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The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated: Being an Appendix to the Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit. To which is added An Answer to the Letters on Materialism, and on Hartley’s Theory of the Mind.
London: J. Johnson 1777.
First edition of one of the major metaphysical works of 18th-century British polymath Joseph Priestley, which influenced the 19th-century utilitarians John Stuart Mill and Herbert Spencer. Octavo, bound in three quarters 19th century calf over marbled boards, all edges marbled. In excellent condition, contemporary name on the title page, a nice clean example.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference": The Road Not Taken; Inscribed by Robert Frost
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1961.
First edition, early printing of this collection which includes Frost’s most recognizable poem: The Road Not Taken. Octavo, original green cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Nancy Yemmestad from Robert Frost Breadloaf VT 1961.” In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live": First Edition of The White Album; Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Simon and Schuster 1979.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Robert Anthony.
"I feel that my whole life is a contribution"; FIRST EDITION OF THE INCOMPLEAT SINGER; SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY LEGENDARY FOLKSINGER PETE SEEGER
New York: Simon & Schuster 1972.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Robert! Pete Seeger.”Seeger has also drawn a picture of a banjo. Edited by Jo Metclaf Schwartz. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell 1971.
First edition. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. With the original die cuts present. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. A very sharp example.
"Her own things that's my name": Ntozake Shange's acclaimed theater piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf; signed by her
New York: Macmillan 1977.
First edition of Ntozake Shange’s first work and most acclaimed theater piece, which premiered in 1976. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper with a quote from this work, “Ntozake Shange ‘her own things’ that’s my name.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rubin Pfeffer. Jacket illustration by Paul Davis.
Paris: André Sauret 1965.
Deluxe illustrated Sauret edition of the works of Guillaume Apollinaire. Quartos, 5 volumes, bound in full black pebbled morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with colored engravings. Limited edition, one of 95 sets produced, this is number 88. Each volume housed in the original custom marbled slipcase. In near fine condition.
"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.
Rare First Edition of this "comprehensive survey of current mechanism, practice, and theory" Stock Market Theory and Practice
New York: B.C. Forbes 1930.
First edition, second printing of the first of Schabacker’s three major works on the stock market. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some rubbing and wear.
"Constantinople is the golden bridge thrown between the west and the east, and Western civilization cannot, like the sun, go round the world without passing that bridge": First Edition in English of Karl Marx's The Eastern Question
London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co 1897.
First edition in English of this collection of letters and articles by Karl Marx dealing with the events of the Crimean War. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, folding map in color at rear. Edited by Eleanor Marx Aveling and Edward Aveling. In very good condition with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
"Separation Your absence has gone through me Like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color": First Edition of the Collected Poems of W.S. Merwin in Two Volumes; Each Signed by Him
New York: Library of America 2013.
First edition of the collected poems of this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Octavo, original black cloth, two volumes. Both volumes are signed by W.S. Merwin on the title page. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 1957.
First edition of Kuhn’s classic treatise. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some rubbing. Foreword by James Bryant Conant.
New York: Hill and Wang 1962.
First American edition of Wiesel’s third book in his acclaimed Night Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Saul Lambert. Translated from the French by Anne Borchardt. A very sharp example.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 1958.
First edition of this work of striking originality. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example, scarce in this condition.
"In war, as in love, he was a fearless, happy-go-lucky adventurer": First Edition of Galapagos; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a Self-Caricature
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence 1985.
First edition of Vonnegut’s eleventh novel, which questions the merit of the human brain from an evolutionary perspective. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelf wear. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Jacket illustration by Jeffrey Adams.
New York: Harper Collins 2005.
First edition of this biography of Thomas Jefferson. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Comrade Mike Christopher Hitchens.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.