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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
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: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968.
First edition of Plimpton's classic work on golf. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author, "For Great Max another wild effusion- George." The recipient was Max Steele, who along with Plimpton started The Paris Review. Additionally inscribed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, Max Steele. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Korn. A unique example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 136489
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
New York : Harper Collins, 1990.
First edition of The Dalai Lama's autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 136508
"Fear cuts deeper than swords”: First Edition of the first Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Series; Signed Twice 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. Signed twice by George R.R. Martin, once on the title page and again on an official bookplate on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tom Hallman. Book design by James Sinclair. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 136992
"They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation": First Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and lengthily signed by Translator Gregory Rabassa
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970.
First American edition of the author's magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page and additionally lengthily signed by the translator on the title page as follows, "They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation Gregory Rabassa. Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 136198
“And now it is time for a final act of courage. I urge you: March proudly into your own dream”: First Edition of Going After Cacciato; Signed by Tim O'Brien
New York: Delacorte Press, 1978.
First edition of the author's National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tim O'Brien on title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by M.S. Chiang. An exceptional example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 136969
"A free mind and a free market are corollaries": First Edition of For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy Of Ayn Rand; Signed by Ayn Rand
New York : Random House, 1961.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 136460
Rare First Edition of Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery. An Autobiography; signed by him on a tipped-in letter
New York: Doubleday, Page & Co, 1901.
First edition of Booker T. Washington's landmark biography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. With a portion of a typed letter signed by Booker T. Washington tipped in to the pastedown. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 137020
New York: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc, 1955.
First new and revised edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. First issue with 'realy' on p. xx and 6000 on p. 16. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For Mildred With all my affection and gratitude. Ever, Bill NY 7/27/56." The recipient was a very active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Pasadena area. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition and scarce signed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 136384
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
First edition, early printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 136973
Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.
First edition of Einstein's singular autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein by Yousuf Karsh. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 136515
“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition of "the most perfect of all the Dickens novels" (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in three quarters calf, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated with 40 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne, with the added engraved title dated 1850. In near fine condition, contemporary name to the title page. A very nice example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 136114
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, blue pictorial cloth. Subscribers who had already purchased Tom Sawyer, and wanted a binding to match, were invited to request a blue cloth binding on Huckleberry Finn instead of the publisher’s green. This is one of those blue bindings—twenty times more rare than the green. This copy has all of the commonly identified first issue points (copies were assembled haphazardly by the printer and there is yet to be agreement among bibliographers as to the priority of many points). First issue points include page  with "Decided" remaining uncorrected (to "Decides");…
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 136096
Rare correspondence archive between Cecil B. DeMille and Fortunino Matania discussing paintings commissioned to assist in the set design of DeMille's masterpeice The Ten Commandments
Rare archive of typed letters signed by legendary American film producer and star Cecil B. DeMille to Italian artist Fortunino Matania discussing paintings commissioned to assist in the set design of the 1956 film The Ten Commandments. The archive contains 10 typed letters signed by DeMille dated July 24 1952 to November 18 1957 on DeMille's Paramount Pictures Corporation letterhead as well as 32 additional letters of correspondence, 4 photographs and a first edition of Drawing From History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania. Italian artist Fortunino Matania became a war artist at the outbreak of the First World War…
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 131466
First edition of Joseph Guns' The Form of Daily Prayers According to the Custom of the German and Polish Jews; elaborately bound
The Form of Daily Prayers According to the Custom of the German and Polish Jews. [Hebrew Prayer Book].
Vienna: Published by Jos. Schlesinger, 1857.
First edition of Joseph Gun's translation of the primary prayers of the German and Polish Jews. 12 mo, original mounted bone onlays over celluloid boards, elaborately decorated front panel with decorated onlays, top edge gilt, brass clasp, patterned endpapers, text in Hebrew and English. In very good condition. Ownership annotations to the front and rear endpapers documenting family deaths.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 136085
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill's masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes, bound in half morocco, gilt titles to the spine. Housed in a custom slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,250.00 Item Number: 136998
“AND HIS SOUL COULD NOT LEAVE HER, WHEREVER SHE WAS”: FIRST EDITION OF D.H. LAWRENCE’S SONS AND LOVERS
London: Duckworth and Co, 1913.
First edition, first state of Lawrence's first important novel and today regarded as a masterpiece by many critics and is often regarded as his finest achievement. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 136001
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Poets Classic Work; Signed by Robert Bly
Madison: The Sixties Press, 1967.
First edition of Neruda's classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by the translator on the front free endpaper, "Best wishes Robert Bly Dec 20, 67." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Robert Bly and James Wright. Uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 136051
"Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball": Mickey Mantle's The Mick; signed by Him
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1985.
First edition of the Yankee legend's autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Mickey Mantle on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Written with Herb Gluck.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 136047