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New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Robert Fraser from Walt Disney B.A. 1941.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $8,000.00 Item Number: 122482
"I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war": The Book of Common Prayer; Uniquely signed by President Gerald Ford
New York: The Seabury Press, 1953.
The Book of Common Prayer, boldly signed by President Gerald Ford as follows, “I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war. Gerald R. Ford.” Octavo, bound in full leather, all edges gilt. In fine condition. The famous phrase “I would rather walk a thousand miles for peace than to have to take a single step for war” was first spoken by President Gerald Ford at an Air Force commissioning ceremony in Arizona on November 14, 1974. It was subsequently used the following week as Ford departed for Japan, becoming the first president to make an official trip to the island nation and marking Ford’s first trip as president. During the trip, President Ford met with Emperor Hirohito and worked to improve trade relations. The now-famous phrase was used during the trip, upon departure from the South Lawn of the White House and at the Japan Press Club. A unique piece.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 122598
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt signature to the front panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 122368
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. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 122504
"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 full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 122051
Edmund Lodge's Portraits of Illustrious Personages; elaborately illustrated and bound in full morocco
Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain. Engraved From Authentic Pictures in the Galleries of the Nobility and the Public Collections of the Country. With Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Their Lives and Actions.
London: Printed for Harding and Lepard, 1835.
Finely bound set of Lodge’s Portraits of Illustrious Personages. Folio, six volumes, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, quadruple gilt ruling and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with 240 tissue-guarded engraved portraits of British royals and various historical figures including Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Thomas More, King Henry the Eighth, Thomas Cranmer, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Walter Scott among others. In very good condition. Bookplates from the Cathedral Library to the pastedowns.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 122063
“Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness": The Wessex edition of The Works of Thomas Hardy
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 & Co., Limited, 1912-1913.
The Wessex Edition of Hardy’s complete works. Octavo, twenty two volumes bound in full morocco by Riviere & Son with elaborate gilt tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, triple gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. Rare and desirable bound in full morocco.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 122053
"I have eaten your bread and salt, I have drunk your water and wine, the deaths ye died ye died I have watched beside, and the lives ye led were mine": The autograph edition of Rudyard Kipling's Verse; one of 250 numbered copies signed by Rudyard Kipling
Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd: London, 1919.
The autograph edition of the inclusive collection of Kipling’s poetry. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. One of two hundred and fifty numbered copies signed by Rudyard Kipling, this is number 140. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 121566
"Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage": FIRST EDITION in book form OF DICKENS The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; finely bound by morrell
London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ first novel and one of his greatest works. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Morrell with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in, with 43 engraved plates by Seymour and Browne and the two Buss plates which Dickens requested to be removed in subsequent printings on pages 69 and 74. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 121551
“One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind": First Edition, first issue of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1857.
First edition, first issue in book form of one of Dickens’ most outstanding novels with the three line errata on page xiv, “William” for “Frederick” on page 317 line 27, B2 instead of BB2 on pp. 371, lacking errata on page 467, and “Rigaud” for “Blandois” on pp. 469, 470, 472, and 473. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panel, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers. With 40 illustrations by Hablot Knight Brown (“Phiz”), including frontispiece and vignette title page. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 121934
“A word in earnest is as good as a speech": Finely Bound First Edition of Charles Dickens' Bleak House; the publisher's blue illustrated wrappers and advertisements from the original serialized parts bound in
London: Bradbury Evans, 1853.
First edition of this Dickens’ classic. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, engraved title page and 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne including tissue-guarded frontispiece. With the publisher’s blue illustrated wrappers and advertisements from the original serialized parts bound in at rear. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 121907
“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; Bound In Full Morocco By Bayntun Riviere Bindery
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in full morocco by Bayntun, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt medallion portrait of Dickens on the front panel, gilt signature on the back panel, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. Illustrated with 38 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 121748
"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; Signed by Her
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940.
First edition, first printing with the date of 1940 on the title page of the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Carson McCullers on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 121376
"I once did something right. I played first-rate basketball. I really did. And after you're first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate": First Editions of Each Novel in John Updikes Rabbit Quartet; Each Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960-1981.
First editions of each volume in the Rabbit quartet. Octavos, 5 volumes, original half cloth. Each volume signed by John Updike. Each volume is near fine to fine in near fine dust jackets. An exceptional signed set.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 121353
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1949.
First edition of this collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Frost. Inscribed by the author underneath his portrait opposite to the title page, “and from Robert Frost.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and tears, owner name to the front free endpaper.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 121327
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning economist’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small chip to the crown of the spine. A very sharp example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 121324
"To surrender dreams — this may be madness": Jarvis' English translation of Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quixote; with a fore-edge of Don Quixote charging with his steed Rocinante
The Adventures of Don Quixote De La Mancha; Translated From the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. [Fore-edge Painting].
London: Ward, Lock & Co, [c. 1880].
Finely bound example of Jarvis’ translation of Cervantes’ masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruling to he front and rear panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated by Tony Johannot, tissue-guarded frontispiece in color. With a fore-edge painting of Don Quixote charging on his trusty steed Rocinante. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 121450
“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 very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Henri Matisse.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 121432
Rare illuminated leaf from a German Medieval Book of Hours. One page, text in Latin, hand-colored and elaborately illuminated, the image depicts a scene from the book of Samuel in which David offers a sacrifice to God in an attempt to end plague on Israel. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 by 12.5 inches.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120863
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Signed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Ron Chernow on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 120901