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  • Signed by eight justices, Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens

    BURGER, Warren E.

    The Supreme Court of the United States.

    Washington, DC: 1973.

    First edition of this work on the Burger Court. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by eight justices beneath their portraits accompanying their biographies. They include: Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens. 20 page pamphlet on the Supreme Court, published by them.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 120344

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  • From the Library of Stephen Hawking

    GJERTSEN, Derek [Stephen Hawking].

     The Newton Handbook. 

    London: Routledge and Kegan Paul , 1986.

    First edition of this work on Newton. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who, like Newton, held the post as Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Both Newton and Hawking’s scientific works focused on gravity, with Hawking’s research mainly looking at gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. In this book, Hawking called Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, probably the most important single work ever published in the physical sciences. He refers to Newton at least 70 times in this work and most likely used The Newton Handbook as a resource. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A wonderful association linking Hawking and Newton, made all the more interesting as Hawking is buried next to Newton in Westminster Abbey.

    Price: $1,600.00     Item Number: 119543

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  • From the Library of Stephen Hawking, Inscribed to him by the editors

    RUTHERFORD, Ernest [Stephen Hawking].

    The Collected Papers of Lord Rutherford of Nelson O.M., F.R.S

    London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1962.

    First editions of this work, from the library of Stephen Hawking with a presentation inscription, “To Stephen Hawking To mark the International Relativity Conference, Cambridge, June 1976, the papers of the Cambridge genius of an earlier generation. G. L. W.” Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.  He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks and mentions the works of Rutherford a number of times. He most likely used this book as a resource. A nice association linking these two great physicists, who are both buried near one another at Westminster Abbey in London. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in near fine dust jackets.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 119358

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  • “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First American Edition of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

    ORWELL, George.

    Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949.

    First American edition of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Caricature of Orwell on the rear panel by George Holland. A very sharp example.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 119887

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  • The Power of One and Tandia; Signed by Bryce Courtenay

    COURTENAY, Bryce.

    The Power of One and Tandia.

    Australia: William Heinemann, 1994.

    Early printing of the Courtenay’s classic novels. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Bill Bryce Courtenay.” Very good with some dampstaining in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Jarrett Skinner.

    Price: $475.00     Item Number: 119224

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  • First edition of both volumes of Green, Schwarz, and Witten's Superstring Theory; from the library of Stephen Hawking

    GREEN, Michael B.; John H. Schwarz and Edward Witten. [Stephen Hawking].

    Superstring Theory.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

    First edition of the fundamental text on superstring theory. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking. Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. A wonderful connection to this book, which Hawking likely used in his development of his final paper based on string theory, called “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation”, which had its latest revisions approved on March 4, ten days before Hawking’s death. Hawking met the authors at many conferences, as they were in the same field, including at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. Both volumes are fine in a fine dust jacket. An exceptionally desirable provenance.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 119483

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  • “So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible": Signed Limited Edition of The Phantom Tollbooth; One of only 100 Numbered Examples

    JUSTER, Norton; Illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

    The Phantom Tollbooth.

    New York: Random House, 1996.

    Signed limited edition of this classic work, one of only 100 numbered examples. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Boldly signed by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer. Fine in a fine slipcase.

    Price: $975.00     Item Number: 118528

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  • “The mountains are calling and I must go": John Muir's The Mountains of California; in the rare original dust jacket

    MUIR, John.

    The Mountains of California.

    New York: The Century Company, 1903.

    Early printing of Muir’s classic work on the mountains of California. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated throughout, top edge gilt. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.

    Price: $1,600.00     Item Number: 118748

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  • “What is most personal is most universal": First Edition of Carl Rogers' On Becoming a Person; Signed by Him

    ROGERS, Carl R.

    On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1961.

    First edition of this classic work by the most influential psychotherapist in history. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Carl Rogers 7/31/68.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. This is the first example we have seen signed.

    Price: $4,000.00     Item Number: 118203

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  • “TO BE A WOMAN IS A GREAT ADVENTURE; TO DRIVE MEN MAD IS A HEROIC THING”: First Illustrated Edition in English of Boris Pasternak's Masterpiece Doctor Zhivago

    PASTERNAK, Boris.

    Doctor Zhivago.

    New York: Pantheon Books, 1958.

    First illustrated edition of the work which garnered Pasternak the Nobel Prize in literature. Octavo, original cloth, original slipcase. Fine in a near fine slipcase. Illustrations by Alexander Alexeieff. Translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari. An exceptional example of this literary highspot.

    Price: $375.00     Item Number: 118149

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  • “I have the impression that if he didn't complicate his life so needlessly, he would die of boredom": First Edition in English of Boris Pasternak's Masterpiece Doctor Zhivago

    PASTERNAK, Boris.

    Doctor Zhivago.

    New York: Pantheon Books, 1958.

    First edition in English of the work which garnered Pasternak the Nobel Prize in literature. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear, price marked out. Jacket design by Ampelio Tettamanti. Translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari. An exceptional example of this literary highspot.

    Price: $600.00     Item Number: 118941

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  • "We are told that the trouble with Modern Man is that he has been trying to detach himself from nature": First Edition of Lewis Thomas' Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher; Inscribed by Him

    THOMAS, Lewis.

    Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1974.

    First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Margaret Carson with regards Lewis Thomas.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $975.00     Item Number: 118459

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  • “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric”: First Edition of Bertrand Russell's Philosophy; Signed by Him

    RUSSELL, Bertrand.

    Philosophy.

    W.W. Norton & Company: London, 1927.

    First edition of this classic work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $5,000.00     Item Number: 118454

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  • Rare First Edition of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery Volumes 1 and 2

    SCHWARTZ, Seymour I.

    Principles of Surgery.

    New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1969.

    Rare first editions of this landmark work on surgery. Quarto, 2 volumes, original boards, illustrated. In very good condition. First editions are uncommon.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 117289

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  • “...the past was so painful at any point. It seared and burned": Signed Limited First edition of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy In the Rare Original Slipcase

    DREISER, Theodore.

    An American Tragedy.

    New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925.

    Signed limited first editions of Dreiser’s epic tragedy. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, original slipcase. In very good condition. Housed in the rare original slipcase.

    Price: $975.00     Item Number: 117542

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  • “Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of Die unendliche Geschichte; Signed by Michael Ende

    ENDE, Michael.

    Die unendliche Geschichte. [The Neverending Story].

    Stuttgart: K. Thienemanns Verlag, 1979.

    First German edition and true first of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $1,850.00     Item Number: 117615

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  • "Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion

    BEN-GURION, David.

    Israel: A Personal History.

    New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.

    Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.

    Price: $1,650.00     Item Number: 118048

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  • "High School introduced at young age (15 & 16) to Emily Dickinson, who is probably greatest American poet I realize now": Rare Graduate Student Questionnaire Completed and Signed by Jack Kerouac with a lengthy inscription

    KEROUAC, Jack.

    Jack Kerouac Autograph Questionnaire Signed.

    1960.

    Rare mimeographed questionnaire sent by a graduate student of City College of New York to Jack Kerouac; completed and signed twice by him with a lengthy inscription in conclusion. Two pages, partially printed the questionnaire begins with a typed letter signed by James A. Sherlock politely requesting Kerouac’s response which reads in part: “Dear Mr. Kerouac, I am a graduate student of City College of New York, working upon an original research project aimed at uncovering certain educational factors in the lives of successful writers. As you undoubtedly know, there always has been considerable interest in analyzing the psychological make-up of the writer, but seldom has the more prosaic factor of the writer’s education been taken into consideration. Through this questionnaire, I would like to find out if the average successful writer considers his high school education in English a help or a hindrance in preparing him for his profession. Did frequent composition assignments aid the writer in improving his skill? Did reading – either outside reading or reading assigned in the classroom – play a small or large part in preparing the writer for his work?” Completed by Kerouac, in his hand, the questionnaire reads: Reading During High School: 1. In your high school days, did you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction? “Both” 2. If you preferred fiction, what type did you prefer? (Novels, short stories, plays, poetry, etc.) “Novels (from Bronte to ‘pulp’ novels)” 3. If you preferred non-fiction, what subjects did you prefer to read about? “Encyclopaedias [sic], Atlases, Harvard Classics (of Elliot)” 4. Was most of your reading matter of your own choosing or reading material assigned in the classroom? “My Own Choosing mostly (cut classes to spend schooldays in Library)” 5. Did you favor one or two authors at this time in particular in your high school reading? If so, whom? “Just general” 6. As nearly as you can remember, approximately how many books did you read each month during your high school days? “Depended on activities (of course)” High School Instruction: 7. As nearly as you can remember, how often were written compositions assigned in your high school English classes? “Can’t remember” 8. In your opinion, what facet of English instruction did most to develop your skill as a writer? (Literature, composition, spelling, grammar, vocabulary study, others) “Literature” The least? “Composition” 9. As you recall, were your grades in English composition on the whole very good, good, average, fair, or poor? (Kerouac has checked good) 10. Do you recall ever having received special encouragement in your writing from a high school English teacher? “Yes, Joseph Pyne of Lowell High School (Mass.)” Early Writing: 11. At approximately what age did you first seriously consider becoming a writer? “17 (That is, a ‘serious’ writer) (wrote since 11)” 12. Did you engage in outside writing – above the usual writing required in every day life – to any degree at this time? “Yes – from 11 yrs. old on.” 13. Did you at this time consciously imitate the style of any particular author or authors in your writing? “Yes” If so, who? “Saroyan & Hemingway (at 17)” 14. In your opinion, how much did your high school English courses contribute to your success as a writer? (Kerouac has checked all four options: Very much, Some, Little, and Very Little) 15. What factor or factors, if any, would you say contributed more that your schooling to your success as a writer? “SELF IMPOSED READING SCHEDULES OUTSIDE CLASSROOM” Note: If you have additional ideas on the value or inadequacies of your high school English instruction, please feel free to state them on the back of this questionnaire. Name: “Jack Kerouac”. In response to the final question, Kerouac has added a full page signed inscription to the verso of the third page of the questionnaire, “English & American Lit course in High School introduced at young age (15 & 16) to Emily Dickinson, who is probably greatest American poet I realize now (at least equal to Melville & Whitman for sheer mental beauty & brilliance of emotion – description) – High School crucial time to teach Jack K. But writers are born, not made (ask Balzac).” In near fine condition. An exceptional example offering a rare and intimate glimpse into the education and influences of one of the formative writers of the 20th century.

    Price: $38,000.00     Item Number: 117950

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  • "But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone I'll be speaking to you sweetly From a window In the Tower of Song": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs; Inscribed by Him to Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson

    COHEN, Leonard.

    Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs.

    New York: Pantheon, 1993.

    First edition of this collection of poems and songs. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “To Mort and Judy warm regards on Christmas Day Leonard Los Angeles 1993.” Cohen has include his trademark entwined heart stamp. The recipients were composer Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson and close friends of Cohen. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen DiGrado. Jacket photograph by Edward Gajdel. Association copies are uncommon.

    Price: $1,600.00     Item Number: 117464

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  • First Edition of Bertrand Russell's My Philosophical Development; Signed by Him

    RUSSELL, Bertrand.

    My Philosophical Development.

    London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1959.

    First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning author in which he summarizes his philosophical beliefs and explains how they changed during his life. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 117453

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