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“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison's Masterpiece Beloved; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel and considered by many her finest. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Jacket design by R.D. Scudellari.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 44087
“HERE IS EDWARD BEAR, COMING DOWNSTAIRS NOW, BUMP, BUMP, BUMP…”: FIRST EDITION OF WINNIE-THE-POOH; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
London: Methuen and Co, 1926.
First edition of this children’s classic. Octavo, gilt titles to the spine, elaborately decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, cartographic endpapers and line drawings by Ernest H. Shepard. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 129396
“All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall”: Rare First Edition In English of Dumas' The Three Musketeers
London: Bruce and Wyld, 1846.
First edition in English of Dumas’ masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers. Translated from the French by William Barrow. Barrow’s translation was the first of three English translations published in 1846 and is considered the most faithful to the original text. To conform to nineteenth century English standards other translations removed many of the explicit and implicit references to sexuality which adversely affected the readability of many scenes. Period bookplate to the front pastedown, in very good condition with some loss to a few pages. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box. First editions are of the utmost scarcity.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 88658
"Attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places": First edition of Slim Aarons' A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket, bookplate.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 129288
“Nothing is so indecent that it cannot be said to another person if the proper words are used to convey it": Rare First Edition in English of Boccaccio's Decameron
London: Isaac Jaggard, 1620.
First edition in English of Boccaccio’s masterpiece, published by Jaggard published three years prior to his printing of the Shakespeare First Folio. Boccaccio’s masterpiece. Folio, 2 volumes, bound in full morocco by Riviere, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, errata leaf at end of volume one, B1 is a cancellans, woodcut titles each with 6 vignettes, 98 woodcut vignettes in text chiefly repeating the title vignettes, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. In near fine condition. First editions are rare.
Price: $60,000.00 Item Number: 128726
"One thing is certain, and the rest is lies; the flower that once has blown for ever dies": Willy Pogany's illustrated RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM; finely bound by Bayntun Riviere
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., n.d..
Elaborately bound example of Pogany’s finely illustrated Rubaiyat. Octavo, bound in full crushed red morocco by Banytun Riviere with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, quadruple gilt ruling, fleuron cornerpieces, and central gilt arabesque to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated by Willy Pogany. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. In very good condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 129800
London: Michael Joseph, 1981.
First edition of this installment in Herriot’s true-life-saga as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire countryside. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Bill… James Herriot.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Fay Godwin. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 129084
London: Oxford University Press, 1971.
Early edition of Harris’ famed work on the legacy of Ancient Egypt. Octavo, bound in full crushed camel morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe 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, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated with numerous plates including frontispiece, errata slip bound in. In fine condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 129517
FOLIGNO, Cesare; Ernest Barker; H. Stuart Jones; G. H. Stevenson; F. de Zulueta; H. Last; et al. Edited by Cyril Bailey.
London: Oxford University Press, 1968.
Finely bound example of Bailey’s comprehensive work on the legacy Ancient Rome left on the modern world. Octavo, bound in full crushed green morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings and maps, frontispiece. Edited by Cyril Bailey. Introduction by the Right Hon. H. H. Asquith. In fine condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 129186
First edition of The Oxford Book of Poetry for Children; profusely illustrated by Brian Wildsmith and elaborately bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: Oxford University Press, 1963.
First edition of Blishen and Wildsmith’s acclaimed illustrated compilation of children’s poetry. Quarto, bound in full crushed red morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With illustrations by Brian Wildsmith. In fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 129349
"But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; Finely Bound
New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1952.
First edition of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, 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: $1,850.00 Item Number: 129871
"I am a Christian Because of Owen Meany": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Inscribed by John Irving
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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Carole John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 129198
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; In the rare original dust jacket
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel, in the exceptionally rare dust jacket. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with small chips and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare especially in this condition, without any of the usual restoration usually encountered.
Price: $72,000.00 Item Number: 129144
"THE FACT THAT A GREAT MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE SOMETHING IS NO GUARANTEE OF ITS TRUTH”: Rare Original Sketch of the Dust Jacket of W. Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge; Signed by him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday Doran & Company, 1944.
Rare W. Somerset Maugham’s original ink sketch showing his dust jacket design concept for his greatest novel, The Razor’s Edge,
executed on a blank Western Union telegram form, which was followed by the publisher pretty much to the letter. A striking piece of literary history demonstrating that the author’s intentions for the book were honored from the text to the jacket itself, including his signature Moroccan symbol, used on nearly all his books, including reprints; and an interesting example of a major author’s notion of self-representation. In his autobiographical book, The Summing Up, Maugham wrote of the symbol: “[My father] took it into his head to build a house to live in during the summer… He ordered a great quantity of glass on which he had engraved a sign against the Evil Eye which he had found in Morocco and which the reader may see on the cover of this book.” In near fine condition. The entire piece measures 8.25 inches by 6 inches. An exceptional piece of literary history.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 128489
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/ Harvard University Press, 1990.
First edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Lengthily signed by both Edward O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler on the title page, as follows, “Ants are everywhere and deserve our attention Edward O. Wilson” [who has added a drawing of an ant] and by Holldobler, “Ants are everywhere but only occasionally noticed. Bert Holldobler.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Marianne Perlak.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 127609
“Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond
London: Collins, 1958.
First edition of the first book in the Paddington series. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John with all good wishes Michael Bond. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a chip to the back panel. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 128753
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; inscribed by Winston S. Churchill
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1948-53.
First American editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes, original cloth, illustrated. The Finest Hour is an association copy, inscribed by Churchill on the front free endpaper, “From Winston to Rab 1959.” The recipient, Richard Austin “Rab” Butler was a prominent British Conservative politician who served as Education Minister (1941–45, overseeing the Education Act 1944) and later Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951–55) under Churchill. The two politicians clashed repeatedly pre-war with Butler advocating German appeasement and for Halifax to be appointed Prime Minister after Chamberlain instead of Churchill, yet Butler later played a crucial role in Churchill’s administrations. He had an exceptionally long ministerial career and was one of only two British politicians (the other being John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon) to have served in three of the four Great Offices of State but never to have been Prime Minister, for which he was passed over in 1957 and 1963. He was appointed o the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1954 and was, notably, one of the ministers who demanded that Churchill set a date for his retirement in 1954. Each volume is near fine in a very good to near fine dust jacket. An excellent association.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 128233
“I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd": First Edition of The Howl and Other Poems; Inscribed by Allen Ginsberg to fellow poet José García Villa
San Francisco: City Lights, 1959.
First edition of this principal work of the Beat Generation. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow poet, writer and artist José García Villa, “416 E 34 St Paterson Allen Ginsberg to Jose G Villa after years.” The recipient José García Villa was born in Manila in 1908, before moving to New Mexico to pursue his studies, and ultimately to Greenwich Village in New York City. There, he joined a community of modernist poets, including e.e. cummings, Marianne Moore, W.H. Auden, among others, and was affectionately known as “The Pope of Greenwich Village.” He wrote his poems under the pseudonym Doveglion (a composite of dove, eagle, and lion) and was admired, according to Marianne Moore, for “the reverence, the raptness, the depth of concentration in [his] bravely deep poems.” His 1933 story collection, Footnote to Youth: Tales of the Philippines and Others, was “the first work of fiction by a Filipino writer published by a major United States-based press.” Villa received “numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Philippines Heritage Award, a Poetry Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and a Shelley Memorial Award. In 1973 he was named a National Artist of the Philippines, and he also served as a cultural advisor to the Philippine government. In near fine condition. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. An exceptional association.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 128745
Windmill & Dutton, 1967.
First edition of Addams’ adaptation of Mother Goose. Quarto, original pictorial wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author opposite the title page, “For Gert Cooper all best for Mother’s Day Chas Addams 1978.” Addams has added an original large drawing of Grandma Addams. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 128084
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge": First Edition of The Discoverers; Inscribed by Daniel Boorstin in the year of publication
New York: Random House, 1983.
First edition of this “grand and exhilirating voyage, a bold attempt to circumnavigate the intellectual globe” (The Philadlephia Inquirer). Thick octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free end paper, “For Dona [sic] Munker from Daniel J. Boorstin Oct. 21, 1992.” The recipient, Donna Munker is a writer and biographer and author of Daughter of Persia. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 128201
Magnificent limited edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; with 20 remarkably intricate full color plates illustrated by Edmund Dulac
London: Hodder and Stoughton, c. 1909.
Limited edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald and with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Quarto, original publisher’s gold-stamped vellum with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, title page on Japanese vellum, with 20 intricate full color plates tipped in to decorated Japanese vellum mounts with lettered tissue guards. This edition is limited to two hundred copies, for the United States of America, of which this is number 188. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 127331
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1869.
First edition, third state of the author’s second book with “The History of the Bible advertisement on page 654. BAL 3316. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, with two hundred and thirty-four illustrations. From the library of Tiffany Thayer with his bookplate to the pastedown. American actor Tiffany Ellsworth Thayer wrote several novels, including the bestseller Thirteen Women. In a profile in Twentieth Century Authors, Thayer was described as “an atheist, an anarchist – in philosophy a Pyrrhonean – and regrets the legitimacy of his birth.” In 1931, he founded the Fortean Society with Booth Tarkington, Ben Hecht, Alexander Woollcott and many of New York’s literati such as Dorothy Parker. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 127837
The Golf Courses of the British Isles; inscribed by Ben Crenshaw and Robby MacDonald To Herbert Warren Wind
London: Duckworth & Co, 1910.
The Classics of Golf facsimile edition of this classic work on golf courses, first published in 1910 and one of the finest books in the golf library. Octavo, original dark green cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, illustrated with 64 plates by Harry Rountree. Foreword by Herbert Warren Wind. Afterword by Ben Crenshaw. Association copy, inscribed by Ben Crenshaw, who contributed the afterword to the present volume, to Herbert Warren Wind on the front free endpaper, “To Herb – With deep respect and affection, Ben Crenshaw.” The recipient, Herbert Warren Wind contributed the foreword to the present volume and was one of the best-known writers on golf throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries. He co-authored several of the most highly regarded books on golf, including Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, Gene Sarazen’s Thirty Years of Championship Golf, and Jack Nicklaus’ The Greatest Game of All. Additionally inscribed by Robby MacDonald, the Founder of Classics of Golf, “Herb – I hope adding my name to this won’t spoil the star effect, but you have done more than anyone to bring Darwin back to life – Best Robby MacDonald.” In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 127557
Paris: The Obelisk Press, 1938.
First edition, first issue of the first volume in the Villa Seurat Series. Octavo, original wrappers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 127562
FIRST EDITION OF W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM'S A WRITER'S NOTEBOOK.; INSCRIBED BY HIM TO AMERICAN JOURNALIST BILL SAFIRE
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1949.
First trade edition of Maugham’s semi-autobiographical confessional. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “by W. Somerset Maugham For Bill Safire in recollection of a pleasant chat.” The recipient, William Safire, was an important American author, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign in the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. Following Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a presidential speechwriter for both Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. He was a frequent guest on Meet The Press, describing himself as the voice of “libertarian conservatives” and authored several political columns, most notably his weekly column “On Language” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death in 2009. He authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. With Safire’s bookplate to the pastedown and his gilt initials to the front panel. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 127338
“Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”: First edition of Amelia Earhart's 20Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight In Friendship; Signed by Her and in the scarce original dust jacket
20 Hrs. and 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.
First edition of Earhart’s dramatic chronicle. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 61 black-and-white photographic plates, illustrated endpapers. Boldly signed by Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition, with a chip to the spine.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 127398
“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful": First Edition of Ready Player One; Signed by Steven Spielberg
New York: Crown Publishers, 2011.
First edition of Cline’s first novel, basis for the 2018 film directed by Steven Spielberg. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Steven Spielberg on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Christopher Brand.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 127622
Lithograph portrait of “the father of modern physics”, Albert Einstein by well-known artist Hermann Struck. Signed by Einstein, “Albert Einstein 1923” and Struck, “Herman Struck 138/150”. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 127204
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962.
First edition of Carson’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Rachel Carson on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Drawings by Lois and Louis Darling. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 127498
"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
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 expert restoration to the extremities. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. A nice example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 127488
“I have the impression that if he didn't complicate his life so needlessly, he would die of boredom": First Edition in English of Boris Pasternak's Masterpiece Doctor Zhivago
London: Collins & Harvill, 1958.
First edition in English of the work which garnered Pasternak the Nobel Prize in literature. Octavo, original red cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Woodcock. Translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari. An exceptional example of this literary highspot.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 127969
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; with 12 remarkably intricate full color plates illustrated by Edmund Dulac
London: Hodder and Stoughton, c. 1920.
Magnificent edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald and with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, title page on Japanese vellum, with 12 full color plates tipped with tissue guards. In fine condition. A nice presentation.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 126161
"a key point in the development of cartography in Spain": Two rare original Francisco Coello maps of Cuba from the first edition of his magnum opus Atlas of Spain and its Overseas Possessions
Atlas de Esapana y Susus Posesiones de Ultramar: Isla de Cuba Por El Teniente Coronel Captain de Ingenieros D. Francisco Coello. [Atlas of Spain and its Overseas Possessions].
First edition of famed cartographer Francisco Coello’s magnum opus, Atlas of Spain and its Overseas Possessions, containing two large engraved broadside maps of the Island of Cuba. Housed in the publisher’s original small octavo stiff paper boards, the first map displays the Island of Cuba with fine hand-colored borders. The second shows detailed views of the historical districts of Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Typography by D. Cailo Alaberand, Desbuissons, and Estruch. Outlines by Leroux, Raynaud, Leelereq, and Bacot. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 127183
"THE GREATEST BRITISH GLOBE MAKERS OF THE LATE GEORGIAN PERIOD": RARE JOHN AND WILLIAM CARY TERRESTIAL TABLE GLOBE
J. & W. Cary: London, 1820.
Rare early Regency period celestial table globe published by John and William Cary, generally regarded as the greatest British globe makers of the late Georgian period. The terrestrial table globe dates 1820 and measures 9 inches in diameter and is comprised of 12 hand-colored engraved gores with a calibrated brass meridian ring and 13 inch maple hand-colored zodiacal horizon ring. Mounted on a Regency style turned maple stand, the globe depicts the major continents, countries, oceans, and seas “which are laid down by the discoveries of Captain Cook, Vancouver, de Lapérouse.” In near fine condition.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 127015
"Produced by the most important and active printing press of 17th century Rome": Rare early seventeenth century Italian celestial globe produced by Roman cartographer Giuseppe de Rossi
Rome: Giuseppe de Rossi, .
Rare early seventeenth century Italian celestial globe produced by Roman cartographer Giuseppe de Rossi, the founder the most important and active printing press of 17th century Rome, the Rossi firm. Laid horizontally and mounted on a turned mahogany stand, the celestial globe measures 8 inches in diameter and is comprised of 12 hand-colored engraved gores depicting the major constellations and all twelve zodiac signs, illustrated in detail after Jodocus Hondius famed celestial globe of 1601. The inscribed cartouche reads, “Globus Coelest, in quo stellae fixæ omnes quæ a N. Viro Tychone Brahe suma cura observatæ sunt, accuratissime dessignantur: quibus adjuncte sunt circa Pol. Aust. stel: quæ a pertiss: nauclero Petro Theodori annotate sunt simul accomodate ad ann. 1614; æditus vero ann. 1615.” In near fine condition with the engravings exceptionally crisp. The entire piece measures 13 inches tall. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $28,000.00 Item Number: 127575
“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream": First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations by the author. In near fine condition. First printings are scarce, especially in this condition.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 126298
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be": First Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloombsbury, 2000.
First British edition of Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Giles Greenfield. Cover design by Richard Horne.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 126896
"With Love and affection": First Edition of Sidney Poitier's This Life; Inscribed by Him to Screenwriter Charles Blackwell
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.
First edition of this work by the Academy Award-winning actor. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Mr and Mrs Charles Blackwell With Love and affection Sidney Poitier.” The recipient, Charles Blackwell wrote the screenplay for the film A Piece of the Action, starring Poitier and James Earl Jones. Blackwell was nominated for the Tony Award twice. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Tom Carnase. An exceptional association.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 126051
Royal 1954 Christmas and New Year's Card; signed by Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip before Elizabeth's accession to the throne
Royal 1952 Christmas Card bearing an image of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with young Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Signed by Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, “Elizabeth R” and “Philip”. 1952 was a tumultuous year for the royal family, Elizabeth and Philip were sent on a tour of Australia and New Zealand by way of Kenya in place of Elizabeth’s ailing father, King George VI, during which word arrived of the death of the King and consequently Elizabeth’s immediate accession to the throne. The 1952 card also marked the first appearance of Charles and Anne. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 126137
New York: A Playboy Press Book, 1978.
First edition of this work, basis for the 2000 classic film directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans and Ellen Burstyn. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Anthony Russo.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 126833
Danbury, Connecticut: Medallic Art Co., .
Richard P. Feynman’s National Medal of Science, bestowed upon him by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Bronze, the medal depicts a man in contemplation writing a formula in the sand on the obverse, and reads on the reverse: “Awarded by the President of the United States of America to Richard Phillips Feynman 1979.” Established in 1959, he National Medal of Science is is an honor bestowed annually by the President of the United States to individuals in science and engineering who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the following six fields: behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences. National Medal of Science Laureates include: Theodore von Kármán, Cornelius Van Niel, Kurt Gödel, Gilbert Stork, Barbara McClintock, Albert Sabin, Richard P. Feynman, and Eugene M. Shoemaker. In fine condition. Housed in a custom leather case. With a gold tie pin replicating the medal housed in the original box.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 125834
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition of this classic autobiography, which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed on the title page by the author, “NMandela 28.2.96.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 126733
"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 with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 125088
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”); page , illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads “with the was,”. Debate continues over the priority of other points of issue and state. This copy contains the following points of bibliographical interest: frontispiece portrait without cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven; page 155 with the final 5 being slightly larger than the first two numbers”; page 161, no signature mark “11”. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $11,500.00 Item Number: 125431
Richard P. Feynman’s Niels Bohr International Gold Medal, conferred upon him in 1973. Gold, the medal features a bust of Bohr on the obverse and an atom on the reverse, with the edge engraved, “Richard P. Feynman.” Awarded since 1955 for “outstanding work by an engineer or physicist for the peaceful utilization of atomic energy”, the Niels Bohr International Gold Medal is administered by the Danish Society of Engineers (Denmark) in collaboration with the Niels Bohr Institute and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences. Recipients of the award include: Niels Bohr, John Cockroft, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Werner Karl Heisenberg, Richard P. Feynman, and Jens Nørskov. In fine condition. Housed in a custom red leather case.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 125346
First Edition Of John Updikes Collection of Golf Writings; Signed by Updike and Illustrator Paul Szep
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
First edition of this classic collection of golf stories by John Updike. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrations by Paul Szep. Signed by John Updike and additionally signed by the illustrator, Paul Szep on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 125651
"The nation's winter home": Rare Miniature postcard album with 16 views of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida
Miniature postcard album featuring 16 color illustrations of views of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida. Accordion-style, the folding postcard measures 3.25 inches by 4.25 inches and features views of The Beach Club, the Bathing Beach, the Hotel Palms, the Royal Poinciana Hotel, the Breakers, the Everglades Club, and Clematis Avenue. In very good condition. A charming piece of local Florida history.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 125038
Rare souvenir album with views of St. Petersburg. Oblong 12mo, containing 24 original black and white photographs of the city’s major monuments and buildings including the Palace Square, Kazan Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Text in French. In near fine condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 125179
The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: Years of Adventure 1874-1920; The Cabinet and the Presidency 1920-1933; The Great Depression 1929-1941: Three Volume Complete Set.
New York: MacMillan, 1951-1952.
First editions of each volume in Hoover’s memoirs. Octavo, 3 volumes, illustrated. Each volume is inscribed by Herbert Hoover on the front free endpaper. Each are near fine in near fine dust jackets. Includes: Volume One: Years of Adventure 1874-1920; The Cabinet and the Presidency 1920-1933; The Great Depression 1929-1941. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional set, uncommon signed and in the first printing.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 125734
Rare Persian miniature painting depicting an ancient game of Chovgan, later adopted in the Western World as the game of polo. Affixed to an elaborately decorated paper mount, the painting depicts two opposing teams engaged in a game of Chovgan before a Persian cityscape. The ancient game of Chovgan originated in the middle of the first millennium A.D. in ancient Iran and was a Persian national sport played extensively by the nobility. Fragments of the game were periodically portrayed in ancient miniatures, and also detailed descriptions and rules of the game were also given in the ancient manuscripts. Englishmen had a great role in distribution and development of the game in Europe and the whole world. So chovgan – brought from India to England in the 19th century became more popular and addition of new rules into it favored quick spreading of this game in Europe and the USA. Namely on the initiative of Englishmen this game acquired its present name – polo and was included into program of the Olympic Games held in 1900, in Paris. In fine condition. Housed in an elaborate period frame. The entire piece measures 11.25 by 5.75 inches.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 124633
"Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Town; Signed by Him in the year of publication
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first state with the 5/57 at the bottom of the front flap of the dust jacket. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “11 Nov 57 Best wishes William Faulkner.” With the publisher’s advance review copy slip dated May 1, 1957 laid in and a copy of the jacket photograph of Faulkner by Phyllis Cerf laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with only light rubbing to the crown of the spine, bookplate. Jacket design by Push Pin Studios. Rare and desirable signed in the year of publication.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 125095
"We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, we hope you will enjoy the show": Rare Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP signed by Paul McCartney
Hollywood: Capitol Records, 1967.
Rare Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, boldly signed by Paul McCartney, one of the most-admired and influential lyricists of the twentieth century. Quarto, signed by Paul McCartney on the front panel. Recording produced by George Martin. Cover by M C Productions and The Apple. Staged by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. Photographed by Michael Cooper. Wax figures by Madame Tussauds. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 123671
"For Philip Jose Farmer, a gentleman, and a scholar - with best wishes to all three of you- and hopes that this example will be of help when you come to your write your autobiography": First Edition of Robert Bloch's Psycho; Inscribed by Him to science fiction pioneer Philip Jose Farmer
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.
First edition of this classic thriller novel, the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s film. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Philip José Farmer, a gentleman, and a scholar – with best wishes to all three of you- and hopes that this example will be of help when you come to your write your autobiography Fondly Robert Bloch 1967.” The recipient, award-winning author Philip José Farmer, is widely considered one of the greatest and most distinctive science fiction writers of the 21st century. Revered for his eccentric style of crossover fiction that reworked the lore of a plethora of celebrated pulp heroes and literary figures, he received three Hugo Awards and three lifetime achievement awards and is critically recognized as the first writer to break the taboo on sex in science fiction literature. Although he is best known for his horror novel Psycho, Bloch began his writing career as one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle, emulating Lovecraft and his brand of “cosmic horror”. He was a contributor to pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in his early career, and was also a prolific screenwriter and a major contributor to science fiction fanzines and fandom in general, winning the Hugo Award in 1959 for his short story The Hell-bound Train. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Tony Palladino. An exceptional association.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 124949
"Wishing you safe travels on your journey through the woods": First Edition of Into the Woods; Inscribed by Stephen Sondheim with a drawing of a musical notation
New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
First edition of this classic work, the basis for the Broadway musical and subsequent film. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Stephen Sondheim on the half-title page, “To Harold Merry, with best wishes from Stephen Sondheim 1/12/89.” Sondheim has also added a drawing of a musical notation with the lyrics, “Mother cannot guide you…” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Hudson Talbott. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 124779
London: Arthur Guiness and Son, 1977.
First signed limited edition of this authoritative work on Wimbledon signed by champion Fred Perry. Quarto, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Wimbledon champion and tennis legend Fred Perry. In fine condition with the original slipcase. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 124612
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 197. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In very good condition.
Price: $4,600.00 Item Number: 124862
"No spots are too hard for a hat cat like me!": The Cat in the Hat comes Back; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss
New York: Beginner Books: A Division of Random House, 1958.
Early printing of the sequel of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by Dr. Seuss opposite the title page, “For Sarah Pike a fascinating little girl! Dr. Seuss.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with rubbing and wear.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 124518
“Everybody must have a fantasy": First Edition of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol; Inscribed by Warhol
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.
First edition of this work by Warhol. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “To Mr. George Androgy Andy Warhol New York 76.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Herb Lubalin. Jacket photograph by Philippe Halsman. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 124344
"I like you and I know why... I like you because you and are good person to like": Sandol Stoddard Warburg's I Like You
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965.
First edition of Warburg’s children’s classic. 16mo, original illustrated boards, illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Ownership inscription.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 124540
“The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm is one of the most inveterate of human instincts”: First Edition of one of the classic works on Interior Design The Decoration of Houses
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897.
First edition of Edith Wharton’s first published book. Quarto, original marbled paper boards. Illustrated with 56 plates. In very good condition. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 124586