"But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; Inscribed by Him to Close Friends
New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1952.
First edition of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hood, with all the best wishes from an old stockholder, Ernest Hemingway, Havana 1953.” The recipient, Clifford Hood, was a close friend and fishing buddy of Hemingway and was the CEO for the United States Steel Corporation. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. The back of dust jacket looks to have small blood stain on it, which was reportedly from a cut on Ernest’s finger, which was still bleeding when he signed the book. Photograph of Hemingway by Lee Samuels. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions of this work are scarce, association copies of this magnitude are rare.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the half-title page, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr. (signed twice), Virgil I. Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. and Alan B Shepard Jr. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.
Cambridge: Printed at the University Press by Richard Watts for Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, 1807.
First edition of this ambitious and influential work on the classical architecture of the Magna Graecia by one of the leading figures of the English Greek Revival movement of the early 19th century. Folio, bound in full green buckram, engraved vignette to the title page, illustrated with 73 full-page engraved plates including 20 aquatint views, maps, and illustrations, subscribers list. In near fine condition with the plates remarkably clean. Library stamp to the title page and bookplate to the pastedown.
"ONCE THERE WAS A LITTLE TREE ... AND SHE LOVED A LITTLE BOY"; The Original Manuscript for shel Silverstein's masterpiece The Giving Tree
The original manuscript of one of the most commercially successful children’s books of all time and Shel Silverstein’s most famous work, The Giving Tree, entirely in his had with his publisher’s edits in pencil throughout. Quarto, 38 pasteboard pages with Silverstein’s original ink drawings on paper adhered to each page and Silverstein’s original handwritten text. With numerous revisions by Silverstein, most notably on the final page of the story where Silverstein has changed “and the boy and the tree were happy” to “And the tree was happy.” In very good condition. Lacking pages 2, 3, 4 and 36. A remarkable piece offering exclusive insight into the author/illustrator’s process and furthering the mysterious and ambiguous nature of the widely interpreted story of a selfless tree and her beloved companion.
"No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially - courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense": Rare autograph quotation book lengthily inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt as President in addition to many others including William Howard Taft, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Bernard Baruch
ROOSEVELT, Theodore; William Howard Taft; John Muir; John Burroughs; Bernard Baruch et al. [Olga Roosevelt].
Olga Roosevelt’s autograph book, lengthily inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States, William Howard Taft as Vice President of the United States and several other famous figures of the era, including naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs and financier Bernard Baruch. Octavo, bound in full vellum with hand painted decorations to the spine and panels, patterned endpapers. Inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt with a lengthy quotation, “No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially – courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense. Theodore Roosevelt July 23rd 1903.” Inscribed by William Howard Taft “For Miss Olga Roosevelt with best wishes of William H. Taft May 23 1910.” Inscribed by American naturalist John Burroughs, “The most precious things of life are without money & without price John Burroughs Sept 8, 1903.” Inscribed by the President of Cornell University and United States Ambassador to Germany Jacob Gould Schurman, “Beauty, graceful manners, good temper, common sense, and a kind heart: these are the qualities that make a woman to be beloved and powerful. J.G. Schurman East Hampton September 14th 1903.” Additionally inscribed by Alfred W.S. Garden, American diplomat Robert Underwood Johnson, American screenwriter Daniel Carson Goodman, and American naval officer Leigh Carlyle Palmer. Signed by John Muir and signed and dated by Bernard Baruch “B. Baruch Jan 20th 1920.” From the collection of Theodore Roosevelt’s niece, Olga Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the heiress to a fortune of several million dollars left her by her mother. She made her debut in Washington in 1908 and married Dr. Breckenridge Bayne in 1911. In very good condition. An exceptional collection of signatures with noted provenance.
"The most important series of American Political Debates": FIRST EDITION OF THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES
Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois.
Columbus: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860.
First edition, second issue with the Table of Contents on page ii of “the most important series of American political debates” (Howes L338). Octavo, original publisher’s brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate blind stamping to the front and rear panels. In very good condition. Ownership name.
“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance": First Edition of The Wright Brothers; Inscribed by Orville Wright
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright in the year of publication on the half-title page, “To Ralph H. Upton with my compliments and best regards Orville Wright May 6, 1943.” Introduction by Orville Wright. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: J. C. Juta & Co, 1897-1899.
First edition of Wilmot’s authoritative history of the development of South Africa. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spines. In near fine condition with rubbing to the extremities.
First edition of Wall Street 1955: Investment Careers, Procedures & Precepts; signed by Legendary Wall Street trader Gerald M. Loeb
LOEB, Gerald M.; Bernard M. Baruch; Benjamin Graham; William S. Goedecke; Walter Maynard; John Stevenson et al.
New Haven, Connecticut: Yale Daily News, 1954.
First edition of this compilation of reports published by Yale as an introduction to Wall Street for aspiring students. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Boldly signed by Gerald M. Loeb on the front panel. In near fine condition.
"THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT": CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS' POWERFUL MEMOIR, WALKING WITH THE WIND, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
First edition, early printing of Congressman Lewis’ pivotal account of the Civil Rights movement that transformed America. Octavo, original half cloth, with 16 pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Manual and Olive, Thank you for all of your good words and leadership. With faith and hope, Keep your Eyes on the Prize. Best Wishes John Lewis 10-30-99.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow. Jacket photograph by Danny Lyon. Written with Michael D’Orso.
"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads": Shelby Footes Classic Civil War Trilogy; Warmly Inscribed by Him In volume One
The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville; Fredericksburg to Meridian; Red River to Appomattox.
New York: Random House, 1958-74.
Later printings of the author’s authoritative text on The Civil War. Octavo, 3 volumes, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication opposite the half-title page of volume one, “For J. Ives Townsend with affection + gratitude from Shelby Foote Columbia, S.C. 21 Oct 98.” Fine in a fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Illustrations by Fred Banbery.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1956.
First edition of the fourth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Sean Connery on the front free endpaper. Connery played 007 in the film adaptation. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Sean Connery.
First edition of Dee Alexander Brown's The Bold Cavaliers; inscribed by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee to close personal friend and colleague Charles Weldon Carruth
Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959.
First edition of the author’s Civil War classic. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee on the front free endpaper to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, “To Charles with love, Nelle.” In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama’s most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school’s theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper, ‘Caustic Comments for Crimson White’, as well as many articles to the university’s humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. The two remained close friends and corresponded well into the early 1990s. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Burchard.
"Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being": First Edition of James Baldwin's No Name in the Street; Signed by Him
London: Michael Joseph, 1972.
First British edition of Baldwin’s classic collection of nonfiction writings. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Mark Gerson.
“ROUND AND ROUND WE SPIN, WITH FEET OF LEAD AND WINGS OF TIN”: FIRST EDITION OF CAT’S CRADLE; SIGNED BY KURT VONNEGUT
New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1963.
First edition of Vonnegut’s absurdist satire of the clash between science and religion in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed on the half-title page by the author with a drawing of a self-caricature, “Kurt Vonnegut Aug. 28, 1997 Sagaponack.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc.
“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters": First Edition, First Issue of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.
First edition, first issue of the first printing, with the misprint (“stoppped”) on page 181 line 26. Octavo, original black cloth with gold paper title labels to the spine and front panel. Near fine in a later issue dust jacket which is in very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Shirley Ann Grau on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter.
The Dark Tower Set. Volume I: The Gunslinger; Volume II: The Drawing of the Three; Volume III: The Waste Lands; Volume IV: Wizard and Glass; Volume V: Wolves of the Calla; Volume VI: Song of Susannah; Dark Tower VII.
West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc, 1982-2004.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed Dark Tower series. Octavo, 7 volumes, illustrated. Volumes one, two and three are inscribed by Stephen King. Each are fine in a fine dust jackets. An exceptional set, rare signed.
"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed": The Works of Charles Darwin; Finely Bound
The Works of Charles Darwin. Including: The Origin of Species; The Descent of Man; Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication; Formation of Vegetable Mould; The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom; The Movement and Habits of Climbing Plants; The Various Contrivances by Which Orchids are Fertilised by Insects. Second Edition, Revised. A Naturalist’s Voyage. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of Countries Visited During the Voyage of the H.M.S Beagle; The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species.
London: John Murray, 1897.
Finely bound example of the works of Charles Darwin. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, each front panel bears the gilt seal of the Law Society of the United Kingdom. Five of the volumes with a bookplate from the society, awarding the set to Charles Lawson Smith for placing second in the honors examination of the first class, held in June, 1888. The bookplates are signed by the president of the society. In near fine condition. An exceptional set with noted provenance.
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Chopping.
"There's no one thing that's true. It's all true": First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls in the Original First-Issue Dust Jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
First edition with the Scribners A of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original beige cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographer’s name on the rear panel with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.
New York/ Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear to the extremities. Jacket art by John Schoenherr. An exceptional example.
Finely Bound Set of Cervantes' Masterpiece Don Quixote de la Mancha; illustrated with 24 steel-engraved plates by Charles Heath from designs by Richard Westall
London: Hurst, Robinson & Co, 1820.
Finely bound example of Cervantes’ masterpiece, wonderfully illustrated with 24 steel-engraved plates by Charles Heath from designs by Richard Westall. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound full green calf with green morocco spine labels, titled and tooled in gilt and blind, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Richard Westall was an English painter and illustrator of portraits, historical and literary events, best known for his portraits of Byron. He was also Queen Victoria’s drawing master. In very good condition.
London: For W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777.
First edition of Thorp’s translation of Newton’s Principia, which “in many ways Robert Thorp’s revision of Motte’s translation, with lavish notes, is still one of the best texts to use for anyone who wishes to make a careful study of Newton’s Principia” (Cohen, Introduction to Newton’s Principia, Cambridge). Quarto, bound in original boards, uncut, with 22 folding engraved diagrams. In near fine condition with light toning to the text. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original boards.
"Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value, elly judgments of all kinds remain necessary": First Edition of Albert Einsteins The Evolution of Physics; Inscribed by Him to Dr. Leonard Rowntree
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.
First edition of this classic work, which traces the development of ideas in physics. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Rowntree with kindest regards A. Einstein 1941.” The recipient, Dr. Leonard Rowntree is most well known for pioneering kidney research including the Rowntree test for kidney function; dialysis; the intravenous pyelogram and plasmapheresis. He joined Dr. John J. Abel at Johns Hopkins University in 1907, and in 1912 they developed the first artificial kidney, in the form of the dialysis machine. Rowntree would later move to the Mayo Clinic and is widely credited with creating the research tradition there. In 1946, President Harry Truman awarded Rowntree the Medal for Merit for his work as chief of the medical division of the Selective Service System from 1940 to 1945. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
"You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life": Exceptionally Rare collection of original Harper Lee drawings, paintings and letters with a first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird in the scarce first issue dust jacket; inscribed by Lee to close colleague and friend Charles Weldon Carruth
Philadelphia & New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
First edition of perhaps the most important American novel of the 20th century, inscribed by Harper Lee to a close college friend and with a scarce archive of drawings and letters exchanged between the two. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Association copy, inscribed by Harper Lee to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, “To my dear friend Charles, with love always — Harper Lee.” In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama’s most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school’s theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper, ‘Caustic Comments for Crimson White’, as well as many articles to the university’s humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. Near fine in the rare first-issue dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Accompanied by an exceptionally rare archive of pencil and ink drawings sketched by Lee of Carruth, caricatures drawn by her while attending Strode’s Shakespeare courses, an original acrylic portrait by Lee of Carruth inscribed by her on the verso “From Nelle Lee, Dec 25, 1952”, and three letters written by Lee to Carruth regarding her thoughts on her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
Measuring 8 inches by 10 inches on ruled sheets of paper, the 11 drawings, four of which are signed by Lee “NLee”, include 5 realist studies of Carruth in various poses and six captioned caricatures in ink depicting him as Shakespearean leads including: a portrayal of Shylock as a pawn shop owner and “Money Lender Extraordinaire: Easy Loans – Pound of Flesh Compounded Semi-Annually”, King Lear standing on the cliffs of Dover with a price tag (“$3.98”) hanging from his cloak, Hamlet standing on a diving board with Yorick’s skull and a bloody knife hidden behind his back (performed at the “Old Vic”), Julius Caesar smoking a pipe while “contemplating the infinite”; Othello towering over an angel and devil; Cassius dripping dry outside the Roman baths where “you must have a ticket before you bathe”, Malvolio, “the impatient one,” crossing his legs while “waiting to go to the jakes”, and Carruth dressed as an unidentified female character with Carruth’s note, “Fall Quarter/ Univ. Ala 1945”. Additionally included is a caricature of Professor Strode wearing the breeches and curly-toed shoes of a court jester with his book “Timeless Mexico” in one hand and Yorick’s skull in the other, signed “Nelle Lee” and dated “11/8/45.”
Showcasing not only the depth, but also the length of Lee and Carruth’s friendship, the three letters include a letter written by Lee to Carruth in 1991 regarding his retirement, “My beloved Charlie, I can’t think of anyone to whom these words apply more — in your work, in your life — ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ …You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life.” Two years later, in January 1993, the second letter thanks him for a “…lovely Christmas remembrance and, farther back, your memoir of Winston County [Alabama, where Carruth was born].” Despairing the changes occurring in her hometown, she continues, “You remember the Faulknerian prophecy — the Snopeses shall inherit the earth? They’ve already taken over Monroeville … they are trying to turn Harper Lee into a tourist attraction like Graceland or Elvis.” She goes on to discuss the restoration of the Old Courthouse, and remarks that she “nearly had a fit” after seeing a billboard featuring a mockingbird, describing it as “in indescribable taste” and “a fraud on the public”. “[They] say they are doing this to honor me. What they are doing … [is] embarrassing me beyond endurance … So keep an eye out for a small place that will hold 10,000 books … is near grocery stores & hospitals, and you! … We can look at each other and celebrate our longevity.” Signed by Lee as the Queen Victoria, “Your unamused but loving, Victoria R & I.” Lee often gave herself nicknames when signing letters: “Francesca da Rimini,” one of Dante’s damned, when she felt hopeless; “E. Bouverie Pusey,” the Anglican theologian, when she got worked up about some finer points of theology; and “Victoria R/I”—the Queen Empress Victoria—when she felt royal and moody.
A remarkable collection offering unprecedented insight into the education, broad talents, unique sense of humor, and deep personal thoughts regarding the reception of the most important work of one of America’s most respected and enigmatic writers.
“Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it": Rare Collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown replica designed by him for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy
Rare collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown from Cassini’s personal collection. The collection includes a French magazine page inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy, “afternoon + Theatre”, a letter typed by Cassini’s secretary Kay McGowan transcribing Kennedy’s instructions to him, an original Cassini Studio pencil sketch, a chart of sixteen Cassini designs with pinned fabric swatches, a Cassini designed replica of a gown worn by Jackie at the September 19, 1961 White House Dinner held in honor of of President Dr. Manuel Prado Ugarteche and First Lady Clorinda Málaga de Prado of Peru with Cassini’s couture label, a photograph featuring Cassini, and two photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy donning Cassini’s designs, including one framed which features a photograph of her wearing the very dress mimicked in the replica. In near fine condition. A nice collection offering insight into the complexity and careful planning of Jackie’s public image.
"Linking the three icons of the beat generation": Jack Kerouac's copy of the Yage Letters; signed and dated by Allen Ginsberg
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963.
Jack Kerouac’s copy of the Yage Letters, signed by co-author and fellow beat Allen Ginsberg. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Third edition. Association copy, signed by Ginsberg on the title page in Kerouac’s hometown, “Allen Ginsberg Lowell 1967.” Kerouac first met Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs as a student at Columbia University where he was enrolled on a football scholarship. Kerouac broke a leg playing football during his freshman season, dropped out of Columbia, and soon became enmeshed with the Beats, with whom he would forever be associated and whose characters formed the basis of the majority of his novels. Ginsberg likely signed the present volume during a visit to Kerouac’s house on Sanders Avenue in his hometown of Lowell where he resided with his third wife Stella between 1967 and 1968. Kerouac would die a year later, in October 1969, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. With Jack Kerouac’s Estate stamp and embossed seal from the Executor of his Estate, John Sampas. In near fine condition. An exceptional association copy linking the three most iconic members of the Beat Generation.
London: The Hogarth Press, 1948.
First edition of one of the author’s most admired works. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a good dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Jacket design by John Piper. First editions are rare.
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1928.
First edition, one of 750 copies of Thomas’s fundamental history of hunting throughout the ages. Quarto, original boards richly decorated in gilt, patterned endpapers, illustrated, tissue-guarded hand-colored frontispiece from a painting by F. B. Foss. In fine condition.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1930.
First edition of Fisher’s important work tracing the causes and the immediate aftermath of the 1929 Stock Market Crash. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publciation on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Robert W. King with the compliments of Irving Fisher March, 1930.” In near fine condition.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1945.
Signed limited edition of Nash Buckingham’s Game Bag. Octavo, original publisher’s half-buckram, illustrated by P. A. M. Hoecker. One of one thousand two hundred and fifty numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 467. In fine condition.
Paris: c. 1697.
Rare late 17th century Book of Prayer. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over speckled red boards with a hand painted coat of arms to the front panel, all edges red, illustrated with two engravings, text in French manuscript. Dedicated on the title page to Madame de Maintenon. In very good condition.
"HERE IS WHAT ELOISE DOES IN PARIS: EVERYTHING. THE EFFECT IS RAWTHER EXTRAORDINAIRE": First Edition of Eloise in Paris; Signed by Kay Thompson
New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc, 1957.
First edition of the second book in Kay Thompson’s cherished Eloise series. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout by Hilary Knight. Boldly signed by the author on the copyright page, “Kay Thompson” who has written “Moi Eloise” opposite the copyright page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom slipcase. Rare and desirable signed.
"All good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy": A River Runs Through It; Warmly inscribed by Norman Maclean
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1976.
Early printing one of only 1,577 copies of Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “University of Chicago March 10, 1979 To Jean Clark on a very important day Norman Maclean.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“Unmentioned, what is can become as though it were not”: First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Point Counter Point
London: Chatto & Windus, 1928.
First edition of Huxley’s classic satiric novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Uncommon in this condition.
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Inscribed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Steve Tobey- Ron Chernow 5/7/05.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
"With gratitude for all he did to successfully re-launch this very old debutante"; First Edition of Carmen Jones; Warmly Inscribed by Oscar Hammerstein
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945.
First edition of this classic play. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Wolfe, with gratitude for all he did to successfully re-launch this very old debutante. Sincerely, Oscar.” The recipient, Wolfe Kaufman was the director of publicity for the run of Carmen Jones from December 2, 1943 to February 10, 1945. Kaufman was a leading general manager and press director for Brigadoon S. Hurok’s production of Hamlet, Paint Your Wagon, The Rose Tattoo and many other Broadway plays and musicals. On the front pastedown is the bookplate of Rita Allen, showing Ms. Allen reading a book in a theatre box, while other occupants of the box are looking at the production in the opposite direction. Rita Allen was a well-known theatrical producer in the 1950s and 60s (The Grass Harp, My 3 Angels, at the Rita Allen Theater and other venues) and was the founder of the Rita Allen Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, bookplate. Rare and desirable signed.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1936.
First edition of this edition of this seminal work. Quarto, 2 volumes. Near fine in near fine dust jackets, frontispiece in first volume, both profusely illustrated with maps, plans, and collotype plates, some folding, and including large folding maps at the inside of the rear covers of both volumes. With an introduction by T.E. Lawrence. Near fine in very good dust jackets.
Rare gelatin silver printed photograph of Mark Twain by A. F. Bradley. Signed by Twain on the mount with Bradley’s imprint dated 1907. A contemporary of Twain, American poet Ina Coolbirth was a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. In 1906, her home in California was destroyed in a fire and subsequent earthquake. Twain sent her three autographed photographs of himself which sold for $10.00 each and was subsequently convinced by New York photographer A. F. Bradley to sit for 17 more studio photographs to add further to the fund. Framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 15 inches. In near fine condition.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1949.
Early printing of Joseph Campbell’s magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 22 textual drawings, 12 plates. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With all my good wishes Joseph Campbell 10-13-79.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket, inscription to the front free endpaper. Uncommon and desirable signed.
"For Bill! Who understands the language that I use" First Edition of Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity; Inscribed by Him To William Safire and with a lengthy signed letter
Santa Barbara, CA: Capra Press/ Joshua Odell Editions, 1989.
First edition of this classic work by the author of Fahrenheit 451. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Association copy, inscribed by the author to fellow writer, journalist, and presidential speechwriter William Safire on the title page, “For Bill! Who understands the language that I use. Fondly, Ray Bradbury. 2/9/90.” Together with a one-page autographed letter signed from Bradbury to Safire, also dated 2/9/90, written on Bradbury’s stationary, which reads, “Dear Bill: Thanks for your new book! Here’s mine! Will you do, or have you done and I missed it, an article on the confusion of liberal/conservative, left/right terms this winter in Europe? Krauthammer had one this week, one of the rare attempts to define terms, parties, beliefs. I await yours. We need you. I’ll be in Washington mid-April, lecturing at Johns Hopkins. Hope to call & see you. With admiration! Ray. 2/9/90.” A distinguished copy of Bradbury’s highly-regarded book on writing, substantially expanded from his similarly-titled Capra Press chapbook, here collecting nine essays on writing and the creative process. Inscribed to his friend and long-time correspondent William Safire; during their decades-long friendship and correspondence, Safire reviewed Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity for his New York Times column “On Language,” and frequently cited Bradbury’s work when discussing rules for good writing. A fine association, connecting two masters of the English language.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; Signed by J.K. Rowling
New York: Scholastic Press, 1998.
First American edition, first printing of the first book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated by Mary Grandpre. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. This book was bought upon publication and was only opened for the signing by Rowling. An exceptional signed example.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Volume II; Inscribed by Him to Commander L.A. Burk
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Company, 1948-54.
First editions of Churchill’s World War II masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes, original black cloth, patterned endpapers, maps present Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in volume II, “Inscribed for Commander L.A. Burk by Winston S. Churchill, 1949.” Each are fine in near fine dust jackets. A very sharp set.
"The first history of New Jersey": Rare first edition of Samuel Smith's The History of the Colony of Nova-Caesaria, or New-Jersey; one of only 600 copies printed by by James Parker on a press owned by Benjamin Franklin
The History of the Colony of Nova-Caesaria, or New-Jersey: Containing, An Account of its First Settlement, Progressive Improvements, the Original and Present Constitution, and Other Events, to the Year 1721.
Burlington, New-Jersey: James Parker, 1765.
First edition of the first published historical account of the state of New Jersey; one of only 600 copies printed by James Parker on a press owned by Benjamin Franklin. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with a red morocco spine label lettered in gilt and raised bands to the spine. In very good condition. From the library of George and Rebecca Burr with their ownership names to the title page and front free endpaper, and later their grand-nephew Alfred Burr with his bookplate to the pastedown. In very good condition.
"Who is the most important person I've ever met in a signing queue & the first person ever to see merit in Harry Potter. With huge [underlined 4 times] thanks. J.K. Rowling": First Edition, First Printing of J.K. Rowling's Rare First Book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Signed by Her
London: Bloomsbury, 1997.
First edition, first printing with all the prerequisite first issue points called for (including “wand” listed twice on page 53). Octavo, original illustrated boards, without a dust jacket as issued. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “to Bryony – who is the most important person I’ve ever met in a signing queue & the first person ever to see merit in Harry Potter. With huge [underlined 4 times] thanks. J.K. Rowling.” The recipient, Bryony Evens worked as an office manager in a small publishing company in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1995 J.K. Rowling sent the first three chapters of Harry Potter to that publishing company and it would have gone unseen if it wasn’t for Bryony. Bryony read them and fell in love with the story, and encouraged her boss Christopher Little to ask Rowling for the full book. Rowling then sent a full copy to Bryony when it was published by Bloomsbury in 1997. A year later Bryony went to visit Rowling at a book signing event, and when Rowling recognized her she gave her a big hug and wrote a special inscription, or message, in the book she’d brought. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Only 500 copies of the first printing were published, with over half making their way to libraries. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association and effusive inscription to the person who first recognized the value of Harry Potter.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
Signed limited first edition, one of only 350 copies of this classic work, this example being a presentation copy unnumbered and gifted to the author for dispersion. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the limitation page. Fine in the original acetate dust jacket in the slipcase. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.
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.” In fine condition.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITION OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS 1916-1918: VOLUME I; Signed by Winston S. Churchill
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927.
True first edition of the first volume in the Part III of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by Winston Churchill on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition.
"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 was a publisher and writer, who published Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples. In near fine condition.
“FACT AND FICTION ARE INEXTRICABLY MIXED”: Signed Limited Edition of W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage
New York: Doubleday, Doran and Co, 1936.
Signed limited edition of Maugham’s masterpiece. Large octavo, original cloth with gilt emblem to the front panel, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece, illustrated with engravings by Randolph Schwabe. One of 751 copies signed by both the author and illustrator, this is number 74. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
"One of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War": Rare Publishers Morocco First Edition of the Personal Memoirs Of P. H. Sheridan
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1888.
Rare publisher’s deluxe binding of the first edition of Sheridan’s military autobiography, with 27 maps and 18 plates. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in original deluxe full morocco, covers ruled and paneled in blind with blind-stamped central motifs of Sheridan, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. In excellent condition, reinforcement to the hinges. Rare and desirable.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1961.
First edition of Uris’ classic novel about the Warsaw Uprising. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Harry Saltzman, co-producer of the James Bond film series, “For Harry with affection Shalom Leon Uris.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket drawing by Harlan Krakowitz. Jacket design by Al Nagy.
New York: The Viking Press, 1952.
First edition, first issue of Steinbeck’s epic and moving story of a modern Cain and Abel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example.
London: William Heinemann, 1915.
First edition, first printing which includes list of other “Works” by Maugham facing half-title, plus publisher’s ad page for works by other authors on half-title verso, with the misprint on page 257, line 4 (“help”) of Maugham’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
New York: Whittlesey House, 1941.
Early printing of the composer’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Harold Moran Aaron Copland April 1944.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
“My name is now Christian, but my name used to be Graceless”: Finely Bound illustrated edition of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
London : George Routledge and Sons Ltd, 1892.
Elaborately bound of one of the most significant works of religious English literature, Pilgrim’s Progress. Octavo, bound in full morocco,pictorial cover inlay, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, silk ribbon, illustrated with 12 colored plates including frontispiece plus 110 additional illustrations by J.D. Watson. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Los Angeles: Pamphleteers, Inc, 1946.
First edition, second printing of Rand’s powerful anti-Collectivist novella. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the title page, “To Mary – Cordially – Ayn Rand – Oct. 5, 1950.” Foreword by Leonard E. Read. In very good condition.
"Along with most of my fellow fliers, I believed that aviation had a brilliant future. Now we live, today, in our dreams of yesterday; and, living in those dreams, we dream again": The Spirit of St. Louis; Inscribed by Charles A. Lindbergh
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953.
First edition, early printing of Lindbergh’s autobiographical account about the events leading up to and including his 1927 solo trans-Atlantic flight. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Thomas A. O’Hara, With best wishes from Charles A. Lindbergh.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George W. Thompson. A nice association.
First Edition of Helen Keller's journal 1936-1937; Inscribed by Her To Publishing executive and editor
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1938.
First edition of Keller’s journals. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to publishing executive and editor, “To Mr. Harry Maule, With grateful thanks for his loyal friendship, Cordially, Helen Keller, April 4th 1938.” In near fine condition. Foreword by Nella Braddy.
First edition of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover; one of 1000 copies privately printed and signed by D.H. Lawrence
Florence: Privately Printed [by the Tipografia Giuntina], 1928.
First edition and signed limited edition of D.H. Lawrence’s most ambitious, significant, and explicit work on sex and romance. Octavo, original publisher’s mulberry paper-covered boards, central Phoenix motif to the front panel. One of one thousand copies signed by D.H. Lawrence on the limitation page, this is number 450. In very good condition, rebacked. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891.
Early printing of this work by the steel magnate. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “To Lady Cantelupe, with every good wish, Andrew Carnegie, Buckhurst, July 2, 1894.” In near fine condition.
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear": First Edition of Rosa Parks' Quiet Strength; Signed by Her
Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994.
First edition of this work by Rosa Parks. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by Rosa Parks opposite the title page, “Rosa Parks. 2/11/95” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Written with Gregory J. Reed.
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1937.
First edition of the author’s collection of bird-hunting and fishing reminiscences. Octavo, original boards richly decorated in gilt with decorated central painted onlay, illustrated by Lynn Bogue Hunt. One of 950 numbered copies, this is number 689. In near fine condition.
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1938.
First edition of the renowned American sporting writer’s work on wildfowling. Octavo, original boards with gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruling to the panels, and central illustrated motif. One of twelve hundred and fifty copies printed by Eugene F. Connett, this is number 747. In near fine condition. Bookplate to the pastedown.
First Edition of Rawlings' Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Yearling; Inscribed by Her in the Year of Publication
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Mark David Corser with good wishes Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings April 1938.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed, especially in the year of publication.
“I know that like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have": Rare photograph of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
Rare photographic portrait of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón, signed and lengthily inscribed by her in Spanish. Retaining the original mount, the entire piece measures 7.5 inches by 6 inches. In near fine condition.
"The Father of Venture Capitalism": Rare First Edition of George Doirot's The Management of Racial Integration in Business
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964.
First edition of this work by the father of venture capitalism. Quarto, original half cloth. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.