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“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.
"There's no greater pleasure than to talk over the big things with a believer": First Edition of Thornton Wilder's Heaven's My Destination; Inscribed by Him to Actress Dame Edith Evans
New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1935
First American edition of this comedic novel about a modern-day Don Quixote. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Edith Evans, with the admiration and regard of Thornton Wilder New Year’s Eve 1934.” The recipient Edith Evans was an English actress, who between 1964 and 1968, was nominated for three Academy Awards. Evans’ stage career spanned sixty years during which she played more than 100 roles, in classics by Shakespeare, Congreve, Goldsmith, Sheridan and Wilde, and plays by contemporary writers including Bernard Shaw, Enid Bagnold, Christopher Fry and Noël Coward. She created roles in two of Shaw’s plays: Orinthia in The Apple Cart (1929), and Epifania in The Millionairess (1940) and was in the British premières of two others: Heartbreak House (1921) and Back to Methuselah (1923). Evans became widely known for portraying haughty aristocratic women, as in two of her most famous roles: Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Miss Western in the 1963 film of Tom Jones. By contrast, she played a downtrodden maid in The Late Christopher Bean (1933), a deranged, impoverished old woman in The Whisperers (1967) and – one of her most celebrated roles – the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, which she played in four productions between 1926 and 1961. Ownership signature of Evans on the front endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Haberstock. An exceptional association copy.
New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons 1926
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
"I feel like we've died and gone to heaven - only we had to climb up": First Edition of Barefoot In the Park; Signed by Neil Simon and Robert Redford
New York : Random House 1964
First edition of the playwright’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed on the half-title page by both Neil Simon and Robert Redford, who starred in the role of Paul on both the Broadway play and the film. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York : Little, Brown and Company 1995
Early printing of the paperback edition of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by the author on the title page “NMandela 28.5.96.” In near fine condition.
"But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated": Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; inscribed by him in the year he received the nobel prize in literature
New York : Charles Scribner's & Sons 1952
First edition, early printing of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ernest Hemingway on the half-title page in the year he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, “For Adele Ervin with sincere good wishes Ernest Hemingway Finca Vigía 1954.” Finca Vigía was Hemingway’s home in the San Francisco de Paula Ward in Havana, Cuba. He purchased the property in 1940 at the request of his third wife Martha Gellhorn who had become tired of the small room he was renting at the Hotel Ambos Mundos. It was at Finca Vigía that Hemingway wrote much of For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea in its entirety. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
“Your self…is other people, all the people you're tied to, and it's only a thread”: First Edition of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities; Inscribed by Him
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1987
First edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Matt, with many thanks to the renowned Culture Vulture from Tom Wolfe November 3, 1987.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Fred Marcellino.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1926
First edition, first issue of Fitzgerald’s third collection of short stories. Octavo, original green cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the woman’s lips unbattered (Bruccolo, A12).
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”: Original photograph of Mother Teresa meeting German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Signed by both
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Signed by Mother Teresa, “God bless you M. Teresa mc” and signed by Helmut Kohl. Mother Teresa and Chancellor Kohl met on July 13, 1986 at Mother Teresa’s home in Oggersheim. Kohl gained a reputation for his strong commitment to European integration and French–German cooperation. He was also a dedicated ally of the United States and supported Reagan’s policies in order to weaken the Soviet Union. He has been described as “the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century” by both U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 13.75 inches.
"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 price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. A very nice example.
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF PORGY AND BESS; SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN, DUBOSE HEYWARD, AND ROUBEN MAMOULIAN
George Gershwin. Libretto by DuBose Heyward. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Production Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
New York : Random House 1935
Deluxe limited edition of Porgy and Bess, number 55 of only 250 copies signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward and director Rouben Mamoulian. Folio, original full red morocco, raised bands, top edge gilt, illustrated. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; INSCRIBED BY HER TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO PUBLICATION
New York : Random House 1957
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper two months prior to the publication date, “To Ray and Betty Nelson (and to Ev Suffens) – – affectionately – Ayn Rand 8/22/57.” The recipient, Ray Nelson (who went by the on-air name ‘Ev Suffens’) was the host of the late night jazz radio program Midnight Jamboree on radio station WEVD. Rand’s assistant and close personal friend, Barbara Branden wrote of Rand, “…jazz had a kind of symbolic significance to Rand…Rand once said that what she would love more than anything is to never have to think about politics, because it wouldn’t be necessary. She loved what she saw as the frivolous in America, that this was a country where you didn’t have to be concerned whether you were going to to starve to death before tomorrow, or freeze to death, or to be put in prison, or sent to Siberia. You could be concerned with things like lipstick and silk stockings. And jazz.” An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed by Her
London : J.M. Dent Sons 1963
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by John Andrew. A very nice example.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York : Funk and Wagnalls Inc 1971
First edition of Ben-Gurion’s Israel: A Personal History. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by David Ben-Gurion on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition, owner signature to the half-title page.
“Danger confronted properly is not something a man must fear": First Edition of Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October; Signed by Him and Sean Connery
Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press 1984
First edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed by Tom Clancy and Sean Connery on the title page. Connery starred in the lead role of the 1990 movie adaptation as Captain 1st Rank Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius, Commanding Officer of Red October. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York : Frederick A. Stokes 1931
First edition of this classic work, basis for the film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Octavo, original cloth. A pre-publication example, with the date of August 20, 1931 stamped to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket with some chips and wear. Introduction by Heywood Broun. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original dust jacket are scarce.