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Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1962.
First edition of Carson’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Rachel Carson on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Drawings by Lois and Louis Darling. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Shanghai - one of the wonder cities of the world: Rare First Edition of Shanghai of To-day-A Souvenir Album
Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh 1927.
First edition of this scarce pictorial album of the views of Shanghai. Quarto, original cloth-backed flexible boards, with 38 tipped-in photographs, front stamped and lettered in red on a gilt background, mounted photo label. Introduction by Owen Mortimer Green. Later editions included 50 photographs. In very good condition with some small chips and gift inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
“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.
New York: Rinehart & Compnay 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.
Color photograph of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. This photograph was taken of President Ronald Reagan with Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter before they left to attend the funeral of President Anwar El- Sadat of Egypt who was assassinated October 6, 1981. Countersigned by Gerald Ford, James Carter, and Richard Nixon as President Reagan’s representatives for the funeral. A striking image with the Presidents flanked by an American flag on either side. Triple matted and framed. The photograph measures 7.5 inches by 10 inches. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 22 inches. A very attractive piece, rare and desirable signed by all four Presidents.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1948.
First American edition of Mann’s classic retelling of the story of Dr. Faustus, the man who sold his soul to the devil for 24 years of health and genius. Octavo, original boards, red topstain. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Joseph Golde thankful for his musical hospitality Chicago 23 Febr. 1950 Thomas Mann.” A few notes in the text from the recipient, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Photograph of Mann by Yousuf Karsh. Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by the author, as he lived out his remaining years in Switzerland, before passing away in 1955.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER
New York: Random House 1957.
Early printing of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “To Christopher Cooley- Cordially Ayn Rand 4/23/64.” Fine a near fine first issue dust jacket with a touch of rubbing and a few closed tears. Jacket design by George Salter. A nice example.
"But for a dog That kept its head": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline's Rescue; Signed by Him With a Drawing of Madeline
London: Andre Deutsch/Derek Verscholyle 1953.
First British edition of the second book in the Madeline series, which went on to win the Caldecott Medal. Thin quarto, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by author who has drawn a picture of Madeline, “To Brownie Wise Souvenier de Paris Ludwig Bemelmans 1954.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and with a drawing.
"But for a dog That kept its head": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline's Rescue; Signed by Him
New York: The Viking Press 1953.
First edition of the second book in the Madeline series, which went on to win the Caldecott Medal. Thin quarto, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Rare and desirable signed.
"I never really thought of myself as a freak, ya know...but I Love to Freak!": First Edition of Easy Rider; Signed by Both Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson
New York: Signet 1969.
First edition of the complete script, with a selection of black white and color stills, interviews and articles. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, illustrated. Boldly signed by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson on the title page. Edited by Nancy Hardin and Marilyn Schlossberg. In near fine condition which shows light wear. Rare and desirable signed by the three stars of this iconic film.
"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.
"But hes a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid": First Edition of Arthur Miller's Pultizer Prize-Winning Classic The Death Of A Salesman; Signed by Him
New York: The Viking Press 1949.
First edition of the first play to win all three major drama awards upon its opening in 1949: the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Tony Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original orange cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Arthur Miller on the title page. Very good in a very good first issue price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket drawing by Joseph Hirsch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“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.
"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.