The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on May 27, 1963 by Columbia Records, boldly signed by Dylan. Whereas his self-titled debut album Bob Dylan had contained only two original songs, Freewheelin‘ represented the beginning of Dylan’s writing contemporary words to traditional melodies. Eleven of the thirteen songs on the album are Dylan’s original compositions. The album opens with “Blowin’ in the Wind”, which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary soon after the release of Freewheelin‘. The album featured several other songs which came to be regarded as among Dylan’s best compositions and classics of the 1960s folk scene: “Girl from the North Country”, “Masters of War”, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”. Dylan’s lyrics embraced news stories drawn from headlines about the Civil Rights Movement and he articulated anxieties about the fear of nuclear warfare. Balancing this political material were love songs, sometimes bitter and accusatory, and material that features surreal humor. Freewheelin‘ showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time, propelling him to national and international fame. The success of the album and Dylan’s subsequent recognition led to his being named as “Spokesman of a Generation”, a label Dylan repudiated. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Bob Dylan.
“Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory”: FIRST EDITION OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S THE ROUGH RIDERS; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1899.
First edition of Roosevelt’s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Theodore Roosevelt, top edge gilt. Boldly signed by Theodore Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable signed by Theodore Roosevelt.
“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment": Rare second Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
London: Printed for T. Egerton 1813.
Rare second editions of all three volumes of Jane Austen’s second novel and most popular, published just months after the first edition. Octavo, three volumes, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The text for this edition was re-set, with some variations within the page and to spelling and punctuation, but without corrections by Austen. Gilson A4. A nice example of this landmark work in English literature.
"A friend is someone you have things in common with, Charlie Brown": First Edition of I Need All The Friends I Can Get; Signed by Charles M. Schulz
San Francisco : Determined Productions, Inc 1964.
First edition of this charming ‘little classic’ featuring Charles Schulz’s endearing Peanuts characters. Small octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Charles M. Schulz on the front free endpaper. Book design by Jim Young. Photograph by John Arms. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1970.
First edition of this classic spy memoir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page in the year of publication, “To Ralph Gustafson Best Wishes Francis Gary Powers 6-21-70.” The recipient Ralph Gustafson was a Canadian poet and author. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Jay Smith. Written with Curt Gentry. Signed first editions are uncommon.
“JUST AS MAN IS GOVERNED, IN RELIGION, BY THE PRODUCTS OF HIS OWN BRAIN, SO, IN CAPITALIST PRODUCTION, HE IS GOVERNED BY THE PRODUCTS OF HIS OWN HAND”: RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION IN ENGLISH OF KARL MARX'S LANDMARK WORK CAPITAL
New York: Humboldt Publishing Co 1889.
Rare first American edition of Karl Marx’s seminal work in both economic and political thought, first published in German in 1867. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth with gilt titles to the spine and triple ruling in blind to the front and rear panels, rebacked. Translated from the third German edition by Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling and edited by Frederick Engels. In very good condition, rebacked. Two editions were published in America in 1889, the other by Appleton with the priority undecided.
Rare illuminated Arabic Qu’ran with text in manuscript and three illuminated miniature paintings. 16mo, bound in full morocco with gilt decorated bifolium, all pages double gilt-ruled, decorated with three full-page hand-painted and illuminated miniature paintings, text in red and black. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber
J.A. Preuss, and London: H. Rothe: Zurich n.d. (ca. 1880).
First edition of this extensive gallery of photographs of Switzerland. Quarto, original publisher’s full decorative vellum with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate gilt central motif to the front panel depicting an alpine postal carriage, all edges gilt, gilt patterned endpapers, illustrated with one hundred collotypes displaying views of Switzerland. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription from Queen Victoria to Horatia Stopford, a Lady of her Bedchamber, “To dear Horatia Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.
“Any earner who earns more than he can spend is automatically an investor”: G.M. Loeb's the battle for investment survival; In the rare original dust jacket
New York: Hurry House Publishing Company 1956.
First printing of the second edition of Loeb’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the spine and rear panel. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
"Then freeing up her pent-up soul she rushed in frantic race, and fragments of the miller's wheel threw in the miller's face": First Edition of Julia Ward Howe's Passion-Flowers; inscribed by her to fellow author Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz
Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields 1854.
First edition of Julia Ward Howe’s first book. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, publisher’s advertisements at rear dated 1853. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper prior to publication, “Lizzie Agassiz from her Julia Howe Dec. 22nd 1853.” The recipient, Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz was an American author, naturalist, and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In very good condition with the gilt to the spine bright. An exceptional association.
"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world": First Edition of Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Inscribed by Her
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1972.
First edition of this Christmas classic. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For you, Joan, Enjoy! Barbara Robinson June 5, 1991.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Judith Gwyn Brown.
“I was afraid I was going to die and then I was afraid I wasnt": First Edition Of Cormac McCarthy's Masterpiece Blood Meridian; Signed by Him
New York: Random House 1985.
First edition of the author’s fifth novel. Octavo, original half red cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the half-title page in a contemporary hand. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Adelson. Jacket painting by Salvador Dali.
"For the children, they mark, and the children, they know the place where the sidewalk ends": Rare First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein
New York: Harper & Row 1974.
First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially signed.
"Make A Place On Your Bookshelf... If You Love Classic Narrative, Quest Stories, Adventure Stories Of High Order Transformed By One Of The Lapidary Masters Of Contemporary American Fiction, Now Is Your Hour Of Triumph" Each Volume Signed By Cormac McCarthy
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1992-1998.
First editions of each title in the author’s acclaimed Border Trilogy. Octavo, original half cloth, 3 volumes. Each volume is signed by Cormac McCarthy. Each are fine in fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Chip Kidd.
LIMITED DELUXE FIRST EDITION OF ERNEST SHACKLETON’S HEART OF THE ANTARCTIC AND THE ANTARCTIC BOOK: SIGNED BY HIM AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDITION
London: William Heinemann 1909.
Rare first edition, Special Limited Large Paper Issue of Shackleton’s account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, one of only 300 copies printed. Quarto, bound in full (Heart of the Antarctic) and half (Antarctic Book) vellum, top edges gilt. First and only edition of The Antarctic Book, with the signatures of every member of the party, including Ernest Shackleton. In fine condition with a touch of wear. A superior example.
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it's us without our past?”: First Edition of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Grapes of Wrath
New York: The Viking Press 1939.
First edition, with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on the front flap of the dust jacket. Octavo, original beige cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light shelfwear. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. A very sharp example.
"Let us shrink from strife, moral or physical provided we are certain that the strife is justified": First Edition of Woodrow Wilson's When a Man Comes to Himself; inscribed by his rival in the 1912 Presidential election, Theodore Roosevelt
New York and London: Harper & Brothers 1915.
First edition of Woodrow Wilson’s work on the fortitude of man. Small octavo, gilt titles and ruling to the front panel. Association copy, inscribed by Wilson’s rival in the 1912 Presidential election, Theodore Roosevelt, on the front pastedown, “Let us shrink from strife, moral or physical provided we are certain that the strife is justified. Theodore Roosevelt Sept 1st 1916.” Roosevelt inscribed the present volume to Charles Evans Hughes, the Republican presidential nominee in the 1916 presidential election which he, four years after Roosevelt, lost to Wilson. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Scarce and desirable, linking two progressive American Presidents who once rivaled for the Presidency and two Republican candidates beaten by Woodrow Wilson.
RARE ELABORATELY ILLUMINATED PATENT OF NOBILITY SIGNED BY Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, King of Arms to King Charles III of Spain
Rare illuminated patent of Nobility signed by Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, historian and King of Arms to Charles III, King of Spain. Quarto, bound in full morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, fleuron cornerpieces and central gilt motif within botanically gilt frames to the front and rear panels, elaborately illuminated vellum leaves including six full-page hand-painted coats of arms from the houses of Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, Zarra, Echavarria, Aldecoa, and Lizerazu. Text in Spanish. Signed by Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega at the conclusion of the patent with a remnant of the original Royal paper seal. In very good condition. Rare.
"A thoughtful mind when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself": Rare 48-Star American flag signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Rare forty-eight star American flag signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The 48-star flag was first issued in 1912 with the addition of the states of New Mexico and Arizona. President William Howard Taft issued an Executive Order that year that formalized the appearance of the flag for the first time and indicated that the stars were to be arranged in six horizontal rows of eight each. Eight presidents served under the 48-star flag: William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. In near fine condition. The flag measures 70 inches by 44 inches.
"Nothing contributes so much to the prosperity and happiness of a country as high profits": EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION OF RICARDO’S On The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
London: John Murray 1817.
First edition of David Ricardo’s most important work, a cornerstone of economic theory— one of only 750 copies printed. Octavo, bound in contemporary marbled boards, leather, morocco spine labels. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“One of the very best novels of the decade and the very best novel ever about the American West": First Edition of Thomas Berger's Little Big Man; Inscribed by Him to Publisher and Friend Seymour Lawrence
New York: The Dial Press 1964.
First edition of Berger’s acclaimed award-winning novel that was adapted to the screen in the 1970 film starring Dustin Hoffman. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to his publisher, “To Seymour Lawrence, republisher of this novel and great friend to the career of Thomas Berger.” The recipient was famed publisher Seymour Lawrence who published Berger, Kurt Vonnegut, J.P. Donleavy, Richard Brautigan, Tim O’Brien, Aidan Higgins, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Angel Asturias, George Seferis, William Saroyan and Richard Bausch. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional association.
“Any man's life, told truly, is a novel”: Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon; Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf
Charles Scribner's Sons: New York 1932.
Early printing of Hemingway’s work on bullfighting. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the spine, front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, frontispiece by Juan Gris, illustrated. In fine condition.
“AMERICA’S SECOND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL VOLUME OF AMERICAN POETRY
Brooklyn, New York: For the author by Andrew & James Rome 1855.
First edition of the most important volume in American poetry, which Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. Small folio, frontispiece engraved portrait of the author by Hollyer after the daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison, mounted opposite the title, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards by MacDonald, New York, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell chemise.
“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of The Neverending Story; Signed by Michael Ende
New York: Doubleday & Company 1983.
First edition in English of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Ralph Manheim. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. An exceptional example.
“The sons of the masters were roaming the world, looking for arms to hold them. And the arms that might have held them--could not forgive": First Edition of James Baldwin's Going to Meet the Man; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Dial Press 1965.
First edition of this collection of short stories including three new works never before published. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by James Baldwin on the dedication page, “love, Jimmy Baldwin.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph of Baldwin by Martha Holmes. Uncommon signed.
Rare photographic print of the mushroom cloud that rose over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 with the first atomic bomb attack in world history; signed by the pilot of the enola gay, Paul Tibbets
Rare photographic print of the mushroom cloud that rose over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 after the Enola Gay launched the first atomic bomb attack in world history. Signed by four members of the crew of the Enola Gay: “Paul Tibbets Pilot”, “Dutch Van Kirk Navigator”, “Thomas Ferebee Navigator”, and “Richard Nelson Radio”. Double matted and framed with a black and white photograph of the entire crew of the Enola Gay. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 14 inches.
Rare photographic print of the mushroom cloud that rose over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 with the first atomic bomb attack in world history; signed by the pilot of the enola gay, Paul Tibbets
Rare photographic print of the mushroom cloud that rose over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 after the Enola Gay launched the first atomic bomb attack in world history. Signed by Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay. Double matted and framed with a black and white photograph of the entire crew of the Enola Gay. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 20.5 by 12.5 inches.
"Here is Dorothy herself in the person of Judy Garland, with Toto as Himself!": First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz; in the rare original dust jacket
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co. 1939.
First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of Baum’s most famous Oz book, the basis for one of the greatest films in cinema history. First printing with the gilt titles to the spine and printer’s imprint to the copyright page (Bienvenue & Schmidt, pg 13). Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and black labels to the spine, pictorial endpapers featuring photographs from the film. Illustrated with 8 tipped in color plates and numerous doutone plates and in-text illustrations by W. W. Denslow. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
"I love you as high as I can reach!" Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love you; signed by him on a bookplate
Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press 2008.
Early printing of McBratney’s beloved children’s classic. Quarto, original illustrated boards. Watercolor illustrations by Anita Jeram. Signed by the author on the publisher’s bookplate. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Previous ownership inscription to the half-title page.
signed limited First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by both Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
New York: Simon and Schuster 1990.
Signed limited first edition of President Reagan’s autobiography, number 611 of 2000 copies signed by Reagan. Octavo, bound in elaborately gilt-decorated morocco, all edges gilt. Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian counterpart to Reagan. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he handwrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a Summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened.It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). In fine condition.
Rare first edition in English of A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars
A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars. Together With a Description of the Countries They Inhabit.
London: Printed for J. and J. Knapton, J. Darby, A. Bettesworth, et. al. 1729-1730.
Rare first edition in English of one of the earliest sources on the Turks, Moguls, and Tartars. Octavos, two volumes. Bound in full polished calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, all edges speckled red, engraved headpieces and tailpieces, folding map to each volume. From the library of Reginald C.L. Powys-Lybbe with his bookplates to the pastedowns. In very good condition.
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; signed by Harper Lee
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.
First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Signed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some expert restoration. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"If you ever want to accumulate some capital of your own - speculate, don't invest": Wall Street 20th Century; signed by Gerald M. Loeb
New Haven, Connecticut: Yale Daily News 1960.
Collection of fundamental articles related to 20th century Wall Street. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated with photographs and charts. Boldly signed by renowned Wall Street trader Gerald M. Loeb on the front panel who contributed the article ‘A Challenge for the Ambitious.’ Introductory letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other contributors include: Benjamin Graham, Robert C. Riehle, Bernard M. Baruch, William D. Kerr, and Craig Severance. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by this Wall Street legend.
London: Hogarth Press 1927.
First edition in book form of Wells’ lecture delivered at the Sorbonne on March 15th, 1927. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A very nice example.
London: W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd 1922.
First edition of this collection of Wells’ essays regarding the Washington Conference to organize the peace. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
London: Cassell and Company, Limited 1921.
First British edition of this work which addresses the possibility of a future world state. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition.
"Even now don't you realize that there is a great lot of social injustice everywhere?": First edition of H.G. Wells' The Bulpington of Blup; in the rare original dust jacket
London: Hutchinson & Co 1933.
First edition of Wells’ psychological novel, heavily influenced by Jung. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Very good in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
London: Jonathan Cape Ltd 1925.
First edition of Wells’ complex novel exploring individualism and society. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. A very nice example.
London: Printed for J. Harris, late Newbery c. 1800.
An exceptional example of the Newbery Bible in miniature. Bound in the original full crushed red morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, fleuron cornerpieces within elaborate gilt ruling to the front and rear panels with central green morocco onlays with the holy cypher lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with numerous full-page engravings. Miniature bookplate to the pastedown. In fine condition. A superior example.
First Edition of Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's George Washington; in the rare original dust jacket
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc 1936.
Rare first edition of Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire’s children’s classic. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with lithographs on stone in five colors and printed by offset lithography. Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire were the first 20th century artists to author and illustrate children’s books using earlier craftsman’s methods such as stone lithography. They won the Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association in 1940, recognizing the previous year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children.” Fine in the scarce original dust jacket which is price-clipped and in very good condition.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 2006.
Second printing of McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a post-apocalyptic world, a work of “stunning, savage beauty,” adapted to the screen in 2009 with stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on a laid in bookplate. Signed by Viggo Mortensen on the half-title page and by jacket design Chip Kidd on the rear panel. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd.
“SYNONYMOUS WITH EVERYTHING SUBVERSIVE”: First Editions of Emma Goldman's Living My Life; In the rare original dust jackets
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1931.
First editions of the famous radical’s autobiography, with frontispiece portraits and eleven additional photogravures of Goldman, fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman and others. Octavo, 2 volumes. Near fine in a near fine dust jackets.
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
London: Hodder & Stoughton 1990.
First British edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
New York: Random House 1959.
First edition of the Random House edition of Rand’s debut novel. Octavo, original cloth, black topstain. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Riki Levinson. A desirable signed example.
“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing”: The Fountainhead; Signed by Ayn Rand
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company 1943.
Early printing of Rands’ breakthrough work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
New York: The New American Library 1964.
First edition of this collection of essays that sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s, groundbreaking philosophy. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. With additional articles by Nathaniel Branden. One of the most uncommon Rand books to encounter signed.
“There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart": First edition of Hard Times from the library of Hugh D. Auchincloss
London: Bradbury & Evans 1854.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ attack on the living conditions of England’s mid-19th century industrial cities. Octavo, original green cloth blindstamped with gilt titles to the spine including the price 5/- in gilt at the base of the spine. From the library of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss. Auchincloss married Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ mother Janet Lee Bouvier in 1942. His great grandfather John W. Auchincloss built the 28-room Victorian mansion Hammersmith Farm in 1887 which would later become Jaqueline’s childhood home and the site of the reception of her 1953 wedding to John F. Kennedy. With the previous owner, Albert Henry Wiggin’s card laid in. American banker Albert H. Wiggin amassed a large fine art and book collection in the early to mid 20th century, much of which he later donated to the Boston Museum of Fine Art and Boston Public Library. In very good condition with the half-title present, which is often lacking. Housed in a custom chemise slipcase.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated 1992.
First edition of Champlin’s work documenting Lucasfilm’s first twenty years. Quarto, original cloth with iridescent gilt titles to the spine and fighter jet vignette to the front panel, illustrated with 221 illustrations including 90 plates in full color. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by George Lucas on the half-title page, “Dear Andrew, Happy Graduation! Since you’re one of the few actors around who’s ever done a voice-over to these films, thought you might like this. You’re the best – George. P.S. Read up on your science fiction films – just a hint!!!” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Drew Struzan.
“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Winnie-the-Pooh; One of 350 examples
London: Methuen and Co 1926.
Signed limited first edition of this classic work, one of 350 copies of the large paper edition. Octavo, original half cloth, folding map at rear. lllustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by both A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing.
London: Macmillan & Company 1919.
First edition of the best-selling book that established Keynes’ reputation as a leading economist. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles and ruling to the spine. In near fine condition.
“He says that courage is a capital sum reduced by expenditure": First Edition of Ian Flemings Dr. No; signed by Sean Connery
London: Jonathan Cape 1958.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket with Fleming’s name printed in black on the spine of the sixth Bond thriller, first state binding (Gilbert’s variant A), without the “Honeychile” silhouette; the silhouette was later added to bring it in line with other titles in the series which bore designs on the front board. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Sean Connery on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Pat Marriott. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Rare Signed limited edition of Maugham's address to the Library of Congress upon the Library's acceptance of the original manuscript of Of Human Bondage
Washington: The Library of Congress 1946.
Signed limited edition of the address given by Maugham upon the Library’s acceptance of the original autograph manuscript of his masterpiece, Of Human Bondage. Octavo, original boards. One of 500 copies signed by W. Somerset Maugham on the front free endpaper. In fine condition. Accompanied by the original accompanying program which is in very good condition. The program contains a brief description of the original autograph manuscript which notes that it is contained in 16 notebooks written on the recto of each leaf, begun in 1911 and finished in 1914.
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius Even If You’re Not Too Smart : Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits.
New York: Simon & Schuster 1997.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To James, Good luck with this! Happy Hunting! Warmest wishes, Joel Greenblatt.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Marc Cohen.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition, first issue of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories; inscribed by Bertram Rota, founder of the Bodley House bookstore in 1941
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited 1902.
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. Inscribed by Bertram Rota, the owner of the Bodley House bookstore in London, “S.W. Jackson’s copy of my boyhood’s favorite book. This copy survived fire and water when so many of its fellows were destroyed by Nazi barbarism at Bodley House in October 1940. After being stored nearby, and escaping more bombs, it returned to the resurrected bookshop and now leaves Bodley House to find sanctuary in friendly hands in a luckier land. With all good wishes Bertram Rota, June 6th 1941.” Bertram Rota began selling books in 1923 and was essentially the first bookseller to specialize in modern first editions. In 1923, Rota moved operations to the former location of the Bodley Head publishing house on Vigo Street in London where, in spite of sustaining a direct hit during a Nazi blitzkrieg, the bookshop remained for twenty-eight years. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Exceptional with fascinating provenance.
"And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly": First Edition of "the greatest juvenile classic since Winnie the Pooh"; Inscribed by both Robert Lawson and Munro Leaf and with the original full-page autograph transmittal letter signed and entirely in the hand of Lawson laid in
New York: The Viking Press 1936.
First edition of Munro Leaf’s beloved children’s classic. Octavo, original half tan cloth over illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. Presentation copy, inscribed by both the author and illustrator opposite the title page in the year of publication, “To Beck and I hope she’ll like it Robert Lawson Aug. 29. 1936” and “‘Me too’ Munro Leaf.” Laid in is the original transmittal autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Robert Lawson on his personal letterhead which reads in full, “Dear Frank thanks for your nice note and Becky for hers – I am very proud that you all saw my show & still more so that you liked it. I hope the general public does the same. All the reviews so far have been very complimentary although no one has burst any blood vessels. The Times was taken dull, but the Post had just a shade on them for dumbness. However it was meant to be nice so I shouldn’t complain. Also etching is a very slow & conventional profession in which a display of enthusiasm on the part of anyone, even to artist in his work, is often frowned upon, which is one reason why the profession is, on the whole, so frightfully stuffy. We enjoyed our visit with you so much, it was great fun to see you all again. Marie has had a slight cold for the last few days but is now recovering. We hope to take a cruise somewhere the last of next week, but don’t know how just, when, where and most of all how. Best to Becky & Bob. Sincerely, R.L.” In the early 1930s before he began to focus exclusively on children’s books, Lawson became interested in etching and proved skilled enough to receive the John Taylor Arms Prize from the Society of American Etchers in 1931. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with the $1 present on the rear flap. One of the most sought after children’s books of the twentieth century, particularly scarce and desirable signed by Leaf and Lawson.
London: Bloomsbury 1996.
First edition of “this masterpiece” (Edmonton Journal). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Merry Christmas John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by React.
“SMITH HIMSELF RANKED IT ABOVE THE WEALTH OF NATIONS”: ADAM SMITH’S LANDMARK RARE FIRST EDITION OF THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS
London: For A. Milar, and A. Kincaid and J. Bell 1759.
Rare first edition of Adam Smith’s first book, with a recorded “print run of 1,000 copies” (Sher, “Editions of Adam’s Smith’s Books,” 13). Octavo, bound in full contemporary leather. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Easily one of the nicest examples extant of this landmark work.
First edition, first printing of The White House Gardens; inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy to her mother and stepfather Hugh Auchincloss
New York: Great American Editions Ltd 1973.
First edition of the first book to trace the history of and fully illustrate the grounds of the White House gardens. Oblong quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated with color plates by Harold Sterner. Association copy, inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy to her mother and stepfather Hugh D. Auchincloss, “For Mummy and Uncle Hugh with love, Jackie.” Hugh D. Auchincloss was an American stockbroker and lawyer who became the second husband of Nina S. Gore, mother of Gore Vidal, and also the second husband of Janet Lee Bouvier, the mother of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Caroline Lee Bouvier. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Introduction by Lloyd Goodrich and text by Frederick L. Kramer with a commentary by Mrs. Paul Mellon.
“IT IS MY PLAN TO CREATE A CITY THAT IS DIRECT AND SIMPLE... TO LEAVE OUT ALL THAT IS UGLY, TO ELIMINATE THE UNNECESSARY, AND TO GIVE FLORIDA AND THE NATION A RESORT CITY AS PERFECT AS STUDY AND IDEALS CAN MAKE IT”: FIRST EDITION OF FLORIDA ARCHITECTURE OF ADDISON MIZNER; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: William Helburn, Inc 1928.
First edition of this scarce monograph on the works of Addison Mizner, with 185 striking large folio photogravures of Mizner’s iconic Florida buildings. Folio, original orange buckram over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, printed paper label to the spine, top edge gilt. Association copy, inscribed by the author beneath his frontispiece opposite the title page in the year of publication, “To Sam Morse Oh! If I had your hills to build on, Addison October 1928. Carmel Valley.” The recipient, Samuel Finley Brown Morse was an environmental conservationist and the developer of Pebble Beach. He was known as the Duke of Del Monte and ran his company from the 1919 until his death in 1969. Morse developed and rebuilt the land and properties of the Del Monte Forest into the Del Monte Hotel and the Lodge at Pebble Beach among other buildings. Morse can be credited with building eight golf courses including Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Illustrated with 185 black and white photogravure plates. In near fine condition with only light rubbing. Introduction by Ida M. Tarbell.
First Edition of Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen
London: Allen Lane 2006.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the Amartya Sen on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloomsbury 2007.
First edition of the seventh and final novel in Rowling’s immensely popular Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the title page and with the author’s hologram sticker adhered to the top right corner. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustrations by Jason Cockcroft. Due her series’ unprecedented popularity, later volumes in the Harry Potter series signed by Rowling are rare as she would seldom attend book signing events.
"There are still times I wake up at three o'clock in the morning... to write books like this one": FIRST EDITION OF HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS; Lengthily SIGNED BY JULIA ALVAREZ
Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Press 1991.
First edition of the author’s most well known work. Octavo, original half cloth, Lengthily signed by the author on the title page, “May you enjoy my book- There are still times I wake up at three o’clock in the morning… to write books like this one, Julia Alvarez.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Paul Munck. Jacket design by Carin Goldberg.
“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 750 Copies Signed by Willy Pogany
London: George G. Harrap 1930.
Signed limited first edition of this work, one of 750 copies signed twice by Willy Pogany. Quarto, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, emblem on the front panel, top edge gilt. Illustrated by Willy Pogany with 12 tipped-in color plates, plus an additional etched frontispiece signed by Pogany, and illustrations and decorations in the text. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
"But no, I was out for stars, I would not come in. I meant not even if asked, and I hadn't been": Come In and Other Poems; Inscribed by Robert Frost
New York: Henry Holt and Company 1944.
Early printing of this collection of Frost’s later poems. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For John Abrahamson from Robert Frost Dartmouth 1945.” Selection, biographical introduction and commentary by Louis Untermeyer. Illustrated by John O’Hara Cosgrave, II. In near fine condition.
Chicago: Fleming H. Revell 1880.
First 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, patterned endpapers, illustrated with 21 engravings including frontispiece portrait of Bunnell. In very good condition with wear to the extremities and rear panel.
"The greatest Lady of This Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed": First Edition of Ojike's My Africa; Inscribed by Him to Eleanor Roosevelt
New York: The John Day Company 1946.
First edition of this work by the Nigerian novelist and nationalist, inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eleanor Roosevelt The greatest Lady of this Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed. Mbonu Ojike.” Bookplate of Eleanor Roosevelt, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Pearl S. Buck. An exceptional association copy.
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more": THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN; Finely Bound
The Novels of Jane Austen [Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma].
Oxford: At the Clarendon Press 1946.
Finely bound works of Jane Austen of this important edition containing all her major novels, a volume of minor works and verse, letters, etc. Octavo, 6 volumes. Bound in three quarters leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, illustrated. Contains Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
"I HAVE FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY THE HEAVY BURDEN": A KING'S STORY, ONE OF ONLY 385 COPIES SIGNED BY EDWARD, THE DUKE OF WINDSOR
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1951.
Signed limited first edition, number D (A-Z were gifted to publishers) of only 385 copies signed by Edward, a sumptuous edition bound in publisher’s full crimson morocco with gilt-stamped armorial insignias to front board. Large octavo, original full crimson morocco gilt, raised bands, front cover gilt armorial devices, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut, original cloth slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
London: Macmillan 1894-95.
First editions of both volumes of The Jungle Book. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard present. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set of these classic children’s books.
Rare First Edition of Cox's Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory
Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory.
Saint Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Company 1895.
First edition of this work, one of the big four cattle books. Quarto, illustrated with color lithographic frontispiece, 16 plates, numerous full-page black and white and half-tone photo illustrations as well as illustrations in text, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition.