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  • "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus’ Classic Novel The Stranger; Inscribed by Him to fellow novelist Vincent Sheean

    CAMUS, Albert.

    The Stranger.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.

    First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Vincent Sheean pour le remercier de savoir si bien parler de Stendhal Sympathiquement Albert Camus.” The recipient, Vincent Sheean was an American journalist and novelist. Sheean’s most famous work was Personal History, which won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Distinguished Biography of 1935. Film producer Walter Wanger acquired the political memoir and made it the basis for his 1940 film production Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Sheean wrote the narration for the feature-length documentary Crisis (1939) directed by Alexander Hammid and Herbert Kline. He translated Ève Curie’s biography of her mother, Madame Curie (1939), into English. Sheean wrote Oscar Hammerstein I: Life and Exploits of an Impresario (1955) as well as a controversial biography of Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy and Red (1963). He studied at the University of Chicago, becoming part of a literary circle which included Glenway Wescott, Yvor Winters, Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Janet Lewis while he was there. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years. Exceedingly scarce and desirable.

    Price: $45,000.00     Item Number: 97850

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  • “The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First English Edition of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Inscribed by Him

    JOYCE, James.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

    London: The Egoist Ltd, 1916.

    First English edition, one of approximately 750 copies of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Beatrice Randegger. James Joyce. 25 Novembre 1919. Trieste.” The recipient was a private student’s of Joyce in Italy. In excellent condition with light rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $40,000.00     Item Number: 109550

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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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  • First Edition in English of Albert Camus’ Classic Novel The Stranger; Inscribed by Him

    CAMUS, Albert.

    The Stranger.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.

    First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Muriel Sutman nous ne sommes pas des étrangers, Albert Camus.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years.

    Price: $37,500.00     Item Number: 116373

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  • “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy": First Modern Library of The Great Gatsby; Inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    FITZGERALD, F. Scott.

    The Great Gatsby.

    New York: The Modern Library, 1934.

    First Modern Library edition of the author’s masterpiece, with the first appearance of Fitzgerald’s new introduction. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Lillian Abercrombie at the beginning of a tour of work F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities and some small chips. Housed in a full custom morocco box. The first Modern Library edition of The Great Gatsby was a resounding commercial failure, and many copies were remaindered with the caption “discontinued title” printed on the jacket’s front panel. The present copy represents one of the earlier, non-remaindered copies, and like all of the first Modern Library editions of The Great Gatsbyfeatures Fitzgerald’s new introduction, with his own, now-famous take on his masterwork: “I think it is an honest book, that is to say, that one used none of one’s virtuosity to get an effect, and, to boast again, one soft-pedalled the emotional side to avoid the tears leaking from the socket of the left eye, or the large false face peering around the corner of a character’s head. If there is a clear conscience, a book can survive — at least in one’s feelings about it. On the contrary, if one has a guilty conscience, one reads what one wants to hear out of reviews. In addition, if one is young and willing to learn, almost all reviews have a value, even the ones that seem unfair.”

    Price: $35,000.00     Item Number: 37020

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  • "Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value, elly judgments of all kinds remain necessary": First Edition of Albert Einstein’s The Evolution of Physics; Inscribed by Him to Dr. Leonard Rowntree

    EINSTEIN, Albert & Infeld.

    The Evolution of Physics: The Growth of Ideas from Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.

    First edition of this classic work, which traces the development of ideas in physics. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Rowntree with kindest regards A. Einstein 1941.” The recipient, Dr. Leonard Rowntree  is most well known for pioneering kidney research including the Rowntree test for kidney function; dialysis; the intravenous pyelogram and plasmapheresis. He joined Dr. John J. Abel at Johns Hopkins University in 1907, and in 1912 they developed the first artificial kidney, in the form of the dialysis machine. Rowntree would later move to the Mayo Clinic and is widely credited with creating the research tradition there. In 1946, President Harry Truman awarded Rowntree the Medal for Merit for his work as chief of the medical division of the Selective Service System from 1940 to 1945. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.

    Price: $30,000.00     Item Number: 116740

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  • “The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring”: First Edition of Ulysses; One of 750 Numbered Copies

    JOYCE, James.

    Ulysses.

    Paris: Shakespeare & Company, 1922.

    First edition, one of 750 numbered copies on handmade paper from a total edition of 1000 copies, this is number number 347. Thick quarto, original blue and white wrappers. In excellent condition, the volume is square and tight, without marks of any kind, with some some restoration to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.

    Price: $28,000.00     Item Number: 92994

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  • “They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation”: Rare First Edition in Spanish of the Author’s Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel.

    Cien Anos de Soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude].

    Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the dedication page, “Para Leonard, con todo el afecto, Gabo.” In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $28,000.00     Item Number: 114832

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  • “Because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth”: Rare First Edition in Spanish of the Author’s Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel.

    Cien Anos de Soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude].

    Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the dedication page, “Para Pablo, conversatorio en el parque Gabriel Garcia Marquez ’95.” In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing small name on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box mimicking the front panel of the book. An exceptional example.

    Price: $25,000.00     Item Number: 115638

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  • Exceptional rare Aldine Press of Homer's The Odyssey

    HOMER,.

    The Odyssey.

    Venice: Aldine Press, 1524.

    Rare third Aldine edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. Small octavo, original vellum with the title to the spine in manuscript, with woodcut Aldine device to title and final colophon leaf. In excellent condition with some minor toning to the leaves. Exceptionally rare, with only two having appeared at auction in the last 80 years. This is one of the earliest obtainable examples of Homer’s landmark work.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 91267

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  • "I do hope you realise how much your services are appreciated everywhere in this building and not least by me": COMPLETE SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; FINELY BOUND WITH AN ORIGINAL TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY IAN FLEMING LAID IN

    FLEMING, Ian.

    Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only [Short Stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace], Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1953-66.

    First editions of each volume in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to spines, raise bands, original cloth covers and spine preserved at rear of each novel. In fine condition. Accompanied by an original typed letter signed by Ian Fleming on Kemsley House letterhead and addressed to Antony Terry, M.C. of Kemsley Newspapers which reads, “21st July 1955 ‘My dear Terry,’ I must thank you for the staunch way in which you are feeding me with Atticus paragraphs, which are all either on the nail or very close to it. They are quite excellent and no other correspondent is nearly so fruitful. Once again, when you are called upon for help, you have given it in fuller measure than was asked for and produced your usual high quality journalism. I must say, looking back on your years of service for Mercury, I can think of no correspondent with anything approaching your record, and I do hope you realise how much your services are appreciated everywhere in this building and not least by me. ‘Yours well, Ian F.'” The recipient, Anthony Terry was a British journalist and former European Editor of The Sunday Times. Fleming hired him in 1949 to work as a journalist for Kemsley Newspapers of which he was at the time the Foreign manager. Terry’s obituary in The Independent stated that he was “one of the paper’s most valuable assets, a one-man listening post, a fastidious checker of facts, a burrower into dark corners and a traveller who never complained of fatigue”. The letter is in near fine condition. A very nice collection.

     

     

    Price: $18,000.00     Item Number: 103644

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  • First Edition of The Nobel Lectures in Medicine 1942-1962; Signed by Francis Crick, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins

    WATSON, James D; Francis Crick; Maurice Wilkins; Arthur Kornberg.

    Nobel Lectures: Physiology or Medicine 1942-1962.

    Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company, 1964.

    First edition of this collection of Nobel Lectures in physiology or medicine from the years 1942-1962. Thick Octavo, original yellow cloth. Signed by all three Nobel Prize-winning scientists Francis Crick, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins on the title page. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962, “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.”Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears and toning to the spine. An exceptional piece signed by these Nobel Prize-winning scientists.

    Price: $16,000.00     Item Number: 95688

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  • Rare Set of The Works of Leo Tolstoy in Russian; From the Library of Prince Johan

    TOLSTOY, Leo.

    The Works of Leo Tolstoy. Including: War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection.

    Moscow: I.N. Kushnerev, 1893-98.

    Rare complete set in Russian of the works of Leo Tolstoy, Prince Johan’s copy. Octavo, 14 volumes, twelve portrait frontispieces and six plates, bound in three quarters morocco with each binding signed by Nikolai Trukhachev, principal binder for the Konstantinovich family from 1901 to 1915, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Prince Johan, was the eldest son of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia by his wife, Yelizaveta Mavrikievna, née Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. He was described by contemporaries as a gentle, religious person, nicknamed “Ioannchik” by his relatives. He was born as a Grand Duke of Russia with the style Imperial Highness, but at the age of 9 days, a Ukaz of his cousin Emperor Alexander III of Russia stripped him of that title, as the Ukaz amended the House Law by limiting the grand-ducal title to grandsons of a reigning emperor. As a result, he received the title Prince of the Imperial Blood (Prince of Russia) with the style Highness. He married Princess Helen of Serbia on 2 September 1911, and Helen took the name Princess Yelena Petrovna of Russia. They had a son, Prince Vsevolod Ivanovich (20 January 1914 – 18 June 1973), and a daughter, Princess Yekaterina Ivanovna (12 July 1915 – 13 March 2007), who was the last member of the Imperial Family to be born before the fall of the dynasty, and was ultimately to become the last surviving uncontested dynasty of the Imperial House of Russia. Most rare and desirable, especially with noted provenance.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 117008

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  • “I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER

    RAND, Ayn.

    Atlas Shrugged.

    New York: Random House, 1957.

    First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 116275

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  • “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light": First Edition of Dylan Thomas' In Country Sleep; Signed by Him

    THOMAS, Dylan .

    In Country Sleep.

    New York: New Directions, 1952.

    First edition of this collection of poems, including the first book appearance of “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “Dylan Thomas 1952.” Fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed as Thomas passed away one year after the publication.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 106778

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  • SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEIN’S "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD

    EINSTEIN, Albert.

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist.

    Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.

    Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49”, this is number 499. 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. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.

    Price: $14,500.00     Item Number: 35020

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  • Etching of Albert Einstein by Erich Buttner; Signed by Both Einstein and Buttner

    EINSTEIN, Albert; Erich Buttner.

    Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

    1917.

    Rare large etching of Albert Einstein done by well-known artist Erich Buttner. Signed by both Einstein and Buttner. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 15 inches. An exceptional piece. In the 1920s he created a series of portraits of his friends and fellow artists including Lovis Corinth, George Grosz, Arno Holz and Heinrich Zille. He produced a very fine book of exlibris (bookplates) in Berlin 1921. This very rare book contains the exlibris of Albert Einstein 1917, probably Einstein’s only bookplate. The etching measures 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.75 inches by 15.75 inches.

    Price: $14,000.00     Item Number: 112748

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  • First Edition of The Astronauts; Signed by All of the Mercury Seven and twice by Gus Grissom

    CAIDIN, Martin; Scott Carpenter.

    The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America’s Man-In-Space Program.

    New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.

    First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter M Schirra Jr, M. Scott Carpenter, Virgil I. Grissom, Donald K. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, and Alan B Shepard Jr. It is inscribed above: “To Pearl Salvick with best wishes from Mercury Astronauts.” Additionally signed by Virgil Grissom on the half-title page. Laid in is an original first day issue card from Cape Canaveral dated February 20, 1962. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.

    Price: $12,800.00     Item Number: 95986

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  • “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood": First Edition of Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him

    KING JR., Martin Luther.

    Strength to Love.

    New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.

    First edition of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Major Ernest D. Muse With Best Wishes Martin Luther King.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.

    Price: $12,800.00     Item Number: 41050

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  • “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light": Signed Limited First Edition of Dylan Thomas' In Country Sleep

    THOMAS, Dylan .

    In Country Sleep.

    New York: New Directions, 1952.

    Signed limited edition, one of 100 copies of this collection of poems, including the first book appearance of “Do not go gentle into that good night,” published the year before his death,  Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Dylan Thomas. Fine in a fine slipcase. An exceptional example.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 109248

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  • “Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; One of 100 Numbered Copies Signed by Her

    ROWLING, J.K.

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

    London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.

    First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram, number 95 of a 100 numbered copies. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 112492

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  • “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit": First Editions of the Works of Moliere

    MOLIERE, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin.

    Les Oeuvres De Monsieur De Moliere, Reveues, Corrigees & Augmentees (Tartuffe).

    Paris: Chez Denys Thierry, 1682.

    First complete and first illustrated collected edition, including 6 previously unpublished plays of the works of Moliere. Small octavo, 8 volumes. Finely bound in full crushed red morocco by Pouillet, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings throughout. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 95843

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  • "And people with obsessions, reflected Bond, were blind to danger": First edition of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker; Signed by Henry Blofeld

    FLEMING, Ian.

    Moonraker.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.

    First edition, first issue with “shoo” for “shoot” on page 10 of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest.
    Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Henry Blofeld on front free endpaper. Blofeld is the son of Thomas Robert Calthorpe Blofeld (1903-1986) who attended Eton with Fleming and who’s name is believed to be the inspiration for the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with the spine panel bright and with light wear to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Kenneth Lewis. A nice association.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 107324

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  • “Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: First Edition of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People

    CARNEGIE, Dale.

    How to Win Friends and Influence People.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936.

    First edition of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To George Chisholm with fond memories of the days when we used to ride the Chisholm Trail Dale Carnegie.” In near fine condition, with the original Simon & Schuster reply card. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings are scarce, signed examples exceptionally so.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 98465

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  • First Edition of Roald Dahl's The Gremlins; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication

    DAHL, Roald; Walt Disney.

    The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.

    New York: Random House, 1943.

    First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Tim xxx from Roald Dahl 19/6/43 There should be a bowler hat and a tail.” Dahl has added a drawing of a hat and a tail on the gremlin. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed in the year of publication.

    Price: $12,000.00     Item Number: 73076

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  • “Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her

    ROWLING, J.K.

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

    London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.

    First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children selected through a lottery attended the signing.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 104144

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  • "It was some time during the battle of Britain, when Hurricanes and Spitfires were up from dawn to dark and the noise of battle was heard all day in the sky": First Edition of The Gremlins; Inscribed by Walt Disney

    DAHL, Roald; Walt Disney.

    The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.

    New York: Random House, 1943.

    First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the half-title page, “To Joan With Best Wishes Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 103458

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  • “Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends": Rare Second Edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species

    DARWIN, Charles.

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

    London: John Murray, 1860.

    Rare second edition, second issue, in Freeman’s binding variant “a” of Darwin’s magnum opus. Freeman 376; Norman 594. Octavo, original publisher’s green cloth. In excellent condition with the spine gilt bright, contemporary owner’s signature to the title, marginalia on pages 72 and 132. A nice example.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 96973

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  • SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEIN’S "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM in the rare original dust jacket

    EINSTEIN, Albert.

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist.

    Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.

    Signed limited first edition, number 711 of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt. The book is in fine condition in the rare original dust jacket, which is in very good condition. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 110472

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  • FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF CHARLES DARWIN'S THE DESCENT OF MAN; IN THE ORIGINAL CLOTH

    DARWIN, Charles.

    The Descent of Man.

    London: John Murray, 1871.

    First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities and bottom of the cloth, spine gilt bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example. 

    Price: $10,000.00     Item Number: 36008

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  • First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; warmly Inscribed by Him in the year of publication

    GREENE, Graham.

    The Quiet American.

    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

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  • Etching of Albert Einstein by Lionel S. Reiss; Signed by Both Reiss and Einstein

    EINSTEIN, Albert; Lionel S. Reiss.

    Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

    1921.

    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.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 87430

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  • Silver Gelatin Print of Albert Einstein; Signed and dated by Him

    EINSTEIN, Albert.

    Albert Einstein Signed Photograph.

    1952.

    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.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 51046

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  • “I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER

    RAND, Ayn.

    Atlas Shrugged.

    New York: Random House, 1957.

    First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 102457

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  • "All human wisdom is contained in these two words--"Wait and Hope": First Edition in English of Dumas’ The Count of Monte-Cristo

    DUMAS, Alexandre [Alexander].

    The Count of Monte-Cristo.

    New York: Burgess, Stringer and Company, 1846.

    First American edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, two volumes bound in one. Separate title page for each volume. Complete with twelve illustrated plates. In very good condition with the previous owner’s signature of volume one. First editions in the English language are rare, with Yale being the only library to house a copy of this first edition.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 55046

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  • Etching of Albert Einstein by Hermann Struck; Signed by Both Struck and Einstein

    EINSTEIN, Albert; Hermann Struck.

    Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

    1923.

    Etch bust of Albert Einstein done by well-known artist Hermann Struck. Signed by both Einstein and Struck, numbered 49/150. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 15 inches. An exceptional piece.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 95890

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  • Etching of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik; Signed by Both Orlik and Einstein

    EINSTEIN, Albert; Emil Orlik.

    Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

    1920.

    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.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 49058

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  • “And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past": First Edition of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids; Signed by Him

    WYNDHAM, John.

    The Day of the Triffids.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc , 1951.

    First American edition, which preceded the British edition of Wyndham’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by John Wyndham on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust dust jacket. Jacket design by Whitney Bender.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 82090

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  • "TO ROBERT FRANK I NOW GIVE THIS MESSAGE: YOU GOT EYES": First Edition of Robert Frank’s Les Americains; Signed by Him

    FRANK, Robert.

    Les Americains [The Americans].

    Paris: Delpire, 1958.

    First edition of the photographer’s masterpiece with 83 black-and-white full-page photogravures. Oblong quarto, original boards illustrated by Saul Steinberg. Signed by Robert Frank on the title page. In near fine condition that shows light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 1353

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  • “It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws": Rare First Edition of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage

    CRANE, Stephen.

    The Red Badge of Courage.

    New York : D. Appleton and Company, 1895.

    First edition, first printing with page [235] advertising the three works of Gilbert Parker’s Best Books, and the last page of advertisements (page 238) ending with The Land of the Sun, by Christian Reid; last gathering, including ads on laid paper. Octavo, original publisher’s tan cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. From the library of noted collector Donald G. Drapkin, with his bookplate, contemporary name on the endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 12092

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  • Musical Quotation Signed by Russian Composer and Pianist Dmitri Shostakovich

    SHOSTAKOVICH, Dmitri.

    Dmitri Shostakovich Autograph Musical Quotation Signed.

    1947.

    Handwritten musical quotation inscribed by Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich in Russian above the opening three bars of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47) on a two-stave system with holograph tempo directive and title, “To Lionel Okvin from Dmitri Shostakovich 17th February 1947.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Shostakovich. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 15.75 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 82418

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  • “Economics, or more properly theoretical economics, is the only one of the social sciences which has aspired to the distinction of an exact science": First Edition of Frank H. Knight's Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit

    KNIGHT, Frank H.

    Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit.

    Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921.

    First edition of Knight’s classic treatise. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition. First editions are scarce.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 106575

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  • “UNDOUBTEDLY, PHILOSOPHERS ARE IN THE RIGHT WHEN THEY TELL US THAT NOTHING IS GREAT OR LITTLE OTHERWISE THAN BY COMPARISON": Early edition of Johnathan Swift's masterpiece Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

    SWIFT, Jonathan.

    Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first Surgeon, and then Captain of several Ships. [Gulliver’s Travels].

    London: Benjamin Motte, 1727.

    First edition, early printing of Swift’s masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling and miniature fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, all edges speckled red, engraved headpieces and tailpieces, illustrated with 5 copper-engraved maps & 5 copper-engraved plates. This edition was printed before the stated “second edition” but published after it, early in 1728, though dated 1727. Each of the 4 parts had a separate title-page, though that to part 3 (leaf A4 of Vol. II); the separate titles for parts 2 and 3 were misdated MDCXXVII, and that to part 2 is so dated. Some copies were issued with a portrait of Gulliver, but there are no signs that there was ever one in this example (Teerink-Scouten 294). In near fine condition. An attractive example, desirable in a contemporary binding.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 117068

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  • First British Edition of The Double Helix; Signed by James Watson and Francis Crick

    WATSON, James (Francis Crick).

    The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA.

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968.

    First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 19 half-tone illustrations and 11 diagrams. Signed by both James D. Watson and Francis Crick on the title page. Very good in an excellent dust jacket with some light rubbing to the spine crown. Jacket design by Dorothy Judd. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. Rare signed by both Watson and Crick.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 29052

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  • First Edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; With an E.W. Kemble Illustration laid in

    TWAIN, Mark.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    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, with 174 illustrations by Edward Kemble. A near fine example with just a touch of rubbing. Laid in is an original pen and ink drawing by Edward W. Kemble, 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.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 3147

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  • First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; From the Library of Fellow Novelist Zane Grey

    TWAIN, Mark [Zane Grey].

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.

    First edition of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth, with 174 illustrations by Edward W. Kemble. The author Zane Grey’s copy, with his blindstamp to the front free endpaper and first blank. Contains all the agreed upon first issue points for the clothbound book: page 9 with “Decided” remaining uncorrected (to “Decides”); page 13, illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads “with the was,” instead of “with the saw”. Other points of bibliographical interest included in this copy are the frontispiece portrait without cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven; page 155 with a larger final “5”; page 161, no signature mark “11”. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155), 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” Firsts Magazine). An exceptional association copy linking these two great American writers. Housed in a full morocco clamshell case.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 3733

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  • "I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable": Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt

    HEMINGWAY, Ernest .

    Ernest Hemingway Autograph Letter Excerpt Signed.

    Chicago: The Walden Book Shop, 1930.

    Rare letter excerpt boldly signed by Ernest Hemingway. Published by the Walden Book Shop in 1930, the introduction begins "The following notes are excerpts from a Hemingway letter in answer to questions concerning editions and numbers of copies." It goes on to provide a long italicized quote from the letter in which Hemingway describes the printings of his early books from Three Stories and Ten Poems through the forthcoming Men Without Women (1927). The quote reads, in part: “…The books have been Three Stories and Ten Poems, Contact Press, 1953-350 copies out of print, In Our Times, Three Mountains Press, 1924, 150, I think…They claim to be issuing a new edition. Then Scribners published The Torrents of Spring in the spring of 1926 in an unrestrained edition and The Sun Also Rises came out in the same year with, I believe an attempt made to print and sell as many as possible…I own one copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems and would be very happy if it became valuable in order that I might have something to leave to my children.” Signed by Hemingway in he lower right corner of the pamphlet. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Hemingway. The entire piece measures 26 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional example.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 95977

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  • "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused": First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; Inscribed by Him

    GREENE, Graham.

    The Quiet American.

    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, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joseph from Graham Greene.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 98538

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  • First Edition of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged; Signed by Her

    RAND, Ayn.

    Atlas Shrugged.

    New York: Random House, 1957.

    First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. A very sharp example.

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 115269

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  • First Edition of Henderson the Rain King; Inscribed by Saul Bellow to Fellow Writer Christopher Hitchens

    BELLOW, Saul.

    Henderson the Rain King.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1959.

    First edition of Bellow’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow writer Christopher Hitchens, “For Christopher with good wishes Saul Bellow.” Hitchens wrote, “When I think of Bellow, I think not just of a man whose genius for the vernacular could seem to restate Athenian philosophy as if run through a Damon Runyon synthesizer, but of the author who came up with such graphic expressions for vulgarity and thuggery and stupidity—the debased currency of those too brutalized to have retained the capacity for wonder” (Christopher Hitchens). Hitchens signature on the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket painting by Bill Preston. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A remarkable association.

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 39004

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  • First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls; Signed by Ernest Hemingway

    HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

    For Whom The Bell Tolls.

    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

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  • Long Walk to Freedom; Signed by Three Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. De Klerk

    MANDELA, Nelson [Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk.

    Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

    South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.

    First South African edition, early printing of this classic autobiography, which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page (translated from Afrikaans to English), “To Lieutenant Colonel Jan de Wet, Compliments and Best Wishes to a competent and experienced pilot NMandela 10.5.95.” This was signed on the first anniversary of Mandela’s inauguration as President. Additionally signed by fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 112377

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  • "Tune in, freak out, get beaten": First Edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman

    THOMPSON, Hunter S.; Illustrations by Ralph Steadman.

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.

    New York: Random House, 1971.

    First edition of Thompson’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Ralph Steadman. An exceptional example.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 99345

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  • "Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Signed by by J.K. Rowling and signed by 14 Harry Potter actors

    ROWLING, J.K.

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

    London : Bloomsbury, 2003.

    First edition of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, signed by J.K. Rowling and by 14 Harry Potter actors. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated by Mary Grandpre. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Additionally signed on the half-title page by the fourteen cast members featured in the Harry Potter film series, including: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid, the half-giant), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Jessica Hynes (Mafalda Hopkirk), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley). Fine in a fine dust jacket. A unique example.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 116274

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  • Rare Salesman Dummy of Mark Twain's First Edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    MARK TWAIN) CLEMENS, Samuel L.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    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 [13] lists “Him and Another Man” as being on page 88 (first state); “Huck Decided” on page [9] (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.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 62040

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  • PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY

    KENNEDY, John F.

    Profiles In Courage.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.

    First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Octavo, original half black cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Anthony Amari best regards John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 16075

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  • “I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth": First Edition, First Issue of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

    FAULKNER, William.

    As I Lay Dying.

    New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1939.

    First edition, first issue, one of 750 copies with dropped “I” on p. 11 and in the first state binding with lettering unbroken of this work, which consistently ranks as one of the greatest works of twentieth century literature. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 115342

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  • "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Photograph of The Apollo 11 Crew; signed by each member

    ARMSTRONG, Neil.

    Signed Photograph of Apollo 11 Crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

    1969.

    NASA color photograph from the May 1969 press release printed on verso. Signed by each of the Apollo 11 crew. “To Steve Turner, Neil Armstrong.” Signed by Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin group portrait by NASA, showing them in space suits without helmet, the Moon in the background. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 14 inches.

    Price: $7,200.00     Item Number: 114675

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  • “I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donner bakery gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want": First edition of the Daniel Keyes' Flowers For Algernon; Lengthily Inscribed by Him

    KEYES, Daniel.

    Flowers for Algernon.

    New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc, 1966.

    First edition of the author’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, basis for the Oscar award-winning movie adaptation Charly. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, who has transcribed the opening paragraph as follows, “I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye  My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donner bakery gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want. Daniel Keyes.” Additionally signed again by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Carl Smith. An exceptional inscription.

    Price: $7,200.00     Item Number: 7304

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  • “I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    TWAIN, Mark [Samuel L. Clemens] .

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Tom Sawyer’s Comrade].

    New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.

    First edition of Twain’s masterpiece, with the first state of the frontispiece portrait. 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 example exhibits the following issue points: title leaf is conjugate. Copyright notice dated 1884; the illustration captioned “Him and another Man” [p.13] listed as p.88 (first state); 11th line from bottom of p.57 reads “…with the was…” (first state); p. 283 is an integral leaf with the corrected engraving; the final 5 in the numeration of page 155 is larger than the first and slightly below the others; leaf 23-8 is present as a blank; first state of the frontispiece portrait (imprint of Heliotype with tablecloth visible). In near fine condition with light toning to the extremities. A very bright example.

    Price: $7,200.00     Item Number: 85975

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