New York: Richard R. Smith, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. In near fine condition. An exceptional 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. A nice example.
Rare All the President's Men Original Script; inscribed by Robert Redford to karen wookey, the film's script supervisor
Hollywood: Warner Bros. and Wildwood Enterprises, 1976.
Rare original screenplay from the 1974 film All the President’s Men, produced by Robert Redford and starring both him and Dustin Hoffman. Quarto, in the original gilt leatherette presentation binding by Ronnie Gousman, Hollywood. Karen Wookey’s copy with her name gilt on the front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed to her by Robert Redford on the front free endpaper, “To Karen – Merry Xmas please accept this in gratitude – for knowing you and working with you. You contribution was invaluable – Robert Redford ’77.” The recipient Karen Wookey worked as script supervisor for All the President’s Men in addition to many other award-winning films including Marathon Man, Romancing the Stone, Witches of Eastwick, and Presumed Innocent. In 1985, Wookey co-founded Save Hollywood, Our Town Inc., a group concerned with the restoration of historic Hollywood. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
"My hair is grey, but not with years, nor grew in white in a single night": Rare first edition, first issue of Byron's The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems
London: John Murray, 1816.
First edition, first issue of Byron’s The Prisoner of Chillon, and Other Poems with the half-title containing the advertisement for The Third Canto of Childe Harold on the verso, 4-page publisher’s catalog dated November 1816, and recto of E8 blank. Tall octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, red spine label. In very good condition.
Scarce first edition of Antoine Simon Duportal's Recherches Sur L'état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d'Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-De-Vie
Recherches Sur L’état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d’Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-de-vie. (Research on the Current State of Wine Distillation in France, and on Ways to Improve the Distillation of Eaux-de-vie).
Paris, Saint Petersbourg: Klostermann, 1811.
Scarce first edition of early work on the distillation of wine and eau-de-vie. Octavo, bound in full period tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, five folding maps of distillation apparatus, rebacked retaining the original spine. Stamps and previous owner inscriptions. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable. Works on the distillation of eau de vie are rare.
"I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of John Muir's Our National Parks
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901.
First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove with tissue guard. In near fine condition.
Philadelphia: The Christian Education Press, 1959.
First edition of this volume containing two of King’s most notable devotional addresses presented at the first National Congress on Christian Education at the United Church of Christ. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Malick.
"America's greatest historical novel": Kenneth Roberts' Arundel: A Chronicle of The Province of Maine; Lengthily inscribed by him
Arundel: A Chronicle of The Province of Maine And of The Secret Expedition Led by Benedict Arnold Against Quebec.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1931.
Early printing of “America’s greatest historical novel.” Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For Robert Skinner with the sincere regard of his friend Kenneth Roberts Kennebunk Beach, Me., August 28th, 1931.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by N.C. Wyeth. A very bright 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.
Rare Complete Set of the Ibarra Edition of Verdadero método de estudiar, para ser util a la Republica y la Iglesia
Verdadero método de estudiar, para ser util a la Republica y la Iglesia, proporcionado al estilo, y necessidad de Portugal, expuesto en varias cartas, escrito en idioma Portugués.
Madrid: Joachin Ibarra, 1760.
Rare complete edition in Spanish published by the great Ibarra in Madrid. Octavo, original vellum, 4 volumes. Many of the OCLC citations are for single volumes. This set, the author’s most famous work, was first published in Valenca in 1746. Verney’s royalist orientation is seen even in the title, where behavior and study are to be practiced for the good of the republic.
"I don't want to sound like a sore loser, but when it's over, if I'm dead, kill him": First Edition of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Signed by William Goldman and Robert Redford
New York: Bantam Books, 1969.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued, illustrated with photographs. Signed by William Goldman and actor Robert Redford on the title page. In near fine condition.
“I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd": The Howl and Other Poems; Signed by Allen Ginsberg
San Francisco: City Lights, 1956.
Later printing of this principal work of the Beat Generation. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the title page, “Allen Ginsberg 11/12/83 Reed.” In near fine condition. Introduction by William Carlos Williams.
Benjamin Graham's The Interpretation of Financial Statements; Warmly Inscribed by Him and Spencer Meredith
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1937.
First edition, early printing of this classic in understanding balance sheets. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by both authors on the front free endpaper, “To our true friend and inspiration, a born economist Ben Graham.” Also signed by the co-author, “Good Luck Bill Spencer B. Meredith. In near fine condition. Books signed and inscribed by Benjamin Graham are scarce.
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: First Edition Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Scarce Original Dust Jacket
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936.
First edition of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear, with the original Simon & Schuster reply card. First printings are scarce.
New York: The MacMillan Company, 1913.
First edition in English of this cornerstone of psychoanalysis. Octavo, original blue cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Introduction by A.A. Brill. A very nice example.
A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States’ Ship Vincennes, During the Years 1829 and 1830; With Scenes in Brazil, Peru, Manilla, the Cape of Good Hope, and St. Helena.
New York: John P. Haven, 1831.
First edition of this narrative by C.S. Stewart. Octavo, finely bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, black morocco spine labels. Bookplates, in very good condition.
"Its just that Id rather die of drink than of thirst": First edition of Ian Fleming's Thunderball; Inscribed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To James You have my best wishes from Ian.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket art by Richard Chopping.
"How much does one imagine, how much observe? One can no more separate those functions than divide light from air, or wetness from water": First Edition of The Flame Trees of Thika; Inscribed by Elspeth Huxley and with a two page signed letter
London: Chatto & Windus, 1959.
First edition of Huxley’s autobiographical work based on her early life among white settlers on her father’s coffee plantation in Kenya. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joe Ferrier, most faithful and esteemed of absent friends. Elspeth Huxley.” Also, laid in is a two-page autographed signed letter from Huxley to the recipient and a signed Christmas card. Name to the pastedown, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Rosemary Seligman.
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 In Search of De Long and the Jeannette.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917.
First edition. Octavo, original cream green cloth, color pictorial cover label, top edge gilt. Edited by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with plates from photographs and from sketches by Muir. In near fine condition with a touch of shelf wear. Kimes 348; BAL 14775
John Nash's Copy of the April 1959 Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society; with his ownership signature
Menasha, Wisconsin and Providence, Rhode Island: American Mathematical Society, 1959.
Rare April 1959 American Mathematical Society journal from the collection of Nobel Prize-winning economist John Nash with his ownership signature. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Nash in green ink on the front panel, “J. Nash.” Nash was known to always carry a variety of colored pens and use many colors of chalk to differentiate mathematical problems before his students. The journal was published in the very month and year that Nash was committed to McLean Hospital after his struggle with paranoid schizophrenia manifested itself during a highly anticipated proof of the Reimann hypothesis in front of the American Mathematical Society at Columbia University. Nash was hospitalized several times after this initial diagnosis, but improved and returned to academic work in 1970. In near fine condition. Laid in is a postcard addressed to Nash at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inviting him to Arnold Shapiro’s seminars on “Symplectic Manifolds” at Brandeis University, beginning on June 2, 1959. Symplectic Manifolds was one of Nash’s areas of expertise. Rare and highly desirable signed by Nash at such a pivotal point in his career.
Rare life-sized anatomical human heart model signed by American heart and cardiothoracic surgeon Denton Cooley, the first surgeon to perform an implantation of a total artificial heart. The model is signed on a white plastic base, “”Denton A. Cooley M.D., 1-25-12.” He entire piece measures 7 inches in height. Rare and desirable signed by Cooley.
“All the sacred rights of humanity are violated by insisting on blind obedience”: First edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's landmark work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
London: J. Johnson, 1792.
Rare first edition of this landmark work in both Enlightenment philosophy and the history of feminism. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards. From the library of Scottish writer and critic George Lillie Craik with his bookplate. In near fine condition with some light toning to the text. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
"I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren": Rare First Editions, First Printings of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-55.
First editions, first states of each title comprising the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original red cloth, folding map in the rear of each volume. Near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets with some rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1894.
First edition of Emily Dickinson’s letters, published by Mabel Loomis Todd. Octavo, two volumes, original pictorial cloth gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickinson with tissue guard to volume one, engraved frontispiece of Emily Dickinson’s house with tissue guard to volume two. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
First editions of Emily Dickinson's Poems: First, Second and Third Series; one of only six copies from the library of editor and publisher Mabel Loomis Todd
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890-1896.
First editions of the First, Second and Third Series of the Poems of Emily Dickinson. One of only six copies that were sent directly from the publisher to Mabel Loomis Todd who edited and published the series. This set was stored in Loomis’ famous camphorwood chest until her death in 1931 and thereafter kept by her daughter Millicent until her death in 1970. Octavos, three volumes, original pictorial cloth gilt. Each volume is in near fine condition. Previous owner’s inscription to the Second Series. Housed in custom cloth and chemise boxes with morocco spine labels. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
"We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that": First Edition of Bernard Malamuds The Natural; Signed by Him and Academy Award-Winning Actor Robert Redford
New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1952.
First edition of the author’s first book, and one of the greatest baseball novels of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bernard Malamud and Robert Redford on the half-title page. Redford played the character of Roy Hobbs in the 1984 film adaptation. Variety called the film “impeccably made … fable about success and failure in America.” James Berardinelli praised The Natural as “[a]rguably the best baseball movie ever made”. Sports writer Bill Simmons has argued, “Any ‘Best Sports Movies’ list that doesn’t feature either Hoosiers or The Natural as the No. 1 pick shouldn’t even count.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Rare and desirable signed by both Malamud and Redford.
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing. A very nice example.
“There's nothing so much like a god on earth as a General on a battlefield": Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: David Mckay Company, 1974.
Early printing of Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mary:- Hope to see you again, not on TV this time- Michael Shaara June 3, 1975.” Name of the recipient on the pastedown, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Maps by Don Pitcher.
Rare autograph letter signed by President Gerald Ford to Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Dated December 20, 1979 on Ford’s presidential letterhead, the letter reads: “Dear Mr. DiMaggio: I would like to invite you to play in the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The dates this year are July 28-29. The purse this year will be $100,000. We will be playing in fivesomes, one best ball. It should be a great golfing experience with over forty professionals attending…Hope to see you there. 1980 could be a banner year for the tournament. Warmest best wishes, Sincerely, “Jerry Ford.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original transmittal envelope which is also signed by Ford and an original full-color photograph of DiMaggio and Ford at the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 20 inches. A unique association.
Autograph quote signed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. The quote reads, “Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. I could not but feel with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around me, not only that of men but that of the whole creation. From this community of suffering I have never tried to withdraw myself. It seemed to me a matter of course that we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world.” Signed by Schweitzer beneath the quote. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Schweitzer. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17.5 inches. A unique example, rare and desirable signed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Rare autograph note signed by American abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. The note reads, “Yours Truly Harriet Beecher Stowe April 19 1892.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of the author. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 12 inches.
“YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: ONCE WHEN YOU ARE BORN AND ONCE WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE”: COMPLETE SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; FINELY BOUND
Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (Short Stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953-66.
First editions of each volume in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, beautifully bound in full black oasis morocco, gilt raised bands and gilt titles to spines, all edges gilt, scarlet endpapers, Goldfinger ‘skull’ decoration to spines, original cloth covers preserved at rear. Housed in a custom slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
“AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”: FIRST EDITIONS OF A.A. MILNE’S FOUR POOH BOOKS, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS; The Winnie the Pooh Signed by Milne
The Four Pooh Books: When We Were Very Young; Winnie-The-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House At Pooh Corner.
London: Methuen & Co., Ltd, 1924-1928.
First editions of each work in Milne’s wonderful Pooh quartet. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. Winnie the Pooh is signed by A.A. Milne on the title page. When We Were Very Young if a first edition, second issue as usual with page ix numbered. Each are fine in very good dust jackets with some loss and wear to the extremities and light toning. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box with a morocco inlay of Winnie the Pooh to the front panel. Illustrated by Ernest Shepard. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable with Winnie the Pooh signed by Milne.
"This pristine first impression. From Ian": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me; Inscribed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Andrew This pristine first impression. From Ian.” Very good in an excellent dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Rare autograph transmittal letter signed and in the hand of British polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
Rare autograph transmittal letter signed and in the hand of British polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. The letter reads, “Dear Sir Edward Goschen, I am just in Berlin for the day passing through to Breslau and I take this opportunity of sending you this copy of my book…I hope you will find time to read it. Believe me yours sincerely, E. H. Shackleton.” The recipient Sir Edward Goschen, 1st Baronet was a British diplomat, who served as an ambassador to Belgrade, Copenhagen, Vienna and Berlin. In near fine condition with light toning. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Shackleton. The entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 14.5 inches.
"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"; Lengthily Inscribed by Munro Leaf with a drawing
New York: The Viking Press, 1936.
First edition of Munro Leaf’s beloved children’s classic. Octavo, original half tan cloth, illustrated endpapers. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author with an added drawing, “To Ted Slocum with all the best from Ferdinand and Munro Leaf.” Also in Leaf’s hand is the logo of the Smoke Tree Ranch, dated March 7, 1940, as well as the notation in his hand, “This is one of 5000 of the first of the little bull – they grow more and more like the snows of yesteryear. M. L.” The recipient, Ted Slocum and his wife Isabel built the first house in Smoke Tree Ranch, a historic enclave of homes and guest cottages in the desert of Palm Springs, California. Facilities at the ranch included a dining hall with an all-inclusive meal plan, a swimming pool, stables and more, attracting wealthy industrialists and corporate heads such as Walt Disney as residents. Walt Disney’s company adapted The Story of Ferdinand into an animated short film, winning a 1938 Academy Award. Near fine 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 with such provenance, with the author citing the scarcity of the first printing.