First edition of the Ian Flemings first book Casino Royale which introduced the world to 007: Inscribed by Ian Fleming to Classmate and Novelist Ralph Arnold
London: Jonathan Cape 1953.
First edition of the first novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ralph, We have now both reduced our remainders by one copy! Ian.” With a note of explanation by the recipient underneath, “I having told Ian, from the depths of my publishing experience, that he would be lucky if he made £200 out of this, his first thriller!! R.A.” The recipient Ralph Arnold was a novelist, historical writer and publisher who joined Constable in 1936 and was chairman from 1958 to 1962. Arnold and Fleming studied together at the Tennerhof School in Kitzbühel, Austria, and it was there that both made their first forays into story-writing. Having left Sandhurst without obtaining a commission, Fleming “was sent to ‘sort himself out’ at a quasi-finishing school for men in Kitzbühel … There, while skiing and climbing mountains, he came under the benevolent tutelage of Ernan Forbes Dennis, a former British spy turned educationalist, and his wife, Phyllis Bottome, an established novelist. Forbes Dennis brought out Fleming’s aptitude for languages and introduced him to literature, while his wife encouraged him to write his first stories.” (Oxford DNB). Near fine in a near fine first state dust jacket (without the Sunday Times review on the inner front flap) with the lightest of rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far away the Road was gone and I must follow if I can": J.R.R. Tolkien Signed Calligraphic Quote and Autograph Letter
Exceptionally rare calligraphic quotation signed and entirely in the hand of J.R.R. Tolkien of The Road Goes Ever On, also known as A Walking Song, fictionally composed by Bilbo Baggins and first appearing in The Hobbit and later thrice in slightly differing versions throughout The Lord of the Rings. With the original autograph transmittal letter signed by Tolkien at the conclusion of which he has practiced his calligraphy for the final draft of the calligraphic quote. On Tolkien’s Merton College letterhead the letter reads, ‘Dear Mr. Hodgson, I am sorry that this letter dictated to my London secretary was not forwarded to you at once. It was sent to me for signature while I was away on a brief convalescence after being ill during January and February and the beginnings of March, and I regret that it came back with me, to become included in a heavy correspondence awaiting my return. With regard to the copy of the verses: I expect that it is only the first version L.R. I 44,82 and that also from version III 226 that you wish for. Do you wish for a copy in my normal hand in a more careful form (as here); or something more “calligraphic” in intention? But I warn you that neither will be very beautiful. My ageing hands are now losing their steadiness and such moderate skill as they ever had. “Yours sincerely J.R.R. Tolkien. The Road does ever on and on…The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where is began.” The letter is in fine condition and measures 7 inches by 5.25 inches. Double matted and framed, the final quotation, entirely in Tolkien’s hand reads, “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far away the Road was gone and I must follow if I can. Pursuing it with eager feet, until it finds some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. J.R.R. Tolkien.” Matted with a notation which reads, ‘From the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Written Out by the Author 1973.’ In fine condition. Double matted and elaborately framed, the entire piece measures 21 inches by 18.5 inches. Exceptionally rare and desirable.
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.
“YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: ONCE WHEN YOU ARE BORN AND ONCE WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE”: COMPLETE SET OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS; WITH FIVE SIGNED BY SEAN CONNERY
Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
London: Jonathan Cape 1953-66.
First editions of each volume in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, original cloth. Each volume is fine in near fine to fine first-issue dust jackets, with with five signed by Sean Connery, which include: From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and Thunderball each signed by Sean Connery. Each volume is housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional collection of first editions, most rare in this condition and signed.
“SMITH HIMSELF RANKED IT ABOVE THE WEALTH OF NATIONS”: ADAM SMITH’S LANDMARK RARE FIRST EDITION OF THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS
London: For A. Milar, and A. Kincaid and J. Bell 1759.
Rare first edition of Adam Smith’s first book, with a recorded “print run of 1,000 copies” (Sher, “Editions of Adam’s Smith’s Books,” 13). Octavo, bound in full contemporary leather. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Easily one of the nicest examples extant of this landmark work.
"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 best-written and convincing pieces in the Anti-Federalist canon": Rare First Edition of Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government from the Federal Farmer to the Republican
Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government, Proposed by the Late Convention; and to Several Essential and Necessary Alterations in it. In a Number of Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican.
New York: 1787.
First edition of the definitive and most important work in the Anti-Federalist canon; the antithesis of the The Federalist Papers. Octavo, bound in the original calf over original boards with six raised bands, edges speckled red. In very good condition. An exceptional example.
First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, In The Rare Original First-Issue Dust Jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1926.
First edition, first issue of the first printing, with the misprint (“stoppped”) on page 181 line 26, in the first issue dust jacket with the misprint on the front panel (“In Our Times” vs. “In Our Time”). Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket without any restoration. The Annette Campbell-White copy brought $120,000 at Sotheby’s in 2007. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
"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.
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.
“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.
“Give me liberty, or give me death": Scarce 1776 separate edition of the Large Additions to Common Sense
Philadelphia: Printed and sold, by R. Bell in Third-Street 1776.
Scarce 1776 separate edition of the Large Additions to Common Sense. The title reads in full: Large Additions To Common Sense: Addressed To The Inhabitants Of America On The Following Interesting Subjects. I. The American Patriot’s Prayer. II. American Independancy, defended by Candidus. III. The Propriety of Independancy, by Demophilus The dread of Tyrants, and the sole resource Of those that under grim Oppression groan. Thomson. IV. A Review of the American Contest with some Strictures on the King’s Speech. Addressed to All Parents in the Thirteen United Colonies by a Friend To Posterity And Mankind. V. Letter to Lord Dartmouth, by an English American. VI. Observations on Lord North’s Conciliatory Plan, by Sincerus. To Which Is Added And Given An Appendix to Common Sense; Together with an Address to the People Called Quakers on their Testimony concerning Kings and Government and the Present Commotions in America. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over boards, gilt titles and five raised bands to the spine, marbled endpapers. In very good condition, internally very clean. Rare with only two examples appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
“AMERICA’S SECOND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL VOLUME OF AMERICAN POETRY
Brooklyn, New York: For the author by Andrew & James Rome 1855.
First edition of the most important volume in American poetry, which Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. Small folio, frontispiece engraved portrait of the author by Hollyer after the daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison, mounted opposite the title, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards by MacDonald, New York, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell chemise.
"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.
London: Jonathan Cape 1953.
First edition of the first novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine first state dust jacket (without the Sunday Times review on the inner front flap) with some rubbing and wear to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
Wood engraving of a bust-length portrait of one of the most famous graphic images of Gandhi by illustrator Fritz Eichenberg; signed by Gandhi, “God is Truth MK Gandhi.” Below Gandhi’s inscription reads, “To Eva Aug. 16th, 1948 with love from Fritz” and additionally signed “Fritz Eichenberg.” The engraving is a proof impression on Japanese paper. The portrait by Eichenberg was originally created for The Catholic Worker, a newspaper in the cause of social justice, and was subsequently used in multiple other publications. “The word satya (Truth) is derived from Sat which means ‘being’. Nothing is or exists in reality except Truth. That is why Sat or Truth is perhaps the most important name of God […] In such selfless search for Truth nobody can lose his bearings for long. Directly he takes to the wrong path he stumbles, and is thus redirected to the right path. Therefore the pursuit of Truth is true bhakti (devotion). It is the path that leads to God” (Gandhi, January 1st, 1927). The engraving measures 12 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 20 inches. Signed examples are exceptionally rare and desirable with the core tenet of Gandhi’s religious philosophy.
First Edition, first issue of The Great Gatsby; with a signed presentation inscription signed by him in 1929 in Paris bound in
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1925.
First edition, first issue of the author’s masterpiece with “chatter” p.60, “northern” p.119, “sick in tired” p.205, and “Union Street station” p.211. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine. With a presentation note inscribed by the author bound in before the half-title page, “For J.E. Cribb from yours sincerely F Scott Fitzgerald Paris, 1929.” Paris in the 1920s proved the most influential decade of Fitzgerald’s development. Fitzgerald made several excursions to Europe, mostly Paris and the French Riviera, and became friends with many members of the American expatriate community in Paris, notably Ernest Hemingway. Fitzgerald’s friendship with Hemingway was quite effusive, as many of Fitzgerald’s relationships would prove to be. Hemingway did not get on well with Zelda, however, and in addition to describing her as “insane” in his memoir A Moveable Feast, Hemingway claimed that Zelda “encouraged her husband to drink so as to distract Fitzgerald from his work on his novel”, so he could work on the short stories he sold to magazines to help support their lifestyle. In near fine condition with a touch of wear. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box.
"But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; Inscribed by Him to Close Friends
New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons 1952.
First edition of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hood, with all the best wishes from an old stockholder, Ernest Hemingway, Havana 1953.” The recipient, Clifford Hood, was a close friend and fishing buddy of Hemingway and was the CEO for the United States Steel Corporation. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. The back of dust jacket looks to have small blood stain on it, which was reportedly from a cut on Ernest’s finger, which was still bleeding when he signed the book. Photograph of Hemingway by Lee Samuels. Signed first editions of this work are scarce, association copies are rare.
"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.
"I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren": Rare First Editions, First Printings of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
London: George Allen and Unwin 1954-55.
First editions, first states of each title comprising the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original red cloth, folding map in the rear of each volume. Near fine in near fine dust jackets with some rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying": The Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 80 Sets Bound in Japanese Vellum
London: Methuen & Co 1908.
First collected edition, one of 80 sets on Japanese vellum, the rarest and most desirable of Wilde’s works. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in original vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel with the design by Charles Ricketts, top edge gilt. “The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional matter which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time” (Mason). In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition.
“The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring”: First Edition of Ulysses; One of 750 Numbered Copies
Paris: Shakespeare & Company 1922.
First edition, one of 750 numbered copies on handmade paper from a total edition of 1000 copies, this is number number 347. Thick quarto, original blue and white wrappers. In excellent condition, the volume is square and tight, without marks of any kind, with some some restoration to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment": Rare second Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
London: Printed for T. Egerton 1813.
Rare second editions of all three volumes of Jane Austen’s second novel and most popular, published just months after the first edition. Octavo, three volumes, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The text for this edition was re-set, with some variations within the page and to spelling and punctuation, but without corrections by Austen. Gilson A4. A nice example of this landmark work in English literature.
"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.
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.
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.
“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again": COMPLETE FIRST EDITION SET OF C.S. LEWIS' THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
The Chronicles of Narnia Set: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, The Last Battle.
London: Geoffrey Bles 1950-1956.
First editions of each book in the author’s classic Chronicles of Narnia series, which has sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Octavo, 7 Volumes, illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The set comprises of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. Each are in very good to near fine with only light wear in their original dust jackets, with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair with some professional restoration to the dust jackets. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Winnie-the-Pooh; One of 350 examples
London: Methuen and Co 1926.
Signed limited first edition of this classic work, one of 350 copies of the large paper edition. Octavo, original half cloth, folding map at rear. lllustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by both A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing.
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.
Exceedingly Scarce First Edition of Eric Carles Classic Work The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Signed By The Author With A Drawing of a Caterpillar
Cleveland: World Publishing 1969.
First edition, first issue of Carle’s most recognizable work (with the complete number line 1-5 on the copyright page and A3450 on the rear board) in a first issue dust jacket with two paragraphs on the front flap, photograph of Carle with his two children to the rear flap with blurb mentioning only his first book, “1,2,3 to the Zoo”, The World Publishing Company New York and Cleveland at bottom of both flaps and A3450 on rear flap (Grolier). Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page with an original drawing of a caterpillar. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Signed first editions are exceedingly rare.
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. Quartos, 4 volumes. Bound in full 19th century green morocco with central motif and cornerpieces stamped in blind to the panels, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, elaborate double-ruled gilt 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. A superior example of Ibarra’s best-known work.
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.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes 1931.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Octavo, original cloth. A pre-publication example, with the date of August 20, 1931 stamped to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket with some chips and wear. Introduction by Heywood Broun. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original dust jacket are scarce.
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.
“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.
“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing": First Edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Signed by Ken Kesey, Director Milos Forman and Jack Nicholson
New York: The Viking Press 1962.
First edition of the author’s classic first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ken Kesey, Milos Forman and Jack Nicholson. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Most rare and desirable signed by these three contributors.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws": Rare First Edition of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage in the rare original dust jacket
New York: D. Appleton and Company 1895.
First edition, first printing with page  advertising the three works of Gilbert Parker’s Best Books, and the last page of advertisements (page 238) ending with The Land of the Sun, by Christian Reid; last gathering, including ads on laid paper. Octavo, original publisher’s tan cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
“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.
“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; INSCRIBED BY HER TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO PUBLICATION
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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper two months prior to the publication date, “To Ray and Betty Nelson (and to Ev Suffens) – – affectionately – Ayn Rand 8/22/57.” The recipient, Ray Nelson (who went by the on-air name ‘Ev Suffens’) was the host of the late night jazz radio program Midnight Jamboree on radio station WEVD. Rand’s assistant and close personal friend, Barbara Branden wrote of Rand, “…jazz had a kind of symbolic significance to Rand…Rand once said that what she would love more than anything is to never have to think about politics, because it wouldn’t be necessary. She loved what she saw as the frivolous in America, that this was a country where you didn’t have to be concerned whether you were going to to starve to death before tomorrow, or freeze to death, or to be put in prison, or sent to Siberia. You could be concerned with things like lipstick and silk stockings. And jazz.” An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.
Rare Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Dimaggio as a member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports; signed by President Richard Nixon
Washington, D.C: 1970.
Rare Richard Nixon Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio as a “Member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports.” Dated September 25th, 1970 the appointment is signed by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers with the Presidential seal. Double matted and framed. In fine condition. From the personal collection of Joe DiMaggio. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons. Double matted and framed.
"The world had changed to silver, and life ceased to be a struggle and became a gay adventure": First edition of Nella Larsen's Quicksand; inscribed by her
New York & London: Alfred A. Knopf 1928.
First edition of Nella Larsen’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To my friend Harriet S. Wright, this tale of pride, prejudice and passion Nella Larsen.” First editions of any of Larsen’s works are rare, as she disappeared from Harlem’s interracial literary and arts community after her ex-husband’s death in 1942. Struggling with depression, Larsen stopped writing, returned to her previous career in nursing, moved to the Lower East Side and did not return to Harlem. Many of Larsen’s old acquaintances speculated that she, like some of the characters in her fiction, had crossed the color line to “pass” into the white community. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
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.
"There was only one catch...And that was Catch-22": First Edition of Catch - 22; Signed by Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut
New York: Simon & Schuster 1961.
First edition of one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth. Boldly signed by Joseph Heller on the title page. Additionally signed by author Kurt Vonnegut on the front free endpaper, who has added a self-caricature. Like Catch-22, by Vonnegut’s friend, Joseph Heller, Slaughterhouse-Five was a World War II novel embraced by opponents of the Vietnam War, linking a so-called “good war” to the unpopular conflict of the 1960s and ’70s. In 2005, six years after Heller’s death, Vonnegut published a short poem in The New Yorker with the title ‘Joe Heller.’ The poem recalled a conversation Vonnegut and Heller shared at a party hosted by a billionaire on Shelter Island. In a few verses, Vonnegut expresses his admiration for the late Heller and his friend’s philosophy about the meaning of life. The two agree that gaining knowledge has been more substantive than gaining wealth throughout both of their lives. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
“I was afraid I was going to die and then I was afraid I wasnt": First Edition Of Cormac McCarthy's Masterpiece Blood Meridian; Signed by Him
New York: Random House 1985.
First edition of the author’s fifth novel. Octavo, original half red cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the half-title page in a contemporary hand. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Adelson. Jacket painting by Salvador Dali.
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.
"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others": First Edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Chicago & New York: George M. Hill & Company 1900.
First edition, second state of “the first truly enduring American fantasy” (Connolly, 38). Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, illustrated by W.W. Denslow with 24 color plates, many illustrations in text, and on paste-downs (issued without endpapers). Hanff & Greene I, state 2 of text and plates, binding variant B with un-serifed red publisher’s imprint at foot of spine; Peter Parley to Penrod, state Z, title state C/D. In very good condition with some professional restoration to the joints. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City: Samuel Harrison Smith 1801.
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
"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.
"And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly": First Edition of "the greatest juvenile classic since Winnie the Pooh"; Inscribed by both Robert Lawson and Munro Leaf and with the original full-page autograph transmittal letter signed and entirely in the hand of Lawson laid in
New York: The Viking Press 1936.
First edition of Munro Leaf’s beloved children’s classic. Octavo, original half tan cloth over illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. Presentation copy, inscribed by both the author and illustrator opposite the title page in the year of publication, “To Beck and I hope she’ll like it Robert Lawson Aug. 29. 1936” and “‘Me too’ Munro Leaf.” Laid in is the original transmittal autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Robert Lawson on his personal letterhead which reads in full, “Dear Frank thanks for your nice note and Becky for hers – I am very proud that you all saw my show & still more so that you liked it. I hope the general public does the same. All the reviews so far have been very complimentary although no one has burst any blood vessels. The Times was taken dull, but the Post had just a shade on them for dumbness. However it was meant to be nice so I shouldn’t complain. Also etching is a very slow & conventional profession in which a display of enthusiasm on the part of anyone, even to artist in his work, is often frowned upon, which is one reason why the profession is, on the whole, so frightfully stuffy. We enjoyed our visit with you so much, it was great fun to see you all again. Marie has had a slight cold for the last few days but is now recovering. We hope to take a cruise somewhere the last of next week, but don’t know how just, when, where and most of all how. Best to Becky & Bob. Sincerely, R.L.” In the early 1930s before he began to focus exclusively on children’s books, Lawson became interested in etching and proved skilled enough to receive the John Taylor Arms Prize from the Society of American Etchers in 1931. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with the $1 present on the rear flap. One of the most sought after children’s books of the twentieth century, particularly scarce and desirable signed by Leaf and Lawson.
“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 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.
"It was some time during the battle of Britain, when Hurricanes and Spitfires were up from dawn to dark and the noise of battle was heard all day in the sky": First Edition of The Gremlins; Inscribed by Walt Disney
New York: Random House 1943.
First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the half-title page, “To Joan With Best Wishes Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“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.
Rare original photograph of baseball legend Babe Ruth signing baseballs for four young ballplayers. Boldly signed by Ruth in the upper right corner of the photograph. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.25 inches by 15.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
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.
J.R.R. Tolkien's schoolboy copy of Mackail's Latin Literature; with two of the young Tolkien's ownership signatures from 1907 and 1909
London: John Murray 1906.
First edition, early impression of Mackail’s standard Latin textbook. J.R.R. Tolkien’s copy with two ownership inscriptions to the front free endpaper, the first of which is in an early hand in all capital letters, “J.R.R. Tolkien Class I. KEHS October 1st 1907” and a later inscription with a cursive signature, “Oct. 1909 J.R.R. Tolkien.” Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Tolkien was raised in Edgbaston, Birmingham and attended King Edward’s School from 1900-1911. The dates of the inscriptions are of particular importance as they mark the flowering of Tolkien’s interest in language; during these years he would begin the development of his first fictional languages, based largely on his studies of Anglo-Saxon and Latin with the present volume. In very good condition. The text has been crossed out by a subsequent owner. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A scarce a desirable illustration of the young Tolkien’s early linguistic education, interest, and development.
"LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF NABOKOV'S TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA; from the library of Elizabeth Bishop
Paris: The Olympia Press 1955.
First edition, association copy of Nabokov’s masterpiece from the library of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop. 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. Bishop and Nabokov both gained international recognition for their mastery of prose in America in the mid-20th century. It was not until Nabokov began writing in the English language that he gained a reputation as a great writer, and it was the present volume that catapulted his career. Referred to by Dwight Garner as “the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century”, Elizabeth Bishop’s first book North & South, was first published in 1946 and won the Houghton Mifflin Prize for poetry. She would go on to become the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Nabokov was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An important association, linking two masters of English prose.
“Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory”: FIRST EDITION OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S THE ROUGH RIDERS; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1899.
First edition of Roosevelt’s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Theodore Roosevelt, top edge gilt. Boldly signed by Theodore Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable signed by Theodore Roosevelt.
London: Constable & Company 1922.
First edition of this classic memoir of the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition, with one of the very rare dust jackets. Octavo, two volumes, original half white cloth, gray paper boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with volume I in facsimile. Scarce in the original dust jacket.
"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.
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter; In the Scarce Original dust jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 23. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
Rare First Editions Of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Volumes 1 & 2; Both Volumes Signed By Julia Child and Volume one signed by Simone Beck
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1961 & 1970.
First editions of both volumes of this classic cook book. Quarto, 2 volumes, original illustrated boards. Volume 1 is signed on the title page by both Julia Child and Simone Beck. Volume two is signed by Julia Child on the title page. Volume one and two with drawings by Sidonie Coryn. Drawings by Paul Child. Both are fine in near fine dust jackets, contemporary inscription to the half-title page of volume one. Typography, binding and jacket design by Warren Chappell. An exceptional set, rare signed in both volumes and in this condition.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times": First Edition, First Issue of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
London: Chapman and Hall 1859.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring works, with p. 213 misnumbered “113,” the signature mark “b” at the foot of the plate list, and the misspelling “affetcionately” on line 12, p. 134. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition.
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.
"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.
“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.
"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.
"He was totally unlike anybody else" (Judy Collins); First Edition of Dance Me To The End of Love; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen to Judy Collins
New York: Welcome Enterprises 1995.
First edition of Cohen’s work, a lyrical tribute to love. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. Paintings by Henri Matisse. Edited by Linda Sunshine. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Judy Collins on the front free endpaper, “Dear Judy thank-you for shameless love, as always Leonard Los Angeles 1995” with Cohen’s “Order of the Unified Heart” ink stamp, his embossed stamp, and Collins’ signature above. Collins was essentially responsible for Cohen’s musical career. As she writes in her autobiography Trust Your Heart, “I met Leonard Cohen in 1966, when my Canadian friend Mary Martin arranged for us to meet. Leonard had been a published and successful writer and poet for many years, and had recently written his first songs. He came down from Canada one night, and I listened to his songs in my living room. He sang ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ that night, sitting on the couch, holding the guitar on his knee. I was moved by his singing voice, and by the songs, and by his whole presence. There was something very ethereal and at the same time earthy about his voice. When Leonard sang, I was entranced. I became immediately devoted to him, and we soon were friends… I recorded ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ on In My Life in 1966, and it went gold in 1967. With the record’s success, Leonard became known as a songwriter. I suggested he make his debut and sing in public, but he was terribly shy. I knew once he got over his fear, he would be powerful on stage. I was going to appear at a concert for Sane against the Vietnam War at Town Hall, on April 30, 1967. I asked Leonard if he would sing Suzanne there. ‘I can’t do it, Judy, I would die from embarrassment.’ ‘Leonard, you are a great writer and a fine singer, people want to hear you.’ He finally agreed, reluctantly. When I introduced him, he walked onto the stage hesitantly, his guitar slung across his hips, and from the wings I could see his legs shaking inside his trousers. He began ‘Suzanne,’ with the hushed audience leaning forward in their seats; he got halfway through the first verse and stopped. ‘I can’t go on,’ he said, and left the stage, while the audience clapped and shouted, calling for him to come back. ‘We love you, you’re great!’ Their voices followed him backstage, where he stood with his head on my shoulder, my arms around him. ‘I can’t do it, I can’t go back.’… He looked about ten years old. His mouth drew down at the sides, he started to untangle himself from his guitar strap. I stopped him, touching him on the shoulder. ‘But you will,’ I said. He shook himself and drew his body up and put his shoulders back, smiled again, and walked back onto the stage. He finished ‘Suzanne,’ and the audience went wild. He has been giving concerts ever since. I have loved and recorded so many of his songs… His songs carried me through dark years like mantras or stones that you hold in your hand while the sun rises or the fire burns. They kept me centered as I stood in front of thousands of people, my eyes closed, my hands around the neck of a guitar, my voice singing his ethereal lyrics. The audience responded to his writing, the songs were like water to a person dying of thirst. They were songs for the spirit when our spirits were strained to the breaking point.” An exceptional association, perhaps the finest possible as without Collins, Leonard Cohen musical career may not have been discovered. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of Judy Collins.
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.
Explorer Ernest Shackleton's copy of Tolstoy's masterpiece Anna Karenina; with Shackleton's ownership signature in each volume
London: Walter Scott 1889.
Ernest Shackleton’s copy of Tolstoy’s masterpiece with his ownership signature to the pastedown of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Shackleton’s biographer Roland Huntford notes that Shackleton retrieved a copy of Anna Karenina from the Endurance with a few other books before the ship was destroyed. Introduction by Nathan Haskell Dole. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities. From the library of Ernest Shackleton. An exceptional association.
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 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.
"I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable": Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt
Chicago: The Walden Book Shop 1930.
Rare letter excerpt boldly signed by Ernest Hemingway. Published by the Walden Book Shop in 1930, the introduction begins "The following notes are excerpts from a Hemingway letter in answer to questions concerning editions and numbers of copies." It goes on to provide a long italicized quote from the letter in which Hemingway describes the printings of his early books from Three Stories and Ten Poems through the forthcoming Men Without Women (1927). The quote reads, in part: “…The books have been Three Stories and Ten Poems, Contact Press, 1953-350 copies out of print, In Our Times, Three Mountains Press, 1924, 150, I think…They claim to be issuing a new edition. Then Scribners published The Torrents of Spring in the spring of 1926 in an unrestrained edition and The Sun Also Rises came out in the same year with, I believe an attempt made to print and sell as many as possible…I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable in order that I might have something to leave to my children.” Signed by Hemingway in he lower right corner of the pamphlet. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Hemingway. The entire piece measures 26 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional example.
“THE SOCIAL IMPACT ON THE UNITED STATES WAS GREATER THAN THAT OF ANY BOOK BEFORE OR SINCE”: FIRST ISSUE OF UNCLE TOM’S CABIN
Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett & Company 1852.
First edition, 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 of the author’s classic work. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters leather over cloth, gilt titles to the spine, volume with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. In very good condition with light wear and toning. A nice example, scarce and desirable in contemporary binding.
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.
“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.
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill taken in 1920 by Edward Russell of Russell and Sons, boldly signed “Winston S. Churchill, 1921.” In February 1921, Churchill was appointed by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as Secretary of State for the Colonies, during which time he was a signatory to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that established the Irish Free State. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 21 inches by 17 inches. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
“Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life”: John Lennon's In His Own Write; Signed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape 1964.
First edition, second printing of Lennon’s first book. Octavo, original laminated pictorial boards. Introduction by Paul McCartney. Presentation copy, signed by John Lennon on the front free endpaper, “For Judy love, John Lennon xx.” In near fine condition with light rubbing, with the recipient’s name above the inscription. Designed by Robert Freeman. Rare and desirable signed by Lennon.
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.
“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.
"Let us shrink from strife, moral or physical provided we are certain that the strife is justified": First Edition of Woodrow Wilson's When a Man Comes to Himself; inscribed by his rival in the 1912 Presidential election, Theodore Roosevelt
New York and London: Harper & Brothers 1915.
First edition of Woodrow Wilson’s work on the fortitude of man. Small octavo, gilt titles and ruling to the front panel. Association copy, inscribed by Wilson’s rival in the 1912 Presidential election, Theodore Roosevelt, on the front pastedown, “Let us shrink from strife, moral or physical provided we are certain that the strife is justified. Theodore Roosevelt Sept 1st 1916.” Roosevelt inscribed the present volume to Charles Evans Hughes, the Republican presidential nominee in the 1916 presidential election which he, four years after Roosevelt, lost to Wilson. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Scarce and desirable, linking two progressive American Presidents who once rivaled for the Presidency and two Republican candidates beaten by Woodrow Wilson.
"In no time at all she was princess of the land. And she and her husband, the charming Prince, rode to their palace in a golden coach to live happily ever after!": First Edition of Walt Disney's Cinderella; Signed by Him
Stuttgart: Bluchert-Verlag 1951.
First German edition of the classic retelling of one of the most celebrated Disney films. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Laid in is a business card of the publisher with a note referencing this was signed in 1953. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
"These are the times that try men's souls": Rare 1792 variant of Paine's writings containing the scarce and important first collected American edition of The Crisis
The Writings of Thomas Paine, Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Congress of the United States of America, in the Late War [Including: Common Sense, The Crisis, Rights of Man].
Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster 1792.
Rare 1792 variant of Paine’s writings containing the scarce and important fist collected American edition of The Crisis. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling and a red morocco spine label lettered in gilt to the spine. Containing: 1. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of North-America (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1791); 2. The Crisis: In Thirteen Numbers (Albany: Printed & Sold, by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792); 3. Public Good: Being an Examination into the Claim of Virginia, to the Vacant Western Territory (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 4. Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North-America (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 5. Letters, by the Author of Common Sense. First, to the Earl of Shelburne…Second, To Sir Guy Carlton…Third, To the Authors of “The Republican,” a French Paper…Fourth, To the Abbe Syeyes (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792). 6. Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution. The Fourth American Edition (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, [n.d.]). 7. Rights of Man. Part the Second. Containing Principle and Practice (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1794). 8. Letter, To Mr. Secretary Dundas. London, June 6, 1792 (caption title). In very good condition.
"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.
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's": First Edition of H.G.Wells Classic Novel; The War of the Worlds
London: William Heinemann 1898.
First edition, first issue of this science fiction cornerstone. Octavo, original grey cloth lettered in black. Currey’s state (A) with 16 pages publisher’s advertisements at end dated Autumn 1897. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
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.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1939.
First edition of Chandler’s first and most famous novel, with the rarely found original dust jacket. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Bruccoli A1.1.a. A very sharp example.
First Edition of My Fair Lady, a Musical Play in two acts; Signed by Alan Jay Lerner, Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Robert Coote and Wilfrid Hyde-White
New York: Coward-McCann .
First edition of “one of the best musicals of the twentieth century” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated, frontispiece of Andrews and Harrison. Signed by Alan Jay Lerner on the title page. Affixed to front free endpaper is a signed photograph of Julie Andrews, and “with the compliments of Miss Andrews” affixed to the pastedown. Laid in signed photograph by Stanley Holloway (Alfred P. Dolittle). The verso of the front free endpaper has a signed photograph of Rex Harrison affixed to it. On the dedication page is a card signed by Robert Coote (Colonel Pickering), and a signature of Wilfrid Hyde-White who played Colonel Pickering in the film version. There’s also a magazine clipping of Harrison’s behatted head, also signed by him. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by David Lyons.
“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism
London: Parker, Son and Bourn 1863.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. In very good condition with a literary society stamps to the title page. First editions are scarce.
First Edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft's biography; signed by both her and William Howard Taft
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company 1914.
First edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft’s autobiography, the first autobiography published by a First Lady of the United States. Octavo, original cloth gilt, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Taft, with numerous illustrations. Signed by both William Howard Taft and First Lady Helen Herron Taft on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare, not only signed by the First lady of the United States to publish an autobiography, but by both Mrs. and President Taft.
“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.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITION OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS 1916-1918: VOLUME I; Signed by Winston S. Churchill
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1927.
True first edition of the first volume in the Part III of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill Nov 1929.” In fine condition.