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“Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept": First Edition of Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Angle of Repose; Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1971.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John with best wishes Wallace Stegner November 9, 1972.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by E.D.N. Designs. Photograph of the author by Alex Gotfryd. An exceptional example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118652
“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time": First Edition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.
First edition of Cartier-Bresson’s classic work, with 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers.” Folio, original illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by Cartier-Bresson on the title page, “à Joan et Eliot, ‘The Decisive Moment’ de l’amitié, Henri, 19 Jan 57, la vraie patrie c’est l’amitié.” The recipient was Eliot Elisofon, a fellow photographer and a founding member of the Photo League in 1936. He was one of the most active and productive members: he gave guest lectures (1938–43); co-organized the Men at Work project with Lewis Hine (1940); served periodically as president between 1939 and 1941; taught courses on photojournalism and flash photography (1940–41); and participated in numerous exhibitions. Elisofon taught at many institutions, including the Institute of American Artists School (1936-1941), the New School (1938), the Clarence H. White School of Photography (November 1940 – April 1941), the Photo League (1941), the New School for Social Research (1942), the Museum of Modern Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as Yale University, Syracuse University, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College, and Sarah Lawrence College. Elisofon’s first assignments for Life magazine appeared in 1937, Tin Type Photographer and Jewish New Year, and in 1941 his image of General Patton was the first color cover of Life. Patton was intrigued by Elisofon’s desire to get as close to the action as possible and nicknamed him “Hellsapopin.” He was the only photographer to accompany Gen. Patton throughout the North African Campaign. His photographs became an exhibition titled The Tunisian Triumph, which opened in June 1943 at MoMA and traveled to 20 cities in the United States. From 1942 to 1964 he was a staff photographer for Life magazine. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Matisse. An exceptional association, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117546
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 225. Small quarto, original three quarters calf, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell slipcase. A very nice example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 117165
“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of Die unendliche Geschichte; Signed by Michael Ende
Stuttgart: K. Thienemanns Verlag, 1979.
First German edition and true first of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 117615
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 118048
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
Rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy. Drawn and signed by Charles M. Schulz. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 115402
Large print of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy napping on top of his dog house. Inscribed by Charles M. Schulz, “For George with best wishes – Charles M. Schulz.” Inf fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15.75 inches.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117385
"America's most interesting city" Rare collection of New Orleans souvenir albums, pictorial travel brochures, and postcards
Rare collection of 5 souvenir albums and nine pictorial travel brochures printed between 1938 and 1960. The souvenir albums include a “Souvenir Condensed History of New Orleans for the Tourist” (c. 1955), a “Souvenir du Restaurant Antoine”, “New Orleans, America’s Most Interesting City”, an early accordion-style pictorial album, and “Winter in New Orleans: Season 1908-1909” issued by the Southern Pacific Railway (1909). The brochures include a Louisiana Road Map issued by the Tourist Bureau of Baton Rouge, visitor’s city guides, a 1938 Spring Fiesta brochure, a guide to Bellingrath Gardens, and a collection of original postcards from the Montenegro Hotel. In fine condition. A charming collection in remarkable condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117352
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa, boldly signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117469
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1985.
Signed limited first edition of Irving’s sixth novel. Octavo, original leather, gilt titles and tooling, raised bands, all edges gilt, frontispiece by Scott Reynolds. Boldly signed by John Irving. In fine condition, with the original letter from the publisher laid in.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 117269
"And there the wicked old witch stayed for a good long time." "And did she ever come out?" "Not yet": First Edition of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West; Lengthily Inscribed by Gregory Maguire
New York: Harper Collins, 1995.
First edition of Gregory Maguire’s immensely popular reinvention of Oz. Octavo, original illustrated boards, cartographic endpapers. Signed by the author on the half-title page, who added the last line of this novel as follows, “And there the wicked old witch stayed for a good long time.” “And did she ever come out?” “Not yet.” Gregory Maguire August 20, 2014.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Douglas Smith.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117625
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: Oxford University Press, 1968.
Later printing of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Estella Leopold on the half-title page. Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117421
"Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them": First French Edition of Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; Inscribed by Her
Paris: Editions Stock, 1947.
First French edition of the author’s first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “For Rene Laporte from Carson McCullers.” In near fine condition. Preface by Denis De Rougement. Translated from the English by Marie-Madeleine Fayet. A very sharp example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117495
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few": First Appearance of Winston Churchill's Famous Speech
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940.
London: His Majesty's Stationary Office, The Baynard Press, 1940.
First edition of one of Winston Churchill’s most famous speeches. Octavo, original gray wrappers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117972
New York: Atheneum Books , 1978.
First edition, early printing of this children’s classic. Oblong quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Judi Barrett on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119733
London: John Murray, 1853.
First edition of Sir Francis Galton’s account of his expedition to South West Africa. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to this spine six compartments within raised gilt bands, elaborate gilt tooling to the front and real panels within triple gilt ruling with fleuron cornerpieces and central motif stamped in blind, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Illustrated with maps, plates and woodcuts including tissue-guarded frontispiece in color. In near fine condition. Name to the pastedown.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 115371
“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 with some rubbing. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117344
"I am a Christian Because of Owen Meany": First Edition of A Prayer For Owen Meany; Lengthily Signed by John Irving
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1989.
First edition of the author’s seventh novel and what many consider his finest. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added the first line of this title, “I’m a Christian because of Owen Meany John Irving.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117663