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“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.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 12092
Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.
First edition of this work on evolutionary thought. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has drawn a picture of an ant. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 14051
New York: Basis Books, 2002.
First edition of this widely acclaimed biographical essay on George Orwell. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rich Pracher.
Price: $700.00 Item Number: 14077
“A person's a person, no matter how small": First Edition of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss
New York: Random House, 1954.
First edition of this Dr. Suess work. Quarto, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper, “For Greg Barrett with best wishes Dr. Seuss.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped second issue dust jacket.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 16025
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Octavo, original half black cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Anthony Amari best regards John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 16075
First Edition of Maurice Allais' Magnum Opus Economie & Interet; Inscribed by Him; From the Library of Kenneth Arrow
Paris: Imprimerie National, 1947.
First edition of Allais’ groundbreaking work. Octavo, 2 volumes, original wrappers as issued. Inscribed by Maurice Allais on the title page of volume one. From the library of fellow Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Arrow, with his name in each volume. In near fine condition with light shelfwear, minor mending to the first few pages of volume one. A nice association linking these two Nobel Prize winning-economists and giants of twentieth century economics.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 16078
Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1975.
First edition of Wilson’s classic work. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrations by Sarah Landry. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has added a drawing of an ant. From the library of MIT biomedical professor Robert Mann, with his stamp on the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing and closed tears.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 16093
“DON'T STOP TO THINK OF THE WORDS WHEN YOU DO STOP, JUST STOP TO THINK OF THE PICTURE BETTER-AND LET YOUR MIND OFF YOURSELF IN THIS WORK”: First Hardcover Edition of Jack Kerouac's Doctor Sax
New York : Grove Press, Inc, 1959.
First edition, hardcover issue of Kerouac’s classic work. Octavo, original gray cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 19069
New York: American Lawn Tennis, 1925.
Limited Deluxe edition. One of 340 numbered copies, signed by both William J. Tilden and the editor S. Wallis Merrihew. In excellent condition with light rubbing to the joints, contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 20090
“Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know": First Edition of Liar's Poker; Signed by Michael Lewis
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1989.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Michael Lewis on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Andrew M. Newman Graphic Design Inc. Jacket Illustration by Vint Lawrence. First printings are uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 21016
“GREAT LEADERS ALMOST ALWAYS EXUDE SELF-CONFIDENCE. THEY ARE NEVER PETTY. THEY ARE NEVER BUCK-PASSERS. THEY PICK THEMSELVES UP AFTER DEFEAT…”: First Edition of Blood, Brains & Beer: The Autobiography of David Ogilvy; Signed by David Ogilvy
New York: Atheneum, 1978.
First edition of Ogilvy’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by David Ogilvy on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear and closed tears.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 21071
The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated: Being an Appendix to the Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit. To which is added An Answer to the Letters on Materialism, and on Hartley’s Theory of the Mind.
London: J. Johnson, 1777.
First edition of one of the major metaphysical works of 18th-century British polymath Joseph Priestley, which influenced the 19th-century utilitarians John Stuart Mill and Herbert Spencer. Octavo, bound in three quarters 19th century calf over marbled boards, all edges marbled. In excellent condition, contemporary name on the title page, a nice clean example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 17093
“STRUGGLE IS A NEVER ENDING PROCESS. FREEDOM IS NEVER REALLY WON, YOU EARN IT AND WIN IT IN EVERY GENERATION”: FIRST EDITION OF MY LIFE WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; Inscribed by Coretta Scott King
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.
First edition of Coretta Scott King’s autobiography, which recounts the history of the Civil Rights Movement and offers an inside look at Dr. King, his sermons and speeches. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Don with love and gratitude Coretta Scott King.” Some light stains to the page edges in near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Reed.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 26049
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968.
First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 19 half-tone illustrations and 11 diagrams. Signed by both James D. Watson and Francis Crick on the title page. Very good in an excellent dust jacket with some light rubbing to the spine crown. Jacket design by Dorothy Judd. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. Rare signed by both Watson and Crick.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 29052
"The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other": First Edition of Between the Woods and the Water; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
London: John Murray, 1986.
First British edition of the author’s second book in the author’s trilogy that began with A Time of Gifts. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by John Craxton. A very sharp example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 40026
“And what is death, if not a face at peace - its artistic perfection": First Edition of Vladimir Nabokov's Despair
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1966.
First American edition of this inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime–his own murder. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very nice example.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 75003
"The true natural rights of men, then, are equal justice, security of labor and property, the amenities of civilized institutions, and the benefits of orderly society": The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot; Inscribed by Russell Kirk
London: Faber & Faber, 1954.
First British edition of one of the greatest contributions to twentieth-century American Conservatism. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Paul Gay Angel of the Hogback, Russell Kirk October 1, 1954.” In very good condition with light rubbing to the cloth and a small stain to the page edges. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Russell Kirk.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 33065
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEINS "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD
Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.
Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49”, this is number 499. Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s cardboard. An absolute pristine example, which has been stored in the original cardboard box since publication. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.
Price: $14,500.00 Item Number: 35020
New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1946.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Marie with love Eleanor Roosevelt.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 35094
"If you have two friends in your lifetime, you're lucky. If you have one good friend, you're more than lucky": First Edition Of THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF The Outsiders; Signed By S.E. Hinton
New York: The Viking Press, 2017.
First edition of the 50th anniversary edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original black boards. Signed by S.E. Hinton. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 47099
The Burden and the Glory: The Hopes and Purposes of President Kennedy’s Second and Third Years in Office as Revealed in His Public Statements and Addresses.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964.
First edition. Octavo, publisher’s special presentation issue binding of full blue crushed morocco, front cover double-ruled in gilt, with gilt central presidential seal, spine ruled in blind and stamped and lettered in gilt in compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endleaves. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the half-title page. In near fine condition with some rubbing to the joints, slipcase with some wear. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 37002
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy": First Modern Library of The Great Gatsby; Inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald
New York: The Modern Library, 1934.
First Modern Library edition of the author’s masterpiece, with the first appearance of Fitzgerald’s new introduction. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Lillian Abercrombie at the beginning of a tour of work F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities and some small chips. Housed in a full custom morocco box. The first Modern Library edition of The Great Gatsby was a resounding commercial failure, and many copies were remaindered with the caption “discontinued title” printed on the jacket’s front panel. The present copy represents one of the earlier, non-remaindered copies, and like all of the first Modern Library editions of The Great Gatsby, features Fitzgerald’s new introduction, with his own, now-famous take on his masterwork: “I think it is an honest book, that is to say, that one used none of one’s virtuosity to get an effect, and, to boast again, one soft-pedalled the emotional side to avoid the tears leaking from the socket of the left eye, or the large false face peering around the corner of a character’s head. If there is a clear conscience, a book can survive — at least in one’s feelings about it. On the contrary, if one has a guilty conscience, one reads what one wants to hear out of reviews. In addition, if one is young and willing to learn, almost all reviews have a value, even the ones that seem unfair.”
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 37020
“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood": First Edition of Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Major Ernest D. Muse With Best Wishes Martin Luther King.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 41050