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"CANDY MAKING, AS A PASTIME FOR YOUNG FOLKS, IS NOT TO BE SURPASSED": FIRST EDITION OF AUNT BABBETTE'S HOME CONFECTIONERY
Chicago and Cincinnati: Bloch Publishing & Printing Co, 1893.
First edition of this early collection of confectionery recipes published as a companion to the author’s first book, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book, the first American Jewish cookbook to become a best-seller in 1889. Also published by Bloch Publishing Company, the oldest Jewish printing house in the United States, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book was perhaps so successful because of the extensive inclusion of non-Kosher recipes, reflecting the early assimilation tendencies of the 19th-century Reform Jewish movement. Small octavo, original cloth. In good condition.
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.
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.
First edition of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Feynman on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Mike McIver. Told to Ralph Leighton. Edited by Edward Hutchings. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are exceptionally rare and desirable.
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1968.
First edition. Thin quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a small chip on the front panel, and wear at the spine ends. The artist’s first solely authored and original picture book.
"The 100 subjects I've chosen are fascinating, wacky, wild and often just weird - yet there are powerful and at times very funny": First edition of Kenneth Fisher's 100 Minds That Made The Market; Lengthily Inscribed by him prior to publication
Woodside, California: Business Classics, 1993.
First edition of American investment analyst Kenneth L. Fisher’s complete guide to the greatest minds in investment. Octavo, original cloth gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author prior to publication on the front free endpaper, “12/15/92 For Joe Graf, Merry Christmas. Here is a pre-pub copy of my upcoming third book. I must be crazy to spend my spare time studying obscure, dead financiers. But it’s fun. I hope this book is fun for you too. See you in ’93. Ken Fisher.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Vanderbilt's Fifteen Thousand Miles Cruise With ARA; from the library of adventurer Steve Fossett with his bookplate
New York: Privately Printed, 1928.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s record of his 15,000 cruise aboard the Ara throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. Octavo, bound in full pebbled morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the Ara at anchor, illustrated with photographs, folding map. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. A sharp example with noted provenance.
“THERE ARE NO PEOPLE ON EARTH IN WHOM A SPIRIT OF ENTHUSIASTIC ZEAL IS SO READILY KINDLED, AND BURNS SO REMARKABLY, AS AMERICANS”: FIRST EDITION OF DAVID MCCULLOUGH'S 1776; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.
First edition of this work by McCullough, considered a companion piece to his earlier biography of John Adams which focuses on the events surrounding the start of the American Revolution. Octavo, original half-cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by David McCullough on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.
"In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": First signed limited edition of Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Signed by Richard Nixon
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
Signed limited first edition of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. One of 600 copies signed by Richard Nixon, this is number 391. In fine condition. Housed in the original slipcase which is in fine condition.
"Mathematical science, which is the only real science that the entire civilized world has agreed upon, furnishes unmistakable proof of history repeating itself and shows that the cycle theory": First Edition of W.D. Ganns 45 Years in Wall Street
Miami, FL: W.D. Gann Publishing, 1949.
First edition of Gann’s classic 45 Years in Wall Street. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare in the original dust jacket.
“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.
"The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it": First Edition of A Bend In The River; Inscribed by V.S. Naipaul
London: Andre Deutsch, 1979.
First edition of Naipaul’s “brilliant novel” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For William with all good wishes V.S. Naipaul.” The recipient, William Marsden was a friend of Naipaul’s for many years. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Tony Moore.
"The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it": First Edition of A Bend In The River; Signed by V.S. Naipaul
London: Andre Deutsch, 1979.
First edition of Naipaul’s “brilliant novel” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Tony Moore.
“We all remember what we need to remember”: First Edition of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer; Inscribed by Her in the Year of Publication
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition of Didion’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Joan Didion in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson.
New York: Viking Press, 1985.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears.
Holland: Harrison of Paris, 1932.
First edition signed limited. Octavo, original cloth, glassine wrapper, original slipcase. One of 760 signed copies by Glenway Wescott. Fine in a the original glassine wrapper. Slipcase is in near fine condition.
"You dont have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily": First Edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz; Inscribed By Walter Miller, Jr.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959.
First edition of the author’s landmark novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ben Best Regards Walter Miller Jr. 5-28-60.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books inscribed by Walter Miller Jr. are fairly uncommon, even more so in the year of publication.
"It's not what's around the Christmas tree that matters it's who's around it": First Edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas; Signed by Charles Schulz
Cleveland and New York: World Publishing, 1965.
First edition of the author’s classic Christmas story and later filmed for television, which was later honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award. Small quarto, original boards. Boldly signed by Charles Schulz on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear.