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"And so I am a revolutionary, and a most reluctant one": First Edition of Edward Teller's The Reluctant Revolutionary
Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1960.
First edition of Teller’s classic work on the role of the scientist in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. In good condition.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1983.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Name to the front free endpaper, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bob Silverman. Translated by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mrockowska-Brand.
"The problem of the origin of the universe is a bit like the old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?": First edition of Stephen Hawking's Black Holes and Baby Universes
New York: Bantam Books, 1993.
First edition of the brilliant theoretical physicist’s collection of thirteen essays discussing time, black holes, and the origin of universes. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: D. Appleton & Co, 1925.
First edition of this work by the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition.
First Edition of The Greek Treasure: A Biographical Novel of Henry and Sophia Schliemann; Signed by Irving Stone
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1975.
First edition of this biographical novel of the life of Henry and Sophia Schliemann, pioneers in the field of archaeology. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Irving Stone. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it": First American edition of Albert Camus' The Possessed
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960.
First American edition of Camus’ theatrical adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece of the same name. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Rand. Jacket photograph by L’Express.
Sepia tone photograph of John Connally as Governor of Texas. Signed and inscribed by Connally, “To Merle Johnson, with best wishes John Connally.” In fine condition. The photograph measures 9.5 by 6.25 inches.
London: Granta Books, 1990.
First edition of this classic fantasy novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Salman Rushdie in a contemporary signature. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by James Marsh.
New York: The Modern Library, 1951.
First Modern Library edition of “the greatest American novel since the turn of the century.” Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Harvey Breit.
Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1950.
First edition of Merton’s interpretation of the life of St. Lutgarde, a thirteenth centiry saint and mystic who chose the way of La Trappe as her path to God. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1988.
First British edition of this collection of writing by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Nadine Gordimer on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited and introduced by Stephen Clingman.
London: Oxford University Press, 2000.
First edition of this collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Paul Muldoon on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1945.
First edition of this work by Frost. Octavo, original cloth. Review copy, with the slip laid in, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1938.
First trade edition of Byrd’s account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Louis Schlosse R.E. Byrd.” Laid in is a collection of articles related to Byrd including an obituary. In near fine condition, bookplate and ownership signature of the recipient. Decorations by Richard E. Harrison.
“And what is death, if not a face at peace - its artistic perfection": First Edition of Vladimir Nabokov's Despair
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1966.
First British edition of this inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime–his own murder. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very nice example.
The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. Including his Translation of Homer: To Which is Added The Life of the Author, by Dr. Johnson.
Philadelphia: J.J. Woodward, 1830.
Finely bound example of the works of Alexander Pope, including his important translation of Homer. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt tooling and to the spine, black morocco spine label lettered in gilt, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of Pope by J.B. Longmere with tissue guard, engraved vignette to the half-title page. In very good condition. Period ownership inscription. A desirable example.
London: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd, 1924.
First British edition of Veblen’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition with light shelf wear to the extremities.
New York: New Directions, 1947.
First edition of this collection of two early Camus absurdist plays. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.
"I have been strolling and restrollling along the ancient wall - so perfect in its antiquity": First edition of Henry James' Transatlantic Sketches
Boston: James R. Osgood & Co, 1875.
First edition of James’ autobiographical collection of travel pieces. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In good condition. A nice example of this important work.
“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode": First Edition of Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story
New York: Miramax Books, 2006.
First edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Number Seventeen. Jacket illustration by Abigail Smith.