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"Wine, women and dice kept him ever hungry, ill, and poor": Finely bound example of Richard Head's The English Rogue
The English Rogue Described in the Life of Meriton Latroon, a Witty Extravagant: Being a Complete History of the Most Eminent Cheats of Both Sexes.
London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd 1928.
Finely bound example of Head’s famous satirical autobiography. Quarto, bound in full tree calf with green morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, illustrated with plates after the originals. In very good condition. Stamp to the half-title page.
New York: Viking Press 1965.
First edition of the photographer’s first book with over 75 black-and-white and color photographic plates. Tall quarto, original ivory cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Salome Peter Beard Hog Ranch Nairobi.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear.
“Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective": First Edition of Peter F. Drucker's The Effective Executive; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1967.
First edition of Drucker’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter F. Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
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.
New York: Oxford University Press 1950.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed by the author, “greetings Tasha Tudor.”
First Edition of Isaac M. Wise's The Divine Service of American Israelites for the Day of Atonement; published by bloch in the rare original cloth
Cincinatti: Block and Co., Publishers and Printers 1866.
First edition of one of the earliest Jewish American devotionals, written by one of the most influential Reform rabbis in the history of the United States and published by the oldest Jewish printing house in the United States. With text in Hebrew, English and German. Small octavo, original publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt. In good condition with some rubbing to the extremities.
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge": First Edition of The Discoverers; Inscribed by Daniel Boorstin
New York: Random House 1983.
First edition of this “grand and exhilirating voyage, a bold attempt to circumnavigate the intellectual globe” (The Philadlephia Inquirer). Thick octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free end paper, "For Ed Pellegrino with admiration and thanks from Dan Boorstin". The recipient, Ed Pellegrino, was a noted bioethicist and the president of Catholic University. Pellegrino is specifically thanked in the acknowledgment section of The Discoverers and both were premier academic figures at the time of the book’s publication. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association.
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge": First Illustrated Edition of The Discoverers; Inscribed by Daniel Boorstin to his Neighbors in the Year of Publication
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers 1991.
First illustrated edition of this classic work. Octavo, two volumes, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free end paper in the year of publication of both volumes. Volume one’s inscription reads “For Hope and Sam- good friends, good neighbors- with affection from Dan Oct. 14, 1991.” Volume two’s inscription reads, “For Hope and Sam- with affection over many years from Dan Oct. 14, 1991.” Both volumes are in fine condition, as is the slipcase. A nice association.
“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. Octavo, original marbled paper boards. Illustrated with 56 plates. In near fine condition with rubbing. Uncommon in this condition.
Large black and white of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Signed and dated by him below. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.75 inches by 19.5 inches.
Color photograph of His Holiness The Dalai Lama with his hands clasped, boldly signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
Large Paper Copy of John Muir's The Cruise of the Corwin; One of Five Hundred and Fifty Copies; In the Exceptionally Rare Dust Jacket
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 In Search of De Long and the Jeannette.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1917.
First edition, large paper copy, one of five hundred and fifty copies, this is number 260. Octavo, original cloth. Edited by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with plates from photographs and from sketches by Muir. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Kimes 348; BAL 14775
"A strange disease had come upon them, and had made all the children born to them blind": First edition of H. G. Wells' The Country of the Blind and Other Stories
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons 1911.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories featuring one of Wells’ best known tales, The Country of the Blind. Octavo, original blindstamped cloth, gilt titles to the spine, pictorial endpapers, engraved colored frontispiece. In very good condition, stamp to the title page. A very bright example.
"There was something about the coast town of Dunnet which made it seem more attractive than other maritime villages of eastern Maine": First Edition of The Country of Pointed Firs; Inscribed by Sarah Orne Jewitt on Christmas Day in the Year of Publication
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company 1896.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Dr. Bartol from Sarah O. Jewett – 25 December 1896.” In the Blanchard biography of Jewett, Dr. Bartol is listed as a neighbor of Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields in Manchester, Massachusetts. Bartol was an early transcendentalist and pastor of the West Church from 1837 to 1889 and was originally from Maine and was a Bowdoin classmate of Sarah’s father. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear. Signed and inscribed first editions are rare.
“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.