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New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition, first issue with the publisher’s logo on the half title page of Kesey’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed by Ken Kesey on the front free endpaper, who has filled the entire page with a drawing in purple, blue and green. Near fine in a very good price-clipped first issue dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 88456
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Stranger
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 102844
Early 20th Century French Empire Doré bronze inkwell featuring prominently a large bronze eagle flanked by two bronze inkwells on clawed feet. Sited on a green marble base atop two bronze winged lions and two rear feet. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches long, 7.25 inches deep, and 8.5 inches tall. In fine condition. A handsome library decoration.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 90475
“You may not believe this. No one believes this, but it is true": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Winner Take Nothing
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933.
First edition of Hemingway’s third collection of short stories. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Tasteful bookplate to the pastedown. A very nice example.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 90434
New York : Random House, 1978.
First edition of this fascinating story which covers the story of the interstellar record. Quarto, original cloth. Boldly signed by Carl Sagan on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 74002
"The Wild Still Lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept": First Edition of Jack London's White Fang accompanied by a rare Oakland Central Bank check signed by London
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1906.
First edition of London’s beloved novel. Octavo, original pictorial cloth with white and gilt lettering. Frontispiece and 6 color plates by Charles Livingston Bull. With usual cancel title page. BAL notes that the cancel page occurs printed on either wove or on laid paper (the rest of the text sheets are all laid paper) but no priority or other significance. BAL 11896. In near fine condition. Accompanied by a rare Oakland Central Bank check signed by London. Dated June 29 1905, the check is paid to the order of “E. Selmhardt $2.00 Jack London.” In 1905, London purchased a 1,000-acre ranch in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California, on the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain. Desirous that the ranch become a successful business enterprise, he continued to write purely as a commercial enterprise. The ranch was ultimately an economic failure, but it was during this period that London published some of his best-known works including White Fang (1906), The Iron Heel (1908), and Adventure (1911). In near fine condition.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 107388
London: Andre Deutsch, 1959.
First edition of Naipaul’s third novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear to the crown. Jacket design by Stephen Russ.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 3544
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1951.
First edition of Bradbury’s third book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ray Bradbury on the title page. Owner stamp on the front free endpaper, else near fine in a near fine bright dust jacket that shows none of the spine fading endemic to this title. A very bright example.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 2520
"I recited and followed this song of the Places in Between as a map. Rory": First Edition of Rory Stewart's The Places In Between; Lengthily inscribed by Him
London: Picador, 2004.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by the author on the title page with the following inscription, “I recited and followed this song of the Places in Between as a map. Rory.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover photograph by Rory Stewart.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 91569
"You go your way I'll go your way too": Book of Longing; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen to fellow novelist Robert Stone and his Wife
New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
Early printing of Cohen’s provocative book of poetry. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Leonard Cohen on the title page, “For Janice and Bob, suffering together, Leonard Washington 2006.” The recipient, American novelist Robert Stone’s first two novels, A Hall of Mirrors(1967) and Dog Soldiers(1974) were published in the same era as Cohen’s only published novels The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). Both author’s works have come to be seen as great reflections of the zeitgeist, and darker side, of the 1960s. Cohen inscribed the present volume to Stone at BookExpo America 2006, held in Washington D.C. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Petit. Jacket art by Leonard Cohen. Photograph by Lorca Cohen. From the library of Robert Stone. A exceptional association, connecting two iconic novelists of the 1960s.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 96167
“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing": First British Edition of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Cassell, 1947.
First British edition of Rands’s breakthrough work and her first major literary success. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 56865
New York: American Lawn Tennis, 1925.
Limited Deluxe edition. One of 340 numbered copies, signed by both William J. Tilden and the editor S. Wallis Merrihew. In excellent condition with light rubbing to the joints, contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 20090
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1963.
First American edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Harry Tomb Len Deighton.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Raymond Hawkey. Housed in an elaborate half morocco clamshell box mimicking the front panel of the dust jacket. From the library of bibliophile Donald Drapkin with his bookplate. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 96914
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1974.
First edition of this work on the history of the double helix. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by both the author and Francis Crick on the title page, who contributed the foreword. The author has transcribed the following from this work, “The ultimate aim of the modern movement in biology is in fact to explain all biology in terms of physics and chemistry Robert Olby.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 3394
"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
Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1975.
First edition of Wilson’s classic work. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrations by Sarah Landry. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has added a drawing of an ant. From the library of MIT biomedical professor Robert Mann, with his stamp on the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing and closed tears.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 16093
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Asya from Walter March 1922.” In good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 100069
“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
Typed signed letter from Carl Haverlin to Igor Stravinsky, with Stravinsky's holograph notes and signature
Single page typed signed letter with notes in Stravinsky’s hand. Typed signed letter from 1962 to Igor Styravinsky from Carl Haverlin, pioneer in radio broadcasting, and longtime president of Broadcast Music Inc. The letter is on Broadcast Music Inc. stationary, and Haverlin writes to inquire about some illustrations which Dulac had made for Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet. He writes: “I…take the liberty of asking you if your memory will bring forth any background on the sketches.” In the margin adjacent to this sentence, Stravinsky writes “Not at all!” in red pen. Haverlin closes the letter with: “Photostats of the sketchbook pages are enclosed.” Beneath this Stravinsky writes, along with his signature, “I find it unfortunately very bad.” Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19.25 inches.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 84762
First edition of the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
First printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 116511