“They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation”: Rare First Edition in Spanish of the Authors Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the year of publication
Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by the author on the front free endpaper, “Para Hombre Luis Roffo, Cordialmente Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1967.” In near fine condition with a touch of creasing to the spine and overall light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon in this condition and rare and desirable signed in the year of publication.
“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it”: First Edition of Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Major Ernest D. Muse With Best Wishes Martin Luther King.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
"Of course, I live with misrepresentation of facts almost each day concerning my life and work": autograph letter signed by martin luther king, jr.
Atlanta, Georgia: 1964.
Autograph letter signed by Martin Luther King Jr. to Margaret Long, Editor of New South: The Journal of the Southern Regional Council. One page, on Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, Dr. King corresponds with Margaret Long regarding a recently published article concerning the African American Civil Rights Movement, it is dated April 5, 1964. It reads, “For several weeks I have intended answering your letter of February 18th. A brief trip out of the country, constant absences from the city and the accumulation of a huge volume of mail account for the delay. Since I am about the leave the office again, my reply will have to be very brief. I simply want to say that I am very grateful to you for writing to me, and the temporary misunderstanding which may have developed as a result of your article in the Progressive has now passed away. I am sure that you can understand why we reacted as we did in the beginning. We felt that some of the things stated were misrepresentations of the facts. Of course, I live with misrepresentation of facts almost each day concerning my life and work, and I never bother to answer such accusations because they are usually from persons that may be considered enemies to the civil rights struggle. But when misrepresentations come from friends, you do have a different reaction. I am so sure, however, that your statements were not malicious in intent. Consequently, I hope you do not interpret our concern as representing condemnation. As you know, I have great admiration for you as a person and as a writer, and can assure you that this admiration has not been diminished one iota as a result of your article in the Progressive. I hope our paths cross again real soon. It is always good to see you. With warm personal regards. Sincerely yours, Martin.” A remarkable piece offering deep insight into Martin Luther King Jr.’s daily life. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 24 inches.
“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it”: Rare Carte-de-Visite of Robert E. Lee Signed by Him
Carte-de-visite of Robert E. Lee. Boldly signed by Lee. The photograph measures 4 inches by 2.5 inches. Taken by Washington: Matthew Brady & Co., 1865. Inscribed on the verso of the original mount by Mary Anna Curtis Lee [Mrs. Robert E. Lee], “For Miss Fanny Meade from her friend & cousin M. C. Lee Lexington March 12th 1866.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable signed by Lee, with noted provenance.
The Works of John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men, The Long Valley, The Grapes of Wrath, The Forgotten Village, Sea of Cortez, The Moon is Down, Cannery Row, The Wayward Bus, The Pearl, A Russian Journal, Burning Bright, East of Eden, Sweet Thursday, The Short Reign Pippin IV, Once There Was A War, The Winter of Our Discontent, Journey of a Novel.
New York : The Viking Press, 1937-69.
First editions of Steinbeck’s most notable works bound in either full or three quarters morocco. Octavo, 17 volumes, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands. In fine condition. A very nice presentation.
“THE DISTANCE IS GREAT FROM THE FIRM BELIEF TO THE REALIZATION FROM CONCRETE EXPERIENCE”: DOCUMENT SIGNED BY QUEEN ISABELLA I, QUEEN OF SPAIN
Single quarto manuscript document signed by Queen Isabella of Spain, dated 20 November, 1501. With “La Reyna” at the top, and signed “Yo la Reyna.” The letter is for a credit to Isabella’s chamberlain, Sancho de Paredes for various supplies, services, and expenditures. Matted and framed opposite a portrait of Isabella. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Queen Isabella.
The Historians Masterpiece; The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; Finely Bound Set
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1776-1788.
Quarto, 6 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, gilt tooling to the spine, 3 folding engraved maps. Volume I and II are second editions, volumes III-VI are first editions. In near fine condition, rebacked, light rubbing and wear. The frontispiece portrait of Gibbon is after Sir Joshua Reynolds, the three engraved folding maps are of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire, and a folding map of Constantinople (this map is in its original folded issue, instead of the more common method of having the plate trimmed to the margin and inserted; it is more rare in this folded state). Bookplate of industrialist Sir Joseph Verdin Bart to each volume. A very nice set.
"so weak are human kind by nature made, or to such weakness by their vice betray'd, almighty vanity! To thee they owe their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe": First Edition of the 1750 edition of Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack
Philadelphia: B. Franklin, and D. Hall, 1749.
First Edition of the 1750 edition of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack, published under the pseudonym Richard Saunders in full, “Poor Richard improved; Being an Almanack and Ephemeris of the Motions of the Sun and Moon; The True Places and Aspects of the Planets; The Rising and Setting of the Sun; And the Rising, Setting, and Southing of the Moon, for the Year of our Lord 1750. Containing also, The Lunations, Conjunctions, Eclipses, Judgment of the Weather, Rising and Setting of the Planets, Length of Days and Nights, Fairs, Courts, Roads &.. Together with useful Tables, chronological Observations and entertaining Remarks.” In fine condition, modern boards, light toning, staining, and small loss to the upper right corner of title page, minor chipping to page edges. Rare and desirable.
"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Yours sincerely Richard Adams.” Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
"Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else": Rare First Edition of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Signed by Tom Stoppard
London: Faber & Faber, 1967.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a hint of toning to the spine. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the title page. With “Compliments of Tom Stoppard” slip laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.