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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

    Kramer, Bertha F.

    “Aunt Babette’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.

     

     

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • “All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,' — which is just another way of saying that you can't"; Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Inscribed by Richard Feynman

    Feynman, Richard P.

    “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” Adventures of a Curious Character.

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.

    First edition, later printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Camille Durand, Richard Feynman.” An excellent near fine example in a near fine dust jacket. Rare signed and inscribed.

    Price: $4,000.00

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  • First Edition of 1,2,3 The Zoo; Signed by Eric Carle

    Carle, Eric.

    1,2,3 To The Zoo.

    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.

    Price: $3,000.00

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  • "The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven": exceptionally rare 18th Century Map of the holy city of jerusalem

    18th Century Map of the Holy City of Jerusalem.

    Paris.

    18th century etching depicting the ancient city of Jerusalem, “Capital city of the Holy Land and of the Kingdom of Judah.” Annotated in French with various numbered landmarks including the Tower and Palace of David, Temple of Solomon, Church of Saint Sepulchre of Jesus Christ, and Cavern of Saint Pierre. A remarkable piece of history.

    Price: $1,500.00

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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

    Earhart, Amelia.

    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.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • "The truth, as always, will be far stranger": First Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke

    Clarke, Arthur C.

    2001: A Space Odyssey.

    New York: New American Library, 1968.

    First edition of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket that shows just a touch of wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

    Price: $2,450.00

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  • 2084: LA FIN DU MONDE; SIGNED BY BOUALEM SANSAL

    Sansal, Boualem.

    2084. La fin du monde.

    Paris: Gallimard, 2015.

    First edition, later printing. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Boualem Sansal on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $250.00

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  • Bolano, Roberto.

    2666.

    New York: FSG, 2008.

    First Edition of the author’s masterpiece published posthumously in English. Octavo. Original black cloth with title to the spine in red. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $75.00

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  • "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. Gann’s 45 Years in Wall Street

    Gann, William D. (W.D.).

    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.

    Price: $3,000.00

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  • Saramago, Jose.

    A Bagagem Do Viajante: Cronicas.

    Lisboa: Ed. Futura, 1973.

    First Edition of this early collection of essays by the future Nobel Prize- winning author. Octavo. Good in wrappers, as issued. Inscribed and dated by the author. Uncommon.

    Price: $750.00

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  • “Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond

    Bond, Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum .

    A Bear Called Paddington.

    London: Collins, 1958.

    First edition of the first book in the Paddington series. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by Michael Bond on the half title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the front panel and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of a book that is usually found well worn.

    Price: $7,200.00

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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. 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.

    Price: $3,200.00

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  • "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

    Naipaul, V.S.

    A Bend in the River.

    London: Andre Deutsch, 1979.

    First edition of Naipaul’s “brilliant novel” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Tony Moore.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • "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

    Naipaul, V.S.

    A Bend in the River.

    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.

    Price: $1,800.00

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  • “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

    Didion, Joan.

    A Book of Common Prayer.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.

    First edition of Didion’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. 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.

    Price: $750.00

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  • First Edition of A Book of Travellers' Tales; Signed by Eric Newby

    Newby, Eric.

    A Book of Travellers’ Tales.

    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.

    Price: $275.00

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  • First Edition of A Brave and Startling Truth; Inscribed by Maya Angelou

    Angelou, Maya.

    A Brave and Startling Truth.

    New York: Random House, 1995.

    First edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by the author, “______ Joy Maya Angelou." A poem read by Maya Angelou at the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

    Price: $225.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of A Calendar of Saints for Unbelievers

    Wescott, Glenway.

    A Calendar of Saints for Unbelievers.

    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.

    Price: $400.00

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  • "You don’t 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.

    Miller Jr., Walter M.

    A Canticle For Leibowitz.

    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.

    Price: $8,000.00

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  • Rare First Edition of Edwards' A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will

    Edwards, Jonathan.

    A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will.

    Boston: S. Kneeland, 1754.

    First edition of Edwards’ most important treatise, and is generally considered to be the first great philosophical work to be written and published in America. Octavo, bound in contemporary paneled calf. In very good condition, with the bookplate of the Founding Father William Samuel Johnson of Connecticut. William Samuel Johnson was an early American statesman who was notable for signing the United States Constitution, for representing Connecticut in the United States Senate, and for serving as the third president of King’s College now known as Columbia University. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.

    Price: $9,800.00

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