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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.
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying": The Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 80 Sets Bound in Japanese Vellum
London: Methuen & Co 1908.
First collected edition, one of 80 sets on Japanese vellum, the rarest and most desirable of Wilde’s works. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in original vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel with the design by Charles Ricketts, top edge gilt. “The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional matter which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time” (Mason). In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition.
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.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 2010, 2011.
First editions of both volumes in Sondheim’s collected lyrics. Quarto, 2 volumes, original boards, illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout. Both volumes are inscribed by Stephen Sondheim opposite the title page. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
“I fell in love with literature and stayed lovesick all my life": First British Editions of The Coast of Utopia; Each volume is Signed by Tom Stoppard
London: Faber & Faber 2002.
First British editions of Stoppard’s trilogy of plays, which focuses on the philosophical debates in pre-revolution Russia between 1833 and 1866. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. Each volume is signed by Tom Stoppard on the title page. Each volume is fine in a fine dust jacket.