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Inscribed Presentation Copy of Henry Clews Recollections About Wall Street; Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street
New York: Irving Publishing Co, 1888.
First edition of Clews’ classic work. Thick octavo, original green cloth, with titles to the spine in gilt and engraved frontispiece and nearly 50 portrait plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “___ ______ with the compliments of Henry Clews Oct. 25, 95.” In very good condition with some of the usual rubbing to the extremities.
"To know Indians was to take a delight in people as people; every encounter was an adventure": First Editions of each volume in Naipaul's India Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
An Area of Darkness: An Experience of India; India: A Wounded Civilization and India: A Million Mutinies Now.
London: Andre Deutsch, 1964-1990.
First editions of each of the author’s works in his acclaimed Indian Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Each volume is signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets.
London: Arthur Guiness and Son, 1977.
First signed limited edition of this authoritative work on Wimbledon signed champion Fred Perry. Quarto, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Wimbledon champion and tennis legend Fred Perry. In fine condition with the original slipcase. Rare and desirable.
London: Hutchinson & Company, 1920.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Illustrated with several folding plates from action-shot photographs. First editions in the original dust jackets are rare.
London: Andre Deutsch, 1962.
First edition of this travel work, “which belongs in the same category as Lawrence’s books on Italy, Greene’s on West Africa and Pritchett’s on Spain” (New Statesman). Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Name on the front free endpaper and stamp on the half-title page, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by William Belcher.
“I had already found that it was not good to be alone...but my books were always my friends, let fail all else": First Edition of Joshua Slocum's Classic Work Sailing Alone Around the World
New York: The Century Company, 1900.
First edition of “the finest single-handed adventure story yet written” (Seafarer). Octavo, original blue cloth, pictorially stamped in silver and green, top edge gilt. In near fine condition. Illustrated by Thomas Fogarty and George Varian. A superior example.
Original First edition Exhibition Flyer from the 1959 Hartigan and Rivers With O'Hara Show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery; inscribed by Rivers to fellow New York School member Willem de Kooning
New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1959.
First edition of this exhibition flyer for the 1959 Tibor de Nagy exhibition of works by Larry Rivers and Grace Hartigan inspired by O’Hara’s poetry. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, illustrated with twelve black and white lithographs. Association copy, inscribed by Larry Rivers on the verso of the front cover to fellow member of the informal New York School of artists Willem de Kooning, “For Bill de Kooning much admiration Larry Rivers.” Musician, artist and filmmaker Larry Rivers took up painting in 1945 and lived in the the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory. A part of the New York School of the 1950s (of which Frank O’Harra was the crux due to his position at the MOMA), Rivers’ paintings drew inspiration from the contemporary avant-garde movement, in particular abstract expressionism. De Kooning too was a part of the New York School, his well-known The Woman Series notable for its powerful expression of the frustrations and desires of the post-World War II era. In near fine condition. An intimate association copy, linking these great artists of the 20th century.
"It's not what's around the Christmas tree that matters it's who's around it": First Edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas; Signed by Charles Schulz
Cleveland and New York: World Publishing, 1965.
First edition of the author’s classic Christmas story and later filmed for television, which was later honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award. Small quarto, original boards. Boldly signed by Charles Schulz on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Adapted from a Bill Melendez production.
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Signed by Stephen King
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1978.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Stephen King on the title page. Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket illustration by John Cayea.
"One of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature"; Early printing of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
Sumpt. Joannis Girin, & Barth. Rivière in vico Mercatorio: Lugduni, 1677.
Rare early printing of Thomas Aquinas’ “most perfect work, the fruit of his mature years, in which the thought of his whole life is condensed.” Folio, four volumes bound into one in one quarter morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in seven compartments within raised bands, all edges red, woodcut printer’s device to the title page, woodcut headpieces and initials. In very good condition. Library stamp to the title page. A prime example of this important and influential work.
"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.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Paris: Editions d'Art Skira, 1956.
First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with tipped-in color plates. Inscribed by Marc Chagall on the title page, “Pour David de Marc Chagall en bon souvenir N.Y. 1967.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with the original slipcase.
“First we eat, then we do everything else”: First Edition of M.F.K. Fisher's Classic Work The Art of Eating; Signed by Her
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1954.
First edition of Fisher’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by M.F.K. Fisher on the front free endpaper. Light rubbing to the bottom boards, very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the spine crown. Jacket design by Leo Manso. With an introduction by Clifton Fadiman. Rare and desirable signed by M.F.K. Fisher.
"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe": First Edition of Cosmos; Signed by Carl Sagan
New York: Random House, 1980.
First edition of one of the best-selling science books ever published. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Carl Sagan on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino, jacket painting by Adolph Schaller. Signed first printings are rare.
“Everybody must have a fantasy": First Edition of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol; Inscribed by Warhol with a Drawing
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “To Philip with love Andy Warhol.” Warhol has additionally drawn a doodle. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; Signed by Nathaniel Branden
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Thick octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Signed by one of the dedicatees Nathaniel Branden on the dedication page. Branden was an associate and romantic partner of Ayn Rand, and played a prominent role in the 1960s in promoting Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. In 1950, after he had read The Fountainhead and exchanged letters and phone calls with Ayn Rand, Branden and his then-girlfriend Barbara Weidman visited Rand and her husband Frank O’Connor at their Los Angeles home. The four became close friends, with Branden and Rand in particular sharing a vivid interest in philosophical exploration and development. After the publication of Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, and sensing an interest on the part of Rand’s readers in further philosophic education, Branden created in 1958 the Nathaniel Branden Institute, originally Nathaniel Branden Lectures, to disseminate Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, by offering live and taped lecture courses by Rand, Branden, and a variety of other Objectivist intellectuals (including Alan Greenspan, whom Branden had brought into Rand’s fold). During this time Branden also contributed articles to Rand’s newsletters on subjects ranging from economics to politics to psychology. Branden’s work at NBI included translating the principles expressed by Rand in her fiction and non-fiction writing into a systematized construct that became known as Objectivism. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter.
Rare original photograph of a young Charlie Chaplin. Signed by Chaplin beneath his portrait, “Faithfully Chas Chaplin.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches by 5 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
"Happy Birthday John Updike with the greatest respect and admiration": First Edition of Photographs 1970-1990; INSCRIBED BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ TO JOHN UPDIKE
New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.
First edition of this collection of photographs by the award-winning photographer. Quarto, original illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Happy Birthday John Updike with the greatest respect and admiration Annie Leibovitz March 18, 1992 New York.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Ingrid Sishchy. A very nice association.
“Let us all work together for better understanding and peace"; Signed Quotation all in Eleanor Roosevelt's Hand
Original Eleanor Roosevelt signed quotation on a note card, which reads, “Let us all work together for better understanding and peace. Eleanor Roosevelt.” Matted and framed with a photograph of Ms. Roosevelt above. In fine condition. Measures 10.5 inches by 13.5 inches. An exceptional piece.