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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
“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.
"The size of an investor's brain is less important than his ability to detach the brain from the emotions": First edition of The Warren Buffett Way; signed by both Warren Buffett and Robert Hagstrom
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1994.
First edition on Robert Hagstrom’s work on the business and investment practices of Warren Buffett. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Warren Buffett on the title page and inscribed by Hagstrom opposite the title page, “For John, The size of an investor’s brain is less important than his ability to detach the brain from the emotions. Best Regards, Robert Hagstrom.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Foreword by Peter Lynch. A unique example.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.