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Oroville, California: Butte College Press, 1999.
First edition of this work on the Bush administration. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dan Ostrander and President George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover design by Patty Melron. Uncommon signed by President Bush.
“People look to the order of numbers when the world falls apart": First Edition of A Beautiful Mind; Signed by Sylvia Nasar and John F. Nash
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
First edition of this work, basis for the Academy award-winning film. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Sylvia Nasar and additionally signed by Nobel Laureate and subject John F. Nash on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Timothy Hsu.
“a portrait of the Kennedy family as it looked then” : First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy
New York: Random House, 1964.
First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
“All he wanted was toleration, and by the enlightened use of the dispensing power to be the true father of all his people": Finely Bound First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, finely bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition. A very sharp set.
"I HAVE FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY THE HEAVY BURDEN": A KING'S STORY, ONE OF ONLY 385 COPIES SIGNED BY EDWARD, THE DUKE OF WINDSOR
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1951.
Signed limited first edition, number D (A-Z were gifted to publishers) of only 385 copies signed by Edward, a sumptuous edition bound in publisher’s full crimson morocco with gilt-stamped armorial insignias to front board. Large octavo, original full crimson morocco gilt, raised bands, front cover gilt armorial devices, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut, original cloth slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
First edition of Galbraith’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry and Nancy Kissinger, “For Nancy & Henry as a guide to those K volumes yet to come! With all good wishes J.K.G. 1981.” Galbraith and Kissinger were close friends, both civil servants and Harvard University professors, who played a vital role in the development of United States foreign policies in the 1960s-70s and beyond. Galbraith, working as United States ambassador to India in the Kennedy administration and Kissinger in the Nixon administration as Secretary of State. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An outstanding association copy linking these two giants of American history.
"My brain is the key that sets me free": First Edition of Harry Houdini's A Magician Among the Spirits; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1924.
First edition of this work by Houdini. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 15 photographic plates. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Houdini presents to Arthur Cuddihy his compliments & trusts you will accept this book with as much pleasure as he presents same. May 6/24 “my brain is the key that sets me free.” In near fine condition, bookplate. Housed in a custom slipcase. An unique signed example, with an exceptional quote by Houdini.
First Edition of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.; Signed by Alvin Felzenberg
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.
First edition of this “gracefully written and richly informative book” (Damon Linker, New York Times). Octavo, original boards. Signed by Alvin Felzenberg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A nice example.
Munich: Martin Herpich & Son.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ copy of this biography of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece in color, illustrated. From the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate to front pastedown. Inscribed on the front free endpaper in pencil, “To Jackie Ludwig P.” The inscriber has added a drawing of a crown and swan.
John McPhees First Book A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princetons Bill Bradley; Warmly Inscribed by Him and Bill Bradley
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965.
First edition, second printing of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth, illustrated with photographs. Lengthily inscribed by the John McPhee on the title page and by the subject Bill Bradley on the half-title page. Near fine in a good price-clipped dust jacket.
First Edition of John McPhees First Book A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princetons Bill Bradley; Warmly Inscribed by Him In the Year of Publication
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "For Hazel and Louis Landa I can hear you saying to one another: "Has he some quelque chose of his own upon the anvil?" "I expect it from him since poor Bradley helped to make him rich." With much affection, John McPhee December 25, 1965." Louis Landa was a close colleague of McPhees at Princeton, where he taught English and was also an authority on Jonathan Swift. Some sunning to the spine cloth, near fine in a bright near fine price-clipped dust jacket without the usual fading to the spine.
London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1913.
First edition of the first volume of Henry James’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, tissue guard. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To dear Gilliard Lapsley Henry James April 5th 1913.” The recipient, Gilliard Lapsley was a young historian with whom James became friends (Leon Edel, Letters p. 28). Bookplate, near fine condition with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by James.
“The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts": First Edition of John Muir's A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916.
First edition of this work by Muir. Octavo, original green cloth, color pictorial cover label, lettered in white, top edge gilt. Edited with an introduction by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including a frontispiece portrait with tissue guard; map. In near fine condition with light rubbing. With the original booklet for Muir’s book Travels in Alaska laid in. An exceptional example.
San Francisco : Cato Institute , 1979.
First edition of this collection of writings on Keynesian economics by the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To George Meyer with best wishes 1-12-82 F.A. Hayek.” Compiled and introduced by Sudha R. Shenoy. With a foreword by Leland B. Yeager. In fine condition. Rare signed and inscribed.
London: Grant Richards, 1914.
First British edition of this travelogue by the author of Sister Carrie. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. In very good condition. Illustrated by W. Glackens.
"But what is to become of these diaries, I asked myself yesterday. If I died, what would Leo make of them?": First American edition and advance review copy of A Writer's Diary: Being Excerpts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1954.
First American edition and advance review copy of Leonard Woolf’s collection of extractions from the diary of his late wife, Virginia Woolf. Octavo, original cloth, jacket design by Vanessa Bell. With the original Harcourt, Brace and Company review slip dated February 18, 1954 laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: : Random House, 1977.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “To ______ _______ in friendship Abba Eban New York 1981.” Near fine in a bright dust jacket with some toning the spine and light wear.