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"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.
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 Works of Thomas Hardy, signed limited edition. Octavo, thirty-seven volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters dark blue morocco, gilt tooling and titles to the spine. The Mellstock edition, limited to five hundred copies. In near fine condition. A very nice attractively bound set.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all": The Works of Oscar Wilde
London and Paris: Methuen Charles Carrington, 1907-22.
The works of Oscar Wilde, bound in the original cloth, one of 1000 sets made on handmade paper. Octavo, 14 volumes, original cream cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt. One of 1000 sets of this edition on handmade paper. In near fine condition.
“The secret of life', he said, 'is to become very very good at somethin' that's very very 'ard to do": First Edition of Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More; Inscribed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1977.
First edition of this collection of seven short stories by the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Blake Love Roald Dahl.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Susan Shields. Photograph by Sophie Baker.
"Here is Dorothy herself in the person of Judy Garland, with Toto as Himself!": First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz; in the rare original dust jacket
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1939.
First Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Technicolor edition of Baum’s most famous Oz book, the basis for one of the greatest films in cinema history. First printing with the gilt titles to the spine and printer’s imprint to the copyright page (Bienvenue & Schmidt, pg 13). Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and black labels to the spine, pictorial endpapers featuring photographs from the film. Illustrated with 8 tipped in color plates and numerous doutone plates and in-text illustrations by W. W. Denslow. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
"With Many Thanks For Sharing His Witchlore" First Edition of John Updikes The Witches of Eastwick; Inscribed by Him and Signed by Jack Nicholson
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
First edition of this novel, basis for the classic film starring Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Al Divver with many thanks for sharing his witchlore [witchlore printed out in Updike’s hand] with me all best, John Updike.” The recipient aided Updike in researching witch publications. Additionally signed by actor Jack Nicholson opposite Updike’s inscription. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Updike. A unique example.
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.
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live": First Edition of The White Album; Signed by Joan Didion
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Joan Didion on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Robert Anthony.
"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 only 500 Signed Limited Edition 25th Anniversary edition; Signed by Eric Carle with an original drawing of a Caterpillar
New York: Philomel, 1994.
One of only 500 Signed Limited Edition 25th Anniversary edition. Oblong quarto, original silver boards. Signed by Eric Carle with an original drawing on the front panel. In fine condition as is the original cardboard box.
New York: Quadrangle/ The New York Times Book Co., 1975.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To ____ ______, with best wishes- Frank Mankiewicz Mar. ’75.” Additionally inscribed by Bill Safire below, “Dear Jeff- Don’t believe everything my friend Frank says! Bill Safire.” Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A unique copy.
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example": First Edition of Mark Twain's The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1894.
First edition, first state of Twain’s story about two boys. Octavo, original brown cloth, elaborate gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraved photographic portrait of Twain with facsimile signature, with marginal illustrations to nearly every page. In near fine condition.
"Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Town
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first state copy with the 5/57 at the bottom of the front flap of the dust jacket, and the repetition of line 8 on line 10 on page 327. Octavo, original cloth. With the publisher’s advance review copy slip dated May 1, 1957 laid in and a copy of the jacket photograph of Faulkner by Phyllis Cerf laid in. Jacket design by Push Pin Studios. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with only light rubbing to the crown of the spine.
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.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
First Edition of Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of a flower The Tiny Seed; Signed by Him
New York: Thomas J. Crowell, 1970.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Small name on the front free endpaper, in the rare original dust jacket with a few small closed tears and a few chips to the spine and rear panel. Rare.