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Hartford, Connecticut: American Publishing Company 1872.
First edition, first state of Twain’s first semi-autobiographical work of travel literature, essentially a prequel to The Innocents Abroad, with the word “his” on line 21 and the advert present on page 592 (BAL 3337). Octavo, bound in the original publishers three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, fully illustrated by eminent artists. In near fine condition.
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't": First Edition of Mark Twain's Following the Equator
Hartford, Connecticut: The American Publishing Company 1897.
First edition, first issue of the author’s pointed social critique of British Imperialism with the signature mark “11” on page 161. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine mounted cover illustration. With portrait frontispiece from a photograph of the author and 192 other illustrations by notable illustrators as A.B. Frost, Peter Newell and Dan Beard. Bookplate. In fine condition with a touch of shelfwear to the foot of the spine. An exceptional example.
New York: Everyman's Library 1998.
First Everyman’s library edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece, which was translated as The Stranger in the United States. Octavo, bound in full morocco by the Chelsea Bindery, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt. Introduction by Peter Dunwoodie. Translated by from the French by Joseph Laredo. In fine condition.
Toronto: Clark, Irwin & Company Limited 1969.
First edition of this work, which examines how the biological nature of the human species has shaped the character of the cultures of the contemporary world. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Edward Glover Best wishes Desmond Morris.” The recipient Edward Glover was a British psychoanalyst, whose lasting achievements in the combined field of psychotherapy and criminology – aside from his clinical work and extensive publications – are his roles as: co-founder of the Psychopathic Clinic and the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency, joint founder of The British Journal of Criminology – he was co-editor until his death – and co-founder of the British Society of Criminology. He was one-time chairman of the medical section of the British Psychological Society. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"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
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.
"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness": First Edition of The Architecture of Frank Gehry; Inscribed by Frank Gehry to Academy Award-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson
New York: Rizzoli Publishers 1986.
First edition of this early monograph of the work of renowned architect Frank Gehry. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the architect on the half-title page, “To Frank Pierson Frank O. Gehry.” The recipient Frank Pierson was a renowned Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Dog Day Afternoon (along with the Academy-nominated Cat Ballou and Cool Hand Luke), director, and President of both the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Fine in a fine dust jacket. Essays by Rosemarie Haag Bletter, Coosje van Bruggen, Mildred Friedman, Joseph Giovannini, Thomas S. Hines, Pilar Vilades. Foreword Henry N. Cobb. Commentaries by Frank Gehry. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A very nice association.
"IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT": FIRST EDITION THE CATCHER IN THE RYE IN A FINE FIRST-ISSUE DUST JACKET
Boston: Little Brown and Company 1951.
First edition of Salinger’s first book. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, original spine bound in the rear of the book. In fine condition. A nice example.
New York and London: The Queen Anne Press; The British Book Centre 1953.
Signed limited issue, number 23 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator Reynolds Stone, from a total edition of 1,000 copies. Quarto, original red morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gray endpapers, top edge gilt. Frontispiece woodcut and title page printed in brown, 3 further woodcuts in text printed in black. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Francis Crick
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1994.
Early printing of this “well-constructed and comprehensive overview of visual neuroscience” (The Washington Post). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Francis Crick on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“Hope springs forever": First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her and Rupert Grint
London: Bloomsbury Books 2008.
First British edition of this wizarding classic. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J. K. Rowling on a Bloomsbury bookplate attached to the front free endpaper. Also, signed by Rupert Grint on the half title page. Grint starred in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe playing as Harry Potter and Emma Watson playing as Hermione Granger. In fine condition without wear. No dust jacket was issued for this title.
Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1975.
First edition of Wilson’s classic work. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrations by Sarah Landry. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For John Rogers Edward O. Wilson, who has added a drawing of an ant. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
First Edition of River: One Man's Journey Down the Colorado, Source to Sea; Inscribed by Colin Fletcher
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1997.
First edition of this epic adventure by Fletcher, a renowned traveler and writer. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 15 maps and 42 photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Jimmie Stanley, Colin Fletcher 6/8/97.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Susan Carroll.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers 1987.
First American edition of Saramago’s first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “To Harold Jose Saramago 29.10.2008.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket art by Giotto. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero.
Rare original carte-de-visite and signature of one of the most influential figures in human history" Charles Darwin
Rare Charles Darwin signature framed with an original carte-de-visite by Herbert Rose Barraud, London. Double matted and framed. The carte-de-visite measures 4 inches by 2.75 inches. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 23 inches. Taken by Barraud in 1881, the present carte-de-visite was likely the last photograph of Darwin, taken one year before his death in 1882. Rare and desirable. A handsome presentation.
New York: The Free Press 1990.
First edition of Porter’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Michael Porter on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by W. Scot Carouge.
"Her own things that's my name": Ntozake Shange's acclaimed theater piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf; signed by her
New York: Macmillan 1977.
First edition of Ntozake Shange’s first work and most acclaimed theater piece, which premiered in 1976. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper with a quote from this work, “Ntozake Shange ‘her own things’ that’s my name.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rubin Pfeffer. Jacket illustration by Paul Davis.