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First Edition of Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Masterwork The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Random House, 2000.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To John- “Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.” Michael Chabon.” Chabon has also added a drawing of a key. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter and Kapo Ng. Jacket illustration by Marc Burckhardt. A unique example.
"Wallace embraces the incompatibility of mathematics and prose and makes art from it": First Edition of Everything And More; Signed by David Foster Wallace
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.
First British edition of this work which examines the history of infinity, focusing primarily on the work of Georg Cantor, the 19th-century German mathematician who created set theory. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Steve Turner.
Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, 1986.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on the legendary Yquem Winery. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Mark Brocco- Best wishes- Richard Olney.” Photographs by Michel Guillard. Preface by Michael Broadbent. Designed by Marc Walter.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1922.
First edition of Wharton’s sweeping epic. Octavo, original blue cloth. Near fine in a near dust jacket with light wear and closed tears to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition.
"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers": First Edition of Fishing For Fun; Inscribed by Herbert Hoover
New York: Random House, 1963.
First edition of this collection of writings from President Hoover. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Elliot Hass The Good Wishes of Herbert Hoover.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Muriel Nasser. Edited by William Nichols. A very sharp example.
“First we eat, then we do everything else”: M.F.K. Fisher's Classic Work The Art of Eating; Signed by Her
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1954.
Early printing of Fisher’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by M.F.K. Fisher on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Photograph by Man Ray. With an introduction by Clifton Fadiman. Rare and desirable signed by M.F.K. Fisher.
New York: H.M. Caldwell Company, 1899.
First edition of this one volume collection of Indian Tales. Octavo, original red cloth decorated in gilt, black and beige, sixteen black and white plates. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a few small chips. Illustrations by L.J. Bridgman. Tanselle #99.17.
“The crucial artist of the twentieth century" (The New Yorker) First Edition Charlie Chaplin's Autobiography; Signed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1964.
First edition of “the best autobiography ever written by an actor. An astonishing work” (Chicago Tribune). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the dedication page, “Best wishes Charles Chaplin Oct 1968.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Scarce signed.
Inscribed Presentation Copy of Henry Clews Recollections About Wall Street; Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street
New York: Irving Publishing Co, 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 Oct. 25, 95.” In very good condition with some of the usual rubbing to the extremities.
"To those devoid of imagination a map is a useless waste; to to others the most valuable part": First Edition of this "classic work of outdoor literature, rivaling Thoreau's Walden" A Sand County Almanac; Lengthily Inscribed by Estella Leopold
New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.
First edition, first issue of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original cloth with titles and tooling to the front panel in silver. A lengthy inscription from Estella Leopold on the front free endpaper which reads, “To those devoid of imagination a map is a useless waste; to to others the most valuable part Estella Leopold.” Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially with such a nice inscription.
"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; Signed 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. Boldly signed by Leon Uris on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Sydney Butchkes. Project coordination by Ilan Hartuv.
"But hes a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid": First Edition of Arthur Miller's Pultizer Prize-Winning Classic The Death Of A Salesman; Signed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1949.
First edition of the first play to win all three major drama awards upon its opening in 1949: the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Tony Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original orange cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Arthur Miller on the title page. Very good in a very good first issue price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket drawing by Joseph Hirsch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work, with text by Wharton. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Illustrated by E.C. Peixotto. Frontispiece and Illustrated throughout. In very good condition.
“I had already found that it was not good to be alone...but my books were always my friends, let fail all else": First Edition of Joshua Slocum's Classic Work Sailing Alone Around the World
New York: The Century Company, 1900.
First edition of “the finest single-handed adventure story yet written” (Seafarer). Octavo, original blue cloth, pictorially stamped in silver and green, top edge gilt. In near fine condition. Illustrated by Thomas Fogarty and George Varian. A superior example.
First Edition of This is Rome: A Pilgrimage in Words and Pictures Conducted By Bishop Fulton J. Sheen; Inscribed by Him
New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc, 1960.
First edition of this history of Rome and the Catholic Church. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fulton Sheen on the front free endpaper, “To William Smith, God Love You, with The Blessing of Yours Faithfully in Christ Fulton Sheen.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Bishop Sheen.
London: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge's-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street, 1688.
First illustrated edition of Milton’s masterpiece. Folio, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, with portrait frontispiece, illustrated throughout. In very good condition with some toning to the text. An exceptional example.
First Edition of A Time To Keep Silence; Warmly Inscribed by Patrick Leigh Fermor to Deborah of Devonshire
London: John Murray, 1957.
First edition of the author’s third book, regarding his experiences in various monasteries, inscribed by Leigh Fermor to Deborah of Devonshire. Octavo, original blue cloth. Illustrated by John Craxton. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “For Darling Debo written in great haste! (always) Paddy Leigh Fermor.” Deborah Devonshire began life as the youngest of the legendary Mitford sisters, but she unexpectedly became the duchess of Devonshire when her husband, Andrew Cavendish, inherited the duchy from his brother. Leigh Fermor first met Deborah when she was still a young debutante and eventually formed a deep friendship, as well as a correspondence that would last for more than half a century. Their letters were published in book form in 2010 with the title In Tearing Haste. When something caught their interest and they knew the other would be amused, they sent off a letter—there are glimpses of President Kennedy’s inauguration, weekends at Sandringham, filming with Errol Flynn, the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, and, above all, life at Chatsworth, the great house that Debo spent much of her life restoring, and of Paddy in the house that he and his wife designed and built on the Mani in Greece. There rarely have been such contrasting styles: Debo—smart, idiosyncratic, and funny—darts from subject to subject, dashing off letters in her breezy, spontaneous style. Paddy, the polygot and widely read virtuoso, replies in the fluent polished manner that has earned him recognition as one of the finest writers in the English language. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a chip to the crown of the spine and tape repair to the back panel. Jacket design by Peter Todd Mitchell. A remarkable association copy.
"ANYONE WHO EVER GAVE YOU CONFIDENCE, YOU OWE THEM A LOT": FIRST EDITION OF BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS; INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN CAPOTE
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Albert J. Raman good wishes Truman Capote.” The recipient was an attorney and well-known book collector. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ismar David. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
“A word in earnest is as good as a speech": Finely Bound First Edition of Charles Dickens' Bleak House
London: Bradbury Evans, 1853.
First edition of this Dickens’ classic. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt title to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, marbled edges, engraved title, 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne. In near fine condition. A nice example.
“I AM NOT AFRAID OF STORMS, FOR I AM LEARNING HOW TO SAIL MY SHIP": FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE OF BOTH PARTS OF LITTLE WOMEN, IN ORIGINAL CLOTH
Boston: Robert Brothers, 1868-69.
First edition, first state of both volumes with all issue points, in the original green cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable in the original cloth, as most examples have been rebound.