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“This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness”: Rare First American Edition of The Brothers Karamazov
New York: Macmillan, 1912.
First American edition of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, described by Freud as “the most magnificent novel ever written.” Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt. Translated into English by Constance Garnett. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of this cornerstone of world literature, rare and desirable.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 97946
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.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 82404
Color photograph portrait of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer boldly signed, “God bless you, M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches. An iconic photograph of Mother Teresa, rare and desirable and signed.
Price: $5,600.00 Item Number: 98753
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”: Photographic Portrait of Mother Teresa; Signed by her
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa sharing a chicken with a fellow nun, signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.75 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $5,600.00 Item Number: 95834
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented": First American Editions of Elie Wiesel's Night Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
New York: Hill and Wang, 1960-1962.
First American editions of each work in the author’s acclaimed Night Trilogy. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. Each are signed by Wiesel, The Accident is inscribed by him. Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 5073
"Welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer, Cheer to all Whos, far and near”: FIRST EDITION OF DR. SEUSS'S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first printing of one of the most celebrated and memorable Christmas stories with all issue points present: Cat in the Hat on back cover of book with 14 titles (up to now) listed on the rear flap and a list of 13 books printed at the end of the book. Dust jacket price reads 250/250. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dr. Seuss opposite the title page, “Merry Christmas to Lee, Wendy and Laurie from Dr. Seuss.” Thin quarto, original illustrated glossy paper boards, pictorial endpapers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example, desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 111343
"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 some professional restoration to the extremities. Desirable signed by both Juster and Feiffer.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 10014
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's": First Edition of H.G.Wells Classic Novel; The War of the Worlds
London: William Heinemann, 1898.
First edition, first issue of this science fiction cornerstone. Octavo, original grey cloth lettered in black. Currey’s state (A) with 16 pages publisher’s advertisements at end dated Autumn 1897. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100938
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Poets Classic Work; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Rapp & Whiting, 1968.
First edition of Neruda’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Edwards. Translated by Robert Bly and James Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 109354
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Portrait engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed U.S. Grant. The engraving measures 5.5 inches by 4 inches. This portrait engraving produced by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In near fine condition, affixed to an 8 inch by 10 inch sheet bearing a small note. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches 18 inches.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 44047
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote on a tipped in page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ismar David. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 115422
First Edition of My Fair Lady, a Musical Play in two acts; Signed by Alan Jay Lerner, Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Robert Coote and Wilfrid Hyde-White
New York: Coward-McCann, 1956.
First edition of “one of the best musicals of the twentieth century” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated, frontispiece of Andrews and Harrison. Signed by Alan Jay Lerner on the title page. Affixed to front free endpaper is a signed photograph of Julie Andrews, and “with the compliments of Miss Andrews” affixed to the pastedown. Laid in signed photograph by Stanley Holloway (Alfred P. Dolittle). The verso of the front free endpaper has a signed photograph of Rex Harrison affixed to it. On the dedication page is a card signed by Robert Coote (Colonel Pickering), and a signature of Wilfrid Hyde-White who played Colonel Pickering in the film version. There’s also a magazine clipping of Harrison’s behatted head, also signed by him. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by David Lyons.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 79755
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In very good condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 107536
Rare First Edition Little Golden Book of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and Pluto Pup; inscribed by Walt Disney
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
Rare first edition Little Golden Book of this Disney tale of a fishing trip with Mickey Mouse and his loyal pup Pluto. Octavo, original illustrated boards with gilt spine label and elaborate full-color illustrations throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Frank Hart – Best Wishes – Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 96583
"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100548
“They looked at each other until they weren't acquaintances any longer": First Edition of What Makes Sammy Run; Inscribed by Budd Schulberg in the year of publication
New York: Random House, 1941.
First edition of what many consider one of the most important novels on Hollywood and the film industry. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Julian Johnson with respect and fond regards, Budd. March 29, 1941.” The recipient Julian Johnson was the head story editor for 20th Century Fox studios in the 1930s. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the rear panel with the blurbs by F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 89545
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine with a contemporary bookplate to the inner gutter, in the first issue dust jacket with a few small closed tears and general wear. A very nice example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 5829
"Its just that Id rather die of drink than of thirst": First edition of Ian Fleming's Thunderball; Signed by Sean Connery
London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed by Sean Connery on the title page. Connery played 007 in the film bearing the same name. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed by Connery.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 118726
london: Henry S. King, 1873.
First edition of this “undying classic” (J.M. Keynes). Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, contemporary bookplate to the pastedown. A very nice example.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 116258
Signed Limited First Columbian Edition and True First of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera; Signed by Him
Bogota: Editorial Oveja Negra, 1985.
Signed limited first Columbian edition and true first which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117698
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King to friend and fellow writer Stanley Wiater
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1978.
First edition of the author’s classic fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Stanley- With all best, and thanks for coming by – Stephen King 7/17/82.” The recipient, Stanley Wiater is a writer and friend of the author. Praised by his friend and colleague Stephen King as “a very talented journalist,” Wiater is a widely acclaimed observer of the dark side of popular culture. He has interviewed more major horror and suspense authors, filmmakers, actors, and artists than any other journalist, living or undead, for nearly five decades. He is the author of The Stephen King Universe. Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. An exceptional association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119452
"one of the most remarkable books ever written": First Editions of Jawaharlal Nehru's Glimpses of History
Allahabad: Printed by M.N. Pandey , 1934-35.
First editions of “one of the most remarkable books ever written” (The New York Times). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. In very good condition. Foreword by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 89875
Rabinadranath Tagore's The King of The Dark Chamber; signed by him and with an autographed signed letter
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original clot with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 27 1927.” Laid in is a typed letter signed by Tagore which reads in part, “Santiniketan, India, April 1, 1926. Dear Sir; I was glad to receive your kind letter asking me to send a few words of greeting to your scholars who will be soon called upon to shoulder the active responsibilities of life. All that I wish to tell your scholars is that my thoughts are with the young and that my heart ever rejoices to see them fight difficulties and make bold experiments. Yours sincerely, Rabindranath Tagore.” The recipient, S.D. Green was a 1904 graduate and colleague of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Harvard University. He later taught at the historic Trenton High School in Trenton, New Jersey and amassed an important library of books signed by American Presidents and important early 20th century novelists. Also laid in is the original transmittal letter which accompanied the book dated March 1st 1927 and signed by Tagore’s fellow Bengali poet and close associate Amija C. Chakravarty to Green. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 101701
The Works of Thomas Hardy. [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.]
London: Macmillan & Company, 1919-20.
The complete works of Thomas Hardy, signed limited edition, the Mellstock edition, limited to five hundred copies. Octavo, thirty seven volumes, bound in original cloth, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front panel, engraved frontispiece in the first volume, double page map of Wessex in Volume II, the map, half-title, title and colophon pages printed in red and black. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 111746
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend of family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 3553
"One of the FINEST EXAMPLES OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN ENGRAVINGS": Official George Casilear U.S. Treasury Department Engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant; Signed and dated by Him
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Official Bureau of Engraving & Printing U.S. Treasury Department engraved portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant by George W. Casilear. Boldly signed “U.S. Grant.” The brother of landscape painter John William Casilear, George W. Casilear was an early and nationally recognized security engraver. He held several important patents to features including tamper-proof ink, printing techniques and paper. In consideration of the aesthetic needs of the Treasury for both widespread reproduction of these images on banknotes and well as the fine detail required to distinguish counterfeiting, the engravings are considered among the finest American examples of 19th century. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10 inches by 9 inches. Engravings signed by Grant are rare, particularly by Casilear.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 101590
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.
The 40th Anniversary of the economist’s classic work. Signed by F.A. Hayek. One of 200 signed numbered copies, this is number 95. Octavo, full morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with double-line gilt ruled borders, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in. In fine condition without wear.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 85872
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.
The 40th Anniversary of the economist’s classic work. Signed by F.A. Hayek. One of 200 signed numbered copies. Octavo, full morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with double-line gilt ruled borders, all edges gilt. In fine condition without wear.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 26019
"One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century": First Edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1937.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light shelfwear and rubbing. Without the rare dust jacket.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 110274
"You'll never catch fish in McElligot's Pool!": First Edition, First Issue of Dr. Seuss' McElligot's Pool; Inscribed by Him
New York: Random House, 1947.
First edition with the 250/250 price on the front flap as well as the $2.50 price added to the rear flap (state ‘c’) of the first Dr. Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Inscribed by the author, “For Mrs. Haye with very kindest regards- Dr. Seuss.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 87546
“Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious": Signed Limited Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman
Random House, 2015.
Signed limited edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, bound in full morocco. One of a 100 numbered copies, signed by Harper Lee. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 5503
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use" Rare First Edition of Emily Posts Etiquette In the Original Dust Jacket
New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in etiquette and personal relations. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine and front panel in gilt. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of rubbing. A very nice example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 3716
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.
Signed Limited edition, one of 327 copies. Quarto, original half pigskin over boards, top edge gilt, 2 volumes. Signed by Thomas Edison on the limitation page and additionally signed by Ramsaye. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Some staining to lower section of spines, some rubbing and edgewear to boards, a very good set. Copies of the limited edition were also bound in cloth, this is the more uncommon leather bound edition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 5697
Rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy. Drawn and signed by Charles M. Schulz. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 115402
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work": Large Signed Photograph of Thomas Edison
Large photograph of Thomas Edison, signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 20 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 15050
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine with a contemporary bookplate to the inner gutter, in the first issue dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A very nice example.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 109228
Finely Bound Extra Illustrated edition of de Bourrienne's Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte; bound by Riviere and Son
London: Richard Bentley, 1836.
Finely bound extra-illustrated edition set of de Bourrienne’s Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavos, eight volumes, bound in full 19th century crimson morocco by Riviere and Son with gilt titles and tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, central gilt Napoleonic coats of arms and double gilt ruling to the front panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings including frontispieces to each volume. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 109608
First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age: A Brief History of A.A; Warmly Inscribed by Bill Wilson
New York: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc, 1957.
First edition of this history of Alcoholics Anonymous. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Lengthily inscribed by Bill Wilson on the front free endpaper, “Dear Earl S. With this all my gratitude for your dedicated service and your constant friendship Ever Bill NY 9/16/58.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 77018
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why": First Edition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
New York: Covici-Friede, 1937.
First edition, first issue with the word “pendula” present on page 9 and the dot between the 8’s on p. 88 of Steinbeck’s “marvelous picture of the tragedy of loneliness” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 115598