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First Edition of George Saunders' CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella; Lengthily Inscribed by Him with Drawings
New York: Random House, 1996.
First edition of Saunders’ acclaimed first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author with three drawings, covering two pages, with the added words, “Don’t think of yourself as a surrogate would, think of yourself as an entrepreneur of the physical. George Saunders.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter. A unique example.
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: Scarce first Edition of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936.
Scarce first edition, first printing of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with a child’s hand-colored illustrations throughout the first 95 pages. A unique example, illustrating the universal appeal of this important work. First printings are scarce.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1936.
First edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his publisher, “To Herbert Bristol with an authors acknowledgement to his publisher Robert Frost 1936.” Bristol was the president and publisher at the Henry Holt and Company. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional association.
“Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant": First Edition of John Muir's Travels in Alaska; From the Library of Moorfield Storey
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915.
First edition of this classic work by Muir. Octavo, original grey cloth lettered in white, color illustrated paper cover label, top edge gilt. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including frontispiece with tissue-guard. From the library of Moorfield Storey, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Story was a lawyer, anti-imperial activist, and civil rights leader based in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Storey’s biographer, William B. Hixson, Jr., he had a worldview that embodied “pacifism, anti-imperialism, and racial egalitarianism fully as much as it did laissez-faire and moral tone in government.” Storey served as the founding president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), serving from 1909 to his death in 1929. In near fine condition. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
“They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation”: Rare First Edition in Spanish of the Authors Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the dedication page, “Para Leonard, con todo el afecto, Gabo.” In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.
Fine collection of Ronald Reagan Presidential gift accessories including a pair of cuff links and a lapel pin bearing the Presidential Eagle and Crest seal and a fountain pen bearing Reagan’s signature in facsimile. Each piece is housed in the original gift box with Reagan’s signature stamped in gilt to the box cover. In fine condition with the pen requiring a nib insert. A handsome collection.
"I'm making myself seek to find the wild form, that can grow with my wild heart": Signed Limited First Edition of Jack Kerouac's Visions of Cody
New York: New Directions, 1960.
Signed limited first edition of this novel by the author of On The Road. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Jack Kerouac, this is number 472. Near fine in the original acetate dust jacket, with the original prospectus laid in.
Rare George H. W. Bush Vice Presidential Fountain Pen bearing Bush’s signature in facsimile. Housed in the original pen box bearing the seal of the Vice President of the United States. In fine condition requiring the nib insert.
"In keeping with the hacker ethic, no artificial boundaries were maintained": First Edition of Hackers, Signed by Steven Levy and Founder of Artificial Intelligence Marvin Minsky
New York: Anchor Press/ Doubelday, 1984.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily signed by the author on the half-title page, “In keeping with the hacker ethic, no artificial boundaries were maintained. Best Steven Levy.” Additionally signed by Marvin Minsky on the half-title page, whose influence weighs heavily in this volume. Minsky won the Turing Award (the greatest distinction in computer science) in 1969, the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1982, the Japan Prize in 1990, the IJCAI Award for Research Excellence for 1991, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute for 2001. In 2006, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum “for co-founding the field of artificial intelligence, creating early neural networks and robots, and developing theories of human and machine cognition.” In 2011, Minsky was inducted into IEEE Intelligent Systems’ AI Hall of Fame for the “significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems.” In 2014, Minsky won the Dan David Prize for “Artificial Intelligence, the Digital Mind”. He was also awarded with the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by David Tamura. A unique example, rare and desirable signed by Minsky, the founder of AI.
New York: The Viking Press, 1939.
First American edition, one of 6000 copies printed. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light expert restoration to the extremities.
"Art is something out of the ordinary commenting on the ordinary": First Edition of the Authors Classic Work Sexual Personae; Inscribed by Camille Paglia to close personal friend and smith college professor Ronald MacDonald prior to publication
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.
First edition of the author’s ground-breaking work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to close personal friend Ronald MacDonald, Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College, prior to publication on the front free endpaper, “For Ron – Love, Camille December 1989.” Laid in is the original transmittal letter on Paglia’s Philadelphia University of Arts letterhead dated December 18, 1989 which reads, “Ron! Book to be released Feb. 14 (macabre joke from Yale Press??) Feminists will surely froth! – or so predicts Il Bloom – C.” Also laid in is a Bowdoin College postcard from Paglia to MacDonald at Smith College dated December 12, 1994 which reads in part, “RON!!!!!! Frenzy here – was on tour for weeks and weeks. 1) the Lesbian Avowee was Barbara Johnson – but yes La Carsen has been trifling with African-Am studies as well – in her drop books (Those two will ride any trend!) 2) yes, indeed I was present a Friedman’s speech vs. Vail Parks! As you see, I started a fashion for getting fired from Bennington!…” Also laid in is a flyer from a reading at the New York State Writers Institute on November 8, 1990 and a photocopied article of a review of the work published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A remarkable association copy offering intimate insight into the overwhelming reception surrounding the publication of this landmark feminist work and the feminist academic culture of the 1990s.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be": First Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloombsbury, 2000.
First British edition of Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Giles Greenfield. Cover design by Richard Horne.
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of American Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. One page folded on Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts letterhead, the letter is dated March 20, 1900 and reads, “Dear Mr. Ernst, I have meditated prayerfully on your kind suggestion that I should deliver the next 4th of July Oration and I think I ought not to attempt it. I shrink from assuming extra burdens at present and I have not so definite a sense of having something particular to say as to overcome the fear of avoidable fatigue. I write to you and not to his Honor the Mayor because you spoke to me. May I beg you to convince him that I am very humbled by the honor of the very suggestion. Sincerely your O.W. Holmes.”
Rare large etching of Albert Einstein done by well-known artist Erich Buttner. Signed by both Einstein and Buttner. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 15 inches. An exceptional piece. In the 1920s he created a series of portraits of his friends and fellow artists including Lovis Corinth, George Grosz, Arno Holz and Heinrich Zille. He produced a very fine book of exlibris (bookplates) in Berlin 1921. This very rare book contains the exlibris of Albert Einstein 1917, probably Einstein’s only bookplate. The etching measures 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.75 inches by 15.75 inches.
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; One of 100 Numbered Copies Signed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram, number 95 of a 100 numbered copies. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions.