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"Fear cuts deeper than swords” First Edition of the first Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Series; Warmly Inscribed by George R.R. Martin
New York: Bantam 1996.
First edition of the first book in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Paul, May your summers all be bountiful. George R.R. Martin.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tom Hallman. Book design by James Sinclair.
NASA color photograph from the May 1969 press release printed on verso, showing the astronauts in space suits without helmets, the moon in the background. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Matted and framed.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
London: Maclehose Press 2008-2009.
First editions in English of each volume of Stieg Larrson’s Millennium trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original boards. Each volume is signed by the translator Reg Keeland, with a quotation added by the translator from each novel in each book. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo reads, “Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are. Reg Keeland.” The Girl Who Played With Fire reads, “There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility. Reg Keeland.” The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest reads, “But if you want to win, you’re going to have to fight. Reg Keeland.” Each volume is fine in near fine dust jackets. A unique and desirable set.
New York: D. Appleton & Company 1922.
First edition of Wharton’s sweeping epic. Octavo, original blue cloth. Contemporary bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a near dust jacket with light wear and closed tears to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition.
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.
Handwritten musical quotation inscribed by Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich in Russian above the opening three bars of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47) on a two-stave system with holograph tempo directive and title, “To Lionel Okvin from Dmitri Shostakovich 17th February 1947.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Shostakovich. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 15.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
Etched portrait of Albert Einstein by well-known Polish-American Jewish artist Lionel S. Reiss. Signed by both Einstein and Reiss. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Rare original woodblock-print diploma from the 1970 Polish Sacrosong Music Festival. Signed by Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła), “Karol card Wojtyla.” The famous Polish Sacrosong Festival was established in 1969 to preserve Catholic identity during the Cold War, future pope Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was a major patron of the festival, featured vocalist, and appeared in a full-length feature album, Pope John Paul II At The Festival Sacrosong, produced and distributed in more that 30 worldwide networks in 1979. In excellent condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Pope John Paul II.
"Let us suppose you are a newcomer, and I, the guide; and in imagination, let us take a walk along this street": Scarce signed limited first edition of E.S. Kirby's See My Chinese Street
Hong Kong: K. Weiss 1954.
Signed limited first edition of E.S. Kirby’s illustrated travel book. One of 250 signed numbered copies, this is number 57. Signed by E.S. Kirby. Quarto, original embroidered silk, illustrated with 112 illustrations and 7 full multi-color pages, errata slip with first edition issue points laid in as issued. OCLC locates only 11 copies of this work. Scarce.
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline
New York: Simon and Schuster 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the “They went home and broke their bread” illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.
First editions of the first anthology of Jewish sermons published in America in the original cloth; compiled by Isaac Leeser and from the library of Moses Montefiore
Philadelphia: C. Sherman and Co 1836-1841.
First edition of “the first anthology of Jewish sermons in America” which “marked the coming of age of the American synagogue and ministry”(Goldman). Association copy linking the two most prominent and influential figures in Jewish America and England of this era, Issac Leeser and Moses Montefiore. American Jewish lay minister, author, translator, and publisher Issac Leeser revolutionized the format of the early American Jewish sermon by preaching in English, helping to establish regular sermons as a central part of the American rabbi’s work. Aspiring to make his influence international, Leeser corresponded regularly with Jewish leaders in England, most notably philanthropist and activist Sir Moses Montefiore, who played a pivotal role in the development of Proto-Zionism. (Goldman, 687; Rosenbach, 413, 479, 476; Singerman, 0632, 0748). Octavo, four volumes bound in two, original cloth, paper spine labels, from the library of Moses Montefiore with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. In good condition with some dampstaining and moderate toning to Volume I. Bound with Leeser’s The Claims of the Jews to an Equality of Rights, as issued. A rare and desirable piece of American Jewish history.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new": First edition of Out of My Later Years; Signed by Albert Einstein
New York: Philosophical Library 1950.
First edition of Einstein’s collection of social science-related articles, addresses and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Edition of Max Born's Einstein's Theory of Relativity; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born
London: Methuen & Company 1924.
First edition of this classic account of Born’s analysis and interpretation of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by Max Born on the verso of the frontispiece. Translated by Henry L. Brose. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are uncommon, signed examples rare.
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”: First Edition of A Streetcar Named Desire; Signed by Tennessee Williams; Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden
New York: New Directions 1947.
Early printing of Williams’ classic play, which won Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. Octavo, original illustrated boards. association copy, inscribed or signed by several cast members for producer Danny Selznick. Signed by Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Jessica Tandy, and Karl Malden. Inscribed by Kim Hunter on the verso of the first blank: “Love and best wishes always, Danny- one of my Favorite people- Kim.” Selznick’s ownership inscription on the lower corner of the half-title page. Danny Selznick is a producer and the youngest son of David O. Selznick; it was Selznick’s mother, Irene Mayer Selznick, who produced the stage version of Streetcar Named Desire; it was she who recommended to film producer Charles Feldman to cast Kim Hunter in the screen version. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Alvin Lustig. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Brando and the other cast members.
Francofurti ad Moenum: Johanne Oleario 1691.
Rare 17th century example of the Pauline Epistles. Quarto, bound in full period vellum. Engraved headpiece, initials, and tailpiece. From the library of Professor F. A. Schmidt, one of the best known Lutheran scholars in the northwestern United States, with his bookplate to the front pastedown (Curtiss-Wedge, 409). In very good condition with some browning to the text.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 2010, 2011.
First editions of both volumes in Sondheim’s collected lyrics. Quarto, 2 volumes, original boards, illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout. Both volumes are inscribed by Stephen Sondheim opposite the title page. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.