“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.
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: 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.
"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.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Signed limited first edition, one of 350 copies, this is number 39. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joseph Heller. Fine in a fine dust jacket in a fine slipcase. Designed by Albert Chiang.
"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.
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964.
First edition of this early novel by the author of The Princess Bride. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by William Goldman on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Appelbaum & Curtis, Inc.
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.
London: Osgood, McIlvane & Co, 1895.
First edition of one of the most popular novels of all-time. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, gilt topstain, with ten illustrations by the author including frontispiece. In very good condition.
"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.
London: Constable & Company, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. In near fine condition.
“SERVE ON HOT BUTTERED TOAST… WITH PINK CHAMPAGNE”: FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING’S THRILLING CITIES; Signed Twice by Legendary Designer Milton Glaser
New York: New American Library, 1964.
First American edition of Fleming’s volume of travel journalism, with the first publication in book form of his short story “007 in New York,” not present in the London edition. Octavo, original half cloth, drawings by Milton Glaser. Signed twice by the illustrator Milton Glaser, once on the title page and also on the front panel of the dust jacket. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page of the first book in the Madeline series. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Signed and dated by the author who has added a drawing of Madeline opposite the title page, Ludwig Bemelmans Hollywood 1946.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.
The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Volume One: The Genesis of the New Deal 1928-1932; Volume Two: The Year of Crisis 1933; Volume Three: The Advance of Recovery and Reform 1934; Volume Four: The Court Disapproves 1935; Volume Five: The People Approve 1936.
New York: Random House, 1938.
First editions of the first five volumes of Roosevelt’s papers. Thick octavo, original cloth, original slipcase. Near fine in the original dust jackets, with the slipcase, in good condition. Edited by Samuel Irving Rosenman.
"One need not be a prophet to be aware of impending dangers. An accidental combination of experience and interest will often reveal events to one man under aspects which few yet see": The Road To Serfdom; Signed by F.A. Hayek
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First Popular edition, published in October 1944 (the first was published in March 1944) of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the title page. Bookplate, near fine in a good dust jacket with a chip to the front panel.
“Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant": First Edition of John Muir's Travels in Alaska; From the Library of Moorfield Storey
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915.
First edition of this classic work by Muir. Octavo, original grey cloth lettered in white, color illustrated paper cover label, top edge gilt. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including frontispiece with tissue-guard. From the library of Moorfield Storey, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Story was a lawyer, anti-imperial activist, and civil rights leader based in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Storey’s biographer, William B. Hixson, Jr., he had a worldview that embodied “pacifism, anti-imperialism, and racial egalitarianism fully as much as it did laissez-faire and moral tone in government.” Storey served as the founding president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), serving from 1909 to his death in 1929. In near fine condition. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913.
First edition, first issue with biting criticism of his neighbor’s treatment of his son on p. 217: “…none was bold enough or kind enough to break the blacksmith’s jaw” (Kimes 315) of Muir’s autobiography of his youth. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Frontispiece portrait of Muir with tissue guard, illustrated. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Lady and the Tramp, boldly signed across the title page by Walt Disney in his usual blue crayon. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Scarce and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
"To the best writer in the family, who one day, I hope will show the world": Barbarians At The Gate; Signed by John Helyar to his Brother
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1990.
First edition, early printing of this business classic. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by co-author John Helyar on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Jim, To the best writer in the family, who one day, I hope will show the world. Your lovin’ bro, Love, John 8/17/90.” The recipient was the author’s brother. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart. An exceptional association.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1975.
First edition of this classic work. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John R. 9/7/2015 Francis D.K. Ching.” In very good condition, owner name to the front free endpaper and pastedown.
“I LIVE ON THE NORTH SHORE, OPPOSITE AN INVISIBLE CUBA”: FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING INTRODUCES JAMAICA
New York: Hawthorn Books, 1965.
First edition of this travel guide to Jamaica, Fleming’s adopted home and where he wrote his Bond novels, with an introductory essay by Fleming and 14 essays on the history, art, religion, and flora and fauna of the Caribbean island. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Illustrated with 25 pages of color photographs. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Battle. Edited by Morris Cargill.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1949.
First edition of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some toning to the spine, contemporary bookplate to the pastedown. Jacket design by Michael Kennard.
The Biography of a Cathedral: The Living Story of Man’s Most Beautiful Creation, with Glimpses, through the Centuries, of the Pageant that Led to Notre Dame.
New York: Longmans, Green and Company, 1944.
First edition of this work which tells the story of the building of Notre Dame in Paris, a feat that took centuries. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.
First edition of one of the most important philosophical texts of the second half the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Small name to the front free endpaper.
London: Cassell and Company, 1913.
First edition, early printing of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Salter- Who need not read it GKC April 18, 1913.” In very good condition. Books signed by Chesterton are uncommon.
Princeton, New Jersey: Annals of Mathematics Studies Princeton University Press, 1971.
First edition of the papers from the “Prospects in Mathematics” symposium, held in Princeton on March 16-18, 1970 on the occasion of the dedication of Princeton’s Fine Hall. Signed by John Milnor on the half-title page. In fine condition. Ownership name to the front panel. Both uncommon in this condition and signed by Milnor.
The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System; Signed by Economists Robert J. Shiller, John Campbell, Kenneth R. French and Frederic S. Mishkin
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
First edition of this “excellent primer on the workings and failures of today’s sophisticated financial system” (Alan Greenspan). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Robert J. Shiller, John Campbell, Kenneth R. French and Frederic S. Mishkin on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Princeton, New Jersey: Annals of Mathematics Studies Princeton University Press, 1963.
Rare first edition of this compilation of lectures presented by John Milnor on the study of Morse Theory. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by John Milnor on the title page. In near fine condition. Milnor’s signature is uncommon.