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“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
London: Chatto & Windus 1932.
First edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a small chip. A very nice example.
"We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave, Shouting the battle cry of freedom!": First Edition of McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Writer Bill Starr
New York: Oxford University Press 1988.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Bill Starr Best Wishes from a fellow student of the Civil War Jim McPherson.” The recipient, William Starr was a well-regarded book reviewer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it": Finely Bound Set of Moliere's Oeuvres Complètes de Molière
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale 1878.
Finely bound set of Moliere. Quarto, 5 volumes, bound in full red morocco, illustrated with plates, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, original wrappers bound in, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Edited by Adolphe Regnier. With the slipcovers in marbled paper. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
"It was the middle of August, the summer sat brooding fiercely over the streets of Milan": First edition of Henry James' Travelling Companions
New York: Boni and Liveright 1919.
First edition of this collection of James’ short stories. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition.
"Givenchy’s divine sense of order and chic, both in his fashions and homes": First Edition of Le Style Givenchy; Lengthily Inscribed by Givenchy
Paris : Editions Assouline 1998.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on Givenchy. Quarto, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by Givenchy in French on the left hand side and in English on the right hand side in the year of publication, “For you Janet with Affection and love I Admire you- I respect you- I love you- for ever- Hubert (with a drawing of a heart) 12 October 1998.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Preface by Hubert de Givenchy.
"A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting": First Edition of Christian Dior's Talking About Fashion
London: Hutchinson 1954.
First British edition of Dior’s fascinating personal account of his impressive fashion career. Small octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Elie Rabourdin and Alice Chavane.
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying": The Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 80 Sets Bound in Japanese Vellum
London: Methuen & Co 1908.
First collected edition, one of 80 sets on Japanese vellum, the rarest and most desirable of Wilde’s works. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in original vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel with the design by Charles Ricketts, top edge gilt. “The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional matter which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time” (Mason). In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition.
"Time moves slowly, but passes quickly": First Edition of The Color Purple; Signed by Alice Walker and Steven Spielberg
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1982.
First edition of Walker’s third novel, in which she became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Alice Walker and director Steven Spielberg on the front free endpaper. Spielberg produced and directed the 1985 motion picture bearing the same name. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Judith Kazdym Leeds.
Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd: London 1919.
First edition of the collection of Kipling’s poetry. Octavo, 3 volumes, original publisher’s vellum gilt bearing author’s initials within oval vignette, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt. In near fine condition.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exuperys The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock 1943.
Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 236. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"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.
"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.
“Jim knew that he was awake and asleep at the same time, dreaming of the war and yet dreamed of by the war": First Edition of J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun; Signed by Him and by Steven Spielberg
London: Victor Gollanz 1984.
First edition of the author’s classic novel which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by J.G. Ballard and by Steven Spielberg on the title page. Spielberg was the director of the 1987 film bearing the same name. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pat Doyle.
Toledo: Hadley & Hadley 1896.
Scarce first edition of the author’s rare second book, self-published and one of only 500 copies printed. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. Laid in is an original newspaper clipping announcing the dedication of a memorial to the author at his home in Dayton, Ohio. In very good condition, period ownership inscription to the verso of the front panel.
“One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind": First Edition, first issue of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit in the original monthly parts
London: Bradbury and Evans 1855-1857.
First edition, first printing in the original monthly parts of one of Dickens’ most outstanding works, which sold almost as many copies as the best-selling Bleak House. Octavo, original publisher’s illustrated blue-green wrappers, 20 numbered serials in 19 parts, with 38 plates by Hablôt Knight Brown (“Phiz”). First issue of part 16, with “Rigaud” for “Blandois” and correction slip in part 16. With the original advertisements present with the exception of the advertisement inside the front wrapper of part 1 for “Edmistons’ Pocket Siphonia,” instead of “Edmistons’ Crimean Outfit”; the slip for “Theatre Royal” at back of part 1; the slip for “The Wreck of the Golden Mary” at front of part 13; Dr. De Jongh’s ad at back of part 14; and George Philip & Son ad at back of part 16. In near fine condition with period ownership inscriptions to the front wrappers of several parts and bookplate of Robert and Donna Jackson to the chemise slipcase. Housed in a custom morocco and chemise case. A very nice example.
“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream": Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1940.
Later printing of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations by the author. In very good condition.