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“To understand all is to forgive all": First American Edition and Limited Presentation Copy of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1945.
First American edition of Waugh’s masterpiece, one of 150 presentation copies produced with compliments of the publisher and preceding the first trade edition. Octavo, original cloth. With the publisher’s original presentation slip laid in which reads, “This is a presentation copy of a limited edition. It is is not a review copy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 90400
New York: Essential Books, 1945.
First edition of this classic photography book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated in 1946 by Weegee. An excellent tight example that shows some rubbing and wear.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 5805
London: Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1925.
First edition of Wells’ complex novel exploring individualism and society. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. A very nice example.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 109052
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans/ Africa World Press, 1988.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 3265
London: Seeley, Service & Company, 1931.
First edition, deluxe issue of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half green morocco over cloth. Inscribed by Roger Wethered in the year of publication, “Hope this will help you to beat Harry! Roger Wethered 1931.” Illustrated with plates, which some folding from 100 photographs. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 14008
First Edition of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-Prize Winning Work Age of Innocence in the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: D. Appleton, 1920.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original red cloth. A very good example with some rubbing to the bottom cloth in the rare original unrestored dust jacket with some chips and wear to the spine and panels. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially in the original unrestored dust jacket.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 14040
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.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 115679
“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. Quarto, original marbled paper boards. Illustrated with 56 plates. In very good condition. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 124586
"It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn't catch the remark because I wasn't paying attention": First Edition of E.B. Whites Beloved Classic Charlottes Web
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952.
First edition and first printing of E.B. White’s classic tale of friendship with the code “I-B” on the copyright page. Octavo, original cloth, blue and white spider-web patterned endpapers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Illustrated by Garth Williams. A nice example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 123544
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented": First Editions of Elie Wiesel's Night; Signed by Him
New York: Hill and Wang, 1960.
First American edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Elie Wiesel on the front free endpaper. Foreword by Francois Mauriac. Near fine in a good dust jacket with wear and tear. Uncommon signed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 126798
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all": Complete Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 52 Copies; Finely Bound In Full Morocco
London: Keller-Farmer Co, 1907.
The Astral edition of Wilde’s works, one of 52 sets, this is number one. Octavo, 15 volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, floriated corner devices in gilt, red and green, raised bands, moire silk endpapers, top edge gilt. With photogravures in two states from paintings, photographs, and drawings (4 of which are by Aubrey Beardsley). In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 104968
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying": The Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 80 Sets Bound in Japanese Vellum
London: Methuen & Co, 1908.
First collected edition, one of 80 sets on Japanese vellum, the rarest and most desirable of Wilde’s works. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in original vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel with the design by Charles Ricketts, top edge gilt. “The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional matter which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time” (Mason). In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition.
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 103150
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all": The Works of Oscar Wilde
London and Paris: Methuen Charles Carrington, 1907-22.
The works of Oscar Wilde, bound in the original cloth, one of 1000 sets made on handmade paper. Octavo, 14 volumes, original cream cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt. One of 1000 sets of this edition on handmade paper. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 111362
"There's no greater pleasure than to talk over the big things with a believer": First Edition of Thornton Wilder's Heaven's My Destination; Inscribed by Him to Actress Dame Edith Evans
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1935.
First American edition of this comedic novel about a modern-day Don Quixote. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Thornton Wilder on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Haberstock. An exceptional example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 43869
“On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below”: First Edition of The Bridge of San Luis Rey; Inscribed by Thornton Wilder
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Milton J. Lesser with the regard of Thornton Wilder New Haven March 1930.” Also laid in is a signed handwritten letter to the recipient from Wilder. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Illustrated by Amy Drevenstedt. A superior example of the dust jacket, which is prone to wear.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 5564
New York: Franklin Watts Inc, 1963.
First American edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Brian Wildsmith on the title page. Some rubbing to the bottom cloth and a bookplate to the inner front panel, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 29082
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”: First Edition of A Streetcar Named Desire; Signed by Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden
New York: New Directions, 1947.
Early printing of Williams’ classic play, which won the 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.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 87896
“A man is indeed a city, and for the poet there are no ideas but in things": Scarce Complete first edition set of William Carlos Williams' Masterpiece Paterson; each volume in the rare original dust jacket
New York: New Directions, 1946-1958.
Scarce complete first edition set of William Carlos Williams’ masterpiece including Book III, winner of the first National Book Award for Poetry. Octavo, five volumes, Books I-IV limited to 1,000 copies. In the Author’s Note to Book I, Williams describes the work as “a long poem in four parts”, yet a fifth volume was published seven years after the publication of Book IV and only five years before Williams’ death without a limitation statement. Each volume is near fine to fine in a near fine to fine dust jacket. Jacket drawing of William Carlos Williams to Book V by his brother, Edgar J. Williams.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 109863
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.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 77018