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First Edition of Joshua Slocum's Classic Work Sailing Alone Around the World; From the library of Explorer Steve Fossett
New York: The Century Company, 1900.
First edition of “the finest single-handed adventure story yet written” (Seafarer). Octavo, original blue cloth, pictorially stamped in silver and green, top edge gilt. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. Illustrated by Thomas Fogarty and George Varian. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
The Manuscript Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Monumental Work The Winning of the West; One of 200 Numbered Copies
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
Limited edition, number 72 of 200 copies of the manuscript edition of The Winning of the West. Quarto, 4 volumes, bound in full publisher’s morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, pastedowns full morocco with inlay. The manuscript page in this example opposite the limitation page and reads, “at the expense of the government; and on the lower Ohio in 1793 and ’93 there were plenty of men who, in the event of a campaign, hoped to make profit out of the goods, horses and cattle they supplied the soldiers.” Portrait frontispiece in volume one, illustrated throughout, with frontispieces in each volume, folding maps, and other plates. In near fine condition. Housed in two custom slipcases. A very nice set.
New York: Basis Books, 2002.
First edition, early printing of this widely acclaimed biographical essay on George Orwell. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “For Wendy Goldberg and Leonard too Christopher Hitchens.” The recipients Wendy and Leonard Goldberg are film and television producers; Wendy is the founder of a performing arts school and author of two books. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rich Pracher.
New York: Doubleday, Page, 1901.
First edition of Booker T. Washington’s landmark biography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. With a autographed note signed by Washington to the front free endpaper, which reads, “By this mail I am also sending you a book called ‘Tuskegee and Its People,’ which I hope you may find time to read. Yours truly, Booker T. Washington.” In near fine condition, bookplate and signature of educator W. T. Colville. An exceptional example, rare and desirable as a first edition and signed.
“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible": First edition of John Steinbeck's Classic Work East of Eden
New York: The Viking Press, 1952.
First edition, first issue of Steinbeck’s epic and moving story of a modern Cain and Abel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear, name to the front free endpaper.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition, first issue of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories; inscribed by Bertram Rota, founder of the Bodley House bookstore in 1941
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902.
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear.
First Edition of Henrik Johan Bull's The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions; From the Library of Adventurer and Explorer Steve Fossett
London: Edward Arnold, 1896.
First edition of Antarctic pioneer Henrik Johan Bull’s account of his voyage aboard the steamship ‘Antarctic’ in search of the elusive Right whale which, arguably, put the first men on the continent. Octavo, original pictorial cloth with gilt titles to the spine, gilt vignette of the ‘Antarctic’ to the front panel, frontispiece by W.L. Wyllie and illustrations by W.G. Burn Murdoch. From the library of of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
Rare first edition of A Dictionary of the Bible Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography, and Natural History; finely bound in full vellum
London: John Murray, 1863.
First edition of Smith’s Dictionary of the Holy Bible. Octavo, three volumes, bound in full vellum with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges red, illustrations with three maps and illustrations throughout text. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplates.
“SERVE ON HOT BUTTERED TOAST… WITH PINK CHAMPAGNE”: FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING’S THRILLING CITIES; inscribed by him to close personal friend and neighbor Noel Coward
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
First edition of Fleming’s compelling travelogue. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Noël for your bluest pencil Love Ian.” The recipient, English playwright, director and actor Noël Coward was a close friend of Fleming’s and his neighbor in Jamaica. Coward, inspired to build his own Jamaican retreat by a visit to Goldeneye in 1948, was Fleming’s closest friend on the island and it was with his great encouragement that Fleming began writing the Bond novels that made him famous. When Fleming married Ann in 1952, Coward was one of two wedding guests and in the same year he was made godfather to their newborn son Caspar. Named for the luminous insects seen in the warm evenings, his Firefly Estate east of Oracabessa, Jamaica entertained a wide range of guests, including both the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Olivier, Sophia Loren, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Alec Guinness, Peter O’Toole, and Richard Burton. Known for his likable sophistication and sharp sense of humor, Coward’s songs, plays, and films were immensely popular from the early 1920s through the 60s and 70s when they achieved renewed fame and critical acclaim with a variety of new revues celebrating his music, including Oh, Coward! on Broadway and Cowardy Custard in London. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama ‘In Which We Serve’, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1969, and received a Tony Award for lifetime achievement in 1970. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. With Coward’s bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional association copy.
“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen": Rare FIRST EDITIONS OF BOTH PARTS OF LITTLE WOMEN, IN ORIGINAL CLOTH
Boston: Robert Brothers, 1868-69.
First editions of both volumes of Alcott’s most coveted work. Octavo, two volumes in the original green cloth with gilt titles and decorations to the spine and front panel, each volume illustrated with four plates including frontispiece; those in the first part created by the author’s sister, May. Little Women is first issue with all points including Little Women priced at $1.25 in terminal advertisements. Little Women, Part Second is mixed state, with notice about Part First on page iv and lacking terminal advertisements. Both volumes in very good to near fine condition with rubbing to the extremities. Rare and desirable in the original cloth, as most examples have been rebound.
"I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of Our National Parks; inscribed by John Muir
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901.
First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the front panel, top edge gilt, tissue-guarded frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Thomas Price with sincere regard and many pleasant Klamath memories – John Muir. Martinez California September 1908.” The recipient, Thomas Price, was the stenographer hired to accompany Muir on his journey to Pelican Bay Lodge on Lake Klamath in Southern Oregon in 1908. He transcribed Muir’s musings and thoughts on the landscape which would later form part of his 1912 autobiography My Boyhood and Youth. In near fine condition. An exceptional example and association, rare signed and inscribed by Muir.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935.
First edition of Hemingway’s second work of nonfiction, an account of a month on safari he and his wife took in East Africa during December 1933. Octavo, original green cloth, decorations by Edward Shenton. Contemporary bookplate to the pastedown, near fine in a bright near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
First edition of Fleming’s volume of travel journalism. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Name and card to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Davis.
“experience nine times out of ten is merely stupidity hardened into habit": First Edition of Marjorie Morningstar; Signed by Herman Wouk
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1955.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by John Scotford. Jacket photograph by Richard Avedon.
"Never, never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another": First Edition of the Inauguration Book of Nelson Mandela; Boldly Signed By Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk
Pretoria, South Africa: Government Office, 1994.
First edition of this work on the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nelson Mandela in the year of publication, “To Judy, Compliments & best wishes. NMandela 28.9.94.” Additionally signed by Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President F.W. de Klerk, who both participated in the inauguration. 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. In fine condition. Rare, especially signed.
“If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me": First Photoplay Edition Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925.
First photoplay edition of Gaston Leroux’s infamous tale, illustrated with scenes from the Universal silent film starring Lon Chaney in the title role, Mary Philbin as Christine Daae and Norman Kerry as Raoul. Octavo, original cloth. Color illustraions by Andre Castaigne. Very good the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Uncommon in this condition.