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Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1907.
First edition of “one of the most handsome books in the library of golf.” Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles an tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, illustrated with numerous plates from photographs and paintings, including some color plates. In near fine condition. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box.
"France may be Paris, but Paris is not France": First Edition of Henry James' classic illustrated travel account: A Little Tour in France
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1900.
First illustrated edition of James’ classic account of his six-week tour to provincial France between 1883 and 1884. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, frontispiece of Old Street, Dijon with tissue guard present. Illustrated by Joseph Pennell. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spine. A beautiful example.
A Short History of St Bartholomew's Hospital, Specially Bound on the Occasion of the 800th Anniversary of Its Foundation; From the Library of Edward, The Duke of Windsor
A Short History of St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1123-1923, Specially Bound on the Occasion of the 800th Anniversary of Its Foundation.
London: Charles Whittingham and Griggs, Ltd, 1923.
Elaborately bound presentation copy. Octavo, full tan morocco, elaborately gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with black morocco inlays, cornerpieces of thistles and flowers, front panel with central crown and gilt medallion portraits of Rahere and Harvey, silk endpapers. Full-color frontispiece illustration of The Tomb of Rahere in the Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great, thirty-four black and white plates with tissue guards. Presentation plate to rear free endpaper, “Presented on the Occasion of the Eight Hundredth Anniversary of the Foundation of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Stanmore, Treasurer. On Behalf of the Governor’s of the Hospital. June 1923.” From the Library of the Edward, The Duke of Windsor. Rare and desirable.
Davenport, Iowa: 1865.
Original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece, a rare and desirable piece of Americana.
Rare original painting of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After a photograph by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner. Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner immigrated to the United States in 1856 where he became best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In near fine condition. In a period frame. The entire piece measures 20.75 by 16.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln
Rare caste metal relief portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. Housed in a custom circular frame with gilt decorative floral reliefs. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 16 inches. A handsome example.
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik. Inscribed by Albert Einstein in German (English translation), “To Alice sending it to her as a remembrance Albert, February 1925.” Additionally signed by the artist, Emil Orlik on the lower right. The etching measures 10.5 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 17 inches.
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Hermann Struck. Signed at lower right by Albert Einstein and the artist Hermann Struck. This was the artist’s proof and is cited by him writing (“proof”) on the lower right, in pencil, next to Einstein’s signature. The engraving measures 7 inches by 10.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 20 inches. Rare and desirable.
Etched portrait of Albert Einstein by well-known Polish-American Jewish artist Lionel S. Reiss. Signed by both Einstein and Reiss. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Large Lithograph of Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Albert Schweitzer; Signed by Him and Artist William Sharp
Signed by the artist William Sharp in pencil. Inscribed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, “A Mr John Zuber avec mes bonnes pensees Albert Schweitzer. Lambarene 13. Juin 1960.” The translation reads, “To Mr John Zuber with my good wishes Albert Schweitzer Lambarene 13th June 1960.” Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa. The lithograph measures 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 22.5 inches. A unique piece, rare and desirable.
New York: Maecenas Press & Random House, 1969.
Folio, one of 2500 numbered copies, signed by Salvador Dali on the title page. With original etching in colors and 12 full page color plates by Dali. Loose as issued in original brown silk chemise decorated in gilt, tan leather-backed clamshell case with imitation bone clasps. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
Aspen: Baldwin Gallery, 2006.
First edition. Limited Edition 1 of 1,000 copies, this being number 265. Quarto. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Original 8×8 print signed by both Starn brothers. Comes with the original envelope from the Starn brothers office.
New York: Praeger Publishers, 1969.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Fine in an excellent dust jacket that shows some light wear to the extremities. Signed by the Vincent Scully on the title page.
"Established the foundation for the study of North American birds": Rare Complete first edition set of Bonaparte's American Ornithology; Or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Carey, 1825-1833.
Complete first edition set of Bonaparte’s continuation of Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology, with the rare first issue of Volume I with the Mitchell imprint present. Quarto, 4 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with 27 hand-colored engraved plates after T.R. Peale, A. Rider, and J.J. Audubon. With the rare first issue of Volume I with the Mitchell imprint present. Bonaparte originally conceived the work in three volumes, yet made the decision to publish a fourth volume in 1833, five years after the publication of Volume III. This is the complete set including Volume IV (Bennett 16; Nissen IVB 116; Sabin 6264). In near fine condition, repair to the title page of volume one.
"We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?" P.B. Socci sketch of Anthony Perkins; signed by Anthony Perkins
Rare graphite artist’s sketch of American actor Anthony Perkins from a scene from the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. Signed by Anthony Perkins. Additionally signed by the artist, P.B. Socci. Active in the mid 1970s, American artist Pat B. Socci gained a reputation for seeking out Hollywood icons to sign his sketched portraits. The drawing measures 11.5 inches by 9 inches.
"On the stage, you have to find truth, even if you have to lose the audience": Rare P.B. Socci sketch of Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn; Signed by Anthony Quinn
Signed graphite P.B. Socci portrait of Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn. Signed by Anthony Quinn to the left of his portrait. Additionally signed by the artist, P.B. Socci. Active in the mid 1970s, American artist Pat B. Socci gained a reputation for seeking out Hollywood icons to sign his sketched portraits. The drawing measures 8.75 inches by 11.5 inches.
New York: Rizzoli, 2005.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Frank Gehry on the title page. Illustrated and with commentary by Gehry throughout.
New York: Rizzoli, 1999.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrations throughout. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Frank Gehry on the title page. Edited by Mildred Friedman. Essay by Michael Sorkin. Commentary by Gehry throughout.