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“All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,' — which is just another way of saying that you can't"; Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Inscribed by Richard Feynman
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.
First edition, later printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Camille Durand, Richard Feynman.” An excellent near fine example in a near fine dust jacket. Rare signed and inscribed.
“Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond
London: Collins, 1958.
First edition of the first book in the Paddington series. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by Michael Bond on the half title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the front panel and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of a book that is usually found well worn.
“The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time": First Edition of Stephen Hawking's Landmark Work A Brief History of Time; Signed by Carl Sagan and Illustrator Ron Miller
London: Bantam Press, 1988.
First British edition and true first of Hawking’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Ron Miller. Signed by Carl Sagan on the title page, who wrote the introduction. Additionally signed and inscribed by the illustrator Ron Miller, who has also added a drawing. Sagan tells the following story: Sagan was in London for a scientific conference in 1974, and between sessions he wandered into a different room, where a larger meeting was taking place. “I realized that I was watching an ancient ceremony: the investiture of new fellows into the Royal Society, one of the most ancient scholarly organizations on the planet. In the front row, a young man in a wheelchair was, very slowly, signing his name in a book that bore on its earliest pages the signature of Isaac Newton… Stephen Hawking was a legend even then.” In his introduction, Sagan goes on to add that Hawking is the “worthy successor” to Newton and Paul Dirac, both former Lucasian Professors of Mathematics. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1932.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare dust jacket with a few small chips.
New York: Crown Publishers, 2008.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by tennis great Pete Sampras on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed by the illustrator, Nancy Ekholm Burkert on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Norwalk, CT: New Directions, 1954.
First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear.
New York: Modern Library, 1995.
First Modern Library edition of Dickens’ classic work, with an introduction by John Irving. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Light staining to the page edges in a very good dust jacket.
"It is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in": First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; Signed by Him in Volumes Two and Three
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set of Churchill’s classic history. Octavo, original cloth, 4 volumes. Volumes two and three are signed by Winston Churchill on the title page. Each are near fine in the original dust jackets that show light toning. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed.
"Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendells Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Signed by her
London: Hutchinson, 1977.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry and Nancy Kissinger, “For Nancy & Henry as a guide to those K volumes yet to come! With all good wishes J.K.G. 1981.” Galbraith and Kissinger were close friends, both civil servants and Harvard University professors, who played a vital role in the development of United States foreign policies in the 1960s-70s and beyond. Galbraith, working as United States ambassador to India in the Kennedy administration and Kissinger in the Nixon administration as Secretary of State. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An outstanding association copy linking these two giants of American history.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.
Signed Limited edition, one of 327 copies. Quarto, original half pigskin over boards, top edge gilt, 2 volumes. Signed by Thomas Edison on the limitation page and additionally signed by Ramsaye. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Some staining to lower section of spines, some rubbing and edgewear to boards, a very good set. Copies of the limited edition were also bound in cloth, this is the more uncommon leather bound edition.
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine, light wear to the front panel, contemporary bookplate to the inside front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"I am a Christian Because of Owen Meany": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Lengthily Signed by John Irving
New York: Morrow, 1989.
First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added the first line of this title, “I’m a Christian because of Owen Meany John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of this "classic work of outdoor literature, rivaling Thoreau's Walden" A Sand County Almanac; Lengthily Inscribed by Estella Leopold
New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.
First edition, first issue of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original cloth with titles and tooling to the front panel in silver. A lengthy inscription from Estella Leopold on the front free endpaper which reads, “Perhaps every youth needs an occasional wilderness trip, in order to learn the meaning of this particular freedom.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the spine crown and overall wear. Rare, especially with such a nice inscription.
London: Quartet, 1987.
First edition of the second volume in the acclaimed author’s quartet. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Random House, 2002.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily inscribed by Maya Angelou. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought": First Edition of John Rawls Masterpiece A Theory of Justice
Cambridge, MA: Belnap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Small numbers on the copyright page, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“the feeling of being lost in time and geography with months and years hazily sparkling ahead in a prospect of inconjecturable magic": First Edition of Each Work in Patrick Leigh Fermor's Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
London: John Murray, 1977-2013.
First editions of each volume in Leigh Fermor’s trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water are signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. The Broken Road, which was published posthumously is signed by editors Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper on the title page. Jacket artwork by John Craxton. Near fine in a near fine to fine dust jackets.