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"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 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
"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
“What is most personal is most universal": First Edition of Carl Rogers' On Becoming a Person; Signed by Him
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1961.
First edition of this classic work by the most influential psychotherapist in history. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Carl Rogers 7/31/68.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. This is the first example we have seen signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118203
"Meantime, it happens to my mortification that painters are just now making a desolation of my house": Rare autograph letter written and signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Autographed letter handwritten and signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. One page, folded and written on both the front and back of the page. The letter reads, “Concord Tuesday Morning 28 June My Dear Sir, I am very happy to hear that my greeting from Miss de Quincey is on its way to me: and I am glad to know that yourself, of whom I had already heard will be the bearer. Meantime, it happens to my mortification that painters are just now making a desolation of my house. Tomorrow my plight will be no better. I think I will come & see you tomorrow afternoon, & we will consent on the best time for me to show you our Concord meadows. I will look for you at the Revere House tomorrow mid-day at 5 1/2 o’ clock in which good hope I am yours respectfully, R.W. Emerson N. Pinder, Esq.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 20 inches, with an opening in the back of the frame to view the verso of the letter.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 89017
"With Much Love": First Edition of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1974.
First edition of Baldwin’s fifth novel, a love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Heidi:- with much love. Jimmy.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Braswell. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116354
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine with some rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 101988
“There's a light in a woman's eyes that speaks louder than words": 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 rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 101644
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
“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
"The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again": First Edition of Cry The Beloved Country; Inscribed by Alan Paton
London: Jonathan Cape, 1948.
First edition of Paton’s classic novel. Octavo, original beige cloth with titles to the spine in brown. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Alan Paton November 2, 1948.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear. Laid into this copy is an original bookmark for the screening of the film, held in Pretoria, South Africa. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example of an important work, rarely encountered signed.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 44024
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962.
First edition of Carson’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Rachel Carson on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Drawings by Lois and Louis Darling. \
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 83522
London: Bloomsbury, 1998.
First adult paperback edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 99778
Los Angeles: Sun and Moon, 1985-86.
First editions of Paul Auster’s detective novels, each signed by him on the title page. Octavo, original cloth. City of Glass in first-state dust jacket, with no publisher’s device at spine foot. Each are signed by Paul Auster on the title page. Each are fine in a fine dust jackets. An exceptional set.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 93778
"Charmer of serpents - why not try the birds?": First Edition of Roger Tory Peterson's First Book A Field Guide to the Birds; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934.
First edition, third state with the date on the copyright page of Peterson’s first book. Octavo, original green pebbled cloth, illustrated with 4 color plates with printed overlays, 32 monochrome plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Claire Kelly, charmer of serpents – why not try the birds? – Roger T. Peterson (Dictator) – C.M. Beal (Interpreter).” The recipient Claire Kelly, while a student at Cornell dated Peterson’s personal assistant C.M. Beal and at the time she was also working with snakes at the Museum of Natural History. In very good condition with some light dampstaining.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 102012
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything": Photograph of Mark Twain; Signed by Him
Signed “Truly Yours Mark Twain” on an original postcard by J. Beagles & Co., from the early 1900s. In near fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 111644
"The Truth Will Set You Free. But Not Until It Is Finished With You": First Edition Of The Authors Magnum Opus; Inscribed By David Foster Wallace
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Monika and Craig With All Best Wishes! David Foster Wallace.” The recipients were friends of the author as well as the director of the Rare Book Room at the Strand Bookstore. With publisher’s invitation to the New York publication party laid in. Fine in a fine first state dust jacket with Vollmann misspelled on the back panel. Jacket design by Steve Snider.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117122
"The strangest prose-poet Russia ever produced": First British Edition of Nabokov's Nikolai Gogol; Signed by Him
London: Editions Poetry London, 1947.
First British edition of Nabokov’s criticism of the work of Russian literary master Nikolai Gogol. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Vladmir Nabokov on the front free endpaper. From the library of Rona Kass, who was a student at Cornell University, where Nabokov taught in the 1950s. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Gogol. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 94568
“If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault": First Edition of the author's Hugo Award-Winning Novel The Ender's Game; Signed by Orson Scott Card
New York: Tor Books, 1985.
First edition of this Nebula and Hugo award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Orson Scott Card on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Cover artist by John Harris. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 5318
"With my compliments for a very interesting and enjoyable occasion": AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; INSCRIBED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
Early printing of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Betty Hobman – Cordially – Ayn Rand 2/20/70.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by George Salter.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 115694