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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1907.
First edition of this story told in part from the perspective of a horse. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, frontispiece, tissue guard. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with large chips and wear. Illustrated by Lucius Hitchcock.
"Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendells Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Signed by her
London: Hutchinson, 1977.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.
"France may be Paris, but Paris is not France": First Edition of Henry James' classic illustrated travel account: A Little Tour in France
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1900.
First illustrated edition of James’ classic account of his six-week tour to provincial France between 1883 and 1884. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, frontispiece of Old Street, Dijon with tissue guard present. Illustrated by Joseph Pennell. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spine. A beautiful example.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
First edition of “one of Morrison’s most haunting works yet” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"Her childhood passed festively, securely, and gaily, as was the custom in our country": Rare first America edition of Vladimir Nabokov's A Russian Beauty and Other Stories
New York: McGraw-Hill International, 1973.
First American edition of this collection of short stories originally published in Russian. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov and Simon Karlinksy. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Stan Skardinski. Photographic portrait of Nabokov on the rear panel by Halsman. A very clean example.
London: Quartet, 1987.
First edition of the second volume in the acclaimed author’s quartet. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Random House, 2002.
First edition of the final volume in Angelou’s autobiography series. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Ann Sherry, Joy! from Wendy and Maya Angelou.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter. Jacket photograph by Dwight Carter.
First Edition of W. K. Vanderbilt's A Trip Through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France
New York: Privatley Printed, 1918.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s account of his travels throughout Europe and North Africa. Octavo, original blind-stamped publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, frontispiece map of the Tunis Tour, illustrated with engraved photographs, folding map. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1942.
First edition, second printing of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, engraved frontispiece portrait of Frost. Signed by Robert Frost on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown of the spine and rear panel. Jacket design by Alan Haemer.
London: Gollancz, 1958.
First edition of Gordimer’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Nadine Gordimer on the title page. Fine in a bright near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
"Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition": Rare First Edition of Madeleine LEngle's A Wrinkle In Time
New York: Ariel Books, 1962.
First edition of L’Engle’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with some light rubbing to the crown of the spine. From the library of Madeleine L’Engle’s mother’s personal friend Hester Stover, the woman who introduced L’Engle to John Farrar at a Christmas party in 1961, who would finally publish A Wrinkle in Time after it had been rejected 26 times. L’Engle wrote in her 1972 memoir, A Circle of Quiet, “My mother was with us for the holidays, and shortly after Christmas I had a mall party for her with some of her old friends. One of them, Hester Stover, more than ever dear to me now, said, “Madeleine, you must meet my friend, John Farrar.” I made some kind of disgruntled noise because I never wanted to see another publisher; I was back to thinking I ought to learn to bake cherry pie. But Hester, going to a good deal of trouble, insisted on setting up an appointment, and I took the subway down to John Farrar’s office. I just happened to have that rather bulky manuscript under my arm.” Within two weeks of that meeting, L’Engle signed a contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. With a letter of provenance from the Stover estate. Without the Newbery Award winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. A very nice example with exceptional provenance.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln
Rare caste metal relief portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. Housed in a custom circular frame with gilt decorative floral reliefs. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 16 inches. A handsome example.
London: Hurst & Blackett, Ltd, 1931.
First edition of this memoir by Elenor Helme. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. With 109 illustrations by Charles Ambrose. In very good condition.
"The Best Way to Learn about Wine is the Drinking": First Edition of Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France; Inscribed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.
First edition of America’s foremost wine connoisseur’s comprehensive guide to the wines of France. Octavo, original half cloth, with 8 pages of photographs and 22 maps. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ian White who was able to see at Chat. Prieure-L that the 1980’s will be quite promising. Best wishes, Alexis Lichine. Margaux Vendauge 1980.” The recipient, Ian White, received the book during a visit to Lichine’s estate and vineyard in Maurguax, Chateau Prieure-Lichine. Lichine purchased the estate in 1951, the wine produced from its vineyards was classified as one of only ten Fourth Growths in the historic Bourdeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket photograph by Neal Slavin.
Rare original photograph boldly signed by legendary aviator Amelia Earhart; with the original transmittal letter signed by her husband, George Putnam
Rare original photograph boldly signed by record-breaking aviator Amelia Earhart. Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Amelia Earhart’s husband, George P. Putnam. Addressed to Jean Teal of Murdock, Nebraska, the letter reads: “Dear Jean: Miss Earhart has asked me to answer your note, as she herself is too busy to do much corresponding these days. Herewith we are sending you an autographed picture. The drawing you made she is keeping herself as she would like to add it to her collection. Very truly yours, G. P. Putnam.” Earhart’s husband George P. Putnam achieved fame as one of the most successful promoters of the 1930s particularly with the blockbuster publication of Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography “We” in 1927. He later offered to assist Earhart in writing the story of her flight across the Atlantic ocean which ultimately resulted in the publication of 20 Hrs., 40 Min and their marriage. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 4.5 by 3.5 inches. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 12 inches.
“Tell me, what is it your plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”: First Edition of American Primitive; Signed by Mary Oliver
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.
First paperback edition, issued simultaneously with the hardcover edition of the poet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. In fine condition. Jacket photograph by Lisa Paquette. Author photograph by Molly Malone Cook.
"The prescription of the equality of human beings is not a description of an alleged actual equality among humans: it is a prescription of how we should treat human beings": First Edition of Animal Liberation; Inscribed by Peter Singer
London: Jonathan Cape, 1976.
First British edition of Singer’s landmark book. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily signed by the author on the half-title page as follows, “All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this fact: In suffering the animals are equal. Peter Singer.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mon Mohan.
"This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
First edition, early printing with same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
"Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it": First Edition of Anne of Green Gables in the Rare Brown Cloth
Boston: L.C. Page, 1908.
First edition dated “April 1908” on the verso of title page. Octavo, original brown cloth, titles to the spine in gilt and front panel. Mounted pictorial label on front panel. Illustrations by M.A. and W.A.J. Claus. First edition copies are generally found in the more common green cloth bindings. (Peter Parley to Penrod, p. 124) In excellent near fine condition, showing some light wear to the extremities and front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.