“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.
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.
New York: October 2nd, 1789.
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of George Washington six months into his first term as President, regarding a shipment of fruit trees from the famed Mount Clare greenhouse to his Mount Vernon estate. Signed again by Washington with his franking signature as President by the wax seal still intact on the verso of the letter. The letter is part of an ongoing correspondence between Washington, Baltimore plantation owner Margaret Tilghman Carroll, and first commissioner of the Port of Baltimore and Revolutionary War Brigadier General Otho Holland Williams. Washington had arranged for the shipment of young fruit trees from Mrs. Carroll’s greenhouse at Mount Clare who, hoping to exceed his expectations, attempted to instead make an illustrious gift of mature, fruit bearing trees which would require a special and costly vessel to transport. Addressed to General Williams, the letter reads, “New York Oct. 2d 1789 Dear Sir, I am afraid that my request of you, to forward the plants which Mrs. Carroll had been so obliged as to offer me, was so incautiously expressed as to lead you into a mistake, and myself, consequently, into an expence [sic] which I had no intention to incur. More than to embrace the opportunity of the Packet from Baltimore to Annapolis, or any other causal conveyance from the one place to the other, by which the above plants could easily have been sent, I had nor extended my ideas, and if a large vessel should have been employed for this purpose the cost will far exceed the value of the things – if not too late, I could wish to avoid it. I had no expectation of large trees of of any plants beyond their infant growth, the first would be a robbery of their good Lady without answering my purposes so such as those which were younger. – But in any event I hope you receive my sincere thank for the trouble you have taken. – The cost shall be paid so soon as you make it known to Dear Sir your most Obed. Servt. G. Washington.” In near fine condition. Exceedingly rare and desirable. Autograph letters from the early months of Washington’s Presidency scarcely appear at auction with records of only 6 examples dated 1789 to ever have appeared.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1882.
First edition, first printing of the short story collection containing Stevenson’s first published fiction, considered by many to be his best work with page 155 of second volume misnumbered ’55’, and ‘Maletroit’ misspelt ‘Maledroit’ on page 179. Octavos, two volumes, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and arabesque decorations to the front panels, with the 32-page publisher’s catalogue at rear of second volume, dated May 1882. In near fine condition. From the library of bibliophile and yachtsman Henry C. Taylor with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise case. An exceptional example.
New York: Whittlesey House/ McGraw Hill, 1934.
First edition, second printing of Graham and Dodd’s seminal work, considered the Bible of modern financial analysis. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Melbourne S. Moyer with the best wishes of Benj. Graham Jan 1935.” The recipient, Melbourne Moyer was a contemporary of Graham and a Wall Street trader at Fulton Trust Company of New York. Signed examples of Security Analysis are of the utmost rarity.
“I HOPE I WILL BE ABLE TO CONFIDE EVERYTHING TO YOU, AS I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CONFIDE IN ANYONE”: FIRST EDITION OF ANNE FRANK’S DIARY, HET ACHTERHUIS; In the exceptionally rare dust jacket
Het Achterhuis: Dagboakbrieven van 12 Jun 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944. Met een woord vooraf door Annie Romein-Verschoor. (The Diary of Anne Frank).
Amsterdam: Contact, 1947.
First edition of the diary of Anne Frank in the original Dutch. Small octavo, original publisher’s white and red paper-covered boards, illustrated with 2 photographic reproductions of the interior of the house, 1 floor plan, and 2 facsimiles from the diary. Introduction by Annie Romein-Verschoor. Very good in the dust jacket which is in very good condition with some professional restoration and tape repairs to the verso. Exceedingly rare and desirable, especially in the original dust jacket.
Black and White Photograph signed by both General George Smith Patton Jr. and Lieutenant General Alexander Patch
Original black and white photograph of General George Smith Patton, Jr. shaking hands with Lieutenant General Alexander Patch. Boldly signed by General Patton, “GS Patton Jr.” and Alexander Patch, “Lieut Patch.” Alexander Patch was a senior United States Army officer who fought in both World War I and World War II, rising to rank of general. During World War II, he commanded U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps forces during the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the U.S. Seventh Army on the Western Front in the invasion of southern France in Operation Dragoon on 15 August 1944. In September 1944, the Seventh Army joined forces with the Third Army, under General Patton in Dijon. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
"A process in the weather of the heart, turns damp to dry; the golden shot": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems 1934-1952; One of only 65 copies printed
London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1952.
Rare signed limited edition of the ingenious Welsh poet’s collected poems, composed between 1934 and 1952. Octavo, bound in full pebbled morocco with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece portrait of Thomas from the painting by Augustus John. One of only 65 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, this is number 27. In fine condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box.
"It is not down on any map; true places never are": Rare First Edition Of Herman Melville's Moby Dick
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851.
First edition, first issue binding, with the circular Harper’s device of Melville’s masterpiece. Octavo, original purple-brown cloth (BAL’s A grain), covers stamped in blind with the publisher’s circular device at the center within a heavy blind rule frame, original orange-coated endpapers. A near fine condition with some of the usual light foxing and light shelfwear to the spine tips. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A completely unrestored example of this cornerstone. A superior example.
"If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present; he must begin with the past": First Edition of From Slavery to Freedom; Signed by John Hope Franklin
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.
First edition of this “landmark in the interpretation of American civilization” (Robert W. Fogel), which has went on to sell over three million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by John Hope Franklin on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. First editions are uncommon, especially signed.
"For Barbara who went with me all the way, with love from Anne": First Edition of the Authors Classic Work; Inscribed By Anne Morrow Lindbergh to Close Friend and Confidant Barbara Stuart
New York: Pantheon, 1955.
First edition of this modern inspirational classic. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Barbara who went with me all the way, with love from Anne March 1955.” Additionally signed on the title page in full by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Also includes a signed postcard from Morrow Lindbergh to the recipient which reads in part, “Dear Barbara, I have been abroad oddly enough with C.A.L. (what a month to choose!) It was really wonderful at that in spite of bad weather…C.A.L, is away so very much of the time – At present I am a matriarch – with children & grandchildren – of a huge family since Mother’s death. In a week we are off to Aspen for a big family reuinion…much love always Anne.” From the library of Barbara and Robert Douglas Stuart Jr., former ambassador to Norway. Robert and Barbara were close friends of the Lindberghs. In 1940 Robert Stuart started the association America First of which Lindbergh was their spokesman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George W. Thompson. An exceptional association offering an intimate insight into the historic aviator’s personal life and thoughts.
"My brain is the key that sets me free": First Edition of Harry Houdini's A Magician Among the Spirits; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1924.
First edition of this work by Houdini. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 15 photographic plates. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Houdini presents to Arthur Cuddihy his compliments & trusts you will accept this book with as much pleasure as he presents same. May 6/24 “my brain is the key that sets me free.” In near fine condition, bookplate. Housed in a custom slipcase. An unique signed example, with an exceptional quote by Houdini.
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelts The Wilderness Hunter; Bound in the original publisher's morocco
The Wilderness Hunter: An Account Of The Big Game Of The United States And Its Chase With Horse, Hound And Rifle.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1893.
Signed limited first edition, one of only 200 numbered copies, signed by Theodore Roosevelt. Quarto, bound in original full red morocco by Putnam’s deluxe issue binding, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel. Frontispiece plus twenty-three full page plates by Frederic Remington, A. B. Frost I, James Carter Beard, Henry Sandham, and Charles Henry Eaton. In near fine condition, bookplate. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
"First and greatest classic of modern economic thought": Second Edition of Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, In the Strand, 1778.
Rare second edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, one of only 500 copies. Quarto, 2 volumes. Bound in full brown contemporary calf, gilt-decorated spines, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Remarkably clean throughout with some light toning, name to the title page of volume one, name to the half-title page in volume two. An exceptional example of this landmark work.
"FAST BY THE ORACLE OF GOD, I THENCE INVOKE THY AID TO MY ADVENTUROUS SONG": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN MILTON'S MASTERPIECE PARADISE LOST
London: S. Simmons for S. Thomson, H. Mortlack, M. Walker, R. Boulter, 1668.
First edition of Milton’s masterpiece. Small octavo, bound in full 19th century navy morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. With the fourth title with Milton‘s name spelled out and the correct imprint, the title and text within box rules, a reissue of sheet a4 added, containing Milton‘s argument for Books I-X, the defense of blank verse, and the errata. Armory’s second issue of the title page. In near fine condition, faint ownership signature and erasures. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. An exceptional example, rare and desirable.
Rare Signed Limited Edition of Winnie-the-Pooh; One of Twenty Numbered Copies; With an original Poem by Milne
London: Methuen and Co, 1926.
Deluxe issue in the publisher’s full olive morocco, signed by A.A. Milne. Octavo, gilt titles to the spine, elaborately decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, silk marker, pictorial endpapers and line drawings by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by A.A. Milne on the title page. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: Printed for Edward Castle and Sam Buckley, 1709.
First complete edition in English of Littlebury’s translation of the histories of Herodotus, also the first appearance in English since Thomas Marshe’s 1584 incomplete translation of only the first two books. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, red morocco spine labels, stamped ruling, all edged speckled red, woodcut ornaments to the title pages and colophon of volume II, index. From the library of George Paterson of Castle Huntly with his armorial bookplates to the pastedowns. After amassing a large fortune with the East India Company, Paterson purchased the famed Scottish Castle Huntly in 1770. In very good condition. Rare and with noted provenance.
“There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed”: First Edition, First Issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.
First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt vignettes to the front panels of each volume, title vignettes and six wood-engravings. First issue, with “spilt” (rather than “spiled”) in Volume I, 42, line 1; “cathecism” (rather than “catechism”) in Volume II, 74, line 5; and all other first issue points. In very good condition, recased. Housed in a custom slipcase. An excellent example.
Signed musical score of one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. Boldly signed by George Gershwin on the front panel. Quarto, original printed wrappers, back wrapper with advertisements for Gershwin’s “Tip, Toes,” and “Lady, Be, Good” (covers and title-page detached, marginal tears). In very good condition with some wear, name to the front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions signed and inscribed by Gershwin are rare and desirable.
London: Macmillan & Company, Limited, 1921.
Signed limited edition, one of 500 copies, signed by George Saintsbury. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
"If your time to you is worth savin'then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin'": Rare original The Times They Are A-Changin' Vinyl; signed by Bob Dylan
Modern pressing of Dylan’s third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’. Inscribed by Bob Dylan, “To Dino Bob Dylan ’17.” Included is a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads in part, “On April 26, 2017, I was at the Swiss Life Hall in Hannover…to see Dylan’s concert and meet some European tour managers…I had an ‘all areas’ pass which allowed me to access the external but reserved area of the concert hall. Dylan and his band had just got off the buses heading for catering/dressing room area…At that moment I presented him the LP ‘The times they are a-changin’ and a black marker. Bob did not say a word.” Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26 inches by 19 inches. Signed examples of this particular album do not appear often.
Rare Original Photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant Taken By Mathew Brady; Boldly Signed By Grant As President
Rare original Mathew Brady photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed by Grant as the 18th President of the United States, “U.S. Grant March 18th 1875.” One of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew B. Brady brought home the reality of the Civil War to the American public with his innovative use of a mobile studio and darkroom to capture thousands of war scenes throughout the Civil War. Brady was also recognized as one of the premier photographic portraitists of the 19th century, taking photographs of numerous celebrities including Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee among others. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 16.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a strong signature signed by Grant during his presidency.
Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant Maj. Gen, U.S.A.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 10.5 inches. In near fine condition.
John F. Kennedy Engraved Portrait; Signed by Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors
Original engraved portrait of President John F. Kennedy signed by President Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors including: Nelson Rockefeller, John B. Connally, Tim Babcock, Jack Williams, Don Samuelson, John J. McKeith, Walter J. Hickel, and others. With a 13-cent “John F. Kennedy” stamp, cancelled on the anniversary of JFK’s birthday, May 29th 1967. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. In fine condition.
Autograph letter signed by and in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant. The clipped letter reads, “Should I go to Chicago on the 10th of September however I will try to extend the time, and my visit to Peoria. Respectfully Yours U.S. Grant General.” Matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Grant. The entire piece measures 8 inches by 14.25 inches.
"REDESIGNING THE SHAPE OF HISTORY AUGUSTINE WOULD DOMINATE WESTERN THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AUGUSTINES CITIE OF GOD
London: George Eld, 1610.
First edition in English of Augustine’s monumental work. Translated by John Healey. Folio, bound in full brown calf, elaborate gilt tooling the spine, front and rear panels double-ruled in gilt. Large woodcut printer’s device on title (McKerrow 375). Decorative woodcut head-pieces and decorative and woodcut initials, including three twelve-line initials. In very good condition. A nice example of this scarce and important work.
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Picasso de 1916 a 1961; Signed by both Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau and containing 22 original lithographs by Picasso
Monaco: Editions du Rocher, 1962.
Signed limited folio edition of original lithographs by Pablo Picasso reproducing his major works between 1916 and 1961, and produced by Jean Cocteau upon the occasion of Picasso’s 80th birthday. One of only 199 copies signed by both Picasso and Cocteau, this is number 46. Folio, loose leaves as issued in the original pictorial wrappers, lithographic frontispiece and 22 original lithographs by Picasso, 6 of which are full page and 2 of which are double-page. In fine condition. Housed in the original vellum-backed portfolio with gilt titles to the spine and original slipcase. Rare and desirable linking two great artists of the 20th century.
South Holland, Ill: Libertarian Press, 1952.
First edition of this early collection of essays by one of the most quoted economists of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ludwig Mises on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Evelyn Vogel.
Rare First Edition United States Treasury Department Specimen Album; containing some of the finest examples of 19th century American engravings
Washington: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, c. 1875.
Rare first edition United States Treasury Department Specimen Album containing some of the finest examples of 19th century American engravings. Oblong quarto, bound in the original full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in five compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling and elaborate gilt central ornaments to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Ulysses S. Grant with tissue guard in addition to 140 engraved tissue-guarded plates including the proof engraving of George Washington that graced the 1875 $1 banknote, and numerous other portraits, historic buildings, and allegorical figures by George W. Casilear. The brother of landscape painter John William Casilear, George W. Casilear was an early and nationally recognized security engraver. He held several important patents to features including tamper-proof ink, printing techniques and paper. In consideration of the aesthetic needs of the Treasury for both widespread reproduction of these images on banknotes and well as the fine detail required to distinguish counterfeiting, the engravings are considered among the finest American examples of 19th century. In very good condition. Most likely one of a handful of known examples.
The Ascent of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary, John Hunt, Wilfrid Noyce, Mike Westmacott, George Band, Michael Ward, Charles Wylie and George Lowe
Hunt, John; Edmund Hillary; Wilfrid Noyce; Mike Westmacott; George Band; Michael Ward; Charles Wylie and George Lowe.
Scarce original program for the Ascent of Everest, signed by eight members. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated, route map inside the front pastedown. Signed on the front panel by E. P. Hillary and also signed by expedition leader John Hunt, members Wilfrid Noyce, Mike Westmacott, George Band, Michael Ward, Charles Wylie and George Lowe. On their return to Britain, members of the successful Everest expedition under John Hunt appeared before the Queen and a large audience at the Royal Festival Hall. The event, a Gala Premier Lecture held jointly by the R.G.S. and the Alpine Club, took place on Tuesday 15th September 1953, at 8pm. This is a program for that event. It contains a foreword by Prince Philip, an introduction by the Presidents of the Alpine Club and the R.G.S., and text by Wilfrid Noyce. In near fine condition. A remarkable collection of signatures.
First Edition of G.K. Chesterton's The Incredulity of Father Brown; in the Rare Original dust jacket
London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1926.
First edition of Chesterton’s third-published collection featuring the fictional detective Father Brown. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original jacket.
Rare original Walt Disney Studios production drawing of Donald Duck posing as a hunter. Inscribed by Walt Disney in the lower right corner of the original presentation mat, “To Paul Conrad, with best wishes, Walt Disney” with the Walt Disney Studios copyright insignia in the lower right corner. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1934.
First American edition of this children’s classic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 27 line cuts (13 full-page) and chapter tailpieces by Mary Shepard. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
"one of the most enjoyable days' mountaineering I've ever had": First Edition of Wilfrid Noyce's South Col: One Man's Adventure on the Ascent of Everest 1953; Signed by Him
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1954.
First edition of Noyce’s firsthand account of the ascent of South Col. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with photographs, maps. Signed by the author on the title page, “Good wishes Wilfrid Noyce.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket, contemporary name on the verso of the front free endpaper. Foreword by Sir John Hunt. Uncommon signed as Noyce passed away in a mountaineering accident in 1962.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exuperys The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 66. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
“Any man's life, told truly, is a novel": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon; Wallace Stegner's copy with his ownership signature
Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, 1932.
First edition of Hemingway’s early work on bullfighting. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece by Juan Gris. Wallace Stegner’s copy, with his signature to the front free endpaper. Often referred to as “The Dean of Western Writers”, Wallace Stegner taught at both Harvard and Stanford University where he founded the creative writing program; his students included Sandra Day O’Connor, Robert Stone, Ken Kesey, and Larry McMurtry. Stegner’s novel Angle of Repose won him the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and established him as major literary figure. The story of a wheelchair-using historian, Angle of Repose relays the saga of the protagonist’s frontier-era ancestors. Hemingway, too, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1940 triumph For Whom the Bell Tolls, also a historical drama; retelling the story of a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. From the library of Wallace Stegner. An excellent association linking these two great American novelists and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886.
Two examples, which includes an example of the first issue, with The De Vinne Press imprint at verso of last page of text and number 14 printed on the lower left margin of page 209. An example of the second issue, lacking the press imprint is present as well. Octavo, original pictorial tan cloth, engraved frontispiece and 11 plates. Illustrated with drawings by Reginald B. Birch. In excellent condition with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell case.
Philadelphia: C.P. Wayne, 1804-07.
First editions of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Six volumes, including the atlas, which contains 10 maps. Octavo, bound in three quarters contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. With the original atlas. The scarce atlas contains the hand-colored two-page maps. In very good condition with minor edge wear, some light offsetting to the atlas. A very nice set.
"Among the most important novels in world literature": First Edition In English Of Leo Tolstoys Masterpiece War and Peace
New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886.
First editions in English of Tolstoy’s masterpiece; one of the most important novels in world literature and widely considered the greatest novel ever written. Small octavo, six volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. Translated into French by ‘A Russian lady’ and from the French by Clara Bell. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. An excellent set of Tolstoy’s masterpiece.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his nephews, “To Cliff and Dudley, with much affection, Ernest.” The recipients were Clifford and Dudley Bragdon, the nephews of Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some of the usual wear to the extremities. With the signature of the recipient, “Clifford R. Bragdon Paris 1927.” Housed in a custom clamshell and chemise case. Association copies of Hemingway’s first novel seldom appear in the marketplace.
Rare signed large format photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the royal entryway of Buckingham palace. Signed by the royal couple, “ELizabeth R. 1976” and “Philip.” Triple matted and framed the entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 17 inches. A beautiful example.
First edition of Nathaniel Pitt Langford's Diary of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870; inscribed by him
St. Paul: Nathaniel Pitt Langford, 1905.
First edition of the first Yellowstone Park superintendent’s account of the Washburn expedition. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt emblem of a pack animal with two men to the front panel, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Washburn, illustrated with photographic portraits of the primary expedition members and other illustrations throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. H. Harrmon Compliments of the author Nathaniel Pitt Langford St. Paul May 10, 1911. In fine condition. A very clean, bright example.
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha: Nueva Edicion, Corregida Por La Real Academia Española.
Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.
The deluxe illustrated Ibarra edition of Cervantes’ masterpiece “which is to Spanish literature what Shakespeare is to English” (Bloom). Quartos, 4 volumes. Bound in full contemporary Spanish tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red and black morocco spine labels, elaborate double gilt-ruled borders, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece to each volume and 31 engraved plates throughout, 2-page folding engraved map of Don Quixote‘s travels to the rear of volume 1. Spanish printer Joaquín Ibarra made several important technical developments in press printing, book-making, typography and paper-making. In his printed work, Ibarra sought to achieve a perfect flow of harmonious type, inks, illustration, margins, and textures. He worked with the best painters and engravers of his time and, based on a secret formula he developed, the Ibarra ink gained a reputation for its exceptional quality and brilliance. The present volume was printed on “ex profeso” paper with melted types of “ex novo” on the pages, both of which Ibarra created in his Madrid workshop specifically for this project. In near fine condition with ownership inscriptions and some toning to the page edges, some loss to the edges of the license page. A very bright example of both Cervantes’ and Ibarra’s best-known works, rare and desirable in this condition.
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to Volume One and retaining the remnant of a price sticker to the rear panel of Volume Two. A very nice example.
Early Printings of The Feynman Lectures On Physics; inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman to Alfred Paul Seckel
Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company for California Institute of Technology, 1975-76.
Early printings of each volume of one of the greatest physics books ever written. Quarto, original red printed wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the volume one, “May 5, 1982, To my friend, Al Seckel.” The recipient, Alfred Paul Seckel, authored several books on the nature of illusion and perception and edited two of Bertrand Russell’s works. An active figure in the Freethought movement, Seckel co-designed the “Darwin fish” logo in response to the proliferation of “Jesus fish” logos used on bumper stickers and t-shirts. Each volume is in very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable, only a handful or inscribed copies of Feynman’s Lectures On Physics are known to exist.
"We cannot build the future by avenging the past": First Edition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King
London: Collins, 1958.
First edition of the single volume of White’s Arthurian trilogy, Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A very sharp example, rare in the original dust jacket.
"See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories": First Edition of Fahrenheit 451; Lengthily Inscribed by Ray Bradbury
New York: Ballantine, 1953.
First edition of one of the seminal works in the field of science fiction. Octavo, original red cloth. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. Boldly signed by the author on the title page, “Ray Bradbury 11/13/98. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light dampstaining to the foot of the spine with the red lettering still bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable in this condition.
"more thrilling than any detective story I can remember, and written in a modest and most engaging manner" (W. Somerset Maugham): First Edition of W. Stanley Moss' Ill Met By Moonlight; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd, 1950.
First edition of this account of the Cretan resistance during World War II. Octavo, original cloth, with fifteen plates in half-tone and two maps. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844. With Appendix Written 1886, and Preface 1887. Translated by Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky.
New York: John W. Lovell Company, 1887.
Scarce first edition in English of Engels’s classic account of the universal condition of the industrial working class, the forerunner to Karl Marx’s Das Capital. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, beveling to the front and rear panel, top edge gilt. In very good condition, name to the title page. Translated by Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky. Uncommon with only one having appeared at auction in the last 80 years.
Rare collection of the works of Thomas Paine; finely bound with a rare early printing of John Quincy Adams' response to Paine's Rights of Man
Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, Plain Truth, Rights of Man Parts I & II, and An Answer to Pain’s Rights of Man.
J. Almon, J.S. Jordan, and J. Stockdale: London, 1776-1793.
Finely bound collection of the works of Thomas Paine, including the rare first British editions of Common Sense and Plain Truth (London: J. Almon, 1776), second editions of Rights of Man Parts I & II (London: J.S. Jordan, 1791-1792), complete with half-titles present, and a rare early printing of John Quincy Adams’ response to Paine’s Rights of Man (London: J. Stockdale, 1793), attributed to his father John Adams and written when John Quincy Adams was 26 years old. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, all edges speckled black. In near fine condition. A rare and desirable collection.
FIRST EDITION OF CAESAR’S COMMENTARIES, “BEAUTIFULLY PRINTED AND RICHLY ADORNED,” WITH FAMOUS BULL PLATE, IN CONTEMPORARY CALF-GILT
The Commentaries of Caesar, Translated into English. To Which is Prefixed a Discourse Concerning The Roman Art of War.
London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, et al, 1753.
First edition of Duncan’s famous translation of Caesar’s Commentaries, sumptuously illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Caesar, six double-page maps, and 78 splendid plans and plates (most double-page). This copy with the famed double-page bull plate, often not present. Thick folio, contemporary full brown calf rebacked with elaborately gilt-decorated calf spine, raised bands. In very good condition. Period bookplate to the front pastedown and front free endpaper.
"The most important book in English religion and culture and one of the most influential texts printed in the English language": First edition, first issue of the King James Bible
London: Robert Barker, 1611.
First edition, first issue of the King James Bible; the Great King James “He” Bible which contains the erroneous phrase “and he went into the citie” in Ruth 3:15, which has been corrected to “…she went…” in all subsequent printings of the Bible. Folio, bound in full early calf with decorative blindstamped borders, brass corner plates and centerpieces, brass clasps and catch plates with rebacked straps, raised bands to the spine, contemporary endpapers, with the title page. In very good condition, with three leaves (title page, first preliminary and final leaf of text) supplied in facsimile. Exceptionally rare and desirable, scarcely seen on the market.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.
Militello: Giovanni de' Rossi, 1617.
Rare first edition of one of the early chess manuals, and the first book printed in Militello at Prince Francesco Branciforte’s private press. Octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum with ink titles to the spine, large engraving of the Branciforte coat of arms opposite the dedication page, woodcut illustrations throughout the text. In near fine condition. First editions are of exceptional rarity, with only three appearing at auction in the past 90 years.
“What does the brain matter compared with the heart?”: First Edition of Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Hogarth Press, 1925.
First edition of one of Woolf’s best-known novels, one of only 2000 copies. Octavo, original orange cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional example, scarce and desirable in the original dust jacket and in this condition.
It’s been one of the important events in my career knowing you“: FIRST EDITION OF BASEBALL HAS DONE IT, LENGTHILY INSCRIBED BY ROBINSON
Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1964.
First edition of this work by Jackie Robinson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, lengthily inscribed to his friend David Wallerstein and his wife on the front free endpaper, “To my dear friends the Wallersteins with best wishes. It’s been one of the important events in my career knowing you. I know our friendship will continue always – Jackie Robinson.” David B. Wallerstein was a theater executive and a member of the board of directors at McDonald’s Corp., where he invented the fast food chain’s large size fries. Walt Disney, who regularly flew him to Hollywood to preview his films, said “the two greatest showmen” he ever knew “were Dave Wallerstein and Sam Goldwyn.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Byron Goto. Edited by Charles Dexter. An exceptional association.
“Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life”: John Lennon's In His Own Write; Signed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.
First edition, second printing of Lennon’s first book. Octavo, original laminated pictorial boards. Introduction by Paul McCartney. Presentation copy, signed by John Lennon on the front free endpaper, “For Judy love, John Lennon xx.” In near fine condition with light rubbing, with the recipient’s name above the inscription. Designed by Robert Freeman. Rare and desirable signed by Lennon.
"He was totally unlike anybody else" (Judy Collins); First Edition of Dance Me To The End of Love; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen to Judy Collins
New York: Welcome Enterprises, 1995.
First edition of Cohen’s work, a lyrical tribute to love. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. Paintings by Henri Matisse. Edited by Linda Sunshine. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Judy Collins on the front free endpaper, “Dear Judy thank-you for shameless love, as always Leonard Los Angeles 1995” with Cohen’s “Order of the Unified Heart” ink stamp, his embossed stamp, and Collins’ signature above. Collins was essentially responsible for Cohen’s musical career. As she writes in her autobiography Trust Your Heart, “I met Leonard Cohen in 1966, when my Canadian friend Mary Martin arranged for us to meet. Leonard had been a published and successful writer and poet for many years, and had recently written his first songs. He came down from Canada one night, and I listened to his songs in my living room. He sang ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ that night, sitting on the couch, holding the guitar on his knee. I was moved by his singing voice, and by the songs, and by his whole presence. There was something very ethereal and at the same time earthy about his voice. When Leonard sang, I was entranced. I became immediately devoted to him, and we soon were friends… I recorded ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ on In My Life in 1966, and it went gold in 1967. With the record’s success, Leonard became known as a songwriter. I suggested he make his debut and sing in public, but he was terribly shy. I knew once he got over his fear, he would be powerful on stage. I was going to appear at a concert for Sane against the Vietnam War at Town Hall, on April 30, 1967. I asked Leonard if he would sing Suzanne there. ‘I can’t do it, Judy, I would die from embarrassment.’ ‘Leonard, you are a great writer and a fine singer, people want to hear you.’ He finally agreed, reluctantly. When I introduced him, he walked onto the stage hesitantly, his guitar slung across his hips, and from the wings I could see his legs shaking inside his trousers. He began ‘Suzanne,’ with the hushed audience leaning forward in their seats; he got halfway through the first verse and stopped. ‘I can’t go on,’ he said, and left the stage, while the audience clapped and shouted, calling for him to come back. ‘We love you, you’re great!’ Their voices followed him backstage, where he stood with his head on my shoulder, my arms around him. ‘I can’t do it, I can’t go back.’… He looked about ten years old. His mouth drew down at the sides, he started to untangle himself from his guitar strap. I stopped him, touching him on the shoulder. ‘But you will,’ I said. He shook himself and drew his body up and put his shoulders back, smiled again, and walked back onto the stage. He finished ‘Suzanne,’ and the audience went wild. He has been giving concerts ever since. I have loved and recorded so many of his songs… His songs carried me through dark years like mantras or stones that you hold in your hand while the sun rises or the fire burns. They kept me centered as I stood in front of thousands of people, my eyes closed, my hands around the neck of a guitar, my voice singing his ethereal lyrics. The audience responded to his writing, the songs were like water to a person dying of thirst. They were songs for the spirit when our spirits were strained to the breaking point.” An exceptional association, perhaps the finest possible as without Collins, Leonard Cohen musical career may not have been discovered. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of Judy Collins.
Rare First Editions Of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Volumes 1 & 2; Both Volumes Signed By Julia Child and Volume one signed by Simone Beck
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961 & 1970.
First editions of both volumes of this classic cook book. Quarto, 2 volumes, original illustrated boards. Volume 1 is signed on the title page by both Julia Child and Simone Beck. Volume two is signed by Julia Child on the title page. Volume one and two with drawings by Sidonie Coryn. Drawings by Paul Child. Both are fine in near fine dust jackets, contemporary inscription to the half-title page of volume one. Typography, binding and jacket design by Warren Chappell. An exceptional set, rare signed in both volumes and in this condition.
"The Light of evening, Lissadell, Great Windows open to the south": Signed limited first edition of William Butler Yeats' The Winding Stair
New York: Foundation Press, 1929.
Signed limited first edition of this volume of poetry and true first appearance of The Winding Stair collection, Yeats’ follow up to The Tower (1928) inspired by Yeats’ Thoor Ballylee castle. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, purple endpapers. One of six hundred and forty-two copies signed by Yeats on the half title page, this is number 138. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear. Small bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom cloth chemise.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1931.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Octavo, original cloth. A pre-publication example, with the date of August 20, 1931 stamped to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket with some chips and wear. Introduction by Heywood Broun. First editions in the original dust jacket are scarce.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; INSCRIBED BY HER TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO PUBLICATION
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper two months prior to the publication date, “To Ray and Betty Nelson (and to Ev Suffens) – – affectionately – Ayn Rand 8/22/57.” The recipient, Ray Nelson (who went by the on-air name ‘Ev Suffens’) was the host of the late night jazz radio program Midnight Jamboree on radio station WEVD. Rand’s assistant and close personal friend, Barbara Branden wrote of Rand, “…jazz had a kind of symbolic significance to Rand…Rand once said that what she would love more than anything is to never have to think about politics, because it wouldn’t be necessary. She loved what she saw as the frivolous in America, that this was a country where you didn’t have to be concerned whether you were going to to starve to death before tomorrow, or freeze to death, or to be put in prison, or sent to Siberia. You could be concerned with things like lipstick and silk stockings. And jazz.” An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. An exceptional association copy.
"I have numerous readers among farmers and workers. They make India. Their poverty is India's curse and crime. Their prosperity alone can make India a country fit to live in:" First Series of Mohandas K. Gandhi's Young India; signed and dated by him
New York: B. W. Huebsch, Inc, 1924.
Second edition of the first series of the writings of Gandhi. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by Mahatma Gandhi on the front free endpaper, “M. K. Gandhi 7:9:28.” Gandhi founded and published the weekly periodical in English, Young India, from 1919 to 1931 to spread the philosophy and principles of the Satyagraha Movement and urge readers to participate in it. With a brief sketch of the non-cooperation movement by Babu Rajendra Prasad. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed and in this condition.
"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads": First Editions of Shelby Footes Classic Civil War Trilogy; Volumes One and Two Lengthily Inscribed by Him
The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville; Fredericksburg to Meridian; Red River to Appomattox.
New York: Random House, 1958-74.
First editions of the author’s authoritative text on The Civil War. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copies, inscribed by the author in volumes one and two. Volume one is inscribed, “For Tom Low of Washington from Shelby Foote Memphis 13 May 1990 (These days after the death of Walker Percy, whose letter is enclosed).” Volume two is inscribed on a postcard pasted in and reads, “Memphis 25 Oct 88 Dear Tom Low Good for you and your associates for saving the battle sites, and I thank you for taking the trouble to tell me you like my work. As for the autograph, wouldn’t it be simpler just to keep this postcard as a book mark? Regards and best wishes Shelby Foote.” Each are in near fine condition. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Explorer Ernest Shackleton's copy of Tolstoy's masterpiece Anna Karenina; with Shackleton's ownership signature in each volume
London: Walter Scott, 1889.
Ernest Shackleton’s copy of Tolstoy’s masterpiece with his ownership signature to the pastedown of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Shackleton’s biographer Roland Huntford notes that Shackleton retrieved a copy of Anna Karenina from the Endurance with a few other books before the ship was destroyed. Introduction by Nathan Haskell Dole. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities. From the library of Ernest Shackleton. An exceptional association.
Autograph note signed by American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “I your most obedient & most humble servant B Franklin.” Affixed to a large original engraved portrait of Frankiln, printed in Paris, 1778. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 15.25 inches. Rare and desirable.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.
First edition of the first novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine first state dust jacket (without the Sunday Times review on the inner front flap) with some rubbing and wear to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
Rare original photograph of baseball legend Babe Ruth signing baseballs for four young ballplayers. Boldly signed by Ruth in the upper right corner of the photograph. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.25 inches by 15.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
"The world had changed to silver, and life ceased to be a struggle and became a gay adventure": First edition of Nella Larsen's Quicksand; inscribed by her
New York & London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928.
First edition of Nella Larsen’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To my friend Harriet S. Wright, this tale of pride, prejudice and passion Nella Larsen.” First editions of any of Larsen’s works are rare, as she disappeared from Harlem’s interracial literary and arts community after her ex-husband’s death in 1942. Struggling with depression, Larsen stopped writing, returned to her previous career in nursing, moved to the Lower East Side and did not return to Harlem. Many of Larsen’s old acquaintances speculated that she, like some of the characters in her fiction, had crossed the color line to “pass” into the white community. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha: Nueva Edicion, Corregida Por La Real Academia Española.
Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.
The deluxe illustrated Ibarra edition of Cervantes’ masterpiece. Quartos, 4 volumes. Bound in full 19th century green morocco with central motif and cornerpieces stamped in blind to the panels, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, elaborate double-ruled gilt borders, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece to each volume and 31 engraved plates throughout, 2-page folding engraved map of Don Quixote‘s travels to the rear of volume 1. Spanish printer Joaquín Ibarra made several important technical developments in press printing, book-making, typography and paper-making. In his printed work, Ibarra sought to achieve a perfect flow of harmonious type, inks, illustration, margins, and textures. He worked with the best painters and engravers of his time and, based on a secret formula he developed, the Ibarra ink gained a reputation for its exceptional quality and brilliance. The present volume was printed on “ex profeso” paper with melted types of “ex novo” on the pages, both of which Ibarra created in his Madrid workshop specifically for this project. In near fine condition. A superior example of Ibarra’s best-known work.
"There was only one catch...And that was Catch-22": First Edition of Catch - 22; Signed by Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961.
First edition of one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth. Boldly signed by Joseph Heller on the title page. Additionally signed by author Kurt Vonnegut on the front free endpaper, who has added a self-caricature. Like Catch-22, by Vonnegut’s friend, Joseph Heller, Slaughterhouse-Five was a World War II novel embraced by opponents of the Vietnam War, linking a so-called “good war” to the unpopular conflict of the 1960s and ’70s. In 2005, six years after Heller’s death, Vonnegut published a short poem in The New Yorker with the title ‘Joe Heller.’ The poem recalled a conversation Vonnegut and Heller shared at a party hosted by a billionaire on Shelter Island. In a few verses, Vonnegut expresses his admiration for the late Heller and his friend’s philosophy about the meaning of life. The two agree that gaining knowledge has been more substantive than gaining wealth throughout both of their lives. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
“The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring”: First Edition of Ulysses; One of 750 Numbered Copies
Paris: Shakespeare & Company, 1922.
First edition, one of 750 numbered copies on handmade paper from a total edition of 1000 copies, this is number number 347. Thick quarto, original blue and white wrappers. In excellent condition, the volume is square and tight, without marks of any kind, with some some restoration to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
First Edition of My Fair Lady, a Musical Play in two acts; Signed by Alan Jay Lerner, Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Robert Coote and Wilfrid Hyde-White
New York: Coward-McCann.
First edition of “one of the best musicals of the twentieth century” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated, frontispiece of Andrews and Harrison. Signed by Alan Jay Lerner on the title page. Affixed to front free endpaper is a signed photograph of Julie Andrews, and “with the compliments of Miss Andrews” affixed to the pastedown. Laid in signed photograph by Stanley Holloway (Alfred P. Dolittle). The verso of the front free endpaper has a signed photograph of Rex Harrison affixed to it. On the dedication page is a card signed by Robert Coote (Colonel Pickering), and a signature of Wilfrid Hyde-White who played Colonel Pickering in the film version. There’s also a magazine clipping of Harrison’s behatted head, also signed by him. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by David Lyons.
First Edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft's biography; signed by both her and William Howard Taft
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1914.
First edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft’s autobiography, the first autobiography published by a First Lady of the United States. Octavo, original cloth gilt, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Taft, with numerous illustrations. Signed by both William Howard Taft and First Lady Helen Herron Taft on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare, not only signed by the First lady of the United States to publish an autobiography, but by both Mrs. and President Taft.
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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
Magnificent first trade edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; with 20 remarkably intricate full color plates illustrated by Edmund Dulac
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.
First edition of the Ian Flemings first book Casino Royale which introduced the world to 007: Inscribed by Ian Fleming to Classmate and Novelist Ralph Arnold
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.
First edition of the first novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ralph, We have now both reduced our remainders by one copy! Ian.” With a note of explanation by the recipient underneath, “I having told Ian, from the depths of my publishing experience, that he would be lucky if he made £200 out of this, his first thriller!! R.A.” The recipient Ralph Arnold was a novelist, historical writer and publisher who joined Constable in 1936 and was chairman from 1958 to 1962. Arnold and Fleming studied together at the Tennerhof School in Kitzbühel, Austria, and it was there that both made their first forays into story-writing. Having left Sandhurst without obtaining a commission, Fleming “was sent to ‘sort himself out’ at a quasi-finishing school for men in Kitzbühel … There, while skiing and climbing mountains, he came under the benevolent tutelage of Ernan Forbes Dennis, a former British spy turned educationalist, and his wife, Phyllis Bottome, an established novelist. Forbes Dennis brought out Fleming’s aptitude for languages and introduced him to literature, while his wife encouraged him to write his first stories.” (Oxford DNB). Near fine in a near fine first state dust jacket (without the Sunday Times review on the inner front flap) with the lightest of rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Rare Edition of Machiavel's Discourses upon the First Decade of T. Livius, Translated out of the Italian. To which is added his Prince
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.
First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, In The Rare Original First-Issue Dust Jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.
First edition, first issue of the first printing, with the misprint (“stoppped”) on page 181 line 26, in the first issue dust jacket with the misprint on the front panel (“In Our Times” vs. “In Our Time”). Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket without any restoration. The Annette Campbell-White copy brought $120,000 at Sotheby’s in 2007. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
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.
Rare Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Dimaggio as a member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports; signed by President Richard Nixon
Washington, D.C: 1970.
Rare Richard Nixon Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio as a “Member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports.” Dated September 25th, 1970 the appointment is signed by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers with the Presidential seal. Double matted and framed. In fine condition. From the personal collection of Joe DiMaggio. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons. Double matted and framed.
"I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable": Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt
Chicago: The Walden Book Shop, 1930.
Rare letter excerpt boldly signed by Ernest Hemingway. Published by the Walden Book Shop in 1930, the introduction begins "The following notes are excerpts from a Hemingway letter in answer to questions concerning editions and numbers of copies." It goes on to provide a long italicized quote from the letter in which Hemingway describes the printings of his early books from Three Stories and Ten Poems through the forthcoming Men Without Women (1927). The quote reads, in part: “…The books have been Three Stories and Ten Poems, Contact Press, 1953-350 copies out of print, In Our Times, Three Mountains Press, 1924, 150, I think…They claim to be issuing a new edition. Then Scribners published The Torrents of Spring in the spring of 1926 in an unrestrained edition and The Sun Also Rises came out in the same year with, I believe an attempt made to print and sell as many as possible…I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable in order that I might have something to leave to my children.” Signed by Hemingway in he lower right corner of the pamphlet. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Hemingway. The entire piece measures 26 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional example.
"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
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.
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.
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.
Color photograph of Big Ben Tower, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major and Tony Blair. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.25 inches by 16.25 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
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