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“Nothing is so indecent that it cannot be said to another person if the proper words are used to convey it": Boccaccio's Decameron
London: Navarre Society Limited, ND.
Finely bound example of Boccaccio’s masterpiece. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in three quarters calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, illustrated with with fifteen photogravures by Louis Chalon. Translated by J.M. Rigg. In near fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119819
"Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them": Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; Inscribed by Her
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940.
First edition, early printing of the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mary, Aristide, Mikey, Aimee, Poppins, With all the love you want from me. Carson.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 119322
Signed Christmas and New Years Card From Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal Family
Royal Christmas card from 1966 with a photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward with a horse and carriage. Boldly signed above the image, “Elizabeth R. 1966” and “Philip.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 10 inches. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119940
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. An very sharp example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119523
The Works of Thomas Hardy. [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.]
London: Macmillan & Company, 1919-20.
The complete works of Thomas Hardy, signed limited edition, the Mellstock edition, limited to five hundred copies. Octavo, thirty seven volumes, bound in original cloth, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front panel, engraved frontispiece in the first volume, double page map of Wessex in Volume II, the map, half-title, title and colophon pages printed in red and black. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 111746
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. George London from Eleanor Roosevelt.” The recipient George London was a concert and operatic bass-baritone. After performing widely with tenor Mario Lanza and soprano Frances Yeend as part of the Bel Canto Trio in 1947–48, London was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where he scored his first major success in 1949. In 1950, he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119172
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter; In the Scarce Original dust jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 190. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear with light expert restoration. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 119640
Limited De Luxe edition of American Families: Genealogical and Biographical; elaborately bound and illustrated with engraved portraits and hand-painted coats of arms
American Families: Genealogical and Biographical From the Most Authentic Sources, Including Much Valuable Material Drawn From Hitherto Unpublished Family Records with Accurate Reproduction and Description of Ancient Emblazonry Compiled by Masters of Genealogic and Heraldic Science.
New York: The American Historical Society, Inc, .
Limited De Luxe edition of this genealogical record of the prominent American families. Quarto, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels, inner dentelles, watered silk doublures and endleaves, all edges gilt, hand-painted title page, engraved headpieces, tailpieces, and initials, profusely illustrated with tissue-guarded engraved portraits and hand-painted heraldic coats of arms. One of 50 numbered and registered copies, this is number 20. In near fine condition. The volume includes biographies and genealogies of American families Wilbur, Abbott, Brodhead, Linderman, Shimer, Packer, Curtis, Palmer, Conant, Long, Buckner, Taliaferro, Barker, Ridgely, Shumway, Beach, Alden, Mullins, Gould, Nichols, Case, Smith, Spooner, Chapin, Pettibone, Peabody, Clarke, Bouton, Cilley, Raymond, Benedict, Stevenson, de Quincey, Berry, Dwight, Morse, Sherrard, Lodge, Hoyt, Griggs, Bartholomew, Barnett, Shaffer, Nash, Warner, Pennell, Whiton, Parker, King, Lawrence, Blake, Clapp, Moulton, Stoughton, Hull, Beckwith, Hurd, Gilman, Graves, Wyeth, Ward, Renick, Borton, Savage, Tisdale, Barnum, Burt, Graham, Drummond, Ruthven, Carnegie, Morris, Walker, Wolcott, Williams, Weare, Proctor, Dean, Cogswell, Warner, Low, Perkins, Merrill, Henderson, Mather, Matz, Thorne, Frost, Francis, Merritt, Rambo, Broadhurst, Currie, Ross, Williams, Pott, Walker, Jerman, Price, Bear, Long, Meier, Kaiser, Bonner, Woestman, Meyer, Hixon, Brown, Bond, Scudder, Davidson and Bliss. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119608
The Works of William Shakespeare elaborately bound by Bayntun Riviere in a beautiful cosway binding with a hand painted ivorene miniature portrait of William Shakespeare
London: Oxford University Press, 1947.
The complete works of William Shakespeare bound by Bayntun-Riviere in an elaborate Cosway-style binding. Octavo, bound in full levant blue morocco by Bayntun Riviere in a Cosway-style binding with a hand painted miniature ivorene portrait of Shakespeare under glass to the front panel within a gilt border, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, quadruple gilt ruling to the panels with ornamental cornerpieces, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Edited by W. J. Craig. A beautiful example.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119760
Australia: William Heinemann, 1994.
Early printing of the Courtenay’s classic novels. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Bill Bryce Courtenay.” Very good with some dampstaining in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Jarrett Skinner.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119224
"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread": First Edition of Richard Wright's Native Son
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1940.
First edition, first issue binding with “A – P” on the copyright page. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118656
New York: The Century Company, 1900.
First edition of “the finest single-handed adventure story yet written” (Seafarer). Octavo, original blue cloth, pictorially stamped in silver and green, top edge gilt. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Illustrated by Thomas Fogarty and George Varian. A very nice example.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 119718
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
They Went Looking High and Low Lithograph of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline in Monmartre at Sacre Coeur, on wove paper, the illustration first published in the first edition of Madeline published in 1939. The lithograph measures 26 inches by 20 inches. Signed in pencil, lower right, and in lower left image. Double matted and framed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119232
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 119154
“The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera": First Edition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.
First edition of Cartier-Bresson’s classic work, with 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers.” Folio, original illustrated boards. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light expert restoration. Jacket design by Henri Matisse.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 119636
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Richard Chopping.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 118546
First Columbian Edition and True First of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera
Bogota: Editorial Oveja Negra, 1985.
First Columbian edition and true first which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, small name.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 118569
First edition, first printing of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle; with music by Donald Swann
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1967.
First edition, first printing of the first appearance in sheet music form of the classic song cycles that appeared throughout The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Quarto, original boards with gilt titles and gilt tooling to the spine and front panel. Poems and by J.R.R. Tolkien. Music by Donald Swann. With decorations by J.R.R. Tolkien and Samuel Hanks Bryant. The songs from the book were sold simultaneously in a record album entitled Poems of the Middle Earth with verse performed by Tolkien and piano accompaniment performed by William Elvin. Small name to the front free endpaper, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photographs by Roger Hill and Brian Shuel.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 119260
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am": First Edition of Sylvia Plath's Classic The Bell Jar
London: Faber and Faber, 1966.
First edition published using the author’s real name. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 118578
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King to friend and fellow writer Stanley Wiater
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1978.
First edition of the author’s classic fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Stanley- With all best, and thanks for coming by – Stephen King 7/17/82.” The recipient, Stanley Wiater is a writer and friend of the author. Praised by his friend and colleague Stephen King as “a very talented journalist,” Wiater is a widely acclaimed observer of the dark side of popular culture. He has interviewed more major horror and suspense authors, filmmakers, actors, and artists than any other journalist, living or undead, for nearly five decades. He is the author of The Stephen King Universe. Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. An exceptional association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119452
“Listen," I told him. "Don't be so tough so early in the morning. I'm sure you've cut plenty of people's throats. I haven't even had my coffee yet": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937.
First edition of Hemingway’s classic novel about smuggling, intrigue, and love. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Neely. Photograph of Hemingway on the rear panel of the dust jacket by Joris Ivens taken in Spain. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 118372
"This as far as I know is what happens to them": First Edition of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Grapes of Wrath; Inscribed by Him To Columbia University Professor John Henry Hobart Lyon
New York: The Viking Press, 1939.
First edition, with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on the front flap of the dust jacket. Octavo, original beige cloth. Association copy, playfully inscribed by the author on the title page, “Continuing the tradition. To John H. Lyon, go to hell! John Steinbeck.” The recipient was John Henry Hobart Lyon, an English professor at Columbia University and a friend of Steinbeck’s. “Great names usually come in clusters, for one creative scholar attracts others to work with him. The unforgettable Professor John Henry Hobart Lyon stirs his students by his lectures on Shakespeare, romantic literature, and the world’s masterpieces” (Coon, p. 33). Lyon also taught a popular course called “Literature of Today”, for which he invited well-known contemporary authors to lecture. Among those who appeared were Thomas Mann, Kenneth Roberts, Orson Welles, Stephen Benet, Erskine Caldwell, Somerset Maugham, Moss Hart, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 119562
London: Putnam, 1937.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece, a lyrical meditation of the years she lived in Kenya, from the library of King Edward VIII. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118446
"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 three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, to edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 119862