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"Thank God for books and music and things I can think about": 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 and basis for the Oscar-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.
"Well, it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe Even you don't know by now And it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe It'll never do somehow": Original LP Signed by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger
Original stereo LP put out by Zenith featuring various folk singers, including Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Signed by both Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger in contemporary signatures on the front panel of the record sleeve. It features Dylan singing: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right and House of the Rising Sun; Pete Seeger singing, John Henry and Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd; New Christy Minstrels Californi-o and Rovin’ Gambler; Brothers Four San Francisco Bay Blues and Michael; Village Stompers If I Had a Hammer and Reilly’s Daughter. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 25.5 inches. Contemporary signatures on an original record are rare.
New York : Columbia University Press 1993
First edition of this work which continues and revises the idea of justice as fairness as presented in A Theory of Justice. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John Rawls on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carin Goldberg. From the library of Daniel Bell. Rare and desirable signed.
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.
Rare original carte-de-visite and signature of one of the most influential figures in human history" Charles Darwin
Rare Charles Darwin signature framed with an original carte-de-visite by Herbert Rose Barraud, London. Double matted and framed. The carte-de-visite measures 4 inches by 2.75 inches. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 23 inches. Taken by Barraud in 1881, the present carte-de-visite was likely the last photograph of Darwin, taken one year before his death in 1882. Rare and desirable. A handsome presentation.
“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, photogravure plate of a portrait bust of Clemens by Karl Gerhardt, title-leaf a cancel with copyright notice dated 1884; illustrated captioned “Him and another Man” listed on page 88 in contents; eleventh line from bottom of page 57 reads “with the was”;”5″ final five on page 155 is slightly larger; page 283/284 on a stub, without additional final blank leaf, In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in custom chemise and full morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
"Regrets are illuminations come too late": First Edition of Joseph Campbell's Seminal Work; Signed by Him
New York : Pantheon Books 1949
First edition of Joseph Campbell’s magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 22 textual drawings, 12 plates. Signed by Joseph Campbell on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are uncommon and desirable signed.
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).
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge": First British Editions of Each Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Series; Each volume Signed by George R.R. Martin
The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire Saga:] A Game of Thrones; A Clash of Kings; A Storm of Swords; A Feast for Crows; A Dance with Dragons.
London : Voyager 1996-2011
First British editions of each of the five volumes in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, five volumes, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Each volume is signed by the author, George R.R. Martin on the title page. Each volume is fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. An exceptional set.
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.
"IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT": FIRST EDITION THE CATCHER IN THE RYE IN A FINE FIRST-ISSUE DUST JACKET
Boston : Little Brown and Company 1951
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. The dust jacket is the correct first issue with the cropping of Salinger’s head on the rear panel. Jacket design by Michael Mitchell. Photograph of Salinger by Lotte Jacobi. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"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.
New York : Chrales 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.
“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.
"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.
“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 with an autograph note signed by the author laid in
London : George Newnes 1902
First edition, first issue of the third Sherlock Holmes novel, widely considered the best of the series. Octavo, original black and gilt stamped pictorial red cloth. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. In excellent condition with some rubbing and wear. Accompanied by an original autograph letter signed on Arthur Conan Doyle’s letterhead which reads, “Dear Madame, if you booked in about ten time on Monday next (say 4 o’clock) I would do. Yours trly Arthur Doyle.” The note is in fine condition. A highly desirable paring.