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.
First Edition of Relief to Royalty: The Story of James J. Braddock World's Heavyweight Champion; Signed by Nine Boxers
New York: Privately Published, 1936.
First edition of Shabazian Ludwig’s biography of heavyweight champion “Cinderella Man” James J. Braddock. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, illustrated with photographs including photographic frontispiece portrait of Braddock. Foreword by Damon Runyon. Runyon gave Braddock the nickname “Cinderella Man” upon his unlikely comeback in 1935 when he fought Max Baer for the heavyweight title and won. Signed and inscribed by nine boxers on the front free endpaper and verso of the front panel by British heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper, Braddock’s camp trainer Harry Raskin, Bill Irby, Whitey Hurwitz, Jack Russel, Charley Massera, Jack McCarthy, Max Long, and Bill Margolis. Fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
First Edition of Lady and the Tramp; Warmly Inscribed by Ward Greene to fellow cartoonist Chester Gould and Creator of Dick Tracy
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Ward Greene’s Lady and the Tramp. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Association copy, warmly inscribed by Greene on the front free endpaper, “For Chester – with fondest regards Jimmie Greene.” The recipient, American cartoonist Chester Gould, was best known as the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip which enjoyed a long run in the newspaper syndicate ‘King Features’ which Greene edited and managed for many years. Ward’s colleague Hal Foster, the creator of the Tarzan and Prince Valiant comic strips first referred to Ward with the affectionate nickname ‘Jimmie.’ Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the rear panel. A rare association copy.
First edition of The Presidential Power: the politics of leadership; warmly inscribed by Richard Neustadt
New York and London: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1960.
Rare first edition of Neustadt’s fundamental examination of presidential power, which upon publication immediately prompted John F. Kennedy to hire him as his advisor, speechwriter and confidante. Ocatvo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ted Sorenson, Special Counsel to the President with congratulations … and regards – Dick Neustadt.” The recipient, Ted Sorenson was Neustadt’s colleague, and fellow speechwriter and adviser to President Kennedy. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. An exceptional association copy of this landmark book.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1898.
Early printing of Hale’s classic short story. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, stamped bald eagle vignette to the front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “Charles Wolcott from Mrs. Hubbard with the best wishes of Edward E. Hale March 10, 1902.” With a photograph of the author tipped in beneath the inscription. In very good condition.
“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.
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird; Finely Bound
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
First edition, second printing of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
“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.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated paper boards, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Kerry- With best Amelia Bedelia wishes- Peggy Parish 10/30/82.” Illustrated by Friz Siebel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with very light shelfwear to the extremities.
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.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Judge Carl Wahlstrom with high esteem John Kennedy,” Inscription to the recipient, bookplate of Judge Wahlstrom to the front pastedown, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
"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.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1957.
First edition of Mises’ classic work. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition.
“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.
"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 Thomas Griffith Taylor's With Scott: The Silver Lining; from the library of American Polar Explorer William Davies with his ownership inscription
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1916.
First edition of Antarctic explorer Griffith Taylor’s firsthand account of his experience as part of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition, officially the British Antarctic Expedition. Quarto, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, illustrated penguin vignette to the front panel, illustrated with engravings including frontispiece. From the library of American geologist and polar explorer of William E. Davies with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “William E. Davies Dec. 30, 1938.” Davies explored the Appalachian Mountains, Greenland, and Antarctica, where the Davies Escarpment is named after him. In near fine condition. A nice example with noted provenance.
“It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws": Rare First Edition of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage in the rare original dust jacket
New York : D. Appleton and Company, 1895.
First edition, first printing with page  advertising the three works of Gilbert Parker’s Best Books, and the last page of advertisements (page 238) ending with The Land of the Sun, by Christian Reid; last gathering, including ads on laid paper. Octavo, original publisher’s tan cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
"You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there": Rare original photograph of "La Divina" Maria Callas
Rare original photograph of one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century, Maria Callas. Signed by Callas and dated 1955. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12.75 inches. In near fine condition. Elegantly presented.
First Edition, first issue of The Great Gatsby; with a signed presentation inscription signed by him in 1929 in Paris bound in
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925.
First edition, first issue of the author’s masterpiece with “chatter” p.60, “northern” p.119, “sick in tired” p.205, and “Union Street station” p.211. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine. With a presentation note inscribed by the author bound in before the half-title page, “For J.E. Cribb from yours sincerely F Scott Fitzgerald Paris, 1929.” Paris in the 1920s proved the most influential decade of Fitzgerald’s development. Fitzgerald made several excursions to Europe, mostly Paris and the French Riviera, and became friends with many members of the American expatriate community in Paris, notably Ernest Hemingway. Fitzgerald’s friendship with Hemingway was quite effusive, as many of Fitzgerald’s relationships would prove to be. Hemingway did not get on well with Zelda, however, and in addition to describing her as “insane” in his memoir A Moveable Feast, Hemingway claimed that Zelda “encouraged her husband to drink so as to distract Fitzgerald from his work on his novel”, so he could work on the short stories he sold to magazines to help support their lifestyle. In near fine condition with a touch of wear. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box.
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.
London: Macmillan & Company, Limited, 1921.
Signed limited edition of one of the greatest tributes to drink and drinking in the literature of wine. Octavo, original half cloth. One of 500 copies signed by George Saintsbury. In very good condition. Bookplate to the pastedown. Ownership signature.
Dublin: Alex Thom & Co, 1881.
Rare second edition of Reed’s Liquor Licensing Laws of Ireland. Small octavo, original cloth, paper spine label. In very good condition. Cancelled library stamp to the front free endpaper, ownership signatures to the title page.
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.
"LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF NABOKOV'S TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA; from the library of Elizabeth Bishop
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition, association copy of Nabokov’s masterpiece from the library of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. Bishop and Nabokov both gained international recognition for their mastery of prose in America in the mid-20th century. It was not until Nabokov began writing in the English language that he gained a reputation as a great writer, and it was the present volume that catapulted his career. Referred to by Dwight Garner as “the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century”, Elizabeth Bishop’s first book North & South, was first published in 1946 and won the Houghton Mifflin Prize for poetry. She would go on to become the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Nabokov was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An important association, linking two masters of English prose.
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.
“And his voice came from him in a whisper": First Edition of Pearl Buck's Masterpiece The Good Earth; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: The John Day Company, 1931.
First edition, first issue with “flees” for “fleas” on page 100, line 17 of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original brown cloth, brown topstain. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some expert restoration.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1989.
First edition of le Carre’s classic novel, basis for the film starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John le Carre and actor Sean Connery on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Photograph by Franta Provaznik.
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.
Autograph letter signed by Ernest Hemingway on Hotel Suecia, Madrid letterhead, signed ‘Love Papa’ [June] 27, .; light creasing along folds; with the original air mail postal envelope addressed in Hemingway‘s hand. Addressed to Aaron E. Hotchner, arranging to meet in Alicante, touching on boxing matches & bullfighting. It reads, “Dear Hotch: We’d figured out all the combinations of meeting and still making Zaragoza. But then got your wire departure delayed…Flight at Alicante is 6pm June 28th. We will meet at Carleton Hotel – (Biggest there) will leave tickets. To get to Alicante you can fly to Valencia and take taxi from there. But Bill[ Nathan ‘Bill’ Davis] says best take taxi from here via Albacette. ALBACETTE…Antonio in fine physical and mental shape. But this is his first with Luis Miguel since L.M. retired and it is rough to make your comeback fight after such a bad wound. Am also betting on the Swede [Ingemar Johansson]S…bet him at 4/1 and thinks he should make it…See you soon Hotch. Wish we were meeting you and driving up together. Love Papa. We have Salmon pink English Ford with Gibraltar license plates E H.” Framed with a portrait of Hemingway. Aaron Edward Hotchner was an editor, biographer, novelist and playwright. In 1948, he met Ernest Hemingway, and the two were close friends until Hemingway’s death in 1961. Hotchner wrote Papa Hemingway, his 1966 biography of Hemingway, whose work he had also adapted for plays and television. He wrote many teleplays in the 1950s and 1960s, including adaptations of Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Killers, and The Fifth Column.
"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.
“It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it": First Edition, First Issue of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
London: Longman, Green, and Co, 1886.
First edition, first issue with the publication date on the upper wrapper altered by hand of Stevenson’s classic book. Octavo, original wrappers, advertisements. In very good condition without the usual restoration seen on most examples. First editions in the original wrappers are rare.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1948.
Uncorrected proof of the first edition of this humorous novel set in Florida, a place Hurston knew well, having been born in Eatonville, an entirely black Florida town. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition. Rare.
“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.
London: Richard Bentley, 1838.
First edition, first issue of Dickens’ classic work. Octavo, three volumes, original reddish brown cloth, gilt titles to the spine, front and rear panels with arabesque stamp, with 24 plates by George Cruikshank. In near fine condition. Housed in individual chemise case within a full morocco slipcase. An exceptional example.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1981.
Signed limited first edition of “Clavell’s biggest triumph yet . . . storytelling done with dash and panache . . . a rousing read” (Washington Post). Octavo, original leather, all edges gilt, original slipcase. Signed by James Clavell. Fine in a fine slipcase.
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.
Rare Mercury Seven and Mission Control Print; Signed by all seven of the original mercury astronauts
Carpenter, Scott; Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
Rare Nasa Mercury Spacecraft technical engraved print listing each of the Mercury Seven and Mission Control Operations and Flight Directors with their corresponding signatures. Signed by Walter C. Willams, Christopher C. Kraft, Malcom S. (Scott) Carpenter, Leroy G. Cooper, John H. Glenn, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Alan B. Shepard, and Donald K. Slayton. In fine condition. Framed. The entire piece measures 23.5 inches by 13.75 inches. Unique and desirable.
Rare Autograph Letter Signed and entirely in the hand of George Orwell; sent months after he took up residence on the isle of jura where he would write his masterpiece nineteen eighty-four
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of great English author George Orwell. One page, the letter reads, “Barnhill Isle of Jura Argyllshire Scotland 31.5.46 Dear Sir, I of recently received your letter dated the 22nd, as I was travelling for some days before coming here. I am afraid I cannot make any engagement to speak for you, as I intend to be at the above address until October and am not certain of my movements after that. Please forgive me. Yours truly, Geo. Orwell.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Orwell. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 13.5 inches. Scarce and desirable, written only days after Orwell took up residence at Barnstable where he would compose his masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
“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.
Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press, 1956.
First edition of Cohen’s first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45).
"Constantinople is the golden bridge thrown between the west and the east, and Western civilization cannot, like the sun, go round the world without passing that bridge": First Edition in English of Karl Marx's The Eastern Question
London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co, 1897.
First edition in English of this collection of letters and articles by Karl Marx dealing with the events of the Crimean War. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, folding map in color at rear. Edited by Eleanor Marx Aveling and Edward Aveling. In very good condition with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
"Forty years ago I rode the first forbidden trail which was to carry me into the broad highway of outlawry": First Edition of When Daltons Rode; Signed by Emmett Dalton
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1931.
First edition of Emmett Dalton’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth with smoking gun vignette to the front panel, pictorial endpapers, frontispiece portrait of Emmett Dalton after a photograph taken in 1892. Signed by Dalton beneath his frontispiece portrait. In near fine condition.
"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.
"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far away the Road was gone and I must follow if I can": J.R.R. Tolkien Signed Calligraphic Quote and Autograph Letter
Exceptionally rare calligraphic quotation signed and entirely in the hand of J.R.R. Tolkien of The Road Goes Ever On, also known as A Walking Song, fictionally composed by Bilbo Baggins and first appearing in The Hobbit and later thrice in slightly differing versions throughout The Lord of the Rings. With the original autograph transmittal letter signed by Tolkien at the conclusion of which he has practiced his calligraphy for the final draft of the calligraphic quote. On Tolkien’s Merton College letterhead the letter reads, ‘Dear Mr. Hodgson, I am sorry that this letter dictated to my London secretary was not forwarded to you at once. It was sent to me for signature while I was away on a brief convalescence after being ill during January and February and the beginnings of March, and I regret that it came back with me, to become included in a heavy correspondence awaiting my return. With regard to the copy of the verses: I expect that it is only the first version L.R. I 44,82 and that also from version III 226 that you wish for. Do you wish for a copy in my normal hand in a more careful form (as here); or something more “calligraphic” in intention? But I warn you that neither will be very beautiful. My ageing hands are now losing their steadiness and such moderate skill as they ever had. “Yours sincerely J.R.R. Tolkien. The Road does ever on and on…The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where is began.” The letter is in fine condition and measures 7 inches by 5.25 inches. Double matted and framed, the final quotation, entirely in Tolkien’s hand reads, “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far away the Road was gone and I must follow if I can. Pursuing it with eager feet, until it finds some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. J.R.R. Tolkien.” Matted with a notation which reads, ‘From the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Written Out by the Author 1973.’ In fine condition. Double matted and elaborately framed, the entire piece measures 21 inches by 18.5 inches. Exceptionally rare and desirable.
"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.
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. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some tape repair to the spine. Rare in the original dust jacket.
"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.
First Edition of Sandra Day O'Connor's The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice; Inscribed by Her
New York: Random House, 2003.
First edition of this work which reveals what Justice O’Connor learned and believes about American law and life, insights gleaned over her years as one of the most powerful and inspiring women in American history. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For Mary with good wishes Sandra O’Connor.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Craig Joyce. Jacket design by Allison Saltzman. Jacket photograph by Annie Liebovitz.
Rare original photograph of Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried. Boldly signed by him, Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried Apollo A9-11B Suit.” The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. In fine condition.
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1995.
Early printing of the paperback edition of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by the author on the title page “NMandela 28.5.96.” In near fine condition.
New York and Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1892.
Third edition of Bunnell’s account of the discovery of Yosemite Valley with the Mariposa Battalion in 1851. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, illustrated with engravings including frontispiece portrait of Bunnell. In very good condition with light wear to the extremities.
New York: Moyer Bell Limited, 1987.
First edition of Wyndham’s first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Rolland from Francis.” The recipient was the well-known bibliophile Rolland Comstock. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Jane Human.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
First edition of this “outstandingly effective book” (The Economist). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Fannie with warm regards, Professor Bhagwati.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen M. Lynch.