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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.
Rare original photograph of a young Charlie Chaplin. Signed by Chaplin beneath his portrait, “Faithfully Chas Chaplin.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches by 5 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
"Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang We love you": First Edition of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car
New York: Random House, 1964.
First edition of this children’s novel written by Ian Fleming for his son Caspar. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Illustrated by John Burningham.
“They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation”: Rare First Edition in Spanish of the Authors Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the year of publication
Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the dedication page. Additionally signed by the translator Gregory Rabassa on the front free endpaper. In very good condition with some wear and rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1985.
Early printing of the first volume of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy. Small octavo, original cloth. Signed by Paul Auster on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York & Company: W.W. Norton, 2005.
First edition of this omnibus edition celebrating a great scientific mind and a legendary American original including a live recording. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Freeman Dyson on the title page, who contributed the foreword. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Includes the commemorative CD.
Collected Essays on Economic Theory. Wealth and Welfare. With: Money, Interest and Wages. With: Classics and Moderns.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981-83.
First edition of John Hicks’ three-volume series which comprise his most important theoretical papers. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. Each volume is fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace; Inscribed by W.E.B. DuBois to His Wife Shirley
New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1945.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his wife Shirley Graham Du Bois, “For Shirley WEBD.”From the library of Shirley Graham DuBois. Ms. DuBois was an American award-winning author, playwright, composer, and activist, and wife of W.E.B. Du Bois, whom she married in 1951. W.E.B. DuBois is the author of The Souls of Black Folk, a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. An outstanding association, linking these two great writers and activists of the twentieth century . Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some toning the spine and a few small chips.
Indianapolis : Liberty Fund, 2013.
First edition of the Liberty Fund edition of Kirzner’s classic Austrian School text. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers. Signed by Israel M. Kirzner on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited and with an introduction by Peter J. Boettke and Frederic Sautet.
“YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: ONCE WHEN YOU ARE BORN AND ONCE WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE”: COMPLETE SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; FINELY BOUND
Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (Short Stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953-66.
First editions of each volume in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, beautifully bound in full black oasis morocco, gilt raised bands and gilt titles to spines, all edges gilt, scarlet endpapers, Goldfinger ‘skull’ decoration to spines, original cloth covers preserved at rear. Housed in a custom slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
"I do hope you realise how much your services are appreciated everywhere in this building and not least by me": COMPLETE SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; FINELY BOUND WITH AN ORIGINAL TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY IAN FLEMING LAID IN
Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only [Short Stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace], Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953-66.
First editions of each volume in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to spines, raise bands, original cloth covers and spine preserved at rear of each novel. In fine condition. Accompanied by an original typed letter signed by Ian Fleming on Kemsley House letterhead and addressed to Antony Terry, M.C. of Kemsley Newspapers which reads, “21st July 1955 ‘My dear Terry,’ I must thank you for the staunch way in which you are feeding me with Atticus paragraphs, which are all either on the nail or very close to it. They are quite excellent and no other correspondent is nearly so fruitful. Once again, when you are called upon for help, you have given it in fuller measure than was asked for and produced your usual high quality journalism. I must say, looking back on your years of service for Mercury, I can think of no correspondent with anything approaching your record, and I do hope you realise how much your services are appreciated everywhere in this building and not least by me. ‘Yours well, Ian F.'” The recipient, Anthony Terry was a British journalist and former European Editor of The Sunday Times. Fleming hired him in 1949 to work as a journalist for Kemsley Newspapers of which he was at the time the Foreign manager. Terry’s obituary in The Independent stated that he was “one of the paper’s most valuable assets, a one-man listening post, a fastidious checker of facts, a burrower into dark corners and a traveller who never complained of fatigue”. The letter is in near fine condition. A very nice collection.
Water Resources Research, 1969.
Original pamphlet from February 1969, from the Water Resources Research. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Benoit Mandelbrot on the front panel. In very good condition condition with light toning to the extremities.
London: Peter Owen, 1960.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece, which was praised by Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, and Christopher Isherwood and propelled the young Yukio Mishima to international fame.. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Keith Reader. Translated From The Japanese by Meredith Weatherby. An exceptional example.
"This is so stupid it practically drools": First Edition of Consider the Lobster; Signed by David Foster Wallace
New York: Little Brown & Company, 2005.
First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Yoori Kim. Jacket photograph by Kelly Campbell. Author photograph by Marion Ettlinger.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985.
First edition of Sagan’s science fiction work which deals with the theme of contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, extraterrestrial life form. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the title page in the month of publication, “For Jenny and Steve with best wishes and warm regards Carl 4/26/85.” The recipients Steve and Jenny Rock were friends of Carl Sagan. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
First edition of this work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom. Octavo, original boards. Signed by James McPherson on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen M. Lynch.
"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.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1957.
First edition of Bradbury’s semi-autobiographical novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sid – with admiration for a fellow teller-of-tales! from Ray Bradbury July 15, 1958.” The recipient, Sidney L. Stebel is an American writer, creative writing teacher, filmographer and was a personal friend of Bradbury’s. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Robert Vickrey. Jacket photograph by Bonny Adler.
New York: Rizzoli, 1991.
First edition. Folio, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by Daniel Libeskind on the title page.
First Edition of Alfred Russel Wallace's Darwinism: An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection with Some of its Applications
London: Macmillan and Co, 1889.
First edition of Wallace’s assessment of Darwin’s Origin of Species. Octavo, original cloth. Frontispiece portrait of Wallace with tissue guard, illustrated, folding map of The World on Mercator’s Projection in three colors. In good condition.