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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.
"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.
"We will not forget you, we will not dishonor you, we will remember and be glad that you lived among us, that you taught us, and that you loved us all": First Edition of His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute; Signed by Maya Angelou
New York: Random House, 2014.
First edition of this tribute to Nelson Mandela. Small octavo, original boards. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Joy Maya Angelou.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anna Bauer.
"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.
“Start with the end in mind": First Edition of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People; Inscribed by Stephen R. Covey
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of this best-selling work, which has went on to sell more than 25 million copies. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For John Rogers With admiration, appreciation and every good wish to you and yours to keep blessing others God bless. Stephen R. Covey.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Signed and inscribed first editions are scarce.
"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like good cooking": First Edition of Delights and Prejudices; Signed by James Beard
New York: Atheneum, 1964.
First edition of this collection of writings from James Beard. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Good eating James Beard.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the spine tips. Jacket design by Earl Thollander.