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London: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1756.
Folios, 2 volumes. Bound in half leather over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine. Illustrated with frontispiece and 68 consecutive numbered plates, engraved by Gerhard Vandergucht. In near fine condition. Translated by Charles Jarvis. An excellent set.
“A person's a person, no matter how small": First Edition of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss
New York: Random House, 1954.
First edition of this Dr. Suess work. Quarto, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper, “For Greg Barrett with best wishes Dr. Seuss.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped second issue dust jacket.
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. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some small chips and wear.
First Edition of Joseph Campbell's The Flight of the Wild Gander; Inscribed to fellow writer Richard Adams
New York: The Viking Press, 1969.
First edition of Campbell’s first collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Richard Adams on the occasion of our first meeting- with all good wishes Joseph Campbell 4/19/78.” Best known as the author of Watership Down, English novelist Richard Adams was heavily influenced by American professor Joseph Campbell’s work in comparative mythology, specifically the concept of the monomyth, or journey of the archetypal hero that can be applied as a common template to a range of mythological narratives. Popularized in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell described the narrative pattern of the hero’s journey as follows: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” He and other scholars described the narratives of Odysseus, Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Jesus Christ in terms of the monomyth. Adams’ Watership Down exhibits strong parallels to the epic themes of Homer’s Odyssey, following a group of anthropomorphised rabbits who encounter perils and temptations on their journey to establish a new home after their warren is destroyed. Bookplate of Richard Adams, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jules Maidoff.
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
New York : Harper Collins, 1990.
First edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.
“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!”: Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin
Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches. Rare and desirable.
First Edition of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy: Northern Lights; Warmly inscribed by Him
London: Scholastic, 1995.
First edition of Pullman’s first book in his acclaimed Dark Materials trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Robert, in the hope that you’ll enjoy this fantasy Philip Pullman.” Fine in a fine first issue dust-jacket with ‘Point’ on spine and ‘7-9 Pratt Street on lower rear jacket flap. Jacket illustration by David Scutt. Author photograph by Robin Matthews.
"Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force - an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares": First Edition of Rosser Reeves' Reality in Advertising; Signed by Him
New York: Borzoi/ Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.
First trade edition, published after the privately printed Ted Bates edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, slipcase. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With a promise that this is a very short, short book! Rosser Reeves Oct 8, 1962. Fine in the original glassine wrapper in a fine slipcase. Rare signed.
"A Good public Servant Becomes so at a high cost of personal sacrifice": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts Classic Work You Learn By Living; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1960.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s classic work on how to discover life’s lessons. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Name on the half-title page, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Dr. David Gurewitsch. Rare signed, as Roosevelt passed away in 1962.
"To know Indians was to take a delight in people as people; every encounter was an adventure": First Editions of each volume in Naipaul's India Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
An Area of Darkness: An Experience of India; India: A Wounded Civilization and India: A Million Mutinies Now.
London: Andre Deutsch, 1964-1990.
First editions of each of the author’s works in his acclaimed Indian Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Each volume is signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets.
"Hands up," said Lasher almost gaily. "Forward March": First Edition of Player Piano; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a Self-Caricature
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Jacket design by George W. Thompson.
"One of the major works in the development of contemporary criticism and philosophy": First Edition of Jacques Derridas Of Grammatology; Signed by Him
Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974.
First edition in English of this foundational text in deconstructive criticism. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Jacques Derrida on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Originally published in French as De La Grammatologie. Uncommon, especially signed.
First Edition of Theres No Such Thing As A Free Lunch; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Milton Friedman
Chicago, Illinois: Open Court Publishing Company, 1975.
First edition of a collection of key writings by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, “one of the 20th century’s leading economic scholars, on a par with giants like John Maynard Keynes and Paul Samuelson… [and] spiritual heir to Adam Smith” (New York Times). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Milton Friedman Nov. 6, 1976.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bud Edmondson.
Rare original photograph of a young Charlie Chaplin. Signed by Chaplin beneath his portrait, “Faithfully Chas Chaplin.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches by 5 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Stranger
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell.
Indianapolis/ New York : Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1974.
Twenty-fifth Anniversary edition of Ayn Rand’s first major literary success. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Demetria Ridosh -Cordially- Ayn Rand 10/23/75.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears and small chips. Jacket design by Adelson & Eichinger, Inc. Front cover painting by Frank O’Connor.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1960.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s classic work on how to discover life’s lessons. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Tear to the front panel, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Dr. David Gurewitsch. Rare signed, as Roosevelt passed away in 1962. A very nice signed example.
"You discover a tricky thing about fiction writing; a certain amount of vanity is necessary to be able to do it all, but any vanity above that certain amount is lethal": First Edition of Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction; Signed by David Foster Wallace
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.
First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by contributor David Foster Wallace on the front free endpaper. The essay contributed to this volume is one of his finest, titled, “The Nature of the Fun”, which is a meditation on why writers write, encrusted in Wallace’s signature blend of self-conscious despondency. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fulbrook III. Rare and desirable signed by Foster Wallace, this is the first example we have seen.
"ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN A GREAT WRITER AND A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER EVER PUBLISHED": Scarce First Edition of The Sweet Flypaper of Life; Lengthily inscribed by Langston Hughes
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955.
First edition of the classic collaboration between Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes. Small octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Langston Hughes on the front free endpaper, “Especially for Lucian Stanton whose photographs I very much enjoyed seeing- Sincerely- Langston Hughes New York Feb. 23, 1960.” An excellent example in the original dust jacket. Roth 101, Parr & Badger, The Photobook I, 242; The Open Book, 160. The hardcover is much more uncommon than the wrapper edition.
“Hope springs forever": First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her and Rupert Grint
London: Bloomsbury Books, 2008.
First British edition of this wizarding classic. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J. K. Rowling on a Bloomsbury bookplate attached to the front free endpaper. Also, signed by Rupert Grint on the half title page. Grint starred in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe playing as Harry Potter and Emma Watson playing as Hermione Granger. In fine condition without wear. No dust jacket was issued for this title.