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“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment": Rare First Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1813.
First editions of all three volumes of Jane Austen's second novel and most popular. Octavo, three volumes, bound in contemporary three quarter calf, gilt titles to the spine. An exceptional example of this landmark work in English literature, most rare and desirable bound in contemporary calf.
Price: $175,000.00 Item Number: 133221
"The first American bestseller": Exceedingly Rare first edition of Susanna Haswell Rowson's Charlotte: A Tale of Truth
Philadelphia: Printed by D. Humphreys for M. Carey, 1794.
Exceedingly rare first American edition (and the earliest obtainable example) of the first American bestseller. Octavo, two volumes bound into one in three quarter calf over marbled boards, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers. Although it was preceded by the first English edition published in 1791, no examples of the first English edition have been traced at auction. In very good condition. Bookplate to the pastedown, bibliographic description tipped in. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and half morocco clamshell slipcase. Exceedingly rare with only one other example of the first American edition traced at auction in the…
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 125183
Original swatch from Martha Washington's white silk wedding dress, given by her as a gift to Mrs. Alexander Hamilton and handed down through generations of the Hamilton family
Original swatch from Martha Washington's white silk wedding dress, given by her as a gift to Mrs. Alexander Hamilton, Elizabeth, and handed down through generations of the Hamilton family. The silk swatch measures roughly 2.75 inches by 2 inches, mounted on a stiff paper card inscribed in pencil on the verso, "A bit of Martha Washington's wedding dress Wh. was Mrs. Alex Hamilton's" in the hand of Hamilton's granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Allan McLane Hamilton, and from her collection. Hamilton’s grandson, Allan McLane Hamilton was a prominent psychiatrist and founded the New York Psychiatric Society. In 1910, he published The Intimate Life…
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 134228
“Would there be trees if we didn't see them?”: FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S THE YEARS, INSCRIBED BY HER TO CLIVE BELL
London: Hogarth Press, 1937.
First edition of the most successful of Woolf's later novels, often viewed as her masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on front free endpaper to Clive Bell, "Clive from Virginia." Virginia must have inscribed this copy with some trepidation, having agonized for several years over the text of the novel (‘I wonder if anyone has ever suffered so much from a book as I have from The Years’ (Diary 5:31), and retaining, sometimes against her better judgement, a need to justify herself and her work to Bell, a friend (and brother-in-law) for thirty years by the…
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 134540
“Every moment has its pleasures and its hope": First edition of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park; ELABORATELY BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO BY RIVIERE & SON
London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1814.
First edition of Austen's classic third novel. Small octavo, 3 volumes, elaborately bound in full crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands. triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the half-titles supplied as commonly found. From the library of American industrialist and notable book collector William Hartman Woodin with his bookplate to volume I. In near fine condition. A stunning example.
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 135726
“I'm yours for ever--for ever and ever": First Edition of Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady; One of only 750 Copies
London: Macmillan and Co, 1881.
First edition, first issue, one of only 750 copies of the last and most accomplished work of fiction during James’ apprentice years. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. In near fine condition with volume one rebacked with original spine laid down. Housed in a custom half clamshell and chemises box. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 128496
"Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these": Exquisite first edition large paper set of Loddiges' Botanical Cabinet; containing 2000 numbered hand-colored botanical plates by George Cooke
London: John & Arthur Arch; Hackney: Conrad Loddiges & Sons, et al, 1818–1833.
Rare first edition, large paper issue set of Loddiges' renowned Botanical Cabinet with 2000 numbered hand-colored plates by George Cooke. Octavos, 20 volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, all edges marbled. Illustrated with 2000 numbered hand-colored botanical plates by George Cooke. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplates. An exceptional collection, most rare and desirable in a complete set.
Price: $32,500.00 Item Number: 109061
“YOU PIERCE MY SOUL. I AM HALF AGONY, HALF HOPE”: SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF JANE AUSTEN’S NORTHANGER ABBEY AND PERSUASION; ELABORATELY BOUND BY RIVIERE & SON
London: John Murray, 1818.
First edition, one of 1750 copies of the last of Jane Austen’s novels to be published. Small octavo, four volumes elaborately bound in full crushed morocco by Riviere & Son with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands. triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the biographical note by Austen's brother Henry, providing the first account of Jane Austen's life and the first public acknowledgement of Jane Austen being the author of all her novels. From the library of American…
Price: $32,000.00 Item Number: 135449
"SHE WANTS LIFE TO BE EASY AND FULL OF PLEASANT REMINISCES": FIRST EDITION OF ZELDA FITZGERALD'S SAVE ME THE WALTZ; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET AND WITH AN ORIGINAL PAINTING SIGNED BY HER WITH HER INTIALS
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.
First edition of Zelda Fitzgerald’s only novel, a semi-autobiographical account of her life and marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Octavo, original cloth. Laid in is a card with an original gouache painting of a flower painted by Fitzgerald and signed by her with her initials, "Z S.F." Zelda began painting while on holiday in Rome and Capri with Scott in 1924, where they received the proofs of The Great Gatsby. In 1932, while being treated at the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, she had a burst of creativity which produced Save Me the Waltz as well as…
Price: $28,000.00 Item Number: 137264
The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Battle of Life; Cricket on the Hearth; The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1843-1848.
Rare complete first edition set of of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books including the rare first edition of A Christmas Carol. Octavo, five volumes bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, The Christmas Carol with central gilt vignette of the Fezziwig's Ball frontispiece, the rest with central gilt portrait of Dickens or mistletoe to the front and rear panels, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the original publisher's gilt-decorated cloth bound in at…
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 131382
“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves": First Edition of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1927.
First edition of one of Woolf’s most popular and acclaimed major novels, in the extremely rare original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell, Woolf’s sister. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the crown of the spine. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell. From the library of Elizabeth Paepcke, with her signature in pencil to the front free endpaper. Paepcke, along with her husband Walter were philanthropists best noted for founding the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Skiing Company in the early 1950s, both of which helped transform the town of…
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 116345
"BUT HE NEVER KNEW THAT REALLY IT WAS HIS OWN BUNNY, COME BACK TO LOOK AT THE CHILD WHO HAD FIRST HELPED HIM TO BE REAL": FIRST EDITION OF MARGERY WILLIAMS' BELOVED CHILDREN'S CLASSIC THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
London: Heinemann, 1922.
First edition, English issue (published simultaneously with the American issue) of this beloved children’s classic, “one of the first modern picture books, a perfect combination of story and pictures” (Mahony, 234), with seven beautiful color illustrations by William Nicholson. Quarto, original paper-covered pictorial boards and cloth spine, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with seven color illustrations (three double-page) by William Nicholson. In very good condition. Uncommon.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 138402
“AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”: FIRST EDITIONS OF A.A. MILNE’S FOUR POOH BOOKS, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS; The Winnie the Pooh Signed by Milne
The Four Pooh Books: When We Were Very Young; Winnie-The-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House At Pooh Corner.
London: Methuen & Co., Ltd, 1924-1928.
First editions of each work in Milne's wonderful Pooh quartet. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. Winnie the Pooh is signed by A.A. Milne on the title page. When We Were Very Young if a first edition, second issue as usual with page ix numbered. Each are fine in very good dust jackets with some loss and wear to the extremities and light toning. Illustrated by Ernest Shepard. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable with Winnie the Pooh signed by Milne.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 95227
The Works of Charles Dickens; elaborately bound and containing 23 first editions of his novels in book form
The Works of Charles Dickens. Including [The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Facts & Figures from Italy, Our Mutual Friend, Oliver Twist, Hard Times, A Child’s History of England, and Edwin Drood].
Finely bound set of Dickens' works containing 23 first editions of Dickens' novels in book form. Octavo, 26 volumes, bound in full morocco, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbons bound in, illustrated. The collection includes first editions in book form of: The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 135934
“Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?”: Rare First Edition of Mary Poppins; Signed by P.L. Travers
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1934.
First American edition of this children's classic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 27 line cuts (13 full-page) and chapter tailpieces by Mary Shepard. Boldly signed by P.L. Travers on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 96590
“IT MATTERS NOT WHAT SOMEONE IS BORN, BUT WHAT THEY GROW TO BE": FIRST EDITION OF HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE; INSCRIBED BY J.K. ROWLING TO BRYONY EVENS
London: Bloomsbury, 2000.
First edition of the fourth book in Rowling's acclaimed Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by Rowling on the half-title page, "to Bryony, who really did discover Harry Potter J.K. Rowling." The recipient, Bryony Evens was one of the first people to read the beginning chapters of the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, the first to recognize the work’s inherent value, and perhaps the most instrumental figure in getting the book published. Working at the time at Christopher Little Literary Agency, Evens was the first point of contact in receiving…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 115749
"The world had changed to silver, and life ceased to be a struggle and became a gay adventure": First edition of Nella Larsen's Quicksand; inscribed by her
New York & London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928.
First edition of Nella Larsen's first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To my friend Harriet S. Wright, this tale of pride, prejudice and passion Nella Larsen." First editions of any of Larsen’s works are rare, as she disappeared from Harlem's interracial literary and arts community after her ex-husband’s death in 1942. Struggling with depression, Larsen stopped writing, returned to her previous career in nursing, moved to the Lower East Side and did not return to Harlem. Many of Larsen's old acquaintances speculated that she, like some of the characters in her fiction, had crossed the…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 95263
“I wish I could care what you do or where you go but I can't... My dear, I don't give a damn": First edition of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind; signed by eleven members of David O. Selznick's epic American 1939 film adaptation and with an autograph note signed by Margaret Mitchell
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.
First edition of Margaret Mitchell's masterpiece which remains one of the fastest selling novels in the history of American publishing, with 50,000 copies sold in a single day. Octavo, original cloth. First printing, with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page and no mention of other printings. Association copy, signed by eleven members of David O. Selznick's epic American 1939 film adaptation on the front pastedown and front free endpaper with nine adding the names of the characters they portrayed, "Evelyn Keyes, 'Suellen' [O'Hara]," "Mickey Kuhn, 'Beau [Wilkes] age 7 years,'" "Marcella Martin [Cathleen Calvert]," "Ann Rutherford, 'Careen' [O'Hara],'" Rand…
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 136276
“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!": Rare second edition of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
London: Printed for the Authos and Published by T. Egerton, 1813.
Second edition of the first novel published during Austen's lifetime, published the same year as the first edition which had an initial print run of only 750 copies. Small octavo, three volumes bound in full crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Title and half-title pages supplied. In near fine condition. A very attractive example of this desirable rarity.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 135337
"I'm wearing a necklace and ear-rings so that the mountains can enjoy looking at them!": Exceptionally rare collection of autograph letters signed by reclusive author P.L. Travers
Exceptionally rare collection of 28 typed and hand written letters and notes signed by the author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers. 36 pages, the letters are a collection of 20 years of correspondence between Travers and close personal friends John and Jacqueline Rutherfurd and offer an intimate glimpse into Travers' personal life and many travels. In one note dated August 10, 1981, Travers writes: "Dear Jaqueline, I write, with a newly overhauled portable (and see how it works and imagine what I will have to say to them when I get back to London!) from Chandolin, the highest lived-in-all-the-year-round…
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 92809