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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 : Random House, 1976.
Signed limited first edition, number 186 of 300 numbered copies. Octavo, original cloth. In fine condition. Signed by Gore Vidal.
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.
"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.
“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.
“Everything has to evolve or else it perishes": First Edition of A Separate Peace; Signed by John Knowles, in the rare first-issue dust jacket
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, in first-issue dust jacket. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Knowles on the front free endpaper. A review copy with the slip laid in, very good in an excellent first-issue dust jacket. Jacket design by The Strimbans.
"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.
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.
Easton, CT: Easton Press, 2004.
First Easton Press edition of the second book in the author’s Time Quartet series. Octavo, bound in full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel, all edges gilt, silk endpapers. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. In fine condition.
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.
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik. Inscribed by Albert Einstein in German (English translation), “To Alice sending it to her as a remembrance Albert, February 1925.” Additionally signed by the artist, Emil Orlik on the lower right. The etching measures 10.5 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 17 inches.
Etched portrait of Albert Einstein by well-known Polish-American Jewish artist Lionel S. Reiss. Signed by both Einstein and Reiss. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
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.