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New York & Company: W.W. Norton 2005.
First edition of this omnibus edition celebrating a great scientific mind and a legendary American original including a live recording. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Freeman Dyson on the title page, who contributed the foreword. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Includes the commemorative CD.
First edition of Norman Cohn's classic work The Pursuit of the Millennium; Inscribed by Him in the year of publication
London: Secker & Warburg 1957.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Joan with love from Norman December 1957.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears to the crown. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
First Edition of Alfred Russel Wallace's Darwinism: An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection with Some of its Applications
London: Macmillan and Co 1889.
First edition of Wallace’s assessment of Darwin’s Origin of Species. Octavo, original cloth. Frontispiece portrait of Wallace with tissue guard, illustrated, folding map of The World on Mercator’s Projection in three colors. In good condition.
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.
"Wandering between two worlds, one lost, the other powerless to be born": First Edition of Changing Places; Signed by David Lodge
London: Secker & Warburg 1975.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by David Lodge on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light toning to the spine. A very bright example of a book that is prone to significant fading.
"Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England": Signed First Edition of The Cider House Rules
New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc 1985.
First edition of Irving’s sixth novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “For my biggest fan John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company 1959.
First edition of Wouk’s classic introduction to Judaism. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For David and Dan in memory of Uncle Alex Herman Wouk. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Robert Galster.
First Editions of Each Novel in Frederick Buechner's Book of Bebb Quartet; Each Volume Signed by Him
New York: Atheneum 1971-1977.
First editions of each novel in the author’s acclaimed Book of Bebb quartet. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Each book is inscribed and dated by the author. Each are in excellent condition in dust jackets that show only light wear. A very sharp set.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2015.
First edition of the compilation of Murakami’s first two novels. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Haurki Murakami on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Ted Gossen.
“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode": Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story; Inscribed by Him
New York: Miramax Books 2006.
Early printing of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Thorn and Edith- Thank you! Enjoy Ned Vizzini NedVizzini.com.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Number Seventeen. Jacket illustration by Abigail Smith.
London: John Murray 1838.
First edition of the companion volume to Lyell’s pioneering work, Principles of Geology. Octavo, elegantly bound in full morocco by Bayntun-Riviere with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments, green morocco spine label, gilt ruling to the spine, front and real panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Engraved frontispiece in color of an ideal section of the earth’s crust explaining the theory of the contemporaneous origin of the four great classes of rocks with tissue guard, engraved illustrations throughout the text. With the original paper spine label bound in at rear. From the library of Johnathan M. Himmelhoch, Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry at the Universtiy of Pittsburgh, with his library imprint to the dedication page. In fine condition.
New York: Atheneum 1968.
First edition, sixth printing, published a few months after the first of the Watson’s ground-breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Signed by James D. Watson on the title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some wear and tears. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg.
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. In very good condition with light rubbing.
"The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other": First Edition of Between the Woods and the Water; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
London: John Murray 1986.
First British edition of the author’s second book in the author’s trilogy that began with A Time of Gifts. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by John Craxton. A very sharp example.
New York: Random House 1956.
First edition of this early journalistic work by Capote. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Jarrett Fadem with the good wishes of Truman Capote.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Philip Grushkin.