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Paris: Typographie Plon Freres, 1849.
Rare first edition of this classic work by the “most celebrated poet of Bordeaux.” Octavo, bound in full period cloth retaining the original cloth spine, illustrated with tissue-guarded engravings. In very good condition.
"Give a chunk to a monkey, give a chunk to a fighter": Later printing of Michael Rosen's Nuts About Nuts; Signed and dated by him
London: Diamond Books, 1999.
Early printing of British children’s author Michael Rosen’s illustrated book of poetry about nuts. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers. Inscribed by Michael Rosen on the verso of the front panel, “Hello Eileen, Michael Rosen was here.” In near fine condition.
London: Conran Octopus Ltd, 2000.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original boards. Signed by Terence Conran on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"But none of these afford me the same mad thrill of crazy excitement as grips me when I smack a tennis ball": First edition of William T. Tilden's Match Play and the Spin of the Ball; in the original cloth
New York: American Lawn Tennis, 1925.
First edition of Tilden’s classic work. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles and double gilt ruled borders to the spine, gilt facsimile signature to the front panel, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated. Edited by Stephen Wallis Merrrihew. In near fine condition. An excellent example.
“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.
First Edition of “an astonishing literary achievement” Anthill; Signed by Edward O. Wilson With A Drawing of an Ant
New York: W.W. Norton , 2010.
First edition of the author’s first extended work of fiction which won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for fiction. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has also added a drawing of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
London: Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1925.
First edition of Wells’ complex novel exploring individualism and society. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. A very nice example.
First Edition of the "first definitive History of the United Nations" The Parliament of Man; Signed by Paul Kennedy
New York: Random House, 2006.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “with compliments Paul Kennedy.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Atheneum, 2006.
First edition of the fourth book in Falconer’s acclaimed Olivia series. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Ian Falconer on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1919.
Octavo, original cloth. With Illustrations in Color by Howard Pyle. Decorations in Tint by Wilfred J. Jones. Bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Rare WWII Commemorative First Day Cover; signed by Paul Tibbets and featuring the only commemorative stamp ever rescinded by the United States Postal Service
Rare first day cover featuring three stamps commemorating the conclusion of WWII. Color illustrated envelope with a vignette of the bombing of Tokyo, the envelope features three stamps illustrating the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the atomic-boming of Hiroshima. Signed by Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay on the front panel. After protests from Japanese government officials and intervention by President Bill Clinton, the United States Postal Service rescinded the third stamp “Atomic bombs end WWII” and a commemorative poster stamp was created in its place. This was the only commemorative stamp ever rescinded by the United States Postal Service. In near fine condition.
“Your self…is other people, all the people you're tied to, and it's only a thread”: Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities; Inscribed by Him
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987.
First edition, second printing (published in the same year) of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “To Leslie Westoff Tom Wolfe Christmas Day 1987.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Fred Marcellino.
London: John Camden Hotten, c. 1867.
Finely bound example of Thomas Wright’s illustrated history of the Georges. Octavo, bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges marbled with marbled endpapers, illustrated with nearly four hundred steel and wood engravings including hand-colored frontispiece. In very good condition.
First Edition of The Givenness of Things: Essays; Inscribed by Pulitzer-Prize winning Author Marilynne Robinson
New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2015.
First edition of this collection of essays from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Marilynne Robinson on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Strick and Williams.