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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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"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.
“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.
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.
London: John Murray 1875.
First edition of this classic work by Darwin. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, illustrations by Darwin and his sons, George and Francis Darwin. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
"With my compliments for a very interesting and enjoyable occasion": AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; LENGTHILY 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 front free endpaper, “To John Diebold- with my compliments for a very interesting and enjoyable occasion- Ayn Rand 10/25/71.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by George Salter.
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it's us without our past?”: First Edition of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Grapes of Wrath
New York: The Viking Press 1939.
First edition, with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on the front flap of the dust jacket. Octavo, original beige cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light shelfwear. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. A very sharp example.
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.
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.
Boston: L.C. Page & Company, Publishers 1904.
Finely bound works of the Russian master Leo Tolstoy. Octavo, 14 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. In very good condition.
"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.
“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’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barack Obama 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.
“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.
First Edition of The Strategy of Conflict; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Thomas Schelling
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 1960.
First edition of this work that pioneered the study of bargaining and strategic behavior. Octavo, original yellow cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Roger Jan 75 Tom Schelling.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear to the extremities.
“One must fight to get to the top, especially if one starts at the bottom": First Edition in English of Franz Kafka's The Castle; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1930.
First edition in English of Kafka’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Translated by Edwin and Willa Muir. With an introduction by Edwin Muir. A superior example, scarce in this condition.
"The Metropolis strives to reach a mythical point where the world is completely fabricated by man, so that it absolutely coincides with his desires": First Edition of Rem Koolhaas Delirious New York; Signed by Him
New York: Oxford University 1978.
First edition of Rem Koolhaas’ masterpiece on the architectural design of one of the most celebrated cities in the world.. Folio, original cloth. Signed by Rem Koolhaas on the title page. Laid in is a lecture pamplet given by Koolhaas. Fine in a fine dust jacket.