• "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

    Yezierska, Anzia.

    Hungry Hearts.

    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.

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  • "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

    Berger, Thomas (James Jones.

    Crazy In Berlin.

    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.

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  • "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

    Garcia Marquez, Gabriel (Jose Saramago).

    El Amor en los Tiempos del Colera (Love in the Time of Cholera).

    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.

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  • Rare Original Peace and Freedom Award Ceremony Program; signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.

    King, Jr., Martin Luther.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Signed Peace and Freedom Award Ceremony Program.

    1965.

    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.

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  • Rare original letter and photographs signed by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco

    Kelly, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III.

    Princess Grace and Prince Rainier Signed Letter and Photographs.

    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.

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  • Autograph Letter Signed and entirely in the hand of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Holmes, Oliver Wendell.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes Autograph Letter Signed.

    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.

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  • “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

    King, Jr., Martin Luther.

    Why We Can’t Wait.

    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.

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  • Rare Typed Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill as Minister of Munitions of War

    Churchill, Winston S.

    Winston S. Churchill Autograph Letter Signed.

    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.

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  • "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

    Nehru, Jawaharlal.

    Jawaharlal Nehru Neptune Rex Ceremony Naval Decree Signed.

    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.

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  • First Edition of Hank Aaron's I Had A Hammer; Warmly Inscribed by Him

    Aaron, Hank.

    I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story.

    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.

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  • First Edition of Saul Bellow's Pulitzer Prize-winning Novel Humboldt's Gift; Inscribed by him to Close Friend Judge Abraham Marovitz

    Bellow, Saul.

    Humboldt’s Gift.

    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.

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