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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.
First edition, first issue of Fitzgerald’s third collection of short stories. Octavo, original green cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the woman’s lips unbattered (Bruccolo, A12).
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 96010
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you": First Edition of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's My Own Words; Signed by Her
New York: Simon and Schuster/ Legal Classics Library, 2017.
Limited first edition of this work which gives “unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court and garner unparalleled appreciation for one of its finest minds” (Booklist). Octavo, original leather, marbled endpapers, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, illustrated. Signed by Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the title page. In fine condition. Written with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119745
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903.
Limited edition of the works of Leo Tolstoy, one of one hundred and fifty copies printed on Ruisdael paper, this is number sixty-eight. Octavo, 25 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, two frontispieces to each volume. In very good condition, with volume one bound upside down.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 97546
The Works of Victor Hugo: Including Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, The Contemplations and The Legend of the Ages.
Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1892.
Limited edition, one of 500 copies of the Holland Paper edition. Octavo, 30 volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece to each volume, numerous plates. In near fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 108436
Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 73081
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Poets Classic Work; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Rapp & Whiting, 1968.
First edition of Neruda’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Edwards. Translated by Robert Bly and James Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 109354
“The rebirth of the soul is perpetual; only rebirth every hour could stay the hand of Satan": First Edition of Go Tell It On the Mountain; Signed by James Baldwin
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953.
First edition of Baldwin’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the front free endpaper. Fine in the original dust jacket with some professional restoration. Jacket drawing by John O’Hara Cosgrave. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 89633
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric”: First Edition of Bertrand Russell's Philosophy; Signed by Him
W.W. Norton & Company: London, 1927.
First edition of this classic work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 118454
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”: FINELY BOUND LIMITED SUBSCRIBERS EDITION SET OF THE NOVELS OF VICTOR HUGO; ONE OF ONLY 1000 COPIES PRIVATELY PRINTED
Philadelphia : W.H. Campion & Co, 1892.
Finely bound national edition set of the novels of Victor Hugo. Quarto, 14 volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 1000 copies privately printer for a limited subscriber list. This is set number 205 which has been subscribed for by Mr. William P. Bonbright, Colorado Springs, Co. with his bookplate to the front panel of each volume. Each volume is profusely illustrated with engravings with tissue guards and a table of contents at rear. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 88108
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes": Finely bound set of the complete works of Alexandre Dumas and Guy de Maupassant
Paris: Editions Louis Conrad, 1929-1955.
Finely bound set of the complete works of Alexandre Dumas and Guy de Maupassant. Octavos, 63 volumes, text in French, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engravings. In near fine condition. A very sharp set.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 104568
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive": First Edition of The Opening of the Western-Eye; Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Bangkok: The Social Science Association Press of Thailand, 1968.
First edition in English of the Dalai Lama’s first book on Buddhist philosophy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the Dalai Lama on the title page in Tibetan “with prayers.” A near fine copy in a excellent dust jacket that is lightly rubbed. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 4545
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain”: First Edition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time; Signed by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1963.
First edition of one of the most influential works on race relations published in the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the dedication page, “Jim Baldwin.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Uncommon signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 122578
"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.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 81190
Lausanne and Geneva: Aoud Marcum-Michaelem Bousquet & Socios, 1744.
First edition of the first collected edition of Newton‘s writings, which has been hailed as “a fine piece of bookmaking” (Babson). Quarto, bound in contemporary velum, contains 64 folding engraved plates; 2 folding letterpress tables. In very good condition. Small stamps to the spine and title pages. Rare in contemporary binding.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 109523
“My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe": Dreams From My Father; SIGNED BY BARACK OBAMA and Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison
New York: Crown Publishers, 2004.
First edition, first printing of the 2004 reissue of the future President of the United States’ first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barack Obama (with a full signature) and by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison on the title page. In discussing Dreams from Father, Morrison called Obama, “a writer in my high esteem” and the book “quite extraordinary.” She praised, “his ability to reflect on this extraordinary mesh of experiences that he has had, some familiar and some not, and to really meditate on that the way he does, and to set up scenes in narrative structure, dialogue, conversation—all of these things that you don’t often see, obviously, in the routine political memoir biography…. It’s unique. It’s his. There are no other ones like that.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket collage by Steven Dana. In 2008 Obama was the first African American elected to President of the United States of America. In 1993 Toni Morrison was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. On May 29, 2012, President Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rare and desirable signed both Obama and Morrison.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117633
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes": First Edition, First Issue of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles
London: George Newnes, 1902.
First edition, first issue of the third Sherlock Holmes novel, and widely considered as the best of the series. Octavo, original black and gilt stamped pictorial red cloth. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. In excellent condition with some light rubbing to the spine. A very nice example.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 93500
Lausanne and Geneva: Aoud Marcum-Michaelem Bousquet & Socios, 1744.
First edition of the first collected edition of Newton‘s writings, which has been hailed as “a fine piece of bookmaking” (Babson). Quarto, bound in contemporary velum, contains 64 folding engraved plates; 2 folding letterpress tables. In very good condition, wide margins. Rare in contemporary binding.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 92332
“Our great mistake is to try to exact from each person virtues which he does not possess, and to neglect the cultivation of those which he has": First edition of Memoirs of Hadrian; Signed by Marguerite Yourcenar
New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1955.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Marguerite Yourcenar on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the French by Grace Frick. Rare and desirable signed, the first we have handled and none appearing auction in the last 65 years.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 111934
"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.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 100374
"The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people": Rare original Henry Miller watercolor painting; signed by him
Rare original watercolor painting by American writer and artist Henry Miller. The painting depicts three anthropomorphic figures, one with a horse-shaped head beneath a sky dotted with one star. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner of the image, “Henry Miller 8/63.” In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 21 inches by 18.5 inches.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 84955