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“Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet": First American Edition of Seven Years in Tibet; Lengthily Inscribed by Heinrich Harrer and By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1954.
First American edition of Harrer’s classic account, signed by Harrer and The Dalai Lama. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with over 40 photographs. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Heinrich Harrer in both English and Tibetan on the half-title page, “To Mrs. Rosser with best wishes in remembrance of my lecture in Philadelphia from H. Harrer Jan. 1955.” Additionally signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who was tutored by Harrer while he living in Tibet. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Richard Graves. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Harrer and The Dalai Lama.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 112165
First British Edition of Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa; King Edward VIII's Copy with his ownership inscription
London: Putnam, 1937.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece, a lyrical meditation of the years she lived in Kenya, from the library of King Edward VIII. Octavo, original cloth. With numerous original photographs and newspaper clippings affixed to the front few pages. Originally from the collection of the author’s brother Thomas Fasti Dinesen with two original black and white photographs of him hunting affixed to the verso of the front free endpaper and half-title page above which he has annotated, “My first lion April 6th 1922” and “Shot from boma April 11th 1922 The boma only five feet from the hill on account of my alias Thomas Dinesen.” In 1918, Thomas Dinesen moved to British East Africa to help his sister manage her coffee farm in the Ngong hills southwest of Nairobi where he designed a largely built the farm’s coffee roasting plant. Subsequently, from the library of Edward VIII with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “‘The son of the sultan’ Edward Duke of Windsor.” Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from January 1936 until his abdication in December of the same year, after which he became the Duke of Windsor. And finally, inscribed on the title page, “To Hubert Gough with best wishes from Maj ‘one’ Sotheby March.” The recipient, Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough was a senior officer in the British Army in the First World War. Also affixed throughout are numerous clippings related to the Duke of Windsor and Blixen including a clipping with a photograph of her with Marilyn Monroe and original black and white photographs of her in 1921, later in life, and views of the plantation farmers and Ngong Hills. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 110991
First edition of Edmund Dulac's Magnificent Illustrated interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1927.
First edition of Edmund Dulac’s magnificent illustrated interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated by Edmund Dulac with 12 tipped-in plates in full color and numerous black and white illustrations throughout. Very good in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Jacket illustration by Dulac. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 110640
London: Macdonald and Co, 1939.
First edition of this overview of Hollywood. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed on the front pastedown and endpapers by Walt Disney and 13 other Hollywood actors and actresses, including, Chico Marx “To Pat Sincerely Chico Marx”; Pat O’Brien; “To Pat my own namesake Love Pat O’Brien Nov 21, 1947; Deborah Kerr, “I see a dark Stranger” (on page 76) “with best wishes Deborah Kerr”; Merle Oberon “To Pat all the best Merle Oberon”; Joe E. Brown “To Pat Joe Brown.” Brown was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s, with films like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Earthworm Tractors, Alibi Ike and Some Like It Hot. Jack Train “Best wishes Pat Jack Train Don’t’ mind if I do”; Ray Milland “Merry Xmas Pat Ray Milland.” Milland is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend, leading man opposite John Wayne’s corrupt character in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954), and Oliver Barrett III in Love Story. Two of the signatures are pasted onto the end papers, while the rest are signed directly onto the end papers with one on page 76. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional collection of signatures in this film review book.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 112422
First Edition Of The Eleventh Novel In The James Bond Series On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Signed by George Lazenby
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
First edition of the tenth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original brown cloth. Signed by George Lazenby on the title page, the actor who played 007 in the film adaptation. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Chopping.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 112548
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the crown. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 112442
First Edition of Volume I of Andre L. Simon's The History of the Wine Trade in England; Inscribed by Him
London: Wyman & Sons, 1906-07.
First edition of Simon’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Volumes I. Presentation copy, inscribed by Andre L. Simon opposite the title page, “With the author’s Compliments Andre L. Simon 15/9/07 to S.C. Coggin Sept.” In near fine condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 112957
Long Walk to Freedom; Signed by Three Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. De Klerk
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of this classic autobiography, which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page (translated from Afrikaans to English), “To Lieutenant Colonel Jan de Wet, Compliments and Best Wishes to a competent and experienced pilot NMandela 10.5.95.” This was signed on the first anniversary of Mandela’s inauguration as President. Additionally signed by fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 112377
"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 dust jacket with light wear, name to the front free endpaper. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 109739
Color photograph of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, boldly signed by him. The photograph measures 5 inches by 3.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 112958
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1923.
First edition of the first book in the Doctor Dolittle series. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Alan Edward Block with the Author’s Sincere regards H.L. New York Feb. 1921.” In very good condition, with some small segment missing from the signature page. First editions are rare signed and inscribed.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 112336
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; One of 100 Numbered Copies Signed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram, number 95 of a 100 numbered copies. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 112492
"I have numerous readers among farmers and workers. They make India. Their poverty is India's curse and crime. Their prosperity alone can make India a country fit to live in:" Second Series of Mohandas K. Gandhi's Young India; signed and dated by him
New York: The Viking Press, 1927.
First edition of the second series of the writings of Gandhi. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by Gandhi on the front free endpaper, “MK Gandhi 3:4:29.” Gandhi founded and published the weekly periodical in English, Young India, from 1919 to 1931 to spread the philosophy and principles of the Satyagraha Movement and urge readers to participate in it. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and in this condition.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 95311
"The delivery of medical care is to do as much nothing as possible": First Edition of Samuel Shem's The House of God; Signed by Him
New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1978.
First edition of one of the most important medical novels ever written. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Samuel Shem on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Larry Noble. First editions are rare, especially signed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 112325
"I give you the end of a golden string, only wind it into a ball, it will lead you in at Heaven's gate built in Jerusalem's wall": First Edition of William Blake's Jerusalem
New York: The Beechwood Press, 1955.
First complete edition of Blake’s great prophetic poem containing the text of Jerusalem in letterpress. Small quarto, original cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated with 100 plates, tissue-guarded frontispiece in collotype. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Geoffrey Keynes. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 112337
“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.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 112498
"I always look ahead to the side but never back": First Edition of Hunter Thompsons celebrated first book Hells Angels; Signed by Him and Sonny Barger
New York: Random House, 1967.
First edition of Thompson’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson on the half-title page and additionally by Hell’s Angel Sonny Barger on the front free endpaper, “I always look ahead to the side but never back Sonny Barger.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Joseph del Gaudio. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Thompson and Barger.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 112335
New York: Warner Books, 1999.
First edition of this memoir by Jane Goodall. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Jackie Hear your heart Jane Goodall.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Written with Phillip Berman.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 112168
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Book of Psalms
London: John Baskett, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, 1715.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 114564
"This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
First edition with “A-3.64[H]” present on copyright page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket painting of Pont Neuf, Paris by Hildegard Rath. An exceptional example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 112443