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"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools": First American Edition of The HitchHiker's Guide To the Galaxy; Inscribed by Douglas Adams
New York: Harmony Books 1979.
First American edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ron Best Wishes Douglas Adams.” Remainder mark, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by Peter Cross. Jacket typography by Ken Sansone.
"There's no one thing that's true. It's all true": First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls in the Original First-Issue Dust Jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1940.
First edition with the Scribners A of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original beige cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographer’s name on the rear panel with some light professional restoration.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First British Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Outsider
London: Hamish Hamilton 1946.
First British edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece, which was translated as The Stranger in the United States. Introduction by Cyril Connolly. Octavo, original cloth. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Bookplate of British poet and publisher Felix Dennis, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Edward Bawden. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
London: Printed for Thomas Brown 1765.
First edition in English of Voltaire’s Pocket Dictionary of Philosophy. Octavo, full period calf, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, all edges red. In good condition.
New York: Oxford University Press 1954.
First edition of this work by one of the great modernist architects of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Adlai Stevenson hope and inspiration of his countrymen cordially Richard Neutra 54.” The recipient, Adlai Ewing Stevenson, was an American politician and diplomat noted for his promotion of progressive causes in the Democratic Party. He served as the 31st Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, and received the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in the 1952 and 1956 elections. Adlai Stevenson’s ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips and wear. A nice association.
A Dictionary of the English Language Exhibiting the Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definition of Words According to the Prevailing Usage of Correct Writers and Speakers.
London and Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers 1861.
First edition of Cooley’s Dictionary of the English language. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, black spine label, raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers. Author’s preface. In very good condition.
"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness": First Edition of The Architecture of Frank Gehry; Inscribed by Frank Gehry
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. Inscribed by Frank Gehry on the title page. 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.
London: Picador 1998.
First hardcover edition of this modern cult classic. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bret Easton Ellis on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear and toning to the spine.
“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. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott 1971.
First edition of Baldwin’s emotional response to American racism juxtaposed with Mead’s logical analysis of a social scientist. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by James Baldwin on the dedication page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
"You're out of your mind, Charlie Brown!" Rare collection of fourteen Charles M. Schulz first editions
New York and Toronto: Rinehart & Company, Inc 1957-1971.
Rare collection of 14 Peanuts first editions. Octavos, 14 volumes, titles include You’re Out of Your Mind, Charlie Brown!; Snoopy, Come Home; It’s a Dog’s Life, Charlie Brown; and Good Ol’ Charlie Brown. Each volume is in fine condition. A charming set.
"Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing": Original check signed by the "Oracle of Omaha" Warren E. Buffett
Original check signed by legendary investor Warren E. Buffett. Dated July 15, 1997 the check is paid to the order of Synergy Communications and signed by Buffett. Double matted and framed with a photograph of him. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 14.25 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Buffett.
“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all": Signed Photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru
Signed photograph of the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed and dated by Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru 1957.” Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Nehru, dated 21st June 1957 , and addressed to Mr. Tore Johansen which reads, ‘Dear friend, I have received you letter of the 20th June 1957 for which I thank you. I am sending you a photograph of mine. With all good wishes to you, “Yours sincerely Jawaharlal Nehru.”‘ In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.5 inches by 4.75 inches.
Easton Press 1991.
First easton press edition. Octavo, original full leather, with raised bands and titles to the spine and front panel in gilt, all edges gilt. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul A. Samuelson on the title page. Samuelson contributed the introduction to this volume. In fine condition.
New York: HarperCollins 2006.
Early printing of Cohen’s provocative book of poetry. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass on the title page. American composer Philip Glass is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. Glass collaborated with Cohen on the musical performance adaptation of Book of Longing which premiered in June 2007 in Toronto. Glass composed the piece for seven instruments and a vocal quartet, is additionally contained recorded spoken word performances by Cohen and imagery from his collection. Fine in a fine dust jacket.