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  • First Edition of Watership Down; Inscribed by Richard Adams to Madeleine L'Engle

    ADAMS, Richard [Madeleine L'Engle].

    Watership Down.

    London: Rex Collings, 1972.

    First edition of Richard Adams’ timeless classic novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow bestselling children’s author Madeleine L’Engle, “Yours sincerely, For Madeleine, on a very special occasion Richard Adams.” From the library of Madeleine L’Engle. Both Adams and L’Engle were unknown in the publishing world until their singular best-selling award-winning children’s novels were finally published after numerous rejections. Both authors’ works were also published in their mid-lives after they had married and had children. At the insistence of his daughters, Adams began writing the story he had told them on a car trip in 1966 at the age of 46 and after four publishers and three writers’ agencies turned down the manuscript, Rex Collings agreed to publish the work in 1972. The book gained immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Prize, and was adapted into several feature films and television series. L’Engle’s best-selling work A Wrinkle in Time was also initially rejected by at least 26 publishers. It was not until a close personal friend of L’Engle’s mother introduced her to John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux that the work was finally published in 1962. L’Engle was 44 years old at the time of publication and A Wrinkle in Time went on to win the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.

     

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • "Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams

    ADAMS, Richard.

    Watership Down.

    London: Rex Collings, 1972.

    First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. An exceptional example.

    Price: $5,500.00

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  • Rare First Edition Little Golden Book of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and Pluto Pup; inscribed by Walt Disney

    DISNEY, Walt. Beecher.

    Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Pluto Pup.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.

    Rare first edition Little Golden Book of this Disney tale of a fishing trip with Mickey Mouse and his loyal pup Pluto. Octavo, original illustrated boards with gilt spine label and elaborate full-color illustrations throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Frank Hart – Best Wishes – Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $5,500.00

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  • First Edition of Walt Disney's Fantasia; Inscribed by Disney and with Twelve original drawings

    DISNEY, Walt; Deems Taylor .

    Walt Disney’s Fantasia. With a Foreword by Leopold Stokowski.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.

    First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.

    Price: $14,000.00

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  • "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse": Rare original production cel signed by animation pioneer Walt Disney

    DISNEY, Walt.

    Walt Disney Signed Production Cel.

    Rare original production cel featuring Mickey Mouse and Chip the chipmunk in a wintry scene from the short film Squatter’s Rights. Boldly signed on the mat by Walt Disney. Produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and directed by Jack Hannah, the animated short film Squatter’s Rights premiered in theaters on June 7, 1946. The story centered on a confrontation between Mickey Mouse’s dog Pluto and chipmunks Chip and Dale who had taken up residence in Mickey’s hunting shack. The short film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 19th Academy Awards, but ultimately lost to The Cat Concerto, an MGM Tom and Jerry film, which shared one of 7 Oscars for the Tom and Jerry series. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 17.25 inches. Rare and desirable featuring Disney’s most recognizable character.

    Price: $12,500.00

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  • "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

    KEROUAC, Jack.

    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.

    Price: $2,450.00

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  • First Edition of Henry James' View and Reviews

    JAMES, Henry.

    Views and Reviews: Now First Collected.

    Boston: The Ball Publishing Company, 1908.

    First edition of this series of literary essays written in James’ earlier style. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. Introduction by Le Roy Phillips. In near fine condition. A very bright example.

    Price: $125.00

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  • Rare First Edition of Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery. An Autobiography; Signed by Him

    WASHINGTON, Booker T.

    Up From Slavery. An Autobiography.

    New York: Doubleday, Page, 1901.

    First edition of Booker T. Washington’s landmark biography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. With a autographed note signed by Washington to the front free endpaper, which reads, “By this mail I am also sending you a book called ‘Tuskegee and Its People,’ which I hope you may find time to read. Yours truly, Booker T. Washington.” In near fine condition, bookplate and signature of educator W. T. Colville. An exceptional example, rare and desirable as a first edition and signed.

    Price: $2,800.00

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  • Signed Engraving of Ulysses S. Grant

    GRANT, Ulysses S.

    Ulysses S. Grant Signed Engraving.

    Washington, D.C: 1871.

    Portrait engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed U.S. Grant. The engraving measures 5.5 inches by 4 inches. This portrait engraving produced by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In near fine condition, affixed to an 8 inch by 10 inch sheet bearing a small note. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches 18 inches.

    Price: $5,500.00

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  • "One of the FINEST EXAMPLES OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN ENGRAVINGS": Official George Casilear U.S. Treasury Department Engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant; Signed and dated by Him

    GRANT, Ulysses S. (George W. Casilear).

    Ulysses S. Grant Signed Engraving.

    Washington, D.C: 1871.

    Official Bureau of Engraving & Printing U.S. Treasury Department engraved portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant by George W. Casilear. Boldly signed “U.S. Grant.” The brother of landscape painter John William Casilear, George W. Casilear was an early and nationally recognized security engraver. He held several important patents to features including  tamper-proof ink, printing techniques and paper. In consideration of the aesthetic needs of the Treasury for both widespread reproduction of these images on banknotes and well as the fine detail required to distinguish counterfeiting, the engravings are considered among the finest American examples of 19th century. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10 inches by 9 inches. Engravings signed by Grant are rare, particularly by Casilear.

    Price: $5,000.00

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  • First edition of Tyranny of the Status Quo; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman

    FRIEDMAN, Milton & Rose.

    Tyranny of the Status Quo.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984.

    First edition of this work which analyzes the Reagan Administration’s attempts to greatly reduce taxes, regulations, and government spending and suggests practical changes. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Proctor Jones with best wishes Milton Friedman.” Also signed by Rose Friedman. The recipient Proctor Jones was a San Francisco based filmmaker and author, who in 1970 founded the Proctor Jones Publishing Company. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a a few closed tears. Jacket design by Lem Rauk/ Visible Ink. Jacket photography by Frank Castro and Associates.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • First Edition of Two Lucky People; Signed by Milton and Rose Friedman

    FRIEDMAN, Milton & Rose.

    Two Lucky People.

    Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.

    First edition of this memoir by the Nobel Prize-winning economist and his wife Rose, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by both authors on the half-title page, “For Vernon Paul Rose Friedman and signed below by Milton Friedman. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $400.00

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  • First Edition of Two Lucky People; Signed by Milton and Rose Friedman

    FRIEDMAN, Milton & Rose.

    Two Lucky People.

    Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.

    First edition of this memoir by the Nobel Prize-winning economist and his wife Rose, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by both authors on the half-title page, “For Evelyn Rose Friedman and signed below by Milton Friedman. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $350.00

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  • First Edition of Two Lucky People; Signed by Milton and Rose Friedman

    FRIEDMAN, Milton & Rose.

    Two Lucky People.

    Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.

    First edition of this memoir by the Nobel Prize-winning economist and his wife Rose, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by both authors on the half-title page, Milton and Rose Friedman. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Cover photograph by Steven N.S. Cheung.

    Price: $475.00

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  • First Edition of Henry Clews Recollections About Wall Street; Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street; Inscribed by Him

    CLEWS, Henry.

    Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street.

    New York: Irving Publishing Company, 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, “N.G. Wright with the compliments of Henry Clews Nov. 11, 97.” In near fine condition. A very sharp example.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • First Edition of Henry Clews Recollections About Wall Street; Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street; Inscribed by Him

    CLEWS, Henry.

    Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street.

    New York: Irving Publishing Company, 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 N.Y. May 3rd, 95.” In very good condition with some of the usual rubbing to the extremities.

    Price: $2,200.00

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