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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.
Paris: Librarie Gallimard 1962-65.
The Librarie Gallimard deluxe illustrated limited edition set of the complete works of Albert Camus. Quartos, 7 volumes, bound in full red morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, elaborately illustrated with original colored lithographs by Garbell and others. One of only 200 copies produced with a signed and numbered lithograph. In fine condition. Each volume housed in a custom silk and vellum slipcase.
"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.
“Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade": First Edition of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles; Signed by Haruki Murakami and Illustrator Chip Kidd
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1997.
First edition of Murakami’s heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page and additionally signed by the jacket illustrator Chip Kidd. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.
“Hope springs forever": First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her and Rupert Grint
London: Whizz Hard Books/ Lumos 2016.
First British edition of this edition of both Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Octavo, original boards.Both volumes are signed by J. K. Rowling. Quidditch is signed on the front free endpaper and Tales of Beedle the Bard is signed on the half title page. In near fine condition, with the original slipcase. These copies were signed at the premier of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rare and desirable signed by Rowling.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers 1987.
First American edition of Saramago’s first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Jose Saramago 1.2006.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Giotto. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero.
"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.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc 1971.
First edition of Ben-Gurion’s Israel: A Personal History. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by David Ben-Gurion on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition, owner signature to the half-title page.
"What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?": First Edition of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts; Signed by Antonin Scalia
St. Paul, MN : Thomson/ West 2012.
First edition of this work, which offers concise, articulate and reasoned discussions on reading and interpreting law. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Antonin Scalia on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Frank H. Easternbrook.
"Maybe you could show me how to let go, Lower my guard, Learn to be free. Maybe if you whistle, Whistle for me": First Edition of Anyone Can Whistle; Inscribed by both Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim
New York: Random House 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly Inscribed by both Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim. Fine in a near fine bright jacket without the fading usually encountered with the spine.
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.
“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.
FIRST BRITISH EDITION OF LIFETIMES UNDER APARTHEID; SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID GOLDBLATT AND NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR NADINE GORDIMER
London: Jonathan Cape 1986.
First British edition of the photographer’s second collaboration with novelist Nadine Gordimer. Quarto, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by both David Goldblatt and Nadine Gordimer on the title page.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1957.
First edition of Bradbury’s semi-autobiographical novel. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sid – with admiration for a fellow teller-of-tales! from Ray Bradbury July 15, 1958.” The recipient, Sidney L. Stebel is an American writer, creative writing teacher, filmographer and was a personal friend of Bradbury’s. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Robert Vickrey. Jacket photograph by Bonny Adler.
"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting": First Edition of The Alchemist; Signed by Paulo Coelho
San Francisco: Harper Collins 1993.
First edition in English of Coelho’s classic work, which has been translated into over 70 languages. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Joe Collins: love is the guide. Paulo Coelho.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michele Wetherbee. Translated by Alan R. Clarke.