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"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.
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.
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.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
First edition of Ben-Gurion’s Israel: A Personal History. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by David Ben-Gurion on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition, owner signature to the half-title page.
"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.
"More than anything, it was the blue dolphins that took me back home": First Edition of the authors Newberry Award-Winning Novel Island of the Blue Dolphins; Signed by Scott ODell
Boston: : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Scott O’Dell on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. First issue dust jacket without the Newberry award seal. Uncommon, especially signed.
"Wishing you safe travels on your journey through the woods": First Edition of Into the Woods; Signed by all Three Contributors; With a large drawing by Talbott
New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the Broadway musical and later film. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by all three contributors on the half-title page. Signed “Once upon a time…James Lapine.” Inscribed “For Anne- Stephen Sondheim.” Signed “I just love Sondheim’s Moos-sic! Bon Appetit! Hudson Talbott.” Talbott has added a large drawing of a cow. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional example.
New York: Villard Books, 1996.
First edition of this “engrossing work…with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Signed by the author on the title page with the added words, “I now walk into the woods Jon Krakauer.” The line is from the Into the Wild. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Perr and Daniel Rembert. An exceptional example.
New York: H.M. Caldwell Company, 1899.
First edition of this one volume collection of Indian Tales. Octavo, original red cloth decorated in gilt, black and beige, sixteen black and white plates. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a few small chips. Illustrations by L.J. Bridgman. Tanselle #99.17.
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987.
First edition of the photographer’s second major photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Helen Levitt on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Not to be confused with the more common paperback edition. Helen Levitt and the author James Agee first collaborated in 1945 on a documentary film set in Harlem, called “In the Street.” Psychologist Robert Coles contributed the essays to this volume.
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1970.
First edition of the 25th anniversary edition of Sendak’s classic work. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Maurice Sendak on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“A GOLDEN AGE OF POETRY AND POWER OF WHICH THIS NOONDAY’S THE BEGINNING HOUR”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF FROST’S IN THE CLEARING
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962.
Signed limited first edition of Frost’s last book of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, original slipcase. Number 737 of 1500 copies signed by Frost. Fine in a fine slipcase.
"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.
“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.
“Imagination, of course, can open any door - turn the key and let terror walk right in": First Edition of Truman Capote's Classic In Cold Blood; Signed by Him
New York: Random House, 1965.
First edition of Capote’s landmark non-fiction novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote on a tipped in page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by S. Neil Fujita.
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.
"A friend is someone you have things in common with, Charlie Brown": First Edition of I Need All The Friends I Can Get; Inscribed by Charles M. Schulz
San Francisco : Determined Productions, Inc, 1964.
First edition of this charming ‘little classic’ featuring Charles Schulz’s endearing Peanuts characters. Small octavo, original boards. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Brian and Jamie, Charles M. Schulz.” Laid into this titles is a photograph of Schulz. Book design by Jim Young. Photograph by John Arms. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
"Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between": First Edition of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings; Signed by Maya Angelou; From the library of James Baldwin
New York: Random House, 1969.
First edition of Angelou’s critically acclaimed first book. Octavo, original first issue book, with the top edge stained red. From the library of writer and close friend of Angelou’s James Baldwin’s library with his signature to the front free endpaper. Signed by the author, “Joy! Maya Angelou” on the half-title page. After Angelou’s close friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in 1968 depression had set in. Her dear friend James Baldwin, or Jimmy and her “brother friend” as she affectionately called him, took her to a dinner party to brighten her spirits, if only for the night. The party was at the home of the Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer and his wife Judy in late 1968. Everyone in the room began sharing stories about their childhoods, but when it was Angelou’s turn to speak, Mrs. Feiffer was blown away by her storytelling. The next day Feiffer called Random House editor Robert Loomis to tell him he should have Angelou write a book. Following Mrs. Feiffer’s orders, Loomis asked Angelou to write a book about her life, but she said no. Angelou considered herself a poet and playwright, not an author. He asked again; she declined again. Around the fourth time he changed his tune. She had just written a TV series and was out in California when he called. “It’s just as well you don’t attempt to write autobiography, because to write autobiography as literature is almost impossible,” she remembers him saying. “Maybe I’ll try it,” she replied. Loomis’s new tactic had been inspired by a conversation with Baldwin. Baldwin told Loomis that in order to get Angelou to do anything, you have to tell her she can’t do it. The reverse psychology worked. She isolated herself in London and began writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), the first of her seven book autobiography series. It was instantly a bestseller and is her most critically acclaimed work. Had it not been for Baldwin and Angelou’s pugnacious tenacity, the world may have never known she was a masterful memoirist. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An extraordinary association copy linking two of the greatest African American writers of the twentieth century.
Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1909.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. In very good condition with the two folding maps present. Bookplate of prominent Massachusetts resident Peter Chardon Brooks on the inside gutter.