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Wood engraving of a bust-length portrait of one of the most famous graphic images of Gandhi by illustrator Fritz Eichenberg; signed by Gandhi, “God is Truth MK Gandhi.” Below Gandhi’s inscription reads, “To Eva Aug. 16th, 1948 with love from Fritz” and additionally signed “Fritz Eichenberg.” The engraving is a proof impression on Japanese paper. The portrait by Eichenberg was originally created for The Catholic Worker, a newspaper in the cause of social justice, and was subsequently used in multiple other publications. “The word satya (Truth) is derived from Sat which means ‘being’. Nothing is or exists in reality except Truth. That is why Sat or Truth is perhaps the most important name of God […] In such selfless search for Truth nobody can lose his bearings for long. Directly he takes to the wrong path he stumbles, and is thus redirected to the right path. Therefore the pursuit of Truth is true bhakti (devotion). It is the path that leads to God” (Gandhi, January 1st, 1927). The engraving measures 12 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 20 inches. Signed examples are exceptionally rare and desirable with the core tenet of Gandhi’s religious philosophy.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 103540
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST PRINTED ATLAS OF RUSSIA, AND ONE OF PETER THE GREAT'S MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS
Russischer Atlas welcher in einer General-Charte und neunzehen Special-Charten das gesamte Russische Reich und dessen angräntzende Länder.vorstellig macht.
St. Petersburg: Entworffen bey der Kayserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1745.
Rare first edition of the first atlas printed of Russia. Folio, bound in full leather, 19 double-page maps, one large folding general map. In excellent condition with light toning. An exceptional example.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 105840
"In this brief life of ours, it is sad to do almost anything for the last time": Large Signed Portrait Photograph Signed by Charles Dickens
Large oval portrait photograph measures 20 inches by 16 inches. Matted in a contemporary frame which measures 25.5 inches by 29.5 inches. Signed “Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Boston Sixth March 1868.” In 1867, Charles Dickens began his second American reading tour at Boston’s Tremont Temple, where an enthusiastic audience delighted in some of his most notable works, members of the audience included legendary literary stars such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Although Dickens was in declining health, he embarked on an ambitious travel schedule across the United States. Dickens returned to Boston once more before concluding his U.S. tour in New York City. When Charles Dickens arrived in Boston on November 19, 1867, the celebrated English author spent several days at the Parker House hotel recuperating from the voyage. As conscientious a performer as he was a writer, Dickens had prepared diligently for his performances, redrafting and memorizing key passages from his books especially for these engagements. He used a book only as a prop; he was so familiar with the material that he could improvise with ease. However, during his 1867-1868 tour he was plagued with Flu-like symptoms, insomnia, and an inflammation of his foot, which forced him to walk with a cane. During his last tours in 1868, Dickens confined much of his performances to the New England area. Dickens was grateful for the income he desperately needed from his readings, which generated $140,000, close to $2,000,000 today; but he longed for home. On April 8, 1868, Dickens gave the last performance of the tour. Prolonged applause followed the reading. He closed by telling the audience, “In this brief life of ours, it is sad to do almost anything for the last time… Ladies and gentlemen, I beg most earnestly, most gratefully, and most affectionately, to bid you, each and all, farewell.” He died two years later, having written 14 novels, several of which are considered classics of English literature. A desirable piece of Victorian literary history.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 74030
Exceedingly rare original miniature manuscript of Shel Silverstein's zany children's tale A Giraffe and a Half
Exceedingly rare original miniature manuscript of Shel Silverstein’s zany children’s tale A Giraffe and a Half. Oblong 16mo, three miniature books drawn by and with text entirely in Silverstein’s hand illustrating three sections of the book, . The first section begins, “If you had a giraffe and he stretched another half… You would have a giraffe and a half… if he put on a hat and inside was a rat… You would have a giraffe and a half with a rat in his hat…” With Silverstein’s edits in both pen and pencil throughout. A charming and unique original manuscript offering further insight into the author’s unique and original artistic process.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 116374
Rare Gordon Bryant iconic portrait of American literary master F. Scott Fitzgerald, warmly signed by him, “Faithfully yours F. Scott Fitzgerald.” This portrait was part of a study of Fitzgerald by Bryant which he later published in Shadowland Magazine in 1921. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 111063
"I have never advocated war except as a means of peace": Rare Henry Shrady Ulysses S. Grant Bronze Bust
Original bronze bust of Ulysses S. Grant by Henry Shrady, the famed sculptor of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial on the west front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Mounted on socle and base, the entire piece measures 18.5 inches in height. In fine condition. An exceptional piece of Americana.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 102885
Original signed artwork from Thomas Merton. In the last decade of his life, while living as a hermit-monk in dialogue with the world, Thomas Merton created a body of visual art, drawing from the Zen Buddhist tradition. When he was a student at Columbia University, Merton sought out a Hindu monk named Bramachari for counsel. The monk advised Merton to follow his own Christian tradition to find what he was most deeply looking for. A strong admirer of Gandhi, Merton also noted how Gandhi, a Hindu, had found a congenial ‘ second home’ of sorts in the Christian Sermon on the Mount. In the 1950’s Merton began exploring Buddhism, especially Zen Buddhism. He thought he found some resonance between Zen and the Desert Fathers. Merton sent a copy of his study of the Desert Fathers to Daisetsu Suzuki, the leading exponent of Zen in the west. They began a long correspondence in the late 1950’s, and Suzuki’s influence can be seen in Merton’s artwork. Includes a letter from activist W.H. Ferry, which reads, “4/3/68 For Mary Sue Dilliard: Daisetsu Suzuki told Father Tom Merton in 1965 that the only way finally to understand Zen was to practice calligraphy. This is the result: one of Tom’s earliest calligraphs. W.H. Ferry.” On the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions letterhead, which Ferry was the Vice President. Matted and framed, which measures 13 inches by 15 inches. Calligraphy drawing measures 9 inches by 12.5 inches. On the verso of the frame, it includes various Merton material including numerous clippings. Original artwork by Merton is exceptionally rare in the marketplace.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 17032
Alhambra, California: A National Excelsior Publication, 1963.
First edition, one of 400 numbered copies of the artist’s first book, this is number 180. Small octavo, original white wrappers, printed in red. Signed by Ed Ruscha on the title page. Near fine in the rare original glassine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 97975
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
“Dear Barbara, you remind me of myself and I wish us both that you remain that way": Photograph of Ayn Rand; Inscribed by Her to Barbara Branden
Large signed photograph of Ayn Rand. Inscribed by her to Barbara Branden, “Dear Barbara, you remind me of myself and I wish us both that you remain that way – With love -Ayn June 21, 1951.” While living in New York during the early 1950’s, the recipient, Barbara, and her future husband, Nathaniel Branden, befriended Rand and her husband Frank O’Connor. Not only would the couple go on to become major proponents of Objectivism (establishing the Nathaniel Branden Institute in 1958 with Barbara serving as Rand’s assistant), but their personal lives would be dramatically intertwined with Rand’s. Begrudgingly sanctioned by both Barbara and Frank, Nathaniel began an affair with Ayn in 1954. The secret couple had a very public break in 1968, almost certainly due to Branden’s affair with actress Patrecia Scott who he later married. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed, which measures 17.5 inches by 19.5 inches. Photographs signed by Rand are rare.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 73070
Rare large etching of Albert Einstein done by well-known artist Erich Buttner. Signed by both Einstein and Buttner. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 15 inches. An exceptional piece. In the 1920s he created a series of portraits of his friends and fellow artists including Lovis Corinth, George Grosz, Arno Holz and Heinrich Zille. He produced a very fine book of exlibris (bookplates) in Berlin 1921. This very rare book contains the exlibris of Albert Einstein 1917, probably Einstein’s only bookplate. The etching measures 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.75 inches by 15.75 inches.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 112748
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 96808
"One the most important works on British butterflies and moths": Rare second edition of Benjamin White's Magnificent One Hundred and Twenty Copper Plates of English Moths and Butterflies
One Hundred and Twenty Copper Plates of English Moths and Butterflies Representing Their Changes into the Caterpillar, Chrysalis, and Fly States and the Plants, Flowers, and Fruits, Wheron They Feed. Coloured with great Exactness from the Subjects themselves.
London: Printed for Benjamin White, 1773.
Rare edition of one the most important works on British butterflies and moths. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, decorative ruling to the panels stamped in blind, illustrated with 120 exquisite hand-colored engraved plates depicting the development butterflies and moths with the plants on which the feed after drawings by George Ehret and Jacob van Huysum. With a natural history of the insects and plants, index, and the list of subscribers gleaned from the original 1747-79 edition including Joseph Dandridge who assisted Wilkes and gave him open access to his private collection of entomological specimen. In very good condition with the hand colored-plates exceptionally clean and bright. Rare and desirable.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 112674
London: Owen Jones, 1841-45.
First edition of this monumental work on The Alhambra. Elephant folio, two volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, as issued. In excellent condition with some wear to the binding, plates in exceptional condition.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 33008
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.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 68038
Photographic portrait of Henry James by John Singer Sargent, boldly signed by James and Sargent. The portrait measures 10.5 inches by 13 inches. Double matted and framed. In fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by both James and Sargent.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 73010
Portrait of George Washington after Gilbert Stuart, American School, late 19th century oil on canvas portrait of President George Washington, after the Athaneum portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Housed in a Victorian giltwood frame with floral carved corner ornaments and oval opening. The entire piece measures 35 inches by 40 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 78002
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.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 87430
Rare original large format Shel Silverstein drawing; warmly inscribed by him to American playwright Herb Gardner
Rare original drawing inscribed and drawn by renowned children’s book author Shel Silverstein. Warmly inscribed by the author/illustrator, “For Herb Dec. 10, 75 The Last Day Love, Shel.” In Silverstein’s signature style, the drawing depicts a cluttered backstage with spotlights, film reels, ladders, electrical chords, and spotlights. The recipient, Award-winning American playwright Herb Gardner, is best known for his 1962 play A Thousand Clowns, which ran for 428 performances and was adapted into the popular 1965 film of the same name for which he received an Oscar nomination. Silverstein, here, likely refers to the final day of Gardner’s Broadway play, Thieves, which closed in January of 1975. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 21.5 inches.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 116953
Etch bust of Albert Einstein done by well-known artist Hermann Struck. Signed by both Einstein and Struck, numbered 49/150. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 15 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 95890
"MATISSE WAS EVOLVING METHODS HE WOULD USE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE": First edition of Cinquante Dessins; with an original frontispiece etching signed by Matisse
Paris: Les Soins de l'Artiste, 1920.
First edition of Matisse’s classic self-produced suite of 50 photo-lithographic reproductions of his drawings of women. Quarto, original wrappers as issued, with an original frontispiece etching of a woman’s face. One of only 1000 copies produced, this is number 908. Signed by Matisse below the original frontispiece etching, “Henri Matisse.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and in the original jacket.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 101632
New York: W.W. Norton, 1932.
First edition of this seminal work in architecture. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations of work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, Mies van der Rohe, Raymond M. Hood, Howe & Lescaze, and Richard J. Neutra. Presentation copy, inscribed by Philip Johnson on the front free endpaper, “For Jim with thanks for his help Philip Johnson.” Light rubbing, near fine in the very rare dust jacket with light chipping. This is the first jacketed copy that we have encountered. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 1384
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.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 49058
"If you had a giraffe and he stretched another half… you would have a giraffe and a half": original Giraffe and a Half watercolor illustration by Shel Silverstein
Rare original ink and watercolor illustration by Shel Silverstein created for the manuscript for his zany children’s book A Giraffe and a Half. One page, painted in ink and watercolor on paper, cut in Silverstein’s signature style. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering insight into the author/illustrator’s unique process. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 12 inches.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 116361
Original pressing of one of the greatest albums of all-time. Boldly signed by Bob Dylan on the front panel. The cover photograph of Blonde on Blonde shows a 12-by-12 inch close-up portrait of Dylan. The double album gatefold sleeve opens to form a 12-by-26 inch photo of the artist, at three quarter length. The artist’s name and the album’s title only appear on the spine. A sticker was applied to the shrink wrap to promote the release’s two hit singles, “I Want You” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”. The cover shows Dylan in front of a brick building, wearing a suede jacket and a black and white checkered scarf. The jacket is the same one he wore on his next two albums, John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114175
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.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 102643
"The Guggenheim has asked me for a recommendation for the new work she wants to do...": Autographed Letter Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright to Lewis Mumford
Taliesin : 1940.
Important autograph letter signed by Frank Lloyd Wright to friend and architectural critic, Lewis Mumford. Letter is 19 inches by 8.5 inches. It reads, "My dear Lewis: I’ve read "The Brown Decade" you so kindly sent me and it is a useful work in your splendid style. I didn’t agree in total but admire and respect. I was sorry to see so little of you in New York- intending to see you if I saw no one else. And the stupidity of wandering around in the Lehigh Starret building while you were waiting for me at 41 west 12th street rises to plague me still. Dutchy and I saw something of Catherine Bauer in New York. The Guggenheim has asked me for a recommendation for the new work she wants to do and I my best- but wrote her what I thought of her thesis. You know what I must think about that. Enclosed is a copy of what I think about it for your files if you care for it. Wright would later accept the contract to build the Guggenheim three years later in 1943, Hilla Rebay, the curator stated to Wright that he wanted to build, "A temple of spirit, a monument!” Matted and framed.
Price: $9,000.00 Item Number: 3790
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Picasso de 1916 a 1961; Signed by both Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau and containing 22 original lithographs by Picasso
Monaco: Editions du Rocher, 1962.
Signed limited folio edition of original lithographs by Pablo Picasso reproducing his major works between 1916 and 1961, and produced by Jean Cocteau upon the occasion of Picasso’s 80th birthday. One of only 199 copies signed by both Picasso and Cocteau, this is number 46. Folio, loose leaves as issued in the original pictorial wrappers, lithographic frontispiece and 22 original lithographs by Picasso, 6 of which are full page and 2 of which are double-page. In fine condition. Housed in the original vellum-backed portfolio with gilt titles to the spine and original slipcase. Rare and desirable linking two great artists of the 20th century.
Price: $9,000.00 Item Number: 94703
Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1966.
First edition, first issue with the extra flap. Inscribed by the artist on the title page, “For Robert Ed Ruscha.” One continuous accordion-fold page composed of glued paper segments with black-and-white photographs of every building on the sunset strip. An excellent example in the original slipcase. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 7370
New York: Orientalia, 1924.
First edition limited to 800 copies. Quarto, original half cloth, over papered boards. brown morocco label to the spine. Title page printed in red and black, folding map, 128 photogravures on 109 plates, 53 plans and elevations. In excellent condition with some rubbing to the bottom cloth. and light rubbing to the extremities. Rare.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 27086
“Chess is life”: Original Halldor Petursson Watercolor Caricature of Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky and William Lombardy; Signed by Halldor Petursson and William Lombardy
Original Halldor Petursson Watercolor Caricature of Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky and William Lombardy.
Original watercolor painting by Icelandic cartoonist Halldor Petursson depicting the outcome of the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. The piece features caricatures of American chess champion Bobby Fischer, challenger and Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky, and Fischer’s coach throughout the series, grandmaster William Lombardy. Inscribed by the artist in the month of the first match to William Lombardy, “Grandmaster William Lombardy, Reykjavík, July 1972.” Additionally signed twice by Lombardy. Halldor Petursson created some of the most iconic images of the historic 1972 World Chess Championship with a series of 18 post cards featuring caricatures of the historic chess grandmasters. In Game 3 of the series, Fischer beat Spassky for the first time and went undefeated for the next six matches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 24.5 inches. From the library of William Lombardy. An exceptional piece of chess history with noted provenance.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 82344
London: Sold by W. & S. Jones, c. 1795.
Rare late 18th Century Wright family terrestrial globe. The globe measures 8 inches in diameter with a brass meridian and 14 inch mahogany horizon ring which is decorated with hand colored paper gores. Mounted on an English style ebonised oak stand. The horizontal ring is held by 4 brass spokes and is connected to the pedestal with a turned brass finial hub. Hand colored paper gores over a plaster sphere with a tiny pointed bushing to the north pole. Native to London, the Wright family’s lineage included five generations of Thomas Wrights between 1718 and 1842, this globe was likely produced by Thomas Wright II. The entire piece measures 13 inches tall. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 96537
“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.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 108523
Rare original Walt Disney Studios production drawing of Donald Duck posing as a hunter. Inscribed by Walt Disney in the lower right corner of the original presentation mat, “To Paul Conrad, with best wishes, Walt Disney” with the Walt Disney Studios copyright insignia in the lower right corner. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 96235
First Edition of Put Money In Thy Purse: A Diary of the Film Othello; Inscribed with a painting by Orson Welles
London: Methuen, 1952.
First edition of this work on the film Othello. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Welles as Othello. Association copy, inscribed by Orson Welles and with a painting (self-portrait) done by him across the front endpaper and the front pastedown of a self-portrait of Welles in black, purple and yellow paint and is inscribed “For Lennie with much love and a tiny pinch of salt Orson.” The recipient, New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons was an early champion of Welles and the two were close friends for decades. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable with such a warm inscription by one of the finest actors of the twentieth century.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 43050
"In no time at all she was princess of the land. And she and her husband, the charming Prince, rode to their palace in a golden coach to live happily ever after!": First Edition of Walt Disney's Cinderella; Signed by Him
Stuttgart: Bluchert-Verlag, 1951.
First German edition of the classic retelling of one of the most celebrated Disney films. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Laid in is a business card of the publisher with a note referencing this was signed in 1953. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 106556
"When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive": First Edition of Jasper Johns: Signed by Jasper Johns and Max Kozloff
New York: Harry N. Abrams. Inc., Publishers, 1967.
First edition of this early monograph on the work of Jasper Johns. Large oblong, original cloth. Text with 142 plates, half tipped-in color. Signed by Jasper Johns and Max Kozloff on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 116155
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
First edition in English of Cartier-Bresson’s famous photobook, “capturing the essence of what has not previously been seen,” with 114 large photogravures (many double-page) and bright cover designed by Joan Miró. Folio, original illustrated boards. An excellent near fine copy in a very good price-clipped acetate dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “a Jean Simon tres cordialement Henri Cartier-Bresson.” With the captions booklet laid in.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 5770
Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1966.
First edition, second issue. Small octavo, original stiff self-wrappers, original slipcase. Association copy, inscribed by Ruscha to his aunt, “For Aunt Carol Ed Ruscha.” One continuous accordion-fold page composed of glued paper segments with black-and-white photographs of every building on the sunset strip. Near fine in a very good slipcase. An exceptional association.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 1012
London: Macdonald and Co, 1939.
First edition of this overview of Hollywood. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed on the front pastedown and endpapers by Walt Disney and 13 other Hollywood actors and actresses, including, Chico Marx “To Pat Sincerely Chico Marx”; Pat O’Brien; “To Pat my own namesake Love Pat O’Brien Nov 21, 1947; Deborah Kerr, “I see a dark Stranger” (on page 76) “with best wishes Deborah Kerr”; Merle Oberon “To Pat all the best Merle Oberon”; Joe E. Brown “To Pat Joe Brown.” Brown was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s, with films like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Earthworm Tractors, Alibi Ike and Some Like It Hot. Jack Train “Best wishes Pat Jack Train Don’t’ mind if I do”; Ray Milland “Merry Xmas Pat Ray Milland.” Milland is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend, leading man opposite John Wayne’s corrupt character in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954), and Oliver Barrett III in Love Story. Two of the signatures are pasted onto the end papers, while the rest are signed directly onto the end papers with one on page 76. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional collection of signatures in this film review book.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 112422