Signed limited edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Signed by Him and illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros
Mexico : Talleres Graficos de la Nacion 1950
Signed limited first edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s masterpiece. Folio, original cloth, pictorial endpapers designed by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. One of five hundred copies printed on malinche paper. Signed by Pablo Neruda, illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros. In near fine condition with the rare original slipcase. Rare and desirable.
“BEYOND THE EARTH, BEYOND THE FARTHEST SKIES, I TRY TO FIND HEAVEN AND HELL. THEN I HEAR A SOLEMN VOICE THAT SAYS: "HEAVEN AND HELL ARE INSIDE”: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; One of 550 Copies Signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; In the Original Elaborate Binding
London : Siegle, Hill & Company 1910
Signed limited first edition of this work reproduced in color from the manuscript written and illuminated by Francis Sangorski & George Sutcliffe, number 247 of 550 copies signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Folio, bound in publisher’s full vellum, front panel elaborately stamped in gilt in a peacock motif, gilt titles and a floral motif to the spine, brown gilt morocco lettering label, pictorial endleaves. With twelve full-page illustrations inserted throughout. In very good condition.
“I am a part of everything that I have read": One of only 50 sets of Theodore Roosevelt's Monumental Work The Winning of the West
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons 1900
One of fifty sets which were made for members of the Diplomatic and Consular Service at the time Roosevelt was elected Vice-President. Octavo, 4 volumes, original brown cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain, illustrated with plates from old engravings, paintings, drawings, and other sources; folding maps. Presented to Henry Morgan, a diplomat who had been posted as Consul, at the time of Roosevelt’s election, to the northern Swiss canton of Aarau. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the masterpieces of American literature Tom Sawyer; Finely Bound
Hartford : American Publishing Company 1876
First edition, first printing, first state (with “THE” on half title in 10-point rather than 14-point type), peach endpapers, printed on wove paper, with preliminary matter paginated [I]-XVI and front and rear triple flyleaves of laid paper. BAL 3369. Johnson, 27-30. MacDonnell, 39-40. MacBride, 40. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition.
"Keep the joy of loving God in the Poor and share this joy with others, God bless you": Photograph of Mother Teresa; Lengthily Signed by her
Color photograph portrait of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer boldly signed, “Keep the joy of loving God in the Poor and share this joy with others, God bless you, M. Teresa m, 20–3–84.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 13 inches.
London : Constable & Company 1922
First edition of this classic memoir of the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition, with one of the very rare dust jackets. Octavo, two volumes, original half white cloth, gray paper boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with volume I in facsimile. Scarce in the original dust jacket.
New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1956
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Boldly signed by President Barack Obama on the half-title page, “All the best Barack Obama.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
“My apple trees will never get across and eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.He only says," Good fences make good neighbors": Robert Frost's North of Boston; Signed by Him
New York : Henry Holt and Company 1930
First edition, early printing of Frost’s second published book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Frost June 1926 Twenty-five years after.” In very good condition.
Paris : The Olympia Press 1955
First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In very good condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities.
First Edition of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait; Signed by Nelson Mandela, President Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Publishing 2003
First edition of this illustrated biographic portrait of Mandela. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Additionally signed by both Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu at their contribution. Foreword by Bill Clinton. Introduction by Desmond Tutu. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada. An exceptional piece of history, signed by these three iconic figures.
“In the fish world many things are told by sound waves": First Edition of Rachel Carson's Under the Sea-Wind
New York : Simon & Schuster 1941
First edition of Carson’s first book and her personal favorite. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Illustrated by Howard Frech.
“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 an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London : Jonathan Cape 1960
First edition of the eighth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"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. Signed first editions of this work are scarce, association copies are rare.
“Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man": First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
New York : The Viking Press 1939
First edition with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page of the author’s classic work. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition.
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter; In the Scarce Original dust jacket
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1905
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 23. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
"A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example": First Edition of Joe Di Maggio's Lucky To Be A Yankee; Inscribed by Him
New York : Rudolph Field 1946
First edition of this early autobiography by Joltin Joe Di Maggio. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in a contemporary hand, “To Dick- Hope the start of a good Pic Book! Best alwasy Joe Di Maggio.” Foreword by Grantland Rice. Introduction by James A. Farley. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Most desirable signed by this baseball legend.
"As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time": Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi
Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. The letter reads, “Dear Rev. Conley, You will please forgive one for my inability to reply to your letter earlier. As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time. I am at present at Thithal leaving Bombay on 24th Oct for Bengal. I am afraid therefore that we cannot meet before the … Your serv MK Gandhi 25 4 25 Tithal.” The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
First Edition of The Life of Gen. James A. Garfield; Signed by him one month prior to winning the November 1880 presidential election
New York : A.S. Barnes & Co 1880
First edition of Bundy’s illustrated biography of the 20th President of the United States. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Garfield, rebacked. Presentation copy, inscribed by Garfield on the front free endpaper, “Compliments of J.A. Garfield, Mentor, Dec. 2, 1880.” Garfield inscribed the present volume precisely one month prior to winning the 1880 Presidential election on November 2nd. This win marked the sixth consecutive victory in the presidential election for the Republican Party, its longest winning streak in American history. In very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. This work was published prior to the now commonplace practice of presidential biographies and autobiographies. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed by Garfield.
Finely Bound First Popular edition of The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer; bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe and illustrated by William Russell Flint
London : Johnathan Cape and the Medici Society Ltd. 1928
Finely bound edition of The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer illustrated by William Russell Flint. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt titles and central gilt motif of an armored knight on horseback, gilt ruling to the panels, top edge gilt, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Elaborately illustrated with full color plates after the drawings of William Russell Flint including tissue-guarded frontispiece. In near fine condition. A lovely example.
New York : Simon and Schuster 1953
First edition of Lady and the Tramp, boldly signed across the title page by Walt Disney in his usual blue crayon. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
"Do not be content to stop at the popular viewpoints: walk in the cool forests and by the river and streams, and watch the great waterfalls and reveal themselves in endless varied character": First Edition of Ansel Adams' My Camera in Yosemite Valley; inscribed by him
Boston : Virginia Adams, Yosemite National Parks and Houghton Mifflin Company 1949
First edition of Ansel Adams’ classic work on one of his favorite subjects. Folio, original pictorial wrappers spiral bound with 24 photographs duotone photographs on glossy Kromecote paper and an essay by Adams. Presentation copy, inscribed by Adams on the front free endpaper, “For Joyce Waterman, Ansel Adams.” In near fine condition.
"who lives so close to all the things I write about all good things": First Edition of Leonard Cohens First Novel; Warmly Inscribed by Him
London : Secker & Warburg 1963
First British edition, preceding both the Canadian and American publication. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Saul who lives so close to all the things I write about all good things Leonard Cohen Vancouver 1964.” Near fine in an near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Barry Trengove.
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 by Kurt Vonnegut on the title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some professional restoration. Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed Twice by Her
London : J.M. Dent Sons 1963
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed twice by Mary Oliver, once on the half-title page and again on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by John Andrew. A very nice example.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times": First Edition, First Issue of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
London : Chapman and Hall 1859
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring works, with p. 213 misnumbered “113,” the signature mark “b” at the foot of the plate list, and the misspelling “affetcionately” on line 12, p. 134. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition.
“A GOLDEN AGE OF POETRY AND POWER OF WHICH THIS NOONDAY’S THE BEGINNING HOUR”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF FROST’S IN THE CLEARING
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1962
Signed limited first edition of Frost’s last book of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, original slipcase. Number 737 of 1500 copies signed by Frost. Fine in a fine slipcase.
“YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: ONCE WHEN YOU ARE BORN AND ONCE WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE”: COMPLETE SET OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS; WITH FIVE SIGNED BY SEAN CONNERY
Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
London : Jonathan Cape 1953-66
First editions of each volume in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, original cloth. Each volume is fine in near fine to fine first-issue dust jackets, with with five signed by Sean Connery, which include: From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and Thunderball each signed by Sean Connery. Each volumes is housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional collection of first editions, most rare in this condition and signed.
New York : Delacorte Press 1993
Signed limited edition of this work in Clavell’s Asian Saga, number 87 of 350 copies. Octavo, original cloth, original slipcase, all edges gilt. Signed by James Clavell. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Massadah & Alumoth : Jerusalem & Tel Aviv 1962
Elaboerately bound example of Szyk’s magnum opus. Quarto, publisher’s full velvet cloth with gilt stamping to the spine, front and rear panels, illustrated profusely with full color illumination. With the English translation printed in black and brick red and Hebrew text accompanied by elaborate full color illuminations. Edited by Cecil Roth. In near fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s three quarters morocco plush-lined clamshell box. A beautiful presentation.
“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him": First Edition of John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education
London : Printed for A. and J. Churchill 1693
First edition of Locke’s seminal treatise on the education of gentlemen which, for over a century, was the most important philosophical work on education in England. Octavo, bound in full calf with morocco spine label lettered and decorated in gilt, raised bands and ruling to the spine. ruling and floral cornerpieces to the front and rear panels stamped in blind, all edges speckled red. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. A scarce and important work.
First Edition of Philip Atkinson's Elements of Electric Lighting; From the Library of Thomas Edison with his ownership signature
The Elements of Electric Lighting, Including Electric Generation, Measurement, Storage, and Distribution.
New York : C. Van Nostrand 1888
First edition of Atkinson’s fundamental work on the elements of electric lighting. From the library of Thomas Edison with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper, “Thos A Edison” and his library stamps to the front free endpaper and title page. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. With a typed letter of provenance on Edison Laboratory letterhead tipped in and affixed to the rear endpaper indicating that the book was signed by Edison at the request of one Miss Jewel D. Perret who was building a small museum in her home and reads in part, “[Mr. Edison] was interested in reading of your plans to make a little museum in your home, and in accordance with your request he has autographed one of his old electrical books and has requested us to send it to you with his compliments.” With an original photograph postcard of American botanist Luther Burbank taped to the verso of the front panel. In very good condition. Rare and with noted provenance.
"Probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century": First Edition of The Poverty of Historicism; Inscribed by Karl Popper to Fellow Economist Lionel Robbins who played an important role in the work's development
London : Routledge & Kegan Paul 1957
First edition of this undisputed classic in the philosophy of social science. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Lionel Robbins from K.R.P. October 31st, 1957.” The recipient, British economist Lionel Charles Robbins, was a prominent member of the economics department at the London School of Economics. He and Popper were colleagues for over twenty years and formed a strong inter-departmental alliance, fortified by their mutual friendship with Friedrich von Hayek. They also had significant intellectual intersections, with Robbins playing a role in the development of two of Popper’s most important works, The Open Society and, the present volume: The Poverty of Historicism. In spring 1936, Popper received an invitation from Hayek to the LSE to deliver a paper at the seminar he ran jointly with Lionel Robbins. The subject of the paper was to be so-called historical ‘laws’ and the methodology of the social sciences, what would become The Poverty of Historicism. The seminar “was usually attended by some thirty or forty members of staff and postgraduate students as well as by visiting European and Americans. It is not clear how many showed up for the unknown Viennese philosopher. In addition to Hayek and Robbins, present were also economists G. L. S. Shackle and Abba Lerner, Ernst Gombrich, and possibly Karl Mannheim, a reader in sociology at the LSE” (Hacohen, 316). It would make its first appearance in print in 1944-1945, published across three issues of Economica, the in-house economics journal of the LSE. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning and a few small chips. An important association.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD INSCRIBED BY PRINCE CHARLES AND SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Royal Christmas and New Year card featuring an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Prince Charles, “Mollie” Wishing you and very Happy Christmas and New Year “and lots of love Charles and”, and signed by Princess Diana, “Diana.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 13 inches.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City : Samuel Harrison Smith 1801
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
"Widely considered to be one of the seminal works in technical analysis "; Rare First Edition of The Technical Analysis of Stock Trends; In the Original Dust Jacket
Springfield, MA : Stock Trend Service 1948
First edition of Edwards and Magee’s Technical Analysis of Stock Trends, which is widely considered to be one of the seminal works of the discipline. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small closed tears and chips. First editions in the original dust jacket are rare.
One of the most highly recommended investment books ever written; Rare First Edition of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
New York : George H. Doran Company 1923
First edition of this Wall Street classic. Octavo, original orange cloth. In very good condition with light toning to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled" Rare 18th century printing of Plutarch's Lives; finely bound in full 18th century mottled calf
Plutarch’s Lives. Translated from the Greek with Explanatory and Critical Notes from Dacier and others to which is prefixed, The Life of Plutarch; written by Mr. Dryden.
Edinburgh : A. Donaldson and J. Reid 1763
Rare 18th century printing of Plutarch’s Lives. Octavos, bound in full contemporary red-speckled calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling in six compartments within raised bands. In very good condition with the bookplates of William Starkie to the pastedown of each volume.
Rare First Edition of Thomas Paine's Dissertations on Government, the Affairs of the Bank, and Paper-Money
Philadelphia : Printed by Charles Cist 1786
First edition of Paine’s defense of the Bank of North America. Small octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Rare.
Hamburg : Verlag von Otto Meissner 1883-1885
Rare early printing of one of the most influential books ever published. Octavo, original cloth over pebbled leather boards, all edges speckled red. In very good condition with ownership stamps, tape gutter repairs, rebacked.
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London : The Children's High Level Group 2008
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children selected through a lottery attended the signing.
New York : William Morrow and Company 1989
First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “For My Biggest Fan John Irving.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
"I use the word miracle to mean an interference with nature by supernatural power"; First edition of C.S. Lewis' Miracles: A Preliminary Study; from the library of British Anglican theologian Arthur Peacocke
Geoffrey Bles : The Centenary Press 1947
First edition of Lewis’ study of the logical possibility of miracles, in which he presents the case that a supernatural world may exist including a benevolent creator. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Arthur Peacocke with his ownership inscription to the half title page, “A.R. Peacocke Oxford June 21st, 1947.” Arthur Robert Peacocke was a British Anglican theologian and biochemist. He is perhaps best known for his attempts to argue rigorously that evolution and Christianity need not be at odds and remains the most well-known theological advocate of theistic evolution as author of the essay “Evolution: The Disguised Friend of Faith?” In one of the five arguments contained in the essay, the Jesus-as-pinnacle-of-human-evolution argument, Peacocke proposed Jesus Christ to be “the consummation of the purposes of God already incompletely manifested in evolving humanity.” Lewis made the same proposition in Mere Christianity, and began to develop his thoughts on the subject in the present volume which was apparently highly influential in Peacocke’s development and was attained by him as a student at Oxford. In very good condition. Bookplate to the pastedown.
Rare First Edition of Peking the Beautiful; With 70 Photographic Plates; in the rare publisher's wooden slipcase
Shanghai, China : The Commercial Press 1927
First edition of this work comprising photographic studies of the celebrated monuments of China’s northern capital with descriptive and historical notes. Folio, original embroidered silk pictorial boards, original publisher’s wooden box. In fine condition without wear. Contains 70 photographic plates mounted, numerous illustrations in text. Contains an introduction by Hu Shih, professor of Philosophy at the National University of Peking. Rare and desirable in the original publisher’s wooden box.
"Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there...a ghostly couple": First edition of Virginia Woolf's A Haunted House and other short stories; in the rare original dust jacket
London : Hogarth Press 1943
First edition of Woolf’s final collection of short stories. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell.
"My Soul I summon to the winding ancient stair, Set all your mind upon the steep ascent, Upon the broken, crumbling battlement": First Edition of W.B. Yeats' The Winding Stairs and Other Poems
London : Macmillan and Co., Limited 1933
First edition of Yeats’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel stamped in blind. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
"The most remarkable poem of the young group, written during the past year, is Howl": First Signed limited edition of To Eberhart From Ginsberg; signed by Allen Ginsberg and inscribed by Richard Eberhart
Lincoln : The Penmaen Press 1976
First edition of this collection of Ginsberg’s remarkable 1956 letter to Richard Eberhart about his epic beat poem Howl and Eberhart’s New York Times article West Coast Rhythms which drew national attention to the Beat poets, collected with comments by both poets. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, signed by Allen Ginsberg on the title page and lengthily inscribed by Eberhart on the half-title page who has written beneath the half-title ‘To Eberhart From Ginseberg’ “and from Eberhart to Richard Lautz with thanks for coming to my … reading this fall, and for remembering the reading at La Salle in 1971, Now in 1982, with best wishes for the future, Richard Eberhart.” The recipient, Richard Lautz became a member of La Salle’s English Department in 1968, and after only seven years at La Salle was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1975. For two decades he was advisor to La Salle’s undergraduate literary magazine, Grimoire, and was a longtime poetry editor of Four Quarters, La Salle’s professional literary magazine. In 1990 he donated his several hundred volume collection of contemporary American poetry, nearly all first editions and many inscribed to Richard, to form the Lautz Special Collection in the Library. He was an especially popular teacher in the Honors Program with his “The City in Literature” upper-level seminar. In fine condition. A unique association linking three great literary figures.
Everyman's Library edition of Histories of the Kings of Britain; From the library of Richard Burton; Specially bound by Elizabeth Taylor as a gift for him by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London : J.M. Dent & Sons 1944
Presentation copy of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Histories of the Kings of Britain, specially bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe at the request of Elizabeth Taylor as a gift for her husband, Richard Burton. Small octavo, bound in full green reversed calf by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles to the spine, wood-effect endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in, Phillips auction bookplate from March 1998 on the front pastedown which reads, ‘from the library of Richard Burton 1925-1984 bound, as a gift from Elizabeth Taylor (Phillips, London – Sale 30510.’ Burton collected Everyman editions over the course of his lifetime and in 1969 Taylor bought and had bound a set of this edition – the gift is mentioned twice in his diaries in late September and October of that year. In near fine condition with fading to the spine.
New York : Simon and Schuster 1971
First edition of this classic work on high-risk investment for maximum profit, including the Loeb Checklist for managing stocks. Octavo, original cloth. Review copy with information laid in, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ken Braren.
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle": First Edition of Sun Tzu's The Art of War; Signed by James Clavell
New York : Delacorte Press 1983
First printing of this edition edited by James Clavell of this fundamental treatise on military strategy. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Clavell on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Clavell was strongly influenced by Sun Tzu’s writings and was the best-selling Asian saga consisting of Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-jin, King Rat, Noble House, and Whirlwind. We have never seen another example signed by Clavell.
“You may not believe this. No one believes this, but it is true": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Winner Take Nothing
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1933
First edition of Hemingway’s third collection of short stories. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
Boston : Dana Estes 1892
The Illustrated Cabinet edition of the novels of Victor Hugo. Octavo, 12 volumes. Bound in three quarters navy blue morocco over blue cloth, elaborate gilt decorated spines with raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, with illustrated plates, frontispieces. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
"It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you": First Edition of Sula; Signed by Toni Morrison
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1973
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. An exceptional example.
“When there are multiple solutions to a problem, choose the simplest one": First Edition of John Bogle On Investing The First 50 Years; Signed by John Bogle
New York : McGraw-Hill 2001
First edition of this collection of speeches by the incomparable money manager. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by John C. Bogle on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Paul A. Volcker.
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light": First Edition of Dylan Thomas' In Country Sleep; Signed by Him
New York : New Directions 1952
First edition of this collection of poems, including the first book appearance of “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “Dylan Thomas 1952.” Fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed as Thomas passed away one year after the publication.
“There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven": First Edition of H.G. Wells The Island of Doctor Moreau
London : William Heinemann 1896
First edition of “the ultimate science fiction novel and the ultimate horror story” (Gene Wolfe). Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, tissue guard present, spine lettered in black, front panel in red and black with illustration of the island, 32 publisher’s advertisements pages. Anatomy of Wonder. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder, 1-100; Currey, L. W. Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, p. 520. In near fine condition.
"SANDY'S HUSBAND HAD BEEN ON THE SOFA EVER SINCE HE'D BEEN TERMINATED THREE MONTHS AGO": SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF RAYMOND CARVER’S CATHEDRAL
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1983
First edition of Carver’s award-winning collection of stories. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Raymond Carver on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Sara Eisenman. A superior example.
"In no time at all she was princess of the land. And she and her husband, the charming Prince, rode to their palace in a golden coach to live happily ever after!": First Edition of Walt Disney's Cinderella; Signed by Him
Stuttgart : Bluchert-Verlag 1951
First German edition of the classic retelling of one of the most celebrated Disney films. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Laid in is a business card of the publisher with a note referencing this was signed in 1953. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1939
First edition of Chandler’s first and most famous novel, with the rarely found original dust jacket. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Bruccoli A1.1.a. A very sharp example.
"Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": Rare First Edition of The Giving Tree; Signed by Shel Silverstein
New York : Harper & Row Publishers 1964
First edition with all the first issue points to both the book and dust jacket. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by Shel Silverstein on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped first-issue dust jacket with he full torso picture of Shel Silverstein, with hair, covering top left half of back of the dust jacket, three reviews of Lafcadio, by Kirkus. The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the rarest modern children’s book, exceptionally scarce in this condition and signed.
"I once did something right. I played first-rate basketball. I really did. And after you're first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate": First Editions of Each Novel in John Updikes Rabbit Quartet; Each Signed by Him
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1960-1981
First editions of each volume in the Rabbit quartet. Octavos, 5 volumes, original half cloth. Each volume signed by John Updike, with Rabbit At Rest inscribed to noted book collector Rolland Comstock. Both Rabbit, Run. Each volume is near fine to fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. Jacket designs by John Updike. Jacket photographs by Alfred A. Knopf, Martha Updike, Andre Deutsche, Ellen Dahlberg, and Davis Freeman. A nice signed set.
"I never promise lies and the rose-garden world of perfection is a lie, and a bore too": First Edition of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden; Lengthily Signed by the Author
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1964
First edition of the author’s semi-autobiographical modern classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily signed by the author as Joanne Greenberg and her pseudonym “Hannah Green”, as follows, “I never promise lies and the rose-garden world of perfection is a lie, and a bore too.” “Hannah Green” Joanne Greenberg.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. An exceptional inscription.
Washington, DC : National Geographic Society 2003
First edition of this “luminous and haunting work . . . the contemporary Thoreau” (The Wall Street Journal). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. From the author’s own library, with “From the library of Peter Matthiessen” on the front pastedown. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bea Jackson. With photographs by Birgit Freybe Bateman.
"Best African Wishes": First Edition of I Married Adventure; Signed by Osa Johnson; In the Original Dust Jacket
Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Company 1940
First edition of Johnson’s classic work. Octavo, original striped cloth, photographic endpapers illustrated with 83 aquatone illustrations. Boldly signed by the author on the half-title page, “With best African Wishes Osa Johnson.” Bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some wear and rubbing.
New York : Random House 1992
Signed limited edition of this “novel of epic proportions, abounding in visual and historical detail” Richmond Times-Dispatch). Octavo, original cloth, slipcase. In fine condition in the original shrinkwrap.
New York : The Viking Press 1939
First American edition, one of 6000 copies printed. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few chips to the spine.
First Edition of John Kotter's Power in Management: How to Understand, Acquire, and Use It; Signed by Him
New York : Amacom 1979
First edition of this early work by Kotter. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John Kotter on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do": First Edition of Michael Porter's On Competition; Inscribed by Him
Cambridge, MA : Harvard Business Review Book 1998
First edition of this collection of Michael Porter’s work, who has towered over the field of competitive strategy. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Michael Porter.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mike Fender.
"THE JEWS WISH TO HAVE A STATE, AND THEY SHALL HAVE ONE": RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF HERZL'S A JEWISH STATE
New York : The Maccabaean Publishing Co 1904
First American edition of Herzl’s landmark manifesto for an independent Jewish state, “one of the most important books in the history of the Jewish People.” Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Preface and notes by Jacob de Haas. Photographic portrait by E. M. Lilien of Herzl leaning over the balcony-rail of the Hotel Les Trois Rois. In near fine condition. First editions are rare, especially in this condition.