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New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s autobiography, in which he describes his invention of the laser. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Charles Townes on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 2708
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1974.
First edition of this work on the history of the double helix. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by both the author and Francis Crick on the title page, who contributed the foreword. The author has transcribed the following from this work, “The ultimate aim of the modern movement in biology is in fact to explain all biology in terms of physics and chemistry Robert Olby.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 3394
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
First edition of this work by the Nobel laureate. Octavo, original cloth. Signed James Watson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $325.00 Item Number: 3685
"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction": First Edition of On Human Nature; Signed By Edward O. Wilson With A Drawing Of An Ant
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978.
First edition of this work, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1979. Octavo, original brown cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has drawn an ant. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the front panel. A very bright example.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 4534
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1951.
First edition of Bradbury’s third book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ray Bradbury on the title page. Owner stamp on the front free endpaper, else near fine in a near fine bright dust jacket that shows none of the spine fading endemic to this title. A very bright example.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 2520
New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1953.
First edition of this work by the chess grandmaster. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Larry Evans on the front free endpaper, “To Ambassador Thompson Best wishes Larry Evans March, 1956.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with a few closed tears.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 3981
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge": First Illustrated Edition of The Discoverers; Inscribed by Daniel Boorstin to his Neighbors in the Year of Publication
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1991.
First illustrated edition of this classic work. Octavo, two volumes, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free end paper in the year of publication of both volumes. Volume one’s inscription reads “For Hope and Sam- good friends, good neighbors- with affection from Dan Oct. 14, 1991.” Volume two’s inscription reads, “For Hope and Sam- with affection over many years from Dan Oct. 14, 1991.” Both volumes are in fine condition, as is the slipcase. A nice association.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 5026
First Edition of The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal; Inscribed by Jared Diamond
New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.
First edition of this early work by the award-winning scientist. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by Jared Diamond on the front free endpaper to noted book collector Larry Owens. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 5524
“On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below”: First Edition of The Bridge of San Luis Rey; Inscribed by Thornton Wilder
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Milton J. Lesser with the regard of Thornton Wilder New Haven March 1930.” Also laid in is a signed handwritten letter to the recipient from Wilder. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Illustrated by Amy Drevenstedt. A superior example of the dust jacket, which is prone to wear.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 5564
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1957.
First edition of Caples’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 5660
New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated in the year of publication by Cees Nooteboom on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 5715
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1959.
First edition of Bloom’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Harold Bloom on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the spine crown and overall light wear. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 5721
“A MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY”: William Egglestons Guide; Signed by William Eggleston
New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2002.
Second edition of Eggleston’s first photobook, the groundbreaking first MoMA book of color photography, with 48 color photographic plates. Small quarto, original boards with mounted cover photographic print. Signed by William Eggleston on the title page. In fine condition. With essay by John Szarkowski.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 12052
London: Conran Octopus Ltd, 2000.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original boards. Signed by Terence Conran on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 5373
New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 7356
NASA color photograph from the May 1969 press release printed on verso, showing the astronauts in space suits without helmets, the moon in the background. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Matted and framed.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 5469
First Edition of Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution; Signed by Justice John Paul Stevens
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011.
First edition of this work by Justice Stevens. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John Paul Stevens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lauren Harms.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 5875
“Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious": Signed Limited Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
Signed limited edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo. One of 500 numbered copies, signed by Harper Lee. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In fine condition with the original shipping carton.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 7352
"Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love": First Edition of Reinhold Niebuhr's classic work Moral Man and Immoral Society
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light shelfwear to the extremities. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 5809
"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 near fine dust jacket. Cover art by Larry Rostant.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 5851
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel, with 174 illustrations by Edward Kemble. A near fine example with just a touch of rubbing. Laid in is an original pen and ink drawing by Edward W. Kemble, titled in pencil in another hand, “The Pirate Chief carries off Sweet Marie,” pin-holes, light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. With “88” on p 13 and “with the was” on p 57. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155, present here), Kevin 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 among the Issue-Mongers,” Firsts, Vol 8, No 9, Sept 1998, pp 28-35). A very sharp example of this literary highspot.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 3147
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991.
First edition of this memoir on Leighton’s friendship with colleague Richard Feynman. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author opposite the title page, “To Ed With many thanks for the on-the-job English lessons Ralph.” The recipient was a student of Leighton’s. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 5463
First Edition of “an astonishing literary achievement” Anthill; Signed by Edward O. Wilson With A Drawing of an Ant
New York: W.W. Norton , 2010.
First edition of the author’s first extended work of fiction which won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for fiction. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has also added a drawing of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 15049
“I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donner bakery gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want": First edition of the Daniel Keyes' Flowers For Algernon; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc, 1966.
First edition of the author’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, basis for the Oscar award-winning movie adaptation Charly. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, who has transcribed the opening paragraph as follows, “I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donner bakery gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want. Daniel Keyes.” Additionally signed again by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Carl Smith. An exceptional inscription.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 7304