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“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it's us without our past?”: First Edition of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Grapes of Wrath
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. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light shelfwear. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. A very sharp example.
“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of The Neverending Story; Signed by Michael Ende
New York: Doubleday & Company 1983.
First edition in English of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Ralph Manheim. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. An exceptional example.
"Here is Dorothy herself in the person of Judy Garland, with Toto as Himself!": First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz; in the rare original dust jacket
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co. 1939.
First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of Baum’s most famous Oz book, the basis for one of the greatest films in cinema history. First printing with the gilt titles to the spine and printer’s imprint to the copyright page (Bienvenue & Schmidt, pg 13). Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and black labels to the spine, pictorial endpapers featuring photographs from the film. Illustrated with 8 tipped in color plates and numerous doutone plates and in-text illustrations by W. W. Denslow. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
First Edition of Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's George Washington; in the rare original dust jacket
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc 1936.
Rare first edition of Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire’s children’s classic. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with lithographs on stone in five colors and printed by offset lithography. Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire were the first 20th century artists to author and illustrate children’s books using earlier craftsman’s methods such as stone lithography. They won the Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association in 1940, recognizing the previous year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children.” Fine in the scarce original dust jacket which is price-clipped and in very good condition.
"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
London: Hodder & Stoughton 1990.
First British edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Finely Bound by In Full Morocco
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 full morocco by Henderson and Bisset, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, maps present. In near fine condition. A nice set.
Rare Signed limited edition of Maugham's address to the Library of Congress upon the Library's acceptance of the original manuscript of Of Human Bondage
Washington: The Library of Congress 1946.
Signed limited edition of the address given by Maugham upon the Library’s acceptance of the original autograph manuscript of his masterpiece, Of Human Bondage. Octavo, original boards. One of 500 copies signed by W. Somerset Maugham on the front free endpaper. In fine condition. Accompanied by the original accompanying program which is in very good condition. The program contains a brief description of the original autograph manuscript which notes that it is contained in 16 notebooks written on the recto of each leaf, begun in 1911 and finished in 1914.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition, first issue of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories; inscribed by Bertram Rota, founder of the Bodley House bookstore in 1941
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited 1902.
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. Inscribed by Bertram Rota, the owner of the Bodley House bookstore in London, “S.W. Jackson’s copy of my boyhood’s favorite book. This copy survived fire and water when so many of its fellows were destroyed by Nazi barbarism at Bodley House in October 1940. After being stored nearby, and escaping more bombs, it returned to the resurrected bookshop and now leaves Bodley House to find sanctuary in friendly hands in a luckier land. With all good wishes Bertram Rota, June 6th 1941.” Bertram Rota began selling books in 1923 and was essentially the first bookseller to specialize in modern first editions. In 1923, Rota moved operations to the former location of the Bodley Head publishing house on Vigo Street in London where, in spite of sustaining a direct hit during a Nazi blitzkrieg, the bookshop remained for twenty-eight years. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Exceptional with fascinating provenance.
"Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget": First Edition In English Of Tolstoys Masterpiece Anna Karenina
New York: Thomas J. Crowell & Co 1886.
First edition in English of Tolstoy’s masterpiece. Octavo, original brown cloth, with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, patterned endpapers. Introduction by Nathan Haskell Dole. In very good condition.
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.
“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 750 Copies Signed by Willy Pogany
London: George G. Harrap 1930.
Signed limited first edition of this work, one of 750 copies signed twice by Willy Pogany. Quarto, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, emblem on the front panel, top edge gilt. Illustrated by Willy Pogany with 12 tipped-in color plates, plus an additional etched frontispiece signed by Pogany, and illustrations and decorations in the text. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
First edition of Slim Aarons' A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life; signed by him
New York: Harper & Row 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. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Thank you for buying this book enjoy!!!! Slim Aarons.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"The greatest Lady of This Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed": First Edition of Ojike's My Africa; Inscribed by Him to Eleanor Roosevelt
New York: The John Day Company 1946.
First edition of this work by the Nigerian novelist and nationalist, inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eleanor Roosevelt The greatest Lady of this Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed. Mbonu Ojike.” Bookplate of Eleanor Roosevelt, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Pearl S. Buck. An exceptional association copy.
"The strangest prose-poet Russia ever produced": First New Directions Edition of Nabokov's Nikolai Gogol; Inscribed by Him with an early Drawing of a Butterfly
Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions Books 1944.
First edition of Nabokov’s criticism of the work of Russian literary master Nikolai Gogol. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in Russian on the front free endpaper with a drawing of a butterfly, in Russian in the year of publication, “To Leon Dinkin with congenial salutation Vladimir Nabokov Sep XI 1944.” The recipient, Dr. Leon Dinkin, had a following among European refugees of the Nazi era and became known in NY circles at the “Refugee Doctor. After graduation from Heidelberg University, he established a practice in Berlin, but left for France in 1933 when Hitler came to power. In the archive of letters of Dr. Leon Dinkin (Letters, folder 42) the Nabokov’s consulted him about their son’s health in 1944 (a stomachache of uncertain origin). The “exploratory laparotomy” (incision into the abdomen) was suggested but Dinkin was resolutely against it and offered to bring Dmitri to New York for further observation under his control. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very rare Nabokov inscription in Russian, especially unusual in a pre-revolutionary alphabet that was cancelled by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s.
Striking photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh flanked by his airplane Spirit of T. Louis, inscribed by him, “Martin: With best regards and many thanks , Charles A. Lindbergh Aug 2, 1935.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13 inches. An iconic photograph of Lindbergh, most desirable signed and inscribed by him.
"I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of John Muir's Our National Parks
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company 1901.
First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove with tissue guard. In near fine condition, bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional example.