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"'Where is God?' Said the black girl to the missionary who had converted her?": First edition of George Bernard Shaw's The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God; Inscribed by him and wife Charlotte to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his wife Eleanor
Constable & Company Limited: London 1932.
First edition of George Bernard Shaw’s short story collection, including the satirical allegorical title story: The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, designed and illustrated with engravings by John Farleigh. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt this Visiting Card after a memorable day at Government House, Manila from Charlotte F. Shaw and G. Bernard Shaw 9th February 1933.” Mr. and Mrs. George Bernard Shaw stopped at Manila on a round-the-world cruise where they were invited to lunch with Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the eldest son of Theodore Roosevelt, and his wife Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt where they enjoyed lunch and Shaw assisted in editing one of Theodore’s reports to the war department. Laid is is a small copy of a selection of pages from Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt’s 1959 autobiography ‘Day Before Yesterday’ which describes the visit in detail and also mentions the occasion upon which they received the current inscribed volume in the mail after the Shaw’s visit. In near fine condition. In the original glassine which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable with exceptional provenance.
"The real measure is the success or fall of the climber to triumph, not over a lifeless mountain, but over themself": First Edition of The Ascent of Everest; Inscribed by John Hunt
London: Hodder & Houghton 1953.
First edition of this account of the 1953 British conquest of Everest. Octavo, original blue cloth, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and many in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “For S.W. Norman, who helped so much to make this possible John Hunt.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by W. Heaton Cooper. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary’s stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh.
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Picasso de 1916 a 1961; Signed by both Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau and containing 22 original lithographs by Picasso
Monaco: Editions du Rocher 1962.
Signed limited folio edition of original lithographs by Pablo Picasso reproducing his major works between 1916 and 1961, and produced by Jean Cocteau upon the occasion of Picasso’s 80th birthday. One of only 199 copies signed by both Picasso and Cocteau, this is number 46. Folio, loose leaves as issued in the original pictorial wrappers, lithographic frontispiece and 22 original lithographs by Picasso, 6 of which are full page and 2 of which are double-page. In fine condition. Housed in the original vellum-backed portfolio with gilt titles to the spine and original slipcase. Rare and desirable linking two great artists of the 20th century.
"Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life": First Edition of The Phantom Tollbooth; Signed by both Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
New York: Epstein & Carroll 1961.
First edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Signed by both Norton Juster and illustrator, Jules Feiffer on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example, rare and desirable signed by both Juster and Feiffer.
"If your time to you is worth savin'then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin'": Rare original The Times They Are A-Changin' Vinyl; signed by Bob Dylan
Modern pressing of Dylan’s third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’. Inscribed by Bob Dylan, “To Dino Bob Dylan ’17.” Included is a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads in part, “On April 26, 2017, I was at the Swiss Life Hall in Hannover…to see Dylan’s concert and meet some European tour managers…I had an ‘all areas’ pass which allowed me to access the external but reserved area of the concert hall. Dylan and his band had just got off the buses heading for catering/dressing room area…At that moment I presented him the LP ‘The times they are a-changin’ and a black marker. Bob did not say a word.” Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26 inches by 19 inches. Signed examples of this particular album do not appear often.
"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. Boldly signed by Thornton Wilder on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Haberstock. An exceptional example.
“Today I know that all things are watching, that nothing goes unseen": First Editions of Gunter Grass' Acclaimed Danzig Trilogy; Each signed by Him
New York: Pantheon 1962-1965.
First American editions of the author’s classic Danzig Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth. Each work is signed by Gunter Grass on the title page. Each are fine in near fine dust jackets. Dog Years is a review copy, with the slip laid in. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A very sharp set.
New York: The Viking Press 1972.
First edition of Angell’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Michael yours in baseball! Roger Angell.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket that shows light wear. Jacket drawing by James Stevenson.
Tel-Aviv: Sinai Publishing .
Rare elaborately bound Jewish Siddur prayer book. Small octavo, bound in full silver metal with elaborate tooling to the spine and panels, inlaid turquoise decorations and painting to the front panel, patterned enpapers, title page in color, ribbon bound in. English translation facing the Hebrew text. In near fine condition. An elaborate presentation.
Dublin: Alex Thom & Co 1881.
Rare second edition of Reed’s Liquor Licensing Laws of Ireland. Small octavo, original cloth, paper spine label. In very good condition. Cancelled library stamp to the front free endpaper, ownership signatures to the title page.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1969.
First edition of Coretta Scott King’s autobiography, which recounts the history of the Civil Rights Movement and offers an inside look at Dr. King, his sermons and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Coretta Scott King on the front free endpaper. Name to the half-title page, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Reed.
"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 very good condition.
First Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude in the First Issue Dust Jacket; Inscribed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1970.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “Para Rita, de su amigo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1976.” Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the exclamation point at the end of the first paragraph on the front flap. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Translated by Gregory Rabassa.
First Editions of Andre L. Simon's The History of the Wine Trade in England; Both Volumes Inscribed by Him
London: Wyman & Sons 1906-07.
First editions of Simon’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth, two volumes. Both volumes are inscribed by Andre Simon, with volume one inscribed twice by him. In near fine condition.
"And we are here as on a darkling plain..."; First Edition of Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1989.
First edition of this classic short story. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, with the added quote, “Cynthia Ozick and we are here as on a darkling plain…” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barbara de Wilde. A unique example.