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New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1905
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work, with text by Wharton. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Illustrated by E.C. Peixotto. Frontispiece and Illustrated throughout. In very good condition.
Full length photograph of the young boxer Jack Dempsey in a fighting pose. Boldly inscribed by Jack Dempsey. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches.
"with best wishes and appreciation to a real American": Jackie Robinson; Inscribed by Robinson to New York City Mayor William O'Dwyer
New York : A.S. Barnes & Co 1950
First edition of this early biography on Jackie Robinson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mayor William O’Dwyer with best wishes and appreciation to a real American, Jackie Robinson.” The recipient William O’Dwyer was a lawyer who became a national celebrity for his prosecution of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Inc., who acted as the enforcement for New York area mafia groups. He also investigated the beaning of Joe Medwick of the Brooklyn Dodgers by former St. Louis Cardinals teammate Bob Bowman. He became the 100th mayor of New York City in 1946 and participated in opening day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. He was serving in that position when this book was inscribed by Robinson. A nice association and inscription by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard
Boston : Little Brown and Company 1972
First edition of “the bible of American cooking” (Time). Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Earl Thollander. Jacket design by Elna Rapp. Jacket illustration by Mary Purcell.
Yousuf Karsh Photograph of the First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Both Nehru and Karsh
Black and white photograph of the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed Jawaharlal Nehru March 1951 and also signed by the photographer Yousuf Karsh. Karsh was one of the most notable photographers of the 20th century. His work included portraits of celebrities, military and political figures, such as Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Martin Luther King, Audrey Hepburn, and many others. The photograph measures 10 inches by 12.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 19.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Nehru and Karsh.
Offenburg : Burda Druck und Verlag 1961
First edition of Claxton’s seminal photobook on jazz. Quarto, original black cloth, pictorial front endpapers. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white. Presentation copy, inscribed by the photographer on the half-title page, “For John William Claxton.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small chip to the front panel. A very sharp example.
"God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better": First Edition of Just As I Am; Inscribed by Billy Graham to Bob and Delores Hope
San Francisco : Harper Collins 1997
First edition of Billy Graham’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to Bob Hope and his wife Dolores, “To my dear friends Bob and Dolores God bless you always Billy Graham.” Though this copy is personally signed and inscribed by Graham, attached to the front end page is a tipped-in note with the author’s apologies for being unable to personally sign books due to his Parkinson’s Disease. Rare personally signed and a wonderful association copy. From the library of Bob and Dolores Hope. Accompanied by a signed letter from Linda Hope, certifying that this volume is from the Library of Bob Hope. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
London : Macmillan and Co., Limited 1902
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. In near fine condition. By far, one of the nicest examples we have handled.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
London : Macmillan and Co., Limited 1902
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing. A nice example.
First Edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's La Aventura de Miguel Littin Clandestino en Chile; signed by him
Mexico : Editorial Diana 1986
First edition of Garcia Marquez’s revealing account of the clandestine visit of the Chilean film director Miguel Littín in 1985 to his native country after 12 years in exile. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable as nearly 15,000 copies of the first edition were burned by the Ministry of the Interior on the orders of Augusto Pinochet.
“IT'S NECESSARY TO HAVE WISHED FOR DEATH IN ORDER TO KNOW HOW GOOD IT IS TO LIVE": Exceptionally Rare First Belgian Edition of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte-Cristo
Bruxelles : Societe Belge de Librairie 1845-1846
One of the earliest known editions of The Count of Monte Cristo released simultaneously with the true first edition published in Paris by Pétion in 18 volumes with the first two issued in 1844 and the remaining sixteen in 1845. This Belgian pirated edition features a misspelling of the title with “Christo” which was corrected in the L’Écho des Feuilletons illustrated edition, Paris 1846 with plates by Gavarni. Eight volumes. Small octavos bound in full period green calf over pebbled morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spines, raised bands, all edges hand colored green, ribbons bound into each volume. In very good condition with some wear to the extremities. OCLC locates only one other copy of this work. Exceptionally rare.
"Givenchy’s divine sense of order and chic, both in his fashions and homes": First Edition of Le Style Givenchy; Lengthily Inscribed by Givenchy
Paris : Editions Assouline 1998
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on Givenchy. Quarto, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by Givenchy in French on the left hand side and in English on the right hand side in the year of publication, “For you Janet with Affection and love I Admire you- I respect you- I love you- for ever- Hubert (with a drawing of a heart) 12 October 1998.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Preface by Hubert de Givenchy.
“It’s strange. I felt less lonely when I didn’t know you": First edition of Sartre's most famous work; Inscribed by him to the wife of fellow phenomenological philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Paris : Gallimard 1943
First edition of Sartre’s best-known play. Octavo, bound in original one quarter morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. Association copy, inscribed by Jean-Paul Sartre on the half-title page, “Suzan Merleau-Ponty grace a qui finalement la piece a ete joue en reconnainance amicale Jean-Paul Sartre.” The recipient, Suzanne Merleau-Ponty was the wife of French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who studied at the École Normale Supérieure alongside Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Simone Weil, and Jean Hyppolite. He later became the political editor of Les Temps Modernes, the magazine established by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1945. In near fine condition. Housed the original full morocco slipcase. An exceptional association.
"Here, at home inside a Jane Austen novel, I passed my college weekends, carving Sunday roasts and getting the station wagon serviced, explaining the double finesse in bridge, lacing up ice skates, sharing by radio the fall of Paris and the night bombings of London. . . having fallen not just in love but into a family": First Edition of Roger Angell's autobiography; Signed by Him
New York : Harcourt 2006
First edition of Angell’s autobiography of his early years growing up in New York. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by Roger Angell on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Cooley Design Lab.
“Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know": First Edition of Liar's Poker; Signed by Michael Lewis
New York : W.W. Norton & Company 1989
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Michael Lewis on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andrew M. Newman Graphic Design Inc. Jacket Illustration by Vint Lawrence. First printings are uncommon, especially signed.