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New York: Portfolio/ Penguin, 2013.
Early printing of this collection of writings by and about Warren Buffett. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Warren Buffett on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joseph Perez. This copy was signed at the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska.
"Be simple. Be honest. Don't overcook and don't undercook, but it's better to undercook than overcook": First Edition of Beard on Pasta; Signed by James Beard
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983.
First edition of this work which Beard himself calls, “a book of good times to have with pasta.” Octavo, original boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Karl W. Stuecklen.
Wheaton, Ill: Van Kampen Press, 1953.
First edition of this collection of essays by the author of My Utmost For His Highest. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a few small chips. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
"one of the most remarkable books ever written": First Editions of Jawaharlal Nehru's Glimpses of History
Allahabad: Printed by M.N. Pandey , 1934-35.
First editions of “one of the most remarkable books ever written” (The New York Times). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. In very good condition. Foreword by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. First editions are exceptionally rare.
New York: Richard R. Smith, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. In very good condition.
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. Boldly signed by Coretta Scott King on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Reed. A very nice example.
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co, 1867.
First edition of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Volume I only of the original ten volumes. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, rubbing and wear to the extremities, early ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. In good condition. A rare and unrestored example of early American Judaica.
London: Michael Joseph, 1955.
First edition of this nautical and war novel, basis for the film Greyhound, scripted by and starring Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider, produced by Gary Goetzman. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Simon Virgo, with best wishes from C.S. Forester.” Near fine in very good dust jacket. Jacket design by David Cobb.
"If you want to keep a man good natured, give him good food": Rare First Edition of The Chinese Cook Book
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, 1917.
First edition of this early Chinese American cook book. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition.
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.
"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.
“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.
"Where A Man Feels At Home, Outside Of Where Hes Born, Is Where Hes Meant To Go": First Edition Of Green Hills Of Africa
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935.
First edition of Hemingway’s second work of nonfiction, an account of a month on safari he and his wife took in East Africa during December 1933. Octavo, original green cloth, decorations by Edward Shenton. Contemporary bookplate to the pastedown, near fine in a bright near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. A very nice example.
SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF JOHN BROWN’S LIFE AND LETTERS, 1861, WITH THE ORIGINAL MOUNTED VINTAGE ALBUMEN FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT OF JOHN BROWN
The Life and Letters of Captain John Brown, Who Was Executed at Charlestown, Virginia, Dec. 2, 1859, For an Armed Attack upon American Slavery; With Notices of Some of His Confederates.
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1861.
First edition of one of the earliest biographies of profoundly influential American abolitionist, John Brown; published in the first year of the American Civil War. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt titles to the spine, original mounted albumen photograph frontispiece portrait of brown with facsimile inscription. From the collection of Hookham’s circulating library, one of the two largest libraries in 19th century London, bearing the original library label, “Hookhams Library Old Bond Street: Bookselling & Stationary.” In very good condition with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spine. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.
Royal Christmas and New Years Card Signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal couple
Royal Christmas card with an original black and white photograph of a young Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip seated in an automobile amidst a cheering crowd. Boldly signed by Queen Elizabeth, “Elizabeth” and Prince Philip, “Philip.” In fine condition. A striking example.