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"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.
Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
"What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same": First Edition of Midnights Children; Signed by Salman Rushdie
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.
First edition of the author’s Booker Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Salman Rushdie on the title page. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Fine in a fine dust jacket that shows a closed tear but without any sunning to the spine panel. A very sharp example.
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.
"It is easy to consider man unique among living organisms": First Edition of Watson's Molecular Biology of the Gene; Signed by Him
New York: W.A. Benjamin, Inc, 1965.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist’s first book. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed “J.D. Watson” on the title page (as his custom with this book, as that is how it appears on the title page). Editor’s foreword by Cyrus Levinthal. In very good condition. Uncommon signed.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First edition, second printing of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the spine panel bright and with light wear to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Kenneth Lewis.
"And people with obsessions, reflected Bond, were blind to danger": First edition of Ian Flemings Moonraker; Signed by Henry Blofeld
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First edition, first issue with “shoo” for “shoot” on page 10 of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest.
Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Henry Blofeld on front free endpaper. Blofeld is the son of Thomas Robert Calthorpe Blofeld (1903-1986) who attended Eton with Fleming and who’s name is believed to be the inspiration for the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with the spine panel bright and with light wear to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Kenneth Lewis. A nice association.
"Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love": First Edition of Reinhold Niebuhr's classic work Moral Man and Immoral Society
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light shelfwear to the extremities. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981.
First edition of the historian’s National Book-Award winning biography on Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David McCullough in a contemporary hand on half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Mantel. A very bright example.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference”: ROBERT FROST'S MOUNTAIN INTERVAL; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1921.
First edition of the 1921 edition of this collection of poems, which features Frost’s, “The Road Not Taken.” Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Frost. Signed by the author on the title page, “Robert Frost San Antonio Nov 20, 1922.” Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a good dust jacket.
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.
“STRUGGLE IS A NEVER ENDING PROCESS. FREEDOM IS NEVER REALLY WON, YOU EARN IT AND WIN IT IN EVERY GENERATION”: FIRST EDITION OF MY LIFE WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; Inscribed by Coretta Scott King
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.
First edition of Coretta Scott King’s autobiography, which recounts the history of the Civil Rights Movement and offers an inside look at Dr. King, his sermons and speeches. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Don with love and gratitude Coretta Scott King.” Some light stains to the page edges in near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Reed.
“You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end": First Edition of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch; Signed by Him With the original prospectus
New York: Grove Press, Inc, 1962.
First American edition, first issue jacket with no zip code on rear panel and no roman numerals on lower spine near back panel of Burroughs’ classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William S. Burroughs on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Included is the original prospectus issued by Grove Press prior to publication. Photograph of Burroughs on the rear panel by Martha Rocher. An exceptional example, scarce with the original prospectus.
"The strangest prose-poet Russia ever produced": First British Edition of Nabokov's Nikolai Gogol; Signed by Him
London: Editions Poetry London, 1947.
First British edition of Nabokov’s criticism of the work of Russian literary master Nikolai Gogol. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Vladimir Nabokov on the front free endpaper. From the library of Rona Kass, who was a student at Cornell University, where Nabokov taught in the 1950s. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Gogol. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed Twice by Her
London: J.M. Dent Sons, 1963.
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed twice by Mary Oliver, once on the half-title page and again on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by John Andrew. A very nice example.
First Edition of The Nobel Lectures in Medicine 1942-1962; Signed by Francis Crick, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins
Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company, 1964.
First edition of this collection of Nobel Lectures in physiology or medicine from the years 1942-1962. Thick Octavo, original yellow cloth. Signed by all three Nobel Prize-winning scientists Francis Crick, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins on the title page. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962, “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.”Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears and toning to the spine. An exceptional piece signed by these Nobel Prize-winning scientists.
"All this life, must be life, since it is so much like a dream": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo
London: Harper & Brothers, 1904.
First edition of what many consider to be Conrad’s masterpiece, one of 2000 copies. Octavo, original blue cloth stamped in gilt. An excellent near fine example with some light rubbing, spine gilt nice and bright, armorial bookplate to the front free endpaper. A very nice example.
"All this life, must be life, since it is so much like a dream": Early Printing of Joseph Conrad's Masterpiece Nostromo
London: Harper & Brothers, 1905.
Early printing of Conrad’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth stamped in gilt. In very good condition.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968.
First edition, Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “To ______ I am happy that this book was of such an interest for you. Thanks for telling me and very best wishes Pierre Boulez.”
"the brave adventurer, the good companion, my love": First Edition of Nothing More To Declare; Inscribed by John Clellon Holmes to His Wife
New York: E.P. Dutton , 1967.
First edition of this notable assessment of the literature of the Beats and their contemporaries, with essays on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gershon Legman and Jay Landesman. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to his wife on the front free endpaper, “For Shirley- the brave adventurer, the good companion, my love- John Feb. 3, 1967.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Omin. An exceptional association copy.