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"One of the FINEST EXAMPLES OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN ENGRAVINGS": Official George Casilear U.S. Treasury Department Engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant; Signed and dated by Him
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Official Bureau of Engraving & Printing U.S. Treasury Department engraved portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant by George W. Casilear. Boldly signed “U.S. Grant.” The brother of landscape painter John William Casilear, George W. Casilear was an early and nationally recognized security engraver. He held several important patents to features including tamper-proof ink, printing techniques and paper. In consideration of the aesthetic needs of the Treasury for both widespread reproduction of these images on banknotes and well as the fine detail required to distinguish counterfeiting, the engravings are considered among the finest American examples of 19th century. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10 inches by 9 inches. Engravings signed by Grant are rare, particularly by Casilear.
Boston: The Ball Publishing Company, 1908.
First edition of this series of literary essays written in James’ earlier style. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. Introduction by Le Roy Phillips. In near fine condition. A very bright example.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.
Rare First Edition Little Golden Book of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and Pluto Pup; inscribed by Walt Disney
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
Rare first edition Little Golden Book of this Disney tale of a fishing trip with Mickey Mouse and his loyal pup Pluto. Octavo, original illustrated boards with gilt spine label and elaborate full-color illustrations throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Frank Hart – Best Wishes – Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
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.
"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.
New York: Macmillan, 1972.
Reprint of the first American edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Book designed by Jim Young.
“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.
“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. Preface by Havelock Ellis.
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.