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“BEYOND THE EARTH, BEYOND THE FARTHEST SKIES, I TRY TO FIND HEAVEN AND HELL. THEN I HEAR A SOLEMN VOICE THAT SAYS: "HEAVEN AND HELL ARE INSIDE”: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; One of 550 Copies Signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; In the Original Elaborate Binding
London: Siegle, Hill & Company, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of this work reproduced in color from the manuscript written and illuminated by Francis Sangorski & George Sutcliffe, number 247 of 550 copies signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Folio, bound in publisher’s full vellum, front panel elaborately stamped in gilt in a peacock motif, gilt titles and a floral motif to the spine, brown gilt morocco lettering label, pictorial endleaves. With twelve full-page illustrations inserted throughout. In very good condition.
“I am a part of everything that I have read": One of only 50 sets of Theodore Roosevelt's Monumental Work The Winning of the West
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
One of fifty sets which were made for members of the Diplomatic and Consular Service at the time Roosevelt was elected Vice-President. Octavo, 4 volumes, original brown cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain, illustrated with plates from old engravings, paintings, drawings, and other sources; folding maps. Presented to Henry Morgan, a diplomat who had been posted as Consul, at the time of Roosevelt’s election, to the northern Swiss canton of Aarau. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
"Keep the joy of loving God in the Poor and share this joy with others, God bless you": Photograph of Mother Teresa; Lengthily Signed by her
Color photograph portrait of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer boldly signed, “Keep the joy of loving God in the Poor and share this joy with others, God bless you, M. Teresa m, 20–3–84.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 13 inches.
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In very good condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities.
“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. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
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 23. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
"As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time": Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi
Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. The letter reads, “Dear Rev. Conley, You will please forgive one for my inability to reply to your letter earlier. As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time. I am at present at Thithal leaving Bombay on 24th Oct for Bengal. I am afraid therefore that we cannot meet before the … Your serv MK Gandhi 25 4 25 Tithal.” The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Tel-Aviv: Sinai Publishing.
Rare elaborately bound Jewish Siddur prayer book. Small octavo, bound in full silver metal with elaborate tooling to the spine and panels, inlaid turquoise decorations and painting to the front panel, patterned enpapers, title page in color, ribbon bound in. English translation facing the Hebrew text. In near fine condition. An elaborate presentation.
Dublin: Alex Thom & Co, 1881.
Rare second edition of Reed’s Liquor Licensing Laws of Ireland. Small octavo, original cloth, paper spine label. In very good condition. Cancelled library stamp to the front free endpaper, ownership signatures to the title page.
"LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF NABOKOV'S TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA; from the library of Elizabeth Bishop
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition, association copy of Nabokov’s masterpiece from the library of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. Bishop and Nabokov both gained international recognition for their mastery of prose in America in the mid-20th century. It was not until Nabokov began writing in the English language that he gained a reputation as a great writer, and it was the present volume that catapulted his career. Referred to by Dwight Garner as “the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century”, Elizabeth Bishop’s first book North & South, was first published in 1946 and won the Houghton Mifflin Prize for poetry. She would go on to become the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Nabokov was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An important association, linking two masters of English prose.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed Twice by Her
London: J.M. Dent Sons, 1963.
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed twice by Mary Oliver, once on the half-title page and again on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by John Andrew. A very nice example.
“A GOLDEN AGE OF POETRY AND POWER OF WHICH THIS NOONDAY’S THE BEGINNING HOUR”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF FROST’S IN THE CLEARING
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962.
Signed limited first edition of Frost’s last book of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, original slipcase. Number 737 of 1500 copies signed by Frost. Fine in a fine slipcase.
“A word in earnest is as good as a speech": Finely Bound First Edition of Charles Dickens' Bleak House
London: Bradbury Evans, 1853.
First edition of this Dickens’ classic. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved title page and 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne including tissue-guarded frontispiece. In very good condition. Ownership signature to the verso of the front free endpaper.
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children selected through a lottery attended the signing.
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. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Everyman's Library edition of Histories of the Kings of Britain; From the library of Richard Burton; Specially bound by Elizabeth Taylor as a gift for him by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1944.
Presentation copy of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Histories of the Kings of Britain, specially bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe at the request of Elizabeth Taylor as a gift for her husband, Richard Burton. Small octavo, bound in full green reversed calf by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles to the spine, wood-effect endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in, Phillips auction bookplate from March 1998 on the front pastedown which reads, ‘from the library of Richard Burton 1925-1984 bound, as a gift from Elizabeth Taylor (Phillips, London – Sale 30510.’ Burton collected Everyman editions over the course of his lifetime and in 1969 Taylor bought and had bound a set of this edition – the gift is mentioned twice in his diaries in late September and October of that year. In near fine condition with fading to the spine.
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co, 1866-68.
First editions of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition. Complete sets are of the utmost rarity.
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it": First Edition Of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Original Publishers Morocco
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Twain’s masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher’s three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher’s leather bindings are quite rare: “The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise” (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
Color photograph of His Holiness The Dalai Lama with his hands clasped, boldly signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
London: Collins, 1968.
First edition of the eighth book in Bond’s Paddington series. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Signed by the author on the title page, “With all good wishes Michael Bond December 2013.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.