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 J. Johnson, 1801.
Finely bound edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Octavo, nine volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands. Frontispiece of John Locke and fold-out table. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117649
"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL THINKER OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT": IMPORTANT SECOND EDITION OF JOHN LOCKE'S AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING
London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, at the Black-Swan in Pater-Noster Row, and Samuel Manship, at the Ship in Cornhill, near the Royal-Exchange, 1694.
Rare second edition this fundamental work in the history of Western thought, the first to name Locke as the author and include the frontispiece portrait of him. Folio, bound in in full speckled calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, engraved frontispiece portrait of Locke. The second edition contains a number of important changes and additions to the text. It was In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117742
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSONS WRITINGS
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.
Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co, 1829.
First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 117576
First Edition of Broken Trail; Signed by Alan Geoffrion, Robert Duvall, Scott Cooper and Olivia Cheng
Golden, Colorodo: Fulcrum, .
First edition of the paperback original. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Alan Geoffrion on the title page, additionally signed by Scott Cooper and Olivia Cheng above and Robert Duvall opposite the title page. Duvall, Cooper, and Cheng acted in the 2006 miniseries adaptation, directed by Walter Hill and went on to win four Emmy awards, including outstanding miniseries and outstanding lead actor for Duvall. In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117349
"Live, travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry": FIRST EDITION OF JACK KEROUACS DESOLATION ANGELS; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Coward-McCann, 1965.
First edition of this classic autobiographical novel by Kerouac featuring “one of the most true, comic, and grizzly journeys in American literature” (Time). Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Dale Fredrickson and Donna April 16, ’65 St. Pete Jack Kerouac.” The recipients were friends of Kerouac’s in St. Petersburg, Florida where he lived. Very good in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Sam Salant. Introduction by Seymour Krim. Signed and inscribed first editions of this classic are rare.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 117816
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of the photographer’s most well-known work which covered the global social circuit in a style that remains without peer to this day. Folio, original blue cloth, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117221
“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of Die unendliche Geschichte; Signed by Michael Ende
Stuttgart: K. Thienemanns Verlag, 1979.
First German edition and true first of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 117615
New York: Abrams, 2008.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on NASA. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. In fine condition. Preface by Tom D. Crouch. Afterword by Ray Bradbury.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 117843
Rare postcard signed by famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. One page with the Hotel Cecil, London coat of arms, the post card is addressed to Miss Nelly Bachman in Caruso’s hand and signed by him on the verso, “Enrico Caruso London 1906.” Caruso has added a self-caricature beneath his inscription. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 117755
“Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked": First Edition of Oliver Wendell Holmes' The Common Law, Among the Greatest of American Legal Works
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1881.
First edition, first issue with printer’s imprint at base of copyright page of this landmark work in American law. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with the spine gilt quite fresh and bright. A very sharp example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117862
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons. One page, folded, the letter reads in full, “Albany, 1 July 1800 Sir, On my return from New York on Friday last, your obliging letter of the 5th of May, which arrived during my absence was delivered to me. I am much gratified by the Information it contains & thank you for it as serious apprehensions were entertained that anti-federalism had gained considerable ground in Massachusetts; but I am happy to find… that appearances do not warrant the conclusions which have been drawn from them. The present aspect of our affairs is far from being agreeable – altho’.. having abundant Reason for Content & Gratitude, our nation is permitting their happiness to be part in Jeopardy by their worst passions inflamed and directed by the most reprehensible means. Whether the good Sense of the People will avert the Dangers which threaten them, is not to be seen… but unfortunately their is too little unanimity on many points and the want of it exposes is to the Hazard of many Evils – It really appears to me that the… of our Envoys to France has been treated with too much asperity. The President declared to the congress that he would never send another Legation to Paris… as that declaration seems to imply that when he should receive such appearances, he would again send Envoys. It was not unnatural that he should conceive himself bound in Honor to do so. Whether that Declaration was advisable and whether the nomination of the Envoys was made exactly in Reason are questions which , like other of the same kind, may receive different answers from different men. But having nominated the Envoys and received the requisite appearances, I for my part consider the sending them as a Matter of Course; and do not concern in opinion with those Gentlemen who think they should nevertheless have been detained. I regret that my absence deprived me of the pleasure of seeing the Rev. Mr. Andrews, all the more so, as he would have answered my inquiries respecting many of my friends at Boston, and informed me of you Health – With the best wishes that you may now and ever enjoy that valuable Blessing. I am Sir your most obt. sevt. John Jay. Theop Parsons Esq.” The recipient, Theophilus Parsons, was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1779-1780 and one of the committee of twenty-six who drafted the constitution. He was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. His Commentaries on the Laws of the United States (1836) contains some of his more important legal opinions. In the present letter, Jay refers to President John Adams’ failed mission in 1797 to make negotiations with France following the French Revolution which the Federalists viewed as the cause of the undeclared naval war fought from 1798 to 1800 between the United States and France. Anti-federalists and many contemporary historians, however, view the 1794 Jay Treaty as the initial cause of hostilities between France and America. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117791
"The sky hides the night behind it and shelters the people beneath from the horror that lies above": First Edition of Paul Bowles Masterpiece The Sheltering Sky; Signed by Him
London: John Lehmann, 1949.
First edition of the author’s landmark first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Paul Bowles on the half-title page. Very good in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some light wear to the crown. Jacket design by Red Uhlman. Signed examples seldom enter the market.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 117430
First Edition of Peter Drucker's Landmark Work Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117889
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd's seminal work Security Analysis; singed by Warren Buffett, Charles Munger, Bill Ruane, and Lou Simpson
London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1934.
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd’s seminal work, signed by four legendary American investors: Warren E. Buffett, Charlie Munger (chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation), Bill Ruane (manager of the great Sequoia Fund for many years and friend of Buffett), and Lou Simpson (chief of investments at GEICO for many years). Octavo, bound in full leather by Donnelley with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and panels, ribbon bound in. One of 1,000 numbered copies, this is number 348. Signed by Warren E. Buffett and Charles Munger; inscribed by Bill Ruane, “To Bryan Enjoy the greatest book… Bill Ruane” and Lou Simpson, “Many lessons to be learned from this book. Lou Simpson.” In near fine condition, some highlighting to the text. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118012
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 118048
Rare original photograph of great tenor Enrico Caruso; warmly inscribed by him to Italian football star Ettore Fontana
Rare original sepia toned photograph of famed tenor Enrico Caruso, inscribed by him on the mount to football star Ettore Fontana in Italian, “Al carissimo amico Ettore Fontana Sinceramente Enrico Caruso New York, 1907.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117974
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “WS Churchill” on the mount. In very good condition. The photograph measures 3 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.25 inches by 8.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117754
Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117764
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1978.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sid- With all best wishes – Stephen King 5/2/80.” Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a fine dust jacket without wear. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. A superior example, uncommon in this condition and signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117455
Original color photograph of Neil Armstrong, boldly inscribed by him, “To ___ ____ _____- Congratulations on a century of achievement Neil Armstrong.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117575
Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to his editor C.C. Wood regarding his monumental work Marlborough: His Life and Times
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, on this Chartwell letter dated, August 6, 1935. The letter to his proofreader and editor C. C. Wood relating to the publication of the monumental biography Marlborough: His Life and Times. It reads in full, “I send you herewith chapters V and VI which have been completely reconstituted and a new chapter, VIII. For your convenience I append a list of the chapters; VII ‘The Year of Triumph’ is nearly done. It may be possible to cut down the correspondence later. I also send you chapters I, II and III for second revise, leaving only for revise ‘The Battle of Ramillies’ which I will send in a few days. Pray let me have six copies of all these as they come through. I will send you very shortly a number of maps and I shall be glad if your man would draw them out and let me have them in draft. Please therefore make the arrangement you proposed with him. I will not worry about Swain’s.” Churchill was commissioned to write a biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1929. He began writing it in earnest in 1932, and ultimately published four volumes between 1933 and 1938. He began the work in an effort to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. This exquisite letter reveals Churchill’s meticulousness and attention to detail as a writer, which would ultimately lead to his receipt of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” Double matted and framed with an original photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19.25 by 15.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 116948
"It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much": Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, dated April 6. 1956, on his “28 Hyde Park Gate, London” letterhead stationery. The letter is to author and publisher Desmond Flower and reads, “Thank you so much for your letter sending me the agenda you have prepared for the luncheon on April 23. It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much. The weather has not been good, but I have had a very pleasant stay here. I return to England on April 10.” The letterhead has been amended to read: “at La Pausa, Roquebrune, A.M. Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Desmond Flower, published Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Churchill. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 16.25 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 116425
"To Gertrud Kraus in very old friendship": FIRST EDITION OF The Tower of Babel; Inscribed BY ELIAS CANETTI to Close Friend Gertrud Kraus
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Gertrud Kraus in very old friendship from Elias Canetti October 1947.” The recipient Gertrud Kraus was an Israeli pioneer of modern dance in Israel and close friend of Canetti. Kraus studied piano at the State Academy in Vienna but after graduating decided that what she really loved was dance. She enrolled again at the State Academy, this time in the modern dance department headed by Gertrud Bodenwieser. After graduation, she joined Bodenwieser’s dance company. In the 1920s, Kraus’s style was known as expressionistic dance, or German dance. In 1929 Gertrud Kraus, together with Gisa Geert, was chief assistant to Rudolf von Laban, director of a trade union parade during the “Vienna Festival” in Vienna. In 1930, an impresario invited her to perform in Mandate Palestine. Her tour was a great success and she was invited back the following season. In 1933, her company performed her work Die Stadt wartet (“The City Waits”), presenting the modern metropolis as a fascinating but dangerous place. It was based on a short story by Maxim Gorki. In 1933, while she was in Prague performing for the Zionist Congress, leaders of a Czech communist cell contacted her and tried to recruit her for their purposes. The next day, she went to the Palestine Office in Prague, and applied for immigration. Kraus moved to Tel Aviv in 1935, first living with friends and then renting a basement that became her studio. She formed a modern dance company affiliated with the Tel Aviv Folk Opera, which was probably the only one of its kind in the world. In 1949, she won a scholarship to travel to the United States to learn the newest trends in modern dance. In 1950–1951, she founded the Israel Ballet Theatre, and became its artistic director. In 1968, Kraus was awarded the Israel Prize, in dance. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by George Salter. Translated from the German by C. V. Wedgwood. An exceptional association.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 117372
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1977.
First edition, early printing of the fourth book in Cleary’s Ramona Quimby series; a 1978 Newbery Honor Book. Octavo, original boards. Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Jennifer Hall – Happy reading! Beverly Cleary.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117994
Two rare original black and white photographs of Lyndon B. Johnson, annotated by him on the verso of each. Lyndon has annotated the photograph of him entering the cockpit of a plane, “Boarding Navy PBY plane, Dutch Harbor Alaska Latter part of July 1942” and the photograph of him examining a world map, “”Never Used, Taken Mc [sic] Arthur Office Headquarters – Somewhere in Australia June 18, 1942.” In near fine condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117565
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1981.
First edition of this collection of essays on business, management, economics and society by America’s most foremost authority on management. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Perlow. Jacket photograph by Rob Lewine.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117331
Rare First edition, limited issue of T.E. Lawrence's The Mint; signed by his brother and the book's editor A.W. Lawrence
The Mint: A Day-Book of the R.A.F. Depot Between August and December 1922 with Later Notes by 352087 A/C Ross.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First edition, limited issue of Lawrence’s semi-autobiographical account of his R.A.F. training days. Quarto, original quarter morocco, patterned endpapers, top edge gilt with others uncut. One of 2000 numbered copies, this is number 1039. Although not called for this example is signed by A.W. Lawrence on the limitation page (T.E. Lawrence’s brother who edited and contributed to introductory notes to this volume). Near fine in the rare original slipcase which is in very good condition. Bookplate. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117566
Rare limited quarto edition of Wernher von Braun and Frederick I. Ordway III's History of Rocketry & Space Travel; in the publisher's full handcrafted mission leather
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1966.
Rare limited quarto edition of this seminal work on the history of rocketry. Quarto, bound in the original handcrafted full Mission leather by Brown and Bigleow, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Original illustrations by Harry H-K Lange. Introduction by Frederick C. Durant III. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117665
"High School introduced at young age (15 & 16) to Emily Dickinson, who is probably greatest American poet I realize now": Rare Graduate Student Questionnaire Completed and Signed by Jack Kerouac with a lengthy inscription
Rare mimeographed questionnaire sent by a graduate student of City College of New York to Jack Kerouac; completed and signed twice by him with a lengthy inscription in conclusion. Two pages, partially printed the questionnaire begins with a typed letter signed by James A. Sherlock politely requesting Kerouac’s response which reads in part: “Dear Mr. Kerouac, I am a graduate student of City College of New York, working upon an original research project aimed at uncovering certain educational factors in the lives of successful writers. As you undoubtedly know, there always has been considerable interest in analyzing the psychological make-up of the writer, but seldom has the more prosaic factor of the writer’s education been taken into consideration. Through this questionnaire, I would like to find out if the average successful writer considers his high school education in English a help or a hindrance in preparing him for his profession. Did frequent composition assignments aid the writer in improving his skill? Did reading – either outside reading or reading assigned in the classroom – play a small or large part in preparing the writer for his work?” Completed by Kerouac, in his hand, the questionnaire reads: Reading During High School: 1. In your high school days, did you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction? “Both” 2. If you preferred fiction, what type did you prefer? (Novels, short stories, plays, poetry, etc.) “Novels (from Bronte to ‘pulp’ novels)” 3. If you preferred non-fiction, what subjects did you prefer to read about? “Encyclopaedias [sic], Atlases, Harvard Classics (of Elliot)” 4. Was most of your reading matter of your own choosing or reading material assigned in the classroom? “My Own Choosing mostly (cut classes to spend schooldays in Library)” 5. Did you favor one or two authors at this time in particular in your high school reading? If so, whom? “Just general” 6. As nearly as you can remember, approximately how many books did you read each month during your high school days? “Depended on activities (of course)” High School Instruction: 7. As nearly as you can remember, how often were written compositions assigned in your high school English classes? “Can’t remember” 8. In your opinion, what facet of English instruction did most to develop your skill as a writer? (Literature, composition, spelling, grammar, vocabulary study, others) “Literature” The least? “Composition” 9. As you recall, were your grades in English composition on the whole very good, good, average, fair, or poor? (Kerouac has checked good) 10. Do you recall ever having received special encouragement in your writing from a high school English teacher? “Yes, Joseph Pyne of Lowell High School (Mass.)” Early Writing: 11. At approximately what age did you first seriously consider becoming a writer? “17 (That is, a ‘serious’ writer) (wrote since 11)” 12. Did you engage in outside writing – above the usual writing required in every day life – to any degree at this time? “Yes – from 11 yrs. old on.” 13. Did you at this time consciously imitate the style of any particular author or authors in your writing? “Yes” If so, who? “Saroyan & Hemingway (at 17)” 14. In your opinion, how much did your high school English courses contribute to your success as a writer? (Kerouac has checked all four options: Very much, Some, Little, and Very Little) 15. What factor or factors, if any, would you say contributed more that your schooling to your success as a writer? “SELF IMPOSED READING SCHEDULES OUTSIDE CLASSROOM” Note: If you have additional ideas on the value or inadequacies of your high school English instruction, please feel free to state them on the back of this questionnaire. Name: “Jack Kerouac”. In response to the final question, Kerouac has added a full page signed inscription to the verso of the third page of the questionnaire, “English & American Lit course in High School introduced at young age (15 & 16) to Emily Dickinson, who is probably greatest American poet I realize now (at least equal to Melville & Whitman for sheer mental beauty & brilliance of emotion – description) – High School crucial time to teach Jack K. But writers are born, not made (ask Balzac).” In near fine condition. An exceptional example offering a rare and intimate glimpse into the education and influences of one of the formative writers of the 20th century.
Price: $38,000.00 Item Number: 117950
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970.
First edition of this classic crime caper “filled with action and imagination” (The New York Times Book Review). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Ron- Donald E. Westlake.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Larry Ratzkin.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117443
“Some people are moulded by their aspirations, others by their hostilities”: FIRST EDITION OF ELIZABETH'S BOWEN'S THE DEATH OF THE HEART; INSCRIBED BY HER IN THE MONTH OF PUBLICATION
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1938.
First edition of Bowen’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the month of publication, “William from Elizabeth October 1938.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed as most examples are signed on a bookplate.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117614
“I am afraid that if you want to go down into history you'll have to do something for it": Signed Limited Edition of Conrad's The Secret Agent
London: Privately Printed for Subscribers only by T. Werner Laurie Ltd, 1923.
Signed limited first edition, number 441 of 1000 copies of one of the author’s masterpieces and the first modern novel of counter-espionage. Octavo, half vellum over boards, frontispiece, tissue guard. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117437
“To recognize that the greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in trying, we did not give it our best effort”: Gene Kranz's Failure Is Not An Option; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
First edition, early printing of this memoir by Gene Kranz, who was the flight director from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Valerie Aim High! Gene Kranz.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Accordino.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 116591
"Black Americans are at the heart of the greatest achievements of our history, from music to law, from politics to sports, from literature to religion": First edition of The African-American Century; signed by Cornel West
New York: The Free Press, 2000.
First edition of this collection of one hundred profiles of of the most influential African-Americans selected by two of the leading African American intellectuals of the 21st century. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed by Cornel West on the title page, “Love, Cornel West.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 117792
"But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone I'll be speaking to you sweetly From a window In the Tower of Song": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs; Inscribed by Him to Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson
New York: Pantheon, 1993.
First edition of this collection of poems and songs. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “To Mort and Judy warm regards on Christmas Day Leonard Los Angeles 1993.” Cohen has include his trademark entwined heart stamp. The recipients were composer Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson and close friends of Cohen. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen DiGrado. Jacket photograph by Edward Gajdel. Association copies are uncommon.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117464
The Autograph edition of the Writings of Mark Twain; finely bound in full elaborately decorated morocco
Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1899-1907.
The autograph edition of Twain’s selected writings. Octavo, 25 volumes bound in full crushed green morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, elaborate gilt ruling and cornerpeices to the panels featuring central floral morocco inlays, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, red morrocco doublures with floral morocco inlays, blue watered silk endleaves and marbled endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispieces and pictorial title pages. One of five hundred and twelve numbered copies signed by Twain on the limitation leaf, this is number 484. Additionally signed by on the limitation leaf of Vol. 10 by Charles Dudley Warner, Twain’s collaborator on The Gilded Age, and by Branden Matthews at the conclusion of his introduction in Vol. 1. Volumes 23, 24, and 25, issued separately by Plimpton Press and Harper and Brothers, respectively, “as an accommodation to purchasers of earlier volumes with a view to making their sets uniform” (BAL 3456). In very good condition. A very nice set, desirable in full morocco.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 117290
Limited edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Facsimile of the Extant Manuscript; number 105 of 275 copies bound in one quarter morocco by gray parrot
Weston, Massachusetts: M & S Press, 1984.
Limited edition of the manuscript in facsimile of Orwell’s masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Large folio, one of 275 copies bound in one quarter navy Niger goat over marbled boards by Gray Parrot with gilt titles to the spine, this is number 105. Edited by Peter Davison. Preface by Daniel G. Siegel. In fine condition. Housed in the custom buckram slipcase, which is in fine condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117730
"You fit into me like a hook into an eye, a fish hook an open eye": Margaret Atwood's Power Politics; Signed by Her
Toronto: Anansi, 1972.
First edition, early printing of Atwood’s early collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial title page. Signed by Margaret Atwood on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the spine.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 117815
“One Reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities": Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy; Inscribed by Him
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1945.
First American edition, early printing which preceded the British edition by one year of this classic work by Huxley. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Herb Lowe with good wishes, Aldous Huxley 1954.” Herb Lowe has inscribed it below. In near fine condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117662
New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1990.
First edition of the story of Maggie Schultz, an eight-year-old girl who refuses to learn cursive. Octavo, original boards. Illustrated by Kay Life. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Enjoy! Beverly Cleary 1990.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 118045
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": First Edition of Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1905.
First edition of Roosevelt’s important collection of first-hand hunting accounts, including a lengthy description of newly created wilderness reserves. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt with tissue guard present, illustrated with photographs. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 117635
Rare photograph of best-selling author J.K. Rowling seated at an outdoor cafe reading a copy of her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Boldly signed by her, “J.K. Rowling.” In fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117713
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1941.
First American edition of Woolf’s final novel, published shortly after and in the year of her death. Octavo, original cloth. Introductory note by Leonard Woolf. Near fine in a good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 117967
Law, Legislation and Liberty. A New Statement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political Economy.
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973-1979.
First editions of volumes 2 and 3 and an early printing of volume 1 of the economist’s magnum opus. Octavo, 3 volumes, original black cloth. Each are near fine in near fine dust jackets with light shelfwear. A very sharp set of first editions, uncommon in the original dust jackets.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117854
New York: Doubleday, Page & Co, 1900.
First edition of the author’s scarce first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For F.W. Skiff, with good wishes, from Theodore Dreiser, Portland, June 7, 1930.” Bookplate of noted book collector Frederick W. Skiff on the front pastedown. Laid in is an envelope addressed to recipient in Dreiser’s hand, and with Dreiser’s return address on the back including his name; inside the envelope is a receipt/waybill signed by Dreiser for a shipment via the American Railway Express Company, being a package shipped from Dreiser to Skiff on May 24, 1926, valued at $150. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco chemise and clamshell box. Doubleday’s records indicate, “the first edition consisted of 1008 copies, of which 129 were sent out for review, 465 were sold, and the balance, 423 copies, were turned over to J. F. Taylor & Company (a remainder house)”. Exceptionally rare signed and with noted provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117238
“Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again": Signed Limited Edition of James Baldwin's Just Above My Head
New York: The Dial Press, 1979.
Signed limited edition of Baldwin’s final novel “the work of a born storyteller at the height of his powers” (The New York Times Book Review). Octavo, original cloth, all edges gilt, original slipcase. Boldly signed by James Baldwin. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 117838
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self": The Complete Works of Ernest Hemingway
Westport, CT: Easton Press, 1999.
Finely bound set of the works of Ernest Hemingway. Octavo, 20 volumes, bound in brown leather, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, with embossed image to front boards (each with a different image relevant to the work). In fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 117634
Rare First Edition of the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 2013 Annual Report; signed by Warren Buffett and inscribed by Bill Gates
Omaha, Nebraska: Warren E. Bufferr, 2014.
First edition of the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report, signed by Warren E. Buffett and Bill Gates. Octavo, original wrappers, signed on the front panel by Warren E. Buffett and signed by Bill Gates, “Best wishes, Bill Gates.” Gates served on the board of Berkshire during this time. In 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in the U.S., and Warren Buffett the first. In fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by both Buffett and Gates.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117380
"Wootton Major it was called because it was not very large, though it was at that time prosperous": First edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Smith of Wootton Major
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company , 1967.
First edition of Tolkien’s classic fairy story. Small octavo, illustrated. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph of Tolkien by Roger Hill. An exceptional example.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 117888
"Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman": Raymond Briggs' Fee Fi Fo Fum; Signed and dated by him
Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1971.
Early printing of Briggs’ collection of nursery rhymes. Oblong octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Raymond Briggs 1981 April 21.” In near fine condition.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 117431
Autograph manuscript page signed by and entirely in the hand of Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow. One page on lined paper, the manuscript reads, “One economic school of thought has held that agents anticipate correctly all future prices including contingent prices to allow for uncertainty. Hence, it is held, the Arrow-Debreu model correctly analyzes the actual economic world. That has been termed the ‘rational expectations’ view (John Muth, Robert Lucas). It is intellectually attractive and has generated important research, empirical and theoretical. I must nevertheless record my opinion that very important elements of reality are not accounted for by this descendant of my thoughts. There is a subtle but important difference between having complete markets and not having them. In the second case, for example, there will be a market for steel next year, but no market on which steel… ” Signed by Arrow in the upper right corner of the page. Accompanied by a transmittal envelope with Arrow’s Stanford University return address. In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117800
Rare Republic of China official card signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. One page with the embossed symbol of the White Sun. Signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 117483
New York: Crown, 2020.
First edition, early printing of this “unparalleled masterpiece of social criticism” (Imani Perry). Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Eddie Glaude on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 117519
"How can you ask someone to live in the world and not have something to say about injustice?": First Edition of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World; signed by John Carlos and Dave Zirin
Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011.
First edition of the remarkable story of John Carlos, best known for raising his black-gloved fist as a salute to Black Power and human rights on the 1968 Olympic podium. Octavo, original boards, illustrated with photographs. Signed by Dave Zirin and signed and dated by John Carlos on the title page in the year of publication, “John Carlos 68 + 2011.” Foreword by Dr. Cornel West. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117680
Rare autograph note signed by internet pioneer Vint Cerf. One page, partially printed, the note is written in response to the printed question: What was the intended purpose of the Internet? What sort of role did you wish for it to have in our lives? “It began as a project to support computer use in military command & control but it’s [sic] civilian applications soon became apparent. I saw it as the beginning of an Internetted global society. Vint Cerf.” In fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117577
Rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy. Drawn and signed by Charles M. Schulz. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 115402
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970.
First edition, early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by both Masters and Johnson on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Emery based on a design by George Price. We have never encountered another signed example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117478
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1959.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning author in which he summarizes his philosophical beliefs and explains how they changed during his life. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 117453
Large print of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy napping on top of his dog house. Inscribed by Charles M. Schulz, “For George with best wishes – Charles M. Schulz.” Inf fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15.75 inches.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117385
“When your rage is choking you, it is best to say nothing”: First Edition of Octavia E. Butler's Fledgling; Signed by Her
New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005.
First edition of Butler’s final novel by the “grand dame of science fiction.” Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Octavia E. Butler on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pollen, New York. Uncommon signed as Butler passed away shortly after publication.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117323
Rare collection of six souvenir New Orleans cookbooks and culinary brochures. The cookbooks and brochures include “Gourmet’s Guide to New Orleans” (1941), “New Orleans Carnival Cook Book” (Women’s Republican Club of Louisiana, 1941), “Brer Rabbit’s New Orleans Molasses Recipes For Delicious Desserts, Candies, Beverages, and other Tasty Foods”, “New Orleans Recipes” by Mary Moore Bremer (1932), “The Secret of Creole Cooking”, and “good old Creole Recipes”. In fine condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117533
"America's most interesting city" Rare collection of New Orleans souvenir albums, pictorial travel brochures, and postcards
Rare collection of 5 souvenir albums and nine pictorial travel brochures printed between 1938 and 1960. The souvenir albums include a “Souvenir Condensed History of New Orleans for the Tourist” (c. 1955), a “Souvenir du Restaurant Antoine”, “New Orleans, America’s Most Interesting City”, an early accordion-style pictorial album, and “Winter in New Orleans: Season 1908-1909” issued by the Southern Pacific Railway (1909). The brochures include a Louisiana Road Map issued by the Tourist Bureau of Baton Rouge, visitor’s city guides, a 1938 Spring Fiesta brochure, a guide to Bellingrath Gardens, and a collection of original postcards from the Montenegro Hotel. In fine condition. A charming collection in remarkable condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117352
Rare 1976 Series Two Dollar Bill; signed by American Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence
Washington, D.C: United States Treasury, 1976.
Rare two dollar bill signed by American astronaut and the second man to land on the moon, Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117394
"This First Edition...with warm regards": First Edition of David McCulloughs National Book Award-Winning Work The Path Between the Seas; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1977.
First edition of the author’s National Book Award–winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with two detailed maps and 80 photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “This first edition is for Bette and John with warm regards David McCullough Hillsdale College 2006.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket painting and design by Wendell Minor. Photograph by Rosalee McCullough.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117653
Oregon: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991.
First edition, number 2 of 100 copies, signed by Octavia E. Butler on the title page. Small octavo, original brown Leatherette, gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In fine condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 117878
New York: Horace Liveright, 1929.
First edition of this work by Russell, in which he questions the Victorian notions of morality regarding sex and marriage. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition. An exceptional signed example.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 117490
"As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know": Rare First Edition of James Salter's A Sport And A Pastime; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Paris Review Editions/ Doubleday, 1967.
First edition of this modern classic, hailed as a masterpiece. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by James Salter on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket collage by Alex Gotfryd. First editions are exceptionally rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117472
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa, boldly signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117469