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"Look what the New Yorker dragged in! The purr-fect gathering of talent celebrating our feline companions": First edition of The Big New Yorker Book Of Cats
New York: Random House, 2013.
First edition of the collected New Yorker cat-related articles, cover art, and illustrations with contributions by Margaret Atwood, Roald Dahl, Robert Graves, Peter Matthiessen, Haruki Murakami, John Updike, and E. B. White, among others. Quarto, original boards, illustrated. Foreword by Anthony Lane. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Boland. Jacket illustration by David G. Stevenson.
Price: $40.00 Item Number: 124138
"He expressed the unconquerable spirit of the nation": rare limited edition Spode bone china Winston Churchill plate
Stoke-on-Trent, England: Spode, .
Rare limited edition Churchill Spode bone china plate. One of a limited edition of five thousand numbered plates commissioned by Thomas Goode and Co. Ltd. of London, this is number 860. The plate features a portrait of Churchill flanked by rampant lions and surrounded by a botanical gilt border. Founded by Josiah Spode in 1770, Spode pottery is renowned for perfecting the technique for transfer printing in underglaze blue on fine earthenware and credited with developing, around 1790, the formula for fine bone china that was generally adopted by the industry. In fine condition. The plate measures 10.5 inches in…
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117035
Danbury, Connecticut: Medallic Art Co., .
Richard P. Feynman's National Medal of Science, bestowed upon him by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Bronze, the medal depicts a man in contemplation writing a formula in the sand on the obverse, and reads on the reverse: "Awarded by the President of the United States of America to Richard Phillips Feynman 1979." Established in 1959, he National Medal of Science is is an honor bestowed annually by the President of the United States to individuals in science and engineering who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the following six fields: behavioral and social sciences, biology,…
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 125834
Rare frosted glass bust of the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison. Mounted on a hollow glass pedestal. In near fine condition. The bust measures 5.5 inches in height. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches in height.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 135664
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake": Elaborately bound first edition in English of Emil Ludwig's biography of Napoleon Bonaparte; bound by Bayntun-Riviere
London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, 1927.
Elaborately bound Cosway style first edition in English of Emil Ludwig's biography of Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavo, bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full Cosway style scarlet morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, inset ivorene hand-painted portrait of Napoleon depicting him with medals to the front panel, gilt fleuron corner-pieces withing double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, all edged gilt, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, red watered silk endpapers, illustrated with engravings. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 130299
Belt and Spur: Stories of the Knights of the Middle Ages from the Old Chronicles; finely bound in full morocco with a disappearing fore-edge painting
Belt and Spur: Stories of the Knights of the Middle Ages from the Old Chronicles. [Fore-Edge Painting].
London: Seeley, Jackson, & Halliday, 1883.
Finely bound example of this classic on Knights and the Middle Ages. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, inner dentelles, illustrated with six illuminations, all edges gilt. With a disappearing fore-edge painting which reveals a jousting scene. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 131780
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
Rare 1949 Carnegie Institute of Technology Yearbook; containing one of only a few photographs of Warhol in his early years
Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1949.
1949 Carnegie Institute of Technology Yearbook featuring a rare photograph of Andy Warhol as a college senior. Folio, original boards, illustrated. Warhol is pictured as a member of Modern Dance club. The yearbook also includes a photograph of Philip Pearlstein, a fellow graduating senior. In near fine condition. Very rare, containing one of only a few photographs of Warhol in his early years.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 134091
"Attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places": First edition of Slim Aarons' A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of the photographer's most well-known work which covered the global social circuit in a style that remains without peer to this day. Folio, original blue cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "Dear Myron We Lived The Dream Great Days Slim Aarons." Fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 134596
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1939.
First edition stated on copyright page; first issue with blue topstain of Abbott's landmark work on New York. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated with 97 halftone plates that display "the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression" (Parr & Badger). Text by Elizabeth McCausland. Inscribed by the photographer in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs. Susan Sherman With most cordial regards Berenice Abbott April 4, 1939." Some rubbing to the corners of the cloth, an excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Scarce and desirable, especially signed and inscribed…
Price: $7,000.00 Item Number: 57048
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1939.
First edition stated on copyright page; first issue with blue topstain of Abbott's landmark work on New York. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated with 97 halftone plates that display "the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression" (Parr & Badger). Text by Elizabeth McCausland. In excellent condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 79465
Windmill & Dutton, 1967.
First edition of Addams' adaptation of Mother Goose. Quarto, original pictorial wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author opposite the title page, "For Gert Cooper all best for Mother's Day Chas Addams 1978." Addams has added an original large drawing of Grandma Addams. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 128084
First Edition of the Playwright's Pulitzer-Prize winning work Three Tall Women; Signed by Edward Albee
New York: Dutton Book, 1995.
First edition of Albee's Three Tall Women, which won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, his third. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward Albee on the title page. With a program from the 1995 Celebrity Lecture Series at Michigan State University featuring Albee as a speaker laid in. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Steve Ash.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 5722
Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, .
Finley bound Italian printing of Dante's masterpiece. 14mo, bound in full gilt-decorated vellum with titles to the spine and front panel in black and red. In very good condition. Ownership inscription.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 130322
"Here, at home inside a Jane Austen novel, I passed my college weekends, carving Sunday roasts and getting the station wagon serviced, explaining the double finesse in bridge, lacing up ice skates, sharing by radio the fall of Paris and the night bombings of London. . . having fallen not just in love but into a family": First Edition of Roger Angell's autobiography; Signed by Him
New York: Harcourt, 2006.
First edition of Angell's autobiography of his early years growing up in New York. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by Roger Angell on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Cooley Design Lab.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 7412
New York: Random House, 2002.
First edition of the final volume in Angelou's autobiography series. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by Maya Angelou. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter. Jacket photograph by Dwight Carter.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 3251
New York: Random House, 2002.
First edition of the final volume in Angelou's autobiography series. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "Ann Sherry, Joy! from Wendy and Maya Angelou." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter. Jacket photograph by Dwight Carter.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 88974
“The Ambassador of Jazz": Rare original Louis Armstrong Poster; inscribed by him and his road manager Pierre 'Frenchy' Tallerie
Rare original "Louis Armstrong and His Concert Group" poster inscribed by him, "To Pat From Louis Armstrong." Additionally signed by him as "Satchmo" and inscribed by his road manager on the verso, "May you always enjoy the best of Health. Pierre Tallerie, Mgr. Louis Armstrong." In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117083
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1970.
First edition of this work, which describes the events leading up to and during the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned landing on the Moon. Octavo, original black cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Michael Collins on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Written with Gene Farmer and Dora Jane Hamblin. Epilogue by Arthur C. Clarke. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 135508
New York: St. Martins Press, 2002.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, "For John Updike, with admiration- Anthony Arthur." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Updike is featured in this volume of feuds.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 5767