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  • “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

    Nasar, Sylvia; John F. Nash.

    A Beautiful Mind.

    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.

    Price: $3,200.00

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  • “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

    Bishop, Jim (Jacqueline Kennedy).

    A Day in the Life of President 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.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • Vargos Llosa, Mario.

    A Fish In The Water: A Memoir.

    New York: : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Mario Vargas Llosa on the title page. Review copy with material laid in. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $150.00

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  • Inscribed by John Kenneth Galbraith to Henry and Nancy Kissinger

    Galbraith, John Kenneth; Henry A. Kissinger.

    A Life In Our Times.

    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.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.; Signed by Alvin Felzenberg

    Felzenberg, Alvin S.

    A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

    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.

    Price: $75.00

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  • First Edition of John McPhee’s First Book A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley; Warmly Inscribed by Him In the Year of Publication

    McPhee, John.

    A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley.

    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 McPhee’s 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.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • First Edition of Henry James' A Small Boy and Others; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication

    James, Henry.

    A Small Boy and Others.

    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.

    Price: $3,200.00

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  • First Edition of Hayek's A Tiger By the Tail; Inscribed by Him

    Hayek, Friedrich August von [F.A.].

    A Tiger by the Tail: The Keynesian Legacy of Inflation.

    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.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of A Time To Heal; Signed by Gerald R. Ford and Justice John Paul Stevens

    Ford, Gerald R.

    A Time To Heal.

    New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.

    First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the front free endpaper page and additionally signed by John Paul Stevens. In 1970, President Richard Nixon appointed Stevens to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Five years later, President Gerald Ford successfully nominated Stevens to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice William O. Douglas. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. Desirable signed by both Ford and Stevens.

    Price: $650.00

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  • First British Edition of Theodore Dreiser's A Traveler At Forty

    Dreiser, Theodore.

    A Traveler At Forty.

    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.

    Price: $40.00

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  • Walesa, Lech.

    A Way of Hope: An Autobiography.

    New York: Henry Holt, 1987.

    First Edition of the Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s autobiography. Octavo. Original burgundy cloth with titles to the spine in silver. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “For ______ ______ Lech Walesa”.

    Price: $500.00

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  • First Edition of Abba Eban’s Autobiography; Warmly Inscribed By Him

    Eban, Abba.

    Abba Eban: An Autobiography.

    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.

    Price: $200.00

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  • "The best way to predict the future is to create it": First Edition of Peter Drucker's Adventures of a Bystander; Inscribed by Him

    Drucker, Peter F.

    Adventures of a Bystander.

    New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.

    First edition of Drucker’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.

    Price: $475.00

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  • "The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs": First Edition of Adventures of a White-Collar Man; Inscribed by Alfred P. Sloan

    Sloan, Alfred P.

    Adventures of a White-Collar Man.

    New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1941.

    First edition of the story of Alfred P. Sloan’s rise to become General Motors executive. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Alfred P. Sloan. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Alfred Sloan P. Sloan Jr New York July 22, 1964.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Written in collaboration with Boyden Sparkes. Introduction by Karl T. Compton. Scarce and desirable signed by Sloan.

    Price: $1,200.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • "There is delight in the hardy life of the open": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First trade edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original color pictorial green cloth lettered in gilt, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated from photographs, drawings. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities, hinges repaired.

    Price: $750.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Signed by Theodore Roosevelt and Three Scientists from the African Trip

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt and the three scientists from his expedition on the front free endpaper, Theodore Roosevelt; Good Luck! Edgar A. Mearns; Edmund Heller; Best wishes J. Alden Loring kind regards. The men joined Roosevelt and his son Kermit as part of his principal team. Edgar A. Mearns was an ornithologist and longtime friend of Roosevelt’s, Edmund Heller, a zoologist and taxidermist for the Smithsonian Institution with previous experience in Africa, and J. Alden Loring, a mammalogist and field collector. Loring and Heller supplied some of the photographs that illustrate Roosevelt’s book, one of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics (Czech), while Loring and Mearns both contributed to the appendices. Appendix C contains Loring’s notes on East Africa, and Roosevelt drew on Mearns’s notes of his and Loring’s biological survey of Mount Kenya, undertaken while Roosevelt was on a solo hunt. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. He was determined not to hire laboratory scientists (little scientific men), and instead sought out these professional naturalists with experience in the field. Roosevelt was as much a museum naturalist as Heller, Loring, or Mearns, but he also understood the importance of conveying his passion to a much broader audience (Lunde, p. 240). In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A unique example.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; in the Scarce original dust jacket

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $2,800.00

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  • “This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down": First Edition of Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original Four Line Poem

    Einstein, Albert) Anton Reiser.

    Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait.

    New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.

    First edition of this Einstein biography. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed and inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper and dated in 1931 with a four line unique poem in German entirely in his hand, which translates, “This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down the urgencies that in the dark are touched don’t frighten others very much.” The recipient was the wife of Leonor Michaelis, who was a German chemist, and physician, known primarily for his work with Maud Menten on enzyme kinetics and Michaelis–Menten kinetics in 1913. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chips and wear. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $11,000.00

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  • SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEIN’S "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD

    Einstein, Albert.

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist.

    Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.

    Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s cardboard. An absolute pristine example, which has been stored in the original cardboard box since publication. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.

    Price: $16,000.00

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