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New York : Bellevue Literary Press 2014
First edition. Small octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by both Robert Haas and Edward O. Wilson (who has drawn a picture of an ant) on the half-title page.
“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it": First American edition of Albert Camus' The Possessed
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1960
First American edition of Camus’ theatrical adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece of the same name. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Rand. Jacket photograph by L’Express.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin 1986
First edition of this “sprawling saga of a novel” (San Francisco Chronicle). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Mat Schaffer, who interviews superbly, who caught me in tardiness, and who’s now a friend of mine Pat Conroy Oct 22, 1986.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Wendell Minor.
"As you wish...": First Edition of the 35th Anniversary Edition of The Princess Bride; Signed by William Goldman
New York : Harcourt, Inc 2007
First edition of the 35th Anniversary edition of this classic. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Goldman on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover art by Larry Rostant.
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 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 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.
"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused": First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; Inscribed by Him
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, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joseph from Graham Greene.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
“It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws": Rare First Edition of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage
New York : D. Appleton and Company 1895
First edition, first printing with page  advertising the three works of Gilbert Parker’s Best Books, and the last page of advertisements (page 238) ending with The Land of the Sun, by Christian Reid; last gathering, including ads on laid paper. Octavo, original publisher’s tan cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. From the library of noted collector Donald G. Drapkin, with his bookplate, contemporary name on the endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
"And so I am a revolutionary, and a most reluctant one": First Edition of Edward Teller's The Reluctant Revolutionary; inscribed by him
Columbia : University of Missouri Press 1960
First edition of Teller’s classic work on the role of the scientist in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Connie Crawford, Edward Teller.” From the library of J.R. Maxfield, Jr. with his business card laid in on which he has inscribed, “with best wishes.” Maxfield was a Charter Member and 10th president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and founder of the American College of Nuclear Medicine. During his presidency, he established The Journal of Nuclear Medicine to which he made numerous important contributions. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
"Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless": First Edition of Max Born's The Restless Universe; Signed by Him
New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1936
First edition of this classic introduction to physics. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Max Born on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Translated by Winifred M. Deans. Illustrations by Dr. Otto Koenigsberger. This is the first signed example of a first printing we have seen.
New York : Picador 2008
First edition of the re-issue of Tom Wolfe’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Wolfe with his characteristic signature on the title page and additionally signed by John Glenn on the half-title page, who was a member of the Mercury Seven. In fine condition.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference": The Road Not Taken; Inscribed by Robert Frost
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1961
First edition, early printing of this collection which includes Frost’s most recognizable poem: The Road Not Taken. Octavo, original green cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Nancy Yemmestad from Robert Frost Breadloaf VT 1961.” In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
New York : The Macmillan Company 1921
First American edition, which preceded the British edition of of this work which addresses the possibility of a future world state . Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by H.G. Wells on the half-title page. In near fine condition.
“Suspicion often creates what it suspects"; C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London : Geofrey Bles 1942
Seventh printing, published six months after the first of Lewis’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Lacking the front free endpaper, very good in a good dust jacket. Rare in the original dust jacket.
New York : Thomas Y. Crowell 1971
First edition. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. With the original die cuts present. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. A very sharp example.