• “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die": First Edition of The Babe Ruth Story; Warmly Inscribed by Him to His Doctor

    Ruth, Babe.

    The Babe Ruth Story.

    New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1948.

    First edition of Babe Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To my good friend and Pal Dr. Richard Lewisohn From Babe Ruth 1948.” Dr. Lewisohn was a surgeon who experimented with an anti-cancer drug, teropterin (pteroltriglutamic acid). In 1947, Dr. Lewisohn offered Ruth, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 1946, to receive this experimental therapy. Dr. Lewisohn was very honest with Ruth about his small chances for a recovery although no formal informed consent was signed. Ruth responded bravely that he would still like to go through with the experimental treatment in order to provide the medical community with information that might help individuals in the future with the same ailment. Thus, Ruth became a subject in one of the first clinical trials of an anti-cancer drug. Dr. Lewison’s experimental course of teropterin injections led to a dramatic, albeit short-lived, improvement in Ruth. The improvement in Ruth’s condition was featured in the lead story of September 11, 1947 in the Wall Street Journal which reported on Dr. Lewisohn’s report of the case at a medical conference. The Wall Street Journal stated that researchers might be on the verge of a cure for cancer. As a direct result of Dr. Lewisohn’s treatment, Ruth was able to say farewell to his fans at Yankee Stadium and attend other public functions, as well do the interviews for and see the publication of this book in May of 1948. He was also attend the premiere of the film based on upon this book. Ruth passed away just a short time later on August 16, 1948, before the film’s public release. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some professional restoration. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are scarce, given the short time between the release of the book and Ruth’s passing. Association copies such as this one are highly prized.

    Price: $15,000.00

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  • To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee

    Lee, Harper.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.

    Eighth printing of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, published a few months after the first edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. With a photograph of a young Harper Lee laid in. Contemporary name, near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • "The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

    Gugler, Henry. [Abraham Lincoln].

    Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

    c. 1869.

    Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.

    Price: $4,500.00

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  • First Edition of Herbert Warren Wind's On the Tour with Harry Sprague; Inscribed by Him To Gene Sarazen

    Wind, Herbert Warren. [Gene Sarazen].

    On the Tour with Harry Sprague.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960.

    First edition of this work by America’s greatest golf writer cracks wise in this humorous peek inside the life and mind of an up-and-coming young pro. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings. Association copy, inscribed by the author on front free endpaper to Gene Sarazen, “For Gene Thanking you for my most recent pleasure at the Centenary British Open With all good wishes Herb Wind.” The recipient Gene Sarazen was a professional golfer and the winner of seven major championships. He is one of five players (along with Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods) to win each of the four majors at least once. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Introduction by Jimmy Demaret. D&M 40300. An exceptional association.

    Price: $850.00

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  • Rare Autograph Document Signed by Andrew Jackson as President

    Jackson, Andrew.

    Andrew Jackson Autograph Document Signed.

    December 6, 1830.

    Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Elijah Hayward. One page partially printed on vellum the document is dated November 11, 1830 and officially grants Scott Riggs a 72-acre land parcel in Springfield, Illinois. Signed at the conclusion “Andrew Jackson” and “Elijah Hayward” with the white paper paper seal to the lower left corner. In very good condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 by 13.5 inches.

    Price: $3,000.00

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  • First Edition of Tom Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Writer Doug Blazek

    Wolfe, Tom .

    From Bauhaus To Our House.

    New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1981.

    First edition of Wolfe’s narrative on modern architecture. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Douglas Tom Wolfe.” The recipient Douglas Blazek is a poet and editor who published the literary chapbook Ole and was proprietor of the Open Skull Press. He is one of the founders of the Mimeo Revolution, a literary movement that sprang up concurrently with The Beats. He was instrumental in bringing non-establishment poets and artists such as Charles Bukowski, Robert Crumb and D. A. Levy into the limelight by publishing their work. He published his first book of poetry under the pseudonym Peter Wellinher. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Jacket photograph by Tom Victor.

    Price: $475.00

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  • Deluxe illustrated Ibarra Edition of Don Quixote

    Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de .

    El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha: Nueva Edicion, Corregida Por La Real Academia Española.

    Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.

    The deluxe illustrated Ibarra edition of Cervantes’ masterpiece “which is to Spanish literature what Shakespeare is to English” (Bloom). Quartos, 4 volumes. Bound in full contemporary uniform sprinkled sheepskin, with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece to each volume and 31 engraved plates throughout, 2-page folding engraved map of Don Quixote‘s travels to the rear of volume 1. Spanish printer Joaquín Ibarra made several important technical developments in press printing, book-making, typography and paper-making. In his printed work, Ibarra sought to achieve a perfect flow of harmonious type, inks, illustration, margins, and textures. He worked with the best painters and engravers of his time and, based on a secret formula he developed, the Ibarra ink gained a reputation for its exceptional quality and brilliance. The present volume was printed on “ex profeso” paper with melted types of “ex novo” on the pages, both of which Ibarra created in his Madrid workshop specifically for this project. In near fine condition. An excellent example of both Cervantes’ and Ibarra’s best-known works.

    Price: $17,500.00

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  • First Edition of Yeager; Inscribed by Chuck Yeager

    Yeager, Chuck & Leo Janos.

    Yeager.

    New York: Bantam Books, 1985.

    First edition of Chuck Yeager’s autobiography, the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Glenn Iverson Good Luck! Chuck Yeager.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear Written with Leo Janos.

    Price: $350.00

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