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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, later printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. 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. Rare signed and inscribed.
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.
“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present": First Edition of A land of our own: An oral autobiography; Signed by Golda Meir
New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1973.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Golda Meir on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
Signed limited edition of John Kenneth Galbraith’s memoirs. One of 350 copies signed by Galbraith, this copy is number 94. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt, top edge gilt. Both the book and slipcase are in fine condition without wear.
First Edition of Kurt Vonnegut's Final Book A Man Without A Country; Signed by Him With A Self-Caricature
New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Light rubbing, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature drawing on the half-title page.
“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. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine, light wear to the front panel, contemporary bookplate to the inside front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
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: Warner, 1983.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by William Goldman on the title page.
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. A near fine example with just a touch of rubbing. Laid in is an original pen and ink drawing by E.W. Kemble laid in, titled in pencil in another hand, “The Pirate Chief carries off Sweet Marie,” pin-holes, light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. With “88” on p 13 and “with the was” on p 57. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155, present here), Kevin MacDonnell concludes, “they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process” (“Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers,” Firsts, Vol 8, No 9, Sept 1998, pp 28-35). A very sharp example of this literary highspot.
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece, Salesman’s Dummy Issue. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With frontispiece portrait of Twain inserted at front (with the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co., but the cloth is not visible). This book was specially printed to have a selection of text pages, so it is common for the recto of one page to have a certain page number, and the page number on the verso to jump by several pages. Because of this, this book only has some of the issue points that a copy of Huckleberry Finn would have: the title-leaf is integral, with the “1884” copyright date (this is the true first state, and it only appeared in the salesman’s dummy); page  lists “Him and Another Man” as being on page 88 (first state); “Huck Decided” on page  (first state). The Silas Phelps illustration on page 283 has a straight fly, but the leaf is integral with page 287 printed on the verso. Page 57 was not printed for this edition. Two samples of the spine were affixed onto the front pastedown – one is missing, the other, the spine for the sheep binding, is present. Publisher’s full green cloth, boards decoratively stamped in gilt and black (the front board is identical to the design of the cloth version, the rear board shows the design of the spine of the cloth edition). Plain spine is damaged and torn, boards are toned and worn, with a bump to the fore-edge of the front board, front free endpaper is nearly detached, and has offsetting from the spine samples, the gutter facing the first blank is cracked. Contemporary gift inscription and some offsetting on first blank, tissue guard lacking on frontispiece portrait, text leaves and frontispiece are soiled and toned, two sheets of the lined pages have subscriber’s information in manuscript, In very good condition. Housed in custom full morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik. Inscribed by Albert Einstein in German, “To Alice sending it to her as a remembrance Albert.” Additionally signed by the artist, Emil Orlik on the lower right. The etching measures 10.5 inches by 14 inches. The entire piece measures
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEINS "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD
Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.
Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s cardboard. An absolute pristine example, which has been stored in the original cardboard box since publication. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Rare and desirable in this condition.
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Signed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Ron Chernow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing.
London: Picador, 1998.
First hardcover edition of this modern cult classic. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bret Easton Ellis on the half title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
London: Bloomsbury, 1996.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First edition of Thorstein Veblen's An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace and The Terms of Its Perpetuation
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. In near fine condition.
First Edition of “an astonishing literary achievement” Anthill; Signed by Edward O. Wilson With A Drawing of an Ant
New York: W.W. Norton , 2010.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has also added a drawing of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/ Harvard University Press, 1990.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has also drawn an ant. Small inscription on the half title page, fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelf wear.