“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; finely bound in three quarters calf
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition in book form of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards with black morocco spine label lettered in gilt tooling to the spine and raised gilt bands, frontispiece, pictorial title page and 38 etched plates by H. K. Browne. In very good condition with toning throughout.
"Who is the most important person I've ever met in a signing queue & the first person ever to see merit in Harry Potter. With huge [underlined 4 times] thanks. J.K. Rowling": First Edition, First Printing of J.K. Rowling's Rare First Book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Signed by Her
London: Bloomsbury, 1997.
First edition, first printing with all the prerequisite first issue points called for (including “wand” listed twice on page 53). Octavo, original illustrated boards, without a dust jacket as issued. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “to Bryony – who is the most important person I’ve ever met in a signing queue & the first person ever to see merit in Harry Potter. With huge [underlined 4 times] thanks. J.K. Rowling.” The recipient, Bryony Evens worked as an office manager in a small publishing company in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1995 J.K. Rowling sent the first three chapters of Harry Potter to that publishing company and it would have gone unseen if it wasn’t for Bryony. Bryony read them and fell in love with the story, and encouraged her boss Christopher Little to ask Rowling for the full book. Rowling then sent a full copy to Bryony when it was published by Bloomsbury in 1997. A year later Bryony went to visit Rowling at a book signing event, and when Rowling recognized her she gave her a big hug and wrote a special inscription, or message, in the book she’d brought. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Only 500 copies of the first printing were published, with over half making their way to libraries. An exceptional association and effusive inscription to the person who first recognized the value of Harry Potter.
“My education was interrupted only by my schooling": First Edition of Winston Churchill's My Early Life. A Roving Commission
London: Thornton Butterworth, 1930.
First edition of Churchill’s autobiographical writings on his younger years. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, frontispiece, illustrated throughout with maps and portraits. In fine condition without wear. Housed in a custom chemise and slipcase.
"Then, perhaps it will be time to make another journey": First Edition of Winston Churchill's My African Journey; Finely Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908.
First edition of this early Churchill travelogue. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with three full-page maps and over 60 photographs. In fine condition.
First British edition of Churchill's only full-length work of fiction: Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania; bound in full morocco by Bayntun Riviere
London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1900.
First British edition of Churchill’s singular attempt at full-length fiction, one of only 1,500 copies. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Bayntun Riviere, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, Churchill’s signature blocked in gilt on the front panel, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. 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 morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, Churchill’s signature blocked in gilt on upper covers, 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.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: THE WORLD CRISIS, FULL FIRST EDITION SET bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
The World Crisis 1911-1914; The World Crisis 1915; The World Crisis 1916-1918 Part One and Part Two; The World Crisis. The Aftermath; The World Crisis. The Eastern Front.
London: Thornton Butterfield, 1923-31.
First British editions of Churchill’s important history of World War I. Octavo, six volumes, bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. Illustrated throughout with maps and charts. In fine condition with errata slips in volumes I, III and V.
London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1932.
First edition of the second volume of Churchill’s autobiographical writings. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with frontispiece. In fine condition.
“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it": Rare First Edition of Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
London: W. Collins Sons and Co, 1926.
First edition of this novel, which was voted by the British Crime Writers’ Association as the “best crime novel of all time.” Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional example.
First Edition of Economist on Wall Street; Inscribed by Peter Bernstein to His Sister Aline Bernstein Saarinen
Economist on Wall Street: Notes on the Sanctity of Gold, the Value of Money, the Security of Investments, and Other Delusions.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1970.
First edition of this classic collection of early Bernstein writings. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the author’s sister, “For Aline – With all my love – Peter.” The recipient, Aline Bernstein Saarinen was a well-known critic of art and architecture in the United States, an author and a television journalist, who married the architect Eero Saarinen. She was given the International Award for Best Foreign Criticism at the Venice Biennale in 1951. She received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for best newspaper art criticism in 1953, and the American Federation of Arts Award for best newspaper criticism in 1956. In 1964 she turned down an offer from President Lyndon B. Johnson of the post of ambassador to Finland. Aline was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Michigan in 1964 and another by the Russell Sage College in 1967. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Appelbaum & Curtis. Preface by Gilbert Kaplan. An exceptional association copy.
Various Places: 1956-1964.
First editions of each of the photographers famed city books. Tall quarto, 4 volumes. Each are signed by William Klein, with the caption booklet of New York signed as well. Very good to near fine books in original dust jackets showing some light rubbing and wear. A very sharp set of these volumes.
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote on a tipped in page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ismar David. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974.
Signed limited edition of this work by the author of Catch-22, one of 350 numbered copies, this is number 153. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Joseph Heller on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket in a very good slipcase.
First Edition of Stephen and Ethel Longstreet's The Joys of Jewish Cooking; Signed by Both With a Large Drawing
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1974.
First edition of the fascinating story of Jewish cooking and how it got this way, together with over 400 recipes. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by both Stephen and Ethel Longstreet on the front free endpaper, plus a full page drawing by Stephen Longstreet, which he titles “To Life!” on the front pastedown. Also signed again by both Stephen and Ethel Longstreet on the title page. The DRAWING by Stephen Longstreet is on the front pastedown and partially on the front free endpaper. The inscription reads, “For Monique & Curtis: This book sent on from your mother – in the hope that the joys of food are still with you. Most cordially Stephen & Ethel Longstreet 1-4-75.” The recipients Monique and Curtis Kaufman, of San Francisco. Curtis Kaufman is the son of Harry and Lilian Kaufman, who were close friends of Stephen and Ethel Longstreet. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable.
“You took the best, so why not take the rest?”: First edition of James Baldwin's Another Country; Signed by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1962.
First edition of this classic work, which was nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Photograph by Roy Hyrkin. Rare and desirable signed.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of Wittgenstein’s first book, considered a masterpiece of philosophy. Octavo, original cloth, text in English and German. Introduction by Bertrand Russell. In fine condition. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
The Works of John Locke [Including: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest, and Raising the Value of Money, An Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coin, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Etc.]
London: Printed for C. and J. Rivington, 1826.
Finely bound edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Octavo, nine volumes, bound in full calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, all edges gilt, raised bands. Frontispiece of John Locke and fold-out table. In near fine condition, rebacked.
New York: New Directions, 1946.
First edition of Lowry’s powerful story about a WWII Photo Reconnaissance Wing in Italy. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Robert Levine Good friend to the Little Man Robert Lowry.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Author photograph by Peter Martin.
Rare Original Ulysses S. Grant United States Civil War Army Report Cover; inscribed by General Grant
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1865.
Rare Civil War era report cover inscribed by Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General of the United States Army. One page report cover, inscribed by Grant, “Wm E. Dodge, Esq., New York, N.Y. U.S. Grant Lt. Gen.” Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to Lieutenant General of the United States Army on March , 1864, a rank which had only previously been held by George Washington. Following Lincolns assassination in April of 1865, Grant became America’s first four-star general and played an important role in aiding Congress in their effort to reconstruct the South. In near fine condition. With a first edition of the complete report which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable.
London: Mills & Boon Limited, 1956.
First Mills & Boon edition of the author’s autobiography, first published in Great Britain in 1950 by Hamish Hamilton. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper with both her given and pen name, “Ida Cook (Mary Burchell).” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Rosemary Slattery. Books signed by Burchell are rare.
New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1887-88.
First American edition, early printings of Tolstoy’s masterpiece. Small octavo, six volumes, original wrappers. Translated from the French edition by Clara Bell. In very good condition with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Exceptionally rare in the original wrappers, with no examples traced at auction in the last 80 years.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952.
First paperback edition of the author’s third novel. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “To Paul Wolk with best wishes Harold Robbins.” In very good condition. Jacket design by John O’Hara Cosgrave II. Author photograph by Floyd B. Hall.
New York: Random House, 1980.
First edition of this collection of fourteen short stories, written by Capote between 1978 and 1980. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote on a bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper, “for Winnie APT good wishes Truman Capote.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by R.D. Scudellari.
"Whoever sets pen to paper writes of himself, whether knowingly or not": First Edition of E.B. White's The Second Tree From The Corner; one of five hundred copies signed by him
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1954.
First edition of this collection of White’s short stories, poems, and sketches. Octavo, original cloth. One of five hundred copies of the first edition signed by the author on the limitation page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Susan Foster.
Indianapolis/ New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1941.
Early printing of Irma S. Rombauer’s culinary classic. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Joe with all good wishes most cordially Irma S. Rombauer.” In very good condition.
"Arise shine for thy light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee": Rare Sanborn & Carter Pocket edition of the holy bible
The Everlasting Gospel and The Holy Bible, Containing The Old Testament and The New; Translated out of the Original Tongues: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised.
Portland: Sanborn & Carter, 1843.
Sanborn & Carter pocket edition of the Holy Bible. Duodecimo, original full leather with gilt titles to the spine, engraved frontispiece of the Repose in Egypt, engraved title page. In very good condition. Rare.
“Good clothes, when put to the test, survive a change in fortune, as a Roman arch survives the luxury of departed empire”: Signed Limited Edition of Arnold Bennett's The Old Wives' Tale
London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1927.
Signed limited edition of Bennett’s masterpiece. Quarto, bound in original half vellum, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. One of 5oo copies, signed by Arnold Bennett. Near fine in the rare original slipcase.
“Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?”: Signed limited Edition of P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1997.
Signed limited edition of this children’s classic, one of 100 numbered copies, this is number 77. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Mary Shepard. In fine condition.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Signed by Ayn Rand on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Jacket design by George Salter. Easily one of nicest copies extant.
First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; With three page Autographed Letter Signed by Huxley
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
First edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. With a lengthy autograph letter signed by Aldous Huxley to English philosopher L.P. Jacks, dated July 3, 1936, three pages, La Gorguette letterhead, which reads in full, “Dear Dr. Jacks, Thank you for your letter and the extremely interesting article which accompanied it. I like the idea of an international trust fund very much. Apart from the fundamental question of the willingness or otherwise of the nations to constitute such a fund, I imagine the difficulty of transferring sums of such magnitude from one country to an international authority in another. The history of reparations makes it sufficiently clear that they can’t be transferred in cash. The sums can only be paid in goods and services – except in the cause of creditor nations whose favorable balance allows them to make overseas investments and who could direct the sums ordinarily used for investment to the league. I know much too little, however, about economics to be able to criticize the scheme in detail but what I am sure of is that the idea of making the league serve among other things as a kind of international trustee, factor and insurance company is very valuable. Idealism has got to translate itself into terms of good business to make itself effective. And this would very soon reveal itself as good business. Except of course for the vested interests. These remain a very serious problem – perhaps most serious of all: The great mass of men and women who have no enormous stake in any existing institutions have only a psychological objection to change; but there is a minority whose objection is also economic – and so long as it retains presents, such change as that which you propose will be very hard to carry through. Meanwhile how depressing is the spectacle of left-wing enthusiasm for a military league? The saber rattling in the liberal press has been really deafening during these last weeks. With thanks for the article, I am your sincerely, Aldous Huxley.” Dr. Jacks served as the editor of the Hibbert Journal from its founding in 1902 until 1948. Under his editorship the Journal became one of the leading forums in England for work in philosophy and religion, and introduced the work of Alfred Loisy to British readers. In September 1915, he wrote in support of the war effort, citing the need to defeat German militarism and defend “the liberties of our race.” His article, titled The Peacefulness of Being at War in The New Republic, argued that the war had “brought to England a peace of mind such as she had not possessed for decades,” claiming that the sense of common purpose brought on by the war had overcome social fragmentation and improved English life. Jacks was interested in parapsychology and was President for the Society for Psychical Research. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a small chip. A very nice example.
New York: John Lane, 1905.
First edition of Theodora Thompson’s collection of inspirational verse. Octavo, bound in three quarters vellum by Riviere & Sons with green morocco spine label lettered in gilt, botanical gilt tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, engraved frontispiece and decorated title page. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable. Ownership inscription.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.
First edition of Lucas’ compilation of the verse from the greatest French poets of the 13th and 14th centuries. Octavo, bound in half vellum for Christ’s Hospital boarding school with their armorial crest to the front panel, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, gilt topstain. Introduction in English, text in French. From the library of British economist David Graham Hutton with his ownership signature and presentation bookplate. In very good condition.
Rare Carl Sagan Archive including twenty notes and letters signed by him; from the collection of Sagan's Executive Assistant Shirley Arden
Extensive archive of papers, letters, notes, magazines, articles, press kits and portfolios containing the work of Carl Sagan, including twenty letters and notes signed by him and some additionally by his wife Ann Druyan. From the collection of Sagan’s Executive Assistant, Shirley Arden, who was instrumental in Sagan’s success and handled all travel arrangements and publications in his most illustrious years which saw the Viking landings on Mars, the Cosmos television series, and the Voyager mission. Sagan’s biographer, Keay Davidson, used many of the documents in Arden’s archive as sources for his 1999 biography: Carl Sagan: A Life. Ann and Carl dedicated their book Comet (1995) to Arden, and she acted as the matron of honor in their wedding. In fine condition. An exceptional collection offering unprecedented insight into one of the most incredible periods of modern astronomy and its leading voice.
London: J.M. Dent & Company, 1906.
First edition of Katharine Burrill’s charming collection of prose, many related to the craft of needlepoint. Octavo, bound in full vellum elaborately decorated with gilt titles and botanical tooling, top edge gilt with others uncut, ribbon bound in. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
“She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes...”: Finely Bound Set of Thomas Moore's Works of Lord Byron: With His Letters and Journals, and His Life
London: John Murray, 1832-1833.
Finely bound set of the complete works of Lord Byron. Small octavo, 17 volumes bound in three quarters morocco with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers. With numerous plates engraved by Finden after Turner, Westall, Prout and others including tissue-guarded frontispieces and engraved title pages to each volume. In near fine condition, bookplate to the pastedowns.
New York: Random House, 1948.
First edition of this classic Faulkner novel, which explores the lives of a family of characters in the South. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sally Burns William Faulkner 16 April.” The recipient Sallie Faulkner Burns was William Faulkner‘s first cousin and was a great friend to Maud, William‘s mother. This was given to her by Faulkner and has remained in the family until now. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer.
First Edition of George Saunders' CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella; Lengthily Inscribed by Him with Drawings
New York: Random House, 1996.
First edition of Saunders’ acclaimed first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author with three drawings, covering two pages, with the added words, “Don’t think of yourself as a surrogate would, think of yourself as an entrepreneur of the physical. George Saunders.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter. A unique example.
London: Hutchinson , 1956.
First edition in English of the roman noir that was turned into the 1958 Hollywood classic Vertigo, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Translated by Geoffrey Sainsbury.
"In this book I take you on a random walk down Wall Street, providing a guided tour of the complexities of finance": First Edition of Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street; Lengthily Signed by Him
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1973.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper as follows, “In this book I take you on a random walk down Wall Street, providing a guided tour of the complexities of finance. Burt Malkiel.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jay J. Smith.
“A man who can putt is a match for anyone”: First Edition of Willie Park's The Art of Putting; Inscribed by Him
Edinburgh: J. & J. Gray & Company, 1920.
First edition of the author’s rare book on putting. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated with plates from photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To H.G. English Dobbs Ferry N.Y. With Compliments, Willie Park.” In near fine condition.
London: The Bodley Head, 1967.
First edition of this collection of twelve disarmingly witty tales about the complexities of love and intimacy from “a storyteller of genius” (Evelyn Waugh). Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Stephen Russ.
London: The Bodley Head, 1963.
First edition of this collection of stories by Greene, “a sheer mastery of narrative,” the British novelist takes a detour into the uncanny and wondrously absurd in these “compelling” stories (The Guardian). Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Warner, 1983.
First edition of the two time Academy Award-winning writer’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by William Goldman on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Dave Gatti.
"to George You're Great And Always will be!": Bob Dylan's Lyrics; Inscribed by Him to George Harrison
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.
First printing of the second edition of this compilation of Dylan’s lyrics. Quarto, original glossy illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by Dylan to close friend and fellow legendary musician, George Harrison on the front free endpaper: “To George [surrounded by a sun] You’re Great And Always will be! Best wishes Bob Dylan/3/’86.” George Harrison wrote the lyrics to the Beatles hit, “Here Comes the Sun” and Dylan was a major catalyst for Harrison as a musician. They met in person for the first time in August of 1964 at the Delmonico Hotel in New York City, where Dylan, after misinterpreting ‘It’s A Hard Day’s Night’ lyric “I get high”, offered Harrison and his fellow Beatles their first marijuana joint. After this meeting, the friendship between the Beatles and Dylan grew and his influence allowed them to expand past the conventions of pop music, with an increased use of acoustic rather than electric instruments in their recordings and more of a focus on craftsmanship vs. music for the mass market. In the fall of 1968, Harrison came to Dylan’s home in upstate New York, where they co-wrote the song, “I’d Have you Anytime”, which is recognized as a statement of friendship between the two musicians. The song was released on Harrison’s first solo album, “All Things Must Pass”, which also included a song about Dylan called, “Behind That Locked Door” and a cover of Dylan’s song, “If Not For You”. The two musicians continued occasional jam sessions in private and onstage, but the closeness of their connection was not as apparent to the public until the formation of the Travelling Wilburys in 1988, which consisted of Dylan, Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. In near fine condition. A wonderful association copy linking these two music geniuses.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962.
Early printing of Friedman’s magnum opus. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Milton Friedman in a contemporary hand on the title page. In very good condition.
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the photographer’s first book with over 75 black-and-white and color photographic plates. Tall quarto, original ivory cloth. Signed by Peter Beard on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
London: C. Kegan Paul & Co, 1881.
First edition of Dowden’s collection of the Sonnets of Shakespeare, with his introduction and notes. Small octavo, bound in full vellum. In very good condition. Ownership inscription.
"Im not brave any more darling. Im all broken. Theyve broken me": First Edition of Ernest Hemingways Classic Novel A Farewell To Arms; In the Original First State Dust Jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
First edition of this early Hemingway classic, which established him among the American masters. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine first state dust jacket with the misspelling “Katharine Barclay” in the blurb on the front flap. A nice example.
New York: Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy, 1958.
First edition of this work which stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton’s most popular works. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Thomas Merton on the title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Jacket, typography and binding by Enrico Arno.
“Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine": First Edition of Trollope's Barchester Tower
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857.
Rare first edition of one of Trollope’s most important novels with “tattooed” for “tabooed” on page 269, line 24 in the second volume. Octavo three volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red and green morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, all edges speckled red. Without the half-title to volume one or advertisements. In very good condition.
"God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race": Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
First edition, early printing of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To: Mr. L.A. “Pat” Touchae With best Wishes, Martin L. King Jr.” The recipient Pat Touchae was the mayor of Waterloo, Iowa, from 1950-1956 and a civil rights activist. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Original pressing of one of the greatest albums of all-time. Boldly signed by Bob Dylan on the front panel. The cover photograph of Blonde on Blonde shows a 12-by-12 inch close-up portrait of Dylan. The double album gatefold sleeve opens to form a 12-by-26 inch photo of the artist, at three quarter length. The artist’s name and the album’s title only appear on the spine. A sticker was applied to the shrink wrap to promote the release’s two hit singles, “I Want You” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”. The cover shows Dylan in front of a brick building, wearing a suede jacket and a black and white checkered scarf. The jacket is the same one he wore on his next two albums, John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline. In near fine condition.
"All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. Its the best book weve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since" First Edition Of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Blue Cloth
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. Octavo, blue pictorial cloth. Subscribers who had already purchased Tom Sawyer, and wanted a binding to match, were invited to request a blue cloth binding on Huckleberry Finn instead of the publisher’s green. This is one of those blue bindings—twenty times more rare than the green. This copy has all of the commonly identified first issue points (copies were assembled haphazardly by the printer and there is yet to be agreement among bibliographers as to the priority of many points). First issue points include page  with “Decided” remaining uncorrected (to “Decides”); page , illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads “with the was,”. Debate continues over the priority of other points of issue and state. This copy contains the following points of bibliographical interest: frontispiece portrait without cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven; page 155 with the final 5 being slightly larger than the first two numbers”; page 161, no signature mark “11”. In very good condition with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
First Edition of N.T. Wright's Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church; signed by him
New York: HarperOne, 2008.
First edition of the award-winning author’s popular work on the Scriptural emphasis of resurrection as the foremost hope of the Christian community. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by N.T. Wright on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover photograph by Ilona Wellmann.
"Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles": First Edition of Toward Freedom: The Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Him
New York: The John Day Company, 1941.
First edition of Nehru’s classic autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Jawaharlal Nehru on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. First editions are uncommon, especially signed.
“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters": First Edition of The Shining; Signed by Stephen King and Jack Nicholson
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1977.
First edition of King’s third novel. Octavo, original half black cloth. Boldly signed by Stephen King on the title page and by actor Jack Nicholson on the front free endpaper. Nicholson starred as Jack Torrance in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film bearing the same name. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Dave Christensen. Jacket typography by Al Nagy.
Paris: The Hyperion Press, 1946.
Early printing of this compendium of the works of Toulouse Lautrec. Quarto, illustrated with black and white and tipped-in color plates. From the library of American actor Zachary Scott, the first husband of Elaine Scott who later married writer John Steinbeck. Scott is best remembered for his many roles as villains and “mystery men” in dozens of musical comedies, film noirs, and psychological thrillers throughout the 1940s and 50s including Hollywood Canteen, The Unfaithful, Shotgun, Man in the Shadow, and The Young One. In very good condition with Scott’s bookplate to the pastedown.
Rare American Boxing Champions Signed Photograph Collection; signed by James J. Braddock, Max Baer, James 'Red' Burman, Sixto Escobar, and Bob Pastor
Collection of six original photographs signed and inscribed by five 1930s American boxing champions, including: “Cinderella Man” James J.Braddock, World Heavyweight Champion Max Baer, James ‘Red’ Burman, Sixto Escobar, and top-ranked heavyweight Bob Pastor. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection.
"The foundation of modern Latin lexicography": Rare 1740 edition of Robert Estienne's Thesaurus linguae latinae
Basileae: Typis & Impensis E. & J.R. Thurnisiorum, 1740.
Rare 1740 edition of Robert Estienne’s “greatest monument of Latin scholarship”, his Thesaurus Linguae Latinae. Folio, four volumes bound in full vellum with spine labels decorated and titled in gilt, woodcut printer’s device portrait of Estienne to each title page. In very good condition.
“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself": Signed Limited Edition of Aldous Huxley's Point Counter Point;
London: Chatto & Windus, 1928.
Signed limited first edition of Huxley’s classic satiric novel, one of 256 numbered copies, this is number 218. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Contemporary bookplate to the front pastedown.
Massadah & Alumoth: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, 1962.
Elaborately bound example of Szyk’s magnum opus. Quarto, publisher’s full velvet cloth with gilt stamping to the spine, front and rear panels, illustrated profusely with full color illumination. With the English translation printed in black and brick red and Hebrew text accompanied by elaborate full color illuminations. Edited by Cecil Roth. In fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s three quarters morocco plush-lined clamshell box which is in very good condition. A beautiful presentation.
London: Andre Deutsch/Derek Verscholyle, 1957.
First British edition, early printing of the second book in the Madeline series, which went on to win the Caldecott Medal. Thin quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the half-title page. In near fine condition.
The Bombay Edition of Rudyard Kipling; Bound in Full Morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; With Volume One Signed by Him
The Works of Rudyard Kipling: The Deluxe Signed Edition. [Including Plain Tales from the Hills; The Phantom Rickshaw; The Light That Failed; Gunga Din; The Jungle Book; The Second Jungle Book; Captains Courageous; Kim; Just So Stories.]
London: Macmillan & Company, 1897-1919.
The Bombay edition of Rudyard Kipling’s collected works. Octavo, 30 volumes. Bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling and ruling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 1,050 sets with volume 1 signed by Rudyard Kipling. In very good condition.
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: Scarce first Edition of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936.
Scarce first edition, first printing of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with a child’s hand-colored illustrations throughout the first 95 pages. A unique example, illustrating the universal appeal of this important work. First printings are scarce.
"All that matters on the chessboard is good moves": First edition of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess; Signed by grandmaster Bobby Fischer; From the library of his coach and Grandmaster William Lombardy
New York: Basic Systems, 1966.
First edition of this definitive work on how to play chess. Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Bobby Fischer on the front free endpaper. Form the library of grandmaster and coach of Fischer William Lombardy, with his name on the front pastedown. “Ex libris William Lombard.” Lombardy was one of the leading American chess players during the 1950s and 1960s, and a contemporary of Bobby Fischer, whom he coached during the World Chess Championship 1972. He won the World Junior Championship in 1957, the only person to win that tournament with a perfect score. Lombardy led the U.S. Student Team to Gold in the 1960 World Student Team Championship in Leningrad. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. From the library of William Lombardy. An exceptional association copy, linking these two giants of chess.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1936.
First edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his publisher, “To Herbert Bristol with an authors acknowledgement to his publisher Robert Frost 1936.” Bristol was the president and publisher at the Henry Holt and Company. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional association.
"And so it goes..."; First Edition of Slaughterhouse-Five; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a Drawing of a Self-Caricature
New York: Delacorte Press, 1969.
First edition of Vonnegut’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Boldly signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a drawing of a self-caricature on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
“My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the needs of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever": Rare First Edition in English of Thucydides The History of the Peloponnesian War
The Hystory, Writtone by Thucidides the Athenyan, of the Warre, Whiche was Betwene the Peloponesians and the Athenyans [The History of the Peloponnesian War].
London: William Tylle, 1550.
First edition of one one of the greatest of classic historical works. Folio, bound in 19th century full vellum, morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, title-page with elaboarate historiated woodcut border. In very good condition with light toning to the text. Rare and desirable in this condition.