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Verona : Giannalberto Tumermani 1742
Paolo Rolli’s Italian translation of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Quarto, bound in full period vellum, gilt titles to the spine, red morocco spine label, engraved frontispiece, 15 engraved vignettes and 11 engraved culd-de-lampes, text printed in two columns with woodcut column dividers, pictorial Italian gilt paper endleaves, all edges speckled red. From the library of Italian collector Giorgio Fanan with his bookplate to the pastedown. Rare and desirable.
"Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again": Signed Limited Edition Of Hemingways A Farewell To Arms
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1929
Signed limited first edition of this early Hemingway classic, which established him among the American masters. Tall octavo, original white parchment over green boards. One of 510 copies signed by Ernest Hemingway, this is number 128. Near fine in the rare original slipcase which is in very good condition, lacking the small bottom panel. A nice example.
"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will": Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna; inscribed by her
Boston : The Colonial Press 1913
Early printing of Eleanor H. Porter’s classic of children’s literature. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With all glad wishes from Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter June 1915.” Additionally with the recipient’s ownership signature in pencil who has made a note of provenance, “Eleanor J. Stone autographed at Mrs. James Hartner’s Garden Party 1915.” In very good condition with toning to the spine.
“The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there": Signed limited First Edition of Truman Capote's Classic In Cold Blood
New York : Random House 1965
Signed limited first edition of Capote’s landmark non-fiction novel, one of 500 numbered copies, this is number 495. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote. Fine in the original acetate, original slipcase.
London : Chapman and Hall 1870
First edition of Dickens’ final novel. Octavo, bound in full early 20th century morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled, raised gilt bands, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickens with tissue guard, 12 engraved plates. In near fine condition with very light rubbing and some toning to the pages.
"But none of these afford me the same mad thrill of crazy excitement as grips me when I smack a tennis ball": First edition of William T. Tilden's Match Play and the Spin of the Ball; in the original cloth
New York : American Lawn Tennis 1925
First edition of Tilden’s classic work. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles and double gilt ruled borders to the spine, gilt facsimile signature to the front panel, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated. Edited by Stephen Wallis Merrrihew. In near fine condition. An excellent example.
"In France we have always known how to extract from the best products in existence the most exquisite dishes": First Edition of Paris Restaurants; In the Scarce Original Dust Jacket
New York : Brentano's 1929
First edition in English of this look at Parisian restaurants in the 1920s. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York : Charles L. Webster and Company 1885
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece, with the first state of the frontispiece portrait. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With frontispiece portrait of Twain inserted at front (with the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co., but the cloth is not visible). This example exhibits the following issue points: title leaf is conjugate. Copyright notice dated 1884; the illustration captioned “Him and another Man” [p.13] listed as p.88 (first state); 11th line from bottom of p.57 reads “…with the was…” (first state); p. 283 is an integral leaf with the corrected engraving; the final 5 in the numeration of page 155 is larger than the first and slightly below the others; leaf 23-8 is present as a blank; first state of the frontispiece portrait (imprint of Heliotype with tablecloth visible). In near fine condition with light toning to the extremities. A very bright example.
First Edition of My Fair Lady, a Musical Play in two acts; Signed by Alan Jay Lerner, Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Robert Coote and Wilfrid Hyde-White
New York : Coward-McCann
First edition of “one of the best musicals of the twentieth century” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated, frontispiece of Andrews and Harrison. Signed by Alan Jay Lerner on the title page. Affixed to front free endpaper is a signed photograph of Julie Andrews, and “with the compliments of Miss Andrews” affixed to the pastedown. Laid in signed photograph by Stanley Holloway (Alfred P. Dolittle). The verso of the front free endpaper has a signed photograph of Rex Harrison affixed to it. On the dedication page is a card signed by Robert Coote (Colonel Pickering), and a signature of Wilfrid Hyde-White who played Colonel Pickering in the film version. There’s also a magazine clipping of Harrison’s behatted head, also signed by him. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by David Lyons.
London : The Richards Press 1943
Richards Press pocket edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. 16mo, bound in full red leather with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. Additionally contains the Life of Omar Khayyam. Period ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. In very good condition. A charming example.
New York : Random House 1958
First edition of the third book in the wonderfully illustrated Eloise series. Slim folio, original pictorial red boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by the illustrator on the front pastedown, “Hilary Knight at the Carle Museum 2015.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very nice example.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1972
First American edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Amos Oz on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket art by Muriel Nasser. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange.
"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated": First Edition of Arnold Palmer's My Game and Yours; Signed by Him
New York : Simon & Schuster 1965
First edition of Palmer’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Arnold Palmer on a bookplate on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
Magnificent first trade edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; with 20 remarkably intricate full color plates illustrated by Edmund Dulac
London : Hodder and Stoughton 1909
Magnificent first trade edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald and with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Quarto, original publisher’s gold-stamped cloth, gilt tltles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, title page on Japanese vellum, with 20 intricate full color plates tipped in to decorated Japaneses vellum mounts with lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition.
Finely bound example of f the poems of John Keats, arranged in chronological order with a preface by Sidney Colvin
New York : Brentano's 1924
Finely bound example of the poems of John Keats, arranged in chronological order with a preface by Sidney Colvin. Octavo, two volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. In near fine condition.
"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.