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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: $4,800.00 Item Number: 97546
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1966.
First edition of this work in which Crick explains the importance of the DNA discovery and emphasizes its wide-reaching implications. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Francis Crick and James Watson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare signed by these two giants in the field of science.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 7890
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
"SURGICAL ANATOMY IS, TO THE STUDENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, THE MOST ESSENTIAL BRANCH OF ANATOMICAL SCIENCE": Rare First Edition of Gray's Anatomy; From the library of Dr. Normand Hoerr
Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea, 1859.
First edition of this influential work on Anatomy. Quarto, bound in full calf, black morocco spine label, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, illustrated with 363 wood-engravings after the drawings by H. V. Carter. In near fine condition with light toning to the text. Presentation copy to Normand Hoerr, “To Dr. Normand Hoerr with kind personal regards Oscar Rinson, MD.” Normand Hoerr was an early twentieth century authority in the field of cytochemistry. A nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $4,600.00 Item Number: 110989
“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
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge": First 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.
New York: Bantam, 1996-2011.
First editions of each of the five volumes in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, five volumes, original half 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.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 4536
“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 James Baldwin on the dedication page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Uncommon signed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 115325
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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 Outsiders; Inscribed By S.E. Hinton
New York: Viking Press, 1967.
First edition of the author’s classic first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “I hope you enjoy my book! Best wishes, Susie Hinton.” Fine in near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Richard M. Powers.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 5623
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
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be": First Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloombsbury, 2000.
First British edition of Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Giles Greenfield. Cover design by Richard Horne.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 112498