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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.
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press 1957
First edition of Kuhn’s classic treatise. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some rubbing. Foreword by James Bryant Conant.
"But none of these afford me the same mad thrill of crazy excitement as grips me when I smack a tennis ball": First edition of William T. Tilden's Match Play and the Spin of the Ball; in the original cloth
New York : American Lawn Tennis 1925
First edition of Tilden’s classic work. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles and double gilt ruled borders to the spine, gilt facsimile signature to the front panel, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated. Edited by Stephen Wallis Merrrihew. In near fine condition. An excellent example.
“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
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.
New York : Ballantine Books 1970
Paperback original first edition of this work, which went on to win the 1970 Nebula and 1971 Hugo award for best novel. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Larry Niven on the title page. In good condition.
“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
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.
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: First Edition of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Scarce Original Dust Jacket
New York : Simon & Schuster 1936
First edition of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear, with the original Simon & Schuster reply card. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings are scarce.
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1973
First edition of the second novel in Nichols’ New Mexico Trilogy. Octavo, a paperback original, illustrated. Signed by John Nichols on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.
New York : Boni & Liveright 1928
Signed limited first edition, one of 750 examples, this is number 472. Signed by Eugene O’Neill. Illustrated by Alexander King. In fine condition.
New York : Penguin Press 2009
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For John Cogent Best wishes Liaquat Ahamed New York, May 3 2015.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Sculptural bust of the wild-haired American author by Thomas Holland. Faux antique bronze, mounted on a walnut base. Signed by the artist, “T. Holland” on the rear of the bust. Best remembered as a sculptor and avid polo player, California native Thomas Holland created a variety of bronze pieces primarily depicting equestrian themes and major literary figures. The entire piece measures 17 inches tall. In near fine condition.
“YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: ONCE WHEN YOU ARE BORN AND ONCE WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE”: COMPLETE SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; FINELY BOUND
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, beautifully bound in full black oasis morocco, gilt raised bands and gilt titles to spines, all edges gilt, scarlet endpapers, Goldfinger ‘skull’ decoration to spines, original cloth covers preserved at rear. Housed in a custom slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
“So he tasted the deep pain that is reserved only for the strong": First Edition of F. Scott's Fitzgerald's All the Sad Young Men
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1926
First edition, first issue of Fitzgerald’s third collection of short stories. Octavo, original green cloth. In near fine condition. (Bruccolo, A12)
“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.
"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.