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"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Book of Psalms
London: John Baskett, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, 1715.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 114564
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. In fine condition. A unique piece of Americana and with noted provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be": Finely Bound By Bayntun of Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ
London: Chatto & Windus, 1908.
Finely bound example of a Kempis’ classic work. Octavo, bound in morocco by Bayntun, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt doublures, illustrated including color plates by Flint. Translated from the Latin by Richard Wbytford and then re-edited into modern English by Wilfrid Raynal. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 120987
"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100548
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of Richard Adams’ timeless classic novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow bestselling children’s author Madeleine L’Engle, “Yours sincerely, For Madeleine, on a very special occasion Richard Adams.” From the library of Madeleine L’Engle. Both Adams and L’Engle were unknown in the publishing world until their singular best-selling award-winning children’s novels were finally published after numerous rejections. Both authors’ works were also published in their mid-lives after they had married and had children. At the insistence of his daughters, Adams began writing the story he had told them on a car trip in 1966 at the age of 46 and after four publishers and three writers’ agencies turned down the manuscript, Rex Collings agreed to publish the work in 1972. The book gained immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Prize, and was adapted into several feature films and television series. L’Engle’s best-selling work A Wrinkle in Time was also initially rejected by at least 26 publishers. It was not until a close personal friend of L’Engle’s mother introduced her to John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux that the work was finally published in 1962. L’Engle was 44 years old at the time of publication and A Wrinkle in Time went on to win the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 99338
Paris: A. Michel, 1955.
First edition of this work on the Nobel laureate. Quarto, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Schweitzer on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Jean Marie Dubernard upon leaving Lambaréné with my good thoughts, Albert Schweitzer Lambaréné, 18 March 1957.” Photographs by Erica Anderson. Text by Eugene Exman. Preface by Daniel Halevy. In near fine condition. Books signed by Schweitzer are rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 120738
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline “Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous”, a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Articles featured on the front page include, “Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon”, “Kennedy Charged in Crash”, and “Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 21 inches. Rare a desirable signed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
Rare Complete First Edition Set of Barthelemy's Travels of Anacharsis the younger with the rare octavo atlas volume
Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece: During the Middle of the Fourth Century Before the Christian Era.
London: Printed For G. G. and J. Robinson, Pater-Noster Row, .
First edition in English of of Jean-Jacques Barthelemy’s masterful work on the history and customs of ancient Greece. Octavos, five volumes including the octavo atlas volume with thirty-one folding maps, plans, views and coins, some hand-colored. Plates include maps and views of Athens, the Parthenon, Delphi, Corinthia, Olympia, the Cyclades, Sparta, and Arcadia. Bound in three quarters contemporary calf over marbled boards, gilt tiles and tooling to the spine, black spine labels, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. An exceptional and complete example.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 89078
Shelton, CT: Greenwich Workshop Press, 1998.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Alan Bean on the title page. Additionally inscribed by John Glenn on the title page; who contributed the introduction to this volume. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 314
"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1972.
First edition of “the bible of American cooking” (Time). Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Earl Thollander. Jacket design by Elna Rapp. Jacket illustration by Mary Purcell.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 2283
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the photographer’s first book with over 75 black-and-white and color photographic plates. Tall quarto, original ivory cloth. Signed by Peter Beard on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114613
"Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul": First Edition of Frosty the Snow Man; adapted from the song of the same name by Annie North Bedford
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1951.
First edition Little Golden Book of the story of Frosty the Snow Man. Octavo, original pictorial boards with the signature Little Golden Book gold foil to the spine, illustrated by Corinne Malvern. In near fine condition.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 116394
“We are funny creatures. We don't see the stars as they are, so why do we love them? They are not small gold objects, but endless fire": First Edition of Henderson the Rain King; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow
New York: The Viking Press, 1959.
First edition of Bellow’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Saul Bellow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears. Jacket painting by Bill Preston.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 5561
“SUDDENLY THERE WAS A KNOCK WHICH MADE HER PAUSE— COULD IT PERHAPS BE SANTA CLAUS?”: FIRST EDITION OF OF MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS IN TEXAS
Dallas, Texas: Neiman-Marcus, 1955.
First edition of Madeline’s Christmas in Texas, which precedes the 1956 Christmas edition of McCall’s Magazine. 12 mo, original wrappers as issued, illustrated. In near fine condition. Scarce, especially in this condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 95871
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Madeline; Signed by Ludwig Bemelmans
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the “They went home and broke their bread” illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the front free endpaper. An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 82390
“SUDDENLY THERE WAS A KNOCK WHICH MADE HER PAUSE— COULD IT PERHAPS BE SANTA CLAUS?”: FIRST APPEARANCE OF MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS
New York: McCall's, 1956.
First appearance of Madeline’s Christmas, a special insert in the 1956 Christmas edition of McCall’s Magazine. 12 mo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition with some light wear to the rear panel.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 21044
"If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert": First Edition of Days of David Ben-Gurion; Signed by the First Prime Minister of Israel
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1967.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated account of the first prime minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page. Edited by Ohad Zamora, Mordechai Barkai, Nahum Pundak and Israel Stockmann. Introduction by S.Y. Agnon. Fine in a fine pictorial acetate dust jacket.
Price: $1,150.00 Item Number: 111748
"The Hebrew nation will proudly and lovingly remember the memory of Chaim who fulfilled his duties in loyalty while protecting the homeland."; Document Signed by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
Signed Document from the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben Gurion. “State of Israel We sadly commemorate the memory of 566552 private Chaim Chobra, may his memory be blessed, who died in the line of duty on 24 of Adar A 5711 (March 2nd, 1951). The Israeli government, I[srael] D[efense] F[orce] and the Hebrew nation will proudly and lovingly remember the memory of Chaim who fulfilled his duties in loyalty while protecting the homeland. D. Ben-Gurion Prime Minister.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 16.5 inches.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 67048
"The establishment of peace on earth is a fundamental belief of universal Judaism with its principles of one universal God and one humanity": Rare type-written manuscript signed and hand-corrected by Palestine's first attorney general Norman Bentwich
Rare manuscript written by Mandatory Palestine’s first attorney general, British Zionist Norman Bentwich. 21 pages, type-written with copious corrections and revisions in Bentwich’s hand throughout, signed by Bentwich at the conclusion of the last page. Developed during his term as Chairman of the United Restitution Organization, the manuscript contains content and notes which would later be published as Bentwich’s 1959 book: The Religious Foundations of Internationalism; A Study in International Relations Through the Ages. Also included at the conclusion of the text is a list of suggested reading. In very good condition. A rare and desirable signed manuscript.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 81253
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
London: Collins, 1970.
First edition of the ninth title in Bond’s classic Paddington series. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “With all good wishes Michael Bond.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 47090
Pair of cold-painted Austrian antique bronze horsehead bookends mounted on marble bases. The bookends measure 7 inches in height. In fine condition. A handsome example.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 90467
New York: Random House, 1973.
Later printing of the final volume in Boorstin’s The Americans series. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Lydia A. Bogdoyan with admiration and warm regards from Daniel J. Boorstin Sept 23, 1976.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 96031
New York: Random House, 1973.
Early printing of the final volume in Boorstin’s The Americans series. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Jim Wooley – fellow Oklahoman and explorer of American history – with warm regards from Dan Boorstin July 30, 1973.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 36598
First Edition of Sir James Penn Boucaut's The Arab: The Horse of the Future; Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf
London: Gay and Bird, 1905.
First edition of Boucaut’s authoritative text on the Arabian horse. Octavo, bound in full red morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, gilt turn-ins and elaborate inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece. In fine condition. A superior example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 100350
Black and White photograph taken by Pach Brothers of architect Marcel Breuer. Boldly signed by Breuer on the lower left. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.8 inches by 21 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 67091
"My little tasks - the little tasks even of my little life - claim the divinest inspirations": First edition of Reverend Phillips Brook's Perennials
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1898.
First edition of this book of aphorisms created by American Episcopal clergyman and lyricist Phillips Brooks, best known for writing the lyrics to the Christmas hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Small octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, green marbled endpapers. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 81240
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949.
First edition of this charming early work by Margaret Wise Brown. Quarto, original illustrated boards. Some rubbing to the bottom boards, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrated By Leonard Weisgard.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 12038
"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get": First edition of Tap Dancing To Work; Signed by Warren Buffett and Carol Loomis
New York: Portfolio/ Penguin, 2013.
First edition of this collection of writings by and about Warren Buffett. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by both Warren Buffett and Carol Loomis on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joseph Perez.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 5477
New York: Times Books, 1977.
Early printing of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Patricia Dunbar.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 100023
The Poetical Works of Robert Burns: With Fore-Edge Painting of New Bridge and Broomielaw, Glasgow. [Fore-Edge Painting].
London: Frederick Warne and Company, .
Octavo, bound in full brown morocco, decoratively bordered in gilt, spine gilt, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. With a wonderful fore-edge painting of New Bridge and Broomielaw, Glasgow. Binding by H. & C. Treacher of Brighton. 614 pp. Illustrated.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 52016
"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family": First Edition of Barbara Bush's Memoir; Signed by Her
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.
First edition of the first lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barbara Bush. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow.
Price: $95.00 Item Number: 45676
Rare George H. W. Bush Vice Presidential Fountain Pen bearing Bush’s signature in facsimile. Housed in the original pen box bearing the seal of the Vice President of the United States. In fine condition requiring the nib insert.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 114942
London: John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1923.
Early printing of Cabell’s famed fantasy novel. Octavo, original cloth, top edge red. In very good condition.
Price: $50.00 Item Number: 101682
The Louis XIV national deluxe illustrated edition of the works of Albert Camus; with over 90 original lithographs in color by Carzou
Paris: Imprimierie Nationale, 1965.
The Louis XIV national deluxe illustrated edition of the works of Albert Camus with over 90 original lithographs in color by Carzou. Quartos, 7 volumes, pages loosely bound within black vellum backed wrappers housed in glassine, elaborately illustrated throughout with additional suites of lithographs to the rear of each volume. In near fine condition. Each volume housed in the original custom slipcase. Exquisitely illustrated.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 94697