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“On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below”: First Edition of The Bridge of San Luis Rey; Inscribed by Thornton Wilder
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Milton J. Lesser with the regard of Thornton Wilder New Haven March 1930.” Also laid in is a signed handwritten letter to the recipient from Wilder. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Illustrated by Amy Drevenstedt. A superior example of the dust jacket, which is prone to wear.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 5564
Single sheet of fifty four-cent stamps signed by all of the Mercury Seven, as follows: Malcolm Scott Carpenter; Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr.; John Herschel Glenn, Jr.; Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom; Walter “Wally” Schirra, Jr.; Alan B. Shepard, Jr.; Donald “Deke” Slayton. The signatures of Shepard and Grissom are faded. Matted and framed opposite a copy of Life magazine featuring the Mercury Seven. Entire piece measures 20 inches by 26 inches. An attractive and desirable piece, signed by all of the Mercury Seven astronauts.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 19052
New York: Rinehart & Company, 1952.
First edition of the first collection of the Peanuts cartoons. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best wishes Charles M. Schulz.” In very good condition with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 62030
"Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage": FIRST EDITION in book form OF DICKENS The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; finely bound
London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ first novel and one of his greatest works. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, with the first state Veller title page, with 43 engraved plates by Seymour and Browne and five Buss plates which Dickens requested to be removed in subsequent printings. In very good condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 99840
"PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED THE COURSE OF HISTORY": Thomas Norton's English translation of one of the most influential works of Protestant theology: John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion
The Institution Of Christian Religion, Written In Latin By M. John Calvine, Translated Into English According To The Authors Last Edition; With Sundry Tables To Finde The Principall Matters Intreated Of In This Booke.
London: John Norton, 1611.
1611 edition of Calvin’s seminal work on systematic theology, regarded as one of the most influential works of Protestant theology. Quarto, bound in full contemporary leather with six raised bands to the spine, elaborate architectural borders to the title page, woodcut headpieces and tailpieces. In very good condition with reinforcement to the hinges. Rare.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 105432
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
London: Maclehose Press, 2008-2009.
First editions in English of each volume of Stieg Larrson’s Millennium trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original boards. Each volume is signed by the translator Reg Keeland, with a quotation added by the translator from each novel in each book. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo reads, “Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are. Reg Keeland.” The Girl Who Played With Fire reads, “There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility. Reg Keeland.” The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest reads, “But if you want to win, you’re going to have to fight. Reg Keeland.” Each volume is fine in near fine dust jackets. A unique and desirable set.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 82278
"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.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 109739
“If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault": First Edition of the author's Hugo Award-Winning Novel The Ender's Game; Signed by Orson Scott Card
New York: Tor Books, 1985.
First edition of this Nebula and Hugo award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Orson Scott Card on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Cover artist by John Harris. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 5318
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be": First Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloombsbury, 2000.
First British edition of Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Giles Greenfield. Cover design by Richard Horne.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 112498
"Have gone to Patagonia": First Edition of the Authors Masterpiece In Patagonia; Signed by Bruce Chatwin
London: Jonathan Cape, 1977.
First edition of author’s most well-known work and one of the great travel books of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece map and 4 black and white photographic plates. Signed by Bruce Chatwin on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very nice example, rare signed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 44025
"My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see": First Edition of Joseph Conrads Masterpiece Lord Jim
London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1900.
First edition of one of Conrad’s finest novels. Octavo, original cloth. A near fine example with some wear to the extremities and the endpapers ever so slightly browned. First printing with the first issue points including the misprints “anyrate” p. 77, l. 5, “cure” (instead of “cured”) p. 226, 7 lines from the bottom, the omission of “keep” after “can” p. 226, 7 lines from the bottom, and “his” p. 319, last line, being printed below the line.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 45003
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the “They went home and broke their bread” illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 87670
“It had to teach her to think of love as a state of grace: not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end it itself": First American Edition of Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chip Kidd
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First American edition of the author’s work, which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson and Chip Kidd. Additionally signed by Chip Kidd on the rear dust jacket flap. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 116002
"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
"There can be peace in the world": First edition of Growing Toward Peace; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor
New York: Random House, 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor opposite the title page. Light fading to the cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Laid in is a publicity photograph of both authors. This is the first example we have seen signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 5476
“Only God knows how much I love you”: First British Edition of the Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
London: Jonathan Cape, 1988.
First British edition of Garcia Marquez’s classic work, which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Andrew Kulman. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 67079
"About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends": First Editions of The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: Each Inscribed by President Hoover
The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: Years of Adventure 1874-1920; The Cabinet and the Presidency 1920-1933; The Great Depression 1929-1941: Three Volume Complete Set.
New York: MacMillan, 1951-1952.
First editions of each volume in Hoover’s memoirs. Octavo, 3 volumes, illustrated. Each volume is inscribed by Herbert Hoover on the front free endpaper. Each are near fine in near fine dust jackets. Includes: Volume One: Years of Adventure 1874-1920; The Cabinet and the Presidency 1920-1933; The Great Depression 1929-1941. Includes an original photograph of Hoover with his Belgian shepherd King Tut. An exceptional set, uncommon signed and in the first printing.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 94356