• “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First Edition of George Orwell's Classic Nineteen Eighty-Four

    Orwell, George.

    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.

    Price: $6,800.00

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  • “Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing”: The Fountainhead; Signed by Ayn Rand

    Rand, Ayn.

    The Fountainhead.

    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.

    Price: $4,200.00

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  • “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Signed by Him; From the library of Nobel-prize winning physicist Murray Gell-Man

    Huxley, Aldous.

    Brave New World.

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.

    First edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “with good wishes Aldous Huxley.” From the library of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann with his bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Gell-Mann received the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles and later co-founded the Santa Fe Institute in 1984, dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of complex adaptive systems. An admirer of  Huxley, Gell-Mann’s work was influenced by his thoughts on science and spirituality. Like Huxley, he championed agnosticism and humanism, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking over acceptance of dogma throughout his work and in his teaching. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed trade editions of Brave New World are exceptionally rare and with noted provenance.

    Price: $35,000.00

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  • “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

    Wells, H.G.

    The Invisible Man.

    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. 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.

    Price: $17,500.00

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  • To Kill A Mockingbird; Inscribed by Harper Lee in the year of publication

    Lee, Harper.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    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.

    Price: $6,800.00

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  • “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

    Dumas, Alexandre [Alexander].

    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.

    Price: $16,500.00

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  • The Great Gatsby; Inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott.

    The Great Gatsby.

    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.

    Price: $92,000.00

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  • “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First Edition of George Orwell's Classic Nineteen Eighty-Four

    Orwell, George.

    Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    London: Secker & Warburg, 1949.

    First edition of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise case. A superior example.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • “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

    Washington, George; Jared Sparks.

    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.

    Price: $9,200.00

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  • "What is it that characterizes a civilization? Is it the exceptional genius? No, it is everyday life": First Edition In English of Pierre Boulle's The Planet of the Apes; Signed by Him

    Boulle, Pierre.

    Planet of the Apes.

    New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc, 1963.

    First edition in English of Pierre Boulle’s chilling novel that launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Pierre Boulle on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Translated from the French by Xan Fielding. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Most rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • "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

    Gibran, Kahlil.

    Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms.

    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.

    Price: $4,800.00

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