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"May you always have fair winds and sunny skies": Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People; Signed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936.
Early printing of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Dale Carnegie on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $800.00 Item Number: 116322
First Edition of Rawlings' Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Yearling; Inscribed by Her in the Year of Publication
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Mark David Corser with good wishes Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings April 1938.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed, especially in the year of publication.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 116898
First Edition of Helen Keller's journal 1936-1937; Inscribed by Her To Publishing executive and editor
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1938.
First edition of Keller’s journals. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to publishing executive and editor, “To Mr. Harry Maule, With grateful thanks for his loyal friendship, Cordially, Helen Keller, April 4th 1938.” In near fine condition. Foreword by Nella Braddy.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 116533
“My name is now Christian, but my name used to be Graceless”: Finely Bound illustrated edition of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
London : George Routledge and Sons Ltd, 1892.
Elaborately bound example of one of the most significant works of religious English literature, Pilgrim’s Progress. Octavo, bound in full morocco, pictorial cover inlay, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, silk ribbon, illustrated with 12 colored plates including frontispiece plus 110 additional illustrations by J.D. Watson. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 116352
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Muriel Sutman nous ne sommes pas des étrangers, Albert Camus.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years.
Price: $37,500.00 Item Number: 116373
"With Much Love": First Edition of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1974.
First edition of Baldwin’s fifth novel, a love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Heidi:- with much love. Jimmy.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Braswell. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116354
Boston: Beacon Press, 1957.
First edition of one of the most important books on the social sciences since the Second World War. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A very sharp example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 116165
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 116275
"Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Signed by by J.K. Rowling and signed by 14 Harry Potter actors
London : Bloomsbury, 2003.
First edition of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, signed by J.K. Rowling and by 14 Harry Potter actors. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated by Mary Grandpre. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Additionally signed on the half-title page by the fourteen cast members featured in the Harry Potter film series, including: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid, the half-giant), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Jessica Hynes (Mafalda Hopkirk), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley). Fine in a fine dust jacket. A unique example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 116274
"The hell with it ...let chaos reign ...louder music, more wine ...All the old traditions are exhausted and no new one is yet established. All bets are off! The odds are cancelled! It's anybody's ballgame": First Edition of The New Journalism; Signed by Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion and Michael Herr
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973.
First edition of this anthology of new journalism. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion and Michael Herr on the title page. This work includes selections by Truman Capote (from In Cold Blood), Joan Didion (from Slouching Towards Bethlehem), Michael Herr (Khesanh), Terry Southern (Twirling at Ole Miss), Hunter S. Thompson (The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved), Norman Mailer (from Armies of the Night), Tom Wolfe (from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test), George Plimpton (from Paper Lion), among others. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 116398
"This is the best of my books You can toss the rest": First Edition of Disturbing the Universe; Inscribed by Freeman Dyson
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of this autobiography by one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily and uniquely inscribed by Freeman Dyson on the title page, “For ___ ___ Freeman Dyson February 2010 This is the best of my books You can toss the rest.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 116182
First edition of the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
First printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 116511
"Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value, elly judgments of all kinds remain necessary": First Edition of Albert Einsteins The Evolution of Physics; Inscribed by Him to Dr. Leonard Rowntree
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.
First edition of this classic work, which traces the development of ideas in physics. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Rowntree with kindest regards A. Einstein 1941.” The recipient, Dr. Leonard Rowntree is most well known for pioneering kidney research including the Rowntree test for kidney function; dialysis; the intravenous pyelogram and plasmapheresis. He joined Dr. John J. Abel at Johns Hopkins University in 1907, and in 1912 they developed the first artificial kidney, in the form of the dialysis machine. Rowntree would later move to the Mayo Clinic and is widely credited with creating the research tradition there. In 1946, President Harry Truman awarded Rowntree the Medal for Merit for his work as chief of the medical division of the Selective Service System from 1940 to 1945. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 116740
"The Truth Will Set You Free. But Not Until It Is Finished With You": First Edition Of The Authors Magnum Opus; Inscribed By David Foster Wallace
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Monika and Craig With All Best Wishes! David Foster Wallace.” The recipients were friends of the author as well as the director of the Rare Book Room at the Strand Bookstore. With publisher’s invitation to the New York publication party laid in. Fine in a fine first state dust jacket with Vollmann misspelled on the back panel. Jacket design by Steve Snider.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117122
Moscow: I.N. Kushnerev, 1893-98.
Rare complete set in Russian of the works of Leo Tolstoy, Prince Johan’s copy. Octavo, 14 volumes, twelve portrait frontispieces and six plates, bound in three quarters morocco with each binding signed by Nikolai Trukhachev, principal binder for the Konstantinovich family from 1901 to 1915, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Prince Johan, was the eldest son of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia by his wife, Yelizaveta Mavrikievna, née Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. He was described by contemporaries as a gentle, religious person, nicknamed “Ioannchik” by his relatives. He was born as a Grand Duke of Russia with the style Imperial Highness, but at the age of 9 days, a Ukaz of his cousin Emperor Alexander III of Russia stripped him of that title, as the Ukaz amended the House Law by limiting the grand-ducal title to grandsons of a reigning emperor. As a result, he received the title Prince of the Imperial Blood (Prince of Russia) with the style Highness. He married Princess Helen of Serbia on 2 September 1911, and Helen took the name Princess Yelena Petrovna of Russia. They had a son, Prince Vsevolod Ivanovich (20 January 1914 – 18 June 1973), and a daughter, Princess Yekaterina Ivanovna (12 July 1915 – 13 March 2007), who was the last member of the Imperial Family to be born before the fall of the dynasty, and was ultimately to become the last surviving uncontested dynasty of the Imperial House of Russia. Most rare and desirable, especially with noted provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117008
New York: Warner Books, 2005.
First edition of “one of those rare, truly great books that can change the world” (John Robbins). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Jane Goodall on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anne Twomey.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117849
“In journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than up”: First Edition of Dickens Nicholas Nickleby
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.
First edition in book form of one of Dickens’ most popular novels. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over boards, gilt titles to the spine. First issue points with “visiter” for “sister” on p. 123, “latter” for “letter” p.160, “flys” for flies on p. 245, and “visiters” for “visitors” on p. 272. First issue points for first four plates. In very good condition.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 117498
“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; finely bound in three quarters calf
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition in book form of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards with black morocco spine label lettered in gilt tooling to the spine and raised gilt bands, frontispiece, pictorial title page and 38 etched plates by H. K. Browne. In very good condition.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117844
"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
London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.
First English edition of this work Hemingway. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Hans Tisdall. An exceptional example.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 117656
“UNDOUBTEDLY, PHILOSOPHERS ARE IN THE RIGHT WHEN THEY TELL US THAT NOTHING IS GREAT OR LITTLE OTHERWISE THAN BY COMPARISON": Early edition of Johnathan Swift's masterpiece Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first Surgeon, and then Captain of several Ships. [Gulliver’s Travels].
London: Benjamin Motte, 1727.
First edition, early printing of Swift’s masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling and miniature fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, all edges speckled red, engraved headpieces and tailpieces, illustrated with 5 copper-engraved maps & 5 copper-engraved plates. This edition was printed before the stated “second edition” but published after it, early in 1728, though dated 1727. Each of the 4 parts had a separate title-page, though that to part 3 (leaf A4 of Vol. II); the separate titles for parts 2 and 3 were misdated MDCXXVII, and that to part 2 is so dated. Some copies were issued with a portrait of Gulliver, but there are no signs that there was ever one in this example (Teerink-Scouten 294). In near fine condition. An attractive example, desirable in a contemporary binding.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 117068
First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; warmly Inscribed by Him in the year of publication
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1955.
First edition of Greene’s classic novel of exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Ann Slayton- I’m so glad Peter introduced us- from Graham Greene Jan. 26, 1955 Albany, Piccadilly, London W.1.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 117468
New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1934.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories by the author of The Sound and the Fury. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket artwork by Arthur Hawkins, Jr. An exceptional example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117446
"Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing": Dollar Bill; Signed by the "Oracle of Omaha" Warren E. Buffett
One dollar bill from the United States of America from 2013, boldly signed “Warren E. Buffett.” In fine condition. Framed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 118773
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
First edition, early printing of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ernest Hemingway. Near fine in an excellent near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographer’s name to the rear panel. Rare and desirable signed by Hemingway.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 117657