Looking for a unique and personal gift? A rare book is a gift they will treasure for a lifetime. There are few gifts that are as lasting and appreciated as a rare book. They hold within its pages not only historical and cultural significance, but often also a personal significance to the recipient. Whether it is a beloved childhood book that turned them on to the joys of reading or a favorite title they read in high school or college, people treasure these books like a close friend.

  • Inscribed by Richard Feynman

    Feynman, Richard P.

    “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” Adventures of a Curious Character.

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.

    Later printing. 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.

    Price: $4,000.00

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  • “BUT I AM BORN HAPPY EVERY MORNING”: FIRST EDITION OF EDITH WHARTON’S A BACKWARD GLANCE

    Wharton, Edith.

    A Backward Glance: Reminiscences by Edith Wharton.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934.

    First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Bookplates to the inner gutter, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light wear to the spine.

    Price: $300.00

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  • “Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond

    Bond, Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum .

    A Bear Called Paddington.

    London: Collins, 1958.

    First edition. 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.

    Price: $7,200.00

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  • First Edition of Garet Garret's A Bubble That Broke the World

    Garrett, Garet.

    A Bubble That Broke the World.

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1932.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare dust jacket with a few small chips.

    Price: $450.00

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  • First Edition Of Tennis Great Pete Sampras’ Autobiography; Signed By Him

    Sampras, Pete.

    A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis.

    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.

    Price: $150.00

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  • First Edition of A Child's Calendar; Signed by Illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert

    Updike, John.

    A Child’s Calendar.

    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.

    Price: $375.00

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  • First Edition of Dylan Thomas' Modern Classic A Child's Christmas In Wales

    Thomas, Dylan.

    A Child’s Christmas In Wales.

    Norwalk, CT: New Directions, 1954.

    First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear.

    Price: $250.00

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  • A Christmas Carol; Signed by John Irving

    Irving, John] Charles Dickens.

    A Christmas Carol and Other Stories.

    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.

    Price: $300.00

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  • First Edition of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust

    Waugh, Evelyn.

    A Handful Of Dust.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1934.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. An excellent copy with some of light foxing to the page edges.

    Price: $975.00

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  • "It is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in": First Edition Set of Winston Churchill’s Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; Signed by Him in Volumes Two and Three

    Churchill, Winston S.

    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    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.

    Price: $8,000.00

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  • "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendell’s Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Lengthily Inscribed by her

    Rendell, Ruth.

    A Judgement in Stone.

    London: Hutchinson, 1977.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added the opening line as follows, “Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she count not read or write. Ruth Rendell.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,800.00

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  • Inscribed by John Kenneth Galbraith to Henry and Nancy Kissinger

    Galbraith, John Kenneth; Henry A. Kissinger.

    A Life In Our Times.

    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.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of the Kurt Vonnegut's Final Book A Man Without A Country; Signed by Him With A Self-Caricature

    Vonnegut, Kurt.

    A Man Without a Country.

    New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005.

    First edition. Octavo, original boards. Light rubbing, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author with a self-caricature drawing on the half title page.

    Price: $600.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of Thomas Edison's A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture

    Edison, Thomas Alva & Terry Ramsaye.

    A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture.

    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.

    Price: $4,500.00

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  • "The motor-car has restored the romance of travel": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Motor-Flight Through France

    Wharton, Edith.

    A Motor-Flight Through France.

    New York: Scribner's, 1908.

    First edition. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Top edge gilt. Ilustrated throughout. In very good condition. Laid into this copy is a contemporary brochure from Scribner’s for their illustrated books of the period. A nice bright example.

    Price: $250.00

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  • “The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    Joyce, James.

    A 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.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • "I am a Christian Because of Owen Meany": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Lengthily Signed by John Irving

    Irving, John.

    A Prayer For Owen Meany.

    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.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of this "classic work of outdoor literature, rivaling Thoreau's Walden" A Sand County Almanac; Lengthily Inscribed by Estella Leopold

    Leopold, Aldo; Estella Leopold.

    A Sand County Almanac.

    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.

    Price: $4,500.00

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  • First Edition of Assia Djebar's A Sister to Scheherazade; Inscribed by Her

    Djebar, Assia.

    A Sister to Scheherazade.

    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.

    Price: $450.00

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  • First Edition of A Song Flung Up to Heaven; Inscribed by Maya Angelou

    Angelou, Maya.

    A Song Flung Up To Heaven.

    New York: Random House, 2002.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily inscribed by Maya Angelou. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $175.00

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