"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit em, but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird"; First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Inscribed by Harper Lee
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
Rare First Edition Of Richard Yates Powerful First Novel Revolutionary Road; Inscribed And Dated By Him
Boston: Little, Brown, 1961.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Yates on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Clarence Thomas, William Rehnquist, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Harry A. Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White, Sandra Day O'Connor, and David H. Souter.
Rehnquist Supreme Court oversized color photograph signed by all nine justices. Group portrait of the Rehnquist Court taken on the occasion of the investiture of Clarence Thomas. Signed on the mat below by Clarence Thomas, William Rehnquist, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Harry A. Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White, Sandra Day O’Connor, and David H. Souter. The photograph measures 13.5 inches by 10.5 inches. The entire framed piece measures 21.5 inches by 17.5 inches.
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.
“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
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.
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both": Signed Limited Editions Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961. Copy
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1963-65.
Signed limited first editions, each one of 1500 copies. Two volumes, thick octavo, original tan cloth, original slipcases. Both are fine condition with the original acetate dust jacket, which are in near fine condition. The slipcases are in very good condition with some toning.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts This Is My Story; Signed By Her; From the Library of Carl Van Vechten
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.