• "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird"; First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Inscribed by Harper Lee

    Lee, Harper.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.

    First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Inscribed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The first edition had a printing run of 5,000. Easily one of the nicest copies we have seen or handled. Rare and desirable in this condition and signed.

    Price: $38,500.00

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  • “The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time": First Edition of Stephen Hawking's Landmark Work A Brief History of Time; Signed by Carl Sagan and Illustrator Ron Miller

    Hawking, Stephen W.; Introduction by Carl Sagan.

    A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

    London: Bantam Press, 1988.

    First British edition and true first of Hawking’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Ron Miller. Signed by Carl Sagan on the title page, who wrote the introduction. Additionally signed and inscribed by the illustrator Ron Miller, who has also added a drawing. Sagan tells the following story: Sagan was in London for a scientific conference in 1974, and between sessions he wandered into a different room, where a larger meeting was taking place. “I realized that I was watching an ancient ceremony: the investiture of new fellows into the Royal Society, one of the most ancient scholarly organizations on the planet. In the front row, a young man in a wheelchair was, very slowly, signing his name in a book that bore on its earliest pages the signature of Isaac Newton… Stephen Hawking was a legend even then.” In his introduction, Sagan goes on to add that Hawking is the “worthy successor” to Newton and Paul Dirac, both former Lucasian Professors of Mathematics. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $6,800.00

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  • First Edition of Peter Drucker’s Classic First Book The End of Economic Man; Signed by Him

    Drucker, Peter F.

    The End of Economic Man: A Study of the New Totalitarianism.

    New York: John Day, 1939.

    First edition of the Drucker’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Peter F. Drucker on the front free endpaper. An excellent near fine example in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad; Finely Bound in Full Morocco

    Conrad, Joseph.

    The Works of Joseph Conrad: Signed Limited Edition.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920-1926.

    Complete works of Joseph Conrad. Signed by Joseph Conrad on the limitation-page of Volume I. Octavo, 22 volumes, finely bound in full blue morocco, gilt title and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I.  One of 735 copies of the Sun-Dial Edition. In near fine condition. A very nice set.

     

    Price: $5,500.00

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  • FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE GERSHWIN’S SONG-BOOK; INSCRIBED BY HIM

    Gershwin, George.

    George Gershwin’s Song-Book.

    New York: Random House, 1932.

    First edition. Quarto, original cloth, with 18 color illustrations by Constantin Alajalov. Inscribed by George Gershwin beneath his frontispiece portrait, “To Dorothy Turnley – Every good wish, George Gershwin.” Signed examples of the trade edition are rare. Affixed to the endpapers are several related newspaper clippings and a program from a January 26, 1934 performance by Gershwin and tenor James Melton at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Coliseum. The program is autographed by Melton. With the bookplate of Dorothy Scallin Turnley. Dorothy Turnley was the first wife of Howard Chandler Turnley, proprietor of the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park, Iowa. After her marriage to Howard Turnley, Dorothy married artist Andre Boratko, then director of the WPA Federal Art Project in South Dakota. In near fine condition, lacking the rare dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and with noted provenance.

    Price: $4,500.00

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  • “Only the magic and the dream are true — all the rest's a lie": First Edition of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea; Signed by Her

    Rhys, Jean.

    Wide Sargasso Sea.

    London: Andre Deutsch , 1966.

    First edition this “tour de force” (New York Times Book Review). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Jean Rhys. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Introduction by Francis Wyndham. Jacket design by Eric Thomas. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s This Is My Story; Signed By Her; From the Library of Carl Van Vechten

    Roosevelt, Eleanor.

    This Is My Story.

    New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1937.

    First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by “with affection Eleanor Roosevelt” on the half title page. From the library of Carl Van Vechten, with his bookplate to the inner front panel, near fine in a bright near fine with a few small closed tears. Carl Van Vechten was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. He photographed Eleanor Roosevelt quite a number of times. A nice association.

    Price: $3,200.00

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