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“All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,' — which is just another way of saying that you can't"; Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Inscribed by Richard Feynman
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.
First edition, early printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Camille Durand, Richard Feynman.” An excellent near fine example in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mike McIver. Told to Ralph Leighton. Edited by Edward Hutchings.
"The 100 subjects I've chosen are fascinating, wacky, wild and often just weird - yet there are powerful and at times very funny": First edition of Kenneth Fisher's 100 Minds That Made The Market; Lengthily Inscribed by him prior to publication
Woodside, California: Business Classics, 1993.
First edition of American investment analyst Kenneth L. Fisher’s complete guide to the greatest minds in investment. Octavo, original cloth gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author prior to publication on the front free endpaper, “12/15/92 For Joe Graf, Merry Christmas. Here is a pre-pub copy of my upcoming third book. I must be crazy to spend my spare time studying obscure, dead financiers. But it’s fun. I hope this book is fun for you too. See you in ’93. Ken Fisher.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Viking Press, 1985.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears.
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.
“War is an episode, a crisis, a fever the purpose of which is to rid the body of fever. So the purpose of a war is to end the war": First Edition of William Faulkner's A Fable
New York: Random House, 1954.
First edition of the first novel to win both Pulitzer and National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Riki Levinson.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1936.
Signed limited first edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse, one of 803 copies signed by Frost, this is number 351. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Additionally inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Elizabeth Sergeant on top of the Rockies from Robert Frost still under the Andes.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed twice by Robert Frost.
"Fear cuts deeper than swords” First Edition of the first Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Series; Warmly Inscribed by George R.R. Martin
New York: Bantam, 1996.
First edition of the first book in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Paul, May your summers all be bountiful. George R.R. Martin.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tom Hallman. Book design by James Sinclair.
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge": A Game of Thrones, Twentieth Anniversary Edition; Signed by George R.R. Martin
New York: Bantam Books, 2016.
First illustrated edition of the twentieth anniversary edition. Octavo, original boards, cartographic endpapers. Signed by George R.R. Martin on the title page. Foreword by John Hodgman.
“She would've been a good woman," said The Misfit, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life": First Edition of Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To To Find
New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955.
First edition, first state book with “tyring” on page 125; first-issue dust jacket with reviews for Wise Blood on rear panel of O’Connor’s classic work. Octavo, original boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine. A very nice example.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1945.
First edition of this work by Frost. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Frost to Samuel Plotkin.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1959.
First edition of Bradbury’s short story collection. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ray Bradbury on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Sid – A wanderer in unseen countries – from one who has followed in his footsteps – and for – with admiration – June! Ray Bradbury 2/2/59.” The recipient, Sidney L. Stebel is an American writer, creative writing teacher, filmographer and was a personal friend of Bradbury’s. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joseph Mugniani.
"This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
First edition with “A-3.64[H]” present on copyright page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. Jacket painting of Pont Neuf, Paris by Hildegard Rath.
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine. From the library of Henry W. Keyes, with his signature to the front free endpaper along with his daughters. Keyes was the Governor of New Hampshire and a United States Senator and married to the writer Frances Parkinson Keyes. A nice example with noted provenance.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1971.
First edition of Baldwin’s emotional response to American racism juxtaposed with Mead’s logical analysis of a social scientist. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by James Baldwin on the dedication page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
"What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love": First Edition of A Separate Peace; Inscribed by John Knowles
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1960.
First edition of Knowles’ award-winning first novel, a “modern classic” often compared to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To ____ With all best regards- John Knowles.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped second issue dust jacket. A very sharp example.
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1958.
First American edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Although not marked this copy is from the library of travel collector, Mary Anna Marten, who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum.
"Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly": First Edition of A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again; Signed by David Foster Wallace
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1997.
First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Elizabeth Van Itallie.
"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.
Toronto: Alred A. Knopf, 1998.
First Canadian edition. Octavo. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: FSG, 1973.
First edition of the second book in the author’s Time Quartet series. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the spine. Jacket design by Richard Cuffari.