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“SERVE ON HOT BUTTERED TOAST… WITH PINK CHAMPAGNE”: FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING’S THRILLING CITIES; inscribed by him to close personal friend and neighbor Noel Coward
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
First edition of Fleming’s compelling travelogue. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Noël for your bluest pencil Love Ian.” The recipient, English playwright, director and actor Noël Coward was a close friend of Fleming’s and his neighbor in Jamaica. Coward, inspired to build his own Jamaican retreat by a visit to Goldeneye in 1948, was Fleming’s closest friend on the island and it was with his great encouragement that Fleming began writing the Bond novels that made him famous. When Fleming married Ann in 1952, Coward was one of two wedding guests and in the same year he was made godfather to their newborn son Caspar. Named for the luminous insects seen in the warm evenings, his Firefly Estate east of Oracabessa, Jamaica entertained a wide range of guests, including both the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Olivier, Sophia Loren, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Alec Guinness, Peter O’Toole, and Richard Burton. Known for his likable sophistication and sharp sense of humor, Coward’s songs, plays, and films were immensely popular from the early 1920s through the 60s and 70s when they achieved renewed fame and critical acclaim with a variety of new revues celebrating his music, including Oh, Coward! on Broadway and Cowardy Custard in London. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama ‘In Which We Serve’, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1969, and received a Tony Award for lifetime achievement in 1970. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. With Coward’s bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 111081
“SERVE ON HOT BUTTERED TOAST… WITH PINK CHAMPAGNE”: FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING’S THRILLING CITIES; Signed Twice by Legendary Designer Milton Glaser
New York: New American Library, 1964.
First American edition of Fleming’s volume of travel journalism, with the first publication in book form of his short story “007 in New York,” not present in the London edition. Octavo, original half cloth, drawings by Milton Glaser. Signed twice by the illustrator Milton Glaser, once on the title page and also on the front panel of the dust jacket. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 114796
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work": Large Signed Photograph of Thomas Edison
Large photograph of Thomas Edison, signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 20 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 15050
First Edition of This is Rome: A Pilgrimage in Words and Pictures Conducted By Bishop Fulton J. Sheen; Inscribed by Him
New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc, 1960.
First edition of this history of Rome and the Catholic Church. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fulton Sheen on the front free endpaper, “To William Smith, God Love You, with The Blessing of Yours Faithfully in Christ Fulton Sheen.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Bishop Sheen.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 95678
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams": Eleanor Roosevelts This I Remember; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition, early printing of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth. Illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 99962
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts This I Remember; Warmly Inscribed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth. Illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Margaret with love & good wishes Eleanor Roosevelt.” Near fine in a very good that is lightly chipped along the top edge.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 5552
"One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century": First Edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1937.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light shelfwear and rubbing. Without the rare dust jacket.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 110274
The Works of Thomas Hardy. [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.]
London: Macmillan & Company, 1919-20.
The Works of Thomas Hardy, signed limited edition. Octavo, thirty-seven volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters dark blue morocco, gilt tooling and titles to the spine. The Mellstock edition, limited to five hundred copies. In near fine condition. A very nice attractively bound set.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 53014
“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
"Here is Dorothy herself in the person of Judy Garland, with Toto as Himself!": First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz; in the rare original dust jacket
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1939.
First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of Baum’s most famous Oz book, the basis for one of the greatest films in cinema history. First printing with the gilt titles to the spine and printer’s imprint to the copyright page (Bienvenue & Schmidt, pg 13). Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and black labels to the spine, pictorial endpapers featuring photographs from the film. Illustrated with 8 tipped in color plates and numerous doutone plates and in-text illustrations by W. W. Denslow. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 105288
The Manuscript Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Monumental Work The Winning of the West; One of 200 Numbered Copies
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
Limited edition, number 72 of 200 copies of the manuscript edition of The Winning of the West. Quarto, 4 volumes, bound in full publisher’s morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, pastedowns full morocco with inlay. The manuscript page in this example opposite the limitation page and reads, “at the expense of the government; and on the lower Ohio in 1793 and ’93 there were plenty of men who, in the event of a campaign, hoped to make profit out of the goods, horses and cattle they supplied the soldiers.” Portrait frontispiece in volume one, illustrated throughout, with frontispieces in each volume, folding maps, and other plates. In near fine condition. Housed in two custom slipcases. A very nice set.
Price: $16,500.00 Item Number: 111740
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live": First Edition of The White Album; Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Joan Didion on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Robert Anthony.
Price: $900.00 Item Number: 89067
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's": First Edition of H.G.Wells Classic Novel; The War of the Worlds
London: William Heinemann, 1898.
First edition, first issue of this science fiction cornerstone. Octavo, original grey cloth lettered in black. Currey’s state (A) with 16 pages publisher’s advertisements at end dated Autumn 1897. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100938
One of only 500 Signed Limited Edition 25th Anniversary edition; Signed by Eric Carle with an original drawing of a Caterpillar
New York: Philomel, 1994.
One of only 500 Signed Limited Edition 25th Anniversary edition. Oblong quarto, original silver boards. Signed by Eric Carle with an original drawing on the front panel. In fine condition as is the original cardboard box.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 20036
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1982.
First edition of the sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bears. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Curbert Thambimuttu- All my best Jean M. Auel Oct 19 ’95 Oregon.” Additionally signed by Auel on the rear dust jacket flap above her photograph. Laid in is a typed letter signed by Delores M. Rooney, assistant to Jean M. Auel. From the collection of Cuthbert Christian Thambimuttu of Columbus, Ohio, well-know book collector. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by Hiroko. Jacket typography by Paul Bacon.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 117826
New York: Quadrangle/ The New York Times Book Co., 1975.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To ____ ______, with best wishes- Frank Mankiewicz Mar. ’75.” Additionally inscribed by Bill Safire below, “Dear Jeff- Don’t believe everything my friend Frank says! Bill Safire.” Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A unique copy.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 57001
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example": First Edition of Mark Twain's The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1894.
First edition, first state of Twain’s story about two boys. Octavo, original brown cloth, elaborate gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraved photographic portrait of Twain with facsimile signature, with marginal illustrations to nearly every page. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 95334
"Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Town
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first state copy with the 5/57 at the bottom of the front flap of the dust jacket, and the repetition of line 8 on line 10 on page 327. Octavo, original cloth. With the publisher’s advance review copy slip dated May 1, 1957 laid in and a copy of the jacket photograph of Faulkner by Phyllis Cerf laid in. Jacket design by Push Pin Studios. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with only light rubbing to the crown of the spine.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 100285
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 Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of a flower The Tiny Seed; Signed by Him
New York: Thomas J. Crowell, 1970.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Small name on the front free endpaper, in the rare original dust jacket with a few small closed tears and a few chips to the spine and rear panel. Rare.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 5348