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"God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better": First Edition of Just As I Am; Inscribed by Billy Graham to Bob and Delores Hope
San Francisco: Harper Collins 1997.
First edition of Billy Graham’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to Bob Hope and his wife Dolores, “To my dear friends Bob and Dolores God bless you always Billy Graham.” Though this copy is personally signed and inscribed by Graham, attached to the front end page is a tipped-in note with the author’s apologies for being unable to personally sign books due to his Parkinson’s Disease. Rare personally signed and a wonderful association copy. From the library of Bob and Dolores Hope. Accompanied by a signed letter from Linda Hope, certifying that this volume is from the Library of Bob Hope. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"Seeing Is Believing, But Sometimes The Most Real Things In The World Are The Things We Can't See": First Edition Of The Polar Express; Signed By Chris Van Allsburg With a Drawing
Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1985.
First edition of Van Allsburg’s lushly illustrated, enchanting tale of childlike wonder and hope, winner of the 1986 Caldecott Medal. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Chris Van Allsburg on the title page, who he has added a drawing of a reindeer. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
"Indisputably the most influential book on investing ever written": First Edition of Graham & Dodd's Security Analysis; Signed by Warren Buffett
New York: Whittlesey House/ McGraw Hill 1934.
First edition of this foundational work on value investing. Octavo, bound full morocco by Bayntun Bindery, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, inner dentelles. Boldly signed by legendary investor Warren Buffett on the half-title page. Small stamp on the title page. Rare and desirable signed by Buffett, Graham and Dodd’s most famous adherent.
"I Was Born Under A Clear Sky After A Violent Summer Storm To A Widowed Mother": My Life; Inscribed By Former President Clinton
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 2004.
First edition of President Clinton’s autobiography. Large octavo, original blue boards, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To ________ Thanks, Bill Clinton.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
London: W.H. Allen 1978.
First edition of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added a line from this work, “We must endure, we must survive. Andre Brink.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Bob Haberfield.
First Edition of the 50th anniversary of The Tin Drum; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass
Boston & New York: Harcourt Mifflin Harcourt 2009.
First edition of the fiftieth anniversary of Grass’ masterpiece. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Gunter Grass on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Breon Mitchell.
New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company & Random House 1943 & 1957.
First editions of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Octavo, 2 volumes. Finely bound in full morocco; The Fountainhead in red morocco; Atlas Shrugged in green morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom half morocco slipcase with ribbon. Both are in fine condition.
"I have the only key to your heart I can stop you falling apart": First Edition of Horses Neck; Inscribed by Pete Townshend
London: Faber & Faber 1985.
First edition of Townshend’s series of short fictions. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by Pete Townshend on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pentagram.
Boston: Beacon Press 2007.
First edition of this work which intertwines Oliver’s prose with Cook’s photographs. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Photographs by Mary Malone Cook.
Shelton, CT: Greenwich Workshop Press 1998.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Alan Bean on the title page. Additionally inscribed by John Glenn on the title page; who contributed the introduction to this volume. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Bellevue Literary Press 2014.
First edition. Small octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by both Robert Haas and Edward O. Wilson (who has drawn a picture of an ant) on the half-title page.
New York: Atheneum 1968.
First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Octavo, original blue cloth, with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Signed by James D. Watson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny closed tear. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. A superior example.
First Edition of The Meaning of Human Existence; Signed By Edward O. Wilson With A Drawing Of An Ant
New York: Liveright Publishing/ Norton 2014.
First edition of this work in which Wilson examines what makes human beings supremely different from all other species. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has also drawn a picture of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Tom Doherty Associates Book 2014.
First edition of this fantasy novella by George R.R. Martin. Octavo, original boards, pictorial endpapers. Signed by George R.R. Martin on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art and illustrations throughout by Luis Royo.
"Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write": First Edition of What is considered Ruth Rendells Greatest Works A Judgement in Stone; Signed by her
London: Hutchinson 1977.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ruth Rendell on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.