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Rare collection of three programs and two typed letters signed by American conductor Aaron Copland. The programs include a 1957-1958 Season Program for the Juilliard School of Music presenting The World Premiere of Piano Fantasy inscribed by Copland, “Piano Fantasy Aaron Copland (1955-57)”, a catalogue of his works by Boosey & Hawkes which includes a chronological list of his works, a League of Composers Twenty-Eighth Season Program 1950-51 inscribed, “For Betty with love Aaron Nov. 5 ’50”, and two typed letters signed on Copland’s letterhead. In fine condition.
"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.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.
First edition of Coretta Scott King’s autobiography, which recounts the history of the Civil Rights Movement and offers an inside look at Dr. King, his sermons and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Frank Washington Pepsi Cola With Warmest Appreciation for your support Coretta Scott King 1-15-84.” The recipient, Frank Washington was an American basketball player. In 1945, he played for the Washington Bears. Washington was part of the first Harlem Globetrotters team to travel around the world. Washington was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters from 1946 to 1960. After his basketball career, he joined Pepsi-Cola, working in advertising, then sales, and rising to the position of community relations manager. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Reed.
“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.
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
First edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a small chip. A very nice example.
"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.
"We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave, Shouting the battle cry of freedom!": First Edition of McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Writer Bill Starr
New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Bill Starr Best Wishes from a fellow student of the Civil War Jim McPherson.” The recipient, William Starr was a well-regarded book reviewer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it": Finely Bound Set of Moliere's Oeuvres Complètes de Molière
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1878.
Finely bound set of Moliere. Quarto, 5 volumes, bound in full red morocco, illustrated with plates, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, original wrappers bound in, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Edited by Adolphe Regnier. With the slipcovers in marbled paper. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
"It was the middle of August, the summer sat brooding fiercely over the streets of Milan": First edition of Henry James' Travelling Companions
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1919.
First edition of this collection of James’ short stories. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition.
“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. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble. In fine condition. Mixed state with the copyright notice dated 1883; “Him and Another Man” corrected to page 87; p. 57 “was” corrected to “saw”; with the signature mark lacking on p. 161; p. 155 with the final 5 broken. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Bookplate to the pastedown. A near perfect example.
Rare Pope Benedict XIV Papal Manuscript; bound by the Vatican Bindery and signed by Cardinal Joseph ex Comitibus de Marsciano, Bishop of Orvieto, With Twelve illuminated vellum leaves
Rare Latin papal document from the first year of the papacy of Benedict XIV appointing Pietro Benedetti as an apostolic protonotary. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco by the Vatican Bindery with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, gilt papal and royal coats of arms to the front and rear panels within elaborate floral gilt ruling, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in. Twelve illuminated vellum leaves with the entire text in script including the hand-painted coats of arms of Pope Benedict XIV and Cardinal Joseph ex Comitibus de Marsciano, Bishop of Orvieto. Signed by the Bishop at the conclusion of the document with a paper seal. In near fine condition condition. An exceptional rarity.
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms printed by John Field and bound elaborately tooled full red morocco
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments with The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New Newly Translated Out of the Original Tongues.
Cambridge: John Field, 1666-1668.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary red morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, green morocco spine label lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt floral and urn decorations to the front and rear panels within gilt Greek key ruling, gilt decorated central sacred initialed onlays in white and green morocco within gilt-stamped flames, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in, blue silk doublures and liners backed with marbled papers. Originally a bookseller, English printer John Field became printer to the English Parliament and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1649. In 1655, Field was appointed printer to the University of Cambridge, the year in which Cromwell ordered the copyright of the Bible to be entered to him and Henry Hills in the Stationers’ Registers. This act was virulently opposed by many competing printers. Field printed many editions of the Bible, notably a quarto edition in 1648, a duodecimo edition in 1652, and a 32mo edition in 1653, all of which were noted for the number of misprints contained and their excessive price, for which Field was fiercely attacked by those whose trade had been injured by the monopoly given to him and Hills by Cromwell. In near fine condition. A highly desirable and near perfect example.
“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": Rare First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations by the author. In near fine condition with light toning. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most scarce and desirable in this condition.
"ANYONE WHO EVER GAVE YOU CONFIDENCE, YOU OWE THEM A LOT": FIRST EDITION OF BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS; INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN CAPOTE
New York: Random House, 1958.
Seventh printing of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Truman Capote Brooklyn Heights.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light restoration to the spine. Jacket design by Ismar David.
"I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of John Muir's Our National Parks
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901.
First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove with tissue guard. In near fine condition, bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional example.
"Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball": Mickey Mantle's The Mick; Signed by Him
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1985.
First edition, early printing of the Yankee legend’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Best Wishes Mickey Mantle.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Written with Herb Gluck.
"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.
“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": Tenth Anniversary Edition; Signed by Ayn Rand
New York: Random House, 1967.
Tenth Anniversary edition; number 1913 of 2000 numbered and signed copies of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in the original slipcase, with the original acetate, which is in fine condition. A superior example.
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first printing of one of the most celebrated and memorable Christmas stories with all issue points present: Cat in the Hat on back cover of book with 14 titles (up to now) listed on the rear flap and a list of 13 books printed at the end of the book. Dust jacket price reads 250/250. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dr. Seuss opposite the title page, “For Katie Johnson with Best Wishes and a Merry Christmas! Dr. Seuss.” Thin quarto, original illustrated glossy paper boards, pictorial endpapers. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example, desirable signed and inscribed.
“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.