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"A fractal is a mathematical set or concrete object that is irregular or fragmented at all scales": First Edition of Benoit Mandelbrot's Fractals: Form Chance, and Dimension; Inscribed by Him
San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 1977.
First edition of the mathematician’s groundbreaking work. Quarto. Light wear, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows a closed tear to the crown of the spine. Inscribed by the author. An important work, rare signed and inscribed.
New York: Portfolio/ Penguin, 2013.
First edition of this collection of writings by and about Warren Buffett. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by both Warren Buffett and Carol Loomis on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joseph Perez.
“Hope springs forever": First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her and Rupert Grint
London: Bloomsbury Books, 2008.
First British edition of this wizarding classic. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J. K. Rowling on a Bloomsbury bookplate attached to the front free endpaper. Also, signed by Rupert Grint on the half title page. Grint starred in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe playing as Harry Potter and Emma Watson playing as Hermione Granger. In fine condition without wear. No dust jacket was issued for this title.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in three-quarters green morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with the rampant lion in gilt on the spines, top edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition.
Ethiopia: C. 18th Century.
Rare illustrated Ethiopian Coptic Ge’ez Bible. Small octavo, bound in full leather with elaborate tooling stamped in blind to the front and rear panels, braided leather ribbon bound in, parchment manuscript of approximately 120 leaves in black and red ink, with a full-page miniature depicting Madonna and child flanked by two cherubs and double-page spread featuring Saint George slaying the dragon. Housed in the original leather chemise case with leather carrying handle.
Offenburg: Burda Druck und Verlag, 1961.
First edition of Claxton’s seminal photobook on jazz. Quarto, original black cloth, pictorial front endpapers. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white. Presentation copy, inscribed by the photographer on the half-title page, “For John William Claxton.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small chip to the front panel. A very sharp example.
"Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor": First Editions of Each Work in the Hunger Games Trilogy; Each Signed by Suzanne Collins
New York: Scholastic, 2008-2010.
First edition, first printings of each book in the author’s acclaimed Hunger Games Trilogy. Octavo, original half cloth Each book is hand signed by Suzanne Collins on the half title pages. Each book is fine in fine dust jacket.
Photograph of the Eisenhower family, signed by Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower, their son and daughter-in-law and only grandchild. Inscribed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, “For Ken & Joyce Browne with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower,” and signed, “Mamie Doud Eisenhower.” Additionally inscribed by the Eisenhowers’ eldest son John and his wife Barbara, “To the Brownes from Barbara and John Eisenhower” and signed by their son David Eisenhower. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.25 inches. Rare and desirable signed by members of three generations of the Eisenhower family.
"Wishing you safe travels on your journey through the woods": First Edition of Into the Woods; Signed by all Three Contributors; With a large drawing by Talbott
New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the Broadway musical and later film. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by all three contributors on the half-title page. Signed “Once upon a time…James Lapine.” Inscribed “For Anne- Stephen Sondheim.” Signed “I just love Sondheim’s Moos-sic! Bon Appetit! Hudson Talbott.” Talbott has added a large drawing of a cow. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. 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.
"One of the most groundbreaking and influential novels of all timeand one of the best": First Edition of Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange; In the Original First Issue Dust Jacket
London: Heinemann, 1962.
First edition of Burgess’ landmark novel. Octavo, original black boards, titles to spine in gilt. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket with the wide flaps. Jacket design by Barry Trengrove.
"There was something about the coast town of Dunnet which made it seem more attractive than other maritime villages of eastern Maine": First Edition of The Country of Pointed Firs; Inscribed by Sarah Orne Jewitt on Christmas Day in the Year of Publication
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1896.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Dr. Bartol from Sarah O. Jewett – 25 December 1896.” In the Blanchard biography of Jewett, Dr. Bartol is listed as a neighbor of Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields in Manchester, Massachusetts. Bartol was an early transcendentalist and pastor of the West Church from 1837 to 1889 and was originally from Maine and was a Bowdoin classmate of Sarah’s father. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear. Signed and inscribed first editions are rare.
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.
“The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm is one of the most inveterate of human instincts”: First Edition of one of the classic works on Interior Design The Decoration of Houses
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897.
First edition of Edith Wharton’s first published book. Octavo, original marbled paper boards. Illustrated with 56 plates. In near fine condition with rubbing. Uncommon in this condition.
“When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument": First Edition of C.S. Forester's The African Queen
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935.
First edition of C.S. Forester’s beloved African adventure, basis for John Huston’s 1951 Oscar-winning film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional 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 full morocco, gilt title to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt and gauffered to a red and green berry and leaf motif, turn-ins, engraved title, 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be": First Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloombsbury, 2000.
First British edition of Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Giles Greenfield. Cover design by Richard Horne.
First Editions of Andre L. Simon's The History of the Wine Trade in England; All Volumes Signed or Inscribed by Him
London: Wyman & Sons, 1906-07.
First editions of Simon’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth, three volumes. Volumes I and III are signed Andre Simon, Volume II is inscribed by him, “With the author’s Compliments Andre L. Simon 12 Nov 08 To Austin Bellow.” In very good condition with rubbing and wear to volume II.
“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.
“Start with the end in mind": First Edition of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People; Inscribed by Stephen R. Covey
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of this best-selling work, which has went on to sell more than 25 million copies. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For John Rogers With admiration, appreciation and every good wish to you and yours to keep blessing others God bless. Stephen R. Covey.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Signed and inscribed first editions are scarce.