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New York: New York Review of Books, 2015.
First edition of this sequel to Dyson’s 2006 The Scientist as Rebel. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Freeman Dyson on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"We gain knowledge of our place in the universe not only from science but also from history, art and literature": First Edition of Dreams and Sky; Signed by Freeman Dyson
New York: New York Review of Books, 2015.
First edition of this sequel to Dyson’s 2006 The Scientist as Rebel. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the author on the half-title page with the following line from this work, “We gain knowledge of our place in the universe not only from science but also from history, art and literature. Freeman Dyson.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Evan Johnston. A unique example.
"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.": First Edition of Down the Fairway; Signed by Jones and Keeler
Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.
First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century, signed by both Jones and Keeler. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, “For Theodore P. Le Vino with best wishes, Robert T. Jones, Jr. and signed “Best of luck, always! O.B. Keeler 1941.” The original wrapping for the shipping from Jones to the recipient with labels and stamps is laid in. Foreword by Grantland Rice. In near fine condition. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed by both Jones and Keeler and with noted provenance.
George Allen & Unwin: London, 1927.
First British edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Foreword by Grantland Rice.
First Edition of Does America Need a Foreign Policy?; Inscribed by Henry A. Kissinger to Close Friend Robert Pirie
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
First edition of this important work by the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bob Pirie from his friend Henry A. Kissinger.” The recipient was Robert Pirie, a lawyer in the field of mergers and acquisitions and later a prominent investment banker on Wall Street. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“I have the impression that if he didn't complicate his life so needlessly, he would die of boredom": Boris Pasternak's Masterpiece Doctor Zhivago
London: Collins & Harvill, 1958.
Early printing in English of the work which garnered Pasternak the Nobel Prize in literature. Octavo, original red cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Woodcock. Translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari.
“DON'T STOP TO THINK OF THE WORDS WHEN YOU DO STOP, JUST STOP TO THINK OF THE PICTURE BETTER-AND LET YOUR MIND OFF YOURSELF IN THIS WORK”: First Hardcover Edition of Jack Kerouac's Doctor Sax
New York : Grove Press, Inc, 1959.
First edition, hardcover issue of Kerouac’s classic work. Octavo, original gray cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
First American edition of Mann’s classic retelling of the story of Dr. Faustus, the man who sold his soul to the devil for 24 years of health and genius. Octavo, original boards, red topstain. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Joseph Golde thankful for his musical hospitality Chicago 23 Febr. 1950 Thomas Mann.” A few notes in the text from the recipient, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Photograph of Mann by Yousuf Karsh. Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by the author, as he lived out his remaining years in Switzerland, before passing away in 1955.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed James Watson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Handwritten musical quotation inscribed by Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich in Russian above the opening three bars of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47) on a two-stave system with holograph tempo directive and title, “To Lionel Okvin from Dmitri Shostakovich 17th February 1947.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Shostakovich. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 15.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
First editions of the first anthology of Jewish sermons published in America in the original cloth; compiled by Isaac Leeser and from the library of Moses Montefiore
Philadelphia: C. Sherman and Co, 1836-1841.
First edition of “the first anthology of Jewish sermons in America” which “marked the coming of age of the American synagogue and ministry”(Goldman). Association copy linking the two most prominent and influential figures in Jewish America and England of this era, Issac Leeser and Moses Montefiore. American Jewish lay minister, author, translator, and publisher Issac Leeser revolutionized the format of the early American Jewish sermon by preaching in English, helping to establish regular sermons as a central part of the American rabbi’s work. Aspiring to make his influence international, Leeser corresponded regularly with Jewish leaders in England, most notably philanthropist and activist Sir Moses Montefiore, who played a pivotal role in the development of Proto-Zionism. (Goldman, 687; Rosenbach, 413, 479, 476; Singerman, 0632, 0748). Octavo, four volumes bound in two, original cloth, paper spine labels, from the library of Moses Montefiore with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. In good condition with some dampstaining and moderate toning to Volume I. Bound with Leeser’s The Claims of the Jews to an Equality of Rights, as issued. A rare and desirable piece of American Jewish history.
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co, 1866-68.
First editions of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition. Complete sets are of the utmost rarity.
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co, 1867.
First edition of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Volume I only of the original ten volumes. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, rubbing and wear to the extremities, early ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. In good condition. A rare and unrestored example of early American Judaica.
"People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, But people will never forget how you made them feel": First Edition of Italo Calvino's Difficult Loves; Signed by Him
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1984.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories by Calvino. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Italo Calvino on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear. Jacket design by Louise Fili. Translated from the Italian by William Weaver, Archibald Colquhoun and Peggy Wright.
Original print of the cover art of the Gunter Grass’ most famous work Die Blechtrommel. Signed by Gunter Grass on the bottom right hand side. Framed and matted. Measures 24″ x 30″. In fine condition.
First Edition of Igor Stravinsky and Robert Craft's Dialogues and A Diary; lengthily inscribed by Igor Stravinsky
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1963.
First edition of Craft’s detailed account of his travels with mentor Igor Stravinsky from 1951 to 1961. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Igor Stravinsky on the title page, “To Dick and George my good friends Affectionately, Igor Stravinsky New York Jan 4th/64.” Near fine in a near fine dust price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photographs by Columbia Records.