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“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of Die unendliche Geschichte; Signed by Michael Ende
Stuttgart: K. Thienemanns Verlag, 1979.
First German edition and true first of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 117615
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 118048
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1978.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sid- With all best wishes – Stephen King 5/2/80.” Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a fine dust jacket without wear. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. A superior example, uncommon in this condition and signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117455
Rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy. Drawn and signed by Charles M. Schulz. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 115402
Large print of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy napping on top of his dog house. Inscribed by Charles M. Schulz, “For George with best wishes – Charles M. Schulz.” Inf fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15.75 inches.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117385
"America's most interesting city" Rare collection of New Orleans souvenir albums, pictorial travel brochures, and postcards
Rare collection of 5 souvenir albums and nine pictorial travel brochures printed between 1938 and 1960. The souvenir albums include a “Souvenir Condensed History of New Orleans for the Tourist” (c. 1955), a “Souvenir du Restaurant Antoine”, “New Orleans, America’s Most Interesting City”, an early accordion-style pictorial album, and “Winter in New Orleans: Season 1908-1909” issued by the Southern Pacific Railway (1909). The brochures include a Louisiana Road Map issued by the Tourist Bureau of Baton Rouge, visitor’s city guides, a 1938 Spring Fiesta brochure, a guide to Bellingrath Gardens, and a collection of original postcards from the Montenegro Hotel. In fine condition. A charming collection in remarkable condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117352
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa, boldly signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117469
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1985.
Signed limited first edition of Irving’s sixth novel. Octavo, original leather, gilt titles and tooling, raised bands, all edges gilt, frontispiece by Scott Reynolds. Boldly signed by John Irving. In fine condition, with the original letter from the publisher laid in.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 117269
"And there the wicked old witch stayed for a good long time." "And did she ever come out?" "Not yet": First Edition of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West; Lengthily Inscribed by Gregory Maguire
New York: Harper Collins, 1995.
First edition of Gregory Maguire’s immensely popular reinvention of Oz. Octavo, original illustrated boards, cartographic endpapers. Signed by the author on the half-title page, who added the last line of this novel as follows, “And there the wicked old witch stayed for a good long time.” “And did she ever come out?” “Not yet.” Gregory Maguire August 20, 2014.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Douglas Smith.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117625
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1982.
First edition of the sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bears. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Curbert Thambimuttu- All my best Jean M. Auel Oct 19 ’95 Oregon.” Additionally signed by Auel on the rear dust jacket flap above her photograph. Laid in is a typed letter signed by Delores M. Rooney, assistant to Jean M. Auel. From the collection of Cuthbert Christian Thambimuttu of Columbus, Ohio, well-know book collector. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by Hiroko. Jacket typography by Paul Bacon.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 117826
New York: Oxford University Press, 1968.
Later printing of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Estella Leopold on the half-title page. Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117421
"Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them": First French Edition of Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; Inscribed by Her
Paris: Editions Stock, 1947.
First French edition of the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “For Rene Laporte from Carson McCullers.” In near fine condition. Preface by Denis De Rougement. Translated from the English by Marie-Madeleine Fayet. A very sharp example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117495
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few": First Appearance of Winston Churchill's Famous Speech
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940.
London: His Majesty's Stationary Office, The Baynard Press, 1940.
First edition of one of Winston Churchill’s most famous speeches. Octavo, original gray wrappers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117972
London: John Murray, 1853.
First edition of Sir Francis Galton’s account of his expedition to South West Africa. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to this spine six compartments within raised gilt bands, elaborate gilt tooling to the front and real panels within triple gilt ruling with fleuron cornerpieces and central motif stamped in blind, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Illustrated with maps, plates and woodcuts including tissue-guarded frontispiece in color. In near fine condition. Name to the pastedown.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 115371
“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 with some rubbing. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117344
"I am a Christian Because of Owen Meany": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Lengthily Signed 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. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added the first line of this title, “I’m a Christian because of Owen Meany John Irving.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117663
Signed Limited First Columbian Edition and True First of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera; Signed by Him
Bogota: Editorial Oveja Negra, 1985.
Signed limited first Columbian edition and true first which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117698
"Please count the silver when brother Mike comes over for Christmas dinner": First Edition of Pat Conroy's Classic The Great Santini; Signed by both Pat and Donald Conroy
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “To Virginia Norwood, Merry Christmas to Betty B’s sister and Jean’s aunt (Conroy has crossed this out) Please count the silver when brother Mike comes over for Christmas dinner Pat Conroy Dec. 25, 1979.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117671
Finely bound people's edition of G.R. Gleig's The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington; inscribed by Arthur James Balfour to his colleague at Eton
London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864.
The People’s Edition of Gleig’s biography of Arthur Duke of Wellington; gifted by his godson, Arthur James Balfour to his colleague at Eton. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, frontispiece portrait of Wellington. Presentation copy, inscribed by Arthur James Balfour on the front free endpaper, “Stamford Raffles Flint with the best wishes of Arthur James Balfour on his leaving Eton Election 1864.” The recipient, Stamford Raffles Flint, was a colleague of Balfour’s at Eton who went on to become the Archdeacon of Cornwall. Tipped in a printed single leaf from the Old Etonians Association about a proposed portrait of Balfour for School Hall dated July, 1917. In very good condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117318
"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.": First Edition of Down the Fairway; Signed by Bobby Jones
Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.
First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Jones on the front free endpaper, “with best wishes, Robert T. Jones, Jr.” Foreword by Grantland Rice. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original dust jacket and signed.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 117324