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“If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know": Original Program Signed by Louis Armstrong and His All Stars
Northampton, Massachusetts: The Northampton Jaycees, 1947.
Rare original program from Louis Armstrong and His All Stars’ performance at the John M. Greene Hall in Northampton Massachusetts during their All Star tour. Octavo, 6 pages. Boldly signed by Louis Armstrong on the program cover. Additionally signed by Clarinetist Ed Hall, Trombonist Trummy Young, Pianist Billy Kyle, Bassist Mort Herbert, and Vocalist Velma Middleton. In near fine condition. A unique example.
“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, early printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. 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. Jacket design by Mike McIver. Told to Ralph Leighton. Edited by Edward Hutchings.
“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 half-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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.
"It's not what's around the Christmas tree that matters it's who's around it": First Edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas; Signed by Charles Schulz
Cleveland and New York: World Publishing, 1965.
First edition of the author’s classic Christmas story and later filmed for television, which was later honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award. Small quarto, original boards. Boldly signed by Charles Schulz on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear.
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.
“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
"Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again": Signed Limited Edition Of Hemingways A Farewell To Arms
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
Signed limited first edition of this early Hemingway classic, which established him among the American masters. Tall octavo, original white parchment over green boards. One of 510 copies signed by Ernest Hemingway, this is number 67. Fine in the original slipcase which is in very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, scarce in this condition.
"Fear cuts deeper than swords” First Edition of the first Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Series; Warmly Inscribed by George R.R. Martin
New York: Bantam, 1996.
First edition of the first book in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Paul, May your summers all be bountiful. George R.R. Martin.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tom Hallman. Book design by James Sinclair.
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge": A Game of Thrones, Twentieth Anniversary Edition; Signed by George R.R. Martin
New York: Bantam Books, 2016.
First illustrated edition of the twentieth anniversary edition. Octavo, original boards, cartographic endpapers. Signed by George R.R. Martin on the title page. Foreword by John Hodgman.
“She would've been a good woman," said The Misfit, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life": First Edition of Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To To Find
New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955.
First edition, first state book with “tyring” on page 125; first-issue dust jacket with reviews for Wise Blood on rear panel of O’Connor’s classic work. Octavo, original boards. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"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 of Galbraith’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, 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.
"This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
First edition with “A-3.64[H]” present on copyright page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. Jacket painting of Pont Neuf, Paris by Hildegard Rath.
“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 of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine. From the library of Henry W. Keyes, with his signature to the front free endpaper along with his daughters. Keyes was the Governor of New Hampshire and a United States Senator and married to the writer Frances Parkinson Keyes. A nice example with noted provenance.
"I am a Christian Because of Owen Meany": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Lengthily Signed by John Irving
New York: William Morrow and Company, 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. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 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, “For My Biggest Fan John Irving.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
“Never confuse faith, or belief—of any kind—with something even remotely intellectual": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Inscribed by John Irving to Fellow Writer John Helyar
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1989.
First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For John Helyar John Irving.” The recipient is the author of the classic business book Barbarians at the Gate and Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Honi Werner.