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Rabinadranath Tagore's The King of The Dark Chamber; signed by him and with an autographed signed letter
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original clot with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 27 1927.” Laid in is a typed letter signed by Tagore which reads in part, “Santiniketan, India, April 1, 1926. Dear Sir; I was glad to receive your kind letter asking me to send a few words of greeting to your scholars who will be soon called upon to shoulder the active responsibilities of life. All that I wish to tell your scholars is that my thoughts are with the young and that my heart ever rejoices to see them fight difficulties and make bold experiments. Yours sincerely, Rabindranath Tagore.” The recipient, S.D. Green was a 1904 graduate and colleague of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Harvard University. He later taught at the historic Trenton High School in Trenton, New Jersey and amassed an important library of books signed by American Presidents and important early 20th century novelists. Also laid in is the original transmittal letter which accompanied the book dated March 1st 1927 and signed by Tagore’s fellow Bengali poet and close associate Amija C. Chakravarty to Green. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine with some rubbing to the extremities.
“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, photogravure plate of a portrait bust of Clemens by Karl Gerhardt, title-leaf a cancel with copyright notice dated 1884; illustrated captioned “Him and another Man” listed on page 88 in contents; eleventh line from bottom of page 57 reads “with the was”;”5″ final five on page 155 is slightly larger; page 283/284 on a stub, without additional final blank leaf, In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in custom chemise and full morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
“The secret of life', he said, 'is to become very very good at somethin' that's very very 'ard to do": First Edition of Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More; Inscribed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1977.
First edition of this collection of seven short stories by the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Blake Love Roald Dahl.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Susan Shields. Photograph by Sophie Baker.
“But now I am six. And I'm clever as clever. And now I think I'll stay six now forever and ever": Exquisitely bound example of A.A. Milne's of Now We Are Six
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1927.
Finely bound edition of the third book in Milne’s beloved Pooh series. Octavo, elaborately bound in full morocco with gilt tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt central motif of Christopher Robin within double gilt ruling with cornerpiece designs to the front panel, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, charming patterned endpapers, illustrated by Ernest Shepard. In fine condition.
"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.
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.
"Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Town
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first state copy with the 5/57 at the bottom of the front flap of the dust jacket, and the repetition of line 8 on line 10 on page 327. Octavo, original cloth. With the publisher’s advance review copy slip dated May 1, 1957 laid in and a copy of the jacket photograph of Faulkner by Phyllis Cerf laid in. Jacket design by Push Pin Studios. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with only light rubbing to the crown of the spine.
First Edition Of John Updikes Collection of Golf Writings; Signed by Updike, Illustrator Paul Szep and Jack Nicklaus
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
First edition of this classic collection of golf stories by John Updike. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Updike and additionally inscribed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. Also signed by the illustrator, Paul Szep who has added a large drawing of Updike on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of Richard Adams’ timeless classic novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow bestselling children’s author Madeleine L’Engle, “Yours sincerely, For Madeleine, on a very special occasion Richard Adams.” From the library of Madeleine L’Engle. Both Adams and L’Engle were unknown in the publishing world until their singular best-selling award-winning children’s novels were finally published after numerous rejections. Both authors’ works were also published in their mid-lives after they had married and had children. At the insistence of his daughters, Adams began writing the story he had told them on a car trip in 1966 at the age of 46 and after four publishers and three writers’ agencies turned down the manuscript, Rex Collings agreed to publish the work in 1972. The book gained immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Prize, and was adapted into several feature films and television series. L’Engle’s best-selling work A Wrinkle in Time was also initially rejected by at least 26 publishers. It was not until a close personal friend of L’Engle’s mother introduced her to John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux that the work was finally published in 1962. L’Engle was 44 years old at the time of publication and A Wrinkle in Time went on to win the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
"'Because life's too damn hard here,' Lois said. 'The land's got too much power over you. Being rich here is a good way to go insane": First Edition of The Last Picture Show; Signed by Twice by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1966.
First edition of the author’s third and one of his most memorable novels. Octavo, original cloth. Signed twice by Larry McMurtry, once on the front free endpaper and again on the rear endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelfwear. Jacket drawing by J.J. Fox. A superior example.
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. In very good condition with light rubbing.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face": Rare Eleanor Roosevelt Signed Photograph
Original black and white photograph of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt signed by her. With the gilt Pach Bros NY photographer’s insignia. One of the oldest photographic firms in business in New York City, the Pach Brothers photography studio’s patrons included famous and ordinary Americans involved in business, politics, government, medicine, law, education, and the arts, as well as thousands of students, families and children who sat for Pach cameras from 1866 onward. In fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 4.75 inches.
"I am writing this because people I loved have died. I am writing this because when I was young I was full of the power of loving, and now that power of loving is dying. I do not want to die": First Edition of Amos Oz's Scarce First Book My Michael; Lengthily Signed by Him
London: Chatto & Windus, 1972.
First British edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily signed by the author on the front free endpaper as follows, “Best Wishes Amos Oz Tel Aviv 17.2.14 I am writing this because people I loved have died. I am writing this because when I was young I was full of the power of loving, and now that power of loving is dying. I do not want to die.” The inscription is from the opening lines of this novel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. A unique inscription with the very first words from Oz’s premier novel transcribed.
“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream": Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet; lengthily inscribed by him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
First edition, early printing of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations by the author. Association copy, lengthily inscribed by Kahlil Gibran on the title page, “This is for Elenor Fisch, who lives in the world of beautiful understanding. Kahlil Gibran, 1926.” From the library of D. Rajagopal with his library stamp to the front pastedown. Rajagopal was the lifelong friend and editor of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, the leader of the Theosophy movement in the early 20th century, and one of its most famous figures. In his teachings, Krishnamurti stressed the necessity for a revolution of human consciousness, which could only occur with radical religious, political, and social change. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and with noted provenance.
First Edition of Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes; Warmly Inscribed by Alice Waters
New York: The Viking Press, 2016.
First edition of this work for anyone who loves France, food and adventure. Quarto, illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Alexis with love, Alice Waters.” Fine in a fine dust jacket, gift inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper. Illustrated by Ann Arnold.