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"You'll never catch fish in McElligot's Pool!": First Edition, First Issue of Dr. Seuss' McElligot's Pool; Inscribed by Him
New York: Random House, 1947.
First edition with the 250/250 price on the front flap as well as the $2.50 price added to the rear flap (state ‘c’) of the first Dr. Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Inscribed by the author, “For Mrs. Haye with very kindest regards- Dr. Seuss.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine with a contemporary bookplate to the inner gutter, in the first issue dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A very nice example.
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use" Rare First Edition of Emily Posts Etiquette In the Original Dust Jacket
New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in etiquette and personal relations. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine and front panel in gilt. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of rubbing. A very nice example, uncommon in this condition.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work": Large Signed Photograph of Thomas Edison
Large photograph of Thomas Edison, signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 20 inches.
“Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious": Signed Limited Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman
Random House, 2015.
Signed limited edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, bound in full morocco. One of a 100 numbered copies, signed by Harper Lee. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In fine condition.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.
Signed Limited edition, one of 327 copies. Quarto, original half pigskin over boards, top edge gilt, 2 volumes. Signed by Thomas Edison on the limitation page and additionally signed by Ramsaye. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Some staining to lower section of spines, some rubbing and edgewear to boards, a very good set. Copies of the limited edition were also bound in cloth, this is the more uncommon leather bound edition.
First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age: A Brief History of A.A; Warmly Inscribed by Bill Wilson
New York: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc, 1957.
First edition of this history of Alcoholics Anonymous. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Lengthily inscribed by Bill Wilson on the front free endpaper, “Dear Earl S. With this all my gratitude for your dedicated service and your constant friendship Ever Bill NY 9/16/58.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear.
"with best wishes and appreciation to a real American": Jackie Robinson; Inscribed by Robinson to New York City Mayor William O'Dwyer
New York: A.S. Barnes & Co, 1950.
First edition of this early biography on Jackie Robinson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mayor William O’Dwyer with best wishes and appreciation to a real American, Jackie Robinson.” The recipient William O’Dwyer was a lawyer who became a national celebrity for his prosecution of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Inc., who acted as the enforcement for New York area mafia groups. He also investigated the beaning of Joe Medwick of the Brooklyn Dodgers by former St. Louis Cardinals teammate Bob Bowman. He became the 100th mayor of New York City in 1946 and participated in opening day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. He was serving in that position when this book was inscribed by Robinson. A nice association and inscription by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
“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.
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.
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why": First Edition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
New York: Covici-Friede, 1937.
First edition, first issue with the word “pendula” present on page 9 and the dot between the 8’s on p. 88 of Steinbeck’s “marvelous picture of the tragedy of loneliness” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example.
"One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century": First Edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1937.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light shelfwear and rubbing. Without the rare dust jacket.
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine with some rubbing to the extremities.
"The ability to think for one's self depends upon one's mastery of the language": First Edition of Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.
First edition of what many consider her magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. A superior example.
First Edition of Isaac M. Wise's The Combat of the People; Published by the oldest Jewish Printing House in America
Cincinnati: Bloch & Co, 1859.
First edition of American Reform Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise’s historical account of the era of Herod I. Octavo, contemporary cloth over boards, lacking the front free endpaper, library bookplate to the front pastedown, later collector’s stamps to the title page, with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. In good condition. Rare.
"Never, never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another": First Edition of the Inauguration Book of Nelson Mandela; Boldly Signed By Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk
Pretoria, South Africa: Government Office, 1994.
First edition of this work on the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nelson Mandela in the year of publication, “To Judy, Compliments & best wishes. NMandela 28.9.94.” Additionally signed by Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President F.W. de Klerk, who both participated in the inauguration. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. In fine condition. Rare, especially signed.