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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.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 948
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.
First edition. Large quarto, original beige cloth, original pictorial slipcase. Inscribed, “For Alexander Irving Penn." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. The slipcase is in near fine condition with just a touch of wear. A very sharp example.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 967
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987.
First edition of the photographer’s second major photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Helen Levitt on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Not to be confused with the more common paperback edition. Helen Levitt and the author James Agee first collaborated in 1945 on a documentary film set in Harlem, called “In the Street.” Psychologist Robert Coles contributed the essays to this volume.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 810
"Maybe you could show me how to let go, Lower my guard, Learn to be free. Maybe if you whistle, Whistle for me": First Edition of Anyone Can Whistle; Inscribed by both Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim
New York: Random House, 1965.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly Inscribed by both Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim. Fine in a near fine bright jacket without the fading usually encountered with the spine.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 762
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968.
First edition, Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “To ______ I am happy that this book was of such an interest for you. Thanks for telling me and very best wishes Pierre Boulez.”
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 1794
Middlesex, England: Eel Pie Publishing, 1977.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by Pete Townshend on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 1658
London: Jonathan Cape, 1988.
First British edition of this collection of writing by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Nadine Gordimer on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited and introduced by Stephen Clingman.
Price: $75.00 Item Number: 546
"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.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 4217
Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the masterpieces of American literature Tom Sawyer; Finely Bound
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.
First edition, first printing, first state (with “THE” on half title in 10-point rather than 14-point type), peach endpapers, printed on wove paper, with preliminary matter paginated [I]-XVI and front and rear triple flyleaves of laid paper. BAL 3369. Johnson, 27-30. MacDonnell, 39-40. MacBride, 40. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco, titles to the spine in gilt, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 4341
"Wandering between two worlds, one lost, the other powerless to be born": First Edition of Changing Places; Signed by David Lodge
London: Secker & Warburg, 1975.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by David Lodge on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light toning to the spine. A very bright example of a book that is prone to significant fading.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 4019
New York: Modern Library, 1995.
First Modern Library edition of Dickens’ classic work, with an introduction by John Irving. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Light staining to the page edges in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 1491
"Men go out into the desert, and they are like ships at sea; no one knows when they will return": FIrst English Edition of J.M.G. Le Clezio's Desert; Signed by Him
London: Atlantic Books, 2009.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by J.M.G. Le Clezio on the title page.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 774
London: Quartet, 1987.
First edition of the second volume in the acclaimed author’s quartet. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 439
Toronto: Alred A. Knopf, 1998.
First Canadian edition of Irving’s ninth novel. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 230
"I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see": First Edition of Blindness; Signed by Jose Saramago
Orlando: Harcourt, Brace and Company , 1997.
First American edition of the author’s novel on the order of Camus’ The Plague. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated by Jose Saramago. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Claudine G. Mansour. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 144
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge": First Edition of The Discoverers; Inscribed by Daniel Boorstin
New York: Random House, 1983.
First edition of this “grand and exhilirating voyage, a bold attempt to circumnavigate the intellectual globe” (The Philadlephia Inquirer). Thick octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free end paper, "For Ed Pellegrino with admiration and thanks from Dan Boorstin". The recipient, Ed Pellegrino, was a noted bioethicist and the president of Catholic University. Pellegrino is specifically thanked in the acknowledgment section of The Discoverers and both were premier academic figures at the time of the book’s publication. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 4674
Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1909.
First edition of this work by Madeira. Octavo, original red cloth. In very good condition with the two folding maps present. Bookplate of prominent Massachusetts resident Peter Chardon Brooks on the inside gutter.
Price: $425.00 Item Number: 2060
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend of family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 3553
"THE ONLY WAY FOR A WOMAN, AS FOR A MAN, TO FIND HERSELF, TO KNOW HERSELF AS A PERSON, IS BY CREATIVE WORK OF HER OWN": FIRST EDITION OF THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE; SIGNED BY BETTY FRIEDAN
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1963.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Betty Friedan on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 3196
New York: David McCay Company, 1978.
First edition. Quarto, original red cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by the author, “greetings! Tasha Tudor.”
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 2642