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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.
New York: Horizon Press, 1957.
First edition of the famed architect’s final book. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by the author on the title page, “For Berry Frank Lloyd Wright 58.” Additionally initialed by Wright on the bottom right panel of the dust jacket. Also inscribed by Aaron Green on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, “With fond best wishes to Berry Xmas 1957 Aaron Green.” Green was a Wright protege, who worked on forty of Wright’s projects. A unique piece, signed twice by Wright and a well-known protege.
Etching of Albert Einstein done by German printmaker J.J. Muller in 1934. Signed by Muller and also signed by Albert Einstein on the lower right side. In fine condition. The etching measures 7 inches by 9 inches. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 21 inches. An exceptional piece.
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.
“An idea is salvation by imagination”: Inscribed by Frank Lloyd Wright to his Granddaughter Anne Baxter
New York: Horizon Press Inc, 1955.
First editon. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his granddaughter Anne Baxter, “To Anne- with love from Grandfather F.L. Wright 59.” Anne Baxter was an American actress known for her performances in films such as The Magnificent Ambersons, The Razor’s Edge, All About Eve and The Ten Commandments. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. Also laid into this volume is an original black and white photograph. With a slipcase. An excellent association copy.
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary": First Edition of Andy Warhol's Exposures; Signed Three Times by Andy Warhol With A Drawing
New York: Andy Warhol Books / Grosset & Dunlap, 1979.
First edition of Warhol’s candid and engaging photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed twice by Andy Warhol with a doodle of a heart on the half-title, and additionally signed by Warhol on the dust jacket. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary": First Edition of Andy Warhol's Exposures; Signed Twice by Andy Warhol
New York: Andy Warhol Books/ Grosset & Dunlap, 1979.
First edition of Warhol’s candid and engaging photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Andy Warhol with a two doodles of a heart on the half-title, and additionally signed by Warhol on the dust jacket. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Harpers and Brothers Publishers, 1937.
First edition of this early work by Frank Lloyd Wright. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Illustrated with both line drawings and photographs, many of Wright’s ideas for his Broadacre City concept of urban planning are explored in this book. Rare in the original dust jacket.
“In art, immorality cannot exist. Art is always sacred”: Autograph Letter Signed by auguste rodin one day before the opening of his first and most important exhibition in paris, france
Autographed letter signed by August Rodin on Exposition A. Rodin Place de l’Alma letterhead. In full: “Hui madame, Oui demain matin l’exposition vers 11 heures. Je serai bonne heure de vour in. Affectueusement, Rodin” which translates as: “Dear Madame, Yes, tomorrow morning the exposition starts at 11 am. At the right moment, I will see it. Affectionately, Rodin.” Written the day before the opening of Rodin’s first solo exhibition in France at the Pavillion de l’Alma in Paris, a space specially built for the exhibition in 1900 to coincide with the Exposition Universelle, or Paris World Fair. Matted and framed with a photograph portrait of Rodin and one of his clay-sculpted female nudes. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 20.75 inches.
“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further”: KEITH HARING AUTOGRAPH SIGNED NOTE
Autograph note signed by Keith Haring with his address and phone number, “Keith Haring 676 Broadway NYC 10012 212-228-4096 Send me your picture – Keith” on personal stationary featuring his ‘Radiant Baby’ image. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
London: Ivorypress and Timezone 8, 2008.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Norman Foster on the title page. In fine condition, without a dust jacket as issued.
London: National Portrait Gallery, 2014.
Signed limited edition, number 19 of 21 signed copies. Signed and numbered by Bob Dylan on the title page. In fine condition.
Bugantics: The Bugatti Owners Club Magazine London. Buggatti Owners Club. 1951-1955 20 Issues in 10 Volumes. Profusely illustrated with photographs, tables, advertising, drawings. Octavo, bound in publisher’s original pictorial gilt titled and decorated binding notebooks. Run extends: Volume 1 No.2 (September 1931) – Volume 18 No. 4 (December 1955). Also, an extremely rare copy of the original Parts Catalogue for the renowned Bugatti Type 57. Twenty detailed schematic plates in a spread pin folder from 1935. Also, the original sales brochure for the Bugatti Type 57 8 cylinder 3.3 litre 4 seater Saloon model.1935. Three original sales brochures for the Bugatti Type 55 2.3 litre Supercharged Roadster and the Bugatti Type 57 3.3. Litre 4 Passenger Coupe. c.1935. (brochures are the same). One single sheet announcement for the issue of the Bugatti 400 CV. 1935. One single Spec sheet for the Bugatti Type 57, 1939. One single price sheet for various Bugatti models, 1934. One original sales brochure for the Bugatti Type 101 Berline and Coach models. c.1951. The ephemera is contained in an original Art Deco styled Bugatti, decorative gilt stamped cardboard portfolio c. 1935.