• The Prairie Edition of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt; Finely Bound

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    The Works of Theodore Roosevelt.

    New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1903.

    The Prairie edition of the Works of Theodore Roosevelt. Small octavo, 14 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, frontispiece to each volume. The set includes, The Naval War of 1812 in two volumes, The Wilderness Hunter, American Ideals in 2 volumes , The Winning of the West in six volumes, Hunting the Grizzly, Hunting Trips on the Prairie and in the Mountains, and Hunting Trips of A Ranchman. In near fine condition with rubbing to the extremities.

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  • "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus’ Classic Novel The Stranger; Inscribed by Him to fellow novelist Vincent Sheean

    Camus, Albert.

    The Stranger.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.

    First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Vincent Sheean pour le remercier de savoir si bien parler de Stendhal Sympathiquement Albert Camus.” The recipient, Vincent Sheean was an American journalist and novelist. Sheean’s most famous work was Personal History, which won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Distinguished Biography of 1935. Film producer Walter Wanger acquired the political memoir and made it the basis for his 1940 film production Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Sheean wrote the narration for the feature-length documentary Crisis (1939) directed by Alexander Hammid and Herbert Kline. He translated Ève Curie’s biography of her mother, Madame Curie (1939), into English. Sheean wrote Oscar Hammerstein I: Life and Exploits of an Impresario (1955) as well as a controversial biography of Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy and Red (1963). He studied at the University of Chicago, becoming part of a literary circle which included Glenway Wescott, Yvor Winters, Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Janet Lewis while he was there. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years. Exceedingly scarce and desirable.

    Price: $45,000.00

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  • First edition of the Ian Fleming’s first book Casino Royale

    Fleming, Ian.

    Casino Royale.

    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. A very nice example.

    Price: $45,000.00

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  • "There had been a heavy shower of rain, but the sun was already shining through the breaks in the clouds and throwing swiftly changing shadows on the streets, the houses, and the gardens of the city of Laurania": First British edition of Churchill's only full-length work of fiction: Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania

    Churchill, Winston S.

    Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

    London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1900.

    First British edition of Churchill’s singular attempt at full-length fiction, one of only 1,500 copies. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable in this condition, Churchill’s only work of literature.

    Price: $1,350.00

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  • Exceptionally Rare 15th century Illuminated Miniature Book of Hours; with 6 full-page illuminated miniatures and 30 other pages with full illuminated borders

    Illuminated Miniature Book of Hours.

    Flanders [Bruges]: c. 15th century.

    Exceptionally rare miniature book of hours illuminated with 6 full-page miniatures and 30 other pages with full illuminated borders. 12mo, bound in nineteenth century purple velvet, 160 vellum leaves, all edges gilt, text in Latin. Full page miniatures include a man pruning a sapling with Pisces above, The Virgin and Child, The Annunciation to the Shepherds, The Nativity, The Flight into Egypt, and Mary Magdalene in a wooded landscape. The illuminator of this volume was a follower of the Master of the Dresden Prayerbook, both in terms of  style and the use of full-page calendar miniatures, which are not typically found in 15th century books of hours. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare.

    Price: $25,000.00

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  • "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

    Larsen, Nella.

    Quicksand.

    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. Rare and desirable.

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  • “I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose": Deluxe illustrated Ibarra Edition of Don Quixote

    Cervantes, Saavedra, Miguel de .

    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 contemporary Spanish blind-stamped tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled, 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.

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  • "There was only one catch...And that was Catch-22": First Edition of Catch - 22; Signed by Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut

    Heller, Joseph (Kurt Vonnegut).

    Catch-22.

    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. A unique example.

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  • “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

    Joyce, James.

    Ulysses.

    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.

    Price: $28,000.00

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  • "I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of John Muir's Our National Parks

    Muir, John.

    Our National Parks.

    Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901.

    First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove with tissue guard. In near fine condition.

    Price: $650.00

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  • 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

    Lerner, Allan Jay; Music by Frederick Loewe; George Bernard Shaw.

    My Fair Lady: A Musical Play in Two Acts Based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.

    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.

    Price: $6,800.00

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  • First Edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft's biography; signed by both her and William Howard Taft

    Taft, Helen Herron (William Howard Taft).

    Recollections of Full Years.

    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.

    Price: $6,800.00

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  • "LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF NABOKOV'S TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA

    Nabokov, Vladimir.

    Lolita.

    Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.

    First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing. A very nice example.

    Price: $7,500.00

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  • Magnificent first trade edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; with 20 remarkably intricate full color plates illustrated by Edmund Dulac

    Fitzgerald, Edward. With illustrations by Edmund Dulac.

    The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

    London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909.

    Magnificent first trade edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald and with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Quarto, original publisher’s gold-stamped cloth, gilt tltles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, title page on Japanese vellum, with 20 intricate full color plates tipped in to decorated Japaneses vellum mounts with lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First edition of the Ian Fleming’s first book Casino Royale which introduced the world to 007: Inscribed by Ian Fleming to Classmate and Novelist Ralph Arnold

    Fleming, Ian.

    Casino Royale.

    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.

    Price: $150,000.00

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  • THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S BIG GAME HUNTING IN THE ROCKIES, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHERS MOROCCO

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains. Comprising “Hunting Trips of a Ranchman” and “The Wilderness Hunter.”

    New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; The Knickerbocker Press, 1899.

    Signed limited first edition, number 122 of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait and signed by the publisher. Thick quarto, original publishers morocco, gilt titles to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford, Sanford and other well-known artists. In near fine condition. A very nice example.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • Rare Edition of Machiavel's Discourses upon the First Decade of T. Livius, Translated out of the Italian. To which is added his Prince

    Machiavelli, Niccolo.

    Machiavel’s Discourses upon the First Decade of T. Livius, Translated out of the Italian. To which is added his Prince: With some Marginal Animadversioms.

    London: Printed for Charles Harper, 1674.

    Rare second collected edition in English of The Prince and the Discourses on Livy, translated by Edward Dacres, Machiavelli’s first English translator, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Machiavelli. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label, with frontispiece portrait of Machiavelli, rebacked. In excellent condition with some light browning and wear.

    Price: $5,800.00

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  • First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, In The Rare Original First-Issue Dust Jacket

    Hemingway, Ernest.

    The Sun Also Rises.

    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.

    Price: $75,000.00

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  • “Time makes more converts than reason": Rare Early Printing of Thomas Paine's Common Sense

    Paine, Thomas.

    Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America.

    Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1791.

    Rare early printing of Thomas Paine’s landmark work. Octavo, bound in calf over marble boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label. in near fine condition with some light toning and foxing to the text. An exceptional example.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • “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

    Mill, John Stuart.

    Utilitarianism.

    London: Parker, Son and Bourn, 1863.

    First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. In very good condition with some light rubbing, bookplate, rebacked. First editions are rare.

    Price: $8,200.00

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  • 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

    Nixon, Richard; Joe DiMaggio.

    Joe DiMaggio Presidential Commission Signed by 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.

    Price: $15,000.00

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  • "I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable": Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt

    Hemingway, Ernest .

    Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt Signed.

    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.

    Price: $8,200.00

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  • Rare autograph postcard signed by Virgina Woolf to Clive Bell

    Woolf, Virginia.

    Virginia Woolf Autograph Postcard Signed to Clive Bell.

    Rare original postcard handwritten and signed by influential British novelist Virginia Woolf to her brother-in-law Clive Bell. The postcard reads, “Perugia 16th May Do you remember Perugia, Mugliston, & the lady who fell out of the train? Here we are. V.W.” In September of 1908, Virginia Woolf accompanied her sister Vanessa, brother-in-law Clive, and their first child Julian to Italy and France. It was during this time that Virginia’s longstanding rivalry with her sister escalated and her flirtation with her sister’s husband, Clive, began. The reciprocal flirtation lasted on and off from 1908 to 1914, by which time her sister’s marriage was near its end. The postcard was likely written during Woolf’s 1927 trip to Italy with her husband, Leonard Woolf. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Woolf. The entire piece measures 11.75 inches by 16.5 inches.

    Price: $3,000.00

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  • "I stand on this rostrum with a sense of deep humility and pride": First edition of Douglas MacArthur's Duty - Honor - Country: Two Memorable Addresses; boldly signed by him

    MacArthur, Douglas.

    Duty – Honor – Country: Two Memorable Addresses.

    New York: Rolton House Publishers, Inc, 1962.

    First edition of this collection of addresses delivered by General Douglas MacArthur to the Corps Cadets of West Point Military Academy and the two houses of Congress. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece portrait of MacArthur after the portrait by Joseph Cummings Chase. Boldly signed by Douglas MacArthur on the front free endpaper. Introductions by General James A. Van Fleet and General George C. Kenney. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Joyce Langelier. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • "First and greatest classic of modern economic thought": First Edition of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations

    Smith, Adam.

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

    London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776.

    First edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Quarto, 2 volumes. Bound in full brown calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, front and rear panels, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Remarkably clean throughout with some light toning. An exceptional example of this landmark work.

    Price: $160,000.00

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  • Rare Autograph note Signed by Twelve Members of the Quest Expedition including Shackleton, Wild, Macklin, Hussey and others

    Shackleton, Ernest Henry. Frank Wild, Alexander Macklin, Leonard Hussey, Frank Worsely, Douglas George Geoffrey, James Dell, L. R. Rickinson, Harold Watts, John Charles Bee-Mason.

    Signed by Twelve Members of the Quest Expedition.

    Rare autograph note signed by each of the primary members of the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition, including: Ernest Henry Shackleton, Frank Wild, Alexander Macklin, Leonard Hussey, Frank Worsely, Douglas George Geoffrey, James Dell, L. R. Rickinson, Harold Watts, John Charles Bee-Mason. The note measures 7.25 inches by 6.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Exceptionally rare.

    Price: $14,500.00

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  • “The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us": First Edition of Jurassic Park; Signed by Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg

    Crichton, Michael.

    Jurassic Park.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.

    First edition of Crichton’s gripping, bestselling scientific thriller. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg on the title page. Spielberg directed the 1993 film bearing the same name. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Rare and desirable signed by Crichton and Spielberg.

    Price: $3,200.00

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  • LIMITED DELUXE FIRST EDITION OF ERNEST SHACKLETON’S HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC AND THE ANTARCTIC BOOK: SIGNED BY HIM AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDITION; AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY SHACKLETON

    Shackleton, Ernest H.

    The Heart of the Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909.

    London: William Heinemann, 1909.

    Rare first edition, Special Limited Large Paper Issue of Shackleton’s account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, number 97 of only 300 copies printed. Quarto, bound in full (Heart of the Antarctic) and half (Antarctic Book) vellum, top edges gilt. First and only edition of The Antarctic Book, with the signatures of every member of the party, including Ernest Shackleton. Additionally inscribed by Shackleton in volume one on the front free endpaper, “To Sir Edward Goschen with kindest regards from the author E.H. Shackleton Berlin 1911.” The recipient Sir Edward Goschen, 1st Baronet was a British diplomat, who served as an ambassador to Belgrade, Copenhagen, Belgrade, Vienna and Berlin. With 16 mounted color plates, photographic frontispieces and over 200 additional illustrations including drawings and photographic plates. Three folding maps and a folding panorama enclosed in the rear pocket of Volume II. The Antarctic Book, which includes the 16 signatures of the shore party, was issued only with this Limited Edition of The Heart of the Antarctic and has never been reprinted. It contains reproductions of drawings done by the party, including four mounted color portraits, the poem “Erebus” by Shackleton and the whimsical story “Bathybia” by Douglas Mawson, also a member of the party. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In fine condition with a touch of wear. A superior example, rare and desirable signed twice by Shackleton.

    Price: $45,000.00

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  • "When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints": The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau; In the Original Binding

    Thoreau, Henry David.

    The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906.

    The manuscript edition of the writings of Henry David Thoreau. With the original manuscript sheet by Thoreau from his journal tipped-in to volume 1. The two page manuscript fragment comprises 58 lines from “Autumnal Tints,” in altered form, published in the Atlantic Monthly, October 1862, and collected in Excursions the following year. The fragment concludes with the line containing the title phrase: “When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has sooner or later its peculiar autumnal tint, or tints […].” Octavo, 20 volumes. Bound in the publisher’s three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards, spine elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Signed by the publisher. Illustrated in each volume with a photograph of flowers and a hand-colored scenes used as frontispieces and additional plates inserted throughout. In fine condition without wear.

    Price: $18,500.00

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  • “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

    Dostoevsky, Fyodor.

    The Brothers Karamazov.

    New York: Macmillan, 1912.

    First American edition of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, described by Freud as “the most magnificent novel ever written.” Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt. Translated into English by Constance Garnett. In very good condition. A nice example of this cornerstone of world literature, rare and desirable.

    Price: $5,800.00

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  • "It Is Very Queer That The Unhappiness Of The World Is So Often Brought On By Small Men": First Edition of All Quiet On The Western Front; Inscribed twice by Erich Maria Remarque

    Remarque, Erich Maria.

    All Quiet On The Western Front.

    Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1929.

    First American edition of this landmark novel of the 20th century. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication in German on the front free endpaper and additionally inscribed note signed by author opposite the title page confirming the present copy as a first edition. The recipient was the daughter of filmmaker Carl Laemmle, German emigre, early Hollywood tycoon and founder of Universal Studios (Carl Laemmle, Jr., produced the film version of the book in 1930). The inscription (in translation) reads, “To Mr. and Mrs. Bergerman, with very heartfelt and friendly greetings in memory of beautiful days in Berlin Erich Maria Remarque Aug 18, 1929.” Bookplate of the recipient, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Wenck. Translated by A.W. Wheen. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and inscribed.

    Price: $20,000.00

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  • First Edition of Feynman's QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter; Signed by Him

    Feynman, Richard F.

    QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter.

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.

    First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist regarding quantum electrodynamics. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Richard Feynman on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Preface by Ralph Leighton.

    Price: $12,500.00

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  • “Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Inscribed by Her

    Rowling, J.K.

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

    London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.

    First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards, cornerpieces and centrepiece to front board of silver metal with blue faux gems, metal clasp, green silk bookmark. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children, selected through a lottery, attended the signing.

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  • MILITARY COMMISSION SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND SECRETARY OF WAR SIMON CAMERON

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Abraham Lincoln Military Commission Signed.

    June 8, 1863.

    Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.

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  • Rare First Edition of Leonardo Da Vinci's Trattato della Pittura di Lionardo da Vinci

    Da Vinci, Leonardo.

    Trattato della Pittura di Lionardo da Vinci.

    Paris: Appresso Giacomo Langlois, 1651.

    First edition, the preferred work in Italian of da Vinci’s work on painting. Folio, Bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, engraved portrait, engraved vignette on title, engraved initials, head and tail pieces, engraved text illustrations. In very good condition with some dampstaining to the page edges. First editions are rare.

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  • First Edition of Walt Disney's Fantasia; Inscribed by Disney and with Twelve original drawings

    Disney, Walt; Deems Taylor .

    Walt Disney’s Fantasia. With a Foreword by Leopold Stokowski.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.

    First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.

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  • First edition of Dr. Alister J. Mackenzie's Golf Architecture: Economy in Course Construction and Green-Keeping; in the rare original dust jacket

    Mackenzie, Dr. Alister J. Introduction by H. S. Colt.

    Golf Architecture: Economy in Course Construction and Green-Keeping.

    London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1920.

    Rare first edition of this important work on golf architecture by one of the world’s most influential golf architects, Dr. Alister J. Mackenzie. Small octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs and maps. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which shows chipping and rubbing. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.

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  • First Edition of From Here to Eternity; Inscribed by James Jones

    Jones, James.

    From Here to Eternity.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951.

    First edition of the author’s first book, one of the great novels of World War II. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Joe Greadagno With Best Wishes James Jones.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by SKA. Jacket photograph by Pat Maestro. A bulky book, usually found in inferior condition, this is a superior example.

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  • “Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?”: Rare First Edition of Mary Poppins; Signed by P.L. Travers

    Travers, P.L.

    Mary Poppins.

    New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1934.

    First American edition of this children’s classic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 27 line cuts (13 full-page) and chapter tailpieces by Mary Shepard. Boldly signed by P.L. Travers on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. Rare and desirable signed.

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  • "The Greatest Story Ever Told": First Edition of The Double Helix; Signed by James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins

    Watson, James D.; (Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins).

    The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA.

    New York: Atheneum, 1968.

    First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Signed by all three laureates on the title page, James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. Octavo, original blue cloth, with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. We have never seen another example signed by all three contributors; exceptionally rare.

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  • "A man, a real man, must never be an agent, a tool, or a gambler — acting for himself or for others — he must employ such. A real man — a financier — is never a tool. He used tools. He created. He led": First Edition of Theodore Dreiser's The Financier; Signed by Him

    Dreiser, Theodore.

    The Financier.

    New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1912.

    First editions of the first novel of the author’s acclaimed Trilogy of Desire. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Theodore Dreiser N.Y. Jan. 1938.” Bookplate removal to the pastedown, in near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.

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  • "NO ACT OF KINDNESS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS EVER WASTED”: RARE AND DESIRABLE FIRST STOCKDALE EDITION OF THE FABLES OF AESOP ELEGANTLY BOUND BY RIVIERE

    L'Estrange, Sir Roger [Aesop].

    The Fables of Aesop, with a Life of the Author and Embellished with One Hundred & Twelve Plates.

    London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1793.

    First Stockdale edition of The Fables of Aesop, with a Life of the Author. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in full green levant morocco by Riviere, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, red inlay to the front and rear panels, gilt turn ins, all edges gilt. With 112 engraved plates. In near fine condition with light toning. A stunning example.

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  • "In order to consult the oracle with advantage, the enquirer must state the nature of his question to and Lady in the company": Rare first edition of Madame le Normande's The Oracle of Human Destiny

    Le Normande, Madame Victorine.

    The Oracle of Human Destiny; Or, Book of Fate: Being an Unerring Fortune-Teller and Accurate Interpreter of Mystical Signs & Heavenly Bodies.

    London: Printed for the Wholesale Booksellers, 1854.

    Rare first edition of this early book of fortune telling and divination through card reading. Octavo, bound in original cloth, folding hand colored chart of a card spread, hand-colored frontispiece portrait of Madame Le Normande, wood engraved pictorial borders. In very good condition. Scarce.

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  • "Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect": First Edition of Gone with the Wind

    Mitchell, Margaret.

    Gone With the Wind.

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.

    First edition, first issue with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page of the author’s classic novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Near fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket with Gone with the Wind listed in the second column of the booklist on the back panel, with $3.00 cost on the front flap. Housed in a full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.

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  • "I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing": First Edition in English of The Republic of Plato

    Plato.

    The Republic of Plato. In Ten Books. Translated from the Greek by H. Spens. With a Preliminary Discourse Concerning the Philosophy of the Ancients by the Translator.

    Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1763.

    First edition in English of one of the cornerstones of Western philosophy and politics. Quarto, period style full calf, red morocco spine label, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels. In near fine condition. An exceptional example of this landmark work.

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  • The History of the British Empire in India; From the library of Charles Dickens with his bookplate to each volume

    Gleig, Rev. G. R. (Charles Dickens).

    The History of the British Empire in India.

    London: John Murray, 1830-1835.

    Finley bound first edition set of Gleig’s history the British Empire in India from the library of Charles Dickens. Octavos, 4 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portraits in each volume, folding map in volume I. From Charles Dickens’ library with his bookplate and library label in each volume, which reads, “From the Library of Charles Dickens, Gadshill Place, June, 1870″ to the pastedown. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco box with Dickens’ gilt insignia. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.

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  • "THERE ARE HEROISMS ALL ROUND US": First Edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World

    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan.

    The Lost World.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912.

    First edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “robust adventure story,” illustrated with eight tipped-in plates, including frontispiece photographic portrait of “the members of the exploring party.” Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt vignette of Professor Challenger to the front panel, photographic frontispiece and seven additional plates; two full-page maps. Bookplate, in very good condition with moderate shelfwear. A nice example.

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  • “It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition In Parts of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield

    Dickens, Charles.

    The Personal History of David Copperfield.

    London: Bradbury and Evans, May 1849-November 1850.

    First edition in parts of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Original serial issue. Twenty parts in nineteen, octavo four to thirty-two pages of preliminary advertisements; text continuously paginated 1-624; eight leaves of preliminaries follow text in final part. Frontispiece, vignette title-page and thirty-eight additional inserted plates, the majority with tissue inserts as issued. Original blue-green illustrated paper wrappers. Several backstrips chipped at head and foot; some light soiling, wear at hinges; some parts skewed. In excellent condition, an unrestored example of Dickens’ classic work. Includes  the scarce insert “Lett’s diaries” advertisement at end of Part VIII, which unfolds to a 26 inches, with ten specimen diary leaves. According to Hatton & Cleaver, this is a “particularly scarce” insert. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 253-272.  Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. A very nice example.

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  • First Edition of the Ayn Rand's Magnum Opus The Fountainhead; Signed by Her and In the Scarce First Issue Dust Jacket

    Rand, Ayn.

    The Fountainhead.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943.

    First edition, first issue with first edition stated on the copyright page of the author’s first major novel, as well as her first best-seller. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Laura Roberts- with my thanks- Affectionately, Ayn Rand.” Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example, most rare and desirable in this condition and inscribed.

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  • Rare First Edition of the Collected Works of Isaac Newton's Opuscula Mathematica

    Newton, Isaac.

    Opuscula Mathematica, Philosophica et Philologica.

    Lausanne and Geneva: Aoud Marcum-Michaelem Bousquet & Socios, 1744.

    First edition of the first collected edition of Newton‘s writings, which has been hailed as “a fine piece of bookmaking” (Babson). Quarto, bound in contemporary velum, contains 64 folding engraved plates; 2 folding letterpress tables. In very good condition, wide margins. Rare in contemporary binding.

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  • Boldly Signed Autograph of General Ulysses S. Grant; Matted and Framed

    Grant, Ulysses S.

    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph.

    Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant, Lt. Gen.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 8.5 inches. In fine condition.

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  • “ONE OF THE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY”: Von Neumann and Morgenstern's Classic Work Theory of Games and Economic Behavior; Signed by John Neumann

    von Neumann, John and Oskar Morgenstern.

    Theory of Games and Economic Behavior.

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1947.

    Second edition of von Neumann and Morgenstern’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Von Neumann. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by von Neumann are rare.

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  • Exceptionally rare autograph album signed by President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet including Salmon P. Chase and William H. Seward

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Autograph Album Signed by Abraham Lincoln and His Cabinet.

    1863.

    Exceptionally rare finely bound autograph album signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln as well as his cabinet and 225 senators, representatives, and delegates of the 37th Congress, 1861-1863. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with the name “Lizzie F. Harlow” gilt on the front panel. Singed by Abraham Lincoln on the first page of the album, “Yours truly, Abraham Lincoln.” Additionally signed by William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, M. Blair, Edward Bates, J. P. Usher and S. P. Chase. Collected between the years of 1862 and 1863 by James McCain, a young patent officer at the United States Patent Office. McCain presented the custom-bound album to his sweetheart, Lizzie F. Harlow, who, despite not marrying the young clerk, passed it down to her heirs. In near fine condition. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.

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  • "who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis": First Edition of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather; Inscribed by Him with a Full Page Inscription

    Puzo, Mario.

    The Godfather.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.

    First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Hollywood screenwriter Barry Beckerman and his wife, “For Susan – the only wife in the world who would let her husband make a movie in Sweden and so lovely that she has nothing to fear from the competition- & Barry- who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis. From your fellow Chinese Food addict, Mario.” Recipient Barry Beckerman wrote the screenplays for the films Shamus, A Matter of Wife…and Death and St. Ives; he was also a studio executive and producer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional association copy.

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  • First Edition of Paul Theroux's The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia; Signed by Him; From the Library of V.S. Naipaul

    Theroux, Paul (V.S. Naipaul).

    The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975.

    First edition, first issue binding with “By Rail Through Asia”. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Signed by Paul Theroux on the title page. Ownership signature to the front free endpaper of Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul. Naipaul was a close friend of Theroux’s for many years. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Front cover collage by Joe Hendrick. A unique example.

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  • Picturesque Ceylon and Its Ruined Cities; Beautifully bound in the publishers Morocco

    Cave, Henry W.

    Picturesque Ceylon and Its Ruined Cities.

    London: Sampson Low Marston and Co. Ltd, 1903.

    One volume containing four parts: Colombo and the Kelani Valley; Kandy and Peradeniya; Nuwara Eliya and Adam’s Peak and The Ruined Cities. Quarto, bound in the full publishers morocco, gilt titles to the spine, elaborate tooling to the spine, front and rear panel, raised bands, inner dentelles, silk endpapers, all edges gilt, over 150 illustrations, many full page. An exceptional presentation.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph

    Gandhi, Mohandas K.

    Mohandas K. Gandhi Autograph.

    Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.

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  • “And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past": First Edition of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids; Signed by Him

    Wyndham, John.

    The Day of the Triffids.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc , 1951.

    First American edition, which preceded the British edition of Wyndham’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by John Wyndham on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust dust jacket. Jacket design by Whitney Bender.

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  • "These are the songs of Bob Dylan, the pioneer, the trail-blazer, the innovator, who has disturbed, delighted, dismayed and deepened the thinking of millions of listeners": Rare first edition of the Bob Dylan Song Book; Signed by Bob Dylan

    Dylan, Bob.

    Bob Dylan Song Book.

    New York: M. Whitmark & Sons.

    First edition of this music collection of the songs of Bob Dylan. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers as issued, frontispiece portrait of Dylan after a drawing by Cambert, illustrated. Signed by Bob Dylan on the front free endpaper. Introduction by New York Times folk music critic Robert Shelton. Photographs by Chuck Stewart. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man": Rare Autograph Note Signed by Charles Darwin to Alfred Russel Wallace

    Darwin, Charles (Alfred Russel Wallace).

    Charles Darwin Autograph Note Signed To Alfred Russel Wallace.

    Rare autograph note signed by Charles Darwin to fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. The note reads, “Oct. 27 Down, Beckenham Kent Can you tell me Mr. Fr. Geach’s address? I want to send him my book.” With the address in Darwin’s had on the verso: “A.R. Wallace The Dell Grays Essex.” The two leading figures in the development of the theory of evolution through natural selection, Darwin and Wallace’s theories differed slightly. Darwin argued that competition between members of the same species led to adaptation, while Wallace asserted that environmental pressures led populations of various locations to diverge. In 1858, Darwin and Wallace published a joint publication: On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection,’ the content of which Darwin would develop into his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species, published the following year. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Darwin. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 13.5 inches. An exceptional example linking two of the leading minds in the theory of evolution.

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  • Rare First Edition of David Hume's Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding By the Author of the Essays Moral and Political

    Hume, David.

    Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding By the Author of the Essays Moral and Political.

    London: Printed For A. Milar, 1748.

    First edition of this landmark of Enlightenment thought. 12mo, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red spine label, raised bands, gilt ruled. In very good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities, contemporary name to the title page, bookplate. A very nice example of this important treatise.

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  • SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF JOHN BROWN’S LIFE AND LETTERS, 1861, WITH THE ORIGINAL MOUNTED VINTAGE ALBUMEN FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT OF JOHN BROWN

    Brown, John; Edited by Richard D. Webb.

    The Life and Letters of Captain John Brown, Who Was Executed at Charlestown, Virginia, Dec. 2, 1859, For an Armed Attack upon American Slavery; With Notices of Some of His Confederates.

    London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1861.

    First edition of one of the earliest biographies of profoundly influential American abolitionist, John Brown; published in the first year of the American Civil War. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt titles to the spine, original mounted albumen photograph frontispiece portrait of brown with facsimile inscription. From the collection of Hookham’s circulating library, one of the two largest libraries in 19th century London, bearing the original library label, “Hookhams Library Old Bond Street: Bookselling & Stationary.” In very good condition with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spine. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • First Edition of Sometimes a Great Notion; Signed by Ken Kesey With a full page drawing

    Kesey, Ken.

    Sometimes a Great Notion.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1964.

    First edition, first issue with the publisher’s logo on the half title page of Kesey’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed by Ken Kesey on the front free endpaper, who has filled the entire page with a drawing in purple, blue and green. Near fine in a very good price-clipped first issue dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example.

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  • "A Pike is a Prince of his own liquid country, and like a universal monarch, can command all the regiments of the scaled army": Scarce first edition of the art of trolling from the library of Alfred Dennison

    Nobbes, Robert.

    The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling.

    London: Printed for T. James for Tho. Helder, 1682.

    Rare first edition of Nobbes’ authoritative work on the history and methods of trolling. First issue with the engraved hook on page 37 pointing to the right and two woodcut illustrations in the text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Lord Spencer’s copy with his ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper, “From Lord Spencer’s Library 18/”. From the library of renowned angling collector Alfred Denison with his gilt leather bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Denison’s angling collection of over 3,000 books was the basis of Thomas Westwood’s historic and distinct library of English angling books, the Bibliotheca Piscatoria. In very good condition. A nice example with noted provenance.

    Price: $3,000.00

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  • First Edition of William Faukner's Soldiers' Pay; In the Original Dust jacket

    Faulkner, William.

    Soldiers’ Pay.

    New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926.

    First edition of Faulkner’s first book in the rare first state dust jacket with An American Tragedy as the first of five titles listed on the rear jacket panel. Octavo, original cloth. Bookplate, near fine in an exceptional dust jacket with light toning and wear. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Scarce in this condition.

    Price: $28,000.00

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  • ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA AND CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

    Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.

    Princess Diana and Prince Charles Signed Christmas Card.

    Royal Christmas card bearing a full-color family photograph of Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and the infant Prince William. Inscribed by Diana, Princess of Wales, “Cyril, from Diana” and Charles, Prince of Wales, “Charles.” The recipient, Cyril Dickman, served as the head steward at Buckingham Palace for over 50 years and became a close personal friend of Princess Diana with whom she often corresponded. The Christmas card measures 14 inches by 6 inches, embossed with the Royal Order of the Garter motto and Spencer family coat of arms. In fine condition. A desirable rarity with noted provenance.

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  • "The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty

    Mill, John Stuart.

    On Liberty.

    London: John W. Parker and Son, 1859.

    First edition of this classic work, which remains the basis of much liberal political thought. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, rebacked, ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A nicer than usual example.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • First Edition of What Makes Sammy Run; Signed by Budd Schulberg

    Schulberg, Budd.

    What Makes Sammy Run?

    New York: Random House, 1941.

    First edition of what many consider one of the most important novels on Hollywood and the film industry. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Budd Schulberg on the front free endpaper. Near fine in an excellent first-issue dust jacket, with the rear panel with the blurbs by F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara, with some professional restoration. A nice example.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • “The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm": Rare Autograph Note Signed by the founder of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale

    Nightingale, Florence.

    Florence Nightingale Autograph Note Signed.

    Rare autograph note signed by the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The note reads, “A verbal answer, please, by messenger, ever yours sincerely, F. Nightingale.” Double matted and framed with an engraved photographic portrait of Nightingale. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 12 inches. A nice presentation.

    Price: $1,650.00

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  • Large Signed Photograph of Babe Ruth

    Ruth, Babe.

    Babe Ruth Signed Photograph.

    Full length photograph of Babe Ruth swinging a baseball bat. Inscribed by him, “To my good friend Jack Musante Sincerely Babe Ruth 3-12-47.” Triple matted and framed. The photograph measures 9 inches by 7 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional photograph, rare and desirable signed by Ruth.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • “There's things that happen in a person's life that are so scorched in the memory and burned into the heart that there's no forgetting them": First Limited Edition of Mutiny On The Bounty; Signed by Marlon Brando, Director Lewis Milestone, Producer Aaron Rosenberg and in the scarce original glassine

    Nordhoff, Charles and James Norman Hall. Illustrated by Fletcher Martin. (Marlon Brando, Lewis Milestone, Aaron Rosenberg).

    Mutiny on the Bounty.

    New York : Limited Editions Club, 1947.

    First limited edition of this epic historical drama made into the 1962 film starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris. The film was the first widescreen motion picture ever produced. One of only 1500 copies. This is number 426. Signed on the front free endpaper in the year of the film’s production by Marlon Brando (cast as First Lieutenant Fletcher Christian), Lewis Milestone (the film’s director),  Tarita Teriipaia (Princess Maimiti), and inscribed by the film’s producer Aaron Rosenberg, “To Phil Corrin, Hope the picture lives up to your expectations. Most sincerely, Aaron Rosenberg.” Additionally signed on the verso by twelve additional cast members including Richard Harris and Duncan Lamont. Octavo, bound in full pebbled sheepskin, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, in the scarce original glassine and original slipcase. An extraordinary example, most rare and desirable signed by Brando and the cast.

    Price: $15,000.00

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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.

    Tenth printing of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, published a few months after the first edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Housed in a custom slipcase.

    Price: $4,000.00

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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 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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  • “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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “W. Pett Ridge from H. G. Wells.” The recipient William Pett Ridge was a fellow novelist and friend of Wells. In 1924, novelist Edwin Pugh recalled his time with Wells and Ridge, “I see him most clearly, as he was in those days, through a blue haze of tobacco smoke. We used sometimes to travel together from Waterloo to Worcester Park on our way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening with H. G. Wells.” Hammond B4. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association copy.

    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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  • "on her 21st birthday from her admirer": 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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  • "All human wisdom is contained in these two words--"Wait and Hope": First Edition in English of Dumas’ The Count of Monte-Cristo; In the Rare Original Cloth

    Dumas, Alexandre [Alexander].

    The Count of Monte-Cristo.

    London: London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.

    First edition in English of the author’s masterpiece, published just one year after the original French edition and before the American first. Octavo, 2 volumes, original publisher’s terracotta cloth, decoratively blind-embossed, gilt titles to the spine. Twenty wood-engraved plates after Henry Valentin. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the extremities and toning. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original cloth are exceptionally rare.

    Price: $45,000.00

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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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  • "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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