New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of Steinbeck’s beloved cross-country narrative. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Don Freeman. Photographs of Steinbeck by Hans Namuth.
New York: Hyperion Books, 2004.
Second printing of Vizzini’s groundbreaking novel that inspired the Broadway musical. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Ned Vizzini on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Timothy Saccenti. Rare and desirable signed.
“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York: Vincent Parke, 1908.
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
"I know I cannot put it into words": First Edition of Anzia Yezierska's Hungry Hearts; Lengthily inscribed by Her and with an Autographed Signed Letter
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920.
First edition of Anzia Yezierska’s rare first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. and Mrs. Love appreciatively yours Anzia Yezierska.” With an autographed letter signed from Yezierska tipped to the pastedown, dated February 25, 1921 on Metro-Goldwyn stationary, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Love at the Hayward Hotel in Los Angeles, thanking them profusely for their help, it reads, “I know I cannot put it into words, but I cannot help wanting to tell you how much both of you helped me yesterday. It would have taken a week of hard work for me to do what you helped me with in that one afternoon. The worst part of it is that I don’t feel guilty at having taken so many hours of your time because somehow I am glad to have taken that much help from you. Sincerely yours Anzia Yezierska.” Goldwyn hired Yezierska at an astronomical sum, based on the success of her stories in magazines, leading some in Hollywood to refer to her as the “sweatshop Cinderella.” A silent film, shot on location in NY’s Lower East Side, the setting of her stories of Jewish working-class life, was produced and distributed in 1922. By the mid-1920s, Yezierska had returned to New York from Hollywood. The Loves were probably screen writers or the silent film equivalent, who may have been teaching Yezierska the basics. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chips and wear.
“Dearest says that is the best kind of goodness; not to think about yourself, but to think about other people": First Edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy; Finely Bound by Asprey and Garrard
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Asprey & Garrard, elaborate gilt stamping to the spine and front panel, all edges gilt, inner dentelles. Illustrated with drawings by Reginald B. Birch. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words": Finely Bound Example of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty
Finely bound example by Bayntun-Riviere Bindery of Sewell’s classic Black Beauty. Quarto, bound in full green morocco with pictorial horse inlays in morocco on the front panel, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, inner dentelles. In fine condition. Housed in a custom green cloth box. An exceptional presentation.
"This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; Finely Bound by Asprey
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
First edition with “A-3.64[H]” present on copyright page. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Asprey, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, original dustjacket bound in at back.
“If the wind rises it can push us against the flood when it comes": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Islands in the Stream Finely Bound by Asprey
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970.
First edition of Hemingway’s autobiographical novel in three parts, published posthumously. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Asprey, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, facsimile Hemingway signature in gilt on cover, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, original cartographic endpapers bound in back. In fine condition.
"But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf
New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1952.
First edition of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, cover ruled in gilt and decorated in shell motifs, gilt decorated dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
"I would take anything I love and throw it off the highest cliff you ever saw and not wait to hear it bounce": First Edition of Across the River and Into the Trees Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel since For Whom the Bell Tolls. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more": Limited large paper edition of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN; Finely Bound by Asprey
The Works of Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma).
London: J.M. Dent and Company, 1892.
Limited large paper edition, one 100 examples for England (of 150 total). Octavo, 10 volumes. Bound in half calf and marbled boards by Asprey, spines with 5 raised bands, ruled and titled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Although a luxury edition, the 1892 Dent edition was the first to contain any critical commentary, giving Austen’s texts serious consideration. Gilson E75. Octavo, 10 volumes. Bound in three quarters leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt topstain, frontispiece of Austen to volume one. Contains Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. In near fine condition. A beautifully bound large paper set of Austen’s novels.
Dallas: George Jackson, 1908.
First edition of George Jackson’s autobiography of his life in Texas. Octavo, original cloth, profusely illustrated from photographs, including portrait frontispiece. In near fine condition.
"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes": First Editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times; Finely Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume of this important biography. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Marlborough armorial crests stamped in gilt on the front panels of each volume, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt-ruled dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles. In fine condition.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Finely Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in full Prussian blue morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, maps present. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
“NOW, MY DEARS… DON’T GO INTO MR. MCGREGOR’S GARDEN”: FIRST TRADE EDITION; DELUXE BINDING OF THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
London: Frederick Warne, 1902.
First trade edition, deluxe binding in green cloth of this children’s classic. 12 mo, original publisher’s green cloth, lettered in red with publisher’s monogram to upper cover, top edge gilt, gray leaf-patterned endpapers, with 31 color illustrations. With “wept big tears” on page 51, and leaf patterned end-papers. Linder notes that 2000 copies from the first 8000 were issued in “green cloth, light green cloth or olive-green cloth.” Linder p 421; Quinby 2. In very good condition, rebacked with the original spine, retaining original endpapers. Housed in a a custom cloth clamshell box.
New York: Random House, 1940.
Early printing of this “absolute delight,” Seuss’ story of one noble elephant’s exceptional steadfastness, inscribed by the author, “For Richard and Philip with Best Wishes—Dr. Seuss,” with Seuss’ original sketch of one of his whimsical creatures. Quarto, original gray cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the extremities and a few small chips. Rare and desirable with a drawing by Dr. Seuss.
"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 the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell.
First Edition of N.T. Wright's For All God's Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church; Inscribed by Him
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Erdmans Publishing Company, 1997.
First edition of this “passionate and thoughtful book” (The Library Journal). Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Jacqueline with love Tom.” In fine condition. Cover design by Lorraine White.
“You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you never can go back": First Edition of James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1956.
First edition of this landmark novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Dan Johnson: with my very best wishes! James Baldwin. Fine in a near fine dust jacket price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Seymour Chwast.
"To my friends, Gloria & Jim Jones with admiration and affection": First Edition of Thomas Berger's Crazy in Berlin; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Writer James Jones
New York: Charles Scribner's, 1958.
First edition of Berger’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow author James ‘Jim’ Jones and his wife Gloria, “To my friends, Gloria & Jim Jones with admiration and affection Thomas Berger Paris 13 Oct 65.” There is a second, longer note by Berger on the half-title, that reads “Twenty-nine years ago, the first time I touched this copy of Crazy in Berlin, I was a guest in James Jones’s home in Paris, drinking 50-year-old armagnac and smoking a Montecristo Numero Tres, the legendary pre-Castro cigar, both provided by my generous host Thomas Berger Grand View-on-Hudson 13 August 1994.” Very good in a very good first state dust jacket. Jacket design by Sydney Butchkes. An exceptional association copy, connecting two of the premier chroniclers of the mid-twentieth century.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1943.
First edition of Rawlings’ heartwarming cookbook. Octavo, original pictorial calico-textured cloth. Signed by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings on the front free endpaper. Bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Robert Camp.
“The secret of life', he said, 'is to become very very good at somethin' that's very very 'ard to do": First Edition of Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More; Inscribed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1977.
First edition of this collection of seven short stories by the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Blake Love Roald Dahl.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Susan Shields. Photograph by Sophie Baker.
"Placing the ball in the right position for the next shot is eighty percent of winning golf": First Edition of Ben Hogan's Power Golf; Inscribed by Him
New York: A.S. Barnes & Company, 1948.
First edition of this classic “how to golf” book by one of the golf’s greatest players. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Artun Bodin with best wishes Golfingly Ben Hogan.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Foreword by Ed Dudley.
"The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love": First Spanish Edition of the El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to fellow Nobel Prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago
Madrid: Mondadori, 1987.
First Spanish edition of the author’s masterpiece which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, boldly inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page to fellow Nobel-prize winning author Jose Saramago, “Para Jose, del amigo G. Marquez.” Two of the most significant authors of the twentieth century, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Portuguese writer Jose Saramago’s several best-selling works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, notably for their unique and distinctive styles and ability to convey the depth of experience of the human condition. While Marquez singularly popularized the style of magical realism, Saramago created his own experimental style featuring long sentences and unique dialogue structures to convey the experiences of his characters. Marquez was the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.” In 1998, Saramago was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, notably for his “parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony”, and his “modern skepticism” about official truths. From the library of Jose Saramago with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association connecting two Nobel prize-winning literary masters.
“And Teddy worried lots about The fact that he was rather stout. He thought: 'If only I were thin! But how does anyone begin?'”: Exquisitely bound example of A.A. Milne's of When We Were Very Young
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1927.
Finely bound edition of the first book in Milne’s beloved Pooh series. Octavo, elaborately bound in full morocco with gilt tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt central motif of a young Christopher Robin within double gilt ruling with cornerpiece designs to the front panel, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, charming patterned endpapers, illustrated by Ernest Shepard. In fine condition.
“But now I am six. And I'm clever as clever. And now I think I'll stay six now forever and ever": Exquisitely bound example of A.A. Milne's of Now We Are Six
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1927.
Finely bound edition of the third book in Milne’s beloved Pooh series. Octavo, elaborately bound in full morocco with gilt tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt central motif of Christopher Robin within double gilt ruling with cornerpiece designs to the front panel, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, charming patterned endpapers, illustrated by Ernest Shepard. In fine condition.
"One moonlit evening, mainly to prove himself he could do it, Harold went for a walk on a tightrope": Scarce First Edition of Harold's Circus: An Astounding, Colossal, Purple Crayon Event!
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1959.
First edition of the fifth book in the author’s beloved series. 16mo, original cloth, illustrated. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Scarce.
"From the looks of things, Harold thought, he might very well be at the North Pole": Scarce First Edition of Harold and the North Pole
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958.
First edition of the fourth book in the author’s beloved series. 16mo, original cloth, illustrated. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Scarce in the original dust jacket.
Series 1935 D silver certificate one dollar bill, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman on the portrait side. Double matted and framed with a photograph of President Truman at the Oval Office desk, with the phrase, “The buck stops here!” The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 12.5 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Presidential history.
"Fortunes have been built and are still amassed on this trick alone": Rare first edition of Houdini's Paper Magic; Inscribed by Him
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1922.
First edition, second printing of Houdini’s guide to the whole art of performing with paper. Octavo, original cloth, full color frontispiece, illustrated with engravings and figures within the text. Warmly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With best wishes for a merry xmas & Happy New Year xmas 1924 Houdini.” In very good condition with a strong signature from Houdini. Rare and desirable.
Rare original program from the 1965 Davenport Catholic Interracial Council Pacem In Terris: Peace and Freedom Award ceremony. Boldly signed by Martin Luther King Jr. on the front panel. On April 28, 1965 at the Masonic Temple of Davenport, Iowa the Davenport Catholic Interracial Council Peace and Freedom Award was awarded to four individuals including King. After accepting the award, King delivered a powerful speech to a crowd of over 800 viewers, demanding their participation in social action to end racial segregation, asserting, “To make justice a reality, we must develop massive action programs. With a strong action program—picketing when necessary, demonstrating when necessary, marching when necessary—all undergirded with the philosophy of non-violence we can bring the American dream into full reality.” In fine condition. Matted and framed with a photograph of King accepting the award and a plaque describing the event. The entire piece measures 29.5 inches by 17 inches.
Rare autograph letter and two photographs signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The letter is one page, partially typescript, dated March 4th 1956 on Palais de Monaco letterhead, and reads in part “Your Eminence, It is with deep regret that I am writing this letter. Due to unforeseen events occurring in the near future, my trip had to be foreshortened and I must leave your fair city tomorrow. Please be assured that Miss Kelly and I had been looking forward to seeing you. It is very unfortunate that we will not be able to do so.” Prince Rainier has added a note in his hand at the letter’s conclusion, “I beg Your Eminence to bestow upon myself and Miss Kelly your Holy benediction for our coming union before God and believe me yours respectfully Rainier Prince of Monaco.” The letter is flanked by two photographs, one of the royal family which is signed by Prince Rainier and another of the royal couple which is singed by Princess Grace, “Grace de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 17.5 inches. An elegant presentation.
Royal 1958 Christmas and New Year card with a full-color image of Sebastiano Ricci’s painting The Holy Family. Signed by Queen Elizabeth, “Elizabeth R” and Prince Philip, “Philip.” The card measures 18.25 inches by 7.75 inches. In fine condition. A lovely example.
Rare early 18th century map of France and its surrounds by Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit. One page, with detailed topographical details and hand-colored borders. Bearing the seal of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cambrai in the upper right corner. In very good condition.
First edition of Vanderbilt's Taking One's Own Ship Around the World; one of only 300 copies produced in buckram
Taking One’s Own Ship Around the World: A Journal Descriptive of Scenes and Incidents Together with Observations From the Log Books Recorded on the Voyage Around the World of the Yacht Ara.
New York: Privately Printed by William Edwin Rudge, 1929.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s account of his voyage around the world aboard the diesel yacht Ara. Folio, bound in the original brown buckram, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with engravings after photographs by Wiliam E. Belanske, Pierre C. Merillon, Charles H. Thompson, and Vanderbilt and 18 color plates with lettered tissue guards after watercolors by William E. Belankse. One of only 500 copies printed and 300 bound in buckram, this is number 412. From the library of Thomas and Margaret Winn with a note of provenance laid in in Margaret’s hand. Margaret Winn worked as a volunteer at the William K. Vanderbilt Museum and Education Center from 1985-1988 where she was gifted this book by the museum’s staff. In fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Signed by Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, Bryon White and Sandra Day O'Connor
Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Bryon White.
Large photograph of the 1980’s Burger Court, signed by nine justices. The justices are Warren Burger, Byron R. White, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., William Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Additionally inscribed above the image by Burger, “For Donna De Young with best wishes Warren E. Burger.” Framed. The entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 17 inches. Rare and desirable. An attractive image of this important court which presided over a number of issues relating to equality and freedom.
November 20, 1920.
Autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Oliver Wendell Holmes on Supreme Court letterhead. Dated November 20th 1920, the letter reads, “Mr. Barnes called last Evening and delivered to me the handsome Copy of your amended essay. In his presence I established in my shelves, its place being by the side of a fine edition of my much admired Malthus. Mr. Barnes gave a charming account of you and I enjoyed his call very much – none the less that he had been received at any earlier moment with some suspicion as an unknown man with a bag. I hardly know which gives me the greater pleasure – your kind estimate of my work or the admirable quality of yours. On both grounds I am very much obliged to you and am Sincerely yours, O.W. Holmes.” Holmes’ legal philosophy was strongly influenced by the political and economic observations of Thomas Robert Malthus, powerfully expressed in his best-known work An Essay on the Principle of Population, published in 1798. Matted and framed with a drawing of Holmes. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12 inches.
Early black and white photograph of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. Inscribed by him, “To Loretta, Sincerely, Frank.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Sinatra.
Rare original photograph inscribed by journalist and explorer Henry M. Stanley. Inscribed by Stanley in the upper right corner of the photograph, “Yours faithfully, Henry M. Stanley 1907.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 10 inches.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere": Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; Inscribed by Him to His Daughter's Teacher
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964.
Early printing of Dr. King’s third book, including his reflections on his 1963 Birmingham campaign. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Montague In appreciate for all you have done to aid in giving our daughter a good education Martin Luther King Jr.” The recipient, Jane Montague was a teacher who taught the eldest child of Dr. King, Yolanda. Montague taught Yolanda King, who was Martin Luther King’s eldest child at Spring Street Elementary school in Marietta Georgia, starting in 1965. King noted that of this time Yolanda recalls some wonderful teachers who were welcoming and tried to make them comfortable. The children’s first day of school was covered by local news and multiple photographers followed the events. With a letter of provenance from Jane Montague’s son, Robert Montague. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional association.
"The truth, as always, will be far stranger": First Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Signed by Arthur C. Clarke
New York: New American Library, 1968.
First edition of the novel of the landmark “proverbial good science fiction movie” he and Stanley Kubrick created. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Arthur C. Clarke on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. A superior example.
First Edition Of John Updikes Collection of Golf Writings; Signed by Updike, Illustrator Paul Szep and Jack Nicklaus
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
First edition of this classic collection of golf stories by John Updike. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Updike and additionally inscribed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. Also signed by the illustrator, Paul Szep who has added a large drawing of Updike on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"In no time at all she was princess of the land. And she and her husband, the charming Prince, rode to their palace in a golden coach to live happily ever after!": First Edition of Walt Disney's Big Golden Book Cinderella
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950.
First edition of The Big Golden Book retelling of one of the most celebrated Disney films. Folio, original illustrated boards with gilt detailing, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with full page color illustrations throughout. Illustrations by the Walt Disney Studio adapted by Retta Scott Worcester. Story adapted by Jane Werner from the Walt Disney motion picture Cinderella. Designed and produced by The Sandpiper Press and Artists and Writers Guild, Inc. In very good condition. A very nice example.
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline “Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous”, a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Articles featured on the front page include, “Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon”, “Kennedy Charged in Crash”, and “Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 21 inches. Rare a desirable signed by Armstrong.
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill as Minister of Munitions of War. One page, dated January 1918 and addressed to Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Forrest Halkett Carmichael, the letter reads, “My Dear Sir” I have had much pleasure in recommending to the Prime Minister that you should be appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and I am glad to learn that His Majesty has approved the recommendation. Pray accept my hearty congratulations on this recognition of your valuable services. “Yours very truly Winston S. Churchill.” With the official seal of the Ministry of Munitions of War emblem stamped at the head of the page. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of a young Churchill. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 14 inches.
“ORBITING EARTH IN THE SPACESHIP, I SAW HOW BEAUTIFUL OUR PLANET IS. PEOPLE, LET US PRESERVE AND INCREASE THIS BEAUTY, NOT DESTROY IT!”: RARE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED by Yuri Gagarin, Pavel Popovich, Gherman Titov, and Andriyan Nikolayev
Rare original photograph signed by four important Russian cosmonauts including the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin. Additionally signed by Andriyan Nikolayev (the third Russian in space and the first person to make a televised broadcast from space), Gherman Titov who became the first human to orbit the earth multiple times in 1961, and Pavel Popovich (the fourth cosmonaut to travel into space). Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 9.5 inches. In fine condition.
Rare photograph of American tennis legend William Tilden. Boldly signed by Tilden, “Wm T. Tilden 2nd.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 10 inches. In fine condition.
"We do hereby charge all Sharks, Whales, Eels, Dolphins, Gollywogs, Pollywogs, etc. to abstain from eating, playing with or otherwise maltreating his person": Official Neptune Rex Ceremony Decree Signed by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
June 5, 1950.
Rare original Neptune Rex Ceremony Decree signed by Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister. One page, partially printed with a woodcut headpiece of King Neptune, woodcut initials and red Neptune Rex seal. The decree reads, “Whereas by our Royal condescension we decree that our trusty and well beloved Norman Cliff has this day entered Our domain and has been rightly and duly initiated with all form and ceremony as our subject on board Indian Naval Ship Delhi. We do hereby charge all Sharks, Whales, Eels, Dolphins, Gollywogs, Pollywogs, etc. to abstain from eating, playing with or otherwise maltreating his person. And We further direct all Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Globetrotters and Landlubbers who have not crossed the Equator of Our Royal domain to treat him with respect due to on of Our loyal subjects. Given at Our Court on the Equator this fifth day of June 1950 in longitude 92.” Signed at the conclusion by Jawaharlal Nehru and Norman Cliff. The Neptune Rex Ceremony was a traditional line-crossing ceremony performed to initiate sailors into the Kingdom of Neptune upon their first crossing of the Equator. The tradition may have originated with early Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian vessels passing notable headlands. By the eighteenth century, there were well-established line-crossing rituals in the British Royal Navy, United States Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy. In near fine condition.
Eton Square: January 9, 1859.
Rare original document signed by Queen Victoria appointing George Markham Giffard, Hunton Rodwell and Henry Hawkins to her Counsel Learned in the Law. One page, approved and signed by Queen Victoria at the head of the page, “App. Victoria R.” In near fine condition.
November 29, 1870.
Rare original document signed by Queen Victoria granting John R. Davidson a license to plead in Manchester at a trial for conspiracy. One page folded with the white paper Royal Seal to the front page. Signed by Queen Victoria at the top of the document, “Victoria R.” In fine condition.
Rare original document signed by Ulysses S. Grant as President. One page, partially printed, the document reads, “I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of Harris Fisher and Henry Goldstein, dated this day and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant. “U.S. Grant” Washington 23 Nov. 1874.” In fine condition. The document measures 10 inches by 7.75 inches.
New York: Harper Collins, 1991.
First edition of Aaron’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to composer John Williams on the front free endpaper, “To John Thanks for Being our Olympic Partner Hank Aaron 3/17/95.” Williams wrote the Summon the Heroes is a one-movement orchestral composition written for the 1996 Summer Olympics by the American composer John Williams for the National Broadcasting Company. It premiered July 19, 1996, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. The composition was dedicated to Tim Morrison, trumpet soloist of the Boston Pops Orchestra. The piece is the third of four compositions Williams has written for the Olympics, following 1984’s Olympic Fanfare and Theme and 1988’s Olympic Spirit, and preceding 2002’s Call of the Champions. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Co-written with Lonnie Wheeler.
Rare framed collection of official medallions and pins from the second Presidential Inauguration of Richard M. Nixon of 1973. Contents include a gold chain link bracelet bearing a medallion with the Presidential Seal, six small presidential pins, two elaborate gold pins bearing the presidential seal, an Inaugural Committee Staff Ribbon with Inaugural medallion, and a gold necklace bearing a medallion with Nixon’s portrait in profile. Housed in a custom shadow box frame lined with blue velvet. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 14 inches.
First Edition of Saul Bellow's Pulitzer Prize-winning Novel Humboldt's Gift; Inscribed by him to Close Friend Judge Abraham Marovitz
New York: The Viking Press, 1975.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “To Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz — the homage of letters to justice Best wishes Saul Bellow June 3 1982.” The recipient Abraham Marovitz was a famed Chicago attorney and long-time powerful United States District Court judge. Both Bellow and Marovitz were Lithuanian Jews (Bellow born in Canada, Marovitz in the United States) who knew each other well as fellow notable Chicagoans. His inkstamped “From the Library of Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz” on the front pastedown. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Mel Williamson. An exceptional presentation.
Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1975.
First edition of Wilson’s classic work. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrations by Sarah Landry. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For John Rogers Edward O. Wilson, who has added a drawing of an ant. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
First Edition of Lionel Trilling's The Liberal Imagination; Inscribed and dated by Him in the Year of Publication to Herbert Wechsler
New York: The Viking Press, 1950.
First edition of one of the influential works of criticism published in the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Herbert and Elzie Wechsler, “To Elzie and Herbert most affectionately Lionel 21 March 1950.” The recipient Herbert Wechsler was a legal scholar and former director of the American Law Institute (ALI). He is most widely known for his constitutional law scholarship and for the creation of the Model Penal Code. The Journal of Legal Studies has identified Wechsler as one of the most cited legal scholars of the 20th century. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. A nice association.
"Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society": First Edition of Sonia Sotomayor's My Beloved World; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
First edition of Justice Sotomayor’s autobiography, which details the life of the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Octavo, original boards, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Signed by Sonia Sotomayor on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Mendelsund.
"Nothing is accomplished by trying to persuade someone who lacks the authority to do what you're asking": Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges; Inscribed by Antonin Scalia
Saint Paul: Thomson/West, 2008.
Early printing of Scalia’s work on effective legal persuasion. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Justice Scalia on the half-title page, “To William Prescott With best regards Antonin Scalia.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Collection of Original Flyers from Memorial events held upon the anniversary of the death of African American revolutionary Malcolm X
Collection of two original flyers from events held on the anniversary of the death of African American revolutionary Malcolm X. Two pages, the flyers advertise events held February 23rd through 25th 1968 at the Bidell Street Presbyterian Church, Saint Stephens Lutheran Church, and Savoy Ballroom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania featuring performances by American author and dramatist LeRoi Jones. In near fine condition.
First Edition of Allen Ginsberg's Gay Sunshine Interview with Allen Young; inscribed by Allen Ginsberg
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1974.
First edition of Allen Young’s Gay Sunshine Interview with Allen Ginsberg. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Allen Ginsberg on the title page, “for Richard Lauty with best wishes for saying hello and goodbye to little Angels. Allen Ginsberg Nov 2, 1978 La Salle.” In fine condition.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.
Later printing of this work by Justice Scalia. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Antonin Scalia on the half-title page. Underlining and some marginalia to the text, very good.
"In France we have always known how to extract from the best products in existence the most exquisite dishes": First Edition of Paris Restaurants; In the Scarce Original Dust Jacket
New York: Brentano's, 1929.
First edition in English of this look at Parisian restaurants in the 1920s. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
London: The Richards Press, 1943.
Richards Press pocket edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. 16mo, bound in full red leather with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. Additionally contains the Life of Omar Khayyam. Period ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. In very good condition. A charming example.
"The pursuit of grouse is more a passion that burns within than a sport to be enjoyed on one's day off": First edition of Grouse Magic; Signed by Nick Sisley
Privately Printed, 1981.
First edition of Sisley’s collection of stories related to grouse hunting. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, pictorial endpapers, illustrated by Earl Martz. One of 1500 copies privately printed, this is number 1373. Signed by the author on the limitation page, “Good shooting Nick Sisley.” With a grouse feather tipped in opposite the half-title page. In fine condition. Housed in the original slipcase which is in fine condition.