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“Forget it, Jake -- it's Chinatown": First Edition of "Chinatown" A Screenplay; Inscribed by Robert Towne to Hugh Hefner
Santa Barbara: Neville Publishing, Inc, 1983.
First edition of the screenplay for Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir film Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Octavo, original full yellow cloth. Presentation copy, one of 350 numbered copies, this is marked ‘Presentation Copy’ and inscribed by the author on the colophon to the founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner, “4/9/83 Hef, I wish you the happiest of birthdays & think of you as even more of a romantic fool than Gittes, or than any of the romantics with whom I identify. Much love, Robert.” Laid in is an autograph note on Towne’s letterhead which reads, “Hef- As usual I’m fighting deadlines. This edition was just published by some eccentric rare book company in Santa Barbara – I wrote an introduction you might enjoy. Love – R.” With Hefner’s bookplate laid in and a letter of provenance from the Hugh M. Hefner 1991 Trust. Hugh Hefner’s library reflected the wide scope of his interests, including his special interest in movies, music and art, and the talents of his many close personal friends including books by Shel Silverstein, David Halberstam, and Helmut Newton among others. In fine condition. An exceptional association.
Rare 1818 Map of the United States; based on the cartography of One of the earliest U.S. Mapmakers John Melish
Philadelphia: Murray Draper Fairman and Co, 1818.
Rare map of the United States of America based on the of one of the earliest U.S. mapmakers John Melish. The map displays a view extending west to the Rocky Mountains, including a detailed view of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers based on the expeditions of Lewis & Clark, Pike and Melish with hand-colored borders. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 21.25 inches.
Rare 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team Signed Baseball; signed by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and many other members of the legendary team
Rare OAL Reach baseball signed by 21 members of the 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team including four Hall of Famers. Signed by Joe DiMaggio on the sweetspot; Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Bobby Brown, Charlie Silvera, Joe Ostrowski, Hank Bauer, and Allie Reynolds on the east panel; Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Sain, and Jim Turner on the west panel; Johnny Mize, Stubby Overmire, Gene Woodling, and Casey Stegnel on the north panel; and Jerry Coleman, Spec Shea, Gil McDougald, Tom Morgan, Joe Collins, Frankie Crosetti, and Tommy Henrich on the south panel. In near fine condition, an exceptional example featuring an impressive array of signatures from one of the Yankees’ most legendary teams, with the Joe DiMaggio signature particularly strong.
"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.
First Edition of John Hall Wheelock's Bibliography of Theodore Roosevelt; with two letters from May Lamberton Becker laid in
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920.
First edition of John Hall Wheelock’s authoritative bibliography of Roosevelt’s works. Octavo, original half cloth. Laid in is a 3-page typed bibliography of Roosevelt’s works composed by May Lamberton Becker, editor of the Reader’s Guide of The New York Herald Tribune, accompanied by an autograph letter signed by her to Mr. Fred J. Daddaris of Long Island New York and dated June 25, 1947. May Lamberton Becker made her name as a literary critic and for more than forty years wrote a weekly ‘Readers Guide’, first with the New York Evening Post, then with the Saturday Review of Literature and finally in the weekly book section of the New York Herald Tribune, of which she later became literary editor. Fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
London: Heinemann, 1961.
First edition of this Greene novel set in a leproserie on the upper reaches of a tributary of the Congo River in Africa. Octavo, original cloth. Small name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by Lacey Everett. An exceptional example.
First Edition of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces; Signed by Walker Percy
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Walker Percy on the title page, who wrote the foreword and upon his insistence had it published. Fine in near fine first issue dust jacket with light rubbing and shelfwear. Jacket illustration by Ed Lindlof. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
“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.
"Im not brave any more darling. Im all broken. Theyve broken me": First Edition of Ernest Hemingways Classic Novel A Farewell To Arms
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
First edition of this early Hemingway classic, which established him among the American masters. Octavo, original black cloth. In very good condition, lacking the dust jacket.
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.
"If I've inspired you, now you've inspired me": First Edition of John Rothchild's A Fool and His Money; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Viking, 1988.
First edition of “the funniest book about investing ever written” (New York Post). Octavo, original half coth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Dear John, If I’ve inspired you, now you’ve inspired me. Best wishes, John Rothchild.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart. Jacket illustration by Rafal Olbinski.
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 Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Norman Maclean on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped 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.