• "Tell Me What You Eat and I Will Tell You What You Are

    Brillat-Savarin, Jean Anthelme.

    Physiologie du gout, ou meditations de gastronomie transcendante

    Paris: A. Sautelet et Cie., 1826.

    8vo. [2], xiv, 390; 442pp. 206 x 126 mm. Quarter calf gilt, marbled boards ca. 1826, front hinge of Vol. I cracked, light edgewear. Occasional foxing but very good. First Edition. “La physiologie du goût (1826) by Brillat-Savarin has been in print ever since its first publication, and is much the most famous of all gastronomic essays. Brillat-Savarin was a lawyer from Belley in the French Alps, and a bachelor who spent most of his life in Paris eating at the best tables. His tastes were shaped by both rural and metropolitan traditions of eating, and further diversified by a brief period as an émigré which took him as far as the USA and shooting wild turkeys in New England. His book was many years in preparation and published in the last few weeks of his life. It opens with a series of aphorisms, the most quoted of which is ‘Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are.’ These are followed by the 148 ‘Gastronomic Meditations’ in 30 chapters which form the bulk of the book. Brillat-Savarin sets out the physiological knowledge of the day, on the sense of taste, appetite, and the nutritional qualities of foodstuffs, but in a light and witty way enlivened by many anecdotes” (Mennell, All Manners of Food: Eating and Taste in England and France from the Middle Ages to the Present, p. 268). Vicaire, Bibliographie gastronomique, cols. 116-117.

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  • First Edition of Lady and the Tramp; Warmly Inscribed by Ward Greene to fellow cartoonist Chester Gould and Creator of Dick Tracy

    Greene, Ward [Walt Disney].

    Lady and the Tramp.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.

    First edition of Ward Greene’s Lady and the Tramp. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Association copy, warmly inscribed by Greene on the front free endpaper, “For Chester – with fondest regards Jimmie Greene.” The recipient, American cartoonist Chester Gould, was best known as the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip which enjoyed a long run in the newspaper syndicate ‘King Features’ which Greene edited and managed for many years. Ward’s colleague Hal Foster, the creator of the Tarzan and Prince Valiant comic strips first referred to Ward with the affectionate nickname ‘Jimmie.’ Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the rear panel. A rare association copy.

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  • Edward Everett Hale's The Man Without a Country; lengthily inscribed by him

    Hale, Edward Everett.

    The Man Without a Country.

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1898.

    Early printing of Hale’s classic short story. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, stamped bald eagle vignette to the front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “Charles Wolcott from Mrs. Hubbard with the best wishes of Edward E. Hale March 10, 1902.” With a photograph of the author tipped in beneath the inscription. In very good condition.

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  • John F. Kennedy's Profiles In Courage; Inscribed by Him to Judge Carl Wahlstrom

    Kennedy, John F.

    Profiles In Courage.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.

    First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Judge Carl Wahlstrom with high esteem John Kennedy,” Inscription to the recipient, bookplate of Judge Wahlstrom to the front pastedown, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.

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  • “Tell me Miss Trench, do you play any other games?": First Edition of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No; signed by actor Sean Connery

    Fleming, Ian.

    Dr. No.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1958.

    First edition in the first-issue dust jacket with Fleming’s name printed in black on the spine of the sixth Bond thriller, first state binding (Gilbert’s variant A), without the “Honeychile” silhouette; the silhouette was later added to bring it in line with other titles in the series which bore designs on the front board. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed by Sean Connery on the front free endpaper, who starred as James Bond in the first 007 film bearing the same name. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Pat Marriott. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Sean Connery.

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  • First Edition of The Life of Gen. James A. Garfield; Signed by him one month prior to winning the November 1880 presidential election

    Bundy, J.M. [James A. Garfield].

    The Life of Gen. James A. Garfield.

    New York: A.S. Barnes & Co, 1880.

    First edition of Bundy’s illustrated biography of the 20th President of the United States. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Garfield, rebacked. Presentation copy, inscribed by Garfield on the front free endpaper, “Compliments of J.A. Garfield, Mentor, Dec. 2, 1880.” Garfield inscribed the present volume precisely one month prior to winning the 1880 Presidential election on November 2nd. This win marked the sixth consecutive victory in the presidential election for the Republican Party, its longest winning streak in American history. In very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. This work was published prior to the now commonplace practice of presidential biographies and autobiographies. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed by Garfield.

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  • "LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF NABOKOV'S TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA; from the library of Elizabeth Bishop

    Nabokov, Vladimir.

    Lolita.

    Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.

    First edition, association copy of Nabokov’s masterpiece from the library of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. Bishop and Nabokov both gained international recognition for their mastery of prose in America in the mid-20th century. It was not until Nabokov began writing in the English language that he gained a reputation as a great writer, and it was the present volume that catapulted his career. Referred to by Dwight Garner as “the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century”, Elizabeth Bishop’s first book North & South, was first published in 1946 and won the Houghton Mifflin Prize for poetry. She would go on to become the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Nabokov was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An important association, linking two masters of English prose.

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