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“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery": Early Shakespeare edition of Joyce's Ulysses
Paris: Shakespeare and Company 1927.
Early printing of the Paris edition of Joyce’s masterpiece. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition.
New York: Henry Holt and Company 1945.
First edition of this work by Frost. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Frost to Samuel Plotkin.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
First Edition of The Quest For Mach One: A First-Person Account of Breaking the Sound Barrier; Signed by Chuck Yeager
New York: Penguin Studio 1997.
First edition of this collection of interviews with men who broke the sound barrier. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Chuck Yeager on the title page, the first person to break the sound barrier. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jaye Zimet. Commentary by Mac McKendry. Introduction by Walter Boyne. Afterword by Jeffrey Ethell.
"I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see": First Edition of Blindness; Signed by Jose Saramago
Orlando: Harcourt 1997.
First American edition of the author’s novel on the order of Camus’ “The Plague”. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated by Jose Saramago. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Claudine G. Mansour. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero.
First Edition of The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Francis Crick
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1994.
First edition of this “well-constructed and comprehensive overview of visual neuroscience” (The Washington Post). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Best wishes to Prof. Ross Edinburgh Francis Crick.” The recipient James Ross, was Professor of Liver Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Henry Holt and Company 1936.
First edition of Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of verse. Octavo, original maroon cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Frost Amherst.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities.
"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS" FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF GEORGE ORWELLS MASTERPIECE ANIMAL FARM
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1946.
First American edition of Orwell’s timeless allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by Art Brenner. A nice example.
New York: Basic Books 1978.
Early printing of Wanniski’s classic book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Jan. 29, 1979 To K.K. Bigelow Best Wishes to A Comrade in Arms and Ideas. Jude Wanniski.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Vincent Torre.
New York: FSG 1973.
First edition of the second book in the author’s Time Quartet series. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the spine. Jacket design by Richard Cuffari.
“But you must know that only he who fights the darkness within will the day after tomorrow have his own share in the sun": First Edition of the Odysseus Elytis Selected Poems; Signed by Him
London: Anvil Press 1981.
First edition of this collection of poems by the Nobel laureate. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Odysseus Elytis on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Chosen and introduced by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard.
"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused": First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; With the rare wrap-around band
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. Very good in a very good dust jacket with a touch of rubbing with the rare wrap-around band present.
"Of all the sights I love in this world — and there are plenty — very near the top of the list is this one: dogs without leashes”: First deluxe edition of Dog Songs; Signed by Mary Oliver
New York: The Penguin Press 2013.
First deluxe edition of this collection of poems by Mary Oliver. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in the original slipcase, which is in fine condition. Illustrations by John Burgoyne.
"But no one was there to see it:" First Edition of The First Three Minutes; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Steven Weinberg
New York: Basic Books 1979.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s most well-known book. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Steven Weinberg on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing.
"God is light, we are told, and Hell is outer darkness. But look at a desert mountain stripped bare by the sun, and you learn only geography. Watch darkness claim it, and for a moment you may grasp why God had to create Satan--or man to create both": First Edition of Colin Fletcher's Thousand Mile Summer; Signed by Him
Berkeley, CA: Howell-North Books 1964.
First edition of Fletcher’s classic first book. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs from the author. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Dean Well from Colin Fletcher.” Fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
New York: Macmillan & Company 1929.
First edition of Alfred North Whitehead’s magnum opus. Octavo, original blue cloth. In near fine condition with the spine gilt bright and fresh. An exceptional example.