Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
Eighth 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 front free endpaper. With a photograph of a young Harper Lee laid in. Contemporary name, near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith.
“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.
“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 with a signed note from her
Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.
First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work, with a loose plate signed by the author as follows, “Trust in the Lord and do good – Harriet Beecher Stowe, July 22, 1892.” Octavo, original cloth, volume with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. In near fine condition with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise.
“In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority": First Edition of F.A. Hayek's The Road To Serfdom; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First British edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. The British edition was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in contemporary tree calf, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. From the library of early 19th century Pennsylvanian carpenter and cabinetmaker John Wilson with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
“In memory, everything seems to happen to music": First Edition of the play that launched Tennessee Williams' career The Glass Menagerie; Signed by Him
New York: Random House, 1945.
First edition of the play that catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tennessee Williams on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
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 uniform sprinkled sheepskin, with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, 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. An excellent example of both Cervantes’ and Ibarra’s best-known works.
“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 contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards. In very good condition with a literary society stamps to the title page. First editions are scarce.
"Doesn't bend like Piccadilly, or end abruptly like the Rue de la Paix": FIRST EDITION OF CORNELIUS VANDERBILT'S NOVEL PARK AVENUE; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
New York: The Macaulay Company Publishers, 1930.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s intimate portrait of the luxurious jazz era Park Avenue lifestyle. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the original dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket art by Polly Hill. Exceptionally rare in the original dust jacket.
“First of all, I would like to make one thing clear: I never explain anything": Rare First Edition of 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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1949.
First edition of the economist’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco slipcase. An exceptional example.
"HERE I AM FLYING HIGH OVER FRANCE IN MY SOPWITH 'CAMEL' SEARCHING FOR THE INFAMOUS RED BARON!"; FIRST EDITION OF Snoopy and the Red Baron; SIGNED BY CHARLES SCHULZ With a Drawing of Snoopy
New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966.
First edition of Snoopy’s daring pursuit of the notorious Red Baron. Octavo, original illustrated cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, with an added drawing of Snoopy in pilot gear, “For Jillian Somers with every best wish- Charles M. Schulz.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable with an original drawing of Snoopy.
"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 full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, panels decoratively triple-ruled in gilt with gilt floral cornerpieces, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition.
"Wishing you safe travels on your journey through the woods": First Edition of Into the Woods; Signed by all Three Contributors; With a large drawing by Talbott
New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the Broadway musical and later film. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by all three contributors on the half-title page. Signed “Once upon a time…James Lapine.” Inscribed “For Anne- Stephen Sondheim.” Signed “I just love Sondheim’s Moos-sic! Bon Appetit! Hudson Talbott.” Talbott has added a large drawing of a cow. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. 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.
“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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1906.
Finely bound example one of 650 numbered copies of Virgil’s masterpiece and widely considered the finest piece of Latin literature. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary full black morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt tooling to the front panels, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, with 17 full-page plates including the frontispieces which are supplied in a colored and uncolored state. Translated by Christopher Pearse Cranch. In near fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
"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.
"REDESIGNING THE SHAPE OF HISTORY AUGUSTINE WOULD DOMINATE WESTERN THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM": RARE 16th Century printing of AUGUSTINES CITIE OF GOD
Nuremberg: Koberger, 1520.
Rare 16th century Koberger edition of Augustine’s monumental work. Folio, bound in full geometric blind-stamped calf with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, three raised tooled bands to the spine, hand painted geometric decoration to the fore-edge, title page printed in red and black with an elaborate central woodcut vignette of Saint Augustine at his writing desk within an elaborate architectural woodcut border, text in four columns. In very good condition.
“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. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble. In fine condition. Mixed state with the copyright notice dated 1883; “Him and Another Man” corrected to page 87; p. 57 “was” corrected to “saw”; with the signature mark lacking on p. 161; p. 155 with the final 5 broken. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Bookplate to the pastedown. A near perfect example.
Rare Pope Benedict XIV Papal Manuscript; bound by the Vatican Bindery and signed by Cardinal Joseph ex Comitibus de Marsciano, Bishop of Orvieto, With Twelve illuminated vellum leaves
Rare Latin papal document from the first year of the papacy of Benedict XIV appointing Pietro Benedetti as an apostolic protonotary. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco by the Vatican Bindery with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, gilt papal and royal coats of arms to the front and rear panels within elaborate floral gilt ruling, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in. Twelve illuminated vellum leaves with the entire text in script including the hand-painted coats of arms of Pope Benedict XIV and Cardinal Joseph ex Comitibus de Marsciano, Bishop of Orvieto. Signed by the Bishop at the conclusion of the document with a paper seal. In near fine condition condition. An exceptional rarity.
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms printed by John Field and bound elaborately tooled full red morocco
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments with The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New Newly Translated Out of the Original Tongues.
Cambridge: John Field, 1666-1668.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary red morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, green morocco spine label lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt floral and urn decorations to the front and rear panels within gilt Greek key ruling, gilt decorated central sacred initialed onlays in white and green morocco within gilt-stamped flames, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in, blue silk doublures and liners backed with marbled papers. Originally a bookseller, English printer John Field became printer to the English Parliament and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1649. In 1655, Field was appointed printer to the University of Cambridge, the year in which Cromwell ordered the copyright of the Bible to be entered to him and Henry Hills in the Stationers’ Registers. This act was virulently opposed by many competing printers. Field printed many editions of the Bible, notably a quarto edition in 1648, a duodecimo edition in 1652, and a 32mo edition in 1653, all of which were noted for the number of misprints contained and their excessive price, for which Field was fiercely attacked by those whose trade had been injured by the monopoly given to him and Hills by Cromwell. In near fine condition. A highly desirable and near perfect example.
Rare 18th century printing of the Roman Missal; elaborately bound in full gilt calf with two full page engravings of the Annunciation and Crucifixion and numerous pages of printed sheet music
Missale Romanum, ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini Restitutum S.PII V. Pontif. Maximi Jussu Editum: Clementis VIII. Et Urbani VIII.
Kempten: Ducali Campidonensi Typographeo, 1799.
Rare 18th century printing of the Roman Missal. Folio, bound in full contemporary red morocco with gilt tooling to the spine in seven compartments within raised gilt bands, black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, decorative silver-plated brass corner and center-pieces with silver engraved clasps, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with numerous engravings including title page vignette, full page engravings of the Annunciation and Crucifixion, headpieces, tailpieces, woodcut initials, text in two columns in black and red ink, printed sheet music and lyrics, index. In near fine condition. A magnificent example.
First edition of Lester J. Maitland's Knights of the Air; From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1929.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s copy of the first edition of Air Corps Commander Lester J. Maitland’s history of early aviation. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs including frontispiece. From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “Given me by Peter Brady, Oct. 1929, Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Signed by Roosevelt in the month of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which ushered in changes to the American economy and would later set the stage for Roosevelt’s success in winning the Presidency in 1932. Additionally signed by the author above Roosevelt’s inscription, “Lester Maitland.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt commissioned the first presidential library in the United States, built under his personal direction between 1939 and 1940. The library came to house numerous books and photographs, 275,000 feet of movie film, and 300 sound recordings. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
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. A scarce a desirable illustration of the young Tolkien’s early linguistic education, interest, and development.
Complete in twenty-six parts, issued “fortnightly”, Royal Air Force Officer George Barclay’s copy, with his signature on the front panel of part 25. Called up on the outbreak of war, and posted to No. 249 Squadron RAF in July 1940, he flew through the Battle of Britain, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross in October. During the Battle of Britain, his diary records that he could see his house while flying from RAF North Weald. Barclay’s DFC citation from November 1940 reads, “Flying Officer Richard George Arthur Barclay (74661), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – No. 249 Squadron. This officer has shown admirable coolness and courage in combat against the enemy. His keenness and determination have enabled him to destroy at least four of their aircraft.” As a flight commander with No. 611 Squadron RAF, Barclay was shot down over occupied France in September 1941. He force landed and evaded capture, making his way to Spain with help from the French Resistance. In April 1942 he was posted to North Africa and returned to flying as CO of No. 238 Squadron RAF, flying Hawker Hurricanes Mk II’s. He was shot down and killed by Werner Schröer of III./Jagdgeschwader 27 on 17 July 1942. He is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. His diaries, written during his wartime career up until his death, were published in 1974 and give a rare, descriptive and highly articulate first hand account of the life of a fighter pilot in 1940–41. Quarto, original publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Wrappers with some wear and soiling, one issue with a previous owner’s signature. In near fine condition. The collection is housed in two half morocco clamshell boxes.
“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.
"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life": FIRST EDITION OF BASEBALL HAS DONE IT; SIGNED BY LEGEND JACKIE ROBINSON
Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1964.
First edition of this work by Jackie Robinson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best wishes Jackie Robinson.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Byron Goto. Edited by Charles Dexter.
“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream": Rare First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations by the author. In near fine condition with light toning. An exceptional example, most scarce and desirable in this condition.
"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
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, bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional example.
Wood engraving of a bust-length portrait of one of the most famous graphic images of Gandhi by illustrator Fritz Eichenberg; signed by Ghandi, “God is Truth MK Ghandi.” 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” (Ghandi, 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.
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.
“I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar": rare original photograph of Winston S. Churchill; inscribed by him to his governess and with a rare Winston S. Churchill brand cigar
Original black and white photograph of Winston S. Churchill inscribed by him and accompanied by an exceptionally rare unsmoked Winston S. Churchill brand La Corona Cigar with the original box. The mounted photograph measures 7 inches by 5 inches and is inscribed by Churchill, “For Mrs. Dorgan, Winston S, Churchill 1950.” The recipient, Mary Dorgan was the Churchill’s governess through the 1940s and into the 1950s. The cigar measures 7.5 inches in length and bears the original red and gold “La Corona Winston S. Churchill Habana” label. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 19 inches. Unsmoked Winston Churchill cigars alone are exceptionally rare, this, a personal gift from Churchill to his governess is of the utmost rarity.
“The destiny a person suffers therefore has a twofold meaning: to be shaped where possible, and to be endured where necessary": First Edition of Viktor E. Frankl's The Doctor and the Soul; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.
First edition of Frankl’s classic work which explores topics on the meaning of life in general as well as the meaning of specific areas of one’s life, such as work and personal relationships. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Viktor Frankl on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Typography, binding and jacket design by Herbert Bayer. Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Cosway Binding of Independence Day: A Sketchbook IN BEAUTIFUL COSWAY BINDING WITH PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, HAND-PAINTED ON IVORY BY C.B. CURRIE
London: John Murray, 1926.
Cosway binding number 851, signed by artist Miss Currie and Cosway inventor J.H. Stonehouse on printed leaf bound in before half-title. Bound in full crushed navy blue morocco, stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, red moire silk endleaves, with hand-painted portrait miniature on ivory of George Washington set in center of both panels by Riviere & Son. In near fine condition.
“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.
"Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down this Wall": First Edition of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of the Great Communicator; Inscribed by Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
San Francisco: Collins Publishers , 1995.
First edition of this compilation of speeches from the 40th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Reagan on the half-title page, “To Jeannie Happy Birthday and Best Wishes Always Ronald Reagan.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. Rare and desirable signed by these two heads of states.
“I couldn’t bear to think about it; and yet, somehow, I couldn’t think about nothing else": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. Profusely illustrated by E.W. Kemble. Numerous early state points, including: frontispiece portrait first state, title-leaf presumed second state; page 13 first state, page 57 first state, page 155 first state. Housed in a full custom morocco clamshell box. An unusually bright 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.
"We shall do our best. That is all I can Say": First Edition of Winston Churchill's Into Battle; Signed by Him
London: Cassell and Company, 1941.
First edition of this collection of war speeches by Winston Churchill. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Churchill by Cecil Beaton. Signed by the author in the year of publication, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill February 1941.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.
London: Methuen, 1964.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on Francis Bacon. Octavo, original boards, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, boldly inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For George with all best wishes Francis Bacon.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph of Bacon on the front panel by Cecil Beaton.
"With thanks for a splendid lunch at Perino's where I could wear a suit without being asked if a table were available": First Edition of The Right Stuff; Signed by Tom Wolfe, Chuck Yeager and John Glenn
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979.
First edition of Wolfe’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth with titles to the spine in silver. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For George With thanks for a splendid lunch at Perino’s where I could wear a suit without being asked if a table were available. Tom Wolfe October 17, 1979.” Additionally signed on the half-title page by pilot Chuck Yeager and by John Glenn; one of the Mercury Seven. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Kiyoshi Kanai. A very sharp example, rare signed by Wolfe, Yeager and Glenn.
FIRST EDITION OF WE SEVEN, SIGNED BY John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez
Carpenter, M. Scott; Gordon L. Cooper; John H. Glenn; Virgil I. Grissom; Walter M. Schirra; Alan Shepard; Donald K. Slayton .
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962.
First edition of this first-hand account of the genesis of America’s manned space program. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed on the half-title page by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and comedian Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez. Jiménez was a fictional character created and performed by comedian Bill Dana on The Steve Allen Show in 1959 and who became increasingly popular during the 1960s, and is cited in this volume on several occasions. This character introduced himself with the catch phrase: “My name… José Jiménez”. The character of José Jiménez caught on with the seven real Mercury astronauts, and Dana became good friends with them: “Okay, José, you’re on your way!” Deke Slayton quipped as Alan Shepard’s famous first flight launched. José became the program’s unofficial mascot, and Dana was even made an honorary Mercury astronaut. (Coincidentally, there was a real test pilot named Bill Dana, who flew as high as 59 miles up and qualified for NASA’s Astronaut Badge. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique signed example.
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Macmillan, 1897.
First edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber. Octavo, original blue cloth eleganted stamped in gilt. Small bookplate, fine in the rare original dust jacket, which is in near fine condition with light professional restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966.
First edition of Snoopy’s daring pursuit of the notorious Red Baron. Octavo, original illustrated cloth. Boldly signed by Charles M. Schulz on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Rare and desirable signed.
Rare First Edition of this cornerstone of colonial history: William Smith's The History of the Province of New-York from the First Discovery to the Year MDCCXXXII
London: Thomas Wilcox, 1757.
First edition of the “first and classic history of New York” (Streeter), illustrated with the folding plate view of Fort Oswego on Lake Oswego. Quarto, bound in three-quarters calf over brown cloth-covered boards, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine label. In very good condition with some small repairs to the verso of the map, signature to the title page, late 18th century manuscript poem from the New York Daily Gazetteer of November 16, 1790 on p. (vi). Housed in a custom clamshell box. Howes S 703; Sabin 84566; Church 1023; ESTC T36514.
“THE MOST AMBITIOUS PUBLICATION EVER UNDERTAKEN, UP TO THAT TIME, UPON AMERICAN SOIL… RICHLY DESERVING OF ITS GREAT REPUTATION AT HOME AND ABROAD”: FIRST EDITION OF WEBSTER’S LANDMARK AMERICAN DICTIONARY, 1828
New York: Published by S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, 1828.
Rare first edition of Webster’s monumental American Dictionary, one of only 2500 copies, with frontispiece portrait of the pioneering lexicographer, in full contemporary calf. Quarto, two volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, marbled endpapers, illustrated frontispiece, tissue guard present. In near fine condition, light toning to the text. Most rare and desirable bound in contemporary calf. An exceptional example, most rare without any restoration.
Rare First Edition of Cox's Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory
Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory.
Saint Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Company, 1895.
First edition of this work, one of the big four cattle books. Quarto, illustrated with color lithographic frontispiece, 16 plates, numerous full-page black and white and half-tone photo illustrations as well as illustrations in text, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition.
"ABOUT 7:40 A.M. THE MOTOR WAS STARTED AND AT 7:52 I TOOK OFF ON THE FLIGHT FOR PARIS": Charles Lindbergh's We; Inscribed by Him and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.
Early printing of Lindbergh’s autobiography, which provides the account of the life of one of the century’s greatest adventurers, the first man to complete a solo non-stop transatlantic flight. Octavo, half bound salmon paper covered boards, pictorial endpapers, frontispiece with tissue-guard, 51 black and white plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by Lindbergh and his wife Anne on recto of frontispiece, “To Mrs. Betsy Neville Sincerely Charles A. Lindbergh Karijawa 9/4/31” Signed by Anne Lindbergh below. Near fine in a very good dust jacket, with the original slipcase. Introduction by Myron T. Herrick. Rare and desirable signed by both Lindberghs.
"I have never advocated war except as a means of peace": Rare Henry Shrady Ulysses S. Grant Bronze Bust
Original bronze bust of Ulysses S. Grant by Henry Shrady, the famed sculptor of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial on the west front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Mounted on socle and base, the entire piece measures 18.5 inches in height. In fine condition. An exceptional piece of Americana.
“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 very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The greatest Lady of This Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed": First Edition of Ojike's My Africa; Inscribed by Him to Eleanor Roosevelt
New York: The John Day Company, 1946.
First edition of this work by the Nigerian novelist and nationalist, inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eleanor Roosevelt The greatest Lady of this Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed. Mbonu Ojike.” Bookplate of Eleanor Roosevelt, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Pearl S. Buck. An exceptional association copy.
“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it": First edition of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover; one of 1000 copies privately printed and signed by D.H. Lawrence
Florence: Privately Printed [by the Tipografia Giuntina], 1928.
First edition and signed limited edition of D.H. Lawrence’s most ambitious, significant, and explicit work on sex and romance. Octavo, original publisher’s mulberry paper-covered boards with white paper spine label, central Phoenix motif to the front panel. One of one thousand copies signed by D.H. Lawrence on the limitation page, this is number 192. In fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco pull-off and chemise box. A superior example.
"My copy of "Men of Mathematics was given to me as a school prize in 1937 and has been one of my treasured possessions for 79 years": First Edition of E.T. Bell's Men of Mathematics; Lengthily signed by Physicist Freeman Dyson
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1937.
First edition of this classic work and the “first text in the philosophy of mathematics” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth, black topstain. Signed by Freeman Dyson on the front free endpaper as follows, “My copy of “Men of Mathematics” was given to me as a school prize in 1937 and has been one of my treasured possessions for 79 years. Freeman Dyson 2016.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and closed tears. A unique example of this title that has had a profound effect in shaping mathematicians of the twentieth century, including Dyson.
Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press, 1956.
First edition of Cohen’s first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45). Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The real measure is the success or fall of the climber to triumph, not over a lifeless mountain, but over themself": First Edition of The Ascent of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Jim Whittaker, Jon Krakauer and Thomas Hornbein
London: Hodder & Houghton, 1953.
First edition of this account of the 1953 British conquest of Everest. Octavo, original blue cloth, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and many in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Signed by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay (on the frontispiece of Norgay opposite the title page), Jim Whittaker, Jon Krakauer and Thomas Hornbein. Hillary and Norgay became the first two individuals to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953 as part of the 1953 British Everest expedition led by British Army officer John Hunt. Hunt named two two-man teams to make the final ascent to the summit and placed Hillary with Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay who had participated as a high-altitude porter in three official British attempts to climb Everest from the northern Tibetan side in the 1930s. Tenzing later wrote that Hillary took the first step onto the summit and he followed. They reached Everest’s 29,028 ft summit – the highest point on earth – at 11:30 am on May 29th 1953. The event marked a culminating moment in mountaineering history, and one of the great achievements of human stamina and will which garnered worldwide attention. American mountaineer Jim Whittaker was the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest as a member of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition led by Norman Dyhrenfurth. American mountaineers Thomas Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld were the first to attempt an ascent of Everest’s West Ridge. American mountaineer John Krakauer wrote the 1997 bestselling book Into Thin Air, which is an account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by W. Heaton Cooper. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary’s stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. We have never seen another first edition signed by both Hillary and Norgay.
"What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?I wish I knew... Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can": First Edition, First Issue of A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Signed by Tennessee Williams
New York: New Directions, 1955.
First edition, first issue of one of Williams’s best-known works and his personal favorite. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Tennessee Williams on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Alvin Lustig. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
“What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exuperys The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 236. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"MATISSE WAS EVOLVING METHODS HE WOULD USE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE": First edition of Cinquante Dessins; with an original frontispiece etching signed by Matisse
Paris: Les Soins de l'Artiste, 1920.
First edition of Matisse’s classic self-produced suite of 50 photo-lithographic reproductions of his drawings of women. Quarto, original wrappers as issued, with an original frontispiece etching of a woman’s face. One of only 1000 copies produced, this is number 908. Signed by Matisse below the original frontispiece etching, “Henri Matisse.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and in the original jacket.
First edition of Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Cup and the Falcon; inscribed by him and with seven lines of verse in Tennyson's hand within the text
London: Macmillan and Co, 1884.
First edition of this collection of two Tennyson plays. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Frederick & Jane Locker from Tennyson.” Tennyson has also inscribed seven lines of verse from the original manuscript of The Cup on pages 80 and 81, inserted in the concluding speech of Synorix, “Nay, rather than to clip the flowery robe of Hymen we should add some golden fringe of gorgeousness beyond old use to make the day memorial, when Synorix, first King, Comma, first Queen o’ the snow here the richest lot from fate, to live and to die together.” In fine condition. Bookplates to the pastedown. Housed in a custom morocco and chemise case. Rare and desirable.
"The revolutionary manifesto of the romantic poets”: First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems; containing the first appearance of William Wordsworth's famous Preface defining his theory of poetry
London: Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800.
First complete edition of the manifesto for the English romantic movement containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark preface defining his theory of poetry. Small octavos, two volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine with red and green morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. From the Brother Julian F.S.C. Collection with bookplates to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom cloth chemise case and half morocco clamshell box.
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you": First Edition and Signed Limited Edition of The Complete Poems and Prose of Walt Whitman 1855 - 1888; one of 600 copies produced and signed by Walt Whitman
Complete Poems and Prose of Walt Whitman 1855 – 1888. Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W.)…Portraits from Life…Autograph.
Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros & Co., 1888.
First edition and signed limited edition of Whitman’s self-described “big book essentially the book, irrespective of expensive binding: it has portraits, notes, title page-all the guarantees of my personality: it is as clearly the book as anything could make it.” Octavo, original brown buckram cloth with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, with four engraved portraits of the author, including the engraved title page. Signed by Walt Whitman on the limitation page under the quote from Leaves of Grass and with the publisher’s limitation note in red ink on the copyright page, “Edition: Six Hundred. Number One Hundred Ninety-Nine.” In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Scarce and desirable.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1975.
Early British printing of Dahl’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated boards as issued, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Blake Love Roald Dahl.” Illustrated by Faith Jaques. In excellent condition with light rubbing and wear.
New York: Random House, 1959.
Early printing of this groundbreaking play, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Warm Regards, Lorraine Hansberry University Hospital May 4, 1964.” Early in April 1963, Hansberry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was in and out of University Hospital in New York until she passed away on January 12, 1965 at the age of 34. Near fine in a near fine jacket. Jacket design by Stan Phillips and Mel Williamson. Rare and desirable signed.
London: Faber and Faber, 1956.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Samuel Beckett on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Translated by Beckett from the original French. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
"I want my body and my hands to be pools for your looking and laughing": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's The Spice-Box of Earth; Signed by Him
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1961.
First edition of Cohen’s second book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Frank Newfeld. Photograph of Cohen by John Max. Drawings by Frank Newfeld. A superior example, uncommon signed
“Any man's life, told truly, is a novel": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon
Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, 1932.
First edition of Hemingway’s early work on bullfighting. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece by Juan Gris. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small chips. Jacket illustration by Roberto Domingo.
“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel, photogravure plate of a portrait bust of Clemens by Karl Gerhardt, title-leaf a cancel with copyright notice dated 1884; illustrated captioned “Him and another Man” listed on page 88 in contents; eleventh line from bottom of page 57 reads “with the was”;”5″ final five on page 155 is slightly larger; page 283/284 on a stub, without additional final blank leaf. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in custom chemise and full morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York: Vincent Parke, 1908.
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
"Mary Baker Eddy was far ahead of her time in the emphasis she placed upon positive thinking, a force which modern psychology was belated in recognizing": Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; inscribed by her to her cousin, the daughter of President Franklin Pierce
Boston: Published by the Author, 1886.
Early printing of the central text of the Christian Science which continues to rank as a best-seller to this day. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “Mrs. F. McNeil Potter, with love from the Author, 1886. ” The recipient, Frances Maria McNeil Potter was the niece of President Franklin Pierce and his sometimes hostess in the White house, assisting First Lady Jane Pierce after the death of the president’s son Benny. In the winter of 1882, Mary Baker Eddy visited Washington, where “Mrs. Potter caller on [her] several times and showed considerable interest in Christian Science. Together they drove to the Botanical Gardens, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Congressional Cemetery where they knelt at the grave of General John McNeil, Mrs. Potter’s father and the cousin of Mrs. Eddy’s grandmother, Maryann McNeil Moore” (Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery). Potter and Eddy’s correspondence continued until Potter’s death and Potter remained one of Eddy’s biggest supporters when many distanced themselves from the religious leader and the founding of the Church of Christ, Scientist. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed and inscribed by Mary Baker Eddy are rare.
"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes": First Editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times; Finely Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume of this important biography. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Marlborough armorial crests stamped in gilt on the front panels of each volume, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt-ruled dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles. In fine condition.
“NOW, MY DEARS… DON’T GO INTO MR. MCGREGOR’S GARDEN”: FIRST TRADE EDITION; DELUXE BINDING OF THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
London: Frederick Warne, 1902.
First trade edition, deluxe binding in green cloth of this children’s classic. 12 mo, original publisher’s green cloth, lettered in red with publisher’s monogram to upper cover, top edge gilt, gray leaf-patterned endpapers, with 31 color illustrations. With “wept big tears” on page 51, and leaf patterned end-papers. Linder notes that 2000 copies from the first 8000 were issued in “green cloth, light green cloth or olive-green cloth.” Linder p 421; Quinby 2. In very good condition, rebacked with the original spine, retaining original endpapers. Housed in a a custom cloth clamshell box.
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant as President. Addressed to the Attorney General of the United States Edwards Pierrepont the letter reads, “Elizabeth, N.J. Sept. 2nd 1876 Dear Judge, While in Utica Judge Hunt spoke to me of the importance of appointing a member to Judge Woodruff at as early as a day as practicable on account of the great amount of business before the court. I do not know of any lawyer in the circuit to whom to tender the position when it should be Senator Edmunds and he I should dislike to see leave the Senate. But you are well acquainted with the Bar in that circuit and its wants, and can no doubt suggest the right man for the place. If you will send me a commission therefore to St. Louis so as to reach me there between the 24th and 28th either filled up of the name blank, with suggestions as to the best man I will sign and return it. Very truly your humble servant U.S. Grant.” Grant appointed Pierrepont Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 1875. When he assumed the office, Pierrepont immediately implemented overdue reform in the South’s U.S. Marshal and U.S. Attorney departments including extensive investigations into the conduct of the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals, exposing fraud and corruption. Double matted and framed with a carte de visite of Grant. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 21.75 inches by 15.75 inches.
Series 1935 D silver certificate one dollar bill, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman on the portrait side. Double matted and framed with a photograph of President Truman at the Oval Office desk, with the phrase, “The buck stops here!” The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 12.5 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Presidential history.
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting": Rare First English Edition of Sun Tzu's The Art of War
London: John Murray, 1908.
First British edition and first English language edition of this fundamental treatise on military strategy. Octavo, original green cloth with stamping in gilt and red. Translated by E. F. Calthrop. In near fine condition, small name to the front free endpaper. First editions are rare.
“WOMAN'S NATURAL ROLE IS TO BE A PILLAR OF THE FAMILY"; Rare original letter and photographs signed by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco
Rare autograph letter and two photographs signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The letter is one page, partially typescript, dated March 4th 1956 on Palais de Monaco letterhead, and reads in part “Your Eminence, It is with deep regret that I am writing this letter. Due to unforeseen events occurring in the near future, my trip had to be foreshortened and I must leave your fair city tomorrow. Please be assured that Miss Kelly and I had been looking forward to seeing you. It is very unfortunate that we will not be able to do so.” Prince Rainier has added a note in his hand at the letter’s conclusion, “I beg Your Eminence to bestow upon myself and Miss Kelly your Holy benediction for our coming union before God and believe me yours respectfully Rainier Prince of Monaco.” The letter is flanked by two photographs, one of the royal family which is signed by Prince Rainier and another of the royal couple which is signed by Princess Grace, “Grace de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 17.5 inches. An elegant presentation.
Rare autograph letter signed by the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture
April 28, 1800.
Rare original letter signed and in the hand of the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture. One page, folded, bearing the original wax seal on the verso, containing both the original message sent by Toussaint L’Ouverture and a forwarded reply by its original recipient Michel Etienne Descourtilz to General Augustin Honore d’Hebecourt. The letter in Toussaint L’Ouverture’s hand translates as, “The Passport requested by the Petitioner cannot be granted at this time. Le Général en Chef Toussaint Louverture.” Descourtilz has written in reply, “Citizen, Our friend Huin, more occupied with general interest than his own in particular, reminded me when he left that he had forgotten to recommend that you obtain a passport to pick up animals in the Spanish section. He is economically and socially linked to one of my uncles to whom he has left the task of reinforcing the product of his cabin in Grand Islet. It is therefore for the same relative, and the men necessary for this voyage that I serve as interpreter to impose on your good graces. RSVP. Yours, Descourtilz P.S. My difficulty meeting you required me to write to you.” On the verso Descourtilz has also written, “If your care allows you to meet my three requests, you would very much oblige me to tell me at what time I can find you Décadi [part of the Republican calendar], my plans being to leave for Artibonite on Monday of the Décadi, where business awaits me.” Descourtilz was a French botanist, physician, taxonomist and historiographer of the Haitian Revolution. A passport from Toussaint L’Ouverture allowed him to serve as a physician with the forces of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Haiti, where he arrived in 1799. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Rare original photograph inscribed by journalist and explorer Henry M. Stanley. Inscribed by Stanley in the upper right corner of the photograph, “Yours faithfully, Henry M. Stanley 1907.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 10 inches.
Mallorca: Mossen Lacover, 1973.
Signed limited large paper edition of this collection of poems, each with a full-page lithograph by Miro. Folio, original wrappers and loose leaves as issued, illustrated with lithographs. One of only 60 copies signed by Joan Miro on the limitation page and with an original lithograph in color, this is number 18. In fine condition. Housed in the publisher’s cloth chemise and custom clamshell box.
Rare Original Dinner Program Signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill below his iconic Yousef Karsh portrait
Rare original Cartier-printed program from the dinner held in honor of Winston S. Churchill at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday, March 15th 1946. Quarto, gilt embossed coat of arms of the United Kingdom to the front panel, the first page features a full-page photogravure of Canadian photographer Yousef Karsh’s iconic portrait of Churchill, “The Roaring Lion” which in May 1945 was featured on the cover of Life magazine. Signed by Churchill beneath his famous likeness, “Winston S. Churchill.” In 1941, after Churchill’s address to the Canadian Parliament, Karsh had but a moment to photograph him and daringly removed the cigar from Churchill’s mouth, memorializing the staunch leader’s stern expression with the image he captured at that very moment. Churchill later said to Karsh, “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed,” which led Karsh to name the portrait “The Roaring Lion.” Containing two excerpts from two of Churchill’s most memorable speeches: his first speech as Prime Minister and his June 4th 1940 speech following the evacuation of Dunkirk. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, signed only ten days after Churchill delivered his famous ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ in Fulton, Missouri declaring: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere.” In fine condition.
“I DREW THESE TIDES OF MEN INTO MY HANDS AND WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS”: First Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom; Signed by Legendary Actor Peter O'Toole
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1935.
First trade edition of Lawrence’s classic work. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by actor Peter O’Toole on the front free endpaper. O’Toole starred as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic historical drama film Lawrence of Arabia. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by O’Toole.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975.
First edition of one of McMurtry’s best and most popular novels. Octavo, original half cloth Signed by Larry McMurtry and Academy Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson on the front free endpaper. Nicholson won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.
Boston: Birkhauser , 1981.
First edition of the authors’ classic introduction to the richly diverse world of mathematics: its history, philosophy, principles, and personalities, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by both authors on the front free endpaper, “For McAllister Hull from Reuben Hersh and from Philip J. Davis.” The recipient McAllister Hull was an American theoretical physicist who took part in the creation of the atomic bomb that was dropped over Nagasaki in 1945, ending World War II. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Gian-Carlo Rota. Uncommon and desirable signed by both Hersh and Davis.
First Edition of "this Cornerstone of American Political Journalism" Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart and Illustrator Ralph Steadman
San Francisco: Arrow Books, 1973.
First edition of the author’s third book and hallmark of campaign journalism. Octavo, original black boards. Signed by Hunter Thompson on the half-title page and subjects, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart and illustrator, Ralph Steadman. Fine in a near fine first issue price-clipped dust jacket with the white boarder around the photograph of Thompson and McGovern on the rear panel. The book is notable for its introduction not only to the candidates of 1972 but also its early glimpses of future political leaders. Gary Hart of Colorado, who served as McGovern’s campaign manager and would later run for and win a seat in the United States Senate, and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, who would himself capture the 1976 Democratic nomination and Presidency. A unique example with this collection of signatures.
"The book that introduced France to Newtonian physics": First Edition of Voltaire's Elements of the Philosophy of Newton; Inscribed by him to the surgeon who attended Newton in his final illness
Londres [Paris]: Prault, 1738.
First French edition of one of the most elegantly illustrated science books ever printed and the book that introduced France to Newtonian physics; a scarce presentation copy inscribed by Voltaire. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with two frontispiece portraits of both Newton and Voltaire, six full page plates, one folding plate, and illustrations throughout the text. Presentation copy, inscribed by Voltaire on the front free endpaper to William Cheselden, one of the most influential surgeons of 18th century England who attended Newton in his final illness. Although it is unknown if Voltaire and Newton met, Voltaire attended Newton’s funeral in 1727 while living in exile in England. During this exile he became an adherent of Newtonian physics and philosophy which he saw as the embodiment of the Enlightenment victory over Christian dogma and as the destroyer of the errors of Cartesianism. Voltaire dedicated the work to his mistress, La Madame la Marquise du Chastellet, who was a fellow scholar of Newton and completed the first French translation of the Principia in 1759. From the library of Dr. Adrian Pollock. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Pollock was a leader in the field of non-destructive acoustic emission testing, an approach to emission testing which addresses dynamic processes in materials by listening to the energy released by objects. He amassed a large book collection covering the history of science which he acquired throughout his travels between the United States and United Kingdom and from international catalogs. Newton was a particular favorite of Pollock’s as the two scientists worked in the same field and shared an alma mater. In very good condition with light shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceedingly rare, surely one of the most significant examples of this work.
“It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading": First Edition of Anton Reiser's Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.
First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem on the front free endpaper in German, which translates as, “It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading. A. Einstein.” From the library of Alexandre and Catherine Barjansky with her ownership signature to the verso of the front panel and notation below Einstein’s inscription, “S.S. ‘Belgenland,’ New-York, 14/XII/30.” Russian sculptress Catherine Barjansky, her celebrated cellist husband, and Einstein were all close friends of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Barjansky described her experiences creating the now famed and very intimate sculptural portraits of Elizabeth and Albert in her 1947 joint memoir with her husband Portraits with Backgrounds. Catherine had an international career, living at times in Rome, Berlin, New York, Vienna, Paris, and Brussels. Einstein was in New York at the time he inscribed the present volume, having arrived aboard the Belgenland three days earlier. Einstein travelled aboard the Belgenland several times. He was on the ship in March 1933, intending to return home to Germany, when he learned the alarming news that the Nazis had ransacked his summer cottage in Caputh. He soon decided it was too dangerous to return to Germany and when the ship docked in Antwerp, Belgium, he immediately reported to the German consulate in Brussels, where he turned in his German passport and renounced his citizenship. Einstein returned to America in October, beginning a new life as a member of the faculty of Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study. In near fine condition. A complex and desirable association.
Basel: Eusebius Episcopius , 1572.
First edition of Alhazen’s fundamental work on optics and vision, which influenced Galileo and Kepler and paved the way for the modern science of physical optics. Folio, bound in full contemporary Basel vellum with central arabesques blind-stamped to the front and rear panels, titles stamped in black and five raised bands to the spine, woodcut printer’s device to the title page, woodcut initials, diagrams and full page illustration to the verso of the title page. Translated from Arabic into Latin by Gerard of Cremona. In very good condition. From the library of American physician Chester Tilton Stone with his bookplate to the pastedown. A superior example of this significant work, rare and desirable in contemporary vellum.
Rare photograph signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Signed by Princess Grace, “Grace de M.” and Prince Ranier, “Rainier, Prince de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 12.5 inches. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope bearing the official Prince de Monoaco stamp. An elegant presentation.
London: Longman's, Green, and Co, 1900.
First edition of Churchill’s fifth book, a continuation of his coverage of the Boer War which he began in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria. Octavo, original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, engraved frontispiece portrait of Ian Hamilton, folding map in color and 4 pages of advertisements for Churchill’s works at rear. In very good condition with light foxing to the page edges. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.
Rare First Edition of John Locke's Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest, And Raising the Value of Money
Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest, And Raising the Value of Money.
London: Awnsham and John Churchill, 1692.
First edition of John Locke’s classic work on money. Small octavo, bound in full English calf with a red morocco spine label with titles in gilt, gilt bands to the spine, page edges speckled black and red, rebacked. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Extremely rare first Latin edition of Galileo's revolutionary Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Systema Cosmicum in Quo Quatuor Dialogis, de Duobus Maximis Mundi Systematibus, Ptolemaico et Copernicano. [Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems].
Strasbourg: D. Hauttius for the Elzevir, 1635.
Rare first Latin edition of Galileo’s epoch-making Dialogo, the summation of the extraordinary mathematician’s astronomical thought and the work which directly precipitated his 1663 trial and judgement for heresy. Preceded only by the 1632 edition in Italian. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum, engraved additional title page, full page engraved frontispiece portrait of Galileo by Jacob van der Heyden, woodcut diagrams, with the final leaf of errata. This Latin edition includes two tracts in the appendix not in the Italian edition of 1632, and it is the only major work of Galileo’s to be published outside Italy during his lifetime. The two added Latin tracts are the introduction to Kepler’s Astronomia nova (pp. 459-464), and a letter by Paolo Antonio Foscarini defending the truth of Copernicanism and rebutting the charge that it conflicted with scripture (pp. 465-495). With the appendix by P.A. Foscarini which contains an attempt to reconcile the Copernican views with the Holy Scripture. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare, as the work was rigidly suppressed from the start.
"THE STUDY OF COOK IS THE ILLUMINATION OF ALL DISCOVERY": first edition complete set of Cooks Voyages
Cook’s Voyages: An Account of the Voyages Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere; South Pole and Round the World; A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and the Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. The First, Second and Third Voyages.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784.
Rare first edition set of the official accounts of Captain James Cook’s voyages, “the foundation of modern knowledge of the Pacific and a cornerstone of the literature of travel and exploration” (Beddie 648, 1216, 1543; Hill 782, 358, 361). Nine volumes altogether. Quarto, bound in full calf with morocco spine labels, elaborate gilt titles to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands. Large folio atlas bound in the same manner. The First Voyage is comprised of three volumes edited by John Hawkesworth. “An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… In the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour.” The Second Voyage includes two volumes, published in 1777: “A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty’s Ships Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775”. First edition. Portrait frontispiece and 63 plates and charts (several folding or double-page). The Third Voyage was published in 1784: “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe.” Four volumes, first edition. The text with 24 plates and charts as called for, with two large folding maps and 61 plates. An exceptional set.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart": Finely Bound First Edition of Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
First edition, first printing of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece, which precedes the first edition in French. Translated from the French by Katherine Woods. Small quarto, bound in full modern full pictorial brown morocco, all edges gilt, illustrated by the author. With the five-line colophon on the last page. In fine condition. A stunning example.
Black and White Rotary Photograph of Winston Churchill, while he was the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Boldly Signed “Winston S. Churchill.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very handsome presentation.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1882.
First edition, first printing of the short story collection containing Stevenson’s first published fiction, considered by many to be his best work with page 155 of second volume misnumbered ’55’, and ‘Maletroit’ misspelt ‘Maledroit’ on page 179. Octavos, two volumes, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and arabesque decorations to the front panels, with the 32-page publisher’s catalogue at rear of second volume, dated May 1882. In near fine condition. From the library of bibliophile and yachtsman Henry C. Taylor with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise case. An exceptional example.
New York: Whittlesey House/ McGraw Hill, 1934.
First edition, second printing of Graham and Dodd’s seminal work, considered the Bible of modern financial analysis. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Melbourne S. Moyer with the best wishes of Benj. Graham Jan 1935.” The recipient, Melbourne Moyer was a contemporary of Graham and a Wall Street trader at Fulton Trust Company of New York. Signed examples of Security Analysis are of the utmost rarity.
“I HOPE I WILL BE ABLE TO CONFIDE EVERYTHING TO YOU, AS I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CONFIDE IN ANYONE”: FIRST EDITION OF ANNE FRANK’S DIARY, HET ACHTERHUIS; In the exceptionally rare dust jacket
Het Achterhuis: Dagboakbrieven van 12 Jun 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944. Met een woord vooraf door Annie Romein-Verschoor. (The Diary of Anne Frank).
Amsterdam: Contact, 1947.
First edition of the diary of Anne Frank in the original Dutch. Small octavo, original publisher’s white and red paper-covered boards, illustrated with 2 photographic reproductions of the interior of the house, 1 floor plan, and 2 facsimiles from the diary. Introduction by Annie Romein-Verschoor. Very good in the dust jacket which is in very good condition with some professional restoration and tape repairs to the verso. Exceedingly rare and desirable, especially in the original dust jacket.
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