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"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
London: Macmillan, 1897.
First edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber. Octavo, original blue cloth elegantly stamped in gilt. In near fine condition with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119571
“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
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
“The mountains are calling and I must go": John Muir's The Mountains of California; in the rare original dust jacket
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
“What is most personal is most universal": First Edition of Carl Rogers' On Becoming a Person; Signed by Him
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
“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
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
“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
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
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Signed by him with a drawing of a large flower
Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.
Anniversary edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page, who has drawn a large flower. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 118757
"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
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
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloomsbury, 2005.
First edition of the sixth and penultimate novel in Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Jason Cockcroft.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 118562
“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
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
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
“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of Die unendliche Geschichte; Signed by Michael Ende
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1985.
Signed limited first edition of Irving’s sixth novel. Octavo, original leather, gilt titles and tooling, raised bands, all edges gilt, frontispiece by Scott Reynolds. Boldly signed by John Irving. In fine condition, with the original letter from the publisher laid in.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 117269
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
First edition, early printing of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ernest Hemingway. Near fine in an excellent near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographer’s name to the rear panel. Rare and desirable signed by Hemingway.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 117657
"Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing": Dollar Bill; Signed by the "Oracle of Omaha" Warren E. Buffett
One dollar bill from the United States of America from 2013, boldly signed “Warren E. Buffett.” In fine condition. Framed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 118773
New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1934.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories by the author of The Sound and the Fury. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket artwork by Arthur Hawkins, Jr. An exceptional example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117446
First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; warmly Inscribed by Him in the year of publication
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1955.
First edition of Greene’s classic novel of exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Ann Slayton- I’m so glad Peter introduced us- from Graham Greene Jan. 26, 1955 Albany, Piccadilly, London W.1.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 117468