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Exceedingly rare first edition, first issue presentation copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit; inscribed by Tolkien to the Livesleys who ran the summer guest cottage in the village of Sidmouth which inspired 'The Shire' and where Tolkien did much of his writing
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937.
First edition, first issue of Tolkien's classic tale, "among the very highest achievements of children’s authors during the 20th century” (Carpenter & Pritchard, 530), one of only a handful of presentation copies reserved for Tolkien to give to family members, colleagues and close friends. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, frontispiece and 9 full-page uncolored illustrations after drawings by Tolkien. Presentation copy, inscribed by Tolkien on the flyleaf, "Mr. & Mrs. Livesley & Edgar with best wishes from J.R.R. Tolkien." The recipients, the Livesleys and their son Edgar, ran the Kennaway House, a Regency town house in the village of Sidmouth,…
Price: $475,000.00 Item Number: 135801
“I’ve just had the happiest day of my life”: The Companion of Honour Medal: Awarded to Friedrich von Hayek by Queen Elizabeth II; with the royal appointment signed by Queen Elizabeth II
Exquisite Companion of Honour Medal, awarded by Queen Elizabeth II to Friedrich von Hayek on June 16th 1984 at Buckingham Palace. Measuring 2.5 inches by 1.75 inches, the medallion is surmounted by the royal crown decorated in red and green enamel and features a mounted knight and oak tree with the shield of the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom within a blue oval frame bearing the gilt motto, "In Action Faithful and In Honor Clear." On the verso is Queen Elizabeth's royal insignia. Presented on a red ribbon with gold thread borders and housed in a custom velvet blue…
Price: $150,000.00 Item Number: 117452
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism.
New York: Alcoholics Anonymous, 1939.
First edition of Bill Wilson’s classic work, one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 30 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. This volume is also accompanied by a typed note signed, stating: "This book was given to me by my father Henry G. Parkhurst, Jr. who told me that it was given to him by his father, Henry G. Parkhurst, Sr." Hank Parkhurst, a successful businessman in the early part of the 20th century, is regarded as the first alcoholic to recover through following Bill Wilson. Housed in a custom half…
Price: $60,000.00 Item Number: 133900
“Every moment has its pleasures and its hope": First edition of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park; ELABORATELY BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO BY RIVIERE & SON
London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1814.
First edition of Austen's classic third novel. Small octavo, 3 volumes, elaborately bound in full crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands. triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the half-titles supplied as commonly found. From the library of American industrialist and notable book collector William Hartman Woodin with his bookplate to volume I. In near fine condition. A stunning example.
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 135726
Exceedingly rare new and revised edition of M. de Bourrienne's Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, and royal associates
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1885.
Exceedingly rare edition of M. de Bourrienne's Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, associates, and the author bound in. Octavo, bound in three quarters scarlet morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt with others uncut, tissue-guarded frontispiece and full color portrait to each volume, illustrated with engravings issued in the initial publication and over 100 extra portraits and views bound in. With over 50 autograph letters signed bound…
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 117078
The Constable Edition of The Works of Shakespeare; one of only 1,000 copies bound by BaynTun in cosway-style binding and elaborately illustrated with original watercolors
Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable; Grant Richards, 1903-1904.
The Constable edition of the works of Shakespeare. Folio, ten volumes. Elaborately bound in full blue morocco by Bayntun Riviere in Cosway-style binding with hand painted portrait medallions under glass to the front panel of each volume, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the spine and front panel, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, raised gilt bands, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, silk endleaves, ribbon bound in. Illustrated with 479 tissue-guarded plates and 531 original illustrations, 525 of which are original watercolors. One of only 1,000 copies, this is number 149. Volume X is signed by Grant Richards,…
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 95176
"Produced by the most important and active printing press of 17th century Rome": Rare early seventeenth century Italian celestial globe produced by Roman cartographer Giuseppe de Rossi
Rome: Giuseppe de Rossi, .
Rare early seventeenth century Italian celestial globe produced by Roman cartographer Giuseppe de Rossi, the founder the most important and active printing press of 17th century Rome, the Rossi firm. Laid horizontally and mounted on a turned mahogany stand, the celestial globe measures 8 inches in diameter and is comprised of 12 hand-colored engraved gores depicting the major constellations and all twelve zodiac signs, illustrated in detail after Jodocus Hondius famed celestial globe of 1601. The inscribed cartouche reads, "Globus Coelest, in quo stellae fixæ omnes quæ a N. Viro Tychone Brahe suma cura observatæ sunt, accuratissime dessignantur: quibus adjuncte…
Price: $28,000.00 Item Number: 127575
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying": The Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 80 Sets Bound in Japanese Vellum
London: Methuen & Co, 1908.
First collected edition, one of 80 sets on Japanese vellum, the rarest and most desirable of Wilde's works. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in original vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel with the design by Charles Ricketts, top edge gilt. "The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional matter which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time" (Mason). In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially in this…
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 103150
The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Battle of Life; Cricket on the Hearth; The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1843-1848.
Rare complete first edition set of of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books including the rare first edition of A Christmas Carol. Octavo, five volumes bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, The Christmas Carol with central gilt vignette of the Fezziwig's Ball frontispiece, the rest with central gilt portrait of Dickens or mistletoe to the front and rear panels, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the original publisher's gilt-decorated cloth bound in at…
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 131382
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns": Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece Lolita; signed by him with an original drawing of a butterfly
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1955.
First edition, early impression of Nabokov's lyrical masterwork. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Vladimir Nabokov on the half-title page with an additional drawing of a butterfly. An accomplished lepidopterist, Nabokov only included butterfly drawings in books presented to those especially important to him. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Author photograph by Maclean Damcron. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 137049
"The owner of these volumes will possess an exact reproduction of the original South Polar Times which appeared month by month during the winters of 1902-03": First Limited edition of The South Polar Times; With a Signed page From Ernest Shackleton and Rudolph Blakenburg
London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1907-1914.
First limited edition of the complete collection of the South Polar Times, a periodical created by Scott's crew during his two polar expeditions on the ships Discovery and Terra Nova, with a slip signed by Ernest Shackleton and Rudolph Blakenburg Quarto, three volumes, publisher's gilt decorated cloth, all edges gilt, frontispiece to each volume, elaborately illustrated with engravings after the expedition members' original drawings, many in color. Volumes I and II are number 177 of only 250 copies, volume III is number 256 of 350 copies. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 95157
The Works of Charles Dickens; elaborately bound and containing 23 first editions of his novels in book form
The Works of Charles Dickens. Including [The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Facts & Figures from Italy, Our Mutual Friend, Oliver Twist, Hard Times, A Child’s History of England, and Edwin Drood].
Finely bound set of Dickens' works containing 23 first editions of Dickens' novels in book form. Octavo, 26 volumes, bound in full morocco, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbons bound in, illustrated. The collection includes first editions in book form of: The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 135934
“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Signed by J.K. Rowling and nine members of the film cast including Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman
London: Bloomsbury, 2007.
First edition of the seventh and final novel in Rowling's immensely popular Harry Potter series signed by J.K. Rowling and nine members of the film cast including Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman at a film premiere. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the title page; Emma Watson [Hermione Granger] and Julie Walters [Molly Weasley] on the front pastedown; Tom Felton [Draco Malfoy], John Hurt [Garrick Ollivander], and Gary Oldman [Sirius Black] on the front free endpaper; Alan Rickman [Professor Severus Snape] on the final free endpaper; and Daniel Radcliffe [Harry Potter] on the rear pastedown. Fine in…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 127555
Trattato Della Pittura Di Lionardo Da Vinci. Nouamente dato in luce, con la vita dell’istesso autore, scritta da Rafaelle du Fresne.
In Parigi: Apresso Giacomo Langlois, 1651.
First edition of Da Vinci's classic treatise on painting, compiled from his original notes by his pupil Francesco Melzi and containing the same illustrations used in the French translation of the treatise published by Langlois in the same year, where they are attributed to Poussin. Folio, bound in full eighteenth century calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with numerous engravings throughout, additional frontispiece incorporating a portrait of Leonardo, engraved plate with portrait of Alberti. Brunet V 1257; Graesse VI 327. In very good…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 136570
LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE: SIGNED BY IAN FLEMING, ONE OF ONLY 285 EXAMPLES
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
Signed limited first edition, the only Bond title issued in a limited edition, number 37 of 285 examples of the eleventh Bond novel. Octavo, original half vellum, top edge gilt, with color frontispiece portrait of Fleming by Amherst Villiers. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $19,500.00 Item Number: 133223
First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Warmly Inscribed by Nelson Mandela and signed by Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk
London: Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
First British edition of the first 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 title page, "To Dr. Ivan May Compliments and best wishes to a public figure who cares. Nelson Mandela 6.1.95." Additionally signed by Nobel Prize-winners Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. The recipient, Ivan May was an academician and humanitarian, who worked closely with The Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was described by the foundation as…
Price: $18,000.00 Item Number: 130735
COMPLETE SET OF DICKENS' CHRISTMAS BOOKS, INCLUDING FIRST EDITIONS OF THE CHIMES, THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH, THE BATTLE OF LIFE, AND THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN; elaborately bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Battle of Life; Cricket on the Hearth; The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48.
Complete set of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books containing first editions of each volume in the series with the exception of A Christmas Carol. Octavo, five volumes elaborately bound in full crushed red morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated. The set includes a second edition of A Christmas Carol and first editions of The Chimes, The Battle of Life, Cricket on the Hearth, The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s…
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 135440
New York: Atheneum, 1968.
First edition of Watson's ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Signed by both James Watson and Francis Crick on the title page. Octavo, original blue cloth, with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. Rare and desirable signed by both Watson and Crick.
Price: $16,000.00 Item Number: 112545
First editions of Parts I and II of Stephen King's The Plant; both volumes warmly inscribed by him to his publicist
Bangor, Maine: Philtrum Press, 1982-1983.
First editions of the first two parts of King's rare unfinished epistolary novel. Octavo, original saddle-sewn olive green wrappers with folding flaps stamped and lettered in black, each part is one of 200 numbered copies printed at the Stinehour Press and designed by Michael Alpert: Part One, No. 147; Part Two, No. 138. Presentation copies, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of Part I, "For Barbara - All best, and have a very Happy New Year! Stephen King 1/11/83" and on the half-title page of Part II, "For Barbara - with best wishes, Steve King 1/2/83." With…
Price: $16,000.00 Item Number: 136499
Paris: Jacques Langlois, 1651.
Rare first edition of this classic treatise of da Vinci's work on painting, two parts in one volume. Folio, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles, engraved portrait of da Vinci in each part, engraved vignette on title, engraved initials, head and tail pieces, engraved text illustrations. In very good condition, marginalia, rebacked. Compiled from his original notes by his pupil Francesco Melzi. First editions are rare.
Price: $16,000.00 Item Number: 130267