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Wapakoneta, Ohio: Blume High School Class of 1947, 1947.
Rare Blume High School Class of 1947 yearbook, signed by Neil Armstrong as a graduating senior. Quarto, original leatherette. Signed by Neil Armstrong beneath his senior portrait on page 12 of the yearbook. Armstrong is also featured in a number of additional photographs throughout the book: on page 44 as a Band Officer, page 52 as a member of the Senior Hi-Y group, and on page 57 as a member of the School Council. In near fine condition. A rare piece offering a unique first-hand glimpse into the early scholastic achievements of the first man to set foot on the moon.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 122684
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Robert Fraser from Walt Disney B.A. 1941.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $8,000.00 Item Number: 122482
Signed Limited Edition of the Works of H.G. Wells; Additionally inscribed by Him to Lover Elizabeth von Arnim
The Works of H.G. Wells Including [The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, Etc].
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1924-27.
One of 20 sets for presentation from an overall edition of 620, this is letter e and Wells has written (Little e), signed by H.G. Wells in volume one, and additionally inscribed by Wells in volume one to his lover Elizabeth von Arnim, “To Little e H.G.” With her bookplate to all but two volumes. After her first husband’s death, she had a three-year affair with the writer H. G. Wells, then later married Frank Russell, elder brother of the Nobel prize-winning writer and philosopher Bertrand Russell. She was a cousin of the New Zealand-born writer Katherine Mansfield. Her first marriage made her Countess von Arnim-Schlagenthin and her second Elizabeth Russell, Countess Russell. Though known in early life as May, publication of her first book introduced her to readers as Elizabeth, which she eventually became to her friends and finally even to her family. She is now known invariably as Elizabeth von Arnim. She used the pen name Alice Cholmondeley only for the novel Christine, published in 1917. According to Katy Roiphe’s Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939, 2008, she “arranged for her married lover (H.G. Wells) to visit her Swiss chalet bedroom by means of a hidden entrance”. The affectionate inscription confirms that, even after their affair had ended, they remained close friends. Octavo, 28 volumes. Bound in original publishers cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. Frontispiece illustrations including the author portrait in volume one. In near fine condition. An exceptional association.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 122895
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1959.
First edition of this classic apocalyptic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “Pat Frank ’59.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Arthur Hawkins. First editions are exceptionally rare signed, as the author passed away in 1964.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 122391
Rare Illuminated Astrological Sign Symbol Painting Collection; elaborately bound in full decorated calf and containing twelve original paintings
Rare collection of illuminated paintings depicting the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Quarto, bound in full with gilt tooling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling to the front and rear panels with fleuron cornerpieces surrounding a gilt-bordered morocco onlay displaying a coat of arms, patterned endpapers, twelve vellum leaves. The illuminated paintings include: the Aires the Ram, Taurus the Bull, the Gemini Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, the Maiden Virgo in Medieval dress, the Scales of Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius the Centaur, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water-bearer, and Fishes Pisces. Painted in a style reminiscent of Medieval illumination, likely produced in the late 18th to early 19th century. In very good condition.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 199552
First edition of Elizabeth A. Sharp's Rembrandt; elegantly bound by Riviere and Son in a Cosway-style binding
London: Methuen & Co., 1904.
First edition of Sharp’s biography of Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn. 12mo, elegantly bound by Riviere and Son in full morocco in a Cosway-style binding with a hand painted miniature ivorene portrait of Rembrandt under glass to the front panel within an elaborate gilt botanical vignette, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panel, gilt-ruled turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with forty engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Rembrandt. In very good condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 199442
La Divina Comedia di Dante, Di Nuovo Alla Sua Vera lettione ridotta con lo aiuto di molti antichissimi esemplari. Con Argomenti, et Allegorie per Ciascun Canto, & Apostille nel margine. Et Indice Copiosissimo di tutti i Vocaboli pin importanti usati dal Poeta, con la sposition loro. [The Divine Comedy].
In Vinegia: Apresso Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, et Fratelli, 1555.
Scarce and highly sought after 16th century illustrated edition of Dante’s masterpiece; one of the rarest editions of the Commedia printed in the 16th century and the first to print the adjective ‘Divina’ on the title page. 12mo, bound in full vellum, all edges red, illustrated with 12 engravings within the text, woodcut initials and headpieces, colophon dated 1554. With a dedication to Coriolano Martirano, sonnet by Boccaccio, biography of Dante by Lodovico Dolce, dictionary of “vocaboli più oscuri” and Index of marginal notes. The introduction of the adjective ‘Divine’ is attributed to Lodovico Dolce who authored the commentary printed in this edition which was never reprinted by Giolito. In near fine condition with light restoration to the title page which has been trimmed. Scarce with only 3 copies having appeared at auction in the past 90 years.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 122594
"Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were - Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter": Rare collection of Beatrix Potter early printings; including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Tom Kitten, and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
Beatrix Potter Collection. [Including: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes, and The Tale of Pigling Bland.
London: Frederick Warne and Co, 1903-1913.
Rare collection of Beatrix Potter tales. 12mo, 12 volumes in the original boards with pictorial onlays to the front panels, pictorial endpapers, illustrated by the author. Early printings. In near fine condition. A charming collection.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 122899
London: Frederick Warne and Co, 1904.
First edition of the fourth sequel to Potter’s immensely successful The Tale of Peter Rabbit which was an instant commercial success in its own right, with ‘muffatees’ for ‘muffetees’ on page 15. 12mo, original boards with pictorial onlay to the front panel, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 122984
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mel and Jessie See what you’re missing in New York. Mario.” The recipient Mel Shestack was a close friend and writer of Puzo, who hired Puzo as an associate editor to write for Magazine Management. It was an publishing company lasting from at least 1947 to the early 1970s, known for men’s-adventure magazines, risque men’s magazines, humor, romance, puzzle, celebrity/film and other types of magazines, and later adding comic books and black-and-white comics magazines to the mix. It was the parent company of Atlas Comics, and its rebranded incarnation, Marvel Comics. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. An exceptional association.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 122755
“FOUNDED THE SCIENCE OF MODERN POLITICS”: RARE 1640 FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF MACHIAVELLI’S THE PRINCE
Nicholas Machiavel’s Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca. And The meanes Duke Valentine us’d to put to death Vitellezzo Vitelli, Oliverotto of Fermo Paul, and the Duke of Gravina. Translated out of Italian into English; by E. D. With some Animadversions noting and taxing his errours.
London: R. Bishop for Wil: Hils, and to be sold by Daniel Pakeman, 1640.
Rare first edition in English of Machiavelli’s Prince, a seminal work in the foundation of modern political theory and a great classic of political science. 12 mo, bound in full contemporary calf with burgundy morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the spine, all edges red. Name to the title page, rebacked. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable in this condition and in a contemporary binding.
Price: $78,000.00 Item Number: 122648
Scarce First edition of John Marbecke's A Concordāce; One of the finest and most complete copies obtainable
A Concordāce, that is to saie, a work wherein by the ordre of the letters of the A.B.C. ye maie redely finde any worde conteigned in the whole Bible, so often as it is there expressed or mentioned.
London: Richardus Grafton, 1550.
Rare first edition of the first concordance in English to the Bible. Quarto, bound in full polished calf with raised bands and gilt titles to the spine, trimmed and mounted engraved title page. In near fine condition with some leaves supplied and mounted and restoration to the margins. One of the finest and most complete copies obtainable as this work is invariably found in defective condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. From the library of Anglo-Irish George Stokes with his bookplate to the pastedown and a presentation note signed by his daughter.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 122671
Marvin L. Stone's Man In Space; signed by Buzz Aldrin, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, Michael Collins and Frank Borman
STONE, Marvin L. [Buzz Aldrin; Alan Shepard; Wally Schirra; Charlie Duke; Alan Bean; Richard Gordon; Michael Collins; Frank Borman].
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, Michael Collins and Frank Borman Signed Man In Space Program.
Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday, Inc, 1965.
Revised edition of Marvin L. Stone’s Man in Space signed by astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, Michael Collins and Frank Borman. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, signed by all 8 astronauts on the front panel. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by these astronauts.
Price: $3,250.00 Item Number: 122607
"Here it comes, here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown": Rare Rock 'N' Rolling Stones LP; signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and Charlie Watts
The Decca Record Company Limited, 1972.
Rare Rock ‘N’ Rolling Stones vinyl signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and Charlie Watts. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 122194
"The best of them won't come for money; they'll come for me": Rare Lawrence of Arabia Poster; signed by Peter O'Toole
Los Angeles: Columbia Pictures, 1962.
Rare Lawrence of Arabia movie poster signed by Peter O’Toole, who gained international recognition for his performance as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 film. One page, illustrated with a likeness of O’Toole and with a list of the film’s stars. Boldly signed by Peter O’Toole. In fine condition. The poster measures 8 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 122447
“In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man and the Word is with Men": First Edition of John Steinbeck's Nobel Lecture; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of Steinbeck’s Nobel Lecture. Octavo, original wrappres. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For the Waldmanns with pleasure John Steinbeck.” Presented with original mailing envelope. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 122693
One of the most highly recommended investment books ever written; Rare First Edition of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1923.
First edition of this Wall Street classic. Octavo, original orange cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 122476
New York: Coward-McCann, 1934.
First American Edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s final novel in his classic August Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “B.A. Abel with greetings Knut Hamsun Norholm 11.8.34.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket art by John Alan Maxwell. Translated from the Norwegian by Eugene Gay-Tifft. Books inscribed by Hamsun are rare.
Price: $3,250.00 Item Number: 122597
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
First edition of the “essential coda to The Double Helix” (The Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by James Watson on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 122699
New York: Coward-McCann, 1931.
First American edition and first in English, preceding the British edition by one year of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “B.A. Abel from yours respectfully Knut Hamsun 12/11.31.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the Norwegian by Eugene Gay-Tifft. Books inscribed by Hamsun are rare.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 122385