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London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Stevenson’s classic work. Small octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, top edges gilt. With publisher’s logo in gilt at top left of front cover, presumed publisher’s blind stamp on title page, gilt apostrophe on spine with curved tail, gilt “of” on spine in smaller type, without advertisements. In near fine condition, bookplate to the pastedown and name. Housed in a contemporary custom half morocco and cloth clamshell and chemise. An exceptional example.
"Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there...a ghostly couple": First edition of Virginia Woolf's A Haunted House and other short stories; in the rare original dust jacket
London: Hogarth Press, 1943.
First edition of Woolf’s final collection of short stories. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell.
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.
"Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed": First edition of A Masque of Poets; containing the only poem published in a book by Emily Dickinson during her lifetime
Roberts Brothers: 1878.
Scarce first edition of the poetry collection containing the only poem published in a book by Emily Dickinson during her lifetime. Octavo, original cloth, rebacked, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt illustrated. With Emily Dickinson’s poem Success on page 174. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable.
New York: Random House, 1959.
Early printing of this groundbreaking play, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Warm Regards, Lorraine Hansberry University Hospital May 4, 1964.” Early in April 1963, Hansberry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was in and out of University Hospital in New York until she passed away on January 12, 1965 at the age of 34. Near fine in a near fine jacket. Jacket design by Stan Phillips and Mel Williamson. Rare and desirable signed.
Munich: Martin Herpich & Son.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ copy of this biography of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece in color, illustrated. From the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate to front pastedown. Inscribed on the front free endpaper in pencil, “To Jackie Ludwig P.” The inscriber has added a drawing of a crown and swan.
"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.
New York: Harcourt, Inc, 2004.
First American edition of “one of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books”(The New Republic). Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Amos Oz on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Claudine G. Mansour. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas De Lange.
"For Vivien with all my love and admiration": First Edition of A Time of Gods; Inscribed by Roloff Beny to Actress Vivien Leigh
London: Thames and Hudson, 1962.
First edition of this work by the famed photographer. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpaper, illustrated with 148 photogravure plates. Association copy, inscribed by the author to actress Vivien Leigh, “For Vivien with all my love and admiration always Roloff London Oct. 23/ 63.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Beny was in early days a protégé of Peggy Guggenheim and Herbert Read. The circle of friends around him—actors, artists, collectors, writers—included such figures as Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Stephen Spender, Rose Macaulay, Bernard Berenson, Jean Cocteau, Henry Moore, and other luminaries of art and literature. An exceptional association copy.
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.
“Who would you be, I wonder, by those marks If I had moths to friend as I have flowers?”: Signed Limited Edition of Robert Frost's A Witness Tree
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1942.
Signed limited first edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry. Octavo, original green cloth backed paper covered boards, gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece, slipcase. One of 735 copies signed by Robert Frost, this is number 721. Laid in is a letter from a family friend of Robert Frost’s to Mrs. Muriel T. Eden explaining how the death of Frost’s wife and daughter formed Frost’s decision to withdraw from teaching and society. Fine in a near fine slipcase. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
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. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket with some light rubbing to the crown of the spine. Without the Newbery Award winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. A nice example.
“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.