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First Edition of Vanderbilt's Fifteen Thousand Miles Cruise With ARA; from the library of adventurer Steve Fossett with his bookplate
New York: Privately Printed, 1928.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s record of his 15,000 cruise aboard the Ara throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. Octavo, bound in full pebbled morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the Ara at anchor, illustrated with photographs, folding map. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. A sharp example with noted provenance.
"In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": First signed limited edition of Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Signed by Richard Nixon
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
Signed limited first edition of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. One of 600 copies signed by Richard Nixon, this is number 391. In fine condition. Housed in the original slipcase which is in fine condition.
"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.
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever”: First Edition of John Adams' A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America; In the Rare Original Boards
London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1787.
First edition of John Adams’ landmark work. Octavo, original boards, minor wear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. Rare, especially in the original boards.
A Dictionary of the English Language Exhibiting the Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definition of Words According to the Prevailing Usage of Correct Writers and Speakers.
London and Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, 1861.
First edition of Cooley’s Dictionary of the English language. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, black spine label, raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers. Author’s preface. In very good condition.
London: Macmillan and Co, 1891.
First edition of Harte’s classic work. Octavo, two volumes, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “with the best New Years greetings from Bret Harte London Jan. ’92.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Signed limited edition of J. Stanley Reeve's The Foxhunter's Journal; one of 550 copies signed by the author
Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, 1952.
Signed limited edition of Reeve’s authoritative work on fox hunting. Octavo, original red cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, Cheshire Fox Hunters emblem to the front panel, colored engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated with engravings. One of only 500 copies signed by the author, this is number 33. Additionally inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Miriam with best regards from the author J. Stanley Reeve.” In near fine condition. A sharp example.
London: Mills & Boon, 1922.
First edition of this collection of Darwin’s golf columns from The London Times. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper, “To G.M. from the author with his best regards. Sept. 1922.” It was customary for Darwin to sign “from the author”, which denoted a personal affiliation with the recipient. Rare and desirable, signed and inscribed.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
First edition of Galbraith’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry and Nancy Kissinger, “For Nancy & Henry as a guide to those K volumes yet to come! With all good wishes J.K.G. 1981.” Galbraith and Kissinger were close friends, both civil servants and Harvard University professors, who played a vital role in the development of United States foreign policies in the 1960s-70s and beyond. Galbraith, working as United States ambassador to India in the Kennedy administration and Kissinger in the Nixon administration as Secretary of State. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An outstanding association copy linking these two giants of American history.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co, 1912.
First edition of this landmark work. Octavo, original blue cloth with portrait of Henson to the front panel, frontispiece, 3 double-sided leaves of plates. Foreword by Peary and an introduction by Booker T. Washington. In fine condition. Rare in this condition.
"All good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy": First Edition of A River Runs Through It; Signed by Norman Maclean
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1976.
First edition, first printing one of only 1,577 copies of the Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Norman Maclean on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A nice example.
London: Evans Brothers Limited, 1922.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations from photographs, course maps. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Judge Sherman from Patric Dickinson in memory of a happy evening June 14, 1952 and because The Rye Golf Club and The Apawamis Golf Club should also be united.” Foreword by Bernard Darwin. From the library of Joseph Murdoch, with his bookplate, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Murdoch 202; D&M 15070; D&J D4350.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1951.
First edition, early printing of General of the Army Omar Bradley’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, frontispiece photographic portrait, illustrated with maps, charts, and photographs with a glossary of terms and full index. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best regards to Mr. Sheldon Tanner Omar N. Bradley July 27 1954.” Very good in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Miriam Woods. Jacket photograph by Karsh, Ottowa.
“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought": First Edition of John Rawls Masterpiece A Theory of Justice
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
First edition of Rawls’ masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1952.
First edition of the economist’s first solely authored book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Galbraith on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon, especially signed.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957.
First edition of Friedman’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Milton Friedman on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
London: William Kimber, 1961.
First edition of Moss’ races, which cover the years 1957-1960, the most productive of his career. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Stirling Moss on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice example.
"Let's talk about the future. We have had miseries before. But we've always overcome before": Signed limited first edition of Gerald Ford's A Vision for America; One of 500 numbered copies signed by him
Northridge, California: Lord John Press, 1980.
Signed limited first edition of Ford’s Address to the Republican National Convention held at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on July 14, 1980. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece engraved portrait of Ford, gilt presidential seal to the title page. One of 500 numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 57. In near fine condition.
Cleveland: Vinson & Korner Co, 1905.
Octavo, original boards. Signed by John D. Rockefeller beneath his frontispiece. One of 425 numbered copies, this is number 396. The work commemorates the day John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, was visited by 300 Cleveland businessmen outside his home. Included are 38 pages of the speeches delivered that day, including ones given by Liberty E. Holden and Andrew Squire, and the speech given by Rockefeller in response. In very good condition, rebacked. Rare and desirable.