first to attempt an ascent of Everest’s West Ridge. American mountaineer John Krakauer wrote the 1997 bestselling book Into Thin Air, which is an account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by W. Heaton Cooper. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary’s stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. We have never seen another first edition signed by both Hillary and Norgay.
"What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?I wish I knew... Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can": First Edition, First Issue of A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Signed by Tennessee Williams
New York: New Directions, 1955.
First edition, first issue of one of Williams’s best-known works and his personal favorite. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Tennessee Williams on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Alvin Lustig. Rare and desirable signed.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exuperys The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 236. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"MATISSE WAS EVOLVING METHODS HE WOULD USE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE": First edition of Cinquante Dessins; with an original frontispiece etching signed by Matisse
Paris: Les Soins de l'Artiste, 1920.
First edition of Matisse’s classic self-produced suite of 50 photo-lithographic reproductions of his drawings of women. Quarto, original wrappers as issued, with an original frontispiece etching of a woman’s face. One of only 1000 copies produced, this is number 908. Signed by Matisse below the original frontispiece etching, “Henri Matisse.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and in the original jacket.
First edition of Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Cup and the Falcon; inscribed by him and with seven lines of verse in Tennyson's hand within the text
London: Macmillan and Co, 1884.
First edition of this collection of two Tennyson plays. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Frederick & Jane Locker from Tennyson.” Tennyson has also inscribed seven lines of verse from the original manuscript of The Cup on pages 80 and 81, inserted in the concluding speech of Synorix, “Nay, rather than to clip the flowery robe of Hymen we should add some golden fringe of gorgeousness beyond old use to make the day memorial, when Synorix, first King, Comma, first Queen o’ the snow here the richest lot from fate, to live and to die together.” In fine condition. Bookplates to the pastedown. Housed in a custom morocco and chemise case. Rare and desirable.
"The revolutionary manifesto of the romantic poets”: First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems; containing the first appearance of William Wordsworth's famous Preface defining his theory of poetry
London: Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800.
First complete edition of the manifesto for the English romantic movement containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark preface defining his theory of poetry. Small octavos, two volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine with red and green morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. From the Brother Julian F.S.C. Collection with bookplates to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom cloth chemise case and half morocco clamshell box.
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you": First Edition and Signed Limited Edition of The Complete Poems and Prose of Walt Whitman 1855 - 1888; one of 600 copies produced and signed by Walt Whitman
Complete Poems and Prose of Walt Whitman 1855 – 1888. Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W.)…Portraits from Life…Autograph.
Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros & Co., 1888.
First edition and signed limited edition of Whitman’s self-described “big book essentially the book, irrespective of expensive binding: it has portraits, notes, title page-all the guarantees of my personality: it is as clearly the book as anything could make it.” Octavo, original brown buckram cloth with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, with four engraved portraits of the author, including the engraved title page. Signed by Walt Whitman on the limitation page under the quote from Leaves of Grass and with the publisher’s limitation note in red ink on the copyright page, “Edition: Six Hundred. Number One Hundred Ninety-Nine.” In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Scarce and desirable.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1975.
Early British printing of Dahl’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated boards as issued, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Blake Love Roald Dahl.” Illustrated by Faith Jaques. In excellent condition with light rubbing and wear.
New York: Random House, 1959.
Early printing of this groundbreaking play, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Warm Regards, Lorraine Hansberry University Hospital May 4, 1964.” Early in April 1963, Hansberry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was in and out of University Hospital in New York until she passed away on January 12, 1965 at the age of 34. Near fine in a near fine jacket. Jacket design by Stan Phillips and Mel Williamson. Rare and desirable signed.
London: Faber and Faber, 1956.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Samuel Beckett on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Translated by Beckett from the original French. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
"I want my body and my hands to be pools for your looking and laughing": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's The Spice-Box of Earth; Signed by Him
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1961.
First edition of Cohen’s second book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Frank Newfeld. Photograph of Cohen by John Max. Drawings by Frank Newfeld. A superior example, uncommon signed
“Any man's life, told truly, is a novel": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon
Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, 1932.
First edition of Hemingway’s early work on bullfighting. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece by Juan Gris. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small chips. Jacket illustration by Roberto Domingo.
“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece, photogravure plate of a portrait bust of Clemens by Karl Gerhardt, title-leaf a cancel with copyright notice dated 1884; illustrated captioned “Him and another Man” listed on page 88 in contents; eleventh line from bottom of page 57 reads “with the was”;”5″ final five on page 155 is slightly larger; page 283/284 on a stub, without additional final blank leaf, In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in custom chemise and full morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York: Vincent Parke, 1908.
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
"Mary Baker Eddy was far ahead of her time in the emphasis she placed upon positive thinking, a force which modern psychology was belated in recognizing": Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; inscribed by her to her cousin, the daughter of President Franklin Pierce
Boston: Published by the Author, 1886.
Early printing of the central text of the Christian Science which continues to rank as a best-seller to this day. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “Mrs. F. McNeil Potter, with love from the Author, 1886. ” The recipient, Frances Maria McNeil Potter was the niece of President Franklin Pierce and his sometimes hostess in the White house, assisting First Lady Jane Pierce after the death of the president’s son Benny. In the winter of 1882, Mary Baker Eddy visited Washington, where “Mrs. Potter caller on [her] several times and showed considerable interest in Christian Science. Together they drove to the Botanical Gardens, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Congressional Cemetery where they knelt at the grave of General John McNeil, Mrs. Potter’s father and the cousin of Mrs. Eddy’s grandmother, Maryann McNeil Moore” (Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery). Potter and Eddy’s correspondence continued until Potter’s death and Potter remained one of Eddy’s biggest supporters when many distanced themselves from the religious leader and the founding of the Church of Christ, Scientist. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed and inscribed by Mary Baker Eddy are rare.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.
First edition, first issue with the six line colophon on the last page in the first-issue dust jacket, without the ISBN number on the rear panel. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes": First Editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times; Finely Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume of this important biography. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Marlborough armorial crests stamped in gilt on the front panels of each volume, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt-ruled dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles. In fine condition.
“NOW, MY DEARS… DON’T GO INTO MR. MCGREGOR’S GARDEN”: FIRST TRADE EDITION; DELUXE BINDING OF THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
London: Frederick Warne, 1902.
First trade edition, deluxe binding in green cloth of this children’s classic. 12 mo, original publisher’s green cloth, lettered in red with publisher’s monogram to upper cover, top edge gilt, gray leaf-patterned endpapers, with 31 color illustrations. With “wept big tears” on page 51, and leaf patterned end-papers. Linder notes that 2000 copies from the first 8000 were issued in “green cloth, light green cloth or olive-green cloth.” Linder p 421; Quinby 2. In very good condition, rebacked with the original spine, retaining original endpapers. Housed in a a custom cloth clamshell box.
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant as President. Addressed to the Attorney General of the United States Edwards Pierrepont the letter reads, “Elizabeth, N.J. Sept. 2nd 1876 Dear Judge, While in Utica Judge Hunt spoke to me of the importance of appointing a member to Judge Woodruff at as early as a day as practicable on account of the great amount of business before the court. I do not know of any lawyer in the circuit to whom to tender the position when it should be Senator Edmunds and he I should dislike to see leave the Senate. But you are well acquainted with the Bar in that circuit and its wants, and can no doubt suggest the right man for the place. If you will send me a commission therefore to St. Louis so as to reach me there between the 24th and 28th either filled up of the name blank, with suggestions as to the best man I will sign and return it. Very truly your humble servant U.S. Grant.” Grant appointed Pierrepont Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 1875. When he assumed the office, Pierrepont immediately implemented overdue reform in the South’s U.S. Marshal and U.S. Attorney departments including extensive investigations into the conduct of the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals, exposing fraud and corruption. Double matted and framed with a carte de visite of Grant. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 21.75 inches by 15.75 inches.
Series 1935 D silver certificate one dollar bill, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman on the portrait side. Double matted and framed with a photograph of President Truman at the Oval Office desk, with the phrase, “The buck stops here!” The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 12.5 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Presidential history.
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting": Rare First English Edition of Sun Tzu's The Art of War
London: John Murray, 1908.
First British edition and first English language edition of this fundamental treatise on military strategy. Octavo, original green cloth with stamping in gilt and red. Translated by E. F. Calthrop. In near fine condition, small name to the front free endpaper. First editions are rare.
Rare autograph letter and two photographs signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The letter is one page, partially typescript, dated March 4th 1956 on Palais de Monaco letterhead, and reads in part “Your Eminence, It is with deep regret that I am writing this letter. Due to unforeseen events occurring in the near future, my trip had to be foreshortened and I must leave your fair city tomorrow. Please be assured that Miss Kelly and I had been looking forward to seeing you. It is very unfortunate that we will not be able to do so.” Prince Rainier has added a note in his hand at the letter’s conclusion, “I beg Your Eminence to bestow upon myself and Miss Kelly your Holy benediction for our coming union before God and believe me yours respectfully Rainier Prince of Monaco.” The letter is flanked by two photographs, one of the royal family which is signed by Prince Rainier and another of the royal couple which is signed by Princess Grace, “Grace de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 17.5 inches. An elegant presentation.
Rare autograph letter signed by the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture
April 28, 1800.
Rare original letter signed and in the hand of the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture. One page, folded, bearing the original wax seal on the verso, containing both the original message sent by Toussaint L’Ouverture and a forwarded reply by its original recipient Michel Etienne Descourtilz to General Augustin Honore d’Hebecourt. The letter in Toussaint L’Ouverture’s hand translates as, “The Passport requested by the Petitioner cannot be granted at this time. Le Général en Chef Toussaint Louverture.” Descourtilz has written in reply, “Citizen, Our friend Huin, more occupied with general interest than his own in particular, reminded me when he left that he had forgotten to recommend that you obtain a passport to pick up animals in the Spanish section. He is economically and socially linked to one of my uncles to whom he has left the task of reinforcing the product of his cabin in Grand Islet. It is therefore for the same relative, and the men necessary for this voyage that I serve as interpreter to impose on your good graces. RSVP. Yours, Descourtilz P.S. My difficulty meeting you required me to write to you.” On the verso Descourtilz has also written, “If your care allows you to meet my three requests, you would very much oblige me to tell me at what time I can find you Décadi [part of the Republican calendar], my plans being to leave for Artibonite on Monday of the Décadi, where business awaits me.” Descourtilz was a French botanist, physician, taxonomist and historiographer of the Haitian Revolution. A passport from Toussaint L’Ouverture allowed him to serve as a physician with the forces of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Haiti, where he arrived in 1799. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Rare original photograph inscribed by journalist and explorer Henry M. Stanley. Inscribed by Stanley in the upper right corner of the photograph, “Yours faithfully, Henry M. Stanley 1907.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 10 inches.
Mallorca: Mossen Lacover, 1973.
Signed limited large paper edition of this collection of poems, each with a full-page lithograph by Miro. Folio, original wrappers and loose leaves as issued, illustrated with lithographs. One of only 60 copies signed by Joan Miro on the limitation page and with an original lithograph in color, this is number 18. In fine condition. Housed in the publisher’s cloth chemise and custom clamshell box.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere": First Edition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964.
First edition of Dr. King’s third book, including his reflections on his 1963 Birmingham campaign. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best Wishes Martin Luther King.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Easily King’s scarcest book signed.
Rare Original Dinner Program Signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill below his iconic Yousef Karsh portrait
Rare original Cartier-printed program from the dinner held in honor of Winston S. Churchill at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday, March 15th 1946. Quarto, gilt embossed coat of arms of the United Kingdom to the front panel, the first page features a full-page photogravure of Canadian photographer Yousef Karsh’s iconic portrait of Churchill, “The Roaring Lion” which in May 1945 was featured on the cover of Life magazine. Signed by Churchill beneath his famous likeness, “Winston S. Churchill.” In 1941, after Churchill’s address to the Canadian Parliament, Karsh had but a moment to photograph him and daringly removed the cigar from Churchill’s mouth, memorializing the staunch leader’s stern expression with the image he captured at that very moment. Churchill later said to Karsh, “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed,” which led Karsh to name the portrait “The Roaring Lion.” Containing two excerpts from two of Churchill’s most memorable speeches: his first speech as Prime Minister and his June 4th 1940 speech following the evacuation of Dunkirk. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, signed only ten days after Churchill delivered his famous ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ in Fulton, Missouri declaring: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere.” In fine condition.
“I DREW THESE TIDES OF MEN INTO MY HANDS AND WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS”: First Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom; Signed by Legendary Actor Peter O'Toole
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1935.
First trade edition of Lawrence’s classic work. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by actor Peter O’Toole on the front free endpaper. O’Toole starred as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic historical drama film Lawrence of Arabia. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by O’Toole.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975.
First edition of one of McMurtry’s best and most popular novels. Octavo, original half cloth Signed by Larry McMurtry and Academy Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson on the front free endpaper. Nicholson won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.
Boston: Birkhauser , 1981.
First edition of the authors’ classic introduction to the richly diverse world of mathematics: its history, philosophy, principles, and personalities, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by both authors on the front free endpaper, “For McAllister Hull from Reuben Hersh and from Philip J. Davis.” The recipient McAllister Hull was an American theoretical physicist who took part in the creation of the atomic bomb that was dropped over Nagasaki in 1945, ending World War II. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Gian-Carlo Rota. Uncommon and desirable signed by both Hersh and Davis.
First Edition of "this Cornerstone of American Political Journalism" Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart and Illustrator Ralph Steadman
San Francisco: Arrow Books, 1973.
First edition of the author’s third book and hallmark of campaign journalism. Octavo, original black boards. Signed by Hunter Thompson on the half-title page and subjects, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart and illustrator, Ralph Steadman. Fine in a near fine first issue price-clipped dust jacket with the white boarder around the photograph of Thompson and McGovern on the rear panel. The book is notable for its introduction not only to the candidates of 1972 but also its early glimpses of future political leaders. Gary Hart of Colorado, who served as McGovern’s campaign manager and would later run for and win a seat in the United States Senate, and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, who would himself capture the 1976 Democratic nomination and Presidency. A unique example with this collection of signatures.
"The book that introduced France to Newtonian physics": First Edition of Voltaire's Elements of the Philosophy of Newton; Inscribed by him to the surgeon who attended Newton in his final illness
Londres [Paris]: Prault, 1738.
First French edition of one of the most elegantly illustrated science books ever printed and the book that introduced France to Newtonian physics; a scarce presentation copy inscribed by Voltaire. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with two frontispiece portraits of both Newton and Voltaire, six full page plates, one folding plate, and illustrations throughout the text. Presentation copy, inscribed by Voltaire on the front free endpaper to William Cheselden, one of the most influential surgeons of 18th century England who attended Newton in his final illness. Although it is unknown if Voltaire and Newton met, Voltaire attended Newton’s funeral in 1727 while living in exile in England. During this exile he became an adherent of Newtonian physics and philosophy which he saw as the embodiment of the Enlightenment victory over Christian dogma and as the destroyer of the errors of Cartesianism. Voltaire dedicated the work to his mistress, La Madame la Marquise du Chastellet, who was a fellow scholar of Newton and completed the first French translation of the Principia in 1759. From the library of Dr. Adrian Pollock. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Pollock was a leader in the field of non-destructive acoustic emission testing, an approach to emission testing which addresses dynamic processes in materials by listening to the energy released by objects. He amassed a large book collection covering the history of science which he acquired throughout his travels between the United States and United Kingdom and from international catalogs. Newton was a particular favorite of Pollock’s as the two scientists worked in the same field and shared an alma mater. In very good condition with light shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceedingly rare, surely one of the most significant examples of this work.
"one of the greatest works of science ever published"; First edition, first issue of Sir Isaac Newton's Opticks
Opticks: or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures.
London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, 1704.
First edition, first issue of one of the greatest works of science ever published. Quarto, bound in full contemporary paneled English calf with five raised bands and red morocco spine label lettered in gilt to the spine, blindstamped ruling and cornerpieces to the panels, title page printed in red and black without mention of Newton in the imprint, nineteen folding engravings, rebacked. From the collection of Dr. Adrian Pollock. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Pollock was a leader in the field of non-destructive acoustic emission testing, an approach to emission testing which addresses dynamic processes in materials by listening to the energy released by objects. He amassed a large book collection covering the history of science which he acquired throughout his travels between the United States and United Kingdom and from international catalogs. Newton was a particular favorite of Pollock’s as the two scientists worked in the same field and shared an alma mater. In near fine condition with light toning to the text; easily one of the nicest examples extant and with noted provenance.
“It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading": First Edition of Anton Reiser's Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.
First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem on the front free endpaper in German, which translates as, “It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading. A. Einstein.” From the library of Alexandre and Catherine Barjansky with her ownership signature to the verso of the front panel and notation below Einstein’s inscription, “S.S. ‘Belgenland,’ New-York, 14/XII/30.” Russian sculptress Catherine Barjansky, her celebrated cellist husband, and Einstein were all close friends of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Barjansky described her experiences creating the now famed and very intimate sculptural portraits of Elizabeth and Albert in her 1947 joint memoir with her husband Portraits with Backgrounds. Catherine had an international career, living at times in Rome, Berlin, New York, Vienna, Paris, and Brussels. Einstein was in New York at the time he inscribed the present volume, having arrived aboard the Belgenland three days earlier. Einstein travelled aboard the Belgenland several times. He was on the ship in March 1933, intending to return home to Germany, when he learned the alarming news that the Nazis had ransacked his summer cottage in Caputh. He soon decided it was too dangerous to return to Germany and when the ship docked in Antwerp, Belgium, he immediately reported to the German consulate in Brussels, where he turned in his German passport and renounced his citizenship. Einstein returned to America in October, beginning a new life as a member of the faculty of Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study. In near fine condition. A complex and desirable association.
Basel: Eusebius Episcopius , 1572.
First edition of Alhazen’s fundamental work on optics and vision, which influenced Galileo and Kepler and paved the way for the modern science of physical optics. Folio, bound in full contemporary Basel vellum with central arabesques blind-stamped to the front and rear panels, titles stamped in black and five raised bands to the spine, woodcut printer’s device to the title page, woodcut initials, diagrams and full page illustration to the verso of the title page. Translated from Arabic into Latin by Gerard of Cremona. In very good condition. From the library of American physician Chester Tilton Stone with his bookplate to the pastedown. A superior example of this significant work, rare and desirable in contemporary vellum.
Rare photograph signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Signed by Princess Grace, “Grace de M.” and Prince Ranier, “Rainier, Prince de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 12.5 inches. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope bearing the official Prince de Monoaco stamp. An elegant presentation.
London: Longman's, Green, and Co, 1900.
First edition of Churchill’s fifth book, a continuation of his coverage of the Boer War which he began in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria. Octavo, original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, engraved frontispiece portrait of Ian Hamilton, folding map in color and 4 pages of advertisements for Churchill’s works at rear. In very good condition with light foxing to the page edges. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.
Rare First Edition of John Locke's Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest, And Raising the Value of Money
Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest, And Raising the Value of Money.
London: Awnsham and John Churchill, 1692.
First edition of John Locke’s classic work on money. Small octavo, bound in full English calf with a red morocco spine label with titles in gilt, gilt bands to the spine, page edges speckled black and red, rebacked. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Extremely rare first Latin edition of Galileo's revolutionary Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Systema Cosmicum in Quo Quatuor Dialogis, de Duobus Maximis Mundi Systematibus, Ptolemaico et Copernicano. [Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems].
Strasbourg: D. Hauttius for the Elzevir, 1635.
Rare first Latin edition of Galileo’s epoch-making Dialogo, the summation of the extraordinary mathematician’s astronomical thought and the work which directly precipitated his 1663 trial and judgement for heresy. Preceded only by the 1632 edition in Italian. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum, engraved additional title page, full page engraved frontispiece portrait of Galileo by Jacob van der Heyden, woodcut diagrams, with the final leaf of errata. This Latin edition includes two tracts in the appendix not in the Italian edition of 1632, and it is the only major work of Galileo’s to be published outside Italy during his lifetime. The two added Latin tracts are the introduction to Kepler’s Astronomia nova (pp. 459-464), and a letter by Paolo Antonio Foscarini defending the truth of Copernicanism and rebutting the charge that it conflicted with scripture (pp. 465-495). With the appendix by P.A. Foscarini which contains an attempt to reconcile the Copernican views with the Holy Scripture. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare, as the work was rigidly suppressed from the start.
"THE STUDY OF COOK IS THE ILLUMINATION OF ALL DISCOVERY": first edition complete set of Cooks Voyages
Cook’s Voyages: An Account of the Voyages Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere; South Pole and Round the World; A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and the Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. The First, Second and Third Voyages.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784.
Rare first edition set of the official accounts of Captain James Cook’s voyages, “the foundation of modern knowledge of the Pacific and a cornerstone of the literature of travel and exploration” (Beddie 648, 1216, 1543; Hill 782, 358, 361). Nine volumes altogether. Quarto, bound in full calf with morocco spine labels, elaborate gilt titles to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands. Large folio atlas bound in the same manner. The First Voyage is comprised of three volumes edited by John Hawkesworth. “An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… In the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour.” The Second Voyage includes two volumes, published in 1777: “A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty’s Ships Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775”. First edition. Portrait frontispiece and 63 plates and charts (several folding or double-page). The Third Voyage was published in 1784: “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe.” Four volumes, first edition. The text with 24 plates and charts as called for, with two large folding maps and 61 plates. An exceptional set.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart": Finely Bound First Edition of Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
First edition, first printing of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece, which precedes the first edition in French. Translated from the French by Katherine Woods. Small quarto, bound in full modern full pictorial brown morocco, all edges gilt, illustrated by the author. With the five-line colophon on the last page. In fine condition. A stunning example.
Elaborately bound first edition in English of Emil Ludwig's biography of Napoleon Bonaparte; bound by Bayntun-Riviere
London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, 1927.
Elaborately bound Cosway style first edition in English of Emil Ludwig’s biography of Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavo, bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full Cosway style scarlet morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, inset ivorene hand-painted portrait of Napoleon to the front panel, gilt fleuron corner-pieces withing double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, all edged gilt, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, light blue watered silk endpapers, illustrated with engravings. In fine condition.
Black and White Rotary Photograph of Winston Churchill, while he was the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Boldly Signed “Winston S. Churchill.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very handsome presentation.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1882.
First edition, first printing of the short story collection containing Stevenson’s first published fiction, considered by many to be his best work with page 155 of second volume misnumbered ’55’, and ‘Maletroit’ misspelt ‘Maledroit’ on page 179. Octavos, two volumes, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and arabesque decorations to the front panels, with the 32-page publisher’s catalogue at rear of second volume, dated May 1882. In near fine condition. From the library of bibliophile and yachtsman Henry C. Taylor with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise case. An exceptional example.
New York: Whittlesey House/ McGraw Hill, 1934.
First edition, second printing of Graham and Dodd’s seminal work, considered the Bible of modern financial analysis. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Melbourne S. Moyer with the best wishes of Benj. Graham Jan 1935.” The recipient, Melbourne Moyer was a contemporary of Graham and a Wall Street trader at Fulton Trust Company of New York. Signed examples of Security Analysis are of the utmost rarity.
“I HOPE I WILL BE ABLE TO CONFIDE EVERYTHING TO YOU, AS I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CONFIDE IN ANYONE”: FIRST EDITION OF ANNE FRANK’S DIARY, HET ACHTERHUIS; In the exceptionally rare dust jacket
Het Achterhuis: Dagboakbrieven van 12 Jun 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944. Met een woord vooraf door Annie Romein-Verschoor. (The Diary of Anne Frank).
Amsterdam: Contact, 1947.
First edition of the diary of Anne Frank in the original Dutch. Small octavo, original publisher’s white and red paper-covered boards, illustrated with 2 photographic reproductions of the interior of the house, 1 floor plan, and 2 facsimiles from the diary. Introduction by Annie Romein-Verschoor. Very good in the dust jacket which is in very good condition with some professional restoration and tape repairs to the verso. Exceedingly rare and desirable, especially in the original dust jacket.
Black and White Photograph signed by both General George Smith Patton Jr. and Lieutenant General Alexander Patch
Original black and white photograph of General George Smith Patton, Jr. shaking hands with Lieutenant General Alexander Patch. Boldly signed by General Patton, “GS Patton Jr.” and Alexander Patch, “Lieut Patch.” Alexander Patch was a senior United States Army officer who fought in both World War I and World War II, rising to rank of general. During World War II, he commanded U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps forces during the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the U.S. Seventh Army on the Western Front in the invasion of southern France in Operation Dragoon on 15 August 1944. In September 1944, the Seventh Army joined forces with the Third Army, under General Patton in Dijon. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
"A process in the weather of the heart, turns damp to dry; the golden shot": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems 1934-1952; One of only 65 copies printed
London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1952.
Rare signed limited edition of the ingenious Welsh poet’s collected poems, composed between 1934 and 1952. Octavo, bound in full pebbled morocco with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece portrait of Thomas from the painting by Augustus John. One of only 65 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, this is number 27. In fine condition. Housed in a custom cloth 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, first issue binding, with the circular Harper’s device of Melville’s masterpiece. Octavo, original purple-brown cloth (BAL’s A grain), covers stamped in blind with the publisher’s circular device at the center within a heavy blind rule frame, original orange-coated endpapers. 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.
"If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present; he must begin with the past": First Edition of From Slavery to Freedom; Signed by John Hope Franklin
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.
First edition of this “landmark in the interpretation of American civilization” (Robert W. Fogel), which has went on to sell over three million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by John Hope Franklin on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. First editions are uncommon, especially signed.
"For Barbara who went with me all the way, with love from Anne": First Edition of the Authors Classic Work; Inscribed By Anne Morrow Lindbergh to Close Friend and Confidant Barbara Stuart
New York: Pantheon, 1955.
First edition of this modern inspirational classic. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Barbara who went with me all the way, with love from Anne March 1955.” Additionally signed on the title page in full by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Also includes a signed postcard from Morrow Lindbergh to the recipient which reads in part, “Dear Barbara, I have been abroad oddly enough with C.A.L. (what a month to choose!) It was really wonderful at that in spite of bad weather…C.A.L, is away so very much of the time – At present I am a matriarch – with children & grandchildren – of a huge family since Mother’s death. In a week we are off to Aspen for a big family reuinion…much love always Anne.” From the library of Barbara and Robert Douglas Stuart Jr., former ambassador to Norway. Robert and Barbara were close friends of the Lindberghs. In 1940 Robert Stuart started the association America First of which Lindbergh was their spokesman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George W. Thompson. An exceptional association offering an intimate insight into the historic aviator’s personal life and thoughts.
"My brain is the key that sets me free": First Edition of Harry Houdini's A Magician Among the Spirits; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1924.
First edition of this work by Houdini. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 15 photographic plates. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Houdini presents to Arthur Cuddihy his compliments & trusts you will accept this book with as much pleasure as he presents same. May 6/24 “my brain is the key that sets me free.” In near fine condition, bookplate. Housed in a custom slipcase. An unique signed example, with an exceptional quote by Houdini.
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelts The Wilderness Hunter; Bound in the original publisher's morocco
The Wilderness Hunter: An Account Of The Big Game Of The United States And Its Chase With Horse, Hound And Rifle.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1893.
Signed limited first edition, one of only 200 numbered copies, signed by Theodore Roosevelt. Quarto, bound in original full red morocco by Putnam’s deluxe issue binding, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel. Frontispiece plus twenty-three full page plates by Frederic Remington, A. B. Frost I, James Carter Beard, Henry Sandham, and Charles Henry Eaton. In near fine condition, bookplate. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
"First and greatest classic of modern economic thought": Second Edition of Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, In the Strand, 1778.
Rare second edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, one of only 500 copies. Quarto, 2 volumes. Bound in full brown contemporary calf, gilt-decorated spines, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Remarkably clean throughout with some light toning, name to the title page of volume one, name to the half-title page in volume two. An exceptional example of this landmark work.
Athens: Ekdotikos Oikos Minotauros, 1961.
First Greek edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Prologue by N. G. Stathatou.
"FAST BY THE ORACLE OF GOD, I THENCE INVOKE THY AID TO MY ADVENTUROUS SONG": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN MILTON'S MASTERPIECE PARADISE LOST
London: S. Simmons for S. Thomson, H. Mortlack, M. Walker, R. Boulter, 1668.
First edition of Milton’s masterpiece. Small octavo, bound in full 19th century navy morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. With the fourth title with Milton‘s name spelled out and the correct imprint, the title and text within box rules, a reissue of sheet a4 added, containing Milton‘s argument for Books I-X, the defense of blank verse, and the errata. Armory’s second issue of the title page. In near fine condition, faint ownership signature and erasures. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. An exceptional example, rare and desirable.
Rare Signed Limited Edition of Winnie-the-Pooh; One of Twenty Numbered Copies; With an original Poem by Milne
London: Methuen and Co, 1926.
Deluxe issue in the publisher’s full olive morocco, signed by A.A. Milne. Octavo, gilt titles to the spine, elaborately decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, silk marker, pictorial endpapers and line drawings by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by A.A. Milne on the title page. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: Printed for Edward Castle and Sam Buckley, 1709.
First complete edition in English of Littlebury’s translation of the histories of Herodotus, also the first appearance in English since Thomas Marshe’s 1584 incomplete translation of only the first two books. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, red morocco spine labels, stamped ruling, all edged speckled red, woodcut ornaments to the title pages and colophon of volume II, index. From the library of George Paterson of Castle Huntly with his armorial bookplates to the pastedowns. After amassing a large fortune with the East India Company, Paterson purchased the famed Scottish Castle Huntly in 1770. In very good condition. Rare and with noted provenance.
“There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed”: First Edition, First Issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.
First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt vignettes to the front panels of each volume, title vignettes and six wood-engravings. First issue, with “spilt” (rather than “spiled”) in Volume I, 42, line 1; “cathecism” (rather than “catechism”) in Volume II, 74, line 5; and all other first issue points. In very good condition, recased. Housed in a custom slipcase. An excellent example.
Signed musical score of one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. Boldly signed by George Gershwin on the front panel. Quarto, original printed wrappers, back wrapper with advertisements for Gershwin’s “Tip, Toes,” and “Lady, Be, Good” (covers and title-page detached, marginal tears). In very good condition with some wear, name to the front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions signed and inscribed by Gershwin are rare and desirable.
London: Macmillan & Company, Limited, 1921.
Signed limited edition, one of 500 copies, signed by George Saintsbury. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
"If your time to you is worth savin'then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin'": Rare original The Times They Are A-Changin' Vinyl; signed by Bob Dylan
Modern pressing of Dylan’s third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’. Inscribed by Bob Dylan, “To Dino Bob Dylan ’17.” Included is a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads in part, “On April 26, 2017, I was at the Swiss Life Hall in Hannover…to see Dylan’s concert and meet some European tour managers…I had an ‘all areas’ pass which allowed me to access the external but reserved area of the concert hall. Dylan and his band had just got off the buses heading for catering/dressing room area…At that moment I presented him the LP ‘The times they are a-changin’ and a black marker. Bob did not say a word.” Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26 inches by 19 inches. Signed examples of this particular album do not appear often.
Rare Original Photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant Taken By Mathew Brady; Boldly Signed By Grant As President
Rare original Mathew Brady photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed by Grant as the 18th President of the United States, “U.S. Grant March 18th 1875.” One of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew B. Brady brought home the reality of the Civil War to the American public with his innovative use of a mobile studio and darkroom to capture thousands of war scenes throughout the Civil War. Brady was also recognized as one of the premier photographic portraitists of the 19th century, taking photographs of numerous celebrities including Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee among others. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 16.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a strong signature signed by Grant during his presidency.
Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant Maj. Gen, U.S.A.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 10.5 inches. In near fine condition.
John F. Kennedy Engraved Portrait; Signed by Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors
Original engraved portrait of President John F. Kennedy signed by President Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors including: Nelson Rockefeller, John B. Connally, Tim Babcock, Jack Williams, Don Samuelson, John J. McKeith, Walter J. Hickel, and others. With a 13-cent “John F. Kennedy” stamp, cancelled on the anniversary of JFK’s birthday, May 29th 1967. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. In fine condition.
Autograph letter signed by and in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant. The clipped letter reads, “Should I go to Chicago on the 10th of September however I will try to extend the time, and my visit to Peoria. Respectfully Yours U.S. Grant General.” Matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Grant. The entire piece measures 8 inches by 14.25 inches.
"REDESIGNING THE SHAPE OF HISTORY AUGUSTINE WOULD DOMINATE WESTERN THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AUGUSTINES CITIE OF GOD
London: George Eld, 1610.
First edition in English of Augustine’s monumental work. Translated by John Healey. Folio, bound in full brown calf, elaborate gilt tooling the spine, front and rear panels double-ruled in gilt. Large woodcut printer’s device on title (McKerrow 375). Decorative woodcut head-pieces and decorative and woodcut initials, including three twelve-line initials. In very good condition. A nice example of this scarce and important work.
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Picasso de 1916 a 1961; Signed by both Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau and containing 22 original lithographs by Picasso
Monaco: Editions du Rocher, 1962.
Signed limited folio edition of original lithographs by Pablo Picasso reproducing his major works between 1916 and 1961, and produced by Jean Cocteau upon the occasion of Picasso’s 80th birthday. One of only 199 copies signed by both Picasso and Cocteau, this is number 46. Folio, loose leaves as issued in the original pictorial wrappers, lithographic frontispiece and 22 original lithographs by Picasso, 6 of which are full page and 2 of which are double-page. In fine condition. Housed in the original vellum-backed portfolio with gilt titles to the spine and original slipcase. Rare and desirable linking two great artists of the 20th century.
South Holland, Ill: Libertarian Press, 1952.
First edition of this early collection of essays by one of the most quoted economists of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ludwig Mises on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Evelyn Vogel.
First Edition of G.K. Chesterton's The Incredulity of Father Brown; in the Rare Original dust jacket
London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1926.
First edition of Chesterton’s third-published collection featuring the fictional detective Father Brown. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original jacket.
Rare original Walt Disney Studios production drawing of Donald Duck posing as a hunter. Inscribed by Walt Disney in the lower right corner of the original presentation mat, “To Paul Conrad, with best wishes, Walt Disney” with the Walt Disney Studios copyright insignia in the lower right corner. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
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. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example. Accompanied by a collection of two autograph letters entirely in the hand of P.L. Travers, one page of an original typed Mary Poppins manuscript corrected in Travers’ hand, and an original full-page newspaper article featuring an interview with Travers. Accompanied by an explanatory letter of provenance from the letters’ recipient which reads in part, “When I returned to New York in the early 40s, Pamela Travers whom I had met asked me to stay in her flat off Lexington Avenue and look after her adopted son Camillus. I did so and Pamela sometimes wrote me notes on the back of typewritten sheets of Mary Poppins with instructions, whilst she went to visit Montreal…She was a strange character but I liked her in spite of her sometimes peculiar ways.” The letters are in very good to near fine condition. A desirable collection.
"one of the most enjoyable days' mountaineering I've ever had": First Edition of Wilfrid Noyce's South Col: One Man's Adventure on the Ascent of Everest 1953; Signed by Him
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1954.
First edition of Noyce’s firsthand account of the ascent of South Col. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with photographs, maps. Signed by the author on the title page, “Good wishes Wilfrid Noyce.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket, contemporary name on the verso of the front free endpaper. Foreword by Sir John Hunt. Uncommon signed as Noyce passed away in a mountaineering accident in 1962.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exuperys The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 66. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
“Any man's life, told truly, is a novel": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon; Wallace Stegner's copy with his ownership signature
Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, 1932.
First edition of Hemingway’s early work on bullfighting. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece by Juan Gris. Wallace Stegner’s copy, with his signature to the front free endpaper. Often referred to as “The Dean of Western Writers”, Wallace Stegner taught at both Harvard and Stanford University where he founded the creative writing program; his students included Sandra Day O’Connor, Robert Stone, Ken Kesey, and Larry McMurtry. Stegner’s novel Angle of Repose won him the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and established him as major literary figure. The story of a wheelchair-using historian, Angle of Repose relays the saga of the protagonist’s frontier-era ancestors. Hemingway, too, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1940 triumph For Whom the Bell Tolls, also a historical drama; retelling the story of a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Roberto Domingo. From the library of Wallace Stegner. An excellent association linking these two great American novelists and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886.
Two examples, which includes an example of the first issue, with The De Vinne Press imprint at verso of last page of text and number 14 printed on the lower left margin of page 209. An example of the second issue, lacking the press imprint is present as well. Octavo, original pictorial tan cloth, engraved frontispiece and 11 plates. Illustrated with drawings by Reginald B. Birch. In excellent condition with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
Philadelphia: C.P. Wayne, 1804-07.
First editions of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Six volumes, including the atlas, which contains 10 maps. Octavo, bound in three quarters contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. With the original atlas. The scarce atlas contains the hand-colored two-page maps. In very good condition with minor edge wear, some light offsetting to the atlas. A very nice set.
"Among the most important novels in world literature": First Edition In English Of Leo Tolstoys Masterpiece War and Peace
New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886.
First editions in English of Tolstoy’s masterpiece; one of the most important novels in world literature and widely considered the greatest novel ever written. Small octavo, six volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. Translated into French by ‘A Russian lady’ and from the French by Clara Bell. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. An excellent set of Tolstoy’s masterpiece.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his nephews, “To Cliff and Dudley, with much affection, Ernest.” The recipients were Clifford and Dudley Bragdon, the nephews of Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some of the usual wear to the extremities. With the signature of the recipient, “Clifford R. Bragdon Paris 1927.” Housed in a custom clamshell and chemise case. Association copies of Hemingway’s first novel seldom appear in the marketplace.
Rare signed large format photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the royal entryway of Buckingham palace. Signed by the royal couple, “Elizabeth R. 1976” and “Philip.” Triple matted and framed the entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 17 inches. A beautiful example.
First edition of Nathaniel Pitt Langford's Diary of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870; inscribed by him
St. Paul: Nathaniel Pitt Langford, 1905.
First edition of the first Yellowstone Park superintendent’s account of the Washburn expedition. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt emblem of a pack animal with two men to the front panel, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Washburn, illustrated with photographic portraits of the primary expedition members and other illustrations throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. H. Harrmon Compliments of the author Nathaniel Pitt Langford St. Paul May 10, 1911. In fine condition. A very clean, bright example.
"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect": First Edition of Gone with the Wind; Signed by Margaret Mitchell
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. Boldly signed by Margaret Mitchell on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition.
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha: Nueva Edicion, Corregida Por La Real Academia Española.
Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.
The deluxe illustrated Ibarra edition of Cervantes’ masterpiece “which is to Spanish literature what Shakespeare is to English” (Bloom). Quartos, 4 volumes. Bound in full contemporary Spanish tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red and black morocco spine labels, elaborate double gilt-ruled borders, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece to each volume and 31 engraved plates throughout, 2-page folding engraved map of Don Quixote‘s travels to the rear of volume 1. Spanish printer Joaquín Ibarra made several important technical developments in press printing, book-making, typography and paper-making. In his printed work, Ibarra sought to achieve a perfect flow of harmonious type, inks, illustration, margins, and textures. He worked with the best painters and engravers of his time and, based on a secret formula he developed, the Ibarra ink gained a reputation for its exceptional quality and brilliance. The present volume was printed on “ex profeso” paper with melted types of “ex novo” on the pages, both of which Ibarra created in his Madrid workshop specifically for this project. In near fine condition with ownership inscriptions and some toning to the page edges, some loss to the edges of the license page. A very bright example of both Cervantes’ and Ibarra’s best-known works, rare and desirable in this condition.
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
Early Printings of The Feynman Lectures On Physics; inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman to Alfred Paul Seckel
Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company for California Institute of Technology, 1975-76.
Early printings of each volume of one of the greatest physics books ever written. Quarto, original red printed wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the volume one, “May 5, 1982, To my friend, Al Seckel.” The recipient, Alfred Paul Seckel, authored several books on the nature of illusion and perception and edited two of Bertrand Russell’s works. An active figure in the Freethought movement, Seckel co-designed the “Darwin fish” logo in response to the proliferation of “Jesus fish” logos used on bumper stickers and t-shirts. Each volume is in very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable, only a handful or inscribed copies of Feynman’s Lectures On Physics are known to exist.
"We cannot build the future by avenging the past": First Edition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King
London: Collins, 1958.
First edition of the single volume of White’s Arthurian trilogy, Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A very sharp example, rare in the original dust jacket.
"See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories": First Edition of Fahrenheit 451; Lengthily Inscribed by Ray Bradbury
New York: Ballantine, 1953.
First edition of one of the seminal works in the field of science fiction. Octavo, original red cloth. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. Boldly signed by the author on the title page, “Ray Bradbury 11/13/98. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light dampstaining to the foot of the spine with the red lettering still bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable in this condition.
"more thrilling than any detective story I can remember, and written in a modest and most engaging manner" (W. Somerset Maugham): First Edition of W. Stanley Moss' Ill Met By Moonlight; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd, 1950.
First edition of this account of the Cretan resistance during World War II. Octavo, original cloth, with fifteen plates in half-tone and two maps. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844. With Appendix Written 1886, and Preface 1887. Translated by Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky.
New York: John W. Lovell Company, 1887.
Scarce first edition in English of Engels’s classic account of the universal condition of the industrial working class, the forerunner to Karl Marx’s Das Capital. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, beveling to the front and rear panel, top edge gilt. In very good condition, name to the title page. Translated by Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky. Uncommon with only one having appeared at auction in the last 80 years.
Rare collection of the works of Thomas Paine; finely bound with a rare early printing of John Quincy Adams' response to Paine's Rights of Man
Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, Plain Truth, Rights of Man Parts I & II, and An Answer to Pain’s Rights of Man.
J. Almon, J.S. Jordan, and J. Stockdale: London, 1776-1793.
Finely bound collection of the works of Thomas Paine, including the rare first British editions of Common Sense and Plain Truth (London: J. Almon, 1776), second editions of Rights of Man Parts I & II (London: J.S. Jordan, 1791-1792), complete with half-titles present, and a rare early printing of John Quincy Adams’ response to Paine’s Rights of Man (London: J. Stockdale, 1793), attributed to his father John Adams and written when John Quincy Adams was 26 years old. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, all edges speckled black. In near fine condition. A rare and desirable collection.
FIRST EDITION OF CAESAR’S COMMENTARIES, “BEAUTIFULLY PRINTED AND RICHLY ADORNED,” WITH FAMOUS BULL PLATE, IN CONTEMPORARY CALF-GILT
The Commentaries of Caesar, Translated into English. To Which is Prefixed a Discourse Concerning The Roman Art of War.
London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, et al, 1753.
First edition of Duncan’s famous translation of Caesar’s Commentaries, sumptuously illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Caesar, six double-page maps, and 78 splendid plans and plates (most double-page). This copy with the famed double-page bull plate, often not present. Thick folio, contemporary full brown calf rebacked with elaborately gilt-decorated calf spine, raised bands. In very good condition. Period bookplate to the front pastedown and front free endpaper.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.
“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
London: William Heinemann, 1912.
First edition in English of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, described by Freud as “the most magnificent novel ever written.” Octavo, original cloth. Translated into English by Constance Garnett. In very good condition, name to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable, with only a handful appearing at auction in past 80 years.
Militello: Giovanni de' Rossi, 1617.
Rare first edition of one of the early chess manuals, and the first book printed in Militello at Prince Francesco Branciforte’s private press. Octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum with ink titles to the spine, large engraving of the Branciforte coat of arms opposite the dedication page, woodcut illustrations throughout the text. In near fine condition. First editions are of exceptional rarity, with only three appearing at auction in the past 90 years.
“What does the brain matter compared with the heart?”: First Edition of Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Hogarth Press, 1925.
First edition of one of Woolf’s best-known novels, one of only 2000 copies. Octavo, original orange cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, scarce and desirable in the original dust jacket and in this condition.
It’s been one of the important events in my career knowing you“: FIRST EDITION OF BASEBALL HAS DONE IT, LENGTHILY INSCRIBED BY ROBINSON
Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1964.
First edition of this work by Jackie Robinson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, lengthily inscribed to his friend David Wallerstein and his wife on the front free endpaper, “To my dear friends the Wallersteins with best wishes. It’s been one of the important events in my career knowing you. I know our friendship will continue always – Jackie Robinson.” David B. Wallerstein was a theater executive and a member of the board of directors at McDonald’s Corp., where he invented the fast food chain’s large size fries. Walt Disney, who regularly flew him to Hollywood to preview his films, said “the two greatest showmen” he ever knew “were Dave Wallerstein and Sam Goldwyn.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Byron Goto. Edited by Charles Dexter. An exceptional association.
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