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"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. An exceptional example.
New York: Macmillan, 1972.
First American edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth. Signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of Richard Adams’ timeless classic novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow bestselling children’s author Madeleine L’Engle, “Yours sincerely, For Madeleine, on a very special occasion Richard Adams.” From the library of Madeleine L’Engle. Both Adams and L’Engle were unknown in the publishing world until their singular best-selling award-winning children’s novels were finally published after numerous rejections. Both authors’ works were also published in their mid-lives after they had married and had children. At the insistence of his daughters, Adams began writing the story he had told them on a car trip in 1966 at the age of 46 and after four publishers and three writers’ agencies turned down the manuscript, Rex Collings agreed to publish the work in 1972. The book gained immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Prize, and was adapted into several feature films and television series. L’Engle’s best-selling work A Wrinkle in Time was also initially rejected by at least 26 publishers. It was not until a close personal friend of L’Engle’s mother introduced her to John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux that the work was finally published in 1962. L’Engle was 44 years old at the time of publication and A Wrinkle in Time went on to win the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
New York: Macmillan, 1972.
First American edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth. Signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“They looked at each other until they weren't acquaintances any longer": First Edition of What Makes Sammy Run; Inscribed by Budd Schulberg in the year of publication
New York: Random House, 1941.
First edition of what many consider one of the most important novels on Hollywood and the film industry. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Julian Johnson with respect and fond regards, Budd. March 29, 1941.” The recipient Julian Johnson was the head story editor for 20th Century Fox studios in the 1930s. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the rear panel with the blurbs by F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.
First Edition of What Manner of Man: A Biography Of Martin Luther King, Jr; Inscribed by Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc, 1964.
First edition of this early biography on Dr. King. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears. With an introduction by Benjamin E. Mays. Jacket design by Herbert Temple. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
“Every person must choose how much truth he can stand": First Edition of Irvin D. Yalom's First Novel: When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession; Signed by Him
New York: Basic Books, 1992.
First edition of Irvin D. Yalom’s When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Irvin D. Yalom on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.
“And Teddy worried lots about The fact that he was rather stout. He thought: 'If only I were thin! But how does anyone begin?'”: Exquisitely bound example of A.A. Milne's When We Were Very Young
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1927.
Finely bound edition of the first book in Milne’s beloved Pooh series. Octavo, elaborately bound in full morocco with gilt tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt central motif of a young Christopher Robin within double gilt ruling with cornerpiece designs to the front panel, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, charming patterned endpapers, illustrated by Ernest Shepard. In fine condition.
New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1988.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Raymond Carver on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lorraine Louie.
"In the sunny Adriatic sea, we came to rest and play and bathe ourselves": Signed Limited First Edition of George Bradley's Where the Blue Begins; Signed by Him and Abstract Expressionist Elaine de Kooning
New York : Sea Cliff Editions, 1985.
Signed limited first edition of American poet George Bradley’s Where the Blue Begins. One of only 120 numbered copies signed by George Bradley and abstract expressionist Elaine de Kooning. Quarto, original blue illustrated wrappers by Claire Maziarczyk. Original silkscreen frontispiece by Elaine de Kooning with loose rice paper tissue guard present. In fine condition. An excellent example.
Boston/ New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
First edition. Octavo, half cloth. Signed by Alvin Roth on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Basis Books, 2002.
First edition of this widely acclaimed biographical essay on George Orwell. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rich Pracher.
Rare Signed Limited Edition of Winnie-the-Pooh; One of Twenty Numbered Copies; With an original Poem by Milne
London: Methuen and Co, 1926.
Deluxe issue in the publisher’s full olive morocco, signed by A.A. Milne. Octavo, gilt titles to the spine, elaborately decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, silk marker, pictorial endpapers and line drawings by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by A.A. Milne on the title page. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Woman must have her freedom": First Edition of Woman and the New Race; Signed and dated by Margaret Sanger
New York: Brentano's, 1920.
First edition of this early work by Sanger. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Margaret Sanger Dec. 8, 1928.” In very good condition with some toning to the spine and rubbing to the extremities.
Anderson, IN: The Warner Press, 1958.
First edition of this early work by Schulz. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Charles Schulz on the title page. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities.
Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, 1986.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on the legendary Yquem Winery. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Mark Brocco- Best wishes- Richard Olney.” Photographs by Michel Guillard. Preface by Michael Broadbent. Designed by Marc Walter.
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there”: First Edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Signed by Robert Pirsig
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1974.
First edition of one of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Robert M. Pirsig on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.