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“Forget it, Jake -- it's Chinatown": First Edition of "Chinatown" A Screenplay; Inscribed by Robert Towne to Hugh Hefner
Santa Barbara: Neville Publishing, Inc, 1983.
First edition of the screenplay for Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir film Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Octavo, original full yellow cloth. Presentation copy, one of 350 numbered copies, this is marked ‘Presentation Copy’ and inscribed by the author on the colophon to the founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner, “4/9/83 Hef, I wish you the happiest of birthdays & think of you as even more of a romantic fool than Gittes, or than any of the romantics with whom I identify. Much love, Robert.” Laid in is an autograph note on Towne’s letterhead which reads, “Hef- As usual I’m fighting deadlines. This edition was just published by some eccentric rare book company in Santa Barbara – I wrote an introduction you might enjoy. Love – R.” With Hefner’s bookplate laid in and a letter of provenance from the Hugh M. Hefner 1991 Trust. Hugh Hefner’s library reflected the wide scope of his interests, including his special interest in movies, music and art, and the talents of his many close personal friends including books by Shel Silverstein, David Halberstam, and Helmut Newton among others. In fine condition. An exceptional association.
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.
Rare 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team Signed Baseball; signed by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and many other members of the legendary team
Rare OAL Reach baseball signed by 21 members of the 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team including four Hall of Famers. Signed by Joe DiMaggio on the sweetspot; Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Bobby Brown, Charlie Silvera, Joe Ostrowski, Hank Bauer, and Allie Reynolds on the east panel; Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Sain, and Jim Turner on the west panel; Johnny Mize, Stubby Overmire, Gene Woodling, and Casey Stegnel on the north panel; and Jerry Coleman, Spec Shea, Gil McDougald, Tom Morgan, Joe Collins, Frankie Crosetti, and Tommy Henrich on the south panel. In near fine condition, an exceptional example featuring an impressive array of signatures from one of the Yankees’ most legendary teams, with the Joe DiMaggio signature particularly strong.
New York: New American Library, 1969.
Third printing of the novel of the landmark “proverbial good science fiction movie” he and Stanley Kubrick created. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Vicky White with all good wishes Arthur C. Clarke 1969 Oct 11.” Very good in a very good dust jacket.
"The truth, as always, will be far stranger": First Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Signed by Arthur C. Clarke
New York: New American Library, 1968.
First edition of the novel of the landmark “proverbial good science fiction movie” he and Stanley Kubrick created. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Arthur C. Clarke on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. A superior example.
New York: Ballentine Books, 1982.
First edition of the second volume in Clarke’s acclaimed Odyssey series. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page in the year of publication, “To Arnold from Arthur C. Clarke Nov. 20, 1982.” The recipient Arnold Kunert was a documentary filmmaker and a friend of Clarke’s. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gary Friedman. Cover painting by Michael Whelan.
“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; 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.
"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.
First Edition of John Hall Wheelock's Bibliography of Theodore Roosevelt; with two letters from May Lamberton Becker laid in
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920.
First edition of John Hall Wheelock’s authoritative bibliography of Roosevelt’s works. Octavo, original half cloth. Laid in is a 3-page typed bibliography of Roosevelt’s works composed by May Lamberton Becker, editor of the Reader’s Guide of The New York Herald Tribune, accompanied by an autograph letter signed by her to Mr. Fred J. Daddaris of Long Island New York and dated June 25, 1947. May Lamberton Becker made her name as a literary critic and for more than forty years wrote a weekly ‘Readers Guide’, first with the New York Evening Post, then with the Saturday Review of Literature and finally in the weekly book section of the New York Herald Tribune, of which she later became literary editor. Fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
“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.
“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 half-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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.
“I think I have always liked my fellow men. Liking is a great deal safer than love. It doesn't demand victims. Who is your victim, Querry?”: First Edition of A Burnt-Out Case; Signed by Graham Greene
London: Heinemann, 1961.
First edition of this Greene novel set in a leproserie on the upper reaches of a tributary of the Congo River in Africa. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Graham Greene on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Dust jacket design by Lacey Everett. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
London: Heinemann, 1961.
First edition of this Greene novel set in a leproserie on the upper reaches of a tributary of the Congo River in Africa. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Anthony Hobson from Graham Greene.” The recipient Anthony Hobson, auctioneer and book collector, was a director at Sotheby’s and friend of Greene’s. He successfully organized the sale of the Greene’s manuscripts at Sotheby’s in 1964. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by Lacey Everett.
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.