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"Tune in, freak out, get beaten": First Edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman
New York: Random House, 1971.
First edition of Thompson’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Ralph Steadman. An exceptional example.
The Works of Victor Hugo: Including Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, The Contemplations and The Legend of the Ages.
Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1892.
Limited edition, one of 500 copies of the Holland Paper edition. Octavo, 30 volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece to each volume, numerous plates. In near fine condition.
"The real measure is the success or fall of the climber to triumph, not over a lifeless mountain, but over themself": First Edition of The Ascent of Everest; Signed by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Wilfred Noyce, Reinhold Messner, Christ Bonington, Dwayne Congdon, George Band, Laurie Skreslet, Michael Ward, Jim Whittaker, George Lowe, K. Wielicki, S. Wood, Junko Tabei, Thomas Hornbein, S. Vehables, Babu Chiri Sherpa and Rebecca Stephens
London: Hodder & Houghton, 1953.
First edition of this account of the 1953 British conquest of Everest. Octavo, original blue cloth, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and many in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Signed on the title page by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Reinhold Messner, Chris Bonington, Thomas Hornbein, Dwayne Congdon, George Band, Laurie Skreslet, Michael Ward, Jim Whittaker, Krzysztof Wielicki, S. Wood, Junko Tabei, S. Vehables, Babu Chiri Sherpa, Rebecca Stephens and on the front endpaper by Wilfred Noyce. Presentation bookplate on the half-title from John Hunt. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by W. Heaton Cooper. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary’s stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. Rare and desirable signed by this legendary group of mountaineers.
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.
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.
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Poets Classic Work; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Rapp & Whiting, 1968.
First edition of Neruda’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Edwards. Translated by Robert Bly and James Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"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.
“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.
"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.
"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.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”: FINELY BOUND LIMITED SUBSCRIBERS EDITION SET OF THE NOVELS OF VICTOR HUGO; ONE OF ONLY 1000 COPIES PRIVATELY PRINTED
Philadelphia : W.H. Campion & Co, 1892.
Finely bound national edition set of the novels of Victor Hugo. Quarto, 14 volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 1000 copies privately printer for a limited subscriber list. This is set number 205 which has been subscribed for by Mr. William P. Bonbright, Colorado Springs, Co. with his bookplate to the front panel of each volume. Each volume is profusely illustrated with engravings with tissue guards and a table of contents at rear. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes": Finely bound set of the complete works of Alexandre Dumas and Guy de Maupassant
Paris: Editions Louis Conrad, 1929-1955.
Finely bound set of the complete works of Alexandre Dumas and Guy de Maupassant. Octavos, 63 volumes, text in French, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engravings. In near fine condition. A very sharp set.
Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the masterpieces of American literature Tom Sawyer; Finely Bound
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.
First edition, first printing, first state (with “THE” on half title in 10-point rather than 14-point type), peach endpapers, printed on wove paper, with preliminary matter paginated [I]-XVI and front and rear triple flyleaves of laid paper. BAL 3369. Johnson, 27-30. MacDonnell, 39-40. MacBride, 40. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition.
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.
"SURGICAL ANATOMY IS, TO THE STUDENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, THE MOST ESSENTIAL BRANCH OF ANATOMICAL SCIENCE": Rare First Edition of Gray's Anatomy
Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea, 1859.
First edition of this influential work on Anatomy. Quarto, original calf, illustrated with 363 wood-engravings after the drawings by H. V. Carter. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear. A rare first edition of this immensely influential work, scarce in the original binding.
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.