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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, with a closed tear to the half-title page. Housed in a contemporary custom half morocco and cloth clamshell and chemise.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
“Tell me, what is it your plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”: First Edition of American Primitive; Inscribed in the Month of Publication by Mary Oliver
Boston: Little, Brown, 1983.
First edition of the poet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Roger and Betty, with many good wishes. Mary. April, 1983.” Additionally signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. The recipients were neighbors and close friends of the author in Cape Cod. Fine in a fine dust jacket. The hardcover edition is scarce, as it was issued simultaneously in paperback and association copies inscribed in the month of publication are rare.
"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 the 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.
“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will": 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 good condition, showing wear to the edges and cloth, still an unrestored example of the first printing.
London: George G. Harrap, 1936.
First British edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Light wear, else fine in the original dust jacket with some chips. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
“There is justice nowhere for a fool. A fool they whip even in the Holy Temple”: First Edition of Anzia Yezierska's The Bread Givers
Garden City, NY : Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925.
First edition of the author’s classic novel of Jewish immigrants. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing. First editions are rare.
“Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers": First Edition of Cecil Beaton's Fair Lady; Inscribed by Cecil Beaton to Actress Vivien Leigh
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964.
First edition of Beaton’s Fair Lady, a witty compilation of his personal diary entries recorded while managing the costume and set design of the 1957 Warner Brothers film starring Audrey Hepburn. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Inscribed by the author to actress Vivien Leigh on the front free endpaper, “For Viven With Blessings from Cecil.” Beaton met Vivien Leigh on the set of The Doctor’s Dilemma in Edinburgh, Scotland in November of 1941. He was working as a photographer for Vogue magazine at the time and after attending the play took the first of what would become many iconic portraits of Leigh. The two became close friends and Beaton was a regular guest at Notely, the home of Leigh and her second husband, Oliver Stone, which was notorious for its large parties. Throughout the next decade Leigh, Stone, and Beaton worked on a number of films together including Anna Karenina and The School for Scandal. The friendship became strained as Beaton grew increasingly jealous of Leigh’s continued success. Cecil sent Leigh this copy of Fair Lady as a peace offering in 1964, they had not spoken in over ten years. The book was found among her personal belongings after her death from tuberculosis three years later, although it is unknown whether or not the friendship was ever repaired. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears. Jacket design by Cecil Beaton. An exceptional association copy.
Extremely rare ink signature of Charlotte Bronte. Signed “yours faithfully, C. Bronte” on an off-white 3 inchess by .75 inches slip irregularly clipped and affixed to a larger scrapbook page. The page bears the signatures of several other notable British writers, including novelist and Bronte biographer Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth M. Sewell, Margaret Gatty, Jean Ingelow, and Mary Martha Sherwood, as well as an address panel in the hand of Elizabeth Eastlake. Double matted and framed with a lithograph of Charlotte Bronte. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 21.5 inches. Exceptionally rare.
“While soldiers can stand and fight.I can fight and feed them”: Photograph of Clara Barton; Signed by Her
Signed photograph of Clara Barton wearing a Red Cross collar pin, boldly signed by Clara Barton. Published by Mathew Brady of Washington, D.C. Matted and framed. The photograph measures 4.25 inches by 6.5 inches. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 14.75 inches. In fine condition. Photographs signed by Clara Barton are rare.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pierce, 1941.
First edition of this early Fisher work, which deals in the history, preparation and eating of oysters. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the M.F.K. Fisher on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “yours as crime goes by Sue 5-6-88 For the man with such a distinguished air! Here’s to maturity.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love": First Columbian Edition and True First of the El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Bogota, Columbia: Editorial Oveja Negra, 1985.
First Columbian edition and true first that ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Christmas card which reads, “Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt extends her very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.” Additionally signed above by Eleanor Roosevelt, “To ______ all my love E.R.” Matted and framed with a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 inches by 16 inches.
"Charm is a grace. Some lucky people are born with it, but you can earn it": First edition of Eleanore King's Guide to Glamor; Inscribed by her to actress Vivien Leigh
New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1957.
First edition of Eleanore King’s comprehensive guide to charm and poise. Quarto, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by her to actress Vivien Leigh in the year of publication, “For Lovely Vivien Leigh who is the essence of anyone’s “Guide To Glamor.” With every good wish, Eleanore King Kalmus.” The author of Glorify Yourself, Guide to Glamour and Mr. Technicolor, Eleanor King Kalmus became a famous Hollywood beauty consultant in Los Angeles in the early 1950’s, developing close relationships with many of the most iconic actresses of the era, including Vivien Leigh. Eleanore King’s daughter, Eleanore Cammack King, later went on to play “Bonnie Blue Butler”, the headstrong daughter of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara (played by Clarke Gable and Vivienne Leigh) in the 1939 epic American historical romance Gone with the Wind at the age of five. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears and chips to the spine. Jacket photography by Burt Owen. A unique association copy.