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"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't": Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, And What Alice Found There bound in full morocco by Bayntun
London: MacMillan and Co., Limited, 1897.
Finely bound example of the author’s classic work. Octavo, elaborately bound in full crimson morocco by Bayntun with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt and two ribbons bound in. With fifty illustrations by John Tenniel and the original cloth bound in at rear. In near fine condition.
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote on a tipped in page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ismar David. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“You took the best, so why not take the rest?”: First edition of James Baldwin's Another Country; Signed by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1962.
First edition of this classic work, which was nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Photograph by Roy Hyrkin. Rare and desirable signed.
"All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. Its the best book weve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since" First Edition Of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Blue Cloth
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. Octavo, blue pictorial cloth. Subscribers who had already purchased Tom Sawyer, and wanted a binding to match, were invited to request a blue cloth binding on Huckleberry Finn instead of the publisher’s green. This is one of those blue bindings—twenty times more rare than the green. This copy has all of the commonly identified first issue points (copies were assembled haphazardly by the printer and there is yet to be agreement among bibliographers as to the priority of many points). First issue points include page  with “Decided” remaining uncorrected (to “Decides”); page , illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads “with the was,”. Debate continues over the priority of other points of issue and state. This copy contains the following points of bibliographical interest: frontispiece portrait without cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven; page 155 with the final 5 being slightly larger than the first two numbers”; page 161, no signature mark “11”. In very good condition with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; With three page Autographed Letter Signed by Huxley
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
First edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. With a lengthy autograph letter signed by Aldous Huxley to English philosopher L.P. Jacks, dated July 3, 1936, three pages, La Gorguette letterhead, which reads in full, “Dear Dr. Jacks, Thank you for your letter and the extremely interesting article which accompanied it. I like the idea of an international trust fund very much. Apart from the fundamental question of the willingness or otherwise of the nations to constitute such a fund, I imagine the difficulty of transferring sums of such magnitude from one country to an international authority in another. The history of reparations makes it sufficiently clear that they can’t be transferred in cash. The sums can only be paid in goods and services – except in the cause of creditor nations whose favorable balance allows them to make overseas investments and who could direct the sums ordinarily used for investment to the league. I know much too little, however, about economics to be able to criticize the scheme in detail but what I am sure of is that the idea of making the league serve among other things as a kind of international trustee, factor and insurance company is very valuable. Idealism has got to translate itself into terms of good business to make itself effective. And this would very soon reveal itself as good business. Except of course for the vested interests. These remain a very serious problem – perhaps most serious of all: The great mass of men and women who have no enormous stake in any existing institutions have only a psychological objection to change; but there is a minority whose objection is also economic – and so long as it retains presents, such change as that which you propose will be very hard to carry through. Meanwhile how depressing is the spectacle of left-wing enthusiasm for a military league? The saber rattling in the liberal press has been really deafening during these last weeks. With thanks for the article, I am your sincerely, Aldous Huxley.” Dr. Jacks served as the editor of the Hibbert Journal from its founding in 1902 until 1948. Under his editorship the Journal became one of the leading forums in England for work in philosophy and religion, and introduced the work of Alfred Loisy to British readers. In September 1915, he wrote in support of the war effort, citing the need to defeat German militarism and defend “the liberties of our race.” His article, titled The Peacefulness of Being at War in The New Republic, argued that the war had “brought to England a peace of mind such as she had not possessed for decades,” claiming that the sense of common purpose brought on by the war had overcome social fragmentation and improved English life. Jacks was interested in parapsychology and was President for the Society for Psychical Research. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a small chip. A very nice example.
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the photographer’s first book with over 75 black-and-white and color photographic plates. Tall quarto, original ivory cloth. Signed by Peter Beard on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
London: Andre Deutsch/Derek Verscholyle, 1957.
First British edition, early printing of the second book in the Madeline series, which went on to win the Caldecott Medal. Thin quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the half-title page. In near fine condition.
“SERVE ON HOT BUTTERED TOAST… WITH PINK CHAMPAGNE”: FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING’S THRILLING CITIES; Signed Twice by Legendary Designer Milton Glaser
New York: New American Library, 1964.
First American edition of Fleming’s volume of travel journalism, with the first publication in book form of his short story “007 in New York,” not present in the London edition. Octavo, original half cloth, drawings by Milton Glaser. Signed twice by the illustrator Milton Glaser, once on the title page and also on the front panel of the dust jacket. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page of the first book in the Madeline series. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Signed and dated by the author who has added a drawing of Madeline opposite the title page, Ludwig Bemelmans Hollywood 1946.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.
"I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see": First Edition of Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira; Signed by Jose Saramago
Lisboa: Caminho, 1995.
First Portuguese edition and true first of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Jose Saramago on the title page. In near fine condition.
"A SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE": 1706 EDITION OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER with the arms of Westminster Abbey decorating the front and rear panels
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church According to the Church of England; Together with the Psalter of Psalms of David, Pointed as the are to be Sung or Said in Churches: and the Form or Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.
London: Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1706.
1706 Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments. Folio, bound in full contemporary morocco decorated with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling and decorations to the panels with central motif displaying the arms of Westminster Abbey with the Tudor arms between Tudor Roses above the attributed arms of Edward the Confessor, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, pictorial engraved title page. In near fine condition, rebacked. A superior and highly desirable example.
"I'm making myself seek to find the wild form, that can grow with my wild heart": Signed Limited First Edition of Jack Kerouac's Visions of Cody
New York: New Directions, 1960.
Signed limited first edition of this novel by the author of On The Road. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Jack Kerouac, this is number 472. Near fine in the original acetate dust jacket, with the original prospectus laid in.
"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; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929.
Early printing 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. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice example, rare in the original dust jacket.
"PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED THE COURSE OF HISTORY": Thomas Norton's English translation of one of the most influential works of Protestant theology: John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion
The Institution Of Christian Religion, Written In Latin By M. John Calvine, Translated Into English According To The Authors Last Edition; With Sundry Tables To Finde The Principall Matters Intreated Of In This Booke.
London: John Norton, 1611.
1611 edition of Calvin’s seminal work on systematic theology, regarded as one of the most influential works of Protestant theology. Quarto, bound in full contemporary leather with six raised bands to the spine, elaborate architectural borders to the title page, woodcut headpieces and tailpieces. In very good condition with reinforcement to the hinges. Rare.
"from their well-dressed friend who in Italian silk, couldn't look less like a writer": First Edition of Bellow's Seize the Day; Inscribed by Him with a full page inscription
New York: The Viking Press, 1956.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For the Gabels from their well-dressed friend (who in Italian silk, couldn’t look less like a writer) with best wishes Saul Bellow.” The recipients were close friends of Bellow’s while he was a student at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors and earned bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and sociology. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some wear and tear. Jacket design by Bill English. Association copies of Seize the Day are uncommon.
"I feel great gratitude for being here- for being, rather, for there is no need to be oneself in the snow mountains in order to feel free": First Edition of The Snow Leopard; Lengthily Inscribed by Peter Matthiessen
New York: The Viking Press, 1978.
First edition of this classic work of modern nature writing. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the title page with a full page inscription, “For Adrienne with kind regards- ‘I feel great gratitude for being here- for being, rather, for there is no need to be oneself in the snow mountains in order to feel free.’ Namaste! Peter Matthiessen.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by George B. Schaller. A unique example.