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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
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.
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.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.
First edition of David McCullough’s 1776. Octavo, original half-cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page.
“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?”: First Edition of 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.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Katherine Murrell with best wishes Amelia Earhart.” In very good condition with light rubbing.
"The truth, as always, will be far stranger": First Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke
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.
“DO NOT ALLOW DEFEAT TO EXTINGUISH YOUR DREAMS”: Signed Limited Edition of 41: A Portrait of My Father; Signed by Both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush
New York: Crown Publishers, 2014.
Signed limited first edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by George Bush and additionally signed by George H.W. Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase. Rare signed by both Presidents.
"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.
New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Bookplates to the inner gutter, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light wear to the spine.
New York: Harper, 2014.
First edition of the re-issue of this classic children’s work. Small octavo, original illustrated boards, no dust jacket was issued for this release. Signed by Michael Bond on the title page. In fine condition.
“Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond
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.
“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.
"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. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page.
“We all remember what we need to remember”: First Edition of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer; Signed by Her
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
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.
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.
“The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time": First Edition of Stephen Hawking's Landmark Work A Brief History of Time; Signed by Carl Sagan and Illustrator Ron Miller
London: Bantam Press, 1988.
First British edition and true first of Hawking’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Ron Miller. Signed by Carl Sagan on the title page, who wrote the introduction. Additionally signed and inscribed by the illustrator Ron Miller, who has also added a drawing. Sagan tells the following story: Sagan was in London for a scientific conference in 1974, and between sessions he wandered into a different room, where a larger meeting was taking place. “I realized that I was watching an ancient ceremony: the investiture of new fellows into the Royal Society, one of the most ancient scholarly organizations on the planet. In the front row, a young man in a wheelchair was, very slowly, signing his name in a book that bore on its earliest pages the signature of Isaac Newton… Stephen Hawking was a legend even then.” In his introduction, Sagan goes on to add that Hawking is the “worthy successor” to Newton and Paul Dirac, both former Lucasian Professors of Mathematics. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1932.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare dust jacket with a few small chips.