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First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Song of The English; With 30 Mounted Color Plates by W. Heath Robinson
London: Hodder & Stoughton 1909.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by Robinson. Quarto, original blue cloth, gilt pictorial to the front panel, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson with 30 mounted color plates, lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1948.
First American edition of Mann’s classic retelling of the story of Dr. Faustus, the man who sold his soul to the devil for 24 years of health and genius. Octavo, original boards, red topstain. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Joseph Golde thankful for his musical hospitality Chicago 23 Febr. 1950 Thomas Mann.” A few notes in the text from the recipient, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Photograph of Mann by Yousuf Karsh. Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by the author, as he lived out his remaining years in Switzerland, before passing away in 1955.
First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age: A Brief History of A.A; Warmly Inscribed by Bill Wilson
New York: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc 1957.
First edition of this history of Alcoholics Anonymous. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Lengthily inscribed by Bill Wilson on the front free endpaper, “Dear Earl S. With this all my gratitude for your dedicated service and your constant friendship Ever Bill NY 9/16/58.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear.
"I have the only key to your heart I can stop you falling apart": First American Edition of Horses Neck; Inscribed by Pete Townshend
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1985.
First American edition of Townshend’s series of short fictions. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed and dated by Pete Townshend on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pentagram.
First Edition of What Manner of Man: A Biography Of Martin Luther King, Jr; Inscribed by Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc 1964.
First edition of this early biography on Dr. King. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears. With an introduction by Benjamin E. Mays. Jacket design by Herbert Temple. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
New York: Harper & Row Publishers 1970.
First edition of the 25th anniversary edition of Sendak’s classic work. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Maurice Sendak on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“Never confuse faith, or belief—of any kind—with something even remotely intellectual": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Inscribed by John Irving to Fellow Writer John Helyar
New York: William Morrow and Company 1989.
First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For John Helyar John Irving.” The recipient is the author of the classic business book Barbarians at the Gate and Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
“the feeling of being lost in time and geography with months and years hazily sparkling ahead in a prospect of inconjecturable magic": First Edition of Each Work in Patrick Leigh Fermor's Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
London: John Murray 1977-2013.
First editions of each volume in Leigh Fermor’s trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water are signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. The Broken Road, which was published posthumously is signed by editors Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper on the title page. Jacket artwork by John Craxton. Near fine in excellent dust jackets.
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it": First Edition Of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Original Publishers Morocco
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company 1885.
First edition, first issue of Twain’s masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher’s three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher’s leather bindings are quite rare: “The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise” (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition, rebacked with light rubbing to extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
Color photograph of Big Ben Tower, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major and Tony Blair. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.25 inches by 16.25 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
“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": Tenth Anniversary Edition; Signed by Ayn Rand
New York: Random House 1967.
Tenth Anniversary edition; one of 2000 numbered and signed copies of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in the original slipcase, with the original acetate. A very sharp example.
Tel Aviv: Ayanot Publishing House 1953.
First edition of this pictorial record of David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated in Hebrew on the front free endpaper by Paula Ben-Gurion in 1962. Edited by Yehuda Erez. Layout by Shmuel Zur. English text by I.M. Lask. In near fine condition. Books signed by Paula Ben-Gurion are rare.
"Israel is the light of a New dawn. As in ancient days, she is again a bridge from the world of darkness to a world of light": First Edition of Leon Uris' Exodus Revisited; Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc 1960.
First edition of this monograph of photographs of Uris’ visit to Israel. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Jan- 1960 For Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Learner with warmest wishes Shalom- Happy New York Leon Uris.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Sydney Butchkes. Project coordination by Ilan Hartuv.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition with a few volumes with some light cracking at the hinges. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Autograph musical quotation signed and an autograph letter signed by Maurice Ravel. The quotation, 3 bars from his Chansons madécasses, notated on a two-stave system, with holograph title, lyrics, tempo directive and instrument labels. The letter in French is addressed to “My friend”, in French, stating that he received his note when leaving Geneva and mentioning two places he might be when he returns at Christmastime, dated Paris 15 December 1928 With Hotel D’Athènes” stationery. Both matted and framed together with a commemorative medallion. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 27 inches. A striking piece, rare and desirable.
"with best wishes and appreciation to a real American": Jackie Robinson; Inscribed by Robinson to New York City Mayor William O'Dwyer
New York: A.S. Barnes & Co 1950.
First edition of this early biography on Jackie Robinson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mayor William O’Dwyer with best wishes and appreciation to a real American, Jackie Robinson.” The recipient William O’Dwyer was a lawyer who became a national celebrity for his prosecution of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Inc., who acted as the enforcement for New York area mafia groups. He also investigated the beaning of Joe Medwick of the Brooklyn Dodgers by former St. Louis Cardinals teammate Bob Bowman. He became the 100th mayor of New York City in 1946 and participated in opening day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. He was serving in that position when this book was inscribed by Robinson. A nice association and inscription by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.