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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.
First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; From the Library of Fellow Novelist Zane Grey
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth, with 174 illustrations by Edward W. Kemble. The author Zane Grey’s copy, with his blindstamp to the front free endpaper and first blank. Contains all the agreed upon first issue points for the clothbound book: page 9 with “Decided” remaining uncorrected (to “Decides”); page 13, illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads “with the was,” instead of “with the saw”. Other points of bibliographical interest included in this copy are the frontispiece portrait without cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven; page 155 with a larger final “5”; page 161, no signature mark “11”. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155), MacDonnell concludes, “they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process” (“Huck Finn” Firsts Magazine). An exceptional association copy linking these two great American writers. Housed in a full morocco clamshell case.
"We will not forget you, we will not dishonor you, we will remember and be glad that you lived among us, that you taught us, and that you loved us all": First Edition of His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute; Signed by Maya Angelou
New York: Random House, 2014.
First edition of this tribute to Nelson Mandela. Small octavo, original boards. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Joy Maya Angelou.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anna Bauer.
"I have sought a human society reduced to its most basic expression": First Edition of Claude-Levi Strauss' A World on the the Wane; Inscribed by Him
New York: Criterion Books, 1961.
First American edition of Levi-Strauss’ experience among tribes in Brazil. Octavo, original brown boards, illustrated with 48 pages of photographs and 48 line drawings. Inscribed by Claude Levi-Strauss on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear to the extremities. Translated from the French by John Russell.
New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2014.
First edition. Small octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by both Robert Haas and Edward O. Wilson (who has drawn a picture of an ant) on the half-title page.
"ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY AND PERHAPS THE BEST KNOWN SINCE DARWIN:FIRST EDITION OF MISMEASURE OF MAN, SIGNED BY STEPHEN JAY GOULD
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1981.
First edition of Gould’s powerful challenge to views “of intelligence as a single thing, called IQ.” Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Stephen Jay Gould on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Jay J. Smith.
First Edition of The Charm of Physics; Warmly Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Sheldon Glashow
New York: American Institute of Physics, 1991.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s collection of essays. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Steve Moore, Thanks for a fun interview Sheldon Lee Glashow.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. With review material laid in.
New York: Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2014.
First edition of this fantasy novella by George R.R. Martin. Octavo, original boards, pictorial endpapers. Signed by George R.R. Martin on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art and illustrations throughout by Luis Royo.
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge": First Editions of Each Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Series; Each volume Signed by George R.R. Martin
The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire Saga:] A Game of Thrones; A Clash of Kings; A Storm of Swords; A Feast for Crows; A Dance with Dragons.
New York: Bantam, 1996-2011.
First editions of each of the five volumes in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, five volumes, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Each volume is signed by the author, George R.R. Martin on the title page. Each volume is fine in near fine to fine dust jackets.
New York: Pittman Publishing, 1965.
First printing of the tenth edition of this classic work, which was the first time it was completely revised by Evans. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by chess grandmaster Larry Evans on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
"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: Doubleday & Company, 1958.
First American edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Although not marked this copy is from the library of travel collector, Mary Anna Marten, who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum.
New York: Monacelli Press, 1995.
First edition of this work, which combines essays, manifestos, diaries, fairy tales, travelogues on the contemporary city. Thick octavo, original silver boards with yellow lettering to the spine and frontispiece, illustrated throughout. Signed by both Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau. In very good condition that shows light wear. Issued without a dust jacket.
New York: Rizzoli, 1991.
First edition. Folio, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by Daniel Libeskind on the title page.