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"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1972.
First edition of “the bible of American cooking” (Time). Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Earl Thollander. Jacket design by Elna Rapp. Jacket illustration by Mary Purcell.
First edition of the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
First printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Asya from Walter March 1922.” In good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
New York: Leypoldt & Holt, 1867.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, titles to the spine in gilt. In near fine condition with some wear to the spine extremities. Translated from the Russian by Eugene Schuyler.
"One of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature"; Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
Ex Officina Guilielmi Riverii: Atrebati [Arras, France], 1610.
Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas’ “most perfect work, the fruit of his mature years, in which the thought of his whole life is condensed.” Folio, bound in full period calf with elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels, red morocc spine label lettered in gilt, raised bands to the spine, woodcut printers device to the title page, woodcut initials, title vignettes, head and tail pieces. Printed in double columns with marginal notes and double lines. Contains the three parts of the Summa theologica, followed by the Supplement as well as the indexes. In very good condition. A desirable example of this important and influential work.
First Edition of Henrik Johan Bull's The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions; From the Library of Adventurer and Explorer Steve Fossett
London: Edward Arnold, 1896.
First edition of Antarctic pioneer Henrik Johan Bull’s account of his voyage aboard the steamship ‘Antarctic’ in search of the elusive Right whale which, arguably, put the first men on the continent. Octavo, original pictorial cloth with gilt titles to the spine, gilt vignette of the ‘Antarctic’ to the front panel, frontispiece by W.L. Wyllie and illustrations by W.G. Burn Murdoch. From the library of of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
FIRST BRITISH EDITION OF LIFETIMES UNDER APARTHEID; SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID GOLDBLATT AND NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR NADINE GORDIMER
London: Jonathan Cape, 1986.
First British edition of the photographer’s second collaboration with novelist Nadine Gordimer. Quarto, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by both David Goldblatt and Nadine Gordimer on the title page.
First Edition of Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of a flower The Tiny Seed; Signed by Him
New York: Thomas J. Crowell, 1970.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Small name on the front free endpaper, in the rare original dust jacket with a few small closed tears and a few chips to the spine and rear panel. Rare.
George Allen & Unwin: London, 1927.
First British edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Foreword by Grantland Rice.
“FACT AND FICTION ARE INEXTRICABLY MIXED”: Signed Limited Edition of W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage
New York: Doubleday, Doran and Co, 1936.
Signed limited edition of Maugham’s masterpiece. Large octavo, original cloth with gilt emblem to the front panel, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece, illustrated with engravings by Randolph Schwabe. One of 751 copies signed by both the author and illustrator, this is number 74. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
"For Alice Adams one of our Planned Parenthood Mother of four lovely children my congratulations and admiration": First Edition of The Margaret Sanger Story; Lengthily Inscribed by Sanger to Fellow Writer Alice Adams
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1955.
First edition of the biography of the founder of the American birth-control movement. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by Margaret Sanger on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Alice Adams one of our Planned Parenthood Mother of four lovely children my congratulations and admiration Margaret Sanger April 17 55.”The recipient Alice Adams was a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel was Careless Love and after began publishing stories in The New Yorker. She wrote eleven novels, including the bestseller Superior Women. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional association.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902.
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing. A nice example.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
First edition of Galbraith’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry and Nancy Kissinger, “For Nancy & Henry as a guide to those K volumes yet to come! With all good wishes J.K.G. 1981.” Galbraith and Kissinger were close friends, both civil servants and Harvard University professors, who played a vital role in the development of United States foreign policies in the 1960s-70s and beyond. Galbraith, working as United States ambassador to India in the Kennedy administration and Kissinger in the Nixon administration as Secretary of State. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An outstanding association copy linking these two giants of American history.
Photograph portrait of General Dwight D. Eisenhower inscribed, “For Henry Sage Dunning, A veteran of World World I and a distinguished member of Columbia’s family, with admiration and affectionate regard, Dwight D. Eisenhower.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 19 inches.
New York: East River Press, 1975.
First edition. Quarto, original wrappers as issued. Inscribed by Man Ray on the half title page, “For Roberta with thanks for her interest in this resurrection! Man Ray 1976.” In near fine condition with light shelfwear. Uncommon signed and inscribed, as Man Ray passed away in November of 1976.
"I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own": First Edition of The Chosen; Inscribed by Chaim Potok
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967.
First edition of the author’s first book set in the mid-twentieth Century, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Seymour Fox, With gratitude- and very warmest wishes best wishes to Sarah Chaim Potok.” The recipient, Seymour Fox was the head of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s School of Education for 14 years, beginning in 1966. Fox was instrumental in developing and growing Camp Ramah, a network of Jewish summer camps in the United States, Canada and Israel, considered the “crown jewel” of the Conservative Movement. For thousands of Jewish youth, Camp Ramah has been a seminal experience in developing their commitment to Judaism and to leadership within the Jewish community. His influence on Jewish education around the world has been called “inestimable,” in terms of the financial resources he raised, the institutions he founded, and the intellectual contributions of the general education and Judaica scholars he brought together to advance Jewish education. Some browning to the cloth in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A very nice association.