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Boston : Dana Estes, 1892.
The Illustrated Cabinet edition of the novels of Victor Hugo. Octavo, 12 volumes. Bound in three quarters navy blue morocco over blue cloth, elaborate gilt decorated spines with raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, with illustrated plates, frontispieces. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
“You may not believe this. No one believes this, but it is true": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Winner Take Nothing
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933.
First edition of Hemingway’s third collection of short stories. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
"And people with obsessions, reflected Bond, were blind to danger": First edition of Ian Flemings Moonraker; Signed by Henry Blofeld
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First edition, first issue with “shoo” for “shoot” on page 10 of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest.
Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Henry Blofeld on front free endpaper. Blofeld is the son of Thomas Robert Calthorpe Blofeld (1903-1986) who attended Eton with Fleming and who’s name is believed to be the inspiration for the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with the spine panel bright and with light wear to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Kenneth Lewis. A nice association.
"The most remarkable poem of the young group, written during the past year, is Howl": First Signed limited edition of To Eberhart From Ginsberg; signed by Allen Ginsberg and inscribed by Richard Eberhart
Lincoln: The Penmaen Press, 1976.
First edition of this collection of Ginsberg’s remarkable 1956 letter to Richard Eberhart about his epic beat poem Howl and Eberhart’s New York Times article West Coast Rhythms which drew national attention to the Beat poets, collected with comments by both poets. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, signed by Allen Ginsberg on the title page and lengthily inscribed by Eberhart on the half-title page who has written beneath the half-title ‘To Eberhart From Ginseberg’ “and from Eberhart to Richard Lautz with thanks for coming to my … reading this fall, and for remembering the reading at La Salle in 1971, Now in 1982, with best wishes for the future, Richard Eberhart.” The recipient, Richard Lautz became a member of La Salle’s English Department in 1968, and after only seven years at La Salle was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1975. For two decades he was advisor to La Salle’s undergraduate literary magazine, Grimoire, and was a longtime poetry editor of Four Quarters, La Salle’s professional literary magazine. In 1990 he donated his several hundred volume collection of contemporary American poetry, nearly all first editions and many inscribed to Richard, to form the Lautz Special Collection in the Library. He was an especially popular teacher in the Honors Program with his “The City in Literature” upper-level seminar. In fine condition. A unique association linking three great literary figures.
"My Soul I summon to the winding ancient stair, Set all your mind upon the steep ascent, Upon the broken, crumbling battlement": First Edition of W.B. Yeats' The Winding Stairs and Other Poems
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1933.
First edition of Yeats’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel stamped in blind. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People; Signed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940.
Later printing of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dale Carnegie on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition.
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children selected through a lottery attended the signing.
"Constantinople is the golden bridge thrown between the west and the east, and Western civilization cannot, like the sun, go round the world without passing that bridge": First Edition in English of Karl Marx's The Eastern Question
London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co, 1897.
First edition in English of this collection of letters and articles by Karl Marx dealing with the events of the Crimean War. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, folding map in color at rear. Edited by Eleanor Marx Aveling and Edward Aveling. In very good condition with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed Twice by Her
London: J.M. Dent Sons, 1963.
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed twice by Mary Oliver, once on the half-title page and again on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by John Andrew. A very nice example.