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“Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”: Amelia Earhart's 20Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight In Friendship; Inscribed by Her
20 Hrs. and 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.
Early trade edition of Earhart’s dramatic chronicle. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 61 black-and-white photographic plates, illustrated endpapers. Inscribed by the author, “To Frances D. Haynes Amelia Earhart.” In near fine condition.
“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. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by Sylvia Nasar and additionally signed by Nobel Laureate and subject John F. Nash. Fine in a fine dust jacket. This is the first example we have seen signed by Nash.
New York: Crown Publishers, 2008.
First edition of the tennis champions autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Pete Sampras on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Written with Peter Bodo.
“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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
Signed limited edition of John Kenneth Galbraith’s memoirs. One of 350 copies signed by Galbraith, this copy is number 94. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt, top edge gilt. Both the book and slipcase are in fine condition without wear.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. 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.
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 the Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Norman Maclean on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket without the usual sunning to the spine with a touch of rubbing. A superior example.
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; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916.
First edition. 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 excellent condition in the original dust jacket with some chips and tears. First editions in the original dust jacket are exceptionally rare.
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.
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”.
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.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it": First Edition of Peter Drucker's Adventures of a Bystander; Inscribed by Him
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.
"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
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.
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
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. 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, trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
"There is delight in the hardy life of the open": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails
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.
“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
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.