“I was afraid I was going to die and then I was afraid I wasnt": First Edition Of Cormac McCarthy's Masterpiece Blood Meridian; Signed by Him
New York: Random House 1985.
First edition of the author’s fifth novel. Octavo, original half red cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the half-title page in a contemporary hand. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Adelson. Jacket painting by Salvador Dali.
"For the children, they mark, and the children, they know the place where the sidewalk ends": Rare First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein
New York: Harper & Row 1974.
First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially signed.
"Make A Place On Your Bookshelf... If You Love Classic Narrative, Quest Stories, Adventure Stories Of High Order Transformed By One Of The Lapidary Masters Of Contemporary American Fiction, Now Is Your Hour Of Triumph" Each Volume Signed By Cormac McCarthy
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1992-1998.
First editions of each title in the author’s acclaimed Border Trilogy. Octavo, original half cloth, 3 volumes. Each volume is signed by Cormac McCarthy. Each are fine in fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Chip Kidd.
LIMITED DELUXE FIRST EDITION OF ERNEST SHACKLETON’S HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC AND THE ANTARCTIC BOOK: SIGNED BY HIM AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDITION
London: William Heinemann 1909.
Rare first edition, Special Limited Large Paper Issue of Shackleton’s account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, one of only 300 copies printed. Quarto, bound in full (Heart of the Antarctic) and half (Antarctic Book) vellum, top edges gilt. First and only edition of The Antarctic Book, with the signatures of every member of the party, including Ernest Shackleton. In fine condition with a touch of wear. A superior example.
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it's us without our past?”: First Edition of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Grapes of Wrath
New York: The Viking Press 1939.
First edition, with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on the front flap of the dust jacket. Octavo, original beige cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light shelfwear. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. A very sharp example.
“One of the very best novels of the decade and the very best novel ever about the American West": First Edition of Thomas Berger's Little Big Man; Inscribed by Him to Publisher and Friend Seymour Lawrence
New York: The Dial Press 1964.
First edition of Berger’s acclaimed award-winning novel that was adapted to the screen in the 1970 film starring Dustin Hoffman. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to his publisher, “To Seymour Lawrence, republisher of this novel and great friend to the career of Thomas Berger.” The recipient was famed publisher Seymour Lawrence who published Berger, Kurt Vonnegut, J.P. Donleavy, Richard Brautigan, Tim O’Brien, Aidan Higgins, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Angel Asturias, George Seferis, William Saroyan and Richard Bausch. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional association.
“Any man's life, told truly, is a novel”: Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon; Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf
Charles Scribner's Sons: New York 1932.
Early printing of Hemingway’s work on bullfighting. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the spine, front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, frontispiece by Juan Gris, illustrated. In fine condition.
“AMERICA’S SECOND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL VOLUME OF AMERICAN POETRY
Brooklyn, New York: For the author by Andrew & James Rome 1855.
First edition of the most important volume in American poetry, which Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. Small folio, frontispiece engraved portrait of the author by Hollyer after the daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison, mounted opposite the title, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards by MacDonald, New York, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell chemise.
“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of The Neverending Story; Signed by Michael Ende
New York: Doubleday & Company 1983.
First edition in English of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Ralph Manheim. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. An exceptional example.
“The sons of the masters were roaming the world, looking for arms to hold them. And the arms that might have held them--could not forgive": First Edition of James Baldwin's Going to Meet the Man; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Dial Press 1965.
First edition of this collection of short stories including three new works never before published. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by James Baldwin on the dedication page, “love, Jimmy Baldwin.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph of Baldwin by Martha Holmes. Uncommon signed.
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; signed by Harper Lee
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.
First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some professional restoration. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“SYNONYMOUS WITH EVERYTHING SUBVERSIVE”: First Editions of Emma Goldman's Living My Life; In the rare original dust jackets
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1931.
First editions of the famous radical’s autobiography, with frontispiece portraits and eleven additional photogravures of Goldman, fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman and others. Octavo, 2 volumes. Near fine in a near fine dust jackets.
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
London: Hodder & Stoughton 1990.
First British edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing”: The Fountainhead; Signed by Ayn Rand
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company 1943.
Early printing of Rands’ breakthrough work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
“There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart": First edition of Hard Times from the library of Hugh D. Auchincloss
London: Bradbury & Evans 1854.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ attack on the living conditions of England’s mid-19th century industrial cities. Octavo, original green cloth blindstamped with gilt titles to the spine including the price 5/- in gilt at the base of the spine. From the library of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss. Auchincloss married Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ mother Janet Lee Bouvier in 1942. His great grandfather John W. Auchincloss built the 28-room Victorian mansion Hammersmith Farm in 1887 which would later become Jaqueline’s childhood home and the site of the reception of her 1953 wedding to John F. Kennedy. With the previous owner, Albert Henry Wiggin’s card laid in. American banker Albert H. Wiggin amassed a large fine art and book collection in the early to mid 20th century, much of which he later donated to the Boston Museum of Fine Art and Boston Public Library. In very good condition with the half-title present, which is often lacking. Housed in a custom chemise slipcase.
“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Winnie-the-Pooh; One of 350 examples
London: Methuen and Co 1926.
Signed limited first edition of this classic work, one of 350 copies of the large paper edition. Octavo, original half cloth, folding map at rear. lllustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by both A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing.
London: Macmillan & Company 1919.
First edition of the best-selling book that established Keynes’ reputation as a leading economist. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling to the spine. In near fine condition.
“He says that courage is a capital sum reduced by expenditure": First Edition of Ian Flemings Dr. No; signed by Sean Connery
London: Jonathan Cape 1958.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket with Fleming’s name printed in black on the spine of the sixth Bond thriller, first state binding (Gilbert’s variant A), without the “Honeychile” silhouette; the silhouette was later added to bring it in line with other titles in the series which bore designs on the front board. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Sean Connery on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Pat Marriott. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Rare Signed limited edition of Maugham's address to the Library of Congress upon the Library's acceptance of the original manuscript of Of Human Bondage
Washington: The Library of Congress 1946.
Signed limited edition of the address given by Maugham upon the Library’s acceptance of the original autograph manuscript of his masterpiece, Of Human Bondage. Octavo, original boards. One of 500 copies signed by W. Somerset Maugham on the front free endpaper. In fine condition. Accompanied by the original accompanying program which is in very good condition. The program contains a brief description of the original autograph manuscript which notes that it is contained in 16 notebooks written on the recto of each leaf, begun in 1911 and finished in 1914.
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius Even If You’re Not Too Smart : Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits.
New York: Simon & Schuster 1997.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To James, Good luck with this! Happy Hunting! Warmest wishes, Joel Greenblatt.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Marc Cohen.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition, first issue of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories; inscribed by Bertram Rota, founder of the Bodley House bookstore in 1941
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited 1902.
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. Inscribed by Bertram Rota, the owner of the Bodley House bookstore in London, “S.W. Jackson’s copy of my boyhood’s favorite book. This copy survived fire and water when so many of its fellows were destroyed by Nazi barbarism at Bodley House in October 1940. After being stored nearby, and escaping more bombs, it returned to the resurrected bookshop and now leaves Bodley House to find sanctuary in friendly hands in a luckier land. With all good wishes Bertram Rota, June 6th 1941.” Bertram Rota began selling books in 1923 and was essentially the first bookseller to specialize in modern first editions. In 1923, Rota moved operations to the former location of the Bodley Head publishing house on Vigo Street in London where, in spite of sustaining a direct hit during a Nazi blitzkrieg, the bookshop remained for twenty-eight years. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Exceptional with fascinating provenance.
"And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly": First Edition of "the greatest juvenile classic since Winnie the Pooh"; Inscribed by both Robert Lawson and Munro Leaf and with the original full-page autograph transmittal letter signed and entirely in the hand of Lawson laid in
New York: The Viking Press 1936.
First edition of Munro Leaf’s beloved children’s classic. Octavo, original half tan cloth over illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. Presentation copy, inscribed by both the author and illustrator opposite the title page in the year of publication, “To Beck and I hope she’ll like it Robert Lawson Aug. 29. 1936” and “‘Me too’ Munro Leaf.” Laid in is the original transmittal autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Robert Lawson on his personal letterhead which reads in full, “Dear Frank thanks for your nice note and Becky for hers – I am very proud that you all saw my show & still more so that you liked it. I hope the general public does the same. All the reviews so far have been very complimentary although no one has burst any blood vessels. The Times was taken dull, but the Post had just a shade on them for dumbness. However it was meant to be nice so I shouldn’t complain. Also etching is a very slow & conventional profession in which a display of enthusiasm on the part of anyone, even to artist in his work, is often frowned upon, which is one reason why the profession is, on the whole, so frightfully stuffy. We enjoyed our visit with you so much, it was great fun to see you all again. Marie has had a slight cold for the last few days but is now recovering. We hope to take a cruise somewhere the last of next week, but don’t know how just, when, where and most of all how. Best to Becky & Bob. Sincerely, R.L.” In the early 1930s before he began to focus exclusively on children’s books, Lawson became interested in etching and proved skilled enough to receive the John Taylor Arms Prize from the Society of American Etchers in 1931. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with the $1 present on the rear flap. One of the most sought after children’s books of the twentieth century, particularly scarce and desirable signed by Leaf and Lawson.
London: Bloomsbury 1996.
First edition of “this masterpiece” (Edmonton Journal). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Merry Christmas John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by React.
“SMITH HIMSELF RANKED IT ABOVE THE WEALTH OF NATIONS”: ADAM SMITH’S LANDMARK RARE FIRST EDITION OF THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS
London: For A. Milar, and A. Kincaid and J. Bell 1759.
Rare first edition of Adam Smith’s first book, with a recorded “print run of 1,000 copies” (Sher, “Editions of Adam’s Smith’s Books,” 13). Octavo, bound in full contemporary leather. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Easily one of the nicest examples extant of this landmark work.
“IT IS MY PLAN TO CREATE A CITY THAT IS DIRECT AND SIMPLE... TO LEAVE OUT ALL THAT IS UGLY, TO ELIMINATE THE UNNECESSARY, AND TO GIVE FLORIDA AND THE NATION A RESORT CITY AS PERFECT AS STUDY AND IDEALS CAN MAKE IT”: FIRST EDITION OF FLORIDA ARCHITECTURE OF ADDISON MIZNER; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: William Helburn, Inc 1928.
First edition of this scarce monograph on the works of Addison Mizner, with 185 striking large folio photogravures of Mizner’s iconic Florida buildings. Folio, original orange buckram over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, printed paper label to the spine, top edge gilt. Association copy, inscribed by the author beneath his frontispiece opposite the title page in the year of publication, “To Sam Morse Oh! If I had your hills to build on, Addison October 1928. Carmel Valley.” The recipient, Samuel Finley Brown Morse was an environmental conservationist and the developer of Pebble Beach. He was known as the Duke of Del Monte and ran his company from the 1919 until his death in 1969. Morse developed and rebuilt the land and properties of the Del Monte Forest into the Del Monte Hotel and the Lodge at Pebble Beach among other buildings. Morse can be credited with building eight golf courses including Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Illustrated with 185 black and white photogravure plates. In near fine condition with only light rubbing. Introduction by Ida M. Tarbell.
First Edition of Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen
London: Allen Lane 2006.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the Amartya Sen on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"Christmas is the joy of giving, but getting is pretty good too": First Edition of Charles Schulz's Christmas Is Together-Time; Signed by Him
San Francisco: Determined Productions 1964.
First edition of this early work by the creator of Peanuts. Octavo, small quarto, illustrated. Signed by Charles M. Schulz opposite the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Book design by Jim Young. Uncommon signed.
“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.
"There are still times I wake up at three o'clock in the morning... to write books like this one": FIRST EDITION OF HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS; Lengthily SIGNED BY JULIA ALVAREZ
Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Press 1991.
First edition of the author’s most well known work. Octavo, original half cloth, Lengthily signed by the author on the title page, “May you enjoy my book- There are still times I wake up at three o’clock in the morning… to write books like this one, Julia Alvarez.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Paul Munck. Jacket design by Carin Goldberg.
“Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by both Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
New York: Simon & Schuster 1990.
First edition of the 40th President of the United States’ memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Ronald Reagan Nov 4- ’92.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian counterpart to Reagan. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he handwrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a Summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened.It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Reagan and Gorbachev.
“BEYOND THE EARTH, BEYOND THE FARTHEST SKIES, I TRY TO FIND HEAVEN AND HELL. THEN I HEAR A SOLEMN VOICE THAT SAYS: "HEAVEN AND HELL ARE INSIDE”: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; One of 750 Copies Signed by Willy Pogany
London: George G. Harrap 1930.
Signed limited first edition of this work, one of 750 copies signed twice by Willy Pogany. Quarto, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, emblem on the front panel, top edge gilt. Illustrated by Willy Pogany with 12 tipped-in color plates, plus an additional etched frontispiece signed by Pogany, and illustrations and decorations in the text. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
"But no, I was out for stars, I would not come in. I meant not even if asked, and I hadn't been": Come In and Other Poems; Inscribed by Robert Frost
New York: Henry Holt and Company 1944.
Early printing of this collection of Frost’s later poems. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For John Abrahamson from Robert Frost Dartmouth 1945.” Selection, biographical introduction and commentary by Louis Untermeyer. Illustrated by John O’Hara Cosgrave, II. In near fine condition.
"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.
First edition of Slim Aarons' A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life; signed by him
New York: Harper & Row 1974.
First edition of the photographer’s most well-known work which covered the global social circuit in a style that remains without peer to this day. Folio, original blue cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Thank you for buying this book enjoy!!!! Slim Aarons.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more": THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN; Finely Bound
The Novels of Jane Austen [Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma].
Oxford: At the Clarendon Press 1946.
Finely bound works of Jane Austen of this important edition containing all her major novels, a volume of minor works and verse, letters, etc. Octavo, 6 volumes. Bound in three quarters leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, illustrated. Contains Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
"I HAVE FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY THE HEAVY BURDEN": A KING'S STORY, ONE OF ONLY 385 COPIES SIGNED BY EDWARD, THE DUKE OF WINDSOR
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1951.
Signed limited first edition, number D (A-Z were gifted to publishers) of only 385 copies signed by Edward, a sumptuous edition bound in publisher’s full crimson morocco with gilt-stamped armorial insignias to front board. Large octavo, original full crimson morocco gilt, raised bands, front cover gilt armorial devices, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut, original cloth slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
London: Macmillan 1894-95.
First editions of both volumes of The Jungle Book. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard present. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set of these classic children’s books.
“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.
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.
"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others": First Edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Chicago & New York: George M. Hill & Company 1900.
First edition, second state of “the first truly enduring American fantasy” (Connolly, 38). Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, illustrated by W.W. Denslow with 24 color plates, many illustrations in text, and on paste-downs (issued without endpapers). Hanff & Greene I, state 2 of text and plates, binding variant B with un-serifed red publisher’s imprint at foot of spine; Peter Parley to Penrod, state Z, title state C/D. In very good condition with some professional restoration to the joints. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box.
Black and white photograph of Bobby Jones swinging a wood on the fairway. Boldly inscribed by Jones in his earlier signature, “For Art With best wishes Robert T. Jones, Jr.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 18.25 inches.
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.
London: Chapman and Hall 1865.
First edition of Dickens’ final completed novel, in the rare original cloth. Octavo, two volumes, original cloth. Illustrated by Marcus Stone with forty plates. In near fine condition, name to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
“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.
Porter and Coates: Philadelphia .
Large paper edition, one of 250 numbered copies of The Queens of Society and Beaux of Society. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full calf, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, illustrated. In fine condition.
London: Printed for T. Davis 1770-71.
First edition of the scarce “witness” novel. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, red morocco spine labels. From the library of Henry Charles Somerset, sixth Duke of Beaufort, and with his armorial bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume and with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper of the first volume. In very good condition.
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.
“The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers": First Edition of Walter Chrysler's Life of an American Workman; Inscribed by Him to John Hartford
New York: Privately Printed by William E. Rudge's Sons 1937.
Limited first edition, one of 500 numbered copies, this is number 160. Octavo, original black leather, gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece portrait of Chrysler and illustrated with 22 photogravure plates. Asscociation copy, inscribed by the author, “To: John A. Hartford With my friendship and affection W.P. Chrysler 1/29/38.” John Augustine Hartford was the longtime President of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (“A&P”), serving in that position for 35 years from 1916 until his death. His father, George Huntington Hartford (1833–1917) left the control of the company’s voting stock to a trust that gave total control to John and his older brother George Ludlum Hartford who served as chairman. John, who one company historian named the “Merchant Prince”, ran the business operations side of the empire, while his brother George ran the financial side. Time magazine interviewed John and his brother George who were on their cover in November 1950. Time wrote that “going to the A&P was almost an American tribal rite”. The Wall Street Journal in an editorial on August 29, 2011 wrote “Together the brothers, neither of whom had finished high school, built what would be, for 40 years, the largest retail outlet in the world.” The New York Times in an editorial on September 7, 2011 wrote that John and George Hartford “were among the 20th century’s most accomplished and visionary businessmen.” Written in collaboration with Boyden Sparkes. Decorations by Earle Winslow. In near fine condition. An exceptional association linking these two giants of twentieth century business.
New York: The Viking Press 1962.
Early printing of The Snowy Day, which is considered “one of the most important American books of the 20th century” (Diefendorf, ed. The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century). Oblong quarto, original pictorial cloth as issued. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Happy reading Ezra Jack Keats Dec. 8, 1967.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"The strangest prose-poet Russia ever produced": First New Directions Edition of Nabokov's Nikolai Gogol; Inscribed by Him with an early Drawing of a Butterfly
Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions Books 1944.
First edition of Nabokov’s criticism of the work of Russian literary master Nikolai Gogol. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in Russian on the front free endpaper with a drawing of a butterfly, in Russian in the year of publication, “To Leon Dinkin with congenial salutation Vladimir Nabokov Sep XI 1944.” The recipient, Dr. Leon Dinkin, had a following among European refugees of the Nazi era and became known in NY circles at the “Refugee Doctor. After graduation from Heidelberg University, he established a practice in Berlin, but left for France in 1933 when Hitler came to power. In the archive of letters of Dr. Leon Dinkin (Letters, folder 42) the Nabokov’s consulted him about their son’s health in 1944 (a stomachache of uncertain origin). The “exploratory laparotomy” (incision into the abdomen) was suggested but Dinkin was resolutely against it and offered to bring Dmitri to New York for further observation under his control. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very rare Nabokov inscription in Russian, especially unusual in a pre-revolutionary alphabet that was cancelled by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s.
“MOTHER OF GOD,” HE SAID, “IS THIS THE END OF RICO”: FIRST EDITION OF W.R. BURNETT'S LITTLE CAESAR; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Lincoln MacVeagh/ The Dial Press 1929.
First edition of Burnett’s classic novel, which has inspired generations of gangster films. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by W.R. Burnett on the half-title page. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with light shelfwear.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference”: ROBERT FROST'S MOUNTAIN INTERVAL; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Henry Holt and Company 1921.
First edition of the 1921 edition of this collection of poems, which features Frost’s, “The Road Not Taken.” Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Frost. Signed by the author on the title page, “Robert Frost San Antonio Nov 20, 1922.” Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a good dust jacket.
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.
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success": Photograph of Henry Ford; Signed by Him
Photograph of Henry Ford, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
Striking photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh flanked by his airplane Spirit of T. Louis, inscribed by him, “Martin: With best regards and many thanks , Charles A. Lindbergh Aug 2, 1935.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13 inches. An iconic photograph of Lindbergh, most desirable signed and inscribed by him.
"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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example, rare signed by Wolfe, Yeager and Glenn.
Chicago: Henry Regnery Company 1959-61.
First edition of each volume in President Hoover’s multi-volume history of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, the world’s first international relief agency. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in each volume, “To Dr. A.A. Sallquist the good wishes of Herbert Hoover.” Fine in near fine dust jackets. An uncommon set, signed and inscribed.
Silver gelatin photograph signed and inscribed by Howard Hughes standing with his H-1 racing airplane. It was in this Hughes H-1 aircraft, designed by Hughes himself with Richard Palmer, that the aviator broke the world airspeed record in 1935 and the transcontinental airspeed record in 1937. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches. Signed and inscribed photographs of Hughes are rare.
Photograph of Presidents Herbert Hoover & Harry S. Truman, signed by both Presidents. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 9.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Hoover and Truman.
Original black and white photograph of American baseball legends Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle taken in 1951, DiMaggio’s final season with the New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle’s first. Boldly signed by both DiMaggio and Mantle. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable.
New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce 1940.
First edition of the only book by Jesse Livermore, one of Wall Street’s most well-known traders. Octavo, original blue cloth, contains 16 full color charts. In near fine condition. Laid in is a three page typed letter from Jesse Livermore to Mr. W.H. Mann which reads in part, “I am in receipt of a letter from Mr. W. H. Mann, our Chicago representative of The Livermore Market Key, saying that you would like my opinion on U.S. Gypsum. Personally I have no definite ideas regarding this stock. I class this stock along with many, many others – where the market at times is in a wide range between bids and offered prices…Whenever a selling movement starts, if one should decide to liquidate any of those stocks in that class, – the owner almost always finds a very thin market, – and because the market is so thin, even if he wants to liquidate, he is afraid to…The day is gone, when one can, with assurance, hold what one may term Good Stocks – for no other reason than that one believes in them…As you know our Service does not try to pick out the minor intermediate movements – but only indicate that the MAJOR SWINGS, either up or down, are going to get under way…Sincerely, THE LIVERMORE MARKET KEY Jesse L. Livermore.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, offering extraordinary insight into the legendary trader’s trading principles.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Stranger
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1946.
First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Photograph of Neil Armstrong; Signed by Him
Original color photograph of Neil Armstrong, boldly inscribed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1970.
First edition of the second volume of this classic cooking volume. Folio, original illustrated boards, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page, “Bon appetit! Julia Child.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Illustrations by Sidonie Coryn, based on photographs by Paul Child. Technical drawings by Paul Child. A very sharp example.
“LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ - IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE": Photograph of legendary American composer George Gershwin; Signed by Him
Rare original black and white photograph of Gershwin playing the piano, boldly inscribed by Gershwin, “For Mary Maggenti- Every good wish, George Gershwin May 20, 1930.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 by 13.5 inches. In near fine condition.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1932.
Early printing of Earhart’s account of her childhood, her fascination with aviation, and her life through her 1932 flight across the Atlantic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Reed Whitney in memory of a time she did our-night-stands for our days Amelia Earhart.” The recipient and Earhart were friends at the time of the publication of this work. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself": The Collected Works of George Bernard Shaw; Finely Bound
The Works of George Bernard Shaw: [Including Man and Superman, Pygmalion, Saint Joan, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra].
New York: Wm. H. Wise 1930-32.
The collected works of Nobel Prize-winning author George Bernard Shaw. Octavo, 30 volumes, bound in full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, frontispieces. In fine condition. An exceptional set.