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"Who knows, perhaps God is simply the search for God": First Edition of Nikos Kazantzakis' Saint Francis; Lengthily Inscribed by the Translator Peter A. Bien
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1962.
First edition of this fictionalized biography of Francis of Assisi. Octavo, original half cloth. Translated from the Greek by Peter A. Bien. Signed by the translator on the front free endpaper as follows, “To John “Who knows, perhaps God is simply the search for God.” Peter Bien.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1919.
Octavo, original cloth. With Illustrations in Color by Howard Pyle. Decorations in Tint by Wilfred J. Jones. Bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"Indisputably the most influential book on investing ever written": First Edition of Graham & Dodd's Security Analysis; Signed by Warren Buffett
New York: Whittlesey House/ McGraw Hill, 1934.
First edition of this foundational work on value investing. Octavo, bound full morocco by Bayntun Bindery, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, inner dentelles. Boldly signed by legendary investor Warren Buffett on the half-title page. Small stamp on the title page. Rare and desirable signed by Buffett, Graham and Dodd’s most famous adherent.
"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.
New York: Random House, 1968.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the spine.
“Shanghai - one of the wonder cities of the world: Rare First Edition of Shanghai of To-day-A Souvenir Album
Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh, 1927.
First edition of this scarce pictorial album of the views of Shanghai. Quarto, original cloth-backed flexible boards, with 38 tipped-in photographs, front stamped and lettered in red on a gilt background, mounted photo label. Introduction by Owen Mortimer Green. Later editions included 50 photographs. In very good condition with some small chips and gift inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1959.
First edition of Bloom’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Harold Bloom on the half-title page. Light rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the spine crown and overall light wear. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962.
First edition of Carson’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Rachel Carson on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Drawings by Lois and Louis Darling. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: Atheneum, 1974.
First edition of the culinary genius’ masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Best wishes Richard Olney.” Foreword by James Beard. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny closed tear to the rear panel. Uncommon signed.
"The ability to think for one's self depends upon one's mastery of the language": First Edition of Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.
First edition of what many consider her magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. A very nice example.
New York: Random House, 2013.
First edition. Quarto, original illustrated boards. Signed by both the author and the illustrator on the title page. The Illustrator has drawn a picture, as well. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition, first issue with the publisher’s logo on the half title page of Kesey’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ken Kesey on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good first issue dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
London: Printed for Geo B. Whittaker, 1826.
Finely bound set containing a selection of English translations of the short stories of various German authors. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engravings. In near fine condition.
Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1972.
Original LP of Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange. Signed by Anthony Burgess on the front cover. In near fine condition. This is the first record we have seen signed by the creator of the classic novel.
"Fly over the valley when the winds are keen, and nestle where the earth receives another generation of exhausted leaves": First edition of Edgar Lee Masters' Starved Rock
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1919.
First edition of the this early collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth. Inadvertently inscribed on the final free endpaper, “For S.D. Green…Edgar Lee Masters.” In very good condition.
“In the University library he wandered through the stacks, among the thousands of books, inhaling the musty odor of leather, cloth, and drying page as if it were an exotic incense": First Edition of Stoner; Inscribed by John Williams
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Happy Birthday to Jason from Sheila and the author- John Williams.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some light toning to the spine and a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1983.
First edition of the re-issue. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the half title page, who has drawn a sun and birds. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Gil Rob Wilson.
San Francisco: Straight Arrow Press, 1973.
First Edition. Oblong quarto, original photographic stiff paper wrappers. Inscribed by Bill Owens on the front free endpaper, “For Dave Bill Owens Can you avoid Suburbia.” In very good condition. Laid in is the photographer’s business card.
"One of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature"; Early printing of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
Sumpt. Joannis Girin, & Barth. Rivière in vico Mercatorio: Lugduni, 1677.
Rare early printing of Thomas Aquinas’ “most perfect work, the fruit of his mature years, in which the thought of his whole life is condensed.” Folio, four volumes bound into one in one quarter morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in seven compartments within raised bands, all edges red, woodcut printer’s device to the title page, woodcut headpieces and initials. In very good condition. Library stamp to the title page. A prime example of this important and influential work.