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"one of the most precious jewels in the national heritage": Photograph of 10 Downing Street; Signed by six British prime ministers
Black and white photograph of the 10 Downing Street doorway, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 65031
AXELROD, Julius; Adolf Butenandt; Gerald Edelman; Ernst Otto Fischer; Werner Forssmann; Alfred Hershey; Bernard Katz; Feodor Lynen; Rudolf Mössbauer; Severo Ochoa; Lars Onsager.
Einladung: Tagung der Preistrager fur Medizin, 1975.
Rare original program invitation from the 1975 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Program. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by 11 Nobel Laureates in Physics or Medicine, including: Julius Axelrod, Adolf Butenandt, Gerald Edelman, Ernst Otto Fischer, Werner Forssmann, Alfred Hershey, Bernard Katz, Feodor Lynen, Rudolf Mössbauer, Severo Ochoa, and Lars Onsager. In fine condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 115948
“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.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 46009
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 Item Number: 5035
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 Item Number: 1491
Rare first edition of A Dictionary of the Bible Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography, and Natural History; finely bound in full vellum
London: John Murray, 1863.
First edition of Smith’s Dictionary of the Holy Bible. Octavo, three volumes, bound in full vellum with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges red, illustrations with three maps and illustrations throughout text. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplates.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 111032
London: W.H. Allen, 1978.
First edition of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added a line from this work, “We must endure, we must survive. Andre Brink.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Bob Haberfield.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 1798
"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 128. Near fine in the rare original slipcase which is in very good condition, lacking the small bottom panel. A nice example.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 95264
"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.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 59066
"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.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 44083
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 Item Number: 5697
"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 near fine dust jacket. Jacket painting of Pont Neuf, Paris by Hildegard Rath. A nice example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 120767
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First English Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Inscribed by Him
London: The Egoist Ltd, 1916.
First English edition, one of approximately 750 copies of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Beatrice Randegger. James Joyce. 25 Novembre 1919. Trieste.” The recipient was a private student’s of Joyce in Italy. In excellent condition with light rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 109550
“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 with some rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 101988
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 James with my appreciation. John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 109344
"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 near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117663
“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.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 65345