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"Wallace embraces the incompatibility of mathematics and prose and makes art from it": First Edition of Everything And More; Signed by David Foster Wallace
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.
First British edition of this work which examines the history of infinity, focusing primarily on the work of Georg Cantor, the 19th-century German mathematician who created set theory. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Steve Turner.
First Edition of Alfred Russel Wallace's Darwinism: An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection with Some of its Applications
London: Macmillan and Co, 1889.
First edition of Wallace’s assessment of Darwin’s Origin of Species. Octavo, original cloth. Frontispiece portrait of Wallace with tissue guard, illustrated, folding map of The World on Mercator’s Projection in three colors. In good condition.
"In war, as in love, he was a fearless, happy-go-lucky adventurer": First Edition of Galapagos; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a Self-Caricature
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1985.
First edition of Vonnegut’s eleventh novel, which questions the merit of the human brain from an evolutionary perspective. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelf wear. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Jacket illustration by Jeffrey Adams.
"I couldn't help wondering if that was what God put me on Earth for--to find out how much a man could take without breaking": First Edition of Breakfast of Champions; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut With a Self-Caricature
New York: Delacorte Press, 1973.
First edition of Vonnegut’s classic work. Octavo, original orange cloth, with drawings by the author. Boldly signed by the author with a large drawing of a self-caricature spanning two pages on the half-title page, “Kurt Vonnegut Sagaponack, N.Y. 1992.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bob Giusti. An exceptional example.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1944.
First edition of von Neumann and Morgenstern’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. With the original “Corrigenda” slip laid in. In fine condition.
London: William Hodge & Company, 1945.
First edition of this early work by von Mises. Small octavo, original cloth. Small name on the front free endpaper, near fine in a original dust jacket with a chip to the foot of the spine and a closed tear to the rear panel.
London: Printed for Thomas Brown, 1765.
First edition in English of Voltaire’s Pocket Dictionary of Philosophy. Octavo, full period calf, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, all edges red. In good condition.
“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode": First Edition of Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story
New York: Miramax Books, 2006.
First edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Number Seventeen. Jacket illustration by Abigail Smith.
“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode": Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story; Inscribed by Him
New York: Miramax Books, 2006.
Early printing of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Thorn and Edith- Thank you! Enjoy Ned Vizzini NedVizzini.com.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Number Seventeen. Jacket illustration by Abigail Smith.
New York : E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc, 1952.
First edition of this classic coming of age story. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Gore Vidal on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by George Salter. Rare in this condition and signed.
"Less is a Bore": First Edition of Learning From Las Vegas; Signed by Both Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown with a large drawing in the rare original dust jacket
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1972.
First edition of this groundbreaking work. Folio, original blue cloth with illustrated frontispiece, illustrated throughout. Signed by both Robert Venturi (who has added a large drawing of Venturi’s Mother’s House) and Denise Scott Brown. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
London: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd, 1924.
First British edition of Veblen’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition with light shelf wear to the extremities.
"There are always many people who say that golf cannot be learned from a book": First edition of P. A. Vaile's The New Golf
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1916.
First edition of P. A. Vaile’s authoritative manual of the game of golf. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of Jerome D. Travers with tissue guard, illustrated with forty engravings from photographs. In near fine condition. A nice example.
First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; From the Library of Fellow Novelist Zane Grey
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth, with 174 illustrations by Edward W. Kemble. The author Zane Grey’s copy, with his blindstamp to the front free endpaper and first blank. Contains all the agreed upon first issue points for the clothbound book: page 9 with “Decided” remaining uncorrected (to “Decides”); page 13, illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads “with the was,” instead of “with the saw”. Other points of bibliographical interest included in this copy are the frontispiece portrait without cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven; page 155 with a larger final “5”; page 161, no signature mark “11”. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155), MacDonnell concludes, “they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process” (“Huck Finn” Firsts Magazine). An exceptional association copy linking these two great American writers. Housed in a full morocco clamshell case.
“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece, with the first state of the frontispiece portrait. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With frontispiece portrait of Twain inserted at front (with the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co., but the cloth is not visible). This example exhibits the following issue points: title leaf is conjugate. Copyright notice dated 1884; the illustration captioned “Him and another Man” [p.13] listed as p.88 (first state); 11th line from bottom of p.57 reads “…with the was…” (first state); p. 283 is an integral leaf with the corrected engraving; the final 5 in the numeration of page 155 is larger than the first and slightly below the others; leaf 23-8 is present as a blank; first state of the frontispiece portrait (imprint of Heliotype with tablecloth visible). In near fine condition with light toning to the extremities. A very bright example.