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London: Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1925.
First edition of Wells’ complex novel exploring individualism and society. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. A very nice example.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 109052
First Edition of Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's George Washington; in the rare original dust jacket
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1936.
Rare first edition of Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire’s children’s classic. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with lithographs on stone in five colors and printed by offset lithography. Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire were the first 20th century artists to author and illustrate children’s books using earlier craftsman’s methods such as stone lithography. They won the Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association in 1940, recognizing the previous year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children.” Fine in the scarce original dust jacket which is price-clipped and in very good condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 108543
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 James with my appreciation. John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 109344
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990.
First British edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 108728
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Finely Bound by In Full Morocco
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 full morocco by Henderson and Bisset, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, maps present. In near fine condition. A nice set.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 107873
Rare Signed limited edition of Maugham's address to the Library of Congress upon the Library's acceptance of the original manuscript of Of Human Bondage
Washington: The Library of Congress, 1946.
Signed limited edition of the address given by Maugham upon the Library’s acceptance of the original autograph manuscript of his masterpiece, Of Human Bondage. Octavo, original boards. One of 500 copies signed by W. Somerset Maugham on the front free endpaper. In fine condition. Accompanied by the original accompanying program which is in very good condition. The program contains a brief description of the original autograph manuscript which notes that it is contained in 16 notebooks written on the recto of each leaf, begun in 1911 and finished in 1914.
Price: $800.00 Item Number: 108345
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition, first issue of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories; inscribed by Bertram Rota, founder of the Bodley House bookstore in 1941
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902.
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. Inscribed by Bertram Rota, the owner of the Bodley House bookstore in London, “S.W. Jackson’s copy of my boyhood’s favorite book. This copy survived fire and water when so many of its fellows were destroyed by Nazi barbarism at Bodley House in October 1940. After being stored nearby, and escaping more bombs, it returned to the resurrected bookshop and now leaves Bodley House to find sanctuary in friendly hands in a luckier land. With all good wishes Bertram Rota, June 6th 1941.” Bertram Rota began selling books in 1923 and was essentially the first bookseller to specialize in modern first editions. In 1923, Rota moved operations to the former location of the Bodley Head publishing house on Vigo Street in London where, in spite of sustaining a direct hit during a Nazi blitzkrieg, the bookshop remained for twenty-eight years. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Exceptional with fascinating provenance.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 108254
"Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget": First Edition In English Of Tolstoys Masterpiece Anna Karenina
New York: Thomas J. Crowell & Co, 1886.
First edition in English of Tolstoy’s masterpiece. Octavo, original brown cloth, with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, patterned endpapers. Introduction by Nathan Haskell Dole. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $3,250.00 Item Number: 106332
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co, 1866-68.
First editions of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition. Complete sets are of the utmost rarity.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 107732
"The greatest Lady of This Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed": First Edition of Ojike's My Africa; Inscribed by Him to Eleanor Roosevelt
New York: The John Day Company, 1946.
First edition of this work by the Nigerian novelist and nationalist, inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eleanor Roosevelt The greatest Lady of this Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed. Mbonu Ojike.” Bookplate of Eleanor Roosevelt, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Pearl S. Buck. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 102465
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there”: First Edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Signed by Robert Pirsig
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1974.
First edition of one of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Robert M. Pirsig on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 103462
“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble. In fine condition. Mixed state with the copyright notice dated 1883; “Him and Another Man” corrected to page 87; p. 57 “was” corrected to “saw”; with the signature mark lacking on p. 161; p. 155 with the final 5 broken. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Bookplate to the pastedown. A near perfect example.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 103555
"Wishing you safe travels on your journey through the woods": First Edition of Into the Woods; Signed by all Three Contributors; With a large drawing by Talbott
New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the Broadway musical and later film. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by all three contributors on the half-title page. Signed “Once upon a time…James Lapine.” Inscribed “For Anne- Stephen Sondheim.” Signed “I just love Sondheim’s Moos-sic! Bon Appetit! Hudson Talbott.” Talbott has added a large drawing of a cow. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 104638
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all": Complete Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 52 Copies; Finely Bound In Full Morocco
London: Keller-Farmer Co, 1907.
The Astral edition of Wilde’s works, one of 52 sets, this is number one. Octavo, 15 volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, floriated corner devices in gilt, red and green, raised bands, moire silk endpapers, top edge gilt. With photogravures in two states from paintings, photographs, and drawings (4 of which are by Aubrey Beardsley). In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 104968
“The sandy beach reminded Harold of picnics": Rare First Edition of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955.
First edition of the first book in Crockett Johnson’s Harold series. 12 mo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Fine in a very good dust jacket without the price to top of front flap, with code “30-60 / No. 5671A” to front flap and “No. 5672A” to rear flap.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 107552
"LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF NABOKOV'S TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA; from the library of Elizabeth Bishop
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition, association copy of Nabokov’s masterpiece from the library of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. Bishop and Nabokov both gained international recognition for their mastery of prose in America in the mid-20th century. It was not until Nabokov began writing in the English language that he gained a reputation as a great writer, and it was the present volume that catapulted his career. Referred to by Dwight Garner as “the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century”, Elizabeth Bishop’s first book North & South, was first published in 1946 and won the Houghton Mifflin Prize for poetry. She would go on to become the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Nabokov was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An important association, linking two masters of English prose.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 104529
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms printed by John Field and bound elaborately tooled full red morocco
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments with The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New Newly Translated Out of the Original Tongues.
Cambridge: John Field, 1666-1668.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary red morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, green morocco spine label lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt floral and urn decorations to the front and rear panels within gilt Greek key ruling, gilt decorated central sacred initialed onlays in white and green morocco within gilt-stamped flames, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in, blue silk doublures and liners backed with marbled papers. Originally a bookseller, English printer John Field became printer to the English Parliament and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1649. In 1655, Field was appointed printer to the University of Cambridge, the year in which Cromwell ordered the copyright of the Bible to be entered to him and Henry Hills in the Stationers’ Registers. This act was virulently opposed by many competing printers. Field printed many editions of the Bible, notably a quarto edition in 1648, a duodecimo edition in 1652, and a 32mo edition in 1653, all of which were noted for the number of misprints contained and their excessive price, for which Field was fiercely attacked by those whose trade had been injured by the monopoly given to him and Hills by Cromwell. In near fine condition. A highly desirable and near perfect example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 103231
New York: Basic Books, 1991.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication, “Herbert A. Simon 13 November 1991.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 108944
“BEYOND THE EARTH, BEYOND THE FARTHEST SKIES, I TRY TO FIND HEAVEN AND HELL. THEN I HEAR A SOLEMN VOICE THAT SAYS: "HEAVEN AND HELL ARE INSIDE”: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; One of 550 Copies Signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; In the Original Elaborate Binding
London: Siegle, Hill & Company, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of this work reproduced in color from the manuscript written and illuminated by Francis Sangorski & George Sutcliffe, number 247 of 550 copies signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Folio, bound in publisher’s full vellum, front panel elaborately stamped in gilt in a peacock motif, gilt titles and a floral motif to the spine, brown gilt morocco lettering label, pictorial endleaves. With twelve full-page illustrations inserted throughout. In very good condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 108452
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1962.
First edition of Gary Player’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by Gary Player on the title page and additionally signed by Player on the front panel of the dust jacket. Fine in a good dust jacket with a large chip to the rear panel.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 109227