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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.
“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.
“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.
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.
Seattle: University of Washington Press 1974.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. 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.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company 1933.
Early printing of this work which served as an inspiration to Bill Wilson in the rare Art Deco designed dust jacket. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket designed by H. Dean.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
“The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm": Rare Autograph Note Signed by the founder of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale
Rare autograph note signed by the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The note reads, “A verbal answer, please, by messenger, ever yours sincerely, F. Nightingale.” Double matted and framed with an engraved photographic portrait of Nightingale. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 12 inches. A nice presentation.
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home": First Edition of Gary Snyder's First Book Riprap; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
Ashland: Origin Press 1959.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Limited to 500 copies. Inscribed and dated by the author on the title page, “For Peter, Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. Gary Snyder.” In near fine condition, with a non-authorial inscription to one of the pages. Rare and desirable with such a warm inscription.
New York: Random House 1957.
Signed limited first edition, number 153 of 450 copies. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Faulkner. Fine in the original acetate. Housed in a custom slipcase.
“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.
"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 505 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. In fine condition.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company 1960.
First edition of this collection of short stories. Octavo, original half cloth, drawings by Larry Rivers. Boldly signed by the artist Larry Rivers. Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the “Godfather” and “Grandfather” of Pop art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947–48. He earned a BA in art education from New York University in 1951. He was a pop artist of the New York School, reproducing everyday objects of American popular culture as art. He was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery in 1955. During the early 1960s Rivers lived in the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory and where he brought several of his French nouveau réalistes friends like Yves Klein who wrote there in April 1961 his Manifeste de l’hôtel Chelsea, Arman, Martial Raysse, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Christo, Daniel Spoerri or Alain Jacquet, several of whom left, like him, some pieces of art in the lobby of the hotel : for payment of their rooms. In 1965 Rivers had his first comprehensive retrospective in five important American museums. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.