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"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
New York : Harper Collins 1990
First edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.
New York : Wyndham Books 1979
First edition of this moving tribute by Peres of the founding fathers of Israel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Shimon Peres on the half-title page. Translated by Philip Simpson. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dick Adelson. Uncommon signed.
First Edition of Joan Peters' From Time Immemorial; Inscribed by the author to Federal Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz
New York : Harper & Row, Publishers 1984
First edition of Peters’ first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz: Dear Abe, I am truly moved and gratified by your warm, enthusiastic response to the book. As an ardent admirer of yours over many years, I particularly prize a favorable judicial opinion from your Honor, Fondly, Joan.” The recipient Abraham Lincoln Marovitz was a federal judge, whom President Kennedy nominated to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The United States Senate confirmed Marovitz on September 25, 1963, and received commission on October 2, 1963. With Judge Marovitz notes in the text in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Irving Freeman.
"In war, as in love, he was a fearless, happy-go-lucky adventurer": First Edition of Galapagos; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a Self-Caricature
New York : Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence 1985
First edition of Vonnegut’s eleventh novel, which questions the merit of the human brain from an evolutionary perspective. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelf wear. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Jacket illustration by Jeffrey Adams.
London : Evveryman Chess 2011-14
First editions of each volume. Octavo, original cloth, three volumes. Each is signed by Garry Kasparov on the title page. Each are fine in a fine dust jacket.
“Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious": Signed Limited Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman
New York : HarperCollins Publishers 2015
Signed limited edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo. One of 500 numbered copies, signed by Harper Lee. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In fine condition with the original shipping carton.
“The rebirth of the soul is perpetual; only rebirth every hour could stay the hand of Satan": First Edition of Go Tell It On the Mountain; Signed by James Baldwin
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1953
First edition of Baldwin’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the front free endpaper. Fine in the original dust jacket with some professional restoration. Jacket drawing by John O’Hara Cosgrave. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1982
First edition of Malamud’s eighth and final novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Susie and Paul Old friends with affection Bern.” The recipients, Suzanne and Paul Shrag were close friends of Malamud and brother of printmaker Karl Schrag. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
New York : Farrare, Straus and Giroux 2008
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by John Adams on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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.
"You are without a doubt the kindest friend I have": Harper Lee Signed Letter to Close Friend Bruce Higgison
Autograph letter signed by Harper Lee on her personal monogram letterhead, June 26, 2009. The letter is written to her longtime friend Bruce Higgison. It reads, “My own Bruce: You are without a doubt the kindest friend I have, and are the kindest person in general—in the world, that is. In other words, you are so good to me and I love you. Nelle.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Lee’s hand. The letter measures 5.25 inches by 7.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 24 inches. A very warm and personal letter from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill A Mockingbird.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be": First Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London : Bloombsbury 2000
First British edition of Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Giles Greenfield. Cover design by Richard Horne.
London : Bloomsbury 1998
First adult paperback edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. In fine condition.
First Edition of Henderson the Rain King; Inscribed by Saul Bellow to Fellow Writer Christopher Hitchens
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.
"The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people": Rare original Henry Miller watercolor painting; signed by him
Rare original watercolor painting by American writer and artist Henry Miller. The painting depicts three anthropomorphic figures, one with a horse-shaped head beneath a sky dotted with one star. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner of the image, “Henry Miller 8/63.” In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 21 inches by 18.5 inches.
First Edition of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy: Northern Lights; Warmly inscribed by Him
London : Scholastic 1995
First edition of Pullman’s first book in his acclaimed Dark Materials trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Robert, in the hope that you’ll enjoy this fantasy Philip Pullman.” Fine in a fine first issue dust-jacket with ‘Point’ on spine and ‘7-9 Pratt Street on lower rear jacket flap. Jacket illustration by David Scutt. Author photograph by Robin Matthews.