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First British Edition of Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa; King Edward VIII's Copy with his ownership inscription
London: Putnam, 1937.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece, a lyrical meditation of the years she lived in Kenya, from the library of King Edward VIII. Octavo, original cloth. With numerous original photographs and newspaper clippings affixed to the front few pages. Originally from the collection of the author’s brother Thomas Fasti Dinesen with two original black and white photographs of him hunting affixed to the verso of the front free endpaper and half-title page above which he has annotated, “My first lion April 6th 1922” and “Shot from boma April 11th 1922 The boma only five feet from the hill on account of my alias Thomas Dinesen.” In 1918, Thomas Dinesen moved to British East Africa to help his sister manage her coffee farm in the Ngong hills southwest of Nairobi where he designed a largely built the farm’s coffee roasting plant. Subsequently, from the library of Edward VIII with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “‘The son of the sultan’ Edward Duke of Windsor.” Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from January 1936 until his abdication in December of the same year, after which he became the Duke of Windsor. And finally, inscribed on the title page, “To Hubert Gough with best wishes from Maj ‘one’ Sotheby March.” The recipient, Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough was a senior officer in the British Army in the First World War. Also affixed throughout are numerous clippings related to the Duke of Windsor and Blixen including a clipping with a photograph of her with Marilyn Monroe and original black and white photographs of her in 1921, later in life, and views of the plantation farmers and Ngong Hills. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 110991
THE BASIS FOR “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: FIRST BOOK EDITION OF PHILIP VAN DOREN STERN’S THE GREATEST GIFT; SIGNED BY HIM
Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1944.
First edition of this classic Christmas story, the basis for Frank Capra’s beloved movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Small Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip Van Doren Stern on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Illustrated by Rafaello Busoni. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example, rare signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 22036
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”: First Edition of A Streetcar Named Desire; Signed by Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden
New York: New Directions, 1947.
Early printing of Williams’ classic play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. Octavo, original illustrated boards. association copy, inscribed or signed by several cast members for producer Danny Selznick. Signed by Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Jessica Tandy, and Karl Malden. Inscribed by Kim Hunter on the verso of the first blank: “Love and best wishes always, Danny- one of my Favorite people- Kim.” Selznick’s ownership inscription on the lower corner of the half-title page. Danny Selznick is a producer and the youngest son of David O. Selznick; it was Selznick’s mother, Irene Mayer Selznick, who produced the stage version of Streetcar Named Desire; it was she who recommended to film producer Charles Feldman to cast Kim Hunter in the screen version. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Alvin Lustig. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Brando and the other cast members.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 87896
"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.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 96536
First Edition of Golfing Legend J.H. Taylor's Golf: My Life's Work; With a Full Page Inscription by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1943.
First edition of Taylor’s autobiography, who is considered to be one of the best golfers of all time and a pioneer of modern golf. Octavo, original cloth. Frontispiece, illustrated. Introduction by Bernard Darwin. Inscribed by the author, “The pleasures of golf are note measured by successes but by the love the player for the game. Very Sincerely Yours, J.H. Taylor. Open Champion Golfer 1894-1895-1900-1909-1913. French Champion 1908-1909. German Champion 1912.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 23064
"This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
First edition, early printing with the same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 24002
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel, with 174 illustrations by Edward Kemble. A near fine example with just a touch of rubbing. Laid in is an original pen and ink drawing by Edward W. Kemble, titled in pencil in another hand, “The Pirate Chief carries off Sweet Marie,” pin-holes, light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. With “88” on p 13 and “with the was” on p 57. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155, present here), Kevin MacDonnell concludes, “they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process” (“Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers,” Firsts, Vol 8, No 9, Sept 1998, pp 28-35). A very sharp example of this literary highspot.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 3147
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the crown. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 112442
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 119154
“Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective": First Edition of Peter F. Drucker's The Effective Executive; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of Drucker’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter F. Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 23008
"My Dear Stoker.....I don't know how to thank you enough. Sincerely Yours S.L. Clemens": Mark Twain Autographed Letter Signed To Bram Stoker
Autograph letter signed from Mark Twain to Bram Stoker, who he thanks for a photograph of Henry Irving, “My Dear Stoker: It is a wonderful picture. I have never seen one of Irving before that could at all compare with it. I don’t know how to thank you enough. Sincerely Yours S.L. Clemens December 27, 93.” With the transmittal envelope in Twain’s, signed “From S.L. Clemens To Bram Stoker, Abby’s Theatre.” The famous British actor Henry Irving was one of the inspirations for Count Dracula, the title character of the 1897 novel Dracula. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 18 inches. A nice association linking these two great writers.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 31008
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.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 98943
Long Walk to Freedom; Signed by Three Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. De Klerk
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of this classic autobiography, which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page (translated from Afrikaans to English), “To Lieutenant Colonel Jan de Wet, Compliments and Best Wishes to a competent and experienced pilot NMandela 10.5.95.” This was signed on the first anniversary of Mandela’s inauguration as President. Additionally signed by fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 112377
"How doth the little crocodile improve its shining tail, and pour the waters of the Nile on every golden scale": First Edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground; Inscribed By The Author to his Cousin May Knight
London: Macmillan and Co, 1886.
First edition of the original manuscript which was later expanded and published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Octavo, original scarlet cloth, elaborate gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the rear panel, triple gilt ruled. All edges gilt, black endpapers, text printed in the author’s handwriting including thirty-seven illustrations in facsimile, advertisements at rear. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to his cousin, “May Knight from the Author Jan. /87.” In very good condition with some toning to the spine. An excellent association.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 88080
"I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel": First Edition of Eloise; Signed by both Kay Thompson and Illustrator Hilary Knight
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
First edition of the author’s first book. Slim quarto, original illustrated white cloth. Light toning, else near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with a small closed tear to the rear panel. Inscribed by the author, “For my dear Paul- from/ Eloise herself and The Author” and also signed by the illustrator, “and Hilary Knight in 2007.” A very sharp example, rare signed and inscribed by both Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 2795
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it": First Edition of BFG; Signed by Roald Dahl and Illustrator Quentin Blake
London: Jonathan Cape, 1982.
First edition of this Dahl classic, which has sold over 20 million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, “Nicola Love Roald Dahl.” Additionally inscribed by the illustrator Quentin Blake opposite Dahl’s inscription. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed by both Dahl and Blake.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 109358
"Tune in, freak out, get beaten": First Edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman
New York: Random House, 1971.
First edition of Thompson’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Ralph Steadman. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 99345
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece, Salesman’s Dummy Issue. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With frontispiece portrait of Twain inserted at front (with the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co., but the cloth is not visible). This book was specially printed to have a selection of text pages, so it is common for the recto of one page to have a certain page number, and the page number on the verso to jump by several pages. Because of this, this book only has some of the issue points that a copy of Huckleberry Finn would have: the title-leaf is integral, with the “1884” copyright date (this is the true first state, and it only appeared in the salesman’s dummy); page  lists “Him and Another Man” as being on page 88 (first state); “Huck Decided” on page  (first state). The Silas Phelps illustration on page 283 has a straight fly, but the leaf is integral with page 287 printed on the verso. Page 57 was not printed for this edition. Two samples of the spine were affixed onto the front pastedown – one is missing, the other, the spine for the sheep binding, is present. Publisher’s full green cloth, boards decoratively stamped in gilt and black (the front board is identical to the design of the cloth version, the rear board shows the design of the spine of the cloth edition). Plain spine is damaged and torn, boards are toned and worn, with a bump to the fore-edge of the front board, front free endpaper is nearly detached, and has offsetting from the spine samples, the gutter facing the first blank is cracked. Contemporary gift inscription and some offsetting on first blank, tissue guard lacking on frontispiece portrait, text leaves and frontispiece are soiled and toned, two sheets of the lined pages have subscriber’s information in manuscript, In very good condition. Housed in custom full morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 62040
"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.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 99638
"There are only two books that matter in the Spanish language, Don Quixote of La Mancha and One Hundred Years of Solitude": First Edition of Don Quixote; Signed with a Drawing by Nobel Prize-winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Ecco/ Harper Collins Publishers, 2003.
First edition of this new translation which is considered one of the finest English-language translations of the Spanish novel, by authors and critics including Carlos Fuentes and Harold Bloom, who called her “the Glenn Gould of translators, because she, too, articulates every note.” Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the front free endpaper, who has drawn a flower. “There are only two books that matter in the Spanish language, Don Quixote of La Mancha and One Hundred Years of Solitude. All the rest are mere footnotes. Their themes are one and the same: the capacity to see life not for what it is but for what it should be” (Ilan Stavans). Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Edith Grossman. Introduction by Harold Bloom. Rare and desirable, connecting two of the greatest novelists that have ever lived. A unique example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 118745