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"Doesn't bend like Piccadilly, or end abruptly like the Rue de la Paix": FIRST EDITION OF CORNELIUS VANDERBILT'S NOVEL PARK AVENUE; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
New York: The Macaulay Company Publishers 1930.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s intimate portrait of the luxurious jazz era Park Avenue lifestyle. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the original dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket art by Polly Hill. Exceptionally rare in the original dust jacket.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition, first issue of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories; inscribed by Bertram Rota, founder of the Bodley House bookstore in 1941
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. Inscribed by Bertram Rota, the owner of the Bodley House bookstore in London, “S.W. Jackson’s copy of my boyhood’s favorite book. This copy survived fire and water when so many of its fellows were destroyed by Nazi barbarism at Bodley House in October 1940. After being stored nearby, and escaping more bombs, it returned to the resurrected bookshop and now leaves Bodley House to find sanctuary in friendly hands in a luckier land. With all good wishes Bertram Rota, June 6th 1941.” Bertram Rota began selling books in 1923 and was essentially the first bookseller to specialize in modern first editions. In 1923, Rota moved operations to the former location of the Bodley Head publishing house on Vigo Street in London where, in spite of sustaining a direct hit during a Nazi blitzkrieg, the bookshop remained for twenty-eight years. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Exceptional with fascinating provenance.
"I am a Christian Because of Owen Meany": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Lengthily Signed by John Irving
New York: William Morrow and Company 1989.
First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added the first line of this title, “I’m a Christian because of Owen Meany John Irving.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Seattle: University of Washington Press 1974.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both the author and Francis Crick on the title page, who contributed the foreword. The author has transcribed the following from this work, “The ultimate aim of the modern movement in biology is in fact to explain all biology in terms of physics and chemistry Robert Olby.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"I feel like we've died and gone to heaven - only we had to climb up": First Edition of Barefoot In the Park; Signed by Neil Simon and Robert Redford
New York: Random House 1964.
First edition of the playwright’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed on the half-title page by both Neil Simon and Robert Redford, who starred in the role of Paul on both the Broadway play and the film. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there”: First Edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Signed by Robert Pirsig
New York: William Morrow & Company 1974.
First edition of one of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Robert M. Pirsig on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
New York: Random House 1968.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the spine.
New York: William Morrow and Company 1989.
First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “For My Biggest Fan John Irving.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
New York: American Lawn Tennis 1925.
Limited Deluxe edition. One of 340 numbered copies, signed by both William J. Tilden and the editor S. Wallis Merrihew. In excellent condition with light rubbing to the joints, contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
Photograph of Dwight D. Eisenhower in military uniform, boldly signed by him. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 14.75 inches. A very attractive signed photograph.
“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.
"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.
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion; Inscribed by Him
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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Asya from Walter March 1922.” In good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 505 of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. In fine condition.
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.