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"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
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Ambassador Jean-Pierre Masset of France. Compliments & best wishes. NMandela 29.1.96.” The recipient, His Excellency Jean-Pierre Masset served as the French Ambassador to Pakistan from 1989 to 1993, a period of intense bilateral relations between France and Pakistan, marked by the state visit of President François Mitterrand, the first visit of a French President since the creation of Pakistan. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent association.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 89081
“Hope springs forever": First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Inscribed by Her
London: Bloomsbury Books, 2008.
First British edition of this wizarding classic. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “To Annie, J.K Rowling.” With the author’s hologram sticker on the top right corner. In fine condition without wear. No dust jacket was issued for this title.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 89076
First Edition of River: One Man's Journey Down the Colorado, Source to Sea; Inscribed by Colin Fletcher
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
First edition of this epic adventure by Fletcher, a renowned traveler and writer. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 15 maps and 42 photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Alan and Lotte with best wishes Colin Carmel Valley, California 4/30/97.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Susan Carroll.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 54787
“You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end": First Edition of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch; Signed by Him With the original prospectus
New York: Grove Press, Inc, 1962.
First American edition, first issue jacket with no zip code on rear panel and no roman numerals on lower spine near back panel of Burroughs’ classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William S. Burroughs on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Included is the original prospectus issued by Grove Press prior to publication. Photograph of Burroughs on the rear panel by Martha Rocher. An exceptional example, scarce with the original prospectus.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 87577
London: William Hodge & Company, 1945.
First edition of this early work by von Mises. Small octavo, original cloth. Small name on the front free endpaper, near fine in a original dust jacket with a chip to the foot of the spine and a closed tear to the rear panel.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 21098
Color photograph of British naturalists David Attenborough and Jane Goodall, boldly signed by them. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. Matted and framed. Then entire piece measures 14 inches by 11 inches.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 68532
New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition, first issue with the publisher’s logo on the half title page of Kesey’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed by Ken Kesey on the front free endpaper, who has filled the entire page with a drawing in purple, blue and green. Near fine in a very good price-clipped first issue dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 88456
Typed signed letter from Carl Haverlin to Igor Stravinsky, with Stravinsky's holograph notes and signature
Single page typed signed letter with notes in Stravinsky’s hand. Typed signed letter from 1962 to Igor Styravinsky from Carl Haverlin, pioneer in radio broadcasting, and longtime president of Broadcast Music Inc. The letter is on Broadcast Music Inc. stationary, and Haverlin writes to inquire about some illustrations which Dulac had made for Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet. He writes: “I…take the liberty of asking you if your memory will bring forth any background on the sketches.” In the margin adjacent to this sentence, Stravinsky writes “Not at all!” in red pen. Haverlin closes the letter with: “Photostats of the sketchbook pages are enclosed.” Beneath this Stravinsky writes, along with his signature, “I find it unfortunately very bad.” Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19.25 inches.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 84762
"ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN A GREAT WRITER AND A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER EVER PUBLISHED": Scarce First Edition of The Sweet Flypaper of Life; Lengthily inscribed by Langston Hughes
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955.
First edition of the classic collaboration between Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes. Small octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Langston Hughes on the front free endpaper, “Especially for Lucian Stanton whose photographs I very much enjoyed seeing- Sincerely- Langston Hughes New York Feb. 23, 1960.” An excellent example in the original dust jacket. Roth 101, Parr & Badger, The Photobook I, 242; The Open Book, 160. The hardcover is much more uncommon than the wrapper edition.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 90534
“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!”: Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin
Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 91799
“And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past": First Edition of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc , 1951.
First American edition, which preceded the British edition of Wyndham’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by John Wyndham on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust dust jacket. Jacket design by Whitney Bender.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 82090
"To know Indians was to take a delight in people as people; every encounter was an adventure": First Editions of each volume in Naipaul's India Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
An Area of Darkness: An Experience of India; India: A Wounded Civilization and India: A Million Mutinies Now.
London: Andre Deutsch, 1964-1990.
First editions of each of the author’s works in his acclaimed Indian Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Each volume is signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 90453
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987.
Early printing of this “thoughtful, beautiful, and enlightening work” (Jane Jacobs). Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated throughout. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Keep up the good work and greetings from Jan Gehl Copenhagen 20.01.2015.” In near fine condition. Translated by Jo Koch.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 73672
“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results": Anniversary Edition of Milton Friedman's Classic Treatise Capitalism and Freedom; Signed by Him
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Special anniversary edition of Friedman’s magnum opus. Octavo, bound in full leather, gilt titles to the spine, front and rear panel, all edges gilt, silk bookmark bound in. Signed by Milton Friedman on the title page. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 87985
“Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind": First Edition of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk; Signed 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. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the dedication page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Braswell. Uncommon signed.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 85233
“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.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 89633
New York: Doubleday, 1990.
Early printing of Senge’s bestselling classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter Senge on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Whitney Cookman.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 58934
Venice: Aldine Press, 1524.
Rare third Aldine edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. Small octavo, original vellum with the title to the spine in manuscript, with woodcut Aldine device to title and final colophon leaf. In excellent condition with some minor toning to the leaves. Exceptionally rare, with only two having appeared at auction in the last 80 years. This is one of the earliest obtainable examples of Homer’s landmark work.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 91267
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1978.
First edition of Puzo’s classic novel set in a world where law and organized crime are one and the same. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, “For Dorothy The power behind the throne Affectionately Mario Puzo.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Fujita. Jacket drawing by Mary Mietzelfeld.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 85769
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.
First edition of this work on ontology by one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For John Hilary Putnam April 4, ’15.” Name to the front free endpaper, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gwen Nefsky Frankfeldt.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 68341
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1983.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Name to the front free endpaper, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bob Silverman. Translated by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mrockowska-Brand.
Price: $30.00 Item Number: 75338