New York: The Derrydale Press, 1936.
First edition of this collection of bird-hunting and fishing sketches by the renowned American sporting writer. Octavo, original boards decorated in gilt with central illustrated onlay, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A pleasure and privilege to inscribe this to Mrs. R. Richens – from Nash Buckingham.” One of twelve hundred and fifty numbered copies, this is number 239. In near fine condition. Bookplate. First editions are uncommon signed.
"One of the 100 best books of any kind of the 20th century": First Edition of Hannah Arendt's Masterpiece The Origins of Totalitarianism
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1951.
First edition of this masterpiece, by one of the most important and influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket, which is in very good condition. A nice example.
Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976.
First edition of this classic work by Ansel Adams. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Adams in the year of publication on the dedication page, “To Dr. Helen Ansel Adams SF 10-30-76.” With an essay by Lawrence Clark Powell. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
London: Andre Deutsch, 1969.
First edition of the re-release of this classic work by the author of the Wide Sargasso Sea. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Jean Rhys on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Barbara Brown.
"AND FOR ALL I KNOW HE IS SITTING THERE STILL, UNDER HIS FAVORITE CORK TREE, SMELLING THE FLOWERS JUST QUIETLY" FIRST EDITION OF THIS BELOVED CHILDREN’S CLASSIC THE STORY OF FERDINAND
New York: The Viking Press, 1936.
First edition of Munro Leaf’s beloved children’s classic. Octavo, original half tan cloth, illustrated endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the price of $1.00 on the front flap. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. An exceptional example.
"Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, pray for us now at the hour of our death": First edition and signed limited edition of T. S. Eliot's Ash-Wednesday
New York: The Fountain Press Inc./London Faber & Faber Ltd, 1930.
First edition and signed limited edition of T. S. Eliot’s “conversion poem”. Octavo, original cloth decorated in gilt. One of six hundred numbered copies signed by the author on the colophon, this is number 323. Near fine in the rare original slipcase. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box signed in gilt by Asprey.
“If I didn't try to assume responsibility for my own existence, it would seem utterly absurd to go on existing": First Editions of each volume in Jean Paul Sartre's Roads to Freedom trilogy; with two volumes inscribed by him
Les Chemins de la Liberté: L’age de Raison, Le Sursis, La Mort Dans L’ame. [The Roads to Freedom: The Age of Reason, The Reprieve, Troubled Sleep.
Paris: Gallimard, 1945-1949.
First editions of all three volumes in Sartre’s Roads to Freedom trilogy. Octavo, original wrappers and illustrated boards. L’age de Raison and Le Sursis are inscribed by Jean Paul Sartre, “A Monsieur Robert Moureau hommage de Je Sartre.” Each volume is in near fine condition. L’age de Raison and Le Sursis retain the original glassine. Rare and desirable signed by Sartre.
"Nothing promises pleasure more readily that the words 'freshly baked'": First edition of Baking With Julia; signed by Julia Child and with an autograph card signed by her laid in
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc, 1996.
First edition of Child’s baking cookbook, based on her PBS series Baking With Julia. Quarto, original boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs by Gentl & Hyers. Signed by Julia Child on the half-title page. Jacket design by Vertigo Design, NYC. Jacket photographs by Gentl & Hyers. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"GOD IS INTERESTED IN THE FREEDOM OF THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE": FIRST EDITION OF STRIDE TOWARD FREEDOM: THE MONTGOMERY STORY; INSCRIBED BY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to fellow Baptist minister Reverend Robert Lowe, “Sept. 2, 1958 To: Rev. + Mrs. Robert L. Lowe, With best wishes and warm personal regards. Martin L. King Jr.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A superior example.
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson, whose biographers have argued to be the true first President of the United States. The archive is composed primarily of letters, historical records and biographical documents prepared by Hanson’s ancestors, most notably several biographical volumes composed by his descendant Douglas H. Thomas who, in his numerous biographical papers, promoted Hanson as the the true first President of the United States. Contents also include biographical accounts of Hanson’s father Philip Thomas, and his descendant John Hanson Thomas who served in the American Civil War. In near fine condition. A fascinating archive of first-hand accounts documenting the life, career, and heritage of one of America’s least recognized Founding Fathers.
A Complete History of the Marquis de Lafayette, Major-General in the American Army in the War of the Revolution Embracing an Account of His Tour Through The United States, to the Time of His Departure, September, 1825. By an Officer in the Late Army.
Columbys: J. & H. Miller, 1858.
Scarce first edition of the definitive biography of “The Hero of Two Worlds”, Marquis de Lafayette. Octavo, original brown cloth elaborately stamped in blind, engraved frontispiece portrait. In very good condition with light toning to the page edges and endpapers.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1988.
First edition of this “smart book of enormous strengths” (Boston Globe) that has become the classic work on the wrenching post–Civil War period, an era whose legacy reverberates in the United States to this day. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To the Farham Family, With best wishes Eric Foner.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Irving Freeman.
"these notes made in boats, on the road, and in strange towns": First Edition of W. Somerset Maugham's On A Chinese Screen, Warmly Inscribed by Him
London: William Heinemann, 1922.
First edition of this classic travel book by the author of The Razor’s Edge. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Edward Wassermann these notes made in boats, on the road, and in strange towns W. Somerset Maugham.” In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Signed Limited Edition of Charles Lindbergh's We; With the rare original typescript broadside issued by Colonel H. Norman
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.
Author’s autograph edition of Lindbergh’s autobiography, which provides the account of the life of one of the century's greatest adventurers, the first man to complete a solo non-stop transatlantic flight. One of 1000 numbered copies, this is number 40, signed by both Charles Lindbergh and the publisher on the limitation page. Octavo, half bound salmon paper covered boards, frontispiece with tissue-guard, 51 black and white plates. In fine condition. Together with “$25,000.00 REWARD”, 1 pp. typescript broadside issued by Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf, dated May 26, 1932, calling for “information which shall result in the apprehension and conviction of the kidnaper [sic] or kidnapers of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.” In 1932 Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped from his family’s home in New Jersey. The “crime of the century” resulted in kidnapping being classified as a federal offence if the victim is taken across state lines. Introduction by Myron T. Herrick. An exceptional example, rare with the original letter.
LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE: SIGNED BY IAN FLEMING, ONE OF ONLY 35 RESERVED FOR PRESENTATION
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
Signed limited first edition, the only Bond title issued in a limited edition, one of only 35 unnumbered copies reserved for presentation signed by Ian Fleming (from a total signed limited edition of 285), of the eleventh Bond novel. Octavo, original half vellum, top edge gilt, with color frontispiece portrait of Fleming by Amherst Villiers. Near fine in the original acetate dust jacket. An exceptional example.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Company, 1948-54.
First editions of Churchill’s World War II masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes, original black cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated with plates and maps (many of which are folding); charts and tables. Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
London: Gyldendal, 1920.
First edition in English (preceding the American edition by one year) of Hamsun’s classic work, which garnered him the Nobel Prize in literature. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition. Translated from the Norwegian by William J.A. Worster.
London: Joiner and Steele, 1932.
First edition of this work, inscribed to H.G. Wells. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to H. G. Wells by the author on the front endpaper in the year of publication, “H. G. Wells, gratefully from the author, Geoffrey West. November 1932.” West was also the author of H. G. Wells: A Bibliography, H. G. Wells: A Critical Biography. Very good in a very good dust jacket. From the library of H.G. Wells. An exceptional association.
FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE OF ONE OF THE MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, TOM SAWYER'S THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.
First edition, second issue of the apotheosis of American boyhood. Octavo, original blue cloth elaborately stamped in gilt, illustrated with frontispiece and numerous in-text illustrations. Second printing, mixed state with the 1875 on the copyright page and 1876 on the title page, four pages of terminal advertisements. An unusually fine example.
"All good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy": First Edition of A River Runs Through It; Signed by Norman Maclean
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1976.
First edition, first printing one of only 1,577 copies of Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Norman Maclean on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Joel Snyder.
London: Bailey Litchfield/Matthew Miller Dunbar Ltd, 1972.
First edition of the transcript of David Bailey’s documentary film ‘Warhol’ which was banned upon release due to its alleged explicit content. Folio, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Andy Warhol on the title page. In very good condition.
"The greatest of our Civil War novels": Andersonville; Inscribed by MacKinlay Kantor To Philanthropist Alice Tyler
Cleveland & New York: World Publishing, 1955.
Early printing of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Alice Tyler Affectionately MacKinley Kantor 29 July 1974.” The recipient, Alice Tyler was a philanthropist, along with her husband John the founders of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Science. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light wear to the extremities, bookplate of the recipient to the pastedown.
First Edition of The Bread of Life; Inscribed by the Illustrator to Julie Andrews and signed by Halldor Laxness
Reykjavik: Vaka-Helgafell, 1987.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator to actress Julie Andrews on the front free endpaper, “August 1988 To Julie Andrews with thanks and appreciations Snorri Sveinn Fridriksson.” Additionally signed by Halldor Laxness on the half-title page. Illustrated by Snorri Sveinn Fridriksson.” Translated by Magnus Magnusson. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of Julie Andrews.
“WE DRANK WITH SORROWING HEARTS FROM THIS VERY WELL WHERE JUST FOUR YEARS AGO I HAD DRUNK WITH MY BELOVED ALBERT”: FIRST EDITION OF LEAVES FROM THE JOURNAL OF OUR LIFE IN THE HIGHLANDS; INSCRIBED BY QUEEN VICTORIA
London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1868.
Second edition of Victoria’s immensely popular book which sold twenty thousand copies. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles and decorations to the spine and front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by Queen Victoria in the year of publication on the second free endpaper, “To Sir Francis Seymour Bart: from Victoria Reg Windsor Castle April 16 1868.” The recipient, Sir Francis Seymour, 1st Baronet, was a British Army officer and courtier. His son, Albert Victor Francis Seymour, who was born when Seymour was 74 years old served as a Page of Honour to Queen Victoria. In very good condition.
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of French physician and Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer. One page, text in French. The letter is addressed to Miss Mary Hebe Degler of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and reads in part, “Thank you for very much for the beautiful photographs. The are very natural. All is well at the hospital but the number of hospitalizations increase with each year. Best Regards, Albert Schweitzer.” Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope post dated December, 27, 1960. In fine condition.
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of British orientalist Sir Richard Francis Burton. One page, the letter reads, “Dear Sir, With many thanks I wish to say that I am at present my own agent… but I will let you know in time… Bill F. Burton. Twist Feb. 23 85.” In very good condition. Accompanied by portrait of Burton. Rare and desirable.
"You could be another Lincoln If you only had a brain": Rare original photograph of Ray Bolger; inscribed by him
Original glossy black and white photograph of American actor Ray Bolger, best known for his role as Scarecrow in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Inscribed by him, “To Paul Best Wishes Ray Bolger.” In very good condition. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the half-title page, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr. (signed twice), Virgil I. Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. and Alan B Shepard Jr. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.
Cambridge: Printed at the University Press by Richard Watts for Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, 1807.
First edition of this ambitious and influential work on the classical architecture of the Magna Graecia by one of the leading figures of the English Greek Revival movement of the early 19th century. Folio, bound in full green buckram, engraved vignette to the title page, illustrated with 73 full-page engraved plates including 20 aquatint views, maps, and illustrations, subscribers list. In near fine condition with the plates remarkably clean. Library stamp to the title page and bookplate to the pastedown.
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1938.
First edition of this collection of poems of the hunt. Small octavo, original publishers three quarters morocco with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt with others uncut, illustrated by Paul Brown. One of 950 numbered copies, this is number 551. In fine condition. Bookplate.
"To Lionel, in place of a work of art": FIRST EDITION OF MILTON FRIEDMANS MASTERPIECE: A THEORY OF THE CONSUMPTION FUNCTION; INSCRIBED BY HIM to Fellow Economist Lionel Robbins
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957.
First edition of Friedman’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth, graphs and charts throughout. Association copy, inscribed to the British economist Lionel Robbins on the front free endpaper, “To Lionel, in place of a work of art Milton.” The recipient, Lionel Robbins, along with J.M. Keynes, was the leading British economist during the inter-war period; at the London School of Economics, he “dominated the economics department for thirty years and built it up to its pre-eminent position in British economics” (ODNB). Milton Friedman was less shaped by Robbins’s thought and teachings than many of his British contemporaries, but all economic thought in the period was deeply affected by Robbins’s work. Friedman and Robbins were both founding members at the Mont Pelerin Society in 1947, and in his and Rose’s memoirs Milton praises Robbins’s “genius” in drafting the statement of aims that was acceptable to all members, save Maurice Allais (Two Lucky People, p. 161). Aside from their shared economics profession, the Friedman and Robbins couples were friends for many years – Rose recalls in the memoirs that “I had met Lionel Robbins, not yet a Lord, many years earlier [from 1953] when he was visiting Aaron [Rose’s brother] in Washington. Lionel and Iris visited us in Cambridge and we had many visits with them in London” (IBID., p. 249). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association copy linking these two giants of twentieth century economics.
"ONCE THERE WAS A LITTLE TREE ... AND SHE LOVED A LITTLE BOY"; The Original Manuscript for shel Silverstein's masterpiece The Giving Tree
The original manuscript of one of the most commercially successful children’s books of all time and Shel Silverstein’s most famous work, The Giving Tree, entirely in his had with his publisher’s edits in pencil throughout. Quarto, 38 pasteboard pages with Silverstein’s original ink drawings on paper adhered to each page and Silverstein’s original handwritten text. With numerous revisions by Silverstein, most notably on the final page of the story where Silverstein has changed “and the boy and the tree were happy” to “And the tree was happy.” In very good condition. Lacking pages 2, 3, 4 and 36. A remarkable piece offering exclusive insight into the author/illustrator’s process and furthering the mysterious and ambiguous nature of the widely interpreted story of a selfless tree and her beloved companion.
"No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially - courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense": Rare autograph quotation book lengthily inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt as President in addition to many others including William Howard Taft, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Bernard Baruch
ROOSEVELT, Theodore; William Howard Taft; John Muir; John Burroughs; Bernard Baruch et al. [Olga Roosevelt].
Olga Roosevelt’s autograph book, lengthily inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States, William Howard Taft as Vice President of the United States and several other famous figures of the era, including naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs and financier Bernard Baruch. Octavo, bound in full vellum with hand painted decorations to the spine and panels, patterned endpapers. Inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt with a lengthy quotation, “No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially – courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense. Theodore Roosevelt July 23rd 1903.” Inscribed by William Howard Taft “For Miss Olga Roosevelt with best wishes of William H. Taft May 23 1910.” Inscribed by American naturalist John Burroughs, “The most precious things of life are without money & without price John Burroughs Sept 8, 1903.” Inscribed by the President of Cornell University and United States Ambassador to Germany Jacob Gould Schurman, “Beauty, graceful manners, good temper, common sense, and a kind heart: these are the qualities that make a woman to be beloved and powerful. J.G. Schurman East Hampton September 14th 1903.” Additionally inscribed by Alfred W.S. Garden, American diplomat Robert Underwood Johnson, American screenwriter Daniel Carson Goodman, and American naval officer Leigh Carlyle Palmer. Signed by John Muir and signed and dated by Bernard Baruch “B. Baruch Jan 20th 1920.” From the collection of Theodore Roosevelt’s niece, Olga Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the heiress to a fortune of several million dollars left her by her mother. She made her debut in Washington in 1908 and married Dr. Breckenridge Bayne in 1911. In very good condition. An exceptional collection of signatures with noted provenance.
"The most important series of American Political Debates": FIRST EDITION OF THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES
Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois.
Columbus: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860.
First edition, second issue with the Table of Contents on page ii of “the most important series of American political debates” (Howes L338). Octavo, original publisher’s brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate blind stamping to the front and rear panels. In very good condition. Ownership name.
London: J. C. Juta & Co, 1897-1899.
First edition of Wilmot’s authoritative history of the development of South Africa. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spines. In near fine condition with rubbing to the extremities.
First edition of Wall Street 1955: Investment Careers, Procedures & Precepts; signed by Legendary Wall Street trader Gerald M. Loeb
LOEB, Gerald M.; Bernard M. Baruch; Benjamin Graham; William S. Goedecke; Walter Maynard; John Stevenson et al.
New Haven, Connecticut: Yale Daily News, 1954.
First edition of this compilation of reports published by Yale as an introduction to Wall Street for aspiring students. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Boldly signed by Gerald M. Loeb on the front panel. In near fine condition.
"THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT": CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS' POWERFUL MEMOIR, WALKING WITH THE WIND, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
First edition, early printing of Congressman Lewis’ pivotal account of the Civil Rights movement that transformed America. Octavo, original half cloth, with 16 pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Manual and Olive, Thank you for all of your good words and leadership. With faith and hope, Keep your Eyes on the Prize. Best Wishes John Lewis 10-30-99.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow. Jacket photograph by Danny Lyon. Written with Michael D’Orso.
Rare autograph note signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Arthur Goldberg, and Justice Tom Clark
Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Arthur Goldberg, Justice Tom Clark Autograph Note.
Rare autograph note signed and inscribed by five of the most powerful politicians and judges of the mid-1960s aboard Air Force One. One page, on Johnson’s official Air Force One letterhead, the note is inscribed by Warren, “Sy, with the best wishes Earl Warren” and signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, Justice Arthur Goldberg, Justice Tom Clark, and Robert F. Kennedy. The recipient, Seymour “Sy” Halpern was a New York Congressman. In fine condition.
"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads": Shelby Footes Classic Civil War Trilogy; Warmly Inscribed by Him In volume One
The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville; Fredericksburg to Meridian; Red River to Appomattox.
New York: Random House, 1958-74.
Later printings of the author’s authoritative text on The Civil War. Octavo, 3 volumes, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication opposite the half-title page of volume one, “For J. Ives Townsend with affection + gratitude from Shelby Foote Columbia, S.C. 21 Oct 98.” Fine in a fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Illustrations by Fred Banbery.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1956.
First edition of the fourth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Sean Connery on the front free endpaper. Connery played 007 in the film adaptation. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Sean Connery.
First edition of Dee Alexander Brown's The Bold Cavaliers; inscribed by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee to close personal friend and colleague Charles Weldon Carruth
Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959.
First edition of the author’s Civil War classic. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee on the front free endpaper to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, “To Charles with love, Nelle.” In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama’s most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school’s theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper, ‘Caustic Comments for Crimson White’, as well as many articles to the university’s humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. The two remained close friends and corresponded well into the early 1990s. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Burchard.
"Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being": First Edition of James Baldwin's No Name in the Street; Signed by Him
London: Michael Joseph, 1972.
First British edition of Baldwin’s classic collection of nonfiction writings. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Mark Gerson.
“ROUND AND ROUND WE SPIN, WITH FEET OF LEAD AND WINGS OF TIN”: FIRST EDITION OF CAT’S CRADLE; SIGNED BY KURT VONNEGUT
New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1963.
First edition of Vonnegut’s absurdist satire of the clash between science and religion in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed on the half-title page by the author with a drawing of a self-caricature, “Kurt Vonnegut Aug. 28, 1997 Sagaponack.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc.
“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters": First Edition, First Issue of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.
First edition, first issue of the first printing, with the misprint (“stoppped”) on page 181 line 26. Octavo, original black cloth with gold paper title labels to the spine and front panel. Near fine in a later issue dust jacket which is in very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Shirley Ann Grau on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter.
The Dark Tower Set. Volume I: The Gunslinger; Volume II: The Drawing of the Three; Volume III: The Waste Lands; Volume IV: Wizard and Glass; Volume V: Wolves of the Calla; Volume VI: Song of Susannah; Dark Tower VII.
West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc, 1982-2004.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed Dark Tower series. Octavo, 7 volumes, illustrated. Volumes one, two and three are inscribed by Stephen King. Each are fine in a fine dust jackets. An exceptional set, rare signed.
"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed": The Works of Charles Darwin; Finely Bound
The Works of Charles Darwin. Including: The Origin of Species; The Descent of Man; Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication; Formation of Vegetable Mould; The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom; The Movement and Habits of Climbing Plants; The Various Contrivances by Which Orchids are Fertilised by Insects. Second Edition, Revised. A Naturalist’s Voyage. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of Countries Visited During the Voyage of the H.M.S Beagle; The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species.
London: John Murray, 1897.
Finely bound example of the works of Charles Darwin. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, each front panel bears the gilt seal of the Law Society of the United Kingdom. Five of the volumes with a bookplate from the society, awarding the set to Charles Lawson Smith for placing second in the honors examination of the first class, held in June, 1888. The bookplates are signed by the president of the society. In near fine condition. An exceptional set with noted provenance.
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Chopping.
"There's no one thing that's true. It's all true": First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls in the Original First-Issue Dust Jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
First edition with the Scribners A of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original beige cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographer’s name on the rear panel with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.
New York/ Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear to the extremities. Jacket art by John Schoenherr. An exceptional example.
Finely Bound Set of Cervantes' Masterpiece Don Quixote de la Mancha; illustrated with 24 steel-engraved plates by Charles Heath from designs by Richard Westall
London: Hurst, Robinson & Co, 1820.
Finely bound example of Cervantes’ masterpiece, wonderfully illustrated with 24 steel-engraved plates by Charles Heath from designs by Richard Westall. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound full green calf with green morocco spine labels, titled and tooled in gilt and blind, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Richard Westall was an English painter and illustrator of portraits, historical and literary events, best known for his portraits of Byron. He was also Queen Victoria’s drawing master. In very good condition.
London: For W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777.
First edition of Thorp’s translation of Newton’s Principia, which “in many ways Robert Thorp’s revision of Motte’s translation, with lavish notes, is still one of the best texts to use for anyone who wishes to make a careful study of Newton’s Principia” (Cohen, Introduction to Newton’s Principia, Cambridge). Quarto, bound in original boards, uncut, with 22 folding engraved diagrams. In near fine condition with light toning to the text. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original boards.
"Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value, elly judgments of all kinds remain necessary": First Edition of Albert Einsteins The Evolution of Physics; Inscribed by Him to Dr. Leonard Rowntree
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.
First edition of this classic work, which traces the development of ideas in physics. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Rowntree with kindest regards A. Einstein 1941.” The recipient, Dr. Leonard Rowntree is most well known for pioneering kidney research including the Rowntree test for kidney function; dialysis; the intravenous pyelogram and plasmapheresis. He joined Dr. John J. Abel at Johns Hopkins University in 1907, and in 1912 they developed the first artificial kidney, in the form of the dialysis machine. Rowntree would later move to the Mayo Clinic and is widely credited with creating the research tradition there. In 1946, President Harry Truman awarded Rowntree the Medal for Merit for his work as chief of the medical division of the Selective Service System from 1940 to 1945. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
"You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life": Exceptionally Rare collection of original Harper Lee drawings, paintings and letters with a first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird in the scarce first issue dust jacket; inscribed by Lee to close colleague and friend Charles Weldon Carruth
Philadelphia & New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
First edition of perhaps the most important American novel of the 20th century, inscribed by Harper Lee to a close college friend and with a scarce archive of drawings and letters exchanged between the two. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Association copy, inscribed by Harper Lee to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, “To my dear friend Charles, with love always — Harper Lee.” In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama’s most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school’s theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper, ‘Caustic Comments for Crimson White’, as well as many articles to the university’s humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. Near fine in the rare first-issue dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Accompanied by an exceptionally rare archive of pencil and ink drawings sketched by Lee of Carruth, caricatures drawn by her while attending Strode’s Shakespeare courses, an original acrylic portrait by Lee of Carruth inscribed by her on the verso “From Nelle Lee, Dec 25, 1952”, and three letters written by Lee to Carruth regarding her thoughts on her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
Measuring 8 inches by 10 inches on ruled sheets of paper, the 11 drawings, four of which are signed by Lee “NLee”, include 5 realist studies of Carruth in various poses and six captioned caricatures in ink depicting him as Shakespearean leads including: a portrayal of Shylock as a pawn shop owner and “Money Lender Extraordinaire: Easy Loans – Pound of Flesh Compounded Semi-Annually”, King Lear standing on the cliffs of Dover with a price tag (“$3.98”) hanging from his cloak, Hamlet standing on a diving board with Yorick’s skull and a bloody knife hidden behind his back (performed at the “Old Vic”), Julius Caesar smoking a pipe while “contemplating the infinite”; Othello towering over an angel and devil; Cassius dripping dry outside the Roman baths where “you must have a ticket before you bathe”, Malvolio, “the impatient one,” crossing his legs while “waiting to go to the jakes”, and Carruth dressed as an unidentified female character with Carruth’s note, “Fall Quarter/ Univ. Ala 1945”. Additionally included is a caricature of Professor Strode wearing the breeches and curly-toed shoes of a court jester with his book “Timeless Mexico” in one hand and Yorick’s skull in the other, signed “Nelle Lee” and dated “11/8/45.”
Showcasing not only the depth, but also the length of Lee and Carruth’s friendship, the three letters include a letter written by Lee to Carruth in 1991 regarding his retirement, “My beloved Charlie, I can’t think of anyone to whom these words apply more — in your work, in your life — ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ …You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life.” Two years later, in January 1993, the second letter thanks him for a “…lovely Christmas remembrance and, farther back, your memoir of Winston County [Alabama, where Carruth was born].” Despairing the changes occurring in her hometown, she continues, “You remember the Faulknerian prophecy — the Snopeses shall inherit the earth? They’ve already taken over Monroeville … they are trying to turn Harper Lee into a tourist attraction like Graceland or Elvis.” She goes on to discuss the restoration of the Old Courthouse, and remarks that she “nearly had a fit” after seeing a billboard featuring a mockingbird, describing it as “in indescribable taste” and “a fraud on the public”. “[They] say they are doing this to honor me. What they are doing … [is] embarrassing me beyond endurance … So keep an eye out for a small place that will hold 10,000 books … is near grocery stores & hospitals, and you! … We can look at each other and celebrate our longevity.” Signed by Lee as the Queen Victoria, “Your unamused but loving, Victoria R & I.” Lee often gave herself nicknames when signing letters: “Francesca da Rimini,” one of Dante’s damned, when she felt hopeless; “E. Bouverie Pusey,” the Anglican theologian, when she got worked up about some finer points of theology; and “Victoria R/I”—the Queen Empress Victoria—when she felt royal and moody.
A remarkable collection offering unprecedented insight into the education, broad talents, unique sense of humor, and deep personal thoughts regarding the reception of the most important work of one of America’s most respected and enigmatic writers.
“Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it": Rare Collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown replica designed by him for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy
Rare collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown from Cassini’s personal collection. The collection includes a French magazine page inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy, “afternoon + Theatre”, a letter typed by Cassini’s secretary Kay McGowan transcribing Kennedy’s instructions to him, an original Cassini Studio pencil sketch, a chart of sixteen Cassini designs with pinned fabric swatches, a Cassini designed replica of a gown worn by Jackie at the September 19, 1961 White House Dinner held in honor of of President Dr. Manuel Prado Ugarteche and First Lady Clorinda Málaga de Prado of Peru with Cassini’s couture label, a photograph featuring Cassini, and two photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy donning Cassini’s designs, including one framed which features a photograph of her wearing the very dress mimicked in the replica. In near fine condition. A nice collection offering insight into the complexity and careful planning of Jackie’s public image.
"Linking the three icons of the beat generation": Jack Kerouac's copy of the Yage Letters; signed and dated by Allen Ginsberg
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963.
Jack Kerouac’s copy of the Yage Letters, signed by co-author and fellow beat Allen Ginsberg. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Third edition. Association copy, signed by Ginsberg on the title page in Kerouac’s hometown, “Allen Ginsberg Lowell 1967.” Kerouac first met Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs as a student at Columbia University where he was enrolled on a football scholarship. Kerouac broke a leg playing football during his freshman season, dropped out of Columbia, and soon became enmeshed with the Beats, with whom he would forever be associated and whose characters formed the basis of the majority of his novels. Ginsberg likely signed the present volume during a visit to Kerouac’s house on Sanders Avenue in his hometown of Lowell where he resided with his third wife Stella between 1967 and 1968. Kerouac would die a year later, in October 1969, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. With Jack Kerouac’s Estate stamp and embossed seal from the Executor of his Estate, John Sampas. In near fine condition. An exceptional association copy linking the three most iconic members of the Beat Generation.
"Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive": First Edition of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel American Pastoral; Signed By Him
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Philip Roth on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Glaser.
London: The Hogarth Press, 1948.
First edition of one of the author’s most admired works. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a good dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Jacket design by John Piper. First editions are rare.
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1928.
First edition, one of 750 copies of Thomas’s fundamental history of hunting throughout the ages. Quarto, original boards richly decorated in gilt, patterned endpapers, illustrated, tissue-guarded hand-colored frontispiece from a painting by F. B. Foss. In fine condition.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1930.
First edition of Fisher’s important work tracing the causes and the immediate aftermath of the 1929 Stock Market Crash. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publciation on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Robert W. King with the compliments of Irving Fisher March, 1930.” In near fine condition.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1945.
Signed limited edition of Nash Buckingham’s Game Bag. Octavo, original publisher’s half-buckram, illustrated by P. A. M. Hoecker. One of one thousand two hundred and fifty numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 467. In fine condition.
Paris: c. 1697.
Rare late 17th century Book of Prayer. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over speckled red boards with a hand painted coat of arms to the front panel, all edges red, illustrated with two engravings, text in French manuscript. Dedicated on the title page to Madame de Maintenon. In very good condition.
"HERE IS WHAT ELOISE DOES IN PARIS: EVERYTHING. THE EFFECT IS RAWTHER EXTRAORDINAIRE": First Edition of Eloise in Paris; Signed by Kay Thompson
New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc, 1957.
First edition of the second book in Kay Thompson’s cherished Eloise series. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout by Hilary Knight. Boldly signed by the author on the copyright page, “Kay Thompson” who has written “Moi Eloise” opposite the copyright page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom slipcase. Rare and desirable signed.
"All good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy": A River Runs Through It; Warmly inscribed by Norman Maclean
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1976.
Early printing one of only 1,577 copies of Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “University of Chicago March 10, 1979 To Jean Clark on a very important day Norman Maclean.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“Unmentioned, what is can become as though it were not”: First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Point Counter Point
London: Chatto & Windus, 1928.
First edition of Huxley’s classic satiric novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Uncommon in this condition.
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Inscribed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Steve Tobey- Ron Chernow 5/7/05.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
"With gratitude for all he did to successfully re-launch this very old debutante"; First Edition of Carmen Jones; Warmly Inscribed by Oscar Hammerstein
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945.
First edition of this classic play. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Wolfe, with gratitude for all he did to successfully re-launch this very old debutante. Sincerely, Oscar.” The recipient, Wolfe Kaufman was the director of publicity for the run of Carmen Jones from December 2, 1943 to February 10, 1945. Kaufman was a leading general manager and press director for Brigadoon S. Hurok’s production of Hamlet, Paint Your Wagon, The Rose Tattoo and many other Broadway plays and musicals. On the front pastedown is the bookplate of Rita Allen, showing Ms. Allen reading a book in a theatre box, while other occupants of the box are looking at the production in the opposite direction. Rita Allen was a well-known theatrical producer in the 1950s and 60s (The Grass Harp, My 3 Angels, at the Rita Allen Theater and other venues) and was the founder of the Rita Allen Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, bookplate. Rare and desirable signed.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1936.
First edition of this edition of this seminal work. Quarto, 2 volumes. Near fine in near fine dust jackets, frontispiece in first volume, both profusely illustrated with maps, plans, and collotype plates, some folding, and including large folding maps at the inside of the rear covers of both volumes. With an introduction by T.E. Lawrence. Near fine in very good dust jackets.
Rare gelatin silver printed photograph of Mark Twain by A. F. Bradley. Signed by Twain on the mount with Bradley’s imprint dated 1907. A contemporary of Twain, American poet Ina Coolbirth was a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. In 1906, her home in California was destroyed in a fire and subsequent earthquake. Twain sent her three autographed photographs of himself which sold for $10.00 each and was subsequently convinced by New York photographer A. F. Bradley to sit for 17 more studio photographs to add further to the fund. Framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 15 inches. In near fine condition.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1949.
Early printing of Joseph Campbell’s magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 22 textual drawings, 12 plates. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With all my good wishes Joseph Campbell 10-13-79.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket, inscription to the front free endpaper. Uncommon and desirable signed.