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"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
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF CHARLES DARWIN'S THE DESCENT OF MAN; From the library of Egyptologist Percy E. Newberry
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In good condition, rebacked, marbled board slipcase. Publisher’s embossed presentation stamp on titles; contemporary signature of Neville Goodman on half-titles; bookplates of the Egyptologist Percy E. Newberry. Newberry served on the Tutankhamun excavation team for several seasons. His speciality was the botanical specimens from the tomb, on which he would briefly report in the second volume of Carter’s The Tomb of Tutankhamen. on the front pastedowns. With noted provenance.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 65057
"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
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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
“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
“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
"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
“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: $3,800.00 Item Number: 117633
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