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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere": Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; Inscribed by Him and Coretta Scott King
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964.
First edition, early printing of Dr. King’s third book, including his reflections on his 1963 Birmingham campaign. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Eleanor Blangsted With Best Wishes For Peace and Freedom Martin Luther King, Jr.” Additionally signed by Coretta Scott King below. Also with a signed Christmas and New Year Card signed by Coretta Scott King. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. We have never seen another example signed by both.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 118722
“Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept": First Edition of Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Angle of Repose; Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1971.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John with best wishes Wallace Stegner November 9, 1972.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by E.D.N. Designs. Photograph of the author by Alex Gotfryd. An exceptional example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118652
The Time Quintet: A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time.
New York: Ariel Books, 1962.
First editions of each novel in L’Engle’s acclaimed Time Quintet. Octavo, original cloth. A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind at the Door are signed by the author. The three remaining volumes are each inscribed by her. Each volume is near fine to fine in near fine dust jackets. A Wrinkle in Time is without the Newbery Award-winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. An exceptional set, easily the nicest we have seen, most rare and desirable signed and in this condition.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 118345
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. Association copy, inscribed by Cartier-Bresson on the title page, “à Joan et Eliot, ‘The Decisive Moment’ de l’amitié, Henri, 19 Jan 57, la vraie patrie c’est l’amitié.” The recipient was Eliot Elisofon, a fellow photographer and a founding member of the Photo League in 1936. He was one of the most active and productive members: he gave guest lectures (1938–43); co-organized the Men at Work project with Lewis Hine (1940); served periodically as president between 1939 and 1941; taught courses on photojournalism and flash photography (1940–41); and participated in numerous exhibitions. Elisofon taught at many institutions, including the Institute of American Artists School (1936-1941), the New School (1938), the Clarence H. White School of Photography (November 1940 – April 1941), the Photo League (1941), the New School for Social Research (1942), the Museum of Modern Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as Yale University, Syracuse University, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College, and Sarah Lawrence College. Elisofon’s first assignments for Life magazine appeared in 1937, Tin Type Photographer and Jewish New Year, and in 1941 his image of General Patton was the first color cover of Life. Patton was intrigued by Elisofon’s desire to get as close to the action as possible and nicknamed him “Hellsapopin.” He was the only photographer to accompany Gen. Patton throughout the North African Campaign. His photographs became an exhibition titled The Tunisian Triumph, which opened in June 1943 at MoMA and traveled to 20 cities in the United States. From 1942 to 1964 he was a staff photographer for Life magazine. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Matisse. An exceptional association, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117546
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter
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 225. Small quarto, original three quarters calf, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell slipcase. A very nice example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 117165
“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
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
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
Fine 19th century Quran. Small octavo, bound in full goatskin elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, double-page illuminated manuscript, decorative gilt borders to each page. In near fine condition. A beautiful example.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114037
"Blue nights are the opposite of the dying of the brightness": First Edition of Blue Nights; Lengthily Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
First edition of this intensely personal and moving account of Joan Didion’s thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, with the following line from this work written out, “Blue nights are the opposite of the dying of the brightness Joan Didion 11-10-11.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. A unique signed example.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117199
“The Ambassador of Jazz": Rare original Louis Armstrong Poster; inscribed by him and his road manager Pierre 'Frenchy' Tallerie
Rare original “Louis Armstrong and His Concert Group” poster inscribed by him, “To Pat From Louis Armstrong.” Additionally signed by him as “Satchmo” and inscribed by his road manager on the verso, “May you always enjoy the best of Health. Pierre Tallerie, Mgr. Louis Armstrong.” In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117083
"Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value, elly judgments of all kinds remain necessary": First Edition of Albert Einsteins The Evolution of Physics; Inscribed by Him to Dr. Leonard Rowntree
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.
First edition of this classic work, which traces the development of ideas in physics. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Rowntree with kindest regards A. Einstein 1941.” The recipient, Dr. Leonard Rowntree is most well known for pioneering kidney research including the Rowntree test for kidney function; dialysis; the intravenous pyelogram and plasmapheresis. He joined Dr. John J. Abel at Johns Hopkins University in 1907, and in 1912 they developed the first artificial kidney, in the form of the dialysis machine. Rowntree would later move to the Mayo Clinic and is widely credited with creating the research tradition there. In 1946, President Harry Truman awarded Rowntree the Medal for Merit for his work as chief of the medical division of the Selective Service System from 1940 to 1945. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 116740
First edition of the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
First printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 116511
"The hell with it ...let chaos reign ...louder music, more wine ...All the old traditions are exhausted and no new one is yet established. All bets are off! The odds are cancelled! It's anybody's ballgame": First Edition of The New Journalism; Signed by Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion and Michael Herr
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973.
First edition of this anthology of new journalism. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion and Michael Herr on the title page. This work includes selections by Truman Capote (from In Cold Blood), Joan Didion (from Slouching Towards Bethlehem), Michael Herr (Khesanh), Terry Southern (Twirling at Ole Miss), Hunter S. Thompson (The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved), Norman Mailer (from Armies of the Night), Tom Wolfe (from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test), George Plimpton (from Paper Lion), among others. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 116398
“Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember": First Edition of Blue Nights; Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
First edition of this intensely personal and moving account of Joan Didion’s thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 116868
Paris: c. 1697.
Rare late 17th century Book of Prayer. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over speckled red boards with a hand painted coat of arms to the front panel, all edges red, illustrated with two engravings, text in French manuscript. Dedicated on the title page to Madame de Maintenon. In very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 116083
london: Henry S. King, 1873.
First edition of this “undying classic” (J.M. Keynes). Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, contemporary bookplate to the pastedown. A very nice example.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 116258
LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE: SIGNED BY IAN FLEMING, ONE OF ONLY 35 RESERVED FOR PRESENTATION
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
Signed limited first edition, the only Bond title issued in a limited edition, one of only 35 unnumbered copies reserved for presentation signed by Ian Fleming (from a total signed limited edition of 285), of the eleventh Bond novel. Octavo, original half vellum, top edge gilt, with color frontispiece portrait of Fleming by Amherst Villiers. Near fine in the original acetate dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 116222
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Chopping.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 116362
"There's no one thing that's true. It's all true": First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls in the Original First-Issue Dust Jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
First edition with the Scribners A of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original beige cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographer’s name on the rear panel with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 116244
Rare collection of hundreds antique postcards postmarked in the early 1900s. From the collection of Dora Sims. Oblong quarto, bound in patterned cloth. The collection includes postcards with scenic views of Paris, Bermuda, Florence, Maine, California, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. In very good condition. A bright collection.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 116052
“FACT AND FICTION ARE INEXTRICABLY MIXED”: Signed Limited Edition of W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage
New York: Doubleday, Doran and Co, 1936.
Signed limited edition of Maugham’s masterpiece. Large octavo, original cloth with gilt emblem to the front panel, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece, illustrated with engravings by Randolph Schwabe. One of 751 copies signed by both the author and illustrator, this is number 74. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 116737
"Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball": Mickey Mantle's The Mick; Signed by Him
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1985.
First edition of the Yankee legend’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Mickey Mantle.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Written with Herb Gluck.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 116544