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First Edition of Roald Dahl's The Gremlins; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket; Inscribed by Bill Justice With a Large Drawing
New York: Random House, 1943.
First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Disney animator Bill Justice on the half-title page with a large drawing of a Gremlin, “Sorry Ray That’s a lousy Gremlin Bill Justice.” Justice joined Walt Disney Studios as an animator in 1937 and worked on such features as Fantasia, The Three Caballeros, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. He is arguably best known as the animator of the rabbit Thumper from Bambi and chipmunks Chip ‘n Dale. He was the director of The Truth About Mother Goose, Noah’s Ark, and A Symposium On Popular Songs, all of which were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Short Subject, Cartoon. In total, Justice worked on 57 shorts and 19 features. Good in the rare original dust jacket with some chips and wear.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 111721
New York: Hyperion Books , 2003.
First edition of the author’s third book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Linda Greenlaw on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Rose.
Price: $30.00 Item Number: 116114
“As I hear him, I understand that he's not more moronic because of the brandy than he is because of his cowardice”: First Edition of Leaf Storm and Other Stories; Signed by both Gabriel Garcia Marquez and translator Gregory Rabassa
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972.
First edition with the statement of first edition to the copyright page and the full number line on the final page of this early collection of stories by Garcia Marquez. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 118624
"Signed for whoever buys this book to aid the cause of peace": Theodore Dreiser's America is Worth Saving; Inscribed by Him
New York: Modern Age Books, 1941.
First edition, second printing of this work by the author of Carrie. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Signed for whoever buys this book to aid the cause of peace by Theodore Dreiser Hollywood. April- 1941.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 112359
Long Walk to Freedom; Signed by Three Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. De Klerk
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of this classic autobiography, which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page (translated from Afrikaans to English), “To Lieutenant Colonel Jan de Wet, Compliments and Best Wishes to a competent and experienced pilot NMandela 10.5.95.” This was signed on the first anniversary of Mandela’s inauguration as President. Additionally signed by fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 112377
London: Jonathan Cape, 1969.
First edition of this work, which examines how the biological nature of the human species has shaped the character of the cultures of the contemporary world. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Desmond Morris on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket, small name.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 101898
Color photograph of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, boldly signed by him. The photograph measures 5 inches by 3.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 112958
“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.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 112492
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.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 112748
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.”
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 112740
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928.
Signed limited first edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning author, this is number 274. Quarto, original boards. Signed by Eugene O’Neill. Illustrated by Alexander King. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 117631
“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.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 112498
"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.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 112308
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.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 112444
"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.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 112477
"This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
First edition with “A-3.64[H]” present on copyright page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket painting of Pont Neuf, Paris by Hildegard Rath. An exceptional example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 112443
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.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 114942
"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.
Price: $2,450.00 Item Number: 114722
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.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 114264
“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.
Price: $28,000.00 Item Number: 114832
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.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 114778
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.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 114674
New York: The Viking Press, 1974.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 118732