Rare Second Edition of The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin
Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Now First Collected and Arranged: With memoirs of his early life, written by himself.
London: J. Johnson & Co, 1806.
Rare second edition of the complete works of Benjamin Franklin. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece to volume one, each volume with an engraved title page, folding map in volume two and thirteen engraved plates, ten of which are folding. In near fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 117678
The History of Don-Quixote. The First Parte. The Second Part of the History of the Valorous and Witty Knight-Errant, Don Quixote of the Mancha. Written in Spanish by Michael Cervantes: and now translated into English.
London: Edward Blount, 1620.
Rare first complete English edition in two volumes. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in full calf, ruled, morocco spine label, housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. The first part of Don Quixote was originally published in Spanish in 1605 and translated into English in 1612 and printed [by William Stansby] for Ed: Blounte. Volume one with the text block trimmed as usual, in very good condition.
The second part was published in 1614 and translated into English in 1620. Volume two: Lacking the engraved title, as with many copies, and believed to be indicative of an earlier state. (“Duff suggested that the reason this plate is lacking in so many copies of the second part is because it was not prepared until after a good many copies had been sold without it.”) Pforzheimer’s copy also lacked the plate, which was inserted from a copy of part one, while his second volume lacks B4 and is noted as “inserted in type-facsimile; in the present copy, B4 is laid down, suggesting at least the possibility of a point of issue. Early ownership signature, most likely Herbert Lunsford located at the head of the errata sheet facing B1, Sir Herbert Lunsford (c. 1610-1664) was a military figure and brother to Thomas Lunsford, who is reputed to have been a ruthless pirate and fearless adventurer. There are some who believe that these brothers, along with their brother Henry, served as the models for the Three Musketeers. Catalog entry, handwritten note, and newspaper clipping containing bibliographical information affixed to verso of front board.
This edition is the first time the book appeared in full in any language other than Spanish, comprising the second edition in English of part one, and the first edition in English of part two. Translated by Thomas Shelton, who has been said to reproduce Cervantes’ racy, spirited manner more closely than any other to follow. In very good condition. An exceptional example of this rarity.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 117895
Exceedingly rare first edition of the Seven Mile Funeral Cortège of Genl. Grant in New York Aug. 8, 1885; containing 97 mounted albumen photographs and bound in the publisher's full black morocco
Boston: The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co, 1886.
First edition of the spectacular album memorializing the life and elaborate funeral proceedings of General Ulysses S. Grant. Oblong folio, bound in the original publisher’s full black morocco elaborately stamped in blind with gilt titles to the front panel, inner dentelles, containing 97 mounted albumen prints including the last known photograph of Grant taken four days before his death on July 19 1885, his sick-room and death-bed room at Mount McGregor, and numerous images of the impressive seven-mile grand funeral procession held in New York City featuring numerous military regiments and attended by throngs of admirers. The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co. firm produced several versions of the present album with varying numbers of prints for display in hotel lobbies on elaborate custom-made brass display stands. The present album contains more images than usually found, and is numbered “No. 9” on the front pastedown. In near fine condition. Exceedingly rare with only four copies listed with OCLC.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 117042
First Edition of Francis Parkman's The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life
New York: George R. Putnam, 1849.
First edition, first issue of Parkman’s classic account of his journey across North America on the Oregon Trail in the scarce original cloth, one of 1,000 copies issued in March 1849 (Howes, 97). Octavo, original cloth stamped in blind, gilt titles in sans-serif font to the spine, tissue guarded tinted lithographic frontispiece and vignette half title by Felix Octavius Carr Darley, with the ad leaf preceding the frontispiece present. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. From the libraries of famed bibliophile Joseph Halle Schaffner with his bookplate to the pastedown and newspaper publisher James Strohn Copley with his bookplate to the interior of the chemise case. Rare. A completely unrestored example with noted provenance.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117084
“AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION”: Rare First Complete Edition of Franklin's Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America
Experiments and Observations on Electricity made at Philadelphia in America… To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole corrected, methodized, improved, and now first collected into one Volume, and Illustrated with Copper Plates.
London: Printed for David Henry and sold by Francis Newbery, 1769.
First complete edition of “the most important scientific book of 18th-century America” and “America’s first great scientific contribution” (PMM). Octavo, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, morocco spine label. Advertisement & errata leaf inserted following preface. Illustrated with 7 copper-engraved plates, 2 of which are folding. In very good condition. First editions are rare, exceptionally so in a contemporary binding.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 116750
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1955.
First edition of this work by Meher Baba. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With an introduction by C.B. Purdom.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117989
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.
First edition of this “kaleidoscope of impressions, and a litany of violence, intrigue, vengeance, and political manipulation, and broken dreams” (Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Edward Hutton 20 August 87 Joan Didion.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Koppell & Scher.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117855
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
First Edition of So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Patrick Modiano to Philip Roth
Boston/ New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
First edition in English of this haunting novel of suspense. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to fellow writer Philip Roth, “Pour Philip, avec toute mon amitie Patrick Modiano.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Brian Moore. Translated from the French by Euan Cameron. From the library of Philip Roth. An exceptional association.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 117832
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1968.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s third book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Henry Wolf with best regards from David Halberstam April 6, 1968.” The recipient Henry Wolf was a graphic designer, photographer and art director. He influenced and energized magazine design during the 1950s and 1960s with his bold layouts, elegant typography, and whimsical cover photographs while serving as art director at Esquire, Bazaar, and Show magazines.Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Ted Bernstein.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 117099
Rare typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd-George, the widow of his predecessor, David Lloyd George. Two pages, on Churchill’s personal letterhead with his Hyde Park Gate address, the letter reads: “22 May, 1946 My dear Lady Lloyd George, I had a talk with Sir Edward Bridges today. Naturally they have anxiety about the custody and destination of very important State documents, although belonging to a bygone era. I am executing a Trust Deed which safeguards the use of such documents, and I also feel it my duty to give guarantees for their safe custody so that they do not fall into bad hands, and the control of the Government on publication is effective. I have no doubt that you would be willing to make similar arrangements. Sir Edward Bridges told me he would get in touch with you and have a talk about it all. I should recommend you to conform with the arrangements which I am making, and I expect that will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time. Perhaps you will write to me after you have had your talk with Bridges. With all good wishes, Believe me, “Yours truly Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd George first met David Lloyd George in 1911 when she began working as a governess to his daughter Meghan, she soon became Lloyd George’s secretary and, from early 1913, his long-term mistress. In 1943, two years after the death of his first wife Margaret, Lloyd George married Frances; he was 80 years old at the time. Frances was an able archivist of her husband’s papers both before and after his death. Churchill clearly understood this, as he writes that he expects the arrangements “will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time.” In near fine condition. A fine association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117064
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"; LIFE MAGAZINE INAUGURAL ADDRESS; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO EVELYN SYMINGTON
Rare Souvenir Edition of Life Magazine’s Inaugural Spectacle commemorating the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John F. Kennedy on the front panel, “To Evie Symington with very good wishes John F. Kennedy.” The recipient, Evelyn Symington was the wife of Amherst, Massachusetts-born politician Stuart Symington. Symington served as a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri between 1953 and 1976 and emerged as a prominent critic of McCarthyism early in his term. He sought the the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election with the backing of former President Truman, but the nomination went to John F. Kennedy, largely due to Symington’s refusal to speak to southern segregated audiences. When Kennedy won the nomination, Symington was his first choice for Vice President, but was dropped in favor of Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He advised President Kennedy as a member of EXCOMM during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117063
"Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother": RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK; SIGNED BY HIM WITH A QUOTE FROM THE BOOK
New York: The Century Co, 1899.
First edition, early printing of Kipling’s masterpiece. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page with a quote from the book, “Rudyard Kipling, Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother.” In near fine condition. A sharp example. Desirable with such a lengthy inscription by Kipling.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 117037
“Perhaps - I want the old days back again and they'll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears": FIRST EDITION OF GONE WITH THE WIND; INSCRIBED BY MARGARET MITCHELL
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.
First edition of Mitchell’s masterpiece. Octavo, original gray cloth. First printing, with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page and no mention of other printings. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mary Buck Margaret Mitchell.” Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117051
“For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of": FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S TO THE LIGHTHOUSE; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
London: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1927.
First edition of one of Woolf’s most popular and acclaimed major novels. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in the extremely rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 117036
A History of Gold as a Commodity and as a Measure of Value Its Fluctuations both in Ancient and Modern Times with an Estimate of the Probable Supplies from California to Australia.
London: William S. Orr & Co, c. 1850.
First edition of Ward’s extensive survey of gold and gold mining, published at the height of the California Gold Rush. Octavo, original wrappers bound in full goatskin, retaining a section of the hand-colored folding map of the Gold Regions of Victoria and New South Wales. In near fine condition. Ownership inscription to the front panel of the original wrapper.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 117088
"I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked": FIRST EDITION OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1886.
First English edition of Stevenson’s classic book. Octavo, original cloth, olive green floral endpapers. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 117203
Fine 19th century Quran. Small octavo, bound in full goatskin elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, double-page illuminated manuscript, decorative gilt borders to each page. In near fine condition. A beautiful example.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114037
New York: Random House, 1992.
First edition of “quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Ben Cramer on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117669
London: MacMillan & Company, 1930.
First editions of each volume of Keynes’ classic work Octavo, two volumes, original cloth. Each volume is near fine in the rare dust jackets with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 117822
Moscow: I.N. Kushnerev, 1893-98.
Rare complete set in Russian of the works of Leo Tolstoy, Prince Johan’s copy. Octavo, 14 volumes, twelve portrait frontispieces and six plates, bound in three quarters morocco with each binding signed by Nikolai Trukhachev, principal binder for the Konstantinovich family from 1901 to 1915, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Prince Johan, was the eldest son of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia by his wife, Yelizaveta Mavrikievna, née Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. He was described by contemporaries as a gentle, religious person, nicknamed “Ioannchik” by his relatives. He was born as a Grand Duke of Russia with the style Imperial Highness, but at the age of 9 days, a Ukaz of his cousin Emperor Alexander III of Russia stripped him of that title, as the Ukaz amended the House Law by limiting the grand-ducal title to grandsons of a reigning emperor. As a result, he received the title Prince of the Imperial Blood (Prince of Russia) with the style Highness. He married Princess Helen of Serbia on 2 September 1911, and Helen took the name Princess Yelena Petrovna of Russia. They had a son, Prince Vsevolod Ivanovich (20 January 1914 – 18 June 1973), and a daughter, Princess Yekaterina Ivanovna (12 July 1915 – 13 March 2007), who was the last member of the Imperial Family to be born before the fall of the dynasty, and was ultimately to become the last surviving uncontested dynasty of the Imperial House of Russia. Most rare and desirable, especially with noted provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117008
"AN ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE FIELD OF ANTHROPOLOGY ON PAR WITH CHARLES DARWIN'S ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES": FIRST PAPERBACK EDITION OF COMING OF AGE IN SAMOA; SIGNED BY AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST MARGARET MEAD
New York: The New American Library of World Literature, Inc, 1949.
First paperback edition, first printing of Mead’s pioneering work which, upon publication, established her as the most famous anthropologist in the world. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Margaret Meade November 1949.” In near fine condition. Jacket design by Robert Jonas. Rare, particularly signed.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117021
The Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin Including His Private As Well As His Official Correspondence, And Numerous Letters and Documents Now For The First Time Printed With Many Others Not Included In Any Former Collection.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1887-1888.
The Letter-Press edition of Benjamin Franklin’s complete works. Octavo, ten volumes bound in contemporary half morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in three compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin to Vol. I. One of 600 numbered copies, this is number 372. Additional clipped frontispiece portrait of Franklin adhered to the pastedown of Vol. I. in addition to a typed copy of a 1745 letter written by him tipped in at rear. Illustrated plates tipped in to Vol. I, II, III and IX. In very good condition. Gift inscription. Rare in a contemporary binding.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117044
"The Truth Will Set You Free. But Not Until It Is Finished With You": First Edition Of The Authors Magnum Opus; Inscribed By David Foster Wallace
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Monika and Craig With All Best Wishes! David Foster Wallace.” The recipients were friends of the author as well as the director of the Rare Book Room at the Strand Bookstore. With publisher’s invitation to the New York publication party laid in. Fine in a fine first state dust jacket with Vollmann misspelled on the back panel. Jacket design by Steve Snider.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117122
"One need not be a prophet to be aware of impending dangers. An accidental combination of experience and interest will often reveal events to one man under aspects which few yet see": Rare First English Edition of The Road To Serfdom; Signed by F.A. Hayek
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine tips. The British edition (which this example is) was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.
Price: $78,000.00 Item Number: 117650
New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1929.
Signed limited first edition of the 30th President of the United States’ autobiography. One of a 1,000 signed copies. Octavo, original quarter cloth, gilt topstain. In fine condition. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 116823
"Once rain falls, remorse is spent. Good fortune comes in the end": First Edition The I CHING or Book of Changes
New York: Pantheon Books, 1950.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, 2 volumes. Review copy, with the slip laid in, near fine in very good dust jackets. Attributed to Fu Xi. Baynes’ English rendering of Wilhelm’s German translation. Introduction by Carl Jung. Uncommon.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 116733
Rare first edition pamphlet of The Impact of War on Iraq; signed by Nobel Peace Prize-winning politician Martti Ahtisaari
The Impact of War on Iraq: Report to the Secretary-General on Humanitarian Needs in Iraq in the Immediate Post-Crisis Environment by a Mission to the Area Led by Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, Under-Secretary-General for Administration and Management, Dated 20 March 1991.
Westfield, New Jersey: Open Magazine Pamphlet Series, 1991.
First edition of Pamphlet #7 of the Open Magazine Pamphlet Series; inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning Finnish leader Martti Ahtisaari. Tall octavo, original wrapper, inscribed by Ahtisaari on the title page, “To John, Martti Ahtisaari.” In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117046
“The Ambassador of Jazz": Rare original Louis Armstrong Poster; inscribed by him and his road manager Pierre 'Frenchy' Tallerie
Rare original “Louis Armstrong and His Concert Group” poster inscribed by him, “To Pat From Louis Armstrong.” Additionally signed by him as “Satchmo” and inscribed by his road manager on the verso, “May you always enjoy the best of Health. Pierre Tallerie, Mgr. Louis Armstrong.” In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117083
FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT'S PRESENT DAY PROBLEMS; LENGTHILY INSCRIBED BY HIM AS PRESIDENT
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1908.
First edition of this collection of addresses delivered by the 27th president and tenth Chief Justice of the United States. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed by William Howard Taft as President on the front free endpaper, “Sincerely yours, Wm. H. Taft, May 19, 1910, For Louis Barton Torrey with best wishes.” In near fine condition. With the recipient’s bookplate to the pastedown. Rare and desirable signed by Taft as President.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 116404
"The Hero of Two Worlds": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS' ORATION ON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF GILBERT MOTIER DE LAFAYETTE; INSCRIBED BY HIM
Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette. Delivered at the Request of Both Houses of the Congress of the United States, Before Them, In the House of Representatives at Washington on the 31st December, 1834.
Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1835.
First edition of John Quincy Adams’ biography of military hero Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Octavo, bound in red morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by John Quincy Adams on the presentation leaf, “David Spangler, from John Quincy Adams.” In near fine condition. A nice example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 117241
Rare Partially Printed Document Signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State
January 19, 1830.
Rare military document signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State. One page, partially printed on vellum, the document measures 10.5 inches by 5 inches. Countersigned by David Henshaw as Collector for the District of Boston and Charleston. In very good condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116914
Rare 1955 National Geographic Magazine Signed by the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary
Washington, D.C: National Geographic Society, 1955.
Rare November 1955 issue of The National Geographic Magazine signed by the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with advertisements and color photographs. Signed by Hillary on the front panel, “Ed Hillary.” This issue features Hillary’s article “Beyond Everest: First Ascents of 23 Peaks and a Daring Rescue from a Crevasse Mark an Expedition Led by a Conqueror of Earth’s Highest Mountain. In near fine condition. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117038
Vici Aequensis: Giuseppe Cacchi, 1586.
First edition of one of the earliest illustrated works on physiognomy, of considerable influence on succeeding generations of scientists including Lavater. Quarto, bound in full calf with ruling and titles stamped in blind to the spine in twelve compartments within raised bands, elaborate borders stamped in blind to the front and read panels, engraved pictorial title page with central portrait of Cardinale Luigi d’Este to whom the work was dedicated, frontispiece portrait of the author, 85 engravings throughout text, engraved headpieces, tailpieces and initials. In near fine condition. A stunning example.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117045
Large original early drawing of beloved Peanuts character Charlie Brown. Drawn and inscribed by Charles Schulz, “For Marc, Schulz.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 20 inches by 16.5 inches. With a letter of provenance signed by the recipient, which reads, “About this Charlie Brown Drawing: In about 1954, I attended kindergarten at Walter Hines Page Elementary School in South Minneapolis. At the time, Charles Schulz’s daughter also attended Page Elementary. Charles Schulz appeared at our local school carnival and made drawings for kids for 50 cents each, and my mother purchased this drawing of Charlie Brown for me. Sincerely, Marc Luers.” Rare and desirable in such a large format and with noted provenance.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116334
New York: John Fenno, Wednesday, August 19, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on August 19, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Extract of a Letter on Weights, The Bow, By Express From Paris, and Sketches of the Proceedings of Congress in the House of the Representatives of the United States, an Act for the Establishment of Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers approved by George Washington as President of the United States, and the obituary of George Washington Knox. In very good condition with a closed tear to the rear panel and ownership signature.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116518
New York: John Fenno, July 29, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on July 29, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Sketch of the Political State of America, Original Specimens of Eloquence, Foreign and Domestic Miscellaneous Articles, and Sketches of Proceedings of Congress approved by G. Washington, President of the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116728
"When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive": First Edition of Jasper Johns: Signed by Jasper Johns and Max Kozloff
New York: Harry N. Abrams. Inc., Publishers, 1967.
First edition of this early monograph on the work of Jasper Johns. Large oblong, original cloth. Text with 142 plates, half tipped-in color. Signed by Jasper Johns and Max Kozloff on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 116155
"The most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution": Rare Original 18th century printing of the Massachusetts Centinel; issued on Wednesday, October 21, 1789 during the presidency of George Washington
Boston: Russell, Benjamin, October 21, 1789.
Number II, of Vol. XII of “the most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution”, Benjamin Russell’s Massachusetts Centinel, issued on Wednesday, October 21, 1789 (Hudson, 147). Folio, one page, folded. The issue includes front-page articles on recently enacted acts allowing compensation for Members of the Senate and House of Representatives and the temporary establishment of the Post-Office and appointment of a Post-Master General, both approved by Speaker of the House Frederick Augustus Muhlenburg, President George Washington and Vice President John Adams on September 22nd, 1789. The issue also includes sections on Foreign Intelligence, News From France, and advertisements for John & Thomas Armory & Co., Mr. Lewis Hayt’s Auction-Room, the Boston Book Store, Joshua Thomas’ Books and Stationary, lost and found ads, listings for ships and houses for rent, a daily almanac. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116337
Rare Collection of the novels of Muriel Spark; including The Go-Away Bird, The Public Image, and The Abbess of Crewe
Muriel Spark Collection. [The Fanfarlo and Other Verse, My Best Mary, The Go-Away Bird, The Seraph and the Zambesi, Collected Stories I, The Public Image, The Abbess of Crewe, The Takeover, Territorial Rights, Loitering with Intent].
Rare first edition collection of the selected novels of Muriel Spark. Octavo, 8 volumes and 3 pamphlets. The collection includes first editions of The Fanfarlo and Other Verse [Aldington: The Hand and Flower Press, 1952], My Best Mary [London: Allan Wingate, 1953. Jacket design by A.L.C. Savory], The Go-Away Bird [London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1958. Jacket design by Reinganum], The Seraph and the Zambesi [Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, n.d.], Collected Stories I [London: Macmillan, 1967. Jacket design by Jaunita Grout], The Public Image [London: Macmillan, 1968. Jacket photograph by Jerry Bauer], The Abbess of Crewe [London: Macmillan, 1974. Jacket painting by Linnet Gotch], The Takeover [London: Macmillan, 1976. Jacket illustration by Peter Goodfellow], Territorial Rights [London: Macmillan, 1979. Jacket illustration by John Alcorn], and Loitering with Intent [London: The Bodley Head, 1981. Jacket design by Michael Harvey]. Each volume is near fine to fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 116371
“TO ME EDUCATION IS A LEADING OUT OF WHAT IS ALREADY THERE IN THE PUPIL'S SOUL": FIRST EDITION OF THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
London: Macmillan, 1961.
First edition of Muriel Sparks’ eighth and best-loved novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Victor Reinganum. An exceptional example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 116307
First American edition of Muriel Spark's The Mandelbaum Gate; warmly inscribed by her to her American literary agent Dorothy Golding
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965.
First edition of Spark’s complex, suspenseful novel. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication to her American agent, Dorothy Golding, “Dorothy – happy remembrances & love – Mariel 4 October 1965.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Typography, binding and jacket design by George Salter.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 116375
First edition of the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
First printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 116511
London: Methuen and Co, 1962.
First edition in English of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to French ambassador Mr. Strauss. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the Icelandic by Magnus Magnusson. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 116886
"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good": Rare original shooting script from the classic 1987 Film Wall Street; with an autograph note signed by Oliver Stone laid in
Oaxatal Productions, Inc, 1987.
Rare original shooting script from the classic 1987 film Wall Street with an autograph note signed by Oliver Stone. Quarto, bound in a spiral-bound folder. Third draft, second revision dated 4/15/87. Bound with an additional fifth revision. From the collection of Sylvia Miles with a autograph note addressed to her and signed by the film’s director Oliver Stone laid in which reads, “Please look at role of ‘Sylvia’ for Wall Street for Saturday. Oliver Stone.” American actress Sylvia Miles was a fixture in New York City society, having lived there her entire life. She performed in many Off-Broadway shows and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Farewell, My Lovely (1975). Miles played the role of Dolores the Realtor in Stone’s 1987 film Wall Street. In near fine condition. A unique piece of cinematic film history.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 116582
London: MacMillan & Company, 1931.
First edition of Keynes’ first volume of collected essays. Octavo, original green cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and easily the nicest example extant.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 116119
First Edition of Biden's Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics; Inscribed by Him to Henry Kissinger
New York: Random House, 2007.
First edition of “this compelling personal story” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry Kissinger, “For Henry thanks for the opportunity Joe 7.31.07.” The recipient Henry Kissinger served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, he became National Security Advisor in 1969 and U.S. Secretary of State in 1973. For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. From the library of Henry Kissinger. An exceptional association.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 116177
"Pain is truth; all else is subject to doubt": Waiting For the Barbarians; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author J.M. Coetzee in the year of publication
Johannesburg : Ravan Press, 1981.
First South African edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “Charles Barry with very best wishes J.M. Coetzee 23/4/81.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine, bookplate of the recipient.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 116489
"This is the best of my books You can toss the rest": First Edition of Disturbing the Universe; Inscribed by Freeman Dyson
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of this autobiography by one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily and uniquely inscribed by Freeman Dyson on the title page, “For ___ ___ Freeman Dyson February 2010 This is the best of my books You can toss the rest.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 116182
New York: The Viking Press, 1973.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the film starring Al Pacino. Octavo, original cloth, with four pages of illustrations. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Dedicated to all the cops of Ridgeville, Ohio (a corps of 2) Peter Maas.” Additionally signed by Al Pacino on the half-title page. Near fine in a good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Stanley Phillips.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 116392
"The hell with it ...let chaos reign ...louder music, more wine ...All the old traditions are exhausted and no new one is yet established. All bets are off! The odds are cancelled! It's anybody's ballgame": First Edition of The New Journalism; Signed by Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion and Michael Herr
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973.
First edition of this anthology of new journalism. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion and Michael Herr on the title page. This work includes selections by Truman Capote (from In Cold Blood), Joan Didion (from Slouching Towards Bethlehem), Michael Herr (Khesanh), Terry Southern (Twirling at Ole Miss), Hunter S. Thompson (The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved), Norman Mailer (from Armies of the Night), Tom Wolfe (from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test), George Plimpton (from Paper Lion), among others. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 116398
First Edition of David Halberstam's The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Random House, 1968.
First edition of this work regarding the life of Robert Kennedy by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mary Hewitt Nolan with thanks that Mary is in charge of my career David Halberstam NYC Sept 75.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Arnold Skolnick. Photograph by Burton Berinsky. An exceptional inscription.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 116331
"Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Signed by by J.K. Rowling and signed by 14 Harry Potter actors
London : Bloombsbury, 2003.
First edition of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, signed by J.K. Rowling and by 14 Harry Potter actors. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated by Mary Grandpre. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Additionally signed on the half-title page by the fourteen cast members featured in the Harry Potter film series, including: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid, the half-giant), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Jessica Hynes (Mafalda Hopkirk), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley). Fine in a fine dust jacket. A unique example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 116274
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 116275
"The inspiring story of women's struggle for recognition in American public life": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok's Ladies of Courage; Signed by Both
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1954.
First edition of Roosevelt and Hickok’s tribute to women in America. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok on the half-title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities. Uncommon signed.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 116277
“Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember": First Edition of Blue Nights; Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
First edition of this intensely personal and moving account of Joan Didion’s thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 116868
First Edition of Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road; Inscribed by Him to Friend and Screenwriter Harry Behn
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.
First edition of Caldwell’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Harry Behn with the best wishes of Erskine Caldwell M.G.M. Culver City June 10th 1933.” The recipient, Harry Behn was a screenwriter who wrote classics such as The Big Parade and Hell’s Angels. Behn collaborated with Caldwell on a screenplay (Call it Experience, p. 157). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $8,000.00 Item Number: 116873
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1978.
First edition of this classic work by Dali. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Translated from the French by Olivier Bernier.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 116559
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1988.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Freeman Dyson for ____ _____.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Perlow.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 116229
"I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren": Rare First Editions, First Printings of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-55.
First editions, first states of each title comprising the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original red cloth, folding map in the rear of each volume. Near fine in near fine dust jackets with light rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 116428
Complete Set of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin Novels. Including: Master and Commander; Post Captain; H.M.S. Surprise; The Mauritius Command; Desolation Island; The Fortune of War; The Surgeon’s Mate; The Ionian Mission; Treason’s Harbour; The Far Side of the World; The Reverse of the Medal; The Letter of Marque; The Thirteen-Gun Salute; The Nutmeg of Consolation; Clarissa Oakes; The Wine-Dark Sea; The Commodore; The Yellow Admiral; The Hundred Days; Blue at the Mizzen.
London: Collins, 1970-99.
Complete set of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin Novels. Octavo, 20 volumes, original cloth. Each are fine in fine dust jackets. An exceptional set, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $7,000.00 Item Number: 116497
“Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends": First Edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
London: John Murray, 1859.
First edition of “certainly the most important biological book ever written” (Freeman), one of 1250 copies. Octavo, bound in original cloth, half-title, one folding lithographed diagram, without advertisements. In fine condition with a touch of shelfwear. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example of this landmark work, one of the nicest extant.
Price: $400,000.00 Item Number: 116380
New York: William Morrow, 2001.
First edition of Gaiman’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Neil Gaiman on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Russell Gordon.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 116389
Rare original large format Shel Silverstein drawing; warmly inscribed by him to American playwright Herb Gardner
Rare original drawing inscribed and drawn by renowned children’s book author Shel Silverstein. Warmly inscribed by the author/illustrator, “For Herb Dec. 10, 75 The Last Day Love, Shel.” In Silverstein’s signature style, the drawing depicts a cluttered backstage with spotlights, film reels, ladders, electrical chords, and spotlights. The recipient, Award-winning American playwright Herb Gardner, is best known for his 1962 play A Thousand Clowns, which ran for 428 performances and was adapted into the popular 1965 film of the same name for which he received an Oscar nomination. Silverstein, here, likely refers to the final day of Gardner’s Broadway play, Thieves, which closed in January of 1975. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 21.5 inches.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 116953
First Edition of David Friedman's The Machinery of Freedom. Guide to a Radical Capitalism; Inscribed by Him
New York: Arlington House Publishers, 1978.
First edition of David Friedman’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Toni David Friedman.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 116181
"It falls to the lot of even the most glorious flags to be thrown in the mud. Glory, what men call glory, is often thick with mud": First Edition of Curzio Malaparte's The Skin
London: Alvin Redman Limited, 1952.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Translated from the Italian, La Pelle, by David Moore. Very good in the rare original dust jacket.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 116391
London: John Playford for Richard Davis, 1685.
First edition of Wallis’s landmark work on Algebra, with the rare original frontispiece. Folio, bound in contemporary calf, engraved frontispiece, 10 engraved plates, woodcut diagrams throughout. This example is from the family library of James Alexander, one of the original members of the American Philosophical Society. In very good condition with light toning. Wing W-613. Jacqueline Stedall, A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 116578
“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves": First Edition of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1927.
First edition of one of Woolf’s most popular and acclaimed major novels, in the extremely rare original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell, Woolf’s sister. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the crown of the spine. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell. From the library of Elizabeth Paepcke, with her signature in pencil to the front free endpaper. Paepcke, along with her husband Walter were philanthropists best noted for founding the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Skiing Company in the early 1950s, both of which helped transform the town of Aspen, Colorado into an international resort destination and popularize the sport of skiing in the United States. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition and with noted provenance.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 116345